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We Are The World: Breaking Down The Great Celebrity Supergroup Charity Singles

5/19/2014 5:00pm EDT
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Since the mid 80s, there have been several one-off supergroups brought together to raise money for a great cause. While we applaud the efforts of the celebrities involved, we can't help but poke fun at them for being, well, celebrities. Join us as we break down the great celebrity supergroup singles.

USA for Africa - We Are the World

- Disassociated Star: Michael Jackson

- Star Who Doesn't Fit In: Dan Aykroyd

- Star With Barely Any Face Time: John Oates

The momma of them all, predating everything but Band Aid. Still, USA for Africa created all of the themes you see in charity music v...

Kirsten Dunst Feels She 'Made It' Because R.E.M. Star Is Her Neighbor

11/5/2011 2:00pm EDT
Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst has been a successful actor for over two decades, and she’s only 29. Now that she is a grown-up living on her own, she finally feels like she’s made it. Not because of he successful movies or her awards, but because of her neighbor.

“There are moments when you know you’ve actually made it,” Dunst said, speaking at a Young Hollywood panel at AFI Fest. “I’m a big R.E.M. fan. When I was younger, I used to jump around to ‘Stand’ in my living room. Now Michael Stipe is my neighbor. That’s when I made it. Michael Stipe is my neighbor.”

Not only does Dunst have a famous neighbor, b...

Kirsten Dunst Stars In R.E.M's Final Video (Watch It!)

10/28/2011 9:07am EDT
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R.E.M.'s poignant final video for the group's last single release "We All Go Back To Where We Belong" is a three-and-a-half minute study of actress Kirsten Dunst.

Directed by frontman Michael Stipe and Dominic DeJoseph, the black and white promo doesn't feature any of the band members - just the actress listening to the group's swansong while trying to stifle the giggles.

A second version of the video features poet and filmmaker John Giorno.

R.E.M. shocked the music world last month when the band announced it was splitting after 19 years.

R.E.M. Caps 31-Year Recording Career With First Ever Definitive Greatest Hits Album, Out Nov. 15

10/2/2011 8:30am EDT
After R.E.M. ignited the blogosphere on September 21st with the news that they had decided to "call it a day as a band" via a statement on their website, the beloved band have announced that they will release their final album, R.E.M., Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982 - 2011, on Warner Bros. Records on November 15th, 2011. The album is a 40-song career-spanning retrospective that collects, for the first time ever, songs from R.E.M.'s entire back catalog, including the pioneering American band's years on both the IRS label (1982 to 1987) and Warner Bros. Rec...

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's '50/50' Head Shaving Scene Was Improvised

9/30/2011 2:00pm EDT
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The posters for the new movie 50/50 already give away one of the major scenes. Joseph Gordon-Levitt shaves his head on camera. He plays a man coping with a cancer in which he has a 50 percent chance of surviving. Seth Rogen plays his supportive friend, and as the film’s producer joked about the iconic scene.

“We did it twice, six months apart,” Rogen said while doing press at the Toronto International Film Festival. “Yeah, we only could do that once and we improvised it for the most part, which could’ve been the stupidest thing anyone’s ever done because we really could only do it once.”


Michael Stipe Once Thrown Out Of A Gig At Gunpoint

5/9/2011 11:45pm EDT
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REM frontman Michael Stipe was once thrown out of a concert at gunpoint after he tried to excrement on stage.

The musician was performing in America in the 1980s when he became offended by the audience, who mistook his band for a ska group.

In protest, Stipe pulled down his trousers and tried to relieve himself in front of the shocked crowd - but the band was thrown out of the venue with guns held to them following the incident.

He tells Interview magazine, "I pulled my pants down (on stage) once and tried to take a s**t on stage as a protest to an audience who thought we were a ska band...

Michael Stipe: 'I Was Afraid That I Was Sick With AIDS'

5/9/2011 11:42am EDT
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REM frontman Michael Stipe became so ill as he battled bulimia, he thought he was suffering from AIDS.

The singer experienced a breakdown after the band shot to fame in the 1980s and spent a year in the grip of the eating disorder. Stipe admits he struggled to deal with the group's success, and ended up "unraveling on the inside."

