Today in celebrity gossip: Aaron Sorkin does not believe that Olivia Munn is difficult, Brad Pitt's New Orleans houses are rotten, and Angela Lansbury is now a lady knight.
Aaron Sorkin's HBO series The Newsroom has been controversial from the start. Beginning with Season 1's backseat quarterbacking of real headlines and continuing with Season 2's inclusion of an elderly witch, a doll come to life, and an orangutan nurse, The Newsroom has never shied away from polarizing an audience. But recently rumors began to swirl and spread and spin around like a lost child in the woods about an alleged behind-the-scenes feud between Olivia Munn and Jeff Daniels. Yes, Season 2 ended one thousand years ago, but suddenly "inside sources" are coming out of the woodwork telling Radar that Munn's "know it all attitude" had been creating a "poisonous atmosphere on the set." Well, apparently the rumor was so unfounded and ludicrous that no less than the Oscar-winning creator himself reached out to E! News to set the record straight: "Olivia is a perfect cast member who is loved and respected by the entire cast, by the crew and the producers, by HBO and especially by me." So there you have it! Sorkin has spoken: Do not believe the haters. Now expect to see a very thinly veiled retelling of this story appear in a Season 3 episode that will also involve Munn's character being kidnapped by clowns and thrown down a well. [E! Online]
Brad Pitt has already given the world so, so much, particularly via his Fight Club wardrobe. But following the wet disaster known as Katrina (a girl I knew in high school, but also a terrible hurricane), he built actual homes for the destitute and displaced through his Make It Right charity. Pitt's philanthropy was so widely acknowledged and undeniably sexy that a grassroots campaign even formed to encourage him to run for mayor of New Orleans. (Long, dreamy sigh.) Unfortunately, it turns out dozens of the homes Pitt built are now "rotting from the inside out," likely due to environmentally green, glass-infused wood that hasn't meshed well with New Orleans' hot and damp vibes. At this point, it appears Pitt's charity may take legal action against the company who made the rotten wood, but there's also an outside chance that he'll send Angelina Jolie to hover over their corporate offices emitting a series of high-pitched shrieks until they agree to his terms. That is simply one of the perks of being in a relationship with Angelina Jolie, I'm surprised you didn't know that. [Page Six]
Every year in Britain, hundreds of frail old men and women who could probably not even lift a sword let alone wear an entire suit of plated armor and protect the crown from marauders are knighted by the Queen. I know what you're thinking: "A female knight? Absurd." But listen, women can indeed be knighted, they are just known as "Dames." Judi Dench holds that title, as do Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith. Well, guess who else just joined the Dame Game? Angela Lansbury! Yep, the woman who played Murder She Wrote's most prolific serial killer (because come on, bodies were dropping everywhere Jessica Fletcher went, it's called Occam's Razor) is now Dame Angela Lansbury! Among the thousand or so other people who received royal honors? Phantom of the Opera's Michael Crawford! ("Sing, my angel of [murder]!" - Michael Crawford to Angela Lansbury at the ceremony, probably) Among those denied the honor? David Beckham and 2013 Wimbledon winner Andy Murray. Better luck next year, peasants. [Page Six]
Town & Country, a magazine to which your mother occasionally fantasizes about subscribing, has finally — FINALLY — selected this year's list of its Top 50 Bachelors. Topping the usual selection of heirs, scions, athletes, actors, and probable homosexuals is T&C's number one pick: Scott Eastwood! Yes, the Scott Eastwood who is Clint Eastwood's compactly handsome son with the must-follow Instagram account. A good and bold pick, plus the accompanying blurb about Eastwood is more amusing than you'd expect. On being an actor, Eastwood is quick to say, "I want to be a man's man, not a glitzy pop star," before then confessing that he sings along to Rihanna songs. Also, just FYI, the compilers of this list believe that Ronan Farrow has a sense of humor "so self-assured, so nearly macho, that it seems possible he's entirely without Jewish genes." Never change, Town & Country. [Page Six]
Uh-oh, something wicked this way comes and it's headed directly for Katy Perry! We've just seen that Stevie Nicks will occasionally use her powers for good when it entails sanctifying the marriage of Vanessa Carlton, but it should come as no surprise that Nicks could just as easily destroy a love affair on a whim. In a recent performance attended by Katy Perry and her newest future-ex John Mayer, Nicks dedicated "Landslide" to the pair, an act regarded as romantic and "unforgettable" by Mayer (which he declared via Perry's Twitter account for some reason), but we all know was probably laced with a secret hex designed to keep Perry's romantic losing streak intact. I'm not saying FOR SURE that Stevie Nicks placed a curse on their relationship, but if Katy Perry and John Mayer eventually break up, remember I said it. Because by then I will be long gone, my body buried in a shallow grave marked by a stack of onyx pebbles in the mossy bogs surrounding Nicks' home. Remember me... Remember me. [Page Six]
And now, please enjoy this elegant and evocative image that would put Diane Arbus, Walker Evans, Annie Leibovitz, just all photographers to shame: Kim Kardashian's engagement ring clasped gently in her lovechild's innocent hand.