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Everything to Know About Suge Knight As He Turns 50

Suge Knight arrives at the NFL Draft Inauguration Party hosted by Desean Jackson and Fred Davis at Sugar nightclub on April 29, 2008 in Hollywood.
Jesse Grant—Getty Images Suge Knight arrives at the NFL Draft Inauguration Party hosted by Desean Jackson and Fred Davis at Sugar nightclub on April 29, 2008 in Hollywood.

What to know about the former Death Row Records head, who celebrates his birthday while facing a murder charge

The 1990s hip hop mogul is spending his 50th birthday in jail as he faces a murder charge, but the latest legal drama is just part of a troubled past. Here’s what you need to know.

How to say his name: Suge is pronounced like sugar, which is where he gets the moniker from—Sugar Bear was a childhood nickname. He was born Marion Hugh Knight Jr. in Compton, Calif., to Maxine and Marion Knight Sr. on April 19, 1965.

Why he’s famous: He’s best known for co-founding Death Row Records, the gangsta rap hub that was home to artists such as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur and many others in the 1990s. But he’s as famous, if not more so, for his repeated run-ins with the law (of which there are many timelines) that continued even after Death Row declined (thanks in part to a five-year prison stint related to an assault and the exodus of several artists from the roster in the wake of Tupac’s murder). Death Row Records filed for bankruptcy in 2006.

His current legal drama: Knight was charged with murder, attempted murder, and two hit-and-run counts this year after a January incident in which he allegedly put his car in reverse and ran over two men, killing one of them. The confrontation was reportedly a continuation of an argument that took place on the set of the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton (in which Knight is played by R. Marcus Taylor). Knight has pleaded not guilty to the charges. His attorney says Knight was behind the wheel but that he was trying to flee out of fear for his life. Knight’s health in the months since has made headlines, too: He’s been hospitalized multiple times since being charged, as recently as this week.

His sports past: Knight played football throughout college and had a very brief NFL career. He was cut from the Los Angeles Rams during training, but he went on to play two games for the the team as a replacement in 1987 during the NFL’s players’ strike. It was after that that he got into music, working as a concert promoter and a bodyguard for Bobby Brown.

Famous feuds: Knight had a reputation for allegedly using brute force to conduct business in the 1990s. He was rumored to have dangled Vanilla Ice off a balcony in order to get him to sign over “Ice Ice Baby” royalties (one of Knight’s clients co-wrote the song but hadn’t been paid), though the rapper and others have denied the story.

A few years later, Knight ignited rap’s west coast-east coast rivalry when he took shots at Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs of Bad Boy Records in an acceptance speech at the 1995 Source Awards. “Any artist out there that want to be an artist and stay a star, and don’t have to worry about the executive producer trying to be all in the videos … come to Death Row,” he said.

In 1996, Knight was behind the wheel of the car Tupac was murdered in during a drive-by shooting, and rumors that Knight orchestrated both Tupac’s death and the later murder of Notorious B.I.G. rank among the greatest conspiracy theories in hip-hop. Knight has never been charged in either shooting and has denied any involvement. His relationship with Snoop Dogg declined after that, and the two exchanged harsh words in the media for several years before burying the hatchet in 2013.

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4 Things We Learned from John Green’s Reddit AMA

John Green Portrait The Fault in Our Stars
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He talks Paper Towns and Looking For Alaska

Celebrities often have a transitory relationship with Reddit: they arrive hawking their latest project, they answer a few questions during an ask-me-anything Q&A session, then they leave, often never to return. But The Fault in Our Stars author John Green is after a more genuine and lasting relationship with his fans and readers — he pops in threads from time to time — so he’s planning to do one AMA every month until the release of the Paper Towns, the second film adaptation of one his novels. Here are four things we learned from his first session:

If he had to choose between video blogging on YouTube with his brother, Hank, and turning his books into movies, the choice is clear:

If I had to pick between YouTube and movies, I would pick YouTube. This would be a financially counterintuitive choice, for sure, but I love online video and love working with my brother. Don’t tell my brother I said that, though.

There are three main reasons he likes writing for and about teenagers:

[1] They’re experiencing so much stuff for the first time–love and loss and grief and individual sovereignty and driving cars and, in the case of nonredditors, sex. Because those experiences are new, they are extremely intense, and it allows me to think about that stuff in a heightened way that doesn’t need to be cut by irony […] 2. Teens are extremely intellectually curious, and I love the straightforward way they consider the biggest questions […] 3. Publishing as a YA author also has many, many benefits.

