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‘Parasite’ actor Lee Sun-kyun dead at 48 by apparent suicide

Lee Sun-kyun, star of the Academy-Award winning film ‘Parasite,’ has died at the age of 48. South Korean police confirmed the news on Wednesday, December 27, revealing that Lee was found dead in a parked car located in Seoul, after a search was underway when he was reported missing. Per law enforcement, Lee was found with a charcoal briquette in his passenger seat. Several South Korean media outlets have reported that Lee’s death is being treated as a suicide. South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency also reported on Wednesday that authorities have launched an investigation regarding his death.

Lee was under investigation by police for allegations that he had used illegal drugs while at the home of a hostess working at a South Korean bar, according to a Wednesday report from Yonhap. Lee was first questioned by police in October regarding the drugs, and apologized at the time for “causing immense disappointment … I am sorry for my family, who are enduring extreme pain at this moment.” While Lee has since maintained his innocence, and he tested negative in two drug tests following the initial incident. According to Yonhap, he was most recently questioned on Saturday, December 23.

Lee starred as Park Dong-ik (Nathan) in the 2019 movie Parasite. The film took home four Academy Awards at the 2020 Oscars, becoming the first non-English-language film to win best picture.

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Paramore wipe social media accounts, take down website

Paramore have wiped all of their official social media accounts and taken down their website, prompting confusion from fans as they speculate about their future.

Paramore – comprised of frontwoman Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York and drummer Zac Farro – took down all posts and images from their X, Facebook and Instagram profiles, while their official website,, redirected to a 404 not found error page, which is what happens when a server can not locate a page that is requested.

Their official Instagram and X accounts show only generic placeholder graphics shown. Back on December 14th, the group shared a the quote: “Now that Paramore has spent the year touring behind This Is Why (and making sure to take better care of themselves while they’re at it), a chapter of the band’s career has come to a close. They’ve now fulfilled all label obligations and are effectively free agents.”

Paramore’s three members also agreed that there’s a level of uncertainty as to their future. Williams said: “the only thing that matters is we will still get to be each other’s community,’” while drummer Zac Farro added, “I just hope we can keep building the Paramore empire and then rule the world.”

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‘The Rolling Stones Singles 1966-1971’ vinyl collection to be released in February

The limited-edition boxset The Rolling Stones Singles 1966-1971 will be released on February 2.

The Rolling Stones Singles 1966-1971 includes reproductions of 18 7” vinyl singles and extended play records as originally released by Decca, London Records and ABKCO Records. The collection serves as a second volume and companion to The Rolling Stones Singles 1963-1966, released in 2022.

All tracks were remastered by 13-time Grammy Award-winning engineer Bob Ludwig, and the discs are manufactured by Third Man Pressing in Detroit. The set, replete with period-correct picture sleeve art, will also come with a 32-page book containing extensive liner notes by Stones authority Nigel Williamson, as well as rare photos and ephemera, plus a set of five photo cards and a poster, all housed in a hard-shell box.

The Rolling Stones 1966-1971 is the follow up to The Rolling Stones Singles 1963-1966 boxset, released on June 10, 2022 to mark the 60th anniversary of the band

To preorder The Rolling Stones Singles 1966-1971, head here.

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Cardi B, LL Cool J added as performers on ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest’

ABC announced additional performers for the upcoming Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2024, taking place on Dec. 31st. Among the latest additions to the lineup are Cardi B, who is set to take the stage for a special performance from Miami; and LL Cool J, who will rock the stage from Times Square.

Longtime host Ryan Seacrest is returning to New York City’s Times Square with co-host, singer Rita Ora. The show will also be broadcast from Hollywood, California, with TV personality Jeannie Mai hosting, as well as presenter Dayanara Torres returning to co-host from Puerto Rico.

