Oscar Pistorius returned to court in South Africa on Monday (30Jun14) after a panel of experts deemed him fit to stand trial for killing his girlfriend. The trial in South Africa was halted in May (14) for a six-week break to assess the paralympian's mental health after a psychiatrist testified the sprinter had been suffering from an anxiety disorder since he was a youngster, partly due to the amputation of both of his lower legs.
Pistorius underwent weeks of testing to determine whether he was mentally incapacitated when he shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year (13).
In a Pretoria court on Monday, a batch of psychiatric reports were analysed and prosecutor Gerrie Nel confirmed, "Mr Pistorus did not suffer from a mental illness or defect that would have rendered him criminally not responsible for the offence charged."
Pistorius' defence counsel Barry Roux did not dispute the conclusion and the trial resumed.
The 27-year-old sportsman stands accused of murdering the model at his home in Pretoria last year (13). He admits shooting Steenkamp but insists he thought she was an intruder. The trial continues.
Athlete Oscar Pistorius' murder trial has taken a dramatic turn in South Africa after a judge ruled the paralympian must undergo a month of psychiatric testing before proceedings can continue. The decision to halt the case came on Wednesday (14May14) after a psychiatrist testified that the sprinter had been battling an anxiety disorder since he was an infant, partly due to the amputation of both of his lower legs, which were removed due to a genetic defect.
The testimony left Judge Thokozile Masipa questioning whether or not Pistorius, who stands accused of murdering his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, in his home last year (13), was insane or mentally incapacitated when he shot her.
Dr. Merryll Vorster told the court, "The accused may not have raised the issue that he was not criminally responsible at the time of the incident in so many words, but evidence raised on his behalf cannot be ignored."
As a result of the judge's ruling, the trial has been halted indefinitely.
Announcing her decision, she explained, "This is not about anyone's convenience, but about whether justice has been served."
Pistorius will be examined at a facility to be determined before the trial continues.
The athlete admits shooting Steenkamp but insists he thought there was an intruder in his house when he opened fire.
Australian actress Rebecca Gibney suffered a breakdown when she was working on a TV show with Hugh Jackman in the 1990s. The star has revealed she battled crippling panic attacks while promoting Australian crime drama Halifax f.p. and even considered checking herself into hospital for treatment.
She tells Australia's The Herald Sun newspaper, "I couldn't talk about it because I didn't know what was happening to me. I contemplated hospitalisation, but I didn't want people to find out. I remember lying in bed and feeling like the walls were caving in. I felt like I was in the bottom of a pit. Every time I tried to claw my way out, I'd slip back down."
Gibney eventually sought the help of a psychiatrist and has now learned how to cope with her problems.
She adds, "I'm lucky. I'm through it, but it doesn't mean I don't have down days. I just know how to deal with it now."
Girls' third season has had many detractors, a few supporters, a moreover healthy slew of watchers, a large percentage therein of HBO Go password stealers, a ton of recappers, at least one psychoanalyzer, and some ambiguous number of folks interracting with the show in a wide variety of creative, progressive, and destructive ways. Personally, I loved it throughout — the light, the dark, the cynical, the humanistic, the sad, and the funny all worked for me, though not without some qualitative hiccups. Here's a quick look back at Lena Dunham's third year on HBO, and a quick assessment of where we've seen her take her characters over the past 12 weeks.
WHEN THE SEASON STARTED OUT...
We saw Hannah in an ostensibly happy, loving, and emotionally balanced relationship with Adam, who had moved in with her to resume their romance following last season's downward spiral for the pair (each had endured an explosive relapse — Hannah with OCD, Adam with alcoholism). Creatively, Hannah's eBook deal was coming together gratis of editor David Pressler-Goings, while Adam was struggling with rediscovering his own passions.
Marnie was shattered over her recent breakup with Charlie, which was somehow sparked by the decision to collaborate on a homemade pizza.
We found Jessa stuck in a drug rehab center upstate, making enemies galore as she accosted her fellow addicts for their "pedestrian" turmoils.
Neither Shoshanna nor Ray were dealing with their breakup too well, the former burning the candle at both ends with a compulsive "life to the fullest" marathon and a drive to ace all her classes, and the latter sulking acerbically.
AS THE SEASON PROGRESSED...
After Pressler-Goings died suddenly, Hannah lost her book deal and was forced to take a day job writing advertorial at GQ (a place she immediately considers herself "too good for," but sticks with anyhow).
Meanwhile, Adam opted to pursue his latent love for acting in a more serious way, throwing his old reservations out the window and actually going on auditions.
