Mamie Gummer, daughter of actress Meryl Streep, weds Broadway star Benjamin Walker

Meryl Streep's family just gained another actor. Mamie Gummer, 27, married Ben Walker, 29, at the family's Connecticut estate. WEDDING BELLES: MEMORABLE HOLLYWOOD WEDDINGS According to, Gummer, an actress who has appeared on "The Good Wife" and ABC's "Off The Map," met Walker, himself a thespian -- he played the lead in the 2010 Broadway show "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" -- in 2008 when both were performing on stage in "Dangerous Liaisons.The bride wore her grandmother's gown for the ceremony, which took place in front of guests Claire Danes, Tracey Ullman and Laura Linney, according to The Washington Post. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

‘Kick-Ass’ star Chloe Moretz poised to be big hit as profanity-spewing Hit Girl

For her very first day of filming on "Kick-Ass," actress Chloe Grace Moretz, then 11, found herself at a putrid London sewage treatment plant, pelted by rain and repeatedly jerked off her feet with a wire pulled by stuntmen. It's a pivotal scene in director Matthew Vaughn's dark comedy about superhero wanna-bes. Moretz's pint-sized vigilante is shot by her father (Nicholas Cage) as a lesson on the use of a bulletproof vest. Like her character, Moretz gamely picked herself off the ground after each shot. "You put on a 'jerk-vest’ [attached to] a long rope that goes about 20 yards back," says Moretz, now 13. "They grab it and they yank you back as hard as they can. And your whole body is being jolted, so it's like whiplash. "It was fun."  Now the real fun begins: "Kick-Ass," based on the very graphic comic book series by writer Mark Millar and artist John Romita Jr., hits theaters riding a wave of buzz. And smack dab at the center of the buzz is Moretz's Hit Girl, who tosses out profanity-laced one-liners and Ninja stars with equal aplomb -- exciting moviegoers and shocking some critics in the process. "She blew it straight out of the park. I've never even seen adults pull off anything like this," says actor Aaron Johnson, who plays the film's titular superhero. While most tweens were studying algebra, Moretz’s curriculum for the film included martial arts training and crash courses with UCLA gymnasts and Jackie Chan's old stunt crew, as well as learning how to break down and reassemble a handgun. But one thing that was a little harder to prepare for was the backlash on the other side of the pond, where it opened two weeks earlier. What has gotten some critics especially incensed is a scene in which Hit Girl spits out a jarring slang term for a female body part before slashing her way through of a pack of drug dealers. London’s Daily Mail called the screenwriters “sick” for putting that word in a little kid's Continue Reading

Burglars in Lindsay Lohan, Audrina Patridge break-ins may be fashion & celeb obsessed

A celebrity fashion fanatic may be the culprit behind break-ins at the homes of Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom and Audrina Patridge. Rachel J. Lee, a 19-year-old from California, and several others were arrested Thursday in a sting, reported.Hollywood star maps and searching the Internet. They then allegedly planned the perfect time to break in based on when the celebrities were scheduled for public appearances.Thousands of dollars in designer duds, handbags and jewelry were snatched from each of the star’s homes. One of the thieves may even have taken a photo sporting a blue Rolex watch belonging to Lohan and posted it on the Internet, where spotted it on the computer used by suspect Nick Prugo during the spree.The investigation is ongoing, an LAPD spokeswoman told People. The homes of other starlets like Rachel Bilson, Hayden Panettiere and Kourtney Kardashian have also recently been burglarized, but those crimes have yet to be linked to Lee’s group. In addition to Lee, others arrested include Courtney Ames, 18, Diana Tamayo, 19, and Alexis Neirs, 18, according to People. Lee and Tamayo were arrested July 29 for a separate crime - shoplifting at Sephora, reported reported that a fifth suspect, 27-year-old Roy Lopez was also arrested for the crimes on Thursday. He reportedly works as a bouncer at a Calabasas bar.Prugo was arrested in September and has already been charged with two counts of felony burglary for the Lohan and Patridge burglaries, according to TMZ. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

‘Zombieland’ cameo: Which actor steals the movie from stars Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg?

Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg head for Hollywood in "Zombieland," hoping to reach a rumored holy-grail in a world increasingly overtaken by the undead - a themepark that has somehow remained zombie-free. But when they get there, they apparently become star-struck, get maps to celebrities' homes, and end up shacking up with a major star whose cameo - playing himself - steals the movie, according to early reviews. (The film officially arrives in theaters on Friday). So who is it?Not the writers' first choice, according to The Web site reports that screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick initially had their sights on Patrick Swayze, who passed away on Sept. 14 after battling pancreatic cancer. "That was many years ago, before he got sick," Reese said.The writers' grand plan was to have Swayze play a zombie version of himself who picked a fight with Woody Harrelson's character, Tallahassee, who would have lifted him into the air in a "Dirty Dancing" moment as they sparred. The scene also would have shown the undead Swayze coming up behind Eisenberg's character, Columbus, at a potter's wheel, a reference to his film "Ghost."When Swayze did not pan out, they approached a laundry list of other actors, including Sylvester Stallone, Joe Pesci, Mark Hammill, The Rock, Kevin Bacon, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Matthew McConaughey, according to the Web site. But fans will be thrilled that none of those names wound up in the movie. We won't reveal the secret here. If you're still curious, head to theaters and see for yourself. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

‘Be Kind Rewind’ star Jack Black is intense as always

'If someone kicks [butt] and wants to work with me - I don't care if it's a Bollywood musical, I'll do it," Jack Black says, then adds, "Can you see me in a Bollywood musical?" It sounds crazy but it just might work: Black, with his wild eyes, ungainly athleticism and demonic energy, cast as a singing, dancing lover from Mumbai - or perhaps some mischievous Hindu deity, who occasionally bursts into supernatural song. Don't put it past him. If Jack Black has proved anything in the 15-plus years he has been acting in films and television, it's that he's always ready to do the unexpected. Try as Hollywood might to typecast him as the next John Belushi or (God forbid) Chris Farley, Black is nobody's manic stooge. Which is why he's working opposite Mos Def and Danny Glover for casually surrealist director Michel Gondry in "Be Kind Rewind," opening Friday. "I've been lucky with my experiences because I've been directed by a lot of gifted people," says Black, 38, by telephone from Los Angeles, just before taking the film to the recent Sundance Film Festival. "I'm into directors with a vision and not what feels like cookie-cutter stuff. There's a lot of corporate crap out there and it seems like the ratio is going up in recent years. But directors with real inspiration and creativity - they help you break out of being a robot. We're all in danger of becoming robots." There's nothing robotic about Black in "Be Kind Rewind," a whimsical tale of a pair of video store clerks, Jerry and Mike (Black and Def), who accidentally erase all the VHS movies in the store of their friend, Mr. Fletcher (Glover). So they set themselves the task of reshooting all the movies themselves and substituting their versions on the store's shelves. When customers ask why the movies look different than they remember, Jerry and Mike tell them that these are the Swedish import versions - and, eventually, "sweding" (pronounced SWEE-ding) becomes part of the neighborhood's vocabulary, the Continue Reading

