This week’s edition of Leanne’s Spoiler List is packed with so many pre-finale goodies that I’m going to skip a long intro because I’m way too excited for y’all to read ‘em, including how The Vampire Diaries’ one-and-only original lady vampire Claire Holt spills secrets on a blossoming romance for Rebekah in Mystic falls and squashes rumors about a former flame.
Plus, I’ve got jaw-dropping Big Bang Theory news about Sheldon and Amy’s relationship-changing episode and scoop on who is getting an engagement ring in this week’s episode of The Office. I've even seen next week’s Modern Family and Nurse Jackie to bring you all the details before anyone else. So sit back, relax and enjoy being spoiled!
1. The Vampire Diaries: Matbekah
We know know Rebekah will be heading down to New Orleans to join her brothers on The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, but that doesn’t mean she’s abandoning Mystic Falls without another word. She’s got actual friends there, one of which she’s become especially close to in recent episodes: Matt, the group’s token human friend.
That relationship is only going to grow during the final two episodes of the season, Claire Holt tells Hollywood.com. “I think Matt’s going to see a side to Rebekah he’s never seen before. He’s dying to see some of the good qualities that she has. She’s very vindictive — girl is definitely going out for what she wants,” she says. “I think fans will be happy with the outcome. Whether it’s long-lasting or not I don’t know, but it’s definitely going to tie up some loose ends, I think.”
Will things get romantic? We kind of hope so! “I kind of hope so too,” Holt says. “I’ve had a lot of lovely male conquests on that show so Zach Roerig would be welcomed as another.” There’s one thing we shouldn’t look out for as high school graduation approaches, however: Stebekah. Rebekah and Stefan ain’t gonna happen, y’all.
“I think that’s kind of been put to bed for the moment, which I’m more than disappointed about because I adore Paul [Wesley],” Holt spills. “He’s such a great guy and such fun to work with and I love every second of shooting with him. But I don’t think that’s going to go anywhere any time soon. I think that’s just a mutually beneficial race to the cure fling and now it’s kind of over.”
2. The Big Bang Theory: An Elf and Ogre Sitting in a Tree…
By now you all should know how I feel about this show, but for the few Leanne’s List newbies out there, let me reiterate: I love The Big Bang Theory so much that it almost hurts. So you can imagine how disappointed I am now that there are only two new episodes of the season. In order to cheer me up, CBS gifted me with an early viewing of this week’s all-new episode, “The Love Spell Potential” — and goodness gracious it most certainly worked because I can’t stop smiling!
The ladies are thrilled to be heading off to Las Vegas but their plans for a six-way with The Blue Man Group — (Amy’s suggestion, FYI) are put on hold when the trip is cancelled. In order to make the girls feel better for their lost weekend of alcohol-fueled shenanigans, Leonard, Howard and a reluctant Sheldon invite their ladies to join them for an epic quest in the world’s nerdiest game: Dungeons & Dragons. Trust me, this episode makes you actually want to play it!
You'll also get a taste of Howard’s uncanny celebrity impersonations as Dungeon Master (his Nicolas Cage voice is great!) and the group really gets into the imagined action (although I’m pretty sure Penny’s “magic potion” has a lot to do with that). Unfortunately, the episode is not all fun and games because Amy finally reaches her breaking point with Sheldon’s stand-offish un-boyfriend-like behavior and she lets him know it!
But, get excited Shamy fans because there is a BIG revelation with our favorite brainiac couple. I’m talking huge! Let’s just say that Sheldon and Amy have a ridiculously sweet heart-to-heart and finally decides to take a long awaited and very intimate journey together — Dungeon & Dragons style of course! It’s even better than the tiara episode.
3. Modern Family: Pure Family Fun
After tonight there are only two more episodes left of Modern Family this season and next week’s episode —airing May 15 — entitled, “Games People Play,” is three separate storylines of pure family fun. When Phil snags a brand-new RV and takes the family for a quick ride up the coast, Claire is anxiously awaiting for her kids to unleash their inner demons and turn their relaxing daycation into a drama-filled fight. Unfortunately for her, she’s realizing that maybe the kids are not the problem, maybe it’s her. Gasp!
Lily is competing in her very first gymnastics competition and one of her dads (okay, maybe both) really gets into the competitive sprit as they watch their little girl balance on a beam that’s 6 inches off the floor. Gloria and Jay overreact to not being invited to a game of charades.
Looking back, I have absolutely no idea where Gloria and Jay’s newborn baby was during this episode. It was never explained and now I fear for that child’s safety. Oh, and someone (I’m not going to say who) auditioned for The Laker Girls and their routine is fun for the whole family!
4. The Office: Pam and Jim Perfection
Tomorrow’s penultimate episode of The Office, “A.A.R.M.” is 22 minutes of pure magic. This episode has pretty much everything you could ever want: Classic Jim and Dwight shenanigans? Check! A choreographed dance routine? Uh-huh! Amazing Pam and Jim flashbacks that’ll make you cry? Grab a box of tissues because that’s a huge tear-filed yes!
