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“Gone Girl” star Rosamund Pike explains why rehearsing sex scene with Neil Patrick Harris was awkward

Gone Girl’s leading lady Rosamund Pike has a sex scene with Neil Patrick Harris in the highly-anticipated thriller opening Friday.

While the actual shooting of the scene was ‘remarkably normal’ the actress says things got a bit awkward before that.

Director David Fincher instructed Harris and Pike to spend two hours rehearsing their scene on an empty soundstage.

‘That is when it feels highly inappropriate,’ Pike told Seth Meyers this week.’You are alone with a man who is not your husband, who also has a husband. He’s in his underwear, you’re in your underwear and you’re sort of dry humping on a bed.’

(Harris and David Burtka were married in Italy over the summer)

The pair thought it would be professional if they tried to shoot some of their rehearsal on an iPhone but said it ended up seeming like they were just making ‘some sort of super creepy porn video.’

Laughing, Pike said things ‘went from mildly inappropriate to sort of totally inappropriate’ when they called Fincher in to check their work and he brought leading man Ben Affleck in with him.

Joked Meyer: ‘I kind of want to see that whole movie.’

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Lunch Break Video: Enjoying some of the singing of Dame Julie Andrews on her 79th brithday

Dame Julie Andrews spent the night before her 79th birthday at opening night of Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles.

This great star with the amazing vocal range had her vocal chords damaged during a botched operation in 1997 and she has been unable to appear in any musicals since then.

But she hasn’t stopped working in films with The Princess Diaries and its sequel to her credit as well as the Shrek franchise.

She has also penned her memoirs and a series of popular children’s books.

At least we will always be able to hear that glorious voice by watching her classic movies and TV appearances. Here are four for you:

Magic Johnson’s son loses 50 pounds after surgery

I know there are going to be plenty of people who will be critical of EJ Johnson over this bit of news but I just want to wish him all the luck in the world in shedding weight and keeping it off.

EJ, one of the stars of the reality TV series #RichKids of Beverly Hills, has lost 50 pounds in five weeks.

The openly gay son of NBA legend Magic Johnson underwent gastric sleeve surgery which is a procedure that makes the stomach smaller.

It is the same procedure that Rosie O’Donnell had done in March. The View co-host has lost 50-plus pounds.

Johnson, 22, tells People Magazine he had tried several diets without success and began to consider the surgery two years ago. This was before he came out publicly in an interview with TMZ.

‘Nothing was working, and I wanted to make a more permanent decision to get back on track,’ he says. ‘(But) I wanted to wait until I was a little bit older to know how to handle myself afterwards.’

He tells the magazine that dropping the weight ‘is really exciting’ because it ‘is something that I’ve been struggling with for pretty much all of my life.’

Johnson says he is eating healthy and eliminated things like bread and fried foods from his diet as well as alcohol. He hopes to reach his ideal weight within a year but does not say what that number is.

‘Being able to take control of my life again, take control of what I’m eating and my fitness is enlightening and empowering,’ he says.


Whoopi Goldberg on spat with Rosie O’Donnell: ‘We’re all a bit too long in the tooth to be fighting’

Well, the Whoopi Goldberg-Rosie O’Donnell clash on the set of The View has certainly been getting a lot of attention in the last 24 hours. I think Rosie ought to get an earpiece to avoid future misunderstandings.

Anyway, Whoopi explains the spat this way: ‘Like family, some days you’re cranky. There are four of us and some days we’re just cranky.’

Goldberg, speaking with MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts earlier today suggested that there is something of a double standard when two woman have a disagreement like she and O’Donnell had during a commercial break last week.

‘I know it’s going to come as a shock but I know all these guys on programs also get cranky with each other,’ she pointed out. ‘But the difference is, there’s not four guys talking to each other and doing stuff. So they should just back off of us and see what we do and stop waiting for something to happen.

‘I do think there’s a double standard. Nobody talks about “Hey, there’s a spat over at Sunday Morning.’

Goldberg, moderator of the show for the past seven years, was joined two weeks ago by O’Donnell who had one previous season as a co-host back in 2006-07 as well as Rosie Perez and Nicolle Carson.

While ratings are up, Goldberg said there is a lot of pressure.

‘You’re with people, you have outside influences – people saying “We want to make sure your numbers are up and we want to please the sponsors” so it can get a little pressurized – particularly with this show.’

Goldberg added: ‘I don’t know that when The View began, it was about chick fights. And quite honestly, we’re all a bit too long in the tooth to be fighting. We’ll find our way, we’ll get our rhythm … We’re finding our stuff, back away.’

The war of words occurred during the taping of the show last Thursday (25 September) when moderator Goldberg reportedly cut O’Donnell off during the show’s Hot topics segment to go to a commercial.

Goldberg at one point said to O’Donnell: I’m really sick of your shit!’

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Wednesday Morning Man: Amin Joseph!

Met this gorgeous guy a few weeks ago at the Transparent premiere and he could not have been nicer.

He’s Amin Joseph and he has a role on the Amazon Prime show which premiered on Friday and has the recurring role of Booker ” Skeety” Washington Smith on TNT’s Mob City.

His other TV credits include guest spots on Sons of Anarchy, Southland, Major Crimes, The Protector, N.C.I.S., and CSI: Miami.

Amin is 34 and has a busy film career going on. He appeared in The Expendables, Homefront and G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

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Snapped! Shirtless “Looking” star Russell Tovey!

Russell Tovey, one of the stars of HBO’s Looking, was snapped shirtless by San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and I thought this is something I should share with Greg In Hollywood readers?

Good call, right?


Afternoon Video: Aretha Franklin delivers her version of the Adele hit “Rolling in the Deep”

There are a few things about Aretha Franklin that never seem to change: that glorious voice and those gowns with the way too plunging of necklines.

Aretha is the queen of soul and we want to hear her and we want to see her but I just don’t think I’m alone in saying we really do not want to see that much of her breasts.

But, no one is going to tell Aretha anything – that is for sure.

Okay, so here is her version of the Adele hit Rolling in the Deep performed last night on The Late Show with David Letterman. It mashes up nicely in the end with Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.

I’d give the edge to Adele in comparing the two but Aretha, as always, sounds glorious.

BTW, among the background singers on this video is Cissy Houston who does not appear to be enjoying herself much.

BONUS VIDEO: Aretha has a nice interview with Letterman and her low cut gowns are discussed.


Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell have it out!

does Rosie O’Donnell have a problem playing well with others?

It seems so.

Less than two weeks into their stint as co-hosts on The View, Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie had a heated fight during a commercial break.

The war of words occurred during the taping of the show last Thursday when moderator Goldberg reportedly cut O’Donnell off during the show’s Hot topics segment to go to a commercial, according to Daily Mail.

When the show went to a commercial break, Rosie, speaking into a microphone in front of the audience, told Whoopi that she had hurt her feelings, that she didn’t appreciate it and that she was ‘very upset by it.’

Whoopi, not speaking into a microphone, replied: ‘This isn’t the time for this, Rosie.’

Rosie did not let it go saying in front of a stunned audience: ‘Well I just don’t appreciate you saying that you were going to do something and not doing it. It makes me upset and I just don’t want to have to go through this.’

Rosie was clearly annoyed at this point and snapped: ‘I said this is not the time Rosie.’

Rosie continued to complain until Whoopi had had enough and lost her temper.

‘Fuck it, I told you to leave it alone and you just don’t want to listen,’ she told Rosie. ‘If you want to go there Rosie, I will dammit. I’m really sick of your shit!’

Co-host Rosie Perez broke the tension and caused the audience to roar by saying: ‘Oh shit, Twitter is going to be off the hook now.’

The show resumed taping without incident after the commercial break.

A spokesperson for The View explains: ‘They had a misunderstanding and an exchange. They talked it out and they were back to business as usual.’

Whoopi has been moderator of the show since 2007. Rosie had been moderator during a stormy one-season run in 2006-07 which included a famous on-air battle with former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

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In lost interview, listen to what Bette Davis had to say about men and women

Got sent this the other day and wanted to share it.

The late, great Bette Davis gave an audio interview in 1963 to Shirley Eder. This previously lost interview has been brought to life by PBS Digital Studios’ Blank on Blank.

Created by former TV producer and print journalist David Gerlach, Blank on Blank brings back to life stories from American newsmakers on interview tapes that might otherwise be lost forever.

She gives her perspective on the battle of the sexes, reveals her experiences dealing with Hollywood executives while trying to balance her career with a “traditional” household in a male-dominated industry, and explains why being an intelligent female can be a “hindrance” in business.

“I think men have got to change an awful lot. I think somehow they still prefer the little woman. They’re just staying way, way behind and so as a rule I think millions of women are very happy to be by themselves, they’re so bored with the whole business of trying to be the little woman, when no such thing really exists anymore. It just simply doesn’t.”

As an early advocate of gender awareness, Davis added, “This world’s gone way beyond it. The real female should be partly male and the real male should be partly female anyway. So if you ever run into that in either sex you’ve run into something very, very fine, I think.”


