The Harry Potter star separated from Henry in October 2009, and they announced the break-up in April (10). The couple's divorce was finalised last month (Oct10) on the grounds of Henry's "unreasonable behaviour".
But despite still being close pals with the British comic, French has moved on - and is ecstatic with her secret new partner.
She tells Britain's The Sun, "I'm not lonely, let's put it that way. But it's a difficult thing and I wouldn't want any spotlight drawn to somebody not in the business.
"Before this I'd had a couple of nibbles. But now I'm not lonely - life is good."
The British comedy couple split in October 2009, but kept the news quiet until they announced the break-up in April (10).
They were granted a divorce on Monday (25Oct10) on the grounds of Henry's "unreasonable behaviour", although the exact details were not revealed. Henry's attorney told the court he would not protest the case and agreed to pay legal costs.
The stars, who are parents to adopted daughter Billie, did not attend the High Court hearing.
The funnywoman announced in April (10) she had separated from Henry back in October 2009, but had chosen to keep the split private.
The pair has managed to remain amicable, with French insisting they are now the "best of friends".
And French is making the most of her new single status - she's been enjoying a string of dates with male pals, but insists she's not looking to exchange vows anytime in the future.
She says, "It's bizarre because suddenly you have a different sort of standing. You get messages on your phone - or I do - from people I've known for some time, saying, 'Might a gentleman take a lady out for dinner?' I've had a couple of nibbles... I don't really want to get remarried. I just want to have a good time."
The two comics separated last October (09) after 25 years of marriage, but kept news of the the break-up private until April (10).
Henry has since embarked on a PhD program at Royal Holloway, University of London to further his education - and he's thrilled that the four-year course will mean he lands a 'Doctor' status.
He tells Britain's Daily Express, "I'm not an idiot, I never was an idiot. When I came to London everyone I met had been to university, everyone had a degree. I was really jealous, I wanted to punch people out.
"The idea of me getting a PhD is the most unlikely thing ever to be mooted by anyone in the world. It's like (Scottish comedy duo) the Krankies turning out to be rocket scientists."
Henry already holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and a Masters of Arts degree in screenwriting for television and film, which he studied for in recent years, after leaving school as a teenager with no formal qualifications.
The two British comics announced in April (10) that they separated back in October (09) after 25 years of marriage, but had chosen to keep the break-up private.
The statement released by the pair's publicist insisted the split was "entirely amicable" and revealed they were focusing on maintaining their friendship for the sake of their daughter Billie.
And French has confirmed they have "remarkably" kept their promise.
She tells Britain's Radio Times, "Remarkably, we seem to have shifted with relative ease from a 25-year marriage to a lasting friendship.
"I am amazed by us - there is no war, we have turned out to be the best of friends."
French also confirms in the interview that the couple underwent therapy in 1999 when their marriage was rocked by claims Henry was unfaithful.
She adds, "We went to therapy for a few months. We went separately - it gives you an interesting way to come together with new ideas of how to deal with it."
A woman named Jordan Scott has sent a cease and desist letter to the publishers of Meyer's 2008 novel Breaking Dawn, the fourth in the hit series, over claims it bears a "striking and substantial similarity" to her 2006 fantasy book The Nocturne.
In the letter, Scott accuses Meyer of recreating specific scenes from her own vampire novel and using near-identical dialogue.
But a representative for Meyer is adamant Scott's claims are completely false.
The spokesperson tells TMZ.com, "The claim that Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer somehow infringes on an alleged book by someone named Jordan Scott is completely without merit. Neither Stephenie Meyer nor her representatives had any knowledge of this writer or her supposed book prior to this claim.
Meyer was hit with a plagiarism lawsuit in April (09) from her former college roommate Heidi Stanton, who claimed the hit vampire books were based on a short story she wrote while both women studied at Brigham Young University, Utah.
Even before Iron Man made its first million on Thursday, the Hollywood suits behind the movie confirmed what was already logical: There will be a sequel.
At the premiere for this summer’s first surefire juggernaut, Viacom’s Sumner Redstone and Paramount Pictures’ Brad Grey told Entertainment Tonight that a follow-up to the movie would be released during the same week of 2010--assuming all goes well at the box office this weekend.
Just what does “well” mean?
B.O. prognosticator Steve Mason is predicting a weekend haul of $102 million, which, Mason says, would probably translate to a total domestic gross of $275-$300 million. Not a bad way to kick off blockbuster season, er, summer.
If the hypothetical Iron Man 2 were to open on Friday, April 30, 2010, the start of that year’s summer would shape up to look something like this year’s since the third Chronicles of Narnia installment, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, is already slated for May 7, 2010. (Similarly, this summer’s The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is to be released May 16, two weeks after Iron Man.)
The Jon Favreau-directed superhero movie, starring Robert Downey Jr. in the title role, has already been the recipient of overwhelmingly positive reviews to go along with its built-in fanboy anticipation.
The box office was buoyed by a variety pack of newcomers this weekend.
