A woman claiming to have dated Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has revealed that she was born a man. Taylor Lianne Chandler, 41, was born David Roy Fitch and says that she and the gold medal winner met on Tinder and had sex at a Baltimore Ravens game. She spoke on her gender identity and relationship with Phelps on Facebook.
Mike Nichols, longtime Hollywood director who helmed such pictures as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe," "The Graduate," and "Wolf," has died at the age of 83. ABC News prez James Goldston confirmed that Nichols died Wednesday evening. "No one was more passionate than Mike," Goldston wrote in an email statement.
Though many of the biggest releases of the year have underwhelmed over opening weekend, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" is in great position to post far and away the top domestic opening of 2014, with more than $150 million looking very possible as it launches at roughly 4,000 theaters.
Hugh Laurie ("House") will guest star on the HBO political comedy "Veep." The show, now in its fourth season, recently saw the title character Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) take over for the president, who resigned to take care of his wife. So far, there's been no word on Laurie's role. Previous guest stars have been Jessica St. Clair, Kate Burton, Christopher Meloni and Kathy Najimy.
Angelina Jolie has revealed that she plans to retire from acting to focus on directing. Speaking with Du Jour Magazine, the Oscar Winner said that she much prefers life behind the camera and out of the limelight. "I've never been comfortable as an actor; I've never loved being in front of the camera. I didn't ever think I could direct, but I hope I'm able to have a career at it . . ."
Kourtney Kardashian has announced that she will have her third baby next month. She's featured on the cover of the December/January edition of Fit Pregnancy, in which she says that she's not concerned that her OB/GYN might be gone for the holidays when the kid pops out. "No. I'm going to keep him handcuffed to me!" she joked.
TV Land has pulled its "Cosby Show" re-runs after rape allegations have re-surfaced. The network had planned marathons of the program over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. TV Land issued no comment. In addition, NBC has scrapped a show in production with Cosby, while Netflix announced that it would not stream a planned stand-up special "Bill Cosby 77."
Stuart Townsend, best known for his roles in "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," "Queen of the Damned" and "Betrayal," has landed a multi-episode role on "Elementary." According to EW.com, Townsend will appear as Joan's new boss Del. Del takes over when Watson departs for a new position as an investigator for an insurance firm.
Idris Elba, who starred in the BBC crime drama "Luther," is executive producing the American adaptation for FOX. He is not, however, expected to appear in this version. "I am desperately trying to make that happen," he told Radio Times. "I think we're gonna probably do one more incarnation on TV. But not a season - a one-off. There's a story idea but no script yet."
Tom Hardy will star in the historical drama, "Taboo," set to air on FX in 2016. The program, set in the early 19th century, follows the adventures of James Keziah Delaney. It was written by Hardy and his dad. According to Deadline, Delaney is "a rogue adventurer who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father."
Supermodel and reality star Janice Dickinson is the most recent person to level rape allegations against comedian Bill Cosby. In a tell-all interview with Entertainment Tonight, Dickinson says Cosby drugged her with a pill during a meeting about a possible role on "The Cosby Show." "The next morning I woke up, and I wasn't wearing my pajamas . . ."
Actor Chris Hemsworth has been named the "Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine. The annual issue, which features 208 gorgeous hunks, also has an interview with Hemsworth, who says that the title of Sexiest has earned him bragging rights around the house. "I think you've bought me a couple of weeks of bragging rights around the house," he said.
Following up an incredible theatrical stint, "22 Jump Street" headlines the slate of new releases on DVD and Blu-ray this week, with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill co-starring in the top-grossing comedy of 2014. Also getting launched this week are "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," thriller "Into the Storm," romantic drama "If I Stay" and animated release "The Wind Rises."
Katherine Heigl ("State of Affairs") says that she's regretful that "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes has a bad impression of her. She told Extra that she'd change it if she could. "It sucks," Heigl said regarding Rhimes' comment that her show "Scandal" is running smoothly because "there are no Heigls" among the cast members. "I am sorry that she feels that way . . ."
FOX has renewed "So You Think You Can Dance" for a 12th season and added a side of revamping. Next summer, the show will feature a "stage vs. street" routine in which street savvy dancers face off against stage trained dancers. The network described how the competition would work, saying, "Throughout the auditions, the dancers who advance will be placed into two teams . . ."