Junior Seau, a linebacker for the San Diego Chargers, died of a gunshot wound to the chest in his home yesterday. Police are investigating whether or not his death was a suicide, which would make it an eerie reminder of the 2010 death of former Chicago Bear Dave Duerson, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. [ESPN]
The original trailer for The Avengers, the money-minting superhero clusterfuck opening this weekend, premiered unceremoniously after the credits of Captain America: The First Avenger. Now rumor has it that not one but two bonus scenes will run after the credits of The Avengers on big screens across the country. [Movieline]
After being released from U.S. custody to return to his family, blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng now says that he and his family want to leave China—a move that we didn’t need sight to see coming. Needless to say, the Chinese government is not pleased. [IHT]
Want to know more about why you can’t download music or watch British TV shows easily anymore? Check out this epic profile of Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom for an interesting take on what’s new in the world of piracy. [THR]
Break out the war drums! In apparent protest of the recent closure of file-sharing client MegaUpload, hacking collective Anonymous has announced its next target: Facebook. In a newly uploaded video titled "Anonymous Message On How YOU Can Be A Part Of #OpGlobalBlackout FAQ" (watch it after the click), plans for attacking the social media giant are discussed by a digitized narrator. "While it’s true that Facebook has at least 60,000 servers, it is still possible to bring it down," the narrator says over a techno beat. "Anonymous needs the help of the people, the people who want to take a stand against the government, the people who want to make a difference. This is what we must do, but first you much ask yourself: Are you part of the Anonymous consciousness?"
The gist of it is this: if you want to help, you have to download a program that will target Facebook’s servers if it’s triggered by thousands of people at the same time. The attack will go down at 12:00am on January 28th (time zone listed), if you’re so inclined. (If you don’t want to listen to the monotone voice, you can just read the video’s description.)
Really, it could be a hoax — there’s plenty of bad that could come from downloading a random program, and there are plenty who would like to see Anonymous suffer from a P.R. crisis. If it’s legitimate, it’ll be interesting to see if it goes off. Anonymous already attacked the Department of Justice and the RIAA a few days ago, but this would be a much larger war against a much larger opponent. Stay tuned and find out. (Personally, I don’t condone the attack, so don’t blame me if you download the program and it ends up filling your servers with Nyan Cat pornography.)
● Laguna Beach‘s Kristin Cavallari and her on-again-off-again fiance, Jay Cutler, announced over the weekend that they are expecting their first child. [People]
● Turns out Swizz Beatz is not actually, officially the CEO of Megauploads, contrary to what the site’s "About Us" page says. According to MTV, they were in talks to make it official and they "put that up prematurely." Beatz is, regardless, "not walking away from this." [MTV]
● Tracy Morgan is recovering in the hospital after falling unconscious at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday. Drugs and alcohol were not involved, according to hospital spokesmen, although Morgan does have a history of diabetes and has undergone a kidney transplant. [People]
● Hot, young, "it" actors Dakota Fannings, Elizabeth Olsen, and Anton Yechin are in final talks to joing the Very Good Girls, a film about two best friends determined to lose their virginity the summer after their high school gradation. [Deadline]
● Miley Cyrus got a "hurrrr cut," and it’s very grown up looking. [E!]
● Kris Humphries relationship with his PR team lasted only one day more than his marriage. It’s a cold world, Hum Dum. [TMZ]
● After arriving (in polar fleece!) a fashionable four hours late to his own Sundance party, Drake asked first for “a massage and a grilled cheese.” [Page Six]
If you thought yesterday’s online protests of the Stop Online Piracy Act were going to deter anyone from stopping online piracy, you were definitely wrong. Just this afternoon one of the biggest file-sharing sites, Megaupload.com, has been shut down following a federal indictment that allegest the services encourages online piracy.
The indictment accuses the company of costing copyright holders more than $500 million in lost revenue from pirated films and other content. The indictment was unsealed Thursday, one day after websites shut down in protest of two congressional proposals intended to thwart the online piracy of copyrighted movies and TV programs.
Before the site’s was shut down this afternoon, Megaupload made news this morning when the New York Post alleged that CEO Swizz Beatz got some of his famous friends, including Sean "Diddy" Combs, Kanye West, and Will.i.am to promote his service in a video uploaded to YouTube last month.
But after the starry promo appeared on YouTube last month, Diddy, Kanye and Will.i.am’s label, Universal Music Group, issued a “take-down notice” to YouTube, saying the artists’ performances were unauthorized. Their individual reps followed up, sources say. Mega-Upload fired back with a lawsuit against Universal to stop it from blocking distribution of the video. A Mega rep told us: “We have never received any word that any artist has [individually] filed a take-down . . . [we have] legally binding agreements with the performers that appear in the video…"
You can check out the video below:
Not only did the New York Observer confirm this afternoon that Swizz Beatz is indeed the CEO of Megaupload, it appears that the rapper and record producer (and husband to Alicia Keys) will be facing a lot of tough legal battles in the future — including a few fights with some of the people within his industry.
● Mark Wahlberg thinks he could have prevented tragedy on 9/11, had he only been on the right flight. “If I was on that plane with my kids, it wouldn’t have went down like it did," he tells Men’s Journal this month. "There would have been a lot of blood in that first-class cabin and then me saying, ‘OK, we’re going to land somewhere safely, don’t worry.’” If only, Marky Mark. [MensJournal]
● Is Steve Carell back in Scranton? Rumor has it that the Dunder Mifflin ex-head honcho made a heavily disguised cameo on last week’s episode of The Office. [NYP]
● The National has been tapped to curate this year’s special Christmas edition of All Tomorrow’s Parties festival, The Nightmare Before Christmas. They’ll also be curating a three day Crossing the Brooklyn Ferry festival for Brooklyn Academy of Music this May. [Pitchfork]
● Us Weekly seems to believe that Rihanna and Chris Brown have been "very casually" hooking up for the past year, because "they can’t get enough of each other." Although it’s no secret that the two are on good terms, any rumored touching should probably be assumed to be just that: rumor. [Us]
● Swizz Beatz is in trouble with Universal Music Group for coralling his buddies Kanye West and Diddy into a promotional video for Megaupload.com, the popular file sharing site that he, as it would be, heads. [Page Six]
● Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis have allegedly split after nearly 14 years together. [DailyMail]