You'd think after being sued two or three times over sampling artists' work without their permission, you'd learn a thing or two about copyright law. Yet, Kanye West has just been hit with his fourth lawsuit from a disgruntled musician.
Robert Poindexter of the Persuaders is seeking $500,000 in damages from the rapper for allegedly using a piece of the band's 1972 hit "Trying Girls Out" in his remix of "Girls Girls Girls" from Freshman Adjustment 2. Poindexter says West was well aware that he didn't have permission to use the song on the 2006 mix tape because he used a cleared sample of the track in the version of "Girls Girls Girls" from Jay-Z's 2001 album The Blueprint.
Previously, West has been sued for using Joe Farrell's 1974 song "Upon This Rock" in "Gone" and Dayna ‘D’Mystro’ Staggs song "Volume" in "Good Life." West and Jay-Z just settled a lawsuit with Syl Johnson, who claims they used an unauthorized sample of his song "Different Strokes" in "The Joy" on Watch the Throne. West got off lucky with "Diamonds from Sierra Leone," which relied heavily on "Diamonds Are Forever." Shirley Bassey only threatened to sue over the use of her song, explaining, "He didn't ask my permission to have me singing on the his song. I didn't even know it existed until I heard him performing at the Live 8 concert. I didn't even hear from his record company, which wasn't very nice."
You can listen to the subject of West's latest legal trouble below.
The Persuaders' "Trying Girls Out"
Kanye West's "Girls Girls Girls" [NSFW]
[Rolling Stone, BBC, Gigwise]
In the tradition of Batman Begins and Casino Royale the clock is rolled back on the legendary icons the D—the self-proclaimed greatest band in the world—as the curtain is pulled back on their secret origins and the demons that drive them are unveiled… OK so it’s not really that deep. Though the heavy metal/comedy combo of Jack/JB/”Jabeles” (Jack Black) and Kyle/KB/”Kage” (Kyle Gass) have long played hip clubs cut an album starred in their own short-lived HBO series and amassed a devoted cult of fans their first feature film reveals how the pudgy duo first meet form the band meet their first fan (Jason Reed as TV holdover Lee) go questing the fabled Pick of Destiny—a shard of Satan’s tooth turned into a guitar pick passed among rock’s most accomplished shredders—and ultimately smack down with the devil himself. Believe it or not it’s a love story. Thanks to their long professional partnership Black and Gass comprise two perfectly crafted sides of a very polished comedy coin: Black is the wild-eyed uncontrolled id Gass is the low-energy manipulative slacker and they meet in the middle with an equal amount of unchecked delusion about their musical ability and potential. They both deftly pull off the trickiest types of comedy: smart jokes in the guise of dumb characters and it’s nice to see Black—obviously the bigger film star of the two—share the funniest bits equally with Gass. Of course all of this hinges on the audience’s tolerance for the ambitiously clueless ego-cases (and moviegoers who only love Black for his tamer version of the same persona in School of Rock should be warned—this is the cruder ruder and more profane incarnation) but we admit we’ve long had a taste for the D. They boys carry they movie squarely on their shoulders though longtime D supporters Tim Robbins and Ben Stiller stand out in cameos—the first Stiller cameo in ages that’s both amusing and non-gratuitous! Also appearing in small bits: SNL’s Fred Armisen and Amy Poehler Oscar-nominee Amy Adams Colin Hanks hard rock hero Ronnie James Dio Foo Fighter Dave Grohl as Satan and an uncredited John C. Reilly though you’ll never ever recognize him when he’s onscreen. And kudos to whoever had the inspired notion to cast Meat Loaf as JB’s pious father and Troy Gentile as the young rockin’ JB (Gentile also played a junior version of Black in Nacho Libre). Helmer Liam Lynch who also collaborated on the screenplay with Black and Gass and directed their music video “Tribute ” understands the absurd world of the D completely and demonstrates a clever assured sense of straight-faced silliness. Indeed the first ten minutes of the film alone—a mini-rock opera in itself—announce him as a comedy director to watch. Although we’re sure the bandmates themselves would take full credit for the film’s success. After all they may not have made the greatest movie in the world but in D-speak they came up with a pretty rockin’ tribute version.
