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Listen to Chris Cornell's Mash-Up of Metallica and U2's 'One' Songs

The Soundgarden frontman sang the lyrics to Metallica's "One" to the tune of U2's song of the same name onstage in 2015.

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40 Best Punk Albums

It can be argued that punk rock started back in the '60s, when a bunch of kids holed up in their parents' garage and bashed out two chords on their guitars and shouted into a taped-together microphone.

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December 2018 New Music Releases

This list arrives just before the industry goes into its annual holiday slumber.

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APNewsBreak: Obama's memoir sells more than 725,000 copies

First day sales for Michelle Obama's "Becoming" topped 725,000 copies, making it one of the year's biggest debuts.

Crown Publishing told The Associated Press on Friday that the figures include sales and pre-orders for the former first lady's memoir include hardcover, audio and e-books editions for the United States and Canada. "Becoming" was released on Tuesday, the same day Mrs. Obama launched a national book tour . Crown also announced that it had raised the book's print run from 1.8 million copies to 2.6 million. Reviews of the book, which traces Obama's journey from Chicago's South Side to the White House, have been positive, with The Washington Post praising its "impressive balance in telling the truth of her challenges while repeatedly acknowledging her lucky life."

"Becoming" had the biggest opening of any books in 2018 by Crown's parent company, Penguin Random House. But at least one other book this year, from Simon & Schuster, did start higher: Bob Woodward's "Fear: Trump in the White House" sold around 900,000 copies after one day.

"Becoming" is well exceeding the pace of previous memoirs by first ladies. In 2003, Hillary Clinton's "Living History" had first week sales of around 600,000 copies, at a time when audio sales were tiny and e-book sales nonexistent.

William Goldman, Oscar winner for 'Butch Cassidy,' has died

William Goldman, the screenwriter and Hollywood wise man who won Academy Awards for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "All the President's Men" and summed up the mystery of making a box office hit by declaring "Nobody knows anything," has died. He was 87.

Goldman's daughter, Jenny, said her father died early Friday in New York due to complications from colon cancer and pneumonia. "So much of what's he's written can express who he was and what he was about," she said, adding that the last few weeks, while Goldman was ailing, revealed just how many people considered him family.

Goldman, who also converted his novels "Marathon Man," ''Magic" and "The Princess Bride" into screenplays, clearly knew more than most about what the audience wanted, despite his famous and oft-repeated proclamation. He penned a litany of box-office hits, was an in-demand script doctor and carved some of the most indelible phrases in cinema history into the American consciousness.

Goldman made political history by coining the phrase "follow the money" in his script for "All the President's Men," adapted from the book by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein on the Watergate political scandal. The film starred Robert Redford as Woodward and Dustin Hoffman as Bernstein. Standing in the shadows, Hal Holbrook was the mystery man code-named Deep Throat who helped the reporters pursue the evidence. His advice, "Follow the money," became so widely quoted that few people realized it was never said during the actual scandal.

A confirmed New Yorker, Goldman declined to work in Hollywood. Instead, he would fly to Los Angeles for two-day conferences with directors and producers, then return home to fashion a script, which he did with amazing speed. In his 1985 book, "Adventures in the Screen Trade," he expressed disdain for an industry that elaborately produced and tested a movie, only to see it dismissed by the public during its first weekend in theaters.

"Nobody knows anything," he wrote.

In the book, Goldman also summed up to the screenwriter's low stature in Hollywood. "In terms of authority, screenwriters rank somewhere between the man who guards the studio gate and the man who runs the studio (this week)," wrote Goldman.

But for a generation of screenwriters, including Aaron Sorkin, Goldman was a mentor.

"He was the dean of American screenwriters and generations of filmmakers will continue to walk in the footprints he laid," Sorkin said in a statement. "He wrote so many unforgettable movies, so many thunderous novels and works of non-fiction, and while I'll always wish he'd written one more, I'll always be grateful for what he's left us."

Goldman launched his writing career after receiving a master's degree in English from Columbia University in 1956. Weary of academia, he declined the chance to earn a Ph.D., choosing instead to write the novel "The Temple of Gold" in 10 days. Knopf agreed to publish it.

