Brittany Murphy's father has blasted executives at America's Lifetime network for moving forward with a new movie about his late daughter's life and casting an actress who looks nothing like her. Angelo Bertolotti admits he is "disgusted and outraged" by the unauthorised biopic, The Brittany Murphy Story, calling the project "trashy" and accusing TV bosses of "defiling the memory of my beautiful, talented daughter".
He rages, "Frankly, I am amazed at their audacity of calling it 'a true story' without conducting any research or consulting with any members of the family. The Brittany Murphy Story is an affront to everything my daughter was in real life. It's hideous, unauthorised and completely untrue."
And he tells The Examiner that he's baffled by the casting of Amanda Fuller, the actress who will portray Murphy in the TV film.
He adds, "Lifetime's casting was atrocious. Amanda Fuller... looks absolutely nothing like her. Everyone looks ridiculous in their bad wigs and the dialogue is nauseating."
And Bertolotti is also taking issue with the film's alleged inaccuracies, stating, "To suggest that I was never in Brittany's life since the age of two is absolutely despicable. I was always a part of Brittany's life and supported both her and her mother."
Murphy died in 2009.
Jennifer Hudson's half-brother has been arrested in Michigan after allegedly stabbing his estranged wife's new boyfriend. Stephen Angelo Simpson was booked on Tuesday (19Aug14) following the incident in South Haven Charter Township in Van Buren County on Monday night (18Aug14).
The victim, named Charlie, reportedly received wounds to the face, chest and arms. He was released from the hospital on Tuesday after receiving over 20 stitches, according to local news outlet WWMT.
Simpson will be charged with first degree home invasion and attempted murder on Wednesday (20Aug14). He is on probation for past arrests, including an assault on his wife in February (14).
It's the latest family drama for Hudson, who lost her mother, brother and nephew in 2008 when they were shot and killed by her sister's estranged husband, William Balfour.
James singer Tim Booth has wrecked fans' dreams of a sequel to his acclaimed 1996 album collaboration with composer Angelo Badalamenti by insisting Booth & The Bad Angel was a wonderful one-off. The Sit Down singer was recently reminded of the time he spent songwriting and recording with the man behind the haunting Twin Peak theme when Badalamenti sent him a forgotten outtake from their sessions together.
Booth says, "Angelo just sent me a song he found recently on a piece of tape, and he didn't tell me what it was and I started listening to it, thinking, 'F**k, he's written a song with a singer that sounds just like me - and he didn't ask me to sing?'
"Halfway through I realised that it was me... and it was like, 'Oh, OK, I'm not so upset'. It was cool.
"I have great memories of recording Booth & the Bad Angel and I'd love to work with him again because I adore the man. We didn't have a bad word to say to each other, but I think that album was a one-off - and I'm not complaining.
"Many people have tried to work with Angelo, including Leonard Cohen and Bono and (David) Bowie. I think I was very blessed to work with him on one album. And we were lucky enough to work with (guitarist) Bernard Butler and the engineer was Nigel Godrich. Two years later he did OK Computer with Radiohead. We had a great team."
British pop star Adele has been awarded substantial damages over pictures taken of her son. The singer's lawyer accepted the undisclosed five-figure sum on behalf of Adele's 19-month-old son Angelo Adkins at the High Court in London on Wednesday (23Jul14). The payment settles a privacy case regarding pictures taken of the tot between June and November last year (13).
Bosses at photo agency Corbis Images U.K. Limited agreed to pay damages and legal costs, which Adele and her partner Simon Konecki will put in a trust for their child. Agency officials also vowed to never use the photographs again.
The singer's solicitor Jenny Afia says, "Adele and Simon are pleased this matter has been resolved. They continue to do all they can to protect Angelo's rights in relation to the paparazzi, including taking legal action where necessary... They will be holding the damages on trust on behalf of the claimant for this purpose."
