The Clueless star passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest at the Hollywood Hills home she shared with her husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack.
Now Monjack's mother, Linda, has opened up about the family's shock and grief over the tragedy.
She tells The Jewish Chronicle, "We're just completely devastated... He (Simon) has lost the love of his life. It's very hard for everybody, especially Simon and Brittany's mother. I've spoken to her mother, and she is distraught. Brittany was an only child, and her mother was living with them."
Murphy will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, in California's Hollywood Hills on Christmas Eve (24Dec09), according to RadarOnline.com. The cause of her death has been "deferred" pending toxicology results.
The American Idol judge has repeatedly annoyed nearby Beverly Hills residents, who have called police to report traffic violations and loud noise coming from Cowell's six-bedroom mansion at night, and they're fed up with constant renovation work, which has continued since he moved into the sprawling property in 2004.
Neighbour Judy Wolf tells Britain's Mail on Sunday, "Construction’s been going on for five years and I’ve been near the end of my rope on many occasions. And we’ve been told the construction is not over yet.
"Apparently Simon didn’t like the way two or three of the rooms have turned out, so he’s completely redoing them. It’s the building project that never ends."
Another anonymous resident has accused Cowell of blocking up residential streets by refusing to allow builders to park on his driveway.
The neighbour adds, "I have spoken to several builders and workers at the house, and they say they have to park in the street because Cowell doesn’t want them on his drive. It is not neighbourly at all. You could say he’s become the neighbour from hell."
A spokesperson for Cowell is refusing to take the complaints seriously, joking, "Next time, Simon will be sure to invite the neighbours round to the party, too."
Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and Jane Lynch have joined Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's Paul. The Universal and Working Title Films road-trip comedy was written by Pegg and Frost -- who are also starring -- and will be directed by Greg Mottola.
Pegg and Frost are to play two sci-fi fanatics whose conspiracy dreams come true when they encounter an escaped alien at Area 51. Rogen will provide the voice of the alien, Variety reports.
Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan will produce with Nira Park of Big Talk Prods. Shooting begins in June.
A family reunion of sorts, Paul re-teams Pegg and Frost after Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, while Rogen last worked with Mottola on Superbad in which he played one of a pair of cops with Hader. Hader, in turn, just worked with Mottola and Wiig on Adventureland.
MORE NEWS: Stars Voice Disapproval of Gay-Marriage Ban
TV talent-show phenomenon American Idol is to be turned into an attraction at Florida's Disneyworld theme park.
Fans of the program will be able to 'audition' by performing in video kiosks and those selected by a Disney Hollywood Studios producer will sing for a panel of judges.
Performers with the highest votes each day will then compete in a finale show. But Disney bosses and Idol producers are quick to point out that daily winners will not get the chance to appear on the TV talent show.
The Idol attraction is expected to debut later this year.
COPYRIGHT 2008 WORLD ENTERTAINMENT NEWS NETWORK LTD. All Global Rights Reserved.
Movie icon Robert Redford is considering a return to the Broadway stage after being offered the lead in a revival of Arthur Miller's All My Sons.
The Horse Whisperer star is reportedly excited about the prospect of returning to the New York theater and has been in talks with producer Emanuel Azenberg in a bid to make the ambitious project happen.
The 1947 play, which earned Miller a Tony Award, focuses on a businessman who knowingly sold faulty airplane parts to the Air Force during World War II.
Redford last appeared on Broadway in the original 1963 production of Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park.
Article Copyright World Entertainment News Network All Rights Reserved.
Playwright/screenwriter Neil Simon collected the Mark Twain Prize at the annual Kennedy Center awards ceremony in New York last night.
The Odd Couple writer was joined onstage by his wife Elaine Joyce when he picked up the honor at the prestigious event, which celebrates entertainers who "create humor from their uniquely American experiences."
Robert Redford, who starred in the 1967 movie adaptation of Simon's Barefoot in the Park, said, "Some say he's the most successful playwright since Shakespeare. Except he's more prolific and he's still writing."
Redford received a Kennedy Center award last year.
Article Copyright Entertainment News Network All Rights Reserved.
