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Today in really unfortunate timing: The Beastie Boys have been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit over samples used on Licensed to Ill and Paul's Boutique.
The suit was filed on May 3, the day before Adam "MCA" Yauch passed away. It's obviously extremely unfortunate timing, but hip-hop and R&B label Tuf America is going forward with the case, according to AllHipHop.
Tuf takes issue with a number of the Boys' songs. The suit alleges that "Hold It Now Hit It" and "The New Style" (both off Licensed to Ill) illegally sampled "Drop the Bomb," a 1982 song by Trouble Funk.
The label also claims the Beasties used bits of Funk's "Say What" for "Shadrach," off Paul's.
Capitol Records is also named as a defendant in the suit. There's one big problem with the case -- Tuf is banking on laws that were passed after the release of both albums. The relevant copyright rulings weren't in place until the early '90s, and License to Ill and Paul's Boutique were released in 1986 and 1989, respectively.
Writing on Slate, Matty Yglesias made the argument that an album like Paul's Boutiquecould never be made under today's copyright and case law. The album is thought to have as many as 300 samples, many that would have been near impossible to secure in today's music industry.
Yauch passed away on May 4 after battling cancer of the salivary gland. A number of prominent musicians have Tweeted their condolences and support for the surviving Boys, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horowitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond.
Coldplay performed a tribute to the fallen legend, covering "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" at the Hollywood Bowl. The Red Hot Chili Peppers -- who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year alongside the Beastie Boys themselves (MCA was unable to attend) -- also incorporated some of the Boys' songs into a recent performance.
After eight seasons of drama, lust, betrayal, and friendship, Desperate Housewives is finally coming to its end this Sunday - that is, unless the gals of Wisteria Lane opt to do a post-series movie, a la Sex and the City. Of course it would be hard to do a movie if Bree is in prison for life. A possibility, which, by the looks of these finale photos, might be a reality for the redhead. As we know, she's vowed to take the heat for the murder earlier this season, relieving her friends of guilt, but probably landing herself in a maximum-security area with no baking tools for a very, very long time. At least the ladies get to play one last round of poker!View Slideshow ?
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Co-creator/executive producer Brad Falchuk tweets a photo from the set featuring the singer in a scene with her on-screen daughter, Naya Rivera, and Heather Morris.
It's hard to remember the last time an unaired sketch on "Saturday Night Live" received as much attention as last weekend's intended cold open poking fun at President Obama.
After the right-leaning blog The Daily Caller published the script for the sketch, which mocked Obama's commemoration of the one year anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death, some speculated that the sketch was axed in favor of a Fox News parody due to liberal bias. But the author of the sketch, veteran "SNL" writer Jim Downey, wants the world to know that nothing could be further from the truth.
In speaking to Mediaite, Downey said that no "conspiracy" took place in cutting the sketch, but rather it was an editorial decision based on which sketch was funnier. "Comedy is so subjective. I'm sure the people who made the decision will say the piece they ran was funnier."
Typically, "SNL" performs several more sketches during dress rehearsal than can actually fit in the live broadcast. Sketches are cut, rewritten and/or rearranged based on audience reaction. As Downey has been writing for "SNL" since 1975 (with a few years of brief absences), he is surely well accustomed to his own sketches being cut from the live broadcast of the show.
Even though the Caller hinted they "obtained" the sketch and published it to highlight the comedy show's alleged liberal sensibilities, the truth is perhaps more fascinating. In fact, Downey himself sent the sketch to Tucker Carlson, the site's editor-in-chief, who then ran the sketch the day after the show aired. Downey said he regularly sends his "SNL" sketches to "about 20 people," including Carlson, MSNBC commentator Lawrence O'Donnell, and Downey's former "SNL" colleague Sen. Al Franken.
If Downey indeed has any political bias, it's hard to tell where they lie. In a 2008 blog on HuffPost, former "SNL" head writer Adam McKay stated that Downey was "no Hillary fan," despite the fact that Downey wrote several sketches that depicted the then-candidate Clinton as a victim of media sexism. McKay also called Downey an "Ann Coulter pal," and in light of his other media friendships, this does not seem unlikely.
This time around, Downey's scrapped sketch mocked Obama for using the death of bin Laden as a political tool; however, Downey said that it would be "political malpractice" if Obama had failed to latch on to the killing (Obama was criticized from many across the political spectrum for campaign ads touting the bin Laden kill.) Downey also indicated that privately, he had yet not decided whether he would vote for Obama in 2012, although he did vote for him in 2008.
Political bias aside, this weekend saw all spotlights on the Downey family. Jim Downey's nephew, Robert Downey Jr., did okay for himself, too, as one of the stars of the megahit "The Avengers."
The singer will performer her latest single, "Where Have You Been," during the two-hour episode.
"Monday Mornings" will be a part of David E. Kelley's growing TV empire. TNT has ordered Kelley's medical drama, which is based on a book by CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta, to series. Alfred Molina and Ving Rhames will headline.
The series is set at the fictional Chelsea General Hospital in Portland, Oregon. According to TNT, the title refers to the hospital's weekly morbidity and mortality conference, at which the doctors gather to review complications and errors in their care. Molina stars as Dr. Harding Hooten, "the steely-eyed chief of surgery." Rhames plays Dr. Jorge ?El Gato? Villanueva, the trauma chief. "Battlestar Galactica's" Jamie Bamber also stars as Dr. Tyler Wilson and Jennifer Finnigan of "Better With You" will play Dr. Tina Ridgeway. Bill Irwin, Keong Sim ("Glee"), Sarayu Rao and Emily Swallow also star.
"'Monday Mornings' is a superb drama brought to life with passion by a gifted ensemble cast and some of the best creative minds working in television today,? Michael Wright, president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), said in a statement. "David, Sanjay and their team have given us an outstanding addition to TNT's stable of high-profile dramas, and we're very proud to have it on the network."
Kelley, who wrote the pilot, and Gupta will serve as executive producers on the series. TNT has ordered a 10-episode first season set to debut in summer 2013.