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    Jaeger-LeCoultre honours 180 years with the launch of a new short film starring Diane Kruger

    This year marks the luxury watch manufacturer's 180th birthday. To celebrate almost two centuries of exquisite watchmaking, Jaeger-LeCoultre will be reinventing the Rendez-Vous and the Reverso, enhancing the charm and elegance of both iconic models.
    The renowned brand has also launched new short film, Reinvent Yourself, paying tribute to ambassador Diane Kruger's unique personality and successful career. The film follows her journey from young ballerina to iconic fashion model and celebrated actress, exploring the continuous reinvention of her life.

    "Diane Kruger has consistently led each moment of her life with confidence and determination, continually reinventing herself while preserving the full force of emotions, of graceful charm and of elegance," said Jaeger-LeCoultre.

    Directed by Fabienne Berthaud, the film embodies the feminine world of Jaeger-LeCoultre, offering a vision of creativity to empower and inspire women across the globe. Watch the film below.


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    It’s pretty hard to get a hold of the two French robots in Daft Punk, by design. Which is why it makes an odd sort of sense that one of their rare interviews leading up to the release of Random Access Memories is with none other than Sky Ferreira for the small, chic magazine CR Fashion Book. Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter spoke with the singer and got into their best robo-formal threads for the accompanying super-cool black-and-white spread, which you can click through up top see below the cut.

    It’s pretty hard to get a hold of the two French robots in Daft Punk, by design. Which is why it makes an odd sort of sense that one of their rare interviews leading up to the release of Random Access Memories is with none other than Sky Ferreira for the small, chic magazine CR Fashion Book. Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter spoke with the singer and got into their best robo-formal threads for the accompanying super-cool black-and-white spread, which you can click through up top see below the cut.

    On the album’s title: “The title plays with concepts of computer memory and human memories, establishing a loose parallel between the human brain and the hard drive—both are somehow randomly fragmented devices. We have always been fascinated by the relationship and connections between man and machine.”

    On the direction of the album: “This album is about technology going towards humanity, in a world where humanity is going towards technology. We tried to capture robotic emotions with music, replacing this time our electronic machines by real human beings.”

    On time travel: If they could go to any moment in time, they’d maybe opt for “witnessing the completion of the Great Pyramids, then traveling to see the remaining Six Wonders of the World, which are now long gone.”

    On dance music’s homogeneity (again): “Computers, as music instruments, are making it difficult for musicians to have their distinctive sonic personality, and a lot of dance records are starting to sound the same, in a very formatted way.”

    On their favorite thing about recording this album: “Being in the studio with Nile Rodgers, one of our childhood heroes, was definitely one of the highlights. He just brought his guitar to Electric Lady Studios in New York and started to play. It is the exact same guitar he’s been playing on all these records and songs we love.”


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    Actor Robert Downey Jr. held a private dinner in Los Angeles last night to celebrate the success of Iron Man 3, but also to begin negotiations for The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3. While the actor is open to returning for the Marvel Phase Two and Three sequels to 2012's Marvel's The Avengers, he does not want to return for the potential stand-alone adventure Iron Man 4.

    Back in April, it was reported that the actor wanted to "retire" his Tony Stark character, but he didn't leave a timetable as to when he wanted to do so. Iron Man 3 was the last movie that Robert Downey Jr. was obligated to do, under his current contract with Marvel Studios.

    Bringing Robert Downey Jr. back under a new contract will likely cost Marvel a pretty penny, since he earned an estimated $50 million from the 2012 blockbuster Marvel's The Avengers, after box office bonuses and back-end compensation. According to financial analyst Doug Creutz, the actor's departure could be just as costly.

    "It would be a definite negative for that particular franchise. He is Tony Stark. The other individual franchises -- Thor, Captain America, Hulk -- etc., don't have near the level of box-office potential that Iron Man does. The other way to look at it is that Iron Man would probably look more like those other franchises in terms of box-office performance without Downey."


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  • 05/08/13--22:56: ♔The End of an Era♔
  • CR7
    Sir Alex retires, CR7 reacts, my heart breaks

    Cristiano Ronaldo has led the reaction in Europe to the news that Sir Alex Ferguson will step down as Manchester United boss at the end of the season.

    Ferguson, 71, has won 38 trophies during his 26 years at Old Trafford.

    Real Madrid winger Ronaldo, who was named Fifa World Player of the Year in 2008 while with United, said on Twitter:  "Thanks for everything, boss."

