The Welsh star's former partner Kate Beckinsale gave birth to their little girl in 1999, during Sheen's London stage stint as Mozart in the play Amadeus.
Sheen had a day off from the show when Lily was born, but his co-star Suchet made sure the audience at the next night's performance were told of the new arrival.
He says, "I did Amadeus on London's glittering West End and on Broadway and that was when my daughter was born, she was born on a Sunday so I wasn't performing. I thought I'd have to rush from the theatre to go to the hospital but she waited until I wasn't performing.
"Her birth was announced onstage at the Old Vic theatre by David Suchet after the next show. We have it recorded, I have a cassette of it."
The former Spice Girl and her soccer superstar husband are estimated to be worth $172 million (£115 million) and have a string of homes around the world, including properties in England, Los Angeles, France and Dubai.
Each of the houses is said to have an independent workforce, but the singer-turned-designer has decided to scale back on number of workers in the couple's employment following a stern warning from an accountant.
According to Britain's The Sun, the couple has dismissed six gardeners from their French chateau, a long term cleaner at their estate in Hertfordshire, England and six chauffeurs.
A source tells the publication, "This very no-nonsense accountant gave it to Vic straight and said, 'You can afford to employ all of these people. But why the hell do you?'
"Once the accountant pointed out that level of staffing was not required Vic pushed the button. There has been a large downsize. David and Victoria are multi-millionaires but that doesn't mean they have to waste money - and they were haemorrhaging it."
Top Story: Hilton's Sex Video To Be Released
Just when we thought this notorious scandal was put to bed, so to speak, Paris Hilton's infamous home video of her having sex with former boyfriend Rick Salomon is going to be released in adult film stores, Reuters reports. Red Light District Video, a suburban Los Angeles porn production company, said on Thursday it has acquired rights from Salomon to distribute the full 45-minute video under the title One Night in Paris. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, Reuters reports. A spokeswoman for the company said the homemade tape, parts of which surfaced last year on Internet porn sites, will be released commercially in adult video stores on June 15.
Jackson's Defense Takes Stand
The recent grand jury indictment against Michael Jackson is likely to be challenged by the singer's defense team for being compromised by extraordinary secrecy precautions, The Associated Press reports. Jackson's attorney Mark Geragos, still on a mandatory gag order, has indicated in public hearings that he will argue on how authorities blocked sidewalks, hid and intimidated witnesses and delivered grand jurors to secret locations in buses with blacked-out windows to in order to keep the proceedings under wraps. "It's an interesting argument," Santa Clara Law School Professor Gerald Uelman told AP, who succeeded in getting a grand jury dismissed in the O.J. Simpson trial. "I think the courts are sensitive now to the criticism of the way grand juries are conducted." The indictment was to remain undisclosed until April 30 when Jackson is scheduled to be in court in Santa Maria for a pretrial hearing, where he could be arraigned.
"Idol" Voting Under Fire
Storms causing power outages in the Midwest may have been a contributing factor to the surprising turn of events on American Idol Wednesday, AP reports. Favorites LaToya London, Fantasia Barrino and Jennifer Hudson--or "The Three Divas" as they've become known--were in the bottom three, with Hudson being voted off. More than 15,000 people in Hudson's hometown of Chicago were unable to watch the show or dial in Tuesday night, when the vote turned out to be the closest in the show's three-year history, TV's Extra said. AP reports, however, that others, including many outraged voters, are claiming perhaps the voting has been rigged. "It simply seems inconceivable that the Idol results would turn out this way," Sam Rubin, an entertainment reporter with local station KTLA, said on the air. "You would almost expect (boxing promoter) Don King to replace Ryan [Seacrest], it looked so fixed." Idol executive producer Ken Warwick told AP, "You can never assume that any contestant is safe…that they have enough votes. It's imperative that viewers vote for their favorite idol every week."
Spacey's Quips About Mugging
Probably wishing he had never opened his mouth to begin with, Kevin Spacey was again asked about his alleged mugging-turned-con job in which his cell phone was stolen while walking his dog at 4 a.m. in a London park last week. Reuters reports the actor laughed off the incident Thursday at a news conference to announce the agenda for his first season as artistic director of London's Old Vic theater, joking it had all been a cunning plan to help the beleaguered soccer star David Beckham, whose face has been plastered on the tabloids due to his string of affairs. "Before I begin I would like to put to rest rumors that David Beckham offered 100,000 pounds to the Old Vic if I took him off the front pages for a few days," Spacey said. "After this news conference I am going to text him myself if someone can lend me a phone," he added.
