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Patti LaBelle: ‘Today’s Divas are Little Heifers’

Patti LaBelle: ‘Today’s Divas are Little Heifers’

Patti LaBelle is one of the most loved, veteran performers in the world. Is she considered a diva? Not in her book. The word diva, meant something totally different when it was first used to describe someone like Patti LaBelle, but if you ask her if she considers herself a diva she would definitely say no.

“That word is used so loosely that i don’t even consider myself a diva,” According to an interview taken with Pridesource, the soulful LaBelle said that while she does feel that she sings her heart out and gives more than 100 percent in every performance, that still, she wouln’t want to be called a ‘Diva,’ as the word itself is just so loosely used.  The celebrated singer said there’s a negative significance to the word diva now, “because all these little heifers who can’t sing are called divas!”

“It doesn’t mean anything to me and probably to some of the other ladies who have been doing it for as long as I have: Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick,” LaBelle continued. “You know, I’m speaking for me–I don’t know if they like to be called divas–but I know I wouldn’t call them divas, because it’s not in good company.”

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Jaan Posted by on January 24, 2014. Filed under Celebrity News,Entertainment News,Home,Patti LaBelle. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Silicon Knights Loses Appeal against Epic Games

Silicon Knights Loses Appeal against Epic Games

Video game maker Silicon Knights has suffered a vicious setback after it lost its appeal against Epic Games. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the decision of a lower court in the legal battle between the two video game makers. As of now, Epic has been awarded more than $9 million, out of which $4.45 million is for damages and the rest for legal fees and prejudgment interest.

During the post trial motions Silicon Knights was ordered in the previous rulings to destroy all unsold copies of their games using Unreal Engine 3. These include Too Human, and X-Men: Destiny. Interestingly, Epic, the winning party, did not initiate the legal battles, but it was Silicon Knights who sued Epic in 2007 claiming that Epic had delivered Unreal Engine 3 six months later than scheduled, while withholding a superior version of the game engine for its internal use.

Epic denied the claims made by Silicon Knights and then filed its own counterclaims.

The jury in the original trials rejected all claims made by Silicon Knights while it found in favor of Epic’s counterclaims awarding $4.45 million in damages.

It is possible that Silicon Knights might have to close down after this new ruling, as it has little room to maneuver, and seemingly little money with which to pay the fines. In fact, when the first half of the damages was awarded, Silicon Knights had to lay off many of its employees to cope.

The company’s offices are also reported to be empty with former studio head Denis Dyack gone from the company, and currently working on two projects which do not belong to Silicon Knights. Dyack left with a group of employees at the time of layoffs and formed a separate company called Precursor Games that purchased some assets and office equipment of Silicon Knights.

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Posted by on January 13, 2014. Filed under Entertainment News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Response to Starbucks Cease and Desist Letter Will Entertain and Delight You

Response to Starbucks Cease and Desist Letter Will Entertain and Delight You

In what is one of the most creative responses to a cease and desist letter we have seen, Jeff Britton responded to one filed by Starbucks and posted it on his Facebook page for all to see.

What is at the heart of the issue is that a customer of Britton’s Exit 6 Pub and Brewery called one of his beers a “Frappicino” 11 months ago on a beer review website. This prompted Starbucks to file a cease and desist letter against the pub, which is located in Cottleville, Missouri.

A cease and desist letter requires a written response, so Britton got a little creative and made sure Starbucks got what they wanted. He also sent them a $6 check for the drink in question.

The beer that was being reviewed by a customer on a website is known as “The F Word.”

We have embedded the entire letter from Starbucks and the response from Britton in this post for you to enjoy.

We hope you take the time to read the letter from Starbucks and really read the letter from Britton. You will definitely get a laugh or two out of Britton’s response. Let us know your thoughts about Britton’s response in our comments section at the bottom of the page.

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Posted by on January 2, 2014. Filed under Entertainment News,Starbucks. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

“The Voice” Crowns Tessanne Chin as Season Five Winner

“The Voice” Crowns Tessanne Chin as Season Five Winner

The NBC singing competition, “The Voice,” concluded this week as the winner was crowned. The season five champion is Jamaican Tessanne Chin.