Based on the novel by Clive Cussler we meet master explorer Dirk Pitt who is just itching to go on his next treasure hunt. He gets that chance when he finds a fabled coin linked to a historical legend and heads to some of the most dangerous regions of West Africa searching for what the locals call the "Ship of Death"--a long-lost Civil War battleship that harbors a secret cargo. But don't waste a second of time wondering how a Civil War battleship found its way from the Atlantic Ocean to the Sahara Desert; no one involved in the movie did either. Along for the ride is Dirk's wisecracking "sidekick" Al Giordino (Steve Zahn) who always knows just what to say in the most dire of situations. Not. The boys also meet Dr. Eva Rojas (Penelope Cruz) a beautiful doctor who believes that the hidden treasure may be connected to a larger problem that not only threatens the lives of the locals but possibly like the entire world. Whoa dude! Although the guys spend most of the movie blowing things up together you just know that somehow their paths are going to cross again with Eva's and when they do it's gonna be EXPLOSIVE! Like literally. Duuuuuude!
Who can act with all those explosions going off? And in the middle of the desert? McConaughey is so suntanned so blow-dried so lovingly filmed in this movie that I was half expecting the distinctive twang of the "porn guitar" every time he made an entrance. In every shot he's glistening bronzed with a megawatt smile and that laid-back inflection of his that makes it sound like he just rolled out of bed stretched scratched himself and then moseyed himself down to stand in front of the cameras. Similarly Zahn who is usually cast as the hyperactive frenetic best friend is cast as--big surprise--the frenetic hyperactive frenetic best friend. The only difference is that in Sahara he must have been allowed to use McConaughey's personal trainer because Zahn has never looked more studly. He too is all windswept and taut muscles matching McConaughey's frosted tips to frosted tips and squint for squint. Oh yeah Penelope Cruz is in the movie too walking around with horned rimmed glasses perched on her face to show that she's a Serious Doctor Person. Yep that just about does it for the acting.
Matthew McConaughey tells us "the word Sahara actually means 'desert'." If we take our English lesson one step further we can define desert as: "A region of permanent cold that is largely or entirely devoid of life." Yep that about sums the movie up. Although director Breck Eisner has done his best to assemble all the elements and set pieces of an action/adventure film we've seen them all before. Never throw one punch when you can throw 10; never drive in a straight line when you can zoom around in a long sweeping curve being sure to kick up as much dust as you can. And don't sweat the small details like finding a working pay phone or a gas station in the middle of a desert or locating live ammunition in a ship that's 150 years old. Never say "I'll be fine!"(because for sure you're going to die). Or "I'll be right back." (because again you're guaranteed not to). And of course the ever popular "How many times am I gonna have to save your ass?" (c'mon that was rhetorical). We already know that a train is going to be involved; someone is going to get tied to a truck and somewhere somehow there will be camels. It's the desert for heaven's sakes. There's nothing fresh here. Dialogue is just a mere convenience to move the actors from one band of bad guys to the next and none of the actors are really given much to do other than whoop and holler a whole lot. Oh yeah and blow things up. Don't ask how the 150 year old cannonball can still explode. Just leave well enough alone.
Novelist Clive Cussler's campaign against Sahara, the movie based on his
best-selling book, has been put on hold while he undergoes heart bypass
Cussler--who has been waging a public war against Sahara film-makers for
almost a year, accusing them of not giving him approval of the script as they'd
promised--is currently at home following the operation in Scottsdale,
Cussler's actress daughter Dayna tells website PageSix.com, "He's doing good,
he just got home from the hospital, but he's a fighter and all the family is
very pleased. But he won't be seeing the movie."
Sahara--which stars Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz--currently sits
atop the US box office chart after taking $18.5 million in its first weekend.
