Rockers Pearl Jam have paid tribute to the producer behind their iconic debut album Ten. Rick Parashar, 50, passed away on Thursday (14Aug14) at his home in Seattle, Washington after suffering a fatal blood clot, and his death has sent shockwaves across the music industry.
The stars of Pearl Jam have now offered up a moving tribute to their former collaborator, posting a picture of him on their website and across social media along with the message, "RIP to Rick Parashar who worked on Ten and (Eddie Vedder's pre-Pearl Jam band) Temple of the Dog. Our condolences go out to Rick's friends and family."
Parashar also worked with rockers Alice In Chains, who posted a snap on their own website, adding, "Remembering Rick Parashar today. Another good soul gone too soon. Our thoughts are with... the rest of the family."
Another of the producer's famous acts, Nickelback, also offered up a tribute to their late pal, writing in a post on Twitter.com, "Very sad to hear about the passing of Rick Parashar. Our thoughts are with his family & loved ones. RIP Rick."
Iggy Azalea has thanked fans who reached out to the rapper after learning her pet dog had been attacked by a coyote. Jelli was injured in Los Angeles while Azalea was on tour in Canada.
Posting a photo of her injured pooch on Instagram.com, the Fancy hitmaker wrote, "The Drs (doctors) said she's gonna be fine. Lucky she's got lots of wrinkles so the bite on her neck was only skin deep. Thanks for the positive vibes guys."
She first shared the news on the site, stating, "My heart is literally breaking."
Top Mixed Martial Arts fighter War Machine has been captured by U.S. Marshals and Simi Valley Police officials in California after spending a week as a fugitive. Jonathan Koppenhaver went on the run last week (08Aug14) after he was accused of beating up his estranged girlfriend, porn star Christy Mack, and her new love Corey Thomas in Las Vegas.
Authorities found him sitting in a hotel room near Los Angeles eating pizza. He did not put up a fight, according to TMZ.com.
Reality TV star Duane 'Dog The Bounty Hunter' Chapman joined the manhunt for Koppenhaver earlier this week (beg11Aug14). Reports suggest he was part of the force that tracked the MMA fighter to the hotel.
Armed police were called in to rescue Lady Gaga after she was mobbed by hundreds of fans at an airport in South Korea on Friday (15Aug14). The Poker Face singer flew into Gimpo International Airport, a small regional base near Seoul, on Friday ahead of her gig in the city on Saturday (16Aug14), and she was caught in a crush as hundreds of devotees descended on the terminal building.
An onlooker tells WENN, "She came in on a private jet from Japan... I reckon there was 2,000-plus people there and around 25 armed police officers... The crowd was crazy, but the police were able to stop Gaga from getting caught in the crush. The situation was managed very professionally."
The singer later played down the scary situation in a post on her Twitter.com page, writing, "Thank you to the hundreds of beautiful fans that greeted me at the airport. Your love means so much to me. I will show you my love and leave my heart on the stage."
Gaga arrived in Seoul carrying a stuffed toy which resembled her pet dog Asia, who has not been allowed to travel with the singer.
The 1990s were a virtual golden age of televised animation... at least as far as the people who grew up during that decade are concerned. Nickelodeon was no doubt the principal force in churning out quality cartoon programming during the '90s, giving us generation defining entertainment in its slate of original Nicktoons. But which of these memorable entries are our favorites and least favorites? Check out our complete ranking of '90s Nicktoons, and chime in below with your own preferences!
"What if... a cat and a dog were Siamese twins?""Oh, yeah! I guess... I guess that could be something."It wasn't. It was nothing.
12. Oh Yeah! Cartoons
This anthology series is easily the least memorable entry from the '90s Nicktoons slate, but escapes the last place slot for introducing the world to some of the next generation's stronger entries, most notably The Fairly Odd Parents.
11. The Wild Thornberrys
Despite an interesting premise and the whimsy that is Tim Curry's voice over work, The Wild Thornberrys never felt quite like it was on our level. Unlike some of its favorable company, the series always felt like a show that some displaced adults thought that kids would like, but never quite understood why they should.
10. Rocket Power
Call it my lasting aversion to bro culture, but Rocket Power always seemed a little much. Never proving itself particularly clever, funny, or original, the show banked way too hard on just trying to be cool. It was, I guess, but not that cool.
9. Aaahh!! Real Monsters
Once in a while, Aaahh!! Real Monsters was enjoyable enough to check in on. A wide variety of weird, crudely drawn creatures living beneath the Staten Island's Fresh Kills Landfill, surfacing only to scare the wits out of humans (not out of malice, but out for the academic merit in the trade) is good for an occasional chuckle, but wore thin pretty quickly.
For the blossoming comic book fan, KaBlam! had a special appeal. But while the anthology series had a few consistently delightful shorts (like Action League Now!) it was very clear why most members of its ensemble never earned their own series proper.
7. SpongeBob SquarePants
Though really a cartoon belonging to the post-'90s youth, SpongeBob's debut in '99 makes it viable for ranking. In truth, the show has evolved into something relatively impressive, even if its unfathomable giddiness can deter viewers brought up on the darker fare of Nickelodeon's earlier days (as you'll see below...).
The only real fault of the technically stellar and remarkably earnest cartoon is that we got too old for it. Sure, Rugrats never talked down to its audience, nor did it insinuate that a young slate of stars entailed a young demographic of viewers. But the show, a very funny exercise in embracing new perspectives on the day-to-day, just didn't do quite enough to keep us hooked as we went onto more mature fare.
