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Alan Thicke: 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit Not 'Healthy Precedent'

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Alan Thicke says the "Blurred Lines" copyright case, in which his son Robin's 2013 hit was ruled to have ripped off Marvin Gaye's 1977 classic "Got to Give It Up," is "kind of a milestone litigation – and dangerous to the musical community."

The actor shared his thoughts Wednesday in an interview with Today, adding that he didn't have much advice for his son. "I just said, 'Yes, you're giving back $3 million, but you're $3 million ahead of where you were before,'" he says in the clip. "From a purely accountant's standpoint, »


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David Letterman Says Goodbye: Inside Rolling Stone's New Issue

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After spending more than three decades defining humor on late-night television, David Letterman will retire from the Late Show on May 20th. To say goodbye, Rolling Stone contributing editor Josh Eells met with the comedic legend several times for the magazine's intimate and illuminating cover story (on newsstands this Friday) and found the 68-year-old to be characteristically witty and earnest, as well as ready for what lies ahead. Some of his famous guests – Tina Fey, Michael Keaton, Tom Brokaw – chime in, sharing their accounts of cracking through his famously tough exterior, »


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Lucasfilm: New 'Indiana Jones' Film in the Works

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Star Wars isn't the only dormant George Lucas cinematic franchise that's being revived thanks to the producer's deal with Disney. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed that the company has begun "talking about" making a new Indiana Jones film. Harrison Ford's fedora-wearing treasure hunter last appeared in the franchise's 2008 fourth installment Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. However, with the next installment still years away, it's unclear whether or not the 72-year-old Ford will return to crack his trademark whip.

"When it will happen, I'm not quite sure, »


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Watch Willie Nelson Talk Songwriting Legacy, Indestructible Guitars on 'Daily Show'

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Jon Stewart is approaching the end of his iconic Daily Show run, and he's already planned his next move – with Willie Nelson. "When I'm done with this damn thing, I'm gonna come and...ride around on [your] bus," Stewart told the country legend during an interview from Tuesday's episode. The singer dropped by to promote his new memoir, It's a Long Story: My Life – much to the delight of the host, a longtime fan, who asked questions about Nelson's early songwriting, the Outlaw Country movement, his trusted guitar and his love of marijuana. »


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Watch Arnold Schwarzenegger Re-Enact Filmography With James Corden

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Arnold Schwarzenegger's filmography is a strange beast – full of iconic science-fiction flicks (The Terminator), lightweight comedies (Kindergarten Cop) and superhero disasters (Batman & Robin). Watching a career montage is a surreal experience, and the actor made that happen during Tuesday's episode of The Late Late Show, joining host James Corden to re-enact some of his most famous – and infamous – scenes and lines.

Schwarzenegger opens the above clip by channeling his breakout role, the title adventurer in 1982's Conan the Barbarian, but the timeline turns nonlinear – moving from the always quotable »


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'Wedding Singer' Rapping Granny, Ellen Albertini Dow, Dead at 101

5 May 2015 10:20 AM, PDT

Ellen Albertini Dow, a multi-faceted performer and acting coach perhaps best known for spitting a fire rendition of "Rapper's Delight" in Adam Sandler's The Wedding Singer, died Monday, May 4th, Deadline reports. She was 101.

Along with her scene-stealing turn as The Wedding Singer's rapping granny (not to be confused with the actual Rappin' Granny, Vivian Smallwood), Dow has appeared in countless films and TV shows, despite beginning her on-screen career as a septuagenarian.

Dow's film credits included parts in Sister Act, Patch Adams and 54, while her feisty demeanor »


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Louis C.K. Preps First Major Movie in 14 Years, 'I'm a Cop'

5 May 2015 6:41 AM, PDT

Louis C.K. will helm his first feature film in 14 years, writing, directing and starring in the new indie movie, I'm a Cop, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

C.K. will star as a depressed, middle-aged volunteer cop whose mother is a decorated retired officer. After her death, C.K.'s character, still feeling her influence, begrudgingly sets out to become a real police officer.

I'm a Cop will be the first film C.K. has made since directing and writing the 2001 Chris Rock blaxploitation sendup, Pootie Tang. Though Pootie Tang »


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Watch Jimmy Fallon, Jack Black Remake Extreme's 'More Than Words' Video

5 May 2015 6:23 AM, PDT

Jimmy Fallon's frequent musical sketches have seen the Tonight Show host impersonate Neil Young, explore the History of Rap and create such a fervor for lip sync battles that he needed to start its own spinoff. On Monday night's episode, Fallon and guest Jack Black took their shared love of music to a new extreme, literally, when the pair busted out hair metal wigs and sweet falsetto for a shot-for-shot remake of the video for Extreme's 1991 chart-topping ballad.

In the remake, Black portrays Extreme singer Gary Cherone while Fallon, »


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Madonna Video Director to Helm Norwegian Black-Metal Movie

4 May 2015 11:50 AM, PDT

Filmmaker Jonas Åkerlund – whose credits include Spun, Horseman and music videos for Madonna, Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera and Metallica – has signed on to direct Lords of Chaos, a film that will chronicle the wave of violence and church burnings that swept Norway in the early Nineties as the country's black-metal bands got their footing. The film will star Rory Culkin (Scream 4, Signs) and Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class), according to Variety.

Based on the 1998 book Lords of Chaos, the film tells the story of Euronymous, who co-founded the satanic-themed »


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'Buena Vista Social Club' Documentary Sequel Begins Filming This Summer

4 May 2015 11:00 AM, PDT

Buena Vista Social Club, the Oscar-nominated 1999 documentary exploring American guitarist Ry Cooder's efforts to re-assemble a group of renowned Cuban musicians, is getting a sequel. Buena Vista Social Club - Adios, directed by Lucy Walker (Waste Land), will begin filming in July, focusing on the band's five original members on tour. The film will explore their personal and professional lives over the past 16 years, building to a run of homecoming concerts in Havana, Variety reports.

The original, Wim Wenders-directed Buena Vista Social Club was nominated for Best Documentary »


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Watch John Oliver Explore Insanity of Standardized Testing

4 May 2015 7:42 AM, PDT

With the school year winding down around the United States, John Oliver dedicated a segment of Sunday's Last Week Tonight to exposing the insanity of standardized tests, "the fastest way to terrify any child with five letters outside of just whispering the word 'clown.'"

The host opens the segment by highlighting schools' absurd methods of pumping up students for the exams – from test-hyping parody songs to pep rallies (like one in Texas that featured the Funky Monkey mascot). But nobody's laughing about standardized tests, which often put unfair pressure on teachers and students. »


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