The record boss hoping to release Amanda Bynes' new rap album has offered to help her parents pay for the actress' legal and medical bills in a bid to get her out of hospital. The Hairspray star was arrested last month (Jul13) after allegedly starting a small fire on a driveway in her parents' neighbourhood of Thousand Oaks, California. She was initially hospitalised for 72 hours, but a court extended her stay following concerns about her ongoing mental health, and she has since transferred to UCLA Medical Center at the request of her parents, who have won a temporary conservatorship over the actress.
And as the family awaits a court decision about the conservatorship, Chinga Chang Records boss Daniel Herman reveals Bynes has been calling to him to discuss her record deal.
He tells blogger Perez Hilton, "I've talked with Amanda a few times and she wants out. She sounded normal, lucid, chill and focused."
And he still has big plans for the troubled actress, adding, "My record offer to Amanda has not changed one bit in terms of the vision... I believe Amanda can work out her issues outside of a treatment centre and I'm willing do anything in my power to make that a reality... even fund it. (Her mother) Lynn knows I care about Amanda getting better before we hit the studio."
Troubled actress Amanda Bynes has been given a helping hand after a record label boss offered to pay for damage caused by the star when she allegedly started a fire on a property in California last week (begs22Jul13). Cops were called to the Thousand Oaks neighbourhood on Monday (22Jul13) after the actress allegedly tried to light a blaze on a resident's driveway. She was also accused of trespassing.
The Hairspray actress was placed on psychiatric hold following the incident and remains in hospital as a judge decides whether to place her under her parent's conservatorship so they can take control of her affairs.
In the wake of her recent troubles, Daniel Herman, who owns Chinga Chang Records, has handed over some money to the owner of the property in an effort to help Bynes.
Herman tells TMZ.com he has watched the actress' bid to become a rapper with interest and is keen to sign her to his label.
He adds that he has contacted the elderly resident of the Thousand Oaks property and given her $1,000 (£666) to pay for the cleanup.
Representatives for Wyclef Jean have moved swiftly to deny reports suggesting the hip-hop veteran is teaming up with Amanda Bynes on her first album. Chinga Chang Records boss Daniel Herman recently revealed the embattled 27-year-old actress has been working on her music debut, and suggested the Gone Till November hitmaker could be brought on board to advise her.
However, the former Fugees star's management team has now distanced Jean from the story, telling TMZ.com their client has no plans to collaborate with Bynes.
They also insist the rapper has never even spoken to the Hairspray star.
Bynes has been a tabloid staple in recent months - after a number of driving dramas last year (12), she is now facing charges for marijuana possession after cops arrested her at her New York City apartment in May (13).
She also faces a charge of reckless endangerment for allegedly throwing a bong out of the window as officers raided her home following reports she had been smoking pot in the building's lobby.
Amanda Bynes is set to receive a helping hand from hip-hop veteran Wyclef Jean as she prepares to launch herself as a rap star. The embattled actress is close to finalising a deal with Chinga Chang Records boss Daniel Herman and he is already working on recruiting the Grammy-winning Gone Till November hitmaker to help the 27 year old realise her music dreams.
Herman claims Wyclef has been "receptive" to the idea and adds, "I think it (a collaboration) would be perfect. Linking the two of them will be something major."
And the label boss is convinced the Hairspray star will prove all of her critics wrong with her debut album.
He says, "This album is going to shock the world. She has such a great voice. Singers wish they could hit the notes that Amanda does."
Bynes' career is starting to look up after a string of legal troubles, which began last year (12) when she was involved in two hit-and-run dramas and an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI). She has since relocated to New York, but is currently facing charges for marijuana possession after cops arrested her at her Manhattan apartment in May (13).
She also faces allegations of reckless endangerment after reportedly throwing a bong out of the window as officers raided her home following reports she had been smoking pot in the building's lobby.
