New Image of Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace; Biopic Set for Sundance Premiere

Yesterday we brought you the fifteen movies we’re most excited about at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, but it seems we forgot one big one: Lovelace, the biopic about Linda Lovelace and her starring turn in the classic ’70s porno Deep Throat. Stills from the film have been trickling online in the fast few months (and there’s something about that phrase that makes me a little uncomfy considering the subject matter of the film), but a new image of Amanda Seyfried in the titular role’s groovy hairdo popped up this morning.

Entertainment Weekly shares the image as well as more details about the film, which has an impressive cast assembled.

Sharon Stone, Juno Temple, Wes Bentley, Hank Azaria (in the directors chair), Robert Patrick, Bobby Cannavale (partially obscured in the upper right corner), and Chris Noth (standing beside the camera) co-star in Lovelace. Peter Sarsgaard also stars as Lovelace’s husband, Chuck Traynor, the man she later claimed abused her and coerced her into the porn world. James Franco will appear as Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, and Adam Brody (seated in the chair) is fellow porn actor Harry Reems.

Will Lovelace be a hit? Few movies have been able to capture the essence of porn the way that Boogie Nights did nearly sixteen (sixteen! it’s been that long!) years ago. It’ll definitely be a movie to keep an eye on. 

Check out the new still below:

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Linkage: Jennifer Lawrence Thinks Acting Is Stupid, Brangelina Might Have Married

Silver Linings Playbook star Jennifer Lawrence is looking great on the cover of this month’s Vanity Fair, and she’s taking a cue from her character’s outspokenness. "Not to sound rude, but [acting] is stupid… Everybody’s like, ‘How can you remain with a level head?’ And I’m like, ‘Why would I ever get cocky? I’m not saving anybody’s life. There are doctors who save lives and firemen who run into burning buildings. I’m making movies. It’s stupid.’” (Good luck on that second Oscar nomination, Jen!) [Vanity Fair]

Some guys care if ladies wear makeup. Some guys don’t. Here’s a tip: don’t listen to what dudes think. [The Frisky]

TV legend Jimmie Walker drops some truthbombs about the state of African-American-led films and television shows: "What has happened is that any minority character you see on a show now is always the police commissioner, the head of the hospital, the school superintendent. Those kinds of people don’t invoke followers. The people who are going to get attention are the wacky guys… who eventually become stars… You’ll never see a black Will Ferrell, You’ll never see a black Adam Sandler, because black people aren’t allowed to play those kind of roles." [Indiewire]

If you invite me to your sonogram party, friendship terminated. [Jezebel]

How many New Year’s resolutions did you make? Or should I ask, how many of your goals go unfulfilled this year? [Hypervocal]

It should come as no surprise that Hugh Hefner married a blonde woman named "Crystal." [EW]

…but did Brad Pitt and Angelina get married? Who knows! [Telegraph]

Braces are popular in Asia. BRB, going back in time to get my teenage self and then sending him to present-day Indonesia. [The Gloss]

Everyone annoyed with the rap music in the trailer for The Great Gatsby will probably just have to kill themselves now that Jay-Z will score the film. Natural progression of emotions, right? [AV Club]

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Call CPS: Hugh Hefner Re-engaged To A 25-Year-Old

Playboy honcho Hugh Hefner, 85, found it in his heart to forgive his 25-year-old girlfriend Crystal Harris for dumping him five days before their wedding — these lovebirds are now re-engaged.

Hefner originally proposed to the Playmate and Girls Next Door star on Christmas Eve 2010. But a few months later rumors began circulating that his fiancée was two-timing him with — wait for it — Dr. Phil McGraw’s son, Jordan McGraw. Shortly after, she called off the wedding five days before she was to walk down the aisle. Awkwardly, her Playboy cover trumpeting her as "Mrs. Crystal Hefner" had already gone to print and hit newstands in July 2011.

