Fallen pop star Tulisa Contostavlos has been convicted of punching a blogger during a hate-fuelled attack at a music festival. The former N-Dubz singer, who was cleared on Monday (21Jul14) of brokering a cocaine deal after inconsistencies were found in witness testimony, was found guilty of assault at a court hearing in London on Friday (25Jul14).
She was fined $340 (£200) and ordered to pay $4,590 (£2,700) in court costs. She must also hand the victim $170 (£100) in compensation and a $34 (£20) victim surcharge, making a total payment of $5,134 (£3,020).
The star, who enjoyed two seasons as a judge on Britain's The X Factor, punched showbiz writer Vas Morgan in the face at V Festival in Chelmsford, England in August, 2013, leaving him with a swollen left eye.
Contostavlos had denied hitting Morgan, claiming they had a verbal disagreement after a long-running spat, but a district judge dismissed her account and convicted her of assault.
The disgraced pop star's personal assistant Gareth Varey was cleared of using threatening behaviour during the incident.
A plea hearing for an ex-boyfriend accused of stealing from British socialite Tamara Ecclestone was halted on Thursday (24Jul14) when another defendant was accused of exposing himself in the courtroom. Omar Khyami, 40, who split from Bernie Ecclestone's daughter in 2012, is accused of taking two necklaces, worth $47,600 (£28,000), from the star during their relationship, and he appeared at a court in London this week (beg21Jul14) to enter a plea.
However, the hearing was halted when a female lawyer accused another defendant, who was in court as part of a separate case, of exposing himself, according to Britain's The Sun newspaper.
Khyami denies theft. He is due back in court next month (Aug14).
Peaches Geldof's elder sister Fifi has posted an expletive-laden rant online urging critics to let the tragic socialite rest in peace following the conclusion of an inquest into her death. Bob Geldof's model/TV presenter daughter passed away in April (14) after a drug overdose, and an investigation into her death, which wrapped up in Kent, England on Wednesday (23Jul14), concluded she had battled heroin addiction for two-and-a-half years.
The news sparked a storm of debate over the 25-year-old mum-of-two, whose 11-month-old son was left alone for up to 17 hours before her body was found, and comparisons to her own mother, Paula Yates, who also died of a heroin overdose when her children were young.
The criticism prompted a furious reaction from Peaches' sister Fifi, who posted an angry message to her Instagram.com page which reads, "Don't keep calm and f**k this and f**k that. F**k you. F**k off."
She added in a caption, "Sums it up nicely about how I'm feeling about the viciousness today. Maybe she'll be allowed to RIP."
When another user commented on her posts, calling Peaches "selfish and sad" for taking drugs with her children in the house, Fifi replied, "You've no idea what you are talking about quite frankly. Yet another who has bought into the bulls**t. I'd appreciate you getting the f**k off my page with stuff like that on today of all days."
Two members of British dance act Rudimental have accepted honorary degrees from their alma mata six years after they graduated. Piers Aggett and Kesi Dryden were feted by officials at Leeds Metropolitan University in England and became Honorary Masters of Music at a ceremony held on Thursday (24Jul14).
Both stars previously studied at the college and obtained degrees in Creative Music and Sound Technology. They graduated in 2008.
Leeds Metropolitan University Vice Chancellor, Professor Susan Price, says, "Since graduating Piers and Kesi's success has known no bounds, and we could not be more proud of them and all that they have achieved. An inspiration to both our students and current graduates, they are living proof that hard work and determination does pay off."
Filmmaker Christopher Nolan made a surprise visit to the 2014 Comic-Con in San Diego, California on Thursday (24Jul14) during the Paramount Pictures panel to promote his highly-anticipated sci-film thriller, Interstellar. He was joined by the movie's star Matthew Mcconaughey, and the two teased the film before its arrival in cinemas this November (14). The visit was both Nolan and McConaughey's first ever appearance at the annual convention.
Rapper Busta Rhymes has left his record label, Cash Money Records, due to creative differences. The Touch It hitmaker has been with the company since 2011, but the hip-hop veteran has officially parted from the label, which is also home to artists such as Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki Minaj.
In an interview with DJ Sway on his SiriusXM radio programme, Rhymes revealed he has departed from the label since he wasn't seeing eye to eye with Cash Money bosses.
