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

July 13, 2013


"We realized we'd probably raise more money by doing a show, and it would probably be more fun for us than just writing a check."

Kings of Leon's JARED FOLLOWILL tells the Associated Press that the band, with members from Oklahoma, felt a responsibility to organize a benefit for tornado victims.,Report: Remini breaks with Scientology,Actress Leah Remini is expressing appreciation to fans and others following word of her decision to leave the Church of Scientology.

In a statement issued July 11 by her talent agency, the former "King of Queens" star said she was grateful to the media, her colleagues and fans around the world for their "overwhelmingly positive support."

The statement made no mention of Scientology, and the APA talent and literary agency said Leah had no further comment.

But a person familiar with Leah's decision said the statement referred to her break with the church and public reaction to it.

The person, who wasn't authorized to comment publicly, spoke on condition of anonymity.

A message seeking comment from the Church of Scientology International in Los Angeles was not immediately returned.

Leah has been a longtime member of the church. When she joined CBS' daytime program "The Talk" in 2010 as an original co-host, she told a news conference that she didn't intend to make her religion part of the show.

"I love to make people laugh, entertain them. That other thing is something that is not even part of my discussion," said Leah, who was with "The Talk" for a season.

She co-starred in the freshman sitcom "Family Tools," which ended a brief run this week, and in the 2007-08 comedy "In the Motherhood," and starred opposite Kevin James in the long-running "King of Queens" that aired from 1998-2007.

-- Associated Press,Costner to sell Dakota dream

Hollywood actor Kevin Costner is asking $14 million for 1,000 acres of land he owns near the Old West gambling town of Deadwood in western South Dakota's Black Hills.

The property includes the site of the ill-fated Dunbar casino resort, a $100 million project that would have included a golf course and a steam-powered passenger train. It never materialized.

The listing does not include Kevin's Midnight Star casino and restaurant, the tallest building on Deadwood's Main Street, or the $6 million visitor attraction he owns on the town's north edge called Tatanka: Story of the Bison.

Kevin filmed much of his Academy Award-wining movie "Dances with Wolves" in South Dakota.

"He has a strong sense of loyalty to the area, and it was a hard decision for him," real estate agent Mike Percevich said, adding that it took months for Kevin to make up his mind.

There are separate listings for three pieces of property, with asking prices of $7.4 million, $1.2 million and $5.4 million.

The $7.4 million listing includes the property that at one time was being prepared for the resort. Completed work includes land leveling, parking lots, and water, sewer and storm drains.

"The ground has been prepared for a resort, which was to be called the Dunbar," Percevich said. "Everything's done up there. They were just getting ready to start setting the foundation, and it stopped.

"The kind of money and time that has gone into this is unprecedented," Percevich said. "It's a shame for them, but a definite benefit for the next guy."

Kevin and his brother Dan proposed the construction of the 320- room resort in 1993, shortly after the release of "Dances With Wolves." It was named for Kevin's movie character, Lt. John J. Dunbar. The brothers sunk several million dollars into the project before stopping construction when they could not find enough investors.

"They put far more into it than what they're asking," Percevich said.

-- AP,I just saw "Silver Linings Playbook," and I thought the actress who played the mother was so great. What will she be doing next? -- N.F.

Australian actress Jacki Weaver, who played Bradley Cooper's supportive mother in that Philadelphia-set film and was Oscar nominated for her performance, co-stars next with Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick in the horror film "The Voices"; with Gena Rowlands and Cheyenne Jackson in the drama "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks"; and with Zac Efron in "Parkland," detailing the chaotic scene around the Dallas hospital the day President John F. Kennedy was shot. She stars in the comedy TV movie "The McCarthys" and co-stars in the horror film "Haunt," due out in October. She's set to shoot the comedy drama "Wild Oats" with Maria Bello and the comedy musical "Frank or Francis," and is shooting Woody Allen's next movie, as yet untitled, starring Emma Stone and Colin Firth, which is in production in the South of France.

There's an actor who I think is very interesting, Jeremy Renner. What is he doing next? -- M.P.

Jeremy, who recently took over the lead in the "Bourne" series from Matt Damon, co-stars with Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix in the upcoming drama "The Immigrant," and with Jennifer Lawrence and Christian Bale in the drama "American Hustle," due out in December. He's set to shoot the political drama "Kill the Messenger," and is in discussions for "The Avengers 2" and to repeat opposite Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible 5."

