The Rush Hour star was hit with a staggering $11 million (£6.88 million) tax bill from America's Internal Revenue Service (IRS) last year (10) and reports suggesting he's facing foreclosure on his $6 million (£3.75 million) mansion in Florida emerged this week (begs10Oct11).
But Tucker is not letting his cash worries get him down - and he has worked them into his comedy show.
During a recent performance in Miami, Florida, the comedian joked, "They (IRS officials) calling you acting like you owe them the money personally! I don't owe you s**t! This is between me and the company!"
Tucker even poked fun at another embattled actor who was sentenced to prison for tax troubles, quipping, "That's the last time I let Wesley Snipes help me out with my taxes!"
Snipes began a three-year prison sentence last December (10) for neglecting to file income tax returns in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
The hotel heiress and designer has been touring the world to promote her new handbag line and she opened a new store in the city on Sunday (25Sep11).
But Hilton's joy at her Paris Hilton Purses venture has been dampened after driving through shanty towns and seeing the plight of locals on a day-to-day basis.
In a post on her Twitter.com page, the star writes, "India is beautiful, but some parts are very poverty stricken. Broke my heart to see babies sleeping on the streets."
The socialite was so moved by the sight of one struggling mother, she handed the woman a $100 (£62.50) bill - and then decided to give away all of the cash in her purse, according to TMZ.com.
The experience has inspired Hilton to use her wealth and power to do good - and she's turning to fans online to suggest worthy causes she can donate to.
She tweets, "What are the most credible non-profit charity organizations here in India? After seeing what I've seen, I want to help make a difference."
S4E8: “There’s no such thing as forever.” - Sookie
The latest episode of True Blood offers insight into the aftermath of Antonia’s meeting-the-sun spell. Jason proves most helpful in reaching Jessica in time before she fries to a crisp by pinning her down on the ground, which of course results in a lip-lock between the two. There's nothing like a near-death experience to bring two beings together. Meanwhile, Marcus is all about keeping his werewolf pack out of this vampire-witch war and commands the group to stay out of it (something I feel Alcide is going to have a hard time with). Sookie and Eric decide to celebrate him not meeting the true death by swapping blood with each other and becoming blood buddies for life, which turns into quite the blood-induced sexual experience even for this show’s standards. Can we have the less sappy Eric back now please?
It certainly seems like a night for making enemies. In a shocking plot twist, Sam finally encounters Luna’s possessive ex-husband who unexpectedly turns out to be none other than Debbie and Alcide’s pack leader, Marcus. Lafayette gets possessed by the French lady that’s been serenading Arlene’s baby, which results in Lafayette kidnapping both demon-baby and creepy doll, all under the spirit’s influence of course. In more exciting news, Bill’s whole “let’s make peace, not war” plan results in Sookie getting shot with her usual vampire hunks unable to come to her rescue, but don’t worry cause Alcide is more than willing to pick up the slack while Debbie watches from the sidelines. Looks like Sookie is about to pick up yet another enemy.
“I’m not made for this. I have a hunger in the very center of me and this you and me…I can’t, it’s not enough.” - Jessica
Jessica definitely hogged the spotlight, or rather the sunlight in this episode. Just as she is about to meet the sun while under Antonia’s spell, Jason rushes in to save the day in a dramatic, slow-motion display and knocks her back inside the house. Jessica tries to bite him, but the spell wears off just in time and she decides to kiss him instead. As is normal for most teenager girls, Jessica continues to let her emotions get the best of her, so now that she’s discovered a new prospect in Jason, she’s ready to say goodbye to Hoyt as her main human squeeze. Her fantasy break-up includes Hoyt crying and her smashing his head on the counter, killing him. The reality version consists of Hoyt bursting out in a fit of rage and telling Jessica that he deserves someone who’s not going to be a virgin, infertile, and dead for all eternity while rescinding her invitation at the house. This makes her go run off to Jason who rejects her saying he couldn’t do that to his best friend and rescinds her invitation from his house as well. So in the end, Jessica ends up guyless and homeless all in one night, proving that teenage vampire dating is just as difficult as teenage human dating.
Ep. 44 Clip - Bill Issues a Statement
“So that’s it…a single vampire dies?” - Antonia
Eric suffered injuries from being trapped in silver all night and doesn’t heal quickly due to the fact that he hasn’t had any blood since sucking the life out of Sookie’s faerie godmother. So Sookie offers herself as a blood bank to heal his wounds, which in turn leads him to offer his blood to her, claiming that the two will be one together (just when he think he can’t get any sappier). Both high off each other’s blood, things develop a very Narnia vibe when they hallucinate that the shower transports them to a winter wonderland and proceed to have sex on a bed covered in strategically placed fur. So basically they spend a majority of the episode exchanging a variety of bodily fluids with each other and whispering sweet nothings to an annoying and ridiculous extent. Warning: vomiting and eye rolling may occur while watching this. The two eventually snap out of their little loony, love fest and put their supernatural abilities to good use when they decide to team up with Bill who requested a meeting with Antonia.
Antonia of course becomes very upset to learn that her spell only ended up killing one vampire who apparently didn’t get the memo about wearing silver to bed. Andy was called in to investigate the “suicide” and had a hard time resisting the urge to get his V fix off the dead vamper. Seriously, can this plot point either progress to something new or just disappear altogether? After Bill makes a press statement, claiming that the death was a suicide, he calls Antonia and after some excessive apologizing and talking out of his ass, he gets her to agree to meet him to discuss making peace.
“Oh hell…f**k this s**t.” - Lafayette
Body possession seems to be a growing theme throughout this season. Poor Lafayette can’t get a break from the supernatural. If he’s not being chained up by vampires, then he’s being used as a medium by spirits. When Lafayette gets possessed by the French singing ghost, we learn why she’s taken such an interest in Arlene’s baby. She lost a baby of her own when she had an affair with a married man who killed the infant as a way to get rid of any evidence of the infidelity. The creepy burn-doll was actually a gift she had bought for her child before she came home to an empty crib. She then uses Lafayette’s body to pull a child abduction heist and steal the demon-baby and doll away from Arlene and Terry. These spirits are certainly projecting their past aggression on innocent humans and vampires – first Antonia and now this French lady. Someone needs to sign them up for some major therapy sessions ASAP because their issues are getting completely out of hand.
Speaking of using bodies, Tommy is up to his old, annoying ways and decides to take on the form of Hoyt’s mom, Mrs. Fortenberry, in order to sell her land right out from under her and pocket some cash for himself. But no bad deed goes unpunished – after transforming back to his old self, Tommy once again falls to the ground, vomits and passes out.
Ep. 44 Clip - Marcus Adresses His Pack
“I can forgive him for killing our folks, but I can’t forgive him for what he did to you.” – Sam
Sam heads over to Luna’s house to let her know that he kicked Tommy to the curb for sexing her up while in the form of Sam’s body. All is forgiven and things are starting to look up for the pair, that is until Luna’s ex decides to show up for a visit who, in a surprise twist, turns out to be none other than Marcus and he is not happy that a new man is hoarding in on his territory. Evil glares are given, threats are made – looks like Sam just traded one pain in the ass in for another and should definitely expect a confrontation from this pack leader in the future.
The episode continues to end on an even more exciting note where the battle between witch and vampire begins…in a cemetery fittingly enough. Bill arrives with Sookie, Eric, and others in toe while Antonia herself has her group of misfits including Tara by her side. Talking quickly escalates to attacking as both parties proceed to fight for their own righteous purposes. Bill shows that he’s still a softy at heart when he forbids Pam to kill Tara now or ever, leaving Tara in his debt whether she wants to be or not. Eric comes face to face with Antonia who has the same fiery look in her eyes she had when she first cast the amnesia spell on him before. Could this mean that our former bad-ass vampire is about to get his memory back? Meanwhile, Sookie gets shot and with both Bill and Eric indisposed, neither is able to come to her rescue. Luckily, Alcide decides to break his word to both Marcus and Debbie to stay out of the whole vampire-Sookie mess, and rushes to her aid while Debbie jealously watches in the background. And so Sookie’s list of enemies continues to grow…that is if she’s still alive to even care.
