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    Track and field star Pinki Pramanik burst onto the world stage as a symbol of India’s coming-of-age, emerging from a life of poverty in a backwater village to win gold at the Asian and Commonwealth Games.

    Now, Pramanik is a symbol of her country’s ham-fisted policing and justice system. After a woman claiming to be her live-in partner accused her of being a man masquerading for years as a woman, police arrested Pramanik and leaked a video of her taking a so-called nude test to determine her gender.

    The video, which has gone viral, is graphic by Indian standards and has roiled the tradition-bound society. Its release has stoked a storm of criticism from human-rights advocates and prompted Kolkata’s high court to order an investigation into police treatment of the Indian sports star.

    Pramanik, 26, was arrested by police in Kolkata two weeks ago and charged with impersonation, rape, and physical assault. Police filed a subsequent charge of intimidation after the retired sprinter initially refused to be subjected to a medical exam.

    The case has sent shockwaves through India’s athletics community. Pramanik had anchored the Indian women’s 400-metre relay team to a gold medal in the 2006 Asian Games in Doha and silver in the Commonwealth Games in Sydney the same year.

    Two days after laying charges against her, police held a press conference to discuss the results of her medical exam. At the same time, a 29-second video clip of the former runner lying naked on a bed was leaked after Pramanik agreed to a gender verification test at a private nursing home in West Bengal.

    As authorities wait for the results of her test and deal with the public-relations disaster following the video’s release, Pramanik remains in custody and is the country’s most discussed sports celebrity, even as other Indian athletes prepare to compete at the London Summer Olympics in a few weeks.
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    She has said before that she'd rather stay home with her dog than go out, and that she 'thinks of him and only him'.

    And despite rumours that she is dating co-star James Franco, Amanda Seyfried spends the most time with her pet dog Flynn.

    Celebrity hike time: Amanda Seyfried and Dexter star Jennifer Carpenter enjoyed a walk in the Hollywood Hills today 

    The actress enjoyed a relaxed afternoon today with her dog and her Dexter star Jennifer Carpenter in the Hollywood Hills.

    The Mamma Mia star, 26, looked pretty in an indigo T-shirt and black leggings as she steered her Australian Shepherd up the hill towards Runyon Canyon.

    Amanda proved that she's not to famous to scoop the poop, picking up after Flynn.

    Amanda gushed about her dog in an interview last year. When grilled on her love life, she replied: 'Oh, nothing at all right now. My mind is on my dog.'

    Hoi polloi: Finn mixes with the cream of Hollywood society 

    Hike time: The friends and Finn were headed to Runyon Canyon park today 

    She added: 'He's my best friend. I love him. I think of him and only him
    'I don't like to be out late because I just want to go home to my dog,' she told OK! magazine.

    Amanda is enjoying some down time after wrapping production on Les Miserables. Next up is comedy Pete and Goat, in which she stars with Anton Yelchin.

    On June 25, gossip maven Perez Hilton reported James Franco was seen making a coy exit from Seyfried's house -and that he left to find a parking ticket on his car windshield.

    Love in Lovelace? James Franco is rumoured to be Seyfried's new beau 

    The actors were said to be very flirty while filming Lovelace this spring. Amanda plays 1970s porn star Linda Lovelace while James acting the part of a young Hugh Hefner.

    Since the Dear John star broke up with actor Josh Hartnett earlier this year, it seems nobody likes the thought of her being single.

    In May, the beautiful blonde was tied to former love, British actor Dominic Cooper, while filming Les Miserables in London.

    Amanda was reportedly having secret meetings with Dominic, which he denied.

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    Posing in his G-string and with a temper like fury... Tommy Cruise before I won him fame


    She became his surrogate mother and mentor when he was on the cusp of fame. And, as one of the few outsiders to whom Tom Cruise has ever been close, his former personal manager, Eileen Berlin, says that she knew from the start that his relationship with Katie Holmes was doomed.

    Breaking her silence for the first time since she signed the actor as her client soon after his 18th birthday, Mrs Berlin said last week that she blamed his pent-up anger created by an abusive childhood for his three broken marriages.
    As a child, the star, born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, suffered from dyslexia, was bullied by his peers, and beaten and then abandoned by his father.
    At 15, he entered a seminary, intending to become a priest.
    Mrs Berlin, now 77, ran a New York film and theatrical management agency with her late husband and met Cruise some three years later, after he dropped his surname and made acting his calling instead.
    ‘His mom had asked him to leave her house, I think because he had had a teenage drinking problem,’ Mrs Berlin said.
    ‘She had remarried and he harboured a lot of anger and resentment at his natural father, who had deserted him and his three sisters.
    ‘Every time I saw him, he would be with a girl, but I never saw him with the same girl twice. It was almost like he had to prove he was wanted – or maybe he wanted to feel loved.
    ‘I wasn’t surprised Katie broke up with him. I was just surprised it lasted as long as it did. I was surprised when he married his first wife, Mimi Rogers, and I was surprised it lasted ten years a second time, with Nicole Kidman.

    ‘Tom was moody and would get angry in a snap of your fingers. It was like something was smouldering and it would boil up and explode.’
    Carrying a guitar and a duffle bag stuffed with a few possessions, Cruise moved into the manager’s Manhattan apartment for three months after he signed up with her company. In 1981, he signed the contract for his breakthrough action film, Taps.
    Mrs Berlin arranged for him to pose for publicity portraits. In one of them, dressed in tight jeans and a tank top, he strikes a belligerent pose and flexes his muscles but in others, he smiles with innocent charm.

