Jury selection in the trial of Eddie Ray Routh, who is accused of killing Chris Kyle - the subject of Clint Eastwood's new movie American Sniper, has begun in Stephenville, Texas. Prosecutors claim Routh, 27, shot and killed Kyle and another man at a Texas gun range in February, 2013.
Lawmakers and court officials must now wade through the 700-plus people who have been called as potential jurors to find the panel of 12 and two alternates, who will decide Routh's fate.
His defence attorneys had requested a delay in proceedings due to the success of American Sniper, which scored a third week at number one at the North American box office on Sunday (01Feb15), but they were denied.
Routh will plead not guilty by reason of insanity, according to his legal team.
Jury selection is expected to last four days and the trial is scheduled to begin next week (11Feb15).
Kyle, who is portrayed by Bradley Cooper in the Oscar-nominated film, was a prolific Navy SEAL sniper.
Actress Gabrielle Union asked her husband Dwayne Wade to sign a pre-nuptial agreement before their wedding "to make it clear" that she does not need the basketball player's money. The Bad Boys II star is adamant she is a success in her own right, and made sure the Miami Heat player signed the paperwork before their wedding in August (14) to prove she is an independent woman.
Union tells Yahoo! Style, "For women in Hollywood, when they're coupling, everything is about the brand. Everything is about latching on to a rising star, so you can kick your heels up. That's never been my story, ever. I make sure to let people know all of the hard work that's gone into my career...
"Now that it's time to get married to a man who happens to play basketball and has done well for himself, I want to make it clear that I have in no way hitched my wagon to his star. I have my own wagon and star."
Union was previously married to footballer Chris Howard between 2001 and 2006.
Gabrielle Union suffered major hairloss while filming new comedy Top Five with Chris Rock after having to dye her locks several times.
The Think Like a Man actress plays a blonde reality star in the movie and she admits lightening her hair was not a hit at home when it started coming out in clumps.
She tells the New York Post, "I have dark hair, and the process to get it blonde (for the film) made my hair fall out. Some people gain weight for a role, I practically went bald for a role. I lost so much hair!
"(My husband Dwyane Wade) loved the blonde and thought I looked sexy. But once I went bald, he was like, 'I'm ready for you to go back!'"
Actress Essence Atkins added wedding officiant to her resume over the weekend (30-31Aug14) by presiding over the nuptials between her best friend Gabrielle Union and basketball ace Dwyane Wade. The Bad Boys II star decided against having bridesmaids accompany her down the aisle in Miami, Florida on Saturday, and instead turned to her close pal and former Deliver Us from Eva co-star Atkins and her husband, Jaime Mendez, to lead the ceremony.
Speaking before the weekend celebration, Atkins revealed she got ordained some time ago, but admitted Union and Wade's wedding was going to be her first time serving as an officiant.
She said, "I'm actually officiating the ceremony... My husband and I are officiating the ceremony. My husband did the ceremony for (actor) Alfonso Ribeiro about two years ago and then they (Union and Wade) asked us to do it together, so we are officiating."
Guests at the Chateau Artisan castle ceremony reportedly included comedian Kevin Hart and Wade's basketball star pals LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen and Carmelo Anthony, while R&B star John Legend was on hand to serenade the newlyweds.
Actress Gabrielle Union wed sports star Dwyane Wade in an intimate ceremony in Florida on Saturday (30Aug14). The Bad Boys II star wore a Dennis Basso gown as she exchanged vows with the basketball ace in front of a small gathering of family and friends at the 'Chateau Artisan' moated castle in Miami.
R&B singer John Legend performed for guests, who were also treated to a 1930s-style juke joint-themed reception, according to People.com.
Union and Wade, who have been dating since 2009, have both been married before - the actress divorced U.S. football star Chris Howard in 2006 after five years of marriage, while Wade's union to Siohvaughn Funches, the mother of two of his sons, lasted from 2002 until their divorce in 2010.
The Miami Heat star also fathered another boy with longtime friend Aja Metoyer during a brief split from Union last year (13).
"The pastor who married me the first time didn't even get my name right. He refused to come to the rehearsal dinner and then didn't say my name correctly... That should have been a sign it's not gonna work." Actress Gabrielle Union on her nightmare first wedding ceremony to former American footballer Chris Howard in 2001. The star is now engaged to wed basketball player Dwyane Wade later this year (14).
