Music, Movies and the Not So Mundane

Nov 1, 2011 at 2:07 pm

In the spirit of Halloween, The Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer, The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt, Neil Gaiman and Moby dropped by late night star Craig Ferguson’s set to cover The Rocky Horror Show’s “Science Fiction/Double Feature.”

And in the spirit of being awesome, Reggie Watts performed Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys Are Back in Town” to welcome Conan O’Brien back to New York City.

Harold Camping says he’s sorry the world didn’t end on Oct. 21. During a Family Radio address on Oct. 28, Camping said, “Why didn’t Christ return on Oct. 21? It seems embarrassing for Family Radio. But God was in charge of everything. We came to that conclusion after quite careful study of the Bible. He allowed everything to happen the way it did without correction. He could have stopped everything if He had wanted to.”—-

Yesterday MTV’s O Music Awards 2 drew 22.3 million votes from fans, doubling last year’s inaugural award ceremony. Bjork won the “Digital Genius Award,” Spotify won the “Most Addictive Social Music Service” and The Flaming Lips performed The Beatles’ “Revolution” in honor of the late Steve Jobs.

Bill Paxton is in the frame to direct a film adaptation of the 1972 television series Kung Fu that starred David Carradine. It’s also the show that is referenced in Office Space. You know, the one on channel 39.

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained welcomes its newest addition to the cast, Anthony LaPaglia (Joe from Empire Records). LaPaglia will play Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s brother and the leader of a gang of Austrailan slave escorts. “It’s wildly ambitious and imaginative, deals with that subject matter in a way it hasn’t been dealt with before,” LaPaglia said of the script. “The way the cast has shaped up, it’s exciting to be involved.”

The woman who won the $25,000 plastic surgery voucher from Donald Trump’s Taj Mahal Casino Resort says she won’t be going under the knife and will instead take the winnings in cash.

Marcin Leszcynski, his 30-week pregnant wife Nicole and her 2-year-old daughter were put in state custody after they forgot to pay for $5 worth of sandwiches at a grocery store. The two decided they’d eat their snacks while they browsed and simply scan the wrapper at the register later. During their checkout, they forgot to scan the wrappers and were subsequently questioned by security guards before being charged with shoplifting. The couple was released on $50 bail each while their daughter Zofia spent the night with Child Welfare Services.