The Word: John Travolta stands by 'Battlefield Earth'

Published : September 17, 2014

"The Forger" Premiere - Red Carpet - 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

 

John Travolta doesn't seem too bothered about the pending lawsuit from his former pilot, Doug Gotterba, who claims he also had a six-year romantic relationship with the "Look Who's Talking" star. "This is every celebrity's Achilles heel. It's just about people wanting money," Travolta tells the Daily Beast. Yikes. I didn't realize Gotterba got around that much. Every celebrity? But seriously, though, there's a much, much more troubling revelation in this interview, and it has to do with "Battlefield Earth," about which Travolta has zero regrets. "Are you kidding? Why would I ever regret that?" Travolta asks, and while I'd be happy to explain, I get the feeling he doesn't really want an answer. "I had the power to do whatever I wanted, and I chose to do a book that I thought was worthy of making into a movie," he says. "It's a beautiful film. It's a good movie." I just … wow.

 


 

Nick Jonas ditches the purity ring


Nick Jonas is not so pure anymore — or at least he doesn't need a piece of jewelry to remind him to be. After years of rumors that he and brother Joe Jonas had dropped the pledges that go along with their purity rings, the youngest Jonas Brother now admits that he's stopped wearing it all together. "This is real growth in me and not something I'm doing anymore," he tells the Huffington Post. "But I've got my set of values, things that are important to me now at this point in my life, and that's all that matters." That and not advertising to every girl you see that you're a virgin, I guess.


 

Britney Spears retreading old dating ground


Britney Spears has reportedly been retreading old romantic territory in the wake of her split from boyfriend David Lucado, at least according to one former flame. "Britney was making the rounds with ex-boyfriends," ex-boyfriend John Sundahl tells the National Enquirer. "Ten minutes after I saw that she broke up, she called me and said, 'Hey, I just want you to know that we split up because [Lucado] was with some porn star.' And I was like, 'OK, sorry to hear that." And that's not all Spears wanted to talk about, apparently. "She said, 'Are you going to be in town soon?'" Sundahl recalls. "'Well, look me up and we'll hook up.' Britney fall in love very easily." Spears, who also reportedly reached out to ex Adnan Ghalib, dated Sundahl briefly following her 2007 breakdown.


Lena Dunham will finally watch "Star Wars" — maybe


Now that Lena Dunham's "Girls" co-star Adam Driver is set to be in the new "Star Wars" film, she using the fact that she's never seen the famous franchise as leverage to get him to finally watch their HBO series — something Driver has been avoiding. "I've never actually seen 'Star Wars.' I understand that this is a huge cultural phenomenon, but I get none of the references," Dunham tells E! News. "Now I'm going to have to watch — to understand. Adam's never watched 'Girls' so we made a deal I would watch 'Star Wars' if he watched 'Girls.' We can commune about it like a book club." Except Driver himself isn't so hot on the exchange, especially since he's made similar deals with others about finally taking in the series that made him famous. "I don't think so," he says of watching the show. "I'm trying to delay that as much as possible."

How about some soaking-wet Cumberbatch?


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One cancer research charity in the U.K. may have found something more effective than the Ice Bucket Challenge: photos of a soaking-wet Benedict Cumberbatch emerging from a lake à la Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy in "Pride and Prejudice." Cumberbatch posed for steaming black-and-white shot — certain to causing much bodice-ripping, for Cancer Research U.K. and TK Maxx's "Give Up Clothes for Good" campaign. Where do we donate?

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