Officials at America's National Transportation Safety Board have confirmed reports they are reviewing a petition to reopen the investigation into Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper's deaths. The rock 'n' roll trio perished in a plane crash in Clear Lake, Iowa in 1959 and the accident was attributed to pilot error, but fans are hoping new technology will help the experts prove there was more to the tragedy than investigators at the now-defunct Civil Aerodynamics Board discovered.
NTSB bosses are now considering a review of the case to determine if anything was "missed the first time the investigation was done".
New England pilot L.J. Coon, who submitted the petition, hopes the experts will decide that 21-year-old Roger Peterson was not to blame for the crash. The young pilot's boss at the time insisted his employee was not the type to make mistakes, and has maintained other factors must have been at play.
The February, 1959 is considered by many The Day The Music Died.
Police in Los Angeles are no closer to tracking down Lupita Nyong'o's missing Oscars dress as they review hours of CCTV footage and comb for fingerprints at the hotel where it disappeared. The 12 Years A Slave star wore a custom-made pearl-covered Calvin Klein gown valued at around $150,000 (£94,000) to the glitzy Hollywood prizegiving on Sunday (22Feb15), but the dress was reported missing on Wednesday (25Feb15).
The gown is believed to have vanished from Nyong'o's room at the London West Hollywood hotel in L.A. on Tuesday (24Feb15), sparking a major police hunt for the garment, and Lieutenant William Nash of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has now revealed cops are baffled by the missing dress.
He tells NBC News, "At this point we don't have any idea who did it."
Troubled actress Amanda Bynes is to escape further punishment over her September (14) arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) after officials ruled she has not breached the terms of her probation.
Bynes was found to have a small amount of Adderall, a drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), in her system when her car was pulled over by cops last year (14), but officials in Los Angeles declined to prosecute her. The case was referred to the District Attorney to investigate whether the arrest constituted a violation of the three-year probation she is serving from a prior DUI charge stemming from an accident in 2012, but she is now in the clear.
District Attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison tells the New York Daily News, "Based on the police reports, we don't believe there was a violation."
The news comes as a judge in Ventura County, California granted Bynes' parents an extension of their conservatorship over their daughter on Tuesday (24Feb15). Rick and Lynn Bynes were granted control of her affairs last year (14) after the actress suffered a number of legal troubles and mental health issues, including a stint in a psychiatric hospital.
The conservatorship will remain in place until another review hearing on 23 June (15).
A follow-up to hit comedy The First Wives Club was shelved because studio bosses weren't willing to increase Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton's salaries when the film became an unexpected hit.
The 1996 film about three divorced women seeking revenge on their ex-husbands topped box offices around the world and left fans clamoring for a sequel, but in a new interview with the Harvard Business Review, Hawn reveals plans for a follow-up fell apart because studio bosses refused to pay the film's stars more money.
Hawn explains, "We were all women of a certain age, and everyone took a cut in salary to do it (make the film), so the studio could make what it needed. We all took a smaller back end than usual and a much smaller front end. And we ended up doing incredibly well. The movie was hugely successful. It made a lot of money. We were on the cover of Time magazine."
She continues, "Two years later, when the studio came back with a sequel, they wanted to offer us exactly the same deal. We went back to ground zero. Had three men come in there, they would have upped their salaries without even thinking about it. But the fear of women's movies is embedded in the culture."
The First Wives Club raked in $181.5 million worldwide and also landed an Oscar nomination for Marc Shaiman's score.
Author/screenwriter Nick Hornby is set to pen his first TV drama with an adaptation of writer Nine Stibbe's book, Love, Nina. Bosses at the BBC have commissioned the Oscar nominee to write the script for the five-part series, which documents the true story of Stibbe when she moved to London at the age of 19 to become a nanny.
In the book, Stibbe relies on letters she writes to her sister over a five-year period to document her adventures and mis-adventures with the lively and opinionated children of Mary-Kay Wilmers, the editor of the London Review of Books.
Hornby, who earned an Academy Award nomination for his adaptation of An Education, was recently nominated for a Writers Guild of America trophy for his take on Reese Witherspoon's Wild, based on author Cheryl Strayed's book of the same name.
Wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista has reportedly been cast as the villain in the long-awaited reboot of period action film Highlander. The Guardians of the Galaxy star will appear as barbarian The Kurgan in the upcoming remake, taking over a role previously played by Clancy Brown in the original 1986 movie, reports Latino Review.
The Highlander film reboot has been in development since 2008 and has already undergone a number of cast and crew changes.
Ryan Reynolds had initially been tapped to take on the main character of Conor MacLeod from Christopher Lambert in 2012, but he has since exited the project. Tom Cruise's name is the latest to have been linked to the job.
28 Days Later filmmaker Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has also been replaced by visual effects artist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, who will now make his directorial debut with Highlander.
