Actor Zach Galifianakis turned heads at the Los Angeles premiere of his new film The Hangover Part Iii on Monday night (20May13) when he invited a formerly homeless friend as his date. The Due Date star met Elizabeth 'Mimi' Haist at a laundromat in Santa Monica, and after recently discovering the elderly lady had no place to call home, he took it upon himself to find an apartment for the 87 year old and cover all her costs.
And, on Monday (20May13), Galifianakis gave his pal a taste of the good life by asking Haist to accompany him to the glitzy Hollywood party at the Westwood Village Theatre, where she was able to meet the actor's "cute" co-star Bradley Cooper.
This isn't the first time the actor has invited Haist to a movie premiere - he took her to the opening night of The Hangover Part II and The Campaign, but she was never properly identified and often mistaken for his grandmother.
She tells the New York Daily News, "If he's in town, he takes me. Otherwise he lets me take a friend. I dress up nice and a friend helps me with my makeup. It's fun, not something I've ever dreamed I'd experience. The limo takes me home afterwards."
The French star landed the International Actor of the Year prize, while Blunt was named British Actor of the Year.
British monarch Queen Elizabeth II, who has been celebrating her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, was also an award winner - she was named Icon of the Year to mark her 60 years on the throne.
Scottish singer Emeli Sande was declared Musician of the Year, and Sir Paul McCartney's daughter Stella picked up the British Designer of the Year prize.
Honours also went to actress Ruth Wilson (Breakthrough Award), Dame Vivienne Westwood (Inspiration of the Year), and Olympic medal winners Jessica Ennis, Victoria Pendleton and Ellie Simmonds (British Ambassadors of the Year).
The actress played the late Queen Elizabeth in the 2010 movie and she was the guest of honour at her daughter Queen Elizabeth II's royal residence, where she was recognised for her services to drama.
Bonham Carter, who wore a striking Vivienne Westwood tartan dress, was given the award to recognise her career achievements.
Colin Firth, her co-star in The King's Speech, received the same honour last month (Jan12).
Record producer Steve Lillywhite also received a CBE medal on Wednesday, while novelist Maggie Gee was handed an Order of the British Empire (OBE).
We’ve got the first trailer for the The Thing prequel (which is also called The Thing but you know, whatever) and for a horror movie prequel it doesn’t look half bad. Why? Mary Elizabeth Winstead, that’s why. I’d watch her watching a painting of grass grow dry.
In either another great casting or another terribly annoying April Fool's joke, Kick-Ass star Chloe Moretz has signed on for Tim Burton's Dark Shadows. The young actress joins an already tremendously talented cast, featuring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter and Eva Green, as Carolyn Stoddard. For those familiar with the TV show from which Dark Shadows is based, you'll know that Carolyn is the daughter of Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Pfeiffer), the matriarch of the family. Right now, Dark Shadows (we think) is still aiming to start shooting soon and will probably release sometime in 2012. Unfortunately, we can't yet confirm if Moretz's character will channel her inner Kick-Ass and stab someone in the forehead while watch the blood drip down their face; but hey, this is a Tim Burton film, so maybe!
The actress was taken back to hospital for treatment of a possible lung infection, according to her husband Prince Frederic von Anhalt, who feared the worst.
But the 93 year old is refusing to go without a fight - and Edward Lozzi, a spokesman for Gabor's daughter Francesca Hilton, reveals the ailing actress is not in critical condition.
He says, "She's sitting up and awake. She's not on any oxygen or ventilator."
Lozzi and Hilton have been at odds with von Anhalt over his reports to the media about his wife's health ever since she fell and broke her hip at home last summer (10).
Gabor has been in and out of hospital ever since and in January (11) she had part of her leg amputated to stop the spread of gangrene.
Von Anhalt said Gabor was admitted to UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Westwood last week (24Mar11) after her blood pressure spiked following the news of the death of her friend Elizabeth Taylor.
Lozzi disputed the story, insisting his client was told that her mother had not been admitted to hospital.
The publicist states Hilton is glad her estranged mother is in hospital again - because she knows she is being cared for there.
Lozzi tells the Los Angeles Times newspaper, "It's the only time Francesca knows her mother is being cared for properly and knows exactly what's happening with her mother."
