Dukes Of Hazzard star John Schneider has broken his silence following news of his divorce, confirming he and his second wife Elvira have split. She filed legal documents to end the couple's union, citing irreconcilable differences, earlier this month (Dec14), and the actor has now asked for privacy as he attempts to deal with the family drama.
In a statement released to WENN, he says, "It's true that after 21 years, Elly and I are getting divorced. The glue that held us together has weakened, and I feel it's the only way to not only salvage our friendship, but to remain a good example to our children.
"When you have children together, you are together until death do you part. That much is obvious. I am, of course, saddened by this personal failing, but feel it's important to get this part correct, even if I couldn't get the other part correct. This is all I have to say on the matter. Please respect my privacy, as well as Elly's, and refrain from asking either one of us for further comments."
The former couple shares a daughter, Karis, while Elvira is also mum to two other children from a previous relationship.
The split is Schneider's second failed marriage - he was previously wed to former Miss America Tawny Little from 1983 to 1986.
Dukes Of Hazzard star John Schneider is heading for divorce after 21 years of marriage. The actor's wife, Elvira, filed legal documents to end the couple's union, citing irreconcilable differences.
She has requested spousal support, according to TMZ.com.
The former pair shares a daughter, Karis, while Elvira is also mum to two other children from a previous relationship.
The split marks Schneider's second failed marriage - he was previously wed to former Miss America Tawny Little from 1983 to 1986.
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We've all seen it... two movies leads lean in for a kiss. It's a moment we'd been waiting for since the opening scene. And now that it's here, it's, well, horrible. Sometimes it's intentional, other times it's due to chemistry and occassionally there isn't a clear reason. No matter what the cause, the audience ends up cringing.
We're taking a look at the most memorable kisses in film from the '80s on, including the Best Kisses and the Most Perplexing Kisses. Here, however, are the kisses that made us long for a good old handshake.
Ashton Kutcher and Jennifer Garner, Valentine's Day
Director Garry Marshall's schlocky romance had more than its share of awkward couplings, but Kutcher and Garner's characters — best friends that are just coming out of relationships that ended badly — were supposed to be the saving grace as they finally figure out that they should be together. The characters even admit the awkwardness of moving from friendship to something more. The problem is that the chemistry doesn't get any better even when they're supposed to have figured it out. Maybe being friends wasn't so bad after all.
Liv Tyler and Viggo Mortensen, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Maybe it's just that movie audiences aren't ready for Elven love. Tyler's Arwen and Mortensen's Aragorn played out a staid romance across three movies and the smooching didn't connect at any point. It didn't help that director Peter Jackson might have left in a little too much lip smacking on the soundtrack. When the two come together at the end, Mortensen looks more like he's going to headbutt Tyler rather than kiss her. And don't get us started on the creepy expression on Hugo Weaving's face as he watches.
Will Ferrell and Amy Adams, Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby
Yes, it's true that the kissing in a comedy isn't always supposed to make you think of romance — and it's also true that Ferrell's forced lip-lock with Sacha Baron Cohen was more laughable than anything else — but what earns Ferrell and Adams' passionate undertaking a spot on the list is Ricky Bobby's running commentary as it's happening. We're not sure which is worse: Ferrell comparing Adams to Tawny Kitaen in a White Snake video or her doing some of Kitaen's crawling-on-a-car-hood moves. With a bar full of people watching, it quickly becomes the PDA from hell.
Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, The Empire Strikes Back
There's an old saying that earning a tie in a competition is like "kissing your sister." Thankfully, most people don't have enough experience in that area to challenge the axiom. But Hamill's Luke Skywalker knows way too much about sister kissing. Before we find out in Return of the Jedi that Luke and Leia are siblings, the princess lays a major smooch on Luke to make Harrison Ford's Han Solo jealous. The characters can be excused for not knowing that they're related — they were seperated at birth — but what's Star Wars mastermind George Lucas' excuse?
Pee-wee Herman and Valeria Golino, Big Top Pee-wee
For starters, watching Paul Reubens' man-child Pee-wee kiss anyone isn't exactly something that audiences normally clamor for. In Big Top, Pee-wee subjects Italian beauty Golino to one of the longest kisses in film history at somewhere around two minutes. The same year that Pee-wee's movie was released, Golino also played Tom Cruise's girlfriend in Rain Man, where she kissed Dustin Hoffman's Raymond. Now there's an epic year of uncomfortable screen kisses.
Michael J. Fox and Lea Thompson, Back to the Future
There's nothing wrong with kissing your mother. In fact, we strongly encourage it... she gave you life and she deserves a nice chaste smooch to show your appreciation. That does not extend, however, to going back in time and taking your future mom "parking." While it's good that both characters recognized that there was something amiss with the kiss, it still doesn't stop it from giving us the willies every time that we watch Fox's Marty McFly get accosted by Thompson's overly amorous Lorraine.
Steve Martin and Claire Danes, Shopgirl
Martin's novel, on which the movie is based, was a sweet and whimsical look at a young woman trying to transition into being a fully functional adult in Los Angeles. The movie, though, is frequently off in any number of ways, and nowhere more so than when Martin and Danes play out the May-December romantic scenes. The duo are both fine actors, but they don't look any more comfortable doing the kissing than we are watching it.
