Actress Angie Harmon has obtained a permanent protective order against an overzealous fan who has been accused of harassing her family. Earlier this month (Jul14), Janice Lee Davis was ordered to stay away from the former Law & Order star and her kids amid allegations she had repeatedly trespassed on Harmon's Los Angeles property.
The actress claimed Davis would show up at her front gate every Thursday, pretend to be her landlady and demand rent from her. She managed to gain entry to the home on one recent occasion, but had left by the time police arrived on the scene.
Harmon appeared before a judge in a Santa Monica, California court on Tuesday (22Jul14) without a lawyer, and outlined her case to make the temporary ban permanent.
The judge approved her request, which protects the actress, her three children, a nanny and a family friend who is staying at the house. Her husband, former American footballer Jason Sehorn, was not included in the order as he reportedly spends the majority of his time at the family's home on America's East Coast, according to TMZ.com
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Sundance is long gone, Cannes sailed away months ago, and both Tribeca and the Los Angeles Film Festivals have cleared away until next year. But when one major film festival ends, another starts putting its lineup together, and this time, it's Canada's time to shine. The Toronto International Film Festival, which will run from September 4 until the 14, has unveiled the list of titles they'll be premiering this year, and it's packed with under-the-radar indies, highly anticipated returns from accliamed directors, and of course, several likely awards contenders. But with nearly 60 films all making their debut in Toronto this fall, it can be hard to pick out the good from the bad and the exciting from the ones you've probably seen before. In an attempt to simplify the decision-making process for you, we've highlighted some of the most exciting films to hit north of the border this fall.
The Imitation Game Who’s Involved: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kiera Knightley, Matthew Goode and Charles Dance star What It’s About: The British mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing, who helped the Allies win WWII by cracking German codes, and was then prosecuted by the government for being homosexual. Thoughts: Finally, a cast good enough to convince you that math is interesting for two hours.
The Last Five Years Who’s Involved: Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan What It’s About: A musical that tells the story of a married couple’s five-year relationship – his perspective runs from the day they met to when it all fell apart, and hers from the end back to the beginning. Thoughts: The perfect example as to why you should pay attention when your theater nerd friend tries plays you cast recordings.
Foxcatcher Who’s Involved: Bennett Miller directs; Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo starWhat It’s About: Based on a true story, it follows two championship wrestler brothers and the tragic consequences that they face after getting involved with an eccentric millionaire coach. Thoughts: We really are going to have to come up with the Tatum equivalent of “McConaissance” sometime soon.
A Little ChaosWho’s Involved: Alan Rickman directs; Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci and Rickman star What It’s About: A landscape gardener finds herself struggling with the politics of Louis XIV’s court and her own demons after she’s hired to work at the Garden of Versailles. Thoughts: You had us at “Rickman.”
The Riot Club Who’s Involved: Lone Scherfig directs; Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Natalie Dormer and Jessica Brown-Findlay star What It’s About: A privileged young man is inducted into the “Riot’s Club,” an exclusive, wild group of young men full of debauchery and bad behavior, during his first year at Oxford. Thoughts: Look! It’s that guy from that thing! And that girl, from that other thing! I like them. They should be in more things.
Before We Go Who’s Involved: Chris Evans directs; Evans and Alice Eve star What It’s About: Two strangers bond over the course of one night in Manhattan, and the conflicts in their lives allow them to explore more about each other and themselves. Thoughts: Captain America is directing movies now!
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This Is Where I Leave You Who’s Involved: Shawn Levy directs; Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Adam Driver, Connie Britton and Jane Fonda star What It’s About: Four adult siblings return to their childhood home after their father dies. Dysfunction and hijinks ensue. Thoughts: Does Driver say “outer space” in this? Can we re-write the script so that he does?
Men, Women and Children Who’s Involved: Jason Reitman directs; Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler and Judy Greer star What It’s About: A group of parents and children navigate the way the Internet has changed their relationships and lives. Thoughts: Well, it’s got be better than Labor Day, right?
