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Mickey Rooney Granted Restraining Order + Meryl Streep Oscar Bait Role

Mickey Rooney youngMickey Rooney young (ca. late '30s).

Mickey Rooney gets restraining order against stepson

Mickey Rooney, 90, has received a temporary restraining order against his stepson, Chris Aber, whom the former MGM star accuses in court filings of being verbally abusive, meddling in his finances, and withholding food and medicine from him.

The Feb. 2011 court filing states that “Chris is verbally abusive toward Mickey. He yells and screams at Mickey. He threatens, intimidates, bullies, and harasses Mickey.

“Mickey is effectively a prisoner in his own home.”

Temporary conservatorship obtained

According to an Associated Press report, Aber must stay 100 yards away from Mickey Rooney and his home, and has been forbidden from contacting his stepfather until a court hearing on Feb. 24.

Rooney's attorneys have also obtained a temporary conservatorship of the actor's assets.

In a statement, Rooney wrote the following:

“All I want to do is live a peaceful life, to regain my life and be happy. I pray to God each day to protect us, help us endure, and guide those other senior citizens who are also suffering.”

March 2 update: Earlier today, Mickey Rooney testified before a U.S. Senate hearing on elder abuse. See video below.

Mickey Rooney testimony on elder abuse.

Mickey Rooney top box office attraction

Voted the top box office draw in the United States in 1939, Mickey Rooney is best remembered for a series of juvenile musicals co-starring Judy Garland.

Rooney has received four Academy Award nominations:

  • Best Actor for Busby Berkeley's Babes in Arms (1939).
    Winner: Robert Donat for Sam Wood's Goodbye Mr. Chips.
  • Best Actor for Clarence Brown's The Human Comedy (1943).
    Winner: Paul Lukas for Herman Shumlin's Watch on the Rhine.
  • Best Supporting Actor for Lewis R. Foster's The Bold and the Brave (1956).
    Winner: Anthony Quinn for Vincente Minnelli's Lust for Life.
  • Best Supporting Actor for Carroll Ballard's The Black Stallion (1979).
    Winner: Melvyn Douglas for Hal Ashby's Being There.

Additionally, Rooney was handed an Honorary Oscar in 1983.

Mickey Rooney movies

Other notable Mickey Rooney movies include:

  • Best Picture Academy Award nominee Boys Town (1938).
    Dir.: Norman Taurog.
    Cast: Best Actor Oscar winner Spencer Tracy.
  • Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938), and about a dozen other movies in the Andy Hardy series.
    Dir.: George B. Seitz.
    Cast: Lewis Stone. Fay Holden. Ann Rutherford. Judy Garland. Lana Turner. Cecilia Parker. Mary Howard. Gene Reynolds. Don Castle. Betty Ross Clarke. Marie Blake. Raymond Hatton.
  • Killer McCoy (1947).
    Dir.: Roy Rowland.
    Cast: Ann Blyth. Brian Donlevy. James Dunn. Tom Tully. Sam Levene. James Bell. Gloria Holden. June Storey. Bob Steele. David Clarke.
Meryl Streep Margaret ThatcherMeryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in 'The Iron Lady.'

Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher: 'The Iron Lady' Oscar bait

Two-time Academy Award winner and multiple nominee Meryl Streep is currently filming The Iron Lady in England, under the guidance of her Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd. Does she look like the former right-wing British prime minister Margaret Thatcher? More like Meryl Thatcher, perhaps.

Emma Thompson and Helen Mirren could have been two other possibilities for the role, but Streep has proven that she can come up with flawless British accents, e.g., Karel Reisz's The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), which earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination, and Fred Schepisi's box office disappointment Plenty (1985).

Released by Pathé U.K., the above Meryl as Margaret image is the very first one to come out of The Iron Lady.

'The Iron Lady' cast

Besides Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, The Iron Lady also features Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (Iris), Anthony Head, and Richard E. Grant.

As per the film's press release, Streep – whose political views are hardly similar to Thatcher's – was quoted as saying the following:

The prospect of exploring the swathe cut through history by this remarkable woman is a daunting and exciting challenge. I am trying to approach the role with as much zeal, fervour and attention to detail as the real Lady Thatcher possesses – I can only hope my stamina will begin to approach her own!

Bear in mind that “said” and “quoted as saying” are two quite different things. Press releases are notorious for creating statements that were never actually either uttered or written by the “quotee.” (Of course, these are usually approved by the individual in question.)


Meryl Streep The Iron Lady quote via comingsoon.net.

Photo of Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady: Pathé U.K.

Tom Hanks Oscar presenterTom Hanks Oscar presenter.

Tom Hanks to present at 83rd Academy Awards

Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks, one of the governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will be a presenter at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony. Oscar telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer made the announcement.

The 2011 Oscar show will be held on Sun., Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. In the U.S., the telecast will be broadcast live on ABC.

