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Margulies Studied Edwards And Clinton For The Good Wife Role
Actress Julianna Margulies studied the fall-out from real-life political scandals to perfect her scorned spouse role in hit TV drama The Good Wife.
In the Emmy Award-winning series, Margulies plays Alicia Florrick, a lawyer and mum-of-two who is humiliated when her husband, portrayed by Chris Noth, is sentenced to jail following a sex and corruption scandal.
And the former ER star reveals she did her best to get into character by studying Silda Spitzer, Hilary Clinton and Elizabeth Edwards, all of whom were betrayed by their politician partners and tasked with the decision of whether or not to stand by their men.
She tells More magazine, "I went online and looked at all the wives - pictures of them before and after. (Silda) aged 10 years. But then a few months later, she was in (fashion magazine) Vogue, she had a job, she never looked better."
And Margulies admits she also soaked up all the post-scandal press conference coverage to watch how the females acted as their husbands confessed to wrongdoing.
She says, "I remember thinking, 'Get off the stage!' I couldn't believe the women were gullible enough to get up there, and I couldn't believe that the men could be such a**holes as to ask. I don't know if I could do it, because I think I'd be playing (the betrayal) in my head the whole time."
But the star's extensive research paid off - Margulies reveals network bosses at CBS received a letter from Edwards shortly before her recent death, praising the 45 year old for her accurate depiction.
She adds, "I'm sure none of them have watched it. Why would they? It's salt on the wound... but apparently Elizabeth Edwards reached out to CBS to tell them she thought I was portraying Alicia in the right light." »
Gallagher Has New Stent Fitted After Latest Heart Attack
Veteran comedian Gallagher is recovering from another round of surgery after suffering his second heart attack in as many weeks.
The American funnyman was hospitalised in Arizona on Sunday and underwent an operation to install a new stent to keep his heart pumping.
A radio host from Chicago, Illinois called Gallagher's cell phone on Monday morning to check up on the star and was surprised when the comic answered and revealed he was resting following surgery.
Gallagher's latest heart attack, his fifth, occurred just 12 days after he collapsed from another cardiac arrest moments before a stand-up gig in Dallas, Texas.
He underwent surgery after that health scare and was placed in a medically-induced coma to speed up his rehabilitation, but was back on his feet and discharged from hospital last Wednesday. »
Model Hadid To Replace Grammer's Wife In Reality TV Show
Hitmaker David Foster's new bride will replace Kelsey Grammer's ex-wife Camille on the new season of U.S. reality TV show The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills.
Camille Grammer officially announced she'd no longer be part of the programme over the weekend (24-25Mar12) and producers already have her replacement lined up - former model Yolanda Hadid.
She will front the third season of the hit show later this year, according to Life & Style magazine.
Hadid became songwriter Foster's fourth wife in November. »
Lohan's Probation Officer Give Thumbs Up
Lindsay Lohan's probation officer has given the actress the thumbs up and recommended the Los Angeles judge presiding over her case terminate her probation.
The Mean Girls star has been on her best behaviour in recent months as she fulfils her community service hours and attends therapy sessions relating to her 2011 conviction for a probation violation.
But recent reports suggested the actress could be back in trouble after she was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run incident outside a Hollywood nightclub earlier this month.
Lohan has slammed the accusations as "false" and "absurd" and although her probation officer makes a mention of the allegations, it appears the representative has sided with the star by dismissing the claim too because the actress was not arrested or charged.
The probation report, obtained by TMZ.com, states in part, "The probationer (Lohan) is in compliance with the terms and conditions of probation."
Lohan is due to attend her last therapy session on Tuesday and complete her community service sentence on Wednesday - just in time for her final progress hearing with Judge Stephanie Sautner on Thursday. »
Johansson Hacker Enters Guilty Plea
A Florida man accused of hacking into Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis' email accounts has been remanded in custody after pleading guilty to nine felony charges.
Christopher Chaney, 35, was arrested in October and charged with over 20 crimes relating to allegations he had illegally accessed a number of celebrities' accounts, which resulted in the leak of Johansson's nude photos.
He initially denied the claims, but recently struck a deal with prosecutors and confessed to nine felonies, including identity theft, wiretapping, and unauthorised access and damage to a protected computer, during a court hearing on Monday.
He was placed in handcuffs immediately after entering his plea and is due to be sentenced in July.