Chin said the following, according to the Associated Press, about the win: “It is out of body. I feel like, is this really happening, you know? This can’t be real. Like unbelievable. Unbelievable.”

Chin is 28 and a native of Kingston. She was about to stop singing when she earned a spot on the television show.

“I was literally at the end of a road, you know, and coming to a place in my life where I was like, ‘Am I going to keep doing this and feeling like I’m not getting anywhere? Or am I going to give this another shot?’ And thank God, thank God, I was able to give it another shot,” she said.

Adam Levine, Chin’s coach on the show, secured his second win. Levine also coached Javier Colon to a win in 2011, which was season one of the show.

“In the seasons past where I have kind of fallen short in my opinion, if I’m looking at it analytically, it’s by not being able to give enough because I’ve been super busy,” Levine said. “So I tried to kind of thin things out so I could devote most of my time to just get to know these guys and instill them with the confidence that they needed to win.”

The runner-up of the competition was 16-year-old Jacquie Lee, who was on Christina Aguilera’s team. The third place finisher was Will Champlin, who was on Levine’s team.

Right before the show announced its winner, Aguilera teamed up with Lady Gaga to sing “Do What U Want,” one of Gaga’s songs. After the duet, Aguilera told the audience the following:

“This is the first time we’ve ever met. I just have to say guys, she’s like the most down to earth, real person that I’ve ever met in this business and female to female, in this industry it’s really hard to find that kind of a person.”

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Posted by on December 18, 2013. Filed under Entertainment News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

“The Voice” Crowns Tessanne Chin as Season Five Winner

“The Voice” Crowns Tessanne Chin as Season Five Winner

The NBC singing competition, “The Voice,” concluded this week as the winner was crowned. The season five champion is Jamaican Tessanne Chin.

Chin said the following, according to the Associated Press, about the win: “It is out of body. I feel like, is this really happening, you know? This can’t be real. Like unbelievable. Unbelievable.”

Chin is 28 and a native of Kingston. She was about to stop singing when she earned a spot on the television show.

“I was literally at the end of a road, you know, and coming to a place in my life where I was like, ‘Am I going to keep doing this and feeling like I’m not getting anywhere? Or am I going to give this another shot?’ And thank God, thank God, I was able to give it another shot,” she said.

Adam Levine, Chin’s coach on the show, secured his second win. Levine also coached Javier Colon to a win in 2011, which was season one of the show.

“In the seasons past where I have kind of fallen short in my opinion, if I’m looking at it analytically, it’s by not being able to give enough because I’ve been super busy,” Levine said. “So I tried to kind of thin things out so I could devote most of my time to just get to know these guys and instill them with the confidence that they needed to win.”

The runner-up of the competition was 16-year-old Jacquie Lee, who was on Christina Aguilera’s team. The third place finisher was Will Champlin, who was on Levine’s team.

Right before the show announced its winner, Aguilera teamed up with Lady Gaga to sing “Do What U Want,” one of Gaga’s songs. After the duet, Aguilera told the audience the following:

“This is the first time we’ve ever met. I just have to say guys, she’s like the most down to earth, real person that I’ve ever met in this business and female to female, in this industry it’s really hard to find that kind of a person.”

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Posted by on December 18, 2013. Filed under Entertainment News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Biggest Loser: Jillian Michaels’ Scandal

Biggest Loser: Jillian Michaels’ Scandal

Jillian Michaels, famous reality weight loss competition trainer cheated and broke the rules on Tuesday night’s episode of ‘The Biggest Loser.’

According to Yahoo, the upside to this wacky madness is that there will be a ‘do-over’ on last week’s competitions’ results. This means that Bob Harper’s Blue Team will keep the immunity it earned last week, while the Red team will bring back Ruben Studdard, who was kicked off the show last week. Studdard is best known from his time on American Idol. Studdard dropped almost 40 pounds on ‘the Biggest Loser,’ but was still ousted. Since then, his total weight loss is at 65 pounds. His return will certainly be applauded by his fans. From his starting weight at 462 pounds, he has already lost 104 pounds. Other competitors on the show have also lost weight, but not as much. Blue Teams’ Matt Hooper lost 21 pounds, Red Team’s Rachel Frederickson lost 18 pounds. White team’s Craig Arrington lost 14 pounds.

