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Cine News: 29 October 2008

Ημερομηνία καταχώρησης: Τετάρτη, 29 Οκτ. 2008 @ 23:13:07 MST - Συντάκτης : Jim Papamichos

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Leachman Has Last Laugh After Dance Show
29 October 2008 3:03 PM, PDT

Oscar winner Cloris Leachman's Broadway career has been boosted by her appearance on hit U.S. reality show Dancing With The Stars - producers have reportedly reconsidered her for a role she was rejected for last year.

The 82-year-old star admitted she was "heartbroken" when she was turned down to reprise her role on hit Broadway show Young Frankenstein - the character she portrayed in the hit 1974 movie - due to fears over her age.

Producer Mel Brooks told Variety magazine at the time: "We're afraid the show... could kill (Leachman)... We don't want her to die onstage."

Leachman was booted from Dancing With The Stars on Tuesday after weeks of rigorous training in ballroom and Latin dance.

But Brooks has reportedly changed his mind despite her dismissal, impressed by the star's stamina in the demanding numbers.

According to Broadway gossip site "Mel has reached out to Leachman to see if they could make a deal - which I'm sure has nothing to do with the show's somewhat soft box office."

A spokesperson for Leachman tells the New York Post: "Cloris has received several interesting offers. We cannot confirm that Young Frankenstein is one of them. For the time being, Cloris is focusing all her attention on dancing."

Soleil Moon Frye And Husband Exchange Vows
29 October 2008 3:03 PM, PDT

Actress Soleil Moon Frye and her movie producer husband Jason Goldberg have renewed their wedding vows, 10 years after they first tied the knot.

The ceremony took place on 25 October at the pair's Hollywood Hills home, with a guest list including the couple's kids Poet, three, and Jagger, seven months, and their pals Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher.

Former child star Frye, 32, says, "Besides the days my children were born - and my first wedding - it was the best night of my life."


Reid Too Scared For More Surgery
29 October 2008 3:03 PM, PDT

Tara Reid is too scared to go under the knife to fix the scars left by her last botched cosmetic surgery procedure.

The American Pie actress and former surgery junkie has breast implants, and underwent an abdominal operation that has left her tummy marked.

The episode has left her self-conscious about her appearance, but she isn't prepared to have it fixed and run the risk of further complications.

She tells People magazine, "I'm scared about getting surgery ever again. It's like surviving a plane crash and getting on a plane again. My stomach scars are my battle wounds."


Hilton Splits From Manager
29 October 2008 3:03 PM, PDT

Paris Hilton has parted ways with her longtime manager Jason Moore.

Moore had represented the heiress for 10 years, but he has walked away from his biggest client - amid rumours of a rift between Hilton and Moore's wife.

A source tells Us Weekly magazine, "His new wife threatened to divorce him because he was always gone with Paris."

But Moore insists, "There were a lot of reasons - both personal and professional - for the split, but nothing had anything to do with my marriage."


Somerville Feared Death
29 October 2008 3:03 PM, PDT

Former Friends actress Bonnie Somerville feared she'd be killed by the man who robbed her and an actor pal at gunpoint earlier this month.

Somerville, 34, and Walter Stewart were leaving an event on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles on 18 October when they were confronted by a lone gunman.

The star began screaming as the assailant demanded she hand over her bag, and a struggle ensued. A shot was fired, hitting Stewart in the back.

Speaking out for the first time since the incident, Somerville tells People magazine: "We didn't know (he) had a gun; we wouldn't have struggled.

"(When he pointed the gun at me), my mum's face flashed in my head - I thought I was going to die. I'm so lucky."

Somerville played Mona, one-time girlfriend of David Schwimmer's character Ross Geller, in the hit TV series.


Olsen Book Signing Sparks Protest
29 October 2008 3:03 PM, PDT

A book-signing for fans of twin actresses Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen took an ugly turn when they were bombarded by a legion of angry protestors wearing mocking masks of the pair.

Fans lined up to meet the 22-year-old moguls, who were celebrating the release of their new coffee table book, Influence, on Tuesday.

But the pair were stunned to find animal rights activists shouting outside the event - part of a campaign launched by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) against the stars for their fashion choices.

A PETA spokesperson tells WENN: "People who still wear fur haven.t woken up to the fact that a big, dead animal on your back makes you look like a troll.

"Compassionate fashionistas know that real beauty comes from the heart - something that the Trollsen Twins seem to lack, considering all the animals killed for their clothes."


DiCaprio Rounds Up Hollywood Big Hitters For Voting Ad
29 October 2008 3:03 PM, PDT

Leonardo DiCaprio has gathered a host of huge stars including Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Justin Timberlake, Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg to star in a new public service announcement urging Americans to go to the polls next week (4Nov08).

