Former Starsky & Hutch star Paul Michael Glaser has ruled out ever finding love again as he is happy with single life. The actor's first wife Elizabeth contracted HIV through a blood transfusion while giving birth to their daughter, Ariel, who was infected with the virus through breast-feeding, and they both succumbed to AIDS-related illnesses in the years afterwards.
Glaser went on to marry Tracy Barone, the mother of his teenage daughter Zoe, but they divorced in 2007, and he is adamant he is better off alone.
The 70 year old tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "I was never comfortable with celebrity. I have never been really successful in a relationship even with Elizabeth. You hope to grow into a relationship, but then the journey with HIV made things different. I am far better at being alone now."
Theatrics slapstick and cheer are cinematic qualities you rarely find outside the realm of animation. Disney perfected it with their pantheon of cartoon classics mixing music humor spectacle and light-hearted drama that swept up children while still capturing the imaginations and hearts of their parents. But these days even reinterpretations of fairy tales get the gritty make-over leaving little room for silliness and unfiltered glee. Emerging through that dark cloud is Mirror Mirror a film that achieves every bit of imagination crafted by its two-dimensional predecessors and then some. Under the eye of master visualist Tarsem Singh (The Fall Immortals) Mirror Mirror's heightened realism imbues it with the power to pull off anything — and the movie never skimps on the anything.
Like its animated counterparts Mirror Mirror stays faithful to its source material but twists it just enough to feel unique. When Snow White (Lily Collins) was a little girl her father the King ventured into a nearby dark forest to do battle with an evil creature and was never seen or heard from again. The kingdom was inherited by The Queen (Julia Roberts) Snow's evil stepmother and the fair-skinned beauty lived locked up in the castle until her 18th birthday. Grown up and tired of her wicked parental substitute White sneaks out of the castle to the village for the first time. There she witnesses the economic horrors The Queen has imposed upon the people of her land all to fuel her expensive beautification. Along the way Snow also meets Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) who is suffering from his own money troubles — mainly being robbed by a band of stilt-wearing dwarves. When the Queen catches wind of the secret excursion she casts Snow out of the castle to be murdered by her assistant Brighton (Nathan Lane).
Fairy tales take flack for rejecting the idea of women being capable but even with its flighty presentation and dedication to the old school Disney method Mirror Mirror empowers its Snow White in a genuine way thanks to Collins' snappy charming performance. After being set free by Brighton Snow crosses paths with the thieving dwarves and quickly takes a role on their pilfering team (which she helps turn in to a Robin Hooding business). Tarsem wisely mines a spectrum of personalities out of the seven dwarves instead of simply playing them for one note comedy. Sure there's plenty of slapstick and pun humor (purposefully and wonderfully corny) but each member of the septet stands out as a warm compassionate companion to Snow even in the fantasy world.
Mirror Mirror is richly designed and executed in true Tarsem-fashion with breathtaking costumes (everything from ball gowns to the dwarf expando-stilts to ridiculous pirate ship hats with working canons) whimsical sets and a pitch-perfect score by Disney-mainstay Alan Menken. The world is a storybook and even its monsters look like illustrations rather than photo-real creations. But what makes it all click is the actors. Collins holds her own against the legendary Julia Roberts who relishes in the fun she's having playing someone despicable. She delivers every word with playful bite and her rapport with Lane is off-the-wall fun. Armie Hammer riffs on his own Prince Charming physique as Alcott. The only real misgiving of the film is the undercooked relationship between him and Snow. We know they'll get together but the journey's half the fun and Mirror Mirror serves that portion undercooked.
Children will swoon for Mirror Mirror but there's plenty here for adults — dialogue peppered with sharp wisecracks and a visual style ripped from an elegant tapestry. The movie wears its heart on its sleeve and rarely do we get a picture where both the heart and the sleeve feel truly magical.
According to recent court documents filed by Tracy Barone, who divorced the star in 2007, Glaser failed to take responsibility for half of 13-year-old Zoe's education fees, amounting to $11,000 (£6,875)-a-year.
Her lawyer pointed out that the actor has spent $12,800 (£8,000) on his golfing hobby in the past six months and would have to pay his lawyer $7,000 (£4,375) to defend him in the child support battle.
And earlier this week (begs12Sep11), a judge sided with Barone - Glaser has been ordered to pay his half of the fees, as well as $3,500 (£2,187) in attorney fees, according to TMZ.
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The actor, who played Detective David Starsky in the classic TV cop series, was sued by Tracy Barone earlier this year (May11) over claims he had failed to pay $3,224 (£2,015) in child support and $13,000 (£8,100) in spousal support.
And now Glaser is facing additional legal action from Barone, who he divorced in 2007, amid new accusations he's failing to cover 13-year-old Zoe's education fees.
According to court documents obtained by TMZ.com, Barone claims Glaser is not willing to take responsibility for half of the child's school fees, which amounts to an estimated $11,000 (£6,875)-a-year - while the 68-year-old actor has happily spent $12,800 (£8,000) on his golfing hobby in the past six months and would have to pay his lawyer $7,000 (£4,375) to defend him in the child support battle.
The actor, who played Detective David Starsky in the classic 1970s cop series, is being sued by his former partner Tracy Barone, who has accused him of owing $3,224 (£2,015) in child support payments and $13,000 (£8,100) in spousal support.
Glaser and Barone, who divorced in 2007 citing "irreconcilable differences", are parents to a 13-year-old daughter named Zoe.
Glaser hit the headlines earlier this month (May11) after winning a restraining order against a woman who bombarded him with hundreds of emails and camped outside his home.