It’s not unusual for pop culture to bleed into video games, but it’s a different ballgame when video game programmers fully copy iconic moves without the creator’s permission.
That’s the line that Alfonso Ribeiro said the makers of “Fortnite” and “NBA 2K” crossed when they used his dance known as “The Carlton Dance” in the video games, The Associated Press reported.
Ribeiro has filed two separate lawsuits against “Fortnite” creator Epic Games and 2K Sports creator Take-Two Interactive for using the dance he made famous on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” the AP reported.
He is asking the courts to order both companies to stop using the dance.
Ribeiro is trying to to copyright his dance.
Both companies did not respond to the AP’s requests for comment.
A Kentucky radio station did not turn a cold shoulder to a classic Christmas song that has been receiving heated criticism.
WAKY held a two-hour marathon, playing the 1944 hit “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and four other versions of the song, defiantly bucking the trend of radio stations that have been pulling the tune from their playlists because of claims the song normalizes date rape, WLKY reported.
"I'm not sure why it's controversial," Joe Fredele, director of programming for WAKY, told the television station. "We've played this song for years, you know, this song is older than WAKY is."
"We really need to think about the impact that songs have, not just 'Baby, It's Cold Outside,' but numerous songs that we decide to play on the radio," Amy Turner, the director of sexual assault services at The Center for Women and Families, told WLKY.
The song, written by Frank Loesser, includes lyrics normally sung by a woman, including “Say, what’s in this drink?” and “I simply must go,” followed by the woman singing “The answer is no.”
While Fredele said he supports the #MeToo movement, he is puzzled why “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” has been the target of criticism.
"This song is not about that. All it is, is a dialogue between a man and a woman, and at the end of the song, you hear them harmonize together, so they're agreeing basically," Fredele told WLKY. "It's just a fun way of saying, 'Hey this our vote for that song. It's a fun song. It's a romantic song, don't pick on it.’”
An Arizona couple hopes a meeting with Mattel can convince the toy giant to consider adding same-sex couples to their wedding sets, KABC reported.
Matt Jacobi and Nick Caprio will be getting married in May after having been together for 11 years, KPNX reported. They moved to Scottsdale three years ago from Los Angeles and will become the first same-sex couple to be married at The Scottsdale Resort, the television station reported.
While shopping with Jacobi’s niece, the men wanted to get the 8-year-old something wedding-related since she will be a flower girl at their ceremony, KPNX reported.
"We went online and we also went through Target and Walmart and were just searching and we found this awesome wedding set from Mattel and it was almost perfect," Jacobi told the television station.
Almost, because all they could find was Barbie and Ken. So the couple bought the set and an extra Ken doll.
"So we bought another Ken, who was in a tux, and took out Barbie and added another Ken in, tied it together and gave Natalie the gift and her reaction was priceless," Jacobi told KPNX.
Jacobi and Caprio reached out to Mattel, posting a photo of the set they made and writing, “I hope this inspires you."
Mattel contacted them days later and will meet with the couple this week, KABC reported.
"For them to reach out and take to social media shows the power of your voice on social media," Caprio told the television station. "It was great to be able to contact them and we’re really excited to see where this goes and work with them.
"It's going to come up in your family, no matter what. As more same-sex couples are having kids, your kids are going to have kids in the class that have gay parents and things like that, too, so it's not this huge shock anymore."
A California woman claims she had an eight-year affair with actor-director Woody Allen that began when she was 16 and he was 41, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Christina Engelhardt told the magazine in an interview published Monday that the affair began in October 1976 after the two met at Elaine’s, a New York City restaurant.
Engelhardt said Allen did not make the first move. She wrote her telephone number on a napkin, noting that “Since you’ve signed enough autographs, here’s mine.”
Engelhardt, 59, told the Reporter that while Allen never asked her age, she told the actor she was still in high school in New Jersey and was pursuing a modeling career in Manhattan.
Within weeks, she said, the pair had become physically intimate at his Manhattan apartment. The legal age for sexual consent in New York is 17, and Engelhardt did not turn 17 until Dec, 4, 1976.