Chillin’ with ‘Drillbit Taylor’ star Alex Frost

Alex Frost grabbed the spotlight when he played a high-school-student-turned-killer in Gus Van Sant's critically acclaimed "Elephant." He has just turned 21 and the laid-back, skateboard-loving Frost is on the rise, playing opposite Ryan Phillippe in "Stop-Loss" and delivering beatdowns as the high school bully who becomes Owen Wilson's mortal enemy in "Drillbit Taylor," which opened Friday. He talked to us about stunt men, crying in front of Oliver Stone and getting punched by one of the preeminent comic actors in Hollywood. So, what was it like getting your butt kicked by Owen Wilson? We spent about three days just rehearsing that scene before we even started shooting anything. And then it took an entire week to shoot, and we never saw the sun because it took place at night. They brought in a talented stunt coordinator, Jack Gill, who is a legend. It was the most fun I've ever had shooting. You get punched, slapped, squeezed, kicked in the face. Did any of it hurt? Just the throwing myself around a lot. I'd never done anything that was such a choreographed fight scene, so I said I was really going to do it all the way. And how are Owen's combat skills? He was great, he got in there and did it. And at certain times, he would have his stunt guy come in and do a specific move. Like he had this one guy who was just in charge of doing karate kicks. Did you have a stunt guy? I did all my own stuff. They hired a bunch of guys to come in, but they ended up sitting around all day. One of the guys was actually a famous contortionist, so it was hilarious to have him on set. You play a pretty nasty bully. Is this a type? That role was actually the first time I'd gotten to play someone so tough. Right before that, I shot "Stop-Loss" and my character was completely different. How did you get into acting? I grew up in Portland, Ore., and I started working when I was 15 and pretty much got pulled off the street as part of an open casting for a Continue Reading

Jerry Seinfeld goes from sitcom king to ‘Bee Movie’ star

Thanks to his classic sitcom's nine seasons, Jerry Seinfeld is probably a better-known New Yorker than Rudy Giuliani, who can only boast a few "Saturday Night Live" appearances as comedy fodder. While Seinfeld's TV version of New York - shot on Hollywood back lots, except for establishing shots - was slightly askew, the computer-generated one he dreamed up for "Bee Movie" is somehow more fantastic and more realistic at the same time. In the film, written and produced by Seinfeld and opening Friday, Jerry voices Barry B. Benson, a diminutive buzzer who leaves "New Hive City" to explore the outside world - in his case, Central Park and the upper West Side. According to Seinfeld, any resemblance between our town and the bees' hive is intentional: "It's about the juxtaposition of bee culture alongside human culture and the two crashing into each other," he says, "which is the underlying theme of New York living." The tensions - and similarities - between the two worlds are pure gold for Seinfeld's absurdist humor: a bee-tabloid headline reads, "Bee goes berserk: stings seven then self," while a bee version of Larry King hosts his own talk show, complete with a background map consisting of tiny colored dots. (When Barry tells him there's a human Larry King, too, the unimpressed bee shrugs, "It's a very common name.") "One of the jokes in the movie is that the bees have everything exactly the same as us," says Seinfeld, acknowledging there may be tiny versions of Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer in New Hive City. "But their world is a little more perfect. Their cars run on honey and don't pollute, they don't take vacations because they're so happy in their jobs. It's human culture a couple of millennia down the road." The task of making sure "Bee Movie's" Manhattan resembled the real one enough to impress jaded New Yorkers, but stylized enough to make its fantasy story believable fell to the film's creative team, led by directors Simon J. Smith Continue Reading

Hollywood PI’s ‘scare’ tactics on tape

The only thing scarier than having Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano working against you may be having him working for you. Pellicano is currently serving time for illegal wiretapping. But one reporter turned the tables on him by taping a conversation that reveals how Pellicano played his celebrity clients and their tabloid tormentors off one another. In January 1994, Pellicano called Globe reporter Jim Mitteager to find out who'd fed one of the tabs a tip that Whoopi Goldberg had had a "cancer scare." Pellicano said he'd pay money, as well as rat out other celebs, if Mitteager could come up with a name. One tab reporter had told Pellicano that Whoopi's own publicist, Brad Cafarelli, was "a paid source" for Star magazine, according to the tape. Pellicano had his doubts. "Why didn't [Cafarelli] sell [the cancer scare story]?" he asked Mitteager (who died in 1997). "Believe me, [Cafarelli] knew because he was with her at the hospital." Cafarelli "is probably [bleeping] innocent," Pellicano allowed. But that didn't stop the gumshoe from sharing the rumor with Whoopi. "I sat her down and I said, 'This guy [Cafarelli] is dirty,'" said Pellicano, who claimed he was "very close" to Whoopi. "So now she looks at him different than she did before." Mitteager protested, "Anthony, you told us you were not going to use that [rumor] until we nailed it down." Pellicano grumbled, "I still have not been able to prove to her that Cafarelli is a bad guy. And I can't fire him without that proof." Pellicano told Mitteager to keep digging for the source, promising: "If you can kill the story, it's probably worth money to [Whoopi]."Former Pellicano operative Paul Barresi, who inherited the tapes from the late Mitteager, says: "You see how Anthony would prey upon the doubts of his clients. He'd make them feel insecure so they'd need him to solve their problem."Barresi, who's working on a book, offered his tape to Cafarelli, in case he Continue Reading


