News

Today in entertainment history: July 15

Today in entertainment history: July 15

THIS DAY IN 1986:Columbia Records dropped Johnny Cash after 28 years. Cash signed a new recording contract with Polygram later the next year. Photo: Associated Press

1986: Columbia Records dropped Johnny Cash after 28 years. Cash signed a new recording contract with Polygram later the next year.

1988: MTV banned the video for Neil Young’s “This Note’s For You” because it ridiculed MTV sponsors.

1998: Drummer Joey Kramer of Aerosmith was burned when his Ferrari caught fire at a gas station in Scituate, Massachusetts.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Ken Kercheval (“Dallas”) is 79. Actor Patrick Wayne is 75. Actor Jan-Michael Vincent is 70. Singer Millie Jackson is 70. Guitarist-singer Peter Lewis of Moby Grape is 69. Singer Linda Ronstadt is 68. Drummer Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd) is 66. Actor Terry O’Quinn (“Lost,” ”West Wing,” ”Alias”) is 62. Drummer Marky Ramone (The Ramones) is 58. Guitarist Joe Satriani is 58. Actor Willie Aames (“Eight Is Enough,” ”Charles In Charge”) is 54. Model Kim Alexis is 54. Actress Lolita Davidovich is 53. Actor-director Forest Whitaker is 53. Actress Brigitte Nielsen is 51. Drummer Jason Bonham is 48. Actor Kristoff St. John (“The Young and the Restless”) is 48. Singer Stokley of Mint Condition is 47. Actor-comedian Eddie Griffin (“Malcolm and Eddie”) is 46. Actor Jim Rash (“Community”) is 43. Drummer John Dolmayan of System Of A Down and of Scars On Broadway is 42. Actor Scott Foley (“Felicity”) is 42. Actor Brian Austin Green (“Beverly Hills 90210″) is 41. Rapper Jim Jones is 38. Actress Lana Parrilla (“Once Upon A Time,” ”Swingtown”) is 37. Guitarist Ray Toro of My Chemical Romance is 37. Actress Laura Benanti (“Law and Order: SVU”) is 35. Singer Kia Thornton of Divine is 33. Actor Tristan Wilds (“90210″) is 25.

Latest Headlines

in Music

CHART TOPPERS: This week’s top alt tracks

tompetty

LISTEN: This week's top alternative tracks, according to the latest Billboard charts.

in Entertainment

WATCH: 10 best ‘Simpsons’ episodes

In this photo released by Fox, Homer explains why he wants to bring back the annual 4th of July fireworks display, after it's cancelled for budget reasons, in the "Yellow Badge of Cowardge" Season Finale episode of "The Simpsons," in May 2014. The full 25-year run of "The Simpsons" will arrive on cable channel FXX with a summer marathon, to be paired this fall with a digital extravaganza that could turn other TV shows yellow with envy. "I'm not going to over-promise, but I think this website will provide you with affordable health care," longtime "Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean told a TV critics' meeting Monday, July 21, 2014.

The recent marathon of all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons" inspired us to sit down and come up with our 10 favorite episodes. Enjoy!

in Entertainment

Lena Dunham and Kate Mara hit by a falling sign

Lena Dunham, of HBO's "Girls," arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards held at The Nokia Theatre  in Los Angeles.

The "Girls" and "House of Cards" actresses saw stars of their own after an accident at a Venice premiere.

in Lifestyle

Rice replaces ice in India bucket challenge

An Indian school boy eats a midday meal provided free at a government school in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. India has offered free midday school meals since the 1960s in an effort to persuade poor parents to send their children to school, a program that reaches some 120 million children. The country now plans to subsidize wheat, rice and cereals for some 800 million people under a $20 billion scheme to cut malnutrition and ease poverty.

The famous "ice bucket" challenge is inspiring thousands of Indians to follow suit, but with a twist - they are replacing ice with rice to help the country's hungry people.

in Entertainment

Charges dropped against Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s suspected drug dealer

In this Jan. 19, 2014 photo, Philip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait at The GenArt Quaker Good Energy Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. Hoffman, who won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote," was found dead Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in his New York apartment. He was 46.

Drug-selling charges against a friend of late film star Philip Seymour Hoffman have been dropped after officers neglected to read the suspect his Miranda rights.