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Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams Quarreled While Filming ‘The Notebook’

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Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, winners of Best Kiss for "The Notebook" (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage) SGranitz—WireImage

Is true love a lie?

Even though the pair would go on to date for four years, The Notebook stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams initially fought during the romcom’s filming.

In an interview with VH1, The Notebook director Nick Cassavetes admits Gosling wanted McAdams replaced:

Maybe I’m not supposed to tell this story, but they were really not getting along one day on set. Really not. And Ryan came to me, and there’s 150 people standing in this big scene, and he says, “Nick come here.” And he’s doing a scene with Rachel and he says, “Would you take her out of here and bring in another actress to read off camera with me?” I said, “What?” He says, “I can’t. I can’t do it with her. I’m just not getting anything from this.”

After a screaming match, the two apparently worked things out:

We went into a room with a producer; they started screaming and yelling at each other. I walked out. At that point I was smoking cigarettes. I smoked a cigarette and everybody came out like, “All right let’s do this.” And it got better after that, you know? They had it out… I think Ryan respected her for standing up for her character and Rachel was happy to get that out in the open. The rest of the film wasn’t smooth sailing, but it was smoother sailing.

The pattern of arguing passionately and then falling in love sounds a bit like the characters they played, Allie Hamilton and Noah Calhoun. So keep stoking the flames of hope, fans–maybe it’s still destined that they’ll get back together some day. On a dock in the rain, we hope.



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Actually, the Latest Beyoncé “Scandal” Isn’t a Scandal at All

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT -Beyoncé and Jay Z at the opening night of their On the Run Tour.
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT -Beyoncé and Jay Z at the opening night of their On the Run Tour. Jeff Daly—Invision for Parkwood Entertainment

Come on, #BeyHive — she's been changing the lyrics to "Resentment" for years.

Before she was officially flawless and posting cryptic Instagram pictures (and before Instagram even existed, no less), the Beyoncé-obsessed searched for clues about the pop star’s personal life the old-fashioned way: through her lyrics. So when she released the furious breakup anthem “Ring the Alarm” in 2006, fans naturally speculated about the identity of the other woman caught in Bey’s war path — never mind that pop music can sometimes be the work of fiction. No, Beyoncé was definitely trying to communicate with fans, sending them secret messages.

Rihanna was the target of these rumors, probably because she was a Def Jam artist who worked closely with Jay Z, Bey’s then-boyfriend-now-husband and the head of the label at that time. When asked, Beyoncé brushed off the idea the song was about Rihanna, but few could resist a classic tale of workplace temptation, so the rumors stuck, and now they pop up every time something happens in the Beyoncéverse (ahem, Solangegate conspiracy theories).

Which brings us to the latest “scandal” — Beyoncé changing the lyrics to “Resentment” during a recent concert as a way of publicly calling out Jay Z’s rumored infidelity (this time the focus is Mya, not Rihanna). But here’s the thing: Beyoncé has been changing the lyrics to “Resentment,” another song from 2006′s B’Day, for quite some time: videos of years-old performances show she’s often sung the song that way, references to “whack bitches” and all.

The main differences are that she’s wearing a wedding dress-like outfit during the performance and that she updates the line “Been ridin’ with you for six years” to “Been ridin’ with you for 12 years,” which would maybe be more telling if it weren’t such weird math. Six years before 2006 was 2000; 12 years before 2014 was 2002. A popular version of the Beyoncé-Jay Z love story pegs the start of their romance to 2002, when the two collaborated on “03 Bonnie and Clyde,” but the singer herself has said she started dating Jay Z at 19, which could mean the year 2000.

All of this is to say: If Beyoncé is trying to open about her life, it’s short on substance (though you’ll find plenty on her last self-titled album). If Beyoncé is trying to remind you that you’re missing out on an awesome summer tour, the concept of which hinges entirely upon the intrigue of her A-list marriage, she’s doing a very good job.

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Madonna Donates to Detroit After ‘Inspiring’ Visit

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The pop icon is giving money to a boxing gym and a charter school in her troubled hometown

Madonna is donating money to support youth in her hometown of Detroit after being “inspired by the progress she’s witnessed thus far after a recent visit,” the pop star announced in a press release Tuesday.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee will donate funding toward a new facility for Detroit’s Downtown Boxing Gym—where the kids, she says, have a 100% high school graduation rate—and the Detroit Achievement Academy charter school, which she’ll buy “new equipment, art and music supplies including speakers, iPods, iPads and Smart Boards for each classroom.”

Racked by years of decay and a faltering economy, Detroit is currently undergoing the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history. Madonna called this “the first phase of a long-term commitment” to invest in the Motor City.

