Tyra Banks Sells Scripted TV Show About Her Giant Forehead

Not content with just putting "booty tooch" in the national lexicon, Tyra Banks is continuing her domination of pop culture with another TV show. The America’s Next Top Model mogul has sold Fivehead, a scripted TV show about a teenaged model’s life, to ABC.

Fivehead is a nickname of the top model, whose forehead is so large that she has jokingly called it a "fivehead." The show, which Page Six reports is being written by Banks’ friend Kendra Barris, will be about a teenager in Los Angeles who’s working her way through high school while also working as a model. Obviously, it’s going to be autobiographical. 

With the selling of Fivehand, Tyra Banks joins the elite club of women in the entertainment biz with multiple shows on TV: Chelsea Handler has Chelsea Lately and the since-cancelled Are You There God? It’s Me, Chelsea, and Whitney Cummings has both Whitney, Two Broke Girls, and a forthcoming talk show. Between all these shows and the success of Girls and The Mindy Project, it’s a thrill to see the injection of estrogen on the telly.

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Your Daily Guide to Trending Topics

Every day there are some topics that are trending, Since many of them don’t make sense, we provide easy contextualization. Also, this way, you won’t actually have to know anything about anything.

Robert F. Kennedy

RFK Jr. is trending today because yesterday his estranged wife, Mary Kennedy, died, reportedly from having hanged herself at their Westchester, New York estate. It’s just the latest tragedy for the seemingly cursed American political dynasty, which has seen more than its fair share of members die in tragic and untimely ways. The Kennedys were married in 1994, but last year Bobby filed for divorce amid rumors of Mary’s substance abuse issues and of his own philandering. “We deeply regret the death of our beloved sister Mary, whose radiant and creative spirit will be sorely missed by those who loved her,” the family said in a statement.

Nick Stahl

In other curse news, people are searching up a storm (both online and in person) for actor Nick Stahl of Terminator 3 is the latest cast member of that franchise to run into trouble. The 32-year-old’s wife has reported him missing, saying the last time he was seen was May 9 and adding that Stahl had been frequenting a down-and-out part of Los Angeles, perhaps a hint at drug use. Stahl took over in the Terminator franchise for Edward Furlong, who left the series to find his own problems, including stints in rehab and accusations of rather serious violence against his wife. Troubled actors including Christian Bale and Thomas Dekker have also been part of the series of films.

Tyra Banks

Over at Yahoo!, things are a little more lighthearted; the site’s number-one search term is “Tyra Banks Too Fat.” But the readers there aren’t hating, they’re searching for an essay the America’s Next Top Model host wrote  for The Daily Beast supporting the new Vogue rule banning underage and malnourished models. In the piece, Banks discusses her own battles with weight and how difficult it made her teenage life. Then she explains what exactly it is about her modeling competition show that is healthy for young viewers. No, of course she doesn’t do that part. 

iPad Mini

People are nuts about Apple products—spending money on them instead of more valuable Apple stock—but this is crazy. The internet is wild with iAddicts searching for a report that says that Apple might be planning to release a 7-inch version of its tablet, which would retail for about $250, to compete with the Kindle. There already is an iPad Mini, guys, it’s called an iPhone. Whatever, see you all in line.

John Travolta

Bing users are still a bit hung up on movie star and pubic hair hippie John Travolta and the mounting lawsuits against him for making homosexy advanced toward masseurs and other guys. Too bad searching for Travolta news on Bing doesn’t bring you this hot nugget: According to the wife of late Grease star Jeff Conway, Travolta once tried to wake the now-deceased actor with oral sex, leading to a rift in their friendship and what might have been a lasting distaste on Conway’s part for morning action.

Lil Kim

Twitter is bonkers for the Queen Bee this morning, due to her appearance on a New York radio show and also the news that she has taken in her estranged father, who’s reportedly suffering from Alzheimer’s but could also be a spy sent by Nicki Minaj and Foxy Brown to attack from inside her home. The story is developing.

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Here’s What Janice Dickinson Would Do

Janice Dickinson’s not only the (self-proclaimed) world’s first supermodel, she’s also the first judge to unceremoniously split with Tyra Banks’s America’s Next Top Model, something that’s become a bit of a trend again lately. The fallin-out that lead the former girlfriend of Warren Beatty, Sylvester Stallone, and Mick Jagger to publicly declare that the string-bean reality competition is “rigged” and to say, "CoverGirl are the ones who choose the model—not any of the judges. People don’t know that!”

There’s not a lot else people don’t know about Dickinson, though, considering the boundary-free glamazon is the author of two memoirs and a dating-advice book and has logged time on a number of reality shows, including The Surreal Life and I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Tonight, Dickinson will continue her proud tradition of straight shooting and acid-tongued commentary with the premiere of WWJDWhat Would Janice Do, a one-woman show at XL, Manhattan’s 14,000-square-foot juggernaut of a gay club. We caught up with Dickinson to find out what secrets she has left to spill, how far her fame has spread, and what exactly it is she wants to do with twinky movie star Zac Efron.

