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Billy Joel Sells His Hamptons Beach House for More Than $19 Million

Lloyd Bishop/NBCBilly Joel has finally succeeded in his long quest to sell his mansion in the village of Sagaponack in New York’s ritzy Hamptons area. The New York Post reports that the oceanfront bungalow-style residence, which the Piano Man first put on the market about five years ago, was bought recently for a bit under its $19.95 million asking price.

As previously reported, Joel bought the home, which originally was owned by late Jaws star Roy Scheider, in 2007. Two years later, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer sought to sell the property for $22.5 million. He eventually dropped the price to $16.8 million, and then took it off the market before re-listing it in March of this year for $23.5 million. He subsequently reduced the asking price to $19.95 million last month.

The 5,500-square-foot mansion features with four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a butler’s pantry and a state-of-the-art kitchen created especially for Joel’s then-wife, chef Katie Lee, by celebrity designer Nate Berkus.

By the way, Joel isn’t moving out of the Hamptons altogether: He still has a residence in the swanky village of Sag Harbor.

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Susan Sarandon Reveals She Once Had an Affair with David Bowie

Jimmy King; ABC/Randy HolmesIn the 1983 film The Hunger, Susan Sarandon portrays a doctor who has an affair with a female vampire played by French actress Catherine Deneuve, but it turns out Sarandon had a real-life hunger for one of her other co-stars — David Bowie. In a new interview with The Daily Beast, the Academy Award winner reveals that she had a fling with the rock legend, who she says was one of the few “famous, pretty interesting” stars with whom she’s gotten involved.

Sarandon showered some high praise on Bowie, saying, “He’s worth idolizing. He’s extraordinary.” She adds, “Bowie’s just a really interesting person, and so bright. He’s a talent, and a painter, and…he’s great.”

The 67-year-old actress explains that her relationship with Bowie took place during “a really interesting period” in her life, which came after her 1979 divorce from actor Chris Sarandon and before she met Italian director Franco Amurri, the father of her first child, daughter Eva Amurri. She recalls about that time, “I wasn’t supposed to have kids, and I’m the oldest of nine and had mothered all of them, so I wasn’t ever in a mode to where I was looking to settle down and raise a family.”

Sarandon, of course, later went on to have a long relationship with actor Tim Robbins, with whom she had two sons.

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Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Contributes Guitar Solo to a Song on Forthcoming Exodus Album

Image Courtesy of Kirk HammettEven though Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett was once a member of Exodus, he’s never appeared on a proper recording by the San Francisco Bay-area metal band — until now.

Hammett tells Rolling Stone that he’s contributed a guitar solo to a song called “Salt in the Wound,” which will be included on a forthcoming Exodus album.

“It felt really casual, really cool — just like it did back in 1980 when we were all just hanging out back in the day,” Hammett said during an appearance at Comic-Con International in San Diego. “Other than the Exodus demo that’s been heard by a lot of people, it’s the only time I ever recorded with Exodus. It was a huge thing for me.”

Hammett is making the most of his visit to Comic-Con. Over the weekend, he’s signing zombie figures of himself from his Kirk Von Hammett line of toys, and last night, he and Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo jammed with Exodus during an after-party event.

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Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Contributes Guitar Solo to a Song on Forthcoming Exodus Album

Image Courtesy of Kirk HammettEven though Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett was once a member of Exodus, he’s never appeared on a proper recording by the San Francisco Bay-area metal band — until now.

Hammett tells Rolling Stone that he’s contributed a guitar solo to a song called “Salt in the Wound,” which will be included on a forthcoming Exodus album.

“It felt really casual, really cool — just like it did back in 1980 when we were all just hanging out back in the day,” Hammett said during an appearance at Comic-Con International in San Diego. “Other than the Exodus demo that’s been heard by a lot of people, it’s the only time I ever recorded with Exodus. It was a huge thing for me.”

Hammett is making the most of his visit to Comic-Con. Over the weekend, he’s signing zombie figures of himself from his Kirk Von Hammett line of toys, and last night, he and Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo jammed with Exodus during an after-party event.

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Elton John Let Writer of His Biopic Read His Private Diaries

Joseph Guay/Capitol RecordsElton John‘s upcoming movie biography Rocketman will cover the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s life story “from birth to rehab.” That’s according to Lee Hall, the man who’s writing the film.

Hall, who also penned the movie Billy Elliot and then worked with John to turn it into an ultra-successful musical, tells the BBC that Rocketman will be “an absolutely huge, crazy Technicolor affair.” While also dealing with Elton’s childhood and his rise to fame, Hall says, it won’t shy away from the darker parts of his life, such as the singer’s self-confessed “monstrous” behavior when he was in the throes of drug addiction.

Hall says John provided him with plenty of material for the movie, and gave him “incredible free rein.” He explained, “One day, he took me to his house and opened a safe and he had all his private diaries that nobody had seen from when he was in rehab and left me there to read all this stuff.”

Hall added, however, that Elton has “never commented once on the script,” and “hasn’t interfered at all” in terms of how he’s being depicted.

John will be portrayed by The Dark Knight Rises actor Tom Hardy in Rocketman, which will begin shooting in late 2014. Elton’s original music will be used, but it’s not clear whether Hardy will perform the songs or simply lip-sync. Either way, Hall says of the movie, “It’s fantastic, it’s all singing, all dancing.”

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Elton John Let Writer of His Biopic Read His Private Diaries

Joseph Guay/Capitol RecordsElton John‘s upcoming movie biography Rocketman will cover the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s life story “from birth to rehab.” That’s according to Lee Hall, the man who’s writing the film.

Hall, who also penned the movie Billy Elliot and then worked with John to turn it into an ultra-successful musical, tells the BBC that Rocketman will be “an absolutely huge, crazy Technicolor affair.” While also dealing with Elton’s childhood and his rise to fame, Hall says, it won’t shy away from the darker parts of his life, such as the singer’s self-confessed “monstrous” behavior when he was in the throes of drug addiction.

Hall says John provided him with plenty of material for the movie, and gave him “incredible free rein.” He explained, “One day, he took me to his house and opened a safe and he had all his private diaries that nobody had seen from when he was in rehab and left me there to read all this stuff.”

Hall added, however, that Elton has “never commented once on the script,” and “hasn’t interfered at all” in terms of how he’s being depicted.

John will be portrayed by The Dark Knight Rises actor Tom Hardy in Rocketman, which will begin shooting in late 2014. Elton’s original music will be used, but it’s not clear whether Hardy will perform the songs or simply lip-sync. Either way, Hall says of the movie, “It’s fantastic, it’s all singing, all dancing.”

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