The Big Picture Info Filter—Sex & Scandal Edition

Posted on October 17, 2011

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1. RIHANNA SETTLES LAWSUIT WITH PHOTOGRAPHER DAVID LACHAPPLE (PDN)

Rihanna video at left, LaChapelle photo at right

Pop singer Rihanna has reached an out-of-court settlement agreement with photographer David LaChapelle, who sued her earlier this year for copyright infringement. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. LaChapelle was seeking at least $1 million in damages from Rihanna,  alleging that some scenes from the video for her hit single called “S&M” were rip-offs of sadomasochistic images LaChapelle had created and published over the years.

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2.  CNN GIVEN KUDOS FOR NOT SHOWING MICHAEL JACKSON PHOTO, UNTIL IT DOES (TVNewser)

John King was sitting in as host of Anderson Cooper 360 on October 11 when Michael Jackon’s friend and former attorney commended CNN for not showing the singer’s autopsy photo. The next day, Brooke Baldwin spent an afternoon segment on the trial of Jackson’s doctor, showing the photo.

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3.  MAPPLETHORPE IMAGES FIND PERFECT HOME AT THE KINSEY INSTITUTE (Art in America)

It’s a match made in sex-obsessed heaven: the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation has given 30 of the late photographer’s prints to the Kinsey Institute. The Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University in Bloomington, founded by sex researcher Alfred Kinsey, will receive some of Mapplethorpe’s more controversial images, taken of members of the S&M community in New York in the ’70s and ’80s. At the moment, the prints are only accessible to those with purely “academic” concerns.

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4. SEXY ADS BANNED NEAR BRIT SCHOOLS (Huffington Post)

Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority likes to get worked up about overly sexy ads, as it did with Sophie Dahl’s famously nude 1970s Yves Saint Laurent ad or, more recently, with Beyonce’s fragrance commercial. Now the ASA has taken a more preventative step by banning the presence of such racy advertisements in the vicinity of schools.

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5. CLOONEY MOVIE RIPS OFF SHEPARD FAIREY’S “HOPE” RIPOFF (ArtInfo)

An "Ides" scene with Ryan Gosling and the Fairey-like poster

The Ides of March, George Clooney’s new movie about a left-wing presidential candidate, cribs more than just a political platform from real-life president Barack Obama: it also features its own version of Shepard Fairey’s famous “Hope” poster….Ironically, of course, the “Hope” poster itself has been accused of being a rip-off: Fairey settled out of court with the AP in 2011 after the organization accused him of copyright infringement.

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6. THE END OF FILM MOVIE CAMERAS HAS FINALLY COME (Creative Cow)

In other movie news: While the debate has raged over whether or not film is dead, ARRI, Panavision and Aaton have quietly ceased production of film cameras within the last year to focus exclusively on design and manufacture of digital cameras. That’s right: someone, somewhere in the world is now holding the last film camera ever to roll off the line.

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7. TAKE HOME A NUDE, AND ENJOY (Artnet)

"Valerie Floating in the Sea, Mayreau, 2001," by Nan Goldin, from "Take Home a Nude" at Sotheby's New York, Oct. 21, 2011

Some nudes are nuder than others. The New York Academy of Art on Franklin Street in Tribeca is holding its annual Take Home a Nude art auction and party at Sotheby’s New York on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011.

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