Actor, producer and director William Greaves has died at the age of 87. The filmmaker passed away on Monday (25Aug14) in his native New York after suffering from a long illness.
Greaves began his career in entertainment as an actor with the American Negro Theatre, alongside fellow members Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier and appeared in films such as 1949's Lost Boundaries and 1974's Lost in the Stars.
He was also known for co-hosting and executive producing groundbreaking 1960s TV news show Black Journal, which won him an Emmy Award in 1970.
He moved away from acting after becoming frustrated by the lack of opportunities for black stars and relocated to Canada, where he became a documentary-maker, covering topics including the civil rights movement and boxing great Muhammad Ali's 1971 championship bout against Joe Frazier, in a 1975 film titled Ali, the Fighter.
He also made the comedy Symbiopyschotaxiplasm: Take One, about a director facing a backlash from his cast and crew. The 1960s film was only released in 2005, but has since become a cult favourite.
50 Cent's bodyguard is allegedly under police investigation after attacking a father and son who attempted to snap photos of the rapper on a family shopping trip. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ.com Lazzeri Frazier was spotted taking cellphone shots of 50 and his son at the Burbank Town Center in California on Sunday (03Aug14).
The rap star's bodyguard reportedly crept up behind the opportunist dad and snatched the phone out of his hands. During an altercation that followed, Frazier claims the bouncer shoved him sparking a brief fight.
Frazier's 16-year-old son attempted to break up the alleged brawl and was punched in the face.
Eyewitnesses corroborated the dad's story when police officers arrived at the scene, minutes after 50 Cent and his entourage had left the mall. The rapper is not a suspect.
A representative for Lauryn Hill has dismissed reports suggesting the embattled R&B star is facing possible charges over new allegations of tax fraud, insisting the stories are false. The former Fugees singer served three months behind bars for tax evasion last year (13) after failing to file returns with America's Internal Revenue Service from 2005 to 2007.
She managed to pay off debts amounting to more than $900,000 (£562,500) relating to that case prior to her jail stint, but rumours suggesting Hill owed another $866,868 (£541,792) to the IRS, surfaced online last week (ends21Mar14).
However, her publicist, Kathryn Frazier, has now shot down the allegations, claiming documents purportedly showing the new tax debt are old, reports Pitchfork.com.
A statement issued by Frazier reads: "Contrary to media gossip (fact checking seems to be a dying art-form) there are no changes in Ms. Hill's legal status.
"Ms. Hill has finished her sentence, has been fulfilling her agreement with the IRS, and is taking care of all outstanding matters in regards to this situation. She is not in jeopardy of any further charges. The press is reporting on paperwork that had recently been filed, and has now become public record."
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star Nelson Frazier, Jr., has died after suffering a heart attack at the age of 43. Frazier, aka Big Daddy V, passed away on Tuesday (18Feb14), according to his agent Eric Simms.
A message posted on his Facebook.com page on Tuesday reads, "I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I just got off the phone with Big Daddy V's wife. He had a massive heart attack and passed away today. He was 43 years old. my (sic) thoughts and prayers are with his family right now."
Frazier began his professional career in 1993 under the name Nelson Knight.
Later that year, he joined the WWE and changed his moniker to Mabel and then to Big Daddy V.
In 2012, he revealed he had left the WWE and had started wrestling in Mexico and the Middle East.
Rocker Mark Mcgrath has accused his former Sugar Ray bandmates of "greed" after they sued him for allegedly cheating them out of money. Bassist Murphy Karges and drummer Stan Frazier filed suit against their former frontman in October (13), claiming he had diverted 48 per cent of the band's profits into his own pocket by misappropriating its trademark.
They also accused him of launching a "bitter campaign" to ruin their professional and personal reputations.
McGrath has now responded to the lawsuit, suggesting that all bands eventually fall out over money and admitting he is looking forward to fighting their claims in court.
He tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "It's all about greed, isn't it. Isn't this the way all bands end up? We were together for 24 years and I still love the guys. Of course if you talk to them, you'll get a whole other story. This will all get settled. I am looking forward to going to court."
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Former Sugar Ray stars Murphy Karges and Stan Frazier are suing frontman Mark Mcgrath, accusing him of cheating them out of money. Bassist Karges and drummer Frazier allege their ex-bandmate bashed them on Twitter.com and prevented them from rejoining the band.
In legal papers obtained by Courthouse News Service, the plaintiffs state, "Not content to simply misappropriate the Sugar Ray trademark by licensing it to a newly created shell corporation or unlawfully divert an additional 48 per cent of the band's revenues into his own pocket, McGrath spent the last year engaging in a bitter campaign to destroy the personal and professional reputations of Frazier and Karges."
According to the lawsuit, McGrath would fly first class on airlines while his bandmates sat in economy, and he demanded at least $10,000 (£6,700) for each live performance.
Karges and Frazier also claim that McGrath locked them out of recording sessions for the band's sixth album and reworked the project with new producers.
He then allegedly dismissed their efforts in the band with tweets suggesting Sugar Ray had become a "world class band" since "those 2 left".
