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Rapper Soulja Boy could spend 4 years in prison over felony gun charges

Police said officers found the weapons about 7 a.m. Dec. 15 at the rapper’s home in the 3200 block of Dos Palos Drive.A police spokeswoman said she did not know why officers were at the home, but reported that the rapper allegedly made some online threats involving guns, and someone called police.According to a city attorney’s spokesman, Way had been arrested in 2014 in Granada Hills and was subsequently convicted of carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle.Way’s two-year probation term was due to end this month, according to the Los Angeles Times, which reported that Way also had a drugs and weapons- related arrest in 2011 in Georgia.

VAN NUYS — Rapper Soulja Boy — who was arrested last month on suspicion of violating his probation after officers allegedly found a firearm at his Hollywood Hills home — was charged today with two felony counts of illegal possession of weapons, including a handgun that was reported stolen from a police vehicle.The 26-year-old Grammy-nominated rapper, whose real name is DeAndre Cortez Way, appeared in a Van Nuys courtroom and pleaded not guilty Monday to one felony count each of possession of an assault weapon and possession of a firearm in violation of probation and one misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property.

That decision apparently changed, with the District Attorney’s Office instead filing the charges Monday. 28, when a date is expected to be set for a preliminary hearing to determine if there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.The criminal complaint states that Soulja Boy had a Mini Draco AR-IS assault weapon and a Glock 21 .45-caliber handgun that was reported stolen from a Huntington Beach police vehicle.Prosecutors announced earlier this month that they were referring the case to the City Attorney’s Office for consideration of criminal charges. He is due back in court on Feb. It was not immediately clear what prompted the change.
Way faces more than four years in prison if convicted as charged.

Jane Fonda, Alicia Keys, Madonna, Julia Roberts and scores more stars join the march

In the capital, a sea of pink, pointy-eared hats stretched far and wide as Madonna took to the stage — and, to no one’s surprise, held little back. We cannot fall into despair.” Instead, she called for a “revolution of love.” The pop icon Cher, speaking in an interview backstage, said she hoped people could now mobilize against Trump the way they mobilized against the Vietnam War. “But I know that this won’t change anything. “Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House,” she said.

It’s important what the people are hearing. “Everything that we gained, we’re just watching slip away. “I think people are more frightened than they’ve ever been,” the 70-year-old singer said. It’s not only one thing, it’s everything — the progress that we made is all going away.” Asked whether she thought the new president would hear the message of the march, she replied: “I don’t care what he’s hearing. He’ll hear it, but he won’t pay attention.” Actress Edie Falco, of “Nurse Jackie” fame, noted: “Everyone I know is here today.”

Women of all walks of life joined the protest in downtown Los Angeles, including some of the biggest names in Hollywood. If you wondered where many of Hollywood’s A-list celebrities had gone during President Donald Trump’s inauguration, you didn’t have to wonder any longer on Saturday, when scores of them showed up at women’s marches in Washington and other cities to send the new president a pointed message that he was in for a fight — and that, as so many signs said, women’s rights are human rights.
In Park City, Utah, where the Sundance Film Festival was underway, TV host Chelsea Handler was joined by Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart and many more. Among those taking to the streets to speak out against President Donald Trump’s policies were Jane Fonda, Miley Cyrus, Natalie Portman and star Kerry Washington.Washington joined Helen Reddy, Laverne Cox and Jamie Lee Curtis to sing “I Am Woman.”Madonna, Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johansson, Cher, Alicia Keys, Emma Watson and Patricia Arquette were just a few of those at the march in Washington, where officials said the crowd could number more than half a million. In New York, Helen Mirren, Cynthia Nixon and Whoopie Goldberg joined a crowd of protesters marching to Trump’s home at Trump Tower.


Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds remembered in private funeral

“We are truly devastated,” actor and Oscar-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens told the Southern California News Group of the loss of the two icons. He and his partner Alexis Bloom spent over a year working on a documentary about mom and daughter called “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.” The film was to have debuted on HBO later in the year, but following the deaths of Fisher and Reynolds the network moved up the premiere to this today at 8 p.m.“This is a universal story about mothers and daughters and families, whether they are Hollywood royalty living in Los Angeles or a family living in Toledo,” Stevens said by email.

