A representative for 50 Cent has hit out at reports suggesting the rap superstar has abandoned his teenage son after suffering a major fall-out last year (13). The In Da Club hitmaker, real name Curtis Jackson, became embroiled in a feud with Marquise and his mother Shaniqua Tompkins in January, 2013 after the boy reportedly refused to answer the door when his famous father visited.
They exchanged a series of angry text messages over the incident, and the family drama went public after they were shared online, with 50 Cent allegedly declaring "I don't have a son anymore" in one angry text.
50 Cent's reputation as a father hit headlines again this week (begs06Jan14) after Tompkins alleged he had not seen Marquise since May, 2012 - but now the hip-hop mogul is fighting back, dismissing suggestions he's a bad dad.
A statement issued by the rapper's representative to TMZ.com reads: "50 is saddened by the attention-seeking tactics of his son's mother. He remains a proud and supportive father and feels blessed to have two sons."
50 Cent became a father for the second time in September, 2012 after ex-girlfriend Daphne Joy gave birth to a son named Sire Jackson.
The star shared a series of photos of the tot on his Instagram.com page on Monday (06Jan14), before deleting them moments later over fears he was putting the child's safety in danger by plastering his photo all over the blog.
50 Cent's relationship with Joy hasn't gone so smoothly either - he was sentenced to probation and 30 days of community service in October (13) after he was accused of domestic violence following an alleged fight with her.
Rapper 50 Cent has been sentenced to probation and 30 days of community service after striking a plea deal to avoid jail time in his domestic violence case. The In Da Club hitmaker, real name Curtis Jackson, was hit with one count of misdemeanour domestic violence and four of misdemeanour vandalism following a heated dispute with his ex, model Daphne Joy, in June (13), when he is accused of kicking her and causing $7,100 (£4,730) in property damage.
He initially faced up to five years behind bars after pleading not guilty to the allegations, but managed to work out a deal with prosecutors to keep him out of jail and instead pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanour vandalism on Monday (28Oct13).
The hip-hop star was ordered to serve three years probation and perform community service, while he must also attend counselling sessions and pay $7,100 in restitution to Joy.
In exchange, California authorities agreed to drop the domestic violence charge, according to TMZ.com.
A previous restraining order banning 50 Cent from contacting Joy, who is rumoured to have had a child by the rapper, will remain in place.
Rapper 50 Cent has pleaded not guilty to domestic violence charges in a Los Angeles court on Monday (05Aug13). The In Da Club hitmaker was charged with one count of misdemeanour domestic violence and four counts of misdemeanour vandalism stemming from a June (13) incident with model Daphne Joy, who is reportedly the mother of his child.
Joy alleges that the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, kicked her and trashed her house during an argument.
In court on Monday, a judge ordered Jackson to stay away from Joy and hand over his weapons collection, according to TMZ.com. He was also served with more papers, reportedly relating to the case, as he was leaving the courthouse.
Jackson has maintained his innocence.
In a statement to TMZ.com in July (13), his attorney said, "Curtis Jackson denies these allegations as made against him... We have been in contact with the L.A. City Attorney's Office and are currently conducting our own investigation into these allegations."
50 Cent is due back in court next month (Sep13) for another hearing. If convicted, he faces up to five years in jail.
50 Cent's arraignment on domestic violence and vandalism charges has been postponed until 5 August (13). The rapper's attorneys requested the delay so they can arrange for their client to appear in court to face charges he attacked a former girlfriend in her home in Toluca Lake, California in June (13).
Daphne Joy dated the hitmaker, real name Curtis Jackson, for three years and reportedly shares a child with the rap star.
Reports suggest 50 Cent destroyed $7,100 (£4,700) worth of property, and left the scene before police arrived.
He faces up to five years behind bars, according to prosecutors.
Rapper 50 Cent has cut his son and ex-girlfriend out of his will following a vicious family feud. On Monday (08Jul13) reports emerged suggesting the Candy Shop hitmaker had disowned Marquise, his teenage son with Shaniqua Tompkins, via text after screen shots of their private phone conversation were leaked online.
