Category: Matt Donnelly

Report: Michelle Williams and Jason Segel dating for months

Michelle Williams and Jason Segel are reportedly dating

Jason Segel makes plenty of people laugh, but the actor has reportedly been putting a smile on the famous face of Michelle Williams for a while now.

"The Muppets" star and the three-time Oscar nominee allegedly have been dating for months.

"I've never seen her happier," a source told People. The couple are to said to have been introduced by Williams' longtime pal and "Dawson's Creek" costar Busy Philipps. 

A first image of the twosome strolling the streets of New York hand-in-hand surfaced this week.

"They're much more serious than everybody thinks ... they're really happy," another source told Us Weekly. 

Segel, who will be seen in Judd Apatow's upcoming "This Is 40," has never really enjoyed such a high-profile romance. Williams had a daughter, Matilda, with Heath Ledger, who died in 2008.


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-- Matt Donnelly

Photos: Jason Segel and Michelle Williams. Credits:  Larry Busacca / Getty Images, left; Everett Kennedy Brown / EPA, right. 

Megan Fox: Maybe pregnant, but definitely, adamantly attractive

Is Megan Fox expecting her first child?

Rumors are flying that Megan Fox is pregnant with her first child -- and how lucky that alleged little one would be, given that Fox isn't giving up her good looks anytime soon.

The "Friends With Kids" star and husband Brian Austin Green are "incredibly excited" at the announcement, according to a new report. Both of their camps remain silent.

Fox is more than happy to talk work, however, as she promotes "Kids" and will soon see the release of "This Is 40," a follow-up on Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann's bickering married couple from Judd Apatow's "Knocked Up."

"I hate taking pictures," she told French magazine Jalouse. "I never look at them, otherwise I would have to change everything. I prefer not to see any and trust the photographer, who knows his job." 

Not so fast -- it's just the pictures she hates, now having that cover girl mug.

"I live well with my image. I cannot complain," Fox said. "I would not trade my place with an unattractive girl."

Let's give her some wiggle room for the French-to-English translation, but tell us your thoughts on Megan's self-love in comments. 


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-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green attend a reception for "Friends With Kids," hosted by Michael Kors and Vanity Fair in September 2011 in Toronto. Credit: Todd Williamson / Getty Images

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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-- Matt Donnelly

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

Kate Winslet says her 'Titanic' acting could have been better

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet may be her own toughest critic when it comes to her performance in "Titanic."

The 36-year-old Oscar winner, who turned up at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Tuesday for the  premiere of the 3-D re-release of the box-office juggernaut, had some thoughts on the quality of her turn as Rose DeWitt.

"My American accent could've been much better. My acting could've been a lot better," the actress confessed to MTV.

We'll give her a break, as Winslet was a mere 21 when she shot the iceberg epic alongside Leonardo DiCaprio (who was absent from the British premiere, held up filming Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained"). 

Winslet said she's not concerned about her mug having that revealing third dimension for worldwide viewers.

"I think I look nicer now," she said. "I prefer myself as a 36-year-old. It's really weird 'cause when you're 21 you think, 'Oh, God, when I'm 36, oh God, that's nearly 40 and I'll look really old and wrinkly by then.' And actually I quite like the way I look. I feel OK about myself these days."

Watch the interview, below.


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-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Kate Winslet arrives at the world premiere of "Titanic 3-D" at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Tuesday. Credit: Alastair Grant / Associated Press

Chatting with Nicole Richie, the 'Fashion Star' wild card

Nicole Richie is a fierce and funny "Fashion Star"

Nicole Richie leans over to designer John Varvatos and, surveying a snug pair of pants slinking down a runway, whispers, "it looks like someone's grabbing her in her vagina." 

We missed you on television, Nicole. The mom and designer has moved from her humble days in reality TV to the fashion-competition genre with NBC's big spring hopeful, "Fashion Star." 

Richie has been tapped as a mentor for a slew of up-and-coming designers who pitch garments and accessories each week directly to department store buyers.

The hook: Richie, Varvatos and Jessica Simpson offer feedback to the hopefuls who are ultimately showing off their wares to buyers from H&M, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue. At the end of each presentation, the buyers make cash offers for the goods. Or don't.  

Always a welcome chat here at the Ministry, Richie spoke with us about the innovative sales model, the vibe on set and what her kids think of Mama's new gig. 

