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Johnny Depp offers 'heartfelt' apology for rape comment [update]

Johnny Depp is sorry for comments about rape

This post has been updated, as detailed below.

Johnny Depp is full of regret over a recent interview comment in which the "Rum Diary" actor likened the chore of sitting through a photo shoot to being raped.

"Well, you just feel like you’re being raped somehow. Raped.... It feels like a kind of weird –- just weird," Depp said in an interview with Vanity Fair, shot by fashion photog Terry Richardson.

Groups including RAINN, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, swatted the actor for such a comparison, saying that "while photos may feel at times intrusive, being photographed in no way compares to rape — a violent crime which affects another American every two minutes."

Depp realizes his poor choice of words and put forth an apologetic statement on Tuesday.

"I am truly sorry for offending anyone in any way. I never meant to. It was a poor choice of words on my part in an effort to explain a feeling," he said.

"I understand there is no comparison and I am very regretful. In an effort to correct my lack of judgment, please accept my heartfelt apology."

[Updated, 2:36 p.m. Oct. 6: RAINN contacted the Ministry with a reaction to Depp's statement, saying in an e-mail that the group "appreciates and accepts Johnny Depp's heartfelt apology. We hope to work with him to provide hope to victims of rape and make sure they get the help they deserve."]

Depp isn't the only celeb to make that comparison, incidentally: Kristen Stewart apologized last year for her choice of words after telling British Elle she felt like she was looking at someone who was being raped when she looked at paparazzi and red carpet photos of herself.

She said at the time that "violated" would have been a better word.

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Top photo: Johnny Depp in 2009. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times


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


Kim Kardashian: Keeping up with the wedding gift registry picks

Kim Kardashian's wedding registry just as fancy as Kim Kardashian's engagement ring?

Kim Kardashian apparently hasn't had time to lay in enough fine china on her way to reality TV stardom. And while most brides go modest for their second wedding, Kardashian is repeatedly proving that she isn't most brides, with her wedding registry choices the most recent illustration of that.

As if that honking 20.5-carat engagement ring wasn't enough.

The 30-year-old, affianced to the New Jersey Nets power forward Kris Humphries, has registered at the tony Gearys boutique in Beverly Hills, as well as relatively wallet-friendly Williams-Sonoma, though the latter has been removed from public view online. But her sumptuous Gearys wish list adds up to about $172,000 in luxury housewares, the New York Daily News reported.

The fashionista's already decadently furnished home, which she obsessed over after she and Reggie Bush broke up, has been seen on her reality series "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." 

Well, what do you buy a girl who has everything (and in this case is reportedly worth $35 million)? We asked ourselves a similar question when Prince William and the former Kate Middleton's royal wedding came around. Different women, different answers.

Kardashian and Humphries' Gearys registry cites  an Oct. 31 wedding date, but a source close to the couple said the bride won't be having Halloween ceremony. (Tell that to the circus of items she's zapped with that registry gun.)

"That's just a joke," the insider told E! News. "They're not announcing the real date just yet." Perhaps, Kardashian is able to keep some things a secret.

Now, on to her list of newlywed must-haves:

18 Hermes Balcon du Guadalquivir black cereal bowls -- $155 each
18 Hermes Balcon du Guadalquivir platinum presentation plates -- $670 each
24 Hermes American dinner plates -- $225 each
1 Christofle 1925 coffee pot - $1,650 Matching creamer and sugar bowl -- $1,710
2 Havana ashtrays -- $840 (that's a pricey place to put out a cigarette)
1 extra large Baccarat crystal vase -- $7,850
1 Baccarat crystal jam jar -- $380   
1 antique ebony tray by Baccarat -- $1,595
1 Baccarat mustard jar -- $175
5 $150 L'Objet gold napkin rings with crystal -- $175
1 candy jar -- $375
1 ice tong -- $195
1 Lalique Cactus flacon -- $450  (if you're wondering what a flacon is, consult a French romance from the 1800s)
$38,400 worth of Torchon dinnerware by Buccellati

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Eminem adds Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber to his diss list with 'A Kiss'

Eminem disses Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber with 'A Kiss'

Eminem is back to dissing his peers, with Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber landing as his newest targets in the single "A Kiss."

