Jackson estate owes $9.4M

A jury on Wednesday found that Michael Jackson's estate owes Quincy Jones $9.4 million in royalties and production fees from "Billie Jean," ''Thriller" and more of the superstar's biggest hits.

The award from a Los Angeles Superior Court jury fell short of the $30 million the legendary producer sought in the lawsuit filed nearly four years ago, but well above the approximately $392,000 the Jackson estate contended Jones was owed.

The jury of 10 women and two men had been deliberating since Monday.

"This lawsuit was never about Michael, it was about protecting the integrity of the work we all did in the recording studio and the legacy of what we created," Jones wrote in a statement. "Although this (judgment) is not the full amount that I was seeking, I am very grateful that the jury decided in our favour in this matter. I view it not only as a victory for myself personally, but for artists' rights overall."

Estate attorney Howard Weitzman said he and his team were surprised by the verdict and would appeal it.



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Jolie has Bell's palsy

Angelina Jolie says she developed high blood pressure and Bell's palsy last year.

The actress-director tells Vanity Fair that she credits acupuncture for her full recovery from the paralysis, which was caused by nerve damage and led one side of her face to droop.

Jolie has been open about her health challenges in the past. She wrote in the New York Times about her 2013 decision to have a preventative double mastectomy after learning that she carries the gene that made it extremely likely that she would get breast cancer. She had her ovaries removed two years later.

Jolie also opens up about her divorce from Brad Pitt in the magazine's September cover story , which was released online Wednesday. Jolie filed for divorce in September 2016.

She says they care for each other and for their family and are "both working toward the same goal."

Jolie says that when she was growing up, she often worried about her mother, and she doesn't want her children to worry about her.

"I think it's very important to cry in the shower and not in front of them," she said. "They need to know that everything's going to be all right even when you're not sure it is."



Kylie Jenner sued

Kylie Jenner has been hit with a lawsuit for allegedly copying an artist's work in promotional material for her new reality show Life of Kylie.

Artist Sarah Pope filed a lawsuit at the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Tuesday against Kylie, executives at E! Entertainment, who will air the Keeping Up with the Kardashians spin-off, and its parent company NBCUniversal.

In the lawsuit, she claims they knowingly copied her 2015 art piece Temptation Neon, of dripping glossy lips in a biting pose surrounded by a neon tube, and used it on social media and in a commercial for the upcoming show, which premieres on 6 August.

"Artists like Ms. Pope rely on recognition - not only of their artwork, but also of their identities and their originality - to give value to their work," her lawyers state in the paperwork, according to the New York Daily News.

"Defendants used Temptation Neon without permission in promotional social media posts and in a promotional video featured online and in advertisements across the United States. They are building their brand and goodwill at Ms. Pope's expense."

Pope, who is seeking real and punitive damages, also claimed in her lawsuit that Jenner has a history of using other people's work, citing Kylie and her sister Kendall's recent use of unlicensed photographs of stars including Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G with their own faces plastered over the top on T-shirts for their fashion line. Following the backlash, the siblings pulled the controversial items from the market.

A source has told the publication the promotional materials for Life of Kylie were independently created by a third party agency and the 19-year-old was not involved in the process at all.

Kylie was previously threatened with a lawsuit by make-up artist Vlada Haggerty and photographer Julia Kuzmenko McKim for allegedly recreating one of their images for a 2016 promotional campaign for Kylie Cosmetics. After Vlada called her out on social media, Kylie avoided a potential battle by promoting her official shots on her Instagram page.



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Boyega buys parents house

John Boyega's "most rockstar" moment since rising to fame in the Star Wars franchise is buying his parents a house.

The British-Nigerian actor has had a stellar journey in Hollywood which has delivered plenty of "pinch me" moments, including dining on traditional food with Harrison Ford in his Peckham, London hometown. But for the 25-year-old, his most "rockstar" moment has come from doing something special for his "king and queen" - otherwise known as parents Abigail and Samson.

