R&B star Cee Lo Green must return to court in Los Angeles on 28 April (14) for a preliminary hearing in relation to a drug possession charge. The singer, real name Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, stands accused of giving an ex-girlfriend ecstasy before having sex with her in 2012. He has pleaded not guilty to the allegation.
A lawyer for Cee Lo Green has been denied a request to ban cameras from the courtroom as the R&B star fights a drug possession charge. The Forget You hitmaker, real name Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, stands accused of giving an ex-girlfriend ecstasy before having sex with her last year (12).
He pleaded not guilty to the allegation last month (Oct13), when a charge of sexual assault relating to the incident was dropped due to insufficient evidence.
He returned to a Los Angeles court on Wednesday (20Nov13) as his lawyer, Blair Berk, argued the media should not be allowed to film the proceedings over fears it would "jeopardise" Green's right to a "fair hearing".
She also raised concerns about Green being solely filmed by the press after the judge told cameramen not to turn the lens on her or her staff.
However, Judge Shelly Torrealba rejected the claims, insisting the public had a right to have an insight into his court hearings, while maintaining she would not appear on camera over safety concerns.
A preliminary hearing was subsequently set for 16 January (14).
Green remains free on $30,000 (£20,000) bail.
Moore announces Fahrenheit 9/11 sequel
It was bound to happen. Director Michael Moore is planning a sequel to his anti-Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, which will be set for release about the time of the next presidential campaign, a spokeswoman for distributor Lions Gate Entertainment said Thursday. Titled Fahrenheit 9/11 and ½, the sequel will revisit the same issues as Moore's original documentary, which the director hoped would sway the outcome of the presidential race against President Bush. The Republican incumbent won the election with 51 percent of the vote to Democratic Sen. John Kerry's 48 percent. "We want to get the cameras rolling now and have it ready in two (to) three years," Moore told Daily Variety's Army Archerd. "Fifty-one percent of the American people lacked information (in this election), and we want to educate and enlighten them. They weren't told the truth." Moore, whose documentary grossed nearly $120 million at the U.S. box office, added: "The official mourning period is over today and there is a silver lining--George W. Bush is prohibited by law from running again."
Hugh Grant tired of acting
Hugh Grant, who plays heartthrob Daniel Cleaver in the new sequel Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason, told London's Evening Standard's Metro magazine Thursday he considers film acting a miserable experience. "It's so long and boring and so difficult to get right," the 44-year-old actor said. "I am sort of semi-retired. I keep thinking I'm going to write a brilliant script." Grant showed up to this week's London premiere of the film with his new girlfriend, heiress Jemima Khan, but told the magazine he didn't feel pressure to settle down.The Four Weddings and a Funeral star gained international notoriety when he was caught in a car with Hollywood prostitute Divine Brown in 1995. He was dating actress Elizabeth Hurley at the time.
Fans line up for Madonna book signing
Hundreds of Madonna fans lined up for 24 hours outside a central London bookstore Thursday, hoping to get a signed copy of the pop icon's new children's book, The Adventures of Abdi. But according to the AP, only the first 250 hopefuls were allowed into Selfridges on Oxford St. to for Madonna's book reading. The Adventures of Abdi is the fourth book in Madonna's five-book children's series for Callaway Editions. The company has already published The English Roses, Mr. Peabody's Apples and Yakov and the Seven Thieves, while the fifth book, Lotsa de Casha, is due for release next summer. Madonna later gave 10-minute reading to a group of 30 school children from St. Winifred's Catholic Junior School in south London.
Bill Cosby talks race on CNN
Bill Cosby, who has publicly criticized some black children for not knowing how to read or write, told CNN's Paula Zahn in an interview that aired Thursday night his opinions are consistent with what he's done as an entertainer for more than 40 years. Cosby, 67, said that as a young comic in the 1960s, he didn't want to be like other black comedians and talk about race issues. "I don't play that. You're not going to laugh at the color of my skin. You're going to laugh with me at our similarities, and some of our differences," he said. "But I'm not going to have you, because this is not the time in this United States of America, where you're going to laugh at what my people are suffering with."
The life of Blake's slain wife to be Movie of the Week
There's a made-for-television movie in the works on Robert Blake's murdered wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. As the murder trial against Blake proceeds, Dying for Stardom: The Absolutely Unbelievable True Story of Bonny Lee Bakley will tell the story of the woman's turbulent life--but it does not attempt to answer the question of who killed her. "Whether Robert Blake pulled the trigger or whether he had someone pull the trigger ... we leave that up to one's own determination," producer Larry Thompson, who managed Blake in the early 1980s, told the AP. Actor Steve Railsback, who played Charles Manson in the 1976 television drama Helter Skelter, will play Blake. Bakley's role hasn't been cast as yet, nor has an airdate been set.
Eric B. & Rakim album tapped as the best
Eric B. & Rakim's album Paid in Full tops Entertainment Weekly's list of the greatest all-time rap albums, Reuters reports. "Paid in Full made hip-hop a true art form, doing for rap what Bob Dylan did for rock in the mid-'60s," the magazine said of the 1987 album, which it praised for its technical intricacy and poetic metaphors. Coming in second was the 1989 album 3 Feet High and Rising by De La Soul, followed by Ready to Die by Notorious B.I.G. from 1994. Public Enemy and Run-D.M.C. make up the rest of the Top Five.
