The Scott Weiland look-alike who fooled Los Angeles police into thinking he was the real rocker, used to front a Stone Temple Pilots cover band. Jason Michael Hurley was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and shoplifting razors last month (Jul14), and told police he was Weiland.
The news that the former Stone Temple Pilots frontman has been behind bars for weeks hit the media last week, prompting police chiefs to double check their facts - only to discover they had incorrectly identified the man arrested.
Now, Alternative Nation is reporting that Hurley had experience acting the part as Weiland - he once fronted a tribute band named Stone Tempered Pilots.
The real Weiland has responded to false reports about his arrest and incarceration, stating, "I just got done (sic) reading something very interesting, a nice piece of fiction from TMZ, saying that I was in jail and had been for four (weeks). I've actually been touring, writing and recording my new album. Yeah, this is the studio we're in right now. So all I have to say to our fans is whether you find it funny or interesting or whether you're sad, don't worry, don't fret, it's a lie. TMZ, you'll be hearing from my attorneys."
Police bosses performed a "physical check" when the story about Weiland's arrest first appeared and they confirmed the rocker was in their custody, but they later issued an apology after performing an FBI fingerprint check.
Police in California have confirmed Scott Weiland has been at the centre of a major mix-up after a man claiming to be the rocker was locked up on a drugs charge. On Thursday (21Aug14), reports emerged suggesting the former Stone Temple Pilots star had been jailed on charges of methamphetamine possession and burglary.
Police subsequently revealed the singer had been behind bars for a month following his arrest on 26 July (14), but after seeing the story, Weiland, 46, spoke out to insist he is not in jail and has not been arrested.
In a video posted on his website, the star said, "Hi this is Scott Weiland... I just got done reading something very interesting, a nice piece of fiction... that says I was in jail... I have actually been touring, writing and recording my new album. This is the studio we are in right now, a Los Angeles studio... All I want to say to fans is... Don't worry, don't fret, it's a lie."
Officials at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department have now confirmed the confusion was sparked by a man who identified himself as Weiland at the time of his arrest, according to TMZ.com.
The website reports the suspect has now been identified through fingerprint analysis as Jason Michael Hurley, 44, and he is now facing an additional charge of providing false information.
One of the rare gems we've seen hit the single-digit channels since the turn of the millennium, The Office, actually sported a ton of directors you've more than likely heard of. Some of them were already famous upon helming an episode or two of the NBC mockumentary, others were pinned at the starting line of what has proved to be a rocket-fueled race to stardom. Here are a few great film directors who, as you may or may not know, worked on The Office from time to time:
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Episodes Directed: "Hot Girl."But You Know Her for: The generation-defining Jane Austen adaptation Clueless, plus the Look Who's Talking movies and European Vacation.
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Episodes Directed: "A Benihana Christmas," "Safety Training," "Beach Games," and "The Delivery - Part 2."But You Know Him for: Some of the most iconic comedies from the past 35 years — Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Vacation, and Groundhog Day among them. And as far as acting goes, we'll remember him always as Egon Spengler.
Episodes Directed: "Business School" and "Beach Wars."But You Know Him for: It's true that offbeat television work like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly is what got Whedon on the map, but he is now one of the most prominent voices in blockbuster cinema thanks to, if nothing else, The Avengers and the upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Episodes Directed: "Moving On."But You Know Him for: Another member of the Marvel family, Favreau's biggest films are certainly Iron Man and Iron Man 2, though we celebrate his smaller fare: Made, Elf, and 2014's delightful Chef.
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Episodes Directed: "Manager and Salesman."But You Know Him for: Jumping over to the other side of the comic book game, we find Webb's Amazing Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man 2. But before partnering up with Peter Parker (or even joining forces with Michael Scott), Webb helmed the neo-rom com (500) Days of Summer.
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Episodes Directed: "Cocktails."But You Know Him for: Whedon's only rival on this list in terms of blockbuster influence, Abrams is of course the man behind Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, as well as the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.
