After picking up three awards at Sundance and a lot of praise, Lee Daniels’ dark drama Push, based on the 1996 novel by Sapphire, has picked up dueling distributors. Lionsgate Films and The Weinstein Co. have both filed lawsuits in Los Angeles and New York claiming to have nabbed distribution rights first.

Weinstein’s attorney Bert Fields released a statement attesting there was a “firm agreement for the rights” and “Lionsgate was well aware of the [Weinstein] contract but went forward anyway.”

Weinstein is suing for breach of contract and Lionsgate is seeking a judge’s ruling that it has the right to distribute Push in the U.S. and Canada.

Push was directed and produced by Lee Daniels and stars Mo’nique, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton, Sherri Shepherd and newcomer Gabourey Sidibe.

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The Warholesque picture of Barack Obama looking upwards with the word “hope” written across the bottom has appeared on everything from t-shirts, buttons and posters during last year’s presidential campaign and now the Associated Press has come forward to claim the copyright.

The iconic image of Obama was designed by Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey and has even inspired Obamicon.Me where indviduals can converts their personal photographs to the same red, white and blue stylized portrait.

Fairey has acknowledged that his painting is based on a photograph taken by the Associated Press. Mannie Garcia is the photographer who snapped the infamous picture at the National Press Club in Washington while on assignment for the AP in April 2006.

The AP wants credit and compensation for Fairey’s use of the photo, however Fairey’s lawyer Anthony Falzone claims “fair use protects Shepard’s right to do what he did here.”

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Legendary soul singer Etta James ranted about Beyonce having “no business” singing her song during the inauguration at a recent concert in Seattle. The 71 year-old singer didn’t seem to like our new President either saying:

“You guys know your President right? You know the one with the big ears? Yeah, wait a minute, he ain’t ma President. He might be yours…he ain’t ma President….but I tell ya’ that woman he has singing for him, singing ma song, she gonna get her ass whipped…..the great Beyonce…..but I can’t stand Beyonce, she has no business up there singing, singing up there on a…a big ol’…a big ol’ President day. Gonna be singing ma song that I been singing forever.”

Blindie wonders what Ms. James thought of her portrayal by “the great Beyonce” in Cadillac Records.

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Singer M.I.A. (born Maya Arulpragasam) is up for two Grammys: Record of the Year for “Paper Planes” and Best Rap Song for “Swagga Like Us.” But the pregnant star may not attend the Grammy Awards this Sunday because her baby is due on that day.

“They say that you’re often late the first time, so I’m planning to go,” the 31-year-old mom-to-be told USA Today. “We’ll see. People are trying to get me to relax and focus on the baby. It’s like being in parallel universes.”

M.I.A., who is also up for an Oscar for the song “O … Saya” from award darling Slumdog Millionaire, adds, “Having a baby is the most creative thing you can do. It makes you re-learn the world through a child’s eyes.”

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Disney cash cow Miley Cyrus says the picture of her slanting her eyes like an Asian was “simply” her “making a goofy face.”

“Well, I’m sorry if those people looked at those pics and took them wrong and out of context!” she writes on her official fansite. “In NO way was I making fun of any ethnicity! I was simply making a goofy face. When did that become newsworthy?”

Playing the victim card, the 16-year-old singer-actress adds, “I definitely feel like the press is trying to make me out as the new ‘BAD GIRL’!”

Blindie believes Disney execs decided to not release a full statement (and instead released this “casual” yet most likely calculated blog entry) as to make it seem like the offensive photo was not offensive and those who did take offense are the ones who are the ‘bad guys’ for criticizing Cyrus.

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If you’ve ever wanted to stand before Tyra Banks and her panel of photographers, stylists and retired models to receive life-changing advice and tips that will help you become a model or just be fierce like one then “America’s Next Top Model: Fierce Guide to Life” is the book for you.

Covering everything from “runway etiquette” to applying makeup, improving self-image, the business of modeling and really important things like how to look your best while wearing a crop top, “Fierce Guide to Life” is like Tyra mail and a season of ANTM rolled into one glossy book.

“Fierce Guide to Life” is due in stores in April.

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Former 3rd Rock From the Sun star turned indie cutie Joseph Gordon-Levitt partners up with comeback kid Mickey Rourke in the crime thriller Killshot based on the novel by Elmore Leonard.

Rourke and Levitt’s onscreen partnership is reminiscent of Russell Crowe and Ben Forster in 3:10 to Yuma; Rourke’s the calm veteran hitman and Levitt’s the young maniac killer in training that never seizes the opportunity given by Rourke to ascend from his amateurish ways. Levitt, an extremely talented actor, has brilliantly played this self-destructive role before (see Mysterious Skin, Stop-Loss), that’s why Blindie’s anticipating Levitt’s upcoming departure role as Cobra Commander in Stephen Sommers’ G.I. Joe.

Rosario Dawson plays the supporting role as Levitt’s girlfriend and was very much underused here. Judging from her performance in Seven Pounds, Blindie knows she can bring it.

Mickey Rourke’s comeback is definitely not a one hit wonder, look for him in Iron Man 2 and he’ll re-team with Rosario Dawson in Sin City 2.

Killshot is yet another exploration in the criminal psychology and competitiveness between men where women are merely glanced at from a peripheral.


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