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Mariah Carey Faces Lawsuit for ‘All I Want for Christmas’ Copyright

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Singer, songwriter and record producer Mariah Carey has been sued for copyright infringement on her 1994 holiday classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”

A songwriter has filed a lawsuit against Carey in New Orleans federal court, claiming that he co-wrote a 1990 song with an identical title as the icon’s unforgettable tune. 

Stone, a frontman of country-pop band Vince Vance & the Valiants, demands at least $20 million in damages. In the lawsuit, he named Carey, his co-writer, and Sony Music Entertainment, saying they illegally used his “popularity and unique style.” 

The songwriter revealed that his single ranked on Billboard and reached “extensive airplay” in 1993. He also claims to have tried to reach a settlement with Carey and other co-defendants in April 2021 and failed. 

In 2019, Carey’s Christmas classic ranked No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time and went up and down on the list every year. 

In 2019, Carey said in an interview with EW that it’s her pride that the song has been dominating the holiday season. 

“When it first came out, it was more of a gradual thing,” stated Carey. “It was popular, but it didn’t have what it has now. I feel like people have grown up with the song, and it’s become a part of people’s lives in terms of the way they celebrate the holidays. That makes me feel really proud as someone that loves Christmas so much.” 

A small detail that Carey does not want to talk about is the years that have gone by since the song’s release. 

“I rebuke time,” she stated. “I have a thing where I just live outside the traditional realm of how we measure [it]. So, in that way, Santa and myself are very similar.” 

Carey is not the only artist who faced lawsuits this year. Dua Lipa was sued in March by Artikal Sound System, a group from Florida, for the obvious similarities between her 2020 hit song “Levitating” and their 2017 track “Live Your Life.”

Top Gun: Maverick Continues to be on Top at the Domestic Box Office

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Top Gun: Maverick is still going strong at the top of box office rankings, with Tom Cruise’s presence in tow.

The 1986 aviation epic’s sequel is ranked No. 1 at the box office for a second consecutive weekend after its best debut of Cruise’s career last week.

The movie is gaining momentum, and it’s not even over yet. The number has gone up by an extra sum of $86 million this weekend, taking its total all the way to $291.6 million, according to a Comscore report, while simultaneously surging worldwide at $548.6 million. 

Cruise made a reprisal of his role as Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in the action film, marking his all-time biggest domestic theatrical opening. The movie gained a whopping sum of $156 million during its weekend release, breaking Cruise’s 2005 sci-fi action War of the Worlds’ record as his top opening at $64.9 million. 

Kosinski was not aware of the enormous responsibility he had taken on – so much that he reflected an opening credit sequence from Tony Scott’s original movie in homage.

“I wanted that first few minutes to just tell you, this is a Top Gun movie, we love it as much as you do,” the filmmaker said in an interview with EW. 

“From there, our story goes in a very different direction, but I wanted the first few minutes to let the audience know: Don’t worry, we love it too, this is going to be a Top Gun Movie.” 

Similar to Captain Mitchell coming back to the Top Gun Naval School, Kosinski elaborated, “I wanted the audience to feel like we were going back to Top Gun. It had to have that same feel, but at the same time, I knew we’d have to tell our own story, and I’d have to find a way to innovate on my own.” 

Along with Top Gun, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness remains at its No. 2 spot in domestic box office rankings this week as it gains an extra $9.2 million, while Bob’s Burgers Movie gains an extra $4.5 million standing in third place. 

On the other hand, The Bad Guys and Downton Abbey: A New Era complete the top five list with an additional $3.3 million and $3 million, respectively.

Jake Gyllenhaal Collaborates with Sister Maggie for the First Time in Years

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Jake Gyllenhaal is teaming up with his sister, Maggie, for what we hope will be an unforgettable new project we’ll remember all too well. 

The famous siblings have been absent from acting together on screen for several years now. They last starred together in 2001 as brother and sister on Donnie Darko. In between time apart, the two worked with another two of their father Stephen’s movies – A Dangerous Woman (1993) and Homegrown (1998).

Gyllenhaal has revealed to InStyle that he is currently working with Maggie on an upcoming project.

“We actually talk about it more now than ever, and I would love to work with her,” he stated. “We are working together on something right now, just creatively, not as actors, which I’m enjoying so much.” 

