Rapper/singer Cee Lo Green temporarily deactivated his Twitter.com account late on Monday (01Sep14) after followers took aim at him for an ill-advised rape comment.
The Forget You hitmaker, real name Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, hit headlines last year (13) after an ex-girlfriend accused him of slipping her ecstasy during a dinner date in Los Angeles in 2012 and then having sex with her. A charge of sexual assault was previously dropped by police due to a lack of evidence, and last week (ends29Aug14), he agreed to serve three years of probation and complete 360 hours of community service after pleading no contest to a felony count of sharing ecstasy.
Green, who denied taking advantage of the woman without her consent, broke his silence on the case on Monday, when he took to his Twitter.com account and appeared to vent his frustration at the allegations.
In a series of posts, he wrote, "People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!! If someone is passed out they're not even WITH you consciously! so WITH Implies consent."
The ill-advised tweet prompted followers to take aim at Green, and he later tried to make amends for the careless comments, posting, "Let me 1st praise god for exoneration fairness & freedom (sic)! Secondly I sincerely apologize for my comments being taken so far out of context... "I only intended on a healthy exchange to help heal those who love me from the pain I had already caused from this. Please forgive me as it was your support that got me thru (sic) this to begin with. I'd never condone the harm of any women. Thank you."
Green deleted his offending tweets and subsequently shut down his profile on the microblogging site. However, his page was live again by Tuesday (02Sep14) afternoon.
British pop star Tulisa Contostavlos used a secret code when talking to a drug dealer to avoid saying the words 'cocaine' and 'marijuana', a court has heard. The former N-Dubz singer allegedly bragged that her ex-boyfriend was a major cocaine supplier and told an undercover journalist she used the terms "green sweets" and "white sweets" to differentiate between substances when putting in an order.
Contostavlos, a former judge and mentor on the U.K.'s The X Factor, is accused of brokering a $1,360 (£800) cocaine deal for the reporter, who she believed was a Hollywood movie boss lining her up for a film role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.
The jury at London's Southwark Crown Court heard on Wednesday (16Jul14) that Contostavlos had several meetings with the journalist after she "swallowed the story completely", and in one of their chats she was allegedly recorded bragging about smoking cannabis to help her sleep.
The court was told she was caught on tape saying, "I use cannabis to get to sleep, it helps me switch off."
As she then allegedly discussed ordering drugs from her ex-boyfriend, she added, "I call them green sweets and I call them white sweets. They will ask, 'What kind of sweets do you want?' and I will go, 'Green sweets please, not white sweets for me but for my mates and that'."
A recording of a phone call between the singer and the journalist, Mazher Mahmood, was played to the jury on Wednesday, and when he asks about drugs Contostavlos can be heard replying, "Definitely on the day. What I will do, I can definitely sort it, I just need to make some more calls."
Mahmood then tells her, "Obviously, just keep this between us," and the pop star giggles as she replies, "It wouldn't sound too good that Tulisa is off finding white sweets."
Contostavlos allegedly later texted her manager the message: "Need 2 hook up 2 nits (nights) out in a row 4 these dudes. And some white sweets."
Prosecutor Timothy Cray told the jury that Mahmood later bought cocaine from a rapper pal of Contostavlos in May last year (13), and the story subsequently appeared in The Sun on Sunday newspaper. She was arrested shortly afterwards.
When she was interviewed by police, the star insisted her words had been "taken out of context" and she had been "playing a role" and talking to the journalist in an "exaggerated manner".
Contostavlos, of Friern Barnet, north London, denies being concerned in the supply of cocaine.
The trial continues.
