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Reese Witherspoon: Hollywood is centuries behind on gender equality

Reese Witherspoon thinks Hollywood is "centuries behind" when it comes to gender equality.

The 'Wild' actress has slammed the film industry, claiming its views on gender disparity are outdated and insisting bosses don't accurately represent women in movies.

When asked if she considers herself to be a feminist, the 38-year-old star said: "Obviously I'm a feminist, and I'm incredibly aware of the huge, huge problems [with gender disparity] in Hollywood.

"I mean, it's like, are we a century behind there in that world?"

However, Reese - who plays Cheryl Strayed in 'Wild', based on the memoir of the same name - heaped praise on the film's director Jean-Marc Vallee and screenplay writer Nick Hornby for their sensitive approach to making the film, which details a woman's journey of self-discovery.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, she said: "But I think Nick and Jean-Marc have feminist sensibilities. They're men, but they are comfortable really both helping and allowing women to tell their stories."

Even the book's writer Cheryl expressed her concerns about her story being translated into a movie.

She said: "It's actually a challenging concept for a film, frankly, 'Oh, gee, a woman's walking alone through the wilderness. Let's make it a movie!' "


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Vanessa Hudgens granted restraining order

Vanessa Hudgens has been granted a restraining order against an alleged stalker.

The 'Spring Breakers' actress went to court after Junior Kabongo travelled from Africa to Los Angeles to meet her after sending her a string of "extremely graphic" emails in which he also declared his intentions to marry her.

One of the messages he sent read: "Hello, I love you and want to marry you."

And another, more graphic one, read: "God gave me a penis to make you feel like you never did every time when we'll make love."

In a third email, Kabongo also expressed his desire to pursue a Hollywood career.

According to TMZ, he wrote: "I love you and wanna marry you. I WRITE SCREENPLAYS. I wanna become a movie star."

Kabongo then told the 25-year-old beauty he had booked a flight to Los Angeles to meet with her.

He was spotted driving up and down Vanessa's street on both November 1 and 4, prompting her to seek a restraining order.

A judge ordered Kabongo to stay 100 yards away from the 'High School Musical' actress, her boyfriend Austin Butler, and her 19-year-old sister Stella.


Halle Berry accuses ex of racism

Gabriel Aubry made "completely and totally unacceptable" racial slurs against Halle Berry, a court has been told.

The 48-year-old actress, who dated the French-Canadian model between 2005 and 2010, has taken her former lover to court, claiming he straightened the naturally curly hair of their daughter Nahla - who was born in 2008 - and lightened it over the past 12 months.

A source close to Halle also told MailOnline that Gabriel had used racially abusive language towards their daughter, adding: "Halle is a great mom, she wants to keep Nahla on an even keel.

"Halle kept asking and asking Gabriel about Nahla's hair and he kept denying it.

"What does this say to a six year old who's half black? Her father is denying her identity.

"Halle then filed the court papers and Nahla's curls came back."

In her testimony to the court, Halle said: "I strongly feel that Gabriel's same underlying attitude is at the root in the changes, which only he could have been causing to our daughter's hair."

Since splitting from Gabriel, Halle has married French film actor Olivier Martinez, with whom she has a son, Maceo.

Gwen Stefani wants to 'disappear' from her children

Gwen Stefani is tempted to escape her everyday stresses by going to a motel.

The 45-year-old beauty - a mother of three children - says that although she loves her kids, she dreams about disappearing from them at times.

The 'Hollaback Girl' hitmaker was appearing on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show', during which the host told Gwen: "You look fantastic. Especially considering that you have three boys that have to be ... Kingston, Zuma and Apollo now. I just saw them backstage, they could not be cuter."

Gwen, a coach on the current series of 'The Voice, responded: "They all wanted to come. They don't really go to 'The Voice' that often, but they wanted to come to this. They love you. They're smart."

Gwen also took umbrage with the suggestion that her kids are unusually well behaved, joking: "It gets crazy. Everybody knows that whole 4-8 at night is like chaos. It's like the crazy time in our house.

"The other day we were driving home and I was thinking ok Motel 6. If I can just find one and go there and disappear. Disappear from my life.

"But, no. They're incredible."

Carmen Electra and Simon Cowell 'never dated'

Carmen Electra and Simon Cowell used to flirt a lot, but never dated.

It's long been assumed that the pair enjoyed a short-lived romance, yet Carmen, 42, has insisted things never went that far.

She revealed: "We didn't really date, we just hung out. As soon as we met, we instantly started this flirtation and I mean he flirts with everyone but I went to his house a few times and had dinner - he likes to eat there.

"It could have gone in that direction but it never quite did."

Carmen - who has been married twice, to basketball star Dennis Rodman and musician Dave Navarro - retains a confidence in her ability to flirt.

She told Loverboy magazine: "I would say, first and foremost, confidence is the key because you need to get over your insecurities so that when you walk in that room, people can feel your energy and they are instantly attracted to you. You've got to have that sparkle in your eye."

Meanwhile, Carmen recently admitted she knew her marriage to Dennis Rodman was a mistake as she tied the knot with him when she was in "self-destruction" mode.

