U.S. Secret Service agents arrested Maria Gabriela Perez on Wednesday (18Aug10) for allegedly stealing her clients' credit card information and making fraudulent purchases on their behalf.
Perez, owner of the exclusive Beverly Hills Chez Gabriela Studio, is alleged to have tallied $280,000 (£186,670) in unauthorised charges to clients including Aniston, Tyler, Anne Hathaway and Melanie Griffith, among others.
On Thursday (19Aug10), Perez appeared in Los Angeles federal court to face two counts of fraud, where Los Angeles federal Judge Oswald Parada released her on $50,000 (£33,330) bail, placed her under house arrest and confiscated her passport.
However, Perez's attorney, Stephen Kahn, has professed his client's innocence.
He tells the New York Post, "It's easy to make accusations... From everything we know, she is innocent."
Prosecutors say Perez has previous convictions for shoplifting and writing bad cheques.
Perez, 51, faces up to 25 years behind bars if she is convicted.
The God of Legion secular Hollywood’s latest Biblically-inspired action flick is old-school an angry spiteful Almighty with a penchant for Old Testament theatrics. Fed up with humanity’s decadent warmongering ways He’s decided to pull the plug on the whole crazy experiment and start over from scratch.
Fortunately for us the God of Legion is also a rather lazy fellow. Instead of doing the apocalyptic work himself and wiping us out with a giant flood which worked perfectly well last time He opts to delegate the task to His army of angels — a questionable strategy that starts to fall apart when the archangel charged with leading the planned extermination Michael (Paul Bettany) refuses to comply.
Michael who unlike his boss still harbors affection for our sorry species abandons his post and descends to earth where inside the swollen belly of Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) an unwed mother-to-be working as a waitress in an out-of-the-way diner sits humanity’s lone hope for survival. Why is this particular baby so important? Is it the one destined to lead us to victory over Skynet? Heaven knows — Legion reveals little details its script devoid of actual scripture. What is clear is that God’s celestial hitmen want the kid whacked before it’s born.
But Michael won’t let humanity fall without a fight. Armed with a Waco-sized arsenal of assault weapons he hunkers down with the diner’s patrons a largely superfluous collection of thinly-sketched caricatures from various demographic groups led by Dennis Quaid as the diner’s grizzled owner Tyrese Gibson as a hip-hop hustler and Lucas Black as a simple-minded country boy.
Together they mount a heroic final stand against hordes of angels who’ve taken possession of “weak-willed” humans turning kindly old grandmas and mild-mannered ice cream vendors into snarling ravenous foul-mouthed beasts. They descend upon the ramshackle diner in a series of full-frontal assaults commanded by the archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand) the George Pickett of End of Days generals.
Beneath its superficial religious facade Legion is really just a run-of-the-mill zombie flick a Biblical I Am Legend. Bettany an actor accustomed to smaller dramatic roles in films like A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code looks perfectly at ease in his first major action role wielding machine guns and bowie knives with equal aplomb. Conversely first-time director Scott Stewart a former visual effects artist does little to prove himself worthy of such a promotion serving up some impressive CGI work but not much else worthy of note.
Don Johnson has one more reason to be thankful his career moved beyond "Miami Vice": As of Tuesday, he's got a new baby girl to take care of.
Johnson, 50, and wife Kelley, 30, welcomed Atherton Grace Johnson (7 pounds, 15 ounces) into the world shortly after 11 a.m. PST at a San Francisco hospital, according to the actor's publicist, Elliot Mintz. Mother and daughter were said to doing "extraordinary."
Don and Kelley Johnson married last year. The actor, late of CBS's "Nash Bridges," has been married twice to Melanie Griffith ("Crazy in Alabama"), with whom he has a 9-year-old daughter, Dakota. He also has a teen-age son from a previous relationship with actress Patti D'Arbanville ("New York Undercover").
Atherton, by the way, is named for Kelley's late father, Atherton Macondray Phleger. To make it easier on all concerned, the child will be known as Grace or Gracie.
MEMORABLE MADELINE: The sudden death of Madeline Kahn left her TV show, "Cosby," in a lurch. Now the cast of the CBS sitcom hopes to find closure by paying tribute to the Oscar-nominated comedienne in tonight's episode.
Kahn, who played co-star Phylicia Rashad's best friend and business partner on the series, had completed four episodes this season before asking for time off in September to deal with a medical problem. Kahn never returned to the set, dying Dec. 3 of ovarian cancer at age 57.
Tonight's Kahn-dedicated "Cosby" airs at 8 p.m. EST/PST. Look for cast members' remembrances and clips from her work on the sitcom.
MR. SPIELBERG'S OPUS: Director Steven Spielberg will draw his most captive audience on New Year's Eve in Washington, D.C., as he unveils a new 20-minute film about the century.
The five-part montage, titled "The Unfinished Journal" and featuring a score by frequent collaborator John Williams, is a "a musical and poetic celebration about why we are all here today, what are the shoulders that we stood on to achieve this moment in time, and in history, and to look back over the last 100 years and say 'thank you,' and then, to imagine the next 100 years," Spielberg said Tuesday on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
The short will be shown on giant screens at the Lincoln Memorial and throughout The Mall.
HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL? Ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell (aka Ginger Spice) reportedly is securing new digs, and her selection shows she either possesses a twisted mind -- or a sense of humor.
Halliwell is rumored to be paying $6.5 million for the British mansion featured in the 1976 fright-fest "The Omen." (Look for it in the scene where demonic young Damien -- the kiddie Antichrist -- prompts his nurse to jump from a window.)
In real life, the 20-acre, 100-room estate near Woking, England, is more luxurious than scary. It sports a ballroom, library, minstrel gallery, pool and servants' quarters. Halliwell, a reported 27, will likely move in after she throws a huge millennial bash at her current Berkshire home.