The big ohby Veronica Schmidt
Two letters at the centre of a rap-related controversy resume business as usual.
• It’s been a tough year for fans of the word “oh”. The annus horribilis began when TufAmerica sued Jay-Z, alleging the rapper had sampled a single syllable from Eddie Bo’s 1969 song Hook and Sling. The music label said that in the background of Run This Town, featuring Kanye West and Rihanna, the word “oh” could be heard and that it was the “oh” from the first three seconds of Hook and Sling. This caused terrible stress to those of us who like to say “oh” but don’t like to go to court. What if my tea was too hot and I yelled “Oh!” Would this be the same “oh” as the one from Hook and Sling?
Well, thanks to a New York federal court, we can breathe easy again. Judge Lewis Kaplan has dismissed TufAmerica’s case, saying, “The word in question – oh – is quite common.” Bloody perceptive if you ask us. But the good judge is apparently no more perceptive than the rest of us when it comes to figuring out what the hell contemporary musicians are mumbling. “[Oh] appears only once [in Run This Town], if it appears at all,” said Kaplan.
Jay, RiRi, Yeezy – we’ll have a whip-round and shout you a few enunciation classes.
• A new high-voltage trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road is out and we’re calling it a Kiwi triumph. Leading man Tom Hardy might be British, leading lady Charlize Theron might be South African and director George Miller might be an Aussie, but two Kiwis are right in the thick of it. Jacob Tomuri, best known for playing Norman Hansen on Shortland Street, was Hardy’s stunt double and leading New Zealand stunt performer Dayna Grant was Theron’s. It’s them you see hanging onto racing vehicles, flying through the air and facing down explosions. Just be warned that watching their acrobatics might make you feel a little less proud of the 20 minutes of jogging you did this morning.
• Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal are mirroring one another again. Of course, this isn’t unusual in siblings – young ones, anyway. They often contract chicken pox at the same time, infect each other with nits and obsess together over cicada skins. But keen Culture Vulture readers will recall that the Gyllenhaals prefer to match in a far superior way – by overachieving. The pair have copycat movie careers and Oscar nominations and recently made their Broadway debuts within weeks of each other. And now they’ve both been nominated for Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe awards. Maggie is a contender for the TV miniseries The Honorable Woman and Jake for the movie Nightcrawler.
“It’s pretty awesome that my brother and I are going to be there together!” said Maggie of their SAG nominations, while Jake said of the Globe nods, “I’m really excited for her, too. She’s incredible in the show she did.”
Look, guys, it’s great news and all, but you’ve kind of overshadowed the rest of us. I was quite excited that my sister and I both won $2 on Instant Kiwi on the same day, but now …
• Cameron Diaz has told talkshow host Seth Meyers that playing Miss Hannigan in the Annie remake was great because “you get to yell at kids, which is really fun”. No doubt her agent’s inbox is now teeming with invitations from parents inviting her round to do bath and bed time.
Top 10 books
1. Annabel Langbein the Free Range Cook: Through the Seasons, by Annabel Langbein (Annabel Langbein Media, $59.95)
2. Great New Zealand Cookbook: The Food We Love from 80 of Our Finest Cooks, Chefs and Bakers (PQ Blackwell, $49.99)
3. Everyday Delicious, by Chelsea Winter (Random House, $49.99)
4. Quake Cats: Heart-Warming Stories of Christchurch Cats, by Craig Bullock (Random House, $39.99)
5. Robbie Deans: Red, Black & Gold, by Matt McIlraith (Upstart Press, $49.99)
6. Maori Boy: A Memoir, by Witi Ihimaera (Vintage, $39.99)
7. Jo Seagar Bakes, by Jo Seagar (Random House, $55)
8. Dr Libby’s Sweet Food Story: Real Food Recipes & Wisdom, by Libby Weaver (Little Green Frog, $49.99)
9. For the Love of Horses: The Wilson Sisters’ Inspiring Journey to Save New Zealand’s Wild Horses, by Kelly Wilson (Random House, $45)
10. The Unbakery: Raw Organic Goodness, by Megan May (Beatnik, $59.99)
© Nielsen Bookscan
Top 10 films
1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
4. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
5. What We Did on Our Holiday
7. My Old Lady
9. National Theatre Live: A Streetcar Named Desire
10. Cong Cong Na Nian
© Motion Picture Distributors’ Association of New Zealand Incorporated
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