Russell Brand's socialite girlfriend Jemima Khan has praised her teenage son for thwarting an attempted break-in at their home. Khan, who has been dating the actor/comedian on and off since last year (13), has revealed one of her boys, who are aged 15 and 17, was at home when burglars attempted to gain access to the property in the early hours of the morning.
The 40 year old writes in a post on Twitter.com on Friday (06Jun14), "2am break-in, thwarted by son. Told not to put spikes on gate to prevent repeat as I'll be liable if intruders get injured."
Khan gave no further details about the incident. She is believed to own a family home in south west London as well as a mansion in Oxfordshire, England. Her sons are from her marriage to Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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You can imagine that Renny Harlin, director and one quadrant of the writing team for The Legend of Hercules, began his pitch as such: We'll start with a war, because lots of these things start with wars. It feels like this was the principal maxim behind a good deal of the creative choices in this latest update of the Ancient Greek myth. There are always horse riding scenes. There are generally arena battles. There are CGI lions, when you can afford 'em. Oh, and you've got to have a romantic couple canoodling at the base of a waterfall. Weaving them all together cohesively would be a waste of time — just let the common threads take form in a remarkably shouldered Kellan Lutz and action sequences that transubstantiate abjectly to and fro slow-motion.
But pervading through Lutz's shirtless smirks and accent continuity that calls envy from Johnny Depp's Alice in Wonderland performance is the obtrusive lack of thought that went into this picture. A proverbial grab bag of "the basics" of the classic epic genre, The Legend of Hercules boasts familiarity over originality. So much so that the filmmakers didn't stop at Hercules mythology... they barely started with it, in fact. There's more Jesus Christ in the character than there is the Ancient Greek demigod, with no lack of Gladiator to keep things moreover relevant. But even more outrageous than the void of imagination in the construct of Hercules' world is its script — a piece so comically dim, thin, and idiotic that you will laugh. So we can't exactly say this is a totally joyless time at the movies.
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Surrounding Hercules, a character whose arc takes him from being a nice enough strong dude to a nice enough strong dude who kills people and finally owns up to his fate — "Okay, fine, yes, I guess I'm a god" — are a legion of characters whose makeup and motivations are instituted in their opening scenes and never change thereafter. His de facto stepdad, the teeth-baring King Amphitryon (Scott Adkins), despises the boy for being a living tribute to his supernatural cuckolding; his half-brother Iphicles (Liam Garrigan) is the archetypical scheming, neutered, jealous brother figure right down to the facial scar. The dialogue this family of mongoloids tosses around is stunningly brainless, ditto their character beats. Hercules can't understand how a mystical stranger knows his identity, even though he just moments ago exited a packed coliseum chanting his name. Iphicles defies villainy and menace when he threatens his betrothed Hebe (Gaia Weiss), long in love with Hercules, with the terrible fate of "accepting [him] and loving [their] children equally!" And the dad... jeez, that guy must really be proud of his teeth.
With no artistic feat successfully accomplished (or even braved, really) by this movie, we can at the very least call it inoffensive. There is nothing in The Legend of Hercules with which to take issue beyond its dismal intellect, and in a genre especially prone to regressive activity, this is a noteworthy triumph. But you might not have enough energy by the end to award The Legend of Hercules with this superlative. Either because you'll have laughed yourself into a coma at the film's idiocy, or because you'll have lost all strength trying to fend it off.
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Bollywood star Imran Khan is fronting a campaign against the ban on homosexuality which was reinstated by India's Supreme Court earlier this month (Dec13). On 11 December (13), officials withdrew a 2009 Delhi High Court order which decriminalised intercourse between same-sex partners and replaced it with a 153-year-old law banning homosexuality.
Since the ruling, Khan has joined forces with Indian comedy group All India Backc**d to challenge the decision by shooting a satirical video about how homosexuality is perceived in the country.
The actor tells India's The Hindustan Times, "I've always been involved with gay rights. The scenario in this country is disheartening and depressing. These are basic human rights that people are being denied of; they're no minority. The idea of this initiative is to show those who do not support homosexuality, how ridiculous their thinking is."
