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Jan

50 Cent sues his former lawyers after losing sex tape case

The outcome of the rapper’s case saw him file for bankruptcy in 2015

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50 Cent

50 Cent is suing his former lawyers as a result of losing his case against Lastonia Leviston’s 2015 sex tape lawsuit.

Leviston successfully sued the New York rapper in July 2015, with a judge ordering 50 Cent – real name Curtis Jackson – to pay her $5 million after he leaked a sex tape of her and her partner online.

As a result of that case, Jackson was forced to file for bankruptcy – a decision that the rapper is now blaming on his former lawyers. Filing a claim to the U.S. Bankruptcy court in Connecticut, Jackson claimed that he received miscues from his ex-lawyers Reed Smith and Peter Raymond, which he believes left him at a disadvantage in the Leviston case.

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The claim alleges that Jackson wouldn’t have filed for bankruptcy if he was aware of the “neglectful, negligent and unethical conduct of Raymond and Reed Smith.”

The rapper is seeking $25 million in punitive damages, as well as $7 million in actual damages, citing a breach of fiduciary duty and malpractice (via The Wrap).

Away from the court, 50 Cent has recently become involved in the promotion of celebrity boxing. The rapper is currently backing Chris Brown in his forthcoming bout with rapper Soulja Boy, who recently recorded a diss song aimed at the two.

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31
Jan

Bandcamp to donate all proceeds from this Friday’s sales to ACLU

The online music store are supporting the legal organisation who are actively challenging President Donald Trump’s immigration ban

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Bandcamp

Bandcamp will donate 100% of their proceeds from sales on Friday (February 3) to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

ACLU are at the vanguard of the ongoing legal challenges against US President Donald Trump’s recent travel ban on seven mainly Muslim countries – Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen – which has drawn massive criticism and outrage across the world.

Bandcamp have today (January 31) announced that they will donate the proceeds from Friday’s sales – the store makes 15% from all digital sales and 10% from all merchandise sales on the site – to help fund the ACLU’s legal challenge against Trump. The founder and CEO of Bandcamp, Ethan Diamond, praised the “tireless” work of the ACLU “to combat these discriminatory and unconstitutional actions.”

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“Like 98% of U.S. citizens (including the President), I am the descendant of immigrants—my great-grandparents came to America from Russia and Lithuania as teenagers and worked in sweatshops until they were able to afford to bring the rest of their families over,” Diamond wrote. “Most everyone you speak to in this country has a similar story to tell, because we are, in fact, a nation of immigrants, bound together by a shared belief in justice, equality, and the freedom to pursue a better life. In this context, last week’s Executive Order barring immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States is not simply immoral, it violates the very spirit and foundation of America.”

Elsewhere, Bruce Springsteen joined the wide condemnation of Trump’s executive order from the music and entertainment world by openly criticising the President’s policy on stage in Adelaide, Australia.

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31
Jan

Listen to Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ remix of Toydrum’s ‘I’ve Got a Future’

The track features on a new album from the UNKLE side project Toydrum

Warren Ellis and Nick Cave
Warren Ellis and Nick Cave

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have reworked Toydrum’s ‘I’ve Got A Future’ – listen to the newly-remixed track below.

The new remix comes from Toydrum’s – the side project of UNKLE‘s Pablo Clements and James Griffith – latest album ‘My Eye On You (To Reinvision)’, which itself is a remix album. Clements and Griffith have previously stated that they’d enlisted “friends, peers and people we love to work with” to reimagine tracks from previous Toydrum albums ‘Distant Focus Vol. 1’ and ‘Evangelist’ for the new project.

Two of the “friends, peers and people we love to work with” who Toydrum have chosen for the new project are Cave and Ellis, who together have reworked the song ‘I’ve Got A Future’. The track features guest vocals from the late singer/songwriter Gavin Clark, who passed away in February 2015.

Listen to Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ reworking of Toydrum’s ‘I’ve Got A Future’ below.

