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Bill Cosby: These 28 Universities Still Haven’t Withdrawn Honorary Degrees

4 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Bill Cosby no longer has a Doctorate of Fine Arts degree from The University of Connecticut, adding to the list of degrees that have been revoked from the actor. UConn has rescinded Bill Cosby‘s honorary degree from 1996 after a unanimous vote from its trustees on Wednesday, the Hartford Courant reported. This is the first time in the university’s history that it has nullified an honorary degree. After charges were filed against Cosby for drugging and sexually abusing numerous women, more than a dozen institutions revoked his honorary degree. Also Read: Bill Cosby Defamation Lawsuit Dropped by Accuser Here »

- Rasha Ali

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Hugh Hefner to Cosby Accuser -- Dragging Me Into Your Suit is a Sham

9 hours ago | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Hugh Hefner's no rapist enabler ... so dragging his name into Bill Cosby's sexual assault case is Absurd ... so claims Hef in new legal docs obtained by TMZ. The Playboy magazine founder just asked the judge to dismiss him from Chloe Goins' lawsuit against Cosby, arguing the suit reeks of a desperate ploy to drum up publicity and force Cosby to settle. Hefner goes on to say he's never been implicated in a single »

- TMZ Staff

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Kanye West Dares Naked ‘Famous’ Celebs to Sue Him: How They Might Make the Case

10 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

After debuting his new video “Famous” this weekend Kanye West tweeted, “Can somebody sue already? I’ll wait.” And he’s still waiting — but for how much longer?

The music video is essentially recreation of painter Vincent Desiderio’s “Sleep,” featuring nude celebrities, most of whom aren’t really there: Taylor Swift, Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Caitlyn Jenner, President George W. Bush, Chris Brown, Donald Trump, Bill Cosby, along West’s wife Kim Kardashian, the rapper himself and two of the couple’s ex-lovers (Ray J and Amber Rose) all sleeping next to each other in a large bed.

While the film is a mixture of real people and digital recreations, at least some of these subjects’ nude likenesses were recreated without their consent. Which raises the question: If West got his wish and one of his famous subjects sued him, would the case hold water?

In short: Filmmakers who have »

- Chris O'Falt

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Kanye West's "Famous" Video Is Infamous, But Will Any Celebrity Dare Sue?

28 June 2016 2:22 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

If an artist wished to purposely create a music video that would lead 50 judges to opine the work was legally permissible and another 50 judges to conclude the opposite, one could hardly do better than Kanye West’s video for “Famous,” which features realistic — and nude — depictions of celebrities including Donald Trump, Caitlyn Jenner, Bill Cosby, Taylor Swift and Chris Brown in bed with West and his wife, Kim Kardashian. Undoubtedly, “Famous” is provocative. In fact, that could be its raison d'etre — as evidenced by West’s since-deleted tweet, “Can somebody sue me already #I’llwait.” But

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- Eriq Gardner

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Stephen Colbert Edits Himself Into Kanye West’s ‘Famous’ Video In Amazing Clip — Watch

28 June 2016 7:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Rapper Kanye West debuted the music video for his song “Famous,” the first single off of his seventh album “The Life of Pablo,” which features synthetic nude, sleeping bodies of many famous celebrities, such as George W. Bush, Bill Cosby, Donald Trump, and Taylor Swift. Though the video sparked controversy for its nudity, provocation, and the potentially unlawful use of celebrity likeness, there’s one person who’s outraged about the video, but for a different reason: It’s because he was cut out.

