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Ariana Grande Sues Forever 21; Slammed by Farrah Moan for Copying

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Grammy award winner, Ariana Grande got entangled in a controversy with Forever 21 last week. The pop-star would be suing the fashion chain for £8.3 million over an alleged use of “lookalike” in an advertising campaign. However, two days after the report, the singer was accused of allegedly copying costumes by RuPaul’s Drag Race performer Farrah Moan.

On September 4, Grande alleged that Forever 21 hired a model with an “uncanny” resemblance to her, as she has revoked their offer to endorse the brand. She claimed that the company stole her “name, likeness and other intellectual property” to promote the brand for free.

According to the lawsuit filed in California, the 26-year-old is seeking $10 million in damages. Forever 21 had approached her in November last year, but no endorsement deal happened. The 21-page legal documents highlight that Grande did not accept the agreement because the brand was not paying “the fair market value”.

Fearing “irrelevance in a rapidly evolving market with increasing competition from other fast fashion brands”, Forever 21 and its sister company, Riley Rose, “instead stole her name, likeness, and other intellectual property to promote their brands for free”, the lawsuit said.

However, two days after on September 6, Farrah Moan took to Twitter and asked for “a cut of that 10M” from Grande, for copying her performance and video costumes.

A drag queen, she posted a comparing photo of her in drag and Ariana Grande from the “7 Rings” video depicting similar costumes. She alleged that Grande’s team she the picture to a designer of an outfit she wore on Drag Race and instructed them to “copy” the look.

“Ariana should give me a cut of that 10M since her team literally sent a pic of me to the designer and paid them to copy my look from [All Stars 4],” she wrote.

In accompanying Tweet, Farrah Moan stated that the ones at fault was Grande’s team, citing to the irony where they would sue Forever 21 for “theft of likeness”. Moan highlighted that it was exactly what Grande and her team had done in the first place.

Ariana Grande’s lawsuit contained images from Forever 21’s ad campaigns, presenting the brand’s alleged use of her lookalike. One of the company’s posts used in the advertising campaign also uses lyrics from Grande.

Last month, reports had revealed that Forever 21 was preparing for potential bankruptcy filing, because of waning finances and fading options of turnaround. While the company was already in a crisis, Ariana Grande’s imposed fine could make the situation even worse for the fashion retailer.

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“The Crown” Season 3 Trailer Starring Olivia Colman, Leaves Fans Excited

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The season 3 teaser of “The Crown” released in August already left its fans across the globe eager to see famed Olivia Colman in the role of Queen Elizabeth II. Now, with the release of the 31 second teaser trailer, the fans have gone gaga over Colman reprising the Queen with an exact mannerism of Claire Foy.

The teaser launched on Friday begins with Colman making a poised entrance in a room filled with the top advisers of the throne. She is then seen standing and examining the updated stamps, when one of the advisers says, “Everyone is delighted with the new profile, ma’am, which they feel to be an elegant reflection of Her Majesty’s transition from young woman to…”

To which Olivia Colman starring as the Queen in the season 3 of “The Crown” interrupts and says, “Old bat?” In response, he replies, “Settled sovereign”. Colman then hesitantly claims, “A great many changes. Nothing one can do about it. One just has to get on with it.”

The extent of the popularity of the show can be determined from the fact that the show is already renewed for a fourth season. The show will release on Netflix on Sunday, November 17.

Apart from the Oscar-winner Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles also stars in third season of “The Crown”. The show will also witness Erin Doherty as Princess Anne, Ben Daniels as Lord Snowdon, Jason Watkins as Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Charles Dance as Lord Mountbatten.

The current season will revolve around the storyline of Royal family struggling to tackle the challenges of a continuously changing Britain. The challenges range from cold-war paranoia to the jet-set and the space age – the exuberance of the 1960s and the long hangover of the 1970s. The Queen aka Olivia Colman and the Royal Family must grow accustomed to a new, more liberated and more turbulent world.

It’s been two years, since the broadcast of the Season 2 of “The Crown” due to which the fans across the globe are eagerly waiting to witness an all-new drama in the form of Season 3.

The Season 2 which portrayed Suez Crisis, retirement of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in 1963, Profumo affair political scandal and the birth of Prince Edward has made the fans across the globe all the more ravenous for British-monarchy drama.

