Monday, May 30, 2011

Noir: Care to partake of the Lohan Cool-Aide?




The short film was shot last month in Malibu by surf-filmmaker Taylor Steele. It features shots of Lohan in both a bikini and a turtleneck, looking at and away from the camera wistfully, as synthesized rock music plays in the background. She is always alone.

"Lindsay has an incredible emotional and physical presence on screen that holds an existential vulnerability, while harnessing the power of the transcendental - the moment in transition," Phillips said in a statement. "She is able to connect with us past all of our memory and projection, expressing our own inner eminence."
In an interview with the New York TimesT magazine, Phillips said the film was inspired by two 1960s movies: Jean-Luc Godard’s Contempt, starring Brigitte Bardot, and Ingmar Bergman’s Persona, starring Liv Ullmann.
"What fascinates me about Lindsay are not her problems but the way she embodies an eminence on the level of a Bardot or an Ullmann,” Phillips said. “She’s a combination of the fantastic and the real, which is what makes her so magnetic. She can also bring forward an existential presence that speaks to the isolated self.”
WTF?



The Existential Criminal Record of Transcendental Movie Star
October 2010 The judge orders Lilo to spend 90 days at a rehab facility.
September 2010 - Just weeks after leaving rehab early, Lindsayfailed a drug test mandated by the courts. She could face up to 30 days in jail.
August 2010 - With only 23 days of rehab under her belt, Lindsay Lohan was released from her treatment program over two months early.
August 2010 - Due to overcrowding at the women's Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, California, Lindsay was released after serving only two weeks behind bars. She was immediately sent to rehab for 90 days of treatment.
July 2010 - Judge Marsha Revel sentenced actress Lindsay Lohan to serve 90 days in jail and also spend 90 days in rehab following her release. Lindsay sobbed as she heard the news and realized that she wouldn't be getting off scott free as she had hoped. Even though it was clearly too late, Lindsay pleaded with the judge to reconsider. Showing no mercy, Judge Revel said: "I couldn't have been more clear. There are no excuses."
June 2010 - Lindsay Lohan's SCRAM device was apparently set off while attending a 2010 MTV Movie Awards after party. Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel found Lindsay to be in violation of the original agreement and issued a warrant for her arrest and upped the bail to $200,000. The bond was quickly posted and the warrant was removed. The troubled starlet denied any wrongdoing and even posted a bunch of Tweets in her own defense. Lindsay is still expected in court on July 6.
May 2010 - Lindsay was issued a temporary passport and when she returned home at the end of May, a judge mandated that she wear a SCRAM device (court issued alcohol monitoring device) on her ankle. Lindsay was forbidden from consuming alcohol and scheduled to appear in court on July 6.
May 2010 - When she failed to appear at a court hearing, a bench warrant was issued for Lindsay's arrest. She was partying it up at the Cannes Film Festival in France, claiming to be stuck there with her passport stolen. As quickly as it was issued, the warrant was withdrawn after her people posted the $100,000 bond.

LINDSAY LOHAN RUMORED CRIMINAL RECORD FOR 2008 and 2009

June 2009 - Rumors swirled that Lindsay allegedly stole $400,000 worth of Dior jewelry. She posed for Elle U.K. on June 6 and it was discovered that jewels from the photo shoot were missing. Two days later, reps from the studio went to the police and reported a pair of diamond earrings and a necklace stolen. Coincidentally, it was the same set that Lindsay wore in the photos. No charges were ever filed in the case.
January 2008 - Rumor had it that Lindsay allegedly stole an $11,000 fur coat from Masha Markova while attending a private party at 1 Oak in NYC. After several back and forth phone calls, the coat was mysteriously returned to the rightful owner without charges being filed.

LINDSAY LOHAN CRIMINAL RECORD FOR 2007

November 2007 - Lindsay is convicted and sentenced to one day in jail, 10 days community service, three years probation, and an 18-month alcohol education program. She goes on to serve exactly 84 minutes behind bars.
August 2007 - Lindsay checks into rehab and heads to Cirque Lodge in Utah.
July 2007 - Just 10 days after leaving rehab, Lindsay is arrested again for DUI and driving on a suspended license. She is found with cocaine in her pockets and tries to convince cops that the pants weren't hers.
July 2007 - Lindsay completes 45 days of residential rehab treatment at Promises. After checking out, she wears an alcohol monitoring bracelet.
May 2007 - Lindsay is arrested for DUI and cops find cocaine in her possession.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Noir: THE FINGER

DENVER (AP)- 

A harassment charge has been dropped in the case of a 35-year-old Colorado man who faced prosecution for displaying his middle finger to a Colorado State Patrol trooper. 

