Lindsay Lohan's father Michael has been ordered to hand over additional child support payments to the actress' mother Dina. Michael Lohan and his ex-wife share four children - the Mean Girls actress and her three younger siblings Michael, Ali and Dakota - and Dina claims Lindsay's father has not been paying enough maintenance for their children.
She alleges Michael owes $20,000 (£12,500) in back payments, and legal documents obtained by TMZ.com show he has been ordered to pay her $3,800 (£2,375). Michael argues that he has overpaid her already.
According to the website's editors, Michael has until July (14) to pay the bill or a warrant will be issued for his arrest.
This is not the first time the former couple has fought over money - last year (13), Michael had to hand over $30,000 (£18,750) after he failed to provide Dina with the agreed maintenance payments.
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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Lindsay Lohan's warring parents have finally made peace for the sake of their four children after years of bitter fighting. Michael and Dina Lohan, who divorced in 2007, decided to put an end to their longrunning feud on Wednesday (30May13) as they met for dinner in Hollywood and cleared the air in a bid to mend their broken relations.
Michael Lohan, who recently became a father again with his fiancee Kate Major, tells the New York Post's Page Six column, "It was an absolute blessing. A long time coming.
"We both want to put our differences aside (so we) can be there for our children."
The reconciliation comes weeks after the Mean Girls star's dad settled his outstanding child support bill with Dina and admitted he was working on "making things right" with his ex and their kids, Lindsay, Michael, Ali and Dakota.
Lindsay is currently undergoing court-ordered treatment at the Betty Ford clinic in California as part of her plea deal for lying to police officers about a traffic accident last year (12).
Lindsay Lohan's father Michael has handed over more than $30,000 (£19,354) to the actress' mother in child support payments. Dina Lohan and her ex-husband share four children - the Mean Girls actress and her three younger siblings Michael, Ali and Dakota - but the 50 year old headed to court last month (Apr13) to ask a judge to hold Michael Lohan in contempt as he reportedly failed to pay the required maintenance.
Michael Lohan has now sent a cheque for $30,422 (£19,627) to his ex and he tells TMZ.com, "I admit I withheld part of (Dakota's) child support because I was angry about certain things that were happening... I was wrong and I'm making things right with Dina and my children."
It's easy to be cynical about holiday movies or even the holidays themselves. Rise of the Guardians simply won't let you though even if you don't partake in Christmas or Easter. Without getting too highfalutin the stars of Guardians have more in common with pagan myths than the craven cash-grabs we associate with Judeo-Christian holidays. What's more North (aka Santa voiced by Alec Baldwin) and Bunny (as in Easter voiced by Hugh Jackman) are joined by more universal figures like Tooth (as in Fairy voiced by Isla Fisher) the Sandman Jack Frost (Chris Pine) and Pitch (aka the Boogeyman voiced by Jude Law). Overseeing it all is the silent Man in the Moon who gives the Guardians their directions.
Jack Frost wants to be believed in and seen by children as much as he wants to understand where he came from. When he's called to help the Guardians protect the world from Pitch he's hesitant to join but the possibility of being believed in and recovering his memories is too great to pass up. When Pitch succeeds in giving boys and girls bad dreams they stop believing in the Guardians which in turn threatens their existence. Nothing is worse than not being believed in. They also get some help from one open-minded little dude named Jamie (Dakota Goyo) who is a big believer in the unknown. (A little detour in the story with Jamie's little sister is freaking adorable.)
The characters are fabulous and no small part of what makes the movie work. Based on The Guardians of Childhood books by William Joyce and adapted by David Lindsay-Abaire (who wrote the excellent Rabbit Hole) Guardians stands out because the story isn't wedded to any one mythology. North is a big Russian with tattooed forearms and his real helpers are yetis — yet another mythic creature. Bunny is more of a wild hare with an Aussie attitude and his inner sanctum is lush and green calling to mind the fertility rituals originally associated with spring. Tooth is a fantastic hummingbird woman who has an army of beautiful tiny hummingbird ladies who travel around the world to collect lost teeth. The teeth contain memories so they're treasured by Tooth and her Baby Teeth as her helpers are called. Sandy is silent and communicates through symbols that appear over his head formed from his own sand; he's funny but also laid-back as you'd want the creature doling out dreams to be. Jack Frost is a mischievous cute young guy with anime hair who loves snowball fights and snow days and Pitch is a sour Brit who sends out awful but beautiful black stallions made of sparkly dust to put fear in the hearts of children.
