Archive for January, 2009

Kevin Bacon Victim of Madoff Scheme

Thursday, January 1st, 2009
Talk about six degrees being too close for comfort. Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick are the latest known victims of Bernie Madoff’s $50 billion Ponzi scheme. “I can confirm that they had investments with Mr. Madoff – no further specifics or comment beyond that,” Bacon’s rep, Allen Eichorn, told New York Magazine Tuesday. As for reports that [...]

Jessica Simpson Rushes to Injured Tony’s Side

Thursday, January 1st, 2009
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo may be feeling the pain from torn cartilage in his ribs – not to mention his team’s blistering loss to the Philadelphia Eagles over the weekend – but he does have one thing going for him: Jessica Simpson. The athlete’s girlfriend “rushed to his side as soon as she found out [...]

Britney’s Still Got It – Ranks Top on Year-End Lists

Thursday, January 1st, 2009
Personal troubles or no, Britney Spears is still the hottest human being on Planet Earth, according to USA Today’s annual Celebrity Heat Index, which measures how much exposure a star gets in print and online. Brit got more media attention than anyone else for 11 weeks this year, meaning she earned the top spot on the [...]

Woody Harrelson Weds Longtime Girlfriend

Thursday, January 1st, 2009
After two decades together, Woody Harrelson and his girlfriend Laura Louie made it legal on Sunday. The 47-year-old actor and Louie, 43, “were officially married yesterday on the island of Maui,” his rep says. The intimate ceremony was attended by family and friends. The couple have three daughters, Makani Ravello, 2, Zoe Giordano, 12 and Denni Montana, 15.

Zooey Deschanel Is Engaged!

Thursday, January 1st, 2009
Zooey Deschanel is ready to walk down the aisle. The actress and singer, 28, and Death Cab for Cutie singer Ben Gibbard, 32, who is also in the indie band the Postal Service, got engaged before the holidays, a source confirms. Gibbard presented his new fiancée with a three-carat diamond and platinum Neil Lane ring, according to [...]

Blonsky Freed Of All Charges

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

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As we followed earlier this year, Hairspray actress Nikki Blonsky and America's Next Top Model alum Bianca Golden got into an altercation at the Turks and Caicos airport this past summer.

Blonsky's dad reportedly even hit Golden's mom causing her to go to the hospital.

Well, now the assault charges against Nikki Blonsky have officially been dropped.

Blonsky and Golden have been cleared of all charges following their family brawl on July 29th.

Turks and Caicos Police Sgt. Calvin Chase said "The cases against Nikki Blonsky and Bianca Golden have been dropped. The only case that is still proceeding is against [Blonsky's] father."

Her dad Carl still faces charges of assault and inflicting grievous bodily harm in the incident. And if he's convicted he could face up to five years behind bars.

No reason was given as to why the charges against the ladies were dropped.

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Is Jen Having Her Baby?????

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

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Will Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck bring in a new baby on New Year's Day?

The loving parents to the adorable Violet Affleck were spotted entering the Cedars-Sinai medical hospital in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

So were they just there for a check up?

Is Jen in labor?

Will they induce the labor today?

Maybe they'll have the baby now during the holidays so the paparazzi won't hound them as much.

Either way, they are definitely going to have that baby - soon.

Jen is freaking HUGE!

[Image via WENN.]

10. Doubt – $5.3M

Thursday, January 1st, 2009
A tough-as-nails Catholic school principal, Sister Aloysius (Meryl Streep) tries to trick a confession out of a progressive priest (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) whom she suspects of being a pedophile in this terse drama, directed by John Patrick Shanley, based on his hit stage play, set in the mid 1960s in the wake of the Kennedy assassination. There\'s a feeling of dread and claustrophobia in the parochial school air: the kids can\'t sit still and they quake in terror of being called downstairs to face Sister Aloysius\'s wrath. Amy Adams is the sweet-natured sister in charge of eighth grade, who first suspects Father Flynn (Hoffman) may have seduced a withdrawn African-American boy in her class. Sister Aloysius becomes convinced of the priest\'s guilt, but it\'s hard to be certain if her judgment is obscured by the change he represents or is just the result of her hardened years of experience. <br><br>Director of photography Roger Deakins brings a lived-in bleakness to the cold wintry Bronx settings: paint peeling off the rectory walls, bare trees reflected in frosty windows, wrinkled white linen, and old, wizened faces in the gloom of the actual location photography. This all contrasts impressively with the hothouse nature of the performances; when Hoffman and Streep finally go toe-to-toe, you can feel the gods of acting rise to attention. The real scene stealer here however is Viola Davis, shattering as the possibly victimized boy\'s hard-working mother. She even leaves Streep at a standstill, and that\'s saying something.

9. The Spirit – $6.5M

Thursday, January 1st, 2009
Adapted from the Will Eisner\'s graphic novels, "The Spirit" tells the story of a man who fakes his own death and fights crime from the shadows of Central City. The Octopus -- who kills anyone unfortunate enough to see his face -- has other plans. He\'s going to wipe out the entire city. The Spirit tracks this coldhearted killer from the city\'s rundown warehouses, to the damp catacombs, to the windswept waterfront...all the while facing a bevy of beautiful women who either want to seduce, love or kill the masked crusader.

8. The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) – $7.7M

Thursday, January 1st, 2009
A remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic of the same name, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL follows astrobiologist Helen Benson (Jennifer Connelly) as she is unceremoniously plucked from her everyday life with her stepson (Jaden Smith), and whisked away to consult the government on a top-secret matter. That matter happens to be the arrival of a massive glowing sphere in Central Park, accompanied by a towering robot-like protector dubbed Gort and an alien ambassador named Klaatu (Keanu Reeves), who takes up human form to communicate with the people of Earth. When Klaatu finds himself faced with hawkish, uncompromising officials, he goes on the run with Benson and her son as the fate of the world gradually becomes clear.<br><br>Directed by Scott Derrickson (THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE), this reimagining of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL is fairly reverent to the original film, while adding a number of 21st-century elements, most notably a darker tone embodied by a more threatening Gort and the chilly, contemplative Klaatu, who is portrayed with pitch-perfect remove by Reeves. While the film--and the fate of humanity--rests on Reeves\'s shoulders, the cast is impressively filled out by Connelly and Smith, along with Kathy Bates, John Cleese, and familiar TV actors Jon Hamm (MAD MEN) and Kyle Chandler (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS). Derrickson also tempers excellent special effects with a bleak color palette and plenty of existential turmoil, making this EARTH a thoughtful and fascinatingly moody blockbuster.