The State Patrol said in a statement late Friday that it asked that the case be dropped. 

The American Civil Liberties Union had argued that while the gesture may be have been rude, it amounted to protected free speech. 

According to the ACLU, Shane Boor was driving to work in April when he saw a trooper pull over a car. As Boor passed by, he extended his middle finger in the trooper's direction. Boor was later stopped and received a criminal summons ordering him to appear in court to answer a criminal charge of harassment, which carries a possible six-month jail term. 

Giving someone "the finger" is one of the basest violations in modern culture, but its origins date back over 2500 years. The first written record of the insult occurred in ancient Greece, where the playwright Aristophanes (the Adam Sandler of his day) made a crude joke mixing up the middle finger and the penis. Even back then, the bird was considered an aggressive, phallic put-down.

It has been argued by anthropologists that the finger is a a variant of a classic "phallic aggressive" gesture used by primates. By jabbing a threatening phallus at your enemy like a wild animal, you aren't just belittling him, but also making him your sexual inferior. Instead of using a real penis, civilized Janes and Platos called upon the substitute wieners within their own hands to mock, threaten, and humiliate opponents.

During the Middle Ages, the finger went underground. It was still known, but the Catholic Church frowned upon its use, as the middle finger was supposed to be holy in the Mass. The unholy insult lurked deep within the hearts of filthy- minded folks everywhere, hiding from sight until the 19th century when it began to crop up again thanks to a new invention -photography.

In the polyglot, immigrant mish-mash of early 20th century America, the finger was the one symbol every man, woman and dog could understand. With the invention of the automobile, it could be delivered from behind the safety of glass & steel, and at great speeds. 


All the finger needs to deliver its punch is a clear line of sight. 




 It is a remarkable bit of irony, the finger: venerated, kept in a shrine, subjected to the same treatment as a saintly relic. But this finger belonged to no saint. It is the long bony finger of an enemy of the church, a heretic.


As with a fine wine, it took some years for Galileo’s finger to age into something worth snapping off his skeletal hand. The finger was removed by one Anton Francesco Gori on March 12, 1737, 95 years after Galileo’s death. Passed around for a couple hundred years it finally came to rest in the Florence History of Science Museum.
Today the middle finger sits in a small glass egg (presumably soon to be joined by the newly discovered fingers) among lodestones and telescopes, the only human fragment in a museum devoted entirely to scientific instruments. It is hard to know how Galileo would have felt about the final resting place of his finger. Whether the finger points upwards to the sky, where Galileo glimpsed the glory of the universe and saw God in mathematics, or if it sits eternally defiant to the church that condemned him, is for the viewer to decide. 

