The right-hand man of infamous serial killer Charles Manson has been denied parole for the third time. Cult member Bruce Davis was imprisoned over 40 years ago following his conviction for the 1969 killings of musician Gary Hinman and Donald Shea.
He was recommended for parole in 2010, but then-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger denied Davis his freedom, and the movie star's successor, Jerry Brown, did the same in 2012.
In March (14), parole board officials again suggested the 71 year old would pose no threat to the public should he be released, but Governor Brown has stepped in to reverse the decision once more.
A statement released by the politician on Friday night (08Aug14) reads: "The exceptional brutality of these crimes and the terror the Manson family inflicted on the Los Angeles community 45 years ago still resonate.
"These crimes represent that 'rare circumstance' in which the aggravated nature of the crimes alone is sufficient to deny parole."
Gary Oldman is under attack from officials at America's Anti-Defamation League after voicing his thoughts about Hollywood's high-powered Jews. In a fiery new Playboy chat, The Dark Knight star says he believes Hollywood is "run by Jews", and revisited Mel Gibson's drink-driving arrest when the actor was ostracised for anti-Semitic remarks he made to a Jewish police officer.
Oldman feels Gibson fell victim to "political correctness" and was treated like an "outcast" in the aftermath of his racial slur scandal.
The Brit adds, "He (Gibson) got drunk and said a few things, but we've all said those things... We're all f**king hypocrites. That's what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n**ga or that f**king Jew? I'm being brutally honest here. It's the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy...
"He said the wrong thing because he’s actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him... You have to be very careful about what you say."
Oldman's representative Douglas Urbanski has since clarified the actor's comments, insisting the actor was not condoning what Gibson said to arresting officer James Mee, who has also taken issue with the British star's remarks.
But that's not enough for Anti-Defamation League bosses, who insist Oldman should have known better to say what he did.
Organisation director Abraham H. Foxman released a statement on Tuesday (24Jun14), which read: "Mel Gibson's ostracization in Hollywood was not a matter of being 'politically incorrect', as Mr. Oldman suggests, but of paying the consequences for outing himself as a bigot and a hater. It is disturbing that Mr. Oldman appears to have bought into Mr. Gibson's warped and prejudiced world view."
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Gary Oldman is convinced Mel Gibson fell victim to "political correctness" and was treated like an "outcast" in the aftermath of his infamous racial slur scandal.
The Braveheart star hit the headlines in 2006 after launching into an anti-Semitic rant while he was being booked for drink-driving by a Jewish police officer in Malibu, California. Gibson publicly apologised, calling the incident a "moment of insanity", and the arrest was expunged from his record in 2009 after he had served three years probation.
However, Oldman is adamant Gibson was unfairly ostracised by the Hollywood community in the wake of the scandal. He tells Playboy magazine, "We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That's what gets me... I don't know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we've all said those things... We're all f**king hypocrites. That's what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n**ga or that f**king Jew? I'm being brutally honest here. It's the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy... Mel Gibson is in a town that's run by Jews and he said the wrong thing because he's actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him - and doesn't need to feed him anymore because he's got enough dough. He's like an outcast, a leper, you know? But some Jewish guy in his office somewhere hasn't turned and said, 'That f***ing kraut' or 'F**k those Germans,' whatever it is? We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That's what gets me. You have to be very careful about what you say."
Oldman's representative Douglas Urbanski has since clarified the actor's comments and insisted The Dark Knight star is not condoning Gibson's behaviour. He tells Britain's The Independent newspaper, "On the topic of Mel Gibson, Gary does not 'defend' him... Political correctness is a thing that drives Gary and many many others crazy... In this interview, Gary is doing what many intelligent people do: he is illustrating the absurd by being absurd."
