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  • At midnight on Sunday night (November 22nd), the countdown clock on the Foo Fighters website hit zero and the band made a new five-song EP titled St. Cecilia available as a free download, with a vinyl version available for pre-order. The EP, recorded at Austin, Texas' Saint Cecilia Hotel during the Austin City Limits festival's two weekends, was dedicated in part to the victims of the November 13th terrorist attacks in Paris, an event which also caused the Foos to cut their European tour short.

    In a new foreword to a lengthy letter to fans that he initially wrote on November 8th and posted along with the EP, Foos main man Dave Grohl said that the EP was meant to be an end-of-tour thank-you gift, but that the Paris tragedy changed things. He wrote, "I felt the need to write this foreword in light of the heartbreaking tragedies of Nov. 13th, as this project has now taken on an entirely different tone."

    Grohl continued, "Now, there is a new, hopeful intention that, even in the smallest way, perhaps these songs can bring a little light into this sometimes dark world . . . To all who were affected by the atrocities in Paris, loved ones and friends, our hearts go out to you and your families. We will return and celebrate life and love with you once again someday with our music. As it should be done."

    • The main body of Grohl's letter delves into the history of the Sonic Highways album and HBO series, his leg injury last summer and other matters, while hinting throughout that the Foos are about to begin a long hiatus.
    • At one point Grohl writes, "Maybe these songs are the bread crumbs that will help us find our way back when it’s time. We could use a nice wander through the woods right about now . . . I can’t help but wonder when we will see each other again. Who knows? But, with everything Foo Fighter-related, it will only be when it feels right."
    • Grohl told us a while back that the Foos take care not to overwork themselves: "We have a way of doing this that we've always done. We try to keep things very simple. We try to do it as much as we can without burning it out, and if it gets to the point where we're, where we don't enjoy it, we just sort of stop. That's what's kept us around this long and we can always say, 'Nope, stop.'"
    • The track list for St. Cecilia includes the title track, "Sean," "Savior Breath," "Iron Rooster" and "The Neverending Sigh."
    • Although there have been rumors of a second season for Sonic Highways, neither Grohl nor HBO has officially announced it yet.

  • Rob Zombie's new horror film 31 will make its world premiere in the Midnight section of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, which will take place from January 21st to January 31st in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. 31 tells the story of five carnies in 1976 kidnapped on the morning of Halloween and held hostage in a remote industrial location. While trapped, they are forced to play a violent game called "31." The mission is to survive 12 hours against an endless gang of grease-painted maniacs.

    Zombie recently told us more about the movie's plot: "Basically what it is, is they're confined in this giant factory and a new maniac is continually released that they must battle against. You know, some are very much like crazy, evil clowns and some are other things, but that's the basic premise. I wanted a real simple story so you could get super-involved with the characters, not this super-complicated plotline."

    • 31 is the sixth live-action feature film that Zombie has written and directed. His earlier movies include House Of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects. Halloween and The Lords Of Salem.
    • Zombie raised the budget for the film largely through a crowdfunding initiative, with Alchemy Films picking up North American distribution rights earlier this year.
    • The company will release the movie theatrically in 2016, tentatively next February, while Zombie's new studio album will arrive in March.
    • Zombie is also collaborating with actress Mila Kunis on a half-hour horror comedy series for the Starz channel and working on a film about the last days of Groucho Marx.

  • Five Finger Death Punch postponed its second straight European show since the November 13th terrorist attacks in Paris and continued threats across Europe and other parts of the world. This time the band canceled a concert in Paris itself that was supposed to take place on Monday night (November 23rd) at the Olympia. The band said in a statement, "We are still on tour in Europe, and we are evaluating each show day by day. A lot of work and analysis goes into each decision."

    The statement continued, "Since the events in Paris last week, the situation is still very chaotic -- a lot of misinformation -- and a lot uncertainty in some places. But the most important factor is the safety of the fans which we are not willing to compromise. As a result, for now we will have to postpone the Paris show."

