Chester Bennington Of Linkin Park Has Died

Linkin Park at The O2 Arena

TMZ reports that Linkin Park singer and melodic screamer Chester Bennington was found dead of an apparent suicide just before 9:00 this morning. Law enforcement sources say he hanged himself at a private residence in Los Angeles county. He was 41.

Linkin Park were formed in Augora Hills, California in 1996 and only four years later, they got big with their album Hybrid Theory. Both Hybrid Theory and their follow-up Meteora were a huge albums. In 2004, Linkin Park got together with Jay Z and made the rap/nu metal hybrid album Collision Course, which won them their second Grammy award (for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration). Chester was also recruited by Stone Temple Pilots to replace Scott Weiland in 2013.

Chester is survived by his wife and six children. Linkin Park co-founder Mike Shinoda confirmed the news on Twitter:

TMZ makes this story even sadder by reminding us that Chester was a close friend of Chris Cornell (Chester wrote a really heartbreaking letter to Chris the day after he was found dead). He also sang Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah at Chris’ funeral in May. Today would have been Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday. They also add that Chester spoke candidly in the past about suicide, saying he considered because he been abused as a child by an older male.

I grew up in a place that was kind of the country/kind of the suburbs, and I didn’t exactly love high school, so to say that Linkin Park was a part of my teen experience would be a major understatement. I spent a whole year wearing Discman scratches into a burned copy of Meteora, and I have such specific memories of driving to the mall while blasting Faint. Also there was no end to the number of guys I knew who, even if they didn’t want to admit it, cut their hair short and either stretched their ears or got a lip ring to look like Chester.

I’ll leave with the video for In The End because it’s probably the song most people will think of when they think of Chester’s voice, and because it honestly doesn’t get any better than the early 2000s computer animation in this video.

Rest in peace, Chester.



Madge’s Ex-Friend Auction Defense: No Backsies!

Madonna during an appearance on NBC's 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.'

Madonna stopped the drip, drip, drip of her past from continuing to ooze out this week by getting a judge to put a temporary halt on an auction filled with her ghosts of Christmas past. Items like letters Madge wrote claiming Whitney Houston and Sharon Stone were mediocre (blasphemy! That Basic Instinct snatch shot was anything but mediocre!) and even her old panties were up for grabs. Former friend/art (and apparently lingerie) collector Darlene Lutz was behind the auction, and TMZ says she’s swatting back at the Material Girl.

Darlene says she and Madonna settled a bitter dispute back in 2004. While she doesn’t say what the fight was about, I imagine it had something to do with Darlene giving her thoughts on American Life. The panty peddler claims the settlement included her giving Madonna cash and, in return, Madge wouldn’t go after Darlene for anything. That’s more open-ended than a b-hole at Twink Wink in P-town! I have a hard time believing Kabbalah’s favorite Kween would ever pull a punch like that. This is the same hawk who charges $ 200 for nosebleed seats!

Darlene adds that she has the right to do whatever with Madge’s filthy drawers since they were a gift of sorts courtesy of the United States Postal Service: “If Madonna truly wanted privacy, then mailing her lingerie was not the way to go.” Mailing her panties? Now THAT sounds more like Madge!



Buy Vernon Wells’ Texas Mansion Featuring A Private Lake — $9.9 Million

Vernon Wells retired from baseball in 2013. I’m pretty sure that was the last time I heard Vernon Wells’ name. Right now you’re probably saying, “oh yeah, I remember Vernon Wells, what ever happened to him?” Well, my man retired and just went on his way. 15 years as a solid outfielder, a few All-Star appearances and then poof, disappeared out of the spotlight.

Now today, the boss and I are trying to figure out what to post to round out the end of the day and he sends me this link to Vernon Wells’ house that just went on the market. 4 years and I haven’t thought about this dude and now here I am posting his sweet house on the internet.