Jim Carrey and Lauren Holly, Dumb and Dumber
Poor Lloyd. Carrey's dimwitted schmuck couldn't even fantasize right. Taking the expression about sticking your tongue down someone's throat way too literally, Carrey appears to actually cut off Holly's air supply during the spirited game of tonsil hockey. While the scene might have been all in Lloyd's head, unfortunately for Holly they really had to shoot it. And, to think, Carrey and Holly engaged in an off-screen romance... imagine having to do that scene with someone you didn't like.
Emma Waston and Rupert Grint, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 2
Watson and Grint grew up together over the course of filming J.K. Rowlings' Harry Potter books. Since the books came out well before the movies were shot, the young actors playing Potter's pals Ron and Hermione had plenty of time to consider what was eventually coming. Fair warning didn't help any because Watson and Grint's discomfort at having to engage in a snogging session on camera comes across quite clearly. All that's missing is the two of them pulling away from each other and actually saying, "Ewww."
Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, The Tourist
Depp and Jolie have both done their fair share of onscreen smooching and have shown plenty of chemistry with other costars. The two pretty people are still attractive even in this bad movie, but they couldn't possibly have less onscreen chemistry. In fact, there are times during what is supposed to be sexy encounters in The Tourist where the duo seem to be acting in different films altogether, and seem to have forgotten entirely that they are supposed to be attracted to one another. When Depp comes up behind the lingerie-clad Jolie, grabs her hair and lays a wet one on her, you half expect her to beat the crap out of him.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Carbon copying the already overly convoluted idea from the previous Final Destination movies the latest worst installment continues on the theme of one unlucky twentysomething being able to predict who’s going to die and when; this time it’s Nick. After attending a NASCAR race with his girlfriend Lori and their friends Hunt and Janet Nick has a premonition about an elaborate horrific accident that threatens everyone present. Naturally it comes true — and even though plenty of people die in the stands Death (you know the bogeyman) has only just begun. But Nick realizes that he might be able to save the survivors of that day by remembering the order in which they're supposed to die and warning them of their imminent demise. Unfortunately though not everyone believes him and they carry on with their dangerous activities ... like going to a hair salon or — gulp! — through a carwash.
WHO’S IN IT?
Up-and-coming actor Bobby Campo plays the main pretty young thing and he makes the best of what is ultimately an untenable and God-awful role to have to accept. Still fresh faces capable of pulling off his part are a dime a dozen and Destination’s past leads like Mary Elizabeth Winstead at least left us feeling their fear. Supporting actresses Shantel VanSanten as Lori and Haley Webb as Janet are there for little more than eye candy and ear-shredding screams while former MTV 'It' dude Nick Zano as the obnoxious clichéd — and obnoxiously clichéd — Hunt can’t even provide the occasional comic relief for which he was brought on. The lone bright spot comes courtesy of an evidently desperate-for-work Mykelti Williamson (aka Bubba in Forrest Gump) who plays a widowed security guard adding a shred of cred to the otherwise disposable cast (which includes a barely there Krista Allen).
Clocking in at a mercifully brisk hour and 15 minutes the makers of TFD find one way to not essentially call us stupid: They know we want our scares quickly and they deliver — except for actually scaring us. Aside from its running time the aforementioned credible performance by Williamson is literally all the movie has going for it.
Wow where to begin? Destination another in a loooong line of wholly unnecessary sequels is riddled with problems — from the are-you-kidding-me? “special” effects (even in 3-D) to the jaw-droppingly horrendous writing. Director David R. Ellis (helmer of the infinitely better Final Destination 2) should bear much of the blame. He seems uninterested in delivering anything that people go to the movies for; this Destination is nothing more than tenuously connected scenes of video-game-like deaths that try to one-up each other. And not one of the sequences is even mildly suspenseful or scary — just disturbing in the sense that some people will actually smirk in earnest at the cartoonishness of it all.
The writing though is the real culprit. Eric Bress’ (also an FD2 alum) script is incredibly unimaginative merely recycling similar but better executed scenarios from the three previous movies and swapping out the settings. With ideas so bad Bress makes it abundantly clear that there’s no inane death massacre left to explore at this point; it's basically a metaphorical surrender. And yet the dialogue is even worse — with stock stereotypical block characters muttering it to boot.
LEAST FAVORITE SCENE?
Not to completely give it away — lest we make the movie predictable! — but one of the death scenes is just so far beyond ridiculous that it transcends even sarcastic laughter. Hint: It involves water and it’s about midway through the movie … if you dare stay that long.
Even if you’re not a cinephile and you couldn’t care less about things like character depth and plot development and you’re looking for a very quick thrill The Final Destination is well beneath you. It makes recent straight-to-DVD releases look like fully coherent masterpieces. Whether in 3-D or 2-D it’s a mustn't-see!
