Major Crimes star Graham Patrick Martin is seeking police help after an imposter posted hateful messages on Twitter.com in his name. The mystery faker created a profile on the microblogging site in Martin's name and made it appear as his official account.
The user sent more than a hundred vile, insensitive messages to the actor's fans and girlfriend, according to TMZ.com, and Martin is now concerned for his reputation and wants the Los Angeles Police Department to step in.
Officials at Twitter.com shut down the account but a new one has since appeared. Police officers are attempting to trace the imposter.
Novelist Bel Kaufman has died, aged 103. The school teacher-turned-author passed away on Friday (25Jul14) at her home in New York City.
Kaufman is best known for her best-selling 1965 book Up the Down Staircase, which told the story of a disillusioned English tutor, and was made into a 1967 movie starring Sandy Dennis and Patrick Bedford.
The novel spent 64 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list and shifted more than six million copies.
Kaufman only wrote one more book, 1979's Love, Etc., which failed to replicate the success of Up the Down Staircase.
Watchmen star Patrick Wilson has dealt the producers of new Marvel film Ant-Man another blow by exiting the project. He joins Matt Gerard and Kevin Weisman as part of an exodus that began when director Edgar Wright left in May (14) due to creative differences.
Peyton Reed was hired to replace Wright last month (Jun14).
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter scheduling conflicts led to Wilson's departure.
Paul Rudd is attached to star in the superhero project, which will also feature Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly.
Actor Neil Patrick Harris has landed a role in the new American Horror Story series after writing to creator Ryan Murphy and asking for a part.
The former How I Met Your Mother star, who is currently starring on Broadway in Hedwig & the Angry Inch, recently told Entertainment Weekly Radio that he had penned a request note to Murphy, suggesting himself for upcoming series, Freak Show.
He said, "I wrote a letter to Ryan asking if I can be in it, even though I wasn't even available to be in it. To do one that involves any kind of freak, circus nonsense is going to be so unsettling to watch."
Murphy caught wind of the radio chat and has since responded to Harris via Twitter, writing, "@ActuallyNPH of course you can be on Freak Show! I have a role I think you'd love."
Harris previously worked with Murphy in an episode of Glee, for which he won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2010.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's actor son Patrick has landed a spot in designer Tom Ford's new campaign for his Fall 2014 collection. The 20 year old strikes a pose in a chic black turtleneck and jacket in an advertisement alongside model Gigi Hadid, who dons oversized sunglasses and a calf-hair animal print coat.
Duncan Sheik and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's American Psycho musical is set to hit New York after a sold-out run in London's West End. The adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' controversial 1991 novel will open off-Broadway for previews in February (15) and will officially open a month later.
American Psycho premiered at London's Almeida Theatre in December, 2013, with former Doctor Who Matt Smith making his stage debut as serial killer Patrick Bateman.
Singer/actress Demi Lovato is speaking out in favour of marriage equality in a new video for the Human Rights Campaign. The Skyscraper hitmaker has long supported the fight for gay rights and she recently went public with her personal connection to the cause, revealing her late grandfather was gay.
Now Lovato has signed on as the new face of the Americans for Marriage Equality initiative for the civil rights organisation.
In the 45-second clip, she says, "I believe that love comes in all different shapes, sizes and colours. So whether you're LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) or straight, your love is valid, beautiful and an incredible gift...
"Please join me in supporting the majority of Americans who support marriage equality."
Lovato isn't the first celebrity to lend her voice to the HRC's cause - Bryan Cranston, Julianne Moore, Kristen Bell, Robert De Niro and Neil Patrick Harris have all previously fronted ads to push for the legalisation of same-sex marriage across the U.S.
Gay marriage is currently legal in 19 of America's 50 states.
Outrageous U.S. radio personality Anthony Cumia has been fired for making "hate-filled remarks" on social media. SiriusXM bosses have axed the Opie and Anthony host after he posted a series of racist remarks on Twitter earlier this week (beg30Jun14).
A statement from Patrick Reilly, the senior vice-president of communications at the satellite radio company, reads: "SiriusXM has terminated its relationship with Anthony Cumia of the Opie & Anthony channel. The decision was made, and Cumia informed, late Thursday, July 3 after careful consideration of his racially-charged and hate-filled remarks on social media.
"Those remarks and postings are abhorrent to SiriusXM, and his behavior is wholly inconsistent with what SiriusXM represents."
Defiant Cumia has since taken to Twitter.com to blast his former bosses, writing, "Sirius decided to cave and fire me. Welcome to bizarro world. Fired for s**t that wasn't even on the air & wasn't illegal."
The posts that landed him in trouble revolved around an alleged attack - Cumia claimed an African-American woman targeted him while he was out and about in New York City.
Now that the halfway mark has hit between the dawn of a hopeful 2014 and the inevitable exasperated gasp of relief that another year of harrowing grief is finally over, we're inclined to look back on the past six months of cinematic glory. First, we set our sights to the best performances of the year, both leading and supporting. Next, we turned to movie scenes and moments. And finally, we take on the big guns: the best movies we've seen so far this year, listed below in alphabetical order. Check 'em out, and see which ones sound worth catching up on.
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BORGMANA mysterious vagabond makes himself at home on the property of a posh, rapidly fissuring Danish family. "All is not what it seems" to the nth degree.As a bonus: The film's proclivity to tease its viewers for their inevitable search for answers to its mysteries.