    Close: Proof sheets of a photo shoot of Tom Cruise taken in 1981 when Eileen Berlin was his manager; on top is birthday note he wrote to Eileen

    ‘By the time I met him, he had decided he could be a star,’ she said. ‘He wanted to be treated like a star and he acted like a star. He would walk around my house in a little G-string strap and nothing else. I had a mirrored wall and he would stand in front of it, flexing his biceps and admiring himself.
    ‘I was a bit embarrassed but he liked to show off his body. He had a great pride in it.’

    Though he could be moody, the young lodger also had a charming side. Mrs Berlin said: ‘He was sweet, respectful and mannerly to a fault. He always addressed me as “ma’am” and my husband as “sir”. But he was so private, he couldn’t show his true feelings. You would get so far and he would close down. I am sure his wives would have come up against that barrier.’
    ‘He would channel his rage into his roles,’ Mrs Berlin said.
    ‘For Taps, he locked himself in the closet. He said he thought about someone raping his sister before he filmed a scene where he blasted a machine gun. Once, my husband and I took him out for lunch while they were on location and a waitress said, “Are you one of the actors?’’ Tom said to us, “Please tell her not to ask me any questions. I’m still in character.” ’
    Another time, a row broke out when Mrs Berlin gave him a surprise birthday present – an album in which she had pasted photos of him from fan magazines. Mrs Berlin said: ‘He screamed, “I didn’t want to be in the teen mags.” He threw the album hard at me and it hit me on the cheek.’
    THEIR professional relationship ended in 1983 but they stayed in touch and during a subsequent dinner, he mentioned the Church of Scientology, crediting it with helping him overcome his childhood learning disorder. Mrs Berlin says she started to receive invitations to church events.
    ‘I think Tom was the perfect candidate for Scientology,’ she said.
    ‘He didn’t believe in therapy but he obviously needed help. He just couldn’t have a relationship and I think that was because you have to open yourself up and he’d been too hurt by his father to do that.

    ‘The world sees this good-looking guy, worth millions. I still just see this little boy.’

    Cheeky: Some posed shots Tom Cruise sent of himself to former manager Eileen Berlin

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    In its print edition today, the New York Times is catching up to something we printed on Wednesday about the weirdness of Scientology's marriage counseling.

    After news broke that Katie Holmes was divorcing Tom Cruise, various news outlets relied on Scientology PR to give the impression that, as ABC put it, "the church concentrates on improving couples' relationships through therapy." That sounded warm and fuzzy, but then we showed how Scientology's marriage counseling actually works by going right to the source: the actual counseling instructions laid down by church founder L. Ron Hubbard.

    The Times today is publishing a story that hints at those instructions without, for some reason, quoting Hubbard and explaining that the ritual involves an auditor asking only two questions: in Katie Holmes' case, she would be asked, "What have you done to Tom?" and "What have you withheld from Tom?" repeatedly. For hours. At nearly $6,000 per 12.5-hour "intensive."

    We can't imagine why the Times is leaving out that detail in what is otherwise a very good piece. But we're going to advance the story anyway: it turns out Scientology marriage counseling is weirder than even we let on!

    We had assumed, based on what we were told about the Scientology movie, The Married Couple, that the subjects of this counseling would be interrogated until they gave up secrets like infidelity or stealing that had been going on in their relationship, um, you know, like here on this planet.

    But we plum forgot that these are folks who believe that Scientology's "tech" allows them to investigate the experiences down their "whole track" of existence, which can be millions of years in their past!

    As ex-Scientologist Patty Moher put it in our comments Friday: "I'm not surprised Scientology didn't use my marriage counseling data against me. After all, it would have been kind of weird for them to discuss my past life indiscretions where I killed my husband during an intergalactic battle! The delusion ran really deep."

    We confirmed with an expert on Scientology technical processes, Claire Headley, that "whole track" experiences could definitely come up in the marriage counseling process -- even for a "pre-clear" like Katie Holmes. (Although Tom, as an OT VII, might have some interference from his body thetans, which is indicated in the policy under "OTs.")

    Last night, I talked to Matt Plahuta, a Colorado resident, who went through Scientology marriage counseling about 20 years ago, when his wife at the time went whole track and turned the process into space opera.

    He confirmed that the counseling consisted of being asked over and over, "What have you done to [spouse's name]?"

    The point is to pry out of you secrets that you've been holding back.

    "The auditor is supposed to keep the person focused in current time," he says. "The auditor in our case tried, but my wife kept going whole track."

    She was describing something she had done to him in previous eons. "It really was her recollection of doing something to me back then," he says. "I was sitting there thinking, this is fucked."

    Matt said he rarely saw Scientology's marriage counseling ever do anyone any good. "It didn't ever work. It didn't help our marriage...Scientology says they have the answers to everything. They promote how they can fix marriages. But it's not that great. Divorce is really common in Scientology," he says. Even with his wife going whole track, they eventually divorced.

    Today he's married to someone else, Cindy Plahuta, who went through her own ordeal with Scientology marriage counseling.

    I told her I was interested in what her sessions were like, but admitted that I felt like it might be an intrusion.

    "In Scientology you have no private life," she said with a laugh. "You really don't. It's all out there." As one spouse and then another are asked to spill their secrets over and over again, anything they say is written down and recorded in their files.

    "The first time I did it with my ex-husband, it was pretty fast, and I just wanted to get it over with," she says. "We got to do it under 'chaplain rates,' which was about $200. The second time it was excruciating. We paid the intensive rate -- $7,800 for 12.5 hours."

    And for that money? "They ask you the same question, over and over," she says. "We got done with this back and forth thing, and then we got sent to the chaplain. [Scientology's version of a sort of small claims court.] It is so unbelievable what you have to do to get a divorce through the Church of Scientology. If you don't go through the church you're threatened with being declared a suppressive person," (Scientology's version of excommunication).