DiCaprio produced and appears in the ad, which shows Hollywood's finest contemplating Spielberg's request that they "don't vote" in Tuesday's presidential election - his attempt at reverse psychology.

Roberts complains the request "doesn't make sense"; while Timberlake replies, "I can do anything. I was in a boy band, Ok?"

Ford tells Spielberg, "You know what? I can't do it. It's not true, I don't believe it - 537 people decided the 2000 election, and you want me to tell people that one vote doesn't count?"

The PSA also stars Ryan Reynolds and his wife Scarlett Johansson; Will Smith, Cameron Diaz, Shia Labeouf, Snoop Dogg, Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel, Zach Braff and Sacha Baron Cohen as his alter ego, Borat.


Downey Jr. To Reprise Iron Man Role
29 October 2008 12:12 PM, PDT

Actor Robert Downey Jr. has signed a new deal with Marvel Studios to reprise his role as Iron Man in The Avengers alongside other Marvel heroes Captain America, Thor and the Incredible Hulk.

The star will also appear in two more Iron Man movies as part of the contract, reports industry magazine Variety.

Iron Man 2 is due for release in 2010 while The Avengers will hit cinemas in 2011.


Trump Converting To Judaism?
29 October 2008 12:12 PM, PDT

Ivanka Trump's relationship with boyfriend Jared Kushner has taken a serious turn - after the reality TV star reportedly made plans to convert to Judaism.

The daughter of real-estate tycoon Donald Trump, 26, split from the businessman in April after a year of dating.

Their recent reconciliation prompted reports Trump would abandon her own faith to appease his Orthodox family.

And according to the New York Post, the former model has been diligently adopting Jewish beliefs and practices, and has chosen New York's Upper East Side Rabbi Haskel Lookstein to convert her to the religion.

A source tells the newspaper, "She and Jared were in shul (synagogue) during all the holidays and ate in the sukkah every night."

Ivanka has declined to comment on the reports.


Melrose Comeback Plans In Place
29 October 2008 12:12 PM, PDT

Popular 1990s soap opera Melrose Place is reportedly set to follow in the footsteps of Beverly Hills, 90210 with a return to the small screen.

Bosses on the show - which launched the careers of Marcia Cross and Kristin Davis - are working on an updated version of the series, according to E! Online.

The show ran from 1992 to 1999 and was notorious for its sensationalist storylines and extravagant characters.

The move to bring it back comes after the Beverly Hills, 90210 spin-off hit screens in the U.S. in the summer. Both series were produced by late TV mogul Aaron Spelling.

Former Melrose Place star Lisa Rinna has fuelled reports of a comeback, saying, "I've heard a rumor of them bringing back the show like they did 90210."


Pullman's Son Arrested
29 October 2008 12:12 PM, PDT

The son of Hollywood actor Bill Pullman has been arrested on charges of assault, underage drinking and possessing moonshine.

Jack Pullman, 19, was reportedly arrested with a 19-year-old friend in North Carolina on Monday night.

He also faces a charge of assaulting a government official.

According to a local ABC network affiliate, both men have been released from police custody. No further details were available as WENN went to press.


Beckham Strips For Armani
29 October 2008 12:12 PM, PDT

Victoria Beckham is set to follow in the footsteps of her soccer ace husband David when she strips down to her underwear to model for Italian fashion house Armani.

The former Spice Girl will debut as the "worldwide testimonial" for Emporio Armani Women's underwear in the Spring/Summer 2009 campaign.

The collaboration comes months after David Beckham stopped traffic by posing scantily clad for the Italian designer, which was unveiled on a massive billboard unveiled in California last June.

In a statement, Giorgio Armani said: "Who better than Victoria Beckham to launch our new global Emporio Armani underwear campaign? Victoria is a style icon, a dynamic lady whose influence and recognition will add great excitement to the continued international growth of our Emporio Armani women's underwear business."


Cook's Daughter 'Scared' By Seinfeld's Remarks
29 October 2008 12:12 PM, PDT

A chef who claims comedian Jerry Seinfeld's wife plagiarised her cookbook has now accused the funnyman "scaring" her young daughter.

Chef Missy Chase Lapine sued Seinfeld's wife Jessica in January, claiming Seinfeld's bestselling cookbook Deceptively Delicious had been "brazenly plagiarised" from her own tome, The Sneaky Chef.

Both books describe how to hide healthy ingredients in children's food.

Seinfeld's subsequent appearance on U.S. TV show The Late Show with David Letterman - where he joked, "Many of the three-named people do become assassins" and called Lapine a "wacko" and "mentally unhinged celebrity stalker" - prompted the chef to add a defamation charge against the funnyman.

In federal court documents filed on Tuesday, Lapine says she "started feeling scared" by the incident.

She adds: "I have never felt so frightened and vulnerable as the day my daughter, seven years old, came home from school and asked, 'Mom, what is an assassin?'