Things have not gone well for humanity since James Franco decided to help a chimpanzee get better at puzzles. In the new trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, hitting theaters July 11 — three years after the surprising success of Rupert Wyatt's Rise (which, logistically, really seems like it should follow "Dawn") of the Planet of the Apes — we see that mankind has dwindled to to the likes of Jason Clarke (ape-friendly), Gary Oldman (anti-ape), a couple of dunderheaded drunks who still don't seem to have understand that apes are smart now, and a campfire resident who prophecizes about how apes have the upper hand — opposable thumbs and all — in that they don't need fancy things like electricity or heat.
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But apes don't want war, so insists Caesar, Andy Serkis' top banana chimp who led the '11 picture and incited a revolution with the simple act of cookieing Rocket (and oh what a mistake that seems to have been... like Franco-father, like monkey-son). Caesar wants to live in harmony with the few remaining humans, but his fur-laden brethren don't seem to be on the same page.
Meanwhile, we can only assume that somewhere in the mix, a kindly, well-educated bonobo is developing a serum to boost the intellectual capacity of the horses that the apes have been using as transport, thus leading to a follow-up series in which horse trounces primate-kind.
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Country music stars Gary Allan and Chris Young were forced to scrap appearances at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday night (05Jun14) due to illness and injury. Vocal issues forced Allan to pull the plug on his fan club party, while Young's hand injury kept him from a planned autograph signing event.
Reports suggest he cut his hand while cooking.
Young is still hoping to perform at the festival on Saturday night (07Jun14), but Allan's vocal problems are far more serious - the It Ain't the Whiskey singer has suffered similar issues in the past, and underwent surgery in 2010 to remove a polyp from his throat.
Pop star Gary Barlow has been urged to hand back a top honour from the British Establishment over claims he invested in a tax avoidance scheme. The singer and two of his Take That bandmates - Mark Owen and Howard Donald - are reportedly facing the possibility of paying millions in back taxes after a partnership they invested in was branded a tax scam by a judge.
All three singers have declined to comment on the report but several leading politicians have called for Barlow to hand back the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal he was awarded in 2012 for services to entertainment.
Margaret Hodge, leader of the U.K.'s Public Accounts Committee, says Barlow "might want to show a bit of contrition by giving back his OBE", and another Member of Parliament (MP), Charlie Elphicke, tells The Times newspaper, "People who have seriously abused the tax system should be stripped of their honours."
However, Barlow has since received the backing of U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, who told TV show Good Morning Britain, "I don't think that's necessary, frankly. Gary Barlow has done a huge amount for the country... He's raised money for charity, he's done very well for Children in Need so I'm not sure (he should hand back) his OBE in respect of the work he has done."
Barlow, Donald, Owen and their manager are said to have invested $105 million (£66 million) into a partnership company that was later allegedly exposed as an elaborate tax avoidance scheme.
Jeff Goldblum, Lake Bell, Toni Collette and the directors of Twilight and The Hunger Games, Catherine Hardwicke and Gary Ross, have been announced as jury members at this year's (14) Tribeca Film Festival in New York. They will join Whoopi Goldberg, Heather Graham, Anton Yelchin and Sting's actress daughter Mickey Sumner among the 33 people who will oversee the competition in seven categories, from World Competition and World Narrative to World Documentary.
In total, the juries hand out $150,000 (£93,750) in prize money.
The film festival begins next week (16Apr14) and runs until 27 April (14).
You haven't been able to explain why, but for some reason the past few months have felt... nicer. Friendlier. More humane. Like the world's cynical edge has faded into a general aura of good intentions and widespread compassion. Well, hopefully you haven't gotten to used to it, because the mean streak you used to know is back — Veep has returned for its third season on HBO, coming back in full force with the very best insult comedy on contemporary television. This season, we're going to hone in on which of the series' characters is leading the pack in general misanthropy by ranking the best barbs of every episode.
We start off with the season premiere, which sees Vice President Selena Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) on a book tour through Iowa as the rest of her staff is back home in D.C. for Mike's (Matt Walsh) wedding to a reporter named Wendy. Due to Mike's unprecedented giddiness, he sat the week out in the insults game, but his colleagues were on point in terms of disses, put-downs, hostile barbs, biting reproaches, and your run of the mill bullying. Who won the race with the coldest zingers?
