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Review: Glee - Mash-Up

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 22nd 2009 1:40AM
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In what might be one of the best episodes of Glee since the premiere, Matthew Morrison was given a true showcase. There was also no Will family drama. Hmm ... is that a coincidence? I don't think so. I clearly have more interest in what Will's doing at McKinley High with the singing and dancing then his marriage.

Mash-ups were on the top of the to-do list. Emma and Ken asked Will for a wedding song mash-up, which was easier said than done when the two songs they wanted were "I Could Have Danced All Night" from My Fair Lady and Sisqo's "The Thong Song." Fortunately, Will didn't sing the former, just the latter.

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Criss Angel sued for divorce

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 2nd 2007 3:02PM

criss angelEgad.

According to the New York Post, Criss Angel's wife, Joanne Sarantakos (Sarantakos is Angel's actual surname), is suing her husband for divorce, claiming that he kept their marriage a secret to help his career and make him more appealing to fans.

Their marriage was enough of a secret that I had no idea he was even married, though it's not as if I spend every waking moment keeping up with Angel's personal life. Still, whenever a girl was by Criss' side on Mindfreak, she was always just credited as "Criss' girl" as far as I remember.

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Jack in the Box sued over commercial - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted May 29th 2007 6:42PM

cowA couple new commercials for Jack in the Box's new sirloin burgers has spurred CKE Restaurants to file a lawsuit against the fast food chain. In one of the offending ads, Jack, the mascot, tells his fellow board members about the new sirloin burger. When he's asked to point to the "Angus" part of the cow, he says, "I'd rather not," indicating that it comes from the part of the cow that could be described as "Angus" without the "g." CKE Restaurants owns Hardee's and Carl's Jr., both of which serve Angus burgers.

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King of the Hill: Lucky's Wedding Suit (season finale)

by Adam Finley, posted May 21st 2007 12:22PM

(S11E12) In my other King of the Hill review I mentioned that the secondary characters can be just as fleshed out as the main characters, and I think the same holds true for Lucky, who is still a rather new addition to the King of the Hill universe.

Lucky started out rather one-note, a kind of street-wise redneck whose only means of support stemmed from a cash settlement he received for slipping on a puddle of urine at a local store. This season, however, we've gotten to know Lucky a little better, and while I love his character, I'm pretty sure I would loathe him if he were an actual person.

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Uri Geller sued after attempting to remove YouTube clip

by Adam Finley, posted May 11th 2007 9:21AM

uri gellerAlmost a year ago, Bob linked to a segment from The Tonight Show in 1973 in which professional "spoon bender" Uri Geller was exposed on national television by Carson and frequent Carson guest and professional debunker James Randi. The clip, via YouTube, was part of a larger documentary about hoaxes.

Recently, citing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Geller's company, Explorologist Ltd., demanded the clip be removed for violation of copyright. YouTube suspended the account of the user who posted the video.

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Judge dismisses Andy Griffith case

by Adam Finley, posted May 8th 2007 10:02AM

andy griffithYou folks might recall that a man running for Sheriff in Grant County, Wisconsin changed his name from "William Harold Fenrick" to "Andrew Jackson Griffith" so he could run under the name "Andy Griffith" and hopefully use the iconic name to win the election.

He didn't win.

He did, however, have a lawsuit filed against him by Andy Griffith, the actor who played Andy Taylor on the Andy Griffith Show. Recently, however, a judge dismissed the case, saying that Fenrick did not violate any copyright and that what he did was protected under the First Amendment. I'm not a fancy big city lawyer, so I can't say much about this.

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Paris wants to stop MTV sketch

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 5th 2007 5:41PM

paris hilton cartoonHere's how it all went down:

Paris Hilton taped a "funny" sketch on MTV (the article doesn't specify which show it was for) that showed her wearing a "What Would Paris Do" bracelet and taking the bracelet's advice by dancing with a cop to get out of a ticket. The segment was taped in January. The following month, Hilton was arrested for driving on a suspended license, and now she's threatening to sue MTV if they air the clip, which was meant to mock her drunk driving arrest from last September.

To summarize: Paris felt it was okay to mock her own drunk driving, but now that she's been arrested again the sketch is no longer funny but embarrassing. I would think she'd be more embarrassed by endangering the lives of other motorists by getting behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated, but what the heck do I know?

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Is SpongeBob a ripoff?

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 13th 2007 10:02AM

bob spongeeI'm going to say "probably not," but this fellow, who once drew a face on a household sponge, feels differently. Cartoonist Troy Walker created a character named Bob Spongee in 1991. Years later, in 1999, Nickelodeon premiered SpongeBob SquarePants, created by marine biologist and former teacher Stephen Hillenburg. Walker is convinced his idea was stolen, and has filed suit against Nickelodeon parent company Viacom for $1.6 billion in damages.

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It's Trump vs. Rosie and I still don't care

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 21st 2006 9:03AM
donald trump; rosie o'donnellDonald Trump, get in line! Rosie O'Donnell shot off her mouth about the whole Miss USA debacle on Wednesday morning and now Donald Trump is threatening to sue her. On The View, Rosie called him a "snake-oil salesman" for not ripping the crown away from the drinking and partying Miss USA Tara Conner. She also called his marital history into question, claimed he was bankrupt and said he isn't a good example for 20-year olds. Trump said he's going to sue her for talking about his financial status and said, "I look forward to taking lots of money from my nice fat little Rosie."

