Actor Alec Baldwin grew emotional in court on Tuesday (12Nov13) after coming face-to-face with his accused stalker as he testified about the "nightmarish" harassment he has suffered since 2010. French Canadian actress Genevieve Sabourin stands accused of bombarding the 55 year old with emails and voicemails, and making unwelcome visits to his New York homes after they enjoyed dinner together in 2010.
The former 30 Rock star maintained in Manhattan Criminal Court that the meal was purely business, claiming he gave her career advice as a favour to his friend, Scarface producer Martin Bregman, who had been romantically involved with Sabourin.
However, he began fearing for his family's safety when Sabourin showed up on his doorstep on multiple occasions, and even turned up in the Hamptons on the day he proposed to his now-wife, Hilaria, in April, 2012.
Fighting back tears, he recalled, "I ran to tell my wife not to go near the door because I wasn't sure if she had a gun or a weapon or where we were at this point, and then I called the East Hampton police."
Baldwin insisted he never had a sexual or romantic relationship with Sabourin and described the alleged harassment as "nightmarish".
His denials prompted a number of outbursts from Sabourin, who repeatedly interrupted Baldwin's testimony and even shouted out, "You're lying", as the judge threatened to hold her in contempt of court. She was subsequently bundled out of the courtroom by her lawyer, Todd Spodek.
In hearings last week (ends08Nov13), prosecutors shared a number of emails Sabourin had reportedly sent to Baldwin, including one in which she expressed her desire to conceive a "mini Baldwin" on St. Patrick's Day in 2012.
Spodek claims his client only contacted Baldwin seeking closure for their "crumbling" romance.
New mum Hilaria Baldwin is also expected to testify in the case.
British actor Jason Statham is stepping in to replace Daniel Craig in a sequel to hit 2004 film Layer Cake. The Transporter star and his manager Steve Chasman will produce Viva La Madness together after acquiring the rights to the J.J. Connolly novel, according to Deadline.com.
Statham will also take on the role of the unnamed protagonist, which will see him becoming embroiled in drug dealings, money laundering and fraud, while trying to prepare for retirement.
Craig's performance in the original crime thriller helped to land him the role as James Bond in Casino Royale. Director Martin Campbell previously admitted he had narrowed it down to Craig or Henry Cavill - but the "terrific charm" the blond actor displayed in Layer Cake ultimate won him to iconic 007 role, taking over from Pierce Brosnan.
With his recent interview in Esquire, George Clooney has all but declared war on fellow superstar Leonardo DiCaprio. In the piece, Clooney shares some astute observations about the nature of fame and staying grounded... but what's far more interesting is the not-baseless insults he tosses DiCaprio's way — particularly when it comes to their dueling pickup basketball teams. "We're all like fifty years old, and we beat them three straight: 11–0, 11–0, 11–0. And the discrepancy between their game and how they talked about their game made me think of how important it is to have someone in your life to tell you what’s what. I’m not sure if Leo has someone like that."
Way to throw down the Citibike-shaped gaunlet, Clooney. Now, there's only one question — Which side to take? Let's see how each star measures up in hopes of deciding who to root for. But before that, let's look at our two competitors.
In the Old Hollywood Corner, we have GEORGE CLOONEY, serial dater, salt-and-pepper haired, former TV star aquaintance of Obama.
Aaaaaaaand in the Aging Playboy corner, we have LEONARDO DICAPRIO, goatee haver, Smartcar investor, and terrible Boston accent...er.
Now, let's see how they measure up in the key celebrity categories:
Basketball Team: No brainer, clearly it's CLOONEY.Ex-Girlfriends/Taste in Women: Hmm, both tend to disappoint with their dating choices (why must you and Sandy Bullock tease us so, Clooney? Why?!), but while Blake Lively is pretty bad, foisting Elisabetta Cannalis on us was worse. Calling this category in favor of DICAPRIO. Houses in Lake Como: Draw. Oscar Season: Clooney gets extra points for writing and directing his entry, The Monuments Men, but scheduling trouble has pushed it putting him behind DiCaprio's latest Scorsese collaboration and Christmas release The Wolf of Wall Street. However, Clooney also produced surefire nominee August: Osage County — but, that film is distributed by Harvey Weinstein, who seems intent on screwing with his films left and right. DICAPRIO.Oscar Possession: Despite DiCaprio's best efforts, he did not gain weight to change his movie-star looks to that of an unwashed terrorist in Syriana. CLOONEY.Director Buddies: DiCaprio works on a near-constant basis with Martin Scorsese, but Clooney has to take the prize for diversifying to include not just the Coen Brots, but Steven Soderbergh, Wes Anderson, and himself. Shake it up, Leo! CLOONEY.Je Ne Sais Quoi: Hmm. Keep in mind that the whole idea of this category is that no justification is needed — DICAPRIO.Posse: Lucas Haas, Tobey Maguire, and Kevin Connelly versus Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, JK, LOL. CLOONEYMarital Status: Draw.
