Michael Buckner/Getty ImagesWhile most people scoffed when The Canyons director Paul Schrader compared its troubled star Lindsay Lohan to silver screen goddess Marilyn Monroe, they do have at least one thing in common – they've both been immortalised in song by Sir Elton John. Indeed, exactly 30 years after he penned "Candle In The Wind" as a tribute to the original Blonde Bombshell, the Rocket Man revealed this week that the closing title track from his new 31st studio album, The Diving Board, was based on watching the Mean Girls star's descent from talented actress to car-crash TMZ regular. Here's a look at five other songs that have been inspired by celebrities.
Alanis Morissette – "You Oughta Know"A tour-de-force of angst-ridden alt-rock, "You Oughta Know" transformed the Canadian from a Tiffany-esque teen pop mall queen to the world's biggest banshee. But few would have expected the subject of her fury to have been such an unassuming figure as Uncle Joey from Full House. Despite his initial denials, Dave Coulier finally admitted in 2008 that he was in fact the man who stamped on Morissette's heart after they dated in the early '90s.
Madonna – "Miles Away"Best-known for possibly the most tacky album cover of all time and a bandwagon jumping collaboration with Timbaland & Timberlake, Madonna's much-maligned 2008 release, Hard Candy, wasn’t always so contrived. Indeed, this gorgeously melancholic electro-ballad was possibly one of the most honest and autobiographical songs of the Material Girl's career as she poured her heart out over the hardships of maintaining a long-distance relationship with now ex-husband Guy Ritchie.
Carly Simon – "You’re So Vain"Long before Taylor Swift turned the concept of 'blind gossip' into an art form, singer-songwriter Carly Simon got all the tabloids talking when she assassinated a former boyfriend's character on "You’re So Vain." Mick Jagger, Warren Beatty and James Taylor's names have all been thrown into the ring as possible suspects. But only Simon and the man who paid $50,000 to discover the answer back in 2003 appears to really know who the guilty party is.
R.E.M. - "Man On The Moon"Seven years before they wrote "The Great Beyond" for the Jim Carrey-starring biopic of the same name, R.E.M. paid tribute to the late cult comedian Andy Kaufmann with this enduring hit from Automatic For The People. Referencing everything from the Taxi star's flawless Elvis impersonation to his work with wrestlers Fred Blassie and Jerry Lawler, the track was named so due to the moon-landing style conspiracy theories surrounding his 1984 death.
Annie – "Me Plus One"Taken from her 2004 debut, Anniemal, "Me Plus One" saw Norwegian starlet Annie narrate the real-life moment when Geri Halliwell locked herself in a car with producer Richard X after discovering that he'd given the song she desperately wanted to record to former S Club 7 member Rachel Stevens instead. Also sampling the barks of the former Spice Girl's dog Harry, this insanely catchy slice of electropop undoubtedly ranks as one of the more bizarre celebrity odes.
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Update: WWE released the following statement to us Tuesday at 12:40 PM: “As of this morning, Jerry 'The King' Lawler is in a cardiac care unit and all his vital signs are stable. WWE will provide additional information as it becomes available. We continue to wish Jerry all the best for a full recovery.”
Monday night was a frightening night for WWE fans as they learned that infamous wrestler and World Wrestling Entertainment commentator Jerry "The King" Lawler suffered a heart attack. Lawler, who is 62 years old, reportedly collapsed at the announcers' table during a live, televised show in Montreal, WWE.com reports. He was rushed to the hospital.
"Jerry 'The King' Lawler suffered a heart attack while commentating during last night’s broadcast of Monday Night Raw in Montreal," WWE confirmed in statement to Hollywood.com. "We are hopeful Jerry makes a full recovery and returns to WWE in the near future. Our thoughts are with Jerry and his family."
Lawler's co-host Michael Cole addressed fans Monday night letting them know that the situation was "serious," but that Lawler was breathing on his own. "This is not part of tonight’s entertainment,” Cole said, according to ABC News. “This is a real-life situation.”
