British model-turned-reality TV star Katie Price has hired the top female lawyer behind Sir Paul McCartney's 2008 divorce from Heather Mills. Following news of her split from husband Kieran Hayler amid allegations he cheated, Price has signed up Fiona Shackleton, who also acted on behalf of her cousin Nigella Lawson during her divorce from Charles Saatchi last year (13).
"Former Dancing With the Stars contestant Heather Mills was missing one leg and married Paul McCartney; somebody owes me two Beatles." Double amputee Amy Purdy, a champion snowboarder, jokes about her predecessor on U.S. competition show Dancing With the Stars.
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Seventeen years ago, Harrison Ford grumbled four simple words that defined a genre, a demographic, and a country: "Get off my plane." In a pre-9/11 world, there was no shortage of jingoistic glee in a movie like Air Force One, in which a man's man American president doled out justice to a militia of Russian loyalist terrorists who made the silly mistake of attempting to hijack his flight home from Moscow. In 2014, we don't have the luxury of facing a plotline like this with reckless merriment. There's a damp gravity to the premise behind movies like Non-Stop, which in another time would have been nothing more than Taken on a Plane. But rigidly conscious of the connotations that attach to a story about a hijacking of a civilian international flight into John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City, Non-Stop doesn't play too fast and loose. It still plays, and has some good fun doing so, but carefully.
From the getgo, we're anchored into the grim narrative of Liam Neeson's U.S. Air Marshall Bill Marks, who settles his demons with a healthy spoonful of whiskey. A dutiful officer even when liquored up, Marks eyeballs every nameless face in London's Heathrow Airport, silently introducing the bevvy of characters who'll come into play later on. After takeoff, Marks finds himself on the unwitting prowl for the anonymous party who's attempting to take down the red-eye through a series of manipulative text messages, well-timed threats, and clandestine killings. Chatty passenger Julianne Moore and flight attendant Michelle Dockery join Marks in his efforts to identify the mysterious criminal before the entire aircraft falls to his or her whims. So less Taken, more Murder, She Wrote.
Our roundup of suspects challenges our (and their) preconceived notions, and quite laughably — most vocal among Neeson's fellow passengers are a white beta-male school teacher (Scoot McNairy), a black computer engineer with an attitude of entitlement (Nate Parker), a softspoken Middle Eastern surgeon whose headwear gets more than a few focal shots (Omar Metwally), a middle-aged white businessman whose latest account landed him more than your house is worth (Frank Deal), an irate black youngster draped in irreverence (Corey Hawkins), and a white, bald, machismo-howling New York cop who secretly accepts his gay brother (Corey Stoll). Just a few talking heads short of Do the Right Thing, Non-Stop manages to goof on each man's (notice that they're all men — Moore, Dockery, and a barely-in-the-movie Lupita Nyong’o are kept shy of the action for most of the film) distaste for and distrust of one another as they each try to sidle up to, or undermine the harried Marks.
Non-Stop plays an interesting game with its characters and its audience, simultaneously painting the ignorance of its characters with a thick coat of comedy while pointing its finger straight out at us with accusations that we, too, thought it was whoever we just learned it wasn't, and for all the wrong reasons. "Shame on you!" Non-Stop chides, adding, "But let's keep going, this is fun!"
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It is fun — that's the miraculous thing. Without any "Get off my plane"s or "Yippee ki yay"s, Non-Stop keeps its action genre silliness in check (okay, there is a moment involving an airborne gun that'll institute some serious laugh-cheers), investing all of its good time in the game of claustrophobic Clue that we can't help but enjoy. It sacrifices some of its charm in a heavy-handed third act, tipping to one side of what was a pretty impressive balancing act up until that point. But its falter is not one that drags down the movie entirely. Fun and excitement are restored, sincerity is maintained, and even a few moments of sensitivity creep their way through. We might not live in a world of President Harrison Fords any longer, but Air Marshall Liam Neesons could actually be a step up.
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Sir Paul McCartney's ex-wife Heather Mills has won a lengthy legal battle against a former publicist. Michele Blanchard agreed to accept a reduced fee to represent the former model in 2007 after Mills told her she could no longer afford to pay her $5,000 (£3,100)-a-month fee, but when her client scored a $39 million (£24.3 million) divorce settlement from McCartney, the PR felt she deserved the full amount backdated.
Mills refused to pay the final invoice for $168,000 (£105,000), which included the money she thought she had saved, and the two women publicly fell out.
Blanchard filed a lawsuit claiming her former client had intentionally misrepresented her financial situation, but U.S. judges at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals have ruled in Mills' favour, claiming that the evidence Blanchard presented to support her claim was not enough.
