News

Speed Read: Justin Bieber Gets 2 Years of Probation For Egging Incident

  • Popsugar
Speed Read: Justin Bieber Gets 2 Years of Probation For Egging Incident
Source: Getty / Luca Teuchmann Justin Bieber was sentenced to two years of probation for egging his neighbor's house. He also will have to go to anger management, pay $80,900, and serve five days of community service. After Kanye West compared being followed by the paparazzi to being raped, Clueless star Stacey Dash said he should "go to Rikers Island for a little while" and experience it firsthand. Jessica Simpson shared her first postwedding photo for her 34th birthday: House Speaker John Boehner, who is planning a lawsuit against President Barack Obama over his use of executive power, shot down Sarah Palin's suggestion that Obama should be impeached. Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin received a 10-year prison sentence for falsified tax returns, wire fraud, and accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes. The investigation of the Atlanta toddler who died in a hot car has expanded. They are currently
See full article at Popsugar »

Ray Nagin, Former New Orleans Mayor, Found Guilty Of Corruption

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was found guilty of 20 counts of conspiracy, bribery, wire fraud and tax fraud on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Nagin first took office in 2002 and kept his position as New Orleans mayor until 2010. He was indicted on corruption charges in January of 2013. Accused of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from various businesses who desired tax breaks or city contracts, Nagin maintained his innocence throughout the investigation and trial and his lawyer announced that he would be appealing the court’s guilty verdict.

“Obviously, I’m surprised. Now we’re moving on to the appeal process,” defense attorney Robert Jenkins told the press following the verdict.

Nagin Found Guilty Of Bribery, Conspiracy, Fraud

Nagin was found guilty on one count of conspiracy, five counts of bribery, nine counts of honest services wire fraud, one count of money laundering conspiracy and four counts of filing false tax returns.
See full article at Uinterview »

Tiff 2011: I’M Carolyn Parker Review

Biopics tend to celebrate the famous.  We like the familiar and directors like to explore the range of an artist or historical figure's influence and the arc of their extraordinary accomplishments.  Non-famous people, however, tend to have their accomplishments relegated to a five-minute segment on the evening news, usually stuffed in between the latest local murder and the five-day weather forecast.  Jonathan Demme's new documentary I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful celebrates a woman who isn't famous but whose personality and accomplishment are worth more than five minutes of your time. Only a few months after Hurricane Katrina had devastated New Orleans and particularly the poor, crime-ridden neighborhood of the Old Ninth Ward, Carolyn Parker was one of the first residents to return home.  Her house still stood after the flooding, and Carolyn was determined to restore her home and her church.  Demme met
See full article at Collider.com »

Pajiba After Dark 6/20/11

  • Pajiba
Good new, everybody! Well, maybe not for everybody but for some of you anyway! Misery night has returned! Yes, now you can spend your summer evenings watching hoarders and addicts fight with their families, tell heartbreaking stories of abandonment and abuse, frustratingly resist help, and finally show some small amount of progress such that you get your hopes up for them before finally realizing that most of these people will backslide within a month or two. Aren't you thrilled!?! I'm sure there are those of you who are, either because you like the show or because watching "Hoarders" keeps your apartment/house in tip-top shape because watching it gives you the screaming heebies. Here's your Monday night TV:

8:00pm: "The Bachelorette" on ABC

"Basketball Wives" on VH1

"The Secret Life of the American Teenager" on ABC Family

8:30pm: "Bait Car" on TruTV

9:00pm: "Animal Planet Investigates: Captive
See full article at Pajiba »

DVD Review: Spike Lee’s ‘If God is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise’

Chicago – Perhaps no American artist has chronicled a modern disaster with as much passion and meticulous attention to detail as Spike Lee. His 2006 documentary about the struggles of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts,” was television at its most vital, provocative, wrenchingly powerful and resoundingly humanistic.

