Jon Hamm: ‘I don’t get the mystery of faith. I’m too much of a math guy’

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I’m not sure if Jon Hamm gave this interview to The Irish Independent or if the newspaper has reprinted an interview Hamm gave with another outlet. For what it’s worth, I can’t find these quotes anywhere else, so I think this is an original piece. Jon is promoting Million Dollar Arm, Mad Men and various assorted projects, and as always, he’s brassy and opinionated. You can read the full piece here and here are some highlights:

His disdain for social media: “This constant recording of your life and updating of your ‘status’ . . . I don’t do that. No event ‘happened’ unless you took a picture of it. Going to a concert or a ballgame, are actual things. But you’re not watching because you’re busy trying to record it so you can tell your friends about it and put it on YouTube. It’s totally meaningless.”

Religion: His parents’ deaths put him off religion “fairly early on in a real quick way”, he says. “That was pretty much it for me. I don’t get the mystery of faith. I’m too much of a math guy. The numbers didn’t add up so I was like, ‘OK, moving on.’ I don’t need an afterlife; I don’t need a second act.”

His career post-Mad Men: “I’m not struggling, but that presents another set of difficulties: you don’t know if a project’s going to be good or be bad. There are a lot of things I wanted which have gone to other people.” For example? “Ridley Scott’s new film The Martian. It should be amazing, it’s a beautiful script and I was like, ‘I’d like to do that’. They were, like, ‘ . . . it’s not for you’. It’s going to be Matt Damon.”

Reality shows (UK): “The Only Way is Essex and Geordie Shore point a camera at awful people and then get them drunk and shake the box. They’re supposed to make you feel better as a person by showing an example of a more terrible person so you can sit above them and say, ‘Well, at least I’m not that person.’”

He’s okay with reality shows about actual talent: “All of those, The Amazing Race, Britain’s Got Talent and Project Runway are showcasing people who have talent. I don’t watch them, because I find them manipulative, but I do appreciate that at the end of Top Chef, a guy who was plugging away in some kitchen in Pittsburgh gets a shot at opening his own restaurant.”

Fame: “I’ve seen it. I know Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio. I wouldn’t trade my life for theirs. It’s horrible. You can’t go anywhere; you can’t do anything. Matt’s actually got the right balance and George has a pretty good life too. Don’t get me wrong. I’m just saying that they have this double-edged sword that you really can’t control.”

[From The Irish Independent]

It kind of bothers me that Jon Hamm can get away with talking about what films he really wanted to get and who has a sucky life because they’re famous. If a woman was saying these things, she would be blasted by many people, at least that’s what I believe. Plus, there’s an element of “get off my lawn, whippersnappers!” to Hamm’s refusal to accept social media and reality shows as the new normal. Granted, I think there’s a lot about Selfie Culture that’s stupid, and granted, I don’t watch most reality shows either. So I’m not sure what my point is except that Hamm needs to be my curmudgeon boyfriend. Yes, that’s my point.

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Gwyneth Paltrow deigns to teach peasants the proper way to make a bed

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Here are some photos of Gwyneth Paltrow at Friday evening’s Stand Up To Cancer event. Gwyneth executive-produced this year’s telecast, which was broadcast on all four networks on Friday. I didn’t watch it, but it’s a good cause and a lot of celebrities participated, including: Jon Hamm, Reese Witherspoon, Pierce Brosnan, Danny McBride, Mike Meyers and many, many more. You can read more about the fundraiser here.

As some of you mentioned in Friday’s Gwyneth post, Goop has signed on to a new film. Well, sort of. The film is called Secret In Their Eyes and it’s a remake of a popular Argentinian movie which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2010. Gwyneth has apparently taken a supporting role in the film. Guess who will play the lead? Julia Roberts!! OMG. It will be smug on all sides. It will be the battle of “who annoys you the most?” I actually get annoyed by Julia and Gwyneth in different ways – I can generally sit through Julia’s films and enjoy her as an actress, I just can’t stand her Julia shtick in real life. Gwyneth annoys me on-screen these days though, and as for how she is in real life… well, obviously, she’s a painful elitist, but I tend to think Julia is the bigger pain in the tuchus. The worst part of this whole story? Julia and Gwyneth get to work with the impossibly brilliant Chiwetel Ejiofor. Damn it!

