Jack White has reached out to fellow rocker Dave Grohl to explain himself after appearing to take aim at his band the Foo Fighters for no reason during a concert in Boston, Massachusetts on Wednesday night (17Sep14). The former The White Stripes star launched into a four-minute rant during the show at Fenway Park, focusing the majority of his complaint on the content of Rolling Stone magazine and editorial decisions made by its co-founder and editor Jann Wenner.
He also appeared to lambast the Foo Fighters, noting their use of two guitarists "playing the same parts" to cover up any potential mistakes.
White's comments went viral shortly after the show, and now his publicist has spoken out to assure fans the remarks were made in jest.
In a statement issued to WENN, his representative writes, "Dear dream-makers of the media... Last night Jack White made a joke on stage!
"There was a minor equipment mishap, specifically with his guitar, and in an effort to keep his audience engaged, he made a joke! It was meant to be funny and self deprecating: 'hey sorry, you're stuck with just me up here...' vs the Foo Fighters who have three guitar players on stage and regularly play stadium shows."
The spokesperson goes on to reveal that White called Grohl on Thursday (18Sep14) to smooth over relations, adding, "Jack has the upmost (sic) respect for the Foo Fighters and communicated with Grohl this morning."
Meanwhile, the Foo Fighters have poked fun at the rumours of a feud by posting a photo of a chimpanzee holding a guitar on their Twitter.com page, alongside the caption, "Busted....behold, the secret of the Foo Fighters sound...."
It's Niall Horan's 21st birthday! Also known as an international holiday for Directioners across the globe. Fans will surely swarm the cute blonde with millions of tweets wishing him the "Happiest Birthday Ever, We Luv U Niall!!" But there is something we need to discuss. How is he turning 21?! Wasn't he 17 just a minute ago? We refuse to believe he just grew up when we blinked our eyes.
1. He looked like this 5 minutes ago. Didn't he?
2. Okay, come on, he's always had a young, cute baby face.
3. It felt like for years, he always looked the same age.
4. But then wait, what's happening? Is his face starting to get more mature?
5. Yes it is.
6. It was when we saw him shirtless that we all started to realize, okay maybe he is growing up.
7. The older he's gotten, the more his chest has begun to make an appearance.
8. He should apologize to the makers of shirt collars, because he's abandoning them.
9. There it is again. How did we not notice him growing up so quickly?
10. His chest has started to get lonely, so now he's brought the gun show out.
11. His arm and chest combo was there to tell us to forget about his skinny teenage years.
12. Those arms do not belong to a teenager.
13. And this is definitely the butt of a man, not a child.
14. Even his dancing is starting to grow up. See: original dance moves.
15. Now cue: Newer dance moves.
16. They're not exactly more mature, but definitely older.
17. Okay, so not at all a sign of maturing, but still a sign of growing up.
18. His guitar playing has also matured over time.
From this to this...
19. Look at him now.
20. Look at the dance moves PLUS the guitar playing! Our boy is all grown up.
21. The most important GIF (set) of them all to remind us that Niall Horan is a full fledged adult now and we better recognize.
Okay, so yes. He's officially a grown up now. We still can't believe it, but we're much more willing to accept it now. Happy birthday Niall! We love you. You can stop growing up now.
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A U.S. judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed against the makers of Amanda Seyfried's Linda Lovelace biopic by the producers of 1972 porn movie Deep Throat. Bosses at Arrow Productions, who own the rights to Deep Throat, launched legal action last year (13), just weeks before the release of Lovelace, a film about the adult movie's star with Seyfried in the title role.
They claimed clips from the porn film were used in the biopic without permission and infringed their copyright. They also alleged Lovelace was too similar to their own film and sought $10 million (£5.8 million) in compensation.
New York District Judge Thomas Griesa dismissed the case on Tuesday (26Aug14) and ruled the two films are completely different as one is biographical while the other is porn.
He wrote in his ruling, "Lovelace has an entirely different purpose - it is a critical biographical film. Thus, given that the two films have entirely different purposes, it is impossible that defendants' could have copied the core of Deep Throat."
He added that the use of old footage put a "new, critical perspective on the life of Linda Lovelace and the production of Deep Throat" and did not tarnish the reputation of the original movie.
Officials at Arrow Productions are considering an appeal against the ruling. They previously tried to block the distribution of Lovelace last year (13) but a judge denied their request.
Three graffiti artists have launched a lawsuit in a bid to block the release of Terry Gilliam's new movie The Zero Theorem, alleging producers have copied their work.
