Names & Faces: Robin Thicke, Lindsay Lohan, George Takei

August 19, 2013

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Victoria Will/Invision/AP
Victoria Will/Invision/AP

Blurred, not borrowed

Attorneys for singer Robin Thicke, music producer Pharell Williams and rapper T.I. filed a lawsuit last week asking a federal judge to determine whether their hit song “Blurred Lines” copies the works of Marvin Gaye and George Clinton. The Associated Press reports that the owners of the copyrights to Gaye’s song “Got to Give It Up” and Clinton’s song “Sexy Ways” claim Thicke and his collaborators borrowed elements from those songs in their “Blurred Lines.”“Being reminiscent of a ‘sound’ is not copyright infringement. The intent in producing ‘Blurred Lines’ was to evoke an era,” the lawsuit states. “Blurred Lines” has spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

Obamas get new dog

The White House announced Monday that the Obama family has a new addition — Sunny, Bo’s little sister. The Portuguese water dog was born in Michigan in June 2012 and made it to the White House on Monday. Sunny’s arrival comes with more good news — the Obamas will send an undisclosed donation to the Washington Humane Society.

LiLo opens up

In an interview that aired Sunday on OWN, Oprah Winfrey and Lindsay Lohan discussed Lohan’s parents (she hates the “bad rap” that people give them), her career and her alcohol and drug use. The interview was taped earlier this month, four days after Lohan left rehab for the sixth time. While talking with Winfrey, Lohan explained that in 2010, while struggling with addiction, she rationalized a desire to go to jail. “I think it was just to find some peace and just have no choice but to just sit and be,” she said.

Wong Maye-E/ AP Photo
Wong Maye-E/ AP Photo

‘Star Trek’ actor is clucking up

“Star Trek” actor George Takei is throwing himself into a new role: leader of the chicken dance. Takei, 76, will lead the World’s Largest Chicken Dance as grand marshal of an annual festival held in Cincinnati on Sept. 21, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber announced Monday. Takei played Mr. Sulu in the “Star Trek” TV and film series. He joins the ranks of previous chicken dance impresarios Weird Al Yankovic, Motley Crue star Vince Neil and Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famers Tom Browning and Joe Morgan.

Message received

Singer Ryan Leslie is being sued by the New York Police Department for using an officer’s voice-mail message in a break-up song. The New York Post reports that Australian supermodel Nicole Trunfio, 27, called the NYPD after Leslie, 34, allegedly kept calling her and showing up at her home. Detective Luis Mortimer, a 15-year veteran, left Leslie a voice mail in response to Trunfio’s claims. The song “Joan of Arc,” which includes the message, appeared a year later.

Quoted

“But, I think driving your son and your wife away from, from hospital was really important to me. And I don’t like fuss so it’s much easier to just do it yourself.”— Prince William, to CNN’s Max Foster, on his decision to man the driver’s seat while leaving St. Mary’s hospital after Prince George was born. The interview, entitled “Prince William’s Passion: New Father, New Hope” will air on CNN on Sept. 15.

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