Read More: Kanye West’s ‘Famous’ Video Debate: Celebrity, Warhol and Taylor Swift

On last night’s episode of “The Late Show,” host Stephen Colbert expressed his frustration at being “edited out” of Kanye’s music video and decided to present the “footage” of his appearance. In the clip, Colbert lies in bed and addresses the camera saying that everyone “just had sex…at the same time, »

- Vikram Murthi

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Stephen Colbert Edits Himself Into Kanye West’s ‘Famous’ Video In Amazing Clip — Watch

28 June 2016 7:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Rapper Kanye West debuted the music video for his song “Famous,” the first single off of his seventh album “The Life of Pablo,” which features synthetic nude, sleeping bodies of many famous celebrities, such as George W. Bush, Bill Cosby, Donald Trump, and Taylor Swift. Though the video sparked controversy for its nudity, provocation, and the potentially unlawful use of celebrity likeness, there’s one person who’s outraged about the video, but for a different reason: It’s because he was cut out.

Read More: Kanye West’s ‘Famous’ Video Debate: Celebrity, Warhol and Taylor Swift

On last night’s episode of “The Late Show,” host Stephen Colbert expressed his frustration at being “edited out” of Kanye’s music video and decided to present the “footage” of his appearance. In the clip, Colbert lies in bed and addresses the camera saying that everyone “just had sex…at the same time, »

- Vikram Murthi

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Never-Before-Seen Footage From Kanye West's "Famous" Art Visual Leaks on Late-Night TV

28 June 2016 5:25 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Apparently, there were a few more celebrities that didn't quite make the cut for the final version of Kanye West's "Famous" art visual.  While the Grammy-winning rapper debuted his final version Friday during a live event at Los Angeles' The Forum, a few bits of unaired footage managed to see the limelight on late-night television Monday evening.  While the original features representations of celebrities, including Kim Kardashian, Donald Trump, Anna Wintour, Rihanna, and Bill Cosby, all lined up naked in a bed together, the new clips present two more unexpected public figures.  In an alternate version released on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the host poked fun at the »

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6 Kanye West Music Videos That Were Inspired by Art

28 June 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Kanye West will never release mediocre work, and whether you love it or hate it, you're talking about it. The rapper's latest eyebrow-raising release is the visual for his popular track "Famous," off of his The Life of Pablo album, which drew thousands of fans either to The Forum in Los Angeles or glued to Tidal to experience the premiere—and there was definite shock value with what they were given. Yeezy's video showed him in bed with naked (and very realistic) wax figures of Kim Kardashian, Donald Trump, Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Ray J, Taylor Swift, Caitlyn Jenner, Amber Rose, Bill Cosby and George Bush. And while some are not exactly a fan of what he portrayed, the artist who »

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How Are Celebs Reacting to Kanye West's Naked Portrayal of Them in His ''Famous'' Video? Watch to Find Out!

27 June 2016 5:04 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Kanye West is causing major controversy with his "Famous" music video. On Friday, Kanye released his new music video at a special event at the Forum in Los Angeles, which was also live-streamed on Tidal. During the event, Kanye played his video, which includes many Nsfw visuals. One visual that has everyone talking is the part of the video where Kanye and Kim Kardashian are shown in bed with many other stars, naked and uncensored. The celebs (who didn't actually pose for the video) include Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Anna Wintour, Chris Brown, Ray J, George Bush, Amber Rose, Caitlyn Jenner, Donald Trump and Bill Cosby. Kanye ended the video by thanking all of the stars "for being »

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Kanye West’s ‘Famous’ Video Debate: Celebrity, Warhol and Taylor Swift

27 June 2016 3:17 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Editor’s note: On Friday, Kanye West premiered “Famous,” an extended music video for his single in which he portrayed a variety of recognizable faces sleeping in the nude. The 10-minute video has naturally sparked a mixture of outrage and confusion. Here, critics Eric Kohn and David Ehrlich attempt to figure out what the rapper is trying to say.

