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Shia LaBeouf ‘Detained’ at Broadway Show

The troubled actor finds trouble again

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Updated: June 27, 7:44 a.m. ET

Transformers star Shia LaBeouf was escorted out of a Broadway show and detained by New York City police following allegedly disruptive behavior during a performance of Cabaret on Thursday night, according to reports.

“He has been detained. He is expected to be charged but nothing has been filed yet,” an NYPD spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter. CNN reports that police said the actor had been drunk, disruptive to theatergoers at Studio 54 and lit a cigarette before being detained and led away in handcuffs. Police Spokesman Brian Sessa said LaBeouf was later charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

Broadway songwriter Benj Pasek tweeted that he saw the actor led away in tears.

No one from LaBeouf’s camp has yet commented on the incident.

The 28-year-old’s missteps have made headlines recently. He allegedly headbutted a man at London bar in January and was accused of plagiarizing a Daniel Clowes novel for his short film last December.

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Charlie Rangel’s Famous Friends Are Happy He’s Still in Congress

A fixture in New York's social and political scenes, Rangel is slated to add two more years to his 44-year stint in Congress after a tight race against state Sen. Adriano Espaillat

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Hugh Grant on Phone-Hacking Verdict: Don’t Forget the Guilty Pleas

The 59th Hugh Grant Evening Standard Theatre Awards - Ceremony
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Hugh Grant the 59th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards at The Savoy Hotel in London on Nov. 17, 2013. David M. Benett—Getty Images

The actor has been an outspoken critic of the illegal reporting practices that led to the sensational U.K. trial

Hugh Grant would like to amend the score card being touted by most news stories about verdicts in the British phone-hacking trial this week. Most have noted that just one of the seven defendants, former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, was found guilty of conspiring to intercept calls. Six others, including Rebekah Brooks, who was editor before Coulson, were found not guilty. Grant, one of the most prominent victims of the phone-hacking in question, is concerned that coverage of the trial isn’t complete, because the tally is leaving out the guilty pleas of others charged in the scandal. In a statement issued to TIME, the actor, who in 2012 settled with the paper’s parent company, Rupert Murdoch’s News International, for damages over the hacking, wrote:

Some newspapers here are spinning these verdicts in the way you describe as “only one out of seven defendants found guilty.” This is deliberately to ignore the guilty pleas of others charged with the same offenses. These guilty pleas could not be reported during the trials and are not being widely reported now by some newspapers who are intent on minimizing the extent of criminality in their industry. The true figures are these (as per today’s Guardian): Of eight journalists charged with hacking, six have now been found, or have pleaded, guilty — one editor, three news editors and two hackers. Twelve more trials of News International (now rebranded News UK) journalists are currently scheduled.

And it may not stop there: In addition to the “dozens” of journalists who the Guardian says could potentially face charges related to this scandal, the paper also reports today that Murdoch, who owned the now-defunct News of the World, has been informed by Scotland Yard that they would like to interview him about the case.

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Gary Oldman Is Sorry He Defended Mel Gibson’s Anti-Semitic Rant

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Actor Gary Oldman attends WonderCon Anaheim 2014 - Day 2 held at Anaheim Convention Center on April 19, 2014 in Anaheim, California. Albert L. Ortega—Getty Images

But the Anti-Defamation League said apology was "insufficient and not satisfactory"

Updated at 12:52 p.m. EST

Gary Oldman apologized Tuesday for an interview in which he defended anti-Semitic comments other actors have made in the past.

In an interview with Playboy, Oldman said actor Mel Gibson “is in a town that’s run by Jews.” He apologized for using anti-Semitic stereotypes in a letter to the Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday.

“I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy Interview were offensive to many Jewish people,” he wrote. “Upon reading my comments in print—I see how insensitive they may be, and how they may indeed contribute to the furtherance of a false stereotype. Anything that contributes to this stereotype is unacceptable, including my own words on the matter.

“I hope you will know that this apology is heartfelt, genuine, and that I have an enormous personal affinity for the Jewish people in general, and those specifically in my life,” he added.

