Members of veteran funk band War are taking label executives at Far Out Music to court amid allegations they are owed more than $300,000 (£187,500) in royalties. The Low Rider hitmakers claim record bosses have "substantially underreported and underpaid" original bandmates Harold Brown, Lee Oskar Levitin and Howard Scott, as well as representatives for Morris 'BB' Dickerson and Charles Miller, due to an issue with the way their royalties are calculated - and now they are demanding compensation.
They filed papers in Los Angeles Superior Court, four years after settling another dispute over written agreements from the 1970s for their composing and recording services, according to Entlawdigest.com.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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You can imagine that Renny Harlin, director and one quadrant of the writing team for The Legend of Hercules, began his pitch as such: We'll start with a war, because lots of these things start with wars. It feels like this was the principal maxim behind a good deal of the creative choices in this latest update of the Ancient Greek myth. There are always horse riding scenes. There are generally arena battles. There are CGI lions, when you can afford 'em. Oh, and you've got to have a romantic couple canoodling at the base of a waterfall. Weaving them all together cohesively would be a waste of time — just let the common threads take form in a remarkably shouldered Kellan Lutz and action sequences that transubstantiate abjectly to and fro slow-motion.
But pervading through Lutz's shirtless smirks and accent continuity that calls envy from Johnny Depp's Alice in Wonderland performance is the obtrusive lack of thought that went into this picture. A proverbial grab bag of "the basics" of the classic epic genre, The Legend of Hercules boasts familiarity over originality. So much so that the filmmakers didn't stop at Hercules mythology... they barely started with it, in fact. There's more Jesus Christ in the character than there is the Ancient Greek demigod, with no lack of Gladiator to keep things moreover relevant. But even more outrageous than the void of imagination in the construct of Hercules' world is its script — a piece so comically dim, thin, and idiotic that you will laugh. So we can't exactly say this is a totally joyless time at the movies.
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Surrounding Hercules, a character whose arc takes him from being a nice enough strong dude to a nice enough strong dude who kills people and finally owns up to his fate — "Okay, fine, yes, I guess I'm a god" — are a legion of characters whose makeup and motivations are instituted in their opening scenes and never change thereafter. His de facto stepdad, the teeth-baring King Amphitryon (Scott Adkins), despises the boy for being a living tribute to his supernatural cuckolding; his half-brother Iphicles (Liam Garrigan) is the archetypical scheming, neutered, jealous brother figure right down to the facial scar. The dialogue this family of mongoloids tosses around is stunningly brainless, ditto their character beats. Hercules can't understand how a mystical stranger knows his identity, even though he just moments ago exited a packed coliseum chanting his name. Iphicles defies villainy and menace when he threatens his betrothed Hebe (Gaia Weiss), long in love with Hercules, with the terrible fate of "accepting [him] and loving [their] children equally!" And the dad... jeez, that guy must really be proud of his teeth.
With no artistic feat successfully accomplished (or even braved, really) by this movie, we can at the very least call it inoffensive. There is nothing in The Legend of Hercules with which to take issue beyond its dismal intellect, and in a genre especially prone to regressive activity, this is a noteworthy triumph. But you might not have enough energy by the end to award The Legend of Hercules with this superlative. Either because you'll have laughed yourself into a coma at the film's idiocy, or because you'll have lost all strength trying to fend it off.
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With so many different awards organizations announcing their nominations one after the other, it's difficult to remember how heavily to weigh each one's picks when filling out your Oscar pool sheet. Generally speaking, the BAFTAs are a fairly safe guide when it comes to the Best Picture category. Since 2008, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts has accurately predicted the Academy's top winners, with (even more impressively) only two discrepancies in Best Picture nominations throughout those five years (both in 2012, interestingly enough). Looking at this latest batch of BAFTA's chief nominees — which includes...
American Hustle,Captain Phillips,Gravity,Philomena,and 12 Years a Slave
— we're not especially surprised by any of the films included in as much as we are a bit displaced over the absence of one of this past year's biggest titles: The Wolf of Wall Street. By now, everyone with his ear close to the conversation is predicting that Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave is a lock for the Best Picture Oscar, but the consideration rarely comes without honorable mention of Martin Scorsese's Wolf. Still, the satirical picture is far from awards fodder. Called far too "extreme" for the Academy's liking, the 3-hour tour de force of mortifying hedonism would be a far cry from an Oscar even without the competition of 12 Years. Instead, as suggested by BAFTA's list of Best Picture nods, organizations are leaning towards the safer, sweeter, more palatable, less controversial, and effectively less good spiritual counterpart to Wolf of Wall Street: American Hustle.
