George R.R. Martin: ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Inspired By ‘Lord of the Rings’
George R.R. Martin is offering a few clues to how it all might end. Fans of his A Song of Ice and Fire series and HBO’s Game of Thrones have worried that Martin might pen and ending that will see the world consumed by a horrible disaster (after all, winter iscoming). Martin says he hasn’t written the ending (book six of a planned seven has yet to materialize), but he promises he doesn’t plan on writing a finale that is all doom and gloom.
Creed’s Scott Stapp Confirmed for VH1’s COUPLES THERAPY
VH1 has confirmed Creed frontman Scott Stapp will appear on the upcoming season of the network’s Couples Therapy with Dr. Jennalongside his wife, Jaclyn. The relationship counseling reality show will premiere October 7 at 10 p.m. ET. Stapp will be working on his relationship with his wife following bizarre year for the singer, beginning last November when Stapp posted a series of videos claiming he’d been robbed of all of his money.
HBO in Preliminary Talks for ‘Deadwood’ Movie
Deadwood, the acclaimed HBO western series that was cancelled in 2006, may be returning — as a movie. Actor Garret Dillahunt, who played two characters on the show, including geologist Francis Wolcott, during its run from 2004 to 2006, posted two tweets Wednesday hinting at the prospect. In response, a spokesman for HBO confirmed to Variety that “very preliminary discussions” have been made to resurrect the series with a movie.
Daryl Hall’s wife files for divorce
Daryl Hall — the tall, blond, singing half of Hall & Oates — might be singing “She’s Gone” now that his wife Amanda has filed for divorce. Amanda Aspinall, the daughter of the late British zoo owner and gambling tycoon John Aspinall, filed in Connecticut, where she lived with Hall and her sons, March and Orson.
Melissa Joan Hart comes to Spruce Street Harbor Park to hand out tacos
Did you know Melissa Joan Hart is a family taco night expert? No? Well, on Thursday, Aug. 13, from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m., the Sabrina the Teenage Witch star will be meeting and greeting and handing out free tacos at Spruce Street Harbor Park.
LeAnn Rimes takes 40 pills a day
LeAnn Rimes sure loves her vitamin C. “I’m a big vitamin person,” the 32-year-old explained to Into the Gloss. “I take like 20 pills in the morning and 20 at night — fish oil, prenatal vitamins, probiotics, biotin … I have an herbalist I work with who has put me on a bunch of different things. I’m very strict about making sure I take them.”
Jessica Alba’s Honest Company valued at $1.7B
Jessica Alba’s Honest startup has been valued at $1.7 billion after securing another round of funding as it mulls going public. The healthy baby product retailer, founded in 2011, scored a new $100 million investment, the Wall Street Journal reports, after gathering $122 million previously.
Pharrell’s bizarre diva demands
It takes an awful lot to make Pharrell Williams “Happy” — his backstage demands could give any diva a run for her money. The laundry list of items the singer demands in his dressing room before concerts includes, booze, snacks — and a framed photograph of late astronomer Carl Sagan, according to a 2015 tour rider of his requests obtained by The Smoking Gun.
Jay Leno Thinks Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Mean Streak’ Is The Reason For His Low Ratings
Jay Leno is back, and he’s already taking shots at his fellow comics. While promoting his new show, “Jay Leno’s Garage,” the former “Tonight Show” host spoke to TV Insider about the industry’s current rulers of late-night. Leno had nothing but nice things to say about Seth Meyers, Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert, but didn’t really hold back when talking about Jimmy Kimmel.
RICK ROSS JUDGE OK’S TRAVEL But Only for Work
Rick Ross can finally get back on his “Boss” grind … a judge gave him approval to start traveling on biz trips, but there are several restrictions — including an ankle monitor.
FOX IN A BIND – DO WE PAY TERRENCE FOR ‘EMPIRE’ … Or His Ex?
The honchos who run “Empire” don’t know how to pay Terrence Howard because his ex-wife is gunning for his paycheck, so they’ve asked a judge for help in determining the payee. Twentieth Century Fox is in a bind. Terrence is making big bank for the hit show, but according to his settlement agreement with Michelle, she’s entitled to a chunk of his “Empire” salary.
Rihanna is joining ‘The Voice’
NBC better have her money. Pop star/provocateur Rihanna will serve as key adviser for “The Voice” in Season 9, it was announced Thursday by Peacock network president Robert Greenblatt at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.
TLC sets airdate for child sex abuse doc prompted by Duggars
TLC has scheduled its documentary about child sex abuse that was prompted by child molestation allegations against Josh Duggar. The film “Breaking The Silence” will air at 10 p.m. Aug. 30. The one-hour, commercial-free documentary aims to shine a light on the challenges faced by those affected by child sexual abuse, as well as raise awareness of where people can turn for help, the network told the Associated Press, which first reported the news. TLC announced the documentary was in the works last month after it axed its reality show “19 Kids and Counting,” which followed the ever-expanding family of Arkansas couple Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, amid child molestation charges against now-grown son Josh.
There’s a ‘male diva issue’ between ABC anchors
While Lester Holt will anchor “NBC Nightly News” from Havana Friday, rival ABC newsmen David Muir and George Stephanopoulos have been bickering over who would cover the big story. Sources tell us that Muir and Stephanopoulos were both angling to be in Cuba as the American flag is raised over the US Embassy. But, in the end, neither anchor ended up going because ABC didn’t get permission to bring its “Flyaway” satellite truck into Cuba.
Big-shot husbands will chase the nanny whether she’s hot or not
The national home front was plunged into freakout mode with the 1992 flick “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle,’’ featuring an attractive nanny, Peyton Mott (Rebecca De Mornay), who’s secretly hellbent on murdering the mother for whom she works, and determined to seduce her husband.
Six more years for Jimmy Fallon on ‘The Tonight Show’
Just a few months after Jimmy Fallon marked his first anniversary as host of “The Tonight Show,” NBC has signed him for six more years. Calling him “the best there is,” NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said Fallon, who turns 41 next month, will occupy the “Tonight” host chair until at least 2021.
NBC Officially Fires Trump From ‘Celebrity Apprentice’
NBC entertainment chairman, Bob Greenblatt, had two words Thursday on whether Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump would ever return as host of “The Celebrity Apprentice:” Absolutely not. Greenblatt said that the show will not be back next season, but will return in the future with a new host.