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“The Affair” Star Ruth Wilson Denies Romance with Jake Gyllenhaal

Steven Lippman/SHOWTIME(LOS ANGELES) — Are Ruth Wilson and Jake Gyllenhaal more than just onstage co-stars?

The actress, who recently won a Golden Globe for her role in Showtime’s The Affair, told the latest issue of Net-a-Porter’s The Edit that she’s just friends with her co-star. The two are currently starring in the Broadway play, Constellations.

“He’s adorable, a really good guy,” she said of Gyllenhaal.

“We’ve become like brother and sister a little bit,” Wilson continued. “We spend so much time together. We trust that even if we have a little [disagreement] — which is going to happen because we’re in a tense environment that demands a lot from us — we’ll make up and we’ll be fine. I trust him implicitly.”

Rumors started swirling after the Golden Globes when reportedly the two actors were seen kissing and holding hands at an after party.

Gyllenhaal’s known for dating actresses, including Kirsten Dunst and Reese Witherspoon. He’s also been linked to Taylor Swift and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Alyssa Miller.

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Jon Gosselin Opens Up About New Life as DJ

Anna Webber/Getty Images for Maxim(LOS ANGELES) — Jon & Kate Plus 8 star Jon Gosselin said in 2013 he was happy waiting tables at a local Pennsylvania restaurant. But now, the reality star has a new gig — as a DJ.

“I love it,” he told People magazine about the new career path. “The hours are great. I get to go out, have a good time with all my friends, play the music I like to hear and have the day to myself.”

His professional name is nothing flashy: it’s just DJ Jon Gosselin. He says he’s simply capitalizing on his reality-star fame since “it’s not going away.” He even calls himself a “celebrity disc jockey” on his business card.

For a short time in 2013, it seemed Gosselin wanted out of the spotlight. Then he came back to TV in last season’s Couples Therapy on VH1. Now, he’s doing upward of 15 DJ shows a month near his home in Pennsylvania.

Other stars, such as Paris Hilton, have turned to DJ-ing, but Gosselin said it’s not an easy transition.

“You have to know what you’re doing. You have to keep the flow,” he said. “I play to the crowd. I’ll go back to the ’50s and play some James Brown, then into the ’80s: Prince and stuff like that. Then into the ’90s, and then Taylor Swift or whatever. I just move around.”

Gosselin said the one thing he won’t do is perform at weddings — because of his celebrity.

“The brides get pissed,” he said. “I’ve been at people’s weddings and then their guests start taking pictures of me and it’s not good.”

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Marvel Stars Chris Evans, Chris Pratt ‘Feud’ over Super Bowl Matchup

ABC/Adam Taylor/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — There’s some dissension in the Marvel universe, all because the Seattle Seahawks will play the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

Chris Evans, who plays Captain America on the big screen, is from Boston and is a Patriots fan. Chris Pratt, who filled the role of Peter Quill/Star-Lord in the Marvel blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy last year, is a native of Lake Stevens, Washington, and roots for the Seahawks. So, the two are now engaged in a friendly — and charitable — rivalry.

Evans decided to needle Pratt on Twitter the other day by writing, “Well, well, well @prattprattpratt, looks like our teams are going into battle. For the next 2 weeks, you are not my friend, you are my enemy.”

Pratt replied, “We both know there’s only one Captain America and his name is Russell Wilson,” the quarterback for the Seahawks.

Evans then suggested the two put something on the line for the big game. Pratt answered that if the Seahawks win, Evans must visit Seattle Children’s hospital as Captain America, waving the 12th Man Flag that represents Seahawks fans at home games.

Evans agreed to the terms on Wednesday, adding, “[W]hen the Patriots humiliate your seachickens, I expect Star-Lord to arrive at @chris_haven in a [Tom] Brady jersey.”

Christopher’s Haven is a non-profit organization that provides supportive housing for families whose children are receiving outpatient pediatric cancer treatments in Boston.

The Seahawks and Patriots will meet in Super Bowl 49 in Glendale, Arizona, on Feb. 1.

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Rainn Wilson Moves on from Dwight Schrute with New Show “Backstrom”

Fox(NEW YORK) — After playing the socially-awkward Dwight Schrute on The Office for nine seasons, actor Rainn Wilson tackles a different kind of role in his new Fox series, Backstrom, which premieres Thursday night.

