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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Scribe Adele Lim Exits Sequel Due To Pay Disparity
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Crazy Rich Asians

As soon as Jon M. Chu is done working on his adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights, he will move back to working on China Rich Girlfriend, the sequel to Crazy Rich Asians.

Unfortunately, he will have to do it without Crazy Rich Asians screenwriter Adele Lim, who has left the sequel due to the pay disparity that Warner Bros offered. According to reports, her co-writer Peter Chiarelli was offered $800,000 to $1 million, while Lim was only offered $110,000-plus. More on the report below.

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eBay Bans Burzum Merchandise Due To Varg Vikernes’ History Of Violence
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Varg Vikernes Headshot

In a case of “what took you so long?,” online auction giant eBay has finally banned the sale of Burzum merchandise. Burzum is, for those unaware, the one-man, Norwegian, ambient, black metal band masterminded by convicted murderer and self-proclaimed racist Varg Vikernes.

Vikernes was convicted in 1994 of murdering his Mayhem bandmate Øystein ‘Euronymous’ Aarseth by stabbing the guitarist 23 times reportedly over a contract dispute. Despite Vikernes’ convoluted claims of self defense, he was sentenced to 21 years in prison (the maximum sentence in Norway) and served 15 years before being paroled in 2009. (Watch Varg lay out his story of self defense, in his own words, in the video here below.)

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Lou Reed, Seminal Figure in Rock Music, Leader Of Velvet Underground, Dies At 71 [Updated]
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Lou Reed

Lou Reed, the so-called godfather of punk, whose embryonic sounds of that genre and combinations of avant-garde dirty rock and roll helped propel him to become a legendary artist by way of The Velvet Underground and his own solo projects, has died at the age of 71, according to Rolling Stone. The cause of death is unknown at this time, but Reed had undergone a liver transplant back in May [see Update below].

For the Brooklyn-born Reed, it ends a life that was labyrinthine, filled with color and mayhem, sadness, poetry, tender regret, and razor sharp aggression. Reed took early rock and roll and doo wop, and mixed it with the sounds and styles of the mid 1960s, the Andy Warhol New York City which was crystallized by way of illicit drugs, adventurous sexuality and exploring themes, and going to places unknown; not even The Beatles tread to some of the naked, raw narratives that Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground went to in their songwriting.

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‘Private Benjamin’ Actress Eileen Brennan Dies At the Age Of 80
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Eileen Brennan

Eileen Brennan, an actress who successfully was able to do musical theater and then land somewhat of a niche in comedic roles, and is probably most remembered for her portrayal of a ball busting Captain in Private Benjamin, has died at the age of 80 after a lengthy battle with bladder cancer reports USA Today.

Brennan first cut her teeth in the acting community with various Broadway stints, she had showcased a penchant for singing with light comedy, as evidenced by her Obie winning performance in the 1960 New York production of Little Mary Sunshine. Hello Dolly was also part of her resume, and she then rounded out the decade with some theatrical films and appearances on TV variety programs, mainly the smash hit Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. That led to more TV, programs as genre stretching as All in the Family, the gritty cop drama Kojak, the soppy nautical light fare The Love Boat and others. She exhibited a versatility, which kept her employed prolifically as a utility character actress in Hollywood.

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Ray Manzarek, Original Member Of The Doors, Dead At 74
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Ray Manzarek

Ray Manzarek, one of the founding members of The Doors, whose keyboard and organ sounds were as much of a signature sound for the band as was lead singer Jim Morrison’s attitudinal and poetic lead singing, has died at the age of 74 in Rosenheim, Germany after a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer reports Rolling Stone.

The Doors were and remain one of the premier American rock and roll bands to come out of California in the 1960s. Like The Beach Boys, the band is pretty much synonymous with the California lifestyle, but very unlike the Beach Boys, they were like the solarized version of them, expressing musically about darkness, early gothic nightmarish tales of love, political awareness, death and doomy styles that were punctuated by music which was deep rooted in the blues and something else actually, something indescribable at the time. A sound that was all their own, which was created by Morrison’s shamanic lizard king posturing, the jazzy yet tight bottom ended drumming of John Densmore, the buried in the delta swampy fretwork of Robby Krieger, and the horrorshow carnivalesque feel from the hands of Ray Manzarek who flawlessly played his instrument (and sometimes even played the bass parts on the organ as well).