Details from the realtor:

Impressive Jauregui built estate home in Vaquero with water view! Amenities include complete health center with exercise studio & batting cage, spa with sauna, jetted tub, massage room & salon, game room with media room & bar. Spacious guest suite has living room, kitchen & dual bedrooms. Sprawling master suite with sitting room & fireplace, outdoor terrace, luxurious master bath & closet extending into large laundry & utility room. Covered & open patios extend the length of the home with outdoor kitchen, stone fireplace, water feature & firepit. Infinity edge pool with slide, submerged barstools & attached spa. 

You’re getting the full package if you buy this monster. Guys like Vernon are smart. They buy a house away from a big city, get that bang for their buck, then put in all the extra shit they ever wanted it and save money. You get a private lake, a massive house and a ton of land for $ 10 million.

More features from Vernon’s house

  • 5 beds / 8 baths / 16,238 sqft

  • The batting cage/workout area is real nice

  • The bathtub is straight out of Scarface, not as big, but the same idea

  • I mentioned the lake in the backyard, but you also get a pool and a tennis court back there

  • 10 miles to Whole Foods

  • 24 miles to AT&T Stadium

Mortgage: $ 37,597/mo


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Chester Bennington and the Unfortunately Frequent Reminder that Suicide Isn’t Selfish

In an open letter after Chris Cornell’s death, Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, wrote «Your voice was joy and pain, anger and forgiveness, love and heartache all wrapped up into one. I suppose that’s what we all are. You helped me understand that.»

This morning, Bennington was found dead, presumed to have committed suicide by hanging. For his many, many fans («Hybrid Theory» alone sold 30 million copies, making it the biggest debut album of the 20th century) Bennington probably helped them too understand all the feelings he found in Cornell, in life and death alike.

We don’t know the circumstances behind Bennington’s death. Do we really ever know anyone’s circumstances? But I can already hear angry fingers clicking with rage and sadness and aggressive apathy, the things that create the most fervent convictions on the internet, and beneath their fingertips, the word is forming en masse: the word «selfish.»

Because that’s what we hear when someone commits suicide, when someone commits to making the choice to end their life. That they were selfish. That they were cowardly. That they were weak.

I’m not here to lionize and deify those lost to suicide. It’s by no means a courageous or heroic act, but that does not make the act inherently opposite. What it is, rather, is a massively complicated form of calculus, a series of numbers and code that make sense only when processed through the most specific kinds of minds. It doesn’t make sense to most of us. For that, we should be grateful—not judgmental. Because if you don’t understand the code that must be in place for the decision to end it all to make sense, you’re fortunate. For far too many, the code exists. The code makes sense. And all too easily can the code be processed, resulting in a banally catastrophic ending. A solution to that mind’s complex math problem.

The suicidal mind, the mind warped and tattered by depression, you must understand that this mind is not necessarily capable of seeing any worth to its existence or the existence of the screamingly numb vessel in which it resides. To the suicidal mind, the rest of the world would be better off, or isn’t thought of at all, so deeply hurting the mind is and rendered incapacitated by pain and rage and nothing at all to operate the way another mind might be able to.

The suicidal mind is not an adequately functioning mind. Or at least it is not functioning in the way we might refer to as «normal» or «healthy,» where the primary goal is survival. To the suicidal mind, survival is often a burden.

The thing about a suicidal mind, the saddest, most frightening thing, is that it isn’t always locked into that state. You can still feel happiness, joy, laughter. You can still feel at all. But then sometimes you can’t. And it doesn’t feel temporary, it feels like forever.

It feels like the answer. The only answer.

So don’t call it selfish. You just don’t understand the math. And for that, be grateful.


Everything That’s Happened Since Jesse Williams and Aryn Drake-Lee Split

Jesse Williams split from his wife of nearly five years, real estate broker Aryn Drake-Lee, in April 2017. While we still don’t know what exactly went wrong, new details about their divorce have slowly been emerging. The two are currently in the middle of an intense custody battle over their children, Maceo and Sadie, and Jesse appears to have moved on with his The Butler costar Minka Kelly. Keep reading for a look at everything that’s happened since Jesse and Aryn called it quits.

