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ATLANTA (AP) — A security guard said he felt threatened during an argument with the rapper T.I. that led to the Grammy-winning hip-hop artist’s arrest outside his gated community near Atlanta.

In a 10-minute phone call, the guard at Eagles Landing Country Club told a 911 dispatcher early Wednesday that a resident kept asking for his name and knocking on the guard shack door. The security guard acknowledged during the call he did not recognize the resident, who was identified as Clifford Harris, better known as T.I.

T.I. had lost his key and the guard wouldn’t let him into the neighborhood, said Henry County Deputy Police Chief Mike Ireland. The rapper was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and simple assault and then released on bail.

The rapper’s attorney, Steve Sadow, issued a statement that his client had been “wrongfully arrested.” Sadow said the guard was asleep when T.I. arrived and it took “some time to wake up the sleeping guard.”

Sadow said T.I. identified himself and sought entry, but the guard refused. The rapper contacted his wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, who confirmed that her husband should be allowed inside the community, according to his lawyer.

“The guard continued to refuse entry without justification,” Sadow said in a statement, referring to T.I. as Tip. “Words were exchanged and apparently the guard and/or a supervisor called the police. When the police arrived, they were not interested in hearing Tip’s side of the story and wrongfully chose to end the situation by arresting Tip.”

The dispatcher heard T.I. yelling through the phone at guard Euwan James, a police report says. The guard claims he eventually let T.I. inside the neighborhood.

James said T.I. drove home, then returned and said “Come outside so we can deal with this man to man.” The security guard said he didn’t know the intentions of the rapper, who he claims urged him to come out in the street.

T.I. used a loud voice with an officer before being arrested along with a friend, Marquinarius Holmes, who was cited for not having insurance on his vehicle, the police report stated. It said an officer smelled an “overwhelming” amount of alcohol on T.I.’s breath.

The report said T.I.’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy, and that he appeared aggravated when the officer spoke to him. The officer retrieved surveillance footage showing the rapper telling the security guard, Euwan James, that “there was no way around him.”

T.I. is also shown yelling and saying James reports to him because he owns property in the neighborhood, according to the police report.

T.I. is one of the biggest names in hip-hop, with multiple platinum-selling albums and singles, production credits and roles in films like “ATL” and “American Gangster.”

He served about seven months in prison in 2009 after his arrest on federal gun charges.

He also spent about 10 months in federal prison on a probation violation in 2010 after he was arrested on drug charges in Los Angeles. The drug arrest violated his probation — he had been ordered not to commit a crime and not to illegally possess any controlled substances — and led to an 11-month prison sentence at an Arkansas prison.

Other than his arrest Wednesday, the rapper has stayed out of trouble in recent years. He’s been active in community outreach, focusing on youth programs for boys and girls. He also has served as one of 38 advisers for new Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ first 100 days in office.

In April, T.I. was among thousands who marched in a rally marking the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. The rapper also has taken part in a march in Atlanta against police-involved shooting deaths of African-Americans and in a protest against President Donald Trump in New York.

T.I. has expressed frustration over Trump’s posts on Twitter, but said he intends to focus on doing things that “affect our communities in a positive light.”

A year ago, the rapper said he only planned to release about two or three more albums, telling The Associated Press in an interview that it was “definitely time to transition.”

T.I.’s hits include “What You Know,” ”Whatever You Like” and “Live Your Life.” In 2016, he released the politically charged projects “Us or Else” and “Us or Else: Letter to the System.” They served as inspiration for his short film, “Us or Else,” which subsequently debuted on BET.

T.I., his wife and their children starred in the VH1 reality show “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle,” which debuted in 2011. The show’s final episode aired last year.

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Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool focuses too much on the end of Gloria Grahame’s career despite the thoughtful acting

THE title of this real-life drama is apt.

It refers to 1950s Hollywood seductress Gloria Grahame, who wanted to spend her final days in Liverpool with her ex-lover Peter Turner but was told the US would be more appropriate.

Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool has great acting but a so-so script
Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool has great acting but a so-so script
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For me it also applies to the actors that bring a so-so script to life.

A definite revelation is Brit Jamie Bell as Grahame’s toyboy lover from Liverpool.

He displays a sensitive, thoughtful performance, with the always excellent Annette Bening as the ageing actress. But too much of this story focuses on the end of her career.

The film is thoughtful but the story focused too much on the end of Gloria Grahame's career
The film is thoughtful but the story focused too much on the end of Gloria Grahame’s career
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The Academy Awards, Golden Globes and BAFTAs don’t nominate performance-capture work for the big awards, but Andy Serkis thinks that will change very soon.

Serkis stopped by FANDOM’s studio to discuss all things War For the Planet of the Apes – including his incredible performance as Caesar – and explained that he thinks the entertainment industry’s attitude towards mo-cap is changing fast.

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“It’s becoming apparent now” he explained. “People are realising that acting is acting. This is just another way of cloaking an actor’s performance if you like. Or costuming an actor’s performance. Not to take anything away from the brilliant work that the visual effects companies do, because of course, they play a hugely important part.

“But I think people are beginning to realise that the process of acting — what we do on set — is exactly the same regardless of whether you go into makeup… or having that done after the fact. The process in between — what we do — when we go on set we work with the director, we work with the other actors, we’re authoring those roles in exactly the same way as you would.

“I think people are definitely beginning to understand that this is not an animation process, where the emotion of the character and what happens in the scenes is created after the fact. That it’s not a committee of animators that are drawing these apes. It’s absolutely the actor’s medium and the actor’s performance that are authoring the role. So that is beginning to be understood, and it’s up to really the actor’s branches to push and educate and to fully understand that to make awards possible.”

