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GERARD DEPARDIEU OPENS UP ABOUT BOOZING HABIT
Former Oscar nominee Gerard Depardieu admits to drinking throughout the day nearly every day but insists it is not a problem. The 65-year-old confessed during a recent interview with UK magazine So Film that he can consume "12, 13, or 14" bottles of wine a day and still remain in control.
Gerard told the magazine, "When I'm bored, I drink. Apart from compulsory moments of abstinence. After bypass surgery, and also because of cholesterol and stuff, I have to be careful. Anyway, I'm not going to die. Not now. I still have energy. It starts at home with Champagne or red wine, before 10 a.m. Then again Champagne. Then pastis, maybe half a bottle. Then food, accompanied by two bottles of wine. In the afternoon, Champagne, beer, and more pastis at around 5 p.m., to finish off the bottle. Later on vodka and/or whisky." He added, "But I'm never totally drunk, just a little pissed. All you need is a 10-minute nap and voilá, a slurp of rosé wine and I feel as fresh as a daisy."
- The Life of Pi actor was arrested back in November 2012 in Paris for going on a drunken scooter ride. There was also an incident in 2011 where he urinated on the floor of an Air France flight.
MAYIM BIALIK DOESN'T LIKE THE MESSAGE OF 'FROZEN'
First Ariana Grande and now Disney's Frozen is in the crosshairs of Mayim Bialik. The Big Bang Theory star and mother of two has written a new blog post for Kveller explaining why the hugely successful movie is not very popular in her household.
Mayim writes, "Sure, it's sort of hidden, but the search for a man/love/Prince is still the reigning plot line in the movie, as it is with pretty much all movies for young people which are animated. The sister's desire to marry this guy she just met, and the other sister getting mad at her -- we still have a plot about the identification of a woman being based on her desire and search to meet a man. Of course, in general, in the Universe, heterosexual women tend to want to meet men and I am one of those women. My issue is not that. My issue is that this is a movie geared to small children who I don't think need to be focusing on that as the main driving plot of a movie, especially when it's not a literary or historically-based fairy tale. And these characters are young; certainly not old enough in my socially conservative opinion to be searching for mates! I've had just enough already with this finding a man business in most every kids' movie. Disney classics were all about this and look where it's gotten us!"
- The former Blossom star also takes issue with how the characters are drawn. She continues, "The male characters look like cartoon men. They have some exaggerated features, sure. But by and large, they look like they have the proportions of human beings. Not so with our lead ladies. They have ginormous eyes. Like really ridiculously big. Teeny-tiny ski slope noses. Exaggerated delicate ski sloppiness, actually. Barbie doll proportions of their bodies in general: tiny waists, ample busts, and huge heads. They look like dolls. They don't look like the same species as the male characters even! What's up with that?! My sons thought the females looked like BRATZ dolls, truth be told. I kind of agree."
BEN AFFLECK RESPONDS TO CARD COUNTING STORIES
Ben Affleck admits that the rumors about his card counting at a casino earlier this year actually did happen but not exactly as it was being reported. The Gone Girl star appears in the new issue of Details where he clears the air about all of the rumors surrounding his gambling.
He tells the magazine, "That is a true story. I mean, that took place. I took some time to learn the game and became a decent blackjack player. And once I became decent, the casinos asked me not to play blackjack. I mean, the fact that being good at the game is against the rules at the casinos should tell you something about casinos. They don't even want you to have a sporting chance, really. There's a lot of hospitality, backslapping, when they think you're gonna come in and dump money, and if they think you might leave with some money, it's like, 'You know what? Why don't you try craps or roulette?' I had always liked blackjack. I don't play any other games of chance. I don't bet on football games, and I don't gamble at all, really, outside of that. But I knew with blackjack that there's a way you can improve your odds. And so I started trying to learn. And then I just got to a point in my life where I'm like, 'If I'm going to do something, I'm going to try and do it really well.' It was sort of presented like I did something illegal. You know what I mean? I wish I could say they were afraid of me in every capacity, but they only said, 'No blackjack.'"
- Ben also explains how the tabloids tried to twist the situation by saying he looked disheveled and that his wife, Jennifer Garner, reached a breaking point in the marriage. He adds, "That's the thing: It's really hard for people to understand -- it would be hard for me to understand -- that people can freely write that sh*t, almost completely fiction, and pass it off and run it. And you're going, like, 'I can't f***in' believe this! Not only do they invite me over there, then they don't let me play, then they said I was, like, gambling, which also is not true, and then they said my hair was fucked up. When will the indignities end?' That's all bullshit. They completely lie. I mean, I can show you 10 articles of Star and OK! -- those magazines feel totally comfortable absolutely fictionalizing every single element of the story. And there's nothing you can do about that. My only hope is that people with any common sense recognize that those stories are false. And, I don't know, there're worse stories..."
REPORT: KYLIE JENNER WANTS TO SING
Kylie Jenner is reportedly ready to pull in some more cash for the Kardashian family by conquering the music scene. Sources tell Radar Online that the 17-year-old is aspiring to be "the next Katy Perry."