Early rumours suggested the Cleopatra legend, who died of congestive heart failure on Wednesday (23Mar11), would be buried next to her mother and father at the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.
TMZ.com now claims Taylor's final resting place will be at Forest Lawn in Glendale, California - the same cemetery as her close friend Michael Jackson.
Taylor's spokesperson has declined to comment directly on the differing reports, only telling CNN that all funeral arrangements would remain private.
However, the rep insisted a public memorial service will be planned for a later date.
The movie star's family have also remained mum on funeral plans, although they did request fans looking to send their condolences donate to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in lieu of flowers.
So remember when earlier this week we said that Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter's wife would be played by Robin McLeavy? Yeah, we were just kidding about that. Turns out, she’ll be played by the extremely awesome Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Sorry for the confusion, but when you have eight people screaming at you and they’re all yelling different things you’re gonna hear some weird stuff. Anyway, you might recall Ms. Winstead from the uber-awesome Scott Pilgrim Vs The World as well as Live Free or Die Hard, both cases managing to kick all kinds of ass.
She’s set to star opposite Benjamin Walker as Honest Abe with Timur Bekmambetov directing. Dominic Cooper and Anthony Mackie also co-star.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Lost fans have good reason to rejoice this morning. The Hollywood Reporter scoops that Michael Emerson, who played villain-turned-hero-turned-villain-turned-hero Benjamin Linus on ABC's beloved mystery drama, will play the lead in CBS' Person Of Interest, a new one-hour crime drama from Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight) and Lost executive producer and all-around geek god J.J. Abrams.
Little is known about the focus of the program at this point, but it is said to center on a billionaire who works to stop violent crime along with an ex-CIA agent. Emerson will play the crusading billionaire, while the CIA agent is yet to be cast. Nolan wrote the treatment for the show and will serve as executive producer along with Abrams and his partner Bad Robot partner Bryan Burk.
As a longtime fan of Lost, I'm ecstatic that Abrams has chosen to cast his new shows with actors from the Island. Not only will Jorge Garcia, who played Hugo Reyes in the sci-fi fantasy series, star in another one of Abrams' developing projects (Alcatraz, from Lost co-producer Elizabeth Sarnoff), now we have Ben Linus back on the small screen. It's a nerd's dream come true, but not just because we love the characters from the now-concluded program. They are all wonderful actors and Abrams is giving them the chance to prove that their popularity on Lost wasn't just a fluke. The only downside to this story is that it leaves another one of Abrams' developing shows (Odd Jobs) in limbo; that one was supposed to center on a pair of former special-ops agents. It had been rumored that Emerson and fellow Lostie Terry O'Quinn would play the agents, but now it seems that prospect may be, umm, lost.
Unless O'Quinn is being courted to play the ex-CIA Agent in Person Of Interest. Could it be fate...
Has Shia LaBeouf gone bad boy on us? Well, you might say that. Remember when he got arrested last November trying to buy smokes at a Walgreens? Now, the Transformers star is facing DUI charges and maybe even rehab (rumors are swirling). But don’t worry, there’s still hope! Robert Downey Jr., Vince Vaughn, Charlie Sheen and countless others survived Hollywood and came out on top. Perhaps Shia could learn a thing or two from our favorite bad boys gone good.
ROBERT DOWNEY JR.
After a successful career through the eighties and early nineties (including an Oscar nod for 1992’s Chaplin), Robert Downey Jr. hit a speed bump … or two or three or four in the mid-nineties with several drug-related arrests. He once told a judge in 1999, “It's like I have a loaded gun in my mouth and my finger's on the trigger, and I like the taste of the gunmetal.”
Notable naughty moments included speeding down Sunset Blvd. with heroin, cocaine and an unloaded .357 Magnum, wandering into a neighbor’s home and falling asleep in an empty bed, and a Thanksgiving day 911 call in Palm Springs that led to an arrest for possession of cocaine and valium.