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Neil Parick Harris on his Italian wedding to David Burtka: ‘Take that George Clooney!’

George Clooney’s Italian wedding may have gotten all of the attention over the weekend but Neil Patrick Harris points out that he got married in Italy first.

‘Take that Clooney! I don’t see you showing pictures of your wedding on talk shows!’ Harris joked Monday during an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Harris and his partner of 10 years David Burtka were married over the summer in a small Italian town near Perugia in front of about 50 guests which included Elton John.

‘Elton … sang a few songs which is super cool,’ Harris told the host. ‘He’s a friend and I didn’t expect that so that was overwhelming and he introduced our first dance.’

That first dance was to Kelly Clarkson’s A Moment Like This which was chosen because Harris and Burtka were wild about the singer during the first season of America Idol which she won.

They also chose Italy for the wedding because it is where they took their first trip together and because ‘a friend of a friend knew a dude who had a castle.’

In the video below, Harris shares with viewers some wedding photos.

He is making the talk show rounds to promote the film Gone Girl in which he has a supporting role.

Bonus Video: More of the NPH interview on Letterman below:

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Matt Bomer to star with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe on big screen in “The Nice Guys”

The magnificent Matt Bomer’s budding feature film career continues gain some serious momentum.

He has now been cast in the action-drama The Nice Guys with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, according to Deadline Hollywood.

The film, scheduled to be a summer 2016 release, is set in the 1970s and takes place in 1970s Los Angeles.

It casts Gosling plays a detective hired by a gangster played by Crowe to find a missing girl. A dangerous conspiracy is uncovered in the process which somehow involves Bomer’s character.

The busy Bomer is currently shooting the film Magic Mike XXL which is the sequel to the 2012 box office hit Magic Mike in which he also appeared.

In addition, Bomer was one of the stars of the recent limited release Space Station 76 and is attached to play Montgomery Clift in an upcoming feature film.

All of this big screen activity is happening as Bomer’s hit television series, White Collar, is about to enter its sixth and final season. The USA Network show will have a six episode finale beginning in November.

Bomer earned an Emmy nomination earlier this year for his portrayal of a man dying of AIDS in the HBO film The Normal Heart (he was robbed of a victory!).

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Tuesday Morning Man: Dave Annable!

Dave Annable is back on TV with a regular series this fall and that’s a good thing because not only is he very attractive, but he’s also a fine actor.

Dave, of course, is best known for his role as Justin on Brothers & Sisters. Now he plays hunky surgeon Dr. Jack McAndrew on ABC’s Red Band Society.

In between these two series, Dave was on ABC in the short-lived 666 Park Avenue which lasted just 13 episodes.

His first series was Reunion in 2005 which lasted one season.

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“Humiliated” porn sensation speaks out: “I’m not gay. Those videos I can understand making me look that way”

No one knew his name – but his body they were familiar with.

The bodybuilder had been posting photos and videos of himself online flexing his muscular body for awhile now.

But his profile really ratcheted up, particularly among gay blogs, when a solo video of him masturbating surfaced last week.

On Monday, the hunk took to YouTube to tell the world his name and to explain that he is a reluctant online porn sensation.

‘Hi guys, it’s Michael Hoffman,’ he says. ‘Most of you know me by now. I just want to say I know there are videos going around of me. I wanted to say a few things. I’m not gay. Those videos I can understand making me look that way – and I respect gay people completely – but I’m not gay, I’m straight.’

Hoffman explained why he made the videos: ‘I need the money, plain and simple. I made over $10,000 selling those videos.’

‘I was naive about it thinking they would never get online but someone started the whole thing posting them online,’ he adds. ‘It is what it is, can’t do anything about it.’

He says what has been seen so far is just a few ‘of the many’ he has made in the last few weeks.

‘It’s humiliating, it’s embarrassing. Can’t really walk around without being like looked at weird,’ he says.

But he plans to continue to do flexing videos on YouTube and says he also ‘will probably start acting and stuff.’

‘You guys can think what you want,’ he concludes. ‘I don’t care anymore.’

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Linda Hunt and wife show off Hollywood home

I gotta admit, I had no idea about Linda Hunt being a lesbian until I read a piece in the Los Angeles Times over the weekend about the home she shares with wife Karen Klein.

When one thinks of an Oscar winner actress who is an out lesbian and married to a woman, Jodie Foster is probably the first and only name that comes to mind.

But we’ve also got Miss Hunt who received the best supporting actress Oscar in 1983 for The Year of Living Dangerously.

