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Cold Mountain hunk Jude Law has $7.5 million to spend on a new home - and he's looking for somewhere that can cater for his midnight feasts. The sexy star is currently house hunting in Los Angeles with his actress and fashion designer wife Sadie Frost to provide an American base for his brood of four children. However, Law has very specific needs which any estate agent would need to fulfill to make a sale. He needs an Olympic sized swimming pool, a security gate and a lift - a prerequisite despite the fact any property would be no more than two stories high. Law explains, "I tend to get up a lot at night and raid the fridge, so I want to give myself the quickest path to the kitchen." »
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Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow will topline the big-budget science fiction thriller The World of Tomorrow from first-time writer-director Kerry Conran. The film aims to go into production in late February in London. Jon Avnet and Marsha Oglesby, who developed the project, are producing through their Brooklyn Films along with Law and his wife, Sadie Frost. Italian-based producer Aurelio De Laurentiis, who is financing the film, is executive producing with cousin Raffaella De Laurentiis and Bill Haber. The project is described by the producers as "retro sci-fi" in the vein of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Set at the turn of the 20th century, it follows a reporter (Paltrow) and pilot (Law) who team up on an adventure. »
Hollywood star Jude Law is planning to sue the London nightclub where his daughter Iris ate half a tablet of ecstasy. The actor - currently filming new movie Cold Mountain with Nicole Kidman in Romania - was not present at the Soho House children's birthday party, when two-year-old Iris picked the dangerous dance drug off the floor. Law's wife, actress Sadie Frost, rushed the child to hospital where she was given a brain scan and had her stomach pumped. Iris was given the all clear by medics - but friends say Law is furious with the club and is "putting matters into the hands of his lawyers." A friend says, "Jude is furious with the club for risking his daughter's life. He has also sworn to boycott Soho House and will urge all his high-profile show business associates to follow suit." Another pal told British tabloid the Mail, "He can't understand why Sadie took Iris to Soho House. But she explained she thought nothing of it because it was merely a birthday party for the six-year-old son of Danny Goffey, the drummer with (British rock group) Supergrass. If Sadie hadn't been closely watching Iris, who was eating sugar pellets off the floor, she wouldn't have noticed her making a face as if she had eaten something bitter. She rushed to her daughter when she saw Iris spit out part of a grey tablet. Sadie immediately began to empty her mouth. It was such a tiny pill, it was a blessing she saw it happen. Sadie hasn't slept since. She is numb with shock and feels very guilty for having put her daughter in such a dangerous situation. Sadie is a very responsible and devoted mother. I am sure the club will now stop hosting children's parties, but if Jude has his way, it will pay a far greater price." The private members club may yet lose its public entertainment license, as it is up for renewal at the end of the month. Police and licensing officials have vowed to take a close look at the management of the venue that counts Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Roth, Stella McCartney and Ewan McGregor among patrons. »
Police are to investigate the exclusive London club where the daughter of Jude Law and Sadie Frost swallowed an ecstasy pill. Two-year-old Iris found the tablet, which is illegal in Britain, on the floor of Soho House on Saturday while attending a children's party with her actress mother. It is believed to have been dropped by a reveler the previous night. The glitzy members-only venue owned by hotelier Nick Jones could be closed if its anti-drugs measures are not tightened up. Superintendent Chris Bradford of the Clubs and Vice Unit says, "If the club is holding children's parties of this nature then they need to make sure the place has been thoroughly cleaned. It doesn't matter whether a children's party or a rave was being held in the club." A Soho House spokesman remarks, "It is made clear to all our members that drugs will not be tolerated on the premises." Local council Westminster said the incident could affect the venue's license, which is up for renewal at the end of the month. »