We also got to meet Adam's sister Caroline, a flighty and manipulative lunatic who moved in with Hannah and Adam briefly (much to Adam's chagrin), aiming to drive them apart before Hannah kicked her out (also to Adam's chagrin).
Marnie got a cat. She was still sad.
Back in town, Jessa kicked drugs and got a painfully dull job at a baby clothing store.
After running into Ray at Hannah's birthday, Shoshanna began to entertain renewed feelings for him. Her sexual and academic drives progressed.
Adam landed a role in a Broadway production of Major Barbara. As a result, Hannah began to worry (thanks to the cynical wisdom of Patti LuPone) that he would soon "outgrow" her.
Marnie began a sexual relationship with Ray. She was still sad.
Somehow, Jessa's sole rehab buddy Jasper tracked her down in New York City, courting her through a drug relapse and drumming up a ton of destructive patterns in the young woman. All of this added to Shoshanna's love- and school-related stress.
Also, Elijah returned, in traditional form, and Adam made a theater pal named Desi who caught Marnie's eye.
In this week's season finale, Hannah got accepted into a prestigious creative writing grad school program in Iowa, reigniting her own sense of self-worth after a multi-episode bout of diminished confidence.
We saw Adam's Broadway debut! Although the audience seemed impressed by his performance, Adam considered the night a failure after he lost focus following Hannah's revelation that she might be moving to Iowa (which she told him just before showtime). The two had a tremendous fight, leaving their relationship in flux, but not robbing Hannah of her glee over being accepted into the aforesaid MFA program.
Also, Caroline is back, and pregnant with Laird's (Hannah's oddball junkie neighbor) baby.
Marnie fessed up to Shoshanna about her relationship with Ray, and finally kissed Desi... even after admitting that she has only been validating herself as a sexual object. Old habits die hard. Desi's girlfriend didn't have a ton of kind words for Marnie.
Pretty much out of nowhere, Jessa helped her new employer, an elderly photographer, attempt suicide, only to call 911 at the last minute when the woman changed her mind.
Not a good week for Shosh. In addition to the above news, she found out that she would not be graduating on time due to having failed one of her classes (thanks in large part to her adventurous escapades). She also hit Ray with the information that she wants him back, only to be calmly rejected.
SO WHAT NOW?
We predict we'll see Hannah relocate to Iowa and Adam sink into the world of theater (a for-the-cameras kiss from one of his castmates seemed like it could be hinting at the show's interest in pairing him with a new ladyfriend next season).
We're not so sure about Marnie, though we'd like to see her access some new insight and focus herself on her own passions instead of her goal to satisfy and entrance men.
Jessa? We have no idea, but that gal deserves a win.
Thrown into a handful of whirlwinds this week alone, the graduation-obsessed Shosh might showcase her most explosive arc yet, having lost everything she wanted and believed in (at least that's how she'll have seen it).
What are your predictions and hopes for next season?
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Actress Winona Ryder always turns down roles in movies focusing on child sex killers because she is still haunted by her memories of a high-profile murder in the U.S. The Edward Scissorhands star was devastated when 12-year-old Polly Klaas vanished from her home in Ryder's native Petaluma, California in 1993, and she offered up a reward of $200,000 (£125,000) to help find the missing girl.
Serial crook Richard Allen Davis later confessed to snatching and strangling Klaas and was sentenced to death for the crime, but memories of the horrific murder continue to haunt Ryder.
She frequently turns down dark movie roles that could involve depiction of child abuse, and she recently ditched a potential part in a film about paedophilia, admitting she is still deeply affected by the Klaas case.
Ryder, who was born in Minnesota but grew up in Petaluma, even spoke to a criminal psychiatrist about the issue and was shocked when he blamed Hollywood for making films about child sex murders.
The actress tells Britain's Stella magazine, "He said, 'You know that the movies you guys make are like porn to these people?' And it's true that I get sent these scripts and they're so dark. I just got sent this one about paedophilia and it had a great cast but I read it and - maybe because of Polly - just thought, 'I don't want to be a part of that'."
Kiss star Paul Stanley was delighted when he underwent surgery to correct his lifelong ear issues, as it meant he could finally sport a short hairstyle. The rocker suffers from microtia, which has caused deafness and a deformity of his right ear, and the health problem prompted severe childhood trauma as he was constantly stared at by strangers.
The condition affected his confidence so much that Stanley even had sessions with a psychiatrist at the age of 15, and he was overjoyed when researchers finally found a way to alleviate the condition with reconstructive surgery when he was 30.
