Handcuffing of Lily Allen for photo 'breached protocol'

Lily Allen performs at Splendour. Picture: GETTY IMAGES
Lily Allen performs at Splendour. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

AFP officers 'breached protocol' by handcuffing Lily Allen for photo

Australian Federal Police officers who handcuffed British singer Lily Allen at her request for a photo opportunity are now the subject of an internal review for "breaching protocol".

After a show at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion on Friday night, Allen flew in to the Gold Coast Airport on Sunday to perform as the closing act at the three-day music festival Splendour in the Grass at Byron Bay on Sunday night.

A photograph of the 29-year-old, kneeling on the ground in handcuffs with an AFP officer standing behind her, was uploaded to Allen's Instagram account on Sunday afternoon, alongside the caption #uhoh.

Allen also tweeted the link to her 4.7 million Twitter followers.

The photograph of Lily Allen being handcuffed. Photo: Twitter

The photograph of Lily Allen being handcuffed. Photo: Twitter

The photograph has been deleted from Allen's Instagram account and the Twitter link no longer works.

An Australian Federal Police (AFP) spokesman said Allen had asked officers to place her in handcuffs for the photograph.

"On 27 July, AFP members escorted Ms Lilly Allen as she was transiting through Gold Coast Airport," the spokesman said.

"At her request, the members involved placed open handcuffs on Ms Allen for a photo opportunity.

"It appears the members involved were caught up in the moment and standard protocols were breached.

"This matter is now subject to internal processes."

Megan Levy, SMH

Comic-Con gets first look at Mockingjay

The trailer for the next film in the popular Hunger Games series is making its premiere at Comic-Con.

Fans gathered Friday at the Capitol Gallery in downtown San Diego, where holographic versions of two characters from the film offered visitors a silent welcome before the minute-long teaser trailer was shown.

The trailer opens with a hovership landing and a meeting between leaders of the rebellion, where Phillip Seymour Hoffman and a gray-haired Julianne Moore discuss Katniss Everdeen’s role. Meanwhile, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) declares the Mockingjay symbol illegal.

Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is shown entering the underground bunker where refugees of Panem are hiding, and she agrees to take up their cause.Being the first to see the trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I was only part of the Capitol Gallery experience, which occupied a portion of the Hard Rock Hotel.

In an all-white setting inspired by President Snow’s Capitol colour scheme, visitors could enjoy treats from Peeta’s bakery, witness colourful Capitol fashions, design souvenir T-shirts and have their photo taken with the holographic characters.

Even the trailer-viewing experience seemed designed by the Capitol: In an all-white room, fans were offered all-white candies and snacks before being shown into pod-like chairs, where they watched the trailer on personal Samsung tablets.The trailer will be released widely next week.


Lohan calls police over camper

Lindsay Lohan has reported a man to police after he camped outside her hotel.

The Mean Girls actress was staying in the Chiltern Firehouse hotel in London while she rehearsed for the play Speed-The-Plow and she became concerned for her safety when a man camped outside the building to catch a glimpse of her.    

According to Britain’s Sunday People newspaper, the admirer sent marriage applications to the accompanying restaurant to get Lohan to sign.

‘‘Lindsay’s really shook up about it all. This man just wouldn’t leave her alone. He knew where she was staying and was always there, waiting. She’s been really scared,’’ a source told the paper.

Staff at the hotel called police over the incident.    

‘‘On 17 July, police received an allegation of harassment. There have been no arrests,’’ a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said.  

Lohan has since moved out of the hotel to a luxury apartment in the Mayfair neighbourhood.


5 Seconds on hand to sell US gig tickets

The boys in Australia’s 5 Seconds of Summer have given their feverish female fans the surprise of a lifetime by personally selling tickets for an upcoming concert in Inglewood, California.

Many fans, including 13-year-old Trina Umana, camped out overnight at The Forum to get seats for the Aussie group’s first US headlining concert on November 15.

‘‘I can’t speak right now, I’m too overwhelmed,’’ she sobbed after purchasing her tickets from guitarist Michael Clifford.As well as Clifford, the group consists of Sydney teens Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood and Ashton Irwin.

Before heading into the box office, drummer Irwin, 20, said his only concern was the group’s maths skills.‘‘We might lose track of a lot of coins and stuff like that,’’ Irwin joked.

‘‘But we’ll work it out. We’ll get through it.On meeting artists he admires like Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz, he said, ‘‘we’re more awkward than anything’’.

‘‘But inside, when they leave, we sort of squeal.’’

Green Day, Blink-182 and Imagine Dragons also top their list of musical influences.Saturday’s crowd was treated to a live outdoor performance of 5 Seconds of Summer hits She Looks So Perfect and Amnesia.

5 Seconds of Summer is mirroring the instant success One Direction achieved when that group hit the US music scene in 2012.

The quartet is now opening for One Direction on the Where We Are tour.5 Seconds of Summer will play to roughly 17,500 fans when it headlines at The Forum, an impressive feat for an emerging act.

Billboard predicts the group’s self-titled debut album, which came out last week, will debut at No.1.

Last week it was announced that the Aussie boys would perform at the MTV Video Music Awards in August.


Sex Pistols turned down Olympics invite

The Sex Pistols turned down the chance to reunite at the Olympic Games opening ceremony in London in 2012 because the rockers were stunned by organisers’ attempt to invite long-dead The Who drummer Keith Moon to perform.

The punk icons were invited to make a comeback at the star-studded launch of the sporting showpiece, but declined the offer.

Former bassist Glen Matlock has now revealed their decision was made after they heard about Olympic bosses’ major blunder in inviting The Who to perform with their late drummer.

He tells Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper, ‘‘I heard that they wanted The Who to do it, they wanted Keith Moon to perform. But he’s only been dead 20 years. They had asked us to perform but the story about Keith Moon and The Who didn’t help their pitch to us. That was one of the reasons we said ’no’.’’

Moon died from an overdose of prescription drugs in 1978, at the age of 32.