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Jai Courtney Graces the Cover of MANHATTAN Magazine

The December issue of MANHATTAN Magazine features Jai Courtney, the Australian actor of Divergent fame. In the issue Courtney addresses various struggles he faced as an actor starting out and how he found his path to success. He also talks about his upcoming projects, such as his role in the Terminator reboot. Watch the set video below, and check out a few select quotes from the interview.

On his epiphany during his first job cleaning camping equipment that he wanted to pursue acting:

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Real Housewives' Star Sonja Morgan Celebrates the Launch of Her Clothing Line

This past Wednesday, Sonja Morgan of the Real Housewives of New York hosted a private soiree in the heart of Manhattan to celebrate the launch of her new clothing line. As the cover model of the Latina Magazine's "Anniversary Issue," she has much to celebrate. As Sonja’s floor length gown trailed behind her, she was all smiles as she greeted friends walking through the door. She also debuted her new boy toy, a young male model who easily turned a few heads himself. Kristin Taekman, also of the reality shows success, was present to support her friend as she donned one of her own creations. Other partygoers included former White House periodontist Dr. Nicholas Toscano, celebrity caterer Andrea Correale, Seriously Funny Gowns founder Jody Barrett and actress Leesa Rowland.

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Melissa Rivers Breaks Her Silence About Joan

After losing her mother unexpectedly in September, Melissa Rivers broker her silence and spoke publicly about her late mother at The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Women in Entertainment breakfast.

Before Melissa took the stage to remember her mother, comedian Sarah Silverman introduced a video clip package of the late comedian and shared some of her thoughts about her. “At 81 she lived a life that could jam pack ten lifetimes, but she wasn't done, she left us unfinished,” Silverman said.

Melissa then spoke about her late mother saying, “My mother was fearless. And I don't mean she didn't have any fears, I mean that even though she was only 5'2, she stood tall and walked through it. And that's what made her such a brilliant performer.”

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Amy Schumer to Host the 2015 MTV Movie Awards

It was announced last night that comedian Amy Schumer will be hosting the 2015 MTV Movie Awards which are set to take place on April 12th at 9pm live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.

Schumer took over all of MTV’s social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Tumblr and Snapchat teasing fans with the big announcement. The comedian said in a statement, “I am honored to be hosting the awards. I will carry the audience with me like a teen mom #breaktheinternet #breakmywater.”

She is best known for her Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer which is set to have its third season premiere in April 2015.

The nominees for the 2015 MTV Movie Awards are set to be announced at a later date.

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'King of Instagram' Dan Bilzerian Arrested at LAX

Internet celeb Dan Bilzerian was arrested at LAX on Tuesday December 9th for allegedly stockpiling the components needed to make a bomb. TMZ has learned that Bilzerian has in his possession ammonium, aluminum powder, and ammonium nitrate mix - ingredients that when combined can act like "pure TNT."

According to documents, a warrant was issued for Bilzerian in connection with explosives possession over a month ago, but remained confidential preceding his arrest. He was released from police custody on Wednesday afternoon, with charges still to be determined.

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Golden Globes Nominees Announced


This morning, the Golden Globe nominees were announced by Kate Beckinsale, Paula Patton, Peter Krause, and Jeremy Piven. The long list of nominees includes breakout TV hits like Fargo and True Detective, along with a whole lot of love for films like Birdman and The Theory of Everything. With a few notable snubs (poor Mad Men and Parenthood), this years crop of nominees is brimming with talented stars and the phenomenal films and TV shows they made this year.

The winners of the coveted Golden Globe awards will be announced on January 11th, when America's BFF's Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host the awards ceremony. Without further ado, here are your nominees, per Vanity Fair.

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Angelina Jolie Slammed by Sony Producer

Sony is not having a very good week. After several of Sony Pictures films were leaked, many of the company’s in-house emails were also revealed to the public. One particular email thread, between producer Scott Rudin and Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal, is making waves. The thread contains several nasty accusations about Angelina Jolie and reveals the drama behind the Steve Jobs biopic Jobs.

The emails seem to center on Pascal and Rudin wanting David Fincher to direct the biopic, but finding it difficult to nab him due to Jolie wanting him to direct her Cleopatra reboot. In the emails Rudin warned Pascal to "SHUT ANGIE DOWN BEFORE SHE MAKES IT VERY HARD FOR DAVID TO DO JOBS." Pascal did not take kindly to the threat and the email thread exploded from there, with the co-chair telling Rudin, "do not f--king threaten me."

And while the two lobbied insults at each other, Jolie receives the brunt of the scorn from the execs. Rudin continued to complain about "the insanity and rampaging spoiled ego of [Angelina Jolie]," referring to her as a "minimally talented spoiled brat."

Jolie wasn't the only celeb discussed in the emails though. Michael Fassbender's, ahem, body of work is mentioned and Rudin calls producer Megan Ellison a "bipolar 28-year-old lunatic." At one point Pascal, after enduring countless email-fits from Rudin, simply writes back, "Why are u punishing me."

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Disney Pixar Releases The First Full Length Trailer for Inside Out

Disney Pixar is about to add another name to their ever growing collection of brilliant animated classics. Inside Out, directed by Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up), literally takes us inside the mind of an 11 year old girl as she sets out to face the rugged terrain of growing up.

Starring Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black, Diane Lane, and Kyle MacLachlan, the film opens in theaters on June 19th, 2015. And if there’s any telling from the creative, humorous, intriguing premise, it will be another great Pixar film to join the books.

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Feast Your Eyes On These Celebrity Vacation Pics

Thailand

Check out this traveling twosome: looks like Jessica Alba made the "jump" over to Asia with her bestie, Lauren Anderson.

Jump for joy! #Thailand w my #BFF @lauren_andersen 👯🙌👙🌊☀️

Une photo publiée par Jessica Alba (@jessicaalba) leNov. 11, 2014 at 10:45 PST

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Our 10 Favorite Holiday Movies

We've entered December, which means we can finally give into our desire to watch Christmas movies nonstop. It can be nearly impossible to decide what holiday classic to watch when there are just so many. So when it comes time to snuggle up on the couch and surrender to that Christmas movie marathon keep these 10 films in mind.

1. The Santa Claus: Tim Allen plays Scott Calvin, a man who unwittingly takes over the role of Santa Claus after the man in red falls off his roof. What follows is a story with humor and heart, and whole lot of magic. There are few Christmas movies that are completely watchable all year long - this is definitely one of them. And despite coming out 20 years ago the film still feels completely timeless. Oh, and a quick word of advice: avoid the sequels. No good will come of watching those.

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'The Last Five Years' Trailer is Released

The trailer for The Last Five Years has finally hit the internet and people that love Anna Kendrick and musicals will not be disappointed.

The film, based off of the Jason Robert Brown musical, samples many songs from the musical in the trailer which shows Cathy (Kendrick) telling the story of her relationship with Jamie (Jeremy Jordan) from end to beginning and Jamie telling it the other way around.

The film, directed by Richard LaGravenese, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. It will be released in theaters on February 13th.