Joan Collins Talks About Being Raped

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collinsJoan Collins discusses being raped in a documentary called “Brave New World.” The 81-year-old actress wrote about the harrowing ordeal in her autobiography but this is the first time she has opened about it on camera, reports The New York Daily News.

The documentary is the brainchild of a former Israeli beauty queen named Linor Abargil who was raped at knifepoint six weeks before she was crowned Miss World in 1998.

Collins says in the film that she “was raped when I was 17 years old.”

The “Dynasty” star describes being drugged and raped when she was still a virgin. At the time she was an up and coming actress signed to a British film studio when the older Irish actor Maxwell Reed asked her out.

Collins says that Reed showed her pornographic magazines and then gave her a drink.

“The next thing I knew, I was out flat on the sofa in that living room and he was raping me,” she says. “And what he had given me was a drug. He had drugged my drink. It wasn’t my fault but I didn’t know, I went out with him.”

The 81-year-old actress explains that she naively went out with him again and again, eventually marrying him after he asked. “Well I better [marry him] because you know, he took my virginity,’ she says.

“I really hated him, but I was so filled with guilt, that he had done this thing to me.”

The actress then admitted. ‘It took a long time to be able to really trust any man.

Collins and Reed were married for four years before divorcing. He died in 1974. Collins went onto marry another five times. She has been married to Percy Gibson since 2002.

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De Niro Named Special Economic Envoy

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The prime minister of Antigua & Barbuda has appointed actor Robert De Niro as special economic envoy of the twin-island nation in the eastern Caribbean.

The administration of Gaston Browne said in a statement Saturday that the appointment comes after De Niro signed a memorandum of agreement on Friday for a $250 million hotel investment in Barbuda.

Officials said De Niro and Australian businessman James Packer will help renovate and expand a former five-star luxury resort that closed several years ago.

Browne said he expects the deal to be signed late next month and for construction to begin in the next 12 months.

He said De Niro will help attract more investment and American celebrities to Antigua & Barbuda as special economic envoy.

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Jake Gyllenhaal’s Startling ‘Southpaw’ Makeover

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j2Jake Gyllenhaal won fans for his dedication and commitment in losing 25 pounds to play the sociopathic nocturnal adrenaline junkie and camera man Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler. He’s remade himself in a whole different physical fashion to play a championship prize fighter next year in Southpaw, and I’m betting it will have Gyllenhaal in the conversation with past actors who’ve trained to turn in memorable ring performances, a list that includes Raging Bull’s Robert De Niro, The Boxer‘s Daniel Day-Lewis, The Fighter‘s Mark Wahlberg and The Hurricane’s Denzel Washington.

Here, Deadline exclusively reveals the first image of Gyllenhaal from the Antoine Fuqua-directed Kurt Sutter-scripted Southpaw; it is clear Gyllenhaal has turned himself into a jacked, ripped beast, gaining 15 pounds of pure muscle. Gyllenhaal plays Junior Middleweight Champion Billy “The Great” Hope, a lefty champ who loses everything in a personal tragedy and is forced to fight his way to redemption.

Gyllenhaal’s back-to-back shape-shifting in Nightcrawler and Southpaw seems the most radical since the weight shed that Matthew McConaughey went through going from Magic Mike to his Oscar-winning turn in Dallas Buyers Club and Emmy-nominated role in True Detective.

Gyllenhaal, who puts the Southpaw physique on display next year when The Weinstein Company releases the film, just received a Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor this past week for Nightcrawler.

When I interviewed Fuqua about his work with Denzel Washington in The Equalizer, he couldn’t hide his enthusiasm for how much he feels Gyllenhaal will change perception of himself as leading man (they’ve since agreed to re-team on The Man Who Made It Snow).

“I’m so pumped, man,” Fuqua said. “Jake is going to change how people see him. I had him training twice a day in the boxing ring, he did two-a-days seven days a week. I pretty much had him with me and my trainer every day. I took him to almost every fight. I had him train at Floyd Mayweather’s gym in Vegas and we watched Floyd’s fights, and the Manny Pacquiao fight. He trained in New York at Church Gym with real fighters. We literally turned him into a beast… Jake, my god, he’s a very electric, powerful fighter in this movie, and a guy who fights for his daughter. I’m confident that this will change how people see Jake, as a leading man.

