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Catherine Zeta-Jones Returns Home After Treatment for Bipolar II Disorder
Written by on May 22nd, 2013

Catherine Zeta-Jones is back home and ready to reunite with her family after completing treatment for Bipolar II Disorder.

The actress, 43, checked into an undisclosed health care facility in late April to undergo ongoing mental health treatment. Zeta-Jones had previously checked into Connecticut’s Silver Hill Hospital in April 2011 for similar treatment.

“Catherine’s doing wonderful,” husband Michael Douglas told Extra May 20. “She’s got herself worked out with her meds and she’s raring to go.”

Douglas, who is currently in Cannes to promote his new HBO film Behind the Candelabra, said that Zeta-Jones has chosen to share her story with the world in hopes that it helps reduce some of the stigma surrounding mental illness.

“There are so many outlets, so it’s better you get out in front of it tell your story before it becomes gossip,” he explained to Extra.

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Jennifer Hudson, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones to Perform at Oscars
Written by on February 22nd, 2013

Academy Award winners Jennifer Hudson, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones will perform at the 2013 Oscar Awards on Sunday, February 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The three will sing in a special tribute to honor movie musicals, which saw a resurgence in the past decade, most recently in particular, the Oscar-nominated musical film “Les Miserables”.

“Les Mis” lead stars Hugh Jackman, who is nominated for Best Actor, and Anne Hathaway, who is up for Best Supporting Actress, are said to perform together with Hudson, Crowe and Zeta-Jones. The star-studded number will be just one among many musical performances lined up on Oscar night, to be hosted by the talented Seth MacFarlane.

“We are pleased to have been able to amass so much talent to create the celebration of musicals of the last decade that we envisioned,” Oscars producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan said about the casting coup. “We are thrilled that so many talented actors have agreed to bring our vision to life.”

The musicals tribute will revolve mostly around Hudson’s “Dreamgirls”, Zeta-Jones’ “Chicago” along with “Les Mis” for which Crowe is nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. In other much-awaited performances, the legendary Barbra Streisand will appear in a rare onstage performance, along with Oscar nominated Adele, expected to sing the James Bond song “Skyfall”, and Norah Jones will perform “Everybody Needs a Best Friend”, the theme from “Ted”.

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Tony Winner Catherine Zeta-Jones Will Narrate New Recording of “The Runaway Bunny”
Written by on August 19th, 2012

 

Tony and Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones will narrate a new recording of “The Runaway Bunny,” which is based on the best-selling children’s classic by Margaret Wise Brown.

This CD, which will be released by GPR Records Nov. 15, will also feature English baritone Mark Stone singing “Goodnight Moon” and a special guest superstar narrating Poulenc’s “Babar, The Elephant.”

Zeta-Jones narrates a new piano trio version of the children’s tale composed by GPR Records artistic director Glen Roven.

“Runaway Bunny” has been performed all over the world, and narrators have included Brooke Shields, Glenn Close, Sandy Duncan, Donna McKechnie, Kate Mulgrew and Phyllis Newman. This piece premiered at Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra, with Glenn Close narrating. “Runaway Bunny” was written in 1942 and has been published continuously since that time.

“It is such a pleasure to participate in ‘The Runaway Bunny’ for this recording – it’s a wonderful timeless story of free thinking and creativity,” said Zeta-Jones in a statement. “I know the importance of music and reading and my hope is that this CD will touch and capture the imagination a new generation.”

“’Runaway Bunny’ and ‘Goodnight Moon’ are national treasures and many of us remember them from our childhood,” added GPR Records producer and composer Roven. “Having Catherine Zeta-Jones and Mark Stone really solidifies GPR Records’ goal of creating wonderfully new and sophisticated products for children. We’re so pleased to be able to honor Margaret Wise Brown with this recording.”

For more information visit www.GPRRecords.com.

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Sunday Times Rich List – Wales’ Top 20 richest people revealed
Written by on April 29th, 2012

The Sunday Times has published it’s 2012 Rich List and Sir Terry Matthews, Sir Tom Jones and Catherine Zeta Jones all make it into the top 20 richest people in Wales.

