Before she died in 2007, Smith launched a legal battle to secure more than $300 million (£188 million) from the estate of her late husband, oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall.
The wrangling continued after her death with the promise of providing a massive trust fund for three-year-old Dannielynn, but a Texas court threw out the claim in March (10) and a subsequent appeal was rejected.
Birkhead has now resorted to selling off his late lover's memorabilia to fund the tot's private education.
He tells Reuters, "It's like, do I want to hold on to one of Anna's dresses, or do I want to try to help Dannielynn's future?
"Dannielynn has different needs than other kids. She has to have security because we have a lot of curious people and it creates a bit of a problem. And now that she's starting school, she'll need to go to a private school. I think Anna would appreciate that these items are going to help Dannielynn thrive and flourish and continue being the great kid that she is. We have money. We have more than enough to survive on. (Auction proceeds) would just supplement that."
The sale, held by Julien's Auctions, will take place on 26 June (10) in Las Vegas and will include Smith's Mercedes sportscar, bronze statues and furniture, as well as gowns and paintings.
A slice of the proceeds from the auction will also go to the late model's charity, the Anna Nicole and Daniel Wayne Smith Foundation, and a dress which Smith wore in an advert for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will raise money for the animal rights organisation.
Smith will accept the honour - handed out since 1999 for a boundary-pushing body of work - during the event, which runs 16-20 June (10) in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
The Clerks filmmaker isn't the only A-list name to be honoured at the festival - actress Tilda Swinton will receive an accolade for excellence in acting, and directing duo Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman will be given the Faith Hubley Memorial Award, last handed out in 2008 to actress Jane Lynch.
The festival's executive director Gabby Hanna says: "We are thrilled with these four award recipients. They each represent the spirit and artistic voice of what independent filmmaking is today."
Fawcett lost her battle with cancer last June (09) and her Charlie's Angels castmate is still struggling to come to terms with the loss.
So she had to pass on the opportunity to pay tribute to the late actress, alongside Cheryl Ladd and Jaclyn Smith at the awards show in Los Angeles.
In a statement to fans, the actress explains, "Farrah was not only my friend, she was an iconic star who allowed us to hit the ground running that first season and spun us into the stratosphere.
"Emotionally, it was simply too soon for me to join my co-stars."
The 11 year old made his big screen debut opposite his famous father in 2006's The Pursuit of Happyness, and went on to land a part in The Day the Earth Stood Still with Keanu Reeves in 2008.
Smith takes the title role in the upcoming new version of The Karate Kid, which is due for release in June (10), and the youngster has already won acclaim for his work in the picture - he will be honoured with the Breakthrough Male Star of the Year award at the 2010 ShoWest event in Las Vegas.
ShoWest managing director Robert Sunshine tells Variety.com, "Jaden Smith is an exceptional young actor who has delivered a true breakout performance with his portrayal of Dre Parker in The Karate Kid."
The event kicks off on Monday (15Mar10) and runs until Thursday (18Mar10).
Sony today released a new trailer for The Karate Kid, its modern update of the Ralph Macchio/Pat Morita 1984 classic, in which Jaden Smith travels to China and learns some sweet kung fu moves from Jackie Chan. Though the new clip fails to explain why the film isn't called The Kung Fu Kid, it does shed light on its broader thematic ambitions, positioning its storyline as an obvious metaphor for nascent power China's bullying of an economically crippled America on the world stage:
Still no sign of a William Zabka cameo. It might be time to start a petition.
The Kung Fu Karate Kid opens June 11, 2010.
The Brazilian model and handbag designer, who announced she is expecting her second child with the actor in June (09), will host competitive hairstyling show Shear Genius.
The series is set to launch its third season in February (10) with Alves as its star. She replaces former host, veteran actress Jaclyn Smith.
McConaughey and Alves have been together since 2007.
It seems it's a good time to be close to the Sahara star - McConaughey is also working on a deal with Fox TV executives to turn his brother Rooster into a cartoon star.
Rooster Tales will chronicle the adventures of a beer-drinking sheriff, who marries a beautiful Mexican woman with an extended 114-member family.
Medics Dr. Sandeep Kapoor and Khristine Eroshevich and Smith's companion and lawyer Howard K. Stern are accused of conspiring to illegally provide the late star with prescription drugs. All three have pleaded not guilty.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry has banned candid images of Smith, obtained by prosecutors, from being shown in court, fearing it would "sensationalise" the hearing.
The nature of the photos were not revealed, but one shot reportedly shows Eroshevich sharing a bath with Smith, supporting the District Attorney's case that the doctors acted unprofessionally and inappropriately.
However, entries from Kapoor's diary were allowed to be heard in court, and were read out by Judge Perry during a preliminary hearing on Wednesday (28Oct09).
