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  • 08/05/12--09:08: Octomom keeps trying

  • Going once, going twice, SOLD ... is what some lucky bidder will hear if they win a date with Octomom ... because the mother of 14 has officially put herself up for auction to earn some cold, hard cash.

    Octo -- in a last ditch effort to earn more money before she gets kicked out of her La Habra home -- has created an online dating profile for a site called What' ... a website where users can PAY other users to go out with them.

    In her profile, Octo says she has 14 kids, loves to work out and loves to laugh ... and she's starting the bidding at a cool $500.

    This is the latest in a slew of ploys to earn more green off her Octo fame. If you recall she also signed up for a website where she can beg her fans for money ... but so far she's only raked in a mere $2,509.

    ... which is $2,509 too much.


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  • 08/05/12--10:02: this is my jam rn
  • Chris Richardson F/Tyga - Joy & Pain (World Premiere Music Video)

    Joy & Pain is the 1st single taken from Chris Richardson's upcoming album due this fall from Cash Money Records/Young Money Entertainment. Chris is an alum from the 6th season of American Idol, which slut shamer Jordin Sparks won.



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    About two months ago RuPaul's Drag Race alum Carmen Carrera underwent breast augmentation. Several people were interested in the results of the surgery and although Carmen has posted several pictures to her Instagram, they don't really give the same effect as her performance last week in San Antonio. There "the body beautiful" hit the stage in nothing but her trademark pasties.

    Check out Carmen behind the cut!

    The sound on this video is awful so you might want to mute it before you hit play:

    Source 1, 2 and 3

    This isn't the first time that Carmen has performed since her surgery but it's the first time that pics and video of her in her signature look have surfaced.

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    Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied said "I do!" Saturday night near Big Sur, CA.

    The couple had a traditional Jewish ceremony at a private home, Us Weekly is reporting.

    The actress and Millepied met on the set of her Oscar-winning Black Swan. Millepied choreographed the film and had a small role as one of the dancers.

    They have a 13-month-old son, Aleph and become engaged early this year.



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    According to recent reports on the internet Jennifer Lopez wants to take time out from relationship with Casper Smart to "think about things."

    A report published on E!News claims that a source has told them that Jennifer Lopez is "taking some time to think about things" with beau Casper Smart after pictures surfaced that purport to show the backup dancer ducking into a peep show doorway just a day before J.Lo's 43rd birthday in NYC.

    Smart says he was lost and entered the wrong doorway, while his lawyers strongly refuted what they claim were defamatory statements made by tabloids-against which they threatened legal action. Whatever the case may be, a source close to Lopez tells E! News: "She is taking some time to think about things. They are still together. But the photos have shaken her up."

    According to the source, Lopez "has never been great at picking men, and this feels all too familiar to her." "They have not split yet, but it's fair to say they are cooling off a bit. The pictures have created a distance between them. Even if Casper is telling the truth, and he didn't mean to walk into the doorway, it just proves how young and immature he is. He should have been more careful, he knows he is often being followed by paparazzi."

    "Jennifer cares about Casper, they are certainly very close," says the source. "But he is not the love of her life. She can live without him. If she does decide to split from him she'll be ok. She just needs some time to think about whether Casper is worth all this trouble."

    According to a report on TMZ, the couple is furious about the whole incident and Casper is planning on taking legal action claiming that the story is fake. TMZ also reports that the couple's attorneys, Shawn Holley and Howard Weitzman, have teamed up and fired off letters to Star Magazine and In Touch ... warning them the "reports" are "false, malicious and defamatory" and will cause "immense damage" to the couple's careers and reputations.

    The story published in the magazines earlier included photographs of Casper outside a peep show in NYC back in July -- Star claims the shop is a "well-known cruising spot for gay men looking for instant hookups." In Touch claims Casper was "caught" with an "exotic masseuse."


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    Fans fell in love with her when then-17-year-old Jordin Sparks became the youngest winner in “American Idol” history.

    Now, five years later, they’re about to all over again with her big-screen debut alongside the late Whitney Houston in “Sparkle.”

    In the Supremes-inspired musical opening on Aug. 17, Sparks plays an aspiring singer struggling with her sisters to break into the 1968 Motown music business.

    Houston appears posthumously as Sparks’ mother, a former singer determined to shelter her daughters from the dangers of showbiz.

