A heartfelt farewell. Elton John was in tears during an emotional tribute to his late friend George Michael during a concert in Las Vegas on Wednesday, December 28.
John, 69, played “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” a song that the pair had memorably dueted on in 1991. The singer fought back tears as he told the audience, “I only wish George was here to sing it with me,” the Mirror reports. Sitting at a piano, he sang the 1974 ballad as a large picture of Michael, who died on Christmas Day at the … read more

Another heart broken. Sean Ono Lennon, the son of Yoko Ono and the late John Lennon, mourned close friend Carrie Fisher in a heartbreaking Instagram post shared on the day of her death, Tuesday, December 27.
“I can honestly say that Carrie was one of the best and closest friends I’ve ever had in my life,” Lennon, 41, wrote. “She was the smartest, funniest, kindest, and most generous person I have ever known. My heart is completely and permanently broken. This is the kind of loss that you never recover … read more

Well, here we are. As 2016 winds down, it means it’s a time for a bit of a reflection period. Counting down the best of anything is a good start, but what about the most controversial, buzzed about, discussed and confrontational? I’m applying the latter terms to the most popular music videos of 2016 and the results may surprise you. There was a bevy of popular music videos that wormed their way into our brains over the course of the year, be it Rihanna and Drake’s videos for “Work,” The Chainsmokers … read more

Lady Gaga was the subject of an interview on the CBS news magazine Sunday Morning (otherwise known as “the show only your parents watch,” or, if you’re younger than I am, “the show only your grandparents watch”). The segment opened with the 30-year-old singer paying a visit to the the John Lennon memorial in Central Park. The interview took place at Joanne, the restaurant owned by Gaga’s dad. CBS reporter Lee Cowan started off the interview by telling Gaga that, in her demure hat and … read more

– Thanksgiving is coming up, and in the spirit of overindulgence, MEL magazine offers up a list of “the disgusting ways actors have gained weight for their roles.” A sampling: Forget articles about “how to lose 30 pounds in 30 days.” George Clooney reportedly gained 30 pounds in 30 days for his role in Syriana. Sounds like it was pretty easy: He quit exercising and ate junk food. “Mostly you just eat until you want to throw up, and make sure you don’t throw up,” he once explained. Speaking … read more

Chrissy Metz plays Kate, a woman struggling to lose weight, on NBC’s drama This Is Us. According to a report by Page Six, the actress agreed to take the same journey as her character.
Metz was reportedly happy to sign the agreement. “That was a win-win for me,” the actress said. “Because it’s one thing to try to do it on your own. But as human beings, it’s an ego thing: We’re more likely to do something for someone else.”
The actress says the job provides her with a different … read more

It’s strange to imagine now that Stevie Nicks was ever an afterthought. In 1974, Nicks was working as a waitress in Beverly Hills, California, supporting her guitarist boyfriend, Lindsey Buckingham; the duo played together as Buckingham Nicks and had cut an album for Polydor the year before without much success. Fleetwood Mac bandleader Mick Fleetwood wanted to recruit Buckingham as the band’s guitarist, but the two were a package deal, and so Stevie was in. As remarkable a band-of-equals as … read more

– Leon Russell, who sang, wrote, and produced some of rock ‘n’ roll’s top records, has died. He was 74. An email from Leon Russell Records to the AP says Russell died in Nashville “last night,” citing Russell’s wife. Russell had heart bypass surgery in July and was recovering at the time of his death. He had been planning on resuming touring in January, the email said. Russell’s website says the musician died Sunday, also citing his wife. Besides his music, Russell was known for his striking … read more

exclusive Anjelica Huston is looking back at her time with Leonard Cohen, who passed away this week at the age of 82.
While attending the premiere of Nocturnal Animals on Friday (Nov. 11, 2016), the actress opened up to Celebuzz about the legendary singer, calling him a “beautiful friend” and “fantastic man.”
“I met him Montréal when I was doing a movie there called Enemies, A Love Story and one of my oldest and best friends introduced me to Leonard Cohen,” she recalled. “He took … read more

– Take a timeout from Election 2016 conspiracy theories and do a deep dive instead into tinfoil-hat whispers on the pop culture front. Vulture has spent the past few months performing what it calls an “exhaustive cataloguing” of the biggest cover-ups in music, literature, film, TV, and “anything else a celebrity might touch.” It’s come up with 70 of the best, broken down by genre, that show “the phenomenon in its purest form—paranoia without ideology, or anyway without partisanship.” Here, … read more

By Alfred Soto
No matter how hard baby boomers have bear-hugged Robert Zimmerman since the Kennedy administration, the way he’s wriggled free — when he’s not stomping on toes — has brought much pleasure over the years. All in all, Bob Dylan is the most edifying example of what the ’60s have wrought, as well as the decade’s loudest rebuke. He is the Sun King and the destroyer of worlds. Former hippies adore Dylan, but he sure as hell doesn’t like them. By identifying with but never quite disappearing … read more

Michael Jackson is still the King. The late icon, who passed away in 2009, was named the highest earning dead celebrity of 2016 by Forbes on Wednesday, October 12. According to the publication, Jackson earned an impressive $825 million in 2016. Jackson’s estate benefits primarily from his investment in the Sony/ATV music publishing catalog, which is known for its Beatles songs. “The March sale of Michael Jackson’s half of the Sony/ATV music publishing catalog, famous for its library of Beatles … read more

When was the last time you thought about The Iron Horse? Or The Time Tunnel? How about The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.? All are television shows that premiered the second week of September in 1966, and all have effectively faded from memory. Not so with The Monkees, the groundbreaking TV-music-performance project that ran amok across the late ’60s pop cultural landscape like Frankenstein’s multimedia monster. 50 years later, it’s still very much alive. Earlier this year, the three surviving Monkees reunited … read more

Just because some of the world’s most notorious criminals are serving multiple life sentences in prison doesn’t mean they haven’t been keeping busy. In fact, people such as the Menendez brothers, the Charles Manson “family” and more have gotten college degrees, married and more. With so much time on their hands, these criminals have had to figure out what to do with themselves, as most of them have been denied parole (some even on multiple occasions). So what is life like behind bars? Read on to … read more

For armchair detectives, knowing all of the ins and outs of famous—or infamous, rather—cases comes with the territory.
Whether you’ve scoured the internet for details on the Manson family, John Lennon’s untimely death, or think you can recite the facts from the first season of Serial better than Sarah Koenig, there’s always more to know.
But instead of reliving the tragic crimes themselves, let’s delve into the aftermath of several headline-making events and get an update on those who are currently … read more