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Justin Bieber pays $80,000 to former neighbor in egging incident

Justin Bieber has paid more than $80,000 for that one time he egged his neighbor’s home and was hit with a vandalism charge in the process. READ FULL STORY

Jerry Tallmer, Obie Awards founder, dies

Jerry Tallmer, the Village Voice theater critic who founded the Obie Awards, which honor Off-Broadway theater, has died at the age of 93, the New York Times reported. READ FULL STORY

India lifts ban, allows female makeup artsts in film industry

After nearly six decades, India has changed the law that once prevented women from working as makeup artists on films. READ FULL STORY

Updated: Comedian Tig Notaro hospitalized for ruptured cyst

Comedian Tig Notaro had to cancel her Nov. 9 show at the Paramount Theatre due to a medical emergency.

According to the Denver Post, AEG Live released a statement that Notaro “is dealing with a medical emergency and is being hospitalized.” The statement continued: “She will be all right but has to cancel the show tonight.” READ FULL STORY

Robin Williams' autopsy found no alcohol or illegal drugs

The investigation into Robin Williams’ death has been concluded. In a statement on Friday, the Marin County Coroner’s Office ruled his death a suicide by hanging, adding that no alcohol or illegal drugs were involved. READ FULL STORY

Murder-for-hire charge dropped against AC/DC's Phil Rudd

On Thursday, AC/DC’s drummer, Phil Rudd, was charged with allegedly trying to have two men killed, along with charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis, and threatening to kill.

However, as of Friday, Rudd is off the hook for one of those charges. According to People, the Crown Solicitor of Tauranga, New Zealand, where Rudd was arrested, withdrew the murder-for-hire charge due to “insufficient evidence.”

Rudd’s lawyer Paul Mabey QC issued a statement, saying: “The charge for alleging an attempt to procure murder should have never been laid. The charge is now withdrawn. Mr. Rudd has suffered unnecessary and extremely damaging publicity as a result of widespread and sensational reporting of a very serious allegation, which on any basis was never justified.”

Rudd is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 24 for the other three charges.

Comic actor, Second City alum Richard Schaal dies at 86


Richard Schaal, one of the original members of Chicago’s Second City comedy theater and a frequent guest star on television comedies like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, according to his daughter Wendy Schaal.


Missing Fox exec found dead in desert


According to the Associated Press, the remains of Gavin Smith, a Fox executive who went missing more than two years ago, have been found in a desert in Southern California. Hikers reportedly discovered his remains in the Antelope Valley on Oct. 26. READ FULL STORY

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd charged with attempt to procure murder

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd appeared in New Zealand court Thursday to face charges of attempting to hire a hitman and drug possession.

Rudd was charged with attempting to procure murder of two people, threatening murder, and meth and marijuana possession, according to the Associated PressHe was released on bail but will appear in court again Nov. 27. READ FULL STORY

Accomplished stage director engaged to Benedict Cumberbatch

Oxford graduate, multilingual, award-winning theater director Sophie Hunter and Tumblr boyfriend Benedict Cumberbatch are both off the market. A notice in today’s Birth, Deaths and Marriages section in U.K. outlet The Times announced their engagement.

The announcement was simple and to the point:


“Mr B.T. Cumberbatch and Miss S.I. Hunter: The engagement is announced between Benedict, son of Wanda and Timothy Cumberbatch of London, and Sophie, daughter of Katharine Hunter of Edinburgh and Charles Hunter of London.”

According to the Telegraph, Hunter graduated with a degree in Modern Languages from Oxford and directed numerous award-winning plays and operas around the globe, winning the Samuel Beckett award in 2007 for writing and directing her own play, The Terrific Electric. Hunter is also fluent in French; in 2005, she recorded The Isis Project, a French language album with Robbie Williams collaborator Guy Chambers.

Cumberbatch will soon be seen starring as Alan Turing in the biopic The Imitation Game, to be released nationwide Nov. 28.

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