Kim Kardashian's sex tape co-star Ray J has been charged with a string of crimes related to his alleged bad behaviour in and outside a hotel in Beverly Hills in May (14). The Los Angeles District Attorney has filed sexual battery, resisting arrest, assault and vandalism charges against the singer following his rampage at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
Police who arrested the star originally told TMZ.com that he would not be charged with sexual battery because his contact with a woman on the night in question was "incidental", but it appears the D.A. did not agree.
After leaving the hotel's bar, boozy Ray J allegedly kicked out the window of a police car and spat on an officer. The singer told TMZ.com he smashed the window because he felt claustrophobic.
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Seatbelts everyone! In an attempt to rescue everyone from the drudgery of normal field trips, Netflix has acquired a new series based on the Magic School Bus books, which will be available for streaming by 2016. According to the New York Times, the new show, Magic School Bus 360° will feature a modernized Ms. Frizzle – though we assume the glowing earrings will stick around – and will tackle scientific questions and topics that affect modern students.
The show will also incorporate the advancements in technology that have occurred since the show went off the air in 1997, featuring robotics like Carlos’ “Smart Suit,” which “determines his body’s vital signs instantly” – which is likely less about modern technology than it is the result of someone suing Ms. Frizzle for going inside their digestive system without permission. But while robots and smart suits are a good place to start, there are a lot more scientific questions that affect us every day. After all, things are a lot different now than they were in the mid-to-late ‘90s, and so the new series should reflect those changes, which is why we've come up with some ideas of our own for important scientific questions that Ms. Frizzle, Liz and the Magic School Bus can answer. You're welcome, Netflix.
What does “eating clean” even mean? Arnold’s lunch keeps giving him a stomach ache, and Phoebe thinks that all of the junk food he’s eating might be making him sick, and recommends that he start “eating clean” like they did at her old school. Arnold is skeptical, so Ms. Frizzle takes the class inside both his and Phoebe’s digestive systems so he can see the difference for himself. Gwyneth Paltrow guest stars.
Where can I get the best WiFi connection? Ralphie got a new smart phone for his birthday, and won’t go anywhere that doesn’t have a WiFi connection. When he refuses to go outside for recess because the playground’s connection is patchy, Ms. Frizzle decides to teach Ralphie about the way wireless internet travels, though everyone is frustrated by the fact that the bus only has dial-up.
Is stress going to kill me? The school has a big standardized test coming up, and Dorothy Ann is freaking out about it. Ms. Frizzle, worried about D.A.’s spontaneous crying jags and the way she’s mainlining coffee, decides to take the class into her brain to study the effects that stress can have on the nervous system, and to teach them how to manage their hectic nine-year-old lives.
What makes something go viral? Carlos is obsessed with dumb viral videos, but when he tries filming one of his own, he’s disappointed ot find that he’s not getting as many views as he wants. He asks Ms. Frizzle for her advice, and together, the class analyzes Internet trends and viewing patterns in order to help Carlos get the online fame he so desperately craves.
How can we prove that fossils are real? Arnold’s annoying cousin Janet comes to visit on the day that the class is studying dinosaurs. When she reveals that she doesn’t believe fossils are real, but rather placed there by the Devil to trick the 24-hour media cycle into believing his lies, Ms. Frizzle teaches the class about carbon dating and takes them on a journey through time to watch the fossils form.
When will global warming wipe out humanity? Tim and Wanda are tasked with coming up with arguments for and against global warming before their debate tournament, but the rest of the class gets caught up in their preparations, and soon everyone is taking different sides. To settle the argument so Tim and Wanda don’t miss the bus, Ms. Frizzle takes them through different parts of the ecosystem to learn whether global warming is the real deal or just a myth.
What’s the best way to take a flattering selfie? Keesha’s become obsessed with documenting her life on Instagram – what she had for lunch, what she wore that day, what insane adventure they’re going on – but she’s still having trouble figuring out her angles, and her selfies never come out the way she wants them to. Ms. Frizzle teaches the class about the effects that lighting and composition can have on a picture, so they can take the perfect selfie. The episode ends with the class recreating Ellen DeGeneres’ famous Oscars picture.
How many television episodes is it healthy to binge-watch in one sitting? Ms. Frizzle notices that the class seems more sluggish lately, and when they reveal that they’ve all been staying up late to catch up on the new season of Yellow Is the New Bus, she decides to teach them about the importance of moderation with a trip into the brain to visit the pleasure center and see the effects of binge-watching first-hand.
How do we make our crystal meth better than everyone else’s? After she receives a shocking cancer diagnosis, Ms. Frizzle decides to turn to the drug trade to pay her medical bills so that she doesn’t have to sell the bus. She teaches the class basic chemistry and economics as they work together to create a new kind of meth and soon they become the most notorious drug kingpins in the country.
