British singer Dane Bowers has been given a conditional discharge after he admitted threatening staff at a U.K. holiday camp. The former Another Level star was charged with assault last year (13) over allegations he was involved in a brawl at Butlins holiday camp in Bognor Regis, England.
He pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault, but struck a deal with prosecutors on the day his trial at Chichester Magistrates' Court in England was due to start.
On Tuesday (11Feb14), Bowers, 34, pleaded guilty to a charge of using threatening or abusive behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
He was given a 12-month conditional discharge, meaning he will not face further punishment as long as he abides by the court's conditions. He was also ordered to pay $136 (£85) in costs and $24 (£15) to a fund for victims of crime.
The news comes as pop star Bowers prepares to make a music comeback as part of new supergroup 5th Story on British reality TV show The Big Reunion along with Kavana, Gareth Gates, Adam Rickett and Kenzie.
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Treading water at the very surface of RoboCop, there is an idea. A dense concept, ready and willing to provide no dearth of dissection for any eager student of philosophy, psychology, political science, physics — hell, any of the Ps. To simplify the idea on hand: What separates man from machine? It's a question that is not just teased by the basic premise of José Padilha's remake of the 1987 sci-fi staple, but asked outright by many of its main characters. And then never really worried about again.
We have principal parties on both sides of the ethical quandary that would place the security of our crime-ridden cities in the hands of automatons. Samuel L. Jackson plays a spitfire Bill O'Reilly who wonders why America hasn't lined its streets with high-efficiency officer droids. Zach Grenier, as a moralistic senator, gobbles his way through an opposition to the Pro-boCop movement. We hear lecture after lecture from pundits, politicians, business moguls (a money-hungry Michael Keaton heads the nefarious OmniCorp...) and scientists (...while his top doc Gary Oldman questions the nature of his assignments while poking at patients' brains and spouting diatribes about "free will"), all working their hardest to lay thematic groundwork. Each character insists that we're watching a movie about the distinction between human and artificial intelligence. That even with an active brain, no robot can understand what it means to have a heart. But when Prof. Oldman tempers his hysterical squawking and Samuel L. Hannity rolls his closing credits, we don't see these ideas taking life.
In earnest, the struggle of rehabilitated police officer Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) — nearly killed in the line of duty and turned thereafter into OmniCorp's prototype RoboCop — doesn't seem to enlist any of the questions that his aggravated peers have been asking. Murphy is transformed not just physically, but mentally — robbed of his decision-making ability and depleted of emotional brain chemicals — effectively losing himself in the process. But the journey we see take hold of Murphy is not one to reclaim his soul, although the movie touts it as such. It's really just one to become a better robot.
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Meanwhile, RoboCop lays down its motives, and hard: Murphy's wife and son (Abbie Cornish and a puckish young John Paul Ruttan) lament the loss of Alex, condemning his dehumanization at the hands of Raymond Sellars' (Keaton) capitalistic experiments, and sobbing out some torrential pathos so you know just how deep this company is digging. Weaselly stooges (Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, and Jackie Earl Haley) line the OmniCorp roster with comical wickedness. Overseas, killer combat bots take down peaceful villages, unable to work empathetic judgment into their decision to destroy all deemed as "threats." And at the top, figures of power and money like Sellars and Pat Novak (Jackson) speak the loudest and harshest, literally justifying their agenda with a call for all naysayers to "stop whining." Clearly, RoboCop has something to say.
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And when it's devoted to its outrage, RoboCop is terrifically charming. The buzzing political world is just a tiny step closer to ridiculous than our own; the pitch meetings at OmniCorp are fun enough to provoke a ditching of all the material outside of the company walls. And one particular reference to The Wizard of Oz shows that the movie isn't above having fun with its admittedly silly premise. But it loses its magic when it steps away from goofy gimmicks and satirical monologues and heads back into the story. We don't see enough of Murphy grappling with the complicated balance between his conflicting organic and synthetic selves. In fact, we don't see enough "story" in Murphy at all. First, he's a dad and a cop. Then, he's a RoboCop. But can he also be a RoboDad? With all of its ranting and raving about the question, the film doesn't seem to concerned with actually figuring out the answer.
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British pop star Kavana has 'come out' as gay. The I Can Make You Feel Good singer reveals he first had a relationship with another man when he was 22 but remained silent about his sexuality at the height of his fame in the 1990s.
He tells Britain's Now magazine, "Part of me is almost embarrassed it's taken me so long to publicly say 'I'm gay. Here I am, aged 36, coming out' - what am I doing? I've never come out publicly because no-one's ever asked. It's become this huge elephant in the room."
The star is making a music comeback as part of new supergroup 5th Story on British reality TV show The Big Reunion , and the singer admits he initially felt awkward revealing his sexuality to his bandmates and fellow faded pop stars Gareth Gates, Dane Bowers, Adam Rickett and Kenzie.
