Disney Not Stopping at Star Wars 7: 3 Films and More Coming!

 

George Lucas in works with Disney for more Star Wars films

George Lucas in works with Disney for more Star Wars films

George Lucas’ original vision is going to become a reality.

After initially offering up the promise of a seventh Star Wars film in 2015, Disney—which bought Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion this week—revealed today that Episode 78 and 9 are in the works.

The Mouse House is planning on releasing the ensuing sequels every two to three years, Disney chief exec Robert Iger said in a conference call with reporters.

Back when Lucas was announcing plans for Star Wars: Episode 1—The Phantom Menace back in the 1990s (those high expectations we harbored were so long ago), he indicated that he envisioned both three prequels and three sequels to kick off and cap off his seminal trilogy.

And now, Disney is looking to make it happen.

The mega-brand is also interested in developing new Star Wars properties for its theme parks (what, improve on Star Tours?!) and Disney 😄 network.

“We love the fact that this will take its place in our live-action strategy as a known and loved brand,” Iger said. “We really like Star Wars potential on TV, and Disney 😄 would be a great home for that.”

But while Lucas characterized the Disney buyout as a changing of the guard, veteran producer and current Lucasfilm cochair Kathleen Kennedy isn’t moving to a galaxy far, far away—she’ll remain as president under Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn and executive-produce the coming Star Wars films.

And, of course, Lucas created the whole universe, so…his name won’t be forgotten.

SOURCE: E! Online

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Donnie Wahlberg’s Apartment Floods, NYC Celebs Blown Away by Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy floods Donnie Walhberg's apartment

Hurricane Sandy floods Donnie Wahlberg’s apartment

Fame didn’t matter much to Frankenstorm.

Hurricane Sandy tore through New York City and surrounding areas Monday night, causing severe flooding and leaving thousands powerless. Lots of stars—including “Blue Bloods” star Donnie Wahlberg, whose entire apartment was under a foot of water—felt the effects.

 Wahlberg faced the wrath of Hurricane Sandy head on, when his New York apartment was flooded out by the superstorm. Wahlberg posted a series of status updates on his Twitter account on Monday, which showed him trudging through more than a foot of water in his apartment building.

At one point the former New Kid on the Block singer tweeted: “My entire building is under a foot of water. Awesome neighbors all banding together to help each other! Stay safe!

Later he tweeted: “Safe & Sound on Higher Ground! Don’t worry about me. Material things are meaningless. Check in with those you know in the storm! Stay safe!!

Alec Baldwin tweeted that he and wife Hilaria Baldwinhad lost power and were “Possibly leaving our home to check into a hotel.”

Piers Morgan was impressed with the resilience of Gotham City. “Got to hand it to New Yorkers, they’re tough as old boots,” the native Brit tweeted. “loads of people out in Manhattan today, carrying on as normal. #Sandy”

Khloé Kardashian Odom tweeted that she was “Praying for the victims of hurricane Sandy!” A fan asked her if Lamar Odom‘s Queens-based family was OK, and she responded, “Yes thank God! Making our phone calls to double check :(”

“Wow…Sandy is one mean lady! Lots of thoughts, prayers and love going out to all in her path…you guys stay strong!,” Carrie Underwood tweeted.

Kirstie Alley echoed those sentiments, tweeting, “oh NYC…I’m so sad for you…so much devastation and clean up to do..Let us know how to help”

East Coast, stay safe!

SOURCE: E! Online

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Justin Timberlake “Deeply Sorry” About Controversial Video, Insists Wasn’t Shown at His Wedding to Jessica Biel

 

Justin Timberlake at the premiere of "Trouble with The Curve"

Justin Timberlake at the premiere of “Trouble with The Curve”

Justin Timberlake has written an open letter and posted it on his website in which he apologizes for the controversial video featuring homeless people congratulating him and Jessica Biel on their nuptials.

In the letter, the newlywed states he “had no knowledge of its existence” and “had absolutely ZERO contribution to it.” What’s more, he clarifies that, contrary to reports, “it was NOT shown at my wedding.”

Timberlake goes on to say, “I am deeply sorry to anyone who was offended by the video. Again, it was something that I was not made aware of. But, I do understand the reaction and, by association, I am holding myself accountable.”

