The mother of "Modern Family" star Ariel Winter has temporarily lost custody of the actress amid claims she's been physically and emotionally abusive to the teenager, court records show, The Associated Press reports.
The allegations are contained in a guardianship petition filed last month in Los Angeles by Winter's 34-year-old sister, Shanelle. A judge ordered the 14-year-old's mother, Chrisoula Workman, to stay away and have no contact with her daughter until a Nov. 20 hearing. Winter's sister, also a TV actress, was appointed as a temporary guardian but does not have access to Winter's earnings, according to the judge's order.
Winter, who started acting in films and TV shows at age 7, plays Alex Dunphy on the hit ABC comedy.
Winter's mother was accused in the filings of "ongoing physical abuse" described as slapping and hitting, as well as name-calling and personal insults. Reached by phone, Workman said she was in the process of hiring an attorney.
An independent attorney has been appointed to oversee Winter's interests in the case.
Attorneys handling the guardianship had sought to transfer control of the young star's earnings from an account her mother can access to a blocked account. A judge did not grant that request, but it may be renewed at a later date.
Winter has appeared in several TV series, including "ER" and "Phineas and Ferb," and movies such as "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," "Ice Age: The Meltdown" and "ParaNorman."
nVice President Joe Biden will make a guest appearance on NBC's "Parks and Recreation" Thursday.
Leslie Knope. played by Amy Poehler, once said that her ideal man would have "the brains of George Clooney in the body of Joe Biden."
EW.com reported the series filmed scenes in Washington in July in such a way that it would have worked if President Barack Obama and Biden were voted out of office.
In the wake of Colorado voters legalizing the recreational use of marijuana on Election Day, several famous folks have taken to Twitter to express their joy over the measure getting passed, E! News reports.
"@9NEWS: Colorado becomes the first state in the country to legalize marijuana. #Amendment64" #catchup," tweeted Rihanna.
And, not surprising, Snoop Dogg and Seth Rogen, two guys whose names are practically synonymous with the stuff, also couldn't contain their excitement.
"Shout out to Colorado," the rapper tweeted, while Rogen took it one step further and wrote, "I'm moving to Colorado."
Of course, these three will be happy to know that Colorado isn't the only place they can light up. Washington state saw a similar measure get approved on Tuesday as well.
Although we're guessing they're probably already aware of that by now.
"The X Factor's" top 13 contestants (welcome back, Diamond White!) performed songs from movies Wednesday night -- hoping to earn viewers' votes for the first time this season -- but most of the drama came from Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell, People reports.
The two clashed almost right away after Paige Thomas' highly theatrical performance of "Take My Breath Away."
"The beginning was great, but I think it needed to go somewhere. ... You don't want to turn this into a karaoke competition," Simon told Thomas' mentor. "Madame," he continued, referring to Demi, "could have used a little more imagination in terms of the production of the song."
"I'm so sorry I let you down," Demi said sarcastically. "You did so amazing. It was so beautiful." Then to Simon she added, "Obviously everybody in the audience disagrees with you."
And that was just the beginning! It's no secret that Demi is a fan of Simon's boy banders, Emblem3, but she took a dig at their coach for including a nod to One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" in their impressive mashup performance, which also included Motown classic "My Girl" and Katy Perry's "California Gurls."
"If I had been your mentor, I would have made sure that I wouldn't have plugged one of my artists that you can easily be compared to," she said.
When Jennel Garcia took the stage to sing "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" by Joan Jett, Simon had his turn: "I don't like what Demi has done with the way you look. You are unrecognizable from the person we first saw," he said. "You've got to challenge yourself on these songs. ... You are better than this."
"That's why I'm her mentor and you're not," Demi snapped back.
Perhaps the most intense moment of conflict came when Simon warned CeCe Frey that Demi wasn't doing a good job as her mentor.
"This song choice was just horrible," Simon said of Frey's "Eye of the Tiger." "You are being taken in a direction you shouldn't be going into. ... You should be making your own song decisions."
Demi asked Frey if she liked the song choice, and she said she did. "It's important for everyone to see how far you've come," Demi said. "I'm going to help you go whichever direction you want to go."
Even while giving positive feedback to rappers Lyric 145 for their surprising song choice of "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from Mary Poppins, Demi took a dig at her older costar.
"You guys got me so hyped," she said. "Who knew in [Simon's] rusty old brain there was some fresh, cool, hip thoughts? You guys nailed it."
It's hobbit vs. hobbit.
The producers of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" have filed a lawsuit against the makers of an upcoming low-budget flick called "Age of the Hobbits," accusing them of creating a "knockoff" movie based on J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy novel and infringing on their trademark on the word "hobbits," E! News reports.
Per the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles Wednesday -- originally reported by The Hollywood Reporter -- New Line Cinema, MGM and producer Saul Zaentz is asking a court to take action against Global Asylum, a small B-movie studio specializing in low-budget, typically direct-to-video productions whose look and feel tend to mimic that of Hollywood blockbusters.
According to the complaint, the company "is promoting and advertising its low-budget film using the confusingly similar and misleading title 'Age of the Hobbits' " with the intention of trading on "the popularity and goodwill associated with the Tolkien novels [and] 'The Lord of the Rings' film trilogy," as well as "[diverting] customers and potential customers away from the 'Hobbit' films."
Given all the money expected to be made when "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" hits theaters Dec. 14, it comes as little surprise that the movie's rights holders are looking to protect their property. (One flick to rule them all and in the darkness bind them?)
To do that, the studios and Zaentz are attempting to stop Global Asylum from using the word "hobbits" in the latter's movie. They also want a court to order the company to destroy all infringing ad materials and packaging that they say piggyback on their good name.
For its part, Global Asylum's lawyers fired back, claiming their use of "hobbits" is fair, because it references a term used by archaeologists, not the Tolkien character.
" 'Age of the Hobbits' is about the real-life human subspecies, Homo Floresiensis, discovered in 2003 in Indonesia, which have been uniformly referred to as 'Hobbits' in the scientific community," a rep for the company told the trade publication.
"As such, the use of the term 'Hobbits' is protected under the legal doctrines of nominal and traditional fair use. Indeed, a simple Google search of Hobbits and archaeology reveals dozens of articles containing the term 'Hobbit(s)' in the title."
Global Asylum has set a Dec. 11 release date for "Age of the Hobbits," which per the website for the 90-minute film, is about a "last village of clever, peace-loving Hobbits ... attacked and enslaved by Java Men, komodo-worshipping, dragon-riding cannibals."
And perhaps anticipating legal trouble, the company put a disclaimer on the poster, which reads: "They're not Tolkien's Hobbits, They're Real."
That wasn't enough to placate "The Hobbit's" makers. Attorneys for both sides were unavailable for comment.
Jermaine Jackson wants to change his name to something a little brighter. He's asking a court to allow him to alter his famous surname and become Jermaine Jacksun, the AP reports.
The older brother of Michael Jackson filed a name change petition on Tuesday in Los Angeles, stating the switch was for "artistic reasons."
The filing doesn't elaborate, but Jackson's friend Steve Dennis, who was speaking on the singer's behalf, said it's not unheard of for artists to change their names. "Phonetically, it changes nothing," he said.
"It is something he has chosen to do, and it's fair to say that you cannot blame this one on the boogie, you've got to blame it on the sunshine," Dennis said, in a play on the Jackson 5 disco hit, "Blame it on the Boogie."
Jackson has been touring with his brothers in recent months and has been promoting his book about his superstar brother titled "You Are Not Alone."
A hearing on whether Jackson will become Jacksun is scheduled Feb. 22 in Los Angeles.