Paris Hilton's mother Kathy lent her support to the family of her childhood friend Michael Jackson on Friday (28Oct11) by joining them in Los Angeles County Superior Court for Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial, reports TMZ.com. The medic is accused of administering the fatal drug that cost the King of Pop his life.
The director reveals Cam Gigandet, Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman were left battered and bruised following the film's most dramatic and violent scenes - and he was glad there was someone nearby who could stitch them up.
Schumacher tells WENN, "I was gonna put a card at the end of the movie saying, 'No animals were hurt making this movie but every actor in it was!'
"Nic (Cage) got a very mild concussion when Ben (Mendelsohn) slammed him on the floor in one scene at the beginning and Ben cut his eye open in another scene. Nicole was just black, blue and purple (bruised). Cam smashed this subzero refrigerator so hard in frustration he ripped the top of his hand off.
"We always had a medic, who was an ex-military medic, on set just in case anyone got hurt. There were accidents and no one planned them but when you have actors with this intensity they don't stop; they get lost in it."
And it was Kidman, who plays the victim of Gigandet and Mendelsohn's violent intruders in the film, who was the one calling for her male co-stars to treat her rough.
Schumacher adds, "Nicole felt sometimes they weren't being rough enough with her and her character could've gotten away, so she would say to them, 'No, that's not hard enough.'
"There's a scene where Jordana Spiro, who plays Ben's stripper girlfriend, is holding a gun on her and she is grabbing her by the hair and I remember after the first take Nicole said to Jordana, 'You know, you have to grab my hair much harder because I can pull away from you.' Nicole was great. I was not crazy about her doing her own stunts but she was down for it."
After garnering widespread praise (and an Oscar nomination for screenwriting) for his 2000 directorial debut You Can Count on Me Kenneth Lonergan was in-demand. In September 2005 the writer/director began production on a follow-up feature: Margaret which touted Anna Paquin Matt Damon Mark Ruffalo Matthew Broderick Allison Janney as well as legendary filmmakers Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) as producers. The movie wrapped production in a few months time. The buzz was already growing.
Now six years later the movie is finally hitting theaters. So…what took so long?
The journey to this point hasn't been an easy one and it shows. If a film's shot footage is a block of granite and the editing process is the careful carving that turns it into a statuesque work of art Margaret feels like it was attacked by a blind man with a jackhammer. The film is a cinematic disaster a mishmash of shallow characters overwrought politics and sporadic tones. The story follows Lisa Coen (Paquin) a New York teenager who finds herself drowning in chaos after distracting a bus driver (Ruffalo) causing him to hit and kill a pedestrian (Janney). Initially Lisa tells the police it was all an accident but as time passes regret takes hold and the girl embarks on a mission to take down the man she now regards as a culprit. That's just the tip of the iceberg–along the way Lisa deals with everyday teen stuff: falling for her geometry teacher (Damon) combating her anxiety-ridden actress mother losing her virginity dabbling in drugs debating 9/11 and the Iraq War cultivating a relationship with her father in LA and more. There are about eight seasons of television stuffed into Margaret but even a two and a half hour run time can't make it all click.
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The pretty Greek-American, who hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in Athens in 2006 and currently presents U.S. news show Extra, has gone public with her baby plans in a taped interview with top TV medic Dr. Drew Pinsky for his Lifechangers show.
She told him, "I'm 33 and I decided that I know that I have a couple of years of work I want to get to and then do it (become a mum). I figured this is kind of an insurance policy, to a degree, to protect myself, from when I want to do it when I'm older."
Menounos also broke the news to her parents on the show, telling them, "I have decided I am going to have kids... but, to make it realistic - because I am not going to do it for a few years, we're going to freeze our eggs so that we have no problems down the line."
The Hairspray star and former talk show host is competing on the U.S. series alongside David Arquette, Cher's son Chaz Bono and George Clooney's ex-girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis.
She has now become the first celebrity to be injured during the new season after hurting her shin while practising with dance partner Derek Hough.
