Charlie Sheen's former brother-in-law has won temporary guardianship of the actor's twin boys with Brooke Mueller. The former Two and a Half Men star's second ex-wife, Denise Richards, has been looking after his sons Bob and Max since their mother lost custody of them following a drugs bust in May (13).
However, the former Bond girl has been struggling to keep the kids under control amid concerns for their alleged behavioural issues, and she reached out to officials at the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in Los Angeles, revealing she can no longer take care of them because they have started harming her pet dogs and bullying her own daughters.
Richards expressed fears that the twins' bad behaviour is linked to the time they spend with their mother, suggesting they frequently turn violent after returning from visits with her, and she met with Mueller in court on Thursday (07Nov13) in a bid to find a solution for their situation.
No agreement was made during the four-hour showdown, but on Friday (08Nov13), it emerged that Mueller's brother, Scott, has been approved by DCFS officials as a suitable replacement as Bob and Max's guardian.
Richards will hand over the boys to Scott Mueller on Friday night, according to TMZ.com.
Sheen and Brooke split in 2010 after two years of marriage. She is currently seeking to regain full custody of their children after completing an outpatient rehab programme last month (Oct13).
Reality TV star Scott Disick's mother has passed away. Kourtney Kardashian's beau is mourning the loss of his 63-year-old mum, Bonnie Disick, E! News confirms.
Both Scott and Kourtney have been spotted in New York over the past few days, where Bonnie and her husband Jeff raised Scott in Long Island.
The Keeping Up with the Kardashians couple, who have two young children together, were noticeably absent from Kourtney's mum Kris Jenner's birthday celebration on Tuesday (05Nov13) in Los Angeles.
The producers of Natalie Portman's new film Jane Got A Gun are suing the movie's former director, who quit the project a day before shooting began in March (13). The executives, led by Scott Steindorff, claim Lynne Ramsay was paid $750,000 (GBP500,000) for a job she didn't complete, and they have filed documents in court in New Mexico alleging her departure delayed the production.
In paperwork obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, the producers also claim Ramsay was "abusive to members of the cast and crew and was generally disruptive," adding, she "failed to adhere to proper safety protocol for handling weapons on set, when she pointed a prop gun directly at a camera and, in turn, at the camera crew before first taking proper precautions."
Producers are demanding that Ramsay pays back her salary, and they are also seeking punitive damages over claims of fraud and breach of contract.
The We Need to Talk About Kevin director was replaced by Gavin O'Connor.
The project has also struggled with casting troubles - Michael Fassbender was replaced by Jude Law, who was in turn replaced by Bradley Cooper, who exited the film in May (13).
Portman and Joel Edgerton stayed with the movie and were joined by Ewan McGregor when filming eventually got underway this summer (13).
Victoria Beckham and former The X-Files star Gillian Anderson were among the big winners at the Harper's Bazaar Women Of The Year Awards in London on Tuesday (05Nov13). Beckham, who took her teenage son Brooklyn to the gala at London's Claridge's Hotel as her date, picked up the Special Contribution to British Fashion award and was clearly thrilled by the honour and the evening.
She tweeted, "Thank u so much @JPicardie and all at Harpers @BazaarUK for my fashion award tonight. A beautiful, chic evening."
Actress Anderson scooped up the Television Icon award, while Australian Cate Blanchett was named the recipient of the International Actress accolade, and stunning 23-year-old catwalk star Jourdan Dunn took home the coveted Model of the Year trophy.
Also among the winners: Mick Jagger's fashionable girlfriend L'Wren Scott, who claimed the Tastemaker Award; Man of the Year Idris Elba, who was still recovering from an asthma attack that almost wrecked his plans to attend the South African premiere of his new movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom on Saturday (02Nov13); Best British Actress Naomie Harris, and Oscar winner Colin Firth's wife Livia, who picked up the Green Award for her environmental efforts in the fashion world.
The stylish designer helps create recycled clothing for stars to wear on the red carpet.
The full list of winners is:
Gillian Anderson – Television Icon
Victoria Beckham – Special Contribution to British Fashion
Cate Blanchett – International Actress
Jourdan Dunn – Model of the Year
Idris Elba – Man of the Year
Livia Firth – Green Award
Frida Giannini – International Designer
Naomie Harris – British Actress
Aerin Lauder – Businesswoman of the Year
Rita Ora – Musician of the Year
JK Rowling – Inspiration
L’Wren Scott – Tastemaker
The creators, producers and cast of Downton Abbey – Special Contribution
Natalia Vodianova - Philanthropist of the Year
If you've ever wondered what a seven-foot melodramatic clown with a 'voice like Tom Jones' performing the hell out of Lorde's "Royals" would look and sound like, then wonder no more!For Scott Bradlee, the man behind genre-crossing cover specialists Postmodern Jukebox, decided that Halloween would be the perfect time to upload their rather unique rendition of the New Zealander's anti-consumerist anthem onto YouTube.Anyone scarred for life after watching the adaptation of Stephen King's IT should probably give it a miss. But those without an understandable fear of red-nosed circus entertainers can now enjoy the spectacle of a super-tall and super-sad one named Puddles belting out the US number one while accompanied by a three-piece backing band and two equally solemn backing singers.It's the latest in a long line of enjoyably quirky interpretations from the collective, who have previously transformed Miley Cyrus' twerk anthem, "We Can't Stop," into a slice of 50s doo-wop, given Nickelback's post-grunge anthem "How You Remind Me" a Motown makeover and turned the sleazy funk of Robin Thicke's ubiquitous "Blurred Lines" into a bluegrass barn dance hoedown.But even those who don't suffer from coulrophobia would acknowledge that it's definitely the creepiest.
