Frank Zappa's daughter Moon Unit has finalised her divorce from her musician husband Paul Doucette. Matchbox Twenty star Doucette will pay $8,000 (£5,000) a month in spousal support for five years and $6,000 (£3,750) a month in child support, according to TMZ.com.
The former couple has agreed to split the earnings from more than 50 songs written or co-written by Doucette, while the divorce documents also reportedly outline details for the upbringing of their nine-year-old daughter Mathilda.
The pair married in 2002, and Zappa filed for divorce in December, 2011.
"My first job was living with a parent who takes drugs, which was an educational after-school thing and then I got a commercial for Matchbox cars, where I played a little gangster... I couldn't believe I got that job. From that point on, I was like, 'I can do this for a living?'" Leonardo DiCaprio on his dream start in showbusiness.
The guys at Funny or Die have unleashed the fake literary event of the decade with the IFC's The Spoils of Babylon, a new miniseries that spoofs all those epic miniseries events that filled the television airwaves during the '80s. The series follows the story Devon Morehouse (Tobey Maguire), the son of an oil magnate, and the first two episodes are a tour de force of insanity. Here are the 10 weirdest things about the series that will have you both scratching you head in confusion, and salivating for more Morehouse absurdity.
1. The Whole Thing Is Based on a Fake Novel Written by a Fake Author Played by Will FerrellWill Ferrell plays Eric Jonrosh, the drunken recluse of an author that wrote the novel that the mini-series is based on, though he's sure to let you know that his original novel is a literary masterpiece that's far superior to the truncated miniseries. He demands two full wine glasses at all times, and has apparently slept with every member of the cast. Ferrell is hilarious, and you can just smell the literary prestige and wine stink falling off of him in heavy waves.
2. Jonas Morehouse Just Adopts Some Kid Off the Side of the RoadThe epic saga of Devon Morehouse begins with the dirt-poor Jonas Morehouse (Tim Robbins) finding an amnesia stricken boy walking along the side of the road. Morehouse simply decides to take the child and make him a Morehouse without a second thought. He could have at least checked the boy's collar to find an address for his owner.
3. All the Exterior Shots Are Terrible-Looking Small Scale ModelsThe models used to recreate exterior locations in The Spoils of Babylon look like they're constructed with building materials that are just a small step up from LEGO bricks. On top of that, all the cars are toys that are dragged along a set with a highly visible piece of string. It's especially odd seeing a tiny plastic Tobey Maguire sticking out of a yellow matchbox car during the show's opening credits.
4. Devin Morehouse's Wife Is a British Mannequin Named Lady-AnneProbably the weirdest moment is the reveal that Devon Morehouse's wife is a plastic mannequin with the disembodied voice of Academy Award nominated actress Carey Mulligan. And nobody ever acknowledges this. Wait... what?
5. ...And They Have Weird Human/Mannequin SexLimbs literally go everywhere when Devon Morehouse and Lady-Anne get together for a sensuous scene of lovemaking where flesh meets plastic and dreams come true. The scene ends with Tobey Maguire walking out triumphantly while the usually regal Lady-Anne is left in a clump of deeply satisfied plastic limbs.
6. Devin's Watch Has an Incredibly Long InscriptionJonas Morehouse gives his son a pocket watch with a loving, albeit long inscription. The jeweler somehow fits a full novel worth of good advice that's about as long as your college dissertation. What results in an almost three minute monologue from Maguire, and after lines upon lines of fatherly advice, the inscription ends with "Your fat" because there wasn't enough space for "Your father."
7. Cynthia Morehouse Is Uncomfortably IncestuousEven though Devin and Cynthia Morehouse (Kristen Wiig) aren't related by blood, they did grow up as brother and sister, which makes Cynthia's pining for her brother extremely uncomfortable. It all comes to a head when Lady-Anne pops into the situation and offers some stiff competition for Devon's heart.
8. It Gets Randomly and Suddenly ViolentWhen Devin Morehouse's plane is shot down over Okajaba (that's not a spelling error), he becomes a prisoner of the Japanese army, but thoughts about his lovely sister empower him to break through his bamboo cage and slaughter his prison guards in an absurdly violent scene. Don't worry, though, the bodies all have little x's over their eyes like a old Disney cartoon.
9. Other Than the Toy Cars, It's Shockingly Well-ProducedThe Spoils of Babylon doesn't just dip its toe into its object of parody, but it lovingly recreates so many aspects that made the 1980s mini-series so grand yet so cringe worthy. All the sets and costumes are either great or terrible looking, depending on the desired effect, and even the show's lead in to commercials breaks have a vintage quality to them.
