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John Lennon's Last Note On Sale

9/12/2010 6:07pm EDT
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A handwritten note John Lennon penned on the day of his murder has gone on sale for $154,000.

The Beatles legend was gunned down outside his home in New York City by Mark Chapman in December 1980.

The day before his death, Lennon had borrowed a guitar string from another band while recording at the Record Plant Studio in the Big Apple.

He returned the next day and gave an autograph to one of the studio's sound technicians, writing, "For Karl, who strung me along, thanx, John Lennon, 1980."

Lennon then returned to his home at The Dakota apartment block and was shot at the entrance.

His ...

John Lennon's Killer Denied Parole Again

9/7/2010 9:33pm EDT
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John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman has been denied parole for the sixth time.

The murderer, who gunned down the former Beatles star outside his home in New York in 1980, has been eligible for parole since 2000.

He's scheduled to appear before the parole board again in 2012.

Chapman, 55, was convicted of murdering Lennon and sentenced to 20-years-to-life behind bars.

Lennon's widow Yoko Ono has always fervently opposed Chapman's parole bid.

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Yoko Ono Planning Tribute Gig For John Lennon

8/29/2010 5:00pm EDT
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Yoko Ono is planning a special tribute gig in Iceland to mark what would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday in October.

The Beatles legend, who was shot and killed in New York City in 1980, would have celebrated the milestone on 9 October and his widow is planning a series of events to mark the occasion.

Ono will present the Lennon Ono Grant for Peace award, which was created in 2002, to four key figures for their contribution to world harmony, and after the ceremony she will light the Imagine Peace Tower illuminated memorial, located on an island close to the Icelandic capital of Reyk...

John Lennon's Toilet Sells For $14,000

8/29/2010 12:00pm EDT
A toilet which once belonged to late Beatles legend John Lennon has sold for over $14,000 at an auction on Saturday.

The blue and white porcelain bowl was once installed at Tittenhurst Park, Lennon's luxury mansion in Berkshire, England, where he lived until moving to New York with Yoko Ono in 1971.

Organizers at the auction in Liverpool, England were stunned by the high price of $14,740 paid by the unnamed lucky winner - because the item was only expected to fetch up to $1,500.

Anne-Marie Trace, who works at the Beatles Shop which organized the sale, tells Reuters, "I think it's the mos...

Bid On John Lennon's Toilet

8/23/2010 12:38pm EDT
John Lennon
A lavatory from the home of late Beatles legend John Lennon is to go on sale at an auction of Fab Four memorabilia later this month.

The porcelain toilet bowl was installed at Tittenhurst Park, Lennon's luxury mansion in Berkshire, England, where he lived until moving to New York with Yoko Ono in 1971.

The lavatory is expected to fetch $1,500 when it goes under the hammer in the Beatles' hometown of Liverpool on Saturday.

Other lots in the auction include a mono copy of Lennon and Ono's Two Virgins album, expected to sell for $3,750, and a black-and-white photo of Paul McCartney outside...

Yoko Ono Still Opposes Parole For John Lennon's Killer

7/27/2010 10:30am EDT
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John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono is continuing her staunch opposition to his killer's release - she has submitted her sixth letter to U.S. court officials in a bid to deny Mark Chapman parole.

The Beatles legend was shot dead in New York in 1980 and Chapman was later convicted of his murder and sentenced to 20-years-to-life behind bars. He became eligible for parole in 2000 and Ono has consistently opposed his release. Chapman, now 55, will face another parole board hearing early next month and Ono has written to officials once again to insist she would not feel safe if her husband's killer i...

Cheryl Cole Might Be The Hottest Woman On The Planet

6/9/2010 9:44am EDT
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British singer Cheryl Cole is celebrating after picking up the top honor at the "Glamour Women of the Year Awards" in London on Tuesday.

The Girls Aloud star, who launched a solo pop career last year, was presented with the "Woman of the Year" prize, voted for by readers of the magazine's British edition.

Rockers Florence and the Machine took "Band of the Year" honors at the ceremony, while Lily Allen received the Solo Artist of the Year award.

Australian pop star-turned-TV host Dannii Minogue was named "TV Personality of the Year" for her judging panel role on Simon Cowell's talent show...

Paul McCartney Annoyed By 'Nowhere Boy'

5/24/2010 4:30pm EDT
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Paul McCartney has yet to watch John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy - because he's "peeved" the actor playing his role is too short.

