Puerto Rican rapper/singer Don Omar received a reprieve in his domestic abuse case on Monday (29Sep14) when a judge modified the terms of his house arrest. The Dale Don Dale hitmaker was taken into custody in Puerto Rico amid allegations he threatened his 26-year-old partner Rebeca Lopez at a home in the Vega Alta neighbourhood last month (Sep14).
He was subsequently slapped with multiple counts of domestic violence and weapons charges and was released on $600,000 (£375,000) bail.
Omar was also placed on house arrest, but on Monday a judge ruled he would be able to leave his home from 7am to 8pm Monday through Saturday, but he would have to remain inside every Sunday.
Lopez was not present at the hearing, but she has indicated she has no plans to pursue legal action against Omar, suggesting the incident has been blown out of proportion.
However, prosecutors are still pursuing the case stating, "The interest of the state is to continue with the case."
The next court hearing is scheduled for 14 October (14).
Don Omar's girlfriend is keen to drop domestic abuse charges filed against the Reggaeton star following an altercation between them last week (ends19Sep14). The rapper/singer, real name William Omar Landron Rivera, was taken into custody in his native Puerto Rico amid allegations he threatened his 26-year-old partner Rebeca Lopez at a home in the Vega Alta neighbourhood.
He was subsequently slapped with multiple counts of domestic violence and weapons charges and was released on $600,000 (£375,000) bail, but now Lopez has made it clear she has no plans to pursue the legal action.
In a Facebook.com post earlier this week (begs22Sep14), Lopez suggests the incident has been blown out of proportion and she regrets the negative impact the arrest has had on Omar's reputation.
She wrote, "I feel too much pressure and cannot stand for one more day what this has become. I cannot afford to hurt some (one) I love, much less interfere with his career, for which he has independently fought for.
"We all make mistakes and my heart will not let me. Inside me there is only forgiveness. I cannot continue with this process."
Reports suggest Lopez's aunt informed police of her decision to drop charges on Tuesday (23Sep14), but she will still have to appear in court on Monday (29Sep14), when Omar will face the accusations.
Reggaeton star Don Omar has been slapped with multiple counts of domestic violence and weapons charges following an arrest on Wednesday (17Sep14). The Puerto Rican rapper/singer, real name William Omar Landron Rivera, was taken into custody amid allegations of threatening his 26-year-old girlfriend at a home in the Vega Alta neighbourhood.
He has since been charged with two counts of abuse and two counts of threatening a person, while he is also facing two further charges of weapons possession and using a firearm to point at someone.
Police spokesman Angel Mariani tells the Associated Press the charges relate to a string of recent incidents, although specific details have yet to be released.
Omar walked free from custody late on Wednesday after posting $600,000 (£375,000) bail. He is due back in court on 29 September (14).
His representative has yet to comment on the legal trouble.
Puerto Rican rapper/singer Don Omar has been arrested amid allegations of domestic violence. The Reggaeton star, real name William Omar Landron Rivera, was taken into custody in the early hours of Wednesday (17Sep14) at a home in the Vega Alta neighbourhood.
He stands accused of threatening his 26-year-old girlfriend.
Reports suggest Omar, 36, was still behind bars as WENN went to press.
A kids’ movie without the cheeky jokes for adults is like a big juicy BLT without the B… or the T. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted may have a title that sounds like it was made up in a cartoon sequel laboratory but when it comes to serving up laughs just think of the film as a BLT with enough extra bacon to satisfy even the wildest of animals — or even a parent with a gaggle of tots in tow. Yes even with that whole "Afro Circus" nonsense.
It’s not often that we find exhaustively franchised films like the Madagascar set that still work after almost seven years. Despite being spun off into TV shows and Christmas specials in addition to its big screen adventures the series has not only maintained its momentum it has maintained the part we were pleasantly surprised by the first time around: great jokes.
In this third installment of the series – the trilogy-maker if you will – directing duo Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath add Conrad Vernon (director Monsters Vs. Aliens) to the helm as our trusty gang swings back into action. Alex the lion (Ben Stiller) Marty the zebra (Chris Rock) Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) are stuck in Africa after the hullaballoo of Madagascar 2 and they’ll do anything to get back to their beloved New York. Just a hop skip and a jump away in Monte Carlo the penguins are doing their usual greedy schtick but the zoo animals catch up with them just in time to catch the eye of the sinister animal control stickler Captain Dubois (Frances McDormand). And just like that the practically super human captain is chasing them through Monte Carlo and the rest of Europe in hopes of planting Alex’s perfectly coifed lion head on her wall of prized animals.
Luckily for pint-sized viewers Dubois’ terrifying presence is balanced out by her sheer inhuman strength uncanny guiles and Stretch Armstrong flexibility (ah the wonder of cartoons) as well as Alex’s escape plan: the New Yorkers run away with the European circus. While Dubois’ terrifying Doberman-like presence looms over the entire film a sense of levity (which is a word the kiddies might learn from Stiller’s eloquent lion) comes from the plan for salvation in which the circus animals and the zoo animals band together to revamp the circus and catch the eye of a big-time American agent. Sure the pacing throughout the first act is practically nonexistent running like a stampede through the jungle but by the time we're palling around under the big top the film finds its footing.
