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‘Glee’s Mark Salling Does ‘Flaunt’ Magazine

Something to sing about

Okay, Gleeks, this one’s for you … Mark Salling, who plays the mohawked Noah Puck Puckerman on the hit Fox TV series Glee, is featured in the new issue of Flaunt magazine … and he is lookin’ good, y’all. While I cannot get on board with the silly mohawk (which he *must* wear for the role), I can deffo get on board with the rest of him … behold:

Mark Salling has it all. As Noah “Puck” Puckerman, on the biggest hit TV show of the year, Glee, Salling gets to play the mohawked bad boy star quarterback, as well as the sensitive music lover. The show is beloved – Salling now answers fan mail from tweens and mothers from all over the world – and his storyline keeps getting more complex, affording him the ability to show off his emotional range. We’re psyched to see how it all plays out for Puck, and even more for Salling, whose timbre and stock both continue to rise.

Yes, please! But while this pic is hot, there’s another that you’re gonna wanna check out. Trust me … More »

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Shirley Manson Does British ‘Elle’ Magazine

"There is talk about doing my own record [and/or] reforming with Garbage"

Shirley Manson, my fave Oliver Peoples Eyewear spokesmodel du jour, is featured in the pages of the new issue of British Elle magazine. In her interview, Shirley teases that plans are in the works not only for her own solo album … but for the reformation of Garbage AND a short film of some sort. As you may recall, Shirley posted a message on her Facebook account alerting fans to the fact that she’s been in the studio with her Garbage bandmates … so her interview teases may actually come to fruition. Here is one of Shirley‘s Elle mag photos and some excerpts from her interview:

On the music bug: “I went to Coachella and for the first time I thought ‘OK I’m ready to do this again’, I got that burn-y feeling.”

On her recent tragedies: “When Mum became ill with dementia, it knocked the stuffing out of me. I didn’t want to make music anymore, didn’t feel creative, I could barely function.” [...] “Friends of mine lost their six-year old son to cancer last year and asked me to sing Life on Mars, at the memorial. We were all in so much pain but it meant so much to them that I could sing that song and so much to me that I was able to do something. It made me realize how music sustains people. I don’t know why I turned my back on it.”

On her future plans: “There is talk about doing my own record, reforming with Garbage and a short film too. Whether it’ll all come off, I don;t know. I’ve learnt in life that I need to take it one day at a time.”

On her body issues: “I used to get upset that I wasn’t pretty enough and I didn’t enjoy photo shoots. But when I watched myself on TV, I saw myself in a normal light and I’d aged. It came as a relief that I could accept who I was and where I was.”

On fear of aging: “I think that comes from fear of not having chances, not being able to live the life you want. But I believe if you’re an interesting person your life is not going to shrink. I wouldn’t go as far as to say I’m comfortable with getting older, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to be told that my life is over because I’m supposedly over the hill.”

On her latest music discoveries: “I’m crazy about Them Crooked Vultures, absolutely nuts about that record. I love the new Spinnerette record and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, I’m crazy about Karen O. She’s one of the few women who’s come up in my generation who has genuinely thrilled me.”

OMG … LOVE this interview!! The thought of Shirley making music again just gets me all hot and bothered. Please, Shirley, make a solo album AND another Garbage album. Your fans are dying for your music! But, before I plead for new music some more, let’s look at some of the other photos of Shirley from his issue of Elle magazine — after the jump … More »

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Jason Wahler Tells ‘US Weekly’ He Is ‘Very Ashamed’, ‘Sorry For Everything’

"I think everything happens for a reason."

Jason Wahler, who — at the young age of 23 — was just recently arrested TWICE in the span of about a week bringing his arrest grand total to 7 (6 domestic, 1 international), gave an interview with US Weekly to talk about how “ashamed” and “sorry” he is for all of his arrests. Here is what he had to say:

Former Hills star Jason Wahler says he felt incredible “shame” when he made headlines again last weekend for his sixth alcohol-related arrest in recent years. A week prior, online video footage also surfaced of Wahler, 23, being cuffed by Mexican police in Cabo San Lucas March 11 after he allegedly got into a club brawl. “I am very, very ashamed of everything,” he tells UsMagazine.com. “I am very sorry for everything that’s happened.” So what went wrong for Wahler, who claimed in 2007 that he had cleaned up his act and even did a stint with inpatient rehab? About six months ago, he tells Us he moved back to Orange County from L.A. and enrolled in the University of Phoenix in Fountain Valley, Calif., hoping to earn a business degree. He even began going to AA up to five times a week. “I had a sponsor and stuff,” says Wahler. “You know, the whole thing.” While traveling to L.A. “doing the whole movie stuff,” he says he “got distracted” and “started falling out of the program … I lost contact with my sponsor.” He slowly began drinking again. “It was one drink or a few,” he says. “It wasn’t a binge or anything.” On March 19, he was taken into custody at 10:54 p.m. for DUI while driving a 2008 Chevy Tahoe. He likely will face jail time. He declined to talk about the incident, but he tells Us, “I think everything happens for a reason. God did that to me, so maybe I would be at [rock] bottom and want to climb my way to the top.” With the help of his new girlfriend and friends and family, he returned to AA this past Wednesday. “It’s all about getting back on track,” Wahler tells Us. “My girlfriend, my parents, my brothers, my sisters and a handful of my best friends are willing to do everything to keep me out of trouble. “I never want to drink again,” he adds. He says he’ll also avoid L.A. “unless it’s crucial for work. If I do go, I will go with my father or somebody who is a sober support. But I definitely won’t be going out! “If I don’t stay sober,” he tells Us, “I am not going to have a life.”

To his credit, I will say that it sounds like he’s got the right attitude … now. But I’m concerned that his blaming God for “doing that to him” is proof that he is not taking responsibility for his actions. I’m not sure what “movie stuff” keeps bringing him to LA but mebbe he needs to find a different line of work. It’s hard not to be suspicious of this latest apology but … for his sake, I hope he really means it this time. To be arrested 7 times in only 23 years is pretty insane. Best of luck drying out, Jason. I truly hope you are successful.

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Confirmed: Fox Announces The End Of ‘24’

Dunzo! for reals

Earlier this month we learned the bittersweet news that the Fox network was seriously considering ending the long running hit TV drama 24 (which, in all honesty, revolutionized the hour-long action drama on television) but at that time, no decision about ending the show was made. Since then, we heard a rumor that NBC was interested in picking up the show if Fox decided to end it but no other concrete information about that report has come to light (and, in fact, you’ll read that Kiefer Sutherland admits the NBC plan was never really a viable option). But, just as expected, Fox announced concretely late yesterday that the current season of 24 will be the show’s last. The show is officially dunzo. Here is some press release information issued by Fox late yesterday:

In a joint decision made by 24’s star and executive producer Kiefer Sutherland, executive producer and showrunner Howard Gordon, Twentieth Century Fox Television, Imagine Entertainment and Fox Broadcasting Company, it was determined that the acclaimed series will end its remarkable eight-season run. Jack Bauer’s last day on FOX will conclude when the final two hours of “Day Eight” air Monday, May 24 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). As the countdown to the series’ climactic conclusion races on, the final 11 hours will air uninterrupted Mondays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Multiple award-winning series star Kiefer Sutherland reflected on the show’s run: “This has been the role of a lifetime, and I will never be able to fully express my appreciation to everyone who made it possible. While the end of the series is bittersweet, we always wanted 24 to finish on a high note, so the decision to make the eighth season our last was one we all agreed upon. This feels like the culmination of all our efforts from the writers to the actors to our fantastic crew and everyone at Fox. Looking ahead to the future, Howard Gordon and I are excited about the opportunity to create the feature film version of 24. But when all is said and done, it is the loyal worldwide fan base that made it possible for me to have the experience of playing the role of Jack Bauer, and for that I am eternally grateful.” Executive producer and showrunner Howard Gordon said, “Kiefer and I have loved every minute of making 24, but we all believe that now is the right time to call it a day. I echo his sentiments of gratitude toward the show’s amazing creative team, as well as the studio and network who have always believed in us and shown us unbelievable support.” “24 is so much more than just a TV show – it has redefined the drama genre and created one of the most admired action icons in television history,” said Peter Rice, Chairman, Entertainment, Fox Networks Group. Kevin Reilly, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company added, “We are extremely proud of this groundbreaking series and will be forever thankful to Kiefer, the producers, the cast and crew for everything they’ve put into 24 over the years. It’s truly been an amazing and unforgettable eight days.” “We are so grateful to Kiefer and Howard who have really poured their hearts and souls into making this show over the past eight seasons,” commented Gary Newman and Dana Walden, Chairmen, Twentieth Century Fox Television. “To everyone who contributed to this iconic series over its amazing run, we want to extend our heartfelt appreciation for your incredible work.” Added Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, “I’m so proud to have been a part of 24, which has become such a cultural phenomenon. And to Kiefer and Howard and everyone who has worked on the show, many thanks.” Now in its eighth season with Kiefer Sutherland starring as the heroic Jack Bauer, the inventive and suspenseful 24 has been nominated for a total of 68 Emmy Awards, winning for Outstanding Drama Series in 2006. Over the course of seven seasons, Sutherland garnered seven Emmy nominations and one win for Outstanding Lead Actor – Drama Series. While the series gained global recognition, Sutherland’s portrayal of the legendary character penetrated the American psyche like no other dramatic television character to become part of the English lexicon. Premiering November 6, 2001, 24 employed a pioneering split-screen, fast-paced format with complex interweaving storylines as viewers followed anti-terrorism agent Jack Bauer through 24 pulse-pounding episodes, each covering one hour and presented in real time. Subsequent seasons combined the show’s unique and trend-setting format while delivering compelling new elements and attracting talented actors and guest stars, including the Emmy Award-winning Cherry Jones (President Allison Taylor). The series also currently stars Mary Lynn Rajskub (Chloe O’Brian), Anil Kapoor (Omar Hassan), Annie Wersching (Renee Walker), Katee Sackhoff (Dana Walsh), Mykelti Williamson (Brian Hastings), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Cole Ortiz), Chris Diamantopoulos (Rob Weiss) and John Boyd (Arlo Glass). The first six seasons were set in Los Angeles, and following the strike-induced delay of Season Seven, “24: Redemption,” a two-hour film bridging Seasons Six and Seven, was set in Africa. Washington, D.C. was the setting for Season Seven, and the final season of 24 finds Jack Bauer thwarting a terrorist attack in New York. At the conclusion of Season Eight, 24 will have a produced a total of 194 episodes (including “24: Redemption”), making it one of the longest-running action television shows in history.

