Angelica Page was born a Torn but she has legally changed her name to honour her mum.
And she tells BlogTalkRadio.com, "As I get older I have more and more in common with my mother and less in common with the Torn side of the family.
"I'm the only daughter of my mother; I have twin brothers. My father has some other children from different marriages, so he's got a big gaggle and I just felt nobody was carrying my mother's name on and there were a lot of Torns.
"It just felt right and it felt like (it was) time (to give her) equal billing."
Page died in 1987, aged 62.
The theatre star has legally registered her surname as Page, after her mother Geraldine Page, insisting she wants to "honour" the screen legend and distance herself from her famous dad.
She tells New York Post gossip column PageSix, "The time has come to now honour my mother by taking her last name from this point on in my life. In the last several months I've come to realise that my father and I just don't see eye to eye on so many things, and I've found I no longer have anything in common with him."
For those of you who like me have in recent years come to regard “chick flick” as a purely pejorative term Bridesmaids directed by Paul Feig (Unaccompanied Minors) and starring Kristen Wiig (MacGruber) is nothing less than miraculous: A broad female-driven comedy that is both sharply observed and genuinely funny capable of inducing howls of laughter from both sexes in equal measure. What's more unlike other offerings from the genre it actually respects its audience’s basic intelligence. How refreshingly novel.
Wiig who also co-wrote the film’s screenplay with Annie Mumolo plays Annie 30-something and stranded. Since losing her business and subsequently her boyfriend to the Great Recession she’s resigned herself to mediocrity slogging through a dead-end job at a jewelry store where she labors vainly to conceal her cynicism from the bright-eyed folks shopping for engagement rings and BFF bracelets and clinging to a dead-end relationship with a handsome but solipsistic creep (Jon Hamm) who very plainly regards her as nothing more than a convenient booty call.
Annie’s lone source of relief from the drudgery and ennui is the close bond she shares with Lillian (Maya Rudolph) her lifelong best friend. When Lillian reveals that she’s gotten engaged and that she’s chosen Annie to be her maid of honor at the wedding Annie’s already shaky emotional footing threatens to give way entirely. Wiig is fairly brilliant here (and indeed throughout the film) subtly and humorously conveying both overt happiness for her friend’s milestone and internal terror over the sudden realization that the music has stopped and she’s the only one without a chair.
Lillian’s engagement sets up the film’s main comic conceit: the rivalry of passive-aggressive one-upsmanship that develops between Annie and blue-blooded Alpha bridesmaid Helen (Rose Byrne) a pretty prissy blue-blood who clearly covets Annie’s maid of honor role. Pressured to prove herself against the would-be usurper Annie leads the bridal party into one disaster after another starting with a Brazilian luncheon that results in a violent case of food poisoning in the middle of their gown-fitting.
As you might gather from the above example some of the film’s comic set-ups verge on the predictable but Wiig a comedienne equally adroit as the brunt of jokes or the source of them keeps things fresh and lively – and funny – throughout. I’d be remiss however if I didn’t recognize the scene-stealing efforts of Melissa McCarthy as Megan the mannish potty-mouthed sexually aggressive sister of the groom the bridal party’s oddest — and ultimately its most grounded — member.
At times Bridesmaids tries a little too hard to be an all-female version of The Hangover Wedding Crashers or any of the other films to which it has been copiously compared. The needless intestinal comedy of the wedding-gown dysentery scene in particular serves as little more than proof that women are just as capable of reaching for easy laughs via telegraphed gross-out jokes as men. (I suspect this as well as the film’s overlong running time stems in part from the creative influence Judd Apatow who produced the film.)
Bridesmaids is at its best when it’s not reaching or forcing matters but rather when it puts its trust in its talented cast. The relationship that blossoms in fits and starts between Annie and Rhodes an Irish-American traffic cop played by Chris O’Dowd is heartfelt and its evolution stunted at various points by Annie’s penchant for neurotic self-sabotage feels genuine. Wiig and O’Dowd establish an easy endearing chemistry devoid of the pat screwball give-and-take that so often characterizes rom-com courtships and it helps keep the movie aloft when its comic energy ebbs.
The Men In Black star, 79, hit the headlines earlier this year (10) when he was accused of breaking into a Connecticut bank while drunk and carrying a loaded gun.
