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31
Dec

Quentin Tarantino sued over 'Django Unchained' script

Quentin Tarantino has been sued by two scriptwriters who allege that his 2012 film Django Unchained infringes the copyright of their screenplay.

The lawsuit filed by Oscar Colvin, Jr. and his son Torrance J. Colvin claims that Tarantino’s movie closely resembles the script of their film Freedom.

The writer’s say they submitted their screenplay to the William Morris Agency, which suggested Tarantino as a possible collaborator.

In the suit, the Colvins allege that they “provided the heart, bones and muscles to develop the unique idea that eventually would be transformed into Django Unchained … Tarantino took the plotlines and main story of Freedom and Tarantino-ised them.”

They continue: “Before Django Freeman, there was an escaped slave named Jackson Freeman who desired to purchase his family’s freedom from a malevolent plantation owner. Before Dr Schultz, there was Samson, another white man, who would assist Mr Freeman in his efforts to rescue his loved one(s) from slavery.”

Tarantino himself has previously stated that Django Unchained pays homage to Sergio Corbucci’s Django. However, the plaintiffs say that the film bears “far more similarities” to Freedom.

The lawsuit is seeking compensatory damages of more than ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’.

Tarantino’s latest film, The Hateful Eight, was released by The Weinstein Company on December 25.

Quentin Tarantino sued over 'Django Unchained' script

31
Dec

Kendrick Lamar releases 7-minute short film ‘God Is Gangsta’

Kendrick Lamar has shared a new 7-minute long film titled ‘God Is Gangsta’, featuring ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ album tracks ‘u’ and ‘For Sale? (Interlude)’.

The first segment of the film, based around ‘u’, was directed by Jack Begert and features Lamar drinking heavily and rapping.

The ‘For Sale?’ part was directed by PANAMÆRA and was filmed at David Lynch’s Paris nightclub Silencio.

‘God Is Gangsta’ is the latest in a number of visuals for ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’, which was released earlier this year.

The Compton MC has also appeared music videos for ‘King Kunta’, ‘For Free? (Interlude)’, ‘Alright’ and ‘i’.

Lamar has been nominated for 11 Grammy awards, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Rap Performance.

“I want all of them,” he told The New York Times, in reference to the awards, “because it’s not only a statement for myself, but it’s a statement for the culture. They’re all important, because of the foundation the forefathers laid before me. Nas didn’t get a chance to be in that position. Pac. So to be acknowledged and to actually win, it’s for all of them.”

Watch ‘God Is Gangsta’ below.

Kendrick Lamar releases 7-minute short film ‘God Is Gangsta’

31
Dec

George Lucas criticises 'retro' tone of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Stars Wars creator George Lucas has criticised the “retro” tone of the latest episode of the space saga.

Until now Lucas had avoided commenting on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first film made without his involvement.

In an interview with US talk-show host and journalist Charlie Rose, Lucas described the original and prequel trilogy as his “kids” and compared Disney, who bought the rights to the franchise, “to white slavers that take these things”.

Lucas also confirmed that the film studio had not wanted his input in the new instalment.

“They wanted to do a retro movie. I don’t like that,” he said. “They weren’t that keen to have me involved anyway, but if I get in there, I’m just going to cause trouble, because they’re not going to do what I want them to do. And I don’t have the control to do that any more, and all I would do is muck everything up. And so I said, ‘OK, I will go my way, and I’ll let them go their way.’”

The Force Awakens is on-course to challenge the all-time box-office world record of $2.78bn currently held by Avatar.

George Lucas criticises 'retro' tone of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

31
Dec

Goldie, Damon Albarn and Idris Elba awarded in New Year’s honours list

Goldie, Damon Albarn and Idris Elba have received awards in the 2016 New Year’s Honours list.

Drum and bass pioneer Goldie received an MBE for his contribution to music, TV and film industries as well as his charity work.

“Very very proud to announce that I have been awarded an MBE – Member of the Order of the British Empire. There are some amazing people on the list, happy to be in such great company. Thanks for all the kind words. It’s been a long journey and the beginning of a new one,” he wrote in a Facebook post.

On Twitter, he added: “Thank you to my unsung heroes / heroines Kemi Storm, Grooverider, Fabio, Doc Scott, Reinforced, Frost, Headz family and most of all my family.”

Elba, who invited Goldie to appear in his Channel 4 documentary ‘Idris Elba’s How Clubbing Changed the World’, was made an OBE for his services to drama. The ‘The Wire’ and ‘Luther’ star said that the honour was “beyond special”.

Blur frontman Damon Albarn was also made an OBE for his contribution to music. Albarn reunited the Britpop group in 2009, they released ‘Magic Whip’ their first studio in 12 years in April.

