Oscar winner Octavia Spencer's legal battle with a top weightloss company is set to hit court. The Help star is suing bosses at Sensa for allegedly failing to pay her in full for an endorsement deal.
She claims she received a termination notice a year ago (Jul14) from Sensa chiefs who took issue with tweets she failed to pre-approve as part of the agreement, but Spencer insists she did more than expected for the diet company.
Sensa bosses fired back by alleging that it was Spencer who made an anticipatory breach of her endorsement contract.
Last week (17Jul14), Los Angeles Superior Judge Michael Stern denied Sensa's motion for summary judgment at a hearing, and ruled Spencer had presented enough evidence to try the case.
Her attorney, Bryan Freedman, says, "Ms. Spencer looks forward to presenting the true facts at trial."
The Fourth of July has come and gone, which means that the best time of year for movies is in full swing. From the end of the month through the New Year, theaters will be packed with some of the biggest, best, and most explosive movies of the year, thanks to the summer blockbuster and winter awards seasons growing ever closer each fall. With so many movies competing for your attention and your money, it can be difficult to keep your Oscar-baiting dramas from your superhero franchise sequels from your sentimental, romantic tearjerkers... and let's not forget about the little indies that are hitting at the end of the summer, hoping to gather enough buzz and box office steam to make it to the Golden Globes in February. In order to help you keep it all straight and plan out the rest of your year accordingly, we've rounded up every movie that the second half of 2014 has to offer and organized them by genre so that the next time you're in the mood for an action flick, a nail-biting thriller or a goofy comedy, you'll know exactly where to turn.
Action/AdventureWe might be nearing the end of Summer Superhero Movie Season (only Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are left to keep us safe) but the rest of the year still has plenty of films packed with explosions, witty banter, and dizzying fight sequences to satisfy your adventurous side.
Hercules, July 25 Lucy, July 25 Guardians of the Galaxy, August 1 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, August 8 Into the Storm, August 8 The Expendables 3, August 15 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, August 22 Step Up: All In, August 25 November Man, August 27 The Maze Runner, September 19 A Walk Among the Tombstones, September 19 The Equalizer, September 26 Left Behind, October 3 Dracula Untold, October 17 Kingsman: The Secret Service, October 24 Interstellar, November 7 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, November 21 Exodus: Gods and Kings, December 12 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, December 17 Barely Lethal, TBA
Highlights: While we can't wait for Marvel's crime-fighting band of misfits, Guardians of the Galaxy, we're equally pumped for Scarlett Johansson's action hero turn in Lucy, Christopher Nolan's mysterious Interstellar, and Colin Firth's performance as a spy mentor in Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Comedy Whether you prefer them raunchy and in-your-face, quiet and filled with high emotional stakes, or likely to get the whole country blown up (thanks, James Franco and Seth Rogen!), 2014 has a comedy for every mood, person and sense of humor.
Sex Tape, July 18 The Fluffy Movie, July 25 Magic in the Moonlight, July 25 Wish I Was Here, July 25 What If, August 8 Let’s Be Cops, August 13 Life of Crime, August 29 This is Where I Leave You, September 19 The Interview, October 10 Birdman, October 17 St. Vincent, October 24 Dumb and Dumber To, November 14 Horrible Bosses 2, November 28 Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Christmas Untitled Cameron Crowe Project, Christmas
Highlights: Well, if it makes North Korea that angry, it's got to be good, so we're excited to see The Interview. We're also looking forward to Daniel Radcliffe's hilarious rom com debut in What If and Michael Keaton's big comeback performance in Birdman.
Animation and Kids’ Movies Whether you need to keep a younger sibling quiet and amused for a few hours, or you're just particularly young at heart yourself, the second half of the year is when all of the big hitters in children's entertainment and animation come out to play. Will one of them manage to finally bring Frozen's reign to an end?
Planes: Fire and Rescue, July 18 Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, August 22 Dolphin Tale 2, September 12 The Boxtrolls, September 26 The Hero of Color City, October 3 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day, October 10 The Book of Life, October 17 Big Hero 6, November 7 The Penguins of Madagascar, November 26 Night At the Museum 3, December 19 Annie, December 19 Paddington, Christmas
Highlights: Everything Laika painstakingly creates is a joy to watch, so we're counting down the days to The Boxtrolls, which looks completely charming. Ditto the gorgeous and elaborate The Book of Life and the adorably action-packed Big Hero 6.
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Dramas Whether you're looking for a biopic, a musical, a musical biopic or just an intense, moving cinematic experience, now is the best time to check out your movie theater's more dramatic offerings. Besides, at least half of these films are likely to be in play come Oscar night, and you'll want to be on top of things before the trophies get handed out.
