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►  The Aftermath of Fallon’s Famous ‘Trump’ Tousle

It was the hair tousle felt ‘round the world—and it may have helped dethrone Jimmy Fallon from his perch atop of that world, Dave Itzkoff notes for the New York Times. The 42-year-old Fallon, who started hosting NBC’s Tonight Show in 2014, famously drew backlash in September when he palled around with Donald Trump on his show, throwing him “innocuous” questions and mussing his tresses. Itzkoff notes the challenges now facing the “multitalented but apolitical” Fallon, who, with his “down-the-middle” sensibilities, is seeing his competitor Stephen Colbert inch closer in the ratings with his own politically charged Late Show. “I need all the luck I can get,“ he ruefully told a studio audience recently in attendance for one of his rehearsals.

It now seems to have sunk in with the self-proclaimed “people pleaser” that his Trump banter caused problems, and he says his critics had “a right to be mad”—though he insists he reached for Trump’s head almost to “minimize him,“ not “humanize him.“ Fallon adds he was “devastated” about the reaction and that he should’ve talked about it on the air to smooth things over. The Daily Beast reported in March there appeared to be pressure on Fallon to make his show more political, and it notes his recent monologues have been more Trump-centric. Still, Fallon tells Itzkoff he has no far-reaching plans to upend his mission to reach as many viewers as possible with his nuggets of nonpolarizing, humorous “brain candy.“ “I don’t want to be bullied into not being me,“ he says. The entire Times piece HERE , including takes from Jay Leno, Seth Meyers, and Tina Fey on late night’s handling of Trump.


►  Here’s How Many People Wrote to FCC About Colbert

Stephen Colbert’s well-covered joke about Trump, Vladimir Putin, and oral sex has netted more than 5,700 complaints to the FCC since the May 1 episode of The Late Show. Upon request from Politico, the FCC released the first 100 of those complaints, which center on hate speech, indecency, and homophobia and come from both liberals and conservatives. One viewer was thankful their “children, elderly parents, and other loved ones” didn’t hear the joke. Another told the FCC: “It is your job to keep these Leftists from dragging this nation further into the gutter.“ Most of the complaints advocated for a fine against Colbert.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai says they are reviewing the complaints, but that doesn’t mean the complaints have merit. A lawyer tells Politico there’s “zero chance” the FCC brings an obscenity case against Colbert and a “less than zero chance” such a case would be a success. Colbert is also unlikely to face punishment from CBS. Both the late-night host and network chairman Les Moonves joked about the situation during a CBS upfront presentation Wednesday in New York, the Los Angeles Times reports. “There’s only one word to describe this president, and the FCC has asked me not to use it anymore,“ Colbert said following a song-and-dance number. Moonves added The Late Show is very popular with “FCC investigators 18 to 49.“


►  Police Report: Chris Cornell Said ‘I’m Just Tired’

Chris Cornell kept saying “I’m just tired” in his final phone conversation with his wife, according to a police report with more details on the final hour of the Soundgarden frontman’s life. Vicky Cornell, alarmed by how different her husband sounded, called band bodyguard Martin Kirsten, who had to kick in two latched doors before he found the 52-year-old dead on the bathroom floor with “blood running from his mouth and a red exercise band” around his neck, according to a police report seen by the Detroit News. His death was ruled suicide by hanging, but Vicky Cornell says he told her he “had taken an extra Ativan” or two, and she believes the anti-anxiety medication or other substances may have clouded his judgment.

According to TMZ, Cornell used a piece of climbing equipment to secure the exercise band to the bathroom door at his suite in the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit. Less than an hour earlier, the band had played a sold-out show in front of 5,000 fans. Soundgarden had been scheduled to play the Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio Friday night, Pitchfork reports. Instead, artists including Bush and Live paid tribute to Cornell by covering songs by his bands Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog. Rolling Stone reports that Rage Against the Machine co-founder Tom Morello paid tribute to his former Audioslave bandmate with a moving poem, which can be seen in full HERE .


►  Beyonce, Jay Z celebrate twins at star-studded baby shower

Beyonce and Jay Z have celebrated the impending birth of their twins with a star-studded baby shower

A picture posted on the singer’s Instagram account Sunday shows Beyonce in a bikini top and highlighting her pregnancy with an intricate design painted on her belly. A note on the photos show “The Carter Push Party” took place on Saturday. Jay Z’s real name is Shawn Carter.

