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Susan Sarandon was high during all those award shows; Well, except the Oscars -- VIDEO

Oh televised award shows — wherein we mere plain folk must watch boldface names get to hobnob with other boldface names, air-kiss their publicists, devour fancy dinners, and wear haute couture like it’s a basic t-shirt. Surely it can’t be all fun and games?

Well, actually it just might be. Of the cannibis sativa kind, that is.

Multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, and BAFTA nominee, Susan Sarandon, admitted that she got a little help from a leafy friend on those award shows, on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live Wednesday night.

“Name one major Hollywood event that you showed up to stoned,” asked host Andy Cohen.

“Only one?” asked Sarandon, while clapping her hands and cackling at Cohen’s surely delirious request.

“I would say almost all except the Oscars,” she said. (She did win Best Actress in a Leading Role for Dead Man Walking in 1996.)

Watch the esteemed actress’ high-flying admission below: READ FULL STORY

Celebrities react to James Gandolfini's death

Actor James Gandolfini died Wednesday at age 51. Actors, artists, writers, and directors who have worked with him, or are simply fans of his work, sent their messages of love and admiration for the award-winning star of The Sopranos via Twitter. From Gandolfini’s The Incredible Burt Wonderstone co-stars Steve Carell and Olivia Wilde, to writer Damon Lindelof and singer Josh Groban, stars tweeted their condolences and thoughts. Read them below:
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Durham Bulls celebrate 25th anniversary of 'Bull Durham' in awesome(ly bad) ways

To honor Bull Durham, the 1988 film that made both their team and comical minor league baseball ballpark promotions famous, the Durham Bulls are hosting movie-themed activities throughout their 2013 home schedule. Cue the “Bull Durham Racers,” people wearing mascot-size costumes of Nuke, Crash, and Annie, who run across the warning track and then mingle with the crowd for photo ops. Check out a video below.

Trivia contests are also planned, along with videos of current and past players reciting famous lines from the Kevin Costner-Susan Sarandon film. Other tributes include the “Nuke Dog” at concession stands, various giveaway items, and Bull Durham-era throwback jerseys worn by the team at all Saturday home games (which will be auctioned off for charity at season’s end). If you’re a diehard Bull Durham fan with some vacation time, you may want to head to North Carolina on Sunday, June 16, when the players will also wear those throwback jerseys for a “game-long tribute to the film coinciding with the exact weekend it was released a quarter century ago.” Hope you enjoy that, visiting team (Indianapolis Indians)! And you know that bull mascot is goin’ down. READ FULL STORY

Susan Sarandon describes 'disgusting' casting couch encounter

Before winning an Oscar, before playing baseball’s most famous groupie, even before starring in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Susan Sarandon was a struggling young actress who had to schlep from audition to audition like anyone else in the business. But sometimes, her humbling casting encounters veered into icky territory. The 66-year-old actress tells Elle magazine that when she first arrived in New York, she was subjected to the legendary “casting couch,” in which producers and filmmakers “audition” vulnerable young talent in the most predatory and vulgar manner. “I just went into a room, and a guy practically threw me on the desk,” she said. “It was my early days in New York, and it was really disgusting. It wasn’t like I gave it a second though, it was so badly done.”

“It was not successful — for either of us,” Sarandon said.

Sarandon, who’s been nominated for five Academy Awards and won Best Actress for Dead Man Walking, was married to actor Chris Sarandon, a college classmate, when she made her first screen appearance in 1970′s Joe, opposite Peter Boyle. She did not identify when the casting-couch incident occurred, though judging from her statement that it was not successful “for either of us,” it is likely to have been for a role she did not land.

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Susan Sarandon’s Eventful Year

Nine things you didn't know about 'Bull Durham' -- the greatest sports comedy ever made

Like The Shawshank Redemption and Tommy Boy, Bull Durham is one of those movies that always seems to be on TV. It doesn’t matter whether it’s two in the afternoon or two in the morning, somewhere in the outer reaches of cable, Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins, and Susan Sarandon can be found bickering about baseball and who’s taking whom to bed. In my opinion, it’s probably the best sports comedy ever made, right up there with Caddyshack, and the original Bad News Bears. Still, as many hours as I’ve spent in the company of Crash Davis, Nuke LaLoosh, and Annie Savoy, I was surprised how much I didn’t know about the film until I spoke with the cast and crew for an oral history about the making of Bull Durham, which can be found at our Sports Illustrated sister site.

As a taste of what you’ll get, here are nine things you probably didn’t know about Ron Shelton’s 1988 baseball classic.

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