Rapper Jovan Clayton has pleaded not guilty to three felony theft charges relating to an arrest in April (14). The Rej3ctz star, aka Pee Wee, was taken into custody earlier this year (14) amid allegations he had taken more than $2,000 (£1,176)-worth of alcohol and personal items from other patrons at Los Angeles nightclub 1Oak.
He has since been formally slapped with three counts of receiving stolen property, but insists he is innocent of the crimes, reports TMZ.com.
Clayton rose to fame with his band in 2010 with the viral hit Cat Daddy.
There’s nothing that the media loves more than a good villain, and unfortunately for Ben Affleck, it seems like it might finally be his turn as the “most hated man in America.” Or, at least, his character in David Fincher’s adaptation of Gone Girl is. The latest trailer for the film highlights the criminal investigation and the media frenzy that Nick Dunne is in the middle of after his wife Amy disappears on their anniversary, and the evidence against him seems to be mounting higher and higher, all of which seems to suggest only one possible solution to Amy’s disappearance: Nick murdered his wife.
Based on the evidence that the trailer reveals – the voice-over of Amy’s diaries repeating her fears about what Nick is capable of, both the media and her parents turning against him, the doubts cast on how genuine he’s being to the people assisting in the search, the cops’ pointed questions – it seems pretty cut and dry that we’re supposed to think that Nick is guilty. But Gone Girl is not a cut and dry story, and the success of the book relies heavily on a twist that is revealed about halfway through. The trailer doesn’t give any of that away, of course, but unlike its source material, it does have an impact on the way we see the events of the film, even before we go into it. The trailer wants us to think that Nick Dunne is guilty, and so even if you find that a little too obvious to believe, it’s still going to be in the back of your mind when you watch them film. If you buy that he’s guilty, you’re going to be looking for things to back you up, and ignore any evidence that raises any suspicion to the contrary. If you believe that there’s more to this story than meets the eye, you’re going to spend the whole time looking for loopholes and clues that point elsewhere.
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Unlike with the book, there’s no way to go into Gone Girl impartially, which could affect the impact that the plot’s major twist has on the audience. Moviegoers who are too suspicious may spot it coming, and those who have already made up their minds as to whether or not Nick is guilty could be disappointed or frustrated to find out the truth. Both of these reactions could lessen the impact of the twist or take the audience out of the world of the film, which means that the film might not be as successful on a storytelling level as the novel was.
Releasing a trailer that attempts to convince the audience to see things a certain way before the film arrives in theaters is a risky move. It practically spells out how audiences should feel about the events they're about to see unfold, and unless there's a good reason to do so (like the twist at the center of Gone Girl) it could sway moviegoers too much, which impacts their enjoyment of the film. If they know how they're supposed to react to things before they're allowed to, it could keep them from forming their own opinion about the characters and story they're watching. Hopefully, the trailer for Gone Girl isn't so persuasive that it doesn't allow audiences room to change their perspectives as more and more gets revealed about all of the characters. After all, if you've already made up your mind about what's going to unfold, what's the point in watching it do so?
Gone Girl arrives in theaters, along with all of its secrets and answers, on October 3.
Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris has been jailed for almost six years for indecently assaulting girls as young as seven. The Australian singer/artist was last month (Jun14) convicted of molesting four young girls between 1968 and 1986, when they were aged between seven and 19.
He was found guilty of 12 indecent assault charges, and a judge at London's Southwark Crown Court sentenced Harris to five years and nine months on Friday (04Jul14).
Harris, who was stripped of his British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) fellowship and his Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame honour following his conviction, will also have to pay court costs and faces compensation claims from his victims.
The judge, Mr. Justice Sweeney, told the star, "You have showed no remorse for your crimes at all. Your reputation now lies in ruins. You have been stripped of your honours but you have no one to blame but yourself."
Harris had denied the charges, telling a court the women had made up the attacks. He admitted having sexual relations with a friend of his daughter but denied she was just 13 years old when it began.
On Friday, the court also heard Harris had been charged with four counts of making indecent images after child pornography was found on a computer following a search of his home. Prosecutors decided not to pursue those charges in the light of the indecent assault convictions.
A celebrity blogger has been accused of lying to police about an assault allegedly involving British pop star Tulisa Contostavlos at a U.K. music festival last year (13). The N-Dubz singer is currently on trial at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court in Essex, England amid reports she attacked writer Vas Morgan at the V Festival in August, 2013.
Morgan claims Contostavlos punched him in the face, leaving him with a swollen, puffy left eye. He told authorities his injuries had been documented in a photo by snapper Royston Gooden Legore, but, as the trial resumed on Wednesday (02Jul14) following a six-week break, the jury heard that the picture doesn't exist.
Questioning Morgan, defence lawyer Jeremy Dein QC asked, "You have misled police throughout regarding the existence of a photo showing injuries to you, haven't you? That is why Mr. Legore has not come forward, because there never was a photograph."
Morgan denied the allegations and insisted Legore had deleted the image after fearing he would be blacklisted in the U.K. music industry if he spoke out against Contostavlos.
He added, "I don't need to mislead the police about a picture. If there was no photo, I would have said.
"I was honest from the start and I will keep being honest. If you don't think there was a photo then that's the end of it."
Contostavlos has pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault, while her assistant Gareth Varey has also denied a count of harassment. The trial continues.