So far, looks like a pretty even matchup. This could become a long, drawn out conflict that both Clooney and DiCaprio would no doubt host a fundraiser to end. Still, whose side are you on?
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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio turned his star-studded birthday party into a charity fundraiser on Sunday (10Nov13) after recruiting rappers Kanye West and 2 Chainz to headline a special concert in his honour. The Titanic hunk hosted a private dinner at TAO Downtown in New York for 100 of his friends and family, including frequent collaborator Martin Scorsese and actors Tobey Maguire, Orlando Bloom and Benicio Del Toro.
The guests, among them designer Nicky Hilton, hip-hop star Busta Rhymes and New York Yankees baseball aces Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, were then treated to a show by West, who performed hits such as Gold Digger and Good Life, while 2 Chainz serenaded the birthday boy with his own version of Happy Birthday.
The event, which also featured a charity auction, helped raise $3 million (£2 million) for environmental causes supported by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.
The Hollywood star actually turned 39 on Monday (11Nov13).
Director Spike Lee has been hit with a lawsuit after mistakenly publicising the address of an elderly couple in Florida in a mix-up over the whereabouts of controversial shooter George Zimmerman. The He Got Game filmmaker was so furious following the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February, 2012, he used his Twitter.com blog to share the address of neighbourhood watch volunteer Zimmerman, who fatally shot the unarmed youngster in his gated community, sparking outrage and protests across the U.S.
However, the location Lee retweeted was actually the home of Elaine and David McClain, who have a son named William George Zimmerman - no relation to the Zimmerman involved in the headline-grabbing case.
The director apologised after learning the McClains were forced to flee their over his blunder, and he agreed to compensate the family for his actions.
Now it appears the settlement was not enough - the McClains have filed legal papers seeking further, unspecified damages, accusing Lee of putting their lives in serious danger, according to TMZ.com.
The plaintiffs claim Lee's tweet encouraged "a dangerous mob mentality" and they allege that they were subjected to death threats and hate mail and lived in constant fear for their safety.
Lee has since admitted it was a "stupid" mistake and reveals he received a scolding from his own wife, Tonya.
In an interview with U.S. talk show host Oprah Winfrey, which aired on Sunday (10Nov13), he said, "I don't know what my intention was (for tweeting the address). (I was just) angry... but angry is not a justification for stupidity... There's nothing I can say that can defend what I did. It was stupid...
"It was not a good time in the Lee household at that time... You gotta be a man, say, 'I made a mistake', and learn from it, because you can't do stuff that's going to affect other people's lives."
Shooter Zimmerman was acquitted of Martin's murder earlier this year (13) - a decision which sparked a further wave of demonstrations and inspired many leading African-American human rights leaders and celebrities, including Jay Z and Beyonce, to speak out.
Pop star Lily Allen has been drafted in to support Coldplay at the band's third annual Under 1 Roof concert to help raise funds for a U.K. children's charity. The rockers first curated a concert for the Kids Company in 2011, and now the show is in its third year, they have asked Allen to continue her pop comeback by performing at the gig at the Eventim Apollo in London on 19 December (13).
The gig will also feature comedy in the form of David Brent - Ricky Gervais' TV alter-ego from The Office. Gervais embarked on a series of sold out shows as his comedy creation earlier this year (13).
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin says, "Buying a ticket to this concert will guarantee two things: a totally unique never-to-be-repeated night of star-spangled entertainment, and money in the Christmas coffers of a charity that brings love and happiness to London's most vulnerable kids."