Although he couldn’t disclose any further details “yet,” he states of his sister, “She’s an incredible writer, and she’s an incredible filmmaker, and I’ve known that for a long time.” 

Gyllenhaal said that he would be happy to collaborate with his sister in any capacity, citing her smash hit as a first-time director for The Lost Daughter last year.

“I would love to work with her. I’d love to act in one of her films or wherever she needs me,” Gyllenhaal stated. “Since we’ve been kids, I’ve been basically her assistant or whatever form she needs me to be in, so I will continue to be that. I’m her little brother, and if anyone’s a younger sibling, they understand what I mean.” 

The family affair continues as these two come together for any project.

Aunjanue Ellis Reveals Bisexuality

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Actress Aunjanue Ellis has finally revealed her sexuality. She identified as bisexual, which was already common knowledge to family and friends, but she hadn’t made it known publicly before now.

The reason? Ellis elaborated, “Nobody asked.” 

Pointing out that she wasn’t one to talk about her personal life while promoting an Oscar-nominated film and her work “because that’s artificial,” Ellis revealed her truth in a unique way: by sporting a Dolce & Gabbana suit jacket imprinted with the word “Queer” to the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards a few months past and by discussing the subject via Variety in their 2022 Pride issue. 

“I’m very clear about being bisexual. I have a sweatshirt that says ‘Girl Bi’ that I wear everywhere,” Ellis stated, further saying that although she gives her effort to bring pride to fellow Black women, they still don’t acknowledge her as a member of the LGBTQ+ family. 

“There is an assumption made of me – a presumption made of me. Is it because I’m a Black woman from Mississippi? Is it because I’m older? I don’t know what the mechanics are that goes into them not processing, or them not just being able to believe that in the same way I am Black, I am queer,” Ellis continued. “This is who I am.” 

When asked about her sexuality, Ellis confirmed that she knew at age eight. However, it wasn’t until later in life that she felt undersized and raised with a firm belief in the Bible Belt, not recognizing this side of herself until their 30s.

“There was a moment when the sun was hitting the water, and I was looking down in the water, and it was so clear, and I can only hear this woman’s voice behind me,” she stated of the walk with a friend at Sundance Lab that was an enlightening moment of her life. 

“I said, ‘This is how I’m supposed to feel. This is what I’ve been waiting to feel my entire life.'” 

Ellis’s performance in King Richard as the matriarch of a prominent Black family has earned her respect from fellow actors and audiences alike. In an interview with EW, she stressed how much playing this role means to her. 

“It’s because I’ve done something I feel good about, and that’s because it’s making people feel good,” she told EW regarding the role. “I had to convince them to put me in this movie, but thankfully I got them to believe.” 

Ellis is now calling on everyone to believe in her as she shares her story with the world.

“It is imperative that we see more of that because it is the truth of who we are,” Ellis said in the interview with Variety. “It is not a blemish on who we are. It is the wonderful scope of our humanity as Black folks in this country. It is something that I am insisting on, in what I bring into the world creatively.”

King Princess Drops Release Dates of New Album Hold On Baby

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The eagerly awaited second album from King Princess will be released on July 29. Titled Hold On Baby, the track will be released via Zelig and Columbia. 

The album’s record production includes collaborations with Mark Ronson, Ethan Gruska, Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, Dave Hamelin, Shawn Everett, and Tobias Jesso Jr. The LP also contains contributions from Zach Fogarty, Amy Allen, and Fousheé.

Hold On Baby will launch the single “For My Friends” and two new songs that will be released on June 8: “Cursed” and “Too Bad.” 

“I want this album to give you all some strength in accepting ourselves, as chaotic as we can be,” King Princess said in a statement. 

“It’s not easy being alive, and I feel indebted to you all for providing me air to breathe in this insane world. That’s what King Princess has always been about at its core—making a home for us to feel safe and weird and messy and imperfect. You are not alone in your feelings. I bet you I feel and have felt the same. This album is for anyone who needs a sanctuary to be vulnerable. I’m here with you, and I love you,” she added. 

The debut album from King Princess, Cheap Queen, was launched in October 2019. The project features production and composition by the artist herself with Mike Malchicoff.