"If the book had not been taken," he told an interviewer, "I would have gone into advertising ... or something."

Instead, he wrote other novels, including "Soldier in the Rain," which became a movie starring Steve McQueen. Goldman also co-authored a play and a musical with his older brother, James, but both failed on Broadway. (James Goldman would later write the historical play "The Lion in Winter," which he converted to film, winning the 1968 Oscar for best adapted screenplay.)

William Goldman had come to screenwriting by accident after actor Cliff Robertson read one of his books, "No Way to Treat a Lady," and thought it was a film treatment. After he hired the young writer to fashion a script from a short story, Goldman rushed out to buy a book on screen writing. Robertson rejected the script but found Goldman a job working on a screenplay for a British thriller. After that he adapted the Ross Macdonald novel "The Moving Target" into the 1966 detective film, "Harper," starring Paul Newman.

He broke through in 1969 with the blockbuster "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," starring Newman and Redford. Based on the exploits of the real-life "Hole in the Wall" gang of bank robbers, the movie began a long association with Redford, who also appeared in "The Hot Rock," ''The Great Waldo Pepper" and "Indecent Proposal." Goldman's script set a then-record $400,000 (or about $2.9 million today).

Though the sum made Goldman a target in an industry that had long devalued screenwriters, the price proved worth it. "Butch Cassidy" was the year's biggest box office hit, grossing $102 million (or close to $700 million today).

"All the President's Men" (1976) further enhanced Goldman's reputation as a master screenwriter, though he initially had a low opinion of the project ("Politics were anathema at the box office, the material was talky, there was no action," he later wrote) and was even regretful afterward because of the production's headaches, including the use of multiple writers.

"We had a long earlier history and I'm sorry to hear of his passing," Redford said in a statement.

Other notable Goldman films included "The Stepford Wives," ''A Bridge Too Far" and "Misery." The latter, adapted from a Stephen King suspense novel, won the 1990 Oscar for Kathy Bates as lead actress.

In 1961 Goldman married Ilene Jones, a photographer, and they had two daughters, Jenny and Susanna. The couple divorced in 1991. Goldman passed away Friday in the Manhattan home of his partner, Susan Burden.

Born in Chicago on Aug. 12, 1931, Goldman grew up in the suburb of Highland Park. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1952 and served two years in the Army.

Goldman wrote more than 20 novels, some of them under pen names. "The Princess Bride," published in 1973, was presented as Goldman's abridgment of an older version by "S. Morgenstern." The scheme, he said, was liberating.

"I never had a writing experience like it. I went back and wrote the chapter about Bill Goldman being at the Beverly Hills Hotel and it all just came out. I never felt as strongly connected emotionally to any writing of mine in my life," Goldman once said. "It was totally new and satisfying and it came as such a contrast to the world I had been doing in the films that I wanted to be a novelist again."

The film, directed by Rob Reiner, grew into a cult classic, adding more phrases of Goldman's to the lexicon: "As you wish," ''Inconceivable!" and "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!"

Reiner on Friday said he had seen Goldman just days earlier. He called "The Princess Bride" his favorite book. "I was honored he allowed me to make it into a movie," Reiner said on Twitter.

Despite all his success as a screenwriter, Goldman always considered himself a novelist. He didn't rate his scripts as great artistic achievements.

"A screenplay is a piece of carpentry," he once said. "And except in the case of Ingmar Bergman, it's not an art, it's a craft."

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The late AP Entertainment Writer Bob Thomas contributed to this report.

45 Years Ago: Bob Dylan's Old Label Gets Revenge With 'Dylan'

Album was a collection of outtakes Columbia Records released after singer-songwriter left label.

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WATCH: Man Hangs On Car Hood Going 70 mph On I-95

If you were worried local residents weren’t working hard enough to create special “Only in Miami” moments, then you don’t know Miami well enough. Case in point, a man riding the hood of a car while traveling down I-95. (via YouTube description)

How Jim Morrison's New York Moment Inspired 'People Are Strange'

Ray Manzarek had his own version of how the Doors' classic song was written.