A mansion Adele once shared with her partner has gone on the market. The Grammy Award-winning singer moved into the huge 10-bedroom property in West Sussex, England in 2012 and was reportedly paying around $25,500 (£15,000) a month to rent it.
Adele shared the house with her boyfriend Simon Konecki and their young son Angelo before moving out last year (13), and now the public has been given a glimpse of the notoriously private star's former home after it went up for sale for $10.2 million (£6 million).
The sprawling estate features a three-bedroom staff apartment and a guest cottage, as well as a leisure complex with two swimming pools and a tennis court.
Reclusive R&B star D'angelo is planning to release his first new album in 14 years by the end of 2014.
Video footage of the singer working on new material in the studio surfaced online in January (14), raising fans' hopes of hearing fresh tracks from the Brown Sugar hitmaker in the coming months, and now his manager and former record label executive Kevin Liles has revealed D'Angelo is putting the finishing touches to the project.
He tells Billboard.com, "There'll be an album this year... all the recording is basically done and we're mixing and mastering now. "Definitely, he'll be back."
Liles also explains the reason for the long delay for the new music, admitting D'Angelo's perfectionist nature made him pour over every detail in every song on the disc. He says, "Here's the thing: with D'Angelo it was a process. He didn't perform for 10 years and he's been working on an album for the past 12 years... (After he returned to the stage in 2011), he very bluntly put it, 'Kev, the studio and the stage: that's my lifeblood. Now that I've touched it again, now that I see it again, I wanna be sure that the baby I'm about to have - the album - that I take it to the point where it's all it can be."
According to Liles, the singer is also planning to embark on a world tour following the album's release: "We'll probably start an international tour in October, we'll come back (to the U.S.)."
D'Angelo has not released a new album since his sophomore project, Voodoo, in 2000.
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If you take a gander at the top grossing films of 2002, you'll find a wholly unsurprising bunch: epic fantasy sequel — variety: Tolkien, epic fantasy sequel — variety: Potter, superhero movie, Star Wars, Will Smith, James Bond, alien thriller, sweeping animated schlock, and... wait a minute. A family-oriented culture clash rom-com written by and starring a complete unknown? Coming in ninth for the year and grossing almost $370 million? How the heck did My Big Fat Greek Wedding happen?
We'll never be quite sure, save to theorize that maybe, just maybe, it was pretty good, so people liked it (hogwash). But 12 years later, multihyphenate Nia Vardalos is attempting to recreate this unprecedented magic (via Variety) with a sequel to her breakout role/career ender. The questions ignite. Can Vardalos scale the same box office mountain in the post-Avengers era? And, more importantly, what exactly will My Big Fat Greequel be about?
My Big Fat Greek MarriageWe've already seen the Big Fat Greek Life shtick take form in three cameras, airing as a sitcom (with dry toast husband I-yan Mill-er recast) on CBS for exactly seven episodes. But that doesn't necessarily rule out the possibility of your typical ain't-marriage-hard! dramedy.
My Big Fat Greek ChildVexing title aside, an ain't-parenting-hard! dramedy might be preferable.
My Big Fat Greek DivorceSomber, yes, but it happens. Now that Toula is a single woman once again, it's time to hit the town with her promiscuous couisin.
My Big Fat Greek VacationYou thought being married to Greece was tough, I-yan? What about uprooting altogether from your Chicago homestead and shoving off to Ioannina?
My Big Fat Greek Mortgage CrisisThis economy is effecting everyone! When the Portokaloses (Portokali?) have to sell their beloved eatery and get office jobs in the corporate world, they learn that maybe the non-Greek lifestyle isn't so bad after all.
My Big Fat Greek Music CareerShifting focus to cousin Angelo (Joey Fatone), we watch Greek culture pervade the American zeitgeist as all the tweens go nuts for the latest pop band Nu-Sync.
My Big Fat Greek ScandalThe Greek ambassador is caught in bed with the First Lady, and only Toula Portokalos has the appropriate footing in both camps to save the world from international warfare.
