Andy Warhol's former colleague Isabelle Collin Dufresne has lost her battle with cancer at the age of 78. Dufresne passed away in Manhattan on Saturday (14Jun14), according to the New York Times.
The artist met Warhol in the 1960s and subsequently starred in his two films, The Life of Juanita Castro and I, a Man.
She also appeared in small roles in Midnight Cowboy, Taking Off and An Unmarried Woman.
In addition to her film work, Dufresne also worked as an artist under the name Ultra Violet and hosted her last exhibit three weeks before her death.
A New York City magistrate took aim at former Fugees star Pras Michel for missing a child support hearing on Thursday (12Jun14). The rapper-turned-film producer was due in court in Manhattan to face former girlfriend Angela Severiano, who is seeking a raise in her child support payments, but he failed to attend as he was in South America.
He tried to phone in to offer his testimony from Bogota, Colombia, but Family Court Magistrate Karen Kolomechuk stopped him.
She said, "It's not acceptable to call in from a cafe in Colombia. This is not a free-for-all."
Michel's legal team allegedly told the court he couldn't leave Colombia because of issues with his passport.
Severiano is seeking $7,000 (£4,375) to cover school fees and a move to a larger apartment. She currently receives $3,000 (£1,875)-a-month from the star.
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal is set to make his Broadway debut in Nick Payne's Constellations. The Brokeback Mountain star will appear in the Manhattan Theater Club's production of the hit West End play at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre for a limited run, beginning in December (14).
The award-winning play reunites Gyllenhaal with director Payne, who he worked with in his off-Broadway, New York stage debut in 2012, If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet.
Constellations premiered in 2012 at London's Royal Court Theatre, and starred Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall.
Glee star Lea Michele is reportedly dating again after meeting a new man on the set of one of her music videos. Michele was left heartbroken when her real life boyfriend and Glee co-star Cory Monteith was found dead of a drug overdose in a hotel room in July last year (13).
Editors at TMZ.com now report Michele has been dating new love interest Matthew Paetz, who describes himself as a lifestyle and dating coach, for several months after the pair met while shooting the promo video for the singer's track On My Way.
— Rihanna (@rihanna) June 9, 2014
Rihanna has shared her joy at becoming an aunt by publishing a series of candid snaps showing her cradling her newborn niece. The Umbrella hitmaker published a photograph on Twitter.com showing herself holding the little girl in what appears to be a hospital unit on Sunday night (08Jun14), adding in a caption, "My everything."
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— Rihanna (@rihanna) June 9, 2014
She added a succession of shots which showed her lying on a bed, holding the baby to her chest, adding, "My auntie rule$ (sic)... I can't get enough, I'm so in love." No more details about the baby's parentage were available. Rihanna has two brothers as well as two half-sisters and a half-brother.
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.
Dance star Moby has made more than $1.8 million (£1.13 million) profit after selling his New York apartment. The Porcelain hitmaker purchased the one-bedroom Manhattan pad in 1996 for just $215,750 (£134,844), and has since offloaded it for a whopping $2.05 million (£1.28 million), reports TMZ.com.
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 man accused of stalking Ashanti has been granted the opportunity to represent himself at his own trial. Devar Hurd is facing 10 counts, including criminal contempt and felony stalking, after allegedly breaking the terms of a restraining order by bombarding the Always On Time singer with sexually explicit messages on Twitter.com.
He had been banned from contacting Ashanti and her family after completing a two-year prison sentence in 2012 for sending similar lewd notes to her manager mother, Tina Douglas.
Hurd, who has pleaded not guilty to the accusations, appeared in New York's Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday (05Jun14), when Justice Charles Solomon allowed the suspect the right to self-representation.
The defendant had previously complained about the way his attorney, Glenn Hardy, had handled the case so far. Hardy will remain as Hurd's legal advisor, reports the New York Daily News.
Pre-trial hearings are set to take place next Wednesday (11Jun14).
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Picking a title for a movie is hard. That one small phrase needs to be broad enough to encapsulate everything that the movie deals with but narrow enough to let the audience know what it's about, while also being catchy enough to stick in people's heads, but not so specific that it dissuades people from coming to see it. And on top of all of that, it needs to look good on a movie poster. So when it came time for the producer of Tom Cruise's latest film to name their blockbuster, they must have cracked under the pressure, and settled on the completely generic Edge of Tomorrow.
As a title, Edge of Tomorrow doesn't reveal anything about the movie. It doesn't clarify whether it's an action film or a coming-of-age story, it doesn't hint at the alien apocalypse at the center of the story, it isn't catchy enough to stay with you long after you watch the trailer, and it doesn't even look that great on billboards. Without Cruise, it would be almost impossible to identify Edge of Tomorrow... it could be any film, about any topic. Don't believe us? We've rounded up the plots of nine films with the most boring, uninspired titles in Hollywood. Can you pick match the film to its incredibly generic name?
1. While settling his recently deceased father's estate, a salesman discovers he has a sister whom he never knew about, leading both siblings to re-examine their perceptions about family and life choices. A. Life as We Know It B. People Like Us C. A Fine Mess D. Let Me In
2. A British investment broker inherits his uncle's chateau and vineyard in Provence, where he spent much of his childhood. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold. A. A Good Year B. Begin Again C. Life as We Know It D. Edge of Tomorrow
3. An officer finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with an alien race, and must use the new skills he acquires each time to help defeat the enemy. A. Tomorrow Never Dies B. Live and Let Die C. Edge of Tomorrow D. Begin Again
4. Two single adults become caregivers to an orphaned girl when their mutual best friends die in an accident. A. An Unfinished Life B. A Fine Mess C. Life or Something Like It D. Life As We Know It
5. A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian. A. Live and Let Die B. People Like Us C. Life or Something Like It D. Let Me In
6. Two friends discover a plot to fix a horse race and try to get in on it, but their actions send a group of mobsters after them. A. Life as We Know It B. People Like Us C. A Fine Mess D. Once
7. A dejected music business executive forms a bond with a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan. A. Let Me In B. Once C. A Good Year D. Begin Again
8. A reporter interviews a psychic, who tells her that she's going to die and her life is meaningless. A. Life or Something Like It B. Life Itself C. Life Is Beautiful D. Life as We Know It
9. A busker and an immigrant spend a week together, writing songs, playing gigs and falling in love. A. Once B. Begin Again C. Let Me In D. A Fine Mess
Answers: 1) B; 2) A; 3) C; 4) C; 5) D; 6) C; 7) D; 8) B; 9) A
Set against the backdrop of the clandestine mission to build the world's first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico and follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families as they attempt to co-exist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives.