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Suit over song to continue

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have lost the first round in their battle with Marvin Gaye’s family in an ongoing debate over whether their 2013 megahit “Blurred Lines” infringed on Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.”

U.S. District Court Judge John Kronstadt denied Thicke and William’s motion for a court ruling stating that “Blurred Lines” had not borrowed substantially from Gaye’s song, instead writing that Gaye’s family members “have made a sufficient showing that elements of ‘Blurred Lines’ may be substantially similar to protected, original elements of ‘Got to Give It Up.’ ”

Rowling links character to life

As promised, on Halloween morning J.K. Rowling posted new free entries on Pottermore, her Web site that offers products to Harry Potter fans.

One item of particular interest to all young wizards was an essay about Hogwarts Professor Dolores Umbridge, whom we met in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” Rowling reveals for the first time that this maniacal character is based on an actual person.

Rowling doesn’t disclose a name, but she notes that “the woman in question returned my antipathy with interest. Why we took against each other so instantly, heartily and (on my side, at least) irrationally, I honestly cannot say.”

Gallery displays bust of Rogers

In August 1942, Ginger Rogers received a neatly typed letter from a Japanese internment camp.

“Your head in marble was finally sent off to you,” the letter began. A few paragraphs later, the writer concluded, somewhat hastily: “May it go down thru the ages as a remembrance of a lovely lady of our times. The circumstances of its making was strange, I guess somewhat symbolical too.”

The letter was signed: “Your devoted fan, Isamu Noguchi.”

What the acclaimed sculptor had completed at the Hollywood star’s request was a bust in pink Georgia marble, complete with a modernist take on her upswept pompadour.

– From News Wire Services