While Andy is off perusing dreams at The Next Great A Cappella Sensation — and pissing off Clay Aiken in the process — the staff at Dunder Mifflin is preparing for the long-awaited premiere of their PBS documentary! It’s all very exciting and extremely sad at the same time. Oh and have you figured out what A.A.R.M. stands for yet? Why, it's Assistant to the Assistant to the Regional manager, of course!
Now that Jim is firmly back at his Dunder Mifflin desk, he is completely embracing his spot in this classic Office position and even going one step further by holding a competition to find his assistant. It’s truly wonderful to see Jim and Dwight finally on the same team, especially when Jim offers his friend some adorably honest and life-changing relationship advice.
There's also a HUGE secret revealed and someone may be getting a ring on their finger. Oh, and Steve Carell returns! Okay, fine it may just be his voice in this episode but, hey, it’s still pretty damn exciting. That's what she said.
5. Nurse Jackie: First Date Jitters
Grab your favorite dress and put on that perfect shade of lipstick because in this Sunday’s all-new episode of Nurse Jackie, we’re tagging along on a date! It’s Jackie’s first date post-split and it’s clear that she’s a bit off her game. Luckily Zoey, Thor, (and pretty much the entire hospital staff) step up to help their flirtation-challenged friend in need.
Overall, Jackie’s date is great: the fish and chips are delicious, Frank’s jokes are hilarious and our leading lady is surprised at how much she’s enjoying her first time being sober while wearing a dress. Unfortunately, the good times are interrupted when a phone call from Jackie’s past sends her into the arms of someone completely unexpected.
Oh and for all the youngsters out there reading this, a piece of advice: don't lie to your mother saying that you’re going to watch The Hunger Games at a friends house and then sneak out to a noisy club that you’re not supposed to be in. Because that's exactly what Grace does and the repercussions are not pretty.
Are you excited to see more Matt and Rebecca flirtations on The Vampire Diaries? Sad to see The Office come to a close? What do you think is going to happen between Sheldon and Amy on The Big Bang Theory? Tell me everything in the comments below!
Additional Reporting by Jean Bentley
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Saylor is due back in court on 24 April (13), reports the Associated Press.
Top Story: Naomi Campbell Sued
AP reports that Naomi Campbell is being sued by a former assistant who alleges that the British model attacked her two years ago in a Beverly Hills hotel. According to the lawsuit, Simone Craig, 29, claims Campbell grabbed her by the arms, threw her down onto a couch, and kept her prisoner in a room at the L'Hermitage Hotel, yelling, "You're going to stay here and do your job!" Campbell's lawyers have stated that the model completely denies the accusations. In February of 2000, Campbell pleaded guilty to an assault charge for beating an assistant in Canada while working on a film in 1998. After this incident however, she was released without punishment.
PETA Makes Fun of Clay Aiken
According to the Associated Press, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has delayed an ad campaign whose slogan is "Get Neutered, It Didn't Hurt Clay Aiken," stemming from an interview Aiken gave in the June issue of Rolling Stone, in which he made some negative comments about cats. The ad features Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, a recurring puppet character from Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Angry letters from the pop singer's fans, as well as those applauding the ad slogan, have been flooding the animal rights organization. Matthews said that his organization sent a letter to Aiken after the Rolling Stone interview, but never received a response. If the issue goes unresolved, PETA will run their original ads next week. "If Clay Aiken intends on staying famous, he has to learn to take a joke," remarked Dan Matthews, vice president of PETA.
Robert Conrad Charged With DUI
On Tuesday, a judge ordered actor Robert Conrad to stand trial for driving under the influence of alcohol, AP reports. Back on March 31, Conrad crashed head on into another vehicle near his home in Calaveras County in northern California. According to police, his blood alcohol level at the time was nearly three times the legal limit, 0.22 percent. The television actor pleaded innocent to two felony counts of DUI. When Conrad failed to turn up on time for the preliminary hearing, a judge ordered that his lawyer find the former TV tough guy. Conrad later attributed his absence to physical therapy he has had to undergo. Kevin Burnett, the other driver in the accident, suffered a broken wrist and leg. He has filed a lawsuit against Conrad and his production company, Black Sheep Productions, seeking damages and compensation. The actor will be arraigned on Dec. 8.
Britney Fans Camp Out for CD; Critics Unimpressed
With the release of pop sensation Britney Spears' new album In the Zone, on Tuesday, hundreds of eager fans camped outside the Virgin Megastore in Times Square for the chance to have their copy of the CD signed by the young diva herself, Reuters reports. Though fans traveled across the country in some cases to meet Spears, many critics maintain that her fourth album is far from her best work. The New York Times described the CD as being "almost perversely devoid of personality." Other critics have pointed out that the pop star's vocals sound more like sex sounds than singing. The New York Times said that the 21-year-old singer "works hard to prove that she's hot blooded, although she sounds colder than ever."
Berry Feeling Better
Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry, 37, reports that she has recovered from the broken arm she suffered while filming Gothika, and is feeling better about her recent separation from husband Eric Benet, according to AP. The actress has a positive outlook about her romantic future. "I've made some bad choices in that area…I used to say that if there was a loser in town, I'd find him. But I don't say that anymore…I'm going to find the right man." Berry broke her arm in May while filming a scene for Gothika in which she struggles with a man who tries to sedate her. Because of the accident, filming for the new movie was delayed six weeks.