Proving that there’s nothing Hollywood won’t reboot if given then chance, a new Scooby Doo movie is reportedly in the works at Warner Bros. According to Variety, the studio is looking to send Scooby, Shaggy, and the gang on another spooky adventure, which will be written by Randall Green. The news comes just a year after Warner Bros. also announced plans for an animated Scooby Doo movie, which is reportedly still on track. Though the last live-action Mystery Gang outings, 2002’s Scooby Doo and its sequel Monsters Unleashed, did well commercially, they weren’t received well by critics and fans of the series, which is why it’s surprising that Warner Bros. would be so intent at taking a third shot at big-screen adventure. After all, the live-action Scooby Doo’s were only slightly better than Yogi Bear. There are plenty of other great classic Hanna-Barbera properties that would make for great films, so why does Scooby get a third shot at big screen success? Think about all of the possibilities that are open…
Wacky Races Concept: Think The Lego Movie meets Speed Racer, with a touch of Mega Mind thrown in. Plot: Set at the Wacky Races Grand Prix, a sprawling, dangerous race that spans three days and covers a variety of terrains, the film charts the highs and lows of all your favorite racers, from Penelope Pitstop to the Ant Hill Mob to the Gruesome Twosome, and sees Dick Dastardly’s desperate attempts to finally experience the glory for himself. Starring: Charlie Day as Dick Dastardly, Isla Fisher as Penelope Pitstop, Bill Hader as Clyde the leader of the Ant Hill Mob, Amy Poheler as the Red Max, and Tom Hanks as the Narrator. Directed By: Edgar Wright.
Inch High, Private Eye Concept: The Maltese Falcon meets Osmosis Jones.Plot: The city is being terrorized by a robber who keeps stealing priceless works of art and jewels from museums and homes. The police are understaffed, and the detectives are at their wits’ ends, and the case has reached a dead end. Then, Mrs. Gotrocks hires Inch High, Private Eye, the most brilliant and tortured detective around to look into the case. But she might not like what he finds… Casting: Casey Affleck as Inch High, Kate Mara as Lori, Josh Brolin as Gator, Tommy Lee Jones as Mr. Finkerton and June Squibb as Mrs. Gotrocks. Directed By: The Coen Brothers.
Hong Kong Phooey Concept: Think 22 Jump Street, but sillier. Plot: Penry Pooch has always wanted to be a cop, but his enthusiasm for the job doesn’t quite balance out his complete incompetence. After failing out of the police academy, he takes a job working as a janitor under the watchful eye of the constantly frustrated Sergeant. One night, when he’s the only one at the precinct, he stops and apprehends a robber, which inspires him to take up crime fighting as Hong Kong Phooey. Luckily, he’s got Spot to help him out of whatever jams he finds himself in. Casting: Will Arnett as Penry, Keith David as Sarge, Anna Kendrick as Rosemary, the telephone operator, and Nick Frost as Spot. Directed By: Shane Black.
The Jetsons Concept: August: Osage County in space. Plot: George Jetson is an ordinary man, living an ordinary life. He loves his family, endures his job and spends his time relaxing with his dog, Astro. But when he catches his wife having an affair with his boss, his world comes crashing down around him, and he’s forced to re-evaluate everything he knew about his life, and decide whether to move forward or move on. Starring: Joaquin Phoenix as George, Sandra Bullock as Jane, Hailee Steinfeld as Judy, and Steve Buscemi as Mr. Spacely, with Art Parksinson as Elroy and Scarlett Johansson as Rosie. Directed By: Spike Jonze.
JabberJaw Concept: Almost Famous meets Jaws, with a dash of Star Trek .Plot: The Neptunes were on their way to becoming the hottest rock band under the seas, until their drummer abruptly left. Then, they discovered Jabberjaw, a 15-foot-tall shark with the skills of Keith Moon, and it seemed like they had it made. But the path to rock stardom is paved with dangers and it’s time for the Neptunes to face them. Starring: Chris Pratt as Jabberjaw, Adam Levine as Clamhead, Malin Ackerman as Bubbles, Zoe Kravitz as Shelly, and Oscar Isaac as Biff. Directed By: John Carney.
Quick Draw McGraw Concept: A better homage to Blazing Saddles than A Million Ways to Die in the West .Plot: The Wild West is a dangerous place, thanks to outlaws, frequent dueling and a lack of modern medicine, but one man is there to keep order in place, and uphold justice where ever he goes… Sherrif Quick Draw McGraw. Unfortunately, he might have finally met his match when the deadliest outlaw in the west rides into his town. Starring: Damon Wayans Jr. as Quick Draw McGraw and Fred Armisen as Baba Looey.Directed By: Mel Brooks, in an ideal world.
