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Gamers can finally start carjacking again.
“Grand Theft Auto V” will be released in the spring of 2013, publisher Take-Two Interactive announced Tuesday. The company’s Rockstar Games subsidiary confirmed earlier this year that the sequel to 2008′s hit “Grand Theft Auto IV” was in the works, but did not disclose a release date.
The spring timing is significant as Take-Two’s fiscal year ends on March 31. With spring not officially starting until March 20, it is very likely that “Grand Theft Auto V” will be released in the company’s fiscal 2014.
Many analysts and investors were uncertain whether the game would come out during the current fiscal year. While the lack of pre-release marketing so far made that appear unlikely, the company’s financial guidance seemed to indicate that it would.
Take-Two had previously told investors to expect net income of between $1.75 and $2 per share for its fiscal 2013, which ends March 31.
“My guess is that they lower guidance to break even… and say that GTA  is a Q1 ’14 launch,” Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter wrote in an email. “I don’t think that the stock gets hit unreasonably, but management’s credibility suffers further. People had no confidence the game was coming this fiscal year and they met expectations.”
Take-Two has a reputation in the video game industry for delaying planned release dates. However, it has been on a bit of a roll thanks to the recent hits “Borderlands 2″ and “NBA 2K ’13.”
It was not immediately apparent what investors thought of the news as the stock markets in New York were closed Tuesday due to Hurricane Sandy.
The extreme weather also caused Take-Two to delay the planned release Tuesday of its financial results for the quarter ended Sept. 30.
“Grand Theft Auto V,” which will be playable on Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Microsoft’s Xbox 360, is set in a fictional version of Los Angeles called “Los Santos.” Previous versions of “GTA” have been set in fictional versions of Miami and New York.
Sherman Hemsley, who memorably starred as the comically irascible George Jefferson on CBS’ long-running sitcom “The Jeffersons,” died Tuesday, apparently of natural causes, in El Paso, Texas. He was 74.
Hemsley’s George Jefferson began as a recurring character on Norman Lear’s seminal 1970s sitcom “All in the Family.” Spinoff “The Jeffersons,” starring Hemsley and Isabel Sanford as his wife, “Weezy,” ran from 1975-85. Hemsley was nominated for an Emmy for lead actor in a comedy in 1984. (Sanford died in 2004.)
Hemsley also starred for five seasons beginning in 1986 in the NBC comedy “Amen” as Deacon Ernest Frye.
The actor reprised the role of George Jefferson in the mid-’90s on two episodes of “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” starring Will Smith, and in a 2011 episode of Tyler Perry sitcom “House of Payne.” He also played Jefferson in an uncredited bit in the 1998 feature comedy “Jane Austen’s Mafia.”
But Hemsley was a busy actor for decades in roles unrelated to George Jefferson. He recurred role on ABC’s Henson sitcom “Dinosaurs,” “Sister, Sister” and “The Hughleys” and starred in UPN’s brief series “Goode Behavior” and 2011 sitcom “Clunkers.” He guested on the likes of “Fantasy Island” and “The Love Boat,” “227,” “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper,” “Designing Women” and “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.”
He voiced himself in a 2005 episode of “Family Guy.”
Hemsley also appeared in a number of feature films, including “Love at First Bite,” “Club Fed” and “For the Love of a Dog.”
Sherman Alexander Hemsley was born in Philadelphia and studied drama in New York with Lloyd Richards at the Negro Ensemble Company and then at Vinnette Carroll’s Urban Arts Company. He made his Broadway debut in the musical comedy (and outrageous racial satire) “Purlie,” toured with the show and later appeared with Robert Guillaume in 1981 TV adaptation.
There are no immediate survivors.
After a brief one week delay, Azealia Banks has at last released her new Fantasea mixtape. The 18-track effort comprises 15 originals, including “Aquababe”, “Nathan”, and “Neptune”, along with three remixes. DOWNLOAD THE MIXTAPE HERE
As the upstart rapper explained on Twitter, “I originally started this mixtape with the intention of letting go a ton of old ideas… like songs I started writing but never finished. My ideas and concepts started to develop, so I changed the title and began to try & make the project more cohesive. Fantasea is almost kind of a first album of sorts….but it happened by mistake…. It’s weird. This is a test run… I tried a lot of cool things… Sounds I thought were progressive, beats made by close friends, different flowsss.”
The mixtape marks Banks’ second release of the year, following May’s 1991 EP. Her debut studio album, Broke With Expensive Taste, is slated for September.
01. Out of Space
02. Neptune feat. Shystie
05. Fuck Up the Fun
06. Ima Read
09. Nathan feat. Styles P
17. Azealia Skit
18. Esta Noche
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Henry Hill spent much of his life as a “goodfella,” believing his last moment would come with a bullet to the back of his head. In the end he died at a hospital after a long illness, going out like all the average nobodies he once pitied.
