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Actor Zach Braff has denied rumours he's dating Taylor Swift, insisting he has sworn off dating "super-famous girls" after becoming a tabloid target while romancing singer/actress Mandy Moore.
Speculation recently surfaced that the former Scrubs star and the serial celebrity dater had become an item, but in an interview with U.S. shock jock Howard Stern on Monday (21Jul14), Braff quickly shot down the story. Calling the Love Story singer "a sweet girl" the actor explained he has only met Swift twice and romance reports are nothing but "Internet bulls**t".
Braff, who recently split from his model girlfriend Taylor Bagley after five years together, revealed he vowed never to date another celebrity after breaking up with Saved star Moore in 2006. He told Stern, "When you date another famous person, that's when they really hound you. That's when the paparazzi are outside your house and that's when you can't ride your bike through Manhattan because they follow you."
"When my relationship with Mandy ended, (my publicist) said, 'I'm going to give you a hint that you should know. If you don't date these 25 girls, your life will be so much easier.' And she was kind of exaggerating because there's more than those 25 girls, but in so many words, if you can, don't date other famous people because then all the tabloids pretty much leave you alone."
He added, "I could walk down the street, I don't get followed. Well, if you're going to hook up with a famous girl, that might be fun for your ego, but you don't want to be out in public dating a famous girl because then they follow you everywhere you go."
And Braff admitted he'd hate to have pal Harry Styles' life, adding, "He can't walk two f**king feet or a crowd forms and the paparazzi forms (sic)... He's the sweetest kid, but I don't want that existence."
Ironically, Styles briefly dated Taylor Swift at the end of 2102.
Actor Jonah Hill took to U.S. TV on Tuesday (03Jun14) to repeat his apology for hurling a homophobic slur at a photographer, insisting he has let down his fans in the gay community. The Wolf of Wall Street star was being followed by a paparazzo in Los Angeles over the weekend (31May-01Jun14) when he lost his temper and spluttered, "Suck my d**k, you f**got" when the snapper complimented his shorts.
The outburst was caught on camera and emerged online on Tuesday, and Hill used an interview with U.S. DJ Howard Stern to say sorry for the "disgusting" remark.
He reiterated his apology hours later when he sat down for an interview with chat show host Jimmy Fallon, and became choked up when talking about the scandal.
Hill said, "In response (to the photographer), I wanted to hurt him back, and I said the most hurtful word that I could think of at that moment.
"I didn't mean this in the sense of the word, you know? I didn't mean it in a homophobic way... I think that, um, that doesn't matter. How you mean things doesn't matter. Words have weight and meaning, and the word I chose was grotesque. And, you know? No one deserves to say or hear words like that.
"I genuinely am deeply sorry to anyone who's ever been affected by that term in their life... I don't deserve or expect your forgiveness, but what I ask is that at home; if you're watching this, and you're a young person especially; if someone says something that hurts you or angers you, use me as an example of what not to do, and don't respond with hatred or anger. Because you're just adding more ugliness to the world."
Actor Neil Patrick Harris declined an offer from America's CBS network bosses to take over for David Letterman after he departs The Late Show. The former star of How I Met Your Mother, which also aired on the CBS network, has revealed he was at the top of the shortlist to take over for the comedian, who is set to leave his post in 2015.
In a recent interview with shock jock Howard Stern, Harris admitted he met with CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves to discuss the possibility of the new gig, but ultimately said no due to the routine nature of a nightly job.
Harris said he would "get bored" of the format, adding, "I don't have any interest in doing 'monologue, commercial, sketch, guest, guest musical act, goodnight."
He also divulged that Moonves attempted to get him to take over from Scottish funnyman Craig Ferguson, who is also leaving his position on The Late Late Show, but again Harris declined.
He said, "It's still nightly. You're still coming up with the same content and now you're just getting bitter that no one's watching it."
While Moonves and fellow CBS executives have already chosen Stephen Colbert to replace Letterman come next year (15), Harris told the boss that he would prefer to host a weekly variety show for the network.
He added, "I think if it's weekly and people really want to see it - and you trust that there's a lot of really great s**t on there - then you're going to get the guests to want to come on your thing.
"A weekly thing, you'd have more time to prep for stuff. You could do pre-taped stuff that would be really exciting, you could flesh it out a little bit more and have more acts."
Harris is currently taking a brief break from TV to star on Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch, for which he was recently nominated for his first Tony Award.
