Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin reunited on Sunday (06Apr14) to attend Robert Downey, Jr.'s birthday party as a family, weeks after going public with their "conscious uncoupling". They were joined by son Moses, eight, and daughter Apple, nine, as they helped Paltrow's Iron Man co-star celebrate his 49th birthday at his Los Angeles home, and eyewitnesses insist the pair looked like any other married couple, despite recently announcing its split.
A source tells People.com, "They were lovey-dovey and playful. They were with the kids, they held hands and laughed and joked as a family.
"It was not the typical picture of a divorce. If the reports had not come out, you would think, 'Wow, they are a perfect couple.'
"Gwyneth was in such good spirits. She had her hair pulled back in a ponytail and she looked amazing."
Paltrow and Martin revealed they were ending their 10-year marriage late last month (Mar14), but insisted they would continue to co-parent and put their kids first.
The statement was published on the actress' Goop.com lifestyle website while the former couple was on vacation in the Bahamas with its children.
A jazz musician arrested on drug charges in the wake of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death has filed a request to have his case moved to a drug court in a bid to tackle his substance abuse issues in rehab instead of prison. Robert Vineberg, also known by his stage name of Robert Aaron, was one of four people taken into custody two days after the tragic actor was found dead in his New York apartment on 2 February (14) as police investigated the source of heroin found at Hoffman's home.
The suspect, who is not believed to have provided the brand of drugs discovered at Hoffman's pad, denied a charge of felony possession of heroin with intent to supply during his arraignment at Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday (18Feb14), claiming the 300 single-dose packets of heroin uncovered at his property had been for personal use.
During Tuesday's hearing, his lawyer Edward Kratt filed a motion to have his client tried in a court specifically for drug users, who are typically sentenced to stints in treatment.
In the legal documents, Kratt writes, "Mr. Vineberg is desirous of confronting and successfully dealing with his substance abuse problem and becoming a sober, again-productive member of society."
A judge has yet to respond to the request.
Vineberg, who worked with artists including rapper Wyclef Jean and the late Amy Winehouse, is currently being held on $200,000 (£125,000) bond.
He recently spoke out about his links to Hoffman, insisting he was a friend and was not responsible for the actor's death, claiming he was being used as a media "scapegoat".
A musician arrested in connection with the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman toured with Wyclef Jean for 10 years and also worked with stars including Sir Tom Jones and Amy Winehouse. Robert Vineberg was one of four people held following a raid on a New York apartment on Tuesday night (04Feb14) while police continued to probe the source of heroin found at the late actor's home.
He has pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony possession of heroin with intent to supply, and it has since emerged Vineberg, 57, is a veteran musician who has performed with some of the world's top stars.
Using the stage name Robert Aaron, the Canadian played keyboards in Jean's backing band from 1998 to 2008 and contributed to Delilah hitmaker Jones' 2002 album Mr. Jones.
He also played saxophone and flute on Winehouse's debut record Frank in 2003.
Vineberg and two other suspects are due back in court in New York on drug charges later this month (Feb14). A fourth was released without charge on Wednesday (05Feb14).
Hoffman was found dead from a suspected drug overdose at his Manhattan apartment on Sunday (02Feb14).
Three of the four people arrested in connection with the death of tragic actor Philip Seymour Hoffman have been arraigned on drug charges. Hoffman was found dead at his New York apartment on Sunday (02Feb14) following a suspected drug overdose, and on Tuesday (04Feb14) police swooped on four suspects thought to have played a part in supplying drugs to the actor.
Police allegedly found packets of heroin near the actor's body and a witness claims to have seen Hoffman buying drugs from two men near his home in Manhattan.
Three of the men arrested have now appeared in court to answer drug charges. One, Robert Vineberg, pleaded not guilty to felony possession of heroin with intent to supply.
Vineberg's attorney Ed Kraft tells TMZ.com, "These charges have nothing to do with the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman."
Two more men have been charged with one count of possessing cocaine, but the fourth man was not charged due to lack of evidence.
An autopsy of the actor's body carried out on Monday (03Feb14) proved inconclusive and further toxicology and tissue tests will be carried out.
Acclaimed director David O. Russell is following up his big talky spectacle of a con movie American Hustle with a movie about a mop. Wait, what?
That's right, Russell is preparing to create a film about a mop, but the director wouldn't bring untold levels of gravitas to just any old mop. No, the director has set his sights on the story behind the QVC sensation, the Miracle Mop. The director is eyeing frequent collaborator, and now it-muse Jennifer Lawrence to star in the lead as inventor Joy Mangano, a single mother who created the Miracle Mop to provide for her family and soared to riches and "as seen on TV" infamy.
This begs the question whether the story about a mop (even an extra-fancy one) can be worth telling. Who would want to watch a film about a mop, outside of some weird floor stain enthusiast? But biopics and other films based on real events have often taken inspiration from curious places, David Fincher's The Social Network still has people referring to it pejoratively as "The Facebook movie," even after becoming one of the most critically acclaimed films of its day. So maybe the untold story behind the "the mop movie" does have some dramatic nectar soaked into its fibers. So what other true stories were turned into scoff-inducing film ideas, and how successful were they at the end of the day.
