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Joe Manganiello talks full-frontal nudity for 'Magic Mike'

Joe Manganiello talks "Magic Mike" and his character Big Dick Richie

Joe Manganiello doesn't want to hear any bellyaching from his "Magic Mike" costars about baring their bodies. After all, the actor says, nudity is a part of his day job.

"It's not that different from what I do on set on 'True Blood,'" Manganiello told the Huffington Post. "I wonder if some of the other guys have done it before -- taken their clothes off on camera.

"For me, it's just a typical day at the office," he said.

Manganiello will star in Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" -- alongside longtime pal Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum, whose experiences as a young exotic dancer served as inspiration for the flick. 

Having taken it off since the beginning of his career, Manganiello isn't intimidated by playing a sizable character.

"When I was in college, I did an off-Broadway show where I was full-frontal on stage, so I guess all of these crazy parts have been coming my way for a long time," he said.

"Magic Mike" begins shooting in mid-September, but expect more Manganiello as the fourth season of "True Blood" winds up and Emmy Awards festivities unfurl. 

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Photo: Joe Manganiello in Los Angeles on Aug. 23, 2011. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press


Madonna thanks exes Sean Penn, Guy Ritchie for creative support

Madonna gives Sean Penn and Guy Ritchie a sweet shout out

Madonna has descended upon the Venice International Film Festival with her second directorial effort, "W.E.," about parallel love stories centering around the famous romance between American divorcee Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII.

Invoking her own love stories, the 53-year-old entertainer appeared to be making this her "No Hard Feelings" tour, talking about ex-husbands Sean Penn and Guy Ritchie with surprising candor and positivity.

Seriously. 

"I am and was attracted to very creative people which is why I married Sean Penn and Guy Ritchie, two very talented directors," she said at the festival. "They both encouraged me as a director and as a creative person to do what I did, and they were both very supportive."

We applaud the maturity in Madonna's sentiments (seems like hanging out with younger friends agrees with her).

Madonna said she identified with the stylish but prickly Simpson -- a woman the king found more irresistible than the throne, which he abdicated in order to marry her in 1936 -- from the point of being a public figure or celebrity. 

"We are often reduced to a soundbite and ... you're given a few attributes and then you're not allowed to have anything more than that," she said. 

New to Simpson's famous style? Check out this video from Vanity Fair's profiles of the world's best dressed women.

 

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Photo: Madonna attends a photo call at the Venice International Film Festival on Sept. 1 for "W.E.," her latest directorial effort. Credit: Alessandro Garofalo / Reuters

 


Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow meet again, as grown-ups

Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt Damon star in "Contagion"

When "Contagion" opens in September, film fans will get to see Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow reunited from 1999's "The Talented Mr. Ripley."

Damon — who plays husband to Paltrow's character, a businesswoman stricken by a mysterious virus, in Steven Soderbergh's thriller — opened up about working with her again after more than a decade.

Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow in 'The Talented Mr. Ripley'"I was reminded of just how amazing she is, she's a really special actress," Damon told "Access Hollywood." "More so than anybody I've ever worked with, she's got an ability to turn it on and off. Like she can just be talking about anything and then when they say, 'Rolling,' it's like she snaps, she just locks in." 

Damon said "Mr. Ripley," made when he and Paltrow were in their 20s, feels "like a lifetime ago." With both now married with kids, their vibe was much more adult.

"We were talking about kids a lot," he said. "It was nice to reconnect."

Paltrow is married to Coldplay rocker Chris Martin, with children Apple and Moses. Damon, married to Luciana Barroso for nearly six years, has three kids at home.

See the whole interview, below.

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Top photos: Gwyneth Paltrow in December 2010; Matt Damon in February 2011. Credits:  Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times, left; Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times, right.

Left photo:  Damon and Paltrow in the 1999 film "The Talented Mr. Ripley." Credit: Paramount Pictures.


Angelina Jolie: I'm not adopting, pregnant or marrying Brad Pitt

Angelina Jolie meets the president of Croatia

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt won't be getting married any time soon -- nor will the couple be adding to their expansive family. And why do we care about these no-news confirmations? Because this time they're coming from Angelina Jolie herself.

The "Salt" star, who makes her directorial debut with the controversial war romance "Blood and Honey," spoke out about long-gestating rumors that she would marry her movie-star baby daddy.

There is "no secret wedding," she told Vanity Fair. "I'm not pregnant. I'm not adopting at the moment."

Angelina-jolie-vanity-fair So there.