Well, dust off those "Mrs. Crystal Hefner" issues because they’re relevant again. TMZ reports these two crazy kids are engaged again and that Crystal just felt she needed time to "be independent and stand on her own two feet."

May their blessed union actually happen this time … their future be less wrinkly and saggy than it sounds.

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Hugh Hefner Will Release Lindsay Lohan Playboy Issue Early Due to Leak

Now that Lindsay Lohan’s Playboy pics have leaked and everyone has seen and commented and pretty much been like, eh, whatever, she did the nude Marilyn Monroe thing in New York Magazine in 2008, the rag is trying to do damage control. Originally set for a cover reveal on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Dec. 15, Hugh Hefner has come up with a new plan.

“Because of the interest & the Internet leak, we’re releasing the Lindsay Lohan issue early,” he Tweeted late yesterday. 

Instead of hitting shelves later this month, you can purchase your copy as soon as next week.   “Lindsay Lohan was the top search name on the Internet yesterday. Her issue goes on sale late next week. Hot. Hot. Hot,” Hef stated.

It will be the perfect gift for someone without Internet access or that one lone person who truly really does read Playboy for the articles.

Morning Links: Crystal Harris Says Sex With Hef Sucked, Amy Winehouse Album Sales Soar

● Crystal Harris told Howard Stern that sex with Hef lasted “like two seconds” and that she had never really seen him naked. All of which amounts to “not bad” when you are sleeping with an 85-year-old. [People] ● Nicki Minaj was fined $1,000 for doing what Nick Minaj does best: shaking her superior booty. [RapRadar] ● Everything went according to plan at Amy Winehouse’s funeral yesterday: Kelly Osbourne sported a tribute beehive, Amy’s bodygaurds got one last bizarre picture, and Carole King was played. May she rest in peace. [HuffPost/AP]

● Amy Winehouse has reentered the charts, posthumously selling more albums this past week than she did in the week following her 2008 Grammy sweep. [THR] ● Paris and Lindsay are back together and life is back in harmony. [TMZ] ● Alexander McQueen left £50,000 (or about $82,000) for the care of Minter, Juice, and Callum — his pet dogs. [Guardian] ● Before there was Snooki and Jwoww, there were these girls. [VillageVoice]

Morning Links: Hugh Hefner Almost Ditched at Altar, Natalie Portman Gives Birth

● Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied welcomed their baby boy into the world yesterday. No word yet on name or photos, but surely, we’ll be made more familiar soon. [People] ● Scandal in Playboy land! Just five days before they were scheduled to walk down the aisle, Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris have called off their wedding. And according to today’s Page Six, they did so with good reason: Apparently Crystal Harris had been secretly offered $500,000 to ditch Hef at the alter in order to make a “media sensation” of their Lifetime TV special wedding. They called things off early when she decided she couldn’t go through with it. But Hugh, ever the playboy, already has new weekend plans. [Page Six] ● L.A. music promoter Robert Ross told a court yesterday that he had been kidnapped by gang members who were looking for a Shaq sex tape. When they couldn’t find the tape, they settled for Ross’s diamond earrings, a Rolex watch, and $15,000 in cash instead. [CNN]

● If you were thinking about flatware as a wedding gift for Kim and Kris, make sure it’s Hermes. According to their wedding-registry, they’ve got $155 cereal bowls on order. [PopEater] ● Lil B broke news yesterday, tweeting about his feature on an upcoming Lil Wayne mix tape. Mack Maine went on to confirm that a new tape, Thanks 4 Waiting, is in fact on, to tide over fans while they wait on the oft-delayed Tha Carter IV. #C4boom [RapRadar] ● Troubled Teen Mom Amber Portwood was rushed to the hospital after a possible suicide attempt. Season 3 should be a good one. [Radar]

Morning Links: Dancing With the Stars Solicits More Tea Partiers, Hugh Hefner Plans His Tweets