Ministry of Gossip: What sets "Fashion Star" apart from other competition shows like "Project Runway"?

Nicole Richie: Well, it's an extremely rare position that these designers have access to major buyers, week after week for 10 weeks. For designers like myself, John and Jessica, we see these buyers once a season. They come to the showroom and they love it or they don't. And success in one season doesn't mean success in the next. So for the designers on our show, it's such an amazing chance to connect with the buyers each week.

MoG: How are you approaching mentorship? Tough love or maternal?

NR: I took the position of being their friend. I mean, we're all in this together. 

MoG: You have a pretty fun panel. How are you all getting along?

NR: Well, we shot the show last summer so we could have time to get the clothes made [all the winning looks from "Fashion Star" hit store floors and online shops right after an episode airs]. But we had a blast. What's the point of doing anything if you're not going to have fun? My dad used to tell me that all the time.

MoG: Speaking of Lionel Richie, how has your family reacted to the show? I know you've got two little critics in Harlow and Sparrow [her kids, 4 and 2, respectively].

NR: Well, my daughter hasn't seen the show. They don't really know what I do.

MoG: It must be hard to keep a secret.

NR: What's funny is we were watching "The Voice" — sometimes they show reruns when [Harlow's] awake — and my dad was on helping Christina Aguilera mentor. And Harlow just looked at me and said, 'Why is pop-pop on TV? That's weird." So I panicked for a second and then said, "Isn't he silly?" 

All in good time, Harlow. Catch "Fashion Star" on NBC at 10 p.m. Tuesday.


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— Matt Donnelly

Photo: Nicole Richie strikes a mentor pose for "Fashion Star." Credit: John Russo / NBC.

Was Jennifer Lawrence too well fed for 'The Hunger Games'?

Is Jennifer Lawrence too heavy for "Hunger Games"?

It can't be all victory tours and dessert buffets for "The Hunger Games": The film has some critics making controversial statements about star Jennifer Lawrence -- specifically regarding her weight.

The film tells of a malnourished North American nation, Panem, under the control of a sleek and excessive capitol city, with the participants in the annual fight-to-the-death Hunger Games depicted as skin-and-bones teenagers clawing for survival.

Some folks find that Lawrence looked a little too well-fed to play the bow-toting Katness Everdeen.

"A few years ago Ms. Lawrence might have looked hungry enough to play Katniss, but now, at 21, her seductive, womanly figure makes a bad fit for a dystopian fantasy about a people starved into submission," said Manohla Dargis of the New York Times. 

A bold indictment, if you ask us, of a 21-year-old star who currently captivates the attention of impressionable young females and her same-aged peers in show business. But are the critical sentiments -- Vulture has a comprehensive roundup -- correct? 

On the one hand, the content adapted from Suzanne Collins' dark novels dictates that these oppressed citizens are in fact emaciated. But by all standards Lawrence is hardly overweight, though widely attributed with that dread celeb magazine buffer of "curvy." 

Chew the fat on this "Hunger Games" debate in comments. And if you need some photographic evidence, check out how Lawrence killed it on the carpet at the Los Angeles "Hunger" premiere. 


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-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Jennifer Lawrence attends a special screening of "The Hunger Games" hosted by the Cinema Society and Calvin Klein Collection on March 20 in New York. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press


Sightings: Elizabeth Banks feasts on furniture; Phelps flexes

Elizabeth Banks

While the box office for "The Hunger Games" and record ratings for "Mad Men" might suggest the whole of existence has been indoors watching screens big and small, Hollywood has still managed some work and play lately.

Like "Hunger Games" fashion plate Elizabeth Banks, who celebrated the opening of her already-historic franchise with two things most actresses would fight to the death for: high-end furniture and Champagne. 

Banks hit up a bash for Restoration Hardware's spring collection, "Exposed," where the brand's lush West Hollywood flagship was transformed into a twinkling garden party with guests including Malin Akerman, Milla Jovovich and Abbie Cornish.

In a flattering orange-red cocktail frock, Banks took in a performance from the Pierces and many a compliment on her massive film franchise. And while the film packed theaters, a man who could easily win a real life Hunger Games focused on a different competition: the summer Olympics. 

Michael Phelps

Gold medalist Michael Phelps is gearing up for Olympic trials this June with some serious workouts. He of the famous wingspan has been training hard at the Under Armour global headquarters in his hometown of Baltimore.