Argentinian artists Franco Fasoli, known as 'Jaz', Nicolas Escalada, AKA 'Ever', and Canadian Derek Mehaffey, known as 'Other', accuse the film-makers of ripping off a huge mural they created in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They hold the copyright to the work, titled Castillo, which is one of the star attractions in the city's famous 'zona de graffiti' (street art zone), but in court papers filed in Illinois on Wednesday (13Aug14) they allege Gilliam's team copied it for the film. The trio insists a mural which features in The Zero Theorem is "a blatant misappropriation" of Castillo, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The lawsuit adds, "The Copyrighted Artwork has achieved international recognition in the art world, and is widely recognised by the public in Argentina and abroad. Castillo is so important that it is one of the few public artworks that have survived for years in that particular zona de graffiti." The three artists are suing Voltage Pictures, Amplify Releasing and other defendants. They are demanding an injunction on the movie, which is due for release next week (beg18Aug14), damages and costs.
Tragic actor Robin Williams is to be immortalised in popular video game World of Warcraft following an online petition. The campaign, created on Change.org, urged the makers of the hit fantasy game to create a character based on the Good Will Hunting actor.
Williams had spoken frequently in interviews about his love of video games, and even named his daughter Zelda Williams after the Legend of Zelda series.
When the petition was brought to the attention of game makers Blizzard, they immediately decided to set about creating the tribute.
Technical Game Designer Chadd Nervigg tells fans, "We're taking care of it."
Campaign organiser Jacob Holgate later updated the petition to reflect its success, writing, "In less than twenty four hours we've earned eleven thousand signatures, a huge amount of traction on many gaming and new outlets, as well as assurance from Blizzard employees that our desire for a Robin Williams tribute and or NPC (Non Playable Character) will be handled with great care."
Williams passed away in an apparent suicide at his home in California on Monday (11Aug14), aged 63.
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Though we try our hardest to heed Tracy Jordan's advice, Discovery Channel's Shark Week is sadly a once-a-year phenomenon. It's the one time when everyone from kids to grandparents gather in front of the television to celebrate the ocean's most dangerous, fascinating, and surprisingly lovable creatures. You want shark attacks? Shark Week's got them. You want fascinating documentaries about scientific phenomena? They're here too. How about following brave, insane people into the darkest parts of the ocean to find the deadliest sharks in the world? There's one airing every two hours. Whether you're a newcomer to the joys of watching sharks bite cameras for four hours — it's much more entrancing than it sounds, trust us — or you've spent weeks pouring over the evidence of the Megalodon's existence, Shark Week's got something for you. We've broken down the network's prime time programming for the next six days to bring you a handy guide to the shark shows you really can't miss. Cue up the Jaws theme...
Most Likely to Make You Reevaluate Your Vacation Plans: Great White Serial Killer Part of the fun of Shark Week is learning about some of the legends and myths surrounding shark appearances, but Great White Serial Killer might top them all. See, according to locals, Surf Beach in California might be haunted by a great white shark that appears every year — on almost exactly the same day — to tear everything in sight to shreds. It’s the Jack the Ripper of Great Whites. If you were headed to California this year, you might want to see if your travel plans are flexible.Airs: August 11 at 8 pm
Proof that Everything is Better With Celebrity Appearances: Shark After Dark Regardless of how you might feel about after-shows like Talking Dead or After the Rose or Talking Bad, a Shark Week after-show will blow the rest of them out of the water. (For one thing, it doesn’t feel the need to shove the word “talking” into the title.) After all, the only thing better than discussing giant monster sharks with your friends is watching famous funny people talk about giant monster sharks. Don’t you want Sharknado survival tips from Tara Reid? Of course you do, you’re a human being.Airs: August 10 – 14 at 11 pm
Most Likely to Inspire a SyFy Movie: Alien Sharks: Return to the Abyss After two sharknadoes, a sharktopus, and a pteracuda, where else can SyFy turn to find inspiration for another terrifying shark hybrid than outer space? Granted, the actual show is about a search for the elusive ghost shark, a species that has thus far never actually been spotted in person. But just imagine what the makers of Sharknado would be able to do with the idea of an alien shark. We’re thinking lasers of some kind, telekinesis, and the ability to survive on land thanks to differing conditions on their home planet. They wouldn’t even have to change the title.Airs: August 12 at 9 pm
(Runner Up: Lair of the Mega Shark, because if you’re dumb enough to jump into a Sharknado, you’re probably dumb enough to venture into a demon shark lair. Airs: August 12 at 10 pm)
Most Enticing Use of the Phrase “Pregnant Shark”: Spawn of Jaws 2: The Birthing Sure, the title sounds like a B-horror movie that will probably haunt your dreams for years to come, but Spawn of Jaws 2 actually centers on a surprisingly intriguing topic: baby sharks in the wild. Is there anything in this world more adorable and terrifying than the idea of tiny, infant sharks swimming around, biting everything they come across? You might have to watch a shark give birth first, but everything in life has a trade-off. Do it for the baby sharks.Airs: August 13 at 10 pm
Least Recommended to Watch with Dinner: I Survived Jaws 2 You know what pairs best with a nice bowl or a pizza and some beer? How about horrifically gruesome shots of people’s limbs being bitten off while the ocean around them slowly turns red with their blood? You’re probably going to find it impossible to look away from the television, but we can guarantee that by the time the first commercial rolls around, you’ll have lost your appetite. Do the smart thing and eat first, and then, give thanks for all of your limbs.Airs: August 14 at 9 pm
Best Opportunity for Drinking Games and Drunken Live-Tweeting: Megalodon: The Extended Cut and Megalodon: The New Evidence Look, nobody actually believes that the Megalodon exists. Like Sasquatch and the Loch Ness Monster before it, the Megalodon is the kind of ridiculously campy urban myth that makes it the perfect Shark Week programming to make fun of on social media. Real-life shark attacks are too serious and gruesome, sharks giving birth are too weird, shark hunts are too boring, but a 60-foot shark that should have gone extinct thousands of years ago but might still be lurking in the ocean’s depths? That’s Twitter and drinking game gold.Airs: August 15 at 8 pm and 10 pm, respectively
Actress Uma Thurman has paid tribute to the winners of a short film competition after appearing in their projects as part of the prize. Three budding film-makers - Henco J from South Africa, Ivan Petukhov from Russia, and Jessica Valentine from the U.S. - won the annual Jameson One Shot movie contest, pioneered by Kevin Spacey.