The visual splendor of the film (and man is there a champion size serving of it) the magnificent danger and suspense is enhanced to great effect by the addition of 3D technology – and not once is there a gratuitous beverage or desperate Crocodile Dundee knife waved in our faces to prove its worth. The caveat is that the soundtrack employs a certain infectious Katy Perry ditty at the height of the 3D spectacular so parents get ready to hear that on repeat until the leaves turn yellow.
But visual delights and adventurous zoo animals aside Madagascar 3’s real strength is in its script. With the addition of Noah Baumbach (Greenberg The Squid and the Whale) to the screenwriting team the script is infused with a heightened level of almost sarcastic gravitas – a welcome addition to the characteristically adult-friendly reference-heavy humor of the other Madagascar films. To bring the script to life Paramount enlisted three more than able actors: Vitaly the Siberian tiger (Bryan Cranston) Gia the Leopard (Jessica Chastain) and Stefano the Italian Sealion (Martin Short). With all three actors draped in European accents it might take viewers a minute to realize that the cantankerous tiger is one and the same as the man who plays an Albuquerque drug lord on Breaking Bad but that makes it that much sweeter to hear him utter slant-curse words like “Bolshevik” with his usual gusto.
Between the laughs the terror of McDormand’s Captain Dubois and the breathtaking virtual European tour the Zoosters’ accidental vacation is one worth taking. Madagascar 3 is by no means an insta-classic but it’s a perfectly suited for your Summer-at-the-movies oasis.
Theatrics slapstick and cheer are cinematic qualities you rarely find outside the realm of animation. Disney perfected it with their pantheon of cartoon classics mixing music humor spectacle and light-hearted drama that swept up children while still capturing the imaginations and hearts of their parents. But these days even reinterpretations of fairy tales get the gritty make-over leaving little room for silliness and unfiltered glee. Emerging through that dark cloud is Mirror Mirror a film that achieves every bit of imagination crafted by its two-dimensional predecessors and then some. Under the eye of master visualist Tarsem Singh (The Fall Immortals) Mirror Mirror's heightened realism imbues it with the power to pull off anything — and the movie never skimps on the anything.
Like its animated counterparts Mirror Mirror stays faithful to its source material but twists it just enough to feel unique. When Snow White (Lily Collins) was a little girl her father the King ventured into a nearby dark forest to do battle with an evil creature and was never seen or heard from again. The kingdom was inherited by The Queen (Julia Roberts) Snow's evil stepmother and the fair-skinned beauty lived locked up in the castle until her 18th birthday. Grown up and tired of her wicked parental substitute White sneaks out of the castle to the village for the first time. There she witnesses the economic horrors The Queen has imposed upon the people of her land all to fuel her expensive beautification. Along the way Snow also meets Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) who is suffering from his own money troubles — mainly being robbed by a band of stilt-wearing dwarves. When the Queen catches wind of the secret excursion she casts Snow out of the castle to be murdered by her assistant Brighton (Nathan Lane).
Fairy tales take flack for rejecting the idea of women being capable but even with its flighty presentation and dedication to the old school Disney method Mirror Mirror empowers its Snow White in a genuine way thanks to Collins' snappy charming performance. After being set free by Brighton Snow crosses paths with the thieving dwarves and quickly takes a role on their pilfering team (which she helps turn in to a Robin Hooding business). Tarsem wisely mines a spectrum of personalities out of the seven dwarves instead of simply playing them for one note comedy. Sure there's plenty of slapstick and pun humor (purposefully and wonderfully corny) but each member of the septet stands out as a warm compassionate companion to Snow even in the fantasy world.
Mirror Mirror is richly designed and executed in true Tarsem-fashion with breathtaking costumes (everything from ball gowns to the dwarf expando-stilts to ridiculous pirate ship hats with working canons) whimsical sets and a pitch-perfect score by Disney-mainstay Alan Menken. The world is a storybook and even its monsters look like illustrations rather than photo-real creations. But what makes it all click is the actors. Collins holds her own against the legendary Julia Roberts who relishes in the fun she's having playing someone despicable. She delivers every word with playful bite and her rapport with Lane is off-the-wall fun. Armie Hammer riffs on his own Prince Charming physique as Alcott. The only real misgiving of the film is the undercooked relationship between him and Snow. We know they'll get together but the journey's half the fun and Mirror Mirror serves that portion undercooked.
Children will swoon for Mirror Mirror but there's plenty here for adults — dialogue peppered with sharp wisecracks and a visual style ripped from an elegant tapestry. The movie wears its heart on its sleeve and rarely do we get a picture where both the heart and the sleeve feel truly magical.