“He sure has grown up. I love this guy. I met Jake years ago before he did End of Watch, and I saw something in him. I told him he needed to do more masculine films because I could see he had this power in him, and good size, and great expressive eyes. When I met him I said, ‘You’ve got to start doing that.’ And I watched him start. Working with him was a great experience because he’s so committed and gives his heart. You’re going to see in this movie, how far he has come. I asked this guy from day one, ‘I need you in the gym every day. I need you to train every day.’ And I said, ‘The word is sacrifice.’

“Literally. I think he broke up with his girlfriend because he was just in the gym every day,” Fuqua said. “He was training like a fighter. I had him sparring, really getting hit. I put him in situations where I wanted to see what he was made of. No one but fighters understand the sacrifice it takes to be a fighter.”

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Turmoil At ‘The View’ – Will Rosie Get Tossed

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Ratings are down at The View and cohosts Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg are playing the blame game.

“Rosie and Whoopi are blaming each other for the dip, and they got into it backstage,” a source told The National Enquirer.

“Rosie told Whoopi that she hogs too much camera time, and Whoopi said that she’ll speak her mind whenever she wants.” According to the source, “Then Rosie blasted: ‘I hate you!’”

With tensions rising, the source says producers could replace O’Donell with former View cohosts Joy Behar

“Their familiarity could be just the thing to generate some positive buzz,” said the spy.

“Now it looks like history will repeat itself and Rosie’s outta here!”

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Here’s a suggestion. Before you bring back 2 people who chose to leave, think about cancelling the show altogether. Really…it’s 11 in the morning, who’s watching anyway?

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Mickey Rourke Wins Boxing Fight Against Rival Half His Age

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mr2Mickey Rourke may have hung up his gloves 20 years ago, but in Moscow Friday night he proved his boxing mettle in an exhibition match where he beat a man more than half his age.

Rourke, 62, who was nominated for a best acting Oscar in 2009 for playing an aging sportsman making a comeback in The Wrestler, took on Elliot Seymour, a former California Golden Gloves champion 33 years his junior.

In a match at Moscow’s downtown Rossiya concert hall, the actor— who has been in intensive training in the Russian capital under the guidance of Mike Roach, a former coach for boxers Mike Tyson and Oscar De La Hoya — sent Seymour crashing to the canvas twice in the second round before the referee stopped the match.

Rourke was an amateur boxer before turning to acting and before finding Hollywood fame in Adrian Lyne’s 1986 erotic thriller Nine 1/2 Weeks. He did not explain why he wanted to get back in the ring, but organizers said that both competitors had been paid handsomely for the bout, thought they declined to give precise figures.

Russian television reported that Rourke remarked that boxing had “sort of saved me from myself.” The actor lost more than 33lbs for the fight, weighing in at 179.2lbs, the same as Seymou.r

Rourke courted controversy earlier this month when he was filmed purchasing a T-shirt in Moscow with an image Vladimir Putin and told Sky TV he considered the Russian president a “good guy.”

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The Jason Sudeikis Interview

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jasonAt a time when more Hollywood comedians are flaunting their loudness and lewdness, Jason Sudeikis’s rise to stardom seems remarkably understated and subdued.

Sure, there have been public romances with leading actresses (Sudeikis previously dated Mad Men’s January Jones and he is now happily ensconced with Olivia Wilde and their seven-month-old son Otis). But, unlike many of his peers, Sudeikis hasn’t had to apologise for politically incorrect rants that went viral, or launched a war on Twitter. He is never asked about any similarities between himself and the screwed-up characters he plays on screen – whether it’s a family man going off the rails in Hall Pass or a small-time drug dealer in We’re the Millers – for good reason.

Sudeikis, 39, is now one of the hottest properties in Hollywood, having featured in four films that have grossed more than $200m worldwide in the past six years. He possesses a boyish, goofy comedic appeal, his relaxed mien enhanced by the fact that he’s a late developer by Hollywood standards –he only acted in his first film in 2007. Sudeikis’s new film, Horrible Bosses 2, is hardly understated or subdued. Horrible Bosses was a 2011 black comedy in which a trio of bitter workers played by Sudeikis, Jason Bateman and Charlie Day murdered their tyrannical managers. Most of the starry supporting players return for the sequel – Jennifer Aniston as a sex-crazed dentist, Kevin Spacey as a psychopathic CEO and Jamie Foxx as the ex-con “murder consultant”. Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz is a millionaire business investor who steals the workers’ money.

The success of Horrible Bosses took Hollywood off-guard, tapping into audiences’ own experiences with micro-managing superiors in the workplace. But for the second film, Sudeikis says, they’ve cast a wider net and taken a look at economic inequality: “While we’re not preaching or trying to change anybody’s minds, they are a reflection of the times. It started out as comedic conceit/bar-banter between three pals getting so frustrated with their bosses that they killed them. Here the theme underlying it as a jumping point is the 99 per cent versus the one per cent.”

