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Celebrities read mean tweets: Gwyneth Paltrow deigned to participate! [Evil Beet]
Nick Jonas is not a virgin anymore. [A Socialite Life]
Three grandmas hit the bong, hilarity ensues. [Dlisted]
Is Julianne Moore on track for an Oscar? [LaineyGossip]
The third Hemsworth Bro is also cute (in a normal way). [Buzzfeed]
I hope Martin Freeman is good on SNL! [Pajiba]
Lindsay Lohan looked kind of crazy in London yesterday. [Go Fug Yourself]
Danica McKellar is married! Congrats. [I’m Not Obsessed]
Just a reminder: Jennifer Lopez’s body is still crazy. [Popoholic]
This photo of Teresa Giudice’s hairline is also crazy. [Reality Tea]
Sean Hayes married his longtime partner! Congrats. [Wonderwall]
Jason Sudeikis shares photos of son Otis. [Celebrity Baby Scoop]
Andy Cohen outed Kevin Spacey in his new book. [CDAN]
Utah wants to bring back the firing squad for capital punishment. [Starcasm]

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Was Amber Heard ‘mortified’ at Johnny Depp’s drunk HFAs speech?

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Way back in July, I covered a story from Radar that said Johnny Depp was trying to be an upstanding guy for his fiancée, Amber Heard. His friends were certain that Johnny wasn’t completely behaving himself. He was reportedly hiding drinking binges from Amber. The story didn’t stick because there wasn’t any proof, just “friends” expressing concern.

The tale makes a lot more sense after Johnny made sweet love to a microphone at the HFAs last Friday. He was completely drunk and possibly more. The dude swayed, slurred, cursed, and may have burped (or simply cursed again) onstage. He completely stole Shep Gordon’s moment, but Mike Myers defended Johnny’s “rock ‘n’ roll” speech. What a mess. This week’s issue of Star says Amber Heard was “mortified” when she got wind of Johnny’s onstage shenanigans:

Johnny Depp’s drunken behavior at a recent awards show made Captain Jack Sparrow look like Prince Charles. Audiences at the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards were stunned when Johnny stumbled onstage to present a documentary award for Mile Myers’ Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, nearly knocking over the mocrophone in the process. “That’s the weirdest microphone I’ve ever seen in my life,” he muttered. “I’m not very good at this type of thing.”

While reading lines shouldn’t be too difficult a task for an actor, Johnny had considerable trouble with his speech. “Watch, I’m going to read this thing,” he burbled to the audience, who tittered uncomfortably at his slurred speech peppered with curse words. “You have to watch the film! Yeah, there you go. What does that say? It’s one of those nights.” Johnny ended his boozy tirade with a string of several more expletives before eventually getting cut off by producers.

“Johnny was extremely intoxicated,” a witness tells Star. “there were times he had to have someone help him stand. He couldn’t say a complete sentence — he made no sense.” Just last yeare Johnny insisted that he had given up drinking after learning that he and alcohol got along “maybe too well” but refused to consider himself an alcoholic. “No, it’s more my medication,” he insisted. “My self-medication over the years to calm the circus.”

But the circus is definitely in town. Johnny’s stress is mounting as he works feverishly on a staggering six movies, plus he’s planning his wedding to fiancee Amber Heard, who according to the source was reportedly mortified at her groom’s behavior. “This reflects really badly on her, and she’s not happy about it.”

Now those in Johnny’s inner circle are wondering if it should be last call for his self-destructive behavior. “There’s a chatter in Johnny’s camp about rehab,” the insider divulges. “At this point, he’s driving everyone — including Amber — away.”

