Colin Farrell Discusses Little-Known Friendship With Elizabeth Taylor

Colin Farrell reading a poem at Elizabeth Taylor's private funeral last week seemed a bit random, since most of us weren't aware they'd even met. Today he explained that they only became close in the past year and a half: "How did we become friends? You know, the old story of boy meets girl, and boy pesters girl with too many phone calls at inappropriate hours of the night." He said of the poem he read, Gerard Manley Hopkins', "The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo," "Elizabeth chose it. It was a tricky poem as well. Even in passing she had me under the thumb, sweating bricks." Farrell added, "I adore her... still." [Access Hollywood]


When Oprah's show ends Rosie O'Donnell will film her new OWN show in her old studio. Rosie said in a video to Harpo employees, "I just wanted to say: Hi, I'm coming to Chicago. Yes, I am, and I'm thrilled about it. And I get to work with all of you, who have created magnificent television for two decades-plus ... Thank you, Oprah. And thank all you people there. Some of you are going to be sticking around and helping us make a kick-ass show for the Oprah Winfrey Network." [Hollywood Reporter]

When asked about Rebecca Black in an Australian interview, Miley Cyrus said, "It should be harder to be an artist. You shouldn't just be able to put a song on YouTube and go out on tour." [Radar]
Stephen Colbert has promised to perform Rebecca Black's "Friday" with the Roots on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon if fans match Colbert and Fallon's $26,000 donation to [The Wrap]


Teen Mom's Amber Portwood and Gary Shirley are considering moving to L.A. "They want to start a new life together and moving to LA would be the best way to start over," says a source. "And of course it would also really help with their future projects like book deals, a clothing line and more television." [Radar]
Amber's dad Shawn Portwood is upset that she doesn't talk to him, so he decided to patch things up by complaining about her to Radar. [Radar]

  • Shania Twain's alleged stalker was taken into police custody after one of her bodyguards spotted her in the crowd before she was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. [E!]
  • If you heard the horrible Jackie Chan death rumor that's going around, be assured that he is "alive and well." [People]
  • Reese Witherspoon wore a "strapless, pale pink gown custom-designed by Monique Lhuillier" at her wedding to Jim Toth over the weekend. [Us]
  • Today it was reported that AMC wants Matthew Weiner to cut six actors from Mad Men, not just two. However, a source tells Gawker that the network doesn't want to cut any actors, it just doesn't want to pay them for a full season if they only appear in one or two episodes. [The Wrap, Gawker]
  • Bill Murray is going to play FDR in a film adaptation of the British radio play Hyde Park on The Hudson. [N.Y. Mag]
  • Glee's April 26 "Born This Way" episode may be extended to 90 minutes to add two music numbers. [TV Line]
  • Glee's Amber Riley says, "I'm a plus-sized girl, but I know how to dress myself and I know what looks good on me. With the character I play, I feel there is a lot of responsibility and I'm okay with being a role model. I think that recognition made a lot of girls feel like they can be beautiful and confident no matter what size or color they are." [Black Voices]

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