Orange Is The New Black star Taryn Manning has been granted an order of protection against a former friend who is accused of harassing the actress. Jeanine Heller appeared at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City to face a misdemeanour charge over allegations she bombarded Manning with hundreds of online messages between April (14) and July (14), according to the New York Post.
Heller was freed without bail, but Judge Lisa Sokoloff issued an order of protection banning her from contacting Manning, as well as the actress' mother and the family dog, telling the defendant, "The last person who violated my orders of protection is now in jail."
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It’s not shocking that the media frenzy surrounding Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army Soldier who was controversially traded for five Guantanamo Bay prisoners after spending five years as a prisoner of the Taliban, release is still going strong. But it is somewhat of a surprise that just three weeks after he was freed, two separate films have already been launched about his story, one by Zero Dark Thirty helmer Kathryn Bigelow and the other by relative newcomer Todd Field. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the former will center her film on the events leading up to his extraction from the Taliban, while the latter has optioned the Rolling Stone article, “America’s Last Prisoner of War,” as the inspiration for the project.
But while the conversation regarding these projects seems to be centered on whether Bigelow or Field will finish their film first (or whose final product will be better, or who will finally option the rights to Berdgdahl’s life), one fact is continually overlooked. Namely, that it is way too soon for Hollywood to make a movie about Bergdahl and his release. There’s no denying that his story has all of the makings of a great film, and both Bigelow and Field will likely do an excellent job with the material, but now is not the time for that film to be made.
Though there are countless articles, opinion pieces, comments and exposes available about Bergdahl’s time in the Army and his rescue from the Taliban, very little of those contain any actual facts about the case, because there simply aren’t very many available. Most of the Army’s investigations and findings are classified, and they haven’t released much to the media other than general statements. Almost everything that is known about Bergdahl’s case is conjecture, which means that there is very little objective truth for Bigelow and Field to base their films on.
Basing a film primarily on conjecture and evidence that has been pieced together by the media will result in a movie that is heavily biased, no matter which way it leans. Admittedly, all films are biased in some way, but Bergdahl is such a controversial figure that whatever the films’ biases are, they will be used by the media to support or refute any points they want to make, which will color the public’s consciousness towards the situation, and make it more difficult for the truth to come out. And since the government and the Army are still looking into the circumstances that surrounded Bergdahl’s release, those perceptions could impact the outcome of those investigations. Whatever impact these projects have on the public consciousness could help sway the decision in Bergdahl’s case, rather than allowing the objective facts to decide.
In addition to the public implications that Bigelow and Field’s films could have, making them now is just insensitive. Bergdahl hasn’t even been out of captivity for a month, and already Hollywood is attempting to capitalize on his story. He has yet to return to his home and his family – he hasn’t even returned to the United States at all yet – and already directors are circling to try and profit off of him. No matter your personal feelings on Bergdahl or his actions, the fact remains that he should be allowed to recover from a traumatic experience before people attempt to turn those experiences into other people’s entertainment. At the very least, consider his family and loved ones, who deserve the right to spend some time with Begdahl and celebrate his return home before they have to work through their feelings about the films.
We’re not saying that a film should never be made about Bergdahl; we’re just saying that it doesn’t need to be made now. Hollywood should wait until we, as a nation, have some perspective about the situation, or at least until the 24-hour news cycle has found something else to focus on. Wait until the ongoing investigation has concluded, wait until we have some answers to support the media’s endless theories, or even just wait until Bergdahl arrives back on American soil. It doesn’t matter when the film finally does get made, as long as it's not right now.
Chris Brown celebrated his prison release at a star-studded secret bash thrown by his family and friends on Thursday (05Jun14).
The troubled singer was freed from jail on Monday (02Jun14) after serving time for being kicked out of court-ordered rehab, a condition of his probation violation case stemming from his 2009 assault conviction for attacking ex-girlfriend Rihanna. Brown marked his return at a surprise party in Beverly Hills, California on Thursday evening.
After being guided in blindfolded by his girlfriend Karrueche Tran, he was greeted by friends including rappers T-Pain, Tyga, Akon, and Romeo at the poolside bash. In posts on Instagram.com, a shocked Brown could be seen hugging and shaking hands with his pals.
Prosecutors in Chris Brown's Washington, D.C. assault case have asked a judge to bring forward the newly-freed singer's trial date to the end of June (14). The Kiss Kiss hitmaker was released from prison on Monday (02Jun14), over two months after he was incarcerated for violating his probation by getting kicked out of a court-ordered rehab programme for bad behaviour in March (14).
He was also handed an additional four-month term in early May (14) after admitting to breaking the terms of his probation, served up during his 2009 Rihanna assault trial, while in D.C. in October (13), when he allegedly became embroiled in a fight outside a hotel.
