Embattled R&B star Chris Brown's jail time has been extended to the end of April (14) in a bid to keep him out of trouble until his next court hearing. The 24-year-old singer was arrested and taken into custody on Friday (14Mar14) after he was asked to leave a Malibu, California rehab facility for reportedly violating the centre's rules.
As a result of his dismissal, lawmakers in California ruled he had violated a court order to complete a rehab stint.
The judge who sentenced Brown after he was arrested and charged with beating up then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 initially ordered the singer to live in the Malibu, California rehab facility for 90 days in an effort to sort out his anger issues, but he extended the star's rehab stay earlier this month (Mar14), and instructed Brown to stay put until his ongoing assault case, relating to a fight outside a hotel in Washington, D.C. in November (13), was over.
On Monday (17Mar14), Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin refused a request to allow Brown to complete rehab at another facility and set a probation violation hearing for 23 April (14).
Judge Brandlin also told the singer and his attorney Mark Geragos that he was concerned about remarks the star allegedly made while in rehab about the use of guns and knives, and ruled Brown should stay behind bars.
Chris Pine has pleaded guilty to a charge of drink-driving in New Zealand. Earlier this month (Mar14), the Star Trek actor was driving home from a wrap party for his film Z for Zachariah in Canterbury when his car was pulled over by local Methven police at a routine drink-drive checkpoint.
After failing subsequent sobriety tests, he was arrested and was charged with driving with excessive blood alcohol.
On Monday (17Mar14), Pine appeared at a hearing at the Ashburton District court, where police told officials tests revealed the 33 year old's blood alcohol level at 0.11 per cent, which is well over the country's legal limit of .08 per cent.
According to Fairfax Media, Pine's lawyer Marilyn Gilchrist told the judge the actor acknowledged he made the wrong decision to take the wheel after allegedly consuming four vodka drinks, and he had "suffered emotionally and professionally and that the negative publicity had put his acting contracts in jeopardy".
The judge accepted Pine was "entirely remorseful", and fined him $93 NZD (£48). Pine's New Zealand driver's licence was suspended for six months.
Troubled R&B star Chris Brown is on his way to jail after violating an order to complete rehab. The Kiss Kiss singer has reportedly been kicked out of the treatment facility where he has been battling anger management issues for the past four months.
The judge who sentenced Brown after he was arrested and charged with beating up then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 initially ordered the singer to live in the Malibu, California rehab facility for 90 days in an effort to sort out his temper problems, but the lawmaker extended the star's stint earlier this month (Mar14), and instructed Brown to stay put until his ongoing assault case, relating to a fight outside a hotel in Washington, D.C. in November (13), was over.
Sources tell TMZ.com that Brown was asked to leave the treatment facility on Friday morning (14Mar14) for violating rules.
It's the second time the singer has been thrown out of rehab this year - he was asked to leave another facility following a heated exchange with his mother, which culminated in the star hurling a brick through her car window.
Reports he was arrested on Friday afternoon without incident, taken to the inmate reception centre in downtown Los Angeles and booked in to jail.
Brown is still on probation for his 2009 assault conviction in the assault.
Chris Brown's lawyer has petitioned a judge to block a settlement payment to a woman who alleged the singer assaulted her during a night out in California last year (Jun13). Deanna Gines claimed she suffered torn ligaments in her right knee after the star pushed her to the ground at the Heat Ultra Lounge in Anaheim.
Police decided not to pursue the case, so Gines sued the singer and club owners over her alleged injuries.
Brown filed a countersuit, but the owners of the nightclub settled with Gines for $15,000 (£9,375).
However, the 24 year old's lawyer, Mark Geragos, is asking a judge to block the settlement because he feels it will unfairly affect their case and leave Brown solely responsible, according to TMZ.com.
Meanwhile, the Kiss Kiss hitmaker's on/off girlfriend Karrueche Tran has filed a declaration stating Brown never came in contact with Gines.
