Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza avoided jail time and instead was sentenced by a federal judge on Tuesday to spend eight months in a community confinement center during five years of probation after pleading guilty to a campaign finance law violation.
D'Souza, 53, admitted last May to exceeding donor limits in 2012 by arranging for others to give to the New York Senate campaign of Wendy Long, a Republican. He illegally reimbursed two "straw donors" who donated $10,000 each to what turned out to be Long's unsuccessful campaign.
"I'm thankful and relieved that the judge refused all attempts by the government to lock up my friend Dinesh D'Souza," said Gerald Molen, the Oscar-winning producer of D'Souza's 2012 documentary, "2016: Obama's America," upon hearing the sentence. "Putting him behind bars would have served no useful purpose. I commend the judge for his action." more >>
Actor Nicolas Cage recently spoke out about his attitude towards life in Hollywood and his experiences as an "outsider."
"I'm proud of the chances I've taken," the star of the new "Left Behind" film, told Britain's Times Magazine. "They haven't all worked, but I had a concept and I've pushed for it. It's probably annoyed a lot of critics and a lot of people who didn't get in step with it, but I'm proud I did it. Tolstoy said something to the effect of, it doesn't matter whether the response you get is love or hatred, because you've created an effect. What's not worthwhile is when it sits there and people forget about it. But whether people love it or hate it, at least you've done something. That gives me some solace."
Cage has had a long career in Hollywood, with some winners and losers in the film industry. He currently stars in the new "Left Behind" film, alongside Lea Thompson and Chad Michael Murray. The film explores life in the time of the Rapture and those dealing with the aftermath of being "left behind." more >>
Juliette Lewis is defending the Church of Scientology, citing that the controversial religion goes largely misunderstood in the mainstream media.
The "Kelly & Cal" star has been a Scientologist for several years and frequently discusses the practice. However, this week, the 41-year-old actress took aim at the media when discussing misconceptions about the religion, as well as the numerous headlines that feature another Scientologist, Tom Cruise.
"I'll get all conspiratorial on you, and I'm just going to throw this out: the mainstream media is funded by pharmaceutical companies," Lewis told The Daily Beast. "So when you have the biggest movie star in the world at the time- Tom Cruise- coming out against anti-depressants and Ritalin and just saying, 'Hey, why don't you put a warning label on there?' So, when Tom came out about that, I've never seen someone get torn down so hard, and they still brutalize him with Scientology pieces to this day." more >>
Actress Kate Hudson and her mother Goldie Hawn are now claiming that they can see what they believe to be spirits.
"Me and my mum Goldie can see dead people," Hudson told radio host Alan Carr during a recent segment. "It is not really seeing, it is feeling a spirit. A fifth energy. I believe in energy. I believe our brains can manifest into visual things."
Hudson and her mother are both spiritual, not necessarily tied down to one religious practice. Both have been associated with Judaism and Buddhism. more >>
"Insurgent" is an upcoming science fiction film based on a novel of the same name by Veronica Roth. There are rumors, however, that the film is not going to stay true to the book's plot.
There are indications that the lead characters Tris and Four -- played by Shailene Woodley and Theo James -- are to be going their separate ways in the second film. A new character, Edgar, to be played by Johnny Weston looks to form the complete love triangle.
This new character is likely to create some problems for Tris and Four which would lead to their breakup. The separation is not expected to last as fans won't be happy to see their favorite characters split up. more >>
Jackson Rathbone and his family endured a harrowing ordeal when the engine of their plane exploded mid-flight on Thursday, and the actor supplied every detail along with prayers on Twitter.
The "Twilight" star posted a series of tweets from the plane directly after the right engine exploded on the way to Austin, Texas on Sept. 18. The Jet Blue flight had taken off in Long Beach, California when the explosion occurred, causing the cabin to fill with smoke. Rathbone, who was flying with his wife Shelia and their two-year-old son Monroe, chronicled the entire experience, including his prayers and thanks on social media.