A lawyer for Kelsey Grammer's ex-wife Camille has asked a judge to order her former boyfriend to acknowledge a protective ban she obtained against him last month (Oct13). Attorney Larry Stein claims Dimitri Charalambopoulos has been evading process servers keen to present him with legal papers to make the restraining order official and bind him by law to stay 100 yards (91.44 metres) away from the reality TV star, so he wants the judge to issue a decree.
Camille Grammer was granted the protective order following accusations Charalambopoulos attacked her in their hotel suite after receiving an early-morning text and a phone call from a screaming woman.
She alleged he grabbed her hair and pushed her head repeatedly against the bed, despite her desperate pleas for him to stop.
Camille divorced former Frasier star Kelsey in 2011.
Lou Reed succumbed to liver disease at his home in Long Island, New York, according to the late rocker's doctor. The former Velvet Underground frontman died on Sunday (27Oct13) after battling poor health for months.
Dr. Charles Miller, who performed a liver transplant on Reed at the Cleveland Clinic in April (13), tells the New York Times that the rocker returned to Ohio last week (bes21Oct13) for further treatment.
The medic told Reed his condition could no longer be treated, and the singer/songwriter opted to return to the home he shared with his wife Laurie Anderson.
The doctor says, "We all agreed that we did everything we could."
Tributes from the music world have been pouring in for Reed since news of his death was released. Blondie stars Debbie Harry and Chris Stein and Talking Heads frontman David Byrne added their thoughts about the rock star in statements on Monday (28Oct13).
Harry wrote, "I'm so sad that he's gone but his hypnotic voice telling a story of a Perfect Day, or the devil let loose in White Light/White Heat will live forever."
Her bandmate Stein added, "Lou was one of a handful of originals. I don't think that the conditions that created him will again even be approximated, let alone duplicated."
And Byrne stated, "His work and that of the Velvets was a big reason I moved to NY and I don't think I'm alone there. We wanted to be in a city that nurtured and fed that kind of talent."
Blondie stars Debbie Harry and Chris Stein have added their names to the long list of celebrities paying tribute to the late Lou Reed, who died on Sunday (27Oct13) at the age of 71. The punk icons have recalled magical moments with the former Velvet Underground frontman in statements released on Monday (28Oct13).
Harry remembers, "The first time I saw the Velvet Underground with Lou Reed it was in the 1960s at a place on the Lower East Side (of New York) called The Balloon Farm. That day I became a lifelong devotee of the iconoclastic sound and style of Lou and the Velvets.
"I'm so sad that he's gone but his hypnotic voice telling a story of a Perfect Day, or the devil let loose in White Light/White Heat will live forever."
Her bandmate Stein adds, "I had many encounters with Lou over the years and he was always charming and polite. I just never ran into his infamous dark side... Lou was one of a handful of originals. I don't think that the conditions that created him will again even be approximated, let alone duplicated."
And Stein recalls a really amazing night when his band was asked to open for the Velvet Underground: "When I was 17 years old in 1967, my friends and I were fascinated by the Velvets' first amazing album. A close friend of mine worked for (Andy) Warhol. One night he arrived at my house in Brooklyn and told my friends and I that the band who was supposed to open for the Velvets in NYC had cancelled and would we like to replace them.
"We got on the subway with our guitars and went to a venue on the Upper West Side, called the Gymnasium. Maureen Tucker let us use her drums; turn them right side up even and we used the Velvets' amps. We played our little blues rock set and at the end someone came over and said, 'Oh, Andy thought you were terrific'.
" There were maybe 30 people there. The Velvets came on and were just powerful. They used the echo-y acoustics of the place to their advantage. This was a moment that shaped my musical life and I tell the story frequently."
Other tributes have poured in since the news of Reed's death broke, including notes, statements and tweets from the likes of his friend and VU bandmate John Cale, The Who, the Pixies, Patrick Carney, Morrissey, Ryan Adams, Nikki Sixx, Steven Tyler and Cyndi Lauper, among others.