Get On Up, August 1 The Hundred-Foot Journey, August 8 The Giver, August 15 If I Stay, August 22 When the Game Stands Tall, August 22 One Chance, August 29 Addicted, September 5 The Drop, September 12 The Identical, September 12 Hector and the Search For Happiness, September 19 Jimi: All Is By My Side, September 26 The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, September 16 Gone Girl, October 3 The Good Lie, October 3 The Judge, October 10 Kill The Messenger, October 10 The Best of Me, October 17 Reach Me, October 24 Theory of Everything, November 7 Foxcatcher, November 14 Fury, November 14 Beyond the Lights, November 14 McFarland, November 21 The Imitation Game, November 21 Wild, December 5 Inherent Vice, December 12 Unbroken, Christmas Big Eyes, Christmas Selma, Christmas Into the Woods, Christmas A Good Marriage, TBA
Highlights: From the looks of things, Foxcatcher might be the film to give Channing Tatum his own "McConaissance," even if we never do manage to figure out a catchy nickname for it. And if you're looking for more superheroes in serious films, try The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, which tells one story from two distinct perspectives (and stars Professor X himself, James McAvoy).
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Indie If you're tired of blockbusters and Oscar bait, and instead want a more low-key way to spend your afternoon, this is the best season for indie movies. Comedies, dramas, romances, dramedies, action, musicals, characters that wear giant fake heads - there's something for everyone, and they're all worth checking out.
I Origins, July 18 Mood Indigo, July 18 Happy Christmas, July 25 Very Good Girls, July 25 Calvary, August 1 The Trip to Italy, August 15 The One I Love, August 15 Life After Beth, August 15 Frank, August 15 Two Night Stand, August 22 Love Is Strange, August 22 The Congress, August 29 The Skeleton Twins, September 19 Laggies, September 26 Whiplash, October 10
Highlights: There are plenty of Sundance darlings hitting theaters soon, but the most exciting one for us is probably the weirdest: Frank, which stars Michael Fassbender as a musician who wears a giant fake head at all times. A bit more normal is the zombie romantic dramedy Life After Beth, which highlights the challenges of dating the undead. Plus, there's Whiplash, which is set to remind us all just how terrifying J.K. Simmons can be.
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Horror As summer winds down, that means only one thing: Halloween is approaching. And what better way to celebrate ghosts, ghouls, goblins and everything that goes bump in the night than with one of the many upcoming horror movies that 2014 has to offer?
The Purge: Anarchy, July 18 Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, August 1 The Possession of Michael King, August 22 Jessabelle, August 29 Leprechaun: Origins, August 29 The Green Inferno, September Untitled New Line Horror Project, October 3 Annabelle, October 3 Ouija, October 24 Paranormal Activity 5, October 24 See No Evil 2, TBA
Highlights: This list is packed with sequels, but the one we're most anticipating is an original: Eli Roth's The Green Inferno, about a group of Amazonian explorers who are taken captive by a tribe of cannibals. If we know anything about Roth's work, it's probably going to be intense, gory and potentially a little scarring.
Thriller More intense than a drama, but with a better story than a horror film, thrillers are the perfect indoors-y alternative to rock climbing, roller coasters and water sports. It's all of the thrill without the risk of sunburn.
Aftermath, July 18 A Most Wanted Man, July 25 The Prince, August 22 As Above, So Below, August 29 Addicted, September 5 No Good Deed, September 12 Before I Go to Sleep, September 12 The Two Faces of January, September 26
Highlights: A Most Wanted Man was one of Philip Seymour Hoffman's final films, and it promises to be an intense roller coaster of a film featuring what we're sure is a powerhouse performance from one of the greatest actors of his generation. Later in the year, there's The Two Faces of January to look forward to, which will see Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac go toe-to-toe.
Bosses of a company behind Katy Perry's concert merchandise have launched a legal battle against the makers of counterfeit products.
Bravado International licenses exclusive rights for tour goods, such as T-shirts and posters, for artists including Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones and Guns N' Roses. Bosses are furious fraudsters are selling illegal Perry merchandise outside her concerts, and in legal papers obtained by TMZ.com they are asking a judge to stop the trade and confiscate the counterfeit items.
It is not the first time officials at Bravado have sued - in 2009, they demanded millions of dollars from companies selling goods featuring the name and likeness of stars including Jackson, Led Zeppelin and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Michael Schumacher's managers have called in authorities after medical records believed to belong to the Formula 1 star were stolen. The retired racing driver recently woke from a coma following a near-fatal skiing accident in December (13) and is currently receiving rehabilitation treatment at a facility in Switzerland after being discharged from The Grenoble University Hospital Center in France.
Schumacher's team has now issued a statement alleging documents relating to his health battle have been illegally obtained and offered for sale.
His representative Sabine Kehm says, "For several days stolen documents and data are being offered for sale. The offeror (sic) claims them to be the medical file of Michael Schumacher. We cannot judge if these documents are authentic. However, the documents are clearly stolen. The theft has been reported. The authorities are involved.
