Inside Madonna's Post-Oscars Party: Mila Kunis, Miley Cyrus, Brangelina and MoreMadonna has done it again.
The Queen of Pop threw her annual celeb-filled post-Oscars bash last night at her manager Guy Oseary's house.
And we're not talking about just any celebs. Guests included Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Lupita Nyong'o, Julia Roberts, Miley Cyrus, Charlize Theron, Madonna's ex Sean Penn and spouses-to-be Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher.
"Brad and Angie were talking to Julia and hanging out with Lupita, who was walking around with her Oscar telling everyone it was the best night ever," a source tells me.
And then there was the dance floor.
"Miley was dancing with Madonna, and Julia was dancing with her friend," the source said. (Although not confirmed, we imagine it was Roberts' best friend from high school, who she brought as her date because hubby Danny Moder had to work.)
And continuing their PDA tour, "Sean and Charlize were making out on the dance floor," the source said.
Kunis and Kutcher (his ex-wife, Demi Moore, used to cohost the soiree with Madonna) were also spotted at the Gucci-sponsored bash, as were Leonardo DiCaprio and his model girlfriend Toni Garrn. Jennifer Lawrence was palling around with some girlfriends.
Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres was there with wife Portia De Rossi, as was Bradley Cooper with his first-time Academy Awards attendee girlfriend Suki Waterhouse. Cooper's American Hustle costars Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams also joined in on the fun.
Meryl Streep brought along her husband, Don Gummer.
Roberts did let her kids know she'd be home late. "They know I'm going to the Oscars," she told me earlier in the day on the Oscars red carpet. "I don't know if they know what that means per se, but they know I won't be home for bedtime, so that's the bummer."
Fifty Shades of Grey movie producers Dana Brunetti and Mike De Luca also hosted a private house party.
The guest list included Brunetti's girlfriend Kristin Chenoweth, Ryan Seacrest, John Stamos, Kellan Lutz, Tyson Beckford and Michael Strahan.
McDonald's provided a late-night menu of breakfast treats, including Egg McMuffins.
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher Step Out Together for First Time Since Engagement News-See the Pic!(Photo) Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher may be heading to the altar soon, but it was business as usual for the couple on Saturday morning.
The hand-holding adorable lovebirds were spotted for the first time since news of their engagement and kept a low-profile as they took their dogs for a leisurely walk in Los Angeles.
The blushing bride-to-be flashed a subtle smile as she kept her face down in her dark gray hooded sweatshirt. The Two and a Half Men grinned at the photographers. There was also no sign of Kunis' beautiful sparkler.
E! News exclusively confirmed that the former That 70's Show co-stars are planning to make it official, after dating for almost two years.
The Jupiter Ascending actress was shopping on Thursday wearing a large diamond ring on that finger, and a source tells us that she and her actor-businessman boyfriend are getting married.
Fans of the classic sitcom were first treated to signs of Jackie and Kelso's real-life coupling back in April 2012, though it took a number of months for them to be more public with their romance.
The beautiful pair didn't hide their affection for one another and soon engaged in some PDA-packed trips around the globe. After attending their siblings' respective weddings in December 2013 and February 2014, Kutcher decided to pop the question.
For Kunis, marrying Kutcher is a dream come true. "Listen, in five years I do hope to have a family, and, you know, who knows?" she told Interview in August 2012. "I've always been a big proponent of not working for the sake of working, because I don't want to work for the rest of my life—I want to live."
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Are Engaged: A Timeline of the That '70s Show Co-Stars' RomanceHow cute is this? Mila Kunis is marrying the first man she ever kissed!
In 1998, she locked lips with her That '70s Show costar Ashton Kutcher—on camera, no less! "I was like, 'Oh, he's so cute, it's the Calvin Klein model!'" Kunis later told People. "Then I was like, 'I have to kiss him?' I was so nervous and uncomfortable. I had the biggest crush on him." When Kutcher found out, he couldn't believe it. "I'm the first guy she kissed? Oh my god, I had no idea!" he told the weekly magazine later that year. "I'm so glad I didn't know that or it would've been too much pressure."
The comedy aired on Fox from 1998 to 2006, during which time they dated other people.
Kunis began romancing Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin in 2002. Seven years later, after denying engagement rumors, the actress told BlackBook that she wasn't keen on the idea of marriage. "Not to say that I don't believe in it, but it's just not something that's important to me," Kunis explained.
The unlikely couple called it quits in late 2010 but kept the news of their breakup secret until early 2011. "The split was amicable, and they remain close friends," Kunis' rep said at the time.
Even though they weren't dating at the time, Kunis spoke fondly of Kutcher. "People think Ashton has changed," she told Parade in October 2007. "He's still the same old goofball that he used to be."
Kutcher, meanwhile, dated a number of women during his time on the show. According to January Jones, however, the TV star was a terrible boyfriend. "He was not supportive of my acting," the Mad Men star told GQ in 2009. "He was like, 'I don't think you're going to be good at this.' So, f--k you!"
He went on to date Dark Angel star Ashley Scott for nine months in 2001. Two years later, he fell in love with his Just Married costar Brittany Murphy. After that romance fizzled, he met Demi Moore.
In spite of their 16-year age difference, the A-listers became notorious for their PDA-packed outings and gushy tweets. In November 2011, Moore announced plans to divorce the Two and a Half Men star.
"It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton," the Margin Call actress said in a statement. "As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life."
Thirteen months later, Kutcher filed for divorce in L.A. Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences. When Moore filed a response two months later, she too cited irreconcilable differences. Unlike Kutcher, however, she asked to receive spousal support and compensation for her attorney's fees.
During their drawn-out divorce proceedings, Kutcher began spending more time with Kunis—and by the spring of 2012, it was clear that their friendship had evolved into a romance. Still, he was hesitant to say anything about their courtship, telling Elle, "People will fill in the blanks however they want."
As tensions with Moore reached an all-time high, Kutcher—whose divorce was finalized in November 2013—became less inclined to discuss his personal life. "You know, I've learned the hard way how valuable privacy is," he said. "And I've learned that there are a lot of things in your life that really benefit from being private. And relationships are one of them. And I am going to do everything in my power to have this relationship be private."
Of course, the former co-stars didn't exactly hide their mutual affection for one another. During their PDA-packed trips around the globe, they hung out with Princess Beatrice and David Clark. After attending their siblings' respective weddings in December 2013 and February 2014, Kutcher decided to pop the question.
For Kunis, marrying Kutcher is a dream come true. "Listen, in five years I do hope to have a family, and, you know, who knows?" she told Interview in August 2012. "I've always been a big proponent of not working for the sake of working, because I don't want to work for the rest of my life—I want to live."
Kutcher parodies Demi's iconic 'Ghost' pottery scene(Photo) Ashton Kutcher gave a playful nod to ex-wife Demi Moore on Thursday night’s episode of “Two and a Half Men.”
Just before the show’s final credits, the 36-year-old and co-star Jon Cryer recreated the famous pottery wheel scene from “Ghost” — complete with the Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody” in the background — in a hilarious dream sequence.
The original scene, which featured Moore, 51, and Patrick Swayze, is one of the most iconic moments of ’90s cinema. It’s been parodied a number of times, but never by someone the actress was herself involved with.
Kutcher and Moore started dating in 2003, and were married two years later. They separated in late 2011, although their divorce wasn’t finalized until November of last year.
On Thursday night, reports surfaced claiming that the “Jobs” star and his former “That ’70s Show” castmate Mila Kunis were engaged. The couple began dating in February 2012.
Mila Kunis Is Engaged to Ashton Kutcher: Check Out Her Diamond Ring!(Photo) You are not about to be punk'd.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are engaged, E! News exclusively confirms.
Kunis was spotted shopping earlier today wearing a diamond ring on that finger, and a source tells us that she and her actor-businessman boyfriend are indeed planning to make it official.
She and Kutcher, who are pretty darn adorable together, have been dating for almost two years. That '70s Show fans were first treated to signs of Jackie and Kelso's real-life coupling back in April 2012, though it took a number of months for them to be more public with their romance.
Kunis even laughed off the early dating rumors as "absurd" at the time. Kutcher had split up with Demi Moore about seventh months prior to kindling the flame with his former costar.
"It's amazing," Kurtwood Smith, who played Red on the series, said of their relationship in November 2012. "They're both great people, so I'm happy for them."
In fact, at the time, Smith joked, "Maybe they should get married. We'll all go to the wedding and that could be the reunion. It'll be a reality show."
Well, the wedding part is underway. Let's get to work on that reality show.
Mila Kunis "Gasped" When Ashton Kutcher Footed the Bill for Their Super Expensive MealMila Kunis likes to enjoy a fancy feast from time to time. But a recent dining experience with boyfriend Ashton Kutcher made the actress gasp. Literally.
The 30-year-old actress dished to Details magazine about how she and her beau are "massive foodies" and how the couple splurged on a recent meal. Well, it was actually the Two and a Half Men star who made the expensive purchase.
"I didn't make the splurge; my significant other did," the brunette beauty revealed. "And then I looked at the bill and I thought I was going to die."
Kunis played coy about the name of the restaurant or the total price.
"When the check came, I gasped," Kunis continued. "And it was not French Laundry or Per Se. That's all I'm gonna say. The food was great, but what is this? We both were like, 'Uh this is crazy.'"
As the newly minted spokesperson for Jim Beam, Kunis shared when bourbon became her go-to beverage and joked that she enjoys drinking alone "while crying."
"I converted years ago when I stopped wanting to do just shots," Kunis said. "There's nothing wrong with doing shots, mind you. But I love wine and I wanted something that resembled a glass of wine. And to me, going to a pub and ordering a glass of wine was not going to happen. I wanted something that I could sip on that was delicious. And so I started drinking bourbon."
So Cute! Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher Hold Hands at LAX Airport-See the Pic!(Photo) Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher were arriving at LAX after a cross-country flight on Thursday morning.
The loved-up duo held hands as they made their way through the terminal to fetch their luggage.
Both actors appeared to be in good spirits despite taking the long flight and even exchanged a few giggles before getting to baggage claim.
Kunis opted for a layered look to stay warm during her trip, wearing a jean jacket, multicolored scarf, white blouse and messenger bag.
Meanwhile, Kutcher bundled up in a navy coat and attempted to disguise himself as best as possible with a baseball cap.
The Black Swan actress recently dished about what her ideal date would be with her boyfriend.
"I'll tell you—we have a thing called white T-shirt night and it's when you wear jeans and a white T-shirt and you go on a date," Kunis said.
"Nothing fancy, it's just something that you love to do. And whether that's bowling or dinner or going to a cheese shop and have some wine or walking around. I think that's just the best thing to do—and sometimes it's just nice to stay home."
Sounds like low-key romance is the way to this brunette beauty's heart!
SightingsASHTON Kutcher and Mila Kunis at the Empire State Building Observatory
Ashton Kutcher Has Birthday Lunch With Mila Kunis, Gets His Blue Belt in Jiu-Jitsu(Photo, Photo2) When it came to turning the big 3-6, Ashton Kutcher kept things pretty low-key.
The Two and a Half Men star celebrated by way of a casual birthday lunch with girlfriend Mila Kunis at Casa Vega in Los Angeles on Friday, Feb. 7.
A source told E! News that the two were both dressed in jeans and snacked on guacamole, a fajita salad and some tacos.
Our eyewitness added that the cute couple mostly kept to themselves and clearly appeared to be enjoying their afternoon date.
Meanwhile, Kutcher received a bit of a belated birthday present of sorts when he earned a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu at The Academy in Beverly Hills on Wednesday.
The actor, who is being trained by Rigan Machado, an 8th degree red and black belt, graciously took time out to pose for pictures while there.
"Cool meeting @aplusk tonight at @RiganMachado's," tweeted UFC fighter Cub Swanson along with a photo of them together.
Charlie Sheen Apologizes, Then Threatens Ashton Kutcher: "Message Received"It seems that Charlie Sheen caught wind of Ashton Kutcher's interview on Jimmy Kimmy Live! Wednesday night.
The 35-year-old actor addressed his Two and a Half Men predecessor's incessant Twitter bashing on the late night talk show last night, where he couldn't hide his frustration while making an amusing public plea to Sheen, who was fired from the hit CBS comedy three years ago, leaving Mila Kunis' man to step into the sitcom's spotlight.
"Dude, shut the f--k up!" Kutcher exclaimed. "Seriously, like. Enough already. Like it's like three years later and you're still blowing me up on Twitter. Like come on dude, really?"
Case in point: Charlie tweeted to Kutcher to "quit barfing on my old brilliant show" last month.
The tiger-blooded Warlock, who has never been one to hold back, has since responded to Kutcher's remarks, and despite his initial apology, he seemingly won't be changing his harsh tone on Twitter anytime soon.
"Ashton message received," the 48-year-old Anger Management actor wrote. "so sorry u sounded like me! well done! my bad I was pissed at other crap & took it out on you. hope u r good xo."
However, in true Sheen fashion, the apologetic tweet was followed up with a threatening message just two hours later.
"but news flash Dood, you ever tell me to shut the F*** up, EVER again and I'll put you on a hospital food diet for a year. c," he wrote, signing the tweet, "#YaFeelMe Jr?"
While there's clearly a little animosity between these two, the pair haven't always had beef.
Sheen previously met up with his Two and a Half Men replacement backstage at the 2011 Emmys, posting a WhoSay photo of himself "Giving the new kid a little advice.."
"Seriously... @aplusk [Ashton's Twitter handle] great talking to you!" Charlie added. "We'll all be watching! Make us proud!!"
Care to weigh in, @aplusk?
Ashton Kutcher Is Tired of Charlie Sheen Trashing Him on Twitter-Watch Now!(Video) Charlie Sheen hasn't been shy about voicing his opinions about Ashton Kutcher, the man who took his job on Two and Half Men three years ago. One example: Sheen tweeted Kutcher to "quit barfing on my old brilliant show" last month.
The 35-year-old actor took the time to address his predecessor directly on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday.
"Every day when you go into work, do they say, thank you for not being Charlie?" Jimmy Kimmel asked the funnyman.
"I'm trying to like skew towards where Charlie was there, when he left," Mila Kunis' boyfriend responded with a laugh. "Like, I'm just trying to like edge in that direction."
But Kutcher couldn't contain his frustration and made an amusing public plea to the Anger Management star.
"Dude, shut the f--k up!" Kutcher exclaimed. "Seriously, like. Enough already. Like it's like three years later and you're still blowing me up on Twitter. Like come on dude, really?"
Sheen has yet to acknowledge Kutcher's comments on Twitter.
Kutcher also told Kimmel that he is starting to feel more at home on the CBS hit series.
"I thought it was gonna be easy," Kutcher said. "Like from That '70s Show, and then taking a break from doing sitcoms, like jump back into sitcoms. And it actually took me more time than I thought it would to just sort of get my sitcom sea legs again. Get back into the rhythm. And I feel like the show's really got a nice stride right now."
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Attend His Brother's WeddingFirst, Mila Kunis's brother, Michael, got married in December. Then, on Saturday, Ashton Kutcher's twin brother, Michael, wed in front of family and close friends on St. Simons Island, Ga.
Could Mila and Ashton be next?
While rumors have been flying that an engagement is imminent for the couple – who have known each other since costarring together on That '70s Show in the late '90s – their potential future nuptials took a backseat on Saturday to the picturesque scene at a quaint private house where Michael, 35, married Katie Hightower.
It's been a busy few days for the bridal party. While the bride went shopping on Friday on St. Simons Island, picking up a sundress and some scarves at a local boutique, Kutcher and the groom's party enjoyed a round of golf at King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort.
The Two and a Half Men star even posed for a pic with the women's golf team from nearby Coastal Georgia College, Hightower's alma mater.
The couple's arrival in the area was first revealed when a local TV news crew caught them arriving at the Jacksonville airport on Thursday, but Kutcher declined to reveal why he was in town.
This is the second marriage for Michael, who is a few minutes younger than his fraternal twin, Ashton. Diagnosed with what he calls a "mild" case of cerebral palsy at age 3, Michael has said, "I consider [Ashton] my best friend."
Ashton was born at a hefty 10.5 lbs., while Michael was only 4 lbs. Michael also had a heart transplant at 13.
Joking last year while speaking to a group of students, Michael referred to his brother as Jabba the Hutt, the giant slimy Star Wars character, saying, "Of course Jabba the Hutt was fine. I tell people he must have ate everything while he was in the womb."
Ashton Kutcher Takes Mila Kunis to His Twin Brother's Wedding, Actress "Looked Like Part of the Family"(Photo) Safe to say these two are officially expert wedding guests—so when will they take their own trip down the aisle?!
Ashton Kutcher took girlfriend Mila Kunis to his twin brother Michael's wedding, which took place on Saturday, Feb. 1 on St. Simon Island, Ga.
The Two and a Half Men stud's sibling wed Kate Hightower at a private home in front of the couple's closest family and friends, who were all present during the intimate affair to celebrate the lovebird's nuptials.
According to a source, Kutcher seemed very "chill and comfortable" during the "I do's," and, although it's unclear if he served as the best man, he was seen standing with a group of five guys dressed in simple white shirts and bow ties.
Meanwhile, the insider added that Mila "looked like part of the family" as she enjoyed time with her man's relatives.
After the ceremony, the reception was held at the same location, a private home, where guests spent the night in a cottage house.
"Overall, it appeared everyone had a great time," the source added.
Mila and Ashton were seen at the airport on Sunday, Feb. 2, returning from the weekend's festivities while looking like the perfectly coordinated couple in their matching navy blue jackets.
In December, the former That 70s Show costars made headlines after they attended the nuptials of Mila's brother Michael in St. Petersburg, Fla., where the Ted star served as a bridesmaid.
Kutcher attended the intimate "I do's" as the Black Swan beauty's date, where according to a source, the couple looked "totally in love and inseparable at the wedding."
"Ashton was very supportive of Mila and happy for the family. He was joking around with Mila's brother and they invited him to come and pose for family pictures with the bride and groom after the wedding," the source said. "They rarely left each other's sides and were always holding hands and whispering to one another. Ashton let Mila do her thing but always was right there at her side."
Just a few months prior, the duo sparked engagement rumors of their own when Kunis stepped out wearing a simple gold band on that finger.
She sported the same jewelry piece to her brother's wedding, but at some point during the ceremony, moved the ring to her right hand.
2014 Razzie NominationsWinners for The Razzies will be announced March 1, the night before the 86th Academy Awards.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Attend Pre-Golden Globes Party-See the Pic!(Photo) Before Mila Kunis makes her way down the red carpet in an elegant gown to act as a presenter at the Golden Globes this evening, the brunette beauty has already celebrated the festivities with boyfriend Ashton Kutcher.
The lovebirds were spotted at the CBS Golden Globes Pre-Party on Saturday, Jan.11 at the Soho House in West Hollywood, Calif.
The Two and a Half Men star, clad in a black and gray striped shirt and matching gray jacket, smiled widely at the brunette beauty, who looked chic in a navy top.
It's unclear if the 35-year-old actor will accompany his ladylove to the Golden Globes, but we can't wait to see what she decides to wear at the awards show.
The last time the adorable couple was photographed they shared a sweet smooch for the Kiss Cam at the Lakers Game on Friday, Jan. 3. They most likely spent the holidays together in Kutcher's hometown of Homestead, where he grew up; they were later seen at a University of Iowa Hawkeyes wrestling match. Fans at the venue added pictures of the A-list couple on Twitter.
Charlie Sheen vs. Ashton Kutcher: Odette Annable plays it both waysOdette Annable is back on "Two And a Half Men" Thursday night (Jan. 9), and this time she's hopping into bed with Ashton Kutcher.
Fans of the CBS comedy were left hanging last week when Walden (Kutcher) went in for the kiss with his new boss lady, Nicole (Annable). A preview image from Thursday's episode shows the pair cozied up under the covers (with some questionable contraptions on their heads), but things may not be exactly as they appear.
"Let's just say that Walden has to work his magic in order to get in there with Nicole," Annable tells Zap2it. "Because she's really dedicated to her work, and that's sort of number one for her. But she definitely has a crush on him."
Interestingly enough, the actress -- who in real life is married to her former "Brothers and Sisters" co-star, Dave Annable -- did a guest stint on "Anger Management" just before beginning her recurring role on "Men." So, how does acting opposite Kutcher compare to working with his legendary predecessor, Charlie Sheen?
"It's apples and oranges," Annable says with a laugh. "Charlie is great. He is so candid and you never know what's going to come out of his mouth, but it is awesome. I mean, he's just so entertaining, and was so welcoming and so super cool to me. I had no idea what to expect going in to that set. And I had no idea how Charlie would be just because of everything you've heard. But he was really, really so much fun.
"Ashton is so much more quiet, and he sort of internalizes more than Charlie does. But he was very cool, and very welcoming as well. ... But yeah, the two leading men -- totally different."
Along with her arc on "Two And a Half Men," Annable returns to the role of Nola Longshadow on the season premiere of Cinemax's cult favorite, "Banshee." Showrunner Greg Yaitanes -- who worked with Annable on "House" -- created a gritty role for her last season that carries well into Season 2.
Annable says Yaitanes and "Banshee" creator Jonathan Tropper helped her "create this really bad a** character." But she's not exactly spilling the beans on a possible on-screen affair with Antony Starr's character, Lucas Hood.
"I can say that Nola is a very interesting girl," Annable says of her assassin alter ego. "And she needs to fill her -- you know, her men, her killing, her sort of 'vices' in certain areas. She definitely fills all of those areas in this season. And you'll see it all happen -- everything. She sort of just goes for it."
Off-screen, Annable is focusing her energy on online efforts to help her Aunt Miriam find a kidney donor. "Nowadays, it's really unbelievable how much of an impact social media can have," says Annable. "And the thing that really has touched my heart is how many people have responded."
Miriam has struggled with kidney disease since the age of 22, and her previous transplant failed after a few years. Now on dialysis several times per day, the Florida woman needs a new kidney in order to survive.
Annable took Aunt Miriam's story to CNN in the hopes someone would come forward to donate. "I know I'm not any different than anybody else," Annable says. "But this is just me trying to help one of my favorite people on this planet, and I hope that something will come of it. And even if not, I wanted to raise awareness more than anything."
"Two And a Half Men" airs Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on CBS. "Banshee" returns to Cinemax for Season 2 Friday (Jan. 10).
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Smooch for the Lakers Kiss Cam, Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting Also Attend Game(Photo) Pucker up for the Lakers Kiss Cam, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis!
The adorable couple was comfortably sitting courtside as the hometown team faced the Utah Jazz on Friday, Jan. 3 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
When the camera picked up the famous duo in the crowd, the Two and a Half Men star and the brunette beauty laughed as they saw themselves on the jumbotron. The 35-year-old actor sweetly grabbed his girlfriend's face and they both held up his hat to keep the sweet smooch private, while blocking out the crowd. The lovebirds also held hands during the impromptu PDA moment.
Beto Duran, a reporter for ESPN Radio LA, was at the sporting event and shared a collage of snapshots on Twitter featuring the A-list couple on the large screen before and during the lip lock.
The former That '70s Show costars were all smiles during their date night, and after their cute kiss. Both looked chic for the outing, Kutcher sporting a blue dress shirt, black jacket and gray dress pants, while Kunis opted for a dark gray blazer and jeans.
Kutcher and Kunis were not the only celebrity pair attending the game: newlyweds Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting also sat courtside and watched the showdown intently. The Big Bang Theory starlet showed her support for her beloved Lakers and sported a bright yellow cap.
It appears these couples were good luck for the Lakers because they won the game, 110-99.
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher Watch Iowa-Penn State Wrestling Match-See the Pics!(Photo, Photo2) Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have a lot of love for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes.
The adorable duo was spotted watching a wrestling match on Saturday, Dec. 21 in Iowa City. The home team was facing Penn State and fans at the venue added pictures of the A-list couple on Twitter.
The 35-year-old actor showed his team pride by wearing school gear because after all, the Two and a Half Men star was a student at the University before pursuing his modeling and acting career.
The brunette beauty looked casual for the sporting match, choosing a dark gray sweater and blue jeans for their date night.
The pair looked to be having a fun night as they cheered from the stands in another snapshot. Kutcher was also seen chatting with former University of Iowa coach Dan Gable.
Unfortunately for the lovebirds, the Nittany Lions defeated the Hawkeyes 24-12.
Perhaps this sighting is a sign that the adorable couple will spend the holidays in Kutcher's hometown.
Kutcher and Kunis recently attended her brother's wedding and the Black Swan actress served as a bridesmaid.
Kunis donned a pale pink strapless dress with silver strappy heels and wore her long locks down, while Kutcher sported a tuxedo and bowtie.
Kunis was spotted with a simple gold band on that finger, but eventually moved it to her right hand.
Ashton Kutcher Tweets a Romantic Photo(Photo) If there was ever any doubt that Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are head over heels for each other, take a look at this photo!
Kutcher Tweeted a pic that appears to be himself and his girlfriend kissing under a lit sign on Tuesday. "Sunset #nofilter," he wrote.
By all accounts, their romance is going strong. Kutcher accompanied Kunis to her brother's wedding last weekend, and a source tells PEOPLE that now that his divorce from Demi Moore is final, Kutcher is ready to make Kunis his wife.
"Ashton and Mila have talked about getting engaged and married for quite a while," said the source close to Kutcher. "He wants to get engaged during the holidays."
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Attend Her Brother's Wedding--Get the Details!(Photo, Photo2, Photo3) Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher haven't announced any plans to tie the knot just yet, but they sure did look comfortable standing on the aisle together.
The Ted star looked stunning in a pink dress as she served as a bridesmaid for her brother Michael Kunis's wedding in St. Petersburg, Fla. Saturday, with Kutcher on hand for support.
And she was still wearing a ring on that finger.
"Mila wore a gold band on her engagement ring finger but it didn't have a diamond, just a simple gold band similar to a wedding band," a source told E! News. "Mila was very happy for her brother and his wife. During the ceremony, she stood at the altar and seemed very focused on the vows."
"Every once in a while, [Mila] would look out to Ashton and make eye contact with him," the source continued. "Ashton was very supportive of Mila and happy for the family. He was joking around with Mila's brother and they invited him to come and pose for family pictures with the bride and groom after the wedding."
The source said the couple looked "totally in love and inseparable at the wedding."
"They rarely left each other's sides and were always holding hands and whispering to one another," the source went on. "Ashton let Mila do her thing but always was right there at her side. If she was busy, he knew lots of people to talk to and was having a great time with her parents and friends."
"It was a really happy occasion for the family and a great day for everyone."
The wedding was held at the cathedral church of St. Peter, with guests later attending a reception at the historic St. Petersburg Yacht Club.
For more details on Ashton and Mila's wedding excursion, tune in to E! News Monday at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. only on E!.
Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher Attend Her Brother's Wedding(Photo) It was a day of celebration for Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher.
Kutcher, 35, joined Kunis, 30, in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday to attend her brother’s wedding.
Michael Kunis, 36, tied the knot with ballet dancer Alexandra Blacker, 29, who trained Mila to play a ballerina in 2010’s Black Swan, at the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter. The couple got engaged last December in San Diego.
Following the ceremony, to which Mila wore a blush, knee-length dress, a reception was held at the historic St. Petersburg Yacht Club.
According to a source, Mila and Ashton's present to the newlyweds is their upcoming honeymoon: a 10-day trip to Australia.
Now that Kutcher's divorce from Demi Moore has been finalized, the Two and a Half Men star hopes to walk down the aisle with the Ted actress.
"Ashton and Mila have talked about getting married for quite a while," a business source close to Kutcher tells PEOPLE. Adds another Kutcher pal: "They're incredibly happy together."
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Go Out on Casual Yogurt Date as Actress Wears a Ring on That Finger(Photo) Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis sure do enjoy their casual outings.
The pretty pair were spotted enjoying a trip to Yogurtland last night in Sherman Oaks, Calif. A source exclusively tells E! News that the That '70s Show costars entered the delicious treat shop around 9 p.m. and stayed for about 15 minutes. Ashton and Mila didn't hold back on the PDA and were holding hands and cuddling together while eating their dessert, before taking a photo with a fan.
Speaking of hands, it turns out that Mila was wearing a ring on that finger once again.
"She was wearing a small ring on her left hand. It was petite, but still noticeable and pretty," the source tells E! News.
The insider added, "[Mila] looked really gorgeous and happy," and also noted, "Ashton and Mila came into the store hand-in-hand and smiling. They looked like a cute couple, but they did look tired. Mila's hair and makeup was done so professionally that it made it seem like she just came from a photo shoot and wanted a quick snack. Ashton also seemed exhausted, but you could tell he really did love Mila. They were cute."
Kunis indulged in a number of different yogurt flavors with fruit toppings, while Ashton kept it basic and quick.
"The pair came in late, so not many people were in the restaurant," the source said. "No one else besides myself seemed to notice they were anyone special, and the workers treated them just like they were anyone else. Ashton paid for the meal."
Ashton Kutcher Shows Off His Game of Thrones Thanksgiving Turkey(Photo) It looks as if Ashton Kutcher is a big Game of Thrones fan.
The Two and a Half Men star Tweeted a pic of his Thanksgiving turkey trussed up and ready for the oven, albeit with a couple of additions.
Nestling between its drumsticks is a tiny blonde version of Thrones star Emilia Clarke.
"Khaleesi gave birth to the dragon babies and now the Dragon has given birth to Khaleesi!" he wrote in a reference to Clarke's character, Daenerys Targaryen, who is the mother of three dragons on the show.
Kutcher, 35, didn't reveal what his girlfriend, Mila Kunis, thought of his tribute to another woman, or whether they'd be sharing that turkey on Thursday.
But we're guessing that because they've known each other since they costarred on That '70s Show and have been dating since April 2012, she's probably used to being punk'd by the newly divorced star.
Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis - Will the Jet Setters' Next Stop Be Marriage?They've wined, dined and PDA'ed from Central Park to Saint-Tropez. Now that Ashton Kutcher is finally divorced, there seems to be only one logical stop left for the actor and Mila Kunis on their globe-trotting romance: The altar.
"Ashton and Mila have talked about getting engaged and married for quite awhile," a business source close to Kutcher tells PEOPLE. "He wants to get engaged during the holidays."
The last barrier to a proposal finally crumbled this week when the court signed off on Kutcher's divorce from Demi Moore, two years after the pair announced their separation following six years of marriage.
"Ashton's been waiting for his divorce to be over for a long time," another source in the Two and a Half Men star's inner circle says. "He was annoyed it took so long. It was hanging over his head."
Here's a look back at the long road of Kutcher and Kunis's relationship, from separation amid infidelity reports, to jet-setting romance, to the filing of legal papers.
November 2011: Moore announced "with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton." Apparently alluding to reports of infidelity, she adds, "As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life."
December 2011: Kutcher filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences and not seeking any spousal support or asking the court to deny Moore any. The documents also showed that because the couple had no children together, child support and visitation were not an issue.
April 2012 Kutcher and Kunis were first seen out and about together, having dinner with fellow That 70s Show cast members Wilmer Valderrama and Larua Prepon. At the time, a source told the PEOPLE the two were nothing more than friends – which Kunis's rep confirmed.
But days later, things seemed to be heating up. They went on a three-day getaway to the coastal town of Carpinteria, Calif., just south of Santa Barbara, dining dined on sushi, shopping for fruit and flowers and spending plenty of time in private.
August 2012: By now Kutcher and Kunis had taken their budding relationship overseas. They were spotted in Bali, sources told PEOPLE. They spent some one-on-one time at a five-star resort on the island's southern peninsula, according to the New York Post.
September 2012: Back in the States, they were spotted smooching in New York's Central Park. "They held hands and were very affectionate," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "They looked very relaxed and seemed very happy together."
March 2013: More than a year after the split was announced, the Kutcher-Moore divorce heated up. Moore responded to Kutcher's petition by seeking to have him pay both spousal support and attorney fees.
"Demi felt like she had been wronged," a family source said at the time. "She's the one who was forced to end it. She's making a point."
April 2013: The ongoing divorce litigation did nothing to cool things between Kutcher and Kunis. They toured Bruges, Belgium, on in a horse-drawn carriage to take in the cobblestone streets and ancient bridges. They also explored the city on foot, stopping into the local market and famous chocolate shops just before enjoying a meal at the triple-Michelin starred Carmelite restaurant.
May 2013: Kutcher and Kunis vacationed in Jerez De La Frontera, Spain. In town for the MotoGP races, they also took in the sights, including a local winery.
The same month they traveled to London and toured a string of bars with Princess Beatrice and her boyfriend, Dave Clark, then were photographed in the city while also hooking up with Kunis's parents.
June 2013: More double-dating, as Kutcher and Kunis enjoyed fun in the sun with Beatrice and Clark in Saint-Tropez, France. The friends were spotted along Pampelonne Beach, aboard a yacht and visiting the Le Palmiers beach.
September 2013: Engagement rumors flared when Kunis was seen with an understated gold band on her ring finger while toting a bundle of flowers in L.A., but a source insisted, "They are not engaged."
Later in September, there was a sign of a thaw in the divorce dispute. Kutcher and Moore were seen walking together through a Burbank airport after exiting the same flight. They had been attending a tech conference, E! reported, related to their organization Thorn, which works to defend children against online predators.
October 2013: Kutcher and Moore were now close to finalizing their divorce. A source confirmed to PEOPLE that the divorce agreement had been drawn up merely awaiting the signatures of the couple.
November 2013: Two years after splitting, the Kutcher-Moore divorce was finalized. "Judgment of dissolution is entered," reads a box marked on the papers. "The parties are restored to the status of single persons."
Mila Kunis Goes Grocery Shopping With Ashton Kutcher's Mom Ahead of ThanksgivingIt looks like Mila Kunis is prepping for Thanksgiving Day!
The 30-year-old actress visited a local L.A. grocery store yesterday with beau Ashton Kutcher's mom Diane.
The Black Swan star and her potential mother-in-law to-be were snapped exiting the store with a shopping cart full of goodies, including, beer, soda, greens and tinfoil wrap, among lots of other food that was packed away in shopping bags.
Kunis looked cute and casual during the shopping trip in black boots, blue jeans and a gray sweater, while Kutcher's mom sported leggings and a black-and-white plaid shirt.
Kunis helped Diane load of their car with groceries before the duo drove away.
Yesterday, Kunis and Kutcher were spotted by fans on a lunch date together at Pita Kitchen in L.A. "OMG i just saw Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher at pita kitchen!!!" one Twitter user posted. Another wrote, "My mom met Mila Kunis today and didn't take a pic with her."
Earlier today, E! News confirmed that Kutcher and ex-wife Demi Moore had finalized their divorce almost one year after he filed in December 2012.
The final papers were signed by Kutcher on Nov. 14 and by Moore on Nov. 6. According to the legal document, the parties have entered into a written agreement regarding their property. Neither party will be awarded spousal support.
Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore -- Divorce FinalAshton Kutcher has something to be thankful for this week -- his divorce from Demi Moore was just finalized ... TMZ has learned.
The docs were filed Tuesday afternoon by Laura Wasser on Kutcher's behalf, ending the marriage that began in 2005. The two had separated in 2011.
The reason it took so long for the saga to finally end (Ashton initially filed for divorce in Dec. 2012) -- is because they were squabbling over money.
As we first reported, Demi wanted spousal support even though she's worth way more than Ashton. Our sources say she backed off that claim.
We're told ... they ultimately reached a financial settlement and Ashton gave Demi somewhat more than he had to, but at least it's finally over ... and now he can focus on getting hitched to Mila Kunis (if he wants).
Ashton Kutcher on Ellen: Wanting to Be Famous Is "Kind of Crap"(Video) Whether it's investing in tech startups, signing up to be a product engineer at Lenovo or mentoring Netizens on their career paths as a PopExpert, Ashton Kutcher's aspirations have never entirely been about showbiz.
Swinging by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday, Nov. 6, the 35-year-old actor was asked by Ellen DeGeneres about his well-received Teen Choice Awards speech back in August when he encouraged his youthful audience to look beyond Hollywood and fame and put in the necessary hard work to create real opportunity.
At the time, Kutcher said he felt like a fraud going by his middle name of Ashton and not his first name of Chris and talked about how important having a slew of dirty jobs helped get him to where he's at now.
Reflecting on that message on Ellen today, the Jobs star told the funnylady it "just felt like an opportunity to be honest."
"I think that so much of what we see in the world today is this sort of propaganda machine around fame and around celebrity, and I actually think there are some kids in the world that grow up today and think, 'I want to be famous,' instead of, 'When I grow up I want to do something, I want to build something, I want to create something,'" said Kutcher. "And I thought it was a valuable moment to actually let them know that all that is kind of crap, and that working hard and being thoughtful and generous and smart—it's a path to a better life."
He elaborated: "And usually when you go to those shows it's people propagating the fame machine over and over and over and over again, so I thought it was an opportunity to do something different and I hope that, you know, if there is one person that was listening that pursues a different path I think it did what I wanted it to do."
Ellen wholeheartedly agreed, suggesting that "a lot of people don't want to work as hard anymore" unlike her and Ashton's generation.
Kutcher suggested there's a sense of "entitlement" permeating the culture which he believes is unhealthy and recalled examples of some of his friends who refuse to get a job at Starbucks because they "feel like its below them."
"I think the only thing that could be below you is to not have a job," he added. "Go work until you can get the job you want to have. And I'm really lucky to get to work with a lot of entrepreneurs that are building some of the coolest, new stuff in the world and these guys work—guys and girls—work really hard and they put in the hours and they're generous and care about other people and its what lead to their success."
No doubt, Ashton is on to something.
Ashton Kutcher Is a PopExpert: Star Giving Face-to-Face Career Advice for $5!In a career rut and could use some good advice? Just ask Ashton Kutcher!
E! News has learned exclusively that the Two and a Half Men star has signed up as an expert on Popexpert, a website giving users a chance to connect face-to-face via video chat with professionals from a variety of fields and gain insight on subjects they're interested in learning for their own well-being and success.
According to his profile, Kutcher goes by the name Christopher Kutcher(his full name is Christopher Ashton Kutcher) and offers for those who sign up for a session expertise on career mentoring, marketing, branding, producing, social media, as well acting.
And the beauty of this opportunity? For time with Ashton, Popexpert's charging just $5 for the first session and $10 for additional sessions after that.
That's quite a bargain and generous of him considering other pros charge anywhere from $30 on up to $1000 a pop for everything from meditation and parenting advice to guitar lessons, writing, and photography.
Typically the sessions range from 45 minutes to 1 hour. No word exactly how long Kutcher's chats are supposed to last, but based on his profile's calendar, it looks like he's offering one-hour blocks.
But those interested in getting professional tips from the 35-year-old actor should be forewarned: as of press time, the site says he has no upcoming availability and users requesting time must sign up for the waiting list.
A spokesperson for Popexpert declined to comment on Kutcher or his role with the website.
However a source tells E! News exclusively that the newly minted Lenovo product engineer just wants to pass on what he's learned.
"Ashton is passionate about giving back and being a mentor to young people. It's a cause that is very important to him," the source said.
Anyone can sign up to be an expert on Popexpert since there's no "vetting" process and users rate the experts via a thumbs up or thumbs down vote and can comment on their experience. But some of the site's most notable names include celebrity doula Latham Thomas who assisted Alicia Keys during her pregnancy and wellness coach Mikaela Reuben who's worked with Owen Wilson.
Ashton Kutcher Will NOT Pay Demi Moore Spousal SupportAshton Kutcher and Demi Moore have settled their protracted divorce beef ... and sources connected to Demi concede ... she will NOT be getting any spousal support from her soon-to-be-ex.
The divorce is being handled by various lawyers, coast-to-coast. Our New York sources tell TMZ ... Demi tried to get spousal support on grounds Ashton cheated on her. She finally realized, IT DOESN'T MATTER. The divorce is in California -- a no fault state -- and even if your husband bangs another chick, it doesn't entitle you to spousal support. So our Demi sources say she finally backed off.
As for the division of property ... we're told Ashton was "a little more generous than he had to be," but they basically split the stuff they acquired during the marriage. Demi didn't do nearly as well as she did when she divorced Bruce Willis. Fact is ... Ashton had just started his gig on "Two and a Half Men" when they separated, and he wasn't making the big bucks he's pulling in now.
FYI ... our sources say aside from cheating, she was pissed because she felt Ashton was hiding some of his tech businesses from her and she wanted a piece. In the end, we're told they are both satisfied with the settlement.
Demi, Ashton settle divorce - two years laterDemi Moore and Ashton Kutcher have finally agreed to settle their bruising divorce battle two years after they separated, sources exclusively tell Page Six.
According to our sources, the May-December couple, who contentiously split in November 2011 and have been battling ever since, have signed divorce paperwork and could file the legal documents as soon as next week.
“Ashton and Demi have finally signed their divorce agreement,” said one source close to the couple. “They are about to file paperwork with the court that will formally end their marriage.”
Last month, the couple was seen chatting cordially at an LA airport after returning from the same tech conference. Though they separated nearly two years ago, Kutcher only filed for divorce in late 2012, and Moore in March.
Sources previously told us the pair was bitterly fighting over money. Kutcher, 35, became the highest-paid actor on TV when he joined the cast of “Two and a Half Men” and he also has made extensive lucrative tech investments through his A-Grade investments firm with Guy Oseary and Ron Burkle.
Kutcher — who has since moved on with new girlfriend Mila Kunis — also signed on just this week as product engineer and spokesman for Lenovo’s new Android tablet.
Demi, 50, is reportedly worth $150 million herself, but wanted spousal support. She’s reportedly been dating a new younger man, Will Hanigan, 30. Ironically, while Kutcher pitches a product called the Yoga, Moore has been regularly photographed recently going to classes for yoga, which she and Hanigan avidly practice.
Explained an insider of the dragged-out legal talks: “There had been lengthy negotiations between lawyers for both sides about the financial settlement — in particular, how much he owed her from their marriage.”
The source added, “They have finally come to an agreement that was acceptable to all sides.”
Reps for both Moore and Kutcher did not return requests for comment.
Ashton Kutcher Hired as a Product Engineer to Help Design Tablets for Lenovo(Video) Now you can add Lenovo product engineer to Ashton Kutcher's already very impressive résumé.