The embattled singer is also due to stand trial in a separate case for a drug charge on 14 July (14), the day after she turns 26.
3Rd Bass rapper Peter Nash has been convicted of tax fraud. Nash, whose stage name was Prime Minister Pete Nice, pleaded guilty to a charge of misdemeanour criminal tax fraud during an appearance at Albany County Court in New York on Tuesday (01Jul14).
He has been ordered to repay $13,101 (£8,188) in back taxes, interest and charges stemming from the years 2009 through to 2011.
Nash is expected to be handed three years probation when he is sentenced on 26 August (14).
The former hip-hop star enjoyed success in the late 1980s and early 1990s with his 3rd Bass bandmates MC Serch and DJ Richie Rich, releasing three albums and enjoying a chart hit with their track Pop Goes the Weasel.
The trio disbanded in 1992, and again in 2000 after a failed reunion.
British authorities are investigating new allegations of indecent assault against disgraced Australian entertainer Rolf Harris following his conviction on 12 charges on Monday (30Jun14). The musician and TV presenter, 84, was found guilty of inappropriately touching girls as young as seven between 1968 and 1986 during a seven-week trial at Southwark Crown Court in London.
He is due to be sentenced on Friday (04Jul14), but on Tuesday (01Jul14), U.K. police chiefs revealed they had received further complaints about Harris while he was on trial and the fresh claims are now being scrutinised to determine if further charges should be brought against him.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police tells the BBC, "(We have) received a number of new allegations and these are now being considered."
Following the news of Harris' conviction, executives at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and at the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame declared they were stripping him of top honours he had previously been awarded.
The shamed star is currently free on bail.
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).
Singer-turned-actress Billie Piper won over theatre reviewers with her turn in topical new play Great Britain on Monday (30Jun14), with critics describing the phone hacking satire as "blessedly funny" and "bluntly entertaining". The comedy drama, by playwright Richard Bean, is based on real life British scandals including the phone-hacking trial and the controversy surrounding politicians' expenses, and it was rehearsed in secret before its opening at London's National Theatre.
The opening night came a week after the phone-hacking trial verdicts caused a sensation in the U.K., and the topical subject matter was a hit with the critics.
Reviewers were also full of praise for Piper's performance as loathsome social-climbing news editor Paige Britain, with Dominic Cavendish, of U.K. newspaper The Daily Telegraph, calling her turn "convincingly shallow and ruthless" and adding of the play, "(It is) a vitriolic, bluntly entertaining comedy that initially has the audience tickled pink with its levity, then finally blushing red with national shame."
Michael Billington, in a four-out-of-five star review in Britain's The Guardian, also compliments Piper on doing "an excellent job" and hails Great Britain as "blessedly funny", writing, "It has the bracing quality of topicality and is written with real verve... I mean it as a compliment when I say his play has a tabloid energy and bravura."
The Hollywood Reporter's Stephen Dalton agrees, writing, "(The play) puts an agreeably lurid and highly amusing slant on current events," but the Daily Mail's Quentin Letts notes in a three-out-of-five critique, "The heaviness of the humour obscures much of the seriousness... The play is a bit of a mess in places."
Britain's phone-hacking trial ended last week (ends29Jun14) with former News of the World boss Rebekah Brooks acquitted on all charges. Andy Coulson, another ex-editor of the now-defunct tabloid, was found guilty on a charge of conspiracy to intercept communications and is due to face a retrial on corruption charges alongside the publication's former royal editor Clive Goodman.
Great Britain runs at the National Theatre until 23 August (14).
Shamed entertainer Rolf Harris has been stripped of his Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame honour following his conviction on 12 indecent assault charges on Monday (30Jun14). The Australian musician and TV presenter was found guilty of indecently assaulting girls as young as seven between 1968 and 1986 during a trial at Southwark Crown Court in London.
Following news of the conviction, ARIA bosses announced on Tuesday (01Jul14) the veteran star would be stripped of his Hall of Fame award, making Harris the first ever honouree to lose the prestigious accolade.
ARIA chief executive officer Dan Rosen says in a statement, "Following his conviction in U.K. courts, the ARIA board has made the decision to withdraw the ARIA Hall of Fame award bestowed upon Rolf Harris."
Harris was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008 for his contribution to the Australian music industry. His name has now been removed from the ARIA website.
The news follows a similar decision by bosses at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), who announced on Monday they had annulled the fellowship bestowed on him in 2012.
Harris remains free on bail and is due to be sentenced on Friday (04Jul14).
Disgraced Australian entertainer Rolf Harris has been stripped of his British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) fellowship after he was convicted of 12 indecent assault charges on Monday (30Jun14). The veteran musician/TV presenter was found guilty of molesting girls as young as seven between 1968 and 1986 following a trial at Southwark Crown Court in London.
Following the hearing, BAFTA officials confirmed that they have annulled the honour he was presented with in 2012.
A statement from BAFTA reads: "The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has made the decision to annul the BAFTA Fellowship bestowed upon Rolf Harris in 2012 following his conviction."
He was handed the accolade for "outstanding and exceptional contribution to television".
The accolade came in the same year he helped mark Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee at a star-studded concert in front of Buckingham Palace.
Harris remains on bail and is due to be sentenced on Friday (04Jul14).