Margot Robbie was willing to bare all in the Oscar-nominated The Wolf of Wall Street, but she won’t do it for Playboy. The Australian actress has rejected the personal offer from Playboy founder Hugh Hefner to strip down for the men’s magazine. Robbie, 23, made the turndown official during an appearance on a New Zealand radio station when the host asked her if she was willing to pose naked. “False…No, never,” said Robbie. “I’ve put my family through enough.” In the same interview, Robbie joked that she might consider posing for Playboy if she was older and her career was in a downward spiral. “Then I’ll give him [Hefner] a call.”
BIEBER BORDER BLUES
Justin Bieber might want to go the airport a little earlier the next time he travels to the States. The Canadian pop star will reportedly continue to be targeted by U.S. Customs every time he ventures south of the border. When Bieber flew into New Jersey from Canada last Friday, U.S. Customs agents searched his plane and grilled him for hours before he was allowed to go on his way. According to law enforcement sources, Bieber is now on the Homeland Security watch list in connection to his two pending current criminal cases (on charges of DUI and resisting arrest in Florida and assault in Toronto). The same sources say Bieber will be subject to the same interrogation treatment every times he leaves and then reenters the U.S.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Viewers of The Walking Dead had best prepare for the worst in the weeks ahead. Writer Robert Kirkman, who created the graphic novel on which the AMC hit series is based, says events are about to get very disturbing in the upcoming second half of the fourth season. When the apocalyptic drama went on hiatus last fall, the prison stronghold was overrun with flesh-eating zombies, leaving heroic sheriff Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and company on the road again. “The world has gotten even meaner since the last time they were homeless,” said Kirkman recently. “So we’re not going to be pulling any punches and there’s a lot of stuff coming up that AMC is very worried about, which makes me happy.” The Walking Dead returns Sunday, February 9 on AMC.
HIS LAST ALBUM
Cory Monteith may be gone, but his music lives on. The Canadian-born Glee star’s final recordings with his band will be released today. In addition to acting, Monteith was the drummer for the Los Angeles-based band Bonnie Dune and recorded six new songs with the group shortly before his death in Vancouver last summer due to a combination of heroin and alcohol. Bonnie Dune lead vocalist Justin Wilczynski insists that the new collection of songs wasn’t intended to be a farewell album to Monteith, but rather “a celebration of his life and what he enjoyed doing. He definitely meant a lot to us.”
Source: E! News
Will the controversy stemming from renewed claims of sexual abuse against director Woody Allen hurt Cate Blanchett’s chances of winning an Oscar? Although Blanchett is considered the frontrunner in the Best Actress category for her performance in Allen’s Blue Jasmine, her chances could be affected by recent claims from Dylan Farrow, his adopted daughter with former partner Mia Farrow, who accused the director of molesting her when she was seven and renewed those claims in a recent open letter published in The New York Times. Allen has also come under attack from Ronan Farrow, his biological son with Farrow. Blue Jasmine earned three Oscar nominations – for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress (Sally Hawkins) and Best Original Screenplay – but the final round of Oscar voting doesn’t take begin until Feb. 14.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
SHOCK THE MONKEY
Watch out: The Monkey King is slowly taking over the world. Buoyed by the recent Chinese New Year, the Chinese-made feature is currently the biggest money-earner on the planet based on box-office receipts. Based on the Chinese literary classic Journey to the West, the special-effects heavy movie stars Donnie Yen as the titular Monkey King, who leads a bold rebellion against the Jade Emperor (Chow Yun-fat). On its first two days of release in China last week, the film earned an astounding $35-million (U.S.). By comparison, last weekend’s top-grossing film in North America, Ride Along, earned $12.3-million (U.S.).
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