Rapper 50 Cent is celebrating after winning a summary judgement against the owners of a hip-hop website over the unauthorised use of his image and content. The In Da Club hitmaker, real name Curtis Jackson, launched legal action against bosses at WorldStarHipHop.com back in 2009 after his photo was plastered across the site's homepage on multiple mastheads.
50 Cent alleged the heavy use of his picture could lead some readers to believe that he was directly involved with the company and demanded they remove the shots.
Editors fired back at the lawsuit, claiming fair use, but earlier this week (24Mar14), a New York federal judge dismissed their arguments and ruled in 50 Cent's favour over his copyright and right of publicity claims.
If “The Reichenbach Fall” wasn’t surprising enough for fans of Sherlock, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss certainly outdid themselves in terms of shock value for “His Last Vow.” This season has been a series of twists and turns just like any other, but the finale episode jam-packed the whole two hours with bigger and bigger reveals. Though the writers didn’t kill off new character Mary Morstan (Amanda Abbington) as many fans suspected and feared, they did provide some surprises that we didn’t see coming: especially pertaining to the new villain, Charles Augustus Magnussen (Lars Mikkelsen). These are the revelations that had us gasping and shouting, “No way!”
Yes, you read that right. For those who didn’t see the finale, what are you doing, there are spoilers here! And for those that did, we wouldn’t blame you if you still don’t believe Sherlock actually had a girlfriend. (Even if it was only to use her access to get close to Magnussen.)
Sherlock Beating Magnussen
Though we didn’t think Sherlock would take Magnussen flicking John’s face sitting down, we never expected Sherlock to resort to killing Magnussen. But he did.
Even more than the reveal that Magnussen’s archive of material used to blackmail everyone was all in his head (which was fairly stupid, especially for a businessman) was his total lack of respect for Sherlock. Even Moriarty never used Sherlock’s fireplace as a toilet. It just proves how horrible Magnussen is — or, was.
Mary Isn’t Mary
This is one of those surprises where you think you really should have seen it coming, but the fans had no idea — and neither did Sherlock. Although “liar” popped up in his initial deduction of her, he was just as shocked as the audience when he found her pointing a gun at Magnussen’s head.
Whether your screams were in delight or utter terror, chances are the final shocker of “His Last Vow” caused you to stop breathing for at least a moment. It’s certainly going to make for an interesting fourth season, which we better get in December, as The Sun reported. We can’t take another two-year waiting period.
It looks like Justin Bieber's bad-boy rep has traveled all the way to the land down under. According to E!, the 19-year-old singer and his entourage were detained at the Brisbane International Airport in Australia on Sunday Nov. 24 under suspicion of importing drugs. And then, because Bieber can't keep his mouth shut, he was given a verbal warning for his use of "inappropriate language."
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) found cannabis on a 23-year-old man traveling in the entourage and issued him a notice to appear in court. In response to being detained, Bieber allegedly began to use foul language, resulting in a firm scolding from customs officers. (And according to The Sun, he insulted a female customs officer by calling her a "female vagina"... whatever that's supposed to mean.)
While the AFP could not specifically say that they detained Bieber, E! confirmed that they did speak to "a 19-year-old man." And considering that Bieber has concerts in Australia on Dec. 5 and Dec. 8, and that he has a habit of getting into trouble at airports, we're betting that the unnamed male was most likely the "Boyfriend" singer.
Now we all just have to wait to hear which animal Bieber tries to bring back this time. Better hide your koalas, Australia.
Much time will be lost today due to the latest Google Doodle. The website's homepage honors the psychologist Herman Rorschach with a collection of inkblot tests for people to click through. And man oh man do people like to take tests that reveal things about their personality... especially when they involve pictures. Rorschach, who would have celebrated his 129th birthday today, brought the projective test to the forefront of psychology believing that it would enable his patients to subliminally tell him things about themselves, or rather things that they were not willing to reveal up front.
With the assistance of Google's very own inkblot cards (some of which are quite silly), I've decided to analyze some of our writers' responses to the pictures... how hard could it be? (It should be noted that I'm not a doctor, and I have no clue what I'm doing when it comes to psychology.)
Here goes nothing:
"A skull, maybe." - Jordan"Panda face." - Julia"Dog." - Alexa"The hands of God puppeteering a circle of ravens as they periodically kill one another off." - Michael"Cannot figure this out." - Kayla
Analysis: Michael has a creepy imagination, and I don't feel comfortable sitting across the desk from him anymore. Everyone else is normal... for now. (Although I'll be keeping an eye on Jordan to see if this skull thing escalates.)
"Two chicken drumsticks." - Jordan"Like someone cried into their pillow without taking their eyeliner off." - Julia"Smoke or dogs looking at each other." - Alexa"Two storm clouds approaching one another slowly, carting doom with every step." - Michael"Two broccoli? I don't know." - Kayla
Analysis: Jordan and Kayla are hungry, Julia's been watching too many rom-coms, and Alexa thinks dogs and clouds of smoke are the same thing. Oh, and Michael's soul is still dark.
