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Free Bassist Andy Fraser, ‘All Right Now’ Co-Writer, Dies

Andy Fraser in London.
Richard Lewis—WireImage for Gibson Musical Instruments UK/Getty Images Andy Fraser in London

The co-author of the "All Right Now" rock anthem died in California at age 62

TEMECULA, Calif. (AP) — Andy Fraser, who co-wrote the rousing rock anthem “All Right Now” when he was the teenage bassist for the British rock band Free, has died in California at age 62.

Fraser had been living in the Southern California desert community of Temecula, where he died Monday, the Riverside County coroner said in a statement. The cause of death is not yet known and remains under investigation.

At age 15, the London-born Fraser briefly became a member of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. The group functioned as a training ground for young British rockers including Eric Clapton and Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor.

Within a year, Fraser became a founding member of Free. The band’s most prominent member was singer and guitarist Paul Rodgers, who would also go on to front Bad Company and The Firm.

The band’s biggest hit by far was 1970’s “All Right Now,” which remains one of the defining hits of classic rock radio. Fraser also produced the track and plays a bass solo on it.

The song is also a staple of football stadiums. The Stanford University and University of Southern California marching bands each play it at virtually every game.

Fraser kept playing music for most of his life, but he would never equal the success he had as a teen with Free, which broke up in 1972.

He and Rodgers took the stage together to play “All Right Now” at Woodstock ’94, the reboot of the classic music festival.

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Will Ferrell: Fatherhood Is Like ‘Running a Prison’

South By Southwest Film Festival - Day 4
Gary Miller—FilmMagic Will Ferrell poses on the red carpet for Get Hard during the South by Southwest Film Festival at the Paramount Theatre in Austin on March 16, 2015

Will Ferrell has a whole lot of testosterone in his house.

The funnyman, 47, admitted that raising three boys under one roof can sometimes lead to playing drill sergeant.

“I can only imagine, but I sometimes equate it to what it must be like running a prison,” the SNL veteran told PEOPLE at the SXSW premiere of his new film Get Hard on Monday.

“What happens with three boys is you end up barking out orders like, ‘Upstairs now!’ ‘Brush teeth!’ ‘Lights out!’ ” the Anchorman star explains. “There is so much chaos you can’t really take the time to articulate.”

Ferrell is father to sons Axel, 5, Mattias, 8, and Magnus, 11, with wife Viveca Paulin, 45, to whom he has been married since 2000. Despite the hectic household, the comedian admits he rarely feels like a bad-cop dad.

“Those rare moments where I lose my temper and I really become a dad, I often think, ‘Oh, if anyone was a fly on the wall, they’d be like, “Will Ferrell is not a funny father! He’s way too strict,” ‘ ” he jokes.

With additional reporting by Aili Nahas

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

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You Can Buy Oprah’s Household Items for as Little as $50

Oprah Winfrey arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles on Feb. 22, 2015.
Jordan Strauss—AP Oprah Winfrey arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles on Feb. 22, 2015.

Oprah is auctioning off her furniture, paintings, crystal and accessories

For the right amount of cash, you too can live like Oprah Winfrey.

And surprisingly, it might not be as expensive as you think. Oprah is putting items from her Chicago home up for bid, and of the 550 treasures, the prices start as low as $50.

“This is property from her Water Tower apartment in Chicago,” Leslie Hindman of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, which is handling the Chicago sale, told PEOPLE. “There are lots of things in the $50 to $100 to $200 range” while others are valued at up to $120,000.

Oprah is selling her apartment after announcing that she is shuttering her Chicago production studio, where her talk shows were recorded.

Included in the auction will be English, French and Continental furniture and decorative pieces, paintings, prints, drawings, porcelain, crystal, silver, memorabilia, clothing and accessories.

At the lower end, there’s a Jorg and Olif bicycle with an estimated value of $200-$400 and a landscape painting of a poppy field starting at $300, Hindman said. At the upper tier is a Richard Miller painting for $80,000-$120,000. In between are such items as a Hovsep Pushman painting entitled “The Little Mother” for $30,00-$50,000, a Royal Copenhagen soup tureen and cover in the Flora Danica pattern for $6,000-$8,000 and an Australian giltwood cartel clock, circa 1800, with an estimated value of $2,000-$4,000.