Acting couple Jude Law and Sadie Frost have spoken of their relief as their toddler daughter was given the all-clear after swallowing half an ecstasy pill. Two-year-old Iris found the illegal drug on the floor of exclusive London club Soho House at a childrens' party on Saturday and was rushed to hospital. The couple's spokeswoman said "no serious harm" had come to the young girl. The representative says, "I am relieved to say that on behalf of Jude Law and Sadie Frost, that their daughter Iris has been given the all clear. Following the unfortunate events on Saturday, I would like to clarify a few points. Iris Law received the appropriate medical attention required - however this did not involve having her stomach pumped, nor did she undergo brain scans as previously reported. She is at home with Sadie and her brother Rudy, while Jude is away looking after their eldest son Rafferty. This matter was dealt with by the police and is now in their hands. Jude and Sadie just feel like the luckiest parents alive, as no serious harm came to their daughter." »
Showbiz couple Jude Law and Sadie Frost's two-year-old daughter Iris was rushed to hospital on Saturday after swallowing an ecstasy tablet at a party. Actress and lingerie designer Sadie, who gave birth to her fourth child Rudy less than a month ago, was horrified when she spotted the young girl nibbling at the dangerous illegal drug at a childrens' bash in London's swish Soho House club. The 34-year-old rushed to grab the remains of the tablet and raised the alarm, before alerting husband Jude, who is filming new movie Cold Mountain in South Carolina. An ambulance rushed young Iris and her distraught mother to a nearby hospital where the girl's stomach was pumped and she underwent a brain scan to check for neurological damage. Iris stayed in hospital overnight and was well enough to return to Jude and Sadie's Primrose Hill home on Sunday. A source told The Sun newspaper, "It appears Iris has not suffered any lasting damage. It was a terrible shock to her mother who was distraught. She had seen Iris with something in her mouth and a mother's instinct made her check it out." A Scotland Yard spokeswoman says, "Police were called at 4:11pm (BST) on Saturday to a hospital regarding a two-year-old child who swallowed half a tablet. It has been analyxed and confirmed as ecstasy." Soho House manager Rob Puffettremarks, "Sadie was here at a private party. It was a private party and it's a party matter." Police believe the tablet may have been discarded the previous night as the room had been used as bar by clubbers. »
Supermodel Kate Moss has given birth to a baby girl. The sexy star and partner, magazine publisher Jefferson Hack, have named the 6.5 pound girl Lola. Moss was rushed to hospital on Sunday while dining with new parent pals Sadie Frost and Jude Law. The chic couple are said to be "deliriously happy" at the new edition to their family. A friend of the family says, "It's simply a very joyous scene and mom and dad can't wait to get out of hospital so they can start playing happy families." »
British heartthrob Jude Law's new baby Rudy has driven up his film Cold Mountain's budget by $150,000. The film, helmed by The English Patient director Anthony Minghella, is being shot on location in Charleston, South Carolina. When Law's wife Sadie Frost gave birth last Tuesday the handsome actor flew back home to his wife's side, but the delay cost the production dearly. Locals in the tourist spot insisted that all trace of the film was removed while Law was away, which involved reopening two of the town's major roads that had been covered in dirt and wood shavings to evoke the period look of the piece. Minghella has to now juggle his budget to accommodate the disruption as well as the loss of his main star, who returned to the set at the weekend. The director and the Oscar-nominated actor reportedly clashed over Law's brief paternity leave of only four days. »
Hollywood movie-maker Anthony Minghella and Jude Law has a huge bust- up on the set of their new movie - over paternity leave. The Road To Perdition star was being directed by Minghella in Cold Mountain in North Carolina, and asked Minghella if he could have time off to spent time with his then-pregnant wife Sadie Frost. A film insider told Britain's Daily Mail, "Jude has had massive rows with Anthony Minghella and the film's producers told him it was too expensive to let him have any longer than four days off." However actress and lingerie designer Sadie went into labor five weeks early and delivered a healthy baby boy Rudy on Tuesday. Jude halted filming immediately and managed to get the first plane back to London to be at Sadie's side at the birth. When Jude will return to America to commence filming is unknown. »
Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow plans to celebrate her approaching 30th birthday in style - with a lavish party in the Italian home of fashion designer pal Valentino. The Shakespeare In Love stunner, who will see in her big day on 28 September, and hopes that her planned celebrations will be unforgettable. Fashion maven Valentino, 70, recently hosted Paltrow on his 150-foot yacht, Tm Blue One, for a cruise down the Adriatic Coast, culminating with their arrival at the opening ceremony of the 59th Venice International Film Festival in Italy on August 29. The birthday party, a source tells American magazine Us Weekly, is being limited to 50 friends, mostly from New York and Los Angeles, and will include good friend Sadie Frost and her husband Jude Law, who co-starred with Paltrow in The Talented Mr Ripley. »
Frantic actor Jude Law rushed home from America to be at his wife Sadie Frost's side when she gave birth early to their third child together, Rudy on Tuesday night. The actress and lingerie designer, 34, gave birth naturally to a five pounds, five ounce baby boy, five weeks prematurely in a north London hospital. Hollywood hunk Jude was filming his latest movie Cold Mountain in South Carolina when Sadie, who was at her London home with pregnant pal Kate Moss, unexpectedly went into labor. As soon as Jude heard his third child was arriving sooner than expected, he rushed to the nearest airport and got the first plane home. A source explains, "When Sadie went into labor it took everyone by surprise. She went straight to the hospital. She was really concerned that Jude was not going to be able to make it back from the states to be there for the birth. It really was a race against time for him to get back, but he made it. There was no question he would drop everything to be with her. His family is the most important thing in his life and nothing would have stopped him being by his wife's side." Sadie and Jude have two children together - Rafferty, seven and Iris, 22 months. Sadie has an older son Finley, 11, from her previous marriage to Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp. The couple's spokesman says, "I am delighted to confirm that Sadie Frost gave birth to a baby boy. Jude was present at the birth and they have called him Rudy Law. Rudy came a month prematurely but Sadie and Rudy are healthy." The new addition to the family will remain in hospital for a few days while doctor's monitor Rudy's progress - which is normal procedure for premature babies. »
Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher got a nasty shock when interviewing Jude Law for her TV series - all the lights suddenly went out thanks to Jennifer Lopez. The chat with the British actor, for her Conversations From The Edge series, was taking place in New York's Waldorf hotel, where Lopez and Ralph Fiennes were also filming scenes for their film The Chambermaid on the same floor. So when Lopez and co needed more power they simply unplugged the Fisher set, leaving interviewer and interviewee in darkness for half an hour. »
Jude Law has rejected the lead role in Superman Vs. Batman - and hunky actor Josh Hartnett has replaced him. According to the Ain't-it-cool-news website, Jude had provisionally agreed to take the role of Superman in the eagerly-anticipated new comic book adaptation. But the site's author Harry Knowles says the chisel-jawed British actor was unhappy with the contract - not because of the financial incentives, but because makers Warners wanted him to sign for multiple roles. Knowles says, "Jude wasn't adverse to playing Superman in multiple films, he just wanted to be able to commit to those projects individually based upon the quality of their respective scripts. However, Jude... being a quality performer and knowing Warner Brothers' shi**y history on Superhero Franchises... Well he wanted to control his destiny." Knowles claims Warners then offered the lead to Pearl Harbor star Hartnett, who is currently thinking it over. But Knowles doesn't personally believe the heart-throb actor should take the role opposite Colin Farrell's Batman - because it would be an unwise career move for him. He says, "Josh Harnett is not Superman. Josh isn't Clark Kent. Josh is totally wrong for the part. Josh... If you are out there... don't listen to the agent or the money on this one. Don't sign a contract with Warner Brothers to play the wrong character repeatedly. Don't do it." »
Hunky British actor Jude Law is the new Superman - after beating off competition from Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell. The Talented Mr Ripley actor has been chosen by producers for the high-profile role in new movie Batman Vs. Superman - because he doesn't fit-in to the normal superhero stereotype. A source on the People news website reports, "They wanted to get away from the mega-muscled action stars." People News also claim that Farrell has bagged the part of Batman, despite reports that British star Christian Bale has signed up for the role. The film will be directed by Wolfgang Petersen, the man behind Air Force One, The Perfect Storm and the cult German submarine drama Das Boot. »
