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Monday
Jan302012

Newt Gingrich Sued over Use of 'Eye of the Tiger' During His Campaign

Richard Ellis/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has been using Survivor's 1982 smash hit Eye of the Tiger as his entrance music at events during his current presidential campaign, and a longtime member of the band apparently isn't too happy about it.

Survivor guitarist Frankie Sullivan, who co-wrote the chart-topping tune, is suing Gingrich via his publishing company, Rude Music Inc., claiming the Republican candidate has played the song without permission at a variety of political events since 2009, Bloomberg.com reports.

A copyright-infringement lawsuit filed Monday in Illinois is insisting that Gingrich immediately stop using the tune at public events, and is seeking unspecified monetary damages.

The suit also names Gingrich's campaign organization, Newt 2012, and the advocacy group the American Conservative Union, which is charged with posting video clips of rally highlights that feature the song without authorization. Eye of the Tiger is perhaps best known as the theme song to 1982's Rocky III.

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Saturday
Jan282012

Actor Jon Voight Endorses Romney, Says Newt Gingrich ‘Falls Short’

Michael Tran/FilmMagic/Getty Images(PENSACOLA, Fla.) -- Academy Award winning actor Jon Voight threw his support behind Mitt Romney on Saturday, telling a crowd of hundreds at a local restaurant that Newt Gingrich “falls short” of having the characteristics needed to run the White House.

“I’m sorry to say Speaker Gingrich may fall short in many ways,” Voight said. “Please join me to bring in Gov. Mitt Romney as the next President of the United States.”

Voight, who has been outspoken about his disdain for President Obama, wrote an open letter to the president last year, accusing him of “promoting anti-Semitism around the world.”

On Saturday, Voight was far less inflammatory, but seemed to hint at his often provocative language when he first approached the microphone, remarking, “Watch Governor Romney’s face.”

Romney could then be heard saying, “Uh oh, what’s he going to do? What’s he going to do?”

Sen. John McCain joined Voight at the Fish House, a local seafood restaurant, where the two men sang Romney’s praises and emphasized the importance of strengthening the nation’s military.

Before Romney launched into his own criticism of Obama’s foreign policy, he joked that he “didn’t know how to chit chat with a famous actor” like Voight.

“I started talking about my five boys,” said Romney of his conversation with Voight. “I said, you know, it’s easier to raise boys than girls. Well, after a long pause, he says, ‘Tell me about it.’”

Voight is the father of actress and one-time Hollywood bad girl Angelina Jolie.

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Friday
May132011

Jon Stewart Calls Newt Gingrich a 'Square'

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Comedian Jon Stewart poked fun at Newt Gingrich Thursday night, calling the Republican presidential candidate a “square.”

“I say this with all due respect Newt, and I hate to break this to you but this whole Twitter, YouTube thing is not going to work for you because you’re not cool.  You’re uncool,” Stewart said on Thursday night’s The Daily Show. “Let me put this in lingo that you might understand.  You’re what might be known to your generation as a square.”

Stewart mocked Gingrich’s campaign rollout on Twitter.

“Gingrich announcing on Twitter and YouTube instead of on television or in a newspaper, it’s as though Newt has abandoned old media while it was sick or possibly dying to take up a newer, younger…media.”

But the ridicule didn’t end there.  Stewart went after his official announcement video as well.

“Who thought it was a good idea to do your state of the art campaign computer launch in a Sears photo studio booth with a Casio accompaniment?” Stewart said.  “That’s not music to launch a hip presidential campaign.”

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