Top Story: Paul McCartney a Dad Again
Paul McCartney, 61, is a father again. His second wife, Heather Mills, gave birth to their first child Wednesday at a London hospital near the Beatles' Abbey Road recording studios. The baby girl, Beatrice Milly, weighed in at 7 pounds, Reuters reports. Mills, 35, was not due to deliver the baby for another three weeks, and a Caesarean had originally been planned in mid-November. A statement from the new parents said: "She is named after Heather's mother Beatrice and Paul's Aunt Milly. Our immediate family were told the news right away and are all as overjoyed as we are at the early arrival of our little bundle of joy." Mills had feared she could not have children because she had suffered uterine cancer and two ectopic pregnancies in the past. McCartney already has four children, three by his first wife Linda--fashion designer Stella, 31, Mary, 33, and James, 25--and one adopted daughter, Heather, 39, from Linda's first marriage. Linda McCartney died of breast cancer in 1998; McCartney married Mills in June 2002.
Britney Spears To Tour in March
Britney Spears' North American tour in support of her upcoming album Get in the Zone will kick off March 3 in a city yet to be announced, Billboard.com reports. Spears will play 56 dates in all and travel mostly the West Coast through April before taking in outdoor amphitheatres in mid-July. Spears' Get in the Zone is due out Nov. 18, but the album's first single, "Me Against the Music," featuring Madonna, has already debuted at No. 43 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart and is currently No. 38. Spears grossed $43.7 million on her 2002 tour for the Britney album.
Rocker Weiland Arrested After Hit-and-Run
Los Angeles police said Wednesday that rocker Scott Weiland, former lead singer of the Stone Temple Pilots, was arrested Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence after he crashed his BMW into a parked car in Hollywood and fled the scene--just days after a judge warned him to stay off drugs, Reuters reports. The charge carries an additional request for hit-and-run since the rocker allegedly failed to stop after hitting the car. Weiland was released after posting $15,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Los Angeles Municipal Court Nov. 17. A charge of driving under the influence could be filed later today.
Still No Arrest in Jam Master Jay's Murder
Exactly one year after Jam Master Jay was gunned down in a Queens, N.Y., recording studio on Oct. 30, 2002, police have not made any arrests in the murder. The rapper, whose real name was Jason Mizell, was killed in a violent point-blank gunshot murder that stunned fans and the hip-hop community. Homicide detectives in Queens told The Associated Press they have pursued "several significant leads," including some that suggest the DJ and founding member of Run-DMC died in a dispute over money. They deny allegations that their hunt for the gunman has stalled.
Domestic Violence Charges Against Kitaen Dropped
On Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Pamela Iles dismissed domestic violence charges against actress Tawny Kitaen after she apologized in writing for talking about the case on Howard Stern's radio show. Kitaen, who played Tom Hanks' fiancée in the 1984 pic Bachelor Party, was accused of attacking her then husband, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chuck Finley, in April of last year. The charges against Kitaen, who pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of spousal abuse, would have been dropped after a year of mandatory counseling, but Iles asked for the written apology after Kitaen told Stern on the radio that she had been forced to enter her plea.
NBC Orders More Whoopi, Happy Family
NBC ordered a full season Wednesday of its two new comedies Whoopi, starring Whoopi Goldberg, and Happy Family, with John Larroquette and Christine Baranski. The network said in a statement it ordered nine additional episodes of each show, giving them a full-season order of 22. Meanwhile, NBC has placed its Sunday night legal drama The Lyon's Den, starring Rob Lowe, on hiatus during the November sweeps period. Sweeps periods are the months when ratings are monitored closely to set local ad rates. An NBC spokesman told the AP the show would return in December.
Doc Warns of Hogwarts Headaches
Dr. Howard Bennett of George Washington University Medical Center wrote in a letter to this week's New England Journal of Medicine that he has seen three children complaining of headaches caused by the physical stress of reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. According to Bennett, the three children, ages 8 to 10, experienced a dull headache for two or three days, which in each case went away only after the patient turned the final page of the 870-page tome. Bennett told his patients to give their eyes a rest; a cure he says was rejected by two of the patients who opted for acetaminophen instead.
Rolling Stones in Four Flicks DVD Brouhaha
Major Canadians music chains vowed Wednesday to indefinitely boycott Rolling Stones music after the veteran rock group made an exclusive deal with U.S. retailer Best Buy to carry their new four-disc DVD, Four Flicks, due next month. Stones promoter Michael Cohl told the AP that Best Buy agreed to sell the set for the lowest price in Canada--a prime motivator for the deal. But the explanation failed to satisfy rival retailers who are alarmed by the precedent this might set at a time of slumping music sales. Stones frontman Mick Jagger defended the decision: "I feel bad for the stores that aren't going to have the product, but they have lots of other products, to be honest, and music videos don't sell anything like movie DVDs."
Role Call: Traylor Howard Joins Mask Sequel
Traylor Howard, who played Layla in the 2000 comedy Me, Myself & Irene, has landed the female lead role opposite Jamie Kennedy in New Line Cinema's comedy sequel Son of the Mask for director Larry Guterman. According to The Hollywood Reporter