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Apple Stores closed today for Steve Jobs memorial

In honor of the late Apple founder and iconic media superhuman Steve Jobs, CEO Tim Cook announced that all Apple Stores would be closed today. A private memorial service for Jobs started this morning at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters, according to the Associated Press. The service is also being simulcast to all Apple employees across the world — though presumably not in Shenzhen — to allow employees to, in Cook’s words, “take time to remember the incredible things Steve achieved in his life and the many ways he made our world a better place.” Wouldn’t it be awesome if LSD were involved, as part of Apple’s “Broader Guy” initiative? Sigh. We miss you already, Steve.

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Appreciating Dan Wheldon: An interview with David Letterman shows why the driver was a crossover star

Fans of the race world were devastated to hear about the passing of two-time Indy 500 champ Dan Wheldon, who died as a result of a multi-car crash during a race on Sunday in Las Vegas. But you didn’t have to be a fan of the sport to appreciate Wheldon or feel sadness looking back at his impressive, but all too-short, life.

The driver stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman this past June for a chat with the Indy enthusiast host, and it’s easy to see why Wheldon was beloved by those in his industry and elsewhere. The interview proved he was humble (he effortlessly joked around with Letterman, zinging back at the host during the interview, “As you pointed out, I’m not employed”), and simply loved what he did. It’s especially sad to hear Wheldon talk about upcoming races, now knowing that his life would end tragically because of one, but it’s nice to see him as the smiling, likable crossover star that fans remember. Watch the bittersweet clip below. READ FULL STORY

Racing star Dan Wheldon remembered on Twitter

On Sunday, two-time Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon tragically passed away at the age of 33 from a fatal accident during a race in Las Vegas. Wheldon, who is survived by his wife Susie and their two children, was remembered on Twitter in the hours since his passing by sports and Hollywood stars. Actress Ashley Judd, who is married to driver Dario Franchitti, posted lines from John Donne’s poem “Death, Be Not Proud” and then tweeted, “Hardest parts, Thinking about Susie, Sebastian, Oliver. Seeing my husband grieve. Nights are so awful at first. Poor woman. Such pain.” Danica Patrick, one of the many in the racing community who reacted to Wheldon’s death on Twitter, wrote on her page, “There are no words for today. Myself and so many others are devastated. I pray for suzi and the kids that god will give them strength.”

Here are how some other stars paid tribute to the English-born Wheldon on Twitter: READ FULL STORY

Stephen Colbert remembers Steve Jobs: Thanks for the memories (and the sweet freebies!)

In the coming days and weeks, there will be so many moving tributes dedicated to the great American innovator and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who sadly passed away on Oct. 5 at the age of 56, after battling pancreatic cancer.

Stephen Colbert included. During Thursday night’s installment of The Colbert Report, the host paid honor to Jobs, who he described as, “a visionary who changed the way we use computers, listen to music, communicate, and stay awake in meetings.” But, Jobs was more than just that to Colbert — he was the man who gave him the chance to be cooler than Jay-Z. (According to his Are You Cooler Than Jay-Z iPod app, though, he’s not.) While there countless words of gratitude and praise for Jobs, Colbert may have summed up it best when he read an email that the Apple co-founder wrote to him after debuting the iPad at the 52nd Annual Grammys: “Sweet! Thanks!” To which Colbert replied, perhaps on behalf of all of us, “Right back ‘atcha!”

Watch the entire funny and moving clip below: READ FULL STORY

Mourning Steve Jobs: On the scene at the Fifth Avenue Apple store

The Fifth Avenue Apple Store in Manhattan, famously capped with a massive glass cube, is currently covered a white shroud, as if in mourning for the passing of the company’s co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs. The cube is actually undergoing renovations, swapping out dozens of smaller glass panels that make up its surface for just 15 larger ones, described with Jobs-ian panache as “seamless” by signs out front. In a way, it serves as a perfect tribute to Jobs’ famously relentless pursuit of elegance, quality, and thoughtful precision.

The other tribute to Jobs growing outside the Fifth Ave. Apple Store is neither elegant nor precise, but I imagine Jobs would still be deeply moved by the spontaneous shrine of flowers, written tributes, and lots and lots of McIntosh apples. (A few even had a bite taken out of them.) READ FULL STORY

'Glee' star Harry Shum Jr. reveals his personal connection to Steve Jobs

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Glee star Harry Shum Jr., who plays Mike Chang on the Fox hit, took to his blog to mourn the loss of Apple founder Steve Jobs and reveal his interesting connection to the Apple genius: Shum Jr. was a silhouetted dancer in one of the first iPod commercials. Writes the actor, “I was asked to do a test commercial shoot for an Apple product which didn’t mean much to me at the time. Some music player that holds all your songs. Sounded cool to me and I never gave up an opportunity to work especially with the possibility of it turning into a national commercial. Coolest job I did in that time. Just for the fact that I was chosen for my dancing and just my dancing alone. It was a silhouette of me so looks and race didn’t play into it unlike most of the jobs I would audition for.” READ FULL STORY

Steve Jobs in 2005: 'Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.'

As we mourn the loss of Steve Jobs, let’s look back at the wit and wisdom from his June 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University. “I never graduated from college,” Jobs acknowledged from the outset, “and this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation.”

Through three stories in 15 minutes, he explained the twists and turns of his amazing life, contemplated the hand of fate in it all, considered his own mortality, and even got in a jab at Windows. “No one wants to die,” Jobs conceded while discussing about his pancreatic cancer diagnosis in 2004. “And yet… death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.” He also advised the graduates, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life … Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” Watch Jobs’ eloquent speech after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Celebrities tweet reactions to Steve Jobs' death

The world lost one of its most iconic innovators today when Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc. and former CEO of Pixar Animation Studios, died at the age of 56. Word of his passing spread like wildfire after it was posted on Apple’s website, and celebrities en masse have taken to Twitter to commemorate his genius. We’ll be adding to this post as the night goes on, as more celebrities use their iPads and iPhones to tweet messages of fond remembrance.

Jon Favreau: “We lost a man of true vision today. Condolences to the whole Apple family.”

Ashton Kutcher: “I never thought I could be so busted up about the loss of someone I never met. #stevejobs” READ FULL STORY

Barack Obama, Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates and others remember Apple legend Steve Jobs

As news of Steve Jobs’ death hit Silicon Valley, Hollywood and everywhere else today, friends, colleagues, and admirers of the Apple co-founder, former CEO of Pixar, and all-around visionary (who passed away Wednesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 56) shared their memories and tributes.

President Barack Obama:Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.  READ FULL STORY

Why is Hollywood obsessed with remaking Patrick Swayze movies?

When a musician dies, sales of their albums experience an immediate “death bump.” If the bump proves especially lucrative, then the necromancers are called in to coax new music out of the dear departed from beyond the grave. Remix albums, greatest hits collections, basement tapes, random conversations filtered through auto-tune and set to Swedish beats: There are always new ways to make money off dead musicians.

Right now, Patrick Swayze is experiencing something like a “death bump.” Swayze died of pancreatic cancer almost exactly two years ago, but in just the last month, three of his most iconic projects have been rejuvenated. Kenny Ortega has taken the reins of a Dirty Dancing remake; the Ghost musical is coming to Broadway after a successful run in London; and yesterday came the announcement that Alcon Entertainment will craft a remake of Point Break, the film which cemented Swayze’s Blond-Jesus persona for a generation of filmgoers. Throw in the long-delayed Red Dawn remake, which is surely going to be released any year now, and you’ve got a veritable smorgasboard of reheated Swayze-dom coming our way. What gives? READ FULL STORY

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