April 11, 2017: Jesse Files For Divorce

The Grey’s Anatomy actor split from Aryn after nearly five years of marriage. According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Jesse was the one who filed the divorce petition and is requesting legal and physical custody of Maceo, 1, and Sadie, 3. He also checked the box asking the court to deny Aryn any spousal support and they are instead working it out in mediation.

June 21, 2017: Things Start to Get Ugly

In court documents obtained by Us Weekly, Jesse’s attorneys stated that Aryn refused his request to spend more time with their kids, even though Jesse insisted he’s «always been an active, involved, hands-on dad.» «Aryn restricts my time with the children and decides when, and for how long I may have them,» Jesse claimed. «She has rejected, without any reason, each and every request I have made to have the children sleepover at my residence. On the few days that I have the children, Aryn has insisted that my time with the children be limited during the week to approximately two-and-a-half hours per day, despite my requests for more time, including overnights with the children.»

Aryn’s lawyer, Jill Hersh, later responded to Jesse’s claims with a statement of her own, telling Us Weekly, «Protecting the privacy and well-being of their children is of paramount importance to Aryn Drake-Lee Williams. It is unfortunate that Mr. Williams has chosen to draw public attention to this difficult time and transition for their family. Aryn is solely interested in the best interests of their children, supporting a healthy relationship with both parents, and protecting the children’s privacy. Therefore, she will not comment any further on Mr. Williams’s unilateral and unfortunate public allegations.»

July 7, 2017: Jesse Steps Out With Another Woman

Jesse was spotted catching a movie in LA with his The Butler costar Minka Kelly. The two kept a low profile in a black jackets and jeans and made sure to steer clear of any PDA. Prior to their outing, Minka and Jesse first sparked dating rumors when they were both in Paris for a video game shoot.

July 10, 2017: Jesse Breaks His Silence

In an 11-minute Tidal video for JAY-Z’s latest album, Footnotes For 4:44, Jesse opened up about their divorce for the first time. The actor joined JAY-Z, Chris Rock, Will Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Anthony Anderson, Aziz Ansari, and other celebrities for a chat about relationships, and without mentioning Aryn by name, addressed cheating rumors. «I was in a relationship 13 years, 13 real years, not five years, not seven years — 13 years,» he said. «All of a sudden motherf*ckers are writing think-pieces that I somehow threw a 13-year relationship. Like, the most painful experience I’ve had in my life, like with a person I’ve loved with all of my heart — that I threw a person and my family in the trash because a girl I work with is cute.»

July 11, 2017: Jesse Moves On

News broke that Jesse had reportedly been dating Minka for «a few months.» «They’re legit,» a source told Us Weekly. The pair has yet to officially confirm their relationship.

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‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ Goes All GLaDOS-y And Now We Want Cake

The long-gestating sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 robots vs. monsters punch-out, Pacific Rim, has just released it’s first propagand-tastic teaser trailer. And boy, does it make us worried about the fate of the human race…

While the promo provides a refresher on what, exactly, a Jaeger is anyway (giant robots that humans made in order to, you know, punch equally giant Kaiju monsters), it’s the narrator that really stands out. Because Jesus tap dancing Christ, ya’ll — I think that’s GLaDOS. You know, the murderous AI from the Portal games? The one that lays out deadly test rooms and forces subject to navigate them with the promise of cake (which, spoiler: is a lie).

Either it’s a coincidence, or something ominous is afoot for our poor drift-compatible Jaeger pilots. Will Pacific Rim: Uprising feature a giant mecha rebellion?

The teaser includes our first look at John Boyega’s character, Jake Pentecost, the son of Idris Elba’s character from the first film. Returning for the sequel are Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Burn Gorman. The film is slated to hit theaters February 28, 2018.


Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda Is «Shocked and Heartbroken» by Chester Bennington’s Death

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington died by suicide at age 41 on Thursday morning, leaving behind wife Talinda Ann Bentley, his six children, and plenty of friends and family. One of them is fellow bandmate Mike Shinoda, who confirmed the devastating news on Twitter shortly after. «Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one,» he wrote.

