Insane Clown Posse rapper Violent J is undergoing psychiatric therapy and taking medication to help him deal with the ongoing pressures of fame. The Juggalo Homies hitmaker admits it is difficult for him to disconnect from work when he is at home with his family, and he's seeking professional help in a bid to keep his two worlds separate.
He tells the New York Times, "I want to come home, be with my kids, just kick back and watch TV and I can't do it unless I take some sort of sedative to slow me down."
He goes on to explain it is hard to stay relevant in the industry, while striking a balance with his personal life.
He continues, "If you're not banging the drums, making noise in this industry, nobody's looking at you. Nobody's listening."
Organisers behind the Insane Clown Posse's annual Gathering of the Juggalos festival have been accused of failing to pay vendors who provided services at this summer's (13) event. Bosses at the rap duo's Psychopathic Records Inc. firm staged the bash at the Hog Rock Campground in Illinois in August (13), drawing an estimated 10,000 people for a week of music and entertainment.
However, cheques issued as payment to several vendors have reportedly bounced, and a donation made to the local Hardin County Sheriff's Office to cover the cost of new protective vests and Taser guns could not be cashed either, according to Sheriff Jerry Fricker.
One disgruntled vendor, Patrick Gail of Event-Tex, has even issued a warning about Psychopathic Records to others in the industry after their payment for $54,000 (£36,000) for supplying power generation and distribution didn't come through.
Gail's email statement reads: "In conversation with many of the other vendors who were contracted for the event, it has been learned that none of them have been paid. The total amount owed from our discussions with the vendors exceeds $300,000."
Executives at Psychopathic Records have yet to comment on the dispute.
It's the second time Insane Clown Posse have hit headlines this week (ends20Sep13) - on Wednesday (18Sep13), it emerged that the hip-hop stars had been named in a wrongful termination lawsuit from their former publicist amid allegations of harassment.
Rappers Insane Clown Posse have been slapped with a wrongful termination lawsuit from their former publicist amid allegations of harassment. Andrea Pellegrini, who also served as the duo's lawyer, claims she was "mocked" and "belittled" and became "the subject of sexual advances" at the band's Psychopathic Records offices in Michigan, adding she was fired after reporting the acts to label bosses.
Pellegrini has listed a series of reported incidents in her court papers, dating from 2009 to her termination in November, 2012, including a number of run-ins with label employee Dan Diamond, aka Dirty Dan.
She alleges Diamond would "yell and demean" her on a "regular basis" and call her a "b**ch", while he would often make inappropriate sex comments towards her her and gifted her with sex toys.
Pellegrini goes on to claim that she was asked to do "illegal and/or unethical things" during her employment, including sourcing automatic submachine guns for a photo shoot.
Both rappers Joseph Bruce, aka Violent J, and Joseph Ulster, aka Shaggy 2 Dope, have been named in the lawsuit, alongside Diamond, company president William Dail and Pellegrini's former supervisor, Robert Bruce.
She is demanding compensation for emotional distress, pain and suffering, in addition to legal fees and medical expenses.
A police investigation has been launched after a gig-goer was found dead at Insane Clown Posse's Gathering of the Juggalos festival on Friday (09Aug13). The body of the 24-year-old man was discovered in a tent at the event in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois on Friday, according to Thesouthern.com.
The publication reports the local coroner and Illinois State Police are investigating whether the death was drugs-related.
The news comes as another festival death was reported in the U.K..
An 18-year-old woman died after attending the Boomtown Fair, near Winchester in England, headlined by acts including Arrested Development.
The girl fell sick at the event and was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital. Police are not treating the death as suspicious.
Fashion Week is upon us around the world. In fact, as we speak, fashion designers and supermodels have converged in Germany for Berlin Fashion Week. And if you think the Milan and Paris haute couture shows get wild, you haven't seen anything yet.
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Much of what was shown on the runway at the women's shows was beautiful and decidedly not crazy. But it was the men who really turned it out. Derek Zoolander, beware. The fine cashmere glove has been slapped and you've been challenged to a walk-off.
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Here’s a little something that the beautiful people of Hollywood haven’t really figured out yet: Tattoos. Are. Permanent.
