Damian Lewis is set to play English king Henry VIII in a TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Booker Prize-winning novel Wolf Hall.
The Homeland actor will star opposite Mark Rylance, who will play Thomas Cromwell, in the six-part miniseries. The drama, which will be directed by White Oleander's Peter Kosminsky, will chronicle Cromwell's rise in the Tudor court.
In addition to Lewis and Rylance's casting, Claire Foy has been tapped to play Anne Boleyn, Jonathan Pryce will take on the role of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and Joanne Whalley will portray Katherine of Aragon, one of Henry VIII's six wives. Lewis joins the ranks of Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ray Winstone, Robert Shaw and Keith Michell, who have also portrayed Henry VIII onscreen.
An ex-girlfriend of shamed rocker Ian Watkins will stand trial in September (14) on charges of possessing and distributing indecent images of children. The Lostprophets frontman was sentenced to 35 years behind bars in 2013 after he was found guilty of a number of child sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby.
Now his former lover Joanne Mjadzelics, who dated the singer on and off from 2008, is facing trial on six charges of possessing and distributing indecent images of children and one count of encouraging another to distribute an indecent image.
She appeared at Newport Crown Court in Wales on Monday (07Apr14) via video link from Doncaster Magistrates' Court in England for a preliminary hearing, during which her trial was set to begin on 8 September (14) at Cardiff Crown Court.
Mjadzelics, from Doncaster, who pleaded not guilty to the charges via video link last month (Mar14), will attend a plea hearing in person on 11 July (14).
An ex-girlfriend of shamed Welsh rocker Ian Watkins has been charged for alleged possession of indecent images of children. The Lostprophets frontman was unmasked as a paedophile last year (13) and jailed for 35 years after he was convicted of a string of sickening sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby.
Former call girl Joanne Mjadzelics, who dated Watkins on and off from 2008, is now also facing prosecution as part of a wider police investigation, called Operation Globe.
On Thursday (06Mar14), the 38 year old was slapped with four counts of possession of an indecent image, two charges of distributing an indecent image and one of encouraging another to distribute an indecent image.
She has been released on bail and has been ordered to appear at Cardiff magistrates' court on 21 March (14) to face the allegations.
Mjadzelics, also known as Joanne Majic, previously claimed to have notified South Wales Police about her ex's perverted nature back in 2008, but her tip-off was ignored. A separate investigation by Britain's police watchdog has been launched into those allegations.
She also recently accused Watkins of sending her a disturbing photo of a four-year-old girl with a line of cocaine, saying, "At first I was just disturbed by Ian when he said he wanted to abuse children. I thought it was some twisted joke, but when he emailed me this pic (picture) I realised he really meant it.
"I was sickened... If this picture does not prove he was a danger to children then I really don't know what else would have."
Britain's police watchdog has launched an official investigation into allegations cops in Wales ignored warnings from Ian Watkins' ex-girlfriend about his desire to abuse children. The Lostprophets frontman appeared in court in Cardiff, Wales on Tuesday (26Nov13) for the first day of his trial and pleaded guilty to a number of sickening child sex charges including attempting to rape a baby.
Watkins' former girlfriend has now spoken out in the aftermath of the Welsh singer's shocking admissions, claiming she notified South Wales Police of his perverted sexual appetites back in 2008.
Former call girl Joanne Majic had an on/off relationship with Watkins from 2006, and claims she went straight to the authorities when he confided in her about his desire to have sex with children.
Majic, who was due to be a major witness at Watkins' trial, tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "Everything changed for us when he confided in me that he wanted to abuse children in 2008. I went straight to South Wales Police then and made a complaint but they ignored me and said I needed evidence. I warned them this man was a danger to young kids but I think they thought I was just a trouble maker.
"I couldn't believe how indifferent the police were, it was like they were taking his side and dismissing me as some stalker. I told Ian I had gone to the police and we argued but he was so cocky, he did not think the police would touch him and he was right."
Officials at Britain's Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) launched a probe following Watkins' arrest in December, 2012, with IPCC Commissioner for Wales Tom Davies saying in a statement, "Our investigation will determine whether or not South Wales Police failed to take appropriate and timely action in relation to information they were in receipt of in advance of Mr Watkins subsequent arrest."
Watkins is due to be sentenced next month (Dec13).
Wynn took the soft porn boss to court to answer accusations of slander after Francis publicly repeated claims that the businessman had threatened to kill him in an email.
The long-running legal dispute came to an end in September (12), with a Los Angeles jury awarding Wynn a $20 million (£12.5 million) settlement and another $20 million (£12.5 million) in punitive damages.
However, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joanne O'Donnell has now ruled the settlement should be cut in half, reducing Francis' bill to $19 million (£11.9 million) and eliminating the punitive damages which she decided stemmed from "the jury's dislike of the defendant and/or his businesses," according to the Associated Press.
Representatives from the Department of Human Services (DHS) in Oregon took the couple's two young daughters away from the family home on Wednesday night (19Oct11). The kids were removed from Joanne's guardianship and placed under the care of a family friend until the actor returned from shooting a film.
Baldwin released a statement saying the "DHS is sighting multiple potential improprieties and the children's welfare as reasons for this action."
However, Joanne insists the stress of the publicity surrounding the breakdown of her marriage made her agree with officials that her children should stay with friends and their father until Sunday (23Oct11).
She says in a statement to E! Online, "In response to the inflammatory claims made against me, yet again, I would like to say that there has not been a forced removal of my children from my home.
"The DHS has been involved with our case because of the original false restraint that had been filed against me back in July. I have been under a lot of duress during all of the media coverage, defamation of character, and Daniel being out of town for weeks on end. After expressing myself to the DHS, they asked me, and I agreed on a voluntary basis, if the girls should stay with our friends for a couple of days so I could have some time to regroup. There has been no custody awarded to any party as of yet, until we go to court. The girls are at my home spending time with their father, until I return on Sunday."
The incident took place on the same day it emerged the Baldwins' divorce is back on. Joanne filed papers earlier this month (Oct11), weeks after the actor agreed to dismiss his initial petition in August (11).
In the divorce papers, Joanne requested sole custody of their two girls and demanded $4,000 (£2,500)-per-month in child support. While filing for divorce for the first time in July (11), Baldwin also requested a restraining order against Joanne.
The couple wed in 2007.
The Mulholland Falls star filed for divorce this summer (11) and won custody of the couple's two kids following an alleged violent domestic altercation - but the couple called off plans to split and Baldwin dismissed his petition in August (11).
But now Joanne Baldwin is filing divorce papers, citing irreconcilable differences.
In the papers, obtained by TMZ.com, Joanne is demanding $4,000 (£2,500)-per-month in child support plus half of all of her husband's earnings, including a $100,000 (£62,500) payday the actor is allegedly set to make in Australia.
Joanne is also asking the court to demand the actor takes out a $1 million (£625,000) life insurance policy for the benefit of their kids.
She also wants sole custody of the couple's children.
The Mulholland Falls star made legal moves to divorce Joanne earlier this month (Jul11), after citing his desire to protect himself and their two daughters, Avis, three and Finley, one.
He was granted a protective order against his spouse after alleging she suffers from a serious drinking problem.
He also obtained temporary custody of their children after a fight at the family's Oregon home turned nasty. Baldwin called police to intervene, claiming his intoxicated wife had attacked him in front of the kids.
But Joanne, who was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) just days after the incident, is fighting back in legal papers of her own, accusing Baldwin of kicking her out of the family home without any money to survive.
She is appealing to have the restraining order removed for the sake of her girls, stating: "I am a stay at home mum and my children need me as I (need) them."
The Baldwins, who married in 2007, are expected to fight it out in court over custody next month (Aug11), reports TMZ.com.
The 22-year-old passenger hurt in the car crash involving wrestler Hulk Hogan's son Nick will need to be cared for in a nursing home for the rest of his life.
U.S. Marine John Graziano was critically injured in the crash in Florida in August. His skull was broken at the base, he experienced brain swelling and a large amount of blood collected under the skull.
Court documents reveal he is still on life support--he can only manage to open and close his eyes and his condition is unlikely to improve.
A report was filed by registered nurse Joanne Jones, who was hired by the court to examine Graziano's condition. She claims he has a gag reflex and can respond to being pinched, but has no reaction to sound or touch and his pupils do not respond to light.
Her report, detailing the findings of Graziano's doctor H. Bushnell Clarke, reads, "At this present time, he states his prognosis remains guarded. He states that this young man most likely will spend the remainder of his life in a nursing home."
If 17-year-old Hogan was found to be speeding when he crashed, he could be held criminally responsible for Graziano's injuries.
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Illusionist Criss Angel has hit out at claims he's dating Paris Hilton, insisting the recent "lies" about his relationship with Cameron Diaz prove the press can't be trusted.
Angel's wife Joanne Sarantakos blamed Diaz for the breakdown of her marriage in legal papers filed at Nassau County Court in New York on June 29--claims both Angel and Diaz vehemently deny.
He's since been linked to hotel heiress Hilton, but Angel brands the reports laughable.
He tells talk-show host Larry King, "You know what's amazing? I'm finding out with success, anything you do, whether you're a friend, you like somebody, you date somebody, or maybe you don't even like somebody, the tabloids want to attach you with everybody."
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