Clint Eastwood and his wife of 17 years, Dina, have decided to separate according to People.
The couple, who starred in the E! reality show Mrs. Eastwood & Company, were married in 1996 and have a 16-year-old daughter named Morgan.
Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman recently sought treatment for substance abuse. TMZ initially reported that the actor, who reportedly struggled with substance abuse in the past, was clean for 23 years before relapsing more than a year ago when he started taking prescription pills. The habit then escalated to Hoffman snorting heroin for approximately a week before he checked himself into a detox facility.
After 10 days of detox, the actor checked out last Friday, according to a source close to Hoffman, and is already back at work on the set of his next movie in Europe.
The Weinstein Company’s Harvey Weinstein and his wife, designer Georgina Chapman, welcomed a son last Thursday, April 11.
People reports that this is the first son for Weinstein and Chapman, who are also parents to daughter India Pearl, 2. Weinstein also has three daughters — Emma, Lily and Ruth — from a previous marriage.
Weinstein and Chapman wed in 2007.
Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters may not be accepting any new students — but soon, aspiring critics will have the option of learning their trade at USC’s Bryan Singer Division of Critical Studies. The X-Men director has donated $5 million to the southern California university’s School of Cinematic Arts; in return, the school announced today that it will named one of its six divisions in his honor.
Singer, a USC graduate, credits the university with stoking his interest in the entertainment industry. “In a way, I began my career in the Division of Critical Studies at USC,” the director said in statement. “Watching great films and learning how to think about film from the faculty transformed me as an artist and as a person. I am honored to give back to the division and the school, which gave me so much.”
David Geffen gives $100 million to create UCLA scholarship fund
Charlie Sheen donates $75,000 to cancer-stricken kid
Spielberg, Katzenberg, Geffen give $30 million each to Motion Picture & Television Fund
Lois Smith, a veteran New York-based publicist whose client list was a Who’s Who of the A-list including Marilyn Monroe, Martin Scorsese, Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Warren Beatty, Whitney Houston, and Liza Minelli, died on Sunday. Smith had been visiting the Maine campus of Hebron Academy when she accidentally tripped and fell on Saturday evening, suffering a brain hemorrhage. She was 85.
In 1969, Smith started Pickwick Public Relations — an agency that would later evolve into the Hollywood powerhouse firm PMK. For many entertainment journalists, it was impossible to have not crossed paths on many occasions with Smith. She was known to be as protective of her clients as a mother hen, but she was always fair, passionate about movies, and more often than not armed with an off-the-record joke.
A copyright infringement lawsuit could halt Night Moves, an indie drama that is set to begin production this fall with Kelly Reichardt (Meek’s Cutoff) directing Jesse Eisenberg, Peter Sarsgaard, and Dakota Fanning. Night Moves focuses on a gang of environmental activists out to blow up a dam, a plot similar to the story of Edward Abbey’s 1975 novel The Monkey Wrench Gang. According to court documents obtained by Deadline, Edward’s widow, Clarke, and Edward Pressman Films own the film options for the book, and they filed suit on Sept. 13 in Los Angeles, claiming that Night Moves is an unauthorized adaptation of The Monkey Wrench Gang. The suit asks for an injunction to stop production on Night Moves as well as unspecified damages from Reichardt, her screenwriting partner Jonathan Raymond, and executive producers Todd Haynes, among others involved in the film.
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. said Thursday that it plans to split into two separate companies, one holding its newspaper business and the other its entertainment operations. Under the proposal, the global media conglomerate will be divided into two publicly traded companies. One entity will operate as a newspaper and book publishing firm. The other will be an entertainment company that includes the 20th Century Fox movie studio, the Fox broadcast TV network and the Fox News channel.
The Murdoch family, which controls nearly 40 percent of the voting shares in News Corp., is expected to maintain control of both companies. “There is much work to be done, but our board and I believe that this new corporate structure we are pursuing would accelerate News Corporation’s businesses to grow to new heights, and enable each company and its divisions to recognize their full potential — and unlock even greater long-term shareholder value,” Murdoch said in a statement. READ FULL STORY
Reese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth are expecting their first child together after nearly a year of marriage, reports People. “Jim and Reese are looking forward to having a bigger family at this point in life,” a friend of the Oscar winner told the mag. “They can take the time to enjoy the next stage and make sure their transition is easy and joyful.”
This will be Witherspoon’s third child. She has two children — Ava, 12, and Deacon, 8 — with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe.
Reese Witherspoon marries Jim Toth
Ryan Murphy in talks for ‘One Hit Wonders’ with Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, and Andy Samberg
‘This Means War’ pushed back from Valentine’s Day to Feb. 17
Whitney Houston talked about her role in the forthcoming movie Sparkle and the death of Aaliyah in the course of an interview with Essence magazine, just weeks before Houston herself passed away. Houston and her Sparkle co-producer Debra Martin Chase originally intended to make Sparkle 11 years with Aaliyah but then the R&B singer was killed in an August 2001 plane crash. “God needed her more,” Houston told Essence. “We were so, so saddened by it. And then 10 years later, to the date, Debra calls me and said, ‘Whitney, you won’t believe this but they want Sparkle.’” Houston, who died Saturday afternoon at the age of 48, appears in the film alongside Jordin Sparks and Mike Epps.
Independent studio Lionsgate has officially acquired Summit Entertainment for $412.5 million, a price combined with cash and stock. In a press release issued by the two newly-conjoined media companies, the Lionsgate top brass led with the big news: “We are uniting two powerful entertainment brands, bringing together two world-class feature film franchises to establish a commanding position in the young adult market,” referring to the fact that this corporate union will bring together the soon-to-be-concluded Twilight franchise and the soon-to-debut Hunger Games franchise. Although the price tag is considerably smaller than the rumored $700 million, the deal appears to adhere closely to the rumored deal EW’s Adam B. Vary described earlier this week, with Summit’s top executives remaining at the new company.