Jeunet fights for film's French credentials
Despite being set and filmed in France as well as employing French actors, extras and technicians, director Jean-Pierre Jeunet is in court to prove his latest film, A Very Long Engagement, is indeed French. Reuters reports Jeunet is battling a group of by rival producers who want to block his new film from French government subsidies because they say it received U.S. funding. "The producers are obsessed because there's a new studio and they don't want to share the cake," Jeunet said. "It's very cynical, very hypocritical." The film, which stars Amelie's Audrey Tautou, follows a woman who refuses to believe her fiancé was killed in World War I and embarks on a search to find him.
Kit Bowen contributed to this report.
Comedian Paula Poundstone, who entered an alcohol treatment program in June, was freed by a superior court judge's order on Wednesday, Reuters reports. Poundstone pleaded no contest to child endangerment charges in October and was sentenced to a mandatory 180-day stay at the Malibu-based rehab facility Promises. She was also ordered to perform 200 hours of community service, attend a counseling program on child abuse and undergo psychiatric counseling. As part of her plea agreement with prosecutors, Poundstone, who has two adopted children and cared for three foster children, was barred from acting as a foster parent in the future. Superior Court Judge Bernard Kamins told the 41-year-old comedian she had served her time. "Today is really a day for commendation rather than to bite you," he said.
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Kim Porter, the mother of the rapper's youngest child, reached an agreement Wednesday on child support for their 3-year-old son, The Associated Press reports. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed in court documents. Combs, who earns several million dollars a year, had been giving Porter a court-ordered $11,000 each month. The settlement will provide for the child until he reaches age 21.
A security guard is suing Marilyn Manson for battery and emotional distress following an incident at a concert at the Historic Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, the AP reports. David M. Diaz claims that Manson grabbed his head, held it against his hips and proceeded to gyrate said hips at an Oct. 27, 2000 concert. Diaz alleges he was humiliated, degraded, ridiculed and shamed, and is seeking $75,000 for emotional distress and other injuries.
The battle over Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia's four guitars went back to court Wednesday after guitar maker Doug Irwin rejected a proposed legal settlement with the former band members. As part of the settlement, Irwin would have to participate in a news conference to express "complete satisfaction" with the deal, Reuters reports. Irwin said in a statement, "I think they wanted to bribe me into publicly going along with their amoral attempt to rob Jerry's grave."
Former Sotheby's chairman A. Alfred Taubman was found guilty on Wednesday of hatching an international price fixing conspiracy in the 1990s with the former head of rival auction house Christie's, Reuters reports. Taubman, 72, will be sentenced on April 2, 2002, and could three years in prison as well as heavy fines. Between 1993 and 1999, the two house charged sellers in the United States at least $400 million in commissions.
A loading dockworker was sentenced to three years of probation on Wednesday in connection with the theft of 55 Oscar statuettes before the 2000 Academy Awards, the AP reports. Anthony Hart, who worked at Roadway Express in Bell, was one of three men who pleaded no contest to criminal charges in the case. He was also ordered to pay $200 in restitution.
Kate Burton and Larry Pine received this year's Joe A. Callaway awards, Variety reports. The awards are presented by Actors' Equity Foundation for the best performance by a male and female actor in a classic play in the Gotham area. Burton appears in the current Broadway production of Hedda Gabler; Pine appeared in The Seagull in Central Park last summer.
ABC and NBC lead the NAACP's Image Awards on Wednesday with 13 nominations each, the AP reports. Only four months ago, the two networks were criticized for lacking diversity in coverage. Three hundred show-business professionals and NAACP officials, who select five nominees for each of the 41 categories, determine the nominations.
Wilford Brimley cancelled upcoming performances with the community symphony and choir in Great Falls, Mont., because he suffering from pneumonia, AP reports. Brimley, 67, was to have been a singer and a narrator at the holiday concerts scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.
Destiny's Child are parting ways to pursue solo projects for the near the future, the R&B trio announced Wednesday. Bandmember Kelly Rowland said she did not know when they would regroup. Destiny's Child had become a dominant force since the spring of 2000 and had a string of multi-platinum albums and hit singles, Reuters reports.
Neil Young has written and recorded a song about the passengers who fought back against the Sept. 11 hijackers, Reuters reports. Young wrote the song after reading a newspaper article about passenger Todd Beamer and recorded it two weeks ago. Beamer was on flight 93 that crashed into a Pennsylvania field and was heard on an onboard telephone telling fellow passengers "Let's Roll."
The Discovery Channel will air a five-part series about J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and the upcoming film based on the classic trilogy from Dec. 31 to 19, the day the film opens in theaters. According to the Toronto Star, the shows will document different aspects of Tolkien's creation and examine many hand-drawn maps of the mythical Middle Earth.
The History Channel is producing its first live programming on Friday to mark the 60th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. The network will cover the memorial service on the USS Arizona in Hawaii starting at 12:30 p.m. ET, AP reports.