The America's Next Top Model star has purchased four apartments at the Battery Park City development in Manhattan, with plans to transform the property into one massive home.
The ongoing work to join Banks' apartments together has infuriated other residents, who have called police to complain about the noise, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio is said to own one of the neighbouring apartments in the block.
The director resurrected his Academy Award-winning 1987 film for a sequel, with Michael Douglas reprising his role as ruthless banker Gordon Gekko opposite Shia LaBeouf and Josh Brolin.
Much of the movie was based on the recent global economic crisis and Stone wanted to add realism by filming inside Goldman Sachs - but executives at the firm refused to deal with the film crew.
Stone tells Reuters, "The conservative banks would not deal with us, no. They would not let us in. Goldman sealed their floors to us. We did get pictures of the inside of it for production design reasons. They were very arrogant."
And the filmmaker has praised bosses at the Royal Bank of Canada for agreeing to let them film inside their offices.
He adds, "Our biggest break came when the Royal Bank of Canada called back, and they were extremely gracious, they said, 'By all means, we'd love you to shoot here.' The Royal Bank of Canada was one of the few banks that behaved impeccably in this period and made a profit and continued on.
"That was a wonderful break for us, because it was a classy looking bank and gave us the right feeling that we needed for Goldman - I don't want to say Goldman, I want to say 'from The Bank' in the film. Don't pinpoint me."
The America's Next Top Model host has secured a three-book deal with Delacorte Press for the series, entitled Modelland.
According to industry paper Daily Variety, the books will follow a teenager who gets into an exclusive modelling academy for Intoxibellas - models who have unknown powers.
Banks' first book is scheduled to hit shelves next summer (11).
As her eponymous talk show winds down, Tyra Banks has landed her next job, er, medium: writing novels.
The multimedia star has signed a three-book deal with Delacorte Press, which will publish Modelland, her young-adult novel series.
Modelland, which will hit bookshelves next summer, focuses on a teenager who gets into an exclusive modeling academy -- with a slight Harry Potter twist.
Banks says of Modelland, which she claims is not exactly of the “chick lit” genre, "I have this notebook I write everything in and started working on titles and breaking down characters. And I kept going and going. I knew I didn't want it to be some autobiography; I wanted to create a fantastical place."
Banks took the stage explaining she had been bitten by a rabid dog before the show and had received treatment for the fatal viral disease, which can cause erratic behaviour.
She explained, "I'm not 100 per cent today, I'm not feeling great. A friggin' dog bit me... I had to get rushed to the hospital and the doctors... tested me. The dog had rabies and I had to get a shot. I'm feeling a little weird but I'm OK."
The supermodel slyly sipped on an Alka-Seltzer concoction when her back was turned to the audience, and then she stunned the crowd when she dropped to the floor and began convulsing and foaming at the mouth.
But Banks admitted she was upset when no one came to her rescue during the prank, asking, "Why didn't anyone help me?"
The beauty, a former judge on Tyra Banks' America's Next Top Model, is disgusted by ageing celebrities who go under the knife for vanity, and is holding the pair up as examples of what can go wrong.
Porizkova blasts the blondes in a blog post on Modelinia.com, criticising the pop superstar for her rumoured facelift and Botox procedures.
She writes: "Madonna no longer looks like Madonna: what started as a sexy, well-shaped, and somewhat hairy Italian girl has ended as a cool Nordic blonde... She is starting to sort of melt away into the stew of the famous women over-fifty-high-cheek-boned blondes-who-cannot-frown."
She adds of Hudson, who is rumoured to have recently undergone a boob job: "She just looks like any California blonde actress. Instead of enhancing, she has diminished herself."
The former Bond girl travelled to Egypt and trekked the 4,000-mile (6,650-kilometre) long waterway on a camel for a new TV documentary.
But the trip was fraught with danger - she had to fight off attacks from local wildlife and fell violently ill when a bug caused her bodily fluids to "turn black".
Absolutely Fabulous star Lumley says, "There were six of us and on some of the very worst parts of the journey we had a medic travelling with us because we were so far from hospital, so if anything had gone wrong... and go wrong it did!
"I was very smug, going 'I never get ill' - that'll teach me! Whatever it was, overnight everything inside me turned to black water and just began to pour out of me. But we had to go on filming because you can't stop - the schedule is so tight."