Police officials in Los Angeles are recommending the District Attorney prosecutes Justin Bieber for the pop star's egg attack on his neighbour. Detectives working for the L.A. County Sheriff's Department have reviewed the evidence and interviewed witnesses and those involved in the incident that took place at the beginning of last month (Jan14) - and they have passed all the information to the D.A.
Spokesman Lt. Dave Thompson tells TMZ.com the officials want the Baby singer to stand trial for his actions.
He says, "I went to the D.A.'s Office today with the paperwork, and I want a felony. Of course I want a felony."
Bieber's egg attack caused $20,000 (GBP12,500) in damage, according to reports.
The pop superstar already has three upcoming court dates on his schedule - he'll face a judge on 14 February (14) for an arraignment in connection to a DUI arrest in Florida; he'll then return to court on 3 March (14) to stand trial.
The teenager is also in legal trouble in his native Canada, where he was officially charged in connection to an alleged assault on a limousine driver in Toronto last year (Dec13). He must return to court for that case on 10 March (14).
Justin Bieber's legal woes have been slashed - the Los Angeles County District Attorney has rejected cases related to altercations between the pop star and his neighbours. The Baby singer will not face further action on charges he spat on a neighbour during a heated dispute, nor will he have to answer to allegations he was speeding recklessly near his home in Calabasas, California.
The D.A. threw out the former case, insisting it was one person's word against another, and Justin denied the spitting incident.
During the altercation with his angry neighbour Bieber reportedly said, "I will beat the s**t out of you and I will f**king kill you."
The investigators have ruled that the singer's actions were "disproportionate and immature, but since the neighbour had entered the property without invitation Bieber's actions did not rise to the level of a criminal threat," according to TMZ.com.
As for the speeding case, the D.A. checked video of the alleged incident and determined that Bieber was not even in the Ferrari that was speeding around his neighborhood, but riding behind the sports car on a motorcycle.
Jenna Jameson's ex-assistant has vowed to take civil action over an alleged bust-up with the former porn star after prosecutors dropped the case. The actress was arrested on 6 April (13) after reportedly becoming involved in an altercation with Britney Markham in Newport Beach, California and was set to appear in court next month (May13) to face battery charges.
Officials at the Orange County District Attorney's Office subsequently decided to drop the case due to lack of evidence, but Markham, who has applied for a restraining order against Jameson, is determined to pursue the matter.
Her lawyer Adam Krolikowski tells E! News, "I've got a call in to the district attorney to discuss (pursuing the case). We don't know if he's aware of the three witnesses and exactly what they saw and heard. If the D.A. won't prosecute criminally, then we'll be forced to seek justice civilly."
Markham alleges Jameson attacked her with a cell phone case and claims she needed medical treatment because of injuries to her back and stomach.
She adds, "I wasn't feeling well and went to my doctor. She told me I wasn't OK and referred me to Orange Coast Memorial Hospital. The doctor told me the punches had caused severe bruising to my spleen and organs."
The devilishly handsome lead on CBS' new crime drama Golden Boy may have the chiseled face of a Franco brother (as in James or Dave Franco), but he's actually British actor Theo James... though you wouldn't be the first to be confused.
James spoke with Hollywood.com to preview his new CBS show, and admitted that he was once approached by a paparazzo who thought he was the most eccentric Franco brother: "It was fun to be human and to wave and be like, 'What’s up, man?', but [the paparazzo] was like 'Where are you going?' And I said, 'Um, we’re going for some food, why are you filming me?' And he stopped and you could see he was like 'Oh s**t.' He thought I was f**king James Franco," he says with a laugh. But luckily for the newest CBS star, he hasn't had that issue recently. "Maybe it’s because I changed my haircut and started doing press-ups," he jokes.
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But you may recognize James (Theo, not Franco) as a rather memorable guest star on Downton Abbey. Before he snagged the lead in Golden Boy, he played Mr. Pamuk, the man who stole Lady Mary's good name by seducing her and dying in her post-coital arms. Now, he's come back to life as Walter Clark, Jr., a young cop promoted to the illustrious homicide department (the big leagues) after becoming a New York City hero. James gave a little background on the series, which manages to play by new rules in CBS' never-ending crime drama landscape.
"It is very different, because it's character-driven and the cases are secondary," says James. "It's about [the six characters and] their families, their lives, their affairs, their backgrounds, the mistakes they make, people they f**ked over." Rather than sticking to CBS' "case of the week" bread and butter, Golden Boy plays with the timeline a bit, bringing in various cases for varying amounts of time and often connecting them to people in Clark and his fellow cops' lives.
But it's not just the way the series works out each episode that sets the show apart. James is proud of his "flawed" young character. "He’s very intuitive, he’s very aggressive, sometimes too much, and he’s arrogant," he says.
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What's more is the series doesn't just follow modern day Clark; we also meet future Police Commissioner Clark, who, at age 34, is the youngest police commissioner in New York history. "[The 34-year-old Clark] is more of a broken person, so there’s a big juxtaposition [to young Clark] in that way … you want to find out all that he’s lost and the damage that’s been done on the way to this pivotal point where he’s the police commissioner," he says. Of course, there is one tie between young Clark and older Clark, because his arrogance hasn't waned with age: "I like the idea that Clark is going for the senate, if not ultimately president, baby," says James.