Hustle is a fine movie all its own — it's fun, dynamic, well-acted, and does indeed feel "lived in." But it falls shy of the artistic reach represented by fellow con man epic Wolf, to which comparisons are inevitable (you can hear a terrific discussion on the matter on the latest episode of Fighting in the War Room). While we'd be hard pressed to deny David O. Russell's funny, campy, emotionally charged picture its due recognition of quality, the choice to nominate it for Best Picture over Wolf of Wall Street seems like a statement of fear: "We don't want to nominate that large, messy, outrageous picture that's got everybody all in a huff," mutters a nervous BAFTA. "But what about the one with the hair? That's sorta like Wolf of Wall Street, but cleaner. Jolly good!"
The choice is a scary one, if only that it suggests the possibility that BAFTA has veered away from Wolf of Wall Street due to the volatility associated with the movie rather than due to the quality therein. By this token, would a few more Armond Whites have robbed 12 Years a Slave of its nomination? How about a few more Neil deGrasse Tysons stealing the nod from Gravity?
Hopefully, the Academy will not emulate this aversion to Scorsese's movie — one that more than deserves mention, and would even take home a few trophies in a just system. Peruse the rest of BAFTA's nominations below (which also, obscenely, omit Her in the Original Screenplay category) and share your thoughts on the matter.
BEST FILM12 YEARS A SLAVE Anthony Katagas, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueenAMERICAN HUSTLE Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, Jonathan GordonCAPTAIN PHILLIPS Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De LucaGRAVITY Alfonso Cuarón, David HeymanPHILOMENA Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward
DIRECTOR12 YEARS A SLAVE Steve McQueenAMERICAN HUSTLE David O. RussellCAPTAIN PHILLIPS Paul GreengrassGRAVITY Alfonso CuarónTHE WOLF OF WALL STREET Martin Scorsese
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYAMERICAN HUSTLE Eric Warren Singer, David O. RussellBLUE JASMINE Woody AllenGRAVITY Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás CuarónINSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Joel Coen, Ethan CoenNEBRASKA Bob Nelson
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY12 YEARS A SLAVE John RidleyBEHIND THE CANDELABRA Richard LaGraveneseCAPTAIN PHILLIPS Billy RayPHILOMENA Steve Coogan, Jeff PopeTHE WOLF OF WALL STREET Terence Winter
LEADING ACTORBRUCE DERN NebraskaCHIWETEL EJIOFOR 12 Years a SlaveCHRISTIAN BALE American HustleLEONARDO DICAPRIO The Wolf of Wall StreetTOM HANKS Captain Phillips
LEADING ACTRESSAMY ADAMS American HustleCATE BLANCHETT Blue JasmineEMMA THOMPSON Saving Mr. BanksJUDI DENCH PhilomenaSANDRA BULLOCK Gravity
SUPPORTING ACTORBARKHAD ABDI Captain PhillipsBRADLEY COOPER American HustleDANIEL BRÜHL RushMATT DAMON Behind the CandelabraMICHAEL FASSBENDER 12 Years a Slave
SUPPORTING ACTRESSJENNIFER LAWRENCE American HustleJULIA ROBERTS August: Osage CountyLUPITA NYONG’O 12 Years a SlaveOPRAH WINFREY The ButlerSALLY HAWKINS Blue Jasmine
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILMGRAVITY Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman, Jonás CuarónMANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM Justin Chadwick, Anant Singh, David M. Thompson, William NicholsonPHILOMENA Stephen Frears, Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward, Jeff PopeRUSH Ron Howard, Andrew Eaton, Peter MorganSAVING MR. BANKS John Lee Hancock, Alison Owen, Ian Collie, Philip Steuer, Kelly Marcel, Sue SmithTHE SELFISH GIANT: Clio Barnard, Tracy O’Riordan
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCERCOLIN CARBERRY (Writer), GLENN PATTERSON (Writer) Good VibrationsKELLY MARCEL (Writer) Saving Mr. BanksKIERAN EVANS (Director/Writer) Kelly + VictorPAUL WRIGHT (Director/Writer), POLLY STOKES (Producer) For Those in PerilSCOTT GRAHAM (Director/Writer) Shell
