Actor Billy Bob Thornton has warned young couples not to marry too young. The Monster's Ball star has wed five times, including a three-year union with actress Angelina Jolie, but each marriage ended in divorce and he is convinced he was too inexperience to handle the responsibility of family life.
His first wife was Melissa Lee Gatlin in his early 20s and they had a daughter, but Thornton admits he was too young to care for his family.
He writes in Britain's The Sun newspaper, "I should not have married and become a father so young. It is not fair on your wife and kid, because I still had so much to do. And perhaps I never did learn the lesson on marriage since I've been married five times."
Thompson Square singer Keifer Thompson turned to fellow country stars Keith Urban and Gary Allan for advice after he was recently struck down with vocal problems. The husband and wife duo axed a string of concerts across May (13) and June (13) to allow Thompson time to recover from a "very serious vocal condition", which he now reveals was caused by a haemorrhage.
He tells Country Weekly, "I had a really bad haemorrhage, and it's completely healed, resolved and the polyp is about 70 per cent down, so they don't want to do surgery now."
Thompson also heaped praise on singers Urban, Allan and Larry Gatlin, who have all experienced voice problems in the past and reached out to offer him reassurance during his recovery.
Thompson adds, "(They) talked me off a ledge and told me that it was OK."
The star has been banned from speaking for two weeks, and doctors have also taught him a new way of singing which will protect his vocal cords.
Not all Young Adult Fiction adaptations are created equal.
Riding the Twilight wave has its advantages and disadvantages, the keystone of the Young Adult fiction genre working as a hook for enthusiastic readers, and a warning sign for those who caught the early exploits of Bella and Edward. Beautiful Creatures owes its cinematic existence to the uber-successful series, but the connective tissue ends there. Based on the novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the movie is ripe with energy, drawing from its preserved, Southern gothic setting of South Carolina, two vivacious young romantics, and an ensemble of seasoned vets who chew up their scenes with twang. Beautiful Creatures doesn't wallow in relationships, it sparks them with frank sexuality and a dash of biting commentary. So long, Twilight.
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Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro) stars as Ethan, an ambitious resident of Gatlin, SC who dreams big and has a particular penchant for plowing through the town's banned book list (yes, even in modern times, there are people who don't see To Kill a Mockingbird as reading fit for teenagers). Waking him up from the doldrums of suburban life is new student Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert of Ginger & Rosa), niece of the towns' notorious Ravenwood family, who becomes the target of public shaming. Beautiful Creatures does not skirt around the strong Christian influence of Southern culture and, as someone the kids believe is a Devil worshipper, Lena is an instant outcast under violent, verbal attack. Quite literally, kids pray in the class room to protect themselves from Lena's bad vibes. If Ethan didn't find the girl attractive in her own right, her position at the bottom of the social ladder fuels his infatuation.
Because today's young romances demand a supernatural element, Lena eventually reveals to her courter that she's a "caster," the nice word for witch in the world of Beautiful Creatures. When Lena turns 16, she'll be subject to "The Claiming," a decision (made by the moon?) that will force her to either the light, nice and peachy side, or the dark, wicked and bloodthirsty side of casting. It's a countdown for Ethan, who realizes he has little time to connect with and possibly save his newfound love. Believing she has the ability to choose her fate, patriarch Macon Ravenwood guides Lena in the ways of the light — while disapproving of her relationship with Ethan.
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The magic logic is as ridiculous and overly complex as it sounds, but Beautiful Creatures writer/director Richard LaGravenese (The Fisher King, P.S I Love You) never loses track of his characters and their interesting quirks. Jeremy Irons is a master spinster of exposition — if his Macon is laying down a mythology-building speech or rattling off the "rules of the Ravenwood family curse," it all sounds like Shakespeare. Emma Thompson does double duty in this department, playing the disturbingly conservative Mrs. Lincoln with recognizable, motherly terror, and her alter ego, a version of Lincoln possessed by a banished witch looking for revenge on Lena. Thompson spars with Macon and cackles in all her thick Southern accent glory, jumping between personas without a misstep. It's glorious.
