Rapper Gucci Mane has been sentenced to 39 months in prison after pleading guilty to federal firearms charges. The Icy hitmaker, real name Radric Davis, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in May (14), in relation to two separate incidents in September (13), when cops found Davis, who was a felon at the time, with a gun and marijuana.
On Wednesday (20Aug14), a federal judge sentenced the 34 year old to three years and three months in a federal prison and added three years of supervised release with limitations on travel. He was also fined $5,000 (GBP2,941), according to ABCNews.com.
Gucci Mane's lawyers asked the judge overseeing the case to consider giving their client 11 months credit for time served, but the judge explained that decision was best left up to officials at the Bureau of Prisons.
Actor Bradley Cooper is set to produce a film about a real-life 1980s Nevada casino extortion plot. The American Hustle star has teamed up with filmmaker/actor Todd Phillips to develop the movie based on Adam Higginbotham's article A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite, according to TheWrap.com.
The film will centre on law enforcement officials' attempts to disarm a bomb found underneath the Harvey's Wagon Wheel Casino in 1980.
The explosive device was eventually detonated by authorities at the US. Federal Bureau of Investigation, but no injuries occurred because the building had already been cleared out.
California landscaper John Birges was found guilty of placing the bomb and planning the $3 million (£1.8 million) extortion plot and was sentenced to life in prison.
He died of liver cancer in 1996.
Police in California have launched an investigation into the disappearance of a pricey diamond ring at the Golden Globe Awards. Celebrity jeweller Lorraine Schwartz lost the $250,000 (£147,059) piece on the red carpet at the glitzy event in Los Angeles in January (14).
Schwartz reported the missing ring to police, and the investigation has now been stepped up after cops received a tip-off that the yellow diamond had been taken to the Gemological Institute of America for an appraisal.
Police officers, who are working with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), have quizzed a janitor who cleaned the red carpet at the event, according to TMZ.com, but no arrests have been made.
Rappers Insane Clown Posse have had their lawsuit against top U.S. authorities dismissed after objecting to a report which labelled their fans gang members. In January (14), Violent J, real name Joseph Bruce, and Shaggy 2 Dope, real name Joey Utsler, joined forces with four fans to sue officials at the U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the U.S. Federal District Court in Michigan, claiming their constitutional rights of free expression and association and due process were violated by the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment.
The fans, who call themselves Juggalos, also alleged they had been subject to police harassment because of the designation, but last week (ends06Jul14) a federal judge ruled officials in the U.S. government were not responsible for the report from the state police agencies and dismissed the case.
The plaintiffs have since decided to challenge the decision and on Tuesday (08Jul14), they filed an appeal to have the judge's ruling reviewed.
Actor Sylvester Stallone is reportedly in talks to portray real-life hitman Greg Scarpa in a new biopic. If the Rambo star signs on for the film it will reunite him with Rocky producer Irwin Winkler and The Expendables producer Avi Lerner.
The movie centres on Scarpa's time as a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) informer.
Screenwriter Nick Pileggi tells the New York Post, "It's a fabulous story. Stallone is interested. He likes the script."
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Actor Dylan Baker has been tapped to play former U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation director J. Edgar Hoover in the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma.
The Spider-Man 2 star will portray the government official who famously wiretapped the civil rights leader's office in a failed bid to prove he was a part of the Communist party, according to Deadline.com.
Baker will join a cast that includes David Oyelowo as King, Cuba Gooding, Jr. as American civil rights lawyer Fred Gray, British actor Tom Wilkinson as former U.S. president Lyndon B. Johnson and Tim Roth, who will portray controversial U.S. governor George Wallace.
Oprah Winfrey, who will play civil rights protester Annie Lee Cooper in the film, and Brad Pitt are among the producers of the project.
Australian actress Teresa Palmer has been cast as the female lead in the upcoming Point Break remake. The Warm Bodies star is set to play the love interest for fellow Aussie Luke Bracey's Johnny Utah, an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent trying to infiltrate a criminal surf gang.
Keanu Reeves portrayed Utah in the 1991 Kathryn Bigelow movie, while Lori Petty portrayed his girlfriend.
Ray Winstone and Zero Dark Thirty star Edgar Ramirez have also been cast in the film. Ramirez will play surfer criminal Bodhi, the character made famous by Patrick Swayze in the original film.
Ramirez was tapped to replace Gerard Butler in May (14) after the 300 actor dropped out of the project following a series of creative differences with director Ericson Core, and a scheduling conflict.
Production on the film is set to begin this month (Jun14).
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Actor James Russo is set to reunite with his Public Enemies co-star Johnny Depp in Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass.
The star, who also appeared in Donnie Brasco and The Ninth Gate with Depp, will play U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Scott Garriola, who ran the FBI's fugitive task force in Los Angeles when the Massachusetts gangster was arrested in 2011, according to TheWrap.com.
Black Mass isn't the only film based on Bulger's life story in development - Matt Damon is also set to star as the crime lord in a new project directed by his pal Ben Affleck, while Twilight actor Peter Facinelli is set to star in a TV adaptation of Edward MacKenzie and Phyllis Karas' book Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer For Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob.
Jay Z, Kanye West, Beyonce, Rihanna and Chris Brown have been named in a bizarre $2.4 billion civil rights lawsuit filed by a prisoner in a California jail.
Richard J. Dupree, Jr. is convinced the musicians stole lyrics for over 3,000 songs he wrote while serving time behind bars, by spying on him via satellite with the aid of several law enforcement agencies, including the Central intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security, according to Re-Tox.com.
It is not clear which songs Dupree is claiming feature his lyrics, but in the lawsuit, which he filed on 21 April (14) in California Eastern District Court, he is asking for damages and to be freed from California State Prison, Corcoran immediately.
Dexter star Jennifer Carpenter is developing a TV show based on non-fiction book The Death Class: A True Story About Life. Death Class will revolve around Kean University professor Dr. Norma Bowe's class, which explores end-of-life issues and helps students at the New Jersey college cope with loss.
She says, "Norma is such a dynamic force. Her world is rich and textured, and the results of her work are inexplicably redemptive and life-affirming."
Carpenter is currently seeking a writer for the drama series, according to Variety.com.
The news comes weeks after the actress wrapped filming the pilot for her new show Sea of Fire, in which she plays a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent looking into the disappearance of a young girl.