Lorna Doom, Germs bassist, dead at 61

Lorna Doom, Germs bassist, dead at 61
Jan. 17 (UPI) — Lorna Doom, the bassist behind influential punk band the Germs has died, the band’s drummer Don Bolles confirmed on Facebook. “She left this mortal coil today around 1,” Bolles said in a comment Wednesday on Facebook in response to his post that said “Lorna.” A cause of death has not been announced. Doom’s age has also not been confirmed, with some outlets reporting that she was 50-years-old. Doom, born Teresa Ryan, joined the Germs in 1977 which also featured singer Darby Crash and guitarist Pat Smear. The band released their only album, the influential GI in 1979 before disbanding in 1980 after Crash committed suicide. The Germs began performing again starting in 2005 with actor Shane West serving as singer. West portrayed Crash in a 2007 Germs biopic titled What We Do in Secret. More

Funko announces Britney Spears ‘Slave’ Pop! figure

Funko announces Britney Spears ‘Slave’ Pop! figure
Jan. 17 (UPI) — Funko has announced a new Pop! figure based on Britney Spears that pays homage to the singer’s MTV performance of “I’m a Slave 4 U.” The figure, announced on Twitter Wednesday, features Spears donning a pink headset microphone with a snake draped around her shoulders. Spears wore the same outfit and carried around a real snake during her performance of “I’m a Slave 4 U” at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards. “Wearing the iconic outfit from her ‘I’m a Slave 4 U’ legendary performance, the Princess of Pop Britney is ready to entertain. This Pop! captures an iconic moment in music history while remaining timeless for any Britney fan,” Funko said in a statement. The figure is listed as coming soon. Spears is the latest music star to be made into a Funko Pop! after the company announced a figure based on Billy Idol on... More

Cobie Smulders, Sebastian Stan field ‘Avengers’ theories

Cobie Smulders, Sebastian Stan field ‘Avengers’ theories
Jan. 17 (UPI) — Avengers stars Cobie Smulders and Sebastian Stan are fielding theories about the next installment, Avengers: Endgame. The co-stars, who play Maria Hill and Bucky Barnes in the Marvel cinematic universe, carefully took questions about the next installment, Avengers: Endgame, during Wednesday’s episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden. Host James Corden asked Smulders and Stan to explain how and if Maria, Bucky and several other characters will come back in Endgame after disappearing in Avengers: Infinity War. “I can’t even answer that,” Smulders responded. “Bucky’s dead. Happy new year! That’s that. That’s all I got,” Stan added. Corden shared his own hypothesis with Smulders and Stan. “All the people that disintegrated into dust and all the people that stayed here — I think it’s a switch. I think that all the people that disintegrated, they’re back and they carry on and the people that... More

Bill Murray to reunite with Sofia Coppola on new film

Bill Murray to reunite with Sofia Coppola on new film
Jan. 16 (UPI) — Bill Murray will reunite with director Sofia Coppola on her new film. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Murray will star with Rashida Jones in the A24 and Apple movie On the Rocks. Murray, who previously starred in Coppola’s film Lost in Translation, will play a “larger-than-life playboy” father who reconnects with his daughter (Jones) during an adventure in New York. Production begins in the spring. On the Rocks is the first project from A24 and Apple since the companies signed a multi-year production deal in November. The Wrap said it is unclear if On the Rocks and other films from A24 will open in theaters or appear solely on Apple devices. Coppola most recently directed a remake of the 1971 movie The Beguiled, which opened in June 2017. Lost in Translation, starring Murphy and Scarlett Johansson, debuted in 2003 and won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.... More

Lady Gaga, R. Kelly song removed from streaming services, YouTube

Lady Gaga, R. Kelly song removed from streaming services, YouTube
Jan. 11 (UPI) — Lady Gaga‘s 2013 single “Do What U Want (With My Body)” featuring R. Kelly has been removed from music streaming services. Gaga promised on Twitter Wednesday that the track would be removed in response to the multiple sexual assault allegations that Kelly is facing. Official music videos for “Do What U Want (With My Body)” were also removed from YouTube, however, a video of Gaga and Kelly performing the song at the American Music Awards remains. “Do What U Want (With My Body)” reached the Top 20 chart on iTunes after Gaga tweeted her intentions and before it was removed. “I stand behind these women 1000%, believe them, know they are suffering an in pain, and feel strongly that their voices should be heard and taken seriously,” Gaga said previously. “What I am hearing about the allegations against R. Kelly is absolutely horrifying and indefensible. “I’m... More