They also dismissed Blanchard's allegations that Mills had promised to pay her, ruling, "A promise to do something in the future can give rise to fraud when the promise is made with no intention to perform. But Mills' statement is too vague to support a concrete promise to pay Blanchard $5,000 per month for future work and for work done two years prior.
"The invoices Blanchard sent Mills beginning in April 2007 stated the 'total amount due' each month was $3,000, plus expenses. These invoices negate any inference that the parties intended a retroactive payment for the same periods for more money."
Sir Paul McCartney had an emergency appointment with a hairdresser to dye his tresses after disastrously attempting to colour his own locks with a shop-bought formula. The Beatles legend purchased an off-the-shelf hair colouring kit from U.S. chemist Duane Reade during his marriage to Heather Mills, but he made a mess of dyeing his locks in the bathroom of his home in New York's The Hamptons.
The result was so disastrous that Mills panicked and called in experts from the Guy Thomas Salon in Manhattan to repair his hair and spare the couple's blushes.
Boss Guy Thomas tells the New York Daily News, "She called the salon in a very agitated way. People were making fun of the colour. He was colouring his hair on his own using a box colour from Duane Reade."
Thomas' team began making regular trips out to McCartney's beachside home in The Hamptons to keep his tresses a nice tone, and they even developed a unique formula to match his colouring, but Thomas alleges McCartney was frequently unhappy with the hairdresser's bill.
The stylist's daughter Janelle Mercadante, who also worked on McCartney's hair, adds, "He never wanted to pay the money. There was always talk and complaints that the bill was so high. He would stop having us go to him to do the colour because it cost more money."
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Lone Survivor isn't a film for the faint of heart. It's a film that beats you down and only lets you up for a few precious moments before the credits roll, but that emotional throttling is what helps make the film such a powerful experience.
Peter Berg's Lone Survivor tells the story of Operation Red Wings, primarily focusing on a group of four Navy SEALs who are sent to the mountains of Afganistan to capture or kill a member of the Taliban. The plan goes wrong, and the team has to fight for their lives to escape the enemy-infested area. The film does a marvelous job of ratcheting up the tension before collapsing into its main action sequence, one that is as thrilling as it is unsettling. The long sequence brings forth memories of the infamous D-Day opening of Saving Private Ryan, except this film's fire-fight stretches out the violence like a medieval torture device. The langourous scene is, at times, hard to sit through. Each moment slips by in coiled tension. It's undoubtedly uncomfortable, and the film makes a point to never make the violence fun or enticing. The action isn't consequence-free, and every bullet fired carries weight, making the scenes brutal and unrelenting because of it. The film takes on the aura of a horror movie that wants you to feel every second that ticks by, and director Berg makes sure that a pressing hopelessness starts to weigh on the viewer just as it does on the soldiers.
Mark Wahlberg is plenty capable as Marcus Lutrell, a member of the SEAL unit that is sent on the mission. The supporting cast plays its parts admirably by believably infusing a diverse set of personalities and values into the soldiers, while still keeping them in tune with the same military culture that governs much of their thoughts and actions. There's a great scene where a difficult decision has to be made, and the viewer gets to see the different directions to which some of the character's moral compasses are tuned. Sometimes the right thing can mean different things to different people when the risk of death is on the table. The real standout in the cast is Ben Foster, whose SO2 Matthew Alexson swirls with barely contained fury. He is darkly intense and has electric screen presence that really starts to manifest when the bullets star flying and things become dire.
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For all the good will that the film builds up in its first and second act, the final third of the film hits some snags as history demands that the story take itself to a different location, sacrificing some of the tension that it has built up. In the last 30 minutes of the film, there are some odd tonal choices that don't gel with the tension brimming in the first half. A comedic scene involving a language barrier stands out in particular.
The movie makes a point to steer clear of any political judgment, and it doesn't try to lay blame for the botched mission on any one head. And while the film never outwardly states and opinion on the conflicts that America found itself embroiled in during this time period, the searing brutality depicted in the movie highlight that no one should be subjected to the pain that these men were faced with. Made abundantly clear is the soldiers' willingness to drop everything and serve their country the best way they know how. Lone Survivor tries to honor the soldier, but not glorify war.
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Lone Survivor is at its best when it makes you feel the worst. It gives soldiers their due reverence by showcasing the true terror of the battlefield, and while the film does start to sag a bit in its third act, it's still more than worth the experience in order understand the consequences of war, and its toll on the people in the trenches.
