Rapper Young Jeezy has been charged with illegally possessing an assault rifle. The weapon was discovered on the 36-year-old star's tour bus on Sunday (24Aug14) during a raid by police officers investigating a fatal shooting backstage at the rapper's concert with Wiz Khalifa on Friday (22Aug14).
Police suspect the rifle was used in the incident and Jeezy, real name Jay Jenkins, and was arrested along with five members of his entourage for possessing the weapon.
All six, who were on the bus during the search, were charged because nobody came forward to claim ownership, according to TMZ.com.
On Monday (25Aug14), the hip-hop star's bail was set at $1 million (£588,235).
Entertainment promoter Eric Johnson, 38, died on Saturday (23Aug14) following the concert shooting in Mountain View, California on Friday night (22Aug14).
Director/producer Ryan Murphy has urged young fans to make a difference in the world by drawing inspiration from The Normal Heart playwright and AIDS activist Larry Kramer and becoming champions of good causes. The Glee and American Horror Story director escorted ailing Kramer to the stage as he picked up the Outstanding Television Movie honour for his recent TV adaptation of The Normal Heart at the Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Monday (25Aug14).
Murphy gave special recognition to the film's actors, Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo, for lending their star-power to the project - about Kramer's efforts to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS in the early 1980s - to help move it into production, almost 30 years after Barbra Streisand obtained the rights to the 1985 play with a view to turning it into a small screen movie.
Stepping up to the mic, Murphy said, "We're only here because of one person, and that's Mr. Larry Kramer. We did this for him.
"Special thanks to our wonderful cast, particularly a shout out to Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo, who got this movie made. After 30 years, it took the superpowers of Erin Brokovich and The Incredible Hulk to finally get this thing alive."
Murphy then used the second part of his acceptance speech to encourage young humanitarians to lead the charge for change.
He continued, "We're gonna use the rest of our time to ask young people watching to become Larry Kramers, to find a cause that you believe in that you will fight for, that you will die for. Go online, look up amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research), look up the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation."
Murphy wrapped up his speech by dedicating his Emmy to "the hundreds of thousands of artists who have passed from HIV/AIDS since 1981", adding, "Your memory and your passion burns on in us, and this is for them. Thank you."
The filmmaker's moving tribute prompted transgender Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox to take to Twitter.com after the speech and applaud Murphy for his words of wisdom, writing, "#RyanMurphy's speech made me tear up. Bravo."
Rapper Young Jeezy is in police custody after a gun thought to have been used in a fatal shooting on Friday (22Aug14) was found on his tour bus. Eric Johnson was shot five times backstage in Mountain View, California last week during a stop on Wiz Khalifa's multi-artist Under the Influence of Music Tour, which features Jeezy alongside the likes of Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan and DJ Drama.
The 38-year-old victim died in a local hospital on Saturday morning (23Aug14).
Cops investigating the incident raided Jeezy's vehicle on Sunday (24Aug14), when an assault rifle believed to belong to the Put On hitmaker was uncovered, according to TMZ.com.
Authorities suspect the weapon was used to gun down the victim.
Jeezy, real name Jay Jenkins, and a number of his entourage members were arrested on gun possession charges following the bus search.
The hip-hop star, who was forced to miss his set at Sunday night's show in Irvine, California as a result of the legal drama, is currently being held on $1 million (£588,235) bail.
Rapper Young Jeezy missed a gig in California on Sunday night (24Aug14) after a run-in with police. The hip-hop star was due to hit the stage for a set as part of the multi-artist Under The Influence of Music tour, but he remained on his tour bus as it was searched by police, according to Allhiphop.com.
Editors of the website report the police check was in relation to a shooting at a previous tour date in Mountain View, California on Friday (22Aug14).
A man was shot at the show after Wiz Khalifa's set, and died in hospital on Saturday (23Aug14).
Wiz Khalifa has offered his condolences to the family of a fan who was shot dead at the rapper's concert in Mountain View, California on Friday (22Aug14). The unnamed 38-year-old man was shot several times at the Shoreline Amphitheatre venue after the hip-hop star had finished his set.
He was taken to a local hospital for treatment, but died on Saturday (23Aug14). Police have launched an investigation into the fatal shooting.
The reveller's death prompted Khalifa to cancel his Saturday night show in Chula Vista, California, and he extended his sympathy to the victim's relatives.
In a series of posts on Twitter.com, he writes, "Due to a situation out of our control, tonight's... show is cancelled... This was a senseless tragedy. Violence is never the answer. My prayers go out to the victim's family."
He is due back on stage in Irvine, California on Sunday night (24Aug14).
The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon has helped animal rights activists at Peta take over one of the largest chinchilla fur farms in California. The writer helped the organisation's bosses buy up the Adams Valley View Chinchilla Ranch in Vista and shut it down, after learning the 'pet breeders' there were electrocuting and skinning the pelts of chinchillas who didn't "work out" as companions.
Taking control of the facility recently, PETA experts discovered Valley View employees used "a toe-to-ear electrocution slaughtering method, deemed unacceptable by the American Veterinary Medical Association."
