Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul has blasted bosses at kids' store Toys 'R' Us for pulling his action figure from shelves. The actor, who played Jesse Pinkman in the hit series, was upset to learn miniatures of his and Bryan Cranston's drug dealer characters had been dumped following complaints from a mum, who felt they were inappropriate.
He took to Twitter.com on Thursday (23Oct14) and wrote, "Wait, so @ToysRUs pulled all of the Breaking Bad figures from their shelves and still sells Barbie? Hmmmm... I wonder what is more damaging?
"And what about all of the violent video games you sell @ToysRUs? Do you still sell those? Florida mom really messed it up for everyone."
Toys 'R' Us bosses have no plans to put the figures back on shelves, announcing they're taking an "indefinite sabbatical".
Cranston let his feelings be known earlier this week (beg20Oct14) when he tweeted: "Florida mom petitions against Toys 'R' Us over Breaking Bad action figures. I'm so mad, I'm burning my Florida Mom action figure in protest... Nicely played Florida Mom."
Justin Bieber's pal Lil Za's felony drug possession charge has been reduced to a misdemeanour after he successfully held up his end of a plea deal. The aspiring rapper was arrested at the Baby hitmaker's California home during a police raid in January (14), when he was found in possession of ecstasy and painkiller Oxycodone, and he was slapped with an additional vandalism count hours later after breaking a telephone at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's jail, where he was being held before posting bail.
He managed to reach a plea deal with prosecutors in April (14) to downgrade the drug case in exchange for three years of probation, a community service sentence and the completion of an outpatient drug treatment programme.
He was also ordered to pay $7,000 (£4,375) in restitution and fines, including $600 (£375) to cover the cost of the broken phone.
He has since fulfilled his obligations and even won the praise of the judge overseeing the case, who commended him for his efforts to make amends.
As a result, his felony drug charge has been officially reclassified as a misdemeanour, according to TMZ.com.
Bieber's house was targeted by cops as part of their investigation into an egging incident involving the pop superstar earlier this year (14). He pleaded no contest to a misdemeanour vandalism charge and was sentenced to five days of community service and 12 weeks of anger management counselling, in addition to paying over $80,900 (£50,000) in restitution.
The singer has since moved out of the gated community in Calabasas, California, where he clashed with neighbours.
Were you a Twihard? Are you still? Maybe you were one, but kept it on the DL. Either way, you were not alone in your Twilight love. You loved it, no matter how often people said it "sucked" or made fun of you for it. It had hot vampires and werewolves, who were willing to literally drop everything to love you (or Bella, w.e.). It was the perfect breed of intense love story, drama, and family, it managed to attract teenagers and adults alike.
1. This face initially drew you in:
Haters might not have all liked Robert Pattinson as Edward, but we sure as hell did.
2. Something about Edward and Bella's love-story enticed you and you were immediately hooked:
3. It might have had something to do with the fact that Edward would do anything to protect Bella:
He literally stopped a car from killing her. If that's not love, than I have no idea what it is.
4. You secrely wanted to be adopted by Carlisle and Esme Cullen:
Even though you were way too old to be adopted.
5. You also wanted Charlie to be your dad:
6. You had a serious hate-love relatiobship with the Bella-Edward-Jacob love triangle:
7. But really, sometimes you watched these movies just for shirtless Taylor Lautner:
Okay, yeah if you were #TeamJacob, this was 98% of the reason you even watched the movies.
8. You have been waiting for someone to say this to you and mean it:
Why can't all men be like Edward Cullen?!
9. You also wished that you meant this much to someone else:
10. You wanted to be someone's spider-monkey:
Good job on choosing that line Robert!
11. On more than one occasion, you've pictured these guys at your wedding:
Because you are marrying Edward. Obviously.
12. This movie made you really wish you had a werewolf:
13. Or a Taylor Lautner:
14. And you wished Emmett was your brother, because he's hysterical:
15. Alice Cullen made you angry with your own friends for not being as fabulous and awesome as her:
16. You also felt like Alice and Jasper didn't get enough love:
These two were perfect for each other. These deserved more screen time. Or their own spin-off series.
17. You learned some very valuable life lessons from this series:
If you were normal, then you'd never meet vampires and werewolves (shape shifters) and what a boring life that would be.
18. When Edward left during New Moon, you actually sobbed.
19. But then they reunited, and everything was right with the world.
20. Eclipse made you realize everyone in Twilight is hot, even the bad guys:
Especially the bad guys.
21. Instead of questioning how on Earth Renesmee could exist, or what would possess anyone to write her character into the series, you loved her and appreciated their happy little family:
22. You actually screamed out loud in the theater while watching The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (mouthful, Jesus):
23. This series managed to sum up how we all felt about it, in the first movie:
Why did you love the Twilight series? Tweet us your answers with the tag #HollywoodTwihards!
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U.S. security services swung into action on Wednesday night (22Oct14) when an intruder scaled a fence at the White House in Washington, D.C. Dominic Adesanya, 23, from Maryland was tackled by patrol dogs and Secret Service agents after allegedly breaking into the grounds of U.S. President Barack Obama's official residence.
He has been charged with two counts of assaulting a police dog, one count of making threats, and four counts of resisting and unlawful entry. The injured dogs were treated by a vet and later cleared to return to duty.
The incident comes just weeks after a man armed with a knife was taken into custody inside the iconic building.
