U.S. reality TV star David Rainey has been sentenced to three years probation after he pleaded guilty to a domestic violence charge. The Real World: San Francisco star, also known as Puck, was arrested in July (13) following a bust-up with his girlfriend, and has now pleaded guilty to misdemeanour charges of domestic violence and dissuading a witness.
He has been sentenced to three years probation and ordered to attend a one-year domestic violence program, according to TMZ.com.
U.S. reality TV star David Rainey is facing charges of domestic violence after he was arrested earlier this month (Jul13). The Real World: San Francisco star, also known as Puck, was taken into custody on 13 July (13) and charged with inflicting bodily injury on a woman.
Rainey is also accused of trying to prevent the woman from reporting the altercation to police, according to TMZ.com.
He remains in custody with bail set at $50,000 (£32,258).
Former The Real World star David Edward 'Puck' Rainey has been jailed after he was convicted of stalking.
The MTV reality TV star pleaded no contest to the charge in April (12) and was handed a two-year prison sentence in September (12).
The conviction stems from an incident in February (12), but no details are known about his crime.
He turned himself in to authorities at Wasco State Prison in California on 8 November (12), and had 401 days removed from his sentence due to time already served, according to TMZ.com.
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It seems David "Puck" Rainey deserves his reputation as reality TV's quintessential bad boy. While his antics on Real World: San Francisco were mainly just irritating, Puck has been languishing in a jail cell for the past two months.
On March 2 Puck was pulled over for a traffic stop by Cal State University Northridge officers, who then discovered that there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest for failing to appear in court. Last June Puck was arrested on suspicion of two felonies, domestic violence and violating a restraining order, following an altercation with his wife Betty. He's accused of failing to show up for a court date in connection with the case.
Puck's bail was set at $225,000, but he's been unable to come up with the money. He remains in the Van Nuys County Jail, where he's giving his cellmate a taste of what it was like to be on the first reality series.
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The hardest working man in entertainment isn’t Matt Damon or Tom Cruise. These days it’s actually rapper turned actor Common. Don’t believe us? Well, the man you may know as Jeremy Piven’s right hand Ivy from Smokin' Aces not only has a new album out called The Dreamer, The Believer, but a slew of movies coming and a legit role in AMC’s new period series Hell on Wheels, where we get to see his dramatic side and acting chops, playing the historic role of a former slave heading out West to find himself in the 1860s. We recently grabbed a few minutes with the budding film star to talk about his new album, portraying a slave and how he got so darn ripped for the role. (Hint - It wasn’t P90X)
Tell us about the new album The Dreamer, The Believer, how does it compare to earlier works?
It definitely has the core of what some of my earlier work was, the spirit of what hip-hop is and the art of it ... But I think it’s growth in the way that I’ve grown as a human being and at the same token as an artist. I think I’ve grown by the opportunity to act, I think being able to listen more and work with the collective.
Who can we expect to be featured on it?
One song with Nas called "Ghetto Dreams," one with Dr. Maya Angelou called "The Dreamer."
What are some of songs we can expect soon from the album?
There’s a song called "Raw (How You Like It)" and it will be coming out real soon. And a song called "Celebrate," [which is] a new single. The video will be premiering at the end of Hell on Wheels [for one episode].
Your film career is taking off now and Hell on Wheels is getting some real acclaim, what can we expect from that show moving forward?
We hope they will do a second season and ... We hope to be more rich and intriguing. We hope the truth keeps coming out in the show, just quality art and TV … people relate to it and we are going to win some awards.
Your character is Elam Ferguson, a slave trying to find his place? Any challenges playing such an iconic role?
It’s challenging just to be that because you have to do your best to become that and live in that time. It’s challenging just having that mentality of being a former slave and what slaves went through. Dealing with the prejudices and the racial discrimination, the racial hatred ... Even just challenges, I had to teach myself how to ride a horse [Laughs].
What kind of research did you do for the show?
I just started studying about that time period, especially black people and how we lived during that time period. You can just read about it and understand more about what they were dealing with.
You got absolutely shredded for the role, did you do anything in particular?
I try to stay in the zone. Maybe I’m not exactly in that shape all the time but I try to stay in that area. I work out three to five times a week if possible. Just eat healthy and eat well. Eating well is so important, it helps your whole life.
Last Sunday’s show (Episode 7), you were about to get hung, for those who haven’t seen the show yet, how do you plan on getting out of that one? I don’t know, man! If he gets out of that one, he’s a bad man, huh? If he gets out of that, he’s a bad man.
In addition to the show, you have like three movies either in the works or coming out.
New Year’s Eve was more of a cameo type role, I played Halle Berry’s husband. They had to fight me to get in that movie right? That just came out this past weekend.
What about LUV and Pawn?
LUV is an independent film that I worked with Michael Rainey, Jr., and "LUV" stands for "Learning Uncle Vincent." It’s really about a young man who spends a day with his uncle that just got out of jail. His uncle is trying to go on the right road and the day just starts going array for him, and the day starts going bad. He is spending the day with his uncle and he is learning all these things in life, and you think maybe a kid shouldn’t be put in this situation. The film just got selected to Sundance, so we are really excited about that.With Pawn, I just got the part last week and that’s with Michael Chiklis, Forest Whitaker, Ray Liotta, Nikki Reed and Sean Faris, all those good actors. So, I’m looking forward to broadening the acting scope.
What’s the plot of Pawn?
Hostages are being taken in this diner in Connecticut and you find out that diner may be mob affiliated. You are trying to find out who is behind the whole hostage taking event. Some police may be involved with it.
