GOTCHA! Robin Thicke – That Line Ain’t So Blurred Afterall…

by Shannonn Kelly
07:32AM, EST, January 17, 2014

Robin Thicke found out he "Got Give It Up" to Marvin Gaye
Robin Thicke found out he “Got Give It Up” to Marvin Gaye

From a case that started back in the summer of 2013, with an interesting twist you’ll see lower in my blog; the surviving children of one of the hottest (take that any way you want) R&B crooners, Marvin Gaye have won their case over copyright infringement.

The Infringement: Robin Thicke‘s Grammy nominated song, “Blurred Lines” sounds an awful lot like their father’s song, “Got To Give It Up”. Click on the video below and judge for yourself.

Their case was against pop singer Robin Thicke, the 36 year-old Canadian-American son of Alan Thicke who played the Dad on “Growing Pains” (1985-1992).

The judge ruled in the favor of Marvin Gaye’s children, Frankie, named after his uncle Frances Gay and Nona Gaye on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. The undisclosed amount of the settlement between the Gayes’ children and Sony have an agreement where these claims can never be brought up again. The settlement would’ve had to have been pretty big, as “Blurred Lines” sold 6.6 digital copies and spent 12 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

Originally the Gaye family lawsuit against Thicke and Sony was put into action to prevent Thicke from using any samples from their father’s songs, as they also claimed Thicke poached part of Marvin Gaye’s #1 R&B hit “After The Dance” from his album “I Want You” (1976).

Here’s the Twist:

Originally Thicke, and co-creators T.I. (aka Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr.), and Pharrell Williams were the ones to bring a lawsuit against the children of Marvin Gaye!

Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell all asked a federal judge in August to rule that “Blurred Lines”, which was nominated for Record of the Year at last year’s Grammys, was not a copy of Marvin Gaye’s hit.

Article by Lewis Corner, “‘Blurred Lines’ Plagiarism Claim”
Published: Friday, Aug 16 2013, 6:53am EDT

Robin Thicke has filed a lawsuit against Marvin Gaye and Funkadelic amidst claims of plagiarism.

The singer’s global summer anthem has been likened to Gaye’s classic track ‘Got to Give It Up’, but Thicke has taken action to ensure the late star’s family can’t claim plagiarism.

The suit states that Gaye’s family is alleging ‘Blurred Lines’ “sounds” the same as ‘Got to Give It Up’, and that the “Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work”.

What’s more, it acknowledges a claimed similarity between Funkadelic’s ‘Sexy Ways’ and Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’, but states “there are no similarities between plaintiffs’ composition and those the claimants allege they own, other than commonplace musical elements”.

According to the lawsuit, of which The Hollywood Reporter has obtained a copy, the defendants state: “Plaintiffs, who have the utmost respect for and admiration of Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic and their musical legacies, reluctantly file this action in the face of multiple adverse claims from alleged successors in interest to those artists.

“Defendants continue to insist that plaintiffs’ massively successful composition, ‘Blurred Lines,’ copies ‘their’ compositions.”

Gaye’s family and Bridgeport are thought to be threatening litigation if the plaintiffs do not pay up a settlement.

Award Season :: Complete Nominee List :: 2014 Oscars :: Snubs ‘n’ Picks

By Shannonn Kelly
06:30AM, EST, January 16, 2014
Updated: 08:56AM, EST, January 16, 2014

Oscar Nominations Announced - Big Snubs!
Oscar Nominations Announced – Big Snubs!

I’ll be updating my blog later this morning to give you the breakdown of all the Oscar Nominees for the 86th Annual Academy Awards. As you can see, I’m waiting to fill in the blanks below.

The nominees will announced in 2 hours at 8:30AM on CBS. I’ll be watching from home in my PJs with a Mimosa and some decadent baked goods 🙂

In the meantime, enjoy the video below with 250 dancers and Academy Award® Host Ellen DeGeneres dressed in matching tuxedos dancing to “The Walker” by the Los Angeles soul/indie pop band Fitz and the Tantrums.