Award-winning British screenwriter Peter Morgan is working on a film with director Ang Lee about Muhammad Ali's infamous fights with Joe Frazier. The two boxers fought several historic bouts in the 1970s, and the film will be based around the confrontations between the two heavyweight fighters.
Lee hopes to shoot the movie in 3D and incorporate actual footage of the fights.
Morgan tells British newspaper the Daily Mail, "It's a look at how brutal the confrontations were between Ali and Frazier. They were marked by how aggressive Ali was towards Frazier out of the ring. He taunted and belittled him. Ang wants to work with 3D technology that will make an audience feel as if they're inside the ring."
Morgan hopes to finish the script next year (14). Muhammad Ali's story was previously brought to the big screen by Will Smith in 2001 biopic Ali.
Turn on some classical music and pour yourself a glass of wine — because after weeks of wondering who ABC would pick to star as the next Bachelorette, the official announcement has been made. During Sean Lowe's The Bachelor: After the Final Rose special Monday night, it was revealed that Desiree Hartsock is The Bachelorette. That's right, the producers have selected America's newest sweetheart.
For most of Sean's season, people speculated that AshLee Frazier , the 32-year-old personal organizer (whatever that is) from Houston, Tex., would be helmed the next star. But during the Women Tell All special last week, AshLee's true colors shined through when she played a blame game with Sean. Needless to say, this is where she basically eliminated herself from the running.
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But America has always been smitten with Desiree, a 26-year-old bridal stylist from Northglenn, Colo., who made it to the final four of Sean's season before being sent home. We love her quirky and fun personality, and how she's always up for an adventure. And when she was sent home, we watched as Sean crushed her poor, little heart, largely due to matters beyond her control (read: her extremely rude brother). But now, we will get to share her journey with her to the path of relationship redemption — and hopefully, this time she will find true love.
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With Sean's season over, we only have a few months of waiting until we get to see Desiree's story. The Bachelorette premieres on ABC in May.
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Somewhere in an addendum to the constitution, it is written that there is only one true conquest to find love in the great United States of America: starring on ABC's hit television series, The Bachelorette. And in this addendum, a list of characteristics defines America's greatest lover as the truest beauty of all (wo)mankind. She has patience; She creates desire; She's a world traveler; and, it's 99.9 percent guaranteed that she has already been rejected by one of ABC's own (like Sean Lowe or Ben Flajnik or even Jake Pavelka).
Yes, we're are clearly past the times of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Men no longer need to stand outside of a window to court their love. Now, all they have to do is sign up for reality television, get a handy STD test proving that they are clean, and jump in a limo as it delivers them to the front steps of The Bachelorette mansion alongside 24 other valiant men. And after all that, they have to fight to the death to hopefully win the hand of the fairest lady in America.
ABC will be announcing who America's fairest lady is Monday night — and here are the girls who are in the running for the gig. And by the way, trying to get the lead role in this show is quite comparable to running a political campaign to become the President, so we came up with the six possible contenders' campaigns for them.
Meet the Candidates:
Desiree Hartsock, (W) from the 17th District
Political Party: Fiancee PartyCampaign Slogan: It's time for me to pick out my wedding dress.Dating Philosophy: Love can be a roller coaster. But as long as I'm in the seat next to you, that's all that matters.Life Goals: To find someone who won't break my heart.Platform: "If you elect me the next Bachelorette, I promise to show you how a wedding really can be done... without David Tutera's help."
AshLee Frazier, (L) from the 17th District
Political Party: Contemptious PartyCampaign Slogan: I'm always the right one... for you.Dating Philosophy: "You can't put a price tag on love, but you can on all its accessories." - Melanie ClarkLife Goals: To adopt all of the orphans around the world and give them a loving home.Platform: "If you elect me the next Bachelorette, I will prove to you that age doesn't matter when it comes to falling in love (and starring as The Bachelorette)."
Lesley Murphy, (L) from the 17th District
Political Party: Kissing PartyCampaign Slogan: Kiss me!Dating Philosophy: Do your lips taste like sugar? Let me see.Life Goals: To find the one man I want to makeout with for the rest of my life. And to get a small role in House of Cards Season 2.Platform: "If you elect me the next Bachelorette, I will again beat the world record for the longest makeout session 25 times. Sorry, Sean."
Lindsay Yenter, (L) from the 17th District
Political Party: Army Wives PartyCampaign Slogan: Lindsay Strong.Dating Philosophy: I want you! to love me.Life Goals: Recruiting the most perfect husband that will settle down with me right at this very moment.Platform: "If you elect me to be the next Bachelorette, I will march on to find love."
Catherine Giudici, (L) from the 17th District
Political Party: Hippy PartyCampaign Slogan: My life. My love. Dating Philosophy: Friends first turns into lovers later.Life Goals: To marry my best friend.Platform: "If you name me the next Bachelorette, I will give you the most authentic show you have ever seen."
Ali Fedotowsky, (L) from the 14th District
Political Party: Bachelorette PartyCampaign Slogan: Love fits me comfortably.Dating Philosophy: The third time is always a charm.Life Goals: To design a line of wedding sneakers. Sorry, George Banks — yours sucked!Platform: "If you elect me the next Bachelorette, I will show you that fairytale endings do come true."
Who do you think will be the next Bachelorette?
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