Bits and Pieces - May 7, 2014
May 7, 2014
Mel Gibson will reportedly have his battery conviction for punching his former girlfriend legally erased from his record. Unfortunately for Mel, the same thing can't be done for his movie The Beaver.
Another person has filed a sexual abuse lawsuit against X Men director BRYAN SINGER and entertainment executive Gary Goddard. The suit was filed anonymously, but the person is being identified by Radar Online as an actor named Rik Barnett. He says he was just 14 when Goddard first contacted him and persuaded him to send him nude photos. He claims they also did naked webcam sessions before Goddard invited him to London when he was 16. It was there that he says Goddard gave him alcohol and had sex with him. He claims Goddard later introduced him to Singer, who sexually assaulted him when he was 17 following the "Superman Returns" premiere party in London in 2006. While Barnett's lawyer produced a photo of his client posing with both Singer and Goddard on the night of the alleged assault, Singer's lawyer is again denying the charges.
This was a no-brainer, but Netflix has renewed ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK for a third season. Orange is the New Black returns for its second season on June 6.
- KENNY CHESNEY is taking the year off from touring to work on his next album. However, Kenny will appear with pals Matthew McConaughey and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees at a benefit show for their charity foundations on May 17th at the House of Blues in New Orleans. Tickets are still available and Kenny's new album is expected to be out this fall.
A five-minute spoken word film urging people to unplug from social media has gone viral, ironically, on social media. The video shows writer and director Gary Turk reading a poem telling people to "look up from your phone, shut down the display, take in your surroundings and make the most of today". The film also includes a segment with a love story that never happened because one of the would-be lovers was looking down at his smart phone. Turk acknowledges the irony of using a viral video to tell people to quit social media, saying: "I'm guilty too of being part of this machine, this digital world where we are heard but not seen." Still, the more cynical types are accusing Turk of doing this for his own benefit, financial and otherwise. (See here)
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is said to be looking to hire a major L.A. law firm to sue the NBA for suspending him and attempting to strip him of team ownership.
Christopher Anderson used the restroom inside the C&O Credit Union in Huntington, West Virginia last week. Unfortunately, he used the restroom to do heroin and passed out. When Christopher finally woke up, he discovered the bank was closed and he was locked inside. No word on whether Christopher suffered withdrawals in the bank, but police deposited him in jail.
2004: The final episode of the TV series Friends aired.
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