“We’ll have a bigger service down the road for the public and all the family friends, but this was a private family service,” Todd Fisher said. “It was fitting and it was beautiful.”Other than Carrie Fisher’s cremation and unique urn, nearly no details were revealed about the ceremony, or about what form the two women’s graves took.• PHOTOS: Private memorial and funeral services for Carrie Fisher and Debbie ReynoldsOn Thursday, Hollywood luminaries including Meryl Streep, George Lucas, Jamie Lee Curtis and Holly Hunter attended a private memorial at the Beverly Hills compound where Fisher and Reynolds lived in neighboring houses.
“She loved it, and it was in her house, and Billie and I felt it was where she’d want to be,” he said. Todd Fisher, Carrie’s younger brother, carried his sister’s ashes in an urn fashioned from a ceramic Prozac container, a nod to her very open struggle with bipolar disorder.“Carrie’s favorite possession was a giant Prozac pill that she bought many years ago,” Todd Fisher said Friday as he left the private ceremony. In death, she couldn’t resist a final joke.The actress and author who died on Dec. In life, Carrie Fisher won accolades for her wit. 27 at age 60 entered her final resting place Friday at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park Hollywood Hills, in a joint funeral for her mother Debbie Reynolds, 84, who died the day after Fisher.

Todd Fisher said Friday he’ll remember his mother and sister most for their resilience, and said both reminded him of Reynold’s role in 1964’s “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”“They were both Molly Browns of sorts,” Todd Fisher said. “It’s about a very strong woman. They were very, very strong women.”He added, “we have so much of them that was left behind, all my sister’s words, and all the movies and all the things they created, and that’s what we need to remember.”Now, the family plans a public memorial.


Chris Brown and Soulja Boy to take their beef into boxing ring

LAS VEGAS — A social media war between Chris Brown and Soulja Boy will apparently be settled in the ring with the help of boxer Floyd Mayweather.Both hip-hop stars have announced that they’ve signed on for a three-round bout that will be televised on pay-per-view and promoted by Mayweather’s companies.Soulja Boy put up a post promoting the fight on Instagram on Wednesday and said in the caption: “It’s going down! Signed my contract.” Soulja Boy says Mayweather himself is training him for the fight, which he says will take place in March in Las Vegas.
Brown also said on Instagram that the match was set.The feud between the artists stems from Soulja Boy’s liking of an Instagram picture posted by Brown’s ex-girlfriend, Karrueche Tran.


Longtime actress Francine York dies at 80 in LA

Her credits included a slew of 1960s and 1970s hit shows, such as “The Odd Couple,” ‘’Green Acres,” ‘’Love, American Style,” ‘’Ironside” and “Burke’s Law.” In recent years, she appeared in episodes of “The Mindy Project” and “Hot in Cleveland.”York had more than two dozen movies roles. She played Sabrina, leader of a team of women assassins in 1973’s “The Doll Squad,” which may have inspired TV’s “Charlie’s Angels.”She was in 1964’s “Bedtime Story” starring Marlon Brando and David Niven; “Tickle Me” with Elvis Presley in 1965 and was Nicolas Cage’s mother-in-law in 2000’s “The Family Man.”
“You have to learn pages of dialogue in a day and just before you go to shoot it they hand you all these changes.”Never married, York was the companion of director Vincent Sherman for a decade until his death in 2006. One of her favorite roles was Lorraine Temple, a blackmailer and former prostitute, on the soap opera “Days of Our Lives” in 1978.“This was the role of roles” but it was hard work, she told Tom Lisanti in his book “Fantasy Femmes of Sixties Cinema.”“One underestimates actors who toil on soaps,” she said.

She was 80.York died Friday at a Los Angeles hospital following a battle with cancer, said her friend, Pepper Jay.The 5-foot-8 York was born in Aurora, Minnesota and had a childhood dream of performing. She modeled and was a nightclub showgirl before starting an acting career in low-budget movies and bit parts on television shows such as “Rescue 8” and “Route 66.”She was the moll of the supervillain Bookworm on “Batman” in 1966 and played Venus de Milo on “Bewitched.” LOS ANGELES >> Francine York, a statuesque actress who appeared in dozens of TV shows and movies in a decades-long career, has died.


