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Ian Somerhalder Flaunts His Stuff

Ian Somerhalder, of “The Vampire Diaries” and “Lost,” is obviously one of the hottest guys on planet earth. And I especially love that he doesn’t take himself too seriously. Take, for example, this photo shoot he did for Flaunt magazine. It’s so blissfully goofy. Let’s just say, I’d let him rescue me with that lifesaver any day.

Is ABC Assembling A Male Version Of “The View”?

Frisky Q&A: Tim Gunn
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What happens when you put together style guru Tim Gunn with super trainer Harley Pasternak and carpenter extraordinaire Ty Pennington? Why, it sure sounds like ABC is creating a male version of “The View” with their new show, “The Revolution,” which will star these three guys as co-hosts. As the network explains in a recent press release about the casting, “Our goal is to include inspiring and informative motivators as we build ‘The Revolution’ team and continue to evolve our lineup with the type of lifestyle programming that daytime viewers are interested in seeing.” All they need now is a famous older newscaster to steer this talk show ship—maybe Larry King?— and the formula will be complete. [Perez Hilton]

7 Celebs Who’ve Used The Word “Rape” Insensitively

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I, predictably, love Johnny Depp. But I am not really feeling his casual way with words in the November issue of Vanity Fair. Apparently, in an interview with Nick Tosches, Johnny seeks to show the extent to which he dislikes photo shoots. “Well, you just feel like you’re being raped somehow. Raped … It feels like a kind of weird — just weird, man,” he says. “Whenever you have a photo shoot or something like that, it’s like—you just feel dumb. It’s just so stupid.” [NY Post]

Johnny apparently didn’t get the message that comparing things that aren’t sexual assault to sexual assault is hugely insensitive and just wrong. How we wished he’d learned from these celebs who did it before him.

Kate Winslet On Her Divorce

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“There’s a scene where Mildred and Bert are divorced and they sit down together, because they’ve got to settle on a cause. The first stage of my divorce with Sam came through on the very day that we were shooting. So that scene is nothing to do with acting … As a woman, especially when you have children, one gets so good at soldiering on – almost too good. Because you know what it’s like – as soon as you open that can of worms, it’s so f***ing big, you wish you’d never taken the goddamn lid off. I’ve had to remind myself to have those moments of being able to have a f***ing good cry, but it did take someone putting their hand on me – a gay male friend, actually, who put his hand on my shoulder and said: ‘It’s OK, you can cry about this, and maybe you should.’”

Kate Winslet opens up to Harper’s Bazaar UK about her divorce from director Sam Mendes last year and how life was very much imitating art as she was filming “Mildred Pierce” for HBO. On a side note, who knew Kate dropped so many f-bombs? [ONTD]

What Should Amanda Knox Do Now?

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Just two hours after seeing her conviction for murder overturned, Amanda Knox was released from prison in Perugia, Italy, after being held there since 2007. Upon her release, she thanked those “who shared my suffering and helped me survive with hope. Those who wrote, those who defended me, those who were close, those who prayed for me.” From there, she reportedly headed to Leonardo da Vinci airport, and is thought to be on a flight back to the United States via London. [CBS News]

Knox has of course expressed that she is anxious to get back home to her friends and family. As she reconnects with them, here are some things we’d suggest she do to reorient herself to normal life.

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Fishing For A Fisheye Camera?

Lately, I’ve been fancying myself a bit of a photographer. Thank you, Instagram! But I think I’m ready to graduate a camera that isn’t my phone. And that uses actual film—remember that stuff? And so, I am lusting after this camera which takes gorgeous fisheye photos. And looks so much like something a character on “The Jetsons” would carry.

[$79.00 Lomography]

Kristen Stewart Gives Good Relationship Advice

“Hmm … good relationship advice for me tends to be being honest and knowing yourself. Don’t be an a**hole. That’s my advice. Don’t be mean. Don’t take s**t. Don’t settle.”

Kristen Stewart gives Twilight scribe Stephanie Meyer her best relationship advice in the new issue of Glamour. I like that Kristen keeps it simple and, honestly, this is pretty sound advice. There have definitely been moments in relationships when I realize I am being a jerk and, yep, those would have been better avoided.  [Huffington Post]

Culturista: Your Guide To The Week, From Feist To “The Ides Of March”

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Let’s face it: keeping up with pop culture is difficult. With more than 1000 channels worth of TV shows, not to mention a new flood of movies and music every week, it’s practically a full-time job to keep up with everything. Luckily, it is my full-time job. So after the jump, your cheat sheet to the TV shows you need to watch, the albums you need to hear, and the movies you need to see. This week, George Clooney and Ryan Gosling double team us in “The Ides Of March,” Feist counts down “1234″ toward the release of her new album, and Ryan Murphy tries to scare us with his latest, “American Horror Story.”

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Margaret Cho Explains Being Married And Queer

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“Often people are curious about the fact that I am married to a man but call myself queer. It’s because I have had sex with more than one person, and I had unmarried sex quite a few times, and roughly half the people have been men and the other half have been women, and then there were a few people in between those genders who identified in differing ways, so it’s up to me to define myself, too, and so that would be queer. It’s the most fitting description, short and concise … I would like to call myself bisexual more frequently because there is much invisibility for the ‘B’s in the LGBT community. Gays and lesbians might assume that we are not homosexual enough, and straight people might assume that we are in porn. These are both true and false for me. I am both too homosexual and not homosexual enough, and I have appeared in porn films but not having any kind of sex. I am considering this as a possibility for later in my career. How fantastic to start making hardcore porn at the age of 80.”

Margaret Cho writes on the Huffington Post all about her sexual identity and attraction to androgyny. I can already hear a call being made to Margaret’s agent, booking her for her first porno in the year 2049. [Huffington Post]

Amy Poehler Thinks Television Is The Best Place For Female Characters

“I think films are kind of catching up in a way to where television has been for a long time. Television is still, in my opinion, the best place for female characters. I’m so down with TV right now. Everything I watch is on TV and I love everything on TV and I think most TV shows are better than movies—there, I said it.”

Amy Poehler talks at the New Yorker Festival this weekend about how enthused she is about the female characters she’s seeing right now on television. Of course, she is in part talking about her character Leslie Knope on “Parks and Recreation,” who Amy says is her “favorite feminist on TV.” Amy explains that she actually is a lot like Leslie in real life, except that Leslie “loves to go camping, and I do not.” [ONTD]

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