The former child star passed away in March (10) after suffering an apparent drug overdose at his mum's Los Angeles home.
Haim's family members subsequently appealed for financial help when they struggled to raise enough money to have the actor's body transported back to his native Canada for a memorial service.
Bosses at U.S. memorabilia company Startifacts stepped in to help cover the costs, sending Judy Haim a $20,000 (£13,333) cheque and assisting in the sale of Haim's possessions online to raise the rest of the cash.
However, reports have emerged which suggest Haim's brother-in-law, Mark Alexander, told Startifacts executives that bosses at a funeral home in Toronto, Canada paid the bill, and the donated cash would be used to help pay for Judy's ongoing cancer treatment.
Judy has now stepped in to clarify the rumours, telling TMZ.com that the money won't be used to pay her medical bills - as her treatment costs have already been paid for. She confirms bosses at the funeral home did pay for Haim's memorial, but insists she used the donated money to reimburse them.
The casts of most successful television series typically operate on an eight-month schedule, spending the remaining four months of the year on "hiatus" — or what's commonly referred to by those outside of Hollywood as "vacation." More prominent TV stars, like 30 Rock's Tina Fey and The Office's Steve Carell, like to use the downtime to cash in on their small-screen notoriety with lucrative film projects. Their recent collaboration, Date Night, debuts in theaters this week, and while we can't tell you if it's good or not (yes we can: it's not), history tells us that hiatus projects invariably suck. Monumentally. Here are some of the worst hiatus hacks in recent memory:
Kutcher made the most of his hiatus time while on That ‘70s Show, churning out lowbrow titles like Dude, Where’s My Car? and My Boss’s Daughter before leaving the show in 2006 to focus on making crap full-time. To date, not one of Kutcher’s films has been certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes, giving him an astounding 0% rating for his big screen career. Bravo, Ashton!
As the weakest link in the Friends ensemble, LeBlanc should have spent his downtime repaying the gods for his cosmic good fortune. But instead of volunteering at homeless shelters or building houses in Ecuador, he spat in karma’s face with movies like Ed, in which he managed to get upstaged by a chimpanzee.
If Entourage has taught us anything, it’s that a little bit of the Piv goes a long way. As agent Ari Gold, Piven is the most enjoyable part of the show’s acclaimed ensemble, but his shtick quickly wears thin when translated to feature films, as the six of you who saw The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard are no doubt painfully aware.
See Piven, Jeremy.
When he isn’t thwarting terrorists on TV’s 24, Sutherland likes to terrorize moviegoers, dropping bombs like Mirrors and Taking Lives on on the multiplex.
The temperamental Grey’s Anatomy star finally parted ways with the hit medical drama last month, but she might want to avoid burning that bridge entirely, as recent hiatus projects 27 Dresses and The Ugly Truth have fueled growing suspicion that 2007's Knocked Up was merely an aberration in a string of bad movies that dates back to 1998's Bride of Chucky.
Chuck’s famously devoted fans have one more reason to pray that NBC doesn’t cancel their beloved show: Untethered to a busy sitcom shooting schedule, star Levi will have much more time on his hands for dreck like Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.
2004’s overrated Garden State notwithstanding, Braff’s film record during his Scrubs tenure has been decidedly mediocre. His last effort, The Ex, grossed a whopping $3.1 million in 2007 — roughly equivalent to Braff's salary for nine episodes of work on his soon-to-be-canceled show.
Grammer earned five Emmies for his stellar work on TV’s Frasier, but big-screen accolades proved considerably more elusive, thanks to ill-chosen hiatus projects like Down Periscope and 15 Minutes.
When not being browbeaten by Phylicia Rashad on The Cosby Show or shilling pudding to America's youth, Cosby made a pair of monumental flops, Leonard Part 6 and Ghost Dad. The former of which scored a rare trifecta at the 1988 Razzie awards, winning for Worst Film, Worst Actor, and Worst Screenplay.
Parker has signed a deal with Bravo network to produce Work of Art: The Next Great Artist with her Pretty Matches production company.
The show will pit 14 artists against each other as they compete to land a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum in New York and a $100,000 (£62,500) cash prize.
Judges will include art critic Jerry Saltz, Half Gallery owner Bill Powers and art adviser Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn.
Work of Art: The Next Great Artist is set to air in America on 9 June (10).
The intruder pried open the door of Evin Cosby's PB & Caviar boutique - which sells clothes, beauty treatments and home wares - and made off with the cash and a store credit card, but left racks of expensive clothes behind.
Police are currently investigating the break-in.
Evin Cosby is the funnyman's youngest daughter, and launched the store in 2008 in the TriBeCa area of the Big Apple.
Before her death in 2007, the star demanded more than $300 million (£188 million) from the estate of oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall.
Smith alleged her late spouse had promised her the cash during their 14-month marriage, which ended when he passed away in 1995.
Federal court judges ruled against the late star at a hearing on Friday (19Mar10), meaning her estate will not get a pay out.
And now it's been revealed that officials representing the State of California have filed a tax lien for $45,308 (£30,205) against Smith's estate, relating to an alleged missed payment in 2008 - a year after the star died, according to TMZ.com.
Bosses at America's Internal Revenue Service (IRS) filed a lien against Francis for the cash in November (09), after he allegedly fell behind with payments in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
Francis insisted he was baffled by the IRS claim and was relieved when chiefs dropped the massive demand last month (Feb10).