One insider said, "Kylie has found her calling in life -- to be a singer! She is in training right now with vocal coach and producer, Tim Carter. She realized that she can't compete with Kendall when it comes to modeling so she has chosen to turn to music. The whole family is really supportive of the decision, and Tim has already been to Kris' house to start the lessons!"
- Kylie is already apparently working on her first single.
- Her half-sister, Kim Kardashian, briefly tried to enter the music game with a track called "Jam (Turn It Up)" back in 2011.
BILL HADER APOLOGIZES FOR INSULTING COREY FELDMAN
Bill Hader may be a big star now but the SNL alum has one regret from earlier in his career when he was working behind the scenes on VH1's The Surreal Life. He dropped by HuffPost Live where he offered an apology to one of the show's cast members, Corey Feldman.
Bill explained, "He felt that by the end of the show he came off poorly and I think he was a little nervous and we were at a wrap party and I was drunk. And he came up to me and said, 'I understand you work in post-production? And I said, 'Yeah, yeah.' And he said, 'I will give you $2000 if you bring all the episodes to my house so me and my lawyers can look over it.' I thought for a second before responding with 'Corey, you don't have $2000!'" The Skeleton Twins star continued, "I was driving home thinking 'I just told off Corey Feldman!' and then the next morning I was like 'I'm such an a***ole,' It's not cool. It did not make me feel good about myself. Corey, if you're watching, I apologize. Look into my eyes. I'm very, very sorry."
KRISTEN WIIG AND SCOTT SPEEDMAN ARE NOT A THING: Sources close to Scott Speedman are shooting down recent rumors that he is romancing Kristen Wiig. The couple reportedly hit it off at the after-party for St. Vincent at the Toronto International Film Festival. Despite claims that they were seen holding handing and allegedly couldn't keep their hands off of each other, there is supposedly nothing happening between them.
ROBERT DE NIRO RENTS NEW APARTMENT IN MANHATTAN: Robert De Niro and his wife has taken up residence in one of New York City's most expensive rental apartments. They are reportedly paying $125,000 a month for the new digs which is made up of two condo apartments and takes up a whole floor of the building. The couple are renting the place until renovations are done on the home that they own on the Upper West Side of the city. The property was badly damaged in a fire back in 2012.
KIRSTEN DUNST HATES WATCHING HERSELF: Kirsten Dunst revealed in a recent interview with The Edit that she doesn't enjoy watching herself on screen. She explained, "I hate watching myself and I don't like hearing my voice. I don't mind watching some of my old movies -- the other day I was at home and Little Women was on -- because those often feel like home movies to me and I can get all nostalgic about them, but never current ones."
LINDSAY LOHAN PARTIES WITH E.L. JAMES: Lindsay Lohan shared a photo on her Instagram account earlier this week of herself hanging out with Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James and stylist Juliet Angus. The trio hit up the AnOther Magazine party inside Lou Lou's private members club for London Fashion Week. Lindsay captioned the picture, "Blessed to have such strong, smart, encouraging women in my life. @erikaljames @julietangus" LiLo has reportedly expressed interest in working with E.L. for a planned memoir.
'7TH HEAVEN' CAST REUNITES: The cast of 7th Heaven reunited for dinner earlier this week and took a Camden family portrait for social media. Barry Watson, Beverley Mitchell, David Gallagher, Stephen Collins, Catherine Hicks, and Jessica Biel met up for the first time in the nearly eight years since the show went off the air. Beverley posted the picture and wrote, "Something truly amazing happened last night and my heart is overflowing! Love these peeps more than I can ever explain! We were just missing Mack! Feeling so incredibly blessed to have these incredible people in my life!!! #theresnothinglikefamily #7thheaven #love #blessed." The Mack she references is Mackenzie Rosman who played Ruthie Camden on the series which ran for 11 years until 2007.
E! TO HONOR JOAN RIVERS WITH 'FASHION POLICE' MARATHON: E! has announced plans to pay tribute to Joan Rivers by airing a Fashion Police marathon starting on Friday (September 19th) at 7 AM ET/PT. The marathon will end with a special tribute called Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan at 8 PM ET/PT. The special will feature Melissa Rivers as well as co-hosts Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic, and George Kotsiopoulos. It will also include behind-the-scenes footage as well as commentary from friends and family.
ABC FAMILY ACTRESS JOINS 'AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW': Skyler Samuels, known for starring on ABC Family's short-live Nine Lives of Chloe King, has booked a gig on the upcoming season of American Horror Story. The Hollywood Reporter says her role will be as "a local who finds herself in a tough situation." The new season kicks off on October 8th on FX.
FIFTH INSTALLMENT OF 'PARANORMAL ACTIVITY' PUSHED BACK: Paramount has announced that the fifth installment of Paranormal Activity will be released on March 23rd, 2015 instead of October 24th as initially planned. The title was also changed from Paranormal Activity 5 to Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. No reason was given for the changes.
BILL HADER TO RETURN TO 'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE': Bill Hader will be returning to Saturday Night Live to host the October 11th episode. He spent eight years as a cast member before making his exit in the 2012-2013 season. The musical guest that night will be Hozier.
TOM HIDDLESTON JOINS 'SKULL ISLAND': Avengers actor Tom Hiddleston has joined the cast of the King Kong prequel, Skull Island. The studio is hoping to release the film on November 4th, 2016. It will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts.