Nicolas Cage has denied reports suggesting intimate pictures of him and ex-girlfriend Christina Fulton were among the items allegedly stolen from her home by a former handyman. The Face/Off star's ex-employee Ricardo Orozco has been charged with felony burglary over claims he took four computers and a batch of photos from Fulton's home.
Reports suggested the haul of pictures included graphic images of the former couple, but Cage has now shot down the rumours.
A statement from the actor reads, "Explicit photos of myself and Ms. Fulton simply do not exist and never have."
Orozco has pleaded not guilty to the charge and will return to court on 22 November (13).
Nicolas Cage's former handyman has been arrested on suspicion of stealing personal photos from the home of the movie star's ex-girlfriend Christina Fulton. Ricardo Orozco was taken into custody on 22 October (13) over accusations he took four computers and a box of pictures, allegedly including intimate images of Cage and Fulton, the mother of the actor's son, Weston.
Orozco has pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony burglary and is currently being held on $1 million (£666,667) bail, according to TMZ.com.
He is set to appear in court in Los Angeles on 22 November (13).
David Mitchell's novel Cloud Atlas consists of six stories set in various periods between 1850 and a time far into Earth's post-apocalyptic future. Each segment lives on its own the previous first person account picked up and read by a character in its successor creating connective tissue between each moment in time. The various stories remain intact for Tom Tykwer's (Run Lola Run) Lana Wachowski's and Andy Wachowski's (The Matrix) film adaptation which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. The massive change comes from the interweaving of the book's parts into one three-hour saga — a move that elevates the material and transforms Cloud Atlas in to a work of epic proportions.
Don't be turned off by the runtime — Cloud Atlas moves at lightning pace as it cuts back and forth between its various threads: an American notary sailing the Pacific; a budding musician tasked with transcribing the hummings of an accomplished 1930's composer; a '70s-era investigatory journalist who uncovers a nefarious plot tied to the local nuclear power plant; a book publisher in 2012 who goes on the run from gangsters only to be incarcerated in a nursing home; Sonmi~451 a clone in Neo Seoul who takes on the oppressive government that enslaves her; and a primitive human from the future who teams with one of the few remaining technologically-advanced Earthlings in order to survive. Dense but so was the unfamiliar world of The Matrix. Cloud Atlas has more moving parts than the Wachowskis' seminal sci-fi flick but with additional ambition to boot. Every second is a sight to behold.
The members of the directing trio are known for their visual prowess but Cloud Atlas is a movie about juxtaposition. The art of editing is normally a seamless one — unless someone is really into the craft the cutting of a film is rarely a post-viewing talking point — but Cloud Atlas turns the editor into one of the cast members an obvious player who ties the film together with brilliant cross-cutting and overlapping dialogue. Timothy Cavendish the elderly publisher could be musing on his need to escape and the film will wander to the events of Sonmi~451 or the tortured music apprentice Robert Frobisher also feeling the impulse to run. The details of each world seep into one another but the real joy comes from watching each carefully selected scene fall into place. You never feel lost in Cloud Atlas even when Tykwer and the Wachowskis have infused three action sequences — a gritty car chase in the '70s a kinetic chase through Neo Seoul and a foot race through the forests of future millennia — into one extended set piece. This is a unified film with distinct parts echoing the themes of human interconnectivity.
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Cloud Atlas poses big questions without losing track of its human element the characters at the heart of each story. A slower moment or two may have helped the Wachowskis' and Tykwer's film to hit a powerful emotional chord but the finished product still proves mainstream movies can ask questions while laying over explosive action scenes. This year there won't be a bigger movie in terms of scope in terms of ideas and in terms of heart than Cloud Atlas.
Fulton and her 20-year-old son will front new VH1 show Uncaged, which will follow their daily lives, and Weston is hoping the new project will show the public his true colours.
A source tells America's Star magazine, "Christina said the show will be like a modern-day Addams Family. Weston just wants to show the world he's not mentally ill."
Weston has had a tough 2011 so far - in July (11), the black metal rocker checked into rehab for a 30-day treatment programme and was twice arrested on suspicion of domestic violence following fights with his wife Nikki, who he married in April (11).
The rocker has enrolled on a 30-day treatment programme in an unknown facility, following his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence earlier this week (beg18Jul11).
The 20 year old was taken into police custody for the second time this month (Jul11) after an alleged confrontation with his wife, Nikki Williams, on Wednesday (20Jul11).
