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Peaches Geldof Died of Heroin Overdose: Coroner
A coroner has ruled that the death of 25-year-old U.K. TV presenter Peaches Geldof was caused by a heroin overdose, the BBC and other news sources report. Geldof, who was pronounced dead by paramedics at her home in southeast England on April 7, was addicted to the drug and took the substitute drug methadone for 2½ years before her death, according to the coroner. The BBC also reported that a police search yielded 6.9 grams of heroin in Geldof's home but no evidence that she planned to commit suicide. Pathologist Peter Jerreat said that Geldof had puncture wounds on her wrists and thumbs. »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Naya Rivera Marries Ryan Dorsey
Glee star Naya Rivera has found her happily ever after. The actress married actor Ryan Dorsey on July 19 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in front of a small group of close family. "We feel truly blessed to be joined as husband and wife," the couple told People exclusively. "Our special day was fated and everything we could have ever asked for." Dorsey, who is originally from Charleston, West Virginia, attended the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts before moving to Los Angeles, where he met Rivera four years ago. Longtime friends, they saw their relationship blossom into a romance shortly »
- Julie Jordan
‘True Blood's’ Carrie Preston Returning to ‘The Good Wife’
Things are about get crazier on CBS's “The Good Wife.” Carrie Preston will reprise her role as Elsbeth Tascioni, a show representative told TheWrap. The extent and length of her return is unclear at this time. At the top of her field, the eccentric defense attorney is known to pull off very intricate legal maneuvers despite her inclination to make observations at inappropriate times. Preston last appeared on the series in March. Preston is currently appearing on the seventh and final season of HBO's “True Blood” as waitress Arlene Fowler. Her other television credits. »
- Jethro Nededog
‘Fight Club 2' Coming to Comics Courtesy of Book's Author Chuck Palahniuk
The movie “Fight Club” captured the imagination of a generation, with a twist ending few saw coming and even fewer can forget. Now, Chuck Palahniuk, the author of the 1996 book the film was based on, is returning to the characters he created for a comic book sequel. Published by Dark Horse Comics, which has been publishing official sequels to Joss Whedon‘s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” and “Firefly/Serenity” for years, “Fight Club 2” will be a 10-issue series illustrated by Cameron Stewart. Also read: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie to Star in Universal's Intimate Drama ‘By the Sea’ Palahniuk said in an interview. »
- Jason Hughes
Portia de Rossi Joins ‘Scandal’ in ‘Top Secret Arc’
The news broke all thanks to De Rossi’s wife, Ellen DeGeneres.
The daytime talk show host tweeted that De Rossi has signed on to do a “top secret arc.”
So annoying when people brag on twitter & that's why I'm not tweeting that Portia just signed on to do a top secret arc on "Scandal". Oops.—
Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) July 23, 2014
A rep for the show said they have no other information on the role at this time.
“Scandal” is set to premiere this fall on Sept. 25.
- Nikara Johns
Joanne Froggatt Has a Giant Squirt of Toothpaste Down Her Dress!
We're sorry we had to use one of the world's most disgusting verbs to describe this Stella McCartney style, but we blame Joanne Froggatt. The British beauty went from being our favorite Downton Abbey character (sorry, Mrs. Patmore, but you're obviously a close second) to our most disappointingly dressed star to date! Who in their right mind wears a frock with a giant squiggle of tartar control paste strewn across the chest? Take that stream of cream away and this look still doesn't have much to offer. The black-and-white pattern is a little dizzying and the boring tank shape could be far more interesting. Sexy sandals do a tiny bit to save the look, but some color or bling would do even »
Vin Diesel on the crazy way he brought Groot to life in 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'
There is nothing quite like a Vin Diesel interview. As the planet prepares for the seismic impact of the release of "Guardians Of The Galaxy," one of the people who seems happiest about the entire thing is Diesel, and why not? Groot, the giant plant creature who he gives voice to in the film, is poised to be one of the breakout stars of the movie. He's sweet and gentle and dangerous and hilarious and very, very, very weird, which all sounds like a perfect way to describe Diesel himself. And keep in mind, I think the world of Diesel. I've been dealing with him occasionally since 1999, and he's always been the exact same guy every single time. I love that this is a guy who can both star in the ultimate muscle-head car-fanatic movie franchise and also rent a castle so he and his friends can play Dungeons & Dragons in style. »
- Drew McWeeny
6 major questions we have about Comic-Con, from 'Fantastic Four' to 'Hateful Eight'
What other monsters will trot out in "Godzilla's" wake? Will Captain Marvel this year be a lady? What could Quentin Tarantino have up his sleeve? These are among the major questions HitFix staffers have about 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, as filmmakers, showrunners, lead actors, comic creators and other panelists take the stage at Hall H and beyond to discuss their work. Which lineups would you like to see? Want to finally get a glimpse at the Justice League? Want to check out the Fantastic Four ensemble together? Sdcc Runs July 24-27 at the Convention Center in downtown San Diego. Tune in every day for new interviews, reviews, reactions and more. »
- Katie Hasty
New Mexico Study Shows Sunny Results from Incentives
An independent study of film-tv production incentives program in New Mexico — a key destination for runaway production from California — has offered an upbeat view of its impact.
