FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH GETS TO NUMBER TWO WITH ‘HEAVEN’: Five Finger Death Punch's new album, The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, Volume 1, sold 112,000 copies in the U.S. to debut at Number Two on the Billboard album chart on Wednesday (August 7th). The record arrived in stores on July 30th. The chart and first-week sales numbers are both career highs for the group, whose previous effort, 2011's American Capitalist, sold 91,000 copies in its first seven days to enter the chart at Number Three.
- The group's 2009 sophomore album, War Is The Answer, moved 44,000 copies to land at Number Seven. All three previous Five Finger Death Punch releases have gone gold.
MAN OFFICIALLY CHARGED IN ATTEMPTED BREAK-IN OF KID ROCK’S HOUSE: The 43-year-old man who tried to break into Kid Rock's home in Clarkston, Michigan has been arraigned on felony charges of attempted home invasion, malicious destruction of a building and malicious destruction of property, according to Billboard. All three charges carry possible prison sentences of five years. The man, Brian D. Keith of Independence Township, was arraigned on Tuesday (August 6th) in Clarkston District Court. He asked for a court-appointed attorney and is being held on $75,000 bond.
- Keith was arrested last Saturday (August 3rd) after surveillance photos from security cameras on Rock's property showed him ramming open the property gate with a 1994 Ford van and attempting to break into the house -- all while on crutches -- and causing an estimated $30,000 in damage.
- Keith, who also had crutches with him during his hearing, told the District Court judge that he has problems with his legs. He explained, "I had 15 screws and two plates put in my knee. Nurses come by every other day. I have to start intense physical therapy or else I'll never walk again."
- Although Keith asked for a low bond, the judge denied that request due to Keith's 14 previous convictions as an adult, including several for drunken driving and fraud.
- Judge Joseph Fabrizio said, "I do not find that you have strong ties to the community. You have an out-of-state criminal history. While you have seven children, you do not have any custody of them." Keith is due back in court next Monday (August 12th).
- Rock. who is about to perform eight concerts in Detroit, said on his website following the attempted break-in, "Thank God I was not on the property at the time of this attempted break in. I am an avid hunter and marksman and I will not hesitate to shoot anyone who has myself or family in fear for our lives."
CHECK IT OUT: See Keith's mugshot at http://tinyurl.com/mzcenwf
ONE OF THE LAST REMAINING 'WIZARD OF OZ' MUNCHKINS HAS DIED: Margaret Pellegrini, who played multiple munchkin parts in The Wizard of Oz passed away at her home in Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday (August 7th) after suffering a stroke. She was 89. There are only two surviving munchkins from the 1939 classic film who are still alive to discuss their experiences being a part of making Hollywood history.
TRAILER FOR 'CBGB' RELEASED: The first trailer for Randall Miller's CBGB has been released online. The film takes audiences inside the famous punk rock music venue where Blondie, Talking Heads, The Ramones, and Patti Smith played legendary gigs. Take a look:
GEENA DAVIS PUTS HER 'A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN' UNIFORM ON AGAIN: Geena Davis put her Rockford Peach uniform back on to film a commercial last Friday (August 2nd) -- twenty-one years after A League of Their Own hit theaters. During last year's 20th anniversary, Geena told Parade, "I certainly hoped people would like it and that it would be successful, but the success we had at the box office was a really big deal back then. Even today, lots of 15-year-old girls will tell me, 'I play sports because of that movie.' It's fantastic." Take a look: http://usm.ag/18bfkN9
SYLVESTER STALLONE IS NOT A BRUCE WILLIS FAN: It appears that Rambo and John McClane are not friends. Sylvester Stallone was not shy about insulting his former Expendables costar Bruce Willis while announcing on Twitter on Tuesday (August 6th) that there were some casting changes to the upcoming third film in the action franchise.
Stallone wrote, "Willis Out...Harrison Ford In!!! Great News!!!! Been waiting years for this!!!!" He poured salt on the wound shortly after by adding, "Greedy and lazy...A sure formula for career failure."
- Bruce has not responded to the insults
OBAMA CANCELS SUMMIT WITH PUTIN: The White House yesterday (August 7th) canceled President Obama's planned face-to-face summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin early next month amid increasing tensions over issues including the Syrian civil war and in the wake of Russia granting asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. Russia responded by expressing disappointment and blaming it on what it said was the inability of the U.S. to develop relations with Moscow on a, quote, "equal basis." On the night before yesterday's announcement, Obama told Jay Leno on NBC's The Tonight Show that there have been times when the Russians, quote, "slip back into Cold War thinking and a Cold War mentality."
