A morning mix of entertainment headlines...
Jose Angel Santana, a former New York University professor, has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the school in an attempt to get his job back. The reason he was fired, based on what Santana tells the New York Post? He gave student James Franco a D. Santana says the Oscar-nominated actor missed 12 out of 14 of his “Directing the Actor II” classes, earning him the low grade. Santana also asserts that other professors gave Franco high marks that were undeserved. “The school has bent over backwards to create a Franco-friendly environment, that’s for sure,” he tells The Post. Reps for Franco and the university have not commented. (New York Post)
The winner of “Survivor: South Pacific,” the 23rd (!!) season of the reality competition show, is — spoiler alert! — medical student Sophie Clarke. She beat out “Survivor” veteran Benjamin “Coach” Wade to claim the title. Seriously, who still watches this show? Based on the ratings people clearly do but ... seriously, Season 24 starts in February? (Associated Press)
Here is Britney Spears’s 3.5-carat Neil Lane engagement ring, which she unveiled during an engagement celebration in Las Vegas with new fiance Jason Trawick. (People) Here is Britney Spears departing a private jet after her engagement celebration over the weekend in Las Vegas. (Daily Mail) Here is ex-husband Keven Federline saying he’s very happy for Spears. (Glamour)
“ The Descendants ” won the Satellite Award for best picture. The Satellite Awards are determined by the Interntional Press Academy; members also selected Ryan Gosling won best actor for “Drive,” Nicolas Winding Refn took best director for that film and Viola Davis was named best actress for “The Help.” (The Wrap via Reuters)
A high school in Illinois decided to repeatedly play Justin Bieber’s “Baby” over the PA system between classes until kids donated $1,000 to support a nearby cafe/arts center. They had a week to meet their goal. It was met in less than three days. “I went to complain, but it didn’t really work out,” sophomore Justus Smith told the Chicago Sun-Times. “I’m happy they got the money, though.”(Chicago Sun-Times via Jezebel)
What’s the worst Christmas movie ever? And which “Blair Witch Project” star has written a book about pot? Keep reading to find out.
In case you wanted more details about why Matt Damon recently made uncharacteristically disparaging comments about “Bourne” screenwriter Tony Gilroy during an interview, here’s an explanation. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Voters on Fandango.com selected the worst Christmas movie ever. And they claim it’s “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.” Clearly none of them has seen “Surviving Christmas.” (Vulture)
Did you know that Heather Donahue of “The Blair Witch Project” used to grow medical marijuana? And she also had a prescription for weed, which she used to treat PMS? These fun facts and more can apparently be learned in her upcoming book, “Growgirl: How My Life After ‘The Blair Witch Project’ Went to Pot.” (Philly.com)