Jefferson Starship rocker Pete Sears is celebrating after the discovery of his custom-made guitar, which was stolen from a concert venue in Germany 40 years ago. The bassist's one-of-a kind instrument, crafted by Grateful Dead star Jerry Garcia's guitar maker Doug Irwin, went missing during a riot at the Lorelei Festival in 1978, and Sears had resigned himself to the fact he'd never see the axe he dubbed the Dragon again.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "It was always in the back of my mind... I thought it was sitting in someone's basement."
One of Irwin's colleagues posted a request for information about the missing guitar on the Grateful Dead's website forum in 2009, and last month (Apr13), a German musician came forward and revealed he was the new owner of Sears' stolen instrument.
He claimed he bought it between 1990 and 1991 from a studio musician in the Netherlands, who claimed it once belonged to the bassist of 1980s band Golden Earring.
The German agreed to part with the bass for $3,200 (£2,100) and shipped it to America for restoration.
Sears says, "It's an antique now, like I am. I just can't wait to get it back and hold it again."
Let's go ahead and file this news under the awesomely awkward category. Alexis Bledel is finally returning to our screens — but she’ll be dating her TV mother’s ex-boyfriend!
The actress — who is best known for playing Rory Gilmore on the long-running mother/daughter drama Gilmore Girls — has joined Fox's comedy pilot, Friends & Family, reports TV Line. The comedy is an adaptation of the 2007 British comedy series Gavin & Stacey, which followed the adventures of a couple — both of whom lived at home.
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But here’s where it gets good: Bledel is set to play Stacey, while Jason Ritter will fill the role as Gavin — her long distance boyfriend. That’s right, the same actor who just played Lauren Graham's love interest on Parenthood, will be canoodling with Lorelei Gilmore’s one-and-only daughter. Dun dun duuuun!
This will be Bledel's first regular role since her seven year run on Gilmore Girls. She was also one of the leads in The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants films and was last seen on three episodes of AMC's Mad Men.
What do yout think of this Gilmore Girls love triangle? Excited to see Bledel back on your TV screens? Isn’t Rory Gilmore just the worst? Sound off your thoughts in the comments below!
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Hilty currently stars in hit U.S. TV series Smash as an aspiring actress tasked with portraying Monroe in a new musical, and life has now imitated art for the 31 year old after she signed up to portray Lee, a part made famous by the late blonde bombshell, in a Big Apple theatre show.
The production will be directed by Tony Award-winning John Rando and the actress insists she is already having fun in rehearsals.
She tells Playbill.com, "I'm having the time of my life. John Rando is a genius, and I feel like we're having so much fun putting this play on. And, the whole cast is so fun. All the voices are amazing, and everybody is hilarious. I think it's going to be a really good show."
Hilty will hit the stage at The New York City Center for a limited-run, beginning on Wednesday (09May12).
James Franco adds another project to his already stuffed slate with Cherry, an indie to-be-directed by Stephen Elliott, who is best known as the author of "The Adderall Diaries" (which Franco himself optioned for an adaptation). Elliot will be making his directorial debut with the film, which he wrote for the screen with Lorelei Lee.
The story follows a troubled 18-year-old who moves to San Francisco, where she enters the porn industry and becomes involved with a cocaine-addicted lawyer, who will be played by Franco. Heather Graham returns to porn-centric pics years after her turn as the Rollergirl in Boogie Nights, as she'll play a former porn star-turned director who becomes a bit obsessed with the young girl (sounds kinky, don't it?). Dev Patel will portray the girl's best friend who also happens to be in love with her, while Lili Taylor will play her alcoholic mother.
The only part that hasn't yet been cast is that of the girl, who I assume is named Cherry. Not sure what direction the production is taking, but after being naked for most of Julia Leigh's contemporary Sleeping Beauty update, Emily Browning might be a good choice for the role. As for the film itself, it sounds kinda boring. I don't see how far a narrative like this can go, so my guess is that it's more of a character study than anything else. In those terms, it could be an interesting little flick, but I need to know more about it until I can get excited.