January 02, 2012 4:00am EST
Thieves broke into the Breathless star's mansion in the French capital over the weekend (31-01Jan11), reportedly taking jewellery and other goods, while they also burgled an apartment at the house where the actor's ex-wife Nathalie Tardivel lives.
Neither Belmondo, 78, nor Tardivel were home at the time of the break-in and police have since confirmed they have launched an investigation.
May 17, 2011 1:15pm EST
The veteran star, who landed his big break in Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless in 1960, was presented with a prestigious Palme d'Or prize in recognition of his five decades in the spotlight, starring in classics of the New Wave era such as Leon Morin, Priest, The Fingerman and Pierrot le fou.
The 78 year old, who suffered a stroke in 2001, walked with a cane as he stepped up to accept the award from festival president Gilles Jacob, telling the audience, "I am very moved by this honour, which I've no right to."
The presentation was followed by the premiere of his documentary, Belmondo, The Career.
April 27, 2011 5:00am EST
The British actor's only child, Jennifer, has put pen to paper to reveal all about life with the To Catch A Thief star in Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant, which also includes rare photos and personal mementos of their time together before his death in 1986 at the age of 82.
In the book, Jennifer, now 45, admits her famous father was always intrigued by the gay rumours and may have even played up the reports on purpose.
She writes, "Can't blame men for wanting him, and wouldn't be surprised if Dad even mildly flirted back. When the question arises, it generally speaks more about the person asking.
"(But) Dad somewhat enjoyed being called gay. He said it made women want to prove the assertion wrong."
Jennifer insists she is a living testament to her dad's legendary charm, adding: "OK, I had a crush on Dad. OK, more than a little crush on Dad. My other real crushes were (singer) Donny Osmond and (French actor) Jean-Paul Belmondo."
Grant's daughter also touches on her dad's four-year marriage to her mother, actress Dyan Cannon, in 1965, admitting it was never going to work out in the long term because both stars were so headstrong: "Something in me has always felt that my parents came together to make me."
And Jennifer has also taken the opportunity to address claims the actor was tight with money, writing, "In my experience, Dad was neither cheap nor excessive. Which, for a wealthy man, is remarkable."
Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant is due for release next week (begs02May11).
April 24, 2011 2:15pm EST
The 66-year-old's lifeless body was discovered in the early hours of Sunday (24Apr11) by her husband, Thierry Funk Brentano.
Officials in Toulon, near the couple's villa in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, have launched an investigation to determine the cause of death, but foul play is not suspected.
Pisier began a career as an actress in 1961 when she was cast by director Francois Truffaut in short film Antoine and Colette.
She shot to fame and became recognised as a star of the New Wave era, going on to work with filmmakers such as Luis Bunuel and Andre Techine.
The star scooped two best supporting actress honours at the prestigious Cesar awards - the French equivalent of the Oscars - for her work with Techine in Cousin, Cousine (1976) and Barocco (1977).
Her other notable films included 1982 comedy L'as des as and 1978 romantic thriller, The Other Side of Midnight.
Pisier was due to appear at the Cannes Film Festival in May (11) to honour top French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo, her co-star in L'as des as.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has paid tribute to Pisier, hailing her as "a supreme elegance born from the most perfect simplicity".
August 29, 2001 6:07am EST
Sean Combs premiered his new collection of men's underwear, pajamas and robes on Wednesday at Bloomingdale's, Reuters reports. Sean John Loungewear has been available at Bloomingdale's for less than two weeks and is selling well, the store's fashion director Kal Ruttenstein said.
Singer Stevie Nicks has postponed two concerts at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles to undergo treatment for severe bronchitis, The Associated Press reports. The two shows will be rescheduled at a later date. Nicks expects to return to her "Trouble in Shangri-La Tour" in Las Vegas Saturday if she responds well to medication.
French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo was released from the hospital Wednesday after making what doctors call a remarkable recovery, according to Reuters. Belmondo was admitted to Saint Joseph's hospital in Paris two weeks ago after suffering from a stroke while vacationing on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. Belmondo, 68, starred in Jean-Luc Goddard's 1960 film Breathless.
Raymond E. Scott, the co-owner of Source magazine, was arrested one day after the Source Hip Hop Music Awards in Miami Beach, AP reports. According to police, Scott was arrested Tuesday and charged with reckless driving, battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, driving with a suspended license and possession of marijuana. Police stopped Scott for speeding and say he became verbally abusive with the officer who ordered him out of the car. Source CEO David Mays reportedly tried to pressure police to drop the charges by threatening to tear up the city and call Jesse Jackson. A spokeswoman for the magazine said a statement would be released Thursday.
