Late actor Gary Coleman's longtime friend and business associate Anna Gray has reassured his fans that the former child star was cremated weeks after his death in 2010, and they should ignore all reports to the contrary. Despite claims that the Diff'rent Strokes star's remains had not been buried a year after his death, Gray insists Coleman's lawyer Robert Jeffs oversaw his cremation and now she is in possession of his ashes.
In a statement obtained by WENN, Gray writes, "I realized that Gary's fans may be thinking that he's floating along out there in limbo. He isn't. When Gary finally came home with me, I did post something on Facebook, so those who had actually met him in my life knew he was home and fine with me for nearly two years.
"For what it's worth, I went back to Provo (Utah) to meet with Robert Jeffs, who was the interim executor for Gary's estate, to receive the last of Gary's possessions. This was in December of 2012. It was at that time that I was also given Gary's ashes. After trying to sort through what was left of his physical possessions, I brought Gary back to Oregon with me. So Gary is with me and my family now, safe and sound."
But Coleman's friend insists she'll never reveal where she plans to scatter the star's ashes.
She adds, "In my desire to protect Gary from any further intrusions on his privacy (and to protect the others in my family), I never made any official statement regarding his final resting place... (and) I now realize that a lot of folks may still be wondering if Gary was finally taken care of. He was.
"As to his FINAL resting place, I'm afraid I can't give the world any physical location on that b/c (because) it was Gary's wish that I choose the final disposition myself and that I never share that location with anyone whatsoever. My own husband will never know where Gary is once I've made the choice and laid Gary to rest.
"Gary's last and most horrible fear was that even in death he wouldn't be allowed any peace. It was Gary's wish NOT to be visited and remembered. Obviously, Gary will never be forgotten. I hope that in time folks will remember only how he made them smile, not all the BS (bulls**t) that got dumped on him throughout his life. He was a much better man than most folks ever knew. That's the legacy I hope to give him, that he was a very good man."
Gray was named executor and beneficiary of Coleman's estate in his 2005 will. He signed a handwritten codicil to the document after marrying Shannon Price in 2007, but that amendment became ineffective after Coleman and Price divorced in 2008.
Price unsuccessfully filed to enforce the codicil after Coleman died by arguing they had become common-law husband and wife after the split. She claimed the only reason they didn’t officially get re-married was because they wanted to avoid publicity.
As a result, Gray was eventually entitled to claim the star's ashes and his possessions, as per his will.
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British actor Gary Oldman skipped the New York premiere of his new film Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes on Tuesday (08Jul14) due to a family emergency, according to a U.S. report.
The star was due to walk the red carpet alongside his fellow castmates at the screening in the city's Williamsburg Cinemas but was noticeably absent. According to New York Post gossip column Page Six, Oldman flew in to New York for the event at the beginning of the week (beg07Jul14) but jetted back out on Tuesday morning due to undisclosed family matters.
The cancelled appearance comes weeks after he apologised following a controversial interview with Playboy magazine, in which he claimed Mel Gibson has been unfairly ostracised following his anti-Semitic tirade during his 2006 arrest due to "political correctness".
A representative for the actor had not responded to a request for comment as WENN went to press.
Pop icon Gary Numan enlisted the help of rockers Trent Reznor and Dave Navarro to support his application for a permanent U.S. visa. In 2011, the British singer made plans to emigrate to California with his wife, Gemma, and three daughters, and he asked his famous pals to provide testimonies about his character and work ethic when applying to the U.S. Government for permanent residency in the country.
He asked the Nine Inch Nails frontman to vouch for his talent, hoping Reznor's recent Oscar win for Best Original Score for The Social Network would help strengthen his application, along with several other famous friends.
Numan tells Australia's Herald Sun, "It was about two weeks after he won the Oscar that we filed the application with his testimonial letter, so that was quite good timing and quite helpful.
"Dave Navarro from Jane's Addiction wrote one, Alan Wilder from Depeche Mode, I had some really cool people coming to help me out. It's embarrassing calling up your friends and saying, 'Do you mind writing a letter to tell the U.S. Government how amazingly brilliant I am?'"
Numan relocated to America in 2012.
Quickly enough, the varied rage-aholics comprising Vice President Selena Meyer's immediate staff have eased back into their insult- and obscenity-spouting M.O.s, churning out a whole bunch of hostility in the second episode of the stellar comedy's Season 3. This week, Selena faces the stresses of having to choose a new stance on abortion in light of her POTUS' quick shift toward the pro-life side. Naturally, the high-tension situation brings out a lot of colorful language in her crew. But who topped the lot with the harshest one-liners?
