Archive for July, 2014

Brad Pitt: I’d Show R-Rated 12 Years a Slave to My “Eldest” Children

  • Brad Pitt arrives at the '12 Years A Slave' Premiere in Toronto

    In an upcoming interview with Ann Curry on TODAY, Brad Pitt says he’d let his “eldest” children see his new R-rated movie, 12 Years a Slave, and says “it’s why I got into film in the first place.”Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

    Proudest career moment yet? In a new interview with TODAY anchor at large Ann Curry, airing Wednesday, Oct. 16, Brad Pitt discusses his latest film, 12 Years of Slave, and explains why the role is so important to him.

    12 Years a Slave tells the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery. Pitt, who is also a producer of the film, plays Bass, a Canadian who works on the plantation where Northup is sent.

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    Despite having a smaller role in the already widely acclaimed Steve McQueen-directed film, Pitt, 49, tells Curry, “It’s why I got into film in the first place.” He adds, “It’s one of those few films that cuts to the base of our humanity.”

    The R-rated film is so important to Pitt that he says he would even allow his oldest child, Maddox, 12, to watch it.

    PHOTOS: Brad Pitt’s life as a dad

    “Maybe my eldest I would, right now,” he said of his six children — Maddox, Pax, 9, Zahara, 8, Shiloh, 7, and Vivienne and Knox, 5 — with fiancee Angelina Jolie. “I’d rather for the others to get a little bit older and understand the dynamics of the world a little more.” (In June, Pitt revealed that son Maddox was making his film debut in his PG-13-rated zombie movie, World War Z. “He gets shot in the head . . . multiple times. But he gets double tapped,” Pitt said, adding, “I don’t know what that says about me as a parent.”)

    PHOTOS: Brad’s cutest moments with Maddox

    And as his children get older, so does Pitt. Celebrating his 50th birthday in December, the actor says he has “no complaints” and he hasn’t “minded a bit.”

    Pitt’s full interview with Curry airs on TODAY Oct. 16.

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    Fifty Shades of Grey Charlie Hunnam Replacement: Jamie Dornan, Alexander Skarsgard Possible Contenders?

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    Could Irish actor Jamie Dornan and True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard be possible contenders to replace Charlie Hunnam’s role as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey?Credit: Tim Whitby/Getty Images; Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

    Will fans be disappointed once again? The search is back on for the role of Christian Grey in the much-anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey film adaptation, following the Saturday, Oct. 12 announcement that Charlie Hunnam would be dropping out. When the Sons of Anarchy actor, 33, was initially cast on Sept. 2, fans created an online petition demanding he be replaced by actor Matt Bomer, but it looks like other actors may be in the running instead.

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    Citing sources, The Hollywood Reporter claims Irish actor Jamie Dornan is on the list of possible replacements. Dornan, 31, plays Paul Spector in the U.K. TV series The Fall, and starred as Sheriff Graham/The Huntsman on ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

    In addition to Dornan, a much more well-known hunk is reportedly under consideration: True Blood actor Alexander Skarsgard, 37. THR also reveals that actors Theo James and Christian Cooke are also in contention. James, 28, is a British actor who played David in Underworld: Awakening, and fellow Brit Cooke, 26, currently stars as Mercutio in the new Carlo Carlei-directed Romeo and Juliet film alongside Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth.

    PHOTOS: Shirtless hunks

    Though Universal Pictures and Focus Features said in a statement that Hunnam left the film due to his “immersive TV schedule,” a source explained to Us Weekly “the project wasn’t appearing to shape up as expected,” and that Hunnam was “not happy” with the script. Dakota Johnson, meanwhile, is still committed to the role of Anastasia Steele in the erotic film.

    Though Fifty Shades of Grey fans initially created the petition on to recast both Hunnam with Bomer and Johnson with actress Alexis Bledel, they are now redoubling their efforts on the 36-year-old White Collar actor. “PLZ NOW MORE THAN EVER WE MUST JOIN FORCES UNTIL ARRIVE 100 K SIGNATURES,” the creator wrote on Oct. 12. “WE WILL DO ALL THE POSSIBLE TO SEE MATT LIKE GREY DONT GIVE UPPPPPP XXXXX.” So far, the petition has nearly 88,000 supporters.

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    Tell Us: Who would you like to see replace Hunnam as Christian Grey?

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    Conrad Murray — Medical Board Says You’ll Practice Over Our Dead Bodies!



    The Medical Board of California will NOT let Dr. Conrad Murray practice medicine again, despite Murray’s plan to fight license revocation … sources connected with the Board tell TMZ.