The same could easily be said of Lee’s 2010 follow-up effort, “If God Is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise.” It premiered the same year as HBO’s New Orleans-set series, “Treme,” and includes many of the same characters. Of course, in this case, no actors are involved, with the exception of New Orleans residents such as Make it Right project creator Brad Pitt and Phyllis Morton LeBlanc, who sets the tone with a stirring poem (as she did in “Levees”). Lee catches up with several subjects from his previous film, and
See full article at HollywoodChicago.com »

Spike’s Katrina Follow-up Closes (Review)

Spike's Revisit Closes

Director Spike Lee closes part 2 of his second outing to shed light on the aftermath. He brings it on home with vicious strength. Exploring the lives and conditions of the towns folk that inhabit the city of New Orleans, it feels as if nothing has much changed. Still living in disarray with an unanswered Sos.

Lee cuts right in, tackling the issues of the school system and the lack there-of for it’s citizens. Unveiling N.O. as the champion, as the murder capital, as well as the increase of the crime, while the age of said crime lowers. Segueing into police brutality that connects to brutality during Katrina event. The stories of police cover-ups in the corruption is almost laughable, as it’s almost hard to believe. Followed by the issue of questionable finger pointing at Ray Nagin and his efforts in office.

Smashing abruptly to
See full article at ShadowAndAct »

Spike Lee Wades Back into the "Creek"

  • IFC
Spike Lee Wades Back into the
After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, two-time Oscar nominee Spike Lee ("Do the Right Thing") ventured down to the Gulf region to investigate the pre-storm warnings, the wrenching sights of death and ruin, and the soul-crushing aftermath that might've been avoided had the U.S. government responded in a smart and timely manner. Featuring affecting interviews that remain potent four years after Lee's four-hour HBO doc first aired, "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts" seemed to be the definitive take on one of America's worst catastrophes.

But the saints of New Orleans go marching on, and rebuilding a city and its lives hasn't become any easier. In his four-hour update, "If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise," Lee revisits some of the subjects of his first film (ex-mayor Ray Nagin, former Fema director Michael Brown, and various residents), scrutinizes the area's housing crisis, finds shocking
See full article at IFC »

'Treme' - 'Shallow Water, Oh Mama' Recap

  • Aol TV.
Filed under: Recaps

(S01E06) Maybe it was the sperm costumes preceding the Ray Nagin diddling himself Krewe du Vieux float or the fact I've been on a necessary dose of Tylenol 3, but this episode of 'Treme' left me in good spirits.

Finally, there's a real break in the "Where is Daymo?" case. Antoine donates the Japanese fan-bought trombone to his mentor. Creighton's literary agent bears mostly good (if not predictable and exploitative) news from Random House. Albert's Indians crew has arrived and is ready to practice (and sew) for Mardi Gras. And one of my favorite moments of the show so far -- Delmond getting over himself and singing 'Shallow Water, Oh Mama' with the the Indians.

Ok, it wasn't all sweetness and light. Poor Janette. She can't ask her staff to work without pay and has nowhere to turn for a bailout, so she decides to close shop and regroup.
See full article at Aol TV. »

Sandra Bullock Hits the French Quarter

Sandra Bullock Hits the French Quarter
That's not just some tourist dropping into an art gallery in New Orleans's French Quarter. On Saturday, the day before Mother's Day, Sandra Bullock visited A Gallery for Fine Photography with her baby boy, Louis, and friends. The Big Easy has a special significance for Bullock and Louis, who born there nearly four months ago. Adopted in January, Louis's happy arrival in Bullock's home was announced April 28. Residents of the city have welcomed the actress's news with open arms. Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin offered his congratulations, saying, "Since Hurricane Katrina, Americans have prayed for us, given their
See full article at PEOPLE.com »

Sandra Bullock's Baby News Brings Joy to New Orleans

Sandra Bullock's Baby News Brings Joy to New Orleans
The city of New Orleans is still buzzing with the news that Sandra Bullock's new son Louis is from New Orleans - and the Oscar winner is getting a lot of love sent her way. "Personally, I'm thrilled for Sandra on the adoption of her child," says Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who celebrated his Super Bowl Mvp win on the David Letterman show with Bullock on Feb. 8. "Clearly she has embraced the city of New Orleans and appreciates what a wonderful and culturally rich city this is, and the fact that she has adopted a beautiful child with roots
See full article at PEOPLE.com »

