Last night on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, the show's host paid tribute to one of his idols and comedic inspirations, Robin Williams. During his tribute, the host got choked up (like all of us back home). Fallon wanted to celebrate Williams's life and genius. He even snuck a spot-on impression in there. Watch the incredibly touching tribute below:
We already loved you Jimmy, but we love you so much more now.
Oscar-winning rappers Juicy J and Dj Paul have been accused of copyright infringement in a new lawsuit, filed in Atlanta, Georgia. Bank Bag Publishing boss Reggie Boyland claims the Three 6 Mafia stars and their label partners at Select-O-Hits, S.A.T. Entertainment Music and Scale-A-Thon Entertainment illegally sampled Pimps In The House and Listen to the Lyrics, tracks recorded by the rap duo 8Ball & MJG in 1996, on their second album Chapter 1: The End and their 2000 compilation Three 6 Mafia Presents: Hypnotize Camp Posse, among other releases.
Boyland filed copyright applications for the songs in May (14).
Ironically, 8Ball and MJG, who are not personally involved in the case, collaborated with Three 6 Mafia on the song Stay Fly, which was released in 2005.
Boyland owns the rights to the two songs at the centre of his suit.
According to Billboard.com, the complaint seeks an unspecified amount in damages, as well as an injunction against the defendants' sale of the infringing works and attorney's fees.
Many celebrities have been taking to Twitter to respond to and mourn the loss of Robin Williams. But Conan O'Brien found himself in an especially difficult situation, as he learned of the news while taping for Conan. Along with Will Arnett, he reacted on air, and shared the tragic news with his studio audience.
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Singer Sinead O'Connor is glad she has never met her comedy crush Dave Chappelle, because she fears any liaison would have landed her behind bars. In a revealing new Billboard interview, the Irish star, who insists she's single despite the fact she is still married to her fourth husband - of 16 days - Barry Herridge, confesses funnyman Chappelle has toppled Iron Man Robert Downey, Jr. as her top guy.
She tells the publication, "(My infatuation with Downey, Jr.) is all about lust. He's gorgeous, and I think I could love him. But Dave Chappelle, I actually love.
"I'd have to abandon Robert if it came down to him and Dave. I watch Chappelle on the telly (TV), and I'm just like a Justin Bieber fan. He is a genius with balls the size of Alaska. I can identify with that. My own balls are quite large.
"As we say in Ireland, he's a ride. It means that if he were a bike, I'd be riding him around the country because he's so gorgeous."
O'Connor has never met her crush, which she insists is a good thing, adding, "I would be in jail now for sexual assault."
Sinead O'Connor has publicly acknowledged her first husband for coming to her aid following a recent medical and financial meltdown, and reviving her love for music. The exhausted singer returned home to Ireland after cancelling a series of U.S. dates last year (13), when the drugs she was taking to battle depression turned her into a wreck.
But her problems had only just began when promoters started suing her for pulling the plug on concerts.
She tells Billboard magazine, "Within the week it was being alleged that people I would have leapt in front of a bullet for had been financially f**king me over," and admits she feared "these motherf**kers were going to have my soul".
But, in among all the chaos, her ex-husband, producer John Reynolds, swooped in to save his former wife.
She adds, "John Reynolds saved my a**. "
He helped her battle her former aides and the financial mess and then introduced her to his favourite blues musicians, like Buddy Guy and Howlin' Wolf.
She says, "I got so into what they were saying, writing the facts of life and keeping things very simple and not sugarcoated."
Reynolds also helped his ex create songs for her acclaimed new album I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss.
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor is convinced pop star Justin Bieber has grown into a deeply troubled adult because he was "sexualised" by the music industry as a child.
The Baby hitmaker has been in the music industry since the age of 13, and he spent his teenage years as a hugely famous child star. He has been in a downward spiral recently, suffering numerous legal troubles, including a DUI arrest and a vandalism conviction, as well as becoming notorious for his bad behaviour. O'Connor has now become the latest celebrity to wade into the debate over how the clean-cut pop star became a bona fide bad boy, insisting Bieber's status as a teenage pin-up contributed to his downfall.
She tells British radio station Magic FM it is not just young female singers who fall prey to the dangerous side of the industry.
O'Connor says, "I think that people focus an awful lot on the female aspect to this, but it is also the males. The very young male artists who are practically children or look like children are also being sexualised. Justin Bieber is a great example. When he came along he was only 16 years of age (sic). Obviously he was extraordinarily talented, so I'm not trying to negate that, but he was very much being sold on his sexuality."
The singer fears Bieber and other young male celebrities are doomed to follow in the footsteps of Britney Spears, who shot to fame as a child star and became an international sensation before suffering a highly-public meltdown in her 20s.
She adds, "Britney Spears, of course was quite inappropriately young to be sold in that way, dressed up in a school uniform (in her ...Baby One More Time video), but I think that really people forget that the guys are going through it as well."