Noir: R.I.P. Gil Scott-Heron



Gil Scott-Heron obituary

African-American poet and musician whose political awareness led him to celebrate black culture in influential recordings
By Mike Power, Guardian
In 1970, the American poet and jazz musician Gil Scott-Heron, who has died aged 62 after falling ill on returning from a trip to Europe, recorded a track that has come to be seen as a crucial forerunner of rap. To many it made him the "godfather" of the medium, though he was keener to view his song-like poetry as just another strand in the diverse world of black music.
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised came on his debut LP, Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, a collection of proselytising spoken-word pieces set to a sparse, funky tableau of percussion. It served as a militant manifesto urging black pride, and a blueprint for his life's work: in the album's sleeve notes, Scott-Heron described himself as "a Black man dedicated to expression; expression of the joy and pride of Blackness". He derided white America's complacency over inner-city oppression and inequality with mordant wit and social observation:
The revolution will not be right back after a message 'bout a white tornado, white lightning or white people.
You will not have to worry about a dove in your bedroom, a tiger in your tank or the giant in your toilet bowl. The revolution will not go better with Coke.
The revolution will not fight germs that may cause bad breath.
The revolution will put you in the driver's seat.
Throughout his 40-year career, Scott-Heron delivered a militant commentary not only on the African-American experience, but on wider social injustice and political hypocrisy. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he had a difficult, itinerant childhood. His father, Gilbert Heron, was a Jamaican-born soccer player who joined Glasgow Celtic – as the team's first black player – during Gil's infancy, and his mother, Bobbie Scott, was a librarian and keen singer. After their divorce, Scott-Heron moved to Lincoln, Tennessee, to live with his grandmother, Lily Scott, a civil rights activist and musician whose influence on him was indelible.
He recalled her in the track On Coming from a Broken Home on his 2010 comeback album I'm New Here as "absolutely not your mail-order, room-service, typecast black grandmother". She bought him his first piano from a local undertaker's and introduced him to the work of the Harlem Renaissance novelist and jazz poet Langston Hughes, whose influence would resonate throughout his entire career.
In the nearby Tigrett junior high school in 1962, Scott-Heron faced daily racial abuse as one of only three black children chosen to desegregate the institution. These experiences coincided with the completion of his first volume of unpublished poetry, when he was 12.
He then left Lincoln and moved to New York to live with his mother. Initially they stayed in the Bronx, where he witnessed the lot of African Americans in deprived housing projects. Later they lived in the more predominantly Hispanic neighbourhood of Chelsea. During his New York school years, Scott-Heron encountered the work of another leading black writer, LeRoi Jones, now known as Amiri Baraka.
While he was at Dewitt Clinton high school in the Bronx, Scott-Heron's precocious writing talent was recognised by an English teacher, and he was recommended for a place at the prestigious Fieldston school. From there he won a place to Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, where Hughes had also studied, and met the flute player Brian Jackson, who was to be a significant musical collaborator.
During his second year at university, in 1968, Scott-Heron dropped out in order to write his first novel, a murder mystery titled The Vulture, set in the ghetto. When it was published, two years later, he decided to capitalise on the associated radio publicity by recording an LP.
The jazz producer Bob Thiele, who had worked with artists ranging from Louis Armstrong to John Coltrane, persuaded Scott-Heron to record a club performance of some of his poetry with backing by himself on piano and guitar. The line-up was completed by David Barnes on vocals and percussion, and Eddie Knowles and Charlie Saunders on congas, and Small Talk at 125th and Lenox was released on the Flying Dutchman label.
Pieces of a Man (1971) showed Scott-Heron's talents off to a fuller extent, with songs such as the title track, a fuller version of The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, and Lady Day and John Coltrane, a soaring paean to the ability of soul and jazz to liberate the listener from the travails of everyday life.
The following year, his university-set novel, The Nigger Factory, was published and his final Flying Dutchman disc, Free Will, was released. Following a dispute with the label, Scott-Heron recorded Winter in America (1974) for Strata East, then moved to Clive Davis's Arista Records; he was the first artist signed by the newly formed company.
Arista steered Scott-Heron to chart success with the disco-tinged, yet brazenly polemic, anti-apartheid anthem Johannesburg, which reached No 29 on the R&B charts in 1975. The Midnight Band, led by Jackson on keyboards, were central to the success of Scott-Heron's first two albums for Arista – First Minute of a New Day and From Africa to South Carolina – the same year.
Jackson left the band as producer Malcolm Cecil arrived. Cecil had helped the Isley Brothers and Stevie Wonder chart funkier waters earlier in the decade, and under his direction Scott-Heron achieved his biggest hit to date, Angel Dust (1978), which reached No 15 in the R&B charts. With its lyrical examination of addiction it became an ironic counterpoint to the cocaine abuse that dogged Scott-Heron's later years.
During the 1980s, producer Nile Rodgers of the disco group Chic also helped on production as the Reagan era provided Scott-Heron with new targets to attack. B Movie (1981), a thunderous, nine-minute critique of Reagonomics, stands out as the most representative track of this period. As he put it:
I remember what I said about Reagan... meant it. Acted like an actor... Hollyweird. Acted like a liberal. Acted like General Franco when he acted like governor of California, then he acted like a republican. Then he acted like somebody was going to vote for him for president. And now we act like 26% of the registered voters is actually a mandate.
