MINDY KALING ADDRESSES DIVERSITY ON 'THE MINDY PROJECT'
Mindy Kaling is over the hoopla surrounding the issue of diversity issue on her sitcom The Mindy Project. The 34-year-old participated in a SXSW panel discussion called "Running the Show: TV's New Queen of Comedy" on Monday (March 10th) where she was asked, "You guys have a great, diverse set of characters, but was it a conscious decision for Mindy to be the only female doctor, and the only doctor color of show?"
Mindy replied, "I look at shows on TV, and this is going to just seem defensive, but I'm just gonna say it: I'm a f**king Indian woman who has her own f**king network television show, OK?" She added, "I have four series regulars that are women on my show, and no one asks any of the shows I adore -- and I won't name them because they're my friends -- why no leads on their shows are women or of color, and I'm the one that gets lobbied about these things. And I'll answer them, I will. But I know what's going on here. It is a little insulting because, I'm like, God, what can I -- oh, I'm sitting in it. I have 75 percent of the lines on the show. And I'm like, oh wait, it's not like I'm running a country, I'm not a political figure. I'm someone who's writing a show and I want to use funny people. And it feels like it diminishes the incredibly funny women who do come on my show...I don't know, it's a little frustrating."
AMANDA BYNES ADDRESSES TABLOID RUMORS
Amanda Bynes has kept a low profile since her release from treatment a few months ago but she took to Twitter on Monday to address a new In Touch story claiming that she has been using secret accounts on the social media site. According to the article, the 27-year-old has allegedly been using the handle @PersianLA27 under the pseudonym "Ashley Barks."
Amanda shared a recent sketch she drew and wrote, "New sketch ~ FYI This is my only twitter account, I have no secret twitter accounts. Xoxo Amanda" @PersianLa27 also tweeted last week to deny the story saying, "I am not Amanda. My name is Ashley."
- The former Nickelodeon star made her return to Twitter on March 1st by writing, "Hi everyone! I'm busy studying at @FIDM but I want to say I love you to my fans! Xoxo Amanda" She also deleted most of her previous tweets, uploaded a new photo of herself, and changed her bio to read "Fashion Student."
MAJOR WEIGHT LOSS FOR MO'NIQUE
Mo'Nique may have joked about her weight in the past in films like Phat Girlz but now the 46-year-old is taking her health very seriously. The Oscar winner has been documenting her weight loss effort on Twitter and she has already shed over 80 pounds.
She recently attended the 22nd Annual Pan-African Film and Arts Festival where she told Hello Beautiful, "The journey's been amazing because it truly lets you know what you're made of. People always say, 'Mo'Nique, what motivates you?' I had to do it for my husband and my children. And I had to get out of my own way." Mo'Nique has been getting fit with a variety of exercises including lifting weights, yoga, jumping rope, swimming, hiking, boxing and even hula-hooping.
REPORT: KRIS JENNER TAKES CREDIT FOR PLANNING KANYE'S PROPOSAL TO KIM
Kris Jenner is taking credit for being instrumental in planning Kanye West's proposal to Kim Kardashian. The momager discussed her role while giving a declaration in Kimye's ongoing lawsuit against YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley who is being accused of illegally leaking video footage of the proposal.
Kris revealed, "I played a major role in organizing and running the event. As part of this, I was directly involved in formulating and was familiar with the guest list." The reality star went on to explain how the leak may have diminished the financial value of the official footage saying, "The rights to broadcast the event were sold on an exclusive basis. Such rights (including future rights) are (and will be) of diminished value if others preempt the official, contractually authorized broadcast or other publication rights that Kanye West or I own with their own, earlier unauthorized publication or broadcast. M. Hurley was not invited by the organizers of the event...Kim and Kanye did not know him. We would not have been upset in the least if he had to leave -- or never even attended in the first place -- and he had not earned the trust of Kim, Kanye, or me."
- A judge will be reviewing the case on March 18th.
LENA DUNHAM DISCUSSES HER RELATIONSHIP WITH FUN. BAND MEMBER: Lena Dunham's boyfriend, Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, was fully aware of what he was in for before they started dating. Lena explains in the April issue of Glamour, "The dialogue around the show already existed, so it was sort of clear to him what the baggage of dating me was going to be. I remember talking with him on our first date and him being like, 'God, all the articles about your nudity on the show are such bulls**t.' It's funny, 'cause in some ways that's the conversation we still have when I'm upset about stuff I read." Lena and Jack have been together for two years.
PRINCE HARRY IS DISCUSSING MARRIAGE WITH CRESSIDA BONAS: Prince Harry and his girlfriend, Cressida Bonas, have reportedly started planning their future together. A source told E! News, "Harry and Cressida have made a point of talking about marriage and what changes they're going to have to make to their life of late. According to friends of Cressida, the couple has decided to try and keep their semi normal lifestyle as long as physically possible. Up until now Cressida has loved the fact they can have a lot of freedom in public, they don't hit the headlines when they go to dinner and they can enjoy their relative anonymity around Chelsea. But they are fully aware once they decide to proceed to marriage things will get a little crazy and the attention on them will increase. So it's very much a 'let's enjoy this while it lasts' before they move forward." The insider also revealed that Kate Middleton has offered Cressida tips on how they can maintain their normality when the world gets royal wedding fever once again.
