* The Pearl Jam / Jay-Z collaboration we didn’t know was coming, happened at the Made in America festival in Philadelphia this past weekend. Both the rapper and band made mention of the upcoming US elections at the event too.
* The Venice Film Festival is hitting the halfway-point, before the Toronto Film Festival gets underway, and so far, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Michael Shannon have been drawing critical acclaim.
* Meanwhile, at the Telluride Film Festival, Ben Affleck’s CIA thriller Argo has been getting tongues wagging.
* A private memorial is being planned for Hal David, the Oscar-and Grammy-winning prolific lyricist who gave the world songs like What’s New, Pussycat? and What Do You Get When You Fall in Love?, who died at 91 in LA this past weekend.
* The Dark Knight Rises has become the 13th film ever to cross the $1 billion dollar mark – bringing in more box office takings from the international market than US one.
* Homeland, Louie, Downton Abbey were all big winners at the Television Critics Awards in LA on Sunday night.
* An original Star Wars Chewbacca headpiece fetched over $170 000 at a weekend prop auction.
* Snoop Dogg played his debut album, Doggystyle, in its entirety at New York’s Catalpa Music Festival, telling the audience, he’s “still got it.” Meanwhile, he is banned from Norway for 2 years.
* Hans Zimmer, composer for The Dark Knight Rises, released a song to help raise money for victims of the movie theater shooting in Aurora. The suspected shooter appears in court again today, for charges to be laid against him.
* NBC is still receiving flak for its delayed and edited airing of the Olympic games opening ceremony. Speaking of the opening ceremony, watch James Bond and the Queen parachute into the stadium, one more time.
* Looper, the sci-fi thriller starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, will open this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
* Steven Tyler and J-Lo are out, Mariah Carey is in for Season 12 of American Idol.
* Warner Bros, the studio behind The Dark Knight Rises, is making a ‘substantial’ donation to those who were affected by the theater shooting in Aurora.
* Bruce Springsteen has admitted, in an extensive piece in the New Yorker, that he battled depression in the 80s.
* Lady Gaga previewed a new song for a few New York fans by playing it out of her car stereo.
* The suspect in The Dark Knight Rises theater shooting is due to appear in court Monday morning – although formal charges aren’t expected to be laid yet.
* The Twilight movie franchise, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber all won big at the Teen Choice Awards in LA.
* Michael Jackson’s mother Katherine was reported as missing by her nephew on Sunday morning but by Sunday night it had been confirmed she was actually safe with other family members.
* The Killers debuted two more new songs off their forthcoming album – From Here On Out and Flesh & Bones – at the inaugural Firefly music festival in Dover, Delaware, this past weekend.
* It’s been a year since Amy Winehouse died of accidental alcohol poisoning at the age of 27.
The excitement over The Dark Knight Rises has been dramatically squashed with the news that 12 people have been killed at a mass shooting at a midnight screening in Aurora, near Denver, Colorado.
* A 24-year old suspect was arrested by police in a rear parking lot of the theatre.
* The Dark Knight Rises premiere in Paris this evening has been cancelled.
* Security at cinemas in New York has been stepped up, according to NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. This action will no doubt be repeated around the country too.
* President Barack Obama and Warner Brothers, the studio releasing the movie, have sent their condolences to the victims’ families and loved ones.
* The film was set to out-perform The Avengers at the box office. It remains to be seen what impact this will have on the box office figures, although that thought is more than likely to be the farthest from the minds of the loved ones of those involved.