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Renee Zellweger Says She’s ‘Glad’ People Think She Looks Different

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by

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Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The buzz on social media Tuesday centered on Renee Zellweger’s appearance at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills the previous day. There were plenty of comments that the actress looks much different than she did just a few years ago.

Zellweger doesn’t appear to be too bothered by all of the attention she’s receiving, though she does believe it is “silly.” In a statement to People magazine, the 45-year-old actress declares, “I’m glad folks think I look different! I’m living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I’m thrilled that perhaps it shows.”

Saying that she’s adopted a healthier lifestyle and is in a loving relationship with boyfriend Doyle Bramhall, the Oscar winner notes, “Perhaps I look different. Who doesn’t as they get older?! Ha. But I am different. I’m happy.”

Zellweger says she decided to issue a statement because “it seems the folks who come digging around for some nefarious truth which doesn’t exist won’t get off my porch until I answer the door.”

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Matthew McConaughey Details What It Took to Wed Camila Alves

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by

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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Matthew McConaughey sheds light on why he married his wife of two years, Camila Alves.

“I had to get to the point where I saw it as more than just the thing to do,” the actor says in the November issue of GQ magazine, out nationwide Oct. 28. “I wanted to really want to. You know, I didn’t want it to be a destination; the fun is that we’re on the adventure together. And look, some of it had to do with her putting it on me. It took her going, ‘C’mon, Big Boy, Mr. Easygoing-We’ll- Get-to-It-When-We-Get-to-It. Either s**t or get off the pot.’”

McConaughey admits it did take some convincing. “We talked about it spiritually. We did a lot of reading and talked to a lot of people that had been divorced, a lot of people that had been happily married. We talked to our pastor,” he explains. “In the end, our understanding was, ‘Let’s go make a covenant, with you, me, and God.’”

Now that he’s married father of three, McConaughey loves being a family man.

“It’s the one thing I’ve always wanted to be. Never is a man more of a man than when he is the father of a newborn,” he says. “You know what’s important. I definitely got more selfish. And at the same time, I think I got more compassionate.”

McConaughey will next be seen on the big screen in Interstellar, which opens Nov. 5.

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Fox Sued for $250 Million over Mobster Character in “The Simpsons”

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by

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FOX(NEW YORK) — Fox has been slapped with a $250 million lawsuit by an actor who claims a character on The Simpsons is based on him, in violation of his publicity rights.

The character in question is Louie, who occasionally has been seen on the long-running animated series over the years as a crony of the mobster Fat Tony. The plaintiff, The Godfather Part II and Goodfellas actor Frank Sivero, claims “Louie’s appearance and mannerisms are strongly evocative” of him, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Sivero alleges that back in 1989, the year The Simpsons premiered, he was living in the same apartment complex as Simpsons writers. He claims the writers were aware he was creating a gangster character for Goodfellas named Frankie Carbone, which was based on his personality. He says the Louie character debuted on The Simpsons a few years later.

Furthermore, Sivero argues that actor Dan Castellaneta, who voices Louie as well as other Simpsons characters, most notably Homer Simpson, has said he “modeled his voice after Italian American actor, Joe Pesci, who also had a role in Goodfellas.”

Among other allegations, Sivero says Simpsons producer Gracie Films had expressed interest in collaborating with him, but he now feels they were “simply studying him further for the character Louie.”

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‘Duke Porn Star’ Belle Knox’s Life Mirrors Wednesday’s “Law and Order: SVU”

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by

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Michael Parmelee/NBC(NEW YORK) — Every Law & Order “ripped from the headlines” episode runs a coda stating that any similarities to any person is “purely coincidental,” but for a Duke University student who became a household name when she was “outed” last year as porn star Belle Knox, Wednesday’s episode of Special Victims Unit hits extremely close to home.

Belle Knox, which is not her birth name, is currently a sophomore at Duke.  She began making movies under a stage name to pay her hefty tuition, and freely admits her side-job makes her feel empowered about her body and her sexuality.

In Wednesday’s episode of NBC’s crime-drama, a college student is sexually assaulted by men who discover she’s been shooting porn to cover tuition.

The so-called “slut shaming” Knox felt after her cover was blown — including death threats from some on campus — figures prominently with the victim in the episode.

A longtime L&O fan, Knox told ABC News Radio she can’t wait to see art imitate life. “I think that this will be a really good episode in terms of raising awareness about…sexual assault on college campuses, and — I haven’t seen it, but the central theme I think they’re trying to get at is that just because a woman is sexual or promiscuous, doesn’t give anybody the right to sexually assault her or violate her.”