[From Star, print edition, December 2, 2014]

I lean towards believing this story. Johnny’s never been a bastion of sobriety, but he’s been keeping it together (in public) for a few years. Getting drunk and making a fool of oneself isn’t nearly as bad as how Johnny used to behave. Remember how he would throw cocaine tantrums and toss furniture out of hotel rooms when he was dating Kate Moss? Then he started seeing Vanessa Paradis and grew up. Now he’s regressing, and I can believe Amber would worry about it reflecting badly upon her. Not that it’s her fault — it isn’t. This is all on Johnny. He wasn’t “maintaining” last weekend. He was flat-out, sloppy drunk, and I think he needs to find help.

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Margot Robbie’s underwater W cover: captivating or unflattering?

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Margot Robbie covers the December issue of W magazine. I’ll bet you barely recognize her, right? She’s submerged in a tub, and the feature is called “emerging star,” which is so cheesy. The concept isn’t awful, but it’s awfully hard to execute an underwater shoot. This cover looks so budget and artsy fartsy. Actually, Margot looks like she just smelled one as she holds her breath. That’s a terrible thing to say. This is a terrible way to treat a beautiful cover model. The photography is by video artist Bill Viola, and he shot Jake Gyllenhaal underwater for the same issue. Viola describes these photos as “very emotional” because they “bring out waves of feeling.” The results are not flattering at all to Margot. Let’s do some excerpts:

This crazy photoshoot: “I’ve been practicing in my bathtub. I am so excited. I’ve been holding my breath to see how long I can go without turning blue.”

Growing up with a pool in Australia: “It’s not about being rich, but everyone back home has a pool. And I was a total water baby. My mom couldn’t get me out–she’d put my dinner plate at the end of the pool, and I’d eat my meals in the water.”

On scoring Wolf: “The casting director took one look at me and said, ‘Go down the street and buy the tightest dress and highest heels you can find. That is Naomi.’ I came back dressed like that and read for Marty and Leo. Those heels were killing me, which is what I remembered most.”

She plays a con artist in Focus: “I now know how to steal a watch when someone’s wearing it. It’s an excellent talent to have.”

On soap opera Neighbours: “I was on the show for three years. And I spent the entire last year saving my money and practicing an American accent.”

On painful acting moments: “I learned a lot about pain and suffering during Pan Am. We had to wear very constricting period-correct girdles and bras. After that, I learned to read a script with an eye toward the undergarments.”

[From W magazine]

Margot was really looking forward to this shoot. The editorial isn’t quite as bad as the cover, but the whole shoot is a disaster. I guess it’s interesting in a “what were they thinking?” sort of way.

By the way, Margot officially signed on as Harley Quinn in the Suicide Squad movie that no one cares about. I think the movie is supposed to be an origin story for Harley, but who knows. I’m including some new-ish photos of Margot at the Harper’s Bazaar Women awards (in yellow Rosie Assoulin) and the Australians in Film gala (in white Dion Lee). She’s busting right out of the yellow gown.

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Lady Gaga Flaunts “Mother Monster” Ink

Lady Gaga Shows Off Her New TattooSinger Lady Gaga got some new ink! It looks pretty intricate with the “Mother Monster” and what looks like a curled fist. RELATED: Lady Gaga goes glam in Italy.

I can’t get over the location of the tattoo. Getting tattoos is painful no matter where you get it inked, but near your underarm? OOOOOUUUUUCCCCHHHHH. I just want to howl in sympathy pain- LOL.

Lady Gaga shared her new ink with the fans waiting outside her hotel in Manchester, England. Her tattoo wasn’t the only noticeable thing: take a look at the drop-crotch jumpsuit and hat (which I want to call “head gear” for whatever reason). Gaga’s dog, Asia, had her own unique head piece to wear, even. Too cute!

