Rapper Petey Pablo has been released from prison. The star, real name Moses Mortimer Barrett III, was sentenced to three years in jail for trying to smuggle a gun through an airport in September, 2011 and he started his jail time in January, 2012.
He was due for release in July (14), but he walked freed from a New Jersey jail early on Thursday morning (13Mar14) and is keen to get back to work.
A statement released to AllHipHop.com reads, "I just want to say that I'm totally glad to be back in the race and behind the wheel of a car that has been fine tuned for the greatest performance.
"I'm now headed to the workshop to begin what will be noted as my best work ever with one of the greatest producers of all time. My brother, my friend, my partner for life mega producer Timbaland, the king."
Justin Bieber has been criticised by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) activists for choosing to buy a puppy from a pet store instead of rescuing a dog from a shelter. The Baby hitmaker added a new member to his family on Thursday (26Dec13) after a Bulldog named Petey caught his eye while visiting a shop in Stratford, Canada, but his actions have raised eyebrows among animal rights activists, who have accused the singer of failing to set a good example to his millions of fans.
Daphna Nachminovitch, PETA's Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations, tells WENN: "Whether or not reports are true that Justin Bieber purchased a puppy from a pet store for $600, PETA wants to remind everyone that when you buy a dog or cat from a pet store or breeder, you sentence an animal in a shelter to death.
"Six to eight million homeless animals enter shelters every year, and half of them must be euthanised for lack of a good home, so there is no excuse for buying an animal, no matter who you are."
Bieber hasn't had a great track record with pets - a hamster he previously gave away to a fan died, while his capuchin monkey, Mally, was confiscated by German border officials in March (13) after he failed to obtain the proper permits to enter the country with his furry friend. Mally was subsequently placed in a zoo after the singer decided not to reclaim the primate.
However, Bieber is paying no attention to the latest pet controversy - instead, he and his dad, Jeremy, have reached out to fans online to help them rename the dog.
On Friday (27Dec13), the star reposted a message from Jeremy Bieber via his Twitter.com page, which reads: "So were gona (sic) let one lucky belieber (fan) name @justinbieber's new puppy.... Follow and find out how it can be you".
Pop superstar Justin Bieber has welcomed another animal into his life, nine months after abandoning his pet monkey. The Baby hitmaker stopped by a pet store in Stratford, Canada on Thursday (26Dec13) and decided to treat himself to a belated Christmas present by spending $600 (£400) on a seven-week-old Bulldog named Petey, according to TMZ.com.
The news is unlikely to go down well with animal rights campaigners - Bieber came under fire in March (13) after Mally, his capuchin monkey, was seized by German authorities because the 19 year old did not have the required documentation for the animal to enter the country.
Bieber never claimed the primate and Malley was eventually transferred to a local zoo.
The singer also previously owned a hamster, but offloaded the animal to a fan. The rodent subsequently died.
The Mean Girls star, who was last month (Dec11) named the celebrity spokesmodel for JAG Jeans, stripped off and struck a seductive pose with male model Petey Wright for the fashion label's latest fragrance campaign.
The brand has posted both the male and female product packages on its official website alongside a tease which reads, "What better way to describe a fragrance that generates so much heat? fcuk has once again shocked, amused and provoked buzz worthy chat with friction, the newest fragrance duo to join the bold and seductive fragrance dynasty."
The scent is "an alluring blend of fresh citrus, sensual musk and warm woods".
Lohan reteamed with Yu Tsai, the photographer behind her Playboy magazine shoot, for the eye-catching ads.
The first and most important thing you should know about Paramount Pictures’ Thor is that it’s not a laughably corny comic book adaptation. Though you might find it hokey to hear a bunch of muscled heroes talk like British royalty while walking around the American Southwest in LARP garb director Kenneth Branagh has condensed vast Marvel mythology to make an accessible straightforward fantasy epic. Like most films of its ilk I’ve got some issues with its internal logic aesthetic and dialogue but the flaws didn’t keep me from having fun with this extra dimensional adventure.