YEMEN SAYS IT'S UNCOVERED AL-QAIDA PLOTS: Military and intelligence officials in Yemen said Wednesday (August 7th) that they uncovered an al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula plot to fire missiles at foreign embassies in the capital and attack naval forces guarding international shipping in the Red Sea. Details of the plot emerged as Yemen remains in a heightened state of alert that has seen the U.S. and British embassies evacuated. The Defense Ministry stepped up security around the strategic waterway that connects the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden, and strong security measures have been set up across the capital of Sanaa, with multiple checkpoints and tanks and other military vehicles guarding vital institutions. However, Yemeni military officials didn't link the plot to the U.S. decision last week to temporarily close its diplomatic posts in the Middle East and Africa.
JUDGE STOPS FORT HOOD MASSACRE TRIAL: The judge overseeing the court martial of Major Nidal Hasan for the 2009 Fort Hood massacre abruptly halted the proceedings Wednesday (August 7th) after the standby attorney for the defendant, who's representing himself, contended that Hasan was deliberately trying to get himself convicted and sentenced to death. Hasan responded to the allegations by saying, "That's a twist of the facts." The judge then closed the courtroom to discuss the matter and no witnesses were called. Hasan delivered an extremely brief opening statement Tuesday in which he said the evidence would show he was the shooter who killed 13 people and wounded 32, and questioned only two of the first dozen witnesses. Hasan had wanted to plead guilty to murder and attempted murder, but military rules forbid guilty pleas in death penalty cases.
THREE WINNERS OF $448 MILLION POWERBALL JACKPOT: There are three winners of last night's (August 7th) $448 million Powerball jackpot, with two of the lucky tickets sold in New Jersey and one in Minnesota. The three winners will split the jackpot. Yesterday's jackpot -- with the winning numbers 5, 25, 30, 58, 59 and Powerball 32 -- was the third largest-ever.
CLEVELAND HOUSE WHERE THREE WOMEN HELD TORN DOWN: The Cleveland home where three women were held captive, brutally beaten and sexually assaulted for a decade was torn down Wednesday (August 7th), three months after Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were able to escape. The man who held them, 53-year-old Ariel Castro, was sentenced last week to life in prison without parole, and as part of his plea deal, he signed over the deed to the house. Before it was demolished, Knight visited the home one last time, where she released a bunch of yellow balloons, and once it began being torn down, a crowd that included DeJesus' mother cheered. Castro fathered a child with Berry and impregnated Knight several times, but forced her to miscarry by starving and beating her.
STUDY: HIGHER BLOOD SUGAR INCREASES DEMENTIA RISK: A major new study found that higher blood-sugar levels, even those that are well short of diabetes, seem to raise the risk of developing dementia. It's long been known that diabetes makes developing Alzheimer's more likely. Speaking of the results of the new study, scientist Dallas Anderson of the National Institute on Aging, which paid for it, said, "It's a nice, clean pattern," that dementia risk rises as blood sugar does. However, the study just tracked people and didn't test whether lowering someone's blood sugar would help treat or prevent dementia.
JACKIE ROBINSON STATUE DEFACED WITH SLURS, SWASTIKAS: A statue of Jackie Robinson and Brooklyn Dodgers teammate Pee Wee Reese located outside the Coney Island ballpark of the New York Mets single-A affiliate was found defaced yesterday morning (August 7th) with swastikas and racial and anti-Semitic slurs. The statue shows Reese with his arm around Robinson, commemorating the moment at Cincinnati's Crosley Field when Reese showed his solidarity with Robinson amid the harassment he suffered as the first black man to integrate Major League Baseball. New York City police are investigating, treating it as a bias crime. Team employees removed the graffiti from the statue.
ZILLOW LISTS WHITE HOUSE FOR $319 MILLION: The real estate website Zillow lists the White House for $319.6 million, the price it could go for if it were for sale. Politico says the listing for the 16-bedroom, 35-bathroom home at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue describes it as a, quote, "magnificent 132-room mansion" with central cooling, a finished basement -- which also functions as a nuclear bunker -- ceiling fans, a barbecue, an attached garage, and a jet tub. If you don't have that kind of cash on hand, the White House could be rented for the low-by-comparison $1.8 million a month.
CHECK IT OUT:
- The Zillow listing: http://tinyurl.com/7234d3
PLAYERS' UNION APPEALS A-ROD'S SUSPENSION: The Major League Baseball Players Association formally appealed Alex Rodriguez's 211-game suspension Wednesday (August 7th), sending the case to an independent arbitrator. Union head Michael Weiner said the punishment was, quote, "way out of line." Rodriguez was suspended through the 2014 season on Monday when the league penalized 13 players after an investigation of a Florida anti-aging clinic accused of providing performance-enhancing drugs. The other 12 players accepted 50-game suspensions. Rodriguez is continuing to play while the appeals process goes forward.