The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star is alleged to have proposed to Perry last week (ends25Dec09) after spending the run-up to the Christmas holiday together in his native Britain.
The couple spent Christmas Day (25Dec09) oceans apart as the I Kissed A Girl hitmaker jetted back home to L.A. to celebrate the festive season with her family, while Brand remained in London.
But the funnyman appears to be making moves to relocate to California permanently - he's placed his home in north London on the market for $4 million (£2.5 million) and purchased a 1920s-style house on the West Coast.
The lavish four-storey home boasts four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a powder room and an outdoor swimming pool.
The Brazilian beauty welcomed a baby boy - her first child - with American footballer Tom Brady on Tuesday (08Dec09).
And the tot is sure to have whatever it wants - Bundchen reaped in $13 million (£81 million) after selling her Manhattan pad earlier this month (Dec09), according to New York Post gossip column PageSix.
The catwalk queen bought the five-storey house in 2005 for $5.8 million (£3.6 million).
Hanks and wife Rita Wilson hired contractors Storey Construction to build their Sun Valley, Idaho villa in 2000 but tried to take the firm to a tribunal after discovering faults with the work.
Storey Construction bosses refused to attend the hearing, insisting they had already been to arbitration, with a lower court later ratifying their claim.
But on Wednesday (30Sep09), the Idaho Supreme Court unanimously ruled Hanks can take the dispute to a hearing by an impartial third-party.
And the Hollywood couple hopes the ruling will benefit others in the same situation.
A statement from the pair reads, "We believe the Supreme Court's decision will have an impact far beyond our case, helping homeowners who have been wronged in ways that remain hidden long after their home has been built. Like anyone else in the same position, we simply wanted Storey Construction to reimburse us for what we have spent fixing shoddy and defective construction."
The stars first battled Storey Construction in a disagreement over payment - the firm sought arbitration after alleging the couple failed to settle the bill.
Paltrow and Martin bought the house beside their luxurious residence in the British capital in 2007 and have now been granted permission from local authorities to knock the two multi-million dollar properties together to create an $11.2 million (£7 million) superhouse with 33 rooms.
They are following in the footsteps of their close pal Madonna, who purchased the property next door to her London home and converted it into a gym. But the pop superstar was denied permission from local authorities to connect the two houses.
Work has now begun on co-joining Paltrow and Martin's two homes, which will give them an additional eight rooms on the lower ground floor, six on the upper ground, five on the first floor and eight on the second floor.
Plans obtained from the local council also show the pair aim to create a two-storey extension to give them even more space, and a slide in the garden for their two children, Apple, five, and Moses, thre.
The couple married in 2003 and own homes around the world, but consider London their main base.
There’s a melancholy rich old man named Philip (John Standing) who’s
just lost his wife. Standing in front of a mirror naked he complains
to his son Storey (Mathew Delamere also naked) that he’s getting old.
They proceed to stare at their anatomy console themselves by jumping
into bed together watch the Fellini flick and decide to create their
own bordello of women on their estate. There’s some deeper theme here
about women having power but it’s difficult to find under all the
There are willing women everywhere and yet Standing repeatedly -- and
annoyingly -- grumbles his unhappiness and swoons over the young
sensual Palmira (Polly Walker) the only one who smirks her way into the
affections of both men. The actresses’ performances range from amusing
(Vivian Wu as a businesswoman) to confusing (Shizuka Inoh as a
materialistic gambling addict) to plain weird (Amanda Plummer who is
just way too attached to her horse and a fat pig. Don’t ask.)
Anyone familiar with Peter Greenaway knows about his penchant for flesh
("The Pillow Book " "The Cook the Thief His Wife and Her Lover") and
his method of artistry over direction. Trained as a painter Greenaway
loves to shock audiences with unabashed nudity particularly of
characters that aren’t curvy thin or young. But it can be equally
off-putting to moviegoers who really might not want to see "natural
images" blown up onscreen. (And by the way for the amount of skin
there’s very little sex in the film.)
Actor Faizon Love is facing legal action over allegations he "barbarically assaulted and battered" a woman after she shunned his sexual advances.
The suit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court yesterday, accuses the Friday star of groping stage manager Beatrice Eliza after she picked him up from Burbank Airport in March.
Court papers obtained by TMZ.com claim "he did not stop until she threatened to kick him out of the car" - when he allegedly turned violent.
Eliza adds that days after the assault, Love showed up on the set of a theatre production and issued more threats before throwing her handbag out of a second-storey window. Police were reportedly called to the scene.
Eliza is suing for unspecified damages, insisting she "suffered great mental, physical and nervous pain" as a result of the alleged incident.