In a series of posts on Twitter.com, alongside an image of her bruised leg, she writes, "Look, my first injury... Don't ask how it happened... Not sure how my bruise turned into a medic showing up? I'm fine!!"
The 66 year old shocked theatre-goers when he fainted while performing in The Country Girl in Shrewsbury, England last August (10).
The show was immediately halted and medics were called to attend to Shaw, who has now opened up about his health scare.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "I heard my cue and thought, 'That's weird, I can't move. I can't speak'. It was really scary. Then it was just like in the movies, I went backwards, and I thought, 'Oh s**t'.
"I couldn't speak but the medic kept saying, 'Can you smile for me sir?' I knew he was checking to see if I'd had a stroke because if you smile wonkily they go 'Uh-oh' and know what they're dealing with."
Shaw resumed his role after a few days of treatment and admits carrying on with his heavy workload while feeling ill contributed to his collapse.
He adds, "Anyone will tell you that touring theatre is exhausting. I felt ill but I'd carried on when I should have taken a few days off."
The Avatar star jetted off to Hawaii to celebrate turning 35 earlier this month (02Aug11), but the vacation was short lived when he could no longer bear the pain in his jaw.
He explains, "I went to Hawaii but I had to come back pretty quickly. I'm 35 now and I think the warranty (on his body)'s expired! I had to get a root canal. Had it for my birthday present.
"Literally, I got there (Hawaii), came back on the second (day), and had the root canal. I was in so much pain, I thought I could hold the pain and in the end it had to yield."
However, Worthington admits the tooth problem could have been treated earlier if he had stayed on top of his dental hygiene - because he hadn't visited the dentist in years.
The Hollywood action man confesses he's "petrified" of the medic poking around in his mouth.
He says, "The last time I went to the dentist was 22 years ago, when I was 13. I have a really bad gag reflex. I went in, I was sitting there, I was sweating, I couldn't even sit on the seat! He got the mirror and I started (gagging) and he hadn't even gone anywhere near my mouth!
"So they had to knock me out. I'm petrified (of going to the dentist)."
But Worthington's birthday disaster was made a little better thanks to a thoughtful gift from Avatar director James Cameron: "For my birthday he gave me diving equipment, 'cause he loves the water and wants to take me scuba diving. I've never done it in my life."
Boxer Mike Tyson turned medic for the day after swapping lives with a namesake nurse from Michigan on U.S. TV show Same Name. The retired sportsman learned how to take patients' vital signs on the programme, which aired on Sunday (07Aug11), while the other Mike Tyson stepped into the ring for a charity boxing match.
The one-time Bond girl admits she was targeted by cruel bullies in her native Illinois and years later, at the age of 19, she went under the knife to boost her breast size as she tried to break into Hollywood.
She says, "Living in Illinois in a small town, kids were making fun of me calling me flatchested, (saying) my lips were too big; I was fish lips."
But Richards is adamant she didn't feel under extra pressure to get the breast enlargement operation just because she was an aspiring actress living in Los Angeles.
She adds, "Even if I lived in Illinois which I did up until I was 15; that was the time of puberty and peer pressure... So whether I was in Illinois or L.A. I probably would've bought boobs."
Richards recently admitted she regretted her first boob job because she didn't check her cosmetic surgeon's credentials properly before handing over her money. The medic botched the job and Richards was later forced to undergo a breast augmentation procedure to correct it.
The former Bond girl went under the knife when she was just a teen, but she was in such a rush to get a more voluptuous shape, she didn't check out her surgeon's credentials.
Richards required a further procedure to correct the mistake and she admits she should have sued the medic - but the young actress decided against legal action because she was preparing to shoot sexy 1998 movie Wild Things.
She tells Us Weekly, "When I was 19, a doctor put in bigger implants than what I'd asked for. I was in such a hurry to get them that I didn't research my doctor.
"I felt very vulnerable. I was getting ready to film Wild Things and I didn't want to get into a lawsuit with some plastic surgeon. It wasn't right what the doctor did, but it is what it is."