Bosses at American retailer Toys 'R' Us have acquiesced to a petition from concern parents calling for action figures based on drug drama Breaking Bad to be removed from their stores. Susan Schrivjer from Florida created the petition last week (ends19Oct14) urging bosses of the chain store to stop selling the character models from the hit show because they represent "a dangerous deviation from their family friendly values".
Schrivjer notes that the Walter White figurine is holding a gun and a bag of crystal meth, the drug Bryan Cranston's character makes and sells in the adult drama.
The petition on Change.org gathered more than 8,000 signatures and prompted executives at the retailer to remove the controversial toys from stores on Tuesday (21Oct14).
A representative from Toys 'R' Us says in a statement which reads, "Let's just say, the action figures have taken an 'indefinite sabbatical'."
Prior to their decision, Emmy winner Cranston poked fun at the issue, taking to Twitter.com on Monday (20Oct14), writing, "'Florida mom petitions against Toys 'R Us over Breaking Bad action figures.' I'm so mad, I'm burning my Florida Mom action figure in protest."
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has shrugged off an online petition calling for action figures based on the hit TV series to be removed from a children's toy store.
Susan Schrivjer from Florida created the petition last week (ends19Oct14) urging bosses of children's chain store Toys 'R' Us to stop selling the character models from the drug dealer show because they represent "a dangerous deviation from their family friendly values".
Schrivjer notes that the Walter White figurine is holding a gun and a bag of crystal meth, the drug Cranston's character makes and sells in the adult drama. However, Cranston is not taking the petition seriously, and has posted a joking message on Twitter.com, writing, "'Florida mom petitions against Toys 'R Us over Breaking Bad action figures.' I'm so mad, I'm burning my Florida Mom action figure in protest."
The petition has gained more than 6,000 signatures.
Veteran British actor Tim Pigott-Smith has bowed out of his role in a West End play after breaking his collar bone. The 68-year-old star, who has had parts in movies such as Alice in Wonderland and Quantum of Solace, has been appearing in King Charles III at the Wyndham's Theatre in London, but is now taking a break while he recovers from the injury which was reportedly sustained in a car accident.
A statement released by London's Almeida Theatre, where the play originated before its West End transfer, reads, "Tim Pigott-Smith has been involved in an accident and broken his collarbone. While he recovers we are lucky that his fully rehearsed understudy, the terrific Miles Richardson will play the role of Charles. We wish Tim all the very best for a speedy recovery."
America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon and Dancing With The Stars judge Julianne Hough teamed up with Samsung to smash the Guinness World Record for the longest selfie relay chain with 283 consecutive selfies. The event was to promote Samsung’s next generation of digital cameras - the new NX line. The cameras are slimmer, sleeker and have the ability to connect to smartphones. Samsung gave out 300 of their brand new cameras as they called for people to "Ditch the DSLR" in exchange for the new Samsung devices. Samsung also donated $50,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Greater LA as part of the event. Click here to find out more about Samsung's new digital cameras.
Despite his pending divorce to Mariah Carey - which seems to be getting ugly - Cannon is “getting out there" with seemingly endless projects he has keeping him busy. Cannon just wrapped the 9th season of America’s Got Talent alongside judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Mel B. The winner, magician Mat Franco, was awarded $1 million and a headlining show in Las Vegas. Cannon is all for a magician winning the talent competition show, saying: “There’s so many other singing competitions and dance shows out there. For someone like a magician to be able to come through and win $1 million, it shows you what the show’s all about - it could be any talent. I mean, he was the best and most talented person that America saw. So, therefore, he took it all the way, and I think it was well deserved.”
It seems like keeping busy is the best way to keep his mind off his marriage troubles. He has a new standup comedy show for Showtime called F#ck Nick Cannon, an album White People Party Music (the new music video for "Looking For a Dream" is quite exceptional by the way). Oh, and he’s writing a children’s book based on his and Carey’s twins Roc & Roe. He also recently rocked the most expensive pair of shoes ever - a $2 million pair of diamond loafers - marking two Guinness world records he's broken. Not too shabby. This guy is certainly not moping around while his soon to be ex-wife is on a world tour.
Cannon also has a couple works that are under the radar. He’s going to be bringing Robin Leach's Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous back to TV. And he recently partnered with Maxim - he’ll be taking over the magazine’s content as well as heading strategic events. “I’ll be doing my thing… so that’s kinda cool.” Keep doing your thing, Cannon. It’s very cool indeed.
Cannon also stars on BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood alongside Kevin Hart, Nelly, Boris Kodjoe, Duane Martin and J.B. Smoove. "The fakest reality show on TV" just premiered its third season. Catch new episodes of the hilarious show Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. on BET.
Will Ferrell's Anchorman-inspired comedy has been cancelled before its premiere. Bosses at America's NBC network have axed Mission Control, the 1960s outer space-set sitcom that was slated to air as a mid-season replacement next year (15).
Described as a "workplace ensemble in the tone of Anchorman (which) examines what happens when a strong woman butts heads with a macho astronaut in the race to land on the moon", the programme starred Breaking Bad's Krysten Ritter and The Mindy Project actor Tommy Dewey.
Ferrell and his longtime producing partner Adam McKay, who also directed both Anchorman films, served as the show's executive producer along with It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia actor/producer David Hornsby.
"I was standing on... the tall bars and... (the instructor) let go of my ankles and I fell forward and I blocked my fall by (tucking my arms into my chest) and I broke both my arms." Actress Emma Stone gave up on her gymnastics dreams as a child after breaking both her arms while trying to perform a stunt.