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Don’t let the previews fool you—Terabithia isn’t anything like Chronicles of Narnia. Based on the Newbery-Award winning children’s novel by Katharine Paterson the story is more about childhood friendships and the way imagination can quite literally open new worlds. Jess Aarons (Josh Hutcherson) sees himself as an outsider at school—and at home. He really only feels himself when he’s drawing. Then he meets the new kid Leslie Burke (AnnaSophia Robb) who has just moved from the big city. Despite their differences—she’s rich he’s poor—they become fast friends. Leslie who likes to spin magical stories opens Jess’ eyes to the possibilities and together they create the secret kingdom of Terabithia a mystical place accessible by swinging on an old rope over a stream in the woods near their homes. Interacting with the Terabithian denizens they’ve imagined both evil and good Jess and Leslie learn to deal with the pressures of their young pre-adolescent lives—and learn what the power of real friendship truly means. The young fresh cast really make Bridge to Terabithia work. Robb and Hutcherson are already veteran kid actors: Robb is best known for stealing hearts in Because of Winn-Dixie (another kid novel adaptation) and popping chewing gum as Violet in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory while Hutcherson played the tough older brother in Zathura as well as Robin Williams’ kid in R.V. Their acting experience clearly shows as they make the friendship between Jess and Leslie both genuine and heartfelt. There isn’t a false moment in their performances especially from Hutcherson who at first sends off an I-could-care-less vibe but through his soulful eyes becomes more attached to Leslie and their secret place. And as Jess’ little sister 7 year-old Bailee Madison plays the moppet without any cutesy affectations. As far as the adults are concerned stand outs include Robert Patrick as Jess’ stern dad just trying to make ends meet for his family and Zooey Deschanel as the kids’ music teacher who Jess has a crush on. In 1978 author Katharine Paterson wrote Bridge to Terabithia for her then 11 year-old son David Paterson about a special friendship he had. It was an instant hit. Now David all grown up is able to bring his mom’s touching story to life as one of the writers. Talk about a family effort backed by Walden Media--the geniuses behind Holes and Chronicles of Narnia. Directed by Rugrats creator Gabor Csupo Terabithia truly captures the essence of childhood imagination even I dare say more so than Narnia. Maybe it’s because the idea of Terabithia comes from the minds’ of very real children who are going through very real emotions as they enter into adolescence. Csupo keeps the imagery simple allowing audiences to create a fantasy world filled with mythical creatures right along with the film’s main characters. And if you haven’t read the book you might be surprised by the story’s poignancy. In a saturated field of animated duds and kid films better suited as after-school TV specials Bridge to Terabithia stands out as a one of the better family movies to come around in a long time.
Maybe you’re concerned Snakes on a Plane isn’t going to live up to the hype. Stop worrying. Those fanatic Internet bloggers who’ve been raving about the movie just from the snippets they’ve seen pegged the movie to a tee. SoaP is everything its cracked up to be and more a monster movie and disaster flick rolled into one. Granted the plot is wafer thin: FBI Agent Neville Flynn (Jackson) has to transport a key witness Sean (Nathan Phillips) from Hawaii to L.A. so he can testify against a nasty mob boss who in turn hatches such a diabolical plan to dispose of the witness that even James Bond would be impressed. That’s right. Said nasty mob boss arranges the release of several varieties of poisonous snakes on the flight so either a) Sean will get bitten and die and/or b) the plane crashes. End of story. How can you go wrong with that? Jackson is one smart cookie. He heard the title of this movie and said yes immediately--despite the objections of his agents--recognizing the brilliance of a title so obvious it's foolproof. “My agents have finally figured out that I’m going to do what I want ” the actor told Entertainment Weekly. “Every now and then I want to do a movie that isn’t ‘stretching my abilities.’ It’s that simple.” All we have to do to be satisfied is watch Jackson scream a few cuss words lay down the law with the freaked passengers say lines like “Well that’s good news. Snakes on crack ” and kick some serious serpent booty. There’s a bunch of unknown actors also onboard to serve mostly as snake food but a few do survive including former ER nurse Julianna Margulies who does a nice turn as the head flight attendant sparring with the snakes and getting a little cozy with Jackson. In the words of Indiana Jones “Snakes. Why does it have to be snakes?” There’s a distinct phobia in the air whenever you mention those particular reptiles so that’s why the “monster” part of SoaP is even more horrifying--and changing the rating from PG-13 to R makes a world of difference. I mean um OUCH. That’s basically what I was mumbling through the harrowing parts watching through splayed fingers. Director David R. Ellis even goes as far as to give you a snake’s perspective as it zeroes in on its next victim. Shiver. Yes the premise is ridiculous. Yes you have to sit through some silly exposition before the snakes show up and will be able to pick out the ones who’ll make it through till the end. But honestly if you love a good disaster-y thrill ride and don’t mind snakes SoaP is the last summer movie you should see.
