Reality TV star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino is facing a federal investigation into his finances. The probe centres on the former Jersey Shore castmember's three businesses - MPS Entertainment, Situation Productions and his clothing line, Situation Nation.
Sorrentino's publicist confirmed the investigation in a statement, which reads: "Michael Sorrentino is fully aware that the U.S. Attorney's office has issued subpoenas for records relating to several businesses he owns.
"Although the nature and the scope of the investigation is not clear at this time, Sorrentino fully expects that when all the facts are revealed, no further action will be taken."
Sorrentino rose to fame during the six seasons of the hit MTV reality series, and last year (12), came in fourth place on the U.K.'s Celebrity Big Brother.
Actor Liam Hemsworth works out his anger issues by beating up a punching bag whenever false tabloid gossip gets on his nerves. The Australian hunk became a tabloid target when he first began dating Miley Cyrus in 2010 and the media attention only intensified as he rose to fame worldwide as part of The Hunger Games film franchise.
However, the laid-back 23 year old, who broke off his engagement to Cyrus in September (13), insists the pressure of life in the spotlight rarely makes him lose his temper.
He tells the Associated Press, "What I always keep in mind is that I know what the truth is and that's all that matters. I know I'm a good person and these days I feel like I'm more centred and grounded than I've ever been.
"I read a lot of Zen books. And I grew up surfing, so that has always been my escape."
And when he feels like blowing off some steam, he heads to the gym for a kick-boxing session: "It's a mental release to go and beat the s**t out of a (punching) bag for an hour."
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Thor star Chris Hemsworth and his actress wife Elsa Pataky are set to become parents for the second time. The couple, who welcomed daughter India Rose last year (12), is expecting another baby in 2014, according to Us Weekly magazine.
Hemsworth and Pataky married in 2010.
The news comes during a high time for Hemsworth - his new movie Thor: The Dark World has been number one at the U.S. box office for two weeks in a row and has become one of the year's most successful films at the international box office since its release at the end of October (13).
New mother FERGIE decided to name her son after rocker Axl Rose after feeling her unborn baby kick for the first time as she dreamed about attending a concert by the Guns N' Roses star. The Black Eyed Peas hitmaker reveals she was woken up by her son's powerful thrust and she knew in that moment that she wanted to give her first child with husband Josh Duhamel the unique moniker.
During a pre-taped interview with U.S. talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, which airs on Wednesday afternoon (20Nov13), she explains, "I had this dream, and I was in the audience at the festival. It was outdoors and it was all grimy and nobody knew who I was. On stage singing was Jim Morrison and then came Bob Marley and then Axl Rose. I was in heaven in this dream, and I'm dancing and just getting into the music.
"It was really beautiful and I woke Josh up and I said, 'Honey, honey, honey, he kicked me! He finally kicked me!"
The couple settled on Axl Jack, the latter a tribute to Fergie's late uncle, when the tot was born in August (13) and she admits, "(The name) just had this ring to it. It was very strong."
Actor James Marsden is baffled by longstanding rumours suggesting he is the mystery father of January Jones' baby, dismissing the speculation as "stupid talk". The blonde beauty has kept her son Xander's paternity a secret since falling pregnant in 2011, but reports linking the two X-Men alumni have continued to circulate, much to Marsden's annoyance.
In a new interview with Playboy magazine, he says, "There's so much stupid talk out there. I think that came from somebody thinking we were both in X-Men, so it must be true."
However, Marsden admits the two stars have learned to laugh about the false baby claims: "Every time I see January, she's like, 'Hey, father of my baby.'"
Jones starred as mutant Emma Frost in 2011's movie prequel X-Men: First Class, while Marsden featured as Scott Summers and his alter ego Cyclops in the original X-Men film, which was released in 2000, and its two sequels, X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand.
The actor is already a father of three - he has two children with his estranged wife Lisa Linde, while he welcomed a boy named William Luca last December (12) following a brief fling with Brazilian model Rose Costa.
