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  • 'Joyland' author Emily Schultz profits from sharing a book title with Stephen King

    Canadian author is benefitting from the fact that her novel shares a name with Stephen King's.

    If you want Stephen King to read your book, make sure you share a name. In 2006, Canadian author Emily Schultz released her debut novel, "Joyland" -- and apparently, King never heard of it, because the horror power house went and used the title for his new book, which hit shelves in 2013.

    "That was cool, until a few King readers bought the e-book version of my novel by mistake and started leaving negative and confused Amazon reviews," Schultz writes on the Tumblr Spending the Stephen King Money, which she launched as a result of the mix-up. On the blog, she documents how she's spending the unexpected royalties she received from so many people erroneously purchasing her book.

    Consumers' confusion is a little, well, confusing, considering how different the books are. Schultz's "Joyland"revolves around a boy in small town Ontario in 1984 who must contend with the closing of the titular town arcade.

    King's "Joyland," meanwhile, follows a university student in 1973 who finds himself

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  • VIDEO: Watch Jennifer Connelly’s 1985 ‘Labyrinth’ audition

    The best part about Jennifer Connelly's audition for Jim Henson's "Labyrinth" is her dancing.

    Back in January 1985, the "Noah" star tried out for the role of 15-year-old Sarah in the fantasy film, and the footage has been making the rounds. In it, Connelly -- only 15 at the time -- does a fairly lengthy scene from the film before ending her audition by doing the twist.

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  • Gary Oldman’s ‘Playboy’ interview: The 10 most shocking revelations

    Gary Oldman. (Joe Scarnici/FilmMagic)

    Gary Oldman didn't go naked for his new "Playboy" interview, but he sure did speak openly. The "RoboCop" star has gone viral with his un-PC responses in this month's issue of the men's magazine.

    Oldman talked candidly about everything from Mel Gibson's racism to the very tough time he had playing MI6 officer George Smiley in 2011's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy."

    Here are the ten most shocking moments from the 56-year-old's interview:

    He supports Mel Gibson
    Oldman said that "political correctness is crap," illustrating his stance by supporting Mel Gibson, who got in hot water for going on a racist rant in 2006. "He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things," Oldman said. "We’re all f---ing hypocrites. That’s what I think about it."

    He supports Alec Baldwin
    Oldman also backed up Baldwin, despite the latter reportedly using a homophobic slur with a photographer last year. "Alec calling someone an F-A-G in the street while he’s pissed off coming out of his building because they won’t leave him alone," Oldman said. "I don’t blame him."

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  • O-Town has a new single (and we’ll be listening to it on repeat all day)

    They haven't released a music video in more than ten years, but time has been nothing but kind to O-Town.

    Last week the quartet debuted the music video for their new single, "Skydive," off their upcoming album, "Lines & Circles," their first since breaking up in 2003. The video shows a band that has grown up since 2000 when they formed on "Making the Band."

    Back on screen are Jacob Underwood, Erik-Michael Estrada, Trevor Penick, and Dan Miller. Gone is Ashley Parker Angel, who turned down the chance to reunite in 2011, turning the group into a quartet (though he did congratulate them on their video).

    While "Lines & Circles" will not be released until Aug. 3, the four remaining O-Town members have obviously matured, if the new video is anything to go by. The saccharine lovelorn lyrics and dramatic scenes with hot actresses have persisted, but here are five ways the 14-year-old band has grown up:

    No more group choreography

    Back in the 200s, the boys tried to keep their dance moves in sync

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  • North Korea denounces ‘The Interview,’ but Seth Rogen jokes in response

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    Seth Rogen will not have his comedy dictated.

    North Korea has condemned the 32-year-old Vancouver native's new movie, "The Interview," in which two showbiz types (Rogen and James Franco) are hired to assassinate the country's dictator, Kim Jong-Un.

    "There is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the U.S. government and American society," Kim Myong-chol, a spokesman for Jong-Un, told The Telegraph. "A film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the U.S. has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine."

    Watch the trailer:

    Myong-chol added that Jong-Un would likely watch the film anyway, which was the detail that caught Rogen's attention.

    In an interview with The Huffington Post in May, Rogen admitted that he tends to court controversy.

    "I think if anything we lean into ideas that we know will draw some

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  • Honey Boo Boo reportedly hits Mama June on ‘Tonight Show’: Five other times she’s acted out

    Reality TV star Honey Boo Boo is being slapped with criticism after reportedly hitting Mama June.