The Newbridge born business man, who is reportedly worth £1.09billion, has regained the top spot on Wales’ rich list. The telecoms tycoon last topped the list in 2009.

According to the survey, since last year the 68 year-olds fortunes has reportedly grown by £47m.

In second place is Cardiff born Michael Moritz who set up the internet site Linkedin. Stakes in social media websites, including Facebook, Linkedin and Badoo have boosted the wealth of a number of millionaires in the latest** **rich list.

In third place is founder of Specsavers, Douglas Perkins and his wife Dame Mary. Last year they topped the list of the richest people in Wales.

Both Sir Tom Jones and Catherine Zeta have also kept hold of a spot within the top 20 of the Sunday Times Rich List.

  • 1. Sir Terry Matthews – £1,090m
  • 2. Michael Moritz – £1,082m
  • 3. Douglas Perkins – £870m
  • 4. Simon Nixon – £536m
  • 5. Henry Engelhardt – £528m
  • 6. Steve Morgan – £410m
  • 7. David Sullivan – £400m
  • 8. Sir Stanley and Peter Thomas – £225m
  • 9. Malcolm Walker – £200m
  • 10. Catherine Zeta-Jones – £185m
  • 11. Dai and Richard Walters – £180m
  • 12. Sir Tom Jones – £140m
  • 13. David and Heather Steven – £137m
  • 14. Duncan Cameron – £132m
  • 15. Sir Chris Evans – £120m
  • 16. = Andrew Owens and Alex Lewis – £110m
  • 16. = Andy Pritchard – £110m
  • 18. Hayley Parsons – £95m
  • 19. William Lloyd – £93m
  • 20. Bernard Rees Smith – £90m
  • 21. Andrew Vicari – £85m
  • 22. = Tarsem Dhaliwal – £80m
  • 22. = James Hull – £80m
  • 24. Peter Darwell – £77m

According to the complete Sunday Times Rich List the wealthiest 1,000 people in the UK are now worth a record £414 billion.

There are 77 billionaires in the 2012** **rich list this year, two more than the previous record of 75 in 2008 and the threshold to even be among the 1,000 richest people in Britain rose by £2 million on last year – with individuals needing at least £72 million to make the list.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones lined up for new Steven Soderbergh movie
Written by on February 11th, 2012

Hollywood star Catherine Zeta Jones is being lined up for yet another movie, this time reuniting with her Steven Soderbergh her directed her and her husband Michael Douglas in the critically acclaimed drugs drama Traffic.

Swansea-born Zeta Jones is reportedly in the frame for a starring role in a new psychological thriller, Side Effects.

Major stars Jude Law and Channing Tatum are also in talks about parts in the movie.

Catherine, 42 is due to play a doctor in Side Effects which follows a depressed young woman who starts using prescription drugs to help her cope with her husband’s forthcoming release from prison.

Law and Tatum have also worked with award-winning film maker Soderbergh in the past.

Sherlock Holmes star Law starred in Soderbergh’s highly rated disaster flick Contagion, while Channing Tatum worked with him on Haywire.

Production is on Side Effects is due to start in April in New York where Zeta Jones and Douglas are now based.

Zeta Jones has been involved in a number of movies recently including the newly released Lay the Favourite co-starring Bruce Willis.

She plays Bruce Willis’s wife in the comedy drama, about a group of middle-aged men who find a way to work the sportsbook system in Las Vegas for their financial gain.

She has also completed filming on comedy Playing The Field, in which she appears alongside an all-star cast of Gerard Butler, Uma Thurman, Dennis Quaid and Jessica Biel.

She also stars in the eagerly awaited movie musical Rock of Ages.

Catherine plays Patricia Whitmore in the big-screen adaptation, whose plans to transform the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles is opposed by rock enthusiasts played by Russell Brand, Julianne Hough and Alec Baldwin.

