Nesbitt was in New Zealand filming The Lord of the Rings prequel when he heard the news and jetted back to Northern Ireland to be with his family.
His 79-year-old mum May had been battling Alzheimer's disease.
Nesbitt says, "Mum passed away on Friday night and the whole family is devastated by the news."
Nesbitt has been living in New Zealand with his wife Sonia and their daughters while shooting Peter Jackson's latest blockbuster, in which he plays a dwarf called Bofur.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
It’s 1969 and Elliot Teichberg is back in his hometown of White Lake New York struggling in earnest to keep his parents’ dilapidated getaway motel in business. Elliot is a fey sensitive soul who longs to run away from the deeply set-in-its-ways White Lake to a city with more to offer culturally than weekly chamber of commerce meetings.
Elliot is tied to White Lake by a deeply felt obligation to help his aging parents both Russian holocaust survivors maintain the business. Elliot a painter does his best to bring the cultural vibrancy he yearns for to his mundane situation by planning far-fetched improvements for the cinder block motel housing a theater troupe of often naked hippies in the barn heading the area chamber of commerce and putting on a yearly “music festival” which simply involves him playing his records for anyone who wants to sit in his yard and listen
When Elliot learns a slightly more large scale music festival has been pushed out of nearby Wallkill New York (locals there fear the "hippie invasion") he realizes the permit he obtained for his record party might just work for the bigger event. He makes a few phone calls and subsequently watches history unfold in his front yard.
WHO’S IN IT?
Demetri Martin carries Taking Woodstock as the sweet sensitive Elliot. Imelda Staunton and Henry Goodman each steal a few scenes as his hardened aging parents. Emile Hirsch does his best with a broadly written bit as a recently returned Vietnam veteran. Eugene Levy is Max Yasgur the farmer who offers his fields up for the hippie takeover; Liev Schreiber takes a surprisingly poignant turn as Vilma a cross dressing former army sergeant who heads the security team at the motel; and Paul Dano Mamie Gummer (daughter of Meryl Streep) and Jonathan Groff are delightful as chill-to-the-core members of the beautiful and often naked hippie legion.
Figures like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin whose portrayals could ultimately be distracting appear only on the soundtrack. Elliot never even makes it all the way down to the stage. Rather than taking on the heart of the Woodstock legend by portraying the musicians who performed there director Ang Lee uses Eliot's sweet anxious dreamy lens to tell the story.
The focus on this one character serves well to humanize an event steeped in historical lore and Martin probably best known for his stand up act effectively carries the movie. Among characters that at times come across like caricatures Martin’s performance is nuanced sad gentle wide-eyed and a touch heartbreaking as his character experiences Woodstock as catalyst for self discovery.
Through the use of split screens and multiple cameras Lee also does a masterful job of creating an excited sense of energy around the fast-paced nuts and bolts planning of the prolific event.
The writing and acting in the initial scenes feel clunky and wooden like a bad high school play. The film takes awhile finding its rhythm and devotes a bit too much time setting up Elliot’s White Lake circumstances. The humor in these scenes feels awkward and generally falls flat. Taking Woodstock finally lifts off when the helicopter full of festival planners lands in Elliot’s yard. From here it’s wholly enjoyable.
The film subtly deals with Elliot coming to terms with his homosexuality and the satisfaction in the moment when he gets a passionate kiss from and subsequently kisses back a very attractive man in the midst of a hippie dance party made me want to cheer and cry and relish in his victory.
Taking Woodstock is a bit lackadaisical in its pace and takes awhile to really become engaging. When it does however the film is funny touching and heartfelt. To see what Woodstock meant for one individual provides an understanding of what it likely meant to of the thousands upon thousands of people who experienced history there. Taking Woodstock might not be an especially important film but its pleasant insights are worth being had.
Britney Spears will soon be a mommy.
The pop princess tells fans on her official Web site she and husband Kevin Federline are expecting their first child together. Her publicist, Sonia Muckle, confirmed the singer's pregnancy Tuesday but refused to provide additional details, The Associated Press reports.
"The time has finally come to share our wonderful news that we are expecting our first child together," the singer on her official Web site. "There are reports that I was in the hospital this weekend, and Kevin and I just want everyone to know that all is well. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers."
