A heartfelt letter a young James Franco wrote to apologise for throwing eggs at his neighbour's home has surfaced online, 21 years after the incident. The 127 Hours star was 14 when he was caught behaving badly in his Palo Alto, California hometown and he later expressed his remorse by penning a note to his neighbour, Dr. Michael Phillips Moskowitz.
Moskowitz let the teenager off the hook for the messy prank, but he saved the message and has now shared it on his men's shopping website, BureauofTrade.com, listing it as "priceless".
In the letter, Franco, who was known as Ted at the time, wrote, "Dear Dr. Moskowitz, First of all I will apologize once again for distroying (sic) your personal property. I did it out of carelessness, not thinking that feelings might be hurt. And valuable time and money wasted. It will never enter my mind to do something like this ever again.
"Thank you for being so graceious (sic) about this whole matter, and not haveing (sic) the police involved. It was very considerate of you to do that for us after we were discourtious (sic) to you.
"I am truly sorry. I hope you can just forget all this and put it behind us. I have learned my lesson. Thank you, Ted Franco".
Two AEG Live executives have been dismissed from the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial after the judge overseeing the case ruled there was not enough evidence to suggest they had negligently hired convicted doctor Conrad Murray as the King of Pop's physician. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos excused Randy Phillips and Paul Gongaware from the trial, which has now been running for four moths.
But that doesn't mean Katherine Jackson's case against AEG Live has been dropped - her attorneys still insist the company bosses hired Murray, who is currently behind bars after he was convicted of administering the fatal dose of anaesthetic propofol which claimed the Thriller star's life in 2009, as he was preparing for a series of comeback concerts in London.
AEG Live executives maintain Jackson had prescription drug and addiction problems, and that they're not to blame for the King of Pop's demise.
Both Phillips and Gongaware denied any wrongdoing during testimony in the trial.
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It seems a bit odd to take on a movie review of Courtney Solomon's Getaway, as only in the loosest terms is Getaway actually a movie. We begin without questions — other than a vague and frustrating "What the hell is going on?" — and end without answers, watching Ethan Hawke drive his car into things (and people) for the hour and a half in between. We learn very little along the way, probed to engage in the mystery of the journey. But we don't, because there's no reason to.
There's not a single reason to wonder about any of the things that happen to Hawke's former racecar driver/reformed criminal — forced to carry out a series of felonious commands by a mysterious stranger who is holding his wife hostage — because there doesn't seem to be a single ounce of thought poured into him beyond what he see. We learn, via exposition delivered by him to gun-toting computer whiz Selena Gomez, that he "did some bad things" before meeting the love of his life and deciding to put that all behind him. Then, we stop learning. We stop thinking. We start crashing into police cars and Christmas trees and power plants.
Why is Selena Gomez along for the ride? Well, the beginnings of her involvement are defensible: Hawke is carrying out his slew of vehicular crimes in a stolen car. It's her car. And she's on a rampage to get it back. But unaware of what she's getting herself into, Gomez confronts an idling Hawke with a gun, is yanked into the automobile, and forced to sit shotgun while the rest of the driver's "assignments" are carried out. But her willingness to stick by Hawke after hearing his story is ludicrous. Their immediate bickering falls closer to catty sexual tension than it does to genuine derision and fear (you know, the sort of feelings you'd have for someone who held you up or forced you into accessorizing a buffet of life-threatening crimes).
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The "gradual" reversal of their relationship is treated like something we should root for. But with so little meat packed into either character, the interwoven scenes of Hawke and Gomez warming up to each other and becoming a team in the quest to save the former's wife serve more than anything else as a breather from all the grotesque, impatient, deliberately unappealing scenes of city wreckage.
And as far as consolidating the mystery, the film isn't interested in that either, as evidenced by its final moments. Instead of pressing focus on the answers to whatever questions we may have, the movie's ultimate reveal is so weak, unsubstantial, and entirely disconnected to the story entirely, that it seems almost offensive to whatever semblance of a film might exist here to go out on this note. Offensive to the idea of film and story in general, as a matter of fact. But Getaway isn't concerned with these notions. Not with story, character, logic, or humanity. It just wants to show us a bunch of car crashes and explosions. So you'd think it might have at least made those look a little better.
