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Wednesday
May012013

Bradley Cooper's Ex: 'I Worship Men'

Jonathan Wenk/CBS Films(NEW YORK) -- Following her breakup with Bradley Cooper, actress Zoe Saldana hasn’t given up on love.

“I worship men. Men are Adonises,” the 34-year-old beauty told InStyle UK.

In fact her ideal guy is a strong, sensitive type. “A bada** renegade! A pirate! A pirate who can cry. Oh, my God!” she told the magazine’s June edition.

The star of the upcoming film Star Trek Into Darkness has never confirmed nor denied her relationship with Cooper, though the pair were spotted off and on through 2012.

Instead Saldana prefers keeping her private life, well, private.

“It’s physically hard and it’s so unnatural for me to talk about certain intimate and private areas of my life, that I’m incapable, naturally incapable of saying anything remotely relating to this topic…” she told InStyle. “Literally, I’m sweating.”

She did, however, allude to her heartbreaking split with former fiance entrepreneur Keith Britton after 11 years together.

“When it didn’t work [with Britton] it was heartbreaking for the both of us, but it’s life,” Saldana said, adding that the breakup did not make her bitter about love. “I believe in love because I had it for so long, so I know it’s possible. I’m not one of these people who’s going, ‘Oh, because I was with someone for so long I need to take a break.’ What if love is just around the corner?”

Saldana is also unafraid of a little lust, acknowledging that women may think naughty thoughts even if they don’t talk about them. “We’re very, very filthy too,” she joked to the magazine.

“I’m tired of watching these 50-year-old actors with these 23-year-old actresses and they’re soul mates in the movie. What? [In real life] a 23-year-old would look at a 50-year-old and go, ‘Are you kidding me?!’” she added. “We love plump muscles as much as they do.”

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Sunday
Feb242013

Film Independent Spirit Awards: 'Silver Linings Playbook' Is Big Winner

John Shearer/Getty Images For Piaget(NEW YORK) -- Silver Linings Playbook shone at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, a kind of prelude to Hollywood's biggest awards -- the Oscars, winning four of the honors given to the best of independent films.

The film, which was nominated in five categories, won best picture, best director and best screenplay for David O. Russell, and best actress for Jennifer Lawrence, who also won best actress at the Golden Globes.

Bradley Cooper was also nominated for best actor for his role in the film, but he lost out to John Hawkes for The Sessions.

Helen Hunt, Hawkes' co-star in The Sessions, also won in the best supporting actress category.

The best supporting actor award went to Matthew McConaughey for Magic Mike.

The Spirit Awards “celebrates artist-driven filmmaking and recognizes the finest achievements of today's independent filmmakers," according to the Film Independent website.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards were first given out in 1984, which were known as the FINDIE Awards (Friends of Independents). The awards were later renamed as Independent Spirit Awards in 1986.

Saturday Night Live cast member Andy Samberg was this year's host.

Unlike other award shows, the Film Independent Spirit Awards ceremony is a luncheon event in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, Calif., but the winners were not announced until after the ceremony aired Saturday on IFC at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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Tuesday
Jan292013

Bradley Cooper Not Playing Lance Armstrong in Movie

Theo Wargo/WireImage for Tommy Hilfiger(LOS ANGELES) -- Bradley Cooper is putting to rest reports that he wants to portray Lance Armstrong on the big screen in a new J.J. Abrams-directed film.

In an interview with Access Hollywood, the Silver Linings Playbook star exclaimed, "Oh my God, that’s so nuts," when asked about reports he was interested in portraying the disgraced cyclist.

Cooper then explained how the report got started.

“I was in Manchester [England], doing the BBC morning show and the guy out of the blue -- we were talking about Silver Linings Playbook -- and he says, 'Oh, what about Lance Armstrong, would you want to play him?'  I had no idea what he was talking about.  I mean, I know who Lance Armstrong is, but it's like he was asking a random question.  'Do you like a yellow coat?'  You know what I mean: 'Yea, that would be great.  What a fascinating character.'  That's it.  Done." 

Cooper says the story exploded after that, adding, "I didn’t even know that J.J. [Abrams] has the rights."

Initially, the BBC reported that the Oscar-nominated actor expressed interest in playing Armstrong and quoted him as saying, "I remember Matt Damon was going to do his autobiography at one point years ago.  I remember thinking, that would be a great character, I'd love to play that character.  I would love to do something, I think he's pretty fascinating."

Armstrong recently admitted in a two-part interview with Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs.  Armstrong has been stripped of his Tour de France titles and banned from the sport.