My Big Fat Greek ApocalypseAgain offset by the mortgage crisis, Toula channels her people's history with various odysseys and illiads and hiding in wooden horses to win a nationwide battle royale for herself and her family.
My Big Fat Greek Dawn of JusticeWhen crime hits the Illinois suburbs, Toula organizes a team of Greek vigilantes to ensure that no crime goes unpunished. No spanakopita goes unfeta'd.
How I Met Your Big Fat Greek MotherThis time, we get the story from I-yan's point of view, going back through the decade before he met Toula, which he spent sleeping around in Chicago.
My Big Fat Greek WeedingA simple 25-minute gardening video, hosted by the lovable John Corbett.
It seems only natural that My Big Fat Greek Wedding get a sequel, seeing as every other dominating property from 2002 is coming back into play. We're in the age of a second Spider-Man series, more Star Wars films, a follow-up Tolkien trilogy, a neverending supply of Bond movies and cartoon mayhem, and even more Rowling in the works. No telling how well My Big Fat Greek Funeral/Dance-Off/Temple of Doom will fare in the modern climate, but at least there's hope now for a Connie and Carla franchise.
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Boys will be boys. Or so they say.
Boys can be girls too, especially if they drop by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The late night talk show's recurring sketch "Ew!" returned on Tuesday night with special guest appearances from Neighbors stars Seth Rogen and Zac Efron.
Jimmy Fallon hosted the sketch and his homely appearance as a teenage girl once again reminded viewers why it's called "Ew!" But just a few moments later, Rogen stepped in to turn the yuck factor up several notches. "Peach fuzz" doesn't even begin to describe the scruff that lived on the face of Seth, who obviously didn't bother to shave for the sketch. And let's not get into the hairy monstrosity that was his chest. His sparsely matted cleavage was truly something to behold, but for all the wrong reasons.
What about his co-star, Zac Efron? He's a decently pretty guy; surely he could pass off as a girl. From the neck up, he certainly could be a comely teenage lass with a really, really strong jawline. However, girlfriend's been working out! Efron's chiseled biceps were just bulging out his flowery dress.
As any trio of teenage girls would do, Jimmy, Seth, and Zac took a selfie with Seth throwing in a "duck face" for good measure. Afterwards, the three of them cut a rug to Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What" right before receiving texts from James Franco. Ew!!
Check out the full clip right here:
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Cover your children's ears if you don't want them to start using profanity!
On last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Hollywood legends Sally Field and Julia Roberts faced off in the first ever "Celebrity Curse-Off." Basically a game of "HORSE" with curse words, the late night segment had each actress taking a turn to rattle off any piece of profanity that came to mind.
Check out the video right here (it's surprisingly SFW):
To recap: After a bit of confusing banter about the rules, the "Celebrity Curse-Off" started off not-so-innocently enough with a couple of basic curse words. However, Field dropped a big bomb with a particularly volatile choice (the C-word). That left Roberts flustered and giggling like a little kindergartener... one familiar with such profanity. Field kept the pressure up, while Roberts faltered to schoolyard staples like "butthole" and sexual euphemisms such as "tea bagging" and "rusty trombone."
So in the first "Celebrity Curse-Off," the Flying Nun took out the Pretty Woman. So what was Sally Field's reward? Appropriately enough, a gigantic bar of soap to clean that potty mouth of hers!
Who do you think should be in the next "Celebrity Curse-Off?" Share your suggestions in the comments below. And please, keep it clean!
Actor Aaron Eckhart is set to play University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal in a film about his bond with tragic player Freddie Steinmark. The Dark Knight actor will star opposite Finn Wittrock in My All American.
Steinmark's career was cut short in 1969 after doctors discovered he had a cancerous tumor in his leg and it needed to be to be amputated.
The film will centre on Royal's 20-year tenure, in which he never lost a season.
Angelo Pizzo, the writer/producer of cult sports films Hoosiers and Rudy, will make his directorial debut on the movie, which is slated to begin production in Austin, Texas next month (Jun14).