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cuba-gooding-arrest-pics-mugshot-jr-gi.jpgNew Orleans police have issued an arrest warrant for actor Cuba Gooding Jr. for allegedly shoving a female bartender early Tuesday (July 31) morning, reports TMZ.

The scuffle went down at The Old Absinthe House on Bourbon Street around 3 a.m. Gooding, who was out with a group of friends, reportedly got upset when some other bar patrons recognized him and started taking photos. The bartender approached and asked the “Jerry Maguire” actor to calm down, according to E! News, but instead he supposedly pushed the woman against a wall.

Another bar employee then called 911, and the female bartender claims the actor then pushed her again before leaving. A rep for Gooding had no comment.

The actor is currently in New Orleans filming “The Butler,” co-starring Oprah Winfrey and Lenny Kravitz.



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Lee Hirsch’s highly anticipated documentary “Bully” follows several families who have been affected by bullying. The families in the film are hardly alone — the press release for the film notes that over 13 million young people will experience some form of bullying this year.

Now celebrities are joining the movement to stop bullying — and hopefully, influencing their young fans to do the same. On Tuesday, The Weinstein Company launched a social media campaign against bullying to have as many people tweet as possible to get the following “Bully” message trending: “Did you know 13 million kids get bullied every year? I support @BullyMovie. Let’s make it a trend: #BullyMovie.”

From “New Girl” star Zooey Deschanel to pop star Katy Perry and comedian Joel McHale, stars and media outlets alike are participating in The Bully Project campaign. Thanks to these famous faces, and more, #Bully and #BullyMovie are now being shared across Twitter.

“The tremendous support for this film is unlike anything I’ve seen” said Bladimiar Norman, Senior Vice President of Marketing at The Weinstein Company, in a statement to The Huffington Post. “‘Bully’ and the social action campaign, The Bully Project, are very important to The Weinstein Company and we are incredibly humbled by the wonderful participation of such influential individuals and organizations. This is the first step in a movement, the next is to see the film and take a stand against bullying. The celebrities and organizations have done their part, now it is time for us to do ours, and get to the theaters.”

Harvey Weinstein recently announced that he was releasing “Bully” without a rating, after fighting to change the R-rating that they received from the Motion Picture Association of America ratings board.

Celebrities from Anderson Cooper to Kathy Griffin and Demi Lovato have been supportive of the film and its petition to revoke the R-rating it received.

To see which celebrities are joining the movement against bullying, click through the gallery below. “Bully” will have a limited release on March 30.


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World War II veteran Lynn D. “Buck” Compton, whose military heroics were chronicled in the 2001 HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers,” died Saturday at his daughter’s home in Burlington, Wash., after suffering a heart attack in January, the Los Angeles Times reports. He was 90.

Compton, who was portrayed by Neal McDonough in the miniseries, was a first lieutenant in Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division.

Compton, who was among those who parachuted into Normandy on D-Day, was part of the group that destroyed German artillery during the battle at Brecourt Manor. During his tour in World War II, Compton also took part in Holland’s Operation Market Garden and the Siege of Bastogne in Belgium.

Compton was awarded a Silver Star and a Purple Heart for his service.

In later years, Compton — as a Los Angeles deputy district attorney in Los Angeles — was part of the team that prosecuted Sirhan B. Sirhan for the assassination of U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. He was later appointed as a judge on the 2nd District Court of Appeal by then-California governor Ronald Reagan.

Compton’s daughter, Syndee Compton, told the Times that her father was caught off-guard after gaining fame from the miniseries, which was based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose’s 1992 book of the same name.

“I think it probably shocked all of them,” Compton said. “I don’t think any of them in their wildest dream thought at 80 years of age they’d be getting this attention.”

Compton is survived by his two daughters, Tracy and Syndee, and four grandchildren.



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LONDON (AP) — Olympic fencer and movie sword master Bob Anderson appeared in some of film’s most famous dueling scenes — though few viewers knew it.

Anderson, who has died at age 89, donned Darth Vader’s black helmet and fought light saber battles in two of the three original “Star Wars” films, “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.”

Anderson, who worked with actors from Errol Flynn to Antonio Banderas during five decades as a sword master, fight director and stunt performer, died early New Year’s Day at an English hospital, the British Academy of Fencing said Monday.

Vader, “Star Wars'” intergalactic arch-villain, was voiced by James Earl Jones and played by six foot six (1.98 meter) former weightlifter David Prowse, but Anderson stepped in during the key fight scenes.

“David Prowse wasn’t very good with a sword and Bob couldn’t get him to do the moves,” said Anderson’s former assistant, Leon Hill. “Fortunately Bob could just don the costume and do it himself.”

The scenes worked beautifully, although Anderson, then nearing 60, was several inches shorter than Prowse.

Few knew of Anderson’s role until Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, said in a 1983 interview that “Bob Anderson was the man who actually did Vader’s fighting.”

“It was always supposed to be a secret, but I finally told (director) George (Lucas) I didn’t think it was fair any more,” Hamill told Starlog magazine. “Bob worked so bloody hard that he deserves some recognition. It’s ridiculous to preserve the myth that it’s all done by one man.”

Robert James Gilbert Anderson was born in Hampshire, southern England, in 1922, and was drawn to fencing from an early age.

“I never took up the sword,” he said in an interview for the 2009 documentary “Reclaiming the Blade.” ”I think the sword took me up.”

Anderson joined the Royal Marines before World War II, teaching fencing aboard warships and winning several combined services titles in the sport.

