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ROLLING STONES drummer CHARLIE WATTS died yesterday at a London hospital, surrounded by family. He was 80 years old. There’s no word on the cause of death, but Charlie had previously backed out of this year’s tour because of an undisclosed health issue. Watts joined the Stones in 1963, and was regarded as one of the premier drummers in rock, as well as a stabilizing influence within the band. The Stones wanted to recruit Charlie so badly that they cut down their expenses just so they could afford him. At the time, Charlie figured the band would last a week. Charlie was more of a jazz drummer, and had to be “taught” rock and roll by KEITH RICHARDS. Charlie never really went in for the rock star lifestyle. He was married to his wife Shirley since 1964, and mostly stayed out of trouble, except for a heroin addiction in the mid-’80s. He also battled, and beat, throat cancer in 2004. ELTON JOHN called (LINK) Charlie “the ultimate drummer” and “such brilliant company.” (LINK)
Aspiring musicians out there don’t go thinking you are above doing commercials! Here are the Stones doing a Rice Crispies cereal commercial in 1964. They were paid $550
WOLFGANG VAN HALEN wants to be his own man. That’s why he doesn’t play VAN HALEN songs during his set. But that hasn’t stopped people from PESTERING him to do it. And sometimes he just has to fight back. Someone recently told him, quote, “Wolfie, I like your stuff. I just think the time to honor Dad is now. You’ve already shown you can stand on your own!” And Wolfgang replied, quote, “Y’all are never gonna [effing’] stop are ya? I honor my dad by existing and doing what I do every day. I’m not [effin’] playing ‘Panama’ for you guys.” Later on, he added, “Plays in band with Dad: That spoiled brat is just riding his daddy’s coattails . . . Plays in own band without covering VH: Yo, why isn’t he riding his daddy’s coattails??” And he said he might play the Bowie /Jagger version of “Dancing in the Street” just to, quote, “piss y’all off.”
Seems like he waited long enough, but the kid on the cover of NIRVANA’s “Nevermind” album is now suing the band for child sexual exploitation and, quote, “distribution of private sexually explicit materials.” His name is Spencer Elden, and just like the album, he’s 30 now. He was only four months old when he was photographed for the cover, wiener and all. In his lawsuit, he notes that he couldn’t legally consent to his image being used . . . and according to him, it’s CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. He also says the band promised to cover his nether region with a sticker, but never did. He’s suing the band, its surviving members, KURT COBAIN’s estate, the photographer, and the record labels that released the album. He wants $150,000 from each plaintiff. Spencer actually has the word “Nevermind” tattooed across his chest. And in 2016, he recreated (LINK) the photo for the album’s 25th anniversary . . . but not naked. That same year, though, he admitted he wasn’t happy to be associated with it. And in the lawsuit he says he has suffered permanent physical, psychological, and financial harm from the photo. Here he is in 2019 in part offering signed copies of posters of it (LINK)
So this is where we are. Last week GARTH BROOKS canceled (LINK) his Stadium Tour because of COVID-19 . . . and now he’s figured out a way to get back on stage. He’s doing another Dive Bar Tour, but you have to be vaccinated to go. He talked about it on an episode of Inside Studio G.
