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

June 17, 2013

YellowBrix

"The reality is I gained, like, 40 pounds when I was going to MTV, and I didn't want to be fat on national television. I just stopped."

Pittsburgh rapper MAC MILLER tells MTV why he gave up "syrup," an addictive mixture of soft drinks and prescription cough medicine,Icons fear Hollywood implosion,George Lucas and Steven Spielberg sense a great disturbance in the Force.

The Hollywood heavyweights predicted an upcoming "implosion" that will alter the landscape of the film industry, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Escalating film budgets for tent-poles and rising ticket prices will lead to a doomsday scenario that will virtually eliminate the opportunity to make certain films, Steven prognosticated.

"That's the big danger, and there's eventually going to be an implosion -- or a big meltdown," Steven told an audience June 12 at the official opening of a new building at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

"There's going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen megabudget movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and that's going to change the paradigm."

"You're gonna have to pay $25 for the next 'Iron Man,' you're probably only going to have to pay $7 to see 'Lincoln,'"

There are signs that the gloomy forecast isn't all that fantastical: Disney announced last year that it lost $200 million when "John Carter" flopped.

George, who was also on hand for the ceremony, lamented the spiralling cost of releasing movies -- even for the guy who created "Star Wars," arguably the movie that spawned the culture of blockbusters.

"I think eventually the 'Lincolns' will go away and they're going to be on television," George said, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Steven interjected that "Lincoln" almost did become an HBO movie because of tepid studio interest in bringing a dialogue-driven period drama to the big screen.

"We're talking 'Lincoln' and 'Red Tails' -- we barely got them into theaters," George said, referring to the movie he produced early last year about the Tuskegee Airmen. "You're talking about Steven Spielberg and George Lucas can't get their movie into a theater."

-- New York Daily News,Brit pop star makes move to Nashville

Music City has snared another star: Ed Sheeran.

The British singer-songwriter turned pop star says he moved to Nashville in February, settling just outside of town in a rural area.

Ed said he wanted to live somewhere that incorporates a lot of music, has a lot of countryside and a relaxed atmosphere -- and isn't filled with rude people.

"And Nashville is full of very, very nice people," the 22-year- old said.

Always home to most of country music's top stars, figures from the pop and rock world have also fallen for the city's charms. Jack White and The Black Keys moved to Nashville in the last few years. Sheryl Crow calls it home now. And Ed can hang out with good friend Taylor Swift.

Like those artists, Ed feels comfortable walking the streets.

Unlike Los Angeles and New York, Nashville doesn't have paparazzi on the lookout for celebs, and most folks in town can have lunch in a public restaurant and be left alone.

"I don't think people really care in Nashville," Ed said. "Even if they knew who you were, I don't think they'd care. They'd just be like, 'Eh.'"

Ed said his new home reminds him of Framlingham, a rural area in England where he grew up before moving to London. And "The A Team" singer said settling in the U.S. made sense, given his growing popularity here.

He recently performed at the Grammy Awards with Elton John, released a video with Taylor for her song "Everything Has Changed" and was at the CMT Music Awards last week to introduce Lady Antebellum.

"I love America," Ed said on the CMT red carpet. "I've been here for a long time, though. So I'd like to get back to England at some point. I've been in America since early January 2012 mostly. I'd say 90 percent in America since January 2012. Long time."

-- Associated Press,I think actor Mandy Patinkin is really good. Is he doing anything while "Homeland" is on break? -- N.L.

He's shooting the drama "American Pastoral" and is set to play Zach Braff's character's father in the film Zach is directing, "Wish I Was Here." And he'll be back on "Homeland" when its next season debuts, on Sept. 29.

What is that handsome actor Chris Hemsworth doing next? -- A.F.

The Australian co-stars next in "Rush," the story of Formula 1 driver Niki Lauda's 1976 accident and rivalry with driver James Hunt (played by Chris), due out in September; stars in the sequel "Thor: The Dark World," due out in November; and is shooting the thriller "Cyber," with Viola Davis. He goes next into the drama "In the Heart of the Sea" and two sequels, "Snow White and the Huntsman 2" and "The Avengers 2."

-- Robin Adams Sloan, King Features Syndicate,Not in costume, but still a hero

Robert Downey Jr. may not be a real superhero, but he sure acted like one for a little Massachusetts boy.

Heather Denno took her 1 1/2-year-old son, Jaxson, to watch filming for the movie "The Judge," starring Downey, in her hometown of Sunderland, Mass., this week.

Robert, star of the "Iron Man" movies, spotted the little boy and went over to say hello.

Heather told Jaxson that Robert was "Iron Man."

Confused because of the lack of the trademark metallic red and gold suit, Jaxson burst into tears.

The actor put a comforting hand on the boy and calmed him.

Heather tells The Boston Globe that Robert was "sweet and nurturing," and she could tell he's a dad.

-- AP

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