Knox tells us that slut-shaming isn’t limited to those in the adult industry. “I think the celebrity nude hacking scandal is a good example of how we slut-shame women,” the performer said, before allowing, “I think that the people involved in it, like Jennifer Lawrence, they handled it really well. And I hope we reach the point where a woman’s body isn’t used against her, like Emma Watson was saying.”

In June, Knox penned a Time magazine article about the spiraling costs of higher education in which she cheekily admitted, “Faced with either a degree from a less prestigious school or decades of crushing debt, a few hours of work on a porn set revealed itself to be the best way to avoid getting screwed.”

With her tuition getting paid, and her star in the adult world white-hot, Knox says she’s looking towards the future. “My goal is to be a lawyer. Actually, SVU is like part of why I was…really inspired to be an advocate for women,” she says, before laughing, “I learned a lot of…courtroom procedure just from…watching SVU.” Fighting for victims of sexual assault in real life, like special victims cops and prosecutors do, “would be amazing,” the 19-year-old maintains.

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, “Pornstar’s Requiem,” airs Wednesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.

A documentary about the adult industry star, Becoming Belle Knox, recently debuted online.

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“The Bridge” Cancelled After Two Seasons

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by

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Credit: Byron Cohen/FX Network(NEW YORK) — FX has cancelled its critically popular but underwatched show The Bridge after two seasons, the network said on Tuesday.

The crime thriller starred Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir as detectives working along the U.S./Mexico border.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the show had only been generating about 1.2 million viewers per episode.

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Cobie Smulders and Taran Killam, Donald Faison and CaCee Cobb Expecting Children

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by

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Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage // Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Cobie Smulders and Taran Killam are expanding their family.

The How I Met Your Mother star and her Saturday Night Live comedian-husband are expecting their second child, her rep confirmed to People magazine.

The actors, both 32, welcomed their daughter Shaelyn Cado in 2009. They wed three years later, before family and friends, including Smulders’ How I Met Your Mother castmates, including Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan. Turns out, all their kids have bonded on-set.

There are “a lot of play dates and time on set in the nursery,” the actress said on The Bonnie Hunt Show in 2010.

CaCee Cobb and Donald Faison also announced big news Tuesday, posting on Instagram that they’re expecting another child.

Rather than post a message, the stars each posted the same photo of their 1-year-old son Rocco with the message “I’m a big brother” emblazoned across his shirt.


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This will be the second child for the couple. Faison has one son from a previous relationship and three children from a previous marriage.

The former Scrubs star, 40, and his wife of nearly two years welcomed welcomed Rocco last August. Since then, the little boy has enjoyed plenty of playdates with Ace Knute Johnson, the son of Cobb’s best friend, Jessica Simpson.

“BFF’s in the making! @caceecobb #ACEANDROCCO,” Simpson wrote next to a sweet shot of the boys playing this past February.


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“Django Unchained” Actress Daniele Watts Charged With Lewd Conduct

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by

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Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts and her boyfriend have been charged with lewd conduct stemming from an incident last month when the couple was found in a parked car having a romantic encounter.

The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office filed the misdemeanor charge Tuesday against Watts and her companion, celebrity chef Brian Lucas. The charge carries a maximum sentence of six months in the county jail and a $1,000 fine.

Reps for Watts did not respond immediately to ABC News’ request for comment.

The 28-year-old actress was handcuffed and detained by Los Angeles police Sept. 11 after the LAPD responded to a 911 call for alleged “indecent exposure” involving a male and a female inside a silver Mercedes with the vehicle door open.

At the time of the incident, Watts and Lucas maintained they had done nothing illegal and questioned whether the incident was racial profiling.

According to the police report from the incident, “The responding sergeant and police officers located two individuals that matched the description of the suspects, and they were briefly detained. Upon further investigation it was determined that no crime had been committed. Ms. Watts and her companion were subsequently released.”

The City Attorney’s office did not state in its court papers Tuesday what led them to press charges.

The Los Angeles Police Department noted in its Sept. 14 release that “an internal complaint investigation has been initiated regarding this matter.” The Los Angeles Times reported that “the LAPD launched an internal affairs inquiry into the officers’ actions after Watts and Lucas complained publicly. Lucas wrote on Facebook that police acted as if the couple had been engaged in prostitution.”

In an Times op-ed piece, Watts wrote that she and Lucas had been stopped four times by law enforcement since late spring. Watts is black and Lucas is white.