King Princess:

07-05 Vancouver, British Columbia – Queen Elizabeth Theatre 

 07-06 Seattle, WA – Paramount 

 07-08 Forest Grove, OR – Grand Lodge 

 07-09 Boise, ID – Revolution 

 07-12 Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom 

 07-13 Salt Lake City, UT – Union Event Center 

 07-15 Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre 

 07-16 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre 

 07-18 San Diego, CA – SOMA 

 07-19 Phoenix, AZ – Van Buren 

 07-21 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Amphitheater 

 07-22 Houston, TX – House of Blues 

 07-23 Dallas, TX – House of Blues 

 07-25 Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland 

 07-26 St. Louis, MO – The Factory at The District 

 07-28 Chicago, IL – House of Blues Chicago (Official Lollapalooza Aftershow)

 07-29 Chicago, IL – Grant Park (Lollapalooza)

 08-06 Las Vegas, NV – Allegiant Stadium 

 09-20 Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater 

 09-21 Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre 

 09-23 Orlando, FL – Amway Center 

 09-24 Miami, FL – FTX Arena 

 09-28 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore 

 09-30 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore 

 10-01 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion (All Things Go Music Festival)

 10-03 New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall 

 10-05 Boston, MA – Roadrunner 

 10-06 Portland, ME – State Theatre 

 10-08 Toronto, Ontario – History 

 10-09 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore 

 10-11 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE 

 10-12 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre 

 10-14 Madison, WI – The Sylvee 

 10-15 Saint Paul, MN – Palace Theatre 

 03-21 Auckland, New Zealand – Spark Arena

Sarah Jessica Parker Finally Speaks Her Truth on Issues between Her and Kim Cattrall

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Years have gone by, with different stories circulating. But now, Sarah Jessica Parker is clearing the issues between her and former co-star Kim Cattrall.

The actress has revealed her side of the story, spelling out details for the first time on what actually happened between them that resulted in their rift – and why Cattrall wasn’t recruited by HBO Max’s And Just Like That

“We did not ask her to be part of this because she made it clear that that wasn’t something she wanted to pursue, and it no longer felt comfortable for us, and so it didn’t occur to us,” Parker told The Hollywood Reporter’s Award Chatter podcast.

“That’s not ‘slamming’ her, it’s just learning. You’ve got to listen to somebody, and if they’re publicly talking about something and it doesn’t suggest it’s some place they want to be, or a person they want to play, or an environment in which they want to be, you get to an age where you’re like, ‘Well, we hear that.'” 

And Just Like That compensated for the absence of Cattrall’s character Samantha by projecting a falling-out Carrie (Parker) had with her friend following her telling Samantha she doesn’t need a publicist anymore. And then Samantha moved to London.

“We felt comfortable moving on without her and without that part because we knew what Michael [Patrick King] wanted to do,” Parker stated of the plot. “And we thought he handled it beautifully – that she was there and she was present – and that was kind of nice of us and, I think, the audience.” 

King told EW to clarify that a scene in And Just Like That in which Carrie and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) talk about missing Samantha was not his way of conveying that Cattrall will return. 

“It’s Carrie and Miranda talking about their friendship and how strange it is that they’re not together forever. It’s not a tease saying Kim Cattrall’s coming back,” he explained. 

“Samantha lives in London. Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha have had a little bit of a split. So really what it is, and why it resonates, is because everybody believes those friendships were forever. The audience believed those friendships were forever, and so did the main characters. We’re trying to mirror that feeling, but it’s not an invite. It’s a story point.” 

A month ago, Cattrall revealed her side of the story, stating that she wasn’t recruited to be a part of And Just Like That and that she had “made her feelings clear” since the conclusion of the third film. 

“The studio, when we were going to do the third movie, there were things that she requested that they were not able to do. They didn’t feel comfortable meeting where she wanted to meet,” Parker stated. “And so, we didn’t do the movies because we didn’t want to do it without Kim, and the studio wasn’t going to do it, so it fell apart.”

Amy Adams Garners Mixed Feedback from Critics in Glass Menagerie

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Glass Menagerie, featuring Amy Adams in her West End debut, has earned different reviews from critics. The Hollywood actress makes her night home on stage playing Tennessee Williams’s 1944 play.

The Telegraph said Adams was “clear, simple, believable, and quietly heartbreaking” in the play. 

Meanwhile, others indicate opposite feedback. For instance, the Evening Standard called her performance “muted and unconvincing.” 

The recent movies that she starred in, like The Woman in the Window, Hillbilly Elegy, and Dear Evan Hansen, received underwhelming feedback from critics and viewers.