As I mentioned before … the time for the show to end has come. The last couple of seasons have not been great and I would much rather see a show I love end gracefully rather than in a long, drawn-out way that might completely ruin all the great memories of a great show. Even as we mourn the death of a show like 24, we can take comfort in the fact that plans are deffo in the works to move the franchise to the big screen. This may be the end of 24 on the small screen but there is great hope for a string of big-budget films in the near future. After the jump, read a short interview that 24 star Kiefer Sutherland gave to TV Guide regarding the end of the show … More »

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Read: James Franco, ‘Just Before The Black’

An original short story published in 'Esquire' magazine

James Francofilm star, soap opera actor, Gucci spokesmodel and more — has published a short story titled Just Before the Black in the new issue of Esquire magazine — described as a “story about how it’s only right before you die that you know you’re living” … which you can read online in FULL. Here is part 1 of Franco‘s tale for your reading pleasure:

I sit in the driver’s seat of my grandfather’s old DeVille. It is night out and cool. Me and Joe, we just sit.

We’re out in front of the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course pro shop. It’s a tan building with white trim. It’s where Joe and I work during the day.

We sit here because it’s dark here, and there are no lights outside this building. We’re stopped for no reason except that the night is still going and we’re drunk, and who wants to go home, ever, and this spot is as good as any to just sit in the shadows and let life slow.

My window is cracked, just a bit, and the air plays on my forehead like a cold whisper.

I often think about driving off the side of freeway overpasses, just plunge Grandpa’s old blue boat through the cement guardrail: The sculpted barrier crumbling about me and Grandpa’s blue machine; a great moment of metallic explosion and heavy ripping and jerking and then release; a soft, slow dive of arcing color through the windshield, into a hard second of impact, just before the black. What an adventure lies behind one quick turn of the steering wheel. A great screaming, and then, slip away.

Joe and I sit and stare at the wall of the building. The building is beige, but the shadows make it shadow-color.

Joe smokes. His window is all the way down, and he breathes his smoke out the black gaping gap.

There is not much to talk about with Joe because he’s such a moron. I don’t know what he thinks he is, or why he thinks he exists. I guess in some lives lived, no one tells you what to be, and so you be nothing. In the olden days you were born into it, all decisions made, and you farmed until you died, or cleaned the royal toilets.

I guess they didn’t have toilets. Just stuck their asses out and shat in the moat. But someone had to wash out the hole.

“If you lived in the olden times, what would you do?” I ask Joe.

Joe has to think about it. He is large, and his weight spreads from his belly across the seat, like it was a plastic sack full of liquid, rolling in layers upon itself.

