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Josh Hutcherson has spoken out to defend his Hunger Games co-star Jennifer Lawrence after she was involved in a recent nude photo leak scandal.
Naked shots of the actress were part of a haul of celebrity nudes nabbed by an anonymous Internet hacker and offered to top media outlets. Lawrence's representative confirmed the pictures were for real and threatened legal action against the person or persons responsible for the privacy breach.
Now her Hunger Games co-star Hutcherson, who was involved in his own nude photo scandal last year (13), has offered up his thoughts about the leak, insisting "it's not fair". The actor tells ET Canada, "I haven't talked to her but I just think all that stuff is so ridiculous. We're people too, man, we just want to live, we want to be normal people, it's not fair. "It's something you obviously don't want to happen to you and it's really unfortunate that it happens... I hate the way the world sort of views those sorts of issues. It's really, truly not fair."
He adds, "We are actors, we didn't get into this because we wanted scandal. We want to live our lives and be actors... People say, 'Well you chose to be an actor, you are going to have to deal with this kind of thing...' Well no, I started (acting) when I was nine years old, she started when she was, like, 12. We didn't choose to have public scandal, we chose to become artists of acting and I love making movies; this is what I can do, this is what I am good at."
Actress Nicole Kidman is baffled by the outrage over the Hollywood hacking scandal, insisting there are more important issues in the world than nude celebrity pictures.
The entertainment world has been rocked by the release of dozens of saucy snaps of stars including Jennifer Lawrence and Kirsten Dunst, and the story has dominated headlines since the photographs hit the Internet on 31 August (14). However, Kidman is adamant the scandal has been blown out of proportion.
She tells Sky News, "These days there's far too much importance placed on things like that. Who cares about these photos, that's very superficial, why that would even make news astounds me, but a lot of what makes the news astounds me. I do think we need to be talking about the violence in the world, in terms of Iraq, violence towards women, education and women, what's happening in Afghanistan. There are so many topics that we could be giving time to than celebrity photos, it just doesn't hold any interest for me."
The scandal has prompted an investigation by agents at America's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Blue Jasmine, 12 Years A Slave and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire were feted for their onscreen outfits at the Costume Designers Guild Awards in California on Saturday night (22Feb14). Costume designer Suzy Benzinger, who dressed Cate Blanchett for her role in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, received the award for Excellence In Contemporary Film during the ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, while 12 Years A Slave triumphed in the Period Film category.
The team behind Jennifer Lawrence's costumes in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was feted with the Excellence In Fantasy Film prize, and the TV categories were dominated by shows including British drama Downton Abbey (Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series) and House Of Cards (Outstanding Contemporary Television Series).
The lavish outfits worn by Michael Douglas in Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra scored the production a win in the Outstanding Made For Television Movie Or Miniseries category.
During the ceremony, actress Amy Adams was presented with the Lacoste Spotlight Award, which honours stars whose "talent and career personifies an enduring commitment to excellence, including a special awareness of the role and importance of costume design".
This year's Catching Fire press tour brought us the boon of copious promtions, and we all know now that Jennifer Lawrence is the most entertaining interview around. Add Josh Hutcherson into the mix, and you've got some pretty amazing chemistry – though not the kind you may think. But who cares about OTPs when you can have BrOTPs? Forget Everthorne and Everlark (or "Peenis," if you're feeling particularly crude): Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson have the best bromance ever. I platonically ship them hard, and here's why:
* They have no problem (and I mean no problem) discussing bodily functions with each other. That's what we all seek in a true friend, right? Right...?
TMI? Oh well.
*They seem to er ... regress around each other (Josh claims he can't even repeat aloud the most inappropriate thing Jennifer has ever said to him).
*Jennifer apparently knows everything about Josh, from his favorite TV show (Catdog) to his worst pet peeve (chewing straws – oh, and bonus; she even notes that he chews on Capri Sun straws, which everyone knows is tough work for your teeth).
* You gotta love their captions for the Catching Fire posters.
Now I can't unsee the fact that Cinna/Lenny Kravitz got distracted mid-photoshoot by a passing cat.
* Their sexual tension is (obviously) off the charts.
Bonus sexual tension:
* They freely admit that they act like an old married couple…
* …And quote lines from When Harry Met Sally at each other.
I mean, that's verbatim, isn't it? Well, let's add "hardcore Nora Ephron fans" to their growing list of positive attributes.
What are your favorite Josh and Jennifer moments? Let us know in the comments!
We recently learned that actress Cate Blanchett is getting ready to make her directorial debut. This is awesome because 1.) it’s Cate Blanchett and 2.) it’s always cool to see more women getting behind the camera. Many of us are familiar with the big names — Sofia Coppola, Kathryn Bigelow, and Miranda July for the indie-lovers. But there are plenty of other women filmmakers who are making good, quality productions and who should be on everyone’s radar. Spike Lee recently made an addendum to his list of Essential Films and added five female filmmakers; here are some up-and-comers we think might make similar lists in a few years.
The Oscar-nominated actress best known for her leading roles in Juno and Inception will soon make her directorial debut with Miss Stevens. We’re seriously excited about the coming-of-age story (starring Anna Faris) that she’ll be bringing to the big screen.
Probably best known for her 2007 film Things We Lost In The Fire (starring Halle Berry and Benicio del Toro), Bier’s next film Serena will re-team Jennifer Lawrence with her Silver Linings Playbook co-star Bradley Cooper. Set in Depression-era North Carolina and based on the book by Ron Nash, we’re expecting big things from this seasoned director.
