Lady Gaga Makes Acting Debut In Rodriguez Film

The rumors that some of you may have already heard over the weekend about Lady Gaga making her acting debut on the big screen are true: she will indeed appear in Machete Kills, the sequel to Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse-style 2010 movie, Machete, starring Danny Trejo.

Word first got out about the said appearance when Rodriquez posted a tweet, saying, “I just finished working with @LadyGaga on @MacheteKills, she kicked SO MUCH ASS! Holy Smokes. Blown away!” accompanied with an attached image of a poster featuring the pop star.

I guess some people were still not sold with the idea and that’s why it didn’t get that much Internet buzz in the beginning… that is until Gaga herself responded with tweet of her own. “Yes its true, I will be making my debut as an actress in the amazing MACHETE KILLS BY @RODRIGUEZ IM SO EXCITED!!! AH! Filming was insane.

Other than the name of the character that she’ll be playing in the film, which is “La Chameleon”, there are no other info regarding Gaga’s role, though many think that it’ll just be a cameo appearance. The film is set to be released next year 2013.

Below is a short video article from ENTV:

The Who Frontman Awarded Honorary Degree

Roger Daltrey, frontman of British rock band The Who, graduated at age 68 and was awarded an honorary degree by Middlesex University. The award was given to people who made big contributions to their profession and community.

Daltrey’s contribution to the music and acting industry has been recognized, releasing records with The Who as well as being a solo artist and also performing in TV, films and stage productions. He joined hundreds of graduate students, some of whom have contributed visuals to the US tour of his rock opera Tommy.

The singer said, “If I had the power to give honors, the students would be getting extra honorary degrees from me. After having the privilege of working with them on my production of The Who’s Tommy, I was amazed with their vision and creativity. I look forward to seeing more of their work knowing that, within the visual creative industries, the future is a bright one. For me to receive this degree is an honor indeed.”

As what Middlesex University Vice-Chancellor Michael Driscoll said of him: “Roger Daltrey is one of the greatest musicians Britain has produced and he has been successful at everything he has turned his hand to.”

Roger Daltrey performing with his band The Who from The Kids Are Alright.

Beiber’s High-Speed Paparazzo Faces Criminal Charges

Paul Raef, the 30-year-old paparazzo photographer who was involved in a high-speed chase with Justin Beiber on July 6th is now facing criminal charges issued by the Los Angeles city attorney’s office. Authorities are using the new California law that identifies the pursuit of celebrities by member of the press (i.e. paparazzi) as an endangerment for public safety.


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The charges stemmed from a July 6 incident wherein several 911 calls were made pertaining to the high speed chase between Bieber and six of his pursuers – one of them was Raef who is now being charged with four misdemeanors, two counts for tailing a vehicle closely and recklessly, with the intent of capturing photos for personal gain, one for reckless driving, and another for failing to obey an officer.


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Police say he was among many photographers chasing Bieber, but that he drove “well in excess of 80 miles per hour across all lanes and even, at times, on the shoulder” in pursuit of the pop star.

Raef is scheduled for arraignment on August 9. He faces up to one year in jail, and a fine of up to $3,500 if convicted.

The Beatles Latest Release ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ Compilation on iTunes

Celebrating their 50th anniversary of first hits, the most influential band of all time The Beatles have released a new compilation called Tomorrow Never Knows, a collection of 14 classic tracks that is deemed to be the group’s “most powerful rock songs.”

The latest release is sold via iTunes.

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters wrote a cover letter on what the Fab Four meant to him, noting that “if it weren’t for The Beatles, I would not be a musician. It’s as simple as that. From a very young age I became fascinated with their songs, and over the years have drowned myself in the depth of their catalogue. Their groove and their swagger. Their grace and their beauty. Their dark and their light. The Beatles seemed to be capable of anything. They knew no boundaries, and in that freedom they seemed to define what we now know today as ‘Rock and Roll.’”