Scott-Heron's contributions to public life in the US went beyond the merely musical. In the summer of 1980 Stevie Wonder released Hotter Than July, which closed with the track Happy Birthday, whose lyrics demanded that the US commemorate the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King with a national holiday. Scott-Heron went on tour with Wonder that year and together they rallied people in Washington to support the Black Congressional Caucus' proposal for a King holiday.
Replacing reggae singer Bob Marley on the tour, who had become strtcken with the cancer that would eventually kill him, Scott-Heron was enlisted on the tour initially to play two weeks but eventually played 43 dates over four months. The campaign pitched Wonder and Scott-Heron against the conservative white US political power structure – Senator John McCain initially voted against the proposals – but with a petition signed by 6 million supporters, the musicians prevailed. On 2 November 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed the bill creating a federal holiday to honour King, with the first holiday observed on 20 January 1986. The day is now celebrated annually on the third Monday of January, close to the time of King's birthday, on 15 January. Scott-Heron wrote about the campaign in his unpublished book, The Last Holiday.
He told the US radio station NPR in 2008 that the holiday served as an "time for people to reflect on how far we have come, and how far we still have to go, in terms of being just people. Hopefully it will be a time for people to reflect on the folks that have done things to get us to where we are and where we're going".
He also eulogised the work of Fannie Lou Hamer, a black civil rights leader and voting activist in his song 95 South (All of the Places We've Been).
Though Scott-Heron's work was often overtly political, he told the New Yorker magazine in a 2010 profile that he sought to experience and express more with his music and life than simple sloganeering.
"Your life has to consist of more than 'Black people should unite,'" he said. "You hope they do, but not twenty-four hours a day. If you aren't having no fun, die, because you're running a worthless programme, far as I'm concerned."
The sense of joyous, rhythmic exuberance that characterised his most affecting work can be best heard on tracks such as Racetrack In France, where, moving away from his standard socio-political commentary, he describes the moment a French audience erupts into a hand-clapping frenzy as his band performed.
This lightness of musical touch and tone were brilliantly fused in his 1980 single, Legend In His Own Mind, in which he mocks a nameless, egotistical lothario over a shuffling beat and a loping jazz piano riff that somehow contrives to sound at once sardonic and gentle. The rhyming couplets, though, culminate in the final line of the third verse, demolishing his delusional victim over a descending slap bass sequence:
"Well you hate to see him coming when you're grooving at your favourite bar
He's the death of the party and a self-proclaimed superstar
Got a permanent Jones to assure you he's been everywhere
A show-stopping, name-dropping answer to the ladies' prayers"
The Bottle, released in 1974, was also reinstated as an underground classic in years following the British Acid House 'Summer of Love' of 1988. Its incendiary rhythmic flow and compassionate lyrical exploration of the links between material poverty and the corresponding human response – a drive towards narcotic or alcoholic abandon – suited the spirit of those times perfectly and recruited a new generation of fans.
In 1985, Scott-Heron was dropped by Arista as he fell into the alcohol and substance abuse he had so long decried. To the surprise of many, he returned to recording in 1994 with the album Spirits, on the TVT label.
By then, hip-hop and rap had become the voice of young black America, and attention was again focussed on his early role in the genre. But in his 1994 tune Message to the Messengers, Scott-Heron sent out a warning to young, nihilistic gangsta rappers and implored reflection and restraint: "Protect your community, and spread that respect around," he urged, and rejected their use of "four-letter words" and "four-syllable words" as evidence of shallow intellects. Meanwhile, he found fame of a more surreal, unexpected variety when he provided the voiceover for adverts for the British fizzy orange drink Tango, declaiming in stentorian tones: "You know when you've been Tangoed."
The republication of his novels by Payback Press, an imprint of the radical Scottish publishing house Canongate, added to a new sense of momentum. However, it was not to last, and his frequent live performances became tarnished by less-than-perfect renditions of his classic works.
Nonetheless, he could bring a packed Jazz Cafe in Camden Town, London to a profound, meditative silence in the late 1990s as he performed songs such as Winter in America, and all his gigs sold out weeks in advance. His regular performances on Glastonbury's jazz stage through the 90s were also good-natured, well-attended events as a new generation rediscovered the roots of so much of the best music of that decade.
But in November 2001, he was arrested in New York for possession of 1.2g of cocaine, and was sentenced to 18-24 months in rehab following that year's European tour. When he failed to appear in court after the tour finished, he was arrested and sentenced to one to three years prison. He was released in October 2002.
He spent much of that fractured decade in and out of prison on drugs charges, and released no new work, favouring instead live performance and writing. His struggle with addiction continued, and in July 2006 he was again jailed after he broke the terms of a plea deal for drug charges by leaving a rehab clinic.
He returned to the studio in 2007, and three years later released I'm New Here, produced by Richard Rusell, on the British independent label XL Recordings, to wide critical acclaim. In it, he turned his lyrical contemplation inwards, commenting instead in confessional and haunting terms on his own loneliness, his upbringing, and repentant admissions of his own frailty: "If you gotta pay for things you done wrong, then I gotta big bill coming!"
Tracks such as Where Did the Night Go and New York Is Killing Me set his touchingly weathered baritone over minimalistic beats and production, completing the redemptive reinstatement of one of America's most rebellious and influential voices. In 1978 Scott-Heron married the actor Brenda Sykes, with whom he had a daughter, Gia.
• Gil Scott-Heron, poet, musician and author, born 1 April 1949; died 27 May 2011








