Anjelica Huston has recalled the life-changing night Roman Polanski was allegedly caught with an underage lover at the home of her then-boyfriend Jack Nicholson. The Hollywood director fled the U.S. on the eve of his sentencing in 1978 after pleading guilty to having unlawful sex with a minor. The charged stemmed from allegations he had sex with 13-year-old Samantha Geimer at Nicholson's California home in 1977, and the director has been haunted by the case ever since while living as an exile in France.
Huston has now opened up about that fateful night at Nicholson's mansion, revealing she walked into the house and saw Polanski with the young girl.
In an extract from her new autobiography, Watch Me, she writes, "The house was quiet... I called out: 'Is anyone here?'... A short while later, Roman and a girl came around the corner, he introduced me to her and said they had been taking pictures. She was wearing platform heels and appeared to be quite tall. Roman collected his jacket and cameras, and they left together. I thought no more of it."
Huston was later arrested along with Polanski a day later when cops raided the house and allegedly found drugs in her purse: "Roman and I were bundled into the back of two separate police cars. We were under arrest... Roman's path and mine crossed as we were taken to be booked. He said: 'I'm sorry for this Anjelica.'"
The actress goes on to admit she is glad she did not have to testify against her friend in court because he agreed a plea deal with prosecutors to avoid going to trial.
She adds, "I'd witnessed nothing untoward and had never seen Roman with the girl in the bedroom. Roman later accepted a plea bargain and my testimony was never required."
Angelina Jolie knew she had found someone special in acting newcomer Jack O'connell after locking him in a dark cell and beating him as part of the tough audition process for her new prisoner of war drama, Unbroken. The Brit portrays Olympic runner-turned-war hero Louis Zamperini in the new biopic, and Jolie admits she was blown away by his raw emotion as she watched him react to spending time in isolation to test his might.
Speaking at the Hollywood Film Awards on Friday (14Nov14), she explained, "The auditions were very intense, and none more so than the cell. In the cell, the actors would be confined, not knowing if he would be there for three minutes or an hour. A crewmember with a rubber baton would go in at unexpected times and hit the actor. It didn't hurt, but the feeling would bring up the emotion of the loss of freedom, the control, the never knowing, the sense of powerlessness.
"All of the actors were so brave and many of the auditions were emotional and heartbreaking, and then came Jack. He went in the cell, he sat in the dark, he didn't force anything, he didn't act. He was just present. He looked around the darkness, he felt the isolation, and he looked so young and vulnerable, and when he was hit, he took the beating, he ended up shaking from the feelings and he allowed his emotions to come forward. The second time he begged the guard to stop with tears in his eyes. And the third time, something happened. His eyes changed and he went against the script. And when the guard came in, he fought back. He just couldn't stay down.
"I showed that audition tape to Louis, and he smiled. As a director, to have Jack in front of your lens is a gift. He draws you in, he makes every moment honest. In his work, he gives all that he has..."
As she introduced the actor as the recipient of the New Hollywood prize, she smiled and showed off her regional English accent, saying, "It is my privilege to present the New Hollywood award to the least Hollywood artist I know, straight from Derby, 'Ey up mi duck (sic)!' Jack O'Connell."
The amused actor responded by opening his acceptance speech with the common greeting, "Ey up mi ducks (sic)!", before turning serious to honour Zamperini, who died in July (14).
He told the star-studded audience, "I'd like to pay a tribute to the unfortunately late Mr. Louis Zamperini, whose life account of tremendous strength (and) courage carved a history, like many others of his generation, a history that we strived to tribute in our film, Unbroken.
"I'd like to dedicate this aware therefore to Mr. Louis Zamperini."
Turning to Jolie, he added, "My esteemed boss, and good friend, her ladyship, whose unconditional support and dedicated leadership, meant that I was capable of portraying our hero, under her captaincy, so Angelina, thank you."
