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Thandie Newton: Playing Condoleezza Rice in W Was ‘Really F***ing Fun’

British actress Thandie Newton confesses that taking on the role of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Oliver Stone's upcoming biopic W was a challenge, but "I decided to close my eyes and leap. I wanted to take the risk,” she told the London Times. “Oliver woke me up,” she says of the director, who had an “absolute belief that I could play this character who was absolutely nothing like me. She didn’t look like me; she’s a couple of decades older than me. And I’m English, for goodness’ sake." But once she began researching Rice, Newton said, "That was when it got really f***ing fun!” But she nearly backed out when rehearsals began in Louisiana, admitting, “I was thinking, ‘F***, have I made a mistake?’" To add to her angst, the makeup crew didn't allow her to wear prosthetics: “That was a bit of a blow.” For the role, some slight makeup tricks, a Rice-like crop and some false teeth helped Newton get "all Condi’d up." Of Stone choosing Newton over other black actresses who were physically more compatible to Rice, she said, “You’ll have to ask Oliver about that. But he was informed in his decision. He’d seen Crash and The Pursuit of Happyness and he liked the fact that the woman sitting in front of him was nothing like those characters. I’m a bit of a blank slate, and I think that helps."
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From Pineapple to Lipstick: Rosie Perez is Getting Bitchy

We're sure James Franco and Seth Rogen will end Batman's reign at the box office this weekend with Pineapple Express. But when Blindie watched the stoner flick, it was Rosie Perez's role that caught us by surprise. The Latina actress, who is best known for her roles in Do The Right Thing and White Men Can't Jump, played against type in the comedy blockbuster as a crooked cop. Perez particularly shined in the final scenes, which found her in a fist fight with the yummy James Franco. In other Rosie news: She's heading to the small screen on NBC's surprisingly well-written girlfriend drama, Lipstick Jungle, alongside Brooke Shields, Lindsay Price and Kim Raver. "I play a publicist, a mean bitchy publicist," she told Entertainment Weekly. "Everyone seems to be picking me to play mean people right now. What the hell? I am a really nice person in my everyday life I swear."
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Forbes Names Will Smith Hollywood’s Best-Paid Actor

Fresh Prince-turned-King of the Box Office Will Smith leads the pack of Hollywood's best-paid actors, according to Forbes. Taking in an estimated $80 million over the course of the year, Smith, who is frequently called "the hardest-working man in Hollywood," has the star power--and the talent--to bring an audience to the box office, no matter the film's genre (from Pursuit of Happyness to I Am Legend and Hancock). Rounding out the Top 3: Johnny Depp with $72 million this year and Eddie Murphy with $55 million. PHOTO: AP
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Paula Patton Talks Surveillance and Underwear

Promoting two films coming out in August (Swing Vote with Kevin Costner and Mirrors with Kiefer Sutherland), actress Paula Patton appears in the latest issue of Esquire, where she discusses how "surveillance is real." "I think the age we're living in is starting to get scary," the 32-year-old wife of singer Robin Thicke says. "And think about it: All the technology we have is there to keep us busy...When do they have time to be politically active?" Although the in-demand actress, who has filmed three films in the past year, says she is "not doing bra and underwear" photos ("I have to draw the line"), she appears in just that: bra and underwear.
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Our Favorite ’80s Teen Queen (Next to Lisa Bonet) is Back!

When she turned toward the camera and delivered the line, "They f--king forgot my birthday," in 1984's Sixteen Candles, Molly Ringwald had our heart. Yes, we obsessed over Lisa Bonet's style and sass on The Cosby Show, but it was Ringwald who was the every-girl you cheered for. Now 40, the freckled face of '80s teen angst is starring as a mom in ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Yes, it's a far cry from her days as the It Girl of eclectic, vintage fashion. "I never thought of myself as a style icon," Ringwald told the Los Angeles Times. "I wore all that vintage because my parents kept me on an allowance, and so I shopped on Melrose. My style was based on necessity." As for Sixteen Candles? "I think that Sixteen Candles lends itself to [another film]," she says of a possible sequel. "It was such a Cinderella story. And I was interested to see what happened to this girl." We're crossing our fingers!!!
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Thandie Newton: Playing Condoleezza Rice in W Was ‘Really F***ing Fun’