Oldman gave an expletive-filled interview to promote his new film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. In the story, the actor denounced the “political correctness” that has hurt the careers of fellow actors Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin. Each of those two actors has a history of making offensive comments: Gibson went on an anti-Semitic rant in 2006 while he was being arrested for drunk driving, and Baldwin was accused of using an anti-gay slur last year. Both have since apologized for their comments.

The Dark Knight star defended Gibson saying he “got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things. We’re all [expletive] hypocrites.” He went on to say: “Mel Gibson is in a town that’s run by Jews and he said the wrong thing because he’s actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him, and doesn’t need to feed him anymore because he’s got enough dough.”

The Anti-Defamation League, however, is not impressed with Oldman’s apology. “We have just begun a conversation with his managing producer. At this point, we are not satisfied with what we received. his apology is insufficient and not satisfactory,” ADL national director Abraham Foxman told the Hollywood Reporter.

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Before She Was Miss Piggy, This Muppet Went By Another Name

A hand-written note from Jim Henson.
A hand-written note from Jim Henson. Nate D. Sanders

A piece of Muppets history can be yours

She’s known for crushing hard on Kermit the Frog, but Miss Piggy had a love life long before any amphibian stole her heart.

A 40-year-old hand-written note and set of Polaroids from Muppets creator Jim Henson, all currently being auctioned off, feature “Piggy Lee” and her love interest, Hamilton Pigg. “She is delicate and lovely,” Henson writes. “He is cigar smoking — the epitome of grossness.”

The documents are from 1974, the year Piggy Lee and other early versions of Muppets made an appearance on an Herb Alpert television special. The guest spots were so well-received that the Muppets quickly got their own show, which premiered two years later.

And the rest, as they say, was interspecies romantic history.

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Jenna Dewan-Tatum: Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill Have the ‘Most Amazing Bromance’

Jenna talks about being the third wheel in her husband's bromance with Hill.

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Jenna Dewan-Tatum stopped by to see Jimmy Kimmel Monday night, addressing recent comments made by her husband, actor Channing Tatum.

Tatum said in a recent radio interview that his 22 Jump Street co-star Jonah Hill “wants to be with my wife.”

Jenna’s response to the statement was an appropriate: “Wait, what?,” she asked, adding that “I’m the third wheel, they have the most amazing bromance.”

And she may have good reason to be jealous of the pair’s bond, with Tatum recently telling Entertainment Weekly that “If I wasn’t with my wife and Jonah had lady parts, I would probably ask him out.”

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Ansel Elgort to Play Virtuoso Pianist Van Cliburn

The Fault in our Stars actor has signed on to play the celebrated 1950s ivory-tickler in an upcoming film about the musician’s life

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Ansel Elgort, the star of 2014’s The Fault In Our Stars, tweeted out a teaser for his latest movie role Tuesday.

The 20-year-old is set to take on the role of piano virtuoso Van Cliburn in the biopic based on the 1993 novel by Howard Reich, which tells the story of Cliburn’s formative years and his success, aged 23, at the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow.

Cliburn’s performance in the competition is said to have impressed Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and led to an easing of tensions at the time between the United States and the USSR.

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Prince Wrote a Song About an Internet Meme

Prince performs onstage during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas.
Prince performs onstage during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas. Kevin Mazur—WireImage/Getty Images

The Purple One keeps up with the viral web, apparently

The artist formerly known as the Artist Formerly Known as Prince is either the most sincere person in America or looking to troll us all: just a few months after guest-starring on New Girl, Prince revealed he wrote a song about an Internet meme.

Specifically, Prince has a song on his upcoming record called “This Could Be Us.” He told Jon Bream of the Star Tribune that the track was inspired by a picture of him and Apollonia Kotero from movie Purple Rain that got the meme treatment after the hashtag #ThisCouldBeUsButYouPlayin, which is typically paired with awkward photos of couples, took off on social media.

The “joyful ballad” will be on Prince’s first new album since 2009, but fans should really get excited about his next album, undoubtedly destined to feature the songs “#TrueDetectiveSeason2” and “#WorldsMostTalkedAboutCouple.”

[Star Tribune]

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Chris Bauer: True Blood Helped Me Sober Up

The actor told People the vampire drama, which comes to a close after this season, was a turning point in his life

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Actor Chris Bauer, known for his role as Sheriff Andy Bellefleur on the HBO series True Blood, told People how he dealt with alcohol and drug addiction for years and why he decided to get sober.

