Reality TV star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino is facing a federal investigation into his finances. The probe centres on the former Jersey Shore castmember's three businesses - MPS Entertainment, Situation Productions and his clothing line, Situation Nation.
Sorrentino's publicist confirmed the investigation in a statement, which reads: "Michael Sorrentino is fully aware that the U.S. Attorney's office has issued subpoenas for records relating to several businesses he owns.
"Although the nature and the scope of the investigation is not clear at this time, Sorrentino fully expects that when all the facts are revealed, no further action will be taken."
Sorrentino rose to fame during the six seasons of the hit MTV reality series, and last year (12), came in fourth place on the U.K.'s Celebrity Big Brother.
Marion Cotillard and Patricia Clarkson have been added to the jury for the 13th annual Marrakech Film Festival in Morocco. The actresses join director Martin Scorsese on the panel, which will vote for the Golden Star award for best film, as well as jury Best Actor and Best Actress honours.
They will be joined by moviemakers Amat Escalante, Anurag Kashyap and Paolo Sorrentino, and French star Golshifteh Farahani, among others.
The 15 films vying for the top prize are set to be announced next week (begs04Oct13).
The festival runs from 29 November (13) to 7 December (13).
U.S. reality TV star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino sank so low in his battle with prescription drug addiction, he was unable to get out of bed and dress himself. The former Jersey Shore star enrolled in rehab last year (13) after becoming hooked on painkillers following an injury on TV talent contest Dancing With The Stars.
He has since kicked the habit using counselling and specialist medication, and now he has detailed the moment he realised he needed help.
Sorrentino tells the Associated Press, "All I had to do was get dressed for a family function and I couldn't do that. The shirt was laid out, the belt, the pants, everything. The shower was on. I couldn't even get out of bed. (I thought) 'If I can't do that how am I going to continue?'...
"People would say, 'Mike's not the same Mike we've seen before.' (I was like) I don't know what they're talking about... I was suffering a disease."
However, Sorrentino is adamant his addiction did not extend to alcohol or harder drugs: "Those rumours were definitely false. I didn't mix anything."
He adds of his recovery, "The roller coaster of fame and fortune is definitely a ride in itself but to get to recovery is something special... There is hope out there and you can get help."
Jersey Shore star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino has lost a trademark infringement battle against bosses at top U.S. clothing brand Abercrombie & Fitch. The reality TV regular was offered $10,000 (£6,452) in 2011 to stop wearing the label's fashions on the MTV show, with company executives fearing the association with Sorrentino could cause "significant damage" to the firm's image.
Sorrentino took offence to the claims and fired off a cease-and-desist letter to A&F chiefs, demanding they remove shirts baring the phrase "The Fitchuation" because it violated his trademark.
His lawyers argued that he should be paid for the violation, while alleging that their client was exploited by being publicly asked to stop wearing the popular casual wear.
However, a Florida judge has ruled against Sorrentino, insisting the reality star did not offer The Situation branded apparel until after A&F came out with parody T-shirts making fun of his nickname, and adding that the items did not cause confusion to the public.
The Cannes Film Festival: where big name Hollywood stars and renowned American directors rub shoulders with the global elite. It's like moviedom's version of the Olympics, filmmakers and performers from around the world spend a week along the beaches of France, showing off their latest work in hopes of generating buzz and finding breakout success.
This year's slate of films sports plenty of recognizable faces: Ryan Gosling reteams with his Drive director Nicolas Winding-Refn for Only God Forgives; the Coen Bros. will show their loose Dave Van Ronk biopic starring Oscar Isaacs, Carey Mulligan, and Justin Timberlake; Steven Soderbergh's HBO movie Behind The Candelabra touts Matt Damon and Michael Douglas; and the "Out of Competition" category boasts Emma Watson's bad girl crime pic Bling Ring and the James Franco-directed Faulkner adaptation, As I Lay Dying. A packed roster.
On top of that, Cannes 2013 also has an eclectic collection of foreign films that look equally fascinating — if they can live side by side with the Hollywood elite, that means something.