    In a wide-ranging Daily News interview in Sunday’s Your New York section, Sparks, 22, dishes about ditching her inner diva and learning to sing and dance as part of a group — and to stop staring at the camera like she’s filming one of her own music videos.

    “When I got on the movie set, I had to train myself not to look into the lens!” she said.

    “The whole movie was a huge learning experience for me. I was like a sponge, just soaking everything up.”

    She also opens up about getting the heartbreaking news that her idol Houston was dead.

    “I was just crying, I was so devastated,” she said, admitting that she secluded herself for months to work through her grief.

    “I was somebody who had listened to Whitney’s music and tried to emulate her,” she said.

    “So to get to work with her in this intimate setting, to do scenes where we were yelling at each other, and then holding hands with her . . . I just loved her.”

    Sparks won’t just be showing off her acting chops on the silver screen.

    The curvy singer recently revealed her fabulous new figure after posing on the cover of Shape in a tiny blue bikini.

    “I just wanted to be healthy. I remember thinking, ‘I’m in my prime. I should be happy and fit,’ ” she told the mag, crediting the dance-fitness system Zumba and rejiggering her diet for the dramatic 50-pound weight loss.

    “It may seem like I’m spreading myself a bit thin — no pun intended — but I love being creative and want to try a bunch of different things, she told The News, “like TV or another Broadway show.”


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    Prince William and Kate have been photographed excitedly cheering on Britain's athletes at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London (the royal couple even did the wave while watching tennis), but there is one crowd shot the Prince did not want to partake in - the kiss cam!

    "I was absolutely dreading they were going to come and show myself and my wife and that would have been very embarrassing," the PDA-shy Prince told The BBC of the kiss cam at the Olympic Velodrome on Thursday night, where he and Kate were on hand to cheer on the cyclists.

    In spite of the daunting kiss cam's presence, William said he thoroughly enjoyed the crowd's inspiring enthusiasm at the race, as they watched Scottish cyclist Sir Chris Hoy set a new world record in the men's team sprint and earn a gold medal.

    "That was absolutely fantastic, the world records being beaten, and the atmosphere in there was electric," he said.

    Prince Harry added that he and William are "very proud" of their cousin, Zara Philips, who nabbed a silver medal in the equestrian events.

    "We as cousins are very, very proud," Harry told the network. "It now explains why we never get to see her because she is always riding!"

    -- Erin O'Sullivan


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    Talk show diva Oprah Winfrey recently tweeted pics of herself getting driven around Barbados by Rihanna. The two are shooting a sit down for O's "Next Chapter" show.

    Oprah Winfrey was fresh from shooting in New Orleans The Butler with Lee Daniels wen she made her way to Barbados this weekend. As we know, Bajan chick Rihanna is there chillin' out after her 2-week yacht rip around the French Riviera. 

    So yesterday, Oprah tweeted pics from time she spent with Rih on the island leaving Sandy Lane Resort & hitting the streets in an SUV saying, @rihanna and I finishing up interview.

    RiRi tweeted, Look who popped up in my Hometown BARBADOS #topnotch.  

    The interview will run on OWN's "Oprah's Next Chapter" on August 19.


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    Actress Kate Hudson is seen in a hotel in Miami, Florida- August 4th.

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    Director Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing, Red Hook Summer) responded on Saturday to a reported casting call for his planned Oldboy remake that lists one character of Asian lineage. The Angry Asian Man blog posted an unverified casting call with one character listed as "Asian," although it also has another character of "open ethnicity."

    The Casting Call is as follows:


    Feature Film


    Director: Spike Lee
    Exec. Producer: Spike Lee
    Producers: Nathan Kahane, Doug Davison, Roy Lee, John Powers Middleton
    Co-Producer/Writer: Mark Protosevich
    Screen Play: Jo-Yun, Chun-hyung Lim, Chan-wook Park
    Casting Director: Kim Coleman
    Casting Associate: Jackie Sollitto
    Casting Assistant: Keisha Richardson
    Callbacks: Aug. 12, 2012 (Sunday)
    Shooting / Start: October 1, 2012
    Location: New Orleans


    [WALLACE SHARKEY] Male, 60ish, Caucasian. Joe's well-tailored, slickster boss.

    [DONNA HAWTHORNE] Female, Mid 20s, Caucasian. Joe's ex-wife and mother of Mia. Once a homecoming queen, now a stripped down hardworking single mom.

    [DAVE BERMAN] Mid 40s to 50s. African-American. Shlubby, but very welthy businessman. Joe hits on his much younger girlfriend.

