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Vinnie Jones Not Guilty of Assault

SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota (AFP) – Vinnie Jones, Hollywood tough guy and star of the Vinnie Jones Wake Up Call smiled and mouthed “thank you” to a jury that found him not guilty Friday of assault charges.

Jones was arrested for punching Juan Trevino-Barrera shortly after the man’s friend smashed Jones over the head with a beer mug during a brawl over a game of pool in the small city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

He told the jury that he was “driven by fear” and acting in self-defense when he saw Barrera approach him as he made his way to the bathroom to wash the blood off his face.

“My nose was hanging off. You could have put a quarter in it,” he testified.

Security video shows Jones punched Barrera, 24, three times before Barrera threw him to the ground.

Barrera, who also has a civil suit against Jones for damages and lost wages, acknowledged in court Thursday that he sold his story to a tabloid and stood to get more money if Jones was convicted.

He was also recently convicted on drug charges.

“We came here today and told the truth, and the people of Sioux Falls saw through that. They saw through Barrera and his antics,” Jones said after the verdict was read.

“I stood up for myself that night and I stood up for myself today,” Jones said.

“And justice has prevailed.”

After the verdict was read, Jones met with jurors outside the courtroom, thanked them and signed autographs. At least one autograph read, “Be good. Vinnie Jones.”

One juror said she felt Barrera’s story changed too much between what he told police, the tabloids and the jury.

“He back-pedaled a lot, and contradicted himself a lot,” Kim Westendorf told AFP.

After a football career in which he developed a brutal “hard man” reputation, Jones debuted as an actor in “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.” His other film credits include “Snatch” and “Gone in Sixty Seconds.”

When asked if he would like to return to South Dakota, Jones said, “Hopefully, if the wife lets me. Maybe straight to the lodge this time.”

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“Naked Dawn” Trailer Rob Schneider, Mena Suvari and Vinnie Jones

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What if the Russians attacked the U.S.? What if Rob Schneider was our last hope? What if he was naked? Looks like Rob Schneider is back in his spoof mode with this epic and explicit trailer that looks to be a failing homage to the 80s classic Red Dawn. Naked Dawn stars Rob Schneider, Mena Suvari Vinnie Jones and is directed by Jake Szymanski.

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Payback iPhone App Can Use a Lesson From Vinnie Jones

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Payback from Apex designs is the iPhone’s answer to the GTA series. It’s a sandbox style game where you play a wannabe British gangster rising up through the ranks of the criminal underworld. To get there you must punch, shoot, kill, steal, and speed your way through 6 chapters, which in turn will take you on a journey through three cities each with various illegal activities.

In freedom city (hmm sounds like liberty city!) you’ll meet a cockney gangster who thinks he’s Vinnie Jones. He issues missions to you from payphones. You’ll be taking out cops, picking up packages, dropping off gang members, stealing ice-cream trucks and ram raiding shops… to name but a few. Completing missions successfully will earn you enough money to unlock later levels and chapters.

Players of Payback can learn a thing or two about being a cockney gangster by downloading the Vinnie Jones Wake Up Call. This is a new app on the Apps store from Branded Research. Featured, are 27 new videos to choose from which include “It’s Been Emotional” and “Desert Eagle .50″ from the hit movie Snatch. From the movie Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels you can choose from video wake up calls like “Use Language Like That” and “I think the word you’re looking for, gentleman, is thank you.” Also included in the 27 are new videos of Vinnie jarring you out of your slumbers with one liners like “Oi, You! get Out of Bed!”

Graphically, Payback looks pretty good, and a definite step up from the GBA version of Payback. The viewpoint for the game is top-down 3D, similar in style to GTA 1 and 2, using a flat texture for street level, with buildings and other objects stretching up towards you. It works well, particularly in motion, adding to the feeling of a real, tangible living world. Unfortunately, there is some slowdown during explosions and when many objects on screen at once, but it’s not a huge factor.

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Vinnie Jones Vows To Give Gazza Wake Up Call

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Vinnie Jones reportedly wants to help Paul Gascoigne beat his alcohol addiction by taking him to a deserted island.

According to The Sun, the footballer-turned-actor believes that he can make Gascoigne connect with nature on the island by hunting animals and doing “man’s work”. Jones allegedly wants to document the experience with a video camera. A source said: “Vinnie thinks it’s terrible what Gazza has been going through and is convinced some tough love is needed. Vinnie loves hunting and fishing and reckons it does more to aid the soul than things like rehab.

“Gazza is a man’s man so it should be up his street. It will be a bit like a cross between Castaway and Lost with lots of survival tactics. With Vinnie and Gazza together it will be full of surprises.”

While Vinnie is getting his film crew together and making flight arrangements he should give Gazza an iPhone with the Vinnie Jones Wake Up Call iPhone application on it. Everytime Gazza feels like he needs a pep talk from Vinnie he can just watch him on the iPhone.

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