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Carson Daly makes gay joke on radio show, tweets apology

Carson Daly

Carson Daly is totally requesting that you forgive him after a gay joke "The Voice" host made on his morning radio show fell flat.

Daly was discussing the mid-flight meltdown of JetBlue pilot Clayton Osbon on Tuesday, who was locked out of the cockpit by his copilot and restrained by passengers after a display of erratic behavior.

"Most of the people were on their way to some sort of security conference in Las Vegas," Daly said of several able-bodied passengers who held down Osbon in a matter of moments. "It was like a bunch of dudes, and well-trained dudes."

Daly implied that, given his luck, his neighbors in the sky wouldn't be as capable in wrangling the pilot.

"It would be like, 'This is the flight going to [the gay pride parade] in San Francisco.' I mean, that would be my colleagues," he said. 

He tweeted later: "This morning on my radio show I attempted to make fun of myself & offended others by mistake. I sincerely apologize,"

Some reactions on Twitter registered minor offense (though the Ministry can't tell whether it's for the gay jab or simply the bad joke), but this isn't the first time a guy from "The Voice" has stepped in LGBT controversy.

In May, judge Blake Shelton took some heat for a tweet that suggested he would get violent with any male that attempted to touch him in a sexual context. A month later, Cee Lo Green tweeted angrily at a critic, assuming the person was gay and offended by his "masculinity." 

The show does, however, count gay icon Christina Aguilera as a coach for singing contestants, as well as Adam Levine, an open supporter of equal rights (Levine has spoken at length about his openly gay brother).


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Photo: Carson Daly at AMP 97.1 FM in Los Angeles in June 2011. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times 

Globes winners Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin hit Weinstein party

Golden Globes winners Meryl Streep and Jean Dujardin

Golden Globe winner Meryl Streep referred to Harvey Weinstein as "god" in her acceptance speech Sunday, taking the prize for actress in a drama. And if that's the case, Meryl, everyone went to god's house Sunday night.

The location was the former BAR210 space at the Beverly Hilton, tented and furnished in black to house the Weinstein Co.'s formal after-party celebrating many significant wins at the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.'s big night. 

Harvey's leading ladies brought Globes home -- Streep for "The Iron Lady" and Michelle Williams for "My Week With Marilyn" -- and to the party for that matter, celebrating victories with well-wishers including Cameron Diaz (showing once again with Diddy), Ewan McGregor, Viola Davis and Alexander Skarsgard.

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The Ministry ran into Jean Dujardin of "The Artist," who won for actor in a musical or comedy, huddled with his producers in a corner.

"Shocked," he told us of his feelings on the win, staring down at his statuette. And where will the prize live? "In my bed," he said, pressing it to his face and snuggling it (this man really is the French Clooney, we may or may not have blushed). 

Madonna popped by to see Mr. Weinstein after grabbing a win for best original song with "Masterpiece" from her film "W.E.," but stayed only a few moments before disappearing as an ageless Jane Fonda entered with a gentleman escort, fur stole wrapped around her shoulders and ready to schmooze.

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Speaking of schmoozing, Relativity Media exec Ryan Kavanaugh picked over hors d'oeuvres at a table with Rob Lowe while Les Moonves and Julie Chen said hello to Penny Marshall. Mark Salling and Cory Monteith of "Glee" roamed with Malin Ackerman and Lindsay Lohan nearby.

As for Weinstein himself, he kept the company of Leonardo DiCaprio -- and those countless other worshippers Sunday night.


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Photos: Meryl Streep and Jean Dujardin arrive at the Weinstein Co. party after the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday. Credits: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

'The Rum Diary': Johnny Depp always mindful of Hunter S. Thompson

Johnny Depp on the red carpet at the premiere of The Rum Diary

Johnny Depp has already channeled the spirit of his late friend, gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, a number of times on the big screen. 

Over a decade ago, Depp brought the writer's wild alter-ego to life in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." Earlier this year, he said the personality of the animated lizard he played in "Rango" was inspired by Thompson, who committed suicide in 2005. And in just a few weeks, Depp will continue his effort to keep the icon's image alive with "The Rum Diary," based on one of Thompson's novels and costarring Aaron Eckhart and Amber Heard.

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The movie, shot back in 2009, was a passion project for Depp, who said he still has visions of Thompson and feels the writer's spirit is with him "24 hours a day."

"There's this great friend that I knew and loved who left this world in 2005, and still stays with me somehow," he mused on the red carpet at the premiere of "The Rum Diary" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Thursday evening. "I mean, literally, my head hits the pillow, I think of him. I wake up in the morning, I think of him."

Depp plays a journalist who moves to Puerto Rico and begins working at a troubled newspaper where he and his co-workers become booze hounds. The story draws heavily from Thompson's experiences in the tropical paradise, where he worked in his 20s in a similar environment.

That Depp was so familiar with Thompson's story proved to be an asset for the actor's costars.

"Johnny just knows Hunter so well and knows the words and is so involved in the project that it's just effortless," said Eckhart, who plays a rival of Depp's character.

"It's a passion project for him, and it made me trust all the more in the material," added actress Heard, "The Rum Diary's" love interest. "It was a wild ride."

"The Rum Diary" hits theaters Oct. 28.


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Photo: Johnny Depp at the premiere of "The Rum Diary" on Oct. 13. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press.