What made you decide to do a one-woman show?
In the first place, I’ve written three books and decided to just gel it into one big story. I’ve done several one woman shows in the past and now I’ve decided to take it to New York.

What about the show might people be most surprised by?
Walking away with an amazing feeling and being totally fulfilled with suspense and awe, and astounding experiences that they will never ever be able to feel themselves again. They get to share my amazing ride.

What do you make of having been famous for so long but being known by some fans only for your TV work?
That’s an absurd question! I’m a global icon legend. I could go to Africa and tribesmen would know me!

Without giving away too much, can you share what one of your more scandalous stories might be about?
There’s hundreds of them, it’s impossible to choose one! How many people can say, other than the wives of presidents, that they’ve sat on the lap of a president for over 15 minutes. You’ll have to come to my show to find out which one it was.

If you had to eat one celebrity, who would it be?
Zac Efron.

Tyra Banks Fires All ‘ANTM’ Judges Not Named Tyra Banks

When America’s Next Top Model begins its 19th cycle this year, it will do so without any of the original judges besides Tyra Banks. Actually, it’ll do so without any of the judges that were around just one season ago (again, except for Banks).

Banks announced yesterday that longtime judges Nigel Barker, "Miss" J. Alexander and Jay Manuel would not have their contracts renewed by the CW (the fate of the panel’s newest member, fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone, was not immediately known). The need to revamp the show to combat recent record low ratings has been thrown around as an excuse for the firings, but it’s probably more likely that Banks just couldn’t stand to have anyone but herself on the judging panel any longer. Because Banks is a narcissist.

In a statement to TMZ, Barker said, "Good luck to whoever [replaces me]. I would imagine it’s a tricky thing to replace someone who’s going on their 19th season."

If you consider cloning Banks a few times for an all-Tyra panel "tricky," then yes. Tricky!

Morning Links: Kanye Kicks Off G.O.O.D. Friday, Judy Dench Wraps ‘Bond’ Career

● DJ Funkmaster Flex got Good Friday started a little early, spinning "Mercy," the first single off the Kanye and company’s G.O.O.D. Music compilation, on his show last night. Swerve, swerve, swerve… [RapRadar]

● The makers of Theraflu would like to remind you that they "in no way" want to be a part of Kanye’s double-cupped up "Theraflu." [NME]

● Looks like Mary Kate and Ashley weren’t fans of Harvard MBA recipient Tyra Banks’ "fantasy novel" Modelland. [Gawker]

● Justin Timberlake dangerously designed Jessica Biel’s engagement ring without the help of Biel’s stylist and, while Biel won’t say she doesn’t like it, everyone seems to know it’s not her style. Boys! [Us]

● Looks like Skyfall will be Dame Judy Dench’s last 007 movie as Bond’s other girl, M. [TheSun]

● Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain — where can have food and beverage delivered straight to their movie seat — has a Manhattan outpost in the works. [ArtsBeat]

Tyra Banks Slumming It in the Harvard Dorms

Two news items in one: 1) Tyra Banks is attending Harvard Business School and 2) she’s actually living in the dorms. Yes, the Top Model mogul and Queen of Smize is roughing it in a dormitory with the hoi polloi (although she’s not actually sharing a bedroom, of course). She told Jimmy Fallon all about how she’s going back to school to grow her business, despite being a multi-millionaire already: “People like Sir Richard Branson and Walt Disney, these people have created these brands and businesses from scratch. So I look to them as role models. I want to grow my company.” It’s really the hot new thing for celebrities to get unnecessary education these days.

James Franco is always taking this or that class at Columbia or NYU or whatever it is that he does, bless his heart. Emma Watson is enrolled at Brown (though on temporary leave). And remember the Olsen twin’s brief sojourn at NYU? This all make sense, at least notionally.

But Tyra going to Harvard to “grow her business” is a little rich. How much does her business need to be grown, still? It’s almost scary to think of what else the Tyra Banks machine could have in store.

Here’s the video of her talking about her dorm life with Jimmy Fallon. Side note: this is the best Tyra I’ve seen in years.

