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Game of Thrones Casts Ian McShane in Season 6

The former Deadwood star will have a small but key role

Emmy-winning British actor Ian McShane is joining the cast of Game of Thrones in season 6.

The former Deadwood star’s role is still mysterious. It will be a small role, but it will still be important, Entertainment Weekly reports.

New episodes of Game of Thrones are set to air in the spring. HBO recently said the show would last at least eight seasons, though the showrunners have said they only want to make seven.

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Watch Bruce Springsteen Rock U2 Concert With Surprise Performance

He joined Bono on stage for a rendition of “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For"

Taylor Swift isn’t the only one crushing it with surprise celebrity guests. After rumors began circulating that Bruce Springsteen would join U2 on stage during the band’s final performance at New York’s Madison Square Garden, “The Boss” surprised the crowd with an acoustic guitar in hand.

Video from inside the venue shows the iconic musician as he joined Bono on stage for a rendition of “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” The two traded lines just as they did back in 2005 during U2’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame introduction, followed by a rendition of “Stand By Me.”

Despite the chatter, fans weren’t assured going into this concert that Springsteen would actually show up — though Bono did leave a few clues along the way, according to Rolling Stone. He sang six seconds of “Hungry Heart,” one of Springsteen’s more famous tunes that he originally wrote for The Ramones. By the end of “Where the Streets Have No Name,” an additional mic stand was in place and everyone knew what it meant.

“Earlier, when I busted myself up here in the city, we had a gig in Times Square for Red and this man showed up and delivered,” Bono said. “The chairman, the Boss. Mr. Bruce Springsteen.”

It seems like Swift has been dominating headlines with her special guests, including Nick Jonas, Lorde and Jason Derulo, but U2 has also been bringing famous friends on stage at shows. Springsteen joins the likes of Lady Gaga, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots, and Paul Simon, all of whom recently guested with the band during its tour.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME remembrance

Family Tension Erupts at Bobbi Kristina Brown Funeral

She was 22 years old

(ALPHARETTA, Ga.) — The ongoing tensions between the families of the late megastar Whitney Houston and her ex-husband, R&B singer Bobby Brown, erupted Saturday during a memorial service for their daughter, Bobbi Kristina.

Bobbi Kristina, who dreamed of growing up to achieve fame like her mother, died in hospice care July 26, about six months after she was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome.

A longstanding rift between families of the young woman’s famous mother and father broke out into the open at a memorial service being held for Bobbi Kristina at the St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta.

Leolah Brown, the sister of Bobby Brown, walked out of the church and spoke to reporters gathered outside. She said she was angry because Pat Houston was speaking at the funeral. Pat Houston is the sister-in-law and former manager for the late Whitney Houston.

“I told her that Whitney is going to haunt her from the grave,” Leolah Brown told reporters outside the church.

She suggested that the feud between the Houstons and the Browns was far from over.

“It’s just getting started,” she said.

Bobbi Kristina’s death was grimly similar to the way her megastar mother had died three years earlier.

Bobbi Kristina was found in the townhome she shared with Nick Gordon, an orphan three years older, whom Houston had raised as her own. Bobbi Kristina referred to him as her husband. A police report earlier this year described the incident as a drowning, and authorities are investigating her death.

Bobbi Kristina Brown was the only child of Houston and Brown and was raised in the shadow of her famous parents’ hugely public life.

She appeared alongside the couple in 2005 on the Bravo reality show “Being Bobby Brown,” which showed her parents fighting, swearing and making court appearances. She attended award shows with her mother and father, walked red carpets with them and sang in Central Park with Houston as adoring fans watched.

Bobbi Kristina was the sole heir of her mother’s estate. She identified herself on Twitter as “Daughter of Queen WH,” ”Entertainer/Actress” with William Morris & Co., and “LAST of a dying breed.”

She told Oprah Winfrey shortly after her mother’s death in 2012 that she wanted to carry on Houston’s legacy by singing, acting and dancing. But her career never took off.

TIME Music

Dave Grohl Has the Best Response to the 1,000 Italian Fans Who Played ‘Learn to Fly’

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Nick Wass—Invision/AP The Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl performs at RFK Stadium on July 4, 2015, in Washington.

The rocker made a video...in Italian

Rocker Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters loved the video that 1,ooo of his Italian fans made playing “Learn to Fly.”

The fans from the group “Rockin’ 1,00o” made the video to convince the Foo Fighters to do a concert in Cesena, Italy.

In a response video posted on the Foo Fighters Facebook page, Grohl spoke in Italian, saying, according to a rough translation by a Facebook commenter: “Hi, Cesena! I am David, hello. I’m sorry, I don’t speak Italian. Only a little, a little. That video — but how beautiful! Very beautiful. Thank you very much [literally: a thousand thanks]. We are arriving [coming], I promise. We’ll see each other soon. Thank you very much. I love you. Bye.”

