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Report: Gwyneth, Reese, Cameron, Beyoncé to join movie musical

Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyonce, Andy Samberg, Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz
Talk about a bunch of dream girls: Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz and Beyoncé are reportedly coming together for a movie musical project. 

Director and "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy has, according to Deadline, recruited the stars to combine forces for "One Hit Wonders," which follows three '90s music sensations whose tanked careers inspire them to join forces in a present-day supergroup.

The idea reportedly sprang from a chatty dinner Murphy had with Paltrow, Witherspoon and Diaz (the film's title trifecta) at West Hollywood's Soho House in December. 

It's unclear what Beyoncé will come aboard to do, but she's plenty occupied with her new baby Blue Ivy and a presumably close start to Clint Eastwood's "A Star Is Born" update.

Andy Samberg will lend his musical and comedy talents to original songs for the flick. The "SNL" cast member is part of the popular hip-hop/R&B parody group Lonely Island. 

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Photos: Gwyneth Paltrow, left, Beyoncé, Andy Samberg, Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz. Credits, from left: Evan Agostini / Associated Press; Mike Coppola / Getty Images; Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images; Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images; Evan Agostini / Associated Press.  


Ricky Martin opens up about marriage equality, kids

Ricky Martin smolders for Details magazineAfter shaking his his bon bon on "Glee," Ricky Martin is dancing around matters a touch more serious -- like his thoughts on gay marriage and whether he'll take that next step in his own relationship.

"It's about civil rights. I'm not telling you what to believe. I wish people understood that love manifests in different ways," Martin told Details about the equality question facing the country. 

"Allow me to have my life and I won't mess with yours," he added.

That life includes twin boys and a four-year relationship with boyfriend Carlos Gonzàlez Abella, and Martin is in no rush to tie the knot -- legal or not.

"Everybody is asking me when I'm going to get married. People that I don't know are pushing it. But it's not something that we're talking about," he said.

Forgive him if he's otherwise occupied. In addition to his kids he's bringing "Evita" back to Broadway. How does he maintain his stamina?

"I go to the gym. I do yoga. I'm a father to two toddlers, and lifting them is a workout — this is biceps, this is triceps. I also try to make love. That helps," said Martin.

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Photo: Ricky Martin works his matinee idol looks in a tux. Credit: Bruno Staub / Details



Maria Menounos: Bikini bare in Times Square to pay Super Bowl bet

Maria Menounos in a bikini, with A.J. Calloway and Mario Lopez

The Super Bowl brought a win for the New York Giants and a loss for Maria Menounous. A loss of clothing, actually, that saw her bikini-clad in chilly temperatures in New York City, hosting "Extra."

Menounos, a New England Patriots fan, had been so confident her team would win, she said she'd host the show in a bikini if they didn't.

And ... they didn't.

"Sorry about your loss," a possibly insincere Mario Lopez said Monday morning in front of the cameras, before Menounos shed her robe and revealed a red, blue and white bikini. And how was she doing? "I'm in Times Square in the middle of winter in a bikini, Mario." Duh.

Though fellow correspondent A.J. Calloway did his best to keep their girl warm -- reminding her, for example, that "God is a Giants fan," and providing a pair of knit gloves -- Menounos later lamented her pregame chutzpah.

"I can't believe my Patriots lost. I was so confident that every day I ate like I was never going to eat again, and now," she said, looking down at her exposed, absolutely flat abs, "y'know."

Really, Maria? Really? We don't know, actually, but thanks for sharing. 

As the guys pointed out, never let it be said that Menounos doesn't keep her word -- even when the temperature is in the 40s.

 

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Photo: "Extra" host Maria Menounos, an avid New England Patriots fan, with Giants fan AJ Calloway, left, and Mario Lopez in New York City's Times Square on Monday. Credit: Neilson Barnard / Getty Images



Channing Tatum strips down, spoofs McConaughey for 'SNL'

Channing Tatum strips down for 'SNL'

Channing Tatum tried his hand (and chest) at hosting "Saturday Night Live" on Saturday, winning over audiences with his stripper moves and Matthew McConaughey impersonation.

"The Vow" actor took jabs at his pre-Hollywood days working as a male stripper, the inspiration for this summer's beeftastic "Magic Mike," using his monologue to lay down some ground rules.

