Germany quarantines Bieber’s monkey
Justin Bieber had to leave a monkey in quarantine after landing in Germany last week without the necessary papers for the animal, an official said Saturday.
The 19-year-old singer arrived at Munich airport last Thursday. When he went through customs, he didn’t have the documentation necessary to bring the capuchin monkey into the country, so the animal had to stay with authorities, customs spokesman Thomas Meister said.
Bieber performed in Munich on Thursday, beginning the latest leg of his European tour. He later tweeted: “Munich was a good time. And loud. The bus is headed to Vienna now. U coming?” He didn’t mention the monkey.
Judge: Jolie didn’t plagiarize story
A federal judge says actress Angelina Jolie didn’t steal the story for her movie “In the Land of Blood and Honey” from a Croatian author.
City News Service reports Friday’s tentative ruling in Los Angeles will throw out the suit accusing Jolie of copyright infringement.
In 2011, author James Braddock sued Jolie and the film company that made the film, saying it was partly based on his book “The Soul Shattering.”
Simmons says music can save a child’s life
Kiss frontman Gene Simmons made a surprise appearance at a Sioux Falls benefit concert Saturday, where he spoke of music’s power to positively shape children’s lives.
Simmons’s appearance came on the final day of a week of concerts to benefit the music academy for Sioux Falls Boys & Girls Clubs members.
“This is about kids. We’ve had our chance. We’ve got to give them a chance. Anything that gets them off the street is a good thing,” Simmons said.
Music, Simmons said, is self-empowering.
Motley Crue singer Vince Neil was also at Saturday’s show, and he, too, expounded on the positive benefits of music.
“Say you finish your first song, it could be `Mary Had a Little Lamb,’ it doesn’t matter, but at least it’s something you’ve played,” Neil said. “And I think for kids, they could go into a whole other direction because they accomplished something.”
Neil said he was 10 when he first started taking guitar lessons.