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Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman: Who should play the drug kingpin in a movie? -- POLL

On Saturday, drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was captured in a near-seamless operation (reports say not a single shot was fired during the bust) in the Mexican resort city of Mazatlán, where the 59-year-old wanted man was allegedly enjoying some fun in the sun.

Guzman — one of the world’s richest outlaws and the head of a drug cartel responsible for a reported 25 percent of all illegal drugs brought into the United States via Mexico — had evaded capture for years. That is, unless you count a brief imprisonment in 2001, which ended when El Chapo — translated, the nickname means “Shorty” — escaped from Mexico’s maximum-security Puente Grande prison in a laundry cart or simply by walking out dressed as a policeman (depending on whether you believe Mexico’s official report; we’ll let you decide). El Chapo has lived a life full of crime, drugs, and sex (his wife is 20-something beauty queen Emma Coronel), and making a movie based on his life is the stuff screenwriters and action directors dream of.

And why not? El Chapo’s rags-to-riches story would be the perfect Oscar-bait movie (or Univision novela: The top-rated Spanish network announced in January it had ordered a 60-episode miniseries based on the drug lord). The 56-year-old – whom Forbes estimates is worth a whopping $1 billion – is the eldest of seven children born into a poor family in the rural town of La Tuna. The kingpin’s entry into the drug business began at age 15, when he began to grow his own marijuana for distribution. Now, the man known as “Public Enemy No. 1″ by Chicago authorities – a title that until now, was only used for Al Capone – may be close to a final chapter fit for the big screen, which begs the question: What would a movie based on his life look like? Beginning, of course, with a leading man worthy of El Chapo’s luxuriously thick handlebar mustache. READ FULL STORY

Happy 300th episode, 'SVU'! Let's celebrate with the show's five craziest episodes

I know, I know — trying to select the five craziest episodes of Law & Order: SVU is like trying to determine which part of Lake Michigan is the wettest. SVU has ridiculosity running through its very veins, which may the reason the series has survived so long; its 300th (!) episode airs tonight on NBC. (It’ll take several years before the show catches up with original flavor Law & Order, though — the franchise’s flagship lasted 456 episodes.)

Still, we can’t let a milestone like this pass by without some kind of celebration — and what better way to fete this series than to highlight its most insane installments? My picks, in chronological order [chung chung]:

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Lindsay Lohan's mad that Amanda Bynes is not in jail

According to her Twitter bio, beleaguered actress Lindsay Lohan is an “artist of many things.” She’s also a crusader against injustice, particularly as perpetrated by California’s legal system — understandable, considering her vast experience with the state’s police and courts.

Last night, the star of Lifetime’s Liz & Dick took to her favorite bully pulpit to complain about what she perceives as unfair treatment. But Lindsay wasn’t talking about innocent people getting convicted for crimes they didn’t commit, or lopsided custody battles — she was focused on how Cali treats former child stars, its most endangered species. “Why did I get put in jail and a Nickelodeon star has had NO punishment(s) so far?” she tweeted bitterly, continuing a few minutes later with this message: “These are the moments that I appreciate my life experiences, living without regrets and Disney for supporting me as an actress.”

The Nickelodeon star in question, of course, is Amanda Bynes, who has even more driving infractions than this guy. (She seems to be staying off Twitter for a change.) Lohan’s complaints are actually premature, since Bynes is due in court on Sept. 21. If convicted for a DUI (she’s pleading not guilty) and two counts of misdemeanor hit-and-run (which allegedly occurred April 10 and August 4), the star of What I Like About You could face a large fine and, yes, up to one year in jail.

So… cheer up, Lindsay?

Read more:
Lindsay Lohan wants Obama to lower her taxes
Amanda Bynes charged with DUI, pleads case to Obama on Twitter
Dina Lohan rambles in bizarre Dr. Phil promo — VIDEO

Julian Assange granted asylum by Ecuador

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up in London’s Ecuadorean Embassy since June, waiting for the South American nation to respond to his request for asylum. Today, Ecuador came through: It granted Assange asylum, guaranteeing him protection from arrest as long as he’s on Ecuadorean territory, writes the New York Times.

Of course, in order to get to Ecuador, Assange will have to leave the embassy — and Britain has no intention of letting him. Britain’s highest court ruled last year that Assange must be extradited back to Sweden, where he will be questioned about an alleged rape and an alleged molestation.

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Ice-T speaks out on gun control: 'If somebody wants to kill people, they don't need a gun to do it'

After the horrific shooting in Colorado on Friday, the national conversation has turned toward our gun laws, and whether or not stricter gun control rules should be in place. And when a celebrity shares an opinion on something as controversial as firearms, it’s sure to create a few headlines.

On one side of the issue, there’s rapper/actor Ice-T, who said in an interview over the weekend, “The right to bear arms is because it’s the last form of defense against tyranny,” and “If somebody wants to kill people, they don’t need a gun to do it.” After the interview, he followed-up on Twitter, writing, “If you go into the jungle…. Will you NOT get eaten because you’re a vegan??”

Earlier, Jason Alexander drew his own headlines when he tweeted on Saturday, “I cannot understand support for legality of the kind of weapon in this massacre. It’s a military weapon. Why should it be in non-mil hands?” READ FULL STORY

Tennis star disqualified for bloodying official -- VIDEO

Tennis players have been known to abuse line judges verbally, but Argentine star David Nalbandian inadvertently went too far during yesterday Queen’s Club final in London. After missing a shot that cost him a game in the second set against Marin Cilic, he thoughtlessly kicked a Nike advertising board that surrounded line judge Andrew McDougall. The flimsy board was drilled into McDougall’s shin, leaving a bloody gash. Watch the replay (and listen to the clueless BBC announcers, who totally missed what happened initially and then seemed overly sympathetic — for Nalbandian!) READ FULL STORY

Piers Morgan discusses his chat with Casey Anthony -- VIDEO

Piers Morgan had a phone call with Casey Anthony yesterday. Though the conversation was off-camera and unrecorded, Morgan revealed highlights of the chat last night on his CNN show. Among the notable quotes from Anthony, Morgan said she told him, “I’m ashamed in many ways of the person that I was. Because even then, that wasn’t who I am.”

Anthony remained adamant that she did not kill her daughter Caylee, saying, “There’s nothing in this world I’ve ever been so proud of. There’s no one I loved more than my daughter. She’s my greatest accomplishment.”

Below, watch Morgan dole out more of Anthony’s feelings on her new life and the possibility of motherhood. READ FULL STORY

Coroner rules that a dingo actually did take Australian mother's baby

Back in 1988, Meryl Streep earned an Academy Award nomination for her role in A Cry in the Dark as Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, an Australian mother accused of murdering her child. The movie’s most famous line — when Streep proclaims “A dingo took my baby!” — became an oft-parodied gag in the ’90s thanks to Seinfeld. But now, according to People, an Australian coroner has officially confirmed that a dingo (a wild dog found in the Outback) really was responsible for the death of baby Azaria Chamberlain on a 1980 camping trip. The real-life Chamberlain-Creighton spent three years in prison for the crime before a retrial found her innocent. Watch a clip from the film below: READ FULL STORY

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