The New York festivities include previously announced performances by Megan Thee Stallion, Jelly Roll, Sabrina Carpenter and Tyla.  Doechii, Ellie Goulding, Green Day, Janelle Monáe, Loud Luxury x Two Friends with Bebe Rexha, Ludacris, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Paul Russell, Reneé Rapp with Coco Jones and Thirty Seconds to Mars will all be performing. Additionally, K-pop group NewJeans will be performing live from South Korea, and singer Post Malone will take the stage in Las Vegas at the Fontainebleau Hotel. Meanwhile, while Ivy Queen will be performing from Puerto Rico.

‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2024’ airs Sunday, December 31st live on ABC beginning at 8 pm EST.

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Tom Smothers, one-half of The Smothers Brothers comedy duo, dies at age 86

Tom Smothers, the older half of the legendary comedy duo The Smothers Brothers, died on Tuesday at the age of 86. According to a statement from the National Comedy Center, Smothers died “following a recent battle with cancer.”

A statement from Tom Smothers’ younger brother and professional partner, Dick Smothers, read that Tom passed away peacefully at his home in Santa Rosa, Calif., with his family at his side. Dick, 84, said in a statement: “Tom was not only the loving older brother that everyone would want in their life, he was a one-of-a-kind creative partner. I am forever grateful to have spent a lifetime together with him, on and off stage, for over 60 years. Our relationship was like a good marriage – the longer we were together, the more we loved and respected one another. We were truly blessed.”  The folk-singing brothers became household names on their CBS variety show “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” which ran from 1967 to 1969. Tom played guitar and Dick played stand-up bass as part of the act.

Journey Gunderson, executive director of the National Comedy Center, said in a statement: “Tom was not only an extraordinary comedic talent, who, together with his brother Dick, became the most enduring comedy duo in history, entertaining the world for over six decades — but was a true champion for freedom of speech, harnessing the power of comedy to push boundaries and our political consciousness. Tom was a true pioneer who changed the face of television and transformed our culture with The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, which satirized politics, combated racism, protested the Vietnam War, and led the way for ‘Saturday Night Live,’ ‘The Daily Show,’ today’s network late night shows, and so much more.  We were proud to bring Tom and Dick out of retirement and reunite them on stage in 2019 to celebrate their legendary careers, and we are honored to preserve Tom’s remarkable work and legacy here at the National Comedy Center for generations to come.”

Tom is survived by his children, Bo and Riley Rose Smothers, grandson Phoenix, Marcy Carriker Smothers, sister-in-law Marie Smothers, and several nephews and a niece. He is predeceased by his son Tom and sister Sherry Smothers. Dick and his wife, Marie, have requested memorial donations honoring Tom to be made to the National Comedy Center.  A private memorial service for family and friends is set to take place sometime in 2024.

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Federal court revives lawsuit against Nirvana over 1991 ‘Nevermind’ naked baby album cover

A federal appeals court revived a child sexual exploitation lawsuit filed by the man who appeared naked as a 4-month-old on the cover of Nirvana’s 1991 album “Nevermind.” The lawsuit from Spencer Elden alleges that he has suffered “permanent harm”, while the band and others profited from the image of him underwater as a baby, naked, in a swimming pool. The suit says the image of Elden as a baby violated federal laws on child sexual abuse material, although no criminal charges were ever sought.

Last year, a federal judge in California threw out the lawsuit, but allowed Elden to file a revised version, which the judge later dismissed on grounds that it was outside the 10-year statute of limitations of one of the laws used as a cause of action.

The new decision from a three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California reversed that ruling and sent the case back to the lower court. The panel found that each republication of an image “may constitute a new personal injury”, citing the image’s appearance on a 30th anniversary reissue of “Nevermind” in 2021.

Nirvana attorney Bert Deixler called the ruling a “procedural setback,” writing in a statement: “we will defend this meritless case with vigor and expect to prevail.”

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Ozzy Osbourne responds to online death hoax, confirming he is alive

Ozzy Osbourne is speaking out regarding an online death hoax, and is confirming that he is, in fact, very much alive.