John Ritter's son has praised his late dad's comedic talents as he prepares for a starring role in new U.S. sitcom The Mccarthys. The beloved Three's Company star died from an undiagnosed aortic dissection in 2003 when son Tyler was just 18 years old, and now 29, he is following in his father's footsteps into the sitcom world with a new comedy about a family in Boston.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight about his dad's legacy in TV history, Tyler says, "I really got to see my dad enjoy every day that he was working. Everybody should be able to have this much fun when they go to work. He really paved that way for us and so here I am."
He adds, "It feels very kind of surreal because he didn't see a lot of my acting abilities. I do feel his presence and I know somewhere he's proud of me."
In The McCarthys, Tyler plays a gay man, which has prompted comparisons to his dad's role as Jack in Three's Company - a straight guy pretending to be gay to his landlord in order to live with two girls.
Tyler acknowledges the resemblance, saying, "It's a similar enough character, we're both kind of goofy. We trip every once in a while, whether it's physically, or over our words, or just socially. So there are enough similarities between Ronny and Jack."
Tyler's co-star, former Roseanne actress Laurie Metcalf, is impressed with the young actor and his uncanny likeness to his famous father, adding, "The resemblance is so strong. I know that his dad's reputation of having such a big heart is what everybody remembers him for, and Tyler's the same way."
Former abuse victim Rosie O'Donnell has been left "shocked and heartbroken" by the child molestation accusations filed against her longtime pal Stephen Collins, admitting she is "scared" by her inability to spot an alleged predator. The actor, who played a minister on TV show 7th Heaven, hit headlines earlier this week (begs06Oct14) when audio footage purportedly featuring Collins confessing to inappropriately touching three young girls during a secretly-recorded therapy session with his wife in 2012 surfaced online.
Authorities have subsequently confirmed he is under police investigation after a New York woman filed a formal complaint about his reported advances when she was a kid.
Now O'Donnell is speaking out about the scandal, insisting she is stunned by the news.
Discussing the accusations on her U.S. talk show The View on Thursday (09Oct14), she said, "(I'm) shocked and heartbroken. I think, like anyone here who knows someone who's been accused of sexual abuse of children, it devastates everyone in the radius of that person, because it's a shocking allegation and you know, for me, I always have my antenna up, in a way for that, having had a childhood with that (sexual abuse), and I never in a million years (would have suspected Collins)... That's the thing that scared me the most..."
The A League of Their Own actress admits she always held Collins in high regard, comparing him to family man and Little House on the Prairie star Michael Landon.
She continued, "In my opinion he's the Michael Landon of this generation; he always plays the wholesome, wonderful, loving, caring guy, and in real life, is that (a suspected paedophile), and... it is so unbelievably, kind of, hard (to accept)."
O'Donnell insists she has no doubt of the authenticity of the tape, which was recorded by his estranged wife Faye Grant without his knowledge, adding, "I can say, as somebody who knows him, it sounds an awful lot like him, or it's a really good impersonator, so to hear his actual voice saying the things that he had done, was horrific and terrifying."
Meanwhile, O'Donnell's The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg has also expressed her dismay at the allegations after working with Collins on 1986 film Jumpin' Jack Flash.
She added, "You never know who you're walking down the street with, you never know sometimes who you're sleeping with; it's kind of wild (crazy)."
Rapper Lil Wayne's record label has been hit with a lawsuit by a former music producer.
Ramon Owen is suing executives at Wayne's Young Money label for allegedly failing to pay him for producing the hip-hop star's track Mirror on his album Tha Carter IV, which was released in 2011. Owen claims in the lawsuit that he was promised a cut of the profits and company bosses had sent him a statement showing he would be paid a minimum of $91,000 (£56,875).
According to TMZ.com, Owen has still not received any payment for his work and is suing Young Money bosses and officials from Cash Money Records to recoup the cash.
Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com.