""What made me speak is I thought I could provide a perspective. I'm not attacking Woody," Engelhardt told the Reporter. "This is not 'bring down this man.' I'm talking about my love story. This made me who I am. I have no regrets."
Four years into their affair, Engelhardt said, Allen introduced her to his girlfriend, Mia Farrow. Engelhardt said she was taken aback, believing she was Allen’s girlfriend.
"I felt sick. I didn't want to be there at all, and yet I couldn't find the courage to get up and leave,” Engelhardt wrote in an unpublished manuscript she shared with the magazine. “To leave would mean an end to all of this.”
Representatives for Allen, 83, and Farrow, 73, have not commented on Engelhardt’s claims, E!News reported.
Allen has been accused of sexual assault and abuse by his daughter, Dylan Farrow, E!News reported. Allen has denied all allegations and has never been charged.
Allen’s current wife, Soon-Yi Previn, is the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are planning a tour of the U.S. and Canada next year after the couple’s first child is born.
The Duchess of Sussex, 37, who was born and raised in Los Angeles and worked in Canada where she met Harry, is due in April.
Royal expert Katie Nicoll told Entertainment Tonight that royal couple is in the “very early” stages of planning a tour for the fall of 2019.
Meghan and Harry traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga in October for their first official tour as a royal couple.
They were married in a lavish, televised ceremony before hundreds of international guests last spring at Windsor Castle, where the two are planning to settle down after a renovation of a home on the castle’s extensive grounds.
Surfing legend Kelly Slater pulled off a miraculous recovery Sunday during a pipeline wipeout in Hawaii.
Kelly, 47, an 11-time former world champion surfer, appeared to fall off his board inside a barrel wave at the Pipeline Masters in Oahu, and what happened next will go down as surfing legend.
He somehow managed to roll back onto his board inside the pipeline and jumped back into a standing position before shooting out of the barrel.
The recovery didn’t help Slater in the semifinals.
Gabriel Medina placed first, followed by Julian Wilson, according to the World Surf League’s website.
Atlanta rapper T.I. has accepted a plea deal on charges stemming from an incident in May outside of his gated community, his attorney said.
The rapper’s attorney, Steve Sadow, told AJC.com that T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., maintained his innocence on all charges, but entered a no contest plea for a county ordinance violation for cursing in a public place to “put this matter to bed.”
T.I. also paid a $300 fine Thursday, but all other charges against his client have been dropped, Sadow said.
On May 16, the rapper was arrested after returning to his gated Eagle’s Landing community without his keys, AJC.com previously reported.
Security guard Euwan James wouldn’t let him in at first, but he eventually complied, allowing T.I. to go home. The rapper then returned to get the name of the guard’s supervisor, which is when things allegedly got heated.
A Henry County police report said T.I. was intoxicated and began to confront James using “vulgar, profane, loud and unbecoming language.” The profane language, which involved T.I. asking James to leave his guard shack to confront him, led to three counts of disorderly conduct.
He allegedly told James, “Nobody will get you out of this” and “you have to look me in the eyes as a man,” according to charging documents.
A simple assault charge was previously dropped when the rapper’s accusation was amended on Oct. 16, court documents showed. At that point, he still faced charges of public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.
When T.I. was formally charged in September, Sadow said the accusations were “baseless, ill-founded and unjustified.” He pointed to the fact that the guard was eventually fired by his security company for what Sadow said was “the way he handled the situation with T.I.”
“Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks” star William “Willbilly” Hathaway died in a car crash Saturday afternoon in Salisbury, Maryland, according to the state police.
Hathaway, 36, called his wife right after the accident and told her another driver made a sudden turn in front of him forcing him into a ditch, but that he was OK, according to WBOC-TV, but by the time EMS arrived Hathaway was not breathing. He was pronounced dead at a local medical center.
Investigators told WBOC the airbags in Hathaway’s Toyota pickup had not deployed.
The fishing community in Ocean City, which Hathaway was part of, released a statement on his death in a Facebook post.
"He was an exceptional human being whose passion was the sea. He always brightened the day of anyone he met," the statement said.
