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Fyre Festival Founder Billy McFarland Arrested for Fraud

1 July 2017 10:38 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Update: The promoter of a failed Bahamas music festival has been freed on bail a day after he was arrested on a fraud charge.

Billy McFarland left Manhattan federal court Saturday with Assistant Federal Defender Sabrina Shroff.

McFarland was charged Friday with scheming to defraud investors in his company, Fyre Media. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

Billy McFarland, the founder of the disastrous Fyre Festival, has been arrested and charged with wire fraud, the Department of Justice said Friday.

Prosecutors allege McFarland, 25, used false information to get at least two individuals to invest $1.2 million in the Fyre Festival, which was supposed to take place over two weekends in the Bahamas.

Related: Ja Rule Responds to Fyre Festival Backlash: 'This Is Not My Fault'

"As alleged, William McFarland promised a 'life-changing' music festival but in actuality delivered a disaster," acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Joon Kim said in »

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Bella Hadid Addresses Fyre Festival Debacle After Organizers Apologize: I 'Trusted This Would Be An Amazing' Experience

29 April 2017 2:14 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Bella Hadid had no idea what she was getting herself into when she agreed to promote Fyre Festival.

The 19-year-old supermodel -- who was one of several models to participate in photo shoots and promotions for the event -- took to Twitter on Saturday to explain that she was unaware of "the disaster that was to come."

Related: Ja Rule Responds to Fyre Festival Backlash: 'This Is Not My Fault'

"I just wanted to address Fyre Festival...Even though this was not my project what so ever, nor was I informed about the production or process of the festival in any shape or form, I do know that it has always been out of great intent and they truly wanted all of us to have the time of our lives," Hadid wrote.

"I initially trusted this would be an amazing & memorable experience for all of us, which is why I agreed to do one promotion...not knowing »

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No Food, No Water, No Luxury Tents: The $12,000-Per-Ticket Disaster That Was the Short-Lived Fyre Festival

28 April 2017 12:43 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It was supposed to be the Coachella of the Bahamas. It was supposed to be a VIP experience. It was supposed to be a long weekend filled with lounging on the beach, occasionally interrupted with A-list run-ins and topline musical acts. Instead it was, as one Twitter user described, "Rich Kids of Instagram" meets Lord of the Flies. Instead it was Millennial Armageddon.  This weekend was the inaugural Fyre Festival, a days-long event created by rapper Ja Rule and tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland, which was billed as a "cultural moment created from a blend of music, art and food." The idea was to gather millennials who like the finer things in life to the Islands of Exumas, where they »

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The Lrm Interview with Director Taylor Hackford

3 February 2017 10:54 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

An Officer and a Gentleman, The Devil’s Advocate and Ray are just three of the movies in director Taylor Hackford’s illustrious career, although his one Oscar was for a short film he made much earlier in his career.

For Hackford’s latest movie, The Comedian, he directs Robert De Niro as Jackie Burke, a veteran comedian and star of a popular old TV sitcom, who is trying to find a new lease on life, which actually ends up with him being thrown in jail for assaulting a heckler. While doing community service, he meets Leslie Mann’s Harmony and he shares with her his love for stand-up, although her father (Harvey Keitel) doesn’t approve of the relationship.

If you ever wondered whether De Niro can do stand-up comedy, you get a lot of opportunities to see him performing mostly insult comedy ala Jeffrey Ross (who was involved »

- Edward Douglas

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Arrow season 5 episode 10 review: Who Are You?

25 January 2017 8:17 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Jim Dandy Jan 26, 2017

Oliver attempts to maintain his optimism in the face of real world loss in Arrow's midseason premiere...

This review contains spoilers.

See related  Spectre: one year on, where's it left the James Bond series?

5.10 Who Are You?

It’s weird for a show to feel like it’s in a huge transition five seasons in, but that’s where we’re at with Arrow. I have been happier with this season than any other, but for some reason it struck me early in tonight’s episode how incredibly gloomy this show is. Even when it’s trying not to be (and it was working hard at that tonight), it’s still grim and pitch black compared to the rest of the CW DC shows. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s just a little jarring when you go from watching a gaggle of people »

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