Anna Nicole Smith's young daughter is set for a bumper payday after a U.S. judge ruled the six year old is entitled to sanctions from the estate of the late model's billionaire former husband, J. Howard Marshall. The oil tycoon was married to Smith for a year when he died in 1995 and the busty blonde fought his son and other family members for a large cut of his fortune up until her passing from an accidental drug overdose in 2007.
Lawyers for her estate kept up the legal fight, but they were dealt a bitter blow in 2011 when a Supreme Court Chief Justice in Washington, D.C. overturned a prior ruling to give the tragic beauty's family $475 million (£306.5 million).
The case returned to court this week (begs27May13), and there was good news for Smith's relatives - U.S. District Judge David O. Carter found that Marshall's estate representatives had used unsavoury tactics to hide crucial documents from Smith's lawyers during the lengthy legal battle, and ordered the executors to pay sanctions to the model's daughter, Dannielynn.
Phil Boesch, lawyer of Smith's estate, tells Forbes.com, "This is a complete vindication of Anna Nicole's rights, and a total condemnation of what was done to her. We are confident that the amount Anna's estate and daughter Dannielynn will finally be awarded will be fair and substantial."
Reports suggest the child - Smith's son with her lover Larry Birkhead - could receive as much as $49 million (£31.6 million).
Ironically, Smith's romance with the oil tycoon will be detailed in a new TV movie, Anna Nicole, which will air in America in June (13).
Life on earth is really killer. Just ask Will and Jaden Smith — the father/son acting duo have returned to Earth after a 1,000 year human hiatus and this little blue marble we call home has had a change of ownership. And in two new clips from the latest M. Night Shyamalan science fiction action thriller After Earth, the most basic of insticts are proven to be the most vital to survival.
Jaden plays Kitai Raige, a recruit of the Ranger Corps (led by his father General Cypher a.k.a. Will Smith) on a mission back to earth that goes wildly awry. There are evolved animals, unfamiliar terrain, a crash landing with mortal consequences, and an escaped alien. And, given that it's a Shyamalan film, probably a big twist at the end.
Check out the clips, below. After Earth lands in theaters June 7, 2013.
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Each week, Hollywood gives us something to whine about, and the week of April 29 was no different. We could make a drinking game out of this week, but that would be too dangerous. Instead, we'll stick to the usual formula: varying levels of alcoholic respite depending on how bothersome the week's issues are. Is your biggest complaint this week a flimsy one? How about a light cocktail to take the edge off? Got a real bone to pick with a celeb or entertainment entity this week? Go ahead, grab a drink that'll put hair on your chest. Here are the week's entertainment stories that are forcing us to seek a bubbly or boozy refuge. And maybe an idea or two about how you should wash them down.
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Because Kanye West is at again. He took to Twitter with a two simple words and now we're all forced to lose our minds speculating.
Lars von Trier's new movie poster is just two parentheses. But really, it's forcing us to be the perverts to fill in the female anatomy blank.
Someone needs to buy Al Pacino a calendar. He just dropped out of a movie two months before its release.
It turns out, celebrities and horse owners have a lot in common. Apparently, they employ the same thought process when naming their babies and their horses.
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Harrison Ford doesn't seem to be too jazzed about his new movie. This video doesn't bode well for Ender's Game, does it?
Jaden Smith is supporting Justin Bieber's harem pants movement. At the cost of looking like he has baby legs.
Everyone at The Office says Steve Carell isn't coming back. But we refuse to believe Michael Scott would miss this finale.
What the hell, Showtime? This Dexter poster is going to give us nightmares.
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Lindsay Lohan has been arrested so many times, we can't keep track. No really, we tried and it's near impossible.
Amanda Bynes finally gave a reason for her madness. She wants to look like a famous stripper. Great, back to square one.
This whole Reese Witherspoon thing keeps getting worse. Now there's a second video of Jim Tosh scolding Witherspoon. Will it never end?
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Hit U.S. soap opera The Young And The Restless looks set to dominate the 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards after landing a whopping 23 nominations. The show will compete against The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and One Life to Live for the title of Outstanding Drama Series, and it also received nods for Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama Series thanks to Michelle Stafford, Peter Bergman, Doug Davidson, and Michael Muhney.
The remainder of the mentions were for prizes in supporting acting and technical achievement, such as directing and editing, as well as for outstanding work completed by a young star.
Meanwhile, country singers Little Big Town landed a nomination for Outstanding Original Song for their recording Good Afternoon (Good Afternoon America), as did Sheryl Crow for her contribution to U.S. journalist Katie Couric's talk show, This Day (Katie).
In the category of Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment, comedian Ellen DeGeneres (The Ellen DeGeneres Show) will go head-to-head with the hosts of The Talk, which stars Sharon Osbourne and Sara Gilbert, and The View, which includes Whoopi Goldberg.
