Actor Lane Garrison has completed a series of domestic abuse courses following his arrest for fighting with his ex-girlfriend in 2012. The former Prison Break star was held for misdemeanour domestic violence following a bust-up with his ex-girlfriend Ashley Mattingly at her home in California.
He pleaded no contest the following year (13) and was handed three years probation and ordered to attend 52 rounds of domestic abuse counselling and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings.
According to TMZ.com, Garrison is now one step closer to becoming a free man after completing the programs and paying off $2,500 (£1,470) in fines. He has 18 months of probation remaining.
Blockbuster movie Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is spending a second week at the top of the U.K. box office chart after raking in $6.3 million (£3.7 million) last weekend (25-27Jul14). The sci-fi sequel held off competition from new releases Hercules, which took $2.3 million (£1.4 million) in its opening weekend, and dystopian horror sequel The Purge: Anarchy, which took $1.8 million (£1.1 million).
How To Train Your Dragon 2 slid two places into fourth with ticket sales of $1.6 million (£990,900), and the top five was rounded out by Transformers: Age Of Extinction, with takings of $1.3 million (£803,000).
A homeless man who broke into a U.S. TV studio wielding a knife has been sent for mental evaluation after an outburst in court. Andre Johnson was arrested for assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and menacing earlier this month (Jul14) after he gained access to the Good Morning America studio in New York City and allegedly threatened presenter Michael Strahan.
Johnson was indicted for felony attempted assault at Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday (28Jul14) but the proceedings were halted when Johnson launched into a tirade against his legal team.
He yelled, "I want a new lawyer! This lady's against me! She's part of the Illuminati!... There's a war against me, ma'am. Obama was elected to defend us. This is some bulls**t, man!"
According to the New York Daily News, the judge ordered a mental evaluation and Johnson is scheduled to return to court on 15 September (14).
Veteran singer/songwriter Marianne Faithfull had to undergo a course of rehab last year (13) after becoming hooked on morphine as she recovered from a broken back. The British star, who kicked a crippling heroin addiction in the 1980s, was forced to cancel a string of concerts after suffering a serious injury in a fall at a hotel in Los Angeles.
She was prescribed opiates for pain relief during her months of recovery but was disgusted when she realised she was hooked on the medication, and was pleasantly surprised when medics helped to wean her off the drugs within days.
The As Tears Go By hitmaker tells Mojo magazine, "Oh God, it was awful. Actually, I never took morphine in my life. Junkies hate morphine. It's not fun. It's just a painkiller. My dear doctor in Paris said, 'You're not going to be able to come off this on your own, are you?'. I said, 'Nooope (sic). I am not.' And bugger me, he got me off in a week."
Faithfull also reveals she had to wait a year for an insurance payout over the injury because her hard-partying reputation preceded her, adding, "They are b**tards. Of course, it was, 'Oh Marianne Faithfull... well she must have been on alcohol and drugs.'"
A family has hit executives of U.S. TV series Southland with a lawsuit for using their relative's autopsy picture without permission. Hilda Abarca filed legal papers on Monday (28Jul14) at Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of herself and her daughter Jessica, claiming a photograph of her son Andy Nelson Abarca, who was murdered in 2005, was used in an opening montage of the TV series.
They insist they had no knowledge of the photograph and never authorised its release, and according to the suit, the inclusion of the image in the show violated their privacy and impacted upon their health, leaving them with "anxiety, anger, hopelessness, fear and distrust of authority".
The family is seeking damages of at least $750 (£440) for each use of the photo, punitive damages and an injunction to prevent it being used in the future.
The police drama, starring Benjamin McKenzie, ended last year (13) after five series.
Actor Jamie Foxx is set to portray boxing legend Mike Tyson in a movie biopic after five years of preparation for the role.
The Django Unchained star spoke of his desire to step into the ring as the former world heavyweight champ as far back as 2009, and now Tyson has revealed the project is up and running and he hopes cameras will begin rolling by the end of 2015.
