Slipknot star Jim Root has refuted allegations made by Paul Gray's widow that the rockers did not try hard enough to save their bandmate's life. The bassist was found dead in his Iowa motel room in May, 2010 after an accidental drug overdose, and his wife Brenna subsequently sued his doctor, Daniel Baldi, over claims he should not have prescribed anti-anxiety medication to the longterm addict.
During the case, she also attacked her husband's Slipknot bandmates in her testimony, telling the court, "One was playing golf two minutes away from our house but couldn't come. Nobody else cared, nobody was involved. They told me it was my problem."
Root has now spoken out to address Brenna's allegations, insisting the rockers tried on numerous occasions to get Gray the help he needed.
He tells Sweden Rock Magazine, translated by Blabbermouth.net, "I'm sure she's hurting very deeply and trying to find some way to maybe put the blame somewhere. Paul was our brother; Paul was very close to us. We tried putting him into treatment numerous times; we took him off of tours and we had interventions with him. At the end of the day, Paul was sick. What can you do? If you have a sickness, you've got to fix that sickness - but you can't keep putting somebody into treatment over and over and over again. What are you supposed to do? Babysit someone and live with them?... Brenna's always got brothers she can count on."
Brenna Gray lost her case against Baldi, who was also cleared of an involuntary manslaughter charge.
Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco is to be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The actress' TV castmates Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar will join her at the unveiling ceremony on 29 October (14). Her star will be the Walk of Fame's 2,532nd.
British actors Joanna Lumley and Jim Broadbent will be reading the words of William Shakespeare, William Wordsworth and William Blake to classical music for a new album of seasonal poetry titled Christmas Words For You. The album is due to be released in the U.K. on 17 November (14).
Julia Roberts and her husband Danny Moder were honoured with a humanitarian award in Los Angeles on Friday (17Oct14). The couple, married since 2002, was handed the prize by bosses at the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) at their annual Respect Awards at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
Roberts and Moder were recognised for their work on The Normal Heart, a 2014 TV movie which depicts the rise in the HIV/AIDs crisis in the 1980s. Roberts starred in the drama and Moder worked behind the scenes as a cinematographer.
Bosses at GLSEN, an organisation championing safe educational environments for all schoolchildren, said, "They bring a sense of stewardship, responsibility and consciousness to their humanitarian efforts and serve as wonderful role models."
Dancing With The Stars professional Derek Hough was handed the Inspiration Award for his "efforts to fight bullying".
The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons, Glee creator Ryan Murphy, and Rose McGowan also attended the event.
The Doors are to be honoured with the 2014 Inspiration Award at the upcoming Classic Rock Awards in Los Angeles. The two existing members of the group, John Densmore and Robby Krieger, will accept the accolade on behalf of late bandmates Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison at the first U.S.-based awards ceremony in the 10th year of the British magazine's annual prizegiving.
Densmore and Krieger have released a statement which reads: "In 1965 and '66, our brothers across the pond were making a lot of beautiful noise, and we attempted to create our own magical sound out here on the west coast. It's really nice to see them now turning around, coming back here to L.A., and recognizing what the four of us accomplished together on a beach in Venice, CA.
"To receive this award on our own soil, from the Brits, is an honor, and we take it as a sign of respect, so thank you, from us and on behalf of our fallen brothers, Jim and Ray."
Previous Inspiration Award recipients include Rory Gallagher, Jon Lord, Steve Marriott, Ronnie James Dio and Phil Lynott.
The event, which will be hosted by Sammy Hagar on 4 November (14), will also be a special night for Gregg Allman, the recipient of this year's Living Legend Award.
Black Sabbath, The Black Keys, Guns N' Roses, Iron Maiden, Metallica and Queen + Adam Lambert will compete for the night's Band of the Year honour, while the coveted Album Of The Year award will be a battle between Bruce Springsteen (High Hopes), Judas Priest (Redeemer Of Souls), Motorhead (Aftershock), Pearl Jam (Lightning Bolt) and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Hypnotic Eye), among others.