He is the titular character in Backstrom — an irritable, erratic detective who, Wilson says, “hates everyone, including himself.”

Wilson says it’s been a challenging role for him, one that’s very different from the Dwight Schrute character he’s best known for.

Wilson was reluctant to star in another TV show after The Office concluded its run in 2013, but he says Backstrom was “too great to pass up.”

Backstrom, an adaptation by Bones creator Hart Hanson of a Swedish book series, was originally a CBS project. However, after the network passed on it, Fox stepped in and ordered the show to series.

Backstrom premieres on Fox Thursday night at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

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George Lucas: Disney Didn’t Use My Ideas for New “Star Wars” Movie

LucasFilm(NEW YORK) — It seems Star Wars mastermind George Lucas won’t have much influence over the new film in the franchise.

Lucas — who sold Lucasfilm, the production company responsible for the Star Wars films, to Disney in 2012 — was asked by Cinema Blend to share ideas he’d presented for the upcoming installment, The Force Awakens.

He answered, “The ones that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that they didn’t really want to do those. So they made up their own. So it’s not the ones that I originally wrote [on screen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens].”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams, will hit theaters Dec. 18.

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“Cosby Show” Star Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Jay Leno Weigh in on Bill Cosby Controversy

Nathaniel Chadwick/NBC(NEW YORK) — Another one of Bill Cosby’s former co-stars from The Cosby Show is weighing in on the controversy surrounding the comedian in which several women have accused Cosby of sexual assault.

Malcolm-Jamal Warner told Billboard, “He’s one of my mentors, and he’s been very influential and played a big role in my life as a friend and mentor. Just as it’s painful to hear any woman talk about sexual assault, whether true or not, it’s just as painful to watch my friend and mentor go through this.”

“I can’t really speak on any of the allegations because obviously, I was not there,” he continued. “The Bill Cosby I know has been great to me and great for a lot of people. What he’s done for comedy and television has been legendary and history-making. What he’s done for the black community and education has been invaluable. That’s the Bill Cosby I know. I can’t speak on the other stuff.”

Fellow comedian Jay Leno was also asked about Cosby and seemed to take the side of the accusers.

“I don’t know why it’s so hard to believe women,” Leno said Wednesday at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference in Miami. “You to go Saudi Arabia and you need two women to testify against a man. Here you need 25.”

Cosby has continued to deny the allegations. He has never been criminally charged in connection with any of the allegations.

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Jennifer Aniston Reveals 20-Year Battle With Dyslexia

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Jennifer Aniston says she’s “very happy” and that “life is quite extraordinary,” but that she’s gone through hardships just like everyone else.

The former Friends star, 45, opened up to The Hollywood Reporter like never before — talking about her relationship with her mother, her struggles with dyslexia and her high-profile divorce from Brad Pitt.

The Cake actress, who is now happily engaged to writer/director/actor Justin Theroux, 43, said she is beyond over her divorce that happened a decade ago.

“We’re not in daily communication,” she told the magazine about Pitt. “But we wish nothing but wonderful things for each other. Nobody did anything wrong. You know what I mean? It was just like, sometimes things [happen]. If the world only could just stop with the stupid, soap-opera bulls—. There’s no story.”

She opened up about letting go, adding, “I’m a control freak. I like to be in charge of everything. My life was so out of control growing up, it’s very important today for it to be in control.”

Aniston revealed that she doesn’t read all that often because of dyslexia, which hurt her self-esteem during some of her formative years. She found out she had the learning disability in her 20’s.

“The only reason I knew [that I had it] was because I went to get a prescription for glasses,” she said. “I had to wear these Buddy Holly glasses. One had a blue lens and one had a red lens. And I had to read a paragraph, and they gave me a quiz, gave me 10 questions based on what I’d just read, and I think I got three right. Then they put a computer on my eyes, showing where my eyes went when I read. My eyes would jump four words and go back two words, and I also had a little bit of a lazy eye, like a crossed eye, which they always have to correct in photos.”

Before being diagnosed, “I thought I wasn’t smart. I just couldn’t retain anything.”

Finally, Aniston spoke about her mother Nancy Dow, admitting for years the two didn’t speak.