The Two and a Half Men star was unveiled in his new role at the livestream launch event of the latest Android tablet, the Yoga, on Tuesday, Oct. 29 in Los Angeles.
According to a statement from the technology company, the 35-year-old will work with the world's largest PC vendor "to develop and market the Yoga line of tablets by providing input and decision-making into design, specifications, software and usage scenarios."
"This partnership with Lenovo brings together my love of technology and design that makes your life better," Kutcher said. "I can't wait to dig in and help Lenovo develop future mobile computing products, starting with the Yoga Tablet. Lenovo is all about innovation and strong leadership. Entrepreneurship is part of their DNA, and I couldn't ask for a better fit."
Chief marketing officer at Lenovo, David Roman, added that "[Ashton Kutcher's] authentic, creative appetite for technology and keen consumer insight combined with our innovation engine make this a very natural and powerful partnership. This partnership goes beyond traditional bounds by deeply integrating him into our organization as a product engineer as we look at developing the next wave of products."
Kutcher is no stranger to the world of technology: he is cofounder of A-Grade Investments, which has invested in and worked with Airbnb, Fab, Foursquare, Spotify, Path and Uber.
And even though Kutcher is known for his portrayal as Apple boss Steve Jobs, he is making the jump to team PC.
Lenovo tweeted, welcoming their newest addition: "Say hello to our newest employee. @aplusk #lenovo #betterway" along with Kutcher's new ID badge.
Ashton Kutcher Spotted Buying Dipping Tobacco(Photo) Ashton Kutcher appears slightly embarrassed after he was spotted at a Los Angeles gas station, holding a recent purchase on Friday, Oct. 18.
The 35-year-old, who has a worried expression written all over his face, was holding a tin of Copenhagen dipping tobacco and his wallet (with some cash hanging out).
The Jobs actor looked casual for his quick pit-stop, wearing a light gray longsleeve T-shirt, darker gray sweatpants and a Chicago Bears cap.
It is unclear whether or not Kutcher bought the tobacco for himself, or for someone else.
Aside from looking a bit uneasy during his most recent sighting, Kutcher has nothing to worry about with this accomplishment: he was named this week by Forbes magazine as the highest-earning TV actor. The Two and a Half Men star banked a whopping $24 million. As if that wasn't enough, the guy is expected to make even more once his episodes of the CBS sitcom go into syndication.
Ashton Kutcher Tops Forbes' List of Highest-Earning TV ActorsNow it's the men's turn to step into the money-making spotlight.
A little more than a month after Forbes released its annual list of the highest-earning television actresses (with Sofía Vergara topping it for the second year in a row!), the magazine has now revealed which male TV stars pulled in the most moolah between June 2012 and June 2013.
Coming in at No. 1 is none other than Ashton Kutcher! The Two and a Half Men star banked a whopping $24 million. As if that wasn't enough, the guy is expected to make even more once his episodes of the CBS sitcom go into syndication.
As for who came in second?
Well, that would be Jon Cryer. Yep. Kutcher's costar. The actor pulled in an impressive $21 million.
Meanwhile, Ray Romano took the No. 3 spot with $16 million, thanks largely to the huge royalties he receives from Everybody Loves Raymond being in syndication.
Rounding out the top five are Neil Patrick Harris and Mark Harmon, who tied for fourth with $15 million each, and Patrick Dempsey came in fifth with $13 million.
For the full list, go to Forbes.com.
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher Dress Down for Cute, Casual Day Date-See the Pic!(Photo) Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are used to getting dressed up to the nines, sure, but when they have a day off, they're just like us!
The couple stepped out Sunday, Oct. 13, in Sherman Oaks, Calif., looking casual and comfy as they made their way to a sports bar. Ashton, 35, looked handsome in a baseball cap, green pullover and green cargo pants, while Mila, 30, managed to look effortlessly gorgeous in a hoodie, jeans, sneakers and minimal makeup.
Mila and Ashton first met back in 1998 when That ‘70s Show began. The twosome played a couple on the show, but it wasn't until years later they became an item in real life. Mila, only 15 at the time, had to kiss Ashton on camera during her audition for the part, and as it turns out, that was her very first kiss!
"I was like, 'Oh, he's so cute, it's the Calvin Klein model!'" she recalled in a 2001 interview with People. "Then I was like, 'I have to kiss him?' I was so nervous and uncomfortable. I had the biggest crush on him."
Ashton told the mag the same year he "had no idea" he was Mila's first kiss, adding, "I'm so glad I didn't know that or it would've been too much pressure."
Little did they know that years down the line they'd be falling in love! Kinda cute when your teenage crush turns into a real-life romance!
That '70s Show Cast Reunites - and Sings(Photo) The cast that sings together stays together. At least that's the case with That '70s Show.
Six actors from the show (which ended its eight-year run in 2006) got together in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, and Danny Masterson posted a pic of their reunion on Instagram.
Joining Masterson, 37, were Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Wilmer Valderrama and cute couple Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher.
"Every once in awhile friends gather for a 6 part harmony of a BigStar song …," Masterson captioned the photo.
Clearly, the friends enjoyed their get-together – Grace, 35, also Tweeted the pic along with the opening line from the show's theme song, "Hangin' out, down the street …."
And Orange is the New Black star Prepon, 33, shared a similar shot on Twitter and wrote, "We need Santa hats and caroling books. … And for it not to be almost Xmas already! #luvmygang #70s-hang."
While it's nice to see that Kutcher, 35, has his hand resting on his girlfriend's shoulder, there's only one thing missing (and we're not talking about Red and Kitty Forman) – couldn't they have posted a video of their sing-along?
SightingsAshton Kutcher and Mila Kunis dining on Eastern European food with Kunis’ parents, Elvira and Mark, at Mari Vanna in LA.
Mila Kunis' First Kiss Was With Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon SaysLaura Prepon "wasn't surprised" when her former That ‘70s Show costars Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher began dating in early 2012. In fact, the Orange Is the New Black star told Us Weekly over the weekend that it's "incredible" to see them together.
The star also confirmed that Kutcher was Kunis' first kiss. "He was, he was," Prepon said of the couple, whose characters also romanced each other on the FOX comedy that aired for eight seasons from 1998 to 2006.
Kunis, now 30, had only briefly met Kutcher when she was told she'd have to kiss him on camera. "I was like, 'Oh, he's so cute, it's the Calvin Klein model!'" she recalled in a 2001 interview with People. "Then I was like, 'I have to kiss him?' I was so nervous and uncomfortable. I had the biggest crush on him."
Kutcher, now 35, had no idea he was Kunis' first kiss at the time. "I'm so glad I didn't know that or it would've been too much pressure," he told People. "I was so nervous. She acted so cool. She seemed as if she'd done it a thousand times. I was the one with the butterflies in my stomach. I mean, here's this little girl and I have to kiss her. It was nerve-racking."
CAA & Ashton Kutcher's Katalyst Sued For $2M By Producer Over DMV Reality SeriesIn a complaint filed today in LA Superior Court, producer Hedda Muskat claims that CAA and Ashton Kutcher’s production company deceived her and pushed her out as Executive Producer on a reality series about the DMV. Claiming breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and promissory fraud among the claims, the Emmy-winning producer is seeking more than $2 million from the agency, Kutcher’s Katalyst Media and company co-owner Jason Goldberg. And she’s very clear about what the fallout from the now sidelined series cost her. “Katalyst’s reckless conduct and CAA’s failure to properly represent or protect Plaintiff has had the ultimate consequence of obliterating Plaintiff’s career in the entertainment industry and her reputation as a producer,” says the 16-page lawsuit. Katalyst sued the state agency for $1.4 million in August 2012 after the DMV pulled out of the proposed TRuTV series. After counterclaims and other legal actions, the parties settled the case earlier this year.
In June 2010, the Two and a Half Men star’s company and the DMV reached an agreement to work on a series featuring Motor Vehicle employees and patrons in various “humanizing and entertaining situations that arise on a daily basis” in DMV offices throughout California. In today’s filing, Muskat says the intial concept was hers and she was encouraged by her new agency CAA to partner with Katalyst. In May 2011 an agreement between Katalyst and the DMV was put into writing. However six weeks later the state agency “abruptly and without justifiable excuse, changed course,” according to the initial suit. This change refused the production companies access to DMV offices, something they deemed essential for the show. Not long after, DMV Deputy Director Mike Marando told Katalyst producers that the proposed series was not in the agency’s “best interests.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Hold Hands in NYC(Photo) Looks like Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are back in the Big Apple.
The lovebirds were spotted on a romantic stroll today in SoHo, where they were snapped holding hands as they walked through the city, enjoying some quality quiet time together.
Kunis, 30, looked casual and cute in a pair of jeans, a pullover sweater and tennis shoes. She wore her hair pulled back and shielded her face with a trendy pair of aviator shades, appearing at ease as she held on to her hunky man's hand.
Kutcher, 35, also sported a low-key style for the afternoon stroll, wearing a baseball cap, a button-down sweater and black tennis shoes.
The couple has returned to the city after attending Kabbalah Chief Rabbi Philip Berg's funeral in Israel Wednesday.
During the burial, which took place in the city of Safed, the pair was seen wearing all-white and consoling each other throughout the tearful service. At one point, Mila appeared to be crying and Ashton comforted her by hugging and wrapping his arms around her.
And now, the couple appears to be easing back in to their normal routine after the emotional ordeal and tiresome travels.
Kunis and Kutcher have also made headlines as of late for the engagement rumors that continue to surround the former costars-turned-couple, who have been going strong since April 2012.
Earlier this month, the brunette beauty was photographed wearing a tiny gold band on her engagement ring finger.
A rep for Kunis did not immediately respond when asked for comment on the ring.
Meanwhile, Kutcher's divorce from ex-wife Demi Moore has yet to be finalized.
The Jobs star filed for divorce from his wife of six years in December 2012, almost a year after they announced their separation. Demi filed a response three months later seeking spousal support.
Stars attend funeral for Kabbalah rabbi in IsraelHollywood couple Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have attended the funeral of a Kabbalah teacher to the stars in Israel.
Rabbi Philip Berg founded the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles more than 40 years ago. The center announced he died aged 86 this week.
Kutcher and Kunis were dressed in white, like the other mourners, a symbolic Kabbalah color.
Both starred on the U.S. sitcom "That 70's Show."
Fashion designer Donna Karan also attended the funeral, which was held Wednesday in Safed, the spiritual center for Kabbalah, and the home of the Jewish mystics who defined it six hundred years ago.
Though Kabbalah is rooted in Judaism, its message has in recent years become popular to people of all beliefs.
Ashton Kutcher Picks Up Mila Kunis at the Airport After Reunion With Ex Demi Moore(Photo) Rest assured '70s Show fans: Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are still going strong.
Just hours after the 35-year-old actor was photographed with ex Demi Moore, the Two and a Half Men star was spotted picking up girlfriend Mila Kunis from LAX airport late Tuesday evening.
Kunis kept her head down and shielded her face with a baseball cap as she exited the terminal after having returned from the Toronto Film Festival, where she hit the premiere of her latest film, Third Person, Monday night, looking stunning in an all-white ensemble.
The 30-year-old brunette beauty wore a basic white T-shirt, skinny jeans and boots, carrying a large blue handbag while chatting on her cell phone, presumably to connect with Kutcher, who was eagerly waiting for his ladylove outside in the car.
Yesterday, Demi and Ashton, who split in 2011, were seen exiting the same flight in Los Angeles after attending a tech conference for their joint venture, We Are Thorn (previously dubbed the Demi and Ashton Foundation).
A source exclusively told E! News the not-officially-divorced duo remains on "amicable" terms, but doesn't believe there's anything romantic brewing between the former lovebirds.
As for them being spotted getting off of the same flight in L.A., our source also tells us, "I think it was just the right moment, right time and right place sort of thing. They both do work for [THORN] and I don't think there is anything more to it."
Makes sense, considering Kunis sparked engagement rumors last week when she was seen wearing a simple gold band on her ring finger (a rep for Mila has yet to respond to a request for comment when asked whether the bling was a gift from the beauty's beau).
Kutcher and Kunis were first linked in April 2012, about five months after Ashton and Demi ended their marriage.
The Jobs star filed for divorce from his wife of six years in December 2012, almost a year after they announced their separation. Demi filed a response three months later seeking spousal support.
The case is still being processed in Los Angeles Superior Court and has yet to be finalized.
Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore Reunite at Airport(Photo) Huh?
Yes, that really was Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore walking together through a Burbank, Calif., airport on Monday – while Kutcher's flame Mila Kunis was in Canada.
Exiting the same flight, Kutcher, 35, and Moore, 50, were dressed casually in sweater cardigans, with Moore sporting leggings layered underneath a dress, and Kutcher in jeans and a baseball cap.
The pair had been attending a tech conference, E! reports, related to their organization Thorn, which works to defend children against online predators.
According to the organization's website, the group continues the work started by the Demi and Ashton (DNA) Foundation in 2009.
Kutcher and Moore were separated in 2011 after six years of marriage. Kutcher filed for divorce in Dec. 2012, citing irreconcilable differences. Since then,Moore has sought spousal support.
While the pair are still legally married, Kutcher has been getting serious with That 70s Show costar Kunis, who was at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday night for the premiere of Third Person.
Is Mila Kunis Engaged? Ashton Kutcher's Girlfriend Is Wearing a Ring on That Finger(Photo) Could Mila Kunis be following in Scarlett Johansson's engagement footsteps?
Ashton Kutcher's gal stepped out in in L.A. today wearing a simple, thin gold band on her engagement finger. While it doesn't look like your typical giant diamond engagement bling, the ring will probably have people chatting about whether Kunis and Kutcher are taking the next step in their relationship.
In addition to the ring, Kunis sported a colorful blue dress, sandals and sunglasses. She had her hair up while carrying a colorful bouquet of flowers after going grocery shopping with her mom.
A rep for Kunis didn't immediately respond when asked for comment on the ring.
Kunis also stepped out to run some errands yesterday. She was spotted leaving Pavilion's grocery store in West Hollywood showing some support for Batman on her T-shirt.
Last week, Kunis and Kutcher were spotted hugging it out in China before climbing the Great Wall together. Too cute.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Hug It Out Before Climbing the Great Wall of China-Take a Look!(Photo) Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are taking their love to new heights…literally!
The Hollywood couple took time out of their jam-packed schedules for a little adventure in Beijing.
Before they climbed the Great Wall of China, the adorable twosome shared some PDA with one final hug in the misty streets.
Kunis, who looked a little nervous before the long trek, sported a navy cardigan, black shorts and white tennis shoes. Kutcher, on the other hand, looked ready for a full-on workout with his Chicago Bears hat, cargo shots and orange running shoes.
The couple's trip comes at a busy time for both of the actors. While Kutcher continues to promote Jobs, Kunis is busy shooting Jupiter Ascending with Channing Tatum.
But despite work schedules, this couple always seems to find a way to reconnect all over the world.
Earlier this summer, the two enjoyed a romantic trip to St. Tropez. They also shared some quality time together in London with Princess Beatrice and her boyfriend Dave Clark.
Looks like long distance is not a problem for this couple. Kudos to them!
"TWO AND A HALF MEN," THURSDAY, SEPT. 26“Nangnangnangnang” – Alan is shocked when Charlie’s 25-year-old daughter shows up at Walden’s beach house to connect with what’s left of her family, and who happens to like everything her dad liked – including women – on the 11th season premiere of TWO AND A HALF MEN, Thursday, Sept. 26 (9:31-10:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Amber Tamblyn (“Joan of Arcadia”) plays Charlie’s long-lost illegitimate daughter, Jenny.
TV's Highest Paid Stars: What They EarnCOMEDY (per episode)
Ashton Kutcher (Two and a Half Men): $750,000
Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother): $225,000
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation): $200,000
Robin Williams (The Crazy Ones): $165,000
Max Greenfield (New Girl): $75,000
Weekend's top movies August 18Here's a complete look at the weekend's top movies, per Friday-Sunday studio estimates and stats as compiled per Box Office Mojo:
1. Lee Daniels' The Butler, $25 million
2. We're the Millers, $17.8 million
3. Elysium, $13.6 million
4. Kick-Ass 2, $13.6 million
5. Planes, $13.1 million
6. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, $8.4 million
7. Jobs, $6.7 million
8. 2 Guns, $5.6 million
9. The Smurfs 2, $4.6 million
10. The Wolverine, $4.4 million
So, what does Steve Wozniak think of 'Jobs'?The professional film critics have already had their say about Jobs (and it ain't pretty), but now there's another voice joining the chorus.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak went online to share his thoughts on the movie, starring Ashton Kutcher as tech visionary Steve Jobs, and let's just say it's a less-than-enthusiastic review.
"I saw Jobs tonight," Wozniak wrote in the comments section of tech site Gizmodo's review of the film. "I thought the acting throughout was good. I was attentive and entertained but not greatly enough to recommend the movie. One friend who is in the movie said he didn't want to watch fiction so he wasn't interested in seeing it."
And, when it comes to Kutcher, Wozniak wastes no time in blaming the actor for the poor execution of the film. (Wozniak didn't mention actor Josh Gad, who portrays him in the movie.)
"I suspect a lot of what was wrong with the film came from Ashton's own image of Jobs. Ashton made some disingenuous and wrong statements about me recently (including my supposedly having said that the 'movie' was bad, which was probably Ashton believing pop press headlines) and that I didn't like the movie because I'm paid to consult on another one," Wozniak writes. "These are examples of Ashton still being in character. Either film would have paid me to consult, but the Jobs one already had a script written. I can't take that creative leadership from someone else. And I was turned off by the Jobs script. But I still hoped for a great movie."
'Jobs' doesn't really bite into Apple founder's storyA famous ad for Apple Inc. salutes the misfits, rebels and troublemakers, those who resist rules and have no respect for the status quo. They can be glorified or vilified, the ad continues, but never ignored. The reason? "Because they change things."
Steve Jobs fit squarely into that turf.
But Jobs (* * out of four; rated PG-13; opens Friday nationwide), the biopic starring Ashton Kutcher as the late co-founder of Apple, can't seem to decide whether to glorify the man for his achievements or vilify him for his megalomania. One thing it doesn't do is offer a revealing look at the mercurial entrepreneur. The movie that bears his name settles on a blandly superficial treatment of a deeply complex man.
And, for that, it's easy to ignore.
It's a challenge to convey just what makes a cultural icon. But pumped-up orchestral strains and repeated scenes of standing ovations and thunderous applause don't shed any light on Jobs' psyche. Those scenes feel like filler, anxious proof that their subject is worthy of his own movie. Of course he is — his innovative products have had an immeasurable impact. But a film about such a game-changing figure needs to be more incisive.
Kutcher nails Jobs' hunched, lurching gait, his distinctive speech patterns and his steely gaze (featured in far too many long close-ups). And the actor pulls off a fair approximation of some of the man's personal charm, wily determination and explosive temper. But Jobs sought to change the world. What propelled him? Walter Isaacson's exhaustive 2011 biography, published shortly after Jobs died at 56, explored his psychology in detail, but this movie, with an unrelated script by Matt Whiteley, falls short. (Aaron Sorkin is adapting another Jobs movie partly based on Isaacson's biography.)
Montages of Jobs and his inner circle hard at work on the earliest incarnations of home computers don't offer a window into the man. Nor does the sight of him zooming off in expensive cars, often after he has done something selfish. It's the cinematic equivalent of presenting the symptoms but not probing the cause.
A prologue shows Jobs introducing the iPod in 2001 to great fanfare, then flashes back to him as a child. It seeks to establish his early artistic inclinations by exploring his youthful fascination with calligraphy. But this feels like insignificant, contrived shorthand.
Jobs' disregard for the women in his life — and years-long repudiation of oldest daughter Lisa — are presented but essentially glossed-over. Other noteworthy aspects of his life, such as his involvement in Pixar, are omitted.
Supporting characters are not fleshed out. As Apple co-founder and tech whiz Steve Wozniak, Josh Gad brings gentle humor and sincerity to a role that could have used more development. Other key players are on hand to suffer mostly in silence through Jobs' tirades.
Overall, Jobs the movie is a lazy effort that the real-life Jobs, with his laser-focused drive for excellence and uncompromising nature, would no doubt have sent back for reworking.
Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad work overtime to defend 'Jobs'When Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad were announced as the leads in Jobs — with Kutcher taking on the title role of Apple titan Steve Jobs and Gad portraying company co-founder Steve Wozniak — the internet jury weighed in swiftly.
The loudest voices were unhappy about the Two and a Half Men star joining forces with the Book of Mormon Broadway standout to play the key players in one of the most remarkable business relationships in generations.
"With us, especially Ashton, there was this overwhelming, immediate feedback when his name was announced," Gad says. "You have to grin, forget about it and put your ego aside. And you have to respect the fact that these men are that important."
"That's the thing about public criticism," Kutcher says while sitting next to his co-star in a hotel room. "Everyone wants to judge you based on what you haven't done yet, not who you are."
The time for judging is at hand as Jobs, directed by Joshua Michael Stern, opens nationwide Friday following its January premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. It's the first of two dueling film projects centered on Jobs, who died in 2011. The second — a still-untitled Sony film (no date yet) — will be based on Walter Isaacson's 2011 authorized biography, Steve Jobs, with a screenplay by The Social Network's Aaron Sorkin.
As far as the actors — who are meeting up before attending the Teen Choice Awards, where Gad will present his co-star with a lifetime achievement prize — are concerned, the more projects about the complex Jobs, the better.
"This is a man whose life spanned so much that what he did cannot be contained in one two-hour film," Gad says. "This is one of the most fascinating figures of the 20th and 21st centuries, who will be revisited over and over again on film.
"This movie almost serves as an origin story," he adds. "It serves as the prequel to the story that everybody knows."
Kutcher's performance begins with Jobs as a barefoot hippie in college and follows him through his early Apple days with Wozniak in Jobs' parents' garage. The driven Jobs burns through personal relationships, including the one with Wozniak, in building his empire.
Wozniak has been an outspoken critic of the film, knocking his portrayal. Gad is quick to point out that Wozniak is a consultant on the other project, declined invitations to meet, and had seen only small portions of the film. "You have to appreciate that in the context of his criticisms," Gad says.
Kutcher says he sent an e-mail to Wozniak to explain the spirit of the film, which takes some liberties. "It's more like a Monet than a realist painting," he says. "And you're trying to give the audience an impression and a feeling."
This was put to the test when he screened the film before some early Apple employees in San Francisco.
"Afterward, they said that if those exact scenes didn't happen, something like that probably happened a thousand times," he says. "And a couple of them came up to me and said, 'Thank you for giving me two more hours of Steve.' "
Ultimately, the critics and those initial naysayers will have their say. When asked whether Jobs himself would approve of the project, Kutcher reflects aloud about Jobs' blunt, truthful nature before answering: "I would be terrified to know. But I could only hope he would be brutally honest."
Ashton Kutcher, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Turn to Hollywood's Shiny New Movie Marketing WeaponWhen Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad sat down for a recent interview to promote their new movie about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, they turned to an unlikely partner - Google, the company Jobs once labeled evil. What's even stranger is they used Google Plus, the company's oft-maligned social network.
Google Plus may not have the user base of Facebook or the cachet of Twitter, but it does have Hangouts, which let people video chat from every corner of the globe.
Hollywood has latched onto Hangouts as a cost-efficient - and fan friendly - way to promote movies. When Kutcher and Gad sat down for their conversation with Fandango's Dave Karger, for instance, Kutcher was in Chicago while Gad was in Washington, D.C.
"It could revolutionize the modern press junket " Courtney Harris, VP of digital marketing at Open Road, the distributor of "Jobs," enthused to TheWrap. "It gets talent out in front of a wider audience."
At traditional press junkets, studios arrange to have a film's creative team all in one place as a convoy of journalists parade in and out of a hotel in a major city to ask the same questions over and over again. Those interviews then post at various times over the next few weeks, either on TV, on a website or in a print outlet.
Hangouts bring fans into the process and make these interviews available to anyone with access to the internet. Fans can see stars talk from the comfort of their home, ask them questions and watch it live.
Though Skype and Apple's FaceTime operate a similar way, you can involve up to 10 people in a Hangout without paying a fee; on Skype, you have to pay for more than two. Another bonus for studio marketers: Google apps like Docs and YouTube are also built-in to Hangouts, which can stream live on YouTube and other platforms.
When Kutcher and Gad took part in their hangout, the conversation streamed on YouTube, Google Plus and Fandango, making it accessible to millions of fans across the nation. You can even still watch it if you want to right here.
The ability to stage interviews with stars scattered on sets, in villas or at home is one of many reasons studios have embraced Hangouts, which have been part of the campaigns for everything from "Fast & Furious 6" and "Lincoln" to "Jobs."
Another is that it deepens the connection between fan and artist - an integral part of the modern entertainment industry.
Sony staged a "fan junket" for "After Earth" will Will and Jaden Smith on Hangout while Paramount hosted one for "Star Trek Into Darkness" with Chris Pine, John Cho and Alice Eve.
Even when fans aren't asking the questions, they can get involved. When "Fast 6" stars Ludacris and Tyrese Gibson took part in a Hangout Universal staged to promote "Fast 6," they could tweet in advance to the more than 11 million followers they have combined on Twitter.
That Hangout was one of four the studio used to promote the movie, each one aimed at a different demographic.
"Fast 6" grossed almost $800 million at the worldwide box office, and while that was due to far more than a few Hangouts, Doug Neil, Universal's EVP of digital marketing, said that Hangouts can "double or quadruple" the exposure for those kinds of interviews.
Google is looking at ways to expand the entertainment industry's use of Hangouts beyond junkets. One current focus is convincing studios and musicians to premiere new trailers and albums within a Hangout, according to Nikhyl Singhal, product director at Google Plus.
DreamWorks and Disney debuted a trailer for "Lincoln" last year in a Hangout where director Steven Spielberg and star Joseph Gordon-Levitt were talking about the film. Fox debuted a trailer for "The Internship," a film in which Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn intern at Google, on the company's social platform.
While Yahoo and Apple have long been destinations for debuting new clips from movies, Google Plus has captured studio attention thanks to the initial success of debuting trailers in Hangouts.
One executive who declined to be identified said that Summit saw such strong response by debuting a teaser for "Ender's Game" in a Google Hangout that his studio was now considering doing the same for one of its biggest fall titles.
"The state of art before was to just post that content, but what we can do is connect fans to the artists in that very special moment," Singhal told TheWrap. "With Bruno Mars, he can see the fans hearing his album for the first time. You get this rush. The fans get this intimate connection back to the process of making things they've come to love."
Singhal's next step is convincing studios to integrate Hangouts into that creative process. Hangouts could enable the stars of a movie to speak directly with fans from the set, building buzz well before the traditional marketing campaign of trailers and posters begins.
The ability to identify and develop a potential audience for a movie early on in the process is one reason people are so excited about crowdfunding. It's also why marketing executives at most studios stress that their stars should be using social networks during production.
Hangouts would take that to the next level, Neil said, because it enables fans to see the talent.
Executives at the studios are cautious when it comes to on-set Hangouts, reluctant to force stars to squeeze them into a hectic production. Yet the appeal is undeniable.
"You have someone sitting at home and they log in to Hangout and talk to the talent of your film," Neil said. "That's an amazing one-on-one experience."
On set, 'Jobs' made for a complex workplaceOne way to mess up a budding movie-set bro-mance is to actually film a serious bro-breakup.
That's what Ashton Kutcher had to cope with when portraying Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in the biopic Jobs (opening Friday) — specifically, a scene that delved deep into the disintegrating relationship with partner Steve Wozniak (Josh Gad).
As the red-eyed Gad announced that he was finally leaving Apple, Kutcher had to stay all icy as Jobs. Even when the cameras stopped. Dude, so not cool.
"I kind of had to fall back a little bit. And knowing what Josh had to do to build that scene, I wanted to reach out and kind of take care of this guy," says Kutcher. "I was like, 'Please understand, I really do like you, but I'm, well, in the thing.' "
The "thing" was Kutcher's intense effort to stay in the mind of the complex iconoclast who was Steve Jobs, the actor's most ambitious and controversial movie role (he's better known for light-hearted efforts such as Dude, Where's My Car? and replacing Charlie Sheen in Two and a Half Men).
Gad had steeled himself for the situation after taking lumps on the Internet for being cast as Wozniak in the indie film, shot on a lean budget in 30 days. It's the underdog Jobs biopic in the looming shadow of the big-studio version being penned by Aaron Sorkin, adapted from Walter Isaacson's official biography of Jobs.
Those ingredients led to some instant bonding.
"We just got each other immediately," says Gad, 32. "Like the acting exercise, we just fell into each other's arms and it was like, 'Let's do this thing. For better or for worse.' "
The journey began after Steve Jobs' 2011 death from pancreatic cancer when Kutcher came across an article speculating on candidates for the lead role in a biopic. To his surprise, Kutcher's picture was placed next to a young Jobs, and the similarity was striking.
"I was like whoa, that's kind of weird," says Kutcher, 35. "But I still was looking at it going, 'Well our nose is different.' I don't think in my day-to-day life I look like Steve Jobs. It's hard for me to even see that."
So Kutcher made Jobs his day-to-day life, steeping himself in his eccentric world, listening to tapes of his voice, watching footage and adopting the familiar walk and stare.
"I had three months to prepare. And I needed every single second of it. I do not do very good impressions. My Mel Gibson on Saturday Night Live might be the worst impression ever done in history," says Kutcher. "For me, it was trying to get to know who he was and why he was like that."
Kutcher even adopted some of Jobs' more bizarre eating habits, like the fruit-based diet and the fish-only diet.
"I read that he would go and just strictly eat carrots for a week, or strictly eat grapes. So I tried all of those things," says Kutcher. "I ate carrots for one week. And carrot juice. That's it…I wouldn't recommend it."
The diet proved hazardous in the days before shooting started when Kutcher felt excruciating pain in his back and abdomen following his last prep meeting with his acting coach — the meeting where he was told to simply be Jobs when the cameras rolled.
"I didn't know what the hell was happening," says Kutcher. "I went to the hospital that night. They didn't know what it was, they thought it was indigestion. I was on the maximum dose of painkillers."
Two more trips to the hospital, and one terrible rehearsal later, Kutcher finally received alarming clarity. His doctor found that his pancreas was acting up and causing the pain.
"When I found out it was my pancreas I was a little freaked out," says Kutcher, noting Jobs' cancer. "It was like, what the hell did I do? But it did give me some insight into the amount of pain (Jobs) was in in his life."
Kutcher adopted a relative normal diet and the situation was resolved.
Gad laughs that his quest to be the food-loving Wozniak was not nearly as dramatic.
"My doctor looked at me and said, 'You still have a caloric intake problem, which means there is not much difference between you and Woz.' "
But he was inspired by Kutcher's devotion, which he says set the tone for the rest of the cast. "Ashton was barely recognizable. He had the walk, the look, the sound of Jobs down to a science," says Gad.
The first scenes of the movie were actually shot in the same Palo Alto, Calif., garage in which Jobs and Wozniak started the company in the mid-1970s. For Gad, it was profound to sit at the workbench where Wozniak had labored over the first Apple computers. At one point, a film worker uncovered a collection of Jobs' childhood journals and asked what he should do with them.
"I said they should go either to the Smithsonian or back where you found them, to be perfectly blunt," says Gad. "But for me, it was this spiritual moment where you were actually sitting in this place where these men created something that everyone now knows."
For Kutcher, not so much. To his surprise, he felt very little.
"I didn't have that ahh element. I thought I would show up there and walk into that garage and just feel Steve. But I looked around and was like, 'This is a garage. And this is a house,' " he says. "I guess I was already in his head space where he was probably like, 'Man, we can't even get an office.' "
Kutcher played out dramatic scenes such as screaming into the phone at Microsoft rival Bill Gates and slamming the handset so hard "it shattered into like a billion pieces and I cut my hand open." And, of course, it led to spurning his friend Gad/Wozniak.
But the pair hugged it out after filming wrapped and Kutcher could return to his old self. They show lightning rapport during a recent reunion at a hotel, chatting about topics as diverse as quarterback Jay Cutler's chances with Kutcher's beloved Bears to Gad's recent Los Angeles flight where he sat next to Kutcher's friend, crooner Michael Bolton. This leads to a tongue-in-cheek duet of a Bolton-esque ballad.
The two are planning on dueting again at the next opportunity.
"I'm sad in a way this journey is ending. It's been a yearlong and an intense collaboration. But we're already plotting our revenge," says Gad.
When it's pointed out that there is another Steve Jobs project in the works, the two jokingly jump at the opportunity.
"Yes, you heard it here first," says Gad. "We are starring in the Aaron Sorkin project. We're just waiting for Sony to make the announcement."
Responds Kutcher: "We don't want to let go of these characters."
'Jobs' Review: Needs a Trip to the Genius BarSteve Jobs shifted a lot of paradigms during his lifetime, including how movies are filmed and distributed, but you'd never know it from "Jobs," an unengaging biopic that wants to portray the various sides of the Apple Computers founder but never makes any one of them particularly compelling.
At an overlong 127 minutes, "Jobs" paradoxically feels like it's rushing through Jobs' life and times, never capturing the man's contradictory nature or satisfyingly placing him in a specific historical context.
The movie tells us that he liked Bob Dylan and hated shoes, he stabbed some friends in the back and had some big ideas, but it never provides any true insight into the man.
Nor does it fully capture the revolutionary impact that the home computer had on the world.
What we're left is a bunch of standard biopic highlights, accompanied by music cues that are either on-the-nose hit songs of the recent past or John Debney's underscoring, which tends to turn the proceedings into Disneyland's Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.
After an opening scene in which the older Jobs (played at every age by Ashton Kutcher) announces the invention of the iPod, the movie jumps back to 1974, when rebellious college dropout Steve takes the advice of a supportive professor (James Woods) to audit classes in various departments to stimulate his varied interests in the arts and electronics.
Steve drops acid (in a hilarious, clichéd sequence), Steve goes to India, and then Steve goes to work for Atari, where he annoys his co-workers and his superiors, even though they all acknowledge his genius. After passing off the work of his buddy Steve Wozniak (Josh Gad) as his own, and seeing Wozniak's creation of a computer keyboard that hooks into a television screen, thus allowing the user to see his work as he enters it, Apple Computers is born in Jobs' parents' garage.
After a slow start, things get rolling when investor Mike Markkula (Dermot Mulroney) makes the scene, and from there "Jobs" hits all the career highlights you'd expect, from the success of the Apple II to the debacle of Lisa to the lawsuit against Microsoft to his expulsion from Apple and eventual return to the fold.
And while first-time screenwriter Matt Whiteley avoids hagiography - Jobs treats devoted friends and lovers like dirt - this is the sort of movie where people go around making declarative statements about their wants and desires and philosophies in ways that no human being does.
(The movie also climaxes with the creation of the iMac, those candy-colored eyesores from the turn of the millennium, whose main impact on the culture was the iFruity character in the comic strip "Fox Trot.")
There's some discussion about Jobs having been abandoned by his birth parents, but beyond that there's no effort to get into his head to explain or even suggest a motivation for his behavior. All that "Jobs" leaves us with is a jerk genius.
Kutcher, to his credit, doesn't downplay the jerk part, but he never has that moment where the performer disappears into the real-life character he's playing. The fact that his efforts to mimic Jobs' pronunciation pattern fluctuates from scene to scene underscores all the acting he's doing, which is a big distraction.
Even with an army of character actors on hand (including J.K. Simmons, Kevin Dunn, Lukas Haas, Matthew Modine, Lesley Anne Warren, Elden Henson and Ron Eldard, to name just a few), "Jobs" really belongs to Gad, whose Wozniak is the brainy, vulnerable and human heart of the film. It's the most restrained screen performance to date from this Broadway star, and one that proves he's got more gifts than just playing to the back balcony.
Director Joshua Michael Stern ("Swing Vote") clearly revels in the period detail of the last several decades, but he never conveys the importance of Steve Jobs to those same years. Instead, he's given us the Zune of movie biographies.
Ashton Kutcher explores the glamour and glitches of Steve JobsAshton Kutcher may be best known for his goofier comedy roles in "That '70s Show" and "Two and a Half Men," but the actor takes a rare dramatic turn in new film "Jobs" as visionary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
Kutcher, 35, who bears a strong physical resemblance to a young Jobs with his wavy dark hair, brown eyes and five o'clock shadow, told Reuters that as a fan of Jobs' work, he was surprised when learning details about the Apple CEO's life.
"When I read the script, Steve was a guy that I really admired, and he was not always being shown in the best light, and I was a little taken aback. I really admire who he is and what he's done. I want to in some ways protect the legacy of a guy that I admire," Kutcher said.
"I also had the challenge of playing a guy who very much is still in the zeitgeist ... I had to play the guy that became the guy that everybody remembers," he added.
"Jobs," directed by Joshua Michael Stern and out in theaters on Friday, outlines 30 defining years of Apple's co-founder, who revolutionized the way people listen to music with the iPod and home computers with the Apple Macintosh.
Jobs, who helped build Apple Inc into one of the world's most recognizable brands, died in 2011 aged 56 after battling pancreatic cancer.
"We didn't shy away from being honest about Steve Jobs' gifts and being honest about Steve Jobs' faults," Kutcher said.
"We tried to tell the story that did justice insomuch as showed what his contribution was and also didn't shy away from showing that aspects of Steve Jobs that weren't so wonderful and beautiful and sexy," he added.
CONVEYING INTELLECT, IGNORING CRITICS
Kutcher has gained gravitas in Silicon Valley by investing in startups, such as social networks Skype and Foursquare with his venture capital fund A-Grade Investments.
He saw similarities between himself and Jobs, both as college dropouts with "an appreciation for art and technology."
But the actor, who studied Jobs' mannerisms, diet and gait for the role, said he found challenges in conveying the computing trailblazer's intellect.
"Steve Jobs is a lot more intelligent than I am, so playing a guy that's that brilliant, I was really afraid of undermining his brilliance with my performance," the actor said.
After "Jobs" premiered at Sundance Film Festival in Utah earlier this year, Kutcher received mixed reviews for his performance as the tech innovator.
Variety film critic Justin Chang said that while Kutcher carried a physical resemblance to Jobs, "the illusion never fully seizes to hold." The Hollywood Reporter's reviewer Justin Lowe said Kutcher "goes beyond" the physical resemblance to Jobs to "faithfully re-create ... physical mannerisms."
Kutcher said he didn't "care about critics," and instead found encouraging words with Apple veterans, who had worked closely with Jobs.
"We showed the film to the original Macintosh team. Their review was probably the most valuable one that I listened to ... A couple of them came up to me and said 'Thank you for giving us two more hours with Steve.' And that moved me and made me feel good about the work that we've done," the actor said.
Does Jobs Star Ashton Kutcher Prefer Macs or PCs? Find Out!At last night's Jobs premiere in Hollywood, we asked Ashton Kutcher the ultimate techy question: Does he prefer using Macintosh or PC computers?!
"Android," he told E! News after a coy pause.
Quite the diplomatic answer, eh?
As for what Kutcher wanted to perfect while playing the role of Apple founder Steve Jobs, he said, "I wanted to make sure that people felt his spirit and that people felt his essence. And we showed the film to the original Macintosh team and afterwards a couple of those people came up to me and said, ‘Thank you for giving us two more hours with Steve.'"
At last week's Jobs premiere in NYC, Kutcher gushed to E! News, "For me, the idea of playing Steve Jobs, it was somebody who I admire and respect for his innovation and creation—that was an honor. And it was also an opportunity to spend three months studying how to be an innovator, how to build a successful business, how to be an entrepreneur, which is something that I'm really passionate and interested in. So it was a great privilege really."
Ashton Kutcher gets real about his Ultimate Choice awardAshton Kutcher received the Teen Choice Awards equivalent of the lifetime achievement honor Sunday (Aug. 11), which he jokingly called "the old guy award."
But then he got serious, delivering an impassioned speech about opportunity, sexiness and living your life actually contained some pretty good advice. Here are some excerpts:
On opportunity: "I believe opportunity looks a lot like hard work," he says, recounting jobs as a dishwasher, at a deli counter and sweeping up a factory floor before he broke into modeling and then acting. "... I've never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job. .. I never quit my job till I had my next job. So opportunity looked a lot like work."
On sexiness: "The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart. ... Everything else is c***. It's just things people try to sell to you to feel like less, so don't buy it."
And the third thing: "When you grow up, you tend to get told the world is the way it is. ... Life can be a lot broader than that when you realize one simple thing: Everything around us that we call life was made up by people who are no smarter than you. You can build a life that other people can live in. Build your life, don't live it."
What did you think of Kutcher's message?
Savvy tech guyAshton Kutcher, an investor in Airbnb, Uber, Spotify, and star of the Steve Jobs flick “Jobs,” knows his tech. “He knew everything there was to know about everything that was going on, even historically, about the technology we used,” director Joshua Michael Stern told us at the Wall Street Journal-hosted premiere at MoMA Wednesday. “I walked onto a set once and there was a computer processor that was there as set dressing and he removed it and said, ‘This wasn’t invented for two more years.’ ” Karlie Kloss and her boyfriend Josh Kushner, Arianna Huffington and Dennis Crowley attended the after-party at Forty Four at the Royalton.
Ashton Kutcher Talks Playing Steve Jobs: "It Was a Great Privilege"Jobs star Ashton Kutcher couldn't have enjoyed playing Steve Jobs more.
"For me, the idea of playing Steve Jobs, it was somebody who I admire and respect for his innovation and creation—that was an honor," the actor told E! News at the film's premiere last night.
Kutcher (who just joined Vine, see his first video below!) continued, "And it was also an opportunity to spend three months studying how to be an innovator, how to build a successful business, how to be an entrepreneur, which is something that I'm really passionate and interested in. So it was a great privilege really."
Meanwhile, Kutcher's Jobs costar Josh Gad is sounding of on whether or not he'd ever reprise his role of in the hit Broadway play he originally starred in The Book of Mormon.
"We'll see," Gad smiled last night. "I always, always, always tell [writers] Trey [Parker] and Matt [Stone] to please, please, please, please when they run out of enough talented people who play those roles to give me a call because I'm sure at some point I'm going to want to just don the suit and get back out there. I would love it. If the door's open, I'll be there."
