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Sandra Bullock lured back to acting, felt 'permanently broken ... time-wise'

Sandra Bullock says she almost quit acting

This post has been corrected, as indicated below.

Sandra Bullock is opening up about the time following the implosion of her marriage to Jesse James, a time, she said, when she thought she'd never return to acting. 

"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" lured her back on set, but not without some persuasion from director Stephen Daldry.

Bullock had been at the center of the 2010 scandal that saw James' repeated infidelities revealed just days after her best actress Oscar win for "The Blind Side."

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"I was perfectly content to be permanently broken," she said. Recognizing how that might sound in print, she smiles at the unintended hint of her personal turmoil, and adds "time-wise" to clarify the break as one from moviemaking.

"I honestly didn't think I was in a place where I wanted to work or wanted to step out of where I was. ... I wasn't prepared. But the opportunity was louder than my head," Bullock told the Associated Press' Jake Coyle.

That loud opportunity was actually "Extremely Loud," a 9/11 drama costarring Tom Hanks. Daldry, director of "The Hours" and "The Reader," made a house call to Bullock to rope her into the job.

"I needed a partner in the project, somebody that would be a leading lady and look after me, look after herself, look after the character," he said.

Bullock, awesomely aware of the indulgent nature of movie-star struggles, said she now feels gratitude for being pulled from her personal storm.

 "So we had a great time. It's no longer 'selfish actress' in the moment," she said. "I wanted to have an amazing time with him and, fortunately, Mr. Daldry presented it. In every possible way, it was the best!"

[For the record, 11:35 a.m., Dec. 28: This post and its headline originally referenced the quote "permanently broken" from Bullock's interview with the Associated Press. During that interview, Bullock next added the word "time-wise." The full paragraph from that AP story has been included above for clarification, and the word "time-wise" has been added to the headline.]

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Sandra Bullock at the 2010 Academy Awards. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press


Jesse James claims he lost himself married to Sandra Bullock

Jesse James says he 'lost himself' married to Sandra Bullock
Jesse James is claiming he lost himself in his years spent married to Sandra Bullock, the comedy sweetheart he humiliated publicly with numerous affairs.

The mechanic returned to reality TV on Monday night with Discovery channel's auto-centric "American Chopper: The Build-Off," and mentioned the implosion of his personal life, sparking in 2010.

"I became a big shot and married some Hollywood actress and didn’t talk to anybody anymore, so I feel bad," he said in a testimonial, "...I feel obligated to reconnect with all these people and show 'em that I'm still the same fabricator motorcycle guy. I'm not what I became."

And what became of Jesse? In 2010, Bullock cleaned up in award trophies for her turn in "The Blind Side," only to cap a lead actress Oscar win with the discovery of infidelities on James' part — led by the charming Michelle "Bombshell" McGee.

Bullock and James divorced almost immediately. A messy courtship with tattoo artist Kat Von D followed for James, though that suffered accusations of infidelity too.

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Photo: An apparently "lost" Jesse James attends the Screen Actors Guild awards in 2010 with then-wife Sandra Bullock. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times



Sightings: Heidi Klum and Sandra Bullock's girls night out

Sandra Bullock and Heidi Klum

While Heidi Klum is rumored to be heading to Broadway, she put on a more relaxed show this week with Sandra Bullock in Hollywood.

Supermodel-mom Klum and Bullock, an awards hopeful for "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," got their party on Wednesday, attending Beacher's Madhouse at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel. They indulged in drinks and dancing at a private booth, according to Us magazine, rocking out to tunes including AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long."

"They were just having fun by themselves," an onlooker told the mag, "nothing scandalous or anything."

Always inclined toward a bit more scandal, Marilyn Manson recently showed some love to the Abbey, a staple among West Hollywood gay bars. In the company of Steven Hirsch, chairman of adult-amusement enterprise Vivid Entertainment, Manson downed Belvedere until last call.

Over in Hollywood, the Sayers Club continues to draw flurries of celeb traffic. On the heels of a Gerard Butler visit, Jason Scoppa's Thursday sessions drew the likes of Kevin Connolly, Bryan Greenberg, "Old Spice" hunk Isaiah Mustafa and Ricki Lake's "Dancing With the Stars" partner, Derek Hough.

Also digging an artistic vibe was Josh Hartnett, who rolled through Jeremy Kenyon Locker Corbell's Bunraku Art Experience at Chateau Marmont, along with Kevin McKidd, Ron Perlman and Guy Moshe.

Though it didn't go into the wee hours, dancing pair Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald of the "Footloose" remake made an appearance at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, where they surprised the little patients with a screening of their film in partnership with Give Back Hollywood.

