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Literary icon Gabriel Garcia Marquez dead at 87

Colombia’s Nobel-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez died Thursday in Mexico City at the age of 87, Mexican and Colombian media reported. Garcia Marquez, the author of “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” passed away at his home with his wife and two sons by his side, Mexico’s Televisa anchor Joaquin Lopez-Doriga…

Courtney Love slams Bruce Springsteen: ‘Saxophones don’t belong in rock ‘n’ roll’

Courtney Love slams Bruce Springsteen: ‘Saxophones don’t belong in rock ‘n’ roll’ (via NJ.com) In the latest clip from her ongoing YouTube series, “Courtney Love On…”, the Hole frontwoman says Bruce Springsteen — whose E Street Band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last week —…

Tom Lehrer, culture and copyright after death

Tom Lehrer, Culture And Copyright After Death (via Techdirt) If you don’t know who Tom Lehrer is, well, you’ve missed out for a long, long time. Still, it’s never too late to catch up, and there are plenty of great sources, including the The Tom Lehrer Wisdom Channel on YouTube…

Computer-generated Japanese pop star Hatsune Miku to join Lady Gaga tour

Hatsune Miku, a computer-generated Japanese pop star who performs as a hologram, is to support some of Lady Gaga’s tour of North America next month, the US songstress has announced on Twitter. The pixel-perfect pop princess, whose voice is also the product of digital code, will perform in 3D alongside…

Hallmark Channel mutes ‘God’ to avoid taking Lord’s name in vain, Christians cross anyway

The Hallmark Channel muted references to “God” in a movie rerun to avoid actors taking the Lord’s name in vain, but Christians were angered anyway. “I was shocked, angry and greatly disappointed that during the movie , It Could Happen to You”‘, everytime the name of God was used,it was…

‘X-Men’ director Bryan Singer accused of sexually assaulting 17-year-old boy in 1999

Bryan Singer, director of The Usual Suspects and the upcoming film X-Men: Days of Future Past, was accused of sexually assaulting a teenage boy after allegedly plying him with drugs and alcohol on several occasions in 1998 and 1999. The Wrap reported Wednesday night that the lawsuit against Singer was…

Aussie rock icons AC/DC plan to continue despite co-founder Malcolm Young’s illness

Australia’s pre-eminent hard rock band AC/DC announced Thursday they will carry on making music without ailing rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young. “After 40 years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health,” the group said on their…

Wu-Tang Clan-affiliated rapper severs own penis, jumps from 2nd floor balcony

A rapper affiliated with the popular Wu Tang Clan cut off his own penis and jumped off his second-story apartment balcony in an apparent suicide attempt, TMZ reported on Wednesday. 40-year-old Andre Johnson, who performs under the name Christ Bearer, was listed in critical condition at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in…

Actor Ted Neeley hopes Pope Francis will attend ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ in Rome

Ted Neeley, the original lead in “Jesus Christ Superstar”, is back four decades on as the son of God in the hit musical in Rome, and hopes Pope Francis will be in the audience. The pontiff will be “just down the street and we’re hoping he’s going to come visit…

Miley Cyrus hospitalized, cancels Missouri concert date

Pop star Miley Cyrus has been hospitalized and has had to cancel a concert in the U.S. state of Missouri, the venue said. “Cyrus has been hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics and has been placed on medical rest by her doctors,” said a statement from the Sprint…

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