TIME wrestling

Wrestling Legend ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper Dies at 61

He was known for his battles with Hulk Hogan

The wrestling entertainment legend known as “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has died at his Hollywood, California, home, law enforcement officials said Thursday. He was 61.

The cause of death appears to be natural, officials said. Piper’s agent, Jay Schacter, confirmed the death to Variety, and told the publication Piper died in his sleep Wednesday night.

Piper, whose real name is Roderick George Toombs, joined World Wrestling Entertainment in 1984; before that he wrestled in the NWA.

After joining the WWE became a star and was known for his battles with Hulk Hogan, according to the entertainment company.

Piper grappled with Hogan…

Read the rest of the story from our partners at NBC News

TIME Television

Cosby Show Producer Hopes Fans Will Still Watch

"The legacy of the show is obviously very important to me"

The Cosby Show producer Tom Werner expressed hope on Friday that viewers would separate the show’s fictional patriarch, Heathcliff Huxtable, from the widespread accounts of sexual assault leveled at lead actor Bill Cosby.

Werner declined to comment specifically on the allegations in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, opting instead to focus on the show’s cultural significance.

“The legacy of the show is obviously very important to me because the show was a groundbreaking show and it portrayed a middle-class African-American family in a very positive way,” Werner said during a publicity tour for his Starz series, Survivor’s Remorse. “I’m hoping that people will still be able to watch the show and identify with the Huxtables,” he added.

Werner has been largely reticent on the scandal since he issued a joint statement with producing partner Marcy Carsey last November, calling the accusations against Cosby “beyond our knowledge or comprehension.” In all, 46 women have come forward with rape accusations, prompting cable channels to yank reruns of The Cosby Show.


TIME Television

Coach Taylor Has a Very Important Message About Texting at the Movies

"Clear eyes, full hearts...turn your goddamn cell phones off"

If there’s one thing that we learned over the course of five seasons of Friday Night Lights, it’s that you really can’t go wrong if you just listen to everything that Coach Taylor (or Tami Taylor) tells you to do. Maybe that’s why Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse—famous for its strict rules on theater etiquette—turned to one of the city’s best-known residents, Kyle Chandler, to reprise his role as Eric Taylor and talk some sense into their patrons.

For licensing reasons, they can’t actually call him Coach Taylor or emblazon his traditional blue cap and polo shirt with the Dillon Panther logo, but we all know what we’re seeing. Even if the stakes aren’t quite as high as winning State, it’s always good to see Coach Taylor delivering one of his infamous inspirational speeches—he even breaks out the old “clear eyes, full hearts” mainstay.

TIME Books

Newly Discovered F. Scott Fitzgerald Story Published

F. Scott Fitzgerald
Time Life Pictures—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images American novelist Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (1896-1940).

The work had been turned down for publication when he was alive

A long-lost story by F. Scott Fitzgerald has been published 76 years after it was written.

“Temperature” is running in the current issue of The Strand Magazine and will appear online in three months, according to New York Magazine. Fitzgerald wrote the story just a year before his death at a particularly troubled time in his career; he had moved to Hollywood to write movies but was not a success there, and his fiction career had stalled. He wrote to his literary agent, Harold Ober, that he had taken the liberty of submitting the story for publication to the Saturday Evening Post himself, but was rejected. “Sending a story direct may be bad policy but one doesn’t consider that when one is living on money from a hocked Ford,” he wrote.

The Strand’s managing editor Andrew F. Gulli discovered “Temperature” earlier this year while looking through some of Fitzgerald’s papers at Princeton University, the AP reports. The 8,000-word story seems to be a thinly veiled portrait of Fitzgerald’s own situation at the time: its protagonist is Emmet Monsen, an alcoholic writer floundering in Los Angeles. “[A]s for that current dodge ‘No reference to any living character is intended’—no use even trying that,” Fitzgerald wrote.

Scholars of the Great Gatsby author knew of the story’s existence from his correspondence, but believed it to be lost. Another rediscovered Fitzgerald story, “Thank You for the Light,” was published by the New Yorker in 2012; the same magazine had turned it down for publication in 1936.