10. And It's Oddly EngagingEven with all the absurdity flying across the screen left and right, we found ourselves strangely wrapped up in the actual story. We can't wait to not only see Eric Jonrosh drink two more glasses wine, but to feast our eyes on the continuation of the epic Morehouse saga.
Australian actor Sam Worthington is heading back to TV in a new mini-series to play an Australian journalist during the First World War. The Avatar star will portray reporter Phillip Schuler, who, along with media mogul Rupert Murdoch's father Sir Keith Murdoch, was embedded alongside soldiers in Turkey during the Gallipoli Campaign between 1915 and 1916.
Worthington will shoot the four-part series, entitled The Gallipoli Story, on home soil in south Australia next year (14), before he heads to New Zealand to start work on the Avatar sequels.
Penny Chapman, boss of production company Matchbox Pictures, says, "This is one of the most compelling stories I've ever been involved with and I'm thrilled to be working with (director) Michael (Rymer). This is a young man's vision of truth and war. It's an original angle on our national legend."
The Gallipoli Story will mark Worthington's first TV role since he scored a bit part in Aussie drama Two Twisted in 2006.
The 2013 fall season features the premiere of two major spin-offs. The Originals brings the first family of vampires from The Vampire Diaries to New Orleans. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland follows Alice as she battles Jafar (from Aladdin) to rescue her genie quasi-boyfriend. No offense guys, but neither series is ready to spin-off.
All in the Family spawned two major spin-offs, The Jeffersons and Maude. Frasier was a spin-off from Cheers and kept Camille Kelsey Grammer rolling in dollars. But not all series can launch a spin-off or risk losing major characters.
Here are a few major spin-offs that were a little premature:
Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Rebecca (Claire Holt) were a great in-flux of new blood into The Vampire Diaries. They have great salty lines and offer an evil alternative to the squeaky clean vampires. There also is room for them in the series with Kat Graham and Michael Trevino appearing in less of the show. There was never enough character development for them so a spin-off could does make some sense. However, pairing them with flat model types and constantly relying on flashbacks isn’t as endearing as it is on The Vampire Diaries. Also, Phoebe Tonkin is wasted as a baby incubator when she was the best part of her first American series, The Secret Circle.
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Once Upon a Time is a fluke. The edgy comic book series Fables is much better at bringing fairy tale characters into the “real world.” Using the whitewashed Disney versions of the popular stories makes each episode feels like gross product placement for the Disney house of horrors vault. The saving grace is likable actors like the lovable Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Carlyle, and the deliciously evil Lana Parrilla. However, Wonderland is just a cheap, shameless sequel that only cannibalizes the few possible storylines for later seasons of the original. Naveen Andrews dressed in an elaborate leather costume is laughable. Poor Emma Rigby as The Red Queen seems like a porn star on the wrong set. It’s also a total waste of actors like John Lithgow and rock legend Iggy Pop.
By the last season of Friends, each character feels like an outlandish stereotype. Except of course Jennifer Aniston who was playing A-list actress Jennifer Aniston. Joey (Matt LeBlanc) was so stupid and unaware that he didn’t seem functional enough to drive a Matchbox car, let alone carry a series. The spin-off finds him in Los Angeles with his sister (Drea de Matteo) and working on being an actor. It wasn’t horrible but there wasn’t enough juice in the character to keep the show alive.
Kate Walsh is magic! She added such great energy to Grey’s Anatomy as Dr. Addison Forbes Montgomery-Shepherd. It seemed like a great idea to take her to the sun-soaked beaches of Los Angeles on a hunt for love. The series wasn’t a total fail but it did rob Grey’s Anatomy of one of its greatest characters. It also had trouble finding its sea legs and a format for the show that would work.
Richard Grieco added a lot more edge and man candy to 21 Jump Street. However, it was ill advisedly decided to give him a spin-off. After it tanked, there was an attempt to bring him back to the series but it tanked. Had he stayed on 21 Jump Street he may have been able to take over when Johnny Depp unceremoniously left in the third season.
Charmed Lives/Living Dolls
Successful syndication has proved Who’s the Boss? is a part of television history. Sadly, lightning was not able to strike twice…no matter how hard they tried. Fran Drescher and Donna Dixon were dueling models working with Angela (Judith Light). They were spun-off into an odd couple precursor to 2 Broke Girls. Angela also got a modeling job for Samanta’s friend Charlie (Leah Remini) gets recruited as a model for one of Angela’s contacts she moves in to a house full of models including Halle Berry. Despite this notable casting, neither series lasted very long.