Taking notes from fellow Avenger Iron Man the story begins with an enthralling event that takes place in a remote desert but quickly jumps back in time to tell the prologue which introduces the audience to the shining kingdom of Asgard and its various champions. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) son of Odin is heir to the throne but is an arrogant overeager and ill-tempered rogue whose aggressive antics threaten a shaky truce between his people and the frost giants of Jotunheim one of the universe’s many realms. Odin (played with aristocratic boldness by Anthony Hopkins) enraged by his son’s blatant disregard of his orders to forgo an assault on their enemies after they attempt to reclaim a powerful artifact banishes the boy to a life among the mortals of Earth leaving Asgard defenseless against the treachery of Loki his mischievous “other son” who’s always felt inferior to Thor. Powerless and confused the disgraced Prince finds unlikely allies in a trio of scientists (Natalie Portman Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings) who help him reclaim his former glory and defend our world from total destruction.
Individually the make-up visual effects CGI production design and art direction are all wondrous to behold but when fused together to create larger-than-life set pieces and action sequences the collaborative result is often unharmonious. I’m not knocking the 3D presentation; unlike 2010’s genre counterpart Clash of the Titans the filmmakers had plenty of time to perfect the third dimension and there are only a few moments that make the decision to convert look like it was a bad one. It’s the unavoidable overload of visual trickery that’s to blame for the frost giants’ icy weaponized constructs and other hybrids of the production looking noticeably artificial. Though there’s some imagery to nitpick the same can’t be said of Thor’s thunderous sound design which is amped with enough wattage to power The Avengers’ headquarters for a century.
Chock full of nods to the comics the screenplay is both a strength and weakness for the film. The story is well sequenced giving the audience enough time between action scenes to grasp the characters motivations and the plot but there are tangential narrative threads that disrupt the focus of the film. Chief amongst them is the frost giants’ fore mentioned relic which is given lots of attention in the first act but has little effect on the outcome. In addition I felt that S.H.I.E.L.D. was nearly irrelevant this time around; other than introducing Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye the secret security faction just gets in the way of the movie’s momentum.
While most of the comedy crashes and burns there are a few laughs to be found in the film. Most come from star Hemsworth’s charismatic portrayal of the God of Thunder. He plays up the stranger-in-a-strange-land aspect of the story with his cavalier but charming attitude and by breaking all rules of diner etiquette in a particularly funny scene with the scientists whose respective roles as love interest (Portman) friendly father figure (Skarsgaard) and POV character (Dennings) are ripped right out of a screenwriters handbook.
Though he handles the humorous moments without a problem Hemsworth struggles with some of the more dramatic scenes in the movie; the result of over-acting and too much time spent on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. Luckily he’s surrounded by a stellar supporting cast that fills the void. Most impressive is Tom Hiddleston who gives a truly humanistic performance as the jealous Loki. His arc steeped in Shakespearean tragedy (like Thor’s) drums up genuine sympathy that one rarely has for a comic book movie villain.
My grievances with the technical aspects of the production aside Branagh has succeeded in further exploring the Marvel Universe with a film that works both as a standalone superhero flick and as the next chapter in the story of The Avengers. Thor is very much a comic book film and doesn’t hide from the reputation that its predecessors have given the sub-genre or the tropes that define it. Balanced pretty evenly between “serious” and “silly ” its scope is large enough to please fans well versed in the source material but its tone is light enough to make it a mainstream hit.