Timberlake insists that his friends are “good people” and that the video “was clearly a lapse in judgment which I’m sure no one who is reading this is exempt from. But, I don’t believe it was made to be insensitive.” However, “I think we can all agree that it was distasteful.”

Timberlake concludes the letter by writing, “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts. It really is a blessing to be able to speak directly to my true fans so that you can know exactly where I stand. P.S. You can bet your ass that I’m having my friend do at least 100 hours of community service… Boom.”

Here is the full letter below:

You can read Timberlake’s extensive letter here, but after a pre-amble that references the values of love and acceptance instilled in him by his grand-pappy when he was but a boy, frosting his tips in the Tennessee sun, Timberlake breaks down his apology:

“As it pertains to this silly, unsavory video that was made as a joke and not in any way in mockery:

 

1. I had no knowledge of its existence. I had absolutely ZERO contribution to it.

 

2. My friends are good people. This was clearly a lapse in judgment which I’m sure no one who is reading this is exempt from. But, I don’t believe it was made to be insensitive. More so, I think it was made as a joke on me not having that many friends attending my own wedding (which IS kind of funny if you think about it).

 

3. Like many silly rumors that I have been made aware of about the week: It was NOT shown at my wedding.

 

4. I think we can all agree that it was distasteful, even though that was not it’s intention.”

 

Gawker.com, which first obtained the video, took it down after receiving multiple cease-and-desist letters from Timberlake’s legal camp.

SOURCE: E! Online

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Katy Perry Wears Obama Ballot Dress At Rally In Las Vegas

 

Katy Perry performs at Obama rally in Las Vegas

Katy Perry performs at Obama rally in Las Vegas

Katy Perry‘s doing her best get-out-the vote effort: At a rally for President Barack Obama, she wore a tight white dress imprinted like a ballot, and a square box on her right hip filled in the names of Obama and Joe Biden.

Perry gave a free concert at a park in a historically minority neighborhood just northwest of downtown Las Vegas to screaming fans at about 9 p.m., the same time Air Force One landed at McCarran International Airport across town.

Obama later told the crowd, “I believe in you. I need you to keep believing in me.”

The Las Vegas campaign event drew more than 10,000 people, according to fire officials and organizers, with long lines still on sidewalks during Perry’s 30-minute performance before Obama arrived.

The singer opened with a rendition of Al Green’s soul hit, “Let’s Stay Together,” and played five songs, including “Teenage Dream,” before ending with a thumping bass drum version of “Firework.”

Perry, who recently also played a free concert at an Obama event in Los Angeles, paused before the last song Wednesday to exhort people in the Las Vegas crowd to vote early.

“Don’t wait. Go tomorrow,” she said. “How many of you are 18 here? It’s going to be your first time, right?”

SOURCE: Huffington Post

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Tom Cruise, Suri Cruise: ‘Mission Impossible’ Actor Sues Life & Style, In Touch For $50 Million

Tom Cruise holds his daughter Suri

Tom Cruise holds his daughter Suri

The message is pretty clear: Don’t mess with Tom Cruise. The “Mission Impossible” actor has filed a $50 million lawsuit against Life & Style and In Touch magazines for claiming that Cruise had abandoned his daughter, Suri, 6.

Both magazines, which are owned by Bauer Publishing, ran similar headlines in the months following Cruise’s June divorce from his estranged wife, Katie Holmes. The Life & Style story in question ran in July and alleged “Suri in Tears: Abandoned by Her Dad.” Meanwhile, In Touch magazine ran a cover story on Oct. 1 that pictured a sad-looking Suri with a similar headline, “Abandoned by Daddy.”

Cruise’s lawyer Bert Fields confirmed that Cruise, 50, made the action against Bauer Publishing on Wednesday at the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, saying that the tabloids’ claims were “a disgusting, vicious lie.”

TMZ has Fields’ statement in full:

“Tom is a caring father who dearly loves Suri. She’s a vital part of his life and always will be. To say he has ‘abandoned’ her is a vicious lie. To say it in lurid headlines with a tearful picture of Suri is reprehensible.Tom doesn’t go around suing people. He’s not a litigious guy. But when these sleaze peddlers try to make money with disgusting lies about his relationship with his child, you bet he’s going to sue.”