Space Ghost Concept: It’s basically Guardians of the Galaxy, but with a monkey instead of a raccoon. Plot: After Zorak, Space Ghosts’ nemesis, escapes from prison, he recruits Black Widow (no, not that Black Widow) and Brak and Sisto in order to form a league of villains that will take over the galaxy and allow chaos to reign, but in order to do so, they need a gauntlet of power, one that only Space Ghost’s sidekick Jace possesses. Can Space Ghost and Jan rescue him and save the universe before it’s too late? Starring: Channing Tatum as Space Ghost, Emma Stone as Jan, Miles Teller as Jace, Idris Elba as Zorak, Dwayne Johnson as Brak, Jason Statham as Sisto, and Nicole Beharie as Black Widow (see, told you she was different!).Directed By: Joss Whedon, of course.
Top Cat Concept: Dancing on the Edge meets GoodFellas.Plot: Set in the 1940s, a group of rag-tag musicians are groomed to become a proper jazz sensation. But in order to do so, they’ll have to overcome prejudice, corrupt managers, in-fighting, and substance abuse and stick by each other through everything. Starring: Anthony Mackie as TC, Lamorne Morris as Brain, Albert Tsai as Choo-Choo, Michael B. Jordan as Fancy-Fancy, Josh Gad as Benny the Ball, Ruth Negga as Trixie, and Sean Penn as Officer Dibble.Directed By: Martin Scorsese.
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British rocker Sting is set to make millions in the London property boom by selling off two of his homes for a huge profit. The Police star recently sold a house in Green Park for $12 million (£7.5 million), and now he has put his nine-bedroom mansion over looking St James's Park on the market for more than $36 million (£20 million), according to Britain's The Sun newspaper.
The publication reports Sting and his wife Trudie Styler bought the expansive property for around $9.1 million (£5.7 million) in 2003, so he is set to make around $24 million (£15 million) profit.
The couple is now mainly based in New York.
The premiere of Penny Dreadful was a little all over the place, but this week's episode has enough "Oh s**t!" moments to match wits with Sunday must-see shows like Game of Thrones and Mad Men. This episode introduces Doctor Who alum Billie Piper as Brona Croft. She’s like Lora Croft: Tomb Raider, if her powers included a thick Irish accent and consumption. Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), of the classic Oscar Wilde story, also joins the mix. The show is also establishing characters better and creating the right blend of mystery and the occult, though there still is a little too much pageantry when they introduce a literary figure
The Cold (Literally) Opening
This episode begins with a woman alone in a park in the freezing cold. She may or may not be a prostitute, and one with a taste for apples that have been wrapped with the front pages of newspapers. We catch glimpse of a headline about Jack the Ripper. Then, boom — she gets killed. It looks like each episode might begin with a murder. It also looks like Jack the Ripper may be supernatural and part of the show.
“I Never f**ked a Dying Creature Before…”
Brona Croft meets a drunken Ethan Chandler at the bar. He’s drunk because he just witnessed the fact that there’s an entire world of man-eating creatures that exist. She lives above the bar and charms him with her anti-industrial take on the world. After he buys her breakfast, she leaves in search of money. Where does that take her? She heads right into the lair of Dorian Gray. He’s taking photos of her for no clear reason. But he does have an affliction of a portrait that keeps him young and beautiful but is his only weakness. He seduces Brona out of her clothes and then they have sex…but he finds out she has consumption. Then he says, “I never f**ked a dying creature before…” Classy! Brona resumes being bosom buddies with Ethan Chandler and they seem to be becoming fast friends. Meanwhile, Ethan gets a letter from a mysterious father. So he must be rich and in Penny Dreadful, England to escape something major that happened in the States.
What Did She Just Séance?
