Australian actor Sam Worthington has quietly settled charges of assault and harassment following a bust-up with a paparazzo in New York earlier this year (14). The Avatar star was arrested in February (14) alongside snapper Sheng Li after they became embroiled in an altercation outside a Big Apple bar, following an argument between Li and Worthington's girlfriend Lara Bingle.
Both men were slapped with counts of assault, but the actor has since reached a deal with prosecutors to have his case for third-degree assault, third-degree attempted assault and second-degree harassment dismissed, as long as he stays out of trouble.
Worthington's attorney, Stacey Richman, appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court on his behalf on 8 April (14) and agreed to an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal, a typical result for first-time offenders in low-level cases, according to the New York Daily News.
Worthington, who was filming in Europe at the time of the court date, claimed he had acted in defence of model Bingle.
Photographer Li was offered the same settlement deal during a hearing on 1 April (14), but rejected the offer and vowed to fight the claims.
Rapper Action Bronson is returning to his culinary roots to front a new TV series about food. The heavyweight hip-hop star, who frequently raps about his love of food, used to work as a gourmet chef in New York before launching his music career and now he is drawing on his cooking knowledge for the series F**k, That's Delicious.
The show documents Bronson's food finds as he travels the world on tour, tasting local cuisines in New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, the U.K. and Eastern Europe.
In the trailer for the new monthly series, which will debut online in May (14), he says, "People probably look at me and think he's not really like a cook or a chef. This is my life beforehand, so I could probably do this s**t with my eyes closed."
Bronson isn't the only musician to land his own food show - rapper Coolio also fronts an Internet series, while R&B singer Kelis recently scored her own programme on America's The Cooking Channel.
Pop star Demi Lovato is turning to her fans to determine where she will stop on the upcoming European leg of her Neon Lights tour.
The Skyscraper hitmaker has teamed up with bosses at music identification app Shazam for a one-of-a-kind partnership which will decide her tour schedule in Europe. When fans hear her song Neon Lights, they must use Shazam to tag and identify the track.
With the data gathered from the tags, it will determine which cities have the highest demand for Lovato.
The promotion kicked off on Monday (28Apr14) and runs for the next three weeks, and the final list of dates and locations in Europe will be announce at the end of May (14), when Lovato is in the U.S.
The Neon Lights tour will mark her first European trek in five years.
Miley Cyrus has broken her silence following her recent hospital stay by phoning into DJ Ryan Seacrest's U.S. radio show on Monday (28Apr14) to assure fans she's "doing good". The pop star was admitted to a medical centre in Kansas City, Missouri on 15 April (14) after suffering a bad reaction to medication she had been taking for a sinus infection. She was reportedly discharged last week (24Apr14) and now she insists she's ready to get back on the road and pick up her Bangerz tour in Europe after postponing a string of shows in North America.
Cyrus told Seacrest, "I'm doing good, much better."
Explaining what put her in the hospital, the singer added, "Basically I had gotten sick while I was on the road. On the sixth day, I just woke up... it was so scary... I had basically been poisoning myself with something I didn't know I was really scary allergic to."
She spent one night in the hospital and then tried to resume her tour, only to fall ill again.
Miley sought further treatment and was told she would have to spend an extended period of time in hospital.
She added, "It was insane. I was begging the doctors, 'Let me out to go do the show!'
"I was crying because I was so bored. I'm laying here hooked to all these machines. Every two hours, some woman comes in and pokes me with a needle, just miserable... I'm just laying here with nothing to do... I ended up doing some online shopping."
The pop star has confirmed her European tour will begin as scheduled on Friday (02May14). She has also added dates to her rescheduled North American trek, which will resume on 1 August (14) at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York and wrap up in Chicago, Illinois on 14 August (14).
A bearded drag queen chosen to represent Austria at this year's (14) Eurovision Song Contest is facing an online backlash from anti-gay protesters in Russia, Armenia and Belarus. Conchita Wurst, real name Tom Neuwirth, will perform the power ballad Rise Like a Phoenix at the annual ceremony in Copenhagen, Denmark next month (May14) and her entry has already become a top 10 favourite to win.
However, her participation has come under attack from conservative viewers in parts of Eastern Europe and they have launched Internet petitions calling for Wurst to be banned from the event or edited out of TV broadcasts in their countries.
Armenia's contender, Aram MP3, has already joked about Wurst's lifestyle, claiming it is "not natural" and insisting she should decide between acting like a woman or a man, but the Austrian singer, 25, is refusing to let the criticism faze her.
She tells Reuters, "The beard is a statement to say that you can achieve anything, no matter who you are or how you look."
Wurst won't be the first gay star to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest - transgender Israeli singer Dana International entered and won in 1998 with her song Diva.
Miley Cyrus has reportedly been discharged from a Missouri hospital, where she spent over a week recovering from a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. The Wrecking Ball hitmaker had to seek professional treatment in Kansas City last week (15Apr14) after suffering a bad reaction to medication she had been taking for a sinus infection.
The illness prompted her to scrap the remainder of her U.S. tour over the weekend (19Apr14), but she is now well enough to head home and she is already preparing to return to the stage to kick off the European leg of her Bangerz trek next Friday (02May14).
A source close to Cyrus tells Eonline.com, "She is feeling much better and Europe (tour) is still on."
The axed U.S. dates have since been rescheduled for August (14).
A letter in which iconic poet Allen Ginsberg admits "communism just doesn't work" is to go up for auction later this month (Apr14). The note was penned by Ginsberg during a trip around Europe in 1981, and he tells a pal how he has spent months travelling around Eastern Bloc nations he dubbed the 'Red Lands'.
