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Here’s Another Trailer for ‘The Counselor,’ Featuring a Sexy, Smoldering Michael Fassbender

Published July 23, 2014 by gossipzoo

The latest trailer for Ridley Scott‘s The Counselor really begs the question, how many ways can Michael Fassbender slay us with his eyes?

Save for a few new clips and lines from Brad Pitt, the new trailer is more of the same. Like its previous previews (here and here), the film sets viewers up for an adventure that follows the downfall of a lawyer (Fassbender) who gets caught up in the world of drug trafficking.

Cameron Diaz and that cheetah are in this trailer, as are Penelope Cruz and a scary Javier Bardem (it’s the hair, methinks).

The Counselor opens in theaters Oct. 25.

‘Whatever this is.’: It’s Well Worth the Crowd’s Funding

Published July 10, 2014 by gossipzoo

'Whatever this is'

As many Hollywood artists hop aboard the Kickstarter bandwagon, lest we forget the little guys: Those humble, hard-working artists who turn to the crowdfunding site to pay for their creative projects.

Such as Whatever this is. It’s a new web series from Adam Goldman, the Brooklyn-based force behind The Outs, an acclaimed seven-episode, online show about gay exes figuring out love and life in New York City. The Outs collected a cult following – including a few outspoken celebrity fans, like Alan Cumming – and praise from publications like The Huffington Post, The Guardian, Out and Paper, after it was entirely financed through two Kickstarter campaigns.

Now Goldman is calling on crowdfunding again for Whatever this is., a series focuses on three roommates – two production assistants, Ari (Dylan Marron) and Sam (Hunter Canning), and teacher Lisa (Madeline Wise), Sam’s girlfriend – as they struggle to make ends meet while chasing their career dreams.

“These characters have a plan to get where they’re going, but that plan maybe isn’t working out exactly as they anticipated,” Goldman explained to Celebuzz via email. “I think that’s probably true of everyone at some point in their life, so hopefully people will see something to relate to.”

But it is not in the same vein as other shows about twentysomethings finding their way. “What’s out there [on TV] is suffused with a kind of cynicism,” said Goldman. “Also, a lot of stories about young people on TV are about people with safety nets, and we wanted to remove that net. For Ari and Sam and Lisa, there is really no Plan B. It’s make rent or give up and start from scratch somewhere else. Money is not going to parachute in from the sky.”

Neither will it for the production of Whatever this is. With less than week left, the series’ Kickstarter campaign stands just shy of $70,000, which is less than halfway to Goldman’s $165,000 goal. While “the shoestring is slightly bigger” than with The Outs, he points out that they’re “still barely squeaking by” compared to “any ‘real’ television budget.”

It’s most certainly modest measured up to the $3.1 million that Zach Braff pulled in for his Garden State follow-up, Wish I Was Here, or the $5.7 million that Rob Thomas raised for the Veronica Mars movie. That’s in part why these high-profile, deep-pocketed Hollywood types have caught criticism for using Kickstarter: some see it as unseemly of them to ask for seven-figure sums while independent projects stagger behind.

But if you ask Goldman, the flak is not fair. “[It] is a great tool and it need to be available to everyone – period,” he said, adding that he generally agrees with Kevin Smith‘s opinion of celebrities cashing in on Kickstarter. “It doesn’t discriminate. It is good, whoever is using it.”

And their presence on the site is something of a “push and pull” for campaigns like Whatever this is. “On the one hand, it means more exposure for crowdfunding endeavors like our own, which is great,” he explained. “On the other hand, someone is more likely to fork over $20 to the campaign that’s getting massive media coverage because it’s run by a celebrity than to kick those same $20 in to an independent artist trying to make a first project.”

But if the brilliantly-written, well-acted and witty first episode is any indication, Whatever this is. has a hopeful future, one that is already forming in Goldman’s imagination. “We designed Whatever this is. from the ground up to be more than one season,” he said. “The first six episodes have a clear arc and it’s all going somewhere, just like The Outs. Assuming people enjoy the show, we’d love to keep going … I’m getting really excited about it.”

Watch the pilot of Whatever this is., above. If you like what you see, find out more about the web series at whateverthisis.com, and head over to Kickstarter to help the season get completed.

‘The Spectacular Now’ Will Totally Make You Want A Summer Fling

Published July 9, 2014 by gossipzoo

I sat down with Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, curious to know if it was a stretch for them to revert back to their 18-year-old selves for The Spectacular Now.

Teller drew a few similarities between himself and his character, Sutter. Back in high school, the actor was a well-rounded, popular student who excelled at athletics, academics and music. While he had a few advantages over Sutter, Teller was able to play his role with the greatest of ease.

Woodley, on the other hand, admitted it was difficult to play Amy because she is a naturally extroverted person.

