The Hobbit star Richard Armitage is close to signing on to tackle classic Arthur Miller play The Crucible on the London stage in his first major theatre role in 12 years. The British actor is poised to star opposite newcomer Samantha Colley in director Yael Farber's summer (14) production at The Old Vic, according to the Daily Mail. His last big theatre job was in a 2002 production of Annie Lee.
Actress Kim Basinger is celebrating after winning a major victory against SeaWorld bosses. The longtime animal rights activist teamed up with leaders from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to fight plans that would allow bosses at the Georgia Aquarium and its SeaWorld affiliates to import beluga whales from Russia.
Thanks to their actions and exposes, and the fall-out from controversial new film Blackfish - about the lives of whales in captivity, officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have denied SeaWorld's latest request to stock their parks.
PETA spokesperson Moira Colley tells WENN, "This is a move that marks the beginning of the end for the wretched exhibition of enslaved whales.
"Thanks to movies such as Blackfish and PETA's lawsuit against SeaWorld for violating orcas' 13th Amendment right to freedom, people have learned of the rodeo-style capture of whales from their pods in the ocean.
"What's left is for the public to be further upset that captive adult whales are masturbated by their trainers to produce semen and artificially inseminated to produce young: another atrocity that must be stopped. And then finally, the abusement (sic) parks will close, and the whales and dolphins will be removed from their cement bathtubs and returned to the oceans, where they belong."
She adds, "Kim Basinger’s heartfelt plea to NOAA on behalf of the 18 belugas who were cruelly torn from their families in Russian waters helped ensure that the agency made the right decision today to deny permits to import the animals for a life in small tanks at US amusement parks like SeaWorld.
"PETA is grateful to her for helping see this campaign through."
The veteran actor parted ways from Myrna Colley-Lee in late 2007 and secretly filed official documents to end their union the following July (08).
Their split became public shortly after the 73 year old crashed his car and had to be cut free from the wreckage in Tennessee in August 2008.
On Wednesday (15Sep10), more than two years after the papers were filed, a judge in Jackson, Mississippi finalised their divorce - and Freeman is delighted the split is now official.
His lawyer, William R. Wright, tells the Associated Press, "It was done without a trial. Everybody is glad it's over."
Terms of the divorce are not being made public.
Morgan Freeman is divorcing his wife of 24 years, his attorney has confirmed.
Freeman, 71, denied allegations he was splitting from his wife Myrna Colley-Lee in June after reports alleged the actor had been unfaithful.
But just days after the Dark Knight star was involved in a serious car accident over the weekend, the actor's Mississippi-based lawyer and business partner Bill Luckett have confirmed the split.
In a statement, Luckett says the former couple "are involved in a divorce action," adding, "for legal and practical purposes (Freeman and Colley-Lee) have been separated since December of 2007."
Freeman was involved in the wreckage with a female passenger, identified as Demaris Meyer, whose relationship to the actor is unknown. She has been described as his friend.
Both Freeman and Meyer had to be cut free from the car before they were airlifted to a Tennessee hospital where the star has undergone surgery for serious injuries to his left arm and shoulder.
Meyer reportedly suffered only minor injuries in the crash but remains "in good condition."
At an event in June, Freeman was shocked to hear reports of his rumored break-up with his second wife when asked about his marital status, insisting, "I don't know anything about that (filing for divorce)."
Freeman married Myrna in June 1984. He also shares two children with his first wife Jeanette Adair Bradshaw, to whom he was married for 12 years from 1967.
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