Tori Spelling: Already Broke, Being Sued For Another $200,000

Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott: 2016 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards

These are tough times in the household of Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott.

Tori and Dean welcomed their fifth child last month, but the good news has been largely overshadowed by the couple’s mounting financial difficulties.

Insiders say that Spelling and McDermott are completely broke, but have yet to curb their extravagant spending habits.

Worse, they’re facing a tidal wave of lawsuits that threaten to wipe out their remaining assets.

The media first caught wind of the fact that Tori and Dean’s financial problems are far worse than initially thought when the Spelling-McDermots were sued by American Express in late 2016.

Amazingly, the couple could have kept the matter out of court by paying even a small fraction of their more than $100,000 balance, but they were either unwilling or unable to do so.

Last month, we learned that McDermott is being sued for back child support after reportedly falling several months behind in payments to his first wife.

Now, Radar Online is reporting that Tori and Dean are facing yet another six-figure lawsuit – and this one could threaten to wipe them out financially.

The site reports that the actors are being sued by City National Bank of Los Angeles for a sum of over $200,000.

The bank alleges that Tori and Dean took out a $400,000 loan back in 2012 and accrued more than $188,000 in interest and late payment fees, which they are no refusing to pay back.

City National is suing for that amount, plus several thousand more in legal fees.

Spelling and McDermott appear to be running scared, having already missed one court date without advance notice.

Their appearance has been rescheduled for May 22, and if they fail to show again, the matter will simply be decided in their absence.

We’re guessing Tori and Dean won’t like the judge’s decision.

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Source:: The Hollywood Gossip

The Quiet, All-Consuming Love in Pablo Neruda’s Sonnet XVII

I first read Pablo Neruda’s collection of 100 love sonnets when I was 11 or 12, and I remember dog-earing the page of my library-book copy on Sonnet XVII. I hadn’t been in love yet, and didn’t have any real-life feelings with which to frame or understand the poem. Yet something about it tugged at me—tugs at me still, 12 years later, with more than one heartbreak under my belt. The love Neruda describes here is all at once quiet and intense, uncomplicated and overwhelming. It’s a secret shared only with the object of his love, made all the more beautiful by that intimacy: “I love you as the plant that never blooms / but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers.”

Neruda wrote this sonnet (as he did all 99 of the others) to his third wife, Matilde Urrutia, with whom he had an affair during his second marriage. The nature of their love, which was hidden for so long, seeps through in Sonnet XVII’s lines about darkness, secrets, shadows. The collection itself begins with a beautiful dedication to Matilde, which reads, in part: “I built up these lumber piles of love, and with fourteen boards each I built little houses, so that your eyes, which I adore and sing to, might live in them.”

There are so many poems in this collection that feel vitally important and true to my own life: poems that express hunger, desire, desperation, or a profound sense of loneliness even in the deepest and most intense feelings of love. (From Sonnet XI: “I crave your mouth, your voice, your hair / Silent and starving, I prowl through the streets.”) But Sonnet XVII gets me for its expression of a feeling at once unbearably sweet and possibly codependent. …read more

Source:: The Atlantic – Culture

Kim Kardashian: I’m So Thankful I Was Robbed!

Kim kardashian im so thankful i was robbed

Back in October, Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in Paris.

You may have heard about it.

It sounds like it was a truly terrifying incident, and we know that because of all the police reports, all the court stuff, that time that Kim talked about it on Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

But now we really know, because Kim went into detail about what happened during a recent appearance on The Ellen Show.

And to hear it straight from her mouth, with Ellen asking all the important questions … it’s pretty overwhelming.

Oddly enough though, when Ellen starts to get into the topic of the robbery, Kim shares an unexpected viewpoint.

It turns out that she’s actually kind of grateful she got robbed?

“I know this sounds crazy,” she says, “but I know that was meant to happen to me.”

She starts crying and explaining that now, after the robbery, she’s “such a different person,” and that before, she was “flashy” and “materialistic.”

Kim makes it clear that there’s nothing wrong with having nice things, but she sweetly adds that “I’m so happy that my kids get this me, and that this is who I’m raising my kids.”

She keeps repeating that she doesn’t care about material possessions anymore, and unbelievable as it may seem, she sounds sincere.

Ellen then asks her about the night of the robbery, and she goes into the details. A lot of it is stuff we’ve heard before, but that doesn’t make it any easier to hear.

For example, at one point Kim tears up again, telling Ellen that she was “100%” positive that she was going to be murdered.

“I said a prayer,” she recounts, “I’m like, ‘I know I’m going to heaven,’ I hope my kids are OK, my husband …”

But when she starts to really talk about how terrifying the experience …read more

Source:: The Hollywood Gossip