On the other coast, hot off their Emmys performance, the Lonely Island -- comprising "SNL's" Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone -- were spotted at the launch of a new contest where folks have a chance to battle the funnymen for a chance at producing a $1-million Super Bowl ad spot with Doritos.

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Photos: Sandra Bullock, left, at the Oscars in February; Heidi Klum, right, at her perfume launch in L.A. on Sept. 28, 2011. Credits: Kick McKoy / Los Angeles Times, left; Christopher Polk / Getty Images, right.


Betty White voted America's 'most trusted' celebrity

Betty White voted 'most trusted' celebrity by Americans in a new Reuters poll, beating out Denzel Washington and Sandra Bullock

Betty White has been voted America's favorite and most trusted celebrity, a new poll indicates.

White, the former "Golden Girls" funnywoman who is currently starring in TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland," beat out Paris Hilton and Charlie Sheen as the person "whose endorsement of a company would be most likely to drive business," according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll of 2,012 Americans.

And she didn't have to go to the Marine Corps birthday ball to do it.

The 89-year-old animal lover won an Emmy last year for her "Saturday Night Live" hosting gig, has appeared on "Community" and in Snickers commercials and was named Associated Press entertainer of the year last December. Perhaps that trustworthy face of hers could help do some damage this fall on her "Punk'd"-style prank show "Betty White's Off Their Rockers"?

The other most favorable celebrities behind White are Denzel Washington, Sandra Bullock, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman (who tied for seventh place with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge), Will Smith and Johnny Depp.

Topping the not-so-hot list are: Paris Hilton, Charlie Sheen, Britney Spears (who ties for third with Kanye West), Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tiger Woods, Kim Kardashian, Mel Gibson, Donald Trump and LeBron James.

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Photo: Betty White in June 2011. Credit: Christopher Polk / Getty Images


'The Change-Up': Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman mix it up

Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock at "The Change-Up" premiere

Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman switched on the charm at Monday's premiere of "The Change-Up," their upcoming take on one of Hollywood's classic genres: the body-switching comedy. In the tradition of "Freaky Friday" or even "13 Going on 30," Reynolds and Bateman hit theaters Friday as two buddies who trade lives.

"The Change-Up" has Bateman playing a family man who puts in long hours at a law firm and comes home to change dirty diapers, and Reynolds cast as a slacker playboy who picks up women at Lamaze classes. In a totally believable turn of events, the two wish for each other's life -- while urinating in a fountain, no less -- and presto, change-o, bodies and lives are swapped.

Photos: "The Change-Up" premiere

When it came to learning one another's tics and mannerisms to sell the switch, Reynolds said of costar Bateman, "I got a few of the mannerisms down ... the slow-burn eyebrow raise that he does."

Bateman, however, said he and Reynolds were careful not to "do impressions of one another."

"Because we're not that talented, really," he joked. "So we just tried to play our versions of an idiot and a straight guy. It was easy. The script was so funny, we didn't want to distract from that by trying to do impersonations."

Talk about distracting: The two would later be joined on the red carpet by Sandra Bullock, Reynolds' costar in "The Proposal," who turned up to support her friend's most recent summer effort.

Olivia Wilde -- cast as a tempting love interest in the movie -- said she thinks audiences love goofy body-switching films because "it's a fantasy most people have had."

"The thing about body switching is the stakes are inevitably always really high, because you're gonna find yourself in awkward situations, and that's what people like to watch -- or what I like to watch, at least," she said, smiling.

Meanwhile, Leslie Mann -- real-life wife of Judd Apatow and onscreen wife of Bateman's "Change-Up" character -- was rather distressed over having to miss the "The Bachelorette" finale for the sake of the red carpet.

But if Mann had the opportunity to switch bodies with anyone, who might that be?

"Ryan Gosling's girlfriend," she said.

Amen, sista.

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Photo: Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock arrive at the premiere of "The Change-Up" at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood on Monday. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images


Ryan Reynolds talks divorce, baby-sitting for Sandra Bullock

Ryan Reynolds covers Details magazine

Ryan Reynolds is making the rounds for his new comic book epic, "Green Lantern," and shows his softer side in a new interview. Just don't ask him about Scarlett Johansson.

"The media was not invited to my marriage, and they're definitely not invited into the divorce," Reynolds said of his and Johannson's parting last year.

Though he's not about to talk about his personal life, a few of his famous pals showed up to praise him in the new issue of Details, for which Ryan serves as cover boy.

"As his friend, any dark secrets that I may or may not know are forever safe with me," said his friend (just his friend!) Sandra Bullock.

"Unless he doesn't do something I want him to do, like baby-sitting. When that day comes, I'll be sure to hold a press conference."

Similar praise is lavished by funnyman Jason Bateman, who said, "It's still not the norm to be as decent as Ryan is. Decent without being a boob. He's the World’s Sexiest Man and all that ... but he's still a real guy, not a noodle."

