Leonardo DiCaprio's estranged stepbrother, former actor Adam Star Farrar, has been arrested on drug and harassment charges in Texas. The 43 year old, who appeared in the movie Pups and '80s TV series Galactica 1980, was busted by police in Collin County as he visited his jailed girlfriend, Charity Fae Moore.
He was taken into custody on outstanding warrants for misdemeanour counts of possession of a dangerous drug, harassment by phone and theft of stolen property - all of which relate to incidents which allegedly took place in Los Angeles.
Farrar, who has a history of run-ins with the law, is currently being held in custody and is awaiting to be transferred to California to face the charges, reports RadarOnline.com.
He and DiCaprio grew up together after the Titanic star's father, George, wed Farrar's mother Peggy Anne in the 1970s, but the siblings have been estranged for years.
In a post-Harry Potter Avatar and Lord of the Rings world the descriptors "sci-fi" and "fantasy" conjure up particular imagery and ideas. The Hunger Games abolishes those expectations rooting its alternate universe in a familiar reality filled with human characters tangible environments and terrifying consequences. Computer graphics are a rarity in writer/director Gary Ross' slow-burn thriller wisely setting aside effects and big action to focus on star Jennifer Lawrence's character's emotional struggle as she embarks on the unthinkable: a 24-person death match on display for the entire nation's viewing pleasure. The final product is a gut-wrenching mature young adult fiction adaptation diffused by occasional meandering but with enough unexpected choices to keep audiences on their toes.
Panem a reconfigured post-apocalyptic America is sectioned off into 12 unique districts and ruled under an iron thumb by the oppressive leaders of The Capitol. To keep the districts producing their specific resources and prevent them from rebelling The Capitol created The Hunger Games an annual competition pitting two 18-or-under "tributes" from each district in a battle to the death. During the ritual tribute "Reaping " teenage Katniss (Lawrence) watches as her 12-year-old sister Primrose is chosen for battle—and quickly jumps to her aid becoming the first District 12 citizen to volunteer for the games. Joined by Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) a meek baker's son and the second tribute Effie the resident designer and Haymitch a former Hunger Games winner-turned-alcoholic-turned-mentor Katniss rides off to The Capitol to train and compete in the 74th Annual Hunger Games.
The greatest triumph of The Hunger Games is Ross' rich realization of the book's many worlds: District 12 is painted as a reminiscent Southern mining town haunting and vibrant; The Capitol is a utopian metropolis obsessed with design and flair; and The Hunger Games battleground is a sprawling forest peppered with Truman Show-esque additions that remind you it's all being controlled by overseers. The small-scale production value adds to the character-first approach and even when the story segues to larger arenas like a tickertape parade in The Capitol's grand Avenue of Tributes hall it's all about Katniss.
For fans the script hits every beat a nearly note-for-note interpretation of author Suzanne Collins' original novel—but those unfamiliar shouldn't worry about missing anything. Ross knows his way around a sharp screenplay (he's the writer of Big Pleasantville and Seabiscuit) and he's comfortable dropping us right into the action. His characters are equally as colorful as Panem Harrelson sticking out as the former tribute enlivened by the chance to coach winners. He's funny he's discreet he's shaded—a quality all the cast members share. As a director Ross employs a distinct often-grating perspective. His shaky cam style emphasizes the reality of the story but in fight scenarios—and even simple establishing shots of District 12's goings-on—the details are lost in motion blur.
