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



Oscars 2012: Michelle Williams, now a better-dressed misfit

Busy Phillips and Michelle Williams

At the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, Michelle Williams endeared herself to the audience when she accepted an award and said she'd long felt like a Hollywood misfit.

Decked out in a Louis Vuitton gown at the Oscars on Sunday, the actress said she felt like "a better-dressed misfit."

As usual, Williams brought former "Dawson's Creek" costar Busy Philipps as her awards-show plus-one, and the two held hands as they walked down the carpet.

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"It's always fun to be with Busy," she said. "It's fun to be stuck in the desert with no gas with Busy."

 

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Photo: Busy Philipps, left, and Michelle Williams on the Oscars red carpet Sunday in Hollywood. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times.


SAG Awards: Weinstein Co. parties with Streep, Williams, Dujardin

Sofia Vergara and Jean Dujardin get close after the SAG Awards

A good awards upset deserves a celebration, as the Weinstein Co. proved Sunday evening following the Screen Actors Guild Awards. 

Jean Dujardin of "The Artist" nabbed the male actor in a lead role prize over George Clooney in "The Descendants," making for good spirits at Harvey Weinstein's private dinner party on the patio of the Chateau Marmont.

Dujardin's win was a highlight, but the party's draw was the major nominated talent in attendance, including Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Michelle Williams and Bérénice Bejo. The ladies congregated over bubbly and toasted their respective work.

Flatbread, crab cakes and Dewar's cocktails abounded as Streep rendered everyone starstruck -- including Guy Pearce and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who weren't shy about being excited to meet her.

In her pink gown, Julie Bowen flitted near Williams and her pal Busy Philipps; Rose Byrne collected compliments on her Elie Saab pantsuit; and "Glee" guy Chord Overstreet rubbed elbows with the likes of Rumer Willis.

Sofia Vergara, animated as always, posed with Dujardin for photos on her smartphone and enjoyed a long chat with him -- with what we imagine was massive help from the actor's English translator. 

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Photo: Sofia Vergara snuggles up to Jean Dujardin on Sunday at the Weinstein Co. dinner in celebration of his SAG Awards win for "The Artist." Credit: Charlie Gallay / WireImage



Michelle Williams dreams of Heath Ledger; transforms as Marilyn

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Michelle Williams, no stranger to beauty and tragedy, is starring in a magazine cover shoot as Marilyn Monroe, whose life story is so strongly associated with those qualities.

Williams once again dons the platinum blond hair of Monroe, whom she portrays in "My Week With Marilyn," along with intimate wear and plenty of sultriness for a GQ spread dropping this month. And while her transformation is sublime the story gets down to the residual heartbreak of losing Heath Ledger.

"Our initial meeting, the circumstances of how we first met, were cosmic or something," Williams recalled, "...it’s a bit like: We had a lot of things to do, because we didn’t have a lot of time, or something."

Heath and Michelle dated from 2004 to 2007, cohabiting for the last two years of their courtship thanks to the arrival of a baby girl, Matilda. Ledger died in 2008 from a lethal combination of prescription medications, but the magazine wondered: Had Heath not passed, did Williams see them ending up together?

"[It's] one of my favorite things to imagine," she said through tears. "It’s actually one of my favorite places to visit."

Williams won best actress in a musical or comedy at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards. Her speech was a testament to little Matilda, whose "bravery and exuberance is the example that I take with me in my work and in my life."

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Photo: Michelle Williams becomes Marilyn Monroe. Credit: Michael Thompson / GQ



Globes winners Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin hit Weinstein party

Golden Globes winners Meryl Streep and Jean Dujardin

Golden Globe winner Meryl Streep referred to Harvey Weinstein as "god" in her acceptance speech Sunday, taking the prize for actress in a drama. And if that's the case, Meryl, everyone went to god's house Sunday night.

The location was the former BAR210 space at the Beverly Hilton, tented and furnished in black to house the Weinstein Co.'s formal after-party celebrating many significant wins at the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.'s big night. 

Harvey's leading ladies brought Globes home -- Streep for "The Iron Lady" and Michelle Williams for "My Week With Marilyn" -- and to the party for that matter, celebrating victories with well-wishers including Cameron Diaz (showing once again with Diddy), Ewan McGregor, Viola Davis and Alexander Skarsgard.

