R&B star Chris Brown has brushed off rumours he is set to document his post-prison career comeback on his own reality TV show. Bosses at America's BET network have reportedly been courting the Kiss Kiss hitmaker to sign on for a fly-on-the-wall project, which would follow the embattled singer as he worked through his existing legal troubles and focused on his new album X.
However, Brown has dismissed the claims, simply telling TMZ.com, "Nah, (a reality show is) not for me, man."
The 25 year old was released from prison on 2 June (14), over two months after he was jailed for violating his probation by getting kicked out of a court-ordered rehab programme for bad behaviour in March (14).
He was handed an additional four-month term in early May (14) after admitting to breaking the terms of his probation relating to his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Brown has another assault charge looming over him - he is due to stand trial over allegations he attacked a 20-year-old outside a Washington, D.C. hotel in October (13). A start date for the trial has been set for September (14) following his rejection of a plea deal with prosecutors.
His bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, has already been convicted of taking part in the attack.
Embattled Chris Brown is heading back to court after rejecting a plea deal in his 2013 assault case. The singer is accused of beating up 20-year-old Patrick Adams outside a Washington, D.C. hotel and now he's heading to trial, insisting he is innocent of all charges.
Brown was in court on Wednesday (25Jun14), when he was offered a deal, but his lawyer Mark Geragos and the prosecutor could not agree on the details of the alleged assault.
The deal would have kept Brown out of jail, but now he could be back behind bars if he's found guilty.
The Kiss Kiss singer was released from prison on 2 June (14), 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 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.
A new trial date has been set for September (14), reports TMZ.com.
Brown's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, has already been convicted of the assault.
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.
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With only a week and change having passed since the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, we no doubt feel the question living fresh in our minds: can we ever judge a remake without considering its predecessors? The conversation about the stark contrast in critical favor between Marc Webb's release and Sam Raimi's trilogy (the second installment of his franchise in particular) buzzed loudly, and we imagine the volume will keep in regards to Gareth Edwards' Godzilla. But it'll be a different sound altogether.
The original Godzilla, a Japanese film released in 1954, reinvented the identity of the monster movie, launched a 30-film legacy, and spoke legions about the political climate of its era. The most recent of these films — Roland Emmerich's 1998 American production — is universally bemoaned as a bigger disaster than anything to befall Tokyo at the hands of the giant reptile. With these two entries likely standing out as the most prominent in the minds of contemporary audiences, Edwards' Godzilla has some long shadows cast before it. And in approaching the new movie, one might not be able to avoid comparisons to either. It's fair — by taking on an existing property, a filmmaker knowingly takes on the connotations of that property. But the 2014 installment's great success is that it isn't much like any Godzilla movie we've seen before. In a great, great way.
This isn't 1954's Godzilla, a dire and occasionally dreary allegory that uses the supernatural to tell an important story about nuclear holocaust. A complete reversal, in fact, first and foremost Edwards' Godzilla is about its monsters. Any grand themes strewn throughout — the perseverence of nature, the follies of mankind, fatherhood, madness, faith — are all in service to the very simple mission to give us some cool, weighty, articulate sci-fi disaster. Elements of gravity are plotted all over the film's surface, with scientists, military men (kudos to Edwards for not going the typical "scientists = good/smart, military = bad/dumb" route in this film — everybody here is at least open to suggestion), doctors, police officers, and a compassionate bus driver all wrestling with options in the face of behemoth danger. The humanity is everpresent, but never especially intrusive. To reiterate, this isn't a film about any of these people, or what they do.
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The closest thing to a helping of thematic (or human) significance comes with Ken Watanabe's Dr. Serizawa, who spouts awe-stricken maxims about cryptozoology, the Earth, and the inevitable powerlessness of man. He might not be supplying anything more substantial than our central heroes (soft-hearted soldier Aaron Taylor-Johnson, dutiful medic and mom Elizabeth Olsen, right-all-along conspiracy theorist Bryan Cranston), but Watanabe's bonkers performance as the harried scientist is so bizarrely good that you might actually believe, for a scene or two, that it all does mean something.
Ultimately, the beauty of our latest taste of Godzilla lies not in the commitment to a message that made the original so important nor in the commitment to levity that made Emmerich's so pointless, but in its commitment to imagination. Edwards' creature design is dazzling, his deus ex machina are riveting, and the ultimate payoff to which he treats his audience is the sort of gangbusters crowd-pleaser that your average contemporary monster movie is too afraid to consider.
