Indian actress Priyanka Chopra has sent a legal notice to ex-boyfriend Aseem Merchant in a bid to halt a planned biopic about her former manager, Prakash Jaju. The Bollywood star had a falling out with Jaju in 2008 after he was imprisoned for three months for allegedly sending Chopra obscene messages, and now Merchant is planning to make a film about the svengali's time in prison.
Chopra fears it will focus on her personal and professional life and has filed legal papers to stop production on the movie, according to the Mumbaimirror.com.
The notice reads, "Our client is shocked to note that while all the news articles mention the proposed film as your biopic, the promotions largely refer to our client... rather than references to you. You are intending to collude with Mr. Merchant in violation of our client's rights, including right to privacy, defaming our client and lowering her reputation, seeking to subject her to hatred and ridicule.
"Our client calls upon you to withdraw all the publicity material of the film with immediate effect, desist using or referring to any personal or confidential information about her and/or her family, desist from producing, releasing the proposed film and tender an unconditional apology to her."
Merchant has received the legal notice, but still plans to move forward with the project.
He says, "We are going ahead with the project and we do not want to succumb to any pressure tactics. We have already replied to her notice."
An Arkansas judge has confessed to leaking confidential information about Charlize Theron adopting her son months before she made an official announcement. The Oscar winner became a mum to Jackson in early 2012 and managed to keep the news secret for several weeks.
She eventually confirmed she had adopted in March of that year (12), but the news had been leaked on a Louisiana State University message board two months earlier (Jan12).
A poster using the name 'geauxjudge' revealed the star was going through adoption proceedings and that she had turned up in court in a "long brown wig (and) oversized clothes" to "camouflage her appearance".
After a online report pointed the finger at Circuit Judge Mike Maggio on Monday (03Mar14), he has admitted being behind the leak.
A statement from Maggio reads, "I take full responsibility for the comments that have been attributed to me.
"I apologize deeply for my lapse in personal judgment and for that, I have no excuse. The comments posted were not acceptable. These comments are not a reflection of who I am."
Maggio has now ended his campaign for a seat on the Arkansas Court of Appeals. The state's Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission director David Sachar has ordered an investigation into the scandal.
I have to say, I was expecting a Smith/Coleman kiss this episode ... something along the lines of the Ninth Doctor/Rose pre-regeneration smooch? We got a lot of face-caressing and hugs, but no dice on the kiss. Ah well. But in that spirit, we've compiled a list of some of our favorite Doctor Who kisses:
10. 11th Doctor/Amy
Okay, so this one was awkwardness embodied, and it was more than a little cringe-worthy. But you've gotta admire Amy and her chutzpah, right? It's even better when you watch the Doctor Who Confidential for the episode and realize that Karen Gillan "subconsciously" touched Matt Smith's inner thigh during filming.
9. 11th Doctor/River Song
Well, these two have kissed multiple times, but my personal favorite was that flail-inducing first kiss of theirs (or for Eleven, anyway) back in "A Good Man Goes to War."
8. Captain Jack Harkness/Rose
Pretty sure that Captain Jack has excellent chemistry with everyone.
7. 9th Doctor/Captain Jack Harkness
Ditto! Captain Jack's got game. Dang, what will get Stephan Moffat to bring John Barrowman back?
6. 10th Doctor/Donna
The mutual dislike of both parities for this kiss made it one of the best on the show. And hey, it saved the Doctor from being poisoned!
5. 11th Doctor/Victorian!Clara
Alas, the only Eleven/Clara kiss we'll ever get. But still – Matt Smith's flailing is pretty hard to beat (and of course, Jenna Louise Coleman is utterly delightful).
4. 10th Doctor/Cassandra!Rose
David Tennant's post-kiss bliss-stunned discomposure was deliciously funny – as was his little quip ("Yep, still got it"). And that's not even mentioning the fabulousness of Cassandra!Rose's lasciviousiosity!
3. 11th Doctor/Rory
This one certainly wins in terms of shock value. This kiss was improvised, much to an unsuspecting Arthur Darvill's chagrin.
2. 9th Doctor/Rose
Nine is way underrated, in my opinion, and to me this remains one of the most romantic kisses in New Who history.
1. The "Journey's End" Kiss
Nothing short of iconic (it doesn't hurt that David Tennant and Billie Piper's collective chemistry is off the charts).
What are your favorite Doctor Who kisses? Did you have a soft spot for the problematic Queen Elizabeth I? Madame du Pompadour? Rory and Amy? Let us know in the comments!
