Nicki Minaj is making a young superfan's dreams come true after a U.S. basketball player began an online campaign to help the cancer patient meet the rapper. Washington Wizards star John Wall launched a drive to bring the pair together after hearing the story of Miyah, a five-year-old girl suffering from Burkitt's lymphoma.
According to MTV.com, the youngester has wanted to meet the Starships hitmaker for a while, so Wall decided to call on Minaj via social media in an effort to make the little girl's dream come true.
He took to his Instagram and Twitter.com pages to campaign for the celebrity meeting, with the hashtags #HelpMiyahMeetNicki and #PinkWigForMiyah, and even posted a video and photo of himself with Miyah on the basketball court.
His efforts worked, as Minaj then took to her own Instagram account, and reposted Wall's photo, along with the caption, "Hi Miyah!!!! Let's see what we can come up with for a pretty little princess."
In an interview with The Washington Post, Wall lauds Minaj for her eagerness to meet Miyah, and says, "I knew Minaj had a caring heart, and when she had an opportunity to see it or read about it, I knew she'd reach out as soon as she could... You never want to miss an opportunity to put a smile on a kid's face."
Gun to my head, I might be able to say something positive about 300: Rise of an Empire. In a vacuum, I suppose I'd call its aesthetic appealing, its production value impressive, or its giant rhinos kind of cool. But these elements cannot be taken alone, embroidered on a gigantic patch of joyless pain that infests your conscious mind from its inceptive moments on.
It's not so much that the 300 sequel fails at its desired conceit — it gives you exactly what it promises: gore, swordplay, angry sex, halfwit maxims about honor and manliness and the love of the fight. It's simply that its desired conceit is dehumanizing agony. Holding too hard and too long to its mission statement to top its Zack Snyder-helmed predecessor in scope, scale, and spilled pints of blood, Noam Murro's Rise of an Empire doesn't put any energy into filtering its spectacular mayhem through whatever semblance of a humanistic touch made the first one feel like a comprehensive movie.
Now, it's been a good eight years since I've seen 300, and I can't say that I was particularly fond of it. But beneath its own eye-widening layer of violence, there was a tangible idea of who King Leonidas was, what this war meant, and why Sparta mattered. No matter how much clumsy exposition is hurled our way, all we really know here is that there are two sides and they hate each other.
When Rise of an Empire asks us to engage on a more intimate level, which it does — the personal warfare between Sullivan Stapleton (whose name, I guess, is Themistokles) and Bad Guy Captain Eva Green (a.k.a. Artemisia) is founded on the idea that she likes him, and he kind of digs her (re: angry sex), and they want to rule together, but a rose by any other name and all that — we're effectively lost. With characters who don't matter in the slightest, material like this is just filler between the practically striking battle sequences.
But when the "in-between material" is as meaningless as it is in Rise of an Empire, the battles can't function as much more than filler themselves. Filler between the opening titles and closing credits. A game of Candy Crush you play on the subway. Contemptfully insubstantial and not particularly fun, but taking place nonetheless.
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Without even a remote layer of camp — too palpably absent as Rise of an Empire splashes its screen with so much human fluid that "The End" by The Doors will start to play in your head — there's no victory in a movie like this. No characters to latch onto, no story to follow, no joy to be derived. Yes, it might be aesthetically stunning (and really, that's where the one star comes in... well, half a star for that and half for the giant rhinos), but the marvel of its look shrinks under the shadow of the painful vacancy of anything tolerable.
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Celebrity publicist Max Clifford used his closeness to some of the world's biggest stars to "bully" teenage girls into performing sex acts on him, a London court has heard. Clifford, whose most famous clients have included Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Muhammad Ali, and Simon Cowell, is accused of assaulting seven young females aged between 14 and 19.
It is alleged he seduced them by bragging of his closeness to celebrities before committing sex attacks on them during a string of incidents dating back to the mid-1960s.
One woman claims she was 14 years old when Clifford, then aged in his 20s, groped her in his car after telling her, "If you want to see the stars, this is what you have got to do."
The jury at London's Southwark Crown Court was told another alleged victim, who claims she was abused by Clifford at the age of 15 after meeting him during a trip to Spain, wrote him a letter 35 years after the attack, in which she stated, "You took pleasure in degrading me... You abused me, you hurt me, upset me, and you are a vile and horrible man."
It was also alleged Clifford flattered young women by claiming he could land them roles in a Bond movie or on U.S. TV, and would later phone them pretending to be Hollywood moguls such as producer Aaron Spelling or director Michael Winner.
Prosecutor Rosina Cottage, QC, told the jury Clifford treated his company offices as his "own sexual fiefdom" and said, "The defendant used his contact with famous people to bully and manipulate these young people into sexual acts with him... As the years went by, he got away with his behaviour, he must have thought he was untouchable and no doubt thought no one would complain and, if they did, they would not be believed...
"This evidence shows that the defendant would not care about age and the propriety of his behaviour. He had no fear of using the names of famous directors and producers who he may never even have met, let alone have any business dealings with."
Clifford, of Surrey, England, denies 11 charges of indecent assault between 1966 and 1984.
The trial continues.
Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva has reportedly filed documents in her bankruptcy case requesting to only pay five per cent of her total debt. The Russian songwriter filed for bankruptcy last month (Feb14), declaring she has $438,000 (£262,590) in debts, most of which stems from the legal fees she ran up during her bitter custody battle against Gibson over their young daughter Lucia in 2011.
And in legal documents obtained by editors at TMZ.com, Grigorieva claims she can only afford to hand over $372 (£223) per month to repay her debts, but under that schedule, it would take nearly a hundred years to wipe the slate clean.
She is now asking a judge to clear her debt after she's paid $22,320 (£13,351), or five per cent of her total debt.