For more from the Jobs premiere, tune in to E! News tonight at 7 and 11:30 p.m. And don't forget to catch E!'s next installment of its original series with Pop Innovators Presents: Steve Jobs, Thursday, Aug. 15 at 10 p.m.
Kutcher: Better at keeping personal life privateAfter embodying Steve Jobs in his new movie, Ashton Kutcher came to admire how the Apple Computer founder was able to balance his public and personal lives.
"He was better at it than I am," the 35-year old actor said Wednesday at the New York premiere of his new film, "JOBS."
"This business has a propensity to force you to be more public than you probably want to be," Kutcher said of show business.
He should know. Kutcher has seen his share of tabloid headlines after his very public breakup with actress Demi Moore. His current relationship with former "That '70s Show" co-star Mila Kunis has also been widely publicized.
But Kutcher says he's getting better at it.
"I think I've learned how to restrict that public image, and over the years I'm starting to understand the value of privacy," he said.
In the film, Kutcher plays the techno prophet who, along with Steve "Woz" Wozniak, ignited the personal computer revolution.
Jobs died two years ago after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56.
Kutcher said that while researching the role, he found there was a "Steve that Steve didn't always want to show."
He also said the most important aspect of playing such a public figure was to understand that the version of Jobs known by the public came much later.
"The guy with the glasses and the jeans and black turtleneck and the New Balance shoes giving a keynote speech to present some new, great, next, amazing product ... he wasn't always that guy. He actually evolved into that person in the same way that I'm not the same today at 35 as I was at 25, and I was at 15," Kutcher said.
"JOBS" opens Aug. 16.
Ashton Kutcher on Skipping College and Inspiring Kids as Steve JobsAshton Kutcher went pretty method to become Steve Jobs – even risking his health following the late entrepreneur's crazy diet, which landed him in the hospital. But it was the Apple co-founder's stance on education that really struck a chord.
"I found a speech that he gave and he was speaking to high school kids that were about to graduate. He encouraged these kids to maybe go to Paris and try to write poetry or fall in love with two people ... maybe this standard education wasn't the greatest means to creative solutions," Kutcher, 35, told reporters at a press conference for the film in N.Y.C.
"I wanted to do this film to inspire young people to create the world they live in. I think that was an ethos of Steve Jobs," he said Monday.
"A diverse set of experiences in life could be the greatest education you could have. I found it to be very surprising that would be his opinion. And I think it was an opinion that he carried throughout his life. I think it's a value."
Jobs is in theaters Aug. 16.
'Jobs' trailer: Ashton Kutcher takes on the iconic life of Steve JobsTaking on the life and times of Apple co-creator Steve Jobs is no ordinary role ... and "Jobs" isn't looking like any ordinary film, either.
The new movie -- starring Ashton Kutcher as the iconic man himself -- just released a trailer and it seems as if the film will show the entire story of Jobs' rise, fall, and rise again as the game-changing college dropout. Plus, the trailer gets points for cleverly mashing up Macklemore and Mac.
Watch the full trailer here: Video.
"Jobs" hits theaters August 16.
CNBC TRANSCRIPT: ACTOR ASHTON KUTCHER SITS DOWN WITH CNBC'S MARIA BARTIROMO ON "CLOSING BELL" TODAYMARIA BARTIROMO: Ashton Kutcher, good to have you on the program.
ASHTON KUTCHER: Sure, thanks for having me.
MARIA BARTIROMO: Thank you so much for joining us. So the film Jobs out next week. How did you decide to take on this role?
ASHTON KUTCHER: Well, the decision to take it was a tough one, but an easy one. First of all, I'm an admirer of Steve Jobs, I had been for a long time. And when he passed away I kinda had an emotional response to his passing because I had this realization that all of these relationships that I have in my life, all the important relationships, whether it be work or personal, are kinda held together by glue. That's a foundation that really he laid down with a lot of his products.
And I have a lot of friends that are in the technology space that are-- were either coworkers of his or friends of his that loved and admired him. And when I saw the film I read the script-- I really-- I wanted to honor this man that we admire and I wanted to honor him in a way that the people that loved him remembered him.
And then secondly, it terrified me. And I've usually found that the greatest rewards in my life come from taking on things that are a little bit scary. And lastly, I love what the film stands for. You know, in-- with the current state of jobs in the literal sense of jobs-- you know, there are a lot of kids that are coming out of college today. And they get these educations and they can't find a job that they feel is applicable to the education that they've received.
And what this film is about is the notion that life isn't just something that you live in, it's something that you build. And for these kids that are coming out of college and looking for work, you know, it could just be that they may have a friend and they may have an idea and they may have a garage and they can build the most powerful company in the world.
MARIA BARTIROMO: It's amazing. Actually-- I get when you-- when you say terrifying because here's a guy who really was a game changer-- created one of the most valuable companies in the world, if not the most valuable company in the world, and did it while changing all of our lives. We are the generation that grew up on Apple products. How do you prepare for such a role?
ASHTON KUTCHER: Well, I had the liberty of having three months to actually prepare to play the role, which usually you don't get as an actor. So I was really blessed. Yeah, I-- first I started just studying everything about him, everything I could find whether it was videos online or audio files that I collected or books or anything there was just to get a general understanding of who and how he was.
And then I wanted to understand why he made the choices that he made. So I started studying the things that he studied, the entrepreneurs that he admired from, you know, Edison and you know, Edwin Land and these guys and you know, I started studying…and Ansel Adams and his design aesthetic. And then reading the books that he read and trying to consume the content of his life so I could capture his opinions in the moment and not have to be thinking about it but rather just be reacting.
MARIA BARTIROMO: So when you do that, when you step into a role do you take on that role 100%, 24/7 for that three-month period or six-month period or however it is long that you prepare for a role?
ASHTON KUTCHER: In some cases I do. In this one I kind of had to. Steve Jobs was a pretty complicated character and somewhat a psychologically complicated guy. And in order to maintain sort of his ethical opinion base and his characteristics and his mannerisms, I think because he was such an iconic figure and people already have a preconceived notion as to who he was and how he was.
And it's usually the guy wearing the blue jeans and the black turtleneck and the New Balance with the round glasses and the shaved head, but understanding that Steve Jobs wasn't always that guy and that he became that guy. And we're constantly refining ourselves and our personas throughout our life. And so in an effort to honor his-- who he was and how he was and based on the mere fact that I knew that anything that we did, somebody could probably find something online where they could compare day and date to the things we were shooting, I felt like it was important to sort of really live in his shoes.
MARIA BARTIROMO: What a lesson in life. It just basically tells us that we could change and become someone else or change and achieve goals by really stepping into and understanding what we're trying to do. So talk to us a little about the darker elements of Steve Jobs, because they were you know, in the film as well I was reading that you made a ten-hour sound file of his voice.
ASHTON KUTCHER: Yeah, there's a platform called SoundCloud and there are all these audio files and they have this great index of Steve Jobs content over the years from when he was 22 years old all the way until he was 45, 50. And I just compiled them and listened to them while I was sleeping and driving in my car 24 hours a day, just trying to understand l-- like, the themes of his ethos and the themes of his persona.
And there were certain things that I was able to find that were patterns that were repeated that he said again and again and again. And if he said it publicly again and again and again, he was probably saying it privately ten times as much. He was complicated-- insomuch as he was a very aggressive leader.
And he had a brutal, blunt honesty that a lot of people, I think, are afraid to have. And I think it was his strength, but it was always at some points it was also his fault. When he gave feedback to people he didn't care whether or not they liked him. He cared whether or not it was-- what it was that they were doing was making his product better or whether it was that they were doing was making their life better. And so his feedback was often extremely blunt. But I think it was all in an effort to service his innovation and his creativity.
MARIA BARTIROMO: So you like him? After learning all about him, do you like him? Do you feel like he's that complicated really, was that complicated?
ASHTON KUTCHER: I love him. You know, he-- while he was this great guy and this extreme leader and achieved a level of genius and greatness that a lot of people try to attain to, he was still a person. And what makes people beautiful is their flaws. And I think he had a scar from childhood, from, you know, being-- I-- I'm-- my guess would be that he felt like he was rejected by his birth parents.
And then he was rejected again by the very company that he created. And I think that the way that Steve Jobs sought after love was to create products that people loved. And when people loved his products, in turn they-- he felt like they loved him.
MARIA BARTIROMO: You obviously studied Apple as well as Steve Jobs. Do you think that without Steve Jobs they're still gonna have the momentum that they have had over the years under his leadership? It's hard, right? I mean, it --
ASHTON KUTCHER: Well, so here's the-- what I think the gift of Steve Jobs was as a guy running a business. He consistently and constantly sought innovation, spent a lot of time and effort in R&D, created leapfrog products and had the ultimate compassion for the consumer and at the same time had a complete disregard for the stockholder.
However, the stockholder ultimately benefited from his compassion for the consumer. So because he cared so much about creating a beautiful, brilliant, innovative, wonderful-- exacting product, an experience, and he made it magical and powerful and he also understood the power of vertically integrating his hardware I think in turn the stockholders benefited.
But I don't think it was ever his goal to please the stockholders. The stockholders were a result, they were an effect of-- and the cause was is he cared about the consumer and cared about the consumer experience. I think the danger that Apple has is becoming risk averse at this point-- because they have capital and they have-- money and they have a stock that's sort of having a little bit of a tumultuous time, and they have real competition.
So you know, when they first sort of had their surge they had this extraordinary vertically integrated hardware system where their software and their hardware were you know, within the iOS system it was completely vertically integrated. And you had consistently and constantly the best leapfrog experience on their product.
And I think companies like Google who's actually doing extraordinary innovation in the software space and creating vertical integration in-- with their software tools has the real market opportunity right now-- to come in and in some ways supplant some of the momentum that Apple had. But that being said, I don't know what's happening behind those closed doors. So they could be creating the next innovative leapfrog product that sucks you back into their ecosystem.
MARIA BARTIROMO: You made a really good point in terms of not putting shareholder necessarily as the priority, but putting the customer and the consumer and the product as the priority. I wanna get back to that in a moment. But I wanna ask you about how this movie really hits a sweet spot for you. Because you played the role of Steve Jobs, but you're also a real technologist yourself. You've invested your venture fund has invested upwards of-- is it $200 million into 30 startups?
ASHTON KUTCHER: No, it's less than that. The collective portfolio's, like, $100 million.
MARIA BARTIROMO: So how did you come to know about tech so much, be able to pick out winners? You've picked out some real winners and interesting innovative companies. How do you do it?
ASHTON KUTCHER: You know the companies that we look for are mostly consumer facing software technologies. And well, the first thing we look for is the density of the problem that they're solving. So we're not looking for companies, you know, off the bat that are-- that we go, "Oh, that company's gonna make-- X amount of money and it has X market cap."
If you solve a big problem, you're gonna have a large market cap. So we look for problems that have great density and we look for problems that consumers are already hacking a solution in some way, shape or form. Because a lot of times if there's a large hacking density which is people sort of going the long way home, they're looking for a short cut. And if a company provides a shortcut, which ultimately becomes that leapfrog innovation the company becomes valuable very quickly.
The second thing we look for-- are extraordinary entrepreneurs. You know, a lot of these companies that we invest in, they are two guys in a garage with a PowerPoint and a dog, you know. And so you have to sorta see through everything else and go, "Is this guy or girl going to build something that is gonna be enduring? Do they have a passion for the problem they're trying to solve? Do they have the kind of willpower that's gonna take them through the challenges?"
Because you know, like Steve Jobs they're gonna face great challenges along the way and they're gonna face adversity. And they're gonna face people that tell 'em they can't do it. And when they start they're gonna call like Steve Jobs did and people aren't gonna know you're name. And they're gonna go "Jobs?" And he's-- "Yes, J-O-B-S." And you have to have a level of perseverance and will to actually drive through that. And then you have to have the know how and the moxie to actually put together the pieces and build the solution in a really effective way.
MARIA BARTIROMO: And you found that in companies like Airbnb and Uber and Spotify. Did they come to you or did you spot, "Okay, here's an idea that these guys are working on," or you-- I mean, how do you research? What screens do you look at in addition to what you just said in terms of finding these companies that have had huge growth?
ASHTON KUTCHER: So you know, we look for problems and then kind of wait and see if we can find companies that are in some way solving them. And then every once in a while you hear that idea and you just go, "Oh, obvious." There are a couple specific sectors we look at. We look at two-sided marketplaces as a big opportunity that was never before available-- Airbnb being one of them.
You have an opportunity now because we have this layer of trust that's been built by these social networks where you have implicit trust because you know someone's a friend of a friend. So there's product that can be sold on that network to a willing buyer. And you match those two-sided marketplaces up and have a sense of security or a sense of trust in the actually commercial exchange.
So you know, Airbnb would be one of them, another one would be a company like Poshmark-- that basically girls go in and they photograph-- or guys, they go in and photograph the clothes in their closet and then they can sell them and trade them with their friends or their friends of friends across the network. And these technologies-- Getaround is another, it's a car sharing service. You know, these companies are using the lubricant of technology to create their exchange.
There's other companies that we look at in the financial sector that are actually lubricating financial exchange. There's a lot of bulk and bloat in the banking systems that exist. And there's a company called Dwolla that actually eliminates ACH. And ultimately the way that they're exchanging cash, the ultimate potential of the company is – could replace the Federal Reserve or the Federal-- the exchange be-- because of the way that they actually move money.
So we're looking for solutions that go into antiquated businesses or bloated businesses or businesses that have great inefficiencies and utilizing technology to eliminate that. Uber Cab would be you know, it's like these one button service type companies where you press a button or there's a company called StyleSeat where a girl can go and actually book an appointment at a salon. That's another sector that we look at.
And then another interesting thing that is starting to emerge now is intelligent objects. So there's a whole new space of computing sensor companies that actually create intelligent homes or intelligent objects. Nest would be one of them, an intelligent thermostat and I'm sure they're gonna grow into other things. And Tony Fadell who actually created the iPod is the guy running that company, so he really understand product and he understands that Apple ethos. There's a company called SmartThings that's doing some similar stuff as well.
MARIA BARTIROMO: Wow. I know Dwolla, I've heard of it and also Square is very exciting. Financial services, I think you're right…You can tap into that for real innovation.
ASHTON KUTCHER: Yeah, and then there are other social networks that I think are really interesting that are emerging now that are approaching it in a different way. So if Facebook gets your entire social graph, you don't necessarily wanna share everything with your entire social graph. You might wanna parse that social graph. So there's a company called PASS that is a private social network that I personally use for my friends and my family.
And if I wanna send something a little bit more intimate that I don't want everyone in my life to know about, I actually send it through that exchange system. There's a social network called Nextdoor that's just your neighbors. I don't wanna talk to my neighbors about everything. I wanna talk to my neighbors about the neighborhood. I want the sense of security of knowing my neighbors. But I don't necessarily wanna share everything with them. And I think that those types of platforms are gonna have a strong surge as well.
MARIA BARTIROMO: How much of your life is investing and, you know, getting interested and, you know, doing your work on technology companies and how much is it, you know, your acting career? It feels like you are very, very knee deep in investing and actually finding these new ideas. Is that taking a shift in the way you spend your days?
ASHTON KUTCHER: I'm very passionate about both. And I spend-- depending on what the project load is on either side-- I spend quite a bit of time on both. But in essence they're very similar processes. Most of the investing I do is in consumer facing technologies. And most of the advising I do on behalf of those companies is around their consumer product and the way that people will relate to-- a product.
And that's really similar to acting insomuch as you have to understand the psychology and the want of a character that you're playing. And so when you break down a character what you're really looking for is what they want and why they want what they want and what tactics they use to actually attain what they want.
And when I look at the consumer facing user interfaces for technology products I'm looking at what does a consumer want? What do they-- what is their intuitive sense? What is the way that they're-- you know, what is their proclivity on any given click or page? And they're somewhat similar processes.
And I don't really think that there's a bifurcation between technology and art. And I think Steve Jobs was probably the greatest example of that. Steve Jobs was an artist, but he was also a technologist. And the people that he hired, he looked for artistic, creative people to work within his company.
He looked for people that weren't only great engineers, but they were also poets or they were also painters. And they had a sense of artistic design. And I think that what he did is he-- by making technology artistic and beautiful he also made it personal and human. And a lot of what I do with these technology companies is really similar to that.
MARIA BARTIROMO: It's true. I understand the relationship in terms of acting, understanding what the consumer wants, in terms of technology, understand what the product is. And then of course there's the money guy who comes in and is either funding it or in some way trying to call for change.
You probably saw last week George Clooney was making some comments about the activist investor Dan Loeb saying, "Listen, stay out of the entertainment business. Don't tell Sony to, you know, (LAUGH) spin off the entertainment division, because you know nothing about running the business." How do you feel about that? Does that jive with what a moment ago you said, look, Steve Jobs was not putting the shareholder as the number one priority, it just followed suit?
ASHTON KUTCHER: Well, I think there's a little bit of naivety on both sides. So, 1) the assumption that you can just walk into an artistic business and understand how that works or how the artistic process works, little bit of naivety on that side. On the other side, having been in the entertainment business for a long time, you know, some of these companies are extremely bloated. And they do spend money on relationships.
And some of the processes around the creative process aren't understood. And you know, if you look at Steve Jobs is an example of that, right. There are times when your R&D and your drive and your spin towards innovation-- come up with nothing. And then there are times when that is the very vitality of your company.
So I wouldn't necessarily say that George Clooney or whoever is speaking on behalf of the studios is necessarily 100% right. And I wouldn't al-- at the same time wouldn't say that Dan Loeb's position is... Now, that being said, Dan Loeb is responsible to a company and is responsible to the efficiencies of the company.
You know, the entertainment business in a lot of ways is a loss leader, it's a low margin business. And you know, if you're looking at shareholder value in Sony a lot of the technology stuff that they're doing is really leading the way and actually has you know, high value margins against it. But I don't think that-- I think we've become a slightly profit-obsessed society. And I do think that there's a value in the art and the creative process as well.
MARIA BARTIROMO: Ashton, would you like to add anything else that I may have missed?
ASHTON KUTCHER: I'm good.
MARIA BARTIROMO: Okay, thanks so much for joining us.
ASHTON KUTCHER: Thank you.
Ashton Kutcher Fights Back at Critics Who Couldn't See Him as Steve JobsAshton Kutcher heard you loud and clear.
The Two and a Half Men star remembers the skepticism and criticism when it was first announced he would be portraying Steve Jobs in the biopic Jobs.
But instead of allowing the noise to get to his head, Kutcher saw it as a positive.
"I think the early skepticism was actually really, really valuable," Kutcher revealed to E! News' Alicia Quarles while promoting the film.
Before production even began, the 35-year-old was getting comments that, he argued, should never have been taken too seriously.
"I went to get coffee and I had a black T-shirt and a pair of blue jeans on and somebody was like, ‘Oh look, he's not even wearing the right Steve Jobs shoes and that's not the right shirt and that's not even a turtleneck,'" Kutcher recalled. "I was getting blown up and criticized before we even started."
The initial feedback allowed director Joshua Michael Stern, Kutcher and his costars to tell the story of Apple's cofounder and former CEO from their own perspective.
"It was our interpretation of events that we weren't in the room, we weren't there," Kutcher said. "We weren't sitting there when things happened."
As the movie gets ready to hit theatres Aug. 16, Kutcher has one final message for the skeptics out there who gave him pressure to perform his absolute best.
"To all the people that were like hating it beforehand, it was like, 'F you! I'm going to show up and I'll show you what we've got.'"
Take that, critics!
Kutcher eyes $10M dealAshton Kutcher is continuing to rake in the dough. We’re told the “Jobs” star is close to inking a $10 million endorsement deal with computer company Lenovo, which will include him appearing in a number of ads. Kutcher is no stranger to posing pretty with technology, acting as the face of Nikon since 2009. In April, rumors arose that the relationship soured when Kutcher asked for double his multimillion-dollar salary, with reps for Nikon denying a split. Kutcher is still ironing out divorce proceedings with Demi Moore. In May, Page Six reported the pair were battling over his venture-capital fund with Guy Oseary and Ron Burkle, A-Grade investments, which sources said was being worked on for a private offering based on a $100 million valuation. “Ashton made a lot of money after [he and Demi] married, but he doesn’t believe he owes her as much as she’s asking for,” a source told us. Kutcher, now dating Mila Kunis, is TV’s highest-paid actor for “Two and a Half Men,” which netted him $24 million between May 2011 and May 2012.
SightingsASHTON Kutcher and Mila Kunis at Joe’s Stone Crab in Chicago before a screening of “Jobs”
Trailer: Ashton Kutcher In 'JOBS'Open Road has released a new trailer for JOBS, the film that stars Ashton Kutcher as Apple genius Steve Jobs. The movie is certainly getting some buzz before its August 16 debut, as Steve Wozniak (who is portrayed by Josh Gad) appeared on Piers Morgan Live last night and vowed to keep an open mind about the film until he watched it. The pic debuted at Sundance and chronicles Jobs’ ascension from college dropout to one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern and written by Matthew Whiteley, JOBS stars Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine: Video.
Steve Jobs Biopic Set For Aug. 16 ReleaseOpen Road Films will release JOBS – the highly anticipated film chronicling the story of Steve Jobs’ ascension from college dropout to one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century – nationwide on August 16, 2013. JOBS details the major moments and defining characters that influenced Steve Jobs on a daily basis from 1971 through 2001. The film plunges into the depths of his character, creating an intense dialogue-driven story that is as much a sweeping epic as it is an immensely personal portrait of Steve Jobs’ life. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, written by Matthew Whiteley, JOBS was shot by Oscar-winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter and produced by Mark Hulme. JOBS stars Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Kiss in St. Tropez-See the PDA Pic(Photo) Nothing like some afternoon smooching in the sun.
While on vacation in St. Tropez, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis were caught kissing and holding hands while hanging out with Princess Beatrice and her boyfriend Dave Clark.
Talk about some cute couple PDA!
During the outing, Kutcher sported tan pants, pink shirt, navy jacket and fedora hat. His lady love donned jeans and a blue sweater.
Their pals, Beatrice and David, walked alongside the That ‘70s Show costars as they puckered up.
Kutcher and Kunis have been enjoying a French vacation for the past couple days.
Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis Vacation in Saint-Tropez with Princess Beatrice(Photo) Looks like somebody's having a royally good time ... this time in France!
After spending time together in London recently, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis enjoyed some fun in the sun with Princess Beatrice and her boyfriend Dave Clark in Saint-Tropez, France, over the weekend. The friends were spotted along Pampelonne Beach and, later, aboard a yacht enjoying some time on the water.
Kutcher was also spotted smooching with his girlfriend on the beach. The foursome also reportedly visited the Le Palmiers beach club together.
In May, Kunis, 29, and Kutcher, 35, hung out with Princess Beatrice and her beau at London's Calloh Callay bar in the trendy Shoreditch neighborhood, where they all enjoyed cocktails.
Ashton Kutcher Flips Off Paparazzi, Mila Kunis Cowers in Backseat(Photo1, Photo2) Ashton Kutcher gave the paparazzi the bird, but Mila Kunis was the batty one!
The Two and a Half Men star had no patience for the flashing lights as he and Mila drove away from dinner in London on Wednesday, and he let that be known with a wave of his middle finger.
Mila let her man handle the vulgar gestures. She did, however, have on a supercute gray shirt with a bat logo across the chest.
The dating duo had just finished dinner at Ozer Restaurant in London with Dave Clark, princess beatrice's boyfriend, and a female friend. Ashton and Mila both dressed casually for the evening (with the exception of his Indiana Jones hat).
Mila's not one to lose her temper, but this isn't the first time her Punk'd star boyfriend lost his cool with the paparazzi. In July 2012, Ashton (wearing a cowboy hat—maybe this is a theme?) was snapped throwing water at a photographer in Anaheim, Calif.
Hey, sometimes a dude just doesn't feel like having his photo taken.
Two and Half Men's Holland Taylor Talks "Smart" Costar Charlie Sheen, "Charming" Ashton KutcherHolland Taylor is sounding off on her Two and a Half Men pals Charlie Sheen and Ashton Kutcher.
In a new interview with Parade, the 70-year-old actress shares her thoughts on her two headline-making costars.
"Anybody who's spent time with Charlie likes him," Taylor gushed of Sheen, who played her son on the hit CBS show. "He's as smart a person as you'll ever find."
When asked about some Sheen's not-so-smart decisions, Taylor said, "He grew up with a movie star father [Martin Sheen] who was gallivanting around the world. [Today] Martin is a big AA person and very public about it. But back in the day, Martin was a young, crazy, brilliant talent—always gone, always traveling, sometimes bringing his kids along."
"It was just a madhouse way [for Charlie] to grow up," she continued. "And then Charlie himself was a teenage movie star with hundreds of thousands of dollars in his pocket at any given moment. It sounds great to a lot of people, but it's not that easy to mature and to have a regular life."
As for Kutcher, Sheen's Two and a Half Men replacement, Taylor dished, "He's very charming. Very affable and smart. But I've hardly been exposed to him at all."
Taylor also reveals that she "suffered depression" from her "early 40s into my mid-50s."
"[It was] bad enough for me to entertain the idea of going into a hospital. I actually wasn't a danger to myself, but I really sometimes wondered how I could get out of the house to go get food. I was on antidepressants for over 15 years, with very intermittent counseling. It was a very dead period of my life. Antidepressants take away the lows but they also reduce the highs. And for me, over a long period of time, they didn't really work. So I quit taking them, and my life has been afire since then."
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Hang Out With Princess Beatrice's Boyfriend-See the Pic(Photo) Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis' friendship with one royal family member is going strong.
After the romantic duo enjoyed a double date with princess beatrice and her man Dave Clark last month, both couples appear to be continuing their friendship.
Kutcher and Kunis were seen holding hands in Hampstead as they gave Clark a tour the London neighborhood.
The Two and a Half Men star was looking stylish with his fedora hat, beige pants and gray blazer. Kunis looked London chic in her black leather pants, sunglasses and flats.
Is another double date in the future for these adorable couples? It looks like we will have to wait and see.
Ashton Kutcher to Demi Moore: Keep Your Trap Shut About My BusinessAshton Kutcher is no fool ... he's willing to give his forever-estranged wife Demi Moore all of the financial records of the technology business he started AFTER they split ... but only if she signs a confidentiality agreement.
As TMZ first reported ... the former couple's divorce is being bogged down by various financial demands Demi is making. Demi -- who's worth a lot more than Ashton -- wants, among other things, a piece of A-Grade Investments, a company Ashton founded with mogul Ron Burkle.
Sources connected with the couple tell TMZ ... Ashton is scoffing at Demi's claim, since he founded the company -- which invests in tech start-ups -- AFTER he split with her.
But we've learned Ashton's willing to let Demi and her lawyers look at the financial records of A-Grade, but only if she signs a confidentiality agreement. She signed it, and it's now been filed with the court.
Short story -- the money fight continues.
'Two & A Half Men' Adds New Series Regular - Charlie Harper's Long Lost DaughterCharlie Harper had an offspring?! CBS‘ Two And A Half Men will look more like Two Guys And A Girl next season. I’ve learned that the veteran comedy, which earlier this month was renewed for an 11th season, will introduce a new female series regular character next fall. The role, a high-profile gig for a young actress, will bring in a major plot twist to the show: I hear the girl, in her late teens or early 20s, shows up on Walden Schmidt’s (Ashton Kutcher) doorstep searching for her father. She claims to be a daughter of the house’s previous owner, recently departed perennial bachelor Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen). I hear the girl will eventually move in with Walden and her uncle Alan Harper (Jon Cryer). The new character is expected to fill the void left by the departure of Alan’s son Jake as Angus T. Jones recently exited as a regular after 10 seasons on the show. With the new addition, Two And A Half Men will have subbed two of the three characters in the title, following the successful transition from original leading man Sheen to Kutcher two years ago.
Ashton Kutcher: Twitter Got [Bleeped] Up by the MediaSeems like Ashton Kutcher needs way more than 140 characters to express his fired-up sentiments about Twitter these days.
The celeb social-media pioneer—who was one of the first stars to truly harness Twitter's potential as a mammoth networking tool to connect with fans—is now slamming the microblogging site for what he considers its devolution into a publicity and marketing hack job.
Kutcher uncorked his verbose thoughts Thursday at the CTIA wireless industry trade show in Las Vegas, where he was invited to participate in an onstage interview.
"For lack of a better verb, the media came and f--ked it up," Mila Kunis' beau ranted about Twitter to conference attendees, per CNN. "When I first got on, it felt like the democratization of media. Now it just feels like media."
But he didn't stop there.
"The bigger vision for Twitter when Jack [Dorsey] created it was to empower communication to happen as things were taking place," Kutcher added. "Now it's just a bunch of companies and people constantly pitching crap."
Kutcher—who, incidentally, plays Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic Jobs—was an early adopter to Twitter, becoming the first user to amass a million followers. That number continues to balloon: It's now up to 14.3 million, and he remains one of the most-followed users on the site.
Still, Kutcher hasn't lost all hope for social media: He waxed enthusiastic about Facebook, calling it a "new religion" that creates a true sense of community.
"It is a deeper trust bond that I have with someone," the 35-year-old Kutcher said.
Singing Facebook's praises? Why, that's so 2004, it's almost quaintly vintage-chic. Now that we like.
2012-2013 TV Season Series Rankings 18-49NETWORK PROGRAM #TELECASTS RATING/SHARE
9 CBS TWO & A HALF MEN 29 4.1/12
Teen Choice Awards 2013 NomineesChoice TV Actor: Comedy
Chris Colfer, "Glee"
Jake Johnson, "New Girl"
Ashton Kutcher, "Two And a Half Men"
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"
Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family"
Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher Hang in London with Her Parents(Photo) They're here, they're there – they're everywhere!
Jetsetting couple Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis were photographed in London on Saturday – but not with Princess Beatrice, or any other members of the royal family – rather, the couple spent some quality time with Kunis's parents.
Dressed casually in a sweatshirt, jacket and black boots, Kunis, 29, and her mother, Elvira, shared a smile, while behind them, Kutcher, 35, appeared deep in conversation with Kunis's father, Mark.
On Sunday, the couple kept their casual vibe going when they were spotted strolling hand-in-hand with Kutcher in a sweater and Kunis in leggings.
Together the former That '70s Show costars recently visited a winery in Spain and went on a romantic tour of Bruges, Belgium.
Meet the parentsMila Kunis introduced boyfriend Ashton Kutcher to her parents over a play and dinner this weekend. On Saturday, the couple took her folks to “Billy Elliott: The Musical” at the Victoria Palace in London. The following night, the four had dinner at Duck & Waffle — the same restaurant where Kunis and Kutcher, who’s in a contentious divorce with Demi Moore, had a double date with Princess Beatrice and her boyfriend, US businessman Dave Clark, the weekend before.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Enjoy Sweet Stroll in London-See the Romantic Pic!(Photo) Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis' romantic getaway shows no signs of slowing down!
In just a few short days, the cute couple has maintained a busy schedule including a royal date with princess beatrice and the chance to savor delicious crêpes throughout London.
The dynamic duo, however, recently decided to slow things down with an afternoon stroll. Walking hand-in-hand, the couple was smiling and chatting as they walked through the London town of Hampstead.
Earlier in the day, the Two and a Half Men star joined Kunis and her parents for a performance of Billy Elliott: The Musical.
It wasn't the first time Kutcher spent quality time with his girlfriend's family. Last summer, the 35-year-old cheered on the Los Angeles Dodgers with Mr. and Mrs. Kunis.
Looks like this couple continues to stay on a winning streak!
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Satisfy Their Crêpe Craving in London(Photo) Mmmm, this had to hit the spot.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis didn't let a little London rain get in the way of enjoying a couple of crêpes.
Decked out in hoodies, the cute couple was seen curbing their hunger while taking a casual stroll on Wednesday.
The sweet snack break comes just days after Kutcher and Kunis dined with Princess Beatrice and her man, Dave Clark, at the Duck & Waffle restaurant.
Yep. When it comes to vacations, it looks like these two are continuing to have a royally good time!
$10M hitch for Ashton & DemiAshton Kutcher’s contentious divorce with Demi Moore has now spiraled into a $10 million battle over his venture capital fund with Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary and billionaire Ron Burkle, Page Six can exclusively reveal.
Kutcher and Oseary earlier this month announced their fund A-Grade investments, set up to invest in tech start-ups, was valued at $100 million and they were raising money from outside investors.
But a source familiar with the proceedings between Kutcher and Moore, who split in November 2011, told us, “Ashton and Demi are still not divorced, and no settlement has been agreed, even though they have been in negotiations for over a year. Ashton made a lot of money after they married, but he doesn’t believe he owes her as much as she is asking for.”
Our source continued, “Ashton set up A-Grade with Oseary and Burkle in 2010, when he and Demi were still together, but he recently told her lawyers the fund had not made substantial money. In fact, he claimed he had only put about $1 million into it.
“Now it seems Ashton and Oseary were working towards a private offering based on a valuation of $100 million. Ashton owns 20 percent of the fund, under California law, Demi should be entitled to half of his share — $10 million.”
Kutcher and Oseary made their announcement at Techcrunch’s Disrupt NY conference in early May, a move that sources close to Demi describe as “audacious and narcissistic.” Companies their fund has invested in include Airbnb, Shazam, Path, Flipboard, Foursquare, Uber, Spotify, Fab.com and Soundcloud.
Kutcher, 35, is TV’s highest-paid actor for “Two and a Half Men,” which netted him $24 million between May 2011 and May 2012. The last major payday for Moore, 50, was $2 million for 2003’s “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.” Kutcher is now dating Mila Kunis.
Kutcher’s rep didn’t get back to us. Moore’s lawyer William Beslow wouldn’t comment.
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher Have Royal Date Night With Princess Beatrice in London(Photo) Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher had quite the double date this past weekend.
The A-list couple, usually the center of attention all by themselves, had dinner early Saturday evening with princess beatrice and her beau Dave Clark at the Duck & Waffle restaurant—which, by its location on the 40th floor of London's Heron Tower, literally makes it the highest restaurant in the U.K.
Ashton and Mila, who spent the prior weekend on holiday in Spain, were wearing matching Real Madrid T-shirts.
A rep for the restaurant tells E! News that the merry foursome told the staff that they were on a charity food crawl before indulging in their titular house special, consisting of two waffles, crisp-skinned duck confit, a fried duck egg and spiced maple syrup.
"They were very nice, even stopping by and chatting with the chef on the way out," the rep says.
And the fun didn't stop at supper. A source tells us that the couples' night also included a round of "the four best cocktails" at a bar in Islington and then a visit to the celeb-friendly Callooh Callay in Shoreditch.
"Thanks for visiting us tonight Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis! We hope you enjoyed the Jose Cuervo tequila cocktails @aplusk," read a May 11 post from the bar's Twitter account.
On Sunday, Callooh Callay tweeted: "Did you know that we've had quite a few celebs in our bar? Princess Beatrice, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Emma Watson, [Keira Knightley]...We forgot to mention, Princess Beatrice was also in the cantina last night. We've officially hosted royalty. Better yet, we gave her Tequila."
Oh, and get ye to the bar, because, "The Jose Cuervo pop up is only open for one more week so book now!" read another tweet. You can sit on Beatrice, Ashton & Mila's stools and lick their glasses."
'Two and a Half Men' Season 10 finaleSeason 10 of "Two and a Half Men" came to an end tonight (May 9) with an episode that saw Walden (Ashton Kutcher) fall for the hot grandma (Marilu Henner) of his twentysomething girlfriend (Hilary Duff), and Jake (Angus T. Jones) ship off to Japan.
Before he left, Jake made time for some father-son bonding with Alan (Jon Cryer) and reassured Alan that he's always been a good parent: "We lived in a beach house my whole life rent free, and even after Uncle Charlie died we managed to stay there. I mean who else could have done that? ... And there were a lot of hot chicks under that roof!"
Their final scene together ended with the two enjoying a view of the Grand Canyon, and Jake letting out a massive fart. Because that's how "Two and a Half Men" rolls. (Cryer wins Emmys for this thing. Seriously.)
Whether or not Jones returns at all in Season 11 is still being worked out, but his behavior during the season represented just the latest tabloid-friendly antics to rock the show that used to star Charlie Sheen.
No matter. "Two and a Half Men" has proven its durability over the years -- people love their smutty sex jokes and embarrassingly predictable plotting, apparently -- and both Kutcher and Cryer are locked in for another season.
What did you think of the Season 10 finale and will you miss Jake as a series regular?
Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis Visit Winery in Spain(Photo1, Photo2) Much like a fine wine, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis's relationship appears to be getting better with age.
The couple, who have been together since spring 2012, added another stamp to their passports this weekend when they vacationed in Jerez De La Frontera, Spain.
In town for the the MotoGP races, Kutcher, 35, and Kunis, 29, also found time to take in the sights, including a local winery.
Wearing a gray sweater, Kutcher posed for photos with one arm around Kunis, who wore a green jacket. In his other hand, he clutched a bottle of wine.
The weekend jaunt to Spain is par for the course for the pair, who recently visited Bruges, Belgium, together.
During that trip, Christine Rohart, sales manager of the Hotel Montanus told PEOPLE, "They seemed very much in love."
Ashton Kutcher -- Cops Called to L.A. Pad ... Thanks to Scaredy-Cat FriendPolice showed up to Ashton Kutcher's house ready to defend the actor from a home intruder ... only to realize it was ANOTHER false alarm ... but this time swatters were not to blame.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... cops rushed to Ashton's L.A. digs around 5:30 AM earlier this week after a friend (who was crashing at his pad) heard a scary noise, thought there was an intruder and pressed the panic alarm on the security system.
We're told cops arrived and searched AK's entire property, but found everything to be kosher -- there were no signs of a break-in or home invaders.
Ashton was not home at the time.
As TMZ previously reported ... it's not the first time cops have made a run to the Kutcher crib. AK was "swatted" last year after a prankster told police there was a gun battle in his house.
SightingsDavid Blaine entertaining Ashton Kutcher and Chris Rock with magic tricks at Stone Rose Lounge
Kutcher's company settles suit against CA DMVAshton Kutcher's production company has settled a lawsuit against the California Department of Motor Vehicles over a planned reality series focusing on the agency's offices.
Court records in Los Angeles show Kutcher's production company Katalyst Media Inc. has settled its case for undisclosed terms. The company sued the DMV in June claiming it reneged on a reality show deal worth at least $1.4 million.
The lawsuit stated the DMV backed out of the reality show on claims it was no longer in the agency's best interests, but it had already been promised to the TruTV channel.
Katalyst's attorney Michael E. Weinstein declined to comment in an email message.
The DMV wrote in a statement that the case was amicably resolved and no further comments would be issued.
SightingsThe Beatrice Inn was celeb central Tuesday night. Ashton Kutcher was spotted with one of the founders of airbnb.com while Jerry Seinfeld, Brian Williams, Diane von Furstenberg and husband Barry Diller, restaurant owner Graydon Carter and his wife Anna Scott all dined at separate tables. “It was like VIP land,” says our spy. Jake Gyllenhaal was also seen popping in later for drinks.
Ashton Kutcher In Violent Confrontation with Security at Stagecoach Music FestivalAshton Kutcher got into a violent melee with security at Stagecoach -- a country music festival in Indio, CA -- after a security guard got physical with the actor and a fan ... TMZ has learned.
According to our sources, Kutcher was in the VIP area near the stage to check out Nick 13 and Dwight Yoakam ... when a woman approached him to say hi and shake his hand. We're told when Kutcher went to greet the woman, security intervened and shoved the two of them ... and chaos ensued.
Our sources say Kutcher and the security guard went at it, each violently shoving the other. Ashton's friends had to restrain him. We're told the guard demanded that Kutcher be ejected, but Ashton left on his own.
Eyewitnesses tell TMZ ... Ashton was NOT the aggressor. They say the security guard was overzealous and out of line.
We reached out to Kutcher's rep for comment ... so far, no word back.
Ashton Kutcher & Jon Cryer Set For Just-Ordered Season 11 Of '2.5 Men'CBS’ veteran comedy Two And A Half Men is dropping the “Half” for the upcoming 11th season. I’ve learned that co-star Angus T. Jones won’t return to the veteran comedy, at least not as a regular. He may do guest-starring appearances. Meanwhile, I’ve learned that stars Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer have closed new one-year deals to return, paving the way for an 11th season renewal of Two And A Half Men, which is now pending. I hear the duo are returning at salaries close to what they earned last season, about $700,000 per episode for Kutcher and just a bit less for Cryer. They remain as the highest-paid TV actors.
Jones’ departure is not surprising. He had indicated his desire to go to college and originally planned to leave after last season until he had a change of heart at the last minute and signed on to return. But with his character Jake in the Army, Jones has appeared only sporadically on the show this season. And then there was the young actor’s ill-advised comments in a religious video testimonial, in which he called Two And A Half Men “filth,” which went viral in November. Jones later apologized and subsequently returned to work.
Two And A Half Men, which was moved away from Mondays for the first time last fall, has helped rejuvenate CBS’ Thursday lineup, proving a very compatible companion to blockbuster The Big Bang Theory and providing a strong lead-in for Person Of Interest. Based on the show’s strong performance, CBS’ entrainment president Nina Tassler in January reached out to Two And A Half Men producer Warner Bros TV to start talks about Season 11. Since the network is shouldering the cost for a show in its 10th season on the air, dealmaking took awhile, with the initial focus on securing the two leading Men. But the process went smoothly, leading to another likely early renewal of the show, a far cry from the down-to-the-wire drama with previous Men star Charlie Sheen.
Boston Marathon Bombings: Ashton Kutcher Wears Red Sox Hat in Support(Photo) Ashton Kutcher is wearing a Red Sox hat to show his support for Boston following Monday's fatal marathon bombings.
The 35-year-old donned the baseball cap while leaving his London hotel Tuesday morning with Mila Kunis.
Kutcher looked decidedly somber as he and his leading lady exited the hotel.
But just wearing the accessory wasn't enough.
The Two and a Half Men star posted a selfie with the snapback on his Twitter account to show his support for the city.
Monday's devastating attacks during the city's marathon have now resulted in three casualties and over 180 injuries, according to CNN.
Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis Spend Romantic Weekend In Bruges(Photo) Love is still in the air for Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, who shared a romantic getaway over the weekend.