Lumley also had to deal with terrifying encounters with insects which attacked her and the crew en masse.
She adds, "There were soldier ants and they just swarmed over us - up into the hair - in a second. They move quicker than a racehorse and they are all over you, biting and making spots of blood. I was tearing my clothes off. And there were tsetse flies. They give you sleeping sickness and then you die, so we were like, 'No! Tsetse flies!'"
Sharon Osbourne, Rupert Grint and Tyra Banks have also raided their closets to support the Give Up Clothes for Good campaign, to raise money for Cancer Research U.K.
Banks has offered up a Catherine Malandrino dress and Osbourne has donated a Burberry coat, while funnyman Walliams has parted with a Tom Ford suit.
He says, "While I would have loved to keep it, I know it will be raising money for an important cause. Cancer is such a horrible disease at any age, let alone when you’re a child, so we need to do everything we can to help fund more research. Please take part in this campaign and help save more lives.”
The sale starts on website eBay.com on Thursday (25Mar10) and will run for one week.
Finance workers have been embroiled in controversy in recent months after it was revealed some firms handed out huge bonuses to their top staff, despite vowing to slash payouts during the worldwide financial crisis.
The trio of Brit stars have lent their support to the 'Not complicated. Just brilliant' campaign, which is calling for banks to pay an extra tax on transactions between other financial institutions that can then be passed on to the country's public services.
Nighy has starred in a short online film - directed by Richard Curtis - calling for the tax, while Thompson and Miller have donned 'Robin Hood' masks to promote the cause.
Alfie star Miller says, "A tiny 0.05 per cent tax on bankers could raise billions for public services and tackle poverty and climate change at home and abroad - small change for the banks can mean big changes for the world."
Green Zone is a story we’ve already heard shot in a manner we’ve already seen and starring Matt Damon in a role he’s already played. Remember those WMDs that were never found in Iraq and later exposed to be the invention of a dubious and poorly-vetted informant? Remember the misguided and hideously botched attempt at establishing democracy after the fall of Saddam and the violent prolonged insurgency that ensued? If you’ve been away from the television for the past hour and somehow managed to forget any of these details Green Zone is here to remind you.
Damon plays Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller an Army weapons inspector whose frustration over repeatedly coming up empty in his search for Iraqi WMDs leads him on a quest to track down and expose the people responsible for leading him (and us) down that infamously bogus path. Though his hand-to-hand skills are a notch below Jason Bourne’s Miller’s single-mindedness moral certainty and permanent expression of square-jawed defiance — always threatening another “How do you like them apples?” rebuke — in the face of an insidious multi-level government conspiracy are essentially equivalent to those of Damon’s Bourne trilogy soulmate.
And like Bourne his most dangerous adversary isn’t found on the battlefront but rather within the government he once served so proudly. As Miller delves ever deeper into the Case of the Faulty WMD Intelligence Clark Poundstone (Greg Kinnear) the duplicitous arrogant Defense Department bureaucrat in charge of U.S. operations in Iraq summarily relieves him of his post. (Hint: the better dressed a Green Zone character is the more sinister his ambitions.) But Miller remains undeterred and he goes rogue to locate the CIA informant “Magellan ” a formerly high-ranking Iraqi official whose supposed confirmation of Saddam’s nuclear ambitions served as the basis for U.S. invasion.
We know how the story ends. Green Zone’s pervasive overarching sense of deja vu is accentuated by director — and veteran Bourne helmer — Paul Greengrass who employs the trademark hand-held super-shakycam style which was so fresh and inventive in 2004 but now feels stale and predictable. (Admittedly my aversion to Greengrass’ approach was no doubt heightened by a previous night’s viewing of Roman Polanski’s excellent The Ghost Writer a political thriller as subtle and precise and finely tuned as Green Zone is ham-fisted and haphazard — and which also uses the phantom WMD controversy to far greater narrative effect.)
Green Zone culminates in essentially a violent footrace between Miller and the Army Special Forces as they scour a heavily-armed insurgent stronghold to find Magellan with Miller hoping to secure his potentially damning testimony before the Army can silence him for good. The climactic sequence for all I could tell was either shot in Damon’s backyard culled from Bourne trilogy deleted scenes or assembled from scattered YouTube clips. This punishingly chaotic often incoherent and ultimately exhausting approach to storytelling isn’t cinema verite; it’s dementia pugilistica.