The actor purchased the five-storey complex in Manhattan's East Village back in 2010 and several months later he received notice from Landmarks Preservation Commission officials that the building, constructed in 1852, would be reviewed for induction in 2012.
However, in a bid to make his future home more modern, Schwimmer demolished the estate and built a new home with an elevator and rooftop terrace on the property, thus destroying its landmark eligibility.
And the actor's plans have caused an uprising in the area with many surrounding residents chastising the star for ruining the neighbourhood.
City employee Jay Russo, who grew up nearby, tells the New York Post, "The Landmarks Commission is looking into these buildings, but before they are landmarked, people are coming in and tearing down the buildings."
After decades of moviemaking years spent honing his craft and sifting through the industry's best collaborators to form a cinematic dream team Steven Spielberg is one of the few directors whose films routinely hit a bar of high quality. Even his more haphazard efforts are competently constructed and executed with unbridled passion reeling in audiences with drama adventure and big screen fun. There really isn't a "bad" Spielberg movie. His latest War Horse isn't in the top tier of the grandmaster's filmography but as a work of pure sentimentality and spectacle the film delivers rousing entertainment. Makes sense: a horse's heart is about eight times the size of a human's and War Horse's is approximately that much bigger than every other movie in 2011.
The titular equine is Joey a horse born in the English countryside in 1914 who triumphantly navigates the ravished European landscape during the first World War. A good hour of the 146 minute film is spent establishing the savvy creature's friendship with his first owner Albert (Jeremy Irvine). A farmer boy with a penchant for animal training Albert copes with his alcoholic father Ted (Peter Mullan) and their homestead's dwindling funds but finds much needed hope in the sprite Joey. After blessing Albert and company with a few miracles Ted makes the wise decision of selling Joey off to the war and the real adventure begins.
Like Forrest Gump of the animal kingdom the lucky stallion finds himself intertwined with an eclectic handful of persons. He encoutners the owner of a British Captain preparing a surprise attack. He becomes the ride for two German army runaways the prized possession of young French girl and her grandfather and the unifier of two warring soldiers in the battlefield's No Man's Land. From the beginning to the end of the war Joey miraculously sees it all all in hopes of one day crossing Albert's path again.
Spielberg avoids any over-the-top Mr. Ed techniques in War Horse but amazingly the horses employed to play Joey deliver a riveting muted "performance" that's alive on screen. The animal is the lead of the movie his human co-stars (including Thor's Tom Hiddleston The Reader's David Kross and Toby Kebbell of Prince of Persia) sprinkled around Joey to complicate his (and our) experience of war.
But even with a stellar cast working at full capacity War Horse falters thanks to its episodic nature. It is a movie of moments—awe-inspiring breathtaking and heartfelt—stuffed with long stretches of underdeveloped characters guiding us through meandering action. Spielberg's longtime cinematographer Janusz Kaminski makes the varying environments visually enthralling—from the dark blue hues of war to rolling green hills backdropped with stunning sunsets—and John Williams' score matches the film's epic scope but without Albert in the picture's second half War Horse simply gallops around in circles.
Spielberg is a master craftsman and War Horse a masterful craft but the movie lacks a necessary intimacy to hook us into the story's bigger picture. The ensemble's devotion and affection for Joey sporadically resonates—how could it not? Look at that adorable horse!—but even those emotional beats border on goofy (at one point Hiddleston's character decides to sketch Joey a moment I found eerily reminiscent of Jack sketching Rose in Titanic). War Horse really hits its stride when Spielberg pulls back the camera and lets his keen eye for picturesque composition do the talking. Or from Joey's perspective neighing.
The star pushed his body to the limit to shoot director Darren Aronofsky's 2008 action drama, in which he portrays an ageing professional grappler attempting to make a comeback.
But Rourke admits the strenuous shoot took its toll on his ageing muscles and he was left so crippled with pain, he and his house help Javier broke down in tears at the thought that he was dying.
He says, "He (Aronofsky) gets the most out of you... I never did a backflip in my life, and you know, I'm no spring chicken - my legs are gone, my back is gone...
"So the night of the wrap party, I lived in a three-storey walk up (and) I had my trainer - literally I had to hold on to him. My knees were shaking, my legs were shaking. I got to the couch and started crying, started breathing real funny (sic). I couldn't speak. I had this really great gay houseboy, named Javier.
"I didn't know if I was dying - I called my priest, my doctor... So he explained to me what was going on, I was just exhausted. So I'm crying, Javier's crying, and Javier's crying more than I am so I'm thinking I must be in bad shape 'cause Javier's sobbing, screaming. He's going, 'Oh papi!' He's hugging me, we're crying together. I thought no more physical movies, that's it. I'm never gonna do a backflip, never gonna do a push up..."
But Rourke, 59, broke his own vow when he signed up to star in the mythological Greek epic Immortals, one of two action films he's got lined up.
He adds, "And (then) I got this movie (Immortals). It's not that physical, but I got another movie coming up and I do it all again."
The unnamed man was performing a six-storey jump last week (beg15Aug11) when a back-up safety mechanism failed to halt his plunge properly and he plummeted to the ground.
According to TMZ.com, the man was taken to hospital where it was discovered he had broken both his ankles.
The show's producers tell the website, "Safety is our first priority, and because of that we test these stunts repeatedly with trained stuntmen to ensure our contestants' well-being."
It's the second accident to plague the show this month - a contestant suffered minor injuries after the truck she was standing on collided with a stunt car.
