Teenage pop star Justin Bieber spent a massive $75,000 (£46,875) during a night out at a strip club in Miami, Florida, according to a U.S. report. The Baby hitmaker, 19, is said to have visited the King of Diamonds venue in the city to celebrate the birthday of his rapper friend Lil Scrappy, who hosted a party at the club on Monday night (20Jan14) to mark his 30th birthday.
Bieber is said to have joined his friend at the venue and spent a fortune there. A representative for the strip club documented the singer's visit in a series of posts on the venue's official Twitter.com page, writing, "iSpy Justin Bieber live in the KOD (King of Diamonds)!... Justin Bieber just ordered 75k ones."
Editors at TMZ.com also report a spokesperson for the club confirmed Bieber's attendance and claimed he blew $75,000 (£46,875) during his visit.
In just about every one of Kevin Hart's scenes in Ride Along, there's a joke that is just aching to find its way out of the diminutive, rascally comic actor. Hart is a small-scale physical comedian — of the same ilk as Jack Black — who puts nuclear-degree energy into his facial contortions, anatomical outbursts, and the delivery of every gag in general. If only he had material that was crafted with the same energy.
Unfortunately, nothing else about Ride Along seems at all "hard at work." Not the script, which pads a lifeless story with lazy comedy, and certainly not his screen partner Ice Cube, whose only stage direction seems to be "frown, and be taller than Kevin Hart." So lifeless is Ice Cube that even his machismo-obsessed straight man bit doesn't really work. Instead of the virile and intimidating "bad cop," he comes off as a disapproving middle aged dad without much to show for his own life.
But the script pairs the wily, overzealous high school security guard and video game junkie Ben (Hart) with no-nonsense lawman James (Ice Cube) on the titular ride along, with the scrappy cop-wannabe hoping to prove to the force veteran that he's good enough to marry the latter's younger sister. In earnest, he's not. Ben never puts any respectable effort into learning the tools of the trade, insisting on employing his amateur style and controlling the radio despite his proclamations that he wants, and deserves, James' trust. And James is no saint either — he's irresponsible on crime scenes, violent with perps, and disgruntled to the point of being unable to work with anybody else on the force. These are not good police officers... of course, you'll say, this is a comedy. But where are the laughs, then?
They're not absent entirely, you just have to look for them. In a movie so focused with big, broad humor, it's the smaller comedy that actually lands best. Hart's background mutterings and fumblings, his emoticon-laden texts to girlfriend Angela (Tika Sumpter, whose only stage direction seems to be "smile, and never wear a full outfit of clothing"), and a bizarre repetition of the word "weird" from supporting player John Leguizamo. All good for unexpected chuckles, while jokes like Hart facing off with a pre-teen or being blown backwards into a brick wall after firing a large gun are all lazy, familiar, and flat.
Structurally, the script is a mess. Ride Along spends far too much time on set up — we get it, Hart and his soon-to-be-brother-in-law Ice Cube don't get along — and far too much time on wrap-up — there's a gigantic, dramatic warehouse shootout that, in any other movie, would be the climax, but there's plenty more to go after that — without any cohesive middle to make the movie feel like... a movie.
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Hart, who leaps at every comic opportunity like a kangaroo (wallaby would be more appropriate), is suited just right for a buddy cop comedy, but he needs something fresh with which to work — a real character, an interesting story, actually funny jokes. Even just one of these would be fine!
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Rapper Lil Scrappy has been threatened with a $2,000 (£1,300) lawsuit after allegedly wrecking a Texas hotel room. The star played a gig in McAllen, Texas on 16 November (13) but the show's promoter has accused him of causing damage at a nearby hotel after the concert.
The agent, who has not been named, claims police visited the hotel after receiving complaints of a loud party being held in a room and found a phone underwater, food all over the carpet, and drink stains on the walls, according to TMZ.com.
The promoter is threatening to call in lawyers if the bill for the damage is not reimbursed, but the hip-hop star tells the website he was only at the party for a few minutes and was not responsible for the state of the room.
Rapper Lil Scrappy was arrested in Georgia on Tuesday (27Aug13) after an altercation at a gas station. Cops were called to the fuel stop in Atlanta following reports the hip-hop star had attacked a man who allegedly insulted his girlfriend.
The pair was taken into custody for disorderly conduct, but were released shortly afterwards.
