Jackass star Steve-O is facing a police investigation after confessing he was responsible for a SeaWorld freeway sign prank that upset theme park bosses.
The TV personality, who is a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), posted a video on YouTube.com on Wednesday (20Aug14) showing him defacing a billboard in San Diego, California Steve-O changed the sign to read 'Sea World Sucks' as a protest against the way killer whales are treated at the popular aquatic tourist attraction.
In the footage, which he titled Breaking the Law, the prankster says, "I'm putting my foot down for (whale) Shamu. If doing that was wrong, I don't want to be right! Screw you, SeaWorld!"
However, Steve-O may be facing legal troubles following his public confession. A representative for the California Highway Patrol has confirmed an investigation has been launched, telling Los Angeles news station KTLA the highway patrol was given "a case of alleged vandalism for investigation and possible prosecution in connection with the incident".
A statement from the California Department of Transportation adds, "We consider defacing public property at a cost to state taxpayers an unlawful act and a dangerous distraction for motorists. Not figured into the equation is the danger to highway workers and the inconvenience to motorists."
A spokesperson for the department adds the sign cost more than $7,000 (£4,118) to be replaced.
George Clooney's ex-girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis has sparked engagement rumours after showing off a massive diamond ring on her left hand. The Italian model/actress was photographed sporting the large bauble on her left ring finger while walking in Los Angeles on Tuesday (19Aug14), and made no effort to hide the giant sparkler.
According to E! News, Canalis and her rumoured fiance, spinal surgeon Brian Perri, are planning to tie the knot on 14 September (14) in Sardinia, just two days after her 36th birthday.
Ironically, Clooney is also planning an autumn wedding in September to British lawyer Amal Alamuddin, at his home in Lake Como, Italy.
Canalis split from Clooney in 2011 after 18 months together, and she went on to enjoy an on/off romance with Jackass star Steve-O.
Jackass star Steve-O has confessed he is the guy behind a Sea World freeway sign prank that upset themepark bosses in May (14). The animal-loving stuntman has revealed he added the 'Sucks' billboard to the Sea World mileage indicator in San Diego, California as a protest against the way killer whales are treated at the aquatic tourist attraction.
Steve-O has now posted a video on YouTube, in which he alters the freeway sign to read 'Sea World Sucks'.
Director Brian G. Hutton has died, aged 79. The filmmaker passed away on Tuesday (19Aug14) after suffering a heart attack last week (begs11Aug14).
The New York City native began his career as an actor, but stepped behind the camera after taking part in a directing programme with Universal Studios.
In 1968, Hutton directed Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton in the war classic Where Eagles Dare, and he teamed with the duo again in 1970 for Kelly's Heroes, which also starred Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O’Connor and Donald Sutherland.
Hutton also made two movies with Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor - drama X, Y and Zee opposite Michael Caine and Night Watch with Laurence Harvey.
In 1980, Hutton was recruited to replace Roman Polanski as the director of The First Deadly Sin, after his predecessor fled America to escape statutory rape charges. The movie featured Faye Dunaway and Frank Sinatra in his final major film role.
Hutton also directed the films High Road to China, The Pad and How to Use It, and Sol Madrid.
As an actor, Hutton starred in movies like Fear Strikes Out, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, King Creole, The Case Against Brooklyn, and TV shows such as Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, Have Gun - Will Travel, Rawhide and The Rifleman.
Early Wednesday morning, Nicki Minaj dropped the music video for "Anaconda," and it's basically got us all thinking one thing.
It's really hard not to just quote the song, but look at that butt, is pretty much the only thought that will be going through your head. Nicki has been teasing the video over the course of a the last week now, and we can't say that we're disappointed. It's already gotten over 2 million views.
Check out the ass-tonishing video here:
As expected, Twitter basically exploded.
#AnacondaVideoOnVevo was trending almost immediately, as well as Bruh Nicki Minaj and Drake.
