Rapper Master P has questioned a judge's decision to grant his estranged wife full custody of their minor children due to his court absence on Monday (09Jun14), insisting he was unaware there was even a hearing scheduled. The Make 'Em Say Uhh! hitmaker has been embroiled in a bitter custody battle with his ex Sonya Miller since she filed for divorce in October (13) after 24 years of marriage, and on Monday (09Jun14), a judge awarded her sole custody of their four young kids after he failed to respond to her legal documents.
He was also ordered to pay Sonya's $75,000 (£46,875) legal fees, which includes sanctions for failing to attend the hearing.
However, the hip-hop veteran is not happy with the ruling and has now opened up about his no-show, claiming he worries his ex's alleged addiction troubles will seriously affect her ability to properly look after their children.
He tells AllHipHop.com, "This is disappointing and embarrassing to me. I just got back into town from holding basketball camps in Kentucky, helping at-risk youth and have to come back home to deal with negativity in my own family. How can a judge grant custody to an unfit mother whose only motive for gaining custody is to get more money? Sonya's only concern is herself, partying and hanging out with her friends..."
Master P, real name Percy Miller, also claims he will take legal action against her attorneys if anything happens to the children while under their mother's care.
He continues, "I didn't need the court or judge to tell me to do what's right for my kids, that's what I want to do and that's my lifelong commitment to all of my kids.
"Sonya knows that she has a drug and alcohol addiction, everyone else will see that there is a real problem because that's something you can only hide for so long. If anything happens to my kids while they're in her custody, I will be suing her attorneys as well as the court system for not properly investigating this case."
Rapper Master P has lost custody of his four children after failing to show up to court. The Make 'Em Say Uhh! hitmaker has been embroiled in a bitter custody battle with his estranged wife Sonya Miller since she filed for divorce in October (13) after 24 years of marriage.
Master P, real name Percy Miller, has four minor children with Sonya and three of them have been living with the hip-hop veteran in recent weeks.
However, on Monday (09Jun14), a judge awarded Sonya sole custody of their children after he failed to respond to her legal documents, according to TMZ.com.
He was also ordered to pay Sonya's $75,000 (£46,875) legal fees, which include sanctions for failing to attend the hearing.
Musician Melissa Etheridge wed her partner Linda Wallem in an intimate ceremony in California on Saturday (31May14). The singer serenaded the Nurse Jackie creator as she walked down the aisle in front of their celebrity friends, including Rosie O'Donnell and Chelsea Handler at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito.
A source tells People.com, "It was such a magical moment."
Etheridge's four kids, Bailey, Beckett, Miller and Johnnie, all participated in the ceremony.
Before exchanging vows, Etheridge uploaded a snap of the sandals she was wearing on her big day, writing, "A gorgeous, perfect, beautiful day to get married. #shoesonlylove."
The rocker announced plans to wed her partner, who she has dated since 2010, after U.S. High Court officials overturned California's Proposition 8 bill, which outlawed gay marriage, last year (13).
She said, "It is about family and I love my four kids. I called my now-fiancee. I'm looking forward to marrying my partner of three years... I'm going to get married in the state of California... Love is love and America is beautiful... I'm proud to be an American."
Etheridge split from her former partner, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels, in 2010.
Gregg Allman has dropped his lawsuit against producers of the Allman Brothers biopic after reaching an out-of-court agreement. The veteran rocker filed legal documents in April (14) to stop production on Midnight Rider, a film based on his autobiography My Cross To Bear, after production assistant Sarah Jones was hit by a train and killed in February (14).
In the lawsuit, Allman claimed the company's rights to his memoir had expired because bosses had failed to meet production deadlines.
The singer's lawyer, David Long-Daniels, told a judge at a court in Savannah, Georgia on Tuesday (13May14) that a settlement has since been reached with Unclaimed Freight Productions.
He adds, "We have come together and reasoned with one another."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the lawyers refused to discuss details of the deal, including whether the film's director Randall Miller can continue making the movie.
