Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson's son Micheál opens up about mom's death as he stars in new movie with dad

Tony-winning British actress Natasha Richardson died at 45 in March 2009 following a skiing accident, leaving behind husband Liam Neeson and their sons — Micheál, who was 13 at the time, and Daniel, who was 12.

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Now, more than a decade later, her eldest child is opening up about his mother and the grief he's struggled to face.

"I think the pain was a little too overwhelming. I think the mind is very powerful, and subconsciously, or unconsciously, it can protect you. That's what it did when she passed. I just pushed it aside and didn't want to deal with it," Micheál Richardson — who dropped his father's last name and took his mother's surname professionally two years ago to honor her — told Vanity Fair in a story that hit the internet on July 29.

"I don't, even still, think that I've fully comprehended it, and that seems to be a similar journey to a lot of people I've spoken to," he added "Fifty-year-olds who lost their parents when they were 12, 13… One day they're out gardening, and something comes over them and they just break down."

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Over the last two years, Micheál has processed a lot of those feelings thanks to a new film he's made with his Oscar-nominated dad, Northern Irish actor Liam, 68, that in many ways has paralleled their family's experience. "Made In Italy," which will be released in some theaters and via video on demand on Aug. 7, tells the story of an artist father and son who head to Italy to sell their family's second home after the death of its matriarch, only to be confronted with memories of their wife and mother.

According to Micheál, who's now 25, he's also found a path to healing as he's pursued acting. "I think as I get older, keeping my mom more in mind and doing things to honor her allows me to remember her and to go through the grief, and properly heal," he explained.

He and Natasha, of course, come from a long line of actors: As Vanity Fair points out, his grandmother is Oscar, Tony and Emmy winner Vanessa Redgrave. His grandfather was Oscar-winning filmmaker Tony Richardson. Oscar, Tony and Emmy-nominated actress Lynn Redgrave is his great-aunt, and Golden Globe-nominated actress Joely Richardson (seen here with Micheál in 2018) is his aunt.

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"My great-aunt, Lynn Redgrave, was very into our ancestry. She traced our family back to these traveling actors in the 18th century. That's really cool to be carrying that on," Micheál told Vanity Fair. However, he added, "Although we're family, I'm very different from them, and I know I have something different to offer."

It's only in recent years that he's decided to make it his career. Micheál performed in theater productions in middle and high school but initially pursued fashion, completing an internship shadowing tailors on London's Savile Row, Vanity Fair reported. He then realized it wasn't ultimately what he wanted to do.

He's had small roles in 2018's "Vox Lux," his father's 2019 action movie "Cold Pursuit" (though Vanity Fair points out Micheál insisted on auditioning for the part) and in July appeared on the Amazon Prime Video crime series "Big Dogs." "Made in Italy" marks his first starring role.

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As for his favorite role of his mother's? While he most loved his dad in "Schindler's List," Micheál's favorite of Natasha's performances was her turn as the loving mother to Lindsay Lohan's twins in the 1998 Disney film "The Parent Trap."

"Just based off of who she is and how I remember her, it has to be 'The Parent Trap,'" he told Vanity Fair. "That's more or less what she was like. She was this sweet, amazing mother figure — my best friend. She had these amazing, big welcomes when we'd come home or she would come home," adding "Darling!" in imitation of his late mom. "I'm so lucky because I have her captured on film."

Marriage issues

Kimye reportedly holed up in remote 'fortress' while trying to save marriage

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West have gone on a completely off-the-grid vacation in what's basically being described as a last-ditch effort to save their six-year marriage.

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TMZ reports that the couple and their children boarded a private jet earlier this week and "flew to a tropical island outside the country." 

Kim and Kanye's marriage has been under a microscope of late, particularly given his Twitter rants and the fact that they've reportedly spent very little time together over the past few months — she's been in Los Angeles with the kids, while he's been living at the family's $14 million ranch in Wyoming. Multiple reports said he was even ignoring Kim's calls for a few days. Kanye also tweeted last month that he's been eyeing a divorce, though he later deleted the headline-making tweet.

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While the couple essentially lives in front of cameras, this marriage-defining trip was specifically planned so that it would not be interrupted by paparazzi. Kim had also previously banned reality TV cameras from capturing Kanye in his current state of mind, so it's unlikely the trip will appear on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."

Sources close to Kim and Kanye said the family is staying in a "fortress" and "an estate that is so remote, it's virtually impossible for trespassers to get close."

Since the family headed off to the unspecified location, there has been radio silence from them. TMZ added that this is not expected to be a quick trip either.

