Why Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara are 'meant for each other'

It's shaping up to be a big year for Joaquin Phoenix.

He's earning praise for his performance as a tortured hit man in his latest indie film, "You Were Never Really Here," which hit theaters on April 6. And the three-time Oscar nominee still has three more movies in the pipeline.

But according to a new story in the New York Post, Joaquin isn't exactly enjoying himself: He's a notorious recluse who hates a lot of things — especially attention.

But at least now, the Post points out, he has the perfect, equally introverted partner with whom he can navigate the spotlight he dislikes so much: girlfriend Rooney Mara.

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"They're meant for each other," a friend told the Post, explaining that when the actors have ventured out in public, they've usually been spotted at places like vegan restaurants or a colonics spa.

"Both [are] shy homebodies, both loathe press," the friend added.

Joaquin, 43, and Rooney, 32, reportedly fell for one another in 2016 while shooting the upcoming "Mary Magdalene" (she's the title character, he's Jesus) and were first linked as a couple in early 2017.

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Even though her movie "Lion" was up for some Golden Globes in January 2017, she skipped the award show, Page Six reported at the time, to be with Joaquin. Instead of walking the red carpet, "[they] holed up together in the desert," said a source.

Joaquin and Rooney — who surprised many when they ventured out together to the closing night ceremony of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where he sweetly embraced her when he was named as the festival's best actor for his performance in "You Were Never Really Here" — previously worked together on 2013's "Her" and will also both appear in "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot," which hits theaters in July.

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Since then, they've been side-by-side at promotional screenings and events for their projects, though they try to be as low-key as possible while fulfilling their duties.

A producer told the New York Post that "hiding is just a natural state for [Joaquin]" and that "he's better at being a character than being himself. He really thinks he's boring."

He has a tight circle of friends and, said the friend, "Not a lot of people are going to get him… [and] he's good with that."

A publicity executive who's worked with Joaquin acknowledged how strange his whole persona seems. "Everyone wonders, 'Is he really that sensitive — or does he just want you to think he's weird?'" and notes, "You'll always be confused about him."

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Before he started a relationship with Rooney, Joaquin had a high-profile romance with Liv Tyler, 40, in the '90s and made headlines in 2013 when he was 39 and dated then-19-year-old DJ Allie Teilz, who went on to romance "Game of Thrones" star Alfie Allen in 2017.

Rooney split with director Charlie McDowell — the son of actors Mary Steenburgen and Malcolm McDowell — in 2016 after six years of dating.

show time

Rob Kardashian returning to 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians'

After staying out of the spotlight for several years, Rob Kardashian is coming back to his famous family's reality TV sow.

"My brother's coming back around. He's feeling more confident and comfortable," Khloe Kardashian said on Thursday's "The Morning Mash Up" on SiriusXM. "I think he just, you know, started a whole new season."

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Rob first stepped back from public life in 2014 when he skipped out on sister Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West's Italian wedding and retreated to his home in Los Angeles. He was then only seen publicly in a handful of blurry paparazzi photos. But, in February 2016, Rob showed his face for the first time in more than 18 months. He then got back into the reality TV world with his former fiancee Blac Chyna (the ex-couple's show, "Rob & Chyna," only lasted one season).

In early 2017, Rob, 33, retreated back to his reclusive life after he and Chyna split and had rarely been seen in public. However, he made a cameo on an episode of "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" earlier this year to celebrate daughter Dream Kardashian's birthday.

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At Khloé's birthday party in June, he returned to social media, posting an updated photo of himself and declaring he's "back baby." He also shared a picture with his sister Kourtney Kardashian.

Since then, he attended Tristan Thompson's Fourth of July party and has posted more frequently on Instagram.

Missing pup

Orlando Bloom pleads for help after dog Mighty goes missing

As Orlando Bloom and fiancée Katy Perry await the birth of their first baby, his beloved fur baby has gone missing.

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Orlando took to Instagram on the evening of July 15 to plead with fans and followers to help him find Mighty. "🚨MIGHTY IS MISSING 🚨in Montecito California," Orlando captioned a slideshow of photos of the adorable red teacup poodle, adding that Mighty "is chipped and his collar has a number to call."

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"If you take him to your local vet or shelter or police station he can be traced back to me for a reward please only send REAL INFO my heart is already broken so please don't add insult to injury 🖤," the heartbroken British actor wrote.