We've always known that Amanda Bynes is a natural when it comes to comedy, but who knew she could spit a mean rap game as well?The former Amanda Show actress has blown up the tabloids with her bong-throwing stunts and court appearances; yet, somehow it has escaped notice that, if you can manage to look past the phony blonde wig and bedazzled, pierced cheeks, she's a killer rap star in the making.Chinga Chang Records producer Daniel Herman wants to ink a music deal with Bynes — Herman even has Sony Entertainment and The Orchard backing him up. Bynes hasn't signed any contracts with Herman and his company quite yet, but in an interview with the Huffington Post, Herman says that he is "beyond confident" that she will by the end of this week.Herman also says of Bynes, "If you look at her actions and attitude she represents hip-hop a lot better than Drake. Musically, this girl carries herself. She is hip-hop ... She is not crazy, she is not on drugs. She's just hip-hop! She's a great talent who is going to make some great records with some classic producers."The seemingly nutso She's the Man star, who was recently spotted shopping in Times Square with a new puppy (which she dangled like it was Simba from The Lion King), previously revealed to TMZ that she declined working for Playboy Radio since she's trying to pursue a rap career. But with all the crazy s**t she's been pulling, who knew she was for real? Follow Cori on Twitter @gimmegimmeCORFollow Hollywood.com on Twitter @Hollywood_com
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The Amazing Spider-Man would prefer if you didn't call it the fourth Spider-Man movie. See this ain't the Spider-Man your older brother knew from ten years ago — it's a reboot. The latest adventure to feature the comic book webslinger throws three movies worth of established mythology straight out the window swapping the original cast with an ensemble of fresh faces and resetting the franchise with a spiffy new origin story. "New" in the loosest sense of the word — the highlights of ASM mainly a sleek new design and spunky reinterpretation of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and gal pal Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone) are weighed down by overpowering sense of familiarity. Nearly a beat for beat replica of the 2002 original with some irksome twists of mystery thrown in Amazing Spider-Man fails to evolve its hero or his quarrels. The film has a great sense of cinematic power but little responsibility in making it interesting.
We're first introduced to Peter Parker as a young boy watching as his parents rush out of the house in response to a hidden danger. Mr. and Mrs. Parker leave their son in the care of his Aunt May (Sally Fields) and Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) who raise him into Andrew Garfield's geeky cool spin on the character. Parker's a science whiz but faces the challenges of every day life — passing classes talking to girls the occasional jock with aggression issues — but all of life's woes are put on hold when the teen discovers a new clue in the mystery behind his parents' disappearance. The discovery of his dad's old briefcase and notes leads Peter to Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) a scientist working for mega-conglomerate Oscorp and his Dad's old partner. When they cross paths Connors instantly takes a liking to the wunderkind and loops him into the work he started with his father: replicating the regeneration abilities of lizards in amputee humans (Connors is driven to reform his own missing arm). But when Parker wanders into Oscorp's room full of spiders (a sloppily explained this-needs-to-be-here-for-this-to-happen device) he receives his legendary spider bite that transforms him into the hero we know.
Director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) desperately wants Amazing Spider-Man to work as a high school relationship movie but with the burden of massive amounts of plot and mythology to introduce the movie sags under the sheer volume of stuff. Stone turns Parker's object of affection Gwen Stacey into a three-dimensional character. Whenever they happen upon each other an awkward exchange in the hallway a flirtatious back-and-forth in the Oscorp lab (where Stacey is head…intern) or when the two finally begin a romantic relationship the two stars shine. They're vivid characters chopped to bits in the editing room diluted by boring franchise-building plot threads and routine action sequences. Seriously Amazing Spider-Man another mad scientist villain who uses himself as a test subject only to become a monster? And another bridge rescue scene? Amazing Spider-Man desperately wants to disconnect from the original trilogy but it's trapped in an inescapable shadow and does nothing radical to shake things up. Instead it settles for the same old same old while preparing for inevitable sequels instead of investing in its dynamic duo.
There's a sweet spot where the film really hits his stride. After discovering his spider-abilities Peter hits the streets for the first time. He's superhuman but still a headstrong teen full of obnoxious quips and close calls with shiv-wielding thugs. The action is slick small and playful Webb showing us something new by melding his indie sensibilities with big scale action. If only it lasted — the introduction of Ifans reptilian half The Lizard implodes Amazing Spider-Man into incomprehensible blockbuster chaos. A gargantuan beast wreaking havoc around New York City promises King Kong-like escapades for the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man but the lizard man has other plans: to rule the world! Or something. Whatever it takes to get Lizard and Spider-Man fighting on the top of a skyscraper over a doomsday machine — logic be damned.
