James Batistas insists his daughter Chrystal Workman is a "very good mother to all the children" and that he never witnessed any abuse of the Modern Family star.
Winter stated in court last month (Oct12) that she was subjected to ongoing physical and emotional abuse including "vile name calling" and "slapping, hitting and pushing", which Workman denies.
The 14 year old was removed form her mother's home following the allegations and her older sister Shanelle Workman now has temporary guardianship
In a declaration filed in the guardianship case, Batistas writes, "I have never seen any abuse from my daughter or son-in-law towards my granddaughters neither physical nor emotionally."
In the document, Batistas adds that Shanelle lived with him when she was 16 after she also accused her mother of abuse, nearly 20 years ago.
Shanelle was in the foster care system for more than two years before Batistas took custody and moved her to his home in Virginia, according to TMZ.com
Batistas ended his statement by insisting he wants to see his family reunited.
The actress admits she was struggling with her role in the upcoming Steven Spielberg epic as she attempted to tackle Lincoln's wife during the months before filming started - and she even took to texting her leading man in character.
But it was a two-hour stroll around Richmond, Virginia - as Mary - that really gave her the confidence to pull the role off.
She tells WENN, "Daniel and I had not really spent any time together and I had to create a marriage with the man who you were intimate with on every single level of your being. Mary Todd had children with him and children died in her arms; she had a tactile relationship with this person and I had not spent any time with him, so we had no way of creating it.
"We had texted each other over seven months or something, totally in character, which was very difficult to do! I had to figure out what I wanted to say within the vernacular of the time and many times I wanted to call him up and say, 'How would I say this?'
"Right before we started shooting I arrived a week early in Richmond and Daniel was to start shooting the next day. I texted him as Mary: 'I knew that the task before you was an enormous one, but my task was you. And that was my sole task. And therefore I would be on your porch the next morning. Your choice is to let me in or not. Whether you let me in or not I will not go.' Mary would take him out for carriage rides so I texted, 'In lieu of a carriage, find your shoes.' And he wrote me back graciously.
"He's notorious for not really wanting to have any socialisation but I went to his house, knocked on his door in Richmond and we were both sort of in character. My dialect wasn't as thick as his. He said, 'Would you like to come in and have some coffee and eggs?' I said, 'I don't want to be trapped behind a table. Let's get going.'
"I knew he was under the gun in a very big way but we went out and we walked around Richmond for about two hours and it saved my life. I said, 'I have to create something that doesn't exist right now and first of all I have to touch you.' He said, 'OK,' so I laid my head on him. I said, 'I can't be worried and be shy about owning your body because married people don't have that,' and so his eyes got a little bigger and he said, 'OK'. So I would take his hand or grab his arm while we talked about our real lives and our children. At the end he invited me in but I said, 'I think we did enough and I think it served it's purpose'; and it did."
And she has nothing but great things to say about working with one of Hollywood's most serious actors: "He is so generous and such a deeply honourable, loving man. The first scene Daniel did was not Daniel anymore. I had no feeling of that. He was Mr. Lincoln."
In fact, Joseph Gordon Levitt, who plays Lincoln's son in the film, reveals the character never left Day Lewis throughout the shoot and he only got to meet the actor when he had wrapped his scenes - and introduced himself to his castmates.
Bosses at Barneys have released a mock-up of their proposed Christmas window display to be erected at their flagship store in New York, and the collection contains Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and Daisy Duck re-imagined as tall, thin models
The idea has infuriated Sideways star Madsen, actress Bauer van Straten, and family heiress Abigail Disney and the trio has added its names to a petition to scrap the project - because of the message it sends to young girls.
An excerpt of the signed document reads, "There is nothing wrong with tall thin women. There is something wrong with changing a beloved children's character's body so that it looks good in a dress that almost nobody looks good in.
"Girls have enough pressure to be thin, now the beloved Disney mouse of their childhood has to add to the message that the only good body is a tall, size 0 body?
"Enough already. Let's give girls a chance to celebrate the actual bodies they have instead (of) hating them for not fitting into a (designer) Lanvin dress."
I used to love a good all-stars edition. Back in the heyday of The Real World/Road Rules Challenge (not the make-out fest it's become today—I blame you, Trishelle), it was fun to watch past favorites compete in challenges that had nothing to do with the navel-gazing they did on their original shows.