The dog is often photographed in Orlando's arms — and is often confused with Nugget, Katy's look-alike red poodle. Orlando adopted Mighty in 2017 during a break in his romance with Katy, to whom he proposed in 2019.

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Many of Orlando's celebrity pals took to the comments of his Instagram post to weigh in on the sad news. "Oh love . Thinking of you," wrote Liv Tyler. "Oh I'm so so sorry, I can't imagine the pain you're going through. Mighty must and will be found!! 🙏🙏🙏❤️," added Helena Christensen.

Trudie Styler commented, "Oh I'm sorry Orly Sending heartfelt love and prayers for his safe return," while Samantha Ronson wrote, "Sending good thoughts to the universe for you 💔❤️💔."

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Mighty accompanies Orlando everywhere — even on motorcycles and bicycle rides. In 2017, the actor shared a photo of himself biking with the poodle nestled in a bag hanging from his chest, captioning it "#mansbestfriend 👊🏻." In 2018, he shared a pic of Mighty inside a carrier slung across his chest as he sat atop a motorbike.

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In February, Orlando took Mighty along to Milan Fashion Week in Italy. He shared a slideshow of photos of the pooch accompanying him all over town and watching the Hugo Boss catwalk presentation.

"Mighty did #mfw like a @boss I just tagged along," he joked in a caption promoting the Hugo Boss show.

sex education

Lucy Hale went to a sex convention to prep for new role

While preparing for her newest role, Lucy Hale learned all about the birds and bees.

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In "A Nice Girl Like You," Lucy's character creates a sex to-do list after being dumped by her boyfriend. In order to portray the character accurately, the former "Pretty Little Liars" star said she went to a sex convention for a few pointers.

"I play a girl named Lucy Neal, which is crazy. It was written as that Lucy Neal, Lucy Hale, I was like, 'This is meant to be,'" she told E!'s Daily Pop on Wednesday. "But, the whole time I was reading it, I was just laughing my butt off. And it made me feel uncomfortable, like really uncomfortable, so I knew that I had to do it."

In fact, she said she was "embarrassed and blushing" upon reading the script, but that didn't dissuade her from wanting to be a part of the film. In real life, the role helped "break me out of my shell," she said.

How so?

"Went to an actual sex convention—it was wild," she plainly stated. "Stuff I've never seen before."

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The 31-year-old said noted she even gained some real life inspiration from the character… and that convention. 

"There were some things in the movie that I had never heard of or done," she said. "So, it did broaden my horizons."

Lucy's newest role comes after her CW show "Katy Keene" was not renewed.

"Sometimes things just don't work out and maybe it was just not the right time for it, I don't know, I'm a little confused," she tearfully said in a July 2 Instagram video. "The show is not coming back and that sucks, but I'll hold my head high and who knows what I'll do next."

Reality girl

Jana Kramer auditioned for 'Housewives' while quarantined

"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" could be going country.

According to Jana Kramer, she and her husband recently auditioned to be on the reality TV show. The country singer made the reveal on her Whine Down podcast while she and her husband, Mike Caussin, spoke with Joe and Melissa Gorga of "Real Housewives of New Jersey."

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"I was going to say something, but I wasn't sure if I could say it," Jana said. "We might have auditioned for a certain Housewives thing, but we haven't heard back yet. At the same time, I would be so afraid that we'd be eaten alive and spit out and then like canceled the next day."

The former "One Tree Hill" actress said she and Mike auditioned during quarantine because they "weren't doing anything else."

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Joe and Melissa encouraged the couple to pursue the opportunity. Jana, though, admitted that being a "Housewife" would be challenging, not just because she'd likely have to move, at least part time, from Nashville to Los Angeles.

"I have not heard anything. I'm sure it's not going further, but it's fun to entertain," Jana said. "I think we'd get eaten up and spit out, I get a lot hated on for the things I say, because I'm very sarcastic. I wouldn't want to filter myself too much. It seems like, once you're in, people are going to love you or hate you and I have a hard time with criticism … I don't know if I can physically handle that."

The couple's audition, which happened via a video call, occurred in late May.

Although she's heard radio silence from Bravo, current "Housewives" star Teddi Mellencamp-Arroyave told Jana the audition "went good."

Bravo typically doesn't comment on casting rumors.

snack time

Post Malone bought this 'gross' snack at convenience store

Post Malone had no issue getting bugged while at a Utah convenience store.