Chaney faces up to 60 years in prison for the charges. »
Winstone Brawled At Movie Tryout
British actress Jaime Winstone was so determined to land the role of a tough street kid in Bullet Boy she started a brawl at the audition.
Winstone, daughter of veteran actor Ray Winstone, applied for the part of Natalie in the gritty 2004 drama and was invited to a meeting with casting directors to try out for the role.
And she was so obsessed with proving she could play the part of a street-hardened youngster, she let her fists do the talking.
Winstone tells You magazine, "I was pretty outspoken, and this casting director invited me to audition for Bullet Boy as a street kid. I ended up getting into a punch-up in the audition, which I think helped me get hired - they saw that I had a genuine anger and passion." »
Fire Guts Hollywood Landmark
Fabled West Hollywood celebrity hang-out The Snakepit has been gutted by a Monday morning blaze.
Fire ripped through the Melrose Avenue bar at just after 1am local time.
Once incorrectly believed to be owned by rocker Slash, the ale house has been a star-spotting destination for tourists for years.
Experts cleaning up the bar on Monday predict the bar will be closed for up to six months. »
Chavez's Cancer Returns
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is undergoing further cancer treatment in Cuba.
The controversial leader, who was diagnosed with the deadly disease last year, underwent surgery in June to remove a baseball-sized tumour in his pelvic region. He was later given a bill of good health after four rounds of chemotherapy proved successful.
However, last month medics discovered a second malignant lesion during a routine check-up and he was forced to undergo another operation. The politician arrived in Havana late on Saturday to complete the first of five radiation therapy sessions, but Chavez hopes to be back home as early as Thursday.
Speaking by phone with a Venezuelan news channel, he said, "In reality, part of the treatment is prayer, faith... It's part of my job to assume with rigour this task of fighting to overcome the difficulties, and to continue living." »
Penn Praises Bono's Party Planning Skills
Sean Penn has hailed his pal Bono as "one of the greatest party planners alive" after the rocker hosted his lavish 50th birthday celebrations in Dublin, Ireland.
The Oscar-winning actor reached the milestone in August 2010 while he was filming This Must Be The Place, alongside Bono's daughter Eve Hewson, in the Irish capital.
He left his birthday celebrations in the hands of the U2 rocker, who organised a bash with guests including the actor's children and country legend Kris Kristofferson - and Penn was delighted with the party.
The star tells Britain's Telegraph magazine, "He (Bono) takes us to lunch, then on a literary walking tour, then up the stairs of some famous pub - and there waiting are (folk band) the Dubliners. They play for five hours, my son sits in on guitar, we drink Guinness...
"And he didn't just sing me Happy Birthday. He sang me (Me and) Bobby McGee (by Kristofferson)." »
Howson A Wanted Man After Missing Court Sentencing
An arrest warrant has been issued for British actor James Howson after he failed to show up in court to face allegations he racially abused his ex-girlfriend.
The 24-year-old rising star, who played Heathcliff in a 2011 movie adaptation of Emily Bronte's classic novel Wuthering Heights, pleaded guilty earlier this year to a charge of racially aggravated harassment after hurling a racist insult at his former partner Shakira Ramdihal.
At a court hearing in February, it emerged Howson had been sectioned for a month under the U.K.'s Mental Health Act and his sentencing was pushed back to this week.
He was discharged from a hospital in Newcastle, north west England on Thursday, but he was a no-show at Leeds Magistrates' Court on Monday, when he was due for sentencing. Presiding magistrate Angela Bradshaw subsequently issued a warrant for his arrest. »
The Things They Tweet:
"Back from trip to deepest pl (place) on Earth... Puts a new spin on 'to hell and back'. Good to see the sunshine. Incredible that 7yrs (years) ago a research trip to Challenger Deep was impossible. Our deep sea challenge team built a sub for a new exploration era." Director James Cameron resurfaces to tweet after plunging seven miles (11 kilometres) underwater to the world's deepest point. »
Redford And Son Make Colorado River Documentary
Robert Redford has made an eye-opening documentary about the Colorado River to highlight the need for water conservation in the U.S.
The veteran actor teamed up with his son Jamie to make Watershed, about the unsustainable and growing demands placed on the Colorado River system, which runs from the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of California.
In Watershed, which is narrated by Redford, the father-and-son duo argues that the river will soon be unable to provide for the millions of families who depend on it.