Eric Kohn: It may have commandeered the cultural dialogue within moments of its release, but Kanye West’s “Famous” video is about as intellectually basic as the celebrity-obsessed terrain it’s designed to deconstruct: Stars — they’re just like us! Whether it’s Chris Brown or Donald Trump, everybody snores. And yet West’s titillating provocation is fundamentally amusing precisely because it’s such a lark. Minutes drag by as grainy digital video of his sleeping subjects slowly reveals more and more participants, setting the stage for an epic zoom that »

- Eric Kohn and David Ehrlich

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Lena Dunham ‘Can’t Watch’ Kanye West’s ‘Famous’ Video, Says It Makes Her Feel ‘Sad and Unsafe and Worried’

27 June 2016 2:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The High Sparrow may have dug the new Kanye video, but Lena Dunham isn’t feeling it. The star/creator of “Girls” wrote in a Facebook post about “Famous” that “I can’t watch it, don’t want to watch it, if it feels informed and inspired by the aspects of our culture that make women feel unsafe even in their own beds, in their own bodies.”

Read More: Kanye West Explains Why His ‘Famous’ Video Features Naked Bill Cosby, Caitlyn Jenner & More Celebs

She clarifies that her sensibilities are far from delicate, lest anyone accuse her of being a prude: “If it’s been banned, I’ll probably love it. Because I know that art’s job is to make us think in ways that aren’t always tidy or comfortable. But this feels different.” Kanye’s video includes depictions of everyone from Chris Brown and Caitlyn Jenner to »

- Michael Nordine

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Lena Dunham Blasts Kanye West Video as ‘Sickening’ in Light of Stanford Rape Case

27 June 2016 1:17 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Lena Dunham has called Kanye West’s “Famous” music video “sickening” and “disturbing,” particularly in light of the Stanford rape case and dozens of publicized allegations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby. “At the same time Brock Turner is getting off with a light tap for raping an unconscious woman and photographing her breasts for a group chat … As assaults are Periscoped across the web and girls commit suicide after being exposed in ways they never imagined … While Bill Cosby‘s crimes are still being uncovered and understood as traumas for the women he assaulted but also massive bruises to our national consciousness. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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The Surprising Reason a Bill Cosby Accuser Withdrew Her Defamation Lawsuit Against Him - One Day After a Legal Victory

27 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

For Kristina Ruehli suing entertainer Bill Cosby for defamation was never about the money. It was about clearing her name. Last Friday, a day after a federal judge denied Cosby's motion to dismiss her case - a huge victory for her - she withdrew her lawsuit. "I put my money where my mouth was - I spent nearly $100,000 on lawyers - to prove that I was telling the truth ... about this monster," Ruehli, 73, tells People. "I have stood up for myself. Now it's time to go back to my happy life, lose some weight and weed my garden." Andrew Wyatt, »

- Nicole Weisensee Egan, @nweisenseeegan

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The Surprising Reason A Bill Cosby Accuser Withdrew her Defamation Lawsuit Against Him - One Day after a Legal Victory

27 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

For Kristina Ruehli suing entertainer Bill Cosby for defamation was never about the money. It was about clearing her name. Last Friday, a day after a federal judge denied Cosby's motion to dismiss her case - a huge victory for her - she withdrew her lawsuit. "I put my money where my mouth was - I spent nearly $100,000 on lawyers - to prove that I was telling the truth ... about this monster," Ruehli, 73, tells People. "I have stood up for myself. Now it's time to go back to my happy life, lose some weight and weed my garden." Andrew Wyatt, »

- Nicole Weisensee Egan, @nweisenseeegan

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George W Bush ... Kanye Picked a Punk to Play Me

25 June 2016 5:53 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

George W. Bush isn't upset about Kanye trying to find a look-alike to portray him in his new music video, but he's somewhat indignant the faux Bush lacks muscle. In case there was any question, a rep for the 43rd Prez tells TMZ, "In case there was any doubt ... that is not President Bush." The rep added it should be obvious the guy in the "Famous" video is a fake Bush, adding, "He [W] is in much better shape. »

- TMZ Staff

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Kanye West Challenges Someone to Sue Him Over 'Famous' Video: '#I'llWait'

