Ben Savage Officially Makes Senate Run
Over a month after submitting documents for political office, actor Ben Savage is officially bidding for a U.S. house seat.
In an Instagram post from March 6, Savage said he wanted to restore the public’s faith in government and transcend political divisions.
“I firmly believe in standing up for what is right, ensuring equality and expanding opportunity for all,” Savage said.
Savage is running as a Democrat for the seat currently held by Rep. Adam Schiff, who is running for Senate. This seat represents a heavily democratic population, consisting of Hollywood, Glendale and a portion of Pasadena.
This announcement marks Savage’s second attempt to run for office. The actor ran for a seat on the West Hollywood City Council last year but only received 6% of the vote.
Awards Announced for iHeartRadio Awards
The 2023 iHeartRadio Awards will air on March 27, but two of its largest awards, along with their recipients, were announced on Tuesday.
Taylor Swift will be the first to receive the iHeartRadio Innovator Award, presented to artists who have “impacted global pop culture throughout their career.”
Pink is also set to receive a specialized award, as the Icon Award will honor her “impact on pop culture, longevity and continued relevance as a touring and radio force with a loyal fanbase worldwide.”
Both women have had an eventful past couple of months, as Swift’s tenth studio album, Midnights, was released in October and Pink’s ninth studio album, Trustfall, was released on Feb. 17. Additionally, Swift is about to embark on her Eras Tour, which begins March 17.
Swift currently leads the nominations with seven other opportunities for iHeartRadio awards. Harry Styles and Lizzo also have seven nominations while rappers Drake and Jack Harlow each have six.
The iHeartRadio Awards will be held on March 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Last Original Lynyrd Skynyrd Member Dead at 71
Gary Rossington, the last remaining original member of southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, died on March 5 at age 71.
The news was posted on the band’s official Facebook page, although they did not go into details as to how or where he passed.
“Gary is now with his Skynyrd brothers and family in heaven and playing [his guitar] pretty, like he always does,” the statement read.
A founding member of the iconic southern rock band, Rossington was largely responsible for Lynyrd Skynyrd’s sound, namely performing the legendary slide guitar solo on the band’s hit, “Free Bird.” He also co-wrote “Sweet Home Alabama,” which is widely considered the band’s most popular song.
Rossington also survived the 1977 plane crash which killed many other original band members, such as lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and backing vocalist Cassie Gaines.
Ten years after the plane crash, Rossington helped bring the remaining members together to perform a tribute concert, using Van Zant’s younger brother Johnny for vocal duties.
This one-off concert ended up turning into a long-term reconstructed group, returning Lynyrd Skynyrd to the music scene.
The band embarked on a farewell tour in 2018, effectively retiring from the road. Their last original album was 2012’s Last of a Dyin’ Breed.
Tom Sizemore dead at 61
Tom Sizemore, known for his role in Saving Private Ryan, died on March 3 at the age of 61.
In mid-February, the actor was hospitalized after suffering a brain aneurysm, after which his family began “end of life matters.”
Charles Lago, Sizemore’s representative, confirmed the actor’s death on Friday, saying he “passed away peacefully in his sleep.”
Sizemore began his acting career in the late ‘80s, but officially broke out in the ‘90s portraying “tough guys” in multiple films such as “Point Break,” “True Romance” and “Natural Born Killers.”
He was best known for his portrayal of Sgt. Mike Horvath in the 1998 award-winning film “Saving Private Ryan.”