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  • Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of Courtney Love and late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, had a Los Angeles Police Department car outside her home in West Hollywood last Thursday (June 24th) while she removed her belongings. According to TMZ, the police were there in case things got physical with Frances' estranged husband, Isaiah Silva, from whom she filed for divorce in March.

    Frances stayed outside the residence while her team removed her property. Law enforcement sources said that the LAPD got a call to "keep the peace" because of a prior incident earlier this month, during which things got heated when Frances’ people started the move.

    • No incidents were reported during Thursday's move.
    • Frances filed for divorce after being married for just 21 months to Silva, who fronts a band called The Eeries. The couple were married on June 29th, 2014.
    • Frances' filing reportedly indicated that she is willing to pay spousal support to Silva, but that he has no claim on her father's estate, which is said to be worth $450 million.
    • Frances and Silva were together for five years, although Frances never publicly acknowledged that they got married.


  • Slipknot begins its summer North American tour with Marilyn Manson on Tuesday night (June 28th) in Nashville, three weeks after the trek was originally supposed to kick off in Salt Lake City. The road trip was postponed when singer Corey Taylor had to undergo an "unplanned spinal surgery" to repair two discs in his spinal cord that had been compacted and were damaging that area of his neck.

    Taylor revealed on Twitter that "for now," there will be "no headbanging" or "jumping" for him onstage for the foreseeable future. He told us how he plans to get around that on the tour: "Performance-wise, I'm gonna let the band kind of carry me, basically, and I'm just gonna sing and do my thing and just make sure that the vocals are there, you know. And you know, work the crowd the way I usually do. Obviously I'm gonna be there in a limited basis, but I'm gonna do the best I can with what I've got."

    • He also offered on Twitter that he expects to be "back to 90 percent" within the next four to six months, and "100 percent" in a year.
    • The summer trek is likely to be Slipknot's last U.S. tour in support of its latest album, .5: The Gray Chapter, which was released in October 2014.
    • Following the tour, Slipknot and Black Sabbath will co-headline the combined Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, a two-day festival scheduled for September 24th and 25th in San Bernardino, California.
    AUDIO: SLIPKNOT'S COREY TAYLOR ON PERFORMING AFTER SURGERY


  • Red Hot Chili Peppers's 11th studio album, The Getaway, debuted at Number Two on the Billboard 200 album chart, selling 118,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 23rd. That number included 108,000 traditional physical album sales. It’s the seventh Top 10 album for the band and third to hit Number Two following 2011’s I’m With You, and 2002’s By The Way. The Getaway also reached Number Two in the U.K. and Germany, while topping the charts in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

    • The Getaway was unable to dislodge Drake's Views from the Number One position on the U.S. chart, where the latter album has been parked for eight weeks.
    • Bassist Flea told us that the Chili Peppers continued their tradition of writing more songs for the album than they needed: "We started writing and we wrote, I don't know how long, for like nine months or 10 months or something. We wrote like 30 or 40 songs. We always write -- like we'll write 50 songs for a record and it's always, it's not even necessarily the best ones that get on, but the ones that go together and form a cohesive piece."
    • The Getaway is the first Chili Peppers album with producer Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton, who took over after the group's 25-year, six-album run with Rick Rubin.
    • The band has also released the music video for "Dark Necessities," the first single from the new CD.
    • The clip was directed by actress Olivia Wilde, whose career so far has encompassed roles on the TV series Vinyl, House and The O.C., while her film credits include The Lazarus Effect, Her, Tron: Legacy, Rush, The Change-Up, Cowboys And Aliens and many more.
    • The Chili Peppers are currently in the midst of European festival season, but will play several Canadian festivals next month before headlining Chicago's Lollapalooza on July 30th.
    AUDIO: RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS' FLEA ON WRITING MORE SONGS THAN NECESSARY


  • Alice In Chains singer and guitarist William DuVall told Flint, Michigan radio station WWBN, Banana 101.5, a few days ago that despite opening for Guns N' Roses several times already on the band's reunion tour, he has yet to meet frontman Axl Rose. DuVall explained, "I have not met with W. Axl Rose as of yet, so perhaps that will happen over the next few days."

    He added that he understood why Axl kept to himself, saying, "I understand completely the desire, or need, to keep to oneself, particularly on the road when you’re a vocalist and you’re faced with so many challenges, and your instrument is literally your own body. I totally understand, but nevertheless, I hope it happens, at least say hello. I really admire the guy."

