Summer just began but suddenly, it’s a lot hotter.
“I am passionate. I am a hot-blooded person. If you don’t like spicy, then maybe I’m not for you,” Joe Manganiello said in the cover story of this week’s People magazine. The Mt. Lebanon native and Carnegie Mellon University graduate was revealed as People’s “Hottest Hollywood Bachelor” Monday afternoon.
The “Hottest Bachelor” issue, which launched in 2000, hits news stands Thursday.
Mr. Manganiello, 37, was in Pittsburgh last week to promote his directorial debut, “La Bare,” and is appearing in the final season of HBO‘s “True Blood.” A beefcake-filled video promoting the “Hottest Bachelor” shoot can be found on People’s website, and the interview does nothing to refute his reputation as, well, hot.
“It’s funny I got cast as a werewolf [in ‘True Blood’],” he said. “There’s something about the smell of that part of a woman’s neck where it meets the jaw, ahhhh, it’s heaven.”
It’s another lawsuit for the “Dance Moms” crew. Former “Mom” Kelly Hyland of Murrysville has a $5 million suit pending against Abby Lee Miller and the producers of the Lifetime reality show. But TMZ.com is reporting Mrs. Hyland then filed a more recent suit, claiming she has had to seek therapy for her younger daughter, Paige. The report claims trauma inflicted on the dancer from her experiences in the studio and on the show resulted in anxiety attacks.
Turns out, Disney star Zendaya has decided not to play Alaliyah in a Lifetime movie, after all.
“Aaliyah has always been an inspiration to Zendaya,” an unnamed source told E! News. “She was honored to portray her and pay tribute to her. If she is going to do it, she wants to do it right.”
The TV movie is based on Christopher Farley‘s best-selling biography, “Aaliyah: More Than a Woman.” The R&B star and “Queen of the Damned” actress died in a plane crash 13 years ago. The Associated Press notes her family -- which is not involved in the Lifetime project -- was reportedly angered when the casting announcement was made a few weeks ago.
The project was to begin filming this summer for a fall airing. The network press office tweeted Sunday it was “sad” Zendaya is no longer attached and that “production is currently on hold.”
Rock star Jon Bon Jovi is showing some brotherly love to the less fortunate in Philadelphia, according to the AP.
On Tuesday, he attended the grand opening of a low-income housing development that bears his initials. The 55-unit JBJ Soul Homes will be occupied by low-income tenants and the formerly homeless. Bon Jovi’s Soul Foundation and the Middleton Partnership provided the lead gift for the $16.6 million complex in the Francisville neighborhood. The project also received public funds.
Residents will have access to social services provided by Project HOME, a group dedicated to ending homelessness. The four-story building includes retail and office space.
Bon Jovi is a longtime advocate for affordable housing in Philadelphia, Newark, N.J., and many other cities. The New Jersey native once co-owned the Philadelphia Soul arena football team.
The bong-tossing case against Amanda Bynes was dismissed Monday after the actress complied with the judge’s orders to stay out of trouble and go to counseling.
Bynes, 28, was charged last year with reckless endangerment and marijuana possession. Building managers called police because they said she was smoking pot in the lobby of her Manhattan residence. When officers entered her 36th-floor apartment, they said they saw her heave a bong out the window.
Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Lori Petersen sealed the case after the dismissal. Bynes’ lawyer appeared in court; she was not present. The court had said the charges would be dismissed if Bynes stayed out of trouble and went to counseling twice a week. Attorney Gerald Shargel submitted an affidavit saying Bynes had complied with the court’s requirements.
“She did her counseling and it’s now all behind her,” Shargel said outside court.
In February, Bynes pleaded no contest to alcohol-related reckless driving for clipping a Los Angeles County sheriff’s patrol car in April 2012. She was sentenced to three years of probation and three months of attending alcohol education classes.
She received psychiatric treatment last year after authorities said she set a small fire in the driveway of a home in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Bynes was 13 when she landed her own hit variety program, “The Amanda Show” on Nickelodeon. She went on to star in the TV series “What I Like About You” and several movies, including “What a Girl Wants,” “Hairspray” and “She’s the Man.”
She has stated that she has retired from acting. Her last film credit was 2010’s “Easy A,” which starred Emma Stone.