Sir Malcolm Murray and Vanessa Ives are still trying to solve the mystery of his missing daughter Mina and what the hell is the creature they killed last episode. Sir Malcolm stops by to help the police with a set of brutal murders but only secures a chance to peek at the next crime scene. Sir Malcolm and Vanessa attend a séance held by their friend Ferdinand Lyle, the Egyptian expert who looks like he belongs in The Hunger Games. Vanessa and Dorian Gray strike up a conversation and he flashes his love of rings. The medium Madame Kali (Helen McRory) bears a striking resemblance to Narcissa Malfoy. She doesn’t seem too connected to the spirit realm but really does connect with a spirit. And then, that spirit seems to possess Vanessa. She starts spilling major secrets about Sir Malcolm. It’s unclear if its Mina or if Malcolm lost another child. She also drops the C-word a good seven or eight times. Then she runs from the party and uses the strangest pick up line ever. She rubs blood on a guy's face and they have sex. Stranger things have worked, and lets face it, she’s Eva Green. Ferdinand does make some headway in the hieroglyphs and realizes that this creature is an undead creature that feeds on others and it may be after Vanessa.
Of Mice and Reanimated Men
Victor Frankenstein and his new reanimated friend start bonding. He is teaching him how to live again and even helps him pick a name. They scroll through Shakespeare classics and choose Proteus. It’s really sweet watching them bond and its unclear whether Victor reanimated him to be his lover, friend, or if he’s part of his family. Over the course of the episode Proteus starts singing and resembling a real person. A really scarred person. Their relationship is really sweet and so Victor takes him out. They happen upon Ethan and Brona. They arrive home and really connect in their friendship…until a hand rips through Proteus. Is it because he used undead parts? Nope. The huge reveal is Victor Frankenstein’s first monster is back and he’s pissed.
Things are getting juicy. What is Ethan hiding and will he date Brona? What’s Dorian Gray’s role in this story? What happened to Frankenstein's first monster? What the hell is Vanessa Ives?
Actor Ryan Reynolds had to cut short his honeymoon with Blake Lively to start work on a new movie about the kidnapping of a young girl by a paedophile at the centre of a crime ring.
The Green Lantern star is promoting The Captive at the Cannes International Film Festival in France, and on Friday (16May14), he told reporters that he struggled to get into character for the film because he was on a marriage high - and his new wife joined him for the shoot in his native Canada. Reynolds explained, "I dragged my wife from our honeymoon in Africa and landed her in Sudbury, Ontario in Canada when it was minus 40 degrees, at a roadside motel where we stayed for a month. She coped with it much better than I did."
But the actor admits he found a way to get into character very quickly - by talking to his brother, who is a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer. Director Atom Egoyan's film, which also stars Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson and Mireille Enos, is in competition at Cannes.
Meanwhile, in other news from the festival, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has hit headlines after it was revealed he is in talks to star in the movie adaptation of Dave Eggers' bestselling novel You Shall Know Our Velocity, which centres on two friends' global journey with their late pal's ashes.
Harrison Ford has been asked to reprise his role in a sequel to his 1982 film Blade Runner. The Raiders of the Lost Ark star played Rick Deckard, a retired police officer tasked with tracking down and killing replicants, who have stolen a spaceship and returned to Earth to find their creator, in the cult sci-fi movie.
Ridley Scott, who directed the original film, is on board for the sequel and producers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson are hoping Ford will join him.
A statement from them reads: "We believe that (original scribe) Hampton Fancher and (screenwriter) Michael Green have crafted with Ridley Scott an extraordinary sequel to one of the greatest films of all time. We would be honored, and we are hopeful, that Harrison will be part of our project."
Joan Rivers is one of the most enduring comics in show business. She began her career as a guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1965 and recently returned to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon after a 26-year ban. This is a moment of vindication for Rivers and her loyal fans, as she experienced many professional and personal highs and lows in between. The fact that Rivers is still in show business is amazing, but it is not unfathomable. Rivers is a hard worker, and below are significant lessons that we can learn from her sustained success throughout the years.
Dare to Be Different
Rivers made a name for herself by being one of the first female comics of her day, and she wasn't afraid to tackle grand subjects like marriage, materialism, sexism, and social and cultural identity. It may be difficult to comprehend, but when Rivers began her career, she was pushing the envelope. The risk paid off and it established Rivers as a fearless female comic in a business dominated by men. Below is a clip from one of Rivers' early stand-up performances.
