Veteran actor Jeff Bridges is planning to add children's author to his extensive resume after teaming up with his eldest daughter for the special project. The Big Lebowski star, who has also established himself as a musician and a photographer, reveals he likes to find ways to include his kids in his professional career so he has started penning a kids' story with 33-year-old daughter Isabelle.
He tells People.com, "I try to create as many experiences as I can to hang out with my kids. When you're an adult, you gotta work. So I invented this word - plorking - a combination of playing and work...
"Isabelle, my oldest girl, we're working on a children's book together."
Bridges has also recruited his second child Jessie, who has served as his film set assistant for years, to open for his band The Abiders' new tour, while his youngest girl Hayley, 28, is helping to design the actor's new home.
He isn't the first celebrity to pen stories for kids - fellow celebrities including Jamie Lee Curtis, Julianne Moore, Jim Carrey, Jessica Lange, Ricky Martin and rock matriarch Sharon Osbourne have also tested their creative writing skills in recent years.
Actor Christopher Jones has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 72. The Ryan's Daughter star, real name William Frank Jones, passed away in California on Friday (31Jan14), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Born in Tennessee, Jones began his career in 1965, when he portrayed American outlaw Jesse James in The Legend of Jesse James TV series.
He went on to star in several movies including Wild in the Streets, The Looking Glass War and Three in the Attic.
Jones married Susan Strasberg, the daughter of revered acting coach Lee Strasberg, in 1965 and they had one daughter together before divorcing in 1968.
He was allegedly romancing pal Roman Polanski's pregnant wife Sharon Tate when she was murdered by members of cult leader Charles Manson's 'Family' in 1969. The tragedy left him so devastated he quit Hollywood at the height of his career.
In 1994, director Quentin Tarantino offered him Peter Greene's role of Zed in Pulp Fiction, but he turned it down. He only made one more movie - 1996's Mad Dog Time.
After turning his back on Hollywood, Jones became an artist and sculptor.
Actor B.J. Novak has scored a publishing deal to write his first children's book. The Inglourious Basterds star, who attended America's prestigious Harvard University, is currently preparing to release his debut adult fiction collection, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, next month (Feb14), but he's already lining up his next project.
The Book With No Pictures will be the first of two kids' titles from Novak, who will publish the work through Penguin Young Readers Group.
Explaining the unusual title, he states: "I wanted to write a book that would introduce the youngest of kids to the idea that words can be their allies, that the right words can be as fun, exciting, and ridiculous as any pictures... Also, I can't draw."
Novak isn't the first celebrity to turn children's writer - Jamie Lee Curtis, Julianne Moore, Jim Carrey, Jessica Lange, Ricky Martin and rock matriarch Sharon Osbourne have also penned stories for kids too.
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So Star Trek's Zoe Saldana will be moving into the glamrous Bramford and carrying a little bundle of demon in the remake miniseries of Rosemary's Baby. But while she takes over the role famously played by pixie cut queen Mia Farrow, there are plenty of sinister parts to fill. We've got a few ideas.
Columbus Short as GuyScandal star Columbus Short is boy-next-door handsome and so would be especially creepy as Rosemary's fame-hungry and duplicitous husband, Guy. Plus, Harrison hasn't been given enough to do lately at Pope & Associates. We want to see what Short can do.
Lynn Cohen as MinnieCohen is super cute and beloved by Hunger Games fans for playing Mags. We can totally see her luring in the young couple as the grandmotherly Satanist.
Christopher Lee as RomanThis already gives you the creeps, doesn't it?
Carl Reiner as Dr. SapersteinComedy legend Reiner is a familiar, comforting presense to most audiences. Comforting enough that we'd give that daily "vitamin drink" the benefit of the doubt.
South Korean director Lee Su-Jin was awarded the Marrakech Film Festival's top prize this weekend (07-08Dec13) as Han Gong-Ju was named the event's best movie. The psychological drama was selected as the recipient of the Golden Star honour by a jury headed by Martin Scorsese, and featuring Sharon Stone, Marion Cotillard, Juliette Binoche, and directors Terry Gilliam, Nicolas Winding Refn and Abel Ferrera.
Other honourees at Saturday's (07Dec13) Moroccan ceremony, included revenge story Blue Ruin by Jeremy Saulnier, who shared the Jury Prize with Cuban Carlos Machado Quintela for The Swimming Pool.
Andrea Pallaores claimed Best Director for family drama Medeas, while the Best Actor title was also a tie between Didier Michon and Slimane Dazi for Fevers by Hicham Ayouch.
Swedish star Alicia Vikander walked away with the Best Actress prize for Hotell.
Brittany Murphy's mother has written an open letter publicly disputing claims the actress was poisoned. The Clueless star passed away in 2009 at the age of 32, and officials ruled her death was caused by pneumonia, anaemia and excessive use of prescription medications.
