The Rundown

Entertainment Express: Chi Cheng, Coachella, Daft Punk, MTV Movie Awards, BBC


* The entertainment world lost two more souls this weekend – renowned British conductor Sir Colin Davis died at the age of 85, and American author and actor, Jonathan Winters, who inspired the likes of Jim Carrey and Robin Williams, at the age of 87. But perhaps the saddest death is that of Chi Cheng, bassist for Deftones, whose heart stopped after being in a coma for 4 years, following a car accident. #OneloveforChi.

* The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicked off the first of its two-weekend line-up with a number of highlights. No holograms this time, but R.Kelly did team up with Phoenix for an Ignition / 1901 remix and a giant snail, apparently the size of a 3-story-building, crowd-surfed. Next weekend, it happens all over again.

* Also making its debut at Coachella: a surprise teaser for the upcoming Daft Punk album, Random Access Memories. The snippet features Pharrell Williams and guitarist Nile Rodgers playing Get Lucky, set to be the first single, alongside the robots. Meanwhile, the French duo told Rolling Stone, they want to fight electronic dance music’s “complacency” by ditching samples and using real musicians on new album.

* Rebel Wilson and her potty mouth hosted the MTV Movie Awards , wherein Marvel’s The Avengers, aka the third highest-grossing film in history, won the most coveted Golden Popcorn statue for Best Movie. It also picked up Best Fight and Best Villain. Kapow!

* The BBC decided not to play the Ding Dong the Witch is Dead song in its weekly chart countdown show, a move that’s received a lot of both support and criticism.

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