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Stars of hit U.S. sitcom That '70S Show have paid tribute to Lisa Robin Kelly, who died on Wednesday (14Aug13) after a long battle with alcohol addiction. The 43-year-old actress is believed to have suffered a fatal cardiac arrest at a rehab facility in California, just two days after she admitted herself to the clinic in a bid to tackle her long-running alcoholism.
Kelly's former colleagues have now spoken out to pay their respects to the star, who played Laurie Foreman in the show.
Kurtwood Smith, who played her onscreen father Red in the popular comedy, released a statement, which reads, "I am so sorry to hear about Lisa's passing away. I know the last 10 years have been such a difficult struggle for her but I will always remember the lovely, funny and very talented young lady I worked with."
Danny Masterson, who portrayed Steven Hyde on the series, took to Twitter to write, "Terrible, awful news. Brilliant on 70s.... See u (sic) next time LRK, kisses. RIP Lisa Robin Kelly aka Laurie Foreman."
Former child star Mackenzie Phillips, who has battled her own addiction demons in the past, also paid tribute, insisting she saw comparisons between herself and Kelly.
She tweeted: "Rest in Peace Lisa Robin Kelly. So so sad I didn't know Lisa, but in a way, she is me. And I am her. There is a solution."
Motley Crue star Nikki Sixx has also offered his condolences online, tweeting about the evils of alcohol abuse: "RIP. Sadly actress Lisa Robin Kelly has passed away after a major battle w/ (with) alcoholism.This disease is a evil monster. AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). Sobriety."
Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston's publicist Eddie Michaels has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 49. The Hollywood representative passed away on Thursday (08Aug13) in Los Angeles after a long fight against brain cancer, according to his wife Lorin.
In a blog post on Thursday, she wrote, "Tonight after 7 years of various treatments, setbacks, hopes, dreams, successes, trials, perseverance, fight, commitment and love for the kids and me, Eddie finally laid down his sword and stopped the fight with the kids' and my blessing..."
Michaels began his career with his mentor, Joe Sutton, at Freeman & Sutton. In 1992, he founded Eddie Michaels & Associates and relaunched it as Insignia Public Relations in 2004.
Throughout his career, Michaels represented many of Hollywood's top stars, including Barrymore, Huston, Noah Wyle, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jeremy Piven, Marg Helgenberger, Mary Steenburgen, Patrick Dempsey, Jason Biggs and Dougray Scott, among many others.
A statement issued by former ER star Wyle reads: "Eddie was indeed of the old school but never became cynical. He was experienced but without being jaded. Above all, he was honest, sometimes painfully so, but that only made him more trustworthy. In an industry fueled by hyperbole, his candor was refreshing, his perspective invaluable."
A funeral is due to take place at Mount Sinai Memorial Park on Sunday (11Aug13). In lieu of flowers, family members have asked that donations be made in Michaels' honour to Wilshire Boulevard Temple or to the Johnnie Cochran Brain Institute.
Tom Hanks will be on double duty at the London Film Festival in October (13) - his movies will open and close the event. The Oscar winner's real-life high seas drama Captain Phillips will open this year's (13) festival on 9 October, while his Mary Poppins back story film, Saving Mr Banks, will close the 57th annual screening series 11 days later (20Oct13).
Both he and co-star Emma Watson, who plays Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers in the film, are expected to attend the European premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square.
Saving Mr Banks producer Alison Owen says, "Saving Mr Banks is very much about British manners versus American values, as Pamela Travers and Walt Disney battle over the rights to Mary Poppins, so it feels absolutely fitting that the LFF Closing Night should be our European premiere, and we feel very honoured. We hope Pamela Travers would approve wholeheartedly.
"We filmed the London sequences in the street where Pamela lived, and London was both the start of the journey for Mary Poppins and for our movie, so we feel like we're beginning in the right place."