O'Connor has suffered her own troubles in recent years as she has battled mental illness and has previously insisted life in the music industry exacerbated her problems. The full interview with O'Connor airs on Britain's Magic FM on Sunday (10Aug14).
Iggy Azalea is closing in on another U.S. chart record as her Fancy hit lands a 16th week at the top of the Hot Rap Songs countdown.
The Australian star became the first act to score a one-two punch at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 countdown with debuts Fancy and Problem, her collaboration with Ariana Grande, and now she's two weeks away from tying Missy Elliott's 18-week stand at the top of the Hot Rap Songs list.
Azalea was tied at 15 weeks with Drake's Best I Ever Had, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Thrift Shop, and Pitbull and Kesha's Timber, but now she has edged closer to Elliott's record-breaking, chart-topping run with Hot Boyz in 1999.
At every instance of unnecessary and callous city destruction, every inset of comic flatulence, and every mention of what I sincerely hate to denote as turtle boners, I found myself resenting this latest cinematic stab at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. A movie that makes so little effort to stray from the lowest common denominator of what passes for PG-13 entertainment, the Michael Bay-produced Turtles is far less concerned with what it is doing than with the fact that it is simply doing something. Anything. At all times. Martial arts, car chases, flashbacks to lab fires… it’s all a go.
The funny thing is that Turtles’ egregious flash does, at times, manage to cover up its vacancy. When the familiar, albeit modernized, foursome — street tough Raphael, eager intellectual Donatello, giddy halfwit Michelangelo, and the borderline anonymous Leonardo — are goofing around under the tutelage of serious sensei Splinter, there are occasional smiles (not laughs, let’s not get crazy) to be earned. And, ridiculous as it all may be, when the quartet of reptilian vigilantes zooms down a snowy mountain (don’t ask me how they get there so quickly from springtime Manhattan) in hot pursuit of (or evasion of… man this thing is incomprehensible) a band of evil mastermind Shredder’s toughest assassins, we witness the miraculous achievement of genuine fun.
But for every minute enjoyed with the turtles, there’s about five lamented with Megan Fox. Her April O’Neil is meant not only to courier us through the action and outrageous origin mythology — which, justly, we get out of the way pretty early in the film — but to serve as the human heart with which we access and understand these bonkers creatures. But April is the most alien character onscreen, effectively mindless and charmless, truly beyond the grasp of any viewer looking to latch onto her as a remotely fleshed out heroine.
Alongside Will Arnett, whose sole function in this film is that he has a car, Fox runs us through the legion of non sequitur elements that stands in for a cohesive plot. Occasionally, she stops to chat with the turtles, who — for all their irritating characteristics and regrettable attitudes on romance, masculinity, and pizza (they love Pizza Hut… these jags live in New York f**king City and all they eat is Pizza Hut) — actually revel in relative nuance. Their second-rate charms never manage to effectively save the movie from its ultimate crime: it’s so, so stupid.
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Danity Kane's reunion has reportedly suffered another setback after singer Aubrey O'Day filed a police report against bandmate Dawn Richard over a violent studio clash. The Damaged hitmakers were in a Los Angeles recording studio on Monday (04Aug14), when the pair became embroiled in a heated dispute.
The altercation allegedly turned violent, with Richard accused of punching O'Day in the head as the girl band's third member, Shannon Bex, tried and failed to break up the fight, according to TMZ.com.
O'Day has since lodged an official battery complaint with cops, who have launched an investigation into the bust-up.
News of the fall out emerges less than three months after Danity Kane star Aundrea Fimbres stepped down from the line-up on the opening night of the group's comeback tour in May (14), after revealing she is pregnant and engaged to wed.
The only other original member, D. Woods, was not part of the reunion.
Danity Kane was formed by Sean 'Diddy' Combs on 2005 reality show Making the Band 3, but in 2009, he fired the entire group with the exception of Richard.
The remaining trio is expected to release its first album in six years later this year (14).
Rapper Waka Flocka Flame and retired basketball icon Shaquille O'Neal have been hit with defamation lawsuits from a man they allegedly mocked on social media. Jahmel Binion, who suffers from genetic disorder hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, claims the stars made disparaging comments about his looks after he uploaded a photo of himself online in April (14).
The image was reposted by the No Hands hitmaker and O'Neal, who reportedly poked fun at Binion's snap, which depicted him with facial deformities, patchy hair growth and missing teeth - symptoms of his rare condition.
After O'Neal learned of Binion's health problems, he apologised on Twitter.com in a message which read, "Made a new friend today when I called and apologized to Jahmel Binion. Great dude. alwayslearning MYBADCUZ (sic)."
Binion also received apologies from Waka Flocka and Utah Jazz basketball player Trey Burke for mocking him, but the Michigan resident is not satisfied and on Wednesday (30Jul14), he launched legal action against the trio in Macomb County Circuit Court.
He is seeking more than $25,000 (£14,706) in damages.