U.S. reality TV star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino has been ordered to attend 12 weeks of anger management for assaulting his brother. Sorrentino was arrested last month (Jun14) following an altercation at the Boca Tanning Club in New Jersey. He was charged with simple assault and released on $500 (£294) bail after the fight.
On Monday (28Jul14), the former Jersey Shore star accepted a plea deal involving anger management and the judge also ruled that if he completed the programme successfully, the assault charge would be dropped to disorderly conduct, according to TMZ.com.
U.S. reality TV star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino is facing legal action from his own lawyer for allegedly failing to pay his bill. Mike Sorrentino and his brother Marc have been hit with legal papers by their attorney Richard Wolfe, who claims they owe him $29,000 (£17,058) in fees from 2009 to 2013.
In documents obtained by TMZ.com, Wolfe alleges the brothers gave him two cheques for $2,000 (£1,176) on two separate occasions, but one was cancelled and the other bounced back.
Wolfe is seeking damages for the faulty cheques on top of the $29,000.
U.S. reality TV star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino has been charged with assault following an alleged altercation at a tanning salon. The former Jersey Shore castmember was arrested on Tuesday (17Jun14) at his family-owned Boca salon in New Jersey following reports of a fight.
Sorrentino, 31, was detained and charged with simple assault. He was later released on a $500 (£313) bail bond.
Police spokesman Detective Lieutenant Stephen Dollinger tells the Los Angeles Times, "At approximately 2:10 p.m, our officers responded to a 911 call at the Boca tanning salon in reference to a fight in progress. Upon arrival, the officers arrested Mike Sorrentino for simple assault. He was processed and released after posting $500 bail."
A court hearing had yet to be scheduled as WENN went to press.
Former Jersey Shore star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino is returning to reality TV with his own show. His new docu-series is titled The Sorrentinos, a programme featuring his tight-knit family based in New Jersey, including his mother, sister and two brothers.
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With so many different awards organizations announcing their nominations one after the other, it's difficult to remember how heavily to weigh each one's picks when filling out your Oscar pool sheet. Generally speaking, the BAFTAs are a fairly safe guide when it comes to the Best Picture category. Since 2008, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts has accurately predicted the Academy's top winners, with (even more impressively) only two discrepancies in Best Picture nominations throughout those five years (both in 2012, interestingly enough). Looking at this latest batch of BAFTA's chief nominees — which includes...
American Hustle,Captain Phillips,Gravity,Philomena,and 12 Years a Slave
— we're not especially surprised by any of the films included in as much as we are a bit displaced over the absence of one of this past year's biggest titles: The Wolf of Wall Street. By now, everyone with his ear close to the conversation is predicting that Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave is a lock for the Best Picture Oscar, but the consideration rarely comes without honorable mention of Martin Scorsese's Wolf. Still, the satirical picture is far from awards fodder. Called far too "extreme" for the Academy's liking, the 3-hour tour de force of mortifying hedonism would be a far cry from an Oscar even without the competition of 12 Years. Instead, as suggested by BAFTA's list of Best Picture nods, organizations are leaning towards the safer, sweeter, more palatable, less controversial, and effectively less good spiritual counterpart to Wolf of Wall Street: American Hustle.
Hustle is a fine movie all its own — it's fun, dynamic, well-acted, and does indeed feel "lived in." But it falls shy of the artistic reach represented by fellow con man epic Wolf, to which comparisons are inevitable (you can hear a terrific discussion on the matter on the latest episode of Fighting in the War Room). While we'd be hard pressed to deny David O. Russell's funny, campy, emotionally charged picture its due recognition of quality, the choice to nominate it for Best Picture over Wolf of Wall Street seems like a statement of fear: "We don't want to nominate that large, messy, outrageous picture that's got everybody all in a huff," mutters a nervous BAFTA. "But what about the one with the hair? That's sorta like Wolf of Wall Street, but cleaner. Jolly good!"
The choice is a scary one, if only that it suggests the possibility that BAFTA has veered away from Wolf of Wall Street due to the volatility associated with the movie rather than due to the quality therein. By this token, would a few more Armond Whites have robbed 12 Years a Slave of its nomination? How about a few more Neil deGrasse Tysons stealing the nod from Gravity?
Hopefully, the Academy will not emulate this aversion to Scorsese's movie — one that more than deserves mention, and would even take home a few trophies in a just system. Peruse the rest of BAFTA's nominations below (which also, obscenely, omit Her in the Original Screenplay category) and share your thoughts on the matter.
