‘RESERVOIR DOGS’ ACTOR MICHAEL MADSEN PLEADS GUILTY TO DUI
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) – Michael Madsen has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drunken driving after crashing his SUV into a pole in Malibu in March. In a plea deal with prosecutors, the “Reservoir Dogs” actor was sentenced to four days in jail, five years’ probation and community service. His attorney that Madsen did not receive any special celebrity treatment in the case and the sentence is standard for the offense and that Madsen looks forward to completing his probation and asks for his family’s privacy. No one was injured when Madsen was driving a Toyota Land Rover that ran into a pole on March 24. The 61-year-old actor is best known for playing gun-toting tough guys in the films of director Quentin Tarantino.
ARLO GUTHRIE SINGS FOR REPORTERS AT WOODSTOCK CONCERT SITE
BETHEL, N.Y. (AP) – Arlo Guthrie sang “The Times They Are-a-Changin'” for reporters as tie-dyed pilgrims converged at the site of the Woodstock concert to mark the festival’s 50th anniversary. He sang the Bob Dylan classic for reporters gathered on the grass. But he says he also wanted to play at least one song near where he performed on the 1969 stage. Guthrie performed Thursday evening before an outdoor screening of the concert documentary on the famous field. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is hosting events Thursday through Sunday at the bucolic 1969 concert site 80 miles northwest of New York City.
NOVELIST SPARKS: EX-SCHOOL HEAD STARTED FIRES HE PUT OUT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Novelist Nicholas Sparks, author of “Message in a Bottle” and “The Notebook”, says problems at the private Christian school he founded in his North Carolina hometown were claiming too much of his attention before cutting ties with a headmaster four months after he started. Sparks testified for a second day today about the 2013 departure of the educator who headed the school in New Bern, North Carolina. Saul Hillel Benjamin contends he was fired without cause, then defamed when Sparks told a job recruiter and others Benjamin suffered mental illness.
“ANGRY BIRDS 2” – JASON SUDEIKIS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Angry Birds” are back and Red is getting existential. Jason Sudeikis, who voices Red, says in the new film, Red questions whether he’s really a hero. Sudeikis says Red is tested by “some third-party action coming in from the sky out of nowhere.” He says the premise of the new movie is getting the old gang back together to work on problems they can’t do themselves. “Angry Birds 2” is out now.