Goldie, Damon Albarn and Idris Elba awarded in New Year’s honours list

31
Dec

LCD Soundsystem to headline Coachella 2016

LCD Soundsystem will headline Coachella festival in 2016, according to the New York Times.

Speculation that LCD Soundsystem are to reunite has been rife following the surprise release of a new song, ‘Chirstmas Will Break Your Heart’ on December 24.

Earlier this year, DFA’s label manager Jonathan Galkin vehemently denied rumours that James Murphy would revive the band in 2016. “LCD Soundsystem are not reuniting next year, you fucking morons,” he Tweeted.

LCD Soundsystem played their final show at Madison Square Garden in 2011, footage of which was later released as a film, Shut Up And Play The Hits.

The New York band will join Guns N’ Roses as headline acts at next year’s Coachella, taking place on April 15-17 and April 22-24. Over the last few days, rumours that the LA rock group are planning to announce a tour came to a head after the band’s website and social media channels were revamped.

Slash, Guns N’ Roses’s lead guitarist, reportedly ended a two-decade feud with frontman Axel Rose earlier this year, clearing the way for a possible reunion. The two will perform together for the first time since 1993 at next year’s Coachella, a source with knowledge of the festival’s plans confirmed to the New York Times.

Coachella has played host to a number of highly anticipated comebacks over the years including the Pixies in 2004, Rage Against the Machine in 2007 and OutKast in 2014.

The festival is expected to announce its 2016 line-up early next week.

Representatives of both bands and Coachella did not return requests for comment to the New York Times.

LCD Soundsystem to headline Coachella 2016

31
Dec

Chris Rock: 'If Jennifer Lawrence were black, she’d really have something to complain about

Chris Rock has warned that the gender pay gap debate in Hollywood risks overlooking the disparity between black actors and their white counterparts.

The stand-up comic and film-maker made the intervention in a profile of the Saturday Night Live actor Leslie published in the New Yorker. Rock appeared to take issue with recent comments made by Jennifer Lawrence.

“Black women have the hardest gig in show bussiness,” said Rock. “You hear Jennifer Lawrence complaining about getting paid less because she’s a woman – if she was black, she’d really have something to complain about.”

Lawrence spoke out about the discrepancy in pay between male and female stars in Lena Dunham’s Lenny newsletter published in October. Her essay came in the wake of revelations that she and Amy Adams had been paid less than their American Hustle co-stars Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper.

“I’m over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion and still be likable! F— that,” she wrote in the essay titled “Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars?”

Rock helped Jones land her current gig on SNL, asking showrunner Lorne Micheals to give the comedian an opportunity to audition for the sketch show.

Jones will star as one of the four leads in the female-fronted reboot of Ghostbusters directed by Paul Feig.

Chris Rock: 'If Jennifer Lawrence were black, she’d really have something to complain about

31
Dec

Footage of Motörhead's final ever show surfaces online – watch

Footage of Motörhead’s last ever gig has surfaced online.

Shot on December 11 in Berlin, the clip features the band performing the track ‘Overkill’ two-and-a-half weeks before Lemmy’s death. The live performance, which you can watch below, capped off a 16-song set which ultimately brought an end to the band’s 40-year career.

The gig was supposed to be the last on the latest leg of Motörhead’s 40th anniversary tour, which was scheduled to resume in Europe in January.

Lemmy passed away on Monday (December 28) just two days after being diagnosed with “an extremely aggressive cancer”.

His health has deteriorated in recent years and a number of festival dates were axed this summer after the singer suffered gastric distress and dehydration. He was also diagnosed with a lung infection later in the year.

Following his death, drummer Micky Dee ruled out any chance of the band returning with a replacement singer. “Motörhead is over, of course,” he told Sweden’s Expressen newspaper. “Lemmy was Motörhead. We won’t be doing any more tours or anything. And there won’t be any more records. But the brand survives, and Lemmy lives on in the hearts of everyone.”

Dee also admitted he had been worried about Lemmy’s health for some time. “He was terribly gaunt, he spent all his energy onstage and afterwards he was very, very tired. It’s incredible that he could even play, that he could finish the Europe tour. It was only 20 days ago. Unbelievable. 

“It feels fantastic that we were able to complete the tour with him. It’s heartening that we didn’t cancel because of Lemmy. I’m incredibly grateful over the years we had, and that we had such a good time together.”

Lemmy’s death occurred weeks after the loss of Dee’s predecessor, original Motörhead drummer Phil Taylor, who died in November, aged 61. Dee replaced Taylor in the band’s line-up in 1992.

Meanwhile, Dave Grohl has also revealed that he recently had a tattoo scribed in memory of Lemmy.