“Which olden times?” he asks, and it’s like a boar’s grunt, a deep thing, from the thick part of his throat.

“Like, King Arthur, with knights and horses.”

Fatass thinks. I can hear it, rust-worn gears flaking and groaning slowly into motion, even smell it, yellow smoke emanating from his skull.

“I’d be the king,” he says.

“You can’t be the king,” I say. “No one is king. That’s like winning the lottery.”

“If I went back, I’d be king. And I’d fuck every virgin in the kingdom.”

“You can’t be king, asshole. You can’t even be duke. The fact that you even said that shows you’re not royalty. You’re a peasant.”

“Whenever people time-travel, they go back and they are friends with the king, or they are the king.”

“Because those are stories. When people tell stories, they’re always about the king, it’s Aristotle crap. But it’s not real.”

“Neither is time travel.”

The story continues HERE at Esquire‘s site where you can read the entire tale in full. It turns out that Franco is planning the release of his first collection of short stories this October. The collection will be titled Palo Alto and will be published by Scribner (you can preorder the book HERE). It would seem that James Franco has many talents … but do you think writing is one of them? Read the story (or just this excerpt) and let me know what you think. Does Franco have a future in publishing?

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Tom Lenk Does ‘Out’ Magazine

Prints Charming

Buffyverse alum and current Broadway star (plus good friend to me) Tom Lenk is featured in the new issue of Out magazine alongside some of his Broadway compatriots in a fashion spread in the magazine devoted to the Spring fashions hitting stores right now. Tom and co. are modeling some of the prints that will be all the rage this season … here is one of his fun photos:

Tom Lenk, Rock of Ages Though Joss Whedon fans will recognize him from his three-season turn as Andrew on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lenk returned to ROA in September after creating the role for the show’s original 2006 Los Angeles run. Brooks Atkinson Theatre, RockofAgesMusical.com. Blue crocodile-printed tank top and navy pants by Versace. Black high-top sneakers with zip detail by Marc by Marc Jacobs.

I think Tommy makes a fantastic male model, don’t you? He’s like the real-life Zoolander, no? After the jump, check out his other photo from this spread in Out magazine … More »

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Sam Worthington Does ‘Details’ Magazine

"I’m still a very boisterous young man"

Aussie hunk Sam Worthington, who starred in Avatar and will portray Greek hero Perseus in the upcoming remake of Clash of the Titans, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Details magazine. This coverstory is timed perfectly with the release of his new film, due out next month, and gives the US audience a better understanding of this boy from Oz:

On finding interviews excruciating: I’m still a very boisterous young man. And I swear a bit more than I should. So I’m learning to temper it, you know?”

On his standard-issue Aussie boyhood: “I’m not a great fan of people who say they put a sheet up in the backyard when they were 7 and entertained all the neighbors. When I was 7, I thought I was a fucking fire truck.”

On why he loves living in hotel rooms: “”I like room service. They put a chocolate on my pillow. It’s kinda cool.”

On his work ethic: “”Well, I demand a lot,” he says, then backtracks, not wanting to position himself as some kind of diva. “I demand excellence in myself. I’m up front and quite outspoken, but I’ll give you everything.”

This Details coverstory does give the reader a better sense of Sam Worthington, the man, but the info comes primarily from the people he’s worked with. The primary focus of the piece is on what others (like James Cameron, McG, Zoe Saldana and more) think of him rather than from responses he gives to the interviewer. It’s a great read. The mag also comes with a batch of really great photos, too. After the jump, check out a few of them … More »

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Gerard Butler Does ‘Men’s Journal’ Magazine

"I'm not a big relationship guy."

Cheeky cad du jour, Gerard Butler, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Men’s Journal magazine. In his coverstory interview, Gerry intimates that he doesn’t get as much tail as he used to and makes a joke about trimming Jennifer Aniston‘s bush … natch. Here is our first look at Gerard‘s Men’s Journal coverphoto and some excerpts from his accompanying interview:

On getting laid: “I think I get laid less now than I used to, because I’m way more paranoid now – look at fucking Tiger Woods! I mean, I’m nowhere near as naughty as I used to be, partly because I did a lot of that when I was drinking.”

On his commitment problems: “In the last five years since coming out here, I’ve had two relationships. I’m not a big relationship guy. One of my vices is, I’m too wrapped up in myself and not always in a good way.”

On holiday fun with Jennifer Aniston: “Over Christmas she had a tree-trimming party that I went to. Yeah, I trimmed her bush… Shit. Please don’t put that in.”

