Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson: Halloween party appearance
Today’s roundup of pop-culture doings finds a not-so-spooky couple, the late River Phoenix, Stephen Colbert, many other things, and the mystery music video.
SCARY VAMPIRES?: Not exactly, per Us Weekly, “On Halloween night in Hollywood, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart appeared holding hands at a star-packed costume bash at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Although they play vampires in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2, the reunited, reconciled couple were in their usual attire of jean, super-casual attire of jeans, t-shirts and sneakers -- wearing freaky, transparent masks that did little to conceal their world-famous famous from the crowd.” http://usm.ag/TwvJ9m
GROUND GAME: This is an interesting read, per the Los Angeles Times, “"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" is enjoying a perk that few movies get today in a crowded market. While many new releases get kicked off screens before they have a chance to build an audience, the new teenage coming-of-age film written and directed by Stephen Chbosky has been blossoming at a steady pace since launching in just four theaters in late September. Strong word of mouth has continued to propel "Perks" to more than $11 million in U.S. ticket sales.” http://lat.ms/SzxSRL
YELLOW TAPE: And violins go silent, per the New York Times, “The crane boom dangling over West 57th Street like a broken violin bow, a result of Hurricane Sandy, has paralyzed life at Carnegie Hall, one of the world’s most precious concert spaces almost directly across the street. . . The city has cordoned off streets surrounding the hall and cut off utilities to the area for safety reasons, making it impossible for audience members, performers and anybody else to enter.” http://nyti.ms/SqBL9f
A LONG, LONG TIME AGO: But now the music, as it were, lives, per People, “Halloween marked the 19th anniversary of River Phoenix's death from a drug overdose in Los Angeles. Now, the final chapter of his professional career is being written, as his last film – “Dark Blood,” left unfinished for almost two decades – has been completed. . . The film was only 80 percent finished when he died. But now, Danish director George Sluizer has completed it, shown it at one film festival, and is seeking a wider release for it.” http://bit.ly/RvrjLJ
HE DOESN’T NEED THE MONEY: But others do, so. . ., per The Hollywood Reporter, “By the end of the year, the $4.05 billion sale of Lucasfilm to Disney should be finalized. And since George Lucas owns 100 percent of his company - which has little to no debt - all that money goes to him. After that, Lucas plans to quickly put the bulk of the money into a foundation which will primarily focus on educational issues, a spokesperson for Lucasfilm tells THR.” http://bit.ly/Rwf03U
OBIT: Of a behind-the-scenes legend, per Reuters, “Singer-composer Bill Dees, best known for his songwriting collaboration with Roy Orbison on the hits "Oh, Pretty Woman" and "It's Over," has died at age 73 in Mountain Home, Arkansas, according to an obituary posted online by a local funeral home. Dees, a Texas native who got his start in the 1950s with a high school band called the Five Bops, is credited with writing scores of songs in all, some recorded by such performers as Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn and Glen Campbell.” http://reut.rs/X2BaQf
HOW TIMELY: We present Ralph Nader, ladies and gentlemen, per The Wrap, “Stephen Colbert's super PAC is sitting on nearly $778,000 in cash, and five-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader knows exactly where to spend it. The longtime consumer advocate told The Wrap in an exclusive interview that he has been trying to get the "Colbert Report" host to donate the money remaining in Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow's coffers to the nonprofit American Museum of Tort Law he plans to build.” http://bit.ly/YowPF6
SANDY BENEFIT CONCERT: Should be rockin,’ per Entertainment Weekly, “Tomorrow, NBC Universal’s TV networks — including NBC, USA, MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo, E!, Style Network, and G4, among others — will air a concert to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. The special will begin at 8 p.m. ET and will feature performances by artists with connections to the disaster or NBC, including New Jersey natives Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen, native New Yorker Billy Joel, New York City resident Sting, and Christina Aguilera, a coach on NBC’s The Voice.” http://bit.ly/Sz9cIj
MEANWHILE: Speaking of the Boss, per the AP, “At a concert in upstate New York, Bruce Springsteen offered up his thanks to the police officers, firefighters and government officials for their storm relief efforts. Springsteen made the comments Wednesday night at the Rochester Blue Cross Arena as he dedicated "My City of Ruins" to his hometown of Asbury Park, N.J.” http://apne.ws/PJo0FT
DUDE, DUDE, DUDE: Whatever you’re paying your handlers, you’re paying too much, per E!, “Given his history, you wouldn't think Chris Brown would want to associate himself with violence and destruction. But Breezy clearly likes courting controversy: On Halloween, the 23-year-old R&B star and his pals dressed up with beards, turbans and fake guns—seemingly trying to look like stereotypical Arab terrorists—as they swung by Rihanna's Halloween bash at Greystone Manor in West Hollywood.” http://eonli.ne/TwzYle
AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video. http://bit.ly/ab6k3Z
--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)
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