Jude Law found himself on the defensive as an irate Romanian politician accused the actor of stealing his brother's car. Senator Dinu Patriciu spotted the handsome Road To Perdition star at the Bucharest airport last Thursday as he was climbing into a Land Rover with his bodyguard. Patriciu tells the Associated Press that he recognized the car as his brother's and began yelling at Law. Words were exchanged and, according to local media reports, Patriciu threw a few punches, but Law's bodyguard stepped in to prevent the fight from escalating. Patriciu, one of Romania's richest businessmen, later found out his brother's car had been sold to a rental company and apologized to the actor, who was unhurt in the scuffle. No charges were pressed, but Patriciu was embarrassed by the incident, although he claims Law didn't help the situation. "I was very unhappy because he started swearing. I am not a native English speaker but I understood what he was saying," he tells the AP. "He kept telling me that he had come to bring money to the country. Later, I was told he was a Hollywood star." Law is in Romania to shoot the new Anthony Minghella film Cold Mountain with Nicole Kidman and was reportedly sporting a full beard for the role at the time of the incident. »
Jude Law was so disgusted with his rat-like look for new movie The Road To Perdition that he insisted on wearing a cap to hide his head when he wasn't on camera. For his role as a sleazy reporter-cum-assassin in the gangster film, the British actor had his teeth stained and hair ripped from the top of his head so his hair would appear to be thinning, and director Sam Mendes made sure Law always looked paler than castmates Tom Hanks and Paul Newman. Law says, "I thought it looked great in the film, but I couldn't bear to look at myself once the filming stopped. I wore a cap everywhere." Meanwhile, his pregnant wife Sadie Frost admits she was worried about her man's look in the film. She says, "When he told me about the film, I expected him to look really disgusting, but when I saw it, he still looked beautiful. He still has those beautiful lips." »
Sadie Frost had husband Jude Law terrified when a mystery morning sickness left her starving shortly after she fell pregnant with her fourth child. The actress thrilled movie fans in New York last night when she joined Law at the premiere of his new movie Road To Perdition - even though she's less than a month from giving birth. Although she looks stunning and healthy now, Law admits he was really worried for her health when she first became pregnant with their third child, her fourth. The British actor says, "She couldn't eat anything because she couldn't keep anything down. She hasn't been like that before. It was worrying. Thankfully, now she's enjoying her food and enjoying her sleep." »
"Road to Perdition" is a rock-solid gangster movie with a fair amount of suspense, intriguing characters and bizarre bank robberies, plus a heavy dose of father-and-son dynamics, which is anything but a staple of the gangster genre.
This is the second film from theater wunderkind Sam Mendes, following his 1999 Oscar-winning smash hit "American Beauty". Again, he presents us with a highly stylized and skeptical look at the American Dream. This time, though, the dream of home, hearth and close-knit family is achieved through blood and terror: Daddy is a hit man for the mob in a small Illinois town in 1931.
Tom Hanks anchors the film with an impressively weighty performance as a man who doesn't take a good look at this life until it's too late. He is the movie's main drawing card, though the huge success of "American Beauty" will provoke curiosity about Mendes' sophomore effort. While this one lacks the self-conscious hipness and satirical tone that appealed to moviegoers in "American Beauty", the joint DreamWorks-Fox production should generate considerable boxoffice change.
Michael Sullivan (Hanks) works as an enforcer for crime boss John Rooney (played by Paul Newman, who makes evil look almost dignified with his white-haired, senatorial demeanor). Rooney raised Michael as he would a son and has given him everything he has in life.
Michael has two sons of his own by a loyal and unquestioning wife, Annie Jennifer Jason Leigh). The eldest, Michael Jr. (Tyler Hoechlin), now 12, has only a formal relationship with his dad. Rooney too has a son, a grown one named Connor (Daniel Craig), who disappoints his father by bungling tasks. Connor resents not only his father's power but his love for Michael.
One night, Michael Jr., curious what his father does for Mr. Rooney, sneaks into his dad's car and witnesses a man's murder. Everyone wonders if the boy will keep his mouth shut. Michael Sr. simply says, "He's my son". But others aren't certain. A hit man targets the entire family but kills only Annie and the youngest son, missing his main targets, Michael Sr. and Jr.
