50 Cent sues ad company for “promoting violence” in his name

50 Cent with the Press

It appears to lawsuit week. 50 Cent, the annoying guy infamous for songs like “In da Club”, “Candy Shop” and “Disco Inferno” has reportedly sued the internet advertisement company Traffix Inc. The allegations include “promoting violence”, threatening his safety and that the advertisement just “quite literally calls for violence against” him. The lawsuit will bring in $1 Million in damages. C’mon, Curtis. Weren’t you filthy rich already?

The advertisement in question involved a cartoon head of 50 Cent, which was used without his permission. The user is tasked with shooting the head, which is done using the mouse. If successful, the user will “WIN $5,000 or 5 RINGTONES GUARANTEED”. All that is according to the lawsuit, mind you. Still, I’d love to see and play the advertisement. Must be an excellent stress-buster.

Traffix’s lawyer Ezio Scaldaferri refused to comment and claimed that he had not even seen the lawsuit. And on the other hand, 50 Cent’s top-notch lawyers are raving about “completely unauthorized” use of 50 Cent’s image and it being used in a “vile, tasteless and despicable” method.

The inspiration for the ad could have possibly come from the 2000 event, where 50 Cent was shot nine time with a pistol near his grandma’s house.

[Via Yahoo! News]

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Favreau talks “Iron Man”, I get excited

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Director John Favreau (via his Myspace) apologizes to us fans for not having an Iron Man teaser trailer nestled in before Transformers, but he promises to “reveal something very cool very soon”. With Iron Man sharing an hour block with Marvel and their other upcoming film, Hulk, later this month at San Diego ComicCon, it seems something very cool will be revealed very soon, indeed.

“We’ve secured a prime slot Saturday afternoon [July 28] in the big room at SDCC. We will split an hour with Marvel and Hulk and plan to cut something together to reward the fans for their interest, support and patience. In addition to our Saturday afternoon presentation, we will be doing a signing and poster giveaway at the Marvel booth on Saturday. Paramount is also doing a rundown of its slate on Thursday which I will do my best to attend as well.”

“Cut together”? Hmm, I’m no Hollywood film linguist, but it sounds like he’s talking about revealing the first Iron Man trailer! If that is the case, well, I just feel like a little school girl again!

Favreau drops a few more little nuggets, stating that they “are essentially using the books to inspire our story”. He also reiterates that this movie is being told as Iron Man’s origin story, and that while it stands on its own as a movie, it definitely leaves more to be told. I smell box office sequel revenue!

Finally he takes a moment to respond to some rumors suggesting Samuel L. Jackson, Hillary Swank, and Favreau himself all play roles in the film. I had previously told you of hushed reports of Sam Jackson playing Col. Nick Fury, but there have also been whispers of Hillary Swank playing a S.H.I.E.L.D agent, and Favreau as a Vegas security guard. Favreau says, “There is no truth to any of these rumors,” but then adds, “(Well, maybe one is true.)”

Ahhh!! Leave ’em wantin’ more, eh, John? I declare this story’s comments an official “fanboy forum” for uninformed opinion hurling as to which of these rumors may be true. I say Sam Jackson’s in the movie, because I’ve never wanted anything more in my whole life, except that pony on my sixteenth birthday, which I never got. Don’t you hurt me, too, John Favreau!

[Via Cinematical]

The Spice Girls Are Back

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If you wanna be my lover, you gotta read this post. Making is believing – friendship never ends. You gotta, you gotta…

Remember the Spice Girls – you know the super-star singers that had their own movies, toys, as well as songs? They’re coming back and are “better than ever.” We’ve missed these girls – now women – since they broke up in 2001.

Sporty Spice told BBC Radio that the group has been discussing a comeback.

No Doubt re-unite, “Surprise,” she says.

 

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Believe it or not, I feel that there was a time that No Doubt did not totally suck. Back before Gwen Stefani’s solo effort hit us with the mind-numbingly stupid lines, “This shit is bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!” she put on a hell of a show jumping, flailing, contorting, and wailing to Orange County flavored pop rock. I used to be in love with Gwen.This past weekend, Orange County was treated to a very special surprise when the rest of No Doubt took the stage during Gwen’s encore performance, and they cranked out some old No Doubt tunes. Above is I’m Just a Girl, followed by the much inferior It’s My Life, both performed beneath the din of hundreds of screaming pre-pubescent girls.Supposedly, the band is back in the studio, recording a new record due out next year. Here’s hoping the band makes a return to it’s ska/punk influenced roots. Hit the jump for Spiderwebs.

Kill Bill Volumes 3 & 4. Maybe?

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Word on the street is that E. Bennet Walsh, an executive producer of Kill Bill, could be spilling the beans on upcoming sequels. He says Quentin Tarantino has plots worked up for two new films following the Beatrix legacy, and that he may travel to China to shoot the sequels. From FilmIck

Part 3 would revolve around the revenge of two members of the Crazy 88s. Part 4 would focus on the daughters of Beatrix Kiddo and Vernita Green getting square, as was previously rumoured. Some even claim that the (previously unrevealed) daughters of Elle Driver and Gogo Yubari would also feature.

And from Xinhua:

When asked which Chinese director he wants to cooperate with, Walsh said he would most like to work with Jiang Wen, director of Xun Qiang, or “Missing Gun”.

“I also want to collaborate with younger directors. I believe there are many outstanding young directors in China who have not been brought into the light,” Walsh said.

While I would love to see some more of Beatrix whoopin’ up on the Crazy 88’s, it’s unlikely that we’ll see either of these coming down the pipes in the very near future. The Big T. (as nobody calls him) is a very busy man, and unless he wants to entrust The Bride to members of his schlock champ camp (Eli Roth, perhaps?), these could be back-burnered for a while.

[Via If It’s Movies]

Nick Fury is Sam Jackson is Nick Fury

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Aint It Cool News is telling me that Samuel L. Jackson is shooting today on the upcoming independant Marvel film, Iron Man, as… wait for it… Colonel Nick Fury!

There are two reason I find this news particularly interesting. First, and least significantly, is that Nick Fury originally is a white dude. It looks like they’ve chosen to represent the more recently conceived “Ultimate Nick Fury”, a character from a new Marvel alternate-universe sort of dealy that is obviously very much based on Sam Jackson. Secondly, Nick Fury’s name is being tossed around in conjunction with other Marvel film rumors rolling around. An Avengers movie is supposedly in the works, and there’s even been talk of Nick Fury having a film all to himself. Is Sam Jackson’s appearance in this role indicative of future casting decisions, or will they just change actors on us mid-stream? Guess we’ll see!