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Guy Ritchie’s Pub Under Threat

Ever since Madonna split with Guy Ritchie, the film director’s been making a lot more use of his London pub The Punchbowl. In recent months, it’s attracted celeb pals of the ilk of Justin Timberlake, Leonardo diCaprio and Mickey Rourke - as well as the attendant paparazzi. And it seems that this new found popularity is causing consternation among residents of London’s Mayfair district – one of the capital’s wealthiest and fustiest.

“The W1 residents have complained about “a severe downward spiral in quality of life.” They are aghast at the “shouting and singing” and collection of chauffeurs and paparazzi,” says a report – claiming they’ve now began a petition protesting its licence. It would be a shame if they did succeed – only because it’s one of the few non-members establishments in London where you can wander in and look at A-listers making drunken fools of themselves. And we don’t want to lose that privilege.

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Natalie Portman Shows Off Her V

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Natalie Portman brings back the 80s in the new issue of V Magazine, where the actress talks about why she didn’t like her performance in Star Wars, her favorite dirty word, and why the internet is bulls#$t.

On Star Wars: “My acting was not exactly respected in those films [laughs] but those are the moments when you want to prove yourself again. When people think I suck, it helps.”

Her Favorite Dirty Word: “To be successful, you need the desire to be successful. Ambition can be a dirty word, but it’s pretty much more important than anything.”

On how the internet affects her roles: “[O]nline bulls— interferes with what I want to do artistically. I’m not opposed to sexuality or nudity in a film, but I’m very opposed to pornography sites and you’re pretty much giving them material if you do any of that.”

Check out our gallery of Natalie Portman in V Magazine! [Photos: Mario Testino]

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What Lies Within Brad’s Beard

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Brad Pitt showed up at an Inglourious Basterds press conference in Tokyo today with a gnarly goatee. Just because he’s one of the most gorgeous men in the world doesn’t mean he can walk away from this facial travesty unscathed. That unkempt mess on his otherwise handsome mug has bred dreadlocks, which got us speculating what else he’s storing in there.

  • Rarely seen babies Knox and Vivienne
  • His busted “favorite” motorcycle
  • A vintage copy of People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive issue circa 1995
  • His Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in Twelve Monkeys

The possibilities are endless. Here’s hoping his pretty face comes out of hiding, and soon. [Photo: Splash News Online]

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Steve Martin And Alec Baldwin To Host The Oscars

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It hasn’t happened in twenty-three years, but the 2010 Oscars will have multiple hosts: Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. “We think the team of Steve and Alec are the perfect pair of hosts for the Oscars,” said telecast producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman. “Steve will bring the experience of having hosted the show in the past and Alec will be a completely fresh personality for this event.”

Steve Martin successfully hosted the Oscars in 2001 and 2003 and Alec is up for the challenge of a first time host. “I don’t play the banjo but I’m thrilled to be hosting the Oscars – it’s the opportunity of a lifetime,” Alec said, jokingly referring to. Steve also joked that he is excited to be hosting the show for the third time: “I am happy to co-host the Oscars with my enemy Alec Baldwin,” he said. [Source: AMPAS; Photo: Getty Images]

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First Look: Sherlock Holmes Exclusive Trailer

Sherlock Holmes is Guy Ritchie‘s action-packed, quick-witted, Christmas gift to America. The critics are already buzzin’ about Robert Downey, Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as his brawny sidekick Watson. With an A-list cast, Ritchie’s adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Boyle‘s tale brings intense fight sequences starring a bulky Downey, Jr., and steamy romance, courtesy of Rachel McAdams as Holmes’ lover. To get you in the holiday-movie-going spirit, we’re bringing you never-before-seen footage from the much-anticipated mystery. Watch our brand new, exclusive trailer above.

Sherlock Holmes hits theaters December 25th.   

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Nicole Kidman’s “Strange Sexual Fetish Stuff”

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Think Nicole Kidman is some uptight Aussie actress, primly married and behaving like the serious 40-something mother-of-one that she is? Think again, suckers! No, Nicole is totally racy, and has gone through some crazy sh*t in the name of sex. Honestly, she’s told us so. In the current issue of British GQ magazine, Nic not only poses on the cover in her underwear and one chiffon glove (maybe she lost the other one), but also talks about her relationship experiences in detail.

Describing her current marriage to singer Keith Urban as “raw and dangerous” and reiterating again that she “never will” discuss her marriage to Tom Cruise in detail (boo), Nicole nonetheless is pretty open about what she’s gone through. “I’ve explored obsession. I’ve explored loss and love in terms of being in a grief-stricken place, I’ve explored strange sexual fetish stuff, I’ve explored the mundane aspect of marriage, and monogamy,” she says. Yikes, who could she possibly mean? Our filthy minds are racing with distressing images of Tom, Keith or maybe even Lenny Kravitz!  Nicole – what have you done to us?! [Photo: GQ]

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Katie Holmes Gets Back To Work

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While yes we love those adorable photos of Suri Cruise and Katie Holmes shopping, going for cupcakes, and visiting Tom Cruise on the set while he films in Boston, we must remember, that Mrs. Tom Cruise is indeed an actress. Katie will get back to work, replacing Liv Tyler in the indie flick, The Romantics, which starts shooting in New York this week. The movie centers around eight college friends who reunite for the wedding of pal Anna Paquin. Katie will play the maid of honor, who also had a romantic past with the groom, played by Josh Duhamel. At least we have photos of Suri running around the Big Apple to look forward to! [Source: E! Online; Photo: Getty Images]

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Kate Hudson’s Diet Secret: No Booze!

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Kate Hudson having a lot of sex with A-Rod is not the secret to why she looks ferocious in the  new issue of Elle UK. The 30-year-old blonde starlet worked hard and gave up a lot – including booze – to get in shape for the shoot. “I love my glass of wine. I love tequila,” Kate said. “To be in New York for two weeks and not have one beverage, I’m not sure I’ve ever done that!” The sacrifice was worth it! Kate looks amazing in the new issue, where she poses in next to nothing but her oiled up skin. [Source: OK!; Photo: Getty Images]

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Mariah Carey And Nick Cannon Are A Precious Pair

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Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon traded their angel outfits for formal attire when they hit the red carpet for last night’s premiere of her film Precious in LA. With the star playing a weathered social worker in the film, you can bet she was glad to remind viewers of her actual glamor. “It wasn’t just de-glamorized,” Carey told Us Magazine.  “They added some hideousness on top of that too. I drank some ugly juice.” It’s about time she learned that ugly juice does an actress better than Glitter.

Among the attendees were Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Olivia Wilde, Sherri Shepherd, Paula Patton and Robin Thicke. Even Mo’Nique finally made it to a promotional event for the film! Check out the glitz in the gallery below.

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Cougar-licious British Director To Wed Teenage Boyfriend

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Yes, we’d look like the cat that got the cream, too. British artist-turned-film director Sam Taylor-Wood has announced she’s marrying her actor boyfriend Aaron Johnson, 19. The 42-year-old directed him in the upcoming Beatles film Nowhere Boy, and the couple have now announced their engagement, saying they’re “very happy.”

Sam was married to art dealer Jay Jopling, and after their split last year, he briefly hooked up with Lily Allen. But Sam’s definitely trumped him in the hot, young stakes with Aaron here. Cougar-tastic! [Photo: Getty Images]