Embattled rapper Lil Reese is back behind bars after he was arrested on a gun charge on Monday night (28Jul14). The rising hip-hop star, real name Tavares Taylor, was taken into custody by police in his native Chicago, Illinois and booked for felony possession of a firearm.
He is being held on $50,000 (£29,412) bail at Cook County Jail, according to XXLmag.com.
The arrest is the 21 year old's latest legal woe - last year (13), he was busted three times in as many months over accusations of possession of marijuana, presentation of false documentation to obtain a vehicle and for his involvement in an alleged attack on a woman in 2012.
Reese, who is signed to Def Jam Recordings, also served two years of probation after pleading guilty to burglary charges in May, 2010.
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A James Brown biography would have no business playing docile. Still, when we hear the word “biopic,” we think today of the Rays and Walk the Lines that earned the attention of the Academy and public alike. We expect any musician’s story to hold the low notes, no matter how wild and kooky said musician might be — and as such might entail, in the illustration of his life, a connection that Get on Up makes quite effectively.
From the get-go, we’re enveloped in the mania that is James Brown. We’re invited into an old Mr. Brown’s fragmented brain via a particularly chaotic scene involving a shotgun and a penchant for lavatorial exclusivity. Before we can even latch onto the adult Brown in question, we’re thrust back a ways into his young adulthood, then his childhood, back again to the dawn of his career, then the peak, revisiting eras and introducing new ones with an unpredictable and consistently engaging rhythm. Not unlike his music, James Brown’s story is both irreverent and industrious, barely tiring as it carries past its second hour.
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On the contrary: the film is so adherent to its vigor that it can actually be exhausting to watch after a while. We’re asked to expend as much energy as Chadwick Boseman pumps into his evolution from a scrappy entertainer to the hardest working man in America, needing a breather around his fourth or fifth stage performance. But if you can make it through the show, you’ll be mighty impressed at Boseman’s turn as Brown.
In his embodiment of the character — of the flash, of the style, of the grit — Boseman is stellar, though beneath the elaborate linens we see find a great deal for the talented young actor to play with. Beside him is the film’s arguable standout: Nelsan Ellis, playing James Brown’s best friend, sidekick, and punching bag Bobby Byrd. More a story about the duo’s relationship than one about Brown as a star in his own right, Get on Up makes determined magic when we watch the fellas trade compassion, camaraderie, and egos.
Dressed up with visual flares, narrative transgressions, fourth wall demolition, and even a few bits of absurdist humor, Get on Up aims for the lively character that James Brown was known to offer. Even if it might pack too much to hold our attention for such a lengthy runtime — especially with most of its material wading at surface level — just about everything it has to offer is exciting, vivid, and distinctly musical.
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Orange Is The New Black star Taylor Schilling celebrated her 30th birthday in New York City nightclub Catch Roof over the weekend (26-27Jul14) with Joshua Jackson, Rose Byrne and Byrne's boyfriend Bobby Cannavale. Her TV co-stars, including Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox and Natasha Lyonne, also joined the party.
Toby Keith has topped a Forbes list of highest-paid country singers for the second year in a row. The Red Solo Cup hitmaker has raked in $65 million (£38 million) since June, 2013, according to editors at the magazine.
The sum includes profits from his own record label, Show Dog - Universal, as well as his endorsement deal with Ford, his I Love This Bar and Grill restaurant franchise, and his liquor range, Wild Shot.
Over the past six years, Keith has earned more than $335 million (£197 million), according to the magazine.
Taylor Swift stays put at number two from last year's list, having earned $64 million (£37 million) in the past 12 months, while Kenny Chesney is at three with $44 million (£26 million), and Jason Aldean ($37 million/£22 million) and Luke Bryan ($34 million/£20 million) round out the new top five.
Hollywood actress Liv Tyler has found love with David Beckham's close friend Dave Gardner, according to a U.K. report. The Armageddon star, who is divorced from British rocker Royston Langdon, is believed to have struck up a romance with sports agent Gardner, who has previously been linked to Kelly Brook and Rita Ora, earlier this year (14).
A source tells Britain's The Sun newspaper the couple was introduced by supermodel Kate Moss, adding, "This is the real deal. Dave and Liv are madly in love... They've actually been an item for quite a long time, but have gone to great lengths to keep it a secret."
Tyler has a son with her ex-husband, while Gardner was previously married to British actress Davinia Taylor. Beckham was best man at Gardner's wedding.
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi is to receive a special award for his philanthropy. The Bon Jovi star has been named the 2014 recipient of the Marian Anderson Award, which recognises artists who make a valuable social contribution, and he will pick up the accolade at a ceremony in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in November (14).
