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Katy Perry Is As Strong As an Elephant

"He used to basically be a professional prostitute — now he's not. He's an extremist, which can be both good and bad. I always needed someone stronger than me and I am, like, a fucking strong elephant of a woman. I say that hopefully in the humblest way I can." —Katy Perry on Russell Brand [Esquire via Us]

"If you don't think it's music, then get the fuck outta here." —John Zorn during an unexpectedly experimental Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, and John Zorn concert, after which fans began to leave [Guardian UK]

"When I decided I wanted to be a performer I knew it was a path I would have to carve out on my own. It wasn't what my parents wanted, but they supported me in my wishes. I took no money from them. I moved out of home into a tiny apartment in New York. I took jobs waitressing, working in burlesque clubs, waiting in bars, and I hustled my way into the New York art scene. All the money I earned I used to pay my rent and pay for flyers, studio time, whatever I felt I needed. It was tough and it was exciting and it was non-stop, and it was all my own journey. It gave me the work ethic I have today and it gave me a feeling that there was something honourable about doing it all myself with no handouts. If you want something really badly you have to be prepared to put yourself through anything, work your backside off and never stop. ... You have to live your art, as it's all about integrity. You won't ever catch me in sweatpants and a hoodie. Even in bed I wear my pearls and high heels." —Lady Gaga [Daily Mail UK]

"I would answer that question with a resounding yes. I was scared and depressed for a while. Not that I had any reason to fucking be depressed — I mean, I was going to college and everything. It was not like I was hungry. But absolutely. I was like, ‘Shit, I don’t know if anybody’s gonna let me act. They’ll let me be in another sitcom, but I don’t want to do that. This is terrible.’ Yeah." —Joseph Gordon Levitt on whether he was frustrated after 3rd Rock From the Sun [Details]

"I didn’t have many lines or anything like that. I just hope that this show opens up a dialogue between parents and teens — and teens amongst themselves — about the consequences of teen pregnancy, sex in general and relationships." —Bristol Palin on her acting debut on The Secret Life of the American Teenager [Us]

"Marlon Wayans, he did a screen test and it was just unbelievable. It's not just doing the comedy of Richard Pryor. He captures the vulnerability of Richard Pryor." —Chris Rock on his upcoming Richard Pryor biopic [MTV]

"Films today have become too sophisticated." —Sylvester Stallone [3 News NZ]

"One reason that I'm still here and I'm still relevant to this day — probably even more relevant than a lot of new people who come into the industry — is because I know how to reinvent myself, I know how to change with the times." —Lil' Kim [SOHH]

"Oh, I’m a lot easier to work with [now]. I’m a pushover, a sweetheart when it comes to my fellow players. I used to be a monster ... I suppose I have mellowed. It was just too exhausting to go on being a prick." —Christopher Plummer [Macleans]

"We've been trying to make that for two, three years, and we're going to get it done at some point. I'm going to fucking break my spine in half if I have to to get that thing done. I think it's just the atmosphere of movies right now, smaller movies. Nobody has the balls to make a movie for under — it's got to be a $40 million comedy or a $200 million Avatar, and that's it. ... So that movie is deemed way too bizarre and outside the box right now. Which is stupid, because there's an audience for that movie, totally. We'll find some way to do it, I swear to god. I think Bubba Ho-tep is just a fucking great movie. I really do. We'll make this other one somehow." —Paul Giamatti on Bubba Nosferatu [Movies Blog/MTV]