Kaley Cuoco: Getting Breast Implants ‘The Best Thing’

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cvKaley Cuoco is in the February issue of Redbook talking about what its like to suddenly be a multimillionaire, what she thinks of feminism, an why getting breast implants was the best thing that ever happened to her.

On signing a contract for another three years of Big Bang Theory at $1 million per episode:

“All I think about is what it means for my family…and knowing there is security for all of us.  My parents spent 16 years hauling my butt to LA for audition after audition. Every day they were helping me learn my lines, dropping me off, waiting for me, picking me up, giving me pep talks when I didn’t get the jobs, taking me to tennis and horseback riding lessons. I remember always hoping I could help take care of them because they took such good care of me.  Knowing I’ll be able to just brings tears to my eyes.”

On if she considers herself a feminist:

“Is it bad if I say no? It’s not really something I think about. Things are different now, and I know a lot of the work that paved the way for women happened before I was around… I was never that feminist girl demanding equality, but maybe that’s because I’ve never really faced inequality.  I cook for Ryan five nights a week: It makes me feel like a housewife; I love that. I know it sounds old-fashioned, but I like the idea of women taking care of their men. I’m so in control of my work that I like coming home and serving him. My mom was like that, so I think it kind of rubbed off.”

Why she got breast implants:

“I had no boobs! And it really was the best thing ever! I always felt ill-proportioned. My implants made me feel more confident in my body. It wasn’t about trying to be a porn star or wanting to look hot and sexy.”
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Ben Affleck Credits Jennifer Garner For Success

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ben2Ben Affleck is having another incredible year. His latest movie “Gone Girl” is set to be a major contender during the 2015 award show season, he is teaming up with Matt Damon for the return of HBO’s “Project Greenlight” and he recently suited up for his role as Batman in the upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” But Affleck isn’t thanking himself for the positive turn in his career — the Oscar winner credits his wife with helping him live up to his Hollywood potential.

In the January issue of UK’s Loaded magazine, the 42-year-old “Argo” director says being in a relationship with Garner allowed him to focus on what was important. “Getting to know Jennifer, falling in love with her and being connected with her gave me a foundation to reach out and say, okay, I’m going to do ‘Hollywoodland.’ I’m going to direct ‘Gone Baby Gone.’ Those were the steps forward I needed to put positive stuff on the board,” he told Loaded, according to the Daily Mail.

That path led Affleck to direct the 2012 film “Argo,” which earned critical acclaim. He walked away with an Oscar for Best Picture and a Golden Globe, Directors Guild of America award, Critic’s Choice award and BAFTA award for Best Director.

But just because Garner helped Affleck get to where he is today doesn’t mean he’s eager to make another movie with her.

“My wife and I made ‘Pearl Harbor’ and ‘Daredevil.’ With our track record, I don’t know if anyone’s looking for a three-quel,” Affleck joked. “She won most of the fights in the movie, which was a pretty good predictor of what would happen down the road — my wife holding swords and beating the living shit out of me.”
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Was John Mayer The Reason For Giada De Laurentiis’ Divorce

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ddGiada De Laurentiis’ bombshell divorce announcement came as a surprise Monday after her 11 years of marriage to Todd Thompson. Though the couple’s filings offered little clue as to the reason for the split, RadarOnline.com has learned that there have been cracks in the marriage for years. In fact, according to one previous report, De Laurentiis cheated on her husband back in 2010 — with singer John Mayer!

De Laurentiis and Mayer worked together at a charity event hosted by Tiger Woods in 2007, and two years later, blogs were rife with outrageous claims that they were hooking up. But speculation reached a fever pitch in 2010 with an explosive report in Star magazine.

On October 9, 2010, the mag claimed, De Laurentiis and Mayer crossed paths at the exclusive Boom Boom Room at The Standard hotel.

“Almost as soon as they saw each other, they left the room moments apart,” an eyewitness said at the time.

“Giada was leaning with her back against the wall, and John was right up against her,” the source told the magazine. “Giada was holding his hand and she just had a huge grin on her face. John had one hand on the small of her back. They looked like two people who were going to go home together.”

And while they didn’t go home together, they did go to another hotel, the magazine claimed.

Another eyewitness allegedly spotted the two not long after at the Plunge lounge atop the nearby Hotel Gasevoort, where they were “extremely touchy-feely.”

They soon disappeared into another of the hotel’s suites, the magazine reported, where Mayer ordered up ice buckets and towels at 1:30 a.m. Around 3 a.m., a source said at the time, De Laurentiis was seen leaving.