Tracklisting:

Revolution
Paperback Writer
And Your Bird Can Sing
Helter Skelter
Savoy Truffle
I’m Down
I’ve Got A Feeling (Naked version)
Back In The U.S.S.R.
You Can’t Do That
It’s All Too Much
She Said She Said
Hey Bulldog
Tomorrow Never Knows
The End (Anthology 3 version)

Spice Girls to Reunite for 2012 London Olympics

Phenomenal 90’s Girl Band Spice Girls are set to reunite as they will perform for the first time since 2008 at the Closing Ceremony of 2012 London Olympics.

The popular group, formed by Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice), Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice), Melanie Brown (Scary Spice) and Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice) are reportedly 95% confirmed to sing and they will join other big names like The Who, George Michael, Take That, Liam Gallagher with his new band Beady Eye and Jessie J for the event.

Each member of the group has successfully gone solo but they have reunited to promote the Viva Forever! Musical which is based on their hits songs, last month in London that will open in the West End on December 11.

A source said, ‘The girls were approached for the Games two years ago. [They are now] 95% [confirmed]. It’s always been on the cards’.

They will be singing two songs, one of which according to sources is their ’96 smash number 1 hit Wannabe.

Ex-Live Frontman Ed Kowalczyk Sued For $2M By Fellow Bandmates

Three original member of the 90′s alternative-rock group Live are filing a case against their former frontman, Ed Kowalczyk, to prevent him from further using the band’s name to promote his solo shows. The band is seeking $2 million in statutory damages for claims of trademark infringement, trademark dilution, and false designation of origin and trademark, according to Billboard.

Kowalczyk was reported to be holding tours under the subtitle “Ed Kowalczyk of Live”, and his first solo record was titled Alive. As such, Action Front Unlimited, the company that the band set up, which also holds all their trademarks claim that Kowalczyk is causing “confusion” by making booking agents, theatres, arenas, and the press thing that he’s still a part of the group. They accuse him of not informing the public that he is no longer a member of Live and failing to mention that his music is not endorsed by the band.

This isn’t the first time the band sued Kowalczyk. Back in 2010 they sued him for demanding $100,000 ahead of festival appearance in Europe simply for being the band’s frontman. Around the same time, they say they found out he’d signed himself up as sole recipient of the band’s publishing income.

Live broke out in 1994 with the album Throwing Copper, and then were forced to go on hiatus in 2009 due to claims that it was the only way to get rid of the vocalist (Ed Kowalczyk).

Pitbull Headed For Alaska After Web Prank

Miami rap star Armando Christian Perez, more commonly known as Pitbull, will soon be making a very unlikely tour stop in Anchorage, Alaska, one of the places in America where anyone would least expect a star to make an appearance. So why is Pitbull going?

Well, the move is apparently the result of an online marketing competition held by Walmart on its Facebook page. The deal was for the rapper to pay a visit to the town or city that gets the most number of “likes”. Kodiak was reported to garner over 70,000 “likes” despite the fact that it only has a population of about 6,000, and it’s all because of one mischievous writer from The Boston Phoenix named David Thorpe. He thought it would be funny to send the Give Me Everything rapper to the most remote Walmart possible by encouraging as many people as possible to “like” the Kodiak branch.

After the contest ended, Pitbull seemed to be taking the whole thing like a trooper as he appeared in a YouTube video on Tuesday (you can watch the video below). On the other hand, Thorpe sent out a tweet saying, “Good news: I’ll definitely go to Alaska with @Pitbull. Bad news: I’ve been trying to grow a beard in preparation and it’s NOT going well.

Tom Yorke and Flea Release Atoms for Peace’s 12-Inch Debut

Thom Yorke of Radiohead and bassist Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers will unveil their latest collaboration project Atoms for Peace 12-inch debut in August through Modeselektor’s 50 Weapons imprint after a year of teasers.

Formed in 2009 that also includes producer Nigel Godrcih, Joey Waronker, who has worked with the likes of Beck, Smashing Pumpkins, R.E.M., and Mauro Refosco of Forro in the Dark, the supergroup has performed in Yorke’s The Eraser album and toured the U.S. in 2010, but evidence of any recorded material has not been heard yet.

Flea said late last year that the album was almost finished. A teaser of their songs meanwhile were slipped by Yorke and Godrich into a DJ set in L.A. a couple of months back.

Listen to Other Lives’ Tamer Animals (Atoms for Peace Remix)