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Shia LaBeouf Getting Treatment for Alcohol Abuse After Public Outbursts

A rep for the actor says he’s not in rehab but understands that his recent actions are part of a larger problem


Actor Shia LaBeouf is voluntarily getting treatment for alcohol addiction after a string of public scenes, a spokesperson said Tuesday.

“He understands that these recent actions are a symptom of a larger health problem and he has taken the first of many necessary steps towards recovery,” a representative said.

The Transformers star says he has not checked into rehab but is getting help at a “celebrity-frequented” addiction treatment center in Hollywood, the NY Daily News reports.

LaBeouf was arrested in New York Thursday after an apparently drunken disruptive outburst at a Broadway performance. A week earlier, he was filmed in an altercation with a man outside a Manhattan strip club.


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Susan Sarandon Wore Prosthetic Cankles for Tammy, and They Were Liberating

Susan Sarandon in Tammy
Susan Sarandon in 'Tammy' Michael Tackett / Warner Bros.

Playing a grandmother has its advantages, the actress tells TIME

Susan Sarandon knows that it can be risky for an actress to mess with her appearance. “If you’re a woman and you gain weight for a part and you look really terrible, the business is more concerned about hiring you than when a guy does it,” she tells TIME. “I mean, people do sometimes have a lack of imagination and just think, ‘Oh wow, she’s really changed.’”

But when Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone asked her to play McCarthy’s grandmother, Pearl, in their new road-trip comedy, Tammy (out July 2), Sarandon’s concern wasn’t that it was dangerous to go gray as a grandmother — even if, in reality, McCarthy is less than 25 years younger than she is. Sarandon did the math and decided the role was age-appropriate: if Pearl had her daughter as a teen mom, and her daughter was a teen mom too, the character of Tammy could easily be 30 — “I mean, [McCarthy]’s not playing 40; she looks about 4,” Sarandon jokes — and Pearl could still be younger than Sarandon, who’s about to be a grandmother in real life.

Sarandon’s bigger concern was whether how exaggerated the grandma-ness would be. If Pearl were all about facial hair, little glasses and a funny voice, she says, she worried the extras would distract viewers from the personhood of the character. When it became clear that McCarthy and Falcone had in mind to keep the character realistic, despite the crazy situations she gets into, Sarandon signed on. And the Pearl costume ended up relatively minimal, relying heavily on three sets of prosthetic “cankles,” for different degrees of the swollen ankles that figure into the movie’s plot; minimized eyebrows and eyelashes; peppercorns in her shoes for when the character’s feet were supposed to be hurting; and a grandma-approved wardrobe.

“If you put on a pair of baggy, high-waisted, under-your-breasts, elasticized jeans, it does change your outlook,” Sarandon says. “But she could be 70, and I’m almost 68. Pearl has just led a very aging, hard life and doesn’t have the advantage of my makeup and hair people.”

It’s not news that aging in the real world and aging in Hollywood are different, though both can be tough. For Sarandon, playing the former wasn’t all bad, as it meant that she didn’t have to waste any energy worrying about her appearance while she did her job. “It’s very liberating, actually, to not ever be looking at what you look like,” she says. “You hope that whenever you’re working your makeup and hair people are catching things and you don’t have to pay attention, but certainly I’m aware. I can’t help after all these years to be aware, if you’re being badly lit from above or if the camera is at your knee, but in this instance that helped everything.”

In the real world and in movies alike, Sarandon thinks it’s important to show people who are old enough to be grandparents doing more than sitting around at home. “You can’t suddenly just decide, Oh God, I’m old, because then you certainly are old. And age — I don’t want to say age is a number because that’s a really silly expression,” Sarandon says. “There are so many women who are my age and older who are so vital and engaged and creative and still working. That’s why all these young kids are having problems in the workplace, because people are not retiring.”

And that means showing those people who have a lack of imagination that playing a gray-haired grandmother doesn’t mean an actress is looking for “old lady” parts — and it certainly doesn’t mean wearing grandma pants forever. “I’m very aware,” Sarandon says, “that I’m glamming it up for the premiere.”


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Neil Patrick Harris Smooched Josh Radnor During Hedwig Performance

Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER.
Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. Richard Cartwright—CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

It was a legen — wait for it — dary kiss

How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor shared a special moment with former cast-mate Neil Patrick Harris while attending a recent performance of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the Broadway musical in which Harris currently stars.

“He came out in the audience during ‘Sugar Daddy’ and planted a big kiss on my forehead, which humiliated me and also made me very happy,” said Radnor, who this year is starring in plays The Babylon Line and Disgraced, in an interview with Broadway.com.