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Grande vs. TeigenAs popular as Ariana Grande seems to be, it looks like she has amounted one or two detractors. VH1 chronicles Chrissy Teigen's alleged tossing of shade at the young singer. Pick your sides, world!
Lena Dunham opens upSpeaking on one of the most personal accounts in her very personal upcoming book, Lena Dunham revealed that she was date raped in college. You can read some of the young writer and actress' candid expressions about the terrible incident at Celebuzz.
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Actress Lena Dunham has sworn off extreme dieting for good after one tea cleanse landed her in hospital.
The self-confessed "chubby" Girls star reveals she wanted to lose some weight before her show became a hit in 2012, but her plan to shed the pounds didn't work out too well. She tells People magazine, "We were shooting the Girls pilot, and I was like, 'I'm going to Hollywood, what am I gonna do?' So I forced myself to attempt to rejigger (sic) my body. I couldn't even do it. I ended up hospitalized for drinking too much laxative tea and not taking care of myself."
Dunham, who is dating fun. rocker Jack Antonoff, has since embraced her larger figure and takes pride in proving to female fans they don't need to be skinny to succeed in life. She says, "Recently I was around a lot of very thin women with a young girl, 16 or 17. She looked shaken up, and she said, 'I thought I was pretty, but I guess I'm not'. I was like, 'Look at me. I have a great job, I own an apartment, I go out with a guy in a rock band! Who woulda (sic) thought? And I'm totally chubby!' It was the most fun I've ever had."
The true mark of a good romance movie is the cry factor. If you cry a little, then it was a good movie. If you cry a lot, then it was a great movie. These movies all made you sob, at least once, even if it was just for a minute (or the whole 3 hours...).
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GIPHY/New Line Cinema
Romantic because: They're polar opposites, but obvious soulmates, even after years apart. Despite their differences and arguments, Noah and Allie fall in love with each other so deeply, nothing can change that, and they'd be anything for each other: "If you're a bird, I'm a bird."
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: The fact that Noah kept this notebook for Allie and read it to her every single day after developing Alzheimers, even on the days she didn't recognize him (most days).
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GIPHY/20th Century Fox
Romanitc because: Jack and Rose fall for each other despite their very obvious differences in class and personality. It's a whirlwind romance, spanning less than a week in time, that eclipses the major point of the movie -- the boat sinking.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: Jack giving up his life so that Rose can live, telling her to "Never let go."
Bonus: Seeing them reunited after Rose passes away in her 90's and they're young again. We're all still sobbing through the pain.
Sleepless In Seattle
Romantic because: You know why it's romantic - finding love again after losing someone. But what makes this movie sweet is the fact that Jonah cares so much about his father, he'd do anything to make sure he's happy again, which leads to a new relationship.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: That meeting at the top of the Empire State Building (which is an awesome reference to a reunion between Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember).
A Walk To Remember
Romantic because: What isn't lovable about the bad boy falling for the sweet, reserved Christian girl? Especially when she's told him not to fall in love with her. Landon changes for the better because of this relationship and becomes the adorable boyfriend who wants to fulfill his girlfriend's tame bucket list.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: Jamie walking down the aisle at her and Landon's wedding, despite how sick she is. Then the blow to our hearts was delivered and we couldn't handle things.
Romantic because: Summer romance, parents who don't understand, an older boy...it's all appealing to the teenage girl who wants a relationship like that. Baby and Johnny's dancing also makes everyone's lives a littler steamier.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: "Nobody puts baby in a corner."
When Harry Met Sally
Romantic because: Who doesn't want to wind up with their best friend? Okay, maybe not everyone, but it's kind of ideal if you've got a best friend who is of the sex you're attracted to.
The most romantic aspect: They actually wind up together. Friends can become lovers and it's not weird.
Romantic because: It shows that not every relationship is even closely alike and that even though it's a movie and going to have a happy ending as a romance, you don't have to mirror your relationship based off of someone else. You can have your own.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: Andrew Lincoln's poster board scene (that he will never live down, no matter how many walkers he kills on The Walking Dead).