But the dread of the scenario is enough to make Hunger Games an engrossing blockbuster. The lead-up to the actual competition is an uncomfortable and biting satire of reality television sports and everything that commands an audience in modern society. Katniss' brooding friend Gale tells her before she departs "What if nobody watched?" speculating that carnage might end if people could turn away. Unfortunately they can't—forcing Katniss and Peeta to become "stars" of the Hunger Games. The duo are pushed to gussy themselves up put on a show and play up their romance for better ratings. Lawrence channels her reserved Academy Award-nominated Winter's Bone character to inhabit Katniss' frustration with the system. She's great at hunting but she doesn't want to kill. She's compassionate and considerate but has no interest in bowing down to the system. She's a leader but she knows full well she's playing The Capitol's game. Even with 23 other contestants vying for the top spot—like American Idol with machetes complete with Ryan Seacrest stand-in Caesar Flickerman (the dazzling Stanley Tucci)—Katniss' greatest hurdle is internal. A brave move for a movie aimed at a young audience.
By the time the actual Games roll around (the movie clocks in at two and a half hours) there's a need to amp up the pace that never comes and The Hunger Games loses footing. Katniss' goal is to avoid the action hiding in trees and caves waiting patiently for the other tributes to off themselves—but the tactic isn't all that thrilling for those watching. Luckily Lawrence Hutcherson and the ensemble of young actors still deliver when they cross paths and particular beats pack all the punch an all-out deathwatch should. PG-13 be damned the film doesn't skimp on the bloodshed even when it comes to killing off children. The Hunger Games bites off a lot for the first film of a franchise and does so bravely and boldly. It may not make it to the end alive but it doesn't go down without a fight.
Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen has sparked rumors she's back with her ex, Leonardo DiCaprio, after being spotted with the actor's family yesterday.
Sporting tiny denim hotpants and a black bikini top, the catwalk beauty frolicked on Malibu Beach, California, with his mother Irmalin and his stepbrother Adam Farrar.
Bundchen and DiCaprio split last year and she's since dated surfer Kelly Slater while he's been linked to Israeli model Bar Rafael.
Bundchen and Slater parted ways last month after dating for eight months.
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SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 20, 2000 - A serious announcement from MTV's resident wise guy. Canadian-grown comic Tom Green, 28, of the self-titled "Tom Green Show," is battling testicular cancer. "Entertainment Tonight" was taping an interview with the entertainer this afternoon at a hospital. Portions of it will air on Tuesday's episode. An "ET" spokeswoman said Green, known for outrageous stunts on his show as well as the 1999 novelty hit "The Bum Bum Song," appeared to be quite serious.
Doctors have termed Green's cancer as being curable.
"As a form of therapy and education, Green is preparing a one-hour special for MTV documenting his recent procedures, using his signature brand of humor to inform the public about cancer," publicist Marleah Leslie said in a statement.
According to "ET," Green sought medical treatment following ShoWest, the movie-exhibitors' convention, held earlier this month in Las Vegas. He first underwent surgery last Monday. A second trip under the knife is scheduled.
Green has been romantically linked of late with Drew Barrymore. The actress was said to be with him at the hospital.
Green will next be seen on the big screen in the campus comedy "Road Trip."
BUM PIPES: Salsa star Marc Anthony ("I Need to Know") is scheduled to return to the stage in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, after nixing two weekend shows in St. Louis and Atlanta due to a hospital stay for a bad reaction to sore-throat medication.
UPDATE: The 28-year-old stepbrother of Leonardo DiCaprio is a free man after prosecutors declined to press charges pending further investigation of the alleged domestic violence case. Actor Adam Farrar ("Pups") was released on Friday. He'd been held in a Los Angeles jail since last Wednesday on $1 million bail.
IRONY WATCH: In a Los Angeles court Friday, sitcom star Wallace Langham, who plays a gay man on NBC's "Veronica's Closet," pleaded no contest to beating up a gay man in the bakery section of a Hollywood supermarket.
YOU MUST SUFFER FOR ART: A stuntman for "Walker, Texas Ranger" made a trip to the hospital last week after being injured on the Lone Star set of the Chuck Norris' CBS series. The man was said to be in good condition.
HOLLYWOOD ACCOUNTING: Director Anthony Minghella and producer Saul Zaentz are complaining they've yet to be paid for a little film called "The English Patient." Today's Hollywood Reporter says the two men deferred their fees to get the film made, and even though the movie went on to sweep the 1997 Academy Awards and gross $231.7 million worldwide, they've been told the flick still bleeds red ink.
