Blurred Lines collaborators Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams are heading to trial over allegations they illegally sampled music from soul legend Marvin Gaye for the 2013 hit song. The stars, alongside featured rapper T.I., failed to convince a Los Angeles judge to dismiss a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against them and on Thursday (30Oct14), U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt officially rejected the request.
The judge ruled a jury will need to decide if Gaye's heirs are entitled to damages over claims Blurred Lines samples the late musician's Got to Give it Up track.
The Gaye family also allege Thicke used parts of the icon's After the Dance composition for his Love After War tune.
That issue will also be determined by a jury trial.
A start date has yet to be set.
The case has rumbled on for over a year after Thicke and his fellow defendants filed suit to stop three of Gaye's children from pursuing damages after learning they felt the two songs were too similar. Weeks later, two of Gaye's kids filed suit and a sibling has since joined the legal spat.
American Horror Story is back for its fourth season and once again, changed the setting and characters to keep things fresh. One thing that has made this horror show unique is the fact that it has pulled from American history to create interesting and horrifying characters. We decided to look closer at the 7 storylines in American Horror Story that were inspired by history.
1. Marie Delphine LaLaurie
The Coven was so good and creepy not only because of the amazing casting of Kathy Bates, but because of the character she played. She played Marie Delphine LaLaurie, a woman who is now remembered for being a socialite who took pleasure in torturing and murdering her slaves. Her horrendous actions weren't brought to light until her home was set on fire. She then fleed the city after the public became outraged by her gruesome actions.
2. Jimmy Darling is based on Grady Stiles Jr.
This season Evan Peters takes on the character of Jimmy Darling, a man who is part of the freakshow due to having "lobster hands." The real person who this character is based off of is Grady Stiles Jr. He was born with a congenital disorder called ectrodactyly that gives the appearance of claws. He went on tour in the circus, but he was a dark man. He was reportedly an alcoholic and was convicted of third degree murder for murdering his eldest daughter's fiance, but only got 15 years probation.
3. The Black Dahlia
Going back to the first season it might be hard to sift through and remember each ghost. That season featured a crowded haunted house. But one of the most beautiful ghosts had to be The Black Dahlia played by Mena Suvari. The Black Dahlia, Elizabeth Short, was indeed a real woman whose death made news headlines everywhere. The waitress' dismantled body was found by a housewife. Each corner of her mouth was cut three inches that made her face appear to be smiling. Her killer was never brought to justice.
4. Stevie Nicks was rumored to be a witch in real life
Ever wondered why Misty Day (Lily Rabe) had a weird fascination with Stevie Nicks? Then, Stevie actually made an appearance on the show?! Well turns out back when she was popular there were rumors that she was in fact a witch...because people are idiots. Good thing that Stevie Nicks has a sense of humor and decided to play the part! It made a memorable episode.
5. Twisty The Clown is inspired by John Wayne Gacy
This season didn't add a clown just to torture people with a huge fear of them. This character was actually inspired by a serial killer named John Wayne Gacy, who killed 33 boys and young men. He was found guilty for these crimes in 1980 and executed by leathal injection.
6. The Axeman
Another character from The Coven that was based on a real person is The Axeman played by Danny Huston. The serial killer committed his crimes during 1918-9 in New Orleans. He usually would break into his victims houses through the back door and kill his victims using a razor or axe. It is known that he is a lover of jazz music since he wrote in his letter that he wouldn't harm people who played jazz music in their homes.
7. The world's smallest woman inspired her own character!
Chances are that you recognize Jyoti Amge due to her being the world's smallest woman weighing in to a total of 11 pounds and is 23 inches tall! She undoubtedly inspired her own character, Ma Petit on the show.
So which of these characters are your favorite? Tweet us using the twitter handles below and tell us!
Actress Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting's dream came true when she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame near her late 8 Simple Rules co-star John Ritter. The Big Bang Theory actress unveiled her star on Los Angeles' fabled sidewalk on Wednesday (29Oct14), and she was delighted to see that her request to have the marker placed near her former TV dad Ritter was honoured.
Following the ceremony, Cuoco-Sweeting told Entertainment Tonight, "They (organisers) asked if I had a preference and I said, 'Wow, if I had any dream it would be near John Ritter's'. I'm going to go find it after this and give it a big kiss."
8 Simple Rules was Cuoco-Sweeting's big break on television, and the actress noted Ritter was "adorable" and "one of my favourite people".
Following his death from an undiagnosed aortic dissection in 2003, he was written out of the TV series, but studio bosses cancelled the series one season later due to low ratings.