The former That '70s Show costars toured Bruges, Belgium on Sunday morning in a horse-drawn carriage to take in the cobblestone streets and ancient bridges.
"They seemed very much in love," Christine Rohart, sales manager of the Hotel Montanus, tells PEOPLE. "They were holding hands, they were giving kisses to each other."
A day prior, Kutcher, 35, and Kunis, 29, explored the city on foot, stopping into the local market and famous chocolate shops just before enjoying a meal at the triple-Michelin starred Carmelite restaurant.
"Mila ate a local dish called Hoppescheuten, which she had never heard of but wanted to try," a source tells PEOPLE. "She just thought 'why not?' and thought it was wonderful."
The source adds: "Ashton ate a special seven course menu that cost 210 euros. It is a very famous menu, where the main dish is rabbit with prunes. It is classic food but with a modern dish."
The couple enjoyed their meals so much, they "came into the chef's kitchen afterwards to thank him," the source says.
Prior to their weekend in Bruges, Kutcher and Kunis double dated with another high profile couple on Friday night – Channing Tatum and his expectant wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum. The group was spotted at the Barbican Theatre in London, where they took in a performance of the opera Sunken Garden.
'Forever Young': Producer Ashton Kutcher sets up another social experimentIt sounds like a match made in reality show heaven: a bunch of cantankerous, get-off-my-lawn oldsters living with a swarm of spoiled, arrogant whippersnappers.
But TV Land has a bit more in mind with "Forever Young" than inciting an age war. The Ashton Kutcher-produced series that premieres Wednesday, April 3, seeks to foster understanding between the two groups, and hopefully prove that old saying about age being nothing but a number.
Judging from the comments of three people who took part in the so-called "social experiment," apparently it worked. They all have good things to say about one another and agreed that being on the show was a life-changing experience. Heck, it's been more than two years after filming wrapped and they still stay in touch!
But it certainly wasn't respect at first sight.
"From the second we met [I thought], 'I'm going to have to live with these people? I'm constantly going to be corrected, told how wrong I am,'" Christian Taboada, one of the juniors, tells Zap2it.
"Old people seem to just judge a lot, and nag and nag and nag," says fellow junior Michael Markiewicz. "When we first got into the house, it seemed like all of them basically didn't think they could learn anything from the younger guys."
Emileen Hanna, 75, says she also sensed some preconceptions, saying, "I don't think they gave us credit for being so sharp."
But through three and a half weeks of living together, competing in challenges and -- most importantly -- just listening, barriers were broken.
"We got along so well through the whole thing, and I think we learned more from them than they learned from us actually," Hanna says. "Sometimes we seem to be less open-minded, more prejudiced. ... I had a preconception that all kids were awfully self-centered and materialistic. I found out it's not that way with all kids. I don't know whether we just got lucky to be with five really great kids, but they were all so sharp and so with it and so helpful to us that I didn't find anything wrong with them."
Summly's Teenage Millionaire: How Ashton Kutcher and Yoko Ono Helped Nick D'AlosioMost 17-year-olds are trying to figure out what to do after high school, but not Dick D'Alosio.
The British whiz kid just sold Summly, his news-reading app, to Yahoo for an amount said to be in the tens of millions of dollars. He's clearly a smart kid, and he got a little boost from Ashton Kutcher and Yoko Ono!
Yep, according to The New York Times, the Two and a Half Men star and John Lennon's widow are among those who supported Nick early on.
"They took a gamble on me when I was a 15-year-old," he said.
Still, Nick insists it was "the strength of the idea" and not his age that drew attention to his app.
For now, he's focusing on finishing up high school then starting his new job at Yahoo.
Take that, Zuckerberg!
Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs biopic postponedWe have some sad news for the Steve Jobs fanboys who've been waiting to find out how Ashton Kutcher will portray the computer pioneer -- the release date for "jOBS," the biopic featuring "Two and a Half Men" star Kutcher as the deceased Apple co-founder, has been postponed.
The film was originally slated for release on April 19. A new release date is expected to be announced soon.
Open Road Films acquired the film in January -- which didn't leave a lot of time to launch a marketing and promotion campaign for "jOBS."
Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher Reunite in London-See the Sweet Pic!(Photo) Together at last!
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher reunited for dinner in London on Thursday. Both clad in all black, the duo attended the Gemsfield Jewelry Event. Then, after Ashton opened the car door for Mila (aw!), they headed to dinner at Scott's Restaurant, an upscale seafood eatery in Mayfair.
Prior to this little London getaway, Mila, 29, was busy promoting Oz the Great and Powerful around the world. Ashton, 35, was guest speaking (and partying) at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
The traveling twosome might have a lot on their plates (including Ashton's increasingly heated divorce battle with Demi Moore), but they always seem to make time for one another!
Ashton talks tech at SXSWAs his divorce battle with Demi Moore escalates, sitcom star and aspiring tech mogul Ashton Kutcher hit SXSW’s interactive conference looking for his next big investment. The actor — already an investor in tech companies Spotify and Airbnb — was spotted making the rounds with his partners in A-Grade Investments, Madonna manager Guy Oseary and billionaire Ron Burkle, in Austin this week. He was also hitting the conference’s party circuit and powwowing with the likes of Mark Cuban, Scooter Braun, Tesla Motors mogul Elon Musk and his “Two and a Half Men” boss Chuck Lorre, who spoke at SXSW. On Tuesday, Kutcher and Oseary were spotted in New York at haute burger joint and beer hall Hudson Common. “They were at what looked like a business meeting,” said a spy, adding the duo met with a group of dudes and “stayed for about an hour.” Having moved onto his former “That ’70s Show” co-star Mila Kunis, Kutcher’s battle with Moore is gearing up to be a bruising one after she filed for spousal support — despite the fact that, sources told Page Six, Kutcher “believes he doesn’t owe her that much.”
Ashton Kutcher's 12-Year-Old Prankster Admits to Swatting Actor's House, Charged in Justin Bieber CaseA little justice for Ashton Kutcher and Justin Bieber—and the LAPD.
A 12-year-old boy who's suspected of calling emergency response teams to both stars' residences for no reason other than kicks has admitted to making a false bomb threat and computer intrusion, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced Monday.
A newly filed count of making a false emergency report involving a similar situation at Bieber's house, plus two additional felony computer intrusion and bomb threat charges involving a bank, are expected to be dismissed upon sentencing. But, according to the deputy DA in charge of the Eastlake Juvenile office, the dismissed charges could still be considered when determining his punishment.
The minor has been released to his parents' custody pending the transfer of his case to juvenile court.
The LAPD received a report of a shooting and possible hostage situation at Kutcher's Hollywood Hills home, on Oct. 3. Per authorities, only after dispatching considerable resources to the scene did they learn from one of the Two and a Half Men star's employees that there was no situation at the house whatsoever.
Charges were filed against the tween prankster on Feb. 7, which was Kutcher's 35th birthday.
12 Huge Celebrities Hacked -- Finances ExposedTwelve big celebs and political figures, including Jay-Z, Beyonce, are the victims of a hacker who has posted detailed information about what appears to be their finances ... and we've learned law enforcement is on the case.
A website -- we're not disclosing the name -- has posted social security numbers, mortgage amounts, credit card info, car loans, banking and other info of major celebs. In addition to Beyonce and Jay-Z ... the site has snagged financial dossiers of Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher, Joe Biden, Robert Mueller, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.
The site was not able to get a lot on Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton, but most of the others on the list have had their financial info compromised.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the LAPD has already launched an investigation. We're told the FBI is looking into it.
Ashton Kutcher Parties at SXSW After Demi Moore Files Divorce Response(Photo) Ashton Kutcher looks like he's having a good time!
Just days after Demi Moore filed a divorce response seeking spousal support from the Two and a Half Men star, Ashton was guest speaking and partying at SXSW in Austin, Texas, on Sunday.
Mila Kunis' 35-year-old boyfriend was spotted partying in the VIP section of My Bar. Afterwards, the actor and his friends headed over to Buckshot bar. Witnesses said he was in a great mood and chatted with fans. Ashton and his entourage left just before 2 a.m.
And the Iowa native isn't the only one bringing some Hollywood glam to Texas. Olivia Wilde, Fergie, Josh Duhamel and a slew of other celebs also headed south to take in the music festival.
Demi strikes back at AshtonDemi Moore (ex-Jackie, General Hospital) is finally filing divorce papers, 16 months after splitting up with Ashton Kutcher, Page Six can exclusively reveal.
An insider tells us she tired of trying to reach a confidential settlement with Kutcher, and that the couple’s divorce could go to a trial.
“Ashton made a lot of money after marrying Demi — a lot more than she made — but despite him becoming just as famous through her, he believes he doesn’t owe her that much,” the source said,” adding of Demi: “She has had enough.”
Moore’s lawyers could file paperwork in Los Angeles as early as today, we hear. Kutcher filed divorce papers in December, a year after the couple split, but this would be the first time Moore responds. She’d been hoping to quietly negotiate a settlement and then file the papers once an agreement was reached.
But negotiations got bogged down, and, “Ashton has been very difficult during the talks,” the insider said. “You could even say he has been hostile.” Kutcher is the highest-paid actor on TV, pulling in $24 million last year for “Two and a Half Men,” and he’s also become a savvy investor in various tech start-ups.
“After over a year of attempting to reach a settlement, Demi is definitely ready to move on,” the source said of her decision to file. “It’s hoped lawyers for both sides can reach a settlement this spring, otherwise the divorce will go into litigation and trial.”
Kutcher’s being repped by LA celebrity lawyer Laura Wasser, while Moore’s retained powerhouse New York attorney William Beslow, who recently helped Linda Evangelista land a generous settlement in a child support battle with mogul François-Henri Pinault.
Since Moore, 50, announced she was ending her six-year marriage to Kutcher, now 35, in 2011, speculation has run rampant as to why they haven’t reached a settlement.
Demi was in New York on Monday night with friends. The source added, “She is healthy and happy, and just wants to move on with her life.”
TV Land Slots Ashton Kutcher's Reality Series 'Forever Young'In one of the longest journeys to the schedule, TV Land today announced that Forever Young, its half-hour unscripted series from Ashton Kutcher‘s production company, will premiere on April 3 with back-to-back episodes. That is almost three years after the network picked up the series with a six-episode order in 2010. Produced by Kutcher and Jason Goldberg’s Katalyst and Eyeworks USA, headed by JD Roth and Todd A. Nelson, Forever Young chronicles what happens when five “juniors” under the age of 30 and five “seniors” over age 70 live together in the same house.
Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis Put Their PDA on Display in Hollywood!(Photo) Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis couldn't hide their affection for each other at the afterparty for the Oz the Great and Powerful premiere on Wednesday.
Kunis and Kutcher showed up for the soiree at Lure Nightclub in Hollywood around 10:30 p.m. Holding court in a reserved area with friends, Kunis was dressed to the nines, while Kutcher kept things casual in a thick white sweater and baseball cap.
As guests arrived, Kutcher remained seated as Kunis welcomed everyone into the group and made a point to chat with most people. But eventually, they found their way back to each other, with Kunis sometimes sitting on Kutcher's lap and holding hands.
The cozy couple's PDA continued as the night went on – sharing kisses, hugging and staring into each other's eyes.
Just before 12:30 a.m., the former That 70's Show costars exited the event.
Ashton Kutcher - 12-Year-Old Boy CHARGED for Swatting PrankThe 12-year-old boy who allegedly SWATTED Ashton Kutcher -- by reporting a fake gun battle inside the actor's home -- has been charged with several crimes in connection to the incident ... TMZ has learned.
We broke the story ... cops raced to Ashton's L.A. home in October after the boy allegedly contacted police and said there were people in the residence with guns and explosives. The caller also said several people had been shot.
When police arrived, they realized the whole thing was a prank -- there was never any real danger.
Officials believe the boy also pulled a similar "swatting" prank on an L.A. bank later that month.
The boy has been charged with two felony counts of making false bomb threats and two felony counts of computer intrusion.
The boy -- whose name has not been released because he is a minor -- is set to be arraigned in Juvenile Court tomorrow.
Ashton Kutcher Shares Photo of Himself as Steve Jobs(Photo) It's uncanny!
We've seen Ashton Kutcher as the late Apple visionary Steve Jobs for his upcoming biopic jOBSs, but never quite like this.
Kutcher, 34, shared a photo of himself split with an older Jobs, who died in 2011, and the two look practically identical with the receding hairline and wire-rim glasses.
"Thank you Sundance for your support of Jobs," he wrote as a caption to the photo.
The film, which opened at the festival in Park City, Utah, this year, earned mixed reviews from critics.
Kutcher's performance is "carefully judged," wrote Variety's Justin Chang, but despite "an impressive attempt at vocal mimicry ... the illusion never fully seizes hold."
Well, it certainly does here!
Ashton Kutcher Parties in Sundance After jOBS PremiereAshton Kutcher's much-hyped movie jOBS premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, and the star was on hand – minus girlfriend Mila Kunis – for all the festivities.
Kutcher was one of the first to arrive at the official after party, hosted by Nur Khan Presents NK on Main Street for the cast and filmmakers and sponsored by Red Touch Media.
Kutcher was captivated by a floor-to-ceiling portrait of late Apple visionary Steve Jobs, whom Kutcher portrays in the film. Guests were quick to snap a photo of the actor admiring the subject of his role.
Without Kunis by his side, Kutcher very much remained a one-man guy, focusing his attention all night on his table of male friends and colleagues and posing for pictures with fans, according to an observer. The pride he takes in jOBS was palpable, as Kutcher was incredibly excited to chat about his film and role with all the guests who came up to greet him.
Co-star Ahna O'Reilly spent the evening in a very social mood, dancing to the beats of DJ Cash and catching up with co-star Josh Gad. Not to live down his "funny man" persona, Gad went into the evening entertaining all the guests and causing an uproar of laughter with Kutcher and O'Reilly while catching up about filming and their time at Sundance.
Ashton Kutcher suffers health scare prepping for 'Jobs'Ashton Kutcher might have gotten a little too close to Steve Jobs.
Kutcher says that he started a fruit-only diet to prepare to play the Apple co-founder for the biopic Jobs, which premiered Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival.
The diet, which the film claims Jobs adhered to, ended up sending Kutcher to the hospital with pancreas problems.
"First of all, the fruitarian diet can lead to like severe issues," Kutcher said after the film's screening. "I went to the hospital like two days before we started shooting the movie. I was like doubled over in pain.
"My pancreas levels were completely out of whack," Kutcher added. "It was really terrifying ... considering everything."
Jobs died of pancreatic cancer on Oct. 5, 2011.
The film is the first of two biopics about the entrepreneur's life. Aaron Sorkin is writing the screenplay for a competing project being produced by Sony Pictures.
Jobs is due in theaters in April. Josh Gad plays Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in the film, which was directed by Joshua Michael Stern.
The story follows Jobs and Wozniak from the company's beginnings -- scenes were shot in the Palo Alto, Calif., garage where Apple was started -- to the launch of the iPod in 2001.
Kutcher, who says he studied hundreds of hours of Steve Jobs tapes, captured the man's hunched walk and demeanor in the film.
The actor and the entrepreneur had personal similarities, Kutcher said. "We both have a ravenous interest in the tech space."
Jobs had setbacks as well as tremendous success.
"He's a guy that failed and got back on the horse," said Kutcher. "I think we can all sort of relate to that in some place in our life where we are moving forward with something and we fall down. You have to have the guts to get back up and go again. I think I share that as well."
There was no falling down Friday night. The premiere was one of the most sought-after tickets at the festival.
After an ovation from the audience, Kutcher and Gad attended a party celebrating Jobs at the Sundance hotspot Nur Khan presents NK Hosts house.
Kutcher takes on tech idol Steve Jobs in 'jOBS'Ashton Kutcher says playing Steve Jobs on screen "was honestly one of the most terrifying things I've ever tried to do in my life."
The 34-year-old actor helped premiere the biopic "jOBS" Friday, which was the closing-night film at the Sundance Film Festival.
Kutcher plays the Apple Inc. founder from the company's humble origins in the 1970s until the launch of the first iPod in 2001. A digital entrepreneur himself, Kutcher said he considers Jobs a personal hero.
"He's a guy who failed and got back on the horse," Kutcher said. "I think we can all sort of relate to that at some point in life."
Kutcher even embodied the Jobs character as he pursued his own high-tech interests off-screen.
"What was nice was when I was preparing for the character, I could still work on product development for technology companies, and I would sort of stay in character, in the mode of the character," he said. "But I didn't feel like I was compromising the work on the film by working on technology stuff because it was pretty much in the same field."
But playing the real-life tech icon who died in 2011 still felt risky, he said, because "he's fresh in our minds."
"It was kind of like throwing myself into this gauntlet of, I know, massive amounts of criticism because somebody's going to go 'well, it wasn't exactly...,'" Kutcher said.
While the filmmakers say they tried to be as historically accurate as possible, there was also a disclaimer at the very end of the credits that said portions of the film might not be completely accurate.
Still, realism was always the focus for Kutcher, who watched "hundreds of hours of footage," listened to Jobs' past speeches and interviewed several of his friends to prepare for the role.
The actor even adopted the entrepreneur's "fruitarian diet," which he said "can lead to some serious issues."
"I ended up in the hospital two days before we started shooting the movie," he said. "I was like doubled over in pain, and my pancreas levels were completely out of whack, which was completely terrifying, considering everything."
Jobs died of complications from pancreatic cancer.
Still, Kutcher was up to the challenge of playing Jobs, in part because of his admiration for the man who created the Macintosh computer and the iPod.
"I admire this man so much and what he's done. I admire the way he built things," Kutcher said. "This guy created a tool that we use every day in our life, and he believed in it when nobody else did."
The film also shows Jobs' less appealing side, withholding stock options from some of the company's original employees and denying child support to the mother of his eldest child.
Kutcher still found the man inspiring. Jobs had a singular focus, Kutcher said, and felt like anyone could change the world.
"I don't know if there's ever been an entrepreneur who's had more compassion and care for his consumer than Steve Jobs," Kutcher said. "He wanted to put something in your hand that you could use and you could use it easily... and he really cared about that."
Ashton Kutcher's jOBS Slammed as "Totally Wrong" by Steve WozniakIf anybody knew the real Steve Jobs, it's Woz.
And as if you ask Steve Wozniak, who cofounded Apple, Ashton Kutcher's biopic on the company's late chairman, jOBS, gets it "totally wrong."
Woz came to this conclusion, he told Gizmodo, after watching a clip of the flick that surfaced online and showed the 34-year-old thesp, in the role of the mercurial bearded entrepreneur, trying to convince the computer wiz about the intrinsic societal value of his designs.
"Not close…we never had such interaction and roles…I'm not even sure what it's getting at…personalities are very wrong although mine is closer," Wozniak wrote in a comment to the site.
The 62-year-old engineer and programmer argued that the scene in question essentially got Apple's birth backward when it came to which of the two men saw the machine's potential.
"Totally wrong," Woz explained further in an email to the site. "Personalities and where the ideas of computers affecting society did not come from Jobs. They inspired me and were widely spoken at the Homebrew Computer Club [of which he was a member]. Steve came back from Oregon and came to a club meeting and didn't start talking about this great social impact."
Rather, Wozniak noted, the real Jobs initially had a less grandiose vision.
"His idea was to make a $20 PC board and sell it for $40 to help people at the club build the computer I'd given away," recalled the computer scientist. "The lofty talk came much further down the line."
As for how he is portrayed in the drama by The Book of Mormon's Josh Gad, in Woz's opinion, the filmmakers took some dramatic license.
"I never looked like a professional. We were both kids. Our relationship was so different than what was portrayed. I'm embarrassed but if the movie is fun and entertaining, all the better," he said.
OK…so it's not exactly adhering to history.
But while Wozniak admitted he only saw the one clip and can forgive inaccuracies like the invented scene as long as "the meaning portrayed is correct," the non-tie-wearing Apple cofounder allowed that jOBS could still be "very good."
Those folks who didn't catch the movie's Sundance premiere last Friday will have to wait until April 19 when jOBS hits theaters.
First look at Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs biopic 'jOBS'(Video) Ashton Kutcher's newest movie, about the life of iconic Apple Computers visionary Steve Jobs, debuts at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday. Before that, though, the first flip of the movie has been released.
The clip shows a bearded Kutcher, as Jobs, telling partner Steve Wozniak, played by Josh Gad, that an operating system in a computer is "freedom to create." When told he was over-reacting and that no one would buy a computer, Jobs replies, "How does somebody know what they want if they've never ever seen it?"
"jOBS" also stars Dermot Mulroney, Matthew Modine, and J.K. Simmons, among others. While screening at Sundance Friday, it won't be released into theaters until April.
Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad star in Steve Jobs biopicMeet Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak — version 2.0.
That's the promise and premise of Jobs, a biopic due in April in which Ashton Kutcher (as Jobs) and Josh Gad portray the budding tech titans during the company's early days in the 1970s. The film, directed by Joshua Michael Stern, makes its world premiere as the closing-night film for the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 26.
Gad, who also stars in the new NBC sitcom 1600 Penn (he's also co-creator and executive producer), says he was blown away after noticing the physical similarities that Kutcher has to the visionary Jobs, who died of pancreatic cancer in October 2011.
"There is an eerie resemblance — he didn't have to do much to get there,'' says Gad. "When he showed up, it sent a ripple of shock throughout the set. Everyone was like, 'We're in the presence of Jobs. Let's go do this.' It was literally like being in the room with the creator of Apple. This is one of those roles that's the perfect fit."
Gad, too, studied "literally hundreds" of hours of Wozniak footage and read everything he could find on the visionary computer engineer. He even took programming courses to tap into the mind-set. "This was definitely outside my wheelhouse. I felt like I was going to college."
Gad's transformation was even more radical coming off a starring role in Broadway's The Book of Mormon where he played clean-cut Elder Arnold Cunningham. To go full Wozniak, he had to apply a fake beard and have his hair straightened every morning.
"Unfortunately it was a grueling two-hour process each day, where my face felt like it needed to be ripped off," says Gad. "The first night I went to bed, I was literally stuck to my pillow. It was sick, sick glue."
The need to get Wozniak right was imperative because of the tremendous impact he had on Jobs' historical arc.
"In a way, it's a love story between these two men," says Gad. "And their journey is full of heartbreak and some different parting-of-ways moments."
"The combination of Jobs' ambition and design and Woz's technical genius provided us with one of the most revolutionary tools ever created — the personal computer," says Kutcher.
Sony Pictures has a separate big-screen adaption on the life of Jobs underway based on Walter Isaacson's best-selling authorized biography, with the screenplay by The Social Network's Aaron Sorkin. But Jobs, which was picked up by Open Road Films, is the first out of the gate and follows the title character through the beginnings of Apple in the 1970s to the launch of the first iPod in 2001.
The film even chronicles the very Palo Alto, Calif., garage where Apple began, with the historic setting serving as a key location in the film.
"We were blessed with the opportunity to actually shoot in that garage," says Gad, who admits to being an iPhone junkie himself. "It was so eerie to go back there and think, 'This is where it all started.' And then you notice everyone texting on their iPhone. It was otherworldly."
'Two and a Half Men': CBS wants an 11th season but cast isn't signedCBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler says she just wanted "to put it out there" that the network is interested in airing another season of "Two and a Half Men" in 2013-14.
Tassler also says that Angus T. Jones, who berated the show in November, later apologized and is due back on the show soon, would be part of the new season.
"We told Warner Bros. [which produces the show] we would like to have an 11th season, and they are equally interested," Tassler said Saturday (Jan. 12) at the TCA winter press tour. "So stay tuned."
Neither Jones nor fellow leads Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher have deals for next season, Tassler says: "That's the price of doing business every year."
As for Jones, Tassler says the cast, creator Chuck Lorre and the crew have moved on from his November diatribe.
"I think the bottom line is, cooler heads prevailed," she says. "He's been a beloved member of that cast for years and years. And he issued a public apology. At the end of the day, they want him back, and he wants to come back. That's it."
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Take Their Romance to Brazil(Photo) Looks like Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher really know how to ring in the new year.
The former That '70s Show costars enjoyed each other's company and the first weekend of 2013 in Rio de Janeiro at Mr. Lam restaurant with Brazilian TV presenter Luciano Huck and a few more pals.
Quite the change of scenery from where the couple spent the holidays.
The duo reportedly traveled together to Kutcher's hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in late December, just days after the actor filed for divorce from Demi Moore, citing irreconcilable differences.
Open Road Films acquires 'jOBS' with Ashton Kutcher as Steve JobsOpen Road Films has acquired domestic distribution rights to ‘jOBS," the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher as the Apple co-founder.
The film will premiere on the closing night of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, but this deal takes the movie off the table before the public debut. Open Road, an independent distributor owned by major theater chains AMC and Regal, plans to release the film in April.
Inferno Entertainment is handling international sales.
Deadline Hollywood reported on Wednesday that Open Road was negotiating to acquire the project in a service deal with the producers, who would put money up for P&A. Open Road has not clarified whether that is true, and the release reports the deal as a partnership.
The film, written by Matthew Whitley and directed by Joshua Michael Stern, chronicles Jobs from 1971 to 2000. That span covers Apple's initial rise, its fall, Jobs' departure from the company, his founding of NeXT computers, his time at Pixar and his return to Apple. It concludes before the release of a series of products like the iPhone and iPad that transformed Apple into the world's most prominent technology company.
Stern and Whitley paint an intimate portrait of the irascible visionary, and the filmmakers received access to the garage where Jobs, Steve Wozniak and their friends founded Apple.
"jOBS is certain to resonate with audiences and we are thrilled to partner with Five Star Feature Films to bring this film to theaters," Open Road Films CEO Tom Ortenberg said in a statement.
Kutcher stars as the eponymous cultural icon while Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine fill out the cast.
"We set out to find the perfect partners to present jOBS to audiences worldwide, and we feel we have found one with Open Road," Mark Hulme, the head of Five Star Feature Films and a producer of the film, said in a statement. "They were as impressed as we were with Ashton Kutcher's inspiring and unforgettable performance as Steve Jobs and are excited to distribute the picture in the U.S."
Sony is planning its own Jobs biopic, based on Walter Isaacson's critically and commercially successful biography. Aaron Sorkin is adapting the book, though he also remains the showrunner for HBO's "The Newsroom."
Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis Share 'Flirtatious' Lunch in Chicago(Photo) After spending some quality time in Iowa over the holidays, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis visited Chicago on Thursday.
Around noon, the couple stopped into eco-friendly restaurant Prasino.
"They were both very courteous to the staff and flirtatious with each other," an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
At the restaurant celebrated for its farm-to-table cuisine, the former That 70s Show costars shared dishes including the short rib skillet and Florentine crepes.
Moore not merrierDemi Moore was shocked, according to sources, when her soon-to-be-ex husband Ashton Kutcher filed divorce papers last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court — even though their split was announced over a year ago. Moore had been hoping to quietly settle and then file, sources tell Page Six. “Demi had hoped to negotiate a financial settlement quietly,” said a source, “and then file paperwork afterwards to show the matter had been settled.” But, the source added, the negotiations got too bogged down and Kutcher — TV’s highest- paid actor — pulled the trigger earlier. “Demi was asking for so much money, and [the negotiation] was dragging on so long, that Kutcher got fed up and filed papers, which means their divorce negotiations will become more public.” Reports further said Kutcher, who’s also a high-flying tech investor, could’ve been motivated to file before the end-of-the-year for tax reasons. Kutcher’s been spending time with his former “That ’70s Show” co-star Mila Kunis.
Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis Spending the Holidays in Iowa(Photo) Just days after making it official and filing divorce papers from Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher was spotted out with Mila Kunis on Saturday night.
The former That 70s Show costars visited Fruitzen Frozen Yogurt in Cedar Rapids, Iowa – the actor's hometown, where they are spending the holidays. (As for their dessert choices, Kutcher ordered peach yogurt, while Mila had the orange sorbet.)
Kutcher, 34, filed for divorce on Friday following a separation from Moore than lasted over a year. The divorce papers – which were filed in Los Angeles Superior Court – cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the dissolution of the couple's marriage.
Kutcher and Moore, 50, were married for 6 years. The Two and a Half Men star has been dating Kunis, 29, since the fall.
Ashton Kutcher Files for Divorce From Demi MooreAshton Kutcher filed for divorce from Demi Moore on Friday, TMZ reports.
Kutcher, 34, cited irreconcilable differences in the paperwork, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Kutcher and Moore, 50, separated more than a year ago — so why the wait?
According to the site, Kutcher has been waiting for Moore to file since last November. When Moore failed to take action, Kutcher filed himself.
The couple married in September 2005 and have no children together. This was Kutcher's first marriage and the third for Moore, who has three children with ex-husband Bruce Willis.
Justin Bieber, Ashton Kutcher Swatting Case Cracked? Alleged Prankster Arrested for Calling Cops to Fake EmergenciesPolice may have found the kid who punk'd police into thinking there were emergencies at the homes of Ashton Kutcher and Justin Bieber.
The LAPD's Hollywood Division has confirmed the arrest of an unidentified juvenile they believe to be responsible for "swatting" the two celebs, that term coined to describe hackers making calls via TTY machines to report serious crimes that would merit a large response from law-enforcement and other emergency personnel.
"The swatting practice is extremely dangerous and places first responders and citizens in harm's way," the LAPD said in a statement announcing the bust, which went down on Dec. 10 following an investigation also involving the FBI and Long Beach Police Department.
Cops were dispatched to Kutcher's Hollywood Hills home on the morning of Oct. 3 after a call came in via TTY that there had been a shooting at the house. Only after sending out a helicopter and other hostage-rescue resources to the address did officers learn that the call had been a hoax.
A week later, a TTY report came in that an emergency was in progress at Bieber's residence and L.A. County Sheriff's deputies quickly learned upon arrival that there was no situation at the house.
Police said that they have connected the suspect to other swatting incidents, as well, but they didn't name names. Similar incidents occurred at the homes of Miley Cyrus in August and Simon Cowell last month.
Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs, Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace lead Sundance premiere listThe 2013 Sundance Film Festival has announced a slate of star-studded titles scheduled for the high profile premieres section, including bio-pics starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs and Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace.
The Kutcher film, "jOBS," has been selected as Sundance's closing night movie and "chronicles the defining 30 years of Steve Jobs' life." Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad and Lukas Haas co-star.
"Lovelace" stars Seyfried as infamous "Deep Throat" leading lady Linda Lovelace and explores the darker side of her success in the porn industry. Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, James Franco and Sharon Stone co-star.
Among the other major titles set to debut at this year's fest: "Parks and Recreation's" Adam Scott and Amy Poehler team up on the big screen for "A.C.O.D." (A Child of Divorce); Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy return in "Before Sunset" sequel "Before Midnight"; Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut "Don Jon's Addicition" stars Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore; Shia LaBeouf romances Evan Rachel Wood in "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman"; and "The Way, Way Back" is the directorial debut of "The Descendants" screenwriters and TV stars Nat Faxon ("Ben & Kate") and Jim Rash ("Community") with a cast including Steve Carell and Maya Rudolph.
Other stars with titles in this year's line-up include Dakota Fanning ("Very Good Girls"), Nicole Kidman ("Stoker"), Paul Rudd ("Prince Avalanche"), Jennifer Hudson ("The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete"), January Jones ("Sweetwater"), Alexander Skarsgard ("The East") and Naomi Watts ("Two Mothers").
And it doesn't end there! Jane Campion's BBC miniseries "Top of the Lake" starring Elisabeth Moss and Holly Hunter will get a special one-time-only screening. Why one time? It's six hours long, and will air on Sundance Channel in the U.S.
The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs Jan. 17-27.
Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis Get Romantic in Rome(Photo) The Roman holiday continues!
Sporting hats, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis stepped out on Friday night to enjoy a meal at Checchino in Rome's Testaccio district.
Kunis, 29, is bundled up with a scarf, while her beau Kutcher, 34, is sporting a very different accessory – a plate!
While Kunis has been in town to shoot her new movie, The Third Person, the couple has been spotted taking evening strolls, indulging in local fare, holding hands and sightseeing.
Just a few days earlier, the former That 70's Show costars were spotted leaving Antica Pesa restaurant, where they ordered a number of the restaurant's specialities, including Parma ham crudo and mozzarella, eggplant parmigiana.
Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis Share Romantic (and Rainy) Night in Rome(Photo) Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have taken their romance (and appetites) to the Eternal City.
Shielded by a large umbrella, on Sunday the couple was photographed leaving Antica Pesa restaurant in Rome. (Kunis is in town to shoot her new movie, The Third Person.)
At dinner, the pair ordered a number of the restaurant's specialties, including Parma ham crudo and mozzarella, eggplant parmigiana, mini beef sliders, pasta with chickpeas, a salad with marinated anchovies and much more. They also saved room for dessert: a thousand layer pastry with cream and fresh berries. And the couple washed down their meal with a bottle of red wine. The Antica Pesa in Rome also has a sister restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
While in Rome, the two have also been spotted taking evening strolls and holding hands in the cobblestone streets in the center of Rome and sightseeing.
The Rome visit has been just another romantic rendezvous for the couple who have been spotted doing everything from spoon feeding each other to relaxing with foot massages all over the world.
Most recently, Kutcher, 34, and Kunis, 29, visited Sydney, Australia together.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Hold Hands in Rome(Photo) Looks like Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are still going strong!
The adorable twosome and former That '70s Show costars were snapped hand-in-hand as they strolled the streets of Rome after a romantic dinner date in the Italian capital.
The often casually clad couple wore jeans and scarves for the evening outing, as they stayed close together to keep warm in the crisp weather. Ashton looked charming in a gray jacket and flat cap, while his Sexiest Woman Alive looked effortlessly chic in leather boots and a striped shirt.
After dinner, Ashton and Mila returned to the brunette beauty's apartment, where the 29-year-old actress is staying while she is filming scenes for the flick, The Third Person.
The TV turned real-life twosome have been busy jet-setting as of late. They recently returned from an Australian getaway, where they were snapped visiting the zoo and enjoying a few quiet meals together.
The precious pair began dating in the spring, and although they have yet to open up about their romance, the constant stream of paparazzi pics seemingly suggests that the coy couple is incredibly happy together.
You know what they say: When in Rome...
Do as Mila and Ashton would do!
Not in their DNADemi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are changing their foundation’s cutesy name to one more prickly, prompted by their breakup. “The DNA Foundation today announced a new name and refined mission,” said a statement from the group, whose old moniker stood for the Demi and Ashton Foundation. “DNA will now be known as THORN.” Ouch! It adds, “THORN: Digital Defenders of Children exists to continue the work started by the DNA Foundation.”
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher's Quiet Australian Breakfast(Photo) Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are still going strong.
The former TV couple turned real-life lovers were spotted enjoying the most important meal of the day together at the Silver Door in Sydney, Australia, over the weekend.
And their chef definitely took notice as to who was enjoying his cooking, and was nice enough to let the Twitterverse know about his experience.
Chef James tweeted on Friday, "Just made breakfast for Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher! :)," and added what each star had to eat (because clearly, that is our follow-up question), "Mila had our Mediterranean poached eggs & Ashton had muesli, fruit, yoghurt & creamed rice."
It seemed as though the actors were pleased with the food, because they returned for breakfast on Saturday morning, "So they liked my food that much it was worth returning for more this morning! pic.twitter.com/mMQVkXxk."
The couple jetted to Australia last week for a little getaway that included doing the famed Bondi to Bronte Coast Walk and a visit to the Wild Life Sydney Zoo.
Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis Dating: "I'm Happy for Them," Says That '70s Show CostarIf for some reason you think the sparks were flying between Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis when they were on That '70s Show, think again.
"Of course they played boyfriend and girlfriend, but they had completely separate lives," Kurtwood Smith, who played Red on the show, told me at last night's premiere of his new movie Hitchcock at the AFI Fest presented by Audi.
"You have to remember Mila was a kid," he said. "That was awkward for Ashton at the beginning. He was like 19 and she was like 14 or 15."
Fast forward to today—Kutcher is 34 and Kunis is 29. They were first linked in April, about five months after Kutcher and Demi Moore ended their marriage.
"It's amazing," Smith said of the blossoming relationship. "They're both great people, so I'm happy for them."
Perhaps the romance will spark at reunion show of the hit Fox series, which ended in 2006.
"Maybe they should get married," Smith laughed. "We'll all go to the wedding and that could be the reunion. It'll be a reality show."
Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis Go Wild for Sydney Zoo Visit(Photo) Koalas, pythons, wallabies ... lovebirds?
The Wild Life Sydney Zoo got a visit from a famous pair of that last species when Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis stopped by for a tour.
The couple, who arrived in Australia on Oct. 31 and have been enjoying Sydney's sights ever since, paid for their entrance like anyone else and did not request special treatment, according to a zoo spokesperson.
"They particularly enjoyed meeting our cuddly koalas, a python, a sugar glider as well as some wallabies with joeys in their pouches," the zoo's Kristy Enright says. "They were very friendly and enjoyed their visit."
While Kunis and Kutcher (both animal lovers who have dogs) wanted to be as regular as possible, the zoo couldn't help but feel special, sharing a post on its Facebook page.
"Guess who just visited us! Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis just popped on by and got up close with a Python Encounter and a koala photo too! Star struck."
That night, the couple enjoyed dinner at Three Blue Ducks, a beachside spot in the suburb of Bronte, with from Spice Girl Melanie "Mel B" Brown, her husband Stephan Belafonte and others including local personality Ruby Rose, who Tweeted about her night out.
Sharing a picture of her dinner companions, Rose wrote, "Everyone's hall pass...And Ashton."
Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore -- NO Movement Toward DivorceAshton Kutcher and Demi Moore have taken NO steps to end their marriage ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected with the couple tell us ... neither Ashton nor Demi have given their lawyers any indication they want to file for divorce.
We're also told -- contrary to several reports -- Demi and Ashton are not haggling over money and who gets what. There have been NO discussions about dividing assets.
It's unclear why neither of them has gotten off the dime to end their marriage -- but they haven't.
Ashton and Demi separated in November, 2011. They were together as a married couple for 6 years.
Mila Kunis Not Pregnant With Ashton Kutcher's Baby-Sorry, Bumpwatchers(Photo) First comes celebrity love, then comes an absurd amount of speculation and endless bumpwatch reports, then comes the fed-up denial.
After successfully checking the first two off her list, Mila Kunis has moved on to the third, as her rep has shut down rumors that the actress is pregnant, reports of which were spectacularly ramped up this weekend when she was spotted out with boyfriend Ashton Kutcher.
Tongues started wagging on Saturday, when the 29-year-old Mila and 34-year-old Ashton were photographed strolling around Los Angeles after a coffee run, when a combination of an unflattering camera angle and clingy shirt gave the Black Swan star the appearance of a (albeit minuscule) tummy.
Perish the thought.
Rumors of a Kutcher Jr. were quick to spread, but Kunis' rep quickly put an end to the chatter, releasing a statement to the British tabloids responsible for fanning the flames of this particular round of bumpwatch that said simply, "She is not expecting."
Except maybe an apology.
Melanie Lynskey 'crazy about' Ashton KutcherMelanie Lynskey may have a new "Two and a Half Men" romantic target, but she's still a Rose by the same name.
Busy on the big screen these days, too -- starring in "Hello I Must Be Going," which has earned her a Gotham Independent Film Award nomination for Breakthrough Actor, and also appearing in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" -- the New Zealand native starts a return stint on the CBS sitcom Thursday (Oct. 25), with a plot that many of the show's fans likely have been anticipating.
Lynskey resurfaced briefly as Charlie Harper's (former cast member Charlie Sheen) sweetly spacey neighbor/stalker Rose in last year's ninth-season premiere that opened with his funeral. Now she's back more prominently, setting her sights on his successor in the Harper household, Walden Schmidt (Ashton Kutcher) ... to the great dismay of Charlie's brother, Alan (two-time Emmy winner Jon Cryer).
"It was completely different," the pleasant Lynskey tells Zap2it of going back to the show, "which is funny because all of the crew is exactly the same. There are guys there who I know and love, and obviously, Jon and our director Jamie ('National Lampoon's Animal House' acting alum James Widdoes) are still there. Otherwise, it felt like being on somebody else's show."
When Kutcher made his "Two and a Half Men" debut, Lynskey encountered him only briefly, "and I felt a little bad because I wanted to be welcoming, but it was also a super-emotional time for me. It had been a really long time of working with somebody and caring for somebody (Sheen), and I've never been really good at that kind of transitioning.
"I didn't really get to know Ashton, plus I was really only in that one scene. This time, we had so much interaction, I'm crazy about him now. I'd watched a couple of his episodes, and I liked what he was doing. It was really nice, working with him, to see how passionate he was and how much he cared that every joke 'landed' and made sense in the context of his character."
Lynskey adds that Kutcher is "really committed to making the show as good as possible," which undoubtedly pleases CBS and Warner Bros. Television, given the size of his "Two and a Half Men" paycheck. Last week, Kutcher replaced Sheen again when Forbes Magazine named him the top moneymaker among today's television actors, with a one-year take of $24 million.
Keeping Rose the same character that viewers have known was "a little bit of a tricky thing," Lynskey allows, in juxtaposing her against a potential love interest other than Charlie. "Ashton was worried about that, in case there are new people watching who haven't seen the character before, but it's set up in a way where Rose is explained. Walden comes home from meeting her, and Alan is like, 'Uh, listen ... .'
"They were very respectful toward me, making sure I was comfortable with what the story line was going to be," notes Lynskey. "They know that I want to respect the history I have on the show, and the history I have with Charlie. I feel like that relationship was really special." In fact, Lynskey would enjoy reuniting with Sheen on his FX series "Anger Management," which she says there was an early conversation about.
Coming back to "Two and a Half Men" occasionally, Lynskey has seen -- and been startled by -- the growth spurts of young co-star Angus T. Jones, alias Alan's son Jake. "There was one time when I hadn't been on for a year or so," she recalls, "and someone came up to me and went, 'Hey, Mel!' It took me a second, then I realized, 'Oh, my gosh. That man is Angus.' It was the weirdest moment. I was like, 'He's kind of cute.'"