Read next: TIME’s Original Review of The Great Gatsby

TIME celebrity

Chris Pratt Wants You to Design Him a New Facebook Cover Photo

He has already received several excellent submissions from fans

Now that Jurassic World mania has calmed down a bit, Chris Pratt has time for other important projects, like selecting a new cover photo for his Facebook page.

Pratt has many, many talents, but he admits that Photoshop is not one of them — so he’s turning to his fans for help. Whoever creates the best header for his page will receive the following honors:

  • Having their work (and signature) displayed on Chris Pratt’s official Facebook page
  • Maybe a free dinner at Applebee’s
  • Maybe more — “sky’s the limit”

The actor does, of course, have a few specific requests along with some more general ideas to help you get started. He’s looking to have his characters Peter Quill, Owen, Andy and Emmet in the mix. He’d also like some other fun stuff in there such as his family, eagles, explosions, cigars, raptors, trophy elk, rollerblades, steak “or maybe even some corndogs.”

Just eight hours after posting this request, Pratt has already received some excellent submissions. For example: a montage of Parks and Recreation cast members faces’ Photoshopped onto dinosaur bodies, a very comprehensive collage and an American flag made of Pratt’s face.

Now everybody else, get to work!

TIME Books

How David Foster Wallace Explained Why He Wrote Infinite Jest

David Foster Wallace in his hometown of Bloomington, Ill. in 1996.
Gary Hannabarger—Corbis David Foster Wallace in his hometown of Bloomington, Ill. in 1996.

"In a time of unprecedented comfort and pleasure and ease, there was a real sort of sadness about the country," Wallace told TIME

In the new film The End of the Tour, out Friday, Jason Segel plays the late author David Foster Wallace, in a look at Wallace’s life shortly after the release of his 1996 tome Infinite Jest. The movie takes place during the promotional tour for the book that firmly established Wallace as what TIME would soon call “Fiction’s New Fab Four.” (The other three were Jonathan Franzen, Rick Moody and Donald Antrim.)

“Wallace made a connection with Infinite Jest, his 1,000-page opus about an early 21st century North America splintered by drugs, fanatics and a business ethic so venal that even the months of the year have product names,” TIME’s R.Z. Sheppard commented.

And, Sheppard had concluded in the previous year’s review of Infinite Jest, there was good reason for the attention Wallace was getting. The book was a “marathon send-up on humanism at the end of its tether” and full of “generous intelligence and authentic passion.” Looking back at it now, that send-up is particularly mordant. After all, the book takes place in 2014.

In a sidebar to the review, Wallace told TIME that the choice to set Jest in the then-future was crucial to the book’s reason for being. “In a time of unprecedented comfort and pleasure and ease, there was a real sort of sadness about the country,” Wallace is quoted saying. “I wanted to do something about it, about America and what our children might think of us. That’s one reason for setting the book 18 years ahead.”

Now, for better or worse, we know.

Read the original review of Infinite Jest, here in the TIME Vault: Mad Maximalism


Here are the Most Popular Harry Potter Book Quotes

On Amazon's Kindle e-readers

Your original copies of the Harry Potter books may be tattered and underlined, pages earmarked to your favorite parts, the spines cracked from so much use. But since digital copies of the books have been available to buy on Pottermore, users are highlighting their favorite quotes on Kindle e-readers. Below are the top highlights from each of the seven books in the series. See if your favorite made the list.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

  • “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

  • “After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  • “You think the dead we have loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble?”

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

  • “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

  • “Just because you’ve got the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have.”

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  • “It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

  • “Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love.”

Read next: The 50 Most Important Things We’ve Learned From J.K. Rowling

TIME Books

A David Foster Wallace Reading List for The End of the Tour

David Foster Wallace
Steve Liss—The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Author David Foster Wallace.

What to read before seeing the movie

The new David Foster Wallace biopic centers around the writer’s most iconic novel, Infinite Jest, as the story is adapted from writer David Lipsky’s interviews with Wallace at the end of his press tour for the text. Yet while Infinite Jest is considered a must-read for students of contemporary literature, not everyone has the time or inclination to power through its daunting 1,079 pages.

Here’s what you can read in significantly less time before (or after) seeing Jason Segel star as the legendary writer in The End of the Tour, in theaters Friday.


