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Megan Fox vs. Michael Bay, Round 50: Steven Spielberg, Shia LaBeouf weigh in

Megan Fox, Steven Spielberg and Shia LaBeouf

This post has been updated. See the note below for details.

For all the ink spilled over Megan Fox's departure from the "Transformers" franchise, it's almost as if her name never left the marquee. Fresh anecdotes -- including a harsh directive that came from one of the most powerful men in Hollywood -- have again revived the controversy over her firing from the Michael Bay-helmed action flicks.

"She was in a different world, on her BlackBerry. You gotta stay focused. And you know, the Hitler thing. Steven [Spielberg] said, 'Fire her right now,'" Bay said in a recent interview.

The "Hitler thing" would be comments Fox made in British magazine Wonderland, saying Bay liked to run his set in the style of the aforementioned dictator.

"I wasn't hurt, because I know that's just Megan. Megan loves to get a response. And she does it in kind of the wrong way.

"I'm sorry, Megan. I'm sorry I made you work 12 hours. I'm sorry that I'm making you show up on time," Bay told GQ, which profiled him and many of his longtime collaborators, including current star Shia LaBeouf.

"Criticism is one thing," LaBeouf said of Fox. "Then there's public name-calling, which turns into high school bashing. Which you can't do. She started [smack]-talking our captain." 

Earlier this month, LaBeouf went on about how Fox "never got comfortable" with her sex symbol status, or the methods Bay used to propel her there.

[Updated, 11:15 p.m. June 20: This post originally contained a picture mislabeled by the photo service as a shot of Steven Spielberg. It now contains a picture that's definitely Spielberg.]


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-- Matt Donnelly

Photos: Steven Spielberg, left, Megan Fox and Shia LaBeouf. Credits: Casey Rodgers / Associated Press, left; Michael Buckner / Getty Images, center; Evan Agostini / Associated Press, right.

Chelsea Clinton's wedding a no-fly zone — and other details [poll]


Nothing says "romance" like restricting airspace.


Chelsea Clinton will marry Marc Mezvinsky on Saturday in a wedding ceremony and reception set for Rhinebeck, N.Y., where a no-fly zone has been declared from 3 p.m. EDT until 3:30 a.m. the next day over Astor Courts. (Yes, it was built for those Astors.)

That's just what happens when Dad is former President Bill Clinton, Mom's the current secretary of State, and they insist on inviting a few of their friends from work. Even if the current head honcho isn't on the guest list.

Expect to see the bride wearing Vera Wang, unless you think Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter hit the designer's bridal shop for grins on Tuesday; money's on Oscar de la Renta ...

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Colin Hanks marries Samantha Bryant, luring A-list guests to a WeHo rooftop

Colin-hanks-web Colin Hanks married fiancée Samantha Bryant in West Hollywood on Saturday, People reports. Preparation for the A-list event at a hotel rooftop pool began Friday, says E! Online, and involved the gentle relocation -- free drinks included -- of a few hotel guests. 

The actor and the publicist met through mutual friends and have been engaged since June, the mag says. Among the guests on top of the London Hotel: papa Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson; dad's buddy from the office, Steven Spielberg; a discreet Alyssa Milano; and Reese Witherspoon, whom Us Weekly reports got a loving smooch and hug from new beau Jim Toth as the ceremony ended.

Colin Hanks' mom is the late Samantha Lewes, the first wife of Tom Hanks (who, not surprisingly, did not tweet from the event). The 32-year-old's Fox show "The Good Guys" premieres May 19.

Other bursts of wedded bliss Saturday included Heidi Klum and Seal renewing their vows in Mexico and Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott doing the same in Beverly Hills.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

[Updated at 11:30 a.m.: An earlier version of this post omitted the fact that Samantha Lewes passed away in 2002 at age 49. She's also the mother of Colin's sister Elizabeth.]

Photo: Colin Hanks at the Casa del Mar in Santa Monica in 2008. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / For The Times

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Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg christen 'The Pacific,' HBO's new WWII series

Pacific1 Here's the first rule for partying in style: The less you're seen the better. If you're a guest, come fashionably late. If you're a guest of honor, leave fashionably early.

So naturally Wednesday night, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg -- two of the coolest guys in Hollywood and executive producers of HBO's new World War II miniseries, "The Pacific" -- were among the first to leave the cable channel's lavish U.S. military-themed party at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

But not until they'd tipped their hats -- or in the case of Spielberg, his baseball cap -- to the cast (and crew) of thousands who'd worked on the $200-million series premiering March 14.

"There might have been three of us at the beginning," Spielberg said before the first episode screening at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, referring to executive producer No. 3, Gary Goetzman, "but thousands followed very quickly.

"Please hold your applause until I'm done. There are only 2,000 names here."

Five hours later -- ah, but how time flies! -- Hanks introduced Jon Seda, Joseph Mazzello, James Badge Dale and the rest of the cast who were present.

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Obamas go Hollywood: Heads of showbiz at first White House state dinner [Updated: photo gallery]

Couple We at the Ministry love a good party, as well as the precursor of the good party: the leaked guest list. Especially when the president and first lady are the hosts.

[UPDATE, 8:26 p.m. Nov. 24, 2009: Click here for a photo gallery of the event.]

The Obamas' first state dinner is tonight at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and the seating chart almost reads like an award show ballot.

The crowd will feature Hollywood heavyweights mingled in with journalists and politicians, with the likes of Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ari Emanuel, M. Night Shyamalan and Sony Pictures chair Michael Lynton.

Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson will serenade the first couple -- and guest of honor Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India -- for the tented fete on the South Lawn.

The showbiz types will join the poli-chic including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and (shout out, Madam Planner!) White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers

The possibilities with a list like this! The Ministry prays Michelle will wear Rodarte, Emanuel and Pelosi can ask Dr. Gupta for tips on stress management, and Shyamalan can try to make nice with the former Dreamworks boys!

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