Weston, whose mum is actress Christina Fulton, admits the public perception of him has been tarnished but he's determined to get better.
He tells E! Online, "I am getting myself together, so I'm sorry about being mislabeled by people who don't know me, or realise that I come from a long line of creative and successful artists."
Weston also dismissed speculation he is envious of his songwriter partner's success and revealed plans for his own future goals.
He adds, "I would like to congratulate my multi-talented wife on her recent recording contract. I have always been supportive of her music. In no way would I ever be jealous of her successes, as I do not follow her preferred musical genre, and am personally working on a new solo album that I should have recorded a long time ago."
Cage and his wife Nikki Williams were both booked on felony domestic violence charges earlier this month (Jul11) after police were called to their Los Angeles home to investigate reports of a disturbance.
Cage initially took to his Facebook.com page after the bust-up and hinted the marriage was over, but Williams later insisted they were "working through" their issues and heading to rehab to battle their demons. She also revealed she is pregnant with their first child.
And the pair proved their commitment to each other by stepping out for a meal in West Hollywood earlier this week (begs11Jul11), along with Weston's mother Christina Fulton.
The former couple came face-to-face in court on Tuesday (14Jun11) in an attempt to settle a $13 million (£8.1 million) property lawsuit.
Fulton told reporters at the courthouse she is taking legal action to oversee Weston after he was hospitalised and underwent a mental evaluation last week (07Jun11) after a public brawl with his fitness trainer.
The 20-year-old rocker has since been released from a psychiatric hold, and Cage is adamant Weston doesn't need his mother's help to get by.
He tells TMZ.com, "I hope Ms. Fulton will come to her senses one day and get some help... Weston is a man. I have complete faith he will weather this well."
And the Eyes of Noctum star insists he's trying to distance himself from his mum, adding, "I am a fully capable and self-sufficient adult. I want no contact with Christina Fulton and will never undergo the torment she put me through ever again."
At press time, neither Weston nor his parents had disclosed what that he meant by the "torment".
Fulton hit Cage with a $13 million (£8.1 million) lawsuit in 2009, accusing him of failing to properly transfer a property he gave her, thereby preventing the actress from selling it.
The former couple came face-to-face in a courthouse on Tuesday (14Jun11) as Superior Court Judge Teresa Gordon-Sanchez urged them to reach an agreement before trial.
The National Treasure star and his ex appear to have taken the advice and negotiated a settlement to the satisfaction of both parties, reports TMZ.com.
The terms of the agreement have been kept confidential.
But the actor's day in court was not without drama - Fulton told reporters she plans to seek a conservatorship for the former couple's troubled son Weston after he was hospitalised and underwent a mental evaluation last week (07Jun11).
Cage hit back by insisting, "I hope Ms. Fulton will come to her senses one day and get some help... Weston is a man. I have complete faith he will weather this well."
Fulton filed a $13 million (£8.1 million) lawsuit against the actor in 2009, claiming Cage bought her a home but failed to officially transfer the property into her name, preventing Fulton from selling off the house.
Cage's lawyer, Marty Singer, previously insisted, "All of these claims are long-time barred by the statute of limitations and are baseless... We expect this lawsuit to be promptly thrown out."
And on Tuesday (14Jun11) Superior Court Judge Teresa Gordon-Sanchez ruled that Fulton couldn't sue Cage for breaching an oral contract and should instead consider reaching an agreement before trial as it would be the "best option for everyone involved".
The National Treasure star and Fulton were both present for the courthouse meeting, according to the Associated Press.
The 20 year old was strapped to a gurney and taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles following an alleged violent outburst at a Hollywood restaurant on Tuesday (07Jun11).
The Eyes of Noctum star is said to have been subdued by police and later underwent a mental evaluation.
Weston's mother Fulton, who began dating Cage in the 1980s, has been overwhelmed with worry for her son and spoke out about the incident after visiting him in hospital on Wednesday (08Jun11).
Fulton appeared emotional as she was filmed telling TMZ.com, "My son is in trouble. He's in the hospital right now and he's under some really good care so that makes me very happy. But I'm pretty p**sed off because his father - he's affected by his father and that is why he's in that hospital tonight. That's all I have to say."
Los Angeles authorities are investigating the alleged altercation at The Farmer's Kitchen restaurant.