They were flown to Los Angeles to direct the Pulp Fiction star in their movies, and the films were then premiered at the YouTube Space in Los Angeles on Tuesday night (29Jul14) before being unveiled online.
Thurman took the opportunity to praise the trio's efforts, saying, "Writing a short is no mean feat, as the screenwriter has to convey all the subtle nuances of a character in just a few minutes, but Henco, Ivan and Jessica each successfully created a depth to their stories that made their characters seem utterly believable, despite their brevity.
"We had only two days to shoot each film, but everyone was at the top of their game and it really was a joy to work with each filmmaker. I hope Jameson First Shot gives our winners a great platform to start their careers, as I have no doubt these are three names we'll be hearing again in the future."
Spacey says, "Our aim with Jameson First Shot every year is to give up-and-coming filmmakers the chance to make an incredible short film, and I think our winners this year have really outdone themselves... I'm sure that this will be the start of something very special for each of them."
Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, and J.J. Abrams have rallied together to save the U.S.' last analogue film manufacturer from closure. The Kodak factory in Rochester, New York is the last remaining U.S. outlet for movie tape, which has rapidly declined in popularity in recent years due to a majority of directors shifting to digital methods of shooting.
Tarantino, Abrams, Nolan and Judd Apatow have teamed up to urge major Hollywood studios to keep ordering the product so it will not become obsolete.
Studios bosses are expected to make a commitment to film to appease the directors, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Abrams, who is currently shooting Star Wars: Episode VII on film, tells the newspaper the format "sets the standard for quality... There's something about film that is undeniably beautiful, undeniably organic and natural and real... Film sets the standard and once it's no longer available, the ability to shoot the benchmark goes away."
Tarantino lobbied Bob Weinstein, co-founder of The Weinstein Company studio, to consider the idea. Weinstein says, "It's a financial commitment, no doubt about it... But I don't think we could look some of our film-makers in the eyes if we didn't do it."
Manuel Noriega, Panama's fallen dictator, is suing the brains behind Call of Duty over his depiction in the hit video game. The incarcerated ex-leader filed suit against Activision Blizzard Inc. bosses on Tuesday (15Jul14) for using his name without permission in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
The lawsuit, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, reads: "Defendants' use of plaintiff's image and likeness caused damage to plaintiff. Plaintiff was portrayed as an antagonist and portrayed as the culprit of numerous fictional heinous crimes, creating the false impression that defendants are authorized to use plaintiff's image and likeness."
Noriega was convicted of drug dealing, racketeering and money laundering in 1992. He has spent the past two decades behind bars in the U.S., France and Panama.
Upon its release in 2013, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 became the biggest entertainment launch of all time. Its records were broken last year (13) by Grand Theft Auto V.
Ironically, Lindsay Lohan recently launched a suit against the makers of Grand Theft Auto V over the alleged use of her image for a character in the game.
Reverend And The Makers frontman Jon Mcclure has publicly criticised Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, branding his hits "McDonald's music". The rocker is adamant The Girls hitmaker, who has carved out a successful global DJ career and regularly tops the charts with his dance tunes, represents all that is wrong with modern music.
He tells Britain's Daily Record newspaper, "People think because I don't like Calvin Harris that I must be anti-Scottish but I'm not.
"l love (Scottish acts) Django Django, Primal Scream, Franz Ferdinand, The Jesus and Mary Chain - but Calvin makes what I call McDonald's music.
"We came out at a similar time and both made vaguely electronic tunes with a band. And then his A&R (artists and repertoire) man said, 'Instead of doing that song with Leona Lewis, I'll get Rihanna to sing it. Pretend you're a DJ now and don't even be in a band.'
"He doesn't even like his own music. People graft (work) all week and pay a hundred and odd quid (sic) to go to a festival and when he plays live he's just pressing play on a CD."