When approached by Star for comment, De Laurentiis admitted, “I was at The Standard that night,” but she insisted she didn’t see Mayer.

“I’ve met him and he’s a great guy, but I just like his music,” she said. “That’s all. I’m happily married!”

The Food Network host’s husband filed for divorce Tuesday citing irreconcilable differences. She filed her own response soon after.
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‘Get Hard’: Kevin Hart Prepares Will Ferrell For Prison

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hardWill Ferrell is going from a mansion to the big house in “Get Hard,” and Kevin Hart is helping him prepare for the none-too-pleasant move.

Set for release March 27 from Warner Bros., the R-rated comedy stars Ferrell as James King, a Bernie Madoff-like swindler who’s sentenced to 10 years in the slammer for fraud. Hart plays his hardworking car washer, Darnell, whom King ignorantly assumes is an expert on incarceration.

With a month to get his affairs in order, King offers Darnell a pretty penny to whip him into shape before he’s shipped to San Quentin, and though he probably knows more about soap suds than shanks, Darnell obliges. If you can’t guess what happens next, it includes shouting, pepper spray, mad-dog faces, a makeover for the aforementioned mansion and a simulated prison riot. In addition to Hart and Ferrell, “Get Hard” stars Alison Brie, Craig T. Nelson and rapper-actor Tip “T.I.” Harris. The film marks the directorial debut of “Men in Black 3” and “Tropic Thunder” screenwriter Etan Cohen.

The trailer comes as Hart has been in the news lately for reasons both celebratory and contentious. He was named comedy star of the year at the People Magazine Awards on Thursday; Sony emails leaked last week showed executives badmouthing him.

Hart responded to the latter on Instagram, saying he’s “able to brush ignorance off of my shoulder and continue to move forward.”

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Paul Rudd To Return For Final Season Of ‘Parks And Recreation’

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paulPaul Rudd might consider going by the nickname “Pawnee Paul”  the actor will reprise his role as Sweetums heir and lovable moron Bobby Newport in two episodes of the final season of “Parks and Recreation,” according to Entertainment Weekly.” 

“He’s the world’s nicest human beingand the funniest,” exec producer Michael Schur told EW. “We made a list of all the people that we wanted to have back and he was high on the list, so we managed to snag him.”

Rudd last associated with Knope and co. in the show’s fourth season, running against Amy Poehler’s Leslie for a city council position.

Season 7 will also include the returns of beloved characters played by Rob Lowe, Rashida Jones, Jon Hamm, Megan Mullally and Natalie Morales.

Rudd shot his “Parks” appearances amid filming for “Ant-Man,” which stars Rudd as the titular superhero and bows July 17, 2015.

“Parks and Recreation” will return to NBC on Jan. 13.

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Former Scientologist Claims Church Came Between Tom & Nicole

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leeMore than 13 years after Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s split, rumors still swirl about the real reason for the breakup  and whether Scientology was a factor. Now, in an exclusive interview with RadarOnline.com, the couple’s friend and former Scientologist Carmen Llewellyn is speaking out to RadarOnline.com with outrageous claims about the role she claims Scientology played in their marriage meltdown, and why she alleges that Cruise “had to divorce” Kidman.

Llewellyn, Jason Lee’s ex-wife, met the couple when Lee was filming Vanilla Sky with Cruise in late 2000 and early 2001.

“I had been told [Tom] was a Scientologist but I had never seen him there,” Llewellyn told Radar. “When they started working on Vanilla Sky together we were all having dinner … he said, ‘Yeah me and Nic, we’re Scientologists.”

But even then, there were rumors that troubles were looming, Llewellyn said.

“People had said that Tom was a Scientologist … but that it was Nicole Kidman who was sort of slowly taking him away from that,” she claimed.

“I loved [Nicole],” she continued. “I thought she was so cool. I remember the reason why I thought she was very cool because in Scientology the roles are very traditional.”

Kidman seemed to buck the trend, she said.

“When I got around them I noticed that she talked to him however she bloody wanted to and I just remembered thinking that’s really cool,” Llewellyn said. “When I saw Nicole Kidman do that it kind of inspired me.”

Before long, however, there were cracks in their Scientology super couple façade. As they began to film Eyes Wide Shut in 2001, divorce rumors swirled  and then there was confirmation of a split. Inside the walls of Scientology, Llywelyn claims fellow church members speculated about the real reason for the split.

“I heard that a divorce was happening and someone told me that she was an SP [a Suppressive Person] and that Tom had to divorce her basically,” Llewellyn alleged. “This came from his own team of people. So they can cry about that all they want, but that is what was said and that is what they were saying.”