And Redford, a longtime eco-campaigner, hopes the film will serve as a stark warning about water depletion.
He tells Reuters, "The watershed issue is something that's happening all over the world, where the need for water is greater than the amount of water to provide for it. I think we're picking the Colorado River as an example of what's going on with watersheds all over the world and trying to focus on that and draw attention to it...
"There's a new water reality that people have to be aware of, and I think looking at the Colorado River as an example is what this film's about." »
Rice: 'No More Musicals With Webber'
Famed lyricist Sir Tim Rice has no plans to team up with his longrunning writing partner Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber for another musical in the future, admitting: "We're not relevant as a team any more."
The duo has worked on several hit projects together, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Evita, but Rice recently hit out at his pal for deciding to find a new lead for their hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar via a TV talent show, dismissing the concept as "tacky".
And he now confesses their longterm working partnership has come to an end.
He tells Britain's Sunday Telegraph, "We had a great 10 years. Very few artistic partnerships last more than 10 years, and if they do they tend to go down the tubes. Well, we have a few ups and downs, like any marriage.
"No (more musicals). I don't think it would be any good. You've got to have a young element in a show. Any project needs youth and dynamism as well old codgerdom and experience. The two of us trying to write something wouldn't work. We're not relevant as a team any more." »
Arquette Shares His Travel Adventure Online
David Arquette gave fans an early glimpse into his upcoming travel show by sharing photos from his tour of Hungary on Twitter.com on Monday.
The Scream star is hosting and producing the Travel Channel show, entitled Mile High, and he's headed to the country's capital, Budapest, for one of his first installments.
He walked around the city with his brother Richmond on Monday, visiting sites such as the Hungarian State Opera House and the historic Heroes' Square, keeping his Twitter followers updated on every step of his travels.
Arquette uploaded a series of snaps, which included him onstage in the theatre, walking through the square, jokingly posing with a risque statue and posing with a large striped lollipop as he enjoyed the city's sunny day. »
Coster-waldau Raided Denmark As A Teen
Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-waldau narrowly avoided a brush with the law after raiding public buildings in an anti-government uprising as a rebellious teen.
The Game of Thrones star was just 15 years old when he took part in the destructive protest, wreaking havoc across his hometown of Naestved.
He tells The Sunday Times' Culture magazine, "I was 15 and part of an underground movement that was run out of Copenhagen. On one specific day, we had to 'close down the doors of power'. On a Tuesday night, me and my fellow rebel put on balaclavas and ran around Naestved. At the schools and banks and insurance companies, we put silicon into every lock."
Coster-Waldau had assumed the revolt was taking place nationwide - and only later found out he and his partner were the only two rioters who hadn't lost their nerve.
He adds, "Two days later, the local paper was saying we'd caused 150,000 kroner of damage. I was so scared, but I never got caught. In fact, I only told my mother five years ago, and I haven't got the bill." »
Bond's Home Razed To The Ground
James Bond's country mansion retreat has been burned down for a dramatic scene in upcoming 007 movie Skyfall.
Producers of the 23rd installment of the spy franchise used plaster and plywood to construct an enormous replica residence in Surrey, south England to film scenes with Daniel Craig and the movie's villain Silva, played by Javier Bardem.
And they concluded the location shoot over the weekend (24-25Mar12) by torching the site to film a breathtaking climax.
Safety officers were on hand as the blaze ripped through the building, flames shot 50 feet (15 metres) into the air, and smoke engulfed the set.
In earlier scenes, shots of gravestones in the grounds of the property showed them to be the final resting place of Bond's ancestors, and photographer Lucy Browne, who was allowed on site to document the shoot, tells the Daily Mail, "I think what I saw will settle the question of whether this set is Bond's family home or some sort of monastery." »
Weiner: 'Mad Men Dispute Rejuvenated Show'
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has credited a financial dispute between TV bosses which threw the future of the show into jeopardy with "rejuvenating" the hit drama.
The fifth season of the popular programme, which stars Jon Hamm and January Jones, was due to start shooting last spring ahead of a summer U.S. TV debut.
However, bosses at the network behind the show, AMC, and the Lionsgate studio which makes the series struggled to agree a deal over the programme, leading to lengthy production delays before it finally premiered in the U.S. on Sunday night.
Weiner, who offered to take a pay cut during the negotiations, admits he wanted the talks to stay private - but is delighted the new season is finally airing because he feared it would be axed.