Following the opening of Glass Menagerie, some critics have said that she reached her peak in performance.

Dominic Cavendish of The Telegraph added, “What Adams catches in her determined radiance and subtle gestures is the female equivalent of Arthur Miller’s Willy Loman: someone going through the motion of coping but in dire need of some good news.” 

The show was not without its flaws, with Cavendish criticizing certain aspects of production. He felt that some sounds and set designs were less effective than other elements on stage; additionally, he thought some characters were underplayed. 

“The casting of the Hollywood luminary Amy Adams… may be the main selling point. Whether the gambit works is another matter,” The Times’ Clive Davis said, awarding the Glass Menagerie three stars. 

“All praise to Adams, nevertheless, for taking on a role that has tested many an actress.” 

He added, “Since Williams steered clear of naturalistic stage directions, Herrin and Vicki Mortimer, the set designer, allowed themselves free rein,” pointing out the production. 

“Laura’s cherished collection of glass animals stands in a sleek case that looks as if it belongs in the foyer of a boutique hotel. Ash J Woodward’s video projections add punctuation.” 

“The details are stylishly assembled,” he concluded, “but they fail to carry the evening.” 

Adams “makes a muted and unconvincing West End debut,” said Nick Curtis of The Evening Standard in a two-star review, further stating that she is “often indistinct, somewhat phony and offstage for a large chunk of the action.” 

“She’s not bad, just unremarkable in a role that strikes a single, clanging note of hysterical gentility throughout.” 

He further said: “Herrin’s version takes place on an almost bare stage tinged – by designer Vicki Mortimer – with arc lights, reel-to-reel tapedecks and chairs, and crowned by a giant video screen on which flickering colors are cast.

“It’s intended to evoke Williams’ vision of a dream-like setting. Unfortunately, the monolithic and well-lit vitrine which contains Laura’s laboriously symbolic menagerie of glass animals and which dominates the stage resembles a boutique perfume counter.”

BTS Pays White House a Visit, Speaking Against Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

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On Tuesday, the K-pop icons of BTS paid a visit to the White House. They delivered statements concerning Asian inclusion and representation on the last day of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and during their first time there.

The band was introduced by press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, taking turns behind microphones to talk about how prevalent anti-Asian hate crimes are, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic and how music can be a unifying force.

“It’s a great honor to be invited to the White House today to discuss important issues of anti-Asian hate crimes, Asian inclusion, and diversity,” band leader RM started. 

“We are devastated by the recent surge of hate crimes, including Asian American hate crimes,” Jimin then spoke. “We’d like to take the opportunity to voice ourselves once again.” 

“We feel surprised that music created by South Korean artists reaches so many people around the world, transcending languages and cultural barriers,” Jungkook stated. “We believe music is always an amazing and wonderful unifier of all things.” 

“It’s not wrong to be different,” Suga added. “Equality opens up when we embrace all of our differences.” 

V then added, “Everyone has their own history. We hope today is one step forward to respecting and understanding each and every one as a valuable person.” 

President Joe Biden signed a law last May that will help reduce the number of hate crimes in America. The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act facilitates the Justice Department’s review of hate crimes and appoints a department head to administer the effort. 

“President Biden has previously spoken about his commitment to combating the surge of anti-Asian crimes and signed into law the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act in May 2021 to provide law enforcement with resources to identify, investigate, and report hate crimes and ensure that hate crimes information is more accessible to AA and NHPI communities,” the White House said about BTS’ visit. 

According to the White House statement, BTS will also talk about their “platform as youth ambassadors who spread a message of hope and positivity across the world” with the president during the meeting. 

The White House visit came following BTS’ advocacy against anti-Asian violence and discrimination the previous year, after the three different spa shootings aimed at Asian women. 

“We send our deepest condolences to those who have lost their loved ones,” the group said. “We feel grief and anger.” 

“We cannot put into words the pain of becoming the subject of hatred and violence for such a reason. Our own experiences are inconsequential compared to the events that have occurred over the past few weeks. But these experiences were enough to make us feel powerless and chip away our self-esteem,” said BTS, referring to moments that they’ve suffered discrimination. 

The statement added, “We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I, and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.”

A Man Smeared Cream to Mona Lisa Painting for Protest about the Earth

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A man posing as an elderly woman in a wheelchair has smashed a cake at the Mona Lisa, a painting by the famous artist Leonardo da Vinci at the Louvre in Paris. 