    Elsewhere, Fifa president Sepp Blatter and Uefa president Michel Platini also praised the Scot's record. "His achievements in the game place him without doubt as one of the 'greats'" Blatter tweeted.  "Will his longevity at the top ever be repeated?" Platini said: "Sir Alex has made a massive contribution to football, not only in Scotland and in England, but across Europe and beyond. His dedication, his attention to detail and his unique eye for talent, as both the manager of Manchester United and Aberdeen, has brought rich rewards over a 30-year period. "His CV is almost unique in a results-based profession that normally focuses on short-term solutions rather than long-term vision."

    Denmark goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel,who won five Premier League titles, three FA Cups and one Champions League from 1991-1999, expressed his shock at the announcement. "It has come as a bombshell, I really don't know what to make of it," he told Sky Sports News. "Yesterday I was really happy with what he had done this season, now this, I'm disappointed and very sad.

    "He's always said the day would come when something in his life wasn't right, is it is hip operation [he will have this summer]? I can't see him retiring over that. Until he explains why, we can guess and guess."

    Footballers from across the continent joined in, with Barcelona and Brazil defender Dani Alves tweeting:  "A football legend has retired, he is the kind of professional that helps makes this profession make sense. Thank you Sir Alex Ferguson."

    Real Madrid loanee Michael Essien clashed with Ferguson's Manchester United side several times while with parent club Chelsea, and he added his tribute by tweeting:  "Sir Alex [Ferguson]. A legend and one of the greatest managers ever. Good luck in your retirement."

    Essien's Real Madrid team-mate Sergio Ramos added: "Acknowledgement to an amazing career at Manchester United. Remarkable [from] Sir [Alex] Ferguson, a football legend."

    Across the Spanish capital, Atletico Madrid striker Falcao urged people to applaud Ferguson's career. "Stand up, put your hands together and give him a big round of applause! Sir Alex Ferguson is retiring," the Colombian tweeted.  "Congrats for an amazing career!"

    David Beckham also weighed in on his Facebook page: I've just seen the news on Sir Alex. As I have said many times before the boss wasn't just the greatest and best manager I ever played under he was also a father figure to me from the moment I arrived at the club at the age of 11 until the day I left.

    Without him I would never have achieved what I have done in my career. He understood how important it was to play for your country and he knew how much it meant to me.

    After '98 without the manager I would have found it virtually impossible to cope with the attention I was getting on and off the field and for this I will always be grateful to him for his support and protection.

    I am truly honoured to have been guided by the greatest manager in football and to have had the career that I had under him.

    Thank you boss and enjoy the rest!"

    My thoughts exactly, Cris.

    The Superior Fergie/DB

    Football post, ONTD? How do you feel about Sir Alex retiring?

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    "No more big checks for divas."

    "American Idol" is going nuclear for Season 13. None of the four judges on the singing competition will be asked to return next season, an individual with knowledge of Fox's plans told The Wrap. Longtime producer Nigel Lythgoe is expected to get the boot. And despite reports to the contrary, Fox isn't even considering bringing former judge Jennifer Lopez back as a lifesaver for next season.

    "All four are gone," the insider told TheWrap. "They feel they've lost their core audience and they want it back."

    The show's format will also change. Its look will be redesigned and the dated tribute nights will be a thing of the past. But the show's trademark audition episodes will continue.

    All four judges have options to return for another season, but Fox won't be picking them up, according to the knowledgeable individual, who said: "No more big checks for divas."

    The network has resolved to stop paying the huge salaries it has been shoveling out for its big name talent, i.e. Carey's reported $18 million package, Minaj's $12 million salary and former judge Jennifer Lopez's $15 million.

    Behind the scenes, Fox Broadcasting chairman Kevin Reilly is charged with "fixing Idol." And one of the first changes will occur at the top of the food chain: Longtime executive producer Lythgoe is expected to be replaced. What that means for the show's producers, FremantleMedia, remains to be seen.

    Fox's meltdown has everything to do with the talent competition's declining viewership. Its ratings are already down 22 percent this season and it hit a series low for ratings last Thursday, when it attracted only 11 million viewers and a 2.4 rating/7 share in the ad-coveted 18-49 demographic. The ratings slide is especially problematic during May Sweeps, where ratings numbers are used to dictate advertising rates.

    Viewing has been in decline for several seasons now. At its height during Season 6, "Idol" attracted about 30 million viewers an episode.

    So, why not just cancel the show?