The group is raising money for Hathaway’s wife, Mary Malone Hathaway, and the couple’s daughter, Molly Jean.
Hathaway’s “Wicked Tuna” co-star Nicholas “Duffy” Fudge, 28, also died this year, unexpectedly over the summer.
The Super Bowl halftime has given us teasing glimpses of Prince and Beyonce and Springsteen. With such talent on hand, why, oh, why do they have to even play a second half of football? Certainly, that is a question the Falcons have asked themselves more than once.
Less than six weeks out from the Atlanta Super Bowl, this now-epic intermission is reportedly on the ropes. A story in Variety has labeled this halftime show “Music’s Least Wanted Gig,” because everything, even something more essentially frivolous than a football game - a football game’s bathroom break - must be politicized.
To quote from the Variety report: “Who would have thought that the Super Bowl halftime show, an American institution watched by more than 100 million people, would become the least wanted gig in music? But thanks to the ongoing controversy concerning the NFL’s stance on a player’s right to protest, brought to the forefront by football’s top conscientious objector Colin Kaepernick, Maroon 5 learning the precarious stance that the performance represents.”
While no performer has yet been officially announced for halftime at Mercedes-Benz on Feb. 3 – it’s getting rather late, don’t you think – Maroon 5 is believed to be a headliner. But the band has found that no one wants to join it on stage, having been turned down by at least half-dozen top acts, according to Variety.
The entertainment community has joined arms, taken a knee and vowed not to perform for the evil NFL in support of Kaepernick and his rights to be employed even if no team wants to employ him. The nation’s leading sports league and its grandest sports event have become as toxic to the beautiful and the talented as red meat and carbon.
Rihanna supposedly has passed on Atlanta. And she has appeared in the United Arab Emirates, whose human-rights record apparently is cleaner than that of today’s NFL.
Comedian Amy Schumer has taken to social media to implore Adam Levine and the rest of Maroon 5 to skip this halftime, too. She has vowed to appear in no commercial that would air during the game – and who could forget her 2016 Bud Light ad, considered the “Citizen Kane” of 30-second beer spots? We will all be left a little poorer by her absence.
If this situation can’t be resolved, what choice is there but to cancel the game?
What’s the point of playing a Super Bowl, if there is no decent halftime? Why that would be like trying to enjoy a fine meal without the soup course.
OK, honestly, there are a couple other choices.
First, you can never go wrong with a Frisbee-catching dog at halftime. They can all be replaced by one spunky Jack Russell terrier and an owner with a decent arm.
A good college band, or even a couple guys wearing rocket packs (that was part of halftime for Super Bowl I) are never bad fallbacks.
Or, secondly, the viewing public can make its own bold statement this Super Bowl, and finally rise up as one and go to the can and grab another beer, as was always the intended purpose of halftime.
Miss Philippines Catriona Gray was crowned the winner of this year's Miss Universe competition Monday in Bangkok, Thailand.
Here are five things you should know about Gray, a 24-year-old model, singer and TV host from the Philippines' Albay province:
1. She grew up in Australia. Gray, whose father is Scottish and mother is Filipina, was born in Cairns, Queensland, where she attended Trinity Anglican School, according to the Manila Standard and the Central Telegraph. At age 18, she moved to the Philippines, ABC-CBN reported.
2. The singer studied music in Boston. Gray attended the Berklee College of Music and has a master’s certificate in music theory, according to the Miss World Philippines website. She's also "known to spontaneously burst into song," the Miss Universe website says.
3. She's working to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and end poverty. According to the Miss Universe website, Gray is an advocate for LoveYourself, an organization that promotes HIV/AIDS prevention, testing and education. She's also a volunteer teacher's assistant for Young Focus, which works with young people in poverty.
4. She's a daredevil. Gray, who loves to travel, "is always game for heart-racing adventures," such as zip lining, the Miss Universe website says. She also enjoys the outdoors and has a black belt in Choi Kwang-Do, according to the Miss World Philippines website.
5. She loves food and cooking. Gray is "openly passionate about her love for Filipino dishes, including adobo, balut [boiled bird embryo] and the sweetest mangoes in the world," the Miss Universe website says.
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