The adorableness has come to an end. Apparently, the pairing of Jay Baruchel and Alison Pill was just too much cuteness for Hollywood (though I'll be honest, this image does them no justice — perhaps this was the storm before the shipwreck), as the pair has apparently decided to end their engagement, and just a week after the split of fellow adorable Hollywood duo, Michelle Williams and Jason Segel. What is going on in Tinseltown, people? Why must another good couple bite the dust?
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In February, Baruchel (who we hope isn't feeling too melancholy after working on his upcoming apocalyptic flick This is the End) went a wee bit emo on his Twitter, spilling that he'd been "broken up with" and that he'd be off Twitter for a while. And when Pill was spotted without her engagement ring at this weekend's Paleyfest (according to Us Weekly) where she was promoting her HBO series The Newsroom, there was little left to wonder about. This bird had flown.
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The couple has been engaged for two years, and had planned to wed in Quebec in September of 2012, but scheduling had derailed what was sure to be a small ceremony so sweet their guests' parting gifts would be cavaties. Unfortunately, for friends of the previously smiley couple, they'll now have to get their dental blemishes the old fashioned way.
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The actors played rival politicians in The Campaign, and Ferrell reveals he and Galifianakis became quite close by the time they finished shooting the satirical film, and even handed each other parting gifts.
But the Elf star admits his present was not the genuine article, telling Britain's The Sun, "Zach told me how he had written to Bill Cosby as a kid but he never wrote back. So I got Bill Cosby's book and a headshot and forged his signature.
"I signed it, 'Better late than never - The Cos.'"
Ferrell softened the blow by tracking down a real signed book for his pal, who was thrilled with the token - but sad to wrap their collaboration.
Galifianakis adds, "I wrote an email to Will in a coffee shop in New Orleans to tell him it was the best job I had ever had. I was crying when I wrote it. It was the best work experience I have ever had for sure."
Could anything lessen the sting of very public chatter that not only are you being let go from the place where you've worked for almost 15 years, but you could be replaced by one of your seemingly less "empathetic" colleagues? Probably not much, but $10 million might help a little bit.
Amid all the chatter of what will happen to Ann Curry, the 55-year-old co-host of Today, and why she's likely being let go in the first place, TMZ reports that a "network source" told them that Curry could be getting a $10 million a year payoff. In that deal, Curry would step down from her post on Today and take on the duties of a foreign correspondent for NBC News. A win-win, on paper, as Today would get to replace Curry in hopes of a ratings boost and she would get back to the type of work she reportedly missed. Oh, and $10 million a year.
Also helping to soften the blow of what's been an undoubtedly strange and, at times, incredibly awkward past couple of days for the journalist, Curry has been getting some support from the internet as well. In addition to an online grassroots movement pleading with NBC to keep Curry on as Matt Lauer's co-host, she's now being backed by some fans on Twitter, including some of its more famous users.
Fellow journalist Keith Olbermann, who knows a thing or two about running into issues with a network, posted, "The public flaying of @AnnCurry should shame those who are encouraging it and those who are reporting it. She is one of the few great people." Curry also received words of encouragement from actress Holly Robinson Peete, who found out last year she was relieved of her co-hosting duties on CBS' gab fest The Talk, tweeted, "Wishing @anncurry so much luck in her future. Tough to be replaced so publicly after so many years... Good Luck Ann!"
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Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge) and Jim Carrey's (The Majestic) new untitled project has been pulled by Universal from its March shooting date, Variety reports. The comedy was to star Carrey as a widower who begins dating, only to be haunted by Kidman, who plays his dead wife. Variety cites Kidman's tight schedule as a reason for the delay; she's currently busy haunting Tom Cruise.
Regis Philbin is keeping his original day job. The beleaguered Who Wants To Be a Millionaire host has declined to headline the syndicated version, even though the prime time gig may disappear. And, yes, that's his final answer.
Forget Mork. Forget Patch Adams. The usually cheerful Robin Williams is developing his dark side, and will play mentally disturbed characters in each of his next three films. Actually, we'd like to forget most of the roles we've seen Williams in. Jumanji, anyone?
Movie fans lined Leicester Square in London to catch a glimpse of favorite son Ewan McGregor and other stars of Black Hawk Down at Britain's premiere of the Ridley Scott flick Thursday night. Meanwhile, down the street, fans of the three-piece suit fans lined the aisles at Harrods.
"Out, out damned spot." Monica Lewinsky--yes, that Monica Lewinsky--was at a press conference Wednesday to promote HBO's documentary Monica in Black and White, set to debut March 3. Lewinsky told reporters the biggest misconception people have of her is "that I sought this celebrity by seducing the president and going to the White House with an agenda." And here we thought she went to the White House to make a big change in our trade policy with China.
NBC has filled its drama production slate for the fall 2002 season, ordering six hour-long dramas--including Kingpin, a drug-syndicate Sopranos--and asking for scripts on three other possible series. In related news, ABC has informed CBS and FOX that it gets first dibs on any shows that NBC doesn't work into its lineup. (That's a joke, folks.)
We didn't think anything could make Emeril look good. But NBC's replacement, the Hank Azaria starrer Imagine, has been squashed after just two episodes, after pulling in the same dismal ratings the ill-conceived cooking show did. Bam! In related news, ABC has optioned both Emeril and Imagine. (That's a joke, too.)
Steven Bing, famous for producing Get Carter and for having dated actress Elizabeth Hurley without knocking her up (or so he says), is now suing England's Daily Mail newspaper for libel. The Daily Mail reported that Bing hired a private dick (oh, now we get it) to dig up dirt on the pregnant Hurley in an attempt to ruin her reputation. We've said it once, and we'll say it again: those goofy British.
The Price Is Right celebrated its 30th anniversary in style: with cops, cops and more cops. An estimated 5,000 people showed up for the gala taping in Las Vegas, though there were only an estimated 900 tickets for public consumption. Which means an estimated 4,100 people got mad. The police made no arrests, but did leave with some nice parting gifts.
It's now known that Lani O'Grady, Mary from Eight Is Enough, passed away last September from "multiple drug intoxication." The L.A. County Coroner said that the two drugs in her system, Vicodin and Prozac, were more than enough. The coroner did not say whether or not her 1994 appearance on Geraldo had anything to do with her demise.
From the world of sitar comes this shocking development: Ravi Shankar's daughter wants to make a name of her own. Anoushka Shankar, 20, understood that having a famous dad meant she "didn't have to work to get an audience," but she admits she's developing her own style. As for a name of her own, we suggest Uma Zeta-Jones.
Phil Collins and his wife have set up a charity for aspiring Swiss athletes and entertainers aged 4 to 16. Collins will be performing Saturday in Geneva to raise funds for said charity. There's been no official release on the "Face Value" of tickets or the dress code or, But Seriously even if it's not "A Hot Night in Paris" we bet "No Jackets" will be "Required." We're also waiting (for 17 years now!) for an explanation of the word "sussudio."
Co-creator of CD technology Philips has blasted the major record labels, which are now producing a "new" type of CD that will prevent buyers from ripping songs into the easily traded MP3 format popularized by Napster. Philips GM Gerry Wirtz stated, "We worry [the labels] don't know what they're doing." That makes an entire planetful of audiophiles who wonder the same thing.