Proceeds from the auction will go to Oprah’s Leadership Academy Foundation, which supports the school she founded in South Africa, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.

Since items for the auction are still being finalized, Hindman said she doesn’t yet know how much is expected to be raised. A catalog of the items will be online by the end of the week, and a printed version available for sale within two weeks, she said.

Many of Oprah’s fans are sure to jump at the chance to own one of her treasures. “People love her,” Hindman said. “People will be very very excited to own something that she owned.”

The auction is scheduled to take place April 25, with public previews April 16-24.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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Mitt Romney to Fight Evander Holyfield in Charity Bout

Mitt Romney is greeted by fellow Republicans at a dinner during the Republican National Committee's Annual Winter Meeting aboard the USS Midway on Jan. 16, 2015 in San Diego.
Sandy Huffaker—Getty Images Mitt Romney is greeted by fellow Republicans at a dinner during the Republican National Committee's Annual Winter Meeting aboard the USS Midway on Jan. 16, 2015 in San Diego.

"It will either be a very short fight, or I will be knocked unconscious"

Forget about Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, the real fight of the century is scheduled for May 15 when Mitt Romney enters the ring to battle Evander Holyfield in Salt Lake City.

Yes, you read that right. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, and Holyfield, the five-time heavyweight titleholder who smacked around the likes of Mike Tyson and George Foreman, are going to lace up gloves and duke it out in a charity exhibition.

However, Romney has no delusions about actually winning this contest.

“It will either be a very short fight, or I will be knocked unconscious,” Romney told the Salt Lake City Tribune. “It won’t be much of a fight. We’ll both suit up and get in the ring and spar around a little bit.”

A portion of the proceeds will help support Charity Vision, which provides doctors and facilities in poverty-stricken areas with equipment and resources to carry out eye operations.

[The Salt Lake City Tribune]

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Kanye Tweeted Several Nude Kim Kardashian Photos to Celebrate Her 30 Million Followers

"Swish!!!" Kanye tweeted with the NSFW-ish photos

Sunday night marked the premiere of E!’s first scripted series The Royals, but it also saw the return of the network’s real reigning family: the 10th season premiere of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

To celebrate wife Kim Kardashian’s TV empire — as well as her newly minted 30 million Twitter followers — Kanye West posted an eight-part, NSFW-ish Twitter storm featuring nude pictures of Kim.

“I’M SO LUCKY” the caps lock-prone rapper, who’s readying his new album So Help Me God, tweeted before posting several more photos, all with the caption “SWISH!!!”

Now just imagine what he’ll do on their anniversary.

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Scandal Screenwriter Shonda Rhimes: ‘I’m Normalizing TV’

Shonda Rhimes attends the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
David Livingston—Getty Images Shonda Rhimes attends the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Rhimes gave an encouraging speech on loneliness and "normalizing" diversity

Shonda Rhimes received the Ally for Equality Award at the Human Rights Campaign’s Saturday gala and used her time onstage to talk about feeling alone and how important it is for TV to be a place people can look to when they’re feeling alone.

“You should get to turn on the TV and see your tribe,” the Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal showrunner said. “And your tribe can be any kind of person, any one you identify with, anyone who feels like you, who feels like home, who feels like truth.”

Rhimes’ ABC shows have become synonymous with diverse TV in the past years: Grey’s broke ground in 2008 when Callie, a main character, began sleeping with a woman. She went on to marry Arizona, and their relationship quickly became one central to the show. Scandal’s Cyrus, the president’s chief of staff, is openly gay, as is How to Get Away with Murder’s (another Shondaland title) Connor.

But despite the rarity of seeing relationships and characters like these on television, Rhimes doesn’t see these choices as diverse. “I really hate the word ‘diversity.’ It suggests something other,” she said. “As if there is something unusual about telling stories involving women and people of color and LGBTQ characters on TV. I have a different word: normalizing. I’m normalizing TV. I am making TV look like the world looks.”

“The goal is that everyone should get to turn on the TV and see someone who looks like them and loves like them,” she said. “And just as important, everyone should turn on the TV and see someone who doesn’t look like them and love like them. Because, perhaps then, they will learn from them. Perhaps then, they will not isolate them.”