 interview with Fader magazine, Scott-Heron admitted he "could have been a better person. That's why you keep working on it." "If we meet somebody who has never made a mistake, let's help them start a religion. Until then, we're just going to meet other humans and help to make each other better." 

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Noir: R.I.P. Kenickie


“A hickey from Kenickie is like a Hallmark card.”

Dead at 60: Jeff Conaway lost his fight for life today 



Grease star Jeff Conaway died today after a long battle with drug and alcohol addiction.

The actor was taken off life support yesterday and passed away this morning at Encino Tarzana Medical Center.

He was taken there unconscious on May 11 after an overdose and placed in a medically induced coma.

He said in a statement: 'My heartfelt thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this very difficult time.' 'We will miss him.'Of his troubled client, Brock said: 'He's a gentle soul with a good heart... but he's never been able to exorcise his demons.'

Conaway was unresponsive when his on-again, off-again girlfriend Victoria Spinoza found him at the San Fernando Valley home where he was staying with a friend two weeks ago.  Spinoza had been war with his family in recent weeks and had tried to block their decision to turn off his life support. 


Vicki Spinoza and Jeff Conaway, 2008


The actor's sister, Carla Shreve, had earlier sought a restraining order against her in which she claimed Conaway had split from with Spinoza was 'afraid' of her.

Overdose: Conaway (far left, with Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta and Stockard Channing) starred in the classic 1978 movie Grease.

Conaway was wed twice, first to Kerri Young and then to Rona Newton-John, sister of pop star Olivia Newton-John. Both marriages ended in divorce.

The actor had acknowledged his addictive tendencies in a 1985 interview he described turning his back on the dream of a pop music career. He'd played guitar in a 1960s band called 3 1/2 that was the opening act for groups including Herman's Hermits, the Young Rascals and the Animals.'I thought, "If I stay in this business, I'll be dead in a year." There were drugs all over the place and people were doing them. I had started to do them. I realized that I'd die,' Conaway said.


His effort to avoid addiction failed, and his battles with cocaine and other substances were painfully shared on Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew, the VH1 series with TV and radio personality Dr. Drew Pinsky.

Conaway, who'd had back surgery, blamed his cocaine use and pain pill abuse in part on lingering pain.

He was born in New York City in 1950, to parents who were in show business. His father was an actor, producer and agent and his mother was an actress.He made his Broadway debut in 1960 at the age of 10 in the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama All the Way Home.

The tall, gangly actor, with a shock of blond hair and what the late longtime AP drama critic Michael Kuchwara called a 'wide-angle smile' and 'a television face, just right for popular consumption,' appeared a success.But Conaway, who received two Golden Globe nominations for Taxi, said he tired early of being a series regular, although he stayed with the series for three years, until 1981 (Taxi ended in 1983 after moving to NBC the year before).

'I got very depressed. Hollywood can be a terrible place when you're depressed. The pits. I decided I had to change my life and do different things,' he said.


'I don't know where actors go after they die, but I know people who help other people have a nice place to go. And I would like to go there if I can.'


Obituary 

Jeff Conaway, 1970s film and TV star, dies at 60

By Dennis McLellan, Published: May 27

Jeff Conaway, 60, an actor who came to fame in the late 1970s as a high school tough in the movie musical “Grease” and in the TV series “Taxi,” but who was known in recent years for his appearances on “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew,” died May 27 at a hospital in Encino, Calif. He had complications from pneumonia.

He was taken off life support after arriving unconscious at Encino Hospital Medical Center on May 10, the result of “just too many prescribed drugs,” said his sister Carla Shreve. He had been in a medically induced coma.

“I got so many hickeys, people will think I’m a leper,” Stockard Channing’s Rizzo tells Kenickie at one point, examining her neck in a compact mirror.

“Cheer up,” Mr. Conaway’s character memorably replies. “A hickey from Kenickie is like a Hallmark card.”

He later appeared in the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful” and the 1990s sci-fi TV series “Babylon 5.”  TV guest shots and roles in films and TV movies followed, as did stories of his substance abuse.

After failed attempts at sobriety as early as the 1980s, Mr. Conaway appeared with eight other celebrities on the premiere of VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” in 2008. He was so intoxicated the morning he checked in that subtitles were required to translate his slurred speech.

“Celebrity Rehab” added a new dimension to Mr. Conaway’s faded celebrity.