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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You don't arrive at the Grand Budapest Hotel without your share of Wes Anderson baggage. Odds are, if you've booked a visit to this film, you've enjoyed your past trips to the Wes Indies (I promise I'll stop this extended metaphor soon), delighting especially in Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and his most recent charmer Moonrise Kingdom. On the other hand, you could be the adventurous sort — a curious diplomat who never really got Anderson's uric-toned deadpan drudgings but can't resist browsing through the brochures of his latest European getaway. First off, neither community should worry about a bias in this review — I'm a Life Aquatic devotee, equally alienating to both sides. Second, neither community should be deterred by Andersonian expectations, be they sky high or subterranean, in planned Budapest excursions. No matter who you are, this movie will charm your dandy pants off and then some.
While GBH hangs tight to the filmmaker's recognizable style, the movie is a departure for Anderson in a number of ways. The first being plot: there is one. A doozy, too. We're accustomed to spending our Wes flicks peering into the stagnant souls of pensive man-children — or children-men (Moonrise) or fox-kits (guess) — whose journeys are confined primarily to the internal. But not long into Grand Budapest, we're on a bona fide adventure with one of the director's most attractive heroes to date: the didactic Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes mastering sympathetic comedy better than anyone could have imagined he might), who invests his heart and soul into the titular hotel, an oasis of nobility in a decaying 1930s Europe. Gustave is plucked from his sadomasochistic nirvana overseeing every cog and sprocket in the mountaintop institution and thrust into a madcap caper — reminiscent of, and not accidentally, the Hollywood comedies of the era — involving murder, framing, art theft, jailbreak, love, sex, envy, secret societies, high speed chases... believe me, I haven't given half of it away. Along the way, we rope in a courageous baker (Saoirse Ronan), a dutiful attorney (Jeff Goldblum), a hotheaded socialite (Adrien Brody) and his psychopathic henchman (Willem Dafoe), and no shortage of Anderson regulars. The director proves just as adept at the large scale as he is at the small, delivering would-be cartoon high jinks with the same tangible life that you'd find in a Billy Wilder romp or one of the better Hope/Crosby Road to movies.
Anchoring the monkey business down to a recognizable planet Earth (without sacrificing an ounce of comedy) is the throughline of Gustave's budding friendship with his lobby boy, Zero (newcomer Tony Revolori, whose performance is an unprecedented and thrilling mixture of Wes Anderson stoicism and tempered humility), the only living being who appreciates the significance of the Grand Budapest as much as Gustave does. In joining these two oddballs on their quest beyond the parameters of FDA-approved doses of zany, we appreciate it, too: the significance of holding fast to something you believe in, understand, trust, and love in a world that makes less and less sense everyday. Anderson's World War II might not be as ostensibly hard-hitting as that to which modern cinema is accustomed, but there's a chilling, somber horror story lurking beneath the surface of Grand Budapest. Behind every side-splitting laugh, cookie cutter backdrop, and otherworldly antic, there is a pulsating dread that makes it all mean something. As vivid as the worlds of Rushmore, Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonrise might well have been, none have had this much weight and soul.
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So it's astonishing that we're able to zip to and fro' every crevice of this haunting, misty Central Europe at top speeds, grins never waning as our hero Gustave delivers supernaturally articulate diatribes capped with physically startling profanity. So much of it is that delightfully odd, agonizingly devoted character, his unlikely camaraderie with the unflappably earnest young Zero, and his adherence to the magic that inhabits the Grand Budapest Hotel. There are few places like it on Earth, as we learn. There aren't many movies like it here either.
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Comedian Chris Kattan has been ordered to attend alcohol anonymous (AA) meetings after pleading not guilty to DUI following his arrest last month (Feb14). The former Saturday Night Live star was arrested in the early hours of 10 February (14) after crashing his Mercedes into a parked car on a California freeway.
He appeared in court on Monday (03Mar14) to face a charge of driving under the influence of drugs, and the judge overseeing the case decided to send him to AA meetings twice a week as a condition for his bail - even though he was not thought to have consumed alcohol prior to his arrest, reports TMZ.com.
