Katharine Mcphee's fling with Smash director Michael Morris is over, according to a U.S. report. The pair hit headlines after they were snapped kissing in Los Angeles last month (Oct13), promoting speculation about the state of Morris' marriage to actress Mary McCormack.
Singer/actress McPhee, who is believed to have split from her actor/producer husband Nick Cokas earlier this year (13), is now said to have called time on her short-lived relationship with Morris.
A source tells People.com, "Katharine is no longer seeing Michael - at least for now."
Meanwhile, the status of star's own marriage to Cokas remains up in the air. The insider adds, "Katharine still has no plans to move forward with divorce at the moment, though they are not living together."
Actress Mary Mccormack has been spotted in public with her husband Michael Morris for the first time since his kissing scandal broke. The couple's marriage was thrown into question after the Smash director was caught on camera kissing the show's star Katherine McPhee in Los Angeles earlier this month (Oct13).
Reports suggested McCormack had kicked Morris out of the family home they share with their three kids, but now they have been seen out together in L.A.
The pair looked strained as they made their way to their car, keeping their distance from one another and covering their eyes with sunglasses.
They are yet to comment on the headline-grabbing incident. McPhee is believed to have quietly split from her husband of five years, actor/producer Nick Cokas, earlier this year (13).
Michael Morris has dropped out of directing a U.S. TV pilot following his kissing scandal with Katharine Mcphee. The married Smash director was photographed earlier this week (begs21Oct13) locking lips with his former leading lady in Los Angeles, reportedly prompting his wife of 10 years, actress Mary McCormack, to kick him out of their home.
And it appears the drama has bled into Morris' professional life - he has departed a new TV project called Songbyrd, which would have reunited him with Smash executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
Songbyrd is a series loosely based on hitmaker Diane Warren's life.
Actress Mary Mccormack has kicked her husband Michael Morris out of their home after he was caught on camera kissing Katherine Mcphee, according to a U.S. report. Smash director Morris was snapped smooching the show's lead star in Los Angeles, sparking confusion over the state of their respective marriages.
Reports since editors at TMZ.com published the image online suggest McPhee quietly split from her husband of five years, actor/producer Nick Cokas, earlier this year (13), but Morris was assumed to still be living with McCormack, his wife of 10 years and the mother of his three daughters.
Now reporters at New York Post gossip column Page Six suggest the director was thrown out of the family home on Sunday (20Oct13) after the kissing picture came to light.
A source tells the publication, "Mary threw Michael out of the house on Sunday night when he told her that TMZ had the photos and that they were about to be released."
Singer/actress Katharine Mcphee has quietly split from her husband Nick Cokas and is reportedly romancing her Smash director Michael Morris. The 29 year old raised questions about her five-year marriage to actor/producer Cokas on Tuesday (22Oct13) when photos of her kissing married Morris in Los Angeles emerged on TMZ.com, and now editors at Life & Style magazine reveal McPhee secretly parted ways with her spouse back in April (13).
A source tells the publication, "They've been separated for six months."
Cokas has continued to work with McPhee on her music career, but it's clear from the pictures that she has already moved on in her personal life.
Meanwhile, Morris has yet to comment on the status of his 10-year marriage to actress Mary McCormack - the couple has three young daughters together.
McPhee and Morris met on the set of TV musical drama Smash, which was cancelled in May (13).
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Mother-daughter duo Susan Sarandon and Eva Amurri Martino are headed to the small screen in the new NBC comedy pilot Growing Ivy. The project has received a pilot production commitment by NBC, according to The Huffington Post.
The show, written by Martino and Will McCormack (Brothers and Sisters), focuses on Type-A Ivy Davis (Martino) who has mastered her work life, but not her social life. In an effort to figure everything out, she asks her free-spirited mother (Sarandon) to move in with her so they can start to fix their relationship.
McCormack and Rashida Jones will exectuive produce via their Warner Bros-based Le Train Train production banner alongside Martino and Sarandon, who will be co-executive producers.
Sarandon and Martino previously worked together on The Banger Sisters, Dead Man Walking, and an episode of Friends. The duo will co-star in the upcoming indie drama Mother's Day.