In the clip, Khan can be seen answering questions from members of the public on the subject of homosexuality.
Following the ruling, several Bollywood stars including Farhan Akhtar and Anushka Sharma have taken to Twitter.com to publicly denounce the decision.
Bollywood superstar Imran Khan has been honoured by animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for helping a troubled dog. The actor has received a Hero to Animals Award, which honours those who help abused creatures, for intervening when he allegedly saw a trainer hitting a dog on the set of his latest movie, Gori Tere Pyaar Mein.
PETA's India manager of Media and Celebrity Projects Sachin Bangera says, "This dog would have been terrified and endured more abuse were it not for Imran's compassionate and quick action. We encourage everyone to stop and speak up for animals who are subjected to pain or suffering, because if you don't, maybe no one else will."
Bosses at the organisation reportedly sent Khan a basket of dog-shaped vegan chocolates as a mark of gratitude for helping the animal.
Russell Brand has fuelled rumours he is dating Hugh Grant's ex-girlfriend Jemima Khan after they were spotted enjoying a romantic stroll together in New York City over the weekend (14-15Sep13). Rumours suggesting the funnyman has struck up a new romance with Khan have been swirling since the beginning of the month (Sep13), but gossip has now gone into overdrive after Brand was spotted walked through Manhattan with his arms around the 39-year-old mother of two on Sunday (15Sep13).
Brand, 38, also hinted at the relationship in an article he published in British newspaper The Guardian on Saturday (14Sep13), revealing he is "presently beleaguered with a nerdish, whirling dervish and am eschewing all others".
The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star divorced 28-year-old pop singer Katy Perry last year (12) following a brief marriage, and Khan dated British actor Grant for several years.
The socialite has two children from her marriage to Pakistani cricketer/politician Imran Khan.
The Infidel actor plays real-life Pakistani drug baron Saleem Malik in the new movie, which chronicles the life of famed marijuana smuggler Howard Marks.
And he is adamant it was easy for him to portray Malik, who was privately-educated in the U.K. - he mimicked the accent of sportsman-turned-politician Khan, who attended England's prestigious Oxford University.
Djalili tells British TV show This Morning, "I am ridiculous (in the movie). When people say, 'What was your research?' I say it was a posh, Oxford-educated Pakistani so I just watched Imran Khan videos all day to get the posh Pakistani kind of thing."
The British beauty took the witness box at The Hague in the Netherlands on Thursday (05Aug10) to face claims she accepted blood diamonds - a term for jewels sold to finance conflicts - as a gift from Taylor after a dinner party in South Africa hosted by Nelson Mandela in 1997.
Campbell admitted she had been awoken in the night by men at her door, who then handed her a bag of "dirty-looking stones" but she was adamant she didn't know who had sent the gift.
She claimed it was not until breakfast the next morning that her then agent Carole White and Farrow told her they were probably sent by Taylor.
But in her testimony at The Hague on Monday (09Aug10), Farrow insisted it was Campbell who suggested the gems were from the Liberian leader, alleging the model was "quite excited" about the receiving the present.
The Rosemary's Baby star told the court: "The group that had assembled for the blue train festivities arrived at that dinner - Naomi Campbell, Quincy Jones and his partner, Imran Khan and his then wife Jemima Khan... I was seated with my children and I was seated and next to Imran Khan and Jemima Khan and I don't remember further than that.
"We slept at the presidential guest house. I think we all were (staying there). I believe so, all those that I named. My children stayed there with me.
"(The next morning) I remember that the children and I were having breakfast and it was at a long table and I was at the table, I think with Quincy Jones, and what I remember is Naomi Campbell joined us at the table but before she even sat down she recounted an event of that evening and she said that in the night she had been awakened, some men had knocked at the door and they had been sent by Charles Taylor and they had given her a huge diamond and she intended to give the diamond to Nelson Mandela's children's charities."