30 Minutes of LessJesse Eisenberg plays a hapless pizza delivery boy who gets a bomb strapped to him and forced to rob a bank. Incredulously, the film was based on a real event that featured a real pizza boy that had a real bomb strapped to his neck that really blew up and killed him. The film was criticized for making light of a traumatic, true to life event, even though the filmmakers denied being aware of the story before coming up with the idea for the film. The film was released to middling reviews.
Flash of GeniusIn a story of invention that's similar to Russell's upcoming project, This story focuses on Robert Kearns, the inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper. The technology for his wiper was swindled from him by Ford motor company, and made its way across the map of international car manufactures before Kearns, in a scenario that was very David vs. Goliath, sued Ford and escaped legal fees by reading up on the ins and outs of law himself. He took big auto to court and won, and Flash of Genius turned out to be about way more than just some guy tinkering with windshield wipers in his garage.
DominoThis film is about a runway model form a well-to-do family that uses her privilege in the upper echelon of society to become of all things, a rough and tumble bounty hunter. The film, which starred Keira Knightley, was panned by critics, and the odd-ball nature of the story probably didn't help it's cause.
Pain and GainMichael Bay's Pain and Gain chronicles the story of the Sun Gym scandal, where gym rats that kidnapped, tortured, and extorted a rich member of their gym. Similarly to 30 Minutes, the film was criticised for containing comic sensibilities that made light of very real events which ended in the murder and torture of several people. Survivors of the real plot have accused the film of turning the violent offenders into heroes. The film did have its share of fans, though reception from critics was decidedly mixed.
HysteriaAnother instance of a peculiar invention getting the big screen treatmen, Hysteria, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy, focuses on Dr. Mortimer Granville's creation of the vibrator, and the struggle of the femenist movement way back in a time when women were still being diagnosed with psuedo-scientific and deeply chauvanistic conditions like "Hysteria." The film received a mixed reception from critics due to tone issues.
The Informant!In this Steven Soderbergh film, Matt Damon plays Mark Whitacre, an rising executive in a food processing company that was embroiled in a scandal where the company and it's competitors were price-fixing the food additive lysine. Whitacre becomes an informant for the FBI, but his hidden mental illness and his own involvement and culpability in the organizations crimes threaten to unravel the investigation. The film was positively received by critics who praised Damon's performance, but some took issue with the film's depiction of mental health issues.
Veteran British singer Vince Hill is in mourning following the death of his son. Athol Hill is believed to have died in his sleep this week (beg27Jan14) just days after he survived a car crash.
The 42 year old's car skidded on ice and slammed into a number of parked vehicles and a wall in Oxfordshire, England on Sunday evening (26Jan14), but he was not believed to have been injured in the smash.
Athol was found dead two days later on Tuesday (28Jan14) when his former partner, the mother of his teenage daughter, went to wake him and was unable to rouse him.
Police are not treating the death as suspicious, but a post-mortem examination will be carried out in a bid to discover the cause of death and an inquest will be held at a later date.
Robert Holmes, Vince Hill's longtime agent, reveals the Edelweiss singer, 76, and his wife Annie are devastated by the news, saying, "They've been so supportive of Athol over the years and now this happens. Sadly, you never know what life is going to throw at you. I've known Athol since he was born. He was the child they had waited so long for and never expected to have. When Athol arrived, Vince and Annie were the happiest couple in the world."
The veteran singer is said to be nursing his wife as she battles a serious lung complaint.
Former Machine Head rocker Adam Duce is suing the band for breach of agreement. The bassist, who was fired from the group a year ago (11Feb13), is also alleging trademark infringement, among other things.
He claims he was kicked out of Machine Head after two decades so his bandmates could make a bigger profit from a new deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
His suit reads: "After receiving very little compensation despite the millions the band was bringing in, plaintiff requested and reviewed the records from the tours. Plaintiff found that (manager) Joseph W. Huston, (frontman Robert) Flynn, and PFM (Provident Financial Management) had squandered money... without consulting plaintiff for the vast majority of expenses.
"Despite their increase in popularity and touring revenue, (Duce) became concerned with how little income he was receiving, despite the time and hard work put in to developing the band... Though he expressed these concerns to Flynn, Huston, and PFM, (Duce) was never satisfied with the answers he received."
He maintains he had to take a job as a real estate appraiser in between tours just to make ends meet.
The suit continues: "After (guitarist) Ahrue Luster left the band and was replaced by Phil Demmel, MACHINE HEAD continued as a partnership in which all four members... held equal 25% shares in MH from approximately late 2002 until February 2013.
"While early on, each of the partners had equal rights in the management and conduct of MH business, Flynn, with the help of Huston, began making unilateral decisions without involving the other partners, essentially usurping control of the partnership."
The suit suggests Duce's bandmates "wrongfully and intentionally conspired to expel and then did expel him from the band prior to signing the new record deal in an attempt to preclude him from enjoying the profits of the new record deal."
The complaint concludes, "As a direct, proximate result of these actions, (Duce) has been damaged in an amount to be proven at trial, but in any event in excess of $800,000 (£487,000)."
