Actress Eden Sher is hobbling around with a broken foot after injuring herself during a surfing holiday. The star, who portrays awkward teen Sue Heck on hit U.S. TV comedy The Middle, sported a brace on her right foot during an appearance on U.S. talk show The View on Wednesday (23Oct13), and admitted that the sporting accident would fit right in with her clumsy onscreen character's storyline.
She said, "This is the most 'Sue' thing I've maybe ever done. I broke my foot surfing... I fell off my board and I flailed in the water and... the side of the board hit the side of my foot."
However, the 21 year old refrained from seeking medical help for three hours after the incident because she was convinced the pain was all part of the surfing experience.
She explained, "I was like, surfing is about pain, right?"
Eddie Van Halen and his bandmate brother Alex are suing the drummer's ex-wife for using her famous married name in a new business venture. The rockers claim Kelly Van Halen's construction and interior design company dilutes the band's brand and creates unfair competition.
Kelly and Alex divorced in 1996 after 12 years of marriage but she kept her name from the union, and now her ex-husband and former brother-in-law are taking her to court in California over her moniker.
In the brothers' lawsuit, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Kelly is said to have filed two trademark applications under her name for products like chairs, children's blankets and interior design services. They claim her name is "confusingly similar to Plaintiff's VAN HALEN marks in sound, appearance and commercial impression."
Rapper Future has been reinstated as Drake's support act on his upcoming Would You Like a Tour? shows after he was reportedly dumped for comments he made about the Canadian star's new album. Sources told the New York Post that Future had been kicked off the tour after making disparaging comments, which the rap star insisted were off the record, about Nothing Was the Same to Billboard magazine.
Reports suggested Future was planning to sue Drake for lost wages, but now it appears the two stars have settled their differences.
Future confirmed the news in a tweet on Thursday (17Oct13), writing, "Back in Atl (Atlanta) getting ready for tour... 1st stop Pittsburgh."
The trek begins in Pennsylvania on Friday (18Oct13).
Brian De Palma's adaptation of Carrie ranks as one of the best film versions of a Steven King story. But while the 1976 version created some fantastic moments of cinema history (the splitscreens, the slow motion, everything Piper Laurie) the remake coming out at the end of this week still has plenty of untouched source material to work with. Here are afew suggestions of things that director Kimberly Piece hopefully considered adding to her version of the high school horror tale.
1. Actual Teenagers: While Sissy Spacek's performance was perfect for De Palma's heightened, surreal atmosphere (and even earned her an Oscar nomination), if the new Carrie is looking to be more faithful to the book, one thing they can do is cast actual teenagers. Chloe Grace Moretz is actually 16, so we're off to a good start.
2. "Flexing:" Much is made in the book of how hard Carrie has to work to channel her powers. She practices every night, slowly working her way up to moving heavier, bigger things, until she can flip cars with ease. That's what makes the climax so terrifying — she's making the conscious choice to torture everyone, and since this new films looks to be more of a horror and less of a suspenseful drama, anything that makes Carrie White more evil in the final act is a good idea. This also adds to the whole arc of the story: Carrie is a put-upon girl who would have been able to be accepted if only people had listened and gotten out of her way.
3. People Vote for Carrie: In the 1976 film version, the evil girl Chris replaces all of the actual Prom King and Queen votes with ones for Carrie. In the book, sure, Chris is scheming, but the student body also just seems to get on board with Carrie, who actually proves herself at the prom and has a good time joking and hanging out. It makes the ending that much better, and this a story where everything is in the ending, right?
4. Childhood: One mistake audiences often make is that Carrie's powers are activated in the beginning of the movie. Instead, she's had them since childhood, and her mother's control actually stems equally from fear that they will return. The book has a fantastic story, told from the perspective of a neighbor, about a four-year-old Carrie bringing a rain of stones down on the house after her mother punishes her.