Cruise would later admit that scientology played a in his split from third wife Katie Holmes.

Reps for Cruise and Kidman did not respond to Radar’s request for comment.

A rep for Scientology told Radar, “This is the latest in a long list of pathetic and bizarre claims in which Ms. Llywelyn seeks to avoid taking personal responsibility for her actions by blaming the Church and others. Any claim that she has been harassed by the Church is false, paranoid and delusional. Furthermore, Ms. Llywelyn has no knowledge of the Church today, having been expelled from the Church twelve years ago.The Church does not condone violence, believes in tolerance, does not interfere in the personal affairs of its parishioners and has a record that speaks for itself in helping countless people lead addiction-free lives.”

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Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off In The Works?

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hansJ.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” should give us a pretty good sense of what to expect from Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII” and “Episode IX,” but the films that really remain complete mysteries are the films in between – a.k.a. the spin-offs.

These three projects – two of which will be directed by Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank, respectively – have the potential to be set at any point in the “Star Wars” timeline and could follow an infinite number of stories. One rumor that has consistently popped up over the last few years, however, has been that one of the movies would center on a Han Solo adventure – and now yet another report has come out suggesting that to be true.

This rumor – with a hard stress on the word rumor – comes from the folks at Making Star Wars, who claim to have insider information about the first “Star Wars” spin-off movie, and are saying that the adventure about everyone’s vest-wearing rogue smuggler. According to the story, the project is currently developing with the codename “Luminac Industrial Goods” and that it’s suspected some of production will overlap with the filming of “Star Wars: Episode VIII.” What’s more, the story says that Aaron Paul might be involved somehow, but there’s no specificity about what character he might play. It’s worth noting that the site says it trusts their source due to information and set photos they provided from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

At this point the information we know about the “Star Wars” spin-off movies is limited, and that’s likely because so much effort and focus is being put towards “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (“first things first” and all that). Hopefully we won’t have to wait until Abrams’ movie comes out next December to hear more official information about the future of the sci-fi universe, and something tells me that we won’t. As always, stay tuned!

J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” should give us a pretty good sense of what to expect from Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII” and “Episode IX,” but the films that really remain complete mysteries are the films in between – a.k.a. the spin-offs.

These three projects – two of which will be directed by Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank, respectively – have the potential to be set at any point in the “Star Wars” timeline and could follow an infinite number of stories. One rumor that has consistently popped up over the last few years, however, has been that one of the movies would center on a Han Solo adventure – and now yet another report has come out suggesting that to be true.

This rumor – with a hard stress on the word rumor – comes from the folks at Making Star Wars, who claim to have insider information about the first “Star Wars” spin-off movie, and are saying that the adventure about everyone’s vest-wearing rogue smuggler. According to the story, the project is currently developing with the codename “Luminac Industrial Goods” and that it’s suspected some of production will overlap with the filming of “Star Wars: Episode VIII.” What’s more, the story says that Aaron Paul might be involved somehow, but there’s no specificity about what character he might play. It’s worth noting that the site says it trusts their source due to information and set photos they provided from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

At this point the information we know about the “Star Wars” spin-off movies is limited, and that’s likely because so much effort and focus is being put towards “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (“first things first” and all that). Hopefully we won’t have to wait until Abrams’ movie comes out next December to hear more official information about the future of the sci-fi universe, and something tells me that we won’t. As always, stay tuned!

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Bob Zmuda: The ‘Truth’ About Andy Kaufman

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andyAndy Kaufman was much more than the comic actor who played Latka on “Taxi” and lip-synced to the Mighty Mouse theme on “Saturday Night Live.” He was a multifaceted comedy provocateur who took great joy in tricking his audience and the world at large. And at his side the whole time was Bob Zmuda, Kaufman’s friend, writer and partner in crime. The pair’s misadventures were showcased in Milos Forman’s 1999 biopic, “Man on the Moon,” which starred Jim Carrey as Kaufman, supposedly the final word on Kaufman’s life and death, but then again, nothing related to Andy is ever that easy to figure out.

Maybe that is why 30 years after his death in Los Angeles of cancer, Mr. Zmuda and Kaufman’s longtime girlfriend, Lynne Marqulies, have written “Andy Kaufman: The Truth Finally,” a book that promises to pull back the curtain on the real life of the bizarro comedy genius.