Morning Links: James Blunt to Play Organ at Royal Wedding, Chloe Sevigny to Play Lizzy Borden

● Extra sensitivity is needed as the situation in Japan escalates to terrifying new heights. Gilbert Goddfried, the voice of the Aflac/Afquack duck, was fired after making tasteless jokes on his twitter. Meanwhile, Clint Eastwood and Matt Damon’s Hereafter has been pulled from Japanese theaters because of tsunami scenes. [Perez] ● It can’t be easy finding time to hit the books while managing a media empire, but Tyra Banks is making it happen — at Harvard! She insists that Business School is something she’s doing for her female fans. “In order for my company to grow and be the best, and to reach these women, and to serve them, I needed the best,” she said, “So I went to the best.” [NYDN] ● The soon-to-be-wed royal couple have enlisted one of Britain’s most maudlin performers to play at their wedding, James Blunt. Thankfully, he’s going to be tethered to the organ, not singing. [Yahoo/AP]

● Chloe Sevigny’s reign as the driven Nicky Hendrikson on Big Love comes to an end this week, but Sevigny won’t be missing a beat. She’s set to channel her powerful and crazed energy into a staring role in HBO’s proposed miniseries about Lizzy Borden, Massachusetts’ famed murderous spinster. Apparently, the downtown queen has been preparing by spending nights in the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast. [Variety] ● Babies in the Internet, babies on the Internet: apparently four out of five children under the age of five use the Internet on a weekly basis, lending new gravity to the oft-asked question, “Is this real life?” [Mashable] ● “The stranger it is, the more beautiful it will be,” said Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes of the band’s upcoming collaboration with David Lynch. And strange and beautiful they shall likely get, as Lynch is set to direct Duran Duran’s upcoming episode of the concert series Unstaged, streaming on YouTube later this month. [Billboard]

Sexting is Not a Crime: An Imaginary Teen Dialog in IM Verse

Adults get off on inventing cultural “epidemics” that are threatening our purest youths, impregnating their brains with all sorts of naughtiness. The latest such epidemic is, of course, sexting. Despite having been previously exorcised by the Victoria’s Secret angel Tyra Banks, it’s still on the tip of every anxious parent’s tongue. To cope with this scourge, some level headed folks will always insist it’s no big deal, nothing new to see here: “Children played doctor long before grade school students were armed with cell phones capable of snapping photos,” one such column begins. Others will try and press criminal charges on a 12 year old. That’s right, a felony charge of distribution of child pornography has been leveled against a 12 and 13-year-old, because of this so-called “sexting.” If found guilty, the kids will have to register as sex offenders. Honestly, we think all the frenzy would dissipate with a little clarity. Parents: You think sexting is like this, but really it’s like this. You have nothing to fear.

(‘DiggThis’)Fr: Horny Teen Boy (HTB) ———————————– Hey [redacted] what’s up i miss you ———————————– 2:12am Fri, Jan 29

Fr: Horny Teen Girl (HTG) ———————————– I just saw u in school :p I’m just gettin ready 4 bed. get on FB chat to say goodnight 🙂 ———————————– 2:14am Fri, Jan 29

HTB: Hiiiii HTG: 1 sec, changing! HTB: oooh, wut do u wear to sleep? i’m lonely! dream of me LOL HTG: heheheh tank top n undies wanna come overrrr? 😉 HTB: Showw me!! i kno ur phone and computer and iPod touch have cameras hah and broadband internet n 3g coverage make media transfer sooo easy!! HTG: LOL I can’ttttt HTB: 🙁 🙁 why??? ur as curious n proud of ur body as I am fascinated HTG: well, the criminal charges for 1 thing! not to mention the cultural implications like, why does the girl always have 2 send firsT? HTB: i’ll trade you, k? it’s really an equal playing field btwn girls and boys bc the sexual objectification works both ways HTG: Ya and i wouldn’t even call it objectification bc we’re both just figuring this stuff out like, it’s natural and even sort of safe since I can’t get pregnant this way LOL HTB: Right and I kno ur scared I might show people, like to get back at u or whatever, but don’t we learn about intimacy thru making judgments about trust and maybe getting burned sumtimes but growing still??? HTG: ya and i’m a little scared of some creepy old guy seeing me and being gross i guess, but that just seems like such a boogeyman, you know? HTB: mmhmm, i think it’s just a our puritan culture and double standards and it’s so much easier to scare us than to level with us and teach real sex-ed HTG: like of course I’m going to have the same feelings as boys it’s sooo out of touch and patriarchal and demeaning when it’s like “girls are getting pressured to do this stuff by boys!!” and by fake protecting me they’re just keeping up the idea that i’m delicate and shouldn’t want sex like boys do i’m an animal too LOL like Ke$ha heheheh and Bristol Palin is just a liar bc at least she already had sex hahaha HTB: boys want acceptance just like girls and experimenting with the tools our parents buy us just seems like the new natural and helps us keep a healthy body image too haha! HTG: If our teachers and parents just took a step back and tried to stay out of it but just talked 2 us and protected us ONLY when we really need it we’d prolly figure it out on our own HTB: yeah like self-policing or something there’s no stopping us really right HTG: yeah… i think ur cute and smart HTB: just send me a pic of ur stomach at least or bra 🙂 HTG: k fine… I need the bathroom mirror lol BRB