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Music producer files identity theft suit

17 December 2009 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

A top music producer has been the victim of brazen identity theft by a convicted felon who allegedly impersonated his way into a Hollywood Records studio.

Eric Valentine, who has worked with Maroon 5 and Queens of the Stone Age, filed a lawsuit Dec. 8 in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming that a man named Louis Adkinson has assumed his identity and shopped producing services throughout the music industry.

The lawsuit claims Adkinson, whose adoptive brother is the manager of Valentine's Los Angeles recording facility, broke into his office and stole a plaque commemorating Valentine's work on the "Shrek" soundtrack. According to the suit, Adkinson and Damon Elliot, another producer and the son of singer Dionne Warwick, then "conspired to misappropriate and trade off the good will of Valentine's name and use that name to steal from musicians and others who wanted to work with Valentine."

Calls to Adkinson were not returned. »

- By Matthew Belloni

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Hit40UK | Cable girl

14 December 2009 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

You can't get away with not knowing anything about pop music just because you're getting old, you know . . . Hit40UK to the rescue

If you're one of those post-30 types who whines "I don't even know who's in the charts these days", I must warn you: your position as a valid lifeform is untenable. Putting away childish things is not an option in modern times, and you're in grave need of a weekly crash-course of 4 Music's Hit40UK. Yes, it sounds like the code for a burglar alarm, but if you don't want to be the scrunch-faced pterodactyl in the corner at meetings then you'd better set your PVR now.

Don't quibble. How much more rock solid would we be about Gordon Brown's tenure if he knew his Taylor Swift from his Taylor Dayne? Or if he was aware that Chipmunk (the grime/pop Tottenham teen heart-throb) had no »

- Grace Dent

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Twilight stars and more at Wizard World Chicago

7 July 2009 6:10 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Peter Facinelli (Carlise Cullen), Cameron Bright (Alec), and Anna Kendrick (Jessica Stanley) from The Twilight Saga: New Moon have all been added to the growing lineup of Wizard World Chicago (now being touted as the Chicago Comic-con) which will take place August 6-9, 2009 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

The organizers of the pop-culture heavy event contacted Fangoria this afternoon to share a host of new additions to the guest list, and to dangle the carrot of something very special to be announced on Monday.

Other Media Guests include:

· Michelle Rodriguez - The Fast & the Furious

· Rhona Mitra - Underworld, Nip/Tuck, Boston Legal

· Mark Millar - Guest of Honor

· Ray Park - Darth Maul Star Wars: Episode 1, The Toad X-Men, Snake Eyes GI Joe

· Edward James Olmos - Actor - Battlestar Galactica, Blade Runner, Stand and Deliver

· Kristanna Loken - Actress - Terminator 3, Painkiller Jane

· Emma Caulfield - »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (James Zahn)

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Convention Report: Chiller Theater 2009, Parsippany, NJ!

9 May 2009 9:36 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

A Truckload of Zombies, and a Return to Form

(or, Burt Reynolds, We Hardly Knew Thee)

It’s nice when people listen. After the last three or four Chiller Theatres, horror fans started to voice their displeasure with the convention; having once boasted a guest list that was about 90% horror, the con had shifted to more of a “mainstream” celebrity show, with the likes of Leslie Nielsen and Angie Dickinson replacing horror stalwarts like George Romero and Betsy Palmer (a sure sign of a turn from horror: Nielsen and Dickinson both have horror movies on their resumes, yet their tables boasted not a single 8x10 from those films). It seems promoter Kevin Clement heard the cries of the fans, and answered them. With a few exceptions, this April’s Chiller Theatre was a return to its blood and guts form, recalling its former glories for horror fans.

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Sheila E. Finds She's a Little Bit Country

9 March 2009 7:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

When Sheila E. first told pal Prince that she was going on Cmt's fish-out-of-water reality show Gone Country, he didn't mince words. "He asked me why in the heck would I do this show," the Grammy-nominated singer tells People. She explained to her former mentor that the chance to work with Nashville's famed songwriters drew her to the show, in which a celebrity cast competes to write and cut a country tune. "So he said, 'Okay, well, mama knows best!' " Prince was right. With her gospel-inspired song "Glorious Train," penned with Nashville songwriters Angie Aparo and James Slater, Sheila E. »

- Eileen Finan

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