The legal dust-up between Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and the family of the late singer Marvin Gaye is finally over. A judge has ruled Thicke and Williams must pay Gaye’s family nearly $5 million over a copyright infringement lawsuit that claimed the songwriters used Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up” in their 2013 song “Blurred Lines,” Billboard reported.
The lawsuit was brought in 2013 and first decided in 2015.
William’s company, More Water From Nazareth Publishing Inc., as well as Thicke and Williams himself, must pay the family $2,848,846.50. In a separate award of profits from the song, Thicke must may an additional $1,768,191.88, while Williams and the publishing company must pay another $357,630.96, CNN reported.
According to Billboard, the total the two singers must pay is $4,983,766.85.
The family was also awarded prejudgment interest on that amount that totals $9,097.51 with interest accruing until the judgment is paid.
It was also found Gaye’s family is also entitled to 50 percent of future profits from “Blurred Lines,” CNN reported.
The foundation of retired NBA star Dikembe Mutombo flew an 8-year-old boy from Africa to the United States so the child could have surgery to remove a large tumor from his face, KABC reported.
Mutombo first met Matadi in Congo, where the former pro basketball star’s foundation built a hospital, the television station reported. Doctors repaired a cleft lip for Matadi but were unable to operate on the tumor.
"(It’s) very difficult as a father to see a child who is 8 years old who is born like all of us but has not gotten opportunities," Mutombo said.
Mutombo’s foundation sponsored Matadi’s flight to the United States, where doctors at the Osborne Head & Neck Foundation in Los Angeles are performing the surgery for free.
"He is suffering from a life-threatening illness and we are here to help this little boy and Mr. Mutombo's foundation save this little boy's life," Dave Dell of the Osborne Head and Neck Foundation told KABC."Hopefully (the surgery will) change the life of this young man and go back to living a normal life," Mutombo told the television station.Matadi will stay with his father, who accompanied his son to the United States, at the Ronald McDonald house for free while he recovers from his surgery.
Nancy Wilson, a three-time Grammy-winning "song stylist" who excelled as a jazz and pop singer, died Thursday, her manager told The Associated Press. She was 81.
Wilson died after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, California, Devra Hall Levy, her manager and publicist, said late Thursday.
Wilson put 11 songs into Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart during her career, according to IMDb. Her 1964 song, “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am” rose to No. 11 on the charts. From March 1964 and June 1965, Wilson placed four albums in Billboard’s Top LP charts.
Wilson won her first Grammy Award in 1965 for best R&B recording for her album, “How Glad I Am,” according to IMDb. She also won Grammys for her albums “R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal) in 2005, and “Turned to Blue” in 2007.
She retired from live performances in 2011.
Wilson was born Feb. 20, 1937, in Chillicothe, Ohio, according to IMDb.
In addition to her singing career, Wilson appeared on radio, television and film. Her credits include “Hawaii Five-O” and “Police Story,” and she hosted NPR’s “Jazz Profiles” for many years, according to the AP.
Academy Award-nominated actress and director Sondra Locke has died from cancer at the age of 74.
Locke died on Nov. 3 at her Los Angeles home from cardiac arrest related to breast and bone cancer, according to a death certificate obtained by The Associated Press.
Locke is probably best known for the six movies she made with her longtime boyfriend actor/director Clint Eastwood in the late 1970s and ‘80s, including “Sudden Impact,” “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” “The Gauntlet,” and “Every Which Way But Loose.”
Locke and Eastwood were together for 14 years, from 1975 until 1989.
She earned her Oscar nomination for her first movie, 1968’s “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.”
Born Sandra Louise Anderson on May 28, 1944, Locke was raised in Shelbyville, Tennessee, where she graduated from high school and attended Middle Tennessee State University where she studied drama.
Locke appeared in just three films in the past 18 years: 2000’s “Clean and Narrow, “The Prophet’s Game,” also in 2000 and co-starring Keith Carradine, and “Ray Meets Helen” in 2017, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was the executive producer on 2015’s “Knock Knock,” starring Keanu Reeves.
NBA player Steph Curry said he was joking when he said he didn’t believe humans landed on the moon.
The remark was made when the athlete made an appearance on the Monday episode of the “Winging It” podcast, which is hosted by Atlanta Hawks players Vince Carter and Kent Bazemore.
ESPN reported that the Golden State Warriors player was in the middle of a lighthearted discussion with teammate Andre Iguodala, Carter, Bazemore and podcast co-host Annie Finberg when the moon landing came up.
“We ever been to the moon?” Curry asked at the 46:45 mark of the episode. The group replied, “No.”
“They’re going to come get us,” Curry said. “Sorry, I don't want to start conspiracies.”
Finberg was skeptical, but the others mentioned part of the theory that says director Stanley Kubrick staged the moon landing footage.
People quickly responded, criticizing Curry for spreading the conspiracy theory, especially when he has young fans.
“Obviously I was joking when I was talking on the podcast,” Curry told ESPN Wednesday. “I was silently protesting how stupid it was that people actually took that quote and made it law as, 'Oh my God, he's a fake-moon-landing truther,' whatever you want to call it, yada, yada, yada. So I was silently protesting that part about it, how the story took a life of its own.”
CNN reported that NASA responded to Curry’s claim Tuesday.
“There’s lots of evidence NASA landed 12 American astronauts on the Moon from 1969-1972,” NASA spokesman Allard Beutel said in a statement. “We’d love for Mr. Curry to tour the lunar lab at our Johnson Space Center in Houston, perhaps the next time the Warriors are in town to play the Rockets.”
Curry told ESPN he’d take NASA up on the offer.