“Would someone have called the police if it had been a white couple?” she wrote. “Would the sergeant have been so zealous in ‘investigating’ what was clearly not a crime? Does bias have something to do with how and why Brian and I have been stopped this year? I think it probably does.”

A hearing date for the misdemeanor has been set for Nov. 13.

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How Kim Kardashian’s Family Wished Her a Happy Birthday

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by

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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) –  Kim Kardashian turned 34 Tuesday, and her family has been wishing her a happy birthday via social media all day.

Her mom, Kris Jenner, reflected on Kim’s youth with a throwback photo. “Back in the day when I was [Kim]‘s stylist, makeup artist and glam squad,” the caption reads.



Kim’s sisters also wished the star a happy birthday. Khloe Kardashian called Kim “my bestie, my confidante, the keeper of my secrets,” while Kendall Jenner praised Kim’s “amazing soul.”

Happy birthday sister!!!! My bestie, my confidante, the keeper of my secrets (well only of I threaten your life

Renee Zellweger Says ‘It Would Be Fun’ to Do “Bridget Jones’ Diary” Sequel

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by

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Michael Buckner/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The woman behind the Bridget Jones series, author Helen Fielding, has already penned a third book that picks up on the life of our favorite British TV personality. Still, would Renee Zellweger, who portrayed Bridget in the big screen adaptations, want to reprise her role?

“It would be fun,” Zellweger told E! News.

Still, Zellweger explained she’s not sure what the status is on a third movie adaptation, if one is even in the works. “I have no idea. I’m not being cagey. I just don’t know,” she said.

(Spoiler Alert)

A third film would most likely follow Fielding’s Mad About the Boy, the third book in the series. Mad About the Boy upset many fans when they learned Bridget Jones became a widow after the death of her husband, Mark Darcy. The third book picked up five years after Darcy’s death, with Jones being a 51-year-old single mom with two children and a boyfriend named Roxster.

The first two books, Bridget Jones’s Diary and Bridget Jones Edge of Reason, were made into films starring Zellweger, Colin Firth as Mark Darcy and Hugh Grant as Daniel Cleaver. Reportedly, Grant said that he wouldn’t be part of a third film.

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Shia LaBeouf Talks Religion, His Dad and His Latest Film “Fury”

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by

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Sony/Columbia(NEW YORK) — Shia LaBeouf discusses a number of topics, including his stormy relationship with his dad, finding religion after filming his new movie Fury, and his recent behavior, in the latest issue of Interview magazine.

LaBeouf, who was compared to actors like Tom Hanks early in his career, tells the magazine he always rejected those comparisons.

“The guys who I looked up to were far darker,” the 28-year-old actor notes, naming actors such as Gary Oldman, Sean Penn and Joaquin Phoenix as his idols. The choices, he adds are largely due to his tumultuous relationship with his father, whom LaBeouf has previously admitted was a drug dealer.

“The guys who I looked up to were guys that my dad looked up to,” he explains. “I looked up to my dad. And he doesn’t have a Tom Cruise or a Tom Hanks kind of sensibility. He’s in the Mongols biker gang. He’s cut from a different kind of fabric, a different sensibility, a Vietnam veteran who came home disgruntled.”

LaBeouf goes on to say he only speaks to his dad when he’s working and needs to stir up feelings of anger and grief. “He knows what I’m looking for. It’s not to say ‘Hey, Dad,’ Shia declares, “It’s just an excuse to rev up. He’s the marionette puppeteer.”

In his latest film, Fury, LaBeouf plays a member of a World War 2 tank crew who relies on his faith in God as a way of coping with the rigors of war. He believes the role helped him find his own faith.

“I found God doing Fury,” he tells the magazine. “I became a Christian man, and not in a f**king bulls**t way — in a very real way. I could have just said the prayers that were on the page. But it was a real thing that really saved me,” he adds.

LaBeouf also credits co-star Brad Pitt as being “very instrumental” in his religious transformation.

LaBeouf’s bizarre behavior has landed in the tabloids a number of times over the past year, and he admits he’s trying to ”reinvent” himself, though “sometimes in very uncalculated behavior.”

“I’m not a very intelligent person,” he confesses, “and you’ve got to be a f**king genius to learn from other people’s mistakes, because you’ve got to be a very smart man to learn from your own.”

LaBeouf also admits looking like a “drunken buffoon” in New York City just prior to his arrest for disorderly conduct during a performance of the Broadway play Cabaret. His behavior led him to seek treatment for alcohol addiction.

Fury is currently in theaters.

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