● Remember when Beyonce, Mariah Carey, and Usher performed for Qaddafi’s son on New Year’s two years ago for millions of dollars and it looked bad? Now Libya is in revolt and it looks even worse. [NYT] ● Former Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell announced on her Facebook yesterday that she got the official “Ask” from Dancing With The Stars and needs her “Fans” help her decide what to do. The post now has 237 “Likes” and 399 (mostly encouraging) comments. Dancing With The Stars is beginning to look like the strangest Tea Party convention we’ve ever seen. [FaceBook] ●Jimmy Fallon had a mole removed on Dr. Memhet Oz yesterday because he’s funny. And moles are funny. [GawkerTV]

● Hugh Hefner used to write his tweets down on paper, carefully counting out all 140 characters, for his lady friend Crystal Harris to send. Their married life is sure to be as quaint. [NYer] ● Daft Punk and Coca Cola are teaming up to release metallic silver and gold (like their helmets) bottles of “Club Coke” in, of course, clubs. Because that’s generally the type of coke club-goers are into. [Huff Post] ● Joan Didion took a spill and broke her collarbone. A Year of Clavical Thinking or promotion for her upcoming memoir? [LATimes]

Links: Sex With Hugh Hefner is Subpar, Chris Brown’s Twitter Rant is Homophobic

● Hugh Hefner just laid around “like a dead fish” during sex, according to the memoir of a former Playmate, who also alleges that Hef’s old number one, Holly Madison, had the dirtiest job of all. [Daily Mail] ● David Beckham swears under oath that he did not have sex with Irma Nici, a prostitute, who claims it happened five times in total. If he’s lying, Becks is in big trouble. [TMZ] ● Marc Anthony owes $3.4 million in back taxes, meaning he needs his career back or to be really nice to Jennifer Lopez. [Radar]

● Chris Brown went on a super classy Twitter tirade against Raz-B, a former member of B2k, after Raz criticized his abuse of Rihanna, calling him a “homothug” and “Peter Pan,” and mocking the singer’s molestation. But he’s sorry and totally not homophobic. [Us Weekly] ● Camille Grammer, a Real Housewife and all around boss, is demanding a divorce settlement of $50 million from her philandering husband Frasier. [NYP] ● Ryan Phillippe “wishes nothing but the best” for Reese Witherspoon in her engagement (but he’s crossing his fingers). [NYDN]

Hugh Hefner Discusses Playboy’s Legacy

To younger generations, Hugh Hefner is a soft-spoken household name, an old, silk-robed man who lives a curious dream-life in a Beverly Hills mansion with a harem of plastic and platinum cover girls. He owns a magazine that’s barely titillating in comparison to what’s a few mouse clicks away online. Yet at 84 years old, in the twilight of his remarkable life, how exactly Hef came to be an American icon in the first place is what’s most curious of all. Academy Award-winning documentarian Brigitte Berman agrees. She focused her lens on Hugh Marston Hefner’s evolution from Puritan family man to groundbreaking magazine publisher to social crusader. The result is her Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel, an all-access look into Hef’s inner-life (in theaters this Friday). We had the opportunity to share in Hefner’s remarkable candidness, and to ask him about the documentary, today’s generation of men, and if he, of all people, truly understands women.

Considering you could probably have had any documentary filmmaker in the world tell this story, why did you choose Brigitte Berman? Well, it really was Brigette Berman’s decision rather than mine. The reason I said yes is because I trust Brigitte Berman, she’s a very talented filmmaker and her approach to the story of my life is unique. She told me exactly what she had in mind. As you know, I then open up about my biography and showed my scrapbooks and gave her full access.

Can you tell us about your sexual education? I was raised—and I think it probably was a cause and effect correlation here—in a very Puritan home and there were very few hugs and kisses in my home. No education or conversation about sex. I grew up believing in fairly traditional views and values about sex. I didn’t have sexual intercourse for the first time until I was out of college and I had spent two years in the army and it was with the girl I was planning on marrying. And she was my first wife. I believe that was typical of my peers. My friends and classmates and chums were all pretty much the same. It was the typical Midwestern, middle-class life. Very different then life today.