While it seems a bit ironic to Lynskey to be cited for a "breakthrough" movie performance when she's been making films for nearly two decades -- from her debut in director Peter Jackson's "Heavenly Creatures," which paired her with a pre-"Titanic" Kate Winslet, to her portrayal of George Clooney's about-to-wed sister in "Up in the Air" -- she's excited for her current recognition.
"It's really, really nice," Lynskey confirms of her notices for "Hello I Must Be Going," about a recent divorcee's involvement with a much younger man. "I feel like I've had the best-case scenario for almost 20 years. I've been working consistently, but not ever pinned down to one particular kind of thing. I've had a lot of freedom in the work I've gotten to do, and I really like that. I feel like everything is coalescing at this one moment."
Ashton Kutcher Treats Mila Kunis to a Foot Rub in Studio CityAshton Kutcher is putting his best foot forward with girlfriend Mila Kunis – literally!
The couple, linked together since April, took it easy with a trip to a Studio City, Calif., Thai-style massage salon, the Pampered Foot, where they enjoyed hour-long foot rubs (paid for by Kutcher) Friday.
"They were quiet and didn't speak much," a salon source tells PEOPLE. "They were tired and enjoyed the massages. They were very nice."
It was a sweet beginning to a seemingly calm weekend, which also included a late lunch at Hollywood's historic Musso and Frank Grill Saturday. Kutcher, 34, and Kunis, 29, spent the week together in L.A., mainly at the actor's Hollywood Hills house.
"They have been relaxing at home, taking walks around the neighborhood and working out," according to a source. "They have both seemed a bit tired from their intense work schedules."
Demi, Ashton in cash clashDespite being separated for more than a year, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are still locked in a fierce private battle over the financial terms of their divorce settlement.
Sources tell us that lawyers for Kutcher, the highest-paid TV actor last year, and Moore “are trying to negotiate a settlement out of court and out of the public eye.” But “they still haven’t reached an agreement over money, because Ashton earned substantially more during the final years of their marriage, but he doesn’t want to pay a large settlement.”
And one source added that if they don’t reach a private agreement, “the discussion could boil over into a public court battle.”
Kutcher, who made $24 million last year, and Moore split up after six years of marriage when he was reportedly caught cheating during their anniversary weekend. He has since moved on with a very public romance with former “That ’70s Show” co-star Mila Kunis.
Meanwhile, Moore has been putting on a brave face in New York the past few days, hosting the GEMS Gala Wednesday before heading out to dinner with friends.
Thursday night, Moore attended a birthday party in Red Hook, Brooklyn, for Kabbalah leader Karen Berg, whose son Rabbi Yehuda Berg performed the marriage ceremony for Moore and Kutcher. Sources tell us the bash had a Texas-hoedown theme with hay bales and fire pits and a family-style dinner at long tables.
Witnesses said Moore turned up in jeans and boots with three girlfriends and “looked happy and mingled with other guests,” including Donna Karan, Cobra Starship’s Gabe Saporta and the Berg family. Notably missing was Madonna, who’s touring, and Kabbalah co-founder Philip Berg, Karen’s husband, who has suffered health problems.
Guests enjoyed Romanian skirt steak, short ribs, sliders and other Southwestern favorites. Demi, who ate short ribs and corn, sat with her friends in the garden before coming in to dance with Karen. Her rep didn’t get back to us.
Ashton Kutcher Rules as Highest-Paid Actor on TelevisionAshton Kutcher, on his own, is worth way more than your average two and a half men put together.
The 33-year-old actor-producer-investor and his $24 million tops Forbes' latest list of the highest-paid actors on TV over the last 12 months. And you get one guess as to who Kutcher displaced as No. 1.
That's right, former Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen, who was the biggest money-maker pre-meltdown with $40 million but fell off the list entirely this year.
Despite his absence from prime-time this year (yeah, we're still not over it, either), Hugh Laurie comes in second on the list with $18 million, the British thesp obviously having collected a pretty penny for the final season of House.
Men of a Certain Age was canceled, but Ray Romano's Everybody Loves Raymond is still pretty ubiquitous via syndication, resulting in an $18 million payday for its star and coexecutive producer.
Tied for third place are 30 Rock standout Alec Baldwin and Mark Harmon, whose NCIS is frequently the most-watched scripted show on TV, with $15 million.
Last Man Standing didn't make any critic's list of favorites last season but it did help Tim Allen secure fourth place with $14 million. And Jon Cryer, who just won his first lead-role Emmy for Two and a Half Men, rounds out the top five with $13 million.
Demi Moore 'jealous' of Ashton and Mila: reportAshton Kutcher seems to have happily moved on from his marriage to Demi Moore with new love interest Mila Kunis, but it appears that his ex-wife is still reeling.
Kutcher and Kunis have been parading their relationship all over the tri-state area lately, but according to People’s new cover story, Moore is “jealous and frustrated” over their blossoming romance and “not in a good frame of mind,” a source says.
A second source counters that Moore is actually not jealous of Kunis, Esquire’s “Sexiest Woman Alive,” but is still “humiliated” from Kutcher's reported dalliances with other women.
“There’s no part of her that’s saying, ‘Mila Kunis is so beautiful and young, this is so humiliating,’” says the source. “What was humiliating was having her husband cheat on her in such a public way.”
Although they are not yet officially divorced, Moore and Kutcher separated after six years of marriage after allegations of Kutcher’s infidelity with 22-year-old Sara Leal.
Not long after the split, Moore reportedly went into a tailspin. She was rushed to the hospital two months after her split from Kutcher, reportedly due to an escalating addition to prescription drugs. Since then, Moore has faced intense scrutiny over her physical and emotional health.
As her 50th birthday approaches next month, Moore is keeping a low profile and reportedly looking forward to putting the last year behind her. However, a source tells the magazine that "her friends aren't convinced she's all better."
Ashton Kutcher Spoon-Feeds Mila Kunis in N.Y.C.How sweet!
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis enjoyed Grom Gelato in New York's West Village on Tuesday evening.
"When they walked out, Ashton fed Mila some of her ice cream!" onlooker Tammy Nguyen told PEOPLE. "They were very cute together."
The duo was dressed casually, Kunis wearing a hood and Kutcher in a navy blue baseball hat and button-up sweater.
"Fans approached Kutcher for a photo, but he declined," Nguyen adds.
Kunis and Kutcher: gridiron cuddleMila Kunis celebrated being named Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive by taking in Monday night’s Jets game with new beau Ashton Kutcher. The couple were spotted on the field for pregame warm-ups and later watched from their seats in the Coaches Club, where they cuddled and refused to be photographed. Also taking in the Jets’ loss to Houston was actor Kevin James, who led the chant on field at MetLife Stadium, then took in the game with friends from the Jets’ green room.
Ashton Kutcher -- 'Swatting' Prank Cost City $10,000The anonymous dumbass who reported a bogus hostage situation at Ashton Kutcher's home this week cost the taxpayers of Los Angeles $10,000 in wasted manpower and other resources -- this according to law enforcement sources.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, the emergency teletext -- intended for deaf people as an alternative to 911 -- resulted in a massive police response to Ashton's home, involving dozens of heavily-armed officers.
We're told units from multiple divisions were called to the scene -- hell, the LAPD even dispatched a friggin' helicopter -- all for nothing.
We're told the incident will cost taxpayers at least $10,000 -- though cops are still ascertaining the full extent of squandered resources.
As we reported, whoever sent the teletext message claimed to be locked inside Ashton's home while several armed Russian men robbed the place. The message claimed several shots were fired in the house.
When cops arrived, they discovered the house was occupied by three people -- people working on Ashton's house.
The LAPD and the city have vowed to go after the culprit for restitution.
'Home Invasion' Call at Ashton Kutcher's HousePolice rushed to Ashton Kutcher's L.A. home today, after someone claimed there was a home invasion robbery with shots fired.
The alleged victim claimed she locked herself in the bathroom and several Russian men with weapons were in the house, robbing it.
The LAPD swarmed the area from land and by air and called out the 3 men who were on the property. The men have been detained and are being questioned, but one law enforcement source tells TMZ ... they may be workers on the property so the whole thing could be a misunderstanding.
Cops also have not found the girl who was supposedly locked in the bathroom so cops are not sure if there ever was a "victim" in the house. Translation, it could be a "swatting" prank.
Ashton was not home at the time.
Ashton Kutcher Adopts a (Huge) Dog - on TV!(Photo1, Photo2) Things have gotten really hairy for Ashton Kutcher on Two and a Half Men!
First, the star found himself in bed with a very engaged Miley Cyrus, and this week, he's dealing with a Great Dane.
On Thursday's episode, Kutcher's character Walden Schmidt gets a very big canine for his girlfriend's daughter – but he isn't at all prepared to report for dog duty.
The brown pooch, which stands tall at Kutcher's waist, starts wreaking havoc around Walden's bachelor pad, tearing the living room apart.
In real life, Kutcher knows what it takes to keep a handle on furry friends. He acted as pack leader of five dogs when he went on a hike with ex Demi Moore's daughter, Rumer Willis, in January.
'Men' still rolling out comedyThink about what was occurring a year ago with regard to Two and a Half Men.
Charlie Sheen was out. Ashton Kutcher was in. The buzz surrounding the new configuration of the show was deafening.
How would they "dispose" of Charlie? What would Ashton's character be like?
So, with the 10th season of Two and a Half Men set to begin Thursday on CBS and CTV, what do we know now that we didn't know then?
Well, we actually knew this before, but it has been reiterated that the man who really holds this show together is Jon Cryer, who plays Alan Harper. Last weekend Cryer won the Emmy Award for outstanding male lead in a comedy.
No matter what you think of Two and a Half Men, Cryer's honour was really deserved. He was the constant on the show, the link between the Sheen and Kutcher eras.
These days Two and a Half Men has gone back to what it was before Charlie went nuts. It's a veteran sitcom that just keeps churning it out.
Two and a Half Men isn't for everyone, but it knows what it's doing for the audience it has. It's probably nearing the end of its run, but hey, we knew that before Charlie-gate.
Despite all of Sheen's whining and all of Kutcher's tweeting, it turns out the hero of this story is a real Cryer.
Miley Cyrus pics from 'Two and a Half Men': Fun in the sun(Photo1, Photo2) CBS has released the first photos from Miley Cyrus' guest appearance on "Two and a Half Men," and it looks like her character is eager to hit the beach.
In addition to the bikini top and shorts combo she's sporting in the photo up above, Cyrus also wears a sundress (with combat boots) and a beach coverup, suggesting she is more than ready to enjoy the oceanfront lifestyle at Walden's (Ashton Kutcher) house. Take a look:
Cyrus' episode is scheduled for this season's fourth episode, which airs Oct. 18. She's playing Missi, a daughter of a friend of Walden's who comes for a visit -- and makes him start feeling his age when he sees how grown-up she is. Missi also bonds with Jake (Angus T. Jones), who's home on leave from the Army.
"Two and a Half Men" opens its 10th season on CBS at 8:30 p.m. ET Thursday (Sept. 27). What do you think of the photos of Miley on the show, and will you tune in for her episode?
Miley Cyrus Lands in Bed With Ashton Kutcher on Two and a Half Men - See the Pic!(Photo) Spotted: Miley Cyrus and Ashton Kutcher in bed together and we have the photographic evidence!
Don't worry, Mila Kunis and Liam Hemsworth fans, the two are strictly sharing sheets on a professional basis when Cyrus guest stars on Kutcher's hit sitcom Two and a Half Men this season.
The former Disney queen is making her return to TV on the CBS comedy and if these photos tell us anything, it's that she's going to be stirring up some trouble for more than one of the show's leading men!
Cyrus makes her Two and a Half Men debut on Thursday, Oct. 17, as Missi, Walden's (Kutcher) friend's daughter, who begins to make him feel old.
And while Missi spends some time with Walden in bed, she's actually a love interest for Jake (Angus T. Jones), who returns home from the army to visit his father Alan (Jon Cryer).
After his big win at the Emmys last night, Cryer dished on Cyrus' upcoming appearance on the show. "[Missi] is just coming to L.A. to see what it's like to live out there and she stays with us for a few days and of course throws everything into disarray," he teases. "[Miley] is beautiful and remarkable. You will enjoy her on the show!"
Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis's PDA-Filled Weekend(Photo) Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis looked like two – affectionate – peas in a pod over the weekend.
Kutcher, 34, and Kunis, 29, were photographed on Sunday in New York City showing their loyalty for the Chicago Bears – and for each other – in matching blue T-shirts and jeans. The couple watched football in a sports bar and later grabbed some ice cream in the West Village.
The two, who last week were spotted passionately kissing in Central Park – packed on the PDA as Kucther embraced Kunis from behind, wrapping his arms around her while on the street.
The couple's love-fest lasted all weekend long: They had dinner at The Lion in the West Village on Friday, where "they were holding hands, the whole thing," says a source. "It seemed like they wanted everyone to know they were together."
They also had a cozy dinner at Spasso restaurant on Saturday night. The former That 70s Show costars, who have been linked since April, were "all lovey-dovey" as they dined with another couple, according to an observer. They dined on mussels and drank rosé and shared two desserts, including a citrus bomboloni. They were later photographed smooching outside the restaurant.
That lovey showMila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher may play coy about their relationship to the public, but there was no question they were together Friday night at the Lion. The former “That ’70s Show” co-stars had dinner at the cluby West Village eatery Friday night and were “very affectionate and touchy-feely” the whole time. Source told us the casually dressed duo, who held hands throughout the meal, stayed at the restaurant for four hours before leaving close to 1 a.m.
SightingsMila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher holding hands on Third Avenue on the Upper East Side
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Kiss, Pack on the PDA in NYC(Photo) If and when Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis get around to actually announcing that they're a couple, we can't say anyone will really be too surprised.
After all, ever since the former That 70s Show costars were first rumored to be dating way back in April, the two have engaged in quite a bit of PDA, despite saying that they're just friends.
From smooching at wrap parties to holding hands as they boarded a plane in Bali to hitting up a Los Angeles Dodgers game together with Kunis' parents, there certainly seems to be enough proof that things are getting serious.
Still not convinced? (Yeah, right.)
Well, then look no further than these exclusive shots taken in New York City over the weekend.
Not only were Kutcher and Kunis spotted getting cozy and smiling as they strolled around the Big Apple, but they were also seen in Central Park doing a little puckering as well.
"Listen, [Ashton and I] hang out. We've known each other for 15 years," Kunis told British Elle's August issue. "We have mutual friends. We're comfortable with one another. That's it! There's no crazy love story, nothing more."
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Attend Dodgers Game With Her Parents(Photo) Well, this seems like a solid indication that Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are getting serious.
The "friendly" duo—who have been rumored to be dating since April—attended the Dodgers game together last night in Los Angeles for a very special double date...with Mila's parents!
Mila, 28, and Ashton, 34, donned blue and white Dodger's gear for the event and sat in the exclusive Lexus Dugout Club with Mr. and Mrs. Kunis in tow. The good-looking twosome was all smiles munching on food, cheering on the team and enjoying each other's company and even appear to be holding hands in a video from the event.
(Video) Earlier this month, the former That '70s Show costars were snapped holding hands as they boarded a plane in Bali although they continue to stay mum on the official status of their relationship.
The Russian beauty even claimed that she's "totally single" in British Elle's August issue and continues to reiterate the fact that she and Ashton are "just friends:"
"Listen, [Ashton and I] hang out. We've known each other for 15 years. We have mutual friends. We're comfortable with one another. That's it! There's no crazy love story, nothing more."
Perhaps very special friend might be more appropriate.
'Two and a Half Men' Season 10 pics: Michael Bolton and 'True Blood's' Brit Morgan drink with Walden(Photo) "Two and a Half Men" will open its 10th season, and second of the Ashton Kutcher era, with Walden (Kutcher) getting good and drunk.
That's the impression we get from some of the photos CBS has posted of the episode. The story has Walden planning a big night for his girlfriend Zoey's (Sophie Winkleman) birthday. But we're guessing things go awry -- so much so that Michael Bolton, playing himself, has to bring a sloshed Walden home to Alan (Jon Cryer).
It's a guest star-heavy episode that also features the returns of Mimi Rogers (seen below with Winkleman) as Walden's mom and Judy Greer as his ex-wife.
Brit Morgan ("True Blood") also guests as a woman Walden meets at a bar, to Alan's continuing chagrin.
And yes, the show is following through on Jake's (Angus T. Jones) decision to join the Army at the end of last season. So expect a lot of him Skyping with Alan over the course of the season.
"Two and a Half Men" premieres in its new timeslot, 8:30 p.m. ET Thursdays, on Sept. 27.
Ashton Kutcher -- Total Confusion at Dallas Cowboys Training Camp(Photo) NOTHING about this picture makes sense ... Ashton Kutcher (who's a Chicago Bears fan) at the Dallas Cowboys training camp (in California) wearing a Boston hat (he's from Iowa).
Ummmm ... WTF!?!!
It all went down this weekend ... for some reason, Kutcher kicked it at the Boys' practice in Oxnard, CA ... and even bro'd out with starting QB Tony Romo.
Kinda surprising Jerry Jones would let Ashton rock the Boston hat at a private training session ... considering Boston is the home of another NFL team.
Kind of a diss, right?
Ashton Kutcher Gropes a Topless Alessandra Ambrosio While on the Beach-Poor Guy!(Photo) After seeing this photo, we were really tempted to make up a gossip headline out of nothing—"Ashton Kutcher Uses TV Salary to Buy Island Full of Topless Brazilians, Feeds Them Nothing But Coconut-Flavored Air!"
But we can't, because we're the entertainment media. Which means we are so totally, completely responsible and would never, ever imply that the actor is currently flying to that island on a private jet right now. Or that the jet is piloted by Gisele Bündchen and staffed by Alessandra Ambrosio, and that both of those models are wearing only raffia thongs and a smile.
Instead we'll tell you the truth.
Yeah, that's Demi Moore's pending ex and yep, that's Brazilian super hanger Alessandra and she's topless on a beach that none of us can afford. But the reason is purely commercial—you're looking at photos for South American label Colcci's summer 2012 campaign.
The line features color-block dresses, ironic farm boy shirts, and—oh, come on, do we care?
Ashton has his hand on Alessandra's butt and Alessandra isn't wearing a top. That is the story. Carry on.
Who Earns What: TV's Highest Paid StarsComedy (per episode)
Ashton Kutcher (Two and a Half Men): $700,000
Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory): $300,000
Modern Family Adult Cast: $175,000 each
Lea Michele (Glee): $75,000
Crystal the Monkey (Animal Practice): $12,000
Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher Show Some P.D.A. in Bali(Photo) Mila Kunis's relationship with Ashton Kutcher doesn't seem to be up in the air – even in the moments before they boarded a plane leaving Bali after a romantic getaway.
The couple, noticeably tan from their weeklong island vacation, walked through the Denpasar International Airport on Sunday – and they were holding hands.
Four months since they were first romantically linked – and 14 years after they met filming That '70s Show – the two have been taking a break from Hollywood with some quality time at a five-star resort on the island's southern peninsula. "They were smiling, really relaxed together," an observer told PEOPLE of the traveling duo.
Rumored to be staying in Nusa Dua at the Amanusa beach resort, Kunis, 28, and Kutcher, 34 (who in November split from wife of six years Demi Moore) enjoyed a sunken indoor bathtub, a private pool and a wooden four-poster bed.
Of the couple, an observer at a Los Angeles movie wrap party told PEOPLE last month, "It looked like young love."
Ashton Kutcher bringing "Punk'd"-like series to webThe guys who brought the world "Punk'd" are bringing their hidden cameras to the internet.
Katalyst Network, the television and film production company founded in 2000 by Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg, has partnered with virtual media company Machinima to produce a new show, "Prank Lab," the companies said Wednesday.
The first 40 episodes of the show will air on Machinima Prime, a new premium content channel that officially launched on August 1.
"'Prank Lab' is a celebration of sophomoric humor," Anthony Batt, president of Katalyst, told TheWrap. "It's a lot of messing around, and we know how to do that kind of programming better than anybody."
Like "Punk'd," "Prank Lab" also will center on hijinks involving unsuspecting targets, but the focus will not be on embarrassing celebrities like Justin Timberlake. Instead, the show will encourage audiences to be more actively involved in the antics unfolding on screen.
"The idea is to take the audience inside how you do these pranks so they become co-conspirators," Batt said. "We're going to allow them to comment on the action and we're going to have our actors respond to the comments. That's something you can't do on television, and it allows the show to become more integrated into the audience's world."
Batt said this is just the first series to be announced as part of the partnership with Machinima and said that if viewers respond to "Prank Lab," Katalyst could create spinoff shows involving the various pranksters.
By partnering with Machinima, Katalyst is aligning itself with the 800 pound gorilla of the internet video space. The streaming and gaming company hosts thousands of videos that attract more than 180 million unique viewers a month. Last May, it announced a $35 million fundraising round that attracted a substantial investment from Google.
With that kind of audience and programming specifically attuned to the rhythms of web services like YouTube, Batt thinks that new media companies like Katalyst may force the old guard in the movie and television business to sit up and take notice of how the iPad generation is consuming content.
"Hollywood needs a new set of media executive that understand how to program to digital and mobile," Batt said. "If you look at YouTube, it looks remarkably similar to TV, but there are a lot of nuances, and understanding those differences is the key."
Bali love nest lures starsAshton Kutcher has whisked Mila Kunis on a romantic vacation to Bali, Page Six can reveal. The actor, still going through a divorce with Demi Moore, has taken Kunis to a five-star resort on Bali’s southern peninsula. Suites include wooden four-poster beds, a sunken indoor bathtub and ultra-private pools. Sources tell us the pair, who met 14 years ago while starring on “That ’70s Show” together, are now making no secret of their romance despite earlier attempts to stay out of the public eye. One source said, “Ashton was Mila’s first kiss while on ‘That ’70s Show,’ so they’ve always had a special bond. They started dating in the spring, and things have recently become more serious.” Meanwhile, on Monday night Moore sneaked into the Four Seasons for the “Bourne Legacy” party. The 49-year-old actress is dating New Zealand actor Martin Henderson, who is 12 year her junior. Spies said a happy-looking Moore chatted at the “Bourne” bash with the movie’s star Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Hit the Town, While Demi Moore Gets "Comfortable" With New Man(Photo) Forget the Olympics, because the ex games have officially commenced!
Amid reports that Demi Moore has found a new man, her eventually-to-be ex-husband Ashton Kutcher has stepped out once again with former That '70s Show costar and rumored girlfriend, Mila Kunis. The two have said they are only "friends," but could this latest night on the town be their officially coming out?
Hardly. The duo was caught leaving Duplex on Third restaurant in West Hollywood, after enjoying what some reports are calling a "romantic dinner together." We've learned the event wasn't exactly the quaint date night it semed.
Ashton and Mila joined approximately 300 guests for the official Jobs wrap party, including costars Lenny Jacobson, Lesley Ann Warren and Dermot Mulroney as well as Sean "Diddy" Combs. We're told that guests munched on hors d'oeuvres such as lamb meatballs and grilled cheese sandwiches while sipping on raspberry mojitos.
The rumored couple seemed surprised—and not particularly pleased, in Mila's case—to be photographed exiting the party together, as they've spent considerable energy to reinforce the idea that they're just pals. "Friends" who like to steal secret kisses when they think no one is watching, that is.
And on the other side of the country, Demi fueled rumors of romance when she was recently spotted out on the town in Connecticut laughing over lunch with actor Martin Henderson, though sources have since revealed to E! News the two are simply friends and their supposed romantic East Coast getaway was a group affair.
And while they may actually only be friends for now, photos of Demi and Henderson—who, at 37, is 12 years her junior—dining at Nine Main Bakery and Deli seem to support claims that they two seemed "very comfortable with each other."
Between these two exes, that's a lot of palling around. But surely they've all seen Mila's flick Friends with Benefits, right?
Kutcher, Kunis spotted kissing at partyMila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have fuelled speculation suggesting the former TV co-stars are dating after sharing a kiss at a Los Angeles party.
The couple was photographed smooching during an afternoon bash on Saturday.
An eyewitness to their public display of affection tells UsMagazine.com, "They were seated on a couch on the same side of the table and Mila was running her hands through Ashton's hair. She had her elbow resting on his back and couldn't stop playing with his hair and rubbing his shoulders."
Neither Kunis nor Kutcher have commented on the ongoing dating reports.
Ashton Kutcher -- Pulling a Jobs at L.A. University(Photo) Check it out ... Ashton Kutcher channeling Steve Jobs today while shooting a scene for his upcoming biopic at Loyola Marymount University in L.A.
The movie -- titled jOBS -- will reportedly cover the Apple co-founder's life from 1971 to 2000 ... chronicling how he built Apple into the powerhouse it is today.
Just last month, principal photography on the film began at Steve's family home in Los Altos, California ... where Jobs and Steve Wozniak started the company out of the garage.
So far, it's unclear why producers decided to shoot at LMU. (Photo)
Ashton Kutcher Splashes-er, Lashes-Out at Paparazzo, Throws Water at Cameraman(Photo) Yeehaw, indeed.
It was apparently a case of water pistols at dusk for Ashton Kutcher on Saturday, when he enlisted some help from the elements to lash out (er, splash out?) at a paparazzo that he obviously had some less than pleasant feelings about.
So what happened?
There's still no word from Kutcher on the hows or whys or what went down, but the incident occurred outside the Kenny Chesney concert in Anaheim on Saturday night.
Dressed perfectly for the occasion in his 10-gallon hat, plaid button-down and star-spangled belt buckle, the Two and a Half Men star was caught on camera hurling the contents of his plastic cup towards the offending shutterbug.
Hey, maybe it was a hot day and Kutcher was trying to cool him off? Or offer him a sip?
Oh no, we've got it. He wanted to show the paparazzo what it felt like to get Punk'd. That Kutcher. Always giving.
Kunis denies Kutcher rumoursMila Kunis has brushed off rumours she is dating Ashton Kutcher, declaring, "I am totally single."
The former That 70s Show co-stars, who played high school sweethearts on the sitcom, were linked together after enjoying a cosy meal in Los Angeles last month, but the actress is adamant Kutcher is just a friend.
She tells Britain's Elle magazine, "I am totally single... Listen, we hang out. We've known each other for 15 years. We have mutual friends. We're comfortable with one another. That's it! There's no crazy love story, nothing more."
Kunis' love life has been barren since she split from longterm boyfriend Macaulay Culkin in 2010, and she blames life in the spotlight for making it difficult to enjoy dates.
She adds, "Is a guy going to come up to me and ask if he can take me out on a date? Where can I go and have this date? I can't go anywhere! My house, his house... So what do you do? I'm trying to be like a normal girl and a single girl... but the concept of being single and in my position is just not workable. I couldn't even go on a date if I wanted to!...
"I don't go out because when I do, everybody sees me. It's not like I'm having illicit rendezvous because there's no such thing as secret in my life."
Ashton Kutcher's Production Company Sues DMV for Abandoning Reality ShowIt's an unfortunate reality for Ashton Kutcher.
The Punk'd purveyor's production company, Katalyst Media, has filed a lawsuit against California's Department of Motor Vehicles for allegedly dropping out of a deal to develop an original half-hour reality series built around its personnel and patrons.
Life in the DMV ain't all it's cracked up to be, right Ashton?
Per the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court and a copy of which was obtained by E! News, the show, aptly dubbed DMV, aimed to "capture the variously humorous, emotional, dramatic, moving, humanizing and entertaining situations that arise on a daily basis at DMV's more than 170 offices across the State of California."
Kutcher and company claim the DMV's director, George Valverde, committed in a letter dated June 8, 2010 to working with Katalyst on the docu-series by, among other things, providing access to the various facilities to shoot four initial episodes in the summer and fall of 2011. Subsequent to that, DMV Deputy Director Mike Marando publicly announced the department's involvement in DMV.
Based on that agreement, the Two and a Half Men star's business partners (who are the people who brought you Punk'd, Beauty and the Geek and True Beauty among other reality offerings) went out and negotiated a pact with TruTV to air the program.
However according to Katalyst's complaint, six weeks after signing the deal, the folks at the DMV "changed course" and Marando fired off a five sentence letter to Katalyst producer Jason Goldberg that "simply declared that DMV no longer considered the series to be in its 'best interests' and would therefore 'not be moving forward on such a project'."
Despite California's Deputy Attorney General reaffirming in December that the project "does not directly serve the public interest or carry out DMV's mission," the plaintiffs says that's not a legitimate legal basis for the department to breach the contract.
Kutcher's company is asking for no less than $1.4 million in damages for pre-production work Katalyst already carried out.
Reps for Katalyst and the California DMV were unavailable for comment.
Ashton Kutcher -- Where's Steve?(Photo) Dressed more like Waldo than the man who changed technology forever, Ashton Kutcher was spotted yesterday walking around set of the Steve Jobs biopic.
It's always easy to spot Ashton.
Ashton Kutcher's 'Punk'd' return: Drake and Kim Kardashian get playedAshton Kutcher reclaimed his "Punk'd" throne Sunday (June 3) before the MTV Movie Awards -- and we have to say, based on the little bit we've seen of the reincarnated, Bieber-ized show, Kutcher's return was a welcome one.
Kutcher targeted rapper Drake and Kim Kardashian in two pranks, and Drake proved to be a much better target.
Drake was told he was being taken to a meeting with Vice President Joe Biden, and once he and his fake Secret Service escort got to an underground parking garage, Kutcher and Co. staged an earthquake. A couple of aftershocks and a Tasered pregnant woman later, Kutcher ambushed Drake, who was suitably humiliated/impressed at the scale of the prank. He also got the funniest line of the special: "So we're not meeting the vice president?" (Sorry, Drake's mom.)
Kardashian, meanwhile, had a run-in with a "superfan" at a gas station (with a little help from Scott Disick), which almost didn't go off, because Kim spent the entire first part of the segment looking at her phone. Some improvisation saved the bit, though, although when Disick drove away with the hose still attached and the pump exploded, all Kim could say was "OK ... something weird is really going on."
Kim remained her affectless self even after the fake cops showed up, and when Kutcher did the reveal, all she could say was "I called Kourtney and I was like, 'What is going on.'" (And also, "Scott is crazy" -- we half wonder if the segment won't be edited into "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" to make Disick look bad.)
What did you think of Kutcher's "Punk'd" return? Which prank did you like better?
'Punk'd': Ashton Kutcher returns to punk Kim Kardashian and DrakeWhen MTV revived "Punk'd" this year, they did it without host Ashton Kutcher, instead opting to feature different celebrities punking their friends each week. However, in honor of this weekend's MTV Movie Awards, Kutcher is returning to his old stomping ground to prank some big name celebs.
A new episode of "Punk'd" airs during the MTV Movie Awards pre-party, this Sunday at 8 p.m. EST, in which Kutcher will prank Kim Kardashian and Drake in the manner to which he has become accustomed. We're expecting big things from his return -- and judging from the preview, it looks like we'll get big things.
"We were about to f***ing get blown up!" Drake exclaims in the clip MTV released, as he nearly curls into the fetal position in his car. Elsewhere, Kim Kardashian is onto the "Punk'd" crew when her friend almost blows up a gas station.
Will you tune in for Kutcher's big comeback episode? (Video)
Ashton Kutcher & Demi Moore Are Not ReunitingDemi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are amicable exes.
The pair, who announced their plans to divorce in November, reunited at Kabbalah instructor Yehuda Berg's 40th birthday gathering on Thursday at the Intercontinental Hotel in L.A.'s Century City – but contrary to reports, the former couple aren't reuniting.
"They were friendly," an insider tells PEOPLE of the interaction between the duo, who arrived separately. "Ashton got up at one point and grabbed coffee in a paper cup for Demi, and they smiled a few times during the program at each other. They seemed to get along and feel comfortable."
According to another source, friendly interaction is as far as things will go between the exes.
"The family is in a pretty good place right now, but Ashton and Demi won't go back to being what they were," the source says. "Ashton will always be a part of their lives, especially with regard to the girls and how close he is with them."
Of Moore, 49, who recently completed a stint in treatment, the source says Kutcher, 34, "will always support" his ex, but "the relationship has evolved and will continue to. There are just too many issues to go back. It's about figuring out how to move forward into a new place."
2012 Teen Choice Award NominationsThe 2012 Teen Choice Awards will air live July 22 at 8 p.m. on Fox.
TV Actor: Comedy
CBS' Fall Schedule: Two and a Half Men Shifts to Thursdays; The Mentalist to SundaysTwo and a Half Men is Thursday-bound.
CBS is moving the sitcom from its longtime Monday home to Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c, following Chuck Lorre's other hit comedy The Big Bang Theory.
Taking Men's place on Mondays at 9/8c is 2 Broke Girls, which will be preceded by new comedy Partners.
The Mentalist is also on the move, shifting into the Sundays-at-10 slot vacated by the canceled CSI: Miami. The Sherlock Homes update Elementary will get The Mentalist's old spot on Thursdays at 10/9c.
Fellow new dramas Vegas will air on Tuesdays at 10/9c, with Made in Jersey on Fridays at 9/8c, pushing CSI: NY up an hour.
Held for midseason: new shows Friend Me and Golden Boy, and new reality series The Job.
The network "hasn't made a decision" yet on Rules of Engagement, CBS said Monday.
Check out the full schedule:
J.Lo topples Gaga to lead Forbes celebrity power listJennifer Lopez has topped the annual Forbes list of the 100 most powerful celebrities in the world, taking over from fellow pop singer Lady Gaga and beating out media mogul Oprah Winfrey.
The 42-year-old singer, actress and dancer, who rose up through the entertainment world ranks from her humble birthplace of the Bronx, New York, surprisingly jumped from 50th place on last year's list that measures power by entertainment related earnings, media visibility and social media popularity.
Forbes estimated Lopez' earnings in the past 12 months at $52 million, and her top ranking is powered by her lucrative gig as a judge on popular television show, "American Idol," a new clothing line at Kohl's, a top-selling fragrance and millions of Twitter and Facebook followers. She also just announced her first upcoming world tour, joined by Enrique Iglesias.
Winfrey, who has admitted struggling with her OWN TV network after ending "The Oprah Winfrey Show" syndicated TV chat show last year after 25 years, kept her No. 2 slot from last year, earning an estimated $165 million.
Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, 18, also stayed at No. 3 where he debuted last year, earning $55 million, with Forbes reporting he has become a serious investor whose portfolio includes music streaming service Spotify.
Pop star Rihanna landed on the list for the first time with estimated earnings of $53 million due to hits in the past year such as "We Found Love," and "Talk That Talk," while also landing lucrative endorsement deals with the likes of Nivea and Vita Coco, Forbes said.
Dropping four places from last year, Lady Gaga was ranked No. 5, earning $52 million, while new "The X Factor" judge Britney Spears returned to the list after a one-year hiatus landing at No. 6, earning an estimated $58 million helped by a successful tour.
Kim Kardashian was also a notable newcomer at No. 7. She earned $18 million - the lowest amount in the top ten - but attracted ample media attention for her splashy wedding and divorce. Pop singer Katy Perry landed at No. 8.
Rounding off the top ten was Tom Cruise at No. 9 with the comeback success of his "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" movie that earned nearly $700 million at the global box office, and Steven Spielberg's various ventures in TV and movies earned him an estimated $130 million to place him at No. 10.
British singer Adele entered the list at No. 24 after a record-equaling six Grammy haul and returning to live performing after surgery on her vocal chords.
Among big names to drop off the list was Charlie Sheen after his "Two and a Half Men" exit. His replacement on the show, Ashton Kutcher debuted on the list at No. 51.
The collective earnings power of the top 100 dropped slightly in 2012, with this year's crop earning a collective total of $4.4 billion, down from $4.5 billion in 2011.
The full list can be viewed at www.forbes.com/celebs.
'Two and a Half Men' finale: Was Ashton Kutcher's first season a success?It's been a remarkable season for "Two and a Half Men." It started off with the great unknown experiment of rebuilding a show with a new lead character in Walden Schmidt (Ashton Kutcher) and dealing with completely different dynamics. It ended with a series that will likely finish the season in eleventh place, averaging 15 million weekly viewers. Not bad.
As for the finale, we see that Jake (Angus T. Jones) and Eldridge (Graham Patrick Martin) are completely, and not surprisingly, incapable when put into any position of responsibility. When they download too much porn, it breaks the computer system at Walden's new company. This leads them to the only logical (in their mind) solution for their future, join the Army. This looks to be a decision that will come back to haunt them.
But the finale really takes a back seat to the bigger issue of remaking the show. Producers were able to, with a few hiccups of course, transition the comedy to a greater ensemble program. Helping to shoulder that load were Jon Cryer and Jones. It is this transition that helped "Two and a Half Men" leverage the initial curiosity about Kutcher and turn it into a long-term ratings success. This is precisely the reason the show secured an additional season.
But not everyone is a fan of the new version of the series. For better or worse, some people liked what EP Chuck Lorre called the "bimbo of the week" approach. The program thrived when Charlie Sheen led this iteration, but with Sheen out, drastic change was needed.
So how do you think Ashton Kutcher is working out on "Two and a Half Men?"
Ashton Kutcher Photographed as Steve Jobs(Photo) Seems clothes do make the man – at least when you're portraying Steve Jobs.
Photos of Ashton Kutcher on his way to the set of Jobs – the forthcoming indie movie about late Apple visionary Steve Jobs – emerged Friday and the resemblance between the two is undeniable. At least in the wardrobe department.
Kutcher, 34, sports long hair, a black mock turtleneck, jeans and sneakers in the photo.
As the Hollywood Reporter reported last month, Jobs will trace the late CEO's journey from California hippie to computer visionary.
PEOPLE.com readers were divided about the casting news in April, with a near 50/50 split vote on whether the Two and a Half Men star would make a good onscreen Jobs.
Perhaps the new photo (above) could change naysayers's minds?
Kutcher taking a gamble on digital mediaAshton Kutcher wants to do for digital media what Robert Redford did for independent film. Google gave Kutcher’s production company one of YouTube’s 100 new original channels, which he has titled “Thrash Lab.” In an interview with Bloomberg TV’s Gigi Stone, Kutcher said he thinks, “These new channels are going to be synonymous with ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS and Bravo.” When asked why he is taking this risk, he responded, “If you’re not trying to replace something that you’re working on with something that is the future . . . eventually you’ll get replaced.” Sounds like the recent brownface ad furor hasn’t damaged his confidence.
Canada loves 'Men' with KutcherRatings for Two and a Half Men are up 45% in Canada this season. That is not a typo.
On CTV Two in 2011-12, Two and a Half Men with Ashton Kutcher is averaging 1.62 million viewers.
In 2010-11, also on CTV Two, Two and a Half Men with Charlie Sheen averaged 1.12 million viewers.
All these numbers are courtesy of Bell Media, which owns the CTV family of channels. Two and a Half Men has bounced around a bit on Canadian TV this season - from CTV to CTV Two, and from night to night, and from time slot to time slot - but here’s something even more notable about the figures:
Just to make it a true apples-to-apples comparison, those 2011-12 numbers do NOT include the big curiosity-fuelled Kutcher debut on Two and a Half Men last September, which attracted 5.324 million to CTV. That still ranks as the No. 1 scripted-series telecast on Canadian TV this season, and third on the overall list behind only the Super Bowl and the Academy Awards.
The Two and a Half Men ninth-season finale will be back on CTV on Monday, May 14, in addition to the show’s American network of origin, CBS. Viewership in the United States, by the way, has dropped somewhat - recent episodes have been in the 11-million range, down from the 14-million range last season.
The wider point is, the numbers have not cratered post-Sheen, as some predicted.
All of which leads me to this conclusion: These days there’s a pronounced “separation of church and state” when it comes to buzz versus broadcast.
Sheen going nuts and eventually getting himself fired from Two and a Half Men was a big story. As a member of the media, I’m not going to apologize for having been so interested in it.
That said, it has been reinforced for me that the portion of the public that gets most fascinated by something like Sheen-gate is not necessarily the portion of the public that is inclined to watch something like Two and a Half Men.
Is Two and a Half Men better or worse creatively this season? Well, your personal affinity for Sheen or Kutcher plays a big part in it. The truth is, Two and a Half Men wasn’t exactly Shakespeare before the change, and it isn’t exactly Shakespeare now.
As this was being written, Two and a Half Men still officially had not been renewed for next season, due to contract negotiations - Kutcher, Jon Cryer and even Angus T. Jones don’t come cheaply - rather than a lack of desire from CBS. This Wednesday CBS will make its formal fall announcements.
Moving forward, I guess it’s worth remembering that the demise of a star doesn’t necessarily mean the demise of a show. People who love watching the former don’t necessarily love watching the latter, and vice-versa.
Two and a Half Men Returning for 10th SeasonCBS has renewed Two and a Half Men for a 10th season, the network announced Saturday.
The renewal was expected after Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones signed new contracts to return last week.
Men, which has averaged 15 million viewers and a 5.2 in the adults-18-to-49 demographic this season, is the fifth comedy and 19th series to be renewed by CBS. While co-creator Chuck Lorre has indicated he would like the 10th season to be the show's last, it is unclear if that will be the case.
CBS will announce its complete fall schedule Wednesday, May 16.
Ashton Kutcher & Miranda Lambert Bury the Hatchet at Pre-Kentucky Derby Party(Photo) A little horseplay before Saturday's big race at the Kentucky Derby?
With no sign of his recent companion, Mila Kunis, at his side, Ashton Kutcher made it a boys' night out at Friday's Barnstable Brown Party, Louisville's most elite and swanky Derby Eve celebration – where he also patched up a simmering feud with Miranda Lambert.
Having formerly accused the Two and a Half Men star of making fun of country music when he presented her with the Female Vocalist of the Year award at last month's Academy of Country Music Awards, Lambert posed for a friendly picture with Kutcher at Friday night's soiree, then Tweeted, along with the photo: "here it is y’all. He is sweet and lives country music! For real!:)"
And though Kutcher arrived only with other fellows, that didn't mean the ladies weren't looking in his direction – including, according to one observer, EPSN's Erin Andrews, who "was so checking him out. Like, 100 percent."
Hitting the red carpet fashionably late, about 10 p.m., the recently single Kutcher, 34, was sporting a black suit and a white, opened-collar shirt as he posed briefly for photos before being escorted into the party.