Starting at the top of the heap, comic-book actioner Hellboy debuted at No. 1 with a devilish $23.5 million, knocking last week's champ, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, into third place. The Rock's Walking Tall managed to bone-crunch its way through the competition, opening in the second spot with $15.3 million.
On the more lighthearted side, Disney's animated cow flick Home on the Range opened at No. 4 with $14 million, while the romantic modern-day fairy tale The Prince & Me premiered in fifth place with $10 million.
Having five movies pull in $10 million or more is a rarity for early April, typically a slower time at theaters. "This weekend was like the classic moviegoers' weekend. You had all these different genres represented," Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations, told The Associated Press. "If you wanted lots of choices, they certainly were there for you."
This week, the Top 12 films grossed an estimated $114.5 million, up 5.86 percent from last week's $108.1 million, and up a whopping 39.33 percent from last year's $82.2 million.
Last year, 20th Century Fox's R-rated thriller Phone Booth debuted at No. 1 with $15 million at 2,481 theaters with a $6,054 per theater average; Warner Brother's PG-rated teen fareWhat a Girl Wants opened in second place with $11.4 million at 2,959 theaters with a $4,481 per theater; and New Line's R-rated drama A Man Apart premiered in third place with $11 million in 2,459 theaters with a $4,481 per theater average.
BOX OFFICE TOP 10, ESTIMATES (Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)
No. 1: Hellboy (Sony Pictures, PG-13)
Gross: $23.5 million
Weeks opened: NEW!
Per-theater average: $7,761
No. 2: Walking Tall (MGM, PG-13)
Gross: $15.3 million
Weeks opened: NEW!
Per-theater average: $5,395
No. 3: Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (Warner Bros., PG-13)
Gross: $15 million (-49%)
Weeks opened: 2
Theaters: 3,312 (unchanged)
Per-theater average: $4,555
Cume to date: $50 million
No. 4: Home on the Range (Buena Vista, PG-13)
Gross: $14 million
Weeks opened: NEW!
Per-theater average: $4,595
No. 5: The Prince & Me (Paramount, PG)
Gross: $30.7 million
Weeks opened: NEW!
Per-theater average: $3,729
No. 6: The Passion of the Christ (Newmarket, R)
Gross: $10 million (-22%)
Weeks opened: 6
Theaters: 3,408 (-194)
Per-theater average: $2,899
Cume to date: $330.1 million
No. 7: The Ladykillers (Buena Vista, R)
Gross: $7 million (-45%)
Weeks opened: 2
Theaters: 1,587 (+4)
Per-theater average: $4,416
Cume to date: $23.4 million
No. 8: Jersey Girl (Miramax, PG-13)
Gross: $5.1 million (-38%)
Weeks opened: 2
Theaters: 1,821 (+301)
Per-theater average: $2,816
Cume to date: $15.8 million
No. 9: Dawn of the Dead (Universal Pictures, R)
Gross: $4.3 million (-59%)
Weeks opened: 3
Theaters: 2,357 (-391)
Per-theater average: $3,765
Cume to date: $51.5 million
No. 10: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Focus Features, PG-13)
Gross: $3.5 million (-34%)
Weeks opened: 3
Theaters: 1,120 (-237)
Per-theater average: $3,180
Cume to date: $22 million
The United States of Leland (Paramount Classics, R)
Weeks opened: NEW!
Per-theater average: $3,643
Shaolin Soccer (Miramax, PG-13)
Weeks opened: NEW!
Per-theater average: $6,167
The nominations for the 2004 IFP Independent Spirit Awards are in, and with more submissions than ever before in the ceremony's history, it looks like a hot race.
Jeff Kleeman, IFP committee chair, had this to say: "With more submissions and less time then ever before, the Nominating Committee watched and discussed over 190 films in six weeks -- an act of extreme devotion that proved to be tremendously rewarding."
Dawn Hudson, IFP executive producer, added that this year's batch of nominees is particularly diverse, and commended the fact there are more highly talented women writers and directors emerging on the independent film scene, including nominees Shari Springer Berman, Sofia Coppola and Catherine Hardwicke.
Films that have been nominated for IFP Independent Spirit Awards were selected based on their original and provocative subject matter, uniqueness of vision, and financial characteristics, including total budget, individual compensation, and percentage of independent financing.
Last year's ISA winners included the film Far From Heaven (best feature), Julianne Moore (best director and lead actress), and Dennis Quaid (best supporting actor).
The 2004 IFP Independent Spirit Awards ceremony will air live on Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. EST on the Independent Film Channel, and will be broadcast at 10 p.m. EST/PST on Bravo.
