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Over the weekend, The Sun reported that Sam Smith had quietly and amicably settled a copyright dispute with Tom Petty over the likeness between Smith's three-time Grammy-nominated "Stay With Me" and Petty's Full Moon Fever hit "I Won't Back Down," co-written with ELO's Jeff Lynne. In a statement to Rolling Stone, Smith's reps have confirmed that "Stay With Me" is now co-credited to Petty and Lynne, adding that while there are undeniable "similarities" between the two singles, it was a "complete coincidence."
"Recently the publishers for the song 'I Won't Back Down,' written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, contacted the publishers for 'Stay With Me,' written by Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips, about similarities heard in the melodies of the choruses of the two compositions," Smith's rep tells Rolling Stone. "Not previously familiar with the 1989 Petty/Lynne song, the writers of 'Stay With Me' listened to 'I Won’t Back Down' and acknowledged the similarity."
Smith's rep added, "Although the likeness was a complete coincidence, all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement in which Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are now credited as co-writers of 'Stay With Me' along with Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips."
A representative for Petty was not immediately available for comment.
On the ASCAP site, where songwriter information is collated and frequently updated, Petty and Lynne are now listed among the "Stay With Me" team of Smith, Napier and Phillips. It's unclear whether Petty and Lynne were retroactively compensated for their songwriting credit or if they'll receive future earnings on the track.
HuffPost Entertainment contacted a representative for Smith; this post will be updated if and when they respond.
Back when Smith's smash single came out, many listeners drew comparisons between the two tracks. In a story on Medium, Ed Rex even noted that there were identical notes, chords, rhythms and pitches.
According to The Sun, the two musicians settled the dispute out of court back in October, but the details emerged this weekend. A 12.5 percent writing credit was given to Petty and singer-composer Jeff Lynne. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers now lists Smith, Petty, Lynne and Jimmy Napes as chief songwriters of the song.
"Stay With Me" has sold almost four million copies worldwide and was one of the biggest tracks of 2014. It is nominated at the forthcoming Grammys for Best Pop Performance and Record of the Year, so it's a good thing Tom Petty wouldn't, uh, back down.
First of all there are the four main characters, who each just happens to have a strikingly alliterative name: Hannah Helene Horvath, Jessa Johansson, Marnie Marie Michaels, and Shoshanna Shapiro, played by actresses named Lena, Jemima, Allison and Zosia. And guys named Adam and Ray and Elijah played by Adam and Alex and Andrew.
OK, so most of those are fairly normal -- Hannah a classic biblical name, Jessa an offshoot of Jessica, and Marnie a somewhat retro 70s name that fell off the popularity list in 1977, but may see something of a revival thanks to the "Girls" character and to the fact that it was recently picked for her daughter by singer Lily Allen (mother also of Ethel).
But then we also have:
Shoshanna is the Hebrew parent name of Susannah, meaning both or either lily and/or rose. Well used in the Jewish community, its appearance on this show, with its friendly nicknames like Shosh, might extend its usage.
This is a Greek variant of Sophia that was given to his actress daughter by playwright David Mamet. Her middle name is Russell, after maternal grandfather Russel Crouse, an eminent Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.
British-born Jemima Kirke bears a name that is far more frequently heard in the UK than in the US, due its unfortunately lingering Aunt Jemima associations. Kirke has sisters named Lola and Domino, a daughter name Rafaella Israel and a son named Memphis.
It becomes even more interesting when we get to secondary characters and their portrayers, such as these:
Beatrix Lavoyt is one of the kids Jessa babysits. Her sister’s name is Lola, showing that the writers are well aware of what Brooklyn hipsters might name their daughters. Beatrix has not hit the national pop list, but is Number 140 on Nameberry.
Booth Jonathan (which sounds like a name reversal) is a conceptual artist Marnie meets at her gallery job and has a brief fling with. His name is about as preppy as a surname name can be, associated in the past with writer Booth Tarkington (born Newton Booth).
Desi is Adam’s acting partner and Marnie’s bandmate. It’s never explained whether his name is a short form of Desiderio (as in Lucy’s husband), Desmond, or just plain Desi.
Clementine, played by Natalie Morales, is the girlfriend of Desi. The aristocratic name of the wife of Winston Churchill, Clementine is a great Nameberry fave -- even though it doesn’t even appear on the Social Security Top 1000. Ethan Hawke, Claudia Schiffer and Rachel Griffiths have all chosen it for their daughters.
