Snoop Dogg files a lawsuit over use of image in ads

Snoop Dogg files a lawsuitover use of image in ads
PHILADELPHIA -- Snoop Dogg is seeking $2 million from a car dealership that he accuses of having misappropriated his image and speech pattern in its advertisements. In a lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court, the 33-year-old rapper, born Calvin Broadus, alleges that the Gary Barbera Enterprises ads constitute trademark infringement since they use verbiage that is "confusingly similar to the Snoop Dogg trademark." The ads show Snoop next to the words "Is Bar-BIZZLE The SH-izzle?" One ad is similar to his line in a recent Chrysler TV commercial with Lee Iacocca: "If the ride is more fly, then you must buy." Rapper 50 Cent -- Curtis Jackson III -- has filed a similar lawsuit against Barbera seeking $1 million in damages. The Philadelphia Daily News quoted Barbera marketing director Eric Gerstein as terming the latest lawsuit "the same lyrics, different beat. We've already been in contact with Snoop's people, and we're working it out."
'Virgin' director plansnew comedy for Rogen
NEW YORK -- The success of "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" might lead some to wonder if a sequel is in the works. "I don't know if you can be a born-again virgin," says director Judd Apatow. But Apatow told The Associated Press in a recent interview that he's working on a new comedy for Seth Rogen, one of the stars of the movie. The burly, bearded Rogen got his break on the short-lived but critically acclaimed 1999 sitcom "Freaks and Geeks" -- for which Apatow was a writer. Rogen, 23, has since appeared in "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" and written for "Da Ali G Show," but Apatow's film is his most widely seen work yet. "I've worked with him since he was 16 on 'Freaks and Geeks' and always thought he could be a big comedy star," Apatow said. "The nice thing about 'Virgin' is that it shows the studios that if the premise is a strong one, you can take a chance on a new actor in the lead."
98 Degrees to reunite,back mayoral candidate
CINCINNATI -- Pop group 98 Degrees will reunite today to support Justin Jeffre's run for mayor of Cincinnati. There may be some singing -- but don't call it a concert, Jeffre says. "We may sing an a cappella song -- possibly two, probably not much more than that," he said. "We don't want to give people the wrong impression." Jeffre and 98 Degrees members Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey and Jeff Timmons plan to attend a campaign rally this afternoon. They will appear tonight at a nightclub where admission will be a donation of at least $10 to Jeffre's campaign. Jeffre, 32, is one of seven candidates in the nonpartisan Sept. 13 mayoral primary that will determine the two candidates for a November run-off. 98 Degrees last performed in concert at Madison Square Garden in New York the night before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Notable deaths
R.L. Burnside, one of the last original Mississippi bluesmen, whose raw hill country blues style gained cult popularity much later in his playing career, died Thursday. He was 78.
Cecily Brownstone, who wrote cookbooks and twice-a-week feature articles on food for The Associated Press for 39 years, died Tuesday. She was 96.
Today's birthdays
Actress Kitty Carlisle Hart is 95. Actress Helen Wagner ("As the World Turns") is 87. "Beetle Bailey" cartoonist Mort Walker is 82. Country singer Hank Thompson is 80. Actress Anne Jackson is 79. Time magazine contributing editor Hugh Sidey is 78. Country singer Tompall Glaser is 72. Actress Eileen Brennan is 70. Actress Pauline Collins is 65. Rock singer-musician Al Jardine (The Beach Boys) is 63. Actress Valerie Perrine is 62. Rock musician Donald Brewer (Grand Funk Railroad) is 57. Rock guitarist Steve Jones (The Sex Pistols) is 50. Rock singer-musician Todd Lewis is 40. Actor Costas Mandylor is 40. Actor Charlie Sheen is 40. Singer Jennifer Paige is 32. Actor Nick Wechsler is 27.

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