Back in October, Cave and Ellis revealed the theme song to Ron Howard’s six-part series Mars, which later premiered in November. The duo also penned the soundtrack for the Jeff Bridges-starring Hell or High Water last year, adding to their already-high number of film credits – which includes the post-apocalyptic 2009 movie The Road.

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31
Jan

Dizzee Rascal to headline Outlook Festival 2017 in Croatia

The ‘Boy In Da Corner’ MC will play the festival’s opening concert

Dizzee Rascal
Dizzee Rascal

Dizzee Rascal has been announced among the headliners for Outlook Festival 2017.

The dance and bass music-centric Croatian festival, which takes place at Fort Punta Christo in Pula, will celebrate its tenth edition this year. The 2017 festival will take place from September 6-10.

The first wave of acts for its 2017 festival have been announced today, with Dizzee Rascal the stand-out booking among the headliners. The 32-year-old MC will kick off the festival with the opening concert, which will take place in a 2000-year-old ampitheatre located on the festival site.

Wiley will also play at Outlook this year, as will fellow grime MCs Giggs, Newham Generals and Spyro. Dubstep producers Plastician and Digital Mystikz will also perform, as will New York rapper Princess Nokia and hip-hop producer MNDSGN.

Tickets are on sale now from the Outlook website, where you can also find the full line-up, as well as information on travel and accommodation.

Watch Outlook’s official announcement video below.

Dizzee Rascal brought his debut album, ‘Boy In Da Corner’, to London for a special one-off show back in October, where he played the record in its entirety. The album was widely acclaimed as a grime masterpiece upon its release in 2003, notably winning the MC the Mercury Music Prize.

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31
Jan

Teri Hatcher to play villain in ‘Supergirl’ series

Hatcher is heading back to her superhero days

Teri Hatcher Supergirl villain

Teri Hatcher has been cast as the villain in the upcoming series of Supergirl.

Hatcher played reporter Lois Lane in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman from 1993 to 1997.

According to TV Line, Hatcher “will appear in multiple episodes of Supergirl; character details are scarce, but she’ll eventually become the season’s big villain.”

Dean Cain who starred alongside Hatcher on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman also features in the Supergirl series as Kara’s adoptive father, Jeremiah Danvers.

“No offence to any of the wonderful actresses who have also played the part, but Teri Hatcher is my all time favorite Lois Lane,” Supergirl executive producer Andrew Kreisberg announced.

“To have her come back to the SuperWorld in a completely different part is an unbelievable gift to me, [executive producer] Greg [Berlanti], and the fans.”

In addition to the original Supergirl Helen Slater recurring as Kara’s adopted mum Eliza, Smallville‘s Laura Vandervoort has also appeared as Indigo, while Wonder Woman star Lynda Carter has played US president Olivia Marsdin.

In 2016, Clerks director Kevin Smith revealed that he wanted to direct the Supergirl series.

Smith, who has also directed an episode of DC Comics show The Flash, explained how he would merge the worlds of the two shows in a cameo.

On his own Fat Man On Batman podcast, Smith said: “I’ll go [direct Arrow] in a heartbeat if they’re like ‘Hey man, you want to come up?’ … I’ve already heard whispers of Supergirl as well. I would love to go up there, especially now that it’s on CW so you get to cross-reference the other shows.”

Of his idea to cameo Flash in Supergirl, he said: “Just borrow Grant for like a scene and run in and give her ice cream.”

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31
Jan

Watch the first teaser trailer for the new ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ TV series

It’s the first time the franchise has been on television since ‘Enterprise’ concluded in 2005

Star Trek Discovery
Star Trek Discovery

The first teaser trailer for the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery TV series has been released.

The sci-fi franchise will return to the small screen after a 12-year absence following the conclusion of the Enterprise series, which ended in 2005 after four years on the air. The new show will air on CBS in the US.

Set a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series – and separate from the timeline of the recent feature films – the new series will explore a previously mentioned event from the history of Star Trek while following the crew of the USS Discovery.