The getaway, TMZ reported on Aug. 3, is "a private family vacation to try and work things out." The website adds that this vacation "will be a time for [Kanye] to prove … he's willing to change for his family."

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One of the things most certainly being discussed is Kanye's long shot presidential bid. Page Six said earlier in the week that Kim has urged the rapper to end his campaign for the sake of the family, but he has actually dug his heels in harder.

"Kim begged Kanye to stop his presidential thing, to stop talking about their kids at rallies. But he ignored her and instead he went ahead and hired more people … and tried to register in more states," a source said, adding that Kanye "just won't stop" in his desire to become the next POTUS.

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Prior to the current vacation, the duo reunited briefly in Wyoming. It didn't look like a happy reunion, though — paparazzi photos last week showed Kim crying while she and Kanye appeared to be involved in a heated discussion.

"This is a nightmare for Kim, she is looking for a way out," Page Six's source said. "But she's also a nice person and wants to do the best for her kids."

Instagram dig

Brian Austin Green shades Megan Fox over Instagram post with MGK

Megan Fox can put away those the sunglasses, because her ex Brian Austin Green is throwing some shade in her direction.

Just hours after Megan gushed over her new beau Machine Gun Kelly on Instagram, the "Beverly Hills, 90210" star certainly appeared to have something to say to his ex, to whom he was married for 10 years.

On Wednesday morning, Megan posted a black-and-white image of herself and MGK with towels wrapped around their waists.

"Achingly Beautiful Boy … My heart is yours," she captioned the image. 

In a bit of a troll, Brian took to Instagram a few hours later to share a slideshow of photos of the three kids he and Megan share: Noah, 7, Bodhi, 6, and Journey, 4. His 18-year-old son Kassius, whom he shares with ex Vanessa Marcil, was also included in the series of images.

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His caption: "Achingly beautiful boys…… My heart is yours."

See what he did there?

Brian recently opened up about his split from Megan and her new romance on the "Hollywood Raw" podcast.

"I wish Megan the absolute best in everything. I want her to be completely happy, for her and for the kids. That's super important," he said. "Nobody wants to be around somebody that's unhappy, nothing good comes out of that. That's a terrible situation. We are taking it day by day."

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During the chat, in which he dished on his single life, he was asked how he found out about Megan's romance with MGK.

"I found out in my own way. And that's as much detail as I'll give you on that one," he said, simply adding that he, "didn't read about it or anything like that."

Last month, Megan swooned over MGK.

"A twin flame is actually where a soul has ascended into a high enough level that it can be split into two different bodies at the same time," she said on the "Give Them Lala…with Randall" podcast. "So we're actually two halves of the same soul, I think. And I said that to him almost immediately, because I felt it right away." 


FBI raids home of YouTube star Jake Paul after house party

A slew of federal agents raided the home of YouTube star Jake Paul on Wednesday morning after obtaining a search warrant.

The purpose of the raid isn't exactly known, TMZ reported, but photos show multiple authorities blocking off Jake's home in Calabasas, California.


Jake has been known for his outlandish and borderline-illegal stunts before, but TMZ notes that the raid isn't a prank gone wrong.

"It's real this time," the website said, adding that "at least 20" federal agents were involved in the raid — some of them wearing tactical gear and arriving in armored vehicles. 

It's unclear if Jake was home when the search warrant was executed.

The raid comes a few weeks after Jake angered his neighbors by throwing a party during which social distancing wasn't practiced and face masks appeared to be an afterthought. Video from the mid-July bash showed throngs of young people partying inside and outside of Jake's mansion. Neighbors said the party went on all day and all night. 

"It wasn't just myself who was outraged, it was everyone who saw the video," Calabasas Mayor Alicia Weintraub told Fox 11 at the time.

The mayor said her office was flooded with calls from angry residents.

"They're having this large party, no social distancing, no masks, it's just a big huge disregard for everything that everybody is trying to do to get things back to functioning," the mayor said. "It's really just a party acting like COVID does not exist, it's acting that businesses aren't closed."

Following the party, local authorities announced that there would be a zero-tolerance policy on house parties in the city in violation of health orders.

California has had nearly 10,000 deaths attributed to the coronavirus, and the state averaged more than 7,500 new COVID-19 cases over the last week, according to the California Department of Public Health.

Social situation

Jay Cutler deletes Instagram after Kristin Cavallari's post with ex

On the same day that Kristin Cavallari reunited with her high school sweetheart, Jay Cutler seems to have deleted his Instagram.


The former NFL quarterback's IfJayHadInstagram account has suddenly vanished without explanation.