The rapper and Royce da 5'9" constitute the duo Bad Meets Evil, which has an EP coming out next week. The brisk staccato in the song resurfaces rumors that Mother Monster is a hermaphrodite and equates the Biebs to a Satanic behemoth.

Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber dissed by Eminem "Tell Lady Gaga she can quit her job at the post office / She's still a male lady," he raps, adding a more concise (and explicit) description regarding her rumored male parts. But he's about a year too late, it's been a while since people have accused the fashion icon of being a dude.

As for the ever-present Bieber, apparently Eminem thinks the Canadian pop star and Billboard Music Award recipient who tied with him for six awards this year has been forsaken by God.

"Him don't give a damn about Bieber, do Him? / What a demon, a behemoth, evil just seems to be seeping through him," he raps.

This coming from a man whose collaborative album is titled "Hell: The Sequel." If you're prepared for brusque lyrics and an onslaught of cussing, listen to "A Kiss" here.

It's no secret that the "8 Mile" star has built his Grammy-lined career with shock value and explicit libretto. Perhaps he's just saying if it ain't broke don't fix it? Other celebrities initiated into the "Dissed By Eminem Club" include Moby, Christopher Reeve, the Insane Clown Posse, 'N SYNC's Chris Kirkpatrick, Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears, Elton John, Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon, Ja Rule and Michael Jackson.

But "A Kiss" isn't all disses, at least not for Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj, whom the duo seem to have an affinity for.

"Aw hell Shady, he'll tell it like it is / So Katy Perry he's on her tail / He's tailgating," Eminem raps about the "Teenage Dream" singer.

As for Nicki, well, her last name sounds like ménage, doesn't it?

Are Gaga and the Biebs are worthy of Eminen's disses, or is Mr. Mathers just being a bully? Tell us in comments.

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Top photo: Eminem. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times.

Left photos: Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. Credits: Rick Diamond / Getty Images, left; Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images, right.

Kirstie Alley, George Lopez declare cease-fire; calm down teams Kirstie and George? [Poll]Kirstie Alley, George Lopez declare cease-fire; calm down teams Kirstie and George? [Poll]


Khloe Kardashian 'loves' her six-minute, televised nipple slip

Khloe Kardashian exposes nipple on 'Fox and Friends'

Khloe Kardashian had a serious wardrobe malfunction -- a nipple slip to be exact -- on national television Tuesday morning during an appearance with sister Kourtney Kardashian on Fox News Channel's "Fox and Friends."

While promoting the upcoming season of their reality show "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," Khloe, a.k.a. Mrs. Lamar Odom, went braless in a sheer black blouse with strategically placed opaque panels. As the interview went on, however, her right breast went rogue, slipping out from behind the thicker fabric and making an appearance of its own through the sheer fabric -- for a full six minutes. Without anyone involved noticing except lots of the folks watching at home on TV.

Talk about now you see it, now you -- well, now you still see it.

The fashionista had been concealing the region with her long hair, but seemed to forget to keep the area in check throughout the show. Later, a Twitter follower alerted the youngest Kardashian sister of the nip-slip, to which she replied "Thank God! I ... love nipples!!!!"

We're sure Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake did too, just as much as CBS loved that $550,000 fine the FCC slapped on the network after the notorious "wardrobe malfunction" Super Bowl halftime show in 2004. But, hey, this is cable, no? We'll see how this plays out for Fox News, which already slipped up Monday by mistakenly using a photo of Tina Fey to illustrate a story about Sarah Palin.

Anyway, the Kardashian sisters moved on to "Live! With Regis and Kelly," where 79-year-old Regis Philbin was taken by the scantily clad Khloe.

"All he's trying to do is not look," cohost Kelly Ripa said.

