Beyonce and her seminal album/film Lemonade are under fire from filmmaker Matthew Fulks, who is suing her for copying his short film Palinoia.
Folks is claiming that Beyonce and her team were well aware of his 2014 film and was even contacted by Columbia Records (with whom Bey works) to work with one of their other artists, MS MR last summer. Months later, Lemonade began filming, apparently referencing elements of Fulks’ work.
Fulks claims multiple elements of his movie were copied by the singer including “graffiti and persons with heads down”, “black and white eyes”, “side-lit ominous figures”, “parking garage” and “the grass scene”.
The complaint even features side-by-side examples of the alleged plagiarism. And, whilst the tone of each film does appear different, Fulks’ illustrated examples do show similarities between the movies.
Beyonce and her team are yet to comment.
What do you think?
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I guess Simon Cowell has won. Over the years he’s managed to turn a bunch of emerging and talented amateurs into mega stars. He owns a super yacht, a Bentley and several properties which most people think only exist in Town and Country magazine. If life were a game of Monopoly then Simon Cowell would own Mayfair, Park Lane and all the Utilities. And yes, work that smirk.
As for his beloved X Factor show, well… it hasn’t turned out to be the ratings extravaganza that Simon Cowell had hoped for.
No, but it’s still great for the judges who get tons of exposure and lots of money for doing practically nothing.
Nothing is pretty much what Rita Ora does for a living except the X Factor have been paying her for it. That’s why it’s really hard to believe that she has pulled out of the upcoming show just before filming begins on the new series.
Really it’s true. According to sources she was offered a new judging contract but she turned it down. Here’s what they had to say.
“Losing Rita is a huge blow – she’s one of the biggest stars in the country and Simon wanted her to return.
“She was very keen to do the show but at the end of the day it didn’t work out with her other commitments around the world in music and acting.
“It means we’re going to have to go through the biggest shake-up in the history of X Factor, but maybe it will turn out for the best.”
(Via The Sun)
Wait what? “Biggest stars in the country” Rita Ora? Is that it? You say that about someone who just slapped you in the face? Simon could’ve at least saved the words “you’re fired” and let Rita hear them for herself.
But seriously? If I were the X Factor PR then I’d say far worse things than that!
Anyway. Rita leaving now means Simon Cowell is the only judge left from last year’s line up.
Apparently, Simon hasn’t chosen any replacement yet, but the only way I’ll watch that wailing show is if the new judge is Jack Dee.
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Nicole Scherzinger is the one celebrity I know who hasn’t been caught in a tax avoidance scam or a drug conspiracy. Not in the past year at least. That makes her my Celebrity of the Month.
Nicole Scherzinger also has a nice bikini body which makes her way better to look at than any of those pimply faced reality stars who volunteer for duty at picture desks up and down Fleet Street.
We could talk about how Nicole is a fascinating person, or we could stare wantonly at her cleavage and think about how babies are made. Please tell me which is the more appropriate use of your time. Err no, don’t.
Anyways…… to the point.
Nicole has been posing in Will.i.am’s latest music video. I’d love to tell you that she’s been featured wearing outfits which look like they were purchased from the AwesomeDates.com catalogue, but no she hasn’t. Instead Nicole has had her face superimposed on an array of famous renaissance paintings.
The video was shot in an art gallery and if you watch carefully you’ll spot Nicole appearing on the wall as both Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Johannes Vermeer’s Girl With The Pearl Earring.
As the video plays Nicole can be heard humming, trilling and nodding her head. And blinking. Yes, blinking. Nicole sure worked for her supper on this one.
The rest is self explanatory.
In related news, the rest of Nicole’s former Pussycat Dolls members were trying to collect enough money to purchase a magazine.
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According to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev used a company registered in the British Virgin Islands to hide valuable works of art away from his former wife Elena. During their divorce proceedings the company apparently helped Rybolovlev to move paintings by Picasso, Van Gogh and Rothko out of Switzerland to London in order to keep them from Elena’s grasp.
In what is thought to be the biggest financial leak in history some 11million documents have been leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. As a result Dmitry Rybolovlev joins businessmen, world leaders, celebrities and politicians who have all had their financial wickedness revealed to the world.
The full extent of the revelation comes in an article published by the ICIJ yesterday. Before publishing their explosive article the ICIJ spent 12 months pouring over the 11 million documents which had been leaked to them from a Panama-based law firm (Mossack Fonseca) who specialise in the creation of offshore companies and wealth management services.
The ICIJ worked with German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and 100 other news organisations around the world to analyse the data in what is said to be the biggest media collaboration ever undertaken.
The leaked documents have revealed information about more than 214,000 offshore companies which are connected to people in over 200 countries. The data which included emails, financial spreadsheets, passports and corporate records, revealed secret ownership of bank accounts and companies in 21 offshore jurisdictions, including Nevada, Hong Kong and the British Virgin Islands.
It’s taken me almost a day to read through the article posted at Panama papers.icil.org. It’s really bloody long and was written by people who seem to think that their identities are immune from scrutiny by airport security systems. Best of luck with your travel arrangements chaps.
Anyway, the article goes on and on and on but basically it all boils down to one thing…. ‘because I’m rich I don’t have to pay tax.’
Nobody likes to pay taxes. Even people who fight for tax increases don’t like to pay tax. Last year just three people in the entire world ticked the box [on their tax return] which indicates a willingness to pay more than the bare minimum of tax demanded. Nobody likes handing over money they’ve earned to an nondescript black tick box. It’s unnatural. That’s why they invented PAYE to take tax out of your pay cheque before you receive it.
But y’know what? We all have to pay our taxes. Eventually. After all somebody has to pay for the guns, margarine and Range Rovers the third world so desperately needs. Seriously, even beautiful models with fantastic tits who ordinarily get to avoid life’s burdens still have to pay their taxes.
Really, they do. Imagine how often Kate Moss would be sexually exploited in a prison shower if she didn’t pay her taxes.
And that brings me nicely round to the art connection.
Back in December 2008 Elena Rybolovlev filed for divorce from her husband Dmitry. At the time the Rybolovlevs were based in Switzerland which meant that under Swiss divorce laws each spouse was entitled to an equal part of the couple’s wealth.
Tracking down Dmitry Rybolovlev’s art collection was not easy. According to the documents Mossack Fonseca helped the Russian businessman transfer ownership of many of his art assets to Xitrans Finance Ltd, a company they set up for him in the British Virgin Islands.
The ICIJ article states that it was this off-shore firm who became the owners of paintings by Picasso, Modigliani, Van Gogh, Monet, Degas and Rothko. They also bought Louis XVI-style desks, tables and drawers made by some of Paris’s grandest furniture makers.
In January 2009, as the marriage broke down, Dmitry Rybolovlev used Xitrans Finance Ltd to move his art treasures out of Switzerland to Singapore, then to London and then far far away. Far away from his wife’s reach.
And there you have it. Billionaires doing what billionaires do best. Tax evasion, forced labour, extortion, more tax evasion and a shed load of super weird nastiness.
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