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ITW: Jennifer Aniston is prepared for an awards-showdown with Brangelina

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A lot of you didn’t think there was anything suspicious or Uncool Bermuda Triangle-ish going on earlier this week, when Jennifer Aniston appeared at a Cake screening during the same media cycle as Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken premiere. I still disagree. I’ve seen Angelina, Brad and Jennifer passive-aggressively poke each other enough times over the years to say that they all pay attention to each other in varying ways, to varying degrees. I’ve always thought that Jennifer plays into the Uncool Bermuda Triangle stuff a lot more than Brangelina, although Brad has his moments where it’s seemed like he’s said he was bored to tears being married to Jennifer. Now, after ten years of this crap, are we finally ready to bury the Uncoolness? Nope. The tabloids still want to paint Jennifer as a neurotic loser plotting out what she’s going to say to them at the Golden Globes.

Maybe Jennifer Aniston just wanted to lay low as she prepares for a ‘face off’ with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at January’s Golden Globe Awards, according to a Wednesday report from InTouch Weekly. Jennifer looks like she could be nominated for her drama Cake while Angelina will most likely get a nod for directing her WWII saga Unbroken and Brad could be singled out for his acting turn in the war epic Fury.

The weekly reported that Aniston is ‘repulsed’ by the Oscar-winning beauty and wants to ‘look her straight in the eye and tell her how she really feels.’

Angering the Aniston star is how Brad allowed his marriage to her be mocked while being interviewed by Zach Galifianakis during Funny Or Die’s Between The Ferns. In the skit the Ocean’s Eleven star looked annoyed to be reminded of his union with the beachy blonde. The weekly insisted the blonde bombshell felt humiliated by the references.

So she is ready to confront the power couple who wed this summer in France with their six children in attendance, earning them the People cover, it was added by the publication. Though it’s claimed the Friends star wants the confrontation, she is allegedly worried.

‘She is nervous to the point of being sick over the prospect of coming face-to-face with Brad and Angie,’ said the source. ‘But she has waited a decade for this.’

[From The Daily Mail]

Let me clear: I don’t think Aniston really feels this way. I don’t think she’s nervous or worried or even desirous of any kind of “face off.” I think her focus is on increasing the buzz for her “Oscar hopeful” Cake by any means necessary, and maybe part of her promotion involves hyping up the potential for an old-school Uncool Showdown. And maybe that’s one way to get a Golden Globe nomination? Because she’s not really going to get an Oscar nomination, right?

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Duchess Kate in Hobbs & Jenny Packham in London: mismatched or cute?

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Here are some photos of Duchess Kate doing some royal work last night in London. This event – for Place2Be – was actually held at Kensington Palace, so Kate could probably walk to the room where this was being held. Place2Be is one of Kate’s patronages and the event was a celebration of the Child Champion Award – go here to read more. Kate is being identified as “four months pregnant” at the moment. She’s barely showing. It was like before though, wasn’t it? When she was pregnant with George, it wasn’t until month five or six that she really “popped.”

As for her fashion… this ensemble is awful. I’m sorry, but it is! It’s like she got dressed in the dark. She paired a black polka-dotted peplum top by Hobbs with a blue satin skirt by Jenny Packham. The two pieces simply don’t go together – this isn’t “power clashing” or whatever. This is just a woman with no “eye” for putting together a cocktail-dress-code outfit. Something nice: her hair looks pretty. We always have to praise her when she pulls it back!

I wonder how many events Kate is going to do between now and the NYC trip? It will be her first-ever trip to New York, you know. I wonder if she’ll be able to fit in a spot of shopping.

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Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner pose together on the red carpet: sweet or weird?

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner will pose for the occasional paparazzi photos together, especially around Awards season, but they generally don’t walk red carpets together. Garner has said it’s because she doesn’t want to just be known as the ‘wife of’ a famous husband, but I tend to think it’s Affleck’s idea and she’s just been going along with it. They did make an exception to pose together at the Vanity Fair Oscar party this year and last year, when Argo took home Best Picture.

Here are some photos of the two, married since 2005, at the Save The Children gala in New York last night. Affleck looks a little tipsy to me. Maybe it’s jet lag, but there’s something about his eyes that make it look like he’s had a few. Garner just looks happy to be there and to pose with her husband.