5. The Ren & Stimpy Show
Easily the most divisive show on the list, Ren & Stimpy can be respected even by those who find it disgusting for its sheer ambition... and weirdness. Though heavy-handed and abrasive in its comedy, the show had no shortage of imagination.
Required viewing for anybody growing up with a double dose of anxiety, Doug has earned a very special place in the heart of most children of the '90s. The original Nicktoon was sweet, ethical, and effectively wacky while maintaining unmatched sincerity. Though a viable contender for the top tier of this list, Doug is given the No. 4 spot for not quite managing to escape the myopic, claustrophobic feeling that its superior brethren were able to dash to pieces. But still one of the greats.
3. Hey Arnold!
In a way, Hey Arnold! was the precise complement to Doug. Whereas Arnold's Bluffingtonian predecessor struggled with the neuroses within him, the football-headed stoic played the sane man in a world of crazy. Cool, calm, and good-hearted, Arnold navigated a New York City filled with abject lunacy, charged with maintaining justice and order throughout each of his journeys. Colorful and funny, though always a bit melancholy, Hey Arnold! is Nickelodeon's answer to beat poetry.
2. The Angry Beavers
A dark horse No. 2, but truly the most clever and mature cartoon to air on Nickelodeon. Riddled with whip-smart dialogue and ahead-of-its-time pop culture parody, as well as unparalleled devotion to continuity as far as these series go, Angry Beavers is an overlooked gem among the more flashy or earthy Nicktoons.
1. Rocko's Modern Life
There are many programs on this list that rival Rocko's Modern Life in weirdness, that come close in mania, that top it in empathy, and that give it a run for its money in wit. So why, then, does it stand out in our minds as the very best work of art to come out of Nickelodeon's animated community to date? Why is some small-scale, scatterbrained show about a mild-mannered wallaby dealing with mundane qualms like laundry, food shopping, recycling, romance, and breaking his pal out of Heck the most piercingly lovable title that the network has to its name? We don't know what gives Rocko that wow factor, but we can guess.
Which is your favorite Nicktoon?
Executives behind one of Robin Williams' final films face the prospect of cutting the late star's contribution to the movie amid reports suggesting the part was not completed at the time of his death.
Williams loaned his voice to the animated character of Dennis the Dog in Absolutely Anything, a live-action British comedy starring Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale, which is slated for release in 2015.
Editors of Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper report the part had not been completed prior to Williams' death in an apparent suicide this week (beg11Aug14), and movie chiefs are considering bringing in another actor to re-record the scenes.
The film's star Pegg says of the situation, "I'm not sure Robin had completed doing his voice in the movie. He was doing the voice of the dog and I hope he had completed it because it would be a real shame not to have him in it. And of course there will be a degree of sadness there, but the work he did do would have been done with his usual verve and brilliance... It's a terrible loss."
Reality TV star Dog The Bounty Hunter has joined a manhunt for a professional mixed martial arts fighter accused of beating up his girlfriend and a pal.
The tough guy, real name Duane Chapman, has confirmed he's part of a Las Vegas group on the hunt for Jonathan Koppenhaver, aka War Machine, who is wanted by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for questioning in connection to an incident last week (08Aug14).
Police have not released the names of the two victims, but the Ultimate Fighting Championship star's porn actress girlfriend Christy Mack has revealed she's recovering from 18 broken facial bones, a broken nose and rib and a liver rupture on Twitter.com.
In a tweet, Dog the Bounty Hunter, who has made a name for himself tracking down and capturing fugitives, writes, "Time is up! BEWARE OF THE DOG."
Koppenhaver, who faces felony charges of domestic battery with substantial bodily harm and assault with a deadly weapon, might prove elusive - responding to the allegations against him on Twitter, he writes, "The cops will never give me fair play, never believe me. Still deciding what to do but at the end of the day it's all just heart breaking."
"I just love it when my dog takes a big dump in the middle of my floor and I get to step on it and clean it out between my toes in the sink". Country singer Jessie James Decker deals with a dirty surprise from her pet pooch.
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Robin Williams' film career is set to continue despite his death at the age of 63 on Monday (11Aug14).
The Oscar-winning actor passed away in an apparent suicide at his home in Tiburon, California, and he left behind a very active film career, including four projects that are slated to hit the big screen soon.
Williams has two holiday films due for release later this year (14), including indie family comedy Merry Friggin' Christmas, co-starring Lauren Graham, Joel McHale, and Oliver Platt, and he also reprised his role as Teddy Roosevelt for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, which is set to hit cinemas in December (14).
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In addition, he starred opposite Breaking Bad regular Bob Odenkirk in the drama Boulevard, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year (14), and Williams also loaned his voice as the animated character of Dennis the Dog in Absolutely Anything, a live-action British comedy starring Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale, which is slated for release in 2015.
The comedian was also in talks to reprise his role as the beloved Mrs. Doubtfire in a sequel to the hit 1993 film. Williams, along with director Christopher Columbus, had reportedly met with Elf screenwriter David Berenbaum to polish off a second draft of the script, and they were likely to join the project if talks went well.
Columbus, a longtime friend of Williams, shared his own condolences on Monday, in a statement which reads, "We have lost one of our most inspired and gifted comic minds, as well as one of this generation's greatest actors. To watch Robin work, was a magical and special privilege. "His performances were unlike anything any of us had ever seen, they came from some spiritual and otherworldly place. He truly was one of the few people who deserved the title of 'genius.' "We were friends for 21 years. Our children grew up together, he inspired us to spend our lives in San Francisco and I loved him like a brother. The world was a better place with Robin in it. And his beautiful legacy will live on forever."