May 25th, 2009
12:23 PM ET

Ex-Wilco member dies at 45

According to news reports, Jay Bennett, the multi-instrumentalist and producer who was a part of the band Wilco for many years, has died. He was 45.

He died in his sleep, according to friend Edward Burch.

Bennett joined Wilco when the band toured for its first album, "A.M." He and band leader Jeff Tweedy became a creative - and combustible - combination, combining forces for "Being There," the band's pop masterpiece "Summerteeth" and the challenging follow-up, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot."

But the pair was soon at odds, as detailed in the film "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart." The Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot, in a heartfelt appreciation, quotes Bennett as saying he wasn't surprised. "I wasn't blindsided. I saw it coming," he said. "My enthusiasm had been waning, and apparently that was the case for the rest of the band, too.”

Bennett had recently sued Tweedy, claiming unpaid royalties for his music and his appearance in the movie.

The cause of death was not known. An autopsy was being performed, according to Burch.

- From news reports

Filed under: Uncategorized
May 25th, 2009
11:01 AM ET

Will Smith tells Katrina hero's story

Will Smith is producing a new movie about a Hurricane Katrina hero. The ex-marine saved more than 240 of his New Orleans neighbors in the storm's aftermath.

Before Giants stadium is demolished at the end of the season, The Boss will give it a musical send-off. Bruce Springsteen and his band will play the last concerts at the stadium. Tickets go on sale on June 1.

And "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson was kissing for cash at a charity event at the Cannes Film Festival. Two fathers gave the actor 20,000 Euros (approximately $28,000) in exchange for kisses for their daughters.

CNN's David Daniel has more on these tidbits in today's buzz:

Filed under: movies
About this blog

Our daily cheat-sheet for breaking celebrity news, Hollywood buzz and your pop-culture obsessions.