It took several stints in jail and rehab before Downey got his life back on track. A few roles here and there like The Singing Detective and Gothika helped garnish credibility. By 2005 he was back in full swing with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Good Night, and Good Luck and A Scanner Darkly. Downey’s popularity went through the roof in 2008 with his summer hit Iron Man, grossing more than $300 million at the box office. Look for the native New Yorker, 43, next week in Paramount’s Tropic Thunder alongside Ben Stiller and Jack Black.
A break might be beneficial, just try not to spend it in jail, court or rehab.
Who would have thought a few publicized scuffles could lead to second degree assault? In the case of Russell Crowe, that’s exactly what happened. The Oscar winning star was caught on a security cam squabbling with two men at an Australian hotel in 1999, followed by a temperamental tiff with BAFTA Awards producer Malcolm Gerrie in 2002 for cutting a portion of his acceptance speech from the broadcast. In 2005 Crowe was arrested and charged with second degree assault and fourth degree possession of a weapon when he threw a telephone at a hotel employee in New York who refused to help him place a call. The Mercer Hotel concierge had to be treated with facial lacerations while Crowe had to pay $100,000 to settle out of court.
Less than a year later, Crowe was ready to laugh off the incident and so was the rest of the world (except maybe the hotel concierge). While hosting the Australian Film Industry Awards in Melbourne that November, the actor brought an old-fashioned Bakelight telephone onstage and warned the nominees, “If there are any problems and you do get up here and go on too long, then ‘hello’ to my little friend.”
Pick your battles and never ever take yourself too seriously.
Similar to Josh Brolin’s recent bar brawl in Shreveport, Louisiana, Vince Vaughn and costar Steve Buscemi ran into trouble in 2001 while filming Domestic Disturbance in North Carolina. The fight with pub patrons left Buscemi with several stab wounds and Vaughn was charged with fighting in public. Vaughn plead no contest and the charge was dropped.
While the tussle bolstered Vaughn’s reputation as a Hollywood party guy, it did little to damage his career or his fan base. His later roles alongside Will Ferrell, Luke and Owen Wilson and others even earned him a spot in Tinsel Town’s Frat Back.
Everything in moderation.
The old adage “don’t kiss and tell” never applied to Charlie Sheen. As the son of star Martin Sheen (who once had Charlie arrested for cocaine use), the eighties star had Hollywood at his fingertips and never batted an eye at taking advantage. Whether it was sex-capades with Heidi Fleiss’ high-class call girls or boasting about taking five women to the sack at a time (Empire magazine), it’s no wonder Maxim named him number two on their list of “Living Sex Legends.” While Sheen claims the bragging rights to 5,000 sexual conquests, the actor walked down the aisle multiple times. His first marriage to Donna Peele lasted only one year, his second to Bond girl Denise Richards was sensationalized in the tabloids (and still is), while his third wife Brooke Mueller seems to have tamed his wild ways.
After a successful stint on CBS’ Spin City, the network decided to use Sheen’s bad boy image to their advantage, casting him as a freewheeling bachelor on Two and a Half Men. The Golden Globe and Emmy nominated role combined with his new partner Mueller have proved to be a recipe for success.
Play to your strengths.
Kiefer Sutherland loves to have a good time (just type in “Kiefer Sutherland Christmas Tree” in a youtube.com search), but the 24 actor had to learn when to say when. We thought he learned his lesson back in 2004 with a DUI arrest, until it happened again in 2007. Sutherland was leaving a Fox Casino party in Los Angeles when he was pulled over and allegedly blew twice the legal limit. Luckily the writer’s strike allowed him to do his 48 days in jail without missing any work.
Since his last arrest, Sutherland has been back at work filming a made for television 24 prequel and keeping himself out of trouble and out of the spotlight.
Learn from your mistakes.
“I think you know in life what’s a good thing to do and what’s a bad thing, and I did a bad thing. And there you have it,” Hugh Grant told Jay Leno just days after being arrested. The British actor was referring to a night of indiscretion when L.A. Vice officers caught the star with Hollywood prostitute Divine Brown. Grant plead no contest to the charges, paid $1,180 in fines and still made an appearance on the Tonight Show to promote his next movie Nine Months.
Despite the finest public relations strategy money could buy, there was one thing Grant couldn’t hang onto – his longtime model girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley. She dumped him after the incident and rightly so.
Love the one you’re with!