Category: Gerard Butler

'Machine Gun Preacher': Gerard Butler spotlights Sam Childers

Gerard Butler at the "Machine Gun Preacher" premiere

Who is that man, and why is Gerard Butler hugging him like there's no tomorrow? Sam Childers is the real-life inspiration for Butler's new movie, "Machine Gun Preacher," which costars Michelle Monaghan and had its U.S. premiere Wednesday night in Beverly Hills.

"Preacher" stars Butler as Childers, a drug-dealer-turned-preacher-turned-rescuer-of-orphans in war-torn Sudan. Monaghan plays Childers' wife, Lynn, whom he met during his wild days, when she was a stripper. Both later turned to the church, which put them on the path to Africa.

Pictures: 'Machine Gun Preacher' premiere

"I cry every time I watch it, especially the first part when I was not a good person," Childers told the Los Angeles Times at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the movie premiered.

"There are things in that movie that I tried to block out -- I started doing drugs when I was 11. I was a heroin addict. I sold drugs to my high school teachers -- and now it's out there. None of that was fabricated." He said more than 70% of the movie is true.

Butler -- who during filming carried with him pictures of children mutilated by fighters who for two decades have raided villages in southern Sudan in the dark of night -- worked for one-thirtieth his normal rate on the film.

Kathy Baker, Madeline Carroll, Souleymane Sy Savane and Ryan Campos were also there from the "Preacher" cast, with Zoe Saldana, Ana Alexander, Sebastian Roche, Tiffany Hines, Christopher Atkins, Claire Coffee and Azita Ghanizada among the faces spotted on the red carpet.

The Beverly Hills premiere was a benefit for Childers' Angels of East Africa. "Machine Gun Preacher" opens Friday.


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Sam Childers, left, and Gerard Butler at the U.S. premiere of "Machine Gun Preacher" in Beverly Hills on Sept. 21. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press

Oscars: Helen Mirren, Channing Tatum, Gerard Butler party for 'The Fighter'

Helen Mirren at the Oscars kickoff event Its post-Oscar party is among the most coveted invites ever, so who better to kick off a week of Oscar excitement than Vanity Fair? 

Helen Mirren, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, Gerard Butler, Malin Akerman and nominee Amy Adams turned up at Hollywood's new fresh market joint District on Monday to kick off a week of events as part of VF's Campaign Hollywood -- specifically in celebration of the nominated flick "The Fighter."


Mirren was the belle of the ball, donning a prop championship belt around her waist as she buzzed about the venue, chatting up producers and procuring her own hors d'oeuvres from the kitchen for director husband Taylor Hackford, while Cuba Gooding Jr., Dulé Hill and Isabel Lucas chatted nearby. Click the pics to see more photos from the event.

"True Blood" hunks Ryan Kwanten and Grey Damon circulated, while Adams dutifully greeted producers and admirers of her Mark Wahlberg- and Christian Bale-lead film. 

Channing Tatum kicks off Oscar week with Vanity Fair GQ coverboy Tatum was in great spirits despite recent leg surgery, sticking close to wife Dewan, who was just cast on NBC's vintage "Playboy" pilot. 

Better late than never was the still-shaggy-haired Butler, rocking a casual track jacket and conversing with Relativity Media's Tucker Tooley

Sound like a decent Academy Awards kickoff? Tell us in comments.


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-- Matt Donnelly

Photos: Guests at the Vanity Fair party for "The Fighter" included Helen Mirren, top left; Malin Akerman, top right; and Channing Tatum, bottom right, smiles post-surgery. Credits: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

Gerard Butler, Olivia Wilde celebrate good deeds and diamonds at Bulgari bash

Gerard Butler at Bulgari bash The Ministry is always a fan of philanthropy and jewelry -- and so are stars such as Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, Malin Akerman, Kirsten Dunst, Gerard Butler, Adrien Brody and Gina Gershon.

Those names and more turned up at the Beverly Hills home of billionaire Ron Burkle, as bauble house Bulgari hosted a fundraiser for Save the Children U.S. and Artists for Peace and Justice -- with those charities honoring "American Idol" honcho Simon Fuller and director Paul Haggis, respectively.

Save the Children VP Mark Shriver addressed the celeb crowd at dinner, served on Burkle's tented and dressed-up tennis court, remarking, "My sister Maria and brother-in-law Arnold have a nice place, but this is amazing," referring to California's former first couple, Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Fashion darlings including Akerman, Milla Jovovich, Maria BelloJulia Ormond and Ryan Seacrest's main squeeze Julianne Hough mingled before a live auction -- one that emptied a few deep pockets.

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Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler play bad cop for sexy W magazine spread

Jennifer aniston gerard butler w mag

Gerard Butler gets to see a lot more than Jennifer Aniston's license and registration in this month's issue of W magazine, which shows the "Bounty Hunter" costars in a steamy 13-page spread shot by Steven Klein.

