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  • Julia Roberts Opens Up About Losing Half-Sister

    Nancy Motes died earlier this year following an apparent drug overdose.

    Julia Roberts may look happy on the cover of the May issue of WSJ magazine, but behind that smile she is grieving the loss of her half-sister, Nancy Motes, who passed away of an apparent drug overdose in February.

    The actress opened up for the first time about the death in an interview with the magazine that took place just weeks after.

    "It's just heartbreak. It's only been 20 days. There aren't words to explain what any of us have been through in these last 20 days," Julia explained. "It's hour by hour some days, but you just keep looking ahead."

    [Julia Roberts half-sister slated actress days before death]

    According to the mag, the 46-year-old's eyes began to well up as she explained, "You don't want anything bad to happen to anyone, but there are so many tragic, painful, inexplicable things in the world.

    "But [as with] any situation of challenge and despair, we must find a way, as a family. It's so hard to formulate a sentence about it outside the weepy huddle of my family."

    Julia and

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  • Kirsten Dunst says actresses ‘court’ the casting couch

    Melancholia star hints that women invite sleazy auditions.

    Kirsten Dunst stars in period drama The Two Faces Of January
    In an April 17 interview with W magazine, Kirsten Dunst raised eyebrows with her opinion about the infamous Hollywood "casting couch."

    In a chat with filmmaker Sofia Coppola, the "Melancholia" star laughed at the prospect of being on Hollywood's infamous casting couch, referring to situations in which actresses are encouraged to trade sexual favors for roles.

    "I don’t give off that vibe," Dunst said in the interview. "I think that you court that stuff, and to me it’s crossing a boundary that would hinder the trust in your working relationship."

    But a number of actresses have previously spoken out about their casting couch experiences, which actually did not involve any "courting," as Dunst might say.

    Thandie Newton, Susan Sarandon, and Gwyneth Paltrow. (Getty Images)

    In 2013, British actress Thandie Newton recalled to CNN a "horrific incident" in which a casting director exploited her when she was a teenager. The 41-year-old actress said that during the audition, the camera was surreptitiously positioned in a way that it was able to film up her skirt,

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  • 'The Equalizer' Poster: Denzel Washington Is on His Way

    Odds against you? Need help? Call the Equalizer.

    "Odds against you? Need help? Call the Equalizer."

    Denzel Washington is coming to make things right in "The Equalizer," the movie adaptation of the TV drama which ran from 1985 to 1989 starring the late Edward Woodward.

    In the film, Washington takes on the role of Robert McCall, a retired intelligence operator who faked his own demise to live under the radar.

    [The Equalizer gets pushed back]

    But after finding a young woman (played by Chloe Grace Moretz)  in trouble with the Russian mob,  he returns to action to use his extreme tactics for good.

    "The Equalizer" reunites Washington with director Antoine Fuqua ("Olympus Has Fallen").

    Denzel... first look at The Equalizer (Copyright: Sony)

    The pair previously collaborated on 2001's "Traning Day," for which Washington won the Academy Award for Best Actor. Washington has been on a tear lately, still packing movie houses with action flicks like "The Book of Eli," "Unstoppable," "Safe House," and "2 Guns."

    [Moretz excited for Equalizer role]

    But his dramatic work is as strong as ever as well, having

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  • Sofía Vergara On Sex Scene With Sharon Stone: 'I Was Very Nervous'

    Modern Family siren gets it on with Basic Instinct star in Fading Gigolo,

    "Fading Gigolo" hits theaters on Friday and features two of the most gorgeous women in Hollywood, Sharon Stone and Sofía Vergara.

    John Turturro directed the film and stars as a man looking to make some cash by keeping some ladies company. Woody Allen, who barely ever appears in movies as just an actor, plays his pimp.

    [Cameron Diaz gets naked with Jason Segel in Sex Tape]

    In her first comments about what it was like to film a sex scene with both Sharon and John, Sofía opened to "The Insider."

    "I was very nervous, because it was my first threesome," the actress laughed. "I didn't want it to look like I didn't know what I was doing."

    While playing uninhibited roles isn't new for Sharon, her experience didn't quite help calm Sofía's nerves until she met the actress on set.

    [Scarlett Johansson: Naked scenes 'liberating']

    "It was a little more nerve wrecking to know that your first threesome on camera is gonna be with Sharon Stone, a woman that is known for her sex scenes and her beauty.


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  • MTV Movie Awards GIF Guide: Pecs, Puppies, and Peeta

    Singer Rita Ora reveals actor's guns.

    The MTV Movie Awards tend to deliver a good share of gaffes ("Catching Fires" — yeah, we heard that one, Cameron Diaz) and guffaws, like Mark Wahlberg's rambling acceptance speech for the show's Generation Award, but aside from a few brow-lifting moments, this year's fête was a bit of a snooze compared to past shows.

    At least we got to see some skin.

    It got a bit uncomfortable when Zac Efron won Best Shirtless Performance for his role as a book cover illustrator in "That Awkward Moment." You see, presenter and pop star Rita Ora, who took the stage with Jessica Alba, insisted that the winner take off their shirt.

    Beating out nominees Jennifer Aniston, Sam Claflin, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Liam Hemsworth, Efron hit the stage. As he got the first words of his speech out of his mouth, Ora reached from behind and ripped open his denim shirt. Smart of Efron to sport a shirt with snap buttons — easy removal.

    [Behind-the-Scenes at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards]

    Clearly tanned and totally ripped,

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