On his anxiety addiction: “I was born into a world of anxiety… I am slightly addicted to anxiety. When I’m feeling anxious, I’ll create more anxiety for myself. Like I might call all these people about what’s fun to do tonight and end up with four different options, which in itself would put me into a blind panic; but then I’ll make another four calls just to make it 10 times more anxiety-ridden.”

I can’t say that I have much respect for a man that idolizes Tiger Woods‘s cheating ways … but I guess I have to give him props for the Aniston bush joke ;) I wonder if Gerard Butler keeps talking about Jennifer Aniston in interviews he’ll pull a John Mayer and piss her off entirely too … he strikes me as the kind of guy who is about 2 beers from kissing and telling all. I can’t say I’m too interested to read this whole interview in Men’s Journal … this taste is enough for me.

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Tina Fey Does ‘Esquire’ Magazine

"I have no plans to do [Twitter]. I'll just stick with my 24/7 webcam."

Funny woman Tina Fey is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Esquire magazine. While Tina is lookin’ sexy as hell on the cover, she’s lookin’ very much the funny girl in her accompanying photospread. Here is our first look at Tina‘s Esquire coverphoto and some excerpts from her interview:

The best doughnut? That’s Peter Pan doughnuts in Brooklyn. It’s a Polish bakery. We shot nearby once for 30 Rock. It’s a white-cream-filled powdered doughnut. And I really believe, when I first tried it, if I had a penis, I would put it in this doughnut. I finally understand what you guys are thinking about and what motivates you guys.

My four-year-old daughter has a pretend hair-and-nail salon, and I was doing her hair and makeup. I said, “Hello ma’am. What’s your name? And what do you do?” And she said, “I get paid to dance at parties.” And I said, “Oh, no. That’s a terrible, terrible answer.”

She says she looks like Barack Obama. I think she heard so many people at that time saying I looked like Sarah Palin, I think she was just trying to get in on that. “I look like Barack Obama.” Okay. Sure.

Twitter seems like a busman’s holiday: just more writing. I have no plans to do it. I’ll just stick with my 24/7 webcam. I’m old-fashioned that way.

Plots we would not do on 30 Rock? Let me put the Internet at ease: Liz and Jack will never be together. Not even if we go fifteen seasons. Okay, if we get to season fifteen, they’ll do it.

I think my level of fame will drop back down. I think it’ll recede. In fact, I know it will. That’s life on planet earth. And I’m okay with that. Besides getting tables at restaurants and special treatment at the airport, what else is there?

After the jump, check out a few photos from Tina‘s photoshoot and read some more excerpts from her Esquire coverstory interview … More »

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Shia LaBeouf Does ‘GQ’ Magazine

"I'm like the coolest guy in the world. I've been on the cover of GQ!"

Shia LaBeouf, star of the upcoming sequel film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (which is a terrible name, btw), is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of GQ magazine modeling a few swanky suits. Here is our first look at Shia‘s GQ coverphoto and some excerpts from his accompanying interview:

On the Wall Street trading floors where he went to learn the banking ropes: “I thought my life was pretty wild. I’m Richie Rich. I land in New York, secretly thinking I’m like the coolest guy in the world. I’ve been on the cover of GQ! But then I met these guys, and it’s humbling. It’s the most sex-drugs-and-rock-’n'-roll atmosphere that exists on the planet. I was hanging out with some wild human beings.”

On getting past the stereotypes of Wall Street traders: “It’s easy to villainize these guys with the big paychecks,” he says. “But they’re not all bad. I’m a pretty left-wing character, and I come from whatever collar is lower than blue. But meeting these guys really opened my mind a lot. I’ve never seen people with more drive and determination in my life.”

On his relationship with co-star and girlfriend Carey Mulligan: “I never really had anything in my life that was off-limits,” he says, visibly trying to control his natural inclination to share, to think out loud, to let his voice run free. “But with this, just out of respect, I just don’t want to fuck around. She’s an unbelievably thought-provoking actress, the most talented actress I’ve ever met in my life, by leaps and bounds. Neither one of us are fame whores. It works out. It’s not like we’re the premiere couple; we’re not the red-carpet king and queen.”

After the jump, check out a few photos from Shia‘s GQ photospread and find out what Shia has to say about his much-publicized car accident, working with director Oliver Stone and Wall Street co-star Michael Douglas‘s son who was arrested on drug charges … More »

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