Affleck was there to accept the Global Child Advocate Award for his work founding The Eastern Congo Initiative. In his acceptance speech, Affleck mentioned his argument with Bill Maher and author Sam Harris when he was a guest on Maher’s show last month. Affleck claimed he was making a “Sesame Street” argument that “you don’t judge a whole group of people based on the actions of a few.” I think Affleck was mischaracterizing Harris’ position at least (Maher went a little far with it as is typical of him) and that there was no point in bringing it up again weeks later. Obviously he’s been thinking about it in the interim. Affleck also talked about the charity work that he and his wife do, and I found that part of his speech moving:

Ben Affleck feels more comfortable speaking his mind than pretending to say what people want to hear. So before receiving his award at Wednesday’s Save the Children Illumination Gala, he praised wife Jennifer Garner on her dedication to their family, and then shared insight into his recent spat with “Real Time” host Bill Maher over generalized remarks about Islam.

On an episode last month, Affleck took issue with Maher saying that Islam is “the only religion that acts like the Mafia.”

“I was ultimately making a ‘Sesame Street’ argument. You don’t judge a whole group of people based on the actions of a few,” Affleck said of their heated debate.

The “Gone Girl” actor makes no bones about speaking his mind when it comes to hot-button issues.

“That’s the environment around my dinner table when we talk politics,” he said. “I think I’d rather tell the truth and say what I believe in and make people unhappy than sort of pretend to think something else to accommodate them and try to be liked. That’s just the way it goes and I don’t think I’m any great champion of anything, but if they’re going to put me on a show, I’m going to say what I think.”

As for Garner, the 42-year-old actor says he’s grateful that his wife takes on the “lion’s share” of responsibilities, dedicating her time to raising their three young children, while maintaining her career and charity work.

“She’s been really smart about choosing her projects, doing ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ or ‘Alexander and the Terrible Day,’ smart, good movies that luckily have been successful. And then, they’re not so time-consuming that she can’t do this work and be there for our kids, which is the most important thing to her,” Affleck said.

Garner spoke of how the couple divides their time for philanthropy.

“He works on Eastern Congo Initiative, and I work on the U.S. programs for Save the Children, and within that, I really work on getting kids started on the right foot from birth to 5, helping families get their kids up and ready for school and healthy,” she said, adding: “We don’t scatter our energy around.”

Affleck co-founded the Eastern Congo Initiative in 2010 with Whitney Williams. The organization advocates the economic and social growth of the country through various programs. And while some of their missions focus on the well-being of children, Affleck says he doesn’t make “value judgments” of where the problems are more dire.

“There are children in the United States, my wife has traveled, been in their homes in Kentucky, West Virginia, in the central valley of California who can’t speak and they’re 4 years old, who can’t read until five years later than they should, who get no stimuli, who are really suffering, and we recognize it. In this country, with our wealth, with our, I think, decency and empathy, we should be taking care — at the very least educating all of our citizenry.”

He added: “I also think it’s important to take care of people who are suffering on a different level, which is in Eastern Congo suffering from war and famine and preventable disease. And where maternal health is non-existent, so 1 in 5 children dies before the age of 5.”

[From AP via Yahoo]

It’s hard to fathom that there are kids in our country who live in such dire conditions that they can’t talk until they’re four. Good for Ben and Jen for dedicating their time to charity. I’m happy they posed together and now that I know more about the event I understand why they did it. They’re united in their charity work for children. I would love it if they just started walking the red carpet together at most events from now on, but I doubt that’s going to happen.

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Ben Affleck Takes His Girls To The Farmers Market
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Prince Albert & Princess Charlene kiss for Monaco National Day: cute or gross?

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Here are some (awkward) photos of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene today in Monaco, on the balcony of The Prince’s Palace (I guess?). They were celebrating Monaco National Day, and Albert and Charlene waved to the crowds and kissed in public. And it was kind of gross. Charlene has gotten very big! She’s super-knocked up. Like, I think she’s going to give birth in the next month. Word is that she’s due in December, but she’s expecting twins and don’t twins usually come early? I hope – again – that at least one of the babies is a boy. Even though the Monaco constitution has been changed, if she has two girls, there’s still going to be an expectation for her to provide a male heir.