He tells Britain's Guardian Guide, "I didn't want it to become public at all. I don't think artistic people should have to endure business at that level. I actually got to the point where I thought the show was going to go away. But reaching that point was a shot in the arm.
"A lot of people get to the fifth season of their show and they're bored and tired and it's very hard not to repeat yourself but, for me, having that crisis was rejuvenating.
"When I went back to work it was with a feeling of gratitude and happiness. A near-death experience can really take away the stress of living." »
Oldman Panics After Losing Batman Script
Gary Oldman flew into a major panic after losing his script for the new Batman movie because director Christopher Nolan has such strict rules to keep the story secret.
The British actor reprises his role as police chief James Gordon for Nolan's upcoming third installment in the superhero franchise, The Dark Knight Rises, opposite Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader.
Oldman has now revealed he suffered a nasty scare during filming when he lost his script, which contains Nolan's closely-guarded plot, but he eventually found it under the mattress in his hotel room.
He tells the BBC, "I was in a panic for 20 minutes. I thought, 'Where the hell have I put it?' It had my name on it. They would have killed me... I'd gone out for dinner and I had put it in the room between the mattress and the bed, because I couldn't scrunch it into the safe. I was half-thinking about something else and shoved it there... (it would have been) the worst one to lose."
However, the actor admits the script didn't contain the movie's ending, as castmembers are only allowed to read the pivotal scenes while they are at the film studio.
Oldman adds, "When he (Nolan) gives the script out, it doesn't have the ending. Characters sometimes change, or their names change. And you have to go to the studio to read it." »
Lester Receives BFI Fellowship
A Hard Day's Night director Richard Lester has received the coveted Fellowship Award from the British Film Institute (BFI).
Lester, best known for his work with The Beatles in the 1960s, was presented with the BFI's highest accolade in London on Thursday in honour of his film and TV achievements.
Accepting his prize, the American-born filmmaker acknowledged the harsh reviews he received at the start of his career working in TV with comedians Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers.
He quipped, "When my career was just beginning, the elegant TV critic Bernard Levin came to see me in rehearsal with Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers. He wrote, 'He seems an amiable young man who climbed into a lion's cage and realised he's forgotten his chair and his whip.' Some 50 years later, I still haven't found a whip, but with this extraordinary honour, the BFI has kindly given me a chair."
Lester's work with Milligan and Sellers caught the attention of John Lennon, and he was hired by the Fab Four to direct A Hard Day's Night and Help! in the 1960s.
Lester joins a prestigious list of previous BFI Fellowship recipients including Dame Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, David Cronenberg and Martin Scorsese. »
Penn Turned To Drink In Haiti
Actor and activist Sean Penn is keen to cut back on his alcohol intake after turning to booze at night during the ongoing relief effort in Haiti.
The Milk star has worked tirelessly to raise awareness and money for the impoverished nation since it was struck by a devastating earthquake in 2010, even setting up his own charity, the J/P Haitian Relief Organization.
He spends a huge amount of time in the country - but the tough work is taking its toll on Penn's health.
The star tells Britain's Telegraph magazine, "You're going up and down hills all day, stressed, eating a lot of c**p. And you tend to drink at night - rum punch - which I'm also trying to curb."
But Penn is determined to carry on the humanitarian work for as long as possible: "As long as it's productive, I'll stay down there." »
Evans Underwent IVF For Baby
Fantastic Four star Ioan Gruffudd has opened up about his attempts to start a family with wife Alice Evans, revealing the actress underwent an in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) procedure after failing to fall pregnant naturally.
The couple wed in 2007 and welcomed little Ella two years later, but Gruffudd admits they endured a tough time and needed specialist treatment.
He tells Britain's Weekend magazine, "We'd wanted a baby for a while and after it didn't happen for us naturally we said, 'Let's take what science has to offer.' Luckily for us, it worked the first time so it wasn't a long, hard struggle.
"But that's just the beginning of the journey, then there's the whole other worry of, 'Are we going to get to 12 weeks?'. It was a long, anxious process and then Alice was on bed rest for the last eight weeks because of high blood pressure, which is quite serious."
And the labour was just as stressful for Evans.
