Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have hit YouTube.com co-founder Chad Hurley with a lawsuit for prematurely releasing footage from their recent engagement without their consent. The Stronger hitmaker popped the question to the reality TV star in an over-the-top proposal at baseball stadium AT&T Park in San Francisco, California last week (21Oct13).
Days later, Hurley uploaded the two-and-a-half minute video using his company's new video-sharing platform, MixBit, which contains 15 short clips documenting various highlights of the couple's big night.
Now the pair has launched legal action against Hurley for leaking the footage, claiming that he used the video as a way to promote MixBit. They also state that Hurley was not invited to attend the proposal.
According to documents obtained by TMZ.com, Kardashian agreed to let Hurley stay, but only if he signed a confidentiality agreement, which he reportedly broke by posting the video online. The suit also alleges that Hurley even sent out a press release to alert the media about his exclusive footage.
The lawsuit states, "Hurley proceeded to try to turn the event into one starring himself, broadcasting the images he knew were the exclusive property rights of someone else."
In Hurley's clip, video cameras are seen filming the proposal and celebration, which were contracted by West in the event they decide to use the footage for his fiancee's reality series, Keeping up with the Kardashians.
They are suing for unspecified damages.
Rapper Young Jeezy has been slapped with a lawsuit from the Hells Angels over claims his clothing line copies their famous logo. Bosses at the notorious motorcycle club have instructed lawyers to sue the hip-hop star, alleging his 8732 fashion range has a very similar emblem to their 'Death Head' image.
They want the rapper to pull all clothing featuring the design, and are demanding unspecified damages.
Last year (12) the Hells Angels sued skateboarder-turned-reality star Rob Dyrdek over similar claims he stole their logo and plastered it on T-shirts without their permission. Both parties settled out of court for an undisclosed amount in March (13).
Noel and Liam Gallagher's brother Paul is convinced the feuding siblings will reunite Oasis - because they have "unfinished business" with the band. The band split in 2009 after guitarist Noel quit following a backstage fight with his younger brother, the group's singer. The Gallaghers have been estranged ever since and Liam even threatened to sue his former bandmate for remarks he made about the frontman.
Both brothers have found success away from Oasis - Liam with Beady Eye and Noel has become an acclaimed solo artist - but their brother Paul insists fans haven't heard or seen the last of the Some Might Say hitmakers.
In a new interview as part of an Irish TV documentary, he says, "I think they've got unfinished business. I think Noel regrets walking out the way he did. Liam was always going to carry on and do his own thing. I've got a funny feeling something might happen in the future, in two years' time, maybe three.
"All it takes is two guys to say, 'You know what, I'm sorry, but I love you.' That's all it takes, it's not hard. It's easy."
Both Liam and Noel have shot down reports suggesting they are secretly planning Oasis concerts next year (14) to mark the 20th anniversary of the release of the band's first album Definitely Maybe.
Actress Eden Sher is hobbling around with a broken foot after injuring herself during a surfing holiday. The star, who portrays awkward teen Sue Heck on hit U.S. TV comedy The Middle, sported a brace on her right foot during an appearance on U.S. talk show The View on Wednesday (23Oct13), and admitted that the sporting accident would fit right in with her clumsy onscreen character's storyline.
She said, "This is the most 'Sue' thing I've maybe ever done. I broke my foot surfing... I fell off my board and I flailed in the water and... the side of the board hit the side of my foot."
However, the 21 year old refrained from seeking medical help for three hours after the incident because she was convinced the pain was all part of the surfing experience.
She explained, "I was like, surfing is about pain, right?"
Eddie Van Halen and his bandmate brother Alex are suing the drummer's ex-wife for using her famous married name in a new business venture. The rockers claim Kelly Van Halen's construction and interior design company dilutes the band's brand and creates unfair competition.
Kelly and Alex divorced in 1996 after 12 years of marriage but she kept her name from the union, and now her ex-husband and former brother-in-law are taking her to court in California over her moniker.
In the brothers' lawsuit, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Kelly is said to have filed two trademark applications under her name for products like chairs, children's blankets and interior design services. They claim her name is "confusingly similar to Plaintiff's VAN HALEN marks in sound, appearance and commercial impression."
Rapper Future has been reinstated as Drake's support act on his upcoming Would You Like a Tour? shows after he was reportedly dumped for comments he made about the Canadian star's new album. Sources told the New York Post that Future had been kicked off the tour after making disparaging comments, which the rap star insisted were off the record, about Nothing Was the Same to Billboard magazine.
Reports suggested Future was planning to sue Drake for lost wages, but now it appears the two stars have settled their differences.
Future confirmed the news in a tweet on Thursday (17Oct13), writing, "Back in Atl (Atlanta) getting ready for tour... 1st stop Pittsburgh."
The trek begins in Pennsylvania on Friday (18Oct13).
Brian De Palma's adaptation of Carrie ranks as one of the best film versions of a Steven King story. But while the 1976 version created some fantastic moments of cinema history (the splitscreens, the slow motion, everything Piper Laurie) the remake coming out at the end of this week still has plenty of untouched source material to work with. Here are afew suggestions of things that director Kimberly Piece hopefully considered adding to her version of the high school horror tale.
1. Actual Teenagers: While Sissy Spacek's performance was perfect for De Palma's heightened, surreal atmosphere (and even earned her an Oscar nomination), if the new Carrie is looking to be more faithful to the book, one thing they can do is cast actual teenagers. Chloe Grace Moretz is actually 16, so we're off to a good start.