Actor Jon Cryer went back in time for the upcoming Halloween episode of hit comedy Two and a Half Men by recreating his Pretty In Pink character. Cryer will appear as Phil 'Duckie' Dale in the TV special, which airs in America on Thursday night (30Oct14), and he admits it was odd to play dress up.
He says, "It was super strange and I had to go from the costume room to my trailer and a couple of the tours passed by... and they freaked out."
Cryer portrayed Duckie in the John Hughes film almost 30 years ago.
"Ten years ago one of the biggest obstacles in the fight against AIDS was the Catholic Church. Today we have a Pope that speaks out about it. He is a compassionate, loving man who wants everybody to be included in the love of God. It is formidable what he is trying to do against many, many people in the church that opposes. He is courageous and he is fearless, and that's what we need in the world today... Make this man a saint now, OK?" Sir Elton John heaped praise on Pope Francis at his Elton John AIDS Foundation benefit in Manhattan, New York on Tuesday night (28Oct14).
Devildriver's drummer and guitarist have left the band. Percussionist John Boeklin and guitarist Jeff Kendrick, both founding members, made their final appearance with the heavy rock group at Slipknot's Knotfest music festival in California over the weekend (25-26Oct14).
The band will now go on hiatus and return with new music in 2016.
Frontman Dez Fafara confirmed the news in a statement, which reads, "What a blast Knotfest was - no better way to end the Winter Kills (album) cycle. With the end of this cycle comes some other endings. John Boeklin, Jeff Kendrick and DevilDriver have parted ways. Nothing dramatic, no drag down fights, just time to move on... As I have said previously, DevilDriver is on hiatus... DevilDriver will be back in 2016 with a new record which we are already writing, tours around the world and the massive pits you have all gotten used to. All in DevilDriver wish John and Jeff the best."
Kendrick adds, "I want to make it clear that this is my decision, and I have nothing but love for all my brothers in the band. I revere my bandmates with the utmost respect and am happy for the experiences we have all shared."
A lunch date with Mike Myers sold for $50,000 (£31,250) at Sir Elton John's annual AIDS Foundation benefit on Tuesday (28Oct14). The comedy actor was quick to jump on stage and offer bidders the chance to win a date with him, after newsmen Anderson Cooper and Matt Lauer proffered a "great anchor sandwich" luncheon, which sold for $40,000 (£25,000).
Myers was determined not to be outdone, and he was delighted when his offer of dinner attracted a winning bid of $50,000.
The Rocket Man hosted his 13th annual charity event at Cipriani on Wall Street, New York, but remained seated for most of the night as he is recovering from a knee operation.
He took to the stage at the end of the evening to perform his hits Tiny Dancer and Your Song for guests including Neil Patrick Harris, Alec Baldwin, Brooke Shields and singer Jewel.
Other lots in the charity sale included a Damien Hirst painting, which fetched $270,000 (£168,750), and a Robert Mapplethorpe piece, which sold for $90,000 (£56,250).
John Ritter's son has praised his late dad's comedic talents as he prepares for a starring role in new U.S. sitcom The Mccarthys. The beloved Three's Company star died from an undiagnosed aortic dissection in 2003 when son Tyler was just 18 years old, and now 29, he is following in his father's footsteps into the sitcom world with a new comedy about a family in Boston.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight about his dad's legacy in TV history, Tyler says, "I really got to see my dad enjoy every day that he was working. Everybody should be able to have this much fun when they go to work. He really paved that way for us and so here I am."
He adds, "It feels very kind of surreal because he didn't see a lot of my acting abilities. I do feel his presence and I know somewhere he's proud of me."
In The McCarthys, Tyler plays a gay man, which has prompted comparisons to his dad's role as Jack in Three's Company - a straight guy pretending to be gay to his landlord in order to live with two girls.
Tyler acknowledges the resemblance, saying, "It's a similar enough character, we're both kind of goofy. We trip every once in a while, whether it's physically, or over our words, or just socially. So there are enough similarities between Ronny and Jack."
Tyler's co-star, former Roseanne actress Laurie Metcalf, is impressed with the young actor and his uncanny likeness to his famous father, adding, "The resemblance is so strong. I know that his dad's reputation of having such a big heart is what everybody remembers him for, and Tyler's the same way."
Musicians Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, and Joss Stone are adding their star power to America's first Rock In Rio festival next year (15). The famous Brazilian event will be held at Las Vegas' MGM Resort and feature previously announced headliners Taylor Swift, Metallica, No Doubt and John Legend, among others.
Mad Men star Jessica Pare is set to become a first-time mum. The Canadian actress, 33, and her musician beau John Kastner are preparing to welcome their first child, her representative confirms to Us Weekly.
Pare, who plays Jon Hamm's wife on the acclaimed TV drama, was previously married to actor Joseph M. Smith for three years until their split in 2010.