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Jessica Simpson claims she turned down Rachel McAdams’ role in The Notebook because of the sex scene



Jessica Simpson has claimed she turned down the lead role in the 2004 film The Notebook because there was a sex scene in the script.

The singer and actor made the revelation in her new memoir, Open Book, explaining she rejected the opportunity to play Allie, who was eventually portrayed by Rachel McAdams.

“I knew exactly what the movie was about because I had read the script,” she writes, adding she decided not to accept the part “because they wouldn’t budge on taking out the sex scene”.


She added: “And it would have been with Ryan Gosling, of all people.”

Simpson revealed Gosling was her first crush in the 1990s, when they auditioned for The Mickey Mouse Club together.

The Notebook, which told the story of a couple who fall in love in the 1940s, went on to become one of the most popular romantic dramas of the 2000s.

Elsewhere in her memoir, Simpson wrote that she was sexually abused as a child, and that it led to a dependence on drugs and alcohol as an adult.

“It would start with tickling my back and then go into things that were extremely uncomfortable,” she writes, in an extract published by People Magazine.

“For six years, I was abused by this girl during our family’s visits.”



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The Secret to Adam Ottavino’s Calm: A Little Black Notebook


“Writing it down matters for me,” he said. “It’s like a reinforcement.”

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Ottavino does this exercise daily, using two pages of the notebook. On the right side, Ottavino details everything he did to care for his body and arm that day, from physical therapy to acupuncture, to keep his routine consistent. And if he pitches, he updates how much he threw and what he did after the game.

The left side of the journal is key for Ottavino, because it is where he works to maintain the mind-set he has worked diligently to achieve. At the bottom of the page, he writes down physical cues, such as “have a short circle,” a reminder to combat the tendency of his arm’s path to get too long, or “quiet body, fast hand,” to help simplify his delivery.

At the top of the left page, however, Ottavino applies all the mental training he has learned in his 14 years of professional baseball. He usually writes this part during the early stages of a game so it will still be fresh if he is called upon in the later innings.

“It’s always important every day to remind myself of the thoughts I want to have when I’m pitching,” he said.

Being overly analytical has hindered Ottavino in the past. He described himself as “confident but paranoid” on the mound. “I feel like I fire off a lot of thoughts off per minute or per second,” said Ottavino, who was majoring in history at Northeastern University when he was drafted.

With the Cardinals, Ottavino worked with several mental skill coaches to help calm his mind. Even now, he said, it can still be difficult to push aside thoughts about the consequences of mistakes, like “if I give up a hit here, it’s two runs.”

“They try to tell you get to that spot of in the zone where you’re having no thoughts,” he said. “But I’ve never found that to work. I can’t get to that.”



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Hall of Fame Notebook: Called Shots, Clubhouse Naps and Derek Jeter Chants


CLASSY MOVE BY EDGAR MARTINEZ to acknowledge the Mariners’ public relations team in his speech. Tim Hevly and his staff worked for years to make the case for Martinez, who hit .312 with a .418 on-base percentage and a .515 slugging percentage. No other player in the expansion era (since 1961) can match all three figures, with a minimum of 3,000 plate appearances.

Martinez also saluted his former manager, Lou Piniella, who was nearly elected to the Hall by the veterans committee last winter. “Missed by one vote,” Piniella said last month, at the Yankees’ old-timers day. “It was disappointing, but it’s out of my control. I felt like my accomplishments were there.”

THE PRESENCE OF BERNIE WILLIAMS, who played jazz guitar at Sunday’s ceremony, reinforced the idea that New York bias in Hall of Fame voting is a myth. Consider all the famous New York players who do not have a plaque at the Hall: David Cone, Keith Hernandez, Ron Guidry, Roger Maris, Don Mattingly, Thurman Munson, Williams. All of them won major awards and/or multiple championships, yet none received votes from even half the writers, with 75 percent required for election.

GREG MADDUX’S RATE STATISTICS were remarkably similar to Roy Halladay’s. Maddux averaged 8.5 hits per nine innings, 1.8 walks per nine and 6.1 strikeouts per nine. Halladay’s averages: 8.7, 1.9 and 6.9. Did Maddux notice the similarities?

“I did,” said Maddux, whose 355 victories are the most of any living pitcher. “I saw a better breaking ball; he probably used his breaking ball a lot better than I did. But he was a good competitor, mentally very strong, and one of those guys — he looked like he wanted to win worse than the other pitcher.”

JEFF IDELSON, who retired as the Hall of Fame president this year, gave a fun speech at a separate awards ceremony on Saturday. He mentioned that Brooks Robinson, as a boy in Little Rock, Ark., had worked a paper route that wound past Bill Dickey’s house. Robinson told Idelson that he always put a little extra zip on his toss to the Dickey home. Idelson has moved on to a new venture, Grassroots Baseball, that will promote the amateur game around the world.



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