The estranged wife of paralysed former James Bond stuntman Eddie Kidd has been jailed for five months after she admitted assaulting the wheelchair-bound star. Samantha Kidd, 44, was arrested in 2012 over allegations she attacked her husband, who has doubled for 007 stars including Pierce Brosnan, Sir Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton, and she pleaded guilty to four counts of assault by beating just days before her trial was due to kick off last month (Jul13).
She appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court in England on Thursday (01Aug13) to hear her sentence, and district judge William Ashworth ordered her to spend five months behind bars.
He also refused her bail while appealing against the sentence, and commented on her sickening attacks on her severely disabled husband, saying, "These four assaults on Eddie Kidd represent a pattern of violent behaviour towards your husband... (who) was particularly vulnerable... Whatever you felt about his disability, you didn't shy away from raining six punches on him or slapping, kicking and throttling him so much that you had to be pulled off him."
Former daredevil Kidd was left paralysed and brain damaged following a motorcycle crash in 1996. He also doubled for Michael Caine in Bullseye! and performed a series of famous bike stunts in Harrison Ford's 1979 film Hanover Street.
If you need someone to teach you how to fight mythical beings, why not get Jeff Bridges? That's exactly what our protagonist does in the trailer for Seventh Son, based on The Wardstone Chronicles series by Joseph Delaney.
In the movie, Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) is an apprentice to John Gregory (Bridges), a Spook who fights dark creatures. Together they attempt to take down Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), an evil witch who has it out for humans. Along the way, Tom has to battle all kinds of beasts, including dragons, a cyclops, and some guy with four arms. But he also gets to hook up with another not-so-evil witch, so that's a plus. Seventh Son is in theaters on Jan 17, 2014.
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The estranged wife of paralysed former James Bond stuntman Eddie Kidd has pleaded guilty to assaulting the wheelchair-bound star ahead of her impending trial. Samantha Kidd was arrested in December (12) and charged with six counts of assault over a four-month period. The 44 year old, who acted as her husband's full-time carer, denied the charges at a hearing in January (13).
On Thursday (04Jul13), Kidd admitted four charges of assault, just days before her trial was set to start on 9 July (13).
She will now return to court on 1 August (13) for sentencing.
Kidd was left paralysed and brain damaged in a motorcycle crash in 1996. He made his name in the stunt industry standing in for Bond actors including Pierce Brosnan, Sir Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton and picked up an Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal from Charles, Prince of Wales in June, 2012.
Today's "television people," the elitist bunch that we are, cringe at the very sound of canned laughter. Thanks to an era ushered in by unlikely heroes Scrubs and Malcolm in the middle, we have come to discern the superior brand of small screen comedy as oblong, offbeat stories told via non-traditional filmmaking. But we wouldn't have gotten here — to the era of Arrested Development, Community, Parks and Recreation, and Veep — without the majesties of sitcom past. And one of the purveyors of this era of gems was Gary David Goldberg, a whiz comedy writer who created the likes of Family Ties and Spin City.
A 68-year-old Goldberg passed away on Saturday following a bout with brain cancer, as reported by The New York Times. The writer/producer had been out of the television game for quite some time, with no small screen credits since the conclusion of his Michael J. Fox series Spin City in 2002. Goldberg did write, direct, and produce the romantic comedy film Must Love Dogs three years later, but has abstained from television work since the end of the affable local government satire.
Perhaps Goldberg neglected to find a project for which he had much passion after Spin City, or decided to focus his energies on other ventures and personal affairs. But this past decade has surely seen America shift its sights away from the traditional sitcom form. The average viewer sets its sights on reality television, while the comedy aficionados turn their noses up at traditional sitcoms. But those sitcoms are what birthed our favorite programs of today.
Goldberg cut his teeth on the greats of Phyllis, Alice, The bob Newhart Show, and M*A*S*H. Shows that might seem "old hat" today, but revolutionized comedy in their own way. Phyllis, a spin-off of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, helped to revolutionize what it meant to be a female comedian. Bob Newhart directed the nature of comedy inward, highlighting the hilarity present in human nuance. And M*A*S*H used its satiric edge to illustrate the tragedy, despair, and hope in the contemporary world's political climate.
When Goldberg went on to develop his own projects, the first of which being Family Ties, he had an innate understanding of small screen comedy, managing to deliver something freshly personal and affectionately sociopolitical, launching the career of a young Michael J. Fox, and contributing to the comedy greats that would come thereafter.