The film stars Kick-Ass' Aaron Johnson as Lennon, while Thomas Sangster portrays McCartney in the story of the late Beatle's early years.

But McCartney is not happy about the height difference between the onscreen pair - because he was just as tall as his Beatles band mate in real life and insists movie bosses should have put Sangster in "platforms" to make up the extra inches.

He tells Britain's Seven magazine, "I haven't actually seen it, but I hear I'm OK ...

Bob Dylan's 'Like A Rolling Stone' Deemed The Greatest Song Of All Time

5/20/2010 8:29am EDT
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Bob Dylan's 1965 hit Like A Rolling Stone has topped a new list of the Greatest Songs of All Time.

Rolling Stone magazine editors and contributors have spent months piecing together the ultimate top 500 list and Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited track has beaten out The Rolling Stones' (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction to the number one spot. John Lennon's Imagine comes in at three, while What's Going On by Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin's 1967 anthem Respect round out the top five.

Also making the top 10 are Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode, The Beatles' Hey Jud...

Vatican Absolves The Beatles For Mysterious, 'Possibly Even Satanic' Messages

4/16/2010 9:12am EDT
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Ringo Starr has rejected forgiveness from Catholic Church officials who once called him a Satanist.

Pope Benedict XVI sanctioned an article in the Vatican's L'Osservatore Romano newspaper earlier this week, in which the Beatles were praised for their "beautiful" music and were absolved for their rock star decadence and experiments with drugs.

The front-page editorial also addressed John Lennon's controversial comments about the Beatles being "bigger than Jesus" at the height of their success.

The newspaper's editors wrote, "The Beatles said they were bigger than Jesus and put out mysteri...

Claudia Schiffer's Husband Fears A Fan Will Kill Her

3/23/2010 8:22am EDT
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Moviemaker Matthew Vaughn is petrified his wife Claudia Schiffer will be assassinated like late Beatle legend John Lennon after a series of obsessed fans targeted the supermodel.

In 2002 an Italian man was sectioned under the Mental Health Act after turning up at the beauty's home in Suffolk, England nine times, while in 2004 a Canadian man had to be deported from Britain twice after also turning up at the couple's property.

However, one particular incident left the film producer shaken and fearing the model could be killed like Lennon, who was shot dead outside his New York home in 198...

Starpulse Scene Weekly Wrap Up: Brody Jenner, Jayde Nicole & More

1/4/2010 1:12pm EST
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Contributing writer Erin Demchak shares the Top 10 latest Hollywood gossip on the Starpulse Scene. This week Erin discusses celebrity break up news including Brody Jenner and Jayde Nicole, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins and Jerry Ferrara and Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

John Lennon's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was stolen and actress Brittany Murphy was laid to rest. Check out these stories and more on this week's hottest Hollywood gossip video -The Starpulse Scene.

Story by Erin Demchak

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Paul McCartney To Release 'Good Evening New York City' CD/DVD Nov. 17

11/15/2009 9:00am EST
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Paul McCartney's historic three-night musical christening of New York's Citi Field, witnessed by 120,000-plus attendees and universally hailed as a concert experience for the ages, will be immortalized November 17 when Hear Music/Concord Music Group releases "Good Evening New York City". This momentous musical experience will be available in two formats: a 3-disc (2 CD + 1 DVD) standard edition and a 4-disc (2 CD + 2 DVD) deluxe version featuring expanded packaging and a bonus DVD including McCartney's traffic-stopping, headline-making July 15 performance on the Ed Sullivan Theater marquee...

Celebrity Weekend In Photos: 'Twilight' Stars Dress Up, 'Glee' Cast Sings & More!

11/2/2009 9:18am EST
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"Twilight" stars Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene at Veuve Clicquot's "Yelloween" Party at Tao Nightclub in Las Vegas on October 31. See what other celebs did this weekend!

The cast of TV show Glee sings the national anthem before Game 3 of the Major League Baseball World Series between the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies Saturday, Oct. 31, in Philadelphia.

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La Toya Jackson Launches Her New Milkshake at Millions of Milkshakes in West Hollywood on October 31.

