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This news story was published on February 6, 2012.
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From the Los Angeles Times’ Ministry of Gossip blog:

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‘MYSTERIOUS ISLAND’: KRISTIN DAVIS WANTS TO PET JOSH HUTCHERSON

The characters in “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” encounter all manner of unusual animals on the film’s Jules Verne-inspired island, but the only creature actress Kristin Davis wanted to pet Thursday was costar Josh Hutcherson.

The “Sex and the City” star revealed that she was a big fan of Hutcherson’s performance in “The Kids Are All Right” and said she prepared for playing the 19-year-old’s mother by getting tips from Mama Hutcherson herself.

“I talked to Josh’s mom. I said, ‘I always want to pet him,’” Davis told Ministry of Gossip at the film’s L.A. premiere Thursday at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. “She said, ‘You can’t really touch them when they get to this age, ‘cause they feel like you’re making them like a kid.’ … In the movie I had to scold him. But I felt bad because Josh is such a mature young man.”

The family adventure movie, a sequel to 2008’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” takes 17-year-old Sean (Hutcherson) and his stepfather (Dwayne Johnson) to a mystical island in search of Sean’s grandfather (played by Michael Caine).

In preparation for filming underwater scenes, Hutcherson and Johnson got scuba-diving certification.

“I’ve always wanted to get scuba certified, and this was a great excuse, and I didn’t have to pay for it!”: said Hutcherson, who will next be seen in the much-anticipated “The Hunger Games” in March.

Johnson, a.k.a. “The Rock,” may be most recognized for his wrestling career and tough-guy roles in movies like last year’s “Fast Five,” but Hutcherson busted that stereotype.

“He’s fun, he’s charismatic, he’s outgoing. He has a sensitive side,” the actor told reporters. “But he’s also very physical and has the whole action hero side as well.”

Luis Guzmán, who plays the helicopter pilot who takes Sean and his stepfather to the Mysterious Island, said of Johnson, “He is the man. I’d work with Dwayne any day of the week. He certainly made an action hero out of me. I’m just waiting for my action figure to come out.”

“Journey 2” brought Johnson home to Hawaii, where he grew up, a location that costar Vanessa Hudgens took plenty of time to enjoy.

“The adventures I got to have in my downtime — I would take my car and drive around, go to the North Shore, hang out, check out the waves, go on a bunch of dives cause I’m certified,” Hudgens said of filming on Oahu. “I’m such an adventurer, and I love being on the island.”

“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” hits theaters Feb. 10.

—Emily Rome

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NEIGHBORS HAPPY ‘HURRICANE’ LINDSAY LOHAN HAS MOVED FROM VENICE

Lindsay Lohan has moved out of the Venice pad she’s been living in for the last year, and it seems the neighbors couldn’t be more pleased.

“Lohan was like a hurricane, or some other natural disaster tearing through the neighborhood,” one former neighbor told Radar Online.

Ouch. But LiLo didn’t head out on the neighbors’ account. According to TMZ, she was freaked out and felt unsafe after a male stranger knocked on her door on New Year’s Day, and has been at the Chateau Marmont ever since that trespassing incident. The moving vans (yes, plural) that showed up Tuesday and Wednesday were moving her stuff into storage.

“Goodbye to her and all her drama,” another former neighbor told Radar. “Since she moved here it’s been a complete circus with a revolving door of friends in and out of her house and paparazzi camped out permanently. Everyone was so sick of her.”

Lonnie Short, the man who knocked on her door in January and wouldn’t go away until police responded reportedly wanted to talk to the actress about David Cocordan. Lohan was granted a two-year restraining order against Cocordan in June.

Lohan moved into the 3,100-square-foot, four-bedroom joint — located right next door to ex Sam Ronson’s pad — in January of last year.

The Venice rental reportedly ran $7,100 a month, but the $435-a-night Chateau Marmont room may be a freebie — the New York Post said it belongs to a friend who keeps the room but rarely stays there.

Nice friend.

—Christie D’Zurilla

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ROSEANNE BARR IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT AS A GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE

Roseanne Barr has filed the official paperwork necessary to run for the Green Party nomination for president of the United States.

No joke.

“I am running for Green Party nominee for POTUS,” the comedian said Thursday on Twitter. “I am an official candidate. I am4 the Greening of America&the world. Green=peace/justice.”

Barr filed her paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Jan. 25, creating a four-way race for the Green nomination, which will be decided at the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention in July.

“I will run until the convention in July in Baltimore-I fully expect Jill Stein 2b the nominee& I will support her, but til then-I’ll serve,” Barr said amid a slew of other tweets, some of them raunchy, most having to do with her campaign.

Her platform as expressed Thursday on the microblogging site included a promise to institute “#Europeanstyle” single-payer healthcare within the first 100 days of her term, and to forgive all credit card and mortgage debt “by kicking out the FED-those to whom all this fake debt is owed.”

In a campaign-announcement speech delivered in May 2010, Barr put out a more detailed three-step platform: First, make war illegal and legalize hemp (marijuana too). Second, change the demographics of government to include more women. Third, outlaw — how do we say this politely? — outlaw bull. Yes, that’s it. Outlaw bull.

“After the passage of this one law,” she said in the speech, “the Patriarchy will inevitably begin to crumble, as will the concept of War itself, which is largely a large load of,” well, bull.

In a more recent statement posted at the Green Party Watch website, Barr expressed her support for the Occupy Wall Street movement and said, “Both the Democratic and Republican parties are bought and paid for by corporate America and cater to the needs of the highest bidder as opposed to the people they claim to represent. I cannot be bought.”

—Christie D’Zurilla

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