During their chat, the hip-hop star, real name Curtis Jackson, insinuated the 16 year old wasn't his rightful child by asking him to get a DNA test, before adding, "I will have nothing to do with you. Don't text me ever again... Delete my number."
A short while later he took to Twitter.com to announce he had adjusted his estate plan to exclude Marquise and his ex from his will, proclaiming he would leave the majority of his assets to the daughter of his tragic former manager, Tiffany Lighty, an aspiring filmmaker who recently starred in a Forbes magazine photo shoot with the Grammy winner.
He wrote, "I rewrote my will today now when I pass away all my physical property's and MOST of my money go's to charities and TIFFANY LIGHTY so when I'm done she can be 50cent (sic)".
Afterwards, the 38 year old used his social networking account to clarify reports suggesting the text messages had been intended for Marquise, insisting Tompkins had also been using the boy's phone to communicate with the rapper.
He tweeted, "That was his mother texting me as him.she sold that to a web site.she hate me for Winning, it's hard to replace me. Read the text carefully you will see what I'm saying (sic)."
50 Cent has had a rough few weeks - earlier this month (Jul13) he was charged with domestic violence after allegedly attacking his former girlfriend, Daphne Joy. He was also dropped from the performance bill at an upcoming Major League Baseball event amid the controversy.
Hip-hop superstar 50 Cent will no longer perform as part of a Major League Baseball party in New York this weekend (13-14Jul13), days after he was charged with domestic violence. The In Da Club hitmaker, real name Curtis Jackson, had already pulled out of plans to make an in-store promotional appearance in Birmingham, England on Monday (08Jul13), and now his name has been removed from the line-up for the MLB All-Star Bash at Manhattan's Roseland Ballroom on Sunday (14Jul13), reports TMZ.com.
50 Cent had been booked to attend the bash, but an online advertisement for the event now only promises two "surprise performances" for attendees.
It is not yet known if MLB organisers dropped him from the gig or if the rapper axed the show himself.
50 Cent faces one misdemeanour for domestic violence and four counts of vandalism following allegations he attacked his ex-girlfriend, Daphne Joy, at her California home on 23 June (13), causing over $7,000 (£4,516) in damages. He has vehemently denied the charges.
Hip-hop superstar 50 Cent has denied allegations of domestic violence following a reported attack on his ex-girlfriend. The In Da Club hitmaker, real name Curtis Jackson, has been slapped with five misdemeanours - one for domestic violence and four for vandalism - after police were called to the Los Angeles home of his former lover, Daphne Joy, on 23 June (13).
He is accused of kicking down the door to a bedroom, where Joy had been hiding, and causing over $7,000 (£4,516) in damages.
50 Cent was said to have left the property before cops arrived on the scene, and although he has not been arrested, prosecutors filed charges against him on Wednesday (03Jul13).
The rapper's New York lawyer, Scott Leemon, has been in touch with California authorities to straighten out the situation and he insists 50 Cent is innocent.
Leemon tells the New York Daily News, "Curtis Jackson denies these allegations as made against him. It is important to note Mr. Jackson has not been arrested and there is no warrant outstanding for his arrest...
"(We) are currently conducting our own investigation into these allegations."
He faces up to five years behind bars and a maximum of $46,000 (£29,677) in fines if convicted of the charges. He is expected to appear in court for his arraignment on 22 July (13).
50 Cent is rumoured to have fathered a child with Joy last year (12), but he has only publicly confirmed being a dad to his 16-year-old son Marquise with ex Shaniqua Tompkins.
Rapper 50 Cent is facing domestic violence charges over allegations he attacked a former girlfriend last month (Jun13). The In Da Club superstar allegedly became embroiled in an altercation with his former lover Daphne Joy at her home in California on 23 June (13), and caused over $7,000 (£4,516) in damage.
After she locked herself in a bedroom, the hip-hop star - real name Curtis Jackson - allegedly kicked down the door and attacked her.
