The Backstreet Boys' Chicago, Illinois concert on Friday night (02Aug12) was shut down by venue bosses before the band could complete their set. Singer Kevin Richardson claims he and his bandmates were five minutes from completing the show at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island when the power was cut and the group was asked to conclude its set.
In a video posted on the band's Facebook.com page on Saturday (03Aug13), he said, "We got shut down five minutes shy of the finish line, so we're so frustrated, and we're going to figure out how to make this right."
Venue bosses have since released a statement attempting to explain their actions which reads, "As has always been the case, the Backstreet Boys production is unlike anything else on the road. Getting this new, state of the art show ready, however, caused the doors to be delayed and the beginning of the show to be pushed back.
"FirstMerit Bank Pavilion has a strict curfew of 11:00 PM. Given the artist was running behind on setting their production up, the show had to end before the set could be finished.
"Venue management worked with the artist to complete their show within the allotted time and, when the show exceeded the curfew, the artist was asked to conclude the show."
The Backstreet Boys have been banned from recording a chat with their incarcerated former manager Lou Pearlman for a new documentary. The grown-up boy band hope to take fans on a trip through their history in the new film project and they thought an interview with Pearlman, behind bars would be a vital part of their story - but prison bosses ruled they could not take cameras to jail.
Kevin Richardson explains, "For the documentary we reached out to the prison and we were gonna... go in and chat about everything because we talk about him (and) he's obviously a part of our history... but we couldn't get it done. The prison wouldn't allow it."
Pearlman, who discovered the group, was sentenced to serve 25 years behind bars in 2008 after he was convicted of conspiracy and money laundering as part of a long-running Ponzi scheme.
The pop star admits filming the documentary and collating videos and information for the project has been a lot of fun, and he cannot wait for fans to see it.
He adds, "It was like therapy filming it."
Now that he's beyond the age of propriety for suspended-adolescence comedies like Waiting... and Van Wilder, Ryan Reynolds is in hot pursuit of his new niche. He failed, and quite dismally, at the superhero genre (with Green Lantern falling short of everybody's hopes and expectations), and didn't do much to impress in the realm of the straight up crime thriller (playing opposite Denzel Washington in Safe House). Reynolds, gifted with superhuman smarm, belongs in comedy. As such, it would seem that R.I.P.D. is the perfect fit for the newly action-oriented frontman, a melding of his blossoming lust for adventure and his age old proclivity for cracking wise.
But it's at least an hour into the fantastical feature before Reynolds makes his first joke. And it's a joke about skull-f**king, for goodness' sake. Playing a newly deceased Boston lawman charged with protecting the Earth from ghoulish "deados" (departed humans who refuse to leave the planet, infecting everything around them with their toxic aura), Reynolds broods his whole way through R.I.P.D., wishing only to reunite with his beloved wife Julia (Stephanie Szostak) and exact revenge on his partner/murderer (Kevin Bacon). Adherent to his Beantown copper protocol and his inability to accept his fate, Reynolds' Nick is a joyless character whose goat is repeatedly gotten by his partner, deado-hunter veteran Old West cowboy Roysephus "Roy" Pulsifer (Jeff Bridges), the film's real jokester.
In fact, Reynolds seems to be playing a conglomerate of all of the victims of his snark in films past: an agitated, no-nonsense straight man who laments his sidekick's inability to shut his trap. As Roy yammers on endlessly, much to Nick's chagrin, those who approached this film hoping to see the Reynolds we know and love will feel a bit short-changed: where are the wisecracks? The cocky charm? Why isn't he the one being told to shut up? An odd choice that seems, more than anything else, like a wasted opportunity, when so much of R.I.P.D. passes by sans laughter despite its possession of this comically-inclined star.
The backdrop of the film, however, is painted vividly with a sense of humor — an important element, mind you, considering the fact that the extremely complex mythology of R.I.P.D. is absolutely senseless. Men and women from all eras are charged with staving off damnation by joining the Rest in Peace Department, which has been around since about 1954 and drops its officers into entirely different human bodies during their earthly tours. Meanwhile, the deados (once emancipated from their human bodies and transformed into their ghoulish, ghastly new figures), can be seen by all as they run rampant through the streets, killing plants and destroying electronics with their "deadly stench," and wreaking general mayhem... yes, people see these monsters, but they don't seem to be too concerned by them.