Check out more photos and Reynolds' full interview here

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Photo: Ryan Reynolds lounges in John Varvatos pants. Credit: Matthias Vriens-McGrath / Details


Oscars: Warren Beatty, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lawrence in the lobby

Bening-beatty

The lobby of the Academy Awards show is in some ways more fascinating than the trophy contest that plays out on stage. Standing in one corner, Warren Beatty took it all in with a Cheshire grin.

"After a period of time you come to enjoy these things but they are a, um, unusual construct." Beatty watched as his wife, Annette Bening, spoke with pulsing enthusiasm to Pixar guru John Lasseter.

Beatty said he used to dread the red carpet but learned to embrace the strobe-reality of the world's most famous vanity parade. 

"What you learn is that everyone else is just as embarrassed as you are and then when you know that you can all just smile."

Not far away, Jennifer Lawrence was enjoying the crowd chorus of iPhone and Blackberry reports of her fashion success in a sleek red dress that appeared painted on.

"Well I can go home now I guess," she said. "They better like it, it took long enough."

Sandra Bullock was bare-shouldered and trembling as she dashed into lobby. "It's sooo cold," she announced to no one before being pulled into a warm embrace by Matthew McConaughey.

"Sandy, Sandy, Sandy ..." McConaughey implored in a falsetto voice. The two were quickly met by Scarlett Johansson for discussion of upcoming projects.

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Photo: Nominee Annette Bening and husband Warren Beatty arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards on Feb. 27, 2011. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press

 


Golden Globes: Sandra Bullock, Eva Longoria prove looking good is best revenge

Sandra-and-Eva

Thank you, Sandra Bullock and Eva Longoria, for not disappointing at the Golden Globes. 

Although 2010 wasn't the best year for either actress, given their respective divorces tied to spectacular scandals, the Ministry applauds them for proving that looking good is the best revenge.

Could Longoria look more polished, strong and stable in her black Zac Posen number? Introducing the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Asson., the organization responsible for the awards, there wasn't a visible trace of heartache. 

Likewise for Bullock, last year locked up in a Marchesa dress practically missile-firing glamour, who seems to have returned to her Southern-boho style. In Jenny Packham, Sandy gives off an ethereal vibe that's more in line with the easygoing girl we've been behind since her split from Jesse James.

Here's wishing you happy single mingling at the after parties.

-- Matt Donnelly
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Photo: Sandra Bullock. Credit:Mario Anzuoni / Reuters. Eva Longoria. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images


Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds pal around on New Year's Eve

Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds Looks like Sandra Bullock had a proposal Ryan Reynolds couldn't refuse — a friendly invite to spend New Year's Eve at her restaurant in Texas.

Reynolds announced his split from actress Scarlett Johansson just before the holiday rush and took himself down to Austin to hang with his costar and her friends.

"A group of old friends that included Ryan and Sandra spent New Year's together at Sandra's restaurant Bess Bistro," a Bullock rep told People. "They all had a great time ringing in the New Year as they have in the past ... as nothing more than friends."

Friends, friends, friends. We think that's the message?

Regardless, the two must be thrilled to welcome a new year (and perhaps a new project). How better to do so than as a team?

If you've got an answer, tell us in the comments section below.

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Photo: 10!...9!...8! -- whatever, we're just friends. Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds star in "The Proposal." Credit: Touchstone Picture.


Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Oprah top charitable celebs of 2010

Lady-gaga-most-charitable-celeb Megastars like Sandra Bullock, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Oprah Winfrey and Prince William have a lot to be thankful for this holiday. The luminaries are getting a little shout-out for their generosity as well.

DoSomething.org, an online portal that helps link youth with volunteer opportunities, has publishing a list of "Celebs Done Good" for 2010. 

Bullock scores points for her support of education for low-income kids in Louisiana, Bieber gets big ups for his work with children's hospitals, and so do Gaga for her very public support over the repeal of DADT, Winfrey for her overwhelming generosity in general and the newly engaged William for his work with homeless youth in Britain.

Rounding out the list are Leonardo DiCaprio, getting props for his interest in endangered tigers; Ellen DeGeneres for her support of the Trevor Project and its efforts to prevent anti-gay bullying; Nick Jonas for his activism around diabetes; and Matt Damon for his longtime passion project in providing clean water water around the world.

Jake Gyllenhaal's main squeeze, Taylor Swift, gets a nod for her flood-relief efforts in Tennessee, Alicia Keys gets props for her much-covered "Digital Death" campaign in support of Keep a Child Alive, and Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore are recognized for their efforts to prevent child sex trafficking.

Check out the full list here, and tell us your favorite charitable celeb in comments below.

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Photo: Lady Gaga attends the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. Credit: Robyn Beck / Getty Images

 


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