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Chi Cheng

Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, who has been in a semi-conscious state since a 2008 car accident, died early Saturday morning, his family announced. He was 42. In a statement posted on the fan site Oneloveforchi.com, Cheng’s family writes that the musician was taken to the emergency room where he died at 3 a.m.

“He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear,” wrote Jeanne Marie Cheng, or “Mom J” for short.

Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno confirmed Cheng’s passing on his Facebook page. At press time the Grammy-winning band has not made a formal statement.

Cheng suffered major injuries and was left in a coma following a November 2008 car crash in Santa Clara, Calif. The bassist was driving with his sister when they collided with another car, sending his vehicle rolling. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. His sister was wearing hers, and only sustained minor injuries.

“Chi is one of the strongest people I know, and I’m praying that his strength will get him through this,” Moreno said at the time on the Deftones’ blog.

In the years since, Cheng had been making slow but steady progress in his recovery. In 2009 it was reported that he was no longer in a coma but in a semi-conscious state. A year later, doctors said he was “showing signs of improved neuro function.” Recently he regained limited ability to move his legs on command.

Most updates regarding Cheng since his accident have come through the Oneloveforchi site, which was started by fan Gina Blackmore. The site, which is currently down likely due to incresased traffic, has raised money for Cheng’s medical expenses and the bassist’s family regularly posts messages there.

Cheng co-founded Deftones in the late 1980s with fellow Sacramentoans Moreno, Stephen Carpenter and Abe Cunningham. He was an integral part of the nu-metal band’s success, performing on their first five albums, released between 1994 and 2006. Commercially the group peaked in 2000 with the platinum-selling “White Pony,” which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and contained the hit “Change (In the House of Flies).” A self-titled followup in 2003 debuted at No. 2.

In late 2008, they were putting the finishing touches on the next full-length album, titled “Eros.” Following Cheng’s accident, the band ultimately decided to shelve the project and later recruited Sergio Vega, formerly of Quicksand, to play bass. They have released two albums since. Read more about Chi Cheng here: http://bit.ly/ZUKbXq


The Cheng family statement is below:

Our dearest Family,

This is the hardest thing to write to you. Your love and heart and devotion to Chi was unconditional and amazing. I know that you will always remember him as a giant of a man on stage with a heart for every one of you. He was taken to the emegency room and at 3 am today his heart just suddenly stopped. He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear.

He fought the good fight.You stood by him sending love daily. He knew that he was very loved and never alone. I will write more later. I will be going through the oneloveforchi and any other information may not be reliable. If you have any stories or messages to share please send them to the onelove site. Please hold Mae and Ming and the siblings and especially Chi’s son, Gabriel in your prayers. It is so hard to let go.

With great love and “Much Respect!” Mom J (and Chi)

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Culled from over 2800 entries, the 60 films that will play in New York will compete for Oscar contention.

WHERE THEY GO: Elijah Wood
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The Tribeca Film Festival‘s 2013 lineup has added 60 short films that run the gamut from documentary to narrative and experimental and include stars such as Elijah WoodElle Fanning and Lauren Ambrose.

The program is broken down into eight categories, with themes that include first person narrative, late night genre (think: vampires and werewolves), New York City and apocalyptic disasters.

Beyond festival recognition, the winners of Tribeca’s Best Narrative Short award and Best Documentary Short awards will be automatically qualified for next year’s Academy Awards, circumventing other required points of entry.

The festival, in its 12th year, received over 2800 entries, and the final selection of 60 films represent 19 different nations. Read more here: http://bit.ly/WFmFDj

The Tribeca Film Festival will run from April 17-28, kicked off by an opening night documentary about and concert starring indie rock band The National. The roster of full length features that will play at the festival include projects from Paul RuddJulianne MooreRussell CroweJohn Slattery and Naomi Watts.

 

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Regulatory body issues first report aimed at curbing the streaming and downloading of copyrighted content.

PARIS: Already home to some of the strictest anti-piracy laws for users, France’s Internet Authority (HADOPI) has  issued a new report examining ways to curb usage of streaming and direct download sites.

Looking to stop piracy at the source, the report suggests a combination of techniques including site blocking or domain seizures if operators do not comply.

The authority suggests the implementation of content recognition by site owners, including digital fingerprinting technology. These systems could be used to remove content upon the request of copyright holders, similar to YouTube or DailyMotion, or restrict user access based on location.

If site operators are unwilling to add these mechanisms or if illegal content reappears on the site, the report suggests initial steps such as search engine de-listings. If sites fail to comply with the warnings, HADOPI suggests it could also resort to involving the the courts in order to seize or permanently block the domains.

