So, this is the worst! Up to 27 animals died in their farm facility during the making of The Hobbit trilogy, which the wranglers involved in the production claim was "a death trap." Although the American Humane Association says no animals were harmed during the actual filming, they acknowledge that the wranglers' complaints highlight a blind spot in their ability to police the actual set, but not the areas where the animals are kept.
The horse grounds were sprinkled with "bluffs, sinkholes and broken-down fencing," on which horses broke their backs, cut their legs, fell into streams and had digestive problems. A spokesman for director Peter Jackson has acknowledged that the deaths of two horses, in particular, were avoidable and conditions were improved immediately afterwards. PETA is now planning protests at The Hobbit premieres in New Zealand, America and the U.K. Goddamn fucking hobbits. [CBS News]
After a tumultuous dinner date last week that ended with Selena Gomez reportedly storming off, it looks like maybe, possibly, she and professional swag-nugget Justin Bieber might be back together. Although Gomez wasn't in attendance at the 2012 American Music Awards—to which Bieber took his mom Pattie Mallette, Gomez came to the AMA afterparty with him and they may have HELD HANDS (?!?!?!) while leaving the Nokia Theater. There is also one drunken tweet from Jenny McCarthy. Be cool, Jen. [E!]
Rupert Sanders will not be directing the Snow White & The Huntsman sequel. [Radar Online]
Cameron Diaz says that going nude or scantily clad for photographs and certain movie scenes is empowering for her: "I'm not some young girl with the photographer going, ‘Will you take your clothes off?' I'm like [mimes stripping], ‘How does this look?' They're like, ‘Today we're not going to put anything other than bras and heels on you,' and I'm like, ‘These heels are not high enough.' I'm a woman, I know how to handle myself. I know what I feel comfortable doing and I know my sexuality... I think every woman does want to be objectified. There's a little part of you at all times that hopes to be somewhat objectified, and I think it's healthy." [Channel24.co.za]
Just a few days after taking someone to task for bringing up Twinkies at a meeting ("I'm on Saturday Night Live enough") Chris Christie actually was on Saturday Night Live. He talked about how his infamous "Governor" fleece is fused to his skin. [NYDN]