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Drake pitches Kevin Durant, Raptors fined 25k

The Toronto Raptors have been fined $25,000 for comments that Drake, rapper and team ambassador, made about Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant at a recent concert in Toronto. The NBA sees the comments as a violation of its anti-tampering rules, ESPN reports.

ESPN’s sources explained that Drake, who was named the Raptors’ global ambassador in September 2013, performed what the league considers a public recruiting pitch: “Before we leave, I just want to show one of my brothers something,” Drake said, addressing the crowd. “You know, my brother Kevin Durant was kind enough to come to the show tonight and watch us. I just want him to see what would happen if he came to play in Toronto. Let him know what would happen.” Following Drake’s comments, Durant was met with an ovation, and the crowd reportedly broke out in a “KD” chant.

The Washington Wizards, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, and Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly planning to court Durant, who will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2016.

'Game of Thrones' actor J.J. Murphy dies at 86 (Updated)

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Veteran Northern Ireland actor J.J. Murphy, who was most recently cast on the HBO series Game of Thrones, has died. He was 86.

The Belfast Telegraph reports that Murphy, who died just four days after filming his first scenes on the show, was playing Ser Denys Mallister, the oldest member of the Night’s Watch. His other credits included a role as a village elder on Dracula Untold.

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David Duchovny and Tea Leoni are getting divorced

After 17 years of marriage, David Duchovny and Téa Leoni are getting a divorce.

People reports that the couple have been separated for months. A TMZ report early Saturday morning says divorce papers were quietly filed in June. The actors had two children together, Kyd Miller, 12, and Madelaine West, 15. Both parents will share joint legal custody, with Leoni being responsible for primary physical custody and Duchovny paying $8,000 in monthly child support along with $40,000 a month in spousal support and all other expenses related to the children.

The couple had briefly separated twice before, once in 2008 and again in 2011.

 

Martha Stewart's sister Laura Plimpton dies from brain aneurysm

Laura Plimpton, Martha Stewart’s sister, died from a brain aneurysm on Wednesday. She was 59.

Stewart posted a note on her website Wednesday addressing her sister’s death, writing that Plimpton worked for her and her company “for more than 25 years.” According to Stewart’s post, Plimpton woke up Monday morning and was rushed to the hospital later that day after suddenly feeling sick. She was diagnosed with a massive brain aneurysm at the hospital and was put on life support until Wednesday.

“Laura deserves the very best,” Stewart wrote about her sister, who had three children. “She was an extraordinary mother, wife, and sister.”

Man arrested for throwing furniture on set of Woody Allen film

Filming for Woody Allen’s latest (untitled) film, which stars Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix, and Parker Posey, was recently interrupted when a man reportedly began throwing furniture on set.

According to the Associated Press, a man the Rhode Island police have identified as Mark Spiridakos showed up to set and “tossed a chair” before assaulting security guards on Tuesday. Security guards said Spiridakos had been asking “weird questions” before he was arrested and charged with assault.

Police said that after Spiridakos attempted to run from the set, he was tackled and then taken to the hospital with a head injury.

Spike Lee puts up memorial for man who died from NYPD chokehold

Filmmaker Spike Lee has erected a memorial honoring Eric Garner, the man who was killed by a New York police officer’s chokehold July 17.

Garner was being arrested “on suspicion of selling untaxed, loose cigarettes” when a police officer placed a chokehold on him, the Associated Press reports. In a video of the event, Garner can be heard saying “I can’t breathe” before he loses consciousness. (Garner suffered from asthma.)  An autopsy later revealed that the chokehold did cause the 43-year-old’s death.

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Lionsgate granted restraining order after 'Expendables 3' leak

The Expendables 3 doesn’t arrive in theaters until August 15, but some websites have been streaming leaked versions of the film. Lionsgate, The Expendables 3‘s distributor, filed a lawsuit July 31 and was granted a temporary restraining order against the offending sites Monday.

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Cinema verite filmmaker Robert Drew dies at 90

Robert Drew, a filmmaker and pioneer in the cinéma vérité style of documentaries, has died. He was 90.

Drew got his start in the 1950s and broke ground in 1960 with Primary, a documentary that followed the a primary election between Hubert Humphrey and John F. Kennedy that eventually made its way into the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in 1990.

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Teen cosplayer attacked near Comic-Con

UPDATE: The victim, a female minor, was found with “significant injuries” by the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina hotel pool on the 27th, the San Diego Unified Port District Harbor Police informed the press on Thursday. She had attended Comic-Con prior to the incident. The police investigation concluded that her injuries were not the result of a criminal assault, rather they were likely sustained in a fall “from the distance of approximately six feet.” The findings do not affect the charges against Kalior.

At 1:15 a.m. on July 27, the San Diego Unified Port District Harbor Police arrested 29-year-old Justin Kalior at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina hotel, EW has confirmed. According to a press release, the suspect was then “booked into San Diego County Jail at 11:20 a.m. on charges of sexual contact with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.”

The victim’s friends and family quickly took to social media after the event happened, revealing that the victim had been dressed in cosplay when the attack took place. It’s unclear if the victim had attended San Diego Comic-Con, though the Marriott Marquis is known for its connection to the convention.

According to the police statement, the victim was taken to the hospital while the investigation is ongoing.

Drew Barrymore's half sister found dead

Drew Barrymore’s half sister, Jessica Barrymore, is dead.

According to KGTV ABC10 San Diego, Jessica was found dead in a car in National City, California early Tuesday. Her body was discovered when another woman tried to leave for work only to realize she was blocked in her driveway. She then found Jessica unresponsive in the car, reportedly surrounded by a number of white pills.

Drew and Jessica shared a father, John Drew Barrymore. Drew Barrymore gave a statement to People: “Although I only met her briefly, I wish her and her loved ones as much peace as possible, and I’m so incredibly sorry for their loss.”

An autopsy is not yet scheduled.

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