How did Macaulay Culkin spend the holidays? Hanging out in Owatonna, Minn. with his good friend Har Mar Superstar. The Owatonna People’s Press has an amazing photo of the Home Alone star hanging out in front of the Christmas tree with Har Mar — a.k.a. Sean Tillmann — and his parents and brother. Har Mar also shared the photo on Instagram, along with a shot of Culkin eating Heggie’s pizza at Reggie’s Brewhouse with Har Mar’s brother Patrick Tillmann and Owatonna-born writer Erik Kenward (Saturday Night Live, Veep). “It was just like having another son in the house,” said Har Mar’s mother Mary Kaye Tillmann about hosting Culkin. In 2014, Har Mar toured with Culkin’s band the Pizza Underground, complete with onstage lip-locks at nearly every show.
On Instagram, Courtney Love shared a tribute to her late husband Kurt Cobain. Posting a photo of the couple with their then-infant daughter Frances Bean Cobain wearing a Santa suit, Love wrote, “That Christmas moment in everyones lives that you never forget, the one that makes you feel on top of the world, where the greatest gifts are the loved ones you shared that moment with. Well this is mine, I’m grateful to have ever experienced that moment.” (Rolling Stone)
Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister has died of a sudden, aggressive cancer at age 70. “We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness,” wrote his bandmates on Facebook. “There aren’t words.” (Local Current)
The Today Show was given a look inside Neverland Ranch, the longtime home of Michael Jackson. Most of Jackson’s most idiosyncratic attractions are gone, but the property still has a train and a 50-seat movie theater. It’s now for sale for $100 million. Watch the Today Show segment on Billboard.
Gladys Knight has paid tribute to her bandmate William Guest, who died last week at age 74. “From day one, when the Pips were formed,” said Knight in a statement, “we were two Road Warriors, succeeding against the odds of the show business.” (Billboard)
With piracy of music and movies rampant, Russia is clamping down by blocking its 15 most popular torrent sites. Russia “needs to develop a culture of legal consumption of premium content among citizens,” says the head of the agency regulating Russia’s telecom and media industries. (Billboard)
Will Apple’s streaming radio station Beats 1 have company? Nothing has been announced, but the company has moved to secure copyright for the names “Beats 2,” “Beats 3,” “Beats 4,” and “Beats 5.” (Billboard)
This Christmas, Stevie Wonder‘s nephew taught the music legend how to do the Dab — the viral dance craze spawned by the Atlanta hip-hop trio Migos. Watch Wonder Dab at Billboard.
Fans of the Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer who believed their idols to not be living stereotypical rock-star lives have been shocked by a Rolling Stone cover story that describes the band’s four young members drinking and confessing to promiscuity. (Fuse.tv)
— maria sherman (@mariasherm) December 28, 2015