And Talking Heads frontman David Byrne offered up his thoughts on Monday in a statement that reads: "No surprise I was a big fan, and his music, with and without the Velvets, was a big influence on myself and Talking Heads. He came to see us at CBGB (in New York) numerous times, and I remember three of us going to visit him at his Upper East Side apartment after one of our very early gigs there.
"I kept in touch with Lou over the years. We'd run into one another at concerts or at various NY cultural events and benefits... More recently I'd see Lou and (wife) Laurie (Anderson) socially - we'd join mutual friends for dinner sometimes and at concerts. He and Laurie never stopped checking out emerging artists, bands and all sorts of performances.
"His work and that of the Velvets was a big reason I moved to NY and I don't think I'm alone there. We wanted to be in a city that nurtured and fed that kind of talent."
Samuel L. Jackson got into the spirit of Germany's world famous Oktoberfest on Sunday (22Sep13) by donning traditional lederhosen breeches to attend the annual beer celebration. The Pulp Fiction star wore leather lederhosen and white knee socks - as well as his trademark cap - to visit a beer hall at the annual 16-day festival in Munich.
Jackson was photographed clutching a glass beer stein and chatting to fellow revellers dressed in similar outfits at the fair.
Oktoberfest is held every year from late September to the first weekend in October.
Rocker Joan Jett has given her personal seal of approval to pal Chris Stein's new photo exhibition in Hollywood after encouraging fans to check out the Blondie star's work. The guitarist has shared a treasure trove of rare photos depicting the underground music scenes in New York and Los Angeles in the 1970s for a special display at the Morrison Hotel Gallery at the Sunset Marquis Hotel.
Stein launched the show on Friday (09Aug13), with guests including Jett and his bandmate Debbie Harry, and now the I Love Rock 'n' Roll hitmaker has taken to her Facebook.com page to spread the word.
In a post on Wednesday (14Aug13), she writes, "Hi All, I went to see my friend Chris Stein's photo exhibit and it was amazing. For anyone who doesn't know, Chris is a founding member of Blondie, and his photo documentation of his incredible journey is something you should not miss.
"The exhibit will be up at the Morrison Hotel Gallery at the Sunset Marquis Hotel for another week and a half. I can't recommend it enough."
British superproducer Mark Ronson has been honoured by Sir Paul McCartney at the performing arts school the rock legend founded in his native Liverpool, England. The Beatles icon returned home on Thursday (25Jul13) to congratulate 260 graduating students at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) and during the commencement ceremony, Ronson was presented with the LIPA Companion award in recognition of his outstanding achievement and contribution to students' learning.
He was celebrated alongside five other honourees, including Seymour Stein, who famously signed The Ramones and Madonna to Sire Records in the 1970s and '80s.
McCartney has attended every LIPA annual graduation ceremony since launching the academy in 1995.
The Funny Girl actress/singer, 70, admits she once made a dangerous mistake while behind the wheel that scared her out of the driver's seat for life.
But that doesn't mean she has stopped criticising others for their lack of driving skills.
Joel Stein, a writer for Time magazine, recently offered to pick Streisand up from her Malibu, California home and head to Beverly Hills to conduct an interview, and he reveals the veteran star spent much of the one hour-ride chastising other drivers.
In the article, Stein writes, "Whenever we came within 20 feet of another car, Barbra would thrust her hand in front of her and make a little noise. 'Look at that guy, all over the road!' she yelled about a car changing lanes. 'Look at this guy!' she exclaimed about a driver ahead of us who was driving. When I suggested she drive part of the way, she told me she doesn't drive anymore. 'You know why? I was driving one day, and I found myself driving up the off-ramp of a highway.'
"'When's the last time you drove?' I asked. 'In the '80s maybe.' 'You haven't driven since the 1980s?' 'Wait - this is 2012. Maybe the '90s.'"
Ironically, Streisand stars in a new road trip movie, called Guilt Trip, opposite Seth Rogen.
