The Mighty Aphrodite star, whose father is Goodfellas tough guy Paul Sorvino, gave birth to daughter Lucia on Thursday (03May12) in Los Angeles, her representative has confirmed to People.com.
A statement issued by Sorvino and her husband Christopher Backus reads: "We are thrilled beyond measure to have been blessed with our fourth precious, healthy child."
The couple wed in 2004 and also has seven-year-old daughter Mattea and sons Johnny, five, and Holden, two.
The Mighty Aphrodite star has only made a handful of movies and TV appearances in recent years, preferring instead to spend time with her husband, Christopher Backus, and their three children.
And Sorvino admits she has missed out on some "intriguing" acting work to ensure she is at home while her kids grow up.
She tells Parade magazine, "I don't want to take time away from my kids. I used to work all year long and basically live in hotel rooms. Kudos to women who can pull that off, but I don't want my kids raised by nannies. I have the best children and husband. I'm really, really blessed.
"I've made many professional decisions where I've been offered pretty intriguing situations both financially and career-wise. But they just required being away from home and I couldn't be without my children.
"My mother was a stay-at-home mum. She was amazing, always there for us. Somewhere I guess there is a middle ground, but you see your kids suffer when you leave them with someone else."
You can’t buy happiness so why not waste millions of dollars betting on illegal drag races between rare exotic cars. That’s just what L.A. pimp/record producer Infamous (Eddie Griffin) movie mogul Jerry (Tim Matheson) and a sociopath counterfeiter known to his family as Uncle Mike (Angus MacFadyen) like to do with their free time and seemingly endless piles of cash. These guys will gamble on just about anything: For example they bet $1 million Uncle Mike’s nephew can drive from L.A. to Las Vegas in under two hours. An impossible feat made more so by driving at night racing at speeds of over 200 mph through windy desert roads using special night goggles and zipping past CHiPs unnoticed like the Road Runner. But the annual multi-million dollar race is coming and Infamous needs a driver. Enter the movie’s hero and narrator Natasha (Nadia Bjorlin) who has retired from racing and is busy pimping rides and fronting a hair-metal band. After some teasers the mega-stakes illegal drag race kicks off deep in the Nevada desert where a fatal mistake costs one racer their life and another their freedom. The script gives little if any help to the actors in this scattered camp-fest meets a misogynistic hip-hop video—starting with funnyman Eddie Griffin basically doing standup and one-liners throughout. Angus MacFadyen (Saw III) brings some presence to the drowning film with his shell-shocked Martin Sheen/Apocalypse Now parody—strange drunken dances to boot. Veteran actor and man of a thousand bad parts Tim Matheson--who has managed to stay afloat with B movies since his glory days as Eric “Otter” Stratton in Animal House--actually seems to be having a little fun here. Sadly though the rest of the supporting cast is easily forgettable and at times comes off a little too much like the cast of a late night Cinemax skin-flick. Too bad Redline is PG-13. Redline is Andy Cheng’s (End Game) second time helming a feature film but he is no stranger to movie sets as his past credits include a myriad of stunt coordination work in films like Rush Hour and The Scorpion King. A lot of his early work was spent on Jackie Chan films which explains a lot about his directing style with Redline. Part of the charm of a Jackie Chan film is well Jackie Chan and all his amazing moves but take out Chan and leave the ridiculous cartoon characters and inane plots that surround his Hong Kong reels and you have Redline. Amidst the awkward one-liners and misplaced acrobatic fight scenes choreographed to unidentifiable hip-hop music some of the car races--as when a Porsche 911 takes on a $1.2 million Ferrari Enzo--are actually quite cool. This is where Cheng really shows his chops and he makes the most of his limited resources creating a really tacky however absolutely superbly bad-funny cult classic. Redline would have made an excellent double-feature back in 1975 alongside Death Race 2000 boasting: “See the world in the year 2007 where decadence rules and reckless millionaires live and die by fast cars and even faster women.”