Salt Lake City's KUTV reported that employees at a 7-Eleven got a shock when the rapper suddenly walked into the store during the night shift last week. While the rapper's appearance was one thing, it was his purchase that really caused employees to gasp.

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Lani Roberts, who owns the 7-Eleven, said Post bought a box of seasoned mealworms, something Lani simply described as "gross." Often times, dried mealworms — which is, by definition, insect larva — comes in different flavors and have the consistency of a light potato chip.

While there, Post snapped photos with employees at the store. 

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Post has been seen in the Salt Lake City area multiple times over the past few years, as he owns a home nearby. 

In 2019, he purchased a 12,702 square foot mansion in Cottonwood Heights, a ritzy area of the city not far from many famed ski resorts. TMZ said he paid $3 million for the home, which includes five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a fire pit, basketball court, wine cellar, home gym and hot tub. Post was also said to be putting in a recording studio, an underground bunker and adding 30 bunk beds for his friends.

The affable rapper is so popular in the area that a local sheriff once had to urge locals to let Post relax.

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"Yes, he is here in the county. But, he is just on vacation. No, he is not performing at the high school game tonight or does he have any involvements with the game. He has asked that our office assist in stopping people (mostly kids) who are coming to where he is staying to visit him," the Morgan County Sheriff said in a Facebook post in 2018, prior to Post's mansion purchase. "If you see him out on the town feel free to say hello, he has been very kind and respectful to all who have talked to him. Our office will enforce those who want to trespass on the residence he is staying at, he is just a guy trying to enjoy his vacation. We just wanted to help stop some rumors we have heard!"

The high life

Matt Damon closes down Brooklyn street, uses crane to move into penthouse: Details

Stars just aren't like the rest of us. In 2018, Matt Damon and wife Luciana Barroso purchased a 6,000-square-foot penthouse in the Standish, a Beaux Arts building in New York's Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, for $16.5 million. It was, at the time, Brooklyn's most expensive apartment.

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Now, he and his family are finally moving in. Page Six reported that the Oscar winner closed down an entire street on July 14 so he could begin the process of furnishing and landscaping his home. He brought in a huge crane that reached 14 stories high in order to lift furniture into his new apartment and hoist trees onto his outdoor terrace.

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Many residents were not amused. "He closed off the street all day and parked an enormous big red crane right in the middle of the street," a local told Page Six. "There was no sign of Matt, but he had a huge team of contractors and there were shrubs, decking and huge crates filled with stuff going up in the air to the terrace. We were all waiting for the grand piano to be wheeled out."

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According to the neighbor, locals have a nickname for Matt's building. "We call the building 'the Standoffish' because it is a little bit of Hollywood dumped in the middle of the more low-key Brooklyn Heights," the person told Page Six. "The lobby is all gold and marble, and the units have Austrian white oak flooring and Italian Carrara marble slab countertops."

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According to the local, Hollywood stars Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly live there too. Matt's place sounds pretty spectacular. "[He] has a triplex penthouse on the 11th and 12th floors and the roof. It is the highest building in the neighborhood, so it has unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline, New York Harbor and the bridges," the local said.

Dream home

Jason Aldean and wife Brittany show off newly built mansion: Photos

A month ago, country music star Jason Aldean and wife Brittany moved into their custom-built dream home in Tennessee. And in recent days, the couple have been showing off new images of their forever home.

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On July 12, Jason posted a picture of the front of their house, sharing that their lawn was finally growing in. "Grass on the farm is starting to come in and lookin good! The mowers and tractors we got from @gogreenwayequip are finally getting some use and coming in handy! 🚜. #nothinrunslikea🦌," he captioned the picture of the beautiful property.

On July 15, Brittany shared a photo of a blue crushed velvet bench in what appears to be their entryway. One day earlier, she shared a pic of a gray-and-blue-themed bedroom with an enormous quilted silver-gray fabric headboard, captioning it "☁️ It was all a dream☁️."

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And on July 13, Brittany shared a snapshot with her dogs in their formal living room, which also features a white, blue and metallic theme and enormous chandeliers, plus a pic of their kitchen, which has tall white cabinetry and blue velvet chairs along the island.

In May, Jason told Taste of Country about a couple of the over-the-top amenities he wanted included in their custom build. "My old house had a bowling alley. I put a bowling alley in," he explained, adding, "It had a bar in it and it was just kind of like the man cave that I would go and watch football and stuff like that. That was something I used a ton." He also raved about his new pool. "And then the pool is pretty good too. It's kind of like the Sandals beach resort," he admitted. "We got a little carried away, I'll say that."