Now that his long-running CBS show is over, Radnor says he’s thinking about following Harris’ lead and returning to his musical roots. “I did a benefit of She Loves Me a couple years ago with Kelli O’Hara, and I would love to do a production of that,” he said. “We’re talking about it a little bit, but there’s nothing set. I started off in musicals, and I still thing it’s the most adrenaline-producing, fun thing.”


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Beyoncé Tops Forbes’ Celebrity 100 List

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Kevin Mazur—2014 Kevin Mazur

The singer has climbed from number 4 to number 1. Bow down!

Queen B’s reign over the entertainment industry remains unchallenged.

Beyoncé has climbed to the number 1 position on Forbes’ new Celebrity 100 list unveiled Monday, pushing down Oprah Winfrey, last year’s champ, to the fourth place. On the current list, Bey is followed by LeBron James, Dr. Dre, Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres.

Forbes compiles the list by aggregating factors such as nominees’ yearly earnings, presence on social media, and the number of times they were mentioned in print, on TV or on the radio. For the first time this year, the magazine also took into consideration each celebrity’s “impact ranking”— a number that designates the “degree of impact each celebrity has had on the entertainment industry and our culture overall during the prior year.” The time frame for this year’s list was June 1, 2013 through June 1, 2014.

Beyonce, whose estimated income is $115 million, played 95 shows last year, amassing an average of $2.4 million per performance. Forbes also singled out the resounding success of Queen B’s new album, Beyoncé, which the singer dropped on iTunes last December with almost no publicity. She was ranked fourth on last year’s list.

Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z, her partner in the ongoing On the Run tour, has been awarded 6th place on the list; he is followed by Floyd Mayweather, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Robert Downey, Jr., rounding out the top 10.



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Hermione in Trouble Over a Housekeeper

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Actress Emma Watson attends the premiere of "Boulevard" during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 20, 2014 in New York City. Steve Mack--FilmMagic

Hermione in trouble over a housekeeper

In news that’s less Harry Potter and more Bling Ring, British immigration officials are investigating Emma Watson over claims that her American housekeeper might have worked for the actress illegally in the U.K.

The Harry Potter actress allegedly had her U.S. housekeeper accompany her to London on a tourist visa even though the employee continued to work for Watson while in the U.K, the Independent reports. While on tourist visas, visitors to the U.K. are forbidden from working. A spokesperson for Watson didn’t comment to the Independent.

The housekeeper, who was thought to have been hired by Watson in New York in early 2013, was reportedly stopped by British immigration officials. Authorities were said to be investigating a complaint that the housekeeper was paid to continue working for Watson in her London home for three months.

If the investigation finds Watson did employ the American at her London home without the proper work permits, the actress could face up to £10,000 ($17,000) in fines.

[The Indpendent]

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Orange Is the New Black Stars Rock NYC Pride Float

Gay Pride Parade Winds Through New York City
From left, Orange Is the New Black cast members Dascha Polanco, Danielle Brooks and Barbara Rosenblat attend the New York City pride march on June 29, 2014 D Dipasupil—Getty Images

Not-so-straight out of Litchfield

Netflix prison drama Orange Is the New Black is one of the most buzzed-about television shows, and it’s a show that has also earned plenty of praise for its refreshingly varied depictions of sexuality and gender identity. So it’s only right, then, that its stars (and Instagram BFFs) took part in New York City’s pride parade on Sunday.

Cast members, including Yael Stone (Lorna Morello), Samira Wiley (Poussey Washington), Dascha Polanco (Dayanara Diaz), Danielle Brooks (Taystee) and Matt McGorry (Officer Bennett) rode in New York City’s pride parade Sunday on an Orange-themed float.

Co-star and TIME cover star Laverne Cox was also on hand for the celebration, but she had her own VIP car elsewhere in the parade — after all, she is one of the event’s grand marshals.

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Elton John: Jesus Would Approve of Same-Sex Marriage

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He also wants to sit down with Putin

Pop star Elton John called the Pope “wonderful” and said Jesus would approve of marriage equality in an interview on Sunday, the same weekend gay-pride events occurred all over the world.

Although Pope Francis does not support same-sex marriage, John praised the Pope’s attitude toward LGBT people as a sign of progress in an interview with Sky News, the AFP reports.

“He’s excited me so much by his humanity and taking everything down to the humility of faith,” he said. “It’s all basically about love and taking everybody in inclusiveness.”

The singer, who plans to marry longtime partner David Furnish, with whom he has two children, also said Jesus would approve of same-sex marriage, which became legal in England earlier this year.

“If Jesus Christ was alive today, I cannot see him … saying this could not happen,” John said. “He was all about love and compassion and forgiveness and trying to bring people together, and that is what the church should be about.”

John also said he wants to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the country’s stance on gay rights after Putin said many Russians were fans of John “despite his orientation.”

“As long as I’m alive, I will fight for people’s rights,” John said.


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