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Report claims Jackson paid off another victim
Michael Jackson, who is currently awaiting trial on child molestation charges, allegedly paid the son of a Neverland Ranch employee $2 million in 1990 to avoid a child molestation accusation, The Associated Press reports. According to a segment to be broadcast tonight on the TV news magazine Dateline NBC, a 12-year-old boy accused Jackson, 45, of "fondling him through his clothes." Retired Santa Barbara County Sheriff Jim Thomas, now an NBC news analyst, told the AP the employee's son did not file charges and didn't want to testify "because he was afraid his friends would think he was homosexual." Thomas, whose office investigated Jackson in 1993 in connection with another boy's claim, told Dateline the department always believed there were another eight to 10 other children out there who had spent time with Jackson. "They had spent time in his bedroom, but that nothing had happened," he said in an interview. "Some wouldn't talk to us at all." The Dateline report said the settlement contained a clause barring it from being discussed publicly. The boy, now in his 20s, is not expected to testify in the current case. Jackson has pleaded not guilty to committing a lewd act upon a child, administering an intoxicating agent and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. His trial is set to start Jan. 31, 2005.
Mark McGrath to host Extra
Extra, extra! Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath has signed on as permanent co-host of the syndicated TV entertainment show Extra, the AP reports. "This is a dream job," McGrath said Thursday. "Through the band, I did some hosting and loved it. I feel in my element. I'm diving in headfirst and hopefully people will respond." He will work alongside longtime Extra host Dayna Devon. McGrath said he still plans to continue working with Sugar Ray, which has a greatest-hits CD in the works. His Extra debut is set for Sept. 13.
Sony settles suit over fake film critic
Sony Pictures Entertainment has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit brought by moviegoers who said they were duped into seeing movies by fake reviews company executives had planted in advertisements. A source told Reuters Sony has agreed to pay $1.5 million into a fund to settle the case. The payout could amount to about $5 per participant in the class action, with any remaining money donated to charity. The suit was filed in June 2001 by two moviegoers who claimed they were duped into seeing A Knight's Tale based on a fake review by David Manning, a fictitious Connecticut newspaper critic invented by a Sony Pictures advertising executive. The scam was eventually exposed by Newsweek magazine.
Weird Al assaulted by green moths
Some unwanted guests rushed parody singer "Weird Al" Yankovic on stage during his performance at a state fair in Du Quoin, Ill., the AP reports. The Grammy-winning singer was swarmed by some green moths, some of which even nested in his trademark curly hair. "My band asked me if I could find a concert where we would be attacked by insects," Yankovic joked with the audience Wednesday. "I said I would see what I could do." Yankovic, the consummate professional, wasn’t phased by the moths and continued along with songs and costume changes during his self-described "rock and comedy multimedia extravaganza" in support his recent album, Poodle Hat.
Judge revokes Tom Sizemore’s probation
Tom Sizemore's probation in a domestic abuse case involving his ex-girlfriend, former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss, was revoked Thursday because he refused to provide a urine sample for a drug test at a probation office last month, the AP reports. Sizemore, 42, was sentenced in October to six months in jail on misdemeanor charges of harassing, annoying and physically abusing Fleiss during their two-year relationship. Sizemore's attorney said the actor declined to take the test because an officer he didn't recognize also wanted to search him there and he feared the results might be tampered with. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Antonio Barreto Jr. allowed Sizemore to remain free pending an evidence hearing on Nov. 8.
Hartnett down with the paparazzi
Heartthrob Josh Hartnett, who stars in this week’s new thriller Wicker Park, said he bought a Victorian home in Minnesota so he he could live without the pesky paparazzi, the AP reports. "For me, it's really important to have a real life, to have a normal life," he told reporters. But the Black Hawk Down star said he rarely lets his guard down. "When you feel like things have really died down, the paparazzi and the gossip magazines will give you a wake-up call when you least expect it." The actor also told the Daily News he was looking for more daring projects after being stuck in what he described as heroic, semi-bland roles. "I was worried about doing all those studio movies and just being a spoke in a wheel. I wanted to do more adventurous projects."
