Saturday May 11, 2013

Slayer: Guitarist Hanneman died of cirrhosis

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Members of Slayer say Jeff Hanneman died of alcohol-related cirrhosis.

The guitarist died last week at a hospital in Hemet, Calif., at age 49. It was initially theorized that Hanneman’s death might have had something to do with a suspected spider bite that led to a case of necrotizing fasciitis, nearly costing him his arm.

The band disclosed Hanneman’s cause of death on its website Thursday, and a publicist said Friday the determination was made by his attending physician. She did not know the doctor’s name.

The statement says Hanneman was not aware of the extent of damage to his liver until his last days.

The band also says it is planning a public celebration of Hanneman’s life later this month with details to come. Letter suggests Kilmer’s ‘Trees’ was penned in NJ

MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) -- A historian says New Jersey can lay claim to the trees Joyce Kilmer found lovelier than any poem.

Several towns in New England and even the University of Notre Dame have claimed to inspire the poet’s greatest work, "Trees." The well-known verse begins, "I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree."

Alex Michelini of the Joyce Kilmer Society of Mahwah says a 1929 letter by Kilmer’s widow shows the poem was written in 1913 at their former home there.

He found the letter and a notebook containing the first two lines of the poem at Georgetown University’s Lauinger Library.

Aline Kilmer wrote a graduate student that the poem was written at home by a window looking at the Ramapo Valley.

Rosanne Cash’s new project takes her out of NYC

NEW YORK (AP) -- Rosanne Cash has been a New Yorker for two decades, but her latest project is taking her out of the city.

The 57-year-old singer is preparing a new album of songs about the American South, and did a lot of traveling with husband John Leventhal to get ideas.

Cash performed a smoldering version of Bobbie Gentry’s 1967 hit, "Ode to Billie Joe," at a gala Thursday night benefiting New York radio station WFUV.

One of her travel stops in Mississippi was the Tallahatchie Bridge, where, in the song’s lyrics, a young man jumped to his death. No, Cash said, she threw nothing from the bridge into the muddy waters below.

Her new disc is due in January.

Film crews transform Atlanta into vintage New York

ATLANTA (AP) -- Part of downtown Atlanta has been transformed into a movie set designed to look like New York City as it appeared more than three decades ago.

Filming this week of a sequel for the 2004 film "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" features vintage New York taxi cabs, graffiti-painted walls, a pay telephone and fake storefronts along Atlanta’s famous Peachtree Street.

The filming in the city’s central business district was expected to continue on Friday.

On Thursday in Woodruff Park, more than a dozen actors armed with baseball bats and hockey sticks filmed a large brawl reminiscent of the 1979 film "The Warriors."

A newsstand set up on Peachtree Street includes copies of old Life magazines and New York tabloids with headlines from 1980. A New York Daily News cover includes the headline "Bush Upsets Reagan in Mich."

The film’s stars include Will Ferrell and Steve Carell.

Atlanta is one of several filming sets for the movie. Earlier this month, film crews battled heavy winds and rain to film scenes involving a mechanical shark on a pier off the Georgia coast.