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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 The charge is now withdrawn.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

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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.

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Missing Fox exec found dead in desert

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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:

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“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.

Lena Dunham releases statement about sexual abuse allegations

In response to some reviews of Lena Dunham’s new book, Not That Kind of Girl, that accuse the author of admitting to sexual abuse, the author has released a statement to Time.

Articles from National Review and Truth Revolt cited passages of Dunham’s book and accused her of admitting to sexually abusing her younger sister as a child.

Dunham originally took to Twitter over the weekend to speak out against the claims. Now, she has given an official statement about the matter speaking about her dismay over the interpretations made about her book. In his original story, National Review‘s Kevin D. Williamson referenced a passage about a childhood interaction between Dunham and her sister Grace and stated that he believed there is “no non-horrific interpretation of this episode.”

Read Dunham’s full statement on Time, in which she states she does “not condone any kind of abuse under any circumstances,” and that anything written about Dunham’s sister was written with her approval.

 

Tom Magliozzi of NPR's 'Car Talk' dies at 77

Tom Magliozzi, who hosted NPR’s Car Talk with his brother Ray, died Monday from complications from Alzheimer’s disease, according to a statement on Car Talk‘s website. He was 77.

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Static-X frontman Wayne Static dies

Wayne Static, the onetime frontman of metal band Static, X, has died. He was 48.

Static formed Static-X in 1994, and released their debut album in 1999 after signing with Warner Bros. Records. That first album, Wisconsin Death Trip, went platinum while their second, Machine, made it to gold. READ FULL STORY

Robin Thicke, Pharrell lose round one of 'Blurred Lines' lawsuit

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Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have lost the primary round of their legal battle against Marvin Gaye’s estate over “Blurred Lines,” according to The L.A. Times.

The pair, who worked together on the 2013 hit, filed the suit earlier this year upon receiving accusations from Gaye’s family that parts of “Got to Give It Up” had been copied. Gaye’s family responded with a countersuit.

Thursday, U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt denied Thicke and Williams’ motion for summary judgment. His ruling found similarities between the bass lines, keyboard parts, vocal lines, melodies, and harmonies of the two songs, meaning there is enough evidence to move forward with the Gaye family’s claim. A trial is scheduled to take place on Feb. 10, 2015.

 

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