This Is Water.” It’s the speech that launched a thousand tattoos, Wallace’s commencement address to the graduates of Kenyon College in 2005. He offers a philosophy for resetting your default (read: egocentric) way of thinking about the world, promising, “It will actually be within your power to experience a crowded, hot, slow, consumer-hell type situation as not only meaningful, but sacred, on fire with the same force that made the stars: love, fellowship, the mystical oneness of all things deep down.” You can read a transcript, buy the book version or listen to the original recording.

Federer as a Religious Experience.” Wallace wrote an ode to the Swiss tennis pro fresh off his 2006 win over Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, not profiling the player but expounding on the joys of watching him in action. “The metaphysical explanation,” he says, “is that Roger Federer is one of those rare, preternatural athletes who appear to be exempt, at least in part, from certain physical laws.”

Consider the Lobster.” Wallace visited the Maine Lobster Festival for Gourmet Magazine in 2003 (the story was published a year later) and thoroughly explored the question, “Is it all right to boil a sentient creature alive just for our gustatory pleasure?” If you like the story, you can check out his essay collection by the same name.

The Depressed Person.” Wallace’s short story, originally published in Harper’s and later in his collection Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, is about a woman struggling with, yes, depression. Though the first sentence announces “the impossibility of sharing and articulating this pain,” Wallace of course finds a way to share and articulate it fluently.


A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again. The 1997 essay collection includes treatises on television, tennis, David Lynch, the Illinois State Fair and, in the title story, cruise ships.

The Broom of the System. Wallace’s first novel, about a young woman whose great-grandmother has disappeared from her nursing home and whose cockatiel has started speaking, was published in 1987 when he was just 24.

The Pale King. His final (and unfinished) novel was published posthumously in 2011; it was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. It’s long, but only half as long as Infinite Jest.

TIME Music

Meek Mill Hits Back at Drake With Diss Track ‘Wanna Know’

The diss track is Meek Mill's first since his feud with Drake began

This week, Drake took the offensive in his heated feud with Meek Mill by firing back-to-back shots at the Philadelphia MC in the form of two diss tracks. And while Meek spoke out calling “Charged Up”baby lotion soft” and posted a vague single-letter tweet after he released its follow-up, “Back to Back,” he hadn’t responded lyrically until now.

In a new diss track titled “Wanna Know,” which the rapper released late Thursday, Meek finally retaliates, rapping, “I just wanna know / If you ain’t write that runnin’ through the 6 sh– / Tell us, who was Quentin runnin’ through the 6 with?” Listen below:

The track also includes what appears to be the reference track for Drake’s “Know Yourself” with Quentin Miller, whom Meek Mill named as Drake’s ghostwriter when he claimed the Toronto MC doesn’t write his own raps. It’s one of three alleged reference tracks that surfaced online Thursday night—alongside “Used To” and “R.I.C.O.,” the track that started it all—eight days after DJ Funkmaster Flex relased the reference track for “10 Bands.”

Last week, Miller came forward saying he is not ”and never will be” Drake’s ghostwriter, writing, “I’m proud to say that we’ve collaborated … but I could never take credit for anything other than the few songs we worked on together.” Meek references Miller in the new track, naming him a featured artist on “Wanna Know.”

Following the track’s release, Drake offered this response on Instagram:

A photo posted by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME Television

Jon Stewart Reveals His Final Daily Show Guests

The host stuck with comedians

Jon Stewart has named his final three guests on The Daily Show, and it looks like the host is sticking with his own kind for the last week of his run. Fellow comedians Louis C.K., Denis Leary and Amy Schumer will sit opposite Stewart in the lead up to his finale next Thursday, the Washington Post reports.

Stewart has hosted big names in culture and politics in recent episodes, including President Obama, J.J. Abrams, Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough. Plans for the final episode are naturally being kept under wraps, but many have speculated that Stephen Colbert will make an appearance. The show will last 50 minutes to squeeze in extra goodbye time, and Comedy Central will run a best-of marathon leading up to Stewart’s last episode on Thursday.

[Washington Post]

Read next: Jon Stewart Did a Stand-Up Set So Now We Can All Speculate Wildly

Listen to the most important stories of the day

Your browser is out of date. Please update your browser at http://update.microsoft.com