25 June 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Is Kanye West surprised at the lack of backlash following the premiere of his "Famous" music video? The rapper took to Twitter Saturday after debuting his headline-making video, writing, "Can somebody sue me already #I'llwait." In the video - which premiered Friday evening via Tidal livestream and at the Forum in Inglewood, California - nude sculptures of celebrities lay in repose under a white sheet in a replica of Vincent Desiderio's 2008 painting "Sleep." Stars featured in the bed include George W. Bush, Anna Wintour, Donald Trump, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Taylor Swift, West, Kim Kardashian West, Ray J, Amber Rose, »

- Andrea Park, @scandreapark

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Kanye West Challenges Someone to Sue Him Over 'Famous' Video: '#I'llWait'

25 June 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Is Kanye West surprised at the lack of backlash following the premiere of his "Famous" music video? The rapper took to Twitter Saturday after debuting his headline-making video, writing, "Can somebody sue me already #I'llwait." In the video - which premiered Friday evening via Tidal livestream and at the Forum in Inglewood, California - nude sculptures of celebrities lay in repose under a white sheet in a replica of Vincent Desiderio's 2008 painting "Sleep." Stars featured in the bed include George W. Bush, Anna Wintour, Donald Trump, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Taylor Swift, West, Kim Kardashian West, Ray J, Amber Rose, »

- Andrea Park, @scandreapark

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Kanye West Explains Why His ‘Famous’ Video Features Naked Bill Cosby, Caitlyn Jenner & More Celebs

25 June 2016 2:19 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Kanye West’s visual for his track “Famous” has been making headlines, as expected. The Vincent Desiderio-inspired video features 12 detailed sculptures of celebrities and public figures naked and asleep on a bed.

The list includes Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Donald Trump, Rihanna, Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour, Chris Brown, Bill Cosby, Caitlyn Jenner, George Bush, Amber Rose and Ray J. Each one of these people mean something specific to either Kanye or the people surrounding him, from ex-lovers to celebrities he’s criticized in the past and/or worked with.

By now, most of Twitter has critiqued the piece, calling it “art,” “insane,” “controversial” and disrespectful to the women being portrayed. Many are waiting for those celebrities to respond to the way their image being used (Chris Brown thought it was funny, many had “no comment”), including Kanye who tweeted (and then deleted), “Can somebody sue me already #I’llwait. »

- Liz Calvario

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Jay Z Releases ‘Reasonable Doubt’ Documentary ‘Rd 20’ To Celebrate Iconic Album’s 20th Anniversary — Watch

25 June 2016 12:23 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Tidal continues with its exclusive video releases, premiering a new Jay Z documentary, “Rd 20.” The rapper and hip-hop mogul debuted the 35-minute film to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his iconic album “Reasonable Doubt.”

“This album literally saved my life…I can’t thank you all enough,” Jay wrote on Twitter shortly after the release.

Read More: Kanye West’s ‘Famous’ Video: Watch The Realist Art-Inspired, Nude Celebrity Short Film

Directed by Scheme Engine, the doc includes interviews and performances, details Jay’s come-up, how the album was created and his impacting legacy on the music industry. “Rd 20” is spilt into sections named after tracks from the album such as “Politics as Usual,” “Can’t Knock The Hustle,” “Brooklyn’s Finest” and more. Members of the “Reasonable Doubt” production team like  DJ Premier, DJ Clark Kent and Ski also make cameos discussing Carter’s legacy.

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- Liz Calvario

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Chris Brown Responds to Kanye West’s ‘Famous’ Video

25 June 2016 11:27 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Chris Brown became the first one to publicly respond to his nude cameo in Kanye West’s new music video for “Famous.” “Why I gotta have the plumbers butt/ crack showing Wax figure?” Brown wrote on Instagram on Friday night. “This n—- Kanye Crazy, talented, but crazy.” Inspired by American realist painter Vincent Desiderio, the video depicts West lying in a bed next to Brown, Taylor Swift, Amber Rose, Donald Trump, Bill Cosby, Kim Kardashian, Caitlyn Jenner, Rihanna, Ray J, Anna Wintour, and George Bush — all of them naked. In the video, Brown is placed next to ex-girlfriend Rihanna, »

- Reid Nakamura

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