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In June, Jason shared dozens of images of his new place — where he lives with Brittany, their kids Memphis and Navy, and his older daughter from his first marriage – on his Instagram Stories. Recent posts have revealed that the property also features a tiki bar, a cedar room to store Jason's hunting gear, an in-ground trampoline, an enormous outdoor fountain and a two-story walk-in closet for Brittany that has a white spiral staircase inside and custom-made shelving to accommodate her boot and shoe collection. On Instagram, she called it her "happy place." There's also a full mother-in-law suite that has its own kitchen and living space.

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Earlier in 2020, Jason opened up about the build, which took about two years to complete, to PopCulture.com. "This is going to be our forever home. We put everything we had into this, and making sure it was something really cool, that we love living in," he explained.

"We actually want our backyard to look like a Corona [beer] commercial," he added. "We got big palm trees going in, in the backyard. We've got tiki bars, a pool; it's going to be stocked. We can actually, probably film one of these Corona commercials in my back yard once it's all fixed up."

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The country star and his family love it. Though he has a summer home in Florida, the Tennessee place is "where we want to be from now on and kind of raise our kids," he told Taste of Country. "It's one of those things where I just said, 'I've worked hard over the years. If we're going to do this, let's build what we want, and not sit here in five years and go, 'Man, I wish he had done this or that.' We made sure we knew exactly what we wanted and when, and started building it."

Twitter attacks

Chrissy Teigen again blasts conspiracy linking her to Jeffrey Epstein

Chrissy Teigen is fed up with the thousands of tweets and trolls who've linked her to Jeffrey Epstein. 

She's also scared.

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On Tuesday, the "Lip Sync Battle" star unloaded on Twitter after a major purge of tweets. One of her haters felt it was suspicious that she deleted "over 28,000 tweets" this week, claiming without evidence that the Sports Illustrated model did so because of the recent arrest of Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell

Chrissy felt the need to defend herself and correct the person.

"I actually deleted 60,000 tweets because I cannot f—ing STAND you idiots anymore and I'm worried for my family," she wrote. "Finding me talking about toddlers and tiaras in 2013 and thinking you're some sort of f—ing operative."

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For months, an unfounded conspiracy theory has claimed that Chrissy's name appeared on Epstein's flight logs, something she has vehemently denied. The conspiracy has picked up steam since Ghislaine's arrest.

Some have argued that Chrissy's aggressive responses to the conspiracy indicate she's hiding something.

"This I don't get. everyone thinking I'm guilty because I'm defensive. You understand you are calling me a pedophile, correct?" she snapped at one user.

In another tweet, she referred to the wannabe Internet sleuths as "LOSERS."

Unfortunately, she feels that the harassment will continue, even if it is proven that she husband John Legend have no connection to the Epstein case. 

"We have nothing to do [with] this," she wrote. "I know for a fact it won't go away. They'll just think of another excuse. It is extremely disheartening. I don't know how to stop this. i don't think anyone quite gets it."

name game

Iggy Azalea appears to have revealed son's name

One month after surprisingly announcing that she has a son, Iggy Azalea is finally revealing the baby boy's name.

Meet Onyx Carter.

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On Tuesday, the rapper posted an audio recording of herself talking to her son. A watermark over the audio, which she posted on Instagram, reads "Amethyst & Onyx." Iggy's real name is Amethyst Amelia Kelly, so fans were quick to figure out that she and Playboi Carti, whose real name Jordan Carter, named their son Onyx.

She captioned the audio recording, "Baby boyyyyyyy."

One person remarked on the post, "Your names go so well together omg." Iggy responded,  "We besties forever."

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Iggy announced on Instagram on June 10 that she had a son, news that came as a shock to many fans.

"I have a son," she wrote in a message to fans. "I kept waiting for the right time to say something but if feels like the more time passes the more I realize I'm always going to feel anxious to share news that giant with the world." 

Of her baby boy, she added, "I want to keep his life private but wanted to make it clear he is not a secret & I love him beyond words." 

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Iggy's newest Instagram post comes amid rumors that she named her son Gilbert. She quickly put an end to that talk.

"I'm okay with y'all joking 'n all but let it be known I didn't name my child that. Lmao," she wrote, according to the Daily Mail.