In one entry, dated 13 June, 2005, Kapoor - who his lawyer had claimed was gay - writes, "I was making out with Anna, my patient, blurring the lines. I gave her methadone, Valium. Can she ruin me?"
Another earlier excerpt detailed Kapoor's own struggle with drugs.
In an entry from 17 November, 2002, he writes, "I also need to get off the drugs. The Buspar (anti-anxiety drug), Wellbutrin (used for depression) have to go. But first the Ambien (sedative) has got to go. Oh God, it's so addicting. I have to get off that s**t."
Smith died from an overdose of prescription pills in February, 2007.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
The uber-anticipated sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen picks up shortly after the events of the blockbuster first film. With evil Megatron’s carcass buried at the bottom of the ocean Optimus Prime and his Autobot comrades working together with an elite group of human soldiers are now focused on hunting the remaining Decepticons scattered across the globe. Sam Witwicky hero of the 2007 movie is busy preparing for his first year at college while his unlikely girlfriend Mikaela Barnes stays behind to tend to her father’s auto-repair shop. Little do they know however that back on Cybertron a Decepticon elder known as “The Fallen” is hatching a scheme to invade Earth where hidden somewhere on the planet is the last known source of energon the life-blood of all Transformers. If he succeeds the devastation left in his wake will no doubt spell the end of the human race. With the fate of Earth hanging in the balance Sam and Mikaela must once again have to team up with Optimus and the Autobots to defeat this powerful new foe.
WHO’S IN IT?
All the major human players from the first Transformers film are back for the sequel including Shia LaBeouf Megan Fox Tyrese Gibson Josh Duhamel and John Turturro. Newcomers include Ramon Rodriguez who plays Sam’s conspiracy-obsessed college roommate Leo and The Office’s Rainn Wilson who enjoys a notable cameo as a pompous physics professor.
Of course the actors merely serve as background filler for the real stars of the show: those titular talking-alien robots. And director Michael Bay fills up the screen with enough mechanical eye candy to dazzle even the most skeptical gearhead. Returning characters include Optimus Prime Bumblebee Ratchet Ironhide Barricade Jazz (don’t act surprised) Starscream Frenzy and Megatron (again don’t act surprised).
Several new Autobots are introduced to the mix: Mudflap and Skids a pair of jive-talking ceaselessly annoying hatchbacks; Jolt a Chevy Volt; Sideswipe a silver Corvette; and Jetfire an elderly Decepticon turncoat who walks with a cane speaks with an English accent and transforms into an SR-71 Blackbird. Additions to Decepticon side include: The Fallen who we learn is the Decepticons’ real head honcho (consider him the Emperor Palpatine to Megatron’s Darth Vader); Soundwave a communications specialist who sinks his tentacles into a satellite and spies on us from above; Ravage a panther-like creature; Wheelie a radio-controlled truck who talks like Joe Pesci; “the Doctor ” a sort of mad scientist who speaks with a German accent (naturally); and the Constructicons a group of construction vehicles that fuse together to form a massive four-legged beast.
No director does over-the-top explosion-laded action better than Michael Bay and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen features several staggering set pieces. The CGI work on this film makes the last one look like it was designed on a Commodore 64.
Any scene in which people talk — and several of the ones in which robots talk too. Just as the action and visual effects are beefed up for the sequel the bad jokes and cringe-worthy dialogue are as well. Highlights include two dogs humping John Turturro in a thong a robot humping Megan Fox’s leg a sequence involving Sam’s stoned mom and a glimpse of a very large pair of testicles on one very large Decepticon. The latter will likely go down as the “nipples-on-the-Batsuit” moment for the Transformers franchise.
The show-stopping climax set in the Egyptian desert is one extended riotous battle royale packed with so much robot-on-robot action you’ll feel overwhelmed at times.
NETFLIX OR MULTIPLEX?
This big-budget spectacle begs to be seen at the multiplex — IMAX if possible. Just bring a pair of earplugs for the dialogue sequences. You might want to bring some Dramamine as well as Mr. Bay went a little overboard with his trademark circling-camera sequences this time around.
Harrison Ford has been named the highest-earning actor in Hollywood -- after he took home a massive $64.95 million in the last 12 months.
The veteran star returned to his role as the title archaeologist in last year's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which went on to gross more than $750 million worldwide and earned Ford a bumper paycheck.
The figures, from Forbes magazine, show that Ford brought home the staggering sum between June 2008 and 2009.
Second in the list was Adam Sandler, who earned $54.9 million thanks to the success of his two films, Bedtime Stories and You Don't Mess with the Zohan.
Will Smith came in third with $45 million, while the top five was rounded out by Eddie Murphy and Nicolas Cage, who both earned $39.9 million.
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