"Two T-rexes about to get some unicycling in before work." - Jordan"DINOSAURS ON YOGA BALLS." - Julia"Dinosaurs riding unicycles." - Alexa"The face of a sloth with two dinosaurs springing from each ostentatiously stylized eyebrow." - Michael"Dinos on unicycles." - Kayla
Analysis: Everyone is wrong. It's obviously two dinosaurs laughing while playing soccer. And Michael is just making stuff up now.
"Like a fancy corset from 19th century France or something." - Jordan"Praying mantis face." - Julia"Angry wolf." - Alexa"A gigantic, godly seal with tremendous forearms meditating as it guards the egg of a penguin, with fish praying at its feed." - Michael"Black cow." - Kayla
Analysis: Jordan should start watching The CW's Reign since he likes corsets so much, and Michael is most definitely living in some sort of fantasy world. Julia, Alexa, and Kayla never had pets when they were growing up, and now all they see when they look at this picture is the animal that they wish they could have had.
"This is weird, but the first thing that came to my mind was a stretched out piece of dried skin. I think I'm a serial killer, you guys." - Jordan"That's just a giant smudge. That looks like nothing." - Julia"Bat." - Alexa"A tiny crab driving a steamroller." - Michael"This looks like nothing. This looks like a skin rug." - Kayla
Analysis: Jordan is most definitely a serial killer, and Kayla is possibly his protegee in training.
"Two gnomes."- Jordan"Gnomes holding hands." - Julia"Elves holding hands? Lol." - Alexa"Uh, two gnomes holding hands." - Michael"Dwarves shaking hands." - Kayla
Analysis: Kayla and Alexa need to figure out what gnomes are.
GALLERY: Our Favorite Google Doodles
Halloween: it's a day dedicated to celebrating costumes, candy, and the things that go bump in the night. Google has decided to join in on the holiday festivities, but since it's impossible to hand out candy through a computer screen (for now), they've done the next best thing and created a Halloween treat in the form of a homepage that hides several quick, entertaining games all in one interactive Google Doodle. If they managed to throw in a costume and a scary movie, they'd have condensed the whole holiday into one webpage.
On the homepage, the doodle features a witch reading through her spell book. Once you click on the Doodle, however, you will be able to help her mix potions in her cauldron by choosing two of the four offered ingredients: a bone, a skull, an apple, or a vial of another potion. Every combination unlocks a Halloween-themed mini game, where you can cut spiders down from their web, light up a series of jack-o-lanterns, shoo a houseful of ghosts out into the moonlight, or chase ghouls with a flashlight. Now, even if you're stuck at work you can still enjoy all of the creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky fun that Halloween has to offer.
To see other holidays that have inspired Google, click through to our gallery of Google's most addicting and entertaining Doodles. Happy Halloween!
GALLERY: The 21 Best Google Doodles
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the squadroom comedy starring Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher, is the best new situation comedy of 2013. However, given that its competition includes shows like The Millers and the recently-canceled Welcome to the Family, that's not saying a whole lot. The show at this point is good but not great, although it's been showing signs of improvement after an awkward first couple of episodes. And series creators Michael Schur and Dan Goor obviously have experience in making improvements on a series that had a rocky start: they came to this show from Parks and Recreation, which went from an absolutely terrible first season to becoming the sharpest, funniest and sweetest comedy on TV. (By the way: up yours, NBC, for putting Parks on hiatus until 2014.) So what cues can the showrunners take from their former series to make Brooklyn Nine-Nine better still?
Open Up The Characters
Now that the leading characters have their basic traits down, let's see them expand on them. Samberg's Jake Peralta is supposedly a cocky slacker who gets results, but for the most part, they've forgotten the second half of that. Show us that, like Parks and Rec's Leslie Knope, Jake is really good at his job. Similarly, giving more layers to Braugher's Captain Ray Holt, who so far has been so stoic that he makes Ron Swanson look like Chris Trager (to continue the Parks and Rec comparisons), would give Braugher more to work with.
Juice Up The Support Team
There is a potentially great supporting cast here, but so far, their characters haven't been given enough depth. The worst offender is hapless Detective Boyle; though I've been a fan of Joe Lo Truglio since his days with The State back in the early '90s, Boyle is so far a one-note character. Similarly, Stephanie Beatriz's Detective Diaz and Melissa Fumero's Detective Santiago haven't been able to expand beyond their initial descriptions as The Tough Cookie and The Overachiever. Only Chelsea Peretti as the snarky administrator Gina and Terry Crews as Sgt. Jeffords, a former hard case who has lost his edge since his wife had twins, have shown much dimension. Recent episodes where these supporting characters have had the opportunity to bounce off each other have been promising, such as a subplot where Boyle helps Jeffords build a dollhouse for his daughters. The show needs more of this.