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Rapper Dave’s Debut Album ‘Psychodrama’ Bags him 2019 Mercury Prize

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21-year-old British rapper Dave has won the 2019 Hyundai Mercury Prize for his debut album “Psychodrama” released in March. Along with the Mercury Prize for this year, the Streatham-born star was also given prize money worth £25,000.

The prestigious award, first introduced in 1992, is given each year for the best album released across the nation by a British or Irish act. The album “Psychodrama” is based on the therapy his brother is receiving in prison and covers the steps taken to improve the conditions of prison and the diversity of the black experience.

While presenting the award, Judge Annie Mac claimed the album “showed remarkable levels of musicianship, true artistry, courage, honesty. And it is simply exceptional”.

She further spoke in the defence of the Mercury Prize winner and the controversy over one of his songs “Black”. She said, “If you are genuinely offended by the idea of a man talking about the colour of his skin and how it has shaped his identity, then that is a problem for you.”

Apart from Mac, the judging panel also praised the album saying, “‘Psychodrama’ is the musical equivalent of a literary masterpiece: a conceptual album about Dave’s experience of growing up in South London, structured in the form of a therapy session, which takes a deeply personal story and gives it universal relevance.”

“’Psychodrama’ is a moving, musically sophisticated work that tackles complex themes of identity, class, relationships and politics and demands total attention from the listener,” the statement added.

Among the judges this year, Rapper Stormzy was also included. He was nominated for the 2017 Mercury Prize for his debut album, “Gang Signs & Prayer”.

Prior to collecting the award, Dave hugged his mom. He dedicated the award to the artists, his friends and family.

As a token of thanks, the rapper said, “This is surreal. It is a massive honour and I am glad that I’ve been able to repay the faith that a lot of people have put in me … I have good days and bad days, but you see the team around me, my friends, my family, they kept me strong through this process.”

It is not for the first time that Dave has won a prestigious award like this. Last year Dave won the top prize for his political anthem Question Time at the Ivor Novello songwriting awards.

Apart from Dave’s “Psychodrama”, other nominees this year included Anna Calvi, Cate Le Bon, Foals, Fontaines DC, Idles, Little Simz, Nao, SEED Ensemble, Slowthai, and the 1975.

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Ryan Murphy Reunites with Oscar Winner Jessica Lange for a Netflix Series

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American director and producer Ryan Murphy, who is best known for creating and producing innumerable successful TV series and was hired by Netflix with a compensation of $300 million for a period of five years in 2018, recently confirmed that he will be reuniting with the Academy Award winner Jessica Lange.

Murphy said, “Jessica Lange and I are working on a piece about Marlene Dietrich in Vegas in the early 60s.” Lange is the thirteenth actress to have achieved the Triple Crown of Acting in the history. She even received two Academy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards. Moreover, she is the only performer ever to have won Primetime Emmy Awards in both supporting and lead acting categories for the same miniseries.  

Even though Ryan Murphy has been working with a number of legendary Hollywood stars under his Netflix deal, he still added Jessica Lange, who is widely known as the greatest actresses of her generation, to his list.

Recalling the limited time, he is left with due to the availability of innumerable projects and a line-up of impressive array of stars, Murphy said, “But I am so booked. When am I going to do it? I don’t know.” He even added, “I’m only into April of next year’s calendar.”   

As known, the Minnesota born actress would appear in Murphy’s The Politician, a political comedy starring American actor Ben Platt and actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

Other than this, Ryan Murphy’s feature project The Prom at Netflix will reunite him with Sarah Paulson, and tell the origin story of the infamous Nurse Ratchet from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; and Hollywood, a look at the sex industry with Holland Taylor and Patti LuPone.

As disclosed, the Prom is a 10-part miniseries, starring Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep.  

Another of Murphy’s series would include a look at two gay icons – Halston and Andy Warhol, who were known for their iconic friendship. Scottish actor Ewan McGregor would play the role of the famed designer, though the details on who would be playing the role of Warhol has still not been disclosed.