Answer:Andy and I first met in 1974 in New York City at Budd Friedman’s Improv. At the time it was the only comedy club in America. The club was packed with future comedy legends: Richard Lewis, Richard Belzer, Jay Leno, Larry David. Comedy was just beginning to take off. Also there in the room was Andy Kaufman.

Q: What do you remember about the first time you met him.

A: Andy showed up in the club about an hour and half before the show and hung around the bar outside the main room. Nobody knew who he was or that he going on stage. He was playing the “Foreign Man” character, carrying a suitcase, pretending he had just stepped off a Greyhound bus at 42nd Street. He was asking Budd Friedman, the owner, if he could go onstage in that broken foreign accent just loud enough that people in the bar could overhear what was happening. Budd said, “No. I’m sorry we have auditions on the 3rd of every month. Come back then.” Kaufman would beg, “Please, this is my dream to be performer in New York City.” Budd said, “I can’t. Sorry.”

Then the crowd would move in from the bar to the main room and see the show. Budd Friedman comes out and says, “Ladies and gentlemen, we usually end the show at this point, but I don’t know if you saw the man who came in earlier asking to be onstage. We normally don’t do this, but I’m gonna let him up tonight. I don’t know what he does. His name is Mr. Andy Kaufman.”

Andy comes up onstage, and everybody in the place believes that this guy is from God knows what country and just arrived in New York. He starts doing these impressions in that foreign voice. “I’d like to do the Archie Bunker. ‘Meathead.’” Just terrible. “I’d like to do the Ronald Reagan. ‘Hello, I’m Ronald Reagan.’” The audience starts laughing because it’s so bad. Andy just lights up, and each impression gets worse and worse. But the audience is howling because this guy is such an idiot.

Then he realizes that you are not laughing with him but at him. It turns real serious. He starts crying. We felt so bad. It’s quite the psycho drama.

Finally, Andy says, “I would like to do the one last impression. The Elvis Presley.” He turns his back to the audience. Suddenly the music from “2001” plays. The lights start changing. All this production. Andy changes into a costume and combs his hair like Elvis, turns around to the audience, and he looks like Elvis.

Instead of that terrible foreign voice, he does a drop-dead, spot-on Elvis impression. The place goes nuts. Standing ovation. The audience in the palm of his hand. I was awestruck.

I waited around after the show. About a half-hour later I see him coming out dragging all these props conga drums, a film projector and lights. I wonder is this an act or just some foreign guy who does a solid Elvis. I see he’s loading a car. So much for the just-off-the-bus story. He sees me and calls out as the Foreign Man: “Excuse me, can you help me? I have a very bad back.” I started loading all this heavy stuff into his car. He closes the trunk and says, “Dank you very much” as Foreign Man, then “Sucker!” in his regular voice. Then, he drives away.

That was my first meeting with Andy Kaufman.

Q: How did you go from that to becoming Andy’s writer and co-conspirator?

A: I worked as the bartender at the Improv at night. During the day I start working for the screenwriter Norman Wexler, who wrote “Serpico” and “Saturday Night Fever.”

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D.C. Theater Review: ‘Diner’ By Sheryl Crow, Barry Levinson

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diner“Diner,” Barry Levinson’s 1982 film about six Baltimore chums savoring their last gasps of 1950s adolescence, has been turned by scripter Levinson and songwriter/lyricist Sheryl Crow into a musical that’s just as touching and entertaining as the movie. Making a low-key debut at Arlington, Va.’s Signature Theater, with no announced future plans, the show reflects an extensive overhaul conducted since its aborted rollout two years ago. But now, a gleaming “Diner,” with sparkling contributions from Crow, is decidedly open for business.

The show, which partners musical theater novices Levinson and Crow with director/choreographer Kathleen Marshall, has weathered a sharp detour that all parties agree was warranted. The decisive turn came in a revealing workshop that prompted cancellations of both a 2012 San Francisco tryout and a 2013 Broadway engagement. There has since been a change in producers from Scott Zeiger to Scott Landis, Marshall’s husband.

In search of a cozy locale to sample the revised menu, Landis approached Signature, a venue that specializes in developing new musicals. Signature a.d. Eric Schaeffer and his team slipped the tuner into its season while taking a supportive role in helping “Diner” find its legs. The show has immediately clicked with D.C. auds, selling out its seven-week run at Signature’s 276-seat Max Theater well before opening night.

As in the film, “Diner” the musical remains a nostalgic look at a colorful era compressed into a few eventful days at the close of 1959. It faithfully reprises the enduring characters that helped launch the careers of Mickey Rourke, Paul Reiser, Kevin Bacon, Steve Guttenberg, Ellen Barkin, Daniel Stern and Tim Daly.