    [ASIAN WOMAN] Female, Early to mid 20s, Asian. A mysterious exotic beauty sitting at the bar observing Joe. MARTIAL ARTS EXPERIENCE A PLUS

    [CHUCKY] Male, Mid 40s, Caucasian. A free spirited likeable human teddy bear who sports loud vintage Hawaiian shirts. Joe’s best friend.

    [BROWNING] Male. Caucasian. Small in stature. A career criminal with pockmarked skin.

    [CORTEZ] Latin male. 50s. A bullishly strong street thug/criminal.

    [JAKE PRESTON] Male, Mid 30s to mid 40s, Caucasian. A clean cut tough looking former cop; the no-nonsense host of the TV show "Unsolved Crimes."

    [ADULT MIA] Female, Early 20s, Caucasian. A musical prodigy on cello. Sensitive, intelligent, beautiful but humble. CELLO EXPERIENCE A PLUS.

    [GRACE] Female, 50s, African American. A drug addicted nutcase in the Mobile Hospital.

    [JOHNNY] Male, Mid 40s to 50s, Caucasian. A disheveled, schizophrenic man who is on the street near the Mobile Hospital unit.

    [A BURLY MAN] Male, 40s, Caucasian. Muscular and serious with close-cropped hair.

    [THE CHECKPOINT] Male, 40s, Open Ethnicity. A serious looking sort (probably trying to hold down two or three jobs to support his family) who is sitting at a desk in the underground parking garage.

    [EDWINA BURKE] Female, Late 50s to early 60s, Caucasian, distinguished-looking. She is from Evergreen Academy where Joe attended school. She is tough, smart, and very much a lady, but a lonely one.

    [SECURITY GUARD] Male, 40s to 50s, Caucasian. The guard at Evergreen Academy that patrols the grounds and takes his job a bit more seriously than he needs to.

    [AMANDA PRYCE] Female, 14, Caucasian. Adrian's younger sister. She is pretty, yet shy and a bit awkward-looking.

    [YOUNG JOE DOUCETTE] Male, 17, Caucasian. A young Josh Brolin.

    A Twitter follower asked Lee to comment on the reported casting call's ethnicity listings, and Lee responded:

    People You Need To Relax.The Cast Of OLD BOY Will Be Diverse.If You Think Otherwise You Do Not Know My Work.Bother Other Directors 'Bout Dat

    Actor Josh Brolin (Milk, Men in Black 3), actor Sharlto Copley (District 9, The A-Team), and actress Elizabeth Olsen (Silent House, Martha Marcy May Marlene) have been attached to this planned remake of Park Chan-Wook's live-action film Oldboy, which is itself an adaptation of Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi's manga.

    Lee specifically addressed the reported casting call's character descriptions of "women of color [as] 'drug addicted nutcases' and 'mysterious exotic beauties'":

    All That Stuff Has Been Changed.


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    "Some of the things I've said in the past month have taken some fear away from myself. I'm grateful for [your] love."

    When Frank Ocean opened his tour in Seattle earlier this month, 10 days after revealing a past sexual relationship with a man, he was noticeably reserved, opting to let his music speak for him. At New York's Terminal 5 two weeks ago, the R&B singer briefly mentioned his admission, telling the crowd, “It was my life, you know? And I felt the need to say that, so I did.” Onstage tonight atLollapalooza 2012, Ocean went even further, acknowledging the effect that the admission had on himself and thanking his supporters.

    "This next one is pretty important to me," the singer said before performing "Bad Religion," which contains the line, "I can never make him love me." "Some of the things I've said in the past month have taken some fear away from myself."

    Cue thunderous applause.

    "I'm grateful for that love."

    It was the most revealing—yet hardly the only—remark Ocean said tonight, as the singer seems to be getting more comfortable with shows, and crowds, as his tour continues. After opening with a cover of Sade's "By Your Side," Ocean split his 13-song set between his recently released debut album Channel Orange and 2011 mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra. Throughout the 60-minute set, Ocean showcased his astounding vocal range, deftly flitting between syrupy falsetto and traditional croon. 

    The singer appeared at ease with the supportive crowd, remarking that Chicago has "some of the flyest architecture" and asking fans, "Anybody do mushrooms today?" After "Swim Good," Ocean's breakout track from Ultra, transformed into a crowd-wide singalong, the singer offered to "start the Lollapalooza mass choir tonight." (Check out more photos of Ocean in our Lollapalooza photo gallery.)

