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Laura Prepon says she's not dating Tom Cruise

Everybody breathe. Despite a recent slew of tabloid rumors to the contrary, Donna Pinciotti and Jerry Maguire aren’t dating.

In an interview with The Daily Beast about the second season of Orange is the New Black, the reporter brought up the recent stories about Laura Prepon’s alleged paramour, Tom Cruise.

“Oh god… I knew this would come up! Dude, I have no idea,” Prepon shared in the story. “I really don’t know. I totally respect him and think he’s an amazing actor, but I’m not dating him. I don’t know what else to say. It’s crazy. It just goes to show: Don’t believe everything you read. I have no idea where it came from. I don’t know how we ended up ‘together.’ I’m flattered because I think he’s hot so I’m like, ‘Oh, that’s nice,’ and apparently he’s very gentlemanly with me. Apparently, we get along great and he knows that I have a favorite bottle of wine that I didn’t even know I had. So, apparently he’s on cloud nine…. [Laughs]” READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy' creator Kurt Sutter has something to say about Google's stance on copyright

As the creator of Sons of Anarchy, Kurt Sutter has made a name for himself as a master of bringing to light the gritty, dangerous and fascinating underbelly of society. That, and he’s known as one of the most outspoken men in Hollywood. So it’s no surprise to see that he has taken a strong stance against Google’s position on copyright issues in a passionate essay published Friday on Slate.

Sutter’s article is a response to the March 10 story, “Hollywood’s Copyright Lobbyists Are Like Exes Who Won’t Give Up.” That post — written by Marvin Ammori, a lawyer working for Google — argued against the “voluntary agreements” copyright lobbyists in Hollywood and other creative industries are seeking with tech companies to find ways to curb online piracy of movies, TV shows and music. He claims some of the larger content creators are throwing around their weight when copyright infringement is suspected, resulting in “payment processors or advertisers [cutting] off a tech company…without a single legal order.” Ammori likened these new initiatives to the proposed Stop Online Privacy Act, which would have expanded the ability of law enforcement to fight online piracy — including blocking websites hosting infringing content. After unprecedented outcry against the bill, Congress postponed SOPA indefinitely.

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'How I Met Your Mother': That Mother twist has to be a red herring. Right?

[Serious spoiler alert if you haven't seen Monday's How I Met Your Mother]

Monday on How I Met Your Mother, fans were brought 10 years into the future, where Ted and the Mother were recounting old stories. Ted revealed that Robin’s mom came to her wedding after all, which was a surprise to the whole gang. The Mother countered that this wasn’t really a surprise: “What mother is going to miss her daughter’s wedding?” Cue Ted tears.

As my colleague Sandra Gonzalez noted in her recap, the scene seemed to imply that the Mother dies in the future — and that’s why Ted started telling his kids this whole nine-year-long story in the first place. This theory isn’t exactly new; it’s been floating around fan pages online for years. (In many of the predictions, Ted then gets together with Robin.) But, to me at least, it always seemed unlikely. Well, not anymore! READ FULL STORY

'How I Met Your Dad': Why Greta Gerwig casting is a good sign

When you love something, you want to protect it.

So when it was announced a few months back that the beloved, long-running sitcom How I Met Your Mother was getting a spinoff, fan reaction was pretty mixed: On the one hand, great! Let’s continue the party at MacLarens. On the other hand, the television landscape doesn’t have a great history of spinoffs based on recent popular sitcoms (RIP Joey). While How I Met Your Father Dad will have the same creators, many fans –myself included – still thought that after nine seasons, it might be best to leave well enough alone and not tarnish the memory of a sitcom that gave us Interventions, the Dobler-Dahmer Scale, and five best friends who we’ve truly come to care about.

But then yesterday came the news the spinoff had cast indie film star Greta Gerwig as the star. She’ll play Sally, “a female Peter Pan who has never grown up and has no idea of where she’s going in life.” Like the original, the show will be told via flashbacks, but beyond that not much is known about the project. But for the first time, the Gerwig announcement made me genuinely excited to check the show out this fall. READ FULL STORY

Michael Sam comes out: Celebs tweet support

Besides the Olympics, the big sports news over the weekend was that Missouri All-American Michael Sam announced he is gay, and, if drafted this spring, the defensive end could become the first openly gay player in the NFL.

“Once I became official to my teammates, I knew who I was,” Sam told the New York Times. “I knew that I was gay. And I knew that I was Michael Sam, who’s a Mizzou football player who happens to be gay. I was so proud of myself and I just didn’t care who knew.”

Since the news broke, many celebs have tweeted out their support. Read the messages below. READ FULL STORY

Dax Shepard writes essay about paparazzi targeting children

Almost all of us are guilty of occasionally flipping through a magazine and absentmindedly checking out photos of a celebrity with their kids. Readers might not spend a lot of time thinking about it — but Dax Shepard wants you to start.