"I thought I made a big mistake talking to any reporters because now this billionaire is angry and attacking me everywhere.

"I do not suffer from any mental infirmity. I am not a celebrity stalker. I am not a violent or dangerous person."

Seinfeld's lawyers are vying to get the defamation suit against him dismissed, insisting "mocking the litigious nature of society" is protected by his First Amendment right to freedom of speech.


Olsens' Strict Rules For Fans
29 October 2008 12:12 PM, PDT

Twin media moguls Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen disappointed fans hoping for photos at a recent book signing - after a long list of strict demands were posted by the pair.

Fans lined up for signed copies of the 22-year-olds' new coffee table book Influence, but were taken aback by the nine-point list they were asked to abide by before greeting the stars - including a "no pictures" rule.

The form warned: "Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen will be with us for a limited time. They will only be signing copies of their book... They will not be speaking, reading or taking questions.

"(The Olsens) will not sign any memorabilia or product other than Influence. There is a limit of one book per person.

"There is no photography allowed. You must put away your camera or cellphone before approaching the signing table."


Brand Quits Radio Show
29 October 2008 12:12 PM, PDT

Latest: British comedian Russell Brand has quit his job as a BBC radio presenter following his controversial prank calls to actor Andrew Sachs.

During four calls, which were aired on Brand's Radio 2 show on 18 October, he and fellow broadcaster Jonathan Ross recorded voicemail messages on Fawlty Towers star Sachs' phone, in which they discussed Brand's fling with the 78-year-old's granddaughter. The pair also joked about breaking into his house and molesting him, although that dialogue was cut from the aired broadcast.

Sachs was outraged - along with thousands of listeners, who lodged complaints, prompting the broadcaster to suspend the pair on Wednesday.

But Forgetting Sarah Marshall star Brand resigned later the same day, insisting he takes "complete responsibility" for the incident.

A statement reads, "As I only do the radio show to make people laugh I've decided that, given the subsequent coverage, I will stop doing the show.

"I got a bit caught up in the moment and forgot that, at the core of the rude comments and silly songs, were the real feelings of a beloved and brilliant comic actor and a very sweet and big-hearted young woman."


Zeta-Jones: 'I Dressed Badly For Movie Roles'
29 October 2008 9:14 AM, PDT

Hollywood beauty Catherine Zeta-Jones wore dowdy clothes for film auditions - because she was convinced her stunning looks would put directors off.

The Traffic star, 39, was adamant her feminine charms would distract movie bosses from her acting potential when she was trying to land big-screen roles.

The actress, who is married to Michael Douglas, says: "I used to dress down and try to look plain and frumpy. I thought I was supposed to look as if I'd spent the night sleeping under a bridge in order for people to take me seriously."


Double Divorcee Kurylenko Refuses To Rule Out Marriage
29 October 2008 9:14 AM, PDT

New Bond girl Olga Kurylenko has not ruled out marriage in the future - despite having two divorces behind her at the age of 28.

The Ukrainian actress split from photographer Cedric Van Mol in 2003, after four years of marriage. She went on to marry businessman Damian Gabrielle in 2006, but they divorced just one year later.

But Kurylenko insists she is open to getting married once again if she finds the right person.

She says, "I have not been scarred by my two divorces. The important thing is that I loved them - and you cannot regret loving.

"I am glad to have spent a part of my life with my two ex-husbands. If I had to go back I would do it again. My divorces were not a sad experience. It's just communication.

"People who surround us in our life exchange more and more experiences with us. I learned I had differences from them and they were different people from me.

"My ex-husbands were different nationalities but were both very interesting people. I don't see divorce as a failure. I see it as the end to a story."


Swayze: 'I Thought I Was De Niro'
29 October 2008 9:14 AM, PDT

Actor Patrick Swayze rejected countless TV roles before he signed up to star in forthcoming series The Beast - because he considered television a step-down for a Hollywood movie star.

The Ghost actor is scheduled to continue filming the show until November of this year.

But he admits it took years of convincing to return to the small screen after his success in blockbuster films.

He tells the New York Times, "I thought I was (Robert) De Niro... If I'm going to do television, I wanted that (1985 mini-series) North and South experience. I wanted something that.s going to challenge me on a constant basis.

"To be honest, I've made a game out of trying to live through my James Dean, Janis Joplin, Freddie Prinze, Jim Morrison period, those demons that we all have that we're either successful or not at making (it) work for us rather than destroy us..


Biel 'Screwed Up' Over Nude Pics
29 October 2008 9:14 AM, PDT

Hollywood beauty Jessica Biel regrets being pressured into topless shots for a U.S. men's magazine.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre star, 26, was persuaded to pose for the racy pictures in 2000 to shed her angelic image.

But she admits she now rues agreeing to the photo shoot.

