Joseph Gordon-Levitt hated preparing for his role as a porn-obsessed bodybuilder in Don Jon because of the amount of meat he had to eat to pile on the pounds. The actor made his feature-length directorial debut with the film, in which he plays a New Jersey man addicted to X-rated films and working out.
Gordon-Levitt spent hours in the gym for the role and restricted himself to a protein-rich diet - and he admits he couldn't understand why anyone would want to live that way.
He tells Britain's Esquire magazine, "It was really good research getting into that character head space, being so into your appearance and working so hard on it (but) it's not even that healthy, bodybuilding.
"I was eating multiple pounds of meat, chicken and fish every day. That's too much meat. I don't think it's great for your heart - but it does make you big."
A shopping mall performance by Irish pop star Brian Mcfadden had to be axed on Thursday (07Nov13) after he turned up minutes late to a Christmas lights switch-on event in Manchester, England. The former Westlife singer found himself stuck in traffic en route from London to Manchester for the Intu Trafford Centre's annual holiday celebration, and organisers opted not to wait for McFadden, cut his time slot on stage and asked British soap star Natalie Gumede to flick the switch on the festive decorations on schedule.
Disappointed McFadden took to his Twitter.com blog to apologise to fans, writing, "Sorry to everyone at the trafford lights. Took 6 1/2 hours from london. Arrived 3 minutes late but trafford centre wouldnt (sic) wait. Sorry".
McFadden tried to make it up to devotees by spending time signing autographs and posing for photos outside the Trafford Centre.
The singer has been invited to return to the event next year (14).
Speaking on Friday (08Nov13), Gordon McKinnon, the Intu Trafford Centre's regional director, says, "Sadly Brian McFadden was caught up in traffic and missed his slot on stage. We had been looking forward to hearing his new acoustic material, so we were extremely disappointed - and we know that Brian was too. We would love to have Brian back next year."
A representative for Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown has dismissed reports suggesting the 20 year old has quietly wed her fiance Nick Gordon. Brown, who announced her engagement in July (13), sparked speculation the couple had secretly tied the knot after she described Gordon as her "hubby" in a Twitter.com post on Wednesday (06Nov13).
The suggestive post read: "Well off to sleep with my hubby @nickdgordon prayers before bedtime. godbless you all, till next time chaps".
However, a spokesperson for Houston's only child with R&B veteran Bobby Brown has dismissed the marriage speculation to Eonline.com.
The rumours emerged one month after Gordon gifted his bride-to-be with a new diamond ring to replace her old sparkler.
Showing off the impressive piece of jewellery with a photo on her Facebook.com page, she simply wrote, "Upgrade".
Brown grew close to Gordon, who was informally adopted by Houston when her daughter was 12, following the superstar's death last year (12).
Scarlett Johansson insists watching porn can be good for both men and women, as long as it is viewed in moderation. The Avengers actress stars in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's new film Don Jon, about a man who looks at a vast amount of Internet porn despite having a healthy sex life, and Johansson insists racy videos can be enjoyed by both sexes.
However, Johansson, who recently announced her engagement to boyfriend Romain Dauriac, admits she wouldn't be happy if she found out her fiance watched as much as the main character in Don Jon.
She tells Marie Clare magazine, "I think porn, like anything else, can be enjoyed. It can be productive for both men and women... If I found out my boyfriend watched (as much as the character in Don Jon) I would be totally flabbergasted, for sure."
"He's been my neighbour for over 20 years. We got together and decided we would go out together and see what happened. 'Simon and Sting-funkel' is what we're gonna be called." Singer Sting jokes about the new name he and pal Paul Simon should take on when they embark on a North American tour next year (14).
Actress Denise Richards is so concerned by the bad behaviour exhibited by her ex-husband Charlie Sheen's twin boys, she has been trying to set up appointments for psychiatric evaluations. The former Bond girl, who has two daughters with Sheen, has been looking after four-year-old Bob and Max - his kids with another ex Brooke Mueller - since their mother was stripped of custody following a drugs bust in May (13), that prompted the troubled reality TV star to check into a rehabilitation facility.
Richards recently reached out to officials at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to reveal she can no longer take care of the boys as they have allegedly started harming her pet dogs and bullying her girls, reportedly strangling, kicking, scratching, slapping and punching them.
Richards expressed fears the temper troubles are connected to the time the twins spent with Mueller, suggesting they frequently turn violent after returning from visits with their mother.
Now TMZ.com has obtained an email Richards sent to Dr. Jay Gordon, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UCLA Medical School, in August (13), in which she asked to have the kids assessed by child specialists.
The message reads: "As we have discussed, because of recent events involving the boys' behavior I think that they need urgent evaluation. I am very concerned about their escalating violent actions; the apparent lack of understanding of the consequences and the safety of others is most worrisome. I would like them seen by Dr. Alessia Gottlieb for a complete developmental and behavioral assessment."
However, Mueller has reportedly refused to allow Bob and Max to take part in the medical visits as she fights to regain full custody of the kids - a move which has infuriated Sheen.
He has made no secret of his feelings about her custody efforts, recently taking to Twitter.com to rant about child service officials and declare war on Mueller. In his latest bizarre outburst this week (begs04Nov13), he tweeted, "What my family and I are forced to deal with in the last four years, lives outside the pale of any acceptable conduct or decency. I am battling an amorphous enemy that needs to be swiftly disempowered.
"These crimes against my children will be exposed. These war criminals will be hanged at dusk to a cheering and jeering crowd... The storm is brewing."
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Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has vowed to continue pushing forward with his online production company hitRECord as a tribute to his late brother. The Inception star was left devastated when his beloved sibling Dan died in 2010 at the age of 36 in a drug-related accident.
The pair launched the arty website together in 2005, and the actor is determined to keep developing the project in honour of Dan, as it helps him feel connected to his tragic brother.
Gordon-Levitt tells Britain's The Daily Telegraph, "hiRECord is very connected with my brother. So it's very dear to me... (Continuing it is) certainly what he would want... He and I were really trying to do something with it. For me it's a great way of feeling connected to him, by continuing to have the thing grow and evolve. It can be painful, but it's the good kind of pain. It's the healing kind."
Sting and Paul Simon are set to embark on a North American tour together in 2014. The rockers will kick-off Paul Simon & Sting: On Stage Together in February.
Announcing the joint tour, Sting tells The New York Times, "Paul and I both share this abiding curiosity about music and where it's going.
"We don't really know where this (tour) is going. We don't really have a clue how this is going to pan out."
In June (13), Simon surprised fans at Sting's concert in Atlantic City, New Jersey, when he joined the former The Police frontman onstage for renditions of Fields of Gold and Simon & Garfunkel's The Boxer.
Actress Julianne Moore initially snubbed the chance to appear in new comedy Don Jon as she was convinced it was a porn movie. The Hours star has a role in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's feature-length directorial debut, in which he stars as a young man struggling with a porn addiction, but she almost turned down the movie offer when she was first handed the script as she feared the plot would be used as an excuse for multiple sex scenes.
She tells Britain's Event magazine, "I heard that the subject was porn and thought, 'Ugh, I don't want to read it...' (I read the script when) I was on a plane sitting next to my husband; I looked at him and said, 'Wow, this is not about porn, it's about unrealistic media images that are preventing people from being themselves...' Ultimately it's a film about intimacy, which is quite daring."