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30 New Fly Species Identified

30 New Fly Species Identified

In a recent paper due to be published in the Journal Zootaxa next month, Los Angeles native Emily Hartop will announce about her discovery of 30 new species of fly.

Hartop, an entomologist at Los Angeles’s Natural History Museum, said these previously unknown species were discovered during a brief three-month scan of local backyards and gardens.

Hartop in a phone interview with The Washington Post said, “I’d be less surprised to find hundreds of new species of Megaselia [a common genus of fly] at a remote site in Costa Rica than I was to find 30 new species right here in L.A”.

It is to inform that the new species were uncovered as part of the natural History Museuim’s Biodiversity Science: City and Nature (BioSCAN) project.

Leonor Varela welcomes daughter

Leonor Varela welcomes daughter

Los Angeles: Actress Leonor Varela has welcomed her second child, a daughter, with producer Lucas Akoskin in Santa Monica, California.

The couple named the newborn Luna Mae, reported People magazine.

"Feeling so blessed this angel just landed in our arms. Welcome to the family Luna Mae!," Varela, 42, announced on Instagram, sharing a black-and-white snapshot of the two snuggling.

Varela, known for her former role on 'Dallas', and Akoskin are also parents to two-year-old son Matteo.PTI

Alternate trailer of 'The Fantastic Four' leaks online

Alternate trailer of 'The Fantastic Four' leaks online

Los Angeles - An alternate trailer for the upcoming Miles Teller starrer 'The Fantastic Four' has leaked online via Instagram.

The trailer is attached to 'Kingsman: The Secret Service',

which is currently playing in theatres, reported Aceshowbiz.

It offers a brief addition of what appears to be Johnny aka Human Torch and Sue Storm aka Sue Storm flying through the sky in blue and red flash.

'The Fantastic Four' reboot is set to arrive in the US on August 7.

Teller plays Reed Richards or Mr Fantastic, Michael B Jordan is Johnny, Kate Mara plays Sue, Jamie Bell plays Ben Grimm or The Thing and Toby Kebbell joins the cast as the villainous Doctor Doom. The movie is directed by Josh Trank with a script by Simon Kinberg. PTI

My curves limit me in Hollywood: Salma Hayek

My curves limit me in Hollywood: Salma Hayek

Los Angeles: Mexican beauty Salma Hayek thinks she has lost roles because of her body frame.

The 48-year-old actress said hourglass figure has its own pros and cons, reported Fox News.

"If you think about it, I'm limited by the way I talk and by the way I look. Also, for those who have never seen me in person, I'm quite short. I have an overly ... Wavy body.

"I'm not like the girl next door who is easy to cast. I don't fit into any of the stereotypes of a woman that should continue to work," she said.

Hayek added that her age has also caused roles to drop off through the years.

"Amazing, talented people (stop finding work) at 32, 33 sometimes!. Not so much in London, but in the US it's crazy," she said.

Rick Salomon seeks annulment of marriage to Pamela Anderson

Rick Salomon seeks annulment of marriage to Pamela Anderson

Los Angeles: Rick Salomon is seeking a legal annulment of his marriage to actress Pamela Anderson.

News comes just a week after Anderson, 47, filed for divorce from him, citing irreconcilable differences, reported TMZ online.

Salomon, 47, filed the legal documents this week in Las Vegas, claiming "the marriage should be nullified because Pam deceived him."

He "is also asking the judge to rule there is no community property in the marriage" as well as "asking the judge to deny her spousal support."

Salomon is getting help from lawyer Richard Schonfeld, who also represented Britney Spears in her Las Vegas marriage annulment.

Morena Baccarin to play female lead in 'Deadpool'

Morena Baccarin to play female lead in 'Deadpool'

Los Angeles: 'Homeland' star Morena Baccarin has nabbed the female lead role in 'Deadpool', an action movie based on the Marvel character.

Tim Miller is directing the action-adventure project, which stars Ryan Reynolds as an assassin who undergoes a procedure to cure his cancer that ends up leaving him twisted and scarred but also imbued with superpowers, according to Hollywood Reporter.

TJ Miller and Gina Carano are already attached to the project, which is eyeing a March shoot and is slated for an early 2016 release.

Baccarin, 35, was one of a handful of actresses shortlisted for the role of Reynolds' character's love interest. The character grapples with falling for a man with a hideously scarred face.

Alexa Chung, Alexander Skarsgard dating?

Alexa Chung, Alexander Skarsgard dating?

