Newswire: Eminem is getting sued for allegedly stealing a sample used in “Rap God”

Words can hurt, and sometimes they hurt the pocketbook. That’s currently the case for Eminem, whose song “Rap God” entered the Guinness Book of World Records for containing the most words in a hit single (1,560, according to Guinness—we lost count after 23). Apparently, those words allegedly include a 25-second sample lifted from Chicago rap group Hotstylz’s single, “Lookin’ Boy,” […]

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Newswire: Digital downloads had a record-setting year, thanks in part to The Interview

It’s hard to say whether those who felt it was their patriotic duty to watch The Interview truly made an impact on international politics, but they definitely helped make 2014 a banner year for digital downloads. The Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy has earned $31 million in online rentals, contributing to the $533 million spent on electronic sales this holiday season. […]

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Great Job, Internet!: Watch two guys play a bunch of Slayer songs on children’s instruments

While metal is often known for being a genre based on technically proficient rage, recently it’s been a place for the introduction of childlike wonder. Last year father-daughter grindcore band Sockweb released its debut album, cashing in on all the attention little Joanie Young was paid after she screamed her affection for fluffy breakfast foods. The folks at Pasquale Guitar […]

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Contest: Chicago, see Marion Cotillard in Two Days, One Night early and for free

Though it was left out of the Oscar shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film, the Dardenne Brothers’ Two Days, One Night is one of 2014’s most highly acclaimed international films. We named it the second best film of the year, calling it the “the most nakedly emotional film Jean-Pierre and Luc have made yet,” and Marion Cotillard’s bravura lead performance […]

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Great Job, Internet!: This parody makes Serial work as a romantic comedy

If there’s a weird vacancy in your podcast playlist or you’ve suddenly found yourself spending less time on Reddit lately, it may be due to Serial going on hiatus. Until Sarah Koenig picks another story to unravel and tangle again, addicted listeners will have to get by on backlash articles, insider interviews, and Serial parodies. Fortunately, there’s no lack of […]

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Newswire: Ken Watanabe is out and Tadanobu Asano is in for Martin Scorsese’s Silence

The cast of Martin Scorsese’s next film Silence has shifted once more—hopefully for the last time, given that the film is scheduled to shoot early this year. Deadline reports that Ken Watanabe has been replaced by Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano, star of Ichi The Killer, Funky Forest: The First Contact, Tokyo Zombie, Mongol, and more. (He’s probably best known to […]

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Newswire: Bill Cosby sued again for defamation, which seems likely to continue

Save for the blowhard tribunal who sat in judgment of Keshia Knight Pulliam on Celebrity Apprentice, so far no one has come close to staging an actual trial in the case of Bill Cosby’s multiple rape allegations. But that could soon change, as three women have now joined the previously reported defamation lawsuit against Cosby and his representatives, which—after Judy […]

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Newswire: Bjork collaborating with The Haxan Cloak on her new LP

Bjork has always enlisted interesting producers and collaborators, from Matthew Herbert to Thom Yorke, for her projects. For her latest record, the followup to 2011’s Biophilia, she’s collaborating with British producer Bobby Krlic, an artist who’s best known to a very small part of the world’s population as The Haxan Cloak. Krlic tweeted this morning that it’s been “an honour” […]

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Newswire: Liam Neeson helpfully informs American parents that Taken is fiction

Who can take anything ”big media” says as the truth anymore? Sure, they may tell you that the movies Hollywood makes aren’t real, but then again, they also said we were safe from Ebola, and now look at us! Ebola everywhere! That’s why some sensible Texas parents—more than 40 of them—refused to accept that their high school-age children could safely […]

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Great Job, Internet!: Raiders Of The Lost Ark: the adorable puppies and kittens version

If you ever have one of those existential dilemmas where you simply can’t decide between a rousing, Nazi-filled adventure movie or YouTube videos of adorable puppies and kittens, filmmaker Zach King of FinalCutKing has a solution for you: Raiders Of The Lost Bark. The video, according to King, “was created with three rolls of duct tape, 108 glue sticks, 18 […]

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