He tells Interview magazine, "I distinctly remember a conversation with my band in the van where I was having a complete meltdown. It was 1984, I think, and I was huddled in the back corner of our van and saying, 'I can't do this. I can't do this.' I didn't wa...

Hanson Re-Broadcast Successful Japan Aid Telethon

4/5/2011 10:45pm EDT
"Mmmbop" hitmakers Hanson are re-broadcasting their 12-hour online telethon for Japan after the initial charity event raised $100,000 for the earthquake and tsunami relief effort.

The trio was joined by R.E.M. star Michael Stipe, shock rocker Andrew W.K. and the Boxer Rebellion, among others, for the telethon, which they organised during the South by Southwest festival in Texas last month.

The event was a big success and now brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson are re-airing the eclectic show to raise more cash for the American Red Cross.

Taylor Hanson tells Spinner.com, "The stream was...

Music Review: R.E.M. 'Collapse Into Now' (Warner)

3/10/2011 4:00pm EST
Picking up where 2008’s Accelerate left off, R.E.M.’s latest studio offering Collapse Into Now finds the long tenured act looking to the past in order to rediscover their classic pop imbued swagger, though that experiment doesn’t always work this time around. The band succeeds in the simple fact that Collapse sounds very similar to Accelerate, though it doesn’t do anything in the way of breaking new ground for the pop pioneers.

In keeping with the pattern R.E.M. set forth with Accelerate, most of Collapse is comprised of middling up-tempo rockers ("All the Best," "Mine Smells Like Honey") ...

R.E.M.'s new Album 'Collapse Into Now' Released Today on Warner Bros. Records

3/8/2011 10:48pm EST
R.E.M. release their eagerly awaited new studio album, Collapse Into Now, today, March 8th, on Warner Bros. Records. The album has already receiving glowing praise from such media outlets as Spin, Rolling Stone (which said the band “roar back with Collapse Into Now”), and NPR, which wrote that the album “reaffirms R.E.M. as a vital, thoughtful, and gifted band with plenty left to say.”

Collapse Into Now found R.E.M., which is singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, and bassist Mike Mills, re-teaming with Grammy Award-winning producer Jacknife Lee, whoproduced the band’s acclai...

Michael Stipe & Eddie Vedder's New Single Leaked Online

12/21/2010 11:34pm EST
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A new musical collaboration between rockers Eddie Vedder and Michael Stipe has leaked online.

"It Happened Today," which features on R.E.M.'s new album, leaked on Monday night.

Pearl Jam star Vedder has long been associated with Stipe and R.E.M. - he often appears onstage at concerts and he inducted the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

R.E.M.'s Collapse Into Now is set for release in March.

Neither Vedder, Stipe nor R.E.M. have commented about the Internet leak.

Celebrity Birthdays, January 4

1/4/2010 3:00am EST
Deana Carter
Happy Birthday to:

Country singer Deana Carter (1966)

English actress Julia Ormond (1965)

"Kids in the Hall" alum Dave Foley (1963)

R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe (1962)

"Max Headroom" actor Matt Frewer (1958)

Actress Dyan Cannon (1937)

Actress Jane Wyman (1914)

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R.E.M. Singer Michael Stipe's Moustache

4/22/2009 12:02pm EDT
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Always on the lookout for new celebrity cookie dusters, we couldn't help but notice 49-year-old R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe's thick moustache at the 6th Annual Food Bank For New York "Can-Do" Awards Dinner.

What do you think of Michael's 'stache? Keep it or shave it? Leave a comment below!

See also: Celebrities Trying To Bring Back The Mustache

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Celebrity Birthdays, January 4

1/4/2009 3:00am EST
Deana Carter
Happy Birthday to country singer Deana Carter (1966), English actress Julia Ormond (1965), "Kids in the Hall" alum Dave Foley (1963), R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe (1962), "Max Headroom" actor Matt Frewer (1958), actress Dyan Cannon (1937), and actress Jane Wyman (1914).