Klein taps the wanton pair to depict "searing heat of the California desert where damsels aren't always in distress and lawmen sometimes break the rules." 

Butler, dressed as a sexy policeman, has all of Jen's bounty under control (which you can see for yourself at W's website). To get her sultry bedhead, Aniston and her longtime stylist Chris McMillan dreamed up tresses reminiscent of Kim Basinger's in "9 1/2 Weeks."

After rolling in the dirt for the first day of shooting, Klein asked McMillan if Jen could go unwashed for Day 2.

"I mean, she was rolling in the dirt, it was windy and she had hairspray in her hair," McMillan tells the mag.

So did she play ball?

"Jen's always really super game." 

-- Matt Donnelly 

Photo: Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler turn on the heat for W magazine. Credit: Steven Klein for W magazine, which hits stands as soon as March 17. 

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If Brad and Angelina split, would they be Bran and Gelina? [Updated]

Brangie Rumors of a Brangelina breakup were flying over the weekend, fueled by a detailed News of the World article that was picked up by the Drudge Report. And now sources close to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie tell People magazine that it's all a steaming pile of storytelling.

Oh yeah, Johnny Depp died over the weekend too. Except that he didn't (no heart attack, no car crash). And Brad and Angie already broke up last June. Except they didn't.

[Updated at 1:01 p.m.: What's the best way for megastars to cope with a "breakup"? Apparently, it helps to plan out complementary attire for when they attend the Oscars together in March. At least, that's what an Angie-close source told HollywoodLife exclusively Monday in confirming that the two are still a couple.]

[Updated at 12:09 p.m., Jan. 26: In yet another indication of how rock solid this story is and always has been, other sources now say the two, despite still being a "two," will not attend the Oscars together. Angie will be busy on a film costarring the not-dead Depp, says E!, and Brad, well, who knows what he's up to. Are you cracking up as much as we are over this Very Serious Business? Judging by comments, not all of you are.]

We knew two weeks ago that Brangelina would not be attending the Golden Globe Awards. At the time, hubbub was made about "no showdown" between Angelina and presenter Jennifer Aniston so close to the fifth anniversary of the split that ended in Brad and Jen's divorce.

The Daily Mail tabloid out of the U.K., which is sticking with the NOTW story of the breakup, also reports the scandalous news that Brad and Jen were both at the Hope for Haiti telethon, although -- gasp! -- not with each other. That's the same Daily Mail that on Saturday had Jen gazing "adoringly" at Gerard Butler during the telethon, so believe whatever you want. Maybe it's all just New Orleans' fault.

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Lindsay Lohan jets off to Morocco -- what could possibly go wrong?

Rick: Don't you sometimes wonder if it's worth all this? I mean, what you're fighting for.
Victor Laszlo: You might as well question why we breathe. If we stop breathing, we'll die. If we stop fighting our enemies, the world will die.
Rick: Well, what of it? It'll be out of its misery.
Victor Laszlo: You know how you sound, Mr. Blaine? Like a man who's trying to convince himself of something he doesn't believe in his heart.

-- "Casablanca"

JerryliloLindsay Lohan jetted to Morocco over the Halloween weekend -- presumably to bring in some promotional-appearance bucks -- for the Oct. 31 grand opening of the Kerzner Mazagan Beach Resort in El Jadida.

Why, that's LiLo at left, at the event with hotel magnate Jerry Inzerillo

Alas, rumors were already starting to bounce from website to website, reporting that Lindsay had been working and smooching and overnighting with model Petey Wright in the days before her North Africa jaunt, and that she then made a beeline for even more smooching upon arrival in North Africa, this time with (the much older) Gerard Butler. (Please accept "smooching" as code for whatever various folks say happened.) One report even had Petey traveling to Morocco as well.

Which is all really, really super-dishy delicious!

Except for the part where, as reported by Gossip Cop, the folks involved say most of it never actually happened.

Tabloid reports (like the one we're not going to link to in the Daily Mail, which had -- gasp -- an actual picture of Lindsay posted on the same Web page as an actual picture of Gerard) might be part of the reason a Butler rep told Gossip Cop that the Gerard-and-Lindsay-sitting-in-a-tree story is "completely untrue," and that the Butler camp will be "taking action against these claims."

But X17Online, one of the websites that reported the Petey and Gerard stories, isn't buying Lindsay's version of events. Which is fair, we suppose, because she's not buying their version either.

Refresh our memory -- when is a photo of a person toting another person's luggage in broad daylight  Unimpeachable Proof of Scandal? Is there a weight limit on the bags? How about flying into the same country as another person?

We get so confused about the rules anymore. Which is why ...

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