    • Five Finger Death Punch canceled a show in Milan, Italy on Sunday (November 22nd) due to rumors that the Islamic State (ISIS) was planning to attack the show as part of a series of multiple attacks in several countries.
    • The hacktivist group Anonymous claimed to have uncovered plots by ISIS for several terrorist attacks to occur on Sunday, including at a pro wrestling event in Atlanta and other locations in Paris, Rome, Lebanon and Indonesia, in addition to the concert in Milan.
    • The deadly attacks in Paris took the lives of 129 people and injured hundreds more at seven locations in the City of Lights, with some 89 people murdered by the terrorists at an Eagles Of Death Metal concert.
    • Five Finger Death Punch's next scheduled gig is on Wednesday (November 25th) in Dusseldorf, Germany.

  • Breaking Benjamin frontman Ben Burnley is apparently not willing to become a complete corporate shill just yet. Burnley revealed that he was approached by Sony and Electronic Arts to give his stamp of approval to the new Star Wars: Battlefront video game for Xbox. A confirmed hardcore gamer, Burnley says that the companies offered to pay him for endorsing the game.

    But the plan backfired after Burnley actually played the game and was apparently displeased, posting a photo of the broken disc on his Instagram account and writing, "They wanted to pay me to post that I like this piece of s**t game . . . They can shove it up their a** this game sucks I'd rather watch the god awful prequels then play this piece of s**t one more second (thanks) for ruining Star Wars EA."

    • A number of musicians in various metal and hard rock bands have been promoting certain video games via their social media accounts lately.
    • Video game publishers have been paying and/or giving the musicians free copies of the software in exchange for promotion -- a fairly common practice, although one that just lately has extended to video games.
    • Breaking Benjamin continues to promote its recently issued new disc, Dark Before Dawn, which debuted at Number One on the Billboard album chart last July.
    • The band's first set of all-new material in five years contains the chart-topping hits "Failure" and "Angels Fall."

  • Tool guitarist Adam Jones gave an update on the progress of the band's long-awaited fifth studio album in a new interview with Rolling Stone, saying that the songwriting sessions were "wonderful" and adding, "Things are really flowing and going really well, and I'm just blown away at the stuff that's coming together. I'm excited and can't wait for it to be done. It's something I've been missing for a long time, that beautiful collaboration that we have because we're all so different and have different tastes."

    Jones told us that each member of Tool has a different method of working on music: "It's like painting. We all work different. You know, some painters can paint in a day. That's kind of like Maynard (James Keenan, Tool singer). He's so good at just coming up with melodies and his lyrics and it's like instantaneous. Where I like, you know, like I'm a painter where I like to paint one area and then sand it out and try something else, and then try a different palate. We just work differently and we're all very respectful of that."

    • Jones told Rolling Stone, "We probably have 20 potential song ideas now. Of course, 20 won't be on the record. We're just jamming. But I'll tell you, there's nothing better than having too many good songs then not enough. It's great. You pick your faves."
    • The guitarist added that Keenan has heard the music via an ftp site and Dropbox, saying, "He's got other stuff he does, so we keep him in the loop, and he has written lyrics, but he's still working on that and he'll commit."
    • Tool will embark on a U.S. tour in January, with the first confirmed date on January 9th in San Diego and the last so far on January 26th in Charlotte, North Carolina. Just eight shows have been unveiled so far, although at least another eight are expected to be announced as well.

  • Jimmy Page says he plans to start his first solo album in 27 years in 2016, according to Bang Showbiz. Page, who curated the revamped Led Zeppelin catalogue over the last several years, was on hand at London’s Classic Rock magazine's Roll of Honor Awards, and shed some light on the still-untitled project, saying, ''Next year I'm just going to working on the guitar, it's time for me to go out there and do a solo album -- my last solo album was 1988. I haven't really milked the situation; it's time to do another one. I'm known for playing many styles of guitar, and I need to re-visit all the different styles I can play.''

    Page went on to say: "I’m not thinking about singers, I'm thinking of an instrumental thing -- I want to work with my strengths rather than my weaknesses. I want to work with myself, I want to get myself up and running and once I'm ready I'll think about whether I need someone to sing on the music. . . I want to be playing live again, but that won't be until next year, I've planned all this a while ago. I want to start in the UK, I've got ideas but I want to wait to see what happens. I'd like to do Glastonbury I could do a sort of karaoke night with Led Zeppelin songs.''