He is currently fighting a string of charges, including carrying a firearm while intoxicated, first-degree criminal trespass and third-degree criminal mischief after he was found sprawled on the floor of the Litchfield Bancorp building in the town of Salisbury. He told police he thought the building was his home.
Torn, who has subsequently pleaded not guilty to the counts, voluntarily checked himself into a rehabilitation facility in January (10) after the incident to deal with his alleged alcohol issues.
And he decided to stay away from a bash, thrown by Angelica Torn to celebrate the DVD release of their movie Lucky Days, aboard the vintage Mariner III yacht this week (begs09Aug10) because he feared the sponsorship by Vision Vodka would threaten his attempts to stay sober.
And his daughter, from his marriage to his second wife, late actress Geraldine Page, is fully supportive of his efforts, reports the New York Post's gossip column Page Six.
Angelica says, "He didn't want to put himself in that position, which we all respect."
Rip Torn is facing a mandatory minimum sentence of one year behind bars if he is found guilty for one of the more serious gun charges.
The case is due to go to trial later this year (10).
The Men In Black star, real name Elmore Rual Torn, was detained after police allegedly found him sprawled out on the floor of the Litchfield Bancorp building clutching a loaded revolver.
Torn was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, carrying a firearm while intoxicated, first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal trespass and third-degree criminal mischief, and was reportedly two-and-a-half times over the legal alcohol limit at the time of his arrest.
He appeared before a judge on Monday (01Feb10) and posted $100,000 (£62,500) bail, but did not enter a plea.
Now, Torn's daughter Angelica has revealed her dad's battle with alcohol abuse, admitting she finds his addiction "heartbreaking".
She says, "My father is a brilliant man, but so much has been wasted. He's p**sed away so much - so much of his time and so much of his talent."
The actor has checked himself into an alcohol treatment centre in New York in an effort to kick his addictions before he heads back to court on 17 February (10).
Torn has previously been in trouble with the law over alcohol-related offences, including a driving under the influence (DUI) arrest in December 2008. On that occasion, he was handed probation and ordered to enrol in an alcohol education program.
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Frank's (John Travolta) ex-wife Susan (Teri Polo) is planning her second marriage to respected businessman Rick (Vince Vaughn) (we know this because he receives an award from the city's chamber of commerce). However Frank and Susan's 11-year-old son Danny (Matthew O'Leary) is having trouble adjusting to the prospect of a new stepfather. The carefree Susan nonetheless goes ahead with the impending nuptials which go off without a hitch until an uninvited guest shows up at the wedding. Turns out this guest Ray (Steve Buscemi) used to be Rick's partner in crime before he became a town pillar and has come to town to collect some sort of unpaid debt. Worried about tarnishing his newfound image Rick decides to get rid of his old buddy. But he soon finds out Danny is on to him and terrorizes the tyke into keeping his dirty secret. Danny tries to get help but no one except Frank believes him.
Travolta (Swordfish) is believable enough as a caring blue-collar father but he doesn't seem to give more to his performance than needed. It could be his over-simplistic character; Frank was almost too good of a guy and lacked authenticity. Vaughn (Made) is menacing enough to pull off the role of Rick but his character is unfortunately never fully developed. Viewers are expected to buy that he was once really crooked and now the pillar of the community with hardly any basis. Polo (Meet the Parents) plays the part of a concerned mother well but it conflicts with her character's aloofness. It's hard to believe her concern over her son after she marries a man she obviously knew nothing about. For his first feature film O'Leary demonstrates a lot of potential for a young actor and was well cast as Danny.
Harold Becker's Domestic Disturbance sticks to the tried and true evil stepfather formula which makes the story a little too predictable. The film might have been more interesting had the story risen above the level of a made-for-TV movie. There were also some elements to the story that made it a bit hard to swallow like the fact that the local police department was not able to prove a murder had obviously taken place. There are a few corny scenes like when Travolta goes crashing headfirst into a car windshield but still manages to give a dopey smile to his terrified son tied up in the back seat. Surprisingly the film still provides enough tension and suspense to make it entertaining even when using old tricks like unexpectedly seeing the villain's reflection in a mirror. The look of the film and the accurate re-creation of a small seaside tourist town in Maryland add to its visual authenticity.