A line in his book Looking for Alaska was inspired by his wife:

My wife and I went to high school in Alabama together, but we did not know each other in high school. Years later, we became reacquainted in Chicago, where we were both living. The first time we had dinner together, I told her a story from high school about sitting on a porch swing and thinking about all the things that might happen to me, and how I never thought I’d end up in Chicago across a table from Sarah Urist. And she said, “Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia,” which I put in my book Looking for Alaska.

He worries Paper Towns newcomers who see the trailer might think the movie reinforces the Manic Pixie Dream Girl myth instead of challenging it:

I’m not in control of the marketing of the movie obviously, and I might market it a little differently, but I also understand that you have to set people up with a world they think they know if you’re going to point out what is demented and evil about that world. That’s what the book (hopefully) does, and what the movie (hopefully) does. But that’s hard to do in a trailer for a movie, because you don’t want the trailer to tell the whole story. You don’t want the trailer to deliver the punch that hopefully comes at the end of the movie when Q finally acknowledges that Margo is not a thing to acquire or a miracle but rather a person.

Paper Towns hits theaters July 24.

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Listen to Sia’s Thrilling New Track With Giorgio Moroder, ‘Déjà Vu’

The disco icon and the celebrated songwriter take things back

The most impressive thing about Sia is the way the camera-shy hitmaker can seemingly write the same song over and over again without it ever feeling like she’s run out of ideas. “Written by Sia” is one of those magical combinations of words that, much like “featuring Nicki Minaj” or “produced by Pharrell Williams,” immediately lets listeners know what’s about to hit. She may rarely show her face, but Sia has nonetheless branded herself a prolific and reliable provider of soaring, hooky anthems that find melancholy in moments of celebration and victory in moments of defeat.

So it’s somewhat fitting that her new collaboration with dance-music pioneer Giorgio Moroder is called “Déjà Vu.” The song title, also the name of the Italian producer’s first solo album in more than 30 years (arriving June 16), is a clever nod to Moroder’s career longevity. It also happens to describe Sia’s work to a T: simultaneously intriguing in its familiarity and thrilling in its newness.

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Cannes Film Festival Director: Red-Carpet Selfies Are ‘Ridiculous and Grotesque’

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Joel Ryan—Invision/AP Petra Nemcova on the red carpet for the screening of Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit) at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

The festival will launch a campaign against them

Listen up, celebrities (and lucky cinephiles with passports): if the director of the Cannes Film Festival catches you taking selfies on the red carpet, he may not run up and start confiscating phones — but he’s definitely not going to be happy about it.

While announcing the lineup of movies for the 68th annual event, Thierry Fremaux said the prestigious French film festival will launch a campaign against red-carpet selfies, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “We don’t want to prohibit it, but we want to slow down the process of selfies on the steps,” he said. “We think it’s ridiculous and grotesque and really slows things down.”

If the scorn of Fremaux isn’t enough to deter stars like Lea Seydoux and Petra Nemcova from snapping pics, the festival director offered another reason to refrain from the practice: “You never look as ugly as you do in a selfie.”


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Miley Cyrus Wants You to Know the Tabloids Are Wrong and She Is Not Pregnant

The "Wrecking Ball" singer is keeping her sense of humor

And by the same man we mean @justinbieber

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Miley Cyrus has a message to the gossip magazines: #GETITRIGHT. After a recent issue of Life & Style claimed the “Wrecking Ball” singer and fellow pop star Selena Gomez were once “pregnant by the same man,” Cyrus decided to shoot down a silly rumor was with even sillier response: “And by the same man we mean @justinbieber,” she captioned a photo of the cover story in question.

Gomez hasn’t joked about the rumors on social media herself, but maybe because — as someone who actually dated the Biebz for a long time — she probably doesn’t find headlines about “the desperate decisions that changed their lives” quite as funny.

TIME Music

You’ve Never Seen a Cat Video Like Ty Dolla $ign, Charli XCX and Tinashe’s ‘Drop That Kitty’

It's a pussycat riot

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“Drop That Kitty” is technically a Ty Dolla $ign track, but as Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards performance made clear, it’s really just a vessel for featured guests Charli XCX and Tinashe to make it rain girl power. Between Charli’s sass and Tinashe’s tight choreography — like the kind she rocked in the Kanye-approved “All Hands on Deck” video — the ladies leave the rapper in the dust of their stylish tricycles. Good thing cats have nine lives, because these two know how to slay.

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Burger King Founder Says Higher Wages Could Kill Off ‘Dollar Menus’

“I see a lot of $10 hamburgers arriving on the scene,” David Edgerton says

Burger King co-founder David Edgerton says fast food workers pushing for higher wages could spell the end of the “dollar menu,” and usher in an era of higher-quality, more expensive convenience restaurants.