You can run, Lindsay Lohan and Leonardo DiCaprio, but you can't hide. New York celebrity life just got harder with today's launch of Gawker. com's "Stalker" feature that can post celeb locations on the Internet, complete with a map, within minutes of each sighting. "We'll be using the Google Maps program," the snarky Web site's editor, Jessica Coen, told me yesterday, "and people can look at them as soon as they come in - as close to a live sighting as possible. " Coen, who has hired two extra interns for this purpose, predicted: "The celebrities, I'm sure, are not going to like this any more than they like being trailed by paparazzi. " She's certainly right about that. "As innovative as it might be, it dangerously puts these people in harm's way. Somebody's going to get hurt," warned flack Leslie Sloane Zelnik, who reps Lohan, Britney Spears, Ashton Kutcher and other soft targets. "These people are trying to lead a normal life, and I think at some point the government is going to have to step in and regulate this. I really think this crosses a line. " PR divo Ken Sunshine - who reps DiCaprio, Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck - called the new Gawker feature "unbelievable. " "I do wish they were funnier and spent less time inviting scary stalkers to go where celebrities might be - particularly celebrities with children," Sunshine complained. Coen retorted: "I think the government should get involved to stop Leslie Sloane Zelnik. " As for Sunshine, "I know Ben Affleck is his prime client, so now that he has kids, we'll try to go easy on Ben. " But she promised that Gawker will be lightning-quick if Osama Bin Laden is sighted. "We'll post it on our Web site before we tell the government. " 'Smoking' star lights up over match with Katie Finally, after multiple celeb-strewn screenings, dinners, parties and gossip items, "Thank You for Smoking" opens Friday, featuring probably the last-ever onscreen sex scene with Tom Cruise Continue Reading

‘Tracers’ review:  Taylor Lautner fails to beef up routine action story co-starring Marie Avgeropoulos

If Taylor Lautner wants to keep working, he has to get something off his chest. His shirt. His co-stars from the “Twilight” series are doing fine. Pallid Robert Pattinson’s arty “Maps to the Stars” is now in theaters. Mopey Kristen Stewart’s lauded “Clouds of Sils Maria” opens next month. But Lautner? Hollywood’s hunkiest, lunkiest werewolf is still stuck making movies where his big stage direction is “He slowly peels off his T-shirt.” In “Tracers,” Lautner’s signature move comes exactly 50 minutes in. That’s far too late, given that the movie has little else to offer. Lautner plays Cam, a New York bike messenger who owes $15,000 to Chinatown thugs. They want their money, and his job doesn’t pay enough to get it. So Cam joins a bunch of mysterious slackers who do parkour by day and rob Russian mobsters and Vietnamese gangs by night. It’s a high-stakes career move, but doesn’t help the film from being anything but standard action-flick fare. Throw in a tough dark-eyed beauty (Marie Avgeropoulos), a jealous brother and a saw-it-20-minutes-before-it-happened double-cross and the result is “The Fast and the Furious” — except slower and less incensed. Lautner doesn’t have much to do, and no idea of how to do it. Most of the picture is just the parkour kids jumping out of windows and across roofs. True, the energy level is high, and there are some pretty faces and toned bodies. But “Tracers” cannot live by pecs appeal alone. And pretty soon, Lautner won’t be able to, either. On a mobile device? Click here to watch the video. Continue Reading