Rapper Nate Dogg was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine after pleading no contest to a charge of possessing an unmarked firearm, AP reports. The rapper, whose real name is Nathaniel Dawayne Hale, was arrested on June 18, 2000, for allegedly kidnapping his girlfriend, holding her against her will, assaulting her and setting a car on fire. The charges were later dismissed at a preliminary hearing.
Actor Roy Scheider could face possible jail time if he fails to appear at his next hearing scheduled in a few weeks, according to PageSix.com. Scheider owes his ex-wife Cynthia nearly $1.4 million in payments stipulated by their 1989 divorce agreement. Scheider and his lawyer Samuel Sharp failed to show up for a hearing last Thursday at the Central Islip, Long Island, courthouse. Sharp reportedly called the courthouse minutes before the hearing, claiming he was stuck in traffic. But when Judge Morton I. Willen called the Nassau and Suffolk County highway patrols, he was told that traffic on the Long Island Expressway was running smoothly. The judge warned Sharp that his stall tactics were intolerable and said that the lawyer could face jail time if he failed to show at the next hearing.
State regulators have proposed fines of nearly $59,000 against Sony Pictures for an accident resulting in the death of a welder Tim Holcombe on the set of Spider-Man, Variety reports. Hale died on Mar. 6 after he was struck in the head when a boom extension fell onto the aerial basket in which he was working. The California Division of Occupational Safety & Health said that Sony owned Columbia Pictures failed to use good engineering practices and that the capacity, operation and maintenance instruction plate had not been changed according to specifications. They also allege that Holcombe did not have adequate fall protection, such as a safety harness. The studio has until Sept. 6 to file an appeal.
The British media is having a field day over Mick Jagger's appearance Thursday on the cover of Britain's Saga Magazine, a publication aimed at people over the age of 50, Reuters reports. Jagger is promoting the new film Enigma, which he produced along with Lorne Michaels. The film is set in 1943, the same year that Jagger was born. Saga editor Paul Bach thought it would be a perfect subject for his readers. The Rolling Stones singer, once known as the wild man of rock 'n' roll, is reportedly dating 23-year-old model Sophie Dahl.
Michael Crawford is returning to Broadway with Dance of the Vampires, Variety reports. The show, which will open on April 11 at the Minskoff Theater, is based on Roman Polanski's 1967 movie The Fearless Vampire Killers. The musical premiered in Vienna four years ago and was directed by Polanski, but show organizers were unable to get the director back into the United States to work on the play. Polanski fled the country in 1977 when facing charges of statutory rape. Crawford, who starred in The Phantom of the Opera for 14 years, has committed to the show for one year in New York.
Tony Danza will host the Miss America Pageant, becoming the first solo male to host the event since Bert Parks in 1980, Reuters reports. Parks died in 1992 and hosted the pageant for 25 years. Danza will replace Donny and Marie Osmond, who have been emceeing the event for the past two years. The Miss America Pageant organizers are trying to boost ratings and appeal to viewers by incorporating elements of reality TV shows and have also added a game show segment.
George Michael has returned the piano used by John Lennon to record the song Imagine to the Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool, AP reports. Michael bought the 31-year-old piano at an auction last year for $2 million. At the time, the pop star said that the instrument should be seen by people rather than protected in storage somewhere. But Michael first wanted to use the piano to record a song on his next album. Lennon, who bought the piano in 1970, was killed in New York City more than 20 years ago.
Eric McCormack and Debra Messing from NBC's Will & Grace have been added to the presenters list for the 53rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards, according toVariety. Other presenters include Kelsey Grammer, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sela Ward, Martin Sheen, Jessica Alba, Michael Michele and Amy Brenneman.
August 16, 2001 10:13am EST
A photo exhibition featuring celebrities and actors such as 007 Roger Moore and French star Jean Paul Belmondo dressed in Nazi uniforms has been banned in Poland, Reuters reports.
Titled "The Nazis," the photo display became headline news last week when a famous Polish actor destroyed several portraits with a fake sword.
Shortly after the incident, Poland's culture minister Kazimierz Ujazdowski ordered its closure until its organizers explain the exhibit's significance.
"State institutions must not be used as locations of exhibitions which could be interpreted as a praise of Nazis," Ujazdowski said.
August 15, 2001 9:37am EST
The roommates of CBS' Big Brother 2 and NBC's Friends will be fighting for television ratings the evening of Sept. 20.
The Big Brother 2 $500,000 winner will be revealed that night, as chosen by contestants previously voted off the show, Reuters reports. The series has been gaining numbers in rating as the fights within the roommates increased in recent weeks. Thursday's Big Brother 2, which featured Kent's dismissal, attracted a season-high of 9.7 million viewers.
