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FOOD: Death Row Dinners Pop-up Outrage

Daily Mail reports that the pop-up restaurant opening next month would have been called Death Row Dinners and planned to charge customers $65 for their “last meal.”

The event’s website states that guests would be given a five-course feast consisting of whatever they want to eat should this be their last day on Earth, or, as they put it, “culinary twists on some of death rows most interesting and popular last dinners.”

It wasn’t the premise, however, that triggered most of the outcry, but rather the promotional photos of real death row inmates with menus around their necks.

Twitter users lashed out at the event’s organizers shortly after it was announced, blasting them for insensitivity. (elitedaily)


WTF: Man robs store with banana

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A man armed with a banana robbed a convenience store in Philadelphia and then rode away on a bicycle . The suspect walking into Tejada Grocery and got in line behind a customer, where individual bananas were being sold. As his turn at the register approached, the man stuffed the fruit into the pocket of his hoodie and used it to simulate a gun.Police say the man demanded cash and cigarettes. (Yahoo)


MUSIC NEWS: Metallica to release all 2014 concerts on CD

Metallica has announced via the band’s official website that it will release all 27 shows it played in 2014 on CD before the year is out. The band’s statement said, “Starting today through the end of this year, every show that we’ve played in 2014 will be released on CD! We are gonna roll out three shows at a time on Mondays.” The shows will be released in order, starting with a March 16th gig in Bogota, Colombia and ending with a concert at the Heavy Montreal festival in Montreal on August 9th.

The band is also taking pre-orders for a box set of all 27 concerts, which will be ready to ship in December.
Individual CDs will cost $19.81 while the complete box set will set you back $417.
Selected shows will also be issued on limited-edition 180-gram vinyl early in 2015, with fans allowed to vote on which ones should be pressed.
The website also promised “many more releases and some cool box sets in the New Year!”
Metallica is expected to release a new studio album sometime before the end of 2015.


MUSIC NEWS: Kroeger & Lavigne divorcing

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Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger and pop singer Avril Lavigne are reportedly headed for divorce after a year of marriage, according to Us Weekly. Inside sources revealed, “It’s over. He has been going around L.A. telling people that they are divorcing.” The 39-year-old Kroeger proposed to the 29-year-old Lavigne in August 2012 after dating for just a few months. The couple were married in July 2013 at a ceremony in the South of France.

There has been no public hint of trouble in the marriage, with Lavigne just this past July showing off a 17-carat emerald-cut ring that Kroeger gave her for their first anniversary. But a source told E! News that the couple is having “a lot of issues,” explaining, “When they met, they were in work mode. They were doing a collaboration and that’s where the attraction stemmed from. She was in the studio and he was producing her. She was also coming off some bad relationships where she didn’t really feel appreciated as an artist. She felt she and Chad connected on that level.”

Now that Lavigne’s album didn’t do as well as hoped, the source continued, “they’re finding that they’re not seeing eye to eye on a lot of things. There’s jealousy on both sides. She flirts, he flirts. She’s very insecure to begin with.” The same source told E! that Lavigne “was hoping, after this album, to take time off and start a family.” That could conflict with Kroeger’s own career plans. Nickelback is set to release its eighth studio album, No Fixed Address, on November 4th, and plans to hit the road in early 2015 for a lengthy world tour in support of the new record.
Lavigne was married once before, to Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley. That marriage ended in 2009 after three years.


TV: “Problem Child” being developed for TV series


NBC is developing the 1990 family comedy Problem Child into a new single-camera comedy. The project is being developed by Scot Armstrong — a writer known for his work on Old School and The Hangover Part II. The first Problem Child film was made for $10 million and earned $72 million at the box office. The story involves a couple who are conned into adopting a troubled seven-year boy who wreaks havoc in their lives and leaves a path of destruction anywhere he goes.


MUSIC NEWS: Bush reissues four previous albums

Bush will reissue four of its previous albums on October 14th in remastered editions, including 1994’s Sixteen Stone, 1996’s Razorblade Suitcase, 1999’s The Science of Things and the 1997 remix LP, Deconstructed. Frontman Gavin Rossdale told us that putting the reissues together has been a bittersweet experience: “We’ve done some remastering of the stuff and we’ve got some nice things planned, some alternate versions of things. It’s been quite nostalgic for me, going back into the past, I mean looking through oceans of old photographs and being maybe quite nostalgic when I try not to be nostalgic. It’s fun and enlightening and heartwarming and sad all at once.”

All of the tracks — including hits like “Glycerine,” “Machinehead,” and “Comedown” — have been remastered in high resolution from their original audio recordings.
A stream of the remastered version of “Glycerine” has been posted online.
Bush’s sixth studio album, Man On The Run, will arrive on October 21st through Bush’s own imprint, Zuma Rock Records.


WTF: Goldfish get brain surgery



A goldfish in Australia had successful brain surgery to remove a tumor that was giving it problems eating. George, the goldfish, underwent the hour-long procedure at Lort Smith Animal Hospital. The doctor who performed the surgery said it was a very intricate procedure and that he had a hard time closing up the would because of the lack of skin. George is now home recovering with 20 other goldfish and is expected to live another 20 years due to the surgery. (Buzzfeed)