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGETHE ACT OF KILLING Joshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge SørensenBLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR Abdellatif Kechiche, Brahim Chioua, Vincent MaravalTHE GREAT BEAUTY Paolo Sorrentino, Nicola Giuliano, Francesca CimaMETRO MANILA Sean Ellis, Mathilde CharpentierWADJDA Haifaa Al-Mansour, Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul
DOCUMENTARYTHE ACT OF KILLING Joshua OppenheimerTHE ARMSTRONG LIE Alex GibneyBLACKFISH Gabriela CowperthwaiteTIM’S VERMEER Teller, Penn Jillette, Farley ZieglerWE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS Alex GibneyANIMATED FILMDESPICABLE ME 2 Chris Renaud, Pierre CoffinFROZEN Chris Buck, Jennifer LeeMONSTERS UNIVERSITY Dan Scanlon
ORIGINAL MUSIC12 YEARS A SLAVE Hans ZimmerTHE BOOK THIEF John WilliamsCAPTAIN PHILLIPS Henry JackmanGRAVITY Steven PriceSAVING MR. BANKS Thomas Newman
CINEMATOGRAPHY12 YEARS A SLAVE Sean BobbittCAPTAIN PHILLIPS Barry AckroydGRAVITY Emmanuel LubezkiINSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Bruno DelbonnelNEBRASKA Phedon Papamichael
EDITING12 YEARS A SLAVE Joe WalkerCAPTAIN PHILLIPS Christopher RouseGRAVITY Alfonso Cuarón, Mark SangerRUSH Dan Hanley, Mike HillTHE WOLF OF WALL STREET Thelma Schoonmaker
PRODUCTION DESIGN12 YEARS A SLAVE Adam Stockhausen, Alice BakerAMERICAN HUSTLE Judy Becker, Heather LoefflerBEHIND THE CANDELABRA Howard CummingsGRAVITY Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin, Joanne WoodlardTHE GREAT GATSBY Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn
COSTUME DESIGNAMERICAN HUSTLE Michael WilkinsonBEHIND THE CANDELABRA Ellen MirojnickTHE GREAT GATSBY Catherine MartinTHE INVISIBLE WOMAN Michael O’ConnorSAVING MR. BANKS Daniel Orlandi
MAKE UP & HAIRAMERICAN HUSTLE Evelyne Noraz, Lori McCoy-BellBEHIND THE CANDELABRA Kate Biscoe, Marie LarkinTHE BUTLER Debra Denson, Beverly Jo Pryor, Candace NealTHE GREAT GATSBY Maurizio Silvi, Kerry WarnTHE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Peter Swords King, Richard Taylor, Rick Findlater
SOUNDALL IS LOST Richard Hymns, Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor, Micah Bloomberg, Gillian ArthurCAPTAIN PHILLIPS Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, Chris Munro, Oliver TarneyGRAVITY Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri, Chris MunroINSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Peter F. Kurland, Skip Lievsay, Greg OrloffRUSH Danny Hambrook, Martin Steyer, Stefan Korte, Markus Stemler, Frank Kruse
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTSGRAVITY Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould, Nikki PennyTHE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric ReynoldsIRON MAN 3 Bryan Grill, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Dan SudickPACIFIC RIM Hal Hickel, John Knoll, Lindy De Quattro, Nigel SumnerSTAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton, Patrick Tubach, Roger Guyett
BRITISH SHORT ANIMATIONEVERYTHING I CAN SEE FROM HERE Bjorn-Erik Aschim, Friederike Nicolaus, Sam TaylorI AM TOM MOODY Ainslie HendersonSLEEPING WITH THE FISHES James Walker, Sarah Woolner, Yousif Al-Khalifa
BRITISH SHORT FILMISLAND QUEEN Ben Mallaby, Nat LuurtsemaKEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES Megan Rubens, Michael Pearce, Selina LimORBIT EVER AFTER Chee-Lan Chan, Jamie Stone, Len RowlesROOM 8 James W. Griffiths, Sophie VennerSEA VIEW Anna Duffield, Jane Linfoot
Waka Flocka Flame's manager mother has addressed her former client Gucci Mane's decision to sue her for fraud, insisting she has no hard feelings towards the rapper for filing suit. The Icy hitmaker has filed a lawsuit targeting Debra Antney and her hip-hop star son over allegations they released his music without permission and collected the royalties.