This is just a humble suggestion, but if you’re going to use a needle to forever brand a symbol or a phrase into your skin, you should probably double-check the spelling first. It’s embarrassing enough when you send a misspelled tweet into the blogosphere, but if you’ve imprinted an incorrect message into your body, well, you’re just a special kind of dumb.
So, who’s the latest celebrity to fall victim to a tattoo faux pas? That would be miss Ashley Greene. The Twilight actress recently tweeted a picture of the newest body ink on her foot that reads, “Lifes a dance.” That’s lovely and all, but Greene clearly was not paying attention in second grade when apostrophes were introduced. Luckily Greene can easily add an apostrophe to her message, making it "Life's a dance" and avoiding an arrest by the grammar police.
However, there are a handful of other celebrities whose misspelled tattoos are not so easily fixed. Read on for all the ink errors!
Celebrity: Christina Aguilera:
What She Wanted: A tattoo of her former husband Jordan Bratman’s initials on her arm in Hebrew.
What She Got: The scrawled characters combined to read “12,” not “J.B."
Our Opinion: Now that she and Bratman are divorced, she’s probably relieved that her ex’s initials were incorrect in the first place. In other news, why is Aguilera wearing so much body glitter in that picture? It wasn't taken in 2002.
What She Wanted: The phrase “rebellious flower” printed on her neck in French.
What She Got: The cursive script reads “Rebelle Fleur,” which does not follow the French grammatical rule that the adjective should be placed after the noun. Literally translated, her tattoo means “Flower Rebel.” The singer claims that’s exactly what she wanted.
Our Opinion: Rihanna is never one to own up to her mistakes. One quick look at her recent Twitter pics can tell you that. She Chris Brown can bond over their shared love of horrible tattoos.
What He Wanted: To pay tribute to the Insane Clown Posse with a tattoo on his bicep.
What He Got: The tat reads “Jugalo Cool” and is one “G” short of actually spelling juggalo correctly. Coolio claims that the spelling error was done on purpose and he has no plans to correct it.
Our Opinion: Even if the tattoo had been spelled correctly, who really wants a juggalo tattoo?
Celebrity: Hayden Panettiere
What She Wanted: “Live Without Regret” down the side of her back in Italian.
What She Got: The tattoo reads, “Vivere senza rimipianti.” Looks cool, right? Too bad there’s an extra “i” in “rimpianti.” Panettiere has admitted that she knows the word is misspelled, but because she can’t always see the tattoo it doesn’t bother her.
Our Opinion: We don’t care if the tattoo is on your back and you can’t see it every day. That’s like walking around with a giant "kick me" sign on your back and being too lazy to take it off. One quick check in Google Translator could’ve prevented the whole thing.
Which celebrity do you think has the biggest body ink mistake? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!
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Guy Fieri just can't catch a break this week. Not only did the Food Network personality, who looks like what would happen if a member of the Insane Clown Posse forgot to put on their makeup but definitely remembered to go shopping at Hot Topic, get slammed by the New York Times in their review of his new Times Square restaurant — a scathing critique that went viral and forced the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives host to go on the defense — causing droves of people to eat there out of morbid curiousity, but he also can't even make the grade as a Saturday Night Live parody anymore.
As expected, cast member Bobby Moynihan pulled out his brilliant, spot-on imitation of the "celebrity" "chef" in the wake of the Fieri takedown. But rather unexpectedly, the appearance was nowhere to be seen. Moynihan played Fieri for a Weekend Update bit during the Jeremy Renner-hosted episode over the weekend, but the moment didn't make it to air. Luckily for Fieri fans everywhere (ironic or otherwise), NBC has released the dress rehearsal sketch online and the laughs and one-liners are completely full throttle.
How or why this was cut during a week in which the entire Internet collectively gathered to make fun of him was baffling (as was the decision to cut a bona fide crowd pleaser during a very rocky episode), especially when it featured some new Fieri-inspired catch phrase gems like: "Reading is how the eyes eat!", "I look like I'm playing the sun in a school play," "If you come in expecting Le Cirque, than you're a la jerk." While this appearance wasn't nearly as strong as some of Moynihan's older attempts, it's not nearly as bad as "comparing apples and fat dirt."