The actor, who’s married to Kristen Bell and welcomed a daughter this year, wrote an essay for The Huffington Post, “Why Our Children Should Be Off Limits to the Paparazzi.” In the piece, Shepard explains he recently was at an event hosted by Jennifer Garner about California Senate Bill 606, which makes it illegal “to photograph a child because of their parent’s employment in a manner that ‘seriously alarms, annoys, torments, or terrorizes’ them.” READ FULL STORY

Helen Mirren named 2014 Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year

There’s actually an honor out there Dame Helen Mirren hadn’t yet received — but she’s taking care of that now.

The actress has been named the 2014 Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year, an annual recognition by Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the nation’s oldest theatrical organization. Established in 1951, the Woman of the Year Award has been given to many A-list entertainers, including Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, Elizabeth Taylor, Anne Hathaway, Claire Danes, and, most recently, Marion Cotillard. READ FULL STORY

Beyonce writes essay: Gender equality 'isn't a reality yet'

Beyoncé is a grown woman, which means she’s begun to lend her voice to important causes.

For a long time, Beyoncé’s only public cause was BEYONCE!, which consisted of dancing and singing all over the world without ever really giving opinions about non-entertainment issues. Even her involvement with the First Lady was mostly just more dancing. But as anyone who listened to last month’s Beyoncé knows, Queen Bey has clearly decided the time has come to get a few things off her chest that aren’t sparkling bustiers — which brings us to her new short essay.

The Shriver Report is a “groundbreaking investigation into the millions of women who are doing it all and barely scraping by…It combines research, analysis and ideas from the nation’s top academic institutions and think tanks, essays by leading thinkers, stories of real women struggling with our modern economy, and a comprehensive poll,” commissioned by Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress. In addition to everyday women and expected participants such as Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sheryl Sandberg, included in the 400-page report is a brief essay, “Gender Equality Is a Myth!,” by one Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. READ FULL STORY

Dennis Rodman has a meltdown while discussing North Korea trip on CNN -- VIDEO

It’s so hard when people don’t like your friends.

That’s the problem Dennis Rodman once again ran into this morning while discussing his relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on CNN’s New Day. Alongside fellow former NBA player Charles D. Smith, Rodman and his team attempted to explain that no one should read into their controversial decision to travel to North Korea to play basketball for the dictator, saying it was “a great idea for the world.”

The interview went downhill from there. Rodman repeatedly referred to Kim Jong Un as his “friend,” but stated there was no political purpose behind his visits. (Idea: What if Rodman is secretly a spy? No one would suspect!)

When host Chris Cuomo repeatedly asked Rodman if he knew anything about Kenneth Bae, the U.S. citizen who has been held in North Korea without any announced charges for more than a year, Rodman snapped.

“Kenneth Bae did one thing,” Rodman angrily said. “If you understand what Kenneth Bae did. Do you understand what he did in this country? No, no, no, you tell me, you tell me. Why is he held captive here in this country, why? ….I don’t give a rat’s a– what the hell you think. I’m saying to you, look at these guys here, look at them … they dared to do one thing, they came here.” READ FULL STORY

'Celebrity Big Brother' contestant Evander Holyfield says homosexuality is disability -- VIDEO

Here we go again.

Boxer Evander Holyfield, who is currently on the U.K.’s Celebrity Big Brother, is in hot water for remarks he made on the program comparing homosexuality to a disability, saying both can be treated by a doctor. All together now: Ughhh.

Holyfield made the remarks on Sunday when reality star Luisa Zissman asked him if there were any gay boxers, according to TMZ. He responded that homosexuality is something doctors can fix.”That ain’t normal!” he says. “The Bible lets you know what’s wrong and what’s right.” He continued his “handicap” analogy: “If you were born, and your leg was turned this way, what do you do? Go to the doctor and get it fixed…The only thing I’m trying to tell you is you know how handicapped people, you can’t say because they’re born that way you can’t move that…Yes, it is a choice.”

When Zissman repeatedly told him he was wrong, and also that they shouldn’t even be having this conversation in the 24/7 camera house, Holyfield replied he was “just telling her my opinion.” While the content of what he’s saying is obviously offensive, the conversation between the two was fairly civil.

Here’s where things get interesting: Unlike on the most recent version of the U.S.’s Big Brother — which also made headlines for racist and homophobic remarks by many of the castmates — on the celebrity U.K. version, producers called out the negative remarks instead of just letting things play out without interference. Holyfield — who never apologizes –  was brought into a room and told by producers his comments were “inappropriate,” and they “aren’t the views that are held by a large section of society.” He was then given a warning to not say remarks like that again, but he continues to be on the show.

Watch both the conversation and the talk with producers below, courtesy of TMZ: READ FULL STORY

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