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'Couples Retreat' star sues Universal, alleges racism over movie poster

A decade-old fight between comedian Faizon Love and Universal Studios over a promotional movie poster for "Couples Retreat" has culminated into a lawsuit. 

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Faizon, who was one of the main stars in the 2009 film, is accusing the studio of racial discrimination for scrubbing him from the overseas version of the film's poster while leaving his white costars in it. 

The actor, who is Black, states in the lawsuit that his image and his name were featured in the United States version of the promotional poster. However, neither his likeness nor his name were included in the international ad. Faizon's love interest in the film, Kali Hawk, was also included in the U.S. version, but not the overseas version. She, too, is Black.

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The controversy made headlines in 2009. At the time, a Universal spokesman said the poster was changed to "simplify" it internationally. 

Faizon is suing for violations of the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Unfair Competition Law, as well as for breach of contract and fraud. He is also seeking unspecified damages.

"This act of racism deeply aggrieved Mr. Love. After decades spent honing his craft and compiling more than 50 acting credits, Mr. Love reasonably believed Couples Retreat was his opportunity to present to national and international audiences his talents as a prominent Black comedic actor," the lawsuit states, according to The Daily Mail. "Mr. Love and his Black costar, Kali Hawk, were expunged completely from the film's principal international advertisement, while the other 'couples' basked in the publicity and acclaim of an international box office hit."

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Faizon claims he brought the removal to the attention of Universal way back in 2009, as the film was on its way to raking in $171 million worldwide. The studio, Faizon claims, failed on its promise to take the overseas poster out of circulation. At the time, Faizon also said Universal promised him "lucrative, career-making film roles," but says those roles were never offered. 

Faizon, known most famously for his work in "Elf" opposite Will Ferrell, said he ultimately decided to file the lawsuit after realizing the "humiliating" and "racist" poster is still being used to promote the film 11 years later. 

Lyric police

Paul McCartney admits that he forgets Beatles song lyrics

Sir Paul McCartney admits that he sometimes needs a little "help" when it comes to remembering lyrics to some of his best-known songs.

It's not so much that he forgets, the music legend says, it's more that his mind wanders… even in front of an arena packed with fans.

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"I'll be doing a song, let's say 'Eleanor Rigby' or something, and I'm on autopilot," he said on the Smartless podcast. "I'm starting to think 'Oh, what am I going to have for dinner later? Maybe you won't have the soup but maybe you'll just go for the main course…' And I go 'STOP!' Because I'm singing 'Eleanor Rigby.'"

Because of this, Paul, 78, uses a teleprompter on stage so that he doesn't slip up.

He's also not exactly a historian of the Beatles.

"I'm the world's worst rememberer of Beatles' history," he said in a recent chat with Taylor Swift for Rolling Stone. "I just think, 'Well there's always going to be someone who knows. So, I'll just ask someone!'"

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That fact that he's "Paul McCartney" isn't lost on him either. While chatting with Taylor, he said he compartmentalizes the famous singer from Liverpool, England, from the man from Liverpool, England. 

"I know I'm very famous, but I don't want to walk around like I'm very famous. I like that bit that I had when I grew up of just going on a bus and just being, you know…" he said. "But I do separate 'him' from 'me.' So, me, I don't like to take pictures when people say, 'Can I have a picture?' because everyone has got a camera in the world. And so I say 'I'm sorry, I don't do pictures.'"

He continued, "I sometimes feel like I have to say, 'Look, I'm happy to talk to you. Sit down. We can talk.' Because I like that. Because I'm still me. The minute I put my arm around you, or you put your arm around me, I feel like the monkey in St. Tropez. 'Come and have your picture taken with the monkey.' I don't like that. It puts me off."

Gift guys

Kanye gifts Chris Brown $120k off-road vehicle to celebrate career

Kanye West got a jump on the gift giving season this year, and Chris Brown is an early recipient.

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On Nov. 24, Kanye decided to gift Chris with a $120,000 off-road truck — sometimes referred to as a Yeezy Truck — to commemorate his two-decade career. Kanye was not physically there at the surprise exchange.

According to TMZ, Kanye sent his manager to Chris' Los Angeles-area house. Along with the vehicle was a hand-written letter from Kanye. 

"Congratulations to Chris brown, 20 years in the game you have overcome many hurdles and obstacles, you deserve the recognition for all the hard work you have put in," the note read. 

The R&B singer posed on the vehicle for an Instagram picture. 

"THANK YOU KANYE," he captioned the photo from his driveway. 

The vehicle is actually not a truck, per se, but rather a Sherp ATV. Business Insider said Kanye has "a fleet" of them at his Wyoming ranch. The ATVs can maneuver all terrain, as they can climb over three-foot-tall obstacles, handle mountainous terrain, drive for 115 hours without refueling and even glide across open water.

Kanye was seen driving the vehicle earlier this year while handing out Yeezy sneakers in Chicago. 

According to the company's website, Sherps are built for "extreme operational conditions" and are used by geologists, oil workers, rescue personnel, and hunters… and now R&B stars.