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Wednesday
Jan232013

Bradley Cooper Interested in Playing Lance Armstrong on Big Screen

Theo Wargo/WireImage for Tommy Hilfiger(LONDON) -- It was reported last week that J.J. Abrams is developing a movie about Lance Armstrong.  Abrams may want to consider Bradley Cooper for the lead role.

In an interview with the BBC, the Oscar-nominated actor expresses interest in playing the disgraced cyclist on the big screen.

He says, "I remember Matt Damon was going to do his autobiography at one point years ago.  I remember thinking, that would be a great character, I'd love to play that character.  I would love to do something, I think he's pretty fascinating."

Cooper says he has not been approached about the role.

Armstrong admitted to Oprah Winfrey last week that he won his Tour de France titles while using performance-enhancing drugs.  The titles were stripped from him last fall.

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Thursday
Nov082012

Bradley Cooper on New Film, Almost Turning Down "People's" 'Sexiest Man Alive' Title

Theo Wargo/WireImage for Tommy Hilfiger(NEW YORK) -- Odds are you know Bradley Cooper from his work in comedies like Wedding Crashers and The Hangover movies, but it was a long time coming before Cooper became a household Hollywood name.

"For me, Hangover was a huge shift in terms of being recognized more and having more opportunity," he said. "But the truth is, that it has been such a slow, incremental growth for me in this business."

While you can see Cooper now on magazine covers, or squiring stunning actresses in the tabloids, or promoting his movies in Paris while speaking French, this son of a stockbroker was raised with his sister outside of Philadelphia and didn't start acting until he attended Georgetown University. And he wasn't ticketed for the celebrity A-list.

"I never walked through my life being like, having to deal with 'Oh, he's just too good looking,'" Cooper said. "Sack Lodge [his character in Wedding Crashers] was not the handsome a--hole. A lot of the feedback was 'Bradley, you're such a nice guy. No edge. You've got no edge.' I was really bummed out by that."

In fact, Cooper's first reoccurring Hollywood role was alongside Jennifer Garner as Sydney in the hit TV drama Alias, in 2002. He was Will Tippin, a reporter who investigates Sydney's fiancé's death.

Back then, Cooper said he would read online comments on Alias fan message boards and even now, he hasn't forgotten what they said.

"'Who is this guy? He needs to take a shower,' and 'God, please don't let Sydney wind up with him,' and I was like, 'Oh my God,'" Cooper said. "Next thing you know, the New York Times does an article about the impact of message boards and cites my character as being a hated character, and I literally thought the world is going to end. It was incredible."

Now a decade later, 37-year-old Cooper is going deep, starring alongside Jennifer Lawrence of Hunger Games fame, in what could be career-altering roles for both of them, in David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook. Cooper plays Pat Solitano, a former teacher who moves back in with his parents after an eight-month stint in a mental institution. It's a part Cooper said he nearly spurned.

"I am from Philly. I'm Italian and Irish. I'm a huge Eagles fan, and [my character's] parents are like my parents in many ways, but I thought, 'I'm not right for this,'" he said. "I just got terrified. I never really had to cry on film, I've never had to do that."

Cooper does that, and a lot more, as Pat Solitano tries to win back his wife and jousts with his father, played by Robert DeNiro, who wanted to bring this story even closer to home for Cooper.

"[DeNiro] goes, 'What do you think about, maybe your mom should play your mom. I'm going to talk to David,'" Cooper said. "Which was literally, would have literally halted the movie. I'm sorry mom, but it was intense."

The film is being buzzed about for end-of-the-year awards and such, but to some, Cooper is already enjoying the ultimate acclaim: While shooting the movie, he was named People magazine's "Sexist Man Alive" for 2011. His crowning spawned outrage from devastated Ryan Gosling fans, and protesters even picketed the magazine's offices in New York City.

"It was brutal," Cooper said. "I really did think it was joke. I thought Dax Shepard [Cooper's friend and star of the TV series, Parenthood] did it. Then I thought, 'People aren't going to like that.' I really thought that. I thought, 'This isn't a good thing,' and I went, 'Do I have to do it? Can I say no?' They're like, yeah, you could, but be thankful,' and I said OK, OK."

 

Despite the controversy it raised, Cooper joked he petitioned to make the "Sexiest Man Alive" title a two-year reign.

"That's what I was hoping for," he said. "Like Bloomberg. I just feel like, why not? I think honestly it makes everyone feel better that, 'If this guy is the sexiest, then I am doing well.'"

Cooper's unexpected stature in this unlikely career has even more improbable origin. When Cooper saw that a student from his private high school in Philadelphia had gotten into Georgetown, he decided to follow her there.

"It was a pipe dream," he said.

He was rejected at first, but a year later, he tried again, and got in.