En route, he shook hands with admirers and posed for another picture, this time with a starry-eyed fan who jumped in his path. He also, at one point, lost his cell phone. (It has yet to be reported if it remains lost or found.)
Among the numerous other party revelers: Kellan Lutz; Tom Brady, sans wife Gisele Bündchen; Joey Fatone; Cyndi Lauper, who mistakenly dropped the F-Bomb on an open mic during a performance (she later apologized); and Boys II Men.
The charity gala, founded by twin sisters Patricia Barnstable Brown and Priscilla Barnstable, along with Patricia's late husband, Dr. David E. Brown, is now in its 24th year and has raised more than $9,000,000 for the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Research Center at the University of Kentucky.
Ashton Kutcher's "Racist" Ad Controversy Continues: Sharon Osborne Rips "Lame" ImpressionsMore fallout on the Ashton Kutcher Popchip ad front.
After its online Bollywood parody featuring the actor in brownface with an Indian accent sparked a public uproar and accusations of racism, Popchip's head honcho wants the world to know no disrespect was intended.
"We are removing the individual Bollywood character from our out-of-home advertising campaign that launches May 7," the company's CEO Keith Belling tells E! News in a statement. "We received a lot feedback about the dating campaign parody we launched today and appreciate everyone who took the time to share their point of view."
The spot, which is now back up on Popchips official YouTube channel after briefly disappearing (though not on its Facebook page), has Kutcher playing a multicultural parade of bachelors in a spoof of dating videos all in the aim of promoting the the chip brand.
Says Belling: "Our team worked hard to create a lighthearted parody featuring a variety of characters that was meant to provide a few laughs. We did not intend to offend anyone. I take full responsibility and apologize to anyone we offended."
One of those who took offense was Sharon Osbourne, though not for its content so much as Kutcher's comedic skills.
"The problem with Ashton Kutcher's ad is that his impressions were so lame and weak and that's why it's offensive!," tweeted the America's Got Talent judge.
Parks and Recreations star and credit card pitchman Aziz Ansari couldn't resist poking fun at the uproar as well.
"In light of the Ashton Kutcher PopChips scandal, I feel obliged to confess that in my AmEx spots I am also wearing brown face," the Indian-American funnyman tweeted.
He later added: "In honor of the PopChips scandal, let's all watch Short Circuit 2 today & have our heads explode. #IndianGuyisActuallyFisherStevens."
Initial reaction to the ads, however, had been generally positive.
Kim Kardashian, for instance, gave a thumbs up after Ashton—replying to his character Swordfish's desire for something "hot and spicy"—quipped in his Bollywood alter-ego of Raj: "Like Kardashian hot. I would give that dog a bone."
"LOL @aplusk! Love this...," the E! reality star wrote on her Twitter page, linking to the video.
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant wrote on his Facebook page: "Check out my man Ashton's new dating video. It's nuts."
Ryan Seacrest tweeted, "now it's official… @aplusk! is definitely dating again."
Kutcher has so far remained mum on the matter and his camp has declined to comment.
Ashton Kutcher ad is called racist, yanked offlineAn online ad featuring Ashton Kutcher as an Indian man has been pulled offline after viewers called it racist.
The images and video for Popchips feature the 34-year-old "Two and a Half Men" star in brown makeup portraying a Bollywood producer named Raj who is "looking for love." They were removed from YouTube and Facebook after being criticized online.
Other videos featuring Kutcher as a stoner, tattooed Southerner and pasty fashionista remain online.
A spokeswoman for Popchips says the dating parody featuring the four characters was "created to provoke a few laughs and was never intended to stereotype or offend anyone." She added that the company hopes "people can enjoy this in the spirit it was intended."
A spokeswoman for Kutcher hasn't return messages seeking comment.
Kutcher draws internet's ire with brownface in adAshton Kutcher's new ad for a potato chip company could find him eating crow soon.
The "Two and a Half Men" star's ad for Popchips has raised the hackles of some in the Twitterverse, who are criticizing the ad as racist because Kutcher wears "brownface" in it.
The commercial parodies dating-service ads, with Kutcher playing Raj, a 39-year-old "Bollywood producer" who's looking for love. But the ad itself isn't getting much love from Internet detractors, who are criticizing the brown makeup and stereotypical behavior he displays in the spot.
New York writer/entrepreneur Anil Dash called for an apology from Popchips, Kutcher and others associated with the ad.
"I think the people behind this Popchips ad are not racist. I think they just made a racist ad, because they're so steeped in our culture's racism that they didn't even realize they were doing it," Dash wrote.
Brooklyn-based hip-hop group Das Racist was similarly unimpressed, and urged people to contact the company in protest.
A YouTube user offered another bashing in the comments section, writing, "LOL @ Ashton thinking he could become relevant again by putting on racist brownface, acting like Indian men are all creepers (who moustaches), and attempting caricatures of popular filmy? dances. How mid-twentieth century! How cute! Very impressed."
The ad is one in a series of Kutcher portraying a number of caricatures, including a bearded redneck, a dreadlocked British hippie and a pony-tailed German fashionista.
Popchips claims that the ad campaign wasn't intended to offend.
"The new Popchips worldwide dating video and ad campaign featuring four characters was created to provoke a few laughs and was never intended to stereotype or offend anyone," the company said in a statement provided to TheWrap. "At Popchips we embrace all types of shapes, flavors and colors, and appreciate all snackers, no matter their race or ethnicity. We hope people can enjoy this in the spirit it was intended."
A spokeswomen for Kutcher has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment - though it's a safe bet that the actor is probably blushing right now, under all of that brownface makeup.
Watch Now: Inside Ashton Kutcher's "Freak Show" Commercial Shoot(Video) How many people does it take to turn Ashton Kutcher into a veritable "freak show" of undesirable suitors?
Quite a few, especially when the beards and mustaches of varying consistencies have to be applied!
E! News has obtained this exclusive sneak peek at the making of Popchips' new commercial, which had Kutcher busting out some Method acting behind the scenes.
Whether he was sticking to a beer-honed accent while "Swordfish's" tattoos were being drawn on or cuddling "Darl's" teacup chihuahua while in hair and makeup, Kutcher seemed to be entertaining the crew as much as he ended up entertaining us with the finished project.
And in the end, the ad, featuring the Two and a Half Men star as a bunch of guys being interviewed for a dating site called World Wide Love, does exactly what it's supposed to.
It makes us realize that we'd much rather settle down on the couch with a bag of Popchips than with any of these guys.
Ashton Kutcher (As Many Characters) Is Looking for Love(Video) Since splitting from Demi Moore last November, Ashton Kutcher has been no stranger to the dating game – and now he's taking his quest for new love viral.
In a video series for dating site worldwidelovers.com. Kutcher, 34, appears as a number of characters looking for romance around the globe, in addition to playing himself.
The eligible bachelors include Darl, a flamboyant Karl Lagerfeld lookalike whose tiny dog keeps kosher; Nigel, a dread-locked British stoner; Raj, a Bollywood producer with a crush on Kim Kardashian; and Swordfish, a laid back, tattooed Southerner.
And though he's recently been linked to his former That '70s Show costar Mila Kunis, Kutcher also throws his own name onto the list of singles.
Described as "Ashton, 34" in his segment at the end of the video, Kutcher deadpans: "Your waiting room is a like a freak show. Are we all in the same category?"
Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones Returning to Two and a Half MenAshton Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones are set to return to Two and a Half Men should it be renewed, Deadline reports.
All three actors, whose contracts are up at the end of the season, will sign on for a 10th season at their current salaries and will receive signing bonuses, according to the site. Kutcher reportedly makes $700,000 per episode, Cryer a little less, and Jones $300,000 an episode. Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen this season and had reportedly been holding out for a $1 million per episode contract.
Men has yet to be renewed for a 10th season, which co-creator/showrunner Chuck Lorre has indicated he would like to be the last. In March, CBS and Warner Bros. Television said they were in "preliminary discussions regarding future seasons" of the show.
Ashton Kutcher Keeps a Low Profile While Lounging in San Francisco(Photo) Taking a break from Los Angeles – and Mila Kunis hook-up reports – Ashton Kutcher made his way to the Redwood Room, a hotspot lounge inside the City by the Bay's upscale Clift Hotel.
Arriving around 12:15 a.m., an onlooker tells PEOPLE that the Two and a Half Men star "was dressed casually and grabbed a bite with a woman who he appeared to have a business relationship with."
Sipping on water and munching on fries and a salad, the source says the actor "left about an hour after he arrived and was unbothered by other bar guests while he was there."
Ashton Kutcher Was Mila Kunis's First KissIt was 1998 and a then unknown Mila Kunis didn't quite know what to make of the news that she would have her first real kiss on camera with Ashton Kutcher, a model turned actor whom she'd only just met.
"I was like, 'Oh, he's so cute, it's the Calvin Klein model!' " the actress told PEOPLE in 2001. "Then I was like, 'I have to kiss him?' I was so nervous and uncomfortable. I had the biggest crush on him."
Kunis, who at the time was costarring with Kutcher on That '70s Show, spritzed herself with perfume the producers gave her to help mask her nerves. "I totally perfumed myself and I was like, 'Hey, I feel better about myself,' " she said.
But the way Kutcher remembered the scene, he was the one who was sweating.
"I'm the first guy she kissed? Oh my god, I had no idea!" said Kutcher, also in 2001. "I'm so glad I didn't know that or it would've been too much pressure."
Added Kutcher, "I was so nervous. She acted so cool. She seemed as if she'd done it a thousand times. I was the one with the butterflies in my stomach. I mean, here's this little girl and I have to kiss her. It was nerve-racking."
These days, the pair seem considerably more at ease with each other. Kutcher, 34, and Kunis, 28, spent the weekend together in the seaside town of Carpinteria, Calif.
And though Kunis calls reports that they're dating "absurd," a source tells PEOPLE the pals are "both single, having fun."
So how was that first kiss all those years ago?
"Ashton was so nice," recalled Kunis. "He just made jokes and gave me funny little compliments. He made me laugh."
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis: Friends with Benefits?Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are longtime friends – but are they friends with benefits?
Kunis tells Extra in a new interview from CinemaCon, "A friend is a friend."
And the actress shoots down rumors that the two are dating, saying, "It's absurd."
Still, one source close to Kutcher says the former That '70s Show costars – who just spent a cozy weekend together in Carpinteria, Calif. – are enjoying spending time together, but not ready for a serious relationship.
"They're both single, having fun," the source tells PEOPLE. "There's nothing serious going on – just friends having fun."
It should be noted that both Kutcher, 34, and Kunis, 28, have some onscreen experience with relationships that morph between friendship, romance and more. Kunis costarred in Friends with Benefits with Justin Timberlake, while Kutcher appeared with Natalie Portman in No Strings Attached about a pair who have a physical relationship that turns more serious.
Another source told PEOPLE that Kutcher, who recently split from Demi Moore, "was so in love with [Mila] for a while when they worked together. ... It never happened, but I'm not surprised by this – at all."
Ashton Kutcher with four women in one weekend: reportMila Kunis, be warned. Ashton Kutcher has been accused of dalliances with four women in the span of one long weekend.
In Touch Weekly reports that Kutcher was extremely busy the weekend before last, getting together with three different women before meeting Kunis on Sunday for furniture shopping and a sushi dinner date. A source tells the magazine that Kutcher brought a mystery woman to a Passover event at the Kabbalah Centre in New York on April 12. The source furthers that Kutcher spent the next night getting cozy with a pair of blondes at Mister H, the bar at the Mondrian SoHo Hotel. From there, he headed back to LA where he rendezvoused with Kunis.
"Ashton is single and feels he can date as many women as he wants," the source explains.
But while the other three women were flings, the source says that Kutcher could get serious about Kunis.
"Ashton’s always had a crush on her, but Mila had a serious boyfriend," the source says, claiming that his interest was piqued when the two co-starred as boyfriend and girlfriend on the sitcom "That '70s Show."
The source further says that Kutcher reached out to Kunis after his six-year marriage to Demi Moore crumbled in the fall, following allegations that he had a one-night stand with 22-year-old Sara Leal. Kutcher apparently told the actress that he needed a friend, leading to the two regularly talking.
This weekend, Kutcher and Kunis headed out of town on a three day getaway to Carpinteria, Calif. They had a sushi lunch on Friday, and then holed up for the rest of the weekend, driving back to Los Angeles on Sunday.
Rihanna Tweets About Ashton Kutcher-After Mom Jokes About Romance RumorsSomebody very close to Rihanna is obviously keeping up with all the relentless romance rumors surrounding the singer.
It seems that while the Barbadian beauty was attending the Time 100 Gala in New York Tuesday night (she recently made the mag's list of Most Influential People), her mother, Monica—who accompanied the singer—playfully brought up her daughter's alleged fling with Ashton Kutcher.
"Well.... 2nt consisted of us singing Bob Marley, drinkin Vintage Scotch, and my mom thinkin a joke abt Kutcher was appropriate.!" Rihanna tweeted later in the evening.
But clearly no love was lost between the two, seeing how excited the songstress was to have her mom in attendance.
"Mumz surprised me for #TIME100," she tweeted, along with a cute pic of the two of them together.
It was just last month that Rihanna set the record straight regarding rumors that she and the Two and a Half Men star were dating.
"I'm happy and single," she stated when the subject came up during a press conference in London for her new movie, Battleship.
Meanwhile, Kutcher has more recently been linked to his former That '70s Show costar Mila Kunis.
No word if Rihanna's mom has something to say about that, though.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Spend Weekend TogetherAshton Kutcher and Mila Kunis enjoyed some serious alone time together during an escape from L.A. last weekend.
The longtime friends and That '70s Show costars went on a three-day getaway to the coastal town of Carpinteria, Calif., just south of Santa Barbara. While away, Kutcher, 34, and Kunis, 28, dined on sushi, shopped for fruit and flowers and spent plenty of time in private.
After driving up from L.A. together last Thursday, the pair were spotted grabbing a quiet sushi lunch for two the next day. Later that day, Kutcher looked on while Kunis bought sunflowers and blueberries at a roadside fruit stand.
They weren't spotted out on Saturday but made a coffee run the next day before driving back to L.A., where a solo Kutcher took in the Lakers game court-side.
Last week Kunis's rep denied rumors that the pair were an item after they were spotted going to dinner with friends and reportedly shopping for furniture.
Neither rep would comment on their weekend outing, but a Kutcher source tells PEOPLE that the Two and a Half Men star has long held a torch for Kunis.
"He was so in love with her for a while when they worked together," says the source. "He thought she was a goddess, was always talking about how beautiful she is. But she was with Macaulay [Culkin] for a lot of that time and also just generally gave off a not interested vibe."
Adds the source, "It never happened, but I'm not surprised by this – at all."
Still, another source close to the actor says Kutcher isn't looking for romance right now: "He always talked about Mila like a little sister. They're definitely close pals and have been. I think if anything she's a good time for him. But he's not looking for anything serious."
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Spend Quality Time Together(Photo) Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis may have been seen out and about together last weekend, but the two are nothing more than friends, a source close to the former That '70s Show costars tells PEOPLE – and which Kunis's rep confirms.
Kutcher, 34, and Kunis, 28, who played an on-again, off-again couple on the popular sitcom, had dinner with fellow cast members Wilmer Valderrama and Laura Prepon before the group went back to Kutcher's new house in Los Angeles afterwards.
A source also tells PEOPLE that the mini-reunion won't be the That '70s Show cast's only get-together this month. The group will make an appearance on Fox's 25th Anniversary special, which airs Sunday.
Kutcher and Kunis were also spotted furniture shopping earlier in the day, reports X17online.com, but a rep for Kunis dismissed rumors that the two are dating.
"They have been friends for years and met up for dinner with a group of friends," her rep tells PEOPLE.
Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis The FRIENDLY Sushi Dinner Date(Photo) While her rep says they're just friends, Mila Kunis was spotted platonically hanging out with Ashton Kutcher in L.A. on Sunday.
The former "That '70s Show" stars were seen getting into Ashton's car following a fancy sushi dinner in Studio City ... with Mila attempting to shield her face from the cameras.
Sometimes really, really good pals just need some quality time alone together, ok!
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis: New Couple Alert?Look who's rebounding from his failed marriage to Demi Moore.
After playing lovebirds Michael Kelso and Jackie Burkhart for eight seasons on That '70s Show, the sitcom that launched them to stardom, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are reportedly now dating for real.
And here we thought they were just friends. But is life really imitating art?
It is if you believe X17Online, which quoted sources as saying the former costars were definitely getting romantic after being spotted out in L.A. holding hands, shopping together and spending the night at each other's respective pads.
According to the site, the 34-year-old Kutcher and 28-year-old Kunis recently went looking for furniture and then cozied up while sharing a sushi dinner in Studio City before retreating to the new Hollywood Hills home he recently purchased.
News of the potential romance comes after the Two and a Half Men star was recently said to be hooking up with Rihanna, rumors that the R&B star quickly quashed.
In November, Moore announced her intention to end her six-year union with Kutcher following an alleged fling the serial tweeter had in San Diego two months prior.
If today's report turns out to be true, Ashton and Mila sure do make a cute couple as he was photographed by paparazzi on their night out sporting a baseball cap and sweater while she was looking fine in a striped blouse and skinny jeans.
'Two and a Half Men': Ashton Kutcher contract talks 'will get done' and deal could be announced soonIt sure is looking like there's going to be a Season 2 for Ashton Kutcher on "Two and a Half Men."
Deadline is reporting that, according to a source, contract talks between Kutcher and CBS are "moving in the right direction and will get done." The source adds that no one "is concerned that the deal would be derailed."
The publication also adds that Kutcher's new deal and the series renewal could be announced within a few weeks. Considering the CBS Upfronts are just about a month away, this timetable makes sense.
Kutcher's addition to the long-running comedy has worked out well for CBS. The show is currently averaging 15.6 million viewers for the 2011-12 season. This puts the program at the 11th spot, and it's the second-highest-rated comedy behind "The Big Bang Theory." That said, Monday's (April 9) episode had just 10.4 million viewers, its lowest total since May 2007.
Kutcher invests in flat fee tech startup DwollaActor Ashton Kutcher is among the early investors in Dwolla, an Iowa tech startup that lets users transfer money or pay for things through their smartphones or online for a flat fee of 25 cents per transaction.
The "Two and a Half Men" star didn't disclose the size of the investment his venture capital company made in Dwolla, which is hoping to lure customers seeking an alternative to the percentage-based fees typical of credit card purchases and other online payment methods.
Kutcher told The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/IBd9UI) on Tuesday that he wants to help build a "killer" company in Iowa "and put a bunch of people to work here."
"I think this company could employ hundreds of people within the next couple of years," he said. "The potential for Dwolla is to be the backbone for the global financial exchange. Because it's built to do that. It's built better than any system that currently exists."
Dwolla said in February that it had raised $5 million from five investment firms, but it kept Kutcher's involvement secret until now.
Kutcher's company, A-Grade Investments, has invested in about 40 tech startups and tech companies, including popular services such as Foursquare, Zaarly and Skype. The Cedar Rapids native, who provided feedback to Dwolla's 20 employees at its downtown headquarters on Monday, said he sees the company having a huge impact.
Dwolla's founder, Ben Milne, said he talks with Kutcher via Skype every month or so. Milne says Kutcher's insights have "shown up in the product already in a million different ways."
Their relationship began when Bo Fishback, CEO of the digital marketplace Zaarly, told Kutcher he should meet Milne. They got together at Thanksgiving last year at Kutcher's brother's house and his father's garage, he said.
The two drew up ideas on whiteboards. Kutcher said he was impressed with Milne's vision.
Kutcher has won a reputation as a savvy tech investor and social media star, and entrepreneurs across the country compete to get time with him.
It's not just because of a fat paycheck. He has launched his own app and a social media production company and he brings a huge audience to any new company he chooses to invest in and talk about. He has more than 10 million followers on his Twitter account and 12.2 million "likes" on Facebook.
Fox stages 'That '70s Show' reunionAshton Kutcher may be one of the highest paid actors on TV right now but he hasn’t forgotten his roots: EW has learned exclusively that the star of Two and a Half Men will join Mila Kunis, Laura Prepon and Wilmer Valderrama for a That ’70s Show reunion during Fox’s 25th Anniversary Special, airing April 22 on the network.
Keenan Ivory Wayans, Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans will also share stories about their funniest sketches from In Living Color during the two-hour special that will feature Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Seacrest and Steven Tyler from American Idol, Kiefer Sutherland from 24 and Touch, and Seth MacFarlane from Family Guy, The Cleveland Show and American Dad.
Previously announced participants include Christina Applegate, David Faustino, Ed O’Neill and Katey Sagal from Married…With Children, Calista Flockhart from Ally McBeal, Gabrielle Carteris, Shannen Doherty, Jason Priestley and Ian Ziering from Beverly Hills, 90210, Patrick Warburton from The Tick, and Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny and creator Chris Carter from The X-Files. A host for the special will be announced later.
Ashton Kutcher: Making Fun of Country Stars?Ashton Kutcher is no stranger to punking people, but he may have picked the wrong group to tussle with over the weekend.
At Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards, Kutcher, 34, donned a black 10-gallon hat and a bright red blazer for the evening as he presented the award for female vocalist of the year to Miranda Lambert.
The Two and a Half Men star also made a show of crooning part of George Strait's "I Cross My Heart" before handing the award to Lambert, 28.
Kutcher's antics were a hit with viewers, as he claimed 49 percent of the votes for "favorite country music wannabe" in PEOPLE's reader poll.
But the stars themselves were less amused.
"Was Ashton Kutcher making fun of country or is it just me? Watching it back now and I'm kinda wondering?" Lambert Tweeted after the ceremony.
Singer Justin Moore was more definitive in his criticism.
"Seen Ashton kutcher at the acms tonight," Moore Tweeted. "What a douche! I don't care for people making a mockery of the way country artists dress."
On Tuesday, Kutcher took to Twitter to address the accusations, writing to Lambert: "I Am One Of The biggest country Music fans you've ever met. Wasn't making fun at all."
Steve Wozniak 'glad' Ashton Kutcher will play Steve Jobs in filmThe selection of Ashton Kutcher to play Steve Jobs in a biopic about the late Apple CEO has left many scratching their heads. But one person who is completely in agreement with the choice is someone who knows more than most about Jobs, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
In a statement, Wozniak says of Kutcher, "I'm glad that he's onboard. I think he'll put a lot into it and that he cares about this particular subject."
Wozniak adds, "The fear that many might have is that Ashton was selected because he's 'hot' right now. But I feel that his selection was done in the most professional manner."
The movie "Jobs" will follow the iconic CEO from his days as a wayward hippie to running one of the most powerful and influential computer companies in the world. It's slated to begin filming in May 2012.
Ashton Kutcher Buys Multi-Million Dollar House Divorce A CertaintyAshton Kutcher is now the proud owner of the multi-million dollar awesome Hollywood Hills home that he has been renting, TMZ has learned, and based on the documents there is no doubt Ashton and Demi Moore are getting divorced.
We obtained a grant deed filed by the seller, recorded on March 23, which deeds the property to Christopher Ashton Kutcher. On the same day, Demi recorded a quitclaim deed, transferring any ownership she might have in the house as Ashton's wife back to her soon-to-be ex-hubby.
The quitclaim deed is significant, because it shows Ashton and Demi are trying to keep their financial affairs separate after their split. It's a clear sign divorce is imminent.
It's the same house Justin Bieber had scoped out when he was house hunting.
Ashton Kutcher to Play Steve Jobs in Indie FilmAshton Kutcher plays a wealthy techie on the small screen, and now he's about to play one of the most famous techies on the big screen as well.
The Two and a Half Men star will play the late Steve Jobs in the indie film Jobs, Variety reports.
Jobs will follow the Apple co-founder from willful hippie to running one of the most successful computer companies in the world. Matt Whitley wrote the script and Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) will direct the film.
Kutcher, who is currently negotiating a deal to return to Men next season, will start shooting Jobs in May while on hiatus from the CBS sitcom.
ER star Noah Wyle previously played Jobs opposite Anthony Michael Hall as Bill Gates in the 1999 TNT movie Pirates of Silicon Valley.
Jobs died in October 2011 at the age of 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Report: Kutcher, Cryer Offered Two More Years on Men... But No Raise!Just how much are the Two and a Half Men leading men worth?
CBS and Warner Bros. Television have reportedly offered a deal to Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer to return for two more seasons, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The offers, however, do not include raises to top what the stars are currently earning.
Kutcher stepped in last May to fill the void left by Charlie Sheen, who was fired from the sitcom. While Sheen earned $1.25 million per episode, Kutcher has been making $700,000 per episode and according to an earlier TV Guide Magazine report, has been holding out for $1 million per episode. Cryer reportedly makes a little less than $700,000.
The lack of a raise could be a sticking point for negotiations. If the show is renewed, it would enter its 10th season in the fall. CBS has declined to comment.
Two and a Half Men airs on Mondays at 9/8c on CBS.
Do you think Kutcher and Cryer deserve a raise? Should they earn seven figures?
Two and a Half Men: Ashton Kutcher Close to Signing Multimillion-Dollar DealThey like him. They really like him!
That's the word coming from inside sources on Two and a Half Men, who confirm an offer has been made to Ashton Kutcher to return for an (expected) 10th season.
We know that the Modern Family cast isn't asking for Friends-type money (only a fifth of it). But is Ashton?
Yes, he is. Sources confirm the current offer being discussed is about $1 million per episode, which, assuming the series produces 22 episodes in the season, brings his annual Men salary to $22 million. (Try not to be too impressed at our multiplication skills.)
"The talks are going well and we're getting close to finalizing," a source familiar with the negotiations tells us. Reps for the network and studio have yet to respond to requests for comment.
Ashton currently reportedly makes $700,000 per episode, while Charlie Sheen raked in $1.25 million in his final season.
"I don't see any reason to continue without [Ashton]," Two and a Half Men boss Chuck Lorre told us. "He's a delight, he's a really nice man and he's a really easygoing guy, he's very relaxed and very professional. He shows up and he's ready to work, he's prepared and he brings it."
Though CBS has yet to officially announce a pickup for a 10th Men season, the series is fully expected to be on the roster when the network's full season lineup is announced mid-May.
Are you fans happy Ashton is sticking around?
Rihanna Slams Ashton Kutcher Romance Rumors: "I'm Happy and I'm Single!"Rihanna would like to set the record straight: She's not dating Ashton Kutcher. In fact, the 24-year-old singer-actress says she's completely unattached.
During a press conference in London for her new movie, Battleship, the Barbadian beauty was asked by a gutsy reporter if Kutcher would be visiting her across the pond.
"Wow, how disappointing was that question," she said. "I'm happy and I'm single, if that's what you're really asking."
Battleship, costarring Taylor Kitsch and Liam Neeson, hits theaters May 18.
Ashton Kutcher Moves Closer to New Two and a Half Men DealTalks have begun in earnest to bring Ashton Kutcher back to hit comedy Two and a Half Men for at least another year. Insiders confirm that CBS is busy negotiating with Kutcher's camp, and that a deal will likely be hammered out relatively soon.
CBS is taking lead in the talks, even though Warner Bros. TV produces the show. That's because, at this point in the show's life — Two and a Half Men enters its 10th season next year — the network's license fee covers the cost of the show. That cost, of course, could go up with a pay raise for Kutcher, so it's in CBS' best interest to handle the negotiation.
Kutcher is already believed to be the highest-paid star in TV comedy, at around $700,000 an episode. No one would be surprised if that number reached the seven figures: The actor wisely signed only a one-year deal last spring to come on board and replace fired star Charlie Sheen, who had been making $1.25 million an episode before his exit.
Now Kutcher stands to reap what will likely be an enormous payday (not to mention a piece of the show's backend), thanks to Two and a Half Men's ongoing success. With Kutcher on board, Two and a Half Men remains a strong player for CBS and a profit machine for both Warner Bros. TV and creator Chuck Lorre.
Lorre and Kutcher have been coy about the actor's return, but have offered plenty of hints that such a move was likely. "I absolutely adore the time that I'm having. I'm having a great time on the show," Kutcher said earlier this month at the PaleyFest panel for Two and a Half Men. The show wasn't included in CBS' recent mass pickup of 18 shows for next season, but only because Kutcher's deal wasn't done. At the PaleyFest, Lorre expressed optimism that a renewal was coming: "It's unusual when they cancel a show that's in the Top 10. I think there's hope."
'Punk'd' returns with Ashton Kutcher behind the scenesAshton Kutcher sits for a photo. Justin Bieber stands behind him, raising two fingers behind Kutcher's head.
"What are you doing? I feel you're doing something behind my back," Kutcher says. "Are you giving me rabbit ears and I'm not knowing it?"
Yes, he is, and it's more than fitting. Bieber will be the first guest host of MTV's new edition of Punk'd (Thursday, 10 ET/PT), a show co-created by Kutcher that added a new pop-culture term for the word prank.
This Punk'd, back after a five-year break, will feature a different celebrity guest host each week in the manner of Saturday Night Live. Hosts, who will bring in their own celebrity friends as marks, include Bam Margera, Hayden Panettiere, Kellan Lutz, Nick Cannon and Heather Morris. Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Josh Hutcherson, Emma Roberts and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi are among those getting punked.
"There's a whole new crop of talented stars, celebrities, entertainers and athletes that weren't even around when we were shooting the show," Kutcher says during a roundtable sitdown with Bieber and fellow Punk'd co-creator and executive producer Jason Goldberg at a recording studio.
The young talent adds a new dynamic and gives the show a varied feel from host to host, Goldberg says. "It's fresh thinking. It's a different way to approach the show. Justin's show is so different from Bam's show, but both work. It's their thinking and their vision for it."
'An irresistible stew'
Punk'd, part of a hidden-camera tradition that goes back more than a half-century to Candid Camera, came along during an early wave of reality TV, combining pranks with the public interest in celebrity, says Ron Simon, television and radio curator at the Paley Center for Media.
"Practical jokes, cameras and celebrities — it's an irresistible stew for many Americans," he says. "The whole idea of celebrities punking each other was very appealing."
Combining the show's cultural cachet with young stars who match up well with MTV's teen and twentysomething target audience, plus a few alterations, made it a good candidate to bring back, network programming chief David Janollari says.
"We have a history of reinventing (for) our audience, which is ever-changing," he says. "I don't think we've seen a time where this young core audience is more fascinated and more engaged with celebrity. The timing feels perfect."
Kutcher, who used to host, is too busy these days with other projects, including stepping into CBS' Two and a Half Men after Charlie Sheen's departure. Kutcher wouldn't commit on whether he's coming back for a second season, but he says he hopes so.
"I'm having a blast making the show. I'm really grateful because I think people have embraced the new version of the show and my character. I just hope we can continue to entertain people."
Another hosting hitch: He was so associated with the show that it became difficult to entrap unwitting victims with elaborate pranks, or "punks." "You can only get so many calls from Ashton Kutcher and you're like, 'I'm not showing up.' After a while, I couldn't call anyone."
Kutcher developed his taste for pranks when he was growing up in Iowa. "Being from the Midwest, we don't really have sarcasm there. People are just earnest," he says. "I remember when I first moved to New York, I thought everybody was angry with me or mad because they were being sarcastic all the time. Our version of sarcasm was pulling pranks."
Bieber the prankster
Bieber, 18, has a healthy interest in Kutcher's art form, growing up a fan of Punk'd and enjoying pulling pranks. "April Fool's Day is my favorite holiday," he says.
The singer, whose single Boyfriend is out today, was able to lure star friends Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Sean Kingston and Rob Dyrdek for the first episode. The elaborate punking of Swift involved a boat, fireworks and fire. "She's such a sweet girl, so we wanted to go huge on her and make it so she would be really scared," Bieber says.
Goldberg says the singer was the right choice to kick off the new series.
"We knew (Bieber) was perfect, because his first five ideas the lawyers said, 'Absolutely not. No way.' That's when we knew we got the guy."
Bieber, who says he had a blast, found the experience intense. "I'll go and perform for thousands of people, and I don't get nervous. Then, the day I'm punking somebody, I'll get so nervous. I'll feel like this needs to happen. I really want it to work."
Kutcher understands the sentiment, saying he's far more nervous in the Punk'd "pilot's seat" than before a Men taping. "There's so much nervous energy because you only get one take. There's no do-over. You either pull it off or you don't."
Besides guest hosts, Punk'd has other new twists. It will show behind-the-scenes planning and setup, Goldberg says. "You're actually seeing how we're thinking and why and how this is going to have to get done. We didn't do that before."
Social media glitches
Kutcher says the punking is done in good spirit and isn't meant to make anyone look bad. And if the celebrity doesn't like it, which has happened, the segment doesn't run.
"When it happens, it's our job to respect them. I appreciate the right to privacy as a famous person, so I would never want to infringe on that right," he says. (Kutcher, whose relationship and split with Demi Moore has attracted a lot of attention, declined to answer questions about his personal life.)
With social media having exploded since the first Punk'd, it's tougher to maintain secrecy, even for the few hours needed to get the mark in place.
"My actions, where I am or what I'm doing, is on the Internet within three hours of anything I do," Kutcher says. "When you go to set up a bit — you need to be there three hours before to make sure everything is done — the (target) could know something is going on before he ever even showed up."
But social media, as expert Bieber knows, also has fueled interest in the new version, including that of young celebrities for whom being punked means they have arrived.
"I think it's a validator," Kutcher says. "You're zeitgeist-y if you got punked. You're in the public domain. You're someone that people care to watch a prank be pulled on."
Rihanna The Midnight Visit to Ashton Kutcher's PadRihanna -- and her security team -- stopped by Ashton Kutcher's swanky L.A. house for a little late night visit Wednesday.
According to the photographer, the "Birthday Cake" singer got to Ashton's home right around midnight ... and didn't leave 'til roughly 4 AM.
As we previously reported, Justin Bieber recently checked out Ashton's $10 million bachelor pad on his high-end real estate hunt ... but we're guessin' Rihanna wasn't there for an open house.
So far, no comment from Rihanna's rep.
Ashton Kutcher heading to spaceActor Ashton Kutcher is heading into space after landing a seat aboard businessman Richard Branson’s suborbital aircraft.
The Two and a Half Men star paid a reported $200,000 for a spot on the Virgin Galactic flight and Branson couldn't be more excited about training Kutcher for the once-in-a-lifetime trip.
In a post on his blog, Branson writes, "Our 500th future astronaut customer has just signed up! Even better news is that number 500 is Ashton Kutcher.
"I gave Ashton a quick call to congratulate and welcome him. He is as thrilled as we are at the prospect of being among the first to cross the final frontier (and back!) with us and to experience the magic of space for himself."
A date for Kutcher's expedition has not yet been set as the airline is still in the final stages of an exhaustive safety test program.
Ashton Kutcher on His Haircut: 'Jesus Wanted His Look Back'Charlie Sheen wasn’t the only thing cut from the Two and a Half Men set this season: Ashton Kutcher‘s scruff recently got the ax as well.
“Jesus wanted [his look] back so I gave it to him,” Kutcher joked of his clean-shaven face and short hair at a PaleyFest panel in Los Angeles Monday.
In reality, it was the show’s writers — not divine intervention — that were responsible for Kutcher’s new look: his character, Walden Schmidt, was introduced in the CBS series’ ninth season premiere with long locks and a shaggy beard that have since disappeared.
“We wanted to tell a story about being in a relationship and being pressured to change,” show creator Chuck Lorre said of Walden’s budding relationship with Zoey (Sophie Winkleman). “Walden pushed back and said, ‘You can’t change me. This is who I am.’ But once she stopped trying he got a haircut and changed.”
So what does Kutcher think of his new look?
“I actually was enjoying looking homeless,” he joked.
“People just gave him quarters,” added costar Jon Cryer.
CBS renews 18 shows, fate of 'Two and a Half Men' unknownWhile pilot season is in full swing, it's important for the networks to remember they have a whole bunch of shows already on the air. CBS, the top-rated network in prime time, did just that as they announced the return of 18 of their evening programs for the 2012-13 season.
In a statement, Nina Tassler head of CBS Entertainment says, "This large-scale renewal is testimony to the strength, stability and success of a deep and diverse roster of top-rated programming."
On the comedy side, the network renewed "2 Broke Girls" and "Mike & Molly." CBS had previously announced multi-year pickups of "How I Met Your Mother" and "The Big Bang Theory."
As for dramas, CBS picked up "NCIS," "NCIS: Los Angeles," "Hawaii Five-0," "Criminal Minds," "CSI," "Person of Interest," "The Mentalist," "Blue Bloods" and "The Good Wife."
The network also renewed reality show "The Amazing Race" and "Undercover Boss" in addition to the previously picked up "Survivor." "60 Minutes" and "48 Hours" will also be back.
While "Two and a Half Men" didn't receive an immediate renewal, the network says they are in "preliminary discussions." This likely means that Ashton Kutcher wants more money. Also missing from this list is "CSI: Miami" and "CSI: New York."
Will Ashton Kutcher Return to Two and a Half Men?Ashton Kutcher is hugely credited to saving Two and a Half Men from slowly dying after the Charlie Sheen scandal. And here we are, at PaleyFest 2012 honoring Men for another successful season!
But will we get another season starring Ashton? And what did cocreator Lee Aronsohn tells us was the main different between working with Sheen and working with Kutcher? We got the exclusive scoop...
Ashton, who stayed oddly silent during panel and looked a little worse for wear, all but confirmed he would be back, if the show gets renewed. "I'm adoring the time I'm having. I haven't heard from the powers that be yet." When the audience looked to creator Chuck Lorre, he threw his hands up and responded with a laugh: "That's not me! I'm not the power."
Of course, a Two and a Half Men renewal is pretty much a given. "It's unusual if they cancel a show that's in the top 10. I think there's hope," Lorre said.
The pressure is definitely on CBS now, because before the panel, Lorre told us that if Ashton isn't on board for another season, there really isn't a point to make one. "I don't see any reason to continue without him," he says. "He's a delight, he's a really nice man and he's a really easy-going guy, he's very relaxed and very professional. He shows up and he's ready to work, he's prepared and he brings it."
"It's been terrific, the guy is a pro!" Aronsohn exclaims, adding he would "absolutely" love to have him back for another season. "He's been willing to try anything and he brings a lot of smarts to the character and he's a complete professional. I've got nothing but great things to say about him."
It was also Aronsohn who gave us our favorite soundbite of the night when we asked what the main difference was between working with Sheen and working with Kutcher. "The biggest change is we don't have to check TMZ in the morning to find out if we need to go to work."
During the panel, the Two and Half Men cast and creators spoke honesetly about the last year of scandal and recovery, with Lorre even admitting that it was a "miracle" that they were all there on that stage.
"A year ago today I know we thought the show was over," Lorre admitted. "And it was hurtful and heartbreaking. There was no closure. It was just a very, very dark time. And to have the show be reborn like this and have fun doing it…it's been a great year."
Cryer added: "I would have really been sad that the show ended the way that it did. It was still an amazing ride. Some of it more roller-coaster than others. It surprised me that it retained the fanbase it has and it's been such a joy to keep doing this [character]."
Happy to hear that Ashton will be back next season? Do you prefer Two and Half Men with a side of Sheen or Kutcher?
Lorene Scafaria: 5 Things to Know About Ashton Kutcher's New LoveWhen Ashton Kutcher tweeted a photo back in December on vacation in Italy with 33-year-old screenwriter Lorene Scafaria, his rep said the pair were "just friends."
Now, it seems, it's something more.
Kutcher, 34 – who split from wife Demi Moore in November – and Scafaria have been seeing each other "for quite a while," a source says in this week's issue of PEOPLE. "She is very talented, and he is impressed with her brain."
Here are five things you don't know about the new woman in the Two and a Half Men star's life:
1. She got her start writing for the big screen.
The Holmdel, N.J., native adapted the screenplay for the 2005 indie romantic comedy Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist based on David Levithan's book of the same name.
2. She has a musical streak, too.
Scafaria released two albums in 2010 on iTunes: Garden Party and Laughter & Forgetting. Her original song "28" is featured in the closing credits of the 2009 Drew Barrymore film Whip It!
3. Ashton isn't her first celebrity beau.
Scafaria used to date O.C. star Adam Brody, 32. The pair stepped out together last April at the Scream 4 premiere.
4. She's about to make her directorial debut.
She helmed the romantic comedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, which is out in June and stars Steve Carell, Keira Knightley and ... Adam Brody.
5. She's a recent redhead.
A longtime brunette, Scafaria showed off new strawberry locks – and playful face paint – when she hit a friend's laser tag party in L.A. on March 3. Fun new look to go with her blossoming new romance?
Demi Moore-Ashton Kutcher Reconciliation? Sources Say: "She May Want It"OK, so it's not like Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore have thrown out their divorce papers, but Ashton has reached out to his estranged wifey. The Two and a Half Men star visited Demi at their once-shared pad after she returned to L.A. from her stint in rehab.
But while Demi was busy working through her personal demons, we started to wonder if a reconciliation may be in the cards for the former couple—after all, Kutch stepped out to support stepdaughter Rumer (sans Demi) at her concert in Hollywood Monday night.
So what does Camp Demi think of the cougarific couple giving it another shot?!
"She may want it [to get back together] but she'll never say that, thank God, because she shouldn't and none of us want her to [get back together]," fervently insisted a source very close to Moore.
Hmm…why so insistent? The twosome was once one of the most lovey-dovey couples in town, after all.
Could Demi be doing that much better after her time in rehab and friends think Ashton would just set her back on a downward spiral? Perhaps. Remember, Moore insiders have previously told us her obsession with youth and Ashton's alleged cheating scandal both fueled her recent demise.
But our source was more than happy to explain exactly why Ashton is completely wrong for the Striptease stunner:
"He is not a nice man. Him, I don't care about, and he definitely isn't getting back together," our Demi pal attested, before adding, "Actually, let me change that, he doesn't want to get back together, I think that's very, very clear."
"What he does publicly may be a different matter," our source clarifies, weary of Ashton's tabloid-friendly charm. "I do not trust him."
But back to Demi: How is the babe doing these days, following her late-night 911 emergency and subsequent treatment?
"I just think she's very, very sad, and how can she not be?"
Understandable. We wish you well, Dem, and hope things work out for the best—whether that includes Ashton or not.