Sticking with the theme of celebrating “Heroes”, real-life Thor, actor Chris Hemsworth announced the Nominees this morning along with the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

When I calculate below, it looks like “Gravity” and “American Hustle” both come out on top with 10 Oscar nominations each. Somebody, please check my math 😉

Your Complete List of Nominees for the 86th annual Academy Awards which will air Sunday, March 2, on ABC. Continue reading “Award Season :: Complete Nominee List :: 2014 Oscars :: Snubs ‘n’ Picks”

Award Season :: 2014 Golden Globes :: Winners List :: ReCap

by Shannonn Kelly
03:51AM, EST, January 13, 2014

Updated 06:43PM, EST, January 13, 2014

Winners of "12 Years A Slave", "Dallas Buyers Club", "American Hustle"

Just 10 minutes into last night’s (okay, 3 hours ago) Golden Globes,  I tweeted #TamyFoehler ( they are a couple aren’t they 😉 ) are already killing with the laughs at the #GoldenGlobes.

I wasn’t drinking. Had no fancy dinner. Was sitting in my ‘schooshy pants’ in my Italian recliner, but Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made me feel like I was right there with them at the boozey Golden Globe® Ceremony.

The Academy Award® extravaganza is the Grand Daddy of all the award shows, but I relish presenters and nominees half in the bag on live broadcasts. Sometimes a little sloppy – – but always fun.

There’s an English saying, “Start as you mean to go on”, and that’s exactly what Fey and Poehler did. Their almost 10 minute opening monologue was hilarious. Continue reading “Award Season :: 2014 Golden Globes :: Winners List :: ReCap”

TIFF 2013 :: Breaking Down The Program – 100 Picks at TIFF

by Shannonn Kelly
05:12AM, EST, Thursday September 05, 2013

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jason Bateman bring their personal best to TIFF 2013
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jason Bateman bring their personal best to TIFF 2013

Well film lovers – the behemoth that is known as the 38th Annual Toronto International Film Festival is in full swing starting Today!

As my readers know, I try and give you the best bang for your $23.50 per ticket by breaking down the monster program book into a pop-culture-y take and make it all user friendly.

I always try to find the gems from all over the world and not just Hollywood blockbusters. Especially interesting to filmgoers should be films without distribution. Those are the films people need to see so the filmmaker can build and audience through word-of-mouth, no matter what country they’re from. This year was tough to stay ‘indie‘ with so many good people making good movies and a few GREAT directorial debuts, by the likes of (my crushes) Jason Bateman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt for instance.

I’ve been following Chiwetel Ejiofor since he played ‘Okwe’ in Stephen Frears‘ film Dirty Pretty Things (2002). I saw the premiere of this film when I was still in school but came here for TIFF. I was blown away by his performance and the screenplay in general.the script was originally submitted by writer Steven Knight to the BBC Writersroom. This screenplay went on to become ‘Dirty Pretty Things’. Ejiofor won Best Actor at the British Independent Film Awards, the Evening Standard Film Awards, and the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards. He went on to co-star in  Love Actually (2003), Woody Allen‘s Melinda and Melinda (2004), Kinky Boots (2005), Inside Man (2006), Children of Men (2006), American Gangster (2007) which I really thought he was the star and not Denzel Washington.

This year Ejiofor stars in two heartfelt and dramatic films at TIFF. He plays ‘Odenigbo’ in Half of a Yellow Sun about family and war in Nigeria by director and starring opposite Thandie Newton and Anika Noni Rose.

In “12 Years a Slave“, Ejiofor also stars as ‘Solomon Northup’ in this horrendous based on fact story about a fiddle playing 19th-century free black man abducted and sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War era Deep South. Directed by Steve McQueen “Hunger” (2008) and Shame (2011). Cast your early Oscar vote for for Ejiofor in “12 Years a Slave”. It’s going to be a Winner.

Continue reading “TIFF 2013 :: Breaking Down The Program – 100 Picks at TIFF”

Holy Cowl Neck – Ben Affleck Confirmed as the New Batman

by Shannonn Kelly
06:41AM, EST, August 23, 2013

Academy Award Winning Actor/Director Ben Affleck Confirmed to Play Batman
Academy Award Winning Actor/Director Ben Affleck Confirmed to Play Batman

It’s not the best news to the ears of Batman fans. But you know we’re all going to rush to the box office to see it. Academy Award® winner Ben Affleck has been cast as the new Batman in the “Man of Steel” sequel, according to a statement released by Warner Bros. just after last month’s San Diego Comic-Con International.

