DEVICE RELEASES NEW VIDEO FOR ‘YOU THINK YOU KNOW’: Device has released a new music video for the song "You Think You Know" from the band's self-titled debut album. The clip was filmed by director P.R. Brown, was also behind the camera for the first video issued from the disc for the song "Vilify." Singer David Draiman told Pulse of Radio about the inspiration behind "You Think You Know": "You know, that's a relationship-based song. I'm sure that there are many, many people out there who can relate to being in relationships where your partner tends to think that their version of the story is the only accurate one and the only true one, and their sense of reality becomes very skewed, and people end up relying on their own truths, which may not in fact be true. That's really kind of a reality check."
DAVE GROHL SHARES THOUGHTS ON UPCOMING NIRVANA RELEASE: Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl was asked by XFM in the U.K. for his thoughts on the upcoming 20th anniversary reissue of Nirvana's In Utero, the final studio album by the band and second that Grohl played drums on. Grohl said, "I recognize myself back then and I remember what it was like to be in the band but it's hard to believe that that much time has gone by. A lot has happened in those 20 years, when I think about In Utero and what the world was like, what my life was like back then, it's strange."
He added, "From the time that Nevermind came out in September of 1991 to the time that Nirvana was over, it was really just a few years and a lot happened in those few years. I look back at this album and looking at the packaging and the old pictures and listening to songs that I haven't heard in 20 years, all of these rarities and demos, it's kind of a trip."
DICK VAN DYKE PULLED FROM FLAMING VEHICLE: Mary Poppins star Dick Van Dyke was pulled to safety by a passerby who found the 87-year-old hunched over the steering wheel of his Jaguar which was sitting on the side of an L.A. road with smoke spewing out of it. According to TMZ, the car burst into flames shortly after the rescue. Dick reportedly did not require any medical attention following the incident and his wife came to pick him up.
DAVID ARQUETTE ADMITS TO FALLING OFF THE WAGON: David Arquette chatted with Howard Stern on Monday (August 19th) and admitted that he has started hitting the bottle again after years of attempting sobriety. He revealed, "I'm drinking again...I'm a drinker, I drink a lot." He explained that being sober didn't feel like he was being true to himself. David went on to say, "Yeah, I'll smoke a little weed. I'm a wild man, I do get out of control, I try to keep a cap on it. Whatever I do, I'm gonna do: I'm gonna go through this journey and figure out my life. I'm a responsible person, I have my daughter three days a week...I'm incredibly responsible. I'm living my life and I'm trying not to hurt people."
MAN FOUND DEAD AT OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN'S HOUSE: The dead body of a man was found on Monday (August 19th) at a Jupiter, Florida home belonging to Olivia Newton-John and her husband John Easterling. According to E! News, the cops were called shortly after noon to investigate a possible death and when they arrived at the house they found a 42-year-old man who had sustained a gun shot. The police department revealed that he was a contractor for the movie star but they were not present at the time of the incident. Local newspapers are reporting the death as a suicide but an autopsy will be performed today (August 20th) to uncover more details.
HISTORY CHANNEL GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO 'HOUDINI': The History channel has ordered a four-hour miniseries called Houdini about magician Harry Houdini starring Adrien Brody and House of Cards star Kristen Connolly. The show will trace the arc of Houdini's life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame. Production is scheduled to begin in the fall.
EGYPT'S MUBARAK MAY BE FREED, MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD HEAD DETAINED: An Egyptian court ruling Monday (August 19th) raised the possibility that jailed former President Hosni Mubarak, who ruled for three decades before being removed from power in 2011, could be freed soon, a move that would fuel the unrest in the country after his democratically-elected successor, Mohammed Morsi, was ousted by the military. Mubarak was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison last year for failing to stop the killing of some 900 protesters in the 18-day uprising against his rule, but his sentence was overturned on appeal and he's being re-tried. A court yesterday ordered his release in a corruption case, and that ruling, along with the fact that Mubarak had previously been ordered released in the killings of the protesters, opened the possibility that he might be freed.
Also yesterday, the military detained Mohammed Badie, the supreme leader of the Morsi's Islamist organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, and suspected Islamist militants ambushed two minibuses carrying off-duty policemen in the Sinai Peninsula and killed 25 of them. Badie and his deputy, who's also in custody, will go on trial later this month for their alleged role in the killing of eight protesters outside the Brotherhood's headquarters in June.
SYRIAN REFUGEES POURING INTO IRAQ: United Nations officials said Monday (August 19th) that tens of thousands of Syrian Kurdish refugees have been pouring into neighboring Iraq's northern self-ruled Kurdish region over the past few days. The sudden influx of 30,000 refugees is one of the biggest waves of refugees since the rebellion against Syrian President Bashar Assad began. Aid organizations and the local government are scrambling to try to care for the refugees, who are living in poor conditions. The U.N. said it's unclear why this flow of refugees began last week, but there has been fighting in recent months in Kurdish areas between Kurdish militias and Islamic extremists linked to al-Qaida.