Other nominees included singer Trisha Yearwood for Outstanding Culinary Program (Trisha's Southern Kitchen), actor Wayne Brady for Outstanding Game Show Host (Let's Make a Deal), and embattled former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash for Outstanding Children's Program Performer (Sesame Street). Clash resigned from the show in November (12) after two accusers came forward with underage sex claims.
The winners will be announced during a special ceremony in Los Angeles on 16 June (13).
The main categories are as follows:
Outstanding Drama Series:
The Bold and the Beautiful
Days of Our Lives
One Life to Live
The Young and the Restless
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Susan Flannery (The Bold and the Beautiful)
Peggy McCay (Days of Our Lives)
Michelle Stafford (The Young and the Restless)
Heather Tom (The Bold and the Beautiful)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Peter Bergman (The Young and the Restless)
Doug Davidson (The Young and the Restless)
Michael Muhney (The Young and the Restless)
Jason Thompson (General Hospital)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Julie Marie Berman (General Hospital)
Melissa Claire Egan (The Young and the Restless)
Jessica Collins (The Young and the Restless)
Katherine Kelly Lang (The Bold and the Beautiful)
Arianne Zucker (Days of Our Lives)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
Bradford Anderson (General Hospital)
Jeff Branson (The Young and the Restless)
Scott Clifton (The Bold and the Beautiful)
Billy Miller (The Young and the Restless)
Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series:
Kristen Alderson (General Hospital)
Hunter King (The Young and the Restless)
Jacqueline Macinnes Wood (The Bold and the Beautiful)
Lindsey Morgan (General Hospital)
Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series:
Max Ehrich (The Young and the Restless)
Bryton James (The Young and the Restless)
Chandler Massey (Days of Our Lives)
Freddie Smith (Days of Our Lives)
Outstanding Children's Series:
The Aquabats! Super Show!
R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour The Series
Outstanding Children's Program Performer:
Kevin Clash - Sesame Street
Jeff Corwin - Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin
Joey Mazzarino - Sesame Street
David Rudman - Sesame Street
Outstanding Culinary Program:
Best Thing I Ever Made
Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction
Giada At Home
Trisha's Southern Kitchen
Outstanding Game Show:
Let's Make a Deal
The Price Is Right
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
Outstanding Game Show Host:
Ben Bailey - Cash Cab
Wayne Brady - Let's Make a Deal
Billy Eichner - Funny Or Die's Billy on the Street
Steve Harvey - Family Feud
Alex Trebek - Jeopardy!
Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment:
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Live! With Kelly and Michael
Outstanding Original Song:
Good Afternoon America - Good Afternoon by Little Big Town
Katie - This Day by Sheryl Crow
Quvenzhane Wallis may have a new father... in Annie, that is. Jamie Foxx is reportedly in talks to star opposite Wallis in the Sony remake of Annie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Django Unchained star received an offer and is negotiating out a contract to reportedly play a character named Benjamin Stacks, who is supposed to be a variation of Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks from the original Annie. In the 1982 movie, Warbucks — a billionaire businessman and Annie's adoptive father — was played by Albert Finney. As of now, there is no description of how this role will be reinvented for the new film.
There is still a lot more casting that needs to be done for the musical comedy, which is scheduled to be released on Dec. 25, 2014. As of now, Sony has secured Will Gluck to direct the film and recently had writers Emma Thompson and Aline Brosh McKenna revise the script. On top of that, Will Smith and Jay-Z are tied to the film as producers.
While Sony has yet to confirm if they are in fact in talks with Foxx, it seems a likely match as Foxx appears to be a favorite of Sony's. He's currently filming The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for the studio and stars in White House Down, which is scheduled to be released on June 28.
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Will Smith and his son Jaden are going where many films of late have gone before: to the post-apocalypse.
Sony Pictures has released a new international poster for After Earth, M. Night Shyamalan's sci-fi epic (out June 6) about a father and son having to survive on the desiccated wasteland of a post-human Earth after crashing there a millennium after humanity was forced off-planet. Previous posters have emphasized the end-of-the-world, WALL-E meets The Road concept. This one, though, is solely about the father-son bonding. Their only weapons to face the wasteland, and a fearsome alien who crashed with them, are their inexhaustible reserves of confidence and ability to stare-down anything.
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I mean, what are they looking at in this poster? Is there some threat just to the right of the image? Or, on a more metaphorical level, is it their uncertain future they choose to meet with their gaze? Is this hinting at a new, meditative direction for Shyamalan, in which he'll have his characters ponder their oblivion? (Not to be confused with Oblivion, which looks like the exact same movie.) Does Will's brooding countenance mean this will be the first movie in which he doesn't shout, "Aw, hell no!" Check it out.