With production now under way, a short teaser clip of filming has been released – as well as references to Star Trek‘s past iterations – from the set in Toronto.

The Walking Dead star Sonequa Martin-Green heads the cast, which also includes Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, and James Frain. The first season of Discovery will consist of 13 episodes, and is being overseen by showrunners Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts.

The latest Star Trek feature film, meanwhile, was released last year. Star Trek Beyond was the third installment in the rebooted movie series, and JJ Abrams has confirmed that a fourth film will follow in the next few years.

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31
Jan

Watch Rihanna in new ‘Bates Motel’ trailer, soundtracked by Radiohead

Rihanna plays iconic character Marion Crane

Rihanna appears in the all-new Bates Motel trailer, teasing the show’s final season.

The A&E television series acts as a contemporary prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1960 movie Psycho. Rihanna was cast as Marion Crane, a key character who is the victim in the famous shower scene in Psycho.

She can be seen towards the end of the trailer, as Radiohead‘s ‘Exit Music (For a Film)’ plays. You can watch it below.

Meanwhile, Rihanna has shared the first official picture from Ocean’s 8.

The first pictures of Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock shooting the new movie, which has a female-led cast, emerged in October.

Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Anne Hathaway and Awkwafina make up the titular “Ocean’s eight”. All appear in the official promo picture, which shows the cast riding the New York City subway.

James Corden has recently been cast in a supporting role in the film, while Kim Kardashian has landed a cameo role alongside her half-sister Kendall Jenner. The reality stars are understood to be appearing in the film as themselves.

The Hunger Games’ Gary Ross is directing from a script he co-wrote, with George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh serving as producers on the project. Shooting started in October in New York and Warner Bros. has set a release date of June 18, 2018.

Rihanna has also recently become embroiled in a social media spat with Azealia Banks. It began when the ‘212’ rapper took issue with Rihanna’s criticism of Donald Trump’s controversial executive order relating to immigration.

“Disgusted! The news is devastating! America is being ruined right before our eyes! What an immoral pig you have to be to implement such BS!!” Rihanna tweeted, prompting Banks to suggest she should “shut up and sit down”.

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31
Jan

Section Boyz slam The Daily Mail after paper uses their picture for a story on gang violence

The south London grime crew were erroneously pictured as Melbourne’s Apex Gang

Section Boyz
Section Boyz

Section Boyz have responded to The Daily Mail misappropriating one of their pictures in a story about Australian gang violence.

The south London grime crew were caught up in the subsequent furore around the online article, which used one of the group’s Twitter pictures (taken in October 2016) in a piece about the Melbourne-based Apex Gang. While the photo has since been changed, the original article has been screenshotted and widely shared on social media today (January 31).

Section Boyz have now responded to the article – the headline of which read: “What’s stopping them from killing you? Victims of Apex Gang say they no longer feel safe in their homes – as Melbourne’s youth crime epidemic soars” – and slammed the Australian bureau of the much-criticised paper for the error.

“We are not happy with the way you have used our popular picture to slander another group that has nothing to do with us,” the wrote on their Twitter account. “Fix up.” See the tweet below.

Elsewhere, Section Boyz made a surprise appearance during Drake’s huge London show at The O2 last night (January 30). After Drake performed his song ‘Successful’, the group came on stage to play their signature track ‘Lock Arff’. Watch footage of the performance below.

Their guest appearance at yesterday’s Drake gig came just under a year after the Toronto rapper made a surprise cameo at their Village Underground show.

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31
Jan

Radiohead, Kasabian, Biffy Clyro to headline new UK festival TRNSMT

The 1975, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Belle & Sebastian will be performing too

Radiohead, Kasabian, Biffy Clyro to headline TRNSMT festival
Radiohead, Kasabian, Biffy Clyro to headline TRNSMT festival

Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro have been confirmed as headliners of the new Glasgow festival TRNSMT.

