Michael Stipe has put an end to any suggestions R.E.M. could reunite, insisting that the band’s break-up ten years ago was permanent.

During an interview with radio station WNYC to discuss the new Velvet Underground tribute compilation, Stipe responded to a 2019 Rolling Stone article that speculated over the likelihood of R.E.M. reforming, describing it as “wishful thinking at best”.

“We will never reunite. We decided when we split up that that would just be really tacky and probably money-grabbing, which might be the impetus for a lot of bands to get back together. We don’t really need that, and I’m really happy that we just have the legacy of the 32 years of work that we have,” he told All Of It host Alison Stewart.

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Willie Garson "Sex And The City"

Roommates, according to reports “Sex And The City” actor Willie Garson, known to the show’s fans as character “Stanford Blatch,” has sadly passed away at the age of 57. Willie Garson’s son Nathen, shared the news of his father’s passing on social media—at press time, no cause of death has been released.

Willie Garson had a long career in both television and film, however he is most widely known and loved for his popular character “Stanford Blatch” on “Sex And The City,” who was the best friend to Sarah Jessica Parker’s “Carrie Bradshaw.” The character had appeared since the show’s very first season, both feature films and Willie Garson was also recently shooting for the upcoming “Sex And The City” reboot “And Just Like That…”

 

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His son Nathen wrote the following message about his father … Read more

The battle between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie continues. Pitt’s company, Mondo Bongo, has sued Jolie’s company, Nouvel, claiming that she is trying to cut him out of a money-making deal to offload her shares in Chateau Miraval. ET has reached out to Jolie’s team for comment.

Court documents filed in Luxembourg and obtained by ET on Tuesday state that Mondo Bongo is suing Nouvel to annul a transfer of Quimicum shares from Mondo Bongo to Nouvel.

Quimicum is the company that owns and controls Chateau Miraval, the former couple’s estate and winery in France worth $164 million, the docs claim. When Pitt and Jolie originally purchased shares in Quimicum back in 2008, the ownership was split 60-40, with Mondo Bongo as a majority shareholder. According to the court docs, in 2013, Pitt agreed to have Mondo Bongo transfer some of its shares to Nouvel, which evened their stakes in … Read more

Courtney Barnett has acknowledged similarities between the recently released music video for her single ‘Before You Gotta Go’ and fellow Melbourne act Quivers’ clip for ‘You’re Not Always On My Mind’.

Both music videos feature the respective musicians heading out into the field and recording audio samples from the natural world. Additionally, the lyric from Barnett’s song, “You’re always on my mind”, is similar to the title of the Quivers song.

Quivers’ video, directed by Nina Renee, was filmed on the island of Toarra-Marra-Monah (also known as Maria Island in Tasmania), as well as Woiwurrung and Boon Wurrung country (Melbourne).

Barnett’s video, directed by Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore and released a year and half later, was also filmed on Woiwurrung and Boon Wurrung country, in addition to unceded Indigenous land in Aotearoa (New Zealand).

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COVID-19 Mu variant

COVID-19 Mu variant

Roommates, according to new findings from medical experts, COVID-19 has now claimed the lives of as many Americans as the Spanish Flu did back in 1918 and 1919, with the number now totaling a staggering 675,000.

The COVID-19 pandemic is sadly proving every day that it isn’t fading away as quickly as we would like it to—but based on the new medical findings by health experts, the death toll it has caused is worse than many initially realized.

An estimated 675,000 people have now died due to COVID-19, which is around the same number of those who died because of the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918 and 1919. Although the U.S. population was only one-third of what it is today, resulting in the Spanish Flu claiming more lives, for COVID-19 to be this close to those numbers demonstrates just how deadly it is in a short period of time.

Even … Read more