The man convicted of murdering former child actor Jay R. Smith in 2002 has died in prison. Charles Wayne Crombie, 64, passed away at North Nevada Correctional Center's Regional Medical Facility on Thursday (17Jul14) after suffering from a chronic medical condition.
Wayne had been imprisoned since 2005, when he was sentenced to serve two terms of 20 years to life behind bars for the fatal stabbing of the 87-year-old star, who rose to fame in the 1920s as a castmember of popular comedy shorts Our Gang, aka The Little Rascals.
Smith had reportedly befriended homeless Crombie and allowed him to live in his shed, but Crombie repaid his kindness by killing him and dumping his body in a desert. His remains were found in October, 2002.
Musicians Alex Turner and Miles Kane have halted work on their act The Last Shadow Puppets to concentrate on writing a superhero film.
The Arctic Monkeys frontman teamed up with The Rascals rocker for the side project in 2008 and they went on to score a U.K. number one with their debut album The Age of the Understatement.
The pair has focused on other projects ever since, and Kane reveals fans will have to wait even longer for a follow-up album - especially as they are now working on a screenplay together.
Asked when the duo will release new material, Kane tells Digitalspy.co.uk, "It's something we always talk about y'know? But I think we're gonna write this film first anyway before we hit back into that. "It's gonna have a sort of X-Men kind of vibe and sort of set in the '60s, but I can't give anymore away than that."
However, Kane is adamant he and Turner will not be taking lead roles in the project: "We're not planning to be (in the film) but we may have a little cameo."
British musicians Miles Kane, David Mccabe and James Skelly have paid tribute to record label founder Alan Wills, who died on Sunday night (11May14). The Deltasonic Records creator was left critically ill after suffering serious head injuries in a cycling accident last week (ends09May14), and he died of his injuries in hospital. He was 52.
Now musicians who have worked with Wills paid their respects to the man who helped kickstart their career.
Kane, whose band The Rascals was first signed to Deltasonic, has tweeted: "RIP Alan Wills such sad news he made me believe in my dreams and gave me my first break and that I'll never forget big love to the family!"
The Zutons frontman McCabe adds, "You gave me my first and only record deal and you where (sic) the best person to have around to learn from RIP ALAN (willsy) WILLS all my love."
The Coral's Skelly adds, "Alan was a true and loyal friend. I am gutted."
Wills performed as a drummer for Liverpool, England bands Shack and Top before focusing on finding new talent as a record company boss.
Alan Wills, founder of Liverpool, England-based record label Deltasonic, has suffered serious head injuries following a bike accident last week (ends09May14). Wills is currently listed as critically ill at University Hospital Aintree and police are now investigating the circumstances of the incident, which took place on Thursday (08May14) in Liverpool.
Merseyside Police Inspector Mike McFall says the authorities are appealing for "anyone who might have seen something to call police, adding, "The information you provide could be really important for our inquiries."
Wills, who also performed as a drummer for Liverpool bands Shack and Top, launched Deltasonic as a record label in 2010.
The independent music mogul discovered The Coral and signed the Zutons, The Dead 60's, The Little Flames, The Rascals and The Suzukis.
The Little Rascals star Jackie Lynn Taylor has died, aged 88. The 1930s child star, who appeared in five Our Gang comedy shorts as Little Rascals leader Wally Albright's girlfriend Jane, passed away on Monday (05May14) in Citrus Heights, California.
The actress also appeared in the Laurel & Hardy films The Devil's Brother and Babes in Toyland.
Taylor, who later became one of the first female TV co-hosts in Southern California, wrote about her time as a silver screen movie star in 1970 book The Turned-on Hollywood 7.
Former child star Blake Mciver wrote new song It Gets Better as a gay anthem for teens tormented by school bullies over their sexuality. The former Full House and The Little Rascals star admits he was the victim of cruel classmates when he attended a private Baptist high school in Los Angeles, and so when he started reading about desperate gay teens taking their lives rather than facing their tormentors, he decided it was time to share his story in a song.