    "Idol" is still a huge revenue generator for Fox, bringing in $836.4 million in ad revenue last year, according to Kantar Media. Plus, it has nothing to replace it. Simon Cowell's "The X Factor" is far from being "Idol's" heir apparent after failing to meet ratings expectations over its first two seasons. It, too, is undergoing another round of changes for Season 3, with pop star Britney Spears and record executive L.A. Reid not returning.

    "Idol's" problems are compounded by the success of NBC's "The Voice." Currently airing its fourth season, the show recently crossed a milestone when it beat "Idol" (and everyone else on the small screen for that matter) in both total viewers and the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. Additionally, "The Voice" took "Idol's" spot in the Emmy race last year, replacing it among the nominees in the Outstanding Reality Competition category.

    Fox and Fremantle declined comment for this story, as did a representative for Keith Urban.

    Representatives for Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj did not immediately respond to requests for comment.


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    The screen adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 2009 gumshoe novel "Inherent Vice" looks to officially be Paul Thomas Anderson's next project as Benicio Del Toro has signed on to join "The Master" star Joaquin Phoenix for the tale of crime, corruption and double/triple/quadruple-crosses.

    "Inherent Vice" follows the exploits of Larry 'Doc' Sportello (Phoenix), a down-and-out Los Angeles private dick and pothead who receives a surprise visit from his ex-girlfriend, Shasta Fay Hepworth, who's now the mistress of real estate mogul Mickey Wolfmann. Shasta asks Doc's help in foiling a plot conjured by Wolfmann's wife, Sloane, and her lover, Riggs Warbling, to have Mickey thrown in the loony bin. Complications ensue (to say the least) against the backdrop of the arrest and trial of the Manson Family from the winter of 1969 through the summer of 1970.

    Del Toro will be playing the role of an attorney who's always trying to get his pal Doc out of trouble, even though he's not actually a criminal lawyer. While the role isn't a major one, it has lots of scene-stealing potential, according to The Wrap. Del Toro certainly knows how to play somewhat "non-traditional" lawyers in seemingly unfilmable novels after his wild turn as Raoul Duke's attorney Dr. Gonzo in Terry Gilliam's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."

    The only other cast member of "Inherent Vice" announced so far is PTA veteran Kevin J. O'Connor, who appeared in both "The Master" and "There Will Be Blood." Charlize Theron was mentioned to be in the running for a role this past January (back when Robert Downey Jr. was somewhat attached to the project) though there's been no official follow-up.

    "Inherent Vice" is scheduled to start shooting later this month, which means PTA may be abandoning the practice of releasing a feature film only every five years, as has been the case since "Punch-Drunk Love" in 2002 (followed by "There Will Be Blood" in 2007 and "The Master" in 2012). Meanwhile, Del Toro, who was last seen in last summer's "Savages," will next be seen in the title role of "Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian," which screens this month at the Cannes Film Festival.


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    Community closed out its fourth season Thursday with yet another finale the could very well serve as a satisfying series ender… if need be.

    Through paintball shootouts, darkest timelines and a unique wedding of sorts, the Greendale gang — and their respective “evil” counterparts — finished out the school year. Here’s how it all went down:

    Just like Donna Martin, Jeff Winger graduates! The Greendale Community College alpha male learns that he’s passed History, which means it’s time to receive a diploma. Added bonus: His old law firm buddy offers him a new job, which he graciously accepts. Excited and, per usual, overeager, Annie and Dean Pelton decide to throw what Abed calls a “wedding/graduation mashup” party in his honor.

    But before Jeff puts his party shoes on, he reveals to Britta that he’s worried that the group, particularly Abed, won’t be able to handle things without him. (A little conceited, sure, but this is who Jeff Winger is and we love him for it.) Britta, however, assures him that her continued “therapizing” of the pop culture fiend has worked wonders — in fact, he hasn’t even brought up the darkest timeline during his “sessions” in months! So, as a means of gauging Abed’s reaction, Jeff rolls a die… and, unbeknownst to anyone, evil one-armed Jeff and evil bitchy Annie pop up to “save Jeff from the smothering teet of the study group.”
    Abed, being the one who essentially created the darkest timeline, runs into Evil Jeff and immediately recognizes him — even without a goatee. Unfortunately, he’s no foil for the baddie, who — now, stick with us — immediately transports Abed to said timeline via a timeline-traveling paintball gun. (True story.)