The study showed production generated $1.5 billion in economic output since mid-2009 through earlier this year. During that period, producers received about $239 million in tax rebates.
The spending created almost 15,900 jobs, according to the state-commissioned study by Canadian consulting firm Mnp, with net cost for each job created in New Mexico from film production at approximately $8,519.
The study also included a survey of industry representatives who listed the incentive program as a key factor that drew them to the state along with New Mexico’s proximity to Los Angeles, its varied and attractive landscapes and its trained and experienced workforce.
Those reps noted that they were encouraged by last year’s passage of “Breaking Bad” legislation that boosted incentives to 30% from 25%.
“In New Mexico, »
- Dave McNary
Bromance Alert! Zac Efron and Robert Pattinson Have a Guys Night Out in Hollywood—All the Details!
There's another hot bromance blossoming in Hollywood. Besties Zac Efron and Robert Pattinson were spotted hanging out at hot spot Bootsy Bellows for what E! News has learned was a guys' night out. A source tells us the duo enjoyed a simple and drama-free night with pals while lounging in the venue's VIP room. But their night started with some friendly competition at Pinz Bowling Alley in Studio City, Calif., E! News learns. The pair were part of a group of seven and stayed to play some games until roughly midnight. "Zac was seen goofing around and Rob was not even trying, skipping his turn at one point. When they left some of the friends smoked cigarettes, while they all just laughed and talked," »
President Obama Gets ‘Scandal’ Treatment at Hollywood Fundraiser
President Barack Obama touched down in Los Angeles Wednesday for a star-studded Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the home of “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes. Approximately 450 supporters attended, with tickets starting at $1000, according to a press release issued by the White House. “Scandal” star Kerry Washington, who served as co-host, introduced Rhimes, calling her “my boss.” ICM's Chris Silbermann also acted as a co-host of the event. The President praised Washington, who volunteered during his 2012 re-election campaign. “There were few people who worked harder,” Mr. Obama said. Then he mentioned the actress’ newborn daughter as he addressed the crowd. “She showed me her. »
- Linda Ge
Casting Net: Tommy Lee Jones joins 'Criminal,' Rooney Mara replaces Jessica Chastain in 'The Secret Scripture'
• Tommy Lee Jones is joining Kevin Costner and Gary Oldman in Criminal. Ariel Vromen is directing the thriller from Millenium Films, which tells the story of a prison inmate who is implanted with a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills with the hope that he will stop a diabolical plot. Jones will play a neuroscientist who transplants said intelligence. Douglas Cook and David Weisberg wrote the script. Chris Bender, J.C. Spink, and Matt O’Toole will produce. [THR]
- C. Molly Smith
Tori Spelling "Working on Things" With Dean McDermott, Hopes to Have "Candid" Talk With Their Kids One Day
Tori Spelling hopes to be able to share the whole true Tori, er, story with her kids one day. "I hope to be able to have a very candid conversation with them one day because I hope we will have made it through this and made it out on the other side, and we survived something that was a tough thing," she told Jason Kennedy today during a visit to E! News when asked if she ever worried that her children would eventually find out how her and hubby Dean McDermott's marital issues played out online. Now that Tori and Dean are making a joint concerted effort to put their troubles behind them, she would like to think that they'll be able to pass a strong message on to their four kids together, as well as »
Obama at 'Scandal' Creator's Hollywood Fundraiser: 'Nice-Looking Crowd'
Barack Obama took the stage shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday at Shonda Rhimes' Hancock Park-area home, where the Scandal creator praised the president for "doing his job like a boss." "Nice-looking crowd," Obama joked, looking out into the star-studded audience. "You all got dressed up." Photos Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Actress Kerry Washington and ICM's Chris Silbermann co-hosted the event, where Janelle Monae performed, and Obama spent a few minutes chatting up the crowd before segueing into his traditional fundraising remarks. He singled out Monae, who danced on a table in the East Room
- Tina Daunt
‘The View’ Taps Alicia Menendez as Guest Co-Host
