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

October 21, 2013

YellowBrix

"I will have children, whether they come out of me or come to me. ... I'm open to (adopting). I'm definitely open."

Tyra Banks, "America's Next Top Model" host talking to "Access Hollywood Live" about becoming a mother,Gavin: Life wasn't smooth sailing,Gavin MacLeod's new autobiography recounts childhood poverty and loss, alcohol abuse and a brush with suicide, but the man and the book emerge as determinedly upbeat.

"Grateful" is employed frequently in conversation as the affable Gavin reflects on life, his born-again Christian faith and the long acting career that included the major TV hits "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Love Boat."

"That's a big word in my life," said Gavin, who, at 82, has endured two heart attacks yet still looks and sounds energetic enough to set sail. "I'm just so grateful I've had another day, another day, another day, and that my kids are doing so well."

"This is Your Captain Speaking," with a cover photo of MacLeod as Capt. Merrill Stubing in his sparkling white "Love Boat" uniform and smile to match, is a candid look at his ups and downs in love and as an actor, including his unexpected jump from second banana to leading man.

But he is almost invariably kind to the many stars he worked with over the years in film and TV, including Cary Grant and Robert Redford, and the parade of previous-generation performers who came aboard "The Love Boat," including Helen Hayes, Ethel Merman and Cab Calloway.

Gavin, born Allan See in 1931, was raised in the town of Pleasantville, N.Y. His Depression Era-childhood included poverty and a household roiled by his father's bouts of drinking and then death at age 39 from cancer. MacLeod was 13, and the loss hit him hard.

Acting proved his passion and he pursued it in school and then in New York, where he had to cover his prematurely balding head with a toupee -- secondhand, but once worn by a celebrity -- to get work.

In Hollywood in the late 1950s, he found work and met actors who turned into lifelong friends, including Ted Knight, future "Mary Tyler Moore" cast member.

A career slump and sense of failure led to heavy drinking and, one night, a close encounter with death when he nearly drove off a cliff in despair, Gavin recounted. He ended up getting his career back on track and giving up alcohol in 1973.

-- Associated Press,Elle gets heat for Melissa cover

Elle magazine and Melissa McCarthy both insist that they are thrilled with a cover that has the "Bridesmaids" actress bundled up in a cashmere coat, even as critics gripe that the get-up was picked to hide the plus-size star's curves.

Melissa was one of four actresses featured on the fashion mag's "Women of Hollywood" issue. Unlike Melissa, fellow cover gals Penelope Cruz, Shailene Woodley and Reese Witherspoon were shown in more revealing attire.

In a "Good Morning America" segment about the furor surrounding the picture, Melissa's reps insist the star "loves the cover" and even picked out the coat.

For its part, Elle hails its handiwork, claiming Melissa's smokey eyes and femme fatale coiffure were inspired by film noir movies.

"On all of our shoots, our stylists work with the stars to choose pieces they feel good in, and this is no different: Melissa loved this look, and is gorgeous on our cover," a spokeswoman for Elle said in a statement. "We are thrilled to honor her as one of our Women in Hollywood this year."

TheWrap reached out to Melissa's team for comment, but they have yet to respond.

Some critics were unconvinced that Elle was embracing Melissa's fulsome figure, commenting that the coat left an awful lot to the imagination.

"Perhaps photographer Thomas Whiteside only knows how to photograph the usual stick-insect models, because he clearly has no clue how to highlight McCarthy's curves," June Thomas wrote on Slate.

Rex Reed, who got into a whole lot of hot water for comparing Melissa to a "female hippo" and calling her "tractor sized" in a review of "Identity Thief," has yet to weigh in, but we've reached out to him for comment.

-- The Wrap,Is Steve Martin making new movies? He's so funny but doesn't seem to do much. -- D.S.

The comic is voicing a role in the animated film "Home," along with Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna; it's due for release next November.

What happened to Kevin James? Is he still acting? -- K.V.

Yes, Kevin was in the recent "Grown Ups 2" and stars in the upcoming comedy drama "Little Boy," and a remake of the classic "Harvey" set to go into production.

I just read that "Remington Steele" is coming back to TV. I remember that series and liked it. Is Pierce Brosnan coming back, too? -- N.G.

No, the new version of the 1980s NBC detective series that launched Pierce's career in the United States is in development at the network but is focused on the daughter of Pierce's and Stephanie Zimbalist's characters. Unlike the original, which was an hourlong drama, the new series is being developed as a half-hour comedy. But it's not impossible that Pierce could make an appearance.

-- Robin Adams Sloan, King Features Syndicate,Chef Ramsay: I spy ... on my daughter

TV superchef Gordon Ramsay used a Go-Pro camera to snoop on his 15-year-old daughter in her bedroom, he has confessed.

The British cook revealed he asked 13-year-old son Jack to hook up the gadget in Megan's chamber so he could make sure she was studying for upcoming exams.

Speaking to Jonathan Ross on his ITV chat show, the Michelin- starred gourmet said Megan had been spending "a lot of time in her bedroom revising" with her boyfriend.

But, alluding to the fact that despite many hours of prep work her results weren't entirely up to scratch, 46-year-old Gordon then dropped the news of his surveillance.

"I've been a bit naughty over the last couple of weeks, because I got Jack a little Go-Pro. One of those little secret cameras," he said.

"So, I said to him, 'Look mate, here's 20 quid, go and target your big sister's room and put that camera right at the top left- hand side of the wardrobe,e_SSRq" he added.

There's no word yet on how Megan, who was in the audience with her beau for the interview, has reacted to the startling news.

-- New York Daily News,Snoop redoes name again

Forget all about Snoop Lion, and get excited for Snoopzilla. Earlier this year, Snoop Dogg released a reggae album under new moniker Snoop Lion, which traded the menacing gangster rap that made him a superstar for a rasta-inspired patois. The album, "Reincarnated," and its companion documentary opened to mixed reaction, with a few critics writing it off as a gimmick.

Now the iconic, multiplatinum rapper continues his inescapable pop-culture dominance (Hot Pocket commercials! Merchandise! Daytime soap guest appearances!) by adding yet another nickname to his arsenal: Snoopzilla.

Like Snoop Lion, the new alter ego is being introduced to roll out a new project.

This time, Snoop is trying out a genre that's more familiar: funk music. Snoopzilla teamed with Dam-Funk to form 7 Days of Funk, and the duo is prepping a self-titled album set for release Dec. 10. -- Los Angeles Times

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