Two members of feminist punk group Pussy Riot are taking Russian government officials to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to demand compensation over their imprisonment. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina spent a total of 21 months behind bars on hooliganism charges following a protest at a church in Moscow in 2012.
They were freed in December (13) as part of a political amnesty, but now the singers are fighting to hold Russian authorities accountable at the ECHR in France over allegations the investigation and prosecution violated their rights under the European Convention on Human Rights.
They are demanding 120,000 Euros ($161,282/£94,872) each in compensation, plus an additional 10,000 Euros ($13,435/£7,903) for court costs.
Pavel Chikov from the human rights legal group Agora, which is representing the two stars, says, "They didn't get fair trial here in Russia so they want to get it finally in the European court of human rights.
"Plus they want this case to set a precedent that Russians can speak publicly on sensitive political issues, even if this speech is not supported by majority. This is a case about freedom of expression and fair trial first of all."
James star Tim Booth has a pioneering British dentist to thank for his good health after the tooth doctor ended an agonising two-and-a-half year neck injury with a four-hour jaw operation. Booth seriously injured his neck while onstage at a gig in the U.S. in the late 1990s and underwent emergency surgery. He was forced to wear a brace as top doctors attempted to figure out what he had done and how it could be fixed.
The singer feared he'd have to curb his energetic stage act forever as menial tasks became difficult for him.
He tells WENN, "For two-and-a-half years I was disabled; I wore a neck brace onstage and I couldn't carry a shopping bag. I I tried every specialist there was and nobody could fix it."
But his problems were solved by a clever dentist.
Booth adds, "He gave me a brace for my jaw, which changed the relationship between my spine and my jaw. Literally, within four hours, I could do everything again. Remarkable work.
"The procedure was almost outlawed in the U.K. There were five of these guys and four of them lost their insurance because they (dentistry governing body officials) don't want there to be seen to be a connection between the jaw and the spine - because then the whole orthodontist profession gets called into question.
"It was the craziest thing. Now I can do anything again. I'm back to jumping into the audiences again and dancing like a lunatic. I'm told that I broke a stagediving record at a show in Athens because I went into the audience for four or five minutes and kept singing.
"People can't believe it. They're like, 'A dentist fixed your spine? You're nuts'."
Songwriter and musician Don Lanier has died at the age of 78. The Texas native passed away last week (23Jul14).
Lanier began his lengthy career as a guitarist in Jimmy Bowen's Rhythm Orchids band and teamed up with singer Buddy Knox to record his hit song Party Doll.
He went on to pen tunes like Hula Love and I'm Stickin' With You for Knox and later wrote tracks for the likes of the Everly Brothers, Dean Martin and soul man Ray Charles, who scored a hit with 1967's Here We Go Again.
His work was also included on George Strait's Holding My Own album, Glen Campbell's The Last Time I Saw Her record and Nancy Sinatra's Nancy.
Lanier worked as an A&R man at MCA in his later years and helped to boost the careers of clients including Reba McEntire, Strait and Loretta Lynn.
Classic horror film The Evil Dead is set to be brought back to life for a new U.S. TV series. Filmmaker Sam Raimi resurrected his 1981 cult classic last year (13) for a reboot, which he co-wrote and produced with director Fede Alvarez, and now he is revisiting the scary project for a small screen adaptation.
Raimi has teamed up with his brother Ivan and original The Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell to create the show, according to movie blog Bloody-Disgusting.com.
Campbell has even suggested he will take on a leading role in the series after responding to a fan's comment about the upcoming programme on Twitter.com.
The devotee tweeted, "Only if (Campbell) is the STAR of this new tv series will I accept. Don't make a fool out of us long time fans", to which the veteran actor replied, "That's the plan."
Evanescence star Amy Lee has given birth to a baby boy. The rocker took to her Instagram.com account on Monday (28Jul14) to break the news to fans and introduce her first child with her therapist husband Josh Hartzler to the world.
She shared a snap of herself cuddling the newborn in her hospital bed, and in the accompanying caption, she wrote, "Our little cub, Jack Lion Hartzler, is here.
"I have never known the depths of my heart till now. The world just exploded into technicolor."
The couple wed in 2007.
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The Lord of the Rings movies could be heavy. They could be plenty sincere, rather haunting, and tearfully grave. But they also knew when to play the mood high: to be fun, exciting, and upbeat. After a dismally bland first Hobbit film, The Desolation of Smaug showcased Peter Jackson's knack for good times. The movie gave us a barrel-rolling scene to rival the kinetic fun of Mario Kart, not to mention a sequence featuring some mighty satisfying dragon trickery. That's why we're so surprised to see the final chapter in the Hobbit trilogy, Battle of the Five Armies, shooting for such a somber attitude.
Even in the much improved second Hobbit flick, we weren't quite latching onto the characters, nor embedding so deeply in the film's mythology. What roped us in was the fun. But that fun is nowhere to be found in the first Five Armies trailer. Instead, the clip expects us to hang our heads low for the doom about to befall our heroes, to connect with their heavy hearts as the clouds of tragedy swarm their Tolkienian skies.
Sorry, but no dice. The only figure in this franchise with any semblance of a character arc is Bilbo; the rest are pseudo-anonymous set dressing with funny hair. And we like the hair! We like the funny! We like the barrel-rolling, the dragon-duping, and the riddles of Gollum! So why aren't we seeing more of that in this trailer, Jackson?
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Christopher Walken has joined the cast of Jon Favreau's star-studded The Jungle Book remake - as ape leader King Louie. He joins Sir Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong'o, Idris Elba and Scarlett Johansson among the stars who will be providing the voices for the live-action/animation adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's book.
Walken's character was played by singer Louis Prima in the 1967 Disney film adaptation.
Meanwhile, Breaking Bad star Giancarlo Esposito has also been added to the new Jungle Book cast - he'll play wolf leader Akela.
Kingsley will play panther Bagheera, Idris Elba the villainous tiger Shere Khan and Johansson python Kaa. Newcomer Neel Sethi has been cast as Mowgli, the orphan at the centre of Kipling's tale.
Filmmaker Noel Black has died at the age of 77. The director passed away at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California on 5 July (14), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
He was best known for his film Pretty Poison, which starred Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld.
Black was also nominated for a Best Short Film Oscar in 1966 for Skaterdater.
In addition to his film work, he also directed episodes of TV series The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, Hawaii Five-O and the 1980s version of The Twilight Zone.
Sinead O'Connor's last-minute Womad set helped give festival bosses their first sell-out in seven years over the weekend (24-27Jul14). Organisers of England's annual world music gathering were left scrambling for a third headliner when Bobby Womack passed away last month (Jun14), and they were thrilled when O'Connor agreed to close the festival on Sunday night (27Jul14).
Her spot led to WOMAD's first sell-out since the event relocated to Wiltshire from Reading in 2007.
As a result, over 40,000 music fans attended the four-day festival, which also featured performances by Youssou N'Dour, Richard Thompson and Manu Dibango.
Celebrated U.S. track star Torrin Lawrence has been killed in a tragic road accident in Georgia. The 25-year-old athlete was driving in the early hours of Monday (28Jul14) when one of his vehicle's tires exploded, causing his car to grind to a halt.
He climbed out of the vehicle to call emergency services, but was fatally struck after a tractor trailer crashed into his wreck, sending it hurtling towards the sprinter.
Lawrence was a star sportsman at the University of Georgia and a key member of Team USA at the IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas in May (14), winning gold in the 4x400 relay.