Veteran rocker Gregg Allman is taking legal action in a bid to block production of the Allman Brothers biopic. Last month (Apr14), Allman wrote to director Randall Miller urging him to not resume work on Midnight Rider, based on Allman's autobiography My Cross To Bear, after production assistant Sarah Jones was struck and killed by a train while working on the film in February (14).
Miller is yet to respond to the plea, but Allman has now filled legal documents to stop the project moving forward, claiming the option on his life story has expired.
In the lawsuit, filed against production companies Unclaimed Freight Prods. and Allman LLC, the rocker alleges principle photography needed to have begun by 28 February (14). Reports suggest Randall plans to resume filming in June (14) in California.
The legal documents also accuse production company bosses of failing to pay Allman the money owed to him for the film option, and concludes, "Therefore, Allman requests that the Court enter an Order declaring that the Defendants' Option has expired and directing the Defendants to cease all efforts to make a motion picture based upon the life of Gregg Allman and/or his autobiography."
The legal action is the latest setback for the project after actor William Hurt, who was set to star as the older incarnation of Allman, backed out in April (14).
Olympic skier Bode Miller has agreed to share custody of his son with his ex-girlfriend in the latest development of their long-running legal battle. The athlete has been locked in a bitter fight with his former partner Sara McKenna ever since their tot was born in February, 2013, after she relocated from California to New York while pregnant so she could go back to school.
Miller demanded she move back to America's West Coast, where he is based with his new wife, Morgan Beck, so he could be close to his son, and he was awarded temporary custody last year (13).
He was dealt a blow in November (13), when a New York judge overturned the ruling and ordered him to hand over the infant to the kid's mother, and they were due to face off in Manhattan Family Court on Monday (21Apr14).
However, shortly before they were due in court, the two parties managed to strike a deal to spend equal time with the 14-month-old toddler over the next four months, when another hearing will be held to determine their next step.
The little boy is called Sam by his mother, but his father has named him Nate.
Master P's estranged wife has reportedly been denied an emergency custody order after demanding the rapper return their three minor children to her care. The former couple has been embroiled in a nasty battle since Sonya Miller filed for divorce from the Make Em Say Uhh hitmaker in October (13) after 24 years of marriage.
Sonya accuses the 43 year old, real name Percy Miller, of failing to provide for their four minor children, forcing her to rely on welfare payments from the U.S. government.
They currently have no court order in place pertaining to custody or visitation, but Sonya asked a judge to award her temporary physical custody, according to TMZ.com.
However, the motion has been denied until a court hearing in July (14).
She alleges Percy picked up their 13-year-old son Hercy from school in February (14) and never returned him to her home.
Sonya claims he did the same thing with their nine-year-old son Mercy in March (14), while their 17-year-old daughter Tytyana went to live with her father around the same time.
Their 14-year-old daughter, Italy, still lives with Sonya and their other son, rapper/actor Romeo, is an adult.
Gun to my head, I might be able to say something positive about 300: Rise of an Empire. In a vacuum, I suppose I'd call its aesthetic appealing, its production value impressive, or its giant rhinos kind of cool. But these elements cannot be taken alone, embroidered on a gigantic patch of joyless pain that infests your conscious mind from its inceptive moments on.
It's not so much that the 300 sequel fails at its desired conceit — it gives you exactly what it promises: gore, swordplay, angry sex, halfwit maxims about honor and manliness and the love of the fight. It's simply that its desired conceit is dehumanizing agony. Holding too hard and too long to its mission statement to top its Zack Snyder-helmed predecessor in scope, scale, and spilled pints of blood, Noam Murro's Rise of an Empire doesn't put any energy into filtering its spectacular mayhem through whatever semblance of a humanistic touch made the first one feel like a comprehensive movie.