By the looks him, the workouts are paying off. Elsewhere about town...

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Madonna launches 'MDNA' with a spree of personal appearances

Madonna goes on a promo spree for "MDMA"
Madonna is one busy modern woman: The heavily guarded pop queen gave herself up to the masses this weekend in support of the Monday release of her new record, "MDNA."

Kicking off on Saturday afternoon, Madge cruised through the offices of Facebook for a live chat moderated by a gushing Jimmy Fallon. Taking fan questions and teasing the late night host, Madonna didn't disappoint.

"People need to be more disciplined when they ask questions," she vamped with arched eyebrows as fans asked gems like what would she do if she were elected president in November.

"First of all, I'd take all the money from defense and put it in education ... gay marriage would be legal everywhere," she waxed, adding: "There would be no restrictions on any of my videos ever."

Indeed, a clip for her single "Girl Gone Wild" was deemed too hot for underage YouTube users, but in the days leading up to an album release, does that kind of attention detract from her latest roster of dance tracks?

Certainly not for the wild crowds at Miami's Ultra Music Festival, where Madonna decamped to after her Facebook stop. Introducing DJ Avicii, the Material Mom played to the audience with hype quotes on stage like, "I can honestly say a DJ saved my life." 

She also posed the question, "Has anyone in this crowd seen Molly?," referring to slang for the popular club drug MDMA, a.k.a. ecstasy. Some folks aren't happy with the reference, but again -- does this hurt her chart chances?

Not with a massive groundswell from fans, including celebs such as Ashton Kutcher.

"I think MDNA taking over Fab.com for the day is pretty badass," Kutcher tweeted of the chic group-sale site in which he's an investor, which offered the album at a reduced price of $7.99 for its members. 

Don't expect to see less of Madonna in the coming days, either. "MDMA" will get a worldwide tour in the coming months, and expect her new fragrance Truth or Dare at the top of April.  


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-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Jimmy Fallon and Madonna hang out at the New York offices of Facebook on March 24. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

'Breaking Dawn Part 2' trailer: Kristen Stewart as a vampire

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in "Breaking Dawn Part 2" trailer

The teaser trailer for "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2" is here — and Kristen Stewart's Bella Swan is a newborn vampire, y'all.

As "Breaking Dawn Part 1" ended with a fan-favorite human-to-immortal transformation scene for Bella, the first look at the final film in the franchise shows us how Stewart is getting down with her undead self: dashing, climbing, chowing on forest creatures and other badness.

"After 18 years of being utterly ordinary, I finally found that I could shine," Stewart says in the brief clip (below), which also features Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen and Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black.

The conclusion to the franchise will hit theaters in November, drawing to a close the tale of Edward and Bella and their struggles for eternal bliss. But Stewart's fellow actors are quite amused with her struggles as a new vamp.

"When she finally wore them and was complaining about them every second of the day," Pattinson said of the colored contact lenses the bloodsuckers are required to wear, "it was kind of satisfying."

What do you think of the "Breaking Dawn Part 2" teaser? Tell us in comments.


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— Matt Donnelly

Photo: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart take a fictional honeymoon dip in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1." Credit: Andre Cooper / Summit Entertainment.


Angelina Jolie shrugged off Oscar leg jokes

Angelina Jolie doesn't care about your leg jokes

Angelina Jolie's wandering right leg from February's Academy Awards registered with critics and fans, but don't expect those giggles to penetrate her glossy bubble. She didn't really notice.

Jolie says she doesn't pay mind to that kind of chatter, nor does she consume media that would feature such content. And does not surround herself with people who would subscribe to her famous limb's Twitter feed.

"I honestly didn't pay attention to it. You know what I mean? I don't watch those TV shows, and if I go online and see something about myself, I don't click on it. And the people I surround myself with don't really talk about that kind of stuff," she told HuffPo. 

"I heard something, but I didn't pay any attention. It's as simple as being a woman picking a dress you like and having a night and not really thinking about anything else."

So perhaps with her dismissal of the silly (but hilarious) pop culture event we close the chapter on her leg and usher it back inside the folds of that black Versace number. But remember, Angie: There's always another carpet.  


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— Matt Donnelly

Photo: Angelina Jolie poses on the red carpet at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 15. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press.



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