Trump celeb crew awaits his turn in spotlight, and their own

Actors Scott Baio and Antonio Sabato Jr. spoke at the Republican National Convention and former Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight appeared with Trump on the campaign trail.Actor Stephen Baldwin was among Trump’s earliest celebrity endorsers, despite having been twice fired from Trump’s reality show “Celebrity Apprentice.”“Let’s just say, when he fired me the second time, it was between me or Gary Busey, so I was a little pissed off for a couple of weeks,” joked Baldwin, who starred in 1995’s “The Usual Suspects” and 1996’s “Bio-Dome.”
The entertainment industry’s liberal bent, combined with election-season outrage over Trump’s controversial comments on women and minorities, left Trump persona non grata with many A-listers, particularly those who have rolled in President Barack Obama’s circles. 20 inauguration.Fabio’s embrace of Trump puts him in an exclusive and eclectic club: celebrities who not only support the president-elect, but are willing to do so publicly. “I want to help,” said Fabio, who plans to be in Washington for Trump’s Jan.

A slew of famous faces attended the president and first lady Michelle Obama’s farewell bash Friday night at the White House, and some shared social media posts about partying with the Obamas well into the morning.Trump, a celebrity in his own right from his days as a New York tabloid fixture and reality television host, has attracted a motlier crew. Ellen DeGeneres and John Legend hobnobbed at his 55th birthday party. While most modern presidents have had a celebrity clique, Obama’s crowd has been especially glitzy. Beyoncé performed at both of his inaugurations.

On a second visit to the Mar-a-Lago club around New Year’s, Fabio huddled with incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer and offered his assistance on veterans’ issues. WASHINGTON >> Fabio, the golden-haired model who graced the cover of hundreds of romance novels, was wrapping up Thanksgiving dinner at Donald Trump’s South Florida club when the president-elect began making the rounds to greet his guests.Fabio, who goes by his first name only, said he hit it off with the newly elected Republican, who asked the brawny model how he stays in shape.


Mariah Carey on New Year’s Eve performance: ‘They foiled me’

Carey says “my feelings are hurt, but I’m working through this.” She goes on to say that she plans to take a break from “media moments and social-media moments” as she prepares for her March tour.

A Carey spokeswoman confirmed the authenticity of the post. LOS ANGELES >> Mariah Carey is blaming producers for her bungled performance on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” saying, “They foiled me.”Carey says on her Twitter page that the show’s production team had technical issues and her ear monitors didn’t work. Carey stopped singing during her live New Year’s Eve set as pre-recorded vocals continued to play behind her.“Thus it turned into an opportunity to humiliate me and all those who were excited to ring in the new year with me,” she says in the minute-and-a-half long audio statement posted Sunday with the hashtag #thefoilers.


See how the stars are preparing for the Golden Globes

So as you prepare for the show — and put the finishing touches on your ballot — take a look at how the stars are getting ready for their big night.Having trouble viewing this on a mobile device? It is a big night in Hollywood — no it’s not the Oscars — it’s the Golden Globes.As the stars of both film and TV get ready to hit the red carpet, many took to social media to document their preparations — usually in the most hilarious way possible (yes, they know they do not wake up looking flawless). Click here to view the full Storify.


Meryl Streep, Donald Trump trade barbs amid actress’ Golden Globes speech

It was real life.”Streep said that “when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”Trump responded in a series of early morning tweets, calling Streep “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood” and “a Hillary flunky who lost big.” He also defended himself against claims that he was mocking Times reporter Serge Kovaleski.Streep’s comments on Trump also drew a backlash among conservatives on social media, including Senator John McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, a Fox News host who has been critical of Trump. “It kind of broke my heart when I saw it,” she said. “I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie.
And if people in Hollywood don’t start recognizing why and how — you will help him get re-elected,” McCain tweeted.Streep used the Globes, which are handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, to highlight the diverse background of several of her colleagues and defend journalists.Streep noted that “Hollywood” is a reviled place. “This Meryl Streep speech is why Trump won. But she said that it’s really a community filled with people from other places united in the mission to show different people and make audiences feel what they feel.