Hands down there is nothing more frightening than to be babysitting alone in a large unfamiliar house while simultaneously being terrorized by a homicidal maniac who keeps calling and asking if the children have been checked. The original 1979 Stranger certainly hammered this point with a young Carol Kane as Jill Johnson the hapless babysitter. In this update high schooler Jill is played by Camilla Belle who has taken the doomed job in a beautiful but remote hilltop house complete with surrounding lake an indoor aviary and lots of windows. When the eerie phone calls start up Jill’s panic turns to abject terror when she finds out the calls are coming from INSIDE THE HOUSE! What’s a girl to do? I guess running out of the house down the driveway and onto the road without ever looking back is out of the question. Kinda tough to carry a movie all by yourself at such a tender age but Camilla Belle seems to handle the role of plucky heroine with aplomb. Some may remember this dark-haired beauty as the little girl who gets chomped on by those nasty mini-dinos at the beginning of The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Then two years ago she got glowing reviews as Daniel Day-Lewis’ daughter in the indie gem The Ballad of Jack and Rose. Now all grown up she’s making her way into more mainstream fare. Playing Jill she’s got all the makings of a model scream queen: breathy wide-eyed and ultimately way too brave as she investigates every single weird noise she hears. And when it comes time to kick some psychotic killer’s butt she’s convincing enough. Director Simon West (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Con Air) had some pretty big shoes to fill updating a cult horror classic like When a Stranger Calls. From an older generation’s point of view the first 20 minutes of the 1979 movie were perhaps some of the scariest moments ever. Yet in this day and age of supernatural anomalies videogame nightmares of virus-induced mutated zombies and Scary Movie spoofs a simple story of a babysitter being terrorized by a real-life psycho may not make a dent. Or will it? Sure West uses every clichéd trick in the book--from the foreboding music to setting the stage in a creepy isolated locale. But the mere fact this scenario could really happen to any unsuspecting teenager out there whose only source of income might indeed be babysitting this Stranger may make a lasting impression on our horror-addicted youth.
Former supermodel Janice Dickinson has declared she was fired from her role as
a judge on Tyra Banks' America's Next Top Model, shooting down claims she
walked away from the reality show.
Earlier this year, it had been announced that British beauty Twiggy
would be replacing tough-talking Dickinson, who fans believed had left the show
to star in the latest season of the hit reality series The Surreal Life.
But Dickinson now explains to Radar magazine, "I got fired. At first it was a
trip. I believed in the show and it was fun. But after a few episodes I began
getting labeled a bitch, and that got to me.
"I was just telling the truth and I was saving these girls from going out
there and being told that they're too short, too fat, their skin's not good
enough. I was to America's Next Top Model what Simon Cowell is to American Idol.
"I'd rather be an honest bitch than some a*s-kissing, sugar-coating,
namby-pamby, wiping-a*s motherf***er. I made the show number one in 52
countries. And then I got the sack, and the UPN executives replaced me with
Twiggy. No one in America knows who Twiggy is. There's no way anyone could fill
my shoes. There's no way."
She adds of her former colleague, "Tyra's no walk in the park. Tyra's really
Story continues below…
Dickinson has also shocked her fans and contemporaries by
claiming she was partly responsible for the death of her father, who she claims
was a pedophile.
Dickinson initially made the accusation in her 2002 autobiography--No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World's First Supermodel--but fans paid more attention to the revelations about her long list of conquest including Sylvester Stallone, Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Mick Jagger and Bruce Willis.
But during a recent appearance on reality show The Surreal Life, the
outspoken 50-year-old broke down as she told her cast mates, "My father was a
pedophile. He was a dark, angry guy. Being forced to have a pedophile for a
father is probably the most horrible thing that can happen to a child, bar
"I survived a monster... Sixteen years I was forced to keep the secret... If
I ever (exposed) my pedophile father I would've been murdered. So you know
what he did instead? He beat me on a daily basis."
And in a recent interview with Radar magazine, Dickinson made another
shocking revelation: "I threw his heart medication pills out the car window,
and he had a heart attack that night and died. By the time I wrote the book,
the statute of limitations was up.
"I've had a tough life. I walked some of the hardest pavements in the world
to become a model, and that's why I'm entitled to say the things I do."
Article Copyright World Entertainment News Network All Rights Reserved.
Director Li Shaohong's controversial movie Stolen Life has won the Best Film
award at Robert De Niro's Tribeca Film Festival--despite the fact Shaohong's
film was banned in her native China.
De Niro--who set up the festival to help victims of the Sept. 11
terrorist attacks in New York--presented Shaohong with the Founders Award, in
recognition of her ambitious film about a female college student who is
exploited and abandoned by her lover.
Li says, "I hope now Stolen Life will be green-lighted so that my people in
China can watch this film soon."
The judges for Saturday night's New York-based ceremony included
actresses Whoopi Goldberg and Teri Hatcher, writer Tom Wolfe and singer Sheryl
The star-studded panel named Cees Geel as best actor for his role in Dutch movie Simon, while the best actress went to Desperate Housewives star
Felicity Huffman, for her part as a transsexual woman who discovers she
fathered a son, in movie comedy Transamerica.
The full list of winners is:
Best Film Award: Stolen Life
The Founder Award: Li Shaohong
Best Film Actor: Cees Geel, Simon
Best Film Actress: Felicity Huffman, Transamerica
Best Documentary Feature: El Perro Negro: Stories From The Spanish Civil War
Best New Documentary Filmmaker: Jeff Zimblast and Matt Mochary, Favela Rising
Best New Narrative Filmmaker: Alicia Scherson, Play
Best New York Documentary: Rikers High
Best Feature Filmed in New York: Red Doors
Article Copyright World Entertainment News Network All Rights Reserved.
