Rapper Pras Michel's ongoing child support battle has reportedly cost him the chance to speak at the United Nations General Assembly next month (Sep14). The Ghetto Superstar (That Is What You Are) hitmaker had applied to address top global government officials at the U.N.'s New York headquarters to discuss issues like poverty in his native Haiti and renewable energy in the U.S., but according to editors at the New York Daily News, his nasty legal battle with his ex-girlfriend Angela Severiano has stained his reputation.
A source tells the publication, "He's in the political arena and is really taking a hit... They (U.N. representatives) pulled him from the pool (of possible speakers) because they obviously can't be associated with press like this."
The former Fugees star, who has previously appeared at the U.N. Headquarters, is due back in court on Monday (11Aug14) as his lawyers work to resolve his fall-out with Severiano, who is seeking a raise in her child support payments to care for their four-year-old son Landon.
Michel, 41, previously hit headlines in June (14) after skipping a Manhattan court hearing to attend the soccer World Cup in Brazil.
Former Fugees star Pras Michel revived his child support battle in New York City on Thursday (24Jul14) just weeks after he was scolded by a magistrate for skipping a previous hearing to reportedly attend the soccer World Cup in Brazil. The musician-turned-film producer hit headlines last month (Jun14) when he missed a court hearing in Manhattan because he was reportedly out of the country on a trip to the sporting event.
He was ordered back to court on Thursday, and the star showed up to face his former girlfriend Angela Severiano, who is seeking a raise in her child support payments.
During the hearing, Severiano told the court Michel's four-year-old son Landon is living in a cramped studio apartment while his father is away enjoying a life of luxury, according to the New York Post.
She is seeking more money from the star to cover school fees and a move to a larger home.
Michel is scheduled to testify in September (14).
The cast of Little House On The Prairie reunited for the first time in 20 years on U.S. breakfast show Today on Wednesday (30Apr14). Melissa Gilbert, Karen Grassle, Melissa Sue Anderson, Lindsay Greenbush, Michael Landon Jr., Dean Butler, Alison Arngrim and Matthew Labyorteaux gathered to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the show which ran from 1974 to 1983 in the U.S. Michael Landon, who played Charles Ingalls on the show, died of pancreatic cancer in 1991.
Beloved Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II musical The King & I is returning to the New York stage in 2015. The show will open at the Lincoln Center Theater with veteran thespian Kelli O'Hara, who is currently starring in Broadway's The Bridges of Madison County, rumoured to be among the cast.
Based on the 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon, the musical premiered on the Great White Way in 1951, and went on to become the fourth longest-running Broadway musical in history.
The show was revived on Broadway in 1996, with Donna Murphy and Lou Diamond Phillips in the lead roles. The production won a Best Revival Tony Award.
Lindsay Lohan's future stepmother Kate Major has apologised for falsely accusing the actress' dad Michael of threatening her with a knife following a dispute at the couple's Florida home on Monday (17Feb14). Police were called to their Boca Raton property late on Monday to investigate reports of a domestic disturbance and Major raised fears for her safety and that of their young son Landon after posting a series of headline-grabbing accusations on Twitter.com as the fight escalated.
In the worrying tweets, Major claimed Michael Lohan had a knife and was trying to take their one-year-old baby away from her - but he challenged the claims with his own version of events on his Twitter page, insisting he was the one who had called the emergency services, adding, "All I want is for her (Major) to get help so she can be there for our wonderful son. Maybe this will do it."
Now Major has publicly retracted her allegations, blaming fear for prompting her to lie about the seriousness of the situation.
In a statement issued to UsMagazine.com, she writes, "I regretfully tweeted while my emotions were high that I was being threatened by Michael with a knife; this was not the case.
"I made a lot of statements on Twitter that were merely out of fear that he was going to take my son from me. Please respect our privacy through this difficult time."