Tom Cruise also stars as past-it rock god Stacee Jaxx.

Catherine is currently filming crime thriller Broken City with Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe in New York.

Douglas and Zeta Jones have just returned from a New Year holiday in the sun in Panama with their children Dylan, 11 and Carys, eight.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones hosts glittering showbiz birthday bash
Written by on January 18th, 2012

EDIT: The film “Lay the Favourite” will premiere Jan. 21 in Park City, Utah at the Sundance Film Festival.

HOLLYWOOD actress Catherine Zeta-Jones and her husband Michael Douglas have hosted a glittering birthday party for a show business friend in New York.

The guests at the 80th birthday party for theatre and film producer Marty Richards included screen legend Robert De Niro and his wife Grace.

Douglas, 67, is a cousin of Richards’ late wife, Marylea Johnson.

Douglas and Swansea-born Catherine, 42, were the “honorary chairs” of the party and welcomed guests to the venue, the Rubin Art Museum in New York’s plush Chelsea district.

As well as DeNiro and wife, other guests included Chicago director Rob Marshall (Marty Richards being the producer of the stage musical and the movie in which Zeta Jones won an Oscar), actor and comedian Steve Guttenberg, plus Broadway star Lilias White and a host of other actors, actresses and well known personalities.

A telegram of congratulations was also read out at the bash from New York mayor Mike Bloomberg.

Marty Richards has been a longtime supporter of the Mary Lea Johnson Richards Transplant Centre in New York in memory of his late wife. The unit opened in 1990, a year after MaryLea’s death, and has been a leader in liver and kidney transplant work.

Proceeds from the party will go towards the unit’s work and research.

Catherine Zeta-Jones wore a stunning black dress and red heels for the party, while Douglas wore a navy tuxedo, white shirt and red tie.

Friends commented on how relaxed and happy Douglas and Zeta-Jones looked after rocky times.

In August 2010 Douglas announced he had throat cancer and last year Zeta-Jones revealed she was being treated for a mild form of bipolar disorder.

Her publicist Cece Yorke said she had sought treatment at a “mental health facility” after the stress of Michael’s illness triggered the disorder.

She said: “After dealing with the stress of the past year, Catherine made the decision to check in to a mental health facility for a brief stay to treat her Bipolar II disorder”.

Also last year Douglas’s son Cameron was jailed for drugs offences.

But after Douglas announced his recovery from cancer this time last year both got back to work.

He is currently promoting his latest movie Haywire, which will be released on January 20.

The action film has an all-star cast which includes Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas and Michael Fassbender.

Zeta-Jones has been involved in a number of movies recently including her latest project Lay the Favorite co-starring Bruce Willis.

She plays Bruce Willis’s wife in the comedy drama, about a group of middle-aged men who find a way to work the sportsbook system in Las Vegas for their financial gain.

She has also completed filming on comedy Playing The Field, in which she appears alongside an all-star cast of Gerard Butler, Uma Thurman, Dennis Quaid and Jessica Biel.

She also stars in the eagerly-awaited movie musical Rock of Ages.

Catherine plays Patricia Whitmore in the big-screen adaptation, whose plans to transform the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles is opposed by rock enthusiasts played by Russell Brand, Julianne Hough and Alec Baldwin.

Tom Cruise also stars as past-it rock god Stacee Jaxx.

Catherine is currently filming crime thriller Broken City with Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe in New York.

Douglas and Zeta Jones have just returned from a New Year holiday in the sun in Panama with their children Dylan, 11 and Carys, eight.

Source: walesonline.co.uk


Michael Douglas to Be Honored with Monte Cristo Award, Catherine Zeta-Jones to Present
Written by on December 13th, 2011

Michael Douglas will be honored with the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Monte Cristo Award in a ceremony to be held at the Edison Ballroom on Monday, April 16. Tony Award winner Catherine Zeta-Jones, who is Douglas’ wife, will serve as presenter of the award.

