Child star-turned-fashion designer Ashley Olsen has been elected onto the board of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The star runs clothing labels including The Row and Elizabeth and James with her twin sister Mary-Kate.
Katharine Mcphee's fling with Smash director Michael Morris is over, according to a U.S. report. The pair hit headlines after they were snapped kissing in Los Angeles last month (Oct13), promoting speculation about the state of Morris' marriage to actress Mary McCormack.
Singer/actress McPhee, who is believed to have split from her actor/producer husband Nick Cokas earlier this year (13), is now said to have called time on her short-lived relationship with Morris.
A source tells People.com, "Katharine is no longer seeing Michael - at least for now."
Meanwhile, the status of star's own marriage to Cokas remains up in the air. The insider adds, "Katharine still has no plans to move forward with divorce at the moment, though they are not living together."
Emma Thompson showed off her singing skills by performing several tracks from Mary Poppins at a special Los Angeles lunch celebrating the launch of her new film Saving Mr. Banks. The British actress plays author P.L. Travers, who wrote the original books about the magical British nanny, in the new movie, which focuses on Walt Disney's campaign to land the rights to the tale so he could adapt it for the big screen.
Thompson paid tribute to the beloved 1964 movie musical by performing a number of songs from its soundtrack, including A Spoonful of Sugar, in front of a glitzy crowd at the The Four Seasons restaurant on Tuesday (12Nov13).
She told reporters she relished playing the highly-strung Travers, adding: "We're all so b**ody well brought up. There is something authentic about her irritability, which I loved."
Emma Thompson has broken her silence on her one-time love rival Helena Bonham Carter, insisting she forgives the actress for embarking on an affair with her ex-husband Kenneth Branagh. The actor/director enjoyed a fling with Bonham Carter during their time filming 1994's Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and the romance led to the end of Branagh's six-year union to Thompson in 1995.
The Love Actually actress has remained quiet on the matter for almost two decades, but she now admits there is no bad feeling between her and Bonham Carter.
Speaking to Britain's The Sunday Times Style magazine, she says, "That is... blood under the bridge. You can't hold on to anything like that, I just think... pfft. It's pointless. I haven't got the energy for it. Helena and I made our peace years and years ago."
And Thompson jokes that her similarities to the younger star may have sparked Branagh's interest in Bonham Carter: "Oh, we are (similar). Being slightly mad and a bit fashion-challenged. Perhaps that's why Ken loved us both? She's a wonderful woman, Helena."
The trio have since appeared together in the Harry Potter film franchise.
Thompson is now married to Greg Wise, while Bonham Carter has two children with director Tim Burton. Branagh, who dated Bonham Carter for several years after his divorce, is now wed to art director Lindsay Brunnock.
Richard Curtis is the undisputed king of rom coms. As the writer and director behind films like Love, Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill, he's dedicated career to exploring love and its complications in all facets of life. With this latest film, About Time, he goes in a slightly different direction, by fusing the traditional rom com with time travel and a story about the lifelong relationship between father and son. That son is Tim (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds out from his father (Bill Nighy) that the men in his family have the ability to travel through time. As any good Curtis-ian hero would do, he then uses his power to woo Mary (Rachel McAdams), the love of his life.
We sat down with Curtis to discuss the film, the challenges of casting Gleeson, and why About Time is the perfect film for him to end his directorial career on.
Watch the interview above, and catch About Time in theaters now.
Is that you, Rufus Scrimgeour and Bill Weasley? Well, yes it is, but this time Bill Nighy and Domhnall Gleeson have left Harry Potter behind and teamed up in the time-traveling romantic comedy About Time. The film follows 21-year-old Tim (Gleeson) as he learns from his father (Nighy) that the men in his family can time travel. Tim uses his new-found skill to try and swoon the lovely Mary (Rachel McAdams).
Our own Julia Emmanuele sat down with the 7pair and talked about everything from on-set bonding to Richard Curtis to the onslaught of female-fandom the film is sure to bring Weasley... I mean, Gleeson.
About Time is now in theaters.
Tom Cruise grew incensed during a court deposition to fight magazine allegations he's a bad dad after defence lawyers compared the actor to his own absent father. The Mission: Impossible star has launched a $50 million (£33 million) defamation case against publishers at In Touch and Life & Style after taking issue with articles published in 2012 suggesting he had abandoned his daughter Suri following his split from Katie Holmes.
He was quizzed about the allegations in September (13), when lawyers for the magazines asked if there were any parenting similarities between him and his dad, Thomas Cruise Mapother III, who split from the actor's mother, Mary, in 1974, when the future movie star was 12.
According to court papers, the 51 year old bristled at the question and fired back, "Absolutely none. My father didn't pay money, he didn't call... Even the fact that you would suggest that I was being like my father, it's the same thing my father did, and suggesting that that's something that I'm doing in terms of abandoning my children, I find that greatly offensive... My parents were divorced and I didn't see him."
During the hearing, Cruise defended himself against reports he went more than 100 days without seeing young Suri, now seven, following his shock summer 2012 separation from Holmes, stating, "When a divorce occurs, things change... now you have to ask for permission and organise schedules to make things happen... It's not an ideal situation...
"Certainly what doesn't change is the love that I have for my daughter, the fact that I didn't abandon her emotionally, physically or otherwise."
He also told lawyers that his devotion to Scientology was "one of" the reasons behind his divorce, although he later reportedly asked to change his statement, insisting, "Katie has never told me that this was a reason for our divorce."
The defamation case is due to begin in a New York City court next week (begs11Nov13).
Mary J. Blige and James Blunt will make an unlikely double act at the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Norway on 11 December (13). The two stars will join 15-year old Swedish singer Zara Larsson and Norwegian hip-hop duo Envy at the Oslo event, which will be hosted by actress Claire Danes.
The concert, which traditionally takes place the day after the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, was headlined by Kylie Minogue, Ne-Yo, Seal and Jennifer Hudson in 2012.
The 2013 recipients of the prize are the officials of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is overseeing the disarmament effort in Syria.
Actress Mary Steenburgen has opened up about her battle with agoraphobia, revealing she has suffered from anxiety whenever she finds herself in a crowd of people for over 30 years. The Back to the Future Part III star, who is married to actor Ted Danson, has to face her worst fears while shooting club party scenes in new movie Last Vegas and admits she has little "tricks" that help her cope.
She tells the new issue of America's Closer magazine, "I'm OK with this, but if we were all together in a little room I would have to be near the door.
"I have certain little tricks I use on myself, some deep breathing stuff I do, and if that doesn't work, I sort of clutch my husband's hand and say, 'Get me out of here!' Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't."
Danson tells the magazine that his wife can always act her way out of a tough situation if she feels an anxiety attack: "If she has a function, like she's the host of something, or has a role (to play), she's better."