Kim Zolciak having twins; Rizzoli & Isles star commits suicide; Prince William opens up about being a dad; and Demi Lovato signs on for Glee.
THE OBAMAS GET ANOTHER DOG
The Obamas have added a new member to the family. First Lady Michelle Obama yesterday tweeted a picture of the family’s new dog Sunny, sitting alongside their first pooch, Bo, with the caption, “So excited to introduce the newest member of the Obama family—our puppy, Sunny.” Sunny is a year-old female Portuguese Water Dog, the same breed as Bo.
DICK VAN DYKE PULLED FROM BURNING CAR
TV legend Dick Van Dyke was rescued from his burning car in L.A. yesterday. According to TMZ, a bystander named Jason Pennington was driving on the freeway when he noticed a smoking car on the side of the road and an elderly man hunched over the wheel. Pennington pulled over and found the 87-year-old Van Dyke struggling inside. He pulled the actor out just as flames ripped through the car’s engine. Van Dyke was reportedly disoriented but did not need medical attention.
KIM ZOLCIAK EXPECTING TWINS
Kim Zolciak’s family is getting even bigger. The reality show star, who announced her pregnancy in June, revealed Monday that she and husband Kroy Biermann are expecting twins. This will be her third and fourth child with the NFL player. They are already parents to Kroy Jr., 2, and Kash, 1. In addition, Zolciak is mom to 16-year-old Brielle and 12-year-old Arianna, whom Biermann recently adopted.
RIZZOLI & ISLES STAR DIES FROM APPARENT SUICIDE
Lee Thompson Young, who plays Detective Barry Frost on TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles, has died, according to TMZ. Sources tell the site the 29-year-old’s body was discovered with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gun-shot wound. “It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning,” read a statement from the actor’s publicist. “Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed." Insiders say Young did not show up for work this morning, so staffers called his landlord to check up on him, which is when the body was found. TMZ reports that Thompson did not leave a suicide note. In addition to Rizzoli & Isles, Young starred on the Disney series The Famous Jett Jackson, and also appeared in the 2004 movie Friday Night Lights.
PRINCE WILLIAM CALLS SON A “RASCAL”/OFFICIAL PHOTOS RELEASED
Prince William sat down for his first interview since becoming a new dad. The 31-year-old admitted to CNN he’s been very “emotional” since the birth of son George on July 22nd. “I think the last few weeks for me have been just a very different emotional experience. Something I never thought I would feel myself,” he said. “And I find, again it’s only been a short period, but a lot of things affect me differently now.” As for how wife Kate is doing as a mom, William said, “She's doing a fantastic job.” William says Prince George is “a little bit of a rascal. He either reminds me of my brother or me when I was younger, I'm not sure.” He added, “He's doing very well at the moment. He does like to keep having his nappy (diaper) changed. He's growing quite quickly actually. He's a little fighter. He wriggles around a lot. He doesn't want to get his sleep, which is a little bit of a problem.”
NAKED DEMI LOVATO PICS FOR SALE
Demi Lovato could be the latest young star to be the victim of a nude photo leak. Radaronline claims they were offered several X-rated photos for sale, allegedly of The X Factor judge. The site says so far they have not been able to verify whether the pics are authentic, although the girl in them looks like Demi and appears to have the same tattoo of 12 blackbirds on her right forearm.
Q-Last year MTV aired a documentary about Demi’s time in rehab. What was it called? Stay Strong
DEMI JOINING GLEE
In happier Demi Lovato news… The X Factor judge is close to signing on for a guest starring arc on Fox’s Glee. TV Line reports Demi, who turns 21 today, is “nearing a deal” to appear in the last six episodes of the upcoming season, playing Dani, a friend of Lea Michele’s character.
DR. LUKE FRONTRUNNER FOR THIRD IDOL JUDGE SPOT
Us Weekly reports that music producer Dr. Luke is in talks to become the third judge on Fox’s American Idol. Will.i.am was thought to be the frontrunner for the job, although sources say talks have now stalled due to money. Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, is best known for chart-topping hits like Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone," Ke$ha's "Tik Tok" and Katy Perry's "California Gurls." So far only Keith Urban is confirmed for Idol, although Jennifer Lopez’s boyfriend Casper Smart revealed over the weekend that she will be returning next season as well.
Q-Who won American Idol during Jennifer Lopez’s first season as judge? Scotty McCreery
BREAKING BAD’S AARON PAUL CALLS FANS
Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul is a man of his word. On Sunday he took to Twitter and promised to call the first 10 fans who tweeted their phone numbers. "Happy Breaking Bad day b––s!" Paul tweeted. "What's your number? Calling the first 10 people to answer questions. Ask me anything." And sure enough, the first ten fans who responded received a call from the actor. "Aaron Paul called me. I'm serious. I am at a loss of words. He actually did it," @vbizzlebeee tweeted. Another follower, @alonzo_j30 wrote, “Thanks for the call man! Thought of a real question for you now but it's [too] late. #INeedARedo" Finally, @joshfishr tweeted, “OMG @aaronpaul_8 just called me. Super cool down to earth dude." In other Aaron Paul news…he and co-star Bryan Cranston are holding a contest in which one lucky winner will get to watch the series finale with them at a party at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Kind Campaign.