Dan Aykroyd and soul singer-turned-actress Jill Scott have joined the cast of The Help director Tate Taylor's James Brown biopic. The Blues Brothers star will portray the Godfather of Soul's longtime agent Ben Bart and Scott has been cast as Brown's wife.
42 star Chadwick Boseman will play the late soul legend in the film, titled Get On Up.
Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, Taylor's leading ladies from The Help, have also snagged roles in the biopic, which is scheduled to start shooting later this month (Nov13).
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The success of Ender's Game rests on the shoulders of one grand assumption: that everybody in the audience, everybody in the world, wishes they could have gone to space camp. And for the most part, that's true. The idea of space camp was, even to those of us stricken with cloying vertigo, heaven. We all wanted to don astronaut suits and float through anti-gravity rooms, blasting away at each other with lasers and learning the tricks of the extraterrestrial warfare trade. Those dazzling dreams are the principal meat of Gavin Hood's adaptation of the controversial classic — the majority of the time we spend with Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), we're alongside him in battle school. We're watching video footage of a battalion laying waste to an army of invaders, and zipping weightlessly along in high-stakes games of space rugby. So, through these chapters, we're having fun.
And it's not entirely untethered fun. Along the way, Ender endures the sort of coming-of-age traumas we've seen in every preteen protagonist from Sean Astin to Daniel Radcliffe. He doesn't fit in. He doesn't know who he is. He doesn't like what he's becoming. It's not difficult material to wrestle with, but it's just enough substance to give us a reason for caring about whether or not he beats the Napoleonic school bully in tactical games, or wins special affection from fellow soldier Hailee Steinfeld.
But this story of a growing boy struggling with his intellectual gifts and emotional curses finds itself planted clumsily in the middle of a movie that wants to be about something else. Even if you've read the book, or heard the "big reveal" from loud-mouthed friends of yours who don't revere spoiler etiquette, you'll be surprised by the ending for Ender. Because it comes out of nowhere.
The character's emotional journey is bound so tenuously to the narrative around him that you'll be confused at exactly what is going on when the two collide. You'll question whether or not you nodded during a scene that might have tied everything together, or challenge your own capacity for picking up subtle signals. Don't be so hard on yourself; Ender's Game wants to conquer two worlds (one inside its hero, the other outside its spaceships), but doesn't dive far enough into either to make it so. The script only scratches the surface of its science-fiction backdrop, and only the broadest of strokes are painted with Ender — he's not a complex enough character to warrant the psychological suspension of disbelief that the film eventually asks of its viewer.
But he doesn't need to be, nor do these tasks really need to be conquered, for Ender's Game to be a good time. With just enough of a sob story to ground the movie, a surprisingly warm performance by the larger-than-life headmaster (Harrison Ford) — that is, when he's not standing up slowly and peering in awe directly through the camera — and, most importantly, all the anti-gravity fun you can ask for, Ender's Game works just fine for anyone looking to float free from the world for two hours.
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Singer Jana Kramer has moved on from her recent love split with Clint Eastwood's son Scott. The brunette beauty ended her engagement to fellow country star Brantley Gilbert in August (13), seven months after he popped the question.
She has now reportedly started dating hunky Hollywood newcomer Eastwood. The pair was spotted holding hands backstage at her concert in California on Saturday night (26Oct13).
A source tells Us Weekly, "They are definitely into each other."
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We thought Tatiana Mainslay was testing the limits of acting by stretching herself into numerous different clones with distinct personalities in BBC America’s Orphan Black but this is straight ridiculous. According to Variety, Noomi Rapace is taking up the tall order of playing seven different roles in the upcoming sci-fi drama What Happened to Monday? In the film, Rapace will portray a group of septuplet sisters who must hide their identities in a world plagued by overpopulation, and governed by a strict one-child policy.
Director Tommy Wirkola said that the part was initially written for a man but he was won over by Rapace’s fine résumé. "Although the role was originally written for a male, I was struck by the complexities of having an actor portray seven characters and immediately knew Noomi was the ideal actor – male or female – to bring them to life."
Rapace is a talented actress with a superb ability to shrink into roles, and fully become the person she's tasked to play. We've seen her play a diverse set of characters in films like Prometheus, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo film trilogy, but we wonder if she has enough in her to play seven different characters in one film, characters that will have to seem similar enough to be sisters, but also have enough of their own unique quirks and mannerisms to set them apart? Hopefully Rapace will be able to give What Happened to Monday? a convincing set of septuplets.
Actor Liev Schreiber has co-founded a new marketing firm. The Salt star has teamed up with his pal Scott Carlson to launch Van's General Store, which concentrates on advertising campaigns and creating products for brands.
Schreiber, who started out working in advertising copywriting after leaving university, admits he's keen to move into different areas other than movies as he gets older.
He tells Cigar Aficionado, "I was briefly a copywriter when I got out of school. The idea of having something to turn to when I wasn't acting is more and more appealing to me as I get older."