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Jonah Hill arrives before the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles (Chris Pizzello/AP)
Jonah Hill arrives before the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles (Chris Pizzello/AP)

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Jonah Hill says he’s sorry for making a homophobic slur and hopes others learn from his mistake.

The Wolf of Wall Street star went onto radio on Tuesday to express his remorse at lashing out at a member of the tabloid press with a harmful homophobic epithet.

As first reported by TMZ, Hill and an unidentified friend were hounded by a team of paparazzi on the streets of Los Angeles last weekend.

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In a video of the incident, Hill and his companion were followed down a side street as the photographers tried several times to engage him.

At one point, a paparazzo, poking fun at Hill’s floral print shorts, says, “I like the shorts though, bro. They are pretty sexy.”

Hill responded with a crude homophobic slur, which resulted in him shifting to full damage-control mode during his appearance on Howard Stern’s satellite radio broadcast on Tuesday morning.

In response to Stern’s suggestion that he sounded angry during the interview, Hill said, “Anger is not the right word at all.”

Getting right to the point, Hill said, “I’m upset because from the day I was born, and publicly, I’ve been a gay rights activist.”

For the benefit of Stern’s listeners, Hill deconstructed the events leading up to the incident.

“Now, this person, you saw a 40-second video,” he said. “This person had been following me around – just to give it some context, not excusing what I said in any way – this person had been following me around all day, had been saying hurtful things about my family, really hurtful things about me personally, and I played into exactly what he wanted and lost my cool.”

And at the point, said Hill, he lost his composure and uttered a gay expletive (reminding us of a past Alec Baldwin incident).

“In that moment I said a disgusting word that does not at all reflect how I feel about any group of people,” Hill told Stern. “I grew up with gay family members. I’m leaving here to go spend the day with one of my closest co-workers and best friend who is gay, who’s getting married, who I’m going to stand at his wedding. You know?”

At the same time, Hill insisted that he didn’t come on the radio program to make phony excuses.

“I’m not at all defending my choice of words, but I am happy to be the poster boy for thinking about what you say and how those words, even if you don’t intend them and how they mean, they are rooted in hate, and that’s [expletive] and I shouldn’t have said that.”

Last year, Hill (@JonahHill) tweeted a photograph of himself wearing a T-shirt with the phrase “Love Conquers Hate” in Russian emblazoned on the front.

The t-shirts were created by the advocacy group Human Rights Campaign to protest Russia’s treatment of the LGBT community.

In an interview with E! News on why he voiced his stance on Russia's anti-gay laws , Hill said, “I have tons of gay friends, gay family members. It’s like saying, ‘Why do you think these people should breathe?”

SPACE RACE

Add Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o’s name to the upcoming Star Wars reboot. The 12 Years a Slave star has officially joined the ensemble cast of Star Wars: Episode VII, according to a release from Lucasfilm on Monday. Also joining the cast is Gwendoline Christie, known primarily for playing Brienne of Tarth on the HBO medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones. No word on what roles either actress will play. Nyong’o confirmed the news herself on Monday by tweeting, “I can finally say it loud and proud: I’m going to a galaxy far, far away!”

Source: Reuters

TWO TAKES

Director Oliver Stone is poised to direct a movie profiling U.S. whistle blower Edward Snowden. Stone recently purchased the rights to the book The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man by U.K. journalist Luke Harding. “This is one of the greatest stories of our time,” said Stone, director of such features as Platoon, JFK and Born on the Fourth of July. Stone plans to begin shooting his adaptation of the book later this year, despite the fact that James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli is currently mounting a separate biopic on Snowden.

Source: Mashable

BAD START

The new AMC drama Halt and Catch Fire hasn’t exactly caught on with viewers. Last Sunday night’s premiere of the drama about eighties-era techies pulled in 1.2-million viewers, roughly one-million less than the average audience for the most recent season of AMC’s Mad Men. And among the coveted 18 to 49 viewing demographic, Halt and Catch Fire earned only 433,000 viewers.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

MANGO-MANIA

Lock up your daughters: Mango is back! Former Saturday Night Live regular Chris Kattan put on the beret and booty shorts to play the exotic male dancer at the CFDA Fashion Awards in New York on Monday night. Mango/Kattan was spotted on the red carpet with designer Alexander Wang, who will showcase the character in an upcoming ad campaign. “I feel fantastic,” said Mango. “I feel like $100.”

Source: USA Today

DONNY & STEVIE

Donny Osmond will duet with music legend Stevie Wonder on an upcoming single. The Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat star says that his forthcoming album will feature the pair singing together on one of Wonder’s best-known songs. “He agreed to do My Cherie Amour with me, so that’s going to be the lead track and that comes out two weeks from today,” said Osmond. A link to the tune will be made available for free download through Osmond’s Twitter account starting June 16.

Source: The Canadian Press

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