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Episodes Directed: "Koi Pond."But You Know Him for: Though Hudlin has spent most of his time directing television in recent years, the dawn of his career gave us two early '90s cult favorites: the Kid 'n Play comedy House Party and Eddie Murphy's Boomerang.
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Episodes Directed: "Local Ad" and "Frame Toby."But You Know Him for: That irreverent fast-paced serio-comedic style we saw in Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air, and (the best of the lot) Young Adult. He also did Labor Day, but we don't have to talk about that one.
Episodes Directed: "Work Bus."But You Know Him for: Not directing, but acting. Cranston became a household name thanks to his starring role as Walter White on the unforgettable Breaking Bad.
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Episodes Directed: And we have a winner! Feig directed 14 episodes of The Office, including "Office Olympics," "Halloween," "Performance Review," "E-Mail Surveillance," "Survivor Man," "Dinner Party," "Goodbye, Toby," "Weight Loss," "The Surplus," "Moroccan Christmas," "New Boss," "Dream Team," "Niagara," "Goodbye, Michael."But You Know Him for: Bridesmaids, of course, plus The Heat... and the legion of exciting projects he has in the works, like a spy comedy, a gay rom com, and (potentially) an all-female Ghostbusters III. And although we're focusing on movie credits here, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention his greatest contribution to pop culture of all: Freaks and Geeks.
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La Bamba star Lou Diamond Phillips is to make his Australian stage debut in the royal role that helped launch his theatre career almost 20 years ago. The actor will replace Jason Scott Lee in the Melbourne production of The King & I.
A torn calf muscle has forced Lee to withdraw from the show.
Reports suggest Phillips flew in to start rehearsals on Monday (30Jun14), and he'll hit the stage as the King of Siam, opposite Lisa McCune, on 10 July (14).
Phillips made his Broadway debut as The King in 1996, opposite Donna Murphy. Phillips played the role for more than 550 performances and won a Theatre World Award. He was also nominated for both a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award.
The actor cannot wait to hit the stage when the show opens, stating, "I am honoured to once again inhabit the role of The King... I have great passion and respect for the role and am especially excited to bring my interpretation to a new continent."
The news comes a day after it was announced Japanese actor Ken Watanabe would be making his Broadway debut in a revival of the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein musical about the real-life relationship between the King of Siam and a British schoolteacher, who he enlists to tutor his wives and children.
It’s ironic for a show with such a great format, amazing challenges, and a generally insane season to have a finale that feels like a chore. This season of Ink Master was epic. Scott Marshall was a trash-talking mercenary set on winning the seasonal competition. He enlisted Matti Hixson in an attempt to get Sausage eliminated, but instead Sausage made it to the top two. He was talented, quiet, and a generally nice guy. Frontrunner Halo got eliminated despite being sure he’d make it to the finals. Three people had breakdowns. Returning contestant, Kyle Dunbar trashed a fellow artist for freaking out then physically attacked judge, Chris Nunez. All that, and there was a freaking appearance by Hugh Jackman. But this finale felt crammed with so much wasted time.
After years as a rock star, Dave Navarro is not afraid of anything. Especially cutting people off on a reality show. This season finale didn’t opt for juicy reality TV moments. Whenever things would get really tense, Navarro would cut everyone off. They took time to read real tweets including one that accused the judges of favoritism in the Scott vs. Sausage beef. Given the large number of boos from the audience, this may be the case. They also were pretty short when they talked to past contestants. Halo was cut off despite having a debate with another contestant about how he “played the game.” He was one of four former contestants who even said anything.
We were also robbed of the whole point we were there. This is a competitive reality show. We didn’t get a chance to see any elapsed footage of the elaborate 35-hour back pieces getting done. Instead we saw them as sketches and saw them completed. Viewers were asked to vote before even getting the chance to really look over these pieces or hear the judges critiques. Plus, anyone anxiously awaiting the return of Kyle Dunbar to see what he had to say it was cut off. He was a favorite to win but was a bit all over the place all season. Rather than hear what he had to say for himself he got cut off.
