Celebrity Buzz: Rush Limbaugh questions 'fawning' coverage of Robin Williams suicide

Rush Limbaugh during his radio show. (AP Photo/Photo courtesy of Rush Limbaugh)

Today's pop-culture roundup includes the EIB Network, a sultry voice gone silent, a pop punk's plea, our mystery music video and much more.

 KEEN INSIGHT: Or something like that, per The Wrap, “On Rush Limbaugh's radio show Tuesday, he was asked about the apparent suicide of Robin Williams. A caller said that the media used to downplay celebrity suicide, but that this has changed, surmising that there was a political component to it.

“Limbaugh responded by reiterating his belief that there is politics in everything. . . The conservative talk show host went on to say that the media is “making such heroism out of this,” with coverage that is “fawning and glorious, and positive.” He said he hopes that it doesn't lead to copycats “by people seeking the same kind of fame.” According to Limbaugh, the social media age has spawned a group of people who share everything about themselves in hopes of getting the pop culture media to talk about them. “This is one way to do it, obviously,” he said. “To kill yourself is one way to get the media to spend a lot of time talking about you, if you want to be talked about.” ’’

MEANWHILE: Of myriad memorials, per The Insider, “Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram may be the easiest place to share memories of the late Robin Williams — all three are flooded with tributes — but many real-life spots associated with the comedian have become makeshift shrines to him as well.

“. . .Following the news that the 63-year-old star had died from an apparent suicide, fans flocked to several of the locations associated with the star, including his home, his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the Good Will Hunting bench in Boston. Other tributes popped up outside comedy clubs, in bars, and beyond.”

LAUREN BACALL: She with the sultry smooth voice, per Deadline, “Although Lauren Bacall, who died Tuesday of a stroke, was of a different generation, her passing at 89 quickly drew anguished reactions from across Twitter, where many were still feeling the emotional sting of Robin Williams‘ death on Monday. From John Cusack‘s explosive curse to evocations of her classic line about how to whistle, fans posted photos, video and more of Bacall’s fabulous career.

“ “What a terrible loss for us all,” said Barbra Streisand in a statement. “First Robin, who was a genius, and now Lauren. It was my privilege to have known her, to have acted with her, and to have directed her (in 1996’s The Mirror Has Two Faces). And most of all, to have had her as a wise and loving friend. She was an original. Even with all those great films, we can visit again and again, she will be missed.” ’’

TIME OUT: For family matters, per People, “Céline Dion has postponed her Las Vegas residency, canceled her Asia tour and postponed all of her show business activities indefinitely because of her husband's ongoing health issues. René Angélil had a tumor removed from his throat last December, and his illness has caused "a very difficult and stressful time," the singer says in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE.” 

THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE FLAG THING: Made in Germany, per the New York Times, “Mystery solved? A pair of artists in Berlin said they were the ones who pulled off the stunt of the summer, hoisting two big all-white flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge last month, swapping them for the usual red, white and blue. When the flags appeared, rumors flapped: It was a prank or a grave security breach.

“But the artists, Mischa Leinkauf and Matthias Wermke, say the flags — with hand-stitched stars and stripes, all white — had nothing to do with terrorism. In a series of phone interviews, they explained that they only wanted to celebrate “the beauty of public space” and the great American bridge whose German-born engineer, John Roebling, died in 1869 on July 22, the day the white flags appeared.”

‘SCANDAL’ NEWS: New players, per The Hollywood Reporter, “Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight) and Josh Randall (Ed) have been tapped to guest star on ABC's red-hot political thriller, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

“McCormack and Randall will play a couple and appear in an early October episode of the Kerry Washington starrer. While additional details about their roles are being kept under wraps, Rhimes told THR that season four will feature more of its trademarked case of the week stories.”

A LIVELY BLAKE: Eclectic paths, per Marie Claire, “Of all the things one might have expected Blake Lively to do after playing New York City's hottest rich teenager on Gossip Girl, "make philanthropy cool" wouldn't exactly be high on the list. Marry the Green Lantern (aka Ryan Reynolds) in a top-secret ceremony outside Charleston, South Carolina, complete with a couture Marchesa ballgown and a glitter-dipped bouquet? Sure. Take time off to buy and decorate a country house in Bedford, New York? Absolutely.

“Make a movie about a chic woman who never grows old (The Age of Adaline, due out in 2015)? You bet. But running off to one of the seedier parts of Boston to make a documentary with Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn about teen sex trafficking?”

JUSTIN BIEBER: Just the facts, per the Miami Herald, “Seven months after international pop star Justin Bieber was arrested in South Beach for driving under the influence, his case is expected to conclude Wednesday in a plea deal that includes an anger-management class.

But Beliebers, don’t bother showing up to Miami criminal court — the Canadian paparazzi-magnet is not expected to appear at the Wednesday afternoon hearing. The state is expected to drop the DUI charge, and his lawyers will accept a guilty plea for careless driving and resisting an officer without violence, according to Miami Herald sources.”

GEORGE: Oh, boy, per Rolling Stone, “Boy George and the original Culture Club lineup will reunite for the first time in 14 years with a string of North American dates scheduled for this November, and a new album set for release in early 2015. The pop outfit's famous frontman will also appear as a guest on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers on Thursday, August 14th alongside Taylor Swift.”

CANCEL THE WEDDING PLANS: Stuff happens, per Us Weekly, “She's out! Ciara has called off her engagement to Future, multiple sources reveal in the new issue of Us Weekly. The "I'm Out" singer, 28, has called it quits with the rapper, 30, just three months after welcoming their son Future Zahir Wilburn.”

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video: 

--Skip Wood