Friday Aug 29, 2014

'Red Oaks' and 'The Cosmopolitans' debut on Amazon

The VOD platform has launched its third pilot season with five new episodes, which are now available online. As in the past, Amazon's subscribers will vote to determine which series will be greenlighted for a full season.Netflix is a formidable opponent, between its international reach and...
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'Red Oaks' and 'The Cosmopolitans' debut on Amazon
Friday Aug 29, 2014
'Red Oaks' and 'The Cosmopolitans' debut on Amazon

The VOD platform has launched its third pilot season with five new episodes, which are now available online. As in the past, Amazon's subscribers will vote to determine which series will be greenlighted for a full season.Netflix is a formidable opponent, between its international reach and its Emmy-nominated original series, but Amazon is up to the challenge. The online retail giant plans to steal some of Netflix's thunder by launching its own quality productions. And its third wave of pilots is the most ambitious yet, between the dramas "Hand of God" and "Hysteria" and the comedies "The Cosmopolitans," "Really" and "Red Oaks." "Red Oaks" Produced by Steven Soderbergh, "Red Oaks" was created by Gregory Jacobs, who regularly collaborates with the filmmaker in the role of assistant director. David Gordon Green ("Eastbound & Down") helmed the pilot. Set in suburban New Jersey in 1985, the story follows David Myers, a college student who spends his summer working as an assistant tennis pro at Red Oaks Country Club. Craig Roberts, the young actor seen in "Skins," "22 Jump Street" and "Submarine," plays the protagonist. "Mad About You" stars Paul Reiser and Richard Kind are also featured, along with Jennifer Grey ("Dirty Dancing"), Oliver Cooper ("Californication"), Gage Golightly and Ennis Esmer. "The Cosmopolitans" Developed by Whit Stillman ("Damsels in Distress"), this comedy starring Chloë Sevigny and Adam Brody follows a group of Americans and other foreigners living in Paris. The narrative revolves around the expatriates' search for love and the meaning of life in the French capital. "Hand of God" Harris Pernell, played by Ron Perlman, is a morally corrupt yet influential judge who juggles relationships with a high-end call girl and a wife named Crystal, who is played by Dana Delany ("Desperate Housewives," "Body of Proof"). But his life changes dramatically following a religious awakening, as he becomes convinced God is talking to him through his ventilator-bound son.  Written by Ben Watkins, the pilot is directed by Marc Forster ("World War Z"). "Hysteria" In this medical thriller, Mena Suvari plays Dr. Logan Harlow, a brilliant and charming yet socially awkward neurologist/psychiatrist. Already plagued by her own problems, including a brother who is on death row, the character is forced to return to her hometown of Austin, Texas to investigate a mysterious illness that has stricken a girls' competitive dance team and is possibly transmitted through technology.  The cast also includes James McDaniel, Josh Stewart, Adan Canto, Laura San Giacomo and T.R. Knight. "Really" Created by Jay Chandrasekhar, who also plays one of the main characters, and by Jamie Tarses, this dramatic comedy centers on a Chicago couple and their group of friends as they live out their adult lives while attempting to hold on to their fleeting youth. Sarah Chalke, Selma Blair, Travis Schuldt, Hayes MacArthur, Collette Wolfe, Luka Jones, Lindsay Sloane and Rob Delaney make up the cast. All of the pilots are available at www.amazon.com. Watch a preview of the new Amazon series: youtu.be/phyEY_mBea4 Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Dustin Diamond returns again to his inner Screech
Friday Aug 29, 2014
Dustin Diamond returns again to his inner Screech

