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Kanye West Sued By Donna Summers' Estate

Kanye West faces legal action from Donna Summer’s estate for allegedly using an uncleared sample of her work in his latest album, Vultures. The estate of the late singer, who passed away in 2012, has initiated a lawsuit against Kanye, his record label, collaborator Ty Dolla $ign, and others. They say Kanye utilized an unauthorized imitation of Summer's song "I Feel Love." Despite the estate's refusal to clear a sample of "I Feel Love" for Kanye's track "Good (Don't Die)," citing his controversial reputation, the disputed track still appeared on his album, Vultures 1. The lawsuit, filed by attorney Larry Stein, alleges that Kanye and Ty approached the estate on January 31, 2024, days before the projected February 9 release of Vultures 1, seeking clearance for the song. The estate, claiming continued ownership of a portion of the copyright, rebuffed West's request. Seeking substantial damages, Donna Summer's estate seeks an injunction to halt further distribution of the song containing the contested sample.


Jake Gyllenhaal Responds To Doug Liman Boycotting Their 'Road House' Premiere

Jake Gyllenhaal has weighed in on director Doug Liman‘s decision to boycott the premiere of their upcoming remake of the 1989 action movie Road House. Liman is refusing to attend the movie’s March 8 world premiere at the South by Southwest Film & TV Festival next month because the film’s studio, Amazon MGM Studios, is releasing Road House on Prime Video without a run in theaters. Gyllenhaal stars in the movie as Elwood Dalton, a bouncer who takes a job in a rowdy Florida bar. In an interview with Total Film, Gyllenhaal said: “I adore Doug’s tenacity, and I think he is advocating for filmmakers, and film in the cinema, and theatrical releases. But, I mean, Amazon was always clear that it was streaming. I just want as many people to see it as possible. And I think we’re living in a world that’s changing in how we see and watch movies, and how they’re made. What’s clear to me, and what I loved so much, was [Liman’s] deep love for this movie, and his pride at how much he cares for it, how good he feels it is, and how much people should see it.”


Gary Sinise's Son Mac Dies Of Rare Cancer At 33

McCanna “Mac” Anthony Sinise, the musician son of actor Gary Sinise, died of the rare spinal cancer Chordoma. Mac Sinise, who had recently completed work on his album Resurrection & Revival, died on January 5 following a years-long battle with the disease. Gary announced his death yesterday on the Gary Sinise Foundation’s website. He wrote: “The week the album went to press, Mac lost his battle with cancer. He died on January 5, 2024 at 3:25pm, and was laid to rest on January 23rd. Like any family experiencing such a loss, we are heartbroken and have been managing as best we can…I am so blessed, fortunate, and proud to be his dad.” Mac Sinise was diagnosed with Chordoma in August 2018, just two months after Gary Sinise’s wife Moira was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. Chordoma affects, on average, only 300 people in the U.S. per year. Mac Sinise also served as drummer in Gary’s band the Lt. Dan Band.


"Mary Poppins" Age Rating Changed In UK Over Discriminatory Language

The UK has changed its age rating for the original “Mary Poppins” movie due to discriminatory language. The Disney movie, which came out in 1964, stars Julie Andrews as magical governess Mary Poppins and Dick Van Dyke as her chimney-sweep sidekick, Bert. It got 13 Oscar nominations — including one for Best Picture — and won five Academy Awards, including one for Andrews as Best Actress. The movie is being re-released in some movie theaters in the UK next month to celebrate its 60th anniversary. The British Board of Film Classification changed the “Mary Poppins” rating from U — meaning that it contained “no material likely to offend or harm” and is suitable for audiences four years and older — to PG, which delineates “discriminatory language,” and that some scenes may be unsuitable for young children, though unaccompanied children of any age may watch. The offending language in question is the use of the word “hottentots,” which is used in the movie by Admiral Boom (Reginald Owen), including one instance in which he refers to chimney sweeps (like Bert) whose faces are covered in soot. A BBFC spokesperson said the movie “includes two uses of the discriminatory term ‘hottentots.’ While ‘Mary Poppins’ has historical context, the use of discriminatory language is not condemned, and ultimately exceeds our guidelines for acceptable language at U. We therefore classified the film PG for discriminatory language.” Apparently, the word is a racially insensitive term for the Khoekhoe, an indigenous group of nomadic herders in South Africa.


Don Lemon Paid $24.5 Million In Separation From CNN: Report

Don Lemon and CNN have reportedly reached an agreement since he was canned last year. The former CNN anchor and the news network reached a separation deal that would pay Lemon about $24.5 million, The Wrap is reporting. The total is reportedly the amount of money Lemon was set to receive if his final contract ended in 3 and a half years.



