7 December 2005
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Applegate & Husband To Split
Hollywood is reeling from another shock split - Christina Applegate
's actor husband Jonathon Schaech
has filed for divorce. In the papers, filed yesterday in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained by entertainment news website TMZ.com, the actor cites irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. The That Thing You Do
star wed Applegate in October 2001. He has reportedly hired top divorce lawyer Laura Wasser to fight for him in court. The divorce is a tough blow for The Sweetest Thing
star Applegate, who has been apart from Schaech for much of 2005, starring in Broadway, New York, hit musical Sweet Charity
'Saw II' Producer Dies
and Saw II
producer Gregg Hoffman
died suddenly on Sunday morning at the age of 42. The Phoenix-native was admitted to Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital overnight after complaining of neck pain. Lions Gate Entertainment, who distributed his latest films, issued a statement on Monday, declaring he had died of natural causes. However, an autopsy is pending. Hoffman's tragic death comes less than two months after Saw II
hit the top spot in the US box office, grossing $85 million since its October opening. Oren Koules
, one of Hoffman's partners at Twisted Pictures, says, "He never put himself in front of anybody. He never did anything for the ego - everything he did was for the betterment of the movie." The producer is survived by his widow Lucienne, their children Jared and Luke, mother Stephanie and sister Tracy. A memorial service has been scheduled for Thursday at Mount Sinai Memorial Park.
Pitt Facing Tough Adoption Process
is facing a stream of legal red tape in his attempts to adopt Angelina Jolie
's two children - because he's not yet married to the sexy actress. It was recently announced the 41-year-old actor was in the process of filing for legal guardianship of his Mr. and Mrs. Smith
co-star's adopted children, Maddox, four, and Zahara, 11 months. But his decision to adopt the youngsters will result in months of paperwork, in-home supervision and a high fee, which he could avoid if he exchanged nuptials with the twice-wed beauty. David Baum
, president of the Academy Of California Adoption Lawyers, says, "This is not the easiest way of doing things. Frequently what you do if you are in a relationship with someone and you want to adopt their children, you marry them and do a step-parent adoption. There are extra requirements when you are not related by marriage to the children you are adopting." In Los Angeles County, the fees for a step-parent adoption are $775, and the process takes approximately three to six months, Baum says. But with Pitt filing as a second parent, the star, ex-husband of Jennifer Aniston
, can expect to pay a home study fee of $2,950 and face far more scrutiny. The county will also seek letters of reference, which will remain confidential to protect the children.
Cruise - "Coldest" in Hollywood Poll
Hollywood couple Tom Cruise
and his pregnant fiancee Katie Holmes
have topped a magazine list of coldest and least powerful stars in Hollywood. Website FilmThreat.com placed Cruise in the number one spot of their Frigid 50: The Coldest People In Hollywood 2005, because of the media storm surrounding his relationship with Holmes and his public speeches concerning his Scientology religion. The website states, "Steven Spielberg
's latest summer blockbuster (War Of The Worlds
) was overshadowed by Tom's publicly flaunted love life with Katie Holmes
and his Scientologist fuelled rantings and ravings that eventually led to a public war of words with Brooke Shields
when he slammed the actress on Access Hollywood
for her use of Paxil and psychiatric therapy to battle post-partum depression." Holmes followed close behind at number two, due to her "lackluster performance as Rachel Dawes in Batman Begins
." Rush Hour
director Brett Ratner
is at number three, because of his fondness of referring to himself in the third person, while troubled Black Hawn Down
actor Tom Sizemore
makes four, following a string of legal troubles in recent years and a sex tape role. Rounding off the top five is Jennifer Lopez
, who "proved she has no gift for comedy with Monster-in-Law
", according to FilmThreat.com.
Baldwin Loses First Round of Custody Battle
has lost the first round in his new custody battle with ex-wife Kim Basinger
- his plea for more telephone time and holiday time has been denied by a judge in Los Angeles. The actor dragged his ex back into court last month after claiming she had violated a court-imposed custody order this summer. Baldwin has a lot invested in the custody battle - he has told the court that he has spent over $1 million fighting the case over the years. He claims the actress has been trying to turn their daughter Ireland against him and denying him access. The actor also accuses Basinger of turning his daughter into a spy, claiming she phones her mother frequently when she's staying with her father - to "report" on his actions. The messy custody case continues.
Jack Colvin Dies
star Jack Colvin
died on Thursday of complications following a stroke. He was 71. The actor, best known for playing journalist Jack McGee in The Incredible Hulk
television series, died in North Hollywood, his longtime friend, actress Maaren Edvard confirmed. Edvard says, "Jack was, in every sense of the word, a consummate artist. He wrote, painted and read philosophy, but he always came back to acting." After a varied career on the stage, as well on TV and film, Colvin taught the Chekhov acting technique at various universities in the US and the Central School of Cinematography in Rome, Italy. Edvard said Colvin was teaching acting classes two days a week up until his death.
'American Idol' Star Arrested
Hit reality TV show American Idol
is in the midst of yet another scandal - a former contestant has been charged with driving under the influence and drug possession. Former finalist Julia DeMato
was busted by police in Connecticut on Sunday after she was allegedly caught in possession of marijuana and cocaine during a routine police stop. Authorities say they followed the former American Idol
favorite's vehicle into an empty parking lot and, upon questioning her, discovered she had been drinking. They arrested her for drunk-driving after she reportedly failed field sobriety tests. DeMato was also and charged with possession of narcotics, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of less than four ounces of marijuana after police searched her car. The singer has since insisted the arrest is all a big misunderstanding, telling her local newspaper, "I am not a drug user... It's going to be taken care of in court." DeMato was released on bail and ordered to appear in court on December 16.
Harrelson Wins Over West End Critics
's return to London's West End has been hailed "fantastic" by British critics. Harrelson plays former preacher Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon in Tennessee Williams
' The Night Of The Iguana
, four years after he wowed audiences in On An Average Day
. And it is tipped to be a hit. The London Evening Standard writes, "Harrelson puts on a fantastic, despairing display as the likeable Shannon, nerves and hopes shot to pieces by a church he despises and an existence he hates." The Independent newspaper dubbed his casting - in a role made famous on the big screen by Richard Burton
- "shrewd" and his performance "strong" and "excellent."
Jet Li Quits Kung Fu Movies?
Chinese superstar Jet Li
is retiring from Kung Fu films because he wants to be recognized as an actor, rather than a martial arts expert. The Hero
star, 42, told students at China's prestigious Fudan University he is keen to make more philosophical movies, and would welcome another collaboration with French director Luc Besson
. And he promises his latest movie Fearless
, will be his final foray into the genre: "I've said more than once this will be my last martial arts film." Li has over 20 movies in the pipeline but insists he will "shoot whichever comes into fruition first."
Williams Wins Gay Libel Case
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has successfully sued a British newspaper and two magazines over claims he is secretly gay. The singer has accepted substantial but undisclosed libel damages from The People newspaper and Star and Hotstars magazines after they claimed he deceived the public by having casual homosexual encounters with strangers. Williams' counsel told London's High Court, "Mr. Williams is not, and has never been, homosexual."