He adds, "When we met for the first time they asked me: 'Have you got a girlfriend?' I just went, 'No'. It felt weird, so two weeks later I sent them all an email. They said, 'It doesn't matter', so I said, 'Cool, I don't fancy any of you anyway, so don't worry'."
However, the singer revels he is still struggling with confusion over his sexuality, adding, "Part of me wants to say I'm bisexual because I do find women attractive, but I've had more intimate relationships with guys. If I change my mind one day, so be it - but right now I'm gay."
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For a film that involves a love triangle, mental illness, a Bohemian colony of free-spirits, an impending war and several important historical figures, the most exciting elements of Summer in February are the stunning shots of the English country and Cornish seaside. The rest of the film never quite lives up to the crashing waves and sun-dappled meadows that are used to bookend the scenes, as the entertaining opening never manages to coalesce into a story that lives up the the cinematography, let alone the lives of the people that inspired it.
Set in an Edwardian artist’s colony in Cornwall, Summer in February tells the story of A.J. Munnings (Dominic Cooper), who went on to become one of the most famous painters of his day and head of the Royal Academy of Art, his best friend, estate agent and part-time soldier Gilbert Evans (Dan Stevens), and the woman whom they both loved, aspiring artist Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning). Her marriage to Munnings was an extremely unhappy one, and she attempted suicide on their honeymoon, before killing herself in 1914. According to his journals, Gilbert and Florence were madly in love, although her marriage and his service in the army kept them apart.
When the film begins, Munnings is the center of attention in the Lamorna Artist's Colony, dramatically reciting poetry at parties and charming his way out of his bar tab while everyone around him proclaims him to be a genius. When he’s not drinking or painting, he’s riding horses with Gilbert, who has the relatively thankless task of keeping this group of Bohemians in line. Their idyllic existence is disrupted by the arrival of Florence, who has run away from her overbearing father and the fiancé he had picked out for her in order to become a painter.
Stevens and Browning both start the film solidly, with enough chemistry between them to make their infatuation interesting. He manages to give Gilbert enough dependable charm to win over both Florence and the audience, and she presents Florence as someone with enough spunk and self-possession to go after what she wants. Browning’s scenes with Munnings are equally entertaining in the first third of the film, as she can clearly see straight through all of his bravado and he is intrigued by her and how difficult she is to impress. Unfortunately, while the basis of the love triangle is well-established and entertaining, it takes a sudden turn into nothing with a surprise proposal from Munnings.
Neither the film nor Browning ever make it clear why Florence accepts his proposal, especially when they have both taken great pains to establish that she doesn’t care much for him. But once she does, the films stalls, and both Stevens and Browning spend the rest of the film doing little more than staring moodily and longingly at the people around them. The real-life Florence was plagued by depression and mental instability, but neither the film nor Browning’s performance ever manage to do more than give the subtlest hint at that darkness. On a few occasions, Browning does manage to portray a genuine anguish, but rather than producing any sympathy from the audience, it simply conjures up images of a different film, one that focused more on Florence, and the difficulties of being a woman with a mental illness at a time when both were ignored or misunderstood.
Stevens is fine, and Gilbert starts out with the same kind of good-guy appeal the won the heart of Mary Crawley and Downton Abbey fans the world over. However, once the film stalls, so does his performance, and he quickly drops everything that made the character attractive or interesting in favor of longing looks and long stretches of inactivity. He does portray a convincing amount of adoration for Florence, although that's about the only real emotion that Gilbert expresses for the vast majority of the film, and even during his love scene, he never manages to give him any amount of passion.
Cooper does his best with what he’s given, and tries his hardest to imbue the film with some substance and drama. His Munnings is by turns charming, brash, and brooding, the kind of person who has been told all of their life that they are special, and believes it. He even manages to give the character some depth, and even though he and Browning have very little chemistry, he manages to convey a genuine affection for her. It’s a shame that Munnings becomes such a deeply unlikable character, because Cooper is the only thing giving Summer in February a jolt of life – even if it comes via bursts of thinly-explained hostility. It's hard to watch just how hard he's working to connect with his co-stars and add some excitement to a lifeless script and not wish that he had a better film to show off his talents in.
Unfortunately, by the time Florence and Gilbert are finally spurred into activity, the film has dragged on for so long that you’re no longer invested in the characters, their pain, or their love story, even if you want to be. Which is the real disappointment of Summer in February; underneath the stalled plot and the relatively one-note acting, there are glimmers of a fascinating and compelling story that’s never allowed to come to the forefront.
British singer-turned-DJ Dane Bowers is set to become a married man. The former Another Level star proposed to his girlfriend, Sophia Cahill, during a romantic holiday in Tenerife, Spain last week (ends20Dec13).