Instead of hearing from the former contestants, seeing the current participants working, or even hearing what the judges had to say we got to watch Season 3 winner Joey Hamilton live-tattooing. But honestly, by the time he’s in the studio and they’re filming he’s just adding details. The tattoo doesn’t look particularly different at any point that the show cuts to him. Also, there was more time discussing the format for Season 5 than spending any time with the cast. Season 5 will revolve around rivals and bring back Season 3 rivals Joshua Hibbard and Jason Clay Dunn. We didn’t really need a reel of them fighting to add any excitement to this finale.
In the end, Scott wins amid boos from the audience. It isn’t clear why he won and from Twitter it seemed like Sausage was a favorite. But it’s pretty funny that they did close to the same tattoo. It was a great season and the final pieces really were of equal intensity. However, this finale was overly saturated with product placement, had undefined relationship lines, and seemed both rushed and too long.
Pop star Kylie Minogue, Jason Derulo and British singers Ed Sheeran and John Newman were among the performers at Australia's top TV awards ceremony in Melbourne on Sunday night (27Apr14). The four stars all took to the stage during the 2014 Logie Awards, along with Australian singer Tina Arena and U.S. duo MKTO, with Derulo kicking off the show at the Crown Casino in Melbourne.
Minogue returned to the podium after her performance to present the night's top honour, the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on TV, to small screen veteran Scott Cam.
Other big winners on the night included Elizabeth Moss' crime drama Top of the Lake, which was named Most Outstanding Mini-series Or Telemovie, and Redfern Now, which landed Most Outstanding Drama Series.
Newlywed actress Asher Keddie topped off a sensational month by collecting two Silver Logies, for Most Outstanding Actress and Most Popular Actress, just weeks after she married her artist boyfriend in Fiji.
Following the show, Minogue faced a backlash on Twitter.com from fans who claimed the pop star had mimed her performance of her new single I Was Gonna Cancel, but the singer hit back at the criticism by insisting she was singing live.
She writes in a post on the social networking website, "Yes, we did something different and YES, I was singing live."
Acting newcomer Aubrey Peeples has been handed the task of bringing cult 1980s' cartoon Jem And The Holograms to life in a new live-action movie. Last month (Mar14), G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu revealed he had teamed up with Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun and Insidious producer Jason Blum to revive the classic kids' show, which was based on the popular Hasbro toyline of the same name.
Now they have cast Nashville actress Peeples in her movie debut, starring as lead character Jerrica Benton and her rock star alter ego Jem, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Her bandmates will be played by another crop of relative newcomers - Disney actress Stefanie Scott, The Fosters' Hayley Kiyoko and Lost star Harold Perrineau's daughter Aurora Perrineau, who has previously appeared on TV drama Pretty Little Liars.
Chu, Braun and Blum have also been accepting audition videos from aspiring actors online in a bid to fill other roles in the movie.
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal gave onlookers an eyeful while filming mountain thriller Everest in Rome, Italy over the weekend (08-09Mar14) after disrobing for a nude scene. The bearded star, who portrays real-life adventurer Scott Fischer in the film, was photographed completely naked during one take, with just a small piece of black material taped to his crotch to cover his manhood.
The movie is based on author Jon Krakauer's book Into Thin Air, which documents the tragic 1996 Mount Everest disaster that claimed the lives of eight climbers, including Fischer, and left several others stranded.
Krakauer himself was a survivor of the tragedy.
Zero Dark Thirty star Jason Clarke will play Hall, while Josh Brolin is also part of the cast.
Gyllenhaal is no stranger to stripping off on camera - he previously disrobed for Brokeback Mountain and Love and Other Drugs.
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Hollywood is cyclical. People shift in and out of importance all the time. Orange Is the New Black is responsible for the return of Natasha Lyonne, Kate Mulgrew, and Jason Biggs. It’s also set to bring back Point Break star Lori Petty. Betty White and Joan Rivers are also having a major career resurgence. Peter Scolari is on Girls. Angela Bassett is on American Horror Story. People are popping back into the limelight all the time. Here are a few nominations of actors that need to step back into center stage.
GALLERY: 14 Actors We Must Rescue From Obscurity
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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