Throw Alicia Menendez into the mix of women co-hosting “The View” as the ABC daytime talk show strives to revamp its lineup. Menendez, host of Fusion's “Am Tonight,” will guest co-host “The View” on Thursday. The daughter of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, she has been a frequent commentator on cable news, and is a former co-host of Sirius Xm's “Power Play,” as well as “HuffPost Live.” Also read: Jenny McCarthy Implies Hillary Clinton Is a Lesbian During ‘The View’ Menendez joins a list of recent guest co-hosts including Meghan McCain, Ana Belaval (Wgn) and Sara Haines (ABC News). The revolving door for co-hosts. »
- Tim Kenneally
North West Takes Her First Steps! Proud Mom Kim Kardashian Shares the Exciting News With Adorable Photo
And here we thought the biggest Kim Kardashian news for today was going to be her latest bikini pic—we'll get to that—but this is even better! The proud mommy shared that daughter North West has taken her first steps (!) and posted maybe one of the cutest snapshots of her little girl yet. "Our baby girl finished one week of swimming lessons today then took her 1st steps right when she got out of the pool!!!! Mommy & Daddy are so proud of you!!!! Photo cred: Daddy," Kim wrote. The picture shows little Nori all wrapped up in a yellow towel after having some fun in the pool while Kim plants a big smooch on her face. Daddy Kanye West isn't seen in the pic since he's behind the camera, »
Exclusive: Icona Pop hits Mexico City with Miley Cyrus in clip from 'I Am Icon': Watch
Swedish pop duo Icona Pop broke big around the world in 2012 with its smash, “I Love It.” Since then, Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo have been traveling the globe touring with acts like Passion Pit, Matt & Kim, Marina and the Diamonds, Katy Perry and, earlier this year, with Miley Cyrus on the North American leg of her Bangerz World Tour. The pair, who released “This Is… Icona Pop” last year, chronicled their adventures on the road with Cyrus for a reality series on fashion and lifestyle website Refinery29. “I Am Icon” debuted July 10 and in this exclusive clip from the July 24 episode, they discover that there’s a bit of chaos waiting for them south of the border as they discover that the head of production for the festival they are playing has just been fired. But there are also fans waiting for them, as Jawo talks about how excited »
- Melinda Newman
Film Review: ‘Hercules’
On paper, Brett Ratner sounds like such an improbable choice to direct a large-scale ancient Greek epic that, going into his “Hercules,” one could only hope for a less aggressively preposterous affair than Renny Harlin’s bargain-basement “The Legend of Hercules” from earlier this year. The happy surprise is that Ratner’s “Hercules” is more than a mere improvement on its predecessor. It’s a grandly staged, solidly entertaining, old-fashioned adventure movie that does something no other Hercules movie has quite done before: it cuts the mythical son of Zeus down to human size (or as human as you can get while still being played by Dwayne Johnson). The result is a far classier pic than Paramount’s frenetic trailer — and decision to hide the film from reviewers until the eleventh hour — foretold, albeit one that will struggle to find its sea legs at a crowded and underperforming summer box office. »
- Scott Foundas
The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and Sinister Six Get New Release Dates at Comic-Con
Spider-Man fans are going to have to wait a little bit longer to see their favorite superhero on the big screen. Sony announced its updated release strategy for the nearly $4 billion franchise Wednesday at San Diego Comic-Con and it included a major bombshell about The Amazing Spider-Man 3. After first scheduling a release date for 2016, Sony told fans that they now have to wait until 2018(!) to see the next installment. But it's not all bad news. Fanboys (and girls) can look forward to Sinister Six, opening in theatres November 11, 2016. It's a little closer, right? The film hopes to expand the Spider-Man universe by bringing in villains to destroy New York City and one of our favorite »
Emmy Episode Analysis: 'Hitting the Fan' is Josh Charles's last chance to win for 'Good Wife''
Two-time Emmy-nominee Josh Charles may not be returning to CBS's "The Good Wife" next season, but he's made his way back into the Drama Supporting Actor Emmy race this year for his portrayal of Will Gardner. -Break- Exclusive Video: Emmy nominee Josh Charles ('Good Wife') on saying goodbye to Will Gardner Synopsis: In Charles's submitted episode, "Hitting the Fan," Will finds out that his colleague and former lover Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) is leaving the firm and taking some high-profile clients with her to begin her own practice with fellow colleague Cary Agos (Matt Czuchry). Will confronts Alicia, and when she confirms that it's true, he goes ballistic and fires her on the spot. Will has her escorted out, and fires others who planned to leave with her. Will then scrambles to win back clients who have promised to follow Alicia and hold on to others, including digital giant ChumHum, »
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