Beyonce’s mother, Tina Lawson, shared photos and videos from the party on Instagram . Some of the guests at the gathering included Serena Williams, who’s also pregnant, and La La Anthony. Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams from Beyonce’s days with Destiny’s Child were also in attendance.

Beyonce and Jay Z have a 5-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy.


►  James Bond Actor Roger Moore Dead at 89

Actor Roger Moore, most famous for his starring role as James Bond in seven 007 flicks, has died at age 89. “With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today,“ said his family in a statement. It added that he died in Switzerland after a short battle with cancer, though no other details were provided. Among the Bond films in which he starred were Live and Let Die and the Spy Who Loved Me, notes the BBC. Moore starred as Bond longer than any actor so far, a 12-year stretch from 1973 to 1985. The Guardian remembers him as “the epitome of the suave English gent, quipping sweatlessly in a bespoke three-piece suit.“ (See some of those quips in this video.)

Moore, however, had a long career beyond Bond, including roles in the hit TV shows The Saint and The Persuaders. He also was known for his humanitarian work, becoming a UNICEF goodwill ambassador in 1991. Moore received a knighthood for his charity work in 2003, thus becoming Sir Roger Moore. The Hollywood Reporter says Moore’s Bond was “more of a charmer than a fighter,“ especially in contrast to the original Sean Connery take. And it seems Moore agreed with that: “My personality is entirely different than previous Bonds,“ he once said. “I’m not that cold-blooded killer type. Which is why I play it mostly for laughs.“


►  Fox News Retracts Story, Sean Hannity Doubles Down

Last July, 27-year-old Seth Rich was shot and killed near his home in Washington DC. On Tuesday, Fox News retracted a recent story positing the Democratic National Committee employee was murdered because he was acting as a WikiLeaks informant, the New York Times reports. Fox News states the story didn’t meet the “high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting.“ The story was based on an interview with Rod Wheeler, a private investigator (and Fox News regular), who claimed there was evidence proving Rich’s involvement with WikiLeaks. According to the Daily Beast, Wheeler took back that claim after getting a cease-and-desist letter from Rich’s family. No evidence to support the theory has been put forward, and police believe Rich was killed in a botched robbery.

Fox News’ retraction hasn’t stopped Sean Hannity from pushing a conspiracy theory that Rich was murdered by the Clinton organization for helping WikiLeaks. “I retracted nothing,“ Mediaite quotes Hannity as saying Tuesday on his radio show. Rich’s family has asked Hannity multiple times to stop politicizing their son’s death and discussing the conspiracy theory. His parents even published an op-ed in the Washington Post to that effect. Hannity says he feels “so badly for this family” but he has a “moral obligation” to hunt for the truth that could take down “the entire Russia collusion narrative.“ The Daily Beast says nearly a dozen Fox News employees have called Hannity’s fixation on the conspiracy theory “embarrassing,“ “gross,“ and “unhinged.“


►  Ariana Grande’s Mom Took Fans Backstage After Explosion

When the bomb that killed 22 people during an Ariana Grande concert Monday in Manchester exploded, the singer’s mother was just about to leave her seat in the front row to visit her daughter backstage. Instead, Joan Grande led a group of young fans—perhaps as many as 10—backstage, where she waited with them until it was safe to leave the arena, TMZ reports. ABC News confirmed the account.

Meanwhile outside the arena, a homeless man named Stephen Jones wiped the blood off victims streaming out of the arena, checking for wounds and trying to stop further bleeding. He says he was fleeing the area until he saw injured children in need of help. “We are human, we still have a heart, we still have that instinct to help people out that need help and that’s what we are doing,“ he tells CNN.

