30 March 2007
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Spears Reaches Divorce Settlement with Federline
and Kevin Federline
reached an amicable divorce settlement yesterday, including a custody agreement over their two young sons.
The estranged couple spent five hours at the Los Angeles offices of Spears' lawyer Laura Wasser along with Federline's attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan.
Michael Sands, spokesman for Federline's lawyer, says, "The parties signed a global settlement on all issues of their marriage and the custody of the children."
The terms of the agreement were not revealed, but a Los Angeles judge still has to approve the documents.
Spears, 25, filed for divorce on November 7 - just two months after giving birth to their youngest child Jayden James - citing "irreconcilable differences."
In the divorce papers, Spears was seeking legal and physical custody of Jayden James and Sean Prestion, 18 months, while former dancer Federline, 29, also asked for custody of the children, as well as requesting spousal support.
The couple wed in October 2004 after a whirlwind six month romance.
The divorce agreement comes nine days after Spears checked out of Promises Rehab Center in Malibu, California for a month-long treatment for unspecified problems.
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Clooney: "I Didn't Leak 'Huckabees' Footage"
has issued a $1 million challenge to anyone who can prove he's behind the leak of internet outtakes of I Heart Huckabees
. The footage, featuring actress Lily Tomlin
and director Davd O. Russell
screaming at one another, hit cyberspace late last week, and Clooney, who famously fell out with the moviemaker when they made Three Kings
together, has been linked to the leak. But, in a statement released yesterday, the movie star wrote: "Contrary to popular opinion, neither the sound man, Ed Tise
, nor yours truly sent in the David O. Russell tape. I saw it (footage) when we were working on Ocean's Twelve
, and there have been quite a few copies traveling around town for the last couple of years. Any rumor that either of us put it on the internet is simply false." And Clooney is so keen to prove his innocence he's offering a huge reward if anyone can prove he was behind the leak. He adds, "(I will) offer a million bucks to anyone who would prove otherwise."
Scorsese in Major Car Accident- New York City
Film director Martin Scorsese
was involved in a major cab accident in New York City. Accompanied by a friend and the cab driver, reportedly a drunken truck driver maneuvered at a red light. The driver is in critical condition, as well as everyone else. Scorsese and his friend are as well in fragile condition but no other news on their health is currently available. The only information that we have is the doctor’s words “They will all survive but a chance of some serious permanent damage is extremely likely.” Those words are very fortunate given the idea that he will survive, but will he endure physical or mental damage? Check for updates.
Angry Griffin: "Ferrari Crash Was No Stunt"
Funnyman Eddie Griffin
has angrily slammed reports suggesting his Ferrari crash on Monday was a publicity stunt. The Norbit
star was taking part in a charity race at the Irwindale Speedway in California when he lost control of a pal's sports car and crashed into a wall. Since the accident, critics have suggested the crash was a carefully staged stunt to gain publicity for Griffin's upcoming movie Redline
, produced by the owner of the $1.5 million Ferrari. Griffin blasts, "You got crazy conspiracy theories that think it's a hoax... The pain I got in my neck is not a hoax." The comedian insists he could never crash such an expensive vehicle just for a publicity stunt: "How retarded do you got to be to think that somebody is going to wreck a million and a half dollar car as a hoax? Why would I want to be the one driving it and running it into a concrete divider as a hoax?" Griffin has cancelled commitments for two weeks to allow him time to recover from the crash, and he tells US news show Access Hollywood
the accident has taught him a lesson. He adds, "I shouldn't be behind the wheel in a car race... We will stick to microphones."
Farrow: "Spielberg Could Become Leni Riefenstahl of Olympic Games"
Actress Mia Farrow
has condemned director Steven Spielberg
for aiding China's staging of the 2008 Olympic Games, warning he could become known as "the Leni Riefenstahl
of the Beijing Games." Farrow, a United Nations UNICEF goodwill ambassador, launched an impassioned appeal on behalf of African victims in the over-spilling Sudan crisis earlier this month. And The Omen
star, 62, is astonished so many big names and corporations like Coca-Cola and McDonald's are also readily lending their support to what they have dubbed 'The Genocide Olympics', because China openly supports the government of Sudan. She writes in a Wall Street Journal article, "That so many corporate sponsors want the world to look away from that atrocity during the games is bad enough. But equally disappointing is the decision of artists like director Steven Spielberg - who quietly visited China this month as he prepares to help stage the Olympic ceremonies - to sanitize Beijing's image. Is Mr. Spielberg, who in 1994 founded the Shoah Foundation to record the testimony of survivors of the Holocaust, aware that China is bankrolling Darfur's genocide?" Farrow went on to warn the Schindler's List
director that he risked becoming a modern version of Nazi propaganda filmmaker Riefenstahl, who is famed for her 1936 Berlin games film Olympia
. She writes, "Does Mr. Spielberg really want to go down in history as the Leni Riefenstahl
of the Beijing Games? Do the various television sponsors around the world want to share in that shame? Because they will. Unless, of course, all of them add their singularly well-positioned voices to the growing calls for Chinese action to end the slaughter in Darfur." According to official United Nations figures, more than 200,000 people have died and more than two million have been displaced since the rebels and government forces first clashed in Dafur in 2003.
