A man accused of trespassing on Taylor Swift's beachfront property in Rhode Island on three separate occasions has been sentenced to 18 months of probation. Daniel P. Cole was initially taken into custody and charged in December (13) after he parked his pick-up truck outside the singer's Watch Hill home and refused to move.
Police were called to the scene to investigate and the Massachusetts resident allegedly became involved in an altercation with officers, just 12 days after Swift's security guards had to escort Cole off the star's estate.
The second incident landed the 39 year old a no trespassing order, but cops found him back on the property in March (14), when he was also slapped with a no contact ruling, demanding he keep his distance from the singer and her home, according to local paper The Westerly Sun.
He pleaded not guilty to misdemeanour charges of wilful trespassing and disorderly conduct, but was convicted on Thursday (17Jul14) after a three-day trial in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Judge Frank Cenerini ordered Cole serve probation and undergo anger management screening and counselling. He also renewed the no trespassing and no contact orders.
Cole hasn't been the only unwelcome visitor at Swift's Rhode Island luxury house - three people recently pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct charges after allegedly hurling beer bottles at the mansion in June (14).
The singer was not home at the time of either incident.
Japanese officials in London lobbied BBC bosses to censor harrowing World War II drama Tenko over fears it portrayed their native country in a bad light. The British/Australian TV hit caused a sensation when it was first broadcast in the 1980s with its brutal depiction of life in a Japanese-run female prison camp in Singapore.
The drama featured scenes of women inmates being mistreated and abused by guards, and it has now emerged the show caused a furore at the Japanese embassy in London and staff tried to get BBC bosses to edit the programme.
They were even joined in their campaign by a Member of Parliament, Sir Julian Ridsdale, and bosses from the British government's Foreign Office.
Newly-released Foreign Office documents show Ridsdale met with the head of the BBC and demanded "certain cuts in the future to remove some of the more brutal scenes".
Another Foreign Office memo from the early 1980s states the show creates a "danger that the association of past Japanese violence... would create a bad impression".
There is no suggestion BBC bosses bowed to pressure and the show is believed to have been broadcast uncensored.
Police were called to the set of U.S. reality TV show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta in New York City on Tuesday night (15Jul14) after a brawl allegedly broke out.
The castmembers were taping a reunion episode in the Big Apple, but the shoot descended into chaos when an argument erupted between a number of the show's stars, according to TMZ.com.
Editors of the website report security guards struggled to contain the fight, and emergency services were called to the scene.
Cops are said to have attended the set, along with paramedics who treated three people for injuries.
Justin Bieber's neighbours have stepped up security in the building following a number of late-night visits from the police, according to a U.S. report. The Baby hitmaker moved back to California last month (Jun14) after a brief stint in Atlanta, Georgia, and he rented two units in an upmarket apartment block in Beverly Hills.
However, Bieber is said to have annoyed fellow residents with a string of late night parties, which have led to noise complaints and a number of visits from cops in the early hours.
Editors at TMZ.com now report the building's Homeowner Association held an emergency meeting this week (beg30Jun14), and they elected to hire security guards to keep an eye on the building between the hours of 6pm and 8am.
The website states the new system was brought in on Tuesday (01Jul14) just hours after cops were called to Bieber's home to deal with a noisy party there on Monday night (30Jun14).
A homeless man wielding a knife has been arrested in New York City after he attempted to gain access to the TV studio where Good Morning America (GMA) is filmed.
Andre Johnson, 25, is believed to have approached security guards outside ABC Studios in Manhattan's Times Square on Tuesday (01Jul14) and demanded to be let into the building. He was turned away, but allegedly returned carrying a knife and attacked one of the security guards.
Police were called to the scene, and pictures show cops restraining Johnson on the street outside the TV hub. He also allegedly made threats against football player-turned-TV host Michael Strahan, who is a contributor on GMA.
Johnson was arrested and taken to a local police station where he was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and menacing, according to the New York Daily News.
A spokesperson for ABC called the cop a "hero" for tackling the man, and added, "It was a scary situation but thanks to the fast actions of NYPD (New York Police Department) the situation was quickly under control."
Cult wartime soccer movie Escape To Victory is set for a remake. The 1981 film, which starred Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine and a group of real sportsmen like Pele, Bobby Moore and Osvaldo Ardiles, will be revamped for the big screen by The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman.
The movie centres around a group of World War Two prisoners of war, who plan an escape around a soccer match between captive allies and their German guards.