He writes that Hungary was beset by "dreary bureaucracy" and confesses that he preferred "Socialist Austria" because it was "free & independent minded".
In the letter to fellow poet Diane di Prima, he wrote, "Hungary-Austria-Switzerland-Germany - made little money but saw a lot - Red Lands not good, Hungary pretty dreary bureaucracy - I guess communism just doesn't work. Socialist Austria seems pretty free & independent minded. Lots of yakking & snow & ice & cold & Poetry & movies... Love Allen.''
The note will be auctioned online via Nate D. Sanders on 29 April (14), with bidding starting at $250 (£156).
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When most people claim that Pulp Fiction is Quentin Tarantino’s best movie, I often wonder if they’ve seen Jackie Brown. I assume they haven’t.
Jackie Brown is Tarantino’s third film, releasing after he became a household name with Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, and most casual moviegoers and die-hard Tarantino fans consider it to be his worst feature. It’s the lowest rated Tarantino film on IMDB and Metacritic (not counting his Grindhouse contribution from 2007), which is saying a lot considering how divisive the Kill Bill films are.
But this is a shame, because Jackie Brown is Tarantino’s masterpiece. Unlike other Tarantino films that rely heavily on cinematic style, this one cares more about the characters and their interactions than about being “cool.”
Consider, for example, the relationship between Jackie (Pam Grier) and Max Cherry (Robert Forster). Tarantino takes his time to develop both of these wounded characters, and as a result, we are invested in their lives. Contrast this to Pulp Fiction, a highly entertaining film that makes no effort to develop its characters. We observe them, to be sure, but what more can we say about Vincent Vega (John Travolta) than that he’s a nonchalant, laid-back hit man who traveled to Europe?
Both films find Tarantino paying homage to movie stars who were once famous. In Pulp Fiction, Tarantino resurrects Travolta’s career, but the fun part about watching that movie is simply observing Travolta in a great film — something audiences at that time hadn’t witnessed since Blow Out.
Jackie Brown does something similar with Grier and Forster, but instead of merely marveling at their star power, viewers are presented with two interesting and unique characters. Jackie, for example, is a black woman who has survived a harsh justice system, and Max is a burnt-out bail bondsman who questions the relevance of his work. Most of the film consists of quiet scenes in which the two share life experiences with one another.
The reason why Jackie Brown isn’t celebrated today, I think, stems from the fact that most of Tarantino’s films are kinetic and ultra-violent. Jackie Brown is the opposite. Instead, Tarantino often pauses throughout the film to let the audience simply hang out with his characters, and the first hour of the movie is virtually plotless. Even the death scenes are less sensational than what Tarantino usually offers.
All of this is not to say that Tarantino’s other films are trash, because I think we can all agree that he’s one of the best working filmmakers in cinema today. Rather, I want to remind viewers of Jackie Brown and stress that it’s not a minor achievement in the auteur’s oeuvre. Maybe there is no “best” Tarantino film, but Jackie Brown certainly isn’t the worst.
Instead of deeming Jackie Brown “boring” because it isn’t full of action or “pointless” because it focuses more on character than story, let’s appreciate the film for what it is than criticize it for what it was never trying to be — another Pulp Fiction. After all, Jackie Brown represents an artful mastery of the cinema that Tarantino hasn’t matched since.
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Actor Craig Hill has died at the age of 88. Hill passed away on Monday (21Apr14) at his home in Barcelona, Spain, according to Spanish newspaper Ara. His death has been put down to natural causes.
He was best known for his role as P.T. Moore, the co-owner of a helicopter chartering company, in the 1950s U.S. TV adventure series Whirlybirds.
Hill moved to Spain in 1965, and continued his acting career by appearing in a number of Western movies that he filmed throughout Europe, including Hands of a Gunfighter, Fifteen Scaffolds for the Killer, Seven Pistols for a Massacre, Bury Them Deep, and My Horse, My Gun, Your Widow.
The Los Angeles native also had roles in classic films including All About Eve, Cheaper by the Dozen, What Price Glory, and Detective Story.
Hill is survived by his wife of nearly 24 years, Spanish fashion model and actress Teresa Gimpera.
Folk rocker Bob Dylan is no longer facing prosecution in France over allegations of inciting racial hatred in a magazine interview after the case was thrown out of court. Last year (13), local police launched an investigation into remarks the singer/songwriter had made to Rolling Stone in 2012, when he was quizzed about his views on racism in America.
In the interview, which was also published in the French edition of the title, the singer was quoted as saying, "If you got a slave master or (Ku Klux) Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood."
His comments caused outraged among officials at France's Council of Croats, who claimed the remarks violated the country's anti-discrimination laws.
But, earlier this week (begs14Apr14), a court magistrate dismissed the charges, which were brought by representatives from the Council of the Croat Community and Institutions of France (CRICCF).
Dylan's French lawyer, Thierry Marembert, revealed the magistrate had ruled the musician could not be held accountable for the remarks being published in France as he had not consented to having the interview printed in Rolling Stone's French edition.
However, similar charges against the editor of the French version of the magazine have been upheld and he will now face a trial for inciting racial hatred and public insults of a racial nature.
Ironically, Dylan was awarded France's highest civilian award, the Legion d'Honneur medal, in late 2013 for his services to the nation.
Tensions between Serbians and Croatians throughout Europe have been on high since the late 1980s, prior to Croatia splitting from Yugoslavia in 1991.