Dive in to the full lineup below and watch out for Hollywood.com's coverage of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival when the debuts begin in mid-May:
Opening film: The Great Gatsby, dir: Baz Luhrmann
Closing film: Zulu, dir: Jérôme Salle
CompetitionOnly God Forgives, dir: Nicolas Winding-RefnLa Grande Bellezza, dir: Paolo SorrentinoBehind The Candelabra, Steven SoderberghThe Immigrant, dir: James GrayVenus In Fur, dir: Roman PolanskiStraw Shield, dir: Takashi MiikeNebraska, dir: Alexander PayneJeune Et Jolie, dir: Francois OzonThe Past, dir: Asghar FarhadiInside Llewyn Davis, dir: Joel & Ethan CoenJimmy P., dir: Arnaud DesplechinHeli, dir: Amat EscalanteGrisgris, dir: Mahamat-Saleh HarounLike Father Like Son, dir: Hirokazu Kore-EdaLa Vie D’Adèle, dir: Abdellatif KechicheBorgman, dir: Alex Vann WarmerdamA Touch Of Sin, dir: Zhangke JiaMichael Kohlhaas, dir: Arnaud DespallièresUn Château En Italie, dir: Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi
Out of CompetitionBlood Ties, dir: Guillaume CanetAll Is Lost, dir: J.C. Chandor
Un Certain RegardThe Bling Ring, dir: Sofia Coppola (Opening film)Omar, dir: Hany Abu-AssadDeath March, dir: Adolfo Alix, JrFruitvale: dir: Ryan Coogler*The Bastards, dir: Claire DenisNorte, Hangganan Ng Kasaysayan, dir: Lav DiazAs I Lay Dying, dir: James FrancoMiele, dir: Valeria Golino*L’Inconnu Du Lac, dir: Alain GuiraudieBends, dir: Flora Lau*L’Image Manquante, dir: Rithy PanhLa Jaula De Oro, dir: Diego Quemada-Diez*Anonymousv, dir: Mohammad RasoulofSarah Préfère La Course, dir: Chloé Robichaud*Grand Central, dir: Rebecca Zlotowski
Midnight ScreeningsBlind Detective, dir: Johnnie ToMonsoon Shootout, dir: Amit Kumar*
Homage To Jerry LewisMax Rose, dir: Daniel Noah
Special ScreeningsSeduced And Abandoned, dir: James TobackWeekend Of A Champion, dir: Roman PolanskiMuhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, dir: Stephen FrearsStop The Pounding Heart, dir: Roberto MinerviniBite The Dust, dir: Taisia Igumentseva (Cinéfondation)*
Gala Screening in honor of IndiaBombay Talkies, dirs: Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar
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The Jersey Shore star - known as The Situation - claims he inked an agreement last year (11) to make three appearances at Las Vegas hotspots Chateau and Gallery for $30,000 (£18,750) a time.
In the lawsuit, filed in Miami, Florida and obtained by TMZ.com, Sorrentino alleges the promoters promised to pay him in full even if the clubs decided not to call him in. He was only asked to make one appearance is now demanding $60,000 (£37,500) in allegedly unpaid fees.
The MTV series which introduced the world to party-loving Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi, Jenni 'JWoww' Farley, Paul 'Pauly D' DelVecchio and Michael 'The Situation' Sorrentino launched in 2009 and recently wrapped filming its latest episodes in New Jersey.
Now network bosses have announced there will be no more new installments following season six, which premieres in October (12).
Jersey Shore has spawned two spin-off shows, Snooki & JWoww and The Pauly D Project. It is not yet clear whether those will continue.
Snooki now has more important things on her mind than partying and living it up as a TV star - she became a new mum at the weekend (25Aug12).
Bosses at Gotham NYC Entertainment launched legal action against the Jersey Shore star, known as The Situation, last year (11) amid allegations they had been wrongfully fired.
The plaintiffs demanded millions in damages, claiming they took Sorrentino from "relative obscurity to become an international celebrity", but he fired back, accusing his ex-representatives of failing to properly advise him over his career.
However, the two parties reached a mutual agreement to put an end to the matter in June (12) and they have now moved to have the lawsuit dismissed.
As part of the deal, they will each pay their own legal fees, according to TMZ.com.
The filmmaker will be presented with the 2012 Grand Premio Torino lifetime achievement award, while his comedy The Angel's Share - which won Loach the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in France last month (May12) - will receive its Italian premiere at the annual event.
Meanwhile, Italian director and screenwriter Paolo Sorrentino will head up Turin's international competition jury. The festival takes place from 23 November to 1 December (12).
The Choice sees famous faces sitting in spinning chairs - like the judges on the popular singing series - as non-famous suitors attempt to win their affections, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Model Tyson Beckford, singer Taylor Hicks and Jersey Shore stars Pauly D and Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino have signed up for the show, and actress Carmen Electra and singer/actress Sophie Monk will appear on the female episode of the series.
The Choice, hosted by Cat Deeley, debuts in the U.S. on 7 June (12).