May 14, 2014

Dave Grohl is headed to HBO, where he will produce and host a yet-to-be-named documentary show that will premiere at the end of 2014.

The show will follow the Foo Fighters frontman as he visits and records music at studios around the world, Rolling Stone reports. While at the studios, he will also interview musicians, with Paul Stanley of KISS, Joe Walsh of the Eagles, Nancy Wilson of Heart, and Ian MacKaye of Fugazi already on the roster.

The show will likely take cues from Sound City, the 2013 documentary Grohl directed and produced about a Los Angeles recording studio. When the film came out, Grohl told Rolling Stone: "Sound City is about having kids see this film and be inspired to go to a yard sale and buy a guitar and start a band and play in the garage and then take over the world. Because that can still happen. It happens all the time. To me, personally, it's the most important thing I've done because it's not for me." Watch the Sound City trailer below. --Catherine Garcia

Mass Shootings
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Experts who study mass shootings in the United States have found that would-be killers read up on those who came before them, signaling that "cultural contagion" is a factor behind their acts, The New York Times reports. Oregon community college shooter Christopher Harper Mercer, for example, had recently uploaded a video about the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown; the shooter at Sandy Hook had previously studied Columbine and the 2011 Norway attack in which 77 were killed.

"If you blast the names and faces of the shooters on news stations and constantly repeat their names, there may be an inadvertent process of creating a blueprint," Dr. Deborah Weisbrot, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Stony Brook University, told The New York Times.

In Germany, a study found that of nine school shootings, three of the attackers "consciously imitated and emulated what happened in Columbine." Another study found that mass killings tend to "cluster," or quickly follow one another — between 1997 and 2013, it appeared that the highest risk of an attack came within two weeks after a shooting was on the news.

Some regions in the U.S. are trying to intervene before killings can occur. In Los Angeles County, measures are in place for law enforcement, mental health departments, and educational institutions to recognize potentially dangerous behavior and act on it, stepping in when students are discovered with weapons or plans to carry out an attack. It's a fine line, however, navigating where the programs end and individual rights begin, especially when no crimes have yet been committed.

"The biggest problem we still deal with is underreaction to often blatant indicators that someone is moving on a pathway to violence," J. Kevin Cameron, an expert on mass shootings in the U.S., told the Times. Jeva Lange

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Up until this point in the election, long-shot candidate Martin O'Malley had more congressional backers than Bernie Sanders — and O'Malley only has one endorsement. But now, the two are about to be neck-and-neck in terms of congressional support. The Los Angeles Times broke the news Wednesday that one member of Congress is planning to back the Vermont senator in the Democratic presidential race: Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva.

Despite the fact that Sanders has overtaken Hillary Clinton in polls of New Hampshire, this is Sanders' first endorsement from a sitting member of Congress. Still, Sanders has a long, long way to go before he could take the lead over Hillary in congressional support: FiveThirtyEight's endorsement tracker reports that Clinton is backed by "over 150 sitting senators, representatives, and governors." Becca Stanek

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The new James Bond film is just around the corner, but if you've been a fan of Daniel Craig's 007, you'll want to savor these final few hours with him — because he never, ever wants to play Bond again. In an interview with Time Out London, the actor — who's been playing Bond for almost decade now since his debut in 2006's Casino Royale — stressed that this is absolutely it. When asked if he could imagine doing another movie, Craig was incredulous: "Now?" he said. "I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists. No, not at the moment. Not at all. That's fine. I'm over it at the moment. We're done. All I want to do is move on."

Just in case you didn't get the picture:

Do you care who plays Bond after you?
Look, I don't give a f--k. Good luck to them! All I care about is that if I stop doing these things we've left it in a good place and people pick it up and make it better. Make it better, that's all.

You won’t be backseat-driving then?
Oh Christ, no. How f--king sad would that be? "Oh look, it's Daniel Craig, he's on set again!" No!