PROSECUTORS URGE 60-YEAR SENTENCE FOR MANNING: Attorneys for Bradley Manning, the soldier found guilty of turning over hundreds of thousands of classified documents to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, yesterday (August 19th) called on a military judge to sentence him to a term that, quote, "doesn't rob him of his youth," while prosecutors urged that he be sentenced to 60 years. Defense attorney David Coombs said during closing arguments of the sentencing phase of the 25-year-old Manning's trial: "Perhaps his biggest crime was that he cared about the loss of life and that he couldn't ignore it." But prosecutor Captain Joe Morrow said earlier in the day, "He betrayed the United States. For that betrayal he deserves to spend the majority of his remaining life in prison."
NSA REPORTER GREENWALD SAYS WON'T BE STOPPED BY PARTNER'S DETENTION: U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald, who has written many of the stories based on the classified documents taken by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, said Monday (August 19th) that he'll publish with even more determination after British authorities detained his partner. David Miranda, with whom Greenwald is in a civil union and lives with in Brazil, was detained by police Sunday at London's Heathrow Airport for nine hours under anti-terrorism legislation. Greenwald, who reports for The Guardian newspaper in Britain, said he would, quote, "write much more aggressively than before" about government surveillance. Speaking to reporters in Portuguese in Brazil, he said, "I'm going to publish many more things about England, as well. I have many documents about England's espionage system, and now my focus will be there, too. I think they'll regret what they've done." The U.S. said they hadn't requested that Miranda be detained, but were tipped off by Britain about it. Miranda, a university student, was traveling home to Brazil after meeting in Germany with U.S. filmmaker Laura Poitras, who's worked with Greenwald on the NSA stories. The Guardian said it paid for his flights, but he wasn't an employee of the newspaper, stating, "As Glenn Greenwald's partner, he often assists him in his work. We would normally reimburse the expenses of someone aiding a reporter in such circumstances." Greenwald told AP that Miranda was bringing back material from Poitras for stories he was working on related to the NSA and also bringing materials to her from Greenwald. The British agents confiscated Miranda's computer, Wi-Fi watch, cellphone, DVDs, memory sticks and some documents.
CIA ADMITS INVOLVEMENT IN 1953 IRANIAN COUP: It's long been known that the CIA played a key role in the 1953 overthrown of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq after he moved to nationalize the Iranian oil industry. But the CIA is now finally admitting it, in documents George Washington University's National Security Archive was able to obtain. The 1970s official CIA history of the coup was released in 1981 after an ACLU lawsuit, but many key parts were redacted. The new, less-redacted version, declassified in 2011, contains the key line: "[The] military coup that overthrew Mossadeq and his National Front cabinet was carried out under CIA director as an act of U.S. foreign policy, conceived and approved at the highest levels of government."
A-ROD'S ATTORNEY TURNS DOWN OFFER TO MAKE DRUG EVIDENCE PUBLIC: An attorney for Alex Rodriguez yesterday (August 19th) turned down Major League Baseball's offer to make public the performance-enhancing drug evidence that led to A-Rod's 211-game suspension, which he's appealing. The offer came after lawyer Joseph Tacopina had said he wanted to discuss the evidence publicly, but couldn't because of the privacy provisions. Major League Baseball proposed that both sides release information and documents relating to all drug tests conducted on Rodriguez and their results, all prior violations of the program committed by Rodriguez, and documents related to whether A-Rod obstructed the office of the commissioner's investigation. The offer was sprung on Tacopina by interviewer Matt Lauer during an appearance on NBC's Today show Monday, and the attorney said later, "The letter was nothing more than a cheap publicity stunt." He said the players' association would have to agree to waive confidentiality.
NCAA ALLOWS EX-MARINE TO PLAY FOOTBALL: The NCAA has reversed itself on a controversial ruling and now says that a Middle Tennessee football player who spent five years in the Marines will be allowed to compete this fall and will have four years of eligibility remaining. The NCAA was roundly slammed after originally ruling that Steven Rhodes was ineligible because he played in a recreational league during his military service. The college sports organization had said Rhodes' play at the Marine base counted as organized competition because there were game officials, team uniforms and the score was kept, but Rhodes had compared the games to "intramurals."
LONDON RECEPTIONIST REPLACED BY HOLOGRAM: A computerized hologram will replace human receptionists in a London council district. The Brent council will have the hologram dubbed Shanice projected behind a desk at the town hall. She will be programmed to answer a limited number of questions. The hologram will cost about $19,000. (UPI)
IPHONE 5S MIGHT BE AVAILABLE IN GOLD OR CHAMPAGNE COLOR: Rumors are flying that the next iPhone will come in more colors than just black and white-- specifically gold. Techcrunch reports that multiple sources say there will be a gold iPhone 5S. The rumors first started swirling in May when Apple released photos of iPhone accessories that were colored both silver and gold. Experts also say a gold iPhone should be very easy for the company to produce, as the material the iPhone is made from should take to the gold color easier than it takes to the color black.
SNORING CAN BE REDUCED BY SINGING: A U.K.: study finds that singing could be a surprising cure for snoring. The study had patients practice singing exercises over a three month period in order to tone their throat muscles. A choir director invented the exercises and says that patients who practiced singing the sounds "ung" and "gar" found that their snoring decreased or stopped.