2. "Flexing:" Much is made in the book of how hard Carrie has to work to channel her powers. She practices every night, slowly working her way up to moving heavier, bigger things, until she can flip cars with ease. That's what makes the climax so terrifying — she's making the conscious choice to torture everyone, and since this new films looks to be more of a horror and less of a suspenseful drama, anything that makes Carrie White more evil in the final act is a good idea. This also adds to the whole arc of the story: Carrie is a put-upon girl who would have been able to be accepted if only people had listened and gotten out of her way.
3. People Vote for Carrie: In the 1976 film version, the evil girl Chris replaces all of the actual Prom King and Queen votes with ones for Carrie. In the book, sure, Chris is scheming, but the student body also just seems to get on board with Carrie, who actually proves herself at the prom and has a good time joking and hanging out. It makes the ending that much better, and this a story where everything is in the ending, right?
4. Childhood: One mistake audiences often make is that Carrie's powers are activated in the beginning of the movie. Instead, she's had them since childhood, and her mother's control actually stems equally from fear that they will return. The book has a fantastic story, told from the perspective of a neighbor, about a four-year-old Carrie bringing a rain of stones down on the house after her mother punishes her.
5. They Are Going to Laugh At You: In the 1976 version, Carrie just imagines the prom guests laughing at her, but in the book, such is that they can't help themselves and really do. Because, if we're being honest, high school is really, really embarrassing and awkward. And Chris is, in the end, pulling a prank. A cruel prank, but still. The slowly mounting horror is even better when offset because the characters just can't help but laugh... until it's too late.
6. Sue At Home: There's probably not much time in a feature film for nicest-of-the-mean-girls Sue's entire arc, which includes worries about college, a pregnancy scare, and falling in love with Brad (the sap who ends up taking Carrie to prom). But in the book, the only reason she isn't murdered by Carrie is that she chooses to stay home from the prom, giving us a window into what's happening in the rest of the town. Which leads to —
7. Get Rid of the Whole Damn Town: In the novel, the carnage goes far beyond just the school gymnasium, enough that the premise of the book is an exploration of one of the greatest American tragedies. Given that technology is no longer a hindrance, hopefully we'll get to see the full range of what Carrie can do.
Comedienne Roseanne Barr has launched a stinging attack on TV mogul Chuck Lorre, accusing him of copying her material. The star was far from amused after learning of a recent gag uttered by Ashton Kutcher on Lorre's hit sitcom Two and a Half Men - and she has taken to Twitter.com to let him know just how she feels.
Pointing out that she once hired the writer to work on her comedy show Roseanne, she tweets, "I wish I'd NEVER hired Chuck Lorre... he went frm (from) being a drunken bum2 an overbearing arrogant thief."
She adds, "Chuck Lorre has made MILLIONS-hundreds of millions-YET-he STEALS COMEDIAN'S WRITING-helps himself 2 STEAL other ppl's (people's) work w (with) no guilt."
Roseanne then urged her fellow comics to "BEGIN WATCHING CHUCK LORRE'S SHOWS 2 SEE IF HE STEALS YOUR MATERIAL AS HE DOES MINE."
Her Friday rant ended with Roseanne revealing she's considering legal action against Lorre and then adding, "If i'm unable2 sue billionaire chuck lorre4 theft, then I will force myself 2 watch his shows-& steal his jokes 2-altho NOT many R FUNNY."
Lorre has yet to respond to Roseanne's claims.
Jennifer Garner has given full credit to fellow celebrity mum Halle Berry for successfully campaigning for new paparazzi harassment laws, confessing she and husband Ben Affleck never thought such legislation would be passed in California. The pregnant Monster's Ball star grew tired of the snappers who followed her everywhere and took shots of her young daughter Nahla as she left school - and she decided to do something about the problem.
She recruited Garner, a mother of three, to testify in August (13) in support of Senate Bill 606, 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.
The two mums had cause for celebration last week (24Sep13) when the law was officially passed.
Garner admits she and actor/director Affleck had seriously considered moving out of California in an effort to escape the paparazzi before Berry waged war on the snappers and stepped up her political lobbying.
In an interview with U.S. breakfast show Today, Garner says, "This is all about Halle. I have to say, my husband and I, as much as we have wished for this, we truly were resigned to thinking that this was never gonna happen.
"We had looked at all different things: moving out of California, you know, all manners of things. I think that there's an idea, that because our pictures are everywhere, that we're complicit in it, when really what happens is they're waiting outside our door every single day. I can't go to the mailbox without getting my picture taken.
"What we're hoping is our kids' day-to-day experience will not be of really aggressive men yelling and screaming five feet from their faces. My kids take karate, for example, and we have our classes at the same time every week, so the guys know when we have karate and so 20 of them wait there for us, every single class. So that's a lot of energy coming at little, little kids."
The daughter of late screenwriter Frank Petrella is taking her Raging Bull copyright infringement case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Paula Petrella has been locked in a legal dispute with executives at MGM Holdings Inc. since the late 1990s over allegations they illegally based the 1980 Robert De Niro movie on a copyrighted script penned by her father in 1963.
Petrella claims the film bosses have continued to breach her father's copyright by continuing to market the movie for DVD sales distributed by bosses at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, who have also been named in the suit.
Her arguments have twice been rejected by judges in San Francisco, California, ruling in favour of the studio chiefs, who accused the plaintiff of forfeiting her rights by failing to sue earlier.
However, Petrella petitioned officials at the U.S. Supreme Court to hear her case, and on Tuesday (01Oct13), they agreed to take up the dispute.
Frank Petrella died in 1981 - the same year that Raging Bull, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring De Niro as real-life boxer Jake LaMotta, won two Oscars.