Ashley Olsen says twin sis is 'hanging in there'
Ashley Olsen tells People magazine her twin sister Mary-Kate, who is seeking treatment for a health-related issue, is "hanging in there." Both People and Us Weekly have reported Mary-Kate has an eating disorder. Although Ashley never named what condition Mary-Kate was being treated for, she said it was something her sister has been struggling with for quite a while before the family stepped in and got help for her. "She is taking the time she needs for herself right now," Ashley told People. "Right now is especially a good time right before school so she can get healthy." The twins, who turned 18 earlier this month, plan to attend New York University in the fall. Ashley recently canceled a trip to Australia to promote their first feature film, New York Minute, to be with Mary-Kate. But Ashley declined to describe their recent meetings to People, saying: "It's private. I'm here for her whenever she needs me, and, you know, that's how it works." Ashley also added the family appreciates the support they have received from the public. "The support's been really amazing," she said.
Michael Moore says political opponents helped Fahrenheit 9/11 ticket sales
Filmmaker Michael Moore credited his political opponents for boosting ticket sales for his documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 at the box office this weekend, The Associated Press reports. "They're all getting a Christmas card from me this year," said Moore while greeting moviegoers at a downtown Manhattan theater Sunday. Moore said conservative groups helped draw attention--and viewers--to the documentary, which took in $21.8 million in 868 theaters in its first three days of release. Moore added Fahrenheit 9/11 sold out in Fort Bragg, N.C., and Peoria, Ill., states that went to Bush in the 2000 presidential election and said the film will convince "a lot of swing voters, independents and even Republicans."
Bonham Carter, Burton have baby boy
Actress Helena Bonham Carter and film director Tim Burton welcomed a baby boy into the world Saturday in London, the AP reports. The actress' agent said the couple had not yet named the boy. Bonham Carter, 37, and Burton, 45, met on the set of the remake Planet of The Apes four years ago. The as-yet-unwed couple lives in adjoining houses in north London that were recently connected with a door. "I don't know if we'll marry," Bonham Carter told the magazine Radio Times. "I find it romantic bearing his illegitimate child and living next door." Burton, who last directed Bonham Carter in Big Fish, is currently working on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp.
Mira Sorvino gets hitched
Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino, 36, married her 22-year-old beau, actor Christopher Backus, in a private ceremony in Santa Barbara, Calif., AP reports. It's the first marriage for both. Sorvino, the daughter of actor Paul Sorvino, won a best supporting actress Oscar for Woody Allen's 1995 film Mighty Aphrodite. Backus has appeared on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace.
Title of sixth Harry Potter book revealed
Author J.K. Rowling has announced the title for the sixth book in her popular Harry Potter series: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, CNN/Money reports. Rowling made the announcement on her official Web site but it took dedicated fans with in-depth knowledge of the site to discover the path to the title, which was detailed on the fan site WizardNews.com. The Christopher Little Agency said the author is still in the process of writing the book and no release date has been set. Rowling seemed to confirm the Half Blood Prince title on her site's main Daily News by adding, "The HBP is neither Harry nor Voldemort," she wrote. Lord Voldemort is the series' villain.
"Bam" Margera ordered to stop filming MTV series
Local officials in West Chester, Penn., have ordered Brandon C. "Bam" Margera to stop production and get rid of his TV gear and props for his MTV show Viva La Bam in 30 days, the AP reports. Margera, who starred alongside Johnny Knoxville in the defunct series Jackass, paid $1.2 million for the 13.8-acre property and moved there in February to film the series. Among other things, he's staged a heavy metal concert, a helicopter landing, a demolition derby and an encampment of Civil War reenactors on the property. "The question is whether he is running a business in a residential neighborhood," H. William Sellers, supervisors chairman in the township, told The Philadelphia Inquirer. Margera and MTV said they would appeal the June 16 letter from Pocopson Township.
Idol finalist DeGarmo releases first single
RCA Records is releasing American Idol runner-up Diana DeGarmo's first CD single, "Dreams," Tuesday, AP reports. "I know I'm probably going to have a heart attack," DeGarmo told AP, about hearing her song played on the radio for the first time. The 17-year-old singer, who came in second to winner Fantasia Barrino (now known as Fantasia), is close to signing a record deal with RCA. "We're doing a full album, and if all things go well, hopefully it will be out before the end of the year. I can't wait to have everything finalized and in ink," DeGarmo said.
