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Robin Thicke, Pharrell lose round one of 'Blurred Lines' lawsuit


Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have lost the primary round of their legal battle against Marvin Gaye’s estate over “Blurred Lines,” according to The L.A. Times.

The pair, who worked together on the 2013 hit, filed the suit earlier this year upon receiving accusations from Gaye’s family that parts of “Got to Give It Up” had been copied. Gaye’s family responded with a countersuit.

Thursday, U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt denied Thicke and Williams’ motion for summary judgment. His ruling found similarities between the bass lines, keyboard parts, vocal lines, melodies, and harmonies of the two songs, meaning there is enough evidence to move forward with the Gaye family’s claim. A trial is scheduled to take place on Feb. 10, 2015.


Suge Knight and Katt Williams arrested, charged with robbery

Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight and comedian Katt Williams were arrested and charged on Wednesday after a paparrazo alleged that the two stole her camera last month in Beverly Hills.


Amanda Bynes' parents granted conservatorship

After Amanda Bynes entered a California treatment facility earlier this month, the actress’ parents have been granted temporary conservatorship over their daughter.

Bynes was placed on involuntary psychiatrist hold Oct. 10 for 72 hours, but the order was later extended for 14 more days. Events leading up this included her September DUI and her public declarations that she believed a microchip was planted in her head.

The petition, obtained by EW, filed by Bynes’ parents for temporary conservatorship over their daughter states that “a conservatorship is necessary at this time to protect the proposed conservatee’s person and estate.”  READ FULL STORY

'House of Cards' actress Elizabeth Norment dies at 61

Elizabeth Norment, best known for playing Frank Underwood’s steadfast secretary on Netflix’s hit political series House of Cards, died Oct. 13 at New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, her sister Kate told The Hollywood Reporter. She was 61. No other details were available.

“Everyone at House of Cards is deeply saddened by Elizabeth’s passing,” House of Cards showrunner Beau Willimon said in a statement. “She was a talented actress, a warm soul and a good friend to us all.” Kevin Spacey, who worked closely with Norment in her role as Nancy Kaufberger, responded to her passing over twitter.

A Yale Drama School alum, Norment worked steadily in films, television and theater for over 30 years with roles in St. Elsewhere, Law & Order, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, ER and Party of Five. Norment’s recurring role on House of Cards was her most significant and high profile.

Hugh Jackman treated for skin cancer for a third time

Hugh Jackman has been treated for skin cancer for the third time this year. READ FULL STORY

Marcia Strassman, star of 'Welcome Back, Kotter' and 'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,' dies at 66

Marcia Strassman, a film and television actress, died on Saturday at age 66. According to Deadline, Strassman had been fighting breast cancer for the last seven years.

Strassman was a journeyman actress who got her first big break with a recurring role as Nurse Cutler on M*A*S*H. She played Julie Kotter for four years on beloved ’70s sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter.

Various guest-star appearances on TV shows followed in the ’80s, before she took on another iconic role as Diane Szalinski, the titular “Honey” in 1989’s Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. (She reprised the role in 1992 sequel Honey, I Blew Up The Kid and in the film’s Disneyland spinoff experience Honey, I Shrunk the Audience.) Her most prominent later role came on NBC’s Third Watch, where she recurred as Sergeant Laura Wynn.

She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth; her sister, Julie; and her brother, Steven.

Rainn Wilson drops Vine star Curtis Lepore from comedy due to backlash

Last week, Rainn Wilson (The Office) announced that he would produce Hollywood and Vine, a scripted series about the showbiz adventures of a group of social media celebrities from Vine, the popular video-based network. On Monday, Wilson announced that the show’s cast would feature five of Vine’s top entertainers: Jerry Purpdrank, Lele Pons, Simone Shepherd, Christian DelGrosso and Curtis Lepore. However, Friday night, just five days later, Wilson announced that Lepore had been ousted.

“After much consideration, the decision was made with Curtis Lepore to mutually part ways on SoulPancake’s television project featuring Vine stars,” reads a statement on Wilson’s Facebook page. “We felt this was the best decision for everyone involved. We wish Curtis all the best in all his future endeavors.”

The decision to drop Lepore stems from fan outrage over Lepore’s involvement in a rape allegation involving former girlfriend Jessi Vazquez, which was settled out of court in a plea deal. Wilson acknowledged the backlash in an earlier post.

Jack Bruce, bassist for Cream, dies

Jack Bruce, the British musician best known as the bassist and singer for legendary rock trio Cream, has died.

The 71-year-old musician’s family revealed the news Saturday morning via Bruce’s Facebook page and website.

“It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend,” the statement reads. “The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.”

According to the Associated Press, Bruce died in his home in Suffolk, England.


Veteran news anchor Terry Keenan dies

Veteran news anchor Terry Keenan died on Thursday night of a massive cerebral hemorrhage, according to several reports. She was believed to be 53.


TLC expresses concern over reports of Mama June dating sex offender

The future of TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo hangs in the balance after TMZ reported that the show’s matriarch, June “Mama June” Shannon, is allegedly dating Mark McDaniel, a convicted child molester who molested Shannon’s relative.

TMZ reports that Shannon has been dating McDaniel for the last few months; Shannon and the show’s patriarch, Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, separated in Sept. 2014. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Sex Offender Registry, McDaniel was charged with aggravated child molestation in 2004 and served a 10-year sentence.

A representative from TLC released the following statement to EW: “TLC is not currently in production on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. We are very concerned about this new information and are reassessing the future of the series.”

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