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    Other Side Drive October 30, 2012

October 30, 2012

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Tom Cruise isn’t someone you want to mess with. The Mission: Impossible star is suing Life & Style and In Touch Weekly magazines for defamation over stories the magazines published claiming that Cruise abandoned his and Katie Holmes six-year-old daughter Suri. In a lawsuit filed last Wednesday Cruise cites two cover stories, one published by Life & Style on July 30th and another published by In Touch Weekly on October 1st, featuring headlines suggesting that he abandoned his daughter. Representatives for the magazines were not able to be reached for comment. Cruise is seeking 50 million dollars in damages.

Bobby Brown is being slapped with multiple D-U-I charges. The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office has officially charged Brown with multiple DUI counts stemming from his arrest last Wednesday for driving drunk. The 43-year-old was pulled over around one A-M in California for driving erratically. Brown was driving without his court-mandated dashboard Breathalyzer and was driving under the influence with a prior conviction and refused to take a chemical test. Not only that, but the R- and-B star was also driving on a restricted license and ignored a court order to only drive vehicles that have alcohol-monitoring ignition interlock devices. Brown is out on bail, and this is Brown’s second DUI bust this year.

Expect a new Taylor Swift song soon, the country singer and her boyfriend Connor Kennedy have reportedly called it quits after a few months of dating. The couple said the distance played a factor in their break up, but they remain friends. But Taylor Swift has a tour to look forward too. The newly single pop superstar announced on Friday, plans for her Red Tour, a 58-date tour that will start crossing North America early next year.

Jessica Simpson’s parents are calling it quits. Tina and Joe Simpson have officially filed for divorce after 34 years of marriage. The couple claims it is an amicable spilt and there was no third party involved. The Simpsons filed their divorce petition in a McLennan County, Texas, court on September 24th. The filing took place a little more than six weeks after Jess’ former-minister dad and manager was pulled over for a DUI in California. The Simpson’s have daughter Jessica and Ashlee and two grandchildren.

Lisa Ling is going to be a mom! The 39-year-old journalist and former host of The View revealed to Anderson Cooper on Anderson Live that she’s pregnant. Ling has kept quiet about her pregnancy, but felt it was time to announce to the public her exciting news. Ling then showed a sonogram of her and husband Dr. Paul Song’s little one. She also announced that they are expecting a girl.

WWE SmackDown announcer Lillian Garcia was hit by a car in Los Angeles. The blonde ring announcer suffered multiple contusions and lacerations on the left side of her body. Garcia was hospitalized and is currently undergoing further testing as her condition is still unknown. Garcia’s second husband, Chris, tells WWE that everyone is praying for her full recovery.

Sadly another celebrity was hit by a car and it claimed her life. Natina Reed, member of the R-and-B group Blaque and star of the 2000 cheerleading flick Bring It On, has died at age 32 after being struck by a car near Atlanta. Police received a call around 10:30 P-M on Friday by the driver requesting assistance because he had just hit someone. The investigation is ongoing but no charges are pending against the driver.

-Chelsea Smith

Music Reviews

Banks is the latest album from Paul Banks, guitarist and vocalist for the indie rock band Interpol. The first single from the album, “The Base,” is a departure from Banks’ earlier works stylistically. Showing that he is capable of venturing out of the minimalist sound of Interpol and createing a dense and sonically appealing piece.

The track “Over My Shoulder,” shines light on the universal truth of never truly knowing a person. Banks’ repetition of “You only know me like the shoreline knows the sea,” exemplifies the notion that we only know what we come in contact with. The closing track on Banks is “Summertime Is Coming.” This track focuses on the thematic elements of emerging from a darkened state of uncertainty and despair and the acceptance of the random chaos that is life.

Overall this release while lyrically sparse and sonically dense, rewards the listener with a moving emotional experience. Fans of Interpol will find enough similarities in the songwriting style to enjoy this album, but this body of work should be viewed as a separate entity and enjoyed for what it is. More information can be found on bankspaulbanks.com and he’ll be performing at funfunfunfest in austin on Saturday.

-Alex Frank

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