It started off a slow week for us entertainment newshounds, but then on Friday, the magic happened. By magic I mean two of the biggest entertainment stories of the past six months broke. Read on to find out more.
TomKat is splitsville
After five years of wedded bliss, news broke Friday that Katie Holmes filed for divorce from husband/ leader of the lollipop guild, Tom Cruise. It seems like only yesterday Cruise was jumping on Oprah’s couch, proclaiming his love for Miss Holmes. Now, his wife has left him, and to make matters worse for ole Tom, the news came out four days before Cruise’s 50th birthday. Happy Birthday, you’re alone. It’s only been a few days, but it didn’t take the gossip trains long to start speculating over the obvious questions: What will happen with Suri? What’s in the prenup? Is scientology to blame? All those answers will come out soon enough. (Most already have.) As for myself, I’m already over the news and am looking toward the future. I hope it’s a future that contains a best-selling tell-all and a juicy Lifetime movie. Don’t disappoint me, TomKat.
Adele is preggers
The second big story to break Friday was a tale of good tidings. Adele, Grammy-winning songstress and loveable potty-mouth, announced she and boyfriend Simon Konecki are expecting their first child. In a post on her blog, Adele wrote: “I’m delighted to announce that Simon and I are expecting our first child together. I wanted you to hear the news direct from me, obviously we’re over the moon and very excited but please respect our privacy at this precious time.” Congrats, Adele!
Lohan does it again
Oh Lindsay. Why is it when it looks like you’re FINALLY getting your shit together, you have to go and muck it all up? Early last week, pictures of Lohan posing with a gun aimed at her mouth and head surfaced. The photos were taken by photographer Terry Richardson who posted the pics on his website Tuesday. He quickly removed them, but that didn’t matter. Everyone knows once it’s on the Internet, it’s out there forever. Anti-suicide organizations and gun control groups were outraged over the photos and the messages they send. However, it’s not the first time Lohan has used guns as props in photos. Photographer Tyler Shields photographed Lohan last year while she was covered in blood and brandishing a knife. Maybe this time Lohan will realize shocking photos don’t always sell. People are talking about it, but none of it’s good.
Nora Ephron, dies at age 71
Nora Ephron, screenwriter, author, humorist, died Tuesday June 26 at age 71. Her son Jacob Bernstein said the cause was pneumonia brought on by acute myeloid leukemia. Best known as the screenwriter of hits like “When Harry Met Sally…,” “You’ve Got Mail” and “Julie & Julia,” Ephron was often described as a funnier version of Dorthy Parker. In her 1996 commencement speech at Wellesley College, Ephron said: “Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women.” Ephron didn’t just inspire women writers like myself; she inspired women who wanted to make a little trouble. To Ms. Ephron: a true troublemaker and a class act. She will be missed.