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Spinal Tap Creators Hope Lawsuit 'Goes to 11'

3 other creators of mockumentary join in lawsuit

(Newser) - Spinal Tap is getting back together ... over a lawsuit. Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Rob Reiner have joined Harry Shearer in his lawsuit against entertainment group Vivendi, which acquired the rights to This Is Spinal Tap in 1989, the Guardian reports. The four men created the rock mockumentary together; Reiner... More »

Spinal Tap Star Sues for $125M

Harry Shearer says Vivendi is hiding his profits

(Newser) - One of the makers of This Is Spinal Tap is suing entertainment group Vivendi, claiming the company is hiding millions from those who made the film possible. Harry Shearer—perhaps better known as the guy who voices dozens of Simpsons characters —co-created the 1984 film along with Rob Reiner,... More »

Vanity Plate Critic Clearly Not a Spinal Tap Fan

Washington man finds 'GOES211' offensive

(Newser) - Of all the vanity-plate hullabaloo in the press lately, this story out of Washington state might be the best: Tony Cava was alerted to the fact that someone found his "GOES211" plate "vulgar, profane, or offensive to good taste and decency." As the Seattle Times reports, the... More »

Spinal Tap Actor McKean Struck by Car in NY

He breaks leg in Manhattan crash

(Newser) - This Is Spinal Tap actor Michael McKean was seriously injured yesterday when he was struck by a car on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The vehicle barreled into him as he was crossing the street, according to witnesses. “He’ll be OK, hopefully he’ll be fine,” said... More »

Tomorrow Is Nigel Tufnel Day

Holiday for Spinal Tap goes all the way up to 11

(Newser) - Spinal Tap fans, turn up your amps: Tomorrow is Nigel Tufnel Day. Last year, one hardcore Tap devotee chose 11/11/11 as the perfect day to celebrate the 1984 mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap. In one classic scene, guitarist Tufnel informs the filmmaker (Rob Reiner) that his amplifiers have extra power... More »

Johnny Depp Gets a Grammy Nod?

Weird subplots abound at this year's awards

(Newser) - Beyoncé and Taylor Swift are grabbing all the headlines or their copious Grammy nods, but down the ballot are some truly weird nominees. Johnny Depp, for example, could soon become a Grammy winner for writing the album notes for Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. Or... More »

Spinal Tap Admits Where They've Been

(Newser) - Having announced their reunion tour, Spinal Tap sits down with Vanity Fair to explain where they've been for the past 25 years. "Breeding miniature horses," says Nigel, who struggled "to find jockeys that are basically 26, 28 inches tall." David, inspired by female tribute bands like... More »

Spinal Tap Is Back

First new album since 1992

(Newser) - Smell the glove one more time, guys. Spinal Tap is making another comeback. David St. Hubbins, Derek Smalls, and Nigel Tufnel, who became mock rock legends in the 1984 mockumentary, This is Spinal Tap, are recording their first new album since 1992, reports the Sun. It will be on sale... More »

Best Rock Movies of All Time

Blender comes up with its list of the top 100, starting with Spinal Tap.

(Newser) - Grab a blanket and some popcorn and settle in with Blender's best rock and roll movies of all time:
  1. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
  2. Saturday Night Fever (1977)
  3. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)
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