Monday, February 26, 2007

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NICOLAS CAGE’s turn as comic book biker GHOST RIDER has claimed the top spot at the US box office for a second successive week.The action film has taken it’s 10-day box office tally to $78.7 million (£40.4 million) with a second weekend take of $19.7 million (£10.1 million).It was enough to fend off a challenge from JIM CARREY’s new release THE NUMBER 23, which debuted at number two with $15.1 million (£7.7 million).Comedy RENO 911! debuted in fourth place, while BILLY BOB THORNTON’s critically-mauled new film THE ASTRONAUT FARMER came in a distant ninth, with just $4.5 million (£2.3 million).Period movie AMAZING GRACE, starring Welsh actor IOAN GRUFFUDD as anti-slavery activist LORD WILLIAM WILBERFORCE, has debuted at 10 on limited release.

SIR PAUL McCARTNEY’s estranged wife HEATHER MILLS’ forthcoming appearance on US TV show DANCING WITH THE STARS has angered a disabled group in her native Britain, who claim her ability to dance means she is able-bodied. Mills wears prosthetic limb after losing her left leg below the knee following a 1993 road accident in London.After the charity campaigner confirmed she would be a contestant on the show next month (MAR07), the Federation Of Disabled People claim she has no right to use the blue disabled badge on her Mercedes car, which gives users priority parking in public places and in car parks.The Federation’s spokesperson KATHY GORDON says, "Clearly she has mobility so she should refrain from using the badge. It’s not fair on other disable people."(SOURCE WENN)

British royal SARAH FERGUSON, DUCHESS OF YORK has been fiercely criticised for taking her two daughters BEATRICE and EUGENIE on a holiday to Jamaica, where they were surrounded by people smoking cannabis.Beatrice’s former boyfriend, American PAOLO LIUZZO has told British newspaper the Daily Mail how Ferguson partied with a group of wealthy young men who constantly smoked the drug in the presence of her 18 and 16-year-old daughters.He says, "I want to see good in Sarah but now when I look in her eyes I see Medusa. She’s stone."Bea so much wants to be like her mother, yet what does she see? Her mother partying and just encouraging her daughters to do the same thing. Sarah is a 47-year-old who wants to be 25 again." Liuzzo’s relationship with Beatrice ended when it emerged he was charged with manslaughter after a drunken brawl which resulted in the death of a fellow student in 2002.The charge was later reduced to assault, with Liuzzo undertaking community service.(SOURCE WENN)

JENNIFER ANISTON is reportedly dating a cameraman she met on the set of her FRIENDS co-star COURTENEY COX’s TV show DIRT.Aniston, who split from boyfriend VINCE VAUGHN in December (06), met the mystery man, known only as MIKE, when she was filming a guest appearance on the programme.An insider tells British newspaper the Daily Express, "She introduced herself and they started chatting."The next day he asked Jen out for dinner. They’ve been out several times since then, including once to a bowling alley and a dinner date at Marix, one of her favourite LA restaurants."She really likes him."(SOURCE PR INSIDE)

Author J.K. ROWLING is taking legal action against eBay after unauthorised versions of her HARRY POTTER books were allegedly being sold on the Indian version of the internet auction website.Rowling is suing eBay for breach of copyright and has obtained a court injunction that bans the site from listing illegal copies of her books.The British writer’s lawyer AKASH CHITTRANSHI says, "This is the first time eBay has been compelled to take measures to prevent e-books being sold."(SOURCE PR INSIDE)

MARTIN SCORSESE realised his Oscars dream at the 79th Academy Awards in Hollywood last night (25FEB07)when he took home his first Best Director honour.The revered moviemaker was a clear favourite to claim the prize for gritty drama THE DEPARTED, but even he was taken aback when pals GEORGE LUCAS, STEVEN SPIELBERG and FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA read his name out from the Oscars stage at the Kodak Theatre. He quipped, "Could you double check the envelope?" The director added, "So many people over the years have been wishing this for me... I thank you, this is for you." His movie, The Departed, was the night’s big winner, claiming four honours, including Best Film.After claiming the night’s first two awards for Best Art Direction and Best Makeup, fantasy film PAN’S LABYRINTH managed one more win - for Cinematography - to boast three honours.Otherwise, it was a night for hot favourites with HELEN MIRREN, FOREST WHITAKER and JENNIFER HUDSON claiming the acting prizes they were expected to take home. The big surprise came when LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE’s ALAN ARKIN beat EDDIE MURPHY to the Best Supporting Actor honour.Highlights of the ceremony included a DREAMGIRLS reunion for BEYONCE KNOWLES, JENNIFER HUDSON and ANIKA NONI ROSE and a tribute to the music of composer ENNIO MORRICONE, which featured a world premiere of CELINE DION’s new Morricone tune I KNEW I LOVED YOU.The full list of winners is:Best Film - THE DEPARTED Best Actress - HELEN MIRREN (THE QUEEN) Best Actor - FOREST WHITAKER (THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND) Best Director - MARTIN SCORSESE (THE DEPARTED) Best Art Direction - EUGENIO CABALLERO & PILAR REVUELTA (PAN’S LABYRINTH) Best Makeup - DAVID MARTI and MONTSE RIBE (PAN’S LABYRINTH) Best Animated Short Film - THE DANISH POET Best Live Action Film Short - WEST BANK STORY Best Sound Editing - ALAN ROBERT MURRAY & BUB ASMAN (FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS) Best Sound Mixing - WILLIE BURTON, BOB BEEMER & MICHAEL MINKLER (DREAMGIRLS) Best Supporting Actor - ALAN ARKIN (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE) Best Animated Feature - HAPPY FEET Best Adapted Screenplay - WILLIAM MONAHAN (THE DEPARTED) Best Costume Design - MILENA CANONERO (MARIE ANTOINETTE) Best Cinematography - GUILLERMO NAVARRO (PAN’S LABYRINTH) Best Visual Effects - JOHN KNOLL, ALLEN HALL, CHARLES GIBSON & HAL HICKEL (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST) Best Foreign Language Film - THE LIVES OF OTHERS (Germany) Best Supporting Actress - JENNIFER HUDSON (DREAMGIRLS) Best Documentary Short - THE BLOOD OF YINGZHOU DISTRICT Best Documentary Feature - AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH Best Original Score - GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA (BABEL) Best Original Screenplay - MICHAEL ARNDT (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE) Best Original Song - I NEED TO WAKE UP by MELISSA ETHERIDGE (AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) Best Film Editing - THELMA SCHOONMAKER (THE DEPARTED) Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award - SHERRY LANSING Honorary Award - ENNIO MORRICONE (KL/WN) WENN - OSCARS SPECIAL - 26 FEBRUARY 2007(SOURCE WENN)

Trustees for JAMES BROWN’s estate have filed a DNA sample motion in a bid to make all the soul great’s children legitimate heirs to his fortune.The trustees asked a judge on Friday (23FEB07) to allow DNA samples to be taken from the remains of the late singer - to prove the paternity of anyone claiming to be one of his kids.The move follows claims that Brown’s five-year-old son by widow TOMI RAE HYNIE was fathered by another man.BUDDY DALLAS, one of the singer’s trustees, reveals Hynie’s claim on behalf of her son is one of many that has come to his attention since the Godfather Of Soul died on Christmas Day (25DEC06).Neither Hynie nor her young son, also called JAMES BROWN, were included in the soul legend’s will.The DNA samples will have to be taken soon as Hynie and the singer’s six grown-up children have agreed on burial plans, but details have not yet been made public.Meanwhile, Hynie has sued to get a share of Brown’s estate. Brown’s lawyers claim the back-up singer was never legally married because Hynie already had a husband when she wed Brown in 2001.(SOURCEPR INSIDE)

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