Age is but a number. In Hollywood, it's something you ignore altogether. Teen movies are equal opportunities employers: not even 30 year-olds are discriminated against in that search for the perfect juvie casting.
33 might seem old to don a kilt and bucket hat and hit the lockers for a high school TV series, but that's how many years Stacey Dash had clocked up by the time she hung up her Clueless franchise knee-socks. Alan Ruck made Ferris Bueller's Day Off, thanks to his off-the-charts levels of brooding adolescent angst. However, at the ripe old age of 29, he was more middle management, than middle school. It would have been pretty wrong for an under-18 to take on the steamy sex scenes of Wild Things, so they brought in a 27 year-old Denise Richards to take one - or several - for the team. Suspend your disbelief, ignore the crow's feet, try not to giggle as a karate 'Kid' with laughter lines defends his under-18 title.
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British TV presenter Denise Van Outen is planning to walk the Great Wall of China to raise cash for charity - and help her overcome her split from husband Lee Mead. The blonde has previously scaled Mount Kilimanjaro, cycled across India, and enjoyed an expedition to the ancient ruins at Machu Picchu in Peru, and now she has her sights set on another Wonder of the World.
Van Outen was inspired to take on the challenge following the death of a close friend's father, but she also confesses she is hoping to put the trauma of her split from musical theatre star Mead last month (Jul13) firmly behind her.
She tells British magazine Hello!, "Whenever I've done anything like this before I've always come back with a clear head, and the past few months haven't been easy. I'll come back with a clean slate ready to start again. It's going to be very emotional..."
Van Outen will be raising cash for the Royal Marsden Hospital in London during the trek.
Former Westlife star Brian Mcfadden will show off his fancy footwork on TV after signing up for a new U.K. show which teaches celebrity couples how to dance. The singer will hit the dancefloor with his wife Vogue Williams for Stepping Out on Britain's ITV network.
JLS singer Oritse Williams and his girlfriend AJ Azari will also take part, along with Dempsey and Makepeace stars Michael Brandon and Glynis Barber, and British actress Denise Welch with her husband Lincoln Townley.
The celebrities will be judged each week on a new genre of dance. The show will debut in the U.K. later this month (Aug13).
Actress Denise Richards has worked up a sweat over her recently installed air conditioning system by suing the company behind the job. The former Bond girl claims the contractors she hired to put in air conditioning at her Los Angeles property have ruined parts of her home, as well as the electrical layout and the roof.
In legal documents filed in L.A. earlier this week (beg29Jul13), Richards suggests parts of her home are now unbearably hot and there are sewer smells in the attic.
She also accuses firm bosses of overcharging her, demanding $3 million (£2 million) instead of the agreed $1.6 million (£1.1 million).
Richards is seeking more than $1 million (£666,000) in damages, according to TMZ.com.
British TV presenter Denise Van Outen's four-year marriage to musical theatre star Lee Mead is over. The couple has decided to call time on the relationship after months of speculation but vowed to remain friends for the sake of their three-year-old daughter Betsy.
Split rumours have dogged the pair for months as they have rarely been spotted together since last year (12) due to work commitments. Mead had jetted to the U.S. to pursue his acting career while van Outen remained in the U.K. with their child.
A spokesperson for van Outen has now confirmed the split, telling DailyMail.co.uk, "Denise van Outen and Lee Mead are sad to confirm they have decided to separate. The couple remain the best of friends, with their daughter Betsy as their number one priority. The family ask for privacy at this time."
The pair wed in 2009 after meeting on the set of singing competition Any Dream Will Do in 2007, in which Mead was the eventual winner and van Outen a judge.
Charlie Sheen has become a grandfather at the age of 47. The Wall Street star's daughter, Cassandra Estevez, has given birth to a baby girl named Luna and the former Hollywood wild man is overjoyed.
He tells TMZ.com, "It's impossibly a most wondrous day."
Little Luna is 28-year-old Estevez's first child with her husband Casey Huffman.
Estevez's mother is Sheen's former high school girlfriend, Paula Profit. The actor has four other young children from his failed marriages to Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller.
British actress Denise Welch married her toyboy lover Lincoln Townley in Portugal on Saturday (13Jul13). Welch, who is also a panellist on U.K. daytime chat show Loose Women, exchanged vows with Townley at the Vale do Lobo resort in the Algarve in front of friends and family.
The actress invited a number of her famous pals, including actresses Jill Halfpenny and Shobna Gulati and actor Marc Warren, to the ceremony.
Welch was previously married to actor Tim Healy.