The court has yet to rule on her new plea.
Singer Marc Anthony is fighting back against his ex-wife's demand for an increase in her monthly child support payments, despite revealing he earns a massive $1.25 million (£781,250) a month. Former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres filed court papers in November (13), demanding Anthony boost her regular $13,000 (£8,125) instalments to $112,000 (£70,000) as his salary had changed dramatically since they settled their divorce and custody issues in 2004.
She claimed the lack of adequate funds meant she had to sell her previous home and move with their young sons Cristian and Ryan into a cramped apartment in the San Fernando Valley in California, instead of live in luxury like his twins with Jennifer Lopez do.
However, the salsa star has hit back, insisting Torres is to blame for her own financial issues as she has allegedly failed to manage her funds properly.
In the legal documents, Anthony reveals he pays Torres a total of $28,416 (£17,760)-a-month for spousal and child support, which should be more than enough to pay for a comfortable home.
The court papers required the singer to detail his monthly salary, which he listed as $1.25 million, while he also claimed he is worth $20.8 million (£13 million), according to TMZ.com.
Anthony, who makes millions from touring, his clothing line with U.S. department store Kohl's, and his stake in the Miami Dolphins American football franchise, also detailed his child support expenses for his kids with Lopez, which amount to $18,000 (£11,250)-a-month.
He wed Lopez shortly after his divorce from Torres was finalised in 2004, but the superstar couple split in 2011.
A comedian who shares Eddie Murphy's last name is suing the star for defamation. Brando Murphy claims the Shrek star is trying to wreck his stand-up career by stating the young comic looks and acts like him onstage.
He alleges members of his famous namesake's entourage have issued death threats and he is suing Eddie for $50 million (£31.3 million).
The more-famous Murphy's attorney, Marty Singer, tells TMZ.com, "This is an absolutely ridiculous lawsuit, and we are confident it will be immediately dismissed by the court."
Veteran British DJ Dave Lee Travis has told of his disappointment as he faces a retrial on sex abuse charges, branding the case a "nightmare". The former BBC Radio stalwart was told by officials on Monday (24Feb14) that he will be tried again on charges of indecent assault and sexual assault after a jury failed to reach a verdict earlier this month (Feb 14).
He was cleared of 12 charges relating to alleged sex attacks on women as young as 17 dating back to the 1970s but the jury was split over a further count of indecent assault and one of sexual assault, which stems from an alleged incident in 2008.
Speaking after the announcement, Lee Travis, 68, says, "I told you that I had been through 18 months of a nightmare and apparently I was wrong, because the nightmare is now going to go on. All I can say is that this whole thing started when I was 67 and I am just hoping that it's going to end by the time I am 80."
The DJ is due back in court in London next month (Mar14).
Veteran British DJ Dave Lee Travis will face a retrial on charges of indecent and sexual assault. Earlier this month (Feb14), the 68-year-old entertainer was found not guilty of 12 charges relating to alleged sex attacks on women as young as 17 dating back to the 1970s.
However, the jury failed to reach a verdict on a further count of indecent assault - relating to an alleged attack on an actress backstage at a pantomime between November 1990 and January 1991 - and one of sexual assault, which stems from an alleged incident during an interview with a female journalist in 2008.
Prosecutors have now confirmed Lee Travis will be retried on the two charges.
The decision was announced during a hearing at Southwark Crown Court in London on Monday (24Feb14).
Lee Travis has been bailed until 28 March (14) when he is due back in court for another hearing.
Troubled rapper Chief Keef has completed his court-ordered stint in a California rehab centre and returned to his native Chicago, Illinois. The 18 year old, real name Keith Cozart, was ordered to enrol in a 90-day treatment programme in November (13) after violating the terms of his probation by testing positive for marijuana. He had been ordered to stay sober after pleading guilty to a charge of speeding following an arrest last May (13).
He initially checked in to the Promises celebrity clinic in Malibu, California, but moved to the Wavelengths Recovery facility in Orange County in December (13) in a bid to get away from the paparazzi.
Keef has since completed his sentence and he headed back to Chicago this week (begs17Feb14) to visit his young daughter.
He is due to appear before a Chicago judge for a progress hearing next week (28Feb14), but his lawyer tells TMZ.com the star is not planning to stick around - he wants to set up home in Los Angeles in the near future so he can focus on his music career.
Keef has already returned to work - he was granted special visits to the recording studio during his treatment and recently revealed he had detailed his experiences in a new song, titled F**k Rehab.
Singer/actor Tyrese Gibson has asked a judge to re-evaluate his custody situation with his ex-wife Norma after she allegedly refused him visitation with their young daughter on Tuesday (11Feb14). The Fast Five star called police to Norma's home in North Hollywood, Los Angeles after the altercation, but eventually agreed to leave without six-year-old Shayla.
His representative has since addressed the incident, which was first reported on TMZ.com, claiming Gibson has been experiencing a number of problems with his ex and has filed court papers to have their custody arrangements re-assessed.
A statement issued to UsMagazine.com reads: "Norma Gibson, Tyrese's ex-wife, denied him a court custodial order with their daughter Shayla on Feb. 11, 2014. Tyrese arrived to pick up Shayla and was denied access by her mother. Mr. Gibson called the police to the scene, and Mrs. Gibson called TMZ.
"Sadly, this is not the first time this has happened. This has been an ongoing saga."
The publicist reveals the two parties are due to meet in court for a custody hearing later this month (Feb14).
The statement continues, "Tyrese filed a 730 (custody) evaluation with the courts in 2013, and the family will face a court-sanctioned evaluation this month. Hopefully this will end this ridiculous feud and Shayla can return to a comfortable environment."
The former couple split in 2009 after two years of marriage.