He served in the Mediterranean during the war, later trained as a fencing coach and represented Britain at the 1952 Olympics and the 1950 and 1953 world championships.

In the 1950s, Anderson became coach of Britain’s national fencing team, a post he held until the late 1970s. He later served as technical director of the Canadian Fencing Association.

His first film work was staging fights and coaching Flynn on swashbuckler “The Master of Ballantrae” in 1952.

He went on to become one of the industry’s most sought after stunt performers, fight choreographers and sword masters, working on movies including the James Bond adventures “From Russia With Love” and “Die Another Day“; fantasy “The Princess Bride”; Banderas action romps “The Mask of Zorro” and “The Legend of Zorro“; and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

Fencing academy president Philip Bruce said Anderson was “truly one of our greatest fencing masters and a world-class film fight director and choreographer.”

Hill remembered him as “a splendid man, a great man who gave so much to fencing that can never be repaid.”

Anderson is survived by his wife Pearl and three children. Funeral details were not immediately available.


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LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Paranormal Activity 3” didn’t just go bump in the night. It made a ton of noise at the box office with a record-setting, $54 million opening.

The third film in Paramount Pictures’ low-budget fright franchise, which was No. 1 at the box office, had the biggest debut ever for a horror movie, according to Sunday studio estimates. It broke the previous record part two set a year ago with $40.7 million. It’s also the biggest opening ever for an October release, topping the $50.35 million Paramount’s “Jackass 3D” made last year.

Paranormal Activity 3” is actually a prequel, with the discovery of disturbing home-movie footage from 1988. Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who made the creepy documentary “Catfish,” took over directing duties this time.

Don Harris, Paramount’s president of distribution, said the studio hoped part three would simply perform better than part two. The first “Paranormal Activity,” with its reported $15,000 budget, became a phenomenon in 2009 through midnight screenings and word of mouth.

Harris believes this installment did so well because it’s actually the best movie of the three. He noted that it appealed to an older crowd, with 47 percent over the age of 25 compared to 40 percent for “Paranormal Activity 2.” Strong reviews also helped, he said, including a rave from Time magazine. And fundamentally, horror movies simply play better in a packed theater.

“Ultimately, it gets back to why there’s still a theatrical business, why people still go to the movies,” Harris said. “We want to laugh in a group, we want to be scared in a group, people like to cry in a group in the dark where nobody can see them crying. It’s all the reason movie theaters exist and this genre has always been front and center.”

Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com, said he was expecting “Paranormal Activity 3” to come in around $35 million for the weekend, simply because most newcomers have been underperforming this fall.

“This brand is as solid as the ‘Twilight’ brand or the ‘Jackass’ brand. There are certain brands that just transcend any kind of box-office rhyme or reason. They just resonate,” Dergarabedian said. “These are shot in someone’s house, they look like they’re shot with a home video recorder, and people just relate to it.”

Last week’s No. 1 release, the futuristic boxing robot adventure “Real Steel,” fell to second place. It made $11.3 million for a domestic total of $67.2 million. Worldwide, the Disney movie has grossed $153.3 million.



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Paranormal Activity 3:

Paranormal Activity 3:

Second Trailer
Written by: Meh on September 29, 2011

Another new trailer for Paranormal Activity 3 has hit the web and you can of course check it out below. You can watch the first trailer here. No official synopsis for the film has been released but really do we need one? Does anyone not know what this third film will be about?

This new second trailer for Paranormal Activity 3 packs more special effects, more demonic possession and more silly BOO scares.

Discover How The Activity Began checkout the trailer below.

It looks freaking sweet man:



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Rose McGowan is best known for her butt-kicking roles in “Scream,” “Grindhouse,” and, most recently, “Conan the Barbarian.” But in the recent issue of People magazine, the outspoken actress went into detail about a real-life battle far scarier than any movie.


McGowan, 38, spoke with People about how she spent her childhood in the Children of God cult. The sect is a “polygamous cult that blended free-love attitudes with Christian proselytizing.” At age nine she escaped the cult with her father after he became fearful that Rose might be sexually abused.

While in the cult, McGowan tells People she was often either angry or terrified. “You weren’t allowed to have imperfections,” she explained. “I had a little wart on my thumb, and I remember walking down this hallway — a door opened and some adult grabbed me and just cut it off with a razor blade and stuck me back out in the hallway with it still bleeding.”

McGowan also describes watching how the men in the cult treated the women. “At a very early age I decided I did not want to be like those women. They were basically there to serve the men sexually — you were allowed to have more than one wife.” The cult’s women would sometimes travel to area bars to try to recruit, an act known as “flirty fishing.”

McGowan’s father realized he had to leave when he was asked to draw cartoon literature that advocated child-adult sexual relationships. Soon after, Rose, her father, and some siblings left the cult in the middle of the night. They hid in a stone house, and avoided the cult members who came looking for them. “I remember a man trying to break in with a hammer,” McGowan said. The Children of God sect has since been renamed The Family International and has “renounced its advocacy of sexual sharing” and adult-minor sexual relationships.

Eventually, McGowan settled with her father in Washington, where they worked on their relationship. “We became really close when he was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis at age 60,” she said. Her father died in 2008. Today, she is close with her siblings, who she describes as “the most together, offbeat, funny, regular-ish people.” Her mom is also happily married.

But McGowan has no illusions that things could have ended very differently. “As strong as I like to think I’ve always been, I’m sure I could have been broken. I know I got out by the skin of my teeth.”



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