LEVI STUBBS, who led the Four Tops to more than 40 hits on the Billboard pop charts, died on Friday in Motown at age 72. The Tops totally burn through these live versions of "It's the Same Old Song," "Standing in the Shadows of Love," and "Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch" and "Reach Out (I'll Be There)" in Belgium (even with a few video glitches), but the quasi-live version of "Reach Out (I'll Be There)" is pretty darn good too... and in color. They totally lip-synch through "Something About You" on Hullaballoo and "Baby, I Need Yor Loving" on Shivaree, but worth it for the teens rocking out and girls squealing in the bridge. I should not have to break out Billy Bragg's "Levi Stubbs' Tears" twice in the same year, but that's the way it is -- and Bragg captures a more melancholy version of the raw desperation Stubbs was a master of summoning from a song.
LUCINDA WILLIAMS talks about the Twin Cities and her new album with the Mpls Star-Trib.
CALEXICO stopped by the World Cafe via Tuscon for a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand via NPR.
THE ANNUALS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand via MPR.
BECK releases a video for the title track to his "Modern Guilt" album.
EDWYN COLLINS talks to the Independent about coming back from two strokes which left him unable to walk, talk or sing.
STAYIN' ALIVE: Ironically, it's useful for Stayin' Alive.
TODD RUNDGREN talks to The Scotsman about his new album of heads-down, no-nonsense, mindless boogie.
THE SOUL of JAMES BROWN: Five unusual and exceptional tributes and covers are streaming at NPR.
DON CORNELIUS, 72-year-old creator and longtime host of the iconic television show "Soul Train," was arrested Friday night on suspicion of felony domestic violence.
MADONNA & GUY RITCHIE: Reports of what Ritchie might get in a divorce setllement range from just £10 million to as much as 60 million dollars in property and cash. Madge's lawyers claim that Ritchie was a cruel and verbally-abusive husband who would belittle and ridicule her in front of others (by saying things that seem largely true). The real father of adopted son David is bitterly disappointed and wonders whether he would be better off back in Malawi. The Daily Mail claims that Madge is hoping she can have a natural child with Alex Rodriguez, despite her age.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Max Payne tops the box office with 18 million, which may not be too bad, considering the generally poor track record for videogame-based movies. Still, with a 35 million budget, it's not looking like the world's best investment. Beverly Hills Chihuahua drops to second place with 11.2 million. The Secret Life of Bees debuts in third with 11 million, which is about the pic's broduction budget; producers Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have to be pleased. Oliver Stone's W made 10.5 million on a 25.1 million budget; this is considerably less than the opening numbers for World Trade Center, Any Given Sunday or Alexander. Eagle Eye rounds out the Top Five with 7.3 million; it has now made back its 80 million production budget in the US. Body of Lies drops to sixth and is looking like a bust, as is The Express and City of Ember. Meanwhile, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist plays on, having made 26.7 million so far on a 10 million cost.
DAVID DUCHOVNY & TEA LEONI: Duchovny's tenns coach is not going to deny she had an affair with Agent Mulder.
BRADGELINA: Pitt is looking busy these days -- Just Jared has the first pic from Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, and Pitt is in negaotiations to star in adaptations of The Odyssey and Moneyball, with the latter being written by ace scribe Steven Zaillian. Meanwhile the L.A. Times notes that Angelina's movies tend to be marketed based on word of Jolie's mouth.
KATHERINE HEIGL is reportedly adopting a Korean orphan, according to the ever-reliable National Enquirer.
QUANTUM of SOLACE gets an advance review from the BBC: It's badder, better but not bigger, clocking in at one and three-quarter hours. It opens in the UK on Halloween but not in the US until November. In the meantime, new Bond girl Olga Kurylenko appears nude in The Ring Finger, which was shot in 2005, but goes to DVD to coincide with the new Bond movie release.
IRON MAN 2: Terrence Howard claims to be shocked at the news he has been replaced by Don Cheadle in the super-sequel.
THE WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE BRA: Looks good on Adrianna Lima, anyway.
TERROR in the UK: "Another great plot" is being investigated by the authorities, counter-terrorism minister Lord West warned last week. Meanwhile, a link between terrorism plots and hardcore child pr0n is becoming clear after a string of police raids in Britain and across the Continent, an investigation by The Times of London has discovered.
NORTH KOREA is set to make an "important announcement" today amid speculation over the health of its leader Kim Jong-Il, a Japanese newspaper has reported.
IRAN & IRAQ: More than 80 pages of newly declassified intelligence documents for the first time describe in detail an elaborate network used by Iraqis to gain entry into Iran and train to attack US troops.
IRAQ: The number of foreign journalists in Baghdad is declining sharply, a media withdrawal that reflects Iraq's growing stability and the financial strains faced by some news organizations. The Marines in Fallujah have done what was unthinkable before the surge began - they have quietly transferred out of one of Anbar province's largest cities.
ANIMALS RIDING ANIMALS: Best Week Ever posts a photo gallery.
HOMER the CAT has no eyes, but still dispatched an intruder.
DOGS EAT CAR: And it's not the first time, either.
SURFIN' RAT: Everybody's heard about the rat. Pics at the link.
TIGER CUBS shown in Honolulu. Awww...some video at the link.