Country singer Keith Urban was forced to cancel a charity concert performance on Thursday (11Sep14) following the death of his wife Nicole Kidman's father.
Dr. Anthony Kidman was pronounced dead in hospital after suffering a fall while visiting Nicole's sister Antonia in Singapore. Local police are investigating the incident.
The You'll Think of Me hitmaker was scheduled to perform at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California on Thursday night but pulled out of the gig and boarded a private jet to be by his wife's side in Nashville, Tennessee, according to TMZ.com. Kenny Loggins agreed to fill in for Urban at the last minute.
Meanwhile, Kidman's publicist Leslee Dart has issued a statement about the tragedy, which reads: "Nicole and her family are in shock by the sudden death of her father. She appreciates the outpouring of support and kindly requests privacy during this very difficult time."
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Actress Mia Farrow is standing by her adopted daughter Dylan Farrow following the publication of a blog in which she repeated allegations her father Woody Allen had abused her during childhood. Dylan, who was adopted by Allen and his now ex-wife Mia Farrow during their doomed marriage, wrote a piece published over the weekend (01-02Feb14) in which she reiterated the claims she made during the couple's custody battle in 1992.
In the aftermath of the headline-grabbing blog, Allen's representatives once again maintained the director's innocence and insisted the claims were fabricated by Farrow, but the actress has now defended her daughter's actions.
In a post on Twitter.com, Farrow writes, "I love my daughter. I will always protect her. A lot of ugliness is going to be aimed at me. But this is not about me, it's about her truth."
Police investigated the alleged incident when Dylan first spoke about it in 1992, but no charges were filed.
After reading the blog, Allen's attorney Elkan Abramowitz issued a statement which reads, "It is tragic that after 20 years a story engineered by a vengeful lover resurfaces after it was fully vetted and rejected by independent authorities. The one to blame for Dylan's distress is neither Dylan nor Woody Allen."
The Annie Hall director's publicist Leslee Dart adds, "Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful. He will be responding very soon. At the time, a thorough investigation was conducted by court appointed independent experts. The experts concluded there was no credible evidence of molestation; that Dylan Farrow had an inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality... No charges were ever filed."
Woody Allen's representatives have denied sexual abuse allegations made against the filmmaker by his estranged adopted daughter Dylan Farrow in a New York Times article. Farrow, who was adopted by Allen and his ex-wife Mia Farrow, has broken her silence for the first time since she accused the acclaimed director of abuse in 1992. In her shocking new online piece, which was published on Saturday (01Feb14) as part of family friend Nicholas Kristof's blog, she gave a detailed account of the alleged abuse that took place in Connecticut when she was seven years old.
Farrow wrote, "For as long as I could remember, my father had been doing things to me that I didn't like.
"These things happened so often, so routinely, (they were) so skillfully hidden from a mother that would have protected me had she known, that I thought it was normal."
She added, "(It was) far worse than people know. That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up. I was terrified of being touched by men. I developed an eating disorder. I began cutting myself."
Following the breakdown of his relationship with Mia Farrow in 1992, the abuse allegations were made during a subsequent custody battle. Police investigated the alleged incident, but lawmakers opted not to pursue charges because Dylan was ruled too "fragile" to face a trial. Allen has always maintained his innocence.
The matter reared up again last month (Jan14), after Allen was honoured with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globe Awards. His estranged son Ronan raised the allegations while poking fun at his father's tribute.
Representatives for Allen have now responded to Dylan's accusations, insisting they are not true.
A statement from Allen's attorney Elkan Abramowitz reads, "It is tragic that after 20 years a story engineered by a vengeful lover resurfaces after it was fully vetted and rejected by independent authorities. The one to blame for Dylan's distress is neither Dylan nor Woody Allen.
His publicist Leslee Dart, adds, "Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful. He will be responding very soon.
"At the time, a thorough investigation was conducted by court appointed independent experts. The experts concluded there was no credible evidence of molestation; that Dylan Farrow had an inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality... No charges were ever filed."
On Sunday (02Feb14), a day after the column was published, Kristof told People magazine that Dylan felt "really heartened by the response and support she's getting".
He added, "She was nervous about what the reaction would be to an essay so personal, but she put herself out there... She sends a big thank you to all those speaking up about sexual abuse and trying to break the silence.
"She has been traumatised for more than two decades by what took place."
Kristof reveals Dylan was belatedly diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder just last year (13) and when she heard of the Golden Globes tribute to Allen, she "curled up in a ball on her bed, crying hysterically."
Now 28, Dylan Farrow is married and living in Florida under an assumed name.
Allen and Farrow split when it was revealed he was having an affair with the actress' adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn. The pair married in 1997 and has two children.
Meanwhile, the stars of the filmmaker's latest movie Blue Jasmine, who were mentioned in Dylan's open letter, have opened up about the drama - speaking at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California on Saturday night (01Feb14), Cate Blanchett said, "It's obviously been a long and painful situation for the family and I hope they find some sort of resolution and peace."