    TMZ broke the story … Murray wants to practice medicine again after he’s released from jail later this month.  The Medical Board started the ball rolling to revoke Murray’s license, but it’s been put on hold while he tries to get an appeals court to reverse the verdict.

    Our sources — which have inside info into the case — tell TMZ members of the Board believe Murray is unfit to practice medicine based on what he did to Michael Jackson.  One source put it bluntly, “He’s not getting his license back.”

    As for why … we’re told board members have already discussed the case — the fact that Murray was fueling MJ with Propofol for 60 days straight and allowed him to massively OD just before he died.  They also think it’s unconscionable that Murray shockingly abused Propofol by using it as a sleeping aid.

    We’re told the Board will often give a doctor one pass for misdeeds, like cocaine use or even hurting a patient.  But they believe the circumstances surrounding Michael’s death involve a “moral failing” which is unforgivable.

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    Usher enjoys star-studded bash


    Usher celebrated his birthday at a star-studded bash on Monday night (10.14.13).

    The ‘Scream’ hitmaker was joined by his prot g e Justin Bieber, his manager Scooter Braun, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and the rapper’s girlfriend Cassie for his party at Bootsy Bellows nightclub in West Hollywood, Los Angeles.

    ‘Pretty Little Liars’ actress Ashley Benson, Miguel and Jermaine Dupri also helped the Grammy-winner celebrate his 35th year, according to

    Usher was presented with a boxing ring-themed cake with a baby photo of himself in the middle.

    Pictures on his Instagram site also showed the festivities included a dancing competition.

    Several of his other celebrity friends also wished him a happy birthday on Twitter.

    Ellen DeGeneres wrote: "Happy birthday, @Usher! He’s one of the most talented musicians and performers I’ve ever met. And I’ve met Weird Al Yankovic."

    His former ‘The Voice’ co-star Shakira tweeted: "Dear @Usher, a great colleague, an exemplary artist and human being! Happy bday and many blessings for you today and always!! Shak."

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    Naomi Watts made first move towards Liev Schreiber

    Naomi Watts

    Naomi Watts went out of her comfort zone and was more “ballsy” to hit on her longtime boyfriend Liev Schreiber.

    The Diana actress and her actor beau have been together since 2005, but if it wasn’t for Watts having the confidence to make the first move, the two may have never been an item.

    In an interview with Allure magazine, Watts describes the first time they met, which was at the lavish Met Gala held every year in New York City.

    She admits, “It was a lot more ballsy than I would ever normally be. Normally I want a guy to make the first move, and he wasn’t. Then he got up to say he was leaving and I was like, ‘Oh s**t. Probably another couple years are going to pass by.'”

    The Australian beauty decided to take matters into her own hands, adding, “I was wildly attracted to him and his work, so I said something cheeky as he was about to walk out. I said, ‘Don’t you want my digits?’ Because I couldn’t possibly say, ‘Would you like my phone number?’

    “It made him laugh. He texted me five minutes later saying, ‘Would you like to go for a drink now?’ And I said, ‘No, I’ll meet you for breakfast tomorrow.'”

    Watts and Schreiber have two sons together, Alexander, six, and Samuel, four.


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    Teresa Palmer shows off baby belly for magazine cover

    Teresa Palmer

    Pregnant actress Teresa Palmer has stripped off to flaunt her growing baby belly for a new magazine cover.

    The Warm Bodies star, 27, has posed in her black bra and panties for Australia’s Who magazine for its The Body Issue, and in the accompanying interview, the blonde beauty admits she’s embracing her expanding figure after years of fussing over her weight and diet.

    She says, “I was exercising so much, and I just wasn’t nourishing my body in the right way. I used to be incredibly militant about the food that I ate. I looked great on the outside, but I wasn’t healthy on the inside. To think that three years ago I was in this place where I was so skinny that I couldn’t have gotten pregnant if I tried.”

    The mum-to-be became engaged to actor Mark Webber in August (13) and the couple announced its pregnancy days later.

    Palmer isn’t the first star to pose for a photoshoot while pregnant – Demi Moore famously went nude for her revealing Vanity Fair cover in 1991, while Jessica Simpson bared all for Elle magazine as she carried her first child last year (12).


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    Rose McGowan: All the Details on Her ‘Ethereal’ Wedding

    Though Rose McGowan is known for her flashy style on the red carpet, the actress wowed in a very traditional white wedding gown when she tied the knot on Saturday in a romantic and ethereal ceremony.

    The actress, 40, and artist Davey Detail were married on the lawn of the Paramour Mansion Saturday, her rep confirmed to PEOPLE exclusively. The ceremony was performed by a rabbi outdoors under a chuppah of McGowan’s design in front of 60 guests.