Now a star of the CBS drama NCIS: Los Angeles, Hunt opened up the Hollywood home she shares with her wife to readers of The Times a feature published over the weekend.

Although the couple has been married since 2008, they have been together since 1987 and live in a historic Hollywood neighborhood.

‘This house has whimsy and a special kind of elegance,’ Hunt told the newspaper. ‘It’s welcoming.’

The home is filled with personal touches like Hunt’s personal collection of New Yorker covers – each laminated and framed – that cover the walls of the guest room bathroom.

‘From the minute I started saving them, I knew I wanted to do something with them,’ she said.

Hunt, who has an extensive list of film, television and stage credits, made history with her Oscar win as the first person to win an Oscar for playing a character of the opposite sex.


Melissa Etheridge’s sex life better than ever

Melissa Etheridge says there’s one thing she has no complaints about since she turned 50: her sex life.

‘The sex is better!’ the 53 year old tells AARP Magazine. ‘Seriously, I’m healthier and in loving myself I attract a different kind of person now.’

That person right now is Etheridge’s new wife Linda Wallem who she married in May.

Melissa has a new album, This is M.E., which comes out on Tuesday.

While in a happy period now, Melissa has had her share of hardship including a battle with breast cancer and an ugly split from ex Tammy Lynn Michaels with whom she has two children.

Melissa also has two children with another ex, Julie Cypher.

‘If I could have, I would have chosen not to go through cancer or my divorces in public,’ she says.

‘Yet you can’t say, “I’m only going to let the public see the good stuff.” Whenever I sit down with someone, I need to know that I’m not hiding anything.’


Van Hansis to star in “Kiss Me, Kill Me”

Van Hansis has landed a big movie role which is great news for his many loyal fans.

The actor who we loved as Luke Snyder on As the World Turns and who currently stars in the web series The Eastsiders has been cast as the star of Kiss Me, Kill Me, a murder mystery set in West Hollywood.

The film is to be directed by Casper Andreas from a screenplay by David Michael Barrett.

Others in the cast include: Gale Harold, Matthew Ludwinski, Willam Belli, Yolonda Ross, Tom Lenk, Kit Williamson, Jackie Monahan, Allison Lane and Jonathan Lisecki.

Any project Van Hansis is in is something I want to see!


See SNL’s resident young person explains “How Much Money Would You Go Down on a Guy For?” game

Watched the season premiere of SNL over the weekend and for the most part was underwhelmed for some reason – nothing really clicked with me until Weekend Update.

That’s when the show’s ‘Resident Young Person’ appeared on the newscast to explain the ‘How Much Money Would You Go Down on a Guy For?’ game.

It’s a scream! He makes a good point about how it would basically be irresponsible not to go down on a guy for $1 miliion – or even $3,000 – because money is money. And if you aren’t gay and doing such a thing freaks you out, you will have plenty of dough to pay for therapy.

So silly, so funny.


Monday Morning Man: Mark Wright!

English reality television personality and radio presenter Mark Wright, 27, is best known for being one of the original main cast members in The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE).

He is currently one of the contestants on Strictly Come Dancing and got mixed reviews for his first dance over the weekend. One judge said he was “cute and cheeky” while another said he was over-excited.

Before his TV fame, Wright was a semi-professional footballer, with a youth career at Tottenham Hotspur. In 2012, he rekindled his semi-pro football career by signing for St Neots Town. He is also a reporter on the ITV entertainment series Surprise Surprise.

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Days of Our Lives: Chad DiMera agrees to cooperate with Will Horton on an article about him

So Chad is back in Salem and has much more of an edge than when he left.

So perhaps he will make a compelling article subject – perhaps.

Chad has agreed to be interviewed by Will for a profile because Will, the impartial journalist, only seems to do be able to do articles on people he knows.

Will and Sonny also play some basketball with Rafe and Abigail agrees to babysit for Ari even though she’s not thrilled with Will because of the previous article.

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Showtune Sunday: The late, great Polly Bergen sings “I’m Still Here” from “Follies”

Polly Bergen had a long career with many film (Cape Fear, The Caretakers, Cry-Baby) and television (The Winds of War, Desperate Housewives, Commander in Chief) credits.

But two of her greatest triumphs involved music.

She won an Emmy in the late 1950s for her performance as singer Helen Morgan in The Helen Morgan Story then in 2001, she was nominated for a Tony Awatd for her performance in the musical Follies in which she sings the power ballad I’m Still Here.

She died last week at the age of 84.

BONUS VIDEO: Below is Miss Bergen performing I’m Through With Love in 1958.

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