Rapper Petey Pablo has been released from prison. The star, real name Moses Mortimer Barrett III, was sentenced to three years in jail for trying to smuggle a gun through an airport in September, 2011 and he started his jail time in January, 2012.
He was due for release in July (14), but he walked freed from a New Jersey jail early on Thursday morning (13Mar14) and is keen to get back to work.
A statement released to AllHipHop.com reads, "I just want to say that I'm totally glad to be back in the race and behind the wheel of a car that has been fine tuned for the greatest performance.
"I'm now headed to the workshop to begin what will be noted as my best work ever with one of the greatest producers of all time. My brother, my friend, my partner for life mega producer Timbaland, the king."
Rapper Lil Boosie has spoken out for the first time since his release from prison, revealing he is ready to head back into the studio after writing more than 1,000 songs while behind bars. Last Wednesday (05Mar14), the hip-hop star was freed after five years in the Louisiana State Penitentiary, and Boosie, real name Torrence Hatch, is eager to get back in the rap game with fresh material.
In New Orleans on Monday (10Mar14), Boosie held his first press conference since his release and opened up about how his time in jail affected him and the future of his career.
With family and friends including fellow rappers Bun B, Young Jeezy and Webbie in the audience, he said, "I really got a lot of stories to tell about my life and what my family went through. That just made me a stronger person who knows I can't be slipping. I gotta do right.
"I feel like the music I got, the rap game wide open for me to take over. What I been hearing these last four days on the radio, it’s different from my music... And different brings greatness. I just feel I stand alone in the music industry. That's how I think I'll stay on top."
Boosie already has his sights set on working popular artists, including a singer who's been faced with his own legal troubles over the past few months - Justin Bieber.
The star divulged, "I got a hit (song) for Justin Bieber, and I just got music. I just got good, quality street music."
In total, he wrote 1,018 songs while in prison and has been in the studio every night since his release working on a new album.
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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Rapper Lil Boosie celebrated his release from prison on Wednesday night (05Mar14) by sharing a new song with his fans. The hip-hop star was freed after five years behind bars at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, and Boosie, real name Torrence Hatch, was so eager to get back to his rap game that he recorded a new track - during the car ride home from jail.
Boosie posted a video on YouTube.com, titled The Ride Home, which featured him sitting in the backseat of a car, while freestyling about his new-found freedom.
In the 54 second clip, he raps, "Labelled me Scarface, Al Capone and Larry Hoover/You and I know it was damn wrong how they judged Boosie.
"Man just trying to take off these jail clothes... Shackled down from my feet to my hands/ Missing my kids, man, a feeling only I can explain... Get back to doing what I was doing with my money machine. Ching, ching."
Representatives at his label Atlantic Records have confirmed Boosie will be making his first official public statement on Monday (10Mar13), during an event in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Pussy Riot star Maria Alyokhina has condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin for sending armed troops to the troubled Crimea region of the Ukraine, comparing his actions to the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. The outspoken punk rocker, who was freed from prison in December (13) after serving time for performing a protest song against Putin, has penned an opinion piece in The New Republic, urging Russian citizens to take a stand against the government in a bid to encourage politicians to do the right thing.
Alyokhina is convinced that if nothing is done to put a stop to the military intervention in Crimea, which has been denounced by political leaders in Europe and the U.S., Putin will be allowed to take control of the former Soviet Union country and quash Ukrainians' calls for political change and alignment with the European Union.
She writes, "Those who have accepted the verdict to live their lives in passive oblivion will repeat history and its mistakes. In this way, standing at the brink of war under banners of a struggle for peace, Russia is repeating 1968."
Slamming Putin and his government's apparent tactics to divide and conquer, Alyokhina adds, "The difference between Russia and a penal colony is that in a penal colony your sentence is decided upon by the state, but in Russia we should decide how long we will live like this. Otherwise, the world will watch as the Kremlin will increasingly resemble a prison watch tower, which, on behalf of the Russian Federation, will issue commands, commands to send in the troops."
The invasion of the former Czechoslovakia occurred months after the Prague Spring, a brief period of political reform during which the nation was led by the liberal Alexander Dubcek, who wanted to democratise the nation.
El James's popular erotic Fifty Shades Of Grey trilogy hit its 100 millionth sale worldwide this week (begs24Mar14), making it one of the bestselling series of all time. By achieving the milestone, this puts the series level with Ian Fleming's James Bond series, which was first published more than 50 years ago, while James' book only debuted in 2011.
The trilogy, which also includes Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, has been published in 51 languages and is the fastest-selling book series in the history of Random House, the world's largest publisher.
However, Fifty Shades of Grey still has a long way to go to catch up with series such as Stephanie Meyer's Twilight (120 million) and Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code (200 million).
At the top of the list is J.K. Rowling's beloved wizard Harry Potter, as the seven-book series has sold more than 450 million books globally.