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Publishers Weekly best-sellers for week ending May 14, 2017:


HARDCOVER FICTION

1. “Into the Water” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead)

2. “16th Seduction” by by James Petterson and Maxine Paetro (Little, Brown)

3. “Against All Odds” by Danielle Steel (Delacorte)

4. “The Fix” by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)

5. “Golden Prey” by John Sandford (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

6. “The Black Book” by James Patterson and David Ellis (Little, Brown)

7. “A Dog’s Way Home” by W. Bruce Cameron (Forge)

8. “The Thirst” by Jo Nesbo (Knopf)

9. “Since We Fell” by Dennis Lehane (Ecco)

10. “All By Myself, Alone” by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster)

11. “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles (Viking)

12. “Men Without Women” by Haruki Murakami (Knopf)

13. “Anything is Possible” by Elizabeth Strout (Random House)

14. “The Broken Road” by Richard Paul Evans (Simon & Schuster)

15. “The Woman in the Castle” by Jessica Shattuck (William Morrow)


HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. “Option B” by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant (Grand Central Publishing)

2. “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” Neil deGrasse Tyson (Norton)

3. “Make Your Bed” by William H. McRaven (Grand Central Publishing)

4. “Shattered” by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes (Crown)

5. “The Magnolia Story” by Chip and Joanna Gaines (Thomas Nelson)

6. “Democracy” by Condoleezza Rice (Twelve)

7. “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson (HarperOne)

8. “Teammate” by David Ross (Hachette)

9. “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann (Doubleday)

10. “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance (Harper)

11. “The American Spirit” by David McCullough (Simon & Schuster)

12. “This Fight is Our Fight” by Elizabeth Warren (Henry Holt & Co.)

13. “The Operator” by Robert O’Neill (Scribner)

14. “Jesus Always” by Sarah Young (Thomas Nelson)

15. “Jackie’s Girl” by Kathy McKeon (Gallery)


MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS

1. “Night School” by Lee Child (Delacorte)

2. “The Bitter Season” by Tami Hoag (Dutton)

3. “As Time Goes By” by Mary Higgins Clark (Pocket)

4. “The Emperor’s Revenge” by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

5. “Family Tree” by Susan Wiggs (Avon)

6. “Blood Magick” by Nora Roberts (Berkley)

7. “The Obsession” by Nora Roberts (Berkley)

8. “Magic” by Danielle Steel (Dell)

9. “End of Watch” by Stephen King (Pocket)

10. “Extreme Prey” by John Sandford (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

11. “Orchard Valley Grooms” by Debbie Macomber (Mira)

12. “The Kept Woman” by Karin Slaughter (William Morrow)

13. “The Last Mile” by David Baldacci (Vision)

14. “A Dog’s Journey” by W. Bruce Cameron (Forge)

15. “Twelve Dead Men” by William W. Johnstone (Pinnacle)


TRADE PAPERBACKS

1. “The Woman in Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware (Gallery/Scout Press)

2. “Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly (Ballantine)

3. “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr (Scribner)

4. “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s Griffin)

5. “Commonwealth” by Ann Patchet (Harper Perennial)

6. “Hidden Figures” (movie tie-in) by Margot Lee Shetterly (William Morrow)

7. “The Handmaid’s Tale” (TV tie-in) by Margaret Atwood (Anchor)

8. “The Nest” by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney (Ecco)

9. “The Orphan’s Tale” by Pam Jenoff (Mira)

10. “A Dog’s Purpose” (movie tie-in) by W. Bruce Cameron (Forge)

11. “All the Missing Girls” by Megan Miranda (Simon & Schuster)

12. “Confessions of a Domestic Failure” by Bunmi Laditan (Mira)

13. “The Zookeeper’s Wife” (movie tie-in) by Diane Ackerman (Norton)

14. “Detective Cross” James Patterson (BookShots)

15. “Uninvited” by Lysa TerKeurst (Thomas Nelson)

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►  Steve Harvey’s Ex Wants $60M for ‘Soul Murder’

More bad headlines for Steve Harvey. On the heels of him having to explain a memo in which he ordered staffers of his talk show to never approach him comes a whopping lawsuit from an ex-wife. TMZ reports that Mary Harvey filed papers this week seeking $60 million, saying she’s been a physical and emotional wreck since their 2005 divorce. The suit uses a volatile phrase to describe the situation: “soul murder.“

E! Online says the court papers even provide a definition: “Soul murder is achieved by a combination of torture, deprivation, and brainwashing.“ But that’s not all she’s suing over: The suit also lists child endangerment, torture, conspiracy against rights, breach of contract, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Harvey’s camp has not responded publicly.