“In terms of the reaction that I've gotten, I am definitely going to take them up on their offer. I am going to educate myself firsthand on everything that NASA has done and shine a light on their tremendous work over the years and hopefully people understand that education is power, informing yourself is power,” the father of three said. “For kids out there that hang on every word that we say, which is important, understand that you should not believe something just because somebody says it. You should do your homework and understand what you actually believe.
“I’m going to go to NASA and I’m going to enjoy the experience wholeheartedly.”
Longtime Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards said he’s been drinking less and less over the past year and finally just “pulled the plug on it.”
The Stones guitarist and founding band member, who turns 75 next week, told Rolling Stone magazine, “I just got fed up with it.”
He said he still has a glass of wine or a beer on occasion, but that he’s given up the harder stuff.
“It was time to quit,” Richards said. “Just like all the other stuff.”
“I don’t notice any difference really – except for I don’t drink. I wasn’t feeling [right]. I’ve done it. I didn’t want that anymore,” he said.
Richards, who survived a cancer scare in 2010, talked with Rolling Stone ahead of the band’s North American leg of the “No Filter” tour, which kicks off next year in Miami.
The guitarist for the popular death metal band Cannibal Corpse was arrested Monday near his home in Tampa after he broke into a home and attacked a deputy, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies said Pat O'Brien, 53, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and burglary after he broke into a home next to the Northdale Golf and Tennis Club in Tampa and pushed a woman to the ground.
The Sheriff’s Office said in a release that O'Brien ran toward a responding deputy with a knife. The release said the deputy subdued O'Brien with a stun gun.
Authorities said O'Brien did not know the residents in the home.
Oddly, his nearby home on the 16000 block of Norwood Drive was on fire Monday night, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said. O’Brien’s home contained numerous weapons, ammunition and flame throwers, Fire Rescue said.
“Crews arrived at the one-story home in the 16000 block of Norwood Dr. to find flames coming through the roof of the structure,” Fire Rescue wrote in a Facebook post.
Officials said the ammunition was exploding due to the flames.
“It took us nearly an hour to bring this one under control. Thankfully, there were no injuries,” Fire Rescue said.
The HCSO bomb squad conducted a precautionary check of O’Brien’s home Tuesday morning.
The cause of the fire is unknown.
O'Brien is being held on $50,000 bail.
More than a month after welcoming her first child, former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kenya Moore is sharing Brooklyn Doris Daly with the world.
Moore, 47, shared the first photo of her “miracle baby” in the latest issue of People, which she also posted on her Instagram page.
“I finally have everything I’ve dreamed of,” Moore told the magazine. “She’s so perfect in so many ways. This little angel … so beautiful. I feel so blessed. It’s all been so worth it.”
The journey to get pregnant was not an easy one for the former Miss USA, who married New York restaurateur Marc Daly, 48, in St. Lucia in June 2017.
“There were so many scares along the way,” Moore said. “We held our breath every time we went to the doctor.”
With Moore being over the age of 40, her pregnancy was high-risk. People reported that doctors worried she had a false pregnancy when they couldn’t see the baby’s skeleton at the first ultrasound. She had pre-eclampsia in late October, which caused her to have extreme fluid retention and high blood pressure. Her condition worsened, and she was induced for labor.
“They told me, ‘Your condition is worsening so get your bags and go straight to the hospital, you’re delivering today,’” Moore said.
Daly flew in from New York and was by his wife’s side. Twelve hours after being hospitalized, Brooklyn was delivered via cesarean section, but the process took three hours.
“They couldn’t get the baby out,” she said. “There were all these complications and they knew if they cut into a fibroid, I could potentially bleed out and die. So they ended up cutting me vertically, too, to just get the baby out and make sure I survived the surgery. They were so scared they were going to lose me.”
Though her daughter was born six weeks premature, Moore says it was all worth it.
“Everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong, but she’s such a tough baby; so determined,” Moore said. “And every step of the way, she kept surviving and getting stronger. She’s my miracle baby. There’s no other way to describe it. She’s my miracle baby.”
Brooklyn is the couple’s first child together.
A new series about slain Tejano icon Selena Quintanilla is heading to Netflix in 2020, the streaming service announced Tuesday.
According to a Netflix press release, the scripted drama, produced by Campanario Entertainment, is "a coming-of-age story following Selena as her dreams come true and all the heart-wrenching and life-changing choices she and her family have to make as they navigate success, family and music."
The singer's family is "fully involved in the project and will be executive producers," the release said.
"Selena will always have a lasting place in music history, and we feel great responsibility to do justice to her memory," the singer's sister, Suzette Quintanilla, said in a statement. "With this series, viewers will finally get the full history of Selena, our family, and the impact she has had on all of our lives. We are excited to partner with Campanario and Netflix to give fans a never-before-seen glimpse at our story and highlight why Selena will remain a legend for generations to come."
Quintanilla, who was killed in 1995 by her fan club's president, gained international fame before her death at age 23, selling more than 65 million albums, NBC News reported.
A-list actor Leonardo DiCaprio has returned an Oscar he received as a gift from a fugitive financier, who is on the run from authorities after allegedly stealing billions of dollars from a Malaysian government investment fund, according to news reports.
The Oscar, Marlon Brando’s 1954 statue from “On the Waterfront,” was given to DiCaprio, 44, by disgraced businessman Jho Low, who bought it at an auction for $600,000, according to E! Online.
DiCaprio, who was nominated for an Academy Award for 2013’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” and won for his performance in the 2015 film “The Revenant,” also returned other gifts he received from Low, including a Pablo Picasso painting.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences can buy back any Oscar it has handed out over the years for $1, media outlets reported, and it will most likely buy back Brando’s award once the investigation into Low has ended.
The New York Times reported U.S. investigators believe Low is hiding in China.
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