Rapper Young Jeezy is facing a lawsuit from soul veteran Leroy Hutson over allegations of copyright infringement. The former lead singer of The Impressions claims portions of his track Getting It On are featured heavily on the hip-hop star's song Time, which was released as part of his 2010 mixtape, Trap or Die 2 - but insists he never gave Jeezy or his producer Don Cannon permission to use the composition.
Hutson, who found fame in the 1970s, was only made aware of the alleged infringement after his daughter came across the information on the website WhoSampled.com, which lists where original samples in modern songs come from.
He filed suit against Jeezy and Cannon for copyright infringement and unjust enrichment in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia last Tuesday (27Aug13), according to AllHipHop.com. He is demanding a trial by jury to determine damages as the stars are said to have illegally used the sample for a second time by filming a music video for Time.
The allure of a jump scare that perfectly-timed loud noise that sends a horror movie audience jumping is hard to ignore. They're easy but effective — if you want to shake people up nothing works as well as a well placed violin screech or slamming door sound effect. Thankfully the new evil ghost movie Sinister mostly avoids the easy way out by developing its lead character a novelist with a drinking problem and exploring an inventive twist on "found footage" (the guy actually finds footage). It all works quite well… that is until it starts relying on jump scares.
True crime writer Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) hasn't had a hit book in years but he hopes to change his life around by investigating a set of murders committed in the backyard of a suburban home. To immerse himself in the history Ellison moves his entire family into the house where the committed murders took place (and without telling them their new home's little secret). He immediately falls down the rabbit hole discovering a series of Super 8 movies depicting the first killings and a string of other bizarre murders all captured on gritty film. Ellison loses himself to the movies only flinching when his wife Tracey (Juliet Rylance) begs him to come to bed or his son Trevor (Michael Hall D'Addario) wakes up in a fit of terror from an anxiety ailment. But as he watches and rewatches the snuff films Ellison begins to see a connection between them: a shadowy figure who it turns out might be a supernatural entity.
Great horror rides on its lead and Hawke serves Sinister well. He's ambitious and overly confident of his abilities as he digs deeper and deeper into the history of the Super 8 movies. He makes some poor choices — why writers in movies are continually keeping secrets from their families and drinking way more whiskey than their finances would allow is one of Hollywood's great mysteries — but Hawke is adept at making the act of watching someone watch something interesting. His obsession with the mystery his slowly disintegrating mind is reminiscent of Jack Torrence in The Shining.
But before Sinister gets that involved with its central character it strays into run-of-the-mill haunted house territory. Vincent D'Onofrio pops up for a quick expositional Skype chat to inform Ellison that the dark being in his home movies might be a Pagan deity that eats the souls of children. That would explain all those pesky kid ghosts that keep whispering in the ear of Ellison's Ashley (Clare Foley) and making creepy bumps in the night.
Sinister's most terrifying material comes from the grainy "found footage." When director Scott Derrickson moves back and forth between Ellison and the films the writer illuminated only by the flickering projector it's chilling. But the movie progresses away from that into its own conventional horror movie. Weighed down by explanation and meandering action Sinister loses track of its character angle in favor of the almighty jump scare. It's exhausting — but then again as the nickname suggests they never fail to make one jump.
Wagner and her longtime boyfriend, actor Barry Watson, welcomed daughter Clover Clementyne last week (30May12).
A statement from the couple to People.com reads: "We are overwhelmed with love and joy at the birth of our daughter."
The baby's first name was reportedly inspired by Inside Daisy Clover, a Wood film from 1965.
Clover is Wagner's first child; Watson has two sons from his marriage to Tracy Hutson.
The actress' publicist has confirmed the Two Girls & a Guy star is pregnant with actor husband Barry Watson's baby.
Wagner, who is tragic movie icon Natalie Wood's daughter, is "expecting soon", according to Life & Style magazine.
The baby will be Teaching Mrs. Tingle star Watson's third child - his son Oliver turns seven on Wednesday (02May12) and he also has a four year old, Felix, from his second marriage to Tracy Hutson.