A homeless man wielding a knife has been arrested in New York City after he attempted to gain access to the TV studio where Good Morning America (GMA) is filmed.
Andre Johnson, 25, is believed to have approached security guards outside ABC Studios in Manhattan's Times Square on Tuesday (01Jul14) and demanded to be let into the building. He was turned away, but allegedly returned carrying a knife and attacked one of the security guards.
Police were called to the scene, and pictures show cops restraining Johnson on the street outside the TV hub. He also allegedly made threats against football player-turned-TV host Michael Strahan, who is a contributor on GMA.
Johnson was arrested and taken to a local police station where he was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and menacing, according to the New York Daily News.
A spokesperson for ABC called the cop a "hero" for tackling the man, and added, "It was a scary situation but thanks to the fast actions of NYPD (New York Police Department) the situation was quickly under control."
The rapper who chopped off his penis before attempting to take his life earlier this year (14) is looking for a career as a porn star - and Vivid Entertainment boss Steve Hirsch is interested in hiring him.
Andre Johnson, aka Northstar rapper Christ Bearer, cut off his manhood before jumping from the second floor balcony of a North Hollywood apartment in April (14). He was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where his penis was successfully re-attached.
Now in a much better mindspace, Johnson wants to make a career with his 'johnson'. Asked if his manhood is still fully functioning, he tells TMZ.com, "Does it work? Can Chris Brown dance? Can Kanye West rant?"
News of his plans have reached Hirsch, who wants to meet with the rapper, stating he is "definitely interested" in casting Johnson, pending an inspection of his genitals.
Meanwhile, opening up about the bizarre attempt to take his life, Johnson admits he was high on recreational drug phencyclidine (PCP) when he chopped off his penis and jumped.
The former stars of defunct Welsh rock group Lostprophets have returned to the spotlight as No Devotion to release a new single on Tuesday (01Jul14). The Streets of Nowhere hitmakers split in October (13) shortly before their frontman Ian Watkins pleaded guilty to a string of sickening sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby.
The singer was jailed for 35 years, and his former bandmates - Lee Gaze, Mike Lewis, Stuart Richardson, Jamie Oliver and Luke Johnson - have gone on to form a new group without him.
They returned as No Devotion, fronted by former Thursday star Geoff Rickly, and released their debut single, Stay, on Tuesday. They plan to head out on tour later this month (Jul14).
Music legend Stevie Wonder paid tribute to fellow soul star Bobby Womack as he closed the London Calling Festival on Sunday night (30Jun14). The Superstition hitmaker headlined the final day of the event in the British capital, following on from Saturday night's (29Jun14) bill-toppers Aerosmith.
Wonder thrilled fans with a hit-packed set, performing classics including Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours and Higher Ground
He also used his time on the stage to honour music veteran Womack following his death on Friday (27Jun14).
The star told the crowd the moment was extra poignant for him as he last saw Womack on a previous trip to the U.K., saying, "It's always a painful thing when we lose someone in this industry, but each time we lose someone, we can say we are left with their musical history. I saw him last right here in England.
"I want to give my condolences to his family and hope that he is in the best place spiritually. Please give a hand to Bobby Womack!"
Wonder and his band then burst into a cover of Womack's track If You Think You're Lonely Now, adding, "We picked out a song we thought was appropriate."
Other performers at the festival, partnered by Britain's Absolute Radio station, included Paloma Faith and Jack Johnson. (LR/WN)
Rapper/actor Ice-T's grandson has been arrested after allegedly shooting and killing his roommate in Georgia. Elyjah Marrow, 19, was playing around with a handgun in his apartment on Tuesday (24Jun14) when it accidentally went off, fatally wounding pal Daryus Johnson.
Marrow has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and reckless conduct. He was also hit with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, and possession of a stolen firearm.
He is currently in custody, according to TMZ.com.
You might hate Michael Bay. You might hate his movies. You might hate every movie he's ever made. But in that very fact is there a paradox: in order to hate every movie Michael Bay has made, you have to have seen every movie Michael Bay has made. And you have, or at least most of them. His films' box office numbers and the unparalleled population density of their critic screenings are proof enough of that. As much as we all lament the life's work of the Los Angeles-born director (including his latest feature, Transformers: Age of Extinction) there is something about his films that draws us back repeatedly. With this in mind, we have to assume that some of them might not actually be as bad as we're inclined to let on.
Sure, some of Bay's films are obscenely empty-headed marathons of metallic friction, but among the lot are a few examples of relatively decent blockbuster production. We're not quite sure which is Bay's best (or, if you prefer, least offensive) movie, but we have some candidates. And of course, we're also up for considering his worst piece of work yet, too. Because that's more fun.
WHICH IS MICHAEL BAY'S BEST MOVIE?
Could it be...
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Just the second film Bay ever made, the '96 picture is a pretty sturdy action epic. Performances from Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery don't hurt The Rock's cause one bit. Nor does the climactic Elton John-inspired wordplay.