Read the whole speech over at Medium.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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Michael Douglas Describes Anti-Semitic Attack Against His Son

Michael Douglas attends the Phoenix House Public Service Award Dinner in New York City on Jan. 29, 2015.
Grant Lamos IV—Getty Images Michael Douglas attends the Phoenix House Public Service Award Dinner in New York City on Jan. 29, 2015.

The actor called anti-Semitism "our challenge in 2015"

Driven by the recent anti-Semitic attacks in Europe, Michael Douglas wrote a powerful op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, calling for action from religious and political leaders.

The actor, 70, decide to express himself because of the anti-Semitism his young son, Dylan, experienced in Southern Europe on a family vacation. Now just 14, Dylan was driven to tears by a man who was “hurling insults” at him – all because was wearing a Star of David.

Douglas had to tell his son that he had just had his “first taste of anti-Semitism.”

Michael’s mother, Diane, is not Jewish, though his father, veteran leading man Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch), is; “While some Jews believe that not having a Jewish mother makes me not Jewish, I have learned the hard way that those who hate do not make such fine distinctions,” said Michael.

Michael Douglas wrote in his op-ed piece that there are “three reasons anti-Semitism is appearing now with renewed vigilance,” because “anti-Semitism, I’ve seen, is like a disease that goes dormant, flaring up with the next political trigger.”

The actor cited a flagging economy, “an irrational and misplaced hatred of Israel” and “simple demographics” for the recent surge in European anti-Semitism.

“Europe is now home to 25 million to 30 million Muslims, twice the world’s entire Jewish population,” he wrote. “Within any religious community that large, there will always be an extremist fringe, people who are radicalized and driven with hatred, while rejecting what all religions need to preach – respect, tolerance and love. We’re now seeing the amplified effects of that small, radicalized element.”

As a solution, Douglas calls for our political and religious leaders to speak up, and for regular citizens to take responsibility, as they did in Oslo, Norway, when more than 1,000 people formed a “ring of peace” around a synagogue so that Jews could practice their religion in safety.

“This is our challenge in 2015,” Douglas wrote, “and all of us must take it up. Because if we confront anti-Semitism whenever we see it, if we combat it individually and as a society, and use whatever platform we have to denounce it, we can stop the spread of this madness.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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Toto Bassist Mike Porcaro Dead at 59

Photo of Mike PORCARO and TOTO
Paul Bergen—Redferns Mike Porcaro and TOTO

Porcaro battled with Lou Gehrig's Disease, also known as ALS

Toto Bassist Mike Porcaro, who brought music-lovers hits including “Africa,” died early Sunday after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, also known as ALS. He was 59.

“Our brother Mike passed away peacefully in his sleep at 12:04 AM last night at home surrounded by his family,” Steve Porcaro, Mike’s brother and bandmate, posted on Facebook Sunday. “Rest in peace, my brother.”

He continued on Twitter:

Toto, which has a new album out this month, has previously partnered with the ALS Association to raise money and awareness for the disease during tours.

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The 21 Best Jokes From the Roast of Justin Bieber

"Damn, you guys were brutal," Bieber said

Host Kevin Hart said it best in the first few minutes of Comedy Central’s Justin Bieber Roast: “Tonight we are gonna do what parents and the legal system should have done a long time – give the boy an ass-whuppin’ he deserves.”

And with that, the shellacking of the 21-year-old pop star began, starting with a video montage that included all of Bieber’s embarrassing legal woes and continuing with a tidal wave of cracks about the singer’s pre-pubescent fanbase, his goofy songs and all those appearances on Ellen.

And that was just when Ludacris, comedian Natasha Legerro and Shaquille O’Neal took the stage Saturday on the Sony lot outside of Hollywood, the site of the Bieber roast taping.

How exactly does a panel of African-American rappers, comedians, a ex-basketball player and a professional homemaker roast a guy like Bieber? With gleeful abandon and lots of bleeps by the standards and practices department. Besides countless f-bombs and references to female sex organs, there were nine Bill Cosby jokes, three Bruce Jenner yuks and way too many Selena Gomez references to count. Ron Burgundy – a.k.a. Will Ferrell – made a surprise appearance, and first-time roaster Martha Stewart absolutely killed.

All the while, a purple suit-wearing Bieber either slapped his knee while busting a gut or sat quietly, looking like a frightened deer.