The agency would also seek to target the finances of any sites subject to the copyright alerts, taking steps to block PayPal accounts, the use of credit cards and third party advertising. Again looking to the courts, HADOPI suggests that if financial partners refused to cooperate, it would seek legal action.

Read more about the story here: http://bit.ly/149BUlC

The HADOPI report will be reviewed further before the agency decides on any action.

 

1. Barbara Streisand’s Sheer Pantsuit (1969)

2. Demi Moore’s Bike Shorts with a Bustier and Huge Coat (1989)

Demi Moore's Bike Shorts with a Bustier and Huge Coat (1989)

Image by Darlene Hammond/Hulton Archive / Getty Images

3. Bon Jovi’s Baggy Purple Velvet Tux (1991)

Bon Jovi's Baggy Purple Velvet Tux (1991)

4. Geena Davis’ Pink Tutu (1992)

Geena Davis' Pink Tutu (1992)

5. Whoopi Goldberg as Mary Poppins Meets Barney (1993)

Whoopi Goldberg as Mary Poppins Meets Barney (1993)

Via: WireImage

6. Lizzy Gardiner’s Dress Made Out of American Express Gold Cards (1995)

Lizzy Gardiner's Dress Made Out of American Express Gold Cards (1995)

7. Nicole Kidman as a Curtain with Tasseled Trim (1997)

Nicole Kidman as a Curtain with Tasseled Trim (1997)

She basically dressed as a drawing room.

Image by Kevin Mazur/WireImage

8. Juliette Binoche as Velvet Dracula (1997)

Juliette Binoche as Velvet Dracula (1997)

9. Celine Dion in This All-White Getup (1999)

Celine Dion in This All-White Getup (1999)

She basically wore white pants, a long-sleeved turtleneck, and a fedora.

Image by Stringer / Getty Images

10. Trey Parker and Matt Stone as J.Lo and Gwyneth Paltrow (2000)

Trey Parker and Matt Stone as J.Lo and Gwyneth Paltrow (2000)

Image by David McNew / Getty Images

11. Faith Hill as Technicolor Cotton Candy (2001)

Faith Hill as Technicolor Cotton Candy (2001)

Image by Vince Bucci / Getty Images

12. Juliette Binoche as a Flapper (2001)

Juliette Binoche as a Flapper (2001)

She looks fine, almost, but the Oscars are not a costume party!

Image by Chris Weeks / Getty Images

13. Björk’s Swan Dress (2001)

Björk's Swan Dress (2001)

“Stop looking at me, swan!”

Via: SGranitz

14. Diane Keaton as Charlie Chaplin (2004)

Diane Keaton as Charlie Chaplin (2004)

Image by Vince Bucci/Stringer / Getty Images

15. Sally Kirkland’s Exploding Tent Dress (2007)

Sally Kirkland's Exploding Tent Dress (2007)

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Mike Pont / Getty Images

Morrissey fans are a glutton for abuse. The singer’s tours have been famously plagued with cancellations. His latest string of canceled concerts began with Morrissey’s desire to be by his ailing mother’s side. The next set of shows went up in smoke due to a bleeding ulcer, not surprising for a man that caries the weight of the world on his shoulders.

On Saturday, Morrissey posted a detailed apology to fan site True To You explaining his thoughts behind the latest string of canceled shows saying “the patient must be patient.”

As for the remaining shows in San Diego and Los Angeles, L.A’s 20,000 seat Staples Center will go meatless on March 1. McDonalds and other vendors offering “flesh as food” will be closed day of show. Morrissey commented, “I don’t look upon it as a victory for me but a victory for the animals.” To hit home the message, a portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit PETA.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/WVNNfv

Staples Center was recently name the most vegetarian–friendly NBA venue in the U.S. by PETA.

Morrissey surprised fans by walking off the stage during his 2009Coachella set, siting that he could “smell burning flesh.” Goldenvoice, the festival’s organizer offered to go 100% vegetarian the following year if Morrissey would unite with The Smiths. He said no.

Morrissey’s remaining dates:

February 27 – San Diego, CA @ Balboa Theatre
March 1 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center

– Jay Tilles, CBS Local

 

Jack White Performing Grammys - P 2013

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Jack White

Jack White appeared to drop an F-bomb on the Grammys on Sunday night, but CBS claims he didn’t.

White sang what sounded like the F-word during his performance of “Love Interruption” with Ruby Amanfu during the show, which aired live from the Staples Center on the East Coast. While the lyrics to their song don’t include the words “f— me,” it appeared that White and/orAmanfu added them in during their live performance.