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The wildman actor took to the main stage to host the event in Illinois but his appearance was met with fury by music fans, who were quick to show their displeasure by launching plastic bottles at the bemused former Two and a Half Men star.
Remarking that he "should have worn my f**king goggles", Sheen eventually left the stage to make way for the next musical act on the bill of the four-day rap and wrestling event.
Speaking ahead of Sheen's appearance, Violent J - a member of Insane Clown Posse, who organised the annual festival - said, "Even when you're Charlie Sheen status, somebody that's seen it all, you've still never seen anything like the Gathering. There's nothing like it. I think Juggalos won't be respected until 20 years after they're done. Everybody will look back on it and say, that was great. That was history."
With no new releases from Lars Von Trier, Werner Herzog, David Lynch, David Cronenberg or Richard Kelly, 2010 projected to be a down, if not disastrous year for the WTF Awards – our annual celebration of the most bizarre, baffling, head-scratching and cringe-worthy moments in cinema. Thankfully, the filmmaking community, as it has always done in times of crisis, rallied to fill the void left by the absence of these WTF titans, providing us with an abundance of examples worthy of honor with the Frank Trophy. The Frankie (so named for the beloved character from Donnie Darko) may not be the most prestigious award in Hollywood, but it is undoubtedly the tallest.
This year's winners:
Most Surprising Hit: Alice in Wonderland
That Tim Burton’s CGI confection was a hit is not a surprise; that it grossed over a billion dollars worldwide – enough to rank sixth all-time -- is. Goth and emo kids, it seems, have access to significantly more disposable income than anyone previously thought. And they appear to be multiplying. Time to start building that shelter – and buying Hot Topic stock.
Most Inexplicable Flop: The Tourist
Plenty of films disappointed at the box office last year – 2010’s total tally was the lowest in 12 years – but none boasted the star power (Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp!) and sexy, exotic locales (Paris! Venice!) of The Tourist. Then again, the same combination also failed Eat Pray Love. Perhaps directing and screenwriting still matter after all.
Best Inadvertent Horror Flick: Tie –
The Nutcracker 3D – A children’s movie that triggers instantaneous terror among most children who see it? Sounds pretty darn hilarious to me. Which is why I don’t have kids.
Sex and the City 2 – Four solipsistic ghouls marauding across the Middle East, leaving dignity, good taste and America’s reputation throughout the Islamic world in their gruesome menopausal wake. Eli Roth can only dream of this kind of revulsion.
Movie Whose Mere Existence May Prompt You to Consider Ending Yours: The Bounty Hunter
On the plus side, whenever someone at a party questions the difficulty of a job that entails watching movies for a living, I can now effectively silence them with just three words.
Most Superbly Crafted Film I Never Want to See Again: Black Swan
So prodigious are director-sadist Darren Aronofsky’s abilities to unnerve that even the presence of a Natalie Portman/Mila Kunis girl-on-girl sex scene fails to inspire repeat viewings of his critically-acclaimed camp freakout. Aronofsky achieved the same feat with his nails-on-blackboard brilliant Requiem for a Dream, in which even a fully nude Jennifer Connelly couldn’t ease the existential dread.
Movie That Could Only Have Come Out of Scandinavia: Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
Leave it to those freaky Fins to re-imagine Santa Claus as a child-abducting, reindeer-slaughtering monster served by a corps of naked, shriveled elves. Jalmari Helander’s coffee-black comedy is perfect entertainment for tots not sufficiently traumatized by The Nutcracker 3D.
Most Egregious Bait-and-Switch: The American
As much as I enjoyed Anton Corbijn’s avowedly minimalist take on the quintessential “one last job” tale, I couldn’t help but feel for moviegoers who, lured by the film’s somewhat misleading marketing, went to see it expecting a polished popcorn thriller more worthy of an A-lister like George Clooney. Instead they got a spare, melancholy art flick, albeit one with a surfeit of nudity.
