Benedict Cumberbatch on Sophie: ‘I’m really, really happy & I’m happy to say it’

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Wow, I knew Benedict Cumberbatch would be featured in the December issue of Vogue (the Amy Adams cover), but I figured it would be a small write-up about The Imitation Game, maybe one decent photo. Well, Vogue gave Bendy Otter the big Vogue treatment, with a lengthy interview and a special photoshoot. The Mario Testino photo that Vogue used features that f—king little hat though. #VogueFail. Anyway, you can read Benedict’s full Vogue interview here. Some highlights:

He loves being an actor: “I really, really love my job. I love sets. I love crews. I love theaters. I love audiences.”

He runs through Hampstead Heath: “I just love the look of the trees and the smell of the wood smoke.”

The Bletchley Park cryptanalysts: “We’re like the Avengers.”

Alan Turing: “The algorithms Alan used during the war are still used in Google’s search engine. I felt a responsibility to show him properly. Alan’s face should be on the back of banknotes like Darwin and Newton. It should be on the front of history textbooks and science books.”

He says it was “bliss” hanging out with Johnny Depp on ‘Black Mass’: “We rolled cigarettes and sat around and talked and talked and talked. He’s a friend now. Which is an amazing thing to think about.”

His obsessed fans: He finds such adulation enjoyable (“I’m tickled pink”) and occasionally daft. Some fans ask him to sign pictures of otters, an animal he’s said to resemble—“It’s a great disservice,” he says dryly, “to a wonderful woodland amphibious creature.” Others simply melt in his presence. “I have boyfriends coming up to say, ‘My girlfriend is obsessed with you,’ and I say, ‘I’m so sorry.’ ” He laughs in delighted commiseration.

He will do Sherlock forever: “If we can keep the quality up. I can’t imagine that I will ever get tired of being Sherlock. I’d love to play him as an old man.”

Playing Billy Bulger in Black Mass: “Billy’s a Bostonian and that’s a really tricky accent to do. The whole milieu of that film was alien to me, which is what was attractive about it. It was a big challenge.”

Playing Hamlet: “You lean into him not because you want to take care of the poor guy or because he’s an oversharing drip. He pulls you in because he’s very entertaining and has a great sense of humor. He’s very witty. The best Hamlets I’ve seen have been, without a doubt, the funniest.”

The Sophie Hunter part: They’ve been in a relationship for the past few months, not quite as secretly as they might have hoped. The papers published photos of them sitting at the French Open and walking in Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden—“Everyone now is a pap,” he says, shaking his head. Although his romance with Hunter will doubtless break some teenage hearts, most of his fans should be relieved that their idol, whom they adore for his intelligence and complexity, is involved with someone worthy of their fantasies of him. “I’m really, really happy,” he says of the relationship, “and I’m happy to say it.” He gives a smile so shy that I believe him absolutely.

The fame: “I sometimes worry about the currency surrounding the furor—the Internet, the teens. I’m careful that it doesn’t obscure other things that I care about. When somebody says that I’m perfect for a role because it will get an audience, that immediately makes me cold on it…The adoration thing is amazing but it won’t carry on forever, and I want my work to carry on forever”—he stops, laughing at such grandiosity. “Or at least for the next 40 years.”

[From Vogue]

The interview took place in London, and Benedict was day-drinking Bloody Marys throughout. Vogue also notes that he ate salt-and-pepper pork belly. God… that sounds like a really good meal! Pork belly (it’s like bacon only it’s somehow better!) and Bloody Marys? With Benedict? Damn. But the idea of him rolling cigarettes with Johnny Depp… hm… that’s odd. But at least he made a new friend, I guess. I hope he enjoyed Boston.

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13 Dogs Included in Engagement Photos: For Better or For Worse?

A few months ago, we posted a gallery of 13 ridiculous engagement photos that will make you glad you’re single.

Below, meanwhile, we’ve published a gallery of 13 engagement photos that prominently feature dogs in them and they may make you glad you’re not a pet owner.

Or they may make you rush out and purchase a puppy as soon as humanly possible.

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I’m happy for you two and all, but don’t you wanna go for a walk instead of take pictures?

