Thursday 26 April 2018

US Diary: Gibson wins round one despite $60k court ruling

BEFORE THE SPLIT: Mel Gibson, right, and Oksana Grigorieva arrive at the premiere of 'Edge of Darkness' in Los Angeles in January. Photo: AP Photo/Matt Sayles
BEFORE THE SPLIT: Mel Gibson, right, and Oksana Grigorieva arrive at the premiere of 'Edge of Darkness' in Los Angeles in January. Photo: AP Photo/Matt Sayles

MEL Gibson and Charlie Sheen are proving that life as a Hollywood bad boy might not be as miserable as it's cracked it up to be. On Wednesday, Gibson and his estranged live-in Oksana Grigorieva faced each other in court for the first time in the agonising battle over custody of their one-year-old daughter Lucia.

While the immediate reaction to LA's Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon ruling that Gibson must give his ex $60,000 (€43,600) in unpaid child support was that this was a negative for the actor, it should be remembered the man is worth an estimated $500m (€363.6m) -- and yes, that's after his $500,000 (€364,000) pay-off to his wife of 28 years, Robyn.

Gibson also scored points when the Judge refused Oksana's request to strip him of visitation rights, despite her testimony that whenever Lucia spends the night at Gibson's home, she comes home "acting funny".

Unfortunately, Oksana didn't explain what kind of "funny" she was talking about and the judge dismissed her concerns, ordering their current arrangement of joint custody to stay in place.

Round 1: Gibson. Round 2: November 22.

Sheen holds on to his gloss

CONTRARY to claims that his recent meltdown at the Plaza hotel would hurt Charlie Sheen's career, the Hollywood Reporter is reporting viewership of his TV sit-com Two and a Half Men, is up seven per cent since the headline-grabbing event.

Sheen cockily dismissed the brouhahah last week, telling reporters: "If a guy has one bad night, everybody goes insane and panics. I'm not panicking," he said, adding "everything's good".

Which might be a reference to the complete disappearance of Christina Walsh, the 22-year-old porn star/escort who, in the wake of the Plaza drama, said she was considered pressing charges against Sheen.

The star, she claimed, made her so afraid for her safety that she had to lock herself in the hotel bathroom.

"The way I look at it, if you have expensive tastes," the 45-year-old said about the incident, "you gotta be prepared for expensive losses."

With a reported salary of $1.88m (€1.37m) per episode of his show, Sheen (the highest-paid TV actor in the world) doesn't sound as if he feels he needs to stop indulging anytime soon.

Janet upstages Donatella

IT takes a lot to upstage Donatella Versace, but Janet Jackson managed to do just that last Monday night when she presented the Italian designer with a humanitarian award on behalf of Glamour magazine.

Even though Versace was being feted for her support of a charity in China (that helps care for victims of substance abuse) Jackson chose to talk about how she and Donatella share the close bond of having lost their old, revered brothers in tragic circumstances. When Michael died, Jackson revealed from the stage at Carniege Hall, Donatella was one of the first people she called -- to ask her to fit out the entire Jackson family for the funeral.

"We were dressed in Versace, which means we were dressed in love," Jackson told an audience that included Oprah, Julia Roberts, Cher, Kate Hudson, Fergie, Hillary Swank, Chelsea Clinton and Queen Rania of Jordan.

Jackson's speech was, in fairness, obviously from the heart but she gave anyone who has experienced red carpet anxiety yet another wardrobe dilemma to dwell on.

Iman admits her 'moments'

FORMER supermodel turned cosmetics queen Iman, who last week launched a TV show (The Fashion Show co-hosted by designer Isaac Mizrahi), doesn't do low-maintenance.

"I have a whole crew to get me ready every day," the 55-year-old tells the new issue of Harper's Bazaar. "I believe in glamour. Looking good is a commitment to yourself and to others. Wigs, killer heels, Pilates, even fillers -- whatever works for you, honey."

In spite of her reputation for shying away from the "supermodel fray" Iman admits (while stressing her mobile-phone-throwing-free history) she's had her fair share of moments she'd rather forget.

"I was at this shoot. The photographer said he was reading a biography of Marie Antoinette. The young model asked, "What agency is she with?"

"We made fun of her, of course! When we were leaving, she said to me, "I hope I look as good as you when I'm your age," and I said, "Don't worry, darling, you won't. Later," she does admit, "I felt bad."

Weighty issues for Clintons

THE US State Department website, not exactly a go-to pot for light relief, enjoyed a spike in traffic last week when somebody decided to post snippets from an interview Hillary Rodham Clinton (HRC) recorded in Australia. In the segment some would classify as 'passive-aggressive', others as 'diplomatic', HRC describes her negotiations with Bill about what type of food they'll order in for dinner.

"If I were to say to [Bill] 'what shall we have for dinner tonight?' If he says to me, 'oh I don't care, you choose,' I know that's a really bad answer -- because then I'm stuck with the responsibility. So I will come back and I'll say, 'All right. Well, so how do you feel about Chinese or Mexican or Italian?' And if he says a second time, 'I really, really don't care,' then I will go choose," Mrs Clinton earnestly started, before warming up to reveal: "Now, contrarily, if he says to me, 'What do you want for dinner tonight,' I will say, 'What do you want?', Then he'll go, 'Well, I was thinking of maybe picking up some Thai.' And if I'm in a good humour, I'll say, 'That's fine.' But if I am feeling not enthusiastic about Thai, I'll say, 'Well, maybe we should consider something else.' And he'll say, 'Well, then, you choose.'"

And people wonder how he lost so much weight for Chelsea's wedding.

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