9 of the best quotes from Quincy Jones’ sweeping Vulture interview 

Published: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 1:52 PM

Quincy Jones: What You Didn’t Know

Music industry icon Quincy Jones was incredibly candid in a wide-ranging interview with Vulture published Wednesday. 

The 28-time Grammy award-winner spoke with New York magazine’s entertainment and culture website about Michael Jackson, dating Ivanka Trump, the current state of music and who he thinks killed John F. Kennedy, among a number of other topics.

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Here are some of the juciest quotes from Jones’ chat with Vulture, which was edited and condensed from two conversations.

On Michael Jackson’s musicianship: “I hate to get into this publicly, but Michael stole a lot of stuff. He stole a lot of songs. (Donna Summer’s) ‘State of Independence’ and ‘Billie Jean.’ The notes don’t lie, man. He was as Machiavellian as they come.

“Greedy, man. Greedy. ‘Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough’ — Greg Phillinganes wrote the C section. Michael should’ve given him 10 percent of the song. Wouldn’t do it.”

On The Beatles: “That they were the worst musicians in the world. They were no-playing (expletive). Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don’t even talk about it. I remember once we were in the studio with George Martin, and Ringo had taken three hours for a four-bar thing he was trying to fix on a song. He couldn’t get it. We said, ‘Mate, why don’t you get some lager and lime, some shepherd’s pie, and take an hour and a half and relax a little bit.’ So he did, and we called Ronnie Verrell, a jazz drummer. 

“Ronnie came in for 15 minutes and tore it up. Ringo comes back and says, ‘George, can you play it back for me one more time?’ So George did, and Ringo says, ‘That didn’t sound so bad.’ And I said, “Yeah, (expletive) because it ain’t you.’ Great guy, though.”

On social issues of class, racism and sexism: “The rich aren’t doing enough. They don’t (expletive) care. I came from the street, and I care about these kids who don’t have enough because I feel I’m one of ’em. These other people don’t know what it feels like to be poor, so they don’t care.

“We’re the worst we’ve ever been, but that’s why we’re seeing people try and fix it. Feminism: Women are saying they’re not going to take it anymore. Racism: People are fighting it. God is pushing the bad in our face to make people fight back.”

On allegations against his friend, Bill Cosby, Brett Ratner and Harvey Weinstein: “It was all of them. Brett Ratner. Weinstein. Weinstein — he’s a jive (expletive). Wouldn’t return my five calls. A bully.”

On Donald Trump: “I used to hang out with him. He’s a crazy (expletive). Limited mentally — a megalomaniac, narcissistic. I can’t stand him. ...

“He doesn’t know (expletive). Someone who knows about real leadership wouldn’t have as many people against him as he does. He’s a (expletive) idiot.”

On dating Ivanka Trump 12 years ago: “She had the most beautiful legs I ever saw in my life. Wrong father, though.”

On who killed John F. Kennedy: “(Chicago mobster Sam) Giancana. The connection was there between Sinatra and the Mafia and Kennedy. Joe Kennedy — he was a bad man — he came to Frank to have him talk to Giancana about getting votes.”

On today’s pop music: “It’s just loops, beats, rhymes and hooks. What is there for me to learn from that? There ain’t no (expletive) songs. The song is the power; the singer is the messenger. The greatest singer in the world cannot save a bad song. I learned that 50 years ago, and it’s the single greatest lesson I ever learned as a producer. If you don’t have a great song, it doesn’t matter what else you put around it.”

On current artists creating good music: “Bruno Mars. Chance the Rapper. Kendrick Lamar. I like where Kendrick’s mind is. He’s grounded. Chance, too. And the Ed Sheeran record is great. Sam Smith — he’s so open about being gay. I love it. (Music producer) Mark Ronson is someone who knows how to produce.”

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Morgan Freeman says ‘I did not assault women’ after apology, allegations of sexual assault

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 3:05 AM

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Morgan Freeman has issued another statement since eight women have come forward accusing him of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior.

On Thursday, CNN reported that eight women said that Freeman interacted inappropriately with women in varying work environments. The report said that people described a pattern of the behavior by Freeman while on set, while promoting movies and at Freeman’s production company.

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After the report emerged, Freeman issued an apology, saying, “Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy. I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent.”

In a new statement, People reported, Freeman is denying the allegations, saying he apologized Thursday for unintentionally upsetting people with his comments in the past.

Freeman’s full statement can be read below.

“I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports. All victims of assault and harassment deserve to be heard. And we need to listen to them. But it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor.

