Two men accused of stealing the roof from the burned-out Porsche actor Paul Walker was a passenger in at the time of his death last year (13) have pleaded no contest to misdemeanour charges of destroying evidence, grand theft and resisting or delaying a police officer. Jameson Brooks Witty, 18, and Anthony Edward Janow, 26, face up to six months behind bars.
They stand accused of stealing the roof panel from a tow truck carrying the destroyed Porsche Carrera GT, which had burst into flames after it crashed into a post in Santa Clarita, California.
The two men had even been told by a sheriff's deputy that they couldn't take any vehicle parts.
Witty is due back in court for sentencing on 14 August (14), Janow on 23 October (14).
The Fast & Furious star Walker died from a combination of traumatic injuries and burns in the accident.
Troubled actor Edward Furlong is single again after his divorce from actress Rachael Kneeland was finalised. The Terminator 2: Judgment Day actor and his estranged wife, also known by her stage name of Rachael Bella, have spent years feuding over child support payments and various legal issues since she filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences in 2009.
They are now officially divorced after a court ruling last week (ends29Jun14) officially dissolved the union, but they are still locked in a financial battle, according to TMZ.com.
The former couple is parents to a young son, Ethan.
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It's that time of year again when young men and women sit in cap and gown waiting for the speeches to be over so that they can get their diploma and move on with their lives. Everyone at some point in time has sat and listened to a speaker try to impart words of wisdom on high school or college graduates — many celebrities have taken a turn delivering such an address — and movies have frequently used a commencement speech as a plot device.
There is a lot more life lessons to be gained from high school and college movies, however, than just when a character stands up at a podium and speaks to the gathered masses. What if you could build an inspirational speech from those movies to serve as a killer send off to graduates? Let's give it a shot.
You Don't Have to Know Everything Now
Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack), the hero of Say Anything…, took a unique tact in trying to figure out what to do with his life. Instead of focusing on what he wanted to do, he first eliminated all of the things that he didn't want to do. There's nothing wrong with that. Not everyone comes up with a workable life plan in high school or college… some people need more time to find their niche. That's perfectly fine, just as long as you're out of your parents' basement by 28.
Take a Stand
Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) delivered a whole bunch of lessons to Daniel-san (Ralph Macchio) in The Karate Kid… but "Wax on, Wax off" doesn’t translate that well to a speech. So, we're going with his example of what happens when someone tries to go at things half-heartedly. As Miyagi so eloquently put it, "Squashed like grape."
Don't Make Excuses
Jaime Escalante, the teacher portrayed by Edward James Olmos in Stand and Deliver, was a real-life inspirational figure, devoting his entire life to teaching impoverished youths. When Escalante first meets his class in the movie, he tells them that he doesn't want to hear excuses because their future bosses aren't going to want to hear them. True that.
Seize the Day
Robin Williams's professor in Dead Poets Society was basically a walking speech. Hell he was a bona fide encyclopedia of lessons. But when he reminds his young charges that the pictures on the wall were once in the same position with their entire lives in front of them, audiences everywhere heard what they were whispering. Carpe diem indeed.
Don't Let the Moment Be Too Big
When the Hickory High basketball team arrives for the state finals in Hoosiers, Gene Hackman gives a demonstration to show that the court in the bigger building isn't really any larger than the one in their home gym… that just because it seems bigger doesn't mean that it is. Keeping things in perspective is always a good idea.
We Really Are All the Same
When Anna Kendrick cries at the end of a viewing of The Breakfast Club in Pitch Perfect it's a seminal moment for her character and we understand why. The realization that we are all a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal is still mighty darn powerful.
Always Remember to Have Passion
We'll let Williams' John Keating have the last word, especially since he really did do a lot of speechifying during Dead Poets Society. Life without passion is an empty vessel. Whether or not you believe, like Keating, that poetry is a necessary part of that passion is irrelevant. Having passion about something is what makes life worth living.
Singer Anita Baker has countersued a decorating company after she was accused of failing to pay an outstanding bill. Last month (Mar14), a judge issued a warrant for the Grammy winner's arrest over allegations she had failed to show up for a court hearing in Michigan relating a claim she owed $15,000 (£9,375) to bosses at Ray A. Smith Painting & Decorating.