He reportedly left the scene before cops arrived, but has now been slapped with five charges, including one count of misdemeanour domestic violence and four counts of misdemeanour vandalism.
The police report has revealed that the star shares a child with Joy, who he split with in 2011, reports TMZ.com. Jackson has only publicly confirmed being a father to his 16 year old son Marquise with ex Shaniqua Tompkins.
He is set to appear in court on 22 July (13).
Robert Zemeckis is a blockbuster director at heart. Action has never been an issue for the man behind Back to the Future. When he puts aside the high concept adventures for emotional human stories — think Forrest Gump or Cast Away — he still goes big. His latest Flight continues the trend revolving the story of one man's fight with alcoholism around a terrifying plane crash. Zemeckis expertly crafts his roaring centerpiece and while he finds an agile performer in Denzel Washington the hour-and-a-half of Flight after the shocking moment can't sustain the power. The "big" works. The intimate drowns.
Washington stars as Whip Whitaker a reckless airline pilot who balances his days flying jumbo jets with picking up women snorting lines of cocaine and drinking himself to sleep. Although drunk for the flight that will change his life forever that's not the reason the plane goes down — in fact it may be the reason he thinks up his savvy landing solution in the first place. Writer John Gatins follows Whitaker into the aftermath madness: an investigation of what really happened during the flight Whitaker's battle to cap his addictions and budding relationships that if nurtured could save his life.
Zemeckis tops his own plane crash in Cast Away with the heart-pounding tailspin sequence (if you've ever been scared of flying before Flight will push into phobia territory). In the few scenes after the literal destruction Washington is able to convey an equal amount of power in the moments of mental destruction. Whitaker is obviously crushed by the events the bottle silently calling for him in every down moment. Flight strives for that level of introspection throughout eventually pairing Washington with equally distraught junkie Nicole (Kelly Reilly). Their relationship is barely fleshed out with the script time and time again resorting to obvious over-the-top depictions of substance abuse (a la Nic Cage's Leaving Las Vegas) and the bickering that follows. Washington's Whitaker hits is lowest point early sitting there until the climax of the film.
Sharing screentime with the intimate tale is the surprisingly comical attempt by the pilot's airline union buddy (Bruce Greenwood) and the company lawyer (Don Cheadle) to get Whitaker into shape. Prepping him for inquisitions looking into evidence from the wreckage and calling upon Whitaker's dealer Harling (John Goodman) to jump start their "hero" when the time is right the two men do everything they can to keep any blame being placed upon Whitaker by the National Transportation Safety Board investigators. The thread doesn't feel relevant to Whitaker's plight and in turn feels like unnecessary baggage that pads the runtime.
Everything in Fight shoots for the skies — and on purpose. The music is constantly swelling the photography glossy and unnatural and rarely do we breach Washington's wild exterior for a sense of what Whitaker's really grappling with. For Zemeckis Flight is still a spectacle film with Washington's ability to emote as the magical special effect. Instead of using it sparingly he once again goes big. Too big.
If your biggest problem with My Week with Marilyn was that it didn't feel "big" enough, Grace of Monaco might be your wheelhouse.
Consider everything about Simon Curtis' 2011 biopic. The subject matter: Marilyn Monroe. The star: Michelle Williams. The time frame: one week. The subtext: the icon's emotional turmoil. Up the ante on all four, and you get Grace of Monaco — a film about Grace Kelly, as portrayed by Nicole Kidman, over a period of six months, covering an international dispute between Monaco and France. Your move, Curtis.
The biggest question that likely comes to mind when considering this project is whether or not Kidman is the right fit for Kelly. At first glance, everything seems on point. Both women are larger than life presences who exemplify glamour and regality. The problem with this is, however, that actors of such presence sometimes find difficulty in effectively selling biopic roles. Did you really forget that it was Meryl Streep behind Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, or Leonardo Di Caprio behind J. Edgar Hoover in J. Edgar?
This is not to say that Kidman can't handle the role; her Kidman's capabilities regularly amaze. But hopefully, the public will be able to look past the Kidmanity and focus wholeheartedly on the Grace.
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