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October 15, 2021
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October 15, 2021
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SONNY BONO’S EX IS SUING HIS WIDOW
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Cher is suing the widow of Sonny Bono over a royalties dispute. Cher has filed a federal lawsuit in Los Angeles, alleging that former Rep. Mary Bono and other defendants have tried to end business agreements Cher and Sonny Bono reached when they divorced in 1975. Cher says she and Sonny Bono split their songwriting and recording royalties evenly. Her lawsuit says Sonny Bono’s heirs filed notice in 2016 that they were terminating some of his song licensing agreements, but Cher says they cannot terminate the agreements he made with her. She is seeking damages of at least $1 million. Mary Bono has not responded to the lawsuit. Sonny Bono died in 1998.

 

MARK PONTIUS LEAVES FOSTER THE PEOPLE
UNDATED (AP) – Foster The People drummer Mark Pontius is leaving the band to spend more time with his family. Pontius writes on the band’s social media his feelings about touring have changed, now that he has a 2-year-old daughter. He says he’s been around the world a couple of times and checked everything off his career bucket list, and now he’d like to hang out in nature and watch his child grow up. Pontius was a founding member of the band when they formed in Los Angeles in 2009.

 

COLDPLAY PLAN SUSTAINABLE TOUR
LONDON (AP) – Coldplay is dedicating itself to reducing the environmental impact of the band’s tour to the point that part of it will be powered by…you, if you go. Coldplay plans to install a “kinetic floor” at each tour stop, so that fans’ movements will be converted into energy that will help power the concert. They will also install stationary bikes that fans can use to actively power the “show battery.” Coldplay plans to install solar tiles before each show to start powering as they’re setting up. Even the LED wristbands that fans will wear as part of the show are compostable, but Coldplay will collect them after each concert to sterilize and use again. The band’s goal is to cut their CO2 emissions by 50 percent, compared to their last tour four years ago. The tour begins March 18 in San Jose, Costa Rica.

 

DAVE GROHL HAD “MUSICAL PTSD” AFTER KURT COBAIN’S DEATH
LOS ANGELES (AP) – If things had worked out differently, Dave Grohl would have become the drummer for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers instead of the frontman for Foo Fighters. Grohl says he was offered the job after Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain died, but Grohl had “some kind of musical PTSD” every time he sat down to play drums. Even now, whenever he plays drums, he sees Cobain in front of him. Grohl says just like staring at the sun will burn a spot on your retina, every time he sits on a drum stool, Cobain is burned in his.

 

PAUL SIMON EXPLORES HIS WORKS IN AUDIOBOOK
NEW YORK (AP) – Paul Simon has changed how he sings “The Boxer” so it’s from the third-person point of view. Simon says in the upcoming audiobook “Miracle and Wonder: Conversations with Paul Simon” he starts now by singing, “A poor boy…a story seldom told.” He says it’s because he’s neither a boy nor poor these days. Author Malcolm Gladwell interviews Simon for the audiobook, which features Simon giving his observations on life and playing songs on guitar, with recordings from the archives woven in. Sting, Herbie Hancock, Renee Fleming, Jeff Tweedy and Roseanne Cash offer insights as well. “Miracle and Wonder” comes out Nov. 16.

 

“THE VELVET UNDERGROUND” DIRECTOR USES WARHOL FOOTAGE
UNDATED (AP) – Director Todd Haynes says it’s “so rare and weird” that the only film of The Velvet Underground is “by one of the greatest artists of the 20th Century.” Haynes used Andy Warhol’s footage of the band for his own documentary, “The Velvet Underground.” Haynes says there’s no traditional coverage of the band playing live. Haynes calls it “art within art within art to tell a story about great art.” The Warhol estate gave its support to Haynes making the film. “The Velvet Underground” documentary is in theaters today and on Apple TV Plus streaming.

 

ARTIST SUES NEWLY FREED BILL COSBY OVER 1990 HOTEL ENCOUNTER
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A prominent Bill Cosby accuser filed suit Thursday against the actor over a 1990 hotel room encounter in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Lili Bernard’s lawsuit comes just before the state’s two-year window to file older sexual assault claims expires. Bernard tells The Associated Press she was prompted in part by Cosby’s recent release from prison. The 84-year-old Cosby has been free since June, when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his 2018 conviction in another case. Bernard says Cosby drugged and raped her when she was 26. A Cosby spokesperson says that so-called “look-back” windows violate a person’s due process rights.
WHY JAMIE LEE CURTIS RETURNED TO THE “HALLOWEEN” FILMS
VENICE, Italy (AP) – “Halloween Kills” director David Gordon Green did not think he had a chance talking Jamie Lee Curtis into playing Laurie Strode again for the reboot of the “Halloween” movies. Green says he asked Jake Gyllenhaal to intervene, because Gyllenhaal is Curtis’ godson. Green says Curtis took his call and they hit it off. Curtis says one of the reasons she chose to play Laurie again is because she’s a character people have watched for 43 years and she still shows how she’s evolving. “Halloween Kills” opens in theaters today and is now streaming on Peacock.
BOO! SITCOM ‘GHOSTS’ COMBOS MISFIT SPIRITS, FEEL-GOOD CHARM
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The title of the new CBS sitcom “Ghosts” seems to be a dead giveaway. But there’s more to the series than things that go bump in the night. A producer describes it as a blend of the vampire satire “What We Do in the Shadows” and feel-good comedy “Ted Lasso.” “Ghosts” stars Rose McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar as a young couple who inherit a mansion in New York’s Hudson Valley. Turns out, however, it’s inhabited by deadbeat guests with deep emotional ties to the property – they died there. The CBS sitcom airs 9 p.m. Eastern on Thursdays and streams on Paramount+.
ROBERT DURST OF “THE JINX” SENTENCED TO LIFE FOR MURDER OF BEST FRIEND
LOS ANGELES (AP) – New York real estate heir Robert Durst has been sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole for the murder of his best friend more than two decades ago. He was convicted in Los Angeles Superior Court last month of first-degree murder for shooting Susan Berman point-blank in the back of the head at her home in December 2000. Prosecutors said Durst silenced Berman to prevent her from incriminating him in the reopened investigation of his wife’s 1982 disappearance in New York. Durst’s lawyer said they plan to appeal. Durst was arrested in 2015 the night before the finale of the six-part HBO documentary, “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.”