When attending the premiere of his new film Detroit in the city's Fox Theatre, John was asked by Entertainment Tonight about the biggest purchase he's made since becoming famous.

"I bought my mom and dad a house! I mean that's a way to do it," the Attack the Block star replied. "You know, I also think that's giving back to my king and my queen. So that's what I did."

He added that he only becomes aware of just how much his life has changed when he's asked about it during interviews.

"It's strange, because you've been working towards the success for so long and to see it manifest, it's a huge blessing," John mused. "But at the same time, a huge responsibility, 'cause not everybody gets this opportunity."

John stars as Melvin Dismukes in Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit, the real-life story about the city's notorious riots of 1967, in which the police and military sprung into action when civil unrest rocked the Michigan city.

He'll next reprise his role as Finn in Star Wars: The Last Jedi this December and has also recently wrapped filming on Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim: Uprising, due out in 2018.



Robert Pattinson kicked out

Robert Pattinson was expelled from school after he was caught selling porn magazines to fellow students.

The Twilight actor confessed he was kicked out of the "very strict" private institution in England during a candid chat with satellite radio talk show host Howard Stern, revealing he had never told anyone about his porn past.

"I was stealing porno magazines and selling them at school," he said. "No one knew at all what to do with them, though... I'd sell them for a lot of money."

But his money-spinning mucky mag trade didn't last long - because he was lifting publications from a corner shop near his school.

"I used to go in (the store) and take, like, one or two, and then put them in my bag," he remembered. "I was in my school uniform when I was doing it, and it was kind of risky. At the end, I got so cocky that I would take the entire rack."

But one day the store owner caught him in the act and the big bust was hugely embarrassing for the novice porn pedlar.

"I remember the guy who worked in the store shouting, like, "Hey!' and then my two friends ran off, and I turned around, like, "What?' I walked back up to him," Robert recalled. "I hadn't zipped up my bag. This guy is pulling out all these porno magazines - and it was when porn used to have, like, VHS tapes in the plastic sheet with it - and he's pulling all these things out, and I was sitting there humiliated with all the old people (customers) looking at me disgusted."

The owner threatened to call the police, but Robert tried to convince him to phone his parents.

"I was like, "Don't call the cops, call my parents,' and I was trying to make up a lie of where I lived...," he said, "I was terrible."

Ultimately his scheme came apart when his schoolyard friends turned him in.

"Basically, a couple of days later, everything fell down," the actor shared. "Basically, every single one of my friends snitched on me."



Chrissy Teigen blocked

Model and TV personality Chrissy Teigen has been blocked on Twitter by U.S. President Donald Trump after openly criticizing him for almost a decade.

The beauty, who is married to singer John Legend, is known for her sarcastic and witty remarks on the microblogging site and she often pokes fun at Trump's Twitter rants by responding directly to him online.

However, the Republican leader has finally decided he has had enough of Chrissy's comments and on Tuesday, the model discovered she had been banned from viewing his personal profile.

His actions only prompted Chrissy to mock his petty behavior as she shared a screenshot of the message she received online, which declared: "@realDonaldTrump blocked you. You are blocked from following @realDonaldTrump and viewing @realDonaldTrump's Tweets."

She captioned the image: "After 9 years of hating Donald J Trump, telling him 'lol (laugh out loud) no one likes you' was the straw".

Chrissy had fired off that reply on Monday after Trump complained about the lack of support he had received from some members of his own political party, who he insisted had only been elected back into office in November thanks to his popularity.

Fans of the model were quick to share their joy at the news, with one posting, "i don't know why but i feel like a proud son right now omg (oh my god)," while another added, "Badge of honor... Where (sic) it with pride my friend."



Stewart crashes wedding

Kristen Stewart and her girlfriend Stella Maxwell stunned the brides at a same-sex wedding in Canada on Saturday, when they crashed the reception.

The actress and her mate found themselves in the middle of a wedding bash while they were hanging out at the Pizzeria Gusto restaurant in Winnipeg, Canada - and decided to wish newlyweds Kirsten and Kayleigh Jennings all the best.