These serial defamers are foreign owned companies with their global headquarters in Hamburg. They take money from unsuspecting Americans by selling their malicious garbage. Having to pay a libel judgment may slow them down.”

 

This isn’t the first time that Cruise has sued a publication. The actor has also sued the Daily Express, National Enquirer and Vanity Fair in the past.

 

SOURCE: The Huffington Post

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Taylor Swift Feels Pressured “Not to Make a Mistake”

 

Taylor Swift on Good Morning America

Taylor Swift on Good Morning America

Taylor Swift takes cute and twee to a new level.

Monday morning on Good Morning America, the 22-year-old country-pop star chatted with George Stephanopoulos about the release of her new album, Red. She was quite forthcoming about the struggles of life in the spotlight—but she got a little shy when the conversation got close to the subject of boyfriend Conor Kennedy.

“If you were to write a story about your love life right now—happy song? Sad song?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“I don’t really talk about my love life,” Swift answered with a smile. “I kind of sing about it a lot—because I really think that it sounds more, more poetic and romantic with music behind it.”

“My fans know that I’m gonna give them the real version of what happened to me in my music,” she said. “And they know what they read on gossip sites may or may not be true. And they can kind of tell if it’s true or not because they know me.”

Taylor admitted that there “is sort of a pressure not to make a mistake…And I’m at an age where you’re supposed to be, like, learning lessons and all that and making mistakes and it’s OK,” she said. “But it’s…I really have to minimize the mistakes that I make because it’s important that I…I have these people that count on me.”

In the GMA hot seat, Taylor revealed a slew of fun facts about herself.

Her first celebrity crush? “Taylor Hanson,” she answered quickly.

Favorite shows? “CSILaw & Order, Grey’s Anatomy, Girls, The Mindy Project,” she said. “I watch so much TV. You have no idea.”

Hidden talent? “Antique shopping and putting together my friends’ apartments when they’re not there.”

When asked about her favorite comfort foods, Taylor said, “Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Pop-Tarts.”

Impressively, Stephanopoulos remembered that Robert Pattinson also counts Cinnamon Toast Crunch as hisfavorite comfort food. “Wow!” Taylor gushed. “This is exciting news!”

And when asked what brings a smile to her face, Taylor had a ready answer. “Oh my god, so much,” she said. “Mostly, uh, like cats. Mostly cats.”

With a cat like Meredith, we can’t blame her one bit.

SOURCE: E! Online

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Adele’s Baby Boy: Singer Welcomes Son With Simon Konecki

Adele at the 2012 Grammys

Adele at the 2012 Grammys

Adele better get ready to start humming some lullabies, because the British soul singer is officially a mom. She and beau Simon Konecki welcomed a baby boy, People reports.

A family source confirmed the news, saying, “We are all over the moon.”

The new addition to their family joins Konecki’s young daughter from his first marriage.

Adele, 24, remained relatively quiet when it came to her pregnancy, but she did announce on her blog that she and Konecki, 38, were expecting their first child together.

“Im delighted to announce that Simon and I are expecting our first child together,” she wrote on June 29. “I wanted you to hear the news direct from me, obviously we’re over the moon and very excited but please respect our privacy at this precious time.”

Shortly after the news of Adele’s pregnancy broke, came rumors that she was further along in her pregnancy than everyone thought, with reports suggesting she was due in September.

In August, a photo of a very pregnant Adele landed on the cover of Life & Style Weekly, practically confirming that the singer was getting closer to her due date. Another rumor popped up that she and Konecki had secretly tied the knot. However, Adele was quick to shoot down any nuptial news.

“I’m not married…Zzzzzzz,” she tweeted on August 30.

Perhaps marriage isn’t too far away for Adele and Konecki, who have been dating since summer 2011, but right now it seems they are focused on their new bundle of joy. Congrats to the happy couple!

SOURCE: The Huffington Post

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Dusty Springfield Drama Set to Premiere at the L.A. Shorts Film Festival

Set in 1970, “The Soul of Blue Eye” tells the story of Dusty Springfield’s decision to record her Platinum selling hit Son of a Preacher Man for Atlantic Records, and the struggles she had as a white gay woman singing black soul music during the tumultuous 1960’s. Besides having a hit show, “It Must Be Dusty” in […]

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