    • Alice In Chains is opening the first five shows on Guns' North American summer stadium run, which began last Thursday night (June 23rd) at Ford Field in Detroit. Alice In Chains also opened for Guns N’ Roses twice when they kicked off their reunion tour in Las Vegas in April.
    • The two bands will play together in Kansas City on Wednesday (June 29th) and will finish their time together with a two-night stand in Chicago on July 1st and 3rd. Alice In Chains will then begin its own headlining jaunt on July 6th in Portland, Oregon, with dates booked into the fall.
    • Guitarist Jerry Cantrell told us a while back than even on Alice's headlining dates, putting together a set list that will please everyone is a challenge: "There's always somebody that's bummed out. We've got 90 minutes to play. We could play every one of our top radio songs and there would still be songs that we can't play because we're gonna run out of tunes (laughs). There's a lot of songs that people like to hear that are deeper cuts, and that we like to play, so you know, you end up playing a lot of your bigger tunes and that's what people want to hear."
    • William DuVall said in a different interview last week that it was "too early" for the band to talk about new music, adding that he expecting those discussions to begin in the fall.
    • Alice In Chains' last studio effort, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, came out in 2013 and featured the rock hits "Hollow," "Stone" and "Voices."
    AUDIO: ALICE IN CHAINS' JERRY CANTRELL ON PICKING SONGS TO PLAY LIVE


  • Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich told the So What! podcast that he is attempting to help a film called Radio Dreams reach a wider audience. Ulrich has given some financial backing to the movie and even makes an appearance in it. The film tells the story of Afghanistan-based metal band Kabul Dreams, who want to meet their heroes in Metallica and recruit the help of an Iranian radio station based in Metallica's home city of San Francisco to make it happen.

    Kabul Dreams are an actual Afghanistan-based rock band, described by Ulrich as "a great band, a great bunch of guys. Passionate and lovely people. The film was something that I was proud to be behind."

      Ulrich explained that he was approached by the filmmakers and was instantly drawn to the storyline, saying, "It sounded really cool and really unique. This was a passion project and this particular group of people and the story was worthy of supporting." ​He added, "They shot here in San Francisco about a year-and-a-half ago. They're great people, it's a great story. I love the idea of supporting film and culture from parts of the world that don't get a equal footing on the world stage." After a successful tour of the film festival circuit, Ulrich wants to get the film a wider release, saying, "I'm going to try help the film get into some more festivals and try to give it the limelight that it deserves." Metallica has starred in two movies of its own -- 2004's Some Kind Of Monster and 2013's Through The Never -- while Ulrich has had small roles in a handful of movies and has expressed interest in more film work. He told us a while back that he gets a creative charge out of dabbling in movies: "I love being around creative processes and being around creative people, and any time you get a chance to be around creative people that are slightly outside of your own niche or whatever, it's always cool to just see how other people work and try to be inspired by that and bring something back to your day job."
    • Ulrich recently spoke to Citizens Of Humanity magazine about the musical direction of Metallica's long-awaited follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic, tentatively due in the fall. He said, "It definitely sounds like Metallica. It's probably a little less frenetic than the last record . . . It's probably a bit more of a diverse record than the last one."
    • The band recently completed recording at its headquarters in San Rafael, California and has now begun mixing the new disc, which is expected out before the end of the year.
    AUDIO: METALLICA'S LARS ULRICH ON BEING INSPIRED BY FILMMAKING


  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    BILL COSBY ACCUSER BACKS DOWN: One of Bill Cosby's accusers, Kristina Ruehli, decided to withdraw her case against him after a judge ruled in her favor last week to let her lawsuit proceed. She explained her decision to People saying, "I put my money where my mouth was – I spent nearly $100,000 on lawyers -- to prove that I was telling the truth...about this monster. I have stood up for myself. Now it's time to go back to my happy life, lose some weight and weed my garden." Bill's team is attempting to spin the withdrawal by declaring it a victor for him saying, "This is now the second of these defamation cases that has been dismissed, either by a Court or by a party. We hope and expect that there will be more, and we look forward to fighting any that are not dismissed, before a jury of our peers. For those in the media who accepted every allegation raised without question or evaluation, they need to answer the well-known question with respect to Mr. Cosby: 'Which office do I go to get my reputation back?'" Kristina claimed that Bill drugged and tried to sexually assault her in 1965 when she worked as a secretary for his talent agency.

