People: Chris Brown, Shia LaBeouf, Brian Kelley, Dwayne Johnson, Robert Downey Jr.
December 17, 2013 7:31 PM
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A judge on Monday revoked Chris Brown’s probation after his recent arrest on suspicion of misdemeanor assault in Washington, D.C., but the ruling will not alter the singer’s requirements to complete rehab and community labor for his 2009 attack on Rihanna, The Associated Press reports.
Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin cited details contained in an arrest report as his reason for revoking Brown’s probation for the second time this year. He ordered Brown to return to court Feb. 10 for an update on his progress in rehab.
Prosecutors did not request that Brown be sent to jail during Monday’s hearing.
In November, Brown was ordered to spend 90 days in a treatment program for anger management and other issues. Brandlin said probation officials reported the Grammy-winner was handling the program well in recent weeks.
“I’m pleased he’s doing well” in treatment, the judge said.
Brandlin reviewed Brown’s October arrest report filed after a man accused the R&B singer of hitting him outside the W Hotel in Washington. Brown and his bodyguard were initially charged with felony assault, but the case was reduced to a misdemeanor. Brown has been ordered to appear in a D.C. court on Jan. 8.
“Transformers” star Shia LaBeouf’s efforts to, er, transform himself into something other than an actor seem to have landed him in a bit of hot water, E! News reports.
The short film “HowardCantour.com,” which LaBeouf directed and debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012, became available online on Monday.
Soon after, Buzzfeed pointed out the striking similarities between the short film and the 2007 comic “Justin M. Damiano” written by Daniel Clowes, both in terms of story and dialogue.
In fact, both the film and comic begin with the same narration: “A critic is a warrior, and each of us on the battlefield have the means to glorify or demolish (whether a film, a career, or an entire philosophy) by influencing perception in ways that if heartfelt and truthful, can have far-reaching repercussions.”
Labeouf subsequently took to Twitter to apologize in a series of tweets.
“Copying isn’t particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else’s idea to produce something new and different IS creative work,” he wrote. “In my excitement and naivete as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation.”
He continued, “Im embarrassed that I failed to credit @danielclowes for his original graphic novella Justin M. Damiano, which served as my inspiration. I was truly moved by his piece of work & I knew that it would make a poignant & relevant short. I apologize to all who assumed I wrote it. I deeply regret the manner in which these events have unfolded and want @danielclowes to know that I have a great respect for his work.
Brian Kelley of the country duo Florida Georgia Line capped off a year full of awards and broken records by marrying his girlfriend Brittney Marie Cole at an intimate ceremony in Nashville, the AP reports.
The wedding on Monday was first reported by People magazine. The band’s publicist said the ceremony included just 40 guests at sunset, followed by a reception at Kelley’s 32-acre property.
Kelley and Tyler Hubbard have been riding a wave of success from their debut album, “Here’s To The Good Times,” which brought them multiple music awards and nominations this year. Their smash rap-country remix of “Cruise” with Nelly set a record for weeks atop the country singles chart.
They are on tour with Jason Aldean next year along with their own headlining shows.
Robert Downey Jr. is no longer the highest-earning actor in Hollywood. That honor now belongs to a different man of steel — Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, People reports.
Topping Forbes’s new list of the top-grossing actors of 2013, Johnson’s star vehicles — which included the action flicks “Snitch,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” “Pain & Gain” and “Fast & Furious 6” — took in a combined $1.3 billion in global ticket sales and cemented his place as this year’s most bankable movie star.
Downey Jr. — who topped last year’s list of highest-grossing movie stars thanks to the hugely successful “The Avengers” — came in a close second to Johnson this year, despite starring in “Iron Man 3,” the top-earning movie of 2013, which raked in $1.2 billion.
But that was Downey Jr.’s only movie of the year, while Johnson starred in four commercially successful films, including “Fast & Furious 6,” which grossed an impressive $789 million globally.
Also making Forbes’s list were Steve Carell, whose film “Despicable Me 2” was the second highest-grossing film at the domestic box office this year with $919 million, and Sandra Bullock, whose roles in the Golden Globe-nominated “Gravity” and the summer comedy “The Heat” earned a combined $862 million.
Johnson’s “Fast & Furious” co-stars Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker also made the list for their work in the franchise’s biggest hit yet, which made $789 million internationally.
Johnson is expected to have another big year in 2014 with starring roles in the next “Fast & Furious” movie, as well as Brett Ratner’s highly anticipated “Hercules.”
It’s legacy time for Kiss frontman and co-founder Paul Stanley, the AP reports.
Not only are Stanley and fellow band members being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he has a memoir scheduled to come out less than two weeks after the ceremony.
HarperOne announced Tuesday that Stanley’s “Face the Music: A Life Exposed” is coming out April 22.
The publisher says the book will feature rare photographs and candid memories about his wild life with the mega-selling band.
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