Los Angeles: Fashionista Alexa Chung and 'True Blood' actor Alexander Skarsgard have been spotted together twice this week.

Chung, 31, and Skarsgard, 28, were first seen together at the Father John Misty show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City earlier this week, reported People magazine.

"They were deep in conversation. He seemed really laid-back but she seemed super animated and into him," an onlooker said.

The next morning, Chung was photographed with Skarsgard at a New York coffee shop.

"Here is @alexa_chung getting avocado toast!! She was with #trueblood hottie #alexanderskarsgard," comedian Haley Sacks Tweeted along with a photo of Chung on Tuesday morning.

Representatives for Chung and Skarsgard have not commented on the issue so far. --- PTI

Dax Shepard and I are done having kids: Kristen Bell

Dax Shepard and I are done having kids: Kristen Bell

Los Angeles: Kristen Bell, who recently gave birth to her second child with Dax Shepard, has revealed she and husband Dax Shepard are done having kids.

The 'House of Lies' actress appeared on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' seven weeks after giving birth to daughter Delta.

"This feels like a vacation coming here, it really does," she joked, adding, "Everyone here speaks in full sentences, and no one's asked me to wipe their buns... Yet. So, yeah, I'm very happy to be out of the house right now."

Philipps lost touch with Katie Holmes after her marriage

Busy Philipps

Los Angeles : Actress Busy Philipps says she lost touch with her 'Dawson's Creek' co-star Katie Holmes after her marriage to Tom Cruise.

Philipps said Holmes stopped talking to her after her marriage to Cruise in 2006, reported Us magazine.

"I did not, no," Philipps, 35, told host Andy Cohen on whether they spoke after the Holmes-Cruise nuptials.

"I left her several voicemail messages."

The Cougar Town actress seemed to brush off the bizarre fallout, but noted that Holmes and Cruise's relationship did take her by surprise.

"I just remember when it happened and I was like, 'Are you on a plane in San Fransisco with Tom Cruise? What's happening?'. And then I saw her like three years later and she had a kid," she said of Suri, now 8.

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in sci-fi love story

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt

Los Angeles : 'Hunger Games' star Jennifer Lawrence and actor Chris Pratt are reportedly in talks to join the cast of a sci-fi love story.

The film is likely to be directed by Morten Tyldum, who is behind this year's award-season contender 'The Imitation Game', said the Hollywood Reporter.

The actress, however, may find it difficult to get time out of her busy schedule that includes 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay ? Part 2' release in November.

Then she is reteaming with her 'Silver Linings Playbook' director David O Russell for 'Joy'. She is also on board for 'X-Men: Apocalypse'.

Pratt stars in the sequel to Guardians and Jurassic World. (PTI)

Amy Pascal to step down from Sony's top post

Amy Pascal to step down from Sony's top post

Los Angeles - Amy Pascal is stepping down as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment following the hacking crisis at the studio that saw the leak of several private emails.

Pascal's exit from the post was widely expected in the aftermath of the scandal that saw the studio facing a disabling cyberattack which was done to protest the release of 'The Interview', which mocks North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

She was the obvious target of the hackers, who leaked several embarrassing conversations between Pascal and producer Scott Rudin where they discussed President Barack Obama's assumed interest in movies starring black actors and made some unflattering comments about Angelina Jolie.

Steve Jobs' biopic set for October release

Steve Jobs' biopic set for October release

Los Angeles: Filmmaker Danny Boyle's biopic of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs will release on October 9, this year.

The film, adapted from Walter Isaacson's biography Steve Jobs, is written by Aaron Sorkin and stars Michael Fassbender in the lead role. Actor Seth Rogen stars as co-founder Steve Wozniak, said The Hollywood Reporter.

'Steve Jobs' will see competition from 'Vacation' reboot, Halle Berry-starrer thriller 'Kidnap' and Buena Vista's 'The Finest Hours', starring Chris Pine, as they release on the same date.

Blanchett, McConaughey to return as Oscar presenters

Blanchett, McConaughey to return as Oscar presenters

Los Angeles: Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey and Lupita Nyong'o, last year's Oscar winners, will return to present at this year's show.

The Academy awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will take place on February 22.

"The great tradition of having the previous year's Oscar-winning best actors and actresses in all 4 categories happily continues this year with the amazing quartet of Cate, Jared, Matthew and Lupita. We're thrilled to have them back," said show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron in a statement.