OSCAR WATCH: Add Angela Bassett and Morgan Freeman to the presenters' roll at Sunday's Academy Awards.
MILESTONE: Oscar-winner William Hurt turns 50 today.
The 28-year-old stepbrother of "Titanic" superstar Leonardo DiCaprio is in a Los Angeles area jail today on $1 million bail. The allegation: Suspicion of attempted murder.
Adam Farrar, himself an actor, who appeared in the controversial kiddie-bank-robber indie flick "Pups," was arrested about noon Wednesday at a home in Marina Del Rey, Calif., after an alleged attack on his girlfriend, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says.
Leonardo DiCaprio Upon being taken into custody, Farrar told deputies he was Leo's stepbrother. While the familial factoid is true (Leo's camp confirmed as much today), authorities say they're not sure why Farrar offered that by way of ID info.
In addition to the attempted-murder booking, Farrar was also accused of making "terrorist threats" against his (unidentified) girlfriend.
Farrar (listed in the credits of "Pups" as "Ferrar") and DiCaprio are not related by blood. They became family when Farrar's bodybuilder mother married DiCaprio's underground-comic-guru father. Farrar was the first star of the family, doing commercials as a kid. He later left acting for other pursuits, including a stint in the Army.
In 1999, he was named one of Hollywood's "30 Under Thirty" to watch by TNT's Rough Cut movie Web site (www.roughcut.com). "I would love to work with [DiCaprio]," Farrar told the site. "I'm leaving all my options open at this point."
It wasn't known if DiCaprio, 25, was aware of Farrar's current straits. "He has no comment," DiCaprio's publicist, Ken Sunshine, said today of the actor.
TRAGEDY: Mia Farrow is mourning the loss of her 19-year-old child, who died last weekend of a cardiac arrest, it has been revealed. Tam Farrow -- born in Vietnam and adopted by Farrow in 1992 -- had a history of medical problems. She was blind and had been hospitalized as recently as last week in Connecticut. Mia Farrow, 55, is almost as famous for raising a seemingly unmanageable brood of children as for her films ("The Purple Rose of Cairo," "Death on the Nile") or for her tabloid-friendly breakup with longtime love Woody Allen in 1992. Tam Farrow was one of the actress' 14 children -- 10 of whom are adopted. Farrow is also a grandmother by estranged daughter Soon-Yi. Allen, 64, and Soon-Yi adopted a child of their own in 1998.
OSCAR WATCH: Mel Gibson has enlisted to present, and supermodel Tyra Banks and MTV News' Chris Connelly have enlisted to co-host, ABC's red-carpet arrivals parade (now dubbed "Countdown to Oscars 2000") with "The View" gabber Meredith Vieira. Most disturbingly, Ray Charles, Isaac Hayes, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah and baseball player Garth Brooks have enlisted to perform a "special song medley" on the main telecast. For this they ditched the dance numbers?
GOOD COUNTRY PEOPLE: Singer Faith Hill ("Breathe") lassoed eight nominations, including one for best entertainer, as the field for the TNN Music Awards was announced today. Hubby Tim McGraw scored five. Winners will be announced June 15 in Nashville.
THE SIMILARITIES ARE STARTLING? A Pennsylvania woman has filed a federal lawsuit against the author of the mega-selling-soon-to-be-a-major-motion-picture "Harry Potter" series, claiming that J.K. Rowling ripped off her non-mega-selling-not-soon-to-be-a-major-motion-picture 1984 novel, "The Legend of Rah and Muggles."
PEOPLE WHO GET PERMITS ARE THE LUCKIEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD: Barbra Streisand and hubby James Brolin have gotten the go-ahead from the Malibu City Council to rip down one of their houses and build a new one in its place. That's what rich people call spring cleaning.