Renner may take over M:I
Tired of seeing Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible movies? We've got good news and bad news: The bad news is, Cruise is still shooting Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol. The good news is, co-star Jeremy Renner says he may be the one soon getting top billing in the franchise. "It's a franchise to potentially take over," Renner told MTV News. "I can't predict the future and what they want, but that's certainly the idea." We have no idea if that means he's taking over in this movie or a future installment, but Ethan Hunt’s days seem numbered either way. "I can't really go into the details of the script, because that's still evolving," Renner said. "It's Tom's baby. He's the engine behind the thing. What happens after that, we'll see."
The Empire strikes out
Auctioneers overestimated the power of the dark side. An original Darth Vader costume from a Star Wars movie did not sell at auction Thursday when no bidder offered to pay the reserve price, Christie's auctioneers said. The outfit — a jet-black helmet, mask and armor — was expected to sell for between 160,000 pounds and 230,000 pounds ($250,000 to $365,000). The reserve price is confidential but generally it is just under the minimum expected price. Christie's said bidding stopped at 150,000 pounds. The costume is thought to have been made for The Empire Strikes Back, the second film in George Lucas' sci-fi series, released in 1980.
Fleiss' house burns down
As if Celebrity Rehab didn't already show us Heidi Fleiss had plenty of reasons to hate life, the Hollywood madam's house in Pahrump, Nev., caught fire Thanksgiving morning. Fox 5 Las Vegas reports that Fleiss said the fire started in a chimney that didn't have a spark arrestor, which keeps sparks from spreading through the house. The 44-year-old said much of the house was damaged, but she was not hurt.