A US judge ruling on a lawsuit against Taylor Swift decided to “Shake It Off,” and dismiss the case. Swift was being sued by songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler for similarities between their 2001 minor hit “Playas Gon’ Play” written for girl group 3LW and Swift’s 2014 mega hit “Shake It Off.” While the song “Playas Gon’ Play” experienced mediocre success, both songwriters have had notable careers individually, working with talent such as Justin Bieber, Backstreet Boys, Maroon 5, and Luther Vandross.
The issue at the case’s core was whether the lyrics “playas gonna play” and “haters gonna hate” were unique enough to warrant a copyright protection. Hall and Butler argued that the phrases were quintessential to the structure of their 2001 song and that Swift, in essence, had plagiarized their work.
The judge, Michael W. Fitzgerald, spoke strong words about the basis of the case, stating that Hall and Butler’s lyrics are “too brief, unoriginal, and uncreative to warrant protection under the Copyright Act.” Fitzgerald argued that the phrases “playa” and “hater” were commonplace in culture prior to 2001 and did not originate with Hall and Butler. He also called the lyrics “banal,” claiming that “actors acting in accordance with their essential nature is not at all creative” and could be compared to “runners gonna run” or “drummers gonna drum.” Hall and Butler were unhappy with decision. Their lawyer, Gerard Fox, was displeased that the judge didn’t seek out a music expert to give an opinion on the lyrics’ originality. Meanwhile, Swift will continue prepping for her Reputation Stadium Tour, which is set to kick off May 8, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona.
John Michael “Ozzy” Osbourne is the infamous rocker that people love to hate. While he can barely speak a plain word due to the overuse of drugs and alcohol for more than 40 years, he can still sing a song that will bring a tear to your eye.
Ozzy announced that he would no longer be touring. His next stunt, which will last about two years, will be his last. Though he is not quitting the music industry, he is not going to be touring for six months out of the year. He recently sat down with Rolling Stone to discuss his successful career and what has kept him going. During the midst of the conversation, he also mentioned the most bizarre thing he had ever experienced on the road.
Like most rockers, Ozzy feels the energy from the crowd, and he feeds on it. If people are not responding to him, he will throw buckets of freezing water on them. One night he will never forget. He was with a group of people that were not moving, clapping or doing anything. He felt like he was in the Twilight Zone as most fans get with the music. He called the manager of the stadium over to see what was wrong. After throwing buckets of icy water into the crowd, they still didn’t seem any more excited.
It appears the entire crowd was deaf. He was paid to put on a concert for people who couldn’t hear a word. The beauty is they felt his music through the vibrations in their feet. It was an event that changed him and how he viewed his music forever.
David Letterman rose to fame as a comedian and had 33 years on late night television interviewing celebrities, athletes, politicians, and even a few animals on his popular show Late Night with David Letterman. He helped create the culture and demand for late night talk show. After stepping down from his reign as one of the most prominent comedians on TV in May of 2015, Letterman enjoyed some much-needed downtime for as long as he could stand it and now he is ready to get back to what he loves- interviewing people while sharing some laughs.
Starting on January 12, 2018, David Letterman is back in the game with his new Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. He is starting with a bang, his first guest is none other than Barack Obama. The first episode is sure to garner a lot of attention. The best part of the series is that it gives fans the access to Letterman any day, any time thanks to Netflix’s on-demand platform. Another perk is that Letterman still can enjoy his retirement years, do what he loves, and not have to be on set nightly as he had to in the past. Sounds like a winning combination for sure. Viewers can expect big-name guests, plenty of jokes, a hint of seriousness, and no shortage of amusing banter.
Warner Bros. has hired Michael De Luca as a producer on their upcoming DC Extended Universe film Suicide Squad 2. He joins Charles Roven, who remains the project’s lead producer.
All this comes as Warner Bros. has executive shake-ups, largely where the faltering DCEU is concerned. Recently Walter Hamada has become head of all DC Comics output at the studio, while Toby Emmerich is now the chairman. The CEO remains Kevin Tsujihara.
De Luca has previously worked on The Social Network, Moneyball and Fifty Shades of Grey. In terms of superhero films and comic book adaptations he can boast a role in Blade II, both Ghost Rider films and the 2011 adaptation of the Korean manhwa Priest.
While that list certainly includes successes, Warner Bros. arguably needs more than that to save its superhero franchise. The DCEU has proven divisive at best with both critics and audiences, often for its dour tone and convoluted plots. and while each film has made money, several—and especially its most recent entry, Justice League—performed far below studio hopes.
Suicide Squad was something of an exception on that front—despite starring relatively unknown characters and its very jumbled filmmaking, the film made $746.8 million against a $175 million budget. The hope with the sequel would be to replicate that success, but with the critical and audience affection of the franchise’s one unqualified success, Wonder Woman.
Brian Michael Bendis is going to have a big start as he moves to DC Comics, writing a backup story in the 1000th issue of Action Comics.
Bendis has been a mainstay at Marvel for years, with his most famous work on The Avengers, Spider-Man and X-Men. He was a founder of the Ultimate Universe, created important characters like Jessica Jones and Miles Morales and also took the likes of Luke Cage, Carol Danvers and Jessica Drew back into the limelight. However, last year he announced plans for an apparently amiable split from his Marvel roots, instead joining the other member of the Big Two for the first time.
And if you are going to go to DC, you might as well take on its most famous character, right? Action Comics is the longest running Superman title, and will be the first major superhero comic to reach 1,000 issues in April.
Dubbed Action Comics #1,000: 80 Years of Superman, this will be a major event: the issue will be 300 pages long and cost $29.99. It will include reprints of older stories as well as new work by not only Bendis but Dan Jurgens (the current Action Comics writer) and the team of Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason (who write Superman). Not a bad way to start a new job.
