Lady Gaga celebrated her 28th birthday by kicking off a seven-show residency at New York's famed Roseland Ballroom venue. The Poker Face hitmaker's headlining stint marks the last gigs at the concert hall, which will officially close following her last date on 7 April (14).
She wrote on Twitter.com ahead of the first show on Friday (28Mar14), "Time to give Roseland the goodbye it deserves, with all the roses in NY!"
Gaga arrived at the venue wearing a sheer body suit covered in strategically placed red roses and she also posted a picture from her dressing room, adding, "It's showtime baby! So far this has been the best bday (birthday) ever!"
She played to an audience which included her actor boyfriend Taylor Kinney and fun. frontman Nate Ruess, and closed the show by telling the crowd, "Thanks for making this the best birthday ever."
The shows serve as a warm-up for the singer's ArtRave: The Artpop Ball world tour, which kicks off in Florida on 4 May (14).
Office Space actor Todd Duffey has lost a lawsuit against studio bosses behind Jennifer Aniston's 1999 cult comedy over the use of his image for commercial purposes. Duffey, known for playing obnoxious waiter Brian, who wore various pins and badges on his uniform and referred to them as "flair", sued executives at 20th Century Fox Film in a New York court last year (13), claiming they had no right to allow his likeness from the movie to be used by the makers of The Office Space Box of Flair.
The product, which contained a book about the movie and various fun buttons to lighten up workplaces, was sold as a spin-off from the film, but Duffey took issue with the use of his face on the book's cover and on one of the pins and demanded damages and court fees.
However, Manhattan Federal Judge Paul Oetkin tossed out the suit on Thursday (27Mar14), ruling that Duffey's movie contract allowed studio chiefs to use his picture for any and all promotional purposes.
Hip-hop superproducer Pharrell Williams has become the latest celebrity to land his own fashion collection with sports giant Adidas. The Happy hitmaker and entrepreneur has inked a deal with Adidas bosses to create a line of products in conjunction with designers at eco-thread firm Bionic Yarn, who he first teamed up with last year (13).
A statement released by Williams reads: "Working with an iconic brand like adidas is such an incredible opportunity.
"From the classic track suit, to growing up in Virginia wearing Stan Smiths (tennis shoes), adidas has been a staple in my life. Their pieces are timeless. This is an exciting partnership for both me and for Bionic Yarn."
The Adidas Originals collection is expected to go on sale this summer (14).
The Oscar nominee is no stranger to clothing and sneaker design - he recently released a range of T-shirts for Japanese retailer Uniqlo and worked on a line of environmentally-friendly denim jeans for G-Star Raw with Bionic Yarn pioneers, who turn plastic debris collected from the ocean into yarn and fabric. He is also involved in fashion brands Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream.
News of Williams' deal follows the recent Adidas signing of his longtime business partner, streetwear designer Nigo, while rapper Kanye West and R&B singer Rita Ora are also working on lines for the German brand.
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This just in: nothing is sacred. That's right, Indiana Jones is possibly being considered for a reboot. The classic adventure series, created by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg has become a classic in the cinema world, and according to a rumor from Latino Review, the series might come to resemble another classic film staple in the coming years. The site reports that while the original Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford, is still being considered for a possible Indiana Jones 5, the series could simply reboot with a new actor a la the James Bond series if Mr. Ford in unavailable. If all that wasn't enough, Bradley Cooper is at the top of their list of possible candidates to take over the role. Since a new crop of Indiana Jones films seems like a definite possibility (yes we live in that awful world), we decided to make the best of the situation and share our thoughts on what the new films should bring back, improve upon, or ditch with regards to the first four films of the series.
Things They'd Need to Bring Back
The SettingMr. Jones would do well to keep to his original decade. With World War II right around the corner, the 1930s were wired like a stick of dynamite ready to blow. With several conflicts brewing, and several chances for Indy to mix it up with different enemies, the decade was the perfect place to set a world spanning archaeological adventure.
