Sideshow: Jay Z now the artist formerly known as -

Jay Z, a busy man, has unloaded some punctuation from his life.
Jay Z, a busy man, has unloaded some punctuation from his life. (JIM ROSS / Associated Press)
Posted: July 21, 2013

It's an orthographic cataclysm, a spelling tsunami.

Jay Z has unhyphenated.

The rapper/impresario/entertainment mogul has unceremoniously dumped the little straight line that bridged the first and second parts of his name. A "massively disrespectful move against hyphens," huffs England's Guardian newspaper.

Billboard editor Joe Levy tweeted on Wednesday: "Breaking: Jay Z has dropped the hyphen from his name, according to his label. I am not kidding. (Wish I was.)" The Guardian reports that Jay Z has been quietly spelling his name that way for a spell - since at least 2009.

No word on whether the missing hyphen will end up between the first two names of Blue Ivy Carter, daughter of Jay Z and wife Beyoncé Knowles.

Apologies to Shakespeare

A federal judge in Mississippi has decided that a lawsuit claiming Woody Allen shouldn't have used one of William Faulkner's better lines is just so much sound and fury.

U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills dismissed the lawsuit by Faulkner Literary Rights L.L.C. against Sony Pictures on Thursday, the Associated Press reports.

In his novel Requiem for a Nun, Faulkner observes: "The past is never dead. It's not even past." In Allen's movie Midnight in Paris, actor Owen Wilson says: "The past is not dead. Actually, it's not even past. You know who said that? Faulkner. And he was right. And I met him, too. I ran into him at a dinner party."

The judge watched the movie, read the book, and saw nothing to support the lawsuit's contention that the line created a "perceived affiliation, connection, or association" between Faulkner and Sony. "The court . . . is thankful that the parties did not ask the court to compare [Faulkner's novel] The Sound and the Fury with Sharknado." We at "SideShow" can't help but wonder if the title The Sound and the Fury created "a perceived affiliation" between Faulkner and William Shakespeare.

Lucky Dice

Fortune is smiling on funny guy Andrew Dice Clay. He's got a role in the new Woody Allen flick Blue Jasmine (opening Aug. 9 in Philly), his autobiography goes on sale in the spring, he's working on a doc about himself with Entourage creator Doug Ellin, and - the pinnacle of any celeb career - he's going to be a judge on a TV talent show. The 55-year-old foulmouthed comic tells Associated Press writer Lynn Elber that he was so happy to work with Allen and stars Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin in Blue Jasmine that he agreed to let his hair go gray "if it's good for the movie."

But it doesn't sound like he's changing anything else: "It's just been in me since I was young. I've never given up on who I am, I've never forgotten where I come from, Brooklyn, N.Y., or how I was brought up. My fighter inside me, my belief and my drive, never goes away."

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