Kattan's police run-in occurred hours after he exhibited erratic behaviour on a flight to Los Angeles, where he had to be tended to by medics upon landing.
He recently blamed medication he was prescribed following back surgery for the in-flight drama, telling TMZ.com, "I was taking medication for my back, I had surgery, there's a big scar on my back... I'm fine."
Chris Brown has been ordered back to rehab for another two months . The Don't Stop The Music singer undertook a three-month stint beginning in November (13) for anger management following his arrest for alleged assaulting a photographer in Washington, D.C.
At a progress hearing on Friday (28Feb14), a Los Angeles judge ordered Brown to return to rehab for an anger management and drug rehab program for a further two months before returning to court on 23 April (14).
Brown was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in facility documents read out at the hearing.
The document reads, "Mr. Brown became aggressive and acted out physically due to his untreated mental health disorder, severe sleep deprivation, inappropriate self-medicating and untreated PTSD."
Brown is still on probation for assaulting pop star Rihanna in 2009. His trial for the photographer assault case is set for 17 April (14) in Washington.
Who is Harry Connick Jr.? Well, he's a Grammy award-winning jazz pianist who became famous for providing the soundtrack to When Harry Met Sally. He's also an accomplished actor with projects as varied as Independence Day and Will & Grace on his resume. Plus, he does a killer Jeff Goldblum impression on request. Oh yeah, he also might be the coolest judge that American Idol has ever had.
Simon Cowell became a cultural icon for his abrasive belittling of contestants; Randy Jackson made "dawg" a part of the national lexicon. AI would never have become the phenomenon that it did without them. Still, calling them cool is a bit of a stretch.
Connick, with his loose-limbed charm, doesn't have to work at being cool. What the singer has provided for AI is the same thing that Blake Shelton and Adam Levine give to The Voice: a level of genuine self-confidence that isn't threatened by the cameras, the audience, or the contestants. Connick doesn't have to worry about his image or his credibility. He gives the impression that if his fame faded away and he had to spend the rest of his life playing clubs in his native New Orleans, he'd be perfectly content with that. When a series of young auditioning singers had no idea who he was, Connick turned it into a series of self-deprecating jokes… including introducing himself to one contestant as Chris Isaak.
While some contestants took to calling him "Harsh Harry," in reality, his criticisms come across as being honest assessments. He might be the funniest judge the show has ever had, but he has no problem telling contestants what he really thinks of their performances. During Hollywood week he told the assembled group that he hates it when singers complain about not feeling well and warning them not to expect any sympathy from him if they try it. Hearing a performer acknowledge that a paying crowd really doesn't care if a performer is sick — that they paid to see a show and they expect to see one — was both refreshing and a healthy dose of practical advice for the would-be stars. As sincere as he is, Connick is not afraid to get goofy. Case in point: when he started dancing during contestant C.J. Jones audition (that is, if you can call doing the robot dancing).
Off the show, Connick has also been a boon for the Fox marketing department as he continuously entertains reporters and talk show hosts alike. He's equally adept at breaking into song or offering up fake answers to banal queries, such as telling Entertainment Weekly that Keith Urban is really from Brooklyn and "mistakenly" referring to Jennifer Lopez as Jennifer Lawrence.
So, who is Harry Connick Jr.? In the end, he's the guy that's making American Idol relevant again.
Chris Brown is back at work after completing his 90-day court-ordered stint - he was spotted filming a new video in California on Saturday (22Feb14). The R&B star appeared to be in great spirits as he sang and danced for the cameras at Universal City Walk near Los Angeles.
The Kiss Kiss hitmaker was reportedly given a pass to leave rehab on Friday (21Feb14) to collect an award from a Los Angeles-based community group. He documented his evening in a series of posts on his Instagram.com page and later announced plans to release a new album in May (14).
Meanwhile, reports suggest he is keen to stay in rehab for further anger management treatment.
A judge ordered the troubled singer into rehab in November (13) for temper therapy.