A Massachusetts woman who threatened to torture and blow up actor Kevin Spacey has been sentenced to more than four years behind bars. Linda Louise Culkin began terrorising the Oscar winner in 2009, when she sent a bomb threat to his Los Angeles office, leaving the American Beauty star shaken.
Prosecutors in Boston claimed she subsequently launched a "persistent and malevolent" cyberstalking campaign against the actor, warning her Twitter.com followers that a gunman would "put a bullet in K.S.'s brain and then commit suicide" and claimed Spacey "would be disemboweled".
Culkin pleaded guilty to charges of mailing threatening communications and sending threats and false information regarding explosives last November (13), and on Wednesday (17Sep14), the 55 year old, who has been in jail since January, 2012, was sentenced.
She will have to spend the next 18 months behind bars after she was given credit for time served.
The judge overseeing the case also ordered Culkin to hand over $124,000 (£77,500) in restitution to Spacey to cover the costs of the extra security he had hired for his protection.
During the hearing, Culkin apologised for her behaviour and blamed mental illness for her actions.
Spacey was not in court for sentencing, but issued a statement following the ruling, insisting it was "difficult to measure the degree of terror" he had felt.
He had previously written to the judge, urging the official to ensure Culkin received the mental health treatment she needed, stating, "The only way I am going to achieve a true state of safety is for the defendant to remain in custody and undertake intense psychiatric treatment."
Famous Scots including Annie Lennox, Alan Cumming and Kevin Mckidd have spoken out on the day of the country's crunch referendum to urge fans to vote on the country's future. Scotland goes to the polls on Thursday (18Sep14) to decide whether to break away from the United Kingdom, and a slew of high-profile stars have spoken out in a last-ditch bid to sway the votes.
Eurythmics star Lennox, who was born in Aberdeen, insists she does not have a personal preference which way the vote goes, but she has urged her fellow Scots to think carefully before casting their ballot.
In a post on her Facebook.com page, she writes, "I am 'agnostic' in this matter... Once the die is cast... It will be what it will be. As a Scot who has lived beyond the border for over two thirds of my lifetime, I have no right to vote, therefore my view is practically irrelevant. However - I would like to say this... Whichever way you cast your vote, please think long term. A pro independence vote will be absolutely irreversible... Be wise Scotia... The future is in your hands."
Grey's Anatomy star McKidd, who is backing the 'Yes' campaign, tells Britain's Daily Record newspaper, "I've always been a supporter of independence for Scotland... I don't live in Scotland so don't get a vote, but all my family are still here... Everybody is going to be relieved when Friday comes no matter what happens."
Social networking website Twitter.com has also been flooded with debate over the vote, and another 'Yes' campaigner, The Good Wife star Cumming, writes, "Scotland! Please! Dare to dream," while Icelandic singer Bjork adds, "Declare independence... Go Scotland go!!!!!!!!"
Actor/funnyman Russell Brand writes, "Scotland, be brave. Vote with your hearts. You can strike the first blow for us against Westminster," while Simon Pegg adds, "Thinking of you Scotland. Give it all you've got," before joking, "Apparently a number of impatient 'Yes' campaigners have unbuckled Scotland and are currently towing it into the North Sea."
Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling writes on Wednesday night (17Sep14), "Big day in Scotland tomorrow #indyref (sic). My head says no and my heart shouts it - but whatever happens, I hope we're all friends by Saturday."
Others stars campaigning online on Thursday included actors Ashley Judd, Luke Treadaway, and David Morrissey, filmmaker Michael Moore, rocker Tim Burgess, singer Alison Moyet and tennis ace Andy Murray.
Veteran singer Cher has hit out at a racial discrimination lawsuit from a dance instructor, blasting the allegations as "ridiculous". Choreographer Kevin Wilson claims he was auditioning backing dancers for the Believe hitmaker's 2014 U.S. tour and alleges the star told him, "We have too much colour onstage" over a discussion about "a minority female dancer".
He claims Cher then told him to find a white, blonde woman instead, according to legal documents obtained by TMZ.com.
The dance instructor is suing for racial discrimination and retaliation, but Cher has already hit back at the lawsuit.
A representative for the star tells TMZ, "These are ridiculous allegations. They couldn't be further from the truth."
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There are two ways to look at Tusk. First, through the context of the Kevin Smith’s career: a return to the offbeat after a dissipation of his Gen X cred. The long-awaited redirection to genuine imagination that he exhibited in Dogma but never before or since. Perhaps even an autobiographical illustration of the probing qualms Smith might face as a result of his career choices and brand of comedy. If you have the pertinent knowledge and energy to afford Tusk your attention through these lenses, you’ll be granting it the favor of purpose. The movie is just a tad too lacking therein to function perfectly on its own terms.
Tusk seems to rely on your familiarity with the Smith story — as did each of the director’s View Askew pictures, though much more overtly — in order to access its journey in earnest. We “observe” shock jock podcasters Wallace (Justin Long) and Teddy (Haley Joel Osment, whose real world cult appeal is inscrutably wasted on such a bland role in such a bizarre movie) trading gags at the expense of the desperate and accident-prone YouTube sensations, but are welcomed just barely into the understanding of what kind of men they are in truth, why they find it so easy to be so cruel, and how they got to this point from the humble beginnings that Wallace’s girlfriend Ally (Genesis Rodriguez) misses so terribly.
