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Kirk Cameron Didn’t Learn Homophobia From His ‘Growing Pains’ Family

In a recent appearance on Piers Morgan Tonight, Kirk Cameron condemned homosexuality, calling it “unnatural” and “destructive to… civilization.”

Cameron certainly didn’t pick that up from the Seavers. His former TV parents, Alan Thicke and Joanna Kerns, are outspoken supporters of gay rights, as are Growing Pains siblings Tracy Gold and Leonardo DiCaprio. Gold responded to Cameron’s statements on Twitter:

Thicke has also used Twitter to respond to his former TV son’s anti-gay statements. And he’s been having some fun with it:

Senior Citizen Photog Down But Not Out of Celeb Paparazzi Game

It’s been three years, Hollywood paparazzo E.L. Woody tells CNN, since he sold a celebrity photo for $10,000. The picture was of Shia Labeouf, at a price tag that still pales compared to the glory days of six-figure and even sometimes seven-figure licensing deals.

Another problem with today’s paparazzi trenches, Woody suggests, is that illegal immigrants have jumped into the game, selling their digital snaps for next to nothing. Nevertheless, the 65-year-old veteran says his kind will always be a part of the Hollywood media fabric:

“Celebrities have to have the photogs. It feeds the ego. Every flash, every click feeds their careers,” he says. “It feeds the supernova of fame…”

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LA Confidential Calibrates Clint Eastwood LACMA Tribute

Another awards season march for Clint Eastwood is set to begin this week with Thursday’s AFIFest premiere of his latest directorial effort J. Edgar and Saturday’s Art + Film gala at LACMA. The 81-year-old maestro is also this week participating in special DGA and SAG member screenings of his latest effort.

Ahead of the LACMA event, which will also honor artist John Baldasseri, LA Confidential magazine has shared a Q&A primer conducted by event co-chair (and museum trustee) Eva Chow with gala organizer Michael Govan. Govan makes a surprising revelation about the museum’s ongoing endowments:

”In the last ten years, while our donations have grown, the one category we’ve had almost no donations to has been film. But I don’t think that’s because there’s no interest, and I don’t think it’s because there’s no generosity in this city—I think it’s just never been focused.”

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Michelle Williams Receives Ringing Marilyn Monroe Endorsement

Film awards watchers are buzzing about Michelle Williams‘ Best Actress win last night at the Hollywood Film Festival. Not so much because of the award itself, but rather as a result of the person who presented it to her.

Per the Hollywood Reporter‘s Scott Feinberg (and others), Don Murray—Monroe’s co-star in the 1956 romantic comedy Bus Stop (pictured)–drove down from Santa Barbara with his wife to make the presentation at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Since the Williams film, My Week with Marilyn, is set during the time that Murray worked with Monroe, his evaluation of Williams’ performance is in many ways the only one that counts. Said the 82-year-old Oscar nominee from the podium:

“She [Williams] created some moments that were so intimately familiar to me because I spent 14 weeks with Marilyn… I know that Michelle studied everything — read every book she could find — about Marilyn… and the amazing thing is that there is not one thing in that film that is not truthful… it was just a revelation… she holds the mirror up to nature and she gets into acting that is beyond acting, that is being… Michelle’s performance made me appreciate Marilyn.” Afterwards, in the green room, he reiterated to me: “She nailed it.”

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Bollywood Superstar Blogs About Gatsby

Overseas, the big media news involving the 2012 Warner Bros. remake of The Great Gatsby has nothing to do with Leonardo DiCaprio or Tobey Maguire. Rather, it involves Bollywood film superstar Amitabh Bachchan (pictured) and what will amount to the actor’s first-ever Hollywood film appearance.

A titan of India’s movie industry, Bachchan has agreed to play the one-scene role of Meyer Wolfsheim, for free. On his blog, he describes how casually the whole thing came about:

Baz Luhrmann during his private visit to India last year, had dropped by my office to meet me and presented me with some paintings of a prominent painter that was accompanying him. He called last month and wondered if I would do this small role in his film and I agreed. It is a gesture. I have refused any remuneration on this too.

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Readers React to Clint Eastwood J. Edgar Comments

Wall Street Journal contributor Michael Judge is the latest journalist to make the pilgrimage to Carmel, California to chat with former mayor Clint Eastwood. He does a nice job of painting the picture of what it’s like to sit down with the 80-year-old Hollywood icon on the actor’s home turf.

In the comments section, several readers debate Eastwood’s declaration that his upcoming biopic of J. Edgar Hoover starring Leonardo DiCaprio will not really address allegations that the FBI chief was a closeted homosexual and cross-dresser. While some comments reflect disappointment and surprise that this would be the case with a screenplay written by Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk), others like Sally Wilson applaud the non-salacious focus:

Many years ago my spouse pleaded with Richard Pryor concerning a planned biographical film on the legendary Charlie Parker. To make his point he sent Pryor a tape of varied musicians of the thirties and forties to show… that the curse of drugs and racism though existent in Parker’s life was not the essence of his genius and his demons. Pryor did not produce the story.