There are a lot of things that you're best left not thinking about when it comes to R.I.P.D., but there aren't enough laughs to keep you from thinking about them. Bridges' cowboy character isn't much of a hoot, Mary Louise Parker's phantom executive is the dead-eyed opposite to the maniac she plays in this weekend's other release, Red 2 (somewhere in between, we might have a real person), and Reynolds is shockingly joyless from beginning to end. Except for that skull-f**k joke. So, if that's your speed...
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Backstreet Boys star Kevin Richardson wasted no time in introducing his new baby boy to the world - he posted a photo of his six-year-old son Mason cradling two-day-old Maxwell Haze on Twitter.com on Friday (12Jul13).
Backstreet Boys star Kevin Richardson is a dad again following the birth of his second child on Wednesday (10Jul13). The singer and his wife Kristin welcomed a baby boy, who weighed in at a "stout" nine pounds, eight ounces (4.3 kilograms).
The proud dad took to his Facebook.com page to announce the happy news, writing, "Special delivery! Another Richardson boy... Maxwell Haze Richardson decided to join the party. Love! Love! Love!"
Maxwell joins his six-year-old big brother Mason, and becomes the sixth baby born to the members of the Backstreet Boys - Howie Dorough has two kids, Brian Littrell one and A.J. McLean's firstborn, daughter Ava Jaymes, arrived in November (12).
Rapper Lil Scrappy has kicked his addiction to marijuana after a successful stint in a rehabilitation facility. The hip-hop star, real name Darryl Kevin Richardson II, voluntarily checked into a treatment centre in Atlanta, Georgia, in May (13) to seek professional help for his habit after allegedly failing a court-ordered drug test.
On Saturday (29Jun13), he was released from rehab and his attorney Mawuli Mel Davis insists Lil Scrappy has changed his ways.
Davis tells TMZ.com his client will even begin mentoring teens in the coming weeks, adding, "Scrappy has had time to reflect, read, and write. He is now drug and alcohol free."
"If you do have a little space, you do get along better." Backstreet Boys star Kevin Richardson insists having separate tour buses helps to keep the band together now they all hit the road with their families.
Rapper Lil Scrappy has entered a rehabilitation facility to kick his addiction to marijuana. The hip-hop star, real name Darryl Kevin Richardson II, checked into a treatment centre in Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday (30May13) and will remain there until a court hearing on 16 June (13).
Earlier this week (29May13), it emerged Scrappy voluntarily decided to seek professional help for his habit after he allegedly failed a court-ordered drug test.
The 29 year old stands accused of violating his probation, which stems from a 2008 pot possession charge.
You know what's larger than life? The Backstreet Boys holding and feeding pandas, that's what.
Why are the Backstreet Boys feeding pandas, you ask? They're doing it because I want it that way — and also because they're touring overseas for the band's 20th anniversary. While performing in China on their In A World Like This tour, Nick, Brian, Kevin, Howie, and A.J. visited the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Quit playing games with our hearts, Backstreet Boys. You know we can't handle it when you do adorable things like this.
In addition to touring, the boys are coming out with a brand new album, also called In A World Like This, which will be released on July 30, 2013.
A new album, a new tour, and pandas? Backstreet's back, alright?
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Rapper Lil Scrappy is preparing to check himself into a rehabilitation centre after revealing his addiction to marijuana is "out-of-control". The hip-hop star, real name Darryl Kevin Richardson II, is facing probation violation allegations after he submitted a cold urine sample in March (13) and then refused to take a second test, amid speculation the original one had been tampered with.
He spent a night in jail in April (13) over the incident, which relates to his probation from a 2008 pot possession charge, and he failed another drug test during a court hearing in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this month (May13).
Now Scrappy is planning to seek professional treatment in a bid to kick his habit and help him avoid "longer-term trouble".
He says, "I'm not just trying to cure the feeling for right now. There's no good in it. The only good I get out of it is the feeling for the time being. After that, it's trouble right after that."
Scrappy has also learned to take responsibility for his actions and he insists he's serious about giving up pot: "I don't blame the judicial system for me being in my situation. I've put all fingers on myself. I have a willpower that God blessed me with, but I wasn't able to use it because of my addiction."
The 29 year old is planning to enter a drug treatment facility before his next court date in early June (13).