Sir Paul McCartney's ex-wife Heather Mills has denied she hit a member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) during a heated bust-up in Austria. The former model, who had hoped to compete with the British ski team at the Paralympic Winter Games in Russia next year (14), was accused of throwing a "tantrum" and yelling at IPC executive Sylvana Mestre after she was told her equipment breached regulations.
Other witnesses allege she grabbed Mestre during the confrontation at an Austrian hotel on Monday (16Dec13), but Mills is adamant the bust-up never became physical, saying, "I never physically touched her... she's never made a statement saying I physically harmed her... These reports saying that I hit her are just tabloid rubbish."
Mills pulled out of qualifying heats for the games in Sochi after officials told her she would not be able to compete using her preferred equipment as it breaches competition regulations.
IPC bosses have confirmed they are considering taking disciplinary action against Mills following her outburst on Monday.
Sir Paul McCartney's ex-wife Heather Mills has been accused of throwing a "tantrum" and yelling at a member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) after she was told her skiing equipment breached regulations. The former model, who lost a leg in a motorcycle accident, had hoped to compete in the upcoming 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia as part of the British skiing team, but she pulled out of qualifying heats this week (beg16Dec13) amid a dispute with the IPC over her ski boots.
IPC bosses have now confirmed they plan to take action against Mills over allegations she "verbally abused" and "physically harassed" one of their officials, Sylvana Mestre, during a coaches' meeting at an Austrian hotel on Monday (16Dec13).
The organisation's communications director Craig Spence says, "I can confirm that an incident took place following the team meeting involving Heather and Sylvana, which was witnessed by a number of people. Heather's aggressive behaviour and verbal abuse left Sylvana extremely shocked and upset. Para-athletes are role models and an inspiration to billions of people. This disgraceful outburst is not what we expect from any athletes in our competitions and will not be tolerated... There can be no excuse for such aggressive and intimidating behaviour towards such a highly respected and experienced official..."
He adds to Britain's BBC Radio 5 Live, "We absolutely do not condone that. It is likely we will sanction the athlete and this will incur a fine of between 500-1,000 euros... We have rules in place, we are likely to sanction her for her tantrum."
Mestre adds, "I was trying to explain to (Mills) that this is not the equipment we approved earlier in the year and then that was it, she exploded."
A representative for Mills insists the former model tried to explain her frustrations to Mestre "patiently", adding, "Sylvana shouted at Heather, would not let (her coach) speak or explain, and stormed back to the boardroom raised table."
Coach John Clark also claims the IPC has a "vendetta" against Mills and that Mestre "deliberately put barriers in the way" to keep her from success.
Sir Paul McCartney's ex-wife Heather Mills has abandoned her efforts to compete in the upcoming Winter Paralympic Games following a dispute over her equipment. The former model, who lost a leg in a traffic accident in 1993, has spent several years training and taking part in competitions in the run-up to the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.
However, she has now pulled out of qualifying heats after Paralympic officials allegedly threatened her with disqualification if she did not adhere to their equipment guidelines.
International Paralympic Committee spokesman Craig Spence says, "On 1 July, we sent a memo to all countries asking them to submit their adaptive equipment for each skier for the forthcoming year. We cleared the prosthetic leg Heather was using then, but when we saw the new boot this week, we realised it was different and that she should not have been racing on it."
A representative for Mills adds, "We cannot believe she was told she would be disqualified for not wearing cosmetic, non-functional buckles on her ski boot. We feel very saddened that all her hard work, injury, struggles, and the overcoming of them, has come to her having to resign because of a bureaucratic decision that would lead to further pain and injury.
"Although her hopes and dreams for Sochi are now over, Heather hopes to one day compete in winter sports when the IPC re-evaluates the unfair systems it has in place."
Mills claims the equipment she was ordered to use by the IPC caused bleeding and blistering.
Sir Paul McCartney's cell phone was hacked into "for years" by a private detective working on behalf of disgraced British tabloid the News of the World, a court heard on Friday (01Nov13). The Beatles legend was first targeted in 2002, as his relationship with Heather Mills progressed towards marriage, and the surveillance continued until at least 2004, a jury at London's Old Bailey was told.
Prosecution lawyer Andrew Edis QC told the court, "Paul McCartney and Heather Mills were the subject of phone hacking for years. I refer you back to the wedding ring story in 2002. (The newspaper was) still hacking (in 2004)."
The sensational allegation has come in the first week of the high-profile 'phone hacking' trial arising out of the scandal that closed the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid in 2011.
It is alleged some senior staff at the newspaper commissioned a private investigator to access cell phones of the rich and famous to listen to their voicemail messages.
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, ex-News of the World editor Andy Coulson, and six other former Murdoch staff are on trial over the scandal.
They deny all charges. The trial continues.