The parents of controversial shooter George Zimmerman are seeking more than $629,000 (£393,000) in their lawsuit against comic Roseanne Barr. Robert Zimmerman, Sr. and his wife, Gladys, filed a lawsuit against the funnywoman in March (14) claiming they had been forced to flee their Florida home in 2012 after she allegedly tweeted details of their address.
The posts came at a time of high tension between the African-American community and Florida police, who had not yet arrested the couple's son George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin.
In new legal documents, obtained by TMZ.com, lawyers for the couple allege the Zimmermans are owed costs for moving out of their property including $6,900 (£4,312) for hotels, $22,800 (£14,250) for rent and $7,700 (£4,812) for laundry.
They are also seeking $600,000 (£375,000) for emotional distress.
Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter last year (13) after a jury ruled he had acted in self-defence.
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As grand as the themes of good and evil, needs and deservings, power and responsibility and such forth are, superhero movies are generally pretty straightforward in premise: hero stops villain from wreaking havoc. As off-putting as this kind of simplicity might sound, it's usually the right way to go. If you pack enough substance into your characters and adhere your plot to these linear margins, you can actually wind up saying a healthy amount (and having a lot of fun). The Amazing Spider-Man 2 gets half of this formula down pat. Although Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker is still a moreover undistinguished identity, his emotional magnitude (re: his relationship with Gwen Stacy) is enough to keep him valid through the storm of lunacy that is his second feature. And it's not even that lunacy that holds him back. The problem isn't how wild his conquests are, how silly some of the action sequences feel, or how absolutely bonkers his villains turn out to be. It's all the other stuff (and yes, if you can believe it, there's a ton more going on in this movie than what I've already mentioned — that's the issue). All the plot twists, tertiary mysteries, ominous flashbacks, abject reveals, and weightlessly sinister pawns in this brooding game that, save for its fun with the baddies, takes itself way too seriously. All that stuff that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 thinks is necessary to make Peter Parker matter? It actually does just the opposite.
Peter is at his best when he's playing Tracy and Hepburn with the girlfriend he's perpetually disappointing (the eternally charming Emma Stone), or trying to win back the favor of the only remaining parental figure from whom he's rapidly slipping away (Sally Field, reminding us why she's a household name), or angling to connect with the mentally unstable engineer who just wants people to notice him (Jamie Foxx working his comic shtick with a frightening zest). We have the most fun with Peter when he's playing the simplest games, and we connect best with him on similar ground. But Peter and company, at the behest of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise's Sandman-sized aspirations, spend so much time exploring new avenues: the secrets surrounding the death and work of Richard Parker, the behind-the-curtains operations of OsCorp, the nefarious goings on in the waterside penitentiary Ravencroft.
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As a result of the grand stab at world building, there is just so much stuff that Peter has to wade through in this movie, dragging the likes of Gwen and his boyhood friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan, mastering angst, menace, and upper-class privilege all at once) into the dark crevasses of narrative waste. With so many diversions into the emotionally vacant, deliberately joyless explorations of Parker family origin stories, secret brief cases, and underground subways — The Amazing Spider-Man 2 rivals Captain America: The Winter Soldier in complexity, but forgets the necessary ingredient of fun — we barely have enough energy left when the good stuff hits.
And in truth, the good stuff isn't really good enough to sustain us through all the duller periods. Garfield and Stone do have laudable chemistry. Foxx is a hoot as Peter's maniacal new foe, especially when paired with the grimacing DeHaan. And the action, while often straying from any aesthetic authenticity, is nothing shy of neat-o. It's all passable, occasionally worthy of a hearty smile, but rarely anything you'll be definitively pleased you took the time to see.
But beyond coming up short in the micro, the film's regal downfall is its scope. With so much to do, both in accomplishing its own necessary plot points and setting up for those to come in future films, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 doesn't seem to take time to make sure it's having fun with its own premise. And if it isn't having fun, we won't be either.
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Funnywoman Roseanne Barr is facing a lawsuit from the parents of controversial shooter George Zimmerman over allegations she pushed them into hiding by tweeting the family's address. Robert Zimmerman, Sr. and his wife, Gladys, claim in a lawsuit filed in Florida on Monday (10Mar14) that they feared they would become the targets of "vigilante justice" after Barr shared details of their Lake Mary property in March, 2012.
The tweets came at a time of high tension between the African-American community and Florida police, who had not yet arrested Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin.
The Zimmermans accuse the star of trying to "incite a lynch mob to descend" on their home and are seeking unspecified damages.
George Zimmerman was arrested in relation to Martin's death in April, 2012 but was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter last year (13) after a jury ruled he had acted in self-defence.
Rapper Rick Ross has defended his decision to reference slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin in a new track. The hip-hop mogul has caused a stir by mentioning the 17 year old, who was shot dead by neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in 2012, on Black & White, a song from his upcoming album Mastermind.
On the tune, he raps, "Trayvon Martin, I'm never missing my target," and now Ross has spoken out to explain his motivation for including the controversial topic in his material.