    Once in the new land, Abed encounters his darker self, but — game changer! — Evil Abed is no longer evil. The reformed villain confesses that, after his previous encounter with Abed, he let go of his old ways and “devoted his life to brightening his timeline.” (Side note: NBC’s ill-fated The Cape is still alive and kickin’ in this world, thanks to a cable retooling!)

    Back in real Greendale, Jeff and Evil Jeff come face-to-face, but before the latter can send our leading man out of this world, Chang arrives and sacrifices himself in the name of “friendshiiiiiiiip.” Abed, meanwhile, reappears — with the ‘Doppledeaner’ in tow as proof to the gang that the darkest timeline isn’t imaginary — and a war between the two crews ensues.

    Shirley, Annie and Troy get rid of their evil selves via a toned down paintball shootout, while Evil Britta brittas the game and sends herself back to her world. While taking cover from the nutty goings on, Abed (literally) slaps some sense into Jeff, revealing that none of this is actually real. Rather, Jeff has created this scenario in his head as a way to avoid graduating and thus leaving the group behind.

    Having “defeated” the evils, Jeff — followed shortly thereafter by Pierce — graduates. “I’m so used to being the guy who can talk his way out of everything, but what do you say when you don’t want a way out?” an emotional Jeff ponders to the group at his party. “My love for you is immeasurable, even when you split it seven ways.”
    Jeff’s post-Greendale plans: to find a small law firm and help all of the little guys out there.

    LINE OF THE NIGHT | “I’m going to miss our playful ‘get-a-room-already’ banter.” — Dean Pelton to the graduating object of his affections Jeff

    this is an excuse to talk about the finale

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    "Crisis" is coming to NBC, according to Deadline.

    The conspiracy drama from Rand Ravich stars "X-Files" veteran Gillian Anderson as the CEO of a conglomerate whose daughter is abducted along with her classmates. Rachael Taylor, who recently appeared in "666 Park Avenue" on ABC, plays Anderson's estranged sister, an FBI agent. NBC's "Crisis" also stars Dermot Mulroney, James Lafferty, Max Martini, Stevie Lynn Jones and Halston Sage.

    Here's the logline for NBC's "Crisis" via The Hollywood Reporter: "When Washington's most powerful players are pulled into an international conspiracy, an unlikely puppeteer will bring everyone from CEOs to The President of the United States to their knees by threatening the things they hold most dear."

    In addition to "Crisis," NBC also ordered Jason Katims's adaptation of "About A Boy," J.J. Abrams's "Believe,""Family Guide" starring Parker Posey and the Sean Hayes/Victor Fresco comedy.


    Hannibal viewing post? Tonight's Gillian's first episode on the show ♥

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    This weekend, “The Great Gatsby,” Baz Luhrmann’s overstuffed piñata of a literary adaptation, opens everywhere (read our review). Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the mysterious mogul Jay Gatsby, with Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, the object of his very intense desire. Anyone who has taken a freshman literature course (um, spoiler alert?) knows that the central love story of “The Great Gatsby” doesn’t exactly end well, but even more alarming is the fact that within the career of Mr. DiCaprio this seems to be what a therapist would describe as “a definite pattern.” Over the years Leo has been embroiled in a quite shocking array of cinematic trysts that ended in absolute catastrophe.

    Through nightmares and dreamscapes, historical disasters and literary classics, DiCaprio has faced an almost unrivaled myriad of doomed romances. He finds love -- fleetingly -- only to have it ripped away from him, usually in the most depressingly tragic way possible. "The Great Gatsby" is no exception. It is at least his first doomed romance in 3D, so there's that. Without further ado -- the top 5 Leonardo DiCaprio doomed romances!

    "Revolutionary Road" (Sam Mendes, 2008)
    The Romance: Frank (DiCaprio) and April (Kate Winslet) are a married couple in suburban Connecticut in the '50s. He commutes into the city while she stays at home with the kids. They once deeply loved each other, and spoke about leaving their dull life behind and moving to Paris. Sadly, that never gets to happen.
    How It's Doomed: Frank and April's relationship is wracked by conflict – screaming matches, infidelity, and general unease – but the tragic end to their marriage occurs after April becomes pregnant. She tells Frank that she wants to get an abortion, which sends him flying into a rage. Later on, she tries to give herself an abortion… and things do not end well. Under the direction of Sam Mendes, "Revolutionary Road" unfolds as a series of mournful tableaus and the final abortion sequence is jaw-dropping precisely because it's so well composed. In the history of Leonardo DiCaprio wives who crazily kill themselves, though, Winslet has a surprising amount of depth – her decision doesn't seem all that nutty, partially because Mendes is such an empathetic director.
    Emotional Devastation Factor: Pretty high. This was, after all, the highly touted reunion of DiCaprio and Winslet, who co-starred in the sweepingly romantic (and equally doomed) "Titanic." That was, at one point, the biggest movie of all time. "Revolutionary Road," by comparison, was small potatoes, but it might have packed an even bigger emotional wallop."Shutter Island" (Martin Scorsese, 2010)
    The Romance: Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio), a U.S. Marshal, is investigating a missing mental patient named Rachel Solando, a resident of the insane asylum on Shutter Island, a craggy mass in the Boston Harbor. Solando apparently drowned her children – but why is Teddy wracked with similar visions?'