Hill, who went from small-time gangster to big-time celebrity when his life as a mobster-turned-FBI informant became the basis for the Martin Scorsese film “Goodfellas,” died Tuesday at age 69, longtime girlfriend Lisa Caserta told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Hill had open heart surgery last year and died of complications from longtime heart problems related to smoking, she said.
“He was a good soul towards the end … he started feeling remorseful,” she said.
An associate in New York’s Lucchese crime family, Hill told detailed, disturbing and often hilarious tales of life in the mob that first appeared in the 1986 book “Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family,” by Nicholas Pileggi, a journalist Hill sought out shortly after becoming an informant.
“Henry Hill was a hood. He was a hustler. He had schemed and plotted and broken heads,” Pileggi wrote in the book. “He knew how to bribe and he knew how to con. He was a full-time working racketeer, an articulate hoodlum from organized crime.”
In 1990 the book, adapted for the screen by Pileggi and Scorsese, became the instant classic “Goodfellas,” starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta as Hill, a young hoodlum on the make who thrives in the Mafia but is eventually forced by drugs to turn on his criminal friends and lead the life of a sad suburbanite.
The film became a constantly quoted pop cultural phenomenon that provided the template for the modern gangster story.
In the book and the film he talks about how hard it was to lead an ordinary life after years steeped in gangster glamour.
“I had paper bags filled with jewelry stashed in the kitchen. I had a sugar bowl full of coke next to the bed. Anything I wanted was a phone call away,” Hill says in the film. “Today, everything is different. There’s no action. I have to wait around like everyone else. Can’t even get decent food. Right after I got here I ordered some spaghetti with marinara sauce, and I got egg noodles and ketchup. I’m an average nobody. I get to live the rest of my life like a schnook.”
Unlike older Mafia tales, which focused on family and honor, “Wiseguy” and “Goodfellas” mostly dwelled on how utterly awesome it was to be in the mob — on the gangster as rock star — at least until the life caught up with you.
“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster,” Liotta, as Hill, says in the movie. “For us to live any other way was nuts.”
Born in Brooklyn to an Irish father and an Italian mother, Hill’s life with the mob began at age 11 when he wandered into a cabstand across the street in 1955 looking for work. He soon knew the life of these silk-suited soldiers was for him.
He began running errands for the men at the stand that soon led to small-time crimes. He was first arrested at age 16 for using a stolen credit card in an attempt to buy tires for the brother of gang leader Paul Vario, and impressed the gang leaders for refusing to squeal on them.
Far bigger crimes awaited, including the 1967 theft of $420,000 in cash from the Air France cargo terminal at JFK airport in New York, among the biggest cash heists in history at the time.
And in 1978, Hill had a key role in the theft of $5.8 million in cash from a Lufthansa Airlines vault, a heist masterminded by Jimmy Burke, the inspiration for De Niro’s character in “Goodfellas.”
“Whenever we needed money, we’d rob the airport,” Liotta says in the movie. “To us, it was better than Citibank.”
But the crew involved in the heist would soon turn on each other, and several would end up dead, leaving Hill extremely paranoid he could be next, he later told Pileggi.
He was also selling drugs behind the back of his boss, Vario, and in 1980 was arrested on a narcotics-trafficking charge.
More afraid of his associates than prison, Hill decided he had no choice but to become an informant, and signed an agreement with a Department of Justice task force that would prove more fruitful than anyone imagined.
“The arrest of Henry Hill was a price beyond measure,” Pileggi wrote.” ”Hill had grown up in the mob. He was only a mechanic, but he knew everything. He knew how it worked. He knew who oiled the machinery. He knew, literally, where the bodies were buried. If he talked, police knew that Henry Hill could give them the key to dozens of indictments and convictions.”
Hill’s testimony sent dozens of men to prison, many for the Lufthansa heist, and he and his wife Karen, played by Lorraine Bracco in the movie, went into hiding together, spending years fearing retribution by a gun to the back of his head from his old colleagues.
In the early 1990s, after more drug arrests, Hill was booted from the witness protection program.
His fears for his life waned as many former associates died off, and he led a more public life in later years, appearing in documentaries and becoming a popular call-in guest on Howard Stern’s radio show.
His death was first reported by the celebrity website TMZ.
His struggles with substances would continue for most of his life. In 2008 he pleaded guilty in San Bernardino, Calif., to two counts of public intoxication. In 2009, he was arrested in an Illinois suburb of St. Louis on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
“I’ve been on every drug humanly possible, and I can’t get a handle on alcohol,” he told The Associated Press in 2009. “I’ll go two, two and a half years, and I don’t know what triggers me.”