7. Secretary of the In-terror: JONAH
"Old Media like the Washington Toast better run and hide in the bathroom and join the Poo York Times."Oh Jonah...
"F**k HuffPo. They should be called 'PuffHo,' because Ariana Huffington is a straight-up ho and all they do is puff pieces."...you horrible idiot.
6. Abhor-ney General: SUE
"[Selena] is on the Coast Guard boat. Meeting and greeting fish."Self-explanatory. Somehow a much funnier line than it sounds like it would be.
"I don't need an enhanced roll to know my worth, Gary."After Gary explodes with giddiness over his being asked to handle a task over Sue.
5. Secretary of Offense: BEN
Responding to Selena's sarcastic quip about the existence of an "I don't give a s**t" lobby:"You're looking at him. I've got posters, buttons... not really. Because I don't give a s**t."
"I can't get POTUS to wave his transvaginal wand and make it go away." What do you even make of this?
"It would take a brain about this sizeMocking Gary's display of fruits representing the sizes of fetuses at different stages of gestation.
"I'm going home. If anybody needs me, I don't care."A classic, always.
4. Secretary of Treachery: MIKE
"Walt, Randal, this is Sasquatch. The edible garbage is out back."Introducing his new stepsons to Jonah.
"'Copy Cat Selena,' that's what they'll say. 'Me Too Meyer.' 'S**t for Brains.'"Predicting the public's antagonism for Selena's decision to mimic the abortion cut-off of another candidate.
3. Secretary of Hate: SELENA
"It begins here. In this Polish dungeon."Selena's grinning dismissal of her Maryland campaign office.
"I can’t identify myself as a woman. People can’t know that. Men hate that. And women who hate women hate that… which, I believe, is most women."Regrettable bonus points for putting down her gender as a whole.
"You let that unstable piece of human scaffolding into your house?"To Mike, about Jonah.
"I can't listen to that Joan Crawford b**ch about Bette Davis anymore."In the parameters of this insult, Ben is Joan Crawford and Kent is Bette Davis.
"I accept your apology while retaining the right to fire the f**k out of you. Should I print that up on a t-shirt that I can give to you?"Said to Dan, following his outburst over her inability to make a decision on the abortion issue. It's at once horrifying, condescending, and hilarious.
2. Vicious Vice-President: AMY
"You just gonna sit there, SpongeBob?"Mocking Dan for his seasickness. It's not so much the insult itself, but Amy's ability to make such a banal joke so pointedly mean that wins her points here.
"Tell Mike to climb off his wife and get on speakerphone now."I'm picking up on a very subtle undercurrent that everybody hates Mike's new wife. Or at least the idea of another human being entering their lives in a personal capacity.
"Jesus, what a talking gas giant. It's like listening to Jupiter."About Maddox.
"Moving on, and Dan may be quite soon..."Immediately following Selena's threats to oust Dan from his job. The callousness of her noting that Dan might actually get fired is what makes this such a gem.
"Go home. Take an ambien. Take 50."Said to Dan. Jeez, Amy really hates Dan.
"'Twenty-two-and-a-half Weeks' sounds like an erotic thriller."Putting down Gary's suggestion for an abortion cut-off. She could have just said 'no' ... but she's an artist.
1. The President of Put-Downs: DAN
"You don't announce your candidacy while the incumbent is still warm. That's like trying to bang the widow at the funeral."Putting down Gary's suggestion that Selena tell the world she's running for president. He could have just said 'no' ... but he's a wizard.
"That s**t-shoveled-faced-f**kin' Jonah."I don't even know what this means.
"I am going to rip your guts out of your tiny, shriveled little Chihuahua c**k."To Jonah.
"Hey, Ugly Betty, give me that burrito."To Jonah's friend.
"If you say anything about the Veep, I will break your legs so severely you will end up normal height."To Jonah.
But Dan's real genius comes in the nonverbal form this week, blowing up at Selena to the point of physical tremors and shoving aforementioned burrito into Jonah's face as a symbol of his menace. Both are sights to behold from the usually stoic-to-the-point-of-soulless Dan.
NICE THINGS GARY SAID
"Every angel needs an archangel!"In this scenario, he's the angel and Selena is the archangel. Gary... you weirdo.
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is filled — and I mean jam-packed — with genre-bending, action-heavy, sportily tense and relentlessly sinuous, sky-high-concept and maniacally bonkers stuff. Polygonal mayhem that aims, and impressively so, to top the Marvel lot in ideas, deconstructing every thriller staple from government corruption to talking computers to odd couple agents gone rogue. But oddly enough, the moment in the Cap sequel that I find most arresting several weeks after seeing the film is our peaceful reunion with Steve Rogers, trotting merrily around the Washington Monument as the sun rises on our nation's capital.
