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Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry form supergroup

Classic rocker Alice Cooper has gathered some high-profile friends together to form a new supergroup, the Hollywood Vampires. Cooper has recruited actor Johnny Depp and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry for the band, which is named after a drinking crew that Cooper was a part of in the 1970s at the Rainbow Bar and Grill in Los Angeles (according to Rolling Stone, that group also included John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon and Ringo Starr). The Hollywood Vampires have already recorded an album, and are booked on the main stage at Rock in Rio festival. Cooper told Rolling Stone that Depp has become a close friend and collaborator. "We've done a lot of recording together recently. He is really a very talented and cool guy. Johnny is a guy who doesn't have to do anything; he does things because he wants to do them. It's not about his ego," says Cooper.

'It's My Party; singer Lesley Gore dead

A chart topper of the 1960s, singer Lesley Gore died Monday of cancer at age 68 in New York City. The Brooklyn-born singer was discovered by Quincy Jones. She scored hits with "It's My Party," "Judy's Turn to Cry," "You Don't Own Me" and "She's a Fool."

The 'SNL' after party is packed with stars

The party may have been over for you at 11:30 p.m. but after the "Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Show" Sunday night, the celebrity-studded event raged on with an afterglow at New York's Plaza Hotel. Jimmy Fallon acted as master of ceremonies and ushered in performances by Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Dan Aykroyd, Miley Cyrus, Debbie Harry and Michael Bolton. According to reports, Ariana Grande sang a version of Aretha Franklin's "Respect" and Prince performed with the help of Maya Rudolph as Beyonce.

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French actor Louis Jourdan died over the weekend at his home in Beverly Hills. The 93-year-old was best known for his roles in 1958's "Gigi" and the 1983 James Bond film "Octopussy."

A documentary on Detroit's progress, "Detroit Another Chance," will air on WXYZ-TV 5 p.m. Sunday. The special tells Detroit's story from the rise of the fur trade to the recently bankruptcy.

"Games of Thrones" actress Lena Headey is expecting her second child. She wrote to People magazine confirming the news and asking that the paparazzi leave her alone. "I only hope that this announcement can help me to regain some of the privacy I have recently lost to prying photographers and ask that they please respect my privacy and let me enjoy this time," Headey said in a statement to the magazine.

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Today's birthdays

Billie Joe Armstrong, 43

Paris Hilton, 34

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 34

Ed Sheeran, 24

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