Do you find it adorable that these newly betrothed couples have chosen to announce their status with photos that include their pets?

Or do you find it sort of cheesy and nauseating? Especially when a dog is in the middle of a bowel movement in one of the images? (No, really. He is.)

Click around the slideshow above and sound off: Too cute? Or trying too hard?

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Kim Kardashian Paper Magazine Pics Gave Ray J A Big Payday

kim kardashian instagram paper magazine coverPaper magazine and Kim Kardashian weren’t the only ones to profit off the racy pics she took for the magazine. Kim’s sex tape partner, Ray J, also profited from the pictures via increased sales of their “adult video.” RELATED: Are Kim Kardashian’s Paper magazine photos classy or trashy?

Vivid Entertainment president Steve Hirsch told TMZ that the most recent spike of sales made the Kim Kardashian – Ray J sex tape the biggest seller of all. Previously the honors went to Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee.

Ray J typically earns about $90K every three months off the tape, but he made $50K in the last WEEK alone since Kim’s attempt to #BreakTheInternet.

There’s one consolation for Kim: she also must’ve seen a major pay increase, since she earns money off the tape as well.

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Solange Knowles Is Married!

The 2014 CFDA Fashion AwardsIt was a big weekend for Solange Knowles in New Orleans. She tied the knot! Solange married Alan Ferguson in the Big Easy yesterday. RELATED: Solange Knowles opens up about the elevator scuffle with Jay Z (kinda).

I don’t have the right to the pictures, but People has some posted. Solange and Alan wore an interesting set of his-and-hers white suits before the ceremony. It’s not clear if they changed before the ceremony or not. An onlooker said they looked:

Beaming. Calm. They looked pretty calm, relaxed on their wedding day. Definitely happy.”

Beyonce, Jay Z and Blue Ivy attended the nuptials, along with Tina Knowles and Solange’s 10-year-old son Daniel Julez. Alan is a respected music video director. Congratulations to Solange and Alan!

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Anjelica Huston ‘thought nothing’ of catching Roman Polanski & his victim

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Angelica Huston is promoting her new memoir, Watch Me. She’s already released some excerpts about her disastrous relationship and breakup with Jack Nicholson. Anjelica admitted to repeatedly punching Jack upon their final breakup. A lot of you commented about Anjelica’s association with Roman Polanski back in the day. Specifically, Anjelica was at Jack Nicholson’s mansion the night that Roman drugged and raped 13-year-old Samantha Geimer (nee Gailey).

We know from Samantha’s memoirs that Roman took plenty of photos of her. One of those photos made the cover of Samantha’s book. Samantha also revealed that Roman stopped to chat with Anjelica after the incident. Now Anjelica acknowledges in her own memoir that this moment did happen. She says that she “thought nothing” of the situation because Samantha looked older than her true age. Huh. Here are more excerpts from the Sunday Times (via The Independent):

Anjelica Huston said she ‘thought nothing’ of the moment she caught director Roman Polanski with a 13-year-old girl at Jack Nicholson’s home.

The Oscar-winning actress has revealed details about walking into the house where Polanski and his under-age lover were together in 1977.

Huston said she arrived home to Nicholson’s house, who she was dating at the time, to find the director’s jacket and cameras in the kitchen.

In an extract from her memoir published in the Sunday Times Magazine, she said: “A short while later, Roman and a girl came around the corner, he introduced me to her and said they had been taking pictures.

“She was wearing platform heels and appeared to be quite tall. Roman collected his jacket and cameras, and they left together. I thought no more of it,” she said.

Huston, 63, said she did not give the encounter a second thought until plain-clothed detectives raided her home the next day.

She said: “They followed me upstairs and I showed them some grass in a drawer. At that point they went through my bag, where they found a gram of cocaine. That seemed enough evidence for them. Roman and I were bundled into the back of two separate police cars. We were under arrest.”

She added: “After that there were newspaper articles, photos, repercussions. Roman was charged with the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl at Jack’s house.”

Oscar winner Polanski has continued to make films and work with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. But he has not stepped foot on American soil since he fled in 1978 as he is still wanted by the US authorities.

