The daily gossip: Ed Sheeran wins 'Shape of You' copyright case, Pete Davidson hangs out with North West, and more
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Ed Sheeran slams 'baseless' copyright claims after winning court case
Does Ed Sheeran's copyright victory signal the shape of things to come in the music industry? A judge in London has ruled that Sheeran didn't plagiarize the song "Oh Why" for his hit "Shape of You," as songwriter Sami Chokri claimed. This legal battle over "Shape of You" dates back to 2018, but Judge Antony Zacaroli concluded Sheeran "neither deliberately nor subconsciously copied" the song and there's only "speculative" evidence he heard it at all. Experts were keeping a close eye on the ruling, especially because Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa are also currently facing copyright claims. Sheeran said he's "obviously happy" with the outcome, but he also slammed "baseless" copyright lawsuits against musicians, which he called "really damaging to the songwriting industry." He added, "There's only so many notes and very few chords used in pop music. Coincidence is bound to happen if 60,000 songs are being released every day on Spotify."
Pete Davidson hangs out with North West after Kanye declared he'd 'NEVER MEET MY CHILDREN'
Remember when Kanye West proclaimed to Pete Davidson, "YOU WILL NEVER MEET MY CHILDREN"? Well, Pete Davidson has officially met one of Kanye West's children. The Saturday Night Live star was spotted hanging out with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's 8-year-old daughter, North West, as photos published by TMZ showed them riding around in a pink electric car together near Kardashian's home. Needless to say, the photos probably won't go over well with West. In a text message West shared publicly in February, Davidson said he hopes he'll one day be able to meet the kids, but West publicly declared he would "NEVER" do so, demanding he "stay away from my children." A source told Us Weekly Kardashian "loves how great Pete is with the kids," and another source added he has "bonded with" her "entire family." Presumably, West himself does not count.
Ezra Miller's DC future in doubt after arrest and on-set 'meltdowns'
Warner Bros. and DC need to talk about Ezra Miller. After the Flash actor was arrested for disorderly conduct, DC and Warner Bros. executives held an "emergency" meeting, and the "consensus in the room was to hit pause on any future projects involving Miller," Rolling Stone reports. The report also alleged Miller had "frequent meltdowns" during production of the upcoming solo DC movie The Flash, with an insider saying, "Ezra would get a thought in his head and say, 'I don't know what I'm doing." Miller was arrested for alleged disorderly conduct at a bar in Hawaii after reportedly getting extremely mad at people singing karaoke, and a couple later filed a restraining order against Miller after the actor allegedly burst into their bedroom and threatened them. Miller looked set to have a bright future as a lead in a major Hollywood franchise, but the actor may have officially blown all that up — which we like to call pulling a Gina Carano.
Bob Odenkirk to star in another AMC series after 'Better Call Saul'
If you're an AMC executive looking for a hit series, you'd better call Bob Odenkirk. The Saul Goodman actor is reportedly set to lead another AMC series called Straight Man after the end of Better Call Saul. The new series is described as a "mid-life crisis" dramedy, in which Odenkirk plays the chair of the English department at an underfunded Pennsylvania college. "Bob Odenkirk is just as good as it gets," AMC entertainment president Dan McDermott said. This will continue Odenkirk's long-running relationship with AMC after he debuted on Breaking Bad in 2009 and then led his own prequel series, Better Call Saul, which is about to kick off its final season. Clearly, AMC hopes as little time as possible passes without Odenkirk on its airwaves, as Straight Man is being fast-tracked for a debut as soon as next year. At some point, should we consider renaming the network Bob-MC?
Could Sam Raimi reunite with Tobey Maguire for another 'Spider-Man'?
Is it time to get the OG Spider-Man gang back together? Sam Raimi, director of the original Spider-Man trilogy, says he's down to team back up with Tobey Maguire for another Spidey film. "Anything is possible, really anything in the Marvel universe, any team-ups," Raimi said. "I love Tobey. I love Kirsten Dunst. I think all things are possible." Raimi added that while he's not sure if Marvel is "interested in" this idea, it "sounds beautiful." Maguire, of course, already returned in December's Spider-Man: No Way Home, leading some fans to call for him to lead a full-on Spider-Man 4. Meanwhile, Dunst — the one person who actually wasn't in No Way Home — has said she's up for playing MJ again. Raimi makes his Marvel return directing next month's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, so is it possible Maguire actually already reunited with him for a surprise cameo there? Probably not, but after Andrew Garfield's lies, we don't know what to believe.