However, the case hit the headlines against last week (ends24Nov13) after her father, Angelo Bertolotti, revealed high levels of "heavy metals" had been found in samples of the star's hair and tissue samples which he had independently analysed.
Bertolotti alleged his daughter had been poisoned, but now Murphy's mother has publicly refuted his claims.
Sharon Murphy has written an open letter, published by The Hollywood Reporter, in a bid to silence speculation about her daughter's death, calling the poison story "absurd".
She writes, "His claims are based on the most flimsy of evidence... The lab Angelo used, if you can call it that, is an Internet site that farmed out the actual testing, and then wrote horribly untrue things under the guise of 'analysis.' It mentioned rat poison as a possible cause and claimed to be able to say that a third party murdered my beloved daughter.
"To even mention that the heavy metals that were listed in his test are in rat poison, leading to articles suggesting Brittany ingested that or anything like it, is absurd. If she had, don't you think it would have shown up in the coroner's test of her blood and tissue?
"This report conveniently ignores what any good scientist will tell you: A hair sample can be affected by many outside factors, including hair dye, hair spray, prescription medications, foods, smoking the occasional cigarette and environmental factors. One cause we now know may have been toxic mould that was eventually discovered in that house - which may have been what really killed her. We will never know for sure. However, we do know the Los Angeles County Coroner did extensive tests and found that she died of natural causes. And now she is a real living angel in heaven."
Following the release of Bertolotti's lab report, officials from the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office have stated that they have "no plans to reopen our inquiry" into Murphy's cause of death and they "stand by our original reports."
Sharon Osbourne desperately tried to ban her family reality show from broadcast after viewing the very first episode, because she was convinced it would be a ratings flop. The rock matriarch admits she was horrified by the domestic drama depicted in The Osbournes series premiere back in 2002 and tried to stop MTV network bosses from airing it.
She explains, "I thought that I could (tell what is and isn't a hit), business-wise, and working with many different bands over the years... but I have to tell you, it's not always right because when we did The Osbournes, the first show they sent me, I literally called up our lawyer and said, 'You have to stop this. It cannot go out.' I was wrong. I was like, 'No way (can it be broadcast), please stop it', but we couldn't."
The first season of the show became the most-watched series ever on MTV and it continued to run until 2005, documenting all the ups and downs in the family's life, including Sharon's battle with cancer and the aftermath of an ATV accident that almost killed Ozzy.
Simon Cowell has promised fans he will return to the panel of his hit U.K. show The X Factor. The music mogul left his pet project behind in 2011 to launch an American version, leaving Gary Barlow in charge as head judge.
The show has struggled to maintain its huge audience since his departure, and now he has vowed to return after he signed a new three-year deal for the series with bosses at Britain's ITV network.
He tells Britain's Metro newspaper, "I will (return) at some point. I still miss that, I mean that show is my baby and that last year we did which was the One Direction year was the most fun I've had - it was fantastic. When I look back at the clips now and remind myself about it, it was a really cool year that."
Cowell has also hinted Cheryl Cole, who he took to the U.S. X Factor with him before she was ditched by TV bosses, could return alongside him, as well as pop star Rita Ora.
He adds, "Cheryl and I patched up our differences a long time ago. I saw her recently, we speak a lot on the phone and text each other, and I think both of us would like the idea of working together again.
"She was a great judge. I mean, apart from being cute she's a great judge and she knows what she's talking about and, oh my God, she wears her heart on her sleeve! I met with Rita at my house recently and I was really, really impressed with her and you just know she's a future star."
The show's current judging line-up is Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne, who returned to the project five years after quitting.
Movie legend Walt Disney's daughter has died at her home in California, aged 79. Diane Disney Miller, passed away on Tuesday (19Nov13) after suffering a recent fall.
She was the only biological daughter of Disney and his wife, Lillian. Her sister, Sharon Mae, was adopted by the couple in 1936. She died 20 years ago (93).
Disney's daughter was married to former Walt Disney Co. CEO Ron W. Miller, who was replaced by Michael Eisner and Frank Wells in 1984.
Paying tribute to Walt's daughter on Tuesday afternoon, current Disney CEO Bob Iger said, "We are deeply saddened by the loss of Diane Disney Miller, and our thoughts are with her family during his difficult time.
"As the beloved daughter of Walt Disney and one of his inspirations for creating Disneyland, she holds a special place in the history of the Walt Disney Company and in the hearts of fans everywhere. She will be remembered for her grace and generosity and tireless work to preserve her father’s legacy, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her."
"Come on America - vote for Jack and I promise to 'Twerk'... in a G-String if he wins!" Sharon Osbourne fights for votes for her son Jack's Dancing With the Stars stint. The multiple sclerosis sufferer danced on Monday night's (18Nov13) show with an injured arm and sight issues.