BEST FILM12 YEARS A SLAVE Anthony Katagas, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueenAMERICAN HUSTLE Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, Jonathan GordonCAPTAIN PHILLIPS Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De LucaGRAVITY Alfonso Cuarón, David HeymanPHILOMENA Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward
DIRECTOR12 YEARS A SLAVE Steve McQueenAMERICAN HUSTLE David O. RussellCAPTAIN PHILLIPS Paul GreengrassGRAVITY Alfonso CuarónTHE WOLF OF WALL STREET Martin Scorsese
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYAMERICAN HUSTLE Eric Warren Singer, David O. RussellBLUE JASMINE Woody AllenGRAVITY Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás CuarónINSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Joel Coen, Ethan CoenNEBRASKA Bob Nelson
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY12 YEARS A SLAVE John RidleyBEHIND THE CANDELABRA Richard LaGraveneseCAPTAIN PHILLIPS Billy RayPHILOMENA Steve Coogan, Jeff PopeTHE WOLF OF WALL STREET Terence Winter
LEADING ACTORBRUCE DERN NebraskaCHIWETEL EJIOFOR 12 Years a SlaveCHRISTIAN BALE American HustleLEONARDO DICAPRIO The Wolf of Wall StreetTOM HANKS Captain Phillips
LEADING ACTRESSAMY ADAMS American HustleCATE BLANCHETT Blue JasmineEMMA THOMPSON Saving Mr. BanksJUDI DENCH PhilomenaSANDRA BULLOCK Gravity
SUPPORTING ACTORBARKHAD ABDI Captain PhillipsBRADLEY COOPER American HustleDANIEL BRÜHL RushMATT DAMON Behind the CandelabraMICHAEL FASSBENDER 12 Years a Slave
SUPPORTING ACTRESSJENNIFER LAWRENCE American HustleJULIA ROBERTS August: Osage CountyLUPITA NYONG’O 12 Years a SlaveOPRAH WINFREY The ButlerSALLY HAWKINS Blue Jasmine
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILMGRAVITY Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman, Jonás CuarónMANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM Justin Chadwick, Anant Singh, David M. Thompson, William NicholsonPHILOMENA Stephen Frears, Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward, Jeff PopeRUSH Ron Howard, Andrew Eaton, Peter MorganSAVING MR. BANKS John Lee Hancock, Alison Owen, Ian Collie, Philip Steuer, Kelly Marcel, Sue SmithTHE SELFISH GIANT: Clio Barnard, Tracy O’Riordan
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCERCOLIN CARBERRY (Writer), GLENN PATTERSON (Writer) Good VibrationsKELLY MARCEL (Writer) Saving Mr. BanksKIERAN EVANS (Director/Writer) Kelly + VictorPAUL WRIGHT (Director/Writer), POLLY STOKES (Producer) For Those in PerilSCOTT GRAHAM (Director/Writer) Shell
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGETHE ACT OF KILLING Joshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge SørensenBLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR Abdellatif Kechiche, Brahim Chioua, Vincent MaravalTHE GREAT BEAUTY Paolo Sorrentino, Nicola Giuliano, Francesca CimaMETRO MANILA Sean Ellis, Mathilde CharpentierWADJDA Haifaa Al-Mansour, Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul
DOCUMENTARYTHE ACT OF KILLING Joshua OppenheimerTHE ARMSTRONG LIE Alex GibneyBLACKFISH Gabriela CowperthwaiteTIM’S VERMEER Teller, Penn Jillette, Farley ZieglerWE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS Alex GibneyANIMATED FILMDESPICABLE ME 2 Chris Renaud, Pierre CoffinFROZEN Chris Buck, Jennifer LeeMONSTERS UNIVERSITY Dan Scanlon
ORIGINAL MUSIC12 YEARS A SLAVE Hans ZimmerTHE BOOK THIEF John WilliamsCAPTAIN PHILLIPS Henry JackmanGRAVITY Steven PriceSAVING MR. BANKS Thomas Newman
CINEMATOGRAPHY12 YEARS A SLAVE Sean BobbittCAPTAIN PHILLIPS Barry AckroydGRAVITY Emmanuel LubezkiINSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Bruno DelbonnelNEBRASKA Phedon Papamichael
EDITING12 YEARS A SLAVE Joe WalkerCAPTAIN PHILLIPS Christopher RouseGRAVITY Alfonso Cuarón, Mark SangerRUSH Dan Hanley, Mike HillTHE WOLF OF WALL STREET Thelma Schoonmaker
PRODUCTION DESIGN12 YEARS A SLAVE Adam Stockhausen, Alice BakerAMERICAN HUSTLE Judy Becker, Heather LoefflerBEHIND THE CANDELABRA Howard CummingsGRAVITY Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin, Joanne WoodlardTHE GREAT GATSBY Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn
COSTUME DESIGNAMERICAN HUSTLE Michael WilkinsonBEHIND THE CANDELABRA Ellen MirojnickTHE GREAT GATSBY Catherine MartinTHE INVISIBLE WOMAN Michael O’ConnorSAVING MR. BANKS Daniel Orlandi
