America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon and Dancing With The Stars judge Julianne Hough teamed up with Samsung to smash the Guinness World Record for the longest selfie relay chain with 283 consecutive selfies. The event was to promote Samsung’s next generation of digital cameras - the new NX line. The cameras are slimmer, sleeker and have the ability to connect to smartphones. Samsung gave out 300 of their brand new cameras as they called for people to "Ditch the DSLR" in exchange for the new Samsung devices. Samsung also donated $50,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Greater LA as part of the event. Click here to find out more about Samsung's new digital cameras.
Despite his pending divorce to Mariah Carey - which seems to be getting ugly - Cannon is “getting out there" with seemingly endless projects he has keeping him busy. Cannon just wrapped the 9th season of America’s Got Talent alongside judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Mel B. The winner, magician Mat Franco, was awarded $1 million and a headlining show in Las Vegas. Cannon is all for a magician winning the talent competition show, saying: “There’s so many other singing competitions and dance shows out there. For someone like a magician to be able to come through and win $1 million, it shows you what the show’s all about - it could be any talent. I mean, he was the best and most talented person that America saw. So, therefore, he took it all the way, and I think it was well deserved.”
It seems like keeping busy is the best way to keep his mind off his marriage troubles. He has a new standup comedy show for Showtime called F#ck Nick Cannon, an album White People Party Music (the new music video for "Looking For a Dream" is quite exceptional by the way). Oh, and he’s writing a children’s book based on his and Carey’s twins Roc & Roe. He also recently rocked the most expensive pair of shoes ever - a $2 million pair of diamond loafers - marking two Guinness world records he's broken. Not too shabby. This guy is certainly not moping around while his soon to be ex-wife is on a world tour.
Cannon also has a couple works that are under the radar. He’s going to be bringing Robin Leach's Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous back to TV. And he recently partnered with Maxim - he’ll be taking over the magazine’s content as well as heading strategic events. “I’ll be doing my thing… so that’s kinda cool.” Keep doing your thing, Cannon. It’s very cool indeed.
Cannon also stars on BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood alongside Kevin Hart, Nelly, Boris Kodjoe, Duane Martin and J.B. Smoove. "The fakest reality show on TV" just premiered its third season. Catch new episodes of the hilarious show Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. on BET.
Former child star Danica Mckellar is engaged. The actress, who played Winnie Cooper on beloved U.S. TV series The Wonder Years, is set to tie the knot with her lawyer boyfriend Scott Sveslosky.
McKellar took to Instagram.com on Wednesday (16Jul14) and posted a photo of herself proudly showing off a diamond ring on her left ring finger, along with the caption, "Yep, my amazing boyfriend Scott & I are engaged!!"
This will be the second marriage for both McKellar and Sveslosky, who each have young sons from their previous relationships.
McKellar, who divorced Mike Verta last year (13), tells People magazine, "Scott and I are thrilled. We are looking forward to merging our families," revealing they plan to exchange vows later this year (14).
Bosses at energy drinks firm Monster Beverage Corp. have vowed to appeal a court ruling ordering them to pay the Beastie Boys $1.7 million (£1.06 million) for copyright infringement. A jury at Manhattan federal court in New York ruled against the defendants on Friday (06Jun14) after an eight-day trial, during which they admitted to using the band's music, including hits Sabotage and Make Some Noise, in a 2012 online video tribute to late band member Adam 'MCA' Yauch without permission.
Monster Beverage's attorney, Reid Kahn, claimed his clients incorrectly thought they had the authority to use the tracks and urged jurors to award the rappers no more than $125,000 (£78,000), as the Beastie Boys' demands for at least $2 million (£1.2 million) in damages were "contrary to common sense".
He is now planning to challenge the judgement on his clients' behalf.
A statement released following Friday's loss reads: "Although Monster Energy has great respect for the verdict of the jury, we strongly disagree with it. We will make an application to the Court to set aside the verdict and we intend to file an appeal.
"From the inception, Monster Energy has been willing to resolve this matter in a fair and equitable manner and we will continue to make additional efforts to reach a just resolution of this dispute."
Surviving Beastie Boys Michael 'Mike D' Diamond and Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz each took the stand during the trial and insisted they would never have allowed their songs to be used by Monster Beverage Corp. as they had promised their late pal that they would fight any commercial exploitation of the band's music.
The Beastie Boys have been awarded $1.7 million (£1.06 million) in damages for copyright infringement. The hip-hop group's lawyer, Kevin Puvalowski, had been seeking at least $2 million (£1.2 million) in compensation from bosses at Monster Beverage Corp., after they admitted to using the rappers' songs without permission in a 2012 online video tribute to late band member Adam 'MCA' Yauch.
The defendant's attorney, Reid Kahn, claimed his clients incorrectly thought they had the authority to use the music, which included hits Sabotage and Make Some Noise, and on Wednesday (04Jun14) asked jurors at New York's Manhattan federal court to award the band no more than $125,000 (£78,000), as the Beastie Boys' demands were "contrary to common sense".
However, the jurors sided with the legendary rap stars when they delivered their verdict on Thursday (05Jun14).
The decision wrapped up an eight-day trial, during which surviving members Michael 'Mike D' Diamond and Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz took the stand to give evidence and revealed they had promised their late bandmate that they would fight any commercial exploitation of the band's music.
A lawyer representing the Beastie Boys has urged jurors overseeing his clients' copyright infringement trial to award the band at least $2 million (GBP1.2 million) in damages. In his closing arguments on Wednesday (04Jun14), Kevin Puvalowski stated that bosses at Monster Beverage Corp's use of the trio's songs without a license in an online video was "absolutely egregious".