Jillian Michaels wants her team to win and so she slipped everyone something to help them. Michaels gave caffeine supplements to each red team member without seeking medical advice. As a result last week’s results were seen as invalid. Jillian did not apologize for her behavior, although she did release a statement.

“I stand by my opinion that a caffeine supplement is significantly healthier than unlimited amounts of coffee. My only regret is that my team….they’re the ones suffering the consequences of my professional opinion.”

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Jaan Posted by on November 13, 2013. Filed under Entertainment News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Miley Cyrus Living the High Life

Miley Cyrus Living the High Life

Miley Cyrus is again making the news with her bad girl behavior. The singer was seen twerking and smoking a joint at the MTV Europe Music Awards, according to USA Today.

Miley won the best video award for the hit song “Wrecking Ball.” Other notable performers were Katy Perry and Eminem. Miley opened the show singing We Can’t Stop. Miley wore a silver spandex leotard, with her gorilla fur arms while she twerked on stage.

Marijuana is openly used in “coffee shops” and smokers won’t be prosecuted for having small amounts in the Netherlands. Cyrus wore pot leaf emblems on her headphones during a live version of Wrecking Ball. Miley has long since ditched her goody-two-shoes image of Hannah Montana. She arrived in Amsterdam the Friday before the show, and apparently enjoyed the marijuana culture “at the Greenhouse coffee shop downtown with several other stars.”

Katy Perry was suspended from wires while green lasers bounced off of her mirrored dress while she sang the song Unconditional. Eminem went off the top “spitting out words at a blistering pace,” as he performed Rap God. Eminem released a new album, and is back with a bang, winning the best hip hop award.

The MTV Europe Music Awards generally exposes global music acts, but as several stars from the U.S. won in top categories, American Music dominated the show. The Space aged and intergalactic themed show will also be broadcast in the U.S.

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Jaan Posted by on November 11, 2013. Filed under Entertainment News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

The War Over MLK’s Civil Rights Documents

The War Over MLK’s Civil Rights Documents

The children of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.  are being sued by Harry Belafonte. Belafonte, a famous singer and social activist is taking Bernice King, Dexter Kind, and Martin Luther King III, the heirs of the Rev. MLK Jr. to court over three very civil rights era documents.

In 2008 Belafonte attempted to put the documents into a Sotheby’s auction and use the funds raised for a community organization. The King estate, according to CNN, stopped the sale, and went on to allege that the documents that he tried to put up for auction did not belong to Belafonte. Belafonte is 86, and is suing the heirs of MLK to “establish ownership.”

The tragedy behind this tale lies in the fact that the two parties were best friends that had a true close family friendship. Belafonte had provided all tat he could in terms of his time, wealth and support to support the children. At the same time he was always doing fundraisers for causes that would support MLK’s vision.

MLK’s widow, Coretta Scott King said of Belafonte in her autobiography, “Whenever we got into trouble or when tragedy struck, Harry has always come to our aid, his generous heart wide open.” After 2006, a split separated Belafonte and the King family. Belafonte was always an outspoken critic of the former President Bush. However at Coretta Scott King’s funeral, MLK’s children unvited Belafonte from speaking after George W. Bush’ attendance was confirmed. That unvite must have broken Belafonte’s heart, as things weren’t the same afterwards.

Belafonte himself commented on how he managed the finances of MLK’s family, and how he perceived his relationship with them. During an interview with the independent global news Democracy Now, Belafonte commented that he wanted to ensure “the welfare of [MLK’s] family; and it was my task -as we brought recourses, to direct all that, to watch the kids grow, to put aside money for their studies, to take care of Coretta, and to make sure she had every convenience at her disposal.”

Though King’s children have repeatedly lost cases to regain their father’s documents, the will fight in court for ownership. Belafonte’s attorneys maintain that the King family’s legal claim has expired. The three documents whose ownership rights are being sued over were in Belafonte’s possession, as he said that King, his aides, or his widow gave the documents to him. Interestingly, there is a sketch written on a legal pad of one of King’s most famous speeches – that was written in Belafonte’s apartment. Also among the document group were notes for a future speech- that lay in MLK’s pocket on the day he was shot to death.

