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

August 12, 2013


"The violence was tough. ... I was afraid of where it would take me, because we're depicting something that was really happening to this woman."

Amanda Seyfried, on filming for her new movie "Lovelace," a biopic about famed porn star Linda Lovelace,Ashton learns privacy value,After embodying Steve Jobs in his new movie, Ashton Kutcher came to admire how the Apple Computer founder was able to balance his public and personal lives.

"He was better at it than I am," the 35-year-old actor said last week at the New York premiere of his new film, "JOBS."

"This business has a propensity to force you to be more public than you probably want to be," Ashton said of show business.

He should know. Ashton has seen his share of tabloid headlines after his public breakup with actress Demi Moore.

His current relationship with former "That '70s Show" co-star Mila Kunis has also been widely publicized.

But Ashton says he's getting better at it. "I think I've learned how to restrict that public image, and, over the years, I'm starting to understand the value of privacy," he said.

In the film, Ashton plays the techno prophet who, along with Steve "Woz" Wozniak, ignited the personal-computer revolution.

Steve died two years ago after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56.

Ashton said that while researching the role, he found there was a "Steve that Steve didn't always want to show."

He also said the most important aspect of playing such a public figure was to understand that the version of Steve known by the public came much later.

"The guy with the glasses and the jeans and black turtleneck and the New Balance shoes giving a keynote speech to present some new, great, next, amazing product ... he wasn't always that guy. He actually evolved into that person in the same way that I'm not the same today at 35 as I was at 25, and I was at 15," Ashton said.

"JOBS" opens Aug. 16.

-- Associated Press,Robin Thicke is enjoying a pop culture moment with the upbeat Marvin Gaye-esque single "Blurred Lines," but the song didn't click with his record label when he previewed it last summer.

"The record company didn't get it. They didn't even pay for the video. They didn't want to support it at all. Remy Martin paid for the video," said the 36-year-old crooner, who is a spokesperson for the liquor brand with his wife, actress Paula Patton. "And as soon as the record company saw the video, they said, 'This is a smash.'"

The ubiquitous "Blurred Lines" is the longest-running No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this year with nine weeks on top. The video -- the unrated version, with nude models prowling was banned from YouTube -- has more than 125 million views. The title track from Robin's fifth album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week after selling 177,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Robin mostly wrote and produced the album, released by Universal Music's Interscope Records, with assists from, Dr. Luke, Timbaland and Pharrell, his frequent collaborator since 2006.

The 11-track set features a funkier, up-tempo sound that's somewhat of a departure for the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, best known for his bedroom grooves "Lost Without U" and "Sex Therapy."

As to the complaints over Robin's nude-laden video for "Blurred Lines": "For all the controversy and all this other stuff that people try to make it seem like that's more important, what's really important about music and entertainment is to entertain and make people feel good."

-- AP,What is Arnold Schwarzenegger doing next? I'm glad he's back making movies. -- P.H.

A lot. He co-stars with Sylvester Stallone in the thriller "Escape Plan," due out in October, and with Terrence Howard in the thriller "Sabotage," due out in January. Plus, he has a long list of projects set to go into production: "Terminator 5"; the thriller "Maggie"; the adventure sequel "The Expendables 3," also with Sly; the thriller "Captive"; the comedy sequel "Triplets," with Danny DeVito and Eddie Murphy; another sequel, "The Legend of Conan"; and the action fantasy "Unknown Soldier."

I'm a big fan of actress Scarlett Johansson. What is she doing next? -- K.B.

She co-stars with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the comedy "Don Jon," which he also wrote and directed, due out in September; stars in the upcoming sci-fi film "Under the Skin"; voices the role of an operating system in the romantic comedy "Her," due out in November; and co-stars in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," due out in April. She's shooting the comedy "Chef," with Robert Downey Jr. and Sofia Vergara, and is set to shoot the action film "Lucy," with Morgan Freeman, and most likely the sequel "The Avengers: Age of Ultron."

-- Robin Adams Sloan, King Features Syndicate,Kourtney K. hit with pat. suit

The shocking paternity claims against Kourtney Kardashian have resurfaced.

Los Angeles-based model Michael Girgenti filed a paternity lawsuit late last week asking for joint custody of Kourtney's 3- year-old son, Mason Dash Disick, according to TMZ.

In legal documents obtained by the gossip site, Michael described an alleged sexual encounter with the 34-year-old reality starlet that is said to have come after he met her during a photo shoot in August 2008.

Girgenti first said he could be the child's father in a March 2013 interview with In Touch Weekly.

The 26-year-old's suit reportedly states that he had "unprotected ... sex" with Kourtney in March 2009 when she and boyfriend Scott Disick were on the outs. The date happens to be nine months before Mason's December 2009 birth.

Michael told In Touch that he "began to wonder" if he was Mason's dad after he "saw photos of him."

He said he tried to make contact with Kourtney after their fling, but she did not return his attempts. A lawyer for the mother of two called these accusations "preposterous and an outrageous lie."

Michael, however, is proving just how serious he is, as the papers he filed in Los Angeles Supreme Court are not only requesting joint custody but court-ordered DNA tests for him, Kardashian, Disick and Mason.

A hearing for this case was set by a judge for next month.

-- New York Daily News

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