MAKE UP & HAIRAMERICAN HUSTLE Evelyne Noraz, Lori McCoy-BellBEHIND THE CANDELABRA Kate Biscoe, Marie LarkinTHE BUTLER Debra Denson, Beverly Jo Pryor, Candace NealTHE GREAT GATSBY Maurizio Silvi, Kerry WarnTHE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Peter Swords King, Richard Taylor, Rick Findlater
SOUNDALL IS LOST Richard Hymns, Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor, Micah Bloomberg, Gillian ArthurCAPTAIN PHILLIPS Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, Chris Munro, Oliver TarneyGRAVITY Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri, Chris MunroINSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Peter F. Kurland, Skip Lievsay, Greg OrloffRUSH Danny Hambrook, Martin Steyer, Stefan Korte, Markus Stemler, Frank Kruse
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTSGRAVITY Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould, Nikki PennyTHE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric ReynoldsIRON MAN 3 Bryan Grill, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Dan SudickPACIFIC RIM Hal Hickel, John Knoll, Lindy De Quattro, Nigel SumnerSTAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton, Patrick Tubach, Roger Guyett
BRITISH SHORT ANIMATIONEVERYTHING I CAN SEE FROM HERE Bjorn-Erik Aschim, Friederike Nicolaus, Sam TaylorI AM TOM MOODY Ainslie HendersonSLEEPING WITH THE FISHES James Walker, Sarah Woolner, Yousif Al-Khalifa
BRITISH SHORT FILMISLAND QUEEN Ben Mallaby, Nat LuurtsemaKEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES Megan Rubens, Michael Pearce, Selina LimORBIT EVER AFTER Chee-Lan Chan, Jamie Stone, Len RowlesROOM 8 James W. Griffiths, Sophie VennerSEA VIEW Anna Duffield, Jane Linfoot
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Gathering with family and friends during the holidays often involves watching TV. But what you watch can vary and changes quickly so here's a game to try during the holiday season. This game is valid during the week before Thanksgiving all the way until New Year's. Follow the guide for a fun time.
Bring out the good stuff — it doesn't matter as long as it's high quality — if Home Alone is on. Savor that alcohol the same way Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) enjoys his cheese pizza and awful Christmas dinner. (You are allowed to get drunk off fine liquor if The Good Son, starring young Culkin, is on and you see the scene in which the boy says, "don't f—k with me.") Why get drunk? Just 'cause, it's the holidays.
Crack one open if you're watching a commercial and a celebrity endorses a product. Peyton Manning could get you in a lot of trouble.
If you're flipping through the channels and an animated holiday movie is on, knock one back. Yes, The Nightmare Before Christmas counts.
Any time you see a black and white film playing, pour a glass. It's A Wonderful Life is guaranteed to be on during the holidays.
Spiked egg nog
Here comes another guarantee: indulge in this festive treat whenever a football game is on. Between the NFL and college football, there are games every night (and day) of the week.
If you happen to be watching a movie or TV show in which scenes take place in cold weather, pop a bottle. It must be cold, a simple nighttime scene won't do. Example, in True Lies, outside the snowy castle at the beginning when the security guard asks Arnold Schwarzenegger to see his invitation. And Arnold responds, "Sure, here’s my invitation." Arnold then detonates a bomb with a cool cigarette case. Yeah, cold-weather scene, enjoy your beverage.
Malt liquor / skunky beer
If you're monetarily challenged and all you can afford is King Cobra or some other swill, you're still allowed to play this game. To match your horrible alcohol, take some swigs every time you realize dumb reality TV stars are having a much better holiday season than you. You hear that, Farrah Abraham and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, people are killing their brain cells because apparently, you guys were born without them.
Mix and match
Any time you put on a DVD or Blu-ray, get creative with your drinking. Try Patrón with original Gatorade (don't forget plenty of ice).
