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SINCE YOU ASKED [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

June 15, 2013


"I am so credible and so influential and so relevant that I will change things."

KANYE WEST, in an interview with The New York Timeson how his influence can help peers get more recognition,Joan's got the Blackheart blues,Emma gets the theater bug

This fall, Emma Watson is heading back to Brown University to complete three more classes, and graduate. She's justifiably proud of finishing what she started.

"I'm really close," she says.

And once she's earned her degree, she's planning on hitting the stage.

"I'd love to try theater. I've never done it before. I did some theater at Brown. I love the camaraderie of a theater group," Emma says. "As soon as I graduate, that's my next (thing)," says the actress, who appeared in a production of "The Three Sisters" at the Providence, R.I., college.

This summer, Emma sports a spray tan and heaps of lip gloss as a criminal teen in Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring."

"That's good that you're finishing," Sofia tells Emma during a joint interview. "It's good that you stuck to it."

Emma can't really understand being as obsessed with celebrity culture as the faux-zen character she plays in Sofia's film, based on real events that make truth seem even stranger than fiction. "I never had the chance to be bored, ever. I was always so crazy busy," says Emma, who grew up on the Harry Potter film sets in England.

-- USA Today,I think actor Benicio del Toro is really impressive. Does he have any new movies? -- H.S.

He stars in the upcoming drama "Jimmy P."; appears in an as-yet- untitled Terrence Malick musical drama, starring Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale and Rooney Mara; co-stars with Sean Penn, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon and Josh Brolin in the crime drama "Inherent Vice," now filming; and stars in the thriller "Paradise Lost," also in production, as drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. He goes next into the comedy "Agent: Century 21," the drama "How the Light Gets In" and the Marvel Comics spinoff "Guardians of the Galaxy."

I loved actor Zach Galifianakis in the latest "Hangover" movie. What will he be in next? -- H.W.

He co-stars with Owen Wilson in the upcoming comedy "You Are Here" and with Emma Stone in the comedy "Birdman," due out next year.

-- Robin Adams Sloan, King Features Syndicate,'Extra's Maria tattles on Jack's fanatic antics

Jack Nicholson is serious about the Lakers. So serious, in fact, that the 76-year-old "Chinatown" actor once had "Extra" host and Boston Celtics loyalist Maria Menounos ousted from her seat during a game at L.A.'s Staples Center.

During Game 6 of the Lakers vs. Celtics NBA Finals in 2010, Maria was sitting courtside with comedian Dane Cook when she got a rude surprise from security.

"We made it our business, our second job to go to all these games and really rally for our team," the 35-year-old host explained earlier this week on "Conan." "And all of a sudden -- we're courtside. I'm screaming, going crazy -- I get booted! These guys come and pull us out! I'm like, 'What is going on?'"

That's right: The culprit was none other than tricky Jack. Maria only realized the prank when she ran into the actor coming out of the bathroom in the Chairman's Lounge.

"He's like 'I see they moved your seat.' He got me kicked out! I heard later he called (late Lakers owner) Jerry Buss and had me removed."

-- New York Daily News,Joan Jett's Blackheart Records Group Inc. sued mall-based retailer Hot Topic Inc. for trademark infringement, claiming the chain is selling its own line of women's clothing under the Blackheart brand.

Blackheart, named for Joan's band, said in a filing dated June 12 in Manhattan federal court that consumers would be confused by apparel being sold by the retailer under that name. The band was formed in the late '70s, and the Blackheart design trademarked in 1985.

According to the complaint, Hot Topic approached Blackheart in February 2010 to design and distribute clothing and other merchandise featuring the brand.

Hot Topic officials say Joan's company never indicated a problem with the use of the name, and they have 11 registered trademarks for the use of the Blackheart brand for retail stores and merchandise including apparel, lingerie, accessories and cosmetics. Hot Topic operates five Blackheart stores. There are 618 Hot Topic stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

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