NEW YORK (AP) — The rank of mega-stars who are known simply by one name includes, of course, Madonna, Cher, Beyonce and Bono. Oh, and one more, surely — that man-boy known as Screech. Samuel "Screech" Powers of the 1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell" has become almost an icon — for gross ineptitude. He was adorkable before there was such a thing. He even had a catchphrase: "Zoinks!" Dustin Diamond, the man behind Screech, is 37 now. His hair is cut close to his skull and he wears a beard, both flecked with gray. He's married, works as a stand-up comedian, and lives near Milwaukee. For Diamond, Screech has been a curse and a career. He played the character for a decade and then tried to run away from Bayside High as fast as he could: Diamond was a jerk in a season of "Celebrity Fit Club" that he said was scripted. He released a sex tape, which he said was faked. And he revealed sordid details in a tell-all book, "Behind the Bell," which he said was embellished by a ghost writer. Diamond is back this Labor Day weekend mining familiar territory: Lifetime TV is airing "The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story" on Monday, which Diamond executive produced. And he's stepped into the off-Broadway "Bayside! The Musical!" playing — you guessed it — Dustin Diamond, a man who never left high school. The Associated Press sat down with Diamond to discuss the show, his missteps and killing Screech. AP: Your relationship to the show is sort of love-hate, isn't it? Diamond: Everybody of any magnitude that I can possibly think of has gone through love-hate relationships with something that becomes so big. The bigger it is, the more you go through it. Think of 'Star Trek' or any band — 'Hey, play "Free Bird!'" Great song, I'm proud of the song but I'm sick of playing it. Give me some time away and, after there's some space created, then you can come back and give big hugs to the thing that brought you there. AP: You've tried to wriggle free with 'Celebrity Fit Club,' porn and the book. How did that go? Diamond: That was really the one-two-three punch of being the bad boy, not the squeaky-clean Screech you remember, which, on one hand, helped because it did break that image. But in retrospect, I kind of wish I hadn't gone exactly that route. But there's no instruction book for any this. You don't know what's going to work. You have to take a gamble. I wanted to rattle the cage, but I didn't think that it would rattle it so much. AP: Why did that show seize the culture so powerfully? Diamond: We never knew. I think looking back, the look and style of everything really sits well with nostalgic feelings of being young and being in school. The color palates that we chose, the outfits we were wearing, it kind of spoke to that generation. AP: Have you kept in touch with some of your 'Saved by the Bell' co-stars like Mark-Paul Gosselaar or Tiffani Thiessen? Diamond: They can't say they really know me. The last time I saw Mark-Paul and Tiffany, I was 16. That was 21 years ago. That's a hefty amount of time to traverse in growth. I've done a lot of stuff since I was 16. I made a lot of growth changes. AP: What can we expect from the TV movie? Diamond: The Lifetime movie is going to be based on my book in the way that it's a behind-the-scenes look, but my book was written by a ghost writer, and they tried to milk the negativity. It wasn't supposed to be a dirty tell-all. AP: So the movie will set some of that right? Diamond: Yes. The overall vibe, the overall feel, should be pretty surprising. I think people who are warm to the show are going to watch it and really enjoy it. And the people who are skeptical are going to watch it and say, 'Wow, OK. This wasn't what I thought it was going to be at all.' AP: The musical has been rewritten to accommodate you. Are you having fun? Diamond: Oh, yes. With parody, there's new ground to be found. It's not in the confines of 'Hey, keep it serious. This is the real deal here.' Now it's poking fun at the real deal, so there's a whole brand new well to dig around in. Now if I did this for the next 10 years, I might become sick of it, too. AP: In both these projects, you're exorcising demons by going to the very heart of Screech. Diamond: Think of it like a wrestling match: You'd never leave the ring because then you'd lose the match. This thing is on top of you, trying to pin you down. And you're wriggling and wriggling, flailing and tossing, to get this thing off of you. But when you do, you don't walk away from it. You mount it, right? I'm mounting it. ____ Online: http://www.BaysideTheMusical.com http://www.mylifetime.com ___ Follow Mark Kennedy on Twitter at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

FX picks up new comedy from Louis C.K. and Zach Galifianakis
Thursday Aug 28, 2014
FX picks up new comedy from Louis C.K. and Zach Galifianakis

The network has ordered the first season of "Baskets," a new series created by Louis C.K., Jonathan Krisel and Zach Galifianakis. The star of the "The Hangover" franchise will also headline the comedy.Basking in the continued success of the comedy "Louie," which just won its second Emmy for outstanding writing, FX and Louis C.K. are expanding their collaboration. The network has ordered 10 episodes of "Baskets," starring and co-created by Zach Galifianakis. The comedy will follow Chip Baskets, a man who dreams of becoming a respected clown. After an unsuccessful stint at a prestigious Parisian clown school, he ends up working at the local rodeo. Also co-developing the new comedy is "Portlandia" creator Jonathan Krisel, who penned the pilot. "Baskets" will enter production early next year and is slated to premiere in 2016. In the meantime, Zach Galifianakis will return to theaters in Alejandro Gonzales Iñarritu's "Birdman," and the fifth season of "Louie" will air next spring on FX. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