Major has since deleted the false accusations from her Twitter page, and she has since returned to the blog to declare: "I love Landon & nothing will ever change that or take that from me!!!! I should not have tweeted anything. This has all turned into a whirlwind. I'm sorry."
The embattled couple became engaged in 2010. Lohan divorced Lindsay's mother Dina in 2007.
Lindsay Lohan's father Michael Lohan reportedly had a brush with police on Monday night (17Feb14) following an alleged bust-up with his fiancee Kate Major. Cops were called to the couple's home in Boca Raton, Florida to investigate reports of an alleged domestic disturbance, according to TMZ.com.
Both Lohan and Major, who are parents to a young son named Landon, have ranted about the incident in a series of posts on Twitter.com, with the actress' father claiming he was the one who called the emergency services.
He writes, "All I want is for her to get help so she can be there for our wonderful son. Maybe this will do it."
The couple became engaged in 2010. Lohan divorced Lindsay's mother Dina in 2007.
Little House On The Prairie actor Richard Bull has died at the age of 89. He passed away on Monday morning (03Feb14) at the Motion Picture Television Fund community centre in California.
His TV daughter Alison Arngrim broke the news to fans online on Monday night (03Feb14) by sharing a black-and-white photo of Bull on her Twitter.com page alongside the simple message, "Goodnight Pa".
She added, "Today we lost my TV 'Pa', the wonderful Richard Bull. In real life, he was just as kind, intelligent, thoughtful and reasonable as you'd expect (his character) Nels Oleson to be."
Fellow co-star Melissa Gilbert also took to her Twitter blog to pay tribute, writing, "This man will be missed. Goodbye Richard working with you was such a joy but not nearly as joyful as being your friend."
Born in 1924, Bull began his acting career on stage in Chicago, Illinois, before establishing himself as a character actor on 1960s TV series such as The Eleventh Hour, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Mannix.
He will be best remembered for his role as shopkeeper Nels Oleson on Little House on the Prairie, based on the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, who was portrayed by child star Gilbert.
Bull later reunited with his Little House on the Prairie co-star Michael Landon in 1988's Highway to Heaven.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, actress Barbara Collentine.
Mark Wahlberg is bringing late actor Michael Landon's beloved TV drama Highway To Heaven back to the small screen as the executive producer of a re-imagined version of the show. Landon, who died in 1991, played an angel helping troubled souls on earth in the series, which ran for five seasons in the 1980s.
America's A&E network will be the home for Wahlberg's remake, which has the blessing of Landon's estate executors.
The Fighter star has a longstanding record of success as a TV producer - his shows Entourage, Boardwalk Empire and In Treatment have all been hits. He is currently working on a reality TV show about his family's restaurant chain Wahlburgers.
Three victims caught up in an Alabama bar shooting which resulted in the death of rapper Doe B have filed suit against the venue's owners. T.I.'s hip-hop protege, real name Glenn Thomas, was killed after gunfire erupted at the Centennial Bar and Grill in Montgomery on 28 December (13).
Student Kimberle Johnson was also shot dead, while fellow clubber Tim Hamilton died from his wounds earlier this month (03Jan14).
Five other people were also injured during the incident, and now three of the surviving victims - Keldric Landon, Clarence Young, Jr. and Ferro Bennett - have launched legal action over the shooting, amid allegations bar security staff failed to adequately check patrons for weapons, which were banned from the club.
Bar owner Nicole Bankhead and bosses at a third party company hired to provide security have been named among the defendants. The plaintiffs are seeking compensation for medical expenses, loss of work, and pain and suffering.
Suspects Darius Thomas, 25, and Jason Quan McWilliams, 25, have been charged with two counts of capital murder and are being held without bail.
The Centennial Bar and Grill was shut down by city officials in the immediate aftermath of the fatal shooting.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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The story of Ben Landon, a former private detective murdered while investigating a case who returns as a ghost to assist his children, Holly and Nick, now the operators of their father's Hollywood-based investigative agency. In the pilot episode, Holly and Nick attempt to find Ben's murderer.