You might roll your eyes at the unconventional name Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have reportedly chosen for their unborn child, but it's certainly not the most bizarre celebrity offspring moniker you've ever heard: North West.
The name sets up the little Kimye baby for a little schoolyard mocking, sure — especially after that elementary school lesson where they teach the kiddos about directions — but their child is going to have a much easier go of it than, say, Jason Lee's son Pilot Inspektor or any of Frank Zappa's (now-adult) children.
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In fact, North West kinda sounds more like the name of a very successful entrepreneur than anything else. He (or she) could start a clothing line, a night club, a shoe store, or a real estate company without doing any sort of name brainstorming whatsoever. He could also be the protagonist in a self-published romance novel, or, like, a waspy prep school kid who summers on Cape Cod.
There's one issue, though: this could mess up our Googling forever. What if you want directions? You'll get gossip about a celebrity child instead. At least Kim and Kanye aren't considering North as a middle name, since that would make things even more complicated. Could you imagine a little Pacific North West running around on the newest season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians?
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Now, where do you think the famous couple came up with the inspiration? The seminal 1994 Elijah Wood movie North? Something Corporate's 2003 pop punk/emo album, North? Matchbox 20's fourth studio album, North? A particularly pleasant trip to Seattle? The nation of Canada? We may never know.
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As the Top 9 singers of American Idol Season 12 take the stage tonight for their second performance show, Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips tells Hollywood.com something that might not encourage them very much: No matter how many times they grace the Idol stage, it doesn't get any easier.
"It's terrifying," Phillips told us after his performance of new single "Gone, Gone, Gone" on the Top 10 results show. "I just hate being on live television. It's scary!" It doesn't matter how much experience he has, "it's terrifying because you could screw it up," he reveals.
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Phillips is one of Idol's biggest success stories, at least in recent years. The quadruple platinum status of his winner's anthem, "Home," has allowed him to embark on a tour of colleges for the next few months before playing a music festival in South America headlined by music legend Bruce Springsteen. "I'm very excited," he reveals. "I'm playing a bunch of colleges for about two and a half months, and I have some more stuff planned. I'm playing Rock in Rio in September — I'm very excited about that. I'm opening up for John Mayer and Bruce Springsteen."
Though Phillips is enjoying a promising career, having just opened for Matchbox 20 on the band's latest tour, the singer seems just as humble as ever. That "aw shucks" attitude you see on the show? It's not an act. "Everything's going really well," he says. "I've been super busy. I just got back from the U.K. — I never thought I'd be traveling the world supporting my music! Everybody seems to really enjoy the music and I'm proud of it."
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It might sound cliched, but Phillips says that at this time a year ago he could never have imagined that he'd be returning a successful recording artist. "I don't think anybody thought this would happen," he says. "I know I am very thankful for this whole past year and I do feel very blessed."
What's next for the singer? "I'm always writing," he reveals. "It might be a bad song, but I'm always writing! The second album should be out next year. There's no rush."
And those health woes that plagued Phillips during his Idol season are long gone. "I'm healthy," he says. "I'm healthy as a horse — as long as the horse is healthy!"
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You knew it was bound to happen.
As soon as Veronica Mars raised $17 quadrillion on Kickstarter so that creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell could turn the kiddie detective story into a movie, we all knew that every TV producer with a dearly departed show and an email address would be signing up to try to raise cash for their own copycat project. Shawn Ryan of Terriors fame Twittered that he would be interested in doing it, but it looks like Bryan Fuller might beat him to the punch.
Rob Thomas (not the one from Matchbox 20) told HitFix that another TV guy got in touch looking to get his advice. "I did get an email from Bryan Fuller earlier today saying, 'Hey, can you jump on the phone with me at some point? I know you're busy, but I would love to talk to you about how this thing works.' And I know it was specifically for Pushing Daisies." Now, I love the Pie Man as much as the next guy, but can't we leave this show about resurrection , you know, in its grave.
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Not every show is going to be good for a Kickstarter and latching on to an Internet bandwagon is about as silly as making a "Harlem Shake" video sometime this weekend. Some of these show are going to start failing at raising their goals and that will just be sad. After all we would hate for this cautionary tale about the dangers of bringing things back from the dead to turn into a totally different cautionary tale about bringing things back from the dead.
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