And finally, Gwyneth’s latest Goop-letter is all about beds, bedding, relaxation and sleepy time. You can read her Goop-letter here. People are making fun of her because she actually writes up a step-by-step tutorial on how to make one’s bed. It is simply the ONLY way to make one’s bed if one if a high-class princess, I suppose. Except that she made no mention of hospital corners, which is the way my mom always taught me to use when making the bed. I still make hospital corners because I tend to thrash around until I’m comfortable and unless the flat sheet is properly tucked in, everything is in disarray. I suspect that makes me a peasant failure. You know what else makes me a peasant? During the summer months, I sleep on top of the covers. Like, my bed is made and I just sleep on top of everything, with a light throw in case I get cold. I wonder what Goop would say about that?

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Highest Paid TV Actors of 2014: Where Do Kaley Cuoco and Her Co-Stars Rank?

TV Guide has published its annual list television’s highest-paid actors, and there are some serious shake-ups in the 2014 pecking order.

For one thing, the number 1,2, and 3 spots all belong to Big Bang Theory cast mates.

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The former Tool Man’s return to television has netted him some big bucks. Allen receives an estimated $250,000 an episode for Last Man Standing.

Yes, as you may have heard, Kaley Cuoco and her co-stars signed $90 million contracts after protracted negotiations, making them the most well-compensated cast on the small screen by a fairly wide margin.

Kaley and the Geek Squad (as Charlie Sheen dubbed them when he was the brightest star in the CBS galaxy) will pull an estimated $1 million an episode for the next three years, and will also enjoy an undisclosed portion of the show’s profits.

Industry insiders say the TBBT actors may be the last stars to receive such astonishing paydays due to audience fragmentation brought about by cable and streaming services, as well as “cast churning” (the practice of frequently dispatching series regulars, say with a Valyrian steel blade).

The trend of lower salaries for TV’s biggest names can already be seen in this year’s list. The Big Bang deal made headlines in large part because it’s so unheard of nowadays.

TV’s highest-paid dramatic actor – Mark Harmon of CBS’ NCIS – pulled in a paltry-by-comparison $525,000 per episode. Compare that  to 2007 when James Gandolfini – a cable star, no less – pulled in over $1 million an episode for The Sopranos.

But in 2014, for the second year in a row, CBS paid its stars the most, with Two and a Half Men stars Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer rounding out the top five.

So while Netflix and HBO may be on the rise, “America’s most watched network” is still the place to make the bigbest bucks…for now.

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The trailer for Jon Stewart’s directorial debut, Rosewater, made CB cry. [Pajiba]
Liam Hemsworth is looking hot these days. [LaineyGossip]
Coco is always elegant. [Dlisted]
What’s going on with Josh Duhamel’s hair? [A Socialite Life]
GFY’s worst-dressed of the Emmys. [Go Fug Yourself]
This story is really disturbing. [Starcasm]
Jon Hamm never wanted to play Doctor Strange. [Evil Beet]
Bryan Singer is still being investigated. [CDAN]
Zach Galifianakis & Louis C.K. are working on a TV show about clowns. [The Blemish]
Ben Affleck goes to the gas station a lot. [Buzzfeed]
Kristin Cavallari looks good in a blue dress. [Celebslam]
Mila Kunis hides her face but not her bump. [Popoholic]
Nicole Richie launches her new QVC collection. [I'm Not Obsessed]
Mike Meyers has beautiful children. [Celebrity Baby Scoop]

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Here’s your daily dose of celebrity news and gossip, brought to you by Lady Gaga!