Miss Julie Who’s Involved: Liv Ullman directs; Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell star What It’s About: Set over the course of one night in the 1880s, an aristocratic woman and her father’s valet struggle for power. Thoughts: Should we also be thinking about the “Farrellissance?”
Nightcrawler Who’s Involved: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, and Bill Paxton star What It’s About: An ambitious journalist becomes involved with the world of LA nighttime journalism, and the line between spectator and perpetrator becomes blurred. Thoughts: Oh, so this isn’t an X-Men solo film? That’s slightly disappointing.
Rosewater Who’s Involved: Jon Stewart directs; Gael Garcia Bernal stars What It’s About: The true story of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, who appeared on The Daily Show before being imprisoned for five months by the Iranian government. Thoughts: This is the movie that gave us Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and for that we shall always be grateful.
The Theory of Everything Who’s Involved: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Emily Watson, and David Thewlis star What It’s About: The life and relationship of world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane Wilde from their first meeting at Cambridge through Hawking’s diagnosis through their numerous accomplishments. Thoughts: Oscar Season 2014: Alan Turing vs. Stephen Hawking in The Battle of the British Genius Biopics.
Whiplash Who’s Involved: Damien Chazelle directs; Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons star What It’s About: An ambitious jazz drummer who enrolls at a prestigious music conservatory, but must endure the brutal, intense tutelage of a brilliant, drill sergeant-like teacher in order to achieve greatness. Thoughts: Look, we’ll stop talking about this one once it finally comes out, and not a moment sooner, okay?
Rocker Deryck Whibley has finally been granted permission to remove his ex-wife Avril Lavigne's last name from his official documents five years after their split. The Sum 41 star changed his name to Deryck Jason Lavigne Whibley after the pair married in 2006. They went on to split in 2009, and divorce a year later (10), but the musician only filed a petition to legally remove her name in 2013.
A Los Angeles judge granted the request in court on Thursday (12Jun14), according to TMZ.com.
Lavigne wed Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger last year (13), while Whibley is currently engaged to Ariana Cooper.
The name change comes as Whibley is recovering from a near-fatal health scare earlier this year (14), when his liver and kidneys collapsed after years of heavy drinking.
Folk rockers The Lumineers have been slapped with legal action from a former member in a dispute over songwriting credits. Jason Van Dyke filed suit in New Jersey federal court last week (22May14), claiming he joined forces with founding members Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites in 2008 and took part in writing, recording and performing duties on the understanding that he would become an equal partner and have co-authorship on their tracks.
Schultz and Fraites decided to relocate to Denver, Colorado the following year (09), but Van Dyke alleges he continued to contribute to the band's music and would even reunite with his pals onstage when they performed on America's East Coast.
However, Van Dyke claims he has since been sidelined and denied copyright and trademark credits on nine of The Lumineers' songs, including Scotland, which has been used as the theme tune for new U.S. show Reign.
In legal papers obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, his lawyer states, "In biographic and publicity materials that routinely accompany the numerous record releases of Schultz and Fraites's current band, Van Dyke has been ostracized and rendered 'invisible' through a false narrative."
He is seeking a declaration of co-authorship on the songs in question in order to be eligible for royalties.
Van Dyke is also suing for breach of contract and fiduciary duties, conversion and misappropriation of partnership assets and unjust enrichment.
The Ho Hey hitmakers, who are now a five-piece, have yet to comment on the lawsuit.
Reality TV star Bethenny Frankel broke down in tears on Wednesday (28May14) as she testified in her custody battle with ex-husband Jason Hoppy. Frankel and Hoppy have been embroiled in a bitter dispute over their four-year-old daughter Bryn since separating in 2012, and the TV host insists her ex consistently tries to turn their child against her.
Taking the stand for the first time in the case, Frankel wept several times as she recounted her difficult home life after the breakdown of her marriage to Hoppy. She told the court, "Jason said to me, 'Get ready, we are going to war. It's over. We're done.' He would leave the house in shambles. There would be dishes everywhere. He would pee and poop and leave it in the toilets. He would hold Bryn, and he would say (to me), 'You're finished, you're done. I'm going to ruin you.' He would say (to Bryn), 'Mommy should be (Disney villain) Ursula the witch. She's a great witch. You be the princess, I'll be the prince, Mommy will be the witch."