I do have to give Charlene some credit in these photos – she looks more approving of Albert than we’ve ever seen. Usually she looks like she’s sick of him, but I’m actually getting a “loved up” vibe from her. Perhaps it’s just the hormones. Meanwhile, Albert doesn’t really look like the joyful expectant father. My take: he’s never really cared about fatherhood one way or the other.

I’m also including some photos of Princess Caroline, Sacha Casiraghi and Andrea Casiraghi and Andrea’s wife Tatiana Santo Domingo. Sacha is the blonde toddler in-between Andrea and Caroline. He’s only 19 months old and I think he was surprisingly well-behaved for this outing. Did you know Tatiana is knocked up again? They announced that a few weeks ago. I’m not sure if that’s why Tatiana has to stand so far apart from Andrea. Also: Andrea lost the hot in a big way. Good God.

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Jennifer Aniston is ‘flattered’ that her ‘Cake’ performance is getting Oscar buzz

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As we discussed yesterday, Jennifer Aniston had a small screening for her “Oscar hopeful” film, Cake, on Sunday in NYC. As I’ve said before, I half-admire Jennifer’s hustle for Cake. I’ve written “Oscar hopeful” in front of Cake so many times, I’m almost starting to believe it! She’s really going out of her way to rustle up some “buzz” for her performance. The problem is that she’s the only one who thinks she should get an Oscar nomination. No studio wanted to buy Cake and no one wanted to distribute it, which is why Jennifer is basically paying for her Oscar campaign out of pocket. So it’s less an Oscar campaign and more of exercise in LOOK AT ME, I DID A SERIOUS MOVIE. OSCAR BUZZ OSCAR BUZZ. Thankfully, some media outlets are willing to play along:

Sure, Jennifer Aniston stripped down for her latest role – but it’s her dramatic turn on the big screen we’re talking about. The actress, 45, is already earning Oscar buzz for her turn in Cake, in which she plays a mourner suffering chronic pain.

“It was a just a wonderfully beautiful story of a woman in extraordinary pain, living through an unthinkable trauma,” Aniston told PEOPLE at InStyle and The Cinema Society’s Sunday premiere of the indie film in New York City.

And while her character is battling demons, “I also found her quite humorous and quite endearing,” says Aniston. “You have empathy for the character.”

The Friends alum says she was ready for the role’s change of pace from her presumed persona – not that it was easy.

“That was a challenge for me. How do we tell this story without having everyone hate her?” Aniston says. “I actually loved her. But the movie has a beautiful way of unfolding itself without giving the story away and allowing the audience to go with the journey as it’s being told.”

As for the early awards season whispers? Aniston is surprised, saying (with a laugh) she’s “flattered” and that she reacts to the buzz “awkwardly and stutteringly.”

The actress later celebrated the film at a Grey Goose-sponsored fête at Jimmy at The James New York, where fiancé Justin Theroux joined her.

“It ticked all the boxes that an actor dreams of,” Aniston added to reporters of the role.

[From People]

Her talking points have gotten better, haven’t they? I’m glad she’s not still using that “it was so dreamy and empowering to go without makeup” line. Let’s see, what else? She spoke to E! about her research for the role, blah. They also asked her about her Thanksgiving plans and she said: “Family tradition, the dinner—turkey dinner. Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family. I used to bring the spanakopita and the dolmades, but I’m not doing that. My grandmother’s recipe takes me about seven hours.” There’s not much of a Greek community where I live, so I had no idea what those words meant. It turns out spanakopita is a savory pastry with feta cheese (GROSS) and spinach. Dolmades are something something stuffed in olive leaves. It does sound super-complicated now that I’m looking at the recipes. I had no idea that Jennifer actually knows how to make traditional Greek food. I assumed she would be the one to just bring a bottle of Bombay Sapphire to the gathering and call it a day.

