Buju Banton Gets 10 Years In Prison!

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Patrick

Karma’s a bitch, buddy! Grammy winning Reggae singer Buju Banton has just been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in a 2009 cocaine trafficking deal. The Tampa, Florida judge dismissed a gun conviction he had as well, which likely would have added an additional five years onto his sentence. Banton’s lawyer, David Markus, told the American Press that with good behavior and time served, he could potentially be out in six years. I’m in no rush to see this guy roaming free.

“The days that lie ahead are filled with despair, but I have courage and grace and I’m hopeful, and that is sufficient to carry me through. The man is not dead. Don’t call him a ghost,” said 38 year old Banton.

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Amazing! At a Kylie Minogue concert in Perth, Australia on June 22nd, a gay couple ended up on stage (one of them in a crazy chicken outfit) as they celebrated their 9 year anniversary. As the happy couple shared the stage with Kylie, Ben (in the chicken outfit) bent down on one knee and asked his boyfriend Scott to marry him. Kylie was beside herself and the crowed roared!

It’s such a great moment to see Scott’s overwhelmed reaction, Kylie’s reaction, and the super supportive crowd cheering after the marriage proposal. Definitely made my eyes water. I love seeing these stories. Just yesterday a man came into my store buying a birthday gift for his husband, who he has been with for thirty years! My heart melted. He joked about the fact that he said to his husband that they should get a float in the gay pride parade because they’ve been together so long.

It’s so refreshing to see and hear of stories like this, specifically in the gay community. All too often we seem to hear more about breakups & cheating and it’s stories like this that go to show that gay couples can have happy endings and live happily ever after too. The more of this we see, the more role models we have! Check out the touching moment below!

Watch the proposal after the jump…

He may play a fairly squeeky clean teenager who keeps himself out of trouble on FOX’s hit show Glee, but make no mistake, Cory Monteith is not the character he portrays. In a recent interview with Parade, Cory reveals that his teenage ways were nothing like those of Finn Hudson. The 29-year old actor stated that he was “out of control” and “burned a lot of bridges” in his younger years.

By the age of 16, Cory had dropped out of school. He had attended twelve different schools before that point even attending a special alternative schooling program for troubled teens. At the young age of 19, Cory entered rehab after his mother and friends feared that he could die. However, rehab didn’t have the awakening effect that his family and friends had hoped for. After his stint at the facility, Cory returned to his old habits and behaviors. Then, Cory recalls his own lowest point which he calls “a crystalizing event”.

“I stole a significant amount of money from a family member. I knew I was going to get caught, but I was so desperate I didn’t care. It was a cry for help. I was confronted and I said, ‘Yeah, it was me.’ It was the first honorable, truthful thing that had come out of my mouth in years.”

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Fueling the love quadrangle (triangles were so yesterday) on “True Blood” even more, Anna Paquin poses with her leading men on three different Entertainment Weekly covers. For the latest promotional push for its upcoming fourth season, the stars of the HBO hit show take on one of the most iconic images in 20th century American art. Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” is one of the most parodied artworks in pop culture, and now Sookie and company are the latest to pay homage to the image.

The covers are priceless. Considering how gory, violent and bloody “True Blood” is, the images of them in farming attire is the perfect contradiction. Before you catch the fourth season premiere on HBO this Sunday, June 26th, sink your teeth into these fangtastic pics. Whether you’re a fan of the British vamp, the super hot viking vampire or the beefcake werewolf, you’ll appreciate the satirical photos.

check out all three after the jump

With the unprecedented success of The Lord of the Rings franchise, it was only a matter of time before work would begin on it’s originator, The Hobbit. The book written by J. R. R. Tolkien is currently in production under the creative and talented eye of Peter Jackson who manned the ‘Rings’ franchise into fruition. This man is real busy with post production continuing on his epic TinTin blockbuster and filming continuing straight through into the second half of the Hobbit tale, There and Back Again.

