By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The estranged wife of actor Mickey Rooney and his estate are locked in a legal tussle over the remains of the late Hollywood movie star, who left an estate of only $18,000, according to court documents. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Steele will decide at a hearing on Friday whether Rooney's remains will be released from an area mortuary to his wife, Janice Rooney, or to his conservator. The versatile character actor, who was one of Hollywood's biggest stars in the 1930s, died at age 93 on Sunday from natural causes. He disinherited his wife and all his children in a will dated March 11, leaving his estate to stepson Mark Rooney, who with his wife served as Rooney's caregiver.
"Frozen," the soundtrack to Disney's $1 billion grossing animated film, spent its fourth consecutive week atop the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, edging Australian pop rock band 5 Seconds of Summer for the top spot. "Frozen," which has ridden the popularity of the film and its hit song "Let It Go" by Broadway actress Idina Menzel, sold 149,000 copies last week to reach 1.9 million in U.S. sales since its release in November 2013, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. Album "La Gargola" from rock group Chevelle entered the chart at No. 3 with 45,000 in sales and singer-songwriter Christina Perri's "Head or Heart" debuted at No. 4 with 40,000 in sales. Other new releases in the top 10 include country duo Dan + Shay's debut album "Where It All Began" at No. 6 with 29,000 in sales and bluegrass group Nickel Creek's "A Dotted Line" at No. 7 with 27,000 in sales.
Angelina Jolie plays the evil witch who puts Elle Fanning's Sleeping Beauty in a death-like slumber in "Maleficent," but when the actresses first met in real life, Elle says she couldn't stop herself from instantly hugging Angelina. It was a surprise and they were like, 'Angelina's here - she's in the studio,'" Elle told Access Hollywood at the Marie Claire Fresh Faces party at Soho House West Hollywood on Tuesday.
The film, a follow up to 2011's successful animated film "Rio," picks up where the first one left off, with hip-shaking rhythms and Tropicalia styles along Rio de Janeiro's famous beaches. But this time around, the movie about a family of the rare Spix's macaw birds shows off the South American county's diverse musical heritage, branching off from the signature bossa nova and Carnival music of the Atlantic Coast and venturing into the rhythms of the Amazon region. "It's hard to think about Rio or Brazil without thinking about music," said director Carlos Saldanha, a Rio native. "It has to have a very integrated musical component to it because I wanted to be able to explore different rhythms, different styles and vibes." The film begins with the vibrantly blue family of macaws, headed by the father Blu, as voiced by Jesse Eisenberg, and mother Jewel (Anne Hathaway), who leave their bird refuge in Rio for a trip to the Amazon to find a possible colony of their critically endangered brothers and sisters.
Anne Makes The "Gin And Juice" Jazzy: Anne Hathaway showed off her music skills and her love of rap music on "The Tonight Show," where she turned three rap songs - "Gin and Juice," "In Da Club," and "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" into jazzy Broadway-esque songs. Kim Kardashian Admits To Using Google Images On Instagram: Not everything Kim Kardashian posts on Instagram is a seflie - some shots she's just taking right off Google - and the reality star is coming clean after being called out. "I instagramed a pic of Thailand I found on Google thanking Thailand for the memories we had on our recent trip.
Amanda Bynes continues on the road to recovery and, according to her attorney, she's doing quite well. In a statement to People on Wednesday, the former Nickelodeon star's lawyer, Tamar Arminak, spoke on Bynes' behalf to shoot down rumors of mental health concerns. "There has been much speculation about Amanda's medical condition," Arminak told the mag. "She has remained silent because she believed it was best to keep her mental health diagnosis private.
In "The Nest," Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will play two 30-something sisters who decide to throw one last party in their parents' house, which is about to be sold. The comedy will be helmed by Jason Moore, who directed the 2012 musical movie "Pitch Perfect," starring Anna Kendrick ("Twilight"), Anna Camp ("True Blood") and Brittany Snow ("Gossip Girl"). Tina Fey and Amy Poehler met on the set of the NBC sketch comedy show and went on to become frequent collaborators.
By Eric Kelsey WEST HOLLYWOOD, California (Reuters) - Billy Bob Thornton, the actor of dark, psychological films such as "Sling Blade" and "A Simple Plan," takes a turn on the small screen as a laconic hit man in a TV adaptation of 1996 Oscar-winning black comedy "Fargo." "Fargo," which debuts as a 10-episode limited-run series on April 15 on Twenty-First Century Fox Inc's FX cable network, re-imagines the film from directors Joel and Ethan Coen with new characters and plot but the same doses of frigid Minnesota winters and Midwestern folksiness. In between puffs from his cigarette, the 58-year-old Oscar winner (best adapted screenplay for 1996's "Sling Blade") spoke to Reuters about his character and how television has begun to trump film as the best storytelling format. Q: Your character, Lorne Malvo, has no past, roots or issues, murdering on a whim. I don't think I've ever played a character who hasn't had a conscience whatsoever, and what's interesting about this conscience-less character - and a guy whose psychology is like an eating machine - there's a greed or a gluttony, but that's all that exists.
Courtney Hunt's feature has lost its main actor just a few days before the start of production, The Hollywood Reporter reports. "The Whole Truth" will be placed on hold for at least a few weeks, or as long as it takes to find a new lead actor. In January, at the European Film Market in Berlin, it was announced that Daniel Craig would headline "The Whole Truth." Details on the plot of this courtroom thriller are still under wraps, although it was known that Craig was to play a prosecutor, co-starring with Renee Zellweger and Gabriel Basso. The feature will be helmed by American director Courtney Hunt, whose 2008 drama "Frozen River" was hailed by critics.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Thin Man" with blood cocktails, an ode to hipsterism through the ages, a mainline shot of cool and a playful tribute to artistic fetishism, Jim Jarmusch's vampire romance "Only Lovers Left Alive" is an addictive mood and tone piece, a nocturnal reverie that incidentally celebrates a marriage that has lasted untold centuries. Almost nothing happens in this minor-key drift through a desolate, imperiled modern world, and yet it is the perennial downtown filmmaker's best work in many years, probably since 1995's "Dead Man," with which it shares a sense of quiet, heady, perilous passage.
By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As the NFL readies for its annual draft of college football players, new film "Draft Day" pulls back the curtain on the high stakes of the offseason that has helped turn the United States' most popular sport into a year-round addiction. The film, which opens in U.S. and Canadian theaters on Friday ahead of the NFL's three-day draft from May 8-10, stars Kevin Costner and dramatizes the backroom wheeling and dealing of football's general managers as they jockey for the best players and try to fleece one another while trading draft picks. But in an age of 24-hour sports networks like ESPN and HBO's behind-the-scenes NFL reality show "Hard Knocks," Costner said authenticity is crucial to hook a viewer who has seen countless locker-room speeches and front-office interviews. People take it really personally," said the 59-year-old Oscar winner, who built his heartland reputation with baseball films "Bull Durham" and "Field of Dreams," and golf comedy "Tin Cup." Costner plays fictional Cleveland Browns team general manager Sonny Weaver Jr, who has to manage upheaval in his personal life and the dueling pressures of which player to draft from the team's owner and its coach.