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Showtime sued by the Red Hot Chili Peppers over Californication

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 20th 2007 8:04AM

CalifornicationIf my initial reaction is any indication of whether or not a lawsuit has any merit, then this suit might have merit. When I first heard that Showtime was doing a show titled Californication, I immediately thought of the Red Hot Chili Peppers song and album from several years ago. Now the band is suing the cable channel over use of the name.

The band says that the title of the show dilutes the value of the album/song and that the title "immediately is associated in the mind of the consumer" with the band. The album was released in 1999. I didn't know that a character from the show, Dani California, was also the name of a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers a couple of years ago.

This sounds like a legitimate lawsuit to me, but who knows. I'm certainly not an attorney. My background is in gynecology.

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Lil' Bush: this summer's most rockin' show

by Annie Wu, posted Jun 6th 2007 4:22PM
Iggy PopOver the past few weeks, I have seen multiple commercials for Comedy Central's new animated show, Lil' Bush. It didn't even remotely interest me, because it simply sounded like a compilation of the easiest possible Bush jokes... "If you don't X, the terrorists win", "I'm the decider", etc. But as it turns out, I may have to give this show a try, because my life is dictated by rock and all things rocking.

In this recent interview with Fuse TV, Lil' Bush creator Donick Cary talked about the stars that have contributed their voices to the show. The list includes Frank Black, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Dave Grohl. Also, Iggy Pop -- Iggy friggin' Pop -- plays Lil' Bush's buddy, Lil' Rummy.

Did Donald Rumsfeld just get a little cooler? Yeah, maybe.

[via CC Insider]

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Kelly Clarkson signs with...NASCAR

by Brett Love, posted Jan 19th 2007 11:01AM
Kelly ClarksonYou might think that Kelly Clarkson has it all. With two Grammy awards, five #1 singles, and over ten million copies of her latest record sold, what more could she ask for? Well, a "NASCAR. How bad have you got it?" commercial of course. The spot is part of a big deal the two have signed.

The relationship kicks off February 18th with Clarkson headlining the NEXTEL Tribute To America, live on Fox, before the Daytona 500. The commercial will combine race footage with Clarkson's performance and feature a song from her upcoming third album. She's in good company working with NASCAR. Other musicians that have been part of the promo series include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jewel, Lenny Kravitz, Leann Rimes, and Sheryl Crow.

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Saturday Night Live: Tom Hanks & Red Hot Chili Peppers

by Jonathan Toomey, posted May 7th 2006 5:57PM

Tom Hanks; Red Hot Chili Peppers; SNL; NBC(S31E18) There was a lot to like about this episode, but there was a lot that should never seen the light of day too. For Hanks' eighth outing at SNL host, I would have expected a bit more. We've already seen so much this season with episodes from other classic hosts like Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, that I was hoping maybe we'd get cameos from some of them. Another one of those "welcome to the club" sketches would have been funny... with those fez hats, cigars, and smoking jackets. Oh well, like I said, there was still plenty to like.

Cold Open - Politically charged as usual, the show opened with Bush and Cheney chit-chatting and discussing the current state of oil reserves and gasoline prices. Tom Hanks (as Senator Bill Frist) then shows up to tell the President about his new plan since his recent idea for a $100 gas rebate for all Americans did nothing except what the President described as "eat it." The entire conversation then evolved into some kind of infomercial where Frist was selling his new plan to Bush. As a token of the Government's thanks for allowing the drilling in Alaska, all Americans would now get $120, a free vacation to Busch Gardens, and two free Wonder Mops. Sounds like a deal to me... well maybe I'd do it if there were two re-fill shammies to come with the mops. What's that? There are two shammies? Sign me up!

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American Idol: Modern Hits...or Misses?

by Lacy Hall, posted Mar 29th 2006 11:06AM

For lack of a better word or description, last night's show was weird and anti-climatic. At first, I was really excited about the contestants doing modern hits from the last 6 years, but then...nothing happened. I kept waiting for that one really great performance that would put the show into overdrive, but it never came.

First off, the show was cut down to a hour last night since there are only 10 contestants left. This made everything feel very rushed. It felt less like a national hit show and more like a filler before House came on. Secondly, all the judges were in agreement last night, and yet they were still fighting. Always weird. Thirdly, lack of time translated into lack of Seacrest zingers. Seacrest zingers are always the cheesiest of zings, and yet, I miss them when they're gone. It's like getting a dollar every year in your birthday card from Grandma. A dollar doesn't get you much (heck, it doesn't get you anything), but that first year when it's not in there...it burns. Finally, I think Kevin might have been eliminated prematurely. I'm convinced that if given the chance, he would have performed Britney Spears' "Toxic" and it would have been the best thing to happen to American Idol since Bobby sung the praises of the Copacabana.

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