"No touching. I can touch you, you can't touch me. Tips are appreciated; the only reason I'm hosting this show is to put myself through nursing school," he said. 

After the mandatory abdominal show, Tatum worked his way through sketches playing folks such as Tom Brady and his "Magic Mike" costar Matthew McConaughey.

In a sketch called "Getting Freaky with Cee-Lo," Tatum nails McConaguhey's syrupy Southern drawl and liberated hard body. 

A solid showing from Tatum, especially those stripper moves in the monologue, which you can watch below with another clip. All right, all right, all right

 

Tatum takes on McConaughey: 

 

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Photo: Channing Tatum in Beverly Hills in February. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times



Super Bowl: Joe Manganiello, Chris Evans touch down for parties

Joe Manganiello attends GQ"s super bowl bash
Sports devotees aren't the only ones descending upon Super Bowl in Indianapolis this weekend: Hollywood has touched down to party.

Avid football fan Joe Manganiello suited up for GQ magazine's annual pre-party on Friday, the "True Blood" werewolf enjoying the company of big-name athletes, actors and personalities.

Chris Evans charms a bunny at the Playboy partyDavid Arquette joked around with Steelers wide receiver Hines Wards while Andy Roddick escorted his lady Brooklyn Decker through the bash, held at downtown Indy industrial space The Stultz.

"The Voice" judge and rocker Adam Levine chatted up mag publisher Chris Mitchell as Terrell Owens, Troy Aikman and Patriots player Niko Koutouvides circulated around ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews.

"Dancing With the Stars" winner J.R. Martinez made a showing as did Mike Epps, the Roots and Peter Berg. LL Cool J served up a performance as Patron cocktails pumped through the crowd. 

Over at Indy's pop-up Bud Light Hotel, Chris Evans charmed several bunnies at Playboy's bash, sipping Ciroc and taking in a set from Ne-Yo. 

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Top photo: Joe Manganiello flashes a sporty smile at GQ and Lacoste's pre-Super Bowl bash. Credit: Getty Images

Right photo: Chris Evans and a bunny get close at Playboy's Ciroc bash. Credit: Handout

 


David Beckham strips down for underwear ad; L.A. deal moves ahead

David Bekham is staying in LA -- and stripping down

David Beckham has made the Ministry happy twice over, unveiling a new campaign for his eponymous underwear line and declining an invitation to leave Los Angeles for France.

Beckham, known for his previous intimates gig with the house of Armani, has now developed his own line of body- and underwear with retailer H&M. Ads for the goods (yeah, they're goods) hit Tuesday, showing the athlete in top physical form.

David Beckham models his own range of underwearSpeaking of his day job, rumor had it that Beckham would soon pack up wife Victoria and their newly expanded brood and head to France, where an offer stood to play for club Paris Saint-Germain. 

"David Beckham is in Los Angeles and he's going to stay there," the French league's president Nasser al-Khelaifi told radio station RMC. "He will not come, that is clear."

Back stateside, however, it's not exactly clear yet that we'll keep Becks in our own backyard: "Does it look more likely that is heading in that direction? Yes," AEG chief exec and president Tim Leiweke told the Fabulous Forum on Tuesday. "Are we done? No."

AEG owns the L.A. Galaxy, for which Beckham has played on and off since 2007.

"We're down the road," Leiweke said. "I am confident we’ll get it done.

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Top photo: David Beckham at a press conference in Manila in December. Credit: Ted Aljibe / Agence France-Presse /Getty Images 

Right photo: Really? You want us to explain what's going on here? Credit: H&M

 


Blake Griffin: Hollywood doesn't interest me

Blake Griffin has no interest in fame, just the game

Blake Griffin is taking one step to separate himself from other players in the NBA — and it's not on the court. The young pro has no interest in celebrity status, he says, unlike many of his athletic counterparts.

After the league's dramatic lockout, Griffin is speaking out about improving his game, not his fame.

"I want to be a great basketball player. I don't necessarily want to be a star. I'm not in it to be famous. I want to try to be the best," the Clippers player told The Times last week.

Griffin's peers have game plus a much higher profile in the celeb sphere — think reality stars Lamar Odom and Kris Humphries, not to mention headline grabber Kobe Bryant. Even in his personal life, Griffin seems to maintain a low-profile, unlike, say, Ministry favorite and former Rihanna flame Matt Kemp. (We know he's a baseball player, but still.)