    AZIZ ANSARI SLAMS TRUMP IN OP-ED PIECE: Aziz Ansari put the jokes aside to write an op-ed piece for the New York Times about how Donald Trump has made him fear for his parents. He wrote in part of the essay, "Today, with the presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and others like him spewing hate speech, prejudice is reaching new levels. It's visceral, and scary, and it affects how people live, work and pray. It makes me afraid for my family. It also makes no sense." He continued, "I understand that as far as these problems go, I have it better than most because of my recognizability as an actor. When someone on the street gives me a strange look, it's usually because they want to take a selfie with me, not that they think I'm a terrorist. But I remember how those encounters can feel. A few months after the attacks of Sept. 11, I remember walking home from class near N.Y.U., where I was a student. I was crossing the street and a man swore at me from his car window and yelled: 'Terrorist!' To be fair, I may have been too quick to cross the street as the light changed, but I'm not sure that warranted being compared to the perpetrators of one of the most awful incidents in human history. The vitriolic and hate-filled rhetoric coming from Mr. Trump isn't so far off from cursing at strangers from a car window. He has said that people in the American Muslim community 'know who the bad ones are,' implying that millions of innocent people are somehow complicit in awful attacks. Not only is this wrongheaded; but it also does nothing to address the real problems posed by terrorist attacks. By Mr. Trump's logic, after the huge financial crisis of 2007-08, the best way to protect the American economy would have been to ban white males."

    JOSH PECK IS ENGAGED: Former Nickelodeon star Josh Peck is engaged to his girlfriend, Paige O'Brien. Paige shared the news on Instagram by showing off the ring and writing, "Thanks for the pic @samsperbeck thanks for the ring @shuapeck!" She later made her Instagram page private. Daily Mail is speculating that the engagement may not actually be new news since Paige was seen wearing the ring a few months ago on social media.

    ARIEL WINTER HAS CELEBRATE SOCIAL MEDIA MILESTONE: Modern Family star Ariel Winter celebrated acquiring two million Instagram followers by sharing a cheeky photo -- literally. The 18-year-old posted a bikini picture with her butt cheeks on full display. She captioned the picture, "2 million!!! Wow! I can't believe it...love you guys so much ❤️ #thankyou #love" The post has gotten over 108,000 likes.

    KHLOE KARDASHIAN REFLECTS ON BEING THE BIRTHDAY GIRL: Khloe Kardashian turned 32 on Monday (June 27th) but she admits that her big day isn't usually a happy occasion for her. She wrote on her website, "I love other people's birthdays, but to be honest, I get more sad for my birthday. They've been so negative in the past that I'm always like, 'What's going to happen this year?' I had the best birthday last year because it was the first time someone did something for me that I didn't ask for. It was the first time I felt like I knew what birthdays were supposed to be like. There were only twelve of us, but it was so nice. Look, I'm not all 'woe is me,' and I don't need to do much. But then that's why we don't do much. No one takes charge." She continued, "My wish for myself this year is internal happiness. I'm big on peace and happiness, and that's all I want. The rest will come. I think as I've gotten older, I feel more secure and settled with who I am, but at the same time, I'm more open to changing myself for the better. I'm not as stubborn as I was when I was younger."

    DIANE KRUGER CREDITS JOSHUA JACKSON WITH OPENING UP HER EYES: Diane Kruger admits that her fame and success made her jaded to the world but Joshua Jackson helped to burst the bubble she was living in. She explains in the new issue of Town & Country, "Meeting someone like my partner, who has a very different perspective, who likes to travel in a different way and be open to various experiences was so important. I had become arrogant. I had been a model, I spoke three languages, I had a career. I felt I had it all figured out. And then I realized that I was living this very privileged life in my own bubble that I created and I didn't know anything about what was really going on in the world and I didn't ask enough questions." Diane goes on to discuss changing her situation saying, "I made a lot of different choices. I cut people out of my life who I felt were enabling my bubble." Diane and Joshua have been together for a decade despite recent unconfirmed rumors that they have called it quits.

  • ANNA KENDRICK ONCE DATED SOMEONE AS AN EXPERIMENT

    Anna Kendrick is releasing a book of essays in November called Scrappy Little Nobody where she reveals that her first relationship was just a little test for herself.

