Actor Jason Patric rounded up his celebrity friends including Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Mel Gibson on Wednesday (13Nov13) to raise money for fathers struggling to see their kids during nasty custody battles. The Speed 2: Cruise Control star has not seen his son for several months after losing a court case against his ex-girlfriend Danielle Schreiber over access to their three-year-old son Gus, who was born via in-vitro fertilisation using his sperm.
After they split, U.S. law only recognised him as a sperm donor and he has lost all parental custody rights.
Now Patric is eager to use his ordeal to help others in similar situations by hosting his first Stand Up For Gus fundraiser in Los Angeles.
Stars including Affleck, Damon, Jon Hamm, Chelsea Handler and Kiefer Sutherland turned out to support him and donate cash to the cause.
Gibson, who experienced his own bitter court battle over the custody of his youngest daughter Lucia, also handed over $20,000 (£13,000) to the cause.
At the event, Patric said, "I don't have nights with Gus anymore, so I'm going to have this evening, and we're going to shine a light on this injustice."
Deryck Whibley is on a mission to recoup his birth name - the singer took ex-wife Avril Lavigne's name when they wed in 2006 and now he wants rid of it. The Sum 41 frontman decided to legally change his name to Deryck Jason Lavigne Whibley when he tied the knot with the pop singer, but now, three years after their divorce, Whibley is finally getting around to changing his name.
He recently filed a petition in a Los Angeles County Court to drop 'Lavigne' and go back to his birth name, according to TMZ.com.
Meanwhile, Lavigne has moved past their broken marriage at a quicker pace - she exchanged vows with Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger in July (13).
Jennifer Jason Leigh is finally divorced from her husband Noah Baumbach almost three years after filing papers. The Single White Female star moved to end her marriage from the director in November 2010, citing irreconcilable differences for the split.
Both parties asked a judge for joint custody of their son, Rohmer, leaving them battling out a settlement ever since.
Although the final agreement remains confidential, they filed documents in Los Angeles Superior Court last month (Sep13) claiming they had "equally divided all of their community assets and liabilities".
The pair wed in 2005.
Bosses at Ashton Kutcher's company Katalyst Media are facing a $2 million (£1.3 million) lawsuit over a reality show based on the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Producers at Big Cheese Media are claiming Hedda Muskat came up with the idea for the series based on her daughter's experiences at the DMV.
Muskat took the idea to bosses at the Creative Artists Agency, who are also named in the suit, and they advised her to take the idea to Katalyst Media for co-production.
Muskat alleges the pitch meeting with Kutcher's ideas company was set up while she was out of town, and she was eventually phased out of the project.
According to the lawsuit, the reality series subsequently fell through after bosses at the DMV pulled their consent because Muskat was not involved and they were wary of Katalyst Media's hidden-camera prank show Punk'd.
In May (13), Kutcher and his production partner Jason Goldberg settled a $1.4 million (£930,330) lawsuit with officials at the DMV over the scrapped show, which was set to feature real-life department staff.
The show had been picked up by executives at America's TruTV channel, according to papers filed in a Los Angeles court last year (12).
Rapper Pras has filed a lawsuit over allegations he lost thousand of dollars paying for time in a recording studio he never received. The former The Fugees star lodged paperwork at a court in Los Angeles claiming he handed over $5,600 (£3,733) to Jason Gluz and Chasen Spellman to rent their studio in North Hollywood, but alleges they doubled-booked the recording facility and never gave him his money back.
Pras is suing to get his cash, as well as the expenses he incurred for his hotel and airfare to Los Angeles, according to TMZ.com.
