Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr has moved to dismiss ongoing rumours about her love life by insisting she is "single" and "happy".
The brunette beauty split from British actor Orlando Bloom, the father of her young son Flynn, last year (13) and she was subsequently linked to wealthy Aussie businessman James Packer.
Speculation about the pair's rumoured romance has rumbled on, but Kerr has now insisted she is not in a relationship.
When asked whether she has a boyfriend, she tells the Sydney Morning Herald, "No... I'm really happy and content to just be single at the moment and to be focusing on Flynn and my work. It keeps me very occupied. Of course going on a date here and there is fine if it fits into the schedule."
Kerr also tackles the Packer rumours directly, adding, "We've been friends for years. (Rumours) happen all the time with me, it happens to Orlando (too). We understand it. As long as we both know (the truth), then it doesn't really matter what people think. People can speculate as much as they like."
Heath Ledger's father has expressed his sadness after the actor who received his son's scholarship fund was arrested on suspicion of drug possession. Rising star Ryan Corr, who appears in Russell Crowe's upcoming movie The Water Diviner, is facing a drug possession charge after police officers in Sydney, Australia allegedly caught him smoking heroin.
He was given a huge career boost in 2011 when he was named the recipient of the Heath Ledger Scholarship Award, which is named in honour of the late Australian actor and funded by famous benefactors including the star's former partner Michelle Williams, Naomi Watts, Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman.
Ledger's father Kim, who is a patron of his son's scholarship fund, has now spoken of his disappointment following news of Corr's arrest.
He says, "It does make me sad to hear that because we have enough problems with alcohol and drugs... I have some empathy for what happens around that situation with families but very little empathy for people that put it in their own mouth. We do what we can to help people but we're not involved in the proactive side of it."
Ledger was just 28 years old when he died from an accidental prescription drug overdose in 2008. Previous winners of the scholarship include Dark Shadows star Bella Heathcote and James Mackay.
David Gyngell, the head of Australia's largest commercial TV network, was embroiled in a bizarre fist fight with friend and multi-millionaire James Packer on Sunday (04May14). Gyngell, CEO of the country's Channel Nine network, traded blows with his close friend outside Packer's apartment overlooking Bondi Beach in Sydney.
Packer reportedly suffered a black eye and several broken teeth in the brawl, and Gyngell was left with severe bruising.
Photographers had been waiting outside Packer's apartment in the hope of catching sight of model Miranda Kerr, who is rumoured to be dating the businessman, but images and footage published by Sydney's Daily Telegraph show Packer and Gyngell grappling each other on the ground.
They have been best friends for more than 30 years but sources say tensions have arisen between the pair since Packer divorced Erica, his wife of six years, last year (13). Erica has since moved to the U.S. with the couple's three children.
Neither man has filed a complaint about the brawl and they put out a joint statement saying that they are still friends. On Tuesday (06May14), local police said they would launch an investigation into the incident.
Beyonce has sent condolences to the grieving family of fan Chelsea James, who lost her battle with cancer last week (ends25Apr14).
The Halo hitmaker brought the ailing youngster onstage and sang to her during a concert in Sydney, Australia in 2009. She then met her fan again backstage at a gig in October (13). James died last week at the age of 15, after a battle with cancer that lasted more than a decade.
Beyonce got in touch with her mother Donna by sending her a vase filled with 90 white roses and a handwritten note. The note reads, "Donna, love and prayers to you and your family. Chelsea was a beautiful girl and I am so happy I was able to meet her. She touched my heart and I will never forget her."
Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe is in hospital battling a post-surgery infection. The five-time gold medallist contracted the infection following an operation on his shoulder and he is now under the care of doctors at a hospital in Sydney, Australia who are treating his condition with antibiotics.
Thorpe's manager James Erskine confirmed the news to Abc.net.au, and dismissed reports suggesting the swimmer has been admitted to an intensive care unit.
The 31 year old checked into a rehabilitation centre earlier this year (14) to seek help in his long battle with depression.
He missed out on qualifying for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland due to a shoulder injury.
Producers of hit sitcom Modern Family are desperate to arrange a cameo from Australian actress Cate Blanchett while the show is filming in her native country. Bosses of the Golden Globe-winning comedy are shooting scenes in Blanchett's hometown of Sydney, Australia and they have invited the Blue Jasmine star to make a guest appearance in the comedy.
Executive producer Steven Levitan has confirmed efforts to find time in Blanchett's schedule are ongoing after he befriended the actress on a 14-hour flight to Sydney.