Q-A video has been circulating on the web showing a young Aaron Paul competing on what CBS game show? The Price is Right
LAWRENCE & HOULT PHOTOGRAPHED ARM-IN-ARM
There’s more evidence that Jennifer Lawrence has reunited with her former beau Nicholas Hoult. The two stars were spotted walking arm-in-arm as they attended Saturday’s wrap party for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Lawrence and Hoult split earlier this year after two years of dating, but appeared to rekindle their romance as they began filming the X-Men sequel. X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters May 23rd, 2014.
FRASER’S WIFE SAYS HE’S LYING ABOUT MONEY
Brendan Fraser is trying to get his alimony payments reduced, but his ex-wife is having none of it. Fraser filed legal documents in Connecticut earlier this year claiming he could no longer afford his $50,000 a month alimony payment because he hasn’t been booking new acting jobs. But his ex-Afton Fraser filed her own legal documents arguing that Brendan is making plenty of money. She also says his net worth is close to $25 million which means he has enough to keep up his payments.
Q-Fraser played a Jewish student who gets a football scholarship to a Catholic school in what 1992 movie? School Ties
HOGAN WANTS THOR STAR TO PLAY HIM
Hulk Hogan already knows who he’d like to play him if they ever make a movie of his life. “I think we need a serious, serious actor that knows what he’s doing,” Hogan told Toronto’s Cape Breton Post. “You know who I thought would be good? That guy who did Thor.” Hogan was talking about Chris Hemsworth, but it doesn’t sound like Chris will need to start shaving his chest anytime soon. Hogan says rumors that a movie was already in the works are “not really true.” He claims they got started when a TMZ photographer started asking him questions about a biopic and he just shouted out, “it’s already in development.” Said Hogan, “So now everybody’s rambling like it’s a feature film already.”
Q-Hogan played a wrestler in Rocky III. What was his character’s name? Thunderlips
WALKING DEAD STAR TO RELEASE PHOTO BOOK
The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus, a.k.a. Darryl Dixon, will release a hardcover book featuring photos from 15 years of traveling around the world. The Sun’s Coming Up…Like a Big Bald Head will hit stores October 31st. A portion of the proceeds from book sales will go to charity. "It’s a really nice hardcover book and it’s very personal," Reedus tells The Hollywood Reporter. "[The photos are] through my eyes, like my interpretation of what my surroundings were at certain times.”
FRIENDS HOLD MEMORIAL FOR GIA
About 50 friends and co-workers gathered along the Mississippi River in New Orleans over the weekend to remember Bachelor contestant Gia Allemand, who died August 14th. The group, wearing white ribbons, tossed white flowers into the water to “symbolize that our love and memory of (Gia) will continue to flow in our hearts.” Gia’s funeral is expected to take place Thursday at Trinity Grace Church in New York.
MOVIEGOERS CLAIM EXTRA SECURITY WAS HIRED FOR BUTLER SCREENING
Two Washington, DC-area moviegoers claim there was extra security on hand for a weekend screening of Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which made them feel racially profiled. Tiffany Flowers, a labor organizer, tweeted about the experience she and her husband Alan Hanson had at the Regal Majestic Theater in Silver Springs, MD, and later told NBC, “A lot of people feel that an overwhelmingly African-American audience getting three police officers to guard and manage our entrance and exit from the theater is very, very suspicious. " But Regal Group insists there was nothing racial about them bringing in extra security. "Regal Entertainment Group routinely employs security personnel to ensure the safety of all of our guests and staff,” they said in a statement. “When a theatre experiences sold out showings of any feature, security will assist with crowd control and guest assistance throughout the facility, including auditoriums.” They add, “At no time last night did local management receive any guest complaints or concerns about our security or staff, who worked diligently to meet all of our guests’ needs.”
THE BIGGEST LOSER HIRES UNCERTIFIED TRAINER
There’s some behind-the-scenes controversy brewing over at NBC’s The Biggest Loser. According to TMZ, producers have fired trainer Sandy Krum, who had been with the show since 2007, and replaced him with a new trainer, Ryan Applegate, who doesn’t hold a California state trainer certification. The site claims past contestants and current staffers are upset Ryan hasn’t passed the voluntary test, which isn’t required by law. A rep for the show stands by their decision to hire Ryan, explaining, “the health and safety of our contestants is our #1 priority and the show is confident that the team of professionals they have hired to work with the contestants are qualified to do so.”