Friday, October 5, 2007

Erotic Eva Exposed: Mendes 'Went for It' With Joaquin Phoenix

LOS ANGELES — Guys, get ready. Eva Mendes exposes "everything" in her upcoming film "We Own the Night,” and doesn’t hold back when it comes to her steamy sex scenes with Joaquin Phoenix.

“I trusted him. I trusted everybody on this and I just went for it,” she said.

Video: Click here to see our chat with Eva

But it wasn’t easy for Eva to take off her clothes and go all the way.

“The sex scene with Joaquin really wasn’t as good as it looked — these were nerve-racking scenes that are very technical and really scary,” Mendes said. “It was nothing to do with him, he is beautiful, but when you are exposing yourself emotionally and physically that’s so frightening ... you have so many people around and the camera and it’s so scary.”

In real life, the actress admits she is still haunted by the memory of turning her back on true love.

“The hardest thing to do is walk away from someone you love,” Eva said. “It shows a lot of maturity — it is one of the hardest things I have had to do.”

Despite devotedly denying that she is pregnant, the New York Post's Page Six gossip column reports that dancing diva Jennifer Lopez will announce her little one this weekend in New York.

She might have no choice but to confess — Lopez displayed a mounting middle section at her concert in Connecticut Wednesday night.

Links: Click here to see what looks like a bump

A concertgoer also told Pop Tarts that the “Let’s Get Loud” Latina appeared particularly paranoid about her belly and continued to cover and touch her bigger-than-normal stomach throughout the live show.

And it seems J-Lo is still adjusting to her flourishing flesh, as she lost her balance and almost sashayed right off stage … phew!

Who knows, perhaps Jennifer and Christina Aguilera have both been on the same bizarre belly-boosting diet. After all, neither pop princess has proclaimed pregnancy to explain their sudden stomach surges.

Hef, Holly & the 'Girls': Bridget the Best-Looking Bunny? Kendra Likes Ladies More?

Hugh Hefner has revealed to Pop Tarts why he decided to make his Playboy life public:

“I’ve had a lot of offers to do a reality show in the past,” the magazine mogul told Pop Tarts Monday night on the red carpet of the FOX REALLY Awards, which were held at Hollywood hotspot Boulevard 3 and air Oct. 13. “But I agreed to do this one because the concept was to focus on the girls. I want everyone to get to know my girls.”

And even though Holly Madison makes sure she sleeps in Hef’s sheets to stay his No. 1 (while the other two gals have bedrooms “Next Door,”) No. 2 gal Bridget Marquardt can now boast that she is the best-looking bunny.

“I’ve been nominated for the Favorite Reality Show Hottie,” she said. “So it’s exciting.”

Video: Click here to see our chat with Hef and the girls

And as Kendra Wilkinson claimed that “there’s no competition” that could possibly beat Bridget’s beauty, she made it quite clear she knows her women well.

“Look, I’m a lesbian!” Kendra shrieked as she turned for a quick lip-lock with another glamorous girl on the carpet.

So while everything seems sweet and supportive between the busty blondes on TV, is what we see on the show really reality?

“I would say it is 99 percent real — it’s pretty darn real,” Holly said.

Hmmm … we can’t help but wonder about the other 1 percent ...

Stars Speak Out About Britney

At Fox's REALLY Awards on Monday, the talk of the town was, of course, Britney Spears.

“Britney is an inspiration to the young people of America,” blogger Perez Hilton said. “She is an inspiration of what not to do. She does everything wrong. Everything.”

And even though Christopher Knight (aka Peter Brady) also grew up in the star-studded spotlight and now has his own reality show “My Fair Brady” with “Top Model” wife Adrianne Curry, the cute couple has little care for the “Crazy” crooner.

“She needs to disappear for a while,” Knight said while the more cutting Curry advised Spears to “stop partying and spend some time with your kids.”

Speaking of Spears, it seems the sad songstress hasn’t only lost custody of her sons but she may soon lose her furry friends as well.

PETA has written a letter to Kevin Federline desperately requesting “for the sake of his kids and the animals at stake” that he high-tail it to Brit’s Hollywood Hills home and get custody of her canine companions.

Click here to read the letter

Gisele Bundchen Caught Kissing 'Australian'

Gisele Bundchen has been known as the "Boobs From Brazil" her entire catwalk career, but now she's revealed how she keeps her strut looking hot.

The sexy supermodel arrived in Australia this week and on Tuesday night launched her Ipanema Collection, which features a fresh, environmentally friendly range of flip-flops and summery sandals.

"As a model, footwear is very important," the supermodel told Pop Tarts. "We have to wear the most uncomfortable shoes, so when I’m not working I need flats that keep my feet in good shape."