“Everywhere I go, people say, ‘I watched that show. I was rooting for you, man,’ ” he told the News Journal in Wilmington, Del., in 2008. “It’s nice to know people care. I hope it helped some people.”

In a Los Angeles Times interview in January, Mr. Conaway said he had ramped up his behavior for the camera.

“We all knew we were on TV,” he said. “Sometimes we would go a little bit further than maybe we normally would. You can’t help it. There are cameras sitting in front of your face.”


Mr. Conaway was back on “Celebrity Rehab” for its second season in late 2008.

Jeffrey Charles William Michael Conaway was born in New York City on Oct. 5, 1950.

His acting career was launched in 1960 when his mother, an actress, brought him with her to an audition for the Broadway drama “All the Way Home,” in which director Arthur Penn cast him as a young Southern boy.
He said he began taking drugs when he was in a rock band in his teens. After a year at the North Carolina School of the Arts, he enrolled at New York University.

He understudied a number of characters in “Grease” on Broadway and, shortly before graduating, took over the lead role of Danny Zuko.

Mr. Conaway was once married to Olivia Newton-John’s sister, Rona.

Survivors include his wife, Kerri Young Conaway; two sisters; and a stepson.
— Los Angeles Times

Noir: The Timeless Science of Phrenology




Vincent 'Chin' Gigante, the late Genovese crime family boss, was photographed by Bureau of Prisons officials in 1960 while the gangster was incarcerated at the federal penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Gigante was serving time for his role in a narcotics conspiracy that was purportedly headed by legendary hoodlum Vito Genovese. Gigante died at age 77 in December 2005 while imprisoned on a racketeering conviction.

Amy Fisher posed for this New York State Department of Correctional Services mug shot in September 1997, five years after pleading guilty to shooting her lover Joey Buttafuoco's wife. The so-called Long Island Lolita was paroled from the Albion Correctional Facility in 1999.
Joey Buttafuoco, famous for his affair with 17-year-old so-called Long Island Lolita Amy Fisher, was sentenced to four months in jail on statutory rape charges in 1992.




Meet Louis Benson, an enforcer for the Murder Incorporated syndicate. According to the back of this New York Police Department mug shot, Benson's nickname was "Tiny."


Arrested for pot possession.

Unabomber Ted Kaczynski was arrested in April 1996 by the FBI at his Montana cabin after carrying out a three-decade-long bombing campaign that killed three and wounded 23. In January 1998 Kaczynski avoided the death penalty by taking a guilty plea and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. He is currently locked up in a federal supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.

John Gotti

Charles Manson was photographed by the California Department of Corrections in March 2009 at the age of 74. The convicted murderer, serving a life sentence at Corcoran State Prison, will be eligible for parole (for the twelfth time) in 2012.




Vincent Margera, better known as Don Vito on the MTV show 'Viva La Bam,' was arrested by Colorado cops in August 2006 and charged with two felony counts of sexual assault on a child. According to police, Bam Margera's 50-year-old uncle inappropriately touched two girls (ages 12 and 14) while signing autographs at a mall. Margera, who faces up to two years in prison if convicted of the charges, spent about a week in the Jefferson County Jail (where he posed for the above mug shot) before posting $50,000 bond. [8/1/06]

Serial killer John Wayne Gacy posed for the above Des Plaines Police Department mug shot in December 1978. Known as the 'Killer Clown,' Gacy was later convicted of murdering dozens of men and, in May 1994, executed by lethal injection.



Arrested for assault.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2004 --In a week that has already included news about the arrests of former child stars Tracey Gold and Edward Furlong, comes word from Oklahoma that Macaulay Culkin was popped this afternoon on drug charges. The 24-year-old actor, best known for starring in the "Home Alone" movies, was nabbed for possession of marijuana and two controlled dangerous substances (Xanax and sleeping pills) for which he did not have a prescription. A bleary-eyed Culkin is pictured below in an Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office mug shot. Following a traffic stop--a Culkin buddy was driving--the movie star was arrested and briefly jailed before being released on $4,000 bond. Click here to read the Oklahoma City Police Department report, complete with a description of a "very stressed" and jittery Culkin.






O.J. Simpson posed for the above mug shot following his October 2008 conviction on armed robbery and kidnapping charges in a Las Vegas district court. Simpson, 61, was immediately taken into custody at the Clark County Detention Center after the jury verdict was read. He faces a minimum of five years behind bars when he is sentenced on December 5, but could end up spending the rest of his life in a Nevada state prison.