The news of the new Hollywood film comes a day after the U.S. national team lost a crucial World Cup game to Germany 1-0 but still made it through to the tournament's knock-out round thanks to goal difference.
British rockers The 1975 brought their surprise opening night show at the Glastonbury festival to an abrupt halt on Thursday night (26Jun14) after an unruly fan threw a can onstage. The Chocolate hitmakers were in the middle of playing a secret set at the Somerset music festival when a fan threw the object onstage, according to NME.com.
Soon after, a fight broke out at the front of the crowd, prompting singer Matthew Healy to abruptly end the group's set.
He told the revellers, "Ladies and gentlemen, I'm sorry to disrupt your peaceful Glastonbury but someone just threw a can onstage. I won't have people fighting at my Glastonbury."
Security guards escorted a man through the audience and out of the tent where The 1975 was playing, and after the commotion died down, the group returned to the stage and continued its set.
Fans were treated to another another surprise at the end of their show - the band brought out electronic music group Metronomy to join them onstage.
Dizzee Rascal was determined not to let a fight ruin his gig in Cornwall, England over the weekend (21-22Jun14), insisting he felt compelled to break up the brawl and keep the peace. The rapper performed at the Eden Project venue on Saturday night (21Jun14), and subsequent reports suggested the show was marred by an altercation in the crowd, which prompted the security team to step in and attempt to remove the offenders.
Dizzee Rascal has now confirmed the incident and revealed he asked the guards to allow the two men stay.
Speaking ahead of his performance at the Isle of MTV event in Malta, he explained, "I'm so used to doing it (breaking up fights). I just didn't want them to get kicked out. I'm used to fights - people get a bit carried away, jumping around. It gets a bit emotional and you just have to separate them."
Between Marvel's ever-expanding cinematic universe, Sony's tangled web of Amazing Spider-Man characters, and the way Fox keeps rolling out X-Men films, Hollywood is in the middle of a veritable superhero onslaught. However, NikkiFinke.com reports that things are only just getting started, with DC and Warner Bros. planning to roll out their own interconnected series very soon. In addition to Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the studios are working on a Justice League movie and solo films for Wonder Woman and Shazam, as well as a Flash/Green Lantern crossover and yet another outing for Superman.
Warner Bros. was set to officially unveil the plans at this year's Comic-Con, along with new details about the upcoming Sandman film with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a tentative release schedule that would take them well into 2018. According to the site, the studio has been working on this for some time, and even delayed the release of Batman Vs. Superman so that it would better fit with the rest of the planned universe. With so many films lined up for such a short period of time (expect at least two DC films a year for the next four years) it can be a little difficult keeping track of everything on the slate. We've run down everything we know about the upcoming DC/Warner Bros. universe, along with the reasons you should get excited about them. Although it is kind of hard to be enthusiastic about two Man of Steel sequels.
Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice Release Date: May 2016 Who's In It: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, and Laurence Fishburne will all reprise their roles from Man of Steel, and will be joined by Ben Affleck as Batman, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. What We Know About It: Plot details are still being kept under wraps, but it will feature Superman facing off against a "older, worn-down" Batman in some capacity. The film's also supposed to be both a follow up to Man of Steel and a prequel for the Justice League movie, so Wonder Woman and Cyborg will be involved in some capacity, although thus far it's not known how much screen time they'll get. How Excited We Are For It: Anything that gets fans as riled up as this film has is definitely worth seeing. As of right now, though, it's hard to predict if it will live up to all of its hype.
Shazam Release Date: July 2016 Who He Is: Originally known as Captain Marvel, Shazam is the altar ego of sports reporter Billy Baston, who was given magical powers by an ancient wizard who wanted Billy to help people. When he says "Shazam!" he is transformed into a super-human with powers from six mythical heroes: wisdom from King Solomon, strength from Hercules, stamina from Atlas, the power of Zeus, courage from Achilles, and speed from Mercury. What We Know About It: Not much. A Shazam film was rumored to be in the works until recently, when Peter Segal (who was on board to direct) left the project, citing the difficulties of turning Shazam's story into a film. Nobody was expecting it to turn up on the schedule, especially with such a close release date. How Excited We Are For It: It's hard to be excited about a project that nobody saw coming, but we're definitely intrigued to find out more. However, if this is indeed the secret DC character that The Rock has been hinting at recently, we're officially on board.