DeMille Award and can boast of 48 Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, her career is still current. She was nominated this year for her portrayal of a bad opera singer in “Florence Foster Jenkins.” “Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if we kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts,” she said.Streep put in a plug for vigorous journalism, urging that contributions be made to the Committee to Protect Journalists.While Streep won the annual Cecil B.

BEVERLY HILLS — Meryl Streep’s acceptance speech after receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes turned out to be the opening volley in a war of words with President-elect Donald Trump.• PHOTOS: Meryl Streep’s epic political speech at the Golden GlobesThe actress never mentioned Trump by name, but it was clear who her target was in pointedly saying that a performance from the past year that stunned her came from the campaign trail. She noted an incident where “the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country” imitated a disabled reporter from The New York Times.


Zsa Zsa Gabor’s husband defends keeping late star’s ashes at home

LOS ANGELES — Zsa Zsa Gabor’s widower is defending himself for keeping his late wife’s ashes at his home instead of interring them at a cemetery.Frederic Prinz von Anhalt tells People magazine that Gabor’s urn belongs to him and he’ll do what he wants with it. 30 funeral, which he says is “a normal thing to do.”• PHOTOS: Zsa Zsa Gabor dies at 99But Gabor’s former publicist Edward Lozzi tells the magazine the star has a plot waiting for her at a Los Angeles cemetery next to her sister Eva Gabor and her daughter, Francesca. Von Anhalt tells the magazine he brought the ashes home and put them on his fireplace after Gabor’s Dec.
18 at the age of 99. Von Anhalt denies Lozzi ever represented Gabor and says he doesn’t know who he is.Gabor died Dec.


Mariah Carey’s Hollywood star inked by vandal

On Monday, Hollywood Historic Trust workers cleaned up and refinished the star, which cost $1,500 to restore, Martinez said. HOLLYWOOD — An investigation was underway today to determine who vandalized Mariah Carey’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.The vandalism was reported to police on Sunday night, after it was learned that someone on Instagram was claiming responsibility for the action, said Ana Martinez of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.The vandalism consisted of a question mark written on the star after the singer’s name, Martinez said.

TMZ reported the story today.Los Angeles police Officer Tony Im said investigators were reviewing security video in an effort to identify whoever vandalized the star.Carey was in the news recently after her performance on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest” went awry due to equipment difficulties. During most of her performance, Carey didn’t sing and instead complained about the technical issues. Her voice could be heard on prerecorded backing tracks.


Kim Kardashian $10 million Paris jewelry theft was an inside job, investigators say

The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation and asked not to be named.The suspects ranged in age from 23 to 72 and included several people known for prior robberies and other crimes, according to a police document seen by The Associated Press.Police officials said on Monday that subsequent searches of properties associated with the suspects yielded weapons and 140,000 euros ($147,500) in cash. An investigating judge may travel to the United States to speak with Kardashian West, a judicial official said, adding that such a trip would not be imminent. The judicial official could not immediately confirm a French press report Tuesday that more than double that amount of money had been recovered as the inventory proceeded.
French law requires the suspects to be freed by early Friday if they are not charged by then, according to the judicial official, who did not exclude the possibility that some of those detained could be let go earlier.The police officials would not elaborate on how they believe the theft was planned. Kardashian West’s bodyguard was gone for the night, and the robbers forced their way into the private apartment where she was staying, tied her up and made off with the jewelry.Earlier this month, Kardashian West broke her silence on the robbery in a teaser for her family’s reality show, telling two of her sisters her thoughts at the time: “They’re going to shoot me in the back. There’s no way out.”
PARIS — Investigators focused Tuesday on the possibility that the October robbery of more than $10 million worth of jewelry from Kim Kardashian West was an inside job following the arrests of a chauffeur and his brother.Three Paris officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation, confirmed that Kardashian West’s driver the night of the robbery and his younger brother were among 17 people taken into custody Monday.Michael Madar, 40, and Gary Madar, 27, worked for the same livery company, according to two of the officials.

A spokeswoman for the reality star said she had no comment after Monday’s arrests.Elaine Ganley in Paris contributed to this report.