Heath Ledger has lashed out at the U.S. theaters that banned “Brokeback Mountain” as “immature” and “hilarious.”
The Aussie actor made the comments after learning that two theaters in the heavily Mormon state of Utah have refused to show his flick — which some have dubbed The Gay Cowboy movie.
“Personally, I don’t think the movie is [controversial] but I think maybe the Mormons in Utah do. I think it’s hilarious and very immature of a society,” Ledger said, reports the Australian paper The Herald Sun.
Ledger also took a swipe at West Virginia, and displayed a dubious grasp of American history. “I heard a while ago that West Virginia was going to ban it but that’s a state that was lynching people only 25 years ago so that’s to be expected,” he was quoted as saying.
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Ledger did have one nice thing to say about one part of America, though. Complaining about paparazzi, he said, “It sucks, because it’s only [a problem] when I come back to Sydney. It’s not like that [in Melbourne] or in Brooklyn, where we live now.”
Lost by a Lamborghini
Mariah Carey got coy when pressed about those rumors she’s dating male model Christian Monzon, who starred in the video for “Don’t Forget About Us” with her who and has been spotted at her L.A. home.
“Erm, how do we play this?” she told the London Mirror. “OK, he’s a very nice guy, he’s been in a fabulous Dolce & Gabbana advert - did you see it? And we’ve had some nice conversations and, um, a nice time. OK, I’ll say he definitely did a very good job in the video.”
She was more forthcoming about her friendship – and above-the-speed-limit behavior — with rapper Cam’ron.
“We’re always hanging out but we really are just friends,” she said. “Anyway, he turned up at my apartment one night in his blue Lamborghini. My security guys were really worried about me going with him, so they were just figuring out a way to follow us when Cam took off at 150 mph down the street. They must have been freaking but we just took off, went out and had fun. I was like, ‘You can’t keep up with a Lamborghini! Goodbye!’ I know they’re only looking after my best interests, but the truth is I’m a free spirit.”
Notes from all over
Britney Spears and her family seem to have kissed and made up with Kevin Federline, but not everyone is buying it. Spears and her divorced parents recently reunited at a business function, and an “insider” told Life & Style Weekly that when [Federline] saw her “all teary-eyed and hopeful” at the sight of her parents getting along, “Kev tried to divert attention from his own drowning marriage by planting in Brit’s mind that her parents might reunite.” . . . Madonna is drawn to Kabbalah because of its promise of reincarnation, according to ContactMusic. “The thought of eternal life appeals to me,” the once-Material Girl said. . . . Scarlett Johansson has said that her “Love Match” co-star Jonathan Rhys-Meyers sometimes acted like a girl , but he says he engaged in some very boyish behavior. “I remember [Scarlett] telling me not to look at her [bosoms],” he said. “But I did sneak a peek. I couldn’t help it. They were in my face.”
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