Piers Morgan has lashed out at Larry King after the former talk show host branded it a "mistake" to hire the British journalist as his replacement. Morgan took over King's nightly interview programme on U.S. network CNN when the veteran stepped down in 2011, but the series was axed this year (14) due to declining ratings following Morgan's ill-advised anti-guns crusade.
King believes CNN bosses made an error recruiting Morgan in the first place, telling radio DJ Howard Stern on Wednesday (08May14), "I thought they made a mistake in the Piers hire. I thought it was a mistake, one, to hire a Britisher (sic) in prime time and, two, I thought that he made himself too much part of the show."
Now Morgan has responded to the comments, firing back at King in a series of terse messages on Twitter.com.
He writes, "Hey Larry... you don't need to KEEP b**ching about me. It's over. Relax... And FYI (for your information)... there is no such word as 'Britisher'. But then research & facts were never your strong point were they, Brooklyner?
"Always tried to be respectful to @kingsthings - but he's been a constant poisonous twerp towards me for 3 years and I'm bored with it. As for our respective egos, one of us changed his name legally to 'King' and it wasn't me. So get over yourself @kingsthings. Why should I show any respect to @kingsthings any more when he has shown zero to me? Game on, Brooklyner."
Troubled pop star Justin Bieber has hit back at Seth Rogen after the actor blasted his behaviour during a radio interview. The Knocked Up star has taken aim the singer on a numerous occasions, including in January (14) when Rogen called him a "piece of s**t" on Twitter.com.
Speaking to radio DJ Howard Stern on Monday (05May14), Rogen defended his criticisms, saying, "I met him a few times. He's a good example of someone who you meet, who you think you are going to hate, then you get to hate him. You meet him and he lives up to every one of your expectations." Rogen recalled their first meeting backstage at a German talk show when Bieber requested to meet him but acted rudely when they were introduced.
The actor adds, "(I thought) What the f**k, I don't want to meet you! Don't act all nonplussed to meet me. I didn't want to meet you. I was like, 'He's a little bit of a motherf***er. Whatever. He's a bit of a d**k.'"
Bieber has now hit back at Rogen on Twitter, writing on Thursday (08May14), "Seth Rogan (sic) sorry I didn't bow down when I asked 2 (to) meet u (you) was probably a bit shy and didn't want to be over the top but still. Love ur (your) movies."
Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva has reportedly lost the settlement agreement she made following her split from the actor after violating a confidentiality agreement. Grigorieva and Gibson became embroiled in a heated custody battle in 2011 which eventually resulted in the Lethal Weapon star agreeing to pay her $750,000 (£484,000) in instalments until 2016.
On Wednesday (19Feb14) editors at TMZ.com reported that the Russian songwriter had filed for bankruptcy and now the website's writers claim the settlement agreement has also been revoked after she violated a gag order preventing her from discussing her time with the actor.
Court sources tell the website the violation relates to an interview Grigorieva gave with radio shock-jock Howard Stern in October (13), during which she described her relationship with Gibson as "painful and dark".
Her comments were allegedly enough for a judge to rule that she had violated the order, which prevents her from discussing her life with the actor, and she will not receive the remaining instalments of her settlement, which are said to amount to $375,000 (£234,375).
Oscar nominee Jonah Hill was so excited at the prospect of working with his "absolute hero" Martin Scorsese on The Wolf Of Wall Street, he accepted the job for just $60,000 (£37,500). The Moneyball star accepted the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) union minimum to get the chance to work with the revered filmmaker for almost seven months.
He made the revelation during a radio interview with U.S. shock jock Howard Stern on Tuesday (21Jan14), admitting he auditioned for the role of drug-taking swindler Donnie Azoff and then had to wait for two months before learning he had won the part.
Hill said, "They gave me the lowest amount of money possible... and I said, 'I will sign the papers tonight. Fax me the papers...' I said, 'I wanna sign them before I go to sleep tonight, so they legally can't change their mind'.
"It was the minimum... I think... 60 grand before commissions and taxes for almost a seven-month shoot."
And the actor insists he has never once regretted signing on for such a low figure: "I would sell my house and give him (Scorsese) all my money to work for him... and I would do it again in a second. It's not about money for me.
"Scorsese, he's the best in the world at what he does... Every actor in the world wants to work with Martin Scorsese."