Jimmy Fallon ran a montage of various news anchors around the country mispronouncing the name of the Pfizer vaccine. Here they are Calm er notty
A family in Warwickshire, England got a PLEASANT surprise the other day, when TOM CRUISE landed his helicopter in their backyard. The family actually got a call saying that an unnamed “VIP” was running late for a meeting and needed to land there, because nearby Coventry Airport was temporarily shut down. They were pretty shocked when Tom stepped out of the chopper. Alison Webb says he went straight for her kids and started talking to them, then offered them a RIDE. So they actually went up in the helicopter while Tom was at his meeting. Alison says, quote, “It turned out to be an incredible day. It was surreal, I still now can’t believe it happened.” (LINK)
JASON MOMOA and DAVE BAUTISTA are developing a buddy cop movie, and it all started with a bromantic text message exchange. Jay Mo was over for a work out with me and was telling me about it
There haven’t been many updates on BOB ODENKIRK since his heart attack last month, but this is encouraging: Bob recently made a guest appearance on “The George Lucas Talk Show”. It’s an online comedy series hosted by a guy IMPERSONATING George Lucas . . . but they do have real guests. Comedian PAUL F. TOMPKINS was on the most recent episode, and he called Odenkirk to engage in some light banter. Bob sounded good (LINK)
MAYA RUDOLPH and ANDY SAMBERG will be hosting a new holiday baking competition show on Peacock. It’s called “Baking It” and it’s a spin-off of Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman’s show “Making It”. Eight teams of two home bakers will compete in themed challenges over six episodes. The teams will be judged by a panel of four opinionated real-life grandmothers. Maya and Andy will lead the festivities and add their comedic commentary. A release date has not been announced. I have a yard work reality show coming called Raking It (LINK)
Jason Reitman’s “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” premiered at CinemaCon last night. Reactions… a “perfect blend of classic Ghostbusters moments with a fresh & unique twist” and “Reitman’s love letter to his father and daughter.” “…the ‘Ghostbusters’ sequel that I’ve been waiting all my life to see,” …“It is nostalgia done right.. I got goosebumps.” … Wow! Was not expecting how heartfelt it is. It has a very childlike Spielberg vibe to it. And @JasonReitman (LINK) is extremely loyal to the original.” PLOT… a single mom (Carrie Coon) and her two kids (Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard) arrive in Summerville and begin to uncover their connection to the original ghostbusters — one of whom is apparently their grandfather. He left the family an old decrepit house, full of secrets and old Ghostbuster gadgets, including the iconic station wagon and a proton pack gun, as the kids discover. Unsurprisingly, things get supernatural pretty quickly. “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” hits theaters on Nov. 11. The film is produced by Ivan Reitman and directed by Jason Reitman, who also co-wrote the script with Gil Kenan.
LeVar Burton is by far the fan favorite to take over the hosting job on ‘Jeopardy!’ as Mike Richards is out On Monday, the paparazzi caught up with the ‘Reading Rainbow’ vet and of course they asked him about all the ‘Jeopardy!’ drama
I see this report I guess once a year…California’s Film & TV tax credit program. It gives clues as to some of the big movies that are going to be shot in the area. Beverly Hills Cop 4 is on the list. Paramount sold the rights to the film to Netflix and has Bad Boys For Life filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah on board. MovieWeb.com says Eddie Murphy will return to his role as Axel Foley for Beverly Hills Cop 4. The tax and credit program also shows that a John Lennon and Yoko Ono feature film and Zack Snyder’s sci-fi adventure Rebel Moon will soon go into production.
In 1997, STING and his wife TRUDIE STYLER purchased a vineyard in Tuscany. Now Sting claims they were TRICKED into buying it. The seller was a man named Duke Simone Vincenzo Velluti Zati di San Clemente. And according to Sting, he gave them a Chianti from the estate to sample and it was good and they bought. But the wine he gave them was actually from another region altogether. And it was only after they paid for the place that they realized the actual wine made there was TERRIBLE. But they turned things around by working at it until they were able to produce “excellent wine.” Well, the Duke is no longer with us. But his family is defending his honor. His son issued a statement accusing Sting of “false, poisonous slander.” He said his father would never pull a trick like that, and since he lived until 2012, Sting had plenty of time to bring this up while he was alive to defend himself.
Celebrating a Birthday today:
Actress Blake Lively is 34
Kel Mitchell is 43. Double G on Nickelodeon’s “Game Shakers”. He also starred on “All That”, “Kenan & Kel”, and “Good Burger”.
True Blood/Big Little Lies actor Alexander Skarsgård is 45
Marvin Harrison is 49. Former NFL superstar who was lucky enough to be Peyton Manning’s top wide receiver on the Indianapolis Colts for a decade.
Claudia Schiffer is 51.
TV chef Rachel Ray is 53
Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus is 59
Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell is 59
Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Batman, and The Nightmare Before Christmas director Tim Burton is 63
Elvis Costello is 67.
Judas Priest singer Rob Halford is 70
KISS’ Gene Simmons is 72
Rollie Fingers is 75. Great pitcher. Greater mustache.