    Comments about the past month notwithstanding, they were quick, throwaway lines; unremarkable for most performers. But Ocean's reticence to speak both onstage and in the press has made an already gifted singer mythic, imbuing him with a mysterious aura that makes each tossed-off remark or observation a heightened insight into his character.

    By the time Ocean finished his set with the 10-minute epic "Pyramids," all the conversations leaving Grant Park were focused on his performance: favorite tracks, which songs he didn't play, etc. Frank Ocean will reveal what he wants, when he wants. Tonight, the singer offered up a little more insight into his psyche, but ensured that when people left the festival, his music and voice remained the highlight.


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    Jessica Biel and Colin Farrell in a scene from “Total Recall.”

    Add “Total Recall” to the list of remakes that go thud. Sony, betting in part on advancements in visual effects and fond memories of the 1990 original, spent at least $200 million to make and market a new version starring Colin Farrell in the role Arnold Schwarzenegger made famous. But moviegoers weren’t feeling it: “Total Recall” took in about $26 million at North American theaters over the weekend, a distant second behind “The Dark Knight Rises,” which was No. 1 for the third weekend in a row, with about $36.4 million in ticket sales ($354.6 million total over three weeks).

    The continued popularity of “The Dark Knight Rises,” a Warner Brothers release, may have hurt “Total Recall.” The London Olympics and continued skittishness following last month’s theater shootings in Colorado may also have taken a toll. But “Total Recall” was also just not considered very good: audiences gave it a C-plus grade in exit polls. “We performed in line with tracking and industry expectations,” a Sony spokesman said, adding that the film did well in limited release overseas in spots like Malaysia and Taiwan.

    “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” which cost 20th Century Fox less than $25 million to produce, was third with about $14.7 million in ticket sales, according to, which compiles box-office data. “Ice Age: Continental Drift” (Fox) chugged along in fourth place, taking in about $8.4 million, for a four-week total of $131.9 million. “The Watch” (Fox) was fifth, selling an estimated $6.4 million in tickets, for a disappointing two-week total of $25.4 million.


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    U.S. team’s goal celebration choreography annoys New Zealand coach

    Since completing a comeback win against France in its first Olympic group-stage match, the U.S. women's team has had a relatively easy run to its upcoming semifinal match against Canada. The team hasn't allowed a single goal since that match against France, beating its three subsequent opponents by a combined score of 6-0 and creating a comfortable atmosphere that has led the team to deploy a series of pre-arranged goal celebrations that are starting to annoy opponents.

    Against Colombia, goalscorer Megan Rapinoe pulled a piece of paper with a birthday message for absent teammate Ali Krieger out of her boot and held it up in front of the cameras. Against North Korea, the entire starting XI (except for goalkeeper Hope Solo and captain Christie Rampone) joined hands and did the worm. And against New Zealand in the quarterfinals, the team did cartwheels as a tribute to the gold-medal winning U.S. gymnastics squad after Abby Wambach's fourth goal of the tournament.

    It was that last one that New Zealand's English manager, Tony Readings, voiced displeasure with when speaking to the media after the match.

    "I wouldn't like it if our team did that," New Zealand Coach Tony Readings said. "When teams concede [goals] they're disappointed and they want to get on with the game. But it's obviously something the Americans do. -sorry we're not sorry for being very passionate about our sports/teams and country. We are proud of our athletes and want to show them our support.

    "It's something I guess they work on in training. We try to work on scoring goals. We haven't got time to work on celebrations. If it makes them happy and they win games, then good for them." - well the USWNT is so awesome they have time to work on both.

    Of course, pre-planned goal celebrations are nothing new in the sport and neither is the animosity fostered by watching a dominant opponent carry them out. Readings must know that, but the cause of his annoyance could have more to do with this happening in the Olympics -- an event where sportsmanship seems to have more importance than most other athletic competitions.

    U.S. coach Pia Sundhage, who has been known to sing Simon and Garfunkel songs during press conferences herself, confirmed Readings' backhanded suspicion and and made it clear that she enjoys her players' choreography.

    "We score goals, and you're happy," she said. "What the players want to do, whatever they do, it has to be fun. If they come up with ideas, that's perfectly fine." -YOU TELL HIM PIA!

    It remains to be seen whether the U.S. will break out another scripted celebration against familiar foe Canada, a team that hasn't beaten the U.S. in their last 26 straight meetings. But with three golds and a silver in the four previous Olympic women's football tournaments, the only celebration the U.S. can't afford to miss will be on the medal stand.

