Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Transformers Shia LaBeouf pleads guilty in court

It's been a harrowing year for troubled actor Shia LaBeouf, 28, who reportedly intended to retire from public life after facing a plagiarism scandal tied to his movie Nymphomaniac as 2014 commenced.

In the weeks and months that followed, LaBeouf was cited many times for erratic behaviour. In June, LaBeouf was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing and two counts of disorderly conduct while attending a performance of Cabaret at Studio 54 in New York City.

Following his arrest, witnesses and police described the onetime sought-after young actor as being incoherent, yelling profanities and stumbling inside the theatre smoking and refusing to stop. Dressed in a ripped shirt, LaBeouf spat on a police officer as he tried to walk away from the scene.

In a statement to the local CBS affiliate, a press agent for the show said Labeouf was "disruptive during Act 1 and escorted out of Studio 54 at intermission."

The news broke earlier today that LaBeouf, who has admitted to and has sought treatment for alcoholism, pleaded guilty to the disorderly conduct charges stemming from his arrest in June. The terms of his deal with prosecutors are such that if continues in-patient treatment for another three months and can remain out of trouble until he returns to court on Nov. 12, he can withdraw the guilty plea and his case will be dismissed.

Gwyneth Paltrow explores conversion to Judaism

With the announcement by Robert Downey Jr. on the Toronto International Film Festival red carpet that there are no plans for a fourth instalment of the popular Marvel Comics Iron Man movie franchise, what does the future hold for Pepper Potts, played by actress Gwyneth Paltrow?

We can tell you she has three other films in the works for 2015, the first being Mortdecai, in which she'll star alongside Johnny Depp.

Earlier this year, however, her marriage to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin came to an end, and beyond her love for her children Apple, 10, and Moses, 8, it appears she may be looking for personal and spiritual fulfilment.

The daughter of actress Blythe Danner and the late Jewish film and TV producer Bruce Paltrow, as well as a longtime practitioner of  Kabbalah and, reportedly, a descendent of long line of eastern European rabbis, Gwyneth told a recent event in London hosted by the Jewish community’s Community Security Trust that she wants to raise her children in a “Jewish environment.”

A full conversion to Judaism is seemingly in the works,  although Paltrow’s representative did not respond to questions about it from the New York Post.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Lost Girl fans get a split fifth and final season

The cast of Lost Girl has become a staple at the annual sci-fi fantasy, gaming and horror convention Fan Expo for the past five years. It's also been a powerhouse program for Canada and  Showcase, developing a global fan base after it was quickly picked up by broadcasters in the United States and around the world.

Fans gravitated to the self-discovery tale told by show writers and executive producer Jay Firestone. Together they brought strong, engaging (and sexy) bisexual and lesbian characters to genre television, especially with the principle character of Bo portrayed by Anna Silk.

Having reached what some may say was the climax of its story at the end of season four, the show was recognized this past spring by Toronto's LGBTQ community for positively influencing the acceptance of same-sex couplings in modern genre drama.

It was also surprising to both fans as well as the cast when it was announced recently that the fifth season would be its last. Those in attendance at the Fan Expo panel were told the final leg of Bo's journey will play out in two parts. The first eight episodes will air this December, with the remainder to be shown in the fall of 2015. "It's a gift to know when we're ending", said Silk, "we get to do it right".

Hear from cast members Rachel Skarsten, Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Reid and Paul Amos on what a gift the show has been to their careers and how much family plays a role in the show both on and off camera.

William Shatner on his new use of social media

It was another laugh-in with the always entertaining William Shatner over the weekend when the former Star Trek star was in Toronto once more for the annual Fan Expo, which for many marks the end of summer.

Shatner shared with the audience his views on the impact social media is having on the multiple projects he has on the go. He's currently working on a new digital series called Mothers I'd Like To Cook For (MILF) and a new self-help book entitled Hire Yourself, and until now, he has left interactions with subjects and fans over Facebook and Twitter to his publicist and assistant.

Shatner admits he barely has a grasp of the proper use and power of social media, but says he has developed a keen interest in the way they can help promote and deliver his projects to his intended viewers and readers that he might not otherwise reach.

No one tells it better than the the original Captain Kirk himself, so be sure to press play on the video below.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Seth Rogen joins other celebs drawing attention to charities and diseases

While charity work and the fundraising drives are seemingly ever-present in our lives as scientists strive to find cures for diseases of the mind and body, it's rare that so many causes get so much attention all at once.

This summer celebrities around the world have jumped on the ice-bucket challenge craze, spreading awareness and raising money for research into ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), the neurological condition also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

On Sept. 5, recording artists and actors will Stand UP to Cancer during a telethon that will air on major networks in the United States and Canada.

Meanwhile, on mobile devices and online,  Hilarity For Charity, which  benefits Alzheimer’s research, support, and awareness, will post a 90-minute comedy special starring Canadian comic Seth Rogen and friends. Taped at this year’s Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, the program will stream to mobile app users in its entirety following its world debut on the Comedy Network specialty channel.

Rogen's special guests will include Joseph Gordon-Levitt and P.K. Subban, among others. It premieres this Sunday, Aug. 31. Be sure to check your local listings

The Hilarity for Charity fund was founded by Seth and his wife, actor and screenwriter Lauren Miller Rogen.

Drizzy takes home best hip-hop VMA

Toronto's hip-hop mega star Drake was recognized on Sunday by MTV and his fans for the top honour in his category.

The best hip-hop video award for Hold On, We’re Going Home featuring Majid Jordan was presented by American hip-hop recording artist and actor Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., better known as Common.

The MTV Video Music Awards were held at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., and Common had to accept the award on Drake's behalf, as the Canadian rapper was back on the east coast performing in the Drake vs Lil Wayne tour, which runs until Sept. 27, when it wraps up in Woodlands, Texas.

Heebonics congratulates the hit-maker for continuously churning them out.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Raps pay up after Drake tries to lure KD

Toronto hip-hop megastar Drake has come under fire for an invitation he seemingly extended to reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant.

During his fifth-annual OVO fest – which took place on Caribana weekend and attracted more than 40,000 fans out to the Molson Amphitheatre Aug. 3 and 4 – Drake, who is the Toronto Raptors' "global ambassador," invoked a rowdy response from attendees when he asked the crowd to show the Oklahoma City Thunder star "what would happen if he came to play in Toronto."

According to reports, the NBA deemed Drake's comments to Durant, who becomes an unrestricted free agent in two years time, to be in violation of the league's anti-tampering rules and slapped the Raptors with a $25,000 (US) fine.

A Globe and Mail report said the league offered to drop the fine if the team removed the rap star's title of global ambassador, but the team reportedly refused and elected to pay the fine instead. The NBA is vehemently denying ever having made the offer.

Only meaning to do right by what he calls "the greatest city in the mother-f***ng world," Drake has nothing but love for his hometown and the Raptors, and only wants to see them succeed and rise to become NBA champions.

Do you feel he did wrong? Tweet us @heebonics with your thoughts.