The sisters gave him permission to check her out and Khloe even went over and did a little shimmy for Philbin, who's leaving the program in the near future.

When asked if he was confused, he answered, "Confused? No, I'm amused -- and very happy about it!"

Khloe, whose abundant presence in E! reality series documents her home and professional life (with and without clothes), didn't seem too remorseful about the incident.

"My mom just called me saying my nip slip is 'all over the internet!' Ha! Is it weird that I love it?! Who knew nipples were so special?" she tweeted.

Indeed.

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Photo: Khloé Kardashian, left, with sister Kourtney Kardashian on "Fox and Friends." Credit: Astrid Stawiarz / Getty Images


Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake 'platonically' grope

Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake grope at MTV Movie Awards Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake's rumor-squashing skills are a bit lacking, but their movie-promoting skills for the upcoming flick "Friends With Benefits" seem to be spot on.

Kunis and Timberlake's "platonic" gropes at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards at the Gibson Amphitheatre continued the award show's awkward banter, kicked off by host Jason Sudeikis during the live telecast.

When the "Friends With Benefits" stars took the stage to present the award for best male performance (which, surprise, surprise, went to Robert Pattinson), the pair actually presented a failed attempt to prove that they are simply friends with benefits.

Photos: Best and worst of the MTV Movie Awards

"You and I have never dated," said Timberlake, 30.

"No, no. We are like brother and sister," added Kunis, 27.

"Totally platonic relationship, which is why I can do this," Timberlake said as he groped the actress' breasts.

"And it's why I can do this," Kunis said, reciprocating with a grope of the singer/actor's crotch.

Um, yes. That actually happened. On television. Fittingly, Timberlake made a remark about who, or what, actually gave the best male performance -- and it had nothing to do with the nominees.

Kunis had previously told Ellen DeGeneres that it was difficult getting undressed in front of her costar.

"It's very awkward. I mean, the truth is, we got to have very uncomfortable scenes for two weeks," she said in December. "There's like 150 crew men watching, and you see each other's bits and pieces. The whole thing is just wrong!"

But, you know, groping is a whole 'nother thing, right?

What'd you think of the onstage bit -- hilarious or inappropriate? Does it make you want to see "Friends With Benefits," which hits theaters July 22? Sound off in comments.

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Photo: Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis onstage during the 2011 MTV Movie Awards. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images


Is Chelsea Handler having an identity crisis?

Chelsea Handler discusses the conflicts in her career in a new interview Is Chelsea Handler having an identity crisis? Seems the comic blond, at the height of her popularity and industry demand, has given a candid interview that mocks the brand she's worked years to build.

"I want to do something that's going to utilize my brain a little more than this show," Handler told the Hollywood Reporter of her late night E! comedy series "Chelsea Lately."

"If 'Lately' is the show that I'm going to do, it's going to change. But it may turn out that I'm done with it altogether. I can't keep doing the same thing; my brain is bleeding. I want to do something that's more mindful and isn't celebrity-centered," she continued.

"Lately" is a comic roundtable lampooning celebrities and their follies, followed by a one-on-one chat with a bold-face name guest. Though it has gained steadily in popularity over the past years, and spawned a behind-the-scenes reality show "After Lately," Handler can't get no satisfaction.

"I'm not looking to totally bail on E!," she says of her home network. "They've done a lot for me, and I like it here ... if you take away the Kardashians."

While the Kardashian sisters (who have appeared as guests on her program) don't satiate Handler, she has  several projects in the pipe to distract from the brain bleeding: an NBC sitcom based on her book, "Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea," on which she'll have a recurring role. Not to mention her supporting bit in Reese Witherspoon's upcoming film "This Means War."

So is Handler having an identity crisis, raging against a brand she's carved out and can't move past? Or simply burning the middle-brow bridge behind her as she ascends to new levels of content-making in Hollywood?

Tell us in comments.

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Photo: Chelsea Handler attends the Gracie Awards Gala in Beverly Hills on May 24. Credit: Valerie Macon / Getty Images



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