Big Brother 2's finale will serve as a lead-in to the second season of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, followed by The Agency series debut.
NBC has finalized plans to air an NBC White House special the first Wednesday of the season, which will air Sept. 19 before the season premiere of The West Wing. The reality game show Lost, which would air on that time slot, has been moved to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18.
Dixie Chick Martie Seidel is engaged to Irish College professor Gareth MaGuire. The couple met at the wedding of fellow Dixie Chick lead singer Natalie Maines. But Kathy Allmand, spokesperson for the Dixie Chicks could not confirm the engagement to The Associated Press on Monday.
French film star Jean-Paul Belmondo is spending his days at Saint Joseph's hospital in Paris recovering from a stroke he suffered last week. He is no longer in intensive care. The hospital said his health is improving and that treatment and re-education are continuing, Reuters reports.
Inspector Morse star John Thaw, 59, is responding well to cancer treatment and wants to return to work, his wife, Sheila Hancock, told AP. The British actor announced in June that he had cancer in the esophagus and would undergo treatment.
Former Allman Brothers member Dickey Betts has been charged with domestic battery after he reportedly punched his wife Donna in the face while she was driving, police told AP. The musician was arrested Saturday and was released from jail Sunday on a $2,000 bail, the Sarasota Herald-Tribute reports. Betts was convicted of domestic battery in January and has had a number of arrests and attended various rehabilitation centers in southwest Florida in recent years.
The Web site www.only-movies.com carried a poll of more than 17,000 film fans that voted for their "best baddie" in cinema history, Reuters reports. Among the big winners: Anthony Hopkins' in Silence of the Lambs Oscar-winning role of Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter; Star Wars's Darth Vader; and Psycho's Norman Bates. Other classic baddies included Christopher Lee's 1958 Dracula and Kevin Spacey for his roles in Usual Suspects and Seven.
The Irish rockers of U2 will bring their "Elevation" summer tour back to the United States for 25 new dates, London's Times newspaper reports. The tour is expected to bring in $33 million on top of the estimated $142 million the tour has already generated worldwide. If it happens, U2 would rank as the third top-grossing tour of all time, following 1994's Rolling Stones ($121.2 million) and Pink Floyd ($103.5 million). The European tour wraps on Sept. 1 at Dublin's Slane castle.
Bluesman Robert Johnson, who died in 1938, will receive a third grave marker 63 years to the day after he died, Reuters reports. Experts believe that they have found the real burial site for Johnson, who has grave markers at two other locations. Claude Johnson, who recently was declared the bluesman's legitimate son, historian Steve Cheseborough, and record collector Gayle Dean will unveil the headstone Thursday at the Little Zion Baptist Church, located just outside Greenwood, Miss. Experts think that this is where Johnson is buried because the graveyard used by the plantation owner on whose land Johnson died.
Steven Spielberg's Band of Brothers has been dropped from London's BBC1's primetime fall schedule after TV execs feared the World War II series wasn't mainstream enough. According to Reuters, local war veterans claimed that the story line gave the impression that Americans won the war by themselves. The series has been bumped to sister channel BBC2, which gets audiences half the size of those for BBC1.
August 09, 2001 8:20am EST
Sales of the teen pop band 'N Sync's newest album Celebrity sank 75 percent this week, selling 460,000 units, Variety reports. Last week, Celebrity sold almost 1.9 million copies. The band ceded the top spot to the seventh compilation album called Now 7, from the Now That's What I call Music series. The album, which features tracks from Janet Jackson, Destiny'' Child and 'N Sync, sold over 620,000 discs.
Jean-Paul Belmondo remained in stable condition following an emergency overnight transfer to St. Joseph's hospital in Paris by a medical emergency plane, Reuters reports. The French actor collapsed at his villa on the Mediterranean island of Corsica and was undergoing treatment in Bastia. Belmondo, 68, collapsed on stage in 1999 with heart trouble during a performance. He was flown to Paris in serious condition Wednesday with his face partially paralyzed.
After being treated for a respiratory infection, doctors released Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos from a hospital, The Associated Press reports. Angelopoulos, 66, was admitted Tuesday night to the University Hospital on the island of Crete.
Maureen Reagan, the daughter of former President Ronald Reagan, died Wednesday afternoon after a five-year battle with cancer, Reuters reports. Reagan was the daughter of Reagan's first wife, actress Jane Wyman. She was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 1996, but after a period of remission, the cancer spread. She returned home after a final round of radiation treatments at a Sacramento area hospital.
