Christian Bale fights back: 'Fighter' weight loss wasn't a 'gimmick'
February 8th, 2011
08:17 PM ET

Christian Bale fights back: 'Fighter' weight loss wasn't a 'gimmick'

He's made a career out of changing his appearance with each movie role, but don't dare call Christian Bale's recent transformation a "gimmick."

Defending his recent weight loss for the critically acclaimed "The Fighter," Oscar nominee Bale reportedly told the Australian edition of Empire magazine, "'To be honest, I find it laughable that it's considered to be some f—ing gimmick — it's so patronizing. For God's sake, do people not understand what a pain it is to do? It's as though it's some comment about, 'Oh it's easy for him, because he's done it a bunch of times.' It's not easy, it's not fun — it's horrible."

In fact, Bale, who plays troubled boxer Dicky Eklund in "The Figher," says, "I would never pick to do that, but it's a part that I like and he's a welterweight and he's a crackhead. I don't know about you, but I've never seen a welterweight with any fat on him — or a crackhead. So it's just what you end up having to do."

Bale, who dropped 70 pounds for his role in 2004's "The Machinist," concludes his tirade by saying, "Somebody told me that somebody wrote something about my 'trademark weight loss.' I'd just like to p- on that guy's shoes."

Okay, then. Anyone think Bale may be overreacting?

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The secrets to 'Raising Hope's success
February 8th, 2011
06:38 PM ET

The secrets to 'Raising Hope's success

Fox's sleeper hit series "Raising Hope" returns Tuesday night, and creator Greg Garcia ("My Name is Earl") and star Lucas Neff, who plays single father Jimmy on the show, recently told reporters what they thought made the show such a success.

"We got blessed with such a great cast. The combination of that and the writers we have here—it has been a lot of fun to watch the stuff that we’re doing," Garcia said. "I think one of the key things is the writers also don’t have to really push, push, push. You know that with this cast, they’re going to sell the small stuff and get laughs off of it. So far, I think the combination of humor and heart has people watching. Hopefully, that continues to grow."

So how did he come up with this premise? "I didn’t want the mom to be around because my fear is that I would write the mom to be perhaps a little more knowledgeable with babies," he said. "I really wanted the character of Jimmy to have as little help as possible. In thinking about that, I thought about the ways to not have the mom around and this is what I came up with."

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Cosmopolitan defends Lea Michele's 'racy' cover
February 8th, 2011
06:37 PM ET

Cosmopolitan defends Lea Michele's 'racy' cover

"Glee" star Lea Michele has hit a sour note with parents once again thanks to her latest magazine shoot.

Following last year's controversial GQ portfolio, which featured 24-year-old Michele in her underwear, the actress has now posed on the March cover of Cosmopolitan in a daring dress with a plunging neckline. And that has many moms upset, reports Fox News.

"She plays such a 'good girl' on 'Glee' and a lot of kids look up to her persona," said New York mom Kim Trefcer. "Then she poses very provocatively on two magazine covers which makes my almost-13-year-old son very confused and offended.”

Adds Mamarazzi Knows Best blogger Suzette Valle, "It's irresponsible to be using an adult who represents a minor dressed in provocative clothes. I think Cosmo is now taking advantage of the [ruckus] GQ caused with their 'Glee' cover and hoping to cash in on the press that got."

While Michele has not yet commented on the controversy, Cosmo is standing by their cover girl.

“We’re thrilled to feature Lea Michele on the March cover of Cosmopolitan magazine and think she looks stunning," says a rep. "Michele is a grown woman and Cosmopolitan is a magazine is for adults.”

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February 8th, 2011
06:22 PM ET

Justin Bieber wants a funny girl with a nice smile

Millions of Justin Bieber fans want to be the teen idol's "Favorite Girl," but just what does it take to win his heart?

“I look for a girl who’s funny and who I can talk to, because if I can’t talk to them and have a good conversation, then, you know, it’s not gonna be really fun," Bieber tells CNN.

Oh, and two more things: "You have to have a nice smile and nice eyes," he adds.

Despite being a worldwide phenomenon with hit records, famous friends, and even a doll made in his likeness, the singer insists he's no different from any other 16-year-old and hopes his new 3-D movie, "Never Say Never," will show fans that.

"I’m a regular person like everyone else," Bieber tells CNN. "I have to clean my room like my grandma said… just do regular things. I want people to see that I’m not just some machine and I’m not just some robot that goes out there and sings 'Baby, Baby, Baby.' I’m actually a regular person."

"Never Say Never" hits theaters February 11.

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'Pretty Little Liars': 'Vive la Liars'
February 8th, 2011
06:09 PM ET

'Pretty Little Liars': 'Vive la Liars'

This week on “Pretty Little Liars,” it was Aria’s parents who were doing most of the lying.

I understand they’re hesitant to jump back in love with both feet, but don’t lie to your children about it - if for no other reason than because they will follow you to school after hours and spy on you in the library.

After the girls are done watching Ella and Byron make out behind the history section, they find a wad of cash and a handful of cell phones hiding in a nearby vent.

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Mel Gibson's 'The Beaver' delayed until May
February 8th, 2011
04:33 PM ET

Mel Gibson's 'The Beaver' delayed until May

Mel Gibson isn't ready for a big-screen comeback just yet — the release of his new movie, "The Beaver," has been delayed.

The dramedy, which stars Gibson as a troubled man who tries to get his life back on track with the help of a beaver puppet, was set to hit theaters on March 23 but is now due out on May 6, with a wider release on May 20, reports Entertainment Weekly.

Summit Entertainment switched the date to accommodate the schedule of Gibson's director/co-star Jodie Foster — who will be shooting the movie "God of Carnage" in the spring — and to provide alternatives to anticipated summer blockbusters like "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and "Thor."

Prior to its major theatrical release, "The Beaver" will premiere at the SXSW Film Festival on March 16.

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