You've Got Mail
Romantic because: Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Just kidding (not really). It's a film that not only brought online dating to the forefront way before it's time, but it also highlights how big business effects personal stores, but that those people behind everything aren't all bad.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: "I wanted it you be you." PASS THE TISSUES!
Romantic because: She might be a prositute, but the film nevers takes on a nature that would ever make you think she's immoral. It's also kind of hilarious, yet sweet, for the man to hire her as his escort to fall in love with her.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: When he shows up at her apartment, instead of going to the airport, and he climbs the fire escape with a bouquet of roses clutched between his teeth.
P.S. I Love You
Romantic because: Holly finding out what Gerry has left for her after his passing, to help ease her pain. Even though we only see their relationship in snippets as she grieves, this movie beautifully portrays the love that Gerry had for his wife.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: The whole movie? Yup, the whole freaking thing. If you weren't a wreck after this movie, you might need to get your soul checked out.
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Actor Anthony Anderson's son missed out on the chance to play his dad's kid on new TV sitcom Black-Ish, because of his skin colour. The Kangaroo Jack star, who is also the executive producer of the show, had to break the news to his son after another young star landed the role.
He says, "My son was too black. The show is Black-ish... I was rooting for him."
And the snub was made twice as difficult when Anderson was cast as his son Nathan's dad on Internet show Richie Rich.
The older Anderson explains, "I was hanging out on set with him one day and they (producers) just came and offered me the role of his father on his show... Later on, he tells me, 'You know dad, I'm bigger than you; I got you the job on my show'."
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When you’ve led a life that had earned you admittance into the Order of the British Empire, presidency over the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and a handful of awards recognizing your work both in front of and behind the camera, it is safe to say that you have done pretty well for yourself. The world must bid a sad goodbye to Richard Attenborough, who has passed away Sunday, but should recall the multihyphenate’s unbounded degree of accomplishment in the world of, and beyond, cinema. Attenborough was 90 years old.
Born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, to scholarly parents, Attenborough grew up in an environment that seems to have celebrated academia, creativity, and kindness. During the Holocast, Attenborough’s family welcomed into their home a pair of young Jewish refugees from Germany, eventually adopting the girls into the family. Attenborough himself joined the plight against the Third Reich by serving in the Royal Air Force during World War II.
While his similarly renowned brother David went on to pursue work in the fields of nature and broadcast, Attenborough took an early shine to acting, performing at the beginning of his career in films like In Which We Serve, Brighton Rock, and Morning Departure. He also experienced some work on the stage, joining up with the production of The Mousetrap by author Agatha Christie.
The late 1950s and early to mid 1960s saw Attenborough take some big name projects, notably The Great Escape and The Flight of the Phoenix, and comedic projects like I’m All Right Jack and Dr. Dolittle. Attenborough began to appear in fewer films as time went on, however — for fourteen years following 1979’s The Human Factor, he did not appear in a single film.
During this time, Attenborough honed his behind-the-camera skills. The director’s most cherished accomplishment is doubtlessly his 1982 biopic Gandhi, for which he won Best Picture and Best Director Academy Awards. The film featured Ben Kingsley in a memorable, career-expanding performance as the historical activist. Attenborough created another memorable biopic ten years later: Chaplin, starring Robert Downey, Jr. as the silent film icon.
But Attenborough did return to the screen, and in fantastic form: as the big-dreaming John Hammond in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park movies. Some of his most recent contributions to cinema include his directorial projects Shadowlands, Grey Owl, and Closing the Ring. As an actor, Attenborough has appeared in 1998’s Elizabeth and 2002’s Puckoon.
Attenborough is survived by his wife Sheila Sim, whom he married in 1945, and two children: Michael and Charlotte. Attenborough’s daughter Jane passed away in 2004.