British actress Thandie Newton confesses that taking on the role of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Oliver Stone's upcoming biopic W was a challenge, but "I decided to close my eyes and leap. I wanted to take the risk,” she told the London Times. “Oliver woke me up,” she says of the director, who had an “absolute belief that I could play this character who was absolutely nothing like me. She didn’t look like me; she’s a couple of decades older than me. And I’m English, for goodness’ sake." But once she began researching Rice, Newton said, "That was when it got really f***ing fun!” But she nearly backed out when rehearsals began in Louisiana, admitting, “I was thinking, ‘F***, have I made a mistake?’" To add to her angst, the makeup crew didn't allow her to wear prosthetics: “That was a bit of a blow.” For the role, some slight makeup tricks, a Rice-like crop and some false teeth helped Newton get "all Condi’d up." Of Stone choosing Newton over other black actresses who were physically more compatible to Rice, she said, “You’ll have to ask Oliver about that. But he was informed in his decision. He’d seen Crash and The Pursuit of Happyness and he liked the fact that the woman sitting in front of him was nothing like those characters. I’m a bit of a blank slate, and I think that helps."
Read More

From Pineapple to Lipstick: Rosie Perez is Getting Bitchy

We're sure James Franco and Seth Rogen will end Batman's reign at the box office this weekend with Pineapple Express. But when Blindie watched the stoner flick, it was Rosie Perez's role that caught us by surprise. The Latina actress, who is best known for her roles in Do The Right Thing and White Men Can't Jump, played against type in the comedy blockbuster as a crooked cop. Perez particularly shined in the final scenes, which found her in a fist fight with the yummy James Franco. In other Rosie news: She's heading to the small screen on NBC's surprisingly well-written girlfriend drama, Lipstick Jungle, alongside Brooke Shields, Lindsay Price and Kim Raver. "I play a publicist, a mean bitchy publicist," she told Entertainment Weekly. "Everyone seems to be picking me to play mean people right now. What the hell? I am a really nice person in my everyday life I swear."
Read More

Forbes Names Will Smith Hollywood’s Best-Paid Actor

Fresh Prince-turned-King of the Box Office Will Smith leads the pack of Hollywood's best-paid actors, according to Forbes. Taking in an estimated $80 million over the course of the year, Smith, who is frequently called "the hardest-working man in Hollywood," has the star power--and the talent--to bring an audience to the box office, no matter the film's genre (from Pursuit of Happyness to I Am Legend and Hancock). Rounding out the Top 3: Johnny Depp with $72 million this year and Eddie Murphy with $55 million. PHOTO: AP
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Paula Patton Talks Surveillance and Underwear

Promoting two films coming out in August (Swing Vote with Kevin Costner and Mirrors with Kiefer Sutherland), actress Paula Patton appears in the latest issue of Esquire, where she discusses how "surveillance is real." "I think the age we're living in is starting to get scary," the 32-year-old wife of singer Robin Thicke says. "And think about it: All the technology we have is there to keep us busy...When do they have time to be politically active?" Although the in-demand actress, who has filmed three films in the past year, says she is "not doing bra and underwear" photos ("I have to draw the line"), she appears in just that: bra and underwear.
Read More

Our Favorite ’80s Teen Queen (Next to Lisa Bonet) is Back!

When she turned toward the camera and delivered the line, "They f--king forgot my birthday," in 1984's Sixteen Candles, Molly Ringwald had our heart. Yes, we obsessed over Lisa Bonet's style and sass on The Cosby Show, but it was Ringwald who was the every-girl you cheered for. Now 40, the freckled face of '80s teen angst is starring as a mom in ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Yes, it's a far cry from her days as the It Girl of eclectic, vintage fashion. "I never thought of myself as a style icon," Ringwald told the Los Angeles Times. "I wore all that vintage because my parents kept me on an allowance, and so I shopped on Melrose. My style was based on necessity." As for Sixteen Candles? "I think that Sixteen Candles lends itself to [another film]," she says of a possible sequel. "It was such a Cinderella story. And I was interested to see what happened to this girl." We're crossing our fingers!!!
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