It's a visually stunning experience making full use of 3D; famous cinematographer Roger Deakins acted as a visual consultant as he did on animated films like WALL*E How to Train Your Dragon and Rango. Alexandre Desplat's score is evocative without being overbearing or manipulative. The writing is funny without being too self-referential and the only pop culture reference I caught was to Crocodile Dundee. Frankly it's hard to find fault with Rise of the Guardians. Maybe they could have included Hanukkah Harry?
Following their “total f up” on Wednesday, when a baseball rain delay messed up an airing of the X Factor, Fox has released a new schedule clarifying the changes in Tuesday night’s TV lineup.
This Tuesday, Oct. 23, Fox will air new episodes of Raising Hope, Ben and Kate, New Girl, and the complete “Judges’ Homes” hour-long X Factor episode that was supposed to air Wednesday.
Kicking off at 8 ET/PT, Melanie Griffith, Wilmer Valderrama and Leslie Jordan guest-star on Raising Hope. In the episode, “If A Ham Falls in the Woods,” Jimmy (Lucas Neff) and Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) attend a marriage retreat led by a priest (Jordan) before they get married. Not wanting to miss out on a free vacation, Virginia (Martha Plimpton) and Burt (Garret Dillahunt) pose as a newly engaged couple so they can also attend. It becomes a true family affair when Sabrina’s mom, Tamara (Griffith), and her young lover, Ricardo (Valderrama), tag along.
On Ben and Kate’s “Emergency Kit,” Kate (Dakota Johnson) challenges Ben (Nat Faxon) to be more prepared to take care of Maddie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones), and they all end up getting tested. Meanwhile, Ben’s crazy ex-girlfriend, Louise (guest star Lindsay Sloane), makes a surprise visit back into his life and BJ (Lucy Punch) might be developing real feelings for her boss, bar owner Buddy (guest star Rob Corddry).
On New Girl’s “Models,” Jess (Zooey Deschanel) spends a wild night out with Cece (Hannah Simone) and her model friends, then jumps in the driver’s seat when she must fill in for Cece at a car show. Meanwhile, the guys question what defines male friendship after Schmidt (Max Greenfield) buys Nick (Jake Johnson) a sweet gift.
And at 9:30 ET/PT, Fox will air the complete “Judges’ Homes” episode of the X Factor, where the judges reveal which four acts in each of the four categories – Teens, Young Adults, Groups and Over 25s – continue on to the live shows.