Work harder than anyone else
Despite Rivers' status as the first female late night talk show host, she hasn't rested on her laurels. She continues to do stand-up in less than desirable towns across America, and she currently appears on three separate programs, Fashion Police on E!, Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? on WE, and In Bed with Joan, an internet talk show. Rivers proves that you have to work hard to become successful, and you should never consider yourself "above" a certain job. Below is a clip from the television series Louie in which Rivers teaches fellow comic Louis C.K. a valuable lesson about success.
Always Maintain a Sense of Humor
Rivers has gotten through many tough times, including the suicide of her husband Edgar Rosenberg after he and Rivers were fired from The Late Show by FOX executives over creative differences. After Rosenberg killed himself, Rivers struggled with numerous debts and a young daughter to raise. Rivers describes this as the low point of her life, and claims that her sense of humor helps her persevere through difficult experiences. Below is an example of this, as Rivers jokes her way through a less than desirable gig in Wisconsin.
Unlike other public figures, Rivers doesn't hold anything back. In the conversation below, she is asked whether or not her public image represents her true self. "Who knows? Who cares?" Rivers candidly responds. She is self-aware enough to admit that fame has changed her, and that her devotion to her career has clouded her view of herself. The lesson here is that it's important to be honest and truthful, and in Rivers' case, this means owning up to the idea that she may not have an authentic self. How many other celebrities are brave enough to admit this?
British pop star-turned-TV presenter Myleene Klass has issued an impassioned plea to the public in a bid to seek justice after her mother and sister were robbed on the streets of London earlier this year (14). The former Hear'Say singer's 67-year-old mum, Magdalena, and sister Jessie, 33, became the victims of a thief while walking in Wood Green, north London in January (14).
During the violent encounter, the two women were dragged to the ground and assaulted as they attempted to stop the criminal, who eventually fled empty-handed.
Police officials, who have yet to identify the thug, released stills from surveillance footage on Tuesday (08Apr14) in an effort to boost their chances of tracking down the male suspect, and now Klass, was also the victim of a street attack in the British capital in 2005, is urging members of the public to take a close look at the images and contact the cops if they recognise the man, so he can be brought to justice.
She says, "I am horrified by what happened to my mum and sister, as anyone would be if this were a member of their own family, and I urge any person that knows anything or can help in any way to please come forward."
Detective Constable Pat Dunne adds, "This was a terrifying attack on two women on a main road. I'm confident someone will be able to identify the suspect pictured in the images."
Rocker Bob Geldof's daughter Peaches Geldof has died at the age of 25. Police were called to the British socialite and TV personality's home in Kent, England on Monday afternoon (07Apr14) to investigate concerns about her welfare. She was later pronounced dead by paramedics.
A Kent Police spokesperson says, "At this stage, the death is being treated as unexplained and sudden."
Born Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof, she was Boomtown Rats frontman's second daughter with his ex-wife, late TV presenter Paula Yates, whose father was beloved British TV host Hughie Green.
She established herself as a journalist in her teens, writing articles for Britain's The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph newspapers and the U.K. edition of Elle Girl magazine. Geldof also wrote a column for U.S. arts and style publication Nylon.
She landed her own documentary show, Peaches Geldof: Teenage Mind, in 2005 and followed it up with projects including an MTV reality show, titled Peaches: Disappear Here, which chronicled the socialite's attempts to launch a new youth magazine, and OMG! with Peaches Geldof in 2011.
She also carved out a career for herself as a model, becoming the face of Ultimo underwear in 2009, but she was dropped from the label the following year (10) after she was involved in a nude photo scandal amid allegations of drug use.
She was married twice - her 2008 union with Chester French rocker Max Drummey lasted just six months, and she wed S.C.U.M. singer Thomas Cohen in September, 2012, less than five months after she gave birth to their first child, son Astala. They welcomed second son Phaedra in April, 2013, on what would have been Paula Yates' 54th birthday.
Yates died from a drug and alcohol overdose in 2000.
A documentary focusing on a special criminal force in New Jersey, known as "The Green Police." The team's responsibilities include tracking down and penalizing anyone who pollutes or takes part in offenses against the environment.