He explains, "Nothing happened in a negative way. I was there for two years and the opportunity was a great opportunity at the time because of the type of deal that was done. For me, with this particular project and all of the sacrifice that went into it - recording the album for five years, I lost (manager) Chris Lighty making this album, I lost my father making this album - the s**t that I was putting into this album, I'm not compromising my vision for it."
He adds, "If I feel like if, in the slightest way, we ain't facilitating everything necessary for the vision to be seen and executed in the way I'm envisioning this s**t for the last five years, let me live and die in my own own inequity, homie."
Rhymes never released an album on the label, and he has already moved on from the split - he's preparing to debut his upcoming record, E.L.E. 2.
Rapper Nicki Minaj has left little to the imagination by baring her back on the cover for her new single, Anaconda. The Superbass hitmaker debuted the risque cover art for her track on her Instagram.com account Thursday (24Jul14).
In the shot, the voluptuous Minaj is crouching down with her back towards the camera, wearing only a pink sports bra, blue Air Jordan sneakers, and a barely-there thong, exposing her bare butt.
The photo took the Internet by storm, and many fans used the image to recreate their own art, such as placing it on a white tee shirt and reimagining the Google logo, perfectly aligning her bottom to replace the two 'Os'.
Minaj even reposted the images on her Instagram account and wrote, "U guys waste no time... Doing the most. Who did this?", along with a laughing emoticon.
Anaconda is the second single off her upcoming album The Pink Print, the release date of which has yet to be revealed.
Actress Renee Zellweger has put her Connecticut mansion back on the market for the second time in three years. The Jerry Maguire star is attempting to unload her rural Promfret estate for $1.6 million (£941,905), just two years after she tried to sell it in 2011 for $1.5 million (£883,036), according to the New York Daily News.
The colonial property, known as the Cotton Tavern, stretches across 38 acres of land, including open fields and multiple gardens.
The main residence was built in 1770 and includes an open kitchen, seven fireplaces, wood-panelled library, barn, swimming pool and guest house.
Zellweger purchased the property in 2004.
Former Kiss star Ace Frehley is hoping to give his fiancee a big musical boost after collaborating with her on his new album Space Invader. Rachael Gordon tasted a little success in Europe over a decade ago and now her rock star boyfriend is keen to get her back in studio after using her lyrics on two new tracks, Change and Immortal Pleasures.
He tells WENN, "She writes lyrics a lot differently than I would. It shows a different side of me. It was a very good collaboration and a nice surprise for both of us.
"It was a little awkward at times because she's not a musician, but when I nailed the chords and she wrote all those lyrics it worked out great. I'm sure we're gonna collaborate in the future because she's got some great ideas."
But marriage will have to wait because, as Frehley explains, "I still have to get divorced."
The guitar great is still legally married to first wife Jeanette Trerotola. They wed in 1976.
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"We only use 10% of our brain power." While that little piece of junk science is mostly false, it's the central conceit of Luc Besson's upcoming film Lucy. In the film, Lucy (Scarlett Johannson) is able to unlock weird and wondrous abilities after a mysterious drug unlocks her brain's latent potential. Lucy's powers grow exponentially per every gained iota of brain functionality, and by the end, the character is able to control people with her mind, whip baddies through the air with telekinesis, and even warp reality to her whims. Just judging from the trailer, Lucy may be the most powerful film character ever created, but she does have some stiff competition. We bet these near-omnipotent beings can give the character a run for her money.
Professor X (X-Men)Abilities: Telepathy, mind controlThe on-again, off-again leader of the X-Men is one of the most powerful mutants in the world. Despite being paralyzed from the waist down, the professor towers over his peers thanks to a variety of mental powers. He can create illusions, change your memories, read minds, and manipulate the actions of those under his control. The professor is wheelchair-bound and doesn't have telekinesis, which does limit him in a purely physical sense, but he does have the power to rewire nearly anyone's brain, so he's not to be taken lightlyPower Rating: 7/10. The professor's score could have been higher, but when all your arch-nemesis needs to stop your powers is a metal helmet, you get knocked down a few grades.