Rapper Wiz Khalifa has his wife Amber Rose to thank for paving the way for his collaboration with Adele after she bonded with the singer over motherhood at the 2013 Grammy Awards. Model Rose was heavily pregnant with the couple's first child as they walked the red carpet on music's biggest night in February (13), and new mum Adele was among the guests who ran up to the mum-to-be to chat about her pregnancy glow and the miracle she was carrying.
Khalifa tells Rap-Up.com, "She was like, 'Amber! Amber!' and told her how beautiful she looked."
The British singer eventually turned to Khalifa and the brief red carpet meeting prompted Adele's representatives to reach out to the rapper and propose plans to work together in the studio.
He adds, "Her people contacted some of my people when they found out we were working on the album and sent some ideas through, so we were able to knock some things out."
The track is due to appear on Khalifa's forthcoming album, Blacc Hollywood, which will also feature a duet with Miley Cyrus.
Rose gave birth to son Sebastian just three weeks after the Grammy Awards.
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Recently, The Walt Disney Theatrical Company announced that there would be a stage production of the long-beloved classic film The Princess Bride. This could present a worrisome situation for fans of the movie. People like me who still stop what they are doing and watch it on TV when I come across it despite owning it on DVD. Can they capture the same thing on stage? I'm not sure.
This production may be very, very hard-pressed to capture the whole virtual eye-winking at the audience the film did. There was a zaniness that lay under every line spoken, even in the so-called serious parts. Every actor in the film was practically jabbing their elbow into the rib of the movie-viewer: "This is so terribly, terribly serious. Right? nudge nudge" Plus the movie was cast perfectly, with it being nearly impossible to view any other actor playing the role. Can we really imagine someone different than Cary Elwes playing Westly? Who will play the beautiful Buttercup? Mandy Patinkin was magnificent as Inigo Montoya. Billy Crystal better make an appearance, as well.
I'm afraid, however, that there will be a scene in the play, with whoever is playing Montoya suddenly standing in a spotlight and bellowing out in song, "My name is Inigooooooooo Montoyaaaa. You killled my father!! Prepare to diiiiiiie/ No, don't you... No, don't youuuu dare bother/ trying to cry... just prepare to diiiiiiiiiiie!" (If this lyric is actually used in the play, I'd like to be contacted so I can get some royalties).
The fact that Alan Horn, the Disney chairman who played such a big part in guiding the movie along, is taking this under his wing is an encouraging sign. Also, William Goldman, the genius who wrote the book and screenplay for the film will be taking an active role here. If there was anyone who could get what would translate well to the stage, it's these two. This allays some fears. Also, it's not the first time a classic film comedy has come out well being translated to the stage. I'm talking of Spamalot, which rose from the ashes of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It will be a wait-and-see situation.
One thing I know for sure, though. They are going to have to get somebody literally huge like The Big Show from the WWE to play Fezzik, No weaklings will be allowed to try to fill the late Andre the Giant's shoes. Their pulling this off though, is not incontheivable...I mean...inconceivable.
Axl Rose's ex-wife is auctioning off the couple's 1990 marriage certificate and wedding video. Former model Erin Everly is selling off a series of personal items, also including a domestic abuse report and poems and love letters written by Guns N' Roses rocker Rose.
The memorabilia will be going under the hammer at an upcoming Julien's Auctions event in Los Angeles.
Everly is also selling a pair of her ex-husband's leather pants and the shirt he wore in the Welcome To The Jungle video.
The wedding video and marriage certificate alone are expected to fetch upwards of $2,000 (GBP1,300).
Everly, who inspired Rose to write Guns N' Roses hit Sweet Child O' Mine, began dating the rocker in the mid-1980s. Their marriage only lasted a few months.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie can add a new winemaking accolade to their awards cabinet after winning acclaim for their Chateau Miraval Rose 2012. The couple's top bottle has been named among the 84 wines of the year by Wine Spectator magazine - making it the "best rose in the world".
When the wine first hit stores this spring (13), all 6,000 bottles sold out within five hours.
The rose is the first hit from a partnership between the movie stars and Provence's winemaking Perrin family.
The Wine Spectator magazine nod comes just three days after Jolie was honoured with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the fourth annual Governors Ball in Hollywood on Saturday (16Nov13).