20 items from 2010
It’s just gay rights everywhere these days. Last week it was Senator John McCain chipping away at his legacy and reputation with his undignified treatment of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and this week is the Prop 8 appeal. Chris Geidner has a great post explaining the issues and foundations for the arguments. And Pam Spaulding has a good summary of how you can follow live.
If you needed any proof that Andrew Garfield was British (the American accent in The Social Network was good), you only have to listen to him talk about Jesse Eisenberg. Most straight American men don’t profess affection for other men this easily. It only makes me like Garfield more.
Chelsea Handler went off in a rather spectacular fashion on Angelina Jolie during a stand up act. I seriously doubt that Jolie cares what Handler thinks, but for a talk show host that relies on guest bookings, »
- Ed Kennedy
The actress broke off the engagement over the summer and ordered her lawyer to go to court in her native Australia to apply for an apprehended violence order (Avo) against the star.
And she reveals she turned to her female inner-circle after her ordeal in a bid to overcome the troubled relationship.
She tells Sydney's Daily Telegraph, "I'm really close to my girlfriends and close to my mother. I found the support of my girlfriends to be the most important thing." »
The actress broke off the engagement over the summer and just a day after Newton checked himself into rehab, Taylor's lawyers went to court in her native Australia to apply for an apprehended violence order (Avo) against the star.
The case went to court in Sydney on Wednesday and lawyers representing both stars agreed to the conditions of the order, which is designed to protect Taylor.
Magistrate Lee Gilmour enforced an interim Avo and both sides will come back to court on 25 October to have the order confirmed. »
The Australian actress took out an apprehended violence order against the Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities star last month, alleging she was the victim of two "gravely serious" assaults by Newton while they were vacationing together in Rome, Italy.
Court papers showed Taylor suffered concussion, bruising and a sprained jaw during the alleged attacks, and claimed in the documents that Newton "threatened to end her life" on a number of occasions.
Now Taylor's father Nigel and mother Christine have told of their disgust at Newton's alleged behaviour - insisting they are "shocked" by the revelations.
Nigel Taylor tells the Sydney Daily Telegraph, "We're bitter, we're angry... but we can't say anything except that we love our daughter. We're tremendously proud of her and hope she's Ok.
"We were shocked, totally shocked. We didn't know everything at first, and only heard the first part. Then more and more came out and it just got worse and worse.
"We're private people; not even our friends or neighbours know that she is a famous actress. We're not media savvy people so we are trying to stay out of it."
But the concerned father is convinced his daughter will pull through and insists she is already moving on: "She's a strong girl and a very high achiever. We love our daughter and we don't want to go saying anything that would harm our daughter or the legal matters. We just want to protect her. She's doing auditions because there's no point moping around. She's too strong for that." »
The actress took out an apprehended violence order against the Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities star last month, alleging she was the victim of two "gravely serious" attacks by Newton while they were vacationing together in Rome, Italy.
Court papers show Taylor claims she suffered concussion, bruising and a sprained jaw during the alleged attacks - and the documents go on to detail the former couple's tumultuous past.
Taylor alleges Newton "threatened to end her life" on a number of occasions and she was forced to call police several times.
The actress also claims she required medical attention in Los Angeles after one attack which left her needing treatment for "scarring to her top lip, arm and knee" as well as "neck injuries" and "bruising" consistent with having her head "bashed against the floor and walls".
The papers read, "The defendant (Newton) physically, verbally and psychologically abused the applicant (Taylor) in the months of: January in Nsw (New South Wales), March in Victoria, April in Victoria and South Australia and June in Nsw."
Newton checked into rehab in Sydney for the second time this year following the alleged Rome attack - but Taylor is still struggling to come to terms with the events leading up to their split.
Her lawyer Christine Nash says, "She's very distressed about the events and it takes a while to get over what just happened, so I don't think you could say that she'd be feeling particularly happy at the moment." »
Actor Matthew Newton has been placed on suicide watch in rehab.
