The guitar pop singer and songwriter Tommy Keene, whose death was announced on Thursday, wasn’t a household name. Among masters of the craft, however, he was considered one of the best songwriters of his generation, and many of them lined up to celebrate an artist whose knack for melody and hook propelled his cult-classic albums, including “Songs From the Film,” “Based on Happy Times” and “Isolation Party.”
Keene’s death was confirmed by his publicist, Cary Baker, who wrote that “the 59 year-old Keene passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, in his sleep at his Los Angeles area home on Wednesday.”
A major figure in the so-called “power pop” movement that sprouted in the 1970s and ‘80s, Keene worked alongside or inspired kindred spirits including the dBs, Matthew Sweet, Guided by Voices, the Replacements and Ted Leo. Like those he affected, Keene focused on three- and four-minute songs that adhered to — and thrived within — the strictures of classic American popular song structure.
Actress Uma Thurman posted a Thanksgiving message on Thursday that further illuminated her recent statement expressing anger at revelations of sexual misconduct in the film industry.
In a mid-October red carpet video interview, Thurman indicated she was hesitant to address the issue because “I’m not a child and I’ve learned that when I’ve spoken in anger, I usually regret the way I express myself.”
The actress is perhaps best known for her work with director Quentin Tarantino, whose films including “Pulp Fiction” and the “Kill Bill” series were financed by film mogul Harvey Weinstein. The executive has been the subject of dozens of allegations of sexual misconduct.
Fans of wisecracking robots and terrible science fiction flicks, rejoice: “Mystery Science Theater 3000” will return for a new season on Netflix.
The news of the 12th season was announced at the end of the annual “MST3K” Thanksgiving marathon hosted by Jonah Ray, Felicia Day and Joel Hodgson. The reveal didn’t include a premiere date, but the corresponding news release promised the new season would drop in the “not-too-distant-future.”
In 2015 “MST3K” series creator Hodgson (along with the American home video company Shout! Factory) launched a Kickstarter in hopes of resurrecting the scrappy series, which aired from 1988 to 1999.
Lawrofsky is no more — as if the portmanteau ever was — because Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky have reportedly called it quits.
The Oscar-winning actress and "Mother!" director dated for about a year before splitting last month, “Entertainment Tonight” and People reported. And though their romantic relationship is over, the two appear to be proceeding with their cordial professional relationship as "Mother!" does the rounds for awards season.
It was an amicable split and the two remain friends, a source told “ET,” which also reported that the two were friendly when they sat together at the film academy's Governors Awards in Los Angeles earlier this month.
Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys has been accused of rape by Melissa Schuman, a former member of the girl group Dream, who says the singer had oral sex and intercourse with her against her will at his apartment when he was 22 and she was 18.
Carter, now 37, said in a statement Wednesday that he was “shocked and saddened” by Schuman’s allegation, which he said he was hearing for the first time.
Schuman wrote early in November on her personal blog that she met Carter over the phone via their reps when she was 18 and accepted an offer to hang out with friends at his apartment. Carter provided alcohol, she said. Schuman described a night of Carter leading her from room to room and escalating his sexual behavior — including performing oral sex on her and initiating intercourse — despite what she said were continued refusals to consent.
It's been nearly seven weeks since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, releasing a wave of long-hidden sexual misconduct claims and allowing late-night hosts to stoke the fires of their righteous indignation.
After another wave of particularly abhorrent allegations, Seth Meyers used Tuesday night's "A Closer Look" segment on "Late Night" to tee off on veteran newsman Charlie Rose and his ilk.
“Here’s a good rule of thumb,” Meyers said. “If your face isn’t pulling in the babes, your penis isn’t going to make the difference.”
“Russell and I have had a face-to-face about what happened, where there was no dispute about what happened," Khalighi said. "He actually apologized."
In an interview with The Times recently, Khalighi detailed an incident that took place when she was a 17-year-old model in 1991, during which she alleges that Simmons made an aggressive sexual advance toward her while Ratner looked on.
Celebrity fans of the late sitcom star David Cassidy mourned the former teen idol's death on Wednesday, along with pieces of their childhood.
"The Partridge Family" star, who stole hearts as quick-witted singer Keith Partridge on the 1970s musical-comedy and embarked on his own successful recording career, died Tuesday evening of liver failure. He was 67.
Actors, musicians and childhood fans commemorated Cassidy with photos and tributes on social media, recalling stories of his kindness, humor and talent.
I grew up in an era before even cable TV, when The Partridge Family was already in reruns. David Cassidy's Keith was one of my favorite TV characters. He was legit funny AND he could sing. The man entertained me during my childhood and even years later: https://t.co/678DU7qTxh
So sad to hear about #DavidCassidy. This photo is from when he surprised me at my apartment for my talk show in 2012. He was such a part of my childhood and if you’re close to my age and a woman, probably yours too. Sending sympathy to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/dQB8ps16M1
I’m very sad to hear about David Cassidy. There were times in the mid-1970s when he would come over to my house and we even started writing a song together. He was a very talented and nice person. Love & Mercy to David and his family.
so sad to hear of the passing of david cassidy... he was always so kind to me - such a pleasure to have had him on my show... sending love and prayers to his family... R.I.P. friend ❤️ pic.twitter.com/tsFkNiJzFc
"RIP David Cassidy" Who my age did not want to look like, sound like, just be him when they were young? I was lucky to get to know the sweet & very funny real David as an adult & I still wanted to be him.
So very sad to hear of David Cassidy passing away💔 He was always so kind and sweet to me. Our shows were both on Friday nights and deep down I dreamt of being a Partridge. His memory and love will live on in my ❤️forever. Love you David. Prayers to his family🙏🏼
I️ have known, loved, and admired David Cassidy for 48 out of my 58 years. He has been as kind to me as any real brother could ever be. We’ve been through a lot together and he was always there for me. This loss is huge. RIP my dear friend. pic.twitter.com/eKdRyAuW2B
My heart goes out to family&friends of David Cassidy. I had the privilege of playing in TheFlash 1.0 sandbox opposite David’s Mirror Master-at 1 point covered in snakes-dozens of live snakes-as MM made yet another getaway😊 David is missed&remembered⚡️ https://t.co/d7A0zDSfFu
My thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of David Cassidy ... part of a musical legacy via his role as "Keith Partridge" that brought music and laughter into the homes of millions ... 🎼🙏🕊️ pic.twitter.com/tgj1IXkUBt