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Mickey Rourke Claims Pet Parrot and Russian Vacation As Business Expenses

"[Y]ou have to do what you need to do to get a handle on your guy. I felt I needed to know where [my character, Whiplash] spent a lot of years, and in this case that was in a Russian prison. So I wanted to see what that was like for myself. I didn’t tell Favreau I was going. I went over there for a few weeks and I went to the prisons in Moscow and I met with a prisoner who had just got out after 12 years … I tried to incorporate the whole Russian philosophy. I spoke to Favreau and I told him, ‘Well, I’d like to be able to speak Russian in the movie, I’d like to be able to use a Russian accent when I had to speak English and I also wanted to have a pet.'" —Iron Man 2 star Mickey Rourke [Inquirer]

"I love working with him. He's my favorite actor to work with, and the only complicated thing is to find the right project." —Angelina Jolie on Brad Pitt [EW via HuffPo]

"[I]t’s in 4D. Not only does it require special glasses, it requires a special helmet. And electrodes and a thing you have to put in your mouth so as to not bite off your tongue. We’ve gone past Avatar. … It’s almost as if you can taste, touch, and smell the Schmucks." —Paul Rudd on his upcoming Dinner for Schmucks [Popwatch/EW]

"It was a really tough crowd. I'm still struggling with my throat and I'm sucking these sweets to try and help me through. But yeah they were tough. I heard they were a little pissed off, I understand. I still loved it though, I just love being back on stage. Thank you so much for coming, I hope you enjoyed it." —Whitney Houston on her shaky England concert [Mirror UK]

"I remember in the first draft I read, there was, like, one dinner. So, much to my ultimate chagrin, I said to [director Ryan Murphy], ‘There’s just not enough eating! It is called EAT Pray Love.’ Of course, there I am stuffing my face in Rome every other day. I gained seven pounds in Italy." —Julia Roberts [Popwatch/EW]

“It felt really weird kissing someone else as Bella. I was like, ‘What the hell are you doing?’ It was a really strange experience — as it should have been." —Kristen Stewart on kissing Taylor Lautner, a.k.a. werewolf Jacob, in Twilight: Eclipse [Popwatch/EW]

"It was a really tough crowd. I'm still struggling with my throat and I'm sucking these sweets to try and help me through. But yeah they were tough. I heard they were a little pissed off, I understand. I still loved it though, I just love being back on stage. Thank you so much for coming, I hope you enjoyed it." —Whitney Houston on her shaky England concert [Mirror UK]

"My big concern was, 'She's way too good looking!' I was like, 'You need to gain weight, and the goal is to blow people's image of you into tiny little pieces. I'm going to make you look bad at every turn.'" —Meet Monica Velour director Kieth Bearden on the movie's star Kim Cattrall [Daily Express UK]

"[I]t made me laugh a lot to hear her say 'cunt' a lot. It's very funny." —Kick-Ass star Christopher Mintz-Plasse on co-star Chloe Moretz [io9]

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