"We expressly advise that both the purchase and the publication of such documents and data are forbidden. The contents of any medical files are totally private and confidential and must not made available to the public. We will therefore, in every single case, press for criminal charges and damages against any publication of the content or reference to the medical file."
Schumacher sustained a serious brain injury when he fell and hit his head on a rock while skiing in the French Alps.
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Actor Michael Jace has pleaded not guilty to the shooting death of his wife last month (May14).
The former The Shield star was slapped with a charge of murder with a gun after April, his spouse of 11 years, was found dead at the family home in Hyde Park, Los Angeles on 19 May (14). She died from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body.
Jace, who is currently being held on $2 million (£1.25 million) bail, was arraigned in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday (18Jun14), when he pleaded his innocence.
The judge overseeing the case ordered the actor to stay away from the couple's two children, who were at home when their mother was killed. They were unharmed and have since been rehoused with relatives. Jace is due back in court on 1 August (14).
If convicted, he faces 50 years to life behind bars.
Filmmaker Bryan Singer has filed a motion for a summary judgment in a sexual assault case brought against him in April (14). Singer is asking the judge to award him all fees and costs associated with Michael Egan's initial filing, in which the plaintiff claims he was attacked by the X-Men: Days of Future Past director at a party in Hawaii when he was a minor in the late 1990s.
The legal papers cited insufficient evidence of "specific facts showing that there is a genuine issue for trial" and were filed in a court in Hawaii on Thursday (29May14). The judge overseeing the case has set a hearing for 4 August (14).
The latest court request was filed days after Singer asked to have the civil suit dismissed.
He is also facing a separate lawsuit from an unnamed accuser over allegations he previously had sex with a 17 year old at a Superman-themed party at a London hotel.
Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino will reportedly begin filming The Hateful Eight later this year (14), after announcing plans to scrap the project when an early draft of the screenplay was leaked to the media.
The Pulp Fiction director filed a copyright infringement lawsuit seeking $1 million (GBP625,000) in damages against editors at Gawker.com after the site published a report about how the script had been leaked. The suit was dismissed in April (14), but the 51 year old was allowed to amend it and refile, which he did earlier this month (14). He has since asked a judge to withdraw the action and now it appears he is planning to make the western after all.
Last month (Apr14), Tarantino gathered Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern for a live reading of the leaked script at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Production on the film is scheduled to begin in November (14), according to Showbiz411.com.
Actor Michael Jace's arraignment was postponed on Thursday (22May14), a day after he was officially charged with the murder of his wife, so his legal team can fully prepare for the hearing. The 51-year-old former The Shield star remains in custody on a charge of murder with a gun.
Judge Renee Korn moved the arraignment to 18 June (14) at the request of Jace's attorney, Jason Sias, and set bail at $2 million (GBP1.25 million).
Jace's wife April was found dead at the family home in Hyde Park, Los Angeles on Monday evening (19May14). She died from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body.
Speaking outside court on Thursday, Sias told reporters his client is "doing as well as somebody is that is in custody," adding, "He just wants to see this through."
Angelina Jolie's longtime stunt double has lost her bid to seek justice against those who intercepted voicemails between her and the actress in the U.S. Lawyers for News Corp., the company behind the ongoing U.K. phone hacking scandal, have successfully argued that
Eunice Huthart should pursue a wiretapping lawsuit in England.
The ruling came after U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald declared the Liverpool native, who sued News Corp. last summer (Jun13), should fight the case in her native Britain.
The judge stated, "English law recognises claims for breach of confidence and misuse of private information. Under English law, remedies for these claims include compensatory damages, account of profits, and injunctive relief. Moreover, England has enacted a number of statutes, which prohibit the interception of communications over telecommunication systems, the unauthorised disclosure of personal data, and the unauthorised accessing of data held on a computer."
Huthart, who is a godmother to Jolie's daughter Shiloh, claims her name, cellphone number and other details showed up in the notes of the private investigator who was jailed for hacking into the voicemails of stars, and she maintains her privacy was compromised by those keen to get information about her former roommate Jolie's relationship with Brad Pitt, while they all worked on action movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2004.
News Corp. bosses shut down Sunday tabloid News of the World in the wake of the scandal and have been fighting lawsuits and claims from celebrities ever since.
The company has set up a compensation scheme in the U.K. with 426 applicants, 359 invitations to join and 272 settlements.
The mother of Lindsay Lohan's baby half-sister has been sentenced to serve eight months behind bars relating to a charge of DUI. Kate Major, the on/off girlfriend of the actress' father, Michael, was sentenced in Palm Beach, Florida on Monday (19May14) after a judge deemed her arrest for a DUI in March (14) violated her probation from a 2012 battery case.
As a result, the judge revoked her probation and sentenced her to jail time. She will stay locked up for just under seven months, as she has received 70 days credit for time served, reports TMZ.com.
The news is the latest blow for Major, who gave birth to Michael's child in January, 2013 - she reportedly suffered a seizure last Monday (12May14) while in a rehab centre in Florida.