Actor Charlie Sheen has been branded a "d**k" by animal rights campaigners for attending the controversial Pamplona bull run in Spain.
The week-long Running of the Bulls event, in which groups of the beasts are let loose among crowds of onlookers on the streets of the Spanish city, ended on Monday (14Jul14).
It emerged Sheen had travelled to Europe for the festival when he was photographed on the balcony of a hotel in Pamplona with his porn star girlfriend Brett Rossi on Friday (11Jul14), but his attendance at the event has infuriated campaigners.
Mimi Bekhechi, associate director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) UK, says, "Charlie Sheen, please don't make us call you a 'proper Charlie', which in England means being a d**k for going to the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona. We're sure that you see red, too, so you should be able to relate to the bulls who are killed in cowardly ways."
On Tuesday (15Jul14), the hard-living former Two and a Half Men star was back to his partying lifestyle in California as film footage emerged of him drunk at a fast-food drive-through restaurant.
In the short clip, the actor is seen chatting to fellow customers at the Taco Bell eaterie and slurring his words as he tells them, "Hi, I'm Charlie. Sorry I'm so f**king hammered."
He then shows off several of his tattoos before adding, "You're hilarious. Right on - cool!" and heading back to join his pals.
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Comedian Tracy Morgan has spoken out for the first time after he was seriously injured in a multi-car pile up in New Jersey to assure fans he is feeling "strong".
The 30 Rock star was hospitalised in a critical condition on 7 June (14) when a Wal-Mart truck slammed into the back of a limousine he was travelling in, killing his mentor and colleague James 'Jimmy Mack' McNair. Morgan, 45, was released from a rehabilitation centre last week (ends11Jul14) and has since returned to his New Jersey home, where he will continue his recovery for injuries including a broken leg, a broken nose and several broken ribs.
On Monday (14Jul14), he was pictured back on his feet with the help of a walker as he was helped into a waiting car outside his house. Asked how he was feeling, he told photographers, "I'm OK. I feel strong. Love you. Thank you very much. I appreciate it."
Wal-Mart driver Kevin Roper stands accused causing the multi-vehicle accident after allegedly falling asleep at the wheel of his truck. Morgan, his assistant Jeffrey Millea and comedian Ardie Fuqua, who were also injured in the crash, filed suit against bosses at the U.S. superstore on Thursday (10Jul14), accusing them of negligence, alleging company executives should have known Roper had been awake for more than 24 hours and that his drive from his home in Georgia to work in Delaware was "unreasonable". Roper denies charges of vehicular homicide and assault by auto.
Rapper Macklemore is going green in support of a new campaign to clean up the Duwamish River in Washington. The river runs through the star's native Seattle and he is fronting a new drive to help protect the water source from pollution.
The River for All scheme urges local officials to clean up the Duwamish after it was listed as one of the most toxic sites in the U.S.
Macklemore says, "Recently I had the opportunity to meet with community leaders to learn about a deeply important local resource to our city that has been sorely neglected, the Duwamish River... I was alarmed, however, to learn more about the river's current state and negative impact on our city's public health... I believe that it is our responsibility as members of Seattle to clean and restore this river back to health, and to make sure that ALL children can grow up and have access to a clean and safe environment...
"We are Seattle. No bridge, boundaries or invisible man-made lines divide us. This is our home, our people and our community. This is our city's only river."
Author James Patterson is giving away 45,000 copies of his books as part of a drive to get New York City's youngsters reading. The Alex Cross creator, one of the world's most successful writers, hopes the move will encourage kids to enjoy literature during their summer break.
It follows a similar campaign in Chicago, Illinois, where he gave away 28,000 books.
Patterson says, "I love New York City, and I'm so delighted to be sharing the gift of books and reading with the city's sixth graders.
"These students have the potential to do great things, and supporting and nurturing that potential is our most important job as parents, and as citizens."
Australian actress Caitlin Stasey has stunned followers on Twitter.com by posting topless pictures of herself online. The Reign star shared a series of explicit images, which show her baring her breasts, on her social media account on Thursday (19Jun14) as part of the #FreeTheNipple campaign, which calls for a change in Instagram.com's no nudity policy.
The drive was highlighted by Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's daughter Scout last month (May14) when she marched through the streets of New York City topless.
After uploading the pictures, which were later removed, Stasey slammed critics of the campaign, writing, "Your body shouldn't be a prison because of the way other people will see it. Be dressed, be undressed, it is YOUR vessel."
She then added: "Shout out to those following me 4 (for) t*t pics only, you're like those who watched Sex & The City just for the sex. You'll get bored eventually."