    Cindy wanted nothing to do with that process, and filed for divorce in the courts instead. "I was kind of done. I didn't want to go to the church. I had gone to my parents house in the middle of Florida," she says. "But I started getting phone calls there. They had tracked me down...they left messages on my parents' phone. It got to the point that it was so embarrassing."

    She relented, and agreed to go through Scientology's version of divorce. "I was a resident of California, where I should have got 50 percent of everything. Instead, I had to agree to what my husband wanted, and I got nothing. I did it just to get him to stop pushing and creating pressure on me through the church. It was two or three years of utter harassment."

    After that experience, she met and married Matt, and then the two of them began having doubts about the church itself. After Cindy read the 2009 Tampa Bay Times expose, "The Truth Rundown," she began contacting the former church executives who had spoken out in it. Matt joined her in pulling away from the church more and more.

    They paid a heavy price for that decision: each of them has grown daughters who disconnected with them and no longer have any contact with them because of their decision to leave the church.

    "My son was disillusioned with Scientology for ten years," she says. "He's done."

    But then she tried to talk to her daughter about pulling out. "I told her what I was seeing. I took her to lunch and told her what I'd been reading. She said, 'Mom, that's just unbelievable.' She went home to California, and the next day I had an e-mail from the DSA of Orange County," she says, referring to a local official there.

    "She turned me in."

    She gets emotional telling me the story, and I can understand why.

    "I was so close to her, you have no idea. We look alike, we talk alike," Cindy says.

    For a year, she says, the two of them were able to stay in touch as long as Cindy agreed not to say anything negative about the church. "OK, I can do that, I told her. We did that for a year. But then about a year ago, she told me that I needed to call the ethics officer at Flag," she says, referring to Scientology's spiritual headquarters in Clearwater, Florida. Cindy refused, and offered to talk about it when she flew to Orange County, California the next week to see her daughter perform in a ballet.

    "The next day she e-mailed me, and said don't come. I haven't heard from her since."

    Her daughter is 35.


    Well, I know this piece started out as a lighthearted look at Scientology's bizarre marriage counseling, but it turned into yet another heartbreaking story of disconnection. It's funny how often that seems to happen.

    OK, class, we'll rely on our illustrious commenting community to lighten the mood and come up with the sorts of whole track secrets Tom and Katie might have been keeping from each other until they underwent the penetrating process of infallible Hubbard tech. "What have you done to Tom, Katie? What have you withheld from Katie, Tom?"


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    The clip comes from the film's official website in the games section.

    You can also find another short clip of Gary Oldman lighting mother fuckers up!

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    Nick Jonas had to dodge an uninvited admirer at a Sweet 16 birthday dinner for longtime friend Blair Croce, the daughter of CiCi’s Pizza founder Joe Croce, at Buddakan in Chelsea on Thursday night. While brother Joe Jonas brought a date to the party, Nick showed up solo. But spies told us Nick had to avoid a young female diner at another table who tried desperately to get his attention. “She was lingering around his general area, trying to get a good look at him and Joe,” a witness said.

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    Glad that since the paparazzi are hanging outside of the building waiting for Katie Holmes, they are at least getting some pics of Nick while they're waiting!

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    Sienna Miller has reportedly given birth this past weekend!

    The 30-year-old actress and her fiance, Tom Sturridge, welcomed their first child together in London sometime this weekend, according to Us Weekly. No word yet on when the birth took place, gender, or name of the baby.

    Tom and Sienna have been dating over a year, and first debuted the engagement ring back in February.

    Sienna was last spotted with her baby bump chatting with Chris Hemsworth and wife Elsa Pataky in late June.

    Congratulations to the happy couple – if the news is true!!


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  • 07/08/12--10:46: Celebrity picture post
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    Anna Paquin
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    Pure nightclub welcomes R n' B singers Jason Derulo and Jordin Sparks for a live performance held at Caesars Palace Hotel
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    Rachel Zoe and Skyler

    Jessie J and Emeli Sande at T in the Park

    Paris Hilton in Formantera

    Emma Roberts at LAX

    Beckhams and the Middletons at the Wimbledon final

    Aubrey O Day

    Heidi Klum and kids

    Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell

    Leann Rimes

    Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen

    Amy Lee performs with Evanescence in Milan

    Susan Sarandon at the 47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

    Rachel Leigh Cook on Good Morning LA

    Cher Lloyd at the Wireless festival

    Krist Novoselic, Duff McKagan of the band Loaded, and Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols pose for a picture backstage at the 2012 CBGB Festival

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    Nick Jonas in New York

    Sofia Vergara in Mexico

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    She's doing a WWE film. You know, like 12 Rounds and The Marine starring John Cena. Knucklehead starring Big Show and Michael Rappajew. And who could forget the critically acclaimed See No Evil starring Kane!

    WWE Studios and Troika Pictures announced they will co-produce and co-finance the upcoming thriller, “The Hive,” starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin. WWE Superstar and Jennifer Hudson's wife, David Otunga has also announced he’ll join the cast. Principal photography is scheduled to commence July 6 in and around Los Angeles.

    In the film, Emergency Call Center Operator Jordan (Berry) takes a call from a teenage girl, Casey (Breslin), who has been abducted and carried away in the trunk of a car. The kidnapping plays out in real time as Jordan and Casey work together to track down the killer in this high stakes thriller. Otunga plays Officer Devans, a Los Angeles cop who works hand-in-hand with Jordan to find the kidnapper.


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    Chris Brown looks set to score his highest-charting UK album to date on Sunday.