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Amy Adams covers Vogue: will she finally win an Oscar this year for ‘Big Eyes’?

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Amy Adams finally scored her first-ever cover of Vogue, for the December issue. She’s supporting Big Eyes, yet another performance which could have her on the Oscar shortlist. She’s the new Kate Winslet in that way – Amy’s always nominated, but she’s never won the big prize. The Academy loves her though, that’s why they keep nominating her. You can see Amy’s Annie Leibovitz photoshoot here – Amy and her Big Eyes director Tim Burton posed together and recreated The Red Shoes. You can read the full profile of Amy here – I always say this, but Amy is a boring interview. She’s lovely and an extremely talented actress, but she’s a snooze as a “celebrity.” That’s a good thing in life but a bad thing for gossip. Some highlights from her Vogue profile:

Seeing golden retriever named Murphy: “That’s, like, my dog, my spirit animal. When I was younger, I was just so hyper and friendly to everybody. And still now, when I come on set, I’m like a golden retriever at a dog park, because I’m just so happy to be around people and eager to please.”

Her early days in Hollywood: “I was able to do everything from day player to guest star to small parts in movies and it really, to this day, gives me perspective, but going through it was painful, to say the least. I felt a lot of pressure, but I just wasn’t able to get there in the audition room. Or even in meetings. My squirreliness would come out, and people wouldn’t feel confident. I’ve always been someone who had, like, a spirit of perseverance, but I actually almost quit because I was starting not to like who I was. My lawyer called me after I was fired from the two shows and said, ‘Just to even get two shows in a pilot season is amazing. So you’re doing something right.’ I thank him all the time for that call.”

Why she works with such powerhouse directors: “I prefer to work with really confident directors. If they need me to take care of them or make them feel better, it’s probably not going to go well.”

Working in the suburbs of Detroit: “I always have to remind myself: This is how I was raised. Every house in my town looked just like that one, right there. There’s something kind of comforting about it. You feel like you could just go inside, sit down in the kitchen, and have a cup of coffee. With some creamer. Not half-and-half, but Coffee-mate.”

Her daughter Aviana: “I miss her so much. Ten days is the longest trip I think that I’ve ever had away from her. Before I left I told her, ‘Lots of people are going to see you, and Daddy’s going to take care of you.’ We have a huge community of friends. But she said, ‘Momma, who’s going to take care of you?’ I said, ‘I’m a grown-up. I take care of myself.’ And she said, ‘No, but you need someone to come and spend time with you.’ Because now she has an understanding of loneliness. It’s very sweet. She says, ‘When I grow up, I am going to be your momma.’ ” She starts laughing. “She’ll probably have to be. I’m such a wreck. I’m glad you think it’s cute now. You’re not going to think it’s cute when you’re 25 and I’m living with you.”

Turning 40 years old: “I was like, ‘I’m 40 and I still care what people think of me; I still don’t do laundry so I’m always out of things; I’m just not a grown-up at all,’ and I had this expectation that I would be by this age. It wasn’t, ‘Oh, I’m getting old and I’m going to lose something vibrant about myself.’ It was more that I was just”—she switches into a trembling Katharine Hepburn—“ ‘so disappointed with myself.’ It’s just awful. Any chance for self-loathing!”

[From Vogue]

See? Perfectly pleasant. She’s a good person, a loving mom and a supportive partner. There’s no scandal. She’s neurotic, but no more than any other working mom and talented professional. The most interesting thing, to me, is that like ALL of her directors wanted to go on the record about how amazing she is and how much they love her. And I didn’t realize she had just turned 40 this year – she’s a vampire! No, she’ll still be working like crazy twenty years from now. She’s utterly beloved. But will Big Eyes be the film that finally gets her an Oscar?

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