Now, it's been a good eight years since I've seen 300, and I can't say that I was particularly fond of it. But beneath its own eye-widening layer of violence, there was a tangible idea of who King Leonidas was, what this war meant, and why Sparta mattered. No matter how much clumsy exposition is hurled our way, all we really know here is that there are two sides and they hate each other.
When Rise of an Empire asks us to engage on a more intimate level, which it does — the personal warfare between Sullivan Stapleton (whose name, I guess, is Themistokles) and Bad Guy Captain Eva Green (a.k.a. Artemisia) is founded on the idea that she likes him, and he kind of digs her (re: angry sex), and they want to rule together, but a rose by any other name and all that — we're effectively lost. With characters who don't matter in the slightest, material like this is just filler between the practically striking battle sequences.
But when the "in-between material" is as meaningless as it is in Rise of an Empire, the battles can't function as much more than filler themselves. Filler between the opening titles and closing credits. A game of Candy Crush you play on the subway. Contemptfully insubstantial and not particularly fun, but taking place nonetheless.
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Without even a remote layer of camp — too palpably absent as Rise of an Empire splashes its screen with so much human fluid that "The End" by The Doors will start to play in your head — there's no victory in a movie like this. No characters to latch onto, no story to follow, no joy to be derived. Yes, it might be aesthetically stunning (and really, that's where the one star comes in... well, half a star for that and half for the giant rhinos), but the marvel of its look shrinks under the shadow of the painful vacancy of anything tolerable.
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Actress Sienna Miller has confessed she was romantically involved with Bond icon Daniel Craig when she was dating fellow screen star Jude Law. The Factory Girl actress took time out from shooting a movie in the U.S. on Friday (31Jan14) to testify in the phone-hacking trial 4,600 miles (7,400 kilometres) away in London.
She gave evidence via videolink from a base in New Orleans, Louisiana where she is currently filming scenes for new drama Mississippi Grind.
The court heard earlier this week (beg27Jan14) that the now-defunct British tabloid News of the World had exposed an alleged affair between Miller and Craig - who starred together in 2004 movie Layer Cake - after illegally intercepting a voicemail message from the actress to the 007 star in which she said, "I love you".
Miller, who has already accepted a $160,000 (£100,000) compensation payout from tabloid bosses over the hacking scandal, told the court on Friday that she was close friends with Craig and it was "likely" she had left him the message.
She insisted she ends many calls to pals by saying "I love you", but when pushed during cross-examination over the nature of their relationship, she admitted they had been "briefly involved" adding, "It was a very brief encounter - he was my best friend."
Miller also expressed her frustration that the story of her relationship with Craig has been "allowed out of the courtroom" and turned into a "titillating bit of info".
Several former high-ranking members of the News of the World's staff - including ex-editors Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks - are on trial in London over the phone-hacking scandal. They deny all the charges.
3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell has been handed a suspended sentence after losing an appeal against a 2012 conviction for driving under the influence (DUI). The rocker was found guilty of the charge in August, 2012, a month after he was arrested for rear-ending a pick-up truck in D'Iberville, Mississippi.
He had told the arresting officer that he had taken a Zanaflex muscle relaxer pill the night before, but he tested positive for five different types of prescription drugs, including painkillers oxycodone and Percocet.
Harrell challenged the ruling, but Harrison County Court Judge Robin Alfred Midcalf upheld the conviction on Wednesday (08Jan14) following a bench trial.
The 41 year old's two-day jail term will be waived if he stays out of legal trouble for six months. Harrell was also fined $1,000 (£670) and ordered to enrol in drug and alcohol awareness and victims' impact programmes within 30 days.
Adam Miller, one of the defence lawyers, revealed Harrell's team was reviewing its options about whether to take the case to the Mississippi Court of Appeals, reports the Associated Press.
News of Harrell's appeal loss emerges nine months after he checked into rehab to conquer his drink and drug demons following an April, 2013 arrest for vehicular homicide by intoxication.
His personal and legal troubles forced 3 Doors Down to cancel a number of U.S. gigs last year (13).