Embraces his dark side in hard

PITTSBURGH garbage man Troy Maxson has got to be one of the ugliest characters in the canon of contemporary American literature.

Actor-director Denzel Washington might well owe the surprise SAG award he received this week from his peers for the unwavering commitment of his performance in Fences.

At no point during the film’s 139-minute running time does he let either the man or his audience off the hook.

Self-opinionated, self-righteous and self-pitying, pretty much in equal measure, Maxson casts such a large and imposing shadow over his household that the family has become bent of shape in their attempt to catch even a sliver of light.

He dispenses his home-grow philosophy as freely as he knocks back the ever-present flask of gin in his hip pocket.

Maxson’s chauvinism might be explained by his brutal upbringing and the era in which the film is set (the 1950s), but that doesn’t excuse it.

The man is so busy railing against the injustices he has suffered that he is blind to those he commits towards those around him.

And he is so eaten up

Brother busted with marijuana

THE youngest Jonas brother, Frankie, was reportedly caught with marijuana in Nashville this week.

According to TMZ, the 16-year-old “Bonus Jonas” was cited outside of a convenience store on Tuesday for possession of marijuana.

A source told the gossip site that the teen is “extremely remorseful about the bust.”

Nashville recently passed a law reducing penalties for a half-ounce of marijuana or less.

Frankie was not a member of the band fronted by his brothers Nick, Joe and Kevin.

Joe made headlines earlier this year after opening up about losing his virginity during a Reddit Q & A.

When one fan asked him about the experience, he replied, “I lost my virginity to this girl named Ashley. You can probably just Google it. It’s pretty easy to figure out. I dated a girl named Ashley, so just Google it to figure out which Ashley that is.”

Of course, the not-so-mysterious Ashley he is referring to is Twilight star Ashley Greene, who he was dating at the age of 20 — which he previously revealed was when he lost his virginity.

Joe then went on to get even more personal, sharing

How the Marvel franchise surprisingly grow well

CHRIS Pratt has caused an incident in the “war room”, a windowless bunker deep inside the heart of Atlanta’s Pinewood Studios where he’s filming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

No, the superstar actor hasn’t suddenly joined the US military; rather, he’s sent a steaming hot cup of coffee flying across a very large boardroom table in the room that serves as a meeting point for cast and crew.

“Right on cue, sorry,” he laughs apologetically.

“That’s a classic Star-Lord move. I’ve been practising that all day.”

Pratt’s assistant moves in to wipe up the offending beverage. “I’m just here to clean up his mess,” he says, good-naturedly.

Pratt reckons he identifies just a bit too closely with his goofy Guardians character, the occasionally clueless bounty hunter Peter Quill, who refers to himself as Star-Lord, because nobody else will. (Harrison Ford’s Han Solo is without doubt his spiritual animal.)

“There’s a sense of familiarity here. You know what works and what doesn’t work,” says Pratt. “It’s not a pain in the ass to come back, which can be the one downfall to coming back to something. Sometimes it’s

Cyborgs and aliens to assassins

This year is no different, with the ad breaks revealing new looks at the (possibly last ever) Transformers movie, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds finding big trouble in space in Life, the Fast and the Furious crew going rogue, Jack Sparrow and some of his old pirate mates reanimating in Dead Men Tell No Tales, Scarlett Johansson turning Japanese in Ghost in the Shell and Keanu Reeves kicking butt in the John Wick sequel that may not get released in Australia.

Michael Bay sent this trailer out into the world with a message: This MIGHT be the last one.

“I can safely say that there’s never been a Transformers film with the huge visual scope and expansive mythology as this movie, The Last Knight,” Bay said.

“It’s bittersweet for me. With every Transformers film, I’ve said it would be my last. I see the 120 million fans around the world who see these movies, the huge theme park lines to the ride and the amazing Make-A-Wish kids who visit my sets, and it somehow keeps drawing me back. I love doing these movies. This film was especially fun to shoot.

“But, this time might

Theatre and arts news

THE story of how Redcliffe nearly became the capital of Queensland is the subject of The Great Shove Off, a zany new mockumentary by local filmmaker Richard Lancaster.

Inspired by the Horrible Histories franchise Lancaster (who directed the film) and his pals have created a kind of Carry On version of Queensland history with Redcliffe as the focus.

