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.)
Bobby Garfield (David Morse) returns to his small hometown to attend the funeral of his childhood friend and remembers the fateful summer in 1960 when his whole world changed. The story flashes back to when 11-year-old Bobby (Anton Yelchin) and his best friends Carol (Mika Boorem) and Sully-John (Will Rothhaar) capture the pure joy of youthfulness. When a mysterious stranger named Ted Brautigan (Anthony Hopkins) moves upstairs and starts to pay attention to Bobby the boy suddenly realizes what's truly missing from his life--the love of a parent. Bobby's mother Liz (Hope Davis) is embittered by the death of Bobby's father and shows little compassion for her son's growing needs. Ted fills a void with the boy opening his eyes to the world around him and helps Bobby come to terms with his real feelings for Carol--and his mother. But Ted also has some deep dark secrets of his own and Bobby tries hard to stop danger from reaching the old man.
The performances make the film especially in the genuine camaraderie of the kids. Yelchin Boorem and Rothhaar never deliver a false move with an easiness that makes us believe we are simply watching three 11-year-old children grow up together. Yelchin in particular is able to get right to the heart of this young boy who misses his father and clings to the only adult who will listen. And his scenes with Boorem simply break your heart. (Davis) does an admirable job playing a part none too sympathetic. She manages to show a woman whose been beaten down but who does truly love her son in her own way. Morse too is one of those character actors you can plug in any movie and get a performance worth noting. In Hearts you want to see more of him. Of course the film shines brightest when Hopkins is on the screen. It may not be an Oscar-caliber performance but the actor is unparalleled in bringing a character to life--showing the subtleties of an old man looking for some peace in his life.
If you are expecting the Stephen King novel you may be disappointed. Screenwriter William Goldman and director Scott Hicks (Shine) deftly extracted the King formula of telling a story through a child's eye and explaining how the relationships formed as a child shaped the adult later. Hicks did an amazing job with his young actors especially Yelchin and Boorem. But where the novel continued into a supernatural theme explaining Brautigan's fear of being captured by "low men in yellow coats" (a reference to King's The Dark Tower series) the movie downplayed the mystical elements instead giving real explanations for Brautigan's man-on-the-run. That was the one problem with Hearts--we needed more danger. Introducing men from another dimension may not have been the way to go but had there been more tension the film would have resonated more especially when Bobby risked his own safety to save Ted.