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William Goldman, Oscar winner for 'Butch Cassidy,' has died

William Goldman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter and Hollywood wise man who won Academy Awards for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "All the President's Men" and summed up the mystery of making a box office hit by declaring "Nobody knows anything," has died. He was 87.

Goldman's daughter Jenny said her father died early Friday in New York due to complications from colon cancer and pneumonia. "So much of what's he's written can express who he was and what he was about," she said, adding that the last few weeks, while Goldman was ailing, revealed just how many people considered him family.

Goldman, who also converted his novels "Marathon Man," ''Magic," ''The Princess Bride" and "Heat" into screenplays, clearly knew more than most about what the audience wanted. He was not only a successful film writer but a top script doctor, the industry title for an uncredited writer brought in to improve or "punch up" weak screenplays.

Goldman also made political history by coining the phrase "follow the money" in his script for "All the President's Men," adapted from the book by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein on the Watergate political scandal. The film starred Robert Redford as Woodward and Dustin Hoffman as Bernstein. Standing in the shadows, Hal Holbrook was the mystery man code-named Deep Throat who helped the reporters pursue the evidence. His advice, "Follow the money," became so widely quoted that few people realized it was never said during the actual scandal.

A confirmed New Yorker, Goldman declined to work in Hollywood. Instead, he would fly to Los Angeles for two-day conferences with directors and producers, then return home to fashion a script, which he did with amazing speed. In his 1985 book, "Adventures in the Screen Trade," he expressed disdain for an industry that elaborately produced and tested a movie, only to see it dismissed by the public during its first weekend in theaters.

"Nobody knows anything," he remarked.

Screenwriter and filmmaker Aaron Sorkin called Goldman a mentor.

"He was the dean of American screenwriters and generations of filmmakers will continue to walk in the footprints he laid," Sorkin said in a statement. "He wrote so many unforgettable movies, so many thunderous novels and works of non-fiction, and while I'll always wish he'd written one more, I'll always be grateful for what he's left us."

Goldman launched his writing career after receiving a master's degree in English from Columbia University in 1956. Weary of academia, he declined the chance to earn a Ph.D., choosing instead to write the novel "The Temple of Gold" in 10 days. Knopf agreed to publish it.

"If the book had not been taken," he told an interviewer, "I would have gone into advertising ... or something."

Instead, he wrote other novels, including "Soldier in the Rain," which became a movie starring Steve McQueen. Goldman also co-authored a play and a musical with his older brother, James, but both failed on Broadway.

James Goldman would later write the historical play "The Lion in Winter," which he converted to film, winning the 1968 Oscar for best adapted screenplay.

William Goldman had come to screenwriting by accident after actor Cliff Robertson read one of his books, "No Way to Treat a Lady," and thought it was a film treatment. After he hired the young writer to fashion a script from a short story, Goldman rushed out to buy a book on screen writing. Robertson rejected the script but found Goldman a job working on a screenplay for a British thriller. After that he adapted his novel "Harper" for a 1966 film starring Paul Newman as a private eye.

He broke through in 1969 with the blockbuster "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," starring Newman and Redford. Based on the exploits of the real-life "Hole in the Wall" gang of bank robbers, the movie began a long association with Redford, who also appeared in "The Hot Rock," ''The Great Waldo Pepper" and "Indecent Proposal."

Other notable Goldman films included "The Stepford Wives," ''A Bridge Too Far" and "Misery." The latter, adapted from a Stephen King suspense novel, won the 1990 Oscar for Kathy Bates as lead actress.

In 1961 Goldman married Ilene Jones, a photographer, and they had two daughters, Jenny and Susanna. The couple divorced in 1991.

Born in Chicago on Aug. 12, 1931, Goldman grew up in the suburb of Highland Park. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1952 and served two years in the Army.

Despite all his success as a screenwriter, Goldman always considered himself a novelist and didn't rate his scripts as great artistic achievements.

"A screenplay is a piece of carpentry," he once said. "And except in the case of Ingmar Bergman, it's not an art, it's a craft."

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The late AP Entertainment Writer Bob Thomas contributed to this report.

Rock Stars Who Married Movie Stars

A look at famous unions between the music and movie industries.

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