Lancaster, who lives at Clontarf on the Redcliffe Peninsula, thinks the area might have made a fine capital and for a while there it looked like it would be.

Matthew Flinders had discovered the Redcliffe Peninsula in 1799 and in 1824 it was chosen as the site of a new penal colony.

“But the mosquitoes were bad, the water was no good and there was no good port there so they moved to what is now Brisbane,” Lancaster says.

He reckons a lot of people don’t know about this history which is why he has made this low-budget ($10,000) film, which has its world premiere with two session at Redcliffe on Wednesday.

The film has a stellar cast – well not that stellar actually – but you will recognise some names with cameos by the likes of Channel Nine’s Shane Doherty who plays Duncan Donut, the world’s

Matt Damon in epic Chinese action

 

The Great Wall

Two and a half stars

Director Zhang Yimou

Starring Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Pedro Pascal

Rating M

Running time 103 minutes

Verdict An epic fantasy that crumbles under its own weight

A HOLLYWOOD superstar who can make even a pedestrian screenplay seem intelligent and a master Chinese filmmaker with a flair for ravishing visual imagery.

Matt Damon and Zhang Yimou must have seemed like the dream team for a $US135 million Hollywood blockbuster aiming to blend the best of east and west.

So what went wrong?

Perhaps the filmmakers were hampered by the clear commercial imperative for this thunderous creature feature — The Great Wall opened first in China, a new and increasingly lucrative income stream for American studios.

Or maybe something got lost in translation.

Zhang’s Bejing Film Academy classmate Chen Kaige had a smaller but similarly-puzzling misfire with his English language debut, Killing Me Softly, starring Joseph Fiennes, Heather Graham and Natascha McElhone.

The largest film ever to be shot entirely in China — by New Zealand cinematographer Stuart Dryburgh (The Piano) — Zhang’s epic fantasy has more to recommend it than that.

Matt Damon for a start.

The actor is ranked among Forbes magazine’s most bankable Hollywood stars for

Celebrity social media mistakes

SOCIAL media can be a celebrity’s best friend … or worst enemy. In 2016, plenty of stars had online gaffes, but here are seven that made headlines:

1. Debra Messing

Debra Messing messed up when she posted a selfie during the UCLA shooting. The actress tweeted the pic along with a caption that read, “HORRENDOUS Watching news about shooting at UCLA with casualties while taking selfie to bring awareness to gun violence.” After being criticised by many, the Will and Grace star issued an apology.

2. Madonna

In the wake of the Orlando massacre, Madonna tried to show her support but her effort left some fans feeling offended. The pop superstar posted a meme of herself kissing Britney Spears which read, “Gay or Straight- no hate.”

Some felt the message was inappropriate in the wake of the tragedy.

3. Mischa Barton

Mischa Barton posted a heartfelt message calling for no more violence however her choice of pic caused chaos.

The former The OC actress decried the death of Alton Sterling in a lengthy Instagram message then published a pic of her in a bikini on yacht with her eye closed.

The social media universe unleashed their wrath, slamming the

Connect with anybody during depression

ROBBIE Williams has opened up about how medication helped him through a “troublesome and sad” time.

The Love My Life singer, who has battled addictions to drugs and alcohol in the past, said his demons have “been all right” since he was prescribed a new antidepressant, according to The Sun.

Robbie, 42, told Radio Times: “I had a really weird summer. Just couldn’t connect with anybody, apart from my wife”.

“I didn’t know how to talk to anybody, even people who are with me every day. I was isolated, in my head.”

He continued: “It was troublesome and sad. Then I tried this antidepressant and things have changed. The demons are quiet.”

The star, who married actor Ayda Field in 2010 and shares two kids with her, said he’ll never touch drugs or alcohol again.

He said: “I definitely can’t drink. I definitely can’t do coke. I can’t do ecstasy. And I don’t fancy heroin. Or M-Cat (mephedrone) or ketamine or any of those things.

“But maybe there’s a once-a-year special voucher that I get for good behaviour.

“But not for any of those things. I’ll leave it to your imagination.”

Privacy invasion in body shaming case

A PLAYBOY model who secretly snapped and posted a picture of a 70-year-old naked woman in a Los Angeles gym locker room has pleaded not guilty to an invasion of privacy charge.

