Italian fashion guru Roberto Cavalli has been slapped with legal action from three street artists amid allegations he copied part of their work to use for a graffiti-inspired collection. The legendary designer reportedly lifted aspects of a mural in San Francisco's Mission District by the group Revok, Reyes and Steel and recreated them for bags, dresses and shoes for his Just Cavalli Graffiti line.
Artists Jason 'Revok' Williams, Victor 'Reyes' Chapa and Jeffrey 'Steel' Rubin filed suit over the issue in the Central District of California on 25 August (14), and Chapa tells the New York Post, "It's really upsetting that our work could have been used for profit in a mass-market type of situation. It brings out all crazy feelings of anxiety and failure because... this work is a culmination of not just a week, but years and years...The fact someone would take it without permission is really sad."
Lawyers for the trio reportedly fired off a cease-and-desist notice to Cavalli to halt the sale of the collection in June (14), but the items remain available to the public.
A spokesperson for Cavalli claims the designer has yet to receive the official news of the lawsuit, but insists the "highly inflammatory allegations" have "no basis in face and are incorrect".
However, the representative adds, "In order to avoid the time and expense of unnecessary litigation, we also intend to communicate with the artists' attorneys to discuss a mutually agreeable resolution of the issues."
Actor Jeff Bridges has reprised his classic movie character The Dude from The Big Lebowski for a new advertisement promoting the stoner icon's favourite cocktail. The Kahlua commercial pays tribute to the vodka-based drink the White Russian, which Bridges, as Jeffrey 'The Dude' Lebowski, famously slurped throughout the 1998 cult comedy, and the Oscar winner insists he was more than happy to revisit The Dude and take part in the shoot.
He tells People.com, "As a short film entirely inspired by a simple classic cocktail, this story is creative, enigmatic and beautifully shot."
The White Russian ad, directed by Ivan Zacharias, follows "the unlikely meeting of two men from different worlds, as told by a man reminiscing about his past adventures".
Rapper/singer Cee Lo Green temporarily deactivated his Twitter.com account late on Monday (01Sep14) after followers took aim at him for an ill-advised rape comment.
The Forget You hitmaker, real name Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, hit headlines last year (13) after an ex-girlfriend accused him of slipping her ecstasy during a dinner date in Los Angeles in 2012 and then having sex with her. A charge of sexual assault was previously dropped by police due to a lack of evidence, and last week (ends29Aug14), he agreed to serve three years of probation and complete 360 hours of community service after pleading no contest to a felony count of sharing ecstasy.
Green, who denied taking advantage of the woman without her consent, broke his silence on the case on Monday, when he took to his Twitter.com account and appeared to vent his frustration at the allegations.
In a series of posts, he wrote, "People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!! If someone is passed out they're not even WITH you consciously! so WITH Implies consent."
The ill-advised tweet prompted followers to take aim at Green, and he later tried to make amends for the careless comments, posting, "Let me 1st praise god for exoneration fairness & freedom (sic)! Secondly I sincerely apologize for my comments being taken so far out of context... "I only intended on a healthy exchange to help heal those who love me from the pain I had already caused from this. Please forgive me as it was your support that got me thru (sic) this to begin with. I'd never condone the harm of any women. Thank you."
Green deleted his offending tweets and subsequently shut down his profile on the microblogging site. However, his page was live again by Tuesday (02Sep14) afternoon.
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Hollywood actress Kirsten Dunst has criticised technology giant Apple over the nude photo leak which led to saucy photographs of the star emerging online.
The Spider-Man heroine was among a number of celebrities targeted by a hacker who published reams of explicit personal pictures on the Internet. The images were reportedly obtained from Apple iCloud accounts, and Dunst, who was shown topless in a number of the leaked shots, has now hit out at the company through her Twitter.com account.
In a message posed on her page, she writes, "Thank you iCloud" along with an emoticon of a slice of pizza and a pile of excrement.
Apple bosses have confirmed they have launched an investigation into the alleged security breach, saying in a statement, "We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report."
Other stars caught up in the scandal include Jessica Brown Findlay, Kate Upton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Jennifer Lawrence, whose publicist has warned that anyone caught sharing the snaps could face prosecution. Agents at America's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are also investigating the scandal.
TV bosses have reportedly axed filming on Joan Rivers' TV show Fashion Police this week (beg01Sep14) as the funnywoman remains in a serious condition in hospital.
The 81-year-old comedienne suffered a cardiac arrest during routine throat surgery on Thursday (28Aug14) and was admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City where she was placed in a medically-induced coma.