He tells Vibe.com, "It's so important that... on the two-year anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin, we never forget that tragedy. I'm never going to let the world forget that name. In my song Black and White off Mastermind I say, 'Trayvon Martin, I'm never missing my target'. There I'm reminding people that if you're a black person or a person of any colour for that matter in this country, you have to be accurate, whatever moves you make, stay accurate. Even when you're walking down the street, playing music from your car, you have to stay on point.
"Black men are being killed and their killers (are) beating the trial. It hasn't been this much violence against black men since the '60s. I am Trayvon Martin, we're all Trayvon Martin. He was from south Florida. That could have been me or one of my homies (peers). So, stay alert and never miss your target. Whatever that target may be. Getting out the hood, providing from your family (sic). Stay sharp. Stay alive. Trayvon, rest in peace."
Zimmerman was cleared of murdering the unarmed youngerster last year (13) after claiming self-defence, a legal decision which has been blasted by a string of stars including Jay Z, Jamie Foxx, T.I. and Rihanna.
Ross previously used soundbites from witness Rachel Jeantel's testimony on his song I Wonder Why last year (13).
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Seventeen years ago, Harrison Ford grumbled four simple words that defined a genre, a demographic, and a country: "Get off my plane." In a pre-9/11 world, there was no shortage of jingoistic glee in a movie like Air Force One, in which a man's man American president doled out justice to a militia of Russian loyalist terrorists who made the silly mistake of attempting to hijack his flight home from Moscow. In 2014, we don't have the luxury of facing a plotline like this with reckless merriment. There's a damp gravity to the premise behind movies like Non-Stop, which in another time would have been nothing more than Taken on a Plane. But rigidly conscious of the connotations that attach to a story about a hijacking of a civilian international flight into John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City, Non-Stop doesn't play too fast and loose. It still plays, and has some good fun doing so, but carefully.
From the getgo, we're anchored into the grim narrative of Liam Neeson's U.S. Air Marshall Bill Marks, who settles his demons with a healthy spoonful of whiskey. A dutiful officer even when liquored up, Marks eyeballs every nameless face in London's Heathrow Airport, silently introducing the bevvy of characters who'll come into play later on. After takeoff, Marks finds himself on the unwitting prowl for the anonymous party who's attempting to take down the red-eye through a series of manipulative text messages, well-timed threats, and clandestine killings. Chatty passenger Julianne Moore and flight attendant Michelle Dockery join Marks in his efforts to identify the mysterious criminal before the entire aircraft falls to his or her whims. So less Taken, more Murder, She Wrote.
Our roundup of suspects challenges our (and their) preconceived notions, and quite laughably — most vocal among Neeson's fellow passengers are a white beta-male school teacher (Scoot McNairy), a black computer engineer with an attitude of entitlement (Nate Parker), a softspoken Middle Eastern surgeon whose headwear gets more than a few focal shots (Omar Metwally), a middle-aged white businessman whose latest account landed him more than your house is worth (Frank Deal), an irate black youngster draped in irreverence (Corey Hawkins), and a white, bald, machismo-howling New York cop who secretly accepts his gay brother (Corey Stoll). Just a few talking heads short of Do the Right Thing, Non-Stop manages to goof on each man's (notice that they're all men — Moore, Dockery, and a barely-in-the-movie Lupita Nyong’o are kept shy of the action for most of the film) distaste for and distrust of one another as they each try to sidle up to, or undermine the harried Marks.
Non-Stop plays an interesting game with its characters and its audience, simultaneously painting the ignorance of its characters with a thick coat of comedy while pointing its finger straight out at us with accusations that we, too, thought it was whoever we just learned it wasn't, and for all the wrong reasons. "Shame on you!" Non-Stop chides, adding, "But let's keep going, this is fun!"
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It is fun — that's the miraculous thing. Without any "Get off my plane"s or "Yippee ki yay"s, Non-Stop keeps its action genre silliness in check (okay, there is a moment involving an airborne gun that'll institute some serious laugh-cheers), investing all of its good time in the game of claustrophobic Clue that we can't help but enjoy. It sacrifices some of its charm in a heavy-handed third act, tipping to one side of what was a pretty impressive balancing act up until that point. But its falter is not one that drags down the movie entirely. Fun and excitement are restored, sincerity is maintained, and even a few moments of sensitivity creep their way through. We might not live in a world of President Harrison Fords any longer, but Air Marshall Liam Neesons could actually be a step up.
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Actor Jamie Foxx helped to keep the memory of tragic Florida teen Trayvon Martin alive on Saturday (08Feb14) by leading a peace walk through the streets of Miami. Hundreds of demonstrators joined the Ray star and members of Martin's family to rally against gun violence almost two years after his death in February, 2012, when the unarmed youngster was shot dead by infamous neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. He was acquitted of murder last year (13) after claiming self-defence.
