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Briefly: Roger Ebert memorial; Margaret Thatcher; Rick Ross and Reebok; ‘Swatting’

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Chaz Ebert welcomes John Cusack and Joan Cusack at the Chicago memorial service for Roger Ebert. (Paul Beaty / AP)

 

“I have to [borrow] words from a screenplay he wrote, ‘Beyond the Valley of the Dolls': ‘Roger, this is your happening, and it’s freaking me out.’”
— Chaz Ebert, the late film critic’s wife, at a public memorial service in Chicago Thursday. See full coverage of the event at the Sun-Times and Tribune. Also, read Gene Weingarten’s funny reminiscence about an awkward encounter with Siskel & Ebert.
Anti-Thatcherites push “Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead” to the top of the pop charts, and the BBC is terribly conflicted over whether to play it in the weekly countdown show. (AP)

 

Ross in 2012. (AP file)

Reebok drops endorsement deal with Rick Ross after a slow-burning controversy over his song “U.O.E.N.O.,” which seems to celebrate drugging ladies to have sex with them. Ross argues the song isn’t pro-rape — why, it doesn’t even use the word “rape”! — and apologizes for your confusion. (AP)

Sorry, TMZ: The Los Angeles PD will no longer put out information about those hoax 911 calls to celeb homes; media coverage, they think, only encourages more “swatting.” (AP)

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