Bauer’s addiction started when he was 14 years old, right after he had his first drink. He said working on the vampire drama had been the turning point in his struggle.

“I got sober right after I shot the pilot for True Blood. Now that it’s winding down, I’m in touch with how much my life has changed from getting my act together,” Bauer told People.

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Yang Lan, the ‘Oprah of China,’ Expands Her Reach

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Yang Lan at a benefit on May 15, 2013, in New York City. John Lamparski / WireImage / Getty Images

Yang Lan is partnering with MAKERS to bring the women's-stories platform to China

Correction appended June 23, 2014, 4:45 p.m.

Last year, MAKERS — the AOL-owned hub for women telling the history of feminism via their personal stories — made news with a PBS documentary. Now it’s going global.

MAKERS and AOL announced in April that they partnered with Sun Media Group to bring the initiative to China. This weekend, TIME premiered 10 of those stories, about women as diverse as an LGBT rights activist and an expert in traditional Chinese dance.

Though she’s not a subject of one of those videos, there’s one important Chinese woman whose story is in the subtext of all the others. That’s Yang Lan, a woman often referred to as “China’s Oprah.” She’s a co-owner of Sun Media, and serves as Executive Producer for MAKERS China. Though American audiences may be unfamiliar with her, the Oprah comparison doesn’t necessarily go far enough. Her personal and business reach is Oprah-like but on a Chinese-population scale — her own social-media account reaches 50 million people a day — and her TV personality is more in the Barbara Walters mold, with a serious interview show called One-on-One and a The View-style panel show, Her Village, which is also a supersized web platform. The latter reaches 300 million people a month between TV and online content. Her Village‘s website will be the distribution platform for MAKERS China; as a point of comparison, 2.6 million people watched the PBS documentary when it premiered.

“The Chinese Internet is developing at a breathtaking pace,” Lan tells TIME, noting that the urban/rural gap in broadband access has not held true for mobile Internet, with the result that there are more than 600 million mobile Internet users in China, which is about half of the population. “It’s opening a new area for us because we are a private media company while all the TV networks are highly regulated and government-owned. Suddenly the internet gave us this open space to reach our audience directly with no barrier in-between.”

So it’s not just that Internet usage is growing. Lan says that she the foreign fascination with Chinese censorships is fair — it’s a topic that often comes up when she appears in Western media, and she says that the attention is a good thing because it provides an incentive “to move China forward” — but that the full picture of life as a media mogul in China is a lot more nuanced than it might seem. She explains that, for instance, her company produces Her Village but the TV station is government-owned and can just choose not to show something. However, there are different “levels of censorship” and the Internet is more relaxed. “Nowadays for example when some part of my television show cannot be broadcast on television because of the censorship,” she says, “I can get the full version on the Internet.”

Lan’s insight and influence were crucial to helping MAKERS China happen. Exporting the American version with American producers and slotting in Chinese women and Chinese stories wouldn’t be the same thing, says McGee. “That’s a completely different experience from having [Lan's] team make them from a Chinese perspective,” she says. Though she and Lan both stress that MAKERS and MAKERS China share their goals and values — and an emphasis on stories of courage, breaking through, being true to yourself and giving back to the community — there are differences between what the two audiences expect.

Take, for example, “leaning in.” Though it’s still the catchphrase of the moment for a lot of MAKERS-style feminism in the U.S., it doesn’t quite jibe with the Chinese experience. “In the case of Chinese women some of them were pushed in,” Lan explains. “When Mao Zedong said women should work, “holding up half of the sky,” suddenly every woman worked. For my mother’s generation, that was the case. Nowadays it’s all about free choice. What I always try to emphasize is if it’s based on your true love, your true passion, your true talent and your free choice, being a full-time housewife is just as challenging and respectable as being a woman CEO.”

And the number of people poised to hear that message, and the message of MAKERS, is about to get even bigger: Lan tells TIME that she’s expanding Her Village from a weekly TV show to a daily show, and — perhaps more significantly — launching an app version within the next few months.

Correction: The original version of this story misstated the relationship between AOL and MAKERS. AOL owns MAKERS.

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