John Mahoney, ‘Frasier’ Actor, Dead at 77
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John Mahoney, the actor who played the role of Martin Crane on Frasier for 11 seasons, died in Chicago on Sunday while in hospice care, his manager confirmed to Variety. He was 77.  The British-born Mahoney, who moved to the Chicago area at the age of 19, didn’t fully enter acting until decades later, when John Malkovich and Gary Sinise enlisted Mahoney, then in his 40s, to join their Steppenwolf Theater Company. After winning the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor...

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Daily Glixel: Nintendo Producer Solves a Decades-Long Mystery
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Welcome to Daily Glixel, the B side of video game news, where we roundup some of the day’s other top stories. Today, we have answers to some of video gaming’s biggest body-related mysteries, something weird’s going on with The Phantom Pain on PC, and Tencent talks about the future of mobile...

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See Cody Jinks Sing Rowdy New Song ‘Can’t Quit Enough’
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Texas country artist Cody Jinks plans to release his eighth LP, titled Lifers, in 2018. Recently, the thrash metal singer-turned country outlaw debuted the new song “Can’t Quit Enough,” which will appear on the forthcoming album, during his show at the Joy Theater in New Orleans, Louisana. With Jinks strumming his acoustic guitar, he launches into a rapid-fire lyric about the agonies of the touring musician’s life, picking up bad habits and feeling the years grind him down while he’s...

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Hear Philadelphia Roots-Rockers Marah’s Unreleased ‘This Time’
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When Philadelphia roots-rock band Marah recorded their live-to-tape LP If You Didn’t Laugh, You’d Cry in 2005, the group was beginning to once again gel as a unit. After weathering numerous lineup changes and finally putting 2002’s Britpop misstep Float Away With the Friday Night Gods in the rearview, founding members Dave Bielanko and Serge Bielanko, a pair of thick-as-thieves brothers, reunited in New York City with a new batch of songs. Digging in at the Magic Shop in Manhattan,...

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Willie Nelson Cancels February Tour Dates, Citing Flu
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After cutting a concert short in San Diego early last month and canceling the remainder of his January dates, Willie Nelson has scrapped all scheduled concerts for the month of February. A release from Nelson’s publicist says the Country Music Hall of Fame singer-songwriter is suffering from a bout of the flu and requires “a few extra weeks to recover completely.” It also states Nelson is moving about and looking “healthy as ever,” but is under doctor’s orders to rest...

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Prince’s Handwritten Lyrics, Gifts to Exes Head to Auction
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Prince‘s shoes, adorned with “love symbol” charms, his handwritten lyrics and gifts the artist gave to a couple of his exes are among the highlights of two auctions that will take place in the coming months. The RR Auction house, based out of Boston, will offer Prince items from February 8th to the 15th. Items include personal effects the artist left with some of his close friends. One of the interesting items is a draft of the lyrics to Sign ‘O’...

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Natalie Portman Is Spot-On as Eleven in SNL’s ‘Stranger Things’ Sketch
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Natalie Portman capitalized on her considerable physical resemblance to Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown Saturday when she transformed into the character Eleven for a memorable Saturday Night Live skit. Portman acted opposite SNL cast member Mikey Day as an extra-horny version of Finn Wolfhard’s Mike Wheeler in a faux scene from Netflix’s Stranger Things 3 – one reminiscent of the much-maligned “Lost Sister” episode from season two, when Eleven briefly falls in with a gang of Chicago punks, all of...

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Frank Zappa Hologram to Play With Former Mothers on ‘Bizarre World’ Tour
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The planned, estate-approved Frank Zappa hologram tour has recruited its band of former Mothers for the “Bizarre World of Frank Zappa” trek. The tour kicks off later this year. The Mothers alumni set to make special appearances on the hologram tour include longtime Zappa collaborators Steve Vai, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Ian Underwood and Joe’s Garage vets Warren Cuccurullo, Vinnie Colaiuta, Arthur Barrow and Ed Mann. The touring unit itself boasts guitarists Ray White and Mike Keneally, bassist Scott Thunes,...

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Super Bowl Ad With Martin Luther King Speech Sparks Backlash
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Dodge’s Super Bowl ad caught the attention of viewers during the second half of the game Sunday night – but not for the right reasons. The car company’s TV spot for Dodge Ram trucks incorporated one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s powerful last sermons, “The Drum Major Instinct,” and viewers immediately took to social media to criticize the use of King’s poignant words to sell pickup trucks. “If you want to be important, wonderful,” King said in his speech, which...

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Flashback: Patsy Cline’s Final Studio Sessions Yield Sad ‘Sweet Dreams’
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In 1956, songwriter Don Gibson made his chart debut with a single for MGM Records that he had written called “Sweet Dreams” – sometimes credited as “Sweet Dreams (of You”). The hopelessly forlorn tune about holding on to a lost love was well-suited to Gibson’s reputation as the “Sad Poet,” also known for such compositions as “I Can’t Stop Loving You” and “Oh, Lonesome Me.” A Top Ten record for Gibson, “Sweet Dreams” also became a Number Two hit that...