  • OMG: V. Stiviano now claims she was Donald Sterlings’s beard in new legal papers she filed in her lawsuit. When will the madness end? (D Listed)
  • Does Prince Harry’s new girlfriend bear a striking resemblance to his sister-in-law, Kate Middleton? I think so! (OK! Magazine)
  • Ryan Seacrest is enjoying some fun in the sun with his new girlfriend. (Moe Jackson)
  • Why is Janet Jackson banned from the Super Bowl after “nipplegate” but not Justin Timberlake? (Lainey Gossip)
  • Do you need to take kleenex to the theater for ‘If I Stay’? (HuffPost Celebrity)
  • Pick your favorite shirtless star. TGIF! (PopSugar)
  • Mark Wahlberg made the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge a family affair. (Celebrity Baby Scoop)
  • Hmmm… Rihanna looked very interested in Chris Brown as she sat courtside at the charity basketball game he played in. Karrueche Tran may need to watch out. (TMZ)
  • Kim Kardashian donates most of her “charity” proceeds to herself. She’s a charity case? (Evil Beet Gossip)
  • Is Kim Kardashian producing a new reality TV show as ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ sinks? (Celeb Dirty Laundry)
  • OUCH: the Dominican Republic bans Miley Cyrus! (PopCrush)
  • Some ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ never fulfilled their promise to donate money to the struggling Detroit Public Schools Foundation. Now you have a chance to help right their wrong. Every little bit helps! (Reality Tea)
  • Ali Larter rocks her baby bump in a bikini. (Celebrity Babies – People)
  • Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan take the Ice Bucket Challenge together! (Babyrazzi)
  • ‘Mad Men’ star Jon Hamm is rocking the scruffy look. (ICYDK)
  • Many of us can feel this dog’s pain when the alarm clock goes off- LOL. (Celebuzz)
  • Is Gwyneth Paltrow stuck in a rut where she can’t do anything right? (Celebslam)
  • Uh-oh: did Justin Theroux and Liv Tyler get a little too friendly on and off the set of ‘The Leftovers’? (Celebitchy)
  • Did Jay Z’s alleged mistress diss Beyonce in Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ video? (Bossip)

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“Pete Wentz totally named his newborn son Saint Lazslo” links

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Pete Wentz & Meagan Camper totally named their newborn son Saint Lazslo Wentz. A baby named Saint Lazslo? Sigh. [Celebrity Baby Scoop]
Sam Smith thinks Grindr is ruining dating. He came out at some point too & he’s going to be at the MTV VMAs on Sunday. [A Socialite Life]
Rihanna & Chris Brown were at the same event, ugh. [LaineyGossip]
Papa Joe Simpson is a (p)leather daddy. [Dlisted]
Tom Hardy/Bane photobombed a wedding. [Pajiba]
Bellamy Young’s dress is confusing. [Go Fug Yourself]
Farrah Abraham is making lots of money as a stripper. [The Blemish]
Taylor Swift loves some awards shows. [Buzzfeed]
Katrina Bowden is so pretty. [Moe Jackson]
Selena Gomez looks depressed about Justin Bieber. [Popoholic]
Recap of Atlanta Exes. [Reality Tea]
Jon Hamm’s got some salt & pepper in his beard. [ICYDK]
Pamela Anderson slams the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. [Wonderwall]
Something about Katy Perry’s boobs. [IDLY]

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Jon Hamm: Ryan Reynolds only got ‘Green Lantern’ after I turned it down repeatedly

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Jon Hamm’s GQ UK cover came out more than a week ago, so MY BAD about not covering it before now. I saw it last week but the only quotes I could find were slightly boring. The Hamm is no longer bitching about Kim Kardashian constantly in interviews, which is sad because those made for some great stories, plus back-and-forth with Jonathan Cheban, who is not a Mad Men fan. But then I came across some additional quotes from this interview over the weekend, and I kind of wonder if Jon is being a bit rude and breaking one of the cardinal rules in Hollywood: never discuss the films you passed on.

