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Jessica Alba Engaged to Baby’s Father

Jessica Alba, right, and her boyfriend Cash Warren

Jessica Alba, right, and Cash Warren

Pregnancy has been an engaging experience for Jessica Alba.

The 26-year-old actress, who announced earlier this month that she’s expecting, is now engaged to her boyfriend and the baby’s father, producer Cash Warren.

“I can confirm that they are engaged,” Alba’s publicist, Brad Cafarelli, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Thursday.

The couple is expecting their first child in late spring or early summer, Cafarelli said.

Alba stars in the thriller “Awake,” and recently appeared in “Good Luck Chuck” and “The Ten.” The sex symbol first gained fame as an action star on TV’s “Dark Angel,” then in films including “Fantastic Four” and “Sin City.”



December 28, 2007 at 3:38 pm Leave a comment

Madonna Directorial Debut at Berlin Fest



Madonna’s debut movie as a director will have its world premiere at the annual Berlin film festival in February.

“Filth and Wisdom,” starring Eugene Hutz, Richard E. Grant and Stephen Graham, will screen in the Panorama section, outside the main competition, a festival statement said Thursday.

Organizers didn’t specify whether the 49-year-old singer will come to Berlin to present the movie.

The event, which runs from Feb. 7-17, is the first of the year’s major European film festivals.


December 28, 2007 at 3:37 pm 1 comment

Judge to Connery, Neighbors: Stop Suing

Sean Connery

Sean Connery

The legal dispute between Sean Connery and his downstairs neighbors has a fed-up judge telling both sides to cool it.

In court papers, Burton Sultan calls his neighbor Connery, 77, the antithesis of the suave secret agent he played in numerous James Bond films, branding him “a bully who ignores norms of neighborliness and decency” in the town house they share.

Connery and his wife claim the Sultan family’s complaints have delayed needed repairs to the roof, imperiling the Connerys and raising the repair costs.

In a decision made public Wednesday, State Supreme Court Justice Marcy Friedman tossed out many of the Sultans’ claims but slammed the Connerys for what she called their “blunderbuss” legal salvos.

She barred both sides from filing any more lawsuits without her permission, saying they “have engaged in a ‘slash and burn’ litigation strategy.”

Connery’s lawyer and publicist and Sultan’s lawyer did not immediately return telephone messages Thursday.

The sides have clashed repeatedly over the Connerys’ years-long renovations to their part of the six-story, landmarked 1869 town house. The Sultans claim the renovations have subjected them to noise, fumes, leaks and rats, ruining their collection of antique wicker furniture.

Connery played the British secret agent known as 007 in 1962’s “Dr. No.” He reprised the role in such Bond classics as “From Russia With Love,” “Goldfinger” and “You Only Live Twice.”


December 28, 2007 at 3:36 pm Leave a comment

Despite Buzz, Amy Adams Has Doubts

Amy Adams

Amy Adams

For all the buzz Amy Adams has earned with her performance as a princess in Disney’s “Enchanted,” she still has doubts about her career path.

“Am I doing it right?” she said. “I don’t think all success and failure is judged by a career. I’m not married. I don’t have children. Sometimes I wish I read more books than scripts. Did I choose the right road?”

Adams, 33, told Newsweek in its edition that hits newsstands Monday that she’s even having trouble sleeping.

“I drew a picture of myself in the third grade of what I would be when I grew up. I had red hair, and oddly enough, I was in a very nice gown. Oh no! I’ve got red hair and wear nice gowns. I’ve fulfilled all my childhood dreams. Now what?”

Now what for Adams will be appearances in “Doubt,” a story about two nuns wrestling with allegations of sexual abuse in their parish, and “Sunshine Cleaning,” a dark comedy about two sisters who open a crime scene cleanup business.

“I love doing stuff that you haven’t seen before,” she told the magazine. “I’m bound to fail. But as painful as it would be in the moment, I’ll be looking forward to it. It’ll be a relief to get it over with.”


December 28, 2007 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

Johnny Depp vs. Tom Hanks: Who Ya Got?

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

Once again, it’s a weekend battle of head-to-head stars and this week is positively titanic in scope. We’ve got two monumental talents whose genius and charisma have propelled them both to the very top of the Hollywood food chain. In this corner, we have funnyman-turned-producer, writer, director and, almost I forgot, back-to-back Oscar award winning actor, Mr. Tom Hanks, ladies and gentlemen! And in this corner we’ve got one of the most successful guys in the world, heartthrob-turned-indie-film- god-turned-heartthrob-A-Lister: Mr. Johnny Depp! You know the rules. Let’s drop the cage. Two men enter! One man leaves!In the box office this weekend: Winner = Hanks Thank god, an easy one to start off with. First of all, Hanks will win this in a walk, but mostly due to the fact that Depp’s Sweeney Todd is opening limited before its wide release. Once Sweeney goes wide, however, methinks the musical starring every 17-year-old girls’ favorite pirate will rapidly outpace the sharp political comedy of Charlie Wilson’s War; though, both of these films will no doubt get their tails handed to them by National Treasure 2. In the critical arena: Winner = Tie This is going to be split evenly. As far as acting goes, much critical love will find its way to Depp, who stretches his chops by playing a lovesick madman bent on revenge… and who also sings. Hanks, on the other hand, does a fine, fine job with Charlie Wilson’s War, but has Philip Seymour Hoffman acting circles around him, which is something every critic will be quick to note in their reviews. HOWEVER, Sweeney Todd is finding itself a bit uneven in the reviews, and there are scads of critics out there who love to lie in wait and ambush Tim Burton at every opportunity. But Charlie Wilson’s War has been finding a lot of critical love over all. So yeah, a tie. In their careers: Winner = Tie Both of these guys are at the top of their games with only a few real differences between them. Hanks has two Oscars while Depp still gets to be that guy that deserves them but hasn’t gotten them. Depp is still a heartthrob with a young, devoted audience while Hanks is that comfortable, safe actor that plays very well to older crowds. Both bring in huge crowds and prick up the ears of pretty much everyone when it is announced that they are in a particular movie. The winner in this category is more of a it-depends-on-who-you-ask sort of basis. So yeah, another tie. In a fight: Winner = Whoever gets to see it I don’t foresee this fight as having a clear winner. It could go either way and the only real winner would be the guy whose camera phone caught the whole thing. Winner = Us Let’s face it; whenever EITHER of these guys makes a movie, we win. They are the kind of actors who rarely, if ever, make bad films and even when they do, it is worth watching for them. Both of these films rock HARD, and the only real winners are the people who get to see them both. That would be us.


December 28, 2007 at 3:32 pm Leave a comment




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