Hilton Caught Driving With Suspended License
Socialite Paris Hilton
is facing a 90-day jail spell after being found in violation of the terms of her probation. The hotel heiress was spotted driving along Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles on Tuesday night without her headlights on, according to police reports. Officers pulled Hilton over in her Bentley convertible and found she was driving with a suspended license - the result of her drink driving arrest last September. She later pleaded no contest to reckless driving and was placed on probation. Hilton's publicist Elliot Mintz
insists he and his client were unaware that her driving license had been suspended. But Nick Velasquez, spokesman for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, tells People magazine, "We have sufficient evidence to prove that Hilton had knowledge of the suspension, and yet continued to drive." A hearing has been set for April 17.
Versace To Sue Over Daughter's Anorexia Coverage
Fashion designer Donatella Versace
and her ex-husband Paul Beck are to sue several newspapers over their reporting of their daughter's battle with anorexia. On Tuesday night, US reports suggested 20-year-old Allegra Versace Beck had been hospitalized after years of battling the eating disorder. In Wednesday's editions of London's Evening Standard and Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper, Versace was quoted as saying, "Anorexia is consuming her... The doctors are doing all they can to snatch her away from this cruel disease." However, a statement from the couple insists Versace made no such comment and their daughter is receiving medical treatment at home. It reads, "Our daughter, Allegra has been battling anorexia, a very serious disease, for many years. She is receiving the best medical care possible to help overcome this illness and is responding well. Allegra is not at present staying in any hospital, she is living in her private residence and her condition does not cause particular concerns. As parents, we are doing our best to protect our daughter. However, due to numerous media reports, we want to let everyone know that we appreciate their concern for Allegra, and we ask that her privacy be respected at this time." Allegra is heir to the Versace fashion empire. Her late uncle Gianni
bequeathed 50 percent of the fashion label to her in his will. Her mother Donatella owns 20 percent.
Muniz To Compete As Professional Driver
Former Malcolm In The Middle
star Frankie Muniz
has turned his back on acting to concentrate on a career as a professional Champ Car driver. The speed-loving star is starting from the back of the grid at the upcoming Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
in California, where he'll compete for a win in the Champ Car Atlantic Series. Race spokeswoman Sherry Perez says, "He's (Muniz) had such success as an actor at such a young age and now it's almost like he's starting over again... as a race car driver." The child star is sporting a new Mohawk haircut as he attempts to be taken seriously as a member of the Jensen MotorSport team. Muniz raced for Jensen MotorSport in the 2006 Formula BMW USA series. The Long Beach Grand Prix has happy memories for Muniz - he won the Toyota Pro/Celebrity race at the three-day event in 2005.
'Match Point' Star Dreams of Robbing Bank
star Matthew Goode
dreams of robbing a bank with a banana because he's sick of being flat broke. Despite a string of hit movies and a growing profile as an actor, the Brit has yet to cut his first worthwhile paycheck and is relying on family charity to live. And his need for riches has prompted dreams of holding up a bank, just like his mean character in new film The Lookout
does. He explains, "It would be nice to have a bit of cash right now. I'd pretty much walk up to a bank teller with a banana in my jacket, so I could just laugh it off if I got arrested, and say, 'I was just a bit drunk officer, I'm so sorry.' I could get away with anything with a British accent over here in America, but in England they'd be like, 'Listen, you tosser, you're not taking the money.'" Goode hopes his next movie, the blockbuster adaptation of hit TV series Brideshead Revisited
, will help him pay back generous family members who have been supporting his acting dream. He adds, "I've been borrowing rent money from my sister for the last three months."
Swank's Good Deed Pays Off
Oscar winner Hilary Swank
discovered a good deed can get you out of trouble when she escaped a speeding fine after helping a lady with her groceries. The actress stopped to help a shopper in a hurry when she noticed everyone in the Los Angeles bakery/restaurant she uses to learn her lines was busy - and her efforts were noticed by an impressed traffic cop. The same cop pulled Swank over for speeding on the Pacific Coast Highway days later. She recalls, "He goes, 'Hey, Ms. Swank... You know what, you were speeding... but I'm gonna let you off for being a Good Samaritan.' I said, 'What? What did I do?' and he said, 'I was at that bakery a few days ago when you got behind the counter and helped that woman, that actually happened to be the judge of Malibu.' The moral of the story is, if you're in a bakery and they're short-handed, get behind the counter; you never know when it's gonna help you out."
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