The Foo Fighters have agreed to play a show in Richmond, Virginia following a successful crowdfunding campaign by fans. Earlier this year (14), devotee Andrew Goldin and three fellow fans set up a page on Crowdtilt.com in a bid to raise $70,000 (£43,750) to entice the rockers back to Richmond for the first time since 1998.
Hundreds of backers paid $50 (£31) a ticket for the potential show, helping Goldin and friends hit their target, and the drive has prompted Dave Grohl and his bandmates to agree to making a stage comeback in the city.
After hearing the news on Friday, the Foo Fighters reached out to the campaign organisers via Twitter.com, writing, "Well, well, well... See ya soon...let's have a good time."
An official date for the show has yet to be scheduled.
Rising British boyband Rixton faced a race against time to honour a U.S. TV commitment on Wednesday morning (28May14) after suffering a cancelled flight and a flat car tyre on a nightmare journey from Montreal, Canada. The pop newcomers, who are managed by Justin Bieber's mentor Scooter Braun, had been booked to perform their new single Me and My Broken Heart on the Today show in New York City, but the boys feared they would miss their slot after experiencing a series of travel problems.
Rixton had been due to fly from Montreal to the Big Apple on Tuesday night (27May14), but their flight was cancelled and they decided to instead jump in a car for the long drive across the U.S. border.
However, they faced another setback on the road as they had to deal with a flat tyre along the way, and they only just managed to make it to the Today show's studios with minutes to spare.
Taking to Twitter.com on Wednesday morning, Braun wrote, "Flight cancelled, 6hour drive, flat tire, arrived 15 min (sic) before live tv performance on the @TODAYshow but @RixtonOfficial made it. Well done".
A lawyer for model/actor Tyson Beckford's nephew is seeking the dismissal of murder charges against his client amid allegations he was too drunk to realise the danger he posed when he allegedly embarked on a boozy joyride, which resulted in a fatal collision with a New York City bus. Dominic Whilby, 22, stands accused of stealing a delivery van and attempting to drive himself home after a night out with Beckford at the Dream Downtown Hotel club in February (14).
He then crashed into a transit bus, killing driver William Pena and injuring four others.
He was subsequently charged with manslaughter, two counts of grand larceny, three of criminal assault, criminal mischief and criminal trespass, and was later also hit with additional charges of felony second-degree murder.
Whilby has pleaded not guilty to all accusations and claims to have no memory of the incident, and now his lawyer, Harvey Slovis, is attempting to use the excuse to have the murder counts thrown out.
In his court motion, Slovis writes, "By his own admission... (Whilby) had no memory of what had happened and did not even know how he ended up in a vehicle. There was no time, even if defendant was cognizant of what he was doing, to establish that he was aware of the risks involved in his behavior."
Whilby had been due to appear in Manhattan Supreme Court this week (ends16May14), but the hearing was adjourned after Slovis filed the motion for dismissal of the murder charges.
Aviva Drescher did not appear in this week's episode of Real Housewives of New York, but her words haunted these ladies like the thought of their Botox administer skipping town (Dr. Pendergast really is the best with the T-zone so here’s hoping he doesn’t leave New York City). Like in Return of the Jedi Aviva’s astral form hung around whispering “You’re both white trash, quite frankly,” over and over again. This is mostly because Ramona Singer, a.k.a. Eyelander, and In-the-Red Sonja Morgan were kind of acting like white trash. Violence, emotional outbursts, and crying about your father... this feels like an episode of Maury.
Malice: Threw the Looking Glass 2: The Jabberwonky Eye
Post glass-throwing, Ramona storms off with Sonja to head back to Heather’s house to fix her hair. Meanwhile, Kristen Taekman is drenched in pond water with microorganisms slowly crawling into a cut on her face. The ladies try to calm her down and she is a very good sport about this. Hitting someone in the face with an object and drawing blood sounds a little like assault. It doesn’t take Phaedra Parks to solve this mystery, Ramona drew blood. Had it been Kenya Moore that she hit, Ramona would have been arrested. The ladies prep for dinner and both talk a ton of smack. Ramona tells Sonja she feels like her father. Sonja has a breakdown and starts crying and yelling at her about it. #repressedmemory It sort of seems like Ramona is manipulating Sonja’s issues with her parents. Heather Thomson tries to play hostess and mend fences. She also tries to laugh the whole thing off. However, Kristen is justifiably outraged. She’s a good sport because she just wants to know why it all happened. Ramona stumbles over to Kristen yells a ton about getting wet and gives her the most disingenuous apology in Housewives history. Before things bubble over, Heather surprises the ladies with an Elvis impersonator. Kristen gets too distracted and forgets about Ramona and her wine.