She says, "It was supposed to show me being sexier and more mature. The idea was: Look at me- I am a woman, growing up. I had male managers at the time, who were really excited about the photo shoot.

"The truth is, though, I was in way over my head. I remember calling my dad and saying: 'I screwed up. I went too far and did not stand up for myself.'"


Leary Apologises For Autism Comments
29 October 2008 9:14 AM, PDT

Actor-turned-author Denis Leary has apologised for his scathing remarks against children suffering with autism - insisting his quotes were taken out of context by the media.

The Rescue Me sparked outrage among activists for young autism sufferers when an excerpt from his book Why We Suck: A Feel-Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid was printed in a U.S. newspaper earlier this month.

In the book, Leary claims some parents use the brain development disorder as an excuse to explain their children's "laziness", and blames the surge in autism on "inattentive mothers and competitive dads".

But Leary has taken a step back since landing in hot water over the remarks.

He tells the Boston Herald, "I apologise for any pain the out-of-context quotes from my book may have caused."


Cyrus Fears Another Photo Leak
29 October 2008 9:14 AM, PDT

Miley Cyrus has reportedly become "a nervous wreck" after the FBI raided the home of a hacker who allegedly leaked candid photos of the star on the internet - because she fears he's passed on her personal information to someone else.

Federal agents raided the Tennessee home of Josh Holly last week (beg20Oct08), seizing computer equipment from the 19-year-old.

Holly became a prime suspect in the federal investigation after police learned he had allegedly bragged to pals about unlocking the Hannah Montana star's email account and flooding the internet with racy snaps of her.

And Cyrus is reportedly terrified that more personal information will be made public despite the government's involvement.

A source tells the National Enquirer, "She used that email account on a daily basis to send (former boyfriend) Nick (Jonas) and several of her friends photos and letters. And there were several other accounts Miley used for emails, so she's not exactly sure what Holly gained access to - and that's what so deeply troubling to her... The whole thing is making Miley a nervous wreck."


The Sopranos Bottle-Up Success With Italian Wineries
29 October 2008 5:12 AM, PDT

Hit U.S. TV series The Sopranos may have been killed off last year - but a group of wine makers are bottling up its success and putting it on shelves this autumn.

Sopranos Wines are being produced under a licensing agreement between TV network HBO and New-York based Vesuvio Import Company.

A network spokesperson says: "We feel that these quality Italian wines are the perfect complement to all of our other carefully planned product extensions for The Sopranos brand."

The line will feature wines including Chianti, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir, made from various Italian wineries.


Kurylenko Defends 'Artistic' Topless Photos
29 October 2008 5:12 AM, PDT

Actress Olga Kurylenko is unfazed that topless photos of her during her youth have surfaced - because they were taken "artistically".

A series of half-naked snaps of the new Bond girl, 28, have emerged since she was cast in Quantum of Solace, but Kurylenko is not bothered by the photos, insisting they are not "unusual".

She says, "There are no actresses who haven't appeared naked. These things are not unusual.

"All the magazine pictures are artistic. I didn't do any pornography. It was all done in silhouette. It was advertising stuff.

"It's something I have done but it's not what I enjoy doing. It was part of the job. I haven't been modelling for a few years now. I don't have to. Movies are my passion.

"I always have respect towards people and I do everything with love and respect. There are much graver things in the world to worry about."


The View Denies Hasselbeck + Behar Are At War
29 October 2008 5:12 AM, PDT

A representative for hit U.S. daytime show The View has been forced to deny rumours of an off-set feud between co-hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar.

The relationship between the pair - famed for their heated on-air debates over their political views - has reportedly become so strained that they have been involved in screaming matches backstage.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the animosity between the pair "has gotten so ugly, they only speak on air or when a camera is anywhere in their vicinity".

The rumours stem from the pair's angry conversations about the forthcoming U.S. presidential elections. Hasselbeck is a staunch Republican and John McCain supporter, while Behar is backing Democratic candidate Barack Obama.

But a spokesperson for the popular ABC programme refutes the claims, insisting rumours of a feud between the two hosts have been around since they started the show.

The representative tells, "These fabricated rumors about alleged dissention between Elisabeth and Joy are as untrue today as they were yesterday, a week ago and when the rumour(s) first started."

The denial comes just days after fellow co-host Whoopi Goldberg revealed Hasselbeck receives death threats from angry anti-Republican viewers.


Farrell 'Pained' By Alexander Flop
29 October 2008 5:12 AM, PDT

Actor Colin Farrell has opened up about box-office blunder Alexander four years after its release - insisting he's just getting over his disappointment at the movie flop.

Farrell played the ancient Greek conqueror in the 2004 Oliver Stone flick, which co-starred Angelina Jolie and Val Kilmer.

The film made a mere fourth of its reported $155 million (GBP98.7million) budget back at the U.S. box-office, adding to the actor's stress from movie critics who were disappointed with his performance.

