Earlier today, American socialite Paris Hilton appeared in a Las Vegas court to plead guilty for two misdemeanors after being caught with cocaine last month. She received one year of probation, a $2,000 fine and 200 hours of community service. She will be put away for a year if she violated her probation.
The 29-year-old has a knack of getting out of trouble, as she also has a history of blaming others. During the World Cup in South Africa, Hilton was arrested for marijuana possession but blamed her friend Jennifer Rovero. In Corsica, France, Hilton was caught with less than a gram of marijuana and was let go. In 2007, Hilton served 23 out of her 45-day sentence for reckless driving.
What kind of community service do you think Paris should do?
Hong Kong model Rosemary Vandenbroucke is in hot water after being busted twice in two days while on vacation in the US. She joins the lines of beautiful people getting into trouble in Nevada. First, Rosemary was booked for possession of a controlled substance while attending the Burning Man Festival. Then, the next day she drove her rented RV in the Reno Arch. She was bailed again on three misdemeanor charges. If convicted on the possession charges she faces up to four years on probation.
Rosemary was born in the south of France in 1982. Her father is of French-Russian origin while her mother is Chinese. She has been a model on the Hong Kong scene since being discovered as a 14-year old. She also has a singing career.
Here’s an interview with Rosemary. But before you go and read up on juicy gossip, leave a comment and tell us about your experiences at Burning Man, or that last time you ran into a landmark in Reno.
For the third time in three months, celebrity heiress Paris Hilton was arrested for suspected drug possession. This time, Paris was in Vegas with her boyfriend and blamed the cocaine on a handbag mix-up. Will what happened in Vegas stay in Vegas? Or has this poor little rich girl tangled with the law one time too many?
The Internet may have made Justin Bieber, but there are millions of people out there who want to knock him down just as quickly as his rise to fame. See Justin survive a car crash, visit an STD clinic, dance with Kim Jong Il and get beaten up by the Jonas Brothers.
Singapore-born pop star JJ Lin (林俊傑) stopped by Next Media Animation’s studio in Taipei last week to get a full facial scan using the newest Light Stage X system. Lin, who speaks Mandarin, English, Hokkien and Cantonese, has fans in all regions of the Chinese-speaking world, including Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China. Based in Taipei, he was here to prepare videos for his upcoming world tour.
Light Stage X at the NMA studio is one of a kind. Developed by the Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) at University of Southern California (USC), the system is the newest model designed to capture facial scans and render them for characterization in animations. Previous models, which vary in size and capabilities, have been used to film the movies Spiderman, King Kong, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Avatar and more.
The system includes a computer set connected to a sphere that measures 2.5-meter wide and tall. There are 331 light units connected to the computer, each composed of 12 LED light sources. That’s 3,972 LED lights. 4 sets of scans are recorded during each session. Each set of scan consists of 4 seconds of sitting very still, while 2 cameras take 15 consecutive scans of the face. Characterization models that result from this can look so realistic it’s difficult to tell the difference.
“JJ Lin is the world’s first Chinese-speaker to use Light Stage,” he proudly proclaimed, speaking about himself in the third-person.
Read about our other cool gadget, facial motion capture, here.
How did Marilyn Monroe overdose on barbiturates? Naked, who was she trying to call? Monroe’s friend Buddy Greco was with her the Saturday before she passed away. She was in a low spirit. She had much to drink. She said she was a piece of meat tossed around between Robert and John. She wanted to go public. This animation shows the last days of her life.