Actress Evan Rachel Wood has shot down rumours suggesting she has reconciled with estranged husband Jamie Bell after they exchanged messages on Twitter.com to celebrate their son's first birthday. The stars announced their split in May (14), less than two years after they wed, but insisted they would remain close to co-parent their baby boy, whose name has not been released.
Wood marked her son's big day on Tuesday (29Jul14) by taking to Twitter to write a heartfelt message about her kid, stating, "Today is my beautiful son's birthday. One year ago my life changed forever and the light of my life came into the world watching him grow is like having front row seats to the greatest show on earth... Happy Birthday my sweet baby."
She also added, "Its the babys birthday (sic). Its my 'birth' day".
The tweets prompted Bell to reach out to The Wrestler beauty online to celebrate their son's milestone, writing, "Happy birth day @evanrachelwood What a ride! Love you", to which his ex replied, "what a ride indeed! Thank u 4 helping me through it all. Love you too".
The sweet exchange led some followers to believe Wood and the British actor had rekindled their romance, and it was even picked up by editors at a gossip website, who tweeted, "Evan back with husband, as she wishes son a happy birthday..."
The false headline caught the actress' eye and she immediately dismissed the claims, replying, "Wait what? No. Lets not start that rumor (sic)".
Wood is spending baby's first birthday away from home - she is currently shooting new film Into the Forest on location in Canada and recently revealed she was unable to take the tot with her due to a delay in obtaining his first passport.
Reality TV star-turned-fashion expert Kristin Cavallari is celebrating after giving birth to her second son. The 27 year old and her husband, American football quarterback Jay Cutler, welcomed baby boy Jaxon Wyatt Cutler to the world on Wednesday (07May14).
The Hills star announced the happy news on Instagram.com with a photo of a blue-striped baby hat and hospital bracelet wrapped around a pair of suede booties.
She also took to Twitter.com and wrote, "Welcome Jaxon Wyatt Cutler. 7lbs (pounds) 11oz (ounces) 5/7/14."
The newborn joins the couple's 19-month-old son Camden.
Cavallari confirmed reports she was expecting her second child in October (13) and unveiled the baby's gender in February (14), tweeting, "We couldn't be more excited!"
The star wed the Chicago Bears quarterback last summer (Jun13).
British singer Kerry Katona has opened up about the traumatic birth of her fifth child, revealing both she and her newborn were left fighting for their lives. The Atomic Kitten singer welcomed a daughter named Dylan earlier this month (Apr14), but she has now explained how her world fell apart within minutes of her baby's birth.
The tot had to be rushed into intensive care after her heart stopped, while Katona underwent an emergency operation to remove her placenta.
She tells Britain's OK! magazine, "Ten minutes after giving birth she was on my chest and she collapsed. She stopped beating and her heart stopped.
"I was losing loads and loads of blood because the placenta didn't come out and it burst inside me. I was in shock... They manually took out the placenta... I was just screaming and lying on the operating table with all these lights above me... You bargain with God: 'Please let her survive and take me.' I thought, this is it, we're both going to die.'"
However, by the next day, Dylan had made a good recovery. Katona adds, "The next day she was in complete recovery... If it wasn't for those doctors and nurses, God knows what would've happened. Some staff were staying after their shifts ended to make sure everything was okay."
The recent Academy Awards highlighted the fact that 2013 was a big year for black cinema. And many of the year's best films were inspired by written works, like the memoirs of Solomon Northup (12 Years a Slave) and A Butler Well Served by This Election by Wil Haygood (Lee Daniels' The Butler). In hopes of more powerful stories about the black experience making their way to theaters, here are three works of literature we'd love to see on the big screen.
Toni Morrison's novel about two girls, Sula and Nel — one slightly stranger than the other (although according to some interpretations, the characters are one in the same) — Sula would need little tampering with to be an exciting cinematic production. Powerful descriptions of death by fires and floods, affairs, and friendships all make this one unforgettable story. Plus, Sula's unique character (this bizarre and beautiful woman suffering and/or thriving from a severe lack of ego) is the sort we don't usually see onscreen. It'd be brilliant to seen an actress like Lupita Nyong'o take on such a roll, or perhaps Yaya Alafia, who recently gave a great performance in The Butler.