Levitan tells Australia's Daily Telegraph, "We've got some crazy people to do things for us in the past just by asking, but we thought maybe a quick cameo of Cate... we're big fans of hers."
Modern Family has previously featured guest appearances from Hollywood stars including James Marsden and Danny Trejo.
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Endless Love has awakened something in me. Not a long dormant passion for an introverted high school classmate, or a sudden desire to break into the zoo after dark. A question about movies — more accurately, about movie criticism. The same question you would ask yourself if you fell drowsy in the middle of Citizen Kane, or welled up during the emotional climax of Just Friends. The question I ask myself now, as I recount the 103 straight minutes of asphyxiating laughter that I endured during a screening of Shana Feste’s would-be romantic drama: What makes a good movie?
We assign deference to some films, disgust to others — a lucky few of us make a living this way. But what, precisely, are we reviewing? A film’s mission or its execution? The product onscreen or the experience of watching it? All factors come into play when considering whether or not a movie “works.” But on rare occasions you’ll get a film that offers no common ground in its meeting of these standards. You’ll get Endless Love, which strives for dramatic sincerity, winds up with underwritten idiocy, and provokes in its viewers an unrestrained, absurdist revelry — the kind of joy you’d otherwise be forced to seek in a third viewing of The Lego Movie. Laughter at the ill-conceived antics and befuddling dialectical patterns of our central teen couple — a Mars native Gabrielle Wilde and her gaping mouthed beau Alex Pettyfer. Elated bemusement at the younger generation’s propensity for chaotic disrobing and didactically organized dance parties. Unprecedented ecstasy at the Mafia movie intimidation tactics of an overprotective dad (Bruce Greenwood) and the brain-dead disregard of a supportive one (Robert Patrick). As a comedy, Endless Love is unstoppable.
I can only hypothesize that it was not Feste’s intention to roll us in the aisles. I have no cold proof that her resolution in paving every nook in her Georgia-set remake with another farcical stone — Wilde’s instantaneous evolution from wordless ingénue to sexually aggressive spirit walker, Patrick’s loving caution-to-the-wind attitude regarding any situation that has to do with a girl, Rhys Wakefield’s “black sheep” character forming an odd amalgamation of Pauly Shore and Charlie St. Cloud — was not one of Wolf of Wall Street-like satire, or reappropriation in the vein of Spring Breakers. Here are two movies that earned scorn from viewers who read them literally, and in turn vehement defense from those who peered through the exaltation of cocaine and firearms into the filmmakers’ ironic intentions.
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To the latter community, one to which I subscribe, I ask: if we’re readily willing to dive deeper for Martin Scorsese and Harmony Korine, shouldn’t we grant Feste this benefit? If we’d defend the authenticity of the splendor we recognized in their movies, why am I inclined to write off the very same when present in this year’s Valentine’s Day cannonball? Why do I eagerly laud the merit in Leonardo DiCaprio directing Quaalude-charged tribal chants and relinquishing subhuman treatment upon anyone short a Y-chromosome, while instinctively shafting the invaluable merriment in Pettyfer’s goofily deliberate declaration that he likes to read into the category of happy accident?
But an even more precise question (one I was challenged to entertain by a friend and film critic far wiser than I am), and this time to the former community: does it matter? Did it matter to all those offended by gunplay and intrusive nudity that Korine set out to demonize youth culture and its omnipresent hedonism? Did considering his intentions make the endgame any less a visceral nightmare? If not, does it matter if Feste poured her soul into the machination of a timeless love story, only to produce a riotous cinematic episode that treads genre parody as expertly as anything from the golden age of the Zucker brothers? Does it matter that she didn’t intend for Wilde and Pettyfer’s sex scene to come off as super-hoke, for every mention of cancer to feel like soap opera send-up, or for Robert Patrick’s vindication of his son’s passion for menagerie trespassing to elicit the biggest laugh of a movie yet in 2014?
So long as I consider the power of cinema, I’ll never be sure if it matters. I’ll never be sure of the answers to any of these questions. But no matter where I find myself standing on this issue down the line, I had far too much fun at Endless Love — and entertained far too many questions on the nature of cinema and the way we react to it — to call it a movie that people shouldn’t see.
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The general consensus on The Crazy Ones is that the show is all right. It's okay. It's not bad. The issue with those statements is that the show — created by David E. Kelley and starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar — has the components to be more than that. Robin Williams! Buffy! The guy who created Ally McBeal and Picket Fences! Having a group that talented working on a project should equal more than a collective shoulder shrug from the viewing audience. Basically, the outtakes that run over the end credits shouldn't be the funniest part of the show.