Wilted Flowers in the Attic
Ramona realizes she’s persona non grata. To get away before someone mentions the word assault Ramona packs her bags and calls a pilot friend. Dressed in her most dowdy mom drag she joins the ladies for a hike. While in the woods, Ramona sees some trees that remind her of her back yard. Apparently, she lived in the Cabin in the Woods. Also, her childhood must have been like Flowers in the Attic… at least in her current story. Apparently, not mentioned until she needs to make a hasty getaway, she had an abusive father. It’s probably true but it’s shameless to dust off old wounds to get out of a girl’s trip. She convinces Carole Radziwill to drive her to the airport. Ramona’s hot pilot friend shows up. An attractive man flies to come pick up Ramona while she’s away for the weekend and her husband thinks she’s on vacation. You do the math. As Ramona flies away into the sunset, Carole stands on her rented car. She wonders if she’ll get her deposit back if the rental company sees her walking on the hood on TV. Then she remembers she’s painfully thin and the car may have dented her... plus Bravo paid for the car. Meanwhile, Sonja loses it again and yells at Kristen for not understanding abuse. Apparently, Sonja is accessing some pretty heavy memories and projecting them on this light situation. Throwing anything at someone’s face crosses a line.
I’ll Show You My Pontoon
Heather plans a boat trip with two of Sonja’s favorite things: booze and men under 21. She’s starting to really resemble Ramona Singer... scratch that, we mean Bryan Singer. Sonja sloppily hits on a 20-year old pontoon captain. Sonja is a stunningly beautiful woman but she really shouldn’t get this sloppy on camera. Given her emotional outbursts, she may need a hug or a Care Bear stare.
Ramona Caught Wine Handed
Heather plans an elaborate dinner to close the weekend. Everyone brings up the glass incident for the umpteenth time. But suddenly, LuAnn desperate Lesseps gets a text. It’s a picture of Ramona partying at Molly Sims’ latest party. And with that, Sims gets mentioned more than she has since Las Vegas was canceled. They even get a picture. This confirms everyone’s suspicions that Ramona made shameless use of her “abuse” to leave like a thief in the night. Sonja ponders if Ramona has been manipulating her and how much wine she had that day. The other ladies have decided they will “get even” with Ramona. If they plan to destroy her they will have to find the horcruxes Ramona hid at Jill Zarin’s fabric store and Alex McCord’s Brooklyn brownstone.
The Duchess of Put-Downs
LuAnn may have been downgraded to a “friend” of the housewives but she has sharpened her wit. She gets some of the best lines of the night:
"If we’re gonna talk about vocabulary, 'provoking' isn’t an adjective, it’s a verb. Just sayin'." – giving Heather a vocabulary lesson
"Ramona would never, ever, ever go to therapy. She claims she’s in perfect mental health." – on Ramona’s mental state
"Sonja doesn’t exactly live in the real world, so getting hit in the face with reality must hurt." – a well crafted Sonja burn
Real Houselines of New York City
"I think we’ve got a non sequitur here: shotgun recoil on one side, a psycho b**ch throwing a wine glass at your face on the other. Are they the same thing? I don’t think so." – Heather
"Her hair looks like s**t." – Kristen on Ramona's ruined blow-out
"What are you the wicked witch of the Hamptons? You gonna melt?" – Kristen on getting Ramona wet
"Who are you to get me wet?" – Ramona doesn’t know what entendre means
"Of course the only option for white wine is Ramona Pinot Grigio. Hope she doesn’t throw the bottle at my face... b**ch." – Kristen
"That was some act. I mean, not Oscar worthy. But definitely People’s Choice… or Daytime Emmy." – Carole on Ramona’s meltdown
"Do you go to Christian Mingle online? I tried it, but I was unmatchable." – Sloppy Sonja flirting
"I’ve had experiences with women, just not with you." – Sonja repeating what Carole told her
Singer Boy George looks back at the week he spent cleaning up rubbish with New York Department of Sanitation employees with fondness, because they treated him with such kindness and respect. The Culture Club frontman was sentenced to five days of community service in 2005, following his arrest in Manhattan on suspicion of cocaine possession and falsely reporting a burglary. The drug charge was later dropped and he began his stint with the Big Apple's trash collectors in August, 2006.
But he admits the fact that he did his service with "good grace" won him favour with his colleagues.
Boy George explains, "I wanted to come back to America, so I knew that if I didn't come and do it (community service) I would never be able to come back here... I thought, 'It's a week of hard labour,' and I have to say that the people at the New York Sanitation Department were so fantastic to me.
"They thought I was gonna be like Shirley Bassey, they thought that I was gonna be a nightmare, so they were quite amazed that I just got on with it.
"I kind of got on really well with everyone there, so I left there actually thinking, 'That was actually a nice week!'
"I talked about doing a gig for them. They said they were gonna pick me up from the New York airport in rubbish trucks and drive me into the city."