Based on the best-selling book by Mark Foster Game tells the remarkable real-life story of Francis Ouimet (Shia LaBeouf). He was a working-class immigrant kid who in the early 1900s turned the privileged world of golf on its ear. The story begins with Francis working as a caddie at a posh country club where he masters the game by quietly practicing on his own. His French-born father (Elias Koteas) thinks he's wasting his time and should be earning an honest wage but Francis is far too smitten with the game to give it up. Francis finally gets his big break when an amateur spot opens up at the 1913 U.S. Open. With a feisty 10-year-old caddie named Eddie (Josh Flitter) by his side egging him on Francis plays the best he ever has. He eventually finds himself facing off against the sport's undisputed champion Harry Vardon (Stephen Dillane) a U.S. Open winner and six-time British Open champion (a record that still stands today). Their legendary battle changes the face of the sport forever--but I wouldn't necessarily call it the greatest game ever.
Game is one of those juicy little biopics actors can really sink their teeth into. Starting with our young lead LaBeouf (Holes) is sufficiently determined as the guy playing against impossible odds. His Francis with his liquid brown eyes and winning smile is full of optimism and raw talent that propels him into the majors. And he looks pretty authentic swinging a golf club too. Still it may be time for LaBeouf to move on from the Disney family fare and do something grittier sort of like what he showed in Constantine. Dillane--who was so achingly good in The Hours as Virginia Woolf's beleaguered husband--also does a fine job as the legendary Vardon a man haunted by his own demons. In a way Game is a story about both men who have more in common than they realize. Although a top professional in the sport Vardon has to fight against the elitist golfing community's prejudices. You see Vardon grew up dirt poor on the plains of Scotland and because of his background was never permitted into any "gentleman's" clubs. The cast of colorful supporting players add to the film especially Flitter as the caustic but encouraging Eddie. He may be small but he packs a wallop. The last shot of the movie features Francis and Eddie walking off the golf course at sunset evoking the classic Casablanca ending line "This is the start of a beautiful friendship"--which apparently really happened. The real-life Eddie and Francis remained friends for the rest of their lives.
The main slice against Game is that it's about golf. Besides comedies such as Caddyshack and Happy Gilmore a serious movie about the game really isn't going to stir your soul say like football or baseball. But actor-turned-director Bill Paxton--who made his directorial debut with the creepy Frailty--takes the story and keeps it convincingly affecting. Much like Seabiscuit it's the real-life historical context that makes Game even more compelling. Paxton painstakingly details how the game was played at the turn of the century--and who was allowed to play it. The whole discriminatory arrogance surrounding the game makes the stakes even higher for our heroes. Vardon had a score to settle while Ouimet simply became the game's new hero paving the way for legendary whiz kids like Tiger Woods to step up on the green. Paxton also views Game as a Western. The final golf round between Vardon and Ouimet is the ultimate shootout á la the OK Corral in which the camera angles are inventive--a bird's eye view of the ball sailing through the air or gliding on the green into the hole. Plus he keeps the tension as taut as he can considering the less than exhilarating subject matter. Oh come on who isn't a sucker for a good sports underdog story even if it is golf?
Samuel L. Jackson will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the 20th Independent Spirit Awards, Dawn Hudson, Executive Director of IFP/Los Angeles, announced Monday. Jackson who previously hosted the ceremony in 1996 and 1997, returns to host the awards which celebrate its 20th anniversary this year.
"I'm glad to be back for the third time as host of the Independent Spirit Awards, especially to commemorate their 20th anniversary. The Spirit Awards have always been a cool, laid-back celebration and a great way of getting actors together who embrace the independent film genre." said Jackson.
"We are thrilled to have Sam return as host, particularly for the 20th Anniversary of the Independent Spirit Awards," said Diana Zahn-Storey, the producer of the event. "He is a fantastic actor, with an impressive, eclectic body of work which constantly surprises us. But above all he is truly the embodiment of cool and we are looking forward to him putting his personal stamp on this landmark year."
Alexander Payne's wine-soaked Sideways, which recently won the Golden Globe for best picture, musical or comedy, and Joshua Marston's intense drug drama Maria Full of Grace lead the 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards nominations with six apiece.
The IFP Independent Spirit Awards is a celebration honoring films made by filmmakers who embody independence and who dare to challenge the status quo. The winners will be announced at the IFP Independent Spirit Awards ceremony on Feb. 26 and will air live on the cable network IFC at 5 p.m. EST, as well as be rebroadcast that night on Bravo at 10 p.m. EST.