►  Shkreli, Wu-Tang, the American Dream—All in One Musical

If they can stage off-Broadway musicals for Octomom and Jerry Springer, surely there’s room under the spotlight for “Pharma Bro.“ In what Quartz calls “satire at its strangest,“ a Manhattan theater is staging PharmaBro: An American Douchical through June 18, poking fun at Martin “Most Hated Man in America” Shkreli and his price-gouging of drugs for cancer and HIV patients, complete with such “absurdist plots” as a deceased Wu-Tang Clan member teaming up with Bill Murray to steal back the group’s Once Upon a Time in Shaolin album that Shkreli bought for $2 million in real life.

It’s doubtful the production will win a Tony for best score with lyrics like “I’m Martin f—-ing Shkreli, and you can all go f—- yourselves,“ but the 85-minute musical does touch on more serious issues like corporate greed and what Quartz sees as its vital underlying question: “What, at the core, is the American Dream?“ Shkreli himself is “mildly flattered” about the musical, though he adds he won’t be seeing it because, after all, it’s no Book of Mormon, and ticket prices, in general, are too steep, per MarketWatch. For those who do plan on taking in a performance, the Financial Times has fact-checked the play to make critiquing easier.


►  Depp Willing to Be SNL’s Next Trump

Alec Baldwin has suggested his stint as Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live will be short-lived, but don’t fret: Johnny Depp is willing to take over. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres that aired Thursday, the actor did a short impression of the president before saying he’d be willing to perform as Trump on SNL if Baldwin stepped aside. While he said he’d never seen Baldwin’s impression of Trump, “Alec’s done all of the work, I can just copy him,“ he joked, per the Hill.


►  In One Creepy Way, Twin Peaks Has the Perfect Setting

As the cult ‘90s drama Twin Peaks is set to return to television, fans of the murder mystery can obsess over a new angle: the real-life crimes and mysteries happening in the sleepy fictional town’s filming location. The Guardian has the scoop on the haunting true crimes of Washington state’s Snoqualmie Valley, outside Seattle. That includes an awful triple murder on a stretch of road that would be familiar to the show’s viewers, nine years after the premiere. “I would not want to be quoted as saying it’s a dumping ground,” says a spokeswoman for the King County sheriff’s office. “But we’ve had our fair share of bodies found in the area.“ Other victims in the valley were those of the Green River serial killer. More on the Twin Peaks revival, airing on Showtime Sunday:

  • Laura who? For those who never watched the original series, it centered around the unsolved murder of a homecoming queen, sparking the popular question of the time: “Who killed Laura Palmer?” According to the Moscow Times, legend has it soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev once asked George Bush if he knew the answer. USA Today has a primer on the first two seasons, but spoilers abound.
  • The trailer: Now the series is back with some of its original cast, much to the delight of super fans around the globe. Showtime’s trailer reveals the first new footage of Twin Peaks in 25 long years.
  • Unsolved mysteries: The series ended abruptly in 1991 after being canceled because of low ratings, leaving lots of cliffhangers waiting to be resolved. NME has a list of 18, starting with, “What happened to Cooper?“
  • Series influence: Mark Frost and David Lynch created a mood in Twin Peaks that influenced a bevy of subgenres, writes Noel Murray in the New York Times. He explains how the series paved the way for a diverse range of shows including The Sopranos, Stranger Things, and Girls.
  • Prestige television: With its play on genres and stunning cinematography, Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times takes a look at how Frost and Lynch’s innovative take on television sparked an artistic movement on the small screen.
  • And then there’s the music: “Every time that intro comes on, I think, ‘Should I fast-forward? I’ve just heard it five times earlier that same day.‘ But I always let it play, because it does a magical and perfect job of establishing the set dressing of this place.“ So says Trent Reznor, via NPR’s interview with the show’s composer, Angelo Badalamenti.
  • Cooper’s cup: an investigation: What exactly makes up a “damn fine cup of coffee?” The Eater does a fun deep dive into fictional character Dale Cooper, Twin Peaks’ quirky FBI agent, and reaches a bold conclusion: He “doesn’t care about the coffee.“
  • Catching up: If you want to catch up on seasons one and two, CBS, Showtime, Hulu for Showtime, and Netfix have them, for a price.
  • 10 best episodes: No time to binge-watch all 30 episodes? Check out Twin Peaks’ 10 best, ranked by Collider.