A spokesperson tells WENN, "The owners admitted that they had never provided chinchillas with veterinary care and that they strapped the animals to a table in order to amputate their limbs using wire snips and six drops of brandy in lieu of anesthetics.
"The chinchillas at Valley View were locked in metal cages - often, in solitary confinement - with little or no enrichment.
"The more than 400 rescued chinchillas are now at the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, where they will soon be available for adoption in groups of two to four."
Simon says, "PETA is happy to have saved these fascinating animals from being painfully electrocuted and to have made sure that no coats or blankets would be made from their bodies. PETA encourages everyone to do their part to help animals like these little individuals by never buying or wearing any animal skins."
British singer Sam Smith is in talks to record the theme tune for the next James Bond movie, according to a U.K. report. The Stay With Me singer would follow in the footsteps of superstars including Adele, Madonna and Dame Shirley Bassey if he is picked to sing the anthem for the next film in the 007 franchise.
Bond star Daniel Craig is reportedly keen for Adele to follow up on her 2012 Oscar-winning theme tune for Skyfall, but producers are said to want to sign up Smith instead.
A source tells British newspaper The Sun, "Sam is our top choice. He has the profile, cool image and astonishing voice to record a Bond theme.
"And there is only so long we can hold out for Adele. Daniel Craig was pushing for her because she did such a great job last time around."
The coveted job would be a major boost for 22-year-old Smith's already blossoming career and it would mark the first time a British male singer has recorded the Bond theme tune in three decades. Rocker Simon Le Bon was the last British male to sing a Bond theme when he recorded A View to a Kill with Duran Duran in 1985.
John Lithgow's turn as King Lear in New York has failed to conquer the critics. The new production of the William Shakespeare tragedy opened at the outdoor Delacorte Theatre in Manhattan's Central Park on Tuesday night (05Aug14) with Lithgow in the title role opposite Annette Bening, marking her first New York stage part in more than two decades.
Theatre reviewers mostly praised Lithgow's portrayal of the king's decent into madness, but many were scathing about the production.
Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls the play "stiff-jointed" and "emotionally numb", while the New York Post's Elisabeth Vincentelli gives it just two stars out of a possible five, adding, "The letdown matches the anticipation."
Frank Schek of The Hollywood Reporter writes, "(The production is) devoid of interpretive insight and lacking emotional immediacy... Lithgow here never plumbs the depth of the tortured Lear, staying stubbornly on the surface... (It is a) dutiful but uninspired production, which never scales the heights of Shakespeare's timeless tragedy."
Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal was particularly scathing about the supporting cast, writing, "Annette Bening... is cautious, even bland, as Goneril, while Jessica Hecht's Regan is fussy and insipid. I wouldn't be surprised if Ms. Bening finds her sea legs - she is, after all, a superlative film actress with classical stage training - but Ms. Hecht is miscast, pure and simple."
Variety's Gordon Cox concurs, writing, "There's no bite... to Annette Bening's matronly Goneril and even less poison in Jessica Hecht's oddly giddy Regan."
A number of reviewers also criticised the staging of the show, complaining that the view of Central Park which usually enhances productions at the Delacorte Theatre was cut off by a brick wall in the set.
A surrogate woman at the centre of actress and U.S. TV personality Sherri Shepherd's divorce from husband Lamar Sally has given birth to a baby boy. Sally filed for legal separation from the Precious star in May (14) after three years of marriage, and asked a judge to grant him full legal and physical custody of the unborn child they had been expecting together through a surrogate.
Shepherd fired back by lodging her own divorce papers in a New Jersey court, citing irreconcilable differences, and she has since disavowed maternity, claiming Sally defrauded her when they signed the surrogate paperwork by planning to split from her all along and demand child support.
Their son was born in Pennsylvania on Tuesday (05Aug14). Sally was the only one present for the birth, reports TMZ.com.
The news emerged hours after Shepherd, a departing co-host of U.S. talk show The View, announced she is due to make her Broadway debut this September (14) as the evil stepmother in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella.
Shepherd, 47, is already mother to her nine-year-old son Jeffrey, from her first marriage to Jeff Tarpley. She recently won a custody challenge from her ex after a judge dismissed his claims that she was too busy to look after their child properly.
American rapper Vic Mensa has told how he had a near-fatal accident attempting to sneak into the Lollapalooza music festival. Mensa performed at the event on Saturday (02Aug14) in the hip-hop star's hometown of Chicago, Illinois, but in the past he has been forced to find less glamorous ways to ensure he caught performances at the iconic festival.
Speaking with Billboard backstage at the 2014 event, Mensa recalled how he was electrocuted several years ago while trying to enter the festival without a ticket after finding the route he used the day before no longer available.
He says, "I was trying to get in and they had upped security from the day before - it was just impossible to get in like I got in the day before. I was trying to do something crazy, climbing down the train structure... over a bridge. And I touched a transformer on my arm... My arm just shot out in front of me and it was strange... it was really surreal. I was seeing myself from an overhead view, like, and I just saw my arm shoot out like Frankenstein and I fell like 30 feet. Then I got up, which was weird too, cos (sic) I definitely could have broken my neck."