The Wolf of Wall Street, based on the wild lifestyle of disgraced New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort, is also shortlisted for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director for Scorsese at the Academy Awards.
Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is taking a stand against violence on film by pledging to make less bloody projects to reflect his support for anti-gun campaigners. The producer is known for his work on films like the Scream horror franchise and Quentin Tarantino's heavily-violent action epics Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds, but he is now planning to take his career in a new direction with his upcoming Meryl Streep collaboration The Senator's Wife - a hard-hitting project he hopes will tackle the controversial issue of gun control in America.
Weinstein revealed details of the movie during a chat with U.S. shockjock Howard Stern last week (ends17Jan14), claiming the film will make members of the National Rifle Association (NRA) "wish they weren't alive", prompting outrage from NRA supporters, including outspoken rocker Ted Nugent.
However, the backlash has only made Weinstein more determined to make more conscious decisions about the films he makes in the future for the sake of his own family, after a spate of senseless gun crimes across America, including the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre in Connecticut and the cinema shooting atrocity in Denver, Colorado in 2012.
During an interview with CNN newsman Piers Morgan, Weinstein said, "I have to just choose movies, I mean, that aren't violent - or as violent as they used to be.
"I can't do it (anymore). I can't make one movie, and say this is what I want for my kids, and then just go out and be a hypocrite (and make violent films). I've done a good job of feeling sympathetic for it (gun control issue) over the years, but I've done also a good job of ignoring it and saying that's somebody else's fight.
"But it's in my backyard now. And as much as I want to ignore it, as much as I want to go on with my regular life, I can't shake it this time."
Right-wing rocker Ted Nugent has branded movie mogul Harvey Weinstein a "subhuman punk" and compared him to a Nazi over his plans to make a hard-hitting new film with an anti-gun theme. Weinstein has confirmed Meryl Streep is onboard for his new project, reportedly named The Senator's Wife, which he hopes will tackle the controversial issue of gun control in America.
During an interview with shock jock Howard Stern, the celebrated producer also revealed he wants the film to change the opinion of the pro-gun lobby, including America's National Rifle Association (NRA), saying, "They're going to wish they weren't alive after I'm done with them. It's going to be, like, crash and burn... I don't think we need guns in this country, and I hate it, and I think the NRA is a disaster area."
Weinstein's comments have infuriated Nugent, a member of the NRA and a vocal gun advocate, who condemned the moviemaker in an appearance on the NRA's Cam & Company news show on Thursday (16Jan14), saying, "I know that God is inspiring the subhuman punk Weinstein to create what is going to be the most powerful promotion tool for the NRA ever because people are smarter than he acknowledges."
Nugent goes on to compare Weinstein to Nazi propaganda master Joseph Goebbels and left-wing activist Saul Alinsky.
He adds, "(People) will see that Joseph Goebbels and Saul Alinsky is alive in the form a fat punk named Harvey Weinstein, and as he tries to destroy the NRA it will backfire on him... Harvey Weinstein is on the side of criminals. The NRA is on the side of innocent victims protecting themselves from criminals."
He also branded a Weinstein a "brain-dead idiot" and a "descendent of the ultimate putz", while he also called Stern a "spineless weasel" for not challenging the movie mogul on his show.
Lady Gaga has reignited her feud with Madonna by insisting she has no interest in becoming the next Queen of Pop and doesn't care about the superstar's opinion of her. The pair has been embroiled in a spat since 2011 after Gaga's hit Born This Way was widely compared to Madonna's 1989 track Express Yourself.
Following the comparison, Madonna has taken several swipes at Gaga, performing a mash-up of both songs during her 2012 MDNA tour and jokingly dedicating her track Masterpiece to the singer during a concert in New Jersey last year (12), telling fans, "I'm gonna dedicate this next song to Lady Gaga... Imitation is the highest form of flattery."
However, the Poker Face hitmaker insists she is not bothered by what Queen of Pop thinks of her and has no interest in taking over her position in the music world.
In a radio interview with U.S. shock jock Howard Stern on Tuesday (12Nov13), she says, "I think she's more aggravated that I'm not upset that she doesn't like me. Because I don't care that she doesn't like me. No, I don't care. It's such nonsense...
"There's this thing with some people that I'm a threat to the throne. I don't want your f**king throne, no thanks, I have my own. I actually don't want a throne at all, because I don't view myself as a queen, I view myself as one of my fans."