Kanye West has scored a legal victory against the creators of an online currency named after him after a judge issued a default ruling in the rapper's favour. The Stronger hitmaker filed suit in New York in January (14) in a bid to stop the exchange of the Coinye West cryptocurrency amid allegations the product's creators were trying to trade off his name.
In March (14), West filed an amended suit naming the defendants and last week (begs21Jul14), he requested a default judgement to end the case after nine of the 12 persons named failed to respond to the accusations.
A judge has since ruled in his favour and the three who did reply to the lawsuit, Richard McCord, David McEnery and Harry Willis, have settled with West, according to Billboard.com. However, McCord also denied his involvement with the creation of the online currency.
Lawyers for Kanye West have requested a default judgement in the rapper's ongoing court battle against the creators of an online currency named after the star. The New Slaves hitmaker filed suit in New York in January (14) in a bid to stop the exchange of the Coinye West cryptocurrency amid allegations the product's creators were trying to trade off his name.
He is demanding unspecified damages and a court ban forcing the defendants to stop using variations of his name for the digital currency, which was subsequently just called Coinye.
Now West's legal representatives have moved to end the case after 10 of the 12 defendants failed to respond to the accusations.
Of the two who did reply to the lawsuit, Robbie Hontele reached a "confidential settlement agreement" with West and the other, Richard McCord, was nearing a deal last month (Jun14), according to court records.
Manhattan Federal Court Judge Analisa Torres has yet to rule on the motion, reports the New York Daily News.
Kiefer Sutherland's 24 character Jack Bauer has topped a new poll to find U.S. TV's Greatest Action Hero. The tough guy has beaten out Sarah Michelle Gellar's Buffy Summers and Adam West's Batman in the new TV Guide magazine survey.
Richard Dean Anderson's MacGyver and Diana Rigg's Avengers character Emma Peel round out the top five, while The Six Million Dollar Man's Steve Austin (Lee Majors), Alias' Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'s Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum) make the top 10.
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Sir Michael Gambon is reuniting with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling to bring her first adult fiction book, The Casual Vacancy, to life on the small screen.
The British acting icon, who replaced the late Richard Harris as Albus Dumbledore in the boy wizard film franchise, will lead the cast in a BBC TV adaptation of the bestselling novel, about an unexpected death in a quaint English village. He will portray deli owner Howard Mollison, opposite Notes on a Scandal actress Julia McKenzie.
The miniseries will also feature Keeley Hawes, Rufus Jones, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan and newcomer Abigail Lawrie. Production on the three-hour series is due to begin on 7 July (14) in south west England. Rowling released The Casual Vacancy in 2012. It has sold more than six million copies worldwide.
Jay Z, Kanye West, Beyonce, Rihanna and Chris Brown have been named in a bizarre $2.4 billion civil rights lawsuit filed by a prisoner in a California jail.
Richard J. Dupree, Jr. is convinced the musicians stole lyrics for over 3,000 songs he wrote while serving time behind bars, by spying on him via satellite with the aid of several law enforcement agencies, including the Central intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security, according to Re-Tox.com.
It is not clear which songs Dupree is claiming feature his lyrics, but in the lawsuit, which he filed on 21 April (14) in California Eastern District Court, he is asking for damages and to be freed from California State Prison, Corcoran immediately.
Breaking Bad will go up against House Of Cards in the fight for the best international TV show prize at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) TV Awards. The drama shows will compete against French supernatural show The Returned and Danish political drama Borgen at the television awards ceremony in London on 18 May (14).
Breaking Bad, starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, is also up for the Radio Times Audience Award, which will be voted for by the British public. It will compete against U.K. shows including detective drama Broadchurch, Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor and reality shows Gogglebox, The Great British Bake Off and Educating Yorkshire.
Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan has been nominated in the Leading Actor category for his portrayal of a serial killer in The Fall, along with Dominic West for in his role as Richard Taylor in Burton and Taylor, Sean Harris for Southcliffe and Luke Newberry for In The Flesh.
West's co-star Helena Bonham Carter is up for Leading Actress for her portrayal of Dame Elizabeth Taylor. She will compete against Kerrie Hayes (The Mill), Maxine Peake (The Village) and Olivia Colman (Broadchurch).
Broadchurch is also nominated in the Drama Series category alongside The Village, detective thriller Top of the Lake and comedy My Mad Fat Diary, while Dornan's The Fall will compete in the Mini-Series group against Southcliffe, In The Flesh and The Great Train Robbery.
Other stars to have landed key nominations include Irish actor Chris O'Dowd, who is nominated for best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for The IT Crowd, going head-to-head with his co-star Richard Ayoade. The sitcom is also nominated in the Situation Comedy category.
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch is heading back to the stage to play villainous king Richard Iii in a new Shakespeare adaptation for the BBC. The Sherlock star will join the likes of Al Pacino, Laurence Olivier and Sir Ian McKellen, who have portrayed the English monarch on screen when he takes part in the BBC Two adaptation, directed by Dominic Cooke.
Cumberbatch has another Shakespeare role line up for this summer - he will portray the title character in a new adaptation of Hamlet, which will be staged in London in August (14).
Ironically, the actor's Sherlock sidekick Martin Freeman is to play Richard III in the West End later this year (14).
The Hobbit star Martin Freeman is set to take on his first Shakespearean theatre role in Richard Iii in London this summer (14). The actor will play the English king in the Bard's play at the Trafalgar Studios theatre in the U.K. capital's West End.
The production will begin in July (14) and run through to September (14) and marks the return of theatre director Jamie Lloyd's Trafalgar Transformed season, which featured James McAvoy tackling Macbeth last year (13).
The casting comes after Freeman's Sherlock co-star, Benedict Cumberbatch, recently announced he will star in Hamlet at London's Barbican venue in 2015.
Actor Kevin Spacey is preparing to swap American politics for the British parliament after signing on to star as former Prime Minister Winston Churchill in a new movie. The double Oscar winner will portray the U.K.'s great wartime leader in Captain of the Gate, an upcoming film which will document Churchill's rise to power, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Spacey is no stranger to political projects - he currently plays scheming Democrat Francis Underwood in the U.S. version of drama series House of Cards.
Churchill, who was Britain's Prime Minister from 1940 to 1945 - and again from 1951 to 1955, has previously been portrayed on screen by Richard Burton (Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years); Simon Ward (Young Winston); Timothy West (Churchill and the Generals); Robert Hardy (Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years); Bob Hoskins (World War II: When Lions Roared); Albert Finney (The Gathering Storm), and Brendan Gleeson (Into the Storm), while Timothy Spall played the Prime Minister in 2010's The King's Speech.
Actor Richard Coogan has died, aged 99. The star, best known for playing the title role in sci-fi TV show Captain Video and His Video Rangers, passed away in Los Angeles on Wednesday (12Mar14).
Coogan began his career on Broadway, appearing in shows such as Diamond Lil with Hollywood icon Mae West, and moved into TV when he was cast in the lead role in groundbreaking series Captain Video and His Video Rangers which debuted in 1949.
After appearing in two series of the show, Coogan moved on to a role in soap opera Love Of Life. He later appeared in films such as Three Hours to Kill and Girl on the Run, and TV shows including Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Maverick and Perry Mason.
He retired from acting in the 1960s and went on to become a professional golfer.