'The one with the free coffee' - Central Perk hits NY
Thursday Aug 28, 2014
'The one with the free coffee' - Central Perk hits NY

It's been 20 years since "Friends" took the world by storm.And to celebrate, New Yorkers can indulge their love of comedy and coffee in their very own Central Perk. It was the celluloid coffee shop where for 10 years Joey, Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Monica and Chandler captivated millions with their revolving-door love lives, work traumas, make-ups and break-ups. To mark the anniversary of the phenomenally successful sitcom, fans can visit a replica coffee bar in Manhattan, order a free drink and kick back on the same orange sofa used on the set. Gunther, the blonde-haired barista played by actor James Michael Tyler, will put in appearances, and there will be special performances of Phoebe's unique guitar ballad "Smelly Cat." Sponsored by Warner Bros and Eight O'clock Coffee, the cafe will be open from September 17 until October 18 on Lafayette and Broome streets in SoHo, one of New York's trendiest neighborhoods. Props from the show will be on view and fans can order coffee from the Central Perk chalkboard or win prizes. "Friends" memorabilia go on sale and there will be DVDs and Blu-ray giveaways for the lucky few. The hit show, seen on US television from 1994 to 2004, won dozens of awards and garnered global celebrity for actors Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry. A special measure of fame has been achieved by actress Jennifer Aniston -- Rachel on Friends -- who since the show ended has become one of Hollywood's top earners for her work on the big screen. US chat show "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Wednesday hosted Aniston, Cox and Kudrow in guest appearances that poked fun at the show, its soundtrack and the retread relationship between Ross and Rachel. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

'Sons of Anarchy' star choice for 'King Arthur'
Thursday Aug 28, 2014
'Sons of Anarchy' star choice for 'King Arthur'

Guy Ritchie's tale of medieval legend, "King Arthur," looks like it's found its main man, with Charlie Hunnam of biker gang series "Sons of Anarchy" said to be Guy Ritchie's preferred choice.Idris Elba ("The Wire," "Thor") is another tip for the film and, if secured, Hunnam will be teaming up with Elba for the second time, after the two hit cinemas as part of Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim." Elba was thought to be in line for the role of older mentor Bedivere, having already worked with Ritchie on 2008 gangster flick "RocknRolla." Having broken the Hunnam news, Deadline is earmarking Elba for the role of Merlin instead, a view echoed by Variety, which has Elizabeth Olsen ("Godzilla," "Avengers: Age of Ultron") as female lead. Following "RocknRolla," Ritchie's next two films were "Sherlock Holmes" and "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in the lead roles. Hunnam rose to fame with turns in "Cold Mountain" and "Children of Men" before taking the "Sons of Anarchy" part in 2008. Despite their North American success, both Hunnam and Elba are of British origin; the Warner Bros production "Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur" is to succeed 2004's "King Arthur" and 2007's lesser-known "The Last Legion" as Hollywood's latest take on the mysterious legend. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Movies

Joaquin Phoenix still in the running to play Marvel's Doctor Strange
Friday Aug 29, 2014
Joaquin Phoenix still in the running to play Marvel's Doctor Strange

Denying other rumors on the subject, including recent speculation that Daniel Radcliffe would play Marvel's sorcerer, Collider reports that negotiations with Joaquin Phoenix are about to cross the finish line.Jared Leto, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Adrien Brody, Joseph Gordon-Levitt... The rumor mill has churned out the names of several in-demand actors (and some less relevant ones) in connection with Marvel's "Doctor Strange" movie. By mid-July, Joaquin Phoenix seemed to have emerged as the front runner, so much so that the studio was expected to announce him as Doctor Strange at Comic-Con in San Diego. But the lack of confirmation from Marvel in the following weeks led the trades to assume the actor had backed out of the project. Now, however, Collider's source indicates that the "Her" star is still in late talks for the role. Collider speculates that negotiations may have been slowed by Phoenix's aim to avoid a contract that would lock him in for several films over the coming years, as has been the case for Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Evans. The actor may be reticent to commit to a series of effects-heavy, big-budget movies. Joaquin Phoenix was previously approached by Marvel's rival DC Comics to play the villain Lex Luthor in "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice," although the role ultimately went to Jesse Eisenberg ("The Double"). Created in 1963, Doctor Strange is a former surgeon who becomes a sorcerer to protect the Earth from malevolent mystical forces. The character appears in certain episodes of "Fantastic Four" and "Spider-Man," among other Marvel comics. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Hugh Grant goes back to college in 'The Rewrite'
Friday Aug 29, 2014
Hugh Grant goes back to college in 'The Rewrite'

