Actor Richard Gere has reportedly split from celebrity chef Padma Lakshmi. The couple quietly began dating in April (14) following Gere's separation from actress Carey Lowell, his wife of 11 years, in September, 2013.
A source tells the New York Post, "(They) decided they would be better as friends."
Lakshmi was previously married to author Salman Rushdie from 2004 to 2007 and dated financier Theodore Forstmann until he lost his battle with brain cancer in 2011.
Richard Gere has opened up about his painful divorce from his wife of 11 years Carey Lowell, revealing he used his emotional turmoil to help with a new film role. The Pretty Woman star separated from the Bond girl last year (13) and threw himself into work, taking on the role of a homeless man living on the streets of New York for new movie Time Out of Mind.
During a career tribute at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in the Big Apple on Wednesday night (08Oct14), Gere admitted he channelled the pain from his personal life into his onscreen performance, telling the audience, "What probably really helped was I was right in the middle of a divorce, so the emotions were right on the surface."
Gere married Lowell, his third wife, in 2002. He was previously wed to supermodel Cindy Crawford.
Richard Gere has cut the price of the sprawling New York property he shared with his estranged wife Carey Lowell for the second time in four months. The Pretty Woman star initially put his Strongheart estate in North Haven, the Hamptons on the market for $65 million (£40.6 million) last summer (13), and dropped the price by $9 million (£5.6 million) in April (14) after struggling to offload the property.
Now Gere has slashed the price yet again by another $8.5 million (£5 million), and the pad is now listed for $47.5 million (£28.2 million), according to the New York Daily News.
Gere and Lowell bought the three pockets of land that became their estate between 2005 and 2008 for a total of $11.3 million (£7 million) and then paid a fortune renovating the 1902 main house and guest quarters, according to RealEstalker.com.
The waterfront compound boasts 12 bedrooms and bathrooms, a gym, basketball courts, an outdoor fireplace pavilion and a heated pool.
It is the second Hamptons home Gere and Lowell have had to accept a lower sale price on - in 2009, they sold their farmhouse in Water Mill for $5.9 million (£3.7 million), almost $3 million (£1.8 million) less than the initial market figure.
Actor Richard Gere is preparing to take a property hit on the home he shared with his estranged wife Carey Lowell after reducing the asking price. The Pretty Woman star initially put his Strongheart estate in North Haven, New York on the market for $65 million (£40.6 million) but he has dropped the price by $9 million (£5.6 million), according to RealEstalker.com.
Gere and Lowell bought the three pockets of land that became their estate between 2005 and 2008 for a total of $11.3 million (£7 million) and then paid a fortune renovating the 1902 main house and guest quarters, according to the website.
It is the second Hamptons home Gere and Lowell have had to accept a lower sale price on - in 2009 they sold their farmhouse in Water Mill for $5.9 million (£3.7 million), almost $3 million (£1.8 million) less than the initial market figure.
Hollywood star Richard Gere has split from his actress wife Carey Lowell, according to a U.S. report. The Pretty Woman star has separated from his spouse of 11 years, former Bond girl and Law & Order regular Lowell, and is moving forward with plans for a divorce, reports New York Post gossip column Page Six.
A source tells the publication the stars, who have a 13-year-old son called Homer, have been "spending time apart for quite some time".
Gere, 64, was previously married to supermodel Cindy Crawford, while Lowell, 52, has been wed twice before.
A representative for the couple has yet to comment.
"He was a perfectly nice guy, but I had no idea (he's so famous). But I was getting calls from my wife going, 'What are you doing with him? He's so cute, but what are you doing with him?' My wife is aware of these things!" Pretty Woman star Richard Gere sent his partner, model/actress Carey Lowell, into a frenzy by having lunch with Twilight actor Robert Pattinson on Friday (30Nov12).