The film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, is currently in production and slated to hit cinemas in February, 2015.
Mike Tyson has cancelled his upcoming U.K. theatre tour after failing to resolve visa issues. The former boxer's Undisputed Truth shows were thrown into jeopardy late last year (13) when Tyson was refused entry to the U.K. due to a change in immigration law which bars convicts previously sentenced to more than four years in prison.
Tyson vowed to work with U.K. authorities to resolve the visa issues ahead of his planned theatre shows, but he has been unable to find a solution and his tour has now been cancelled.
He says in a statement, "I am truly grateful for my U.K. fans and have always considered this country my second home so it is disheartening that I am no longer granted entry. I hope at some point I will be allowed entry back into the country that has afforded me so many cherished memories. In the meantime, I send my sincerest apologies to my fans that purchased tickets and have been inconvenienced by this due process. Please understand this is all out of my control. I was looking forward to performing and meeting you all. I hope in the near future I am still given the opportunity to do so."
Tyson was freed in 1995 after serving half of a six-year jail term for rape.
Ticketholders to the March (14) shows will be given full refunds.
Members of Pussy Riot have blasted the leaders of the International Olympic Committee for staying quiet after the punk protest group was whipped and beaten by Russian security forces on Wednesday (19Feb14). Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina were among six members of the band who were assaulted by Cossack militia as they tried to stage a pop-up show at the site of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
They were whipped, punched, and subdued with tear gas, and some of the women had their trademark masks viciously yanked off, while others were thrown to the ground.
Now Tolokonnikova and Alekhina, who were both freed from prison in December (13) for an earlier anti-government protest, have slammed Olympics bosses for condemning footage of the sickening assault as "extremely disturbing", but leaving it to Russian authorities to investigate.
Speaking after the militia attack on Wednesday, Tolokonnikova said, "The Olympics have turned... an authoritarian regime into a totalitarian regime with preventative arrests.
"The Olympics creates a space for the complete destruction of human rights in Russia. Here we are banned from speaking out. Here everyone's rights are banned, including political activists, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) representatives, (and) ecologists."
Tolokonnikova and Alekhina, along with a third Pussy Riot member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, were sentenced to two years in prison in 2012 following a Pussy Riot protest at a church in Moscow.
Members of punk protest group Pussy Riot were violently whipped and beaten as they were tackled by members of Russia's security forces during a performance stunt in Sochi on Wednesday (19Feb14). The female rockers attempted to stage a pop-up show in the Olympic host city under a sign advertising the Winter Games, but their stunt was cut short when they were approached by a group of Cossack militia.
The men grabbed the women and ripped their coloured masks from their heads. Maria Alekhina was attacked with a whip, along with a male photographer who was taking pictures of the performance.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who was previously jailed along with Alekhina for performing a protest song against Russian President Vladimir Putin, was violently knocked to the ground and whipped.
Sickening footage of the incident, posted on YouTube.com, shows Tolokonnikova screaming and crying out in pain as the officers grapple with her. She attempts to continue singing the words to the group's song after clambering to her feet.
Other members of the group were violently unmasked and the footage shows one bandmember being hit in the face as she tries to stand her ground.
A guitar which was wielded by one of the group was removed and thrown in a trash bin, but later recovered as the bandmembers left the scene.
The incident comes just a day after Tolokonnikova and Alekhina were arrested by police in Sochi on Tuesday (18Feb14) hours before a planned protest performance. They were reportedly questioned over an allegation of theft from a hotel, but were released without charge.
The two women were previously sentenced to two years in jail for performing a protest song against Putin in a Moscow church. They were freed in December (13) as part of an amnesty.
Pussy Riot rockers Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina were arrested by police in Russia on Tuesday (18Feb14) just hours ahead of a planned protest performance at the Winter Olympics. The two women, who were released from prison in December (13) from a two-year sentence for protesting against President Vladimir Putin at a church in Moscow, were held on an allegation of theft from a hotel but later freed without charge.
In a determined bid to relaunch their political activism, they had headed to Sochi, Russia on Sunday (16Feb14), where the Winter Olympics have been taking place under the shadow of tension over the country's gay rights laws.
They planned to join up with other Pussy Riot members and stage a protest against the leader by performing their new song Putin Will Teach You How to Love the Motherland, but they were arrested along with other activists and several journalists.
Tolokonnikova alleges she and Alekhina were grilled by security service officials on Monday (17Feb14) and have been under surveillance since arriving in the region.
In a post on Twitter.com, she writes, "We are in Sochi in order to carry out a Pussy Riot action. The song is called, Putin will teach you how to love the motherland".
She and Alekhina were among a group of 10 activists and journalists who were reportedly arrested by Sochi police on Tuesday.
The two Pussy Riot members were released after several hours, and a police spokesman said, "A survey in connection with the theft at the Hotel Adler is completed, there is no claim against those questioned."