Actress Kelly Rutherford is urging a Los Angeles federal judge to overturn a ruling allowing her two children to live with their father in France, insisting the decision creates an immigration issue. The former Gossip Girl star's ex-husband Daniel Giersch was granted primary custody of seven-year-old son Hermes and five-year-old daughter Helena in 2012, and the actress has been forced to fly between her native U.S. and Europe just to visit her kids.
She has now filed new legal documents accusing the state judge who presided over their case of acting beyond the scope of his power and is demanding the custody call be overturned by a higher judge so her children can remain with her in the States, reports TMZ.com.
German businessman Giersch had his U.S. visa revoked for unknown reasons in the summer of 2012.
Rutherford and Giersch divorced in 2009. The costly custody battle prompted the actress to file for bankruptcy last year (13).
Kanye West branded himself "the smartest celebrity" and ranted about "discrimination" against his fellow stars during a heated deposition as part of a legal battle with a photographer. The hip-hop star was convicted of misdemeanour battery stemming from a clash with snapper Daniel Ramos at Los Angeles International Airport in July, 2013, and he was ordered to serve 250 hours of community service and attend anger management classes.
Ramos is now pursuing a civil action against West, and the Stronger hitmaker recently sat for a deposition as part of the ongoing case.
A transcript, obtained by TMZ.com, reveals West branded himself the "smartest celebrity you've ever f***ing dealt with," adding, "I'm not Britney Spears."
He went on to compare the problems facing modern celebrities to the persecution of African-Americans during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.
He ranted, "I mean in the '60s people used to hold up 'Die N**ger' signs when my parents were in the sit-ins... I equate it (being famous) to discrimination. I equate it to inequalities... We, as a group of minorities here in L.A., as celebrities have to ban together (sic) to influence guys like this - guys trying to take the picture, guys trying to get the big win, guys trying to get the check."
West previously addressed similar issues during his lengthy wedding speech in Italy in May (14).
Former WWE champ Daniel Bryan has been hailed a hero after chasing a suspected burglar down outside his home in Phoenix, Arizona. The fighter and his wife Brie Bella were driving home after a night out on Thursday (24Jul14) when they spotted two strangers leaving the property with their belongings.
The men dropped their haul and ran off, but Bryan caught up with one of them and apprehended him until police arrived.
Cops later discovered the man is a suspect in a separate kidnapping case, according to TMZ.com.
Jesse Eisenberg flew to Israel this week (beg21Jul14) shortly before U.S. authorities imposed a travel ban due to the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, and he has refused to let the violence ruin his trip.
The Social Network star jetted to the region for his first ever visit to Israel amid escalating tensions and bloody military strikes, which prompted America's State Department to urge citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Israel.
Eisenberg made the trip for the premiere of the Hebrew adaptation of his 2013 Off-Broadway play The Revisionist on Thursday night (24Jul14), and he took part in a question-and-answer session at the end of the show.
During the event, the actor/writer revealed he decided against cancelling his visit in light of the military action, telling the audience at the Beit Lessin Theater in Tel Aviv, "If there was any sign that I would be endangered somehow, I would have hesitated to come, but that wasn't the case. Israel is a wonderful country, and it is an unfortunate time, of course, for people living here, but for me this has been a very good week."
Eisenberg also revealed he had been sightseeing with a friend and enjoyed a day trip to Jerusalem, according to the Israel Hayom.
Stars including Neil Young, Paul Anka, and the Backstreet Boys have all cancelled concerts in Israel due to the violent clashes between Israeli and Palestinian fighters in recent days.
Rapper Kanye West has won high praise from a Los Angeles judge for making good progress in his community service sentence relating to a paparazzo clash last summer (13). The Stronger hitmaker was ordered to complete 250 hours of community work in March (14) after he was slapped with a charge of misdemeanour battery following a bust-up with photographer Daniel Ramos at Los Angeles International Airport.
He signed up to spend his time sharing his style knowledge with students at various fashion colleges, and his efforts have earned him words of encouragement from the judge overseeing his case.
West's lawyer appeared in court this week (ends18Jul14) for a progress hearing and revealed the hip-hop star had completed 30 hours so far, in what his community service supervisor called "an excellent display of work", according to TMZ.com.
The official also ruled West was "performing excellently" in his anger management classes, fulfilling 10 of his mandatory 24 therapy sessions, and the glowing report prompted the judge to applaud the rapper's good behaviour.