Douglas has won Academy Awards for his performance in Wall Street and for producing the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Among his many other screen credits as an actor are Fatal Attraction, Romancing the Stone, Basic Instinct, Falling Down, Disclosure, and The American President. In addition, he received a Theatre World Award for his performance in George Tabori’s Pinkville off-Broadway.

The Monte Cristo Award is given to a prominent theater artist in recognition of a distinguished career exemplifying Eugene O’Neill’s “pioneering spirit, unceasing artistic commitment, and excellence.”

For more information and tickets, click here.

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Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe & Catherine Zeta-Jones’ ‘Broken City’ Hits January 18, 2013
Written by on October 31st, 2011

While January is generally considered a dumping ground for studio leftovers, don’t tell that to Mark Wahlberg. His upcoming thriller “Contraband” is slated for release on January 13, 2012 and it looks like the actor wants to keep starting off your year with a bang, because he’s got another film a year later, pretty much right in the same frame.

The crime noir “Broken City” co-starring Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones will now land on January 18, 2013 via 20th Century Fox who have acquired the film, reports THR. Set to be directed by Allen Hughes, the dark tale follows Billy Taggart (Wahlberg), an ex-cop thrown off the force after shooting a 16-year-old kid. Eight years on, he’s working as a private detective and is hired by the colorful incumbent in the New York mayoral race to investigate his wife’s infidelity. Taggart, however, digs up much, much more including a shady real estate deal in a story of city corruption that is not unlike “Chinatown.” Crowe will play the mayor, with Zeta-Jones as his philandering wife. But the movie will have some big competition that weekend.

Lionsgate has already slated “The Last Stand” with Arnold Schwarzenegger for that date, so somebody is gonna have to blink as they will be playing right to the same crowd. But there is still plenty of time for release date jostling to happen. This is another high profile flick to go to the typically awful early winter frame. Tom Cruise‘s “One Shot” is another straight genre piece that will be arriving on February 8, 2013. With summer dates now getting more and more competitive, it seems studios are trying to find gaps in the calendar where they can have a bit more breathing room to play as evidenced by the move of “Thor 2” to November 15, 2013. Whether this roll of the dice will pay off remains to be seen—those pesky students are still in school and not looking to occupy their time. But it’s the mark of a trend that is worth keeping an eye on.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones Is Back to Work with a Smile
Written by on April 20th, 2011

Catherine Zeta-Jones is back in action and looking great.

The actress, 41, who revealed that she’d been diagnosed with and treated for bipolar II disorder, is already back to work – and beaming.

Zeta-Jones appeared to be all smiles Wednesday on the Shreveport, Louisiana, set of the comedy Playing the Field, which also stars Jessica Biel and Gerard Butler.

She’s also already lined up her next project: Zeta-Jones has signed on to star in the film version of Rock of Ages, PEOPLE confirms. She’ll play the wife of the L.A. mayor, a conservative character who wants to do away with rock and roll, according to Deadline.com.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones: ‘There Is No Need to Suffer Silently’
Written by on April 20th, 2011

When Catherine Zeta-Jones received a recent diagnosis of bipolar II disorder, a mental illness marked by prolonged periods of depression alternating with episodes of mild mania, she didn’t hesitate to step forward with the news.

“This is a disorder that affects millions of people and I am one of them,” the actress, 41, tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement in this week’s cover story. “If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it. There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help.”

In early April, the Oscar-winning wife of actor Michael Douglas, 66, and mom to son Dylan, 10, and daughter Carys, 8, checked in to Silver Hill Hospital, a mental-health facility in New Canaan, Conn.

Shaken by Douglas’s battle with throat cancer, Zeta-Jones was privately struggling, a friend says. As Douglas recovered, Zeta-Jones didn’t – and with her new movie, the romantic comedy Playing the Field, slated to start shooting in Louisiana, the actress realized she needed help in the face of mounting depression.

“The simple things would just seem overwhelming, like going out to dinner,” says the close friend. “There was just a little piece of her chipped away. It was hard to watch because I knew how hard she was trying.”

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