Set in the ‘60s and based on a true story we meet Petey Greene (Don Cheadle) a popular radio DJ--in prison. When he’s pardoned early Petey hits up one of his inmate friend's brother Dewey Hughes (Chiwetel Ejiofor) a radio station manager for work. In fact Petey marches right down to Hughes' D.C. radio station and keeps harassing Hughes until he gets his shot. Petey chokes the first time on air and makes libelous remarks that don't sit well with the station boss (Martin Sheen). But controversy sells so Petey and Dewey scheme to give Petey a show. When his show on Martin Luther King Jr's assassination calms down a rioting public even the corporate brass sees his value. Greene rises to local fame but still gets himself into trouble with booze and promiscuity. Will his talent overcome his vices? Not likely. Unfortunately the film’s self-importance simply masks a story about a self-destructive loser who lucks into some notoriety. For all its superiority Talk to Me still manages to wring out some Oscar-worthy performances. There is no shortage of juicy characters for acclaimed thespians to exercise their muscles. As is his modus operandi Don Cheadle transforms into Petey Greene as much as he did as Hotel Rwanda’s Paul Rusesabagina. You'd never imagine he had a better vocabulary to use he is that much of a foul mouthed low life. Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children of Men) is also phenomenal. His good guy Dewey is the less showy part but he projects so much power. Dewey deserves the success Petey wastes. Taraji P. Henson (Hustle & Flow) plays Petey's girlfriend a composite of all the women the real-life Greene must have screwed over. She's devastatingly sexy flaunting her wares to attract more attention to Petey yet still heartbreaking when Greene does the inevitable. Martin Sheen never plays the "white boss." He's just a human being with practical worries but he still puts his neck on the line to support social change. Cedric the Entertainer plays a more established DJ at the station. It’s a very small role with only a few scenes but he puts that deep voice to good use on the airwaves. It is clear co-writer/director Kasi Lemmons thinks the Petey Greene story is an important one to tell but she fails to fully convey his true impact if there was any. He wasn’t the only black man on the radio in the '60s to follow Martin Luther King’s call for peace. Greene’s lengthy radio rants in Talk to Me are powerful and poignant but it's all overshadowed by his deplorable behavior off the air. Lemmons gets the period details down however. Everyone looks distinctly groovy and landmark events put together on a small budget still give a sense of the era. But by mostly containing the film’s world to a radio station Talk to Me seems more like a melodrama between a producer and a star than a biopic about a man who propagated social change.
In 1960s England a young pregnant woman is arrested and sent to a facility for the criminally insane for casually butchering her philandering husband and his mistress. Flash forward 43 years to the tiny hamlet of Little Wollop where fed-up vicar's wife Gloria Goodfellow (Kristin Scott Thomas) is ready to ditch her earnest hands-off husband Walter (Rowan Atkinson) in favor of buff American golf pro Lance (Patrick Swayze). That is until the advent of new housekeeper Grace Hawkins (Maggie Smith). Like a gray-haired Mary Poppins Grace quickly sets about putting Gloria's life to rights from helping timid son Petey (Toby Parkes) get over his fear of bullies to encouraging Walter to spice up his sermons. The fact that Grace's methods are rather er unorthodox is hardly surprising and neither is the film's ultimate resolution--although getting there is amusing enough. Most of Keeping Mum's success can be attributed to its two female stars. Scott Thomas and Smith are both consummate professionals tackling their somewhat standard-issue roles with game enthusiasm. Smith (aka Professor Minerva McGonagall from the Harry Potter movies) plays Grace with a determined twinkle that could simply be a prim elderly woman's possessive affection for her adopted clan--or just as easily the glint of a madwoman on a mission. And Scott Thomas as always does English upper-middle-class to a tee. Neither Atkinson nor Swayze really tackle any new ground character-wise: Swayze's whole performance seems to build up to the point where he gets to take off his shirt and Atkinson's Walter goes so far as to blunder into a Four Weddings and a Funeral-esque malapropism at one point. But the men aren't the main attraction here. With Keeping Mum writer/director Niall Johnson follows in the footsteps of several other calculatedly eccentric comedies about quirky English folks from The Full Monty and Calendar Girls to Waking Ned Devine and Saving Grace. Like its predecessors the film is often charming but unlike many of them it unfortunately never really hits its comedic stride. Much of the humor is more likely to elicit mild chuckles than belly laughs mostly because very little of what happens is surprising. For a black comedy Keeping Mum is neither particularly dark nor particularly funny--it's diverting enough while you're watching but in the end it's about as memorable as another misty day on the English moors.
Chappelle's $50 million richer
Comedy Central's hot commodity Dave Chappelle inked a massive deal with the Viacom-owned cabler for two more seasons of his hit series Chappelle's Show. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the deal could be worth about $50 million, catapulting Chappelle, 30, into television's top earners. He'll be paid approximately $5 million per episode with a 10-episode commitment per season, will have a chance to profit from the show's DVD sales, and has set up a multimillion-dollar deal with Viacom's Paramount Pictures to star in features include an adaptation of the autobiography of Rick James, the funk veteran whom Chappelle has lampooned on his show. The ratings for Chappelle's Show have been high and have also helped to boost other longtime staples including The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and South Park."Life without Chappelle's Show would not have been very bright as far as getting or exceeding those numbers again," said Lauren Corrao, senior VP of original programming and head of development, told the Reporter. "It means a great deal to growing our schedule. We're thrilled to have him back."