Ivana Trump gets reality TV show
Ivana Trump, the ex-wife of real estate mogul turned reality TV star Donald Trump, will star in a two-hour reality special tentatively titled Ivana Man, aimed at helping "mature" women find love with a younger man. Trump, 55, will choose eight young bachelors to compete for the affections of a single but successful older woman who will then rely on Trump to help her whittle the group of suitors to two finalists before picking the winner, the AP reports. The show is set to debut later this season on Fox. Donald Trump divorced Ivana in 1992 and married younger model Marla Maples the following year in a much-publicized celebrity split.
Comic Rodney Dangerfield remains in ICU
Rodney Dangerfield remains hospitalized in intensive care and hooked to a respirator, more than a week after undergoing heart surgery, his publicist told Reuters Thursday.The 82-year-old comedian underwent a heart valve replacement at the UCLA Medical Center last Wednesday. Spokesman Kevin Sasaki said he knew of no complications stemming from the surgery. The performer, famed for his catch phrase "I can't get no respect," underwent double-bypass heart surgery in March of 2000 and an operation three months later to correct an aneurysm. He also suffered a mild heart attack in November 2001. When he was admitted to hospital last week, Dangerfield joked: "If things go right, I'll be there about a week; and if things don't go right, I'll be there about an hour and a half."
Nice guy Jerry (Matthew Lillard) is the same numbingly trite character we've seen in hundreds of other movies. He faces 30 with uncertainty. He doesn't know if he should propose to his beautiful girlfriend Denise (Bonnie Somerville). He just can't commit darn it! Oh life is so confusing! Meeting up with his best buds Tom "the rebel" (Dax Shepard) and Dan "the runt" (Seth Green) at the funeral of their dead friend Billy they reunite in the-what else?--tree house of their youth. There they discover a map of Billy's longtime obsession: The disappearance of hijacker D.B. Cooper with $200 000 cash. (Never mind that the real Cooper's flight took off in 1971 well before any of these characters would be born.) So these three friends set out on an expedition from the heart and learn a few valuable life lessons along the way. They embark on a canoe trip in the Pacific Northwest in search of Cooper's lost treasure with a very large bear and two even larger hillbillies in hot pursuit. Which is of course just a big excuse for some crazy hijinks in the woods the obligatory stoner sequence gorgeous but unshaven tree-huggers living atop a redwood a crazed mountain man the usual.
Lillard has an off-kilter charm that works in his supporting roles but not so much as the lead. One imagines the producers offering the role first to Adam Sandler and then to Vince Vaughn or Luke Wilson before finally settling on Lillard after they all refuse. His overbearing earnestness in the role recalls his work in SLC Punk straining for normalcy when something completely off-the-wall would work so much better. Shepard (from MTV's Punk'd) fares better he is amusingly annoying but at least he takes a side. Green is usually funnier than this but he doesn't usually have to lug an inhaler around with him as a prop or constantly stoop for laughs as the token scaredy cat. The three of them do have an easygoing chemistry that makes them good company. Burt Reynolds turns up with a foot-long beard as the mountain man who might know something about the treasure. It is certainly the most vanity free performance of Reynolds' career and while it doesn't amount to much it's a step in the right direction for a guy who could still be a great character actor if he could finally get over the fact that he is no longer Stroker Ace.
Steven Brill is best known as the director of the first Adam Sandler movie that didn't reach nine figures at the box office Little Nicky and he hasn't exactly advanced the art of screen comedy here. Nevertheless the pacing is brisk the timing is crisp and the repartee (credited to five writers) is snappy. Even the action comedy sequences mostly running away from the bear and the hillbillies are convincingly done. But make no mistake this is clearly the work of a man hell-bent on paying homage to The Goonies and for that miniscule target audience that not only saw The Goonies in the theater it can also differentiate the Coreys. Of course '80s music has been back in vogue for several years so it's inevitable that the '80s comedy embodied in this movie The Girl Next Door
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and others would return. But somebody had better make a good one soon or it will disappear faster than you can say Kajagoogoo.