Mr. Bean Settles With Newspapers
British actor Rowan Atkinson, best known as Mr. Bean and Johnny English, settled for undisclosed damages and a public apology Thursday from London newspapers Mail on Sunday and the Daily Mail who had alleged he was suffering from depression and on the edge of a nervous breakdown, AP reports. Atkinson told reporters that such reports were "indicative of a continuing sensationalizing and stigmatizing of the issue of mental health, and of the condition of depression in particular--from which I am fortunate enough never to have suffered."
Eminem Prevails in Cybersquatting Case
Eminem won a cybersquatting case against a British firm found to be misusing the rap star's trademark on an Internet site selling mobile phone ring tones and picture messages, a United Nations agency told Reuters Thursday. The ruling was announced by the U.N.'s World Intellectual Property Organization, who had been named an arbitrator to examine the rapper's complaint against Tim Mcintosh and Visitair Ltd., which registered the domain name eminemmobile.com a year ago. Reuters reports Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III, objected to his trademark name and hit songs including "Real Slim Shady" and "Stan" appearing on the site, which carries a disclaimer that it is unofficial and in no way connected with the five-time Grammy award winner, according to the ruling.
Role Call: Jackson Takes Over Lovely Bones, Weir Holds Pattern
Peter Jackson is in negotiations to take over the reins from exiting director Lynne Ramsay on the film adaptation of Alice Sebold's best-selling novel The Lovely Bones. The novel is a heartbreaking tale narrated by a 14-year old girl--after she has been raped and murdered. From heaven, she observes her shattered family's attempt to heal and acts as a detective to try to solve the case as her killer moves along his demented path…Master and Commander director Peter Weir is attached to direct the thriller Pattern Recognition, based on the novel by William Gibson. The story follows the adventures of a marketing expert who finds herself in a dangerous puzzle when she's hired to track down the source of a strange collection of video footage on the Internet. No cast has been set as yet.
Top Story: Kevin Spacey Recants Wild Mugging Story
Kevin Spacey made, and then retracted, a complaint he made to London police over the weekend that he'd been mugged in a park--and he wants people to know he is sorry. The Daily Mirror newspaper reported that Spacey had been "brutally mugged" in a south London park at 4:30 a.m. Saturday while walking his dog. But he later told British Broadcasting Corp. radio that the truth was less dramatic. Spacey said a young man approached him near the Old Vic Theater--where he is the artistic director--with a sob story about needing to call his mother and asked to borrow his phone. But the man took the phone and ran off, with Spacey hot on his tail. According to The Associated Press, Spacey said he had reported the incident to police, but went back a few hours later to clarify his story. The 44-year-old actor said he "woke up after a couple of hours' sleep and I thought, you know, there is a difference between assault and theft and it just wasn't (right) for me to not come clean about my own level of embarrassment and being humble at the fact that I got taken by the oldest con going."
Tabloid Claims Beckham Confessed Infidelities
The UK tabloid The News of the World reported Sunday that English soccer captain David Beckham has confessed to his pop star wife Victoria Beckham that he did have an affair. The paper also reports Victoria, who received a $1.8 million pink diamond ring from David for her 30th birthday Saturday, is now considering a trial separation, Reuters reports. Speculation about the Beckham marriage, which has received coverage rivaling the nation's royal family, stared when David Beckham moved to Real Madrid from Manchester United last summer, while Victoria Beckham stayed in Britain with their two children. The allegations of David Beckham's infidelity have dominated the front pages of Britain's tabloid papers for two weeks now.
Tom Brokaw To Leave Post
After more than 20 years as a television news anchor for the NBC Nightly News, veteran newscaster Tom Brokaw announced he will leave the post Dec. 1. Brokaw, who has been anchoring the show since 1983, had already announced his intention to step down after the presidential elections in November, but the network confirmed the date last week during an affiliate meeting in New York, Variety reports. He will remain at the network news division but will focus mostly on specials. Brian Williams, who NBC hired from its financial news cabler CNBC nearly a decade ago to be prepped as evening news anchor, will fill Brokaw's shoes.
