Geoffrey Holder—whose oeuvre included Tony-winning stage work, Bond villainy, and a high-profile gig touting 7UP— has died, his family lawyer confirmed to EW. The cause was complications of pneumonia. READ FULL STORY
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NFL players will have to say goodbye to their Beats headphones: The league has banned players from sporting the brand when they’re on camera due to a new partnership with audio company Bose.
The NFL and Bose cemented the deal in August, and coaches now wear headsets stamped with the Bose logo during games. As for players, they can’t wear Beats headphones any time a camera might be near—meaning even in the off-season, players have to remain Beats-free in case of spontaneous on-camera interviews. READ FULL STORY
Paul Revere, founder and keyboardist of rock band Paul Revere and the Raiders, died Saturday. He was 76.
Revere was known for his onstage theatrics, something a memorial on the band’s website points out. “Sitting in an audience at my first Paul Revere and The Raiders concert introduced me to a larger-than-life dynamo of high-energy slapstick, outrageous and spontaneous humor and a genuine child-like joy,” the website reads. On that same website, Revere isn’t credited as the keyboardist or vocalist—instead, he’s described simply as “Mad Man.” READ FULL STORY
Teresa and Joe Giudice, stars of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey, were both sentenced in federal prison on fraud charges Thursday.
Teresa Giudice was sentenced to 15 months in prison on conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud charges, while her husband was sentenced to 41 months, according to the Associated Press. U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas also ruled that the couple pay $414,000 in restitution.
Nude photos of female celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead surfaced online in early September, and some of those photos are still showing up on various websites — but attorney Martin Singer is trying to change that.
In a letter addressed to Google’s co-founders, among others associated with Google and YouTube, Singer calls Google’s failure to remove these photos from its search engine results “unlawful” and “despicable, reprehensible” conduct. “This is unconscionable,” Singer writes, “especially for a company that boasts that its conduct should be ‘measured against the highest possible standards of ethical business conduct.'” READ FULL STORY
On Oct. 24, Glen Campbell’s touring documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, is set to hit theaters. But before it does, The Record Company has filed a lawsuit against Campbell.
According to the suit, which was filed in Los Angeles on Sept. 29, The Record Company had made an exclusive agreement with Campbell in June of 2011 to work with producer/director James Keach on a project about Campbell. Therefore, the creation of Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, which lists James Keach as director but has “excluded” The Record Company from all involvement, has allowed The Record Company to sue Campbell and Glen Campbell Enterprises for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and accounting from the film.
The suit demands for a jury trial.
On Monday, Walmart issued a filing stating that actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and fellow passengers injured in a June highway accident involving a company truck were at least partly to blame for their injuries for not wearing seat belts. Now, Morgan has released a statement after spending weeks in rehab recovering from rib and leg injuries.
“After I heard what Walmart said in court I felt I had to speak out. I can’t believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused,” he wrote. “My friends and I were doing nothing wrong. I want to thank my fans for sticking with me during this difficult time. I love you all. I’m fighting hard every day to get back.”
The accident resulted in the death of comedian Jimmy McNair, and a lawsuit against the company seeking punitive and compensatory damages claims the truck driver, Kevin Roper, had been awake for more than 24 hours and that the retail giant was responsible for creating an “unreasonable” situation. Roper pleaded not guilty to death by auto and assault by auto charges in New Jersey court.
“It’s disingenuous,” attorney Benedict Morelli said. “It’s not what they said they were going to do initially, which was take full responsibility. I’m very upset, not for myself but for the families I represent.” In an email statement, Walmart spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said that the company “continues to stand willing to work with Mr. Morgan and the other plaintiffs to resolve this matter.”
A fourth member of the Midnight Rider crew has been charged in the death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones in a train accident that occurred on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic in February, according to reports.
The Associated Press is reporting that Hillary Schwartz, an assistant director, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing in Wayne County Superior Court. She was indicted earlier this month.
Jones’ family filed a wrongful death suit back in May that claimed that members of the crew did not get permission to shoot on the railroad bridge where Jones was killed, and that they kept this information from the rest of the crew. Her family claimed that “the Midnight Rider defendants falsely informed, or gave the impression to, the cast and crew, including Sarah, that they had received permission to conduct filming on the railroad tracks.” The suit also claimed the crew didn’t hold a safety meeting or have an on-site medic present.
A rep for Jones’ family did not respond to EW‘s request for comment.
Facing the same charges are producer Jay Sedrish, director Randall Miller, and Miller’s wife and business partner, Jody Savin. Miller and Savin pleaded not guilty in July to the charges, and wrote in a statement that “our hearts are broken, our spirits our broken” and that Jones’ death “will haunt us forever,” but maintained that “we never had criminal intent; we would never knowingly or intentionally put anybody’s safety at risk.”
Schwartz, Sedrish, Miller and Savin are reportedly due back in court on March 9.
Amanda Bynes has been arrested for driving under the influence of a drug, EW has confirmed per the California Highway Patrol. The 28-year-old, who was driving a Mercedes SUV, was stopped in the middle of the intersection in her in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley early Sunday morning when she was stopped by CHP. She was taken to a CHP office for evaluation. The former child star was described in the report as having a “disheveled appearance.” READ FULL STORY
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