The former star of The Real Housewives of New York City married Hoppy in 2010 and their relationship was documented in reality TV series Bethenny Ever After. Frankel is seeking primary custody of their daughter while Hoppy is seeking joint custody.
A lawyer representing Jason Patric has vehemently denied allegations the actor mistreated the mother of his son. The Speed 2 star is currently embroiled in a high profile custody dispute with his ex-girlfriend, Danielle Schreiber, over their four-year-old son Gus, who was born through artificial insemination.
Patric has spent the last few years fighting for access to his son as U.S. law only recognises him as a sperm donor with no paternity rights, but a California appeals court recently gave his claim a boost by granting him permission to claim parentage of Gus.
However, Patric has now been hit by a slew of nasty allegations from Schreiber, who alleges the actor has been violent with her and verbally abusive in the past, according to TMZ.com.
The claims were made in legal papers filed as part of the ongoing dispute, and Patric's lawyer Fred Silberberg has now branded them "categorically untrue," adding, "These disclosures are a last gasp attempt at disparaging Gus' father... (They) are desperate comments from a desperate woman... If Ms. Schreiber is telling the truth, which she is not, then she should explain how it is that she chose to have a child with Mr. Patric, why she engaged in years of fertility treatments with him, lived with mr. Patric... (and) maintained a relationship with (him) for over 10 years."
Actor Michael Jace's arraignment was postponed on Thursday (22May14), a day after he was officially charged with the murder of his wife, so his legal team can fully prepare for the hearing. The 51-year-old former The Shield star remains in custody on a charge of murder with a gun.
Judge Renee Korn moved the arraignment to 18 June (14) at the request of Jace's attorney, Jason Sias, and set bail at $2 million (GBP1.25 million).
Jace's wife April was found dead at the family home in Hyde Park, Los Angeles on Monday evening (19May14). She died from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body.
Speaking outside court on Thursday, Sias told reporters his client is "doing as well as somebody is that is in custody," adding, "He just wants to see this through."
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Next fall, NBC will air The Biggest Loser to its Thursday night lineup, giving it the 8 PM slot. Once football season ends, the network will put its only true hit from this season, The Blacklist, at the 9 PM slot on Thursday. Why is any of that news? Because it means that for one of the few times since 1983, NBC will not air a block of sitcoms during the 8 - 10 PM timeslots.
NBC's Thursday nights has been the home to some of the biggest hits and most influential sitcoms in history, and while the network's programming strategy might make business sense it's hard not to feel a little sad at the end of what became one of the medium's few constants.
The Peacock first experimented with the idea of grouping sitcoms on Thursday during the 1983 - 84 season with a rotation of shows that included fare like Gimme a Break and We Got It Made… but it also included a pair of building blocks that would provide the basis for what was to come.
The following season in 1984, NBC debuted its first classic lineup on Thursdays with holdovers Cheers and Family Ties, paired with The Cosby Show and Night Court. The formula of two smart family sitcoms during the 8 - 9 PM hour and then two slightly more adult oriented sitcoms between 9 - 10 PM wasn't new — CBS did the same thing throughout much of the '70s — but the quality of the four shows was so good that it was hard for the grouping not to standout.
NBC's success on Thursdays — particularly with The Cosby Show, which at its peak was averaging nearly 30 million viewers a week — propelled the network to its first standalone win in the season ratings since Nielsen started keeping track in 1960.Cheers and The Cosby Show anchored the night for the rest of the decade until a little show about nothing came along to keep the ball rolling.
In its early days, Seinfeld bounced around the NBC schedule in search of a home, sometimes airing after Cheers. When the Ted Danson sitcom finally ended in 1993, however, Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David's creation was ready to take over.