When quizzed if she ever saw the diamond herself, Farrow replied, "No, she did not (show me)."
Farrow also told the hearing that Nelson Mandela's partner, Graca Machel, had warned her not to be photographed with Taylor, as he should not have been at the event.
She added, "I was met by Mrs Graca Machel and I was very punctual but there was already people there - men. And I remember this, they (the men) moved towards the children and me, and Mrs Machel said, 'No, you dont want to be photographed with this man, this is the president of Liberia. He's not supposed to be here, or he should have left by now', something to that effect, and she moved the children and me to another area."
Taylor is accused of using blood diamonds to fund Sierra Leone's 1991-2002 civil war. He has pleaded not guilty to 11 charges.
One of Elizabeth Hurley's many wedding parties in India was shut down by police in the early hours of Wednesday morning after local residents complained about the noise.
Hurley and new husband Arun Nayar are celebrating their marriage--which took place in England last Friday--with a series of bashes and an Indian ceremony this week.
The newlyweds celebrated their nuptials at Indian socialite Parmeshwar Godr's beachfront bungalow in Mumbai on Tuesday night, with guests including Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty and Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan.
The party started at 10:30 p.m. and continued into the early hours of Wednesday morning, much to the displeasure of Godr's neighbors, who phoned the police.
When the police arrived at 2 a.m., they booked music organizer Ghanshyam Singh for "playing loud music beyond permissible time limits in a residential locality" and fined him 3,000 rupees ($67).
Later on Wednesday, the bride and groom flew to Jodhpur, where they will repeat their vows in a traditional Indian ceremony at the stunning Umaid Bhavan Palace later today.
The guests include Princess Chantal of Greece, designer Tom Ford and Estee Lauder mogul Evelyn Lauder.
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Cattrall wrote sex book to allay female fears
Kim Cattrall wrote a sex book to allay female fears felt compelled to write a book about intimacy to demystify sex for women--and urge them not to panic of their partners are struggling to arouse them. The former Sex and the City actress, 48, teamed up with her then-husband Mark Levinson on Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm to inform others she didn't develop a strong sex drive until she reached her forties. Cattrall says, "Up until then I thought I wasn't a very sexual woman, although everyone assumed I was getting it in spades. I wanted to write the book because something had changed for me. I thought, 'My goodness, if that's my story, there must be lots of other women.'"
Hatcher ignores men for the sake of her daughter
Desperate Wives beauty Teri Hatcher has not had sex for four years and is in no hurry to snare a lover. The 40-year-old has remained celibate since splitting from husband Jon Tenney and has since devoted herself to raising their seven-year-old daughter Emerson Rose. And Hatcher found it easy to relate to her character on the hit US TV show--a sex-starved, single mother. She says, "There just isn't any space for it (sex). I don't have a boyfriend because I don't go out on dates. But it's OK - I'm not sad because of it."
Garner anxieties over always looking good
Jennifer Garner finds being in the spotlight "intimidating" and hates it when her appearance is analyzed. The Elektra actress, who is dating Ben Affleck, is overwhelmed by the pressure to turn up to celebrity galas and premieres in "cutting edge" garments. Jennifer Garner says, "I still feel intimidated by things such as film premieres. There's so much fuss about wearing the perfect dress. That can be intimidating. "I don't have the greatest fashion sense myself. Fashion taste is so much a thing of the moment that it's almost impossible to always be on the cutting edge. "I try to keep things simple and classic. I got some pretty good press for my Oscar dress last year, so now I need to do it again for the Globes and the Oscars."
Muslims upset by 24
An American-Islamic group has blasted the makers of Kiefer Sutherland's hit TV drama 24 after learning the first episode of the new season portrays a Muslim family as terrorists. Officials at the Council on American-Islamic Relations were made aware of the controversial episode after upset Muslims got hold of a promotional preview of the show, which airs next week. The council's spokeswoman Rabiah Ahmed says she's particularly disturbed by one scene, in which an American-Muslim teenager plots to kill Americans. She adds, "It casts a cloud of suspicion over every American Muslim family out there." Bosses at TV network Fox, who air the show, have yet to counter the comments.