Sandman Release Date: December 2016 Who's In It: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to produce the project, and is also rumored to be starring as Dream. What We Know About It: To start, it has nothing to do with the other comic book movies that Warner Bros. is working on. The film, which is based on Neil Gaiman's wildly popular series, has been in development for 25 years, but this time Gaiman is involved in production, which is a good sign. However, the script is being written by David Goyer, which could cancel out some of that goodwill. How Excited We Are For It: Cautiously optimistic. The release date is the biggest sign of confidence we've seen so far, but there are still too many elements up in the air for us to to completely drop our guards.
Justice League Release Date: May 2017 Who's In It: Thus far, we're guaranteed to see Affleck, Cavill, and Gadot as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, respectively, as well as Ray Fisher as Cyborg. The studio has yet to cast the remaining team members, although Matt Damon and Jason Momoa have both been rumored for Aquaman. What We Know About It: It will be DC and Warner Bros' answer to The Avengers, so expect lots of action, explosions, and angst. It should also be connected to Batman Vs. Superman in some way, but that's all that's been revealed thus far. How Excited We Are: We're going to have to see Batman Vs. Superman first, but we're definitely looking forward to this one. Hopefully, the studio will use this as an opportunity to add some much-needed levity to the dark, gritty universe they're currently building. What's the point of a superhero film without the wisecracks?
Wonder Woman Release Date: July 2017 Who's In It: The only one we can say for sure is Gadot as Diana Prince a.k.a. Princess Diana of Themyscira a.k.a. Wonder Woman.What We Know About It: Next to nothing. DC and Warner Bros have wavered for so long on making a Wonder Woman movie that we have no idea what to expect, although we do have very high hopes. How Excited We Are For It: Are you kidding? We'd buy tickets now if we could. Fans have been clamoring for a Wonder Woman movie for so long that it's hard not to be a little skeptical about its chances of actually making it into theaters, but until we hear otherwise, we're just going to enjoy knowing that a Wonder Woman film is finally on its way.
Flash/Green Lantern Release Date: December 2017Who's In It: Though the DC universe technically already has a Green Lantern in Ryan Reynolds, they haven't hinted at whether he'll be reprising his role, or if they're looking in a new direction (probably the latter).What We Know About It: Again, next to nothing. We don't even know which iteration of the Green Lantern will be part of the team. It would make sense to continue with Hal Jordan, but if they're looking to differentiate this Lantern from Reynolds', they might be better off choosing a different alter ego. How Excited We Are For It: Not very. The last Green Lantern film was terrible, so we don't have a lot of confidence that this one will be better, and we can get our Flash fix with the upcoming CW show, so we won't be marking our calendars for this one just yet.
Man of Steel 2 Release Date: May 2018 Who's In It: Cavill, of course. We also wouldn't be surprised to see Adams, Fishburne, and Diane Lane come back, since they've all signed on for Batman Vs. Superman... unless any of them faces a grim fate in that film, which isn't too unlikely.What We Know About It: It will most likely deal directly with the events of Batman Vs. Superman and Justice League, although we are suprised to hear of this "official" Man of Steel sequel, considering Warner Bros. has been billing Batman Vs. Superman as such for some time now. How Excited We Are For It: We're in favor of anything that promises to get the memory of the first Man of Steel out of our head. Here's a chance to fix your mistakes, Warner Bros.
Police are hunting for an obsessed fan who targeted Hollywood actress Diane Kruger and sparked a bomb scare by sending her a suspicious package. The Inglourious Basterds star has revealed the drama began earlier this year (13) when a strange parcel arrived at the home of her grandfather in Germany.
She tells Britain's The Times newspaper, "My grandfather misunderstood and thought it was a present from me. It was some chocolates and a locked metal box with a message saying, 'The key will arrive in Hollywood in March'. Grandpa was like, 'Can I at least eat the chocolates since you're not coming home?' and I was like, 'Do not eat the f**king chocolates!'"
The box was forwarded to her address in the U.S. and Kruger's boyfriend, actor Joshua Jackson, broke it open and discovered what he feared could have been a makeshift bomb. She adds, "A cellphone was wired to the lock and the minute it opened, it turned on. It was like a bad movie. Josh threw it away thinking a bomb was going to go off, but I think it was just some crazy, weird fan who was going to call me."
Kruger goes on to explain the story took an unexpected twist when security guards later apprehended a man at the Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles after he allegedly attempted to gain access to the event to hand the actress a key bearing her name and home address.
The incident sparked a police hunt, which turned up security footage of the same unknown man ringing the doorbell at the star's home. She adds, "Three detectives showed up at my house at three in the morning... They're still trying to find the man."