According to E! Online, James Marsden is getting ready to become a father for the third time — but the mother isn't his estranged wife.
Marsden and Lisa Linde separated in 2011 after 11 years together, and the X-Men actor reportedly began dating an as-yet-unidentified supermodel very soon after the split — and now she's expecting.
A source told E! News, "A girl he dated after he separated from his wife has told him she is four months pregnant. She is very excited to be a mom."
Marsden, who is already a father to son Jack Holden and daughter Mary James, recently appeared as a guest star on TV's 30 Rock and will next be seen in the Kirsten Dunst Bridesmaids-y comedy Bachelorette, out this September.
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On Saturday, Russell Brand went on Twitter to complain about how he would have to cancel his show in Canada later that day because customs officials refused to let him into the country. His tweets included remarks such as, "How do you manipulate customs officials? Wasn't Hitler's father a customs officer? I'm pretty sure he was," and later added, "Tonight's Casino Rama show postponed. I'm sorry. I can't enter Canada. We must abolish the borders between our nations AND our minds." Since this wouldn't be the first time he's had problems with customs (this year Japan refused to let him in due to his criminal record) it was easy enough to believe, but it turns out none of this was true -- he was only pulling a prank on everyone. The real reason he was unable to make it to his show was because of mechanical problems with the plane. Casino Rama spokeswoman, Jenna Hunter, made a statement today to The Canadian Press, saying, "I think he's trying to be witty about the whole thing, but it really was just a plane issue, it wasn't a customs issue at all." Although I wouldn't blame them if there was a customs issue the next time he tried to visit Canada. Now that would be funny. - THR
James Marsden is back to living the single life. His wife, Lisa Linde, has officially filed for divorce from the dreamy actor, citing irreconcilable differences. A rep for Marsden stated, "This was a mutual decision. They are committed to raising their kids together and remain great friends." The couple married in 2000 and have two children together: Jack, 10, and Mary, 6. - US
On a happier note, Elizabeth Hurley and Shane Warne are now engaged. Apparently he popped the question while having dinner at Dunhill in St. Andrews. A rep for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship put out a press release, stating, "Shane Warne has confirmed his engagement to actress Elizabeth Hurley after proposing at the Alfred Links Championship." Shane made it clear though that this was not made a public event and took to Twitter, explaining, "I didn't propose in front of 200 people at dinner. It was done privately and was very romantic -- if I say so myself. Ps left knee is sore!!!" Congratulations to the happy couple! - People
The first and most important thing you should know about Paramount Pictures’ Thor is that it’s not a laughably corny comic book adaptation. Though you might find it hokey to hear a bunch of muscled heroes talk like British royalty while walking around the American Southwest in LARP garb director Kenneth Branagh has condensed vast Marvel mythology to make an accessible straightforward fantasy epic. Like most films of its ilk I’ve got some issues with its internal logic aesthetic and dialogue but the flaws didn’t keep me from having fun with this extra dimensional adventure.
Taking notes from fellow Avenger Iron Man the story begins with an enthralling event that takes place in a remote desert but quickly jumps back in time to tell the prologue which introduces the audience to the shining kingdom of Asgard and its various champions. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) son of Odin is heir to the throne but is an arrogant overeager and ill-tempered rogue whose aggressive antics threaten a shaky truce between his people and the frost giants of Jotunheim one of the universe’s many realms. Odin (played with aristocratic boldness by Anthony Hopkins) enraged by his son’s blatant disregard of his orders to forgo an assault on their enemies after they attempt to reclaim a powerful artifact banishes the boy to a life among the mortals of Earth leaving Asgard defenseless against the treachery of Loki his mischievous “other son” who’s always felt inferior to Thor. Powerless and confused the disgraced Prince finds unlikely allies in a trio of scientists (Natalie Portman Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings) who help him reclaim his former glory and defend our world from total destruction.
Individually the make-up visual effects CGI production design and art direction are all wondrous to behold but when fused together to create larger-than-life set pieces and action sequences the collaborative result is often unharmonious. I’m not knocking the 3D presentation; unlike 2010’s genre counterpart Clash of the Titans the filmmakers had plenty of time to perfect the third dimension and there are only a few moments that make the decision to convert look like it was a bad one. It’s the unavoidable overload of visual trickery that’s to blame for the frost giants’ icy weaponized constructs and other hybrids of the production looking noticeably artificial. Though there’s some imagery to nitpick the same can’t be said of Thor’s thunderous sound design which is amped with enough wattage to power The Avengers’ headquarters for a century.
Chock full of nods to the comics the screenplay is both a strength and weakness for the film. The story is well sequenced giving the audience enough time between action scenes to grasp the characters motivations and the plot but there are tangential narrative threads that disrupt the focus of the film. Chief amongst them is the frost giants’ fore mentioned relic which is given lots of attention in the first act but has little effect on the outcome. In addition I felt that S.H.I.E.L.D. was nearly irrelevant this time around; other than introducing Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye the secret security faction just gets in the way of the movie’s momentum.
While most of the comedy crashes and burns there are a few laughs to be found in the film. Most come from star Hemsworth’s charismatic portrayal of the God of Thunder. He plays up the stranger-in-a-strange-land aspect of the story with his cavalier but charming attitude and by breaking all rules of diner etiquette in a particularly funny scene with the scientists whose respective roles as love interest (Portman) friendly father figure (Skarsgaard) and POV character (Dennings) are ripped right out of a screenwriters handbook.
Though he handles the humorous moments without a problem Hemsworth struggles with some of the more dramatic scenes in the movie; the result of over-acting and too much time spent on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. Luckily he’s surrounded by a stellar supporting cast that fills the void. Most impressive is Tom Hiddleston who gives a truly humanistic performance as the jealous Loki. His arc steeped in Shakespearean tragedy (like Thor’s) drums up genuine sympathy that one rarely has for a comic book movie villain.
My grievances with the technical aspects of the production aside Branagh has succeeded in further exploring the Marvel Universe with a film that works both as a standalone superhero flick and as the next chapter in the story of The Avengers. Thor is very much a comic book film and doesn’t hide from the reputation that its predecessors have given the sub-genre or the tropes that define it. Balanced pretty evenly between “serious” and “silly ” its scope is large enough to please fans well versed in the source material but its tone is light enough to make it a mainstream hit.
Actor Randy Quaid is suing the producers of cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain for $10 million, claiming he was underpaid for his supporting role as rancher Joe Aguirre.
The 55-year-old star filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, alleging producers James Schamus and David Linde, through Focus Features and Del Mar Productions, persuaded him to drop his normal rates by misrepresenting the film as a low-budget film.
The Ang Lee movie, starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as two cowboys who fall in love while ranching, has taken an estimated $158 million at the international box office and secured a Best Director Oscar for Lee earlier this month.
The suit says, "Randy Quaid is an instantly recognizable household name and much-admired actor on the world's stage with a worldwide box office total of nearly $2 billion.
"Defendants were engaging in a 'movie laundering' scheme designed to obtain the services of talent... for a picture that, in reality, had studio backing and would be exploited using traditional studio marketing and distribution techniques."
Brokeback Mountain was made on an estimated budget of $14 million.
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