Kristin Chenoweth, Katy Perry, Chloe Grace Moretz, Demi Lovato and Zooey Deschanel are among the stars who have paid tribute to Cory Monteith following his death on Saturday (13Jul13). The Glee actor was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver, Canada, and his passing has stunned the showbiz world.
Chenoweth, who has enjoyed guest stints on the hit U.S. TV show, writes in a post on her Twitter.com page, "RIP Cory Montieth (sic). You will be loved. Always", while Perry adds, "Rest in peace Cory. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones. Our prayers are with you."
Director Adam Shankman, who worked on several episodes of Glee, has posted a picture of himself on-set with Monteith and actress Lea Michele - the actor's real-life girlfriend - and shared his grief with followers. He writes, "Goodbye my amazing and beautiful friend. The lights in my world just grew dimmer. The world just lost one of our best. I love u (sic) so much. I will always cherish you in my heart. Thank you for so many wonderful days. I love you CM."
The Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev adds, "I'm gutted. Shocked and saddened to hear the news, my heart goes out to Cory's family and friends. Let's respect their space as they grieve", Moretz mourns, "Rest in peace, everyone close to him and affected by this loss you're in my prayers" and Deschanel adds, "This is such sad news about Cory Monteith - what an absolutely tragic loss of a very talented young man."
Singer Lance Bass shares, "Devastated about the news of Cory Monteith - such an incredible guy - my thoughts are with his family and friends", Denise Richards writes, "This is devastating... my heart goes out to Cory Monteith & his loved ones... & cast and crew of Glee a tragic loss" and comedian Joel McHale simply states: "Way too soon. A very nice & good guy."
Lovato has reached out to Michele, adding, "RIP Cory Monteith... So unbelievably tragic. Please pray for Lea" and Olivia Munn posted, "Shocked and saddened by the tragic death of Cory Monteith. All my love to his family, friends & girlfriend."
Kaley Cuoco reveals she has been hit hard by Monteith's passing, writing, "No words. Prayers. Thoughts w (with) his family. This is terrible. Can't speak", actress Marlee Matlin adds, "My thoughts & prayers are with family and friends as well as cast of Glee on (the) passing of Cory Monteith. A young talent gone too soon" and new mother Kim Kardashian declares, "So sad. Prayers 4 (for) his family. Praying 4 (for) Lea too! Words can't describe what they must be feeling."
Glee star Dot-Marie Jones has taken to her page on the website to tell fans, "I have no words! My heart is broken. Cory was not only a hell of a friend, he was one amazing man that I will hold close to my heart forever. I am blessed to have worked with him and love him so much! My heart is with his family and our whole Glee family! I love you all!", while fellow castmember Damian McGinty reminisced about his time working with the actor on the series: "The guy I shot my first acting scene with. The nicest guy I've met. Can't believe it."
Fellow Canadian Ellen Page has also added her condolences to Monteith on Twitter.com, as have stars including Taylor Swift, Teresa Palmer, Mario Lopez, Kendall Jenner, Ariel Winter, Nikki Blonsky, Rumer Willis, Gilles Marini and Kat Dennings.
Charlie Sheen is hoping to convince a Los Angeles judge to end his child support payments to his ex-wife Brooke Mueller by using his former TV co-star Jon Cryer's previous court victory as a legal precedent. The star recently filed a request to halt his monthly installments of $55,000 (£35,484) to Mueller - because his four-year-old twins, Bob and Max, are no longer living with their mother.
The boys were removed from her home by child welfare officials in May (13), following concerns the troubled ex Mrs. Sheen was using drugs again.
The former real estate agent has since attempted to kick her longterm struggles with substance abuse by checking into a rehabilitation centre, where she remains under doctors' supervision, and Sheen's second wife, Denise Richards, has been taking care of the boys.
In a bid to bolster his case, Sheen has made reference to his former Two and a Half Men colleague Cryer's court fight with British actress Sarah Trigger, who he divorced in 2004.
Trigger was arrested in 2009 amid allegations of child abuse and temporarily lost custody of their son, ironically named Charlie. Cryer used her legal woes to request his support payments be reduced from $10,000 per month to zero - and the judge agreed.
Sheen claims Cryer's win set a precedent and he wants the judge overseeing his case to deliver a similar verdict, reports TMZ.com.
Sheen's court documents also reveal that he earns more than $740,000 (£477,419)-a-month before taxes, and already handles all expenses for his boys, which amount to an estimated $30,000 (£19,355)-a-month, on top of the child support fees.
The actor feared Mueller was using the child support money to foot the cost of her own drug treatment.