Her co-star Alec Baldwin took to Twitter to respond to followers' questions about the column, writing, "What the f**k is wrong w (with) u that u think we all need to b commenting on this family's personal struggle?"
He added, "So you know who's guilty? Who's lying? You, personally, know that? You are mistaken if you think there is a place for me, or any outsider, in this family's issue."
Among the celebrities offering Dylan Farrow support is actress Lena Dunham, who tweeted: "To share in this way is courageous, powerful and generous."
The Goodfellas director has had a series of tax demands and debt issues over the years - throughout 2002 and 2003 he was hit with three separate liens from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), totalling $1.9 million (£1.3 million).
A year later (04) another $149,437 (£99,625) demand was made, and last year (10) the filmmaker faced a lawsuit for allegedly failing to pay $600,000 (£400,000) to his jailed accountant Kenneth Starr.
Scorsese has since settled his previous tax debt in full, according to Finance Department records obtained by the New York Post.
But now he is facing another huge bill after he was handed a past-due notice for $2.85 million (£1.9 million) last month (Feb11).
Scorsese's debts are thought to stem from his dealings with Starr, who was this month (Mar11) jailed for more than seven years for embezzling $30 million (£20 million) from celebrity clients.
A source tells the New York Post, "(Scorsese had) been mismanaged for a number of years when he was at Starr, and s**t started to happen. In a general sense, his finances were messed up, and this is probably one of the many things that didn't get tended to."
But Scorsese's representative Leslee Dart insists the IRS lien is "a complete mistake" and that he no longer owes any money, adding, "The IRS prematurely filed this lien even though Mr. Scorsese had an agreement with the IRS to make payments and was fully complying. As of this moment, the entire amount is full paid, and he has no current IRS debts."
A spokesperson for the IRS has refused to comment on "taxpayer facts".
Top Story: David Blaine Emerges From Box
Illusionist David Blaine emerged Sunday from the transparent box hanging over London's River Thames in which he spent 44 days for a starvation stunt and was taken to the hospital after making a brief statement, Reuters reports. Looking disheveled and visibly thinner, Blaine, who says he consumed only water during his ordeal, broke down in tears in front of a crowd of thousands. "I learned how important it is to have a sense of humor and to laugh at everything because nothing makes any sense," he said. Medical teams checked the 30-year-old New Yorker on the scene before he was carried on a stretcher into an ambulance and taken to the London Independent Hospital. Doctors said Blaine faced disorientation, muscle loss and may have damaged his appetite, which could put him at a longer-term risk of eating disorders. Blaine sold the television rights to broadcasters Sky TV and Channel 4 in deals reportedly worth at least $1 million.
Prosecution Says Enough Evidence for Blake Trial
Prosecutors say there is "more than sufficient" evidence to try actor Robert Blake for killing his wife. According to The Associated Press, prosecutors, responding to the defense motion to dismiss murder charges against the actor, said testimony at a preliminary hearing showed that Blake discussed killing his wife "in a manner strikingly similar to the manner in which she actually was killed." The prosecution added that Blake was in the area when she was killed and had gunshot residue on his hands and clothing. Blake, 69, is accused of shooting Bonny Lee Bakley to death on May 4, 2001, while she waited in his car as he allegedly went to retrieve a gun he had accidentally dropped under a table in a Studio City restaurant where they had just dined. But in September, the defense motion claimed there was no forensic evidence linking Blake to the shooting or the murder weapon and asked that murder charges against the Baretta star be dismissed. A hearing on the dismissal motion is scheduled for Oct. 31 with the trial set for Feb. 9.
Schwarzenegger Mural Gets Terminated
Los Angeles officials want a building owner to take down a giant mural of California Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger that went up a week after the Terminator star won the state's Oct. 7 recall election, Reuters reports. The city attorney charged owner Robert Lusk Davis Thursday with failing to get a permit for the ad promoting the DVD release of Terminator 3 but Davis, who is no relation to outgoing Gov. Gray Davis, said he would take the case to court before taking it down. The mural, on Cahuenga Blvd. in Studio City, is about 40 feet high and about 100 feet wide. Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn told Reuters the apparent political implications of the case were coincidental.
Woody Allen Bio Doubtful
Woody Allen's publicist said Friday that, contrary to published reports, the filmmaker was not close to a book deal. "Many times over the past two to three years, they've asked him to write his memoirs and he said he wasn't interested," Leslee Dart told the AP Friday. "They then told him they could get a phenomenal amount of money for it, and he said that for a phenomenal amount of money he could see if he could get interested." The New York Times reported last week that Allen was near agreement with Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin, for a deal worth around $3 million. Dart said Allen had turned down Riverhead and that no other offers were being considered, but added that he had not given up.
Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Against Eminem
A judge on Friday dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by a former schoolmate of rapper Eminem. DeAngelo Bailey, 32, claimed that Eminem slandered him in the song "Brain Damage" on his 1999 album The Slim Shady LP. He was seeking $1 million. But Mount Clemes, Mich., Judge Deborah Servitto sided with the rapper, saying Eminem's lyrics are "stories no one would take as fact, they're an exaggeration of a childish act."
