British rapper Professor Green contemplated suicide after he was arrested for drink-driving. The Read All About It hitmaker, real name Stephen Manderson, was so low after cops charged him with driving under the influence in March this year (14) that he thought about taking his own life.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "I was definitely in a situation where the thought of ending it crossed my mind. I didn't think about how I'll do it but I had moments with the anxiety of it all, I wanted to get out of my own skin."
The rapper was sentenced to a nine-month driving ban after crashing his Mercedes while over the alcohol limit.
He recently made a BBC radio documentary about suicide, an issue which is close to his heart after his father Peter took his own life in 2008.
Goodfellas stars Ray Liotta and Paul Sorvino enjoyed a surprise reunion last week (ends05Sep14) when they both attended a New York premiere afterparty for Liotta's new film The Identical. The old pals were spotted catching up in a shared corner booth of White Street restaurant, as fellow guests Stephen Baldwin, Marisa Tomei and Seth Green mingled, reports the New York Post.
A stage adaptation of Disney's classic 1996 animated film The Hunchback Of Notre Dame is set to debut in the U.S. in October (14). The Oscar-nominated film, based on Victor Hugo's novel of the same name, has been turned into a musical which is slated to open at the La Jolla Playhouse in California on 26 October (14) for a limited two-week run.
The musical, which features songs from Disney composers Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, debuted in Germany in 1999 but has been re-written by Peter Parnell.
Broadway regular Michael Arden has been cast as the titular character, and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark's Green Goblin, Patrick Page, will play another villain as Judge Claude Frollo.
Next year (15), Hunchback is slated to move to New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse, the same theatre where Disney bosses launched Tony Award-winning musical Newsies, before it transferred to Broadway.
British rapper Professor Green has swapped his car for the train following his recent driving ban, but he doesn't enjoy mixing with the public on London's subway system. The Read All About It hitmaker, real name Stephen Manderson, was banned from the roads for a year in March (14) after he pleaded guilty to a drink-driving charge.
Green is now using the London Underground and the Docklands Light Railway to get around the capital, but he is not happy about being surrounded by strangers during his travels.
He tells Britain's The Sun, "I had to get an Oyster card (London travel card). It's about nine f**king quid (pounds) a day. Since when?... I get the Docklands Light Railway, and people never think it's me. What I miss, apart from my car, is being away from other people. I don't really like other people."
British rapper Professor Green has cancelled his U.K. tour just weeks before it was due to kick off. The Read All About It hitmaker was due to hit the road in May (14) for a 12-date trek, but he has now postponed the shows until the end of the year (14).
Green made the announcement in a video message posted on Youtube.com, telling fans, "I'm gonna be back on the road in November. All tickets for the May tour will still be valid and I can't wait to see you little f**kers. It's been a long time coming."
He went on to joke about his recent legal difficulties, adding, "Hopefully I won't get arrested between now and then."
The 30 year old, real name Stephen Manderson, was recently banned from the roads for a year after admitting a drink-driving charge stemming from his arrest in November (13).
Green's tour was due to kick off in Newcastle, England on 10 May (14).
British rapper Professor Green has been banned from the roads for a year after pleading guilty to a drink-driving charge. The Read All About It hitmaker, real name Stephen Manderson, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in November (13) after police officers discovered his car had been involved in a crash with a van.
He had called cops to his house to report a stolen watch but ended up in a police cell when officers smelled alcohol and subjected him to a breath test.
On Thursday (20Mar14), the 30-year-old appeared at Bromley Magistrates' Court in England and pleaded guilty to the charge.
Prosecutors told the court Manderson had nearly double the legal limit of alcohol in his system.
He was fined $640 (£400) and ordered to pay $200 (£125) in court costs. He was banned from driving for a minimum of 12 months but he can have the ban reduced to nine months if he takes a drink-drive awareness course.
British rapper Professor Green has been charged with drinking and driving following an arrest in London last year (Nov13). The Read All About It hitmaker, real name Stephen Manderson, was charged on Tuesday (11Mar14) and is due to appear before magistrates on 20 March (14).
His legal trouble is related to an incident on 3 November (13), when he was arrested after calling the police to report an alleged mugging near his London home. Officers investigating the reported theft of his Rolex watch, allegedly discovered his car had been involved in a crash with a van and arrested him on suspicion of drink driving.
Green was embroiled in another incident with police later that month (25Nov13), when he was reportedly arrested on suspicion of perverting the cause of justice after reporting for bail.
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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Although The CW tends to skew toward teenagers, girls in particular, with its lineup of shows — The Vampire Diaries, Beauty and the Beast, The Carrie Diaries, etc. — the network has gained a strong foothold with fans of comic books through Arrow. The series, based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, is popular among the network’s usual viewers as well as avid comic book fans, and has already been given a third season. However, will the Arrow spinoff series, The Flash, be able to bridge the same gap and be enjoyed by the same fans?
While the Green Arrow character is inherently more of a crime fighter — which has been portrayed well through Arrow's Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) — The Flash is more interested in science, which we saw already in Arrow when Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) was introduced. Because of these differences, Arrow lends itself more to action, while the new series The Flash will lend itself more toward science fiction.
In a recent interview with Digital Spy, executive producer of Arrow and The Flash, Greg Berlanti, said Oliver and Barry will compliment each other since they both have light and dark aspects to their characters.
“They're a really nice contrast to each other and the show functions in that way, I think,” Berlanti said.
Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) will also serve to bridge the two shows. In the two-part introduction of Barry on Arrow, he formed a bond with Felicity. She also spent most of the following Arrow episode visiting Barry in Central City, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that she will appear on The Flash once it premieres.
Berlanti already has a hit with Arrow, and since he’s also executive producing The Flash, we can hope the new series will probably be successful as well. The Flash is definitely worth checking out for fans of Arrow, despite their differences.
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After the record-breaking premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the show steadily declined in ratings. Fans began to lose hope in a television series worthy of being associated with the Marvel cinematic universe. However, Marvel and ABC are looking for success elsewhere on TV: with the new series based on Agent Peggy Carter from Captain America: The First Avenger.
Very little is known about Agent Carter since the show is still in the beginning stages of production — according to Deadline, ABC head Paul Lee said the pilot script is finished and awaiting the green light. We know that the script was written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who penned Captain America 1 & 2. Lee also confirmed that Haley Atwell would reprise the role of Peggy Carter for the series.
A separate Deadline report claimed Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas have signed on as writers and executive producers. The pair created the CW series Reaper; they’ve also written for Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Hawaii Five-O, and Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse.
Despite all the unknown factors, we have high hopes for Agent Carter. Not only will it have a lead female character — something Marvel has been lacking in both its films and TV series — the writing and production team sound extremely promising.
It’s far too early to make any serious predictions, but we’re certainly hopeful Agent Carter is at least as successful as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., if not more so.