Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton have moved to Splitsville
Also 'The Interview' gets a release, Beyoncé's stuff is up for sale and Hugh Jackman is a very good looking man (okay, not news)
Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton have split up
It's not such a merry Christmas for one of our favourite quirky celeb couples, Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton, who have broken up, confirms People. Though they were never married, the director and actress were together for 13 years, having first met on Planet of the Apes in 2001.
In their years together they have partnered on a number of blockbusters, including Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd and Alice in Wonderland. The couple have two children together, 11-year-old son Billy and 7-year-old daughter Nell.
Representatives for Tim and Helena told People: "Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter separated amicably earlier this year and have continued to be friends and co-parent their children. We would ask that you respect their privacy and that of their children during this time."
There had been rumours the relationship was in trouble when Tim was photographed kissing a blonde woman in October 2013. Yet at the time Helena's representatives dismissed claims of Tim's infidelity as "absolutely nonsense."
Has this just been the best publicity stunt for a movie ever?
After all the threats, the cancellations, the public outcry and even a statement from President Barack Obama, Sony Pictures has decided to authorise screenings of The Interview after all. It was announced on Tuesday that there will be a "limited theatrical release" of the film across the United States on Christmas Day. The movie is expected to screen in more than 200 theatres.
News first broke with a tweet from Tim League, the founder of Texas-based Alamo Drafthouse cinemas:
Breaking news: Sony has authorized screenings of THE INTERVIEW on Christmas Day. We are making shows available within the hour. #Victory— Tim League (@timalamo) December 23, 2014
The Interview's Twitter and Facebook accounts, which were closed following earlier threats, are now back up. "We have never given up on releasing The Interview," said Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton. "While we hope this is only the first step of the film's release, we are proud to make it available to the public and to have stood up to those who attempted to suppress free speech."
Beyoncé's father sells her old stuff in a garage sale (at bargain prices)
We're sure any bit of old tat that Beyoncé might put up for auction or sale would fetch a mighty price. Her father, Matthew Knowles, must have thought so too because he is trying to make a few extra bucks (times are hard, we know) by doing exactly that. TMZ reports that Knowles put up loads of Beyoncé and Solange career memorabilia for a massive garage sale.
So what might you find in the bargain bins? There's a giant Beyoncé poster for $200, old tour books for $20 and, a real steal, a Solange album for $1.96.
It's no secret Beyoncé has had a strained relationship with her father, both professionally (she fired him as her manager in 2011) and personally. In the same year that ex-wife Tina filed for divorce there were reports about his extra-marital affairs and fathering of two other children. Today, Matthew remains estranged from the family and Beyoncé has also reportedly refused to allow him to visit her daughter, Blue Ivy.
Hugh Jackman gets a puppy for Christmas and we faint a little
Because it's Christmas eve, because we're all in a good mood and because we don't ever need a reason to talk about Hugh Jackman – he's got a new puppy! And it's made us all sorts of excited. Because, so much cuteness all in one square. (You can thank us later). Merry Christmas!