    According to today’s Official Chart Update, the US singer’s fifth full-length release, Fortune, is on course to knock Linkin Park’s Living Things off the top of the Official Albums Chart.

    Fortune, which features the Official Number 1 smash Turn Up The Music and its Number 3 follow-up single, Don’t Wake Me Up, has nearly sold twice as many copies as its closest competitor - Maroon 5’s Overexposed (Number 2) - so far this week. Brown’s previous highest charting albums, 2007’s Exclusive and 2011’s F.A.M.E, reached Number 3 and 10, respectively.

    Linkin Park’s Living Things slides two places to Number 3, while Scottish singer/songwriter Emeli Sande’s Our Version Of Events, which is the second biggest selling album of 2012 so far, is at Number 4. Ed Sheeran’s + completes this week’s Official Update Top 5.

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Your new friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has spun himself a $65 million opening weekend and $140 million in his first six days at U.S. theaters.

    Worldwide, "The Amazing Spider-Man" has climbed to $341.2 million.

    The movie started off as a smaller domestic moneymaker than the previous three Spidey films, but it laid to rest objections that it was too soon to relaunch the superhero franchise.

    The new origin story for the Marvel Comics web-slinger comes just five years after Tobey Maguire and Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man 3."

    Oliver Stone's drug-war thriller "Savages" opened at No. 4 with a solid $16.2 million weekend. The concert film "Katy Perry: Part of Me" failed to pack in the pop star's fans, debuting far down the chart with just $7.2 million.

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  • 07/08/12--11:18: Lizzie Olsen Gets Groceries

  • Elizabeth Olsen takes a day off from filming her new movie "Very Good Girls" as she is spotted leaving her local Whole Food Markets in New York City. Olsen, who carried multiple bags of food including a large baguette, sported multiple bruises up her right leg.



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    Lily Allen is expecting her second baby, just months after giving birth to her daughter Ethel Mary.

    The singer, who had her three-month scan this week, has told friends that she is surprised nobody has guessed she was expecting after her appearance with Professor Green at The Stone Roses' second Heaton Park show (June 30).

    The pop sensation confirmed her return to music when she turned up with the Hackney rapper to perform their 2010 single 'Just Be Good To Green'. Their hook-up is based on Beats International's 'Dub Be Good To Me', which was itself a reworking of The SOS Band's classic 'Just Be Good To Me'.


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    Andy Murray's bid to win Wimbledon was ended by Roger Federer as the Swiss claimed a record-equalling seventh SW19 triumph and 17th Grand Slam title.

    Murray, 25, was aiming to become the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to lift a major trophy.

    But 30-year-old Federer won 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 on Centre Court to match the mark set by Pete Sampras and reclaim the world number one ranking.

    A tearful Murray has now lost all four of his Grand Slam finals.

    He was the first Briton to contest the Wimbledon men's singles final since Bunny Austin in 1938, but fell just short of the ultimate goal.

    Federer fully deserved his victory, which not only sees him level Sampras on seven titles but also a record 286 weeks as world number one.

    He is the second-oldest man to occupy top spot, goes away with a cheque for £1,150,000 and will head to the Olympics - also being staged at the All England Club - as clear favourite.

    Murray, who collects the £575,000 runner-up prize, joins his coach Ivan Lendl as the only men in the Open Era to lose their first four Grand Slam finals.

    Having made poor starts in each of the previous three - all of which ended in three-set defeats - Murray knew it was vital to secure the early momentum.

    All was going to plan as a couple of pummelling backhands down the line, a tactic many highlighted pre-match, helped Murray break in the opening game and then consolidate the advantage for a 2-0 lead.

    Federer looked uneasy with the pace his opponent was setting and began deploying the sliced his groundstrokes to slow things down.

    A majestic backhand landed on the baseline to engineer a break-back point in game four, and he converted it when Murray found the net.

    Both men needed to serve their way out of trouble as the pressure mounted and, crucially, Murray produced a sensational volley at his feet to save the second of two break points in a 13-minute game eight.

    He then struck with the help of a forehand pass that Federer ducked to avoid being hit - reminiscent of the aggression shown by Lendl during his own career - and comfortably served out the first set.

    Statistically, Murray actually improved in almost every area during the second, but the key difference was he could not take his chances.

    Whereas the 25-year-old converted both breaks points that came his way in the first set, he let two slip at 2-2 and another two at 4-4.

    Federer held for 6-5 before going on the attack, and he came from 40-15 down to level the match with a sensational backhand drop volley.

    Heavy rain arrived at at 16:14 BST with Federer 40-0 up in game three of set three, and the prospect of further downpours saw the roof closed.

    When play resumed 35 minutes later the Swiss, who destroyed world number one Novak Djokovic indoors on Friday, was vastly superior and put Murray under the cosh in a marathon game five.

    Murray was reeled in from 40-0, Federer moving to deuce when the Scot took a heavy tumble at the net, and he slipped again before finally succumbing on a sixth break point.

    Federer served out with a crunching ace and averted danger early in the fourth set before striking for 4-2 with a cross-court backhand pass.

    He wrapped up his first Grand Slam title since the 2010 Australian Open when Murray hooked a forehand into the tramlines.

    "This fortnight was a step in the right direction. I won't go back on the court until my mind is right and I am over the loss," added Murray of his future plans. "The Olympics is a special event and I want to make sure I am ready. If I play like I did this week I have a good chance of winning a medal."


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    Grammy Award-winning singer Fantasia Barrino recently posted the first set of public photos of her 6-month old son, Dallas, on her Instagram.


