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SINCE YOU ASKED [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

September 30, 2013


"I've always thought about shaving my head. ... I don't think my husband (musician Ryan Adams) would object to it! ... I think he'd think it'd probably be pretty punk!"

Mandy Moore, to People magazine,Joseph G-L: I have a secret girlfriend!,Joseph Gordon-Levitt may be playing a porn-addicted ladies' man in "Don Jon" -- a film he wrote, directed and stars in - - but the actor says he isn't as much of a Don Juan in real life.

Speaking to Howard Stern in a lengthy radio interview last week, the winsome "Dark Knight Rises" star talked comfortably about his sexually charged film, but seemed a bit uncomfortable when it came to talking about his own love life and the mystery woman he's dating.

"I have a girlfriend, but I tend not to really like to talk about it in public," Joseph said. "She is not in show business."

The 32-year-old actor refused to reveal his lady love's name, or how long they've been dating, but explained that she doesn't want to be a part of his Hollywood life.

"You can imagine not wanting to have that kind of scrutiny," he said.

The "Brick" actor also said that the preference to date quietly might have started when he was younger and in college at Columbia University. He explained that he had "a bit of a phobia" about getting attention from girls because of his acting career.

But, perhaps more like his Don Jon, Joseph also said he's "quick to run" from long-term relationships and possibly marriage altogether.

"I think I'm a good person and a good boyfriend," he told Howard. "I think I could partner up with a woman and commit to, like, raising a family."

-- New York Daily News,Katie: 'I'm having a great time' in NYC

You know you're a New Yorker for real when you can brag about having eaten one of the city's most-hyped foods.

"I tried the Cronut. I went to the San Gennaro festival (in Little Italy) last Wednesday -- after hot yoga -- and they were doing Cronuts. And they were phenomenal," sighs Katie Holmes, referring to the croissant-doughnut hybrid that's been sweeping the city.

Katie, 34, moved to Manhattan after announcing her split from Tom Cruise in June 2012. Now, she has become one of the city's most covered residents, photographed on a near-daily basis taking her daughter, Suri, 7, to school or out to playgrounds. She's something of an enigma: often seen out in public, at fashion shows or industry parties, but doing barely any press and never discussing her former marriage. And despite some brushes with rude paparazzi, Katie loves living here.

"I'm having a great time. I like to put on my headphones and take long walks. I like to go to the park with my little one. I like to go out for ice cream with her," she says.

This week, it's about charity: Katie stopped by a Feeding America event sponsored by Hellman's mayonnaise, featuring what was billed as the world's longest picnic table overlooking the Hudson River.

"It's a wonderful thing. Donating a million meals -- I support things like this that help people. It's a beautiful day. I love Mario Batali. I ate at Babbo last night," she says, of the famed chef who's active in hunger causes.

She also has finished two films, "Mania Days" and "Miss Meadows," works on her clothing line Holmes & Yang, and is the face of Bobbi Brown cosmetics. Plus, she's trying to be more active in her downtown kitchen. "I love food. I'm working on being a better cook. I flourish at pancakes. I do sea bass, too. Every little thing I do, I take a thousand pictures and send them to my older siblings. 'See, I can do it, too,' " she says.

-- Associated Press,What is that handsome actor Orlando Bloom doing now? -- N.D.

The English actor is onstage in New York City in a new version of the classic "Romeo and Juliet." But he also is appearing on film, in the upcoming thriller "Zulu," with Forest Whitaker; in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," due out in December; in "The Hobbit: There and Back Again," due out in December 2014; and in the drama "Cities," set to go into production after his New York stage stint.

Whatever happened to the "Entourage" movie? It was my favorite show, and I thought the movie was supposed to be out by now. What's happening? -- K.H.

The film was supposed to go into production in May, but, apparently, deals with the actors, including star Adrian Grenier, haven't been concluded yet. It's still in the works, but there isn't a specific start date at this time.

I think "The Newsroom" is such a good show. Is it coming back next year? -- P.K.

HBO announced the series has been renewed for season 3. Star Jeff Daniels tweeted the update -- beating the network on the news. Jeff won the Emmy for best actor in a drama in his role on the show.

-- Robin Adams Sloan, King Features Syndicate,Firm sues Four Tops

A Detroit-area law firm has filed suit against the Four Tops, claiming the singing group owes it $109,000 in legal fees.

Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton filed the lawsuit in Oakland County Circuit Court.

According to The Detroit News, the Southfield firm says it has provided legal services on behalf of the Four Tops, but the group failed to pay an outstanding balance of $109,156.73.

A Four Tops spokesman said he had no comment.

The group was a key member of the Motown Records family of artists during the Detroit label's 1960s heyday. Abdul "Duke" Fakir is the only original member still with the group. He's named in the suit.

The Four Tops' hits include "Reach Out, I'll Be There" and "Baby I Need Your Loving."

-- Associated Press,Hamm on vocal cords: 'I'm fine'

Jon Hamm says he's "fine" despite an upcoming procedure to remove a polyp on his vocal cord.

"It's a simple injury," said a raspy sounding Jon. "Something that develops on your vocal cord from overuse because I talk a lot."

"Other than that, believe it or not, I'm healthy as a horse. Hoarse, get it?" he joked.

Jon's publicist Erica Gray said he will undergo a routine outpatient procedure.

The condition hasn't slowed down the 42-year-old "Mad Men" star who was nominated for best actor at this year's Emmy Awards. Jon lost to Jeff Daniels of the HBO drama "Newsroom."

Ever the good sport, Jon and actress Amy Poehler decided to throw a party for Emmy losers. To gain entry, winners were required to leave their trophies at the door and make a $1,000 donation to charity.

-- AP

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