5. They Are Going to Laugh At You: In the 1976 version, Carrie just imagines the prom guests laughing at her, but in the book, such is that they can't help themselves and really do. Because, if we're being honest, high school is really, really embarrassing and awkward. And Chris is, in the end, pulling a prank. A cruel prank, but still. The slowly mounting horror is even better when offset because the characters just can't help but laugh... until it's too late.
6. Sue At Home: There's probably not much time in a feature film for nicest-of-the-mean-girls Sue's entire arc, which includes worries about college, a pregnancy scare, and falling in love with Brad (the sap who ends up taking Carrie to prom). But in the book, the only reason she isn't murdered by Carrie is that she chooses to stay home from the prom, giving us a window into what's happening in the rest of the town. Which leads to —
7. Get Rid of the Whole Damn Town: In the novel, the carnage goes far beyond just the school gymnasium, enough that the premise of the book is an exploration of one of the greatest American tragedies. Given that technology is no longer a hindrance, hopefully we'll get to see the full range of what Carrie can do.
Comedienne Roseanne Barr has launched a stinging attack on TV mogul Chuck Lorre, accusing him of copying her material. The star was far from amused after learning of a recent gag uttered by Ashton Kutcher on Lorre's hit sitcom Two and a Half Men - and she has taken to Twitter.com to let him know just how she feels.
Pointing out that she once hired the writer to work on her comedy show Roseanne, she tweets, "I wish I'd NEVER hired Chuck Lorre... he went frm (from) being a drunken bum2 an overbearing arrogant thief."
She adds, "Chuck Lorre has made MILLIONS-hundreds of millions-YET-he STEALS COMEDIAN'S WRITING-helps himself 2 STEAL other ppl's (people's) work w (with) no guilt."
Roseanne then urged her fellow comics to "BEGIN WATCHING CHUCK LORRE'S SHOWS 2 SEE IF HE STEALS YOUR MATERIAL AS HE DOES MINE."
Her Friday rant ended with Roseanne revealing she's considering legal action against Lorre and then adding, "If i'm unable2 sue billionaire chuck lorre4 theft, then I will force myself 2 watch his shows-& steal his jokes 2-altho NOT many R FUNNY."
Lorre has yet to respond to Roseanne's claims.
Jennifer Garner has given full credit to fellow celebrity mum Halle Berry for successfully campaigning for new paparazzi harassment laws, confessing she and husband Ben Affleck never thought such legislation would be passed in California. The pregnant Monster's Ball star grew tired of the snappers who followed her everywhere and took shots of her young daughter Nahla as she left school - and she decided to do something about the problem.
She recruited Garner, a mother of three, to testify in August (13) in support of Senate Bill 606, which imposes tougher penalties on cameramen who constantly tail public figures and their kids, and also makes it easier for parents to sue for damages over harassment.
The two mums had cause for celebration last week (24Sep13) when the law was officially passed.
Garner admits she and actor/director Affleck had seriously considered moving out of California in an effort to escape the paparazzi before Berry waged war on the snappers and stepped up her political lobbying.
In an interview with U.S. breakfast show Today, Garner says, "This is all about Halle. I have to say, my husband and I, as much as we have wished for this, we truly were resigned to thinking that this was never gonna happen.
"We had looked at all different things: moving out of California, you know, all manners of things. I think that there's an idea, that because our pictures are everywhere, that we're complicit in it, when really what happens is they're waiting outside our door every single day. I can't go to the mailbox without getting my picture taken.
"What we're hoping is our kids' day-to-day experience will not be of really aggressive men yelling and screaming five feet from their faces. My kids take karate, for example, and we have our classes at the same time every week, so the guys know when we have karate and so 20 of them wait there for us, every single class. So that's a lot of energy coming at little, little kids."
The daughter of late screenwriter Frank Petrella is taking her Raging Bull copyright infringement case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Paula Petrella has been locked in a legal dispute with executives at MGM Holdings Inc. since the late 1990s over allegations they illegally based the 1980 Robert De Niro movie on a copyrighted script penned by her father in 1963.
Petrella claims the film bosses have continued to breach her father's copyright by continuing to market the movie for DVD sales distributed by bosses at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, who have also been named in the suit.