He is also hoping producers will use the latest computer technology to help Foxx appear the correct age as he portrays the fighter at various stages of his 58-bout career, and he will even serve as the actor's personal trainer to help him achieve the correct level of fitness.
Tyson says, "Me and Jamie Foxx are in discussion, and we gonna do it (sic). Within a year to 18 months, we're going to do the Mike Tyson story and he's going to portray me, and now they have this new animation; because you know Jamie's pretty much my age so he can't portray me but they have this new system."
In 2005, Foxx won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of blues musician Ray Charles in movie biopic Ray.
Folk singer Michelle Shocked has released an album of silent songs which are named after music executives. The Anchorage hitmaker's new record, Inaudible Women, consists of 11 tracks named after music industry players, and Shocked has encouraged fans to stream the silent songs on services such as Spotify so she can make money for her tour.
Journalist Chris Willman was named on the album, and he writes on Facebook.com, "Michelle Shocked has released a new 'song' named after me. No, I'm not making this up. For better or worse, the track 'Chris Willman' consists entirely of silence, just like the other 10 tracks on the album, the rest of which are named after people in the music community (mostly folks on the forefront of digital music and streaming) whom she considers the enemy..."
Shocked claims dogs can enjoy the tracks, adding, "I decided that I was going to make a high album, in fact, the highest album ever made, just so that my friends (dogs) Spot and Rex can hear it, not audible to human ears... and to raise money for my fall tour."
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The promotional campaign for the upcoming Sin City sequel has suffered another setback after U.S. TV bosses rejected a trailer for the film over actress Eva Green's sexy wardrobe.
The Casino Royale star initially hit headlines in May (14) when officials at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) banned an advertising poster for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, because it featured Green brandishing a gun while wearing a sheer white robe over her bare breasts.
Movie bosses had to re-edit the billboard picture to make the outfit appear less raunchy in order to meet the MPAA's censorship guidelines, but now they are facing the prospect of also having to alter Green's appearance in the trailer for the upcoming film amid concerns from ABC network executives, who have refused to air the preview footage due to Green's attire.
Marketing chiefs at the movie's distributor Dimension Films are appealing the decision. A source tells the New York Daily News, "ABC rejected a trailer, saying Green appears to be naked in the same sheer, white nightgown. Dimension was told to remove the offending footage if they want the trailer to air."
Green previously admitted she was baffled by the furore caused by the sexy film poster, telling Vanity Fair magazine, "I find it a bit odd. It seems like it's all just publicity - a lot of noise for nothing. You have so many more violent things in the movie business and this is kind of soft. I'm not naked. It's suggested. I find it really sexy, actually. It's kind of beautiful. But if it shocks people, I don't know what to do about it. I don't want to upset anybody."
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which co-stars Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis, is due to open in cinemas in late August (14).
Kiefer Sutherland has been left baffled by former 24 co-star Freddie Prinze, Jr.'s public attack on the star's professionalism, insisting he had no idea the actor disliked him.
In a Comic-Con-related interview with ABC News over the weekend (26-27Jul14), Prinze, Jr. revealed he had such an unpleasant experience working with Sutherland in 2010 he came close to quitting Hollywood.
He said, "It was terrible. I hated every moment of it. I just wanted to quit the business after that."
"Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world. That's not me talking trash; I'd say it to his face. I think everyone that's worked with him has said that."
A representative for Sutherland has since responded to Prinze, Jr.'s comments, stating, "Kiefer worked with Freddie Prinze Jr. more than five years ago. This is the first time he has heard of Freddie's grievances. Kiefer enjoyed working with Freddie and wishes him all the best."
And actress Sara Gilbert, who has also worked with Sutherland on 24, insists she too is confused by Prinze, Jr's remarks, insisting, "He was so polite and was always there for our scenes."
"She's a Type 2 diabetic like me; Aretha, you know your a** should not have been in Johnny Rockets, eating that double cheeseburger with them gravy fries. If I was working there, I would have said, 'No!'" Actor Anthony Anderson lashes out at fellow diabetic Aretha Franklin following a news report suggesting she fled a fast food diner in Canada after an encounter with a rude employee.