Ashton Kutcher Demi and I Are Done ... But I Still Support RumerAshton Kutcher has not abandoned his surrogate family when his marriage to Demi Moore fell apart, because we got video of the actor front and center at a Rumer Willis concert in Hollywood -- and who knew she could sing?
Rumer performed at The Sayers Club Monday night, and she's pretty good. One of the songs she performed -- "High Low Middle" -- something that is probably a metaphor for her life in the last few months.
Although you don't see Ashton inside the club while Rumer is singing, we're told he was on his feet cheering her on.
Ashton Kutcher Child Porn Avenger(Photo) Ashton Kutcher got a firsthand look inside the world of child porn-busting Federal Agents -- riding along with investigators during a smut sweep in Northern California ... and TMZ has obtained pics of one of the raids!
The photos were snapped Thursday -- Ashton suited up with the San Jose police while officers served several arrest warrants in the area.
According to reports, Ashton took part in the sweeps as a representative of the Demi and Ashton Foundation -- a non-profit organization dedicated to the eradication of sexual slavery.
A spokesman for the San Jose police department said Kutcher was NOT a direct participant in the raids -- and was prohibited from entering the homes being raided, in accordance with police policy.
Authorities reportedly arrested at least three men during the sweep -- seizing computers and other evidence that allegedly show the men circulated videos of children having sex with adults.
Ashton Kutcher Visited Demi Moore: SourceAshton Kutcher hasn't spoken publicly about estranged wife Demi Moore since her health crisis began in January – but he has seen her, a source tells PEOPLE.
The Two and a Half Men star has visited since her hospital stay, but "they are not getting back together," according to the source.
He went because "he knew it was important to her daughters," says the source. Moore has three girls with ex-husband Bruce Willis. Daughter Rumer, 23, remains especially close with Kutcher despite his split from Moore.
Still, Kutcher has continued to move forward with his life. On Thursday night, he stepped out to help fete Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre – just as multiple sources confirmed to PEOPLE that Moore has left treatment.
A clean-shaven Kutcher, 34, kept a low profile by skipping the press area and heading straight for his front-row table inside the Beverly Hills Hotel ballroom for the Television Academy's 21st Annual Hall of Fame Ceremony, sponsored by Grey Goose.
Sharing laughs with Men costar Jon Cryer, who hosted the evening, Kutcher munched on the crunchy breadsticks, while pointing to them and pointing at Cryer with a thumbs up.
SightingsAshton Kutcher and Jon Cryer honored their Two and a Half Men boss Chuck Lorre at the Television Academy's 21st annual Hall of Fame Awards at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Without DemiAfter last year’s Oscars, Demi Moore co-hosted Madonna and Guy Oseary’s annual after-party. But this time around, the “Margin Call” star was sidelined by rehab at an undisclosed facility. That didn’t stop her ex, Ashton Kutcher, from kicking up his heels at Madge’s bash till the wee hours. The “Two and a Half Men” playboy partied at Oseary’s Coldwater Canyon mansion till after 4:30 a.m., spies said. Also there were Leonardo DiCaprio, “W.E.” star Abbie Cornish, Michelle Williams, Salma Hayek-Pinault, Heidi Klum, Emma Stone, Mila Kunis, Sandra Bullock and Jonah Hill. The Material Girl’s dancers got the party started by getting down on the dance floor.
Ashton Kutcher Caught in Bed With Alessandra Ambrosio!(Photo) No, you're not being Punk'd—Ashton Kutcher is really in bed with supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio.
And there's a very good reason these two are canoodling for the cameras…
They're modeling for the Colcci Autumn/Winter 2012 clothing campaign.
The newly single Two and a Half Men star and the happily married (and pregnant!) brunette beauty posed for the fashion shoot last month in Brazil, when Kutcher's ex Demi Moore was rushed to the hospital following a medical emergency.
Kutcher might have partied it up with pals when he first returned to the States, but he was spotted checking in on Moore at her L.A. home the next week.
What do you think of the actor's steamy ad?
Sheen apologizes to KutcherCharlie Sheen has written an open letter to Ashton Kutcher apologizing for his recent criticism of the actor, admitting his comments were "disrespectful".
Sheen hit headlines last week when he called in to internet news show TMZ Live to rant about his Two and a Half Men replacement, saying, "I'm tired of pretending the show doesn't suck... I'm tired of pretending Ashton doesn't suck.
"It's nothing personal... I just feel bad for him... He's saddled with such bad writing."
Sheen has now issued an apology to Kutcher, but he stands by his criticism of the show.
In an open letter, obtained by TMZ.com, Sheen writes, "Dear Ashton, My bad. I was disrespectful to a man doing his best.
"I got excited and I threw you into the crossfire, but the rest of my statement I stand behind. You however, deserve better. Safety in your travels good sir."
Sheen was fired from the show last March after months of erratic behaviour and Kutcher was subsequently hired to take over.
Charlie Sheen: 'I'm tired of pretending Ashton doesn't suck'Just when you think Charlie Sheen is done dumping on his former show "Two and a Half Men," he comes back for another round. This time he's going after his replacement, Ashton Kutcher.
On Thursday (Feb. 16), Sheen tells TMZ, "I'm tired of lying. I'm tired of pretending the show doesn't suck. I'm tired of pretending Ashton doesn't suck. I'm tired of pretending like they're not completely adrift."
Sheen was pleasantly dormant on the subject of "Men" for at least a few weeks. But then Warner Bros sent him a cease and desist letter telling him to stop using "Men" promo photos to help sell his new show "Anger Management." This set Sheen off, including calling his old show "a steaming pile of a**."
This behavior is far from what Sheen demonstrated in Sept. 2011 at the Emmys. It was then that he says to his old co-workers, "From the bottom of my heart. I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season. We spent eight wonderful years together and I know you will continue to make great television."
On the plus side, Sheen doesn't blame Kutcher for what he believes is bad work. He lays that blame squarely on the writers and producers.
"It's nothing personal. I just feel bad for him. He's saddled with such bad writing," Sheen says. "Now it's like there's just nothing about it that's fresh or interesting."
Ashton Kutcher's Sweet Birthday Surprise!(Photo) How sweet (literally)!
Ashton Kutcher got a big surprise on the set of Two and a Half Men Tuesday, when his coworkers surprised him with a white sheet cake emblazoned with a promo image of the show in celebration of his 34th birthday.
And he couldn't help but to gush via Twitter...
"Love my coworkers," Kutcher tweeted shortly afterward, along with a photo of the sweet treat.
The comedy star, who recently split from wife Demi Moore, posted a video earlier today to Causes.com and told fans that he was donating his birthday to fight the exploitation of children by matching all donations—dollar for dollar—to his and Moore's DNA Foundation.
Happy Birthday, indeed.
How You Can Help Ashton Kutcher Celebrate His 34th Birthday(Video) It's been a big year for Ashton Kutcher.
He replaced Charlie Sheen as the star of Two and a Half Men, got into a Twitter war of words with the Village Voice and brought Punk'd back to MTV. Most notably, of course, he and Demi Moore called it quits on their six-year-marriage.
But today, Kutcher turns 34. It's a fresh start of sorts for the star, and he wanted to do something positive to celebrate the occasion...
So he's donating his birthday to fight the exploitation of children. In a video posted to Causes.com, the actor told fans that he'd match dollar for dollar all donations to his and Moore's DNA Foundation.
"I'm determined this year to do everything in my power to make the world a better place," he said. "I want to start by getting right after it today. As you may or may not know, I have a foundation that focuses on ending the sexual exploitation of children and any help that you could give towards that would be amazing—an amazing present for me..."
He vowed that all donations would go "towards technology tools for fighting child pornography and the sexual exploitation of children."
"I hope you can join me in that fight and donate whatever you can," he said.
Happy Birthday, Ashton. We sure hope your birthday wish comes true.
Demi Moore: Bruce Willis and Ashton Kutcher Pay Visits to Recovering StarDemi Moore's certainly gone through a rough patch lately, but it looks like she's getting some support from some well-known faces as she recovers.
On Wednesday, Bruce Willis was spotted paying a visit to his ex-wife's L.A. home. Later in the day another famous visitor showed up...
Moore's estranged hubby Ashton Kutcher was seen pulling into the actress' driveway in a blacked-out Lexus, per X17.
At the time of Moore's hospitalization last month, Kutcher was modeling alongside Alessandra Ambrosio and partying it up in Brazil. He has yet to comment on Moore's health since he returned to L.A. last Thursday.
Sources tell E! News that Kutcher attended Kaballah services on Saturday morning where he sent most of his time having a one-on-one counseling session with his Kaballah teacher.
He was also back to work on the set of Two and a Half Men earlier this week.
Ashton Kutcher posts about 'gossip,' 'regret' on FacebookIf a picture is worth a thousand words, it appears meaningful that Ashton Kutcher has changed his Twitter profile pic to a black box. At the same time, he posted a page from a self-help book on his Facebook account that discusses "gossip," "self-abuse," and "regret."
Social media maverick Kutcher posted a page scanned from the book "The Four Agreements" on Facebook along with the words, "Friend sent me this today thought it was valuable to share."
While Kutcher gave little direct explanation about why the words resonated with him, they certainly seem to speak to his current situation with estranged wife Demi Moore, who was rushed to a hospital last week to be treated for "substance abuse" issues.
The scanned page contains four rules, the first of which discusses "gossip" -- something Kutcher has been subjected to for months, ever since it was alleged that he had a hotel tryst with 22-year-old blonde Sara Leal on his sixth wedding anniversary with Moore.
"Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others," the page commands.
The second rule would absolve Kutcher of some culpability in Moore's recent troubles.
"Nothing others do is because of you," the page reads. "What others say and do is a projection of their own reality. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering."
The final rule broaches the topic of "regret," something Kutcher might feel after the unraveling of his marriage and subsequent fallout.
The page reads, "Under any circumstance, simply do your best and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret."
This is the closest Kutcher has come to commenting on Moore's hospitalization. When the news broke in the press, Kutcher was in Brazil celebrating Sao Paulo Fashion Week, which he attended with Moore last year. The "Two and a Half Men" star has been widely criticized for partying while Moore suffered.
Kutcher has since returned to Los Angeles. It's unclear if he and Moore have seen each other or spoken.
Quotes From the 2012 SAG Awards Red Carpet"He's great. He's a clown. He is up for anything, willing to do anything. Great, great spirit." —Jon Cryer on new Two and a Half Men castmate Ashton Kutcher
Ashton Kutcher 'Deeply Concerned' About Demi Moore: SourceHis active Twitter page has gone silent about Demi Moore and he's been partying in Brazil, but a source insists that Ashton Kutcher's actions – and inactions – are not what they may seem.
"Ashton is deeply concerned for Demi," says the source, noting Kutcher was in Brazil to work on an ad campaign when he heard about Moore's hospitalization. "He still cares about her and wants the best for her. But their marriage is ending and they are both moving on with their lives."
Kutcher, 33, and Moore, 49, announced in November that they were divorcing after six years of marriage, and friends of the actress have since worried about her signs of mounting stress and declining health.
During Moore's recent crisis, Kutcher was in the South American country to shoot a catalog for the Brazilian fashion brand Colcci. He also attended a show at Sao Paulo Fashion Week and stepped out with Brazilian celebrities.
The Two and a Half Men star has continued to update his Twitter page, but has mentioned nothing about Moore. Instead, on Monday – the night paramedics responded to a 911 call at Moore's home after she suffered an apparent seizure – he Tweeted a picture of himself "surfing the streets of Sao Paulo" in the rain.
The source says that Kutcher is now on his way back to Los Angeles and will be back at work on the set on Monday.
Demi Moore Released From Hospital as Ashton Kutcher Returns to L.A.How's this for timing?
E! News has confirmed that two days after suffering what sources believed to be a seizure, Demi Moore is no longer being treated at the Sherman Oaks Hospital.
And news of her release comes just as her estranged husband, Ashton Kutcher, is due to return to the States.
Moore was rushed to the facility by ambulance Monday night after a female friend witnessed the 49-year-old begin to violently shake. Sources told E! News that the star was acting "pretty hyper" all night while hosting a birthday party at her home. At the end of the night, a partygoer saw her begin to convulse and dutifully phoned 911.
Though the cause of her episode has not been disclosed, the following day, the actress' rep released a statement saying that Moore has decided to seek treatment for exhaustion and "to improve her overall health."
It's unclear when, exactly, the Margin Call star was discharged from the facility, though it does fall in line with Kutcher'sr eturn.
Though the Two and a Half Men star was both working and playing in Brazil when news of Moore's hospitalization broke, taking part in a shoot for Colcci's new catalog alongside Alessandra Ambrosio (well, that and surfing through the streets of Säo Paolo).
In any case, despite speculation that Ashton cut short his trip, E! News confirms he was always set to return to Los Angeles today and will touch down in the city this evening.
'Teen' antics tortured DemiDemi Moore has gone to rehab because she is “emotionally and physically exhausted” over her painful split with Ashton Kutcher, who is “acting like a teenage boy,” say friends.
One tells us that Ashton continues to flirt with women while still calling Demi “when he is at a low moment.”
Ashton was partying with Brazilian supermodels at Sao Paulo fashion week while painfully thin Demi collapsed at her home Monday night. After being rushed to the hospital, she checked into a treatment facility Tuesday, where she was visited by her daughter Rumer Willis.
A source said, “Ashton has been very sloppy about his private life. He goes between doing ridiculous things and then making overtures to Demi. She took her marriage very seriously, she gave it 100 percent, and his behavior is confusing to her.
“Demi was talking to Kobe Bryant at a CAA Golden Globes party, and Ashton came over and made a scene. He made jealous comments to Kobe, then Ashton went to the bar and was openly flirting with other women.” Following their split, Ashton spent the holidays in Italy with screenwriter Lorene Scafaria.
The source continued, “Demi put up with a lot from Ashton — and despite the rumors, she always gave him the benefit of the doubt. But as soon as he admitted it, she asked him to leave. She helped him build his career, and as soon as he got his own success he became very full of himself. He was pushing and pulling at her for months before they split.
“Now he’s carrying on like a teenager, goes around with other women, and then, when he’s feeling scared and lonely, he reaches out to Demi. It’s really taking its toll on her. Demi is exhausted and humiliated. She needs some time to take care of herself and regroup.”
Demi’s rep declined to comment beyond her earlier statement, “Demi has chosen to seek professional assistance to treat her exhaustion and improve her overall health.”
Ashton Kutcher Parties with Supermodels in Brazil as Demi Moore Seeks TreatmentAs news broke that Demi Moore was seeking treatment for exhaustion, where was her ex Ashton Kutcher?
Partying with supermodels in Brazil.
The Two and a Half Men star, who is in the South American country to shoot a catalogue for the Brazilian fashion brand Colcci, has been sitting front row at Sao Paulo Fashion Week shows and clubbing with Brazilian celebrities, including Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio.
On Monday – the night police responded to a 911 call at Moore's home – Ashton Tweeted a picture of himself "surfing the streets of Sao Paulo" in the rain.
On Tuesday, he was spotted signing autographs and posing for photos with fans before attending a fashion show.
That night, he hit the Summer Soul Festival to catch Florence + The Machine and Bruno Mars in concert with Ambrosio and model Ana Beatriz Barros.
After the show, Kutcher returned to his hotel before stepping out again with Bia Anthony, the wife of Brazilian soccer star Ronaldo Nazério de Lima, and Barros.
"He doesn't stop!" reads a headline on a Brazilian report about Kutcher's late-night partying.
The group was photographed Tuesday night at Bar Numero before making another stop at club Set, where they reportedly stayed until 4 a.m.
'Two and a Half Men': Ashton Kutcher debuts new look as Walden SchmidtWhen Walden Schmidt (Ashton Kutcher) was introduced to "Two and a Half Men," he was a broken and beaten man who had just attempted suicide. With all that was going on in Schmidt's life, he looked the part - long, unkempt hair and a scraggly beard. But as Schmidt slowly gets his life in order, it's time for a new style.
On Monday (Jan. 16) episode of the hit comedy, Schmidt decides to cut off the locks and shave the beard in an effort to please his new girlfriend Zoey (Sophie Winkleman). So we're introduced to a clean-cut version of the Internet billionaire, but what will Zoey think of this? And should Bridget (Judy Greer) make another return, how will she react?
Kutcher has his own opinion on the new style. At the Television Critics Association Winter press tour, the actor says, "I'm sure there will be people who, now that I've cut my hair and shaved my beard, they'll want me to have long hair and a beard. And there were people that when I had long hair and a beard wanted me to be shaven, have a hair cut." He adds, now when he sees pictures with his long hair and beard, he thinks "it's pretty funny."
What do you think of Kutcher's new look?
Kutcher tweet fuels dating rumoursAshton Kutcher has hinted his friendship with screenwriter Lorene Scafaria has turned romantic after calling her "my girl" in a Sunday morning tweet.
The actor's publicists dismissed reports of a relationship between the two last year after Kutcher took Scafaria to Pisa, Italy on vacation shortly after his wife Demi Moore announced their marriage was over.
The screenwriter, who previously dated The O.C. star Adam Brody, also spent time with Kutcher at the Yellowstone Club ski resort in Montana last month and they were spotted holding hands over a romantic lunch on Christmas Eve.
But Kutcher's spokesperson insisted, "They're just friends."
Now it appears friendship has turned into romance after the actor tweeted, "First official sleepover with my girl @lorenescafaria so maybe breakfast with everyone next time!"
Ashton & Demi's fete-ing wordsDemi Moore and Ashton Kutcher may be in the middle of an ugly divorce, but they were friendly when they bumped into each other at a packed pre-Golden Globes party in Hollywood.
Ashton approached estranged wife Demi at the CAA party at Soho House Friday night after he spotted her sitting with Madonna and former husband Sean Penn.
“Within five minutes of them seeing each other, Ashton did come over,” said a source. “It was a crowded room so he made his way over. Demi and Ashton, and Madonna and Sean, were talking and hanging out. Ashton and Demi didn’t arrive together, or spend the whole night together, but it was 100 percent normal. There wasn’t an issue.”
The pair are divorcing following reports he cheated on their sixth anniversary apart last September. Ashton spent the holidays with screenwriter Lorene Scafaria in Italy.
Ashton and Demi then spent the rest of the night at opposite ends of the party. Demi arrived early and stayed with her group. Ashton, clean-shaven, arrived when the party was in full swing at 11 p.m. and greeted Demi before spending the rest of the night mingling, briefly talking to Demi’s daughter Rumer Willis.
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher Hit Pre-Golden Globes Party: What Went Down?Golden Globes weekend certainly got a nice jump start last night with a party that included guests like Demi Moore and...Ashton Kutcher!
They were both spotted at CAA and Grey Goose vodka's annual CAA Foundation soiree at Soho House in West Hollywood.
So how are things between the two?
They certainly didn't show any love last night.
A source reports that they were seen most of the evening at opposite ends of the bash. At one point, the Two and a Half Men star was seen walking by Moore, but they didn't acknowledge one another.
Moore chatted a bunch with just-announced Globes presenter Madonna, who was holding court in the members-only club's garden area. The Material Mom, whose ex Sean Penn was also there, made quite the fashion statement in a red dress with matching leather gloves.
Moore definitely didn't look as downtrodden as she did during the first days of the breakup. She was all smiles and showed off her body in a slinky, sleeveless silver dress.
'Two and a Half Men': Ashton Kutcher angles for bigger pay day on seriesAshton Kutcher may have problems in his personal life, but one thing's for certain - he's got his professional life under control. This acumen was on full display during the Television Critics Association Winter press tour as he essentially began contract negotiations on stage while sitting next to Chuck Lorre and Lee Aronsohn, his bosses on "Two and a Half Men."
Kutcher, who took over on the hit comedy after Charlie Sheen was fired in Spring 2011, came at a sizable cost savings to CBS and Warner Bros, the show's producers. Reports estimate that Kutcher makes $800,000 per episode while, in his final season, Sheen was reportedly taking home upwards of $2 million per show. But now that Kutcher's first season is half way over, and the ratings are as good if not better than what Sheen delivered a year ago, it appears it's time to talk numbers.
When asked about his future with the series, Kutcher says, "The show is outperforming in [ratings] from before I was here. And so I think people are responding to it. And, for me, having a show that people like and people want more of, that'll dictate what my decision is." Kutcher adds that the program's audience is getting slightly younger, which is typically appealing news to potential advertisers. And considering Kutcher has no shortage of other options, this news combines to give him more leverage in negotiations.
While both show EPs Lorre and Aronsohn dodged questions of Kutcher's future with the show, CBS network president Nina Tassler addressed the issue.
"We've been very focused on next season and there have been early conversations," Tassler says. "The spirit of those have been everybody really likes their jobs and I've got nothing to report now, but as I've said there's early conversations that people like what they're doing and are very happy working together."
The question is, can the two sides come to a consensus for something that doesn't involve the punchline of "Two and a Half Million?"
Kutcher on guard with the pressAshton Kutcher looked and sounded far more like a network executive than an actor when he met with the media at the Television Critics Association tour.
The long hair and shaggy beard that was so startling in his early episodes of Two and a Half Men are gone. The face is clean. The hair is short.
“It’s related to the show completely,” Kutcher said. “Tune in Monday.”
That would be this Monday on CBS and CTV, where Kutcher’s sitcom, Two and a Half Men, airs. Kutcher, of course, replaced the controversial Charlie Sheen in the show, and the ratings have held up to this point.
Kutcher was just so serious while speaking with the media. We asked him why he’s so serious in real life when he specializes in playing characters who are partially, if not totally, clueless.
“I’m serious when I’m talking to the press, because I’m always on guard, because I never know what you’re going to ask, and I never know how you’re going to construe my answer,” Kutcher said.
“So I try to maintain a pretty even pace when I’m speaking with the media. So that might not necessarily reflect who I am usually.”
So this is the true acting that we’re seeing right now?
“This is a great performance,” said Kutcher, prompting laughter. “And it’s almost over, the curtain’s about to come.”
Kutcher is not signed to Two and a Half Men beyond this season, but every indication is that he’ll return.
“I think it has held up fantastic,” CBS president Nina Tassler said when asked about the performance of Two and a Half Men in the ratings. “Granted, where we launched, we premiered to extraordinary numbers. But we are pretty much where we were last season at this time.”
So what about the creative aspect?
“I’m thrilled - Chuck (Lorre, co-executive producer and the primary target of Sheen’s meltdown) has done an extraordinary job of introducing (Kutcher’s Walden Schmidt),” Tassler said.
“(Kutcher) not only was an actor who had a huge brand, but his character was very different from what that show had seen in the past. (Lorre) wanted to let the audience sort of transition from Charlie’s into Walden’s character and fall in love with him for who he is and let him ingratiate himself into a family.
“I mean, that’s difficult. This wasn’t Sandy Duncan on The Hogan Family.”
Ha, good one.
Sheen, who has a new show coming up on FX (CTV in Canada) called Anger Management, was at a TCA party earlier in the week. While Sheen still insists that what he did was “right,” he also said if he saw Lorre on the street today, he probably would give him a “hug.”
“I wish (Sheen) well, I really do,” Lorre said. “I’m glad he’s sober and happy and healthy.
“We’re very grateful to be here,” Lorre continued. “We’re thankful this guy (he pointed to Kutcher) came and left the lights on so we could make a TV show.”
Lorre admitted that when it became clear Sheen wasn’t coming back to Two and a Half Men, ending the show completely was a strong consideration.
“There was clearly interest at CBS to keep this thing going,” Lorre said. “In some ways it seemed like an impossible and kind of ridiculous thing to try to do.
“Then we thought, why not try? If you fail, no one will be physically harmed, and no one would be surprised. It (would have been) such a heartbreaking way to end.”
So Two and a Half Men fans already have accepted a new main character. Now they’ll have to accept a “new-look” new character.
But remarkably, the re-grooming of Two and a Half Men didn’t turn out to be a close shave at all.
Will Ashton Kutcher Stay on Two and a Half Men?Two and a Half Men replaced Charlie Sheen with Ashton Kutcher, but did anyone think about the possibility CBS might have to replace Ashton Kutcher?
During the CBS presentation today at the Television Critics Association press tour, president Nina Tassler told reporters the tentative plan for the star of the comedy hit. Also weighing in on the issue? Kutcher himself! Plus, is The Good Wife staying put? And would the networks ever pull a Glee and bring in a musical series?
Network presidents are all about dancing around a tough question, so Tassler only offered that they are in preliminary talks about bringing back Kutcher.
"I think that clearly we've been very focused on next season and there have been early conversations," she told reporters. "The spirit of those have been everybody really likes their jobs and I've got nothing to report now, but as I've said there's early conversations that people like what they're doing and are very happy working together."
During the show's panel, Kutcher was asked if he'll be returning to the show for another season and while he didn't give a definitive answer, he hinted that it's a definite possibilty. "The deal that we structured for the show was kind of a test deal," he explained. "The show's outperforming the numbers from before I was here, so I think people are responding to it."
"For me, having a show that people like and people want more of, that'll dictate my decision," he continued. "I have a couple of features I think I'm going to do during the summer during the hiatus. Right now I am looking at it as a hiatus. I'm having a lot of fun with these guys and interested in coming back."
We almost didn't get a Ashton Kutcher-led Two and a Half men, because creator Chuck Lorre told reporters he "absolutely" considered ending the show after Charlie Sheen was fired. But bringing on Kutcher changed that. "At first [doing another season] seemed impossible and slightly ridiculous thing to do," he says. "[But] why not try? What's the harm in trying? If we fail, no one will be physically harmed. No one would be surprised. It seemed like such a heartbreaking way to end."
Ashton Kutcher Steps Out Solo for Lakers Game(Photo) Rebound!
No, we're not talking about recent rumors that Ashton Kutcher spent the holidays in Italy with a possible new ladylove (allegedly bearing a more-than-passing resemblance to Demi Moore).
Just making a basketball reference after the Two and a Half Men star was spotted attending a Lakers game in L.A. on Tuesday night.
In fact, the soon-to-be ex-Mr. Moore appeared to be flying solo.
Sporting a hat in support of the home team, the actor clearly seemed to be enjoying his courtside seats as he watched the Lakers beat the Houston Rockets 108-99.
Meanwhile, despite his marriage to Moore crumbling at the end of last year, Ashton obviously has a positive attitude when it comes to the next 12 months.
"In 2012 let's agree to a resolution to feel one another's pain & joy, & create the peace we desire through proactive generosity. XO ak," he recently tweeted.
Sounds good to us.
MTV's "Punk'd" revamp debuts March 19Ashton Kutcher will be back as a producer, but not as the host when "Punk'd" returns to MTV on March 19.
Instead, new episodes of the reality series Kutcher co-created will be introduced each week by a different celebrity. Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Kellan Lutz, Bam Margera and former "Punk'd" cast member Dax Shepard will be among the guest hosts when the show returns.
Kutcher wants dating rumours to endAshton Kutcher has hit out at reports he is dating again after he was romantically linked to a close female friend.
The Two and a Half Men star’s personal life has been under scrutiny since his split from wife Demi Moore was made official in November.
His representative was forced to deny he found love again with screenwriter Lorene Scafaria after they were spotted on vacation in Pisa, Italy last month.
A British tabloid suggested Kutcher then took a vacation in Greece with Scafaria after snaps of him and a pretty brunette at a party appeared online, but the star insists the female companion is the wife of a friend.
On his Twitter.com page, he writes, “Um, the woman in this picture is my Greek friend Athanasia, and the man to my left is her husband... Fact check.
“Can we please stop this nonsense.”
Rep denies Kutcher romance storyA representative for Ashton Kutcher has brushed off reports suggesting the actor has found love with screenwriter Lorene Scafaria following his split from Demi Moore.
Actress Moore confirmed her six-year union to Kutcher was over in November, following weeks of speculation about the status of their relationship, and the Two and a Half Men star has since been linked to Scafaria, who previously dated The O.C.'s Adam Brody.
Kutcher and Scarfaria spent time together at the Yellowstone Club ski resort in Montana earlier this month, before jetting off for a Christmas vacation in Pisa, Italy.
Eyewitness Alex Thorpe tells Usmagazine.com the pair "held hands" over a romantic lunch on Christmas Eve, adding, "They shared spaghetti, and he paid."
But Kutcher's spokesperson has dismissed rumours of a new romance, insisting, "They're just friends."
Meanwhile, Moore also enjoyed a festive vacation out of America - she holidayed in Turks & Caicos with her daughters from her marriage to Bruce Willis.
Ashton Kutcher courted new gal pal while married: reportAshton Kutcher spent Christmas in Italy with Lorene Scafaria, the "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist" screenwriter who Kutcher is believed to be dating now that his marriage with Demi Moore is ending, reports say.
Us Weekly reports that Kutcher and Scafaria headed to the town of Pisa for Christmas, photographing tourist sights such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa together and driving around town in a Porsche. On Christmas Eve, the two were spotted having a "romantic lunch" at Pizzeria Trattoria Toscana.
"They held hands," a witness divulged. "They shared spaghetti, and he paid."
Kutcher supposedly met Scafaria, a stunning brunette who was believed to still be dating actor Adam Brody, last February -- long before his marriage to Moore crumbled in the wake of allegations that he'd had a tryst with blonde Sara Leal the same night as his sixth wedding anniversary with Moore.
Kutcher and Scafaria reportedly met when Kutcher read for a role in her movie "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," a romantic comedy about a man trying to find love in the "end of days."
A source tells Us, "Ashton started seeing her while each was in a relationship."
Meanwhile, reps for both Kutcher and Scafaria deny a romance. Kutcher's rep elaborates that the two are "just friends."
Kutcher has made no attempts to hide the fact that he is traveling with Scafaria, which does seem to point to a friendship rather than a romance. On Monday, Kutcher tweeted, "Roman holiday with homies. @mazzant @LoreneScafaria Have an amazing new year!!!" He also referenced Matt Mazzant, an employee of Kutcher's Katalyst Films.
But this isn't the only time since his break from Moore that Kutcher has been seen with Scafaria.
The two were spotted together on Dec. 9 and 10 -- just weeks after Moore announced she was splitting from the "Two and a Half Men" star -- snowboarding and playing shuffleboard at the Yellowstone Club Ski Resort.
Last week, Kutcher was seen out in Berlin, chatting with a long-haired brunette at a party and later walking into an apartment building with her. The woman bears a resemblance to Scafaria, though that is of yet unconfirmed.
Ashton Kutcher: Has He Moved On from Demi Moore?(Photo) About a month after his split from Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher spent the holidays with writer-director Lorene Scafaria in Italy.
And one other person – Kutcher's business partner, Matt Mazzant.
The Two and Half Men star, 33, is making no secret of his time with Scafaria, whom online reports note bears a passing resemblance to Moore.
"Roman holiday with homies," writes Kutcher on Twitter along with a photo of him and Scafaria, showing Mazzant squeezed in between.
Scafaria wrote Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist and is the writer-director of the upcoming Steve Carell/Keira Knightly comedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.
Moore, meanwhile, spent Christmas Eve dancing at a poolside bar at the Parrot Cay resort in the Caribbean. The actress, 49, was vacationing with daughter Rumer Willis, according to the New York Post.
MTV Brings Back Punk'dMTV is bringing back Punk'd, the network announced Monday.
The show, which originally premiered in 2003, was co-created by Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg. Kutcher also served as host and producer.
A modern-day version of candid camera, celebrities such as Jessica Alba, Taye Diggs, and Halle Berry were all the victims of elaborate practical jokes during the show's eight season run. The series will return to the network in 2012, but viewers will get a sneak peek of the show during MTV's annual New Year's Eve party on Dec. 31 at 11/10c.
Goldberg and Kutcher will continue to produce the series. There's no word yet on whether or not Kutcher will still serve as host.
'New Year's Eve' is no partyGarry Marshall's New Year's Eve has one thing in common with its festive namesake -- it's full of people desperately trying to look like they're having a good time and failing to convince.
But really, how good a time are we in for when a movie opens with New Year's host Ryan Seacrest promising we're going to see a lot more of him before it's over?
Bloated with cheap sentiment, New Year's Eve portrays Times Square on Dec. 31 as the center of the true-love universe (though there are never enough extras in a scene to ever convey the rib-crushing madness of the real thing). It also recycles the template of Marshall's 2010 film, Valentine's Day.
That is to say, he throws darts at the A-list to come up with a mess of improbable couples, and gives them each about half a sitcom's worth of plot (or about a day of shooting), with all the sketchy characterization that suggests. This need not be a recipe for a bad movie, but in Marshall's shticky hands, the result is more Love Boat than Love, Actually.
Among the unlikely hook-ups: Katherine Heigl as Laura, a caterer at a swank party, where the entertainment is a superstar rocker named Jensen (Jon Bon Jovi), who just happened to have skipped town after proposing to her the year before. There's also Ashton Kutcher as a cynical illustrator and Glee's Lea Michele as one of Jensen's singers, who get stuck in an elevator together.
Michelle Pfeiffer (really, has it come to this?) is a record company gofer who quits in a fit of middle-aged crisis and looks to a cocky young guy (Zac Efron) to make her bucket list come true in exchange for VIP party tickets. Abigail Breslin is a 15-year-old who skips out on Mom (Sarah Jessica Parker) to meet up with a boy for her first kiss at Times Square.
Hilary Swank is in charge of the Times Square ball, which malfunctions, requiring rescue by a Red Adair-type super electrician named Kaminski (Hector Elizondo).
But wait -- there's more. Hewing to the sitcom formula of two parts shtick and one part bathos, we have Russell Peters and Sofia Vergara answering Marshall's call to "do that thing you kids do" as a pair of Heigl's heavily accented comic-relief staffers, and Jessica Biel and Seth Meyers and Sarah Paulson and Til Schweiger as pregnant couples, vying for the hospital's $25,000 prize for first New Year baby (cue the scenes of shouting directly into a vagina).
And the bathos? Robert De Niro is a dying man at the hospital, nursed by Halle Berry, whose last wish is to see the ball drop at midnight (at which point his entire career will flash before his eyes, including Meet the Fockers).
It's all edited with a Cuisinart, such that when a character you last saw 20 minutes ago (the movie's an excruciating two hours) pops up again, you have to remind yourself who they are.
The length is a consequence of the movie's sheer busy-ness -- the last act alone is almost all thread-tying (including a surprise, gratuitous Support Our Troops message a la Valentine's Day).
To the eternal question, "Are we having fun yet?" That can only start when you leave the theatre.
'New Year's Eve' brings formula romance to the party(Trailer) Why bother with a new title? New Year's Eve is simply 2010's Valentine's Day all over again, and it's about as appealing as a flute of cheap Champagne left over from the last holiday.
Where Valentine's Day was set in Los Angeles, New Year's Eve takes place in New York, but it has the same wafer-thin premise: A collection of people preparing for the holiday find love in the right or wrong places.
Love rekindled, fresh starts and redemption are the themes, but that makes the screenplay sound far more substantial than it is. Emotions are expressed with greeting card shallowness and by a panoply of stars, each with about a paragraph's worth of actual story.
There's the mousy middle-aged woman (an unattractively photographed Michelle Pfeiffer) who impulsively quits her boring desk job. She's hellbent on fulfilling resolutions amassed over the years — like traveling around the world and seeing Bali — all in a day. She engages the services of a bike messenger (Zac Efron) who cuts corners but offers more excitement than she apparently has ever known. (He takes her to a spa named Bali and the world travel is done by hopping around a giant map in a museum.) Charmed yet?
Other vignettes are just as lame-brained. A slacker/New Year's Eve hater (Ashton Kutcher) and his perky neighbor (Glee's Lea Michele) get stuck in an elevator. Initially they can't stand each other, then after she sings a song in the confined space, sparks ignite.
The stories are woven together in the clumsiest, most obvious fashion.
Sitting through New Year's Eve is like attending a crowded party filled with pretty people who have nothing to say.
New Year’s Eve
Ashton and Demi's 'awkward' dinner run-inAshton Kutcher and his soon-to-be ex wife had a "very awkward" brief reunion when they reportedly both ended up dining at the same LA restaurant Thursday night.
"[Moore] approached [Kutcher's] table," says a witness who saw Moore notice that Kutcher had sat down at a table across the patio from her at a West Hollywood members' club. "He gave her a hug, and they spoke for a few minutes."
The witness tells Us Weekly that even though both Kutcher and Moore seemed "polite," the encounter was "very awkward."
And no wonder. On Nov. 17, Moore announced that she was ending her marriage to Kutcher in the wake of allegations that he had a hotel tryst with 22-year-old blonde Sara Leal on the night of his sixth wedding anniversary with Moore.
Moore said in a statement, "As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life."
After heading on a "soul searching" trip to Hawaii and being spotted out at the Tower Bar in Los Angeles with a mystery guy, Moore headed to Massachusetts this weekend for the funeral of longtime friend.
Meanwhile, Kutcher appeared extremely flirty with his "New Year's Eve" co-star Lea Michelle at the Los Angeles premiere of the film. Sources say that, over Thanksgiving, he also "loved the attention" he got while being "swarmed by girls" bar-hopping in Iowa.
While Moore had a male companion at her side during the former couple's dinner run-in, the witness said that "it didn't look romantic at all." It's unclear who Kutcher was dining with.
Pretty Little Liars, Charlie Sheen Top Twitter's Hot Topics in 2011For both Charlie Sheen and Twitter, 2011 was the year of the tiger (blood).
Both Sheen and the stuff he says runs through his veins made Twitter's list of hot topics for 2011. Sheen, who had a busy year after being fired from Two and a Half Men, is listed as the No. 1 most talked about actor, followed by Macaulay Culkin, Ryan Dunn and Ricky Gervais. His Two and a Half Men replacement, Ashton Kutcher, also made the top 10, landing at No. 8. (#tigerblood is listed as the second most talked about hashtag of the year.)
Two and a Half Men itself was the second most talked about TV topic behind No. 1 ranked Pretty Little Liars. Rounding out the top 5 for television are The Craigslist Killer, Golden Globe Awards and People's Choice Awards.
On the movie front, Thor came out on top, followed by The Dark Knight Rises (which will be released July 2012), X-Men: First Class, Fast Five and Green Hornet.
Elizabeth Taylor, who passed away in March, topped the most-discussed actresses list. Among the others in the top 10 were Black Swan castmates Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman, along with Harry Potter's Emma Watson and The Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev.
Despite gaining notoriety as one of the worst songs of the year, Rebecca Black and her tune "Friday" landed at the top of the music list, followed by the likes of Nate Dogg, Gerry Rafferty and Gil Scott-Heron.
Are you surprised by the topics that made the list?
Review: 'New Year's Eve' drops the ball"New Year's Eve" is the second in a remarkably shallow series of holiday-themed, celebrity-stuffed confections from director Garry Marshall and screenwriter Katherine Fugate, following their 2010 "Valentine's Day" collaboration. Of course, the really good stuff will come once they get to "Columbus Day," or maybe, just maybe, "Ash Wednesday."
Many of the elements are the same as they were for "Valentine's Day," just moved back on the calendar a few weeks, with the script again weaving together a dozen or so plot lines that crisscross a holiday prone to sentimentalizing.
If there is some kind of world record for schmaltz, this may have set it. Included here are first kisses, midnight rendezvous, dying fathers, newborn babies, husbands at war and trapped strangers. It's narcotic mawkishness, with notes played on heartstrings like a 12-string guitar.
Though it's pure, rosy fantasy on screen, this is cynical, paint-by-the-numbers entertainment, sold with a gaggle of stars spread across its movie poster like a telethon lineup.
The threads of romance emanate from — where else? — New York's Times Square. Hilary Swank plays a character running the ball drop festivities, at which a famous rocker (Jon Bon Jovi as "Jensen") is to perform, and where various police keep watch, including one played by Chris "Ludacris" Bridges.
Some of the footage from these scenes came from last year's New Year's in Times Square shot by cinematographer Charles Minsky. This, surely, is the film's biggest accomplishment: The atmosphere is very true to the Times Square celebration.
Katherine Heigl plays a chef catering a pre-party featuring Jensen, who happens to be her ex-boyfriend. Her sous chef is Sofia Vergara of "Modern Family."
Abigail Breslin, now a teenager, is hoping to join her friends in Times Square, but her mother (Sarah Jessica Parker) won't let her. Jessica Biel, with husband Seth Meyers, is going into labor, competing for the new year's first baby against a rival couple (Sarah Paulson, Til Schweiger).
Michelle Pfeiffer plays a meek office assistant who quits her job (John Lithgow plays her record-label executive boss, a good bit of casting that should have spawned laughs) and hires a courier (an ultra-confident Zac Efron) to help her accomplish a list of resolutions.
Ashton Kutcher, as a bearded grouch, gets stuck in an elevator for hours with backup singer Lea Michele. (I crossed my fingers that bathroom needs would spoil their budding romance, but alas.) Most incredulous, perhaps, is the pairing of nurse Halle Berry and dying Vietnam veteran Robert De Niro.
En route to love and new beginnings, the many characters run around familiar New York tourist attractions and pair off predictably.
Editor Michael Tronick deserves credit for stitching all of these corny story lines together smoothly. None of the characters are more than cardboard cliches, but the cast is likable and pretty enough (there are some rom-com pros here, including Heigl and Josh Duhamel) that most are able to swallow the pallid dialogue without causing inadvertent laughs.
The cameos keep coming until the end, with even Mayor Michael Bloomberg dropping by. After all, this is as much an ad for New York as it is a movie. And I'm pretty sure I spotted Knick Amare Stoudemire as the credits rolled. Obviously, the NBA lockout was very hard on players.
And it's during these lighthearted extras and outtakes at the end of "New Year's Eve" where the first and only honest moment of the film occurs. Carla Gugino, who plays the OB/GYN delivering the expected babies, hints at the crassness of the enterprise. In a gag, she emerges from between Biel's legs with not a child, but "Valentine's Day" DVDs.
Congratulations. It's dreck.
"New Year's Eve," a Warner Bros. Pictures release, is rated PG-13 for language, including some sexual references. Running time: 117 minutes. One and a half stars out of four.