-- Robin Adams Sloan, King Features Syndicate,Judge to Terry: Turn over those Gaga pics!

That's a lotta Gaga.

A Manhattan Federal Court judge has ordered celebrity shutterbug Terry Richardson to hand over a whopping 142,000 pictures he took of Lady Gaga during her 2011 "Monster Ball" tour, New York Daily News' Confidenti@l reports.

Gaga's former assistant Jennifer O'Neill contends the pictures are important evidence in her pending lawsuit against Gaga for overtime money she claims she's owed, because they show how closely she worked with the superstar -- and the crazy hours she put in.

Jennifer, 42, worked for the "Born This Way" singer from 2009 to 2011. She claimed in a 2011 court filing that she is owed $393,000 for 7,168 hours of overtime plus damages.

Gaga, aka Stefani Germanotta, 27, has been fighting the suit and blasted her former PA in a sworn deposition as a "f--ing hood rat who is suing me for money that she didn't earn."

Jennifer's lawyers sought a subpoena to compel Terry to produce candid photos he took of Gaga and their client during the "Monster Ball" tour to support Jennifer's claim she was working around the clock and was at Gaga's "beck and call" the entire time.

Terry had moved to quash the order, claiming the subpoena sought documents that were "irrelevant" to Jennifer's case and calling the request "harassment."

Gaga has insisted that none of her employees get paid overtime and the "whole case is bulls--."

In her deposition Gaga -- who now has two personal assistants -- admitted her decision not to pay overtime wasn't based on labor laws. "I'm quite wonderful to everybody that works for me, and I am completely aghast to what a disgusting human being that you (Jennifer) have become to sue me like this."

The ruling was made in court last week, where Judge Paul G. Gardephe ordered Terry to turn over the pictures, citing their relevance to Jennifer's claim.

The judge noted "that Mr. Richardson ... hasn't demonstrated to [the court] that there is any significant burden in producing the photographs."

Terry was given until Sunday to produce the pics.

In 2011, he released a best-selling photo book, "Lady Gaga X Terry Richardson," featuring more than 350 candid pictures of the star taken over a 10-month period. Terry has shot ad campaigns for top fashion houses from Tom Ford to Yves Saint Laurent and made a whopping $58 million between June 2012 and June 2013.

-- New York Daily News,Seyfried: 'Everybody I've dated I've been sexually attracted to immediately'

Amanda Seyfried is channeling the risque side of her "Lovelace" character.

The sultry star graces the cover of the August issue of Elle Magazine and dishes on why she chose to play the 1970's porn star Linda Lovelace for the upcoming racy film, her personal love life and her rules for sexual attraction.

"I read the script and I was like, 'Wow, this is the riskiest thing that's happening [in Hollywood] right now.' The first thing you think about is that it could have ruined my career," she reveals about her initial reaction to the role.

"At the same time, I was like, 'This is my chance to show them, to show the industry, to be recognized.'"

Seyfried's reaction to the 'Lovelace' script? 'Wow, this is the riskiest thing that's happening [in Hollywood] right now.'

The 27-year-old actress goes on to get up close and personal with the mag sharing that she has always felt the sexual chemistry instantly with all of her past lovers.

"Everybody I've dated I've been sexually attracted to immediately. Sparks don't grow ... just because you're around (someone)."

Amanda's last serious love was actor Dominic Cooper, the pair starred together in "Mamma Mia" and dated for more than three years before splitting in 2010.

"We love each other... He'll always be in my life regardless of what his girlfriends or future wife think," the actress says reflecting on her ex-boyfriend.

"I'm never going to be with a guy that can't deal with my friendship with him."

Amanda went on to date some of Hollywood's hottest bachelor's post her break up with Dominic, 35, including Ryan Phillippe and Josh Hartnett.

As for what guy she is into right now?

"[He's] someone separate from my industry life," she says.

"I've known him since he was 16... I picture him as the father of my children all the time. But it is a fantasy right now."

"Lovelace" is slated to hit theaters Aug. 9 and Amanda's Elle issue hits newsstand July 23.

-- New York Daily News

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