“Damn, you guys were brutal,” Bieber said at the end of the roast. “This was supposed to be a birthday present. When people ask me what I got for my 21st birthday, I’ll tell them I got my d— kicked in. I should have known.”

And then, in an expected serious turn, Bieber looked straight into the camera and apologized for his past behavior.

“I lost some of my best qualities,” he said. “I’m looking forward to being someone to be proud of. Someone close to me once said how you rise from a fall is how you are truly defined as a man.”

The roast that attracted guests like John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Kourtney Kardashian and Dave Chappelle doesn’t air until March 30 on Comedy Central. But here are 21 of the night’s best jokes that should tide you over until the big night:

“Bieber has 10 million fans – most are in middle schools, or standing at least 500 feet away from one.” – Kevin Hart

“Congratulations Hannibal Buress, you are only the Bill Cosby accuser making money off of him.” – Snoop Dogg

“I always encouraged people to stay classy. And what’s more classy than hanging out with Floyd Mayweather?” – Ron Burgundy

“Justin’s fan are called beliebers because it’s politically incorrect to use the word retards.” – Natasha Legerro

“A lot of people are upset that Justin hasn’t won a Grammy. There is Martha Stewart. She can be your grammy.” – Jeff Ross

“Justin, I don’t like your music. I think it’s bad, man. I hate your music. I hate your music more than Bill Cosby hates my comedy.” – Hannibal Buress

“Selena Gomez couldn’t be here tonight. Just because she didn’t want to be here.” – Kevin Hart

“Jeff Ross, you’re the only person on this dais making 95 percent of your yearly income tonight.” – Hannibal Buress

“Kevin is the only celebrity with a star on the yellow brick road.” – Shaquille O’Neal

“Martha is so old, her first period was the Renaissance.” – SNL‘s Pete Davidson

“Justin as a father of six you have to straighten up, son. Last year, you were ranked the fifth most-hated person of all time. Kim Jong-Un didn’t rank that high. And he uses your music to torture people.” – Shaquille O’Neal

“Chris D’Elia is here. He’s Justin’s favorite comedian. Wow. What an endorsement. That’s like being Shaq’s favorite poet.”– Jeffrey Ross

“I’ve come up with a douche that no one has ever heard of, you know, like Chris D’Elia.” – Martha Stewart

“Hannibal Buress is famous for exposing Cosby. He’s only famous for exposing Bill Cosby. Bill Cosby hurt those women without ever caring about the consequences … that Hannibal Buress would become famous.” – Pete Davidson

“Justin, you are the King Joffrey of Pop.”– Jeffrey Ross

“All these rappers on stage and Martha Stewart has done the most jail time.” – Natasha Legerro

“Justin wants to be black so bad he’s actually seen Kevin Hart’s movies in theaters.” – Ludacris

“He’s Justin Bieber’s favorite comic, which is why he has ‘duh’ in the middle of his name.” – Kevin Hart, introducing Chris D’Elia

“Those Calvin Klein billboards you made are terrible. And I was in Whitney.” – Chris D’Elia

“Kevin, you are everywhere. He is going to be on the next season of Game of Thrones. He’s going to play Peter Dinklage’s shadow.” – Natasha Legerro

“What do you get when you give a teenager $200 million? A bunch of has-beens calling you a lesbian for two hours.” – Justin Bieber

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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Celebrities Join Elton John in Dolce & Gabbana Boycott

Elton John performs on Feb. 28, 2015, in Reading, Pa.
Owen Sweeney—Invision/AP Elton John performs on Feb. 28, 2015, in Reading, Pa.

#BoycottDolceGabbana begins trending on Twitter

Celebrities have joined in the condemnation of fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana — honchos of Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana — who drew the ire of Elton John Saturday when they declared gay adoption unnatural and deemed children born via IVF “synthetic children.”

The 67-year-old “Candle in the Wind” singer immediately took to Instagram to demand: “How dare you refer to my beautiful children as “synthetic?” and warning “I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana.”

Now, celebrities from Ricky Martin to Courtney Love are echoing John’s sentiment, referring to the luxury designers’ views as outdated and promising to dispose of the brand-name products:

Amid the backlash, Stefano Gabbana issued a press statement Sunday saying “It was never our intention to judge other people’s choices. We do believe in freedom and love.”

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