Jolie and Farrell attraction almost led to romance
Angelina Jolie and Colin Farrell were so close to becoming lovers they discussed the possibility of dating--but decided their personalities are too similar. The Alexanderco-stars were rumored to have started dating during the filming of the epic movie but Jolie claims they refrained from consummating their mutual attraction at the last moment. Jolie says, "Colin and I did discuss the idea of dating. He is a very interesting man and artist. "But we've also talked about how we're maybe too similar. So at this point we're just great friends."
Osbournes increase tsunami donation
Sharon Osbourne is so moved by the plight of the Asian tsunami disaster victim--she has pledged a donation of $190,000. The judge on British TV talent show X Factor initially donated $47,500, but decided to give more after watching endless "heartbreaking" news reports. Osbourne, who earned $13.3 million in 2004, says, "There are really no words to describe how devastated we are to see this unfold. This is just heartbreaking - donating money is the least we can do. We have been watching all the terrible news coverage and we wanted to give some more money. Our hearts go out to all those affected."
Branson: 'I dumped my waste on various nations'
Richard Branson had a unique way of showing his disapproval to nations who refused to allow his hot-air balloon in their air space--he dumped human waste on them. The Virgin tycoon has attempted to set a world record by flying around the world in a balloon numerous times without success, and on each occasion some countries turned down his route requests. Branson says, "We would find countries we most disliked as we were going around the world, and dump it over. So if anybody refused to allow us to fly over them, we ended up straying over by 'mistake' and they'd get our s**t. And the tycoon adds that he had to take extra care when visiting the toilet: There's a tiny tube and you have to be careful that you pull the right lever at the right time, or else your balls will get sucked straight out."
Grant gets passionate with Khan at New Year party
Hugh Grant stunned fellow partygoers by passionately kissing lover Jemima Khan in full view as they celebrated the New Year Caribbean-style. The Love Actually star and his socialite girlfriend left their $2,280-a-night villa at Barbados's Sandy Lane Hotel to party on the beach with other guests until 2am on Saturday morning. And the loved-up pair reportedly spent the romantic occasion kissing and embracing each other throughout the night. Meanwhile, Khan's sons from her nine-year marriage to cricket star Imran Khan celebrated the New Year with their father in Pakistan.
Driver's beachfront calm
Actress-turned-singer Minnie Driver loves living beside the ocean because it gives her the peace she needs to maintain her sanity. The Good Will Hunting star has a beachfront residence in Malibu, California, which she credits with helping her mentally recover after a challenging film shoot or promotional tour. She says, "I love surfing, there's something profoundly exhilarating and comforting about surfing, there's also a great peace and it's amazingly challenging. Between surfing, being with friends and making music, that's how I get healed. I don't think I would ever be able to live away from the sea again."
Star Wars star protests innocence over drunk driving
Star Wars R2-D2 actor Kenny Baker is challenging charges of drunk driving--claiming his asthma prevented him from agreeing to the breath test to determine the alcohol in his body. The 70-year-old vertically challenged actor, who played the robot in the 1977 movie, is relying on blood tests to clear him of reckless driving after he was stopped by police as he drove his Maroon Mercedes in Lancashire, England, on 17 December. Baker ended up being locked up for two hours until a doctor had carried out a blood test - after his asthma prevented him from blowing into the test bag. He says, "The police said they'd had reports from other motorists that I was veering all over the road. "I had gone for a drink after the show (Speed Dating), but only had one glass of wine. I am certain the tests will come back clear."
Beloved TV star dies
The Rocketeer star William Boyett has lost his life after a Christmas battle with pneumonia. He was 77. The beloved actor made his name on TV in America in detective shows like Dragnet and Adam-12. He got his start in show business after winning a high school Shakespeare competition, and he became a regular on radio in America. After serving in the Navy in World War II, he became a theatre star in New York and Los Angeles.
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