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Rooney Suffers Staircase Fall At Home

29 December 2011 8:01 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood veteran Mickey Rooney spent the Christmas holidays recovering from a painful fall at his California home which left him with a cut to his head, according to a U.S. report.

The Babes on Broadway actor, 91, is alleged to have taken a tumble on a staircase at his Westlake Village property on the morning of 7 December and he was admitted to the Westlake Urgent Care facility, where he received stitches to a deep gash on the side of his forehead.

A source tells America's Globe tabloid, "The head wound was so deep that Mickey had to have it stitched up. He also had bruises on his legs and other parts of his body."

A representative for Rooney had yet to comment on the report as WENN went to press. »

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‘The Muppets’ – honors both the fans and the legacy

19 November 2011 8:59 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Muppets

Directed by James Bobin

Written by Jason Segal and Nicholas Stoller, based on characters created by Jim Henson

imdb USA 2011

The central difficulty with reviving a beloved franchise like The Muppets is that what you gain in brand recognition, you lose in the established fan-base’s resistance to change. Keeping the older fans happy while pleasing new fans is a tricky tightrope to walk. The Muppets one big advantage over a franchise like Star Trek is that it is something that today’s parents loved as kids and that they are really looking forward to introducing to their children. That was certainly the case at the preview screening that I attended.

The Muppets come to theatres boasting the best marketing of any film this year. The clever, parody Muppet movie trailers have excited long-time fans of the Muppets and created new fans. At the same time, older fans »

- Michael Ryan

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‘The Muppets’ honors both the fans and the legacy

19 November 2011 2:01 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Muppets

Directed by James Bobin

Written by Jason Segal and Nicholas Stoller, based on characters created by Jim Henson

USA, 2011

The central difficulty with reviving a beloved franchise like The Muppets is that what you gain in brand recognition, you lose in the established fan-base’s resistance to change. Keeping the older fans happy while pleasing new fans is a tricky tightrope to walk. The Muppets one big advantage over a franchise like Star Trek is that it is something that today’s parents loved as kids and that they are really looking forward to introducing to their children. That was certainly the case at the preview screening that I attended.

The Muppets come to theatres boasting the best marketing of any film this year. The clever, parody Muppet movie trailers have excited long-time fans of the Muppets and created new fans. At the same time, older fans are »

- Michael Ryan

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Rooney's Assistant Hits Back At Abuse And Fraud Claims

20 October 2011 6:36 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Mickey Rooney's former assistant has dismissed reports she defrauded the Hollywood veteran, insisting she simply discouraged him from investing in "get rich quick schemes".

Lawyers for the 90 year old actor recently filed papers against Cindy Smith, who reportedly worked for Rooney from 1984 to 1991 and again from 2000 to 2010, alleging she defrauded the star and was emotionally cruel to him.

Smith has now submitted her own court documents, obtained by TMZ.com, claiming that she looked out for the star's best interests.

She also alleges Rooney was a tough employer, declaring, "Mickey was condescending and gruff, hostile and rude, insulting and dismissive - and yelled quite often."

The legal action came after the Babes on Broadway star won a restraining order against his stepson, Christopher Aber, and his wife amid claims Aber had been attempting to convince the star to sign over control of his assets, leaving the ageing actor fearing for his safety. »

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Rooney Sues Stepson

16 September 2011 5:01 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood veteran Mickey Rooney has launched a lawsuit against his stepson, accusing him of tricking the star out of millions of dollars.

The Babes on Broadway actor won a restraining order against Christopher Aber and his wife earlier this year amid claims Aber had been attempting to convince the star to sign over control of his assets, leaving the 90 year old fearing for his safety.

Rooney's attorney Michael Augustine was appointed temporary conservator of his legal and financial affairs in March.

Now the actor is suing Aber, accusing him of spending the star's money "as if it were his own" and keeping him "in poverty", according to papers filed in Los Angeles.

Aber and his wife have been accused of breach of trust, abuse and fraud over the last decade, after he allegedly paid himself a generous salary out of Rooney's earnings.

The legal documents, obtained by the BBC, state, "While Chris instilled fear in Mickey and kept him in poverty, Chris took advantage of his unfettered access to Mickey's income. Chris consistently paid himself a generous salary from Mickey's earnings, took advances on his salary and spent Mickey's money as if it were his own."

But Aber, who is the son of Rooney's eighth wife Jan Chamberlin, is accusing the star's legal team of driving the case.

He says, "This lawsuit is not from Mickey Rooney - it's from his conservators who are stealing from him." »

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Hallelujah! A Judy Garland Retrospective

31 July 2011 9:50 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The Lincoln Center and the Paley Center here in NYC have joined forces to celebrate the all-singing all-dancing legend that is Judy Garland

Shout 'Hallelujah', c'mon get happy!"

Once upon a time she was dubbed "The World's Greatest Entertainer." Few celebrities have ever earned their PR self-mythologizing titles the way Judy G did. There's just no beating her for musical pleasure and cathartic heartbreak. And as if her sensational singing and dancing weren't enough, she was a fine actress, too!