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Fox's Tuesday night lineup is mostly about girl power, what with The Mindy Project and Zooey Deschanel's New Girl, but they aren't the only ones facing a road full of romantic entanglements. The network's family sitcom Ben and Kate mostly centers on the caring and sometimes contentious relationship between a brother and a sister (I'll give one chance to guess what their names are), but, hey, even people who are close to their siblings need a little romance from time to time! And from what series creator Dana Fox had to say during a conference call on Wednesday, there's plenty o' butterflies-in-your-tummy feelings to go around. First up is Ben (Nat Faxon), who's got not one, but two ladies entering his life this season. Or, in the case of the first, it's more of reentering. Ben's married ex girlfriend, Darcy (Lauren Miller) will make another appearance beyond her mild cameo in the pilot. "Ben can't quite close the door on her," Fox says. But it's not just Ben who's having trouble: "When it comes time for her to close the door on him, she balks a little bit." But will the sweet, lovable Ben be okay with being left on the hook? He might be okay for a bit. He'll have a distraction in the form of Lindsay Sloane, who's set to play Ben's "stalker ex-girlfriend." And while you'd think that would send Ben screaming for the hills, Ben has a fragile ego. Every once in a while, he needs some attention. "She's sort of his kryptonite," laughs Fox. "She says one word to flatter him and sucks him back in." Oh Ben, we don't even know you yet and already, we can tell that you never learn. Of course, Kate (Dakota Johnson) will also have her share of romance as she hops back into the dating saddle, after taking a few years off to raise her daughter. Naturally, Fox found Kate a hunky man to help her come out of her shell: Geoff Stults. "He's a tall drink of water ... a real Captain America kind of guy," says Fox. Well, if that doesn't spell hunk, I don't know what does. Let's just hope there's not a wind-tunnel where his brain should be. Finally, Fox teased the man who clearly seems to be her favorite guest star: Rob Corddry. "He's my muse," she gushes, professing that she's "completely obsessed" with his role. Corddry plays Kate and B.J.'s (Lucy Punch) boss at the bar where they both work and B.J. takes a real liking to him. "She explores what it's like to be in a relationship with her boss," teases Fox. Well, if we know anything about Corddry (and we do) that relationship is going to be anything but easy, and anything but boring. Ben and Kate premieres Sept. 25 at 8:30 PM ET on Fox. Will you tune in? Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler [Photo Credit: Fox] More: 'Childrens Hospital' Rob Corddry on Jon Hamm, Not-Madonna, and Stealing Jack McBrayer Zooey Deschanel Gets a 'New Girl' Love Interest 'New Girl': Move Over, Schmidt! Nelson Franklin to Play Cece's New Beau
In a post-Harry Potter Avatar and Lord of the Rings world the descriptors "sci-fi" and "fantasy" conjure up particular imagery and ideas. The Hunger Games abolishes those expectations rooting its alternate universe in a familiar reality filled with human characters tangible environments and terrifying consequences. Computer graphics are a rarity in writer/director Gary Ross' slow-burn thriller wisely setting aside effects and big action to focus on star Jennifer Lawrence's character's emotional struggle as she embarks on the unthinkable: a 24-person death match on display for the entire nation's viewing pleasure. The final product is a gut-wrenching mature young adult fiction adaptation diffused by occasional meandering but with enough unexpected choices to keep audiences on their toes.
Panem a reconfigured post-apocalyptic America is sectioned off into 12 unique districts and ruled under an iron thumb by the oppressive leaders of The Capitol. To keep the districts producing their specific resources and prevent them from rebelling The Capitol created The Hunger Games an annual competition pitting two 18-or-under "tributes" from each district in a battle to the death. During the ritual tribute "Reaping " teenage Katniss (Lawrence) watches as her 12-year-old sister Primrose is chosen for battle—and quickly jumps to her aid becoming the first District 12 citizen to volunteer for the games. Joined by Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) a meek baker's son and the second tribute Effie the resident designer and Haymitch a former Hunger Games winner-turned-alcoholic-turned-mentor Katniss rides off to The Capitol to train and compete in the 74th Annual Hunger Games.
The greatest triumph of The Hunger Games is Ross' rich realization of the book's many worlds: District 12 is painted as a reminiscent Southern mining town haunting and vibrant; The Capitol is a utopian metropolis obsessed with design and flair; and The Hunger Games battleground is a sprawling forest peppered with Truman Show-esque additions that remind you it's all being controlled by overseers. The small-scale production value adds to the character-first approach and even when the story segues to larger arenas like a tickertape parade in The Capitol's grand Avenue of Tributes hall it's all about Katniss.
For fans the script hits every beat a nearly note-for-note interpretation of author Suzanne Collins' original novel—but those unfamiliar shouldn't worry about missing anything. Ross knows his way around a sharp screenplay (he's the writer of Big Pleasantville and Seabiscuit) and he's comfortable dropping us right into the action. His characters are equally as colorful as Panem Harrelson sticking out as the former tribute enlivened by the chance to coach winners. He's funny he's discreet he's shaded—a quality all the cast members share. As a director Ross employs a distinct often-grating perspective. His shaky cam style emphasizes the reality of the story but in fight scenarios—and even simple establishing shots of District 12's goings-on—the details are lost in motion blur.