With the past two Septembers bringing us break-out series like The Mindy Project and Scandal, Hollywood is proving that strong female leads are here to stay. Zooey may want to hold onto her adorable thick-framed glasses though, there are some new girls in town.CBSMomIs Anna Faris finally sobering up from her days as everyone’s favorite house bunny? As struggling single mom Christy (Faris) tries to navigate raising her children and dealing with her past, her own mother (Allison Janney) insists on lending a bit of knowledge to the process. You may not be a recovering alcoholic but let’s face it, we can all relate to the power struggle that comes with overbearing parents. As both female leads will face ups and downs with their family, romantic lives and jobs, maybe we can learn a little about compromise and acceptance within our own home units. Premieres Sept. 23 on CBS.Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Joss Whedon is no stranger to creating some paramount female characters. Seriously, did no one else fantasize about slaying demons while still maintaining perfectly straight hair? This fall he brings us three new women in the premiere series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Elizabeth Henstridge, Ming-Na Wen and Chloe Bennet comprise half of the six member team dedicated to protecting the boring, normal citizens of the world from the usual super-human villains. Premieres Sept. 24 on ABC.ReignAmerica’s newfound obsession with period dramas isn’t going anywhere soon but far from Downton Abbey is The CW’s newest series Reign. The 15-year-old Queen Mary (Adelaide Kane) is politically savvy — sent to France to marry a prince and finalize an alliance between the country and Scotland — and isn’t about to take any crap from her future in-laws. Of course, like any other teen monarch, Mary faces betrayal, some catty royals and those pesky dark forces that wind up in every countryside castle. No doubt the young queen will take on the French Court and come out on top and teenage girls everywhere will learn just what it takes to deal with arranged marriage and Nostradamus’s prophecies in 16th-century France. Premieres Oct. 17 on The CW. Masters of SexIf Lena Dunham’s Girls didn’t do it for you, maybe Lizzy Caplan’s portrayal of a sex researcher in Showtime’s Masters of Sex will. The one-hour series will chronicle the work of Dr. William Masters and partner/wife/ex-wife Virginia Johnson as they attempt to bring both science and the public into the discussion of intimacy and sexual behavior. Don’t worry, this won’t be 60-minutes of medical labs: the relationship between the two will be the more explored element of the show. It’s worth to watch not simply for what we’re sure will be some explicit scenes, but to learn more about the pioneering life of Johnson and the courage it took to talk openly about these subjects as a female in the 50s. Premieres Sept. 29 on Showtime. Once Upon A Time In Wonderland The adventures from Once Upon A Time aren’t over yet — even if the girl is stuck in some mental institute somewhere in the boondocks of Maine. Spinoff Once Upon A Time In Wonderland will follow lead female Sophie Lowe as she portrays everyone’s favorite fairytale character. Finding her way back to the rabbit-hole is the least of her problems: once she’s there the residents of Wonderland are sure to begin giving her hell once again. If you can learn anything from Alice, it’s that you should definitely avenge your genie-boyfriend’s death and fight against the Queen of Hearts. Premieres Oct. 10 on ABC.
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Actor Jason Patric struggled to keep his composure while testifying before California's Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday (13Aug13) in a bid to gain custody of his son. The Speed 2 star has been locked in a battle with his ex-girlfriend Danielle Schreiber over access to their three-year-old son Gus, after donating sperm to have a baby with her in 2009.
In 2012, Patric filed for joint custody after the couple's break-up, even though U.S. law only recognises him as a sperm donor who has no paternity rights.
Earlier this year (13), after losing the court battle, Patric filed an appeal and now the dispute has turned into a high-profile case as lawmakers in California consider a new bill to give donor dads more rights.
He told the hearing, "I have to be Gus' voice - my son - a voice that I have not heard in 25 weeks, a voice that is not allowed to mention my name in his mother's home, a voice that has sent me here to speak to you all."
Patric also expressed that he was speaking out on behalf of other men in his situation.
He continued, "We raised these children, we loved these children, but when these relationships fell apart we were shockingly hit with briefs that deemed us 'sperm donors': a word that was never, ever mentioned in my house, a word I can guarantee you Gus doesn't know how to pronounce.
"We all tried to become parents. We went to great lengths to become parents. I had a surgery to become a parent... (but) I was unfairly deemed a donor with no recourse.
"(The bill) doesn't give me my son back ... (but) it gives standing for men to constitutionally get their rights and go into court and say, 'I'm the dad,' and let a judge decide if he's not."
Schreiber maintains the couple had an agreement when she got pregnant that she would raise Gus and that Patric wanted his involvement in the pregnancy kept secret. She claims he only asked for custody after they broke up.
Actor Jason London has been ordered to attend an alcohol treatment programme after pleading guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct relating to an Arizona bar brawl in January (13). The Dazed and Confused star was initially slapped with an additional count of assault after allegedly punching a bouncer at the Martini Ranch bar in Scottsdale and then reportedly fighting police officers who arrived at the scene.
London was left battered and bruised in the clash and maintained he was the real victim, pleading not guilty to the claims during a court hearing in February (13).
The case was due to go to trial, but he has since reached a plea deal with prosecutors, who dropped the assault accusation on Friday (26Jul13) in exchange for his admission to disorderly conduct, reports TMZ.com.
As a result, the 40 year old, who underwent reconstructive surgery in February (13) to repair facial fractures sustained in the fight, has dodged a possible jail term. In addition to the treatment programme, he must pay $118 (£79) in court fees.