Dani Mathers, 29, was arrested for taking the picture at LA Fitness in July, when she spotted an elderly woman whose physique didn’t impress the 2015 Playmate of the Year, TMZ reported.

“If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either,” Mathers posted on Snapchat along with the image.

Ms Mathers, who was not required to attend the misdemeanour court, was represented by defence lawyer Tom Mesereau.

Mr Mesereau entered the “not guilty” plea on her behalf and said his client “very much regrets” what happened.

“She apologised for her behaviour and we’re looking forward to resolving this case in a very fair manner,” he said outside the courtroom.

The 29-year-old faced widespread criticism after posting the picture. She apologised and deleted her social media accounts after the gym reported the posting to police and revoked Ms Mathers’ membership.

If convicted, Ms Mathers could face up to six months in jail and a $1000 fine. A pre-trial hearing was set for December 21.

Detectives began investigating after the LAPD received a report of “illegal distribution”

Political and internet has a field day

ROB Schneider finally found something more offensive to audiences than “Deuce Bigalow.”

The comedian is under fire for tweeting to Rep. John Lewis over his protest against Donald Trump’s presidency. Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and legendary civil rights activist, said he refuses to attend Trump’s inauguration and told

Meet the Press

that the former reality star isn’t a “legitimate president.”

“Rep. Lewis,” Schneider, 53, tweeted on Monday — which was also Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “You are a great person. But Dr. King didn’t give in to his anger or his hurt. That is how he accomplished & won Civil Rights.”

Supporters of Lewis, 76, quickly sniped back at Schneider on Twitter.

“Shouts to you for making

The Hot Chick

Noll was arrested and charged over the assault of a bouncer in the early hours of Sunday morning outside the Crazy Horse Revue on Hindley Street in Adelaide’s CBD.

As more details of the incident emerged on Monday, witness Alastair Longmuir — who was outside the club when he saw the commotion happen — said the former Australian Idol star was “really aggressive”.

“He was yelling and screaming and being really aggressive,” the 19-year-old told AAP.

“He was saying, ‘I’m Shannon Noll. Let me back into the Crazy Horse’.”

Whats with Amy Locane who killed a woman

Last week, Amy Locane, 45, was spared more jail time after the family of the woman she killed back in 2010 appealed a decision that saw the actress released after serving just 2.5 years.

Locane was three times over the legal limit when she rear-ended into Fred and Helene Seeman’s car in New Jersey.

Mrs Seeman was killed, while her husband was severely injured.

The judge listed the welfare of Locane’s daughters, aged eight and six, as the reason for not imposing a harsher sentence on her. One of them has Crohn’s disease.

“I had worked so hard since 2010 on my sobriety, on adjusting to life in prison, on being released from prison, on acclimating to my children’s lives, and to parole that having to go back would seriously interrupt, if not destroy, any progress I had made in becoming human again,” Locane told nj.com

Locane, who starred as Sandy Harling in Season 1 of Melrose Place and as Allison Vernon-Williams in the movie Cry Baby, said her friends abandoned her while she was in prison.

“Being in prison is almost like witnessing your own death,” she said. “People write to you initially and then they disappear. Then, sometimes you hear from absolute strangers and

Justin Bieber and chow puppy

The New York Post reports that this time, the short-attention-stricken singer appears to have palmed off his sick dog on a friend, who’s now trying to scrounge up $US8000 ($11,000) for a lifesaving operation for the puppy.

In August last year, Bieber proudly introduced his “new little fluff ball Todd” to his fans on Instagram. Later he posted a video of the preternaturally fluffy animal, wondering adoringly, “How are you real?”

However, the infatuation has passed. It seems that Bieber — who famously adopted and then dismissed a monkey, a hamster and a snake — has given the dog to one of his dancers, C.J. Salvador.

Actually, the person who won the auction to buy Bieber’s snake Johnson, Michael Kronick, slammed the singer at the time.

“I am a huge pet and animal lover and was amazed that Mr. Bieber would actually auction off his own personal pet,” he said. “I found it really disgusting that celebrities like Bieber would stoop to a level of using living creatures as a fashion accessory and then so easily discard it.”

Johnson is now on display the Reptile & Amphibian Discovery Zoo in Owatonna, Minnesota.