Now Antney, who looked after Mane's career for four years from 2006, has spoken out for the first time since he filed papers, revealing she has nothing but respect for the star.
A statement from Antney reads, "This situation with Gucci is hard for me to accept. I have a history with him that only he and I can truly know the value of, and I have a love for him that money can't buy. Gucci and I have been through it all together.
"Our struggle gave us a relationship that is unbreakable. Even through this, I stand by him. Our history is a strong one, so this is very tough. That's all I think I'll say on Gucci, specifically, because I still hold him close to my heart, I'm still rooting for him, and I still value our bond. If he called me today and he needed me, I'd be there. I'd cuss him out, but I'd be there. Because that's family, and that's what family does."
Mane, real name Radric Davis, is suing the pair for fraud, racketeering and conspiracy, and has asked a judge to freeze their assets.
Sacha Baron Cohen has joined the ranks of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon, not as a leading man, but as a practical joker. Taking the stage this past Saturday to receive the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award, Cohen appeared alongside the “oldest surviving actor to have worked with Chaplin in a silent movie.” Cohen fell, pushing the actress and stuntwoman into the crowd in a wheelchair. After dedicating his award to her, he hilariously said a few words to her family. "Do not try to sue me. If you decide to get the lawyers involved, I will take you down just like I did your granny."
One of the best public pranks to date, Cohen's stunt helped him reclaim publicity for his upcoming film The Lesbian. The risky joke landed, because he is a skilled comedian who knows how to take a joke the farthest without going over the edge. With a tradition of practical jokes in Hollywood, history has shown a code of conduct among celebrity pranksters. The secret to success is breaking the rules while following them.
Pick On Someone Your Own Size
Everyone loves hearing about Clooney, Pitt and Damon pranking each other because when everyone is crazy famous, no one gets hurt. There is no malice, just really successful attractive people having fun at work. They never go after someone that won't fight back. It's like sophomoric chess, where there are no victims, only participants. These type of pranks have proven to be Clooney's specialty, next to avoiding marriage.
Location Location Location
Cohen's prank was ingenious because it was physical comedy in the perfect context. He was accepting the Charlie Chaplin award, history's favorite physical comedian with a Hitler mustache. Such a stunt would not have worked as well in any other location. But many celebrity pranks are facilitated by the internet. Without and original time and place these pranks seems more contrived. On April 1st, nearly every celebrity claims to be pregnant and two celebrities have "hacked" into the website Funny or Die, Justin Bieber in 2010 and Charlize Theron 2012. Considering their computer skills, this was likely less of a prank and more of corporate move.
Just because something is offensive doesn't make it a prank. Celebrities should refrain from using any Nazi memorabilia and/or blackface, as should everyone. The line is hard to draw, as the best pranks get close to it without crossing. Like when Sarah Silverman pranked then-boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel with the 2008 song "I'm F*cking Matt Damon." Cohen similarly pushed the envelope (and woman), while maintaining a level of safety and shocking everyone into laughter. This precise prank raises the bar for celebrities and will likely increase the popularity of Cohen and older stuntwomen alike.
The organisers of Lady Gaga's 2012 show in St. Petersburg, Russia have been fined following complaints the gig promoted homosexuality and alcohol consumption. Officials at a St. Petersburg court have ruled the show at the SSK Arena violated a local law against exposing children to 'harmful information' and has fined organisers Planeta Plus 20,000 roubles ($614/£409).
The ruling follows a complaint from a local resident who claimed her 13-year-old daughter was exposed to simulated lesbian sex and advocacy of alcohol consumption when she saw the Born This Way star live last December (12).
The promoters plan to appeal against the decision, claiming Russian music fans are suffering as a result of the country's controversial anti-homosexuality propaganda laws.
Planeta Plus general director Yevgeny Finkelshtein tells Russian TV network NTV-Petersburg, "We don't agree with this verdict because no one listened to us... Because of these laws against gay propaganda adopted here, because of these cheap publicity tricks, all viewers suffer. Just recently, l, who has never performed in Russia, refused to come because of this law and because he supported (jailed Russian rockers/activists) Pussy Riot."
Russia's divisive law which bans the promotion of homosexuality to minors was enacted earlier this year (13), but a similar law was already in place in St. Petersburg. There was an attempt to sue Madonna under this law following her show in St. Petersburg in August, 2012, but the case was thrown out.
