Tyler Perry takes the stand in copyright lawsuit
Actor-screenwriter Tyler Perry testified in a copyright infringement lawsuit Wednesday that he did not steal material from a woman’s play for his blockbuster movie “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.” Donna West is suing Perry in federal court, arguing that he lifted material from a script she wrote titled “Fantasy of a Black Woman,” which was based primarily on her own experiences. She wants a jury to award her family all the profits made from Perry’s 2005 film, which earned some $50 million. Perry insisted that his screenplay is an original work, but under questioning by West’s attorney, said he did not know whether anyone actually saw him write the script, The Marshall News Messenger reported for its Thursday editions. (Continue Reading…)

Hudson family murder suspect killed in jealous rage
The sole suspect in the murders of the family of Oscar-winning singer-actress Jennifer Hudson may have killed because he thought his wife was seeing another man. William Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson’s sister Julia, was detained by police over a month ago, following the murders of Hudson’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew. Balfour’s bail was denied at a hearing yesterday (December 3) in Chicago, after prosecutor LuAnn Snow told the court that Balfour had warned Julia Hudson that “her family would suffer if he saw her with other men,” reports CNN. (Continue Reading…)

Oprah to Host Show in Washington During Inauguration Week
Oprah Winfrey has found a new – but temporary – home for her talk show. The Chicago-based Oprah Winfrey Show will move to Washington, D.C., where Winfrey will host at least two episodes during Inauguration Week, Harpo Productions announced Thursday. The talk show queen, 54, plans to air a live episode from the Kennedy Center Opera House the day before Barack Obama is sworn in as president. A second taping is scheduled for Wednesday Jan. 21 after the inauguration ceremony. (Continue Reading…)

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