The U.K. Attorney General has declined to appeal disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris' five-year sentence for child sex offences after receiving a slew of complaints suggesting the punishment is not enough. The Australian singer/artist, 84, was ordered to serve five years and nine months behind bars in June (14), after he was convicted of 12 indecent assault charges regarding the molestation of four young girls between 1968 and 1986, when they were aged from seven to 19.
The punishment, handed down by judge Justice Sweeney, was considered by many to be too lenient and prompted 150 people to file official complaints about the sentence with U.K. authorities.
However, Attorney General Jeremy Wright has decided against challenging the sentence in the Court of Appeals.
A representative for the Attorney General's Office reveals, "He (Wright) did not think they (appeal judges) would find it to be unduly lenient and increase it...
"The sentencing judge was bound by the maximum sentence in force at the time of the offending.
"The judge made some of the sentences consecutive to reach the total sentence, but he could not simply add up sentences on individual counts; the overall sentence had to be just and proportionate to the overall offending."
Harris, who denied the counts, was stripped of his British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) fellowship and his Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame honour following his conviction.
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The promotional campaign for the upcoming Sin City sequel has suffered another setback after U.S. TV bosses rejected a trailer for the film over actress Eva Green's sexy wardrobe.
The Casino Royale star initially hit headlines in May (14) when officials at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) banned an advertising poster for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, because it featured Green brandishing a gun while wearing a sheer white robe over her bare breasts.
Movie bosses had to re-edit the billboard picture to make the outfit appear less raunchy in order to meet the MPAA's censorship guidelines, but now they are facing the prospect of also having to alter Green's appearance in the trailer for the upcoming film amid concerns from ABC network executives, who have refused to air the preview footage due to Green's attire.
Marketing chiefs at the movie's distributor Dimension Films are appealing the decision. A source tells the New York Daily News, "ABC rejected a trailer, saying Green appears to be naked in the same sheer, white nightgown. Dimension was told to remove the offending footage if they want the trailer to air."
Green previously admitted she was baffled by the furore caused by the sexy film poster, telling Vanity Fair magazine, "I find it a bit odd. It seems like it's all just publicity - a lot of noise for nothing. You have so many more violent things in the movie business and this is kind of soft. I'm not naked. It's suggested. I find it really sexy, actually. It's kind of beautiful. But if it shocks people, I don't know what to do about it. I don't want to upset anybody."
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which co-stars Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis, is due to open in cinemas in late August (14).
Rockers Coldplay have donated $17,000 (£10,000) to a charity campaign organised by a terminally-ill fan. Brit Jody Duff, who is battling motor neurone disease, has been raising money for a foundation which helps others suffering from the condition, and his efforts have been boosted by a big donation from his favourite band.
Coldplay handed over $17,000 (£10,000) to Duff's campaign in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Duff, 37, was previously given a chance to meet the Yellow hitmakers at a recent gig in London, and frontman Chris Martin dedicated a song to him on stage.
Rapper Nas was shocked to discover his ancestors were sold as slaves in 1859 during his appearance on a genealogy TV show. The I Can hitmaker is the first rapper to trace his family history on U.S. series Finding Your Roots, and he was overwhelmed with emotion when he was presented with documents showing his relatives' tragic past.
Now he is considering tracking down descendents of those who 'owned' his ancestors to demand they hand over some of the fortune they made from slavery.
Speaking during the Television Critics Association press tour, he explains, "First I was enraged when I looked at the bill of sale. I was like, that guy that owned property owes me some cash. My people made him really wealthy, so maybe I should find his family and talk."
The rapper adds, "Now I'm on a mission to find out more."
The 10-part TV series will also feature stars including Ben Affleck, Jessica Alba, Tina Fey and Stephen King.
Beloved British actress Dora Bryan has died, aged 91. The A Taste of Honey star, who also enjoyed TV success on shows like Last of the Summer Wine and Absolutely Fabulous, passed away at a nursing home in Hove, England.
A statement released by her son Daniel, who was with his mum when she died, reads: "It was heartbreaking but it was peaceful."
He added, "She was a tiny woman but her constitution was incredible. She loved being on stage, that's what she wanted. Not only did she do it, but she was good at it... She was a star and a mum."
Bryan's credits also include a handful of Carry On films and 1988's Apartment Zero, and she starred in her own BBC show in the mid-1960s.
She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1995 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in The Birthday Party and picked up an O.B.E. for her services to drama the following year (96).
Born Dora May Broadbent in Southport, Lancashire in 1924, she started acting in pantomime as a child and worked in repertory theatre and with the Entertainments National Service Association during World War Two.
She became a West End regular after moving to London in 1945.
After a string of stage successes, Bryan made her big screen debut in 1948's The Fallen Idol and went on to appear in over 40 films.
She is perhaps best known for her role as an alcoholic mother in classic 1961 film A Taste of Honey, for which she won a Best Actress BAFTA.
On TV she played Dolly in Absolutely Fabulous and Roz in Last of the Summer Wine.
Her personal life was tinged with tragedy when her adopted daughter Georgina died from alcoholism, a disease the actress also battled. She was forced to give up acting when short-term memory loss robbed her of her ability to learn lines.
Bryan was married to English cricket star Bill Lawton until his death in 2008.
Ncis star Pauley Perrette is recovering after suffering a severe allergic reaction to hair dye. The naturally blonde actress has been dying her locks black for her role on the hit police series for the past 11 seasons, but as she was gearing up to return to work after a summer hiatus, the dye she had been using for the past year prompted an unwanted trip to the hospital.
Perrette took to Twitter.com on Friday (18Jul14) to share a photo of herself in a medical gown with a badly swollen face and a nearly fully shut eye.
She wrote, "This was me at hospital today and it got worse #Allergy #AllergicReaction.