    The coach needs to lighten up. Celebrations always happen in football especially for the World Cup or Olympics. It's not like these flawless girls are being poor sports taunting the opponent. Americans are just passionate about their athletes/sports so this dude needs to calm down

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    Another Hollywood cheater exposed: Magic Mike star Alex Pettyfer!

    Alex, 22, and Riley Keough, 23, met while filming the movie and got engaged last March. We hear that Riley found out from mutual friends that her British fiancee had a one night stand at the Bel Air Hotel last month with Chelsea Heath, a sexy lingerie and foot fetish model. Elvis’s outraged granddaughter confronted Alex and he couldn’t talk his way out of it. The engagement was called off and the two went their separate ways. Somebody should introduce Riley to Rob Pattinson…

    You can catch Alex soon when he and Kristen Stewart start filming their new movie, Cali!


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  • 08/05/12--12:02: WEEKEND BOX OFFICE!

  • Weekend chart from The Numbers

    Tomatometer from Rotten Tomatoes

    What did you do this weekend, ONTD?
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    At Comic Con, Jack Quaid (Marvel) hinted that The Hunger Games Cast may be involved in events surrounding the DVD release, and today we are getting the first confirmation of that news.

    Toys “R” Us has just announced that Amandla Stenberg (Rue) will be visiting the Times Square store on August 18th for a signing event. Keep reading for more details.


    Star to Autograph The Hunger Games DVDs, Blu-rays and Products for First 225 Fans to Purchase The Hunger Games Merchandise*

    WHO: Amandla Stenberg, who played fan-favorite, “Rue” in The Hunger Games, Lionsgate Entertainment and Toys“R”Us Times Square

    WHAT:  Earlier this year, millions watched as the popular novel  The Hunger Games became a global film phenomenon from Lionsgate Entertainment. With The Hunger Games set to release on DVD and Blu-ray, Amandla Stenberg, who played “Rue” in the film, will help fans celebrate this premiere during an exclusive autograph signing event at Toys“R”Us Times Square.

    The first 225 customers to pre-order The Hunger Games on DVD or Blu-ray or purchase The Hunger Games merchandise totaling $25 will receive a ticket to meet Amandla Stenberg on Saturday, August 18. Customers must purchase qualifying items through the Personal Shopping department on Level Three of Toys“R”Us Times Square, while supplies last, to receive a ticket.*

    WHEN: Saturday, August 18. Line-up Begins at 8 am. Autograph Signing Begins: 10 am

    WHERE:   Toys“R”Us Times Square, Level Three, The Skybox, 1514 Broadway (at 44th Street), New York, NY 10036

    SUBWAYS:    1, 2, 3, 7, N, R, Q, W, A, C, E (All to 42nd Street Station)

    FOR CONSUMERS: For more information, visit or call the Toys“R”Us Times Square Special Events Hotline at 646-366-8855.

    *There is a limit of one ticket per guest available only with purchase The Hunger Games on DVD or purchase The Hunger Games merchandise totaling $25*.

    One ticket valid for one autograph from Amandla Stenberg. Amandla Stenberg will only autograph The Hunger Games merchandise purchased at Toys“R”Us Times Square. No other memorabilia will be signed.

    Only 225 tickets are available for this event on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are available now through August 18, or while supplies last.


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    Lauren was out and about in LA last week departing and returning to Lax followed by a trip to the spa.

    While haters decry her style as “basic” she manages to look polished in chic wearing stuff similar to what you probably have in your closet right now.

    At LAX 07-20-12

    Returning to LAX 07-31-12

    Leaving Kate Somerville Spa In LA 08-03-12

    Lauren’s web series Crafty Creations is going strong. Every Tuesday & Thursday she has a short video how-to on making simple crafts from stuff you may already have around your house.

    Make a bib necklace from a tank top.

    Make a cute headband using ribbon and elastic

    You’re welcome.

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  • 08/05/12--17:09: guess who post
  • guess which starlet was caught on the set of her new movie wearing an extremely unflattering outfit?


    It was back to work for Selena Gomez as she was spotted on the set of “Parental Guidance” in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday (August 4) afternoon.