If you didn't know the title of this movie is After Earth, you'd be forgiven for thinking from this poster that Will and Jaden have decided to craft a dystopian follow-up to The Pursuit of Happyness.
Are you planning on checking out After Earth?
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In a dystopian, futuristic, sci-fi thriller about a father and son's struggle for survival, you'd think we'd have more pressing matters to discuss other than the main character's accent. But seriously, Will Smith, what is up with your accent?
All strange speaking patterns aside, the newest trailer for Smith's After Earth just the hit web, and it offers up even more high-flying action as well as a closer look into the tense father/son relationship at the center of the movie. Is this just a regular case of tough love, or is there something deeper causing the strain?
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Directed by M. Night Shyamalan (meaning there is obviously going to be some big twist... or maybe the twist is that the unhospitable, dangerous planet is Earth all along?), After Earth is set 1000 years in the future when humanity was forced to evacuate Earth and they reestablished mankind on the planet Nova Prime. Light years away from Earth, humans managed to rebuild society. Kitai Raige (Jaden) must navigate a now-abandoned Earth to save himself and his estranged father, General Cypher Raige (Will), after their ship crashes and they are the only survivors.
Check out the just released trailer below:
After Earth hits theaters June 7, 2013.
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Smith and Stephens won rave reviews for their turn as sparring ex-lovers in a 1972 London production of Noel Coward's Private Lives, and now their son is following in their footsteps.
The Die Another Day star will play the role his father tackled more than 40 years ago, opposite Anna Chancellor, in a new West End production, which will open at London's Gielgud Theatre in June (13).
Toby reveals he talked to his mother, Downton Abbey star Smith, about the part because she worked with Coward, and she gave her approval after seeing the show during its first run in Chichester, England last year (12).
He tells the London Evening Standard newspaper, "She worked with Noel Coward so obviously that's a touchstone for me. It's very rare to meet people who met him. He directed her in Hay Fever and was around when she was in Private Lives. She is (sic) closer to him than most people... It's a great play. It's a coincidence my parents did it. But I was happy that when she came to see it, she was very moved by it and really loved the production."
Numerous high-profile stars have tackled the lead roles in Private Lives over the years, including Dame Elizabeth Taylor and her on/off husband Richard Burton.
A new poster has just hit the internet for After Earth, M. Night Shyamalan's sci-fi, post-apocalyptic movie starring Jaden Smith and his father Will Smith. The one-sheet, below, teases what might be Shyamalan's most epic work yet.
After Earth — which will probably include a major twist at the end knowing Shyamalan's work — takes place in the future, after a crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden) and his father Cypher (Will) stranded on Earth 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humans to escape the planet. With his father critically injured, Kitai must embark on a journey to get help in uncharted, dangerous territory with evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an alien creature that escaped during the crash.
After the trailer came out a few weeks ago, this poster certainly increases our excitement for the father/son flick. The stunning visuals of Earth in the image are only hiding nefarious, dangerous elements, and that juxtaposition of beauty vs. the unknown is compelling — why did humanity leave the planet?
After Earth hits theaters on June 7, 2013.
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Alright, so what's the twist? After Earth, the upcoming sci-fi action vehicle starring Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith, is the latest film from director M. Night Shyamalan, so there must be a twist. We know it's not that after their terrifying crash landing, they don't run into some kind of "Damn you all to hell!" Planet of the Apes situation (though, primates do make an appearance in the trailer) and they've been on Earth all along. Papa Smith already confirms that for us. Maybe it has something to do with the elder Smith's indistinguishable accent. Seriously, what is that?
Or maybe, in the ultimate twist, there's no twist at all. That after The Lady in the Water and The Village and The Happening, Shyamalan (whose name is completely absent from the trailer, perhaps because Columbia Pictures didn't want a debacle on par with the Devil trailer) decided once and for all to make his twists deader than Bruce Willis in The Sixth Sense. That instead, he'll simply rely on the star power of the Smiths and some dizzying CGI effects of a post-apocalyptic Earth. The preview — which was released on Monday — certainly does. (None of the other cast members, like Zoe Kravitz or Isabelle Furhman are anywhere to be seen in the two-plus minute clip.)
The preview for the movie, featuring the father and son duo (who have not appeared on the big screen together since 2006's The Pursuit of Happyness) trying to survive in a very post-apocalyptic — 1,000 years, to be exact — world, should certainly conjure up other cinematic memories. The intense, Cast Away-like crash, the I Am Legend-esque survival skills of Senior Smith, and perhaps most notably, a mysterious island prime for LOST-level theory baiting. Oh no. Guess we're not done with those twists after all. Watch the full trailer here:
After Earth arrives in theaters June 7, 2013.
[Photo credit: Columbia Pictures]
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