Snoop Dogg arrested
BURBANK, Calif. -- Snoop Dogg was arrested on suspicion of illegal drug and gun possession, police said.
The rapper, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, was arrested at 3:45 p.m. Thursday at Bob Hope Airport, police said. Snoop Dogg posted $35,000 bail and was scheduled to appear in court Dec. 12.
Airport police officers stopped Snoop Dogg at a loading zone for a vehicle code violation. When officers searched the vehicle they found a gun and marijuana, police said.
"There was no basis for this arrest," the rapper's attorney, Donald Etra, said in a statement. "We believe that once this is cleared up, all charges will be dismissed."
The Orange County district attorney's office has been considering charges against Snoop Dogg after authorities last month discovered a 21-inch collapsible baton in his bags as he boarded a New York-bound flight from John Wayne International Airport.
The rapper was convicted in 1990 of cocaine possession and charged with gun possession after a 1993 traffic stop. He pleaded guilty in exchange for three years' probation and a promise to make public service announcements against violence.
He was acquitted of murder in 1996 after the death of a reported gang member who was killed by gunfire from the vehicle in which Snoop Dogg was traveling.
Brad and the bum
NEW YORK -- Brad Pitt found an interesting way -- make that walk -- to blow off steam and bring some levity to the set of his new movie, "Babel."
In an interview in Entertainment Weekly's Oct. 30 issue, the 42-year-old actor says he amused himself and his colleagues by yanking up his pants to give himself a wedgie, sticking out his rear and waddling about like a duck. "Throughout the movie, I'd walk around like this," he says.
"You've gotta find things to make you laugh during the shoot," he adds. "Cate [Blanchett] called it the Hungry Bum."
He explains: "When your bum's so hungry it's trying to eat your pants."
His character's story line in "Babel," in theaters Nov. 10, is not as amusing. He and Blanchett play husband and wife in the multinational drama that follows several families linked by a tragedy in the African desert.
Pitt felt a personal connection to the movie's one-world message -- he is, after all, the adoptive father to girlfriend Angelina Jolie's children: Maddox, 5, from Cambodia, and Zahara, 1, from Ethiopia. The couple have a daughter, Shiloh Nouvel, who was born in Namibia in May.
"Our kids come from different parts of the world, and it's the perfect example of, if we didn't have these perceived differences we wouldn't be defined by geography," he said.
"What I liked most [about the script] was this idea that we're all the same, and it's our lack of understanding and lack of communication that gets in the way."
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