The Doctor (Doctor Who)Abilities: Extreme IntellectIf anyone on this list were a walking deus ex machina, it would be the Doctor. For over 50 years and thousands of adventures across film, television, comic books, and even radio dramas, the Time Lord has been able to think his way out of any situation. He's basically the British Batman. The fact that he can regenerate his body 13 times over is also a huge boon. The Doctor's only flaw is that he can't seem to keep his traveling companions safe. While a few of them have outright died, others have been trapped in parallel dimensions, locked in the past, had all their memories of their adventures with the Doctor wiped clean, and more. (And that's just in the latest incarnation of the series). The Doctor is also usually portrayed as a feeble old man, showing big things sometimes come in small packages.Power Rating: 6/10. The Doctor can certainly outsmart nearly everyone on this list, but he's not winning any fist fights.
Dr. Manhattan (Watchmen)Abilities: Control over matter, telekinesis, teleportation, clairvoyanceDr. Manhattan, from Alan Moore's Watchmen, is a superhero with unparalleled power. He dwarfs his crime-fighting peers and humanity in general thanks to his abilities to reconfigure matter, perceive the future, and teleport anywhere in the galaxy. The downside to his extreme powers is his inability to connect with humanity. His mind has stretched so far past the capabilities and concerns of normal people that their earthly concerns seem to him like a bunch of cockroaches fighting over a spec of dust. This, of course, causes friction with his very human girlfriend throughout the book and film. He could also use a lesson or two about modesty, but when you're basically a demi-god, you don't have any qualms about letting it all hang outPower Rating: 9/10. When you hint at the end of your comic book that you're about to create life on other planets, you get a 9.
Galactus (Fantastic Four)Abilities: Reality alteration, control over matterGalactus is a creature of immense power that devours entire worlds for sustenance. Born in a place that predates the big bang, the god-like creature has roamed the universe eating planets. Unfortunately for Galactus, his plans to eat the planet Earth are continually foiled by Reed Richards and the Fantastic Four. Thanks to the Ultimate Nullifier, which can destroy any target the wielder chooses, Galactus is often sent running from earth with his tail tucked between his legs.Power Rating: 8/10. Galactus would have scored higher, but when you're continually rebuffed by a stretchy man, someone who is hard to see, a rock, and a guy on fire, you're not as all-powerful as you think.
Morgan Freeman (Bruce Almighty)Abilities: Life creation, reality warping, narrating penguin movies, appearing in two too many Dolphin Tale moviesIn a list full of demi-gods, Morgan Freeman in Bruce Almighty is real deal Judeo-Christian deity, and what better way for God himself to spend his time than to help out Jim Carrey with his relationship problems. Freeman is seen warping reality in ways we would expect, given that he is the creator of all things, and he is even able to give Carrey's character a slice of his powers for a short while.Power Rating: 8/10. Freeman or "God" would have scored higher, but he somehow didn't forsee the biblical plague on cinema that was Evan Almighty, so he gets docked a couple points.
Scarlet Witch (X-Men, The Avengers: Age of Ultron)Abilities: Reality warping, probability manipulation, magicThrough her long history in comic books, the Scarlet Witch's powers have gone through many iterations and transformations. Currently, she is one of the most powerful mutants in the Marvel universe, able to wield magic and manipulate probability. The only downside is that Wanda doesn't have absolute control over her powers, and they often manifest in unintended ways, given her mood. In a recent Marvel event called House of M, the comic book character was able to rewrite the entire Marvel universe so she's certainly one of the more powerful characters on the list.Power Rating: 9/10. It's hard to give a definitive power rating to the Scarlet Witch, but she is definitely a force to be reckoned with
Tetsuo (Akira)Abilities: TelekinesisAkira was one of the first animes to truly break into the American public consciousness, and one of its most powerful characters is Tetsuo, an insanely powerful psychic that threatens to destroy the city of Neo-Tokyo, a city previously destroyed by another rampaging psychic 30 years earlier. (Note to self: don't move to Tokyo in the imaginary future). Tetsuo loses control of his powers, which mutate him into an uncontrollable and grotesque mass of organs, but is brought back under control by Akira.Power Rating: 10/10 While Dr. Manhattan hinted about creating life at the end of Watchmen, Tetsuo creates his own big bang at the end of Akira. Game. Set. Match.