Ashley Graham says waiting to have sex with husband built trust

Ashley Graham says waiting to have sex with husband built trust
Jan. 10 (UPI) — Ashley Graham says waiting to have sex with her husband built a foundation of trust prior to their marriage. The 31-year-old model said in the February issue of Elle that her decision to not sleep with Justin Ervin until their wedding day made their relationship stronger. “Something that it did for us was build up our friendship, and it also built up our trust and communication,” Graham told the magazine. “Of course we were sexually attracted to each other; we would make out heavily. All those things were there,” she said. “I wasn’t worried about, What’s sex gonna be like with him? It was more, do I trust him? Is he someone I want to be with for the rest of my life?” Graham first met Ervin at church when she was 21 years old and had already “slept with half of New York City.” The... More

Sneak preview of ‘Whiskey Cavalier’ to air after Oscars

Sneak preview of ‘Whiskey Cavalier’ to air after Oscars
Jan. 11 (UPI) — A sneak preview of Whiskey Cavalier is scheduled to air after the Oscars ceremony on Feb. 24. The new ABC dramedy stars The Walking Dead actress Lauren Cohan and Scandal alum Scott Foley. Also featuring Ana Ortiz, Tyler James Williams and Vir Das, the show follows the adventures of “an inter-agency team of flawed, funny and heroic spies who periodically save the world,” a network synopsis said. The hour-long series is to begin at 11:35 p.m. after the high-profile awards ceremony. Its official primetime premiere date is set for Feb. 27 at 10 p.m. Foley shared a photo on Instagram Thursday of him on the show’s set. “Love my crew. Working hard here in #Prague #whiskeycavalier,” he captioned the image. More

Sarah Hyland was ‘very close’ to suicide amid health issues

Sarah Hyland was ‘very close’ to suicide amid health issues
Jan. 11 (UPI) — Sarah Hyland was “very close” to suicide as she struggled with health issues over the past few years. The 28-year-old actress discussed her experience with suicidal thoughts and depression during Friday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “At the time, I was 26, and after 26, 27 years of always being sick and being in chronic pain every single day and you don’t know when you’re going to have the next good day, it’s really, really hard,” Hyland told host Ellen DeGeneres. “I would write letters in my head to loved ones — of why I did it, my reasoning behind it, how it’s nobody’s fault,” she said of her suicidal thoughts. “And I didn’t want to write it down on paper because I didn’t want anyone to find it.” The Modern Family star has undergone two kidney transplants and 16 surgeries during her lifetime. She... More

Britney Spears cancels ‘Domination’ residency

Britney Spears cancels ‘Domination’ residency
Jan. 5 (UPI) — Pop music star Britney Spears announced on Instagram that she is canceling her Domination residency in Las Vegas to spend time with her ailing father Jamie. “I’ve been looking forward to this show and seeing all of you this year, so doing this breaks my heart,” she captioned a photo of her as a child with her parents Jamie and Lynn Spears. “However, it’s important to always put your family first… and that’s the decision I had to make. A couple of months ago, my father was hospitalized and almost died. We’re all so grateful that he came out of it alive, but he still has a long road ahead of him,” she added. “I had to make the difficult decision to put my full focus and energy on my family at this time. I hope you all can understand.” Spears was scheduled to begin the... More

Carol Burnett on career longevity: ‘Here’s to reruns and YouTube’

Carol Burnett on career longevity: ‘Here’s to reruns and YouTube’
Jan. 6 (UPI) — The inaugural Carol Burnett Award for special achievement in television was presented to its namesake at the Golden Globe Awards ceremony in Los Angeles Sunday night. In accepting the honor with tears in her eyes,the 85-year-old entertainer recalled being raised by her grandmother to love films and then, when it became available, television. “Regardless of the medium, what fascinated me was the way the stars on the screen could make people laugh or cry or sometimes both and I wished and I hoped that maybe — just maybe, someday — I could have the chance to do the same thing,” she said. “Well, those childhood dreams came true.” She said she is very proud that people still seem to connect to The Carol Burnett Show, a variety program that featured a live orchestra and dancers, and dozens of costumes each episode. It initially ran 1967-78. Burnett... More