Summer at the movie theater generally means one thing: big-budget popcorn films packed with explosions, robots, superheroes, aliens, or a combination of all four. But even though we're currently in the middle of blockbuster season, that doesn't mean that action movies or outrageous comedies are your only option for summer entertainment. This also happens to be the best season for indie movies, and low-key alternatives to your favorite summer blockbusters are flooding into theaters everywhere. So, when you get tired of watching people run from explosions in slow motion and you can no longer tell one superhero from the next, why not take a break from the multiplex and give one of these indies a try instead.
If You Liked Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Try Snowpiercer (Opens June 27) The sequel to 2011’s Captain America saw Chris Evans lead a band of rebels who took down an oppressive regime that infiltrated a major government agency in order to save the world and protect American citizens. Snowpiercer sees Chris Evans lead a band of rebels as they attempt to take out and oppressive bureaucrat in order to establish better living conditions for the people living aboard the train. One of them has Tilda Swinton and one has Anthony Mackie, but both are worth watching.
If You Liked The Fault In Our Stars, Try What if (Opens August 1) Now that you’ve recovered from watching two people fall tragically in love, why not follow it up with a funnier take on romance? Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, What if tackles the immortal question of whether or not people can be just friends if they have romantic feelings for one another. It’s a smart, creative take on the traditional rom com, and it won’t leave you a shell of your former self at the end.
If You Like Tammy, Try They Came Together (Opens June 27) Comic powerhouses Melissa McCarthy and Amy Poehler both happen to be starring in major movies this summer. Co-written by and starring McCarthy, Tammy is a road trip movie that follows the titular character’s misadventures with her alcoholic, diabetic grandmother, Pearl (Susan Sarandon). Poehler’s role as Molly in David Wain’s rom com parody is a bit more low-key, but promises to be just as funny and irreverent.
If You Liked 22 Jump Street, Try Life After Beth (Opens August 15) At its heart, 22 Jump Street is a film about a couple attempting to hold their relationship together despite their different personalities and the obstacles that arise because of them. It just so happens that Life After Beth tells a similar story, except instead of being undercover cops whose partnership is tested by college, the big hurdle that Beth and Zach need to overcome is the fact that Beth is, well… a zombie.
If You Like Get On Up, Try Frank (Opens August 15) Chadwick Boseman stars as the hardest working man in show business in Get On Up, which charts the life and career of James Brown, culminating in his comeback in the 1990s. But if you’re looking for a slightly more unconventional take on the music “biopic,” we recommend Frank, which stars Michael Fassbender as an eccentric, brilliant musician who wears a giant fake head at all times and Domhnall Gleeson as the newest recruit to Frank’s band. Although something tells us their music won’t be as easy to dance to…
If You Like Sex Tape, Try Two Night Stand (Opens August 22) Summer isn’t just filled with alien-fighting robots and superheroes protecting the galaxy; it’s also the time of year when the world celebrates the raunchy sex comedy. First up is Sex Tape, which follows a couple who film themselves in the act in an attempt to spice up their marriage, only to accidentally send it to all of their friends. Two Night Stand also centers on a regrettable decision – sleeping with a drunk stranger you met at a bar – that spirals out of control due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, it’s a blizzard that traps the unhappy couple in an apartment together.
If You Liked X-Men: Days of Future Past, Try I Origins (Opens July 18) If you prefer the X-Men to all of the other superheroes on the block, you’re likely someone who appreciates a slightly complicated storyline, discussions of science and genetics and misfits coming together to form a family – which means that I Origins, a sci-fi romance about a molecular biologist who studies the human eye and his journey for truth and his lost love.
A jazz musician arrested in connection to Philip Seymour Hoffman's death failed to sell the actor a large stash of heroin, because the late star didn't like the quality of the product, a court has heard. Robert Vineberg, also known by his stage name Robert Aaron, was one of four people taken into custody following a police raid in New York as part of an investigation to discover the source of the heroin found in Hoffman's apartment.
Cops allegedly found 300 bags of the illegal substance in Vineberg's home, but during a hearing at Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday (25Jun14), New York Police Department Detective Daniel Santiago revealed the 57-year-old suspect told them he only sold small amounts of the drug to Hoffman.
He testified that the actor "didn't like the quality", and added, "He complained a lot about it so he would only buy small amounts."
The hearing was held to determine whether Vineberg's case should be transferred to a drug diversion court.
His lawyer claims the musician wants to attend a rehabilitation facility in a bid to tackle his own long-standing drug addiction.