First of all, I think that Trump is just jumping on the Rosie-bashing bandwagon so he can get some headlines in advance of the upcoming season of The Apprentice (damn! it worked!). Second, I think everyone just needs to ignore Rosie. Maybe if we do that, she'll just go away. What she says doesn't matter anyway.

*Update: Rosie responds.

On a related (and hilariously pathetic) note, Omarosa has weighed in on Trump giving Miss USA a second chance.

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Jane Pauley suing New York Times

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 29th 2006 4:02PM

jane pauleySorry I'm a few days late reporting this news, but I took some time off to volunteer at my neighborhood's annual Soup Kitchen and Hobo Scrub. This year I was on "soap and hose" duty, so it would have been total disaster had I not been there.

At any rate, if you haven't heard yet, Jane Pauley is suing the New York Times because she claims she was duped into being interviewed for an ad supplement which she thought was an actual interview about her bout with bipolar disorder. The ad supplement was for pharmaceutical companies, and Pauley is suing both the Times and DeWitt Publications, saying she was tricked and that she has never appeared in an ad or endorsed any product before. A spokeswoman countered by saying Pauley's assistant was informed that the interview would be for an ad supplement in the New York Times Magazine.

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Chris Rock's mom vs. Cracker Barrel

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 19th 2006 11:01AM

tichina arnoldFans of Everybody Hates Chris know that Chris' mother, Rochelle, is a woman who doesn't take any BS from anyone, a "ghetto snob" who isn't afraid to tell you exactly how she feels, and often at full volume. In fact, sometimes she can be -- what's the word I'm looking for? Oh right, a total bitch. That's okay, though, it makes her character stand out from the crowd and creates a nice dynamic between herself and the rest of the family.

As I've said in my reviews of the series, Everybody Hates Chris is highly fictionalized, but as Hunter S. Thompson attempted to demonstrate in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, sometimes fiction can reveal something that's even truer than the truth.

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Taylor Hicks sues over old iTunes releases

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 24th 2006 1:12PM
taylor hicksAccording to The Smoking Gun, American Idol winner Taylor Hicks filed a lawsuit against a former Nashville music producer who is selling Hicks' older songs on iTunes. The songs are from 2001, when Taylor tried and failed to get music labels to pick him up. The producer, William Smith, reportedly sent an e-mail to Hicks' lawyers letting them know that he was planning to market a few of his old songs on iTunes and that "anything in his past that would reflect negatively upon him will stay there". Smith also mentioned that he has turned down five-figure offers from tabloids to talk about Taylor's sexuality and (alleged) past drug use. Sounds like a threat, eh? Hicks and his lawyers thought so, too. A judge signed a temporary restraining order, barring Smith from selling the old songs on iTunes.

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Lawsuit filed against Dog the bounty hunter

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 19th 2006 10:03PM

dog the bounty hunterThis season's premiere of Dog the Bounty Hunter had Dog and his crew flying to San Francisco to capture a suspected drug dealer named Samu Savea who had been eluding them for years. He was rumored to be playing on a semi-professional football team called the Daly City Renegades. Dog's team staked out the practice field, and spotted one player who they thought was Savea, but was actually Simaile "Cisco" Lutu, a nightclub promoter. Dog's son Leland was the first to approach Lutu, but it was soon revealed he wasn't the man they were after. Now Lutu has filed a lawsuit against Dog and his bail bonds company. He claims he was handcuffed and held at gunpoint by police officers on two separate occasions following his encounter with Dog.

I actually saw the episode in question, and what puzzles me is that the lawsuit claims Lutu asked not to have his image shown on television. That may be true, but during the scene on the practice field he was doing everything he could to be seen on camera, and so did many of his teammates. At the time, it appeared that he was absolutely enthralled with the idea of being the center of attention on a popular reality program. Dog also says that Lutu called him after the show aired and thanked him because all the girls loved seeing him. It will be interesting to see if this lawsuit actually goes anywhere.

[via TV Filter]

Related:
Duane "Dog" Chapman and son arrested in Hawaii

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Making sense of YouTube and copyright issues

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 16th 2006 1:03PM
computerI've mentioned the recent kerfuffle surrounding YouTube, copyright, and other assorted legal mumbo jumbo before, but being a layman I can't really speak about such things with any real authority. Fred von Lohmann of the Electronic Frontier Foundation has an informative piece in the Hollywood Reporter about YouTube and its rights and responsibilities when it comes to copyrighted material. It's an interesting read, but what jumped out at me, and also jumped out at Amid over at Cartoon Brew, is Lohmann's statement that content owners who remove "noninfringing content" could be sued by either YouTube or its users, an idea that adds a whole new dimension to this ongoing discussion. Check out the article here.

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Tivo ain't goin' down without a fight

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 5th 2006 2:03PM

tivoTivo has been suffering in the marketplace due to so many people opting to purchase satellite systems with DVRs already included, as opposed to buying the stand alone Tivo boxes. A new lawsuit the company filed recently against EchoStar, however, could change that. At least, that's what experts are predicting. The case centers on a key patent in DVR technology, one which Tivo believes EchoStar stole for its own DVR system. Tivo argues that EchoStar is infringing on its patent, thus making it difficult for the company to compete. If Tivo wins the case, which reports say is all but inevitable, the company would see damages paid from EchoStar possibly as high as $300 million. In addition, it would result in licensing deals with cable companies who currently use their own DVRs.

[via Lost Remote]

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