6. Abhor-ney General: JONAH
"I'm leaving here with my head held high and my nuts hanging low on your mom's chin, Martin."Jonah's unimpressive, infantile sign-off after he's been fired from the White House for running a gossiptainment blog.
5. Secretary of Offense: AMY
"Look at you, Dan. You have more nervous tics than a shoe bomber."There's something about Amy's subdued, even-tempered jabs that feel even more hurtful than her cohorts' heated ones.
"Jonah, what's the point? You don't show up in photographs."Said, again calmly, when Jonah is trying to worm his way into a group photo at Mike's wedding. Good for a chuckle, but this episode isn't Amy's best.
4. Secretary of Treachery: SUE
"Would you like me to mold the cake into a pair of testicles for you, Gary?"To be perfectly honest, neither of Sue's jokes this week (her only two lines in the episode, I might add) are Veep-caliber insults. But Sufe Bradshaw's delivery is impeccable.
"I hate how he learned English from pornography."Markedly better; said in response to Jonah's excessive use of phrases like "money shot" in non-sexual context.
3. Secretary of Hate: BEN
"Get out of the way or I'll f**king inhale you."Ben yells this at Selena's obscenely incompetent Iowa right-hand man. The believability of the threat makes it so funny.
[On the title of Selena's book, New Beginnings: The Next American Dream] "You’re so full of s**t, there’s a colon right smack dab in the middle."Now that's just terrific wordplay.
2. Viscious Vice-President: DAN
"I would hate the be the local Iowa guy that’s got to take care of [Selena]. Trying to source Gazpacho in a city that thinks soup is for f**s."An insult to Iowa, Selena, the gay community, and, somehow, Gazpacho. Points for versatility.
"What the f**k are you doing here? You weren't invited. Unless you're the Worst Man."This clumsy and obvious clunker docks the usually clever Dan a few points.
"Hey, Hepatitis J."Classy, elegant, hilarious.
Jonah: "What's Google's number?"Dan: "I don't know, ask Jeeves."Not so much an insult as it is just taunting and aggressively unhelpful. But one of the biggest laughs of the night regardless.
1. The President of Put-Downs: SELENA
"Hey, Richard. No offense... you're a catastrophe."Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of the few comedians who can deliver a line as blunt and unimaginative as this and make it feel sharp.
[To Ben] "Good to see your friendly-ish face-ish."In sharp contrast to the former, the beauty of this excellent jab at her friend's personality and appearance is its majestic subtlety.
"That bag of wrist-slits got the nomination? With that face and personality?"Boom. Easily the meanest thing said all episode. And she delivers it with that demonic smile. Oh, woe is the world in which she occupies the Oval Office.
And since we love Gary so much, we'll also be running this little addition to our weekly insult-off:
NICE THINGS GARY SAID
"[To Wendy] You look gorgeous! Is that lipstick coral blush? Nicely applied!"Oh, Gary. You sweet soul.
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Matt Damon has bared his butt as part of a prank on U.S. TV personality Jimmy Kimmel. The movie star tweeted a photo of a fax of his bare buttocks to Kimmel and longtime pal Ben Affleck after they poked fun at his lack of Twitter presence.
He accompanied the picture with the caption: "Dear Ben & Jimmy, Here's my fax. Love, MD. Faxtag: KimmelHasManBoobs."
The comedian posted the image on his own Twitter.com page on Friday (14Feb14), adding, "@BenAffleck - did you see what your 'friend' Matt faxed to us?" prompting Affleck to write, "Looks like u from here, Jimmy."
Kimmel has made Damon the butt of his jokes on his late-night show for years and earlier this month (Feb14) he ignored the Bourne Identity star during an interview with the cast of The Monuments Men.
