Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis has become a wanted man after skipping a court date relating to a recent altercation at his former office in Los Angeles. The adult filmmaker and reality TV star was taken into custody in May (14) after fighting with a security guard and a member of staff at the Girls Gone Wild headquarters, which he is banned from entering due to a restraining order against him.
He was due to attend a hearing in a California court on Thursday (28Aug14), but he was a no-show, prompting the judge to issue a warrant for his arrest.
Francis is facing a slew of misdemeanour charges, including battery, making criminal threats, trespassing and disobeying a court order, reports TMZ.com.
Bosses at Francis' company filed for bankruptcy last year (13) and the soft porn business was reportedly taken over by a new owner.
R&B star Chris Brown's day in court to answer assault charges has been delayed again after travel issues prevented the singer from making it to Washington, D.C.
The Kiss Kiss hitmaker was due to appear in court on Friday (29Aug14) for what would have been the third attempt to resolve an assault case dating back to October, 2013. But, according to court filings, Brown was unable to make it to the hearing and it was rescheduled for Tuesday (02Sep14).
The singer and his bodyguard were charged with beating up a young man outside a Washington, D.C. hotel. The minder, Christopher Hollosy, was convicted earlier this year (14), while Brown has rejected plea deals in relation to the case.
At the time of the incident, Brown was on probation in California for the 2009 assault of his then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Britney Spears' father has saved his daughter a major embarrassment after purchasing the rights to an incriminating video allegedly featuring her now-ex-boyfriend David Lucado kissing another woman. The Toxic hitmaker, 32, revealed she is single again on Thursday (28Aug14), amid rumours suggesting lawyer Lucado had been caught on camera dancing and locking lips with a new lady.
The film footage, which was being shopped around to various media outlets, was reportedly shot in mid-August (14).
Jamie Spears, who has served as his daughter's conservator since her well-publicised meltdown in 2008, caught wind of the cheating allegations and successfully offered up big money to purchase the video and keep it private.
His representative has confirmed the news to TMZ.com, revealing he took the necessary steps to protect Britney from what could have turned into a huge tabloid scandal.
It is not known if other copies of the tape exist, but Spears Sr. has vowed to sue for copyright infringement if anyone publishes the footage.
The pop star, who currently splits her time between her concert residency in Las Vegas and her California home, began dating Lucado early last year (13), following the breakdown of her engagement to agent Jason Trawick.
Stars like Charlie Sheen and Jesse Tyler Ferguson have flooded Twitter.com with messages of support to Joan Rivers and her family. The 81-year-old comedienne was hospitalised in New York on Thursday (28Aug14) after suffering cardiac and respiratory arrest during routine throat surgery.
She was placed in a medically-induced coma but her condition has been described as "serious" but "stable" by the star's daughter Melissa and hospital staff at Mount Sinai.
And after Melissa Rivers confirmed the news about her mother's health crisis in a statement, the acid-tongued funnywoman and fashion critic's famous friends offered their well wishes.
Actor Sheen wrote, "Please come back to us young lady," while Modern Family star Ferguson offers, "Sending all my love and prayers to my friend @Joan_Rivers right now."
Other tweets poured in from Rosie O'Donnell, Larry King, Ellen DeGeneres, Zachary Quinto and Courtney Love, who wrote, "Hang in there @Joan_Rivers So many awful gowns are going to be worn this year as bait for you pull through. Love and prayers Court."
Meanwhile, comedian and TV roast master Jeff Ross made light of his friend's health crisis, joking, "Don't worry folks, @Joan_Rivers won't die because she refuses to follow Robin Williams. Get well mama. We need you."
Williams died earlier this month (Aug14).
Singer/actor Donnie Wahlberg and his fiancee Jenny Mccarthy will end the summer (14) in style by becoming husband and wife this weekend (30-31Aug14), according to reports.
Sources claim the New Kids On The Block star will exchange vows with model-turned-TV personality McCarthy in New York on Saturday (30Aug14), just four months after announcing their engagement. The couple initially met in March, 2013 when Wahlberg featured as a guest on her short-lived late night programme, The Jenny McCarthy Show, but it wasn't until U.S. TV presenter Andy Cohen brought them together on his show Watch What Happens Live last summer (13) that they started dating.
The bride-to-be previously revealed she wanted Cohen to officiate the pair's nuptials.
The wedding will be the second for both stars - Wahlberg has two sons from his nine-year marriage to Kim Fey, which ended in divorce in 2008, and McCarthy shares a son, Evan, with her ex John Asher. They divorced in 2005. In between marriages, she has dated Jim Carrey and football star Brian Urlacher, among others.