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Top Female Music Execs: Recording Academy ‘Woefully Out of Touch’
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Six top female music industry executives called the Recording Academy “woefully out of touch” in a joint letter marking the latest fallout following Neil Portnow’s controversial “step up” remarks. While the letter to the Recording Academy’s board of trustees didn’t call for Portnow’s removal as president, the women – including Epic Records president Sylvia Rhone and Roc Nation chief operating officer Desiree Perez, the New York Times reported – condemned his comments after the...

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Alt-J Set North American Tour Around Festival Dates
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British band Alt-J have carved a spring tour around their upcoming North American music festival dates. The jaunt comes in two waves: First, Alt-J will tour the West Coast in April around their two Coachella sets. In June, the band returns for an East Coast trek revolving around Bonnaroo, Mountain Jam and Firefly gigs. The June tour also includes a June 15th stop at New York’s Forest Hills Stadium, the largest North American venue the Relaxer band has headlined so far....

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‘King of Kong’: ‘Donkey Kong’ Record Holder Accused of Falsifying Games
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Billy Mitchell, famous for his fight to be the highest-scoring player of the original Donkey Kong arcade game, is having his record-setting scores reexamined by records officials after they were called into question over the weekend, Engadget reports. This news comes just over a week after Dragster record holder Todd Rogers was stripped of his Guinness Record for cheating. Mitchell originally held a high score of 874,300 points for 18 years in Donkey Kong before being dethroned in 2000 by  Tim Sczerby. He...

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See Carrie Underwood’s Adrenalized ‘The Champion’ Super Bowl Video
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Long before Justin Timberlake took the field at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday night, and even before the Philadelphia Eagles faced off with the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, Carrie Underwood got the party started with the video for her new fight song with Ludacris, “The Champion.” The bombastic anthem, recorded as NBC’s theme song for both its Super Bowl and upcoming Winter Olympics coverage, was revealed last month its video only appeared on Sunday, airing...

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‘Fortnite’ Players Will Soon Be Able To Test The Game’s Improved Accuracy Systems
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In an effort to improve aiming in Fortnite, developer-publisher Epic Games recently announced an upcoming “Shooting Test” that allows players to test out its First-Shot Accuracy prototypes. No solid date for the test was given. To address player issues with Fortinite’s accuracy, Epic said it’s been prototyping the following improvements:  First-Shot Accuracy Perfect Accuracy + Recoil Now, the developer said it’s ready to begin testing its First-Shot Accuracy protoptype, with a few minor changes to the current...

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Hear Scotty McCreery’s Soaring New Song ‘In Between’
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Scotty McCreery embraces a fresh chapter with “In Between,” a newly released track from his upcoming third album Seasons Change. Written by the singer with Frank Rogers, Jessi Alexander and Jonathan Singleton, the authoritative anthem presents a mature, nuanced view of life – one where there’s a time and place for everything and the world is rarely black and white. Featuring ringing guitars, bright steel accents and crashing drums – plus McCreery’s signature booming vocal, which first caught fans’...

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A Perfect Circle’s Maynard James Keenan, Billy Howerdel Talk First LP in 14 Years
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It’s been 14 years since A Perfect Circle last put out a new album, and frontman Maynard James Keenan is acutely aware of this fact. So much so that he found himself asking a litany of philosophical questions when making the group’s upcoming full-length, Eat the Elephant. “Do you reinvent yourself and try to look to the future?” he posits to Rolling Stone. “Do you do what you did before to satisfy the people who were there before? And when...

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Uma Thurman Details Harvey Weinstein Assault, Tarantino Rift in New Interview
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Uma Thurman detailed a pair of assaults she experienced during meetings with Harvey Weinstein in a new interview. The actress also called out director Quentin Tarantino for his role in a car crash on the Kill Bill set that left Thurman seriously injured, an incident that created a longstanding rift between the This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Uma Thurman Details Harvey Weinstein Assault, Tarantino Rift in New...

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Watch Natalie Portman Unleash Explicit Rap on ‘SNL’ With Andy Samberg
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Natalie Portman unleashed her explicit “Natalie’s 2nd Rap” with Andy Samberg on Saturday Night Live, where the actress dropped bars about Xanax in her pinot, the Star Wars prequels and her ballerina husband’s burrito-wrapping This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Watch Natalie Portman Unleash Explicit Rap on ‘SNL’ With Andy...

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See Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton Perform Live ‘Say Something’ on ‘Fallon’
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Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl LII halftime show performance may not have featured any surprise guests – aside from a ginormous image of Prince – but he arrived at Jimmy Fallon’s live post-game broadcast of The Tonight Show from Minneapolis’ Orpheum Theatre with This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: See Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton Perform Live ‘Say Something’ on...

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