Fox clearly has faith in the series, which last week was given next February's coveted post-Super Bowl slot alongside an episode of New Girl. And the series has been showing steady improvement in quality if not ratings. Giving it a better lead-in than the disappointingly unfunny Dads (a show that's wasting an amazing cast with terrible scripts) would be a help, too. Shifting Brooklyn Nine-Nine to 8PM, followed by Raising Hope, then New Girl and The Mindy Project, would be a solid evening of comedy.
The last few episodes of The Big Bang Theory have been teasing out the storyline of Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik), specifically Amy's increasing impatience with her asexual boyfriend. While I realize that it's pointless to expect anything like reality from a sitcom in which a guy who looks like Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) can land a full-tilt babe like Bernadette Rostenkowski (Melissa Rauch), it's time to move this along: Sheldon and Amy should just have sex already.
To be fair, there's something to be said for the general idea of a TV character who is in fact completely asexual; that's not often discussed, either on television or in popular culture as a whole. (The comedian Paula Poundstone is the only pop culture figure I can think of who has publically self-identified as asexual.) But having given Sheldon Cooper the foil of Amy Farrah Fowler, the writing staff now needs to let that relationship grow. And further, having made Amy's frustrated sexuality a major part of her character -- including that phase where her same-sex crush on Penny (Kaley Cuoco) was bordering on stalkery sexual harrassment -- that relationship needs to turn physical. There's certainly humor to be found in that realm: what if, given Sheldon's innate competitiveness, he embarks on a quest to become the greatest lover in the world?
Admittedly, part of this is generational: I'm at exactly the right age to think, "Dude, she's Blossom. How could you not be into Blossom?"
Perhaps no other film this year has been more highly-anticipated than The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and even though there's still a little more than a month to go until its release, the studio has been steadily providing fans with posters and trailers to ramp up excitement even further. It says a lot about the buzz surrounding the film that a new behind-the-scenes featurette all about shooting the film in IMAX inspires more excitement than frustration — primarily due to director Francis Lawrence's admission that the film will not actually use the IMAX technology until Katniss enters the arena.
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According to Lawrence, as Katniss rides in the elevator up to the battlefield, the screen will transition out of scope in order to provide the audience members with an immersive experience that puts them right in the middle of the action. It's like being able to compete in the Hunger Games yourself, without that pesky threat of death. Catching Fire's approach to using IMAX is also pretty refreshing, considering how many blockbusters treat it as a way to charge insane ticket prices for a few underwhelming shots in 3D.
The featurette also includes short interviews with the franchise's stars, Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, the latter of whom promises that the film was shot with an attention to detail that is sure to please die-hard fans of the books. Check out what else they had to say about the filming process in the featurette, before The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens in theaters on November 22.
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Life was different before Google. There was no quick, easy way to answer important questions, get roundabout directions to the places we needed to go, or look something up in order to win an argument. And then, 15 years ago, the search engine came into existence and became a cultural phenomenon as well as an integral part of everyone's lives. Today, Google is celebrating that milestone with a brand new interactive doodle.
On the homepage, the letters of "Google" gather around a multi-tiered birthday cake and then cheer users on as they use the space bar to whack a pinata and release a flood of candy onto the ground. The doodle allows for 10 tries per turn and even keeps track of your high score, so that you can spend hours of your workday trying to best it rather than whatever it is you're actually supposed to be doing. Google: promoting procrastination, one doodle at a time.
If you're looking for even more ways to waste time, why not check out some of the site's other amazing doodles in out Google Doodle Gallery. And be sure to wish Google a happy 15th birthday — they'll be driving before you know it!
GALLERY: The 17 Best Google Doodles
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Rihanna has become embroiled in a nasty online feud with rising singer Teyana Taylor. The two women began sniping at each other after Rihanna posted a video mocking the singer on her Instagram.com page.
Taylor recently uploaded a video of herself singing a cover of Anita Baker's Caught Up In The Rapture, and the Umbrella star countered by posting a clip of her male hairstylist, dressed in a wig, performing the same song badly.
The apparent jibe appeared to provoke Taylor, who subsequently sent Rihanna a barrage of angry messages via Twitter.com, writing, "Don't play wit (with) me Rihanna f**k all this industry s**t, you & I know each other very well. Throwing subs (hints) 4 wat (sic)? U (you) got my # (number), don't show off... Y'all could bully everybody else & get away wit (with) that s**t but that s**t ain't gone (sic) work ova (over) here... Petty is petty and shade is shade, b**ch knew what the f*ck she was doing."
Rihanna later changed her Twitter homepage to a shot of an article comparing her estimated $90 million (£60 million) fortune to Taylor's $500,000 (£333,333), and wrote, "I refuse to help your career... you will not get an @ (Twitter mention) from me! Not til you pay me. No more free promo. I refuse."
Both women later deleted their tweets and Rihanna changed her home screen page again. When a fan asked Taylor, "(Why) did you delete ur (your) tweets after cussing Rihanna out for deleting hers?" she replied, "Mom dukes (my mother) asked me to take em (sic) down, so I did. But I still mean every single word."
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