Glenn Close's Guide to Good Acting: Be in a Cult

Glenn Close has opened up about a rarely discussed fact of her upbringing, saying that she used to be in a cult and credits it with honing her acting abilities at a young age. Joining the conservative Moral Re-Armament sect with her family when she was seven she toured the world as part of their musical collective Up With People until she went to college. "It was a cult, where everyone was told to think alike, and that's devastating. I decided that I would not trust even my instincts. Because I didn't know what they were. Everything had been dictated," she said. "It also gives you a huge sense of looking from the outside in, and I think that in many ways that has been very good as an actor, because you are somebody who is asked to go into a character... I always felt that I was held together with Scotch tape and paper clips, and, as an actor, that's good." Because her role as sociopath Patty Hewes in Damages makes it the best TV show ever I suppose we owe Moral Re-Armament a secular world of thanks. [NY Mag]


Glenn Close's Guide to Good Acting: Be in a Cult

The latest in the long line of updates you can expect in coming weeks, Seal was given the flick by Heidi Klum a few weeks ago but it took him a while to get his shit together and leave. The vultures have also started circling and are guessing who will get what in the split, with talk going in favor of Heidi giving Seal spousal support because she earns a lot more than him. "Heidi Klum has been making tens of millions of dollars a year for quite a few years now," said Forbes scribe Zack Greenburg. "She is diversified and has a bunch of different six-figure revenue streams that are going to ensure that she continues to make millions a year for the foreseeable future." [Page Six, E!]


Glenn Close's Guide to Good Acting: Be in a Cult

Single Demi Moore is so much more fun than married Demi Moore. The actress has already moving on from her first rebound fling and is now said to be feverishly sexting Canadian musician Ricky J. "Demi and Ricky have been getting very flirty recently. Ricky thinks she's really hot, and Demi seems to be loving the attention," said a source type. "Ricky wants to get her to record a track with him. Demi has actually got a great voice, and it helps that she is super, super hot too!" [Radar]


Glenn Close's Guide to Good Acting: Be in a Cult

It should come as no surprise that Whitney Houston has smoked most of her fortune away, but that doesn't mean it doesn't suck. "She might be homeless if not for people saving her. She is broke as a joke," said someone, adding that she's been begging her friends for money. "She called someone to ask for $100. It is so sad. She should have Mariah Carey money, and she's flat broke." [Radar]
Of course her reps are denying it. That's their job — well, for as long as they have it. [Contact Music]


Glenn Close's Guide to Good Acting: Be in a Cult

It's a pretty bold statement, but some folks are talking a big game and saying that this guy is the next Ryan Gosling. Soon to be setting our eyes to stun thanks to his role in strip-tastic Magic Mike, Matthew Bomer will then be starring opposite Mark Ruffalo in the film adaptation of The Normal Heart. He's playing Ruffles' boyfriend in the film so any sex scenes between the two will certainly work in his favor shower-nozzle masturbation material-wise. But what say you? Is it time for the Gosling to step aside? [OMG]


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  • Vanessa also didn't deny the split when directly asked. Not the best sign. [Daily Mail]
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  • With all due respect to Marg Helgenberger, they gave her a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? [Ministry Of Gossip]