While Lawler is semi-retired — he was a huge star in the seventies and eighties — he does sometimes get in the ring to test his skills. According to ABC News, Lawler reportedly briefly joined in on a match earlier in the evening before returning to his commentating duties.
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Clint Eastwood filed a $10 million libel suit in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday against the author and publisher of the unauthorized biography, Clint: The Life and Legend, which he says portrays him as an atheist and wife-abuser. The suit accuses St. Martin's Press and author Patrick McGilligan of lying about Eastwood and "setting out intentionally to destroy [his] reputation," The Associated Press reports. Eastwood's attorney Marshall Grossman said the book, released in the United States in August, is riddled with false statements and incorrectly claims the actor struck his first wife. McGilligan stands by the book and said that while he is upset about the suit, he is not surprised. "He has sued people religiously," he told the AP."He's made a career of suppressing dissidence."
In his new book, It's Good To Be the King ... Sometimes, pro wrestler Jerry "The King" Lawler confesses that his infamous feud with comedian Andy Kaufman was a set up, the AP reports. The supposed feud began in Memphis when Kaufman tried out pro wrestling. Later, in a 1982 appearance on the David Letterman show, Lawler slapped the comedian, who in return threw coffee at him--as Letterman watched aghast. Lawler writes that he and Kaufman orchestrated the confrontation on their own, unbeknownst to Letterman and his producer. Kaufman died in 1984.
Britney Spears filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Monday against Skechers USA, Inc., claiming the footwear company ran ads for her brand of skates when the skates she endorses--and receives royalties for--weren't even for sale, causing consumers to buy Skechers' skates instead. Skechers, meanwhile, said Wednesday it would file a countersuit against Spears' company, Britney's Brands, Inc. They claim the singer failed to approve designs and manufacturers for the line, causing them to miss the fall season for the apparel industry, resulting in millions of dollars in lost sales, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Michael Jackson's baby-dangling stunt last month has given rise to a new video game. Available at www.madblast.com, the game features a cartoon version of the pop star hurling babies from a rooftop. Players must catch babies in a basket, but watch out! The cartoon Jackson also throws spiders that cause the basket to spill. At the end of the game, players receive a score--and an evaluation of their parenting skills.
Osbourne clan matriarch Sharon Osbourne gave a rather untraditional Christmas Day speech in Great Britain, the BBC reports. In the address, shown at the same time as Queen Elizabeth's traditional address, Osbourne had kind words to say about the monarch, whom she met at her Golden Julbilee. "She was very warm and amazingly down-to-earth, and I just told her that she had great tits," Osbourne observed. "Because she does."
Zsa Zsa Gabor, who was seriously injured in a car accident Nov. 27, is recovering rapidly. "I must say she is recovering very quickly," her husband Frederic von Anhalt told the AP. "At the beginning she was very moody, she wanted to give up. Now she wants to go home fast. She wants to recover and to ride her horses." Gabor remains in fair condition at Cadars-Sinai Medical Center.
Ken Tobey, who starred in the 1951 horror pic The Thing From Another World, died Dec. 22 at the age of 85, the AP reports. Since launching his career in 1949, Tobey had appeared in nearly 100 films--mostly Westerns and B-movies--and made dozens of television appearances.
Late night talk show host David Letterman spent Christmas Day with troops at the U.S. base at Kandahar, Afghanistan. According to the AP, Letterman was also due to visit the U.S. military headquarters at Bagram Air Base, but the trip was canceled because of bad weather.
The Hard Rock Café International is showcasing rock 'n' roll memorabilia to the public in a 17,000-square-foot museum in Orlando, Fla. Called the Hard Rack Vault, the exhibit features a portion of the company's 65,000 music artifacts that rotate among its restaurants, hotels and casinos worldwide, the AP reports. Items include guitars from Pete Townshend, Steve Cropper and B. B. King, as well as costumes worn by Elton John, Madonna and Prince.