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    Kirsten Dunst helps James Marsden ease into steamy scenes

    Making a fashionable landing in the City of Lights, Kirsten Dunst was spotted at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France on Monday (July 2).

    The “On the Road” actress looked chic in a maroon maxi dress and black leather jacket as she was seen chatting it up with fellow travelers and giving the awaiting shutterbugs a quick smile.

    Switching to movie news, the blonde beauty is recently at work on her latest film “Bachelorette.” The new Leslye Headland directed comedy is about three friends who are asked to be bridesmaids at a wedding of a woman they used to ridicule back in high school.

    Aside from the laughs in the film one of Kirsten’s co-stars James Marsden says filming the flick’s hook up scenes were a little harder than he thought adding, “Those are always daunting scenes when you see them on the schedule. You’re counting the days.”

    However, the 30-year-old beauty took some of the pressure off him by making the scene all fun and laughs as James said, “Kirsten was like, ‘Come on, whatever. Lets have fun doing it and let’s go for it.’”

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    [TRAILER] 'Robot & Frank'

    Robot & Frank: The feature film debut of commercial director Jake Schreier, was a festival favorite at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where it world premiered and was co-winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize.

    Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone. They are tempted to place him in a nursing home until Frank’s son chooses a different option: against the old man’s wishes, he buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. What follows is an often hilarious and somewhat heartbreaking story about finding friends and family in the most unexpected places.

    Starring: Frank Langella, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandon, Peter Sarsgaard, Jeremy Sisto

    Director: Jake Schreier

    In Theaters: August 24th


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    Matt Bomer

    Matt Bomer On Being Gay: 'Magic Mike' Star Talks About His Subtle Coming Out

    "White Collar" hunk Matt Bomer has been praised in both the media and the blogosphere for subtly acknowledging his sexuality, which had been the subject of rampant media speculation, at an awards ceremony in February.

    Now, the 34-year-old actor -- who can be seen alongside Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and Alex Pettyfer in "Magic Mike," which is currently in theaters -- is speaking in greater depth about his admission in an interview with E! Online.

    "I never really endeavored to hide anything," Bomer told E! Online host Marc Malkin. "But there were times I chose not to relegate my history to the back page of a magazine, which to me is sort of akin to putting your biography on a bathroom wall."

    After noting that he had been moved "to tears" after being approached by a gay military officer who thanked him for coming out, Bomer added:

    "What we really have to do is stop the adjective before the job title—whether it's 'black actor,' a 'gay actor' or 'anything actor. Everybody thinks that equality comes from identifying people, and that's not where equality comes from. Equality comes from treating everybody the same regardless of who they are. I hope the media and the press catches on to that because it's time to move out of 1992."

    In February, the actor thanked his partner Simon Halls and their three children during the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, where he received the New Generation Arts and Activism Award for his work in the fight against HIV/AIDS. "I'd really especially like to thank my beautiful family: Simon, Kit, Walker, Henry," he told the crowd. "Thank you for teaching me what unconditional love is. You will always be my proudest accomplishment."

    Halls is known in Hollywood circles as a power publicist.

    In previous years, Bomer had declined to comment on rumors about his love life. "I don't care about that at all," he told Details in 2010. "I'm completely happy and fulfilled in my personal life."


    Matt Bomer confident 'Magic Mike' DVD will include full length dance numbers

    LOS ANGELES - Warner Bros. hit the perfect combination of sexual titillation and star power this weekend with the debut of "Magic Mike." The Steven Soderbergh drama was sold as though it was 2 hours of a strip club movie more than a film with an actual plot. Throw in a star on a major winning streak, Channing Tatum, and you have a very impressive $39.1 million weekend. Some moviegoers may have realized, however, that a bunch of the sexy star's dance numbers were included in a number of homages instead of the complete bit. For fans of Joe Manganiello ("Big Dick Richie"), Alex Pettyfer ("The Kid"), Adam Rodriguez ("Tito") and Matt Bomer (A real life "Ken" doll), that had to be mighty disappointing. Speaking to Rodriguez and Bomer late last month, they seemed somewhat relieved their director decided to not show the entire Full Monty.

    "I think as hard as we all worked we'd have loved for the whole movie to just be in those [montages], but you obviously know that can't be the case," Rodriguez says as Bomer bursts out laughing. "For me, I would say I was really happy with what they showed of the group routines. There was a moment with sparklers I thought would have been fun to see, but the edit made sense [not to include it]."

    Bomer adds, "I'm sure there will be a DVD release with some features that have some full length numbers on them."

    Place your orders now ladies (and gents).

    For both actors, the opportunity to work with someone like the Oscar-winning Soderbergh is a huge career boost. Bomer has made for himself on television with a starring role in USA's "White Collar" and with a recurring character on "Chuck," but this is easily his biggest cinematic opportunity to date. Rodriguez spent 10 years on "CSI: Miami," but before "Mike" his most noteworthy performance on the big screen was in Tyler Perry's melodrama "I Can Do Bad All by Myself." That prompted an easy question: at what point did their agent mention this potential Soderbergh movie would find them stripping down to thongs in front of screaming ladies?

    "I know those things were tied in the same sentence, I'm not sure what order they came in. Steven Soderbergh - when that name came up I thought, 'I'm in' and the word 'strippers' scared the hell out of me," Rodriguez says.

    Bomer says he was "terrified and confused" on why he was considered for the film, but Soderbergh's involvement sealed the deal.

    "He's a bucket list director. He's someone I dreamed about working with for my entire life. I knew he'd be the right person to do it and he'd be the right person to tell the story and I read the script and it didn't shy away from the real aspects of this world," Bomer says. "He said, 'Jump off a cliff and I'll catch you.' And we just dove in 150%."