Most Disturbing “Love” Scene: Splice
Adrian Brody’s mad genetic scientist enjoys a drunken dalliance with Dren, the androgynous (and uncomfortably hot) offspring of his unholy experiments, in a scene glazed with just enough sensuality by director Vincenzo Natali to make our discomfort visceral. That the creature’s jambalaya genome includes bits of his own DNA as well as that of several other animals, qualifying the act as both incest and bestiality, is the icing on the cringe-cake.
Most Dubious Marketing Tagline: “From the Mind of M. Night Shyamalan” – Devil
Best WTF Cameo: Ed Corbin (The Bear Man), True Grit
In one of the film’s most memorable scenes, Mattie Ross and Rooster Cogburn enjoy an awkward exchange with a hulking figure, clad in a bear suit and towing a corpse, who inquires in a creepy drawl as to whether either of them require medical attention. The scene wasn’t in Charles Portis’ source novel; it’s purely a creation of the Coen Brothers, whose yen for quirky peripheral characters is unmatched.
The George Lucas Award for Achievement in Legacy Dismantling: Kevin Smith
At first heralded as the voice of a generation and an inspiration to aspiring indie auteurs, the Clerks director has since degenerated into a just another Hollywood hack, reaching his creative nadir in 2010 with his buddy-cop flop, Cop Out. As a fan of his early work, I’m sad to see that he’s essentially become the Insane Clown Posse of filmmakers: amateurish, puerile, gimmicky, and a joke to everyone outside his army of inexplicably devoted followers.
Most Disconcerting Movie Trend: The Live-Action Comedy Famine
While animated comedies continued their profitable reign in 2010, their live-action counterparts were rejected en mass by moviegoers. Part of this can be explained by the dearth of quality titles; the rundown of rom-coms in particular -- Leap Year, The Bounty Hunter, Killers, When in Rome, The Switch, How Do You Know, et al -- reads like a to-do list at Guantanamo, and Little Fockers is now routinely invoked in pagan rituals to summon the fertility demon Naberus. But what’s more distressing is that the better comedies, like Easy A, Get Him to the Greek, MacGruber, and Hot Tub Time Machine, struggled to find audiences as well.
WTF Performer of the Year: James Franco
Let’s be honest: Any year in which Nicolas Cage makes a film is a year in which he wins this award. The man owns this category like Wilt Chamberlain owned the paint. As such, like Chamberlain, his dominance has inspired a rule change: In the interest of variety, the award will henceforth be known as the “Nicolas Cage Award for Achievement in WTF Performance.”
In 2010, no other actor dazzled, confused and, indeed, nauseated us as much as James Franco. His artistic output – from creative writing to cross-dressing photo shoots to Funny or Die shorts to big-budget cameos to his continued run on General Hospital -- was nothing short of baffling. And the strangest thing is, it all paid off. Among other accolades, he’s received his first Oscar nomination for his performance as arm-severing bicyclist Aron Ralston in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours.
Whichever agents negotiated Franco’s pact with Satan have earned their 5%.
WTF Movie of the Year: Splice
Human Centipede’s grotesqueries, while numerous and undoubtedly WTF-worthy, were of a strictly intestinal variety. Splice’s approach was much more holistic: It not only churned your stomach; it skull-f*cked your id. This is the kind of boldly batsh*t filmmaking for which the WTF Awards were invented. Congratulations to director Vincenzo Natali; we hope this helps ease the disappointment of losing out at the Teen Choice Awards.
The Crash hunk served as guest host on Saturday's (17Apr10) episode of the hit sketch show and proved he wasn't afraid to don drag to draw laughs, dressing up in a short blonde wig and a skin-tight unitard to play muscly weightlifter Olivia Newton Cougar Mellencamp.
He also showed his street credibility as a B-boy in a segment inspired by dance-off movie You Got Served, while he portrayed one half of fictional rap duo Thrilla Killa Klownz in another music sketch parodying the Insane Clown Posse.
And Phillippe wrapped up his appearance on the show by wishing his father a very special birthday.
After thanking the cast and crew for welcoming him onto Saturday Night Live, he turned to the camera and said, "I've had the best week. Happy Birthday dad!".