MTV Music Video Awards adds more to its celeb roster
Dave Chappelle is also making an appearance at the 21st annual MTV Music Video Awards, joining other celebs including Paris Hilton, Lenny Kravitz, Ludacris, LL Cool J, Jon Stewart and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, The Associated Press reports. MTV announced that hip-hop artists Lil' Jon, Petey Pablo, the Ying Yang Twins and Terror Squad featuring Fat Joe will perform, along with Usher, Kanye West, Yellowcard, Jet, Hoobastank and Jessica Simpson. The show will air live Aug. 29 in Miami, Fla. Jay-Z's jarring video for "99 Problems," which depicts his own murder as a metaphor for his retirement from rapping, leads with six nominations. Beyonce, No Doubt and OutKast received five nominations each.
VH1 to air Jackson movie
VH1 will debut its original movie on beleaguered pop star Michael Jackson Friday, AP reports. Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story traces the trials and tribulations of Jackson's life from his Motown days to his present legal woes, starring UPN's One on One's Flex Alexander as the King of Pop, who performed all the dance moves.
Franken brings radio show to cable TV
Liberal political humorist Al Franken is headed back to television next month with plans to bring his radio show to the Sundance cable TV channel, a spokesman told Reuters on Monday. Starting Sept. 7, Sundance will package the best of Franken's three-hour weekday radio program into a one-hour telecast of highlights that will air at 11:30 p.m. the same night, with repeats at 2:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. the next morning. His radio show debuted on March 31 as part of the fledgling Air America radio network, billed as a liberal antidote to the predominantly right-leaning talk-show culture whose ranks include Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly.
Chris Rock releases first album in five years
Funnyman Chris Rock is preparing to release Never Scared, his first album since 1999's Bigger and Blacker, Reuters reports. The album, due Aug. 31 through Geffen, features material from his HBO special of the same name as well as a handful of music parodies and new comedy sketches including a parody of OutKast's hit "Hey Ya!" dubbed "Crackers." The album will also include a DVD with behind-the-scenes footage from the HBO special. Rock, who has been on hiatus from film for the past two years, will be heard in the 2005 animated feature Madagascar and is set to star in the remake of the football-themed The Longest Yard starring Adam Sandler and rapper Nelly.
Schwarzenegger settles bobblehead doll dispute
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has settled a lawsuit against Ohio Discount Merchandise Inc., the company that produces bobblehead dolls featuring a gun-toting Schwarzenegger in a business suit. Under the new agreement, the company can produce dolls, priced at $19.99, but without the gun. Ohio Discount also agreed to donate a portion of sales to Schwarzenegger's nonprofit Arnold All-Stars after-school program in Los Angeles, the AP reports. But Ohio Discount's co-owner, John Edgell, said he opposes the settlement and plans to seek an injunction. His partner Todd Bosley said he severed ties with Edgell when he sought offers for a "Groping Arnold" bobblehead, after accusations surfaced that said Schwarzenegger had groped several women during his years in Hollywood.
Valenti comments on Hollywood's changing landscape
Jack Valenti, who announced in June he was stepping down as MPAA president and CEO after nearly four decades, said in an opinion column in Monday's Los Angeles Times that his greatest achievement as head of the Motion Picture Association of America was that he survived. "To endure in a volatile, unpredictable arena populated by egos the size of small planets is not an inconsiderable achievement," Valenti, 82, wrote. Valenti also noted the vast changes in Hollywood during his 38-year tenure, including huge increases in production and marketing costs; reliance on make-or-break opening weekends; the explosion of the DVD market; and the piracy risk digital cinema presents. Dan Glickman, the former U.S. agriculture secretary under President Clinton, takes over as MPAA chief Sept. 1, while Valenti will continue to oversee the movie ratings system.
Green Day hits the road
Green Day will be touring in support of their new album, American Idiot, due Sept. 21 via Reprise, Reuters reports. The routing for the tour is not yet finalized, but is expected to get underway Oct. 19 in Ft. Worth, Texas, with rock act New Found Glory and up-and-coming rock outfit Sugarcult in tow. American Idiot is the follow-up to 2000's Warning, which debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 1 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Before the fall tour, Green Day will perform American Idiot in full at a handful of dates closer to the album's release.
Guylaine Cadorette contributed to this report.