I've never been more amazed by a video than I am by the #AnacondaVideoOnVevo
— Jamie Maguire (@jamie__maguire) August 20, 2014
The first thing I did when I woke up was turn on the #AnacondaVideoOnVevo
— tysonika (@wtfroman_) August 20, 2014
This was just toooo much tho #AnacondaVideoOnVevo
— #thotlife ツ (@mixed_racechick) August 20, 2014
In case you don't already feel white enough today, check out the #AnacondaVideoOnVevo I've never seen so many butts and fruits together
— Megan Montville (@meg_mont) August 20, 2014
bruh I just hurt my neck trying to dance to anaconda #AnacondaVideoOnVevo
— Denise™ (@teambarbie4life) August 20, 2014
U HAVE MISSED THE RESURRECTION IF U HAVENT SEEN #AnacondaVideoOnVevo
— O-MONEY (@OsmirDiazz) August 20, 2014
There was even some friendly fire against Taylor, who just dropped her new video for "Shake It Off," on Monday:
Sorry @taylorswift13 but there was a whole lot more shaking going on in @NICKIMINAJ video #AnacondaVideoOnVevo
— Ryan Connors (@connors36) August 20, 2014
People could not get over Drake's part in this video:
Drake be looking so confused in this #AnacondaVideoOnVevo like: "Dafuq is happening to me? But I like it, but it hurts, but I love" :p
— LunaCBrownie (@LunaCBrownie) August 20, 2014
That FUCKIN LAP DANCE ON DRAKE WTF!!!!!! #AnacondaVideoOnVevo @NICKIMINAJ
— TeamMinaj Georgia (@MsBlazinBarbie) August 20, 2014
Drake just wrote his whole album sitting on that chair #AnacondaVideoOnVevo pic.twitter.com/YKkri398Gz
— Lester Minaj (@LesterAquino_) August 20, 2014
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Just three weeks in production, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raked in more than $15 million — this puts it ahead of the latest YA release The Giver as the eighth highest grossing property this month. But trouncing that Jeff Bridges/Brenton Thwaites travesty by nearly $3 million is only the second most noble of the Ice Bucket Challenge’s efforts. The movement is allotting nigh unparalleled funds toward the study of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, an illness known best as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
The condition observes the weakening of the muscles in accordance with a degeneration of a specific portion of the spinal cord. As a result of ALS, those afflicted find difficulty speaking, swallowing, breathing, and moving altogether.
Though discovered in the 19th century and brought to infamy in the late 1930s in accordance with the suffering of beloved New York Yankee Lou Gehrig, ALS remains the most common motor neuron disease actively plaguing men and women today. While perhaps only a small measure in the fight against the illness, the Ice Bucket Challenge is allowing for tremendous progress in the collection of funds devoted to the defeat of such a longstanding travesty.
As is inevitable with any cause célèbre or public movement, we have witnesses no small share of backlash against the Challenge; critics decry the endeavor as a bandwagon trend and a waste of time that offers no real benefit to the cause in question. As far as the latter goes, the $15 million and counting — a sum made possible thanks in large part to the spirited, sportsmanly brand with which the Ice Bucket Challenge was designed — would beg to differ. Nevertheless, we find those with a sour taste for the charitable phenomenon. Not to mention those who simply don’t want to pour a bunch of cold water over their heads. But if you find yourself a culprit of this mindset, maybe take a look at the pedigree of the company you’d be joining were you to hop aboard for this particularly frigid mitzvah.
So what pop culture accomplishments can be attributed to the community of water-logged philanthropists?
