Entries in France (7)


Halle Berry in Court Over Move to France

Steve Granitz/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Halle Berry and her ex, Gabriel Aubry, are in court Thursday in Los Angeles, facing off over her request to move with their daughter, Nahla, to France.

Judge Mark A. Juhas blocked off 17 days for the trial, which is expected to last nearly one month.

The issue at stake is the Oscar-winning actress’s request to make the international move with 4-year-old Nahla, over father Aubry’s vigorous objections. Berry is engaged to French actor Olivier Martinez.

The actress is expected to use her recent brushes with the paparazzi and a stalker as evidence for why she should be allowed to move out of the country.

According to TMZ, Andrew Deetz, the celebrity shutterbug who tangled with Berry when he took shots of Nahla outside the girl’s school earlier this month, has been subpoenaed by Berry’s lawyers and is expected to take the stand in the trial.

The gossip website is also reporting that Berry’s lawyers have filed a declaration from her friend, actress Salma Hayek, about how France is a safer place for celebrities and their children because of the country’s tougher paparazzi laws. Hayek, who is married to French billionaire François-Henri Pinault, has a 4-year-old daughter, Valentina.

Paparazzi in France are considered more respectful than their U.S.-based counterparts, and snaps of celebrity children are blurred to protect their privacy.

Before closing the courtroom to the public, the judge handled a few housekeeping details, including whether or not Berry’s personal attorney of 20 years would be allowed to remain in court during the trial. The judge found that he was not essential to the proceedings and, thus, dismissed him from the courtroom.

The judge also stated that he didn’t have the original child custody evaluation documents, though he did receive two letters from both parents regarding their concern over the evaluation.

Berry, 46, dated Aubry, a 35-year-old Canadian model, from 2005 to 2010. Earlier this year, the rancor between the former couple reached new heights, with Berry filing a restraining order against Aubry after he was accused of pushing their nanny while she was holding Nahla.

The Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services ultimately closed a child endangerment case against him.

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Controversial Madonna Paris Show Wasn't Meant to Be a Full Concert, Says Rep

Ragnar Singsaas/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- A spokesperson for Madonna is defending the star from complaints by French fans that her show at Paris' Olympia club was a ripoff because it only lasted 45 minutes.   After the show ended Thursday night, fans booed Madonna, called her nasty names and, reportedly, chanted "refund!"  But according to spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg, the show was never meant to be a full-fledged Madonna concert.

In a statement provided to ABC News Radio, Rosenberg says, "Madonna's Paris club show was planned as her heartfelt thank you to France which she expressed at the start of her show. … The show was not billed as her full MDNA concert and tremendous effort was made to keep the ticket prices reasonable ($100 for 2000 floor seats) and keep them strictly for her fans."

Rosenberg goes on to say,  "She has done a handful of club dates in the past and they were never more than 45 minutes.  And by the way, she put on a fabulous show which was streamed for millions of fans around the world."

According to Rosenberg, Madonna wanted to take time out from her "grueling" concert tour to do the intimate club show in Paris as a way of honoring "her love for French artists, French cinema and a tribute to France's long history of welcoming and inspiring artists, authors, painters, poets and minorities from other countries over the years."

Madonna closed the Olympia show with a version of "Je T'aime … Moi Non Plus," a  song by the late French music icon Serge Gainsbourg which was controversial at the time of its release in 1969 due to its sexual content.

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Madonna Angers French Fans with 45-Minute Show

Dave J Hogan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hell hath no fury like a French Madonna fan.  An intimate Thursday night show at Paris' Olympia club ended with angry fans booing and chanting insults when Madonna left the stage after just 45 minutes.

The show, streamed live on YouTube, was billed as a celebration of tolerance and diversity, announced in the wake of the ongoing controversy over Madonna showing images at a Bastille Day concert of far-right National Front party leader Marie Le Pen with a swastika on her forehead.  Fan videos posted on the video channel after the Thursday night event show concert-goers booing Madonna and chanting what sounds like "salope," which depending on the context can mean "b***h" or "slut."