Magazines and tabloids have been speculating for weeks that Spears, 23, might be pregnant, snapping pictures of her expanding waistline and fuller figure. Although she wouldn't confirm--or deny--whether she might be expecting, Spears has publicly expressed a desire to start a family. In an interview with People magazine last fall, she said: "I want to be a young mom. I can see us as parents."
Federline, 27, who wed the pop singer last September, already has two children with his ex-girlfriend, actress Shar Jackson. Spears and Federline met last year when he was a backup dancer on her tour--and Jackson was pregnant with their son. Spears also had a turbulent year, marrying Federline just eight months after ending a 55-hour Las Vegas marriage to her childhood friend, Jason Alexander.
Now the couple plan to air their lives on television. Last week, the pair announced they would document their courtship in a new reality series on UPN, AP reports. The network promised "exclusive, never-before-seen private home videos" of their "personal love story."
Based on the life of New York City police detective Vincent LaMarca City by the Sea vacillates between a true-crime mystery and a family drama. As Vincent (De Niro) investigates the murder of a Long Beach N.Y. drug dealer it becomes painfully clear that his estranged son junkie Joey (James Franco) known on the street as Joey Nova is the prime suspect. Vincent is of course taken off the case but when his partner is killed while pursuing Joey the search becomes the Long Beach police department's top priority--and saving his son from a police department eager for cop-killer blood becomes Vincent's. The fact that Vincent discovers that he has a grandson Angelo doesn't help the situation especially when Joey's supposedly clean ex-junkie girlfriend (Eliza Dushku) leaves the kid at Vincent's apartment when she goes to buy cigarettes and fails to return. Vincent who's always defined himself against his criminal father finds himself forced to decide whether he's a cop or a father and grandfather first a quandary that naturally leads to some pretty compelling if slightly melodramatic scenes for De Niro. Interestingly despite the somber subject matter and the dramatic tone the film still manages a few lighthearted moments which really save it from the pitfalls of its own seriousness.
Sometimes a great cast can make even a mediocre film good and that's what happens in City by the Sea. Even though the dialogue they're given to work with isn't always completely natural--in fact sometimes it's downright contrived--the cast still manages to create a compelling final product. You just can't go wrong with De Niro as a hardened streetwise emotionally distant cop and he makes everyone opposite him look great especially relative newcomer Franco (whose performance as a young James Dean in TNT's James Dean earned him some critical kudos of his own). The young actor swaggers onto the scene like a very young Bob Dylan a hollow-body vintage guitar slung across his back. Of course he's selling it for drugs not heading for a gig. Patti LuPone really sinks her teeth--and catty claws--into her role as LaMarca's bitter ex-wife creating some of the film's most dynamic scenes while Frances McDormand lends her subtly expressive style to the most emotional moments as De Niro's sometime girlfriend Michelle.
Director Michael Caton-Jones delves into the dark side of his imagination with images of a desolate Long Beach: graffiti-covered walls crumbling casinos and a rickety boardwalk--all the detritus of a once-thriving tourist destination. In this grim setting Joey wanders virtually empty streets and beaches where as a child he played happily; meanwhile in Manhattan Vincent is wandering his streets in much the same way. It's an interesting device Caton-Jones uses to show the similarities between the two men and it's as effective at establishing their relationship as the relatively few scenes they have together. At moments like this when the film is making its emotional impact visually it shines; unfortunately City by the Sea relies a little too often on its average dialogue and does a little too much telling and not enough showing.
Paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) vowed never to return to the now-quarantined Jurassic Park--until that is he's hired by a wealthy thrill-seeking couple Paul and Amanda Kirby (William H. Macy and Tea Leoni) as a tour guide for their flyover above Isla Sorna. But the Kirbys aren't really wealthy aren't married anymore and don't intend to just visit--what they didn't tell Grant is that they plan to actually land on the island to search for their son Eric who disappeared there two months earlier on a parasailing trip with Amanda's reckless boyfriend. Grant his hunky protégé Billy (Alessandro Nivola) the Kirbys and their pilots soon find themselves running for cover from the highly intelligent raptors sharp-toothed T. Rexes and the biggest and most vicious dino of them all the Spinosaurus (new with this sequel)--while managing to find Eric (Trevor Morgan) along the way.
