Claire Foy Never Received Back Pay for The Crown, Madonna’s New Life as a Soccer Mom

by Charles Manning

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Claire Foy Never Actually Received Back Pay for The Crown (Al Arabiya)
Back in March, Left Bank Pictures, the production company behind Netflix’s hit series “The Crown” came under fire when it was revealed that the show’s star, Claire Foy, made significantly less than her male co-star Matt Smith. Left Bank soon apologized and reports began circulating that Foy was being paid back wages by the company to make up for the inequity. Not so, says Foy. “That was what was reported that I was back-paid. I’ve never mentioned anything about it and neither have the producers. The fact that that is ‘fact’ is—not quite correct.”

Madonna Is Now a Soccer Mom Mom in Portugal (WWD)
Madonna has landed the cover of Vogue Italia’s August issue. The original concept for the feature was a look back at her career and life (she turns 60 on August 16), but Madonna didn’t want to talk about the past. Instead, she gave the magazine a look at her life now. “It’s the tale of a new life, her move to Portugal to help her son David play soccer — it’s incredible to think of Madonna as a soccer mom,” said Vogue Italia EIC Emanuele Farneti. The issue hits newsstands August 3.

Kanye West’s Father Being Treated for Prostate Cancer (TMZ)
Ray West is currently being treated in Los Angeles. Sources say he’s responding well and that, for now, it looks like he’s going to be okay. Ray and Kanye’s mother divorced when Kayne was a kid, but father and son have remained on good terms and Kanye apparently rushed to be by his father’s side when he heard about the diagnosis.

Balenciaga Being Sued for Copying Their Kitschy $2000 Bag (The Fashion Law)
City Merchandise, Inc. filed a complaint against Balenciaga last week in a New York federal court, alleging copyright infringement in regard to a souvenir tote bag. “Clearly, the ‘total concept and feel’ between the designs on the Plaintiff’s items and Defendant’s items are identical. The overall effect of the Defendant’s knock-off design is not only confusingly similar to Plaintiff’s authentic design, but it is virtually indistinguishable,” said City Merchandise in their complaint. Virtually indistinguishable, indeed!

City Merchandise, Inc. (left), Balenciaga (right)

The Blonds Collaborating With Disney for Their Spring 2019 Collection (WWD)
The collection is inspired by Disney’s most iconic villains, including Maleficent, Ursula, and, of course, Cruella de Vil. “What drew us to working with Disney Villains are the complex attributes of the characters themselves,” said David Blond. “Often misunderstood, Disney Villains are flawed, imposing and mysterious, and we loved the idea of taking these characteristics and translating them in a glamorous way, making them the heroes of our story.”

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