For many of us, James Baldwin's second novel is, quite simply, one of the greatest literary achievements of all time. And for that reason, this tragic story of an American man in Paris, experiencing his first homosexual relationship while his girlfriend is off in Spain, is too perfect to be brought to film. But with the right director (Terrence Malick would offer an interesting interpretation, Martin Scorsese might bring it alive in an exciting way, and Steve McQueen could surely do something brilliant with it), it could easily become (another) unforgettable work of art.
Thomas and Beulah
Rita Dove's collection of poetry tells a beautiful, often haunting story based on the lives of the poet's grandparents. The collection won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for poetry and the images of these two characters — as a couple in courtship, then as husband and wife, and Beulah as a housewife who "dreams the baby's so small she keeps/misplacing it," as a woman who fights wolves — are unforgettable. Although it's another work that many literature lovers would probably resent seeing as an adaptation, those of us who love the literary world as much as the cinematic can envision Thomas and Beulah as a great period piece or a small, indie production.
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"He's the best person to make out with in the whole world in the not weird way (sic). He's only 10 months... Oh God, that little bum! Baby's bums are... I sound so weird." Watchmen star Malin Akerman is besotted with her infant son Sebastian.
I have watched Sid Caesar's This Is Your Life parody sketch over a dozen times. As a kid, I worked my way into Caesar's comedy by way of the more effortlessly accessible Mel Brooks. I revisited the talents of the writer and performer after his 2001 appearance on Whose Line Is It Anyway. And Caesar was hardly overlooked in my comedy writing curriculum in college. There isn't a great deal of material from Pat Weaver's Your Show of Shows, on which Caesar canonized his prowess, readily available today. Like the stand-up of Lenny Bruce, the groundbreaking variety show is only made more legendary by its dearth of preservation. But there is one sketch in particular that hasn't entirely evaded the public grasp, thanks in equal parts to good luck and the notion that the world might crumble were we to lose it forever: "This Is Your Story," the aforementioned parody sketch that starred Caesar opposite Carl Reiner and Howard Morris in a 10-minute long bout of expertly executed hysteria.
If you've never seen the routine, take a few to watch in full before reading on:
Long after its 1953 air date, "This Is Your Story" is lauded as one of the funniest comedy sketches in television history. To pinpoint exactly why might be futile, as comedy is more art than science (though a share of both, admittedly), but there is a word I keep going back to every time I watch, and laugh at, the skit: sincerity.
The scene opens on a set of no stark dissimilarity to that of This Is Your Life. It doesn't exactly poke fun at the documentary series or contort any of its conventions, like a Saturday Night Live episode might do with Jeopardy or the evening news. In fact, everything out of Carl Reiner's (playing the nameless host) mouth from beginning to end is utterly sincere, and would fit right at home on an actual episode of the sketch's source material. He never even loses that smile once the mayhem takes hold.
But this mayhem in question is not born from particularly crazy characters. In fact, it's born from a question that just about anyone who has ever seen an episode of This Is Your Life has asked: "How would I act in a situation like this?" Odds are, most of us would land closer to the behaviors exhibited in the parody than on the stuffier, more rigid, and far less sincere performances on the actual program. "This Is Your Story" feels like it was the result of Caesar, Reiner, and Weaver watching This Is Your Life and saying, "This can't be real. You know what would really happen?" And clicking with the realization of just how funny that real display would be.
Of course, "This Is Your Story" doesn't shy away from ridiculous. When you've got talented comics like Caesar, Reiner, and Morris, you can translate real emotion into genius delivery and masterful physical comedy (Morris is a breakout in this sketch, latching his diminutive frame to the much larger bodies of his costars without relent). A few "gags" are tossed in — the snapshot of a grown Caesar's head on a baby's body, Caesar smooching a perfect stranger, and even Morris' character name ("Uncle Goopy!"). But all in all, the comedy here comes from honesty. The honest pandemonium that lives within each of us.
Caesar once said "Comedy has to be based on truth," adding, "You take the truth and you put a little curlicue at the end." Perhaps his most famous sketch, "This Is Your Story" exhibits this perfectly — just how funny the real world is when we take a sincere look at it.
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Embattled rapper Dmx has scrapped plans to appear on America's The Wendy Williams Show following his Monday night (04Nov13) arrest after missing five different flights producers had booked for him so he could feature on Wednesday's (06Nov13) episode. The Party Up (Up In Here) hitmaker, real name Earl Simmons, was scheduled to sit down for an interview with Williams on Tuesday (05Nov13), but the New York-based gig had to be postponed by 24 hours following his arrest in South Carolina.