British TV shows, including the Ab Fab 20th anniversary specials, scored a total of seven nods when the shortlist was announced on Monday (08Oct12).
Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs will battle for the Best Performance by an Actor trophy for his role in detective drama series Case Histories - he'll be up against Argentina's Dario Grandinetti from Television por la Inclusion, Norway's Stein Winge (Norwegian Cozy), Singapore's Arthur Acuna (The Kitchen Musical) and China's Zhu Yawen (Flying Eagle).
Actress Joanna Vanderham will represent the U.K. in the Best Performance by an Actress category for her turn in The Runaway, opposite Denmark's Sidse Babett Knudsen (Government), China's Rina Sa (Zhong Guo Di) and Argentina's Cristina Banegas (Television por la Inclusion).
Meanwhile, controversial BBC film Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die, which chronicled the author's Alzheimer's Disease battle and his bid to end his life, is in the running for Best Documentary, up against South Korea's Across Land, Across Sea, Argentina's Hitler's Escape and Germany's Wettlauf Zum Sudpol (Race to the South Pole).
The Best Drama Series honour will be a fight between France's Braquo, Hong Kong's ICAC Investigators 2011, Singapore's The Kitchen Musical, Australia's The Slap and Argentina's The Social Leader.
Competing for the Best Comedy Series prize with Absolutely Fabulous will be Brazil's The Invisible Woman, Britain's Spy and Belgium's What If?
The winners will be unveiled at the annual prizegiving in New York on 19 November (12).
The producer passed away on Friday (03Aug12) following a battle with cancer, although no further details were available as WENN went to press.
Martin broke the news to fans on Twitter.com, writing, "RIP my friend, partner, Tony winner, Joan Stein. Wit, too."
Stein worked on over 80 plays and musicals throughout her career, including Broadway productions The Nerd, The Elephant Man, The Lonesome West and 1998's Side Man, which won her a Tony Award.
She also worked on hit musical Catch Me If You Can, based on the 2002 Leonardo DiCaprio movie of the same name, and co-owned TV company Martin/Stein Productions with the Bowfinger comedian.
When Jennifer Westfeldt's Friends with Kids, a movie about three sets of longtime friends (played by Westfeldt, Adam Scott,Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd, Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm) in their 30s grappling with the ups and downs of friendships, relationships, and parenthood hit theaters last September, it was hailed as the thinking (wo)man's romantic comedy. It was smart, sexy, funny, and most importantly, relatable.
The release came just four months after another little romantic comedy that was smart, sexy, funny, and relatable called Bridesmaids. It also happened to share four of its talented cast members: Wiig, O'Dowd, Rudolph, and Hamm, Westfeldt's real-life love.
During an interview with Hollywood.com, Westfeldt, 42, the star, writer, producer and director of Friends with Kids, explained that the release dates of R-rated comedies were nothing short of crazy cosmic timing. "Honestly, the Bridesmaids thing is such a strange coincidence for us because Kristen was attached to do our film before she even shot Bridesmaids."
"The rest of the cast came together right before we were putting the movie together and we wrapped before Bridesmaids came out," Westfeldt explained, "We hoped Bridesmaids would be successful, but I don't think we could ever have known the incredible, brilliant, epic success that film has been."
But even with all the right ingredients, Friends with Kids didn't see quite the same level of mainstream box office success as Bridesmaids. Whether it was because it was wrongly shrugged off as a Bridesmaids spin-off ("Our film is about something very different, which is facing that next phase, whether to have kids. Or when your friends are having kids and you're left behind," Westfeldt said) or because much of the target audience, ironically enough, couldn't find a babysitter in time to see it, that may all change with the film arriving on DVD and Blu-ray today.
"Films for grown-ups...it really is about word of mouth, and I hope that being able to buy it on DVD or Netflix it, [people will see the movie]," Westfeldt said, "I certainly noticed it with the rest of my films. With my first film [2001's indie darling Kissing Jessica Stein] it wasn't until a year after it had been in theaters that I felt like people really started to recognize it."