These films which will be released in back to back years (2012 and 2013) are already highly anticipated and Entertainment Weekly online just created a bit more buzz with the release of the first pictures from the set of the films. Seeing Ian McKellen reprise his role as Gandalf is always a treat but the first look at Martin Freeman as lead Bilbo Baggins is the most joyful. Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom and Elijah Wood will all reprise their ‘Rings’ roles for these two films as well. One of the more interesting castings in this film for me is the addition of Evagenline Lilly who is best known for her role on Lost. While she may fit the “action” part of the bill, the period piece part is a little lost on me. I am interested to see if she’ll be able to turn it out with all of the other vets alongside her. But, I digress.

The pics seen below don’t tell much but luckily, Peter Jackson was there to comment on it all. The first film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is tentatively scheduled to hit theaters December 14, 2012.

Check out the pics from “The Hobbit” set after the jump

Men Crush: The Challenge Rivals Studs

In: Donovan, Totally GAY!, TV Shows

For this week’s Man Crush, I originally had someone else in mind but completely scrapped him after watching one of my guiltiest pleasures on MTV. No, it’s not “Teen Mom” or another teenage pregnancy show that glamorizes it- babies having babies. I refuse to give those shows any time. Not that “The Challenge: Rivals” is high-brow Shakespearean entertainment. In fact, it’s probably as trashy as any of those aforementioned shows, with all the fights, drinking and ridiculous drama. That being said, at least there are hot men to gawk at on a weekly basis.

Without fail, there are always a few sexy beasts on these challenges. And thankfully, some of my favorites continually sign up to compete and make fools of themselves for some cash money. A few of them even get hotter and buffer with age. So, after watching last night’s premiere of “The Challenge: Rivals“, I felt inspired to give five of them a sexy shout out. In essence, you’re getting five Man Crushes this week.

On a side note, this season looks phenomenal. Instead of people making alliances to get rid of their enemies, people are paired up with their rival. Whether it was a feud that started on their original Real World season, on another challenge or in their personal lives, rivals must now work with each other to win $300,000. Last night’s premiere already saw someone leave after landing a punch on another person. Surprisingly, it wasn’t their teammate, but someone else. Looks like someone has a new partner for “The Challenge: Rivals Part 2“. Without further ado, I bring you my favorite guys from this season.

check out my men crushes after the jump

Come on Lindsay! Since you couldn’t hit the bar, you had to bring the bar to your house? A little over a month ago, Lindsay Lohan was spotted having a little get together on her roof (I hope she had enough cheese and crackers for six people). She was seen drinking from a red cup while her friends drank beer & wine. Well, after just being tested for drugs and alcohol, they did find that she tested positive for alcohol consumption during her probation and now she has to face the music. On the plus side, I’m sure she’ll enjoy getting out of the house for a little bit. LOL. Also, this is my favorite court outfit of hers that she’s worn to date! She’s had plenty of time to play dress up in her closet at home.

Lohan is supposed to be under house arrest until June 29th, but now after her court appearance today, she could be sentenced to additional house arrest or even jail time as was originally expected. TMZ is reporting that the L.A. County Probation Department will ask Judge Stephanie Sautner to throw Lohan in L.A. County Jail. Anything is possible at this point. The hearing is scheduled for 10:00am this morning, so I will update you once more information comes available. *** UPDATE BELOW***

UPDATE AFTER THE JUMP…

Yes, you read that right. Fans Aimi Eguchi, who recently was introduced as the newest member of the Japanese idol group AKB 48, were blown away when they found out that she was actually a computer generated version of the “best features” of six of her other group members. You should know that AKB 48 actually has 61 other members – essentially, a sports team LOL.

Last week, she debuted in a candy commercial, with the slogan, “Hitotsubu 300 meter,” and no one seems to know what the eff that even means. Fans apparently figured out that she was a fake through subtle clues, such as her favorite sport being “track and field,” her birthdate was February 11 (coincidentally the date the candy company Ezaki Glico was founded), and her striking resemblance to her band mates.

I can totally see this becoming the norm. Imagine companies digitally manufacturing their celebrities, rather than dealing with the real thing. That way they wouldn’t have to deal with the B.S. they get from Lindsay Lohan and the likes. Check out the commercial below.

Watch the 20 second commercial after the jump…

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