In the new comedy from Marc Lawrence, the British actor plays a screenwriter whose Hollywood career peaked in 1988. Now divorced and broke, he reluctantly accepts a teaching job at an American university.Fans of Hugh Grant's romantic comedy stylings will find all the trappings of the genre in "The Rewrite." An aging bachelor attempts to cope with his return to mediocrity several years after experiencing fame and glory. Aspects of the character call to mind several others played by Grant through the years, including the washed-up pop singer Alex Fletcher the 2007 movie "Music and Lyrics," also directed by Marc Lawrence. Ray Michael, a screenwriter without a script, attempts to cash in on what's left of his notoriety, achieved mainly through the Oscar he won 15 years earlier, by teaching his craft at a college to pay the bills. While he starts out hoping to coast by with minimal effort, things change when he meets a young single mother played by Marisa Tomei. Watch the trailer: youtu.be/cL-tP03XoH4 Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Pixar and Disney offer first look at forthcoming shorts
Friday Aug 29, 2014
Pixar and Disney offer first look at forthcoming shorts

The studios unveiled a clip and a poster for the short film "Lava" on Thursday, the day after the first images from "Feast" were revealed to the public.The video introduces Uku, an anthropomorphized Hawaiian volcano, who is seen singing a love song over the strum of a ukulele. The song was written by James Ford Murphy, the director of "Lava," who learned to play the instrument for the project. Described as a love story that takes place over millions of years, "Lava" features the voice of Hawaiian vocalist Kuana Torres Kahele. The short film will debut in US theaters with "Inside Out" on June 19, 2015. Before sharing this musical preview, Disney revealed the first stills from "Feast," the short animated film that will screen with "Big Hero 6" in US theaters from November 7. Watch the preview of "Lava": youtu.be/GzZezqJ9VgI Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Harry Belafonte to receive honorary humanitarian Oscar
Friday Aug 29, 2014
Harry Belafonte to receive honorary humanitarian Oscar

Oscar organizers announced Thursday they will give a prestigious humanitarian award to US actor-producer-singer Harry Belafonte, whose work as an activist has helped shed light on racism and inequality.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also announced honorary lifetime awards for Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, French screenwriter/actor Jean-Claude Carriere and Irish actress Maureen O'Hara. The Academy's Board of Governors voted on the awards on Tuesday. They will be presented at the body's 6th annual Governors Awards on November 8 in Hollywood. Belafonte will get the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award while Miyazaki, Carriere and O'Hara will receive Governors Awards. "We're absolutely thrilled to honor these outstanding members of our global filmmaking community and look forward to celebrating with them in November," said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. "The Governors Awards allow us to reflect upon not the year in film, but the achievements of a lifetime," she added. Miyazaki, an artist, writer, director and producer, was nominated three times in the Academy's animated feature category, which he won in 2002 for "Spirited Away." As a writer Carriere worked with iconic directors including Luis Bunuel, Volker Schloendorff, Jean-Luc Godard and Andrzej Wajda. He shared a screenwriting Oscar for the action short "Heureux Anniversaire (Happy Anniversary") in 1962. O'Hara starred in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1939) at the start of a long and wide-ranging career with films including drama "This Land Is Mine," family classic "The Parent Trap" and spy comedy "Our Man in Havana." She was also in numerous westerns as a favorite of director John Ford. When away from the spotlight, Belafonte, 87, spent much of his life campaigning for various causes such as education, famine relief, children, AIDS awareness and civil rights. His films such as "Carmen Jones," "Odds against Tomorrow" and "The World, the Flesh and the Devil" helped portray the injustices of racism and inequality. He was an early supporter of the Civil Rights Movement and marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr in his heyday. He was also named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1987. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Stealing Charlie Chaplin: heist comedy in running for Golden Lion
Friday Aug 29, 2014
Stealing Charlie Chaplin: heist comedy in running for Golden Lion