Brown is due to appear in a Washington, D.C. court on 25 June (14) for a status conference, but the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia filed legal papers on Wednesday (04Jun14), seeking to change the hearing to the start date for the trial.
The lead prosecutor claims there is no reason to delay it any longer as Brown's probation violation admission is grounds enough to try him on the misdemeanour assault charge, according to TMZ.com.
The embattled star's lawyer, Mark Geragos, previously insisted Brown's admission was not a confession of his involvement in the attack on 20-year-old Patrick Adams.
The singer's bodyguard Christopher Hollosy has already been found guilty of assaulting Adams, who accused the minder and Brown of beating him up and breaking his nose in an unprovoked altercation.
Singer Chris Brown has voiced his gratitude following his release from prison on Monday (02Jun14). The beleaguered R&B star, who has been behind bars since March (14), was freed in the early hours of Monday morning (02Jun14), and he appeared to celebrate his new-found freedom by taking to his Twitter.com page on Monday to write, "Humbled and Blessed."
The singer was jailed earlier this year (14) following his dismissal from a court-ordered rehab stint for bad behaviour, which was part of a probation violation case stemming from his 2009 assault conviction for attacking ex-girlfriend Rihanna. He was facing a year behind bars, but received credit for the time he already spent in rehab and in custody.
Officials have yet to reveal the reason for Brown's early release. The 25 year old is still facing an assault trial in Washington, D.C. over allegations he attacked a man during an unprovoked altercation in October (13).
Iranian authorities have freed a group of music fans who were arrested for filming a video of themselves dancing to Pharrell Williams' hit song Happy. Three men and three women were tracked down and taken into custody on Tuesday (20May14) after a clip of the friends' promo tribute, featuring them dancing on the streets and rooftops of Tehran, became a viral hit after it was uploaded onto YouTube.com last month (Apr14).
The city's police chief Hossein Sajedinia branded the footage "vulgar" and demanded the arrest of the fans and those involved in the shooting of the video.
The news caught Williams' eye and he expressed his disdain at their imprisonment in a message online, which read: "It is beyond sad that these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness."
Iran's president Hassan Rouhani also appeared to criticise the cops' actions by reposting a tweet he previously wrote last year (13). It read: "#Happiness is our people's right. We shouldn't be too hard on behaviours caused by joy."
The six video stars have since been released on bail, and one of the women, fashion photographer Reihane Taravati, took to her Instagram.com account on Wednesday (21May14) to thank fans for their support.
She writes, "Hi, I'm back... thank you @pharrell and everyone who cared about us love you all so much and missed you so much (sic)".
However, a representative for the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI) reveals not all those arrested are free.
A message shared on the organisation's Twitter.com page reads: "All people who made the Happy video released today, except the director of video, a source close to the families said."
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to three years in jail for embezzling state funds. At a court hearing in Cairo on Wednesday (21May14), the former leader was found guilty of redirecting millions of dollars meant for maintaining the presidential palaces.
His two sons, Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, were also convicted. They were given four-year prison terms.
The trio has been fined $3 million (£1.8 million) and also ordered to repay the $17.6 million (£10.4 million) they embezzled.
Mubarak, 86, was jailed for life in 2012 for failing to stop the killing of protesters during the uprising which overthrew him in 2011.
Following an appeal, a retrial was ordered and in August, 2013, Mubarak was freed from custody pending the new hearing as he had served the maximum amount of pre-trial detention allowed.
He has since been under house arrest at a military hospital in Cairo due to health reasons.
Pussy Riot stars Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina have created a new account on Twitter.com so they can correspond with their English-speaking fans. The Russian rockers, who spent 18 months behind bars after they were arrested for staging a protest gig in a Moscow church, were freed from jail in December (13) and have been celebrating their freedom by tweeting in their native language.
But now Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina are catering to their other fans around the world by creating an account in which they will only write in English.
Their first post reads: "Russia is not China or Iran YET, so since we can still use Twitter, we will give a shot at running it in English, so hi to everyone here!"
Other posts on the popular microblogging site have condemned Russian president Vladimir Putin, who was the target of the rocker's Moscow protest, and the financial moguls on America's Wall Street, but they also showed their sense of humour by posting a photo of themselves attending the recent Vanity Fair party following the 2014 White House Correspondents' Dinner, along with a caption that reads: "We have only one set of clothes and we wear it (sic) everywhere - even if we're at Vanity Fair party."
The two punk stars plan to use Twitter.com to raise awareness about women's rights issues around the world and promote their new Pussy Riot website.