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Celebrity Birthdays, October 9

10/9/2009 3:00am EDT
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Happy Birthday to:

Monk star Tony Shalhoub (1953)

Musician Sean Lennon (1975)

British singer P.J. Harvey (1969)

Star Trek captain Scott Bakula (1954)

"America's Got Talent" judge Sharon Osbourne (1952)

American singer/songwriter Jackson Browne (1948)

Reggae musician Peter Tosh (1944; d. 1987)

The Who bassist John Entwistle (1944; d. 2002)

Beatle John Lennon (1940; d. 1980)

Star Wars Episode I voice actor Brian Blessed (1936)

Scottish Scrooge actor Alastair Sim (1900; d. 1976)

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'Paper Heart' Review: Charlyne Yi's Oddball Semi-sweet Documentary

8/6/2009 10:11am EDT
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"The Power of love is a curious thing. Make a one man weep, make another man sing." - Hugh Anthony Cregg III (Huey Lewis) 1985.

"Paper Heart" is an oddball of a film disguised as a semi-sweet documentary on which nothing can be taken at face value -- though they might want you to -- and that's what's so curious. If Charlyne Yi's goal was to make a type film that no one has ever seen before, she just may have pulled it off. Of course, this isn't always a worthwhile goal: John Lennon wanted to record a song that no one had ever heard before and he came up with "Revolution 9" for The Beatle...

Actors Who Could Play Musicians

7/13/2009 12:45pm EDT
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When it comes to film genres, music films are quite popular in Hollywood. With a little make-up here and there, contact lenses, or change of hairstyle, there a few actors we think would make perfect cast selections for the following musicians. Let us know if you agree.

Zoe Saldana / Beyonce

If she were to lighten her hair, we think actress Zoe Saldana would be just as fierce as miss "Sasha Fierce" Beyonce.

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Johnny Depp / Michael Jackson

We think actor Johnny Depp has what it takes to pull off the latter part of Michael Jackson's musical life.

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Unexpected, Untimely And Shocking Deaths In Music

7/1/2009 11:15am EDT
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Heart attacks. Plane crashes. Car crashes. Drug overdoses. Murder. Over the years, these have become some of the most common causes of the often shocking deaths in the music industry. On a lighter note, some might argue that even ham sandwiches have been involved.

Regardless of the cause, take a look back at these musical icons that have left us way, way, way too soon - yet have left us with legacies that will live on forever. The majority of these deaths, in addition to being sudden and shocking, were in some way either ironic or just completely messed up. Rock on...

Michael Jackso...

Review: 'The Hangover' Is A Sensation Worth Experiencing More Than Once

6/3/2009 9:54am EDT
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"I'm psyched for you to see this movie, I think you're going to like it. We're really proud of it." Ed Helms to Starpulse's Mike Ryan in a recent interview about "The Hangover."

One of the biggest compliments I can give to a film that I'm reviewing is that I would pay money -- after just seeing it for free -- to see it again. The Hangover, without question, is one of these films and I guarantee that I will see it again. So, yes, Ed Helms, you were absolutely correct: I will try, now, to express in words how much I loved this film. Seriously, I loved the hell out of The Hangover.


Wild Olivia (Links & Stuff)

5/15/2009 7:00pm EDT
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Check out some of the best links and viral videos found around the web today. And be sure to visit our On the Web section where we're constantly adding interesting links all the time.

YOU can even add links to stuff you find out there now, like interesting articles, cool YouTube videos, strange news, interesting photo galleries, and, well, just about anything!

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The Beatles' Entire Original Recorded Catalog Remastered; Out Sept.9

4/10/2009 5:00pm EDT
Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI Music are delighted to announce the release of the original Beatles catalog, which has been digitally re-mastered for the first time, for worldwide CD release on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 (9-9-09), the same date as the release of the widely anticipated "The Beatles: Rock Band" video game. Each of the CDs is packaged with replicated original UK album art, including expanded booklets containing original and newly written liner notes and rare photos. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album. On the same date,...

25 Surprise Celebrity Deaths That Rocked Us All

4/7/2009 9:10am EDT
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Actress Natasha Richardson's unexpected death in a skiing accident late last month stunned and saddened the public. The usually overzealous media even seemed to tread lightly, gently reporting a story it never expected to tell. For a culture that values and admires celebrity, the death of vibrant public figures with potential yet to fulfill serves as a harsh reminder that despite glamour, talent and seemingly charmed lives, all of us are mortal. Whether on screens big or small, over the radio airwaves or in bright vivid color on canvas, the sudden passing of an entertainer can feel like the...

Pet Shop Boys Release 10th Studio Album, 'Yes', April 21

3/8/2009 12:20pm EDT
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One of the most iconic and influential pop acts in the world, Pet Shop Boys return with their tenth album and first for Astralwerks on April 21, 2009. In a career spanning over two decades, the duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have created some of the most beloved and recognizable hits in the world ('West End Girls', 'It's A Sin', 'New York City Boy', etc.), and sold over 30 million records. They've worked with artists like Dusty Springfield, David Bowie, Liza Minnelli, Robbie Williams, Electronic, The Killers and Madonna. In the USA, Pet Shop Boys are the fourth most successful artist in...

