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Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan didn't rush into '50 Shades' sex playroom

Dakota Johnson didn't really know what she was getting into — at least when it came to the "50 Shades of Grey" BDSM playroom known as the Red Room.

"I didn't go to the sex dungeon," the 25-year-old, who plays Anastasia Steele in the upcoming movie, tells Glamour. "I wanted to keep myself distanced from it at first because I wanted Ana's reaction to certain things to be completely honest and real, like new."

She was kept away from the set for 2½ months. Didn't even see pictures of it. 

"When I opened the door the first time, it was a whole other world," Johnson said. "There were floggers, riding crops and a whipping bench made to the exact shape and height of my body. Which was pretty cool."

The nitty-gritties of bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism were perhaps a bit less "cool" for new dad Jamie Dornan, who plays Christan Grey in the film based on author E.L. James' hit trilogy.

"Some of the Red Room stuff was uncomfortable," he tells the magazine. "There were times when Dakota...

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AnnaLynne McCord and Rick Fox dating? She doesn't believe that story

Rick Fox had a new woman on his arm at a Super Bowl pre-party on Thursday night: AnnaLynne McCord.

Or did he? She cast major doubt on that "new couple" report even as it was going wide -- including coverage on this blog, which originally had the headline, "Rick Fox, AnnaLynne McCord step out as a couple at pre-Super Bowl party."

The retired Los Angeles Laker, 45, and the "90210" and "Dallas" actress, 27, didn't show up together Thursday at Scottsdale, Ariz.'s W Hotel for the Hennessy V.S Super Bowl lounge, but when she got there, sources told People, they were reportedly acting like a couple and she was calling him her "boyfriend."

"They were really cute, holding hands, and even while fans asked Rick to take pics he held her hand while he took pics with them," a source told the magazine.

However, McCord was joking about the report Friday in an interview with Boston Herald Radio, as Gossip Cop reported Saturday.

When the host mentioned People's report and asked what was up with her and...

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Shakira and Gerard Pique welcome a second baby boy

Shakira has a new little voice in her life: The singer and her boyfriend Gerard Pique have welcomed a second baby son.

Sasha Piqué Mebarak was born just before 10 p.m. local time in Barcelona, the couple announced Friday on her official website.

"The name Sasha is of Greek and Russian descent and means 'defender of mankind' and 'warrior,'" they explained. Oh yeah, Shakira's last name is Mebarak!

Mama and baby are in excellent health, according to word from the hospital.

Sasha's big bro, Milan, has a similarly meaningful moniker. When he was born in January 2013, his parents explained the name means "dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification."

The two-time coach of "The Voice" is Colombian; Pique, who plays soccer for FC Barcelona and Spain's national team, is Spanish. The couple is based out of Barcelona because of his career, she's said.

She announced her second pregnancy in late August.

The couple, who started dating in...

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Katy Perry channels Marshawn Lynch at her Super Bowl news conference

The usually irrepressible Katy Perry ducked a query at her Super Bowl news conference about which guy she might be crushing on this coming weekend.

"I'm just here so I won't get fined," the 30-year-old star of Sunday's halftime show.

With no basis in fact, we'll take that to mean she's stealth-crushing on the Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch, 28, who on Tuesday gave that same answer for five minutes straight at another big-game news conference. The rebellious and sometimes reticent running back, of course, was famously nailed with a six-figure fine during the regular season for violating the NFL's media policy by refusing to talk to reporters.

The "I Kissed a Girl" singer's answer was clearly a deadpan joke -- and thankfully a much funnier one than her attempt to riff off Deflategate. (Watch the video. The "deflated" moment is painful.) But she told reporters that during her specially curated show, she'd be focusing on her strengths: humor and incredible joy.

"I think my songs are...

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Kanye West blames past 'negative' behavior on his own 'terrible twos'

Our little Kanye's growing up!

Kanye West has equated his bad behavior in recent years to his own version of the "terrible twos," which daughter North West is rolling into come June.

"My daughter, she wants to express herself, but she just doesn't have the words for it," he told Ellen DeGeneres in an interview that aired Thursday. "And for me, there's so many things I want to do with film, with clothes, and I just didn't have the words or the resources or the backing or the perception that I could do it, being that I was a rapper."

Um, poor Kanye?

"You guys," he said, addressing the studio audience, "last year, two years ago, whatever, you guys were seeing someone being suffocated by perception." People could see his successes but wouldn't allow him to branch out.

He described a new deal to design for Adidas as "a little bit of oxygen."

Of course, all that healthy information came out after he'd quietly compared himself to the man who stood solo in front of a column of tanks during...

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Sean Penn would marry again, discounts unions with Madonna, Robin Wright

Sean Penn, two-time Oscar winner and love interest of Charlize Theron, has seemingly re-evaluated his relationships with ex-wives Madonna and Robin Wright. Specifically, he's discounted the unions as the actions of a "less informed" man.

The actor-director opened up about the romance with his fellow Oscar winner in Esquire U.K.'s March issue, and "The Gunman" star didn't hold back on his musings -- sometimes ramblings -- to the mag's Alex Blimes. (Much of the profile is a litany of quotes delivered in a stream-of-consciousness style.)

Without a ton of context, Penn rails on the price of fame and of the "tightly wound" American work ethic, and discusses his dicey past, what he learned from going to jail and why he hates the word "humanitarian." But we'll just focus on his romances here.

Lately, the actor has been making headlines for his relationship with Theron, which he brings up frequently in the interview.

The Brat Pack-era alum has been linked to his longtime friend since the end...

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