Amazing Spider-Man peppers its banal foundation with great talent from Denis Leary as Gwen's wickedly funny dad and the police captain hunting down Spider-Man to Fields and Sheen as two loving adults in Peter's life to Garfield and Stone whose chemistry demands a follow-up for the sake of seeing them reunited. But it's all at the cost of putting on the most expensive recreation of all time with new demands imposed by the success Marvel's other properties (except that franchise teasing worked). Amazing Spider-Man introduces too many ideas that go nowhere undermining the actual threat at hand. No one wants to be unfulfilled but that's the overriding difference between the original movie and the update. You need to pay for the sequel to know what the heck is going on in this one.
In a post-Harry Potter Avatar and Lord of the Rings world the descriptors "sci-fi" and "fantasy" conjure up particular imagery and ideas. The Hunger Games abolishes those expectations rooting its alternate universe in a familiar reality filled with human characters tangible environments and terrifying consequences. Computer graphics are a rarity in writer/director Gary Ross' slow-burn thriller wisely setting aside effects and big action to focus on star Jennifer Lawrence's character's emotional struggle as she embarks on the unthinkable: a 24-person death match on display for the entire nation's viewing pleasure. The final product is a gut-wrenching mature young adult fiction adaptation diffused by occasional meandering but with enough unexpected choices to keep audiences on their toes.
Panem a reconfigured post-apocalyptic America is sectioned off into 12 unique districts and ruled under an iron thumb by the oppressive leaders of The Capitol. To keep the districts producing their specific resources and prevent them from rebelling The Capitol created The Hunger Games an annual competition pitting two 18-or-under "tributes" from each district in a battle to the death. During the ritual tribute "Reaping " teenage Katniss (Lawrence) watches as her 12-year-old sister Primrose is chosen for battle—and quickly jumps to her aid becoming the first District 12 citizen to volunteer for the games. Joined by Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) a meek baker's son and the second tribute Effie the resident designer and Haymitch a former Hunger Games winner-turned-alcoholic-turned-mentor Katniss rides off to The Capitol to train and compete in the 74th Annual Hunger Games.
The greatest triumph of The Hunger Games is Ross' rich realization of the book's many worlds: District 12 is painted as a reminiscent Southern mining town haunting and vibrant; The Capitol is a utopian metropolis obsessed with design and flair; and The Hunger Games battleground is a sprawling forest peppered with Truman Show-esque additions that remind you it's all being controlled by overseers. The small-scale production value adds to the character-first approach and even when the story segues to larger arenas like a tickertape parade in The Capitol's grand Avenue of Tributes hall it's all about Katniss.
For fans the script hits every beat a nearly note-for-note interpretation of author Suzanne Collins' original novel—but those unfamiliar shouldn't worry about missing anything. Ross knows his way around a sharp screenplay (he's the writer of Big Pleasantville and Seabiscuit) and he's comfortable dropping us right into the action. His characters are equally as colorful as Panem Harrelson sticking out as the former tribute enlivened by the chance to coach winners. He's funny he's discreet he's shaded—a quality all the cast members share. As a director Ross employs a distinct often-grating perspective. His shaky cam style emphasizes the reality of the story but in fight scenarios—and even simple establishing shots of District 12's goings-on—the details are lost in motion blur.
But the dread of the scenario is enough to make Hunger Games an engrossing blockbuster. The lead-up to the actual competition is an uncomfortable and biting satire of reality television sports and everything that commands an audience in modern society. Katniss' brooding friend Gale tells her before she departs "What if nobody watched?" speculating that carnage might end if people could turn away. Unfortunately they can't—forcing Katniss and Peeta to become "stars" of the Hunger Games. The duo are pushed to gussy themselves up put on a show and play up their romance for better ratings. Lawrence channels her reserved Academy Award-nominated Winter's Bone character to inhabit Katniss' frustration with the system. She's great at hunting but she doesn't want to kill. She's compassionate and considerate but has no interest in bowing down to the system. She's a leader but she knows full well she's playing The Capitol's game. Even with 23 other contestants vying for the top spot—like American Idol with machetes complete with Ryan Seacrest stand-in Caesar Flickerman (the dazzling Stanley Tucci)—Katniss' greatest hurdle is internal. A brave move for a movie aimed at a young audience.
By the time the actual Games roll around (the movie clocks in at two and a half hours) there's a need to amp up the pace that never comes and The Hunger Games loses footing. Katniss' goal is to avoid the action hiding in trees and caves waiting patiently for the other tributes to off themselves—but the tactic isn't all that thrilling for those watching. Luckily Lawrence Hutcherson and the ensemble of young actors still deliver when they cross paths and particular beats pack all the punch an all-out deathwatch should. PG-13 be damned the film doesn't skimp on the bloodshed even when it comes to killing off children. The Hunger Games bites off a lot for the first film of a franchise and does so bravely and boldly. It may not make it to the end alive but it doesn't go down without a fight.