5 ACADEMY AWARDS Between Steven Spielberg (3), Russell Crowe (1), and Oprah (a Humanitarian Oscar).
60 EMMYSBetween Oprah (13 Daytime Emmys and 2 Primetime Emmys), Steven Spielberg (11), Meredith Vieira (4 News/Documentary Emmys and 3 Daytime Emmys), Jimmy Fallon (4), Justin Timberlake (4), J.J. Abrams (3), Conan O'Brien (3), Jim Parsons (3), Ricky Gervais (2), William Shatner (2), Harry Connick Jr. (2), Rachel Maddow (1), Ryan Seacrest (1), Nathan Fillion (1 Daytime Emmy), and Topher Grace (1 Daytime Emmy).
62 GRAMMYSJustin Timberlake (9), Taylor Swift (7), Carrie Underwood (6), Lady Gaga (5), Mackelmore (4), Lil Wayne (4), Keith Urban (4), Weird Al Yankovic (3), Gwen Stefani (3), Ludacris (3), Brad Paisley (3), Adam Levine (3), Harry Connick Jr (3), Jason Mraz (2), Drake (1), Jimmy Fallon (1), and Calvin Harris (1).
10 GOLDEN GLOBESSteven Spielberg (7), Russell Crowe (1), William Shatner (1), and Don Johnson (1).
S Club 7 stars Jo O'meara and Paul Cattermole filed for bankruptcy prior the British band's reunion, according to a U.K. report. The Reach hitmakers announced they will be reuniting as a seven-piece earlier this month (Aug14) following their split in 2003.
Despite touring with two other members as S Club 4, Cattermole and O'Meara declared themselves bankrupt within seven days of each other in May (14), when discussions of a reunion first began.
A source tells British newspaper The Sun, "Both Jo and Paul have found it especially tough financially after S Club split... they didn't make a great deal of money from the band originally and their own solo projects didn't exactly turn out profitable."
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor has called for action to be taken to change the public perception of mental illness in the aftermath of Robin Williams' death. The topic has dominated headlines around the world this week (beg11Aug14) following the loss of the Hollywood comic, who is believed to have hanged himself after a long battle with depression.
O'Connor has also battled the condition, and she is convinced sufferers like Williams would be be more likely to seek help if the stigma of mental illness was lifted.
She tells Sky News, "When you admit you are anything that could be mistaken or otherwise perceived as mentally ill, you know are that you are gonna get treated like dirt so you don't go telling anyone and that's why people die... There are things that need to be stopped... They can't be using words like crazy as terms of abuse... We need to be very clear as to what the illnesses are and what constitutes abuse. It's a massive human rights issue."
Sinead O'Connor dedicated a gig in London this week (beg11Aug14) to tragic funnyman Robin Williams and performed a song about suicide as a warning to fans who may be considering taking their own life. The Irish singer, who has battled mental health issues of her own in the past, spoke out about the tragic loss of Hollywood comedian Williams during a concert in the British capital.
Williams, who suffered from depression, was found hanged at his home in California on Monday (11Aug14), and O'Connor dedicated her set at the Roundhouse venue to his memory.
During her Tuesday night (12Aug14) show, the singer performed a song for Williams titled 8 Good Reasons, in which she describes her own suicidal thoughts, and urged others to think again before acting on their impulses.
Prior to launching into the song, she told the crowd, "It's a very bad idea, the choice that Robin made and I want to dedicate this song to anyone today who may be contemplating that choice and ask anyone not to."
She also dedicated her version of I Am Stretched Upon Your Grave to the late star.
R&B star Usher has no regrets about his failed marriage to Tameka Foster, calling the relationship his "best mistake". The Yeah hitmaker endured a highly-publicised and lengthy court battle with Foster following the breakdown of their two-year marriage in 2009, but Usher remains positive about the experience.
In an interview for the September (14) issue of O Magazine, the singer describes walking down the aisle at the age of 28 his "best mistake", adding, "Most people probably think I regret it because I ended up getting divorced, but it helped me learn that sometimes I think I know more than I actually do."
Following their split, the former couple began a heated custody battle and in 2012, Usher was awarded primary custody of their two sons, Usher Raymond V, six, and Naviyd Ely, five.