We'd imagine his peers' missteps might be responsible for his enlightened attitude (sorry, Humphries), but Griffin thanks his father for his work ethic.

"My dad pushed me harder than any other coach would have," says Griffin, the cover boy for the new issue of Men's Health. "He stressed that when you're on the court, it's time to do work. That really rubbed off on me."

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Photo: Blake Griffin works on his dunk shot -- in Orlebar Brown’s Dane swim trunks -- swimmingly. Credit: Men's Health.



Paula Patton: 'Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol' star blends in

Paula Patton

What is it about espionage and lingerie? Paula Patton certainly knows, because the "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" star pretty much nails the one in the film and the other in a sexy new photo spread. 

To help you decide which is which, let us present the actress in the current issue of GQ, where she delivers an underwear shoot and some chatter about her quirky family situation.

You see, Patton is married to R&B sex god Robin Thicke, whose father is beloved television institution-slash-Canadian Alan Thicke. 

"Canadians are a lot like us, actually," Patton tells the mag. "I've figured out how to blend in." 

Insert spy quip here? As far the intimate apparel goes, don't let that trick you into thinking Patton is a precious female lead beside Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg in "Ghost Protocol." She's one sweet cookie, but a tough one too.

"I was doing physical stunts," Patton said, "feet in the mud, fingernails full of dirt, shooting and fighting for my life."  

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Photo: Paula Patton inspects the luckiest wall ever. Credit: Mark Seliger.



Guy Ritchie calls marriage to Madonna a 'soap opera'

Guy Ritchie calls his marriage to Madonna a soap opera

Guy Ritchie is in a philosophical space lately, or rather philosophical in a promotional space for his upcoming "Sherlock Holmes" sequel, and a recent talk turned to his former wife, Madonna.

"It's definitely not something I regret. The experience was ultimately very positive," he tells Details of his marriage to Madge. "I love the kids that came out of it and I could see no other route to take. But you move on, don't you?"

Both he and Madonna have had multiple loves since their 2008 split but Ritchie isn't done waxing on their whirlwind union -- complete with an imagined revamp for the star, who became an equestrian English bride and mum under Guy's watch.

"I stepped into a soap opera, and I lived in it for quite a long period of my life. I'll probably be more eloquent on it 10 years from now," he said. 

Ritchie and Madonna share 11-year-old son Rocco and 6-year-old son David Banda, adopted from Malawi. Madonna has stylish teen Lourdes Leon from a previous relationship. Guy and new love Jacqui Ainsley welcomed a baby boy in September. 

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Photo: Guy Ritchie and Madonna attend the 2008 premiere of his film "RocknRolla" in London. Credit: Sang Tan / Associated Press



Mark Salling steams up love scenes, feeds the children

Mark Salling talks love scenes on 'Glee'

Mark Salling has a lot on his plate, including juggling his on-screen "Glee" love interests and helping to feed young Americans.

As this week brings Thanksgiving, the Ministry enjoyed a chat with Salling about his ongoing effort to address hunger -- and perhaps feed our appetite for insider info on the fictional cougar connection with Idina Menzel's character on his Ryan Murphy-run show.

"Idina's amazing," Salling said. "I got to see her at the Greek [Theatre] recently."

And did he perchance run into Menzel's husband, actor Taye Diggs?

"Yeah," he said, "that was awkward." Beat. Smile. "No, he's a really nice guy."

Fine, no significant others beating down his door on behalf of Menzel, nor prior scripted loves Dianna Agron and Lea Michele. But how does Mark, the actor, handle those moments on set?

"I really give myself over to the writers in that situation. I mean, there are kids who are hungry," he said, putting things in perspective. "I just have to do a few fun scenes with some great actors."

Back to those hungry kids. Mark has been promoting a UPC-label drive in conjunction with Feeding America and ConAgra Foods, who are working to generate 5 million meals nationwide for children in grades K through 12 over the next year.

"On 'Glee,' we root for the underdog, and given this age bracket and such a solvable crisis, I'd say this falls in line with that,' Salling said.

Learn more about the program here, and catch "Glee" Tuesdays on Fox.  

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Photo: Mark Salling at the "Glee" 300th musical performance special taping at Paramount Studios on Oct. 26. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images



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