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Iggy Azalea sues ex-boyfriend for stealing, releasing her music


Rapper Iggy Azalea is suing her ex-boyfriend, Maurice Williams (also known by Jefe Wine in the rap world), for copying files containing unreleased songs off her computer and then releasing them this past August.

In a complaint obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Iggy Azalea, born Amethyst Kelly, claims that Williams “downloaded the entire contents of Azalea’s personal computer, including the [songs], onto a jump drive without her consent” when the two were romantically involved between 2008 and 2009.

“Defendants have defied Azalea’s demands,” the complaint says, “that they refrain from wrongfully exploiting her name, likeness and copyrighted music by distributing her music without her consent and by using her trademarked name and her likeness to promote themselves and the music they misappropriated.” READ FULL STORY

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel among 'Genius Grant' recipients

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel, the namesake of the Bechdel Test, was named a recipient of one of the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius grant” Wednesday. Bechdel is probably best known for her comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, which began in 1983, and her 2006 graphic memoir Fun Home, which was recently turned into a musical that became a Pulitzer finalist and is heading to Broadway soon. But even if you don’t know her work, you might be familiar with her last name thanks to her eponymous “test,” which judges movies based on whether they feature at least two female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man. Bechdel credits her friend with inventing the test, though it was the subject of a 1985 Dykes to Watch Out For strip.

Documentarian Joshua Oppenheimer was also named a 2014 MacArthur Fellow. Oppenheimer’s 2013 film, The Act of Killing, which asked those responsible for Indonesian mass murders to re-enact their crimes, was nominated for an Oscar. His latest filmThe Look of Silence, focuses on the survivors of those killings. Other recipients from the arts world include jazz musician Steve Coleman, poet Terrance Hayes, playwright Samuel D. Hunter, and public artist Rick Lowe. The full list is available here. MacArthur Fellows receive a stipend of $625,000, which is awarded to them over five years.

Four Seasons songwriter Bob Crewe dies

Bob Crewe, a songwriter who penned Four Seasons hits including “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Walk Like a Man,” died Thursday. He was 83.

Though Crewe wrote songs that would be sung by many musicians, including Rays and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, he came to fame with his work songwriting for the Four Seasons, who had trouble landing a hit until Crewe came along. Crewe ended up producing “Sherry,” a 1962 song that would turn out to be the Four Seasons’ first number 1 hit. He went on to write multiple hits for both the Four Seasons and for Valli as a solo artist. READ FULL STORY

'Django Unchained' actress Daniele Watts handcuffed for 'showing affection'

Daniele Watts, who has appeared in Django Unchained as well as TV shows Partners and Weeds, was handcuffed Thursday in Los Angeles for “showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place,” according to the actress’ Facebook page.

Watts and chef Brian James Lucas were “showing [their] affection publicly” when police officers arrived and asked for the couple’s IDs, Lucas said on his Facebook page. He gave the officers his ID but Watts refused. She was subsequently handcuffed and put into the police car until the officers could identify her. She was later released. READ FULL STORY

Denny Miller, 'Tarzan' and 'Wagon Train' star, dies at 80

Denny Miller, known for his role as Duke Shannon in the TV Western Wagon Train and being the first blond Lord of the Jungle in 1959’s Tarzan, the Ape Man, died on Tuesday at the age of 80, EW has confirmed.

The actor died in Las Vegas after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Before he was discovered by a talent agent on Sunset Boulevard, which led to his first bit role in 1958’s “Some Came Running,” the 6-foot-4 Miller was a talented basketball player, having played for the UCLA Bruins.

In addition to his Western Wagon role, Miller also made appearances in a bevy of TV shows, including Gilligan’s Island, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Hawaii Five-O, I Dream of Jeannie, The Brady Bunch, The Battlestar Galactica, Charlie’s Angels, Dallas, Magnum, P.I. and more. He also was the Gorton Fisherman, the man in the yellow rain gear in commercials for the fish sticks, for several years until 2005.

Miller is survived by his wife, Nancy Miller.

Joan Rivers' doctor steps down: Report

According to ABC News, the doctor who performed Joan Rivers’ endoscopy, which led to her cardiac arrest, has stepped down from Yorkville Endoscopy.

Dr. Lawrence Cohen was the clinic’s medical director and gastroenterologist, and in a statement to ABC News, the clinic said that Cohen “is not currently performing procedures at Yorkville Endoscopy; nor is he currently serving as medical director.”

According to the New York Times, an unauthorized ear, nose and throat specialist was present in the operating room during Rivers’ procedure. The unauthorized specialist was reportedly brought in by Dr. Cohen, who allowed the specialist to examine River’s voice box both before and after the endoscopy.

Yorkville Endoscopy did not immediately reply to EW’s request for comment.

Nicole Kidman's father, Antony Kidman, dies in accident

According to People, Nicole Kidman’s father, Dr. Antony Kidman, is dead.

Australian publications have confirmed that Antony Kidman died after a tragic fall. Antony, a clinical psychologist and director of health psychology in Sydney, was reportedly visiting Nicole’s sister, Antonia, in Singapore when the accident occurred. According to Reuters, Antony was in his 80s and died in a Singapore hospital.

Nicole was reportedly in the U.S. at the time of the incident.

Shia LaBeouf pleads guilty to disorderly conduct charge

Shia LaBeouf was arrested for disorderly conduct at a June performance of Broadway’s Cabaret, and the Associated Press reports the actor appeared in court Wednesday to plead guilty to those charges.

LaBeouf was escorted out of the theater during Cabaret‘s first act June 26 after allegedly yelling and smoking throughout the performance. He spent the night in jail and later sought treatment for an addiction to alcohol. “He understands that these recent actions are a symptom of a larger health problem and he has taken the first of many necessary steps towards recovery,” his publicist said in July. READ FULL STORY

Jazz musician Gerald Wilson dies at 96

Jazz musician Gerald Wilson died on Monday after a battle with pneumonia. He was 96.

Wilson’s son, jazz guitarist Anthony Wilson, confirmed the news to the Los Angeles Times on Monday. He had been in declining health before catching pneumonia two weeks ago, according to The Times.

As a composer, band leader and trumpeter, Wilson’s jazz career spanned from the 1930s swing era to today. He was perhaps most widely known for leading the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, and doing it in a rather poetic way. He became synonymous with his almost dancelike conducting style, which he explained in an interview with NPR: “I move. I choreograph the music as I conduct. You see, I point it out, everything you’re to listen to.”

Toronto court withdraws Justin Bieber assault charge

Justin Bieber was charged with assault in January after allegedly attacking a limo driver in Toronto, but the Ontario Court of Justice withdrew the charge Monday when Bieber appeared in court with lawyer Brian H. Greenspan.

“We welcome the decision of the office of the Crown Attorney to withdraw the charge, having reached the conclusion that there was no reasonable prospect of conviction,” Greenspan said in a statement. “We have always maintained Bieber’s innocence.”

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