A day after he was admitted to the facility, the actress took out an apprehended violence order against the star, alleging she was the victim of two "gravely serious" attacks by Newton while they were vacationing together.
Newton's parents, Bert and Patti, opened up about their fears for their son on Monday's edition of Australian news show A Current Affair - and revealed their son is under observation from experts who fear he may take his own life.
When asked if he has threatened to kill himself, Patti said, "Many times".
She explained, "He's the saddest I've ever heard anyone sound. He's just so sad. He knows what's happened. He knows what he's done. Hopefully, medication will help him sort it out and work out why he needs all this medical help. All Bert and I can do is be very sorry for everything that he has done to cause any hassle with anybody."
Patti also revealed she warned Taylor to be "careful" in the relationship because of Newton's behaviour.
She adds, "I told her many times that she had to be really careful and I worried about her, and I told her... a long time ago that: 'You have to be careful. He needs help. He needs medication'. And that's no excuse for what he did. I think we were all aware there was a bomb about to go off somewhere, sometime."
Newton's mother admits she has spoken with the actress since the incident that led to the split and the Avo order: "I don't think we have to say anything to Rachael. Rachael spoke to me the night she was leaving (Matthew) and she said he's very sick - very, very sick, he needs psychiatric help, and I said, 'I know, I agree'." »
Matthew Newton proposed to his girlfriend, Transformers star Rachael Taylor, just days before she applied for a court order against the Australian actor accusing him of "violent assaults", according to his mother.
A day after he was admitted to the facility, the actress took out an apprehended violence order (Avo) against the star, alleging she was the victim of two "gravely serious" attacks by Newton while they were vacationing together in Rome, Italy.
But in a new interview, the troubled star's parents insist the holiday was a romantic getaway and their son proposed to Taylor during the trip.
His mother, Patti, tells Australian news show A Current Affair, "He kept ringing me from all parts of the world. Russia, London and then the last one, he said Rachael and he were in Italy - and I've just found out they were... engaged. He bought her a ring and... then everything went sour.
"His biggest problem is the fact that (his temper is) not a drug, it's not an alcohol problem as much as it's a mental health issue. He's always had a bit of a problem with his temper, even as a kid, but I do think it's accelerated. We don't know how to handle it."
Newton's father, Bert, told the show his son's bad behaviour stems from "his lifestyle in Sydney and getting in with the wrong people."
He adds, "I do love him and I do support him, but I don't support or condone any of the things that have happened. We should have seen the signs... but we didn't."
The full interview is due to air in Australia on Monday night. »
Just one day after Newton checked into rehab in Australia for the second time this year, the actress has taken out an apprehended violence order (Avo) against the star.
She alleges she was the victim of two "gravely serious" attacks at the hands of the Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities actor while they were vacationing together in Rome, Italy earlier this month. Taylor is believed to have sustained injuries to her face and body during a public altercation in a hotel foyer in the city.
According to legal documents obtained by Sydney's Daily Telegraph, the Avo alleges the 26 year old fears "for her personal safety, well being and security following events both in Australia and while on a recent holiday in Rome, Italy.
"This action follows a series of gravely serious incidents, including and not limited to two unprovoked violent assaults, which (she claims) occurred on the 13th and 14th August, 2010, while Ms Taylor was in Rome."
A statement from Taylor reads: "After much consideration and struggle I have made this personal decision to send a clear public message that violence, threats, abuse and intimidation are not acceptable and should be dealt with by the full capacity of the law."
Newton was due to begin hosting Australia's The X Factor but pulled out on Sunday to focus on his treatment.
He previously checked into a rehab centre in Melbourne in April to seek help for alcohol abuse after he was accused of trashing a hotel room in the city where he was staying with Taylor. »
Australian actor Matthew Newton has gone back into rehab - just three months after he was discharged from a treatment facility.
The Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities star checked into a private hospital in Melbourne in April after he was accused of trashing a hotel room in the city where he was staying with his girlfriend, Transformers actress Rachael Taylor.
He left the centre earlier this summer and subsequently opened up about his alcohol issues, describing himself as a "work in progress".
The star was due to begin hosting the Australian version of singing contest The X Factor but he's pulled out to focus on his ongoing health issues.
A statement from bosses at Australia's Seven network reads: "Matthew had a strong commitment to the program - he has tried his utmost to make it work. He has the support of his family and close circle of friends as he works his way back to full health." »
Asher Keddie has revealed that she is very satisfied with her life. The 36-year-old Australian actress, who is best known for her roles in Love My Way and Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities, said that she loves living in the country with her boyfriend, musician Jay Bowen. Keddie told Who magazine: "It's my horses and living in the country that gives me the balance and a very happy (more) »
- By Rebecca Davies
Matthew Newton has revealed that he loves hosting The X Factor Australia. The actor, who is best known for playing drug dealer Terry Clark in Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities, said that he did not plan to become a TV presenter but took the opportunity when it came his way. Newton told New Idea magazine: "I never had a plan. My plan has only ever been to follow my gut. I learnt from a very young age that as a creative person, if you really are interested in something, that's when you do your best work. You have to find that thing that really fires your passion. "I never look (more) »
- By Rebecca Davies
Australian actor Matthew Newton has spoken out about his stint in rehab for the first time, revealing he is still "a work in progress".
The Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities star checked into a private hospital in Melbourne in April, just weeks after he was accused of trashing a hotel room in the city where he was staying with his girlfriend, Transformers actress Rachael Taylor.
Newton admits he entered rehab in the hope of becoming a "happier, better person" and is slowly working through his personal issues.
He tells Australia's New Idea, "I'm not drinking. At the moment, I am a work in progress. I don't think there comes a time where you go: 'Great! Now I'm fine, now I'm sorted.'
"It's a constantly evolving process. For me, it's about working towards being a happier, better person.
"It was a slow realisation that there were things in my life I could do better. I wanted to take some time for myself, to work out who I was as a person and how I could be a better person.
"I met some wonderful people in this period. One of the things I learned was that I am just like everyone else - I am flawed. Everyone has things in their life they wish they'd done better and everyone has things that they do well and I think, in life, it's about finding the balance between those things." »
The Australian Writers’ Guild has announced the nominations for the Awgie Awards.
Beneath Hill 60, Lou, Animal Kingdom and the still unreleased Griff the Invisible compete for best original feature screenplay, while Rush dominated the TV series category with three of its episodes going against one of Spirited. Underbelly’s second and third series monopolised the mini-series adaptation category.
The ceremony will take place at Peninsula, Melbourne, on August 20.
The nominees are:
Television: Mini Series Adaptation
Home and Away Ep »
- Miguel Gonzalez
Nick Wyman, whose Broadway acting credits include "A Tale of Two Cities," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," and "The Phantom of the Opera," has held a seat on Actors' Equity Association's national council since 1990, but it's the last five years that have been the most eventful for the union. In 2006, Equity's longtime executive director, Alan Eisenberg, stepped down after 25 years of service. That same year, Patrick Quinn, the popular president of the union, resigned from his elected role as preparations were made for him to succeed Eisenberg. But before he could officially take on the directorship, Quinn died of a heart attack. The seat he vacated and the one he intended to take were filled by two of his longtime friends—Mark Zimmerman and John Connolly, respectively. Their most important task was to provide stability at a time of grieving for Equity.Late last year, Zimmerman and Connolly abruptly left their »
Mr Hudson has opened up about his relationship with Kanye West and admitted that he owes a lot to the rapper. A former Oxford graduate, Hudson faced middling success as part of Mr Hudson And The Library before being plucked from relative obscurity by West. Following working with the star, he released his first solo album as well as guested on Jay-z's latest LP The Blueprint 3. "I was chipping away but he really kicked in the door for me. He signed me to his label, then there was Jay-z and the tour and I have a lot to thank him for, really," Hudson told Clash. "I'm sure I owe him a pint by now! Basically he heard the first album A Tale Of Two Cities and he was just playing it on repeat and was like, (more) »
- By Oli Simpson
The Wire: the book
The Wire Re-up: The Guardian Guide to the Greatest TV Show Ever Made is out now from Guardian Books, and available in all good bookshops. The book features blogposts on every episode from all five seasons, plus interviews with the cast and features on the show – as well as many, many of your comments, which have made this blog the great forum it is. Buy the book by clicking here.
