Today in celebrity news: The Encino Man is losing all his Mummy treasures, the royals head to the Swiss Alps for a wedding, and CNN is still looking for a morning host.
Though Brendan Fraser was once riding high on the hog with big salaries for the Mummy movies and, one hopes, Monkeybone, those days appear to be over. The actor has filed papers in Connecticut requesting that his alimony payments be reduced, as he's now spending more money per month than he's taking in. Currently he pays his ex-wife some $50,000 a month in alimony, which is more than some people, OK lots of people, make in a year. On top of that he's got mortgages and taxes and of course staffing fees and the $7.77 he spends on pet care (that's in there), and all told he says he is losing $87,000 a month. That's over a million dollars a year and it cannot stand. Sure he's got projects like The Nut Job and HairBrained coming up, but they're not going to fully cover all the massive bills. Something's gotta give, and that something is alimony. Otherwise he'll soon be completely broke and then nobody gets anything. Or he'll have to do The Mummy 4: There's a Mummy in My Soup! and I'm not sure anyone wants that. I mean, I want that, but probably nobody else. [TMZ]
Let's forget money troubles and move on to some folks who will never, ever have to worry about their finances (barring any massive rebellion of some kind): The royals! The good news is that it seems that Queen Elizabeth is out of hospital after spending the past two nights admitted with a stomach bug. "I was a pooping for days!" the Queen shouted as she left the hospital, throwing coins at commoners and patting horses' noses. Well, no, OK, she did not say or do that. She very left in a very queenly, dignified manner, as she always does. Glad to hear she's better. Elsewhere in royal news, the Queen's grandson and granddaughter-in-law (is that a thing?) William and Kate attended the wedding of a friend of Kate's over the weekend. This wasn't at the local country club or event hall, mind you. The wedding was at a resort in the Swiss Alps, as any true winter wedding is. After the ceremony, attended by Kate, William, and Prince Harry, William and Harry hit the slopes with some friends while Kate stayed down below, wandering the resort in fancy boots and sunglasses and thinking about jewels or whatever future queens think about. Up on the mountain, Harry and William hugged friends and seemed to be having a jolly good time, though unfortunately there aren't any photos of them actually skiing. What if one of them fell down?? Are princes of England allowed to fall down? Does everyone else on the mountain have to fall down too and say "Well done, sir! A fall! What a cracking idea!" I'd imagine that at least all the British people on the mountain have to, lest they suffer the consequences. I mean, remember when Harry pretended to dive into that pool instead of falling into it? It's really important that a prince not fall down. So, yeah, if they did take a spill, you'd better believe there aren't any photos of it. Anyway, that was their weekend. What'd you do? [Us Weekly; Daily Mail]