Actress Gabrielle Union has a shock is store for family members and friends who think they'll be invited to her lavish wedding - the guest list has been slashed by her husband-to-be Dwyane Wade. The Bad Boys II star, who became engaged to the basketball player just before Christmas (13), admits many people who think they should be at the ceremony will not be getting an invite.
She explains, "This is the second time around... It's just us... There's a lot of people who think they're coming - and they are not. He's (Wade) the executioner; he's like, 'Let's go through your list...'
"If you're not about us and we don't both have a relationship with you, you're not gonna make it."
And Union isn't recruiting bridesmaids, adding, "Trying to wrangle a bunch of broads... (and) somebody wants one kinda dress, somebody wants something else; you start to not like them after a couple of months."
The actress, who was married to sportsman Chris Howard from 2001 to 2006, has also revealed she's insisting on a pre-nuptial agreement before she exchanges vows with Wade.
She tells U.S. talk show host Arsenio Hall, "For this marriage, the biggest difference between this and the last marriage will be a pre-nup at my insistence... The reality is I've never seen Dwyane balance a cheque book, so I gotta protect my stuff."
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As the animated hit 'Frozen' closes in on $1 billion dollars in international grosses, we're talking to the creatives behind the phenomenon - from the music to Josh Gad's voice work - as the creative principals talks about the making of a new classic. To read the full story, head on over to Studio System News!
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Superhero films have always been popular. Hollywood has rebooted Batman and Superman a lot : Batman Begins and Man of Steel as the two most recent series. Plus studios have dug deeper into comic book canon to find more superheroes to make movies about. Given the sheer number of films about different heroes, it’s no wonder that some actors and actresses have played more than one iconic character. We’re not even going to go into people who have acted in multiple movies based on comic books (those numbers are ridiculous), just the heroes of the stories.
Back in 2009, Reynolds played Wade Wilson, who becomes Deadpool, in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Then two years later he starred in Green Lantern as the titular character — although that film didn’t do so well. People liked his portrayal of Deadpool better, which seems to be why he’s getting his own movie.
Remember when Affleck starred as the blind hero of Daredevil? No? That’s okay, it’s better if you don’t. After playing normal humans for a decade, Affleck got cast as the next caped crusader in Batman vs. Superman. We’re excited to see the actor don the famous bat suit in 2015.
For almost 15 years Berry has played Storm, one of the core members of the X-Men, but there was that brief stint when she went rogue and played Catwoman in the 2004 movie. However, we like her better as Storm, a role she’ll reprise in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Before he was Captain America, Evans played hotshot superhero Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. It was quite a jump from showoff Johnny Storm to stand-up guy Steve Rogers, but we think Evans pulled it off. We’re excited to see him as Captain America again this spring in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
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Every family has its holiday traditions, and celebrities are no different. But since they're richer, more famous, and more prone to ridiculous and over-the-top behavior than the rest of us are, their traditions are probably a lot more exciting. After all, who wouldn't want to spend the afternoon gossiping over eggnog with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler or see what elaborate Christmas presents Jay Z and Beyonce have bought for Blue Ivy? It's got to be better than watching your own relatives hit the carton too hard after they've opened whatever last minute gifts your aunt picked up at the airport on her way in.
But what would it really be like to spend the holidays with your favorite celebrity? Would there be tons of glamorous parties? Probably. How about expensive gifts? You bet. And what about the hot cocoa? Even the rich and famous aren't immune to its warm, chocolatey goodness. In order to help you get through the holidays this year, we've come up with what we think some of the biggest celebrities are doing for Christmas this year, along with the perfect gift to earn yourself a spot on their Christmas card list.
Justin BieberHoliday traditions: Bieber probably throws a massive party every year, although his "Christmas" party doesn't tend to differ too much from any of the numerous other parties he throws throughout the year. However, in an attempt to be festive, he would wear an all-white ensemble that he would accent with red sunglasses and sneakers, and he would recruit someone to make a dubstep remix of his Christmas album, which he would play as the party's soundtrack. At some point in the night, he would probably have a bit too much to drink, and then he would drunk-dial Selena Gomez and leave her a voicemail of him singing "All I Want For Christmas Is You". Then, he would return home to his family for the actual holiday, where he would drink cocoa and watch Elf with his baby brother and sister in his pajamas, while his mother wraps the presents he brought home for everyone. At the end of the night, Bieber would make sure that there was plenty of milk and cookies left out for Santa; he would claim it was to preserve the illusion for his siblings, but let's be real. Bieber totally still believes in Santa. What he would give you: Sunglasses and sneakers. What he would get: Bieber probably wants some fancy chains or designer clothes, but we see the Biebs getting some footie pajamas this Christmas. Cool, grown-up footie pajamas, but footie pajamas nonetheless.
