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Simon Baker coy about rumored end of ‘Mentalist’

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WITH costar Robin Tunney (left) on the set of the long-running TV show.

Is it really the last season of “The Mentalist”? “Am I actually allowed to say what I think?” Simon Baker asked aloud in reply to the question du jour in a recent chat in West Hollywood. “It hasn’t been announced. I’m still shooting. I was shooting last night until 11 o’clock.”

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Award-winning ‘Birdman’ director wary of success

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ALEJANDRO G. Iñarritu (right) directs Naomi Watts and Andrea Riseborough. Behind him is cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. Photos courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

He sang a line from a Barry Manilow song and made irreverent quips. Alejandro G. Iñarritu was introduced as “el Mexicano loco” (Michael Keaton, star of his acclaimed film, “Birdman,” calls him that) so I introduced myself as “el Filipino loco.” Thus began my recent funny chat with the first Mexican to earn an Oscar Best Director nod (for “Babel”), at the New York Palace Hotel.

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‘Fury’ inspires Shia LaBeouf to make peace with Alec Baldwin

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LABEOUF. Has been reconnecting with people he had problems with. Ruben Nepales

“Me and Alec Baldwin just got good,” disclosed Shia LaBeouf to us recently, apparently inspired by the brotherly love, friendship and camaraderie he experienced while cooped up in a tank with Brad Pitt and three other actors on the “Fury” set. Shia and Alec had a widely reported spat during rehearsals for their 2013 Broadway play, “Orphans.” Amid a public exchange of insults between Shia and Alec, the former was replaced by Ben Foster.

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Michael Keaton soars as ‘Birdman,’ recalls being almost naked in Times Square

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THE ACTOR (left) on reading the “Birdman” script: “You never stop to think, I’m actually going to have to take my clothes off and run through (Times Square).” photo: Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.

While Michael Keaton soars in his portrayal of Riggan Thomson, a Hollywood has-been haunted by his iconic superhero character in the terrific “Birdman,” he had one scene that was very down-to-earth.

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Brad Pitt, life after the wedding

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AFTER  going through boot camp, he now has “a deeper understanding and appreciation” of military men. photo by Ruben V. Nepales

The husband of the newly minted Honorary Dame of the British Empire strode into a New York restaurant and immediately apologized for being late.

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