The producers of Julianne Moore and Ellen Page's new civil rights drama Freeheld were left scrambling for a new location after officials at Salesian High School in New York refused to let them shoot there due to the film's "subject matter". The movie is based on a 2007 documentary, which centred on Laurel Hester - a New Jersey cop played by Moore - who challenged government officials and demanded pension benefits for her same-sex partner, Stacie Andree, portrayed by Page, as she battled lung cancer.
A location manager picked Salesian High School in New Rochelle, New York to double as the Ocean County, New Jersey town hall, where Hester applied for a domestic partnership with Andree in order to legally pass on her pension after her death.
After first approving the shoot, the school's principal, John Flaherty, informed producer Michael Shamberg that he and the governors had reversed their decision, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Shamberg tells the publication, "They turned us down because of the subject matter."
Shamberg has since sent an email to the school's principal, stating, "(The movie is) not about gay marriage, nor are the women attempting to get married. It is about recognizing the dignity of a woman who was a brave civil servant.
"I believe the theme of the movie is what Pope Francis recognized when he called for the Church to welcome and accept gay people."
Mayor Paul Rosenberg of nearby Rye Brook has since offered up his town hall for the shoot.
Shamberg says, "The mayor personally came to the set and greeted us and introduced his teenage daughters to Julianne. Clearly, there are a lot of different attitudes in the area."
Freeheld also features Moore's Crazy Stupid Love co-star Steve Carrell.
Actress Julianne Moore is set to be feted by organisers at the Museum of the Moving Image for her career achievements. The four-time Oscar nominee will receive the New York City museum's annual 'Salute' at a gala on 20 January (15) in recognition of her outstanding contribution to film, theatre and television.
A statement from the museum's board of trustees co-chairman Herbert S. Schlosser reads, "With her unforgettable performances in (upcoming films) Still Alice and Maps to the Stars, and her role in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, this is Julianne Moore's year. She is a fearless and versatile performer who has created so many powerful performances in film and television."
Past honourees include Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, and Kevin Spacey, who was given the award earlier this year (14).
Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum have been tapped as the headliners for Europe's upcoming C2C Country to Country Festival. The Drunk on You hitmaker and Need You Now trio are the main attraction at the continent's largest country music festival, which will also features acts including Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Kip Moore and Brandy Clark.
The C2C Festival will make stops in London, Dublin, Ireland, Oslo in Norway, and Stockholm, Sweden next March (15), with two nights in each city.
Although the festival was only launched in 2012, it has already attracted thousands of country fans from all over Europe.
Earlier this year (14), more than 50,000 were in attendance at London's O2 Arena and Dublin's 3Arena for the event, which starred the Dixie Chicks, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley.
Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's daughter Tallulah is celebrating 90 days sober after leaving a rehab treatment centre earlier this month (Oct14). The 20 year old checked into a clinic on 23 July (14) to deal with reported alcohol and drug abuse problems, and she went home with her mother on 3 October (14).
Willis has now opened up about her progress, revealing she is celebrating three months of sobriety.
In a post on her Instagram.com page she writes, "90 days ago I was a mucky mess. Things are not perfect by any means but I radiate more postive energy on a daily basis then I ever thought possible. No longer allowing chemicals to infiltrate my bod (body) was the best decision I've ever made. Here's 90 more days. Woot woot (sic)!"
Music producer Charles Huggins was convicted of ripping off investors with a Ponzi scheme in court on Friday (10Oct14). Huggins, the ex-husband of soul singer Melba Moore, was found guilty of conning wealthy clients, including former American football star Ken Hamlin, into investing in diamond and gold mining industries, but the money actually funded Huggins' other ventures. The practice began as early as 2005 and ran until 2011.
Following a two-week trial in New York, Huggins, 68, was convicted of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud by a jury that deliberated for less than a day.
U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein ordered Huggins to be held in custody until his sentencing in January (15) because he is considered a flight risk.
Huggins worked with artists including the late Whitney Houston and Kenny G.
A collection of art, furniture and jewelry that once belonged to late actress Lauren Bacall is heading to the auction block, and is expected to raise $3 million (£1.88 million).
The Mirror Has Two Faces icon died in August (14) at the age of 89 and now her estate executors are planning to sell off a number of her personal items from her homes in Los Angeles and New York. Two Henry Moore sculptures will be sold by experts at Bonhams New York during their Impressionist and Modern Art Sale next month (Nov14), while six other Moore pieces collected by Bacall will go under the hammer in March (15), alongside other artworks by masters including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro and Alexander Calder.
U.S. rocker Thurston Moore recruited a little known British guitarist for his new band after hearing the musician playing in a nearby apartment and later meeting him on the stairwell. The former Sonic Youth star revealed in August that he had formed a new group with his ex-bandmate Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine bassist Debbie Googe and British musician James Sedwards.
They have performed live as The Thurston Moore band, and played the music on Moore's upcoming solo album, The Best Day, and now the rocker has revealed he discovered Sedwards after moving to London last year (13) and hearing him playing guitar in his home in the same building.
Moore tells NME magazine, "I could hear James playing guitar from downstairs and he sounded amazing. I was this American buffoon and he was this very proper Englishman and we were fascinated by each other.
"He was shocked to see me as he was a real Sonic Youth enthusiast, but the way he was playing guitar sounded like Jimmy Page and I wanted to know what he was doing down there. He said he taught guitar to students and knew everything about Led Zeppelin, but then when I asked who his favourite band were, he said The Fall. We got on like a house on fire."
Pop star Ariana Grande almost missed her debut appearance on live U.K. TV on Thursday (09Oct14) when she stopped to chat to fans in London and ended up stuck in a huge traffic jam. The Problem hitmaker was scheduled as a guest on lunchtime chat show Loose Women but producers were sent into a spin when her aides contacted the studio to say they were running late.
She eventually arrived with minutes to spare and told viewers she had got delayed in a traffic jam in central London after stopping to sign autographs.
Grande said, "It's kinda crazy out there. And I wanted to say hi to my fans too so I was late for multiple reasons, I'm not gonna lie. I'm sorry!"
During the interview, Grande happily posed for a 'selfie' photograph with presenter Nadia Sawalha, invented a fun new dance called 'kwerking' with co-host Gloria Hunniford, and also defended her racy stage costumes after some probing questions from journalist Jane Moore.
Grande insisted she is happy to peel off onstage, adding, "I think that, you know, you should be able to express yourself and dance however you like and make the music that you want to make and, you know, dress how you like and just let that be you expressing yourself."
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis hosted a Kabbalah blessing for their newborn daughter, Wyatt Isabelle, over the weekend (03-05Oct14). The Two and a Half Men star and his actress fiance welcomed their first child into the world on 30 September (14).
Editors at Britain's The Sun newspaper report that Kutcher's ex-wife Demi Moore attended the ceremony with her two daughters, Rumer and Tallulah Willis.
It is thought Moore gifted the pair with an engraved photo frame and a personalised cashmere blanket.
A source tells The Sun, "Demi and her daughters congratulated the couple while having a quick hold and coo over the baby. It was great to see her doing so well and at ease with Ashton's new life as a father and fiance."
Kutcher has been a student of Kabbalah for several years.
Former Sonic Youth star Kim Gordon is to pour out her heart about her split from bandmate and husband Thurston Moore in a new memoir. Girl in a Band will hit bookstores in February (15) via Dey Street Books, an imprint of publisher Harper Collins. The tome will also explore Gordon's childhood, her life in art, her move to New York City, her "love affairs", and "her relationship with her daughter and her band".