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Jaan Posted by on October 18, 2013. Filed under Entertainment News,Legal News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Activision-Vivendi Deal Closes after Delaware Supreme Court Clears It

Activision-Vivendi Deal Closes after Delaware Supreme Court Clears It

On Friday, Activision Blizzard managed to close its long-awaited deal to buy back a majority of Vivendi’s stake in Activision for a sum of $8.2 billion. The deal went through after the Delaware Supreme Court struck down the injunction of a lower court that had held up the deal from being completed.

While Activision was ready to buy $5.83 billion worth of its shares, an investor group led by Kotick and Kelly filled in the gap by offering to buy the balance $2.34 billion.

With the deal, Activision Blizzard becomes an independent company under the control of CEO Robert Kotick and its chairman Brian Kelly. The investor group would be controlling 24.9 percent of Activision, Vivendi would control 12 percent and the rest of the shares would be traded in the stock market.

In late July, Activision Blizzard had announced that French conglomerate Vivendi would reduce its stake in the company from 61 percent to 12 percent. However, the plan received a setback when a Delaware Chancery Court intervened and said a shareholder vote was required on the deal.

The Delaware Supreme Court cleared the issue just in time, as the time on the deal would have run out this Tuesday.

In their decision, the Delaware Supreme Court observed, “The stock purchase agreement here contested is not a merger, business combination or similar transaction” and thus did not require a shareholder vote.

Activision continues to be one of the greatest video game makers with franchises like Word of Warcraft and Call of Duty. Kotick has expressed that the company is going to refocus its energy on new projects beginning with the latest installment of the “Call of Duty” franchise. He is also interested in the new business model of video games tournaments and emerging markets in the East.

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Posted by on October 14, 2013. Filed under Entertainment News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

First Indian-American Crowned Miss America

First Indian-American Crowned Miss America

The Miss America pageant crowned their first Indian-American in their last ceremony, Nina Davuluri, who studied brain behavior and cognitive science at the University of Michigan. Nina was the second consecutive New York beauty queen to win the title, but the first Indian-American, and won on a platform, naturally enough, of “Celebrating Diversity Through Cultural Competency,” and represented America by dancing a fusion dance that mingled Indian traditional dance with Bollywood moves choreographed by Nakul Dev Mahajan. Though many have been hostile that “Miss America” should be a woman whose talents include dance moves from India, this at least is not a contradiction in a nation that prides itself on cultural diversity, and the consciousness of our global heritage, as America is a “melting pot” and is a fusion of cultures derived from the immigrants to our country.

Not that this sat well with all audience members. “If you’re #MissAmerica  you should have to be American,” one woman tweeted, and others have even called her Muslim and associated her with terrorism.

Another complaint was that Miss Kansas, the tattooed, bow-hunting, Theresa Vail, who won the online viewers vote, lost for the wrong reasons, with Fox News commentator Todd Starnes tweeting “The liberal Miss America judges won’t say this – but Miss Kansas lost because she actually represented American values. #missamerica.”

“I’m not a racist. She is representing America doing an Indonesia dance. If it was a Miss Universe pageant it would have been cool,” said one tweeter, mixing up India with Indonesia. Clearly both are equally foreign to her and to what she accepts as American values.

Despite the backlash over Miss America’s foreignness, she has said that “I have to rise above that,” and also said she always viewed herself as” first and foremost American.” That seems rather fitting, to say the least, considering the nature and purpose of the contest; though expecting social and political justice from a beauty contest might be expecting too much.

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Daniel June Posted by on September 16, 2013. Filed under Entertainment News,Miss USA. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Jon Stewart Knocks it Out of the Park With Rant Over Fox’s Syria Coverage

Jon Stewart Knocks it Out of the Park With Rant Over Fox’s Syria Coverage

Jon Stewart ranted against the republican and conservative Fox News Stronghold. On his comedy-cum-political news show. He zinged Secretary of State Kerry and the political machine that sought to move forward with the war efforts rather than hold onto and explore what chance of peace is available. While Kerry’s statement was never meant to be policy forming, his slip of the tongue, a statement meant as a rhetorical answer has become something big internationally. It is possible that now Syria’s dictator Assad will give up his chemical weapons as a way to avoid getting droned-avoiding another US war.