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"If I can’t have you I don’t want to be alive." Pathetic, clinger boyfriend alert. – Hoyt
“You would eat a pile of dead vampire Beulah Carter OFF THE GROUND?” Because that’s the really gross part of that sentence? – Jason
“I’m only good on the V, dude.” And you're not even that good then. – Andy
“Can we make love in it?” and “We will be one.” I could provide a complete list of all the ridiculously sappy things he says throughout the entire episode. – Eric
“I think I made some friends tonight. A couple of really nice bitches. Feels like I belong.” Well if the shoe fits... – Debbie
“You just pissed on the wrong boots my friend.” That’s what I call a fashion faux pas. – Marcus
“This is so f**king lame.” You gotta love Pam, she’s had a hard year, but the shots seem to be working at least. – Pam
Just over two weeks since Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony announced their split after seven years of marriage, the American Idol judge has decided to open up in the September issue of Vanity Fair. J-Lo confesses that she wasn't being treated properly anymore in the marriage saying, "Sometimes we don't realize that we are compromising ourselves.To understand that a person is not good for you, or that that person is not treating you in the right way, or that he is not doing the right thing for himself – if I stay, then I am not doing the right thing for me." The gorgeous singer claims that both her and Marc seriously tried to make the marriage work, but it just wasn't meant to be. "Sometimes it doesn’t work – and that's sad. But I remain an eternal optimist about love. I believe in love." Lopez claims to be looking forward to the challenges ahead and plans on being the best mother, entertainer, and person she can be. As for her remaining feelings for her ex, "He will always be in our lives. He will always hold a special place in my heart as the father of my children." Now the biggest question remains: how many of J-Lo's assets are his? - People
Apparently, Charlie Sheen is applying for Saint-hood because he's taking a special interest in getting his ex-wife, Brooke Mueller, the best rehab money can buy -- and he's footing the bill for her treatment. Sources close to Sheen claim that he didn't like the idea of Mueller going down to Mexico to get treated with a pill that's still not legal in the United States. He felt it was too dangerous and that she could die, so he supposedly went down to Mexico himself to get her and bring her back to the states. Sheen then decided to set her up with his own team of doctors that he used a few months back when the Two and a Half Men crew wanted him to get treatment. So he's set her up at an undisclosed location and is paying for everything. With Charlie's doctors on the case, Brooke should be winning rehab in no time. - TMZ
For years Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag lived a fake life for the cameras and reaped the benefits of undeserving fame, but recently life isn't as grand for the fame-whoring couple. Sources are reporting that Speidi are broke and living in a beach house in Santa Barbara owned by his folks rent-free. Perhaps it was Heidi's one too many ridiculously unnecessary surgeries, or perhaps their crazy antics on television has made them the anthrax of the work force so no one wants to hire them. Either way, these former The Hills stars are hard up for cash. I suppose this is the part where we feel sorry for them for spending their money so foolishly on cars, clothes, and let's not forget Heidi's music career. - Hollywood Gossip
For a guy who only hit the big time just a decade ago, The Office genius has packed a whole lot of success into his forties.
To celebrate his 50 years, WENN has come up with 10 fascinating facts you may not know about the British birthday boy...
- Before he became a star, Gervais had a flop music career as part of New Romantic duo Seona Dancing, with his pal Bill Macrae. They released two singles - Bitter Heart and More To Lose. He went on to manage cult British band Suede.
- He has been with his girlfriend, TV producer Jane Fallon, since they met at university in London in 1982. They have never married.
- Ricky won't do just anything for cash - he has turned down a $2 million (£1.25 million) drinks advertisement, a role in Pirates of the Caribbean and a part in Mission: Impossible II.
- He loves animals. As well as outspokenly campaigning for animal rights, he has a cat called Ollie and owned a salamander, named Tel.
- Gervais is a charitable soul - he once raised $8,000 (£5,000) by winning a BBC celebrity boxing match against British businessman Grant Bovey.
- His top three albums of all time are The Bends by Radiohead, David Bowie classic Aladdin Sane and The Smiths' eponymous debut record.
- Ricky hated watching back his role in TV show Alias because he can't stand to see himself acting seriously.
- He offered to help write Prince Harry's best man speech for Prince William's wedding in April (11).
- Gervais is the only Brit to ever pen an episode of The Simpsons.
- He holds dual British/Canadian citizenship. His dad, Lawrence, emigrated to London from Ontario during World War II.
The former Cheers star allegedly owes more than $41,000 (£25,625) on her mansion in Clearwater, and, according to the National Enquirer, Alley had until 31 March (11) to hand over the cash to Pinellas County officials - but she missed the deadline and the five bedroom, four bathroom house is now listed as a "delinquent real estate tax" property.
If the actress fails to pay up, the home, which was previously owned by Lisa Marie Presley, will go into foreclosure.
Alley has been staying in a rented apartment in New York's trendy Tribeca district since finishing in second place on U.S. TV competition Dancing With the Stars last month (May11).
