March 11, 2013 |
Justin Timberlake's guest shot on NBC's “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend featured an encore performance of his current hit “Suit & Tie” with a lyric change that appeared to answer Kanye West's recent diss of his duet with Jay-Z. “My hit's so sick, got rappers acting dramatic,” Timberlake sang, an apparent comeback to West's comment about the song last month during a show in London, at which he told the audience, “I got love for Hova, but I ain't [expletive] with that 'Suit & Tie.'” His SNL gig was his fifth time hosting the show, a rare feat recognized in the opening skit in which Timberlake was awarded his membership in “The Five Timers Club,” described as “the most exclusive club in New York City.” IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Grammys 2013 On entering an old-school drawing room, Timberlake was presented a smoking jacket emblazoned with a gold “5” and immediately ran into fellow club member Paul Simon strumming an acoustic guitar.
March 8, 2013 |
A Los Angeles jury Friday ordered healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $8 million in damages to a retired prison guard who said he was injured by the company's defective artificial hip. But in a victory for the company, the 12-member jury declined to levy any punitive damages, despite being told by the guard's lawyer that J&J's behavior warranted up to $179 million. This marks the first verdict in more than 8,000 similar suits filed against the world's biggest medical-products maker over this all-metal hip introduced in 2005 by DePuy, the orthopedic division of J&J. In this case, Loren Kransky, a 65-year-old former prison guard in Montana, claimed that he suffered metal poisoning and other health problems from the company's ASR XL hip implant he received in 2007.
March 8, 2013 |
For sale: one used lion costume. But we're not talking just any lion costume. Archivist James Comisar owns one of the largest archives of television artifacts, with about 10,000 individual objects. Now he's looking for a new home for the iconic Cowardly Lion costume designed by Gilbert Adrian and worn by Bert Lahr during all the "mane" sequences in the beloved 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz. " This may be the perfect time to pique collectors' interest in the costume because of the opening Friday of Sam Raimi's big-budget "Oz the Great and Powerful," which tells the story of how the wizard came to take up residence in the Emerald City.
March 8, 2013 |
A Los Angeles jury said healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson was negligent by selling a defective artificial hip and ordered the company to pay a retired prison guard $8.3 million in damages for his injuries. But in a victory for the company, the 12-member jury declined to award any punitive damages even though the patient's lawyer told jurors J&J's actions warranted up to $179 million in damages. Friday's verdict marks the first in more than 10,000 similar suits filed against the world's biggest medical-products maker over this all-metal hip introduced in 2005 by DePuy, the orthopedic division of J&J. At the five-week trial, Loren Kransky, a 65-year-old former prison guard in Montana, testified that he suffered metal poisoning and other health problems from the company's ASR XL hip implant he received in 2007.
March 5, 2013 |
Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, lost a bid to end a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission accusing him of insider trading. The commission alleges that in 2004, Cuban sold his stake in the search company Mamma.com after hearing of a business strategy he disapproved of from then-Chief Executive Guy Faure. That information, which involved the company's plans to sell stock in a private offering at below-market prices, prompted Cuban to sell his 6.3% stake for $7.9 million, the lawsuit alleged.
February 27, 2013 |
An old hand and a relative newcomer in Las Vegas earned top rankings in the Forbes Travel Guide five-star rankings released Monday. Hotelier Steve Wynn's two Las Vegas resorts, Wynn and Encore , garnered five stars--the top honor--in hotel (for their Tower Suites) and spa categories. Wynn's Macau properties , which carry the same names, were also on the list of five-star winners from Forbes, the former Mobil Travel Guides. Aria Sky Suites is a newcomer to the five-star hotel list this year.
February 27, 2013 |
A New York cable company fired the opening salvo in a long-anticipated media war that could give consumers more choices in subscribing to pay television - and upend the way companies have long done business. Cable operator Cablevision Systems Corp. filed suit Tuesday in federal court in New York accusing Viacom Inc., parent of MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central, of anti-competitive behavior. At issue is whether Viacom uses its leverage to force distributors such as Cablevision to carry low-rated networks in return for access to its popular channels, a practice known in the industry as bundling.
February 25, 2013 |
Expletive-laced rants are nothing new to Kanye West, but this time the hip-hop star took aim at Justin Timberlake and his longtime pal Jay-Z. “Creativity fuels everything,” he began, before taking on the Grammys, corporate sponsorships and J.T. and Hova's new single, “Suit and Tie.” Appearing at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on Saturday night, West went on a 10-minute tangent, laid over the moody instrumental track from "Clique," a...
February 22, 2013 |
In the same week that Lance Armstrong announced that he would not cooperate with the anti-doping agency that uncovered the deception he used to win seven Tour de France titles, the Justice Department on Friday opted to press him for the millions he took from former sponsor the U.S. Postal Service. By joining a whistle-blower lawsuit first filed by Armstrong's former cycling teammate Floyd Landis, the Justice Department alleges Armstrong and teammates violated sponsor agreements by using banned substances and methods, including blood doping, testosterone and human growth hormone.
February 21, 2013 |
The stage was filled with flowers and gold. The audience was filled with short skirts and diamonds. Davis Gaines elegantly sang "Music of the Night," while, on the screen behind him, there appeared a photo of Jerry and Jimmy Buss crooning karaoke. Several members of the USC marching band played "Amazing Grace," but they did so while wearing their sunglasses. The first song was from "Toy Story," the last song was from Sinatra, and in between, the stage flashed photos of Jerry Buss hanging out with his grandchildren, his buddy Hugh Hefner, and his poker chips.