7 items from 2008
Hollywood writer Eric Roth has filed suit against his investment manager after reportedly joining Steven Spielberg as the latest victim of the $50 billion (GBP33.9 billion) fraud scandal rocking America's Wall Street.
Roth, who penned Brad Pitt's new film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 1994's Forrest Gump, and The Horse Whisperer, claims he suffered "massive losses" as a result of the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme.
The writer filed papers in Los Angeles' County Superior Court against his "trusted investment manager" Stanley Chais, who he says was responsible for managing hundreds of millions of dollars from his clients.
Roth alleges Chais "simply handed over the entirety of these funds to Bmis (Madoff's company), all the while collecting enormous fees for his so-called 'management' of these investments".
The writer is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages in the case.
Madoff was arrested on 8 December and allegedly confessed to ciphering billions of dollars from his clients in a scam which collapsed after people began asking for their money back due to the global financial crisis.
In addition to director Spielberg, his partner, DreamWorks Animation Skg chief executive Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Uma Thurman's fiance, hedge-fund tycoon Arpad Busson, are among a list of high-profile investors who reportedly lost hundreds of millions of dollars in the scheme. »
Chicago ??? It turns out that skipping a ???blowout??? garage sale she was planning paid off for up-and-coming actress Taraji P. Henson after all, she told HollywoodChicago.com???s Adam Fendelman in a Chicago interview. Not being there netted an even grander sale for her acting career: Henson was cast as Brad Pitt???s surrogate mother in the Oscar-buzzing film ???The Curious Case of Benjamin Button???.
Photo credit: Adam Fendelman, HollywoodChicago.com
Rating: 4.0/5.0 The film, which was adapted for the screen by Eric Roth and is based on the 1920s short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, stars Brad Pitt opposite Cate Blanchett with Taraji P. Henson and Tilda Swinton. It???s a curious film indeed about Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) who ages backward. He???s born old and grows youthful.
For Henson, auditioning for the part of Queenie (Benjamin Button? »
Kate Bosworth struggled to handle her "brutal" Hollywood success as a youngster - but is adamant the experience helped her to become a better person.
The actress landed her first big role at the age of 13 when she starred alongside Scarlett Johansson in 1998 film The Horse Whisperer, before really gaining the public's attention at 19 in hit surfer movie Blue Crush.
Bosworth has since gone on to star in a string of Hollywood films, including the coveted role of Lois Lane in blockbuster movie Superman Returns.
And she believes her experience of fame as a child, at a time when Hollywood had become fascinated with young movie stars, helped to make her "stronger".
She says, "The obsession with the young Hollywood group happened when I was young and in Hollywood. It sort of coincided all at the same time.
"At the time, when you're being dissected and judged it's pretty brutal, but in hindsight it's great and - it sounds cliched - you do come out the other side better and stronger." »
Nicholas Sparks appears to have replaced Stephen King and John Grisham as Hollywood’s go-to author.The writer has already seen several of his romantic dramas turned into movies, including The Horse Whisperer, Nights In Rodanthe, The Notebook, Message In A Bottle and even a Post-It Note, Remember To Get Milk And Eggs, Pay Phone Bill, Call Dentist.* Then there’s Dear John, currently in production with Lasse Hallstrom yelling at people through a megaphone, and a new novel he's adapting into a movie for Miley Cyrus. But today saw another bright Sparks added to Hollywood’s to-do list, after Warner Bros. snapped up the rights to The Lucky One, his latest bestseller.Published just last month, it tells the story of a soldier who survives three tours of duty in Iraq, a run of luck he attributes to a photo he carries of a woman he has never met. »
Although Oscar winning director Steven Soderbergh is still focused on making sure his Che double feature gets out in theaters properly, he's also working on early planning for another film. Soderbergh is set to direct a biopic about the gay pianist Liberace for Warner Brothers with a script written by Richard Lagravanese (The Horse Whisperer, Freedom Writers, P.S. I Love You). Actor Michael Douglas has already confirmed his involvement and will play Liberace, while Matt Damon is in discussions to play Scott Thorson, the man who sued Liberace in 1982 for $113 million in palimony, claiming he was the entertainer’s companion for five years. Interestingly, this isn't exactly Soderbergh's next project. Liberace was a famously flamboyant entertainer and pianist that died in 1987 of complications from AIDS at age 67. Although Soderbergh is currently finishing up The Informant, this biopic isn't his next film. He's set to make The Girlfriend Experience, »
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The author of the best-selling novel The Horse Whisperer is seriously ill after eating poisonous mushrooms.
Nicholas Evans and his wife Charlotte were admitted to hospital in Scotland after they mistakenly ate the toxic fungi while staying at the country estate of relatives.
The pair, along with Evans' brother and sister-in-law, are said to be stable in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
Evans, who has sold 15 million copies of the beloved book worldwide, sold the rights to his tale to Robert Redford, who starred in the big screen adaptation alongside a teenage Scarlett Johansson in 1998. »
Actress Kate Bosworth suffered a quarter-century crisis when she turned 25 recently - after succumbing to an unexpected "moment of weirdness" over her birthday.
The Superman Returns beauty - who celebrated her milestone anniversary on 2 January - is adamant more help should be available to those on the brink of turning 25, because it's actually a very daunting and distressing experience.
She says, "I turned 25 a couple of months ago and it was the first birthday where I felt a bit weird about everything. You know, no one really speaks about the quarter-century in terms of a crisis.
"But for me it was a moment of weirdness. I was 14 when I did The Horse Whisperer and in one sense it feels like a long time ago, but not really.
"Life goes so quickly. The older you get the more quickly it goes. It just moves faster and faster." »
7 items from 2008
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