In fairness, this year's Godzilla might not be considered an adequate remake, not quite reciprocating the ideals, tone, or importance of the original. Sure, anyone looking for a 2014 answer to 1954's game-changing paragon will find sincere philosophy traded for pulsing adventure... but they'd have a hard time ignoring the emphatic charm of this new lens for the 60-year-old lizard, both a highly original composition and a tribute in its way to the very history of monster movies (a history that owes so much to the creature in question). So does Godzilla '14 successfully fill the shoes of Godzilla '54? No — it rips them apart and dons a totally new pair... though it still has a lot of nice things to say about the first kicks.
Oh, and the '98 Godzilla? Yeah, it's better than that.
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R&B star Chris Brown has been sentenced to spend the entire summer behind bars. In court in Los Angeles on Friday (09May14), the singer admitted to violating his probation, served up during his 2009 assault trial, by getting into a fight outside a Washington D.C. hotel in October (13), and he was sentenced to a year in jail.
However, Brown got credit for the 116 days he spent in rehab, seeking court-ordered treatment for anger management, and another 59 days he has been behind bars this year, which leaves a total of 131 days, according to TMZ.com.
The R&B star was facing a four-year sentence, but the judge in the case agreed to take into account that the Kiss Kiss singer was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which could account for some of the violence.
The judge also ordered him to attend therapy sessions twice a week, and he must submit to random drug testing three times a week.
Brown, who spent his birthday behind bars earlier this week (05May14), also has an assault trial in Washington, D.C. looming next month (Jun14). His bodyguard Christopher Hollosy has already been found guilty of attacking 20-year-old Parker Adams, who accused the minder and Brown of beating him up and breaking his nose in an unprovoked altercation in October (13).
Brown has been behind bars since March (14) after a judge sentenced him to jail time after he was dismissed from a rehab facility for breaking the clinic's rules.
Stepping out of Neighbors into the cold, calm, dick-joke-free real world, you might find yourself hit with a barrage of "But wait..." moments: "Why did they move into a new frat house just a month or two before the end of college?" "When was it established that she wanted to sleep with him?" "Where did that pledge come from?" "Who was that other guy?" "If he, then why?" "When did?" "How?" "What?" "Huh?!" Yeah, there are enough logical holes in Nicholas Stoller's comedy to warrant an "Everything Wrong with Neighbors" gag trailer and a dozen or two angry message threads. But the tenability of a movie's realism isn't exactly on trial when it sells itself as the Seth Rogen comedy in which a baby eats a condom.
Neighbors eagerly liberates itself not only from the laws of basic reality or tight storytelling, but also from the rigid shackles of any one comic tone. We jump from a slice of life about new parents Mac and Kelly (Rogen and Rose Byrne) who aren't quite ready to say goodbye to their youth instantly to a wild and wacky college farce about the fraternity one house over (led by Zac Efron and second banana Dave Franco), borrowing a lexicon from latter day National Lampoon. As the war picks up between these congenial neighbors-turned-close-quarters enemies, we're invited into a back and forth of vicious, albeit loony, aggression, each maneuver to "get those fogeys/punks next door" escalating in hostility, danger, and independence from earthbound possibility. As we're treated to this ceaseless exercise in human malignance, Neighbors peppers in episodes of cartoon-grade zaniness, macabre pathos, and absolute surrealism. And although it might not seem like all of these comic identities can exist in the same film, Neighbors has a special trick up its sleeve to make it all work: it's funny. Never brilliant, and rarely all that fresh, but always funny.
The frat stuff plays broad, often saddling Efron's sadomasochistic pseudo-villain, Franco's vulnerable prick, and the pair's gang of goons — a wily Christopher Mintz-Plasse and an effortlessly charming Jerrod Carmichael at the top of the heap — with the usual party flick shenanigans like dance-offs and flaming barrels of marijuana. The team of youngsters is at its best, though, when the standard routine is shirked for more peculiar fare, like an abstract non sequitur that has Franco demonstrating a bizarre biological skill, or a fractured history of drinking games as narrated through flashbacks by a passionate Efron.