The Apprentice star owns Trump Tower, a lavish 58-storey building situated in the heart of the Big Apple on Fifth Avenue.
It has attracted a host of superstar residents over the years, including Steven Spielberg, Sophia Loren, Michael Jackson and Johnny Carson, and now Trump has commissioned writers to come up with a drama based upon the building's rich residents, according to the New York Post.
Trump's representative Michael Cohen says, "Several major network and cable channel executives have already called, and a battle has begun to see where it will air."
The Hollywood hunk was recruited to replace Charlie Sheen after he was fired from the hugely popular sitcom earlier this year (11) due to his bizarre public behaviour.
However, TMZ.com reports that Kutcher has already prompted frustration among staff, who feel the two-storey customised mobile home is "over the top" and makes Kutcher look like a "diva".
Previously on Harry Potter: Big bad Voldemort steals the Elder Wand from Dumbledore's grave while Harry mourns the loss of his wee elf friend Dobby and begins his search for the remaining Horcruxes.
If that recap leaves you with hazy memories of last year's Deathly Hallows - Part 1 you may want to pop in the DVD before taking on the Harry Potter franchise's grand finale Deathly Hallows - Part 2. The eighth film in the series doesn't pull any punches demanding your knowledge of the saga's previous events and crescendoing off a foundation of character and connection built over a decade of cinematic excursions. That's not a fault -- Deathly Hallows - Part 2 serves hardcore fans and dedicated patrons of the franchise alike bouncing elegantly back and forth between explosive action and emotional conclusions. At this point that's what matters.
Whereas Deathly Hallows - Part 1 took Harry Hermione and Ron on a gritty race through the real world Part 2 brings the trio back to their home base Hogwarts School of Magic and Child Death where their colleagues and professors find themselves defending it against the empowered Voldemort and his band of Death Eaters. Similarly to Transformers: Dark of the Moon Deathly Hallows - Part 2 spends most of its run time following various established characters as they navigate the epic battle. Unlike the clunky erratic action of TF3 director David Yates manages to execute the sequences in Potter with bravado making sure we give a damn every time Potter discovers a secret from the past blows a Death Eater out a window or glances upon one of his closest friends lying dead on the floor.
For all its otherworldliness Potter is and always has been a human story one that puts its characters before spectacle. But when Yates and his team of FX wizards do unleash their bag of spells on the screen they do it with a very BIG bang. Deathly Hallows - Part 2's scope is on par with the Lord of the Rings trilogy bringing everything from trolls to spiders to animate statues into the wizards' massive assault. The franchise hasn't seen action on this scale before but Yates never misses a beat or opportunity to dazzle with visual eye candy. Turning the crumbling of Hogwarts castle into a riveting poignant experience -- true magic.
Once again Daniel Radcliffe Emma Watson Rupert Grint and a cast of veteran British thespians deliver the necessary gravitas to anchor Potter's fantastical elements in reality. With everything finally on the line in Deathly Hallows - Part 2 each performance is at its best and Radcliffe steps up to the plate to make his final showdown with Voldemort one to remember. He spends most of the movie covered in dirt encrusted blood on his face and a harrowing sense of death behind his eyes. Heavy material but Radcliffe pulls it off.
Few franchises have the chance that Harry Potter has been fortunate enough to receive to follow the same familiar faces through years of ever-complicating story. Thankfully Deathly Hallows - Part 2 doesn't squander the opportunity. The saga swells with a triumphant final act one that never forgets why people love the movies in the first place. The adventure the awe the comedy the thrills the people the places the things -- those are the elements that make Harry Potter grand and they return in perfect form once more to say good-bye.
The Get Him to the Greek star sparked speculation his relationship with Perry was in jeopardy when they placed their Hollywood Hills home up for sale earlier this year (11).
Brand fuelled reports of a rift when he was photographed holding hands with an unnamed woman on the set of his new film last week (end26Jun11).
But it appears the pair's union is as strong as ever as it emerges they have splashed out on a luxury new home in California.
Brand and Perry have bought a $6.5 million (£4.6 million), three-storey property, which was used in the first series of U.S. show The Bachelor.
The mansion reportedly boasts seven bedrooms, a pool, a guest house, nine bathrooms, a film screening room and even a bar.
Hong Kong tycoon and billionaire philanthropist Yu Panglin, who currently owns Lee's former two-storey home in the Kowloon area, had decided to donate the building to the city to pay tribute to Lee.
His plans to turn the house into a tourist attraction were given the green light in 2009 after locals and government officials approved the venture, in order to preserve Lee's memory.
However negotiations between Panglin and the Hong Kong government have now broken down, halting the project indefinitely, according to the Associated Press.
The Hong Kong government released a statement which reads, "Despite our efforts, we are unable to reach a consensus with the property owner over the scope of the restoration."
Enter the Dragon star Lee died in 1973, aged 32.
The Cast Away star and his wife Rita Wilson hired contractors at Storey Construction to build their Sun Valley villa in 2000, but took legal action against the firm after discovering faults in their work, including a leaky roof which nearly collapsed following the home's completion in 2002.
The two parties have been going back and forth through arbitration and tribunal hearings, and Hanks and Wilson took their case for $3 million (£1.88 million) in damages to officials at the Blaine County District Court in Idaho.
But members of the American Arbitration Association rejected their bid for compensation on Saturday (21May11).
The movie star couple was dealt a further blow after its was ordered to pay all legal costs for Storey Construction.