The scene is shot from far overhead, a low pulse/high spirits Chris Evans reduced to a shapeless blur as he repeatedly (but politely!) laps fellow jogger and veteran Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie)... and yet it might be the closest we feel to Cap throughout the movie.
The Winter Soldier has a lot to worry about in the delivery of its content. Managing a plot as ambitious and multifaceted as its own, with themes as grand as the scope of the American mentality — as represented by Steve Rogers, raised in the good old days of gee-golly-jingoism — it doesn't always have the faculties to devote to humanizing its central troupe. Cap isn't left hollow, but his battles with the dark cloud of contemporary skepticism play more like an intriguing Socratic discussion than an emotional arc. Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, a character who ran circles around her Avengers co-players in flavor, feels a bit shortchanged in that department here (in her closest thing to a starring role yet, no less).
Mackie's Falcon, a regular joe who is roped into the calamity thanks largely to his willingness to chat with a fellow runner — a rare skill, honestly — is less of a problem. He doesn't have much to do, but he does it all well enough. Dynamic though he may be, Mackie keeps things bridled as Cap's ad-hoc sidekick, playing up the along-for-the-ride shtick rather than going full (or even half) superhero. We might want more from him, knowing just how fun he can be, but it's a sating dose. The real hunger is for more in the way of Black Widow, Cap, and — perhaps most of all — the titular villain.
Still, these palpable holes pierce through a film that gets plenty right. As elegantly as Joe Johnston did the Spielberg thing back in 2011, Joe and Anthony Russo take on the ballots of post-innocence. They aren't afraid to get wild and weird, taking The Winter Soldier through valleys that feel unprecedented in superhero cinema. We're grateful for the invention here — for Robert Redford's buttoned-up Tom Clancy villain, for the directors' aggressive tunneling through a wide underworld of subterranean corruption, and especially for one scene in an army bunker that amounts to the most charmingly bats**t crazy reveal in any Marvel movie yet. We might be most grateful, though, for a new take on Nick Fury; here, the franchise gives Samuel L. Jackson his best material by a mile.
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But in the absence of definitive work done in our heroing couple, a pair rich in fibers but relegated to broad strokes and easy quips in this turn, most of it amounts to a fairly good spy thriller, not an ace-in-the-whole neo-superhero masterpiece... which, justly or otherwise, is what we've come to expect and demand from these things.
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Hip-hop icon Ice Cube wants to cast his son to play a younger version of himself in a planned biopic about his legendary rap group N.W.A.. Straight Outta Compton, named after the rappers' 1988 debut album, is due to begin casting in the coming weeks, but the musician-turned-actor already has an idea about who he would love to portray him onscreen.
He says, "In a perfect world, I would want my son to play me, because I think he looks like me, he got it (sic)... He's 22..."
Ice Cube also tells U.S. talk show host Wendy Williams that he is hoping everything will be in place to begin filming in early 2015.
He says, "I'm producing. Me, Dr. Dre, all the people that was around... Eazy's estate is involved. Everybody's involved to make this movie that people have been waiting to see.
"This time next year (we will begin shooting), hopefully, something like that."
F. Gary Gray has been appointed to direct, while new screenwriter Jonathan Herman was recently hired to rework the movie, which will tell the story of Compton, California rappers Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, the late Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella's rise to fame in the late 1980s and their subsequent split in 1991.
In just about every one of Kevin Hart's scenes in Ride Along, there's a joke that is just aching to find its way out of the diminutive, rascally comic actor. Hart is a small-scale physical comedian — of the same ilk as Jack Black — who puts nuclear-degree energy into his facial contortions, anatomical outbursts, and the delivery of every gag in general. If only he had material that was crafted with the same energy.
Unfortunately, nothing else about Ride Along seems at all "hard at work." Not the script, which pads a lifeless story with lazy comedy, and certainly not his screen partner Ice Cube, whose only stage direction seems to be "frown, and be taller than Kevin Hart." So lifeless is Ice Cube that even his machismo-obsessed straight man bit doesn't really work. Instead of the virile and intimidating "bad cop," he comes off as a disapproving middle aged dad without much to show for his own life.
But the script pairs the wily, overzealous high school security guard and video game junkie Ben (Hart) with no-nonsense lawman James (Ice Cube) on the titular ride along, with the scrappy cop-wannabe hoping to prove to the force veteran that he's good enough to marry the latter's younger sister. In earnest, he's not. Ben never puts any respectable effort into learning the tools of the trade, insisting on employing his amateur style and controlling the radio despite his proclamations that he wants, and deserves, James' trust. And James is no saint either — he's irresponsible on crime scenes, violent with perps, and disgruntled to the point of being unable to work with anybody else on the force. These are not good police officers... of course, you'll say, this is a comedy. But where are the laughs, then?