The CostumeThe tan fedora, the leather jacket, those boots. Indiana Jones' outfit is a bona fide classic, and changing one iota of it would be pure cinema sacrilege. Several things need updating in bringing Indy back for a second round of adventures, but the outfit is off limits.
The Tone With the original Raiders, Lucas and Spielberg crafted the perfect tone for their hero. The first film of the series was loose and pulpy adventure that hearkened back to classic film serials, and dime store novels. It was a load of swashbuckling fun. Sure the series needs its darker moments (as we'll see later), but the camp should be plentiful.
The Exotic LocalesAlmost like a rustic James Bond, Indy was at its best when he was traveling to far off places in search for adventure, and uncovering the secrets history forgot. The new Indiana Jones should find himself going even further into the unknown than his predecessor did, going to places we've never seen Indy visit.
The MysticismThe Indiana Jones series has always blended history and myth into one, and things shouldn't change there either. The new films should have one foot in the past, and the other breaking ground on new myths to cull from.
The Darker MomentsIn the middle of all that swashbuckling, there still needs to be a real sense of peril in Indy's new adventures The series' darker moments like the terrifying images of melting Nazis in Raiders, or pretty much anything that had to do with the cult from Temple of Doom gave the films a sense of danger, and that danger should show up in the reboot.
The NazisIs there an enemy more fun to foil than the Nazis. They're the quintessential movie villain, and it's no coincidence that the series has gone back to that well for three out of its four outings. The series should explore some new foes, but it would be remiss if we didn't see at least one Nazi getting the business end of a whip to the tune of the classic Indy Score.
Things They'd Need to Fix Up a Bit
The Depiction of Other CulturesFor all of its efforts to be worldly and exotic, the Indiana Jones series could be pretty insensitive towards other cultures. More often than not, the Indiana Jones series fumbled when it came to displaying foreign cultures in a positive light, and many depictions of non-European people slipped into the realm of caricature. The Indians in Temple of Doom were either evil or too weak to help themselves until a white man came from on high to save them (and do these Indians eat some weird stuff or what?). Also, as much as we love Short Round, if we're being honest with ourselves, his image is a tad insensitive. But hey, it's a film set in the '30s and made in the '80s, so it was to be expected. This new reboot should try to steer clear of those pitfalls. Foreign cultures should be fascinating and strangely beguiling, not something to point and laugh at.
Add Some Satire/Self-referential HumorTo be frank, we already have a set of perfectly good Indiana Jones films sitting in our DVD cases already. In order to improve on what's already a terrific formula, this new movie should probably try to poke some fun at itself and the genre. The latest James Bond film Skyfall had some funny and poignant things to say about James Bond mythos, and this new Indy reboot should follow suit.
All New SidekicksThe sidekicks throughout the series range for terrible (Willie) to great (Henry Jones Sr.), but it's for the best if the film starts out fresh and abandons the lot of them for new characters. This new reboot needs to create its own legacy, and becoming a slave to the past is not the way to do that.
All New ArtifactsLikewise, we need all new artifacts for these new movies. That means no Holy Grails, Crystal Skulls, or Arks of the Covenant allowed (thought the melting Nazis will be missed).
A Deeper IndyThe film should be kept loose and fun, but a new series wouldn't hurt from changing things up, and delivering a deeper Indiana Jones for audiences to chew on. These days, our action films require a little bit more character in them. We don't want Indiana Jones 5 to turn into a deep character study or anything, but some more depth would be welcome.
Things They'd Need to Cut Altogether
The "Sword Swinging" SceneThe most prolific scene from Raiders should really be left on the cutting room floor. As funny and iconic as it is, the film shouldn't get to cute with the references.
Harrison FordNo one will be Indiana Jones quite like Harrison Ford was. He gave the character such a cool confidence that catapulted him into legendary status. With all that said, and with all due respect, it's time to put the old version of Indy to bed. We should only remember our heroes at their best, and having Harrison Ford do yet another version of the character would be a mistake.