Radiohead will headline the Friday (July 7) of the festival, with Kasabian topping the bill on the Saturday (July 8) before Biffy Clyro round off headlining duties on Sunday (July 9).

The 1975 will also be performing on the Sunday. Other acts confirmed in today’s (January 31) first wave of line-up announcements include Belle & Sebastian, Catfish and the Bottlemen, London Grammar, George Ezra, Blossoms and Two Door Cinema Club.

Earlybird tickets for TRNSMT, a non-camping festival that takes place on Glasgow Green from July 7-9, go on sale at 9am this Friday (February 3) here.

Pre-sale for those who sign up to the festival’s mailing list will begin on Wednesday (February 1) at 9am.

Check out the full line-up announced so far below.

FRIDAY JULY 7
Radiohead
Belle & Sebastian
London Grammar
Rag N’ Bone Man

SATURDAY JULY 8
Kasabian
Catfish and the Bottlemen
George Ezra
The Kooks
Circa Waves

SUNDAY JULY 9
Biffy Clyro
The 1975
Twin Atlantic
Two Door Cinema Club
Blossoms

TRNSMT Festival is being launched by DF Concerts, who also run T In The Park, and the new festival will take place over the same weekend that T is traditionally held.

T In The Park’s organisers confirmed in November that the festival will be ‘taking a break’ in 2017 after a series of problems in recent years on site at Strathallan Castle. It was later reported that T’s organisers were in talks to put on an alternative event on Glasgow Green this summer.

However, speaking to NME today, DF Concerts boss Geoff Ellis insisted that TRNSMT should not be viewed as a “replacement” for T.

“We’re not a camping festival, it’s a city-centre event, that’s how we wanted to position it,” he explained. “It will be a huge economic boost to Glasgow. People will be taking in Glasgow bars and restaurants, hotels and nightclubs as well.”

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Ellis also said that if TRNSMT proves successful, it could become an annual event that exists alongside T In The Park. “It would be wonderful to come back on an annual basis, not necessarily on this specific weekend, because traditionally it is the T In The Park weekend, so we’d probably look at changing the dates going forward,” he said. “But it would be great to be back in the heart of the summer with a great festival in the city centre of Glasgow – that’s got to be the aim.”

Ellis also promised that more acts will be added to TRNSMT’s line-up in the coming weeks. “Something that we’re going to be doing at TRNSMT as well is the King Tut’s stage, which is going to be an emerging artists’ stage. To me that’s important because the King Tut’s venue has played an important role in the music scene in Glasgow and in Scotland,” Ellis said.

“We’ll probably announce all of those [King Tut’s stage] acts in three or four weeks’ time, and we’ve got a few more acts to announce on the main stage too, probably another four or five, so there’s still some more to come.”

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31
Jan

‘Rogue One’ actor Diego Luna to play Tony Montana in ‘Scarface’ remake

Luna played Cassian Andor in the recent ‘Star Wars’ spin-off

Diego Luna
Diego Luna

Diego Luna has reportedly been cast to play the lead role in the upcoming remake of Scarface.

The iconic 1983 film – itself a remake of a 1932 film that was loosely about Al Capone, which was adapted from a book – saw Al Pacino play Tony Montana, a Cuban drug lord in 1980s Miami. It was a huge success at the box office upon its release, and has had a significant impact on popular culture in the years since.

A remake of the 1983 film is now in the works, with Variety reporting that Luna – who played Cassian Andor in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – set to take on the inimitable role of Montana.

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Universal are behind this new remake of Scarface, but The Magnificent Seven director Antoine Fuqua has pulled out of the project, owing to a clash in schedules.

The film is still only at the scripting stage, but, with a lead now cast, a director will be the next vital step for the project to take.

Luna, who was born in Mexico, came to prominence through his role in Alfonso Cuaron’s Y Tu Mamá Tambien in 2001. His recent role in Rogue One, however, has propelled him into the spotlight – at one point during the film’s promotional run, he admitted that he had a strange desire to ‘touch’ Jabba The Hutt.

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