...Pain & Gain?
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The only non-Transformers film that Bay has made since picking up the franchise in 2007 is actually a pretty sharp, funny satire about the very ideas that his filmography propagates.
I know, I know... but... eh, I don't know. It's decidedly cheesy, but hits a few marks in fun and excitement.
WHICH IS MICHAEL BAY'S WORST MOVIE?
Could it be...
...Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen?
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Wholly disillusioning in its nihilistic adherence to spiritually vacant destruction, this is almost certainly the worst of the Transformers flicks and perhaps Bay's most agonizing feature to date.
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Why did this happen?
...Bad Boys II?
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I gather that most would deem it egregious hyperbole to denote Bad Boys II the very worst movie Bay has made, but I defy you to sit through this unbelievably overlong tribute to grit and machismo without wincing in agony at every half-hour mark.
Let us know what you think: are you a defender of Dark of the Moon? Do you detest The Island? Sound off below! And catch Transformers: Age of Extinction in theaters now. You know you're going to. We all are.
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Veteran rocker Sting took to the stage to sing with the cast on the opening night of his new musical The Last Ship in Chicago, Illinois. The Police star's show opened at the city's Bank of America Theatre on Wednesday (25Jun14) ahead of its planned Broadway debut in October (14), and the rocker was in the audience with his wife Trudie Styler.
At the end of the performance, Sting took to the stage for the curtain call and led the cast in a song, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
Other stars who turned out for the musical's opening included Paul Simon, James Taylor, Styx singer Dennis DeYoung and AC/DC's Brian Johnson.
The show received mixed reviews from critics, who questioned whether the production, set in a doomed shipyard in Sting's hometown in the north of England, could draw in audiences on Broadway.
Steven Oxman of variety writes, "Do you want to live for two-and-a-half hours in a beautifully sad song?... The show currently works as a collection of songs in search of a complete story, or perhaps as a concept album - filled with mood and emotion and character and sensibility, but swaying as it takes on specifics. What seems to be missing is a driving conflict."
The Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones adds, "(Many) scenes... still have the air of a semi-staged concept album... The Last Ship already is a worthy and earnest musical, but we know how Broadway loves to take those down. Just look at last season."
Lewis Lazare of the Chicago Business Journal concludes, "Most of the theatre crowds in the early going at least will probably have come to hear Sting's music for the show. Fans of his work may find that much of it sounds familiar and pleasant to hear performed in a theatrical setting. But hardcore theatre buffs will soon realise Sting's style of music - for the most part - simply doesn't sit comfortably in a big Broadway musical context."
Samuel L. Jackson and his actress wife Latanya Richardson have jetted off to Portofino, Italy for a joint vacation with basketball icon Earvin 'Magic' Johnson and his spouse Earlitha Kelly. The couples have enjoyed holidaying together for years and headed to Capri, Italy in 2013.
Former supermodel Beverly Johnson is celebrating another addition to her family - her daughter Anansa Sims has given birth to her third child. Plus-sized model Sims and her husband David Patterson welcomed son Dean Danny Benjamin Patterson on Friday (20Jun14), and took to Twitter.com on Monday (23Jun14) to make the announcement.
Sims, 35, and the former American football star are already parents to son David Bernard III, 19 months, and two-year-old daughter Ava.
Soul songwriter/guitarist Teenie Hodges has died, aged 68. Mabon 'Teenie' Hodges passed away on Sunday (22Jun14) at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas due to complications from emphysema. His death comes just three months after a pneumonia scare landed him in hospital following an appearance at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas in March (14).
Family friend Lawrence 'Boo' Mitchell tells The Commercial Appeal newspaper, "It's a huge blow to Memphis music. Teenie was an icon as a songwriter and guitarist. Guitarists all around the world loved and imitated his playing. But Teenie... man, he was one of a kind."
Hodges, who is credited with helping shape the music scene in Memphis, Tennessee, played guitar in bands from the age of 12.
In 1965, he joined his two brothers in Hi Rhythm Section, the house band which worked on hit soul recordings with Al Green, Ann Pebbles, Otis Clay and Syl Johnson. He is most famous for co-writing Green's hits Take Me to the River and Love and Happiness.
A short film about his career, titled Mabon Teenie Hodges: A Portrait of a Memphis Soul Original, was released in 2013. He also featured in a documentary called Take Me To The River, which was shown at SXSW this year (14).
Grammy Award-winning producer Mark Ronson expressed his sadness at the news on Twitter.com on Tuesday (24Jun14), writing, "So sad to hear that Teenie Hodges has passed away. He's one of the greatest soul guitar players ever + he co wrote 'Love And Happiness'. RIP (rest in peace)... Teenie Hodges was also an incredibly kind dude who I had the good fortune to spend time around back in March. Alot (sic) of people will miss him."