- The creator of the HBO series Rome wants to film a movie to wrap up the series. — The Hollywood Reporter
- The English-language version of Hayao Miyazaki's animated Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea will feature a voice cast that includes Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Cate Blanchett, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin, Betty White and others. — ComingSoon
- Director Gabriele Muccino is planning a sequel to his romance L'Ultimo Bacio (The Last Kiss, which spawned an American remake starring Zach Braff and Rachel Bilson) with the original cast. — Variety
- Rosie O'Donnell says there won't be any more episodes of Rosie Live. — TV Guide
- T.I. is back at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with "Live Your Life," just barely beating out two Beyonce songs. — Billboard
- Steve Buscemi is in talks with HBO about starring in its drama pilot Boardwalk Empire. — Zap2It
- The lawyer for Guns N' Roses and Axl Rose has castigated Dr Pepper, accusing the soda maker of failing to deliver on its promotion to offer free soda in celebration of the band's album Chinese Democracy, though Guns N' Roses was never involved in the campaign. — Billboard
- The building made famous as the Slough branch in the UK version of The Office has been rocked by a chemical explosion and fire, but nobody has been injured. —The Sun
After a long wait — at least one reviewer has compared it to waiting for a unicorn — Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy officially hit stores over the weekend. Now comes the flurry of reviews, purchases, and people signing up for their free Dr Pepper (hurry — that part only works till 6 p.m. EST today!). All of this leads to my question: Do you care about Chinese Democracy?
Update: Dr Pepper is extending its promotional offer through 6 p.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 24.
Earlier this year, Dr Pepper announced that it would be giving a free soda to "everyone in America" Guns N' Roses album Chinese Democracy, 17 years in the works, arrived anytime in 2008. This Sunday, Nov. 23, the agonizing wait will finally be over, and the people will have their Chinese Democracy — as well as a free Dr Pepper.
Dr Pepper has been behind the efforts of lead singer Axl Rose from the beginning. “We never thought this day would come," said Tony Jacobs, Dr Pepper's vice president of marketing, "but now that it's here, all we can say is: The Dr Pepper's on us."
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Listen Up: First Guns N' Roses Single in Nearly 10 Years The next album by Guns N' Roses, Chinese Democracy, has been a long time coming. Like, recording started in 1994 kind of "long time." Dr Pepper even made the bold offer to hand out a free can of soda "to 'everyone in America' (excluding ex-GNR members Slash and Buckethead)" if the album is released within the 2008 calendar year.
The next album by Guns N' Roses, Chinese Democracy, has been a long time coming. Like, recording started in 1994 kind of "long time." Dr Pepper even made the bold offer to hand out a free can of soda "to 'everyone in America' (excluding ex-GNR members Slash and Buckethead)" if the album is released within the 2008 calendar year. Today we may be one step closer to that free can of fizzy goodness: the first official single off Chinese Democracy has hit the airwaves.
We can't download it just yet — the track has been released for radio play only — but you can go here to listen. I wasn't sure I was such a fan when I took a first spin-through, but it's really growing on me. It takes a long time building up, which is annoying, but once it's really running along, it's fun to listen to. It's nowhere near the greatness of classic GNR (you know, "Paradise City," "Sweet Child o' Mine," "Welcome to the Jungle"), but for the modern age, I can definitely see myself not changing the channel when this driving rock song plays on the radio.
What do you think? Is Axl back?
- Naomi Campbell plead guilty in London today to assaulting police officers at Heathrow Airport in April, and was sentenced to 200 hours of community service. — PopSugar UK
- 25 celebrities will receive stars on the Walk of Fame this year, including Cameron Diaz, Hugh Jackman, Robert Downey Jr., and Tinkerbell, among others. — AP
- Christie Brinkley went to the New York Supreme Court yesterday in an effort to make the divorce with her ex-husband Peter Cook public, because she is upset at him for his alleged affair with his 18-year-old assistant. — Access Hollywood
- Amy Winehouse remains hospitalized after her fainting spell and awaits further tests, although she has been cleared of tuberculosis. She still hopes to perform for Nelson Mandela's birthday celebration. — People
- Songs from Guns N' Roses' top secret and 14 years coming Chinese Democracy album leaked online this week, although they have since been pulled by the band's lawyers. — E! Online
- Rob Lowe's nanny had two of her claims thrown out in court yesterday, although he continues to face charges for sexual harassment. — TMZ
When I think of the songs that would make up the soundtrack of my life, this is most definitely one of them. Yes, it's one of the most played out karaoke songs but, I'm sorry, you can never play this song out. It's a rock n' roll romance masterpiece. All this wedding talk and I wanted to shake things up with a song that manages to be both sweet and saucy. Axl wrote the song about then wife Erin Everly (lucky b*tch) and it jolted everybody. It was — still is — an international hit. The video is classic GNR with snippets of the band performing and hanging out; and Axl exhibiting his snakey swagger we all know and love. Here's to love and rock 'n' roll!
The Random News Item of the Day title goes to this little tidbit from Billboard:
Many have tried, but so far nobody has been able to pry the decade-in-the-works Guns N' Roses album Chinese Democracy from the hands of lone remaining original member Axl Rose.
Now, Dr Pepper thinks it's up to the challenge. The soft drink company says it will give a free can of Dr Pepper to "everyone in America" (excluding ex-GNR members Slash and Buckethead) if Chinese Democracy arrives anytime during the calendar year 2008.
You might be wondering, as I was, "Huh? Why Dr. Pepper?" By way of hilarious explanation, Dr Pepper director of marketing Jaxie Alt patiently breaks it down:
It took a little patience to perfect Dr Pepper's special mix of 23 ingredients, which our fans have come to know and love. So we completely understand and empathize with Axl's quest for perfection — for something more than the average album. We know once it's released, people will refer to it as "Dr Pepper for the ears" because it will be such a refreshing blend of rich, bold sounds — an instant classic.
See, Axl? They get you. "Dr Pepper for the ears"! Now give us the dang album.
A schoolteacher was working after hours and thought she was the last person in the building. Imagine her surprise when she heard, "You're in the jungle baby. You're gonna die!" over the loudspeaker. Not much of a Guns n' Roses fan, she took the death threat seriously. Six troopers and three police dogs later, they all discovered that the school custodian was having a karaoke moment with a couple of buddies — just partying like rock stars, you know? To read more, click here.
Finish this lyric from the Guns 'n Roses song "November Rain":
"Everybody needs some time... on their own.
Don't you know you need some time _____ _____."