Of course, good things happening to those who wait is a feeling she and Hamm are both quite familiar with. The pair, who have been dating for nearly 15 years, both found success later in their careers. "Certainly, we watched it [happen] with Mad Men. The fifth season just finished....the first two years it was a much slower burn, and obviously the word of mouth was amazing, but it took a solid years for everyone to get on board," Westfeldt acknowledged.
"I think you appreciate successful moments more, and I think you take it all with a grain of salt because you know one moment you can have success and the next it can go away," Westfeldt said, "It makes you humble and it makes you appreciate great things a little bit more, because you know how rare they can be."
While Hamm and Westfeldt are nothing short of a rarity by Hollywood standards, both in terms of their careers and their relationship, the multi-tasking star insists they are going through the motions of life like everybody else. "A lot of people ask 'How do you make it work?' We never know what to say, we're the same as everyone else. Relationships take commitment and work, and a lot of time put in. And I think it's the same for everyone in a long relationship."
With Friends with Kids, Westfeldt takes the complexities of long-term relationships, particularly those with children in the picture, and gives it a new twist. In the film, her character Julie and best friend Ben (Scott) decide to break with convention and have a child together, but not be together so they could date other people. In their cases, Edward Burns and Megan Fox, respectively. As Westfeldt joked, "I mean who wouldn't want to have a kid with their best friend, and then be with Megan Fox? Who wouldn't want that? That's awesome! I want that!"
But then, as is the case with most things in life, things don't go quite according to plan. "I think if there's a message to this film, their grand idea is flawed in the sense that if you're trying to avoid the messiness and the complications in life, you're never going to be able to avoid all of those things if you want to have anything worth having."
One aspect of the messiness of adult life, particularly parents whose relationships and friendships can fall by the wayside, is something Westfeldt could draw from her own experiences. While she and Hamm are not married and don't have children, plenty of their friends do, including their long-time pal and co-star Adam Scott. (Scott is married to Naomi Sablan, with whom he has two children.)
"Certainly it was helpful that in life Adam was one of our friends with kids. We went through that ride with them and lost them for a while, you know? And then they came back and they were very candid about the highs and the lows of it," Westfeldt shared. "I think having friends like that in your world, who can talk to you really openly about the duality of [parenthood], the great, tremendous love and joy, as well as the more stressful, challenging dynamic, is a gift."
Unfortunately, Westfeldt and the rest of the cast and crew learned the hard way that there's an unpredictable force even stronger than love and babies and friendship: weather. Filmed in the bone-chilling December of 2010, Friends with Kids had less than desirable conditions. "It was a nightmare!" Westfeldt recalled, "We had to shoot it in 24 days, in the dead of winter. It was the worst winter in New York in 25 years. It was terrible because of the snow and the sleet and the ice and the kids everyday. We were using all of Kristen's days off from SNL so the schedule was crazy. It was so hard, in every way." But like any labor of love, they nurtured their indie baby. "Of course, I wish we'd had more time...but luckily with this wonderful crew and incredible cast, I think we just pulled it off."
And much like Friends with Kids makes us laugh at the things in real-life that typically make us want to scream (there's a particularly brilliant dinner party scene in which Rudolph and O'Dowd have the kind of fight every couple has), the extras on the Friends with Kids DVD and Blu-ray helped Westfeldt and co. do the same.
"There's a commentary track with me and Will Rexer, my cinematographer and Jon and we sort of go through all the epic things that went wrong daily, and why we had to change certain things. All the nightmares, when the kids melted down, and ad libs and people losing it. It was kind of fun and funny putting that stuff together because we were just reliving every daily crisis that we had." Sounds like adulthood, alright.
Friends with Kids is available on DVD and Blu-ray today, July 17, and includes special features such as a blooper reel and making-of featurette. A special edition version at Target, which features additional commentary from Jon Hamm and Adam Scott, is also now in stores.
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