The owners of a private plane carrying Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera when she died last year (12) have lost their bid to have a wrongful death lawsuit filed against them dismissed. Two pilots and five passengers, including the star, perished on 9 December, 2012 after the Learjet crashed in Mexico.
The families of Rivera's publicist, Arturo Rivera, make-up artist, Jacobo Yebale, hairstylist, Jorge Armando Sanchez Vasquez, and attorney, Mario Macias Pacheco, joined forces in January (13) to sue operators at Starwood Management Inc. for damages in a Los Angeles court.
The defendants argued they were not subject to jurisdiction in California as the crash occurred in Mexico, and they requested the case be thrown out.
But a judge ruled in the plaintiffs' favour on Thursday (14Nov13) and gave them the green light to go ahead with the legal battle, because the plane was registered in the U.S., where officials from the National Transportation Safety Board are having the wreckage examined as they aid an investigation by Mexican authorities.
Actress Jennifer Garner headed to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday (13Nov13) to address U.S. politicians about the importance of early education programmes. The Daredevil star, an ambassador for the Save the Children charity, joined Senator Tom Harkin and Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Capitol Hill as they championed The Strong Start for America's Children Act, a new bill aimed at expanding and improving access to pre-school activities.
The mother of three said, "My kids have everything they need, so what I give my heart to - besides parenting my own kids - is early childhood education for kids all across America, especially for those growing up with less."
Discussing the topic further with news channel CNN, Garner explained, "The playing field for kids in America is not equal. Without starting from the very beginning and getting an earlier start on their education, they have very little chance of catching up if they start as far behind as they're starting in kindergarten."
Garner is no stranger to political activism - she teamed up with fellow celebrity mum Halle Berry in August (13) as they successfully campaigned for a new anti-paparazzi law, which imposes tougher penalties on cameramen who constantly tail public figures and their kids, and also makes it easier for parents to sue for damages over harassment.
After only a week of newly-engaged bliss, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have found themselves in the middle of konflict and kontroversy once again. The couple are suing YouTube co-founder Chad Harley for violating a confidentiality agreement by posting a video of the biggest proposal of the year on his new website, MixBit.com, in a what they claim was a bid to gain attention and publicity for the business.
According to the lawsuit, Harley wasn't even invited to attend the event, but instead tagged along with a friend who was. However, he was allowed to stay on the condition that he sign a confidentiality agreement stating that he wouldn't post pictures or videos of the proposal online. And because Kardashian and West take their privacy incredibly seriously, Harley was even photographed with the signed contract, and the photo is included in the lawsuit documents. However, a few days after the couple announced their engagement, Harley's grainy, 3-minute video surfaced online showing West's proposal and the ensuing celebration at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
The suit also claims that Harley further violated the agreement by tweeting about the event to his more than 500,000 followers and that he even issued a press release alerting the media to his video. Kardashian and West are accusing Harley of "breach of written contract, fraud by way of false promise and unjust enrichment," and are asking for an unspecified amount in damages, and for any of the money that Harley has made off the video to be forfeited. The documents also mention that all of the rights to footage of the proposal and party belong to MC Cable Television — an arm of Bunim/Murray and E!, the companies that produce and air Keeping Up With the Kardashians. West apparently approved of the event being filmed for the show, and possibly aired in an upcoming episode.
Call us krazy, but we might actually be on Team Kimye in this showdown. Sure, it's a bit ridiculous to sue someone for filming something that you're only going to put on television anyway, and since neither Kardashian nor West have ever been particularly private about their lives before now, it's easy to make fun of them for suing over a broken confidentiality agreement. But if someone makes you take a photo with a contract you've signed, to prove that you've signed it, doesn't it seem like violating that contract immediately afterwards is a stupid decision? Surely Harley didn't think he was going to be able to sneak something past the one family in the world who have more cameras trained on them than the Obamas.
Maybe it is all just an elaborate plan to get people talking about MixBit. After all, was anybody even aware of the website before Kardashian and West filed their lawsuit? Perhaps Harley is just a firm believer in the idea that "there's no such thing as bad press." He might even be hoping that he'll be talked about on the next season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. If he's really lucky, maybe he'll get to appear on the show.
Whatever happens, we're sure that there will be plenty of cameras present to keep the world informed.