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Jay-Z, Kanye West sued by songwriter

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: In a suit filed in an Illinois U.S. District Court on Friday, musician Syl Johnson alleged that rappers Kanye West and Jay-Z pinched one of his songs. Specifically, Johnson’s suit accuses the music moguls of sampling his 1967 song “Different Strokes” in their recent collaboration “Watch the Throne.”
But, according to Johnson, there’s more than simple unauthorized usage at play—he says the pair had asked to sample the song for a different track for West’s album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” but Johnson denied them. Pieces of “Different Strokes” allegedly showed up later in the song “Watch The Throne.”
It gets more complicated. The filing states that the defendants claim that rights to use the track were granted lawfully from an entity called the Numero Uno Group, who Johnson now says had no authority to grant these rights. However, it seems that rights to “Different Strokes” had been granted to other artists previously. Michael Jackson, Kid Rock, and Wil Smith have all used the song in the past.
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Sacha Baron Cohen wants J.B. Smoove for “Dictator”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Curb your enthusiasm about this next casting announcement; “Curb Your Enthusiasm” co-star J.B. Smoove has a new gig.
The comedian has joined “The Dictator,” Sacha Baron Cohen’s in-production comedy about a despot who “risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed,” a Paramount press release states. No word on who Smoove will play, though, as THR reports details of the comedy, which is being directed by “Borat” helmer Larry Charles, are “being closely guarded.”
Now that Smoove also is back on screen in HBO’s “Curb” with Larry David, he’s taking the time to launch a new endeavor. The “Hall Pass” actor will launch a comedy Web site over at TheRuckus.com, where he’ll likely promote upcoming appearances in Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought a Zoo” and the Jonah Hill comedy, “The Sitter.”
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Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green release collaboration

HollywoodNews.com: ‘The Voice’ isn’t the first time Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green worked together, as they have now released an older collaboration.
The two have now released a duet they worked on called “Nasty,” states Just Jared. “It actually was supposed to make the ‘Burlesque’ soundtrack, but it didn’t make it,” Cee Lo revealed.
People have reportedly been tweeting about the song which has led to the release of it.
Do you like these two working together?
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Oscars: “The Fighter” editor Pamela Martin on David O. Russell, “Raging Bull” and her first nom

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: You never can tell when that first Oscar nod will arrive. So on the morning that nominations for the 83rd annual Academy Awards were announced, Pamela Martin admits that she was in bed with the TV off.
“When I heard my husband’s cell phone ping at 6 a.m., and then I heard mine downstairs start going ping ping ping, I figured there was some good news,” Martin said with a big laugh.
The best kind of news, in fact. Martin received her first Oscar nomination for her work editing David O. Russell’s Best Picture-nominated “The Fighter.” And while she was able to bask in the glow of industry recognition for a few minutes, reality immediately pulled this grounded professional right back down to earth.
“I work full-time, and I’m a mother,” Martin said. “Even the morning of the nominations, I started getting phone calls from friends and family, and while I was on the phone with someone who was congratulating me, I finally had to say, ‘You know what, I have to go make my kids’ lunch now!’ I’m still a mom, you know?”
Ironically, Martin’s first gig editing a feature arrived back in 1994 when she cut Russell’s debut picture, “Spanking the Monkey.”
“We cut ‘Spanking the Monkey’ on film in his apartment in New York,” she recalls. “We didn’t have Avids back then, so we spent a lot of time tearing apart scenes. That meant talking something through for hours and really planning how you were going to do it, because you were going to rip apart all of the film and potentially put it all back together again if it didn’t work. Now it’s a lot more free form because you can try any whim. It’s so quick, cutting in the digital age.”
“Monkey” was the first of several dark comedies on Martin’s resume, which includes Mark Waters’ “The House of Yes,” Tamara Jenkins’ “Slums of Beverly Hills” and the Oscar-winning “Little Miss Sunshine.”
“I love dark comedies. They are the kinds of scripts I respond to most,” Martin said. “And I personally think all good dramas have a little comedy in them, anyway, because real life is kind of funny. … David’s philosophy is very similar to mine, which is that if you play people in a real way, the things that people actually say and do to each other is funny, Tragedy is funny. If you can’t [...]

Academy Awards producer dishes on Oscar’s opening number

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We’re weeks away from the Feb. 27 Oscar telecast, which means behind-the-scenes preparations are heating up. And if there’s one segment that the majority of channel surfers will want to tune in, it’s the show’s opening, where we’ll get to see rookie hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway strut their stuff.
But they won’t be alone. Oscar telecast producer Bruce Cohen told EW.com today that the opener will be a combination of filmed and live elements, and likely will involve “a very exciting and special guest star or two.”
As for those popular Oscar promos tat have been airing on ABC, Cohen says they were filmed on Franco and Hathaway’s first day of working together.
“That was their instant chemistry that they fell into,” he said. “And we immediately seized on that and are writing it into the opening and the show. They really play very well off of each other. Anne is like this hilarious Type-A overachiever who will just try anything, and James can just kind of look at her, and it’s funny. That’s part of their chemistry, and they’ve been creative collaborators with all of us since the day we brought them on. That was part of the advantage of having two such talented, accomplished, and engaged folks.”
And while producers are usually tight-lipped about the visual style of the telecast ahead of airing, Cohen opened up to EW about one of the ideas they’re going to try.
“We have these highly-complicated scenic transitions that we’re using to tell some of the great moments in film history and Oscar history,” Cohen says. “There are about six or seven times in the show when we’re going to metaphorically leave the stage of the Kodak today, and the stage is gonna transition through lighting, music, sound, and set back to an old movie, a classic performance, an event, a time period.”
That sounds exciting. While Franco and Hathaway have both come out and admitted their hiring is an attempt to lure younger film fans to the Oscars, it’s always appreciated when the Academy pays tribute to old Hollywood and the film industry’s roots.
The Oscars will be televised on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 27. Make sure you are tuning in from minute one.
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Sacha Baron Cohen’s Next Comedy “The Dictator”