Rivers remains under the care of doctors, who are reportedly working to bring her out of the coma, and executives at the E! Network are now said to have axed a planned shoot for her style-focused TV show, which was due to take place in the Big Apple to coincide with New York Fashion Week, according to the New York Daily News.
A stand-up gig in New Jersey on Friday (29Aug14) was also called off following Rivers' hospitalisation.
R&B star Mary J. Blige has recruited U.K. artists Disclosure and Emeli Sande for her new album, The London Sessions. The No More Drama hitmaker has crossed the pond and invited some of Britain's biggest names in music to contribute to her 13th studio album, due out in November (14).
Along with Disclosure and Sande, Blige also collaborated with Sam Smith, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy and Sam Romans.
And while Blige's new project involves musicians from genres such as dance and pop, she tells Britain's The Observer newspaper that her goal for The London Sessions was to create good songs that don't adhere to any particular style of music.
She explains, "The sound in London at the moment is house music. That is what the majority of people are producing their songs like. But the ones that get truly successful are the ones using proper songwriting. And that is exactly what we're trying to do, along with a few other people
"But that applies to any genre, not just dance music. You could take the songs off Sam Smith's album, produce them in a completely different way and they would still be a huge success - you could produce them like acid jazz and I still feel like they'd get somewhere."
Blige previously worked with Disclosure on a remix for their song F For You, and she teamed up for a new version of Smith's Stay With Me in July (14).
Upcoming shows by pop veterans Marc Almond and Wet Wet Wet and Welsh singer Aled Jones have been cancelled due to a problem with the gigs' site in Essex, England. Organisers at UK Events and Production announced on Monday (01Sep14) that the three shows, which had been due to take place at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, had been axed as the grounds were not "acceptable to put on our concerts".
Hylands Park is the same venue where thousands of revellers recently gathered for the V Festival, which featured sets by Justin Timberlake, Blondie, Lily Allen, Rita Ora and reunited girl group All Saints.
A spokesperson for UK Events and Production says, "This is the first time that we have cancelled an event in the history of our trading so the decision was not taken lightly.
"The site was recently used for the V Festival and after a recent site visit, we do not feel that the area within the park we are using is acceptable to put on our concerts.
"UK Events prides itself on putting on quality outdoor concerts and we feel that going forward with this event would harm our reputation and potentially spoil consumers experience."
Jones had been booked to headline the Last Night of the Proms gig on Sunday (07Aug14), while Almond was expected to join From the Jam and Billy Ocean to perform at the Eighties-themed Flashback Festival on 13 September (14), followed by Wet Wet Wet's concert at the same venue on 14 September (14).
Sons Of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam and Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens have reportedly emerged as the frontrunners to take on the lead role in a long-delayed remake of John Carpenter's sci-fi classic Escape From New York. The Walking Dead's Jon Bernthal is also said to be in consideration to tackle the part of anti-hero Snake Plissken, the character made famous by Kurt Russell in the 1981 original, according to Starlog.com.
Jeremy Renner and British movie tough guys Tom Hardy and Jason Statham were all previously linked to the reboot, which has been in the works since 2010.
Producers at Silver Pictures have yet to secure a director to take on the job, although Breck Eisner, Len Wiseman and Brett Ratner have all been attached to the project in recent years.
Officials in Morocco are closing down a major highway for two weeks so Tom Cruise can shoot daring stunts for his next Mission: Impossible movie at the location. The Top Gun star is currently filming the fifth installment in the action franchise, and last month (Aug14) he was snapped shooting a hair-raising sequence on top of the Vienna Opera House in Austria.
Now it has emerged the shoot is moving to the African nation of Morocco, where civic leaders have agreed to shut a main road between the major city of Casablanca and popular tourist resort Agadir to accommodate the film crews.
Officials at the Moroccan National Highway Company will close down the stretch of road for two weeks this month (Sep14), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Filming is also due to take place in other Moroccan cities including Marrakesh and Rabat.
British boy band The Wanted performed their last gig on Sunday (31Aug14) without band member Nathan Sykes.
Earlier this year (14), the Glad You Came hitmakers announced they would take an indefinite hiatus following their world tour in May (14) but they continued to book occasional shows. The band performed its last gig at the Fusion Festival in Birmingham, England on Sunday but Sykes was noticeably missing.
According to Britain's The Sun newspaper, he had to pull out due to work commitments in the U.S. Jay McGuiness tells the publication the appearance was the last before their hiatus began, saying, "We're not booked for anything else. We have no other plans."
Each member will be focusing on solo projects.