He tells WENN, "I wanted to say something but it was too close, too personal, so I sat down and the piano and wrote a song about it."
It Gets Better, which features on McIver's new album The Time Manipulator, details what he went through at high school.
He adds, "I was still very much uncomfortable with myself and very much in the closet. My junior high school was an extremely conservative environment.
"The bullying and ostracism from just an assumption that I was possibly gay was debilitating. I knew I was gay and I was trying desperately to hide it from everyone.
"It was really dark and really scary... I've been writing a lot about that. It was a continual physical and verbal assault. It took me everything to hold it together until I could get in my mom's car and break down and cry. It was rough... I had shame about it. There was this fear in the back of my mind that I was asking for it."
The Little Rascals star Blake Mciver has revealed his new song Wish I Didn't Need You is about his battle with prescription drugs. The former child star, who portrayed nerdy Waldo in the 1994 family film, was diagnosed with anxiety issues while he was a student at college and he was prescribed medication that made him feel numb and uninterested.
He became so frustrated by his condition that he sat down at the piano one day and serenaded an empty pill bottle in front of him.
McIver, who also gave Disney's young Tarzan his voice and won U.S. TV talent show StarSearch as a six year old, tells WENN, "During my senior year in college I was having extreme panic attacks and debilitating anxiety and I was diagnosed with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and general anxiety disorder and this whole list of things, and my doctor immediately put me on medication and the combination just sort of made me numb.
"I didn't feel creative, I didn't feel excited. I wasn't nervous and I wasn't panicking or scared, but I also wasn't interesting.
"I got so frustrated that I stopped taking it and the anxiety was coming back and I was in the middle of trying to write. I sat down at the piano with the empty pill bottle in front of me and wrote Wish I Didn't Need You to the pill bottle, because I was so angry that I needed that chemical to be quote-unquote normal."
The actor/singer is now promoting his new album The Time Manipulator and he insists his anxiety issues are under control: "I found a much better doctor who was able to put me on a much lower dosage of everything and figure out what the root of the problem was. I'm symptom free now."
Former child star Blake Mciver is hoping to stage an unofficial 20th anniversary The Little Rascals reunion when he launches his new album next month (Jun14). The actor/singer, who played bespectacled Waldo in the family favourite film, will perform tracks from his new release The Time Manipulator at the Lyric theatre in Los Angeles - and he's hoping his former castmates can join him for the show.
He tells WENN, "I'm trying to get the whole cast to show up. As far as an official reunion, I haven't heard anything about that but it would be great to have an official reunion over the summer.
"And whatever happens, thanks to social media, I've been able to keep in touch with the other Little Rascals... We've pretty much all found each other again, which is great."
McIver is also hoping that his Full House co-stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen might show up, even though he hasn't spoken to the twins in years.
He adds, "I went to college with their brother, but we haven't really gotten to see each other in quite a few years. I wish I was still in contact with them... It would be fun to see them again."
Johnny Cash and Olivia Newton-John's former musical director Richard Hayman has died in Florida, aged 93. Hayman passed away on Wednesday morning (05Feb14).
The harmonica player and arranger-turned-conductor, who founded the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra's summer pops series, began his music career in the 1930s with Borrah Minevitch and His Harmonica Rascals.
He became a hit in Hollywood in the 1940s when he scored music for movies like Girl Crazy and Meet Me in St. Louis.
Flowers have been placed on his Hollywood Walk of Fame star as a tribute.
Reunited 1960s pop act The Rascals have scrapped plans to stage a follow-up to their successful 2012 Broadway run of shows. The Good Lovin' hitmakers reformed after 40 years for their music and memories show The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream at New York's Richard Rodgers Theatre in December (12).
The group was set for a return to the Big Apple for a series of concerts at the Marquis Theatre later this month (Dec13), but the shows have been cancelled due to scheduling issues with superfan and promoter Steven Van Zandt, who is filming his TV show Lilyhammer in Scandinavia and touring with Bruce Springsteen.
A statement from the band reads, "Unfortunately, The Rascals planned return to Broadway... has been canceled at this time. We'll keep you posted on any further developments."