A host of Hollywood stars including Jennifer Aniston, Debra Messing and Rhea Perlman turned out to honour legendary TV director James Burrows on Monday night (07Oct13). The man who helmed huge U.S. hits including Friends, Will & Grace, Cheers and The Big Bang Theory was feted in front a star-studded crowd at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles.
Perlman, who played bolshy barmaid Carla under Burrows' direction in Cheers, took to the stage to say, "He's the greatest director there is. He makes you think that you're funny, but really, he made you funny."
Veteran star Bob Newhart also joined his pal onstage while clutching the Emmy Award he recently won for his turn in The Big Bang Theory, telling Burrows, "I never let it out of my sight. I take it in the shower with me."
Other actors who turned out to see Burrows' recognised for his stellar career included Perlman's husband Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, Beau Bridges, Eric McCormack and writer Chuck Lorre.
TV stars Josh Radnor and Emily Deschanel teamed up to host an annual charity event on Sunday (29Sep13) to show support for victims of rape. The How I met Your Mother star joined Deschanel onstage at the Rape Foundation's yearly brunch in Beverly Hills, California, to honour the organisation's work.
Deschanel later took to Twitter.com to praise the charity, which offers programs and services to rape victims of all ages, writing, "Honored to be at brunch for the rape treatment center and Stuart house today. They do Such incredible work!"
Radnor adds, "Hosted the Rape Foundation brunch with Emily Deschanel today. An incredible organization doing incredible work."
The event was also attended by U.S. TV stars Christina Hendricks and Eric McCormack.
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Move over Tia and Tamera Mowry, there are two new sets of Sisters taking over the Hollywood scene right now. Avatar and Star Trek Into Darkness actress Zoe Saldana and her sister Cisely (famous for... being Zoe's sister) have signed a deal with Lionsgate Entertainment's Pantelion films. Pantelion is a joint venture with Lionsgate and Mexico's Grupo Televisa, and is the first major Latino focused Hollywood Studio. The Saldana sisters, who share a remarkable resemblance to each other, appear to be heading in the right direction. With the Hispanic/Latino population in the U.S. projected to double in the next few years, they are really tapping in on this market at the right time.
The deal with Pantelion was signed through the sisters' production company, Saldana Productions. This deal will consist of film and television component. Zoe, who is of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent, is quoted by the Hollywood Reporter in response to the exciting news: "We look forward to a fruitful and productive relationship with Pantelion."
Another pair of sisters have also inked a deal as well. Parks and Recreation star Rashida Jones and her older sister Kidada (model, fashion designer, and, oh, former fiancée of Tupac), have sold their TV show pilot to the CW. This hour-long drama will be called The Revengers. The show is about two young friends who come to New York in search of love and end up starting a business geared at revenge against relationship cheaters. The daughters of famed musician and producer Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton will be working with Rashida's writing/producing partner Will McCormack to create the show.
It will be interesting to see which pair of sisters churn out successful projects, if not both of them. It is nice though to see sisterly love helping to launch the lesser known siblings to fame. (Jan and Marcia Brady would be proud). And hopefully, we'll be seeing both sets of sisters take onscreen roles in their productions... let's get some cameos in the works!
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The male director of classic movie Footloose had to convince a female executive that their proposed leading man Kevin Bacon was sexy enough to play rebel Ren McCormack in the 1984 film. The actor has revealed Herbert Ross was a big fan and felt sure his movie would look great with Bacon as the lead, but a female studio boss at Paramount was far from convinced that the star was hot enough.
Bacon explains, "The producer of the movie wanted me and the director of the movie wanted me but the head of the studio at the time literally said to them, 'I don't want that kid, he's not f**kable...' I was about 24 at the time and I was pretty sure I was f**kable...
"They put together a screen test, which I recently saw because it's on, like, the DVD... Someone literally dug it out of the Paramount archives and put it on the DVD extras... It's me trying to look, whatever.
"They put different outfits on me... and it worked. She (executive) looked at the screen test and she said, 'OK, you can cast him'."