I missed the first week of the celebration being in Michigan but I'll see what I can catch for the remainder of the summer program which ends August 9th. If you're not in New York City, you can always follow along at home as best you can with an impromptu DVD festival.

 

Still to come in the festival are...

Young Judy:

Everybody Sing (1938), For Me and My Gal (1942), Presenting Lily Mars »

- NATHANIEL R

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TCM and Warner Launching New Classic Film Collections: Rooney, Garland, Astaire, Rogers, Thin Man

28 July 2011 10:50 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

As Hollywood threatens to remake The Thin Man, Turner Classic Movies and Warner Home Entertainment are releasing a Thin Man collection as one of three new classic film collections being added to their Greatest Classic Films and Legends lines (The Thin Man, After the Thin Man, Another Thin Man, Shadow of the Thin Man), all starring the iconic screen couple William Powell and Myrna Loy as happily tipsy sleuths Nick and Nora Charles. The other two collections also feature Golden Age screen couples, but of the singer-dancer variety: young MGM-era Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland (Girl Crazy, Strike Up the Band, Babes in Arms, Babes on Broadway) and the second-tier Astaire and Rogers Volume Two (Flying Down to Rio [pictured], Follow the Fleet, The Story »

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All Singin., All Dancin., All Judy! July 26 – August 9

10 June 2011 3:16 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Impressive retrospective of Judy Garland.s films will feature 31 titles including a presentation of seldom seen short films and rarities as well as a special .sing-along. screening of The Wizard Of Oz.

On the occasion of what would have been Judy Garland.s 89th birthday, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Paley Center have announced the details today for Fslc.s comprehensive retrospective of the peerless film icon.s work, All Singin., All Dancin., All Judy! which will screen at the Walter Reade Theater July 26 . August 9 and The Paley Center.s comprehensive retrospective of Garland.s television work,Judy Garland: The Television Years which will be presented July 20 . August 18.

With autumn marking the 75th anniversary of Judy Garland’s feature film debut (Pigskin Parade, 1936), the Film Society of Lincoln Center will screen 31 titles from July 26 . August 9, including each of her big-screen acting performances, to pay tribute to »

- Melissa Howland

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Rooney: 'Stepson Sold My Oscar'

3 March 2011 8:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood veteran Mickey Rooney has blasted his stepson for allegedly taking his honorary Oscar statuette and selling it off for his own financial gain.

The Babes on Broadway star won a restraining order against Christopher Aber and his wife last month amid claims his stepson has been attempting to convince the actor to sign over control of his assets, leaving the 90 year old fearing for his safety.

Rooney's experiences have prompted him to lead the charge against elderly abuse and he appeared before a Senate committee in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, urging politicians to create new laws to protect the aged.

He told the committee he felt "scared, disappointed... and angry" when Aber took control of his affairs, accusing his stepson and his wife of abusing him emotionally and financially.

Rooney claims Aber took a number of his personal items - including the star's treasured Academy Award, which he received in 1983 in recognition of his 50 years in the movie industry.

In an interview on America's Today Show, the ageing actor admits he suffered in silence for years because he was embarrassed.

He says, "As a man (I was embarrassed to speak out); our individuality was taken away from us. Our personal things, things that meant everything to us were gone. And he even sold my Oscar..."

But when he finally did speak out against Aber, Rooney felt abandoned: "It seemed that no one wanted to believe me."

Aber has denied all allegations of abuse. In a statement issued to the Today show, his representative says, "Allegations that Chris Aber threatens, intimidates, harasses, yells and screams at Mr. Rooney are false."

Rooney's calls to Congress appeared to be heard loud and clear - after the hearing, committee chairman Senator Herb Kohl introduced legislation that would create an Office of Elder Justice to help co-ordinate law enforcement response to chronic abuse of the aged. »

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Rooney Fights For Elderly Justice In Washington, D.C.

2 March 2011 5:31 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie veteran Mickey Rooney is leading the charge against elderly abuse after urging leading U.S. politicians to create new laws that protect the aged from greedy family members and supposed carers.

The Babes on Broadway star appeared before a Senate committee in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday and urged the politicians to do what they could to make sure other elderly Americans don't suffer the same fate he claims he has faced at the hands of his family members.

Rooney, 90, told the committee he felt "scared, disappointed... and angry" when one member of his family took control of his personal and financial affairs.

He said, "You can't believe that it's happening to you... For years I suffered silently. I didn't want to tell anybody. I couldn't muster the courage and you have to have courage. I needed help and I knew I needed it. Even when I tried to speak up, I was told to shut up and be quiet."

Rooney has filed a restraining order against his stepson Christopher Aber and his wife, claiming they abused him emotionally and financially.

The actor called for Congress to pass a law that makes chronic elderly abuse a specific crime.

Fighting back tears, the film legend said, "I'm asking you to stop this elderly abuse. I mean to stop it. Now. Not tomorrow, not next month, but now.

And it appears Rooney's plea has been heard loud and clear by the Senate - after the hearing, committee chairman Sen. Herb Kohl introduced legislation that would create an Office of Elder Justice help co-ordinate law enforcement response to chronic elder abuse. »

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