Jasper is Jessa’s older manic friend from rehab, who follows her to New York. The name Jasper, thanks in part to the Twilight franchise, has been a recent success story, climbing up to Number 248 nationally, and an astounding Number 8 on Nameberry.
Dot is the daughter of Jasper, with whom she reconnects in one episode, and is played by Oscar hopeful Felicity Jones. Dot is an adorable Dorothy nickname cum middle name -- if you can ignore the dot.com connection.
Laird is Hannah’s neighbor, a recovering addict. The Scottish word for lord, Laird is rarely heard in the US, though Sharon Stone did use it for one of her sons.
Soojin is Marnie’s art gallerist friend who hires her as an assistant. Spelled Soo-jin or Su-jin, this is a Korean name with several meanings that was a Top 5 name in South Korea in the 1980s.
And other cast members:
Ebon Moss-Bachrach plays Desi, an acting cast mate of Adam’s and a musician in Marnie’s band. Ebon is a fairly obscure Hebrew boys’ name -- Eban and Eben are far more familiar.
Jorma Taccone, who plays Booth Jonathan, was named after Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen. He has been quoted as saying, “I grew up in Berkeley and my parents were hippies, obviously, since my name is Jorma.” Jorma is the Finnish version of Jeremiah.
Sakina Jaffrey, daughter of noted Indian actress and food writer Madhur Jaffrey, appears in one episode as a gynecologist. Her name relates to the Arabic word Sakinah, meaning peace and serenity.
Shiri Appleby plays Adam’s ex-girlfriend Natalia. Appleby has an Israeli-born mother, and her name means “song of mine” in Hebrew.
Polish-born Zuzanna Szadkowski, known for her role in Gossip Girl, has sometimes gone by the simpler name Susan. But we love the Slavic Zuzanna (nn Zuzu) -- which takes us back around to Shoshanna!
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On Jan. 23, the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador took the stage in Davos, Switzerland to speak about the HeForShe campaign, the influence it has had on her own life and the new initiative Impact 10x10x10. "Women share this planet 50/50 and they are underrepresented -- their potential astonishingly untapped," she told the crowd.
The HeForShe campaign encourages men to join the movement towards achieving gender equality. As the campaign's website reads, it "brings together one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity, for the benefit of all."
In her speech, Watson describes the far-reaching impact the launch of the HeForSpeech campaign had. Her remarks from the September conference were watched over 11 million times, created 1.2 billion social media conversations and encouraged men from almost every country in the world to sign the HeForShe commitment.
Watch Watson's full speech at Davos here (story continues below video):
The campaign has inspired many celebrities including Desmond Tutu, Hillary Clinton, Prince Harry and many more.
“It is my belief that there is a greater understanding than ever that women need to be equal participants in our homes, in our societies, in our governments and in our workplaces," she said. "And they know that the world is being held back in every way because they are not.”
Instead of engaging people on an individual level, like HeForShe's original campaign, Impact10x10x10 is taking on bigger groups. The initiative is a one-year project that will engage businesses, universities and governments, and encourage them to make real commitments in order to achieve gender equality.
Watson addressed different groups of people throughout her speech, including CEOs of big businesses: "CEOs: Have you implemented the women’s empowerment principles in your own company? What change have you seen? Are you someone persuading men to become HeForShes and collecting their signatures for our website? How many have you got?" she asked. "We want to know. We want to hear from you."
"I’ve been stunned by the amount of men in my life that have contacted me since my speech to tell me to keep going," she said. "And that they want to make sure their daughters will still be alive to see a world where women have parody, economically and politically.”
The 74-year-old "X-Men" star tells The Advocate he was ultimately proud of the assumption, which appeared in a Feb. 17 article detailing Ellen Page's coming out, penned by writer Jane Czyzselska.
"Indeed the first contact I had was from Ian McKellen, who sent me an email saying, ‘Congratulations!’ And I accepted the congratulations and said, ‘I think this is a very distinctive honor that I’ve been awarded,’” he recalls in a new interview with Jase Peeples of The Advocate.
At the time, Stewart playfully responded to the report on Twitter. joking that he had "like, five or even SEVEN hetero friends and we totally drink beer and eat lots of chicken wings!"
In hindsight, he takes the gaffe in stride.
“I wasn’t going to get all upset and stuffy about somebody being a little bit careless in their research,” he says. “Or frankly who had looked at some of the evidence and made an assumption.”