Rizzle Kicks will also perform at the event, which will raise funds to help disadvantaged youngsters in the U.K. capital and Bristol, England.
Allen made her official stage return at Robbie Williams' concert at the London Palladium last week (08Nov13).
A host of famous faces turned out to help Michael J. Fox raise awareness of Parkinson's disease at his foundation's annual gala in New York City over the weekend (09-10Sep13). The Back to the Future star, who has been battling the debilitating condition since the early 1990s, was joined by the likes of Blake Lively and her husband Ryan Reynolds, Julianna Margulies, Seth Meyers and Tina Fey at the glitzy bash at Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria hotel on Saturday night (09Nov13).
Fox joined Coldplay star Chris Martin on guitar for a musical performance, while Reynolds, whose own father is battling Parkinson's, admitted he was impressed by the work of The Michael J. Fox Foundation, saying, "You meet the people who work with this foundation, and so many of them have absolutely no affiliation with the disease whatsoever other than their job, and they were brought to it by a common denominator, which is Michael, and he's so inspiring and you just see the people that work with this foundation and how tirelessly they give everything they have to it and you start to forget that you're only here because someone you care about has Parkinson's. I was really blown away by the whole operation."
Marguiles insisted she turned out at the event to help raise cash for the cause, saying, "When you raise awareness, you raise money. I mean, it's the brutal truth."
Fellow guest, actor John Slattery, added to The Hollywood Reporter, "We're trying to find a cure. Research is expensive, and the more people know about it, that's everything, so that's what he's doing."
"This was my turn on the correct side of the desk... He's played JFK and Bobby and he was great, but I was really happy to have my crack at it." Actor Rob Lowe on playing President John F. Kennedy in new TV movie Killing Kennedy years after his The West Wing co-star Martin Sheen portrayed the assassinated leader and his brother.
Actor Corey Feldman is living in fear following the publication of his new autobiography, Coreyology, because he's convinced the sick Hollywood executives and stars who preyed on him and other child stars, like late pal Corey Haim, in the 1980s are out to silence him. The Lost Boys star opens up about the sex abuse he was subjected to as a teen by big name Tinseltown players, who are still active in the industry today.
Feldman doesn't name names in the book, insisting it's not his job to incriminate people - but there is one former talent manager he has identified, convicted child molester Martin Weiss, who pleaded no contest to abusing a young artist in 2011. He was sentenced to a year in jail but released the same day after it was agreed he had already served the time in the run-up to the case.
Appearing on U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live on Thursday (07Nov13), Feldman said, "I know a lot of these monsters are definitely still working in the industry... Marty Weiss... is out there. If he wants to put a hit on me, hey, I believe God protects me from evil like that... (but) I am very scared.
"As much as I go out there with bravery and confidence and I talk like I'm positive, I still have my moments where I question it... Last night, I was sitting there going, 'Oh my God, a whole nother (sic) day of interviews. Am I doing the right thing? God, please give me guidance.'"
And Feldman admits he's not getting a lot of support from his family and friends as he opens up about his troubled past in the revealing new book.
He adds, "My mom doesn't support this. Judy Haim, Corey's mum, doesn't support this. All these people are coming out, trying to say that I'm a liar for telling my story... I didn't even wanna tell my story, I was scared to tell my story, but I just knew somewhere in my heart this has to be done."
In Coreyology, Feldman also opens up about the physical abuse he experienced at the hands of his mother, who battled drug abuse when he was younger. She has denied the allegations while her son claims she "blocked it out purposefully".
A promotional ad for Shia Labeouf's new film Nymphomaniac was briefly removed from YouTube.com on Tuesday (05Nov13) because it features the actor completely naked. The racy video, which has since been restored to the site with an age restriction, features LaBeouf having sex with co-star Stacy Martin.
A spokesperson for the video-sharing website tells The Hollywood Reporter that the promo was posted back on the site once censors realised it was an official clip from the new Lars Von Trier film.
The rep says, "With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the wrong call. When it's brought to our attention that a video has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it."
The video has received close to 300,000 views.
LaBeouf certainly won't be upset about the release of the clip - he sent the director a sex tape to secure his role in the production.
The actor recently told U.S. chat show host Chelsea Handler, "I sent him videotapes of me and my girlfriend having sex and that's how I got the job."