Charlie Chaplin's son attended the Venice film festival on Thursday for the premier of "The Price of Fame", a movie based on the true story of two immigrants who dug up the silent-film legend's coffin for ransom money.French director Xavier Beauvois, of "Of Gods and Men" fame, tells the tale of down-and-out Belgian and Algerian friends in Switzerland who hit on the idea of the theft partly out of greed and partly as a way to meet healthcare costs. The tragicomedy -- in the running for the Golden Lion -- draws an engaging Chaplin-esque performance from Benoit Poelvoorde, with laughs in particular from a scene where the bungling grave-robbers discover they are not the only ones to have demanded a ransom. But the tribute to the hero of "The Kid" and "The Gold Rush" wanes in the second half and the film appears to lose its way with a chaotic mix of Gregorian chants, organ music and jazz. Chaplin's son Eugene, who plays a bit role in the flick along with one of the star's grandchildren, Dolores Chaplin, told journalists in Venice that the film captured well the difficult period when his father's body was snatched. "The coffin was stolen for quite some time, and we didn't know who was behind it. There were threats, my younger brother was threatened," he said. "When we eventually found my father's coffin in a field next to a forest, on the edge of a canal, it was marvellous," he said. Chaplin's coffin was taken by a pair of immigrants from Poland and Bulgaria in 1978 and recovered after a large-scale police search, during which 200 phone kiosks were watched and the phone at the Chaplins' home was tapped. Demands of £400,000 (300,000 euros) were made for return of the body, but Chaplin's widow Oona refused to pay, saying that her husband would have "thought it ridiculous". Beauvois said the idea for the film had come to him while re-watching "City Lights": "I remembered that his coffin had been stolen for ransom and thought to myself: 'This is a movie!'" "I wanted to transform it into a tale whereby Chaplin would be a sort of genie, like Aladdin's genie, who grants wishes," he said. The challenge of revisiting the silent actor's famous "Tramp" figure in the two immigrants was too good to resist for a director who said he believes "Chaplin is cinema itself, a sacred figure." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Events

Cee Lo Green enters no contest plea in drug case
Friday Aug 29, 2014
Cee Lo Green enters no contest plea in drug case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cee Lo Green pleaded no contest Friday to one felony count of furnishing ecstasy to a woman during a 2012 dinner in Los Angeles and was sentenced to serve probation and community service. The Grammy-winning singer also entered a special plea in which he maintained his innocence in the case and that prevents his no contest plea from being used against him in civil court. The drug case could be used against Green in criminal court if he faces another drug offense. Superior Court Judge Mark Young sentenced the 39-year-old singer to three years of formal probation and 45 days of community service. Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, will be allowed to travel for work and permitted to see a private physician for drug and alcohol counseling, the judge said. Green also can serve his community service through MusiCares Foundation, an affiliate of the organization that presents the Grammy Awards. Green entered the plea just before a scheduled preliminary hearing during which prosecutors would have had to show there was enough evidence for the case to go to trial. Prosecutors rejected a rape charge against Green when he was charged with the felony drug charge in October 2013. His attorney Blair Berk has said Green had consensual sex with the woman he gave ecstasy to during the July 2012 dinner. No civil case has been filed over the incident in Los Angeles, court records show. Green won a Grammy for the hit "Forget You" and performed as part of the duo Gnarls Barkley. He appeared as a judge on the NBC competition show "The Voice," but left the show after he was charged. ___ Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Harry Belafonte to receive honorary humanitarian Oscar
Friday Aug 29, 2014
Harry Belafonte to receive honorary humanitarian Oscar

Oscar organizers announced Thursday they will give a prestigious humanitarian award to US actor-producer-singer Harry Belafonte, whose work as an activist has helped shed light on racism and inequality.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also announced honorary lifetime awards for Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, French screenwriter/actor Jean-Claude Carriere and Irish actress Maureen O'Hara. The Academy's Board of Governors voted on the awards on Tuesday. They will be presented at the body's 6th annual Governors Awards on November 8 in Hollywood. Belafonte will get the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award while Miyazaki, Carriere and O'Hara will receive Governors Awards. "We're absolutely thrilled to honor these outstanding members of our global filmmaking community and look forward to celebrating with them in November," said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. "The Governors Awards allow us to reflect upon not the year in film, but the achievements of a lifetime," she added. Miyazaki, an artist, writer, director and producer, was nominated three times in the Academy's animated feature category, which he won in 2002 for "Spirited Away." As a writer Carriere worked with iconic directors including Luis Bunuel, Volker Schloendorff, Jean-Luc Godard and Andrzej Wajda. He shared a screenwriting Oscar for the action short "Heureux Anniversaire (Happy Anniversary") in 1962. O'Hara starred in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1939) at the start of a long and wide-ranging career with films including drama "This Land Is Mine," family classic "The Parent Trap" and spy comedy "Our Man in Havana." She was also in numerous westerns as a favorite of director John Ford. When away from the spotlight, Belafonte, 87, spent much of his life campaigning for various causes such as education, famine relief, children, AIDS awareness and civil rights. His films such as "Carmen Jones," "Odds against Tomorrow" and "The World, the Flesh and the Devil" helped portray the injustices of racism and inequality. He was an early supporter of the Civil Rights Movement and marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr in his heyday. He was also named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1987. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Harrods to launch pop-up store by Best British Designer Bethan Gray
Friday Aug 29, 2014
Harrods to launch pop-up store by Best British Designer Bethan Gray