[From Independent]

It’s hard to believe that Anjelica didn’t mentally question Samantha’s presence. She was wearing very high heels and looked tall, so it was okay? The whole case still gives me the heebies. Years ago in Roman’s probation report for the case, Anjelica described Samantha as “sullen” and went on to say this: “She appeared to be one of those kind of little chicks between — could be any age up to 25. She did not look like a 13-year-old scared little thing. She seemed quite tall to me. She seemed pretty well developed girl. I would have not thought she was 13.” In practically the same breath, Huston said of Polanski, “I don’t think he’s a bad man. I think he’s an unhappy man.” Anjelica is doing herself no favors with these new memoir excerpts. She’s capitalizing on a sordid and traumatizing event for Polanski’s victim, and she’s defending him yet again.

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Solange Knowles’ bridal look: an amazing Stephane Rolland caped jumpsuit?!

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YES. Solange Knowles wore jumpsuit for part of weekend wedding. AND A CAPE. Girl, that is SO MUCH YES. Last week, there was a rumor going around that Solange and her long-time love Alan Ferguson were going to get hitched in NOLA, and lo and behold, it came to pass. These are actually photos from outside their wedding, which took place at the Marigny Opera House. Two hundred friends and family came out to celebrate Solange and Alan, including Solange’s mom Tina Knowles and Solange’s sister Beyonce. Jay-Z was not at any of the pre-wedding festivities, but he did get an invite to the wedding. Just as well. I wonder if he let the bride smack him a few times for good luck. Just FYI: at first I thought these photos were Solange’s actual wedding look, but it turns out she wore an actual wedding gown with a cape for the ceremony – go here to Vogue to see.

She’s a married woman! Solange Knowles tied the knot with video director Alan Ferguson in New Orleans on Sunday in front of about 200 family and friends, PEOPLE confirms.

The happy couple said “I do” at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans. Around 2 p.m., the pair arrived via white-painted vintage bicycles, and it was all about the details: The bride’s basket held flowers!

“Beaming. Calm. They looked pretty calm, relaxed on their wedding day,” one onlooker tells PEOPLE. “Definitely happy.”

As for their arrival attire, the bride rocked a cream pantsuit with a cape and plunging V-neck (accenting her look with a red lip) by Stéphane Rolland, while the groom matched in a white suit sans tie. Meanwhile, big sis Beyoncé pulled up about 15 minutes later in a black SUV, with husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy in tow. Mom Tina Knowles, son Daniel Julez and singer Janelle Monae also attended.

Ahead of their nuptials, the newlyweds celebrated with an intimate pre-wedding bash Friday at NOLA’s Indywood Cinema, which Hayley Sampson, the theater’s co-owner, told PEOPLE, “was pretty adorable.”

“Luckily, I dated all of the losers ages ago,” she told Harper’s Bazaar earlier this year. “My love life has been stable for a while. It’s a f–cked up thing … without conflict it’s a lot harder to write interesting songs.”

In June, the two went on a romantic getaway to Jamaica, where the singer celebrated her 28th birthday. Ferguson, 51, has directed videos for Katy Perry and John Legend, and won a BET Award for Best Video Director for co-directing Beyoncé’s “Party” and “Dance for You” music videos. This is the second marriage for the private star, who had Daniel Julez, 10, with ex-husband Daniel Smith.

[From People]

Whoa, Alan is 51? Wow. Solange is only 28. I bet Alan gives her a lot of stability? Probably. Anyway, I think Solange looked amazing in this Stephane Rolland jumpsuit and cape. It’s such an amazing choice for a weekend wedding. I wish more brides wore pants!!!

What else? The pre-wedding festivities included a private screening of Mahogany (starring Diana Ross). As I said, only Beyonce seemed to attend that – Jay and Blue were either not invited or Jay chose to go.

PS… I love the wedding bikes too!!! They didn’t do the limo thing.

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Khloe Kardashian Her View Of Kim Kardashian’s Paper Magazine Cover

The Hairfinity Launch PartyReality TV personality Kim Kardahian’s Paper magazine pictures may not have actually broken the internet (#BreakTheInternet), but there’s no question we’re ALL talking about them- LOL. Khloe Kardashian spoke out about the pictures when she was asked. RELATED: Are Kim Kardashian’s Paper magazine photos classy or trashy?

