Saturday, June 20, 2015

A Justin Bieber Action Sequence Will Open 'Zoolander 2'

A Justin Bieber Action Sequence Will Open 'Zoolander 2':

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Justin Bieber performs at 102.7 KIIS FM's 2015 Wango Tango at StubHub Center on May 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. 

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Justin Bieber may have a cameo in the highly anticipated Zoolander sequel, but don't expect to see him strutting his stuff on the runway (at least not at first).

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“I start the movie off. [I'm] the first thing you see in the movie, which is pretty cool," the Biebs revealed in an interview with WWD. "I do this whole, like, parkour sequence. I’ve never really done something like that before."

Showing off his acting chops (and athleticism) is apparently much easier with the help of director and star Ben Stiller. "I didn’t expect Ben to be so hands on…It was really cool to have him direct me in such a non-threatening way," said Bieber. "I wasn’t intimidated at all.”

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We can only hope that he prepared for his action-packed Zoolander 2 sequence by watching classic parkour footage.

Justin Bieber & Usher Song Plagiarism Lawsuit Revived

Justin Bieber & Usher Song Plagiarism Lawsuit Revived:

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Justin Bieber and Usher arrives at the "Justin Bieber's Believe" World Premiere at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on December 18, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. 

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A federal appeals court has reinstated a $10 million lawsuit claiming Justin Bieber and Usher copied parts of a song written by two Virginia songwriters.

Justin Bieber & Usher Beat $10 Million Song Plagiarism Lawsuit

In a unanimous ruling Thursday (June 18), a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a jury should decide whether the song "Somebody to Love" -- performed by the two stars -- is intrinsically similar to a song of the same name copyrighted by Devin Copeland and Maerio Overton.

A federal judge in Norfolk dismissed the complaint last year, saying the two versions differed significantly in tone and lyrical content. The appeals court, which listened to all versions of the song, acknowledged the differences but said the choruses are similar enough that a reasonable jury might find in favor of the songwriters.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Here's How Those Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner Ads Have Worked Out for Calvin Klein

Here's How Those Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner Ads Have Worked Out for Calvin Klein:

Kendall Jenner's Calvin Klein campaign. Photo: Calvin Klein
Kendall Jenner's Calvin Klein campaign. Photo: Calvin Klein
If you're looking for virality and buzz, Calvin Klein's marketing department has certainly done a bang-up job this year. First came Justin Bieber's much-spoofed, probably Photoshopped underwear ads in early January, garnering the brand millions of new followers, and March brought even more thanks to a denim campaign featuring Kendall Jenner.

So, has shooting straight for the heart of youth city brought about real business gains?

Execs at PVH Corp, the parent company of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, said on a Tuesday morning webcast that they "believe [they're] beginning to connect with a younger customer." That's good. Men's underwear gained some market share during the first quarter of the year, which wrapped May 3, and the very manly-sounding "Intense Power" style the Biebs wore in his campaign has been selling well. But denim, the focus of Jenner's ads, is tricky: Calvin Klein has lost 50 percent of the market share it had four or five years ago, and the men's jeans business is turning around faster than women's, improvements in which the team describes as "flat-ish" at this point.

"It's better than it's been, but I wouldn't categorize jeans and denim as a hot category at this point," says CEO Emanuel Chirico.

To be fair, Jenner's ads were only live for a little over a month before the quarter wrapped. While we're sure she inspired some young lasses to snap up the limited edition denim collection she was shilling, perhaps the next quarter's results will show more of a lift.