And now that Bundchen has parted ways with "Victoria’s Secret," she has also canned her "Angel" wings — going as far as to be caught getting cozy and even kissing someone a little furrier than football beau Tom Brady. Gisele fell for the native Australian koala while whirling through Melbourne Zoo.

Click here for a pic

But Pop Tarts since has learned that boyfriend Brady stayed true to his "Patriot" persona and forgave his fashionista for her "infidelity."

"Gisele was on her cell a lot of time talking and cooing with him," her spy said. "She still seems so smitten and anxious to get back."

And despite being the world’s highest-paid doll for designers, this glam girl disses any "diet."

"She ate anything and everything," our snitch said. "Bundchen even made a call to room-service for a late-night fix of fries."

Meanwhile, rumors are rumbling that Gisele could be an official "Brady Bunch" star soon.

According to our insider, the runway royal has been slowly reducing her traditional model duties and is "ready to move into a new phase of life both professionally and personally."

'Grrr Baby Grrr': Casey Affleck Angers Movie Reviewers

Note to Casey Affleck: Peeving the press while interviewing for your big brother’s directorial debut probably wasn’t the wisest thing to do.

Despite contributing his fresh face for the film, the younger Affleck (who stars as a private investigator in search of a missing child in Ben Affleck's heart-racing thriller "Gone Baby Gone") doesn’t have the off-camera connection, concentration or common sense of his big bro.

FOX was flabbergasted by Affleck Jr.'s one-word answers, whistling, fidgeting and his focus on the interviewer’s fancy footwear rather than his own film during press day.

The 32-year-old father even continued to interrupt the interview with comments like "Aren’t you sweet" when asked about the serious storyline.

Hello — this is your brother’s breakthrough big picture!

But FOX wasn’t alone. A number of other media outlets made reference to his rudeness — with one network telling us that "he forgets that nobody knows him as Casey Affleck, just as Ben Affleck’s baby bro" and another saying "and to think I thought he was disrespectful at 'Ocean’s Thirteen' — never again."

Oscar-winning Ben, on the other hand, seems to work much more brutally for his buck by actually positively promoting his first (and fabulous) feature as director.

"I’ve been around a lot of sets, but I never anticipated just how much directing would fill me with the combination of both fear and exhilaration," Ben said. "I didn’t know how big a job this would be."

Click here to watch Ben talk about being boss

And while the Boston-born bros may both have homes in Hollywood, Ben and Casey never will be comfortable in California — and that’s probably the only thing these two have in common.

"I do find it difficult to put myself out there enough to really trust anyone in the biz," Casey finally said in agreement with his senior sibling.

And it appears as though Ben is more than happy to have made the move from diva to director. The screen sensation told the upcoming issue of Details magazine that his 2002 romantic relationship with Jennifer Lopez was "probably bad" for his career.

'Legally Bound': What Wasn't Witherspoon Allowed to Answer?

Reese Witherspoon will always be the sweetest of starlets, but probe anything other than her professional life and her lips will become "Legally Bound."

The Academy Award-winning actress and her on-again/off-again romantic interest, Jake Gyllenhaal, star together in the upcoming thriller "Rendition," but even asking how she handles the hot-headed press probing into her personal life is like "Walking the Line" in Witherspoon’s world.

The almost-always articulate actress seemed strangely scared by the standard query. She screwed up her face and shook her head, prompting a publicist to stage a sudden intervention.

Click here to watch

Why so overprotective?

According to an actress close to Reese, her approach for all interviews is to steer completely clear of "anything outside work" because her words too often are warped and she doesn’t want to be "burned."

Gyllenhaal, however, had a much more open opinion on the media and its meddling ways.

"I don’t hold it against people for wanting to know about our personal lives and reading all those magazines and what not," he said.

"Our world is in a very bad place at the moment, so I think it is only appropriate that people look to other things and have an interest in all the drama and happenings of celebrity lives, and I hope that at some point I can help the public sedate and escape what’s really happening in the outside world."

Meanwhile, Aussie actress Abbie Cornish (who has been blamed by the press as the "other woman" in the break-up between Reese and Ryan Phillippe) handles her headlines simply by retreating Down Under.

"I am lucky I don’t live in L.A. so I can go back to Sydney and kind of escape it all," she told FOX. "I’m serious about my craft, and people have to understand that most of what is said about celebrities is made up by the media. I just have to stay away."

Star-Spotting: Spears Gets Four-Star Retreat and L.C.'s Pound-Popping Plot Exposed

After bumming from one end of Tinseltown to the other on Wednesday, Britney Spears and Cousin It (otherwise known as Spears' cousin Alli Sims) finally decided the prime place for publicity would be none other than the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills.