'The Beatles: Rock Band' Set For Worldwide Release September 9

3/5/2009 10:54am EST
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Apple Corps, Ltd., Harmonix and MTV Games, a part of Viacom's MTV Networks, today announced the 9/9/09 worldwide release of The Beatles: Rock Band. The music-based video game, an unprecedented, experiential progression through and celebration of the music and artistry of The Beatles, will be available simultaneously worldwide in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and other territories for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Wii(TM) home videogame console from Nintendo.

The Beatles: Rock Band will ...

John Lennon Songs To Be Featured Exclusively In March Ep Of 'Cold Case'

2/19/2009 2:26pm EST
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Several to-be-announced hits by the legendary John Lennon will be the only songs featured throughout the episode of Cold Case, to be broadcast Sunday, March 22 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.

In the episode, titled "Mind Games," Rush (Kathryn Morris) and the team investigate whether or not a currently homeless and delusional paranoid schizophrenic killed his psychiatrist in 2004, while a freshman in college, after his incriminating notes are discovered. Billy Lush and Jacqueline Obradors guest star as the paranoid schizophrenic and his slain psychiatrist.

Past single-artist episod...

Writer's Viewpoint: Disputing An Iconic Song List

1/30/2009 2:14pm EST
It takes a cataclysmic event to derail Overrated/Underrated from its usual Friday spot. Currently the Oscars have been serving as that disruptive force, but this week interruption comes from the most unlikely source: a sports columnist from the Kansas City Star.

This is because Joe Posnanski has suggested on his blog that we stop voting artists into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame and shift our focus to Hall-Worthy songs. Songs he deems "Iconic". His criterion for including a song on the ballot is that it be "A song that represents a set of beliefs or a way of life. So, I see these s...

Interview: Matisyahu Discusses Upcoming Release 'Shattered'

11/17/2008 4:24pm EST
It's been nearly three years since the release of Matisyahu's Youth, which debuted at #4 on the charts and earned him the title of 2006's Billboard Reggae Artist of the Year. Now, with the follow-up, Light, completed and awaiting a release date, Matisyahu releases Shattered, an EP that acts as a trailer for his forthcoming LP. In this Starpulse Q and A, Matisyahu discusses some of the themes that are introduced on Shattered, including spirituality, finding one's self, and the darkness that exists in the world.

This EP has four songs on it and I wanted get your thoughts on all of them,...

Where Do Bands Get Their Names?

11/11/2008 11:01am EST
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Sometimes the music doesn't matter. A band that channels the combined genius of John Lennon, Strauss and The Spice Girls can still fall flat with the wrong name. After all, who wants to tell people that their favorite band is called "Truck" or "Lug Nut?" A bad name can kill the potential of any group of musicians. It took more than a few tries to get it right for many of the most popular groups of all time. A few young gents from Britain started off their career calling themselves The Detours and then The High Numbers before ultimately settling on The Who.

Rock history is rife with lor...

Interview: Lady Gaga Chats About Her Musical Career

10/24/2008 10:48am EDT
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Many celebrities today do anything to avoid tremendous amounts of attention and try hard to keep a low key profile. Lady GaGa would choose to do otherwise. Her hit single, "Just Dance" shows that this vibrant artist is anything but shy. Calling during her stay in Chicago, Lady GaGa took the time to chat about her musical career on and off the stage.

Starpulse: Today, there are a lot of artists trying to preach a statement or bring up serious subject matters. With you, you're one of those artists bringing the fun back into music. How does that feel to break that mold.

Lady Gaga: ...

Sarah Brightman To Release First Ever Christmas CD, 'A Winter Symphony,' Nov. 4

10/18/2008 10:00am EDT
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It continues to be a stellar year for soprano Sarah Brightman, who recently captivated the world with her stunning performance at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 World Olympics. Brightman was chosen as the sole international performer to perform at the Olympic opening ceremony and was given the honor of singing the Olympic theme song, "You and Me," with Chinese star Liu Huan. The song was a highlight of the spectacular opening ceremony, which was broadcast to over five billion viewers. In only 26 hours after the ceremony, "You and Me" was downloaded a staggering 5.7 million times. ...