Hill summered in Southern California at an extremely modest one-story house in the Topanga Canyon area of the Santa Monica Mountains, with an expansive backyard view of the San Fernando Valley.
Sitting on the back porch, Caserta, 52, and her son, Nate, 24, described the contemporary Hill as a man who maintained a mobster’s air of self-assurance and confidence but regretted his gangster past.
An avid painter who contributed his artwork to auctions, he gave money to causes ranging from local police cadets to the homeless, and every Thanksgiving for five years he would dish out food to the poor, said Caserta and her son.
She said Hill was not impressed by wealth or celebrity.
“He had it all twice,” she said, referring to his years as a gangster and later as a celebrity.
Her son added: “He cared about family. He didn’t care about all that stuff.”
Caserta said that Hill, who also had a home in Connecticut, is survived by three sisters, a brother, three children and four grandchildren. She said she could not give their names because they are in witness protection.
Funeral plans were being arranged.
It’s easy to see why Simon Cowell was eager to add Britney Spears to his panel of “The X Factor” judges.
The “Toxic” singer, 30, officially announced her participation in the show during the FOX Upfront event in New York on Monday. Spears slipped into a body-hugging, white minidress and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes to join Cowell, 52, L.A. Reid, 55, and new judge Demi Lovato, 19, on stage.
“I am so excited about this whole experience. It’s going to be so much fun and so different from anything I’ve ever done,” Spears told the crowd. “I’m ready to find the true star.”
Spears — engaged to Jason Trawick, 40, since December — changed into another sexy number backstage, opting for a purple Alexander Wang minidress. “I couldn’t be more excited to join The ‘X Factor’ judging panel. I’m a huge fan of the show and now I get to be a part of the action,” she told Us Weekly in a statement Monday. “Simon and L.A. better watch out!”
Also on display: Spears’ 3-carat Neil Lane engagement ring, worth an estimated $90,000!
Lovato, who recently dyed her hair blond, turned heads in a colorful design by Falguni & Shane Peacock. “I am totally stoked to be here,” she exclaimed. “I’m excited to represent my generation.”
Spears and Lovato have replaced former judges Paula Abdul, 49, and Nicole Scherzinger, 33, who were fired from “The X Factor” in January. Ex-host Steve Jones’ replacement has yet to be announced.
All good things must come to an end.
“Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels confirmed there will be casting changes on the show next season, but he’s not sure who will be leaving.
“I’m not really certain myself,” he told reporters during a conference call Wednesday on the casting changes. “I know there will be some. It’s just the nature of our work that no one talks about it until the season is done. Needless to say, I’d like everyone to stay.”
Two sources told US Weekly on April 4 that stars Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis will be leaving the show after this season.
“It will be a huge blow to the show,” one insider said. “Without Andy’s video shorts and Kristen saving every skit, they’ll need help!”
But there will be additions to the “SNL” cast. Lorne said “for sure” new cast members will be joining next season.
“Every summer we go out and make the rounds of Chicago, L.A. and New York, and various other places they do this kind of work. And that always leads to new people on the show,” he said. “We’ve always been about bringing new people in.”
As expected, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi’s first child will be the hottest Guido or Guidette in town.
“My baby’s gonna be naturally tan,” the 24-year-old reality star told Us Weekly at the MTV Upfronts in New York on Thursday. “If you look at me and Jionni [LaValle], we’re very dark, so luckily the baby will be very dark.”
Polizzi’s “Jersey Shore” costar Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio joked that “she’ll have to wait until her baby is 2 or 3″ before she introduces her child to the second phase of GTL.
“Just like ‘Toddlers & Tiaras!’ They spray tan those babies,” Jenni “JWoww” Farley, 25, added. “I saw them do that!”
Polizzi then assured Us, “I won’t be spray tanning my baby.”
She will, however, be dressing her baby in typical Jersey fashions. “If it’s a girl, animal print everywhere and blinged out everything,” Polizzi said. “If it’s a boy, I would dress him like Pauly.”
Polizzi added that she hasn’t been wearing maternity clothes yet. “I’m so skinny that I can wear larges or extra larges. I only just bumped up to a medium,” she revealed. “I’m five months and you can’t really see anything. It’s gonna pop up in like a week.”
The pregnant star told Us that she’s afraid her baby bump will become as large as Jessica Simpson, who is due any day. “I would die if I were her size,” Polizzi laughed.
Joked DelVecchio, 31: “She’s like 45 months pregnant right now!”
Levon Helm, who helped forge a deep-rooted American music as the drummer and singer for the Band, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 71 and lived in Woodstock, N.Y.
His death, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, was from complications of cancer, a spokeswoman for Vanguard Records said. He had recorded several albums for the label.
In Mr. Helm’s drumming, muscle, swing, economy and finesse were inseparably merged. His voice held the bluesy, weathered and resilient essence of his Arkansas upbringing in the Mississippi Delta.