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    The US film star on the dangers of high heels, the charms of Ryan Gosling, and nudity in her new movie, Take This Waltz

    Michelle Williams: 'Put a spycam on any relationship and a lot of embarrassing stuff will come out.' Photograph: Robert Gauthier/Contour by Getty Images

    People might see that your new film, Take This Waltz, also stars Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman and think it's a comedy. They'd be really wrong. It's actually quite upsetting…

    I gave the script to a friend of mine and I said, "I'm going to make a comedy! I'm so excited." She sat down to read it and an hour later I walk in and she was crying on the couch and said, "Michelle, when am I going to get to the funny part?"

    We should explain: your character Margot is married to Lou (Rogen), who's this tremendously sweet and decent guy, but they slowly drift apart. He writes cookbooks that only contain recipes for chicken – that's a metaphor for the relationship, right?

    Comforting and bland, yes. Always tastes the same, no matter how you cook it.

    Lou and Margot engage in a fair amount of baby talk with each other. Where do you stand on that personally?

    I've never done it, I don't think. Maybe when you have a kid… You know what it is? It's the pattern you get into in a relationship, whether it's bad jokes or innuendoes, it's just this habit, this thing you only do with this one other person. If anybody heard it, it would be humiliating. But, in any relationship, if you put a spycam on it for two hours there's a lot of embarrassing stuff that's going to come out.

    People will recognise it in their own relationships?

    Exactly. I do enjoy embarrassment, it is my favourite kind of humour. But the idea, personally, of being embarrassed in public, that's the worst possible thing I can imagine. Horrible. That's why I really don't enjoy wearing high heels; they up the possibility for embarrassment tenfold. I try not to wear white because that's just asking for it. I don't wear glasses because someone can knock them off and that makes you vulnerable. I try to walk around with some kind of armour. I'm still trying to figure out if I'm a baby-talker or not.

    Would you agree Margot is confused?

    Yeah, there is something infantile about Margot, something stuck. There used to be this really great line in the movie where she watches a couple of 19-year-old girls and says, "Ah, when I looked like that I didn't appreciate it and now that I appreciate it, I don't look like that any more." Basically you spend your 20s trying to run away from your sexuality and then you get to your 30s and you're like, "Whoa! Wait a minute, I could really use those tits, come back! I could really use that body but now I'm in a different body – great." It's one of those funny jokes life plays on you.

    Do you feel like that yourself?

    I understand the sense of it but I feel pretty accepting, like, "Yeah, it's a good body, it's done good things, it's gotten me here, it hasn't failed me yet."

    You mention feeling comfortable with your body – there's a shower scene in Take This Waltz that's really the crux of the movie. How hard was it to shoot that?

    I agree, the nudity is not the crux of the movie but the ideas inside of it are. None of us wanted to do it, us three ladies, Sarah [Silverman], Jennifer [Podemski] and I. How do I describe it? I imagine it's like the moment before you jump out of a plane safely – with a parachute or something. You have to do it, you've paid to go up in the plane, you've got the backpack strapped on and there's other people in line, you know you're going to do it. It's just that moment before you jump that's terrifying. But boy oh boy, it was in a way a lot easier doing that shower scene than the shower scene in Blue Valentine. It's easier to be naked with girls than boys.

    I've only just got over Blue Valentine, your 2010 film that detailed the collapse of another relationship. I was broken for weeks after watching that.

    I think I've only recently got over Blue Valentine. I was broken for a couple of years after that. That one cut really close to the bone because of the way that we worked, the way the director had us rehearse but never rehearse, we just kind of lived together, so things that aren't real felt very real. Yes, that one took a while.

    Instead of rehearsal, you basically lived with Ryan Gosling and your daughter in the film for a month. Who did the cooking and things like that?

    Ryan's a great cook, he's really good at improvising. He said something sweet when we were in that rehearsal period. He did a lot of the cooking and a lot of the dishes, and I think finally I said to him, "Ryan, this isn't how it goes. This doesn't feel real to me." And he said, "I know, Michelle, but you have a home and a kid. You're cooking when you go home so I feel bad making you do it here too."

    I'm asking for the men out there: is there anything that Ryan Gosling doesn't do really well?

    I am left wondering the same thing. Oooohh, ummm, errrr! I really can't think of anything.

    You play a lot of messed-up characters. Are these roles that come to you or do you gravitate towards them?

    It's a funny thing: do you get the roles you're meant for, is there a fate in them? I don't know. It's a bigger question of how the world works, which I don't know about yet. I wish I did.

    How do you pick your roles?