    "Shutter Island" (Martin Scorsese, 2010)
    The Romance: Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio), a U.S. Marshal, is investigating a missing mental patient named Rachel Solando, a resident of the insane asylum on Shutter Island, a craggy mass in the Boston Harbor. Solando apparently drowned her children – but why is Teddy wracked with similar visions?
    How It's Doomed: "Shutter Island" unfolds with a loopy, nightmarish logic all its own but what's eventually revealed is this – Teddy isn't actually a U.S. Marshal but is in fact a patient – a man who killed his wife after she drowned their children. The entire plot of "Shutter Island" it seems, is an elaborate attempt to uncover repressed memories and free DiCaprio's character (whose name is really Andrew Laeddis) of his insanity. DiCaprio doomed romances don't usually have this much murder and mayhem (expertly visualized by Scorsese, who is clearly having the time of his life referencing dozens of B-movie chillers).
    Emotional Devastation Factor: Surprisingly low. There's just so much stuff in "Shutter Island" (including but not limited to: Nazi doctors, World War II flashbacks, multiple actors playing the same characters, and hazy fantasy sequences) that it's hard to make an emotional connection to any of it. Still, Scorsese tries his best, and the scenes where we see what really happened with DiCaprio's wife and children, are pretty disturbing, even if they are still ensconced in Scorsese's cobwebby haunted-house aura.

    "Romeo + Juliet" (Baz Luhrmann, 1996)
    The Romance: Star-crossed lovers Romeo (DiCaprio) and Juliet (Claire Danes) have one of the most crushingly powerful and tragic romances of all time, defying a violent grudge between their families.
    How It's Doomed: Based on William Shakespeare's immortal play and transposed to what appears to be war-torn, modern-day South America (with flourishes borrowed from Southern California and, of course, Australia), Romeo and Juliet's love affair ends with both of them taking their lives. (It's a little convoluted – read the play.) This was Luhrmann's first collaboration with DiCaprio, on probably the only source material that is more sacred than "The Great Gatsby," and the two are obviously on similar creative ground. The tragedy is heightened by the fact that both DiCaprio and Danes are both so young and adorable. It's like drowning fluffy kittens.
    Emotional Devastation Factor: High. This is one of the most gut-wrenching love stories of all time, and Luhrmann and his actors do it justice, especially since, by the time the tragic final scenes play out, much of the showy excess has been stripped away. What's left is two kids, dead by their own hands, and really, what's more heartbreaking than that?

    Other two movies are at the source!

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    You can call her the Queen of Pop or you can call her the Material Girl, but there's no moniker quite so evocative as simply: Madonna. The seven-time Grammy Award winner returns to the stage in an epic world tour billed as "a journey from darkness to light." And whether you're in it for Mo's trademark blend of controversial themes and killer dance moves, or simply some delicious pop hooks, you won't be disappointed.

    Premiers Saturday, June 22 at 8pm


    Let's be honest her DVDs always slay, what's ur favorite Madonna performance from her tours?
    She's Not Me from her DVD in Argentina>>>>

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    Bowing down to Shonda Rhimes right now.

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    That awkward moment when the person you are trying to kill is trying to kill you.

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    Thanks to new technology, it has become much easier to figure out the source of samples in songs. The tracing technology holds legal ramifications: Now that copyright owners of sound recordings can point to better evidence of their work being used without license, they stand a better shot of proving an infringement. What isn't clear is whether a sample so artfully hidden as to be undetectable without advanced technology is used substantially enough to trigger any liability.

    One thing technology will never change is relationships in the music production business.