Luxury department store Harrods is set to host a pop-up shop by Bethan Gray, winner of the Best British Designer Award 2013, during the London Design Festival this autumn.The store will showcase exclusive products alongside Gray's most popular pieces.The centerpiece of the collection is the new Carve furniture collection, comprising a marble-topped dining table, an oak dining chair, a console table and a desk. The collection is made entirely from natural materials including wood, leather and hand-polished marble.An exclusive series of Stud handmade mirrors, featuring leather strips punctuated with brass or nickel and inspired by Asian and Arabic doors. The studs are applied to the inner side of the mirror, so they are reflected to produce a striking double-stud effect. The pop-up will also include a plain back version of the new Ella sofa, a collaboration between Bethan Gray and British furniture manufacturer WorkHouse, and Gray's recently launched monochrome tabletop accessories collection, Alice, which takes its design inspiration from historical buildings across Europe. The shop is part of the store's London Design Festival ‘Design Trail', which supports up-and-coming talent and is part of its new campaign "Harrods is Design". The Bethan Gray pop-up will run from September 8 through October 5. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Miley Cyrus' date turns self in, posts bail
Friday Aug 29, 2014
Miley Cyrus' date turns self in, posts bail

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards and who had been sought on an Oregon arrest warrant has turned himself in and posted bail, an Oregon official said Thursday night. Jesse Helt, 22, turned himself in at the Polk County Jail in the Willamette Valley community of Dallas, Oregon, was booked on a probation violation warrant and then posted $2,500 bail, said Martin Silbernagel, director of Polk County Community Corrections . Helt will be expected to appear before a judge in about two weeks, Silbernagel said in a telephone interview. Court records show that Helt pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief and criminal trespass several years ago after breaking into the apartment of a man he believed to be selling bad marijuana. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and probation. The arrest warrant was issued in November 2011 after he violated probation. Helt moved to Los Angeles and lived on the streets while trying to find work as a model. He gained worldwide attention Sunday when Cyrus let him accept her award for video of the year. Helt, who met Cyrus through the Hollywood homeless center My Friend's Place, used the platform to call attention to the issue of youth homelessness. "I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost, and scared for their lives right now," Helt said. "I know this because I am one of these people." Cyrus selected the charity with help from her friend Trevor Neilson, the president of G2 Investment Group and co-founder of Global Philanthropy Group. "Jesse Helt turned himself in tonight to Polk County authorities to address his outstanding legal issues," Neilson said in an email late Thursday. "Miley Cyrus will be assisting him with this process, and they both are committed to working to help the other 1.6 million youth who experience homelessness in America each year." Jesse's mother, Linda Helt, said late Thursday that the past four days had been a whirlwind experience, and she confirmed that Cyrus has offered to help pay for her son's legal help. "God gets the glory and she gets the credit," Helt said. ____ Follow Steven DuBois at http://twitter.com/pdxdub Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Movie academy to honor Belafonte, O'Hara
Thursday Aug 28, 2014
Movie academy to honor Belafonte, O'Hara

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harry Belafonte and Maureen O'Hara are among those who will be honored by the motion picture academy's board of governors. The academy said Thursday that Belafonte will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the academy's sixth annual Governors Awards on Nov. 8 in Los Angeles. Actor-singer Belafonte, 87, is being recognized for his dedication to shedding light on racism and inequality worldwide, the academy said. Actress O'Hara, 94, whose films include "The Quiet Man," will join artist and animated filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere in receiving honorary Academy Award statuettes for lifetime achievement. Miyazaki is the Oscar-winning creator of "Spirited Away." Carriere's four Oscar nominations include one for "That Obscure Object of Desire," and he won for a live action short, "Heureux Anniversaire (Happy Anniversary)." Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.