Stanley tells Mojo magazine, "It was huge, because it had nothing to do with what people see. It's never about what people see, it's about what you know. The fact that I was finally in a situation where the technology and the skill existed to alter something that I had lived with my whole life - and the repercussions of that - was beyond description. The fact that I could cut my hair short or wear it back was enormous. The fact I could be 'normal' was uplifting."
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.
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Hannibal is rare in its complexity. A character-driven, visually compelling horror story, all 13 episodes of the show's pilot season are frighteningly beautiful mini-movies. And all are streaming on Amazon.
Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham return to our TVs for Season 2 on Feb. 28. Whether you're new to the show and need a quick primer or you're a hard-and-fast Fannibal looking to whet your appetite for the next batch of episodes, we recommend these five season one gems.
Episode 1, "Apéritif"
In the pilot episode, we're introduced to professor and FBI profiler Will Graham, his boss, Special Agent Jack Crawford, and creepy yet dapper psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter (rhymes with "cannibal"), among others. We also see Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen develop the dangerous doctor/patient chemistry that the show requires. Hannibel feels a legitimate kinship with Will, one that sets much chaos into motion.
Episode 3, "Potage"
Abigail Hobbs is a crucial character in this first season, and "Potage" sees her strike a deal with the devil. She and Hannibal hold each other's secrets hostage, while Will feels a desperate need to protect her.
Episode 10, "Buffet Froid"
If the first 13 episodes are the story of Will Graham's unraveling, then this one is a clear watershed moment. Will has lost hours in delusions, and when it causes him to contaminate a crime scene, he goes in for an MRI. Lecter manages to hide the disturbing results from him. And in one of the most distressing moments of the series, Will's drawing of a clock face spectacularly fails a test Lecter gives him to test his grip on reality.
Episode 11, "Rôti"
Eddie Izzard returns as Abel Gideon, the Chesapeake Ripper copycat. "Rôti" is a double (maybe triple?) game of cat-and-mouse as Gideon tries to smoke out the real Ripper while being perpetually outfoxed by Hannibal Lecter and his patsy, Will. The episode also includes an image of the insides of a certain smarmy doctor that you won't be able to get out of your mind anytime soon.
Episode 13, "Savoureux"
It's all been leading up to this. The Season 1 finale finds the Hobbs case, Will's mental deterioration, and Hannibal's tight control of all the puppet strings coming together in a conclusion that spells serious bad news for Mr. Graham. Is it Feb. 28 yet?
Oscar-winning actress Brenda Fricker undergoes music therapy sessions in a bid to beat her longrunning battle with depression. The My Left Foot star opened up about her mental health issues in 2012, confessing she had attempted suicide dozens of times.
She is now undergoing a radical treatment in which she listens to compositions by Mozart after sessions with a psychiatrist.
Fricker tells the Irish Examiner, "There's a doctor who guides you. He's in the next room. You spend a lot of time talking to him before you start, and he selects certain pieces of Mozart, which he then puts together. It's like making a cocktail of medicines for you in a way.
"You go along then and listen to what he has picked for you. It didn't completely get rid of my depression, but it certainly helped. It would be something I'd recommend anybody to do."
The 68 year old previously admitted her life had been shrouded by loneliness in recent years, saying, "I think friendship, it's very strong and then it kind of gets abandoned in a way. Women are not as good at it as men... when women get married and have children they move away from their friends and they don't stay in touch with them as much, they put their family first. And me not having children and not having a husband, being completely on my own, all my friends are married and have kids so I'm very isolated."
Former The X-Files star Gillian Anderson has signed a deal to pen a new science-fiction book series. The actress is returning to the genre that made her famous thanks to publishers at Simon & Schuster, who have a new imprint dedicated to speculative fiction called Simon451.
Along with co-writer Jeff Rovin, Anderson will write and develop a new franchise, titled the EarthEnd Saga. The first book, A Vision of Fire, follows the fortunes of a child psychiatrist who specialises in treating kids who have suffered trauma from natural disasters and war, and meets a girl with unique troubles in the process.
Anderson is looking forward to the new venture, claiming her time on The X-Files has given her the perfect background material.
She tells Entertainment Weekly, "It’s been a fantastic experience. I enjoy writing, but don't usually allow myself the time, and I don't think I'd ever think to write something in this genre without the prodding of someone like Jeff.
"After nine years of living in a semi-science-fictional universe, I think I now have an ingrained knowledge and rhythm for it."
A Vision of Fire will be released in October (14).