The High School Musical star visited the Float Bar at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, California with a group of his friends, and they racked up a massive bill by buying expensive bottles of vodka and tequila, according to TMZ.com.
A receipt, obtained by the website, shows Efron splurged $350 (£218) on each bottle of booze and left a generous $150 (£94) tip on top of a $140 (£86) service charge. The total bill came to a staggering $1,093.50 (£683).
Just days after becoming attached to a new Terminator film (that may or may not happen), Arnold Schwarzenegger has officially decided which developing project he'll work on for his first starring role since Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, but it won't be an action orgy like the movies of his heyday. Vulture says that it's a drama called Cry Macho, which will be directed by Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) and produced by veteran Al Ruddy (The Godfather, Million Dollar Baby) and Bill Block (District 9).
Based on a 1975 novel by the late N. Richard Nash, the story follows a downtrodden horse trainer who’s just been canned. In exchange for some retirement money, the broken — and broke — horseman agrees to kidnap his feckless boss’s 11-year-old son from his rich Mexican ex-wife. Things take an unexpected turn, however, when the ex-wife is all too glad to be rid of her juvenile delinquent. Not exactly the kind of film I was expecting to see Schwarzenegger return with, but I welcome change and hopefully this will prove that the former Governator's tastes have matured.
The project sounds interesting enough, but I'll say the same thing here that I did when we talked about the Terminator movie: this is all about Ah-nuld's draw power. After an eight-year absence from the spotlight, one can't predict that having his name on a marquee will bring people into the theaters the way it used to. This wouldn't be an issue if the film was already financed, but the producers are looking to raise funds at the Cannes Film Festival in May and the fate of the project will depend on that cash. In the '80s and '90s, Arnold was Hollywood's biggest cash-cow; all you had to do was attach his name to a developing movie and you'd have $60 million to make it by the end of the day. These days, the younger moviegoers driving revenue to the multiplex may not have the same reverence that I have for the former king of action flicks. That's why it's a good idea for him to reboot his career with this smaller, character-based film rather than a $200 million tent pole. Let him work his way back up to that level naturally, if he can...
Not every CG-animated film need cost as much as Rio or Rango but the blandly derivative Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil is so palpably low-rent in every conceivable facet that I wondered if perhaps the version I saw was some kind of early rough cut still awaiting its final layers of detail to be added by a team of CG technicians. If only.
A follow-up to 2006’s Hoodwinked a film I don’t recall being so successful as to warrant a sequel (“successful ” admittedly being a subjective term) Hoodwinked Too is like its predecessor set in a world populated entirely by fairy tale characters. (Picture a less colorful less amusing version of Shrek's Far Far Away.) The plot centers on Red Riding Hood (Hayden Panettiere in a role abdicated by Anne Hathaway) and Wolf (Patrick Warburton) elite members of the Happily Ever After Agency a sort of fairy tale Homeland Security mounting a search-and-rescue mission to recover Red’s Granny (Glenn Close) from the clutches of an evil witch (Joan Cusack) that has abducted her.
Rounding out Hoodwinked Too!’s voice cast is a veritable a laundry list of ‘80s and ‘90s comedy relics including Cheech and Chong Martin Short Andy Dick and Everybody Loves Raymond’s Brad Garrett. The most recognizable voices from this decade are SNL B-teamers Amy Poehler and Bill Hader. The retro casting is somewhat apt I suppose considering that the film’s animation looks as if it were rendered by a Pentium processor running Windows 95. And yet you’ll still be expected to pay 2011 prices to see it with an extra premium added for Steal-D err I mean Real-D viewings. Talk about getting hoodwinked.
McConaughey told the Oscar winner he is forever in debt to him because his Toy Story movies are beloved in his home - and his son Levi is a huge fan of cartoon cowboy Woody in the franchise.
McConaughey explains, "His main thing is Toy Story. Toy Story 1, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3 - 'Papa, I want to watch Woody, where's Woody?' And that's his thing. I mean daily. We have to kind of govern him on it a little bit because it's all the time.
"And so I run into Tom Hanks (on) Oscar evening and I slip him a 100 (dollar bill). And he says 'What's that for?' And I says, 'Trust me, I owe you a lot more than that for the amount of time you've been babysitting my son Levi.'"
McConaughey and his longtime girlfriend Camilla Alves have two children Levi, two, and Vida, one.