Of course, the thing we all want to know is: What about the handsome young officer's love life? With an attractive hot shot like Walter, there have to be some babes in tow. "He’s a smart guy himself so naturally he’s kind of attracted to smart, complex women," he says. And boy, are there some smart, complex women for Walter. "There’s the reporter and obviously the D.A. … he has a history of not opening up, and then he manages to start kind of showing a little bit of color with [the reporter]," he adds.
But it gets juicier. James says a love triangle could be in his character's future, teasing that Walter's rival Arroyo (True Blood's Kevin Alejandro) could provide a romantic roadblock. "The triangle will definitely be explored, especially because of the dynamic between Arroyo and Walter and that just makes it even more interesting, all of the implications of their jealousy and pride and ownership and all those things," he says.
The series wastes no time in getting to the complexities of Clark's life, and it all begins Tuesday night at 10 P.M. ET on CBS.
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The Usual Suspects actor was detained on Thursday (06Dec12) over allegations he failed to keep up with tax payments between 2008 and 2010.
Baldwin allegedly owes $350,000 (£218,750) and is due back in court in February (13) to face charges of felony tax evasion.
Alec Baldwin explained his sibling's situation during an interview with CNN newsman Piers Morgan on Thursday night, claiming the arrest was pre-planned and his brother has already started paying back his taxes.
He says, "We're talking about him being arrested and taken into custody and what have you, (but) this was all pre-arranged with the D.A. (District Attorney) for him to go in and make an appearance. And they've got to shake him down, and they've got to make him walk that gauntlet because that's their procedure, even though steps have been made to begin the process of remediating that money, and down payments have been made.
"His problem as of today is being cleared up, but they did drag him through that mud today."
When asked by Morgan whether he thinks his brother will land a prison sentence, the 30 Rock star replied, "I don't think he's going to jail."
Stephen Baldwin faces up to four years behind bars if convicted.
The DreamWorks executive, best known for producing animated franchises like Shrek and Disney hits The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, picked up the prize at the annual Governors Awards dinner in Los Angeles.
Actors Tom Hanks and Will Smith stepped onstage to praise Katzenberg for his philanthropy, and joked about his persistence in asking for donations.
Smith quipped, "Jeffrey has no problem asking for way too much money."
Katzenberg, who has raised more than $230 million (£144 million) for charity as chairman of the Motion Picture and Television Fund foundation, told the crowd, "Mostly, all I did was pick up the phone and ask you. It's you who did it. You who gave of your time, your talent, your money, your hearts. Because that's what you do. That is what Hollywood does."
Other recipients of early Oscars at the star-studded ceremony included documentary director D.A. Pennebaker, stuntman Hal Needham and arts advocate George Stevens, Jr.
Pennebaker, who made the 1973 documentary with the music legend, has been named among the recipients of this year's (12) special honours given out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The filmmaker is also behind a number of other rock documentaries, including Don't Look Back with Bob Dylan, Depeche Mode's 101, and Alice Cooper's self-titled 1970 film.
The other recipients of the honorary Oscars include stunt man Hal Needham, who has worked on movies including How the West Was Won and Blazing Saddles, and arts advocate George Stevens, Jr.
Producer Jeffrey Katzenberg will be given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for his philanthropy.
The awards will be handed out at the annual Governors Awards dinner in Los Angeles on 1 December (12).
The Venice Film Festival will soon reward their Golden Lion, the Toronto Film Festival is gearing up to show off the year's best films, and celebrity stylists are furiously marking up their day planners. The early awards season is in full swing — and the very first Academy Award honorees have been announced.
Of course, we're not talking official Oscar nominees — we'll still have to wait months to see if Django Unchained or The Hobbit will have any hope at the little gold man. Instead, the Academy has announced 2013's honorary Oscars. And though last year saw big names like Oprah walk away with honors, 2013's list is decidedly less A-list.
But no less deserving: The board of governors voted to reward stuntman Hal Needham, who has appeared in over 300 films and directed projects like Cannonball Run (see Popular Mechanics' list of his six best stunts here); D.A. Pennebaker, has won acclaim for documentaries like the Oscar-nominated The War Room; and George Stevens, Jr., better known as the founder of the American Film Institute and co-founder of the Kennedy Center Honors.
There is, however, one big name walking away with recognition — Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks CEO, will be rewarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
The foursome will receive their honors Dec. 1, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards dinner. And, of course, audiences will have to wait until Feb. 24, 2013 — the night of the Oscars telecast — to see footage from the event. More: Oscars Will Choose Five 'Best Song' Nominees, But Will They Be Performed? The Oscars Needs One of These 10 Outrageous Hosts Jimmy Fallon for the Oscars? Not So Fast...