His post-Mad Men career: “There’s no road map for this. You look at someone like Matthew McConaughey – ten years ago, you wouldn’t have said he’s going to be an Oscar-winning actor, you know? The guy from Failure To Launch? You’d have been laughed out of the room. You look at a person’s success like that and think: God speed. And hope you’re given the opportunity. It’s hard because Hollywood is a lot of things, but it’s not the biggest risk taker.”

Becoming a star in his late 30s: “Flick through the TV guide in the Nineties – I auditioned for every one of those shows. It wasn’t just my looks. My energy wasn’t right. You know, [affects hyperactive teen voice] ‘Hey guys! I think there’s been a murder! And have you seen there’s a dance?’ It wasn’t me. I had to grow into being hireable. People said to me, just wait until you’re 40. I was like, 40?”

He turned down Green Lantern: “They came after me pretty hard for ‘Green Lantern’. But I was like, ‘Meh, that’s not what I want to do.’ Never say never, but these aren’t the kind of movies I like to go and see. They don’t make the kind of movies I like to see anymore.”

Women come up to him, wanting to make out: “I can literally be walking through Central Park and every third person will be like, ‘Can I have a kiss?’ No! Absolutely not! And Jennifer [Westfeldt, Hamm's long-term partner] will be right there! It doesn’t make you feel good. I’m like: how were you raised?”

Losing his mom when he was just a kid: ”I remember watching my father and my grandmother and grandfather completely lose their s–t. ‘These people who were usually so composed, so put together, so adult. I just remember thinking, ‘This can’t be good.’ It was very fast. It was incredibly hard to watch. Life really does a number on you. I watched my mum shrivel up, and at 35. She was this incredibly healthy, beautiful woman and by the time she died she weighed 80lb and looked like she was 70.”

On losing his father at the age of 20: “It just changed everything. It was just a profound sense of being alone. And that lasted a while. I was in college, and I had to start over again. It was definitely a moment. I was at a crossroads. It really could have gone the wrong way.”

[From GQ UK, additional quotes via Dalje]

That’s rough news for Ryan Reynolds. I mean, I guess we knew that Ryan was one of several actors in contention for Green Lantern, but no other actor has ever come out and said, “Well, they really wanted me and they only went to Ryan after I turned them down. Repeatedly.” Does it matter that Jon’s instincts were good, that The Green Lantern movie was a crapfest that Ryan is still trying to crawl out of?

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Liv Tyler finds Justin Theroux’s giant bulge ‘distracting’, wants to kill Orly Bloom

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I’ve heard mixed things about the new HBO show The Leftovers. It’s not like I’m looking for something to criticize either – I haven’t watched any of it because I canceled HBO as soon as Game of Thrones was over. I just don’t think HBO has some massive hit on their hands with The Leftovers, and it’s not some cultural-touchstone show. And I don’t think it has much to do with Justin Theroux or Liv Tyler, the two most major stars of the show. I think it has a lot to do with creator/writer Damon Lindelof and his limited bag of tricks.

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about how weird it is that Justin did barely any advanced promotion ahead of the premiere, and I completely missed the fact that Liv Tyler basically did NO promotion. But two nights ago she was on Watch What Happens Live and she talked about Justin’s bulge (#neverforget), whether she would ever pose for Playboy and what she dislikes about her dad. Some highlights:

Liv on Theroux’s bulge: “There was this scene where he was jogging. And there was quite a large bulge in his sweatpants, and it was all over. I get distracted when I watch the pilot, definitely. I’m like, ‘Can’t help but look there.’ But I’ve never noticed the bulge other times.”

Marry, shag and kill. “Marry Justin Theroux, shag Ben Affleck and kill Orlando Bloom.”

Whether she would ever pose for Playboy: “I don’t know, my mom’s body was so beautiful. I’m a little too shy to be naked. I’m kind of into wearing panties. I would do it if I could have something covering my something.”

The best & worst parts of Steven Tyler. “The worst is that he likes to ride in limousines, and I get really embarrassed. The best is his smell. I love the way he smells, he smells really good.”