The former 'Baywatch' star explained that she met the controversial basketball player in 1998 shortly after her mother Patricia had passed away.

In an interview on 'Oprah: Where Are They Now?', she said: "I went into self-destruction (when I lost my mother) and I remember meeting Dennis.

"Dennis was the life of the party; he was fun. I started drinking. People couldn't understand why I loved him because he had a reputation for being a bad boy and what I saw at the beginning was, sort of, this gentle giant that was in a lot of pain."

I'm shy, says Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj "feels shy" a lot of the time.

The 'Anaconda' hitmaker is among the most outspoken and controversial stars in music, but she insists there's also a vulnerable side to her personality.

The 31-year-old beauty remarked: "I feel shy a lot of times actually. I just push myself to go for it."

Asked what specifically scares her, Nicki told E! News: "Being away from my family and people who love me and love me the most.

"So I'm going to move back to the East Coast ... just to keep grounded and be around.

"I want to see my baby brother grow up a little more. I think it's good for the soul."

Nicki also revealed how excited she is for the launch of her new album, 'The Pinkprint', which is set to be released in December.

She shared: "It really shows a lot of growth. I know that my fans are really going to appreciate the subject matter on a lot of the songs."

And Nicki also clarified suggestions she's set to take an extended break from the industry, saying: "I said [I'd take a break] after the fifth album.

"I'm only about to put out the third album so that's a long time from now."

All-star comedy at Casino

Train Wreck Comedy All-stars returns to Lake City Casino on Friday November 28th with two true road warriors in the world of stand-up comedy.

Toby Muresianu

While still in college, Toby Muresianu became the #1-rated rock radio DJ in Rhode Island, which in 2012 was incorrectly ranked the most important state in the union.  Toby has performed at top clubs across America and opened for well-known acts including Doug Stanhope, Steve Hofstetter, and Tig Notaro.
He also began touring internationally, performing regularly in the UK and in 17 countries from South Africa to Israel to New Zealand and appeared at the Hong Kong Comedy Festival, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the Boston Comedy Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and many others.

Tommy Savitt

Multi-award winning comedian,Tommy Savitt, has won the prestigious 2007 Boston Comedy Festival, 2008 Seattle Comedy Competition, and was honored for the "Best In Comedy" category at the 2009, and 2012 LA Comedy Awards. Tommy has been seen on WGN's "The Bob & Tom Show," SI Tv's "Funny is Funny," Comcast On Demand's "Man up, Stand-Up" on mav.tv and on JLTV's "James and Sunda." Tommy's comedy CD "Who Wants Me Now!" is one of the top requested on satellite radio.

Tommy has dedicated this past decade to performing for the troops here and abroad. Tommy's journey to bring laughter to those that sacrifice for their country has taken him to air force, army, and naval bases in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, Japan, South Korea, Bahrain and the United Kingdom just to name a few. Tommy performs an exhilarating brand of eclectic comedy rarely seen today. Tommy's unorthodox comedy routine envelops his audience and teleports them into a domain of hilarity and pure craftsmanship.

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Christian Bale was 'jealous' of Ben Affleck

Christian Bale felt "jealous" when it was announced Ben Affleck would play Batman.

The 40-year-old star - who appeared as the superhero in the 'The Dark Knight' film franchise - has revealed he "stared into nothing for half an hour" when he was told his fellow actor had been cast of the character in the upcoming film 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice', because he felt envious.

Christian said: "When I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour.

"But I'm 40. The fact that I'm jealous of someone else playing Batman ... I think I should have gotten over it by now."

Christian admitted that while he originally said he would never star in another Batman movie, a part of him wanted to make one more for the franchise.

He added to Empire magazine: "I've got to admit, initially, even though I felt that it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going, 'Oh go on ... Let's do another.' "

However, the 'American Psycho' star insisted there is no bitterness between him and the 42-year-old star.

Christian said: "I haven't spoken with Ben, but I emailed him offering bits of advice that I learned the hard way. I would imagine he is doing everything he can to avoid anything that I did."

Katie Holmes reveals her Christmas fear

Katie Holmes wants to buy the right Christmas presents for her daughter because she doesn't want her moaning "years and years" down the line.

The 35-year-old actress has revealed her daughter Suri Cruise, eight, has already identified what she wants for Christmas - and Katie knows it's imperative she doesn't mess up.

She shared: "We are getting ready for Christmas in my house and my daughter is eight years old. And she already has her Christmas list ready."

Reflecting on her daughter's Christmas wishlist, Katie - who divorced Suri's father, Tom Cruise, in 2012 - told The Ellen DeGeneres Show: "It's written out. She's very organised and I start to like get a little bit of a panic because you cannot screw up talking to Santa.

"You cannot miss any item on that list because if you screw that up that's years and years of hearing about it. And then probably therapy."

Meanwhile, Katie revealed recently that she is "excited" by her work after agreeing to make her directorial debut in the coming of age film 'All We Had', based on the book by Annie Weatherwax.