In the hands of the Signature’s talented ensemble, the sports and trivia-obsessed troupe still rolls along in frat-party mode. Modell the moocher (Brian Fenkart) again inquires, “You gonna finish that?” with unsubtle interest, while Baltimore Colts fanatic Eddie (Adam Kantor) again subjects fiancee Elyse to his uncompromising sports quiz. The classic Baltimore diner remains a male-only bastion, its bright neon sign dominating Derek McLane’s functional set.

But this time around, the ladies get equal billing as the story ponders adulthood from the perspective of both sexes. It’s a welcome new element that surely broadens the show’s appeal. Included in the tuner is a nicely drawn Elyse (Tess Soltau), a key character who was omitted entirely from the film. In another nice touch, the story is presented in retrospect by an elderly Boogie (John Schiappa), the cool dude played with savvy by Derek Klena when the character is younger.

Crow has written a delightful assortment of doo-wop, R&B and early rock-n-roll melodies that might have comprised a ’50s hit parade themselves if the songwriter had come along sooner. They are filled with delicious harmonies and enhanced by insightful lyrics that aggressively advance the plot.

All are sung beautifully by the accomplished ensemble. Standouts include “Tear Down This House,” Crow’s anthem for Beth (Erika Henningsen), who is snared in a disappointing marriage to the clueless Shrevie (Josh Griffith). It follows the humorous R&B number, “It’s Good,” the male perspective on marriage. Later, the men admit the obvious in the jaunty “You’ve Got a Lot to Learn,” and wind up affairs with the high-spirited “Gotta Lotta Woman.”

The gals also state their case in act two’s rousing “Every Man Needs a Woman,” then tone it down nicely with “Don’t,” Barbara’s (Whitney Bashor) emotional response to an untimely pregnancy. Another keeper is the emotional “For What It’s Worth,” which also features Henningsen, the ensemble’s strongest female voice. The women are adorned throughout in Paul Tazewell’s colorful ’50s attire.

Like the film, the musical version of “Diner” studiously balances the humorous with the melancholy within a strict parameter that depicts the classic battle-of-the-sexes struggle as one of maturity-versus-adolescence. The theme is reinforced by Schiappa’s apologetic adult, who quietly slips from the shadows to set scenes and condemn the boys’ misdeeds.

It’s underscored further by director Marshall’s careful, unhurried pacing that affords equal treatment to high and low elements. An example is the plaintive and mood-setting “Please Be There,” a terrific Act One number from strong tenor Aaron C. Finley, inserted between more spirited numbers from the guys.

Marshall’s choreography varies as warranted, from subtle to outlandish. The former includes a delightful scene at the hair salon, where the flirtatious Beth and Boogie sing “Darling, It’s You.” They’re accompanied by a harmonizing trio of ladies seated under hair dryers, casually crossing legs and flipping through magazines in time to a vintage sax-infused beat. The other end of the spectrum is showcased in a chorus of three wise men who enliven a comical scene at a holiday creche.

Unquestionably, “Diner” represents an exciting new venture for Crow and Levinson. Catering to audiences who like to wax nostalgic with shows like “Million Dollar Quartet,” this “Diner” offers real possibilities as a bona fide commercial contender.

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‘The Interview’ Becomes Sony’s No. 1 Online Movie Of All Time

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Sony Hack-The InterviewSony Pictures said on Sunday that the “The Interview” had been purchased or rented online more than 2 million times, generating more than $15 million in the first four days after the controversial comedy’s wide theatrical release was shelved.

This would rank the film, which angered North Korea and triggered a cyber attack against the studio, as the No. 1 online movie ever released by Sony Pictures, the company said in a statement.

The film has also brought in $2.8 million in the limited theatrical run that began Christmas Day in more than 300 mostly independent theaters, according to tracking firm Rentrak.

Sony is likely to reap larger receipts. The company’s first online revenue figures do not include Apple’s iTunes purchases or rentals after Apple agreed on Sunday to carry the movie on iTunes, the biggest and most-used store of online content.

The $44 million film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco had been expected to gross at least $20 million in its opening holiday weekend if it had gone to wide release, according to Boxoffice.com.

After large movie theater chains refused to screen the comedy following threats of violence from hackers who opposed the film, Sony stitched together a limited release in theaters and a $5.99 video-on-demand (VOD) rental option on YouTube, Google Play and other sites starting Dec. 24. (Reporting by Liana B. Baker and Mary Milliken; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)

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