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Catherine Zeta-Jones Returns To Work, Opens Up About Bipolar Illness

Catherine Zeta-Jones always struck us as a woman not to be messed with (in the most flattering way possible!), and it looks like that same strength is helping her speak out about her mental illness. In an interview with People, Catherine Zeta-Jones discusses her bipolar disorder, offering support for those experiencing the same struggle. “This is a disorder that affects millions of people and I am one of them,” Zeta-Jones explained. “If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it. There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help.”

Though it’s only been a week since Zeta-Jones checked into a mental health facility, she has since returned to Louisiana to film her new rom-com Playing The Field with Gerard Butler and Uma Thurman. News also broke earlier today that director Adam Shankman just cast Zeta-Jones in Rock Of Ages with Tom Cruise and Russell Brand. Zeta-Jones’ character is slated to sing Pat Benatar‘s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” and Twisted Sister‘s “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” Said Shankman, “She’s the villain who is out to stop rock ‘n’ roll from poisoning Los Angeles. If Tipper Gore and Anita Bryant had a love child, it would be this woman.” Given how face-meltingly good Catherine was in the musical Chicago, we can’t wait to see it, and for the actress to make a full recovery.

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Julianne Hough Cast Opposite Tom Cruise For Rock Of Ages Film

It makes sense that the movie version of the Broadway jukebox musical Rock Of Ages would be cast with one of the biggest superstars of the 80′s, Tom Cruise. Back in February, Cruise confirmed that’s he’d be playing the lead in the musical that features arena rock and monster ballads, with a plot that literally revolves around a small town girl, livin’ in a lonely world. And while a lot of big names (Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Hathaway) were tossed around to play said small-town girl, Julianne Hough is the one who will be acting opposite Cruise in the role.

The former Dancing With The Stars performer was most recently in Burlesque, but this will be her first lead role. Rock of Ages director Adam Shankman called her audition “nothing short of a miracle,” so… no pressure or anything, Julianne. And in a weird way, everything seems to come back to Ryan Seacrest, since American Idol alum Constantine Maroulis is the lead in the Broadway version of the show,  Hough is dating Seacrest. Is this Seacrest’s way of slowly taking over the world??

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