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The Ministry ran into Jean Dujardin of "The Artist," who won for actor in a musical or comedy, huddled with his producers in a corner.

"Shocked," he told us of his feelings on the win, staring down at his statuette. And where will the prize live? "In my bed," he said, pressing it to his face and snuggling it (this man really is the French Clooney, we may or may not have blushed). 

Madonna popped by to see Mr. Weinstein after grabbing a win for best original song with "Masterpiece" from her film "W.E.," but stayed only a few moments before disappearing as an ageless Jane Fonda entered with a gentleman escort, fur stole wrapped around her shoulders and ready to schmooze.

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Speaking of schmoozing, Relativity Media exec Ryan Kavanaugh picked over hors d'oeuvres at a table with Rob Lowe while Les Moonves and Julie Chen said hello to Penny Marshall. Mark Salling and Cory Monteith of "Glee" roamed with Malin Ackerman and Lindsay Lohan nearby.

As for Weinstein himself, he kept the company of Leonardo DiCaprio -- and those countless other worshippers Sunday night.

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Photos: Meryl Streep and Jean Dujardin arrive at the Weinstein Co. party after the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday. Credits: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images


Michelle Williams, Bradley Cooper hit Weinstein Co. Globes bash

Harvey Weinstein and Michelle Williams celebrate a pre-Globes party

It may have been merely hump day everywhere else in the world, but in Los Angeles, Wednesday held an exciting start to the coming Golden Globes madness.

The Weinstein Co. took over the exclusive walls of the Chateau Marmont lobby and adjoining patio to toast its nominees and well-wishers, chief among them Michelle Williams -- Globe-nominated for her turn as Marilyn Monroe in "My Week With Marilyn."

With her perma plus-one Busy Phillips at her side, Williams shook hands and took compliments, lighting up significantly upon seeing pal Bradley Cooper swing by. 

Ridiculously gorgeous Paula Patton changed the molecules in the room with a form-fitting leather mini-dress, greeting a scruffy Jamie Foxx and Harvey Weinstein himself. "The Artist" lead Jean Dujardin roamed, sipping Grey Goose and mingling with the film's composer and costume designer. 

The Ministry was excited to see the man behind one of the year's most talked-about performances: Andy Serkis, who portrays Caesar in "Rise of The Planet of The Apes." We mentioned James Franco's recent missive about Serkis, saying his performance was deserving of Oscar gold.

"That's was totally unexpected and very sweet of him," Serkis told us. 

Also sweet: Jane Lynch and wife Lara Embry sticking close together while actors Dane Cook and Jeremy Piven chatted up executive types. Geena Davis and Andie MacDowell looked luminous, conjuring the inevitable "How does she do it?" chatter from VIP wives and publicists. 

It was a perfect evening to kick off this weekend's action -- stay tuned to our Division of Fabulous Parties for sightings, scoop and more. 

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Photo: Harvey Weinstein and Michelle Williams light up the Weinstein Co.'s Globe nominee party at Chateau Marmont on Wednesday. Credit: Getty Images



Five A-list moments from Palm Springs: Clooney, Pitt and more

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Why do we love the Palm Springs International Film Festival?  Think of it as famous fish in a barrel — among them Brad Pitt, George Clooney and more.

Far from the luxury enclaves of Los Angeles, some of the brightest stars come together for the annual awards gala and cozy after-party in the desert oasis. Here are our five A-list moments from Saturday's opening fete:

George Clooney meets the French, well, George Clooney: In keeping with our affinity for handsome males, Jean Dujardin caught our eye (and that of the critical mass) for his turn in the well-received "The Artist." The French actor may be a new face for for the U.S. but is quite often referred to as "the George Clooney of France." So what happened when the domestic met the foreign?

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"They met near the talent valet," an onlooker told the Ministry. "They shook hands and complimented one another." In a much more thrilling introduction, Dujardin's "Arist" costar Bérénice Bejo got a kiss from Clooney.

"George gave a kiss to Bérénice, and she lit up! She joked that though she's madly in love with Michel [Hazanavicius, director of "The Artist"], that made it the best night of her life," the witness said.

The potty mouths: The pageantry of these galas can test anyone's boundaries for the appropriate. Thankfully, the Vanguard award winners at PSIFF were the gang from "Young Adult" — far from a warm and cuddly film, the filmmakers gave the night some edge.