Kirsten admits she hadn't noticed her celebrity guests until the restaurant owner asked her if it was OK "if Kristen Stewart and her girlfriend, Stella, come and have a few drinks with you guys".

Kirsten tells CBC News, "I was like, 'Yeah, totally! Yeah, no problem. Um, who is that?'"

Stewart is currently in town filming her latest movie, JT LeRoy, with Laura Dern, Jim Sturgess and Diane Kruger, and Victoria's Secret model Maxwell was visiting her girlfriend in between assignments.

"They looked just like two normal girls," Kirsten added. "I don't know if I would have known (them)."

The celebrity couple spent three hours partying with the brides and wedding guests, even requesting songs to dance to.

DJ Karli Elizabeth Colpitts posted photos and video of Stewart and her girlfriend on Instagram, and added the caption: "Dj'ed the MOST fun wedding... and had an unplanned guest show up to dance with us at the end of the night! Apparently Kristen Stewart loves Beastie boys (sic)."



Garth Brooks to pay tuition

Country icon Garth Brooks has offered to pay the college tuition fees for two fans' unborn child after revealing their baby's sex onstage in Los Angeles.

The Friends in Low Places hitmaker was performing at the Forum on Friday night when he spotted a man called Wes holding up a sign about his partner Katie's pregnancy and Garth invited the young couple to join him in the spotlight.

Little did he know the devotees had been hoping to be called up onstage so the singer could open the envelope containing the gender of their unborn baby and break the news to them himself.

In video footage posted online of the special moment, Garth, father to three daughters, smiled widely as he learned the pair is having a little girl, who they plan to name Brooks.

"I gotta tell you, I'm extremely happy for you, 'cause I have three of these," he told Wes and Katie, as the audience cheered.

The singer then shared some parenting advice for raising daughters, before deciding to give the couple an added treat for the baby's future.

"We'll make a deal," the 55-year-old star said. "If I am still alive when Brooks goes to college, we'll pay for her college."

Garth is dad to Taylor, August, and Allie from his previous marriage to Sandy Mahl. He is now married to fellow country singer and tour mate Trisha Yearwood.

The tuition offer was Garth's latest act of generosity - earlier this month, he vowed to pay for a couple's honeymoon to Hawaii after the fans became engaged at his concert in Oklahoma.



Why can't he be president?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau graces the cover of Rolling Stone accompanied by a provocative question in its headline: "Why Can't He Be Our President?"

Trudeau follows in the footsteps of former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama among the world leaders who have previously fronted the venerable pop-culture magazine.

Trudeau is pictured with his shirtsleeves rolled up leaning against a table in the cover photo captured by Martin Schoeller.

In an article published online on Wednesday, writer Stephen Rodrick contrasts the policies and style of Trudeau to those of his American counterpart, Donald Trump, outlining their differences on health care, marijuana legalization and environmental policy.

Trudeau is quoted as telling Rodrick that while he disagrees with Trump "on a whole bunch," the pair have "a constructive working relationship."

Trudeau adds that going out of his way to "insult the guy or overreact or jump at everything he says (that) we might disagree with is not having a constructive relationship."



La boheme playing KCT

Opera Kelowna presents Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème, August 18 & 19, 2017 at 7:30pm at the Kelowna Community Theatre. One of the world’s most frequently performed operas, the romantic, heart-wrenching tale follows a close-knit circle of poets, painters, and performers who struggle for art and love amidst poverty and hardship. Though La bohème was originally set in the 1830’s, Opera Kelowna’s production draws on the fashion and style of the 1920s to craft a unique and compelling aesthetic.

Based on Henri Murger’s 1851 novel, Scenes from the Bohemian Life, the opera is set in the frigid cold of a Paris winter. Its narrative follows the intertwined lives and loves of a small group of friends: the poet, Rodolfo, the seamstress Mimi, the painter Marcello, the musician Schaunard, the philosopher Colline, and the coquette, Musetta.

