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Ellen Barkin Buys a House in Cougar Town

She's 57, he's 26, and they're shacking up.

This week, the celebrity blogs are all aflutter about 57-year-old Ellen Barkin and her 26-year-old boyfriend, Sam Levinson. Apparently, the couple has been together for two years, so the press bonanza seems suspiciously timed to coincide with the announcement of Barkin's new HBO project about... wait for it... a saucy cougar. But hey, they brought it up, so let's talk about it, shall we? Barkin has tried marriage twice, from where I'm standing -- once for love and once for money (just a guess). So she's dunzo with the whole marriage mess. Now, she's just kicking back and enjoying life. Do I think, as a few commenters on the Pop Eater site mentioned, that there's something disgusting about the fact that she's coupled up with a man 30 years her junior? No. Do I think the two are probably having a lovely time? Sure.

First, let's get the whole she's-old-and-disgusting thing out of the way: Her body is insane, people. Barkin is crazy well-kept -- when you see her in person (which I have a few times), she gleams like the interior of a luxury automobile. Girlfriend has no dust bunnies under her chassis, I can assure you. Do I think she's gone a bit alien in the face-lift department? Yes. But you know, when in Rome, honey.... Overall, I do not believe a marriage with this huge of an age gap could ever be a success. But I do feel that a romantic relationship between these two has a good chance of being fun and mutually rewarding for at least a few years. I don't for a second think that Levinson is having anything less than the time of his life.

What do you guys think?

-- Holly

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