Tom Skerritt is 88. He’s Viper . . . Maverick’s chief flight instructor in “Top Gun”.
Today’s birthday girl has been in 143 fine films, including:
– Career Sluts
– Doing The Dirty Work
– Feeding Frenzy 12
– Getting Dirty With Ms Croft
– Honey Nut Booty-O’s
– I’m In Love With The Babysitter
– Pool Hall Milf
– Wet Food 6
– And who can forget her role in 2018’s Innocent And Ripe
Alena Croft is 40 years old
So the Cardinals got some good news….some not so good news…and some REALLY not so good news last night. First the not so good news….the Cardinals lost the series opener to the Tigers 4-3 last night. Which sucks. The REALLY not so good news was Jack Flaherty left the game before the end of the third with some shoulder tightness and it did not look very good. One writer wrote that he looked like he was fine, then the velocity just dropped off and he went from 100% to about 20%. Waiting to hear an update on his status. And now…just because we were down…lets get the good news….Yadier Molina and the Cardinals have agreed to a one year $10 million dollar extension. Molina will play in his 19th season next year. And, a direct quote from John Mozeliak…”With the deal…it will cement Yadier Molina’s legacy as a Saint Louis Cardinal in his final year.”
A federal judge has decided that changes by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Phillie Phanatic mascot last year were sufficient to allow its continued use by the club. In a 91-page decision on Aug. 10, a judge decided that creators of the Phillie Phanatic had demonstrated the mascot had been registered as an artistic sculpture under copyright law. The judge recommended that the company that created the Phanatic, be credited as sole authors of the Phanatic and said the company had the right to terminate the Phillies’ 1984 agreement to acquire rights to the fuzzy creature, which they did on June 15, 2020. The Phillies unveiled the redesign of the green mascot in February 2020, a new look featuring flightless feathers rather than fur-colored arms, stars outlining the eyes, a larger posterior and a powder blue tail, blue socks with red shoes and a set of scales under the arms. The original creators said it was too similar. The judge said that enough was done. So … the Phanatic stays.
The Big Ten, ACC and Pac-12 on Tuesday announced an alliance that ultimately aims to “stabilize a volatile environment” throughout college athletics by collaborating on weighty issues facing the industry and agreeing to create a future scheduling partnership. The scheduling component for football and women’s and men’s basketball “will begin as soon as practical,” but the decision-makers involved said the alliance was not driven by revenue. While there is no contractual agreement between the three leagues — and nothing in writing that prevents them from poaching each other’s teams — the message conveyed Tuesday was that the creation of the partnership lessens any incentive for that.
The NCAA ruled Tuesday that 16-year NBA veteran J.R. Smith will be eligible to play golf at North Carolina A&T. Smith, who skipped playing college basketball after high school and instead entered the pros, will serve as the latest example of an athlete playing professionally in one sport before returning to school to compete in the NCAA in another sport. Smith, who turns 36 next month, said he is focused on completing class assignments and working on his golf game.
Advocates for Minor Leaguers, a nonprofit advocacy group whose goal is to improve minor league baseball players’ working conditions, released a report yesterday regarding two prospects who are sleeping in their clubhouse to save on housing costs. As Advocates for Minor Leaguers (LINK) notes, minor league players do not have a union. In addition, most players make under $7,500 per year, play for free during spring training and are obligated to train during the offseason. ESPN spoke with members of the Angels minor league system, who described rough living conditions and going through mental health crises due to the low pay. Ben Verlander (LINK), a former minor leaguer in the Detroit Tigers system who works as an MLB analyst wrote a firsthand account of what he dealt with during his career, including harsh living conditions and meal concerns.
Let’s not sugarcoat it: This is a strange one. Liquid Death Mountain Water, partnering with Tony Hawk, created a limited run of 100 skateboards that will be decorated with paint infused with the skateboarding legend’s blood. Yup, you heard that correctly. For fans who want the product, well, no dice. The bloody boards have already sold out (LINK) on Liquid Death’s website. They retailed for $500 (LINK). You can’t make this stuff up.