Rock legend Lou Reed has died at the age of 71, five months after receiving a liver transplant. The exact cause of death was not available as WENN went to press, but reports suggest the former Velvet Underground frontman passed away on Sunday (27Oct13).
Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1942, he formed the Primitives and the Warlocks with Welsh musician John Cale. The duo teamed up again to create the Velvet Underground with Sterling Morrison and drummer Maureen Tucker, and the group became a staple of the late 1960s New York City music and art scene, attracting artist Andy Warhol as a mentor and producer.
The band's 1967 debut The Velvet Underground & Nico is considered one of the most important albums of the 20th century.
Reed, real name Lewis Allan Reed, enjoyed a solo career after splitting with the group in 1970, recording another landmark album - 1972's Transformer, with David Bowie as his producer.
The late rocker also recorded groundbreaking albums Lou Reed, Berlin, Sally Can't Dance and Coney Island Baby, as well as the hits Walk On the Wild Side, Perfect Day and Satellite of Love.
He reunited with Cale in 1991 for the acclaimed Warhol tribute album Songs For Drella and regrouped the Velvet Underground in 1992 for a series of European gigs, including a set at the Glastonbury festival in England.
In the past decade, Reed, a famous student of martial art T'ai Chi, released the double album The Raven, which was based on the work of horror writer Edgar Allen Poe, and, in 2010, he teamed up with heavy rockers Metallica to record 2011's critically-savaged Lulu album.
Famous for his moody, often disagreeable nature, Reed will go down in music history as one of rock's most influential artists. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Velvet Underground in 1996.
He leaves behind his wife, performance artist and songwriter Laurie Anderson.
Murder is no laughing matter, but it's fascinating. Still more fascinating is the history of vamp-wannabe killers, who are often the basis for vampire lore, and even a little literature.
Like the Countess Elizabeth Báthory, who in the 16th Century bathed in the blood of hundreds of young women of breeding, and was believed to have been one of the inspirations behind Bram Stoker’s genre defining Dracula.
And then there were run-of-the-mill psychopaths like Fritz Haarmann, who at the turn of the 20th Century gnawed through the necks of male victims and sold their flesh as pork on the black market.
But don't lull yourself into thinking that vamp-nuttery is a thing of the past. In 1980 James P. Riva became convinced his grandmother was a 700-year-old vampire and shot her four times with bullets painted gold. And in 2002 Allan Menzies stabbed his pal 42 times before drinking his blood, for making fun of Aaliyah's performance in Queen of the Damned.
Which begs the obvious question: will the soulful vamps that populate our current cultural landscape become the fodder for tomorrow's bloodthirsty sociopaths? Food for thought, when that Edward Cullen look-alike sidles up to you at your next holiday party.
Defence lawyers for concert promoters AEG Live have rested their case in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial. Attorneys presented a videotaped testimony from the King of Pop's physician Dr. Allan Metzger as they brought their argument to a close on Wednesday (18Sep13), using the medic's account of his final interactions with Jackson to paint the pop superstar as an energised and determined figure prior to his 2009 death - contrasting claims suggesting he was a tortured soul, under pressure from gig bosses to perform his ill-fated This Is It residency in London.
In the footage, Metzger revealed his famous client signed up for the shows in an effort to rebuild his reputation following his sensational child molestation trial and acquittal in 2005.
The doctor said, "He wanted to redeem Michael Jackson. He wanted to redeem his image. He felt this was it and he wanted to go out with a flash. He was still terribly hurt about the trial and the accusations."
However, Jackson was said to be anxious about the big stage return and asked Metzger to prescribe him an intravenous sleep medication. The physician refused, warning him about the potentially-fatal dangers of the drug.
The Thriller hitmaker's mother, Katherine Jackson, and his three kids are suing AEG Live chiefs amid allegations they were negligent in hiring disgraced medic Conrad Murray as his personal doctor as the superstar worked on his London comeback.
AEG Live executives have denied responsibility, insisting that Jackson was the one who personally employed Murray, who is currently behind bars after being convicted of administering the fatal dose of anaesthetic propofol that claimed the singer's life in June, 2009.
Closing arguments and jury deliberations are expected to begin next week (begs23Sep13) after Katherine Jackson's lawyers present their final arguments.
The trial is now in its 21st week.
Russell Crowe has been left outraged after eight shields from a Robin Hood prop he gifted to a Scottish tourist attraction were stolen. The actor gave the $90,000 (£60,000) battering ram, which formed part of a set used in his 2010 film, to the Duncarron Medieval Village, a Middle Ages recreation which was built by volunteers.
The prop was vandalised earlier this month (Sep13) when its shields and 12 pushing arms were taken by thieves, and the Gladiator star told staff at the attraction of his fury.
Site manager, Malin Heen-Allan tells Britain's Daily Record, "He phoned my husband Charlie. He thought it was really upsetting, it was gifted to us as we'd use it for education."
Crowe has also mentioned the incident in a post on his Twitter.com page, sharing a link to a story about the theft and adding, "Thieves wreck new tourist attraction at Duncarron Fort."
Anyone with any information about the missing items is urged to contact local police.