    Witness a lawsuit over Madonna's 1990 international hit, "Vogue," which according to a lawsuit filed last year, incorporates a horn sound from a decades-old composition called "Love Break." The litigation has just taken an incredible turn with one of the defendants -- "Vogue" producer Robert "Shep" Pettibone --- saying he co-authored the plaintiff's song and further alleging that the plaintiffs worked on the defendants' song. And, in the middle of this, there's said to be a romantic relationship that factors into both the creation of and subsequent lawsuit over one of Madonna's most famous works.

    VMG Salsoul is the plaintiff in the case initiated in July 2012 against Madonna, Pettibone, WB Music and others. The company has asserted ownership over "Love Break," which it says was written by Vincent Montana around 1975. The company says in its lawsuit that the sampling of its song could only become "confirmed" once technology was made available to it in 2011.

    In advance of a possible jury trial next month, the defendants are looking to kill the lawsuit with a motion made on Monday for summary judgment. According to the defendants' court papers, VMG Salsoul is owned by the Verse Music Group whose chief executive is Curt Frasca and whose senior vice president of production is Tony Shimkin.

    Pettibone now says that what Montana actually composed in the mid-70's was a song for Salsoul called "Chicago Bus Stop (Ooh I Love It)," and that in 1982, Salsoul's owner asked him, Pettibone, to use it as inspiration to create a new composition and sound recording. Pettibone states that "Love Break" was the result of this request, and that even though he's only credited with "remixing" and "additional production" on "Love Break," that because there was no written agreement providing that Pettibone made the song as a work-for-hire, that "as a matter of law Pettibone owns (or at least co-owns) the copyright in the 'Love Break' recording."

    In short, Pettibone claims that the plaintiff's song is his own. But wait, it gets even better...

    In 1989, Craig Kostich, the head of dance music at Warner Brothers Records, is said to have asked Pettibone to create a song for Madonna. Pettibone worked with others to make "Vogue," but disputes that the song incorporates a horn stab from "Love Break." Instead, "Vogue" allegedly created the horn sound using a device called a “proteus emulator.”

    "Vogue" also was released as a 12-inch record with three club remixes, which Pettibone says were credited to him, Fresca and Shimkin. Yes, two of the individuals who are said to be running the plaintiff's company.

    "Pettibone, Shimkin and Frasca were more than just co-workers," says the motion for summary judgment. "Shimkin lived with Pettibone rent free in New York City for almost five years and engaged in a romantic relationship with Pettibone that Pettibone ultimately ended."

    The motion continues, "Frasca and Shimkin worked for Pettibone for many years and the three of them vacationed together in the Caribbean and enjoyed frequent getaways to Pettibone’s home in the Poconos; and both Shimkin and Frasca credit Pettibone for helping them establish their music production careers."

    Pettibone says that Frasca hired Shimkin 11 months before filing the lawsuit.

    The defendants give several reasons why a judge should throw out the case: One is that VMG Salsoul doesn't possess a copyright registration on "Love Break." Another is that song lacks originality and if there's any copying, it's de minimis.

    But the lawsuit is now being attacked on other grounds including that Pettibone as an alleged co-author of "Love Break" can't be sued for infringing his own work. Also, the plaintiff is allegedly barred from bringing a lawsuit over "Vogue" because Shimkin and Frasca have "unclean hands."

    According to the motion, "To the extent there is any infringement, they are co-infringers."

    Here is the full motion filed by attorney Paul Duvall, which represents just one side of the story of the creation of Madonna's "Vogue." Besides Madonna, Pettibone has worked with George Michaels and The Pet Shop Boys and is credited as being influential in the development of '80s dance-pop music scene.

    We've also reached out to Shimkin and Frasca and will update with anything they say. Frasca has worked with Prince, Janet Jackson, Avril Lavigne and others. VMG Salsoul is represented by attorney Robert Besser.


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    It is a program that brings together established Arab and international artists to collaborate and record an original fusion song meshing two or more unique genres of music.

    Some of the performances

    Shereen & Nelly

    Beloved Egyptian singer, Shereen, and internationally renowned hip-hop superstar, Nelly, come together to create a fusion where Egyptian vocals and oriental beats meet hip-hop and R&B.

    Shereen Solojust because it's fabulous

    The famous Shereen sings her emotional song "Ala Bali" on the set of Coke Studio.

    Cairokee & Ayo

    Celebrated Egyptian rock band, Cairokee, collaborate with the talented Nigerian-German singer-songwriter, Ayo, to create a fusion where Egyptian rock meets folk-soul.