But IRS bosses admit they made a mistake dropping the case - and are now demanding a part payment of $29.4 million (£19.6 million) from Francis, according to TMZ.com.
The God of Legion secular Hollywood’s latest Biblically-inspired action flick is old-school an angry spiteful Almighty with a penchant for Old Testament theatrics. Fed up with humanity’s decadent warmongering ways He’s decided to pull the plug on the whole crazy experiment and start over from scratch.
Fortunately for us the God of Legion is also a rather lazy fellow. Instead of doing the apocalyptic work himself and wiping us out with a giant flood which worked perfectly well last time He opts to delegate the task to His army of angels — a questionable strategy that starts to fall apart when the archangel charged with leading the planned extermination Michael (Paul Bettany) refuses to comply.
Michael who unlike his boss still harbors affection for our sorry species abandons his post and descends to earth where inside the swollen belly of Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) an unwed mother-to-be working as a waitress in an out-of-the-way diner sits humanity’s lone hope for survival. Why is this particular baby so important? Is it the one destined to lead us to victory over Skynet? Heaven knows — Legion reveals little details its script devoid of actual scripture. What is clear is that God’s celestial hitmen want the kid whacked before it’s born.
But Michael won’t let humanity fall without a fight. Armed with a Waco-sized arsenal of assault weapons he hunkers down with the diner’s patrons a largely superfluous collection of thinly-sketched caricatures from various demographic groups led by Dennis Quaid as the diner’s grizzled owner Tyrese Gibson as a hip-hop hustler and Lucas Black as a simple-minded country boy.
Together they mount a heroic final stand against hordes of angels who’ve taken possession of “weak-willed” humans turning kindly old grandmas and mild-mannered ice cream vendors into snarling ravenous foul-mouthed beasts. They descend upon the ramshackle diner in a series of full-frontal assaults commanded by the archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand) the George Pickett of End of Days generals.
Beneath its superficial religious facade Legion is really just a run-of-the-mill zombie flick a Biblical I Am Legend. Bettany an actor accustomed to smaller dramatic roles in films like A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code looks perfectly at ease in his first major action role wielding machine guns and bowie knives with equal aplomb. Conversely first-time director Scott Stewart a former visual effects artist does little to prove himself worthy of such a promotion serving up some impressive CGI work but not much else worthy of note.
The Hollywood actress is one of several entrepreneurs who have handed over cash to help set up SPiN, which launched in September (09).
But two businessmen, Bill Mack and Iwona Herdzik, claim they aren't happy with the way the club is being run and have filed a lawsuit claiming they have been shut out of operations.
The papers, filed at Manhattan Supreme Court last week (beg11Jan10), allege SPiN's founders Andrew Gordon, Franck Raharinosy and Jonathan Bricklin - the man who was recently linked to newly single Sarandon - issued additional shares of the company to third parties without their approval, mismanaged SPiN’s finances and threatened to shut the club and file bankruptcy.
A representative for SPiN tells New York Post gossip column PageSix, "Bill and Iwona attempted to take control of SPiN New York, but the judge flatly denied that request. There is zero truth to the allegations that the club is seeking bankruptcy protection.
"They tried to work out their differences with Bill and Iwona over a heated table tennis match at SPiN, but they ended up in court, which is a lot less fun."
Sarandon, 63, split from her long term partner, actor Tim Robbins, in December (09), and was subsequently linked to Bricklin, 31. However, a representative for the actress dismissed rumours of a romance, insisting the pair's relationship is "strictly a business one."
The poverty-stricken Caribbean country was left devastated on Tuesday (12Jan10) after being rocked by a huge earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale.
Early reports suggest the disaster has claimed as many as 500,000 lives and celebrities including Stiller, Wyclef Jean, Jessica Alba, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have called on fans across the world to donate money to the relief funds.
President Obama addressed the U.S. nation on Wednesday (13Jan10), calling the reports from Haiti "truly heart-wrenching" and announcing plans to send U.S. military forces to Haiti to assist with the security, rescue and humanitarian efforts.
And Stiller is pleased to see Obama pledging the support of his government to the Haitian crisis while his administration deals with the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He tells U.S. TV presenter Larry King, "I think it is also important to note that President Obama reacted very swiftly and decisively with - in terms of a relief effort. And it is going to be a long-term relief effort. And it's a very difficult time in terms of where we are domestically. We are fighting a war. And I think we have to get behind that."
Stiller has also been appealing for followers to donate cash to the Red Cross to aid their relief mission in Haiti.
He adds, "You can just text Haiti to 90999, and that will be a direct $10 (£6.25) donation (to the Red Cross) off your phone bill.
"They have already raised about $1.7 million (£1.06 million) over the last 24 hours. It's making a huge difference. Anybody I talk to, Unicef, says this is what they need right now... They need the cash."
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) bosses filed a lien against the adult filmmaker earlier this month (Nov09), alleging he failed to pay his dues in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
Francis claims federal officials locked down personal accounts containing more than $100 million (£62.5 million) on Tuesday (17Nov09), despite his protests that he owes the IRS nothing.
The troubled star has filed papers in a federal court requesting the ban on his assets be lifted.
In legal papers obtained by TMZ.com, Francis argues the freeze on his two bank accounts has put him on the brink of bankruptcy.