Check out his interview in the above video, while War For the Planet of the Apes is out now on Digital, and hits Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD on October 24.

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Atlanta, GA—Representative Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who also serves as the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, cautioned against President Trump’s rhetoric on North Korea at the Netroots Nation conference on Friday, initially saying that the foreign leader was acting more responsibly than Trump. He later said he regretted the remarks.

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Salli Richardson-Whitfield Talks Moving From Acting to the Director’s Chair

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After 30 years of success acting on camera, Salli Richardson-Whitfield is now thriving in the director’s chair, where she has already worked on some of today’s top shows including Scandal, Queen Sugar, Shadowhunters, Underground and more.

‘Forget everything you’ve heard about black women not getting along and supporting each other,’ Richardson-Whitfield said in an interview with Black Enterprise’s Senior Vice President and Executive Editor-at-Large Alfred Edmond Jr. at the 2017 American Black Film Festival. She was speaking not only of the recommendation she received from Regina King to help direct the last episode for Season 6 of Scandal, but others such as top director Ava DuVernay, who told Richardson-Whitfield she should seriously consider directing.

With excitement, Richardson-Whitfield decided to pursue directing and got to work, shadowing directors in the industry to get a feel for the position, and working on her own projects. Since then, she has been continually building her legacy and sharing the ups and downs of her career transition. Here are five things we learned from her  conversation with BE:

 

1. Be Prepared to Work

 

Preparation is crucial to any career move and one must plan to put significant time into learning as much as possible about their next project for it to be successful. ‘If I go in and I’m not prepared, then every black woman after me is judged by me, and I take that very seriously,’ Richardson-Whitfield shared. ‘I am much more prepared than most directors who’ve been doing this for years, coming in, I have to be.’  

 

2. Your Reputation Matters

 

How you treat and relate to people has a major effect on the work you will receive and be recommended for in the future. Someone Richardson-Whitfield worked with on Eureka, recommended her to work on Shadowhunters early in her directing experience. “I’ve met producers that said, ‘I loved working with her. She was nice, she was professional, and I hear she’s doing a good job. I’m going to give her the opportunity,” Richardson-Whitfield said.  

 

3. Take Control of the Challenges

 

Though Richardson-Whitfield worked with hundreds of directors in the past, there were— and still are—challenges for her going into directing, especially as a black woman. Nonetheless, she faces them with confidence, and draws from her experiences to overcome hurdles along her path.

“Sometimes, when you get to set, you may see all white male camera operators, DP’s (Directors of Photography), etc. You have to navigate and take control of the set in the first hour,’ Richardson-Whitfield shared. “If it’s a white man, perhaps 90% of the union, if they fail and don’t do a great job they won’t say ‘All white directors are slow and unprepared,’ but if I am at all lapsed on one day, then it becomes ‘All black women are unprepared.’ There’s no room for any failure.”

 

4. Make Decisions Now in Anticipation of the Future You Desire

 

In aiming to one day direct a feature, Richardson-Whitfield is making sure to agree to jobs that will help her achieve her future goals. Her upcoming projects include Luke Cage, Lethal Weapon, Star (Fox), Agents of Shield, The Magicians, and Chicago Med. “These are all shows that are big shows with big budgets that I can leave from there and go, ‘If I can do Lethal Weapon and Luke Cage, then you can trust me with a film,” Richardson-Whitfield said. ‘You have to make decisions for what you want to do later.’

 

5. Continue to Learn

 

Take advantages of courses that will help you in the long run. “I have a good friend who’s an exec at CodeBlack and she’s still taking courses at UCLA so that she can negotiate contracts herself for certain things, and do all the finances so that she doesn’t have to bring somebody else in,” Richardson-Whitfield said. “Even though I have gotten these shows, I will fly myself in, as long as I have a window—a few days early or maybe a month before—and sit on those people’s set for two or three days, on my dime and shadow that set. I don’t have to do that, no one is requiring me to, but I’m setting myself up to win.”

 

 

 

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Robert Redford To Retire From Acting

Robert Redford says he is planning on retiring from acting soon to focus on directing and on his first love – art.

The 80-year old star of “Out of Africa” and “The Sting” told his grandson Dylan in an online interview that he was getting tired of acting.

“I’m an impatient person, so it’s hard for me to sit around and do take after take after take,” Redford said in the interview published on Thursday for the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. “Going back to sketching — that’s sort of where my head is right now.”

Redford, who has never won an Oscar for acting despite a storied 50-year career, will not be departing from the big screen any time soon.

He said he has two more acting projects in the works. One is a love story for older people with Jane Fonda, his co-star in the 1967 romantic comedy “Barefoot in the Park,” and the other is a lighter movie with Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek. According to movie website IMDB.com, both movies are expected to be released in 2017.

“Once they’re done then I’m going to say, ‘Okay, that’s goodbye to all that,’ and then just focus on directing,” he said.

Redford recalled that his first love was art and that he spent time in Europe as a teenager “exploring story-telling through painting.”

Movies like “All The President’s Men,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “The Way We Were” made Redford into one of the world’s biggest movie stars of the 1970s and 1980s.

He later turned to directing, winning an Oscar for the 1980 film “Ordinary People.”

In 1978, Redford helped found what became the Sundance Film Festival in Utah to promote independent movies, and which has grown to be the most influential independent film gathering in the world.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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