Lil Scrappy tells TMZ.com, "He was calling my girlfriend names and then put his hands on me... so I had to lay them paws on him."
Rapper Lil Scrappy has kicked his addiction to marijuana after a successful stint in a rehabilitation facility. The hip-hop star, real name Darryl Kevin Richardson II, voluntarily checked into a treatment centre in Atlanta, Georgia, in May (13) to seek professional help for his habit after allegedly failing a court-ordered drug test.
On Saturday (29Jun13), he was released from rehab and his attorney Mawuli Mel Davis insists Lil Scrappy has changed his ways.
Davis tells TMZ.com his client will even begin mentoring teens in the coming weeks, adding, "Scrappy has had time to reflect, read, and write. He is now drug and alcohol free."
Rapper Lil Scrappy has entered a rehabilitation facility to kick his addiction to marijuana. The hip-hop star, real name Darryl Kevin Richardson II, checked into a treatment centre in Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday (30May13) and will remain there until a court hearing on 16 June (13).
Earlier this week (29May13), it emerged Scrappy voluntarily decided to seek professional help for his habit after he allegedly failed a court-ordered drug test.
The 29 year old stands accused of violating his probation, which stems from a 2008 pot possession charge.
Rapper Lil Scrappy is preparing to check himself into a rehabilitation centre after revealing his addiction to marijuana is "out-of-control". The hip-hop star, real name Darryl Kevin Richardson II, is facing probation violation allegations after he submitted a cold urine sample in March (13) and then refused to take a second test, amid speculation the original one had been tampered with.
He spent a night in jail in April (13) over the incident, which relates to his probation from a 2008 pot possession charge, and he failed another drug test during a court hearing in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this month (May13).
Now Scrappy is planning to seek professional treatment in a bid to kick his habit and help him avoid "longer-term trouble".
He says, "I'm not just trying to cure the feeling for right now. There's no good in it. The only good I get out of it is the feeling for the time being. After that, it's trouble right after that."
Scrappy has also learned to take responsibility for his actions and he insists he's serious about giving up pot: "I don't blame the judicial system for me being in my situation. I've put all fingers on myself. I have a willpower that God blessed me with, but I wasn't able to use it because of my addiction."
The 29 year old is planning to enter a drug treatment facility before his next court date in early June (13).
Rapper Lil Scrappy is a free man again after he was released from jail on Wednesday (24Apr13). The hip-hop star, real name Darryl Kevin Richardson II, surrendered himself to police in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday (23Apr13), after lawmakers issued a warrant for his arrest over a possible probation violation of his 2008 marijuana possession charge.
The issue stemmed from his refusal to submit a second urine test after the original sample he provided last month (Mar13) was cold to the touch, prompting the suggestion it had been tampered with.
A judge decided to recall the warrant on Wednesday upon request from Richardson's lawyer and he was allowed to go home.
A hearing has been set for 16 May (13) to resolve the issue.
Hip-hop star Lil Scrappy has been taken into custody after surrendering to police in Atlanta, Georgia. A warrant for the rapper's arrest was issued after he allegedly refused to submit to a second urine test after the sample he provided last month (Mar13) was cold to the touch and prompted the suggestion it had been tampered with.
Lawmakers considered his behaviour to be a violation of his probation relating to a 2008 marijuana possession charge.
On Tuesday (23Apr13) morning, the 29 year old, real name Darryl Kevin Richardson II, turned himself in to a local detention centre, according to TMZ.com.
This isn't the first time the star has fallen foul with the law - he was jailed last year (12) for a previous probation problem.
Hip-hop star Lil Scrappy is a wanted man after Georgia officials issued a warrant for his arrest. The rapper, real name Darryl Kevin Richardson II, was required to submit to a urine test in Atlanta, Georgia in March (13) as part of his probation relating to a marijuana possession charge following his arrest in 2008.
According to TMZ.com, officials claim the urine sample was cold and they asked the star to provide a fresh batch - but he allegedly refused.
His refusal was classed as a violation and a warrant has been issued for his arrest - but the musician, who was jailed for a previous probation problem last year (12), wants to address the issue in court next month (May13), according to his lawyer.
Mawuli Mel Davis tells TMZ, "It is our hope that the Judge will recall the revocation warrant that is currently pending against Mr. Richardson. Since Mr. Richardson's release from jail, he has been reporting to probation as ordered and doing his best to comply with all conditions of probation."