    Going through this experience, one has to wonder if it made the cast more confident as actors. According to Rodriguez and Bomer, a good actor always needs some fear or insecurity to bring out their best work.

    "I think as an actor you're always baring your soul, but to bare your soul and to do it naked in front of strangers was a new experience and it was empowering," Rodriguez says. "You realize it's all about playing a character and no matter what that is it felt good to rise to the occasion."

    Bomer adds, "I don't know if it makes other roles easier or not. I feel like fear is such a good guidepost in terms of what roles you chose to take, because inevitably it means you don't have this in your back pocket. It's gonna stretch you or make you get out of your comfort zone. I think there are all jobs we'll do over the years that we know we can do pretty easily and every now and again a job will come along like this that really scares the bleep [out of me] and I'm just gonna have to rise to the occasion and do it."


    Channing Tatum claims that Matt Bomer gave him the idea for a broadway musical

    Channing Tatum's hit movie 'Magic Mike' is yet to premiere in the UK but, it's already destined to the hit Broadway as a musical, and who can we thank? Actor Matt Bomer.

    The new movie, which is loosely based on Channing's life as a teenager working as a stripper in Florida, was directed by Steven Soderbergh and also stars Alex Pettyfer and Matthew McConnaughy.

    Of how the Broadway show came about, the Daily Star reveals that Channing credits his co-star: "Matt started singing some of the songs while he was onstage (in the film), and he was like, 'This would kill as a musical.' That cemented it for me.”

    According the show's screenwriter and producer Reid Carolin, it will be the type of show where the audience can really get involved.

    “We want it to be a place where women can scream at the dancers and throw money,” he told Entertainment Weekly.

    But will Channing take to the stage for Magic Mike? Apparently not, as he said: “I'd need a lot of singing classes.”

    We recently reported that Alex Pettyfer, a British actor, who stars as a newbie stripped gained a whopping 27lbs to star in the movie.


    Zac Efron

    Zac Efron celebrates at Tiffany Thornton's intimate baby shower (idek)

    She is due to give birth to her first child next month, so Tiffany Thornton certainly has lots to celebrate.

    The Sonny With A Chance star threw an intimate baby shower which was attended by her nearest and dearest.

    And some famous faces were out in force to help the 26-year-old enjoy the special day.

    Fellow former Disney star Zac Efron was in attendance, as was That 70s Show star Wilmer Valderrama.

    Tiffany dressed to impress for the occasion, showing off her baby bump in a form-fitting black dress and leaving her legs bare.

    And even though she is just weeks away from having her baby boy with husband Chris Carney, the blonde still decided to wear high heels to her party, in the form of leopard print sandals.

    However it seems the starlet’s feet eventually grew tried as she later removed her shoes and went barefoot to mingle with her guests.

    Notably absent was Tiffany’s former co-star Demi Lovato, who was a bridesmaid at her nuptials in November last year, and even caught the bouquet.

    While the X Factor USA judge and singer is currently on tour, her ex-boyfriend Wilmer, who was her date to the wedding, had a great time catching up with Tiffany and affectionately rubbing her burgeoning belly.

    He was also spotted having a chat with Zac, whose gift to Tiffany was humorously a DVD of his movie 17 Again.

    Zac was dressed casually for the event in a baseball cap, white T-shirt and brown trousers, while Wilmer sported a grey top and jeans.

    Tiffany gushed about what a great time she’d had at the baby shower, which took place on Saturday, on her Twitter account.

    She wrote: ‘@ChrisGCarney + I had the most amazing and beautiful baby shower ever yesterday! Thank you so much to everyone who was a part of it!’


    Michael Ealy

    Michael Ealy movie “Unconditional” release date & trailer

    Harbinger Media Partners has announced the September 21 release of the new film “Unconditional” based on the true events surrounding Joe Bradford.

    The captivating drama stars Lynn Collins, who appeared in “50 First Dates,” as well as Michael Ealy from “2 Fast 2 Furious.”

    “No matter how dark your circumstances, working for those forgotten by society brings hope and turns servants into heroes,” explained the film’s producers Jason Atkins and J. Wesley Legg when describing the film’s premise.

    Written and directed by Brent McCorkie, “Unconditional” follows Samantha Crawford, portrayed by Collins, who loses her husband and in turn, her faith. While on a quest to avenge her husband’s murder, Sam is reunited with her oldest friend, Joe Bradford, portrayed by Ealy. The two embark on a journey that leads back toward God’s unconditional love.

    Bradford, or “Papa” Joe, spends the last days caring for fatherless children and meanwhile inspires Sam to resist her desire for revenge


    Jesse Williams

    Press Release: THE CABIN IN THE WOODS Blu-Ray Details Announced

    The critically acclaimed horror film (directed by Drew Goddard, who also co-wrote with The Avengers' Joss Whedon) is set to hit DVD and Blu-Ray this September.

    If you think you know the story, think again. Experience the film that critics and audiences are raving about when The Cabin In The Woods arrives on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital Copy), DVD (plus Digital Copy) and On Demand and Pay-Per-View September 18 from Lionsgate. The Cabin In The Woods will also be available on EST September 4, two weeks prior to the Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand release. Co-written by fan favorites, Joss Whedon (The Avengers, TV's "Buffy The Vampire Slayer") and Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) and directed by Goddard, The Cabin In The Woods is a film that "horror fans will be gushing about for years" (FearNet).

    The Cabin In The Woods begins as a conventional horror movie then transforms into a genre-bending, mind-blowing experience that cleverly mixes screams with pop-culture wit as the scared teens are revealed to be watched by a group of technicians that control their every move behind the scenes.