"Did my head look a bit puffy on the red carpet last night? Turns out I was having a dangerous allergic reaction to hair dye. Been battling this for a year now but it gets worse every time. It's an acquired allergy for people that dye their hair for years.
"Was in ER. Just got home from hospital. Awful. My head swelled up huge like a melon... Know the symptoms. It can be fatal. People have died. For real."
Hours after the ordeal, the swelling had gone down and Perrette even walked the red carpet with her co-stars at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Los Angeles.
Swedish dance music superstar Avicii has recruited Chris Martin, Billie Joe Armstrong and Jon Bon Jovi, among other big names for his next album.
The follow-up to last year's (13) True will also feature a duet between Wyclef Jean and Matisyahu.
And, teaming up with Coldplay star Martin has been beneficial for Avicii's health - he has been giving the DJ/producer nutrition tips after he was forced to cancel his appearance at the Ultra Festival in Miami, Florida in March (14) due to exhaustion.
He explains, "Chris has been like a brother and helps out with my nutritionist. I find it hard to gain weight, so I drink shakes in the morning."
Breaking Bad, True Detective and comedy show Veep were the big winners at the Television Critics Association Awards in Beverly Hills, California on Saturday (19Jul14), picking up five of the night's top honours. Breaking Bad was named Program of the Year for the second year running, while acclaimed drama True Detective picked up Best Mini-Series and the show's star, Matthew McConaughey, claimed the Best Individual Performance in a Drama prize for his role as tortured cop Rust Cohle.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus picked up the Best Individual Performance in Comedy award, while her show Veep tied for Best Comedy Series with Louie.
The list of winners is:
Program of the Year - Breaking Bad
Best New Program of the Year - Orange Is the New Black
Best Comedy Series - Veep & Louie (tie)
Best Drama Series - The Good Wife
Best Mini-Series - True Detective
Best Individual Performance in a Drama - Matthew McConaughey (True Detective)
Best Individual Performance in a Comedy - Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Best News & Information Program - Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey
Best Reality Series - RuPaul's Drag Race
Best Youth Program - The Fosters
Heritage Award - Saturday Night Live
Career Achievement - James Burrows.
Japanese officials in London lobbied BBC bosses to censor harrowing World War II drama Tenko over fears it portrayed their native country in a bad light. The British/Australian TV hit caused a sensation when it was first broadcast in the 1980s with its brutal depiction of life in a Japanese-run female prison camp in Singapore.
The drama featured scenes of women inmates being mistreated and abused by guards, and it has now emerged the show caused a furore at the Japanese embassy in London and staff tried to get BBC bosses to edit the programme.
They were even joined in their campaign by a Member of Parliament, Sir Julian Ridsdale, and bosses from the British government's Foreign Office.
Newly-released Foreign Office documents show Ridsdale met with the head of the BBC and demanded "certain cuts in the future to remove some of the more brutal scenes".
Another Foreign Office memo from the early 1980s states the show creates a "danger that the association of past Japanese violence... would create a bad impression".
There is no suggestion BBC bosses bowed to pressure and the show is believed to have been broadcast uncensored.
Of all the actresses in Hollywood, nobody inspires the kind of anger, vitriol, and mean tweets that Kristen Stewart and Anne Hathaway recieve every time they release a film, attend a premiere, appear on a talk show, or just leave the house. We get it; who wouldn’t start to snap after having to endure intense arguments about the merits of Jacob versus Edward, or being forced to listen to that dreadful Oscar speech over and over again for months on end? By now, just the sight of their faces is enough to send some people into a rage spiral... which is why Jenny Lewis’ new music video might be just what they need to finally embrace Stewart and Hathaway.
For her song “Just One of the Guys,” Lewis recruited the former Bella Swan and Mia Thermopolis, along with indie darling Brie Larson (who everybody already likes) to play some backup guitar and portray some obnoxious members of the opposite sex. Wait, wait, hear us out, because the final product makes Stewart and Hathaway seem rather endearing, actually. The girls playing guitar and keytar behind Lewis are the starlets as we’re used to seeing them: Stewart is serious and confrontational and Hathaway makes a series of overly-dramatic faces at the camera. But then, they put on some tracksuits and stick-on mustaches and something magical happens.
They become absolutely ridiculous. Stewart, rocking a vintage-Bieber bowl cut, struts around the stage, gesturing come-ons to the camera and laughing at herself – see? It is possible! – and Hathaway, writhing around on the floor, pretending to breakdance is the kind of self-mocking we love to see from celebrities. Look at that dramatic, single tear. Does it feel rehearsed? Of course. Is it dumb and kind of hilarious? Definitely. If this was Jennifer Lawrence or Emma Stone, we’d be all over it. We’d make it this year’s Halloween costume.
And hey, they’re hanging out with Larson and Lewis, so they must be kind of cool, right? Do you think either of those champs would hang out with anyone who wasn’t secretly awesome? Even if they weren’t before the video shoot, they certainly are now. The Larson/Lewis brand of cool is the kind that transfers through association. If we can put our faith in their songwriting abilities or choice of film projects, surely we can also put our faith in their choice of co-stars.
Come on, Hathaway is playing the keytar! Do you really think anyone who takes themselves too seriously would actually play the keytar? It’s the official instrument of ‘80s tribute bands and precocious teenagers everywhere. Even the tuba is a cooler instrument. Don’t make Anne Hathaway play the tuba for your affections, America. She’s atoned enough. Allow Lewis’ catchy song to help mend this rift between you, Stewart and Hathaway. They just want to entertain you, and that’s exactly what they’re doing in this video. Besides, once we put these differences behind us, we can move on to more important things, like the fact that Larson looks like a long lost Tenenbaum in drag.