The Spectacular Now opens in theaters August 2nd.

‘The Real Housewives Of Orange County:’ Alex McCord Sounds Off

Published June 28, 2014 by gossipzoo

Reality TV veteran Alex McCord shared her thoughts with Celebuzz on last night’s episode of The Real Housewives Of Orange County.

“Kill the Bloody Piggy!!” McCord jokes. “Yes, I am making a Lord of the Flies reference to the Real Housewives….C’mon, you have to agree with me that’s apt. This week, we have several examples of ‘Did you forget you’re on a docu-soap?’ as well as a wedding, booze and tea-bagging.

Watch what else McCord had to say in this week’s recap.

Miley Cyrus: ‘Have I Been To A Strip Club? Yes!’

Published June 25, 2014 by gossipzoo

Miley Cyrus is an artist who knows exactly what she’s singing about.

In a recent interview with London’s Capital FM Breakfast radio show, the songstress admitted to “shaking it like we at a strip club” as her song, “We Can’t Stop,” suggests. (See the full lyrics at Directlyrics.)

“Have I been to a strip club? Yes,” she said.

“I haven’t kept a tally,” she continued when asked how many times she’s been to one, adding that she has stuck dollar bills in G-strings and “made it rain” on dancers in the past.

“Am I supposed to lie? I thought I was confessing!”

Despite her racy image nowadays, the former Disney starlet said her father – country singer Billy Ray Cyrus – is completely fine with her making out with dolls and twerking up a storm.

“I’m 20,” she said “So my dad, he can, like, whatever. He’s proud of me.”

“I don’t do anything that crazy.”

Because, like, simulating oral sex on TV is totally normal.

Kerri Walsh Jennings Poses Nude While Pregnant – and with Baby

Published June 19, 2014 by gossipzoo

When you compete on a worldwide stage in the skimpiest of bathing suits, how shy can you be?

For beach volleyball Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, the answer came crashingly clear just before her second of two nude photo shoots for ESPN The Magazine.

The first time she stripped down while pregnant; the second was a follow-up session posing in the altogether with her new baby last month, about nine weeks after giving birth.

“Driving there I was sweating bullets,” says Walsh Jennings, 34. “I was really, really nervous. I felt exposed, not just physically, but with all of my insecurities.”

The side-by-side results appear in the magazine’s fifth annual Body Issue, on newsstands Friday, along with nude photos of male and female athletes. The sports range from pro football to golf to tennis.

“When I was offered this opportunity it wasn’t an automatic yes. I had to think about it. I’m my parents’ daughter. I have my husband,” she said. “When I came down to it, I had the opportunity to do something uncomfortable. I think that’s an important part of life. It’s something new. I looked at it as a challenge.”

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Walsh Jennings says she gained 36 lbs. on her 6 , 2″ frame while pregnant with her third child, daughter Scout Margery. She’s lost most of it, but is trying for 12 lbs. more.

“I have been working my butt off literally every single day,” she says, preparing for her first post-baby tournament in Switzerland later this month. “I’ve come a long way from April when I had my baby. But I’m definitely not where I would normally be going into my first tournament of the season.”

She’ll also have to adjust to competing without longtime partner Misty May-Treanor, who retired after the pair won their third gold at the London Olympics. After joining interim partner Whitney Pavlik in Switzerland and later in Long Beach, she’ll team with new partner April Ross.

Which means the next few weeks will bring one more temporary tinge of self-consciousness. “Before I get my tan,” she says, “I feel naked.”

– Mike Fleeman

It’ll Be a Boy for Josh and Fergie Duhamel

Published June 17, 2014 by gossipzoo

Josh Duhamel Fergie Expecting Son

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Bring on the blue.

Dad-to-be Josh Duhamel revealed in funny fashion that he and wife Fergie will be welcoming a boy in late August/early September.

The Transformers actor, 40, confirmed the sex of his soon-to-be firstborn during a taping of LIVE with Kelly and Michael, which will air Wednesday.

During a segment called Du or Don’t, Part II: Baby Edition, Ripa holds up two onesies – one pink, one blue – and asks him to choose between them. The actor played coy at first, and whipped the audience into a frenzy before snatching the blue onesie and holding it up in triumph.

The reveal comes just days after the expectant singer officially changed her name to Fergie Duhamel, ensuring that the new family will all have the same last name. Togetherness is important to the couple, Duhamel explains.

“I can’t imagine having a kid and then not being able to be there – that would just drive me crazy. My head would be at home with mom and baby,” the actor said recently. “We want to work it out so that we can be together; whether I am working, they can come with [me] or if she is working I can go with them. I can’t see myself ever wanting to be away from my wife and kid.”


– Kathy Ehrich Dowd

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