Khloe told E! News:

You know what? If you’ve got it, flaunt it. I think Kim has an amazing body, she looks incredible. To each their own.
“The thing that I love about Kim, Kim and Kanye, they do things together, like that’s something they both agreed to do as a couple—even though it was just Kim—but they discuss it and they both think it’s art and it’s cool, and that’s their thing.
“I think Kim looks great and if you have the confidence to do that, more power to you. And people just, I think, went so hard on her during her pregnancy that I think it’s almost that she feels so liberated to show everyone, like, ‘Look how bomb I look.’ And she does, she looks great.”

That’s one thing about Khloe: she protects and supports the fam! RELATED: Did Khloe Kardashian go too far with her KKK joke?

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Oprah & Diane Von Furstenberg Oprah Chats With DVF In O Magazine!

OPR120114_166_166_166_167_168Have you picked up the December issue of O magazine? Granted, a decent percentage of her Favorite Things List is as out-of-reach as Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP Gift List, but there are some great gift ideas. There’s also a great interview! Oprah sat down for a chat with Diane von Furstenberg.

Here are some excerpts from Oprah and DVF’s chat.

Diane von Furstenberg on what she is the proudest of:
“My children. And the great relationship I have with me. That is my biggest source of pleasure. I trust myself, I respect myself, I know I am a good girl. I know I can rely on myself. I like my own company. I’m funny. I talk to myself and have a good time.”

On never thinking of herself as beautiful, but knowing she’s seductive:
“I don’t think it’s nice to think you’re beautiful. You end up counting too much on it. I had to count on my personality. And my legs.”

On marrying a European prince and how the life of a princess was not everything she imagined:
“I never had time to imagine. Soon there was a scandalous story about us in magazine, and on the cover was a beautiful picture of the two of us and our apartment, and it said, “The couple that has everything – but is everything enough?” I read this article and saw the pictures – I looked at us, and I didn’t like what I saw. I thought, ‘I can’t take responsibility for us as a couple, I can only take responsibility for me.’ I felt then that we would have to separate.”

The story of how she proposed to her husband of 13 years, Barry Diller:
“One year I didn’t know what to give him for his birthday, and I called him and said, ‘You know, if you want, for your birthday I’ll marry you.’ And he said, ‘Let me see if I can arrange it.’ It’s what he always says, and he always arranges it. A week later we married at city hall, and he gave me – this is so Barry – he gave me 26 wedding rings, for the 26 years we had not been married.”

OMG: 26 rings, how romantic is that? You can read DVF’s entire interview in the December issue of O magazine, which is on newsstands right now!

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Kim Kardashian Are Her Paper Magazine Photos Classy Or Trashy?

kim kardashian instagram paper magazine coverIt’s not really a surprise to hear that Kim Kardashian likes her Paper magazine photos. I mean, she posed for them. She didn’t have the same remorse she had over the W magazine cover (where she posed in the nude but covered in body paint). People close to her are saying she is proud of these photos. RELATED: Kim Kardashian cries over W Magazine cover.

Sources tell Radar Online Kim doesn’t care about the criticism coming her way over the pictures.

Kim really loves the photos! She thinks that they are super classy and she loves the way her body looks.”

Have you heard the perspective that Kim’s Paper magazine photos are based on old racist imagery? It really makes you think about things. But you know, I understand the perspective of saying these photos are art. We in the US are rather prudish about the naked body. Nude pictures can be very tasteful. Yet… yet… how artistic is it to slather a body with oil and photograph it? Or balance a champagne glass on a butt? I’ve gotta ask what you think about these pics ;).

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June Shannon on Mark McDaniel: ‘I didn’t know how sickly he was. He’s got leukemia’

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Entertainment Tonight aired part one of their very special interview with June Shannon of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo last night. As we saw in yesterday’s preview, June continued to deny, downplay and lie about her relationship with the man convicted of molesting her oldest daughter, Anna, when Anna was 8 years old.

