He's won three Emmy Awards, has his own Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor and there's even a Virgin America airplane that bears his name. Now, Stephen Colbert's being honored with his own arachnid.
According to The Associated Press, East Carolina University associate professor Jason Bond has named a species of trapdoor spider Aptostichus stephencolberti, to pay tribute to the politically-minded comic and host of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report." Bond discovered the new species along the California coast last year.
Bond will appear on Colbert's show on Wednesday to present his findings. The move follows demands made by Colbert that a spider species be named after him; he made that demand after learning Bond had named a spider for rocker Neil Young.
It's funny how rare and unheard material's always popping up from bands that've been out of commission for decades. But that's just what's happened with the Clash. Fans of the iconic punk act will be blessed October 6 with a live album, which the Clash recorded back in 1982 when they opened for the Who at New York's Shea Stadium — the (soon-to-be-former) home of the Mets.
According to NME.com, the set will feature 15 songs, and a DVD of the concert, "The Clash Live: Revolution Rock," will be released in conjunction with the LP, and will feature over 20 performances — seven of them previously unreleased — spanning the band's career.
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has filed a lawsuit against an Illinois filmmaker he claims was hired to document the band's concerts and studio sessions, but delivered shoddy work.
According to NME.com, Corgan's suit claims Lester Cohn's work wasn't up to snuff, and that the filmmaker's holding the footage hostage until he's paid for his time.
Corgan's suit seeks more than $100,000 in damages. Cohn was hired from 2003 to 2005, to document the band's return, but Corgan insists the end result was "completely unsatisfactory and not completed in a professional, workmanlike manner in accordance with the standards of a music filmmaker."
The good news is, none of the members of Chicago hard-rock troop Disturbed were hurt yesterday morning when one of the buses in their caravan was involved in a minor accident along Interstate 95 in Florence County, South Carolina. The bad news is someone else was hurt and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
According to a SCnow.com report, the bus — which was transporting members of the band's crew — ran off the highway after blowing a tire. The vehicle slid down an embankment before coming to a stop.
A total of eight people were on the bus at the time, and one of them sustained minor injuries, the nature of which was not disclosed. None of the band's members were among the bus' passengers.
The bus' driver, Fred Huffman, told the site, "By the grace of God, we all survived." At the time of the mishap, the bus was making its way toward Virginia Beach, Virginia, where Disturbed is set to perform tonight as part of this summer's Rockstar Energy Mayhem festival.
Last night, mere hours before he was scheduled to take the stage at Dallas' Superpages.com Center, Snoop Dogg's tour bus was stopped by police, who found two ounces of marijuana after a brief vehicle search. Surprisingly, the green stuff wasn't Snoop's, but belonged to two men who were on the bus. They were taken into custody on drug possession charges, posted $1,500 bond, and were released. (Read the complete story here.)
Given Snoop's proclivity for herbal enhancement, the fact that the rapper wasn't busted is a good sign. Perhaps Snoop's turning over a new leaf — no pun intended. Had cops pinned the drugs on him, Snoop could've been in a world of trouble; last year, he was sentenced to five years' probation after pleading no contest to felony gun and marijuana charges.
Phew, that was a close one.
He's been talking about it for years, and for years, nothing has happened. But now, it finally looks like shock-jock Howard Stern's proposed remake of the 1979 classic "Rock 'n' Roll High School" — in which punk legends the Ramones help a gang of rock-lovin' students take over their school and overthrow its oppressive administration — has been given the green light, according to Variety.
Stern, who acquired the rights to the film back in 2002, will produce the film with Larry Levinson. Screenwriter Alex Winter (Bill from "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure") has been pinned down for the script, but so far, there's no word on when production will commence. Stern and Levinson are also working on a remake of the 1982 comedy "Porky's," another project that the Sirius Satellite Radio host has been jabbering about for years.
As a longtime fan of both Stern and these films, I'm happy to see these remakes haven't been shelved — which, given Howard's relative silence about the projects in recent years, I assumed they had been. Let's hope they'll feature some sort of a cameo from Stern, who hasn't graced the big screen since 1997's "Private Parts." Fingers crossed that his rumored remake of "Taxi Driver," with Eric the Midget in the lead, isn't far behind.
Are you excited to see "Rock 'n' Roll High School" and "Porky's" remakes? Is Stern the ideal film auteur? Or should we just go home and rent the classics? Tell us!
On Wednesday, two days before the start of this summer's Lollapalooza in Chicago, I had the chance to chat with Perry Farrell, the festival's mastermind. It's always awesome talking to Perry, especially since I count Jane's Addiction among my all-time favorites.
We talked about a lot of things: Will Obama be making a surprise appearance at the festival, as has been the popular rumor? Would Jane's be getting back together this year for an unannounced set? What changes were made to make this year's Lolla better than last year's? You can read all about that here.
Miley Cyrus is a consumerist's dream. The teen sensation has become nothing if not a household name. She manages to spark international headlines every time she flashes any part of her midriff and, like papa Billy Ray at the height of his fame, she's sold out arenas across the nation. Her supple, puffy cheeks are splashed across millions of youngster-geared products, too: everything from lunchboxes and backpacks to throw pillows and press-on nails.
So, would it shock you one bit to find out Miley's latest studio recording, Breakout, is the nation's best-selling LP? It shouldn't. But we were mildly surprised about the album's sales totals. In its first week in stores, Breakout scanned a healthy 371,400 copies. But we were expecting she'd sell a lot more, perhaps even challenging the 1-million-and-change Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III sold almost two months ago.
Maybe the fact that the record is a true solo effort, and not a "Hannah Montana" property, hurt Breakout's sales a touch. Perhaps Cyrus' fans don't actually need to buy her records, what with the Disney Channel inundating them with her music during every commercial break. Or maybe Miley fever is starting to cool?
What about you? Did you think Miley would sell more albums than she did? Let us know by commenting below!
As a longtime listener of the incomparable Howard Stern, a Sirius Satellite Radio subscriber going on nearly three years, a baseball buff and, ultimately, a cheap bastard, I have to say that today's announcement of the long-delayed merger between Sirius and XM Satellite Radio was music to my ears. Not only will my radio still work in the wake of the merger, I'll now get to listen to any baseball game I want — a benefit only XM subscribers enjoyed before today.
Plus, with the likelihood of a reduction in future subscription costs, I stand to save a few bucks. In this current economic climate, I'll take all the help I can get.
It takes a special kind of crazy to impersonate a celebrity beyond Las Vegas' city limits, but David Kuntz isn't just nuts — he's the kind of dude who could inspire the American Psychiatric Association to consider a total revamp of the DSM. That's because he's been trying to pass himself off as Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth.
Last week, several news organizations reported that Canadian authorities had pulled Diamond Dave over for driving erratically and that he'd told the cops he was speeding because of an allergic reaction he was having to peanuts. Seeing as Roth is a certified EMT, it didn't seem quite right or believable. The cops brought the man they thought was Roth to the hospital anyway, and he was seen later that evening in a bar with two women in hospital scrubs. Read More...