He is currently free on bail.
Hoffman died from a drug overdose on 2 February (14).
Troubled American football star Aaron Hernandez has been slapped with two murder charges over allegations he was involved in a bloody drive-by shooting in Boston, Massachusetts in 2012. The former New England Patriots player has been indicted on two counts of first-degree murder stemming from the killing of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado, who were shot dead in Boston in July, 2012, according to the Boston Globe.
The pair was allegedly gunned down in a car as they waited at traffic lights.
The news comes just months after Hernandez, 24, pleaded not guilty to another first-degree murder charge as part of a separate case. He denies shooting his former friend Odin Lloyd, whose body was found at an industrial park near the sportsman's Massachusetts home last June (13).
Hernandez is being held without bail.
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It's that time of year again when young men and women sit in cap and gown waiting for the speeches to be over so that they can get their diploma and move on with their lives. Everyone at some point in time has sat and listened to a speaker try to impart words of wisdom on high school or college graduates — many celebrities have taken a turn delivering such an address — and movies have frequently used a commencement speech as a plot device.
There is a lot more life lessons to be gained from high school and college movies, however, than just when a character stands up at a podium and speaks to the gathered masses. What if you could build an inspirational speech from those movies to serve as a killer send off to graduates? Let's give it a shot.
You Don't Have to Know Everything Now
Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack), the hero of Say Anything…, took a unique tact in trying to figure out what to do with his life. Instead of focusing on what he wanted to do, he first eliminated all of the things that he didn't want to do. There's nothing wrong with that. Not everyone comes up with a workable life plan in high school or college… some people need more time to find their niche. That's perfectly fine, just as long as you're out of your parents' basement by 28.
Take a Stand
Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) delivered a whole bunch of lessons to Daniel-san (Ralph Macchio) in The Karate Kid… but "Wax on, Wax off" doesn’t translate that well to a speech. So, we're going with his example of what happens when someone tries to go at things half-heartedly. As Miyagi so eloquently put it, "Squashed like grape."
Don't Make Excuses
Jaime Escalante, the teacher portrayed by Edward James Olmos in Stand and Deliver, was a real-life inspirational figure, devoting his entire life to teaching impoverished youths. When Escalante first meets his class in the movie, he tells them that he doesn't want to hear excuses because their future bosses aren't going to want to hear them. True that.
Seize the Day
Robin Williams's professor in Dead Poets Society was basically a walking speech. Hell he was a bona fide encyclopedia of lessons. But when he reminds his young charges that the pictures on the wall were once in the same position with their entire lives in front of them, audiences everywhere heard what they were whispering. Carpe diem indeed.
Don't Let the Moment Be Too Big
When the Hickory High basketball team arrives for the state finals in Hoosiers, Gene Hackman gives a demonstration to show that the court in the bigger building isn't really any larger than the one in their home gym… that just because it seems bigger doesn't mean that it is. Keeping things in perspective is always a good idea.
We Really Are All the Same
When Anna Kendrick cries at the end of a viewing of The Breakfast Club in Pitch Perfect it's a seminal moment for her character and we understand why. The realization that we are all a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal is still mighty darn powerful.
Always Remember to Have Passion
We'll let Williams' John Keating have the last word, especially since he really did do a lot of speechifying during Dead Poets Society. Life without passion is an empty vessel. Whether or not you believe, like Keating, that poetry is a necessary part of that passion is irrelevant. Having passion about something is what makes life worth living.
A doctor who prescribed late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray with anti-anxiety drug Xanax has been cleared of seven counts of involuntary manslaughter, including one in relation to the rocker's 2010 death. Medic Daniel Baldi, from Des Moines, Iowa, faced allegations of recklessly prescribing seven patients with drugs that allegedly contributed to their death.
Gray's widow, Brenna, attacked the doctor for giving her husband Xanax when she testified in the case last month (Apr14), insisting he ignored her concerns about the seriousness of the rocker's addiction issues.
She told the court, "I just knew it was his drug of choice, that he'd struggled with it. So I just wasn't really sure why he was on it, why he needed it along with the medication he was taking for addiction."
Baldi's lawyers maintain their client didn't prescribe the drugs that caused Gray's death.
The case was handed over to the jury earlier this week (begs28Apr14), and after two days of deliberations, the panel ruled the prosecution had failed to prove that Baldi had acted so recklessly that he would have been aware that he could kill someone.