Neill who (perhaps for best) wasn't part of The Lost World: Jurassic Park wears his familiar role from the first movie as well as he wears his broken-in hat. Wise and world-weary he's the quintessential scientist-cum-adventurer who finds dinos fascinating and humans exasperating. Macy's ever the hapless regular Joe caught up in events he can't control. Apparently the annoying Leoni's main assignment as halfwit Amanda was to scream and thrash about as much as possible at the most inopportune times (you may find yourself rooting for her to wind up between a dino's jaws). It's the kid however who turns in a particularly nice performance as the fearless accidental castaway who's the reason they're all stuck there in the first place. Watch for Jurassic Park vet Laura Dern making a crucial cameo.
Hold onto your hats you're in for a wild ride! Jurassic Park III boogies clocking in at a whirlwind 92 minutes and the action is nonstop. Reminiscent of Spielberg's first dino flick rather than its sequel (although it's nearly impossible to recapture the jaw-dropping effect of first seeing the dinosaurs back in '93) this latest sequel tosses off some pretty amazing moments of its own--witness the flying Pterodons who mount their attack from the air and the scene in which our human friends get caught up in a stampede of panicked herbivores. This film's lack of over-the-top gore is a pleasant surprise. More emphasis on the thrill of the chase than on the potentially gruesome end result makes for a scarier movie. Some irritating moments do occur (mostly between Paul and Amanda who seem to forget they're stuck possibly for good on an island where the wild things are).
Contrary to the fairy tales children read, or Hollywood's rosy depiction of love and marriage, some couples do not live happily ever after.
Case in point: Carol Dennis, a former backup singer for Bob Dylan, broke her silence this week by saying that she secretly wed the musician in 1986. The marriage ended in 1992, she said.
The Gospel-rock vocalist also said that she has a daughter, Desiree Gabrielle Dennis-Dylan, now 15, with Dylan.
British author Howard Sounes revealed the failed marriage in his unauthorized biography, Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan.
"Bob and I made a choice to keep our marriage a private matter for a simple reason - to give our daughter a normal childhood," Dennis said in a statement released by her publicist.
Columbia Records, Dylan's record label, refused to comment.
This is not the first secret celebrity wedding to end in divorce. The first the public learned about Janet Jackson's marriage to Rene Elizondo was last year when they filed for divorce.
Such a secret marriage is not unusual for celebrities, Sonia Regina Rosendo, a Miami marriage and family therapist, said Thursday.
"Famous celebrities have high sums of money and have a lot of pressure to succeed,"she said "Some people take advantage of that fact."
Both parties are at fault and will get hurt from a situation like this one, Rosendo said. The celebrity's ego rises because of the fame they have achieved and sometimes they believe they can achieve anything they want by using their power, she said.
The other party involved will take advantage of their status and fame and incidents like this will occur, she said.
Jackson married Elizondo in 1991, but they kept the wedding secret until both filed for divorce. According to MTV Asia, the singer had agreed to pay her husband $11 million to get him to leave her, but he threatened to write a tell-all book unless the singer increased her payment.
"Privacy is very important for celebrities, and everyone," said Rosendo.
Secrecy might be exactly what the rich and the famous might be seeking, she said.
Such celebrities as Drew Barrymore, Melanie Griffith and Brooke Shields have recently wed in secret, but they eventually went public.
"Celebrities want their limits," Rosendo said. "How are they [celebrities] going to have privacy if they don't put limits on their lives to the press?"
In a Daily Telegraph interview last month, Sounes said he did not think his book painted Dylan in an unfavorable light.
"He's an exceptionally good father, knows his daughter and pays toward both Desiree and Carolyn's upkeep," Sounes said. Desiree said that to portray "Bob as 'hiding his daughter' is just malicious and ridiculous. That is something he would never do. Bob has been a wonderful, active father to Desiree."
Regardless, the family system would be harmed in such cases as the Dylan secret marriage, Rosendo said.
"The rest of the family, those who are not the 'protagonist,' will be affected emotionally, publicly and personally," she said.