The majority of the documentary focuses on social barriers Playboy helped break down. Has Playboy run out of issues to stand up for? I think it keeps on going. Freedom requires eternal vigilance in every form. It’s almost impossible for young people to remember what life was like back in the middle of the twentieth century when Playboy began. The post-war era was a very conservative time: politically, socially and sexually. Nice young people did not live together before they got married and the only supposed moral purpose of sex was to have children. There were very strict laws related to sexual behavior and the worst penalties were the ones that involved any type of sexual activity that were related to not having a child. Oral sex, anal sex, both heterosexual and homosexual, married or single, those were the most heinous laws in some states. In Georgia, some laws could get you up to 50 years.

So for a man who has had so many incredible experiences throughout his life, what drives you these days? Quite frankly for me, on a personal level, one of the most satisfying things are the first Playboy issues any particular individuals saw. Their first images, their first playmates. They are iconic in nature. They are like first loves. They are part of the whole initial transition into maturity. It is very difficult to duplicate those images today as sexual images are now everywhere and one of the things which we have lost in the process is the romanticism. I grew up in a much more romantic time. You gain something but you also lose something. We have lost the romantic connection.

What do you think about today’s generation of men? Have we changed? Historically there would be romantic pursuit prior to marriage. But once a person got married the whole focus changes, for many people. You would get married, have a baby, and that would become the focus of the entire household. The baby would become children, and the wife’s attention would become transferred to the children and, meanwhile, the husband would take a mistress and the romantic connection would subsequently be transferred to the mistress. And I saw something very sad in all of that. I felt very much that one should try to postpone marriage until you were really ready to settle down, that they should try to keep the romantic part of their life alive inside the marriage, as well as before.

Do you think the magazine business is in danger of dying? I think it’s going to change, I don’t think it’s going to die. The methods of entertainment are changing. The internet is expanding horizons in terms of communication and information. At the same time, we lose something in the process of reading on the internet. It just doesn’t feel as good as reading something in a magazine. The nature of progress is that you gain something, but you lose something in the process.

Do you have any regrets? Well, of course. Both on a personal level and business level. I have made mistakes and people have been hurt around me at times. It’s a very dangerous game. Ray Bradbury wrote a story called The Sound of Thunder which was published in Playboy. It is about the Butterfly Effect, where a time-traveling hunter goes hunting prehistoric animals and steps off the time sled, crushes a butterfly and subsequently changes everything in the future. So when he goes back to the present, his whole world is different. My life has been so blessed and I have been so fortunate, I hesitate to say I want to change anything, because if I did I don’t know what the impact might be. I know I’m a lucky—a very, very, very lucky fellow.

In all your years working with and dating some of the most unique and beautiful women in the world, do you think you understand them? Do I understand women? (laughs loudly)Ah yes, well we’ll both laugh on that one. Everyone is an individual. I spent my life—and majored in psychology at the University of Illinois—precisely because I wanted to understand not only women, but both men and women, and why we are so hypocritical and why we are in relationships and why we hurt one another as we do. I think I have done a pretty good job. I’m a one-eyed man in a blind world. Beyond a certain point, it is all a mystery.

Which individual do you believe Playboy has helped to change the most? That’s tough to say. Well, I do think that Playboy itself and certainly the appearance of the Playmates—that people’s lives are changed by the magazine. Many of the women who have appeared in the magazine have had their lives changed for the better. Honestly, I’m probably the most changed.

Is life still as good as it once was? I recently celebrated my 84th birthday. I am in good health, I come from a good gene pool—my mother lived to be 101. This is, I must confess, one of the very best times of my life. I have a very good personal relationship with a young lady named Crystal Harris. I am getting positive approval and acknowledgement in the Brigitte Berman documentary, a new coffee table book from Taschen which covers the first 3 decades of Playboy in a six volume set, and the fact that there is a screenplay in the works for a feature film on my life over at Universal. Everything is coming together in a very nice way.