Seinfeld and Friends
Seinfeld, Mad About You, and starting in 1994, Friends became "Must See TV." For most of the next decade, Friends and Seinfeld were such strong ratings winners that they could carry a variety of weaker shows (Caroline in the City, Suddenly Susan, Veronica's Closet, etc.) that followed them. The pair of New York-based sitcoms became so iconic that Friends generated a fashion sensation as women rushed to have their hair styled like Rachel and Seinfeld fans quoted the show so much that phrases like "Master of your domain" and "No soup for you!" became part of the cultural lexicon.
When Seinfeld called it quits, the Cheers spinoff Frasier moved back to Thursday to stabilize the night for a couple of seasons until suitable replacement could be found. NBC found that replacement when it turned to a show about a group of friends far different from Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry and company: as Friends started to wind-down, the night became the domain of Will & Grace. The sitcom about a gay man and his female best friend (Eric McCormack and Debra Messing), along with their two flakey cohorts (Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally), provided the network with another hit to build around.
Beginning of the End
When Friends came to a close, NBC's Thursday lineup went through a period of flux. The first signs of trouble began when Scrubs had difficulty finding a larger audience, despite being well received by critics. With ratings dropping, The Apprentice spent time in the 9 PM Thursday slot, as did Deal or No Deal.
The comedy lineup reemerged, however, in 2007 when Tina Fey's 30 Rock joined The Office, My Name Is Earl and Scrubs to form one more stellar block of sitcoms. By 2009, Community and Parks and Recreation had joined The Office and 30 Rock, but as smartly written as the group was, ratings never quite rebounded fully.
By this past season, when only Community and Parks remained and were grouped with the now canceled Welcome to the Family, Sean Saves the World, and The Michael J. Fox Show, the writing was on the wall. With not much more than The Big Bang Theory, CBS easily defeated NBC's offerings. With CBS' announcement that they would air NFL games on Thursdays in the fall, it became clear that NBC was going to have to counterprogram to keep from being trampled.
At some point, NBC lost its touch and patience for building sitcoms like Cheers, Seinfeld, and The Office... none of which was an immediate ratings success. That's too bad, but instead of lamenting the network's inability to come up with suitable sitcoms, it's better to sit back and marvel at the decades of comedy success that NBC managed to pull off. It was a heck of a run while it lasted.
Actor Jason Patric is celebrating after landing the right to fight for custody of his four-year-old son Gus. The Speed 2 star and his lawyer appeared on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America on Thursday (15May14), a day after officials at a California appeals court granted him permission to claim parentage of the kid, who was conceived through artificial insemination.
Calling the victory "surreal", Patric said, "It's been 64 weeks since I've seen Gus, and I always believed that we were going to win this appeal because it was just wrong... and I had faith in the process."
The actor and his ex-girlfriend, Danielle Schreiber, have been battling over Gus' parentage for close to two years. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge previously denied Patric access to his son, based on California law that grants the mother full custody unless there is a written agreement establishing parental rights before conception.
The case has been remanded back to the trial court and Patric's attorney revealed on TV that they plan to get the actor's visitation rights reinstated next week (beg19May14), before continuing their fight for custody.
Patric said, "In his (Gus') mind I just disappeared. I didn't tell him the truth. And it's something that I deal with every day.
"I have been a dad and I'm going to continue to be a dad. You can't ever abandon a child."
Making the case for his client on GMA, the actor's lawyer added, "He's not a donor. That's the issue... He went to a clinic with Danielle in order to have a child together, so we don't want to characterise him as a sperm donor in that sense. The issue is the law has now been clarified by the court of appeal, and in fact changed, and these two competing statutes that created this problem have now been reconciled."
Speed 2 star Jason Patric has been given the go-ahead to fight for the custody of his biological son. The actor has been involved in a legal stand-off with his ex Danielle Schreiber and her family for the past year after she insisted that Patric was nothing more than a sperm donor.
Patric's bid for parental rights was initially shut down by a judge last year (13), after he ruled that because the actor had donated his sperm to someone who wasn't his wife he had no claim of custody.
The appeal win on Wednesday (14May14) is a big victory for fathers fighting for paternity rights in California.
Patric now plans to go to court and fight for custody of his son, Gus, who he hasn't been allowed to see for months.