Music, Movies and the Not So Mundane

MTV today announced that it would be honoring Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello with an award that was specifically created in response to the “music spontaneity, artistry and virility of the Occupy Wall Street performances.” The specific performance Morello is winning the award for is his performance of “The Fabled City” on Oct. 12 at Zuccotti Park in New York City. “It’s an unusual title for an award, but it’s an award that is for the worldwide rebels who are now occupying 1,300 cities around the planet,” Morello told TheWrap. “The one thing that all the Occupy cities have in common is everyone pitches in and cooperates. I’m a musician, so I pitched in and played.”—-

Raking in $34 million in its opening weekend, Puss in Boots trampled the likes of The Rum Diary and In Time. But Justin Timberlake isn’t too sore about it because he’s been offered a leading role in Joel and Ethan Coen’s next flick, Inside Llewyn Davis, which is exactly what it sounds like.

You can stream a J Dilla audio documentary on BBC here.

Hilary Swank fired manager Jason Weinberg and representatives Amie Yavor and Josh Lieberman after the trio told her it would be a good idea to party with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. Human rights groups blasted Swank for partying it up with Kadyrov, who has been accused of torturing and killing oppositions and killing political rivals. But really, how often does one get the chance to hang out with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Seal and a vicious dictator.

Two managers of a Domino’s Pizza in Lake City, Fla., have been charged with arson in connection with a fire that destroyed a Papa John’s location.

A Dublin, Ohio resident known only has “the crypt keeper” was asked to take down one of his Halloween decorations, a 6-foot man hanging from a noose in his tree, because it was too realistic. The crypt keeper says that the decoration is “all in good fun.”

“I made it myself from some material I had left over from work. They said it was too offensive to them. I said 'Well, there is a certain shock value to Halloween.' Let's leave the creepy in Halloween!"

To appease the police, the keeper moved the hanging man to a tree closer to his home and its place put a sign up that reads, “less realistic decoration.”

Adele has canceled the rest of her 2011 tour to have surgery on her vocal cords.

Happy Birthday to Peter Jackson, Piper Perabo, John Candy, Rob Schneider, Willow Smith, Ad-Rock and Vanilla Ice.

A posthumous Amy Winehouse album titled Lioness: Hidden Treasures is set to be released Dec. 5, with a portion of proceeds going to the Amy Winehouse Foundation. See the track listing here.

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