Mike founded Linkin Park in 1996 and produced and cowrote much of the band’s music. Their most recent album, One More Light, was released in May, and the band was set to go on a world tour on July 27.

We will update this post with further information as it becomes available.

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Behind the Exhibit: The Jim Henson Exhibition

After losing his puppeteer of 27 years earlier this week, Kermit the Frog may be feeling particularly homesick. Luckily, the much-anticipated “Jim Henson Exhibition,” opening this Saturday at the Museum of the Moving Image, will provide Kermit and 46 of his fuzzy friends a stable home in the permanent collection.


The four-year project began when the Jim Henson estate bequeathed the museum hundreds of objects in 2013, prompting a campaign to build a new gallery space devoted entirely to the puppet mastermind. In addition to a menagerie of Muppets, the exhibit would showcase storyboards, costumes, sketches, and BTS footage from classic productions like Sesame Street and The Dark Crystal.  


In addition to the 2,200-square-foot gallery, the museum also planned a mobile extension of the exhibit, “The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited,” which would travel the country, starting with Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture. The ambitious project, which would include Muppet restoration and long-term maintenance, originally projected a $ 5 million fundraising goal. Earlier this year, MoMI launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to finish fundraising – a  tool increasingly utilized by arts organizations.

“We helped bring Ai Wei Wei’s “Truth” sculptures to the courtyard at the Royal Academy of London,” says Kickstarter’s Arts Strategist Shane Brennan. “We’ve also worked with the Smithsonian to preserve Dorothy’s ruby slippers and Neil Armstrong’s space suit.”


Preserving the work of Jim Henson through crowd funding seems especially appropriate given Sesame Street’s commitment to community activism through educational programming and its depiction of diverse and harmonious inner city life. When the Kickstarter launched in April, the community returned the favor: the campaign yielded $ 144,000, triple the initial goal, thanks to support from Sesame Street and abroad. “It’s not surprising that the bulk of the [backers] were from New York, Brooklyn and Queens,” says Brennan. “But there were also backers around the world, from Australia to the Netherlands. Even if they didn’t live in New York and could never come see the exhibit in person, the global community was really on board.”

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15 Movies You Should Watch Every Summer For the Ultimate Staycation

With Summer in full swing, it’s hard to escape all of your friends’ vacation pictures, tropical drink snaps, and endless #ThrowbackThursday selfies. While we love a good Summer sangria by the pool as much as the next person, not everyone can get away for long breaks or afford to jet set off to a remote island. Luckily, we have a solution for your mid-Summer blues . . . a movie-fueled staycation!

If you’re in need of an update to your Netflix and chill regimen or want to escape your normal life through the fantasy world of movies, we’ve got you covered. From the blue waters of Hawaii in Blue Crush to escaping to Kellerman’s in Dirty Dancing, we’ve found 15 movies that you should watch every Summer for the ultimate staycation.

Whether you’re in need of a childhood throwback to long days at Summer camp à la The Parent Trap or want to daydream about future vacations full of food and wine, like Julia Roberts does in Eat Pray Love, these movies will transport you (not literally, unfortunately) to another world this Summer.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your favorite bottle of Rosé, a few pints of ice cream, and your best friends, and get ready for the movie marathon of your dreams . . . your Summer dreams!

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Mike Conley: That Light-Skinned Baby Is Mine

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The big Internet drama this week has been over Mike Conley’s baby and whether that baby is too light skinned to be his baby. I know, it’s the summer and this is the stuff people think about. I saw the photo tweeted like 50 times over the last 24 hours and never thought the whole story was over the baby being too white.

Now Conley has come out to say it’s his little guy and he’s not nice enough to stick with a woman who hypothetically got knocked up. Hell, it would be real hard to believe Conley’s wife would be cheating on him when he’s sitting on that $ 28.5M 2017-18 contract. That would be ballsy.

That said, Mike hasn’t posted baby pics and videos like most normal new fathers. Have to take Mike’s word here, but it would help if that baby was already running the point in his nursery. Then we’d know it’s his DNA.

Here’s the tweet that started all of this:

Mike had had enough and added this to his IG multi-upload:

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