Gruffudd adds, "She then went through a 48-hour labour. We went in on the Friday morning for an induction because of the high blood pressure and it got to the point where they were saying, 'We've got to move this along.' We tried to do it naturally but by the end, Alice was begging, "Oh, give me the b**ody drugs!". Ella finally arrived on Sunday morning at 3am and it was an incredible experience." »
Moore Writes Mum Book
Actress Julianne Moore has written a book in honour of her Scottish mother to help children understand different nationalities.
The Hours star's mum Anne emigrated to America from Scotland when she was 10 years old and kept her distinctive accent, and Moore admits her childhood pals picked up on the lilt.
Her experiences inspired her to create the children's picture book, My Mom is a Foreigner, aimed at helping kids whose parents come from another country.
Moore, whose mum died in 2009, tells Scotland's Sunday Mail newspaper, "My mother kept her Scots accent but I didn't notice because I heard her voice every day. When I was little, I'd bring people home and they'd say, 'Why does your mom talk so funny?' I couldn't quite hear it. It was just how my mother spoke.
"I know lots of women who have mums from Poland, Russia or Puerto Rico - somewhere that was considered different. This book is all about what it's like to be the first generation in a new country.
"It's really about children talking about what it is to have a parent from another country and all of the things that you grow up with and things that are difficult for you, like language differences." »
Rice Fumes Over Britain's Wind Turbines
Famed lyricist Sir Tim Rice has taken aim at the British government for backing wind turbine schemes, branding the environmental initiative "a scam".
Prime Minister David Cameron's coalition government wants renewable sources to provide 15 per cent of the U.K.'s energy supply by 2015, but the investment into wind farming has divided the country.
Rice admits he is not a fan of the scheme, and has even turned down big money offers to house wind turbines on his sprawling estate in Scotland.
He tells Britain's Sunday Telegraph, "I recently declined to support a Conservative function because I'm so incensed about these wind turbines. Like all so-called climate-change doubters, I am very pro the environment, but I strongly believe that it is something that can only be cured locally. Some insane overall scheme isn't going to cure all the problems. And the money that is wasted!
"As a landowner in Scotland, I've been offered vast amounts of money to stick up wind turbines, which not only will make me richer, it will make less well-off people poorer, and will damage the environment. These schemes aren't doing any good - just making rich people richer, and it's depressing to see great areas of these useless objects up there.
"It's a scam - a con - and until the government has the brains to actually say, hang on, we've got it wrong, this is a total economic and environmental error, then I find it hard to give total support to them." »
Fry's Joy Over Double Bungee Jump
Actor Stephen Fry enjoyed a hair-raising break from filming The Hobbit in New Zealand by taking part in two terrifying bungee jumps.
The British funnyman headed Down Under to shoot scenes for his role as Master of Laketown in Peter Jackson's two-part epic, and he went to a bridge over a river near Queenstown on Friday to carry out a daring 141-feet (34-metre) plunge - for fun.
Fry was attached to a bungee and strapped to two female instructors for the leap, before returning to the bridge and performing a solo jump.
In a series of posts on Twitter.com he shared his joy with fans, writing, "Holy suckmothering A**E! I did it. I c**king did it. Bungy-jumped! Twice! Once solo & once in a Welsh sandwich with 2 AJHackettBungy girls. When I've got better netz (internet), photos of me bungy-jumping will be posted to prove that I have grown a set and am now officially All Man." »
Newton Favours Natural Remedies
Actress Thandie Newton is refusing to get health jabs ahead of a movie shoot in Nigeria - because she prefers natural remedies.
The Crash star snubs traditional medicine when she falls ill and instead seeks a cure with alternative herbal potions, and she's turning to her friend Elizabeth Peyton-Jones, a naturopath, to help her as she prepares for upcoming project Half Of A Yellow Sun in Africa.
She tells Britain's Daily Mail, "If I get a physical ailment these days, I don't go to the doctor, I go to Elizabeth.
"For instance, I am off to Nigeria to film Half Of A Yellow Sun... and there are a lot of health issues in tropical countries, but Elizabeth has prescribed me some herbal potions." »
Rushdie Remembers Late Writer Tabucchi
Salman Rushdie has paid tribute to Antonio Tabucchi after the Italian novelist lost his cancer battle on Sunday.
The writer and literature academic passed away in Lisbon, Portugal at the age of 68.
Fellow writer Rushdie took to his Twitter.com page on Sunday to pay his respects to Tabucchi and urge followers to read his 1984 novella Indian Nocturne.