Heavy CGI UseAs we saw in The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, bad CGI can be a serious detriment to a film. The reason the original trilogy feels so timeless is because the actions scenes were created using practical effects. CGI in this new film should be kept to a minimum.
The Sci-fithe line between sci-fi and fantasy can be razor thin, but Indy’s adventures are better when they’re steeped in lore rather than science fiction. Crystal Skull tried to blur the lines, and came up short.
Pop star Rihanna looks set to dominate the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards after scoring seven nominations. The Umbrella star landed the most nods ahead of the prizegiving in Los Angeles, with a mention in the category for Artist Of The Year and doubling up for Best Song - her Eminem duet The Monster will compete against Stay, her track with Mikky Ekko.
Rihanna also scored a double mention for the same songs in the Best Collaboration category, as well as Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year for Pour It Up and Best Fan Army.
Other major nominees include fellow pop star Justin Timberlake, who landed five mentions, going up against Rihanna for Artist of the Year along with Imagine Dragons, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Maroon 5. His track Mirrors will also compete for the Song of the Year honour, while his two tracks with Jay Z - Suit & Tie and Holy Grail - will compete for Best Collaboration.
The iHeartRadio Awards will air in the U.S. live from L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium on 1 May (14).
Bosses at iconic funk and disco label VMG Salsoul are suing dance music star Moby over allegations he used improper samples on his 1992 songs Next is the E and Thousand. In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on Monday (24Mar14), the plaintiff claims both songs include unlicensed samples of girl group First Choice's Let No Man Put Asunder, and they're demanding statutory damages of up to $150,000 (£93,750) for each allegedly wilful infringement plus profits and attorneys' fees, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The legal action comes just months after VMG Salsoul bosses lost a similar suit over Madonna's Vogue.
They lost their case against Madonna after a judge ruled "no reasonable audience would find the sampled portions qualitatively or quantitatively significant in relation to the infringing work, nor would they recognize the appropriation".
Sir Paul McCartney's lawyers have succeeded in a bid to ban the sale of mementos by the family of his former nanny. The late Rose Martin, who looked after the star's children, was reportedly gifted a number of collectable items by the Beatles star's late wife Linda, including a suit, a cape and handwritten lyrics.
Martin's family decided to put the collection up for auction following her death last year (13), but they have now been withdrawn from sale following a complaint from McCartney's attorneys.
Omega Auctions representative Paul Fairweather tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "Unfortunately, the lawyers have claimed that Paul would never have given any clothing away.
"Rose always told the family that it was Linda that had given them to her but as both have unfortunately passed away, neither story can be corroborated... At the end of the day we've got to make sure that according to the law we give them back to their rightful owner, be that Rose's family or Sir Paul McCartney and MPL Communications (McCartney Productions Ltd). We can only apologise to any buyers who were hoping to bid on these items."
The collection was expected to fetch as much as $48,000 (£30,000) at auction and the family had hoped to distribute the cash to Martin's grandchildren.
McCartney previously paid tribute to Martin following her death, calling her a "dear friend" and "fiercely loyal".
Bosses at fast food chain Chipotle have officially dropped their breach of contract lawsuit against R&B star Frank Ocean. The Pyramids singer allegedly backed out of a $425,000 (GBP265,600) deal to sing the theme to an ad for the chain, and when bosses filed suit for the return of their advance, Ocean took to his Tumblr.com account to post a photo of a cheque for $212,500 (GBP132,800), adding the words "F**K OFF" in the memo section.
A spokesperson for Chipotle has now confirmed to Rolling Stone that Ocean has paid up and bosses have agreed to drop the lawsuit. The cheque received was not the one Ocean posted an image of online.
The legal spat began when Ocean pulled out of a deal to record a rendition of Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley's Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory for a Chipotle ad. The firm's bosses eventually asked Fiona Apple to record the track.
Rihanna's former accountants have petitioned a judge to dismiss a breach of contract and negligence lawsuit filed by the singer in 2012. The We Found Love hitmaker, real name Robyn Rihanna Fenty, is seeking unspecified damages from bosses at New York firm Berdon LLP for allegedly neglecting to properly manage her cashflow and expenses and failing to uncover millions of dollars in unpaid royalties.