    And some hits from the last season

    Mohamed Mounir & The Wailers

    Mohamed Mounir, the King, the most renowned Egyptian artist meets The Wailers, who along with Bob Marley defined Reggae Music. They come together to create a fusion where Egyptian music meets Reggae music

    Mohamed Hamaki & Jay Sean

    Mohamed Hamaki a star of the Arabic music meets Jay Sean the international hip hop artist with more than 8 million copies sold for his first 2 singles. They come together to create a fusion where the Oriental music meets R&B music

    Saber Al Rebai & Shontelle

    Saber Al Rebai a star of the Arabic and a distinctive voice along Cairokee, the first rock band meet with Shontelle a talented R&B voice. They all come together to create a fusion where the Oriental music meets R&B music

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    As a chart-topping star of the '80s and a lusted over pin-up, Kim Wilde can be lauded for paying only the slightest lip service to the retro touring circuit.
    The BRIT-winning singer famed for the pop-rock hits Kids In America and If I Can't Have You turned her back on the music industry when she married Hal Fowler, her co-star in the musical Tommy, in 1996.
    "My career wasn't exactly on a high at that time and I was more concerned by wanting to have children," Wilde says.
    "When I became famous I was just a child myself really and I spent my 20s and 30s growing up in the public eye so I'd had enough - or so I thought."
    After becoming a mother of two, Wilde turned her attention to horticulture and became a successful gardening presenter on British television, writing several books and even setting a world record for replanting the world's biggest tree.
    Yet the performance bug never left her and Wilde was inadvertently pulled back towards a career in music by the `80s revival that steamrolled the early part of the noughties, and continues today.
    While she toured frequently on the Here And Now concert series, alongside artists such as Paul Young, The Human League, Howard Jones and Five Star, unlike her contemporaries she looked to new projects and found a willing audiences in mainland Europe, where she became an even bigger star than during her '80s heyday.

    Wilde's 2003 comeback single, a duet with German pop star Nena called Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime, was a Top 10 hit in Germany, Belgium, Austria, Netherlands and Switzerland, and proved successful enough to earn her a three-album record deal with EMI Germany.
    A flurry of singles followed and now Wilde finds herself jetting off to a European city from London almost every weekend, where her newer material is applauded as loudly as the hits that made her a star.
    "There's no mileage in going back on what you've already covered so you carry the inspiration with you and see it reflected in your new music," Wilde says.
    "Yes you can hear the old Kim Wilde when you're listening to my newer material, but rather as a good memory as opposed to a tired rehash."
    Wilde has just finished recording a Christmas album that she will release later this year and is preparing for her first tour of Australia in a decade, in October with co-headliner Nick Kershaw.
    With her two children Harry and Rose now in their teens, she can spend more time touring and says the second half of her career, unidentifiable from the first, is the most fun she's ever had.
    "This is the most enjoyable time because it's more about getting up on stage and performing whereas the `80s was all about making records," she says.
    "Despite the image I portrayed I wasn't overly sure of myself back then. You develop more of a confidence as you get older and being on stage is very much about the mental state."
    While proud of her new material, she is promising fans a run through of her hits, including her 1986 Australian No.1 You Keep Me Hangin' On.
    The 52-year-old is also promising never to go under the knife as she prepares to battle the charts with generations of younger stars.
    "I promised myself that I wouldn't have any operation unless it was medically necessary and I like to think I'll stick to that," she says.
    "I see beauty in a naturally aged face and certainly from my experiences touring I've never felt any pressure to be anything but the way I am."
    October 16 - Tivoli, Brisbane
    October 17 - Chelsea Heights, Mornington, Victoria
    October 18 - The Palace, Melbourne
    October 19 - Enmore Theatre, Sydney
    October 20 - Astor Theatre, Perth


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    Bravo could soon be down one Real Housewives series. The network has threatened to cancel The Real Housewives of New York as early as Friday if cast members have not signed new contracts.

    A source close to the negotiations tells The Hollywood Reporter that the reality series stars LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer, Aviva Drescher, Carole Radziwill and Heather Thomson have all refused to sign new contracts that will keep them on the show. "What's currently on the table is unacceptable," a source close to the stars says.

    Production on the sixth season was set to begin on Wednesday, but none of the six women made herself available for filming. A Bravo representative declined to comment.

    The cast members all negotiate separate deals and are paid different amounts, depending on how long they have been with the show. However, each cast member is said to have expressed displeasure with Bravo's financial offer. Negotiations are said to have begun about three weeks ago but little progress has been made. "We're still pretty far apart," the source says.