Many Grammy viewers immediately took to social media to note the apparent utterance of the swear word.

Click to watch the video: Jack White – Love Interruption & Freedom At 21 – Grammys 2013 – Video Dailymotion.

But Martin Franksexecutive vp planning, policy and government affairs at CBS, insists that the F-word was not sung during White and Amanfu’s performance and that the network’s editors have listened to the performance multiple times on state-of-the-art equipment to verify that. He says the word that was sung was “fight.”

Read the rest of the story here: http://bit.ly/VQzi8D

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Justin Timberlake is wasting no time making his comeback. Just a few hours after he brought sexy back to the Grammy stage, he released the newest single “Mirrors” from the upcoming album “The 20/20 Experience.” Timberlake’s team promised a surprise for fans post-Grammys in a tweet. They fulfilled their promise debuting “Mirrors” on YouTube. The track — produced by rapper Timbaland — is slightly over eight minutes and embraces Timberlake’s old-school, slow jam vibe heard in the previously released singles from the album.
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Imagine you’re at a car dealership and you ask the salesman to show you the best new models. You’re checking them out, giddy to see this year’s cream of the crop, and — surprise! — you realize he’s trying to sell you on a pre-owned car from 2008.

“What gives? That’s not new,” you say. “Buddy,” he says, putting a reassuring hand on your back, “you might know that, but lots of other people haven’t even heard of that model before. That’s new enough for us.” As reported by Dan Reilly for spinner.com

That, in essence, is the Grammys‘ stance on the Best New Artist award, an honor designed to catapult the winner to new heights of stardom.

There’s been some scrutiny over previous years’ selections — Evanescence over 50 CentMilli Vanilli over real singers, Starland Vocal Band over anything that makes sounds — but our biggest issue is how talented nominees like Bon IverEsperanza SpaldingShelby Lynne and Lauryn Hill can be called “new” when they’re precisely the opposite, a betrayal of the award’s reason for existing.

To clarify, here’s how the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences describes the category: “A new artist is defined as any performing artist who releases, during the eligibility year, the recording that first establishes the public identity of that artist as a performer.”

This is where things get murky. Bon Iver, the indie-rock band nominated this year, independently put out their debut, ‘For Emma, Forever Ago,’ in 2007. Though it wasn’t a runaway commercial success, it received great reviews from outlets like Pitchfork and the New York Times, hit No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, had several of its songs placed in television shows and ended up on a slew of critic lists of best albums of the year and, later, the decade. That acclaim led to frontman Justin Vernon collaborating with Kanye West on ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,’ which in turn played some immeasurable part in Bon Iver’s self-titled second album debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard album charts.

Previous year’s nominees and winners have been worse than that not-quite-sensation.Esperanza Spalding, the 2011 victor who surprisingly beat out Florence and the MachineMumford and SonsDrake and Justin Bieber, was five years removed from her debut album — and was personally selected by President Obama to perform at the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. But hey, nobody pays attention to that little event, especially not the Bieber fans who threatened to kill her.

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But here we are again, with Bon Iver taking the spot of a deserving new artist who could really benefit from all the buzz a nomination brings. Until then, all we can do is hope they finally get it right (and that the ceremony doesn’t top the four-hour mark).

Death of a President director Gabriel Range will explore pair’s friendship and collaborations in Germany in the 70s

David Bowie and Iggy Pop in 1978 and 1977 respectively

Lust for Life … David Bowie and Iggy Pop in 1978 and 1977 respectively. Photograph: Denis O’Regan/Getty Images and Howard Barlow/Redferns

Guardian.co.uk reported that a new film will tell the story of Iggy Pop and David Bowie‘s years in West Berlin. The British-German co-production will be directed by Gabriel Range, best-known for his movie about an imaginary assassination of George W Bush.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/WwIjrr

Lust for Life’s screenplay was written by Robin French, according to the Hollywood Reporter, based in large part on Paul Trynka’s books Starmanand Open Up and Bleed, which look at the lives of Bowie and Pop respectively. French is the co-creator of BBC3’s sitcom Cuckoo.

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alicia keys inauguration ball 2013 1358867172 Alicia Keys, NBA All Star Game: Singer to Perform at Halftime

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Next stop for Alicia Keys? NBA All-Star weekend.

Nextnewmusic.net reported that the superstar, fresh off her national anthem performance at the Super Bowl, is set to be the halftime entertainment at the Feb. 17 game in Houston.

She’s just one of several musicians on tap for the big game.Ne-Yo will sing during the player introductions, while John Legend will sing the national anthem.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/11O7FUY

The All-Star game, set to feature superstars like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, will air live on TNT.

 

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