The nominees for the 2004 IFP Independent Spirit Awards are (by category):
Lost in Translation
Raising Victor Vargas
Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini - American Splendor
Sofia Coppola - Lost in Translation
Jim Sheridan - In America
Peter Sollett - Raising Victor Vargas
Gus Van Sant - Elephant
American Splendor - Writers: Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini
Lost in Translation - Writer: Sofia Coppola
A Mighty Wind - Writers: Christopher Guest & Eugene Levy and the cast of A Mighty Wind
Pieces of April - Writer: Peter Hedges
Shattered Glass - Writer: Billy Ray
Best First Feature
Bomb the System - Director: Adam Bhala Lough; Producers: Ben Rekhi, Sol Tryon
House of Sand and Fog - Director: Vadim Perelman; Producers: Michael London, Vadim Perelman
Monster - Director: Patty Jenkins; Producers: Mark Damon, Donald Kushner, Clark Peterson, Charlize Theron, Brad Wyman
Quattro Noza - Director: Joey Curtis; Producer: Fredric King
Thirteen - Director: Catherine Hardwicke; Producers: Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Michael London
John Cassavetes Award
Anne B. Real - Director: Lisa France; Writers: Lisa France, Antonio Macia, Producers: Josselyne Herman, Luis Moro, Jeanine Rohn
Better Luck Tomorrow - Director: Justin Lin; Writers: Ernesto M. Foronda, Justin Lin, Fabian Marquez; Producers: Julie Asato, Ernesto M. Foronda, Justin Lin
Pieces of April - Writer/Director: Peter Hedges; Producers: Alexis Alexanian, John S. Lyons, Gary Winick
The Station Agent - Writer/Director: Thomas McCarthy; Producers: Mary Jane Skalski, Robert May, Kathryn Tucker
Virgin - Writer/Director: Deborah Kampmeier; Producer:Sarah Schenck
Best First Screenplay
Blue Car- Writer: Karen Moncrieff
Monster - Writer: Patty Jenkins
Raising Victor Vargas - Writers: Peter Sollett and Eva Vives
The Station Agent - Writer: Thomas McCarthy
Thirteen - Writers: Catherine Hardwicke & Nikki Reed
Best Female Lead
Agnes Bruckner - Blue Car
Zooey Deschanel - All the Real Girls
Samantha Morton - In America
Elisabeth Moss - Virgin
Charlize Theron - Monster
Best Male Lead
Peter Dinklage - The Station Agent
Paul Giamatti - American Splendor
Sir Ben Kingsley - House of Sand and Fog
Bill Murray - Lost in Translation
Lee Pace - Soldier's Girl
Best Supporting Female
Shohreh Aghdashloo - House of Sand and Fog
Sarah Bolger - In America
Patricia Clarkson - Pieces of April
Hope Davis - The Secret Lives of Dentists
Frances McDormand - Laurel Canyon
Best Supporting Male
Judah Friedlander - American Splendor
Troy Garity - Soldier's Girl
Djimon Hounsou - In America
Alessandro Nivola - Laurel Canyon
Peter Sarsgaard - Shattered Glass
Best Debut Performance
Anna Kendrick - Camp
Judy Marte - Raising Victor Vargas
Victor Rasuk - Raising Victor Vargas
Nikki Reed - Thirteen
Janice Richardson - Anne B. Real
Elephant - Harris Savides
In America - Declan Quinn
Northfork - M. David Mullen
Quattro Noza - Derek Cianfrance
Shattered Glass - Mandy Walker
Best Foreign Film
City of God (Brazil)
Lilya 4-Ever (Denmark)
The Magdalene Sisters (England/Ireland)
The Triplets of Belleville (France)
Whale Rider (New Zealand)
The Fog of War
Mayor of the Sunset Strip
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Goth rocker Marilyn Manson, known for offending folks with his raunchy antics and death-filled music, has managed to upset Maria St. John so much she's suing.
On Tuesday, in Los Angeles Superior Court, St. John--the mother of Jennifer Syme, who died in a car crash last April--filed a lawsuit against Manson for "instructing [Syme] to operate a motor vehicle in her incapacitated condition," MTV.com reports.
St. John seeks unspecified damages and attorney's fees.
According to the lawsuit, Brian Warner (Manson's given name) hosted a party on April 1, 2001, that 28-year-old Syme and others attended. Just before dawn, a fellow party-goer drove Syme home, and it was then that Syme got into her own vehicle, a 1999 Jeep Cherokee. The lawsuit claims she intended to return to Manson's party.
Manson, however, does not accept responsibility for Syme's death.
"After Jennifer was sent home safely with a designated driver, she later got behind the wheel of her own car for reasons known only to her. Her death is sad and tragic," Manson said in a statement Wednesday.
An investigation into the accident concluded that an inebriated Syme, while driving without a seatbelt in Hollywood, crashed into three parked cars and was ejected from her vehicle. She died at the scene the morning of April 2.
MTV.com also reports that police findings at the scene included two rolled-up dollar bills that contained a white, powdery substance and two bottles of prescription drugs, a muscle relaxant and an anticonvulsant.
St. John told police her daughter sought treatment for back pain and depression just a few days prior to her death.
Syme, who was not unfamiliar with celebrity circles, had dated actor Keanu Reeves and bore his stillborn child in December 1999. She also had a small role in Lost Highway. Director David Lynch dedicated his film Mulholland Drive to Syme.
Pallbearers at Syme's funeral were Reeves, Lynch and rocker Dave Navarro.