Patriots of the US will stand on both sides arguing whether or not this was a moment of losing face for the United States, who slipped into a peace process through the back end of Secretary of State Kerry’s rhetorical statement. A reporter had asked if there was any way to avoid war. While on both the beginning and end of the statement Kerry affirmed that it wasn’t possible, he went on in the middle of his statement to say that perhaps if the dictator gave all of his chemical weapons to the international community we could stop the march of the war machine.

By inadvertently but successfully avoiding a war with Syria, Stewart compares Secretary John Kerry to Mr. Magoo. Stewart criticized Fox heavily for moving from war into what the Huffington Post calls the “shame-spin cycle” which shows that Russia and a “shirtless” Putin has got the upper hand. Stewart rants, “I get that Fox opposes the Syria peace plan because its modus operandi is to foment dissent in the form of a relentless, irrational contrarianism to Barack Obama and all things Democratic to advance its ultimate objective of creating a deliberately misinformed body politic whose fear, anger, mistrust and discontent is the manna upon which it sustains its parasitic, succubus like existence, But…sorry I blacked out, was I saying something?” Fans applaud Jon Stewart for his rant which hyper-critiques Fox’s lack of joy that the war machine has been unplugged. “Who cares how we avoided a war and got a dictator to give up his chemical weapons if we avoided a war and got a dictator to give up his chemical weapons,” he says.

Although this section of the Jon Stewart show mocked Secretary of State Kerry, it is also notable that Stewart praises Kerry for proposing the possible solution. Notably, Assad seemed to agree and the peace works, or at least, the dismantling of the chemical weaponry will now begin.
 

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Jaan Posted by on September 12, 2013. Filed under Entertainment News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam to Star in “50 Shades of Grey”

Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam to Star in “50 Shades of Grey”

Well, rumors turned out to be true regarding Dakota Johnson: she will indeed be given the star role of Anastasia Steele, of the much anticipated “50 Shades of Grey” movie that is due to come out Aug. 22, 2014. Alongside her will star Charlie Hunnam as the titular character, Christian Grey. Fans can now bellyache that he ain’t no Grey and “that’s not how I imagined Anastasia” and so forth, while the rest of us are amazed they even read that book, let alone cared enough to have such strong opinions.

Johnson is the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, and was in the brief Fox sitcom “Ben & Kate,” as well as showing up in “the Social Network,” and “The Five-Year Engagement.” Charlie Hunnam has starred in the hit FX series “Sons of Anarchy” and the film “Pacific Rim.” They were selected out of a wider pool for what some are calling “highly coveted roles.”

The first installment of E L James erotic trilogy, “50 Shades of Grey,” will be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, and will satiate the appetite of fans next August. It will probably be rated R, and not X, so that we need not be overly concerned if, say, a friend’s mother asks to come along. Still, might be creepy.

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Daniel June Posted by on September 3, 2013. Filed under Entertainment News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

“I’m Batman,” Says Oscar Winner Ben Affleck

“I’m Batman,” Says Oscar Winner Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck stars as the new Batman, following Christian Bale, George Clooney, Val Kilmer, Michael Keaton, and Adam West.  Zack Snyder is returning to direct the as of now untitled film, but fans will be pleased to know that the DC Universe’s heroes- Batman and Superman are together and will share the big screen, according to Entertainment Weekly’s Inside Movies.

According to the press release announcement, this incarnation of the Batman legendary archetype will be “an entirely new incarnation of the character” and so Ben Affleck wont have to follow in any one particular actor’s footsteps. Zack Snyder also directed Man of Steel that grossed over $649 million worldwide. He feels that Affleck will portray a crime fighter who is scarred and not as gullible or youthfully naïve. He feels that the charming Bruce Wayne will be wonderfully portrayed. “I can’t wait to work with [Affleck] Zack Snyder said.

Warner Bros. executive Greg Silverman commented on the choice of Ben Affleck as Batman. “We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduring popular super heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some.” Mr. Silverman went on to discuss Affleck’s outstanding career and how Affleck’s talent made him the obvious choice. He concluded by saying that director Zack Snyder working with Ben Affleck will take the character to another dimension.

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Jaan Posted by on August 23, 2013. Filed under Entertainment News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

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