Tom Cruise has avoided going to trial with bosses at America's In Touch and Life & Style magazines after reaching a settlement over his $50 million (£33.3 million) defamation lawsuit. The Mission: Impossible star launched legal action against owners at Bauer Media Group in November (13) over the magazines' 2012 suggestions that he had "abandoned" his daughter Suri following his divorce from actress Katie Holmes last year (12).
At the time of the filing, his attorney Bert Fields said, "Tom doesn't go around suing people. He's not a litigious guy. But when these sleaze peddlers try to make money with disgusting lies about his relationship with his child, you bet he's going to sue."
Cruise's lengthy deposition made waves as personal details about his private life were revealed, including his admission that his devotion to Scientology had been "one of" the reasons behind his split from Holmes.
The case was set to go to trial, but Cruise has since managed to resolve the dispute and papers for a lawsuit dismissal were filed in California federal court on Friday (20Dec13).
The terms of the settlement are confidential, although each party will be responsible for its own legal costs, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Actress Kim Basinger has written a personal letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin urging him to release 18 whales from captivity. The L.A. Confidential star was celebrating earlier this month (Aug13) after winning her campaign to block plans to export beluga whales to an aquarium in Georgia, U.S.
Now she has taken her activism a step further by asking the Russian leader to free the marine mammals that were earmarked for export and are now in captivity.
In the note, sent via People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Basinger writes, "I was thrilled to learn that the 18 beluga whales who were slated to be transported from the Utrish Marine Mammal Research Station to a U.S. aquarium will remain in Russia and out of my home state of Georgia.
"The whales would have had a bleak life if they had been shipped to Georgia for public display... As an ardent supporter of marine life, I commend you for your efforts to preserve this magnificent species. Now that these whales will not be transferred to the U.S., I urge you to take the next step and ensure that they are returned to their rightful ocean home...
"The plight of these whales has the whole world watching to see what will happen next. I urge you to help return these belugas to their families in the ocean. Will you take a strong unequivocal stand in favor of marine animals by initiating the rehabilitation-and-release process?"
42, the inspiring true life story of baseball icon Jackie Robinson knocked it out of the park this weekend with a much better than expected $27.25 million. A 25% uptick on Saturday reflected great word-of-mouth for the film which was projected to earn in the high teen millions. Starring Harrison Ford as Brooklyn Dodger's exec Branch Rickey and the relatively unknown Chadwick Boseman as Robinson, the film is a riveting and hugely entertaining account of Robinson's personal and professional battles with peers, colleagues and the general public who were unwilling to accept an African-American ballplayer in the Major Leagues in 1940's America. Boseman is a revelation as Robinson and Ford chews up the scenery as Rickey along with Christopher Meloni (Law and Order: SVU, Oz) who is a standout as Dodger manager Leo Durocher and a great supporting cast including Alan Tudyk and John C. McGinley. Brian Helgeland (screenwriter of L.A. Confidential, Mystic River & Man on Fire) directs from his own script. The film obviously had major crossover appeal beyond male sports-enthusiasts due to its civil rights and family-oriented themes along with a strong love story between Robinson and his wife. As such, the Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures release should continue to be a solid performer in the coming weeks.
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The Weinstein Co.'s Dimension genre label released the fifth installment of the Scary Movie franchise and managed a franchise low debut of just $15.1 million. On the plus side is that with over $800 million in worldwide box office, the franchise has been a profit center for the distributor since its first installment was released in year 2000. Opening weekend's have ranged from a high of $48.1 million for 2003's Scary Movie 3 to a low of $20.5 million for the second installment, so this one is at the bottom end.
Holdovers rounded out the Top 5 as Fox's animated family hit The Croods in its fourth weekend is still performing well with a third place finish of $13.2 million and $142.5 million to date. In fouth place, Paramount/MGM's G.I. Joe: Retaliation grabbed another $10.8 million this weekend with $102.4 million to date and Sony/Tri-Star's horror hit and last weekend's number one movie Evil Dead came in fifth with $9.5 million against a 63% drop (typical for the horror genre) and $41.5 million to date.The incredible 3-D re-release of 1993's Jurassic Park which performed well last weekend and set records for IMAX chewed off another $8.8 million for sixth place and an impressive $31.9 million after ten days in theaters.Notably, Focus Features Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper drama The Place Beyond the Pines had a strong first expansion adding 484 theaters for a total of 514 and a tenth place finish with $4.079 million (a 480% boost over last weekend) an impressive per-theater average of $7,937 and $5.45 million thus far.The Summer Movie season looms large on the not-too-distant horizon with the debut of Disney/Marvel's Iron Man 3 on May 3 and it comes not a moment too soon with YTD revenues running 11.22% behind 2012 at this point.
