Police in New York have arrested a man accused of stalking Miss USA, Erin Brady, according to reports. Lanre Orimabogunje, 28, is said to have made several visits to the beauty queen's Manhattan apartment building and office, and on 5 August (13), allegedly approached her at her home and tried to touch her head.
According to the New York Daily News, he told her, "I’ve been tracking you since you were born. I have GPS (sic). You wear an invisible crown."
The incident was reported to authorities and cops managed to track down the suspect, who had signed his real name in her apartment building's guest ledger.
He was arrested at a Brooklyn homeless shelter on Wednesday night (14Aug13) and has since been charged with stalking in the fourth degree.
Brady, who holds the title of Miss Connecticut, was crowned Miss USA 2013 in June (13).
Week after week for nine straight years, television audiences would amble into the General Mercantile in Walton's Mountain, Virginia, to be greeted by the smiling face of one Ike Godsey. Portrayed by character actor Joe Conley, Ike served as one of The Waltons' most recognizable and charming recurring players through the series' nine season-long run. In the acting business for more than 20 years prior to hitching his wagon to the CBS drama, Conley embodied roles big and small in film and television alike. Sadly, Deadline reports that on July 7, the 85-year-old Conley passed away in a California care facility, approximately a decade after setting his acting career to rest.
Among the performer's final roles was a part in the hit Tom Hanks drama Cast Away, which capped off a showbiz career that extended more than half a century. In addition to The Waltons, Conley enjoyed roles on other "small-town" classics, such as Mr. Ed, Lassie, The Brady Bunch, Dragnet, Gunsmoke, Dennis the Menace, and Green Acres, but also appeared on the likes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and in a Carol Channing Show television movie.
One of the everpresent faces in classic television, you'd be hard pressed not to happen upon Conley in the occasional late night rerun viewing. The amicable character actor is survived by his wife Louise Ann Teechen and their four children, Erin, Jana, Kevin, and Julie.
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The Waltons star Joe Conley has died at the age of 85. The actor passed away on Sunday (07Jul13) at a care facility in Newbury Park, California. His cause of death is unknown but reports suggest he had been suffering from dementia.
Conley appeared in episodes of several TV shows during the 1950s and 1960s, including Lassie, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Green Acres and The Brady Bunch.
His big break came when he landed the role of shopkeeper Ike Godsey in family drama The Waltons, starring in more than 170 episodes of the 1970s series before it ended in 1981.
Conley appeared in some of the show's reunion movies, and more recently boasted a role in Tom Hanks' 2000 film Cast Away.
Mary Beth McDonough, who played Erin Walton in The Waltons, has paid tribute to her co-star, writing in a post on Facebook.com, "It is a a sad day... please keep him, (his wife) Louise, and his family in your prayers. RIP Mr. Godsey."
You're probably thinking that this little girl is just someone who wants to become the next Miss USA. After all, the latest winner, Erin Brady (Miss Connecticut), was crowned Sunday night, so a story about a young beauty pageant hopeful would be a fitting follow-up. But no, this young girl is not the next Miss USA. In fact, she doesn't even look like this yet. The girl pictured above is actually what a top forensic artist predicts baby Kimye will look like. We know, it's a lot to deal with. Take your time.
Kim Kardashian gave birth to her first daughter on June 15, more than a month before her due date. Meanwhile, U.S. forensic artist Joe Mullins studied recent photographs of Kim and Kanye West (the baby's father) and used the latest computer technology to predict how the couple's daughter could look. So here's baby Kimye all grown up. Frankly, I'm pretty sure she's wearing more makeup in this one photo than I've collectively worn in my entire life.
There's no word yet on the name of Kim and Kanye's baby girl, but we wouldn't be surprised if it ended up being something like Koala. Or maybe they'll just go for it and name her Kimye — it wouldn't be the strangest thing either of them has done.
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All of Miss Connecticut's (née Erin Brady) dreams came true when she was named 2013's Miss USA during Sunday night's pageant. Unfortunately for the 25-year-old, however, another contestant stole the spotlight — and the headlines.
While Brady donned her crown and thanked God for the invention of waterproof mascara, Miss Utah (Marissa Powell) was well on her way to becoming a viral Internet sensation. In a fail the likes of which we haven't seen since Miss Teen South Carolina's bumbling disaster of an answer in 2007 ("Like... such as... the Iraq..." — facepalm), Powell went down in flames while attempting to answer judge NeNe Leakes' question about unequal pay in the workforce.
The question, as posed by Leakes, was as follows: "A recent report shows that in 40 percent of American families with children, women are the primary earners, yet they continue to earn less than men. What does this say about society?"
To which Powell responded (thanks to Deadspin for transcribing this mess): "I think we can relate this back to education, and how we are … continuing to try to strive to [epic pause] figure out how to create jobs right now. That is the biggest problem. And I think, especially the men are … um … seen as the leaders of this, and so we need to try to figure out how to create educate better so we can solve this problem. Thank you."