Australian model and TV star Nikki Phillips has opened up about the cancer diagnosis which turned her world "upside down" and forced her to undergo potentially life-saving surgery. The 29 year old was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2009 and the news prompted her to take a year-long career break to battle the disease.
Phillips has now spoken for the first time about her ordeal, revealing she underwent an operation as part of her treatment and she was eventually declared cancer-free in November (12).
She tells Australia's Cleo magazine, "Everything was turned upside down... My doctor informed me that the results of my (smear) test had come back irregular. Then she simply said, 'You know, I am just going to get straight to the point. You've got cervical cancer'... I didn't listen to a word she said after that. You think you're invincible so you don't think you're going to have cancer... I had a loop incision to remove the large cancerous cells on my cervix. After my surgery it was a waiting game."
Phillips insists the scare helped her re-evaluate her life and career, and she is now happily engaged to New Zealand musician Dane Rumble, who she met after her health crisis.
Katherine Jenkins and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa kicked off Queen Elizabeth II's coronation anniversary celebrations by performing for the British monarch at Buckingham Palace on Thursday night (11Jul13). The royal is marking 60 years since she was crowned Queen by hosting a four-day festival at her official London residence, Buckingham Palace, and the event was launched on Thursday with a night of music and dance.
The two opera stars were among the performers, along with dancers from English National Ballet, while the Queen and her family were in the audience.
Charles, Prince of Wales was in the royal box, along with the Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips, who made her first public appearance since announcing her pregnancy this week (beg08Jul13).
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who is due to give birth imminently, was notably absent, along with her husband, Prince William, who is currently in Wales on duty for his job as a search and rescue helicopter pilot.
When asked about the impending birth, Prince Charles told reporters at the event, "Well, it won't be long now," while his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, added, "Yes, we are very excited, immensely looking forward to it and waiting for the phone call."
Following her performance, Jenkins wrote in a post on her Twitter.com page, "Such an incredible night. Loved the finale with (choir) Only Boys Aloud - great to sing with you again!"
Other artists on the festival bill include Katie Melua, The Feeling and Russell Watson.
Michael Jackson's This Is It director broke down in tears in court on Wednesday (10Jun13) as he read out an email he sent to AEG Live boss Randy Phillips about the King of Pop's health during the singer's ongoing wrongful death trial. Kenny Ortega wrote the correspondence, in which he opened up about his concerns for the superstar, five days before Jackson's death in June, 2009.
Ortega told Phillips he felt the star needed to see a therapist.
The email had been shown to the jury at the beginning of the wrongful death case, but on Wednesday the director/choreographer read it allowed - and broke down on the stand.
He read: "My concern is, now that we've brought the doctor in to the fold and have played the tough love, now or never card, is that the artist may be unable to rise to the occasion due to the real emotional stuff. He appeared quite weak and fatigued this evening. He had a terrible case of the chills, was trembling, ranting and obsessing."
He added: "Everything in me says he should be psychologically evaluated. If we have any chance at all to get him back in the light, it's going to take a strong therapist to help him through this as well as immediate physical nurturing."
But Ortega also insisted that Jackson really wanted to perform the 50 London dates he and Ortega were preparing for, declaring, "It would shatter him, break his heart if we pulled the plug. He's terribly frightened it's all going to go away. He asked me repeatedly tonight if I was going to leave him. He was practically begging for my confidence. It broke my heart. He was like a lost boy. There still may be a chance he can rise to the occasion if we get him the help he needs."
While reading the email, Ortega began to cry and paused to wipe tears from his eyes, prompting the judge in the case to call a short recess. Jackson's mother Katherine, who has accused AEG Live executives of ignoring her son's health woes and pushing him towards his death, was also clearly overcome with emotion in the courtroom.
She and Jackson's kids are suing AEG Live and two of its executives, accusing them of negligently hiring and controlling the singer's incarcerated physician Dr. Conrad Murray, who administered the fatal dose of the anaesthetic propofol on June 25, 2009.
AEG's lawyers maintain Murray worked for Jackson.
The trial continues.