Ozzy Osbourne a New Man
In an in-depth interview with MTV, Ozzy Osbourne revealed he is a brand new man. Osbourne announced last week that he was postponing his upcoming European tour because of the effects of medication he's taking to treat tremors. After seeking out Dr. Allan H. Ropper, who had treated famous Parkinson's sufferer Michael J. Fox, Osbourne said he is feeling better than he has in years. "It turns out that it's a hereditary thing that I have from my mother's side of the family," an animated Ozzy told MTV. "This guy in Boston fixed me great. He's taken me off all the medication that I was on. I'm taking one medication now for this tremor." So don't expect to see Osbourne shuffling around his house on The Ousbournes anytime soon. The singer said that was simply a consequence of the constant pain he was in.
Afghan Film Wins Canadian Prize
Afghan director Siddiq Barmak's film Osama, which won the top prize Sunday at Montreal's New Movie and New Media Festival, has become one of the first features produced in Afghanistan and nominated since the fall of the Taliban, Reuters reports. The film, named after Osama bin Laden who at the time was established in Afghanistan, tells the story of the social situation and women's lack of status in society after the Taliban came to power in 1996.
Web Piracy Could Cost Hollywood Millions
A new survey by Britain's Informa Media Group found Monday that selling films across the Internet could be an industry worth more than $800 million a year by 2010, but would be worth more than $1.3 billion if it were not for illegal downloads, Reuters reports. The survey found that Internet users with broadband connections download an estimated 144,000 films illegally every day worldwide. If 50 percent of those downloads is considered a lost sale worth an average $3.50, it means that this year alone Hollywood misses out on about $92 million in revenues, Informa added. The report also estimated that sales of hard copies of DVDs and video will remain by far the largest category of film sales: $2.62 billion in 2010, up from this year's $804 million.
Role Call: Duvall and Farrell Play Ball, Warner Options Pearl Memoire
Robert Duvall, who starred as the coach of a
Jean Doumanian, sued in May by director Woody Allen for allegedly cheating him out of profits on his movies, has countersued Allen, claiming she overpaid him for his work. Allen originally sued his longtime friend and producer because she had breached financial agreements and had not paid him his share of profits for the eight movies they had made together since 1993. In court papers filed Monday, Doumanian said that her company, Sweetland Films, began financing Allen movies because TriStar, his former production studio, backed out after the scandal in Allen's personal life involving his then-girlfriend Mia Farrow, The Associated Press reported. A spokesperson for Allen, Leslee Dart, said that Allen would not comment on the details of the lawsuit.
Woody Allen has sued producer and longtime friend
Jean Doumanian, alleging
that she cheated him out of profits from the last eight movies they made
together, the Associated Press reports.
According to the lawsuit, Doumanian's production company, Sweetland Films,
refused to give Allen
regular and accurate financial information about his film's earnings.
Allen's company, Moses Productions Inc., should have received
half the "adjusted gross proceeds" of the movies,he alleges.
According to The New York Times, Allen's business manager, Stephen
Tenenbaum, had urged Allen to examine the financial accounts of the films he
had made with Doumanian in the 1990's, such as Small Time Crooks and
Bullets Over Broadway. At the time, Allen was reluctant to do so
because he trusted his friend of 30 years, who had been producing his
In May, Allen sued Ms. Doumanian in Manhattan's State Supreme Court,
/Woody_Allen/186127>alleging he did not know how much Doumanian and
Sweetland Films owed him because he never received any financial information
about the film's earnings.
Their first production agreement, dated Aug. 1, 1993, is the only proof of
their deal in writing. The remaining five were oral agreements or based on
the contract for the first three, the lawsuit said.
Their agreement entailed that Allen earn a salary for each film as well
as a percentage of the profits after the film's costs were recouped. Allen's
associates, however, reported that the writer/director was willing to enter
into a new arrangement, in which he would not earn money beyond his salary
until the films' investors were paid back.
Reps for Allen have told the Times that the lawsuit conflict has
escalated on both sides. Leslee Dart, Allen's spokeswoman at
PMK, said Allen is "very upset" by the rupture of his relationship with Ms.
Robert Greenhut, a producer who worked with Allen on films such as Annie
Hall and Manhattan, said, "It's amazing that Woody has taken this
long to say, 'Where are the dollars and cents?'"
In response, Ms. Doumanian has denied the charges against her. Her lawyer,
Doumanian would supply Allen money for his movies and her story would emerge
in court. "To have him turn and bite that hand at this stage is, in my
opinion, reprehensible," Fields told the publication.
According to Reuters, Doumanian is moving on with her New York production
shingle. On Thursday, she named a new vice president of production, Eric
Falkenstein, who will develop and package projects for Doumanian's
production company and its emerging-talent banner, Blue Dog.
Even though Doumanian denied commenting on the suit, she told Daily
that her own company's growth is a mark of her interest in expanding into
"We want to do more TV," Doumanian said. "There are 500 stations, and
somebody has to give them content."