    • When we last caught up with Jimmy Page we told him that "Ten Years Gone" -- one of the many unsung classics on Physical Graffiti -- might actually sum up the essence of him as a musician: "I really appreciate what you’re saying about the, sort, of essence of it, and I must say that I really intended to make something that is like a guitar-orchestral piece, that’s exactly what I intended. And when I was going through it, Robert (Plant) just came up with these lyrics, which were so bang on, it was just absolutely perfect, with a whole plaintive aspect of what it was. Y’know what I mean? It’s emotional call. It was absolutely marvelous, really."
    • There's been no release date announced for the upcoming Page album, which will be his first true solo set since Outrider, which was released on June 19th, 1988 and peaked at Number 26 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
    • Outrider featured Robert Plant co-writing and contributing vocals on the track "The Only One," and Jason Bonham drumming on both the majority of the album and Page's subsequent tour.


    JAMIE FOXX AND KATIE HOLMES STILL SECRETLY DATING: Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes have been dating since 2013 according to Page Six. A source explained, "She is head over heels for him . . . But they don’t want to fuel any of the rumors so Jamie has been avoiding attending parties she’s been going to." The source added, "Katie and Jamie have a fun and playful relationship and have gotten even closer in the past few months . . . Suri gets along with him super well, too."

    PORSHA WILLIAMS WON'T CONFIRM IF SHE'S BACK WITH BALLER: Real Housewife of Atlanta star Porsha Williams allegedly broke up with her boyfriend, Duke Williams, but the pair may be back together. When asked on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live about her relationship with the NFL player, Porsha said, "Ummm you’ll find out on the show . . . What I can say is that we’re still good friends.


    The sixth season of Game of Thrones doesn't start until April but new promotional art appears to have spoiled one major cliffhanger from season five. Jon Snow is still alive.

    The poster released on Monday (November 23rd) shows Kit Harington's character with a bloody face with just the word April written above the network logo. There has been a lot of speculation about the character since the episode aired in June and Kit told Entertainment Weekly at the time, "I've been told I'm dead. I'm dead. I'm not coming back next season." Other people associated with the show have made similar statements even though Kit was spotted in Belfast, Northern Ireland near a popular filming location for the show and he has not yet cut off the haircut he has had for the character. He was also spotted on set in September.


    Gigi Hadid is the victim of a hacking. According to TMZ, people have accessed her personal data on her iCloud and are the threatening to release it.

    The hackers allegedly demanded money to keep them from leaking photos and videos to media outlets. Gigi has apparently refused to give in and has brought in the police and a private security firm to look into the situation.

    • The nature of the content is unclear.
    • The people responsible face legal consequences whether or not they release the photos and videos.


    ELISABETH HASSELBECK TO EXIT 'FOX & FRIENDS': Elisabeth Hasselbeck is making her exit from Fox & Friends to focus on motherhood. Fox News chairman Roger Ailes said in a statement, "Elisabeth and I discussed this at length over several weeks, and while I would love for her to continue here, I respect her incredibly difficult, yet deeply personal decision. She has been a great addition to the Fox & Friends franchise." She joined the show in 2013 after her exit from The View.

    NICKELODEON IS MAKING A NEW 'HEY ARNOLD' MOVIE: Nickelodeon is making a new TV movie of the 90s show Hey Arnold. According to Variety, the movie will pick up right where the old TV series left off. The show ran for eight years from 1996 to 2004.

    'MISS AMERICA' TO AIR ON ABC THROUGH 2018: ABC has extended its contract for the rights to the Miss America competition. The show will be broadcast on the network through 2018. Miss America CEO Sam Haskell said, "We are so pleased to continue our successful partnership with ABC. Miss America, Dick Clark productions and ABC have worked tirelessly to make the national competition one of the most important specials on television."

    FX WANTS MORE 'FARGO': Fargo has been renewed for third season by FX. The network said in a statement, "Year 2 of Fargo is an extraordinary achievement and, given Noah Hawley's masterful storytelling, we can't wait to see where the third, all-new version of Fargo takes us." No casting or premiere date information was released.

    CW ORDERS ADDITIONAL EPISODES FOR 'CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND' AND 'IZOMBIE': Both Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and i-Zombie are sticking around The CW for a bit longer. The network ordered six additional episodes for i-Zombie's sophomore season and five more for the freshman season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Both shows have been popular with critics but struggling in the ratings.

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