Celebrity Buzz: 'Glee' star Cory Monteith's mom finally talks about his death

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Today's pop-culture roundup includes a 'Good Morning America' exclusive, an RIP for the great Johnny Winter, Beyonce's booty (on MTV nominations), gay ex-Redskin David Kopay, our mystery music video and much more.

CORY MONTEITH: His mom talks about his death for the first time, per Celebuzz!, “Days before his tragic death, Cory Monteith was planning to sign a lease on a new home in Vancouver, Canada, a possible sign he was ready to leave Hollywood. “I think he was easing himself out of it,” his mom Ann McGregor tells Good Morning America in an interview that aired Thursday morning.

"One year after his death, Monteith’s mom is speaking in public for the first time. “The last few days, I’m beginning to accept it. The loss is horrendous,” she says. “Until three days ago I couldn’t look at a picture of Cory. So there’s been progress.” McGregor, who spoke to GMA from Vancouver earlier this week, says she still keeps in touch with Lea Michele.”

JOHNNY WINTER: Obit, per Rolling Stone, “Johnny Winter, the Texas blues guitarist who added his own unique current of electricity to songs like "Highway 61 Revisited," "Johnny B. Goode" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash" in the late Sixties and throughout the Seventies, died Wednesday in his hotel room in Zurich, according to his publicist. He had been on tour in Europe and most recently had played in Wiesen, Austria. Winter was 70.

“. . .Winter, along with his younger brother Edgar, rose to prominence in their early 20s and turned heads both for their musicianship and stark-white hair, a result of the musicians' albinism. The guitarist was born in Beaumont, Texas in 1944 and rose to prominence in his early 20s after a Rolling Stone cover story on Texas music in December 1968.”

MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS: Of the nominations, per People, “Drunk in love? For Beyoncé, it's more like drunk in nominations. The nominations for the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards were announced Thursday, and the 32-year-old superstar leads the way with an impressive eight nods, including video of the year, best female and best choreography.

“Right behind the "XO" singer are Eminem and Iggy Azalea, with both rappers snagging seven nods each. Eminem scored in such categories as best hip-hop, best male and best collaboration. Azalea finds herself vying for some of the top awards, including video of the year, best female and best pop. And Pharrell Williams is no doubt feeling pretty, well, happy right about now, seeing how he received multiple nominations for "Happy," including video of the year.”

MEANWHILE: The complete list of nominees, per Us Weekly:

CHARLIE SHEEN: And a taco, per The Insider, “Say what you will about Charlie Sheen, but you can always count on the man to be entertaining — even when he's hanging out at a Taco Bell drive-thru. (Warning: Sheen swears at one point early on in this clip.) Posted to YouTube by Razzle App, which describes itself as "a simple app that allows you to quickly add text to new or existing videos," the new Charlie video quickly began to go viral. As of Wednesday morning, it already had over 150,000 views.”

‘THE TALK’ BEATS ‘THE VEIW’: This is a first, per The Wrap, “CBS’ daytime talker “The Talk” hit a major milestone last week, beating out its ABC rival “The View” in the key demos for the first time ever. For the week ending July 13, “The Talk” — which features Sharon Osbourne, Julie Chen and Sara Gilbert — beat out “The View” in the women 18-49 demographic by 14 percent, notching a 0.8 rating /.05 share compared to a 0.7/05 for “The View.” ’’

REDSKINS’ DAVID KOPAY: And Michael Sam, per The Hollywood Reporter, “NFL's First Gay Star on Michael Sam and His Own Shocking Decision to Come Out in 1975: “I Was Desperate.’’ In THR's annual Sports Issue, former Washington Redskins running back David Kopay, who scandalized an incredulous America, opens up about the reasons behind his decision, his life since then and his concerns for the openly gay rookie player.”

WINNIE COOPER: Or something like that, per Access Hollywood, “Danica McKellar has some "Wonder"-ful news – she's engaged! The former "Wonder Years" star-turned-"Dancing with the Stars" contestant and boyfriend Scott Svesolsky are getting hitched, Danica announced on her Twitter and Instagram pages on Wednesday. "Yep, my amazing boyfriend Scott & I are engaged!! (He's the one @iamvalc did a shout out to on #DWTS) :) Hugs to you all!" she wrote on Wednesday.”

McENROE’S KID: Trouble ahead, per Radar, “Kevin McEnroe, the 27-year-old son of tennis legend John McEnroe and troubled actress Tatum O’Neal, was arrested in connection with drug possession in New York City’s East Village Tuesday, officials said. Police said that McEnroe and a 22-year-old man named Niro Meneses were taken into custody after authorities witnessed “a narcotics transaction” between the two, with the celebrity offspring caught with cocaine, “an unidentified blue pill, 20 white loose pills and 10 orange pills” on his person.”

D.C. RAP SCENE: Just the facts, per Pitchfork, “Over the past couple of years, Washington D.C.'s rap scene has produced a handful of artists that, just 10 years ago, would have had no blueprint on how to make it from the District. Up-and-comers like Fat Trel, Shy Glizzy, Yung Gleesh, Lightshow and others have made moves to build D.C. into an area with regional allure and mainstream potential—both of which are completely new for the city.”

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video.

--Skip Wood