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Seal Discusses His Album 'Soul', His Love For Music And America

11/25/2008 10:49am EST
The gorgeous 45 year old crooner from the UK is at it again. Grammy award winning soul artist Seal is back with his 6th studio album "Soul." It is a 12 track collection of classic soul songs where he covers such greats as Sam Cooke's 'A Change Gonna Come,' James Brown's 'It's A Man's Man's Man's World,' and Otis Redding's 'I've Been Loving You Too Long,' just to name a few.

Some may refer to him as 'Mr. Heidi Klum,' but be assured that Seal can hold his own in the spotlight. His self-titled album released in 1991 was the beginning testament to that fact and his first single 'Crazy'...

Bon Voyage: Stars Who Threaten To Leave USA If Their Candidate Doesn't Win

11/4/2008 12:00pm EST
In every election passion and enthusiasm can run very high, leading to many stars to make announcements and proclamations that they wouldn't ordinarily make. One statement that is almost always heard in every election is "If my guy (sorry Hillary supporters) doesn't win, then I'm out of here."

Here is a list of a few celebrities who have boldly and gallantly made the declaration to leave this country if their candidate doesn't win.

Seal Will Leave U.S. If McCain Wins

British singer Seal has vowed to quit America if Republican presidential candidate Jo...

R.E.M.'s Return Accelerates Revival

4/10/2008 4:01pm EDT
Legend has it that guitarist Peter Buck was working at Wuxtry Records in Athens, Georgia when Michael Stipe strolled in. They talked about music and bands. The rest is history. Twenty-eight years and fourteen albums later R.E.M. has become the little band that could. With the 1982 EP "Chronic Town" and 1983's "Murmur," the college radio indie sound was all but invented by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe. Back then, supporters could join the R.E.M. Fan Club for $10. Always the band to put its fans first, membership is still $10.

After a hugely successful deca...

R.E.M. Announce Release Of New Studio Album, 'Accelerate,' Due April 1

2/28/2008 5:30pm EST
R.E.M. -- which is singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, and bassist Mike Mills -- are counting down the time to the release of Accelerate, their 14th studio album, on a website, www.ninetynights.com. The site, which launched on January 1st, features a new high-definition video snippet each day that can be downloaded then edited, embedded, or manipulated however the user wishes. Each snippet is being posted in high-resolution HD format and available for download for a period of 24 hours before being archived on the site as a low-resolution stream. The clips were shot by noted French f...

Celebrity Birthdays, January 4

1/4/2008 3:00am EST
Deana Carter
Happy Birthday to country singer Deana Carter (1966), English actress Julia Ormond (1965), "Kids in the Hall" alum Dave Foley (1963), R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe (1962), "Max Headroom" actor Matt Frewer (1958), actress Dyan Cannon (1937), football coach Don Shula (1930), actress Jane Wyman (1914), and English scientist/philosopher Isaac Newton (1643; d. 1727).

R.E.M. Song To Debut On Anderson Cooper 360 Oct. 10

10/9/2007 11:55am EDT
“Until the Day Is Done”, the new song from R.E.M., will debut on Anderson Cooper 360° on Wednesday, Oct. 10, in advance of their widely anticipated forthcoming album due for release next spring.

The song will be matched to clips from CNN’s "Planet in Peril," which features footage from areas around the world where environmental crises are not a theory but are happening in real time, and will play over the documentary’s closing credits.

Coinciding with its debut on Anderson Cooper 360°, the video trailer will be available at the "Planet in Peril" section of CNN.com. The four-hour...

R.E.M. To Release First-Ever Live CD/DVD On October 16; Win It!

10/8/2007 1:03pm EDT
R.E.M. will release a live CD/DVD, the first ever of their 27-year career, on Warner Bros. Records on October 16th, 2007. Titled R.E.M. Live, the 22-track audio and visual package captures singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, and bassist Mike Mills doing what they do best at a dynamic show at the Point theater in Dublin, Ireland, on February 27, 2005.

Directed by Blue Leach (Depeche Mode), R.E.M. Live features songs spanning the band's many studio albums, including the singles "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville," (featuring bassist Mike Mills on lead vocal) from 1984's Reckoning, "T...