Castmates Elizabeth Mcgovern and Julian Ovendon will show off their singing skills on the much-anticipated Downton Abbey Christmas album. McGovern, who plays the Countess of Grantham on the show and fronts her own group Sadie & the Hotheads, will perform It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, while Ovenden, who plays Charles Blake, will join her for a duet on The First Noel and sing solo renditions of O Holy Night, Sussex Carol and Silent Night.
Ovendon will also belt out Twelve Days of Christmas with classical singer Katie Marshall.
McGovern says, "It was so exciting for me to have been given the opportunity to sing two songs in a totally different context to that which I'm accustomed. Without my guitar, without my band! And I didn't write them! I'm very proud to be a part of this album."
Ovendon adds, "I'm a huge music fan and, like Elizabeth, I have a separate music career that runs alongside the acting. To do this album is therefore a massive honour and something I've really enjoyed doing."
The 45-track double album, Christmas at Downton Abbey, also features Jim Carter's rendition of the Christmas poem 'Twas The Night Before Christmas and an extended theme from show composer John Lunn, recorded by The Budapest City Orchestra and The Budapest Choral Voices.
The album also features Christmas hymns and songs recorded by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and the Choir Of Kings College.
Ozzy Osbourne is turning his next festival into a family affair - his wife and manager Sharon will also be on the bill. The rocker will headline the five-day Ozzfiesta at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico in May (15), and TV presenter Sharon will host a dinner party as part of the festivities.
Ozzy's guitarist pal Zakk Wylde will open the event with an acoustic welcome party, before performing with his band Black Label Society and there will also be sets from comedians Jim Norton and Jim Florentine, a charity golf tournament benefitting The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program and a question-and-answer session with the headliner.
The Office ended May 16, 2013. That might only be a year and a half ago, but with fall TV in full swing, The Office fans can feel the show's presence missing from our lives. Can't they just reunite and make new episodes already? Every other show/movie is getting redone or sequels or put on Netflix, why not skip the waiting period and do it now?
1. This show taught us amazing life lessons, like that you can be both feared and loved.
2. We also learned this very useful bit of advice about mistletoe.
3. The show gave us aspirations that we could do more than just sit in an office.
4. Kelly Kapoor is the reason we know what to say to sound smart.
5. And Michael broke the very important news over who loves pizza.
6. Kevin taught us all what dreams really are.
7. Our inner child smiled when Dwight used this insult we've been throwing at our friends since we could read.
8. This show introduced u s to a new National holiday.
9. They gave us hope to one day create such an amazing holiday card with our own co-workers.
10. Characters like Jim created places no one ever knew they wanted, but once we heard of them, we needed them.
11. But speaking of Jim, The Office also showed us that office romances can bloom into the most powerful and amazing things in the world.
12. The show gave us the perfect insult for Negative Nancys.
13. It also reminded us there are too many people on this planet.
14. Prison Mike let everyone know why we should never wind up in prison.
15. Stanley gave everyone a new life motto.
16. Jim and Dwight gave us very tough decisions. Did we love Jim as Dwight?
17. Or Dwight as Jim, more?
18. And honestly, is TV really even funny anymore if people aren't force-feeding Kevin vegetables?
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A member of Christian musical group The Southmen Quartet has been killed in a car crash in Indiana. Roy Bray, 61, was behind the wheel of the recreational vehicle carrying his bandmates in the early hours of Sunday (12Oct14) when it veered off the highway and slammed into a wooden barrier near the city of Lebanon.
Emergency services were called to the scene, where singer/pianist Bray was pronounced dead.
Fellow gospel singer Jim Hefner was hospitalised with non-life-threatening injuries, while the other two band members escaped unharmed.
The fatal accident occurred hours after The Southmen Quartet had performed in the town of Shipshewana.
Police are currently investigating the cause of the crash.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers named Ellie Goulding's Lights their Song of the Year at the 34th ASCAP Awards in London on Wednesday (08Oct14). Songwriter/producer Richard Stannard collected the prize, while pop star Alex Clare and Jim Duguid were named Songwriters of the Year for their hit Too Close. Other winners at the industry awards included Bastille star Dan Smith, who was honoured with the ASCAP Vanguard Award, which recognises emerging artists.