Blanchett has been nominated for six Oscars and has won two, including last year's best actress award for 'Blue Jasmine'. Her previous win was for best supporting role in 'The Aviator'.

New song from 'Fifty Shades of Grey' soundtrack released

New song from 'Fifty Shades of Grey' soundtrack released

Los Angeles - A new song 'I Know You' from the album of upcoming erotic-romance 'Fifty Shades of Grey' has been unveiled along with its lyric video. The slow-tempo piano-driven ballad by Skylar Grey follows The Weeknd's 'Earned It' and Ellie Goulding's 'Love Me Like You Do' from the soundtrack, set for release on February 10, reported Aceshowbiz.

Grey, 28, sings about loving a man, who puts up barriers on his heart. "Don't complicate it/ Don't let the past dictate/ I have been patient but slowly/ I'm losing faith," she sings.

The disc will also feature a new version of Beyonce Knowles' 'Crazy in Love'. The Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson starrer will open in US theatres on February 13, just in time for Valentine's Day.

Bobbi Kristina never married to Nick Gordon: Lawyer

Bobbi Kristina never married to Nick Gordon: Lawyer

Los Angeles - Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown and Nick Gordon are not actually married, says the former's lawyer.

Bobbi, 21, announced last January that she married Gordon and since then she referred to him as her "incredible husband", reported People magazine. "Bobbi Kristina is not and has never been married to Nick Gordon," her lawyer said in a statement.

This announcement comes just three days after Gordon and a friend found Bobbi unconscious in a bathtub at her Roswell, Georgia, home. Her family has said Bobbi is "fighting for her life". PTI

Taylor Swift will not perform at Grammys

Taylor SwiftLos Angeles: Singer Taylor Swift will not take to stage this Grammy Awards as she wants to focus on her world tour due in May.

Swift, 25, announced the '1989 World Tour' in November last year. The singer said she needs time to plan the tour, hence will not perform at the event, set to take place on Sunday, February 8, reported E! Online.

"Since my whole life is wrapped up and entangled in the planning of the 1989 World Tour right now, I'm not going to be performing on the Grammys this year. I need this time to focus only on the tour," she shared on Tumblr yesterday.

I was almost replaced in 'Friends': Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer AnistonLos Angeles: Jennifer Aniston played Rachel Green in the much-loved comedy sitcom 'Friends' between 1994 and 2004, but the actress says she was nearly replaced just before the show aired.

The 45-year-old actress said that producers were thinking of recasting the role of Rachel Green because of Aniston's commitment to another sitcom on CBS - 'Muddling Through', reported People magazine.

Speaking at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Aniston said: "'Friends' came when I was off doing 'Muddling Through'.

Selena Gomez, Zedd enjoy bowling date

Selena GomezLos Angeles : Singer-actress Selena Gomez was spotted going on a bowling date with her rumoured boyfriend Zedd.

The 22-year-old 'The Heart Wants What It Wants' took to Instagram to post a video of her and Zedd showing off their bowling skills, reported Ace Showbiz.

The video began with Selena and Zedd each bringing a bowling ball. As they launched their balls down the lanes at the same time, the video went into a slow motion.

The 'Rudderless' actress was seen kneeling down while the DJ jumped up as their balls rolled into the pins.

Cameron Diaz, Benji Madden step out first time post wedding

Cameron Diaz and Benji MaddenLos Angeles : Cameron Diaz and her new husband Benji Madden were spotted together for the first time since their marriage earlier this month.

The newlyweds were having a double date with Benji's twin brother Joel Madden and his wife Nicole Richie at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, reported Ace Showbiz.

In some pictures, Cameron, 42, and 35Benji were seen leaving the hotel in a silver car. The 'Sex Tape' actress sat in the passenger seat while her husband, who wore a black cap, was behind the wheel. Their siblings-in-law, meanwhile, could be seen walking together with their children Harlow and Sparrow.

Patrick Stewart praises Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer LawrenceLos Angeles: 'X-Men' star Patrick Stewart has said that he would like to work with Jennifer Lawrence in the future.

During a Facebook Q&A session, the 74-year-old actor described the 'Hunger Games' star as "quite good-looking", reported Entertainment Weekly.

"I'd like to collaborate with Jennifer Lawrence. I think she's brilliant, with a great sense of humour, and quite good looking," Stewart said about the 24-year-old actress.

Stewart was also asked if he would ever consider working with Ian McKellen on a "buddy comedy".

"Absolutely. It's a brilliant idea. Will you write the script for us please? Which of course will have to have approval," he said.

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