Organisers behind Croatia's Pula Film Festival were forced to pull a picture out of competition on Saturday (26Jul14) after discovering moviemakers had breached copyright laws by using songs by David Bowie and The Doors without permission. Vlog, directed by Bruno Pavid and produced by Slobodan Jokic of Croatia's Split Film Academy, featured tracks including Bowie's Space Oddity, The Doors' Light My Fire and Janis Joplin's Cry Baby for dramatic effect during one sequence, but after officials noticed there were no music rights included in the credits, they learned the tunes had been used illegally.
Festival bosses then decided to drop the film from competition.
Producer and festival boardmember Mike Downey says, "We cannot condone copyright infringement by any film in our competition."
Jury members announced the winners of the 61st annual event later that evening, with Kristijan Milic's war movie Number 55 leading the way with eight awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Script for Ivan Pavlicic, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Newlywed British pop star Cheryl Cole has been given another reason to celebrate after scoring her fourth solo number one single in the U.K. with Crazy Stupid Love. The Fight For This Love singer becomes only the third British female in the history of the nation's charts to achieve such a feat, following in the footsteps of former Spice Girls member Geri Halliwell and Rita Ora.
Celebrating the success of her first single in two years, Cole says, "It feels great to be back but even more special to have achieved my fourth number one. So exciting!"
Crazy Stupid Love, featuring rapper Tinie Tempah, was released in the U.K. just days after she announced she had wed her boyfriend of three months, Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.
It debuted ahead of Magic!'s Rude at two and Ghost by Ella Henderson at three.
Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran racks up a fifth week at the top of the U.K. albums chart with X, making it the longest-running number one since Adele's 21 spent 11 straight weeks in pole position in 2011.
Dolly Parton's Blue Smoke - The Best Of climbs to second place and Sam Smith rounds out the top three at three with In The Lonely Hour.
Music icon Aretha Franklin stormed out of a fast food restaurant in Ontario, Canada last week (22Jul14) after a nasty encounter with a rude employee. The Queen of Soul stopped by the Johnny Rockets eatery in Niagara Falls after performing a sold-out gig in nearby Lewiston, New York and took a seat at an empty booth as she waited for her hamburger and Cherry Coke take out order to be prepared.
However, she was soon confronted by a young waitress who demanded Franklin move from the booth as tables were reserved for eat-in customers only, even though it wasn't busy.
The singer, who was with her nephew at the time, decided she would have her burger at the restaurant instead, but the server insisted that was not allowed as she had already placed her order for takeaway.
The woman then ordered Franklin to stand outside the Johnny Rockets venue, which was located inside a food court, but the veteran star had had enough.
Franklin tells the New York Daily News, "I got up and walked out. I said, 'You should eat it yourself and you pay for it.'
"My nephew mentioned to her who I was and she said she didn't care who I was."
The Respect hitmaker, 72, reveals she was disgusted by the waitress' behaviour and insists she needs to be "spoken to" about her attitude, saying, "She's a public servant and she shouldn't speak that way to anybody, celebrities or non-celebrities.
However, Franklin claims the encounter won't put her off eating at Johnny Rockets again. She adds, "I like Johnny Rockets and I'll go on liking Johnny Rockets, but not that one."
A spokesperson for the franchise owner has since issued a public apology to Franklin for the actions of "a new and very young employee".
A police investigation has been launched in Australia after British pop star Lily Allen shared an Instagram.com photo of herself pretending to be arrested by a cop Down Under. The singer was being escorted through Gold Coast Airport in Queensland on Sunday (27Jul14), when she asked one officer to pose for a picture, in which Allen is featured kneeling on the ground with her head down as the cop places her in handcuffs.
She posted the prank snap online, ahead of her appearance at the Splendour In The Grass festival, alongside a caption which simply read, "uhoh (sic)", but the image has landed the policeman in trouble with department bosses due to an apparent a breach of protocol.
A spokesman for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) tells the DailyMail.co.uk, "At her request members involved placed open handcuffs (on her) for a photo opportunity.
"It appears the members involved were caught in the moment and standard protocol were breached. It is subject to internal processes.
The photo, which garnered more than 7,700 'likes' online, has since been removed from Allen's social networking page, although she has yet to comment on the controversy.
Star Trek icon William Shatner rolled into Comic-Con in a wheelchair on Thursday (24Jul14) after injuring his leg in a horseriding accident. The 83 year old had to be pushed onstage to appear alongside fellow acting veteran Betty White and Scrubs star Donald Faison for the Legends of TV Land panel at the San Diego, California convention, but he assured fans that he would bounce back from the incident, which took place the previous weekend (19-20Jul14).
He told the crowd, "I was riding a horse and had an accident. The horse got off scot-free. I did not. I wrecked my leg."
However, Shatner refused to let the painful injury derail his plans to attend the annual Comic-Con bash, adding, "I was not going to (miss Comic-Con). In a couple of days I'll be fine, but right now I'm in a lot of pain."
Actress Brit Marling was left horrified while researching lab work for her role in new sci-fi drama I Origins after accidentally destroying a student's thesis project. The Arbitrage star and actor Michael Pitt portray molecular biologists who make a groundbreaking discovering in the film, and they headed to private research school John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland to brush up on their science knowledge prior to shooting.
However, Marling reveals the trip didn't end so well for her.
She explains, "Mike Cahill, the director, his brother went to John Hopkins so Michael Pitt and I went down to the lab, and we put on the lab coats and the gloves and we learned how to splice DNA.
"The bad thing is I accidentally broke someone's thesis experiment and he'd been working on it for two years. It was really bad... He passed it (DNA slide) to me and I was looking at it through the microscope and it was so beautiful I got really excited and I turned to pass it to Michael Pitt and I dropped it. So that happened. And it didn't even make it in the film...!
"But then I made it up to him because I was like, 'I'm basically your lab slave now' and I just spent the rest of the month pipetting saline solution to test tubes for him, helping him back out. It was a rough start."
Tough guy wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista broke down in tears when he learned he had landed the role of superhero Drax the Destroyer in Guardians Of The Galaxy. The former WWE star reveals he had been questioning his decision to pursue a career in Hollywood after struggling to land his big acting break when he scored the job in the new comic book adaptation and it helped to renew his faith in his onscreen talents.
He tells the New York Post, "I was sobbing (when I landed the role)... I left wrestling, and I really pounded the pavement trying to get people to take me seriously as an actor for about three-and-a-half years... Finally there was some kind of justification that it was the right choice."
He adds, "I'm an emotional guy."
Bautista had previously only had small movie roles in Riddick and The Man with the Iron Fists. Guardians of the Galaxy reunites the grappler with his Riddick co-star Vin Diesel. Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana also feature in the film.
Marvel executives have unveiled plans to press ahead with a sequel to Guardians Of The Galaxy, days before the superhero movie even hits cinemas. Director James Gunn and actor Chris Pratt, who stars as lead character Star Lord, shared the news with fans on Saturday (26Jul14) as they attended the Marvel Studios' Comic-Con presentation in San Diego, California.
The announcement comes shortly before the first instalment of Guardians of the Galaxy opens across the world next week (begs28Jul14).
The follow-up film is scheduled for release on 28 July, 2017.
Pratt, who had to bulk up for the role, recently told the New York Post he would jump at the chance to reprise his part as Peter Quill, a mercenary who has to team up with a group of misfits to secure his freedom and save the world after stealing a mysterious orb.
He said, "I'd be thrilled to do (a sequel). I'm just going to sit back and eat chicken and do bench presses and wait by the phone."
The movie also co-stars Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.
Actor Chris Pratt spent five months listening to the same soundtrack of soft rock songs from the 1970s to help him get into character for his role in Guardians Of The Galaxy. The Zero Dark Thirty star portrays the comic book adaptation's lead, Peter Quill, a boy who grows up in space and becomes a mercenary named Star Lord after being kidnapped from Earth carrying a mixtape his mother made for him.
Pratt, who adopted a strict fitness regimen to bulk up for his part, decided to familiarise himself with the same tunes, such as Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Swede and Escape (The Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes, to help put him in the same mindset as Quill - but now he admits he's sick of the tracks.
He tells the New York Post, "This was the only music Peter Quill listened to for the 22 years that he'd been in space, so I made sure I played that music on a loop for five months....
"Some of it I hope I never hear again... There was nothing worse than running on mile five and (Holmes' song) comes on."
An elderly woman was hospitalised after she was hit by a car on Saturday evening (26Jul14), when a Zombie Walk event during California's Comic-Con weekend ended in chaos. The annual parade, featuring fans dressed up as the undead, took place not far from the San Diego Convention Center, where a deaf driver, who was travelling with his two children, who were also hard of hearing, was stopped to let the march pass by.
The kids became scared, prompting the dad to try and move out of the area.
However, according to authorities, a number of Zombie Walk participants grew angry at the man for attempting to drive through the crowd and "surrounded and began punching" the car.
A spokesperson from the San Diego Police Department adds, "Several of them climbed onto the car and beat on the car. The car windshield was shattered by the crowd."
The man attempted to drive away and ended up knocking down the 64-year-old pedestrian, who sustained "serious arm injuries", before he was able to get away from the mob and flag down a police officer.
The Zombie Walk is not directly affiliated with organisers at Comic-Con.
No arrests were made, but police are currently investigating the scary incident.