Eddie Van Halen and his bandmate brother Alex are suing the drummer's ex-wife for using her famous married name in a new business venture. The rockers claim Kelly Van Halen's construction and interior design company dilutes the band's brand and creates unfair competition.
Kelly and Alex divorced in 1996 after 12 years of marriage but she kept her name from the union, and now her ex-husband and former brother-in-law are taking her to court in California over her moniker.
In the brothers' lawsuit, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Kelly is said to have filed two trademark applications under her name for products like chairs, children's blankets and interior design services. They claim her name is "confusingly similar to Plaintiff's VAN HALEN marks in sound, appearance and commercial impression."
Singer Lisa Marie Presley is adamant her actress daughter Riley Keough would never date Robert Pattinson, because she is "best friends" with the Twilight hunk's ex-girlfriend Kristen Stewart. Reports surfaced in June (13) suggesting Elvis Presley's granddaughter had embarked on a romance with the Brit after they were purportedly photographed together in Los Angeles, just weeks after Pattinson and Stewart were rumoured to have called off their three-year relationship for good.
A representative for Keough denied the allegations and insisted she was not the girl featured in the pictures, and now her mother Lisa Marie has made it clear the relationship speculation was completely unfounded.
Addressing the claims during an appearance on U.S. talk show Watch What Happens Live on Thursday night (17Oct13), Lisa Marie said, "I will say who she's not with... and that is a complete lie, and the silliest thing I've ever heard, is that she was with Robert Pattinson, because she and Kristen Stewart are like best friends. So that was the craziest rumour that I will put to bed... That was not true."
Keough, who struck up a friendship with Stewart on the set of their 2010 biopic The Runaways, has since been spotted back with her former fiance Alex Pettyfer.
R&B star Usher is adding TV producer to his resume by joining a U.S. documentary exploring the educational system. The Yeah! hitmaker will act as executive producer for the upcoming film Undroppable, which aims to examine the reasons why students choose to drop out of school.
The singer was introduced to the project by his business partner Scooter Braun, who is also a producer on the film, along with Adam McKay, Sharon Chang, Alex Soros and John Powers Middleton.
Braun tells Billboard, "I knew Usher was very passionate about the issue of education, so I felt this was a great project to bring him into. His expertise will be invaluable as we continue this film and movement."
A social media campaign which will allow students to speak in video form about issues they face in school will also launch to coincide with the documentary.
The film, which is directed and written by Jason Pollock, is due to release next year (14).
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Alex Pettyfer seems to have found his niche; playing brooding teenagers with a chip on their shoulders. Their very shirtless shoulders. Now, Pettyfer is continuing his moody streak by stepping into the remake of Endless Love. The original film starred Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt as star-crossed lovers who become obsessed with each other. When their parents try to keep them apart, it results in dramatic consequences. Though the film was widely criticized and not exactly a commercial hit, it did spawn the Diana Ross and Lionel Richie song "Endless Love," which, ironically, has become a favorite wedding anthem, and the most popular aspect of the original film.
Now, the film is getting the newest Hollywood treatment, though this one looks like it probably should have been left to rot in '80s shame. The story will once again follow David Axelrod and Jade Butterfield, played by newcomer Gabriella Wilde, who are a young couple deeply infatuated with each other. Though the trailer pretty much shows the film following the same story (couple falls in love, couple's parents keep them apart, and couple creates tragedy), it also seems to be a weird mashup of other romantic movies. David works at the hotel Jade is staying in (Dirty Dancing), the couple sneaks out and has sex in an abandoned house (The Notebook), then the two drive around on dirt roads and sit in the back of pick-up trucks (The Last Song). Instead of revamping the original story, and making it better (which wouldn't be all that hard to do) it seems like the movie has formed into a pseudo Nicholas Sparks drama with a hint psychotic teenage angst, which is only recognizable by the unsettling music in the background.... Basically, we shouldn't even be calling this film Endless Love, we should be calling it Hollywood Wants to Cash in on Your Romantic '80s Nostalgia.