►  Alien: Covenant’ edges ‘Guardians’ at weekend box office

“Alien: Covenant” edged out “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” in a weekend space battle at the box office.

Ridley Scott’s latest “Alien” exploit opened with $36 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. “Guardians” was close behind with just over $35 million in its third week of release.

“You couldn’t get two outer-space operas that are more different in terms of point-of-view and execution,“ said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for ComScore.

Fox’s “Alien: Covenant” is a dark, R-rated scare-fest about slimy, parasitic space monsters; Disney’s “Guardians” is a sweet, family-centered romp across the cosmos.

“‘Alien’ is sort of the dark side,“ Dergarabedian said. “It’s the R-rated yin to ‘Guardians’ PG-13-rated, fun yang.“

Two other new releases landed in the top five. Warner Bros.‘ teen romance “Everything, Everything” debuted in third place with $12 million, and Fox’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul,“ opened in fifth with $7.2 million.

“Snatched,“ Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn’s R-rated comedy from Fox, fell to fourth place in its second week of release with $7.6 million.

“Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” provided a solid launch to the summer movie season with more than $300 million in domestic ticket sales so far, Dergarabedian said, though overall grosses are running about 10 percent behind last summer’s totals.

Still, May is following a typical pattern, he said. Marvel movies kick off the month, which ends with Memorial Day tent poles like next weekend’s “Baywatch” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.“

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.


►  Ringling Bros. owner: Final shows are ‘a celebration’

As the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performed its second-to-last show Sunday afternoon, a group of retired and former circus performers sat across the street at a hotel bar, laughing and hugging and sharing memories of tours past.

“There’s a lot of mixed emotions, said Rev. George “Jerry” Hogan, Ringling’s circus chaplain. “It’s a reunion, but it’s bittersweet. I’m seeing people I haven’t seen in years.“

Known as Father Jerry, the Catholic chaplain waved at a group of clowns at the bar. Nearly all of the folks at the bar said they were headed to the final 7 p.m. performance, but first, they needed a trip down memory lane with people who were, and always will be, part of a unique family.

“It’s 146 years of tradition, older than American baseball,“ said David Gregg, a clown from Hollywood, Florida. “This was one of the last nomadic tribes running around the country.“

The circus has wowed crowds for decades with its “Greatest Show on Earth,“ and is taking its final bow Sunday evening.

The final performance is at the Nassau County Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of New York City.

Ringling’s parent company, Feld Entertainment, announced in January it would close the show, citing declining attendance and high operating costs.

Kenneth Feld called Sunday’s final shows “a celebration.“

Feld said Sunday that while he is melancholy about closing the production, he feels the performers are energized to “go out on top.“

“We all have to embrace change,“ he said. “But there is a love for the circus that will never die. Our family has given a half century of life to something that would have ended 50 years ago.“

Feld’s father and uncle bought the circus in 1967. It was sold to Mattel in 1971, but the Feld family continued to manage the shows. The Felds bought the circus back in 1982.

Over the years, animal rights activists had targeted the circus, saying that forcing animals to perform and transporting them around the country amounted to abuse. And in May 2016, the company removed elephants from its shows, but ticket sales continued to decline.

Bello Nock, who is often called “The World’s Greatest Daredevil,“ says it’s emotional to see the final shows.

Nock, who has a signature shock of two-foot-tall blond hair, performed with the Ringling circus from 2000-2008, spoke Sunday just before the second-to-last ever circus show. His parents met at the Ringling circus in 1954 and said the show inspired generations of performers.

“Every single circus in America used Ringling Brothers as their compass,“ he said.

Once a mainstay of entertainment in small towns and big cities across the country, Ringling had two touring circuses this season, one of which ended its run earlier this month in Providence, Rhode Island . That show was the more traditional, three-ring circus, while the one performing this weekend has a narrative storyline. Called “Out of This World,“ it’s set in futuristic outer space, with Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson narrating in his signature baritone.

It’s an arena show, with an extravaganza of big cats, motorcycle stunts, clowns performing death-defying tricks, ice skaters and Mongolian contortionists — and that’s just the first half. The second half includes more aerialists, hoop divers, basketball players in unicycles and an act that the circus staff calls “The Fuzzies,“ featuring dogs, pigs, llamas and goats.