Kelly Osbourne takes new spin on next album
Fresh off a concert tour with her father, Ozzy Osbourne, in London, Kelly Osbourne is excited about her next album. The singer told AP Radio she went in a whole new direction with her new album, taking a departure from her first album. "[I felt I needed] to fill the shoes of rock and roll because of the family I have [on the first album]," Kelly explained. "That's not really my deal. I don't really like rock. I like '80s pop. I really went in an '80s direction this time."
Kit Bowen contributed to this report.
Let's just get through Gigli's plot so we can move on to the fun stuff. A lowly hit man Larry Gigli (Ben Affleck) is hired to kidnap the mentally handicapped little brother (Justin Bartha) of a federal prosecutor for Mob purposes. A second hitperson the comely independent-minded Ricki (Jennifer Lopez) is also put on the case because Gigli can't be trusted to do the job correctly. Holed up in Gigli's apartment the duo clashes at first but gradually form a bond even though Gigli is a chauvinistic jughead and Ricki a tough-nut lesbian. Of course they also form an attachment to their quarry Brian who in his untainted innocence manages to change these two hardened individuals. Now that's over with here's just a sampling of some of the deep and meaningful dialogue that passes between these two lovebirds: Says Gigli: "I am the bull and you are the cow…f**k with the bull you get the horn." Gigli to Ricki: "I'm the Sultan of Slick…the original gangster's gangster." Ricki to Gigli: "You know this might be a good time to suggest you not allow the seeds of cruel hope to sprout in your soul." Then later more from Ricki: "The penis is a sea slug or more like a really long toe. But kissing the mouth…The mouth--the lips the warm moist hole--is a twin sister to the…" Well you get the picture. Even Brian gets in a good one when he chirps spastically "It's not my fault I'm brain damaged!" Can it get any better than this?
Ben Jen what were you thinking? On second thought don't answer that--we'd probably rather not know. This is one time when watching two huge celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck fall in love is more cringe-worthy than romantic in any way. Imagine if you will Lopez as Ricki who having succumbed to Gigli's er charm sprawls herself seductively on the bed in a little kimono robe and tells him "It's turkey time. Gobble gobble"--with a straight face. Or how about this one: "You know I'm not into the whole man thing…but somehow you got through." (Insert audible collective audience groan here). Affleck who stands around looking like he's been hit in the face with a frying pan most of the time--of course without ever mussing his hair--comes off looking even worse if that's possible. His accent fluctuates between that of a Brooklyn thug and Southern California surfer dude. As far as how some of the high-profile cameos in the film got there--including Christopher Walken as a quirky cop and Al Pacino as a mobster who gets to vent in his usual boisterous way--obviously some favors must have been called in. Pacino did win his only Oscar for his performance in Scent of a Woman helmed by Gigli's director Martin Brest. Maybe they all deserve more credit for enduring such utterly banal garbage.
Writer/director Brest has had a spotty career at best. Of a handful of movies he's had a hit here and there (Beverly Hills Cop) and a few failures (Meet Joe Black). But with Gigli the filmmaker reaches the bottom rung. He took big names thrown them in a big-budget crime drama that really wants to be a small talky indie and the end result is more like a really bad play in which all the characters give their own over-the-top soliloquies waxing prophetic about every subject under the sun--differences between males and females being gay vs. straight anger management retardation slopping pie on one's head (believe it). Granted on some level Brest is trying to think out of the box within a formulaic setting and in all honesty Gigli's premise isn't all that dreadful--just hacky. There may have been a somewhat decent movie hidden somewhere in Gigli--enough of movie at least to attract Lopez and Affleck (whose romance began on the shoot). Instead it's a discombobulated jumbled mess of incoherent musings and horrible dialogue that moviegoers just shouldn't be subjected to. We wonder if at this very moment J. Lo isn't saying to her future hubby "Let's not do this again"--but wait they are in Kevin Smith's Jersey Girls. We don't want to know what he's saying.
Began dating spring 2003; Engaged in September 2003; Married June 11, 2004 at a Santa Barbara, CA courthouse; A religious ceremony and reception for family and friends took place on July 2, 2004 in Capri, Italy