The announcement follows weeks of speculation about who would don the Dark Knight’s cape in the Batman-Superman film currently titled “Batman vs. Superman“.

Greg Silverman, Warner Bros. President of Creative Development:

We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular superheroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.

Continue reading “Holy Cowl Neck – Ben Affleck Confirmed as the New Batman”

Breaking Bad – Season 5 Returns – All Good Things ‘Bad’ Come to An End

by Shannonn Kelly
4:02AM, EST August 11, 2013

Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) have different perspectives in Season 6 of Breaking Bad
Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) have different perspectives in Season 6 of Breaking Bad

I just finished ‘binge watching’ all the episodes of the 1st part of “Breaking Bad“, Season 5 to get ready for tonight’s much anticipated premiere of the “return” of Season 5.

I re-learned a lot of things. Saul is a poet, Marie is obsessed with ‘purple’, Mike was scary mofo, Skylar is a ball buster, Jesse is a soft touch and the voice of reason, Hank is pretty smart and Walt is in for a shit storm as the ’empire builder’…

Creator Vince Gilligan said in an interview in Huffington Post last season that:

…the prospect of guiding the show towards its endgame had him in a state of “terror“. He compared the writing process to a “chess game” and stressed that although his writing staff had an idea about where the show was going and certain signposts established to guide them there, they were still filling in plot developments and were “always open to something better that may come along“.

The critically-acclaimed series Breaking Bad is one of those rare things that turned TV upside down. It showed stodgy TV execs what audiences craved. Complex characters. Real tension in every episode. Real believable crisis for every character. And all this stuff that could happen in your own backyard. Possibly the greatest program in television history – is Breaking Bad. And all that good badness is about to come to an end, as Season 6 spells the end for chemistry teacher turned meth-making kingpin “Walter White”.

The final season of Breaking Bad returns tonight, August 11 at 9:00PM EST, followed by AMC’s new original series “Low Winter Sun” at 10:00PM which stars Mark Strong in his dark journey as a Detroit cop. (Which I’ll be watching) Continue reading “Breaking Bad – Season 5 Returns – All Good Things ‘Bad’ Come to An End”

Glee Future Up In Air As Show Prepares for Cory Monteith Tribute

by Shannonn Kelly
09:42AM, EST, August 02, 2013

Glee's Cory Monteith and Lea Michele in 'Happier Times'...
Glee’s Cory Monteith and Lea Michele in ‘Happier Times’…

With Twitter still alight with news about Cory Monteith’s death, fan support and condolences, Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly announced at the Television Critics Association 2013 Summer Press Tour that “GLEE” plans to write the “Finn Hudson” character out of the show by episode 3 in the upcoming 5th season.

Episode 3 plans to directly deal with the circumstances around actor Cory Monteith’s death but Reilly didn’t specifically say that the character dies of an overdose.

“The third episode will deal with the Finn Hudson character being written out of the show. That episode will deal directly with the incidents surrounding his death and drug addiction … Ryan Murphy is going to film PSAs with the cast, as cast members, as friends of his, they’re going to speak directly to the audience.

The episode may feature old footage of Monteith:

“It’s a possibility because we do have some of that footage, but I can’t speak to it because Ryan and the guys are working through it right now.” Continue reading “Glee Future Up In Air As Show Prepares for Cory Monteith Tribute”

Warner Bros. Greenlights “Veronica Mars” – Here’s How They’ll Make It

by Shannonn Kelly
5:24AM, EST, Friday March 15, 2013

The Veronica Mars 'Kickstarter' Campaign
The Veronica Mars ‘Kickstarter’ Campaign

Everybody’s talking about it and here’s how it all happened:
Two days ago, Rob Thomas creator and writer of “Veronika Mars” (2004–2007) started a campaign on Kickstarter, a crowd source funding tool for creative projects.