They're not absent entirely, you just have to look for them. In a movie so focused with big, broad humor, it's the smaller comedy that actually lands best. Hart's background mutterings and fumblings, his emoticon-laden texts to girlfriend Angela (Tika Sumpter, whose only stage direction seems to be "smile, and never wear a full outfit of clothing"), and a bizarre repetition of the word "weird" from supporting player John Leguizamo. All good for unexpected chuckles, while jokes like Hart facing off with a pre-teen or being blown backwards into a brick wall after firing a large gun are all lazy, familiar, and flat.
Structurally, the script is a mess. Ride Along spends far too much time on set up — we get it, Hart and his soon-to-be-brother-in-law Ice Cube don't get along — and far too much time on wrap-up — there's a gigantic, dramatic warehouse shootout that, in any other movie, would be the climax, but there's plenty more to go after that — without any cohesive middle to make the movie feel like... a movie.
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Hart, who leaps at every comic opportunity like a kangaroo (wallaby would be more appropriate), is suited just right for a buddy cop comedy, but he needs something fresh with which to work — a real character, an interesting story, actually funny jokes. Even just one of these would be fine!
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British singer Ellie Goulding is celebrating after her 2012 album Halcyon finally topped the U.K. charts more than a year since it was first released. The Lights hitmaker's second record debuted at number two following its initial release in October, 2012, and it finally made it to the top of the British album chart on Sunday (05Jan14) after 65 weeks on sale.
The record was re-issued last year (13) with eight bonus tracks and a new title, Halcyon Days, and it has now become Britain's first official number one album of 2014.
Goulding celebrated the news in a series of posts on Twitter.com, writing, "Today my second album Halcyon went to No1. A cheeky 65 weeks after it was released... I love my fans, I love my team. Absolute dedication. Never felt so proud... thank you for your love."
Goulding saw off competition from Take That star Gary Barlow, whose new solo record Since I Saw You Last landed in second place, ahead of Beyonce's self-titled record in third. Barlow's former bandmate Robbie Williams took fourth place with Swings Both Ways and Tribute by John Newman was fifth.
In the singles chart, Pitbull landed the number one spot with Timber, his collaboration with Ke$ha. Pharrell Williams' former chart-topper Happy sank to second place ahead of Avicii's Hey Brother in third. The top five was rounded out by Jason Derulo's Trumpets and Ellie Goulding's How Long Will I Love You in fourth and fifth respectively.
Singer Lily Allen has notched up three weeks atop the U.K. singles chart with her cover of Keane's Somewhere Only We Know. The song, which features as the soundtrack for festive TV adverts for leading British retailer John Lewis, initially hit number one last month (Nov13), before returning to pole position last week (begs02Dec13).
It remained unmoved this week (begs09Dec13), despite competition from Avicii's Hey Brother at number two and Leona Lewis' One More Sleep, which climbed 31 places to three.
Meanwhile, on the U.K. albums chart, Robbie Williams' Swings Both Ways has replaced One Direction's Midnight Memories at number one, knocking the boyband's release to number two.
Gary Barlow's Since I Saw You Last remained in third place, followed by Olly Murs' Right Place, Right Time at four and Beyonce's surprise self-titled album, which secured the fifth spot.
The Crazy In Love hitmaker's fifth studio album was quietly released online on Thursday night (12Dec13) and reportedly sold 430,000 units on America's iTunes.com in one day. The record is projected to debut at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart next week (begs16Dec13) with total sales of approximately 600,000.
British pop star Lily Allen has been given an early Christmas treat after returning to the top of the U.K. singles chart with her cover of Keane hit Somewhere Only We Know. The Smile singer performed the tune as the soundtrack for festive TV adverts for leading British retailer John Lewis, but she recently confessed she was not a fan of her own version, insisting it's "quite shrill".
However, devotees don't appear to agree - they have taken the song to number one again, two weeks after it first topped the chart. Music analysts have even tipped the track to reign supreme on Christmas Day (25Dec13).
One Direction took second place with Story of My Life and Bastille climbed to third with Of The Night.
Meanwhile, in the U.K. albums chart, One Direction have held on to the coveted top spot with Midnight Memories, leaving Robbie Williams' Swings Both Ways at two and his former Take That bandmate, Gary Barlow, at three with Since I Saw You Last.
Britney Spears entered the chart with Britney Jean at a disappointing 34.