The MTV reality TV star was detained by cops in Mission Hills, California and faced a number of charges including child endangerment and corporal injury on a spouse. The case went to court on Tuesday (25Oct11) and those charges were dismissed, with Rainey instead pleading no contest to domestic battery and contributing to delinquency of a minor, according to TMZ.com.
The website reports Rainey was sentenced to four years probation, 30 days community service and ordered to attend a 52-week domestic violence counselling program and 52 parenting classes.
The MTV reality TV favourite was arrested by police in Los Angeles last week (19Jun11) in Mission Hills, California.
He was booked on suspicion of felony corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant, according to police and prosecutors.
Rainey, who appeared on the third season of The Real World in 1994, remains in custody at the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail, according to the Los Angeles Times. He is due in court on 6 July (11).
The first and most important thing you should know about Paramount Pictures’ Thor is that it’s not a laughably corny comic book adaptation. Though you might find it hokey to hear a bunch of muscled heroes talk like British royalty while walking around the American Southwest in LARP garb director Kenneth Branagh has condensed vast Marvel mythology to make an accessible straightforward fantasy epic. Like most films of its ilk I’ve got some issues with its internal logic aesthetic and dialogue but the flaws didn’t keep me from having fun with this extra dimensional adventure.
Taking notes from fellow Avenger Iron Man the story begins with an enthralling event that takes place in a remote desert but quickly jumps back in time to tell the prologue which introduces the audience to the shining kingdom of Asgard and its various champions. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) son of Odin is heir to the throne but is an arrogant overeager and ill-tempered rogue whose aggressive antics threaten a shaky truce between his people and the frost giants of Jotunheim one of the universe’s many realms. Odin (played with aristocratic boldness by Anthony Hopkins) enraged by his son’s blatant disregard of his orders to forgo an assault on their enemies after they attempt to reclaim a powerful artifact banishes the boy to a life among the mortals of Earth leaving Asgard defenseless against the treachery of Loki his mischievous “other son” who’s always felt inferior to Thor. Powerless and confused the disgraced Prince finds unlikely allies in a trio of scientists (Natalie Portman Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings) who help him reclaim his former glory and defend our world from total destruction.
Individually the make-up visual effects CGI production design and art direction are all wondrous to behold but when fused together to create larger-than-life set pieces and action sequences the collaborative result is often unharmonious. I’m not knocking the 3D presentation; unlike 2010’s genre counterpart Clash of the Titans the filmmakers had plenty of time to perfect the third dimension and there are only a few moments that make the decision to convert look like it was a bad one. It’s the unavoidable overload of visual trickery that’s to blame for the frost giants’ icy weaponized constructs and other hybrids of the production looking noticeably artificial. Though there’s some imagery to nitpick the same can’t be said of Thor’s thunderous sound design which is amped with enough wattage to power The Avengers’ headquarters for a century.
Chock full of nods to the comics the screenplay is both a strength and weakness for the film. The story is well sequenced giving the audience enough time between action scenes to grasp the characters motivations and the plot but there are tangential narrative threads that disrupt the focus of the film. Chief amongst them is the frost giants’ fore mentioned relic which is given lots of attention in the first act but has little effect on the outcome. In addition I felt that S.H.I.E.L.D. was nearly irrelevant this time around; other than introducing Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye the secret security faction just gets in the way of the movie’s momentum.
While most of the comedy crashes and burns there are a few laughs to be found in the film. Most come from star Hemsworth’s charismatic portrayal of the God of Thunder. He plays up the stranger-in-a-strange-land aspect of the story with his cavalier but charming attitude and by breaking all rules of diner etiquette in a particularly funny scene with the scientists whose respective roles as love interest (Portman) friendly father figure (Skarsgaard) and POV character (Dennings) are ripped right out of a screenwriters handbook.
Though he handles the humorous moments without a problem Hemsworth struggles with some of the more dramatic scenes in the movie; the result of over-acting and too much time spent on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. Luckily he’s surrounded by a stellar supporting cast that fills the void. Most impressive is Tom Hiddleston who gives a truly humanistic performance as the jealous Loki. His arc steeped in Shakespearean tragedy (like Thor’s) drums up genuine sympathy that one rarely has for a comic book movie villain.
My grievances with the technical aspects of the production aside Branagh has succeeded in further exploring the Marvel Universe with a film that works both as a standalone superhero flick and as the next chapter in the story of The Avengers. Thor is very much a comic book film and doesn’t hide from the reputation that its predecessors have given the sub-genre or the tropes that define it. Balanced pretty evenly between “serious” and “silly ” its scope is large enough to please fans well versed in the source material but its tone is light enough to make it a mainstream hit.
The Real World: San Francisco star, known as Puck, and his eight-year-old son, Bogart, were both seriously injured when his vehicle swerved off a road and slammed into an embankment last Friday (19Mar10).
They were airlifted to hospital in San Diego, and Rainey was reportedly treated for broken bones in his feet, hands and neck, as well as a fractured sternum and clavicle. Bogart was left with bruised internal organs and damage to his liver, but was discharged on Wednesday (24Mar10), while his father remained in the hospital facing several operations.
And now cops have visited Rainey and arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) at the time of the crash, according to the Associated Press. The agency reports he is facing charges of DUI, child endangerment and driving without a license.
The Real World: San Francisco star, aka Puck, and his eight-year-old son were both seriously injured after Rainey swerved to avoid a deer and lost control of his car during a fishing trip last Friday (19Mar10).
Rainey was trapped inside the car, which rolled down an embankment and landed on its roof, but his son managed to escape the wreckage and get help.
The TV star was airlifted to a San Diego hospital with broken bones in both feet, his right hand and his neck. He also fractured his sternum and clavicle, according to TMZ.com.
His son was left with bruised internal organs and damage to his liver.