Robert Redford is suing New York state officials over accusations he was unfairly handed a $1.6 million (£948,128) tax bill for revenues from his Sundance U.S. TV network. In 2005, the Hollywood veteran sold a portion of the interest in the network, which is based in Park City, Utah, where Redford resides and runs the rest of his Sundance business projects.
On Tuesday (05Aug14), he filed suit at the New York Supreme Court against the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and its commissioner, Thomas H. Mattox, stating he was handed an invoice for $845,000 (£500,730) in taxes and $723,000 (£428,448) in interest stemming from the sale.
Redford alleges officials at New York's tax department wrongly ruled the profits from the sale count as income on the state's tax return, and he insists the money has already been accounted for in a tax return filed in Utah.
The lawsuit also states, "Plaintiff did not use his ownership interest in Sundance T.V. Inc., nor did he use his indirect ownership interest in Limited or Channel, in any trade or business carried on by him in New York.
"Further, Plaintiff did not have any property, payroll or receipts located in or deemed attributable to the conduct of a trade or business in New York."
Redford is asking for a judgment in which he will not have to pay the outstanding bill on the New York taxes, as well as reimbursement of all his legal fees.
Star Trek: Voyager actor Robert Picardo is seeking a court order to silence his estranged wife amid allegations she is spreading false rumours about his sexuality. The 60-year-old star claims his wife of 30 years, Linda Pawlik, who he is in the process of divorcing, has been telling friends that he has been having a secret gay affair with his longtime pal, U.S. TV legend Bill Nye.
However, Picardo is outraged by the accusations because he insists his close friendship with the host of children's show Bill Nye The Science Guy is purely platonic, reports TMZ.com.
He pours doubt on the affair allegations in court papers by writing, "I'd made it to 60 without having sex with a man and a 'walk on the wild side' at this age seemed unlikely to anyone who knows me."
Picardo and Pawlik hit headlines last month (Jul14), when police paid them a visit at their California home after an emergency call was placed from the house, only for the caller to hang up.
No arrests were made, but Pawlik subsequently obtained a restraining order against the actor, banning him from approaching or contacting her until the end of July (14).
The couple filed for divorce in 2012.
A man was arrested at Beyonce and Jay Z's concert in California on Saturday (02Aug14) after he allegedly bit off the tip of another man's finger.
Robert Alcaraz-Garnica, 25, was arrested at Pasadena's Rose Bowl after he reportedly groped the victim's girlfriend, and as a fight ensued, Alcaraz-Garnica chomped on the man's finger.
Lieutenant John Luna of the Pasadena Police Department confirms to TheWrap.com that Alcaraz-Garnica "sexually assaulted" a female and the man sustained a "serious injury" to his finger.
Alcaraz-Garnica was arrested on suspicion of sexual battery and mayhem following the incident and is being held on $100,000 (£59,426) bail pending his initial court appearance.
In addition, local police also arrested eight revellers for public intoxication and two for ticket scalping. Saturday's gig was part of the hip-hop supercouple's On The Run tour, and the pair played another show at the same venue on Sunday (03Aug14).
Prog-rock pioneers King Crimson will not be playing their signature album In The Court Of The Crimson King on their upcoming U.S. tour - and guitarist Robert Fripp is urging fans expecting to hear it to sell their seats for a profit.
The legendary supergroup is making a live comeback in September (14) with a 17-date trek around the States, the band's first U.S. gigs since 2008. However, band leader Fripp is warning fans not to attend the shows if they have a set idea of what tracks they want to hear the band play, as they will be in for a disappointing evening.
He tells Uncut magazine, "A guiding King Crimson principle is the music is new whenever it was written. So it's all new music. What I will say is, if you are coming with the explicit or implicit demand that you need to hear this music or that then don't come. And if you've already bought tickets, sell them to someone and you might make a profit. The point is with Crimson, if you come with an open mind, generally something worthwhile happens. If you don't, it's less likely. If you go there thinking, 'If I don't hear In the Court of the Crimson King I will have a lousy show', then you will have a lousy show. It's not on the setlist."
A judge has given Shia Labeouf six weeks to agree a deal with prosecutors over his disorderly conduct case. The Transformers star appeared in court in New York City on Thursday morning (24Jul14) for a hearing connected to his arrest at a Broadway theatre last month (Jun14).
LaBeouf, 28, who was detained by police for disrupting a production of Cabaret, has denied charges of disorderly conduct and criminal trespass, but his lawyer G. Robert Gage is attempting to work out a plea deal.