During his remaining time with Netflix, Ryan Murphy will also be revisiting a few classics but those will air over FX. The third instalment of Murphy’s co-production American Crime Story, which is in progress and will be aired in September 2020, will tell the story of President Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

It has been revealed that the third series, whose production will start in February 2020, would star Linda Tripp, Monica Lewinsky, and Paula Jones, respectively, with Lewinsky herself signing on as a co-producer. A source disclosed that the series would also include Hillary Clinton’s appearance, but that she would not have any significant role in it.

Once all this is completed, Ryan Murphy will be seen more frequently with collaborator Jessica Lange to get the production on Marlene Dietrich project done in appropriate time. The previous details show that Murphy exited his Fox deal last year to join Netflix.   

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Meghan Markle Shares Adorable Family Picture on Prince Harry’s Birthday

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The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry turned 35 on September 15, and wife Meghan Markle had the most beautiful way of wishing her husband. The Duchess of Sussex shared a new photo of baby Archie on her Instagram with a birthday message for Harry.

“Your service to the causes you care so deeply for inspires me every day. You are the best husband and most amazing dad to our son. We love you. Happiest birthday!,” the message reads.

Markle shared a grid of nine photographs, displaying Harry in different walks of life. The images include him as a baby with the late Princess Diana, his older brother Prince William, his wedding day picture of last May and one of their first overseas trip as newlyweds to New Zealand.

However, what caught the most attention of the fans from the photo collection was a black and white image of Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Archie on the baby’s christening day in July.

The message post on the Sussex Royal account has been like for over 614,392 and still continues. Followers of the royal sent their wishes to the Prince through comments, and expressed their delight at seeing Archie’s new photo.

“That picture of Harry kneeling in front of Meghan, and Archie! Beautiful beyond words,” said one of the users.

Another added, “New picture of Archie. Thank you for posting he’s so adorable!”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also sent their birthday greeting to Prince Harry through their personal Instagram account @kensingtonroyal.

The message, accompanied with the picture of the brothers on Harry’s wedding day, read, “Wishing a very happy birthday to The Duke of Sussex today!”

Last month, Prince Harry had also posted a birthday message for his wife on her 38th birthday on social media. “Happy Birthday to my amazing wife. Thank you for joining me on this adventure! – Love, H,” it read.

The never-seen-before picture of Archie comes a week before the family will embark on their first overseas trip together. Harry and Meghan Markle, along with their son, will head to South Africa.

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Desperate Housewives’ Felicity Huffman Gets 14 Days in Prison

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Award-winning actress Felicity Huffman of the Desperate Housewives was sentenced this Friday to 14 days in the federal prison following her role in the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal in US. The actresses’ attorney requested at the federal court in Boston the same day that Huffman be permitted to spend her prison time at the Federal Correctional Institution Dublin, California instead. The final decision on where will Huffman be spending her prison sentence, is in the hands of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), a decision on which will come on the 25 October.

Felicity Huffman is the first of a group of parents accused in America’s college admissions scandal. Huffman reportedly paid $15,000 to the scandal’s mastermind – William “Rick” Singer – to boost her daughter’s SAT scores. Almost about 30 parents have been charged in the same scam.

The place requested for Felicity Huffman by her attorney is a “low security” institute of correction that houses 1,235 female inmates in Alameda County. The institute is situated at about 35 miles outside of San Francisco.

If permitted, Huffman at the Federal Correctional Institution Dublin will be required to wear a khaki clothing that has her name and inmate number on it. As part of her schedule as an inmate of the correctional facility, the Desperate Housewives actress will have to make her bed by 6.30 a.m., with the exception of weekends and holidays, on which the inmates are allowed to sleep in and make their beds by 10 a.m., as stated on the prison’s website.

The actress has pleaded guilty of conspiring to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in the college admissions scandal.

Besides spending jail time, Felicity Huffman is also sentenced to do a year of probation, complete 250 hours of community service, and pay a fine of $30,000.

A “deeply ashamed” Huffman apologized to the judge; her husband, actor William H. Macy, and her daughters, in the courtroom on Friday. “I am deeply ashamed of what I have done,” she said. “At the end of the day I had a choice to make. I could have said, ‘no.'”

Prosecutors have also suggested that Huffman be given a month in prison with a fine of $20,000 for her role in the college admissions scandal. However, a final word on the prison she will be sent to, the amount of time she will spend there, and the fine to be paid, will be released six weeks from now, i.e. on 25 October, when Huffman shows up at the bureau.

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