Reuters reports actor/comedian Paul Reubens, best known as the goofy children's show host Pee-wee Herman, pleaded innocent Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of possessing child pornography. The charge stems from a November 2001 search of the actor's house, where authorities "uncovered materials that we believe depict minors engaged in sexual activity," the Los Angeles City Attorney's office told Reuters. Reubens, however, released a statement saying the charge was "untrue and without merit." According to Reubens' lawyer, what the police found were a handful of images from "an extensive collection of vintage physique art photography." The 50-year-old actor was not present at the arraignment. A pre-trial hearing is set for Jan. 3.
The drug possession charge against The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin was dismissed Wednesday after the writer/producer completed his drug rehabilitation. Sorkin was arrested in April 2001 at the Burbank Airport in Los Angeles for possession of cocaine, marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms. The charges were dropped on the recommendation of Sorkin's probation officials.
Actor Adam Rich, who starred as cute little Nicholas on the 1970s show Eight Is Enough, was arrested Wednesday for suspicion of driving under the influence. The 34-year-old actor drove his car into a closed highway lane and nearly struck a California Highway Patrol car, AP reports.
A judge finalized The Sopranos star James Gandolfini's divorce Wednesday after he and his wife, Marcella, settled their disputes without a trial. The couple was married for three years and has a 3-year-old son.
Oprah Winfrey narrowly escaped harm Tuesday when a tent collapsed during a function she was attending at a secondary school in South Africa, injuring 10 people including two children, Variety reports. For the last month the talk show host has been playing Santa to South African children as part of the Oprah Winfrey Foundation's Christmas Kindness Project.
Variety reports Igby Goes Down star Amanda Peet will join Jack Nicholson, Keanu Reeves and Diane Keaton in an as-year-untitled comedy for writer/director Nancy Meyers (What Women Want). The story concerns an older man who suffers a heart attack at the house of his young girlfriend's mother. Both he and his young doctor fall for the older woman.
Danny Leiner, the director of Dude, Where's My Car? (a somewhat surprising hit in 2001) is in negotiations to direct Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle. According to Variety, the story focuses on two stoner roommates in their 20s--one a Korean investment banker, the other an Indian medical resident--who decide to journey to a faraway White Castle burger stand for their famous 39 cent hamburgers. Of course, they find the road is paved with many obstacles. We can only imagine.
Nick Cannon, hot off his performance in Drumline, is set to star and executive produce The Underclassman for Miramax. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is a cross between Beverly Hills Cop and Never Been Kissed. It is based on Cannon's idea about a young-looking 24-year-old detective sent to do an undercover assignment at a private school where he discovers a ring of car thieves.
Pink's drummer William Johnson was arrested Sunday when a routine passport check turned up a warrant for his arrest for grand larceny in New York, AP reports. Despite his arrest, Pink finished her six-month world tour in Honolulu, Hawaii Wednesday, with Johnson out on $50,000 bail.
Hip-hop artist Nelly's No. 1 hit "Hot in Herre" has been dubbed the best driving song in a Yahoo! poll, getting 20 percent of nearly 4,200 votes. Runners-up were Eminem's "Without Me" with 19 percent and Sheryl Crow's "Soak up the Sun" with 10 percent.
She’s baaack! Just when you get used to Kathie Lee Gifford-free airwaves, the erstwhile morning talker has signed a deal with E! Entertainment Television to star in the cable movie "Spinning Out of Control," The Hollywood Reporter says.
In the TV film, Gifford will play one Amanda Berkeley, the star of a popular sitcom whose life is ravaged by drugs and alcohol. Howie Mandel will costar in the flick as Gifford’s manager.
"The over-the-top character Gifford plays is a complete departure from anything Kathie Lee has done in the past," E! President and CEO Mindy Herman told the Reporter. "We're extremely pleased that she has agreed to star in this film for us."
The project marks Gifford’s return to the tube since her departure from "Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee" in July. Since her sweet adieu, the morning talk show -- with Reege and occasional guest hosts at the helm -- has gone up in the ratings.
The cable flick is slated to debut in March.