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Add A John Bonham Style Beat To Any Song With The Bonhamizer!
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John Bonham

For those of you who wished that your favorite (or not so favorite) songs could have the beats of the late, great Led Zeppelin big-drummer-boy with the thundersticks John Bonham affixed to it, the wait is over. There is a website called The Bonhamizer that will allow a user to upload any song, and it will automatically sort of “cyberpaste” a John Bonham style beat over the existing one.

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Check Out Beck’s 360 Experience Version Of David Bowie’s 1977 Single ‘Sound And Vision’
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David Bowie

This week marks the 36th anniversary of the David Bowie single “Sound and Vision,” the delectable slice of synthesized, bass-heavy power pop, which appeared on Bowie’s Low album and remains a fan and critic favorite in the expansive Bowie catalog.

Since its release, there have been various cover versions of the song. Its latest one comes from eclectic singer/songwriter Beck, who reimagines the tune in a full-on, orchestrated and rather over the top amplified version as part of his Lincoln Now 360 Experience. Check out that video here below.

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Rush Headlines The 2013 Class Of Inductees In The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame (Finally!)
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Rush

A major step in the right direction of finally showcasing music groups that aren’t of the extreme norm or voted in by backslapping politics has finally come to fruition in Cleveland, Ohio today as Rush, the Canadian trio whose progressive rock sounds have been thrilling and tantalizing generations of audiences mostly on cult fringes since their debut album in 1974, has finally have been inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

No other band in the entire history of the hall has sported the kind of controversy and division like Rush has in terms of entry to the Hall. For the most part, Rush has been anything but critically lauded throughout its tenure as a band, which is still promoting and touring its latest album Clockwork Angels, their 19th studio release. Fans, however, have seen this differently, scoffing at pseudo-highbrow critics who they pretty much have ascertained have no clue what they are talking about when it comes to the amazing, gymnastically musical elasticity of the sounds and styles of Rush.

ABC News reports that along with Rush, the class of 2013 includes Academy Award-winning singer/songwriter Randy Newman; original purveyors of hip hop Public Enemy; the late disco queen Donna Summer, who died earlier this year; the Wilson sisters-led hard rocking ensemble Heart; and “Born Under A Bad Sign” blues guitarist Albert King. Quite an eclectic mix of artists for sure.

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Geek Gear: The Jetsons Shirt ‘Greetings From Sunny Orbit City’
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The Jetsons - Greetings From Orbit City

The t-shirt deal of the day over at RIPT Apparel is the Jetsons-inspired “Greetings From Sunny Orbit City.”

The tee, by artist Andy Hunt, went on sale at RIPT today, Sunday, January 16, 2011, at midnight CST, and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it’s over, it will not be sold on the site anymore.

The t-shirt is available in men’s and women’s sizes in red for $10 each. Kids sizes are $15 (Boys, Girls, and Toddler, all in red); Onesies are $18 (in red). You can also get the design on a Hoodie for $38 (in red in Men/Unisex sizes).

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Bits of Doom: 6.13.07
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Rachel Weisz joins Peter Jackson’s Lovely Bones; Matthew Vaughn to direct Thor movie, William Hurt hunts The Hulk; Stargate Atlantis gets Firefly actress and possible spin-off, Supergirl flies to Smallville, Jericho returns to CBS, and much more!

Casting

  • Rachel Weisz will star in The Lovely Bones, the Peter Jackson-directed adaptation of the Alice Sebold novel. [Link]
  • William Hurt has joined the cast of Louis Leterrier-directed The Incredible Hulk. Hurt will play Gen. Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, the father of Bruce Banner’s (Edward Norton) love interest Betty Ross (Liv Tyler), who’s dedicated his life to capturing the Hulk. [Link]

  • Former Firefly/Serenity actress Jewel Staite will join the cast of the SCI FI Channel’s original series Stargate Atlantis for its fourth season. [Link]
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