Mel Gibson becomes a dad for the NINTH time aged 61 as his girlfriend welcomes baby boy

MEL Gibson has become a father for the ninth time aged 61.

The actor’s girlfriend Rosalind Ross, 26, gave birth to a baby boy on Saturday and the couple are said to be “over the moon” at the new arrival.

The Braveheart star’s rep confirmed the happy news to People magazine and also revealed the baby’s name.

Mel and Rosalind named their son Lars Gerard Gibson and he weighed 5lbs 5oz when he was born on Saturday.

A source told People: “They’re thrilled and Lars is adorable. Their family is all around them and Mel is over the moon. They’re home and everybody is healthy and happy!”

The couple announced they were expecting a baby last September and a close friend told People they are “so excited” to start a family together.

While Mel has eight other children, Lars is Rosalinds first childGetty Images - WireImage / While Mel has eight other children, Lars is Rosalind’s first child

An insider continued: “Mel loves being a dad and he and Rose can’t wait to be parents together.

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While Mel already has eight children from previous relationships, but the baby will be former professional equestrian and writer Rosalind's first.

An insider recently told the outlet: "She is great for him.

"She has her own life, but also seems to enjoy Mel's... They are very much on the same page."


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Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman 'earned three-times less for film than co-star Ashton Kutcher'

Natalie Portman, who has won an Oscar and been nominated for another, is deemed by Hollywood to be worth a third of the value of Ashton Kutcher, a man best-known for sporting flares for television for eight years and marrying Demi Moore. 

Portman, who is looking like a shoo-in for another Academy Award with her performance as Jackie Kennedy in Pablo Larrain's Jackie, revealed she was paid a third of what Kutcher earned when they both starred in 2011 rom-com No Strings Attached

Despite the fact Portman and Kutcher shared the same amount of screen-time, Kutcher received a larger cheque for the Ivan Reitman-directed film because his "quote" – a means of estimating value in Hollywood – was triple the size of hers. 

Portman told Marie Claire: "Ashton Kutcher was paid three times as much as me on No Strings Attached. I knew and I went along with it, because there's this thing with 'quotes' in Hollywood. His was three times higher than mine, so they said he should get three times more.

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Portman added that she became more incensed by the pay gap after making the film: "I wasn't as p---ed as I should have been. I mean, we get paid a lot, so it's hard to complain, but the disparity is crazy."

Comparing the difference to the national pay gap in the US, she said: "Compared to men, in most professions, women make 80 cents to the dollar. In Hollywood, we are making 30 cents to the dollar." In 2013, a report from Forbes showed that Hollywood's best paid actresses earned an average 40 per cent less than the city's best paid actors.

Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams in American HustleJennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams in American Hustle Credit: Snap Stills/REX

Portman is not the first woman to speak out about Hollywood's gender pay gap. Jennifer Lawrence has frequently spoken about inequality in the industry after leaked emails from within Sony's offices showed she was paid considerably less than her male co-stars in American Hustle, despite spending more time on screen.

Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried, Sienna Miller and Jacqueline Bisset are among the women who admit they were paid significantly less than their male co-stars. 


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Star Wars actress, bestselling author Carrie Fisher dead at 60

As ‘the only girl in an all-boy fantasy,’ Fisher’s role as the iconic Princess Leia was revolutionary.

Carrie Fisher, the Hollywood actress who portrayed the fearless Princess Leia in the Star Wars film franchise and later penned award-winning books that included touching on her battles with addiction, has died at age 60. 

Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, released a statement through the family spokesman saying that Fisher died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles.

"It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning," reads the statement from publicist Simon Halls. "She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly."

Fisher suffered a cardiac episode on Friday during a flight from London to Los Angeles, where she was rushed to a hospital after landing, and had been in critical condition.

OBIT Carrie Fisher 20161227In this 1977 image provided by 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, from left, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill are shown in a scene from Star Wars, released by 20th Century-Fox. Fisher, who played Princess Leia in Star Wars, has died at age 60, her daughter's publicist says. (Canadian Press/AP/20th Century-Fox Film Corporation)

The bestselling author, sought-after screenwriter and outspoken mental-health advocate was as fearsome and fearless a woman as the iconic character who defined her career.

Born in Beverly Hills, Calif., to actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, she made her show-business debut at age 12 in her mother's Las Vegas nightclub act, and her film debut at the age of 17 in 1975's Shampoo, starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie and Goldie Hawn.

Her film credits include 1980's The Blues Brothers and 1989's When Harry Met Sally. But to her biggest fans, she will always be Leia Organa, the courageous rebel leader who would do anything to save her people from the tyranny of the evil Empire.

'The only girl in an all-boy fantasy'

Fisher first took on the mantle of Leia, a revolutionary role for women in science fiction, in 1977's Star Wars. She later reprised it in 1980's The Empire Strikes Back, 1983's Return of the Jedi and 2015's The Force Awakens.

"Those movies are great. I got to be the only girl in an all-boy fantasy, and it's a great role for women. She's a very proactive character and gets the job done. So if you're going to get typecast as something, that might as well be it for me," she said in a 2016 interview with CBC New

"I'm not really one of those actresses like Meryl Streep. Those actresses travel outside themselves and play characters. And I'm more of an archaeologist. I play what I am. I dig what I can. It's a character that's not too far from myself, except I don't have any laser guns."

Writing was her 'first intoxicant'

Still, Fisher was a woman of many talents. In 1987, she published her first novel, the bestselling Postcards from the Edge, a semi-autobiographical story about a woman raising a daughter while working in show business.

Writing became a lifelong passion for Fisher. She helped adapt Postcards into a film starring Streep in 1990, and made a career of revising Hollywood scripts, including Sister Act (1992), Outbreak (1995) and The Wedding Singer (1998).

@ADaniels3PO I thought I had got what I wanted under the tree. I didn't. In spite of so many thoughts and prayers from so many. I am very, very sad.

She penned the autobiographical bestselling book Wishful Drinking in 2009 and Shockaholic in 2012. Most recently, she wrote a regular advice column called "Advice from the Dark Side," and released a third autobiography, The Princess Diarist, in 2016.

"I've just always written. It was an outlet for me," she told CBC News. "I loved reading, so I fell in love with words very early on. And I used to rip through books and underline all the words I didn't know and all the sentences I adored. I was just a very big reader. That was my first intoxicant. It was a great escape."

Her personal life was filled with enough drama, struggle, romance and perseverance to fill a dozen books.

@realbdw I'm deeply saddened at the news of Carrie's passing. She was a dear friend, whom I greatly respected and admired. The force is dark today!

She was married to musician Paul Simon for a time, and was briefly engaged to Canadian actor Dan Aykroyd.

Fisher was most recently in the news after revealing in November that she had had an behind-the-scenes affair with on-screen love interest Harrison Ford, who played Han Solo

In the Star Wars trilogy. Fisher was 19 and Ford was 33 and married at the time.

Fisher told People: "It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend."

'I wanted my version of it out there'
Fisher was outspoken about her struggles with addiction and mental health long before the stigma of those topics began to wane.

She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 29 and has struggled on and off for years with alcoholism and addiction to painkillers and cocaine.

The Huffington Post once dubbed her "An O.G. Mental Health Hero."

In a Q&A with WebMD about her mental health, Fisher was asked what it's like to be the poster child for bipolar disorder.

"Well, I am hoping to get the centrefold in Psychology Today," she joked in reply.

"It's a combination of everything. It was out there, anyway; I wanted my version of it out there. Now, it seems every show I watch there's always someone bipolar in it! It's going through the vernacular like 'May the force be with you' did. But I define it, rather than it defining me."

No holds barred
Like Leia, Fisher has always been tenacious and unafraid to speak her mind, whether it be about mental health or the unrealistic beauty standards placed on women in Hollywood.

She made headlines ahead of the The Force Awakens when she took to social media to denounce anyone critical of her physical appearance.

"Youth and beauty are not accomplishments. They're temporary happy byproducts of time and/or DNA. Don't hold your breath for either," Fisher tweeted.

"My body is my brain bag, it hauls me around to those places and in front of faces where there's something to say or see."

Before The Force Awakens was released, the actress said she had been asked to drop more than 35 pounds for the movie.

"They don't want to hire all of me — only about three-quarters," she told Good Housekeeping in the magazine's January cover story.

"Nothing changes, it's an appearance-driven thing. I'm in a business where the only thing that matters is weight and appearance. That is so messed up. They might as well say get younger, because that's how easy it is."

She told ABC News that the struggles she has overcome have become a key facet of her identity.

"I outlasted my problems," she said. "I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I'm still surviving it, but bring it on."

Lourd was Fisher's only child with her onetime partner, talent agent Bryan Lourd. She is also survived by Reynolds, 84.

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Gender Fluid Star Nominated for Both Male and Female Oscars

The Academy has only taken into account the biological gender of the person competing for an award in the past.

Kelly Mantle has made Academy Awards history for being the first person ever nominated in both the female and male categories for the comedy “Confessions of a Womanizer” starring as Candy, a transgender sex worker.

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After competing in the U.S. reality show, “RuPaul's Drag Race,” in its 6th season, it became known that the 40-year-old was born male and now defines as “gender fluid.”

"The Academy Awards have confirmed that Kelly Mantle will be considered for both the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Confessions of a Womanizer" — this is in recognition of her androgynous identity," commented the movie's director Miguel Ali, according to Sputnik News.

"I firmly believe that our androgynous/transgender acting community is the most untapped resource in Hollywood,” he added. “We need to bring them more attention, and by doing so, we will create more empathy for our androgynous/transgender brothers and sisters."

This is the first time the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided to nominate someone in both categories, unlike in the past when it would only take into account the biological gender of the person competing.

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Oliver Stone’s film on Ukraine’s Maidan coup to be aired in Russia

Russian channel REN TV is to become the first broadcaster to show the documentary ‘Ukraine on Fire’ produced by Academy Award winner Oliver Stone. The film revolves around the bloody armed coup in Kiev that took place three years ago.

The documentary shot by Ukrainian director Igor Lopatonok was screened at the Taormina International Film Festival in Italy earlier this year, but the general public hasn’t had a chance to see it yet.

Stone conducted interviews with Russian President Vladimir Putin and former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, who was ousted by the protesters in 2013.

The Russian leader explained his reasons for deploying troops in Crimea and his view of why the former Ukrainian region voted to reunite with Russia.

Ukrainian head-of-state-turned-fugitive Viktor Yanukovich recalls what he believes was an attempt on his life.

Investigative journalist Robert Parry, who is famous for his role in uncovering the Iran-Contras affair in the 1980s, talks about how neoconservative US politicians played a part in creating the turmoil in Ukraine.

The documentary will be broadcast on November 21, the date Ukraine’s post-coup authorities made a national holiday to mark the events of 2013.

Meanwhile, a petition that describes the film as “provocation” has been launched online demanding that the Ukrainian authorities ban the channel for showing Stone’s documentary.

“If the staff of Ren TV wants us to open our doors to them, they should think how they would explain themselves to the customs officers and HR specialists,” the petition signed by over 10,000 people threatens.

The channel said it will show the documentary despite the threat, however.

Earlier, Ukrainian diplomats tried to convince the French government to ban a French TV channel from broadcasting another documentary about the Ukrainian protests. Paris declined and Canal+ ran the film Masks of Revolution by Paul Moreira several times.

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Quentin Tarantino plans to retire after two more films

American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has reportedly planned his retirement, not anytime soon, but after two more films.

The 1994's cult movie Pulp Fiction director made the confirmation during a conference in San Diego, California, US, on Thursday. “Drop the mic. Boom. Match that sh**,” he exclaimed as quoted by The Hollywood Reporter, adding that he did not want to make more films after his tenth.

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Following the release of his latest film, The Hateful Eight ( 2015 ), Tarantino, who so far has directed and written eight films, told the audiences that he was currently concentrating on a historical nonfiction project. In January, Tarantino shared his idea of a 1930's Australian "Bonnie and Clyde-esque" story with an Australian-based movie review website.

Previously there has been a petition requesting for Tarantino to direct the sequel of Marvel's Deadpool after its former director, Tim Miller, decided to step down from the project. The petition has been signed by more than 16,000 people, but the director's plans regarding this matter are still unclear.

Tarantino made his film making debut with Reservoir Dogs in 1992; although, he had already made a short movie, My Best Friend’s Birthday in 1987. He has directed several hit movies, such as Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill and Django Unchained. (kes)

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Christopher Nolan Is Now the Highest Paid Director in Hollywood

Los Ángeles,Oct 4 (Prensa Latina)In many cases, respect doesn''t equal a massive payday, but in the chase of Christopher Nolan, the two are going hand in hand. His latest movie Dunkirk, a World War II epic due out next summer, has officially made him the highest paid director in Hollywood.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Christopher Nolan will be getting paid $20 million up-front for Dunkirk, which represents a small fortune on its own.

However, the director is also said to be getting 20 percent of the gross for Dunkirk and If his last handful of directorial efforts are any indicator, that will represent a tremendous payday.

This is said to be the most lucrative deal for a director since Peter Jackson got a similar deal for King Kong more than ten years ago.

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The Classical Singing under the Rain Feature film

As it happens, the directors of the Hollywood film academy do not understand the value of some films and time is the one which reward the related efforts by becoming not really awarded films at the moment of their release into classic ones.

The film entitled 'Singing under the rain' is currently regarded as the best musical comedy of all times by placing its presence at the threshold of the spoken movie. Its leading role was played by three great actors such as Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds who danced and sang the music by Arthur Freed.

This was what was called as included images when the mother of the famous Marx brothers allowed him into her performances.

As for those who remember the most anthological sequence by Kelly, where he was dancing and singing that melody by defying a downpour, we say to them that the music that named the film was recorded by a choir which included famous actors such as Joan Crawford, John Gilbert and Buster Keaton, among others.

Stanley Donen directed that film at the beginning of the 1950 decade of the past century by recording the famous scene about the torrential rain with Gene Kelly suffering then from fever.

Donald O'Connor was already a proven artist, but Debbie Reynolds did not know how to dance although I dare you to find a wrong step carried out by the one who became Carrie Fisher´s mother that was playing the key role of another anthological named entitled 'Starts war' and famous scriptwriter of other films where Merill Strep was leading their cast.

Coming back to the aforementioned sequence of the downpour, I can tell you that it was not planned inside the original script and that drew Donen's attention, so he composed the song entitled’ Singing under the rain’ which named that full-length film, after all.

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