    Starring Kristen Connolly (The Happening), Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers), Anna Hutchison (TV's Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior), Fran Kranz (The Village), Jesse Williams (TV's "Grey's Anatomy"), Richard Jenkins (The Visitor) and Bradley Whitford (TV's "The West Wing"), The Cabin In The Woods is not like any horror movie you have seen before. Both formats come complete with a must-have behind-the-scenes "making of" featurette along with numerous additional featurettes that focus on the make-up, effects, animatronics and more, audio commentary with Writer/Director Drew Goddard and Writer/Producer Joss Whedon and the Wonder-Con Q&A, while the Blu-ray Disc includes the exclusive"It's Not What You Think: The Cabin in the Woods" Bonus View Mode. The Wonder-Con Q&A will also be available on Digital Download. The Cabin In The Woods Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital Copy) and DVD (plus Digital Copy) will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.
    Audio commentary with writer-director Drew Goddard, writer-producer Joss Whedon
    We Are Not Who We Are: Making The Cabin in the Woods documentary
    The Secret Secret Stash featurette
    Marty’s Stash
    Hi, My name is Joss and I’ll be your guide
    Wonder-Con Q&A with Joss and Drew
    An Army of Nightmares: Make-Up & Animatronic Effects featurette
    Primal Terror: Visual Effects featurette
    It’s Not What You Think: The Cabin in the Woods Bonus View Mode (Blu-ray Exclusive)

    Armie Hammer

    Paul Becker choreographing Lily Collins & Armie Hammer in Mirror Mirror

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    Angelina Jolie has become an honorary citizen of Sarajevo at the city's film festival, in recognition of her film about Bosnia's 1992-1995 war.

    SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina - US superstar Angelina Jolie, whose recent directorial debut dealt with the 1992-95 war in Bosnia, arrived on Saturday, July 7, as a special guest of the Sarajevo Film Festival.

    Jolie is to be made an honorary citizen of Sarajevo during her stay, an honor first announced in April, for her efforts in "keeping the truth about wartime events in Sarajevo and Bosnia-Hercegovina alive".

    The award is given by the Sarajevo county every year to a foreign national who promotes humanity, democracy and tolerance.

    Jolie's film "In the Land of Blood and Honey" -- shot in 2010 with several actors from the former Yugoslavia, and premiered in 2011 -- dealt with the issues of war crimes.

    "This means so much to me. My heart is in this city. The time I spent and the people I met in Bosnia have changed me for ever. I can't tell you how much it means to me to be named an honorary citizen of Sarajevo, a city so dear to my heart." said a tearful Jolie when given her award.

    The honour was presented to her by the prime minister of the Sarajevo Canton. In the Land of Blood and Honey, which features stark scenes of rape, executions and other war crimes, was first screened in Sarajevo last December.

    Some Bosnian Serbs called for the film to be banned, saying it portrayed them as villains, but others said they wanted the film to be shown.

    It was nominated for a Golden Globe earlier this year for best foreign language film.

    Jolie was also attending the Sarajevo Film Festival to promote young talent in Bosnia.

    "The Sarajevo Film Festival is such an important event to focus the world's attention on the art, the music and the immense talent in the region," Jolie was quoted as saying in a statement issued by organisers.

    Jolie spoke about her experiences of numerous visits to conflict or poverty-stricken areas in her role as UNHCR goodwill ambassador.

    The Sarajevo Film Festival -- born as an act of resistance when the Bosnian capital was under siege during the 1992-1995 war -- has has grown to be one of the largest in Europe.

    Angelina Jolie smiles at fans before the 18th Sarajevo Film Festival.
    Angelina Jolie speaks during the Talent Campus of the 18th Sarajevo Film Festival.

    with Edin Džeko


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    Today, Google has announced an ambitious effort to legalize same-sex marriage across the globe. The project, called “Legalize Love,” was annouced earlier today at an event in London focusing on LGBT issues in the workplace. has the details:

    The “Legalize Love” campaign officially launches in Poland and Singapore on Saturday, July 7th. Google intends to eventually expand the initiative to every country where the company has an office, and will focus on places with homophobic cultures, where anti-gay laws exist.

    Google’s Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe outlined the initiative at a Global LGBT Workplace Summit in London earlier today. “We want our employees who are gay or lesbian or transgender to have the same experience outside the office as they do in the office. It is obviously a very ambitious piece of work.

    Their strategy involves developing partnerships between companies and organizations to support grass-roots campaigns.

    The project will initially focus on Poland and Singapore before expanding to other countries. Palmer-Edgecumbe explained that Google will impress on these countries that “being a global center and a world leader means you have to treat all people the same, irrespective of their sexual orientation.”

    The initiative was immediately praised by representatives from Citi and Ernst & Young.


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    You Don't Know Jack

    At 19 years old, Jack Gleeson has a prominent role in one of television’s biggest shows, movie scripts are piling up and slick Hollywood agents are clamouring to turn him into a megastar. But this young man, long earmarked for ‘Next Big Thing’ status, isn’t having any of it.

    In his role as the sadistic Joffrey Baratheon, chief antagonist in HBO’s hugely popular fantasy epic Game Of Thrones, the Dublin native cuts a particularly loathsome figure. In person, however, he couldn’t be more removed from his onscreen persona. Friendly and down-to-earth, he displays not a hint of ego during the course of our conversation. Even the remarkable revelation that he’ll be hanging up the acting boots once his Game Of Thrones contract is honoured is so nonchalant that he doesn’t even pause for a reaction.

    But I need to make sure that I heard him right. He’s about to hit his 20s, is on the cusp of potential global stardom – and he’s going to walk away from it all? Alright. What’s her name?

