BIEBER HIGH ON FLIGHT
There’s no doubt Justin Bieber is a big time pothead. A pilot who was scheduled to fly Justin and a few of his friends on a private jet tells TMZ the 19-year-old got pretty stoned while riding in his SUV to the airport. According to the pilot, when the doors to Justin’s vehicle opened on the tarmac so much smoke billowed out, “I almost had to put on an oxygen mask.” He added, “it was like Cheech and Chong Up in Smoke.” While Justin didn’t smoke on the plane, the pilot said he was “baked out of his mind” during the flight. When he was asked to sign a credit card authorization he reportedly said, “huh, what? Who am I signing this for?”
KIDMAN KNOCKED DOWN BY PAPARAZZO
Nicole Kidman is going after the paparazzi. The actress is reportedly filing charges against a photographer who crashed into her on his bicycle and knocked her to the ground. Nicole, who had just attended Calvin Klein’s New York Fashion Week show was returning to her hotel when a freelance photographer named Carl Wu came charging towards her on his bike. As he got closer he hit the brakes, but not fast enough and slammed into the actress. Nicole was furious and called the cops. According to TMZ, this particular photographer is well known for his encounters with celebrities. So much so that there’s actually a Tumblr account called “F**k You Carl Wu.”
POTTER-INSPIRED FILMS IN THE WORKS
Warner Bros. is getting back into the world of Harry Potter. The studio has announced an “expanded creative partnership” with Potter author J.K. Rowling, which will have her writing a new film series inspired by Potter’s Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Rowling will be writing her first-ever screenplay for the project, which follows the adventures of the fictitious book’s author, and will feature creatures and characters familiar to Potter fans. But Rowling insists the movie “is neither a prequel or sequel to the Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.”
TEEN MOM BLAMES SPEEDING ON SEX
No one can accuse Jenelle Evans of not being original. The Teen Mom star and her boyfriend Nathan Griffith were pulled over in North Carolina earlier this week due to Nathan’s erratic driving, and Jenelle gave cops quite an excuse. “Honestly, we were trying to have sex,” she told the officer. When the cop clarified and said, “that’s why you guys were all over the road?,” Jenelle replied “Yeah.” But it wasn’t that they were having sex while driving. When the cop asked them if they were “touching” while Nathan was behind the wheel, Jenelle insisted they were not. The cop then recognized Jenelle and asked if she was “the girl on MTV” and she replied, “Yeah, unfortunately.” Nathan, 25, was arrested and charged with DUI, speeding, driving on the wrong side of the road, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license. He was released after Jenelle posted his $5,000 bail.
Former Grey’s Anatomy star Katherine Heigl has been branded a nightmare to work with, according to a new article in the Hollywood Reporter. The actress has a reputation of being “difficult” which may be why her career seems to be in the toilet. “She can cost you time every single day of shooting,” said one person who worked with her on Life As We Know It. Another problem is that her mother Nancy is also her manager, and she too has a bad reputation. “I have never experienced anything like Nancy Heigl,” said one insider. “It’s about the mouth. F**k you. You’re a f**king liar…whatever you’d say, you were an idiot.” According to one producer, Heigl’s reputation once cost her a part on a network show. “On many levels, she would have been perfect for the role, but all of us said, ‘she’s not worth it,’” claimed the insider.
SHEEN EXPLAINS BLAIR DEPARTURE
Charlie Sheen discussed the departure of his on-screen Anger Management love interest Selma Blair during an appearance on the Tonight Show earlier this week. While reports claimed Charlie wanted her fired after she made disparaging comments about his work ethic, Charlie says her axing had more to do with the direction of the show. "One of our primary characters, Selma Blair playing Kate, was written out because it was not about our relationship," Sheen told Jay Leno. "The problem was too many people were still excited about the Two and a Half character, and thought the Anger Management character was a little dull." He then added, “That is not the case anymore. She leaves, and I start circling the drain. It's really fun to watch."
CUMBERBATCH WAS ONCE KIDNAPPED
Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch reveals in a new interview that he was once kidnapped at gunpoint. The 37-year-old tells the Hollywood Reporter the incident occurred while he and some friends were driving to the set of his 2005 miniseries To The Ends of the Earth in Durban, South Africa. The front tire of their car blew out and as they were getting the spare to change it, six armed men approached their vehicle. The men then bound Cumberbatch and threw him into the trunk of their car. "I was scared, really scared…I was really worried that I was going to get raped or molested or just tortured or toyed with in some way, some act of control and savagery," he says. Eventually his captors released him without any explanation. "I looked into this black man's face, and I cried with gratitude," he said, adding that the terrifying experience changed him. "It really, really enriches your values in life. It's incredibly important."
THIS YEAR’S KENNEDY CENTER HONOREES
Billy Joel, Shirley MacLaine, Carlos Santana, opera singer Martina Arroyo and composer Herbie Hancock have been selected to be the 2013 Kennedy Center Honorees. The group will be saluted during a star-studded event at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC on December 15th, which will air December 29th on CBS. Previous honorees include Frank Sinatra, Oprah Winfrey, David Letterman, Steve Martin and Led Zeppelin.
STAR’S PRESENCE DISRUPTS TRIAL
Tom Hanks was just trying to do his civic duty at an LA court earlier this week and wound up causing a bit of controversy. The two-time Oscar winner was called for jury duty and assigned to a domestic violence case. The actor was taking his assignment seriously, but all that came to an end Wednesday, when a female member of the L.A. City Attorney’s office, who was not assigned to the case Hanks was on, came up to the actor and thanked him for his service. The prosecutor then told the judge of the woman’s “inappropriate contact” with a juror, and the defense asked for a hearing to prove there was some misconduct. In the end, both sides wound up making a deal and the accused pled no contest to “disturbing the peace” and was fined $150.
KIM’S RING ON THE AUCTION BLOCK
Kris Humphries is getting rid of the engagement ring he gave ex-wife Kim Kardashian. Although he’s not listed by name, Christies is auctioning off a ring on October 15th that has the identical description to the one Kris gave Kim. The bauble is a Lorraine Schwartz ring with a 16.21 carat center diamond and two 1.80 carat side diamonds. It is expected to fetch between $300,000 and $500,000.
SPY KIDS STAR ENGAGED
Spy Kids star Alexa Vega has gotten engaged to Big Time Rush singer Carlos Pena. The couple has been dating since 2012. This will be the second marriage for the 25-year-old Vega. Her two-year marriage to producer Sean Covel ended last year.