The original film starred Frenchman Lambert, Sean Connery and Roxanne Hart. Lambert and Connery returned for the movie's sequel Highlander: The Quickening in 1991 - with Lambert reprising the role a further two times.
Two long years after Breaking Bad ended, we've finally returned to the meth-filled landscape of New Mexico. Before we actually arrive in the pre-Heisenberg era Albuquerque, we catch up with Saul Goodman in the present, working at a Cinnabon in Nebraska. Shot in black and white, the opening of the highly anticipated series shows Goodman in a subdued, yet still extremely paranoid state. He returns home, fixes a drink, and turns off the weather report (more snow, just like Walter White himself would have heard while he was in hiding) to watch old commercials for his law firm.
Cut to 2002, where Saul Goodman, going by his real name, Jimmy McGill, is defending three teenagers accused of necrophilia. McGill reasons that this is a simple case of boys being boys, and that technically nobody got hurt. The prosecutor's response is to simply play the tape the teens filmed themselves, of them sawing off a cadaver's head before engaging in sex acts with it. This is the sort of defense (and use of the word "technically") only Saul Goodman would try. Of course, the three teens end up in jail.
After posing as his own secretary and engaging in an embarrassing-to-watch altercation with the parking lot attendant (Mike Ehrmantraut!), he tries desperately to convince the Kettlemans, suspected of embezzling $1.6 million, to use him as their legal representative. They're not entirely convinced, asking to sleep on it, and in a last-ditch effort to sway them, McGill orders a "classy," expensive-looking-but-cheap flower arrangement for them while driving, only to crash into a skateboarder. The skateboarders are trying to hustle him, and in a very "don't hustle the hustler" moment, McGill gets rid of them.
He then returns to his office, possibly the only workplace sketchier than the one we met him in on Breaking Bad, in the back of a nail salon. He finds a check for $26,000 amidst a pile of overdue bills in his mail, which he promptly rips up. We next see him storming obnoxiously into a real law office, where he insists with the partners to cash out his brother, Chuck, who he's convinced will not be returning to the firm. After his unsuccessful meeting with the partners, he leaves the building, dejected, only to discover the Kettlemans meeting with the partners.
Agitated, Jimmy heads to his brother's, checking his watch and cell phone in the mailbox before walking into the house and grounding himself (his brother believes he has electromagnetic hypersensitivity). He argues with Chuck about the buyout, ultimately losing that argument as well. Chuck then suggests Jimmy changes the name of his practice, to avoid confusion with his law firm.
McGill then tracks down the skateboarding scammers, relaying the story of his days known as Slippin' Jimmy, where he would slip and fall to get easy money. He convinces them to con Betsy Kettleman, showing them her car and an intersection she'll drive through at a specific time, to both earn some money for himself and the skaters, but also to screw over the Kettlemans. For the first time all episode, we see that something works for Jimmy, and the car hits the skaters just as planned.
Since nothing ever actually goes as planned for this guy, the car takes off after hitting the skater. They follow the driver to a house, where, instead of Betsy Kettleman exiting the car, it's an elderly Hispanic woman. Having just talked to Jimmy, they know they can earn more money from her since she's just committed a felony, and they begin to harass her despite an obvious language barrier. She goes inside to get "mijo." Mijo is none other than Tuco Salamanca, future enemy of Walt and Jesse, which we learn moments later as Jimmy arrives and Tuco pulls him into the house at gunpoint.
The next episode shows that Tuco's distraught abuelita explains to her grandson what happened, while the skateboarders shout over her to Tuco that there would be problems unless they received money. At one point, they refer to Tuco's dear novella-loving abuelita as a "biznatch," which is a really catastrophic mistake to make when dealing with a member of the Salamanca family. Tuco calms his grandmother upstairs and insists she watch her television show (loudly) while he deals with the situation.
He handles the situation the way any unhinged person would respond to their grandmother being called a "biznatch" -- he bashes their faces in with his grandmother's cane. His abuelita comes to check on things, only to find Tuco cleaning the carpet, where he spilled some "salsa." His grandmother, whose main concern is of course the stain setting on her carpet, insists he uses club soda. After assuring her he would and getting her to return to her novella, he makes a call, asking someone to come over with a van. And that's when Jimmy knocks on the door.
McGill convinces Tuco that this was all, more or less, a misunderstanding, and pleas for the skaters to be spared, if they haven't already been killed. Tuco leads him at gunpoint into the garage, handing James a knife and allowing him to cut them free. As soon as he removes one's gag, the skater outs McGill's whole story, leading them all into the desert where so many will one day lose their lives on Breaking Bad.
Once in the desert, Tuco and his men standing over him, James McGill tries to explain that this was all a misunderstanding; he's a lawyer trying to scam some embezzlers in order to gain their business. Unconvinced, Tuco takes a pair of wirecutters to Jimmy's fingers until he ultimately lies and tells them he's an FBI agent. Upon even more interrogation, he reverts back to the truth, explaining that he's a lawyer, and is finally freed, because it's not a good idea to get on a lawyer's bad side in the meth business.