Likewise, I ate up every second of Top Chef All-Stars, which mashed together every amazing contestant—good or bad—while weeding out the boring ones.
Throwing past seasons' spicy leftovers into a room and having them duke it out against each other used to feel exciting. But now it just feels, well, reheated.
Case in point: the cast of Celebrity Apprentice All-Stars was announced this morning and I'm sadly underwhelmed. Sure, they have a couple fan favorites like Bret Michaels as well as oddballs like Latoya Jackson, Lisa Rinna and Gary Busey. But Lil' Jon? Brande Roderick? Trace Adkins? Come on, Trump: Where's the shocker?
It's all just another reason why the all-stars format—without some new element of surprise—needs to be put out to pasture.
Take Dancing With the Stars All-Stars. Now in its 15th season, it's admirable that the show tried to mix things up with all-stars. But by pairing most of them with their past partners, it stripped much of the excitement and surprise away. Yes, some people still want to yell at their TV screens when Bristol Palin makes it through another week. But haven't we been there, done that? Why not pair Palin with outspoken shirt-hater Maksim and see the fireworks explode?
It looks like I'm not the only one who's feeling lukewarm. Ratings for the premiere of DWTS were down from the past two seasons. Don't get me wrong, Dancing With the Stars still pulls in enviable numbers. But it's a missed opportunity to create something cool and new.
For the upcoming season of Celebrity Apprentice, I hope they take a cue from another reality competition, So You Think You Can Dance, and throw the audience some genuine curveballs. Instead of bringing back old-timers and having them compete in the same exact format, SYTYCD smartly paired its all-stars with new contestants. Viewers still got their dose of fan favorites like now-movie-star Twitch and now-Lady-Gaga dancer Mark Kanemura. But it felt fresh and exciting thanks to a crop of brand new faces.
And no, Latoya and Lisa Rinna, Botox doesn't count.
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The actor was invited to join the project shortly after two hijacked airplanes crashed into the Twin Towers at New York's World Trade Center in 2001, while a third slammed into the Pentagon in Virginia and a fourth crash landed in Pennsylvania.
Phifer had no intention of stepping foot on a jet in the wake of the disaster, and admits he was happy staying put in Los Angeles where he was shooting medical drama ER.
He tells Vibe magazine, "I was due to start ER and 9/11 had just happened. They was like, 'OK, we want you to fly to Detroit.' It was like, September 13. 'I ain't getting on no plane! I'm staying here and I'm gonna be a doctor, goddamn it!'
"I hadn't read the script yet, and they were so hush-hush about the script that I had to sit and read it in (director) Curtis (Hanson's) office because they weren't releasing it. But when I read it, I thought, Oh, this is kinda slick! They had me go to Detroit to see if me and Em (Eminem) was going to have chemistry."
Phifer immediately took a liking to the hip-hop star and agreed to play his best friend in the film, adding, "This cat (Eminem) became my man so fast that I was like, 'This is gonna be dope.' And when I met all the rest of the guys, I was all in. It was the best decision I ever made."
The star plays home help Virginia Chance in the comedy, and to promote the upcoming third season, Plimpton has pledged to visit one fan in character - along with her onscreen husband, played by Garret Dillahunt.
She tells Entertainment Weekly, "I think it says a lot about my commitment to promoting the show. People are always trying to come up with creative ways of engaging the viewers. And I thought well, I play a housekeeper on a show, what if I went and cleaned the house of Raising Hope's biggest fan. In my uniform. I am excellent with laundry."
Hopefuls can enter by submitting their best 'Awkward Family Photo' online and series creator Greg Garcia will select the winner from the top 10 finalists. The stars will make their cleaning visit before the end of the year (12).
The Hollywood stars, who met on the set of The Green Lantern, held a low-key ceremony at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant - where romantic epic The Notebook was filmed - earlier this month (Sep12).
Guests included the actress' Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants co-stars Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera and Alexis Bledel, while Florence Welch performed at the reception, but it appears the nuptials were just for show - and perhaps to dupe tabloid editors into thinking the couple had wed in secret.
