"Flip or Flop" star Christina Hall is hurting from housing. The reality TV star revealed on Dec. 22 that she has lead and mercury poisoning, and she suspects she got it from all the house flips she's been involved in. "I have mercury and lead poisoning," the "Christina on the Coast" star wrote on her Instagram Story, noting she did the testing at WAM, an alternative wellness and medicine facility in Southern California. The poisoning, she believes, is "most likely from all the gross houses I've been in (all the bad flips)." That wasn't all the WAM testing discovered either. "I have small intestine bacteria overgrowth," Christina added. The mom-of-three plans to detox via IVs and herbs and said she'll next explore if her breast implants could be causing health problems too.
On Dec. 21, Allison Holker broke her social media silence following the death of her husband. "My ONE and ONLY Oh how my heart aches. We miss you so much," she captioned a selfie with late husband Stephen "tWitch" Boss. On Tuesday, Dec. 13, the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" star died by suicide in his motel room at the Oak Tree Inn in Encino, California. TMZ reported that the "Magic Mike XXL" actor and "So You Think You Can Dance" alum left his house and stopped taking his wife's phone calls in the lead-up to his death. There are reports that he put his phone in "airplane mode" after taking an Uber to the motel, which is about a mile from the home he and Allison shared with their children.
The end of the line?
Dwayne Johnson's "Black Adam" film will not be getting a sequel in the immediate future. In an Instagram statement, the actor revealed that the character could be revisited later down the road, but no timeline was given. "[New DC creative head] James Gunn and I connected, and Black Adam will not be in their first chapter of storytelling," he wrote. "However, DC and Seven Bucks have agreed to continue exploring the most valuable ways Black Adam can be utilized in future DC multiverse chapters." The October 2022 film, despite much promotion, underperformed at the box office. The move comes a week after it was announced that Henry Cavill would not be returning as Superman, another DC-owned property.
Sonya Eddy — who's best known for her work as nurse Epiphany Johnson on "General Hospital" — died on Dec. 19 at 55, actress Octavia Spencer announced on social media. "My friend @sonyaeddy passed away last night. The world lost another creative angel. Her legions of @generalhospitalabc fans will miss her," the Oscar winner wrote. Sonya's producing partner and close friend Tyler Ford later shared more details about actress's unexpected passing with TMZ, explaining that Sonya had a scheduled, non-emergency surgery on Dec. 9, left the hospital on Dec. 11 then returned on Dec. 15 after she began to feel ill. Doctors discovered she'd developed an infection and days later, she was placed on life support, only to pass away hours later.
Harvey Weinstein was convicted of rape in a Los Angeles courtroom on Dec. 19. A jury deliberated for nine days before finding the disgraced movie producer guilty. Weinstein is already in the second year of a 23-year sentence for a rape and sexual assault conviction in New York. "It is time for the defendant's reign of terror to end," Deputy District Attorney Marlene Martinez said in the prosecution's closing argument. "It is time for the kingmaker to be brought to justice." Throughout the course of the trial, several women alleged that the prominent Hollywood producer sexually assaulted them. He was acquitted on several charges but was found guilty of rape, forced oral copulation and another sexual misconduct count involving a woman known as Jane Doe 1, the Associated Press reported. He faces up to 24 years in prison when he is sentenced.
Jan. 6 committee report reactions
Hollywood had some things to say after the House of Representatives' Jan. 6 committee referred former President Donald Trump to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution, alleging that he and several co-conspirators tried to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power and stop the certification of the 2020 presidential election, which resulted in the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol. Barbra Streisand, a known liberal, said Trump is "delusional and clearly unfit for the Presidency." Bette Midler said the committee did "an enormous service" for the country. Trump also sounded off, saying the hearings were equivalent to his two impeachment hearings. "The Fake charges made by the highly partisan Unselect Committee of January 6th have already been submitted, prosecuted, and tried in the form of Impeachment Hoax # 2. I WON convincingly. Double Jeopardy anyone!" he said.