It’s ironic that a sequel made by a leading Hollywood studio (Warner Bros) would appear to have been partly inspired by the Occupy movement that rose to the fore only a few months after the release of Horrible Bosses. “In the film we say the American dream is made in China,” Sudeikis says. “That is a plight that goes on quite obviously when you look at the numbers and the division of the wealth.” He then backtracks, perhaps remembering the film is a comedy, not a civics lecture: “We’re not leaning too hard on it. We’re only a reflection of the conversations that are going on in much more interesting places like newspapers and CNN.”

While his new film crudely touches on those who have suffered economic hardship since the 2008 economic crash, Sudeikis himself has done rather well in the past decade. Born in Fairfax, Virginia, he moved to Kansas as a child and began doing improvised comedy in the Midwestern state. Following stints as a comedian in Chicago and Las Vegas, Sudeikis was hired in 2003 as a sketch writer on NBC’s revered comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live before graduating to becoming an onscreen SNL cast member in 2005, playing characters over the course of a decade from Howard Dean to Donald Trump.

Sudeikis was part of a generation of performers on SNL that included Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig and Tina Fey. “He was a rascal with a conscience,” recalls Rob Ackerman, who works as a propmaster on SNL. “He acts with a sense of boyish mischief – a good guy who is up to no good.”

Horrible Bosses 2 is Sudeikis’s first sequel and he insists it wasn’t inevitable. “We didn’t know we were [going to be] making a sequel while we were making the first one,” he says. “It wasn’t an automatic ‘yes’ from Charlie, Jason and I until we were able to agree on a script and a story.” Director Seth Gordon pulled out, citing scheduling reasons, to be replaced by co-writer Sean Anders.

Horrible Bosses 2 has been criticised by some reviewers for being racist and misogynistic. Sudeikis contends it personifies a heightened version of reality: “Each boss personifies a different element, whether we’re being put on our heels due to a woman’s frank sexuality or Jamie Foxx’s character and the way he deals with race… Christoph challenges us on class, status and wealth, Spacey challenges our masculinity. Each one is almost like the archetype for the Everyman which we divide by three people to go through.” He is proud of the film, even comparing its second act to Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven.

“While some people may just write it off as dumb, crude humour,” he says, “I think they are maybe in a position of criticising films because of a lack of imagination than to see what’s actually going on there.”

Sudeikis frequently works with Aniston. This is the third time that they’ve collaborated in recent times, I say. “I’m not allowed to do a movie without her,” he replies before correcting me: “It’s actually the fourth movie. We met in 2009 when I played a small character pining for her in a movie she did with Gerard Butler [The Bounty Hunter].” This time around, Aniston’s sexually voracious dentist wears a cock ring around her neck and she has said she was impressed that Sudeikis was the only person on set to notice the appendage. “I’ve never used one but I know what they look like,” he says.

Something that has generated much applause and comment was Sudeikis’s comic turn as incompetent sports coach Ted Lasso in promotional videos for NBC Sports’ coverage of Premier League football in the USA. The two spoof videos, in which Lasso, with a background in American football, was appointed manager of Tottenham Hotspur, and wondered why there were ties and no play-offs in the English league, averaged 6.5 million hits on YouTube. Footage was shot at White Hart Lane with members of the Spurs squad.

Sudeikis dreams of Ted Lasso getting his own series. “If I could snap my fingers, it would be a TV show like a six-episode series in England,” he says. “Spend a little time with this guy because clearly there’s an audience for it and people have been generous with their praise. It would be fun to play him for longer than four minutes.”

Next, Sudeikis is moving into more dramatic territory playing Larry Snyder, the coach of Jesse Owens, in Race, a biopic of the American athlete and hero of the 1936 Berlin Olympics. “It is by no means a comedy,” he notes. “Jeremy Irons and William Hurt are in it. Someone’s playing Hitler.” He pauses. “As far as it being a conscious choice, there’s an argument to be made that I’m not very funny to begin with so some people may think I’ve been doing drama the whole time!” He can say that line, secure in the knowledge that everybody in Hollywood will get the joke.

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North Korea Blasts James Franco And Seth Rogen

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jamesAhead of the film’s release, the secretive regime says the stars deserve “stern punishment”

North Korean government-controlled website Uriminzokkiri released a statement on Friday condemning The Interview, ahead of next month’s opening of the film by James Franco and Seth Rogen.