"Game Of Thrones" Spinoff 'The Hedge Knight" To Premiere Next Year

Game of Thrones spinoff A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight is coming to HBO next year. The Hedge Knight is based on the Dunk & Egg fantasy novellas by George R.R. Martin, whose A Song of Ice & Fire novels and book Fire & Blood were previously adapted as the HBO series Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon, respectively. The Hedge Knight is in pre-production and will premiere in late 2025. The Hedge Knight takes place a century before the events of Game of Thrones and follows two unlikely heroes as they wander Westeros: Ser Duncan the Tall, a young, naïve but courageous knight, and Egg, his diminutive squire.


"Bob Marley: One Love" Still Number 1 At The Box Office

Biopic Bob Marley: One Love is the No. 1 movie in North America for a second straight weekend, earning an additional $13.5 million.

Here’s the rest of the top 10:
2. Demon Slayer - $11.6 million
3. Ordinary Angels - $6.5 million
4. Madame Web - $6 million
5. Migration - $3 million
6. Argylle - $2.8 million
7. Wonka - $2.5 million
8. Drive-Away Dolls - $2.4 million
9. The Beekeeper - $2 million
10. The Chosen - $1.8 million


SAG Award Winners

Here are the winners from Saturday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.

MOVIES
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Oppenheimer

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role - Cillian Murphy, Oppenheimer

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role - Lily Gladstone, Killers of the Flower Moon

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role - Robert Downey Jr., Oppenheimer

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role - Da'Vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers

TELEVISION
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Succession

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - The Bear

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series - Steven Yeun, Beef

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series - Ali Wong, Beef

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Pedro Pascal, The Last of Us

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series - Elizabeth Debicki, The Crown

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series - Jeremy Allen White, The Bear

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series - Ayo Edebiri, The Bear

STUNTS
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture - Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series - The Last of Us


Masterclass: Shark Tank's Mark Cuban Shares His Business Savvy In New Online Series

Mark Cuban is now teaching an online series for MasterClass on how to find entrepreneurial success. The class, which launched on the MasterClass website yesterday, is a 10-part series in which Cuban teaches subscribers his insider secrets — including how to get started, build equity and market your brand. MasterClass is an online subscription service that offers video courses on a variety of topics, led by industry experts.


HULU Gives Series Order To 'Chad Powers' Comedy Based On Eli Manning Sketch

Hulu has given a series order to Chad Powers, a half-hour comedy based on an Eli Manning sketch that aired on ESPN . Glen Powell (Anyone But You) will star in the show that follows a hotshot quarterback whose college career ends after bad behavior. He then disguises himself as the talented and affable Chad Powers, who walks onto a struggling Southern football team.


Frasier Renewed For Season 2

Paramount has renewed the “Frasier” revival starring Kelsey Grammer for a second season. “Kelsey made a triumphant return as one of the most iconic and beloved characters on television,” Paramount ’s executive vice president of programming Jeff Grossman said in a statement.


Michael Jackson's Former Bodyguard Reveals The Real Reason Behind The Singer's Nose Surgery

Michael Jackson's former bodyguard revealed the real reason behind the later singer’s nose surgery. Matt Fiddes, who worked with Jackson for more than a decade, appeared on a recent episode of The Steven Sulley Study podcast to dish the details on why the singer really went under the knife for the first time - sparking a years-long transformation that was the subject of fierce scrutiny. The TV personality explained that MJ had always been teased about the size of his nose, but underwent his first rhinoplasty procedure in 1979. However, Fiddes insisted that it wasn't this teasing that actually prompted him to undergo a rhinoplasty routine - but rather a horrific injury he suffered at the age of 21, as a result of his training routine. “He used to get teased by his family a lot over the size of his nose - being called big nose and all of this stuff,” Fiddes said. “He used to say his dad used to be the main one - ‘you didn't get that from me, you got that from your mom, you didn't get that from my side of the family’ - it hurt him a lot.” But, the teasing alone wasn’t enough to force Jackson to make a change, he said. Matt continued: “Michael used to dance about three hours a day on average. At one stage he was doing 50 spins in a row - it was unbelievable. He fell over and broke his nose and he saw it as the perfect opportunity while he was under anesthetic to just get a smaller nose.” Referring to the rumors that Jackson had multiple plastic surgery procedures throughout his life, Fiddes said he never spoke to the signer about that in detail, but conceded that it was clear to everyone that he'd had work done.