While the trailer is typical and cheesy, maybe we can hold out hope that this generation can at least get an awesomely tacky song out of the it. Though, even if we don't, the film will have a naked and brooding Pettyfer, which may be one reason to check it out. Endless Love will be released on Feb. 14, 2014... Valentine's Day, of course.
U.S. sports superstar Alex Rodriguez's publicist has vehemently denied explosive new claims that the baseball player was bedding prostitutes while dating Cameron Diaz. In an upcoming book about the rich and famous residents of exclusive New York building Fifteen Central Park West, author Michael Gross alleges hookers were regularly spotted coming and going from the the $30,000 (£20,000)-a-month apartment Rodriguez rented in 2010.
In the tome, House of Outrageous Fortune: Fifteen Central Park West, the World's Most Powerful Address, a worker at the building tells Gross, "He got hookers all the time. Usually two at a time, two times a week. One time he had two go up, they came down and left, and 10 minutes later, Cameron Diaz walks in."
A representative for the sports star, who dated Diaz from 2010 to 2011, has spoken out to slam the allegations, insisting the claims have been created to tarnish Rodriguez's name.
Spokesman Ron Berkowitz tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "This is a further effort to fabricate scandal around Alex. The allegations concerning prostitutes are categorically false."
The star's reputation took a severe blow in August (13) when baseball league officials suspended him for a record 211 games in connection to a performance-enhancing drug scandal.
He has since launched legal action against Major League Baseball executives, accusing them of trying to force him out of the game.
The sequels are coming! The sequels are coming! Okay, maybe it’s not quite on par with Paul Revere’s warning of the attacking British – but to film fans, it should be. Just when you thought it was safe again to enter your friendly-neighborhood multiplex (and possibly see something original) Hollywood is developing a whole slew of sequels in the hopes of capturing some of that old magic – and more pointedly, old box office. Still, as much as many are looking forward to new the Star Wars, the next Blade Runner or maybe even another go-round with Indiana Jones, several more movies are rumored to be on the horizon that no self-respecting fan should be placing on their respective must-see movie calendar.
If there’s something smelly – in your multiplex – who ya gonna blame? Dan Aykroyd! Yes, the same man who ruined the Blues Brothers with an inferior sequel is developing Ghostbusters III – reportedly without Bill Murray. Now that’s scary.
Austin Powers 4
Let’s hope this idea finds that cryogenic-freezing chamber the shagadelic super-spy initially himself in. Surely, this entry would be anything but groovy, baby, especially in that the character hasn’t been funny in, oh, 16 years.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2
Look for CGI to replace the traditional animation on this one and for Disney or some other studio to eventually crank out yet another multi-million dollar franchise. Reportedly Robert Zemeckis is pushing hard for it.
Hoo-boy. Crank up the light cycles (and grab yourself a strong cup of coffee) it looks like Tron is coming back. Let’s hope a good story actually accompanies a slick look this time out.
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure 3
Could the career of Keanu Reeves really slip so far as this? Co-star Alex Winter is telling everyone the movie will eventually get shot. Maybe Reeves took too many blue Matrix pills to believe this to be a good professional choice. Whoa.
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After taking on Nixon, JFK, George W. Bush, and September 11th, filmmaker Oliver Stone, along with potential star Jamie Foxx, might be DreamWorks' choice to bring Martin Luther King Jr.'s life to the screen, as reported by The Playlist. So far, it's not clear exactly how much or what part of King's life DreamWorks is looking to focus on, but Stone is well known for his long, ambling biopics, particularly of political figures.