Thomas Said in the Campaign:

Of course, Warner Bros. still owns Veronica Mars and we would need their blessing and cooperation to pull this off. Kristen and I met with the Warner Bros. brass, and they agreed to allow us to take this shot. They were extremely cool about it, as a matter of fact. Their reaction was, if you can show there’s enough fan interest to warrant a movie, we’re on board. So this is it. This is our shot.

Thanks to the news of the campaign first blowing up on the hyper-geek early adopter social networking site Reddit, then followed quickly by Twitter and FaceBook – in less than 12 hours, with pledges ranging from $1. – $10,000., Thomas raised his $2 million target in less than 12 hours from VM loyal fan base.

And now with (at time of writing) 28 days left to go in the campaign, Thomas and key creatives like Kristen Bell, has 49,427 Backers and $3,273,558 raised which far exceeds Thomas’s $2,000,000 goal.

I pledged $35 and the image below shows what my perks are: Veronica Mars Pledge Confirmation Veronica Mars Pledge Confirmation

So now, with the permission to proceed from Warner Bros. arriving just 24 hours the Kickstarter campaign, Warner Bros. has decided they will fund the cost of distributing the film and the marketing campaign as well. The entire production budget however, will come solely from the Kickstarter campaign.

According to Brent Lang at

The noirish “Veronica Mars” followed an aspiring private investigator through high school and later college as she was tutored in the art of deduction by her detective father. It was never a ratings blockbuster, but it did inspire a passionate following — something the intense response to the Kickstarter campaign demonstrated.

Thomas said on Kickstarter that the movie will be shot over the summer and post-production will happen in the fall. The film will get a limited theatrical release in 2014 before debuting on video-on-demand and electronic sell through.

Twitter, FaceBook Goes GREEN For Unpaid ‘Life of Pi’ Visual Effects Artists

by Shannonn Kelly
04:08AM, EST, February 28, 2013

Bringing Color and Hue to Life of Pi at the Expense of the Visual Artists
Bringing Color and Hue to Life of Pi at the Expense of the Visual Artists

A couple of days ago, you might have noticed some of your friends changed their avatar to a plain green block on FaceBook and Twitter.

Th green block represents the Hollywood Green Screen (or Chroma Key Compositing) and the issue  behind it was alluded to on Oscar night.

Since then Filmgoers, and Filmmakers have been showing their solidarity by replacing their profile pics with a green block to support approximately 250 Visual Effects Artists who worked on “Life of Pi” but were laid off without pay.

Due to these very same artists, “Life of Pi” won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, but up many of the artists responsible for creating those gorgeous effects were laid off when their employer Rhythm & Hues filed for bankruptcy, resulting in those Visual Artists not being paid for five weeks.

Known for known for its work on “Babe” and also the Oscar nominated “Snow White And The Huntsman“, Rhythm & Hues was the studio that breathed life into “Life of Pi” on the big screen.

About 600 artists alone, were on staff to animate the Bengal tiger, Richard Parker. Without these artists you’d get scenes like the one at the right with just a boat and an actor on a sound stage. Continue reading “Twitter, FaceBook Goes GREEN For Unpaid ‘Life of Pi’ Visual Effects Artists”

Mindy McCready :: Troubled Country Music Star – Dead at 37…

Troubled country music star, Mindy McCready Dead at 37...
Troubled country music star, Mindy McCready Dead at 37…

by Shannonn Kelly
05:39AM, EST, February 18, 2013

It’s reported that troubled country music star, Mindy McCready, 37 is dead of an apparent suicide after Sheriff’s deputies found her body on the front porch of her home around 3:30PM, EST, Sunday.

It also appears that McCready shot her dog before taking her own life. Sadly, she leaves behind a 10-month old boy and a 6 year-old boy who prior to the incident was placed in foster care.

In the last 10 years, I started to get into country music as a result of long road trips in the American South-West and nothing else on the radio. I can’t name a lot of artists, but Lyle Lovett, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash have become favorites.

However, because I’m a big baseball fan is how I became aware of Mindy McCready. Huge rumors were swirling around that she was involved in a long-term affair with the already married Cy Young Award winning starting baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees, Roger “The Rocket” Clemens. Continue reading “Mindy McCready :: Troubled Country Music Star – Dead at 37…”