Paperwork filed at the local Charleston County Probate Court show Lively and Reynolds only applied to wed last Thursday (13Sep12) and they officially list their marriage date as 14 September (12), according to UsMagazine.com.
The newlyweds then headed to a tiny town in Virginia - with a population of just 150 - for a 'mini-honeymoon' before heading back to New York City, where Lively returned to work on Gossip Girl.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds headed to a tiny town in Virginia - with a population of just 150 - for a 'mini-honeymoon' after marrying in secret in South Carolina on 9 September (12). The newlyweds enjoyed a stay at the luxury Inn at Little Washington on Saturday (15Sep12) before heading back to New York City, where Lively got back to work on Gossip Girl.
There's an allure to imperfection. With his latest drama Lawless director John Hillcoat taps directly into the side of human nature that draws us to it. Hillcoat finds it in Prohibition history a time when the regulations of alcohol consumption were subverted by most of the population; He finds it in the rural landscapes of Virginia: dingy raw and mesmerizing. And most importantly he finds it in his main character Jack Bondurant (Shia LaBeouf) the scrappy third brother of a moonshining family who is desperate to prove his worth. Jack forcefully injects himself into the family business only to discover there's an underbelly to the underbelly. Lawless is a beautiful film that's violent as hell striking in a way only unfiltered Americana could be.
Acting as the driver for his two outlaw brothers Forrest (Tom Hardy) and Howard (Jason Clarke) isn't enough for Jack. He's enticed by the power of the gangster figure and entranced by what moonshine money can buy. So like any fledgling entrepreneur Jack takes matters into his own hands. Recruiting crippled family friend/distillery mastermind Cricket (Dane DeHaan) the young whippersnapper sets out to brew his own batch sell it to top dog Floyd Banner and make the family rich. The plan works — but it puts the Bondurant boys in over their heads with a new threat: the corrupt law enforcers of Chicago.
Unlike many stories of crime life Lawless isn't about escalation. The movie drifts back and forth leisurely popping in moments like the beats of a great TV episode. One second the Bondurants could be talking shop with their female shopkeep Maggie Beauford (Jessica Chastain). The next Forrest is beating the bloody pulp out of a cop blackmailing their operation. The plot isn't thick; Hillcoat and screenwriter Nick Cave preferring to bask in the landscapes the quiet moments the haunting terror that comes with a life on the other side of the tracks. A feature film doesn't offer enough time for Lawless to build — it recalls cinema-level TV currently playing on outlets like HBO and AMC that have truly spoiled us — but what the duo accomplish is engrossing.
Accompanying the glowing visuals and Cave's knockout workout on the music side (a toe-tapping mix of spirituals bluegrass and the writer/musician's spine-tingling violin) are muted performances from some of Hollywood's rising stars. Despite LaBeouf's off-screen antics he lights up Lawless and nails the in-deep whippersnapper. His playful relationship with a local religious girl (Mia Wasikowska) solidifies him as a leading man but like everything in the movie you want more. Tom Hardy is one of the few performers who can "uurrr" and "mmmnerm" his way through a scene and come out on top. His greatest sparring partner isn't a hulking thug but Chastain who brings out the heart of the impenetrable beast. The real gem of Lawless is Guy Pearce as the Bondurant trio's biggest threat. Shaved eyebrows pristine city clothes and a temper like a rabid wolverine Pearce's Charlie Rakes is the most frightening villain of 2012. He viciously chews up every moment he's on screen. That's even before he starts drawing blood.
Lawless is the perfect movie for the late August haze — not quite the Oscary prestige picture or the summertime shoot-'em-up. It's drama that has its moonshine and swigs it too. Just don't drink too much.
Vivek Shah, from West Hollywood, California is accused of targeting Weinstein and at least four other tycoons in a bid to force them to deposit money in offshore bank accounts, according to the New York Post.
The alleged scheme was smashed by cops and Shah was arrested earlier this month (10Aug12) at his parents' home in Chicago, Illinois.
The actor is currently being held in West Virginia, close to where one of his alleged targets lives, and has not been granted bail.
An investigation into the extortion plot was launched after a letter was sent to coal magnate Christopher Cline, in which he was told his family would be targeted unless he transferred $13 million (£8.2 million) to an offshore bank account.