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So when we get to the weird part — the part we assume you must already know about by now — the emotional pulp is not readily available. Wallace’s visit to the Great White North lands him in the company of traveled gentleman Howard Howe (Michael Parks), a man whose nefarious intentions are as plain as the baculum on his mantelpiece. Once Wallace is in his possession, the movie derails to wild levels of body horror, black comedy, and garden-variety strangeness. The mood bounds up and down as we alternate attention between Howe’s demonic experimentations and Ally and Teddy’s quest to find their missing loved one. Along with the latter duo is a French Canadian detective straight out of a Jay Ward cartoon: Guy Lapointe, played quite endearingly by a heavily made-up Johnny Depp.
Although Depp's late-in-film contribution is sure to muster a few eye rolls, he provides the necessary occasional respite from the sincerely upsetting Cronenbergian nightmare games going on in the lower levels of the Howe palace. Although we're granted outright explanations of why what's happening is happening, both in-universe and in regards to the narrative, we're never beckoned far enough inward to experience what could be a haunting parable with any real intimacy.
Ultimately, Tusk winds up more interesting and enjoyable than not, landing closer to creative than commercial. But with too much confidence in the groundwork laid out by its writer and director's familiar and vivid story, the film winds up a more vacant version of what it could, should, and wants to be.
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Beyonce and Jay Z are planning to swap New York for Los Angeles by moving to California, according to a U.S. report.
The couple has been living in the Big Apple for the last few years but spent the summer renting a home in California, and a new report now suggests the pair is planning a permanent move to America's West Coast.
Editors of TMZ.com report the stars have been spotted viewing a sprawling $85 million (£53 million) mansion in Beverly Hills. The house boasts eight bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, a 16-car garage and a 24-seat movie theatre.
Pop star Rihanna has aimed a foul-mouthed rant at U.S. TV bosses for dropping her song from a sports show in the aftermath of a domestic violence scandal affecting a player.
The Umbrella singer's hit track Run This Town had been reworked with a comedic segment featuring Don Cheadle for broadcast on Thursday Night Football last week (ends14Sep14). However, the song was dropped from the line-up after Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice was caught on camera allegedly assaulting his partner in an elevator resulting in a ban from playing in the National Football League (NFL).
Rihanna, who was a victim of domestic violence herself in 2009, has now spoken out about the song ban and accused TV bosses of punishing her for someone else's mistakes, insisting she does not want them running the track in this week's (beg15Sep14) show. In a serious of posts on Twitter.com, she writes, "CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, F**k you! Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this... The audacity..." Reports suggest CBS bosses now plan to drop Rihanna's song for a second time following her Twitter.com rant.
Rihanna was left battered and bruised after she was beaten by her then-boyfriend Chris Brown following a pre-Grammy Awards party in 2009. Brown was later convicted of assault for attacking the singer.
"All last week I was standing on a crate in Downtown Los Angeles, screaming Nazi things, which oddly the Internet took notice of... Back in the day, if someone took a photo of you walking around dressed like a Nazi the context wouldn't be immediately clear, but luckily everyone on Twitter was like, 'Oh OK, it's a Kevin Smith video!'" The Sixth Sense star Haley Joel Osment on portraying infamous Canadian fascist Adrien Arcand.
Mad Men star Kevin Rahm has welcomed his first child.
The actor's cardiothoracic surgeon wife gave birth to a baby girl in Sacramento, California on Sunday (14Sep14). Announcing the happy news on Twitter.com, he writes, "My new favorite Human..."
Rahm and Amy Lonkar wed in April, 2012.
Scottish pop stars including Franz Ferdinand, Deacon Blue and Amy Macdonald showed their support for independence from the U.K. by performing at a special campaign rally on Sunday (14Sep14). The musicians were joined by others including Mogwai and Fairground Attraction singer Eddi Reader for the show in front of 2,000 supporters in the country's capital Edinburgh.
The stars were performing to show their backing for Scotland breaking free from the U.K. ahead of the country's crunch vote on Thursday (18Sep14).
Other celebrities at the concert included Grey's Anatomy star Kevin McKidd and actor Brian Cox.
Deacon Blue frontman Ricky Ross told Scotland's Daily Record newspaper, "Tonight reminds people we're nearly there but we're not there yet. Hopefully we're sending people away prepared for the last few days."
Actress Imelda Staunton is to reteam with the director of her award-winning play Sweeney Todd to take on the role of burlesque artist Gypsy Rose Lee's tough mum in a new production of Gypsy. Staunton and director Jonathan Kent both won Olivier Awards for their Sweeney Todd, in which the actress played Mrs. Lovett.
In Gypsy, at the Chichester Festival Theatre in England, she'll share the stage with Kevin Whately and Sherlock star Laura Pulver, who will play the title role.
Sweeney Todd had its revival at the Chichester Festival in 2012, before transferring to the West End.