George ClooneyHoliday traditions: Clooney, being the sophisticated gentleman that he is, likely hosts a black tie affair at his home every year. Everything would be tastefully accented in gold, waiters would mill about with champagne and finger food, and all of the Academy voters who have been invited would have their every need catered to. After all of Clooney's A-List guests have finished their awards-season campaigning, Anne Hathaway — who has spent most of the evening hovering around the piano, waiting for someone to ask her to perform — would lead the guests in a sing along that would last about five songs too long. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon would get drunk, and spend much of the evening loudly declaring how much they love everyone at the party, before deciding to wrestle each other and knock over one of Clooney's impeccably decorated trees in the process. Meanwhile, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie would spend the whole party cornering innocent bystanders and forcing them to look through photos of their kids, and Leonardo DiCaprio would spend much of the night trying (and failing) to steal one of Clooney's Oscars. What he would give you: Clooney would make a donation to a charity in your name, but he would make a really big deal out of it. What he would get: He would say that, really, he doesn't want anything, because he already has so much, and he's running out of space for all of his exotic cars.
Lebron JamesHoliday traditions: As a professional basketball player, James spends a lot of time on the road, so for Christmas, he would just want to spend some time with his family and friends. He would spend a lot of time making his guests admire his Championship rings and the exact replicas he had made into tree ornaments so that he can decorate his Christmas tree with victory. Then, James and his teammates Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh would settle in with their kids to bond and play some board games. Unfortunately, with three NBA players, everything would get too competitive, and the kids would wander off to play video games while James, Wade, and Bosh get into a screaming match over Candyland, until one of them flips the game board in a rage. Then, after they calmed down, they would prank call Carmelo Anthony in order to tease him about the Knicks' current season. Finally, they would all settle down for a massive Christmas feast, after which James would wear the paper crown from his Christmas cracker for far too long, and insist that everyone call him "King James." What he would give you: Miami Heat jerseys for the whole family.What he would get: A festive sweatband to help hide his receding hairline all through the holidays.
Taylor SwiftHoliday traditions: Nobody does Christmas better than Taylor Swift; after all, she grew up on a Christmas tree farm. She would invite over a few friends for a Christmas tree decorating party, where the dress code would be either "ugly holiday sweater" or "blinding amounts of sparkle." From there, she would lead her guests in Christmas-themed arts and crafts, building elaborate gingerbread houses that replicated the most iconic scenes in Love, Actually, and serve up cookies so intricately decorated they would make Martha Stewart weep. Then, after a quick wardrobe change, she would lead everyone in some Christmas carols before everyone indulged in some homemade hot cocoa and then participated in a Secret Santa gift exchange. Finally, Swift would cap off the most idyllic Christmas get-together ever with a double feature of It's a Wonderful Life and White Christmas. Just be careful who you get caught under the mistletoe with, or you might end up as the inspiration for a song on her next album. What she would give you: Homemade jam or a scarf she knitted herself.What she would get: Cat ballet flats, red lipstick and lots and lots of glitter.
Kanye WestHoliday traditions: Though West might prefer not to take part in the annual Kardashian Family Khristmas Kard, he would send out one of his own that featured himself, Kim and baby North recreating the Nativity scene, and as one would expect, it would play Christmas songs that he re-wrote and recorded especially for this purpose. Then, outfitted in coordinating custom Givenchy outfits, the Kardashian-Wests would pay a quick visit to the rest of the Kardashians, where they would drop off unbelievably expensive presents tastefully wrapped in a color scheme of black and silver. Then, before they opened their own gifts at home, they would make sure to celebrate Yeezus, who, as we all know, is the real reason for the season. Finally, they would have over their good friends and the First Family of hip hop, Jay Z, Beyonce and Blue Ivy, and they would all enjoy a Christmas dinner catered by the finest vegan restaurants in the country before the men retired to the den to smoke cigars, drink some congac and congratulate each other on how beautiful their significant others are. What he would give you: A box set of all of his albums.What he would get: Kanye West would settle for nothing less than his own country.