There are mild explosions and flashing lights. It’s a sensory overload, but one that captivates the little ones, as does the giant, branded boxes of popcorn and the snow cones in big cat mugs.

In the end, though, Feld executives said they knew the circus couldn’t compete with iPhones, the internet, video games and massively branded and carefully marketed characters. Their other productions — Frozen on Ice, Marvel Live, Supercross, Monster Trucks, Disney on Ice — resonate better with younger generations.

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►  Soundgarden Singer Chris Cornell Dead at 52

Rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died at age 52, according to his representative. Cornell, who had been on tour, died Wednesday night in Detroit, Brian Bumbery said in a statement to the AP. Bumbery called the death “sudden and unexpected” and said the singer’s wife and family were shocked by it. The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy. With his powerful, nearly four-octave vocal range, Cornell was one of the leading voices of the 1990s grunge movement with Soundgarden, which emerged as one of the biggest bands out of Seattle’s music scene.

Formed in 1984 by Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto, Soundgarden’s third studio album, Badmotorfinger, in 1991 spawned enormously popular singles “Jesus Christ Pose,“ ‘’Rusty Cage,“ and “Outshined.“ Soundgarden disbanded in 1997 due to tensions in the band, and Cornell pursued a solo career. In 2001, he joined Audioslave, a supergroup that included former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, and Tim Commerford. Audioslave disbanded in 2007, but Cornell and Soundgarden reunited in 2012 and released the band’s sixth studio album, King Animal, the same year. At the time of his death, Soundgarden was on an 18-date US tour.


►  Chris Cornell’s Last Song Was One About Death

The death of Chris Cornell, frontman of legendary ‘90s grunge band Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has been ruled “hanging by suicide,“ reports the Detroit News. The 52-year-old was found in his hotel room hours after a sold-out performance in Detroit when his wife, Vicky Karayiannis, asked a friend to check on him. He was discovered on the bathroom floor in his room at the MGM Grand Detroit, “with a band around his neck,“ a police department employee tells the Detroit Free Press. The medical examiner issued the suicide determination Thursday afternoon. More coverage related to his death:

  • Final song: According to CNN, the last song Cornell played was about death, a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time of Dying.“ Opening line: “In my time of dying, I want nobody to mourn.“ Meanwhile, fans are posting clips from Cornell’s last show, including a full rendition of Soundgarden’s hit, “Spoonman.“ Check out People for more footage.
  • Last tweet: Cornell wasn’t an especially active Twitter user, mostly retweeting posts to his 1.9 million followers. But Gizmodo notes that he posted an enthusiastic tweet ahead of show. “Finally back to Rock City!!!!“ it read, with a photo of Detroit’s Fox Theatre’s marquee.
  • Cornell’s legacy: “He was a rock god in every sense.” The Daily Beast’s tribute to Cornell remembers the musician for his powerful voice and pioneering role in Seattle’s grunge movement.
  • Musicians react: “A shining voice in music has left us in the midnight. He was a complex and gentle soul #ChrisCornell has flown into the black hole sun,“ wrote Perry Farrell on Twitter. Billboard has a rundown of tweets from artists paying their respects, from Gavin Rossdale to Jimmy Page and Billy Joel.
  • 15 ‘essential’ songs: Rolling Stone has a rundown of Cornell’s 15 greatest moments in music throughout his career, including songs from Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave.
  • Lyrical mystery: Among Cornell’s top songs is “Black Hole Sun,“ the runaway hit that won Soundgarden an MTV Music Award in 1994. While it was widely covered, with over 50 versions on Spotify, the BBC reports that Cornell didn’t quite know what the song was about: “I was just sucked in by the music and I was painting a picture with the lyrics. There was no real idea to get across.“
  • Interview in his heyday: Check out a 1994 interview in Rolling Stone in which Cornell talks about being a “daily drug user” at age 13—before quitting at age 14.
  • Cornell and his wife had two kids, per Heavy.com.


►  CW to reboot ‘Dynasty,’ ’80s prime-time soap opera, in fall

“Dynasty” is returning to TV, nearly 30 years after the prime-time soap opera aired its last hair-pulling fight.

The rebooted drama will be one of four new series joining the CW’s schedule in the 2017-18 season, the network said Thursday.