The warrant was subsequently dismissed after Baker claimed she had been unaware of the legal action.
Wayne County Circuit Judge Edward Ewell ruled the lawsuit could still go ahead and set a hearing for 25 April (14), and now the singer has filed her own counter suit.
Her attorney claims the company "intended to put her in as embarrassing a light as possible".
The decorating firm's lawsuit was originally filed in 2011 after the company allegedly undertook renovation work at Baker's home in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.
Soul legend Anita Baker is no longer a wanted woman after a judge in Michigan withdrew an arrest warrant issued over an outstanding home decorating bill. The veteran singer hit headlines last week (19Mar14) when a lawyer for Ray A. Smith Painting & Decorating bosses, who had worked on her Gross Pointe home, accused her of failing to show for a court hearing relating to allegations of an outstanding payment of $15,000 (£9,375).
Baker took to her Twitter.com page on Thursday (20Mar14) to reveal her shock after learning about the warrant from a TV report, writing, "WHATTT??!! (sic)... sittin' (sic) in the kitchen watching this on TV. BIG time crazy. Atty (attorney) on his way to TV Station. Devil sho (sure) is busy."
The 56 year old had apparently been unaware of the legal action taken against her, and her lawyer managed to get the warrant dismissed on Monday (24Mar14).
However, Wayne County Circuit Judge Edward Ewell ruled that the lawsuit would still be allowed to continue and set a new hearing for April (14).
The plaintiffs filed papers against the star in 2011.
Rocker Courtney Love is facing a new legal woe just weeks after winning a defamation battle with her former lawyer - a doctor has filed suit for outstanding fees dating back to 2010. A month after she was cleared of libelling her former attorney in a 2010 post on Twitter.com, Love is back in the headlines for allegedly skipping payments to her psychiatrist.
Dr. Edward Ratush has filed papers in New York County Supreme Court, claiming the Hole star owes him $48,250 (£30,156) for work he reportedly carried out four years ago.
He is suing for breach of contract and unjust enrichment, among other charges.
Love has yet to respond to the allegations.
A jazz musician arrested on drug charges in the wake of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death has filed a request to have his case moved to a drug court in a bid to tackle his substance abuse issues in rehab instead of prison. Robert Vineberg, also known by his stage name of Robert Aaron, was one of four people taken into custody two days after the tragic actor was found dead in his New York apartment on 2 February (14) as police investigated the source of heroin found at Hoffman's home.
The suspect, who is not believed to have provided the brand of drugs discovered at Hoffman's pad, denied a charge of felony possession of heroin with intent to supply during his arraignment at Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday (18Feb14), claiming the 300 single-dose packets of heroin uncovered at his property had been for personal use.
During Tuesday's hearing, his lawyer Edward Kratt filed a motion to have his client tried in a court specifically for drug users, who are typically sentenced to stints in treatment.
In the legal documents, Kratt writes, "Mr. Vineberg is desirous of confronting and successfully dealing with his substance abuse problem and becoming a sober, again-productive member of society."
A judge has yet to respond to the request.
Vineberg, who worked with artists including rapper Wyclef Jean and the late Amy Winehouse, is currently being held on $200,000 (£125,000) bond.
He recently spoke out about his links to Hoffman, insisting he was a friend and was not responsible for the actor's death, claiming he was being used as a media "scapegoat".
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Hollywood loves a good love triangle: Edward vs. Jacob, Peeta vs. Gale, etc. On the CW series, Reign, it’s all about Francis vs. Bash. Although it’s difficult to choose between the handsome Toby Regbo and Torrance Coombs, many viewers prefer one over the other for Mary. Fans, along with help from Reign’s social media, have created two relationship names for the pairings: Frary and Mash. While most fans have a favorite ship, we’re here to decide whether Frary or Mash will Reign on the show.
When picking the man she will wed, Mary needs to consider who would make a better king—she is a queen after all. Francis has been learning how to run a country since he could walk, while Bash has spent most of his time hunting, gallivanting with the heathens in the woods, and canoodling with ladies. Something tells us Bash’s king resume is sorely lacking.