Health concern

Neon Trees frontman, 36, recovering from stroke

Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn has revealed that he suffered a stroke and has been hospitalized in Utah.

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Tyler, 36, spoke of his health situation on social media. 

"Hey everyone, I have some freaky news. Last week, I suffered a Stroke that resulted in a retina occlusion in my right eye. I woke up Thursday foggy and not seeing clearly out of my right eye. Something resembling a Greyish cloud was obstructing my vision," he wrote on Instagram.

Rather than going to the doctor or hospital that day, Tyler waited to see if symptoms improved. They didn't. 

"The next morning, still having the vision problem, I went to see an ophthalmologist who alerted me to the retinal edema in the small artery of my eye. It wasn't just an eye floater like I'd presumed and hoped," Tyler wrote. "He informed me I had had a stroke, and that I should immediately go to the hospital. There I was admitted and began a series of tests, every cardiology and neurological test they could do, my last test being this morning. I'm quite freaked out being 36, ostensibly healthy and having this happen."

Alongside a series of images taken from the Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Tyler wrote, "I'm still awaiting reasons why, although my labs and the results show a clean bill of health in my heart and blood. I still have the 'cloud' in my right eye, which I'm told could eventually dissipate, or my eyes could adapt."

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While he's recovering, the "Everybody Talks" singer said he's hoping to get an answer as to why this happened to him. 

"If you ever feel or experience something in your body that feels off, please don't wait to get it checked out," he said. "You always assume it can't happen to you, until it does."

Modern day throwback

Sadie Robertson recreates parents' 'timeless' pregnancy pic

As they say, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Last month, "Duck Dynasty" star Sadie Robertson announced that she and her husband, Christian Huff, were expecting a baby girl in 2021. On Nov. 23, she paid homage to her famous parents, Korie and Willie Robertson, by recreating a picture they took on the beach when they were once expecting.

"mom and dad your pose was truly timeless," she captioned a top-and-bottom snap that shows her and Christian mimicking Korie and Willie.

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In the photo, Sadie wears a one-piece swimsuit similar to one Korie wore. Christian, meanwhile, lets his belly stick out of his opened Hawaiian shirt, just as Willie did decades ago. 

Korie loved the recreation, commenting, "THE BEST. This is my favorite tradition. YALL ARE ADORABLE!"

She also posted the image on her own Instagram, writing, "You nailed it."

Sadie's sister Rebecca Robertson added, "TIMELESS ICONS!"

The recreation of that specific photo is a Robertson family tradition, and it's been done by Rebecca and her husband John Reed Loflin, as well as John Luke and Mary Kate Robertson.

On Nov. 24, Sadie, 23, posted more images from the beach, but her caption was more focused on motherhood and her unborn child.

"17 weeks wow wow wow," she wrote. "It's just absolutely miraculous that my body is daily changing to grow this life inside of me. I can not miss the intentionally of a creator behind the scenes. I love thinking about her every single day… what she's going to be like, what's she going to look like, what will her favorite hobby going to be, but the greatest thing to think of is that before I will ever know these things God knows her. 

"He knows the hairs forming on her head, and he knows the heart she has that is beating so strongly. He is making her beautiful and wonderful and I can't wait to be captivated by the design," she continued. "I'm in awe and wonder." 

Prison meeting

Oklahoma AG calls out Kim Kardashian for meeting with death row inmate

The Oklahoma Attorney General is blasting Kim Kardashian West for meeting with death row inmate Julius Jones, claiming she hasn't done enough research on the case to advocate for a stay of his execution. 

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Julius' case was thrust into the national spotlight in 2018 following a Viola Davis-produced docuseries that cast doubt about his guilt. Julius was arrested in 1999 for the shooting death of a 45-year old man. He was convicted of first-degree murder in 2002 and sentenced to death.

Julius and his team have long maintained his innocence, and Kim is certainly listening. On Nov. 23, the "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star met with Julius and his legal team and promised to do whatever she could to assist them, TMZ reported. Kim also met with his family.

Like many, Kim was first made aware of the case via the aforementioned ABC docuseries. 

Ever since Julius' arrest, many have said it was racially-motivated. Critics argue that little evidence actually ties him to the crime, and Julius' mother said he was home the evening that the murder occurred. Julius, who was 19 at the time, believes he doesn't even fit the description that the victim's sister gave authorities. His family also argues that he had a shoddy defense team during his trial.

Oklahoma's Attorney General, Mike Hunter, isn't buying it, telling TMZ, "every criticism surrounding his case has been disproven."

"Celebrity endorsements and biased documentaries cannot erase the facts of the case that overwhelmingly prove Julius Jones killed Paul Howell in cold blood," he continued. 

The AG adds the DNA on the murder weapon backs his arguement.

"Jones had his day in court and has exhausted his appeals at every level. He committed this horrific crime and now must serve the sentence a jury of his peers deemed appropriate," the AG said. "I encourage those advocating for Jones, including Mrs. Kardashian West, to research the case and read the summary of the transcript on our website."

