BEN AFFLECK TO PLAY BATMAN
Ben Affleck has reportedly been signed on to play Batman in the planned Man of Steel sequel, due out July 17, 2015. The film brings Batman and Superman together on the big screen for the first time. Henry Cavill is set to reprise his role as Superman in the film, with Man of Steel director Zack Snyder on board to direct once again
J.LO’S STALKER LIVED IN HER POOL HOUSE
A 49-year-old man was arrested in Southampton, NY, earlier this month for allegedly sleeping in Jennifer Lopez’s pool house for several days. Police say alleged stalker John M. Dubis moved into the pool house of J.Lo’s $10 million pad and was basically hiding in plain sight. Sources say he walked around the estate freely, in full view of neighbors, and even posted pictures of himself on Facebook. And all this happened while J.Lo had security patrolling the three acre property. Police finally busted Dubis on August 8th and he was charged with burglary, stalking and criminal contempt. J.Lo was not at home at the time. Earlier this year Lopez took out a protective order against Dubis for contacting her mother.
KANYE GETS EMOTIONAL ABOUT KIM
Kanye West tells Kris Jenner on today’s Kris that nothing was going to get in the way of his relationship with Kim Kardashian. "I could have people say, 'This is going to damage your credibility as an artist or designer.' And I say, you know, I don't care, I love this woman," he said. As for the increased attention from the paparazzi, Kanye adds, “I love this person. She's worth it to me." Talking about his recently deceased grandfather, Kanye says, “his whole thing was about joy, having joy in his life. [Kim is] my joy. She brought my new joy into the world." Kanye adds that after his mother died in 2007, “I felt like sometimes I didn’t have something to live for, and now I have two really special people to live for, a whole family to live for.”
MAG CLAIMS DIAZ & SEGEL ARE DATING
Bad Teacher co-stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel may be more than just friends. Life & Style magazine claims the two stars are dating. The pair was spotted dining together in East Hampton, New York earlier this week, and were later seen shopping for groceries. “They were at [upscale eatery] Nick and Toni's and seemed to be on a date,” a source tells the mag. But Gossip Cop reports that the story is not true, and claims there was another man with them during their meal.
THE LATEST AMERICAN IDOL NEWS
Looks like Randy Jackson will be sticking around American Idol. Jackson decided to leave the show last season, but Deadline.com reports he is now in talks to return, but not as a judge. Word is, Jimmy Iovine will no longer be the show’s in-house mentor, and Jackson is expected to take over his spot. Meanwhile, Us Weekly reports Jennifer Lopez, whose return is expected to be confirmed any day now, wants Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun to take the third position on the judging panel. According to TMZ, Idol producers have been aggressively courting Braun, who also manages The Wanted and Carly Rae Jepsen. So far, only Keith Urban is confirmed to return.
BRANDY’S EMBARRASSING CONCERT
Talk about embarrassing. Earlier this week, R&B star Brandy took the stage at the 90,000 capacity FNB Stadium in South Africa and wound up playing in front of just 40 or so people. Seems Brandy was supposed to be the surprise final act at the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day, but she was such a surprise, most of the audience left before she got on stage because they thought the concert was over. And not only did nobody see her in the stadium, she was snubbed from TV as well. SABC, South Africa’s National Channel, had been televising the event, but ended its broadcast before Brandy took the stage.
COWELL VACATIONING ITH BABY MAMA
Simon Cowell was reportedly reunited with his baby mama earlier this week. The X Factor judge and pregnant girlfriend Lauren Silverman met up for a vacation in the South of France Wednesday, according to People magazine. "He is very pleased that her divorce is finalized, and he is excited about spending time with Lauren," a source tells the mag. "He wants to make sure that she and the baby are doing okay. He is getting more and more excited about the baby." Another source adds, "They are definitely an item. They are making plans together for the future for themselves and the baby."
LINDSAY HANGS WITH DRUGGIE FRIEND
Lindsay Lohan’s friends were reportedly concerned when she went shopping earlier this week with buddy Vikram Chatwal, who has a known history of drug problems. But Lindsay doesn’t understand why everyone’s making such a fuss. Sources tell TMZ Lindsay thinks Vikram is good company, because, like her, he’s been through rehab several times and is currently in recovery. Vikram was busted for drug possession back in April and was ordered to undergo 12 months of in-patient rehab. But TMZ reports most counselors say it is “not recommended” for a recovering addict to hang out with another addict. Explained one counselor, “Why hang out with someone whose commitment to sobriety isn’t airtight?”
PATTINSON TALKS TWILIGHT FANS
Now that Twilight is over, Robert Pattinson doesn’t have anything nice to say about the films’ fans. "What's really weird about Twilight fans is that they're not really teenagers. Most of them are older. Twilight has its own fan culture that existed from day one. And in an intense way that didn't exist before," he tells Interview magazine. "Sometimes I ask myself what these masses of people do the whole day. They sit in front of their computers and comment on anything having even remotely to do with Twilight." Another thing that seems to bother the actor, his online nickname “R-Patz.” "I'd like to strangle the guy who came up with it!” he says, referring to him as "some fat celebrity blogger."
GIA ALLEMAND REMEMBERED AT NEW YORK SERVICE
A funeral service for Bachelor contestant Gia Allemand was held yesterday at Trinity Grace Church in New York City. Gia’s mom Donna Micheletti and boyfriend NBA star Ryan Anderson supported each other through the service, which was witnessed by several Bachelor alumni. Members of Anderson’s basketball team, the New Orleans Pelicans, were also in attendance. The 45-minute service featured eulogies by two close friends, as well as Allemand’s favorite hymn “Amazing Grace.” Allemand committed suicide last week at the age of 29.
GUNVALSON’S EX SUES
Vicki Gunvalson’s ex-beau Brooks Ayers has filed a slander suit against a former business associate. In his suit, Brooks claims ex-business partner Robert Williamson III went public with false claims that Brooks tried to have him killed. He says Williamson told the Real Housewives of Orange County star that Brooks, “hired a hitman to kill (Williamson).” Brooks claims he was “publicly vilified and humiliated” by the accusation, and “has suffered substantial damages in the form or pain, suffering, anguish and lost business opportunities.” Williamson has filed his own lawsuit against both Brooks and Vicki, claiming they conned him out of $250,000.
HOUGH’S NEW MAN
Julianne Hough has moved on from Ryan Seacrest. According to the New York Post, the Rock of Ages star is currently dating director Ari Sandel. The pair was spotted enjoying a brunch date Sunday in West Hollywood, and was also photographed leaving the Chateau Marmont together Saturday night.
TODAY’S JENNA WOLFE WELCOMES BABY GIRL
Today correspondent Jenna Wolfe and her partner, NBC News foreign correspondent Stephanie Gosk, welcomed a baby girl Wednesday night in New York City. Harper Estelle Wolfeld Gosk arrived at 7:31 pm, and weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces.
TRANSGENDER REALITY STAR MURDERED
A transgender reality TV star was murdered in California Tuesday. Domonique Newburn, 32, star of the YouTube series Hollywood Houseboys, about the lives of four gay friends, was found beaten to death in her Fontana, CA apartment. Cops say they “found evidence of a struggle, inside and outside" of the house. Officers believe they have a suspect. A man in his late 20s was seen leaving the apartment in a Black Mercedes, which belonged to Domonique.
FORMER NICKELODEON STAR BUSTED FOR DUI
Former Nickelodeon star Omar Gooding was arrested Tuesday morning in Los Angeles on suspicion of DUI. Omar, star of the show Wild & Crazy Kids (and younger brother of Cuba Gooding, Jr.) was released on his own recognizance and will appear in court at a later date.