Yes Men Fix the World, The | Review

Director(s): Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, Kurt Engfehr Writer(s): Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno Starring: Reggie Watts, Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno Directed by Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno (a.k.a. The Yes Men), and co-directed by Kurt Engfehr (editor-producer Bowling for Columbine; Fahrenheit 9/11), this humor-injected political documentary makes Michael Moore’s most recent effort seem utterly uninspired. Posing as high-ranking representatives of evil corporations, the Yes Men con their way into business conferences and television interviews in order to wake up their audiences to the dangers of passively allowing greed to rule the world. The results are more than just silly activist pranks; the actions of the Yes Men are thoughtfully conceived acts of protest designed to reach the largest possible audiences, inciting discussion, debate and action. One example, Bichlbaum, in the guise of a Dow Chemical spokesperson, appears on a BBC News interview (viewed by over
See full article at SmellsLikeScreenSpirit »

The Yes Men Fix the World's a Riot. No, Really.

We all know the facts. Free-market capitalism is dangerous. It's run by a whole lot of bad, powerful people, and it hurts a whole lot of people who don't deserve to be hurt. So much for the obvious. Now what? Our movie, The Yes Men Fix the World, will help answer that question. It opens this Wednesday in New York City - and if it doesn't become the first film run shut down by the NYPD, it'll be the most action-packed week in New York film history. The film's story is simple: two guys, armed with nothing but thrift-store suits, infiltrate the world of big business, where we make a lot of bad, powerful people really uncomfortable. You'll see us knock $2 billion off Dow Chemical's share price, expose New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin for the corporate lackey he is, and show some of the...
See full article at Huffington Post »

Trouble the Water DVD Review

Trouble the Water Directed by: Carl Deal and Tia Lessin It's been 4 years now since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Southeastern United States, and for most of us, it was a few weeks of tragedy and controversy that was sensationalized by the media, debated by celebrities and politicians, and then quickly discarded. But in New Orleans, where the failure of the levee system resulted in over 80% of the city being flooded, very real damage was done to the population and economy, and the after effects are still being felt today. Spike Lee covered nearly every facet of this disaster in his epic 4-hour documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, which came out one year after the storm. One might assume that there would be nothing left to say after such a comprehensive film by a well-respected filmmaker, but as Trouble The Water proves, this is clearly not the case.
See full article at FilmJunk »

China: Red Rocker Video for a Mayor Fresh Out of Quarantine

Now that New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is cleared to leave Shanghai, here's something to remember his quarantined stopover with: The Red Rockers new wave classic "China" video. John Thomas Griffith, back in La after a Cowboy Mouth stint entertaining the troops in Iraq, said go for it so here's the video in all its new wave glory. Some pop culture trivia - director Oley Sassone also directed the opera episode of Xena, Warrior Princess, titled "The Bitter Suite," and the music video for Mister Mister's "Broken Wings." If the Mayor has a headset and wi-fi on the plane to Australia, I suggest that he rock out to "China" while hoping there's no Swine Flu passenger on this leg of the trip. His office issued a statement that he and his wife were "departing Shanghai today in the...
See full article at Huffington Post »

Primetime

Interesting, how some big-time crackpots are widely and immediately identified, ridiculed and scorned as just that - flaming crackpots.

Jerry Falwell, the TV evangelist who died last year, comes to mind. Falwell placed partial blame for the 9/11 attacks on American gays and feminists. Then there was Falwell's infamous, "AIDs is the wrath of a just God against homosexuals."

Falwell took a beating. Even politically conservative commentators found his statements reprehensible. And long before that, most news media had Falwell relegated to the bin marked, "Nut Jobs."

It's the same bin in which filmmaker, commercial endorser, socio-political expert
See full article at New York Post »

Perry Honoured With Key To New Orleans

Perry Honoured With Key To New Orleans
Movie mogul Tyler Perry received the key to the city of New Orleans, Louisiana during the Essence Music Festival at the weekend (05-06Jul08).

The New Orleans native was handed the honour by city Mayor C. Ray Nagin, who insisted the filmmaker/playwright should be very proud of his achievements.

The Mayor said, "You are a native son. This is your city. We are proud of you. We love you, and we wish you the best."

Perry used his honour to urge those visiting New Orleans for the festival to take time to explore the city, which was left devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

He stated, "I grew up in this great city, and if you haven't been here, I encourage you to get out past the smiles of Bourbon Street and the French Quarter. There's another New Orleans, faced with poverty and despair."

See also

Credited With |  External Sites


Recently Viewed