'GAME OF THRONES' ACTOR COMES OUT: Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor on Game of Thrones, has come out of the closet to the public. During an interview with a fansite of the show, Nairn was informed about his big following in the gay community he responded, "Well, in all honesty, when you talk about the gay community you are talking about MY community, haha. I AM aware of it yeah, and I think it's really lovely. There's not a day that I don't get a few messages, but 99 percent or more are super sweet and nothing smutty at all! Again, it's a privilege, and I really mean that." He went on to say, "I've never hidden my sexuality from anyone, my whole life in fact, and I've been waiting for someone to ask about it in an interview, 'cause it's not something you just blurt out. I've tried to lead the questions a few times, to no avail! It's important to stand up and be counted. I have and always will stand my ground."
TORI SPELLING SETTLES LAWSUIT OVER TV SHOW: Tori Spelling has settled a $60 million lawsuit from last summer where three producers accused her of stealing their idea for her Oxygen reality show, sTORIbook Weddings. According to Radar Online, the case was slated to go to trial on June 2nd, 2014 but have recently filed paperwork claiming both sides reached a settlement back in January. The producers insist that they pitched the show to the network back in 2009 but were told there was no interest but an "uncannily similar" show made it to air in 2011.
JUAN PABLO GALAVIS RESPONDS TO 'BACHELOR' BACKLASH: Juan Pablo Galavis has a rough go at being the leading man on the most recent season of The Bachelor but he won't let the haters keep him down. The 32-year-old posted a photo to his Instagram account on Tuesday (March 11th) with a quote that read, "Throw me to the wolves and I'll come back leading the pack." Aside from his homophobic comments and recent derogatory use of the word "retarded," the reality star has come under fire for his treatment of the women on his show including the winner, Nikki Ferrell, who he refused to admit he was in love with during the live After the Final Rose special that aired on Monday (March 10th.)
CHELSEA HANDLER DOESN'T CARE ABOUT FASHION
Comedian Chelsea Handler could not care less about sitting front row at a show during Fashion Week. The E! host covers the spring issue of Paper magazine where she discusses how little fashion means to her and how she may have pissed off Anna Wintour.
Chelsea explains, "I'm interested in looking good for me, but I'm not interested in going to a fashion show. It's not real. I went once last year with a boyfriend. I was like, 'This is the worst nightmare I could have ever been to.' I was embarrassed to be there." The 39-year-old also attended last year's Met Gala which she equally hated. She goes on to say, "I was like, 'Why am I here?' I didn't have fun. I have no idea what the theme was, nor did I care. I know that I wore motorcycle boots under my Roland Mouret gown. I think it was a Roland Mouret, and Anna Wintour was like, 'She cannot wear motorcycle boots.'" Chelsea claims she responded by saying, "Well then I'll wear them so I can guarantee never getting invited again."
KEVIN HART AND JAMIE FOXX IN TALKS FOR 'BLACK PHANTOM': According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kevin Hart and Jamie Foxx are in talks to star in Black Phantom. The film follows a double-crossed mob hitman who enlists the help of the so-called Black Phantom -- the same hitman who had been sent to kill him. The project is possibly being directed by Hart's Ride Along director, Tim Story. Dave Lease and Megan Hinds wrote the script.
NBC CALLS OFF 'THE MONEY PIT' SITCOM: NBC has decided to shelve the multi-camera comedy pilot based on the 1986 film, The Money Pit. Deadline is reporting that the network was having issues casting the lead roles. The TV remake was written by former Office writer-producer Justin Spitzer. This is the second pilot to be shelved by NBC for casting problems. The other was another comedy called The Fifth Wheel.
'PITCH PERFECT' STAR JOINS ABC COMEDY: Pitch Perfect actress Anna Camp has landed the lead role in the ABC comedy pilot called Damaged Goods. Camp will play Nicole -- a smart and successful attorney who is totally bewildered and betrayed when her boyfriend Tim, played by Smallville's Justin Hartley, tells her that he can't be happy for her or continue to date if she takes the promotion she was offered at the law firm where they both work -- the promotion he expected to get. The project comes from Awkward creator Lauren Iungerich.
'THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE' SELLS BIG FOR HOME VIEWING: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire sold an estimated 3.9 million DVD and Blu-Ray units during its first weekend of release last weekend. The second film in the series also hit a new record in digital sales. Sales increased from the first film by over 40 percent. Lionsgate president, Ron Schwartz, said in a statement, "This is a monster opening and a tremendous result for the second film in a franchise, underscoring the enormous momentum of The Hunger Games films. Opening weekend packaged media sales of Catching Fire were comparable to the first Hunger Games title released nearly two years ago while digital sales grew by nearly 40 percent. With strong increases in digital revenue and Blu-Ray accounting for 50 percent of packaged media sales, the opening weekend performance is driving significant margin growth and is a testament to the strength of the franchise."
TOM BERGERON TO EXIT 'AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS': ABC has announced that Tom Bergeron will be leaving his hosting duties for America's Funniest Home Videos at the end of the show's 25th season. He has been hosting the clip show since 2001. Tom said in a statement, "I'm embracing change this month. DWTS will sure have plenty of it. And I've decided that, after 15 wonderful seasons as host of AFV, next year, the show's 25th anniversary(!!), will be my last. As Doctor Who fans know, every so often a regeneration is a good thing." He revealed via Twitter on Tuesday (March 11th) that he's pitching a live spin-off of the show to the network.