Addressing the crowd, Foxx, wearing a T-shirt featuring a photo of Trayvon, explained his reasons for continuing to lend his voice to the cause, stating, "They say 'Jamie why you got that Trayvon Martin shirt on? That ain't in no more.' I say, 'Well, Trayvon Martin's still dead; and his mother still grieves, his father still grieves, his brother is still wondering 'Where's my brother at?'"
The Oscar winner insisted he was not there as an activist, and instead as a father and a gun owner as he called for more discussion about responsible gun ownership across America.
He said, "What we are all supposed to do is protect our kids no matter what. We're in a culture where things are sort of getting out of control... We're starting to forget that guns actually kill. We're starting to get desensitised to it. How can we be a society with guns, and responsible with guns? How can we be more responsible?"
Foxx, who previously held a candle-lit vigil in New York to remember Martin on the one-year anniversary of his death, also declared the rally was "not about race nor colour, but peace for our children".
The march took place days after what would have been Martin's 19th birthday and occurred on the same day that a Celebrity Boxing event promoter axed plans to put Zimmerman in the ring with rapper DMX.
Plans to put rapper Dmx in a boxing ring with the infamous George Zimmerman have been shelved. The hip-hop star had been approached to take part in a fight with former Neighbourhood Watch volunteer Zimmerman, who was last year (13) acquitted of murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida.
However, the promoter behind the bout has since decided to scrap the event after the inclusion of Zimmerman as a 'celebrity' prompted a backlash online.
DMX's publicist, Domenick Nati, confirmed the news in a statement, which reads, "(Promoter) Damon Feldman has announced that the George Zimmerman fight is cancelled via his Twitter. As previously stated, DMX never agreed to the fight and we thank you for all of the support from DMX's fans. This situation will not affect any of DMX's upcoming concerts in America or around the world."
Rapper Dmx is one step closer to stepping into a boxing ring with America's most infamous Neighbourhood Watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, after entering negotiations for a charity fight night. The Party Up (Up In Here) hitmaker put his name forward as a potential challenger after event promoter Damon Feldman revealed he was looking for opponents for Zimmerman, who was acquitted in 2013 of murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin during an altercation in Florida.
Last week (ends31Jan14), The Game, who has an image of Martin tattooed on his leg, admitted he would relish the chance to beat up Zimmerman, but Feldman has since decided to put DMX to the test by selecting him from a pool of 15,000 applicants.
The rapper recently vowed to "beat the living f**k" out of Zimmerman, adding, "I am breaking every rule in boxing to make sure I f**k him right up."
DMX has verbally agreed to take part in the Celebrity Boxing bout, but his representative, Domenick Nati, tells TMZ.com the rapper has yet to be presented with an official contract for the three-round bout.
Details about the clash are expected to be announced in a press conference next week (begs10Feb14).
Hollywood icon Samuel L. Jackson is concerned the popularity of historical drama 12 Years A Slave has distracted audiences from the racism that is still prevalent in modern America. Steve McQueen's film is based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from New York who was captured and sold into slavery in the 19th century.
The movie has been a critical and commercial hit and is tipped for glory at the 2014 Academy Awards in March (14) after receiving nine nominations.
But while Jackson is pleased at the response to the film, he worries that it limits American racism to the past and allows audiences to avoid confronting the discrimination that plagues the country to this day.
He tells Britain's The Times, "America is much more willing to acknowledge what happened in the past. We freed the slaves! It's all good! But to say, 'We are still unnecessarily killing black men' - let's have a conversation about that."
The Avengers star suggests that last year's (13) Fruitvale Station, a film about the real-life events that led to the death of young African-American Oscar Grant at the hands of California police in 2009, makes more relevant points about the issues of racism.
He says, "It (Fruitvale Station) explains things like the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the problems with (popular police practice) stop and search, and is much more poignant."
Florida teen Martin hit headlines in 2012 when the unarmed black youth was shot by Neighbourhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman. The shooter was acquitted of murdering the kid during a high-profile trial last year (13).
Rapper Dmx has followed in The Game's footsteps and put his name forward to fight America's most infamous Neighbourhood Watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, in a celebrity boxing match in March (14). Zimmerman, who was last year (13) acquitted of murdering unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin during a street altercation in Florida, recently agreed to take part in a celebrity fight night and it appears a line of possible opponents is quickly forming.
The Game, who has an image of Martin tattooed on his leg, admitted this week (begs27Jan14) he would take pleasure in resoundingly defeating Zimmerman, while DMX has now voiced his hopes of stepping into the ring with him to fight for "every black person who has been done wrong (sic) in the (legal) system".
However, the embattled rapper, who has spent recent years in and out of jail, warns he would have no regard for rules if he was allowed to take part, and he has even threatened to urinate on his opponent if he wins.
The X Gon' Give It to Ya rapper tells TMZ.com, "I am going to beat the living f**k out of him... I am breaking every rule in boxing to make sure I f**k him right up. Once I am done with him, I am going to whip my d**k out and p**s on him... Zimmerman is a piece of s**t and that's what he needs to drink."
Zimmerman's opponent for the fight has yet to be confirmed.