Hooker Sues Motley Crue's Vince Neil
A former Moonlite BunnyRanch prostitute filed is suing former Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil for at least $20,000 in lost wages and other costs stemming from the July 10, 2003 incident, the AP reports. Andrea "TrixXxie Blue" Terry claims Neil grabbed her by the neck, pushed her against a window and pulled her to the floor after she and another prostitute refused to have sex with him until he paid $4,000 for each woman. The lawsuit also claims brothel owner Dennis Hof was negligent because he failed to call police. Hof, however, told the Las Vegas Sun he believes Terry made up the story against Neil, who was at the brothel at Hof's request. Hof said Terry should have known Neil would not have to pay for her services because they don't charge celebs; they pay for the services themselves. Neil, who has a home in Las Vegas, pleaded no contest earlier this month to misdemeanor battery in the incident. He was fined $1,000 and ordered to complete anger management classes.
HIV Scare Doesn't Stop Porn Actors
Despite the HIV scare that lead to a voluntary moratorium on many porn sets last week, many adult movie actors said they would keep working. About a dozen porn production companies froze production after two performers tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS. Sharon Mitchell, the executive director of the nonprofit Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, told The Associated Press the names of about 65 performers who had sex with the two HIV-infected actors or slept with their movie sex partners were posted on industry quarantine sites that prevent them from working for two months until their next HIV tests are completed. The last industry HIV scare was in 1999, when a male actor tested positive for the disease. No other actors have been found to be infected as yet.
Judge Annuls James Brown's Wife's Marriage
A Charleston, S.C., family court judge signed an order Thursday dissolving the first marriage of the wife of singer James Brown the grounds that it was never consummated, clearing the way for an annulment between her and the Godfather of Soul, clearing the way for their remarriage. AP reports Tomi Rae Brown, 33, married James Brown three years ago while still legally married to Javed Ahmed of Pakistan. When Brown, 70, filed for an annulment of his marriage to Tomi Rae after he was charged with criminal domestic violence in January following a fight at their home, her 1997 marriage to Ahmed had to be annulled before the Brown annulment could proceed. James Brown is expected to appear in magistrate's court in June for a jury trial on the domestic violence charge and his lawyer said he plans to remarry Tomi Rae after the annulment is granted.
Chappelle Ups Ante with Comedy Central
Comedian Dave Chappelle, whose sketch comedy series Chappelle's Show is Comedy Central's highest-rated program in the Wednesday 10:30 p.m. slot on any network among men 18-34--the most difficult demographic for any network to reach--wants more money. Chappelle's representatives are set to begin preliminary talks with the network to bring him back for a third season and sources told Reuters he looking to bump his current $90,000 per episode paycheck. Although it's a meaty sum by basic-cable standards, Chappelle isn't just the star--he also writes and executive produces the series with partner Neal Brennan. Reuters also reports the comedian is unhappy with his cut of DVD sales for the first-season package of Chappelle's Show, which has sold 800,000 units since its Feb. 24 release.
Role Call: Spacek Rings in Summer, Witherspoon Gets Proposal
Sissy Spacek has joined the cast of DreamWorks' thriller The Ring 2, starring Naomi Watts and Simon Baker.
Even though the man who has allegedly been stalking her since September is out of the country, pop princess Britney Spears but is asking for a restraining order to keep him at least 1,000 yards away, City News Service reports. Masahiko Shizawa of Yokohama, Japan, was forced to return to his homeland after his visa expired but has been stopped twice while attempting to return to the United States. According to court papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Shizawa has made "numerous attempts to contact" Spears at her Los Angeles home and has sent her photos of himself with a note reading, "I'm chasing you." The 21-year-old pop star also complains that Shizawa sent her "love notes" and followed her to the homes of her parents and to a home that the singer owns outside California. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge is expected to rule today on Spears' request for a "stay-away" order.
Lee Majors, who played astronaut and test pilot Steve Austin in the 1970s TV series The Six Million Dollar Man, is suing Universal Television Group, claiming he was short-changed on profits from the show. According to the suit, Universal agreed to pay Majors 15 percent of net profits earned from the series and its post-network syndication, money the actor claims he has never received. The suit seeks a full audit of Universal's books and financial records relating to the show dating back to its inception and payment of unspecified sums found to be owed him, Reuters reports.