Rihanna also blames the money men for not dissuading her from purchasing a luxury home in California in 2009, which became a living hell for the singer, and she has accused her former financial advisors of failing to file her tax returns, resulting in an audit by officials at America's Internal Revenue Service.
However, the accountants are firing back at her lawsuit with their own legal documents, filed in Manhattan Federal Court.
They have listed things Rihanna did to compound her financial woes and are asking a judge to toss the case out.
Meanwhile, on the other side of America, a Los Angeles judge has issued a tentative ruling denying a writ filed by the police officer who leaked a photo of the singer following her 2009 assault at the hands of ex-boyfriend Chris Brown to TMZ.com.
Former LAPD officer Rebecca Reyes, who also took the infamous photo of the singer's beaten-up face on her personal cell phone, was found guilty of multiple counts of misconduct at an administrative hearing and while she escaped criminal prosecution, she was kicked out of the force.
She has since filed a lawsuit seeking a writ of mandate, calling on the City of Los Angeles and Police Chief Charles Beck to officially terminate her employment.
In advance of a hearing on Thursday (20Mar14), Superior Judge Luis Lavin has denied Reyes' writ.
The judge writes, "After conducting an independent review of the evidence, the Court finds that Petitioner participated in the release of the photograph showing Ms. Fenty's injuries to TMZ."
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Pixar is continuing its barrage of sequels with the announcement of two new projects: Cars 3, and more importantly, The Incredibles 2 are joining Finding Dory in their upcoming crop of follow-up films. The original Incredibles saw the innovative animation studio working at the height of their creativity, and even though Pixar's quality of work has dipped a bit in the last couple of years, a sequel to The Incredibles could see the studio make a return to form. Here's our list of things we want to see in The Incredibles 2.
A Time JumpThere's nothing like a good old-fashioned time jump to freshen things up a bit in a super hero story, and pushing time forward by five or so years could really change the dynamics of the Parr family. Maybe the sequel could see Violet moving out and striking out on her own as a solo superhero, or maybe she wants to give up the superhero life for more academic pursuits, much to the dismay of her father. We could pick up on Dash deep in the throes of puberty, using his speedster powers to impress some gals. Perhaps Mr. Incredible could consider retiring for a second time, leaving the super heroics to a younger generation of heroes. The possibilities are endless.
More Edna ModeFashion designer by day and super-fashion designer by night, Edna Mode was easily the most entertaining thing about The Incredibles. What we really wanted was an Edna Mode solo spin-off, but we'll settle for an expanded role in the sequel.
More FrozoneSamuel L. Jackson has had his hands full with another superhero franchise as of late, but we'd love to see him return to The Incredibles series. Frozone is without question the coolest superhero in Metroville, and there's no way The Incredibles 2 would be a proper sequel without the character asking someone about the whereabouts of his super suit. Both he and his sassy wife need to make a reappearance.
A Really Good VillainThe first film in the series was so great because it tweaked the archetypes of the standard superhero story just enough to feel fresh, and Buddy Pine/Syndrome was a fantastic example of this. The wannabe-sidekick turned super villain was not only evil, but also truly sympathetic. His character and story arc were deeply intertwined with the past of Mr. Incredible, and it would be a shame if the villain of the new film didn't measure up.
Some Superhero ConsequencesThe civilian relocation program that banned superheroes in the first film was obviously enacted for a very good reason. Just because the Incredibles saved the day at the end of the first film, that doesn't mean that the issues concerning superheroes and collateral damage would automatically go away. The question of whether superheroes should be allowed to practice freely should return as a theme of the next film.
Jim Dunnigan is a renowned crisis manager who takes the helm of the scandal-soaked athletic department at Glory University. He soon finds himself tasked with rescuing the school's pristine image, while managing scheming boosters, dysfunctional recruits and a meddling lawyer who won't go away. With a multimillion dollar television contract at stake, not to mention his career, Jim must find a way to save the school.