42, the inspiring true life story of baseball icon Jackie Robinson will step up to the box office plate this weekend in 3003 theaters with a real shot at a swing for the fences number one debut. Starring Harrison Ford as Brooklyn Dodger's exec Branch Rickey and the relatively unknown Chadwick Boseman as Robinson, the film is a riveting and hugely entertaining account of Robinson's personal and professional battles with peers, colleagues and the general public who were unwilling to accept an African-American ballplayer in the Major Leagues in 1940's America. Boseman is a revelation as Robinson and Ford chews up the scenery as Rickey along with Christopher Meloni (Law and Order: SVU, Oz) who is a standout as Dodger manager Leo Durocher and a great supporting cast including Alan Tudyk and John C. McGinley. Brian Helgeland (screenwriter of L.A. Confidential, Mystic River & Man on Fire) directs from his own script.
The film has major crossover appeal beyond male sports-enthusiasts due to its civil rights and family-oriented themes along with a strong love story between Robinson and his wife (played by a stunning Nicole Beharie). An expected gross in the $17 to $19 million range is on deck (though we are root, root, rooting for a $20 million plus number) for the Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures release with solid word-of-mouth giving the film a likely strong boost on Saturday and an expectation of a number one debut by the bottom of the ninth on Sunday night.
Of course there will be competition for first place in the $15 to $18 million range with the opening of a very different type of film aimed at the teen audience as The Weinstein Co.'s Dimension genre label releases the fifth installment of the Scary Movie franchise. With over $800 million in worldwide box office, the franchise has been a profit center for the distributor since its first installment was released in year 2000. Opening weekend's have ranged from a high of $48.1 million for 2003's Scary Movie 3 to a low of $20.5 million for the second installment, so this one is on the low side, but still impressive for a fifth go 'round.
This will leave holdovers including Fox's animated family hit The Croods in its fourth weekend (expected to hold strong with a gross in the low teens and around $135 million by the end of the weekend), Paramount/MGM's G.I. Joe: Retaliation (with around $11 million expected for its third weekend and a possible shot at crossing the $100 million mark by Sunday night) and Sony/Tri-Star's horror hit and last weekend's number one movie Evil Dead ($10 million likely for the weekend and around $40 million total by late Sunday) to round out the Top 5.
Also keep an eye out for the incredible 3-D re-release of 1993's Jurassic Park which performed well last weekend, set records for IMAX as well and continues in 2,778 theaters nationwide.
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The Summer Movie season looms large on the not-too-distant horizon with the debut of Disney/Marvel's Iron Man 3 on May 3 and it comes not a moment too soon with YTD revenues running 11.36% behind 2012 at this point.
[Photo Credit: Warner Bros./Dimension]
The British cook fell out with his wife's family in 2010 when he fired his father-in-law Chris Hutcheson as chief executive of his restaurant business.
Hutcheson subsequently filed a lawsuit against Ramsay, while the TV star hit back by filing his own legal papers against several of his wife Tana's relatives.
Ramsay accused Hutcheson of hacking into his personal and company files, withdrawing millions of dollars from the firm and using the money to reportedly fund a double life with an alleged mistress.
The legal battle has now formally ended after both sides agreed on an out-of-court settlement, although details of the deal have not been released.
Ramsay's representatives at Freud Communications tell Britain's Daily Mail in a statement, "Gordon Ramsay and Gordon Ramsay Holdings have reached a settlement with Chris Hutcheson and other members of the Hutcheson family.
"The terms of the settlement are confidential but we can confirm that Chris Hutcheson is no longer a director or shareholder of Gordon Ramsay Holdings and all civil litigation and employment tribunal claims brought by each of the two parties and other family members have been withdrawn."
The mother-of-two entered The Canyon in Malibu, California in February, 2010 in a bid to deal with personal problems following a bust-up with Sheen in Aspen, Colorado over the 2009 festive period.
In legal papers, Mueller claims that just days after secretly checking into the facility, reports emerged suggesting she was being treated for substance abuse issues.
Mueller is suing for undisclosed damages, alleging her right to privacy has been violated by staff at The Canyon, reports TMZ.com.
Appearing with her for an interview on news show Larry King Live, Martin Garbus explained personal information about Grigorieva is being picked up by the press - and it should be off-limits.
He says, "In the family court, court files are sealed - they're confidential, so the files that were leaked to an Internet station were all stolen... It's medical documents, declarations, court opinions, transcripts."
The attorney revealed court officials have ordered an investigation, claiming 2,000 pages of information has been leaked.
Grigorieva admits she's terrified of what might be leaked to the media: "It could be quite terrible because this whole case could turn into a gossip story."