I admit that I am someone who feels a need to try to make women — and men — feel appreciated and at ease around me. As a part of that, I would often try to joke with and compliment women, in what I thought was a light-hearted and humorous way. Clearly I was not always coming across the way I intended. And that is why I apologized Thursday and will continue to apologize to anyone I might have upset, however unintentionally.

“But I also want to be clear: I did not create unsafe work environments. I did not assault women. I did not offer employment or advancement in exchange for sex. Any suggestion that I did so is completely false.”

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Watch a preview for Kanye West, Kim Kardashian’s ‘Celebrity Family Feud’ episode

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 2:42 PM

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The Kardashian family will take on the West family on "Celebrity Family Feud" June 10 on ABC. (Photo by ABC/Byron Cohen)(ABC/Byron Cohen/ABC)

A preview for an upcoming episode of “Celebrity Family Feud” featuring Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West and the Kardashian family has been released with a premiere date.

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Set to air in June, a preview for the season 4 premiere episode shows host Steve Harvey asking Kris Jenner and West to “name a reason you think Steve Harvey is a good kisser.”

“Lips,” West says, beating Jenner to the buzzer.

“I’m here to win, bro. I’m here to win,” West said.

The show was taped in February. Initially, the Kardashians were supposed to compete against Paris Hilton’s family, but they reportedly turned it down. Instead, West and Kardashian West were on a team with members of West’s family. Competing against them is Team Kardashian-Jenner, comprised of Kris Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kris’ mother Mary Jo Campbell and Cici Bussey, one of their cousins.

Watch a preview clip for “Celebrity Family Feud” below. The episode premieres June 10.

  

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Ivanka Trump defends Serena Williams, slamming her status as unseeded at French Open

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 5:05 PM

Tennis great Serena Williams plays a backhand during a practice session ahead of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2018 in Paris, France. 
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Tennis great Serena Williams plays a backhand during a practice session ahead of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2018 in Paris, France. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Ivanka Trump is defending tennis great Serena Williams and slamming Williams’ lack of seeding at the French Open, calling it a penalty for being pregnant.

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“This is ridiculous,” Trump said on Twitter. “Serena Williams is a formidable athlete (best ever) and loving new mother. No person should ever be penalized professionally for having a child.”

French Open officials announced this week they would not give Williams a seeding based on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings. The 23-time Grand Slam champion and three-time French Open winner is ranked No. 453 by the WTA.

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“This year again, tournament officials will establish the list and ranking of the women's seeds based on the WTA ranking,” French Tennis Federation officials aid in a statement to The Associated Press. “Consequently, (the seeds) will reflect this week's world ranking.” 

“The WTA should change this rule immediately,” Trump said.

Williams took 14 months off to have her first child and was No. 1 in the rankings at the last Grand Slam she played, the 2017 Australia Open, before taking time off to give birth in what turned out to be a difficult pregnancy, including six weeks of bed rest.

>> Related: Tennis champ Serena Williams reveals she ‘almost died’ after giving birth to first baby

Without seeding at the French Open, Williams could potentially have a tough time in the early rounds, having to face top-ranked players right off the bat, instead of in later rounds. 

Tennis legend, Serena Williams, recently spoke to Extra about returning to the sport. She recently gave birth to her first child, a daughter Alexis Olympia. She welcomed her baby with her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. Following Olympia's birth, Serena talked publicly about her postpartum emergency. After giving birth, she had life-threatening blood clots. Serena explained, It was a tough pregnancy

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Elizabeth Sung, ‘Joy Luck Club,’ ‘Young and the Restless’ star, dies

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 8:58 AM

Elizabeth Sung attends the opening night premiere of 'Searching' at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival at Directors Guild Theatre on May 3, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. She died at the age of 63.
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Elizabeth Sung attends the opening night premiere of 'Searching' at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival at Directors Guild Theatre on May 3, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. She died at the age of 63.(Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

Elizabeth Sung, who had a long career on the small and big screen, has died.

Sung may be most well known as her character as Luan Violen Abbott on “The Young and the Restless” soap opera. She was on the show in 1994 through 1996, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

She also appeared on the small screen in series across networks, including “Hawaii-Five-O,” “The Sopranos,” “Bones” and “Charmed.”

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On the big screen, Sung starred in “The Joy Luck Club,”  “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Lethal Weapon 4.”

She was born and raised in Hong Kong, studying ballet. She graduated from The Julliard School, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Sung’s cause of death has not been released. She was 63 years old and survived by her husband, Peter Tulipan, Fox News reported.

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