Regrets, the 'Girls Gone Wild' has a few, but not nearly enough ...
The "Girls Gone Wild" founder made the statements on camera to The Hollywood Reporter one day after the so-called "stupid, stupid idiots" found him guilty of three counts of false imprisonment, one count of dissuading a witness from reporting and one count of assault causing great bodily injury, all stemming from a January 2011 incident in which he allegedly imprisoned three young women at his Bel-Air home (and purportedly pummeled one of them).
"Just to convict people 'cause you're jealous of them is retarded," ranted Francis (watch below). "And you're a retarded jury, and you should be shot dead. You should. If they had the death penalty for juries, you should be shot. Dead. By a firing squad."
See, according to Francis, "the problem with the jury system is that anyone who's not smart enough to come with an excuse to get out of jury duty doesn't get out. Only the stupidest of the stupidest people end up on juries, you know? I've never met a smart person who's done jury duty."
Anything else there, Joe? "I want that jury to know that each and every one of you are mentally [bleeping] retarded and you should be euthanized because, as Darwin said, you have naturally selected yourself," he bloviated. "You are the weakest members of the herd."
After presumably getting a stern talking-to from his legal team, he issued the apology.
"I deeply regret the remarks attributed to me in the interview with The Hollywood Reporter," Francis, 40, said in a statement (and by "attributed," he means, "Looked into the camera and stated without hesitation"). "They were hurtful and do not reflect my true feelings. While I disagree with the jury's verdict as I am completely innocent of the charges and intend to appeal, I was afforded a fair trial, and if I lose at the appellate level, I will reluctantly but fully accept the jury's verdict."
And despite claiming that his remarks were "manipulated by the media," he insists, "I am truly, truly sorry. I hope everyone will understand I was not being serious, and that I fully and deeply apologize for my remarks."
That's a big hope for him to have.
"All that was publicized were my most intemperate remarks that were borne out of frustration but with no intent to cause anyone harm. I am not, nor have I ever been, a violent person," asserts Francis, who was once accused of brutally twisting the arm of a female Los Angeles Times reporter while pinning her against a car. During an interview. "My comments are appalling, but anyone who has ever been wrongfully convicted of a crime that they did NOT commit would be as frustrated as I am."
Francis, whose legal troubles are legion, is facing a maximum of five years in jail at his sentencing on July 9, although he told THR that, "at the most, I could get 90 days of anger management."
By the by, one the jurors who convicted Francis responded to his "retarded" claims to Gawker. Here's an excerpt:
"We just chose to rely on the evidence presented and (mostly) on the testimony of three women who described the night as one of the worst in their lives. All three are in their 20s and they had very emotional testimonies. The 911 calls from that night, the several of them, would be harrowing for a lot of people to hear -– not necessarily the jurors or people in the courtroom, but people in general. Those were very emotionally charged calls that were not coming from a place of, 'I'm just trying to get one over on a celebrity so I can file a civil suit.'
I'm sorry Joe Francis didn't like our decision, but I genuinely hope he takes this as a lesson that his actions do carry actual consequences -- for him, for us, and most of all for the woman he assaulted. He could have caused a concussion, and they checked for one at the hospital. I don't expend much energy thinking about Joe Francis either way, although I do believe he's guilty of the crimes we convicted him of and I could live without the whole lined up and shot thing. Honestly, Joe, I wish you the best. Now please stop talking about me."
According to Bill Hader ...
Never underestimate Howard Stern's skills as an interviewer, because in between those fart noises, he knows just what to ask to elicit the most entertaining response. Case in point: Newly minted "Saturday Night Live" alum Bill Hader sat down with the King of All Media this week and ended up revealing the entourage differences between "SNL" hosts Justin Timberlake and Justin Bieber.
When Howard noted his surprise that Timberlake was such a good repeat host, Hader enthusiastically agreed.
"He's great," said the funnyman. "Also, guy doesn't show up with anybody. It's just him."
By contrast, recalled Hader, "Justin Bieber showed up with like 20 guys. When you're backstage, it's a very small [area]. He had a guy holding a slice of pizza, a guy holding a Diet Coke, going around stage. You're trying to fight through all these people to get dressed. Timberlake, it was just him. He's a real class act, that guy."
Watch Hader's farewell as Stefon ...
