Such awful news about Glee star Cory Monteith. So young. Here are the latest details on the tragedy, plus happier ones such as Halle Berry’s wedding in my weekend Hollywood round-up.
Lea heartbroken by Cory’s death
Following Glee star Cory Monteith‘s death in a Vancouver hotel room yesterday, his girlfriend and co-star Lea Michele‘s rep has released a statement.
“We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea’s privacy during this devastating time,” said a rep for the actress.
“She [Lea Michele] is absolutely hysterical and completely inconsolable,” a source close to the actor told HollywoodLife. She is devastated beyond belief.”
Cory voluntarily checked himself into rehab for substance abuse in March. Since Glee premiered in 2009, he had been candid about his history with drugs, admitting he dropped out of high school and first went to rehab at the age of 19. During his latest stay, Lea stood by her man, and was often seen wearing a necklace that said “Cory” on it. She stepped out with him during his first red carpet appearance post-rehab, on June 8 for the 12th annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball. He looked happy and healthy.
When interviewed by US Marie Claire recently, Lea said she couldn’t remember a time when they weren’t a couple.
“I don’t even remember a time when he wasn’t my boyfriend. No one knows me better than Cory. No one knows what it’s been like to go through this more than he does. Feeling like you have that net underneath you allows you to jump higher and go farther. He makes me feel like I can do anything. For the first time in my life, I feel really, really settled and happy. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.”
Michele stood by him during his recent stint in rehab, telling People magazine: “I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this. I am grateful and proud he made this decision.”
Fellow castmate Mark Salling, who plays Puck, tweeted a simple “no” following the police’s news conference. Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, who had a brief role in the show’s first season, tweeted: “RIP CoryMonteith. You will be loved. Always,” while Adam Shankman, a frequent director on the show, posted, “Goodbye my amazing and beautiful friend. The lights in my world just grew dimmer. The world just lose one of our best. I love u so much…”
Dot-Marie Jones, who plays Glee’s football coach, tweeted: “I have no words! My heart is broken. Cory was not only a hell of a friend, he was one amazing man that I will hold close to my heart forever.”
Iqbal Theba, who plays the school’s Principal Figgins, tweeted simply: “OMG!! My Cory…”
Glee executive producers, producers 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Co. said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.”
Halle & Olivier wed
In happier news, pregnant Halle Berry married Olivier Martinez on Saturday at the Chateau des Conde in Vallery, France.
The ceremony took place in a small chateau, and the couple were surrounded by 60 guests, mostly close friends, as well as Olivier’s mother Rosemarie and brother Vincent.
The reception was held outdoors under an arbor, and there was a fireworks display.
Olivier proposed to Halle in early 2012 and presented her with an emerald engagement ring by French designer Robert Mazlo.
Poppy’s birth confession
Aussie actress Poppy Montgomery has admitted the birth of her daughter Violet Grace didn’t go entirely to plan, after the bub was born two weeks early via caesarean section.
“That was hard for me because I don’t think anyone wants to have a c-section,” she told Sweden with Love.
“It’s major surgery and it was scary for me. But everything went well and at the end, what matters is that the baby is healthy and that you’re both doing great.”
Poppy says returned to the set of her TV show two weeks after Violet’s birth was tough.
“Going back to work that quickly after having a c-section was, of course, difficult. Violet wasn’t difficult, but I was recovering from surgery, breastfeeding and working 14-hour days,” she says. “She’s such a mellow baby, so it wasn’t as scary as it sounds.”
Her breastfeeding plans also went by the wayside, as she was forced to use a breast pump after Violet was too slow to feed – a luxury Poppy couldn’t afford. “I absolutely loathe it! Oh my gosh, I feel like I’m in a dairy. It’s the worst,” she says.
“I love the connection you get with your child when you breastfeed and pumping is so far removed from that. I honestly loathe it, but it’s important for her to get the milk so of course I do it for her. I don’t think any woman is down with pumping. I can’t imagine anyone going, ‘Oh, I love to pump!’”
