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Man in a Star Wars stormtrooper outfit causes a gun scare in Kansas

Christopher Burns, who makes humorous Vines under the name “Stormtrooper Sam,” caused a commotion in Salina, Kansas on Monday when a customer at a downtown business noticed him outside in an outfit from the Star Wars movies and a plastic gun, KSAL News reports.

The man who noticed Burns (pictured in a Tweet from his account below) was a veteran. He believed that his plastic gun might be an AK-47 rifle and alerted the business owner, who called the police.

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Shia LaBeouf is seeking voluntary treatment for alcohol addiction

Days after he was expelled from a Broadway performance of Cabaret and arrested for disorderly conduct and criminal trespass, Shia LaBeouf is receiving voluntary treatment for alcohol abuse.

On June 26, the 28-year-old actor was handcuffed and escorted out of Manhattan’s Studio 54 during the show’s first act after he allegedly disrupted the performance by yelling at the actors and smoking. He was released from jail the next day.

Photographers keeping tabs on LaBeouf in the aftermath captured him carrying Alcoholics Anonymous literature, and his publicist recently released the following statement:

“Contrary to previous erroneous reports, Shia LaBeouf has not checked into a rehabilitation facility but he is voluntarily receiving treatment for alcohol addiction.

“He understands that these recent actions are a symptom of a larger health problem and he has taken the first of many necessary steps towards recovery.”

Ex-'Scandal' actor Columbus Short faces lawsuit after restaurant fight

Columbus Short, who played Harrison Wright on ABC’s Scandal for its first three seasons, was sued on Monday by Felton Hyche III—the man he allegedly assaulted outside of a restaurant on March 15—for battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligence.

According to the seven-page complaint filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday, Hyche alleges that the former Scandal star attacked him outside of Gabe’s Bar and Grill in California. The two men were at a bar to celebrate Hyche’s sister’s engagement.

Hyche claims that the 31-year-old actor attacked him following an argument that took place outside of the restaurant. Short’s “unwarranted and cowardly ‘sucker punch,’” as the suit describes it, allegedly knocked Hyche unconscious and caused him to fall to the ground and hit his head on the concrete. According to the suit, Short fled the scene before Hyche was rushed to the hospital. Hyche claims he suffered a major fracture to his cheek and orbital bones.

Hyche also claims that he continues to endure “ridicule from strangers as the man who was knocked out by Columbus Short,” and thus is seeking punitive and exemplary damages in the amount of $1 million for both the battery charge and the infliction of emotional distress.

On May 15, Short appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to felony battery charges. If convicted, Short faces up to four years in jail.

Short is currently also dealing with a misdemeanor spousal battery case for allegedly threatening to kill his wife, who filed for divorce and a restraining order following the incident.

In April, Short confirmed that he will not be returning four Scandal‘s fourth season.

 

Robin Williams re-enters rehab

Robin Williams has gone back into a rehab facility, but not because the actor has fallen off the wagon, TMZ reports.

Williams has checked into the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center near Lindstrom, Minnesota, specifically to a facility called The Lodge, which offers programs both for those who are recovering and for those who are long sober.

Williams’s rep told TMZ, “After working back-to-back projects, Robin is simply taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud.”

The Good Will Hunting and Dead Poets Society star has admitted publicly to being an addict and struggling with his relationship to alcohol and cocaine, though he quit before the birth of his eldest son 1983. The actor then relapsed and checked himself into rehab again in 2006.

'Tie Me Kangaroo Down' songwriter Rolf Harris convicted of sex crimes

Australian-born entertainer and songwriter Rolf Harris was convicted of sex crimes on Monday.

A London court found Harris, 84, guilty of on 12 counts of indecently assaulting young girls, Reuters reports. The incidents occurred between 1968 and 1986 and involved Harris’s actions with four girls, some as young as seven or eight. A BBC report says Harris is now facing new allegations from 12 or more people who claim to be victims of his actions.

