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By EW Staff
Updated December 14, 2012 at 05:00 AM EST

”I’ve got no shirt on and this real, f—in’ huge fireman ax I’m throwin’ around, and I’m meeting Oscar winner Charlize Theron, who’s tellin’ me about how they hired a fireman stripper for her mom’s birthday one year. I’m listening, but I’m nervous….[”MTV”] told us ahead of time that Elizabeth Banks won. They’re like, ‘Dude, you should f—in’ carry her off.’ I’m like, ‘Okay. God bless her, I hope she goes with it.”’

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner on Jessica Paré’s performance of ”Zou Bisou Bisou” ”I’m telling you, my heart was beating so much. And when she did it, everyone just burst into applause.”

Breaking Dawn — Part 2 scribe Melissa Rosenberg on fan reaction at the premiere ”Every time someone would die, people were just screaming…. And then when they realized what the truth of it was, they screamed all the more.”

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