He tweeted, "The great Italian writer Antonio Tabucchi died today. Read his beautiful, dreamlike Indian Nocturne (Notturno Indiano)."
Meanwhile, Antonio Di Pietro, the leader of the Italy of Values party, remembered Tabucchi as "a great intellectual (and) a refined writer".
A funeral is to be held in the Portuguese capital on Thursday. »
Longoria Developing Dating Show
Newly single star Eva Longoria is developing a TV dating show, according to a U.S. report.
The Desperate Housewives actress recently split from boyfriend Eduardo Cruz, but she's putting her own love woes behind her to focus on the upcoming romance series.
Longoria is working on the NBC show, tentatively titled All About Love, in which matchmakers will set up singletons, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
The actress' production company will start work on the show next month. »
Menounos 'Breaks Rib During Dancing Training'
American actress/presenter Maria Menounos has been secretly nursing a broken rib as she competes on reality show Dancing With The Stars, according to a U.S. report.
The Extra correspondent has been in intense rehearsals for the series with her professional partner Derek Hough, and they scored 21 points for their Cha-Cha-Cha during the debut episode last week (begs19Mar12).
But Menounos has been hiding a painful secret - New York Post gossip column Page Six reports she broke a rib during a recent session.
A source says, "She has been in excruciating pain for the past few weeks during rehearsals, but she is staying strong and working through it. She refuses to give up." »
Police Investigating Shivers 'Restraining Order Breach'
Police in Los Angeles are reportedly investigating allegations Pauley Perrette's ex-husband Coyote Shivers violated a restraining order by showing up at a restaurant where the actress was having dinner with her new fiance.
The NCIS star has a restraining order in place against her former partner, actor/musician Shivers, and she reportedly called cops last Tuesday night after allegedly encountering him during a sushi dinner with aspiring actor Thomas Arklie.
Shivers reportedly left the restaurant by the time police arrived, but officials are now investigating whether the restraining order was breached, according to TMZ.com. »
Fox And Green Face Snapper's Lawsuit
Megan Fox and her husband Brian Austin Green are facing legal action from a photographer who claims to have been involved in a scuffle with the couple in Hawaii last year.
Delbert Shaw has put together a lawsuit, to be filed at Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday, alleging the two actors made verbal threats against him while he was taking their picture outside the Four Seasons Resort in Hualalai, Hawaii in December.
Shaw claims Green tussled with him and threw his cell phone into the sea, according to TMZ.com.
He is seeking unspecified damages. »
Rock Convinced Manganiello To Do Magic Mike
Actor Joe Manganiello has Chris Rock to thank for convincing him to sign up for new stripper movie Magic Mike because the funnyman insisted he would be a fool to pass up the chance to work with Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh.
The True Blood star admits he had his reservations about appearing in the forthcoming film, based on G.I. Joe hunk Channing Tatum's own experiences as an exotic dancer in Florida nightclubs, because he didn't want to turn off his male fans and friends.
However, he had a change of heart after chatting to Rock on the set of their upcoming romantic comedy What to Expect When You're Expecting and the comedian made him see sense.
He tells the New York Daily News, "Chris was the one who talked me into doing Magic Mike.
"(I told him), 'I think guys are gonna hate me if I do it.' Chris said, 'Motherf**ker, they're gonna hate you anyway. You might as well work with Steven Soderbergh.'"
Manganiello stars alongside Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer in Magic Mike, which is due for release this summer. »
Hunt's Tears Over Trip To Great-great-grandmother's Grave
Actress Helen Hunt broke down and cried as she visited the grave of one of her ancestors during filming for genealogy TV series Who Do You Think You Are?.
The Oscar winner traced her roots on the show and she was proud to learn her great-great-grandmother, Augusta Hunt, was a crusader for women's rights in the U.S.
Hunt visited her grave in Portland, Maine, but the experience was an emotional one and the star wept as the cameras were rolling.
She said, "What she achieved has affected every generation. It's such a big deal. She was amazing. I feel blessed to have discovered her." »
Jones: 'New Mothers Should Eat Their Placenta'
New mother January Jones found an unusual way to boost her energy levels after giving birth - she had her placenta turned into vitamin capsules.
The Hollywood beauty gave birth to her son Xander last September, but skipped maternity leave to work on the fifth series of hit TV show Mad Men. She now reveals she endured the busy period with the help of placenta pills.