Having found some success with indie flicks like L!fe Happens and the hilarious short Idiots (starring Zoe Saldana and Kate Bosworth), Coiro’s most-recent release And While We Were Here -- an affair film starring Bosworth and Iddo Goldberg -- debuted to strong reviews at the Tribeca Film Festival and later in theatres. We’re looking forward to more slow-moving love stories and comedic-dramas with strong femme leads from Coiro.
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Actress Sandra Bullock is set to receive the Hollywood Career Award at the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards. The Blind Side star will be feted on 21 October (13) at the Beverly Hilton in California.
Hollywood Film Awards founder and executive director Carlos de Abreu, says, "We are honoured to present the Hollywood Actress Award to Sandra for her outstanding work in (new film) Gravity. Holding the screen alone for a large part of the film, she delivers a stunning and emotionally layered performance that shows once again why she is one of Hollywood's most respected and popular actresses."
Previous recipients include Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Aniston, Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz.
Jennifer Aniston had so much fun playing a sexy dancer in her new movie, she's joking about adding a little spice to her sex life and installing a stripper pole at home. The former Friends star plays an exotic dancer in her new movie We're The Millers and enjoyed her striptease lessons for the part so much, she took her work home with her - and tried it out on fiance Justin Theroux.
She explains, "They had to drag me out of that strip club every night! I worked with this amazing choreographer and started learning some pretty crazy moves. It kind of just became easy. It was really fun."
And she joked to WENN, "So I have a stripper pole in my house now, like you do. Me and Paris Hilton and Kate Hudson."
But, the actress admits performing her movie stripping scene in front of the cameras wasn't quite as much fun as rehearsals.
She adds, "That was the most challenging scene to shoot. I just had to do it. They rolled the cameras and I just had to bite the bullet. It was a little uncomfortable at first. It was one thing during rehearsals when I was alone and all of a sudden you're on set and there's three cameras and crew."
Nicki Minaj has pumped up her feud with Mariah Carey after taking aim at her fellow American Idol judge in a series of tweets after the two divas were seen squabbling on the talent show on Wednesday night (01May13). The pop pair traded jabs over career success while the remaining four contestants on the show were performing, and Minaj wasn't about to let the matter go on Thursday (02May13), as she took to Twitter.com to subtly attack Carey. In a series of posts addressed to blogger Perez Hilton, she wrote, "Shes (sic) sad i tied her record for Hot 100 entries in only 3 years of being in the game. Yep, a black female rapper. "What u SHOULD be doing (wit your messy a**) is asking why a woman SO successful at her age, is still so INSECURE, and bitter."
And she closed out her latest Twitter attack on Carey by hinting that reports suggesting Jennifer Lopez is being lined up to return to the talent show and replace Carey are true, adding, "All dem #1s but JLo phone ringin...? I guess having a personality, being a secure woman, and giving genuine critique still trumps that." Carey and Minaj have been at war ever since they first became fellow judges on the show - they fell out during an early audition round.
Now that the entire country has taken a collective sigh of relief over the capture of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, we can all move on to the people who are still suffering: the hundreds who were injured and the families of the three people who were sadly killed.
Actor Bradley Cooper — who is currently in the famous city filming his new untitled film (along with his Silver Linings Playbook co-star Jennifer Lawrence) — made a visit to the local hospital. The actor was seen posing for pictures with one of the marathon runners, Jeff Bauman Jr., who had both legs below the knee amputated as a result of the Boston blasts. The photo was taken by Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots, who also showed up after hearing Bauman was "a huge Patriots fan," People reports.
Other famous faces helping the victims is Massachusetts-native punk rock band Dropkick Murphys — who just released their eighth studio album and in the past have sang of their love for Boston with the anthem heard in The Departed "I'm Shipping Up to Boston." The group — which consists of Ken Casey, Al Barr, Tim Brennan, James Lynch, Matt Kelly, Josh Wallace, and Jeff DaRosa — have raised more than $100,000 with the sale of their "For Boston" t-shirts they are selling on their website. The group says that "100 percent of all proceeds from this shirt will go directly to the victims and families of the Boston bombings."
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We need to cool it with the Kardashian-bashing, you guys.
Lately, it’s gotten so bad that even their most ardent detractors could feel a little sympathy for the reality family America loves to hate. First, the tabloids relentlessly hounded on Kim’s pregnancy weight gain. (As Jezebel reported, Star snarked that she’d gained “an insane amount of weight” that had turned her “shapely derriere” into “a sagging, dimply blob.”) Now, a leaked mock-up for an Indian Ford ad shows a cartoon drawing of the three Kardashian sisters bound and gagged (but still showing off their voluptuous cleavage) in the back of the Ford Figo, with Paris Hilton winking from the front seat. The tagline reads, “Leave Your Worries Behind.”
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A Kardashian lawyer told E! News that the women are “exploring all their legal options” after seeing the ad, which was never released but made the Internet rounds nonetheless after appearing on a website roundup of creative advertising. "The 'leave your worries behind' Ford ads are disgusting, vile, and offensive to all women," the family lawyer told E!. "It is unacceptable that Ford would align itself with an ad agency that would so carelessly release these ads." Ford and the ad agency, JWT India, both apologized for the ads and their release.
But the broader issue here is the unchecked vitriol directed toward Khloe, Kourtney, and Kim. Yes, they are reality stars who are famous for “nothing,” or, as many say, for “being famous.” Yes, they are wealthy. But they’re still human — and nobody deserves this kind of treatment.
Hollywood.com correspondent Jennifer Keishin Armstrong is the author of Sexy Feminism, available now, and Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted, a history of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, due out in May. For more information visit JenniferKArmstrong.com.
Follow Jennifer on Twitter @jmkarmstrong
[Photo Credit: Ford]
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