The actor, who can be seen opposite Carla Gugino and Matthew Lilliard in "Match," said his longtime support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community came naturally, due in part to his background in theater.
“I think this is where the theater is such an appealing world, because it embraces everything and always has. So there was never a moment where I made an intellectual choice that I would be a supporter of gay civil rights," he says. "It was always a natural and uncomplicated choice."
Read the full interview with Ian McKellen here.
By Ella Grace Downs
By now, you are almost certainly most-definitely singing the "Friends" theme song by The Rembrandts in your head. And if you aren't? Well, then I commend either your control over ear worms or your ability to remain under a cultural rock -- because "Friends" has arrived on Netflix.
And we're sure happy it is, because "Friends" just might be the perfect sitcom: it was the quintessential multi-cam network TV show of the '90s and early 2000s. It was about six 20-somethings living in New York, but mostly, it was about your friends becoming your family as you navigate the realities of adulthood. It had a little bit of everything you want from a sitcom: hot, young people trying to figure out their careers, relationships, sex, and the housing market of New York City. It may not have been the most diverse, edgy, sexy, or clever show -- but it was so. damn. funny.
Even though "Friends" was a pretty PG show most of the time, it had a secret, beautiful feminist core that really came through sometimes. Here, we take a look at the nine most feminist things about "Friends" -- which was actually, as it turns out, way more progressive than you probably realized.
1. The One Where Rachel Left Her Husband-To-Be At the Altar
This was literally the first episode of the entire show. Rachel left her boring, dentist husband and financially-secure lifestyle in Long Island on their wedding day in order to pursue an independent life in New York City. It's nothing that radical, but Rachel's self discovery and struggles to find independence were inspirational.
2. The One Where Monica Considered a Sperm Bank
Monica's break up with Richard really hurt -- they were perfect for each other -- but they wanted different things in life. Monica was ready for a family, and she was unapologetic about it. She wouldn't compromise her dream just to be with Richard, and she was so ready for a baby that she even considered going to a sperm bank and raising a child on her own. The fact that she was seriously considering it was one of the most independent moves she (almost) made.
3. The One Where Rachel Found Out She Was Cheated on With Her Friend Mindy ... and They Teamed Up
Whenever guys cheat, it's way too common for women to blame the other girl and not the guy. But when Rachel and her ex best friend Mindy teamed up to roast her ex fiancé Barry for cheating on both of them, we were reminded that cat fights were so '80s.
4. The Fact That Ross' Son Had Two Moms
Sure, there were some highly-problematic jokes, but Ross's ex-wife and her new partner, Carol and Susan, were still the totally accepted parents of Ross and Carol's son Ben. No one ever questioned that the two women raising a child were doing a great job.
5. The Fact That Monica Was Competitive as Hell, and Better Than Everyone at Football
Monica's go-getter attitude is a chief element of her personality. She is tough, assertive, bossy, and relentlessly competitive with everyone about everything. Which translates to being better than everyone at a lot of things -- including football.
6. The Fact That Rachel Chose To Be a Single Mother
When Rachel got pregnant, she turned down marriage proposals from both Joey and Ross. Being married and having a family don't necessarily have to be connected, and Rachel was the hottest single mom on network television, and everyone respected (and applauded) her decision.
7. The Fact That Monica Was The Boss
Monica's coworkers and subordinates were constantly undermining her and calling her a bitch -- an experience almost every girl boss has had to deal with, especially in a kitchen and food service, which is a total boy's club. It was awesome to see her take charge of her employees and work environment -- and not care what people called her.
8. The One Where Monica Proposed to Chandler
In one of the most beautiful moments in the show, Monica asked Chandler to marry her on bended knee. She didn't wait around for her knight in shining armor -- she grabbed him herself.
9. The Show's Depiction of Female Friendship
More than anything, Phoebe, Monica, and Rachel were there for each other through everything -- competition, break ups, hookups, marriage, and children. They were supportive of each other and always had fun. And when women stick together, feminism wins.
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On Twitter, "American Sniper" screenwriter Jason Hall explained that director Clint Eastwood had planned to use a real baby for the film, but the first child was ill and the second didn't show up at all. As a result, a doll was used instead. (Hall's tweet, which was posted in response to a joke made by Grantland writer Mark Harris, has since been deleted.)
HuffPost Entertainment contacted representatives for Hall and one of the film's production designers for comment on the fake baby. This post will be updated if and when they respond. Until then, watch the baby scene from "American Sniper" below.