Little Liam James Ferguson was born on Monday (31Jan11) in Los Angeles, People.com has confirmed.
Ferguson, 48, and his art dealer wife wed in December 2008.
The comic has a nine-year-old son, called Milo, from his six-year marriage to second wife Sascha.
The Village actress grew up unaware of her dad's acting credits, insisting she only ever knew her father as a moviemaker.
And it wasn't until she was in her early 20s that she caught up on her dad's time as Richie Cunningham after U.S. chatshow host Jay Leno gifted her with a boxset.
She tells Britain's You magazine, "I never watched Happy Days. Schoolfriends used to say, 'What did you think of your dad in the show?' But I didn't see an episode until I was 22. Dad never showed us Happy Days or any of his acting - he's the most humble man on planet earth.
"(Leno) gave me a boxset. So I sat down and watched them and it was wild to see my father act, because he's always been a director to me. I totally understand why everyone loves the show. There are running jokes that you love; there is something wholesome about it but it's also fun."
The True Blood star has two young children with American actress Marta Cunningham, but he refuses to take them to see one of his movies.
And the Brit admits he'll hold out as long as possible before explaining his career - in a bid to give the youngsters a normal childhood.
He says, "They're still too young to know what it is that I do for a living. My three-year-old daughter still thinks people on the TV can see you.
"We're trying to preserve their innocence for as long as possible because they are going to be L.A. kids and everyone is in the business here. Besides, they haven't seen anything I've done because it's all been so inappropriate."
Despite not definitely knowing who will and will not be in it or when it will release, there's one thing that we are concretely aware of concerning Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: Warner Bros. Pictures will be FULLY financing and distributing the epic motion picture worldwide. So even after the MGM financial meltdown nearly killed the mega-sized project, the Lion's Head won't even be carrying the two-part blockbuster! What a bunch of corporate non-sense...
Anyway, that's the story folks. We're kind of just waiting around for more. We know that this past summer, Guillermo del Toro left his directing position. Then, Peter Jackson decided that he was going to direct. After that, Ian McKellen decided to reprise his role and said that they were going to start filming in January (which is right now!). Now, things look a little bit more clear. In October, we learned that Martin Freeman would play BIlbo Baggins and that a whole bunch of international and American actors were cast (follow that "In October" link to read about the full cast, or simply click the link to "The Hobbit"). Though filming hasn't started as expected, next month is now the supposed start date. We'll keep you up to date on all the news regarding the mother of all prequels, but for official info read on for the press release:
LOS ANGELES, CA, January 6, 2011- Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber, MGM Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officers, Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Operating Officer, New Line Cinema and Alan Horn, President and Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that MGM and Warner Bros have concluded a deal for Warner Bros. Pictures to handle international theatrical and video distribution responsibilities on MGM's behalf for Peter Jackson's highly anticipated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit". This arrangement results in Warner Bros. Pictures handling the bulk of worldwide distribution, while MGM will handle international television licensing for the films. MGM and WB will work collaboratively to coordinate marketing and release plans worldwide.
Jackson, who directed all three "The Lord of the Rings" films, will helm the two films back-to-back, telling the story of "The Hobbit" from screenplays written by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro.
The two "Hobbit" films are set to begin production in February 2011, with release dates targeted for December 2012 and December 2013. Jackson will utilize groundbreaking visual effects and his incomparable storytelling to bring Tolkien's novel to the big screen. Both "Hobbit" movies will be filmed in Digital 3-D, using the latest camera and stereo technology to create a high quality, comfortable viewing experience.
Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Carolynne Cunningham are producing the films for New Line, Warner Bros and MGM, with co-writer Philippa Boyens serving as co-producer and Ken Kamins and Zane Weiner as executive producers. The Oscar-winning, critically acclaimed "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, also from the production team of Jackson, Walsh and Cunningham, grossed nearly $3 billion worldwide at the box office. In 2003, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" swept the Academy Awards, winning all of the 11 categories in which it was nominated, including Best Picture - the first ever Best Picture win for a fantasy film. The trilogy's production was also unprecedented at the time.
The director, who played Bosley's Happy Days son Richie Cunningham, has joined a list of the beloved actor's former colleagues and castmates in paying tribute to the TV patriarch.
A statement from the mourning filmmaker reads, "Tom's insight, talent, strength of character and comic timing made him a vital central figure in the Happy Days experience. A great father and husband, and a wonderful artist, Tom led by example, and made us all laugh while he was doing it.
"My last conversations with Tom reflected the love of life and peace of mind that he always maintained throughout his full and rewarding life."
Bosley died on Tuesday (18Oct10). He was 83.
The beloved American actor, best-known as Happy Days patriarch Howard Cunningham on the hit 1970s and 80s TV sitcom, passed away at a hospital in Rancho Mirage, California after battling a staph infection.
Winkler tells TMZ.com, "I saw him before I ever got to Hollywood on Broadway, and he was great. And then I got to act with him for 10 years and he was great. Tom Bosley was our mentor. He was a true artist... a great husband, and a fabulous father and grandfather. He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten."