I have to hand it to ET’s Brooke Anderson, she really asked some hard-hitting questions and she followed up. Brooke asked the question a lot of people have wondered: was June abused herself and is that why she behaved so horribly toward her daughter? June admitted that her first sexual experience was at age 12, but she denied getting molested or abused. She also said that by the time she was 14 she was dating men in their 20s and 30s and that her mother knew about it. Brooke asked point blank if June’s very early sexual experiences made her less sensitive to what Anna went through at just eight. June struggled to find the right words, and it looked like she wanted to say “no,” but she didn’t say that. She said “I don’t think that my sexual experiences at a young age makes it anything different than what Anna went through.” Her wording was telling, but that could be due more to stupidity than her half-admitting that she was terrible to her own child. The ET anchors concluded that June remained in denial and that she was downplaying how her daughter was abused. June refused to look at the court papers detailing the abuse that occurred and she looked very angry at times. Here’s some of what she said.

“Do you believe your daughter was molested by Mark?”
After everything everybody’s told me and Anna’s told me, I do believe that, you know, something happened.

On if she’s read the court documents
I have not.

Asks June if she wants to see the court documents
I told Anna not to bring up the past again because I know it’s hard for Anna and it would be hard for me.

“Do you not want to know what she went through?”
She has told me what she went through. The reason I don’t want to [look at the court papers] is because it’s like reliving another memory.

On seeing Mark
Yes I saw this person twice. I didn’t know how sickly he was. He’s got leukemia, he’s got all this stuff on him, he’s got a rare blood disorder, he’s got all this.

On if they talk
We don’t.

“But we have pictures of you two together. I have pictures of you looking at a house”
Yes, but. No I’m not holding hands.

On if she’ll see Mark again, if she loves him.
No. No.

On Pumpkin’s father
I’ll be honest and tell you… Jessica and Pumpkin have the same dad, but Jessica’s dad has had nothing to do with her over the years. So why the hell would I open up that can of worms until today? It is Michael Anthony Ford. I have not had contact with him since ’99. Since then he was caught on To Catch a Predator. He’s doing time for sexual exploitation of minors until 2026.

“Have you ever been molested or abused?”
No

“When was your first sexual experience?”
12. With somebody I had went to school with. At my parent’s. I had no idea what it was.

On getting pregnant at 14.
I was dating men who were in their 20s, their 30s. My mom knew about it. I would kind of lie and say they were 21, 22. When me and Mark started dating I was 20 he was 38. There was [an] 18 years age difference.

“Do you think your very early sexual experiences made you less sensitive to how a man could harm your daughter?”
No because I think back then I was honestly just looking for the attention I wasn’t getting at home. I don’t think that my sexual experiences at a young age makes it anything different than what Anna went through.

“Do you think you became less sensitive though to your own daughter because you were having sex at age 12?”
You don’t think of somebody you’ve been with for five years would do anything like that honestly.

“But you believe your child over a man and you didn’t”
At first because I knew nothing about the situation up until almost two and a half years ago. I knew nothing. Nothing.

[Transcript from ET, aired 11-13-14]

Listen to how much sympathy this woman has toward her daughter’s molester compared to what she said about her own child. She never once said that she felt terrible, that the situation was horrible, that she wishes she never let that creep around her children or that she regrets handling it the way she did. She said that she thinks “something happened,” but that the poor man has leukemia and a blood disorder and “has got all this stuff on him.

In part two of the interview, airing tomorrow, ET will air the part where they ask June why she ignored what her daughter was going through. June claims that her mother kept her away from the court proceedings. Yet June didn’t want to see the court papers detailing her daughter’s abuse and she looked incredibly angry and resentful when Brooke asked her if she wanted to see them. This person is truly despicable. That’s all I have to say about her. I really can’t focus on it or I go into a rage.

As for whether June will lose custody of her three minor children for her relationship with a child molester, that’s probably unlikely. Radar Online reports that the CPS investigation is going nowhere, predictably. They claim that “Georgia social workers interviewed all three daughters… and came to the conclusion that no one was physically or emotionally harmed by McDaniel, 53.” The bright side is that the guy may not be long for this earth, and I know that is an awful thing to say but much worse things come to mind. Then again, he could be lying to June about his illnesses so that he can get closer to her kids.

Here are the two segments with June that aired on ET last night.








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