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Michelle Williams: 'Oz' set was wonderful for daughter Matilda

Michelle Williams say 'Oz' was a wonderful set for daughter Matilda

Michelle Williams may find serious fare such as "Blue Valentine" and "My Week With Marilyn" rewarding work, but she was thrilled recently when one movie set offered something else: an awesome place for her daughter to hang out. 

On "Oz: The Great & Powerful," Williams said she and the late Heath Ledger's little girl, Matilda, could really enjoy the wonders of the production, led by director Sam Raimi.

"It's been such an amazing move for us as a family. It's a really happy place to go to work and a happy place for her to come visit," she told 24 Frames.

"Often -- the 'Marilyn' sets and the 'Blue Valentine' sets -- they aren't really ideal places for children. She can still come visit, but she can't really get comfortable and hang out for a while. This really integrates my life and my work in a great way," she said.

Williams plays Glinda, the "good witch" from the classic "Wizard of Oz," but it's at the start of Glinda's magical career. She says she'll be exploring the character's coming into power, before she's the omniscient beauty we've known. 

"Oz" co-stars James Franco, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis. "Marilyn" releases this week in Los Angeles. 

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Photo: Michelle Williams at the premiere of "My Week With Marilyn" in New York City on Oct. 9. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press


Michelle Williams joins 'My Week With Marilyn' at AFI Fest

Michelle Williams at the My Week with Marilyn premiere

Michelle Williams' "My Week with Marilyn" has already screened at a number of prominent film festivals, but there was a special aura at the film's Hollywood premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Sunday.

Williams, who stars as Marilyn Monroe in the upcoming release, seemed somewhat in awe of her surroundings as she walked the red carpet at the AFI Fest event.

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"I've never gone to where her hands and feet are and tried to put mine in there," Williams said, standing within feet of where Monroe put her prints in concrete in 1952. "But after tonight, I think I'd like to do that."

Williams' performance as the tragic blond icon is already generating award-season buzz, but the 31-year-old said she she's still anxious about how the film will be received by moviegoers and critics.

"Oh gosh, of course," the actress said of being nervous about the film's reception. "At this point, there's nothing I can do. There's nothing I can add, there's nothing I can subtract. It's all over. But don't you always want people to like what you do?"

Williams has said that she had to put herself in an especially vulnerable, fragile place to play Monroe -- something director Simon Curtis observed on set.

"She is a brilliantly intuitive actress who just works so hard to understand the complexity of her characters. And part of her quality is a fragility that chimed with Marilyn," the filmmaker said, adding that he hopes audiences will view Monroe in a different light after watching his movie.

"I hope they'll really value her, as we all did working on the film. She wasn't this sort of airhead, helpless woman. She actually was a very smart woman doing her best in a difficult time."

"My Week With Marilyn" opens Nov. 23. 

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Photo: Michelle Williams at the AFI Fest premiere of "My Week With Marilyn" on Nov. 6. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images


Michelle Williams keeps pixie haircut as a memorial

Michelle William's pixie cut isn't going anywhere

If you asked us to guess why Michelle Williams retains a super-cropped haircut, we'd assume a penchant for whimsy, or simply ease in chasing after her 6-year-old.

But the actress reveals the haircut signifies something deeper: It's a memorial, of sorts, to a person she lost who preferred the length.

Daughter Matilda would prefer her mother's hair longer, the "My Week With Marilyn" star told British Elle, but the style isn't going anywhere, as she "cut it for the one straight man who has ever liked short hair and I wear it in memorial of somebody who really loved it."  

That tribute could very well be for one-time love Heath Ledger, who passed away in January 2008 after an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. 

We'll be seeing lots of Williams and her hair in the coming months, as she's a shoo-in for awards attention thanks to her portrayal of screen legend Marilyn Monroe. Having embodied the sex symbol, mass appeal isn't lost on Williams.

"Of course, the only people who like it are gay men and my girlfriends," she says of the 'do.

"Straight men across the board are not into this hair!" 

We think somehow, some way, Williams will find a way to speak to the straight guys.

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Photo: Michelle Williams attends the premiere of "My Week With Marilyn" during the 49th Annual New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall on  Oct. 9. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press



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