The arraignment for Dennis Rodman on charges of disturbing the peace was postponed for a third time on Wednesday, AP reports. The former NBA player faces four misdemeanor charges prompted by complaints during his 40th birthday bash at his home in Newport Beach, Calif., which featured live performances by two rock bands. Rodman arrived at his party via helicopter. The arraignment was postponed after Rodman's attorney filed a motion to dismiss the case.
Peter Davison, better known for his role as Dr. Who, made a citizen's arrest Wednesday after a 15-year-old allegedly stole his video camera, BBC News reports. Davison reportedly chased and caught the youth after his car was broken into in a London suburb. He held the youth down until police arrived. The camera contained footage that Davison had just taken at a nearby hospital where his girlfriend had just given birth to a baby boy.
The Recording Industry Association of America filed a request with U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Patel on Tuesday, seeking an Oct. 1 hearing that could shut down Napster once and for all. According to Reuters, the RIAA said Napster "knowingly and willfully set out to build a business on copyright infringement on an unprecedented scale." The RIAA also is pressing ahead for immediate damages that could hit close to $100 million.
Frank R. Pierson has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Reuters reports. Pierson, who penned Cool Hand Luke and Dog Day Afternoon, succeeds Robert Rheme, who served the maximum four-year term as president.
The TV production company Artist Television Group laid off 18 of its 38 employees on Wednesday, AP reports. ATG had only two shows picked up this fall, an Ellen DeGeneres comedy and a reality show called Lost in the USA, compared to last year's five. Company backer Michael Ovitz was once known as the most powerful man in Hollywood. He built Creative Artists Agency and was president of Walt Disney Co. before a falling out with Michael Eisner.
George Harrison has moved into a luxury villa in the Swiss canto of Ticino, where he was recently treated for a brain tumor, Reuters reports. The former Beatle bought the 14-bedroom house from London-based wine merchant Timothy Abegg.
August 08, 2001 9:20am EST
Madonna has set her heart on a new home. The singer and her husband, British film director Guy Ritchie, are on the verge of buying a $12.75 million British mansion that once belonged to photographer Cecil Beaton, Reuters reports.
French film star Jean-Paul Belmondo was hospitalized Wednesday in Paris for emergency treatment of what medical officials are calling a cerebral accident, The Associated Press reports. Belmondo, 68, is listed in serious condition, but is conscious. He was hospitalized early Wednesday in Corsica and then flown by helicopter to Paris.
Lorenzo Music, the voice of the cartoon cat Garfield, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles of lung cancer, AP reports. According to his wife, Henrietta, the 64-year-old Mr. Music worked until a month ago when he recorded Garfield's voice for a car commercial. He is survived by his wife and four children.
Michael Cournede, the 19-year-old co-defendant in the robbery case against Sopranos actor Robert Iler, has been charged with stealing money, a jacket, and a compact disk player from a teen-age victim in a separate incident on April 19 by Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau on Tuesday, AP said. If convicted on the first-degree robbery charge, Cournede could face up to 25 years in prison.
Jim Nabors, who played the character of Pfc. Gomer Pyle in the 1964 TV sitcom Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., is ready to be promoted. According to AP, Gen. James Jones, commandant of the Marine Corps, will promote the character to lance corporal Thursday at a private ceremony at Camp H.M. Smith on Oahu, Hawaii.
Eminem protégés D12 and the Detroit acid-rapper Esham were thrown off the Vans Warped Tour show after a fight broke out backstage during the Aug. 3 show in Camden, N.J. Esham's publicist told SonicNet.com that the members of D12 jumped hims, causing a broken nose, ruptured eyeball, mild concussion.
A new batch of performers will be honored at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, ABCNews,com reports. Among them are former teen idols David Cassidy, Deborah Gibson and New Kids on the Block, who have provided the museum's curator, Jim Henke, with memorabilia.
Dr. Who has been cited as the most influential television cult programs of all time, according to a list compiled by media historian Jeff Evans for his new untitled reference book. Fawlty Towers and Star Trek ranked second and third, Reuters reports. Other top shows included Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Prisioner, The X Files and The Simpsons.
Anne Heche will star on her own television series for Warner Bros., scheduled for fall 2002. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Heche's salary will fall on the $1 million range. The studios are still unsure if the actress will act on a half-hour or hour-length show, but she has expressed interest in doing comedy.
Tyne Daly's paycheck for her CBS drama Judging Amy will climb from mid-five figures to six figures next season after the actress agreed to extend her contract by another year. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the deal settles the dust between Daly and the show's producers after the actress did not return to work for the show's third season.
Survivor 2 contestant Michael Skupin says he will not run for the U.S. Senate in 2002, AP reports. Skupin, 39, says he wants focus on his family and his new company, Michael Skupin Ministries, which fights alcohol and drug addiction. The former contestant told AP that he "will have the opportunity again when the timing is better."