Luckily, the show is only halfway through its first season so there's still time for it to grow and realize its unfulfilled potential. The key for all involved is to get a little crazier. By embracing the cray-cray, Kelley could have something special instead of something merely pleasant.
Set Robin Free
Williams' character in the show, advertising executive Simon Roberts, is supposed to be a little bit like the real-life older and wiser actor. But there's no reason that Simon has to adhere that closely to the Williams of recent years' responsible lifestyle. Williams is at his best when he's manic, not when he's reserved. Simon needs to be put in situations where Williams can be unleashed and bounce around. Neither Kelley nor Williams have to sacrifice the gravitas entirely… the show just needs more Good Morning, Vietnam, and less Patch Adams.
Buffy Meets Ally
Gellar as Simon's daughter Sydney is your run-of-the-mill stick in the mud. She's boring, and that's boring to watch. Kelley needs look no further than his own creative background to find the answer. The show might need Gellar to play the straight arrow center but that doesn't mean that she has to be dull. Spike in a little of Ally McBeal's whimsy and see what happens. Having her become obsessed with a video game was a good start, but there needs to be more of that. After all, she's supposed to be Robin Williams' daughter… how stiff could she possibly be?
Bring in New Playmates
It genuinely seems like Williams likes his young cast mates. It also seems like he's stuck being the old man and that's not fun. While it's not perfect, Williams perks up when Brad Garrett shows up occasionally as his business partner. Now, Williams needs a friend or two at his own level to come play with him. Having Pam Dawber, the former Mindy to Williams' Mork, guest star is cute, but she's not really a comedy equal. Bobcat Goldthwait, Christine Baranski, Nathan Lane, Martin Short, Bill Irwin, Bonnie Hunt… there are a number of former costars or friends that could pop in and provide a spark for Williams. (Just as long as none of them are named Billy Crystal.)
Lose the Romance, Increase the Bromance
The show's supporting players — Hamish Linklater, James Wolk, and Amanda Setton — have proven to be more than capable, but the romantic subplots bog things down. Linklater's Andrew has a crush on Sydney. Wolk's Zach and Setton's Lauren are friends with benefits. None of it really works. If there are to be love interests, let them come from outside of the ensemble, but it needs to stop hindering workplace comedy. What does work, however, is the byplay between Linklater and Wolk, especially when Williams is involved. Whether he's working with them or playing them against each other, Williams' appears to have the most fun when he plays scenes with the two young guys. If storylines that pair Williams with his male counterparts helps him unleash his id, do more of it. After all, when it comes to The Crazy Ones, the crazier the better.
Australian Olympic swimming hero Ian Thorpe has checked into a rehabilitation clinic to battle depression after he was found disorientated and confused in Sydney. Police were called to a street in Thorpe's hometown in the early hours of Monday morning (03Feb14) after neighbours raised concerns about his behaviour.
Officers located the five-time Olympic gold medallist a few blocks from his parents' house, where he has recently been staying, and he was taken to nearby Bankstown Hospital before moving to a rehab facility.
His manager James Erskine blames the ex-sportsman's behaviour on prescription medication he was taking, including anti-depressants and painkillers following a shoulder operation last week (ends31Jan14).
Erskine says, "He had not been drinking. There was no alcohol involved. He was disorientated and tried to get in to what he thought was a friend's car... He has mentioned in his autobiography that he suffers from depression and it is an awful thing to have. He has got to get better and he is going to need outside help. He has got to confront the problems and get better.
"He'll get through this. I'm sure he will get through it. He is going to need help and expert help and everyone pulling from him (sic). His mum said to me that he was always the perfect schoolboy. He has huge expectations on himself. I think the fact that everyone is pulling for him that would make it a lot easier. He has never been a person who wants to disappoint anybody."
In his autobiography released last year (13), Thorpe revealed he had considered suicide and drank alcohol to cope with his crippling depression.
Thorpe conceded his professional swimming career was over when he failed to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics and his shoulder injury ruined his chances of competing in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland this year (14).
Australian singer Guy Sebastian is set to become a father for a second time. The star's wife, Jules Egan, is expecting a new arrival in May (14). The couple previously welcomed a son, Hudson James, in 2012.
Explaining his desire for a big family, Sebastian tells The Sydney Telegraph, "It's (fatherhood) amazing, it's unreal. The moment that it hit me that this was something that I wanted was watching Hudson playing in his cubby house with his little saucepan and talking to himself.
"I thought 'I need to remedy this'. I grew up with four brothers and would really love for him to (have) someone else to play with."