Reality TV star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino is facing a federal investigation into his finances. The probe centres on the former Jersey Shore castmember's three businesses - MPS Entertainment, Situation Productions and his clothing line, Situation Nation.
Sorrentino's publicist confirmed the investigation in a statement, which reads: "Michael Sorrentino is fully aware that the U.S. Attorney's office has issued subpoenas for records relating to several businesses he owns.
"Although the nature and the scope of the investigation is not clear at this time, Sorrentino fully expects that when all the facts are revealed, no further action will be taken."
Sorrentino rose to fame during the six seasons of the hit MTV reality series, and last year (12), came in fourth place on the U.K.'s Celebrity Big Brother.
MTVDespite her obvious lack of vocal prowess and complete absence of charisma, Paris Hilton's first stab at becoming a pop star wasn't the total car crash everyone expected. Indeed, in the hands of somebody less obnoxious, the breezy reggae of "Stars Are Blind" and pulsing electro-pop of "Nothing In This World" would probably have been much bigger hits. However, her recently unveiled comeback single, "Good Time," a Lil Wayne-assisted slice of trash-pop even more vacuous than her reality TV persona, suggests that her 2006 effort may have been a fluke. But despite its sheer awfulness, it's not the worst track to emerge from an E! channel regular. Here's a look at five other pop disasters released by 'stars' who should have stuck to being famous for doing nothing.Kim Kardashian – "Jam (Turn It Up)"The most high-profile Kardashian shares next to nothing in common musically with Kanye West judging by this braindead attempt to jump aboard the EDM-pop bandwagon in 2011. Following its dismal reception, she hasn't stepped foot inside the studio again.Heidi Montag – "Higher"It's not clear what's worse here. The Hills' star’s wafer thin tones, the cheesy synth-pop production which sounds like it's escaped from an '80s exercise VHS or the tragically low-budget beach-themed video directed by her super-creepy other half Spencer Pratt.Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino – "The Situation"Drenching his vocals in so much AutoTune that he makes T-Pain sound organic, the virtually unrecognisable Jersey Shore regular added rapper to his list of non-talents with this terribly misguided venture into hip-hop.Tila Tequila – "Stripper Friends"Showcasing the same sense of elegance and class that made A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila such a tasteful watch, the 'jack of all trades but master of none' once again bypassed any notion of subtlety with this typically tacky cover of Aimee Allen's stripper anthem.Ali Lohan – "All The Way Around"Despite the overwhelming apathy towards her 2006 Christmas album, Living Lohan star Ali continued to persevere with her pop career. But this limp and hopelessly generic attempt at synth R&B was never going to help her step outside the shadow of her jailbird sister.
U.S. reality TV star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino sank so low in his battle with prescription drug addiction, he was unable to get out of bed and dress himself. The former Jersey Shore star enrolled in rehab last year (13) after becoming hooked on painkillers following an injury on TV talent contest Dancing With The Stars.
He has since kicked the habit using counselling and specialist medication, and now he has detailed the moment he realised he needed help.
Sorrentino tells the Associated Press, "All I had to do was get dressed for a family function and I couldn't do that. The shirt was laid out, the belt, the pants, everything. The shower was on. I couldn't even get out of bed. (I thought) 'If I can't do that how am I going to continue?'...
"People would say, 'Mike's not the same Mike we've seen before.' (I was like) I don't know what they're talking about... I was suffering a disease."
However, Sorrentino is adamant his addiction did not extend to alcohol or harder drugs: "Those rumours were definitely false. I didn't mix anything."
He adds of his recovery, "The roller coaster of fame and fortune is definitely a ride in itself but to get to recovery is something special... There is hope out there and you can get help."
Jersey Shore star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino has lost a trademark infringement battle against bosses at top U.S. clothing brand Abercrombie & Fitch. The reality TV regular was offered $10,000 (£6,452) in 2011 to stop wearing the label's fashions on the MTV show, with company executives fearing the association with Sorrentino could cause "significant damage" to the firm's image.
Sorrentino took offence to the claims and fired off a cease-and-desist letter to A&F chiefs, demanding they remove shirts baring the phrase "The Fitchuation" because it violated his trademark.
His lawyers argued that he should be paid for the violation, while alleging that their client was exploited by being publicly asked to stop wearing the popular casual wear.
However, a Florida judge has ruled against Sorrentino, insisting the reality star did not offer The Situation branded apparel until after A&F came out with parody T-shirts making fun of his nickname, and adding that the items did not cause confusion to the public.