The event was organized by Foo Fighters fan Fabio Zaffagnini.

TIME celebrities

If First Lady Michelle Obama Could Pick Any Other Job, ‘I Would Be Beyonce’

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Jonathan Ernst—Reuters, Getty Images U.S. first lady Michelle Obama welcomes children to a Kids' State Dinner at the White House in Washington on July 10, 2015. Singer Beyonce Knowles is seen on June 30, 2015 in New York City.

"I've got the hands," she said, demonstrating her moves

Watch out, Beyoncé – if First Lady Michelle Obama could have another job, she’d be coming after yours!

In a quick sit-down interview posted on Instagram, rapper Wale asks FLOTUS a series of questions, among them “If you had the opportunity to have a different occupation, what would it be?”

“I would be Beyoncé,” says Obama. “I’ve got the hands,” she said, demonstrating her moves.

You asked. The First Lady and @Wale answered. #ReachHigher

A video posted by First Lady Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) on

The interview was taped after Mrs. Obama’s Beating the Odds summit at the White House last week, where she and Wale quick-fired questions at one another on topics ranging from the easiest way to get financial aid for college to “who was your favorite teacher?”

Being Beyoncé has been a long dream of Mrs. Obama’s. In an interview with PEOPLE in 2012, when asked who she would be if she could be someone else, the First Lady replied: “Gosh. If I had some gift, I’d be Beyoncé, I’d be some great singer. The power of music, being able to play an instrument … It looks like musicians just have the most fun.”

The Obamas are longtime fans of the singer, who performed at the Neighborhood Ball celebrating the president’s inauguration in 2009.

President Obama has previously noted that his wife and the singer, 33, share a similar charisma.

Well, since the role of Beyoncé is already taken, it looks like FLOTUS will have to stick with channeling the singer’s tempo during her workouts.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Snoop Dogg Stopped by Italian Customs With $422,000 in Cash

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Ollie Millington—Getty Images Snoop Dogg performs onstage during his headline show at the end of day one of Y Not Festival at Pikehall on July 31, 2015 in Matlock, England.

Half the money was taken by authorities

(MILAN)—Snoop Dogg has had another run-in with European authorities.

Italian financial police said they stopped the rapper at the Lamezia Terme airport in Calabria on Saturday with $422,000 in cash, well above the limit that can legally be transported across EU borders undeclared. The incident comes less than a week after Snoop Dogg was briefly stopped in Sweden on suspicion of drug use after a concert near Stockholm.

Financial police confirmed a report by the Italian news agency ANSA that half of the cash was impounded under Italian anti-money laundering codes. In such cases, the balance is returned minus any fine set by magistrates.

Travelers within the European Union are required to declare 10,000 euros ($11,000) or more in cash.

Snoop Dogg played in Calabria Friday night, and is scheduled to perform Sunday at the Kendal Calling Festival in England.

Last weekend in Sweden, the rapper was questioned and tested for suspected drug use north of the capital. Authorities said test results would not be available for some time.

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Angelina Jolie Visits Female Factory Workers in Myanmar

She is on a four-day visit to the Southeast Asian nation

(YANGON, Myanmar)—Angelina Jolie has joined Myanmar’s opposition leader and democracy icon, Aung San Suu Kyi, in sitting down with female workers to learn more about their dire conditions.

Jolie, who is a special envoy for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, is on a four-day visit to the Southeast Asian nation.

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Hkun Lat—APActress Angelina Jolie Pitt, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees special envoy and co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative walks with her son Pax as they visit Jan Mai Kaung refugee camp in Myitkyina, Kachin State, Myanmar on July 30, 2015.

During her meeting with the factory workers on the outskirts of an industrial zone in Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, Jolie and Suu Kyi witnessed first-hand the conditions the women live in, mostly low-cost hostels. Jolie also toured inside the factory.

She traveled to Kachin state earlier this week, home to more than 10,000 displaced people since a cease-fire between Myanmar’s government and ethnic rebels has broken down in 2011.

According to her trip details, it is unlikely that Jolie will be able to travel to western Rakhine State, where more than 100,000 Muslim minority Rohingya live in apartheid-like conditons in camps.

It is Jolie’s first visit to Myanmar, which only recently emerged from decades of military rule. More than a dozen ethnic minority groups, mostly in Myanmar’s border areas, have been fighting for greater autonomy since the country attained independence from Britain 67 years ago.

Recently, the world attention has turned to the plight of stateless Rohingya Muslims who have been trafficked from Myanmar and Bangladesh aboard overcrowded boats. Dozens of graves as well as pens likely used as cages for Rohingya have been found in abandoned jungle camps on both sides of the Thailand-Malaysian border.

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…

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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.

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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.

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