Eminem's Ex-Wife Finally in Court
On Tuesday, Kim Mathers, who was married to rap star Eminem until 2001, appeared in two Macomb County, Mich. courtrooms after missing two earlier scheduled hearings for drug charges. According to AP, a Macomb County Circuit judge ordered that Mathers be placed on an electronic tether that will alert authorities if she leaves her home, and that she undergo drug and alcohol testing, as well as attend Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings. Mathers was originally scheduled to attent a Nov. 4 hearing for violating the bond conditions of a St. Clair Shores, Mich. drug case. On Dec. 18, she is scheduled to attend a hearing regarding cocaine possession charges. Also on Tuesday, Mathers appeared before a Warren district court judge in connection with a separate drug charge.
AFI To Name 100 Greatest Movie Songs
The American Film Institute announced Tuesday that it will honor Hollywood's greatest movie songs in a June CBS special entitled, "AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Songs: America's Greatest Music in the Movies," Reuters reports. AFI will enlist the help of some 1,500 directors, screenwriters, actors, editors, cinematographers, critics, and historians in making the final selections from a list of 400 nominated songs. Said AFI director and CEO Jean Picker Firstenberg, "Great songs are a personal and unforgettable part of the storytelling experience, so combining music and film this year will undoubtedly provoke impassioned, heated debate and discord among even the closest friends." Nominees range from The Wizard of Oz's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" to 8 Mile's "Lose Yourself."
Role Call: Anthony Anderson May Find "King's Ransom"
Reuters reports that actor Anthony Anderson of Scary Movie 3 has entered talks to star in the upcoming New Line Cinema comedy King's Ransom. The project focuses on the exploits of a wealthy and cocky businessman who could lose half his money to the obnoxious wife he is trying to divorce, so he arranges his own kidnapping, unaware of a separate plot to nab and ransom him for real. If he takes the role, Anderson will be one busy guy--he is to appear in the upcoming films My Baby's Daddy
Top Story: Stewart Indicted
It may be time to think about how to decorate that jail cell. Homemaking maven Martha Stewart was dealt a major blow Wednesday after she was charged with securities fraud and obstruction of justice stemming from the inside trading brouhaha over the sale of her shares of ImClone Systems, Inc. in 2001, Reuters reports. Charges were made after settlement talks between Stewart and federal prosecutors broke down. Stewart is also expected to step down as chairman and chief executive of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc., Reuters reports.
Spike Suing Over Spike TV
Filmmaker Spike Lee is suing Viacom Inc. over its renaming the cable network TNN Spike TV, The Associated Press reports. The suit, which was filed Tuesday, claims it invokes the 25th Hour director's name, which he never gave consent to be used. "The media description of this change of name, as well as comments made to me and my wife, confirmed what was obvious--that Spike TV referred to Spike Lee," Lee said in court papers. Viacom bought TNN in 2000 and announced in April that it would change the channel's name to Spike TV on June 16, labeling it "the first network for men," in an attempt to further capture their already roughly two-thirds male audience. Viacom told AP on Tuesday that it was confident the court would reject Lee's claims to the popular name Spike.
Manilow Breaks Nose
Ouch! After waking disoriented in the middle of the night Tuesday, Barry Manilow accidentally ran into a wall, breaking his nose and knocking himself unconscious, Reuters reports. The 56-year-old entertainer had just returned home in Palm Springs, Calif. after spending two weeks in Malibu producing an album for Bette Midler. "I may have to have my nose fixed, and with this nose, it's going to require major surgery," Manilow quipped to Reuters, referring to his famously prominent proboscis.
Actor/Screenwriter Richard Cusack Dies
Richard Cusack--actor, screenwriter and patriarch of the famous acting family that includes stars John and Joan Cusack--died Monday of pancreatic cancer in Illinois, AP reports. He was 77. Cusack was best known for writing the 1999 HBO film The Jack Bull and appeared in films such as The Fugitive and Return to Me.
Clarkson Hits Gold--and Platinum
American Idol Kelly Clarkson is still feeling the love a year later. Her debut album Thankful has gone both gold and platinum after selling more than 1 million copies last month, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In figures released by the Recording Industry Association of America, the American Idol compilation album All-time Classic American Love Songs, which features the top 11 finalists from the second season of the Fox television hit, also soared high in sales with more than 500,000 copies sold.
Clay's Single Beating Ruben's in Sales
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24 Producer Signs on for 24 Months More
Executive producer Howard Gordon, who heads up the hit Fox series 24, has inked a two-year deal with 20th Century Fox TV. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gordon will continue as a hands-on executive producer on 24, which has been picked up for a third season, as well as develop new projects for the studio.
Readers Eager for Harry
Amazon.com Inc. announced Wednesday their advance orders for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has reached 1 million. The highly anticipated fifth Potter book is to be released globally June 21.
Role Call: Jim Has Fun With Dick and Jane, More To Fly in Aviator
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