Harris is a prolific artist and musician who appeared in prime-time TV shows aimed at children, including one designed to combat the sexual abuse of children. He also entered the world of pop music, landing hits such as “Two Little Boys,” “Jake The Peg,” and “Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport.”

Following his conviction, Australia moved to strip Harris of some of the honors bestowed upon him during his five-decade performing career. Harris will be stripped of his British Academy of Film and Television Arts fellowship, and there are calls for him to lose the honors bestowed upon him by the Queen. The Australian Recording Industry Association also decided to withdraw Harris from their Hall of Fame. He was inducted in 2008.

 

No injuries in post-BET Awards nightclub shooting

Hollywood’s Supper Club was the site of a shooting after the BET Awards Sunday night, according to the LAPD.

A spokesperson for the police department says that shots were fired in the parking lot outside the club; no injuries have yet been reported, and no arrests have been made.

TMZ reports that a number of rappers were inside the club at the time, including Game, Meek Mill, T-Pain, and Busta Rhymes. The site also notes this is the third BET-related violent incident that occurred last weekend: There was also a stabbing inside a Meek Mill-hosted party, as well as a fatal shooting outside an unauthorized BET party in Hollywood that killed one man and injured four others.

Actor Meshach Taylor dies at age 67

Emmy-nominated actor Meshach Taylor died Saturday in his Los Angeles-area home following a battle with a terminal illness, EW has confirmed. He was 67.

Taylor was best known for his role as Anthony Bouvier, the assistant-turned-partner at the Sugarbaker interior design firm on the CBS series Designing Women. He spent seven seasons on the sitcom and earned an Emmy nomination for his performance in 1989. READ FULL STORY

Mary Rodgers, 'Freaky Friday' author, dies

Mary Rodgers, the author of the book Freaky Friday as well as the composer of the 1959 musical Once Upon a Mattress died Thursday, The Associated Press confirms. She was 83.

The daughter of Broadway legend Richard Rodgers, Mary found fame of her own with Once Upon a Mattress, amongst other shows. The original Once Upon a Mattress production starred Carol Burnett, and there was also a 1996 Broadway revival with Sarah Jessica Parker.

Her novel Freaky Friday was twice adapted into a film—the 1976 Jodie Foster/ Barbara Harris version, of which Rodgers also wrote the screenplay, and a 2003 remake starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan.

Shia LaBeouf escorted from Broadway's 'Cabaret' in handcuffs (Updated)

Not everybody is willkommen.

During the Thursday evening performance of Broadway’s Cabaret, police escorted Shia LaBeouf in handcuffs out of New York’s Studio 54, EW has confirmed. Cast member Danny Burstein confirmed the news, posting on his Facebook: “‘Ladies and gentlemen, this is your places call for Act II. Also, to let you know, Shia LaBeouf has just been escorted from the building in handcuffs.’ Yep, that just happened.” Broadway World first reported the news. READ FULL STORY

Stuntman Terry Richards, the swordsman from 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' dies at 81

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Terry Richards—who battled James Bond, Luke Skywalker, Indiana Jones, and many others onscreen—died on June 14th. He was 81.

Richards’ most famous onscreen appearance was as a swordsman in Raiders of the Lost Ark. In a chase through the streets of Cairo, the swordsman confronted Indiana Jones in a square and whipped out his scimitar. Jones, weary from the chase, pulled out a gun and shot him.

At a 30th anniversary screening of the movie, Ford revealed that a bigger fight scene was planned, but he was ill during the shoot. “I was no longer capable of staying out of my trailer for more than it took to expose a role of film,” he said. “Which was 10 minutes, and then I would have to flee back there for sanitary facilities.”

Richards worked on nine James Bond films with four separate actors in the title role. His last performance was opposite Pierce Brosnan in Tomorrow Never Dies in 1997.

In a 2012 interview, Richards reflected on how the stunt acting industry has changed. “Now it’s all CGI,” he said. “After a day’s stunting when I was doing it, you really knew you did a day’s work, you were covered in bruises.”

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