Making his North American debut as Rodolfo is Chilean tenor Leon de la Guardia. After completing studies at the Conservatorio de Musica Isidor Handler, the rising star moved to Italy and now performs on opera stages across Europe. Playing opposite de la Guardia as Mimi is Edmonton-born soprano Ana Toumine, who recently played as Rosalinde in Opera McGill’s Die Fledermaus.

Acclaimed soprano and Kelowna native Carmen Harris makes a highly anticipated return to Opera Kelowna as Musetta, after appearing as Susanna in Opera Kelowna’s 2015 production of the Marriage of Figaro. Also returning to the company is baritone Aaron Durand as Schaunard, following a commanding performance as Papageno in 2016’s The Magic Flute.

The cast will also feature baritone Adam Harris as Marcello, who recently performed the baritone solo in Carmina Burana with the Indian River Festival, and UBC alumnus, bass-baritone Peter Monaghan, who will play Colline.

Joining the principal cast members on stage are members of Opera Kelowna’s adult and children’s choruses, hailing from communities across the Okanagan. The combined company will be accompanied by this season’s Opera Kelowna Orchestra, under the baton of Scottish conductor Bernard McDonald.

La bohème will mark the third Opera Kelowna engagement for Director Jessica Derventzis, who recently completed work as Associate Director on Dead Man Walking at the inaugural Vancouver Opera Festival. The creative team bringing Derventzis’ 1920s vision to life includes costume designer and Salmon Arm native Keren Huyter, and Alberta-based set and lighting designer Alison Yanota.

Puccini is known for composing some of the greatest operas of all-time, including La bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, and Turandot. A series of free concerts and community engagements will support and inform La bohème’s run. Details can be found at: operakelowna.com/2017-summer-concert-series



Marv Machura in Vernon

One of Vernon’s two waterfront pubs, The Outboard, on Lake Okanagan will feature the Marv Machura Band outdoors on their patio Thursday, August 3.

Machura says, “The Outboard Pub has a wonderful patio—it is one of Vernon’s best assets.  Where else can you sit by the lake, be served a meal and/or beverage—and listen to live music?  It’s a great spot—and a dream-come-true to perform there.”

The music starts at 6:00 pm (no cover) and goes until 9:00 pm.

The Marv Machura Band, who play a blend of classic songs and Western Canadian Roots, is known for lively and engaging performances that often have the audience singing along with songs from artists like John Denver, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Gordon Lightfoot, Ian Tyson, etc.

For more information visit MarvMachura.com.



Bieber burned out

Weary Justin Bieber has broken his silence after canceling the remaining dates on his Purpose World Tour, hoping fans will understand he's had enough of life on the road.

Bieber pulled the plug on 14 upcoming shows, including one scheduled for Arlington, Texas this weekend and a handful of gigs in Japan, Singapore and the Philippines, on Monday.

No reason was given but a representative released an official statement, which read: "Due to unforeseen circumstances, Justin Bieber will cancel the remainder of the Purpose World Tour concerts. Justin loves his fans and hates to disappoint them. He thanks his fans for the incredible experience of the Purpose World Tour over last 18 months."

Caught hours later by SplashNews cameras, a relaxed Justin addressed the cancellation by simply stating, "I've been on tour for two years!"

The singer insisted he's fine and then turned his attention to his fans, explaining he loves them and apologizing to anyone who feels "disappointed" or "betrayed" by his decision to scrap shows.

Meanwhile, John Mayer has applauded Bieber for canceling the gigs, insisting more overworked stars should follow his lead.

"When someone pulls remaining dates of a tour, it means they would have done real damage to themselves if they kept going," the singer/songwriter tweets. "We've lost so many great artists lately."

Mayer then salutes Justin "for realizing it was time to call it. You should too."

In May, Chris Cornell committed suicide in a Detroit, Michigan hotel room, while touring with his band Soundgarden, and Linkin Park's Chester Bennington took his own life last week on the eve of another band tour.



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