The killer who inspired director Richard Linklater's 2012 film Bernie has been offered a home at the moviemaker's estate following his release from prison. Convicted murderer Bernie Tiede is a free man after serving time for killing his elderly friend Marjorie Nugent in 1996, and then covering up her death for almost a year.
Jack Black played the soft-spoken mortician in the 2011 film, which chronicled the crime and Tiede's 1999 trial, during which he maintained he killed Nugent in self-defence following years of emotional abuse. Despite an outpouring of public support for popular Tiede, he was convicted of murder.
Linklater got to know all about Tiede while making the film and he agreed to testify on his behalf when his attorney won an appeal after re-examining the case and uncovering evidence of sexual abuse Tiede had suffered at the hands of the old lady he killed.
In court on Tuesday (06May14), the director offered to let Tiede live in his garage apartment in Austin, Texas as the killer was released from his life sentence on $10,000 (£6,250) bond. Linklater says, "Myself and others are determined to help him in any way we can." The 55 year old has also agreed to attend counselling sessions.
Now that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are returning to the big screen, it's time for another Saturday morning staple to follow in their footsteps. The Power Rangers are getting a live-action film, with the possibility of a franchise, reports MTV News. The project is still in its early stages, so it hasn't been revealed whether the film will be for children, like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, or whether the rebooted Rangers will be targeting an older audience. Some are predicting that it will be a darker, grittier interpretation of the story, since the press released name-checked Lionsgate properties The Hunger Games andDivergent, but a different direction would deprive the Power Rangers of the fundamental ridiculousness...
...because Power Rangers is, at its heart, completely ridiculous. Between the awkward cuts between footage from the original Japanese shows, the terrible acting and monsters of the week that ranged from dumb to disturbing, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was filled with insanity. In honor of the movie news, and to prove that the franchise needs to be handled with a great sense of humor, we've rounded up 10 of the most insane, nonsensical or just plain stupid moments fromMighty Morphin Power Rangers. Feel free to take notes, Lionsgate.
The Gnarly Gnome One of Rita’s earliest plans involved using music to manipulate the Rangers, and so she transformed a Garden Gnome into a villain who could hypnotize people using his accordion. What better way to manipulate teenagers than with an instrument they would never listen to played by a terrifying lawn ornament they would never possibly go near?
“For Whom the Bell Trolls”There are so many strange things about this episode: Trini admitting to her high school class that she collects weird dolls, Rita stealing her evil plans from episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark, Mr. Ticklesneezer suddenly deciding he’s a good guy, Mr. Ticklesneezer himself, the weird dream cop-out ending, and a title that references Hemingway.
The Wedding of Zedd and Rita Every television show needs a big wedding, right? We’re assuming that was the logic behind a three-part episode centered on Rita marrying Zedd in the weirdest, longest, most elaborate intergalactic ceremony of all time. And they didn't even have the courtesy to invite the Rangers!
Zordon, Child Kidnapper In the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Christmas Special, Alpha 5 threw a holiday party for the Rangers, who were busy helping Santa save Christmas, so Zordon teleported a bunch of random kids into Command Central to sing carols with Alpha 5 and cheer him up. Heartwarming in theory, completely messed up in reality.
Dino Zords Are Birthed From Volcanoes The only thing cooler than giant dinosaur robots that fight alien monsters? Having those dinosaurs appear from an erupting volcano every time the Rangers transform, for no discernable reason other than the fact that the effects guys got a little over-excited one day.
The Origins of Rita RepulsaThe whole Power Rangers series kicked off after Rita Repulsa was freed from a space dumpster by two astronauts, allowing her to terrorize the rangers and attempt to take over the world. That’s right: the most fearsome villain in the universe was found in the trash and it was just readily accepted.
Alpha 5 and Dylan: BFFs Sure, Alpha 5 desperately wants to be a Ranger, but the way to go about that isn’t befriending random a random lost child in the park and then spending the entire episode just hanging out with him. Also, that kid should have been a lot more wary; Stranger Danger rules apply to robots as well.
“Power Ranger Punks” Another completely insane episode from start to finish, this one featured not only personality-changing potions (and a terrible, cheesy interpretation of punks), but also a giant toad that eats all the Rangers and a quest for a Singing Squash to create a potion antidote. Clearly Power Rangers has never heard the phrase “less is more.”
The Rangers Only Wear Their Designated Colors Either Zordon wants his Rangers to coordinate at all times, or the writers knew that the kids watching would be too hopped up on sugary cereal to bother learning the characters’ names.
Pumpkin Rapper Mighty Morphin Power Rangers had a lot of stupid villains, but the stupidest of them all might have been Pumpkin Rapper, an orange "person" with a giant Jack O’Lantern for a head that spoke in “hip hop” lyrics. This is a villain that appeared in multiple episodes.