Talk show host Jerry Springer is considering running for the U.S. Senate next year, The Associated Press reports. Springer, a Democrat, said he'll decide by summer whether to challenge Ohio Sen. George Voinovich, a Republican who has said he'll run for a second term in 2004. Springer does admit his nationally syndicated Jerry Springer Show could work against him. "The plus is that I'm known by everybody. The minus is that I'm known by everybody," he said.
Las Vegas police have dropped a rape charge against Rene Angelil, the manager-husband of singer Celine Dion, due to lack of evidence, the Canadian Press Association reports. Yun Kyeong Sung Kwon, 47, claimed that Angelil raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room in March 2000--a charge that Angelil has consistently denied. Kwon has now been charged with trying to extort $13.5 million from Angelil, 61, and Dion, 34.
Zach Galligan, who starred as Billy Peltzer in the 1984 fantasy pic Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor theft after stealing a CD from a Tower Records store on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. A security guard told detectives he saw Galligan conceal a $12.99 Deep Purple CD in his trousers before walking out. Galligan, who was taken to the West Hollywood sheriff's station and released early yesterday, reportedly had enough cash on him to have paid for the CD, City News Services reports.
Director David Fincher has committed to shoot The Lords of Dogtown for Sony Pictures, a film about the surf and skate culture that took root in Venice in the 1970s. According to Variety, the film was originally set up at New Line, where it was to be the directorial debut of Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst. Fincher had been on board only as a producer. Last year, Stacy Peralta's Dogtown and Z-Boys, a documentary about the Dogtown teenagers who began skateboarding in empty swimming pools around Los Angeles, became an underground hit for Sony Pictures Classics.
Wednesday's second episode of Fox's musical reality show American Idol held onto about 95 percent of its premiere-night audience, Variety reports. According to Nielsen, Wednesday's 90-minute episode of American Idol averaged 24.91 million viewers overall--Fox's best-ever showing (excluding sports) in the Wednesday 8:30-10 p.m. time slot. ABC's The Bachelorette, meanwhile, fell to a season low with 13.39 million overall viewers.
Ratings for MTV's The Osbournes have been dropping off in its second season, from a high of 6.6 million viewers for its Nov. 26 premiere to 3.5 million on Jan. 14, the AP reports. The first season started slow and built into a phenomenon while the second season started fast and faded. But Brian Graden, chief programming executive at MTV, said he's not worried about the numbers. The show's tone is different this second season, depicting the family coping with sudden fame as well as Sharon's bout with cancer.
Actor Kevin Spacey and singer Elton John will perform a duet together at a Feb. 5 London fundraiser, the AP reports. John is chairman of the Old Vic Theater Trust, which bought the 185-year-old theater in 1998 when it was in danger of closing. Spacey, who starred in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh at the Old Vic in 1998, is a board member of the trust. The benefit will also feature Sinead O'Connor, Diana Krall and her new partner, Elvis Costello, who will all perform hits by John.
At the Coach and Horses Pub in East London an undertaker Vic bearing a box of ashes meets three friends who will drive together to the seaside resort of Margate to scatter the ashes of their friend Jack. Along the road Vic and the other travelers--Ray a gambler with a weakness for the horses; Lenny a one-time boxer whose weakness is booze; and Vince Jack's son who provides the roomy Mercedes borrowed from his car lot--share anecdotes about the good old days with Jack. Flashbacks also reveal darker truths including the devotion Jack's wife Amy has maintained for their institutionalized daughter whom Jack refused to recognize and Jack's own profound disappointment that his son Vince chose to sell cars rather than join his father in the family butcher business. The four men also make detours to a lovely farm a war memorial a pub or two and the great Canterbury Cathedral where other truths emerge including their shared war experiences. But the stirred memories never eclipse the strength and love derived from friendship a message symbolically conveyed as Jack's friends and son defy a windy rainstorm to honor his wishes and toss his ashes into the ocean. But there's one last secret that Jack's "last orders" reveal that would have him turning in his grave if he had had one.