Farrell confesses: "Alexander hurt, you know - and again people are going to say 'Get over it, you were well-paid' and all that. But Alexander hurt.

"The response that it got was really painful and all of us got a really hard time, and I didn't come across too well either in the majority of reviews and even with the audiences - people did not respond to it.

"It was a film that was made to be seen by many people. Not many people saw it and they weren't particularly fond of it, and that was s**t, it was really s**t... I took it to heart. I felt like I had let a lot of people down, I felt like I had disappointed a lot of people ... And it took a while to get over that."

And the star admits he's just starting to recover from the backlash, adding: "I probably got a bit disillusioned after that. I think only in the last couple of years starting with (new film) Pride and Glory has that disillusionment ceased to be something that is still present in my life regarding the work."


Francis Brands Ronson 'Disgusting' On U.S. TV
29 October 2008 5:12 AM, PDT

Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis has launched a bitter attack against Lindsay Lohan's DJ girlfriend Samantha Ronson - branding her a "disgusting human being".

A war of words erupted between the pair after Ronson slammed Francis for allegedly ignoring her while chatting to her Mean Girls partner at the MTV Video Music Awards last month.

Ronson claims that when Francis approached Lohan at the Los Angeles event he looked at her "as if I wasn't a human being" - insisting Francis has "no manners".

And Francis has hit back against the star during an appearance on America's The Tyra Banks Show, insisting he didn't understand why the pair were together and alleging Lohan isn't even "gay".

He told chatshow host Tyra Banks, "(Ronson is) very jealous. Samantha tried to start a fight with me. I care about Lindsay - she's not gay. She's being controlled by this... wretched woman, this Samantha."

But the actress has now hit back in the row.

She wrote on her official blog, "Joe Francis has no place in saying anything about Samantha... especially after all the s**t he has done."


BBC Suspends Brand + Ross After Controversial Radio Show
29 October 2008 5:12 AM, PDT

Latest: British comedian Russell Brand and broadcaster Jonathan Ross have been suspended over their prank phone calls to Fawlty Towers legend Andrew Sachs.

The BBC has taken all of the pair's shows off air until the corporation has investigated the calls, made during Brand's Radio 2 show.

The duo provoked outrage by leaving a series of crude phone messages for Sachs, in which they claimed Brand had slept with the actor's granddaughter Georgina, during show on 18 October.

Exotic dancer Georgina has since hit out at Brand in Britain's The Sun newspaper, calling for the funnyman to be sacked over the incident - and more than 18,000 people have complained to U.K. broadcasting regulator Ofcom.

The BBC's director general Mark Thompson announced the pair had been suspended on Wednesday and apologised unreservedly for the "completely unacceptable" broadcast.

Thompson says, "This is not a marginal case. It's clear from the views expressed by the public that this broadcast has caused severe offence and I share that view.

"This gross lapse of taste by the performers and the production team has angered licence payers."

The announcement comes after Prime Minster Gordon Brown condemned the duo for the broadcast.


Hudson Suspect 'Was Freed By Judge'
29 October 2008 5:12 AM, PDT

The prime suspect in the murders of Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew was arrested for drug possession in June - but was reportedly set free by a judge.

William Balfour is currently being quizzed by police over the slayings of Darnell Donerson, Jason Hudson, and seven year old Julian King in Chicago, Illinois.

And it has emerged he was held by cops for allegedly possessing cocaine earlier this year, but was freed after a judge dismissed the charge for lack of probable cause.

Legal experts claim the arrest itself could have been enough to put Balfour back behind bars for months, because it violated a previous probation order.

Under U.S. law, criminal charges can result in parolees being returned to prison even if the counts are ultimately dropped.

In Balfour's case, he could have been sent back to jail for the remainder of his parole - which is due to end in May 2009. With good behaviour, he would have been released in December.

Dreamgirls Oscar-winner Hudson's mother Darnell and brother Jason were gunned down at their home in Chicago on Friday. Her nephew, Julian King, was missing for three days after the slayings. His body was discovered in a car in the city on Monday.


Trump's $100 Handouts
29 October 2008 12:46 AM, PDT

Real estate billionaire Donald Trump is helping his employees stave off the global credit crunch - by giving them $100 (GBP64) each.

The generous mogul rewards his loyal workers with special cash bonuses to show how much he appreciates them.

He says, "Every time I see one of my workers, I give them a hundred bucks.

"People are amazed by that but some of them have worked for me for a long time, they do a fantastic job for me. And I love giving them a hundred bucks to take their wives out for dinner or something, and it's a big thing for them.

"So I have a very good relationship with the workers."


Cruz's Shocked By Sister Similarities
29 October 2008 12:46 AM, PDT

Penelope Cruz looks so similar to her sister Monica, she sometimes confuses herself.