    “No, there’s no girl involved, unfortunately,” he laughs. “I really wanted to be an actor for ages but I just changed my mind, as young people do. I just realised that I love acting but I don’t want to depend on it for my living. Obviously Game Of Thrones is an incredible experience and it’s not that I had a bad time on it and that’s why I don’t want to be an actor – it’s just that when I was doing the show I thought, ‘This is great fun, but it’s not fulfilling’. I want to pursue other occupations that I feel would give me more satisfaction in life.

    “It’s such a weird concept,” he adds, “that we need a purpose in our life and we need an occupation to validate that purpose. It just kind of struck me, not in any immediate way, that even though I love acting and it’s enjoyable to do, that ‘professionalising’ it makes it less enjoyable, when you have to depend on it.”

    Jack first tread the boards at the tender age of seven as a member of Dublin’s Independent Theatre Workshop, so perhaps it’s no surprise to find him musing philosophically on his current line of work: he knows what he is talking about. His casual attitude is mirrored by his attire, having come straight from the Smock Alley Theatre, where he’s been hard at work rehearsing for Collapsing Horse Theatre’s debut musical MONSTER/CLOCK: A Play On Time. Decked out in patchwork pants and colourful braces, he looks positively Dickensian. It’s a good look for Jack, considering the rest of the cast are made up of puppets!

    “Originally, all the characters were going to be puppets,” he notes. “The director, Dan Colley, made the choice for Toby, my character, to be human. He’s castigated by society because he’s a monster – so we’re kind of playing with that, the Human Vs. Puppet thing. I’ve had no trouble operating the puppets but it certainly is very, very difficult to master it. It’s so hard to split your brain in half because one half is telling you to move your hand a specific way and the other half is trying to remember lines, where you have to be and to be an actor and emote. Initially your eye was drawn more to the actor because he was emoting – but the puppet is the star, so we’ve put the focus on that.”

    Jack might insist that the puppet is the star, and the production is very much a team effort, but it’s his face adorning the poster, a natural result of his rising profile. He’s slightly reluctant to be out front, but accepts that it has to be that way.

    Is it true that he has been inundated with film scripts?

    “It is! And I feel terribly ungrateful saying no to them because everybody wants to be an actor and be in big films, but at the same time I think I have to be true to myself and just bite the bullet and say, ‘I’m sorry, I can’t do it’. At the moment I can’t envisage myself going back to acting – but there’s no point in saying it’s set in stone because we can always change. I’m not sure whether I hope I don’t change, but I’d like to think that I’ve made a solid decision.”

    Having received his big-screen break in 2005 with a small but memorable turn in Christopher Nolan’s franchise-reviving Batman Begins, the young Jack came face to mask with the Caped Crusader himself, Christian Bale. Was he shouting at production assistants between takes?

    “No, he wasn’t,” he chuckles. “He was lovely. It was a bit of a blur but definitely very cool. I was very young at the time so I don’t think I really knew how big a film it was or the gravitas of the situation. I certainly had a good time and yeah. It’s Batman! Fuckin’ class, yeah. Katie Holmes!”

    Seven years on, Gleeson’s screen presence is as commanding as any of those stars’, as he expertly inhabits the character of the cruel Joffrey Baratheon. </b>So, how does it feel to be one of the most hated men on TV?

    “It’s weird,” he says. “It’s not something that I really think about that much because it’s such a small part of my life now. 99% of the time I’m just Jack, whereas that 1% of the time I think about Game Of Thrones. I suppose it’s a compliment to my acting ability, but nobody is ever mean to me on the streets or anything (laughs). Everyone’s lovely. There’s no real downside to it.”</b>

    Ireland’s relative lack of a celebrity culture allows Gleeson to just get on with things, whether it’s immersing himself in his studies at Trinity College (he’s currently halfway through a four-year course in Philosophy, World Religions and Theology) or going to gigs with friends. In many respects, he’s just your average student, albeit one with something of a seasoned head on his shoulders.

    “I’ve always, the past few years at least anyway, wanted to be a lecturer or professor,” he confesses, “but that’s because I feel like I’d be good at it. If I were to have a dream job, it would probably be a poet. Then again, I don’t think I’m a very good poet! I don’t write that often, not as much as I used to. I like a lot of Irish poetry because I think it’s easier to connect to in some ways, the intonation and the rhythm, but I don’t like writing it because I’m not good at it. I think it’s fascinating though. I keep trying to define poetry but it’s so difficult.”

    Not for the first time, Gleeson shows something of a self-deprecating side. Is he really so convinced of his own shortcomings?

    “Maybe,” he ponders. “Not necessarily. I suppose the acting business is so fickle. It’s not really to do with talent, you know? HBO are very good at casting the best actors though. They don’t really care if you’re good-looking or not, most of the time. Have I experienced much of the fickle side? A little bit, a little bit. It’s more the showbiz side that isn’t nice, the red carpet thing. I try to stay away from that.”

    I put it to him that, if he sticks to his guns and stays permanently out of acting, he’s going to piss a lot of people off.

    “Yeah?” he smiles. “Well, they’re gonna have to deal with it!”

    This is an older interview, but one I hadn't seen posted/read before. I know he's mentioned his dissatisfaction with acting before, but this is really the first time I've seen him talk about in an official way. It saddens me that he's made a pretty solid decision about not continuing acting professionally after GoT considering how talented he is, but it's clear his interests lie elsewhere. Still the best, tbh. And like he said, he's young, so his mind could change.

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      they are too qt in this, saw the amazing spiderman tonight. Just like the title it was fucking amazing!
    sorry mods, hope this is good now!

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