If there's a cinematic alchemy award to be given this year director Bill Condon deserves to take it home after magically turning the tedious Twilight franchise into entertainment gold. 2011's Part 1 was a horror camp romp that turned the supernatural love triangle — the naval gazing trio of Bella Edward and Jacob — on its head. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 continues the madcap exploration of a world populated by vampires and werewolves mining even more comedy thrills and genuine character moments out of conceit than ever before. The film occasionally sidesteps back into Edward and Bella's meandering romance (an evident hurdle of author Stephenie Meyer's source material) but the duller moments are overshadowed by the movie's nimble pace and playful attitude. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will elicit laughs aplenty — but thankfully they're all on purpose.
Part 2 picks up immediately following the events of the first film Bella (Kristen Stewart) having been turned into a vampire by Edward (Robert Pattinson) to save her life after the torturous delivery of her half-human half-vampire child Renesmee. She awakes to discover super senses heightened agility increased strength… and a thirst for blood. One dead cougar later Bella and the gang are able to focus on the real troubles ahead: Renesmee is rapidly growing (think Jack) and vampiric overlords The Volturi perceive her a threat to vampiric secrecy. Knowing the Volturi will travel to Forks WA to kill the young girl (a 10-year-old just a month after being born) The Cullens amass an army of bloodsucking friends to end the oppression once and for all.
Packed with an absurd amount of backstory and mythology-twisting plot points (some vampires can shoot lightning now?) Condon and series screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg mine revel in the beefed up ensemble of Breaking Dawn - Part 2 and thanks to a wildly funny cast it never feels like pointless deviation. Along with the usual suspects Lee Pace adds swagger to the series as a grungy alt-rock vampire Noel Fisher appears as a hilarious over-the-top battle-ready Russian coven member and Michael Sheen returns has Volturi head honcho Aro and steels the show. Flamboyant diabolical and a steady stream of maniacal laughter Sheen owns Condon's high camp vision for Twilight and he lights up the screen. There are a few throw away nations of vampires — the oddly stereotypical Egyptian and Amazonians sects are there mostly there to off-set the extreme whiteness — but the actors involved bring liveliness to a franchise known for being soulless. Even Stewart Pattinson and Taylor Lautner give personal bests in this installment — a scene between Bella and her dad Charlie (Billy Burke) is genuinely heartfelt while Jacob's overprotective hero schtick finally lands.
Whereas Breaking Dawn - Part 1 stuck mostly to the personal story relying on the intimate moments as Bella and Edward took the big plunge into marriage and sex Part 2 paints with broader strokes and Condon has a ball. Delving into the history of the vampires and the vampire world outside Forks is Pandora's Box for the director. One scene where we learn why kids scare the heck of the Volturi captures a scope of medieval epics — along with the bloodshed. Twilight might be known for its sexual moments but Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will go down for its abundance of decapitations. The big set piece in the finale is something to behold both in the craftsmanship of the spectacle and in its bizarre nature.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 had the audience hooting hollering and even gasping as it twisted and turned to the final moments. There's little doubt that even the biggest naysayer of the franchise would do the same. No irony here: the conclusion of Twilight is a blast.
You can't go home again. It's a maxim whose institution in our culture has spanned from Thomas Wolfe's eponymous novel to that first season episode of Battlestar Galactica, but is it a tried and true phrase to live by or a tired cliché rung up by the real estate industry? In the realm of television, many a star has attempted to revitalize past glory on the old stomping grounds, return to the network that launched his or her career in the first place. James Gandolfini, for instance, is returning to HBO (the old home of his historical series The Sopranos) with a new drama pilot titled Criminal Justice.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Gandolfini will headline the project, an adaptation of a BBC series that aired in 2008. The story follows the trial of a Pakistani-American murder suspect (Rizwan Ahmed) from inception to conclusion, with Gandolfini playing his second-rate defense attorney Jack Stone. Screenwriter Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List, Gangs of New York, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) will direct and co-write the pilot with The Wire writer Richard Price.