Season five, episode eight
Is The Wire Dickensian? David Simon dislikes the comparison. In this recent Vice magazine interview he admits a similarity in the "scope of society through the classes" covered by The Wire and Charles Dickens, but says he feels his treatment of the »
- Paul Owen
Today is an exciting day for the Twi-hards and Twilighters of the UK. The DVD release of Twilight: New Moon is upon us. For a few pounds tangible, physical, control over the Edward-Bella-Jacob triangle can be yours. The ability to stop time and rewind every eye meet and snarl will soon be at your fingertips. As if that were not incentive enough the DVD also offers viewers a tantalising glimpse at Eclipse, the third cinematic instalment of Stephenie Meyer’s wholesome, yet toothy, teen romance. But has the message begun to eclipse the mythology? When fans invest their hearts (and hard-earned) in the Bedward saga, are they actually being sold a love story at all?
Much has been made of the Twilight books ‘undercurrent’ of Mormon values. Stephenie Meyer has spoken very openly about her faith and values and what part she believes they have played in the Twilight world. »
- Emily Breen
There's no shortage of reasons that fans have grown so attached to "Lost" over the years. The show's mythology and character work are close to the top of that list, but there are other subtle but no less essential ingredients involved, including Michael Giacchino's score and the show's editing. At the end of the day, one of the single most important elements of all is the happy marriage between brilliant writing and line delivery from the actors, resulting in a wealth of unforgettable monologues and one-liners over the course of the show's five seasons.
After the jump, we've listed 42 memorable quotes from all five seasons of "Lost," though there are certainly many other worthy speeches and zingers that didn't make the cut. Make sure to head to the comments section and remind us of your favorite quotes from the series.
Stay tuned to MTV tomorrow for the final edition of Lost In Numbers, »
- Josh Wigler
On "Lost," death is about as common as the cold. It drifts in and out just like a sickness, sometimes with warning but often without any signs at all, and almost always claiming its victims with ruthless efficiency. Whether the dead party is a beloved or loathed character, one thing remains true throughout — the death scenes of "Lost" are almost always epic and inventive.
After the jump, we've listed 23 dead characters who should return for the final season of "Lost."
Stay tuned to MTV next week for the final installments of Lost In Numbers, a series of features pegged directly to the show's trademark number sequence: 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42. Needless to say, spoilers for season five and earlier lie ahead. And make sure to tune in to MTV Movies Blog next Tuesday for our live blog of the season premiere!
1. Roger Linus
Played By: Jon Gries
Occupation: Workman for the Dharma Initiative
- Josh Wigler
The Fine Bros have created a Lost music video parody for the song Downtown, performed and released in 1964 by Petula Clark. Lost fans should recognize the song as it has appeared multiple times in the series. According to lostpedia: The first instance being the opening scene of "A Tale of Two Cities", when Juliet played it on her CD player before the book club. It was featured twice in "One of Us": in Juliet's car as she and Rachel arrived to the Mittelos Bioscience center; and during the abridged sequence in Juliet's flashback that recapped the original book club scene. The parody, Lost - Answers?! , lays out all the mysteries that haven't been answered in the series. Watch the video, after the jump: Lyrics: When Lost first started there were all of these mysteries and we hoped it would, end well With one season left we are starting to »
- Peter Sciretta
20 items from 2010
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