During the hearing on Thursday, the judge overseeing the case at the Manhattan court gave both sides six weeks to agree a resolution and ordered the star back for another hearing on 10 September (14).
After the Broadway outburst, LaBeouf enrolled in an outpatient rehab program to tackle his drinking.
Music legend Lou Reed left an estate worth in excess of $30 million (£18.8 million) to his family, according to a U.S. report. The veteran rocker died in October (13) at the age of 71 after a battle with liver disease, and court documents seen by editors of the New York Post show Reed's longtime manager, Robert Gotterer, has documented around $20 million (£12.5 million) in "money and other property" in his role as estate executor.
The sum reportedly does not include another $10 million (£6.3 million) which has been earmarked for Reed's heirs, as well as insurance policies and pension funds.
The Perfect Day star left his wife Laurie Anderson two homes, a $7 million (£4.4 million) penthouse in New York City, and a $1.5 million (£937,500) house in the Hamptons, as well as jewellery, art, cars and boats.
Reed also asked for $500,000 (£312,500) to be allocated for his elderly mother's care, while his sister Margaret Reed Weiner is set to receive $5 million (£3.1 million).
A jazz musician arrested in connection to Philip Seymour Hoffman's death failed to sell the actor a large stash of heroin, because the late star didn't like the quality of the product, a court has heard. Robert Vineberg, also known by his stage name Robert Aaron, was one of four people taken into custody following a police raid in New York as part of an investigation to discover the source of the heroin found in Hoffman's apartment.
Cops allegedly found 300 bags of the illegal substance in Vineberg's home, but during a hearing at Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday (25Jun14), New York Police Department Detective Daniel Santiago revealed the 57-year-old suspect told them he only sold small amounts of the drug to Hoffman.
He testified that the actor "didn't like the quality", and added, "He complained a lot about it so he would only buy small amounts."
The hearing was held to determine whether Vineberg's case should be transferred to a drug diversion court.
His lawyer claims the musician wants to attend a rehabilitation facility in a bid to tackle his own long-standing drug addiction.
He is currently free on bail.
Hoffman died from a drug overdose on 2 February (14).
Tracy Morgan's condition has been upgraded to "fair" by doctors following his horrific car crash on 7 June (14).
The former 30 Rock star was left in a critical condition along with his assistant Jeff Millea and fellow comedian Ardie Fuqua after the accident in New Jersey. Comic writer James 'Jimmy Mack' McNair was killed when a truck collided with the group's limo-bus.
Morgan was taken to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where he has been receiving treatment for injuries including a broken leg, a broken nose and several broken ribs, and a little over a week after the incident, his condition has stabilised.
A statement from his spokesperson reads: "Happy to pass along that Tracy has been upgraded to fair condition, which is a great improvement. His personality is certainly starting to come back as well. "Also, Jeff Millea's family shared that he has been upgraded to fair condition as well."
Truck driver Kevin Roper has been charged with one count of death by auto and four of assault by auto, and pleaded not guilty during an appearance at Middlesex County Superior Court in New Jersey last week (ends15Jun14).
Judges at the U.S. Supreme Court have granted late screenwriter Frank Petrella's daughter permission to proceed with her copyright infringement lawsuit over classic Martin Scorsese movie Raging Bull. Paula Petrella has been locked in a legal dispute with executives at MGM Holdings Inc. since the late 1990s, amid claims they illegally based the 1980 Robert De Niro picture on a copyrighted script her dad had written in 1963, but she didn't file suit until 2009, demanding royalties from the continued commercial use of the film.
Her case was twice dismissed in court in San Francisco, California, citing her long delay in taking legal action.
She refused to give up the fight and took her case to the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., where a panel of judges overturned the previous ruling, allowing Petrella to renew her lawsuit and pursue her claims.
Frank Petrella died in 1981 - the same year that Raging Bull, starring De Niro as real-life boxer Jake LaMotta, won two Oscars.
Damian Lewis is set to play English king Henry VIII in a TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Booker Prize-winning novel Wolf Hall.
The Homeland actor will star opposite Mark Rylance, who will play Thomas Cromwell, in the six-part miniseries. The drama, which will be directed by White Oleander's Peter Kosminsky, will chronicle Cromwell's rise in the Tudor court.
In addition to Lewis and Rylance's casting, Claire Foy has been tapped to play Anne Boleyn, Jonathan Pryce will take on the role of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and Joanne Whalley will portray Katherine of Aragon, one of Henry VIII's six wives. Lewis joins the ranks of Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ray Winstone, Robert Shaw and Keith Michell, who have also portrayed Henry VIII onscreen.