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Over the years, Kim has become quite the advocate for prison reform. In 2018, she helped free Alice Johnson, a great-grandmother who was incarcerated in October 1996 for a first-time nonviolent drug offense. Since then, Kim has worked to free many other prisoners. Last year, TMZ said Kim is known among inmates as the "Princess of Prison Reform."

Long-distance love

What Tristan Thompson's new gig in Boston means for Khloe, True

Tristan Thompson's new contract with the Boston Celtics is meaningless to Khloe Kardashian … at least in terms of their living arrangement. 

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Over the weekend, Tristan agreed to a two-year, $19 million contract with the Celtics. While Khloe is certainly happy for her man, she has no plans to move across the country to the Northeast. 

Los Angeles will remain home for Khloe and True, 2, whom she shares with Tristan.

True, TMZ said, has a routine in L.A. and Khloe doesn't want to mess with it. Plus, her cousins are all in California. Tristan, the report states, is completely on board with the decision for Khloe and True to remain in the Golden State. 

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What does this all mean for Khloe and Tristan's relationship? It means they're going to try and make a long-distance relationship work. 

Khloe and Tristan have certainly been down this road before, as she often traveled to Cleveland when he was playing for the Cavaliers (True was actually born in Cleveland). The "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star's back-and-forth between Los Angeles and Cleveland halted when Tristan was caught cheating on her. The two worked it out, but Tristan was again involved in another cheating scandal a few months later, this time with Jordyn Woods, who was Kylie Jenner's BFF at the time.

Khloe spoke openly about her heartbreak following the Jordyn incident, but said she wouldn't forbid Tristan from seeing their daughter. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Khloe and Tristan have reconciled.

Toon'd out

Fans revolt after cartoon appears to call Johnny Depp a liar

Cartoons are supposed to be funny, but many Johnny Depp fans weren't laughing after he was seemingly dubbed a "liar" on Hulu's "Animaniacs" revival.

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The bit has prompted many on Twitter to call for a boycott of the show and Warner Bros., the studio behind the revival of the '90s favorite.

The anger stems from a movie poster in the background of a scene that shows a cartoon version of Johnny holding a pair of scissors. The title of the faux movie on the poster is "Johnny 2: Telling Lies."

Many assume this was a blatant shot at the actor for his legal battle against The Sun after it called him a "wife beater." During the case against the tabloid, Johnny's ex Amber Heard testified graphically, often claiming abuse. Johnny has always maintained that he never abused Amber and argued that he was a victim of abuse. A judge sided with The Sun, claiming Amber's allegations were "substantially true." Afterward, Johnny was asked to leave the "Fantastic Beasts" franchise. Still, Johnny's fans are steadfast in their belief that he was the victim.

While the critics understand that the episode was written in 2018, long before Johnny's legal battle, they argued that it should have been edited out given the high-profile case.  

"Some defend this because the reboot was written in 2018 and was capitalising on the Johnny Johnny Yes Papa meme, but considering Depp was a polarising topic for the entire year plus new info even if above was true, they should have just edited it out," one person tweeted. 

Another said, "Warner Brothers: this is a sick thing to do to an abuse survivor. Listen to the tapes – Johnny Depp has been put through psychological torture and physical abuse. I'm sorry that I don't find this funny, but it's no laughing matter."

Some fans called the joke "disgusting."

"As much as I liked the new Animaniacs, I can not in good conscience bring myself to support this show or Warner Brothers," another said. "It is absolutely sickening to see them use a cartoon to make fun of an Abuse victim while wholeheartedly defending the culprit."

NYC return

SJP thinks COVID-fleeing New Yorkers should 'reinvest' in city

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, many rich New Yorkers fled the city to retreat to more secluded places. Sarah Jessica Parker wasn't one of them, and she thinks it's time for those people to return to the city and "reinvest."

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While chatting with Town & Country, SJP said she had "hard conversations with friends" about the impact the mass exodus had on small businesses in the city.

"People who are wealthy—New Yorkers who made great success for themselves in New York City—I feel that they owe it to the city to reinvest, to come home to make a city that is now unfamiliar familiar again," she said. "Your favorite deli and restaurant—those businesses can't wait for you. They can't hold on to employees until you come home. They need to feel our presence, to have our financial support to remain open, or reopen."

She added, "In order for our city to look familiar and to function as you have come to expect, you have to come home."

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The "Sex and the City" star knows about operating a business in New York City amid the pandemic. Over the summer, she opened her SJP store.

"We struggled through the lockdown, but we kept all our employees on their health insurance," she said. "Our staff is back on staggered schedules."

Sarah is often personally seen helping customers at the store, too.

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"We've had great days; we've had days that were not so great," she said. "To be on the floor with customers is my favorite part of the business. I'm getting shoes for them and learning all about their lives. We do virtual shopping, and for deliveries south of 54th Street, I drop shoes off to the customers myself."

Despite the pandemic, she maintains that women are still dressing up, or at least getting ready for a post-COVID glam up.

"People are still buying heels every day—especially on e-commerce," she said.