BOYHOODThe life of a boy as he grows from age six to 18. More of a poem about the bounties of life and presence than a traditional narrative, and unlike any other film you'll see.As a bonus: The eventual realization that you've been looking at life all wrong, but that it's not too late to find a new kind of existential harmony.
THE DOUBLECrippled by his anxieties, Jesse Eisenberg is tossed into a dark and comical existential whirlwind when he meets a man who looks just like him (also Jesse Eisenberg, naturally) but acts the exact opposite.As a bonus: The engaging debates following the movie about whether or not director Richard Ayoade is just ripping off Terry Gilliam.*The Double made our Best Performances list for Jesse Eisenberg, but we'd also like to give special props to Wallace Shawn for his hilariously dimwitted boss.
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTELAt the dawn of the Third Reich in Eastern Europe, the consierge of an esteemed luxury hotel in sets off on a wild caper, his lobby boy in tow, when he is suspected of murder.As a bonus: Finally getting a Wes Anderson movie that you think your non-Wes Anderson-fan friends might actually enjoy.
HIDE YOUR SMILING FACESA simple and closed-mouthed but incredibly dense film about two young brothers dealing with the death of a close friend. Heartwrenching and accessible all the while.As a bonus: The faith that debut director Daniel Patrick Carbone is definitely going places.
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IDAOn the dawn of her inception into a monastery, a teenage orphan finds out that she is Jewish and sets off to meet her alcoholic, free-wheelin' aunt for the first time. Terribly sad, but incredibly funny at times.As a bonus: The realization that this movie is kind of like Planes, Trains, and Automobiles set in post-WWII Eastern Europe.
JOEAn emotionally rattled Nicolas Cage rambles about his rural town, solving and causing problems for neighbors, friends, his dog, and a young boy who comes to him looking for a job (and a father figure).As a bonus: You can't help but delight in the fact that Cage actually gets to be in a good movie for the first time in years (and does a hell of a job in it, too).
THE LEGO MOVIEA tribute to the omnipresent children's toy, as well as to creativity, individuality, and spaceships. Funny as hell.As a bonus: If for some reason your kids didn't like LEGOs, hopefully this will do the trick.
LIFE ITSELFA documentary that scales the life and work of Roger Ebert, the most decorated film critic in the history of the business. As a bonus: If you're a film critic, this will really, sincerely make you feel good about what you do for a living. And if you're just a movie person in general, it will simply just make you feel good.
MANAKAMANAA weird, formless movie that follows a series of passengers on a cable car traveling to and from the Manakamana Temple in the mountains of Nepal.As a bonus: The one American featured in the movie is... comically American.
MOOD INDIGOMichel Gondry's whimsical tragedy (if such a thing ever existed, it was Mood Indigo) about an eccentric couple that falls victim to one party's fatal illness.As a bonus: Gondry's Science of Sleep-style imagery is in full force here, even in the darker chapters of the feature.
NIGHT MOVESThe second Jesse Eisenberg picture on the list: this time, he's an eco-terrorist whose plans to blow up a problematic dam go awry. A rare gem that captures thrilling tension and precise intimacy at once.As a bonus: You'll learn a few things about living "green." Just don't blow up too many dams.
OBVIOUS CHILDA traditional rom-com — she's kooky, he's serious, and New York is a palpable character (man, They Came Together really got it right), but fresher, funnier, and centered around the process of getting an abortion.As a bonus: Although Obvious Child doesn't seem to have any political angles, the fashion in which it treats abortion is particularly important in the interest of quelling the stigmas facing those pursuing the option.
ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVEPossibly the best thing to come out so far in 2014, Jim Jarmusch's story about a pair of madly-in-love but decadently depressed vampires uses the mythology of immortality to discuss just how sad mankind is getting, and just how sad a man can be.As a bonus: It's basically a love letter to classic rock. If you're a music lover, this is a must-see.
PALO ALTOA fever tream about suburban teen ennui, involving the stories of three high school students and a lecherous soccer coach.As a bonus: Hey, we've got another Coppola now!
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PARTICLE FEVERA chipper, accessible documentary about the Higgs-Boson particle and the nature of existence altogether. It doesn't condescend but it doesn't shoot too far over your head, either.As a bonus: It's a movie about the very fabrics of the universe. What more do you need?
SNOWPIERCERWhere do we begin? Long after the human race has been wiped out, a "super train" containing the last living people runs indefinitely, hosting a vicious class system that is about to be uprooted by a blue collar revolutionary.As a bonus: Tilda f**king Swinton.
UNDER THE SKINThis one is hard to explain. Basically, Scarlett Johansson drives around Scotland bringing men back into a black room containing a carnivorous liquid floor. Kind of. Just see it, okay?As a bonus: The movie helped one of its actors overcome the hardships of his disease.
WE ARE THE BEST!Three Swedish schoolgirls find agency and identity in the punk rock scene, forming a band and a tight friendship in this endearing and joyful tribute to the coming-of-age genre.As a bonus: HATE THE SPORT! HATE THE SPORT! NA NA NA NA HATE THE SPORT!
ZERO MOTIVATIONA weird mix of sincerity and loony surrealism, this Tribeca Film Festival entry about best friends toiling as grunts in the Israeli army is oddly funny, charming, and original.As a bonus: Imagine if Stripes were about kooky, petulant teenage Israeli girls.