Salvador has created a GoFundMe page for the luckless pooch, explaining that the pup

Whats Happen with Debbie Reynolds death

CHARLIE Sheen has “defended” himself with choice words from his thesaurus after wishing the death of US President-elect Donald Trump.

The 51-year-old actor, fondly known for his role in TV sitcom Two And A Half Men, tried to take the sting out of any negative media attention or reaction to his tweet made shortly after the news that Debbie Reynolds had become the latest high-profile death of 2016.

Sheen, who revealed that he is HIV positive in November last year, took aim at Trump, who he has dissed many times, in a macabre request to God.

It could be deemed dark humour and it has been retweeted 35,000 times and ‘liked’ 66,000 times but clearly fearing a backlash Sheen felt it necessary to defend himself with a tweet that had many scrambling for the dictionary.

Sheen dished the dirt on Trump on the Graham Norton Show in June, recalling he was dining with his then-wife Brooke Mueller when Trump approached shortly after their marriage.

Trump, according to Sheen, apologised for not making the wedding.

“And I was like, I didn’t invite you,” he joked to Norton.

“He says, ‘but I want to give you an early wedding gift as a gesture from me and Melania’.”

Sheen said

Over Adelaide strip club assault

Noll was arrested and charged over the assault of a bouncer in the early hours of Sunday morning outside the Crazy Horse Revue on Hindley Street in Adelaide’s CBD.

As more details of the incident emerged on Monday, witness Alastair Longmuir — who was outside the club when he saw the commotion happen — said the former Australian Idol star was “really aggressive”.

“He was yelling and screaming and being really aggressive,” the 19-year-old told AAP.

“He was saying, ‘I’m Shannon Noll. Let me back into the Crazy Horse’.” At some stage Noll allegedly punched a security guard and Mr Longmuir said it was at that point Noll was swiftly taken to the ground by guards before “four policemen pinned him down and took him away in a police car”.

Hindley Street revellers who saw the incident started singing Noll’s best-known hit.

“As he was thrown to the ground these strangers started singing What About Me to him,” Mr Longmuir said.

On Sunday night, police confirmed a 41-year-old NSW man had been arrested and charged with two counts of assault, and was bailed to appear in Adelaide Magistrates Court in February.

Footage shown on Nine News from the incident shows Noll being questioned by a number of

Athletic in New York after alleged altercation

The RnB singer reportedly got angry with a female gym manager after she asked his group of friends to keep it down, TMZ reports.

Brown was playing a basketball game at Life Time Athletic in New York City with friends when other clients began to complain about their loud music and swearing.

When the gym manager asked Brown to quieten down, the singer put up a fight.

TMZ also reports that singer was asked to leave.

He then spat on his way out the door, TMZ also reports.

Brown is in training to fight Soulja Boy in an upcoming boxing match.

50 Cent revealed that Mike Tyson would train Brown for the event since Soulja Boy already has Floyd Mayweather’s support.

The beef between the stars emerged after Soulja Boy liked a picture posted by one of Brown‘s exes on Instagram.

The pair then engaged in a long war of words over social media, with Soulja Boy even calling out Brown’s daughter Royalty.

Brown also accused Soulja Boy of being a drug addict and a police informant.

Soulja Boy then called on his friend Mayweather to train him — and

Exhibition will be shut down

A QUEENS museum said Friday it is shuttering its controversial anti-President Trump exhibit dreamt up by actor Shia LaBeouf, conceding that the installation has become a “flashpoint for violence,” The Post has learned.

A webcam mounted on a wall outside Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image — titled “HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US” — began filming on Inauguration Day, and was to be in place 24/7, for the duration of Trump’s presidency.

But clashes between pro- and anti-Trump forces were too much for museum brass to justify the art project.

“The installation created a serious and ongoing public safety hazard for the museum, its visitors, its staff, local residents and businesses,” the museum said in a statement.

“While the installation began constructively, it deteriorated markedly after one of the artists was arrested at the site of the installation and ultimately necessitated this action.”

The statement said the controversy led to “numerous arrests” and prompted around-the-clock police patrols.

Those busted included LaBeouf, who was put in cuffs at a late January scuffle at the oddball installation.

Neighbours complained about noisy visitors loitering on their porches in the early morning hours, urinating and smoking marijuana, the local community board said.