“She had a temper. I can’t tolerate that,” she said. “She was critical. She was very critical of me. Because she was a model, she was gorgeous, stunning. I wasn’t. I never was. I honestly still don’t think of myself in that sort of light, which is fine. She was also very unforgiving. She would hold grudges that I just found so petty.”

Now, she says, “We’re all fine.”

As for failing to get an Oscar nod for her role in Cake, Aniston is gracious and says she doesn’t feel snubbed at all. “I know a lot of people were sorry. I feel I’ve gotten such wonderful love — I had almost more phone calls and flowers than I did for any other nomination [in the past].”

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Zooey Deschanel Is Engaged to Jacob Pechenik

Patrick Ecclesine/Fox(NEW YORK) — Zooey Deschanel has had a very exciting 2015 so far!

The New Girl star is not only pregnant, but she’s also engaged to her boyfriend, Jacob Pechenik, her rep confirmed to ABC News.

The actress, 35, and her producer beau, 42, revealed earlier this month that they’re expecting their first child.

“Jacob and I are over the moon,” she said at the time to People magazine. “We are so excited to meet our little one.”

The happy couple began dating last year, and he accompanied her to the Emmys last August.

And while this is their first child together, he or she will have a new friend right from the start. Her sister, actress Emily Deschanel, is also pregnant.

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Zooey Deschanel Is Engaged to Jacob Pechenik

Patrick Ecclesine/Fox(NEW YORK) — Zooey Deschanel has had a very exciting 2015 so far!

The New Girl star is not only pregnant, but she’s also engaged to her boyfriend, Jacob Pechenik, her rep confirmed to ABC News.

The actress, 35, and her producer beau, 42, revealed earlier this month that they’re expecting their first child.

“Jacob and I are over the moon,” she said at the time to People magazine. “We are so excited to meet our little one.”

The happy couple began dating last year, and he accompanied her to the Emmys last August.

And while this is their first child together, he or she will have a new friend right from the start. Her sister, actress Emily Deschanel, is also pregnant.

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Jennifer Aniston on “Cake” Role: ‘I Felt Like I Went Back to Class’

Cinelou Films(NEW YORK) — Jennifer Aniston “really did” want the role of Claire, a woman suffering from chronic pain, in her upcoming movie Cake.

“I really did. I fell in love with her when I read this script,” Aniston, 45, said Wednesday on ABC News’ Good Morning America. “It was kind of that dream role for an actor because there’s just so much to explore, and what a beautiful human experience to journey with and to come out at the end with hope after starting something. It was a tough one.”

A stark contrast from her lighter roles such as Rachel on Friends, for which she won an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a SAG ensemble award, Aniston is now receiving rave reviews and a slew of Best Actress nominations for her darker Cake performance.

“I felt like I went back to class,” she explained. “Doing all of those wonderful acting, the exploration of a character and all that stuff. It’s been so long since I’ve had to, or ever had something like this to dive into. I’m thrilled. It was exciting to keep challenging myself.”

Aniston said she was drawn to Claire’s character, although she couldn’t necessarily relate to her situation.

“I don’t think many people could,” she said. “I find human beings so extraordinarily resilient when you see what some people walk through and then continue to live and life after having something so tragic happen to them.”

“I related to her humor,” Aniston added. “I for one, and I think a lot of us who have gone through difficult times, to various degrees of difficulty, find humor as a way to get through it. I also loved that because it felt like you were getting a window in this former shadow of who she once was.”

The Cake actress has received an outpouring of support from people dealing with chronic pain in their personal lives who are appreciative of the film bringing attention to something many people “don’t think is real.”

“They feel as though, ‘Oh c’mon, you can fix that, or go get help, stop whining, stop complaining,’” Aniston said of the misconceptions about chronic pain. “It’s been incredible. The amount of people saying, ‘No one’s ever told a story about chronic pain.’ I’ve had people with shrapnel and they’re living in agony every day. So many wonderful people saying, ‘I have so much more compassion and understanding for my mother,’ or whoever it is in their lives that are exposed to chronic pain. It’s not something you can get diagnosed because you’re just trusting the sufferer.”

Aniston is thrilled the film is bringing up “a great discussion.”

“I think that’s what we want to do when we make our movies,” she said. “Comedies we love because God knows we need to laugh and escape and disappear and have a little fluff here and there, but this is also important to me. I’m so grateful for our director Daniel Barnz for taking a shot and saying yes.”

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