Tom Cruise Splits From Russian Socialite Elsina Khayrova

Tom Cruise has reportedly split from his Russian socialite girlfriend Elsina Khayrova just days after meeting her kids. Cruise and Elsina, who is the ex-wife of oligarch Dimitry Tsvetkov, are first believed to have met last December during a party in Mayfair, where they were seen canoodling. But now reports have emerged they have parted ways, just days after he met her children. Tom is said to have “cooled off the romance” but wanted to remain friends because they live in the same apartment block in London. “To end things on a bad note would have been awkward if they'd bumped into each other in the lift,” a source told The Sun.


Idris Elba To Open SAG Awards-Jennifer Aniston, Billie Eilish Among Presenters

The Screen Actors Guild has announced a lineup of presenters for the 2024 Screen Actors Guild Awards. The 30th annual SAG Awards will take place Saturday at Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles and stream live on Netflix at 8 p.m. EST. Luther star Idris Elba will open the ceremony, while Jennifer Aniston will present the SAG Life Achievement Award to singer and actress Barbra Streisand. Other presenters include Emily Blunt, Danielle Brooks, Sterling K. Brown, Jessica Chastain, Robert Downey Jr., Billie Eilish, America Ferrera, Brendan Fraser, Taraji P. Henson, Cillian Murphy, Glen Powell, Issa Rae, Margot Robbie, Tracee Ellis Ross, Naomi Watts and Jeffrey Wright. Erika Alexander, Michael Cera, Fran Drescher, Phil Dunster, Tory Kotsur, Greta Lee, Melissa McCarthy, Storm Reid, Omar Sy and Hannah Waddingham will also present awards.


Beyonce's "Texas Hold 'Em" Is No. 1 On Billboard's Hot Country Songs Chart

Beyoncé's new single, "Texas Hold 'Em," has debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. The singer also clocks in at No. 9 with her second entry, "16 Carriages." According to Billboard, the feat makes the singer the first woman and first Black woman to have topped both the Hot Country Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs since the lists began in 1958. “Texas Hold 'Em" is also Beyoncé's first leader on Country Digital Song Sales and her 11th No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales list. It holds the No. 2 spot on the all-genre Hot 100 chart.


Alec Baldwin's "Rust" Trial Likely To Start This Summer

Over two years after the on-set shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, Alec Baldwin could finally be going to trial for the fatal tragedy early this summer. “So, what I’m going to do is I’m going to look at my schedule, and check the jury selection. I’m going to get going to see if we can’t compromise between the July trial dates and the June trial dates,” said Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer at a virtual hearing for the involuntary manslaughter case. “I’ll put that order out to you …Monday,” the New Mexico official added of a February 26 date.


"Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom" To Hit Max February 27th

Warner Bros Pictures has set a streaming date of Tuesday, February 27, for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. The movie debuts on Max. Directed by James Wan, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom stars Jason Momoa in the title role, along with Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Nicole Kidman.


Madonna Falls Backward Onstage After Dancer Mishap

On Sunday, Madonna took a tumble on stage while performing her 1986 song “Open Your Heart” after one of her dancers lost their footing — and she handled it like a pro. During the show at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena, the latest stop on her Celebration Tour, Madonna sat in a chair while performing the choreography for the track, which is inspired by its iconic music video. After singing a few bars, one of the dancers began to drag her — still singing — in the chair, pulling her across the stage in stiletto heels. The dancer only got about five steps in, however, before they lost their footing, sliding and hitting the floor along with Madonna, who toppled over in the chair. But Madonna didn’t miss a beat. Right after hitting the floor, Madonna resumed the song and rolled effortlessly off of the chair onto the stage while the dancer dragged it away.


Michael Keaton Teases 'Beetlejuice' Sequel

Michael Keaton is teasing the upcoming Beetlejuice Beetlejuice film that will hit theaters later this year. The Tim Burton film is a sequel to the 1988 horror comedy that starred Keaton in the titled role. In a recent interview, Keaton opened up about returning to play Beetlejuice. “The one thing that he and I decided on early, early, early on from the beginning, if we ever did it again, I was totally not interested in doing something where there was too much technology,” he told People. “It had to feel handmade.” He continued, “What made it fun was watching somebody in the corner actually holding something up for you, to watch everybody in the shrunken head room and say, ‘Those are people under there, operating these things, trying to get it right.'” Keaton noted, “When you get to do that again after years of standing in front of a giant screen, pretending somebody’s across the way from you, this is just enormous fun.” The movie will be in theaters in September.


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