[From Us Weekly & E! News]

Those photos of Justin Theroux’s bulge were pretty Hamm-Dong-tastic, so I would imagine that the bulge in motion (running!) would be… disconcerting. Distracting. Did the director just not notice? Or was the bulge some kind of strategic marketing technique? Also: she wants to marry Justin, shag Affleck and kill Orly?! How does that make any sense? You need to kill the Batfleck. Then marry Orly and shag Justin probably.

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Kacy Catanzaro OWNS American Ninja Warrior, Becomes First Female to Advance to Finals

Here she comes, Mount Midoriyama.

In a dominating performance that left Twitter buzzing last night, Kacy Catanzaro became the first woman ever to qualify for the final round of NBC’s obstacle course competition, American Ninja Warrior. 

The New Jersey native and Towson University alum (who weighs a mere 100 pounds) blew through each challenge and accomplished something that many Olympians and Army veterans have failed to do.

Kacy Catanzaro Owns American Ninja Warrior


Yes, Kacy Catanzaro, we’re very entertained by your American Ninja Warrior prowess.

“I’ve seen greatness during my NFL career,” said America Ninja Warrior host and former Oakland Raiders defensive end Akbar Gbaja-Biamila. “And I’ve been in awe of people. But I am really in awe of Kacy.”

Catanzaro was named NCAA’s Southeast Regional Gymnast of the Year in 2012.

She will now head to Las Vegas to compete for $500,000 and the title of American Ninja Warrior.

Watch her entire, amazing race below and prepare for your mouth to drop in awe:

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Benedict Cumberbatch & Tom Hardy are leading contenders for Doctor Strange

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While Marvel still recovers from the clusterwhoops surrounding the Ant-Man project, there’s some new information about the long-gestating Doctor Strange film. Marvel is usually pretty organized, and they have all of these phases and charts and such to show when they want to make individual superhero films, so I guess Doctor Strange is going to be one of the next phases. The rumors have been swirling for a while – more than a year, at least. Benedict Cumberbatch was an early favorite, but then he seemed to get pushed aside for Johnny “Scarves A Lot” Depp. Then Jon Hamm was in the mix too. I think Scarfy Depp fell from grace once Marvel realized A) how expensive he would be and B) people don’t care that much about Scarfy nowadays. So, Marvel is rebooting their search. And it’s a bloke-ish/posh search.

Here’s some hot superhero dish to take into the weekend. There are reports tonight that Peyton Reed and David Wain are being considered for Ant-Man, but man, we are progressing down the comedy director food chain, and this is starting to feel stale. So how about Doctor Strange?

Marvel is putting together its cast list, and I’m hearing that Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch are on it. While Marvel has teased this property with mentions in films including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the film solidified and felt urgent when Scott Derrickson tweeted this week that he will direct the script by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer.

The character has been around since the early 1960s, during that crazy period where just about all the spandex-clad heroes in all the Hollywood blockbusters were hatched at Marvel Comics headquarters (that might be a movie). Stan Lee and Steve Ditko created the character in 1963 as a neurosurgeon who serves as the Sorcerer Supreme, protecting Earth against magical and mystical threats with powers of sorcery, mysticism, and martial arts. Marvel’s Kevin Feige is producing.

These two guys aren’t the only ones in the mix, but let’s face it, they are both poised to become major stars. Hardy, by way of playing Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, is closer… Both of them have been lining up movies left and right, so scheduling might be an issue. We’ll see who Marvel ultimately lands, but it’s hard to go wrong either way here if one of these guys get the job.

[From Deadline]

Just on looks alone, I’ve always thought Benedict would make an interesting Doctor Strange. The issue might be facial hair? Doctor Strange has a thick goatee, and Benedict… well, his beard is super-wispy. Tom Hardy can grow a beard, but it comes in sort of patchy and ginger. Quite honestly though, I would be happy to see either actor join the Marvel team. Both men are excellent choices. It sounds like Marvel is more into Hardy, but I think the fans would probably be more into Cumby. Tom and Benedict are friends too – they’ve worked together a few times and they share a trainer (Peanut was Tom’s trainer first, but Tom recommended him to Benedict).

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