December 25, 2015 |
Court: Go back to Madonna Madonna was understandably upset when her 15-year-old son told her that he refused to leave his dad's house in Britain to join her for the holidays in New York. Rocco Ritchie has been staying with Madge's ex-hub, British filmmaker Guy Ritchie , across the Atlantic. He doesn't want to fly over, Ritchie's attorney has said. What's a mother to do? Some would shout, cry, or plead. Madge, 57, went to court. The "Like a Virgin" singer has won a court order compelling Rocco to return to his ma's home - by force if necessary.
August 15, 2015 |
If looks could kill, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. would be lethal. A perfectly tailored period piece (the early 1960s, with funny Eastern Block automobiles and bold French couture), Guy Ritchie's reboot of the old TV spy show stars a trio of exceedingly handsome actors dashing and deadpanning their way around some exceedingly handsome locales. Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander - it's a battle of cheekbones and chins, as they hop from rain-slicked Berlin Wall checkpoints to grand European hotels to glittering Mediterranean isles.
August 14, 2015 |
TUNE IN to an old episode of "The Man From U.N.C.L.E" and you might end up watching the work of Robert Towne, Harlan Ellison or Richard Donner. Set to Jerry Goldsmith music and Lalo Schifrin jazz stylings, the old '60s show was a playground for interesting talent, and, by the way, more than just a Bond rip-off - Ian Fleming was a creative consultant, and sketched the parameters of both "The Man From U.N.C.L.E. " and "The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. " The U.N.C.L.E. acronym is not worth exploring, but was reportedly meant by its creators to suggest a combination of Uncle Sam and the United Nations - American Agent Napoleon Solo teamed with Soviet spy Illya Kuryakin, in the service of a British handler.
December 16, 2011 |
IN 2009, Sherlock Holmes made a boffo transition to the 21st century as a wise-cracking action hero, cracking as many heads as cases. Some purists were offended on behalf of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but my guess is that Doyle would be thrilled to have invented a character this durable and elastic. Never out of print, inhabited by dozens of different actors in multiple decades, re-imagined for each new generation. The 2009 Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) was one-half of a buddy comedy team filled out by a smarter, tougher Dr. Watson (Jude Law)
November 29, 2011 |
In a fairy tale that has ignited our heart, Anne Hathaway has become engaged to her beau of three years, actor Adam Shulman ( Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning ). Adam, 30, proposed over the weekend armed with a Kwiat Heritage ring, says Us Weekly. The duo began dating a few months after Anne's thang with Raffaello Follieri folded when he was busted for defrauding investors of millions by posing as a Vatican real estate consultant. (He's currently serving a 4½-year stint in federal prison.)
September 7, 2011 |
Eddie Murphy , who garnered his first and only Oscar nomination in 2007 for Dreamgirls , will own the show next year. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday that Murphy, 50, would host the 84th annual Academy Awards, live on ABC on Feb. 26. "I am enormously honored to join the great list of past Academy Awards hosts, from Hope and Carson to Crystal, Martin, and Goldberg, among others," Murphy said in...
December 23, 2009 |
SHERLOCK HOLMES liked to say that his unique method of investigation was based on the observation of trifles. The new screen version of the venerable movie staple is based on an observation of its own - that no franchise will nowadays succeed without the enthusiastic support of young males. And so Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.), before he has a chance to make a single brilliant deduction, is tossed into a bare-knuckle brawl with a hairy heavyweight. The scene takes us inside Holmes' head, where he uses his big brain to plot out the sequence of athletic maneuvers that will allow him to duck a punch, break the man's knee, crack his rib, puncture his kidney.
December 16, 2008 |
Yes we can party? BET on it Time to party like it's 2009! BET has done a double somersault with a 2 1/2 twist onto the already-sagging inaugural bandwagon, announcing two big Washington-based events. The first is the second annual BET Honors, at the Warner Theatre in Washington Jan. 17 (telecast Feb. 9) and hosted by Gabrielle Union. Honorees will include Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Mary J. Blige, Tyler Perry, dancer Judith Jameson, and entrepreneur B. Smith. And then, par-tay!
December 9, 2008 |
OUR WITTY yet cynical nature aside, Tattle is a big softie. That "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" gets us nearly every week. Who wouldn't feel a twinge of something when a family of 12, many of them without arms, legs or working organs, living in an the equivalent of a porta-john, gets to see a new home - their new home - that would make Bill Gates jealous. It seems, however, that the mortgage crisis has reached even the creations of Ty Pennington - how about that new bedding line, by the way. (Insert Sears ad here.
December 8, 2008 |
THERE HAVE been a number of British tabloid reports as to what Guy Ritchie would receive in his divorce from Madonna - News of the World is now saying the number will be around $47 million. That will include nearly $18 million in cash (so that Guy can buy homes to be near the children), the couple's $29 million Ashcombe House country estate in Wiltshire and Guy's $4.4 million Punchbowl pub. The Material Middle-Aged Woman will keep the remainder of her nearly $500 million fortune and the couple's home in London.