Red carpet report: 'New Year's Eve' premiereWhat:New Year's Eve premiere
Where: Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles
When: Monday night
Guest list:Zac Efron, Jim Belushi, Abigail Breslin, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Common, Josh Duhamel (with wife Fergie), Hector Elizondo, Katherine Heigl (with husband Josh Kelley), Ashton Kutcher, Joey McIntyre, Jake T. Austin, Penny Marshall, Lea Michele, Alyssa Milano, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ryan Seacrest, Hilary Swank, Sofia Vergara, Yeardley Smith and director Garry Marshall. Also spotted: Much of the cast of Glee, who showed up to support Michele, including: Cory Monteith, Kevin McHale, Mark Salling, Darren Criss and Harry Shum Jr.
All those celebs: A mile-long black carpet and a gigantic disco ball set the mood at the premiere of a movie that bursts at the seams with star power. Not that this was Marshall's first time at the holiday-flick rodeo. The Valentine's Day director (look for a funny nod to that movie in the end credits) said the toughest part of pulling off his celeb-stuffed sequel-of-sorts was the Rubik's cube-style scheduling. "Trying to see which actors could appear on which day," he said. "It was hard to get some of them together."
Toughest star to nab? That award goes to Jon Bon Jovi. "Jon Bon (who plays a rock star pining for Heigl), I couldn't get all together," said Marshall. "I sent him the script and no one could find him and I couldn't get an answer. Weeks went by, and when I get in trouble, I always call my sister Penny (Marshall)." That's one famous sister who can deliver: "An hour later she called back (saying), 'He didn't read the script, he wants to do it, I told him you'd be nice to him.' "
A quiet Kutcher: Kutcher, whose every move has been monitored since his November break-up with Demi Moore (News reports over the weekend screamed "He's taken his wedding band off!"), posed for photos with Michele but swiftly skipped the press line.
The Efron factor: With so many stars headlining the film, many (like Swank) were seeing it for the first time on Monday night. Breslin even met a few of her co-stars while doing press. "I met Zac Efron the other day at the press junket and, um, I cried. I'm not even kidding," she said.
Stars' own worst New Year's: "My very worst was probably when I was younger and I was always looking for a party to hit," said Swank. "You're in the car (going) 'Happy New Year!' "
… and their best: "Family, Champagne and New York," said Michele, who wore Valentino on the carpet. Swank prefers a good meal with family and friends around the kitchen table. "And bed before midnight. I live on the West Coast, so I watch the ball drop at 9 and then I go to bed." Breslin, 15, also keeps it simple. "I kind of just sit at home, watch movies, watch the ball drop and go to bed." But Elizondo, who plays an electrician brought in to save the infamous ball drop, had the hands-down best NYE tale. As a child, "my uncle, who was in the Second World War… knocks on the door," he remembered. "I hear the scream and it's (him). Coming from the army on a one-day leave. That was quite a holiday."
NYE's most unlikely couple: That's up for audiences to decide, but Efron steals the show in NYE playing a cocky bike messenger who fulfills the wish list of a timid secretary (Pfeiffer). Breaking the ice with the famous actress was easier this time for Efron. "When we were doing Hairspray, I was very young and very shy around her," Efron explained. On NYE, now a bit older, Efron sharpened his acting skills around the pro — to mixed results. "Any time I would try and improv or throw a challenge at her in any way she would come back and just school me," he laughed.
Pucker up: Breslin, who plays Sarah Jessica Parker's teenage daughter, received her first on-screen kiss in the film. "It wasn't a French!" said Austin, who plays her crush. "Especially in front of our parents, that would have been a little bit awkward." Wait, the parents watched? "Both of our moms," confirmed Breslin, who wore a gauzy white Marchesa dress. "And I think his cousin was there."
Director's cut: Marshall, whose memoir will debut in April, says he might be retiring from all that holiday-fueled movie magic. Does that mean there are no feel-good Thanksgiving, Christmas or July 4-pegged movies in his pipeline? "I don't want to do another holiday (movie). I used to get scripts on all subjects, now I get Mother's Day, Father's Day. I ought to do Arbor Day," he grinned. "It's a nice holiday."
Lea Michele & Ashton Kutcher Get Carpet Cozy at New Year's Eve Premiere-but Who Was Her Date?We'll get to Lea Michele's date for last night's black carpet Hollywood premiere of New Year's Eve (was it really costar Ashton Kutcher?!) in a sec—but first, did you know that the Glee star had to do reshoots for Gary Marshall's Valentine's Day follow-up?!
Read on to find out why, but stop here if you're not in the mood for a spoiler.
Turns out, Marshall wasn't satisfied with the original ending of the movie, so he asked Michele to come back and belt out a film-ending tune just after the ball drops in Times Square.
"Gary was so sweet," Lea told me. "It wasn't in the script, 'Auld Lang Syne,' and he was like, 'I'm gonna let the Bronx girl bring it in. I'm gonna let her take us home.' I was like, awww! I was always a singer in the movie but I wasn't supposed to end the movie with the song."
Marshall explained, "She's from the Bronx, you know—my neighborhood. She came to me and said, 'I'm from the Bronx, you're from the Bronx. I should be in your movie.'"
Now for Michele's date—it wasn't the newly single Kutcher, but her gay best friend and sometimes Glee costar, hottie Jonathan Groff.
"On my way to the premiere!" Michele tweeted earlier in the night. "Have the most handsome date with me tonight Mr Jonathan Groff :)."
Groff kept a low profile throughout the night, going almost unnoticed. The besties took a few pics together, but he hung back on the carpet as Michele, a total knockout last night, wore a low-cut Valentino gown, Christian Louboutin shoes and Neil Lane jewelry.
She and Kutcher (who not surprisingly wasn't wearing his wedding ring) hit the carpet at about the same time and definitely showed off their chemistry by getting all comfy cozy for photographers. They hugged, touched and laughed...a lot. No surprise, but the Two And a Half Men star skipped doing interviews.
Michele didn't, of course, and later said she will be "forever grateful" to Marshall for giving her the chance to kiss Kutcher. "@aplusk it was such an honor working with you," she tweeted. "I cannot thank you enough."
Costars Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Harry Shum Jr., Cory Monteith, Mark Salling and Kevin McHale all came out to support their TV leading lady.
Representing from the film were Zac Efron, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sofia Vergara, E!'s own Ryan Seacrest, Josh Duhamel, Katherine Heigl, Hilary Swank, Abigail Breslin (in a fantastic Marchesa dress) and Jake T. Austin.
Unsurprisingly (again), Kutcher skipped the afterparty.
Source: Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore's Divorce "About the Money"Sure, hearing your husband has allegedly been très flirtatious on the set is an annoyance, but it's definitely not Demi Moore's top concern—at least not when it comes to her impending divorce from hubby Ashton Kutcher.
Despite the rumors circulating about why exactly the two are splitting (and rumors that Ash was less than faithful during their marriage), a source close to the couple tells us that Demi and Ashton have something else on their mind that...
The paycheck, of course.
"I don't hear this is about chicks," the source says. "We all know it's about the money."
Oh, and if you haven't heard, there's a lot of money to divide up.
Especially on Ashton's end, what with that multi-million dollar Two and a Half Men deal. Now it's just a matter of how much he's willing to dole out to his soon-to-be ex wife.
Remember, a source in-the-know about high-power divorces and that sort of legal mumbo jumbo told E! News that "if he were smart, I think he would want to do this quietly. He doesn't want everything that he has [allegedly] done to be disclosed in the media."
And not just stuff that's been hinted at in the rag mags, 'cause both of the two know tons of daring, Vicey secrets about each other that—so far—they've kept their lips sealed on.
Wonder how long that'll last? Here's hoping these two can work it out cordially. We all know how nasty some people can get when (big) money gets involved.
Ashton Kutcher's Two and a Half Men Crew Talks the Star's Flirtatious WaysApparently Ashton Kutcher isn't feeling too burdened by his impending divorce. At least according to the tabloids.
They say Ashton is in a "great mood" on the set of Two and a Half Men and has been flirting up a storm now that he's (soon-to-be) single.
Say it ain't so! Ashton has to be as misty eyed about his split from former wifey Demi Moore as we are, right?! Not so according to our sources close to the set...
"Sure he flirts, but he did that before," a Two and a Half Men coworker dishes about Ashton's on-set ‘tude. "Can you imagine what Charlie Sheen would have been doing in the same position? Whole lot more than flirting."
But we had higher hopes for Kutcher. Remember, the same crew told us way back when that he was better than "Hitler"-like Charlie, which is why we're so bummed that the Two and a Half Men curse struck the Kutcher-Moore home.
And maybe if A.K. had kept his flirty ways to a minimum when he was still happily married, things would have turned out differently. Or maybe not. That's just our humble opinion. But back to the divorce biz:
It seems Ashton's ‘tude hasn't changed at all since his very high-profile split was announced.
As another crewmember told us, "I haven't noticed him really being any different than before [the divorce was announced]."
"I actually feel for him," our original set source spills. "He's known his marriage is over for a while and he hasn't been dogging it or anything."
How très intriguing. Especially since the divorce is quite the high stakes one...but more on that later.
Ashton Kutcher 'Swarmed by Girls' in Iowa Bars(Photo) Ashton Kutcher was able to slip away from Hollywood, but not quite under the radar.
Just days after announcing his split from wife Demi Moore, 49, the Two and a Half Men star, 33, headed to his Midwest Iowa hometown for Thanksgiving. There he enjoyed nature as well as garnered attention at several local bars.
In between strolling through a cow-filled pasture from where he Tweeted a photo with the caption "Country Giving" on Tuesday, the actor hit up four watering holes.
"He was swarmed by girls," Emily Krajicek, 22, a waitress at The Sports Column bar, tells PEOPLE of Kutcher's Friday night visit. "He was swarmed by guys as well. You couldn't get to his table. People were asking what songs he wanted to hear. He was singing, having fun."
The good times went on earlier in the week as well, with Kutcher popping into Joe's Place, The Airliner and Bo James – three other local joints.
At Joe's Place, Kutcher had a lighthearted exchange with the woman working the door.
"She tried to ID him as a joke," the bar's manager Seth tells PEOPLE. "He didn't show her anything, but was able to get in. She was just messing with him. He talked to her for a little while. He was a good tipper."
Employees at the four bars said Kutcher was nice to people who approached him, but he refused to take any photos.
Overall, the step outside of Tinseltown was seemingly just what the soon-to-be-divorced actor needed.
"He was very happy to be home with family over Thanksgiving," a source close to Kutcher tells PEOPLE. "It was nice to get away."
Ashton goes countryAshton Kutcher looks like he is moooo-ving on with his life after his split from Demi Moore — by escaping to the country for a break.
In a photograph posted on his Twitter account last night, the actor is seen standing in a field with a cow in the distance.
There was no indication of his location, just a short message, simply saying: "Country Giving."
While Ashton looks pale, tired and scruffy, he does manage to raise a slight smile.
Two weeks ago heartbroken Demi announced she is divorcing the alleged love-rat.
To read more, go to the London Sun.
Kutcher, Moore tweet their thanks ... separatelyAshton Kutcher and Demi Moore have broken their Twitter silence in the spirit of the holiday season.
The estranged celebrity power-couple -- who announced their split after six years of marriage earlier this month, amid rumors of infidelity on Kutcher's part -- both reignited their social-media presence in recent days, to reflect on the Thanksgiving holiday.
Twitter super-user Kutcher, who has amassed 8.5 million Twitter followers and famously beat CNN to become the first user of the service to reach 1 million followers in 2009, fired up his account on Wednesday, after an unusually long dormant period, to share his thoughts of gratitude with the masses.
"I'm thankful for family, friends, you, & time to reach my potential. What are you thankful for? #thanksgiving," Kutcher wrote.
The 33-year-old "Two and a Half Men" actor, who's normally fairly active on Twitter, has remained absent from the service since tweeting that he will "forever cherish" the time that he spent with Moore. That missive was published on November 17 -- the same day that Moore announced the split.
Of course, Kutcher had become a bit tweet-shy even before then. A week prior, the actor announced that he was handing over his Twitter account to his production company, Katalyst Media, since coming out in support of fired Penn State coach Joe Paterno -- later acknowledging that he didn't know the facts when he tweeted.
Perhaps inspired by her soon-to-be-ex-husband's digital display of gratitude, Moore fired up her Twitter account on Friday to lament that the country reserves just one day of the year to express its collective appreciation.
"Why do we have only 1 day for giving thanks? Is that why so many people feel unappreciated?" Moore pondered. "Make this 1 of 365 days of Thanksgiving!"
Moore's previous tweet was also on November 17, in response to a question from other users about a photo of the actress out on the town.
Moore's split from Kutcher followed months of speculation that Kutcher had been unfaithful. The scuttlebutt came to a head in September, on the weekend of the couple's sixth wedding anniversary. Moore spent the weekend in New York, where she was promoting her Lifetime movie "Five." Kutcher, meanwhile, was spotted with his former "That '70s Show" co-star Danny Masterson at the Fluxx nightclub in San Diego -- where, according to local blonde Sara Leal, Kutcher enjoyed a sexual romp with her.
What Are Ashton Kutcher, Eva Longoria and More Tweetful For?!Thanksgiving was filled with family, friends and of course food for our favorite celebrities—along with wisdom teeth, burnt turkey and recording studios?!
While Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan were feeding the homeless, our other favorite celebs like Jessica Alba, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Richie, Jessica Simpson, Ashton Kutcher, Nina Dobrev and more took to the Internet's own bird, Twitter, to express their Thanksgiving trials, tribulations and triumphs as well as share what they're tweetful for.
John Legend's model and foodie girlfriend Chrissy Teigen didn't have the best of luck with her cooking, sharing with the twitverse a pic of her and John complete with a burnt turkey and tweeting: "Good call on the emergency honeybaked ham, CHRISSY. omg."
Where Chrissy and John savored their taste buds with a backup plan, Nina Dobrev skipped out on a Thanksgiving meal altogether. The Vampire Diaries star tweeted: "No turkey for me tonight- worst or best idea to get my wisdom teeth removed the day before thanksgiving?"
While Nicole Richie was sharing she "just caught my grandma digging for gold. Happy Thanksgiving!" her hubby Joel Madden was having serious regrets about stepping up to the plate and cooking. The rocker tweeted: "I'm making the turkey, the stuffing, the Mac and cheese, and the pies. This could be really bad. Sounded fun at the time."
Along with Joel, preggers Jessica Simpson opted to cook for fiancé Eric Johnson's side of the family, tweeting: "Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! I made some TX casseroles for the Boston family! Eric and I have so much to be grateful for... God is good!"
True to her onscreen character, Desperate Housewives' Eva Longoria decided to not cook this year, sharing, along with a pic: "Had the most amazing dinner at Sage in Vegas at Aria with my family! First year I didn't cook, but wow this meal was worth it! My dessert!"
While Eva feasted in Vegas, Kelly Osbourne and mom Sharon Osbourne spent the holiday in true rock star fashion—in a recording studio! The Fashion Police cohost tweeted: "since its just me and my mum in town looks like we will now be spending thanksgiving in the studio with @OfficialSabbath [Black Sabbath] could be worse :)" The blonde later exclaimed that her famous father Ozzy Osbourne had made up for his rocker ways, sharing: "to make up for the fact that my dad was w/ @OfficialSabbath recording he made me the best sticky toffee pudding for thanksgiving dinner! <3"
Jessica Alba described the holiday meal aptly as "Gluttony at it's finest." Whereas New Girl star Zoey Deschanel thanked the machine gods, tweeting: "I am thankful I have a dishwasher: so many dishes. SO. MANY. DISHES."
In true comedic form, Sarah Silverman wished her followers a "Happy holocaust of the Native American people day!"
Olivia Wilde revealed she's got a goofy family, warning: "Oh god. Family charades is starting. This is when it gets ugly. I might take a bribe to go down early. These people are viscous" (with a later tweet for the spelling oops: "...and also vicious.")
A more sentimental, and recently separated, Ashton Kutcher told his almost 9 million followers: "I'm thankful for family, friends, you, & time to reach my potential. What are you thankful for?"
Well, we're sure thankful for the above celebrities and all their glory!
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher's weekend counseling sessionDemi Moore and Ashton Kutcher met this weekend for a counseling session, reports say, just days after Moore announced that she would be divorcing the "Two and a Half Men" star.
According to Us Weekly, the May-December couple met at a house "affiliated with Kabbalah" where they have been going for counseling since 22-year-old blonde Sara Leal alleged that she had a raunchy tryst with Kutcher the same night as his sixth wedding anniversary with Moore. Moore and Kutcher arrived at the Kabbalah house separately, but walked out together, getting into separate cars.
"They seemed very somber," a source told the magazine.
After the session, Moore reportedly jetted to Hawaii for some "soul searching."
"She's determined to clear Ashton out of her life, but she has been crying and crying," a source told The Mirror. "Demi ... keeps repeating the mantra, 'I have to be strong.'"
Prior to Moore's announcement last week that "I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton," it appeared the couple was trying to work things out. In addition to Kabbalah sessions, Kutcher and Moore had gone on a camping trip with Kabbalah leader Yehuda Berg, who officiated their wedding in 2005.
Moore's daughters -- Rumer, 23, Scout, 20, and Tallulah, 17, Willis -- are reported to be distraught about the split. But they may also be the reason Moore decided to pull the trigger on the divorce. "They started treating her like a wounded puppy," a source told Us Weekly. "[That] helped her reevaluate the situation and see that it was destroying her."
Moore referenced her daughters, and Kutcher's alleged infidelities, in her statement to the press last week. "As a woman, a mother and a wife, there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life," she said.
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher's Marriage: How It Turned ToxicIt was an unlikely romance from the start – and in the end, the six-year marriage of Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore fell apart because of issues that had long fueled skepticism about their relationship: their famous 15-year age difference, his wandering eye, her insecurities.
As a result, the marriage "[had] been deteriorating for a long time," a friend of Kutcher, 33, tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story. "Ashton was ready to end it, [but] he wanted to wait for Demi to actually do it. He loved her but couldn't live with her. "
Moore, 49, "really wanted to save the marriage but couldn't deal with the pain of his cheating," adds the friend.
"They were fed up with each other," a second source tells PEOPLE.
Several friends note that the age gap between the former power couple – who are worth an estimated $290 million – caused Moore to doubt herself.
"If anyone was uncomfortable with the age difference, it was Demi, not Ashton," says a Kutcher pal. "She drove him crazy after a while with questions and doubts."
For much more on Demi and Ashton's tattered marriage, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.
Ashton Kutcher's Last-Ditch Gift to Save Marriage with Demi MooreLess than two weeks before Demi Moore announced she would divorce Ashton Kutcher, he threw a Hail Mary to save the marriage ... in the form of a lavish, eco-friendly gift.
According to our sources, Ashton contacted a high-end car company, to buy a new set of wheels for Demi's birthday. We're told Ashton picked out a 2012 Lexus LS 600h L -- and paid North of $100,000.
Our sources say Ashton wanted a quick deal -- bagging the luxury hybrid on November 9, just two days before Demi's birthday.
If it was meant to win back Demi ... clearly it didn't work. We don't know if Demi accepted the vehicle or if Ashton was able to give it back to the car company.
On the upside -- 22 mpg!
Ashton Kutcher Pre-Split: What I Don't Like in a WomanAshton Kutcher is a take-me-as-I-am kind of guy.
The Two and a Half Men star, 33, hasn't openly discussed the reasons behind his split from Demi Moore, but he has addressed what turns him away from a relationship.
"I could never be with a woman who felt like she needed to change me," the actor – who reportedly cheated on his wife of six years – tells Men's Health in its December issue.
But that doesn't mean he's opposed to compromise.
"I think it's about working on the relationship and making it better … when it's good," he says in the interview, which he gave before the split. "The goal is not to get into a relationship; the goal is to be in a relationship."
Not to mention keeping that relationship intact.
"I'm relatively scared of failure," he admits. "I just don't see it as something that's inevitable."
Ashton Kutcher & Demi Moore: What Now?Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore may no longer be a Hollywood power couple, but both stars still have obligations in Hollywood.
Although they announced their plans to divorce on Thursday, both actors have professional business to attend to.
Kutcher, 33, is currently flexing his comedic chops – among other things – on his debut season of Two and a Half Men, on which he replaced Charlie Sheen.
The same day news broke of the split, Kutcher was already on-set at the Warner Bros. studio lot in Burbank. Fans attending the taping on Friday tell PEOPLE he was "fine" and "very professional" in character as Walden, a recently divorced bachelor written into the script when Sheen left the hit series.
A group of fans who have attended tapings in the past described Ashton as "business as usual."
"It was a great show. He was his usual self," the fans tell PEOPLE. "He seemed in good spirits."
Adds a group of female fans: "He seemed totally normal."
Kutcher didn't mention anything about his personal life or seem tired and upset as he stayed after the taping to greet fans, take photos and sign autographs, as per usual. In fact, one attendee tells PEOPLE he didn't know about the divorce news and wouldn't have guessed it based on the actor's behavior at the taping.
Kutcher will also be making his return to the big screen Dec. 9 in the ensemble romantic-comedy New Year's Eve, a follow-up to last year's Valentine's Day. His last film No Strings Attached, which costarred Natalie Portman was received with mixed reviews.
"Full Force Ahead"
Moore, 49, just completed LOL, a star-studded comedy with Miley Cyrus and Ashley Greene set to arrive in theaters in 2012, according to the Internet Movie Database. Her upcoming drama Another Happy Day comes out Dec. 8, and last month, she stepped out without Kutcher for the premiere of the limited-released (and critically praised) Margin Call.
"She's moving full force ahead in terms of work," a source tells PEOPLE.
Moore also recently tried her hand behind the camera to direct a short film about breast cancer for Lifetime's Five anthology.
"As a woman, a mother and a wife, there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred," Moore previously said in a statement about her decision to divorce Kutcher after six years of marriage. Of their split, Kutcher added, "Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world and unfortunately sometimes they fail."
Did an open marriage kill Demi and Ashton's union?Following Demi Moore's announcement that she's divorcing Ashton Kutcher, reports have surfaced that the two had an open marriage. Allegedly, the strain of letting others into their respective bedrooms exerted too much pressure on the relationship.
Star magazine reported that Kutcher and Moore's alleged open relationship made both of them happy for years.
"Everyone in Hollywood knows about their arrangement, but they’ve managed to keep it a secret from the general public," a source told the magazine. "Demi is attracted to women just as much as men ... She was cool with Ashton having flirtatious relationships too. Somehow they made it work all these years. Both of them were respectful of each other. It was a lot of fun for them."
But the magazine said things began to change when Ashton's conquests leaked into the press last year. First, 22-year-old brunette Brittney Jones claimed that she had a fling with the "Two and a Half Men" star after meeting him at a bowling alley. Jones claimed that Kutcher was with Moore at the alley, but slipped her a napkin with his phone number on it. She claimed that she had sex with Kutcher on the couple's couch while Moore was out of town. Jones also alleged that the May-December couple sometimes engaged in threesomes.
Jones still holds that she was telling the truth about her relationship with Kutcher. She spoke to TMZ today, saying, "Although divorce is sad, I do feel somewhat vindicated. For so long people have thought that I was dishonest or just making up my passionate nights with Ashton ... Ashton told me that both he and Demi had an 'open relationship' and that he was not in fact cheating ... Hopefully people will believe my side of the story."
Last month, 22-year-old blonde Sara Leal claimed that she had unprotected sex with Kutcher in a San Diego hotel after jumping into a hot tub with him naked. "He was good. We weren’t like making love, but it wasn’t weird or perverted," she said. The alleged tryst took place on Kutcher and Moore's sixth wedding anniversary.
After the Leal story broke, it appeared that Kutcher and Moore were trying to work things out. In mid-October, the two went on a camping trip at Cachuma Lake in Santa Barbara, Calif., with Kabbalah guru Yehuda Berg, presumably to reconnect and get some counseling. Moore even visited Kutcher on the set of "Two and a Half Men" a few weeks later.
But yesterday, Moore announced that she would be seeking a divorce after all. "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton," she said in a statement. "As a woman, a mother and a wife, there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life."
Ashton followed up with a comment on Twitter. He said, "I will forever cherish the time I spent with Demi. Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world and unfortunately sometimes they fail."
Kutcher was spotted yesterday hours after the announcement on the set of "Two and a Half Men." The actor's facial hair appeared extremely scruffy and his demeanor forlorn.
"Margin Call" actress Moore, who has appeared extremely gaunt in recent months, is reported to be optimistic. "She said [she] was going to change for the better," a source told Us Weekly. "And that it was time for her to focus on herself again and her girls."
It's unclear whether she will change her Twitter handle from "@mrskutcher."
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher's Fighting Was 'Intense,' Says SourceDemi Moore and Ashton Kutcher announced their split on Thursday, but tensions have been building for some time.
"Ashton is unhappy; [Demi]'s unhappy," a source tells PEOPLE. "It just got to a point where they had to end it."
Despite longtime problems, the exes did try to work on their relationship. Unfortunately, their issues – which went beyond Kutcher's alleged infidelities – couldn't be resolved.
"The fighting could get pretty intense," an additional source says of Kutcher, 33, and Moore, 49. "Whatever counseling they did was fine for a quick fix but could not get to the heart of the problem."
For much more on Demi and Ashton's split, pick up the next issue of PEOPLE magazine.
Ashton Kutcher Talks Love Woes Pre-Split: "Don't Wait for a Problem to Work on Things"First Kim Kardashian, now Ashton Kutcher.
We're not sure if there's a curse afoot with magazine coverfolk, but yet another impeccably ill-timed interview has surfaced, this time with the Two and a Half Men star taking the cover of Men's Health—and discussing love and relationships—in the wake of the combustion of his marriage to Demi Moore.
So what parting words of wisdom did he offer up?
"I think it's all about working on the relationship and making it better...when it's good," the coverboy told the mag's sister publication, Women's Health.
"Don't wait for a problem to work on things. The goal is not to get into a relationship; the goal is to be in a relationship."
And Ashton's personal goal? Not just to be a good partner, but apparently, an attentive one.
"I would just like a woman someday, somewhere, at some point in my life to say to me, 'You're a great listener,'" he said. "Haven't heard it yet, and that's a superior compliment to get from a woman. But I'm going to work on it."
Wonder if his listening abilities constituted one of those irreconcilable differences? Time (and the inevitable divorce papers) will tell.
And while Kutcher was very much with Moore at the time of the interview—albeit embroiled in the mother of all tabloid scandals—he nevertheless managed to sneak in some details about what he might be looking for (and what might have led to his marriage's petering out) when he's next ready to couple up.
When asked by the magazine to fill in the blank on the following sentence, "I could never be with a woman who..." he replied:
"Wow, that's tough. I could never be with a woman who felt like she needed to change me."
While neither side has offered up details as to the cause of their split (not that they need to), for her part, Demi has also seemed to at least hint that there were also a few relationship deal-breakers in her eyes, too.
"As a woman, a mother and a wife, there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life," she said in her divorce announcement yesterday.
Meanwhile, it wasn't only to Women's Health that Ashton did some talking, as he also briefly opened up to Men's Health.
While he wasn't speaking specifically of his relationship to Demi, his sentiments certainly seem like they could be applied here, too.
"I'm relatively scared of failure," he told the mag. "But I just don't see it as something that's inevitable."
Unfortunately, in this case, it was.
Ashton Kutcher's Alleged Mistress Brittney Jones -- Now Do You Believe Me?!!?!Ashton Kutcher's alleged mistress -- the FIRST alleged mistress -- claims she feels "vindicated" by Demi Moore's divorce statement ... telling TMZ she hopes people will finally believe her story about sleeping with Ashton.
TMZ spoke with Brittney Jones -- who claimed she got busy with Kutcher in 2010 after meeting the guy at a bowling alley. Jones' credibility was called into question when she capitalized on her sudden fame by releasing a sex tape .... which did NOT feature Ashton.
Ashton's lawyer released a statement at the time Brittney was in the headlines, insinuating her story was a lie ... but not entirely denying
Now, Jones tells TMZ ... "Although divorce is often sad I do feel somewhat vindicated."
She adds, "For so long people have thought that I was dishonest or just making up my passionate nights with Ashton, when in fact I was being used."
"Ashton told me that both he and Demi had an 'open relationship' and that he was not in fact cheating. Now I can tell all the facts about how Ashton really was, and hopefully people will believe my side of the story."
Still, Jones says, "I feel for Demi very much and wish her nothing but the best during this hard time."
Who Is Worth More: Ashton Kutcher or Demi Moore?Two and a Half is not just a number in Ashton Kutcher's successful TV show, but it's how many more zeros he has in his bank account than soon-to-be ex-wife Demi Moore.
Here's how an expert from Forbes breaks down the finances of the divorcing duo exclusively to E! News...
"As painful as this is to say, Ashton has great earning potential from here on out, and Demi Moore does not," says Dorothy Pomerantz, the magazine's L.A. bureau chief. "Because of Two and a Half Men, he is earning close to $700,000 an episode, and if his show goes into syndication he will earn more from that. Having a hit show gives you amazing earning potential."
Forbes estimates that Kutcher has made roughly $7 million so far this year from Two and a Half Men, plus another $2 million from his movies, another $1 million from his restaurants and another $1 million from residuals of That '70s Show reruns.
Pomerantz says Ashton's investments in tech companies haven't given him significant earnings yet, but have potential for big returns down the line.
The future may be looking bright financially for Ashton, but it could only be getting worse for Demi.
"Maybe we are going to see her build back up her portfolio, but it's hard for women at her age [Moore turned 49 a week ago], there's just no way around that," said Pomerantz. "That's a scarlet letter on your forehead. She's too pretty to play the older mom roles."
Per Forbes estimates, Moore still gets residuals from her movies, and her lucrative endorsement deal with Ann Taylor brings in an estimated $2 million-$3 million per year, putting her somewhere close to $5 million for the year.
Kutcher meanwhile has never made Forbes' Celebrity 100, but he has a good chance of making it next year.
"With the Celebrity 100 we look at earnings and fame," said Pomerantz. "The lowest earners on our list earn about $9 million a year, but they have to have a significant amount of fame too. We do the list in May, but Ashton wasn't on Two and a Half Men at that point, so that's $7 million that he didn't have."
A yearly income of $12 million-$13 million would put Kutcher on the Forbes Top 100 Celebrity list next to individuals like Tina Fey, who earned $13 million in 2010, and Kate Moss and Eva Longoria, who each earned $14 million.
CBS boss predicts long run for "Two and a Half Men""Rancor in Washington is good" for the networks, and the election year of 2012 "is going to be a banner year for us."
So said CBS chief Les Moonves during a one-in-one interview event at the Beverly Hilton Thursday.
Interviewed by TV writer Brian Lowry, Moonves, said he sees no downturn in the current advertising economy and only sees good things ahead as CBS and its rivals get ready to feed on election-year advertising.
"We're not seeing what we were seeing three or four years ago when people were pulling back," he said.
Moonves also noted the $250 million CBS will receive in broadcast retransmission fees this year.
"Those fees will be going up, and they should have gone up a long time ago," he said.
Moonves was also asked about the turmoil surrounding hit sitcom "Two and a Half Men" and it's ex-star earlier this year.
"When you've been around as long as I have, you learn one thing: s--- happens," he said.
Moonves said the network is pleased with the new iteration of "Men" with Ashton Kutcher: "This show could last with the current numbers it has for many, many years."
As he was speaking, word was circulating of the dissolution of Kutcher's marriage with Demi Moore.
Ashton Kutcher -- Hours After Divorce Announcement ... The Show Must Go On(Photo) How did Ashton Kutcher handle Demi Moore's divorce announcement? By knocking out another episode of "Two and a Half Men."
Just a few hours after news broke Demi wants out of their marriage ... Ashton walked out of his trailer looking kinda stunned with his cell phone in hand.
Can't imagine why.
CBS head scolds Kutcher over Penn State tweetAshton Kutcher knows what a tough day is like. Demi Moore announced that she's ending their marriage, and Kutcher earned a slap from his top CBS boss for a controversial Twitter posting.
During a Q-and-A session Thursday at a TV industry meeting, CBS Corp. Chief Leslie Moonves said he's pleased with the ratings for revamped "Two and a Half Men" and with new star Kutcher — "aside from his comments about Penn State," Moonves added.
Last week, Kutcher condemned the firing of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and then recanted the Twitter posting after it drew a flurry of criticism. The actor said he'd been unaware of the child sex-abuse scandal engulfing the university.
On Thursday, the 49-year-old Moore announced she was splitting from Kutcher, 33, the subject of rumors of alleged infidelity. The couple wed in 2005.
Demi Moore Divorcing Ashton Kutcher; He Responds on TwitterThe woman known on Twitter as @mrskutcher won't be Mrs. Kutcher for long.
Demi Moore announced Thursday that she has decided to divorce Ashton Kutcher after six years of marriage, confirming weeks of rumors.
"It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton," Moore, 49, said in a statement obtained by Us Weekly. "As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life."
"This is a trying time for me and my family, and so I would ask for the same compassion and privacy that you would give to anyone going through a similar situation."
Kutcher, 33, tweeted his own statement regarding their split soon after. "I will forever cherish the time I spent with Demi," he wrote. "Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world and unfortunately sometimes they fail. Love and Light, AK."
News of their split comes weeks after Us Weekly reported that Kutcher had a one-night stand with a 22-year-old named Sara Leal back in September — on the day of his and Moore's sixth wedding anniversary. Reports of trouble between the couple surfaced quickly (Star Magazine reported that the two had been living apart for months), but Kutcher took to Twitter a week after his alleged affair urging people not to assume anything.
The Two and a Half Men star then posted a video online last month saying "people can bastardize the truth," seemingly referencing rumors of their impending split. "There is no gatekeeper of the truth ... people can bastardize the truth in any way, shape or form that they want and spread that around the world," he said in the video. "We really have to take it upon ourselves to instill a level of honesty in the works in the media that we create and share with one another and be certain that we are doing our own diligence that what we are saying is for the benefit of another."
Moore and Kutcher married in 2005 after dating for two years.
This was the first marriage for Kutcher and the third for Moore. She was previously married to musician Freddy Moore from 1980 to 1985, and to actor Bruce Willis from 1987 to 2000. Moore and Willis have three children together: Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah.
Demi Moore "Around All the Time" at Two and a Half Men, Says Ashton Kutcher CostarNo matter what Ashton Kutcher has been going through at home, he never let it get in the way of work.
As we know now, Demi Moore has announced she is divorcing Kutcher after six years of marriage.
"He doesn't talk about his personal life," Judy Greer, who plays his ex-girlfriend on Two and a Half Men, told me the other day while promoting her new movie, The Descendants.
"All I can say is that [Moore] was around all the time and I like her," Greer said, adding, "Ashton is super fun and happy and people love him. He's great on set. He's great to everybody. He's kind of a breath of fresh air."
Kutcher frequently appears shirtless on the show. "It's not awful on set when he's shirtless, you know," Greer smiled. "He had his shirt off the other day at work and he said, 'I need to workout' and I was like, Seriously?"
Working with hot men seems to be a running theme for Greer. In the Oscar-buzzing Descendants, she gets kissed by George Clooney. Director Alexander Payne doesn't usually do a lot of takes, "but for this kissing scene for some reason he shot the s--t out of it.
"The only thing I thought of was maybe this was George's practical joke on me," Greer said. "Like maybe this was the prank I was waiting for all the time. But then I thought, no, it would cost too much money to shoot so much."
And then there's her work opposite Gerard Butler in the upcoming Playing the Field.
"All night long," Greer said when I asked if she got to kiss him, too. "I attack him...I jumped on him like a monkey."
Will Demi Moore Change Her MrsKutcher Twitter Name?It won't be hard for her to do – just go into "settings" and type in the new information – and Demi Moore will no longer be Ashton Kutcher's wife on Twitter. And she can keep her followers.
So far, the actress has not changed her MrsKutcher handle following her announcement she's divorcing the Two and a Half Men star.
Perhaps that's because this is a bigger emotional step than just making few key strokes.
Moore, 49, and Kutcher, 33, are among Hollywood's Twitterati, expressing – and defending – their love in 140 characters or less to their millions of followers.
Less than two years ago, in fact, all seemed well in their Twitter-verse.
"you are the best. the sweetest and I am crazy about you mr kutcher!" Moore Tweeted to her husband – he's aplusk on Twitter – in March 2010.
And even when reports of infidelity by Kutcher first started swirling in September 2010, the couple put up a united front, with Moore posting this TwitPic of them cuddling.
But a year later, when a new round of reports circulated of a second affair by Kutcher, Moore's tone changed.
Last September, she posted a photo of a broken heart with this message: "2day can U feel some1 else's heart pain needs desires as U can feel your own? At the core we're all reaching 4 the same."
Kutcher answered the allegations with this post: "When you ASSUME to know that which you know nothing of you make an ASS out of U and ME"
But on Thursday, after Moore announced that their marriage was ending, he took to Twitter and linked to a Chime.In message.
"I will forever cherish the time I spent with Demi," he wrote. "Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world and unfortunately sometimes they fail. Love and Light, AK."
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher: Anatomy of a SplitAshton Kutcher and Demi Moore are no more.
And no matter how many red flags and warning signs we spotted on the way to this point, it doesn't make the end any less sad.
So as we mourn the end of Dashton, here's a look back at the way they were—and how they came to be.
2003: Demi was 41; Ashton was 25. Never minding the gap, the seemingly odd couple hit it off big-time when they meet—not at a dinner party thrown by Diddy, as was widely rumored—at a play in NYC. Demi later told Harper's Bazaar she was wearing her "dress that gets results" on that "life-changing evening."
February 2005: The couple slip off to Cabo San Lucas for a romantic getaway, but deny rumors that they came back engaged, let alone married.
Sept. 24, 2005: After two years of dating, the happy couple tie the knot in a Kabbalah ceremony in front of Demi's daughters, Bruce Willis and Wilmer Valderrama and 95 others at their Beverly Hills home. Demi wore Lanvin, while Ashton wore a Brooks Brothers suit and a trucker hat. Kidding! He wore a fedora.
August 2006: Ashton tells Parade that he and the missus had one fight during their first three months of dating—and nothing since. "We deal with issues before they become arguments," he says.
November 2006: Demi reveals that she, Ashton, her three kids with her ex-husband and her ex-husband are one big happy family. "We spend all our holidays together," she tells Access Hollywood. "You have to work towards getting over what might have been awkward, or uncomfortable."
January 2007: Demi tells Vanity Fair she "most definitely" wants kids with Ashton. "At the risk of sounding really cliché, he's really an old soul," she says of her hubby.
2009: Ashton and Demi start tweeting personal stuff and the digital world is never the same.
March 21, 2009: Demi and Ashton look on as Bruce Willis swaps vows with Emma Hemming in Turks and Caicos.
April 2010: Demi tells Elle U.K. that she and Ashton liked the idea of having kids. "It would be another incredible part of our journey together," she said.
Sept. 1, 2010: Kutcher is tweetin' mad when Star labels him a cheater, warning the tabloid, " you don't get to stand behind 'freedom of the press' when you are writing fiction." His alleged crime? Canoodling with an anonymous blonde outside the bathroom of a West Hollywood restaurant.
Sept. 24, 2010: Moore and Kutcher snuggle up in bed and watch Breaking Bad on their fifth anniversary. We know because they tweeted a pic.
Oct. 11, 2010: Ashton reveals that they're in Israel to "forge bonds with our similarities & find compromise in our differences."
Dec. 3, 2010: Vivid Entertainment markets a sex tape featuring Brittney Jones, whose claim to fame is that she told Star that she had a fling with Ashton while Demi was out of town. Ashton denied all.
Feb. 5, 2011: Ashton and Demi hit up a host of pre-Super Bowl bashes in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.
April 2011: The couple's Real Men Don't Buy Girls campaign for their DNA Foundation, which they formed to put an end to sex trafficking, is the subject of controversy when not everyone appreciates the humor in their PSAs.
May 2011: Ashton lands the plum role of Charlie Sheen's replacement on Two and a Half Men and becomes the highest-paid sitcom star on TV. Just like that.
October 2011: The most pernicious cheating rumor yet rears its head and Ashton's latest alleged flame, 22-year-old Sara Leal, makes the cover of Us Weekly with her insider account of the night she supposedly spent with the actor in September.
Oct. 7, 2011: Ashton and Demi go to Yom Kippur services at the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles and then head off that weekend for camping on Cachuma Lake in California's Santa Ynez Valley.
Oct. 14, 2011: A moving truck is spotted near their home, prompting move-out speculation, but a source later confirmed that the photo agency that snapped a pic got it wrong when it said the truck was at their home.
Oct. 21, 2011: Ashton, not wearing a ring, slams the media in a video posted on Chime.In for not operating with a certain "level of honesty."
Nov. 12, 2011: Ashton whisks Demi away to Bruce Willis' vacation home on Turks and Caicos for a reconciliatory weekend—and to celebrate her 49th birthday. "It was very apparent they weren't getting along," a source tells E! News. "It was weird all weekend."
Nov. 17, 2011: Demi announces that she is divorcing Ashton after six years of marriage "with great sadness and a heavy heart." Ashton tweets: "I will forever cherish the time I spent with Demi."
Demi, meanwhile, needs a new Twitter handle.
A source tells E! News that the Sara Leal scandal truly was the final straw for Demi. "She found out about the whole thing when everyone else did and she was devastated," says the source. "He initially lied about the girl. She felt like she just couldn't trust him."
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher SplitIt's the end of the road for Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher.
"It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton," says Moore in a statement. "As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life."
She adds: "This is a trying time for me and my family, and so I would ask for the same compassion and privacy that you would give to anyone going through a similar situation."
The split follows reports that 22-year-old Sara Leal alleged a one-night stand with Kutcher on the day of his sixth wedding anniversary with Moore in September.
In the weeks since, Moore, 49, and Kutcher, 33, appeared to be working on their relationship, showing up together for Yom Kippur services and were spotted building a campfire at a lake near Santa Barbara, Calif., alongside their Kabbalah instructor.
The two stars weathered a previous cheating scandal one year earlier, when Brittney Jones, 22, claimed she had sex with Kutcher in July 2010. At the time, they took a trip to Israel for what the actor described as a spiritual journey.
Those who know the couple say the union had been under strain for some time, and spending more time apart.
"Demi loves Ashton as much as she hates public humiliation," a source close to the couple told PEOPLE when Leal's allegations first surfaced. "The marriage isn't good right now."