She told Good Morning America : "I found this book and optioned it and I have a writer writing it for me.

"I'm excited! It should be a huge challenge, but worth it."

Bette Midler slams 'silly' Ariana Grande

Bette Midler has slammed Ariana Grande's "silly high voice".

The 68-year-old actress hit out at the 21-year-old star's sexy music videos for being "silly beyond belief", and insists the 'Bang Bang' hitmaker's provocative videos and stage performances are "ridiculous".

She said: "It's terrible! It's always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, slithering around on a couch, looking so ridiculous. I mean, it's silly beyond belief and I don't know who's telling her to do it. I wish they'd stop. But it's not my business, I'm not her mother. Or her manager.

"Maybe they tell them that's what you've got to do. Sex sells. Sex has always sold."

The 'Wind Beneath My Wings' singer - who has won three Grammy Awards and been nominated for two Academy Awards - insisted young female pop stars should be told they don't need to be so scantily-clad in their music videos because they can sell songs without taking their clothes off.

When asked what advice she would give young girls who are hoping to become a pop star, the 'Beaches' star told the Daily Telegraph newspaper: "Trust your talent. You don't have to make a wh**e out of yourself to get ahead. You really don't.

"I mean, don't ask me. It's beyond me. I'm too old.

"I don't know what the end game is going to be. I don't know where you go from all that sex in your twenties. I don't know how you sustain it."

Joni Mitchell: I'm better than Bob Dylan

Joni Mitchell believes she is a better musician than Bob Dylan.

The 71-year-old singer explained that she is far more creative than her fellow music maker, despite being in a male-dominated industry.

When questioned about comparisons to the 'Blowin' In The Wind' crooner, she stated: ''I am much more original musically, and a much more original thinker.''

The star - who is known for her hit singles including 'Blue' and 'Both Sides Now' - continued to slate the music business as a whole, scalding the ''oppressive'' men who ''exploit'' musicians.

She said: ''I'm a woman in a man's world. There are hardly any women in my business. There are oppressive men and exploitative men.''

However, the acclaimed musician later acknowledged her love for men, and admitted she enjoyed being on tour with men during her younger years.

She added: ''It's all male-dominant, and you're always with them. I'm on the road with 21 guys, and I love men's company, don't get me wrong. Even when they're stupid little boys, I still like them. I mean, love the sinner, hate the sin.''

The artist - who released her last studio album, 'Shine', in 2007 - also asserted she was never a hippie, despite being known for tracks like 'Woodstock', and explained she was only in it for the fashion.

She told The Sunday Times newspaper: ''The hippie values were not mine, they were naive, they had no place, they were childish: the politics were stupid.

''I was in it for the costume show.''

Jason Bateman wants more Arrested Development

Jason Bateman would love to return to 'Arrested Development' to be back with his "beloved" Will Arnett.

The 45-year-old actor - who has been married to Amanda Anka since 2001 - is keen to reprise his role as Michael Bluth in the US sitcom so he can see the 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' actor on a daily basis once again.

He said: "Times were sweet when I could start my days with him and end my days with him on 'Arrested Development', you know.

"I'd get to work while the sun was still down and I'd get home after the sun's down. I'm with him all day, I didn't even see my ... you know ... the beard [his wife]. I'd leave before the beard gets up.

"So more 'Arrested Development' would be great, just so I could be back with my beloved."

Jason - who has daughters Francesca, eight, and two-year-old Maple - also joked he would love to see 44-year-old hunk's broad shoulders on set again.

Speaking on 'Conan', he added: "I think Will Arnett is one of the best human beings on the planet, I think he fills out a white v-neck like no one's business.

"He's got shoulders like a hanger."

'Arrested Development' originally ran on Fox from November 2003 to February 2006 and later returned in May 2013 on Netflix.

UK viewers can watch Jason Bateman's interview on 'Conan' at 11pm on Monday November 24th, on truTV (freeview channel 68) - the home of larger than life characters in real situations.

Katy Perry to perform at Super Bowl

Katy Perry has been confirmed to be performing at the Super Bowl.

The 'Roar' hitmaker - who has been rumoured to appear at the half time ceremony since the NFL shortlisted her in August - will take to the stage at the annual sporting event in February 2015, sport bosses have now officially announced.

The 29-year-old beauty is excited about the prestigious gig and already has a number of ideas for the performance - including showering the crowd with edible glitter.

Speaking in a video posted online shortly after the announcement was made during the Dallas Cowboys V New York Giants game on 'Sunday Night Football' last night (11.23.14), she said: "I've got some insane ideas this year. What if we covered the stadium with glitter?

"But the glitter ... was edible."

Katy was first linked to the Super Bowl show back in August but cast doubts when she insisted she wouldn't pay to perform at the University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale, Arizona, following reports the NFL wanted to charge artists to play at the show after the broadcast reported a record-breaking audience of 111.5 million last year.

She said: "I'm not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl."

Speculation around the performance was further fueled after it was noticed the 'Part Of Me' singer had a gap in her 'Prismatic' world tour dates around the time of the Super Bowl.

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