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It seems a bit odd to take on a movie review of Courtney Solomon's Getaway, as only in the loosest terms is Getaway actually a movie. We begin without questions — other than a vague and frustrating "What the hell is going on?" — and end without answers, watching Ethan Hawke drive his car into things (and people) for the hour and a half in between. We learn very little along the way, probed to engage in the mystery of the journey. But we don't, because there's no reason to.
There's not a single reason to wonder about any of the things that happen to Hawke's former racecar driver/reformed criminal — forced to carry out a series of felonious commands by a mysterious stranger who is holding his wife hostage — because there doesn't seem to be a single ounce of thought poured into him beyond what he see. We learn, via exposition delivered by him to gun-toting computer whiz Selena Gomez, that he "did some bad things" before meeting the love of his life and deciding to put that all behind him. Then, we stop learning. We stop thinking. We start crashing into police cars and Christmas trees and power plants.
Why is Selena Gomez along for the ride? Well, the beginnings of her involvement are defensible: Hawke is carrying out his slew of vehicular crimes in a stolen car. It's her car. And she's on a rampage to get it back. But unaware of what she's getting herself into, Gomez confronts an idling Hawke with a gun, is yanked into the automobile, and forced to sit shotgun while the rest of the driver's "assignments" are carried out. But her willingness to stick by Hawke after hearing his story is ludicrous. Their immediate bickering falls closer to catty sexual tension than it does to genuine derision and fear (you know, the sort of feelings you'd have for someone who held you up or forced you into accessorizing a buffet of life-threatening crimes).
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The "gradual" reversal of their relationship is treated like something we should root for. But with so little meat packed into either character, the interwoven scenes of Hawke and Gomez warming up to each other and becoming a team in the quest to save the former's wife serve more than anything else as a breather from all the grotesque, impatient, deliberately unappealing scenes of city wreckage.
And as far as consolidating the mystery, the film isn't interested in that either, as evidenced by its final moments. Instead of pressing focus on the answers to whatever questions we may have, the movie's ultimate reveal is so weak, unsubstantial, and entirely disconnected to the story entirely, that it seems almost offensive to whatever semblance of a film might exist here to go out on this note. Offensive to the idea of film and story in general, as a matter of fact. But Getaway isn't concerned with these notions. Not with story, character, logic, or humanity. It just wants to show us a bunch of car crashes and explosions. So you'd think it might have at least made those look a little better.
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Country star Gary Allan is recovering after undergoing knee surgery on Monday (22Jul13). The Man to Man hitmaker had the operation to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, but he hopes to be back onstage in Mississippi on Friday (22Jul13).
In a post on his Facebook.com page, he writes, "I wanted to thank all of you for the well wishes and let you know I'm feeling great. I may be in a knee brace the next time you see me on the stage, but I'm looking forward to rocking Mississippi on Friday night!"
A homeless man has been sentenced for posing as British documentary maker Louis Theroux and tricking staff at a bar into letting him stay overnight. Allan Debenham booked two nights at the Duke of York in Somerset, England, claiming he was Theroux, who is best known for examining controversial subjects including porn stars and the controversial U.S. religious organisation Westboro Baptist Church.
Debenham insisted bosses at the BBC would cover his costs, but he aroused suspicion during his stay when he rang from his room to request cigarettes and bottles of wine.
The 39 year old, who suffers from a drinking problem, pleaded guilty earlier this month (Jun13) to making a false representation, and has been ordered to pay $256 (£165) to the pub. He was also slapped with a 12-month community sentence.
The real Theroux was clearly amused by the case, tweeting, "I love that it wasn't his appearance that tipped them off but the fact that he asked for 'fags' not 'cigarettes'... I am partial to a bottle of cava though."
Singer Sheryl Crow is teaming up with country star Gary Allan for a U.S. tour. The musicians will hit the road together in September (13), and the All I Wanna Do hitmaker is looking forward to the gigs.
She says, "I love Gary's music. He puts on the kind of show that I like to go see, so I am thrilled to be out with him on tour, and really look forward to be able to perform my new music to the country fans this fall."
Speaking about how the collaboration came about, Allan adds, "Sheryl and I met while doing some guitar pulls (gatherings) earlier this year and started talking about doing something together. The timing seemed right... If we're near you, come on out. It's going to be a good time."
Three California gigs have been announced so far, but more performances will be added to the schedule.
Thompson Square singer Keifer Thompson turned to fellow country stars Keith Urban and Gary Allan for advice after he was recently struck down with vocal problems. The husband and wife duo axed a string of concerts across May (13) and June (13) to allow Thompson time to recover from a "very serious vocal condition", which he now reveals was caused by a haemorrhage.
He tells Country Weekly, "I had a really bad haemorrhage, and it's completely healed, resolved and the polyp is about 70 per cent down, so they don't want to do surgery now."
Thompson also heaped praise on singers Urban, Allan and Larry Gatlin, who have all experienced voice problems in the past and reached out to offer him reassurance during his recovery.
Thompson adds, "(They) talked me off a ledge and told me that it was OK."
The star has been banned from speaking for two weeks, and doctors have also taught him a new way of singing which will protect his vocal cords.