She tells People.com, "I have a great doula (labour coach) who makes sure I'm eating well, with vitamins and teas and with placenta capsulation. Your placenta gets dehydrated and made into vitamins. It's something I was very hesitant about, but we're only the only mammals who don't ingest out own placentas. It's not witch-crafty or anything! I suggest it to all moms!" »
Osbourne Recovering From Appendix Surgery
Jack Osbourne is recovering after having his appendix removed.
The reality TV star underwent the procedure last weekend (24-25Mar12) and he made sure his fans knew the operation was a success by posting a picture of himself with his pregnant fiancee Lisa Stelly.
In a post on his Twitter page, he wrote, "This is what you look like when you have your appendix removed."
Ozzy Osbourne's son and Stelly are set to become first-time parents later this year. »
Parker And Broderick Seeking Privacy In Brooklyn
Hollywood couple Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are preparing to move out of their Manhattan, New York home and relocate to Brooklyn in a bid to live a more private life.
The Sex and the City star and her husband are frequently photographed with their son James Wilkie, nine, and three-year-old twin daughters Tabitha and Marion outside their home in the city's popular West Village, where Broderick was born and raised.
However, they are now close to purchasing adjacent townhouses in the pricey Brooklyn Heights neighbourhood.
A source tells the New York Daily News, "They loved the West Village but wanted something more private, laid-back and discreet."
If they move ahead with the property purchase, Parker and Broderick won't be the only celebrities in Brooklyn Heights - singer Norah Jones and actor Gabriel Byrne are just some of the stars living in the area. »
Cameron's Record-breaking Dive
Director James Cameron has performed the deepest ever solo submarine dive after plunging seven miles (11 kilometres) underwater to the world's deepest point, breaking his own previous record.
The fearless filmmaker reached the Mariana Trench of the Pacific Ocean, southwest of Guam, on Sunday.
The Titanic director is only the third person to venture to the ocean's deepest point and the only one to do so solo. He confirmed the news to his support crew waiting for him at the surface, writing, "All systems Ok."
He also posted on his Twitter site, "Just arrived at the ocean's deepest pt (point). Hitting bottom never felt so good. Can't wait to share what I'm seeing w/ (with) you."
Cameron has partnered with the National Geographic Society to "conduct deep-ocean research and exploration to expand our knowledge and understanding of these largely unknown parts of the planet."
He previously landed the world record for the deepest solo dive earlier this month by diving five miles (8.2 kilometres) off the coast of Papua New Guinea. »
Oldman Triumphs At Empire Awards
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was the big winner at this year's Jameson Empire Awards, scooping Best British Film and the Best Actor prize for Gary Oldman.
The hit spy movie also took home Best Thriller at the London ceremony on Sunday after winning the majority of votes from readers of Empire magazine. The film saw off competition from Attack The Block, The Inbetweeners Movie, Submarine and Tyrannosaur to land the Best British Film honour.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was named Best Film, ahead of Drive, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, while David Yates won Best Director for helming the final installment in the blockbuster fantasy series.
Daniel Craig, Ryan Gosling, Daniel Radcliffe and Andy Serkis all lost out to Oldman in the Best Actor category, while Olivia Colman was honoured with Best Actress for her turn in harrowing drama Tyrannosaur.
Ron Howard won the Empire Inspiration award, Michael Fassbender was this year's Empire Hero and Tim Burton was named Empire Icon. »
Gallagher Has Second Heart Attack
American comedian Gallagher has been hospitalised again after suffering a second heart attack.
The funnyman was discharged from hospital last Wednesday after receiving treatment for a heart attack which struck just moments before a stand up gig in Dallas, Texas.
He was thought to have fully recovered, but he suffered another cardiac event on Sunday and is now resting in an Arizona hospital.
His spokeswoman tells E! News, "He had another minor heart attack today, but is resting well in a Sedona hospital... He is with family doing Ok. Gallagher doesn't like people telling him what to do, but he just needs to rest. We're just praying he'll listen." »
Barrowman Clears Closet For Charity
Scottish actor John Barrowman has donated his unwanted clothes to charity after a spring cleaning session.
The Doctor Who star is a longtime supporter of the Dogs Trust, an organisation which re-homes abandoned canines, and he's handed over a collection of his outfits to their store in Cowbridge, Wales.
In a post on his website, he writes, "It's no secret to anyone who knows me that two of my favourite things are shopping and supporting Dogs Trust.