But the dread of the scenario is enough to make Hunger Games an engrossing blockbuster. The lead-up to the actual competition is an uncomfortable and biting satire of reality television sports and everything that commands an audience in modern society. Katniss' brooding friend Gale tells her before she departs "What if nobody watched?" speculating that carnage might end if people could turn away. Unfortunately they can't—forcing Katniss and Peeta to become "stars" of the Hunger Games. The duo are pushed to gussy themselves up put on a show and play up their romance for better ratings. Lawrence channels her reserved Academy Award-nominated Winter's Bone character to inhabit Katniss' frustration with the system. She's great at hunting but she doesn't want to kill. She's compassionate and considerate but has no interest in bowing down to the system. She's a leader but she knows full well she's playing The Capitol's game. Even with 23 other contestants vying for the top spot—like American Idol with machetes complete with Ryan Seacrest stand-in Caesar Flickerman (the dazzling Stanley Tucci)—Katniss' greatest hurdle is internal. A brave move for a movie aimed at a young audience.
By the time the actual Games roll around (the movie clocks in at two and a half hours) there's a need to amp up the pace that never comes and The Hunger Games loses footing. Katniss' goal is to avoid the action hiding in trees and caves waiting patiently for the other tributes to off themselves—but the tactic isn't all that thrilling for those watching. Luckily Lawrence Hutcherson and the ensemble of young actors still deliver when they cross paths and particular beats pack all the punch an all-out deathwatch should. PG-13 be damned the film doesn't skimp on the bloodshed even when it comes to killing off children. The Hunger Games bites off a lot for the first film of a franchise and does so bravely and boldly. It may not make it to the end alive but it doesn't go down without a fight.
Aerosmith was forced to cancel last night's concert in Asuncion, Paraguay, after frontman Steven Tyler fell in his hotel bathroom on Monday and had to be rushed to La Costa Medical Center to receive emergency dental work (two of his teeth were knocked out) and get stitches to his face. The show's spokesperson, Marcelo Antunez, released a statement yesterday, saying "Mr. Tyler had a small accident that prevents him from staging the concert tonight. He is fine, he's in his hotel but he's not able to do the concert." Another spokesperson said that before the fall, Tyler suffered from dehydration and gastrointestinal problems. MTV is kind enough to remind us that the last time Tyler fell was in August of 2009, when he was performing in South Dakota and slipped off the stage. - MTV
Lindsay Lohan's Playboy photo shoot took place yesterday, and her mother Dina marched right over to X17 Online and said, "The photo shoot went well..." begging the question just how well it really went. - People
Since Jessica Simpson isn't saying anything about the fact that she is tremendously pregnant, she's filling up her time by talking about how she's so short that her feet don't touch the ground when she sits on the toilet in the ladies room at Bergdorf Goodman. She describes the issue as being a "short girl problem," but unfortunately does not address the problem that is going into a bathroom without wearing any shoes. - Us, Gawker
The Mean Girls star's mum heads up production company Defiant Pictures and she is working on a new drama called Growing Defiant, described as "the story of three life long friends from upper middle class Long Island, who delve into the underworlds of heroin".
Dina Lohan has devised a business plan for financing of the movie, and sent it out to prospective investors - and in a copy, obtained by TMZ.com, she outlines her dream cast.
She's asked for $5.28 million (£3.3 million) and wants young stars including Fanning, Gomez and Seyfried, as well as Hayden Panettiere, Emma Stone, James Gandolfini and Susan Sarandon to sign up for the picture.
However, Lohan admits she's only got one confirmed name for her movie - her son, Michael Lohan, Jr.
A note in the business plan reads, "The cast listed above is a suggested cast list only. Michael Lohan is the only cast member who has been signed."
Of the $5.28 million Lohan is seeking, she's allocated $1.1 million (£687,500) for actors' fees.