A good deal of fun can be pinned on the usual assortment of physical gags, pop culture references (one extended bit plays on the film histories of Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, and Al Pacino to endearing results), and the goofball antics of supporting players like Ike Barinholtz (as Mac's zealous, dimwitted pal). But Neighbors' secret weapon is Byrne, outshining the established comedic reputations of her co-stars with her performance as Kelly. Catapulted miles from the doldrums of straight-man-hood, Byrne tops even Rogen in awkward panache (watching her struggling to interact with the younger breed early on in the movie is delightful) and diabolical villainy alike — the very biggest laughs come from Byrne unleashing her furies or executing evil schemes. If Neighbors inspires any lasting impression, it should be a new appreciation for Byrne's chops in the humor department.
Somehow, this farcical grab bag never feels lethally convoluted or overstuffed. While the film's pacing does no great favors — we jump right into the principal conflict, which is a tough beat to sustain for so long — and a few abject narrative leaps keep the story from feeling tidy, these problems feel like a second priority. Even if some of the jokes feel strained or rehashed, if the characters are malleable, if the conceit is overcooked, or if there are too many plot holes to count... we're laughing. So it's working.
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A judge has approved the release of five photos prosecutors entered into evidence in the assault trial of Chris Brown's bodyguard. The Kiss Kiss hitmaker's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, was found guilty last month (Apr14) of punching 20-year-old Parker Adams in the face during a bust-up outside a Washington, D.C. hotel in October (13).
He claimed he was the only one to hit Adams, and insisted during his trial that he lashed out because the victim was attempting to gain access to his client's tour bus, but prosecutors insisted that alone didn't warrant the beating the plaintiff received and charged the 25 year old with misdemeanour assault.
Brown is currently in jail in California on charges stemming from a March (14) arrest after he was dismissed from a rehab centre, where he was receiving court-ordered anger management treatment.
His assault trial has been postponed and a date has not yet been scheduled, but on Tuesday (06May14) photos showing Brown and Hollosy in custody, Brown posing with two women outside the hotel and Adams' bloodied face were released to the media.
The singer could find himself behind bars for a further four years if the eventual ruling in the assault case is deemed a violation of his probation relating to his 2009 assault conviction for beating his then-girlfriend, Rihanna.
"Happy Birthday Christopher I love and miss you.. Can't wait to give you a big kiss and hug." Chris Brown's girlfriend Karrueche Tran remembers the troubled R&B star as he celebrates his 25th birthday behind bars on Monday (05May14). The Kiss Kiss singer is awaiting trial on assault charges.
Chris Brown will spend his 25th birthday behind bars after the Los Angeles judge who sentenced him to jail time almost two months ago ruled he must remain incarcerated for at least another week. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Brandlin jailed the R&B singer on 14 March (14), after Brown was dismissed from a rehab facility, violating the terms of his court-ordered anger-management treatment, related to his 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna.
The Kiss Kiss singer was back in court on Thursday (01May14) hoping to get the gift of freedom for his upcoming birthday on 5 May (14), but Judge Brandlin told him he would have to remain in jail for at least another week as he deals with ongoing legal woes. The lawmaker ruled Brown would remain incarcerated unless a resolution on the terms of his probation in the Rihanna case could be agreed between prosecutors and the star's attorney Mark Geragos before a scheduled hearing on 9 May (14).
The singer also faces a misdemeanour assault trial in Washington, D.C., relating to a fight outside a hotel last year (13). Brown's bodyguard Christopher Hollosy, has already been found guilty of assaulting 20-year-old Parker Adams, but the star's trial has been postponed until June (14).
Chris Brown's latest bid for freedom has been denied, and now he faces jail time until June (14). The singer was arrested and jailed at the beginning of last month (Mar14) after he was dismissed from a rehab centre, where he was attending court-ordered anger management treatment.
The judge overseeing the case ruled Brown should remain behind bars until his assault case in Washington, D.C. was heard. That was due to begin this week (beg21Apr14), but proceedings have stalled following his bodyguard's refusal to testify. The minder, Christopher Hollosy, has already been found guilty of assaulting 20-year-old Parker Adams outside a hotel last year (13).
Brown's trial has now been postponed until June, and when the singer's legal representatives asked the Los Angeles judge who sentenced him to jail time to free him he refused, according to TMZ.com. Reports suggest Brown will now be flown back to Los Angeles, where he'll remain in jail until June. He could land a further four years behind bars if the eventual ruling in the assault case is deemed a violation of his probation following his 2009 conviction for beating his then-girlfriend, Rihanna.