Thursday, November 27, 2008

bruce willis' case against a malaysian prince is resolved

Bruce Willis has resolved his dispute with a Malaysian prince and his company over a $2 million investment in "green rubber," the actor's attorney said on Wednesday.

Willis' attorney, said that there was an amicable settlement among the parties.

On November 20, Willis sued Prince Imran Ibni Tuanku Ja'afar and Datuk Vinod B. Sekhar, principals of environmental technology company The Petra Group, in which he had invested.

The lawsuit said that Willis had been told by Sekhar that the actor was to profit from an IPO of Petra subsidiary Elastomer Technologies, which had been set for the third quarter of 2008. The IPO did not push through and Willis tried to take his money out of the company.

Ja'afar, Sekhar and The Petra Group repaid Willis $1.1 million of his original investment, but Willis said when he filed his lawsuit that the remaining $900,000 was not returned, despite false assurances to the contrary given to him.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Yul Servo named Best Actor in Brussels for “Torotot”

Yul Servo is honored in Belgium for his acting skills. The councilor of Manila just came back from Brussels where he accepted his Best Actor award for the film Torotot (international title: Destierro).

He is doubly happy since his other film, Brutus, was named Best Asian Film during the 35th edition of the Brussels International Independent Film Festival.

It was heard that his Best Actor award comes with a cash prize of 200 Euros but the trophy will be shipped to him by December. Through the help of the Film Development Council of the Philippines, Yul and Direk Maryo J. delos Reyes were able to attend the film fest, which took place from November 4 to 9.

In Torotot, Yul plays a man who suspects that his wife (Precious Adona) is having an affair with another man. His best friend (played by Baron Geisler) had previously committed a crime of passion when he murdered his wife (played by Maui Taylor).

Produced by Viva Digital, Torotot is directed by Maryo J. delos Reyes, who is also Yul’s manager. The director of Brutus, Tara Illenberger, also attended the film fest to accept the award of Best Asian Film. Shot in Oriental Mindoro, this Cinemalaya 2008 entry is about Mangyan children who transport illegal logs by floating them down the Lisap River. Yul is cast as the doctor-turned-NPA leader who accompanies the two children.

More than 25 countries participated in the 35th edition of the Brussels IFF. This competition, which started in 1974, has already recognized Yul in the past.

In the 2002 edition of the Brussels IFF, Yul shared the Best Actor award with Joel Torre for the five-hour film Batang West Side. This Lav Diaz film also bagged the Best Picture trophy that year.

Paris Hilton and Benji Madden split

Hilton publicist Alanna McCarthy has announced that the two "remain very good friends." She wouldn't say more.

Hilton and Madden have been photographed wearing rings with each other's initials. The 27-year-old socialite also joined her boyfriend when he toured with his rock band, Good Charlotte.
The 29-year-old Madden plays guitar, and his identical twin brother, Joel, is the lead singer.

The heiress has nothing bad to say about Madden, 29.

"He's such an amazing man," she told Seacrest. "He's my best friend. He's been so great to me, so loyal. He is an incredible person, and we will always be really close. We'll see what happens in the future.

"I'm still in love with him," she added.

The reason for the break?

"We're both working so much. I've been traveling, he's been working nonstop in the studio with his brother on their new record," she said.

In several interviews, Paris has declared that she is so much in love with Benji and that she has indeed found the love of her life... makes you wonder whether she is just pushing it just because it would have turned out to be sooo cute, her ending up with Benji, while BFF Nicole Richie is with his twin brother Joel.

oh well...