The Simpson blame game: It was acid reflux
Rather than fading away quietly, Ashlee Simpson's lip-synching debacle on Saturday Night Live is gaining momentum, thanks in part to the plethora of excuses the pop sibling's given about her not-so-live performance. First she claimed it was the band's blunder. Then it was NBC's mix-up. Now, Simpson's manager father is blaming the 19-year-old singer's SNL snafu on ... gas? According to Joe Simpson, it was his decision to use the tapes after acid reflux disease had swollen Ashlee's vocal chords and made her voice hoarse. "Just like any artist in America, she has a backing track that she pushes so you don't have to hear her croak through a song on national television. No one wants to hear that," Joe Simpson told Ryan Seacrest Monday on Los Angeles radio station KIIS-FM. He also insisted she's never used the extra help onstage before. "Every artist that I know in this business has had vocal problems at some time--from Celine on down," he added. Simpson had performed her hit single "Pieces of Me" without incident earlier on SNL, but when she came back for her second performance, her band started playing and the first lines of her singing "Pieces of Me" could be heard again. The band plowed ahead with the song while a visibly confused Simpson made some clownish dance moves before walking off the stage. SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels told The Associated Press the incident wasn't a big deal. "She was mortified and in her dressing room, but (producer) Marci (Klein) got her to come out for goodnights and explained that it wasn't the end of the world. It wasn't her fault," he said. "If she were a more seasoned performer then I think that she would've taken charge and said, 'No, let's start this over again.'"
SNL creator Lorne Michaels honored
Lip-synching debacles aside, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels was awarded the 2004 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Reuters reports. Guests included Not Ready for Prime Time stars Steve Martin, Tim Meadows, Darrell Hammond, Chevy Chase, Molly Shannon, Dan Aykroyd and Tina Fey. Also present were singer Paul Simon, actress Candice Bergen, talk show host Conan O'Brien and U.S. Sens. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.). Guests praised and occasionally embarrassed the 59-year-old Canadian-born Michaels, who described SNL as "always being stuck in adolescence." The ceremony will air on PBS early next year.
Feverish Lohan hospitalized
Lindsay Lohan has been hospitalized in Los Angeles for treatment of a high fever, a spokeswoman for the teen actress told Reuters Monday. "She's undergoing some tests," her publicist Leslie Sloane Zelnik said, adding the actress may be suffering from the flu. "She's doing well and resting." The Mean Girls star was admitted to the hospital over the weekend after being ill for several days and running a temperature as high as 103 degrees, Zelnik said. The illness has forced Lohan, 18, to miss several days of filming on her upcoming movie, Herbie: Fully Loaded, and a guest spot opposite real-life boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama on the Fox sitcom That '70s Show.
Usher, Linkin Park dominate Radio Music Awards
Usher and Linkin Park dominated the Radio Music Awards Monday night at the Aladdin hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Usher took home Hip-Hop Artist of the Year and Hip-Hop Song of the Year for "Yeah!" while Linkin Park won the Rock Artist of the Year and Alternative Rock Song of the Year for "Numb." The Legend Award was given to Janet Jackson. Performers included Elton John, Chingy, Tim McGraw, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Train and Alanis Morissette. The two-hour event was telecast on NBC. Nominees in each category are based on radio's top-playing songs and are voted on by radio program and music directors nationwide.
Dave Matthews Band donates money
The Dave Matthews Band has donated $50,000 to the Friends of the Chicago River and the Chicago Park District amid an investigation into the dumping of human waste from the group's tour bus into the Chicago River that also doused a tour boat, Rolling Stone.com reports. In August, the city filed suit against the band and its driver, charging them with violating water pollution and public nuisance laws. But the band maintains the driver, whom the group has since suspended, was the only person on the bus. "What happened to the people on the boat is awful and it goes against so many principles we hold dear: environmentalism, accountability, and, mostly, principles of humanity," the band said in a statement. "We will continue to fight for these principles, and seek to live up to the values they represent…we simply want to begin the healing process."
Ovitz set to take stand
Former Mouse House prexy Michael Ovitz will take the stand today in a Georgetown, Del. Court, facing charges by angry Walt Disney Co. shareholders that he cheated them when he left the company with a $140 million severance package, Reuters reports. The suit, filed by Disney shareholders seven years ago against the company's board of directors, claims Disney chief Michael Eisner engineered the deal in 1995 to hire his friend Ovitz, one of Hollywood's most powerful talent agents and co-founder of Creative Artists Agency, as president. But when things didn't work out, Disney's board awarded Ovitz a $140 million severance package rather than firing him--a major faux pas in the eyes of the shareholders. Ovitz is expected to argue that he was entitled to the hefty pay package.
Hamptons honors Most High
The 12th annual Hamptons Film Festival gave its highest honor, the Golden Starfish award, to Marty Sader's drama Most High, about a young man's descent into crystal meth addiction, Variety reports. The audience favorite award went to Vincent Rubino's romantic comedy The Breakup Artist and Leslie Sullivan's A Touch of Greatness was awarded best documentary.
Kit Bowen contributed to this report.