SONGWRITING LEGEND DAVID DIES

Hal David, the stylist, heartfelt lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless songs for movies, television and a variety of recording artists in the 1960s and beyond, has died. He was 91.

David died of complications from a stroke Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to his wife, Eunice David.

"Even at the end, Hal always had a song in his head," Eunice David said. "He was always writing notes, or asking me to take a note down, so he wouldn't forget a lyric."

Bacharach and David were among the most successful teams in modern history, with top 40 hits including Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head, (They Long to Be) Close to You and That's What Friends Are For. Although most associated with Dionne Warwick, their music was recorded by many of the top acts of their time, from the Beatles and Barbra Streisand to Frank Sinatra and Aretha Franklin. They won an Oscar for Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head (from the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), Grammys and Tonys for the songs from the hit Broadway musical Promises, Promises.

In May, Bacharach and David received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song during a White House tribute concert attended by President Barack Obama.

David (collaborated) successfully with several other composers: John Barry with the title song of the James Bond film Moonraker; Albert Hammond with To All the Girls I've Loved Before, which Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson sang as a duet; and Henry Mancini with The Greatest Gift in The Return of the Pink Panther.

DVD shop takes on Nic Cage, gets an answer

Nicolas Cage rented two DVDs from Old Bank DVD, a shop in downtown L.A., and never returned them, racking up $224.48 in late fees, TMZ reports. The actor rented the movies in April and four months later, they were still not returned. Old Bank used Facebook to complain: "If anyone happens to run into Nicolas Cage wandering the neighborhood, please kindly remind him he's had (our DVDs) for a few months. Old Bank is not responsible if he gets mad, bursts into flames and beats you up though," they wrote. Old Bank also photoshopped Cage's head on other celebrities' bodies (late wrestler Andre the Giant, Demi Moore, etc.) and posted it to the social-networking site. "Gonna keep posting these until we get our DVDs returned Nic," employees wrote. "Share this and hopefully in a six degrees of Facebook separation kinda way we'll finally get 'em back." Though Cage has bigger problems than returning two DVDS, (like owing 6 million dollars to the IRS) the shop got their response. "So, just got off the phone with Nic and while he was somewhat put off by the media circus surrounding the issue of his late DVDs that were supposed to have been returned by an assistant before going on location, he seemed generally understanding of our good natured (though, slightly honey badgerish) goofing," Old Bank reported Saturday on Facebook. In other exciting news, there's still a DVD shop open in L.A.!

Hal David, the stylist, heartfelt lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless songs for movies, television and a variety of recording artists in the 1960s and beyond, has died. He was 91. David died of complications from a stroke Saturday in Los Angeles, according to his wife, Eunice David.

"Even at the end, Hal always had a song in his head," Eunice David said. "He was always writing notes, or asking me to take a note down, so he wouldn't forget a lyric."

Bacharach and David were among the most successful teams in modern history, with top 40 hits including Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head, (They Long to Be) Close to You and That's What Friends Are For. Although most associated with Dionne Warwick, their music was recorded by many of the top acts of their time, from the Beatles and Barbra Streisand to Frank Sinatra and Aretha Franklin.

Warwick's versatile voice conveyed the emotion of David's lyrics and easily handled the changing patterns of Bacharach's melodies. Together the trio created a succession of popular songs including Walk On By, I Say a Little Prayer, Do You Know the Way to San Jose, Anyone Who Has a Heart, and Always Something There to Remind Me.

The pair also wrote hit songs for numerous other singers: This Guy's in Love with You (Herb Alpert), What the World Needs Now is Love (Jackie DeShannon) and Wishin' and Hopin' (Dusty Springfield). They also turned out title songs for the movies What's New, Pussycat (Tom Jones), Wives and Lovers (Jack Jones) and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Gene Pitney).





Live nude girls for Leo, McConaughey

After having to watch Magic Mike costar Channing Tatum dance in an itty-bitty thong, Matthew McConaughey probably could not wait for this one. A flock of nude strippers danced for Leonardo DiCaprio and McConaughey during a scene for their upcoming movie The Wolf of Wall Street, in which they both play high-powered stockbrokers, the New York Post reports. Director Martin Scorsese turned a NYC drag bar called Lucky Cheng's into a makeshift strip joint for the scene. "The girls were rubbing their breasts in Leo's face," a source told the Post. "There were five or six of them, but he seemed very professional and looked great in an '80s-style suit. They did five or six takes, more or less the same scene over and over, with girls dancing and rubbing on him." Well, that must have been awkward for DiCaprio's girlfriend (and supermodel) Erin Heatherton, who hunkered down in Scorsese's trailer.

Spelling, hubby have a baby boy

Just five months after having a baby girl, Tori Spelling announced she was pregnant — again. "I was obviously shocked," she told People. Then on Thursday, Spelling and hubby Dean McDermott announced the birth of their fourth baby: Finn Davey McDermott weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces. "We feel truly blessed that this little angel has found us", she said to the magazine. So, let's just make sure we have this straight. This couple has 5-year-old Liam, 4-year-old Stella, 10-month-old Hattie and now a newborn? Whew.

SONGWRITING LEGEND DAVID DIES 09/02/12 [Last modified: Sunday, September 2, 2012 7:19pm]

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