Indian police are seeking information from actor Robert De Niro in a sexual assault case against the founding editor of Indian magazine Tehelka. A former female employee has accused Tarun Tejpal of sexually assaulting her in November (13), shortly after the 50 year old reportedly met with the Goodfellas star, and law enforcement officials are keen to hear from De Niro in the hope that the memory of his get together with the publishing tycoon will help them with their investigation.
They have reportedly sent a questionnaire to De Niro, but the actor has yet to respond.
A crime branch official says, "We are still waiting for the response despite sending him the reminder."
Police will reportedly file a charge sheet in the case at the end of this month (Jan14).
Tejpal is currently being held in jail in Sada.
British actress Hannah New was left red-faced during a ceremony honouring her upcoming TV show Black Sails when she broke a historic bell from a famed U.S. Coast Guard ship. The pirate drama, a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island, was feted at a dinner held by officials at The Explorers Club in New York City on Tuesday (14Jan14).
New was given the chance to ring a historic bell at the club, but broke off its clapper in front of a shocked crowd.
The device was originally from the USS Bear, a U.S. Coast Guard ship which sank in 1963, 89 years after it first sailed.
According to New York gossip column Page Six, the bell had been rung over 100 times and had never broken.
After the accident, New took to Twitter.com to write, "Oops! All that Black Sails training and I don't know my own strength!!"
The blonde beauty plays Eleanor Guthrie, the daughter of a wealthy black market salesman, on the show, which debuts in the U.S. later this month (Jan14).
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There are three ways to sell a movie: sex, violence, and Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie Golden Globe Award winners. Super producer Kevin Feige knows this, and he has roped Sunday night's victor Michael Douglas into the Ant-Man cast. Not a match you would have made, but this is the direction that superhero movies are heading in.
No longer is Marvel stardom limited to refurbished comic actors, abdominably-gifted newcomers, or future self-obsessed outsider art renegades. This latest wave of comic book movies has seen the inclusion of performers of the highest esteem. Douglas joins Paul Rudd, the media-literate public's equivalent of the freakin' pope, in action comedy master Edgar Wright's Ant-Man feature, an announcement that comes a few months after Guardians of the Galaxy tacked on the likes of legends Glenn Close and Benicio del Toro, Academy pet Bradley Cooper, and mainstream comedy mainstay John C. Reilly. Actors with varied, successful careers are flocking to the superhero circuit — good news for the masses, who are taking new interest in this line of releases (which, in turn, is great news for the studios), but is it good news for the existing fans?
While we've seen broad audiences take to superhero flicks since Spider-Man and Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man represent a league of superhero series that have, up until now, thrived on small but devoted communities of comic book fandom. The announcement of their film adaptations sparked tiny bursts of glee, but also questions: how are they going to do this right? Guardians and Ant-Man are especially weird properties that A) wouldn't appeal to Avengers-sized audiences as is, but B) would outrage the established fans were it to reform toward general palatability. We can't assume just by the casting of Rudd and Douglas that Ant-Man is going the Hollywood angle, but we can wonder exactly what it has up its sleeve.
Iron Man 3 presents a good example of the concerns of die hard fans (not Die Hard fans though — they probably loved Iron Man 3, which is exactly what we're talking about). The third chapter for Tony Stark, handled by action-comedy kingpin Shane Black, transformed the genre of the Robert Downey Jr. trilogy into something like that which you'd see in his Lethal Weapon scripts, or Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. And to those not stringently adhered to the Iron Man mythology, the movie was fantastic. Fun, goofy, malleable, creative, and hilarious. To those who wanted the Mandarin and Extremis they knew from the comics, it was... enraging.
But more even than the issue of contextual changes is that of the sense of the aforementioned communities of comic book fandom. There is something special about being part of a small union of like-minded, unappreciated folk — e.g., being one of the few who hopped on the Arrested Development bandwagon before the series got its post cancelation hop-ons (but to be fair, you're gonna get some hop-ons). This adherence to exclusivity, this "I was into it before everyone else" mentality, they're not entirely healthy or condusive to authentic appreciation of a piece of art. But the phenomenon was born from necessity: way back when geekiness of all sorts was brandished and those belonging to said genus were ostracized (you know, in that long dead era known as high school), it was the very idea of finding others like you and reveling in your elite appreciation for some piece of underdog genius. It helped many of us get through tough times. Love for comic books, specifically — and what's more, the idea that you were one of a small, special, unique force of "superhuman" devotees — charged some much-needed positive vibes. And although we all should be more than willing to open up our beloved titles and characters to the world, there is always that hesitation. Does Marvel expanding its reach to everyone, does everyone's appreciation of what you once held dear and sacred make it less so? Do these stories about "different" people need to be read and loved only by people who identify as different in order to have their desired impact?
Maybe. But figure this: maybe, this way, they're reaching a young watcher or reader who might otherwise not have had the opportunity to benefit from their glory. Maybe this is the only way that these tales of justice, strength, humanity, integrity, and imagination can get through to everyone who needs them. Don't feel as if you're being forced to sacrifice your place in an "elite" supergroup. Think of it as the characters that saved you moving on to do the same for the rest of the world.
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