If an actor was offered Bond and came to you looking for advice, what would you say to him — or her?
Literally I'd say two things. Firstly, it's your decision. Don't listen to anybody else. Well, do listen to everybody, but you have to make the choice at the end of the day. It's your bed to lie on. And don't be s--t! Don’t be s--t. You've got to step up. People do not make movies like this any more. This is really rare now. So don't be s--t. [Time Out London]

Prepare to bid Craig farewell — Spectre hits theaters November 6. Jeva Lange

owning up
2:15 p.m. ET
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President Barack Obama has apologized to humanitarian aid organization Doctors Without Borders for a U.S. attack on a medical clinic in Kunduz, Afghanistan, White House press secretary Josh Earnest announced Wednesday. The bombing killed at least 22 people, including hospital staff and patients.

Obama also reportedly offered his condolences to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for the lives lost in the incident.

Doctors Without Borders called for an independent investigation into the attack on Wednesday, charging that the attack is a war crime that violates the Geneva Conventions. Sally Gao

Ancient artifacts: Pig Edition
1:31 p.m. ET

A group of Scottish pigs discovered the earliest evidence of a population of 12,000-year-old hunter gatherers on Isle of Islay, Discovery News reports. While certainly archaeologists can come in all shapes, sizes, and species, the pigs weren't actually looking for Ice Age stone tools but were munching on bracken when they unwittingly dug up the artifacts. Their sharp-eyed gamekeeper reported the find.

"Previously, the earliest evidence [of humans at Islay] dated to 9,000 years ago, after the end of the Ice Age," Steven Mithen, one of the archaeologists to study the site, told Discovery News. "The new discovery puts people on Islay before the Ice Age had come to an end at 12,000 years ago."

Other discoveries made at the site included animal bones, antlers, and crystal quartz tools dating from a number of different time periods. The craftsmanship of the tools hinted that the ancient people originated from the region that is now northern Germany, back when Britain used to be connected to Europe by a landmass called "Doggerland."

The pigs had no comment on the find. Jeva Lange

desperate measures
12:59 p.m. ET

Donald Trump is certainly able to dish it out, but, as Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter tells it, The Donald isn't so good at taking it. In the November Vanity Fair editor's letter, Carter reveals what happened after he referred to Trump as a "short-fingered vulgarian" in Spy magazine "more than a quarter of a century ago."

Turns out, Carter writes, for a man who is concerned with power and wealth and anything "oversize," the notion of having fingers that didn't measure up was one that Trump simply could not put to rest:

To this day, I receive the occasional envelope from Trump. There is always a photo of him — generally a tear sheet from a magazine. On all of them he has circled his hand in gold Sharpie in a valiant effort to highlight the length of his fingers. I almost feel sorry for the poor fellow because, to me, the fingers still look abnormally stubby. The most recent offering arrived earlier this year, before his decision to go after the Republican presidential nomination. Like the other packages, this one included a circled hand and the words, also written in gold Sharpie: "See, not so short!" I sent the picture back by return mail with a note attached, saying, "Actually, quite short." [Vanity Fair]

Read the full editor's letter over at Vanity Fair. Becca Stanek

The nightmare that was all too real
12:05 p.m. ET
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As John Boehner prepares to make his exit at the end of the month, Republican infighting could once again trip him up. The Hill reports that the House speaker, who is poised to retire Oct. 30, told his friend Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) just last week: "I had this terrible nightmare last night that I was trying to get out and I couldn't get out."

Based on doubts that Republicans can get the requisite 218 votes to elect party favorite Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as speaker — and the rule that a speaker's resignation cannot take effect until there is a new speaker — it's looking like Boehner's worst nightmare could very well become a reality.

McCarthy's status as favorite was called into question after he implied last week on Fox News that the Benghazi committee was created to take down Hillary Clinton. And at least one of his two competitors, Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) — the other contender is Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) — is seizing on these doubts. "Nobody has disagreed that the current majority leader is short of 218," Chaffetz told reporters. "It's just the reality."

If McCarthy doesn't win 218 votes in the formal floor vote, there will be additional rounds of voting. If those rounds don't produce a GOP candidate for speaker that has 218 votes, Boehner will not, in fact, be able to get out. Becca Stanek

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