Every week, Hollywood gives us something to whine about, and the week of July 22 was no different. We could make a drinking game out of this week, but that would be too dangerous. Instead, we'll stick to the usual formula: varying levels of alcoholic respite depending on how bothersome the week's issues are. Is your biggest complaint this week a flimsy one? How about a light cocktail to take the edge off? Got a real bone to pick with a celeb or entertainment entity this week? Go ahead, grab a drink that'll put hair on your chest. Here are the week's entertainment stories that are forcing us to seek a bubbly or boozy refuge. And maybe an idea or two about how you should wash them down.
LIGHTEN UP WITH AN HRH COCKTAIL
Kate Middleton and Prince William welcome the Royal Baby and we can't help but wonder if the Seinfeldreferences in his name, George Alexander Louis, are intentional: George Costanza, Jason Alexander, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, anyone?
Bill Magnussen replaces Jake Gyllenhall in Into The Woods. What a shame...we've thought Jakey was a stereotypical shoe-in for musical theatre since Brokeback Mountain.
Kelly Rowland is lost (and then found) at sea. In a moment of weakness, she was overheard arguing with a jellyfish ("I don't think you ready for this, jelly!"), providing new meaning to some of her deepest lyrics.
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Kanye West's new clothing line sells $300 sweatshirts. I ain't sayin' he's a gold digger but...
DJ Khaled proposes to Nicki Minaj in an MTV interview. Even though they aren't even dating, she'll say yes since all he does is win win win no matter what.
Jason Sudeikis leaves Saturday Night Live, and even though his Joe Biden impersonation got us through last year's election, our biggest loss is b-boy Vance's groovy moves — What Up With That?
HIT THE HARDER STUFF WITH a PITCHER OF JUNGLE JUICE
Amanda Bynes is hospitalized for a mental health evaluation after lighting a driveway on fire. Amanda, please: your mom from Moody's Point is too far away to see your flaming S.O.S. signal. Only dancing lobsters and your real parents can save you now.
A Taylor Swift fan contest is canceled when a creepy 39-year-old man wins. Tay knew he was trouble when she saw his age.
Ten former contestants file a racism lawsuit against American Idol. If the case goes to court, the witnesses are required to sing their testimony.
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Actor Jason Patric's ex-girlfriend is refusing to honour the actor's request for joint custody of their three-year-old son because he legally gave up his parental rights before the child was born. The Speed 2 star donated sperm so his former girlfriend, Danielle Schreiber, could have a baby in 2009, and last year (12) he launched legal action to gain joint custody of little Gus after the couple split, even though U.S. law only recognises him as a sperm donor, who has no paternity rights.
Patric lost the court battle in early 2013, but he recently filed an appeal and now the dispute has turned into a high-profile case as lawmakers in California consider a new bill, which would give donor dads more rights.
However Schreiber, who alleges Patric initially asked her to keep his identity a secret after he turned down the chance to claim parenthood prior to conception, is standing her ground - during an appearance on U.S. breakfast show Today on Monday (15Jul13), she said, "It's not about him having a relationship or contact with Gus. This is just about rights. Me preserving my right to be a sole legal parent, not having to share that with someone who has never intended to and never raised Gus, even when we were dating - Jason never did anything to raise Gus. He never changed a single diaper."
Patric also appeared on TV on Monday - he hit newswoman Katie Couric's chat show and said, "This is a case where I've had my son stolen from me and I have to do anything I can to try and get him back."
The Lost Boys star, who hasn't seen his three-and-a-half-year-old son for 20 weeks, told Couric he thought he had done enough when he signed forms before he donated sperm to his former partner.
He explained, "I went into the fertility clinic with her and I signed 20 pages of forms that say 'intended parent Jason Patric'."
But he agreed to leave his name off baby Gus' birth certificate - because he didn't want his kid to be targetted by his critics.
The actor added, "I wanted to protect him from the public eye that I have felt hasn't been kind to me. Any private documents - the consent forms, school forms, paediatrician's all have me as the father, but I didn't want the paparazzi taking pictures of my child coming out of Cedars-Sinai (Medical Center)."
Patric revealed he was dealt a blow by his ex two days after they celebrated his 46th birthday with their baby last year (12), when she told him of her plans to become a single parent: "She became very removed and within one week... she told me she would not speak to me unless it was through a lawyer... and she's not spoken to me since, in over a year.
"When I talked to your producers about coming on this show, the first thing I said is, 'Please invite Danielle Schreiber on the show. Please have her sit right here and explain... why you've done this.'"
Schreiber turned down the opportunity to appear alongside her ex on the Katie show.