Michael takes his son to Chicago to see Frank Nitti (Stanley Tucci), Al Capone's "go to" guy. Nitti turns down Michael's plea to turn a blind eye to his need for revenge against the Rooney family. Nitti then quietly puts out a contract on Michael, hiring a seedy, Weegee-like crime photographer named Maguire (Jude Law), who moonlights as a hit man.
Father and son hit the road to Perdition, literally a small town where the boy's aunt will take him in, but in reality it's the road to hell, at least for Michael Sr. He can only hope his son will choose a different path when he grows up.
David Self's screenplay, based on Max Allan Collins' graphic novel, which in turn draws on the classic Japanese comic book series "Lone Wolf & Cub," contains surprising twists and macabre portraits of crime figures. When the boy at one point says he enjoys Bible stories, you realize you may well be watching one. For "Perdition" views the sins of both fathers with stern Old Testament morality, allowing neither to escape the consequences of his actions.
This is a dark, wintry film as the sun seldom shines and Thomas Newman's music themes repeat themselves as if to underline the inevitability of what is to come. As they did in "American Beauty", Mendes and cinematographer Conrad Hall intricately designed each shot. Everything is artfully composed without a hint of naturalism. Murders take place with stylized precision, the sadism becoming a mere abstraction. The palette is muted with a monochromatic look, and characters are dressed in dull, heavy clothes.
Hanks gets everything possible out of his character, a man sent down the wrong road in life before he is even aware of his course. Newman is the weary warrior of crime, resigned to his villainy yet anguished that he is forced by blood to protect the wrong "son." Law is almost cartoonish in a skin-crawling portrait of an eager sociopath. Craig embraces his character's weakness, seeing it as the only way to counterbalance his father's immense power.
Hoechlin, whose character serves as the film's narrator and point of view, gives a restrained and natural performance, a young boy torn between the need for his father's approval and horror over his dad's profession. At a very early age, he must wrestle with questions of morality and courage and whether one needs to be a chip off the old block.
ROAD TO PERDITION
DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox present a Zanuck Co. production
Credits: Director: Sam Mendes; Screenwriter: David Self; Based on the graphic novel by: Max Allan Collins; Producers: Richard D. Zanuck, Dean Zanuck, Sam Mendes; Executive producers: Walter F. Parkes, Joan Bradshaw; Director of photography: Conrad Hall; Production designer: Dennis Gassner; Music: Thomas Newman; Costume designer: Albert Wolsky; Editor: Jill Bilcock. Cast: Michael Sullivan: Tom Hanks; John Rooney: Paul Newman; Maguire: Jude Law; Annie Sullivan: Jennifer Jason Leigh; Frank Nitti: Stanley Tucci; Connor Rooney: Daniel Craig; Michael Sullivan Jr.: Tyler Hoechlin.
MPAA rating: R, running time 111 minutes.
British actor Jude Law is joining his celebrity neighbors to fight plans for a Starbucks coffee house in Primrose Hill, north London. Jude, along with 1,300 residents of the posh area, has written a letter of objection to Camden council, damning the chain's plans for a cafe. And it seems Jude and friends' protests have worked - the multi-billion dollar beverage giant has withdrawn plans for a Primrose Hill branch. Global capitalism writer Noreen Hertz says, "It is huge. It is the first case I've heard of where Starbucks has not set up shop. I think it's part of a new awareness among businesses that they cannot any longer risk a backlash." »
Jude Law has had to cancel another three performances of his West End play - after injuring himself onstage, again. The hunky Hollywood Brit - who is starring in Doctor Faustus at London's Young Vic theatre - was forced to abandon last Friday's show after cutting his hand on stage. It comes just a month after Jude cancelled a performance because he'd injured his knee. Audience members were left disappointed on Friday, as the play was called off while they waited for curtain up. They were told the star had suffered a deep wound the previous evening and that a doctor, fearing he may suffer blood poisoning, had ordered him to rest. The decision meant two shows on Saturday were cancelled too. A theatre spokesman says, "He wants to go on but he's under doctor's orders." »
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