The U.N. goodwill ambassador and Louis Vuitton spokesgal is much more open about discussing "Blood and Honey," the love story set against conflict in Bosnia. If the script runs a little hot, blame it on the feverish inspiration Jolie got when writing the script.

"I had the flu,” Jolie said. "I had to be quarantined from the children for two days. I was in the attic of a house in France. I was isolated, pacing. I don't watch TV and I wasn't reading anything. So I started writing. I went from the beginning to the end. I didn't know any other way."

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Top photo: Angelina Jolie, a U.N. goodwill ambassador, meets Croation President Ivo Jospipovic this month to discuss land mines. Credit: Office of the President of Croatia / AFP/Getty Images

Left photo: Jolie on the cover of Vanity Fair. Credit: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott / Vanity Fair

 


New 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn' photos: Edward, Bella get cozier

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson with 'Breaking Dawn' director Bill Condon

"Twilight" stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's Edward and Bella are steaming things up in the newest batch of set photos from "The Twilight Sage: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1."

Beware: Spoilers ahead.

Edward and Bella can be seen once again at their highly anticipated wedding, with the Cullen clan and between the sheets of their marriage bed. Their postmarital tryst brings on deadly consequences for the vampire-human couple and the ones they love in the final films, including Taylor Lautner's spurned Jacob Black.

Photos: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in 'Breaking Dawn'"It's a trip to watch the wedding scenes, especially," Stewart has said. "It was so volatile and emotional -- I was being such a crazy person."

But the pivotal scene that surely drove Twi-hards raging through the pages of Stephenie Meyer's final book was Renesmee's controversial conception, which pushes the newlyweds into parenting a supernatural hybrid. Surely the penultimate installment of the series is laden with emotions, which we're sure fans everywhere will share.

Academy Award-winning director Bill Condon directs the first of a two-part adaptation of Meyer's final book. It hits theaters Nov. 18.

Until then, click the pics for a peek at the newest stills from the "Breaking Dawn" set including some of the, ahem, other things Edward and Bella do on their honeymoon.

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Photo: Director Bill Condon with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson on the set of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1." Credit: Andrew Cooper / Summit Entertainment


Jennifer Grey gives her support to Kenny Ortega's 'Dirty Dancing'

Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in 'Dirty Dancing.' Grey approves Kenny Ortega's remake.

The "Dirty Dancing" remake has found itself a fan -- perhaps only one, but it's a big one -- in Jennifer Grey.

"I love @Kennyortega and trust that he will do something special #DirtyDancingRemake," Grey tweeted.

Grey played Baby -- she of "You don't put Baby in the corner" -- in the original 1987 film starring the late Patrick Swayze that grossed $214 million worldwide. The musical love story follows a 1963 summer romance that develops between a rebellious and smoldering dance instructor (Swayze) and a teenager (Grey) vacationing in the Catskills with her conservative family.

The 51-year-old actress professed her love for Ortega, the original movie's choreographer, who was signed by Lionsgate to direct the reboot, which promises to portray "the emotional excitement of first love, the thrills and complexity of sexual awakening ... and the soul-stirring power of dance."

"I'm so excited about this news, and I think there's nobody better to do this than my beloved Kenny Ortega, who is as responsible as anyone for the success of the first one. I can't wait to see what he's going to do with it," she said through her publicist.

News of the reboot was greeted coldly by naysayers who hold the original in high regard and are mindful of the franchise's failed sequel. But that didn't seem to shake Ortega.

"The opportunity to direct 'Dirty Dancing' is like returning home for me," said Ortega, who has Michael Jackson's "This Is It" and juggernaut "High School Musical" under his belt.

"I believe everywhere you look there is evidence that the talent is out there and I can't wait to begin the process of discovering the next breakout triple-threats."

We hope Ryan Gosling'S "Crazy, Stupid, Love" stunt with Emma Stone shoots him to the top of that list.

Who do you think should be cast in the remake? What role would you want Jennifer Grey to play if she came back? Tell us in comments.

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Photo: Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in 1987's "Dirty Dancing." Credit: Vestron Pictures


Anderson Cooper doesn't love the idea of Chris Brown in a rom-com

It's Anderson Cooper vs. Chris Brown over a new romantic comedy starring the singer

Looks like Chris Brown is taking a romantic turn in his acting career, but CNN anchor Anderson Cooper has slammed on his own breaks.

News of the young singer's casting in an adaptation of Steve Harvey's book "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man" has Cooper up in arms, given Brown's real-life record with women.

