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Lawsuit against Madonna over late concert start times dismissed
Madonna fans who sued the singer over the delayed start time of her ‘Celebration Tour’ show in New York have voluntarily dismissed their lawsuit.Plaintiffs Michael Fellows and Jason Alvarez gave notice of their dismissal with prejudice, which means that their claims cannot be tried again (via Rolling Stone).In a letter filed yesterday (Wednesday June 19), Jeff Warshafsky – who was representing both Madonna and Live Nation in the case – said that the dismissal “was not the result of any settlement” between the parties.He added that Madonna and the promoter “do not agree with plaintiffs’ position that each party should bear its own fees and costs” as the dismissal notice initially stated. He pointed toward their legal expenses, including “filing two motions to dismiss” and opposing the false settlement notice that the court recently spiked.Warshafsky wrote: “Defendants believe that this action was a frivolous strike suit designed to force them to incur legal expenses.“Plaintiffs have now abandoned this lawsuit when it became clear that this approach would not result in a settlement payment and that they would need to oppose defendants’ motion to dismiss the Amended Complaint.”The plaintiffs first filed the suit against Madonna in January, after attending one of her shows at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn the previous month (December 13).
‘The French Connection’ actor Tony Lo Bianco dies aged 87
The French Connection and Law And Order star star Tony Lo Bianco has died aged 87.The actor passed away on Tuesday night (June 12) at his horse farm in Poolesville, Maryland, following a long battle with prostate cancer, his representatives confirmed (via The Hollywood Reporter).“Tony passed peacefully at 9pm last night with his wife Alyse by his side,” they said in a statement.Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1936 Lo Bianco was best known for his performance in The French Connection, which won five Academy awards 1971: Best Picture, Best Actor (Gene Hackman), Best Director (William Friedkin), Best Film Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay.He also starred alongside Richard Gere in Bloodbrothers (1978) and appeared alongside Clint Eastwood in City Heat (1984).Lo Bianco kickstarted his film career with the cult classic The Honeymoon Killers (1970), with plenty of big screen work soon following.Outside of film, he was a successful stage actor, director and producer, starring in many Broadway productions including Moliere’s Tartuffe. He also directed eight productions and produced 25 more.In 1975, Lo Bianco won an Obie Award for his role in an Off-Broadway production of Yanks-3, Detroit-0, Top of the Seventh.He was also nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge.Elsewhere, Lo Bianco starred as heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano in Marciano (1979) and later appeared in many tough guy roles in films including City of Hope (1991), Boiling Point (1993) and The Juror (1996).Later in life, Lo Bianco appeared in a number of popular TV series, including Murder, She Wrote and Law And Order.Away from acting, Lo Bianco was also a Golden Gloves boxer.
‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli allegedly copied one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album that sold for $4.75M
$4.75 million for a one-of-a-kind album by the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, only to learn that the convicted pharmaceutical executive made copies and is releasing the music to the public.Shkreli paid $2 million in 2015 for “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” and gave it up to partially satisfy a $7.4 million forfeiture order after his 2017 conviction for defrauding hedge fund investors and scheming to defraud investors in a drugmaker.The plaintiff PleasrDAO said Shkreli has, since his May 2022 release from prison, told fans on live streams and social media platform X that he kept and had shared the album, once saying, “I was playing it on YouTube the other night even though somebody paid $4 million for it.”PleasrDAO also said thousands of people tuned in on Sunday to hear the album on a live stream that Shkreli called a “Wu tang official listening party.”Such activity violates the forfeiture order, amounts to misappropriation of trade secrets, and “greatly diminishes and/or destroys the album’s value,” according to the complaint filed Monday night in Brooklyn federal court.PleasrDAO wants Shkreli to destroy his copies, turn over profits from disseminating the music, and pay compensatory and punitive damages.Lawyers who have represented Shkreli in criminal and civil matters declined to comment or did not immediately respond to requests for comment.The plaintiff is displaying “Shaolin” this month at the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, Tasmania.Shkreli, 41, became notorious and gained the nickname “Pharma Bro” when, as chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals in 2015, he raised the price of the life-saving antiparasitic drug Daraprim overnight to $750 per tablet from $17.50.He was released early from his seven-year prison