Following the engagement, the star took to Twitter.com to announce the happy news, writing, "I am the happiest man alive. Ecstatic to say the beautiful Sophia Cahill made me the happiest man alive by saying yes... when I said the amazing words... Will you marry me!!"
Bowers was previously married to his agent Chrissy Johnston before their split in 2009.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Orlando Bloom and Kerry Washington were among the stars who turned out to honour the casting directors behind projects such as Argo and Homeland at the annual Artios Awards on Monday (18Nov13). The awards were handed out at two ceremonies, held in New York City and Los Angeles, and the honourees at the west coast event included the teams behind Oscar-winning dramas Silver Linings Playbook and Argo, as well as TV hits Homeland and Girls, House of Cards and Michael Douglas' TV movie Behind the Candelabra.
During the show, hosted by actress Aisha Tyler, Kerry Washington presented the Hoyt Bowers Award to casting director Linda Lowy, who cast her in hit TV show Scandal, while Grey's Anatomy stars Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson feted their casting boss in a video tribute.
Jake Gyllenhaal was also among the presenters and he gave a speech paying tribute to the work done by casting directors throughout the industry, saying, "On behalf of me, my sister (actress Maggie Gyllenhaal), my brother-in-law, who's an actor (Peter Sarsgaard), my mother and my father. We could not have done it without you. It's actually really wonderful to see casting directors get up here and be more nervous than I've ever seen them. Now you know how we (actors) feel!"
At the ceremony in New York, actor Michael J. Fox was presented with the New York Apple Award, which honours individuals who make a commitment to the New York entertainment industry through partnerships with casting directors.
A man has been arrested after attempting to use stolen, sexually-explicit photos of former British glamour model-turned-reality TV star Katie Price to blackmail her. The new mother, 35, recently turned to police for help after discovering a set of raunchy images of herself and a former lover had disappeared, and were being used to try and extort a third party.
Cops have since managed to track down one suspect in the case and Price took to her Twitter.com page on Wednesday morning (18Sep13) to share the news with fans, writing, "Somebody has been arrested and charged about blackmailing to use these stolen pictures so a step closer to who stole them (sic)".
It is not yet known which of Price's exes is featured in the steamy snapshots, but she insists her new husband, Kieran Hayler, is unfazed by the controversy.
She adds, "For the record im (sic) NOT worried about any sex pictures and it's NOT affecting my relationship, I'm sure... (the ex in question) would be worried."
Price and Hayler, who welcomed their son Jett eight weeks premature last month (Aug13), wed in the Bahamas in January (13) after a whirlwind romance. The mum of four was previously engaged to Argentine model Leandro Penna, and was married to cage fighter Alex Reid and Australian singer Peter Andre.
It's not the first time Price's bedroom antics have been exposed to the public - a sex tape filmed with ex-boyfriend Dane Bowers was stolen from their apartment in 1999.
A pervert who posed as Justin Bieber to con young girls into stripping off online has been jailed for 14 years. Robert Hunter, 35, from Middlesbrough, England, targeted 100 children as young as nine all over the world and encouraged them to strip off in front of a webcam.
One 11 year old in Australia agreed to undress after Hunter told her he was really the Baby hitmaker, but he was snared when the girl contacted police after discovering he had posted some of the images on Facebook.com.
Hunter admitted making indecent images of children and causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
Judge Peter Bowers told him, "This is one of the most serious cases of Internet abuse the courts have dealt with."
British singer-turned-DJ Dane Bowers is heading to trial after pleading not guilty to two charges of assault. The former Another Level star, 33, was arrested in April (13) after allegedly becoming embroiled in a brawl at the Butlins holiday camp in Bognor Regis in Sussex, England, where he had been scheduled to appear as part of a 1990s-themed night.
He was booked for the incident, along with his brother Wade, who was cited for assault and cocaine possession. Another man, Terry Kean, was also hit with the same drug charge and for using threatening words.
The three defendants appeared before a judge on Monday (13May13) to address the accusations, with the Bowers brothers entering not guilty pleas for assault and Kean denying the threat allegation.
Wade, 31, and Kean, 35, confessed to the cocaine count.
The three men have been released on unconditional bail. They will stand trial at Chichester Magistrates' Court in Sussex on 29 October (13).
In a move that surprised no one, NBC has officially canceled Deception, Deadline reports.
The revenge-centered drama lasted one season, but never cultivated ratings high enough to make it a sure-fire renewal. Starring Meagan Good, the soapy series centered around the high-profile murder of Vivian Bowers and her childhood best friend Detective Joanna Locasto (Good) who goes undercover in the Bowers’ household to find out the truth behind her death and cover-up.
The season/series finale revealed that (SPOILER ALERT for the .000001 percent of you that care) Vivian’s father Robert (Victor Garber) was behind her murder, though many other cliffhangers were left open-ended.
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