The stellar ensemble cast of Michael Caine as Jack Tom Courtenay as undertaker Vic David Hemmings as ex-boxer Lenny Bob Hoskins as gambler Ray and Ray Winstone as Jack's son do exactly what an ensemble cast should do: bring to life their characters as they generously allow the other players to also come alive. Caine is certainly comfortable as the hard-working butcher with an eye for the ladies but a devotion to wife and son. Tom Courtenay in the least colorful role delicately handles his chores as the sensible undertaker who is the group's unofficial mediator. David Hemmings sparkles as the carousing Lenny and Hoskins is spot-on as a gambler on the verge of making his biggest bet yet. Winstone who drives the vehicle carrying Jack's ashes thoroughly convinces as the devoted son with a chip on his shoulder. And Oscar-nominated Helen Mirren subtly turns Jack's dowdy wife into a character of unexpected dimensions.
Director Fred Schepisi brilliantly handles what amounts to a mosaic of a film with so many characters to develop in so many different time periods. Schepisi skillfully meets the challenge and a story that could have unfolded with much confusion develops with an appealing clarity as more information surfaces. Schepisi who struck gold with the cast he brought together skillfully allows each character to come alive and be meaningful to the whole.
The Oscars aren't just about movie stars.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present 17 awards for outstanding scientific and technical achievements. And for the first time, one of the awards will be an actual Oscar statuette, which will go to the Pixar folks for the development of the software "Renderman."
"This is the first Oscar ever given specifically for the development of computer software," Academy President Robert Rehme said today.
The 17 awards were voted by the Academy's Board of Governors, based upon the recommendations from the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee.
The Scientific and Technical Academy Awards will be presented on March 3 in Beverly Hills.
Here's the complete list of winners:
Academy Award of Merit (Oscar Statuette)
To Rob Cook, Loren Carpenter and Ed Catmull for their significant advancements to the field of motion picture rendering as exemplified in Pixar's "Renderman."
Scientific and Engineering Awards (Academy Plaques)
To AKAI Digital for the design and development of the DD8 Plus digital audio dubber specifically designed for the motion picture industry.
To Fairlight for the design and development of the DaD digital audio dubber specifically designed for the motion picture industry.
To Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) for the design and development of the Sony DADR 5000 digital audio dubber specifically designed for the motion picture industry.
To Timeline, Incorporated for the design and development of the MMR 8 digital audio dubber specifically designed for the motion picture industry.
To Joe Wary, Gerald Painter and Colin F. Mossman for the design and development of the Deluxe Laboratories Multi Roller Film Transport System.
Technical Achievement Awards (Academy Certificates)
To Vic Armstrong for the refinement and application to the film industry of the Fan Descender for accurately and safely arresting the descent of stunt persons in high freefalls.
To Bill Tondreau of Kuper Systems, Alvah J. Miller and Paul Johnson of Lynx Robotics, and David Stump of Visual Effects Rental Services for the conception, design and development of data capture systems that enable superior accuracy, efficiency and economy in the creation of composite imagery.
To Leonard Pincus, Ashot Nalbandyan, George Johnson and Tom Kong for the design and development of the Softsun low pressure xenon long-arc light sources, their power supplies and fixtures.
To Glenn Berggren for the concept, Horst Linge for research and development, and Wolfgang Reineke for the final design and production of the Isco-Optic lenses for motion picture projection.
To Udo Schauss and Karl Lenhardt for the optical design, and Ralf Linn and Norbert Brinker for the mechanical design of the Schneider Super Cinelux lenses for motion picture projection.
To Philip Greenstreet of Rosco Laboratories for the concept and development of the Roscolight Day/Night Backdrop.
To Venkat Krishnamurthy for the creation of the Paraform Software for 3D Digital Form Development.
To George Borshukov, Kim Libreri and Dan Piponi for the development of a system for image-based rendering allowing choreographed camera movements through computer graphic reconstructed sets.
To John Pytlak for the development of the Laboratory Aim Density (LAD) system.
To Alvah J. Miller and Paul Johnson of Lynx Robotics for the electronic and software design of the Lynx C-50 Camera Motor System.
To Al Mayer, Sr. and Al Mayer, Jr., for the mechanical design, Iain Neil for the optical design and Brian Dang for the electronic design of the Panavision Millennium XL Camera System.
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