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Sir Michael Caine and Sir Roger Moore were among the stars who gathered in London on Sunday (23Jun13) to remember director Michael Winner at a memorial service. The Death Wish filmmaker died at his home in the U.K. capital in January (13) after a long battle with liver disease.
A number of famous faces attended Sunday's service at the National Police Memorial in St James’s Park, where a plaque was unveiled in honour of Winner, who established the Police Memorial Trust in the mid-1980s.
Sir Roger applauded his pal's dedication to the organisation, telling the crowd, "His greatest achievement is why we're here today. My father was a police officer stationed at Bow Street, and when Michael Caine and I made a film together with Michael Winner, I was impersonating a police officer and Mr Winner arranged that I could have a uniform that bore my father's number PC168E, which I wore with great pride.
"But now, we're here because of the very fine and noble work that Michael did in establishing the Police Memorial Trust to mark the places where brave and mainly unarmed police officers gave their lives for our safety, for our protection."
Sir Michael Caine also stepped up to speak about his friend of more than 50 years, and revealed of their first meeting, "He was the kindest, nicest, most gentle person you could think of - and that is where I was completely wrong. He was the most miserable son-of-a-b**ch once you got to know him...
"He was testing you, and he always tested people to see how far you would go before you disliked him. I said to him, 'Michael, you can go as far as you like with me. I will never dislike you. Do you understand that?' He said, 'Yes, I've got it'. And then he became my friend. And, as many of you will not believe, he became a tender, gentle person with me all my life."
British TV personality Sir Michael Parkinson, veteran entertainer Cilla Black and Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone also attended the ceremony.
Sir Roger Moore is one step closer to landing a dream role in hit British TV series Sherlock or Doctor Who after striking up a Twitter.com conversation with one of the shows' writers. The former James Bond star reached out to Mark Gatiss online after the Sherlock co-creator praised the veteran actor for his "wonderful" performance in 1970 thriller The Man Who Haunted Himself.
Responding to the compliment, Moore cheekily tweeted, "I might be equally wonderful in Dr Who (sic) or Sherlock if asked!" - and it appears his brazen approach has paid off.
An excited Gatniss replied, "My life is complete! Will be (in) touch."
The screenwriter has yet to expand on the kind of role he has in mind for Moore for either Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the literary super sleuth, or Doctor Who, which features Matt Smith as the Time Lord.
If Moore appears in the futuristic sci-fi series, he won't be the only 007 agent to have joined the franchise - his Bond successor, Timothy Dalton, was cast in two Doctor Who episodes in 2009 and 2010 opposite former Time Lord, David Tennant.
Now that Shailene Woodley has been cast as the lead in the adaptation of John Green's bestselling young adult novel The Fault In Our Stars, the hunt is on to find her leading man. Woodley plays Hazel, a teenage cancer patient who meets a fellow sufferer in a cancer support group. Agustus is a videogame-loving ex-basketball player who lost his leg to osteosarcoma, and a complete dreamboat. The five young actors testing for the role aren't very famous, so we've rounded up their most well-known credits for you to figure out where you've seen them before.
If you're not hip to TFIOS, get on it. Time voted it the No. 1 book of 2012 — not YA book, all books. Stock up on tissues before you read. And if you are, here are the five young actors testing for Augustus this weekend, per Variety:
Brenton Thwaites, 24 Did you catch Lifetime's 2012 remake of the classic erotic teenage coming-of-age story The Blue Lagoon, Blue Lagoon: The Awakening? If not, then you probably haven't seen this Australian cutie unless you hail from his homeland, where he starred on the long-running soap Home and Away. But you will see him when he plays the Young Prince in the Angelina Jolie-starring fairy tale epic Maleficent, out next year.
Nat Wolff, 18 This star of the long-running Nickelodeon series The Naked Brothers Band played one of the titular bros (along with his real-life sibling, Alex). He appeared in the star-studded New Year's Eve, and plays one of the leads in Palo Alto, the dark drama based on James Franco's short stories.
Nick Robinson, 18 Robinson can currently be seen as Ryder Scanlon, the nephew of Melissa Joan Hart in ABC Family's sitcom Melissa & Joey. On the opposite end of the acting spectrum, he also appeared in an episode of Boardwalk Empire and a few smaller films.
Noah Silver The Internet doesn't have much on this young actor, who we're assuming is French or French-Canadian (due to the multiple French-language credits on his IMDb page. He has three films set for release in the next year, though, including Jamie Marks Is Dead alongside Judy Greer and Liv Tyler and The Last Nights alongside Morgan Freeman and Clive Owen. You can also catch him in three episodes of Showtime's The Borgias.