Damon famously took over Kimmel's show in January, 2013 and tied the host to a chair as he conducted interviews with all-star guests like Demi Moore, Gary Oldman and Nicole Kidman, who all took aim at the comic as he sat behind them.
The latest 'tiff' began last week when Affleck took to Twitter to thank Kimmel for retweeting a link promoting his "win a date with..." charity contest, benefitting the Eastern Congo Initiative and Damon's favourite cause Water.org.
Affleck wrote, "I thank you buddy. And @easterncongo & @water thank you. Matt on the other hand? Matt you there? Right. We will fax you."
Kimmel responded by joking, "Matt is probably too scared to get on twitter because no one likes him."
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Treading water at the very surface of RoboCop, there is an idea. A dense concept, ready and willing to provide no dearth of dissection for any eager student of philosophy, psychology, political science, physics — hell, any of the Ps. To simplify the idea on hand: What separates man from machine? It's a question that is not just teased by the basic premise of José Padilha's remake of the 1987 sci-fi staple, but asked outright by many of its main characters. And then never really worried about again.
We have principal parties on both sides of the ethical quandary that would place the security of our crime-ridden cities in the hands of automatons. Samuel L. Jackson plays a spitfire Bill O'Reilly who wonders why America hasn't lined its streets with high-efficiency officer droids. Zach Grenier, as a moralistic senator, gobbles his way through an opposition to the Pro-boCop movement. We hear lecture after lecture from pundits, politicians, business moguls (a money-hungry Michael Keaton heads the nefarious OmniCorp...) and scientists (...while his top doc Gary Oldman questions the nature of his assignments while poking at patients' brains and spouting diatribes about "free will"), all working their hardest to lay thematic groundwork. Each character insists that we're watching a movie about the distinction between human and artificial intelligence. That even with an active brain, no robot can understand what it means to have a heart. But when Prof. Oldman tempers his hysterical squawking and Samuel L. Hannity rolls his closing credits, we don't see these ideas taking life.
In earnest, the struggle of rehabilitated police officer Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) — nearly killed in the line of duty and turned thereafter into OmniCorp's prototype RoboCop — doesn't seem to enlist any of the questions that his aggravated peers have been asking. Murphy is transformed not just physically, but mentally — robbed of his decision-making ability and depleted of emotional brain chemicals — effectively losing himself in the process. But the journey we see take hold of Murphy is not one to reclaim his soul, although the movie touts it as such. It's really just one to become a better robot.
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Meanwhile, RoboCop lays down its motives, and hard: Murphy's wife and son (Abbie Cornish and a puckish young John Paul Ruttan) lament the loss of Alex, condemning his dehumanization at the hands of Raymond Sellars' (Keaton) capitalistic experiments, and sobbing out some torrential pathos so you know just how deep this company is digging. Weaselly stooges (Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, and Jackie Earl Haley) line the OmniCorp roster with comical wickedness. Overseas, killer combat bots take down peaceful villages, unable to work empathetic judgment into their decision to destroy all deemed as "threats." And at the top, figures of power and money like Sellars and Pat Novak (Jackson) speak the loudest and harshest, literally justifying their agenda with a call for all naysayers to "stop whining." Clearly, RoboCop has something to say.
And when it's devoted to its outrage, RoboCop is terrifically charming. The buzzing political world is just a tiny step closer to ridiculous than our own; the pitch meetings at OmniCorp are fun enough to provoke a ditching of all the material outside of the company walls. And one particular reference to The Wizard of Oz shows that the movie isn't above having fun with its admittedly silly premise. But it loses its magic when it steps away from goofy gimmicks and satirical monologues and heads back into the story. We don't see enough of Murphy grappling with the complicated balance between his conflicting organic and synthetic selves. In fact, we don't see enough "story" in Murphy at all. First, he's a dad and a cop. Then, he's a RoboCop. But can he also be a RoboDad? With all of its ranting and raving about the question, the film doesn't seem to concerned with actually figuring out the answer.
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