Although it's not unheard of for a star to find success with a second series on the network responsible for his or her renown, there are definitely motivations to branch out to other venues. Generally speaking, television actors looking for work following a hit series opt to showcase their versatility, rather than promote the idea that they can't do anything we haven't seen from them so far. Famously, the stars of Seinfeld have endured difficulty illustrating what they can do beyond the confines of what NBC's hit sitcom displayed. Both Michael Richards and Julia Louis-Dreyfus sought post-Seinfeld work on NBC, to little success: Richards' detective series The Michael Richards Show only ran for eight episodes in the year 2000, while Louis-Dreyfus' sitcom Watching Ellie only made it to 16 before ratings-provoked cancellation. It should be noted that Louis-Dreyfus has found much greater success on other networks; her CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine lasted five seasons, in addition to earning the actress an Emmy — a victory that her new HBO comedy Veep might well match.
Coming off of another NBC powerhouse, Friends, actor Matthew Perry has sought work on the network twice since putting Chandler Bing to rest. In 2006, he starred in the Aaron Sorkin drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, which earned critical acclaim but only ran for one season. His new sitcom Go On premiered on the network this season, and has been a contributing factor in NBC's number one ratings status.
A greater certainty in star-network reunions existed in the past — at least on CBS. Responsible for hits like The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, and The Bob Newhart Show, CBS granted these series' featured actors Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Denver, and Bob Newhart followup shows The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Gilligan's Island, and Newhart — each of which were monumental success stories.
But with today's "less forgiving" television audiences, always looking for reasons to reject an actor's efforts to explore the new, the adherence to a network is riskier. The pattern suggested above is that when you see a star return to his or her network, you want to see that star doing the thing that instituted the fame. On The Michael Richards Show and Studio 60, the actors in question were too far gone from their Seinfeld and Friends characters. But Go On and the sitcoms of CBS yore reproduced the things we loved about Perry, Moore, Denver, and Newhart. The same can be said for Tony Danza, whose success on ABC's Taxi was transmitted to the network's later sitcom Who's the Boss?. If we're tuning into the same place to watch the same people, we want to see the same thing.
So how will Gandolfini fare on Criminal Justice? Is a jailhouse lawyer close enough to a mafioso to keep audiences engaged in the actor, or will people miss Tony Soprano an opt away from the new series? If viewers are willing to accept Gandolfini as anything other than Tony in the first place, the actor might have a hit on his hands. More than any pattern of which we might take note is the issue of quality. If Criminal Justice is well-written and accessible, then it could well be a hit. With the creative team of Zaillian and Price, and an actor like Gandolfini, quality is indeed promised. Now if only they could find a less generic title...
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The Pretty Woman star's wife Carey Lowell made him get rid of the bulk of his instruments, including blues great Albert King's 1958 V classic and an axe once owned by reggae great Peter Tosh, and he admits he still has pangs of guilt about parting with the guitars, vintage amps and accessories.
Gere says, "It was a really great collection of stuff. It was very painful (but) I kept 25 guitars... (and) now I'm done. I don't know how I ended up with all the guitars. I never thought it was a collection. It was just my guitars.
"I never saw the guitars together and when I was selling them at Christie's (auction house) they had them all polished and lined up there... and it was so beautiful... I want them all back."
But the sale was vital for charities Gere supports: "You can build a hospital for that... It was amazing."
The 2011 auction raised more than $900,000 (£562,500) for charity.
The trailer for the upcoming financial thriller Arbitrage has made its way online, and it shows Richard Gere transforming into a Bernie Madoff-like villain.
Gere plays Robert Miller, a hedge-fund magnate feverishly working to complete the sale of his business before everything becomes unraveled and his fraud revealed — while also navigating a different type of criminal investigation altogether.
Arbitrage, which also stars Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling, and Tim Roth, was a hit at this year's Sundance Film Festival (especially with us!) and marks the feature directorial debut of Nicholas Jarecki. The film hits theaters and VOD on September 14, 2012. Check out the trailer below.
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