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The Word: Martha Stewart. vs. Gwyneth Paltrow in lifestyle smackdown

(Photo by Tom Briglia/FilmMagic) (Photo by Tom Briglia/FilmMagic)

Martha Stewart tried to stay quiet for as long as she could, but come on. You just know you were dying for her to take on Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle guru work at GOOP. And Ms. Stewart does not disappoint. It's a good thing. Using a simple recipe of scolding and faint praise with a light draping of shade for good measure, Stewart tells Porter magazine of Paltrow, "She just needs to be quiet. She's a movie star. If she were confident in her acting, she wouldn't be trying to be Martha Stewart." Yowza. Between the "she just needs to be quiet" dominance and the talking about herself in the third person, it's like we're seeing a return of tough-as-nails prison inmate Martha Stewart. Ms. Paltrow, may I kindly suggest that you check yourself.


Terrible statue unveiled to honor Amy Winehouse


A statue of the late Amy Winehouse is unveiled in Camden Town on September 14, 2014 in London, England. A statue of the late Amy Winehouse is unveiled in Camden Town on September 14, 2014 in London, England.

Maybe we, the human race, have lost our knack for quality, life-like sculpture. Late singer Amy Winehouse has been immortalized in London with a kind of unfortunate statue of her. Like, to call it her "likeness" is kind of unfair, but at least they got the exaggerated beehive right. At least her father, Mitch Winehouse, is pleased. "It is like stopping her in a beautiful moment in time," he says, according to the Associated Press. "We really hope Amy's fans love the statue." If you want to see this thing for yourself, it's been plopped down in one of Winehouse's old haunts, the Stables Market in the North London neighborhood of Camden.

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"This Means War" spoiled Tom Hardy on rom-coms


You won't be seeing Tom Hardy in another rom-com anytime soon, and you can blame Reese Witherspoon for that. "I probably won't do a romantic comedy again, do you know what I mean?" Hardy, who starred with Witherspoon and Chris Pine in "This Means War" in 2012, tells USA Today. "I love to do things I hadn't done before. I didn't understand how you could do something which is so fun and be so miserable doing it." Actually, that Witherspoon dig is a bit unfair, as Hardy freely blames himself for feeling left out on set.


"Bridedsmaids 2" definitely not happening


If you've been holding out for a "Bridesmaids" sequel, Kristen Wiig is here to rain on your parade. "I think it's OK to have it just be what it was. I appreciate that people want us to do another one, but … it's just something we knew when we did the first one. It just felt very special and fun," she tells Ellen DeGeneres during an interview. Wiig says she and writing partner Annie Mumolo, who shared an Oscar nomination for the "Bridesmaids" script, are on to something new now. "We are writing something else that's very different."


Schwarzenegger paints out Shriver


Well, this is awkward. When Arnold Schwarzenegger sat for his official portrait to hang in the California Sate Capitol building, he wore a lapel pin featuring the face of wife Maria Shriver. The thing is, when the portrait was finally revealed in Sacramento, the pin was mysteriously missing. One former aide to the governor, Clay Russell, summed up the pervading feelings on the absence, telling the L.A. Times, "It's too bad they couldn't remove it without creating a smudge that got a lot of attention." Ouch.

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