One thing she’s not dwelling on, however, is getting back into shape ASAP.
“I’m not going to put pressure on myself to make my body look like it never had a baby when it did,” she said. “I’m going to treat my body with kindness, because it’s been through a lot. I’m absolutely rebelling against the idea that we as women should look like we never gave birth when we did. Instead, it should be celebrated. What our bodies do is really extraordinary.”
The bizarre reason Kim doesn’t want to live with her mum
Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and baby North are supposed to move in with Kim’s mum Kris Jenner while their house is being renovated but they’re getting serious cold feet.
Kim says she hates her mother’s “black and white” decor. “I can’t take a shower in a black shower,” she complains. “The toilet paper’s black. I like to see what I’m sh-tting and what I’m wiping.”
In an upcoming episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, sister Kourtney chimes in, warning her sister, “The toilet paper also leaves little black dots in your vag.”
Kris offers to buy white toilet paper, but her daughter is still on the fence. “I just know I’m going to get crazy and I’ll go crazy living her,” she says. “I don’t know what to do.”
Is nothing private for these people?
Well that was quick
Less than two weeks after their whirlwind romance began, Man of Steel actor Henry Cavill and Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco’s relationship is over. Us Weekly quotes a source close to the couple confirming: “Things fizzled as quickly as they heated up,” the source says. “They are still friends.”
Sandra’s bedroom antics
Forget lacy knickers, Sandra Bullock has confessed she wears a cheetah onesie to bed.
The actress has confessed she wears the animal print outfit because it makes her three-year-old son Louis laugh.
In an interview with Italian magazine IO Donna, Sandra said: ‘The only man in my life is my son, and it’s probably going to stay this way for a while. I go to bed wearing a very baggy one-piece cheetah suit, just because it makes my son laugh. My sexy lingerie has been locked in a drawer for a while!’
How Hugh keeps the romance alive
Hugh Jackman has revealed the secrets to keeping his 17-year relationship his wife Deborra-Lee Furness thriving in an interview with Good Housekeeping magazine.
First: Deborra-Lee is his best friend.
“From day one, we were best mates,” he explains. “We just clicked. We were giggling and laughing – we just connected.”
Second: “My number one rule for romance is surprise.”
“If I bring Deb flowers every Tuesday, yeah, it’s nice, but is it romantic? Especially when a couple has children, so much of life is about your routine.”
For example, he recently arrived back from a film set in Canada early to surprise her.
He said: “I pretended I was still on the set. I called Deb and said, `I’ll be back late tonight.’ And she got such a shock. I’d made reservations at our favorite lunch place. It was three hours before the kids finished school, and it was awesome because it was unplanned.”
Third: “We talk about everything all the time. The bedrock of any relationship is to communicate, and Deb and I have always done that, discussing whatever’s going on, good or bad.”
Memo to Beyonce : Jay-Z wants HEAPS more babies
In a radio interview last week, Jay-Z was asked if he wants to have more kids with his wife of five years and he replied: “Absolutely. God willing, yeah – get a little basketball team going.”
Farewell The Hobbit
Director Peter Jackson posted a photo on his Facebook page last week showing Martin Freeman departing the set of The Hobbit sequels, and his role as Bilbo Baggins.
Peter wrote that Martin played Bilbo for “an incredible two and a half years. I cannot imagine anyone else in this role — a character that Martin has nurtured and crafted with love and great skill. We have said goodbye to our elves, humans, wizards and now the hobbit. We now enter our final 2 weeks of pick-ups, and it’s wall to wall dwarves. These pick-ups have been grueling and intense, but I’m so happy with what we’ve been shooting. These next two movies are going to be pretty great!”
Suri abused by autograph hunter
In an appalling scene in New York a few days ago, a professional autograph seeker (who reportedly sells celebrity scribbles on eBay) called Suri Cruise a “brat” and “bitch” after she ignored his pleas for a signature.