    She elaborates on the situation in a new interview with New York magazine saying, "I started dating him as a social experiment. Not in any sort of The Shape of Things way. I was 19, I'd never had a boyfriend, and I was like, 'This is unacceptable. You seem clean and punctual -- let's do it.' I was sort of winking at everything we did together, and probably because of that, the relationship did not work out."

    • Anna is currently dating British cinematographer Ben Richardson.
    • She dated director Edgar Wright from 2009 to 2013.

  • LENA DUNHAM SLAMS KANYE WEST'S NEW MUSIC VIDEO

    Lena Dunham posted lengthy message on Facebook on Monday (June 27th) putting Kanye West on blast for his new music video for "Famous." She titled the opinion piece, "Peeking From Between My Fingers: some disjointed thoughts on the 'Famous' video"

    Lena wrote, "Like many pop culture addicted Americans, I wait with bated breath for what Kanye West will do next. Aside from his Twitter mayhem, he has created some really 'next level shit' as the kids would say. I could also happily watch Kim Kardashian West chip the paint off a window ledge for hours and be fascinated. I admire that whole family, love the way they depict women as better in numbers and masters of their own destiny. I'd spend all summer at Kamp Kardashian. But it's possible to hold two competing thoughts in your mind and the Famous video is one of the more disturbing 'artistic' efforts in recent memory. Let's break it down: at the same time Brock Turner is getting off with a light tap for raping an unconscious woman and photographing her breasts for a group chat...as assaults are Periscoped across the web and girls commit suicide after being exposed in ways they never imagined...while Bill Cosby's crimes are still being uncovered and understood as traumas for the women he assaulted but also massive bruises to our national consciousness...now I have to see the prone, unconscious, waxy bodies of famous women, twisted like they've been drugged and chucked aside at a rager? It gives me such a sickening sense of dis-ease." She goes on to write, "I'm sure that Bill Cosby doll being in the bed alongside Donald Trump is some kind of statement, that I'm probably being trolled on a super high level. I know that there's a hipper or cooler reaction to have than the one I'm currently having. But guess what? I don't have a hip cool reaction, because seeing a woman I love like Taylor Swift (f*** that one hurt to look at, I couldn't look), a woman I admire like Rihanna or Anna, reduced to a pair of waxy breasts made by some special effects guy in the Valley, it makes me feel sad and unsafe and worried for the teenage girls who watch this and may not understand that grainy roving camera as the stuff of snuff films. I hesitated a lot about saying anything cuz I figured the think pieces would come pouring in. But I didn't see this angle being explored as much as I had hoped. It's weird to feel like you're watching alone. I bet I'm not. Here's the thing, Kanye: you're cool. Make a statement on fame and privacy and the Illuminati or whatever is on your mind! But I can't watch it, don't want to watch it, if it feels informed and inspired by the aspects of our culture that make women feel unsafe even in their own beds, in their own bodies."

    • Kanye has not responded to Lena's post.

  • WINONA RYDER REFLECTS ON RELATIONSHIP WITH JOHNNY DEPP

    Winona Ryder has nothing but fond memories of her relationship with Johnny Depp and is finding his current legal situation difficult to swallow.

    The Stranger Things star discussed Johnny with Time saying, "I can only speak from my own experience, which was wildly different than what is being said. He was never, never that way towards me. Never abusive at all towards me. I only know him as a really good, loving, caring guy who is very, very protective of the people that he loves." Winona went on to address the abuse allegations made by Amber Heard saying, "I wasn't there. I don't know what happened. I'm not calling anyone a liar. I'm just saying, it's difficult and upsetting for me to wrap my head around it. Look, it was a long time ago, but we were together for four years, and it was a big relationship for me. Imagine if someone you dated when you were -- I was 17 when I met him -- was accused of that. It's just shocking. I have never seen him be violent toward a person before. It's just hard to picture. The only word I can come up with is unimaginable. You know with certain people you hear something and go, 'I can see that.' But this isn't that. I can only offer my own experience. It's such a serious, horrible thing to be accused of."

    • Johnny and Winona started dating in 1989 and got engaged after only five months. They broke up after three years together.
    • His legal team has maintained his innocence and is accusing Amber of trying to spin the situation to get more money in their divorce.

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