Consecutive Best Actor Oscars

Tom Hanks was a consecutive Best Actor Oscar winner for the following:

In addition to his two Oscar wins, Hanks was nominated for three other Best Actor Academy Awards:

  • Big (1988).
    Dir.: Penny Marshall.
    Cast: Elizabeth Perkins. John Heard. Robert Loggia. Jared Rushton. David Moscow. Mercedes Ruehl. Jon Lovitz. Josh Clark.
    Winner: Dustin Hoffman for Barry Levinson's Rain Man.
  • Saving Private Ryan (1998).
    Dir.: Steven Spielberg.
    Cast: Tom Sizemore. Edward Burns. Barry Pepper. Adam Goldberg. Vin Diesel. Matt Damon. Jeremy Davies. Ted Danson. Giovanni Ribisi. Paul Giamatti. Dennis Farina. Max Martini. Dylan Bruno.
    Winner: Roberto Benigni's for his own Life Is Beautiful.
  • Cast Away (2000).
    Dir.: Robert Zemeckis.
    Cast: Helen Hunt. Lari White. David Allen Brooks. Nan Martin.
    Winner: Russell Crowe for Ridley Scott's Gladiator.

More Tom Hanks movies

In 2010, Tom Hanks voiced the character Woody in Lee Unkrich's Best Picture and Best Animated Feature nominee Toy Story 3 – the year's biggest blockbuster in North America.

Next, he will be seen in Larry Crowne, on which he also served as director, cowriter, and producer. Larry Crowne also features the following:

Julia Roberts. Wilmer Valderrama. Taraji P. Henson. Pam Grier. George Takei. Nia Vardalos (Hanks' co-screenwriter).

Tom Hanks' other film credits include:

  • Charlie Wilson's War.
    Dir.: Mike Nichols.
    Cast: Julia Roberts. Philip Seymour Hoffman. Amy Adams. Emily Blunt. Rachel Nichols. Ned Beatty. John Slattery.
  • The Da Vinci Code.
    Cast: Audrey Tautou. Ian McKellen.
    Dir.: Ron Howard.
  • The Terminal.
    Dir.: Steven Spielberg.
    Cast: Catherine Zeta-Jones.
  • Catch Me If You Can.
    Dir.: Steven Spielberg.
    Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio. Christopher Walken. Amy Adams.
  • Road to Perdition.
    Dir.: Sam Mendes.
    Cast: Paul Newman. Jude Law. Tyler Hoechlin. Stanley Tucci. Liam Aiken. Jennifer Jason Leigh. Daniel Craig. Ciarán Hinds.
  • You've Got Mail.
    Dir.: Nora Ephron.
    Cast: Meg Ryan.
  • Apollo 13.
    Dir.: Ron Howard.
    Cast: Kevin Bacon. Gary Sinise. Ed Harris. Kathleen Quinlan.
  • Sleepless in Seattle.
    Dir.: Nora Ephron.
    Cast: Meg Ryan. Rosie O'Donnell. Bill Pullman.
  • A League of Their Own.
    Dir.: Penny Marshall.
    Cast: Geena Davis. Madonna. Lori Petty. Rosie O'Donnell. Téa Leoni.
  • Joe Versus the Volcano.
    Dir.: John Patrick Shanley.
    Cast: Meg Ryan. Lloyd Bridges. Robert Stack. Abe Vigoda. Amanda Plummer. Dan Hedaya. Ossie Davis. Nathan Lane. Carol Kane.
  • Bachelor Party.


Tom Hanks photo: John Farrell / © A.M.P.A.S.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences website.

Marion Cotillard Inception Leonardo DiCaprioMarion Cotillard in 'Inception' with Leonardo DiCaprio.

Oscar winner Marion Cotillard joins 'The Dark Knight Rises' cast

Marion Cotillard, one of the stars in Christopher Nolan's Inception, has officially joined the cast of Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, according to the French newspaper Le Parisien.

A few weeks ago, Cotillard, who won a Best Actress Oscar for Olivier Dahan's La Vie en Rose in early 2008, had been announced as one of the leads in David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, to star Robert Pattinson. She dropped out of the project in late January 2011.*

'The Dark Knight Rises' cast

In The Dark Knight Rises, Marion Cotillard will join Christian Bale – the star of both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight – Anne Hathaway (as Catwoman), Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, and her fellow Inception players Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, and Michael Caine.

It's unclear whether Cotillard will play some sort of superheroine or Batman's (human-like) romantic interest. Or perhaps a combination of both.

TDKR filming locations

Filming on The Dark Knight Rises should begin in mid-June 2011 at London's Elstree Studios. The production will move to Pittsburgh and Los Angeles in the summer, and to New York in the fall.

The Dark Knight Rises is scheduled to open in North America in July 2012.

Marion Cotillard movies

Besides La Vie en Rose and Inception, Marion Cotillard movies, whether featuring the Oscar winner in lead or supporting roles, include the following:

  • A Very Long Engagement / Un long dimanche de fiançailles (2004).
    Dir.: Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
    Cast: Audrey Tautou. Gaspard Ulliel. Dominique Pinon. Chantal Neuwirth. André Dussollier. Jodie Foster. Denis Lavant.
  • The Last Flight / Le dernier vol (2009).
    Dir.: Karim Dridi.
    Cast: Guillaume Canet. Guillaume Marquet.
  • Little White Lies / Les petits mouchoirs (2010).
    Dir.: Guillaume Canet.
    Cast: François Cluzet. Benoît Magimel. Gilles Lellouche. Jean Dujardin.

Marion Cotillard's next release is Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, starring Owen Wilson, which kicks off the 2011 Cannes Film Festival on May 11.

* Marion Cotillard's Cosmopolis replacement turned out to be Juliette Binoche.


Leonardo DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard Inception image: Stephen Vaughan / Warner Bros.

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