On a recent "Anderson Cooper 360," in his skewering segment the Ridiculist, the silver fox dripped with enough sarcasm to necessitate the fashionable Wellingtons he dons during flood coverage.

"I, for one, cannot imagine why this did not happen sooner, because if there's one thing you can say about Chris Brown, who's currently on probation for viciously assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna, he just oozes romance," Cooper said.

Cooper brought up Brown's past, including his "Good Morning America" meltdown in which a Robin Roberts interview that invoked Rihanna sent him tearing up a dressing room.

Chris Brown tweets about Anderson Cooper "And then there was the time he called a bunch of photographers 'gay' because he thought they called the police to give him a parking ticket," Cooper said.

"Hmm -- you know, just like in 'Sleepless in Seattle.'"

Brown responded Sunday with a Tweet saying, "I guess some people need ratings!!! LOL!!! Much love!" 

 

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Photos: (top left) Anderson Cooper. Credit: Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez / Agence France-Press/Getty Images

(top right) Chris Brown. Credit: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images

(middle image) Brown's response to Cooper's call-out. Credit: twitter.com



Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess give quiet glam at 'One Day' premiere

Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess

Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess stepped out Monday for a hushed but glamorous premiere of their British romance flick "One Day" in New York City.

At the Lowes theaters at Lincoln Center, Hathaway turned heads in a black and gold Alexander McQueen cocktail dress — though any martinis would have been sipped alone. Boyfriend Adam Shulman was nowhere to be found, but Sturgess (in a baggy gray suit) made a nice escort on the carpet.

Photos: "One Day" premiere in New York City

Designer Rachel Roy turned up in a pinstripe pajama set, reading glasses and heels, while Howard Stern's wife, Beth Ostrosky-Stern, went for an evening look in a floor-length pink gown.

Paul Haggis, Patricia Clarkson, "Fright Night" blond Imogen Poots and Kevin Jonas with wife Danielle Deleasa followed the stars from the screening to an after-party at the Russian Tea Room, for which Hathaway switched into another frock, this one all gold.

"One Day" follows two undergrads who agree to meet one day each year — get it? — as they weave in and out of love with each other over two decades. It opens Aug. 19.

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Photo: Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess at the "One Day" premiere in New York. Credit: Peter Kramer / Associated Press.



Anne Hathaway on that Catwoman suit: You ain't seen nothin' yet

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Anne Hathaway needs to you know: Don't rush to judge Catwoman's costume in "The Dark Knight Rises." Apparently, we haven't seen a thing when it comes to the form-fitting costume.

Friday's snapshot of Hathaway in character as the feline alter-ego of Selina Kyle got a lukewarm reception for, well, its lukewarm aesthetics. Annie's not having that.

"I was not going to admit it," Hathaway told MTV News about the photo's accuracy, as she's sworn to secrecy in regard to Christopher Nolan's film (the pic is legit, FYI, revealed on the film's official site).

"What I am happy to say is, if you didn't like the photo, you only see about a tenth of what that suit can do," she promised. "And if you did like the photo, you have excellent taste."

We like her nonchalance in regards to the suit reaction, but quite frankly we like the promise that the suit has more, and does more. Like perhaps lend some of the feminine energy from Michelle Pfieffer's heyday -- or at least some shredded leather, like in Halle Berry's go-round.

At this point we'd settle for something that includes maybe a change purse, as long is it is more exciting. We'll have to wait until closer to summer 2012, when "The Dark Knight Rises" hits theaters.

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Photo: Anne Hathaway at the "One Day" premiere in New York on Monday. Credit: Lucas Jackson / Reuters

 


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Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, in costume, in "The Dark Knight Rises."

Anne Hathaway is finally showing us her claws. A photo of her as Catwoman in "The Dark Knight Rises" gave us a hint Friday of what's to come -- thanks, Hero Complex!

Now, when we say "hint" we mean it's not so much a first look as perhaps a first glance. Of a motorcycle. With giant tires. That appears to have Hathaway strapped to it somehow.

The headgear-sporting Hathaway is in hot pursuit of something (we hope it involves a shirtless Christian Bale) sporting black leather and what appear to be slim-fitting riding boots. Annie cuts a sporty, albeit slightly bland, figure.

For all the costume speculation and the talk surrounding her physical training, the Ministry finds this a bit anticlimactic. We hope a full-body shot is inbound, please, with a little more drama in the look?

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Photo: Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in "The Dark Knight Rises." Credit: Chris Watts / Warner Bros.


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