"After a recent spring-cleaning, I donated lots of stuff to the new Cowbridge shop, including posters, watches and boxes of clothing. I hope you'll pay a visit and share in my favourite things."
The items will go on sale on 31 March. »
Cross Celebrates 50th Birthday In The Woods
Actress Marcia Cross headed to the woods on Sunday to celebrate her 50th birthday with a family adventure.
The Desperate Housewives star braved the rain with her husband Tom Mahoney and their twin daughters Eden and Savannah, five, to explore the California Redwoods and the birthday girl posted a photo of herself and her kids on her Twitter.com page.
Alongside the picture, she wrote, "In the redwoods for my birthday...so glam!!"
She also thanked fans for all of their birthday wishes, adding, "Thank you Thank you Thank you for all the birthday love. Makes turning 50 a wonderful thing!!!! Much love back..... Xo". »
Roberts Pulled Muscle Wearing Heavy Dress
Julia Roberts pulled a muscle in her thigh while filming new movie Mirror Mirror after struggling to move in one particularly heavy costume.
The actress stars as the Evil Queen in the fantasy comedy and was often weighed down by her elaborate regal dresses.
One bronze-coloured outfit, which she wears while sitting on her throne in the film, weighed a hefty 60 pounds (27.2 kilograms) and Roberts admits she had to get ready for the shot in a specially-erected tent.
During an interview with U.S. talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, she said, "I had a tent on the stage that I went in to dress because that dress doesn't go into any modern doorway and that dress weighed, I think, 60 pounds."
And the heavy material even left Roberts with an injury after filming scenes with co-star Nathan Lane.
She added, "I actually pulled a thigh muscle trying to chastise Nathan, turning really quickly." »
Stewart To Make Cameo In Mum's Movie
Twilight star Kristen Stewart is set to make a surprise cameo in her mum's directorial debut K-11.
The young actress was slated to give her mother Jules Mann-Stewart's film career a big boost by starring in the upcoming prison drama, but she was forced to bow out due to scheduling conflicts.
However, die-hard fans will be in for a treat when the movie is released later this year - the 21 year old has taped a vocal cameo as a secretary named Karen.
Jules tells E! News, "Kristen has always been supportive of K-11. But you'll have to look very hard to find her. It's a micro-cameo. We'd already finished shooting the movie, but Kristen still wanted to be a part of it in some way."
Kristen won't be the only relative lending support to the project - the star's older brother Cameron is set to make his acting debut in K-11 as a jailed inmate named Sledgehammer. »
Cowell Backs Controversial U.K. Tax Break
Simon Cowell has backed a controversial tax break for the super rich in his native U.K., insisting the new ruling will encourage entrepreneurs to stay in Britain.
George Osbourne, the U.K.'s Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced in the annual budget this week (begs19Mar12) that he will be cutting the 50 per cent top tax rate for people earning more than $240,000 (£150,000) to 45 per cent from next year, prompting an outcry from many Brits.
But Cowell, who is worth an estimated $320 million (£200 million), has applauded Osbourne's move as he's convinced it will ultimately help to boost business in the country.
He tells Britain's The People newspaper, "I'm proud of being British and don't have a problem paying taxes. If you want some of the big entrepreneurs to stay in the country then you have to lower the tax rate a bit. Otherwise you will find them going out of the U.K. and working elsewhere." »
Stamos, Monteith And Rivera Raise $15,000 Puckering Up For Charity
Actors John Stamos, Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera raised $15,000 (£9,375) for charity on Saturday after offering themselves up for kisses at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards.
Glee co-stars Monteith and Rivera hosted the New York leg of the awards ceremony and decided to turn up the heat by promising a steamy smooch with each of the highest bidders.
Former E.R. star Stamos sparked a bidding war for Monteith before deciding to enter the auction himself and pucker up for his own charity kiss.
Stamos was in for a surprise when his winning bidder turned out to be a male fan - but the actor brushed off the same-sex smooch and joked, "I got the better prize. Come to daddy!", before leaning in for a quick kiss.
Monteith ended up getting intimate with Smash star Megan Hilty, while Rivera's big spender dipped her low as they locked lips onstage.
The trio's fun antics each drew bids of $5,000 (£3,125) for the GLAAD cause, which was also attended by movie producer Harvey Weinstein, rap mogul Russell Simmons and actress Dakota Fanning. »
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