A statement, published under a pen name, denounces the film that depicts a farcical mission to assassinate Kim Jong Un, as an “evil act of provocation” that deserves “stern punishment.”

“The cheekiness to show this conspiracy movie, which is comprised of utter distortions of the truth and absurd imaginations, is an evil act of provocation against our highly dignified republic and an insult against our righteous people,” it says, going on to criticize the filmmakers.

“The trashy filmmakers, who, won over by a few dollars thrown to them by conspirators, have compromised the dignity and conscience of filmmaking and dared to produce and direct such a film. They must be subject to our stern punishment.”

The writer continues to pity the U.S. for trying to “threaten the authority” of the Stalinist state to little avail:

“How pitiful the U.S. is, desperately scrambling to tear down the authority of our republic that grows mightier by the day, with a shabby movie, now that no pressure or threat has worked.”

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Bollywood Actress, Veena Malik Sentenced To 26 Years In Jail

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bbAn actress was sentenced to 26 years in jail by a Pakistani anti-terrorism court for “malicious acts” of blasphemy, the U.K.s’ Independent reports.

Veena Malik, along with her husband Asad Bashir Khan Khattak and Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, the owner of the network that aired the “blasphemous” television program, have been given 104 years combined in prison by the Pakistani court.

The offending program aired several months ago and features a couple reenacting their wedding vows based on the marriage of the Prophet Mohammed’s daughter.

The judge asked for immediate arrest of Malik, her husband and Shakil-ur-Rahman who are reportedly living in the United Arab Emirates.

“26 years! Come on. 26 years is a lifetime…But I have faith in higher courts in Pakistan,” Malik said according to Gulf News.

“I have faced highs and lows in my life. But I am sure I haven’t done anything wrong.”

The court’s verdict will only be enforced in the city of Gilgit which is in shared control between the India-claimed Kashmir region and Pakistan.

The ruling will not be enforced in the rest of Pakistan as Gilgit is not considered a proper providence of Pakistan, the Independent reports.

The convicted parties were also ordered to pay a fine of 3 million rupees ($12,630) and surrender their passports.

The court case is the latest controversy surrounding the Bollywood actress.

In 2011, she caused a stir when she posed for risque pictures for Indian FHM.

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James Cameron On ‘Avatar’ Sequels: ‘You Will Shit Yourself’

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camAfter blowing past his Titanic budget by 100% and watching that become history’s highest-grossing film and then surpassing that budget and worldwide gross with Avatar, James Cameron routinely sets a high bar for himself. He’s not letting up with the three Avatar sequels he’s prepping in New Zealand, strangely predicting that viewers will experience Close Encounters Of The Turd Kind. Cameron told Empire magazine: “I can tell you one thing about them: They’re gonna be bitchin.’ You will shit yourself with your mouth wide open.”

Now that is quite an image, right there, but we’ll take it as affirmation he’s bullish on the trilogy. He wrote the three films with Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and Shane Salerno. The first comes in 2016. Fox had a great 2014, but with Independence Day and Avatar sequels slotted, there is a lot to look forward to, year after next.

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Burt Reynolds Auctioning Off Personal Items

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bertThe actor is selling vehicles, clothes and even his Golden Globe and Emmy awards

If you’ve always wanted to have a pair of leather chaps owned by actor Burt Reynolds, you could soon be in luck.

Hundreds of personal items belonging to the Deliverance star will be auctioned off at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas next month. Julien’s Live auction house is running the event.

The auction’s catalog, entitled Property From the Life and Career of Burt Reynolds, lists over 600 items, including such movie memorabilia as a jacket and shirt he wore in Smokey and the Bandit II, a football helmet from The Longest Yard and even a pair of monogrammed boots from 1996’s Striptease, for all those diehard Striptease fans out there.

Also on the block: several vehicles, a wide selection of artwork and sports collectibles and even a number of awards, including his 1991 best actor in a comedy Emmy for Evening Shade and 1998 best supporting actor Golden Globe for Boogie Nights. 

Reynolds, who underwent back surgery in 2009 and a quintuple bypass the following year, has been under financial duress of late, with the Associated Press reporting in 2011 that his Florida home was facing foreclosure. Earlier this year, he announced he is writing a memoir, set to be published by Putnam in fall 2015. He has also recently been teaching acting classes in Florida.

The auction takes places Dec. 11-12, and bidding can be done live and online.

And by the way, if you’re serious about those leather chaps, the starting bid is set at $100, and the price is estimated to reach between $200 and $300. Just something to think about.

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