"I just couldn't believe it," Cooper said. "It was a huge thing. It was a huge lesson of don't give up."

His time at Georgetown would lead him to his life's ambition, acting, and to a blessing of sorts from his once-skeptical father, who died last year.

"When he saw my thesis, which was The Elephant Man, afterwards, he sort of hugged me and was crying, and he was like, 'You got to do this for your living,'" Cooper said. "I saw this switch happen... it was awesome. It was amazing, yeah, it was incredible."

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Friday
Jun222012

Are Bradley Cooper and Scarlett Johansson Getting Close Again?

Theo Wargo/WireImage for Tommy Hilfiger(LOS ANGELES) -- Scarlett Johansson and Bradley Cooper appear to be getting close again, according to Life & Style.  The pair was spotted dining together at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air in L.A. on June 11.

Johansson has been dating advertising executive Nate Taylor since last September but was linked with Cooper just a few month earlier.  An insider claims Cooper became smitten with Johansson on the set of He's Just Not That Into You in 2009.

On another recent date, an onlooker said of the reconciled couple, “They were laughing and looked really comfortable together."

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Friday
May112012

More Stars Join Campaign to Support Returning Military Veterans

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The latest stars to get behind the Got Your Six campaign, in support of military veterans are Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael Douglas, Brian Williams, Tom Hanks, Alex Baldwin and Bradley Cooper.  All are featured in a new pubic service announcement, reports E!

The campaign intends to bridge the divide between military and civilian life for veterans.  Inspiration for the cause came from first lady Michelle Obama’s Joining Forces campaign, which in turn was created with support from the Clinton Global initiative.  Numerous celebrities have signed up to lend their support.

In a statement released Wednesday, the first lady said, “The entertainment industry captures our imaginations, opens our eyes and touches our hearts, and I’m proud to work with them on Joining Forces initiative.”

More information can be found at gotyour6.org.

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Tuesday
Feb282012

Oscars Telecast Spurs Twitter Accounts for Jolie's Leg, J-Lo's Nipple

SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Angelina Jolie's leg is relishing its 15 minutes of fame after it caught the attention of millions of Oscar viewers on Sunday night.

The actress wore a black dress featuring a split by her right leg, which was prominently showing when she presented an award.

It got a lot of people talking, so much so that someone created a Twitter account called "Angelina Jolie's Leg," which had nearly 20,000 followers as of Monday evening.

The tweets have been mostly innocuous, like "You have to admit I'm one hell of a leg" and "Left leg and I talked -- everything's cool. Next Oscars, she gets the slit."

The Twitter handle is @AngiesRightLeg, if you want to keep tabs on the "leg."

And that's not the only new Twitter account that was inspired by a celebrity's physical appearance at the Oscars.  After Jennifer Lopez's alleged nipple slip, the Twitter account @JLosNipple was created.  Two new accounts dedicated to Bradley Cooper's moustache were also created: @CoopersMustache and @BradleysStache.

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Thursday
Dec292011

Are Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana Dating?

Theo Wargo/WireImage for Tommy Hilfiger(LOS ANGELES) -- Bradley Cooper, who is People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2011, and Avatar actress Zoe Saldana are dating, reports E! Online.

Saldana, who recently wrapped up filming The Words with Cooper, as recently as a month ago denied that they were anything more than friends.  However, a source told E! Online, "They are totally dating."

Reps for both stars did not return requests by E! for comment.

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Wednesday
Dec072011

Bradley Cooper Calls Ryan Gosling 'The Greatest'

Theo Wargo/WireImage for Tommy Hilfiger(LONDON) -- The backlash from Ryan Gosling fans following the announcement that People’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2011 is Bradley Cooper has been taken a step further -- by Cooper himself.

Speaking on the U.K. television program The Graham Norton Show, Cooper lightheartedly said that when he sees photographs of Gosling, it reminds him just how unsexy he feels.  Cooper said Gosling is “the greatest.”

Cooper recalled that when both actors were in Paris recently, he was looking at photographs of Gosling and felt like "he’s in a photo shoot, like he just came off the runway.”  Cooper added, “There’s [a photo] of me, and I literally look like a neighbor who never really comes out of his house, and when he does, you’re like, ‘maybe you should just stay in.’”

When People magazine made the announcement last month that Cooper was the Sexiest Man Alive in 2011, Gosling fans went to Change.org to show their support for the actor by signing a petition that stated in part that  "People magazine made a huge mistake by choosing Bradley Cooper as the 2011 Sexiest Man Alive. 2011 was clearly the year of Ryan Gosling..."

On living with the title of Sexiest Man Alive, Cooper says, “I have lots of moments where I think ‘I could do that a lot sexier.’”

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