Her arguments have twice been rejected by judges in San Francisco, California, ruling in favour of the studio chiefs, who accused the plaintiff of forfeiting her rights by failing to sue earlier.
However, Petrella petitioned officials at the U.S. Supreme Court to hear her case, and on Tuesday (01Oct13), they agreed to take up the dispute.
Frank Petrella died in 1981 - the same year that Raging Bull, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring De Niro as real-life boxer Jake LaMotta, won two Oscars.
Lawyers for the estate of late soul star Nina Simone are reportedly suing a phone company for using her hit track Sinnerman without permission. A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the star's estate accusing bosses at HTC of using Simone's famous 1965 single in a commercial without obtaining the rights.
The singer's heirs are demanding $1 million (£666,666) in damages, according to editors at TMZ.com.
Simone died at her home in France in 2003 after battling breast cancer for four years.
Halle Berry is celebrating after a bill banning paparazzi harassment was signed into law in California on Tuesday (24Sep13). The Monster's Ball star and Jennifer Garner both testified last month (Aug13) in support of Senate Bill 606, which imposes tougher penalties on photographers who constantly tail public figures and their kids, and also makes it easier for parents to sue for damages over harassment.
Pregnant actress Berry, who is also mother to daughter Nahla, five, has expressed her thanks to Governor Jerry Brown for signing the law, which comes into effect on 1 January (14).
In a statement, she says, "I started this fight with a great deal of hope and a bit of uncertainty so I cannot express my immense gratitude that Governor Brown has recognised, and acted to remedy, the plight of children who are tormented because of the identity or prominence of their parents. On behalf of my children, it is my hope that this is the beginning of the end for those overly aggressive paparazzi whose outrageous conduct has caused so much trauma and emotional distress."
Berry also thanked fellow Hollywood mum Garner and British soul singer Adele for joining her in the fight to protect their kids: "I am forever in awe of the support I got within my community from the enormously talented musician Adele to fellow actor Jennifer Garner who travelled with me to Sacramento to share her children's stories, experience and her desire to give them a better life.
"I'm grateful to Nia Vardalos and the numerous parents who work as actors, musicians, as well as professionals in medicine, mental health, lawyers, judges and cops who have experienced their children being harassed, tormented or otherwise put in dangerous situations due to their parent's profession and therefore lent their support. It is for all of us that I rejoice today and hope that this fight will continue and that the proper enforcement of this law will truly make a positive impact on the daily lives of all children."
A Los Angeles judge has ruled Michael Jackson's mother Katherine can seek damages against concert promoters at AEG Live in her ongoing wrongful death lawsuit. The Jackson family matriarch and the King of Pop's three children are suing AEG Live executives over allegations they were negligent in hiring incarcerated medic Conrad Murray to care for the singer as he prepared for his This Is It comeback shows in London in 2009.
The physician is currently serving time behind bars after he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for administering the fatal dose of anaesthetic propofol which caused the superstar's death in 2009.
The Jacksons are seeking more than $40 billion for loss of future earnings and other damages, and on Friday (20Sep13), Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos declared Katherine Jackson has grounds to sue for compensation because the Thriller hitmaker provided for "everything" for his mother, including her household expenses and food.
Ruling in the elderly Jackson's favour, the judge dismissed the defence argument suggesting Katherine had no claim to damages because she had also been receiving $10,000 (£6,670) a month from another of her famous kids, Janet Jackson, for "some period of years".
Judge Palazuelos wrote, "There is no evidence that Janet Jackson's contributions negated Katherine Jackson's reliance - to some extent - on (Michael Jackson's) contributions for the necessaries of life."
Under California law, parents cannot seek damages for wrongful death if their child had other heirs, unless they can prove they were financially dependent on their offspring.
Closing arguments and jury deliberations in the five-month trial are expected to begin this week (begs23Sep13), once the prosecution rests its case.
AEG Live bosses have denied responsibility for hiring Murray.