One Direction have become the first act to break through the $200 million (£118 million) mark for concert ticket sales this year (14).
The boy band's Where We Are world tour tops Billboard's Hot Tours list thanks to $130 million (£76 million) in revenue from a 10-week summer trek in Europe and North America. Ticket sales from the 2014 tour now total $230 million (£135 million) from more than 53 sold out concerts in six countries.
The Best Song Ever hitmakers will add millions more to that tally when they perform three sold out shows at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California beginning on 11 September (14).
The tour is set to wrap in Miami, Florida at the beginning of October (14).
"He has a weird accent. I'm from Toronto - I have a Canadian accent - and my wife's from Boston, but we live in New York City. He has this weird accent." Mike Myers is baffled by his three-year-old son Spike's odd twang.
Singer/rapper Cee Lo Green has been handed three years of probation and a community service sentence after striking a plea deal relating to an ecstasy charge.
The Forget You hitmaker, real name Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, hit headlines last year (13) after an ex-girlfriend accused him of slipping her ecstasy before having sex with her following a dinner date in Los Angeles in 2012. He pleaded not guilty to the claim at the time of his booking, but subsequently agreed to plead no contest to a felony count of sharing ecstasy in a deal which allows him to maintain his innocence.
He entered the plea during a brief court hearing on Friday (29Aug14), when Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Young ordered the star to serve probation.
The 39 year old must also complete 360 hours of community work at the MusiCares Foundation of the Recording Academy, which provides financial aid and medical care to musicians who have fallen on hard times. He must also attend 52 private alcohol counselling sessions, reports TMZ.com.
Prosecutors had previously dropped a charge of sexual assault against Green on the grounds of insufficient evidence. The plaintiff, whose identity has not been revealed, alleged Green spiked her drink during a date in November, 2012, and she later woke up naked in a bed with him in the room.
The Congress’s imperfections will not go unnoticed. Some of the movie’s more ambitious antics betray the fraying margins of a somewhat unfocused scope — when a film’s principal conquest is to channel the ubiquitous pains of simply being, you’ll have to expect a few loose ends or ruffled patches. Palpable missteps notwithstanding, we never lose view of the heart of the The Congress, a creative masterpiece with one ideological giant of a mission.
On the surface, The Congress is specifically about show business and the vanities inherent therein. Robin Wright plays an alternate version of herself with an ailing son (Kodi Smit-McPhee), ostensibly no House of Cards to speak for (though all of her classics are in check — Forrest Gump and The Princess Bride are cited a handful of times), and a divisive deal on the table from super-studio MiraMount: sell her image for use in whatever productions they might deem a computer generated Robin Wright apropos, thus completely relinquishing her personal likeness to the control of the industry and agreeing never to act again.
One step deeper, and it’s about youth. Vanity, ageism, mortality, and all the ugly facets that play into our culture’s obsession with staying under 40. But in earnest, these (admittedly grand) themes act as courier into the film’s far vaster intentions. After agreeing to the deal in order to fund her son’s cryptic medical expenses, Wright visits a veritable afterlife in the form of a psychedelic cartoon, one designed to effectively “replace” life on Earth.
There, the questions and concerns jump to true majesty. The film tackles the theme of heartache with such bite and dynamism that you’ll happily trudge through its technical dysfunctions or narrative slip-ups in order to be a part of everything it has to say, and of the magnetic world it is building.
It’s hard to identify which aspect of The Congress is more exciting: its colossal essay about the crevices of human sadness or the explosion of visual and conceptual imagination that it builds in Wright’s second act cartoon journey. Thankfully, they work in perfect harmony, rendering The Congress one of the most wonderful, important, and wholly original pieces you’ll see this or any year.
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Rocker Nikki Sixx's ex-wife Brandi Brandt has been sentenced to six years behind bars in Australia for her role in an international drug trafficking ring. The former Playboy model pleaded guilty in April (14) to an allegation of conspiring to import drugs as part of a syndicate that smuggled $130,000 (£76,471) worth of cocaine shipments onto Qantas and United Airlines passenger planes flying between California and Sydney in 2007.
They reportedly had airline catering employees collect the packages upon landing Down Under.
Brandt, 45, faced life in prison if convicted, but on Friday (29Aug14), Sydney District Court Judge Peter Zahra ruled that her role in the trafficking ring was "substantially lower" than others involved and ordered her to serve a minimum of three-and-a-half years of her six-year term.
However, she will become eligible for parole in November, 2016.
Sixx and Brandt, who have three children together, were married from 1989 to 1996.