‘Poltergeist’ stars talk remake; Mariah Carey says no to Brett Ratner

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Wanna hear something really scary? Sam Rockwell wears bright red underwear during sex scenes.

Yes, folks, you heard it from the horse’s mouth. That’d be his Poltergeist costar, Rosemarie DeWitt. The two actors are heading up the remake of the 1982 horror flick, in theaters. They play husband and wife, taking up where Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams left off so many years ago in the haunted-house classic that made us see television static in a different light.

“We love the original and were inspired by it,” said DeWitt from the Mandarin Oriental Miami Hotel Thursday afternoon. “It was a little daunting to tackle their great performances and honor them and stay true, but we accepted the challenge.”

When asked if any strange happenings occurred on the set — we were actually referring to paranormal activity — DeWitt referenced the aforementioned undergarments.

“We had this intimate scene,” DeWitt recalled, “and all of a sudden, I look down and there are these tight boxer-brief type things. That was really the only weird and unexpected thing for me.”

Rockwell had no comment about his wardrobe choice. But hey, at least he wasn’t nude.

Collectively, the two costars have been in a ton of movies, but the horror-house/ghost genre is a little new.

“It’s really melodrama,” said Rockwell, who hit the big time in 2002 as the star of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, about Gong Show creator Chuck Barris. “So it’s fun for us actors.”

Added DeWitt, who is probably best known as Anne Hathaway’s sister bride in 2008’s Rachel Getting Married: “Everyone in the cast has their big freakout moment — but at different times —so you take turns,” she said, adding, “It’s a great date movie. You can jump into someone’s lap.”


Fans of CBS hit The Big Bang Theory were super jazzed to see one of the stars in the flesh Thursday evening at David Posnack JCC’s Orlove Auditorium in Davie. Mayim Bialik was there for a Q&A organized by Temple Beth Israel of Sunrise.

Bialik, aka geek neurobiologist Amy Fowler, spoke to an almost sold-out audience about how her Jewish values have kept her sane and grounded in Hollywood (the same goes for other religions as well, she added) as well as her journey to nabbing a PhD in Neuroscience from UCLA.

Rabbi Hector Epelbaum, spiritual leader of Temple Beth Israel, spoke highly of Bialik, formerly known for her title role in the early-1990s sitcom Blossom.

“In light of so much negativity and poor role models in Hollywood,” he praised her for being just the opposite.


Sorry not happening, folks: Mariah Carey put the kibosh on relationship rumors with Brett Ratner. And kind of bashed him in the process. “Because we’ve never been together intimately, in the biblical sense, that’s why we still get along with each other,” the crooner told E! News. “Because Brett Ratner has been with everybody in Hollywood ... no? almost?”


VIP attendees came together at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Thursday evening at a fundraiser for Operation Underground Railroad, a nonprofit dedicated to combating child sex slavery and launching missions to save victims. Many of the attendees of the gala were in stellar form — literally: former Marlins player Plácido Polanco; Miami Heat pro trainer Ed Downs; and NBA great Alonzo Mourning.