The Hollywood beauty shares twin-like facial features with her younger sibling, and Cruz admits she is stunned by how alike they look.

She says, "The other day we were sitting together in the back of the car and I was looking in the rear view mirror and a very strange thing happened: I thought I was looking at my face and it was hers!"


Alt Just Wants 'Fair' Deal From Lawsuit With Ex
29 October 2008 12:46 AM, PDT

Actress/model Carol Alt felt betrayed by ex-husband Ron Greschner when he allegedly cheated her out of an investment made during their marriage, because he was so "lovely".

The 47-year-old is suing professional hockey player Greschner for $9 million (GBP5.7 million) after claiming that she was cut out of her share of an $18 million (GBP11.5 million) profit from a water filtration business venture they entered into as a married couple.

She alleges his failure to share the cash with her was in violation of the terms of their divorce settlement.

Alt took the stand at a New York federal court on Tuesday when she told of the love she had for Greschner during their 18-year marriage.

She told Judge Colleen McMahon, "I love Ronnie always. He was lovely with me. I had no reason to worry... He was the most important person in my adult life."

But Alt added that strained relations led to Greschner hiding the profit from his ex.

She recalled asking Greschner to "be fair" when they discussed money following their separation in 1997. She told him: "My career's on the way down. Can you just be fair?"

The water filtration business was sold in 1998, and Greschner claims he doesn't owe Alt a penny because all the profits were swallowed by taxes.

The judge is due to deliver her verdict on Wednesday.


Sachs' Granddaughter Blasts Brand, Calls For Ex-Lover To Be Fired
29 October 2008 12:46 AM, PDT

Latest: The granddaughter of Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs at the centre of a BBC radio row has confessed to sleeping with controversial comedian Russell Brand.

Brand and U.K. chatshow host Jonathan Ross provoked outrage by leaving a series of crude phone messages for Sachs, in which they claimed Brand had slept with the actor's granddaughter Georgina.

Brand has since apologised for the stunt, which was pre-recorded and aired during his show on BBC Radio 2 on 18 October.

But now 23-year-old Georgina has broken her silence on the scandal - lambasting Brand for bragging about their sexual encounters in 2006 to her 78-year-old grandfather.

She says, "What's funny about humiliating a lovely old man who has never harmed anyone in his life?

"My grandfather is really upset and says he wants the whole situation to end. It has been awful for him."

And Georgina is contemplating getting the police involved - because she feels "betrayed" by Brand.

She adds, "I will be speaking to (my grandfather) to ask whether we should complain to the police and we'll be making the decision as a family.

"We're very close and I can't tell you how much it hurts to know they were so unkind to such a sweet person. They should at least pay for what they've done with their jobs."

Speaking about her brief relationship with Brand, she says, "It was never going to be a serious relationship but I felt I could trust him as a friend. I haven't seen him since early this year and assumed he was in the past because I've... moved on.

"But now he has done this I feel totally and utterly exposed and betrayed. What happened between us was supposed to be private but he is clearly no gentleman."


Cantone: 'Hudson Will Be Stronger After Tragedies'
29 October 2008 12:46 AM, PDT

Jennifer Hudson's Sex And The City co-star Mario Cantone is confident the singer/actress will bounce back from the brutal murders of her mother, brother and nephew, because she's "just phenomenal".

The star's mum Darnell Donerson and brother Jason Hudson were found shot dead at their home in Chicago, Illinois on Friday, while the body of her seven-year-old nephew Julian King was found in the back of an abandoned SUV in the city on Monday.

Cantone admits he was rocked by the tragic news, and his thoughts are with Hudson as she mourns her loved ones.

He tells MTV, "Here she is - she's so sweet and lovely, she's brilliant, her album is on the top of the charts - and then this happens. I feel so awful for her. I just can't imagine what she's going through.

"If she wants to throw herself into her work, great. If she doesn't, she shouldn't. She should do what she needs to do and not let anybody tell her what to do. I just hope she takes all the time she needs and surrounds herself with everyone who loves her so that she can get through this in her own way and in her own time."

And Cantone is sure Hudson will emerge a stronger person from the tragedy - and he can't wait to work with her again one day "because she's just phenomenal".

He adds, "I hope, if we do the (Sex and the City) sequel, she'll be a part of it. There's time. It's still early, and I'm hoping that happens, because that would be nice. I just can't wait until she's ready to come back and sing for all of us."

Police have arrested William Balfour - the estranged husband of Hudson's sister Julia - in connection with the slayings, but he has yet to be charged.


International Arrest Warrant Issued For Caruso 'Stalker'
29 October 2008 12:46 AM, PDT

The search for an Austrian woman accused of stalking CSI: Miami star David Caruso has gone global - Austrian authorities have issued an international arrest warrant for her.