LaGravenese makes two inspired discoveries with Ehrenreich and Englert, who set the bar for performances in the genre. Ehrenreich is charming and warm, acting like an actual human being in the midst of a fantasy. He makes adorably awful small talk to woo Lena, he worries about her when she destroys the windows of a classroom with her mind, he becomes vicious when the Ravenwoods attempts to interfere with their relationship — all natural. Englert is like a young Kathleen Turner, her husky voice and sharp wit turning Alice into an unusually strong female lead. The young caster is vulnerable as her relationship blossoms, but fully capable of turning a family dinner into a merry-go-round from hell. The two are electric on screen, even at their campiest moments. Yes, they're destined lovers, descendants of a couple murdered during the Civil War, but even without the back story, Alice and Alden have a sweet, scary, and fiery romance.
At nearly two hours, Beautiful Creatures could stand to lose a few plot threads — Emmy Rossum arrives halfway through as Lena's Siren cousin, a painful attempt by the actress to steal the spotlight with exaggeration — but stands as proof that tween source material can be done right. As it does with the cast, the film is enhanced by its moody visuals and engaging soundtrack by alternative rock band Thenewno2, all setting the tone for Alden and Alice's fateful entanglement. The movie shows no fear depicting teens in love or the ramifications of America's belief system — touchy subjects that feel daring in a Hollywood production. That's the movie's real magic.
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Amanda Brumfield was found guilty of aggravated manslaughter in connection to the 2008 death of little Olivia Garcia, her best friend Heather Murphy's one-year-old daughter who fell from a playpen and hit her head.
The 32 year old, who had been babysitting the tot, was initially acquitted of first-degree murder and aggravated abuse charges, but she was convicted of the lesser count in June (11). She was denied a retrial in August (11).
Brumfield appeared in an Orange County, Florida court for sentencing on Thursday (06Oct11), when she was handed the 20-year prison sentence. She was also ordered to pay $10,000 (£6,250) in legal costs.
Brumfield, Thornton's daughter from his marriage to first wife Melissa Gatlin, had been facing up to 30 years behind bars.
Amanda Brumfield - Thornton's daughter from his marriage to first wife Melissa Gatlin - was in June (11) found guilty of aggravated manslaughter in connection to the 2008 death of her best friend's one-year-old daughter Olivia Garcia, who fell from a playpen and hit her head.
The 32 year old, who was babysitting the tot, was acquitted of first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse charges.
Judge Reginald Whitehead rejected Brumfield's application for a retrial on Monday (29Aug11), declaring, "(The) defendant's motion for a new trial is denied."
Brumfield now faces up to 30 years in prison when she is sentenced for aggravated manslaughter in October (11).
Amanda Brumfield - Thornton's 32-year-old daughter from his marriage to first wife Melissa Gatlin - was arrested in May 2009 following an incident the previous October (08), when one-year-old Olivia Garcia fell from a playpen and hit her head.
The tot's death was ruled a homicide and Brumfield was charged with a number of crimes, including first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter.
During her trial last month (May11), prosecutors alleged it was impossible a fall would have caused Garcia's skull injury and on Friday (27May11), Brumfield was found guilty of aggravated manslaughter of a child, according to the State Attorney's Office.
Brumfield was found not guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated child-abuse charges.
She is expected to be sentenced in July (11).
Amanda Brumfield - Thornton's 29-year-old child from his marriage to first wife Melissa Gatlin - was arrested in May (09) following an incident last October (08), when one-year-old Olivia Garcia fell from a playpen and hit her head.
The tot's death was ruled a homicide and Brumfield has been charged with a number of crimes, including first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter.
Brumfield - who has not had any contact with Thornton for several years - was released from Orange County Jail in Florida on Friday (24Jul09) after paying $279,000 (£186,000) for her freedom.
She is due to return to court in December (09) when she will stand trial.
Billy Bob Thornton's daughter has been charged with child neglect after an infant she was babysitting died.
Amanda Brumfield -- Thornton's 29-year-old daughter by his first wife Melissa Gatlin -- was arrested on Friday.
Brumfield told investigators the 1-year-old child she was looking after last October had fallen from a playpen and hit her head, but she did not call for help for over two hours, according to police reports.
Investigations found discrepancies in the babysitter's story, and an autopsy determined the child had a fractured skull and a subdural hematoma due to blunt trauma.
The death was ruled a homicide because authorities failed to believe elements of Brumfield's story.
A spokesman for Ocoee Police Department in Florida tells the Orlando Sentinel newspaper, "It might have been an accident, but she (Brumfield) had an obligation to get that child care. For two and a half hours she did not care for that child (by not calling for medical help)."
A statement from Thornton, who is estranged from his daughter, reads, "Anytime a baby's life is lost is an unimaginable tragedy and my heart goes out to the baby's family and loved ones."
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