Twilight star Michael Sheen has replaced fellow Brit Paul Bettany as 1960s sex expert William Masters in a racy new U.S. cable series. The Welsh star will lead the cast of Masters of Sex for Showtime opposite Lizzy Kaplan, who will play Masters' partner Virginia Johnson. Shakespeare in Love's John Madden is slated to direct.
The Kentucky residents, whose names were withheld to protect their privacy, were partying at a West Virginia nightclub on 23 January (10) when they were allegedly sexually abused and battered by Dick.
The pair has since taken legal action against the Road Trip star for emotional distress, outrageous conduct, and assault and invasion of privacy and they're now seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
But Dick's attorney, Marc Williams, has dismissed the allegations, telling local publication Herald-Dispatch of Huntington the case is "only about getting money from a celebrity".
Both men are currently involved in a pending criminal case against the star - Dick will face two counts of felony first-degree sexual abuse charges in May (12) after formerly pleading not guilty to grabbing a bouncer's crotch and groping a patron at a comedy club.
It's the comedian's latest brush with the law - a Hollywood tourist recently filed a battery report with cops, accusing Dick of lashing out at him when he tried to take his photo.
The ship struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage to America and sank in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on 15 April, 1912, killing more than 1,500 passengers and crew.
Divers at salvaging company RMS Titanic Inc. have recovered thousands of items from the wreckage over the years and now the firm's bosses will be entitled to a large windfall after a Virginia judge ruled they own the rights to their sunken treasure.
As per a court order, the trove must be kept together and made available to "present and future generations" for public display and scientific and scholarly research, but the collection will include more than 5,000 pieces of fine china and still-fragrant perfume bottles, worth an estimated total of $189 million (£118 million).
Historians, romantics and fans will be able to bid for the relics at New York's Guernsey's auction house on 1 April (12) as part of a sale to mark the Titanic tragedy's 100-year anniversary.
Costner, who is producing and starring in the American Civil War drama, admits it was actually cheaper taking the cast and crew to Eastern Europe and filming there than trying to shoot in America.
He says, "That's a fact of movie life right now, it's a fact of economics."
And co-star Paxton tells TV news show Extra he is loving the location in the Romanian mountains, where time appears to have stood still.
He adds, "We're filming in a place where you still see oxen and horses drawing carriages full of corn husks. It really feels like, 'Is it 2011 or is it the 1870s in Appalachia?'"
Character actor and language expert Robert Easton passed away from natural causes at his home in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles last Friday (16Dec11) at the age of 81.
Easton began his career as an actor and landed roles on TV shows such as The Munsters, Get Smart and The Adventures of Superman and in films like 1961's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country in 1991.
But he became famed for his skills as a phoneticist and was regularly referred to as the Henry Higgins of Hollywood, in reference to the strict speech tutor in My Fair Lady.
As a dialect coach, Easton taught actors including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Liam Neeson, Sir Ben Kingsley and Anne Hathaway, while his work on 2006's The Last King of Scotland landed Whitaker the Oscar for Best Actor.
Easton continued to work right up until his death, even recording a speech tape for John Travolta to use for an upcoming project.
His daughter Heather Woodruff Perry tells the Los Angeles Times, "A month ago, he did an entire script on tape for John Travolta."
Paying tribute to the veteran, Robert Duvall, who worked with Easton on Gods and Generals in 2003, says, "They (film producers) said, 'We want Virginia accents'. Bob said, 'Which one? There are 12 distinct accents, from the Piedmont to the ocean.' He knew them all.
"He was a wonderful man, a very unique personality, and a master at his craft."
The Hills star arrived at the bash at Pechanga Casino and Resort in Temecula with Lance Corporal Jonathan Burkett, who invited the reality TV star via Twitter.com in August (11).
He wrote, "Wanted to know if you want to go the the Marine Corps Ball with me in San Diego?"
Thrilled Cavallari accepted Burkett's invite just hours after he posted the message, and the star, who is dating American footballer Jay Cutler, turned up to the event in a floorlength silver gown and posed for photographs with the military man.
She told reporters, "I just thought, why not? It’s a nice way to say thank you for everything that he’s done for our country. Seeing the faces of the people fighting for our country, it just puts everything in perspective."
After the event Cavallari wrote on Twitter.com, "Had a great time at the marine ball."
Last weekend (12Nov11), Justin Timberlake accompanied Corporal Kelsey de Santis to a ball in Virginia after she asked him to be her date via YouTube.com.
The former Friends star is lending her support to America's Breast Cancer Awareness month, and has directed a short film about the impact of the disease for Lifetime movie Five.
She attended new cancer treatment facility Inova Breast Care Center in Alexandria, and listened to patients' heroic tales of their diagnosis and how they battled the illness.
And the actress became emotional as she heard the women's stories of survival, wiping away tears throughout the visit.
Aniston was joined by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's wife Jill, who has been involved with raising awareness of breast cancer for 20 years.
The former Law & Order star grew up in Virginia, but has been a resident of New York City ever since he accepted a place at New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts Theatre Program.
Martin is proud to own a luxury apartment in Manhattan and is determined to remain in his adopted hometown permanently.
He tells the New York Post, "(I am not an) L.A. guy. God bless them out there but that vibration is not for me. I'm a New Yorker. TriBeCa. To own a New York apartment is like owning a big shiny badge."
The legendary director has hired Daniel Day-Lewis to play the 16th U.S. president, who was assassinated in 1865, in Lincoln, alongside Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Filming is due to kick off in Virginia this autumn (11), but Spielberg has now revealed fans won't be able to see the movie until after America goes to the polls for the 2012 presidential election next November (12).
He tells the Orlando Sentinel, "The movie will be purposely coming out after next year's election. I didn't want it to become political fodder."
The Sideways star, who celebrated her 50th birthday on Sunday (11Sep11), has been dating Nick Holmes "for a while", but she insists she is taking the romance in her stride.
She tells People.com, "I'm not counting (how long we've been dating) on purpose. I just want to concentrate on right now."
Madsen reveals their relationship initially started out as friends, but she quickly fell in love with the 30 year old, who she claims is "an extraordinary poet".
And Holmes, who has appeared on U.S. TV comedy Parks and Recreation, is equally full of praise for Madsen: "She's an exquisite talent and a timeless beauty. And an extraordinary amount of fun."
Madsen was previously married to Danny Huston and has a 17-year-old son, Jack, with ex-boyfriend, actor Antonio Sabato, Jr.