He was freed on bail hours after he was booked for charges of driving on a suspended licence, driving without insurance, and driving an unlicensed vehicle, but he reportedly kept changing his mind about travelling to Manhattan for the show and repeatedly snubbed the plane and car arrangements that had been made for him.
Williams claims he then demanded TV executives cover the costs for a former lover to fly to the Big Apple too from her home in Florida - but that plan fell through as well and he never made it onto a plane.
Explaining the drama on Wednesday's show, she said, "We made not one, two, three, four, (but) five plane reservations for that man to come up here from South Carolina and he missed all five flights...
"And then he's got this baby's mother. He's got 13 kids... One of the baby's mothers lives in Florida with one of his kids. Well X said he wasn't coming to New York unless we now, all of a sudden, fly his baby's mother up here so that I guess they can have a visitation backstage."
She added, "I like DMX... We were accommodating, we bought the plane tickets for the baby's mother, she missed the flight... and showed up at the airport randomly the next day to get on the plane. No telephone call, nothing, like she could just use the (previous day's) tickets or something..."
She then gave him until Friday (08Nov13) to honour the commitment - but it appears DMX has other plans.
A statement released by his representative early on Wednesday reads: "Due to recent media scrutiny, DMX will not be appearing on The Wendy Williams Show this week. The team apologises to his fans who were anticipating his performance but we are holding off on interviews and focusing on making music and organising a world tour."
DJ Pauly D just landed a new gig: becoming a father.
According to E!, Former Jersey Shore cast member welcomed a baby girl today. The DJ is reportedly "very excited" and "has always wanted kids." Pauly D did not have a previous relationship with the mother of the child, but he is looking forward to building a relationship with her.
Pauly D is the second Jersey Shore alum to bring a baby into the world after Snooki gave birth to baby Lorenzo in 2012. Regarding Snooki's baby, Pauly D told People in an interview last year, "I want to be Uncle Pauly and I want to be a part of that baby's life, because Snooki is one of my best friends now, and I'd love to be with her when she's delivering the baby, and I'd love to babysit." It looks like Pauly D just got an upgrade in responsibility.
We imagine the first things Pauly D picked up on the way to the hospital were an Ed Hardy onesie and baby’s first tanning bed, obviously just the sort of things every baby needs.
Whitney Houston's mother has reached out to the tragic singer's daughter in a heartfelt open letter, urging the 20 year old to rethink her marriage plans. Cissy Houston and Bobbi Kristina Brown fell out after the gospel singer wrote a book about her daughter, which her granddaughter called "disrespectful" - and now they rarely speak.
Cissy is now trying to mend her relationship with Brown by offering her relationship advice in the form of a letter she has released to media outlets.
In the statement, grandma hopes the 20 year old will one day read her book, Remembering Whitney, and "understand that I just wanted to let the world see some of My Nippy".
But she also risks pushing her granddaughter further away by addressing her engagement to Nick Gordon, which Bobbi Kristina confirmed in July (13).
Cissy writes, "Krissi, all I want for you is your good health and your happiness. Do I want you to get married in the near future? No, I don't. I think you're too young and I wish you'd wait. But that's because I'm Grandma. I'm supposed to worry about you. I'm supposed to wonder if Nick or ANY man is good enough for you. My Baby's Baby."
Country stars Carrie Underwood and Kix Brooks have offered well wishes to Lady Antebellum star Hillary Scott, who became a first-time mum on Monday (22Jul13). Just hours before news of the royal baby's birth made headlines around the world, the Need You Now singer welcomed little Eisele Kaye Tyrrell to the world in Nashville, Tennessee.
And several stars have taken to Twitter.com to congratulate Scott and her husband, Lady Antebellum drummer Chris Tyrrell.
Her bandmates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood posted a message on the group's Twitter.com account, writing, "Congratulations to @HillaryScottLA and Chris, parents of the beautiful Eisele Kaye! Happy birthday and we love you!!"
And pal Underwood added, "@HillaryScottLA Congratulations, sweet Hillary! So many blessings to your family and its new gift from God! May she be just like you!"
Former Brooks & Dunn star Kix Brooks was also thrilled by the 'other baby news', tweeting, "Congrats to @HillaryScottLA of @ladyantebellum - sweet lil thing finally showed up! This is where the party starts!"
Scott took to her own Twitter page on Tuesday (23Jul13) to declare, "Thanks to EVERYONE for the congratulations, prayers, support, and love for our precious Eisele Kaye! She has completely stolen our hearts!"