Edgerton, 87, spoke to TIME on Wednesday as fast-food workers around the world staged protests and strikes—some at Burger King locations—as a part of the “Fight for $15” campaign, which calls for a $15 per hour minimum wage and the right to unionize.

“What’s going to happen, really, is you’re going to see less and less of the quick and dirty kind of places,” said Edgerton, who founded the fast food giant with James McLamore in 1954 and now serves on the board of Avantcare, a company that makes nutritional products to help treat addiction. “You’re not going to be able to run these places [paying workers] $15 an hour or whatever it will be.”

The push for higher wages will be reflected in menus, Edgerton said. A few companies will stick to making “a small cheap hamburger,” he said, but most fast food chains will experience “a slow and gradual” shift toward pricier menu options.

“You’re not going to get these dollar hamburgers anymore that both Burger King and McDonald’s had,” he said. “I see a lot of $10 hamburgers arriving on the scene.”

Wednesday’s demonstrations, which organizers say are taking place in 200 cities and 30 countries, are the biggest since fast-food workers began campaigning in 2012. Some companies have already promised to pay their workers more: Walmart has said it will raise wages to $9 per hour this year and to $10 in 2016; T.J. Maxx, Target and McDonald’s have also said they would raise wages to $9 per hour, but for McDonald’s, the hike will only directly affect 12% of workers.

Burger King operates slightly differently than its rivals. The chain was purchased by private equity firm 3G Capital in 2010 and now, all but 52 of its restaurants are owned and run by franchisees, according to Bloomberg, meaning it has little say in what its workers are paid.

Edgerton believes fast food workers will see increased wages as a result of their demonstrations, but he doesn’t think they’ll achieve the $15-an-hour rate they’re asking for. “They’re not really going to get $15, but they’ll set [the goal] high enough that there won’t be any doubt about $13 or $12,” Edgerton said. “That’s a wild figure, whoever got that thing going.”

Organizers chose to demonstrate on Tax Day because many fast-food employees say they can’t make ends meet without public aid. When asked how he would handle the protests if he were still in charge of Burger King, Edgerton said he would try and “educate” the workers.

“I’d certainly try to get them into a situation where they can be educated about the total picture,” he said. “They’re in there thinking we’re just screwing them on the price and blah blah blah and making all kinds of money.”

TIME movies

Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard Sued Over The Cabin in the Woods

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Matt Sayles—Invision/AP Joss Whedon arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" at the Dolby Theatre on April 13, 2015.

An author alleges Whedon and Goddard ripped off his 2006 novel

An author is suing Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard for copyright infringement, alleging The Cabin in the Woods filmmakers stole the premise of his novel for their 2012 horror movie.

Whedon, the Avengers: Age of Ultron director and Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator, produced and co-wrote the movie with Goddard, who directed it.

But author Peter Gallagher has accused the two of them of ripping him off his 2006 book, The Little White Trip: A Night in the Pines, and is asking for $10 million in damages, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The suit, which also names Lionsgate and Whedon’s production company, claims the film unlawfully borrows the book’s plot (a group of young people encounters monsters at a cabin that’s secretly controlled), as well as certain key scenes and the personalities of Gallagher’s characters. Lionsgate declined to comment to THR, while Whedon and Goddard’s camps had yet to respond.


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Pope Francis’ Old iPad Sold for $30,500 at Auction

"May you do something good with it," the Pope said

An iPad that once belonged to Pope Francis sold for $30,500 at an auction benefiting a school in Uruguay on Tuesday.

Despite the steep going price, school officials said they repeatedly failed to sell the Apple device through famed auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s before turning to local house Castells, NBC News reports.

The iPad is inscribed with the message “His Holiness Francisco. Servizio Internet Vatican, March 2013″ and includes a certificate signed by Fabian Pedacchio Leaniz, the Pope’s secretary.

Uruguayan priest Gonzalo Aemilius, who donated the iPad to the Francisco de Paysandu high school, said that Pope Francis told him, “May you do something good with it,” when he handed it over.

[NBC News]

TIME Television

Netflix Renews Orange Is the New Black for Season 4, Releases New Clip

Watch a new clip of season three, premiering June 12

Your sentence at Litchfield just got extended.

Two months ahead of the season three premiere of Orange Is the New Black, Netflix has announced that it ordered a fourth season of the show to debut in 2016.

On Wednesday the company also released a first-look clip of the third season, which premieres on the streaming service June 12. In it, Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba) and Poussey (Samira Wiley) debate whether or not the prison’s most polarizing drug dealer Vee (Lorraine Toussaint) is still alive after she getting creamed by a car in last season’s finale.

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