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Joaquin Phoenix: I Grew Up in a Cult

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Joaquin Phoenix is getting real with us…real CULTY!

Usually Joaquin doesn’t talk much about his odd childhood, but he uncharacteristically got candid in the December 2014 issue of Playboy. In the issue, the actor discussed being raised in the religious group Children of God, and how traumatizing (or not) this experience was.

On the “community” dynamic of Children of God: “My parents had a religious experience and felt strongly about it,” Phoenix, 40, said in an interview published this week. “They wanted to share that with other people who wanted to talk about their experience with religion. These friends were like, ‘Oh, we believe in Jesus as well.’ I think my parents thought they’d found a community that shared their ideals. Cults rarely advertise themselves as such. It’s usually someone saying, ‘We’re like-minded people. This is a community,’ but I think the moment my parents realized there was something more to it, they got out.”

After getting out, his family changed their last name from Bottom to Phoenix, and moved to California. Phoenix signed to an agent at the age of six, starting his three decade career in the biz!

On beginning to act: “We were always singing and playing music, and we were encouraged to express ourselves,” he recalled of his childhood. “When you’re a kid, acting is an extension of playing. You have an imagination, right? If that’s encouraged and you’re in an environment where you’re given these props and opportunities to express yourself, it’s terribly exciting. I always loved it. In fact, I was thinking about it driving across the San Fernando Valley today. We used to live deep in the valley, and the station wagon would break down all the time when we’d go on auditions. But I loved those moments when you’d walk into an audition or onto a set and have an experience you didn’t know you were capable of and didn’t really even know where it came from. It was so fulfilling to have that experience.”

Read more of this fascinating interview at Playboy Online!

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Posted Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 at 1:13pm
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Benedict Cumberbatch Talks Engagement, CumberBABIES!

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Go the Kardashian route? NO WAY. 

Classy Benedict Cumberbatch was never going to announce his engagement to theater director and actress Sophie Hunter via social media, that’s just not his style. Instead, he announced it in the births, deaths and marriages column of The Times, and told People that the decision “seemed right.”

We agree, Ben!

“It’s what I would have done if I wasn’t sort of famous. It’s what we do. It’s a kind of traditional thing to do,” the actor, 38, said at the premiere of The Imitation Game in Los Angeles, sponsored by Chanel.

“I wanted to have some control over the message. I don’t Tweet or do social media. It’s too impersonal. I would rather do what we did, and have people find it, and not see us from some s—ty, grainy footage staring lovingly into each others eyes with a ring on someone’s finger. I wanted it to be ours.”

He added: “We’re so happy, and we just wanted to let everyone know how happy we are.”

“One of the most incredible things about getting engaged, which we had no idea would be coming back our way, is the amount of love that just comes flooding back,” the Sherlock Holmes and 12 Years a Slave actor said. “I thought it was just all about us declaring that we were in love and getting married, but actually it’s the world going, ‘We love you too!’ It’s amazing. Family, friends, the world … it’s amazing.”

Finally, Benedict that his fans are now expecting something else – so-called “Cumberbabies.”

“Oh my God,” he replied. “Well, my mother is also waiting for Cumberbabies.”

(Via People)

Yep, fans, your mom AND us.  So excited for you and Sophie!

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Posted Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 at 2:14pm
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5th Child On The Way For Jude Law

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Jude Law is flirting with fatherhood for the FIFTH time…

The 41-year-old star and his ex, Catherine Harding, are pregnant again! Need a refresher on another Jude Law ex? Well, Harding is a 23-year-old singer-songwriter who also goes by the name Cat Cavelli. The two reportedly were seen together earlier this summer while the actor was shooting in the Czech Republic. According to People:

“I can confirm that Jude Law and Catherine Harding are expecting a child together in the spring. Whilst they are no longer in a relationship, they are both wholeheartedly committed to raising their child,” the actor’s rep says in a statement.

“They consider this a private matter and other than this confirmation no statement will be made. I ask that you respect the privacy of all parties involved and their families.”

Law has three children with ex-wife Sadie Frost (sons Rafferty, 18, and Rudy, 12, and daughter Iris, 13) and another daughter, Sophia, 5, with model Samantha Burke.

He’s gone through some big transformations for Dom Hemingway, but none as big as this. Congrats on Daddyhood, Jude!

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Posted Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 7:07am
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James Franco really doesn’t like bad reviews

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James Franco is currently starring in Of Mice and Men on Broadway, and while I haven’t seen it, I can kinda guess that it’s not all that great, because it’s James Franco and that book never should have been made into a play, to be honest.

Well, the New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley apparently agreed with me and gave Franco’s performance a bit of a scathing review – something the actor didn’t take too kindly to, actually – and he took to Twitter to say so.

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Ouch! Talk about being a bit of a poor sport! Come on, Franco! Have some pride!

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Posted Thursday, April 17th, 2014 at 12:12pm
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