The prize is named after opera star and Philadelphia native Marian Anderson, who became the first black soloist at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1955.
The Livin' on a Prayer hitmaker, who runs the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, says of the award, "It's a great honour to be recognised by the great city of Philadelphia, in receiving this prestigious award. The JBJ Soul Foundation originated in Philadelphia and will continue to reach those in need, both locally and nationally. Through the 'power of WE,' we can end homelessness and hunger."
The star is slated to accept the prize and a $25,000 (£14,706) charity donation on 18 November (14).
Previous recipients include Mia Farrow, Sidney Poitier, Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Gere.
Taylor Swift turned love guru by doling out advice to a fan who asked the singer for dating tips on Instagram.com.
A fan called Hannah left a comment under one of the Love Story hitmaker's pictures on the photosharing app earlier this week (22Jul14), writing to Swift about a boy she likes who has a girlfriend of his own.
She wrote, "There's a guy Taylor... who I have the biggest crush in the whole wide world on, and he'll never like me back... @taylorswift can you give me some advice maybe. I love you."
The music superstar, who has had her fair share of public relationships, surprisingly wrote back a sincere note back to Hannah with her advice on what to do in the situation.
Swift wrote, "About this guy. I think we grow up thinking the only love that counts as true love is the kind that lasts forever or is fully realized. When you have a broken heart, the first thing a stranger will ask is 'how long were you two together?' As if your pain can be determined by how long you were with someone. Or if you were with them at all."
"I don't think that's how it works. I think unrequited love is just as valid as any other kind. It's just as crushing and just as thrilling. No matter what happens in this situation, I want you to remember that what you are doing is selfless and beautiful and kind. You are loving someone purely because you love them, not because you think you'll ever have your affections reciprocated. You are admiring something for its beauty, without needing to own it."
"Feel good about being the kind of person who loves selflessly. I think someday you'll find someone who loves you in that exact same way."
A flabbergasted Hannah wrote back, "You have no idea how much this means to me, thank you. You understand and that means so much. I feel like you're the big sister I don't have. Thank you, I really did need to hear that from you."
Actress Dakota Johnson is reportedly dating Welsh rocker Matthew Hitt. The daughter of Hollywood veterans Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson was photographed strolling arm in arm with Drowners musician Hitt in New York City on Wednesday (23Jul14), a day before the highly-anticipated trailer for her new movie Fifty Shades of Grey was released.
The new couple was also snapped sharing an intimate kiss.
Johnson, 24, was romantically linked to Last Man Standing actor Jordan Masterson last year (13), while Hitt, who moved to the Big Apple in 2011, is said to have dated model Atlanta de Cadenet, the daughter of Duran Duran star John Taylor and British TV personality Amanda De Cadenet.
The stage adaptation of Gwyneth Paltrow's Oscar-winning movie Shakespeare In Love has won over sceptics to become the toast of London's West End. The theatrical version of the 1998 film, which starred Paltrow alongside Joseph Fiennes and Dame Judi Dench, opened at the Noel Coward Theatre in London on Wednesday night (23Jul14) and won a standing ovation from critics.
The Guardian's Michael Billington praises Shakespeare In Love for successfully transferring from the big screen and transcending the cinema, writing, "I've often attacked our modern mania for turning movies into plays. But, in the case of Shakespeare in Love, the transformation is fully justified... (This) new version is a love letter to theatre itself... This is a play that stands on its own two feet."
The London Evening Standard's Henry Hitchings gives the show five stars out of five and applauds the lead actors, Lucy Briggs-Owen and Tom Bateman, for taking over the roles made famous by Paltrow and Fiennes.
He writes, "While they may not eclipse the memory of Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow, there's an easy chemistry between the tousled, rather earnest Bateman and Lucy Briggs-Owen... There are rich laughs, flickers of mischief and peachy spurts of surrealism. A few heavy-handed moments aside, Shakespeare in Love has a fizzy, infectious exuberance."
Paul Taylor of The Independent also awards the play five stars, along with The Daily Telegraph's full marks review, which adds, "At a time when so many stage shows are based on films, it is odd that it has taken so long for Shakespeare in Love to arrive in the West End. But boy has it been worth the wait... The Oscar-laden movie... was terrific, but in (director) Lee Hall's delightful stage adaptation the piece seems to have found its true home."
"You have to try to understand where people are coming from. This has always been an issue in our society. A white person can play Cleopatra, even though Cleopatra was a North African woman, who in reality had coffee skin. But that's not sellable in Hollywood. So you get Elizabeth Taylor with purple eyes. There's always been a lot of tension in the African-American community about Hollywood being a whitewashing machine." Zoe Saldana is trying to understand why her casting as jazz great Nina Simone has been met with so much opposition because she's not black enough.