The masterpiece, which was not damaged, was smeared with white cream all over its glass. The culprit, spotted wearing a wig and lipstick, encouraged people to “think of the Earth” while being captured from the scene. 

Witnesses referred to Sunday’s happening as a “jaw-dropping” incident. Louvre guest Luke Sundberg, from the US, witnessed all that had happened. 

“The crowd began gasping, and we looked up, and some man in a wheelchair [dressed] as an old lady ran up to the painting and started punching it before smearing cake all over it,” said the 20-year-old visitor in an interview with PA news network. 

“It took about 10 to 15 seconds for the security to actually take the man away, but the crowd seemed [to] panic a little bit,” he added. “It was jaw-dropping, it was a lot to take in considering how historic Mona Lisa is… the moment was once in a million.” 

The man, who was seen throwing roses in the gallery, was escorted out by security. 

“Think of the Earth,” he said. “There are people who are destroying the Earth. Think about it. Artists tell you: think of the Earth. That’s why I did this.” 

According to the Paris prosecutor’s office on Monday, a 36-year-old activist was detained and dispatched to a police psychiatric unit, further stating that it had begun a probe into the damage of cultural artifacts. 

Thankfully, the Renaissance painting was installed in glass in the 1950s to safeguard it following an acid attack. 

A footage from Sundberg revealed onlookers clapping after the cream was entirely removed from the glass. 

“What were the odds this would happen?” asked another museum guest, 26-year-old Klevis, from Albania.

Pete Davidson Talks About his SNL Journey on His Final Episode Appearance

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Pete Davidson’s last confessional on Saturday Night Live was an emotional wrap-up for the season 47 finale. 

The comic, who jumped into the SNL line-up during season 40 as one of the youngest cast members at age 20, was primarily known for breaking his sketches in his early years. However, during his stint, he has caught fans’ love with his often unguarded self-deprecating visits to the show’s news desks, unfolding topics from his mental health issues to laughing about headline-reaching relationships and splits.

The 28-year-old comedian is among the cast’s most widely known stars, attributed to his relationship with ex-fiancee Ariana Grande and now girlfriend, Kim Kardashian. He met these two during guest appearances on the NBC show.

“I never imagined this would be my life,” revealed Davidson during his last episode as a cast member, sitting beside a photo of himself during his Weekend Update cameo on his first-ever episode in September 2014. 

“Back then, I was just a skinny kid, and no one knew what race I was. Now everyone knows I’m white because I became hugely successful while barely showing up to work,” he said, joking about his absences one the last few seasons. 

The things that have changed throughout Davidson’s time on the show are something he never expected.

“In three years, Fox News went from calling me a monster for making fun of Congressman Dan Crenshaw’s eye patch to also making fun of Dan Crenshaw’s eye patch,” he jested, referring to Tucker Carlson’s mockery of the controversial Republican lawmaker who Davidson was once coerced to seek apology to in-person after saying a dumb jab on an Update episode. 

After being asked by Colin Jost if he would be missing anything following his departure from SNL, Davidson mentioned show boss Lorne Michaels.

“He’s amazing. He’s led us through the COVID era even though the only time he wears a mask is at his Eyes Wide Shut parties,” he said laughing, proceeding to divulge a few of Michaels’ advice throughout the years that he so valued. 

“Really, this is all true advice that Lorne’s given me. I’ll never forget this, I called him when I got engaged, ‘Lorne, I just got engaged to Arian Grande after dating for two weeks,’ and he said, ‘Oh, hold on for dear life.'” 

“When I auditioned for SNL, he said, ‘I don’t think you’re right for the show, so let’s screw this up together,’ and that’s exactly what we did,” Davidson revealed.

“That’s why people who don’t think I deserve this job shouldn’t hate me since we have so much in common. If anything, I should inspire hope that literally anyone could be on Saturday Night Live. Seriously, you see a guy bumming cigarettes outside a 7-Eleven at 2 am; that’s not some meth-head; that’s the next Pete Davidson.”

Davidson became visibly sentimental as he stated his genuine appreciation for his moments on the show. 

“I appreciate SNL always having my back and allowing me to work on myself and grow. Thank you to Lorne for never giving up on me or judging me even when everyone else was, and believing in me and allowing me to have a place that I can call home with memories that will last a lifetime. So thank you, guys.”