The “Dynasty” remake will put a fresh twist on the show for a new generation of viewers and has the blessing of the original drama’s creators, Esther and Richard Alan Shapiro, said CW President Mark Pedowitz.

“To us it was a no-brainer,“ he told a teleconference. The network is open to including cast members from the 1980s ABC series but it’s up to the new show’s producers, Pedowitz said.

Joan Collins and Linda Evans starred as dueling and fabulously wealthy divas. Other original co-stars included Diahann Carroll and Heather Locklear.

CW’s “Dynasty” will debut in the fall, along with the freshman military drama “Valor.“ Midseason additions to the CW lineup will include the comedy “Life Sentence” and the DC Comics-based “Black Lightning.“

Two freshman shows from last season, “No Tomorrow” and “Frequency,“ were canceled. It was previously announced that “The Vampire Diaries” and “Reign” were wrapping their runs this season.

In a schedule change, “Jane the Virgin” will move to 9 p.m. EDT on Friday, following “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.“

The CW touted its mix of dramas, action shows and comedies as offering something for everyone, but the schedule is heavy on superhero series, including returning shows “The Flash,“ ‘'DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” and “Supergirl.“

With other networks getting into the comic book-based series, including ABC’s new “Marvel’s Inhumans,“ Pedowitz was asked if TV is overdoing it with the genre.

“This programming will last as long as people want to watch it,“ he said. “It’s lasted my whole lifetime, so it will keep going.“

CW’s presentation concluded the broadcasting networks’ presentations to advertisers this week of their upcoming schedules. They included several “Dynasty”-type reboots, among them a new “Roseanne” and “S.W.A.T.“


►  Netflix announces 5th season of ‘Arrested Development’

Netflix says the cast of “Arrested Development” has signed on for a fifth season of the comedy that will return to the streaming service next year.

Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Will Arnett and the rest of the series regulars will reprise their roles in the show that follows the Bluth family. Series creator Mitchell Hurwitz is also on board.

Hurwitz says he’s “grateful” to Netflix and Fox “for making this dream of mine come true.“

“Arrested Development” ran on Fox for three seasons from 2003 to 2006 before being canceled. Netflix brought the show back for a fourth season in 2013.


►  Bobby Moynihan leaving ‘Saturday Night Live’ for CBS sitcom

Bobby Moynihan will leave “Saturday Night Live” following this weekend’s season finale after nine seasons on the NBC show.

Deadline.com reports Moynihan is bowing out after CBS picked up the pilot for “Me, Myself & I,“ a sitcom starring Moynihan and John Larroquette.

Moynihan is the second-longest tenured member of the “SNL” cast behind Keenan Thompson. His best known recurring character is Drunk Uncle, who shows up to tell stories on the show’s “Weekend Update” segment.

Moynihan has also voiced characters in the animated films “The Secret Life of Pets,“ ‘'Inside Out” and “Monsters University.“


►  Reporter: I Approached FCC Official, Was Pinned to Wall

A veteran reporter says he was “manhandled” by two security guards at an FCC public hearing Thursday in DC after he attempted to ask a follow-up question. CQ Roll Call senior writer John Donnelly says that plainclothes security detail pinned him against the wall with their backs after he approached FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly to ask him a question, reports Time. The National Press Club issued a statement on the incident, saying Donnelly was shadowed by security throughout the event, even posting outside a bathroom he entered. After cornering Donnelly, the guards inquired why he didn’t ask his question during the press conference while O’Rielly was at the podium. Donnelly was then made to leave the building “under implied threat of force.“

“I could not have been less threatening or more polite,“ Donnelly says. “There is no justification for using force in such a situation.“ The NPC statement notes that while officials don’t have to answer, “reporters can ask questions in any area of a public building that is not marked off as restricted to them.“ The Washington Post adds it’s “standard practice” to approach officials after a news conference. The FCC issued an apology to Donnelly, stating the agency was under high alert due to unspecified threats at the time; the meeting covered contentious topics like net neutrality regulations. O’Rielly responded apologetically to tweets from Donnelly about the incident, saying he didn’t recognize him in the hallway or see the guards touch him, and that he was “freezing and starving” at the time and was happy to answer Donnelly’s questions.