hollywoodnews.com: Paramount Pictures announced today that Sacha Baron Cohen’s new comedy THE DICTATOR will be released worldwide on May 11, 2012. The studio also announced that Larry Charles (‘Borat’, ‘Bruno’) has come aboard to direct.
The film tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. It is inspired by the best selling novel “Zabibah and The King” by Saddam Hussein.

Producing alongside Baron Cohen are Scott Rudin, Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer, and David Mandel. The project marks the first collaboration for Rudin (‘The Social Network,’ ‘True Grit’) and Baron Cohen, while Berg, Schaffer and Mandel (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm) join him as screenwriters on the movie. The movie is the latest collaboration between Baron Cohen and Charles, who previously worked together on ‘Borat’ as well as ‘Bruno’. Dan Mazer (‘Borat’ ‘Bruno’), Ant Hines (“Borat” “Bruno”) and Peter Baynham (‘Borat’) will serve as executive producers, reuniting the rest of the Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe winning ?Borat? team. Todd Schulman (“Borat” ‘Bruno’) is co-producing under Baron Cohen’s Four By Two Films banner.

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Russell Brand isn’t crazy about royalty, loves meeting them

HollywoodNews.com: Russell Brand can’t quite make up his mind about how he feels about royalty in Europe, but he’s working through the issue.
Brand admits he isn’t really into “hierarchical structures, which accentuate privilege and oppress people,” states Digital Spy. However, when he does get the chance to meet royalty, he admits that it makes him “giddy.”
And he does admit that there are a few things he likes about royalty: “I like those shiny hats they wear. I also enjoy elaborate furniture – thrones and whatnot.”
What do you think about royalty?
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Kate Hudson resolves cosmetics matter

HollywoodNews.com: Kate Hudson can move forward from a legal matter where she was being sued over a cosmetics dispute.
Hudson was being sued for allegedly stealing trade secrets for her new cosmetics line, reports Digital Spy. 220 Laboratories accused the actress of taking their samples to create her own beauty products.
According to reports, the matter was settled for an undisclosed sum, which has led the case to being dismissed.
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Interview: “Dinner for Schmucks” director Jay Roach on Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Sacha Baron Cohen

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Don’t call it a remake.
Yes, Jay Roach’s latest comedy “Dinner for Schmucks,” which opens this Friday, drops Steve Carell and Paul Rudd into hilariously uncomfortable situations that are reminiscent of French director Francis Veber’s 1998 comedy, “The Dinner Game.”
But Roach, who recently spoke with Hollywood News about the production, was quick to point out that they moved away from the “Dinner Game” premise to weave their own, unique joke.
The film stars Rudd as a ladder-climbing corporate executive who is asked to invite an idiot to a strange dinner-party game. He thinks he discovers a slam-dunk dork in Carell. Then, however, Roach says their film goes down several different avenues as it distances itself from Veber’s film, which he considers a masterpiece.
“Our film starts with that premise. It’s inspired by (the original movie). But the entire third act was not part of the original French film. It’s a great film. I am a huge fan of Veber. But we went with ‘Inspired by’ instead of ‘Based on’ because I felt we couldn’t beat his jokes. And though we borrow the concept of the story, basically none of the jokes are the same,” Roach said.
For Roach, it’s always a learning process. In addition to directing Myers through the “Austin Powers” films, he helmed two “Meet the Parents” films and served as a producer for Sacha Baron Cohen’s outrageous “Borat” and “Bruno” comedies.
“His comedy is so specific, and he is so amazing at it,” Roach said of Cohen. “I’ve never seen an audience laugh harder than they laughed at ‘Borat.’ I can remember, literally, just looking around at the audience during that naked fight sequence and going, ‘Oh my God, I will never direct anything that has people flopping around in their seats as hard as they are right now.’
“So I learned from those experiences that he is a master,” Roach continued. “I was a producer on those films, and I helped with the post process where we screened it over and over and kept finding the film with the interactions with the audience. I think I evolved through that.”
Audiences will find out how far Roach’s comedy styles have evolved when “Dinner for Schmucks” opens in theaters Friday, July 30.
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Sacha Baron Cohen weds to Isla Fisher

BY STAFF
According to Women’s Day “Borat” and “Bruno” star Sacha Baron Cohen has sealed the deal with his longtime girlfriend, Australian actress Isla Fisher. They reported that the ceremony took place in Paris, where the couple spent a week at the Hotel Ritz and were spotted touring the Place Vendome wearing matching berets.
The couple have been dating for around 8 years and already have a daughter named Olive.
To read more go to Women’s Day.

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