Archive for June, 2010

Stephanie Seymour Reprimanded over Missed Drug Test

Stephanie Seymour, former Victoria’s Secret model, was reprimanded by a judge on Monday for missing a court-ordered drug test in March. The drug test is part of the ongoing custody battle between the 40-year-old former supermodel and her estranged husband, 62-year old paper magnate and Interview magazine publisher Peter Brant. The former couple had three children: 15-year-old Peter Jr., 12-year-old Harry, and 4-year-old Lilly. Both Seymour and Brant had been undergoing drug testing as part of the proceedings.

Stephanie Seymour and Peter BrantStephanie Seymour argued that the reason why she missed the testing was that she was away on a vacation at St. Barts, according to a report on Zimbio.com. This led her to miss an e-mail that called for her to meet with a doctor who will administer the test.

Her ex-husband’s lawyers argued that the former model is an unfit mother and that full custody should be granted to their client. The couple’s split has been attributed by various news reports to an alleged combination of excessive spending and alcohol and prescription drug abuse on the part of Seymour.

A report on the New York Post shared concerns expressed by lawyer Lacey Bernier, who represents the interests of Seymour’s three children with Brant. Bernier reportedly learned that the model mixed prescription drugs with alcohol, and that the kids that she interviewed shared memories of Seymour being drunk.

The judge, however, did not find Seymour in contempt, which was what Brant’s lawyers wanted. She was given a stern warning not to miss any more drug tests in the future instead.

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Motley Crue’s Frontman Arrested on DUI Charges

Another mug shot has no doubt been added to the Hollywood collection of such photos. Vince Neil, former frontman for the rock band Motley Crue, was arrested in Las Vegas on Monday on suspicion of DUI, according to various reports. Neil is no stranger to being arrested; in 1984, he pleaded guilty to DUI and vehicular manslaughter. That incident had led to the death of musician Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley.

Motley CrueAccording to a report on TMZ, the Las Vegas police had been looking for Neil before his arrest. A woman reported that the rocker grabbed her camera and ruined it after she tried to take his picture. Perhaps it isn’t a good idea in the first place to suddenly take pictures of people, even if they were celebrities, without their expressed consent.

At any rate, TMZ revealed that the police went out to look for Neil to question him about the woman’s report, based on information from sources. An update about a couple of hours after their first report shared that police also received a call about a drunken driver.

Vince Neil was eventually found by police officers driving near Las Vegas Blvd. He was pulled over; police reportedly gave him a field sobriety test after detecting alcohol and was arrested for DUI. The 49-year old rocker was then taken to the Clark County Jail, where he was booked. Bail was set at $2,000.

A report on the New York Daily News shared that Neil had gone into several businesses after splitting from the band in 1992, including a restaurant (Dr. Feelgood’s Bar and Grill) and a luxury air charter service (Vince Neil Aviation).

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Whitney Houston’s Struggle from Fame to Addiction

Someone who grew up in the 80s will undoubtedly have memories of singing along to Whitney Houston’s hits – she was, at that time, diva and talent personified. Fame and success, however, did not prevent Whitney Houston from falling down the path of addiction.

Whitney HoustonWhitney was born to a middle-class family in Newark, New Jersey, on August 9, 1963. They moved to East Orange, New Jersey in 1967, following the 1967 Newark riots. She attended Mount Saint Dominic Academy, an exclusive girls’ school, as a teenager.

She had talent in her gene pool, having Dionne Warwick as an aunt on her mother’s side and Aretha Franklin as a godmother. She was raised on the music of Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight and Roberta Flack. As a teenager, she made the rounds of night clubs as a singer and even worked as a fashion model. She is said to be one of the first women of color to be featured on the cover of Seventeen magazine.

Whitney HoustonHer self-titled album was released in February of 1985, and Rolling Stone Magazine heaped praise on her abilities. This is the album that contained her first hit and a favorite of many – the ballad Saving All My Love for You. Another song from the album became Whitney’s biggest hit at that time – and has become an anthem of sorts for many: Greatest Love of All.