    Mama June and Honey Boo Boo with Jimmy Fallon on June 11, 2014 (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)Mama June and Honey Boo Boo with Jimmy Fallon on June 11, 2014 (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)
    In a newly-published piece, a writer at Salon described recently sitting in the audience of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and watching the "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" star Alana Thompson give her mother June Shannon a wallop in front of a surprised audience in a scene left on the cutting room floor.

    According to , "the most notable moment to be left out of Honey Boo Boo’s appearance on 'The Tonight Show' was when she became so fed up that she actually struck Mama June," wrote Christy O'Shoney. "Up until this point, Fallon had been doing a great job of navigating Alana’s weird behavior, but it was at this moment when he became positively awesome. 'NEVER hit your mother!' he exclaimed, in a voice that was serious with just a hint of a joke, and the studio audience erupted in applause. Finally, we thought, someone is addressing this child’s attitude."

    The eight-year-old reality star

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  • 'OITNB' actress Yael Stone opens up about sex scenes

    Yael Stone has lots of sex in "Orange Is the New Black" but she was well prepared -- the former child star made love on screen before she did in real life.

    Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImagePhoto by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage
    Stone, who plays lovelorn Lorna Morello in the Netflix series, revealed in The Huffington Post that she did her first love scene on the 2001 mini-series "The Farm" when she was just a teen.

    "I've never said this, but I did my first sex scene before I'd actually had sex in real life," the 28-year-old Aussie said. "A lot of times we create roles and there are experiences we haven't had but we have to imagine it. I happened to do that as a young 15-year-old person."

    Yael Stone in 'The Farm'Yael Stone in 'The Farm'
    The scene involved her sleeping with an older man played by Australian actor Mark Priestley, who was around 25 at the time. Stone had just made her acting debut two years prior in the film "Me Myself I."

    After "The Farm" she was not seen on screen again until she was a full-fledged adult. In 2007 she returned with a starring role on the Australian medical drama "All Saints"

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  • Who is Benedict Cumberbatch's secret girlfriend?

    Sherlock Holmes has reportedly solved the mystery of how to find true love. According to PBS head Rebecca Eaton, "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch has a girlfriend now.

    Eaton dropped the bomb earlier this week, The New York Post reported. "She wouldn’t say whom the 'Sherlock' actor has met, but she said it’s time for all those 'Cumberb---hes' — the name used by his huge base of female followers — to move on," it read.

    Cumberbatch, 37, has been single since 2012, when he broke up with British fashion designer Anna James. He did, however, reveal what he finds sexy in the September 2013 of ELLE Japan.

    "A woman who knows that she doesn’t have to get all decked out to look good is sexy. A woman who can make you feel smart with her conversation skills is also sexy. I believe the sense of humour is important," he said. "I also think someone who is good at working with others is sexy. It’s like playing a tennis doubles match. You need to be able to work well together if you are to stay as

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  • Kevin Hart faces his fear of roller-coasters: 5 other celebrities with weird phobias

    Feel free to laugh at Kevin Hart's pain. The comedian has such strong phobia of roller-coasters that his palms got sweaty when he was recently forced to ride one with Jimmy Fallon.

    "You know damn well I don't like no roller-coasters," the "Ride Along" star told the "Tonight Show" host before they rode The Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket at the Universal Orlando Resort.

    "I'm not even gonna lie to you Jimmy, I'm nervous, man," Hart said before being strapped in. "I'm freaking out, man!"

    Watch the full clip below:

    Of course, the 34-year-old actor survived the ride (with a lot of screaming and swearing), and he is not the only celebrity with an irrational fear. Here are some other things that A-listers are afraid of:

    Oprah Winfrey: Gum
    In the December 2005 issue of "O," Winfrey revealed she had a "whole thing about gum" during an interview with Jamie Foxx. "In Mississippi, my grandmother used to chew gum, then stick it in the cabinet. There were rows and rows of Juicy Fruit and Spearmint. I

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  • Deadmau5 sells his ‘Purrari’: Five other celebrity cars we’d rather buy

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    We guess Deadmau5's "Purrari" was too tame for him, because he's already trading in the Ferrari 458 Spider for a McLaren 650S.

    The Toronto musician reportedly put the car (complete with an aquamarine Nyan Cat paint job) up for sale on Craigslist earlier this year, asking for $380,000 or "best offer" with the proceeds going to the Toronto Humane Society. (The post has since been removed.)

    "The Pop Tart cat that's along the side of the car, it was like a funny Internet viral stupid thing, but it's like two years old, so it's like already outdated," Deadmau5 explained to Tom Green on his "Coffee Run!" show in May. "I just decided to bring it back."

    We don't know about you, but there are plenty of other celebrity cars we would rather buy than Deadmau5's. Here are five of them:

    Jay-Z's Bugatti

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    Doting wife Beyoncé

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