The legendary Black Sabbath singer said on the latest episode of ‘The Osbournes’ podcast: “I’m not dead. I’m not going any-f***ing-where. And I’m gonna go up and do some more gigs before I’m finished anyway,” explaining he was caught off guard by a video that was circulating online suggesting he had passed away.  Said Ozzy: “The thing on YouTube, it’s got ‘Celebrities Who Have Died Today,’ and there’s a picture of me. I’m not dead. I’m not really dead … Just a little flesh wound. It’s a bit f**king much, isn’t it?”

Ozzy later said that the clickbait video was strategically phrased to avoid any potential lawsuits. “What they do is, they kind of say you’re dead-ish,  It’s kind of weird the way they word it.” That’s when Ozzy’s son, Jack, jokingly replied:  “We’ll do the viking burial. I’ll shoot a flaming arrow on your raft.”

As fans know, Ozzy has suffered his fair share of health problems over the past few years, enduring various operations to deal with injuries suffered from a quad bike accident and, later, a serious fall in his home. These problems, along with his ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease, have given cause to the online death hoaxes.

Check out the latest episode of The Osbourne’s podcast – here.

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Bryan Tanaka confirms split from Mariah Carey after 7 years together

Mariah Carey and Bryan Tanaka have ended their relationship after seven years together.

Tanaka, 40, confirmed his split from Carey, 54, in a statement on social media: “With mixed emotions, I share this personal update regarding my amicable separation from Mariah Carey after seven extraordinary years together. Our decision to embark on different paths is mutual, and as we navigate these separate journeys, we do so with profound respect and an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the invaluable time we’ve shared. The memories we’ve created and the artistic collaborations are etched in my heart forever. Mariah’s dedication to her family and her commitment to her craft have inspired us during our shared journey. I want to express my love and appreciation for Mariah and her incredible children, whose warmth and kindness have enriched my life in ways words cannot express. I eagerly anticipate continuing my journey, knowing my passion for inspiration, dance, and the creative arts will resonate in the unfolding chapters.” Carey shares twins Monroe and Moroccan, 12, with ex-husband Nick Cannon.

Carey and Tanaka were first linked in 2016; rumors they had split began this month after Tanaka did not join Carey on her Merry Christmas One and All! tour, as he had done in the past.

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Anthony Anderson to host primetime Emmy Awards on Fox

Actor/comedian Anthony Anderson will host the delayed 75th Emmy Awards. The awards ceremony was delayed from its usual September ceremony date due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes,

In a statement, Anderson said: “With our industry’s recent challenges behind us, we can get back to what we love — dressing up and honoring ourselves. And there’s no better celebratory moment to bring the creative community together than the milestone 75th Emmy Awards. When Fox asked me to host this historic telecast, I was over the moon that Taylor Swift was unavailable, and now I can’t wait to be part of the biggest night in television.”

Allison Wallach, President of Unscripted Programming at Fox Entertainment, said: “After Anthony hosted our upcoming show, We Are Family, we knew he’d be a natural fit for a star-studded, anticipatory night like the Emmys. Anthony’s known for his humor, heart and spontaneity, so he’s sure to give audiences in the theater and at home a night they’ll never forget.”

Academy chairman Frank Scherma expressed: “Anthony is a multi-talented performer and a great friend to the Television Academy. We are thrilled that he is hosting what promises to be a rich celebration of the year’s outstanding television, as well as 75 years of Emmys excellence!”

The three-hour ceremony, taking place from the Peacock Theater at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles, will be broadcast live on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 15h, 2023 (8-11 PM EST on Fox and will be available the next day on Hulu).

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Pearl Jam announce first festival appearances of 2024

Pearl Jam announced their official return to the live stage in 2024. The band are set to headline Spain’s Mad Cool festival (July 10-13) and Portugal’s NOS Alive festival (July 11-13). Mad Cool and NOS Alive mark the first announced live performances in 2024 from Eddie Vedder and company.

The Mad Cool lineup also includes Bring Me the Horizon, The Smashing Pumpkins, Sum 41 and Greta Van Fleet; while NOS Alive includes performances from The Pumpkins and Sum 41, along with The Breeders.

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