Whitney Houston went on to produce more hits, go on concert tours and even star in movies. She had, for the most part, a clean image through the 80s and early 90s. In the late 90s, however, behavioral changes were noticed in Whitney. Rumors of drug use followed her, which she denied at first. In an appearance on Oprah, however, Whitney confessed to drug abuse, and even shared a recipe for Marijuana Rock Cocaine.

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Entourage: It’s a Hollywood Life

Entourage is an HBO comedy-drama series that gives viewers a glimpse into the life of young Hollywood – not that we are not able to do so on TMZ and E! It focuses on the rise to fame of young A-lister Vincent Chase, played by Adrian Grenier, and his posse from Queens in New York, and the life that they found themselves living a world away from home in Hollywood.

EntourageThe series was created by Doug Ellin and actor Mark Wahlberg is its executive producer. The premise for the series is actually based on Wahlberg’s life, and the characters around Vincent Chase are based on – and sometimes share names with – people around Mark Wahlberg. Entourage, according to Wahlberg, started out as an idea from his assistant who asked if he could film Wahlberg and his friends, saying that they were “hilarious”. Instead of coming up with yet another reality show, however, they wanted to take a more “satirical” approach to the Hollywood life and opted for a fictional series – and Entourage was born.

One cannot depict the Hollywood of today (or even yesterday, for that matter) without three things: sex, drugs and rock and roll. The series certainly has all three, with one subplot in the series being the fixation of the character Salvatore “Turtle” Assante, played by Jerry Ferrera, with marijuana. On the episode “The Dream Team”, the character Johnny “Drama” Chase, played by Kevin Dillon, enters the world of medical marijuana. He joins a medical marijuana club in order to score points with young fans by buying the club’s cap.

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The Circle in That ‘70s Show

That ‘70s Show is an American sitcom that debuted on the FOX television network in 1998 and lasted for eight seasons. It focused on the lives of a group of teenagers who lived in the fictional town of Point Place in Wisconsin towards the end of the 1970s, specifically from May 17, 1976 until December 31, 1979.

Some of the things that the decade in its title was known for were incorporated into the storyline, such as the difficulties of dealing with recession, feminism, liberated sexual attitudes, and of course teenage drug abuse. And let us not forget a fixation for a certain movie series called Star Wars.

The CircleOne of the signature elements of the show is a scene dubbed as “The Circle.” In the scene all the teenaged main characters are seated in a circle and talking to each other; the setting is usually the character Eric Forman’s basement. The camera is usually spun in a circular direction, making a stop at each character when he or she speaks.

Although it is not obviously stated, the demeanor of the actors when they are in The Circle implies to the audience that the teenagers are under the influence of marijuana. One will notice smoke in the background and stoned facial expressions from the characters; a “drugged” feel is simulated for the audience through the use of an extreme wide-angle lens.

Despite having that scene as a signature element, the show is careful about visibly showing cannabis and paraphernalia for cannabis use. Characters hardly ever utter any term for marijuana except when accompanied by a negative connotation.

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Judge Rules for Deposition of Lindsay Lohan in 2007 Car Chase

Judge Richard A. Stone of the Los Angeles Superior Court has ruled that actress Lindsay Lohan should undergo a two-hour deposition next month to answer questions regarding the 2007 car chase she was allegedly involved in. The ruling was handed down on Thursday according to a report by the Associated Press. The deposition will include questions regarding her drug use at that time.

Lindsay LohanThe answers that will be provided by Ms. Lohan will be used in a civil lawsuit that was filed against her which accuses her of causing the complainant – Tracie Rice – emotional distress.

Lindsay Lohan was said to be involved in a car chase in July 2007. Tracie Rice was a passenger in the car that Lindsay allegedly chased. A month after the incident, Rice sued the actress for “assault, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress.” A trial for the case has been scheduled for late July. Lindsay has since been charged with seven misdemeanors due to the chase as well as another incident before that.

Paul Hoffman, lawyer for Tracie Rice, said: “This case is about somebody who claims to be sober and had cocaine and blew a DUI for alcohol.” The questions that Lindsay will answer during the deposition, he claims, will be important in the decision of the jury as to whether the actress will have to pay punitive damages.

Ed McPherson, lawyer for Lindsay Lohan, however, is in the opinion that the questions seem to be geared towards embarrassing Lindsay in the press.

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