She and her mum, Katie Holmes, were making their way to their car when the incident occurred. Suri was upset at being surrounded by paparazzi photographers and fans and asked them to “stop it.”
She then yelled “get out of the way” as she tried to get into the car. That’s when the man said: “Bye, Suri, you little brat.”
When another man told him it wasn’t on to speak to a child like that, the guy said: “She’s a bitch…a little brat kid,” says the other guy. “A little brat.”
Shame on him.
Oprah scores first post-rehab Lindsay interview
Oprah Winfrey has just scored the celebrity booking of the year.
The queen of talk has booked the first exclusive interview with Lindsay Lohan when the troubled actress finishes her rehab stay, reports Entertainment Weekly. But that is not all! Lilo has also agreed to take part in an eight-episode docu-series on Winfrey’s OWN network. The actress’ 90-day rehab stint is expected to wrap up on July 31; the reality show will then film in August and air in 2014.
So what can one expect to find in a Lindsay reality series? It will follow the troubled star as she tries to navigate a new life that doesn’t involve drugs and alcohol or troubles with the law, while also watching as Lindsay tries to get her career back on track. No one will ever forget her most recent attempt withLiz & Dick; let’s hope her next path goes in the right direction. Her next project to be released, The Canyons, isn’t looking too promising.
The question now remains: Will people want to watch this much Lindsay? And the answer is: You betcha! Troubled stars in Hollywood are kind of like a car wreck that you can’t look away from.
Jessica’s hilarious first post-baby tweet
Attached was a pic of Jessica’s mum, Tina Simpson, all wrapped up. Excellent swaddling skills from fiance Eric Johnson!
Beyonce’s holiday snaps
Beyonce has taken a few days out from her Mrs Carter World Tour, which finishes up in New York on August 3, to soak up the sun with daughter Blue Ivy.
And she’s shared the experience with her fans on Tumblr.
The movie EVERYONE is talking about
Forget trying to seek shelter — the Sharknado is an unavoidable, (un)natural phenomenon that you don’t want to miss. The Syfy Original Movie about not just one, but multiple shark-filled tornados (and a hurricane!) wreaking havoc on Los Angeles has premiered in America, and the world will never be the same. Here’s why.
The return of Ian Zieringand Tara Reid
Has a time capsule from the 1990s recently been opened? Because where else have Ziering and Reid been hiding all this time? (Oh, hi!) Nostalgia for the decade of scrunchies and grunge is at its height, and gawking at how the stars ofBeverly Hills, 90210 (Ziering) and the American Pie franchise (Reid) have aged certainly is worth sitting through their insufferable repartee as an ex-husband and wife trying to protect their kids from the hammerheads zooming through the air.
Twitter exploded in unadulterated glee at the film’s unapologetic cheese, which may very well have been what was keeping those sharks glued in their funnel formation (also unearthed from that ‘90s time capsule: the special effects program used to create the sharknado). Mia Farrow live-tweeted the event. Lost creator Damon Lindelof volunteered to write Sharknado 2: The Sharkening. Olivia Wilde jumped in on the action. And then Syfy offered both ladies a part in the sequel.
A Sharknado could really happen
Listen up, world leaders: Sharknados are caused by global warming.(Maybe. Probably not.) Get on that, okay?
The adoption of “sharknado” as a political term
Speaking of big issues, political pundits are already using “sharknado” as a way to define the catastrophic disasters (and humiliating blunders) they’re witnessing in Washington, D.C. Apparently, the film also has the power to unite both liberals and conservatives, something we haven’t seen since … ever? And what’s this we keep hearing about anObamanado?
Trust us. In all of cinematic history, from the very beginning until forever, you will never again witness anything quite like Ian Ziering fighting a great white shark with a chainsaw.
Stay tuned for an Aussie airing date. In the meantime, console yourself with the trailer: