CRASH AND BURN
What a difference a decade makes in the heady fame game.
Ten years ago, Mischa Barton was one of TV’s hottest young stars courtesy of her high-profile role as Marissa Cooper on the hit Fox drama The O.C.
And today: Barton, 28, is five months behind on the mortgage for her Beverly Hills home, which is on the verge of foreclosure, according to People magazine.
People reports that Barton is $100,000 (U.S.) behind on her mortgage and risks losing the residence unless she catches up on her payments or makes an arrangement with her bank.
Barton purchased the eight-bedroom home in 2005 at the peak of her O.C. fame. TMZ recently estimated the home’s value to be in the $8-million range. The actress took out a $4.2-million loan on the home in 2009, according to TMZ.
But in recent years, Barton has divided her time between L.A. and temporary abodes in New York and London, with a brief stopover in Ireland to appear in a stage reboot of Steel Magnolias.
And then, of course, there’s Barton’s erratic behaviour away from the acting profession.
In December, 2007, Barton was arrested in L.A. and charged with driving under the influence and driving without a valid driver’s license.
In July, 2009, was held at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center under a 5150 psychiatric hold, which allows a psychiatrist to involuntarily confine a person considered to have a mental disorder making them a danger to themselves and/or others.
Talking to People last year, Barton admitted, “I had a full-on breakdown. It was terrifying. Straight out of Girl, Interrupted. Story of my life.”
And oh, did we mention that Barton was sued by her New York landlord in January, 2010, for being $7,000 (three months rent) behind on her Tribeca apartment?
None of which bodes well for Barton’s chances for hanging onto her L.A. mansion.
In recent years, Barton, now 28, has worked sporadically at best, with her highest-profile roles being a street prostitute in a 2010 episode of Law & Order: SVU and playing a damsel in distress in the 2012 low-budget Lifetime movie Cyberstalker.
Meanwhile, Barton’s former O.C. co-star Benjamin McKenzie is on top of the world with the lead role in the Fox Network’s upcoming Batman prequel series Gotham – already touted as one of this fall’s hottest new shows.
It’s true: Kim Kardashian really does know how to change a diaper. The reality star demonstrated her nappy-changing prowess for Jimmy Kimmel on his ABC talk show earlier this week. On Monday night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Kardashian, 33, took on Kimmel (who has a newborn baby daughter) in a mock competition requiring them to change the diapers on infant dolls and place them inside a crib. Kardashian – whose daughter with rapper Kanye West turned one in June – won the contest by a score of 4 to 3.
Source: Us Weekly
Stephen Harper has stopped following Homer Simpson on Twitter. Until recently, the Canadian prime minister was a faithful follower of the animated TV patriarch of The Simpsons. As of last Sunday, Harper (@pmharper) abruptly dropped Homer off his list of people he follows, which now numbers 223. Harper currently has 493,000 followers on Twitter, which puts him ahead of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau with 403,000 followers.
Source: Yahoo News
Rugged survivalist Bear Grylls can handle himself in the dense woods, but how would he make out in a Sharknado? While promoting his new NBC series, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, the ex-military man offered tips on surviving a hypothetical storm funnel riddled with man-eating sharks, which was the basis of the recent cable sequel Sharknado 2: The Second One. “It’s about portraying confidence,” said Grylls. “If it comes swimming towards you and they detect that you’re scared and you’re flapping and you’re running away, you’re prey.” Grylls also offered suggestions for surviving scenarios depicted in Titanic (“If you don’t get out of that water, you’re going to die”) and Life of Pi (“Befriend the tiger, separate your space and concentrate on your own survival”).
Source: Entertainment Weekly
How much does Olivia Wilde love being a first-time mother? An article on the actress in the new issue of Glamour magazine includes a shot of her breastfeeding her five-month-old son, Otis. “Breastfeeding is the most natural thing,” said Wilde in the accompanying interview. “Now it feels like Otis should always be on my breast.” In the same interview, Wilde said there was no immediate rush to exchange vows with Otis’s father, former Saturday Night Live regular Jason Sudeikis. “We just have to find the time to put it together,” she said. “In many ways, a child is more of a commitment. We are fully committed and really happy as a family.”
Bill Murray will lend his voice to Disney’s upcoming remake of The Jungle Book. The former Ghostbusters star will voice the character of Baloo the bear in the new live-action feature, which will also feature Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o voicing animals. Directed by Jon Favreau, the new film will use Rudyard Kipling’s original 1894 novel as source material and is expected to bear little resemblance to the 1967 animated-musical film by Disney. The Jungle Book is slated to land in theatres in October, 2015.
Source: Entertainment Weekly