Action Comics #1,000: 80 Years of Superman comes out April 11, 2018.
So unless someone was living under a rock or really tuned out of the social media world we all live in, the latest thing to talk about in celebrity news is the speech that Oprah made at the Golden Globes while accepting the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award. In her impassioned speech, Oprah called out all of the abusers and stated to young women that there is “a new day on the horizon”. After her emotional speech, many speculate that Oprah may be the answer for a Presidential candidate in 2020. But my question is why?
Because she is eloquent? She should be, Oprah has had many hours of practice, after all, she made her living talking, questioning, and giving impassioned speeches. Or is it because she a champion for women? That is true, but in an Instagram posting the singer, Seal posted pictures that were examples of Oprah’s long standing casual friendship with Harvey Weinstein stating that Oprah knew what kind person Weinstein was. Unfortunately, I and many other people would find this plausible, as Oprah is the type of person who would enter into a movement and endorse that movement for the good publicity.
I am not an Oprah hater, but a person who realizes that people are human. We all have backed the wrong person at one time, but I believe that we do not need another celebrity running for a political office, we need a leader who’s biggest interest is the people they represent. Us.
Rian Johnson used a fairly simply trick to make sure that spoilers for his new movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, didn’t get released to the public: he just avoided connecting to the internet.
“I typed Episode VIII out on a MacBook Air. For security it was ‘air-gapped’ — never connected to the internet. I carried it around and used it for nothing except writing the script,” he explained in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
Though of course, the device itself constituted a possible security breach for the precious information, which is why he kept it in a safe at the Pinewood Studios. “I think my producer was constantly horrified I would leave it in a coffee shop,” he quipped.
The strategy proved quite effective; while there was much speculation about the film and its many mysteries, none of its secrets were leaked before release, which these days is quite impressive.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi has naturally been a financial success, earning $1.230 billion after about a month. It has also proven to be quite different than other Star Wars flicks, which has proven somewhat controversial among the fanbase. Critics generally liked the newer take on the franchise and its themes, while debate rages among the average viewer about whether or not Johnson took the series in a good direction.
Meanwhile, Solo: A Star Wars Story is expected for release soon, scheduled for release May 25, 2018.
Billionare celebrity TV host and actor Oprah Winfrey made headlines on Sunday when she gave an amazing speach about how and why she wanted her daughter to grow up to be president. Since then she has been praised by millions of people around the world and and called on by some to run for president, especially by many white liberal women who look at her as a icon of style, power, and grace. Despite causing the hastag #Oprahforpresident to trend on social media, not everyone, including some of her biggest fans and supporters think it is a good idea.
In fact a backlash of black celebrities have asked people, particularly white women to stop calling for her to run for president. While these supporters think she is well deserving of the acclaim that she is given, and many of them aplaud the idea of a strong black woman as president, most of them agree that she is not qualified and she should not be forced to run. On Wednesday, Seal went a step farther explaining why he thinks that Oprah is part of the problem.
In his rant, which he posted on his Instagram account, Seal posted several photos of Oprah Winfrey cozying up to Harvey Wienstien with the caption, “When you have been part of the problem for decades, but suddenly they all think you are the solution.” He went on to call her a hypocrite and accuse her of knowing about Wienstein’s victims, but choosing to do nothing in order to further her career.
As the common adage goes celebrities are just like us. This weekend Jennifer Lawrence proved that to be true, because no matter how high profile of a celebrity you are, your friends will still change their minds last minute and destroy the best-laid plans.
Though not attending the Golden Globe Awards herself, Lawrence had planned to attend the after parties with her close friend Emma Stone, who was nominated for her role as Billie Jean King in Battle of the Sexes. Lawrence had obtained the tickets, arranged a car, and brought her hair and makeup team over to her house to get her camera ready. While halfway through her glam session, Stone called Lawrence to say that she didn’t feel like going out, but rather would like to spend the evening staying in at Lawrence’s house.
Lawrence let her glam team go home, even though her makeup wasn’t complete. Once Stone arrived at her house, Lawrence made her take a video of her half-done make-up. Lawrence then posted the video, in which she looks like a living before-and-after photo, to her Facebook page. In the video Lawrence exclaims, “I was halfway through glam when you told me that you didn’t want to go. You just wanted to come over to my house, so I sent my hair and makeup team home and now this is what I look like” as she slowly turns to reveal her two-faced look to the camera. It happens to the best of us!
Dwayne Johnson, also known as the Rock, happily announced that he and his wife are expecting a 2nd child. This news came just before Johnson and his wife went to see the premiere of his newest film, Jumani.
Dwayne Johnson also did the unexpectable and let everyone know it’s a girl. People were cheering, and Johnson and his wife were congratulated by everyone at the theatre. Dwayne Johnson stated that he is thrilled to be expecting a girl. Being he already has a daughter, he is so happy she will have a little sister. In fact, his daughter, Jasmine, was present at the premiere. She is almost two, and all she kept talking about was the new baby. Jasmine also made everyone giggle and cheer as she performed baby dance moves just before the premiere.
Lauren, Johnson’s wife, stated that she and Dwayne are still trying to figure out a proper name for the baby. She would like feedback from friends and even fans as to what name would be perfect for the child. Lauren desires a unique name, and Dwayne is for whatever Lauren wants.
Dwayne and Lauren wore the same color to the premiere. They wanted to support oneness, and the idea of family being uninformed and sticking together. Over the next few weeks, Lauren and Dwayne are expected to take family photos, and these photos are expected to go public.