The move comes after Kristin posted a photo with Stephen Colletti, her ex-boyfriend from "Laguna Beach," the MTV reality show that aired from 2004-2006.

"2004 or 2020?!" she captioned the image on Tuesday.

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While TMZ reported nothing romantic is going on between Kristin and Stephen, the photo whipped fans into a frenzy, with many pleading for a reconciliation. 

"Jersey Shore" star Snooki wrote, "Omg i am here for this." Her co-star Angelina Pivarnick wrote, "Get your man girl."

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Earlier this year, Kristin and Jay announced that they were splitting after a decade together

In May, Jay's Instagram caught the eye of many after he appeared to praise Kristin on Mother's Day. But fans were quick to point out that Kristin has said she actually runs Jay's Instagram account.

"I think there needs to be a little clarification on Jay's Instagram," she told For The Win in 2018. "It's not him running it. It's me. It's what Jay would have if he had Instagram."

'Laguna' reunion

Kristin Cavallari reunites with 'Laguna Beach' ex: See the pic!

Kristin Cavallari went back to the beach and proceeded to get hit with a tidal wave of Instagram comments after sharing an image with her ex.

On Tuesday, the reality TV star posted an image that showed her cuddling up to Stephen Colletti, her ex-boyfriend from "Laguna Beach."

"2004 or 2020?!" she captioned the grainy image. 

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Kristin and Stephen famously dated on "Laguna Beach," MTV's super-popular reality TV show that aired from 2004 to 2006.

As fans clamored for more information, TMZ reported that nothing romantic happened. 

"There's no rekindling of their old relationship," the website said. "They've simply remained good friends since their split many years ago."

Kristin also met up with former "Laguna Beach" star Alex Murrel while in the O.C.

Regardless, fans flooded Kristin's Instagram, and many of them pleaded for the high school sweethearts to get back together. Even "Jersey Shore" star Snooki wrote, "Omg i am here for this."

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"Laguna Beach" launched Kristin into reality TV superstardom, as she was later cast on "The Hills" and eventually got her own show, "Very Cavallari," which she starred in with her estranged husband, former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler. 

Dr. Dre's estranged wife fighting prenup in high stakes divorce

Dr. Dre's estranged wife, Nicole Young, is challenging a prenuptial agreement from 1996, claiming she "unwillingly" signed the documents amid pressure from the rapper and his team.


In divorce documents obtained by TMZ, Nicole also claims Dre is actually far wealthier than most believe, listing his net worth at $1 billion — which is about $200 million higher than previously reported.

"I was extremely reluctant, resistant and afraid to sign the agreement and felt backed into a corner," she wrote in her new court filing amid the couple's increasingly contentious divorce. "Given the extraordinary pressure and intimidation by Andre, I was left with no option but to hire a lawyer (of course, with the help of Andre's team of professionals) and unwillingly signed the agreement very shortly before our marriage."

Two years into the marriage, Nicole contends that the rapper admitted he forced her to sign the prenup.

"Andre acknowledged to me that he felt ashamed he had pressured me into signing a premarital agreement and he tore up multiple copies of the agreement in front of me," she wrote. "Since the day he tore up the agreements, we both understood that there was no premarital agreement, and that it was null and void."

Sources close to Dre, though, tell TMZ that this is all false and deny that the hip-hop mogul ever tore up an agreement or expressed regret over the prenup. 

"Nicole had her own lawyer and she had a clear choice on whether to sign or not," TMZ reported, citing Dre sympathizers.


Nicole is asking the judge to separate the divorce from the prenup — meaning she wants a bigger piece of the pie.

In late June, Nicole filed divorce paperwork, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. In her divorce filing, Nicole, a lawyer, didn't mention that a prenuptial agreement existed. However, Dre legally responded to the filing a few weeks later. In his response, he agreed to pay his ex her requested spousal support but said their division of property should be governed by their prenup. 


Employees hit Lisa Vanderpump with lawsuit over alleged unpaid wages

Lisa Vanderpump and her husband, Ken Todd, are being sued for allegedly failing to pay overtime wages to employees at one of their made-for-TV restaurants.


On Tuesday, Page Six obtained a class-action lawsuit brought on by a former hostess at SUR, the restaurant at the center of "Vanderpump Rules." The legal paperwork alleges that employees were forced to work more than 40 weekly hours — or even seven consecutive workdays — without receiving overtime pay. 

The lawsuit, which also names Lisa's business partners, Guillermo and Nathalie Zapata, further alleged a shoddy operation at SUR, claiming that staff hours are not properly tracked and are manipulated. Employees are also not granted breaks, the lawsuit says. 


In January 2020, Lisa and her husband were sued for similar reasons, but in that lawsuit, the allegations of financially shorting staffers weren't limited to just SUR: Their other restaurants — Tom Tom, Pump and Villa Blanca — were also included. The case is still ongoing, Page Six reported, noting that Villa Blanca has since closed.

The newest lawsuit comes less than two months after Bravo announced that "Vanderpump Rules" stars Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni will not return to the hit reality show amid past racists actions and tweets. 

After the firings, Lisa said, "I love and adore our employees and I am deeply saddened by some of the lack of judgment that has been displayed."

Abuse struggles

'Harry Potter' star reflects on 'decades' of drug and alcohol abuse

"Harry Potter" star Jason Isaacs is opening up about his "decades long" addiction to drugs and alcohol, something that had "dire consequences."

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"I've always had an addictive personality and by the age of 16 I'd already passed through drink and was getting started on a decades long love affair with drugs," he said while speaking to The Big Issue. "Every action was filtered through a burning need I had for being as far from a conscious, thinking, feeling person as possible. No message would get through for nearly 20 years."

Now sober, Jason, who played Lucius Malfoy in the "Harry Potter" film series, recalled his first drunken experience at the age of 12.

"The barman, who we thought at the time was a hero and I now realize belonged in prison, sneaked us a full bottle of Southern Comfort," Jason, 57, said. "We drank the entire thing in the toilet, then staggered out into the party, reeling around farcically."

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As result of the alcohol experience, Jason vomited, kissed a girl, destroyed property and left himself blooded after tripping and hitting his head on the pavement. 

He loved every second of it.

"The next morning, I woke up with a splitting headache, stinking of puke with a huge scab and the memory of having utterly shamed myself," he said, adding that he couldn't wait to do it all over again.

"Why? I've no idea. Genes? Nurture? Star sign?," he wondered. "I just know I chased the sheer ecstatic joy I felt that night for another 20 years with increasingly dire consequences."

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Jason gives no details as to what those consequences were, but his lifestyle had an effect on his mental state. The actor eventually grew to be depressed and even happily envisioned his support system crumbling.

"I remember there being a moment, not long before I got clean, when it suddenly occurred to me that if everybody I knew died, literally every single person, I probably wouldn't mind that much," he said. "In fact, I might like it, because then it would be an excuse to sit in a room by myself and take drugs and everybody else would say, well you know, fair enough, you heard what happened didn't you?"

Thankfully, he's overcome those demons. Asked what he would tell his younger self now, Jason said, "I think what would surprise the 16-year-old me is that I'm okay. That I manage to find simple happiness in simple things. Not always, not perfectly, but enough."

Gridiron gab

UFC boss gives Dwayne Johnson advice after $15M XFL purchase

Dwayne Johnson could have scored a big touchdown with his recent purchase of the defunct XFL, according to the head of another sports organization.


Dana White, the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, thinks The Rock has a winner on his hands, particularly based on timing and the current landscape of live sports.

"You have all these multi-millionaire athletes that don't wanna play right now. All these guys that don't wanna play, They wanna sit out … don't wanna stay in the bubble, don't wanna do what it takes," Dana told TMZ Sports. "Don't be surprised if The Rock slides right into that slot with some great programming. 'Cause let me tell you what, people are dying to watch live sports right now."

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On Monday, the XFL confirmed that an investment group, which includes the "Jumanji" star, scooped up the league for $15 million. The professional football league first began in 2001 but folded after one season. In 2020, it was resurrected. However, after five weeks of games, the COVID-19 pandemic hit, which proved to be the XFL's death sentence. In April the league filed for bankruptcy.

Now that it's in Dwayne's hands, Dana, who's been longtime friends with The Rock, sees the XFL returning and working.

"Don't be surprised if The Rock turns this into a real thing," Dana said. "If I was The Rock, I would try to get that rolling as fast as I could. I'd try to get that on television ASAP. I guarantee you there's a ton of networks that would do it, that will give it a try right now."

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Following the purchase, Dwayne, who played college football at the University of Miami, said he and partners plan to revive the league but didn't give a timetable. Dana thinks Dwayne would be making a huge mistake if he didn't try to do it now.

"He can definitely, definitely pull this off right now," Dana said. "Timing is everything and right now is the time to go. Even if the NFL does go, it's still another option for live sports on TV and there's not enough on right now."

Dana, whose UFC organization has been airing fan-less live fights for months now, added, "I'm gonna call him today and walk him through what I think he needs to do on the COVID side of this thing and I have some ideas for him."