Following a deluge of complaints, the 114th Precinct has

NYC after the email scandal

VICTORIA Beckham has jetted to New York amid husband David Beckham’s ‘Beckileaks’ emails scandal, where he reportedly called an honours committee ‘unappreciative c***s’.

Leaked correspondence between the former soccer star, 41, and his advisers allegedly revealed he used the expletive when they did not knight him.

David Beckham’s emails were reportedly hacked as part of a $1.6 million blackmail plot, dubbed “Beckileaks”, The Sun reports.

Posh, 42, was pictured working in the Big Apple, where she is due to show her latest clothing collection at New York fashion week, while Becks was photographed alone in London.

Posh flashed her wedding and engagement rings as she strutted the streets in Manhattan, wearing a daring red fitted knit dress, teamed with a structured blue shirt, stiletto booties and oversized sunglasses.

Days earlier, she was rushed through Heathrow airport in London as she boarded her flight to New York.

Allegations from the email hack include that Becks — who was awarded an OBE in 2003 — did charity work as part of a strategic PR campaign for a knighthood (Beckham was said to have come close to being named a “sir” in 2014 but was overlooked).

The emails also revealed his team hatched a plan to send him to

Celebrities sparked avalanches of criticism

FROM the shocking to the rude to the downright distasteful, sometimes jokes and comments are made way too soon after tragedies.

Whether it’s plane crashes, the Holocaust or theme park tragedies, these are the times those in the public eye well and truly put their foot in it.

THE CHASER’S JULIAN MORROW ON MH370

If a joke shocks Kyle Sandilands, you know you’ve probably gone too far.

When The Chaser’s Julian Morrow cracked jokes about the disappearance of the MH370 flight, plenty of people said it was in poor taste.

Morrow was originally approached to do a segment for Kyle and Jackie O on conspiracy theories surrounding the disappearance of the plane but a gross misunderstanding led to the comedian creating his own conspiracy theories.

“It’s a Coles campaign. It’s all part of the new down down promotion and they’re trying to encourage people to check in with Coles,” the Chaser star said.

Jackie O protested, telling Morrow, “Julian we can’t go there.”

“The makers of Air Crash Investigation perhaps? They’ve run out of episodes?” he speculated could be another conspiracy theory.

Morrow later released a statement on Twitter to defend himself and justify his comments writing he clarified

His bizarre political protest site

ACTOR Shia LaBeouf was arrested after a scuffle at his oddball anti-Trump art instillation in Queens, New York, on Wednesday night according to police.

The actor was performing his “He Will Not Divide Us” livestream protest when someone disrupted the exhibit and LaBeouf allegedly assaulted him.

A video taken from the performance, going on outside the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, shows LaBeouf being apprehended in the background.

In an earlier video, a man approaches LaBeouf and embraces him before strangely shouting, “Hitler did nothing wrong.”

LaBeouf then appears to shove the man before the camera pans away from the scene.

It was not clear if this was the same incident LaBeouf was arrested for.

The actor was being held at the 114th Precinct Station house Thursday morning (local time).

Labeouf’s ambitious political protest has been set up in New York, and the project features a camera mounted outside the city’s Museum of Moving Images showing a sign bearing the words “He will not divide us”.

An instruction urges passers-by to stand in front of the wall and repeat the words as a form of protest against the new presidency.

LaBeouf teased the project over the past

Celebrities that warning for young women

MISCHA BARTON has been released from hospital and has a warning to girls on nights out — be careful of drink spiking.

TMZ reported yesterday the star had been hospitalised after a number of concerned neighbours called the police early Thursday morning.

She was reportedly “hanging over her backyard fence in West Hollywood and rambling about her mum being a witch, the world shattering and Ziggy Stardust.”

The O.C star has since left hospital and today released a statement to PEOPLE explaining exactly what happened.

“On the evening of the 25th, I went out with a group of friends to celebrate my birthday. While having drinks, I realised that something was not right as my behaviour was becoming erratic and continued to intensify over the next several hours,” Barton said in the statement.

The 31-year old added she “voluntarily went to get professional help, and I was informed by their staff that I had been given GHB. After an overnight stay, I am home and doing well.”

She thanked the professionals at Cedars-Sinai, the Los Angeles hospital she stayed at and then proceeded to give young women a warning.

“This is a lesson to all young women out there, be aware of your surroundings.”

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