►  What Killed Roger Ailes, per O’Reilly: ‘Hatred’

To ex-Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, the late Roger Ailes was a “force of nature with an agenda,“ he writes in a tribute to his former boss in USA Today. O’Reilly explains Ailes’ ultimate goal—to “infuse America with traditional philosophy and see to it that conservatives like him were heard loud and clear”—and his achievement of it, most notably by founding Fox News. O’Reilly paints the channel as an underdog startup that was derided by the liberal establishment, especially CNN’s Ted Turner, only to find quick success. O’Reilly recalls his own early days on the network, where he was given free rein to be “fair and tough,“ with Ailes always publicly defending him “when stuff hit the fan”—even if in private Ailes razzed him. “He was genuine, charismatic, profane, generous, and sincere in his beliefs,“ O’Reilly writes.

Ailes was also fiercely protective of those who were honest with him, with O’Reilly noting he saw his boss “literally save people from destruction” at Fox. He says a “vast majority” of people at the network were sad when Ailes left last summer in the wake of sexual harassment allegations, adding Ailes himself was “stunned and never really recovered.“ In fact, the vitriol against Ailes, even on the day of his death, is a product of what O’Reilly deems “a rough age,“ where technology is threatening to “[turn] us into a nation where hatred is almost celebrated in some quarters.“ And that’s what he think did his mentor in. “Roger Ailes experienced that hatred and it killed him,“ O’Reilly writes. “That is the truth.“ His full piece is HERE .


►  Chris Cornell’s Wife Points to Prescription Drug

Despite a preliminary autopsy report claiming “suicide by hanging,“ Chris Cornell’s wife says the rocker’s death may have been accidental. Vicky Cornell says the Soundgarden frontman had a prescription for anti-anxiety medication Ativan, and told her “he may have taken an extra Ativan or two” when she spoke to him Wednesday after a sold-out concert at Detroit’s Fox Theater. He “was slurring his words; he was different,“ she says, per Variety. The family’s lawyer, Kirk Pasich, adds a higher than usual dose of Ativan, which is also used as a sleep aid and to treat drug withdrawal, could have led to slurred speech, impaired judgment, and paranoid or suicidal thoughts.

It was Vicky who asked security to check on Cornell after she spoke with him; he was found dead in his room at the MGM Grand Detroit at 12:05am. Police say he was discovered with “a band around his neck.“ But “I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life,“ says Vicky. Adds Pasich, “The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing,“ per People. “Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris—or if any substances contributed to his demise.“ The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office said Thursday that “a full autopsy report has not yet been completed,“ per the AP.


►  Anderson Cooper Is Sorry for That Trump Poop Joke

More like Anderson Pooper. Variety reports Anderson Cooper has apologized for using a bit of bathroom humor while interviewing Jeffrey Lord Friday on CNN. Lord, a CNN contributor and Trump supporter, was defending the president calling former FBI director James Comey a “nut job.“ Anderson, arguing there wasn’t anything Trump could do that Lord wouldn’t defend, said: “If [Trump] took a dump on his desk, you would defend it.“ He then went on to commend Lord for his loyalty.

While Lord initially laughed at the line, Cooper later apologized on Twitter, USA Today reports. The CNN anchor tweeted he’s “genuinely sorry” about the joke, calling it “unprofessional.“ For those interested, Lord drew Cooper’s ire when he suggested it was “perfectly within” Trump’s rights to call Comey a nut job because “he’s the president of the United States; he can say what he wants,“ according to the Washington Post. This isn’t the first time Cooper has been in the news instead of reporting it. His recent eye roll at Kellyanne Conway earned him accusations of sexism from conservatives.


►  ‘Roadkill’ cookbook author publishes again 25 years later

After a quarter-century absence, a West Virginia author has published another tongue-in-cheek book on roadkill cooking.

Jeff Eberbaugh of Elizabeth self-published “Volume III Hillbilly Style Roadkill Cooking - ‘It’s Not for Breakfast Anymore’” in April.

Much of the book includes humorous poems written by Eberbaugh, who doesn’t eat roadkill and doesn’t suggest anyone does. The book does include more than two dozen wild game recipes.

His first roadkill book was published in 1991. He released a second book a year later. He says more than 275,000 copies of his books have been sold.

Eberbaugh says his schedule as a registered nurse allows him time to distribute and market the book. He says he’s attended outdoor shows and other venues across the country.

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