Then check out Justin getting classy in his most popular 'SNL' sketch ...
Probably; PETA finds a new reason to hate on Todd Philips
"The Hangover Part III" hits theaters this week, and once again, director Todd Philips has succeeded in upsetting PETA. Whereas previous "Hangover" installations have involved Mike Tyson's tiger, chickens and a Capuchin monkey, the trailer for Part III makes it quite clear that this giraffe gets into a fatal altercation with a highway overpass.
And that's just one of PETA's issues with the flick. Speaking to Radar, a rep for the group bemoaned the movie's use of violence against animals -- including a rooster and some dogs -- for the sake of comedy:
"We regret that unlike most Hollywood directors, ['Hangover Part III' director] Todd Philips remains insensitive to what animals are put through to make a film, and that despite evidence given to him about the abuse and stress inherent in training wild animals such as giraffes, monkeys and tigers, he is still including them in his movies."While Radar notes that the decapitated giraffe was computer-generated, PETA maintains that a real giraffe was filmed in the studio. And it seems sound stages are bad for a giraffe's anxiety level.
"Phillips filmed a real giraffe in the studio to create the character, an entirely unnecessary stressor for the giraffe, given what is now possible with CGI. Giraffes are extremely delicate creatures who are easily upset and become nervous in surroundings that are unfamiliar and therefore frightening to them."Probably worth noting that the characters in Philips' movie don't exactly promote kindness toward humans either, a fact that prompts Alan (Zach Galifianakis) to complain to Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) that, "when we get together, bad things happen and people get hurt."
"Yeah, that's the point," snipes Chow. "It's funny."
Reviews involving phrases like "one long headache" and "none of this violence is funny" suggest that it's not. But check out the trailer and judge for yourself ...
Even God gets tired sometimes ...
So tired ...
But when he's awake, he's divine ...
J.J. Abrams shares deleted 'Star Trek Into Darkness' scene
It was Abrams' way of making things right after critics slammed him for including a scene in which actress Alice Eve appears in her undies -- seemingly, for no plot-related reason.
"I don't think I quite edited the scene in the right way," Abrams admitted.
Noting that it was intended to be "sort of a balance" or "trade-off" for when Chris Pine appeared shirtless as Captain Kirk, Abrams conceded that, "some people felt like it was exploiting her, and while she is lovely, I can also see their point of view."
He proceeded to share the deleted clip. When Conan suggested that Cumberbatch's nefarious character "doesn't seem to be enjoying the shower very much," Abrams offered: "No, that was a shower of evil."
A mini 'Friends' reunion, and more linkage
What happens when Jennifer Aniston stops by Matthew Perry's house for a little advice? Well, pretty much the closest thing to a 'Friends' reunion we'll probably ever get.
Birdman welcomes heiress to 'the family'
... and Lil Wayne may be partially to blame.
While attending Cannes because of her peripheral "role" in Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" -- certain segments were filmed at her house -- Paris Hilton told Showbiz411 that she has a new album coming out this summer. The lucky label? Cash Money Records.
In fact, as the Huffington Post notes, it sounds like the disc may actually be coming out on Weezy's Cash Money imprint, Young Money Entertainment: both Weezy and Nicki Minaj are apparently involved. (Paris and Wayne also collaborated on "Last Night," back in November.)
"This is a lot different than my first album," Paris said, referring to her eponymous, not sorta-not-terribly received 2006 foray into pop. "It's really going to be house music."
DJ Afrojack is reportedly producing the masterpiece. And with any luck, that means better beats will replace some of the inane, stream-of-consciousness club-speak that appeared on her 2012 music video, "Drunk Text."
Cash Money exec Birdman tweeted a confirmation of the news on Wednesday, writing, "Welcome@ParisHilton to tha Family.RichgangRichgirl.YMCMB."
A release date has yet to be issued, but those of you planning to vacation-rave in Ibiza this summer will have the opportunity to enjoy some pre-release heiress rawk while you're there: Paris says she has a DJ residency on Spain's famously electronica-filled party island.
On the other hand, maybe watch this little slice of amazing before you book that flight ...
And, lest we forget ...
Check out the actor on the set of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'
Our Spidey sense is tingling! Does this footage show Spider-Man taking on the Rhino? Looks like it -- especially after glancing back at these pics of Paul Giamatti dressed up as the supervillain.