A Russian court has denied parole to a member of the Pussy Riot punk group, The Associated Press reports.
In its ruling Thursday, the court accepted a claim by prosecutors that Maria Alekhina had systematically disobeyed prison authorities and failed to repent for her crime, Russian media reported.
Alekhina went on a hunger strike Wednesday after being barred from the court hearing in Perm province, and she ordered her defense not to participate.
Band members Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich gained worldwide attention last year when a Moscow court jailed them for two years for conducting a punk protest in Moscow's main cathedral.
Samutsevich was later released on appeal.
Alekhina's lawyer said she would appeal Thursday's court's decision.
A court in the province of Mordovia denied Tolokonnikova parole last month.
The pop culturati may be hyping Lena Dunham as the voice of a generation, but on Twitter, she's also apparently the voice of dissent, E! News reports.
The "Girls" mastermind is none too pleased that a porn parody of her gloriously awkward, zeitgeist-tapping 20-something misadventures has popped up.
The video, titled "This Ain't Girls XXX," is set to be released by Hustler reportedly within the next few months, and news of its impending arrival has incited the 27-year-old filmmaker to give folks a piece of her mind about it.
"I wish I had a better attitude about the Girls porn parody," Dunham tweeted Thursday. "I really can never predict what will trouble me and it's simply exhausting."
According to porn-biz site XBiz, the film centers on an oh-so-uninhibited version of Dunham's Girls alter ego, Hannah, as she "decides to forsake men, and boyfriend Adam, to experiment with lesbianism" before she later "returns to Adam -- and mankind."
Nick Carter isn't only writing songs -- he's written a book.
The Backstreet Boys singer will release a memoir, "Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It," on Sept. 24 via Bird Street Books, The Associated Press reports. The 33-year-old is the first in the group to release a book.
The autobiography and self-help book will include stories about Carter's teenage years in the multiplatinum Backstreet Boys, his struggles with substance and alcohol abuse, and the hardships of his family. His younger siblings include Aaron and Leslie Carter. Leslie, who battled with substance abuse, died last year.
Carter is engaged to Lauren Kitt. The Backstreet Boys will release their eighth album, "In a World Like This," on July 30.
The Pittsburgh singing group 3TG (aka Three Talented Girlz) will perform at Amateur Night at the Apollo in New York at 7:30 p.m. July 31. The teen group -- which includes Imani Chisom, Bryce Chisom and "Summerlove" Summer Helvy -- will compete against 10 other acts for the chance to perform during the Apollo Theater's Aug. 28 Show Off and move on to the Top Dog competition Oct. 9. It all leads to a chance to win the title of Super Top Dog and a $10,000 prize on Nov. 27. For tickets, $20, $26 and $32, Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster.com. For information: www.apollotheater.org. The group also will perform at Cleveland's House of Blues in the iShowcase Music Exhibition at 5:30 p.m. June 23. For more information, www.houseofblues.com.
Lea Michele has stories to share about the many auditions she has passed, the AP reports.
The "Glee" actress has a deal with Harmony Books, a Random House Inc. imprint. Harmony Books announced Thursday that "Brunette Ambition" will come out in the spring of 2014. The publisher is billing the book as a combination memoir, style guide and advice book.
The 26-year-old Michele is best known as the ever-striving Rachel Berry on "Glee."
Bill Hader was chatting with Howard Stern on his Sirius XM radio show on Wednesday about his recent departure from "Saturday Night Live" when Justin Timberlake came up in the conversation, E! News reports.
"He's great," Hader said about "SNL's" frequent host. "Also, the guy doesn't show up with anybody. It's just him."
Unfortunately, Hader didn't exactly have the same praise for another of this season's hosts.
"Justin Bieber showed up with like 20 guys," Hader recalled. "He had a guy holding a slice of pizza. A guy holding a Diet Coke. You're trying to fight through all these people to get dressed. Timberlake, it was just him. He's a real class act, that guy."
Amanda Bynes was rejected from a private jet flight in Jersey last weekend after trying to use Google as a substitute for her government ID, TMZ reports.
Sources at Teterboro Airport say Bynes showed up at the private jet terminal Sunday for a flight to L.A. The pilot was checking passenger IDs and Bynes revealed her driver's license had been suspended and she had no other form of government ID.
The pilot informed Bynes she needed a form of government ID to fly -- per TSA regulations -- and she then ordered him to Google her as proof, screaming, "I'm Amanda Bynes!"
The pilot called someone from the jet company to see if they could get some kind of exemption for her, but the jet rep was adamant -- no ID, no flight and that was that.
The private jet company wouldn't comment for privacy reasons.