    The Real Housewives of New York City, the second-oldest in the Bravo franchise, is produced by Ricochet Television. And though the first five seasons saw several cast changes, both de Lesseps and Singer are among the originals. The series notably served as a launch pad for Bethenny Frankel.

    RHONY is a hit for Bravo, though ratings slipped about 20 percent from season 4 to season 5. Beverly Hills and Atlanta remain the top performers in the franchise.

    It's not immediately clear if a cancelation would close the door to a future New York iteration of the series with a different cast.

    Why Rod Stewart's Wife, Penny Lancaster, Turned Down Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

    Penny Lancaster and Lisa Rinna have something in common—you won't see either of them on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

    During an appearance on Katie, Rod Stewart's wife, who got an offer to appear on the show, explained to talk-show host Katie Couric why she refused to be a part of the popular Bravo reality show.

    And her explanation was quite simple and to the point.

    "Cause I'm not a Beverly Hills wife," Lancaster stated, which drew applause from the audience.

    She continued, "I'm from England, as you all probably know, and I consider myself a very down-to-earth, girl next door, so I just wouldn't fit into that."

    This casting news comes soon after Rinna slammed rumors that she would be appearing on the reality series, telling E! News, "Basically that was never gonna happen. It was interesting to watch happen without my knowledge." It was also recently revealed that last season's newbie, Marisa Zanuck, was not asked back.

    Which means the hunt for the new housewives continues...

    Teresa Giudice wants to ‘get up in your grill’!

    Teresa Giudice is bringing it. The reality tv personality has just released her fourth cookbook “Fabulicious! On the Grill.” As she chatted with PIX11 Morning News anchors Sukanya Krishnan and Frances Rivera, Giudice revealed that everything is fine between her and her brother.

    However, don’t expect a lovefest on the new season of the hit show. Teresa says there is drama on the horizon.

    Of course, Giudice did bring a few sample recipes from her new cookbook…and Sukanya and Frances were more than willing to try them out. She also brought in her Fabellini drink which is raspberry and peach-infused sparkling wine cocktail. …And that’s just the begininng, Teresa hinted about her upcoming line of skinny drink and food products.

    Meet Teresa at the following signings:

    - Friday at 6 pm at Memory Lane

    1350-D Galloping Hill Road, Union, NJ

    HollywoodReporter, Pix, E!

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    Edit because apparently the Sens aren't the first team, but the second? Oops! The articles I read stated that they were first. My mistake!

    The Ottawa Senators overcame a ghastly number of injuries to key players during the regular season to make the playoffs as the seventh seed, and have now managed to prevail over the second-seeded Montreal Canadiens to move on to the second round. The Senators advanced after a 6-1 victory in Game 5 on Thursday night.

    The Sens took advantage of shaky goaltending from Canadiens netminder, Peter Budaj, who struggled Thursday at home in his first career NHL playoff start.

    Bad goaltending was the theme for Montreal in this series. After stellar performances against Ottawa during the regular season, Carey Price was average in Games 1 to 4 and Budaj never looked comfortable in the Canadiens' net in Game 5.

    At the other end, Senators' goaltender Craig Anderson was solid again as the Canadiens came out buzzing around his net. He made several good saves early, including a glove stop off Rene Bourque, one of the Canadiens' best players in the series.

    The series win was a first for many on the Senators, including Anderson, Kyle Turris and several other young players.

    "It feels like a big relief. I knew it was eventually going to come you just didn't know when," said Anderson, 31. “It's a credit to our team in there and what kind of group of guys we have … Everybody pulling on the rope in the same direction."

    It was an all-Canadian matchup filled with drama, even though it only lasted five games. For Senators head coach Paul MacLean, it was a difficult battle that means a lot to him.

    “We just beat the Montreal Canadiens. To me that's huge. I gotta call my mom and tell her we beat her team," said MacLean, who won his first playoff series as an NHL head coach.

    The series win, the franchise's first since 2007, signalled a new era of Ottawa Senators success.

    "We really changed the makeup of the whole team and (we're) going in a new direction. Last year was a great learning curve just to get into the playoffs for a lot of the guys," said Alfredsson, the Senators' 40-year-old captain. “Now building on that … we're not going to be pretty every night but we seem to find a way and we always believe."

    This is truly an amazing feat, considering what they've been through this entire season. Also, congrats to the other teams who have made it to round two!

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