Ansel Elgort Elgort's already got the advantage of working with his potential costar, Woodley, as her brother in the actress' other high-profile adaptation, Divergent. The stage actor makes his film debut in the new remake of Carrie, starring Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore.
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Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham is hardly the first reality star to also star in a sex tape, though most end up snagging the reality show because of the sex tape, not vice-versa. Abraham, on the other hand, has officially sold her own XXX video to Vivid Entertainment for a "seven-figure settlement," according to E! News.
And while there's something to be said for entrepreneurship and striking while the iron is hot, it's a little sad to see this girl reaching for the porn deal as her Teen Mom fame inevitably fades. It's great, meanwhile, to see her talking about getting her master’s degree and pursuing "culinary business endeavors." No doubt the seven figures will help with that. And heck, if Abraham really wanted to express her sexuality this way, so be it.
But this porn deal also indicates why so many young women are drawn into the industry: not because they want to be, but because it's one of their few options. It's hard to imagine that Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom will emerge as a great artistic work that sheds a new light on modern sexuality. All Vivid is doing is playing into the fetishization of a young girl who's somewhat famous for being a "teen mom." And Abraham is likely trying to make a buck however she can.
Let's just hope that seven figures helps Abraham get a hell of a master's degree and a brilliant culinary venture. And let's hope Teen Mom ends soon so all these troubled souls — see Teen Mom 2’s Jennelle and her drug problems once again on display in last night’s finale — can get out of the spotlight and back to their real, if difficult, lives.
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Actor Richard Leparmentier has died at the age of 66. The star passed away at his home in Austin, Texas on Monday (15Apr13).
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to British and Irish parents, LeParmentier moved to the U.K. in 1974, when he made his acting debut in David Essex film Stardust.
He went on to score small roles in more than 50 TV shows and movies, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit and James Bond thriller Octopussy, alongside Sir Roger Moore as secret agent 007, and he co-starred with his former wife, British actress Sarah Douglas, in films such as Superman II, Rollerball and The People That Time Forgot.
He also found work as a screenwriter for British series The Bill, Boon and Love Hurts in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
However, LeParmentier will perhaps be best remembered for his part as Admiral Motti in Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope, in which his character was famously choked to death by Darth Vader.
Douglas was alerted to her ex-husband's death by fans on Twitter.com and asked followers to keep her informed as news about LeParmentier emerged.
She writes, "Thank you for all the kind messages regarding the death of my ex husband Richard LeParmentier. I would be grateful to hear any details".
The couple divorced in 1984 after three years of marriage.
James Bond said he'd return!
But we'll be seeing him in print before Daniel Craig next dons the tux onscreen. Publishing company Jonathan Cape, Ian Fleming's original publisher of the 007 stories, announced on April 15 that William Boyd will be writing the next James Bond novel, simply titled Solo. It'll be released in the U.K. in hardcover this September 26, with a U.S. release to follow.
At the London Book Fair, Boyd shared some details about Solo, which will be set in 1969 and serve as a follow-up to Jeffrey Deaver's Carte Blanche (2011) and Sebastian Faulks' Devil May Care (2008), which rebooted the Bond novels to take place immediately after where the Fleming books left off in the mid-'60s. Boyd said, "In my novel, events conspire to make Bond go off on a self-appointed mission of his own, unannounced and without any authorization — and he's fully prepared to take the consequences of his audacity." Hence the title!
Now, that description may sound a bit familiar if you're a fan of the movies. Though Bond never really went rogue in the '60s or '70s — Sean Connery and Roger Moore's Bonds pretty much tow the government line — this sounds quite a bit like 1989's Licence to Kill (note the British spelling, licence), in which Timothy Dalton's Bond defies MI6 to hunt down the banana republic drug lord who fed his friend Felix Leiter to a shark. It was even originally going to be called Licence Revoked. A solo 007 vendetta was also the theme of 2008's Quantum of Solace, with Daniel Craig's Bond gunning for the baddies who killed his doomed lover Vesper Lynd. Hopefully, Boyd's novel will be a little more original than its logline.
One thing Solo has going for it: Boyd's affinity for Africa, having grown up in Nigeria. He plans to take 007 to Africa and says that "it's what happens to Bond [there] that generates his urge to 'go solo' and take matters into his own hands in the USA."
Will you take a trip back to 1969 and reading Solo when it comes out in September?
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