Actress Uma Thurman and French financier Arpad Busson dug in their heels, folded their arms and sat at either end of a long wooden table Friday at the start of a custody trial over their daughter in Manhattan Supreme Court. The former couple is battling over who gets to see four-year-old Luna over the next 12 years — as well as who gets to decide what school she attends and who handles doctor appointments. The situation is only exacerbated by the deep hostility between Thurman and Busson, according the court appointed psychologist, Dr. Sara Weiss, who was the first witness. Weiss said Luna needs “consistency” at this stage in her life because developmentally, she's still getting organized. One sticking point is whether Busson, a French citizen with homes in London and the Bahamas, will be able to bring Luna there for school holidays. Busson also has clashed with Thurman over her wish to send Luna to Saint Ann’s, a private art-oriented school in Brooklyn. Weiss testified that when she saw Luna last year it was clear that she was “a little young and some things were hard for her.” But Weiss noted the child had an affectionate relationship with her father. "To Arki's credit," she said, using Busson's nickname, he called Thurman when Luna had a meltdown in a restaurant during one of his visits. As the child gets older and Busson has spent more time with her, there would be less need to do that, she predicted. In response to questions from Busson's lawyer, Peter Bronstein, Weiss said that she would not recommend that Luna spend any two week stints with Busson at his home in the Bahamas at this time but longer visits like that would be appropriate when the child is older. Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper warned Bronstein that his custody order will make a permanent award and not included a lot of contingency provisions if, for example, the former spouses of Luna's parents have visitation issues with kids that they share. Thurman was married to actor Ethan Hawke, 46. Busson was married to model Elle McPherson, 52. They each have two teenage children. And both parents want Luna to have a relationship with their older siblings. "There is no perfect schedule in these situations," Weiss said. Weiss said the bigger problem for Luna is the animosity between her parents — something that the child can detect. "At this point, I don't think these people should be in the same room with each other until they can be more comfortable with each other," Weiss said. In his questions, Bronstein suggested that Busson is not able to come to NYC has frequently as he might like because of a fungal infection that required the removal of a piece of one lung. Weiss said she was aware of Busson's health issue but he did not agree to let her speak with his doctor. Thurman, 46, and Busson, 53, who were briefly engaged before they broke it off, paid close attention to Weiss' testimony . At times they folded their arms in anger. At times they nodded in agreement. The only moment of levity came when the discussion turned to Saint Ann’s school. Thurman has chosen that for Luna to attend. Busson, whose foundation has built public schools in London, found the classrooms small and cluttered and the students “dissheveled and dirty," according to Bronstein. Justice Cooper said many parents who have squared off before him in divorce proceedings would love to have their children attend that school. Weiss chimed in to say that she was a St. Anne’s mother. Then Thurman's lawyer, Eleanor Alter, announced that all three of her grandchildren went there and continued on to Ivy League colleges. Justice Cooper added, just for the record, that his child had been rejected — causing the room to erupt in laughter.
He put a ring on it! Kate Mara and her "Fantastic Four" co-star Jamie Bell are hearing wedding bells. The couple is engaged, their rep confirmed to E! News on Friday, Jan. 13. Speculation that the two got engaged started last week after Kate was spotted in New York City wearing a large ring on her ring finger. The actress also slyly showed off the ring this past weekend while cheering on her favorite football teams, the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers (her dad's side of the family owns the Giants, her mom's side owns the Steelers). #NYGiants #Steelers 💙 💛 pic.twitter.com/ss5X7M5ko2— Kate Mara (@katemara) January 8, 2017 Last year, engagement rumors surrounded the couple, as well, after she was seen donning a ring, but they both flatly denied it at the time. Kate and Jamie were first spotted getting cozy in spring 2015 after their superhero movie had wrapped. In August 2015, an Instagram post showed them cuddling while hanging out with friends on a California beach. "They 100% looked like they were a couple," an onlooker said at the time. "They had their arms around one another the whole time and they looked totally in love. "They were holding each other the whole time," the onlooker continued. "They didn't let go. They were hugging and walking with their arms around each other and were totally focused on one another. They were walking the dog, but even when the dog was running off they were still focused on each other." This will be Jamie's second marriage, as he was married to Evan Rachel Wood for 19 months before splitting in 2014. They share one child. Kate has never been married.
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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are divvying up their assets after their divorce was officially finalized on Friday. Court documents obtained by PEOPLE outline how the former couple will divide their assets and property. Heard will keep the dogs — Pistol and Boo — who were at the center of the couple’s infamous dog smuggling showdown with Australian officials in 2015. Heard will also keep a horse named Arrow, as well as two vehicles, a 2015 Range Rover and a 1968 Ford Mustang. Depp came away with all of his properties and real estate holdings across the globe, including Los Angeles, his home state of Kentucky, France and the Bahamas, where he retreated during his divorce. In addition, there are 42 vehicles listed in documents that Depp will hang on to, including a variety of cars, motorcycles, boats and even golf carts. RELATED: Johnny Depp Slams Amber Heard, Demands $100k For “Unnecessary” Legal Action The documents also reveal the scheduled payment plan for the $7 million settlement Heard was awarded. Depp has already paid $200,000 and owes $1 million next week, another million next month, another million in May, and another million in August. He then pays $500,000 before Nov. 1 and another $2.3 million before Feb. 1, 2018. The couple agreed to waive spousal support and each will pay his or her own attorney fees, with the exception of $500,000 Depp will contribute towards Heard’s. The Rum Diary costars became embroiled in a nasty court battle in May, when the actress filed to end her 15-month marriage to Depp and accused him of domestic abuse.
Nicole Kidman is defending comments she made about supporting Donald Trump. See video below. This week, the BBC featured a video interview with Kidman, in which she said, “I’m always reticent to start sort of commenting politically. I’ve never done it in terms of America or Australia. I’m issue-based. I comment on the things I’m [passionate about]. So I just say, he’s now elected, and we as a country need to support who’s ever the president, because that’s what the country is based on. Whatever, however, that happened, he’s there, and let’s go. And let’s go — I mean, for me, I’m very, very committed to women’s issues.” The statement was taken by many as an endorsement, but Kidman, who has dual citizenship, is now clarifying a bit. In a new interview with “Access Hollywood,” the Oscar winner was asked about the backlash. In her response, she revealed she actually made the remarks two months ago, noting that the original chat was filmed just after the election. “I was trying to stress that I believe in democracy and the American constitution. It’s that simple,” Kidman said. “I’m out of it now. That’s what I said, and it’s that simple.” In both instances, Kidman’s interviews were meant to support her new film Lion, but the conversations obviously turned political. Watch both clips below.
Elizabeth Taylor was one of the most beautiful actresses to ever grace the silver screen. But while her looks may have been unparalleled, there was one woman she worried might lead her love Richard Burton astray — Sophia Loren. In his new memoir, My Life in Focus: A Photographer’s Journey with Elizabeth Taylor and the Hollywood Jet Set, Italian photographer Gianni Bozzacchi opened up about the his close relationship with Taylor and Burton. He first met them on the set of 1967’s The Comedians, and spent years traveling the globe with them afterwards. Taylor and Burton had one of Hollywood’s most tumultuous relationships. They met while on the 1962 set of Cleopatra, and fell madly in love with one another despite both being married to other people at the time. Over the next 14 years, the two courted, married, divorced, rewed, and split again — all while feeding tabloid fodder with their off-screen antics. Their first divorce, in 1974 after ten years of marriage, was specially hard for Bozzacchi and his wife. “It dominated — and troubled — our lives,” he writes, adding that the news came out of the blue. “What was a spicy soap opera for the rest of the world was for us a very delicate moment in the life of a man and a woman whom we cared for deeply.” Since he was friends with both and didn’t want to take sides, Bozzacchi choose not to work with either Taylor or Burton. She was filming 1974’s Identikit (also known as The Driver’s Seat), while he was shooting The Voyage. “I didn’t want to find myself in the middle of whatever was happening between them,” Bozzacchi writes. “I had no desire to be involved in that melodrama.” The melodrama appeared to be unavoidable, though. Costarring in The Voyage was Loren — whom Bozzacchi claimed was Taylor’s “enemy.” “It was a time when the two women reigned supreme, a league apart from every other actress,” he writes. “The superstars of the past had waned or gone, while those of the new generation were still on their way up.” The actresses were almost opposites, Bozzachi writes: “Elizabeth was a beautiful woman, but she actually cared little about what she wore or how she looked, especially when she was with Richard, the love of her life. Sophia, on the other hand, cared intensely. She was deeply Italian, born in the land of the world’s top designers, particularly Valentino, who made it his business to ensure that Sophia always dressed with full elegance” When Taylor learned that Burton was a guest in Loren’s Marino villa, she and Bozzacchi set up a photo shoot to take photos she could sell to American publications for articles about their divorce. The layout was shot in his studio “in the ‘American style,’ ” Bozzacchi writes. “They were done in color,” he wrote. “Elizabeth wanted the world to know she was single, still young, and beautiful.” Bozzacchi never knew whether a rumored romance between Burton and Loren actually occurred, but claimed that some insiders claimed that it did occur. “You hear a lot of rumors of affairs in the cinema world, and you never quite know who to believe,” he writes. “I don’t claim to know the truth. But everyone was convinced that Richard and Sophia were having an affair—everyone involved in the movie, the press, and above all Elizabeth.” Loren was married at the time to The Voyage director Carlo Ponti, who was also her manager and her agent at the time. They remained together until his death in 2007. “Carlo was in Marino when Richard was there,” Bozzacchi writes. “But Richard also had opportunity to be alone with Sophia. The marriage between Sophia — Italy’s beauty of beauties — and Ponti, a powerful but aging and decidedly not-beautiful man, has always been a major mystery in Italy.” He may never have learned the truth, but Bozzacchi writes he was determined “to find some way to get Richard away from Sophia.” Convinced that Taylor and Burton still loved one another, as they phone each other daily, he organized a dinner to try to get them back together. “It was a magnificent evening,” he writes. “The dinner itself was nothing special, just good food. But I did everything I could to make the atmosphere enjoyable. … Elizabeth and Richard were very sweet to each other. After dinner, in order not to bother the baby, Richard went for a smoke on the terrace and spotted our ping-pong table. First he played with Elizabeth. Then, under a sudden downpour, he and Franco had a match in the driving rain. It was a wonderfully absurd scene.” A throng of paparazzi waited outside for them, declaring “Elizabeth and Richard back together!” in the papers the next day. Sadly, Bozzacchi writes that they weren’t: “I could see that they still loved each other, but nevertheless they each went their own way.” RELATED VIDEO: By The Numbers — Elizabeth Taylor In the end, Bozzacchi blamed the weight of their own celebrity for their divorce. “They became two people who’d stopped facing their lives in a rational way,” he writes “I don’t think they ever planned how to manage their careers or their lives, how to maintain some kind of balance. . . . That circus became too much for both of them.” “They got trapped by the trappings of their life,” he continued. “They could no longer travel like anyone else. They couldn’t walk in the street like anyone else, go to a restaurant like anyone else. There’s a huge gulf between an actor and a star, an even greater one between a star and a superstar. They’re no longer in charge of their own lives. They become public property. Their freedom .” “From their first meeting until they finally separated, Elizabeth and Richard lived one of the greatest love stories of all time,” he writes. “It’s just that sometimes history gets the better of people.” My Life in Focus: A Photographer’s Journey with Elizabeth Taylor and the Hollywood Jet Set (University of Kentucky Press, 2017)is out now.
Twitter is reacting to Zoe Saldana allegedly saying Hollywood bullied Donald Trump, which helped him win the 2016 election. See reaction tweets below. In a new interview with AFP, Saldana makes clear she is not a Trump supporter, but is quoted as saying, “We got cocky and became arrogant and we also became bullies. We were trying to single out a man for all these things he was doing wrong… and that created empathy in a big group of people in America that felt bad for him and that are believing in his promises.” The outlet says she further offered, “I’m learning from [Trump’s victory] with a lot of humility. If we have people continue to be strong and educate ourselves and stand by equal rights and treat everyone with respect, we don’t go back to those times [of segregation].” Gossip Cop has reached out to a rep for Saldana to confirm the quotes are accurate. On Saturday morning, the actress’ name became a trending topic on Twitter as many debated her reported remarks. Among those criticizing her was a user with the name @IKilledBecky, who said, “Zoe Saldana, so ur defending Donald Trump now, ur the exact opposite of what Nina Simone represented & this is why no 1 wanted u 2 play her.” @johnny3Ko tweeted, “Zoe Saldana a bully is 1 who picks on a weaker person. A billionaire living in a penthouse who’s insulted everyone is the bully @zoesaldana.” @joeyuphigh7 commented, “Zoe Saldana says hollywood bullied Trump lol I didn’t know telling Trump what he NEEDS to hear was bullying. Trump IS bullying’s mascot.” @lalaxo__ similarly said, “I wouldn’t care about Zoe Saldana telling us to stop bullying Trump if the man wasn’t a huge buly himself.” “zoe saldana telling everyone to stop bullying trump is almost a bigger joke than her role as nina simone,” sniped @travisG3L. @6ftEric asked, “Zoe Saldana.. what are you doing defending Trump?? She my number 1 celebrity crush but thats probably gonna change.” @JackDrees pointed out, “Zoe Saldana told people to stop bullying Trump. I can see where she’s coming from, but just a reminder, he’s been ENDLESSLY bullying people.” @THEREALKING79th declared,”#ZoeSaldanaisoverparty Zoe Saldana was a cool person but this trump thing is getting to me so now she is over.” And, referring to Friday’s controversy over Steve Harvey meeting with Trump, @blerdsunite argued, “People like Steve Harvey and Zoe Saldana are currently in that ‘safe’ space, so their walk thru reality isn’t matching up with ours.” But other Twitter users weren’t nearly as harsh, and expressed understanding and agreement. @ethanrih, for instance, wrote, “What Zoe Saldana said was right but as usual people don’t wanna read everything that she said.” @Lizzylissette posted, “I don’t see what Zoe Saldana said that was so bad. She wasn’t supporting him. People are reaching.” “Zoe Saldana is just shouting out the Hollywood and Democrat hypocrisy. LMAO that you can’t handle the truth,” remarked @IsabellaElla08. @SturgeonQueens also urged, “Instead of hating on @ZoeSaldana, maybe think thru her thoughtful critique.” And @polaris01usa wondered, “Why is it that Zoe Saldana is not allowed to have an opinion that differs from the democrat message?”