Bandmates Michael 'Mike D' Diamond and Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz, who previously testified in the case, were spectators in the Manhattan courtroom as Puvalowski told jurors Monster bosses had hoped to benefit from how "cool" his clients' had become.
The 2012 video appeared as a tribute to late band member Adam 'MCA' Yauch, but it failed to impress the Beastie Boys, who are very protective of how and where their music is used.
Monster's lawyer Reid Kahn acknowledged his clients had infringed the Beastie Boys' copyrights, but insisted they incorrectly thought they had permission to use the music.
Kahn told the court that the band's demands for damages were "contrary to common sense", and asked jurors to award the band no more than $125,000 (GBP78,000).
The surviving members of the Beastie Boys have vowed not to record new music under the group's name after making a promise to late rapper Adam 'Mca' Yauch before his death in 2012. The hip-hop trio has not released any new material since 2011 album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, and Michael 'Mike D' Diamond reveals fans won't be hearing anything else from the Beastie Boys now that co-founder Yauch is no longer alive.
He revealed the news during a New York court hearing in the band's ongoing copyright infringement battle against the bosses of Monster Beverage Corp, who stand accused of using five of the band's tracks in a promotional video without permission. During his testimony on Friday (30May14), Diamond admitted he and Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz had made a vow with Yauch to prevent any new music being released without each member's input.
Testifying at Manhattan Federal Court, the Sabotage hitmaker said, "We have not been able to tour since MCA, Adam Yauch, died. We can't make new music." Diamond returned to the witness stand on Monday (02Jun14), when defence lawyer Dana Susman attempted to depict the band as hypocrites after the rapper claimed they had turned down "a lot of money" after producers behind Arnold Schwarzenegger's recent film Sabotage asked them for permission to use their 1994 song of the same name.
Diamond revealed they had rejected the offer because they "weren't fans of Mr. Schwarzenegger's recent... work", but Susman called the rapper out and suggested they had subsequently backtracked as their song was used as the action man's walk on music during a recent appearance on America's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Susman alleged the band had received a fee of $600 (£375) in exchange for allowing a snippet of the track to be used, but Diamond insisted he had no knowledge of the deal and claimed any agreement would have been because they are "fans of that show", reports the New York Daily News. The Beastie Boys had previously performed on Fallon's previous programme, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, prior to Yauch's death.
The Beastie Boys rejected a big money deal to allow the producers of Arnold Schwarzenegger's recent movie Sabotage to use their song of the same name - because they aren't fans of the action star. Michael 'Mike D' Diamond made the revelation in a New York courtroom last week (ends30May14) as he testified in the band's ongoing copyright infringement case against the bosses of Monster Beverage Corp, who stand accused of using five of the hip-hop icons' tracks in a promotional video without their permission.
The promo was posted online days after the 2012 death of founding Beastie Boys star Adam 'MCA' Yauch, who had made it clear in his will that he didn't want his likeness or art used in any advertisements following his passing.
During his testimony at Manhattan Federal Court, the rapper used the Schwarzenegger film offer to demonstrate how picky the group is when it comes to allowing its work to be used for promotional purposes, admitting movie chiefs had offered the stars "a lot of money" to use the 1994 hit on the soundtrack.
He explained, "We felt it was too much of an endorsement, and we weren't fans of Mr. Schwarzenegger's recent... work."
The movie Sabotage bombed at the U.S. box office upon its release in March (14), grossing just $5.3 million (£3.31 million) in its opening weekend, making it the worst debut for a Schwarzenegger film in over 30 years.
Beastie Boys star Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz took the stand in New York on Wednesday (28May14) as the band's copyright infringement case against the bosses of Monster Beverage Corp went to trial. Ad-Rock and bandmate Michael 'Mike D' Diamond filed suit against the company last year (13), claiming executives used five of the hip-hop trio's tracks in a promotional video without permission.
The tribute montage was posted online days after the death of founding Beastie Boys star Adam 'MCA' Yauch, who had made it clear in his will that his likeness or art would not be used in any advertisements.
The Ruckus in the Rockies video debuted at a snowboarding event in Canada and ended with the words "RIP MCA", but the rapper's bandmates were not impressed with the promo and they have sued for $1 million (£625,000) in damages for the song usage and an additional $1 million (£625,000) for "implied endorsement".
Testifying in Manhattan on Wednesday, Ad-Rock gave the court a brief history of his band before answering defence questions.
The trial is expected to last a week.
Beastie Boys star Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz is expected to testify in the band's copyright infringement case against Monster Energy Drink this week (begs26May14). The rapper, Mike Diamond and their bandmate Adam Yauch's widow, Denchen Yauch, filed a suit against the company in 2012, claiming bosses had used a number of songs, including Sabotage and Make Some Noise, in a promotional video at the Ruckus Festival in Canada without permission.
Horovitz is scheduled to appear appear at Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse in New York City on 27 May (14), when he'll represent the Beastie Boys, who are seeking financial damages of $150,000 (GBP94,000) for each infringement, as well as a permanent injunction.
In their suit, the band's lawyers state, "The public was confused into believing that plaintiffs sponsored, endorsed and are associated with defendant Monster in promoting defendant Monster's productions and promotional events".
The court battle comes just months after the Beastie Boys settled a copyright infringement suit over the use of their song Girls in a viral ad for toy firm GoldieBlox.
Company bosses issued an apology to the group, published in small print at the bottom of their website, admitting they should have contacted the band before deciding to use the song in their advert.
Beastie Boys star Mike Diamond introduced the Brooklyn Nets starting line-up before the team's home play-off game with the Miami Heat on Monday night (12May14). He joined Jay Z and Beyonce, among other celebrities, at the game, which the Nets lost.