    McGowan’s strapless A-line silk Monique Lhuillier creation featured a corset and Chantilly lace draped with a fine tulle overlay, and the waistline of the dress was accented with a knot detail cascading into the skirt.

    She finished her bridal look with a raw edge chapel-length tulle veil and Jimmy Choo shoes and walked down the aisle solo to “The Song to the Siren” by This Mortal Coil.

    After the ceremony, guests flowed into the intimate garden of the Paramour Mansion for the dinner reception, where DJ Madison Stewart spun tunes.

    Inside the bash – planned by Amber Gustafson – miniature custom terrariums with name tags served as both seating assignments and party favors, and a dinner buffet included Southern comfort food staples such as fried chicken and waffles, ribeye steak and cajun creamed corn.

    The table florals dripped with maiden hair fern and amaranthus in vintage brass vases and guests were seated on mismatched dark wood tables and chairs.

    A custom cake by Fantasy Frosting that was a replicate of McGowan’s parents’ wedding cake added a sweet touch. One final surprise at the very end of the night? A bouncy house!

    PHOTOS: My Wedding, My Way

    For even more exclusive photos from Rose McGowan’s wedding, pick up the upcoming issue of PEOPLE.

    Your Turn: What did you wear on your wedding day? Share a pic of what you wore down the aisle and it could be on!

    Reporting by AILI NAHAS

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    How Did Hugh Jackman Celebrate His 45th Birthday?

    Leave it to Hugh Jackman to turn a birthday bash into a singing and dancing extravaganza – all for a cause.

    The actor celebrated his 45th Saturday night with a “One Night Only” performance at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, which drew a crowd of admiring fans, plus big names like Tom Cruise, Octavia Spencer, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Olivia Munn and more.

    Jackman took the stage with a host of glitter-clad backup dancers, and even carved time out of his performance to serenade wife Deborra-Lee Furness. He also paused for a fun photo op with the crowd, complete with Wolverine claws (of course!).

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    Hugh Jackman with wife Deborra-Lee Furness

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    The entire night raised funds for the Motion Picture & Television Fund through The star’s birthday wish was for fans to donate $4500 to the organization, which provides affordable health care, financial services and retirement aid to those working in the film and television industries. (Want to help? You can donate here.) The evening itself garnered $1.85 million for the cause.

    However, our favorite part of the night came in the form of Jackman’s special message for readers, tied to our recent YourTurn challenge where we asked you to submit fun photos of yourselves wishing the actor a Happy Birthday. Click below to hear what he had to say!


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    ‘Doctor Who’ Casting Announcement: And The 12th Doctor Is…

    The new doctor is in.

    Whovians around the world are basking in the announcement just made by the BBC: the Twelfth Doctor on the beloved sci-fi program Doctor Who will be played by Peter Capaldi.

    IT’S OFFICIAL! Peter Capaldi IS the next Doctor! #DoctorWho

    – Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) August 4, 2013

    “Being asked to play The Doctor is an amazing privilege,” Capaldi said of his new role. “Like the Doctor himself I find myself in a state of utter terror and delight. I can’t wait to get started.” [via the BBC]

    The Scottish actor’s lengthy resume includes films World War Z, the upcoming Maleficent, and TV programs The Vicar of Dibley, The Thick of It and Skins.

    Doctor Who trivia: Capaldi appeared on the second episode of the fourth series of Doctor Who as Caecilius, opposite Tenth Doctor David Tennant.

    The announcement comes some two months after Matt Smith confirmed he would be stepping down from the role of The Doctor he portrayed on the small screen for three series from 2010 to 2013. His final Doctor Who appearance will be on the 2013 Christmas Special, the same episode the 12th doctor will be introduced in. (aka. REGENERATION).

    The eighth Doctor Who series is scheduled to begin production next month, and will air in 2014.

    Bless you, Mr. Smith.

    [Lead image courtesy of the BBC]

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    Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem Have Named Their Baby Daughter Luna: Report

    Baby girl Luna does have quite a ring to it.

    Spanish magazine Vanitatis is reporting that Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem have named their daughter Luna Encinas Cruz. Luna of course means the moon, while Encinas is Bardem’s first surname. [via PEOPLE]

    The baby’s name was registered in Madrid’s central registrar office on July 30, one week after Cruz gave birth to her second child. (For those keeping track of famous babies, little Luna was born on the same day as Prince George).

    Cruz and Bardem’s growing family also includes Luna’s big brother Leonardo, who turned two this past January.

    [Lead photo courtesy of Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images]

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