Stone doesn't shy away from tough topics. If he's at the helm, he's going to want to tackle some of the more complex issues and potentially make large assumptions and leaps to serve his narrative. The man was able to make a film with some pathos for then-current president Bush, so this certainly won't be a slam piece on one of the great American icons and heroes. But the MLK estate has been very tough on films looking to portray the more sordid aspects of King's story, like his alleged infidelity. And with members of the King family working with DreamWorks and against rival projects (including ones from Paul Greengrass and Lee Daniels) it suggests that this may be a more sanitized vision then Stone is used to. Not only would Stone likely rankle at such demands, but erasing the complexity from MLK makes the whole film kind of pointless. Can we not handle a vision of King that paints him as something other than a martyr?
We remember Spike Lee's Malcolm X as a great film because Lee was able to work with Alex Healy/Malcom X's fantastic book, which was open about the various vices in the activist's past. It didn't hurt that the movie was blessed with Denzel Washington's amazing performance.
Now, Jamie Foxx doesn't really resemble King, but his quiet dignity mixed with deep, deep, anger and pain in last year's Django Unchained was a level of subtlety he hasn't shown since his Oscar-winning turn in Ray back in 2005. But after seeing Foxx's goofy side this summer in White House Down, his striking dissimilarities from King could really derail this film, and it doesn't really make sense why he's the top choice. But clearly DreamWorks is looking for a star, and most of the other bona fide black stars are either too old to play the 39-year-old King, have already played another distinct historical figure, or both.
What's frustrating is that there is so much room for more interpretations of King's life. Richard Nixon, for example, was not only the subject of one of Stone's lengthy films, but also has appeared in documentaries, other narratives, dramas, onstage (in the superb Frost/Nixon, which, by the way, was also turned into an Oscar nominated film), in comedies like Dick, graphic novels, and even an opera. He's been portrayed as a genius, an idiot, a crook, a coward, a fool, a hero, an opportunist, a good president, bad president, good person, and bad person. There's a wealth of creative material all based around or involving his life. Martin Luther King Jr. is a figure as large as Nixon, and like all people, was just as complex, but we rarely get to see a true representation of what that might have been like.
In short, while it's all well and good that filmmakers are interested in bringing MLK to the screen, it might not be possible for a divisive director like Stone and a potentially miscast star like Foxx to make this film a worthy one. And if it is regarded poorly, that might lead his family to become even more protective of his amazing story.
Not to mention, Drunk History did it first.
After previously stating that he would be interested in reprising his role as Hans Solo in Star Wars: Episode VII, Harrison Ford has changed his tune and says that he still hasn't decided if he wants to be in the film, according to CinemaBlend.com.
In an interview on the UK's Graham Norton Show on BBC, Ford revealed that "he had not quite made the choice" to accept a cameo in the film, which is in great contrast to when he told WGN TV in March 2013 that he was "looking forward to it."
However, just because he might turn down a cameo in Star Wars, it doesn't mean that he's done with all of his famous characters. In the same interview with Norton, he said that he would have no problem gallavanting as Indiana Jones in a fifth adventure.
"I would do it in a New York minute, yes," Ford said. "I don't think there is any barrier to Indiana Jones being an old fart." Clearly he's not opposed to reliving old glory.
Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release in 2015.
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U.S. soccer heroine Abby Wambach has wed her girlfriend in Hawaii. The record-breaking goal scorer and fellow sportswoman Sarah Huffman exchanged vows in Kauai, Hawaii this past weekend (05-06Oct13), according to reports.
Several members of the Team USA soccer team, including Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux, attended the intimate sunset nuptials.
A scripted TV series inspired by the film Act Of Valor is set to air on the National Geographic Channel. The series starts production in 2014 and will focus on the men and women responsible for the rescue and medical treatment of personnel in humanitarian and combat environments.
Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh says, "(The) unique model allows us to successfully transform a film such as Act of Valor into a highly engaging television series. We could not ask for a better home for the series than National Geographic Channel."
The 2012 movie starred Roselyn Sanchez, Alex Veadov, Jason Cottle and Nester Serrano as a Special Warfare Combatant-craft crew who embark on a mission to rescue a kidnapped CIA agent.