Frary 1, Mash 0
Sure, Francis is going to be king of France, but let’s not forget that he slept with other women when he was betrothed to Mary. Meanwhile, Bash hasn’t really looked at other women since falling for Mary. He might be a bad boy, but he’d make a fantastic boyfriend.
Frary 1, Mash 1
Although the fans don’t care much about historical accuracy — and if the show’s plotline is any indication, neither do the writers — we feel it’s necessary to at least point out that the real Mary Queen of Scots did marry Prince Francis.
Frary 2, Mash 1
Let’s get real: Bash could have chemistry with anyone. We’ve seen him flirt with Mary, Lola, and other ladies in court. He could charm the pants off a sack of flour (which is pretty impressive considering sacks of flour don’t wear pants). Whereas Francis has as much charm as a schoolboy in love — which is to say: less than Bash.
Frary 2, Mash 2
Who Does Mary Love?
Although Mary cares about Bash, she’s truly in love with Francis — enough that she’s willing to sacrifice everything, including her own happily ever after, in order to save him.
Frary 3, Mash 2
(Let’s be real though, the best ship on the show is Mary and Scotland. A queen has to take care of her country.)
A female student arrested in connection to the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been released from police custody after pleading not guilty to drug possession. Juliana Luchkiw, 22, was one of four people busted during a raid on a New York apartment on Tuesday night (04Feb14), as cops investigated the source of multiple heroin packets allegedly found at the Capote star's pad.
One suspect, Thomas Cushman, was released on Wednesday (05Feb14) due to a lack of evidence, while Luchkiw, Max Rosenblum and Robert Vineberg were all officially charged.
Luchkiw entered a not guilty plea to criminal possession of a controlled substance in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday (06Feb14) after her lawyer insisted she had simply been in the "wrong place at (the) wrong time".
Prosecutors requested bail be set at $1,500 (£938) ahead of her next court date on 14 February (14), but the motion was dismissed by Judge Edward McLaughlin, and she was released on her own recognisance.
Rosenblum, also 22, was arrested on a similar count; his bond was set at $3,500 (£2,188).
Meanwhile, Vineberg, 57, pleaded his innocence to felony possession of heroin with intent to supply; he is also due back before a judge on St. Valentine's Day.
Hoffman was found dead at his New York home on Sunday (02Feb14) following a suspected heroin overdose. A funeral for the 46 year old is set to take place in Manhattan on Friday (07Feb14).
Ho! Ho! Ho! Truly, the holidays really aren’t the holidays until the fat man comes bearing gifts. No! No! No! Not your Uncle Tony – although that’s kind of fun, too. We, of course, are talking about Santa Claus! Yes, old Kris Kringle is virtually omnipresent this time of year – from the supermarket to the toy store to both the big and small screens. Of all the filmed depictions, however, which ones rank at the top of the chimney? The best of the best. The ones that, even for that brief moment in our cynical, modern-day world, can make you stop and think, ‘You know, Virginia, maybe – just maybe – there really is a Santa Claus?!’ From throughout the years, we present our Top Five Santas on TV and Film.
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Edmund Gwenn, Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Doubted by a young Natalie Wood (and eventually upheld in court), Gwenn’s Saint Nick is as good today as it ever was. Understated and convincing in the performance.
Art Carney, Twilight Zone episode ‘Night of the Meek’ (1960)
Downtrodden and desperate, Carney’s turn as Santa is pure Rod Serling magic, as we see his transformation from drunken in-store Kringle to ... the real thing?
Stan Francis, ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ (1964)
This stop-motion animation version from Rankin-Bass remains must-see TV nearly 50 years after its original airing. Francis’ voice turn as the Jolly Old Elf plays a big part in that.
David Huddleston, 'Santa Claus: The Movie' (1985)
Sure, the movie itself is bad, but Huddleston is great. Now, if he only could have made Lithgow to turn it down (and Moore to turn it up) we could have really had something.
Ed Asner, ‘Elf’ (2003)
The most-modern on our list, Asner proves himself no slouch as the man behind the reins, even with Ferrell chewing the scenery as loveable Buddy.