Another day, another revelation of something surpassingly strange that Bob Dylan almost did once. Yesterday it was the album he tried to make with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in 1969, and today it’s the surrealist slapstick comedy series he pitched to HBO in the 90s. Larry Charles, a writer and director best known for his work on Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, told a podcast that before he made the 2003 movie Masked and Anonymous (2003) with Dylan, the musician—who was “deeply into Jerry Lewis,” says Charles—worked with Charles to create a pitch for a comedy series in which Dylan would play a central, Buster-Keaton-like straight role as chaos erupted around him. (That’s actually a fair description of Masked and Anonymous, though no one would call that film a “slapstick comedy.”) HBO agreed to make the series, but immediately after the successful pitch meeting, Dylan decided he wasn’t into it any more. (Rolling Stone)
Bob Geldof is remaking his star-studded 1984 charity hit “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” for a third time—this time to fight ebola—with Bono, One Direction, Ellie Goulding, Sinéad O’Connor, Bastille, Elbow, and Sam Smith on board. Geldof also told the Hollywood Reporter that Quincy Jones is working on “a similar project.” Whatever that means, it’s worth noting that Jones’s “We Are the World” turns 30 next year.
After “darting into traffic” on Friday, a woman was injured when a VW struck her at the intersection made famous on the cover of the Beatles‘ album Abbey Road. The accident has spurred renewed calls for a crossing guard at the intersection. (Billboard)
Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of the Cranberries, was arrested in her native Ireland on Monday morning after allegedly attacking a stewardess and a police officer on a flight from New York. Though Billboard doesn’t report the reason for O’Riordan’s behavior, it notes that “the 43-year-old alt-rock frontwoman allegedly first attacked a stewardess on board—fracturing one of her feet—and later head-butted a police officer after landing.”
The latest musician to chime in on U2‘s still controversial forced giveaway of their new album is Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who said people’s experience of the album was so marred by the release strategy, Songs of Innocence “just kinda sounds like a fart any way you listen to it.” (Consequence of Sound)
The Rolling Stones have filed a $12.7 million insurance claim to recoup losses they suffered due to the postponement of an Australian tour after the death of Mick Jagger‘s girlfriend L’Wren Scott. Their insurers aren’t just going to sign a check, though: they’ve opened an investigation of Scott’s mental health, and have gained legal permission to gather testimony and evidence from Scott’s brother. After Scott’s death, Jagger was diagnosed with “acute traumatic stress disorder.” (Billboard)
Taylor Swift released a new video. ‘Nuff said.
Nicki Minaj released a new animated lyric video for her song “Only,” and the clip was immediately criticized for its use of Nazi imagery, putting Minaj in the role of Hitler in a seeming take on Triumph of the Will. (Consequence of Sound) Minaj apologized to anyone who was offended, saying “I’d never condone Nazism in my art.” (Sterogum)
Inspired by comments that Russell Brand’s rants during television interviews sound like the narration from Blur‘s “Parklife” (originally voiced by actor Phil Daniels), Brand teamed up with the Rubberbandits to put together a “Parklife” parody video that features Brand ranting about topical issues. (Nova.ie)
A Los Angeles judge ordered Justin Bieber to pay $80,900 to repair damage to a neighbor’s home that Bieber egged. That’s either a really nice house or a lot of eggs. Probably both. (Billboard)
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