Baio also marked the death by stating, "He was a good man who taught me a lot about the (movie) business and business itself. He was a professional guy... I'm sad."
Family members tell TMZ.com the star had been battling a staph infection, but further details regarding his death were unavailable as WENN went to press.
After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Bosley made his stage debut in Our Town with Chicago's Canterbury Players.
He later shared the stage with Paul Newman at the Woodstock Opera House in Illinois, but his breakthrough stage role came in 1959 when he portrayed New York Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Fiorello! The part won him a Tony Award.
But Bosley is perhaps best remembered for his role as patriarch Howard Cunningham on the hit TV sitcom Happy Days, which ran from 1974 to 1984.
He also landed a string of notable film and TV credits, including Murder, She Wrote and Father Dowling Mysteries, and more recently cameos in That '70s Show and One Tree Hill.
Bosley last appeared in 2010 comedy The Back-up Plan, starring Jennifer Lopez.
Tom Bosley, famous for his depiction of Mr. Cunningham in Happy Days, died today. He was 83.
TMZ reports a representative of Bosley's family said he "died of natural causes or specifically, from a brief battle with lung cancer." The website also reports that Bosley had been fighting a staph infection.
Bosley's career was impressive. He won a Tony Award for his breakout role as New York City mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in the Broadway musical Fiorello! in 1959. In 1974, he took his role as Mr. Cunningham. Following his Happy Days stint, he worked as a voice actor and took numerous small roles throughout the years, including the '80s cartoon The World of David the Gnome. His most recent credit was a small role 2010's The Back-Up Plan. And to top it off, TV Guide ranked him number 9 on their "Top TV Dads of All Time" list.
Mr. Bosley, you will be missed.
The story of the most dominant racehorse of all time does not easily fit into the standard inspirational sports flick mold. Such films typically require its protagonists to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles be they competitive (Hoosiers) personal (The Natural) societal (Ali) or some combination of all three (Remember the Titans). But by all accounts the greatest challenges to Secretariat capturing of the 1973 Triple Crown were not rival horses — indeed Secretariat had no true rival — but a pair of slow starts and an abscess. And abscesses — apologies to dermatologists — simply aren’t all that effective as dramatic devices.
Lacking most of the vital ingredients of the traditional underdog movie formula Disney’s Secretariat is forced to synthesize them. Its screenplay written by Mike Rich and based rather loosely on the book Secretariat: The Making of a Champion by William Nack adopts a conventional save-the-farm framework: When her parents pass away within months of each other Denver housewife Penny Tweedy (Diane Lane) is advised to sell off her family’s Virginia-based Meadow Stables a beautiful but unprofitable horse-breeding enterprise in order to pay the onerous inheritance taxes levied by the state. But Penny her deceased father’s hackneyed horse-inspired counsel fresh in her mind (“You’ve got to run your own race ” etc. etc.) is loath to depart with such a cherished heirloom. So she concocts a scheme just idiotic enough to work betting the farm — literally — that her new horse Big Red in whom she has an almost Messianic faith will win the Kentucky Derby Preakness and Belmont races in succession.
Of course Big Red under the stage name Secretariat goes on to do just that but only after the film subjects us to nearly two hours of manufactured melodrama. Lane grasping all-too conspicuously for awards consideration treats every line as if it were the St. Crispin’s Day speech. Her character Penny exhibits a hair-trigger sensitivity to the sounds of skeptics and naysayers bursting forth with a polite rebuke and a stern sermon for anyone who dares doubt her crusade from the trash-talking owner of a rival horse to her annoyingly pragmatic husband (Dylan Walsh).
Lane isn’t alone in her grandiosity. The entire production reeks of it as director Randall Wallace lines the story with fetid chunks of overwrought Oscar bait like so many droppings in an untended stable even using Old Testament quotations and gospel music to endow Penny’s quest with biblical significance. John Malkovich is kind enough to inject some mirth into the heavy-handed proceedings hamming it up as Secretariat’s trainer Lucien Laurin a French-Canadian curmudgeon with an odd sartorial palette. It’s not enough however to alleviate the discomfort of witnessing the film's quasi-Sambo depiction of Secretariat’s famed groom Eddie Sweat (Nelsan Ellis) which reaches its cringeworthy zenith when Sweat runs out to the track on the eve of the Belmont Stakes and exclaims to no one in particular that “Big Red done eat his breakfast this mornin’!!!” Bagger Vance would be proud. Whether or not Ellis’ portrayal of Sweat’s cadence and mannerisms is accurate (and for all I know it may well be) the character is too thinly drawn to register as anything more than an amiable simple-minded servant.
Animal lovers will be happy to know that the horses in Secretariat come off looking far better than their human counterparts and not just because they’re alloted the best dialogue. In the training and racing sequences Wallace effectively conveys the strength and majesty of the fearsome animals drawing us into the action and creating a strong element of suspense even though the final result is a fait accompli. It's too bad the rest of the film never makes it out of the gate.