A Pop Tarts spy happened to be leaving a film's press day when Alli and Brit bumped up in Spears' maimed Mercedes, causing a sudden surge of fierce photogs.

Fearing for their life, our inside source was forced up against a wall to escape the paps trying to get snaps of the two checking in. (Who knows why Brit needs a hotel room when she has two residences in L.A. already?)

After posing for pics, Spears finally said "Gimme Less" and retreated to an upstairs room for privacy.

However, something that looks likely to deepen the diva's depression (aside from the fact that the court refused to reverse an order giving Kevin Federline full custody of her sons) is news that Alli, the only person who seems to have been able to stay close to Spears, has broken away from the Britster.

"Extra" reported on Thursday that the aspiring singer stormed out of Spears' home and had her belongings transported to a condo in Marina Del Ray. Ironically, Britney's mom, Lynne Spears, apparently also owns a condo in the very same complex, although Sims insists this was no influencing factor.

But Alli has been trying to break free from the Britster for some time.

"I've been planning this for six months; I've just been doing it slowly," she told "Extra." "I've had an apartment all along."

Meanwhile, we’ve also discovered how to become hot as "The Hills" by losing loads of lard like Lauren Conrad. For the second time in the last few days, Pop Tarts spotted L.C. and her pals Whitney and Audrina in their high-heels at Whole Foods. The glammed-up gals glided anonymously through the Park Le Brea branch with their small salads in snack packs — a cashier confirming that they like getting greens before going out.

'Unemployable' Lindsay Lohan Cruising From Coke to College?

Unlike Tinseltown troublemaker Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan seems to be striving toward a successful graduation from rehabilitation.

The "Bobby" beauty celebrates 60 days in her Utah lockdown on Wednesday, and according to insiders she has no immediate intentions of leaving the lodge.

But while everything is looking lush in Lindsay’s personal life, it seems she may have to "Li-Lo" for a while or search for a new skill if she wants to further boost her bountiful bank balance.

"It will most likely take years of perfect behavior before Lindsay will work again," a very high-profile Paramount producer told Pop Tarts. "It will literally cost a network millions to insure her for a movie and as talented as she is, it is highly unlikely that studios will be quick to get (her) back on the set."

So even if Lohan really is reformed, it appears time is her only ticket back into the business.

But according to a friend of the "Freaky Friday" femme fatale, Lohan hates Hollywood and intends to boost her brain instead.

"Despite what so many people think, Lindsay is an incredibly smart girl and always wanted to have that college experience," our source said. "She’s looked into a few institutions on the east coast and will most likely major in something like psychology. At this stage, NYU is a hot favorite."

Pop Tarts also has learned that her father, Michael Lohan, arrived at the Cirque Lodge facility on Monday night to spend five days with his daughter, and apparently the two are preparing applications for Linds to start studying in the spring.

Calls to Li-Lo’s rep were not immediately returned.

Spears' Supplier: Is Someone Giving Britney Drugs?

While no official confirmation has been made, it is largely speculated that the Britney Spears saga has been sparked by a drug habit. In fact, one of the reasons she lost her kids is she failed to show up for a court-mandated drug and alcohol test.

While no pap snaps have captured the depressed diva doing any dirty deeds, inside sources have told Pop Tarts that Brit’s expressionless face and bizarre behavior is due to a "Crazy" cocaine addiction.

"What people don’t realize is that an addiction is an addiction — you lose touch with reality; it’s like being on the outside of yourself looking in," a recovering coke addict (who wished to remain anonymous) admitted. "You aren’t always aware of what you are doing, and unfortunately in Britney’s case she has two children and there's so much more at stake when you’re a parent."

But the question remains: Who, if anyone, is secretly supplying Spears with her stimulants?

Inside speculation suggests it may come via her protection posse or driver. So the pop princess may not be terribly talented at keeping her kids, but if Brit really does have a drug dilemma, she is certainly savvy at keeping her supplier out of the spotlight.

And while a number of media outlets are saying that Spears successfully sat for her California driver's license on Monday, Tony Potts (host of MyNetworkTV’s new Monday night series "Celebrity Expose") has told Pop Tarts that Spears was requested to return to the DMV on Tuesday as she failed to fill out the application correctly.

"This once again could serve as an example of Spears and her addiction, a short attention span and difficulty retaining information," our source said.

So amid this Spears saga, is her "real" family still trying to reach out?

"Both Britney’s brother and sister Jamie tried to stage an intervention on Monday after news broke loose that she lost the kids," Potts said. "But typically, Britney pushed them both away. And what’s so sad is that she has now lost the only two people in the world who can love her unconditionally just for who she is — her sons."

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