Mr. Helm was the American linchpin of the otherwise Canadian group that became Bob Dylan’s backup band and then the Band. Its own songs, largely written by the Band’s guitarist, Jaime Robbie Robertson, and pianist, Richard Manuel, spring from roadhouse, church, backwoods, river and farm; they are rock-ribbed with history and tradition yet hauntingly surreal.
After the Band broke up in 1976, Mr. Helm continued to perform at every opportunity, working with a partly reunited Band and leading his own groups. He also acted in films, notably “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (1980). In the 2000s he became a roots-music patriarch, turning his barn in Woodstock — which had been a recording studio since 1975 — into the home of down-home, eclectic concerts called Midnight Rambles, which led to tours and Grammy-winning albums.
Since premiering in Nov. 2010, “Conan has been a hit with TBS’s core audience of young adults,” the Time Warner network said.
While Conan has underperformed in the ratings, TBS highlighted that it recently had its third consecutive month of audience growth. “The success of Conan also extends well beyond the show’s TBS telecasts to include widespread DVR, online and mobile viewing, interaction through Twitter, Facebook and TeamCoco.com,” the network said.
“We are proud to be in business with Conan O’Brien for the long run,” said Michael Wright, executive vp, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies. “Night after night, Conan and his team have put together terrific shows that draw a young and fiercely loyal audience. As if that weren’t enough, they have also built a dynamic online presence that keeps fans engaged like no other show in late night.”
Said O’Brien: “I am excited to continue my run with TBS because they have been fantastic partners.” He also quipped: “This means I’ll be taping episodes of Conan well into the Ron Paul presidency.”
Conan in January was up 27 percent in total viewers compared to Oct. 2011, while adults 18-34 were up 18 percent, and adults 18-49 rose 21 percent, TBS said. In February, the show is displaying additional 12 percent growth among adults 18-34, 11 percent among adults 18-49 and 8 percent among total viewers.
For 2012 to-date, Conan has averaged 1.1 million viewers, with 407,000 adults 18-34 and 702,000 adults 18-49. Nevertheless, Conan is well behind Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report. The Daily Show is the top-rated late-night entry on cable, averaging 2.4 million viewers an episode this season and surpassing NBC’s Jay Leno and CBS’ David Letterman among viewers 18-49.
And TBS has yet to permanently fill the post-Conan midnight slot previously occupied by George Lopez’s Lopez Tonight. That show was cancelled last summer after two seasons; Lopez lost almost half of its viewers when TBS moved it to midnight to make room for Conan.
Conan premiered in November 2010 after a public split with NBC. The show bowed to 4.1 million viewers and was averaging 2.4 million during its first month. But those numbers began to fall and by last summer, the show was down to just below 1 million viewers. In September, TBS began airing reruns of How I Met Your Mother (which the company paid a hefty $2 million per episode for) a couple nights a week in front of Conan, reasoning that the popular CBS sitcom would give Conan a healthy lead-in.
The NYPD is no stranger to abuse allegations, at the end of the day, I guess the public should be thankful that they are ridding the streets of those armed vampires….. *Rolls Eyes*. Lookin good, people.
A former Playboy bunny is suing the New York Police Department claiming they manhandled her following an altercation with a cab driver in 2006.
Stephanie Adams, 40, says police drew their guns on her and with unnecessary force shoved her face to the pavement causing physical injury after her taxi driver accused her as being armed and dangerous.
According to the New York Post, the driver, Eric Darko, later told city investigators that he believed Ms Adams was a vampire.
Ms Adams was taking the taxi driven by Mr Darko on May 25 back her to apartment when he refused to bring her any closer to her building, according to Ms Adams.
Ms Adams’ trial Lawyer Nina Neumunz in court stated that the physical force was unnecessary with the tight-fitting clothing Ms Adams was wearing.
‘It was a controlled drop to the ground,’ Sgt John Rajan testified in court according to the Post, saying Ms Adams did not initially comply to his instructions to lie face down.
‘We didn’t know if she had a firearm,’ he said.
Acknowledging her attire, Sgt Rajan said they did not need to frisk her as ‘she was wearing tight-fitting clothing and there was no place to conceal a weapon.’
A doctor for Ms Adams testified Friday saying the incident injured spinal discs causing her serious back pain.
Ms Adams previously sued Mr Darko for falsely accusing her as armed during the 2006 incident, according to NJ.com, causing his license to be revoked by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission the same year.
He was also fined $2,700.
Ms Adams was featured as the Playboy centerfold for their November 1992 calendar.
She was the first and only playmate to declare herself a lesbian though years later become engaged to ‘a loving, supportive, successful man,’ she told the Post in 2009.
In 2004 she was named by the Village Voice as their ‘Best NYC lesbian sex symbol.