Footage of Motörhead's final ever show surfaces online – watch

30
Dec

Aretha Franklin brings President Obama to tears at 2015 Kennedy Center Honors – watch

Footage of Aretha Franklin performing in front of President Obama has surfaced online.

The singer recently appeared at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors during the ceremony’s tribute to Carole King. Franklin performed that 1967 single ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’, which King co-wrote, at the event in Washington DC. You can view the performance below.

The event, which brought Obama to tears, featured an all-star tribute that included solo songs penned both by King and her late husband Gerry Goffin. Sara Bareilles sang ‘You’ve Got A Friend’, the ‘Tapestry’ track that turned into a James Taylor hit single.

Taylor himself played ‘Up On The Roof’ during the King tribute and Janelle Monae covered both ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ and ‘One Fine Day’ (The Chiffons). The Eagles were originally due to be honoured at this year’s Kennedy Center Honors, but Glenn Frey’s intestinal surgery forced the group to postpone until 2016.

Franklin was previously an honoree at the event in 1994. The singer was granted an injunction against the premiere of the movie Amazing Grace at the Telluride Film Festival earlier this year, on the basis that the film violates her right to name and likeness and invades her privacy.

Directed by Sydney Pollack, the movie is based around recordings made in 1972, when the director spent two days filming Franklin as she recorded the album of the same title. 

Franklin’s lawsuit claims that around 80 per cent of the film centres on images from the recording of the album ‘Amazing Grace’, and an injunction has been granted on the basis that the suit is likely to succeed.

She had also successfully prevented a previous release of the film in 2011.

Aretha Franklin brings President Obama to tears at 2015 Kennedy Center Honors – watch

30
Dec

Rare songs by The Smiths appear on Morrissey fan site – listen

A number of rare tracks and recordings by The Smiths have been uploaded to a Morrissey fansite.

The songs have appeared on the website Morrissey-solo.com. Among the collection are an early demo of ‘Never Had No One Ever’, from a 1986 recording session for ‘The Queen Is Dead’, which you can listen to below.

Other rare and early demos include an acoustic take of ‘Nobody Loves Us’ and alternate versions of ‘Bengali In Platforms’, ‘He Knows I’d Love to See Him’ and ‘Southpaw’. 

Daddy the group fronted by actor James Franco, recently signed a record deal and will release an album and film inspired by The Smiths.

Franco has previously written poetry influenced by the Salford band’s songs, with the actor now intending to use these poems as the basis for original music.  The album, titled ‘Let Me Get What I Want’ in reference to The Smiths’ 1984 song ‘Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want’, will be released in 2016 via Kobalt. 

Daddy is a musical partnership between Franco and multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Keefe. The Smiths’ own bassist Andy Rourke will also feature on every track. 

“We are really excited to partner with Kobalt on our upcoming Daddy album and film,” Franco and O’Keefe said of the news. 

“Kobalt has the right forward-thinking approach to work with a project as unique as ours, where we see our work not only existing within the music realm, but extending into the film, art space and beyond on an independent basis.”

Rare songs by The Smiths appear on Morrissey fan site – listen

30
Dec

Coldplay to 'collaborate with Rihanna and Beyonce' at Superbowl half-time show

Coldplay could be set to collaborate with Rihanna and Beyonce for their forthcoming Superbowl half-time show.

Both artists have previously worked with the band with the former appearing on the track ‘Princess Of China’ from their 2011 album ‘Mylo Xyloto’ and the latter featuring on two tracks from the band’s recent LP ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’.

“Chris and his band know they’re not typically as showy as recent performers like Katy Perry and Madonna with all the dancers and, while they love a light show, they still want to bring a few surprises out,” a source told The Daily Mirror. “Beyonce and Rihanna are both keen to join in the high-profile ceremony and will add just the spark needed to make it an amazing and unforgettable show.”

High profile collaborations have previously featured at the show with Madonna pulling in Nicki Minaj and MIA for her performance in 2012. The latter got into trouble with the NFL when she flipped her middle finger during ‘Gimme All Your Luvin’.

The ceremony is set to be held on February 7 at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

GettyMeanwhile Coldplay recently revealed they are taking song requests from their fans for their forthcoming ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ tour.Frontman Chris Martin has said that while the band have finalised most of their setlist, they have left part of it open for members of the audience to submit their favourite tracks. 

The band are due to play four dates at Wembley Stadium next summer as part of their UK tour from June 15-19, 2016. The tour is the band’s first in three years and follows the release of new album ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’.

Coldplay will play the following UK live dates in support of the album next summer:

Manchester Etihad Stadium (June 4, 5)
Glasgow Hampden Park (June 7)
London Wembley Stadium (June 15, 16,18, 19) 

Coldplay to 'collaborate with Rihanna and Beyonce' at Superbowl half-time show

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