The unnamed 41-year-old - whose identity is protected under the country's privacy laws - was due to stand trial in April for stalking and threatening to kill Caruso at a court in Innsbruck.

The woman failed to show up to court and a judge subsequently issued a warrant for her arrest.

She has been missing ever since - and now Judge Guenther Boehler has taken the search to an international level, according to Innsbruck Provincial Court spokesman Thomas Lechner.

The woman is alleged to have bombarded Caruso with more than 100 letters in her attempt to get the TV star's autograph. But when her repeated requests were snubbed, the suspect reportedly threatened the life of Caruso and his then-girlfriend Lisa Marquez in another letter.

A 2007 letter posted to the actor, said to be from the suspect, read: "I will locate you and your ugly Latina tramp and kill you."

The suspect now faces up to three years behind bars if she is found guilty under Austria's stalking laws, as well as the possibility of additional prison time for eluding justice.


Phoenix Quits Acting
29 October 2008 12:46 AM, PDT

Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix is retiring from Hollywood - at the age of 34.

The Walk The Line star announced his plans to move away from acting at a fundraiser for late actor Paul Newman's children's charity on Monday.

Phoenix will instead focus on his budding music career.

He told Extra, "I want to take this opportunity... also to give you the exclusive and just talk a little bit about the fact that this will be my last performance as an actor... I'm not doing films anymore.

"I'm working on my music. I'm done. I've been through that."

And the news has been confirmed by his representative, who says, "That is what he told me."

Phoenix's brother-in-law Casey Affleck, who is married to Summer Phoenix, insists the star is for real: "I don't think he's kidding. He's got music and stuff."

Phoenix has made just one movie this year - romantic drama Two Lovers with Gwyneth Paltrow.

His vocal skills were applauded in 2005 when he recorded the soundtrack for the Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line. His efforts won him a Grammy award, and he is now working on an album with British rocker Tim Burgess from The Charlatans.


Beckham To Run New York Marathon
29 October 2008 12:46 AM, PDT

Slimline star Victoria Beckham is reportedly set to follow in her best pal Katie Holmes' footsteps and run the New York Marathon.

The former Spice Girl has allegedly been training in secret for the event in the Big Apple this Sunday.

Holmes completed the run in five hours, 29 minutes and 58 seconds.

And now Beckham is set to take on the same feat.

A source tells Britain's Now magazine, "It was meant to be a big secret. She's been training for months with the main goal of running in the New York marathon.

"But, if she doesn't feel ready, she's planning to do the one in Los Angeles in February next year."

Beckham's soccer ace husband David has reportedly been giving her fitness tips to get the singer-turned-designer into shape.

And the couple has put plans to expand their family on hold for the time being so Beckham can achieve her goal.

The insider adds, "She wants to get the run out of the way because once she gets pregnant it'll be ages before she has the opportunity again."

The Beckhams are parents to Brooklyn, nine; Romeo, six; and Cruz, three.


Ritchie Turns Down Madonna's First Divorce Offer
29 October 2008 12:46 AM, PDT

Madonna's estranged husband Guy Ritchie has reportedly snubbed a $31 million (GBP20 million) offer from the pop superstar to settle their divorce out of court.

The pair announced earlier this month that they are to divorce following seven-and-a-half years of marriage.

They have been locked in divorce negotiations ever since - but director Ritchie is allegedly refusing to settle without a fight.

A source says, "Guy is certainly not going to accept the first offer - GBP20 million is a lot of cash, but not in their world."

Madonna's fortune is estimated at a staggering $468 million (GBP300 million).

The former couple is also at odds over their custody plans. Madonna is said to be planning to move to New York with their son Rocco, eight, adopted son David, and Lourdes, 12, the singer's daughter from a previous relationship - while Ritchie wants them to remain close to his London home.


Gervais To Host U.S. Chat Show?
28 October 2008 6:40 PM, PDT

British comic Ricky Gervais has been offered his own U.S. chat show - but will only take the job on his terms.

The Ghost Town star insists he will only take on the role if he is allowed to decide on the topics of conversation.

He tells Britain's Star magazine, "I've actually been offered a chat show in America. I'd do it but I wouldn't want it to be current affairs and I wouldn't want it to be based around people plugging stuff."

But the actor still doubts he will be able to seriously compete as a TV presenter.

He adds, "People already think I'm trespassing when I do a drama, so I don't think they could take me being a presenter or chat show host."


Band From TV Release Disc
28 October 2008 6:40 PM, PDT

Hugh Laurie and James Denton's Band From TV is releasing its first ever album, with all proceeds going to a string of the stars' favourite charities.

The group - comprising of House star Laurie, Desperate Housewives actor Denton, Heroes' Greg Grunberg, former Bachelor Bob Guiney, and NYPD Blue actress Bonnie Somerville - released covers LP Hoggin' All The Covers as a CD/DVD on Tuesday.

The small screen rockers perform tracks including Piece of My Heart, Mustang Sally, and The Letter on the disc, which was recorded at a concert in Los Angeles in 2007.

Grunberg formed the group for a one-night-only charity gig, but the Band From TV has grown into a fundraising force, raising more than $2 million (GBP1.25 million) for various charities.


Efron Startled By Persistent Fans
28 October 2008 6:40 PM, PDT

Heart-throb Zac Efron finds his sexy status a burden because he is constantly trailed by hoards of adoring fans.

The High School Musical hunk, 21, is astonished at the lengths some of his fans will go to in pursuit of an autograph.

He tells Britain's Heat magazine, "One time I went into a men's restroom and a girl just followed me in.

"I wrote an autograph for her on the sink. It was pretty funny because she was in a guy's restroom and she wasn't ashamed at all. I give her credit for it."

One enamoured teen took things even further while Efron shopped for DVDs.

He adds, "This 15-year-old fan gave me a hug, like a big ole bear hug from behind! I was sort of taken by surprise and I said, 'Wow, thank you, that's awesome.'"

But the girl was not to be deterred, and she pursued Efron, planting a kiss on his lips: "I pulled away and I was like, 'Whoa! Thank you...I'll see you guys soon...' It was pretty bad."


Perry Denies Diva Demands
28 October 2008 6:40 PM, PDT

Movie mogul Tyler Perry has brushed off reports he demands co-workers to call him by his last name if they want a response - insisting the moniker is used by the cast and crew out of "respect".

The 39-year-old actor/director has come under fire for his inflated ego on the set of his U.S. TV sitcom Tyler Perry's House of Payne, created and produced by the star since 2006.

A source tells the New York Post: "Tyler makes everyone on his staff - the crew and cast - call him 'Mr. Perry' to his face. He won't respond to anyone who calls him Tyler."

But his spokesperson insists the reports are made up, adding: "That's totally preposterous. I call him Tyler. Some people do call him 'Mr. Perry,' but it's out of respect."


Olsen Credits Parents With Building Brand Empire
28 October 2008 6:40 PM, PDT

Actress Ashley Olsen credits her business-savy parents for grooming her and sister Mary-Kate into media moguls - because they let them sneak into meetings at a young age.

The 22-year-olds began filming their first starring roles in U.S. TV series Full House at nine-months-old before launching a media empire with the start of their company Dualstar in 1993.

Ashley says, "There's a very specific language with financing and things like that. We definitely have a different perspective on running a business."

The pair was ranked among the world's richest women in entertainment, earning an estimated $100 million (GBP63.7 million) last year, according to Forbes magazine.


Moore Honoured In France
28 October 2008 6:40 PM, PDT

Sir Roger Moore was awarded one of France's highest honours during a ceremony in Paris on Tuesday.

The former James Bond star was presented with the Order of Arts and Letters by French Culture Minister Christine Albanel, who praised the actor for his career achievements in Hollywood.

Albanel says, "France is happy and proud to honour a legendary actor with an immense heart."

Moore, 81, has enjoyed a career spanning over 40 years, and has served as a United Nations goodwill ambassador for children's organisation Unicef.


Connery Comes Out Of Retirement
28 October 2008 6:40 PM, PDT

Former James Bond star Sir Sean Connery has reportedly come out of retirement to shoot a new film with Orlando Bloom.

The 78-year-old has turned his back on acting in recent years and has not appeared on the big screen since 2003's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

But now Connery is said to have signed up to star in Quest of Sheherzade, based on the legendary 1001 Arabian Nights tale, alongside fellow Brit Bloom.

The news was revealed by the film's female lead, Bollywood actress Celina Jaitley, who will play an Iranian princess.

She tells British publication The London Paper, "Sean Connery is there in the film and recently Orlando Bloom was also signed. They are planning to start the shooting from January next year."


Spears Put Under Father's Permanent Conservatorship
28 October 2008 6:40 PM, PDT

Britney Spears is to remain under her father's conservatorship on a permanent basis, a Los Angeles judge has ruled.

Jamie Spears was put in charge of the singer's estate and personal affairs in February following her public meltdown.

The conservatorship was originally due to end on 31 December - but Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz ruled on Tuesday that Jamie will stay on indefinitely as co-conservator, with attorney Andrew Wallet.

The decision comes after Spears' lawyers put forward the motion.

Her court-appointed attorney Samuel Ingham told the judge: "I've met several times with (Britney) and she requested that I not object to the permanent conservatorship."

Goetz concluded that the permanent conservatorship was "necessary and appropriate for the complexity of financial and business entities and her being susceptible to undue influence".

It is claimed that Spears hopes the move will help her to regain custody of her two children with ex-husband Kevin Federline.


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