Joe Bastianich has confirmed plans to exit "MasterChef" and "MasterChef Junior" at the end of the franchise's third season. Thus far the show's producers have not announced a replacement for Bastianich to join the remaining judges Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot. "Joe has played an integral role in the success of both MasterChef and MasterChef Junior . . ."
Fox has confirmed plans to cease production of its medical drama "Red Band Society" at the end of its current 13-episode season. Thus far the show has not been officially canceled by Fox, but the show has posted weak ratings and earned only 2.9 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic in its last reporting. The show follows a group of teens who are battling a variety of serious medical issues.
Natalie Portman is reportedly in talks to join the cast of Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle's forthcoming Steve Jobs biopic. The actress could bring some much needed starpower to the project, which previously had both Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio slated for the lead role before both backed out. According to the Daily Mail, Portman is just one of several big name leading ladies in the mix.
Ryan Knight, star of MTV's "The Real World" was found dead earlier this week at the age of 29. Various sources report that Knight had been out partying with friends the night before and was found dead the following morning after apparently choking on his own vomit. According to Fox News, there was also evidence at the scene that Knight may have overdosed on pills.
Roseanne Barr is backtracking from a joke she tweeted out about Bill Cosby. In the wake of recent rape allegations against Cosby, some decades old and others recent, Barr posted a bloody photo of her face on Twitter with the caption, "Got in a tussle w bill cosby. U shoyld see that mfer." Barr quickly deleted the tweet and the photo.
Shia LaBeouf has come forward with allegations that he was raped during one of the days of his #IAMSORRY event in Los Angeles earlier this year. The "Fury" star sat in a gallery for five days straight with a paper bag over his head and invited members of the public to visit him one by one. In a new series of emails shared with Dazed, the actor reveals exactly what happened.
E! has greenlit the pilot for the Joel McHale-produced program "Comments Section," starring comedian Michael Kosta. It's the first project under a new development deal McHale signed with E! last month. He also agreed to host "The Soup" for two more seasons under that deal. He's been the host of that show since 2004.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's film "Birdman" is leading the pack at this year's Independent Spirit Awards, earning nominations in six categories. The film's star Michael Keaton also picked up a nod for his role in the dark comedy. Inarritu and Keaton were not alone, however, as co-stars Emma Stone and Edward Norton were nominated for their supporting roles.
In a very busy stretch at the box office, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" is in good position to top the charts for the second consecutive weekend, though heavy competition from "Penguins of Madagascar" could make it tight at the top as it hits theaters in time for Thanksgiving. Also in the mix this weekend will be "Horrible Bosses 2."
"Hart of Dixie" will return early, debuting on Monday, December 15 at 8 PM EST according to the CW. The program's premiere comes just before an all new "Jane the Virgin." "Hart of Dixie" was originally slated to return January 9. "Rachel Bilson leads a stellar ensemble cast in this fish-out-of-water comedic drama about small-town living, big city attitudes, and complicated love triangles . . ."
Eva Mendes has opened up about the birth of her daughter, ten-week-old Esmeralda Amada Gosling. Speaking with The Violet Files, Eva says that she's experiencing the usual first time parent travails. "I thought my wild nights were over, but these are some of the wildest nights I've ever had." "[I] read the comment section from other mothers because I find so much solace in that."
Following a court order, Shia LaBeouf headed to Hills Treatment Center in Los Angeles. LaBeouf was ordered by a judge after he made a scene during a performance at "Cabaret" in NYC. At his court appearance on Tuesday, the judge was happy with LaBeouf's progress. "Shia's done a terrific job complying with this program and we appreciate the court's recognition of that," noted Shia's lawyer.
In an eclectic week for new releases, Jeff Bridges-starring fantasy drama "The Giver" is the most prominent new title as we gear up for Black Friday and the official kickoff of the extremely busy holiday shopping season. Also in the mix will be a couple of other lackluster theatrical performers, including action flicks "The Expendables 3" and "The November Man."
The original Cowardly Lion costume from "The Wizard of Oz" has sold at auction for $3 million. The sale took place this week at Bonham's auction house in New York City and the winner was an unnamed private buyer. Bonhams confirmed that the costume was the one worn by Bert Lahr in the final scenes of the beloved 1939 film. The item was previously owned by James Comisar.
Oscar Isaac has reportedly signed on to appear as the lead villain in the upcoming film "X Men: Apocalypse." The "Star Wars" actor joins a growing list of stars already confirmed for the project including Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy. Thus far there is little detail about the plot for the upcoming addition to the franchise.