    I'm a person who needs a lot of time. I make these movies but I've had a tremendous amount of time to prepare for them and a tremendous amount of time between projects to decompress and go back to my life. So I don't work a lot, because I have a child and a life outside of work that I'm devoted to. So when I do make a decision to work, it can't be a whim. It has to have a lot going for it.

    Our time is up…

    I hope that was coherent, sorry. I need to work on whether I'm a baby-talker. And I'll work on how the universe works and what's wrong with Ryan Gosling. When we next speak I'll have answers for you on all three.


    Sarah Polley: On Love, Desire And The Female Body

    Sarah Polley started acting when she was 4, in her native Canada. She earned critical acclaim for her performance as a teenage girl injured in a school bus crash in Atom Egoyan's film The Sweet Hereafter.

    Polley made her debut as a director with the subtle and devastating film Away from Her — a portrait of a marriage later in life, as the wife (Julie Christie) is pulled away by Alzheimer's disease.

    Now, at 33, she's made a second feature film, called Take This Waltz. It's about a young couple (Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen) in a relationship that's settled into flat routine; when a handsome artist and rickshaw driver moves into the neighborhood, the marriage is threatened.

    Polley spoke to Melissa Block of All Things Considered.

    Interview Highlights

    On portraying a marriage in crisis

    "The original idea for the film was wanting to talk about that general feeling of emptiness that all of us have at some point in our lives, if not most of our lives — that feeling that something is missing. And I feel like we live in a culture where we interpret the feeling of something missing to be that something is actually wrong, and needs to be fixed, or can be fixed. So I thought it was an interesting thing to talk about what happens in a long-term relationship when maybe the conversations have died down, the passion has certainly died down — maybe there's a certain amount of contentment, but a feeling that there could maybe be more if someone was to look outside of it."

    On a couple's private language, overheard

    "I didn't want to make a film about a marriage that was terrible and toxic. I wanted to make a film about a marriage that was playful and content, and had the inhibition about it that I think you can only have with someone who you've really gotten to know, with all of their good qualities and all of their faults. I feel like people — when they've been together for a very long time and have gotten perhaps too comfortable — are capable of behavior that they would just be astonishingly embarrassed about if anybody in the outside world could see them. So I wanted to sort of be a fly on the wall for that weird language that develops between married couples that no one in the outside world should be expected to understand."

    On the cafe seduction scene in 'Take This Waltz'

    "We had an exhaustive rehearsal process before shooting the film, but this was the one scene we actually didn't rehearse. So Michelle [Williams] had never heard those words and Luke [Kirby] had never had to say those words in front of Michelle before. ...

    "I was trying to play with the idea of how much sexier the idea of somebody can be than they are in actuality. So the main passion and main erotic part of the relationship between Daniel and Margot really happens in words and looks and in silences. Once there's actual physical contact, [the eroticism between them] becomes quite diminished."

    On the perspective of a female director

    "I'm not sure that a man might not have taken the same perspective as I did, but that's not to say that I don't think there should be more female directors out there. ... The answer I want to be able to give is, 'Yes, absolutely, the fact that I'm female is the only reason I could have this perspective!' But I'm forced to admit that — as awful as it's been that men have been the only people making films — they have done a pretty good job of capturing women. Or at least, the great filmmakers have. I think Hollywood has done a terrible job of capturing women, but the filmmakers that I grew up with and admire and respect have generally been really great at it, in the same way that women would be great at giving us a better perspective on men. Maybe in a strange way it's the opposite; maybe what we have to offer is a really interesting perspective on the other gender that can only be offered because we have some distance and are watching."

    On the portrayal of female bodies in film

    "I feel like with young women, their bodies are constantly objectified and used in a sexual context. With older women, [their bodies are] constantly the butt of a joke. For me, the seminal scene that illustrates that is, in About Schmidt, when Kathy Bates gets into the hot tub and Jack Nicholson is horrified and the audience is supposed to scream.

    "I remember being so deeply offended by that scene. One of the first times you're dealing with an older woman being naked in a movie — it doesn't happen very often — and it's the butt of a joke, or it's supposed to horrifying. [In a shower-room scene in Take This Waltz] I wanted to show women's bodies of all ages, kind of without comment, and the only conversation around it is about time passing and what it means, and about sexuality and relationships. That it not be something contrived to produce an effect, necessarily."


    I  really loved the shower scene with Michelle, Sarah and Jennifer in the film. You can listen to the full interview at the source. 

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