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Ironically, following her win, Brady told the Associated Press of the pageant, "I think that now more than ever, they're accepting that we're all intelligent individuals and that it's really not a stereotype."
Better luck next time, Powell.
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Miss Connecticut Erin Brady was crowned Miss USA 2013 in Las Vegas on Sunday night (16Jun13). The 25 year old will now represent the U.S. at the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, Russia, on 9 November (13).
Rocker Steven Tyler has sparked speculation of a reconciliation with his former fiancee Erin Brady after they were photographed together in New York. The Aerosmith frontman proposed to the model on Christmas Day in 2011, but rumours of trouble in the relationship surfaced last autumn (12) and by January (13), they had allegedly called off their engagement and split.
However, it appears the couple is back together after Tyler was snapped out and about in Manhattan's trendy Tribeca district this week (begs10Jun13) with the leggy beauty by his side.
The 65-year-old rocker, who has been married twice before, began dating Brady, who is 25 years his junior, in 2006.
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.
Exactly two weeks after undergoing a successful double mastectomy, Giuliana Rancic decided to return to work on Tuesday. Earlier, the E! news host tweeted about her excitement of going back to work, writing, "Back at work today since surgery. Excited to be on set of @ENews. I've missed my 2nd family (co-workers and you guys!!!) #thankful." Shortly after her December 13th surgery, her husband Bill Rancic said the doctors reported there is "less than a one percent chance [the cancer] would reoccur." I think I speak for everyone when I say: Congratulations Giuliana and welcome back! - US, Twitter
Over the holiday weekend, Steven Tyler's girlfriend of five years, Erin Brady, was spotted wearing a gigantic diamond ring on her left hand while in Maui. Sources told TMZ that the couple are engaged, but no actual confirmation about an engagement ring has been made by Tyler or Brady themselves, so all we can do right now is speculate. But if you're wearing that kind of bling on that oh-so-important finger, then what are we supposed to think? ('Tis the season after all). If they really are engaged though, this will be the American Idol judge's third marriage. - TMZ
Ever wonder why Jennifer Aniston decided to cut her hair back in February? Well thankfully, the answer is finally here. The actress explained in the January issue of InStyle that, "The real reason I cut my hair? My real hair was getting thinned out again from all the extensions...It was starting to look fake." Whew! I know I feel better now. - E!, InStyle
A big hit at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival Hamlet 2 often careens out of control but when it connects the theatre fills with laughter. This is a story of a very frustrated high school drama teacher Dana Marschz (Steve Coogan) who decides to stage his own play--a musical sequel to Hamlet featuring original songs he has composed (titles like “Rock Me Sexy Jesus” and “Gay As the Day Is Long”). Yes he’s aware everyone died at the end of Shakespeare’s immortal classic but the failed actor-turned-teacher has found a way to bring them back to life by using a time machine(!) In any event he’s desperate to save the Tucson school’s arts program which is being cut and he thinks this is the answer. Certainly it’s better he figures than his usual productions which have the students re-enacting live stage versions of popular movies such as Erin Brockovich that are regularly panned by the ninth-grade drama critic. Of course the non-PC nature of the show causes lots of outrage from school officials and community leaders but with the help of ACLU attorney Cricket Feldstein (Amy Poehler) Dana remains steadfast in his determination to go on with the show. Coogan is brilliantly loony and wildly funny in a hit-for-the-fences interpretation of the character. He’s definitely taking chances turning off the audience with his off-the-wall approach to playing this desperate loser who has to resort to teaching bored kids. It’s Coogan’s energy and fresh approach that make the movie work better than it has any right to. Poehler who also scored recently in Baby Mama is hilarious as the take-no-prisoners lawyer who comes to Dana’s defense. Catherine Keener is droll perfection as his bored wife who is having an affair with their boarder Gary underplayed nicely by David Arquette. In the good sport category Elisabeth Shue turns up as…Elisabeth Shue now a local nurse after her movie career supposedly hit the skids. She’s actually very funny spoofing herself and the whole aura of the successful Hollywood star. The students are all first rate including Dana’s star pupils Rand Posin and Epiphany Sellers played amusingly by Broadway’s Spring Awakening cast members Skylar Astin and Phoebe Strole respectively. And special mention to The Ralph Sall Experience for their hilarious musical parodies. Director Andrew Fleming lets the gags fly with abandon and gets much of the broad bits to actually work. He and screenwriter Pam Brady forge a close collaboration that results in a pretty good hit-to-miss ratio on the laugh meter; anyone expecting subtlety has wandered into the wrong theatre. Working with a wonderful group of actors with plenty of improvisational experience certainly has helped here and Fleming’s film has the look and feel of a by-the-seat-of-your-pants experience. The actual staging of Hamlet 2 is rather inspired with the multitude of wacky musical numbers cleverly presented. The Southwestern high school that Coogan’s character is stuck in is spot-on although Tucson residents probably won’t appreciate the numerous jokes made at the expense of their town.