Once freed, he is about to leave the desert unscathed, but decides to try to save the lives of the skate-scammers since, really, it's his fault they're here in the first place. McGill fabricates a story in true Saul style about their hard-working arthritic mother who would be crushed if her sons died. After some more negotiating, Tuco agrees to only break one leg each.
After then going on a date (in a silent, soundtrack-over-sound scene featuring mostly breadsticks and lipstick-covered straws, the only low point of the two-part premiere), Jimmy returns to his brother's house without grounding himself or removing his cell phone. When he wakes up, Chuck is covered in a space blanket, and he realizes that Chuck has seen the bill for the skaters' hospital visit. He assures him that he's not going back to Slippin' Jimmy days.
Enter another somewhat-weak montage of his everyday life in the courts as a public defender. Then, we see James in his nail salon office, where he's visited by his first client to see him there, Nacho, one of Tuco's "business associates." Nacho is looking to find the $1.6 million the Kettlemans embezzled, and offers McGill a 10% finders fee for helping him. McGill refuses, but Nacho leaves his number and reminds McGill that if he speaks to anyone about this conversation, he'll be killed.
The episodes bring back the glory of the Breaking Bad days without being cheesy or overly nostalgic; there are thrills, laughs, twists, and overall, a strong premise. Saul/Jimmy's willingness to just about anything to establish himself professionally holds promise, especially since we know he doesn't work with the most reputable people. The true highlight is by far the return of Tuco Salamanca, all at once terrifying and hilarious, rejoicing in becoming the "Kingbreaker," cleaning up "salsa" stains, yet also filled with glee as he makes someone's leg bend the wrong way.
Fallen rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight will remain behind bars until his next court hearing in March (15) following his recent arrest on murder charges. The Death Row Records founder has pleaded not guilty to counts of murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run after running over and killing his pal Terry Carter and leaving another man, actor Cle 'Bone' Sloan, injured as he attempted to drive away from an altercation on a movie set in Compton, California on 29 January (15).
His bond was initially set at $2 million (£1.3 million), but a judge decided to revoke his bail after ruling he was too much of a flight risk.
Knight, who had to be treated for a blood clot last week (ends06Feb15), returned to court on Monday (09Feb15) for a bail review hearing, but learned he would be staying put at Los Angeles County Jail as both his attorney and the lead prosecutor requested more time to prepare for the case.
Knight's next court date has been set for 20 March (15).
Former Playboy model Holly Madison has hit the managers of her Las Vegas venue with a lawsuit alleging they secretly filmed her and other showgirls in their dressing room during the burlesque show. Hugh Hefner's ex-girlfriend headlined the 1923 Bourbon and Burlesque show at the Mandalay Bay resort last year (14), and in court documents obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Madison claims that over the course of five months, bosses of the venue watched secret, intimate recordings of her and the other women in the show as they stripped naked and changed into costumes for the performance, without their knowledge or consent.
According to the lawsuit, she claims the video was then streamed to the three male bosses' computers and other digital devices.
Madison claims she became aware of the alleged recordings when two other performers noticed the camera feed and complained, but when the issue was brought up to a manager, he allegedly said the footage was "not a big deal".
A lawyer for the Mandalay Bay venue tells Fox411 there was no hidden camera in Madison's dressing room, and he insists the blonde beauty and fellow showgirls elected to change in a public area that was always under surveillance.
Meanwhile, Madison's attorney Eva Garcia-Mendoza tells E! News the venue bosses are completely at fault for the alleged recordings, saying, "It's a crime. Not only Holly has been damaged but four of the dancers that I field a suit for separately, they are going through some serious emotional distress right now.
"They were changing clothes during a routine - wiping down their body and other things and never expecting they were under the eye of a camera. And for the defendants to come in and say, 'Well, when we found out we rectified it... they were looking at it every day for four or five months. They only rectified it when someone complained... It probably still would have been rolling."
Madison began her stint in the burlesque show in April (14). Her run came to an end in late summer (14).
Former rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight was kept in hospital overnight on Tuesday (03Feb15) after suffering a "medical emergency" following a court hearing.
The Death Row Records founder pleaded not guilty to a string of charges, including murder and attempted murder, related to the hit-and-run death of a friend in Los Angeles last week (29Jan15), and then collapsed outside court. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials took Knight, who is now facing life behind bars, to a local hospital. Reports suggest he suffered a panic attack.
Knight, 49, ran over and killed Terry Carter and left another man, actor Cle 'Bone' Sloan, injured as he attempted to drive away from an altercation on a movie set in Compton last Thursday. As well as the murder charges, he has also been hit with two counts of hit and run and allegations that he committed a violent felony while out on bail pending another case. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Monday (09Feb15) for a bail review hearing.