Marilyn Monroe dress from 'The Seven-Year Itch' sells for $4.6 million

Marilyn Monroe's dress from "The Seven-Year Itch"

The dress that famously billowed up around Marilyn Monroe as she stood over a subway vent while filming "The Seven-Year Itch" sold for $4.6 million on Saturday at an auction of memorabilia belonging to actress Debbie Reynolds.

"Oh, do you feel the breeze from the subway?" Monroe said in the 1955 film. "Isn't it delicious?"

Delicious indeed -- the winning bid for the "subway grate" dress easily outstripped the $1 million to $2 million estimated value placed on the frock by dealer Profiles in History.

Reynolds, 79, had hoped to see the ivory-colored rayon-acetate halter dress with pleated skirt housed one day in a museum that would hold her massive collection of costumes, key props, movie posters, original costume sketches and more, assembled over the course of 50 years from studios including 20th Century Fox and MGM. A planned project in Tennessee went bankrupt in 2009, leaving the actress with creditors to pay. Reynolds, of course, is mother to actress and writer Carrie Fisher and was married to Eddie Fisher until he left her for Elizabeth Taylor.

The Saturday auction, held at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, presented 700 items from Reynolds' collection, including Elizabeth Taylor's ceremonial headdress from "Cleopatra," the blue "Dorothy" dress worn by Judy Garland during the first two weeks of filming "The Wizard of Oz" and a Santa suit from the original "Miracle on 34th Street." A second auction will be held in December.

The winning bidder for Monroe's subway dress will add another $1 million in commission, CNN points out. Sound like a sign of a world going quietly crazy? Fear not: An original poster from the 1944 Ingrid Bergman-Charles Boyer film "Gaslight" was valued at a relatively sane $300-$500.

Next major pop-culture item on the auction radar: Michael Jackson's original "Thriller" jacket, which goes on the block this coming weekend.


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Reuters contributed to this report.

Photos: Marilyn Monroe poses over the updraft of a New York subway grating, left, while in character for the filming of "The Seven Year Itch" in Manhattan in 1954. Almost six decades later, the dress, right, sold at auction for $4.6 million. Credits: Associated Press, left; Fred Prouser / Reuters, right


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'Battle: Los Angeles' movie premiere: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Ne-Yo hit the black carpet

Battle-la-michelle-rodrigueAaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez and the cast of "Battle: Los Angeles" invaded the Village Theater in Westwood on Tuesday to premiere their apocalyptic sci-fi flick.

The film, which opens Friday, is the latest installment in the alien invasion genre. This time, a band of Marines led by Eckhart battles extraterrestrials in an effort to save the City of Angels -- the last of the world's major cities not in the aliens' clutches. Fun fact: Except for scenes at Camp Pendleton and Santa Monica, 90% of the movie was filmed in Louisiana.




But we have to say, it's refreshing to see Rodriguez, one of Hollywood's persistent tomboy actresses, all gussied up for a change. We're loving her one-shouldered gown and statement necklace.

Bridget Moynahan of "Blue Bloods," who plays the damsel in distress in "Battle: Los Angeles," also got dolled up to hit the black carpet for the Jonathan Liebesman-directed film.

Other Marine-playing, black-carpet invaders: "The Wire's" Ramon Rodriguez, "True Blood's" Jim Parrack, "The Vampire Diaries' " Gino Pesi, "X-Men: First Class' " Lucas Till and "Gran Torino's" Cory Hardrict.

R&B singer Ne-Yo, who plays a corporal and appears on the big screen for the first time since 2007's "Stomp the Yard," was accompanied by castmates Michael Pena of "Eastbound & Down," Taylor Handley of "Southland" and Adetokumboh M'Cormack of "Heroes."

Rodriguez's "Machete" co-star Cheech Marin and his wife, Natasha Rubin, also attended.


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Left photo: Michelle Rodriguez hits the carpet for "Battle: Los Angeles." Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters.

Right photo: Aaron Eckhart at the premiere in Westwood. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

Spirit Awards: Aaron Eckhart's 'Rabbit Hole' director says, 'We're having a blast' [Video]

When it comes to the Oscar for actress in a lead role, many have predicted the race will come down to Natalie Portman and Annette Bening. Even John Cameron Mitchell, who directed Nicole Kidman in "Rabbit Hole," admitted he doesn't think the actress has a good shot at winning.

Nicole Kidman at the Spirit Awards "I think we're all kind of like, 'Don't worry about it,' " he said at the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday. "We're having a blast because we're not preparing any speeches."

A good time indeed: Cameron Mitchell said he'd been spending the weekend partying his cares away.

"I'm partying all weekend. You're never really hung over if you had a good time," he joked. "Tonight, I'm going to a soul dance party. I'm having a blast." (Click the pic of Kidman, right, for more photos from the red carpet.)

Presumably quite a change from the tone on set during production of "Rabbit Hole," which stars Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as a couple grieving the loss of their young son.

"It's tough material, you know, and we all understand that we're actors and we're trying to do something special," Eckhart said, "but there's always time for laughter and friendliness and cavorting, so we had a good time making the movie."

Despite the odds, will he still be rooting for his costar, also a Spirit Awards presenter and nominee?

"Absolutely," he said. "Number one."


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Photo: Presenter and "Rabbit Hole" nominee Nicole Kidman arrives at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Feb. 26, 2011. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images


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