Music, Movies and the Not So Mundane

Former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh died in his Chicago hotel room Sunday. Chicago police spokesperson Laura Kubiak said that there is nothing to indicate foul play at this time and the cause of death is undetermined pending autopsy results. Weezer posted a message on its website, calling Welsh's time with the band "vital, essential, wild and amazing."—-

"A unique talent, a deeply loving friend and father, and a great artist is gone, but we will never forget him," the band said. Welsh had planned to attend Weezer's Sunday performance at Riot Fest in Chicago. "I'm excited to see the boys, hang out and have some fun," he wrote on his Facebook page earlier this month.

Shirley MacLaine, who has earned herself six Academy Award nominations, six Emmy nominations and seven Golden Globe Awards (Not quite an EGOT) has been picked by the American Film Institute as the 40th recipient of its Life Achievement award.


Real Steal was the top film at the box office this weekend after raking in $27.3 million, while The Ides of March earned itself a measly $10.4 million.

Police in Ocala, Fla., believe they have caught the notorious Serial School Pooper — a man who has pooped on the steps of a portable classroom five times since early September. The man has allegedly left behind notes, pamphlets and in one instance, a thong. Surveillance tape (yes, they have video footage of this guy) shows the suspect taking a deuce while holding a bottle of water and some toilet paper. The Gainesville Sun reports that when the suspect, Kenneth Martin Sarsony, was approached by police he admitted that he was in fact the Serial School Pooper. Sarsony attributes his actions to "bad spirits." That's code for bad indigestion.

As irresponsible as it is to direct you toward the Urban Outfitters website, you can stream the new M83 double album, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, here. The album has a release date of Oct. 18.

"Streaming unreleased music is so Jazz!"

Happy Birthday to Ben Vereen, Peter Coyote, Bradley Whitford, Rebecca Pidgeon and Mario López.

When Houston native Bridgett Nickerson Boyd's car broke down on her way to work, she pulled it over to the side of the freeway. So a sheriff's deputy named Mark Goad wrote her a ticket for driving on the shoulder and then arrested her. Well, now she's suing Goad and Harris County for false arrest, putting handcuffs on painfully tight and forcing her to listen to Rush Limbaugh "make derogatory comments about black people" all the way to jail. Boyd is African-American by the by.

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