MUNIZ SUFFERED SECOND MINI-STROKE THIS YEAR
Former Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz revealed Tuesday that he is recovering from his second mini-stroke this year. The 27-year-old posted his health update on Twitter writing, “Almost a year to the day, I experienced another mini stroke. Hopefully that will be the last. Miserable.” Muniz’s first stroke occurred on November 30th, and he experienced blurred vision and had trouble speaking. Doctors don’t know what caused it.
CUOCO GETTING HITCHED ON NEW YEAR’S EVE
Kaley Cuoco will start 2014 as a married woman. Us Weekly reports The Big Bang Theory star and fiancé Ryan Sweetingwill tie the knot on New Year’s Eve in Southern California. Sources tell the magazine the wedding will also double as a fire-and-ice themed holiday party. Cuoco and Sweeting got engaged in September after only three months of dating.
JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT GAVE BIRTH, AND WAS SECRETLY MARRIED
Jennifer Love Hewitt gave birth to a baby girl Tuesday, and her rep’s official announcement also revealed she married the baby’s father,Brian Hallisay. “Jennifer Love Hewitt and her husband Brian Hallisay are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter,” said the rep in a statement. ”Autumn James Hallisay was born on November 26.” A source tells Us Weekly that the couple, who met on the set of the now-cancelled series The Client List, married “in private,” although no other details are known.
Thanksgiving is here! Families across the country will come together this Thursday to enjoy turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. Most historical accounts say the first Thanksgiving took place in 1621 in the Plymouth colony of current-day Massachusetts. It wasn’t until 1863 that President Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving Day nationwide. In October of 1941, Congress voted to make it official. Of course, for most of us it’s all about the food. Each year, Americans eat 690 million pounds of turkey and 50 million pumpkin pies, racking up about 4,500 calories for the typical Thanksgiving meal.
‘BRIAN’ KILLED OFF “FAMILY GUY”
Fox’s Family Guy shocked viewers Sunday by killing off one of its main characters. Brian the family dog, who is voiced by show creator Seth MacFarlane, was killed by a car in the latest episode. “We thought it could be a fun way to shake things up,” executive producer Steve Callaghan told E!. The Griffins quickly adopted a new pet dog, Vinny, who was voiced byThe Sopranos Tony Sirico. Callaghan isn’t too worried about fans abandoning the show because of Brian’s death. He explained, “Our fans are smart enough and have been loyal to our show for long enough to know that they can trust us. We always make choices that always work to the greatest benefit of the series.”
Yahoo! yesterday confirmed rumors that Katie Couric is coming to work for them. The web giant announced that Couric will serve as global anchor beginning in 2014, working with “a growing team of global correspondents who will report on live world events, anchor groundbreaking interviews with major newsmakers and thought leaders, and much more.”
ANGIE BUYS BRAD AN ISLAND
Brad Pitt turns fifty next month and his fiancée Angelina Jolie has already bought him quite a gift. According to The Mirror, the Oscar winner has shelled out $20 million for a secluded island 50 miles away from New York City. The island, named Petra, is shaped like a heart and contains two homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Pitt’s favorite architect. “As soon as Angelina heard the island was on the market she arranged a viewing. She was really impressed,” said a source. “The house is perfect for romantic getaways or as a family retreat. It’s very private. And Angelina knows the fact the island is in the shape of a heart will mean so much to him.”
CONSUMER REPORTS RELEASES “NAUGHTY AND NICE” LIST
It’s that time of year again- Consumer Reports is making its list and checking it twice. They just announced their 2013 “Naughty and Nice” lists, which rank the most- and least-customer-friendly companies. This year, Amazon.com, United Airlines, Best Buy and shopping channel QVC all made the “Naughty” list for reasons ranging from price hikes to inconvenient policy changes. On the other hand, Citibank, Lands’ End and Southwest Airlines earned a spot on the “Nice” list.
REASONS TO LOVE YOUR JOB
A poll found the top five reasons people enjoy what they do. The number-one reason to love your job? The people! The vast majority who love their jobs say their coworkers have a lot to do with it. In second place is freedom, like autonomy and flexibility. Happy employees enjoy being able to try new things, take chances and make their own decisions. The third-best thing about a great job is company culture. A desirable work environment doesn’t just mean free snacks and an on-site fitness center- it’s also about a general feeling of positivity. Coming in fourth place is variety. Workers value the opportunity to learn and grow, which means not doing the exact same thing day in and day out. Which brings us to number five- challenge. People who score low for job engagement report their jobs are mundane, boring and repetitive. On the other hand, highly-engaged workers say they feel challenged every day.
Mick Jagger to be a great grandfather
Mick Jagger is going to be a great-grandfather early next year.
His daughter Jade told The Sunday Times that her 21-year-old daughter, Assisi, expects to give birth in several months. But Jade, 42, says that gaining a great-grandchild is “no longer particularly fascinating” to her father now that he already has grandchildren.
Assisi tells Hello! magazine that the 70-year-old Rolling Stones frontman was happy when she told him her big news. “He said, ‘Well done,’” she tells the magazine. “I imagine it’s nice to be a great-granddad, although I’m not sure he likes the idea of getting old, or being called one. I call him Mick — I wouldn’t start calling him grandpa.”
And don’t expect Jagger to slow down anytime soon, says Jade. The Stones have planned an Australian tour next year.
PAULA, MILEY AND OTHERS MAKE GQ’S LEAST INFLUENTIAL LIST
Here’s a list Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber would rather not be on. The pop stars have both made GQ’s list of the 25 least influential people of 2013. And they’re certainly in good company, Paula Deen, Will Smith and President Barack Obama are all on it as well. Topping the list is former NBA star Dennis Rodman, followed by Deen, who, according to the mag earned the spot for her “signature recipe: four sticks of butter, one pinch of unbridled racism.” As for the other celebs: Bieber came in fourth, with Miley in sixth, Smith (and his family) in tenth, and President Obama, in 17th.
CATCHING FIRE HAS BEST NOVEMBER OPENING EVER
Audiences certainly flocked to see The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this weekend. The Jennifer Lawrence flick earned $161.1 million, making it the best November debut of all time, a record previously held by The Twilight Saga: New Moon ($142.9 mil in 2009). It is also the fourth best opening for a film ever, with only The Avengers ($207.4 mil) , Iron Man 3($174.1 mil) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (169.2 mil) ahead of it.
COURIC LEAVING ABC NEWS FOR YAHOO!
Katie Couric is on her way out at ABC. Couric is reportedly negotiating her way out of her ABC News contract and will sign a new deal with online giant Yahoo! where she’ll host her own streaming video interview show. The gig as correspondent for ABC News was part of her deal for her daytime talk show, which many expect to be cancelled after this season.