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2010′s Best And Worst Men’s Magazine Cover Subjects

On Monday FishbowlNY reported that Lady Gaga was 2010’s leading cover girl for monthly and biweekly magazines.  Although Gaga was everywhere last year, there were some other celebs that held their own while gracing the covers of men’s magazines.  Top male titles GQ, Details, Esquire, Men’s Journal, and Men’s Health featured a smorgasbord of A-listers that went either boom or bust at newsstands in 2010.  Here’s the scorecard (all results are courtesy of the Audit Bureau of Circulations Rapid Report):

GQ’s top-selling cover went to Rihanna who posed topless for the January issue.  Funnymen Tracy Morgan, Paul Rudd, and Zach Galifianakis each had a separate GQ cover in August and sold the second most copies for the year.  Apparently GQ readers are firmly on board with Team Edward because Taylor Lautner’s July issue was the lowest seller of 2010.

Twilight leading man Robert Pattinson was plastered on the cover of Details 10th anniversary issue in March – the year’s bestseller.  Mad Men’s Jon Hamm was not as fortunate as his October cover was Details least successful issue through November.

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Rebecca Keegan’s First Exclusive

Newly minted LA Times film writer Rebecca Keegan is off to a good start. After her item on the seemingly rare availability of the original Tron DVD got picked up by several fan boy blogs, she checks in today with a Hero Complex Q&A with departed Twilight auteur Catherine Hardwicke.

The trick these days with any big movie is to get to the writer and-or director before the cavalcade of set visit journalists and long-lead time magazine correspondents publish as well. Keegan does this with Hardwicke, ahead of next spring’s Warner Bros. revamp of Red Riding Hood, and right off the bat has some interesting info.

Apparently, says Hardwicke, it all started with Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Carlos, the Awards Season Terrorist

While many LA film journalists scoff privately at the mercenary aspects of the Hollywood Movie Awards, set for Monday, October 25th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, few are willing to state these same opinions publicly. So thank goodness for David Poland.

In a tart take-down of the annual event shared earlier this week, Poland – who once served as an Advisory Board member for the ceremony – marvels at the way Hollywood Film Festival founder Carlos de Abreu (pictured) is able to bilk the studios for talent, sponsored table money and silent subservience.

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Lunch: Glenn Close Talks Fatal Attraction

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— DIANE CLEHANE

I love when the stars align just right on a Wednesday at Michael’s, and I get to chat with a star I’ve always admired. I hit the jackpot today when I spotted Glenn Close in the dining room. Just last week, I’d seen Glenn on Oprah Winfrey‘s Oscar special where she and Michael Douglas did their first joint television interview about Fatal Attraction. “It was great fun,” Glenn, who looked positively radiant, told me. “We’d never done that before and it brought it all back for us.”

I don’t think anyone who saw the iconic thriller (nominated for six Academy Awards, including a best actress nod for Glenn) could ever forget her portrayal of book editor Alex Forrest. While audiences pegged Glenn’s character as a home wrecker and bunny boiler, the actress, after doing tons of research for the part, saw her much differently. “I never thought of her as a villain,” she says. Instead, she viewed the character as an unstable woman driven to madness over an affair gone wrong. Audiences made it the second highest grossing film of 1987, and it became a cautionary tale for men everywhere who thought twice, at least for five minutes, about having that one night stand. “We had no idea we were going to be part of a social phenomenon,” says Glenn, who happened to be lunching with Stanley Jaffe, the film’s producer. “But it was right at the time when there was a lot of feminist anger, and we touched something that was right below the surface.” I’ll say.

I was joined today by Myrna Blyth, who after spending two decades as editor-in-chief of Ladies Home Journal and later launched MORE, is now at the helm of BettyConfidential.com. (Full disclosure: I write a parenting blog for the site). Since launching two years ago, the site, which was co-founded by Deborah Perry Piscione and Shaun Marsh, now ranks seventh in comScore’s top ten in the Beauty/Fashion/Style category and was recently nominated by MIN for editorial excellence for their Best of the Web Awards — competing with Conde Nast and The Daily Beast. “What’s great about being online is that you can talk to women about what they want to talk about when they want to talk about it,” says Myrna. While so many in print are bemoaning the decline of magazines, Myrna doesn’t have time for all the whining: “The web is great. You can’t go backwards and you can’t fight it, so you’ve got to get with it.”

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Today show co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb with Sunny Luciani. The gals ducked out early for their weekly Broadway outing.

2. Michael Fuchs and a blonde mystery gal

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and Paula Zahn

4. Jonathan Wald and The Financial TimesChrystia Freeland. I told Jonathan that his Facebook posts on Sunday had reassured me that Cablevision and WABC-TV would, in fact, come to their senses and restore service so that their 3.1 million viewers could watch the Oscars. “It will be settled in time,” he predicted when things didn’t look good later that afternoon, and lo and behold, the show appeared 13 minutes into the telecast. Whew!

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