As of Friday morning, the 'likes' on the concert's YouTube channel were just under 11,000, while the 'dislikes' were 13,123.  On Twitter, angry tweets about Madonna -- many of them in French -- continued to arrive by the second.

The Olympia concert will be re-broadcast on YouTube hourly until midnight GMT (7:00 p.m. U.S. ET).

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Halle Berry Seeks Permission to Move to France to Escape Stalkers

Steve Granitz/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- It's a troubling time for Halle Berry.

She has reportedly asked a judge for permission to take her 3-year-old daughter Nahla to live in France in a bid to escape a stalker's threats. The child's father, Gabriel Aubry, is trying to block the move abroad, and on top of that, the actress has to look for temporary accommodations while her Hollywood home undergoes renovation.

According to TMZ , the Monster's Ball star has asked a judge for permission to move to France with her daughter because a mentally unstable man identified as Robert Hoskins has made a threat on Berry's life. In addition, another stalker who recently trespassed onto the actress's property has just been released from prison.

Hoskins has previously been in trouble with the law for allegedly threatening to slit Madonna's throat, the same threat he recently made to Berry.

According to TMZ, the child's father, Gabriel Aubry, is not happy with the request. In fact, he believes that Berry wants to move to stop him from having contact with Nahla. He's also not to pleased that Berry would be joined by rumored fiancé Olivier Martinez.

Meanwhile, Berry was seen checking out homes in Malibu on Thursday. TMZ's quotes sources as saying the star is looking for a short-term rental while her Hollywood home is undergoing renovations.

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Fast Food Chain Launches ‘Star Wars’-Themed Vader Burger

DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) -- Star Wars fans rejoice. You will now be able to enjoy your favorite side of the force in a whole new way, by eating it in burger form.

There’s only one problem, you’ll have to fly to France to do it.

French fast food chain Quick recently announced the introduction of two new burgers, the Jedi Burger and the Dark Vador Burger -- the latter being named for the Sith lord Darth Vader, who is known as Dark Vador in France. The burger launch is timed to coincide with the re-release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in 3D.

The Jedi burger looks very much the same as a regular burger.

However, the odd-looking Vador burger is turning a few heads. The buns of the burger are dark black, giving it a burnt, somewhat sinister appearance, much like Vader himself. But don’t worry. Potential buyers should have no fear because, the Daily Mail is reporting, the buns are merely dyed, not burnt.

The burgers are on sale for a limited time only. Quick plans to stop selling them on March 1.

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Evan Rachel Wood Loses Tooth During Paris Nightclub Incident

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(PARIS) -- Actress Evan Rachel Wood received an early birthday present on Tuesday -- an elbow to the face. reports she was having fun with friends at a Paris nightclub when a dancer accidentally elbowed her in the mouth. The blow knocked out one of her teeth and gave her a fat lip. Wood, who turned 24 on Wednesday, has since met with a dentist to receive a replacement tooth.

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Beyonce Sings Queen, Prince & Kings of Leon in France

In this file photo, Beyonce performs at The 2011 Billboard Music Awards on May 22 in Las Vegas. Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABC(NICE, France) -- As a warmup for her headlining spot this weekend at England's famous Glastonbury festival, Beyonce took the stage in Nice, France, Monday night for her first concert in well over a year.  In addition to her own hits, Beyonce performed quite a unique medley for fans at the concert.  She started with Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," moved onto Prince's "The Beautiful Ones" -- a track she performed during her 2009 tour -- and finished with, of all things, Kings Of Leon's "Sex on Fire."  The video of the medley was available online for a brief time, but was then pulled by Beyonce's people.

Beyonce and her all-female band will continue their brief tour of France Wednesday in the city of Lille and then Thursday in the city of Amneville.  Then it's on to Glastonbury, where B will share the stage on Sunday with the likes of rock legend Paul Simon.

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