Several nationalist groups in Japan have called for the country to ban Angelina Jolie because of her film Unbroken, which, they claim, represents Japanese officers during WWII in a negative light.
Jolie's film tells the story of real-life Olympian Louis Zamperini, an Army Air Forces second lieutenant taken prisoner by the Japanese. One scene has an imperial officer named Mutsuhiro Watanabe mercilessly beating the American. The film is based on Laura Hillenbrand's biography of the same name and Zamperini's own accounts.
Hiromichi Moteki, the secretary general of the Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact, tells London's Telegraph, "It's pure fabrication. . . . This movie has no credibility and is immoral."
Joaquin: Not engaged
To all the boys and girls who wept when Joaquin Phoenix told David Letterman he was engaged: Don't worry, he's still on the market. Tuesday morning, just hours after spilling the good news, Phoenix admitted it was all a lark.
"I think, like, my life is so boring, it seemed like it was something exciting to talk about," he said on Good Morning America. His rep says it was "just Joaquin's extraordinary and spontaneous sense of humor."
Diddy 'n' Drake: The song
Why did P. Diddy Combs see fit to send rapper Drake to the hospital with a dislocated shoulder? It seems that artistic differences led to the stars' mysterious brawl Sunday at LIV nightclub in Miami Beach.
TMZ says Diddy was upset after he heard Drake's new, Grammy-nominated single "0 to 100." Seems producer Boi-1da gave both artists rights to record the song, and Diddy was miffed that Drake released one first. Reports say Diddy, rebuffed when he tried to talk to Drake, began the fight saying, "You'll never disrespect me again."
Ms. Doctor Who ?
Doctor Who has delighted fans for half a century with its unique hero, the Doctor, a time traveler who doesn't die but regenerates, each time showing up with a different body. Yet from the season premiere in 1963, which starred William Hartnell as the Doctor, to his latest incarnation, played by Peter Capaldi, the doc has always been a man. Not for much longer. "No one says you can't" have a female Doctor, showrunner Peter Moffat tells Wales Online. And Capaldi tells SFX mag, "I think the next time might be a female Doctor."
A pretty woman . . . sans makeup
Feminist fashionistas (is there such a thing?) are applauding Pretty Woman star Julia Roberts for posing in the 2015 Givenchy catalog without any makeup. Roberts, 47, is one of the fashion house's celeb faces.
"I decided to make her more intellectual, more serious, more pure," Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci tells Women Wear's Daily.
Critics: 'Selma' is year's best
The African American Film Critics Association has named director Ava DuVernay's Selma the best film of the year. The film, about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement, also garnered wins for best director (DuVernay) and best actor (David Oyelowo). Gugu Mbatha-Raw won the best-actress award for her lead role in Amma Asante's Belle.
Scarlett on motherhood
Scarlett Johansson, 30, is having a magical time with her baby girl Rose Dorothy, who was born in September.
"It's wonderful. It's very, very magical - and exhausting," Romain Dauriac's wife tells Barbara Walters in a segment to air Sunday on ABC's The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014.
Adds Scar-Jo, "The love is just unbelievable. It's very overwhelming."