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Man guilty in crash that killed Usher stepson

A man has been convicted of homicide by vessel in a Georgia jet ski crash that killed R&B singer Usher’s 11-year-old stepson.

A Hall County jury on Thursday also found Jeffrey Hubbard guilty of serious injury by vessel, reckless operation of a vessel, unlawful operation of a personal watercraft and a boat traffic violation. The summer 2012 crash on Lake Lanier northeast of Atlanta killed Kile Glover and left another teen severely injured.

Investigators have said the jet ski Hubbard was riding hit the children as they were being towed on an inner tube. Glover died of head injuries six days later.

Hubbard’s attorneys argued that what happened was a tragic accident and wasn’t linked to recklessness.

Philip Seymour Hoffman's will: Son should be raised in NYC, Chicago, or San Francisco

Philip Seymour Hoffman built a career in Hollywood, but his will shows he thought childhood was best spent in New York City, Chicago or San Francisco. The Oscar-winning actor’s will was filed Wednesday, about two weeks after he was found dead in his Manhattan apartment of an apparent heroin overdose.

The will was signed in 2004, when only the eldest of Hoffman’s three children had been born. It was Hoffman’s “strong desire” that his son grow up in or near those cities — and in New York, specifically in Manhattan — or at least visit them twice or more per year, the will says.

“The purpose of this request is so that my son will be exposed to the culture, arts and architecture that such cities offer,” Hoffman’s will reads.

Papers filed with the will value Hoffman’s estate simply at “$500,000-plus.” The estate is bequeathed largely to his longtime partner, Mimi O’Donnell, with a trust fund for their son, now nearly 11.

The accompanying papers also note the boy’s two younger sisters, who are 7 and 5. The lawyer who filed the papers didn’t immediately respond to phone and email messages Wednesday evening. READ FULL STORY

'Empire Strikes Back' and 'Absolutely Fabulous' actor Christopher Malcolm dies at age 67

Actor Christopher Malcolm has died at the age of 67. In the early ’70s, the Scottish-born Malcolm originated the part of Brad Majors in the original stage production of The Rocky Horror Show and co-produced a West End revival of the cult musical in 1990. But the actor was probably best known for playing the character of Zev Senesca in Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back and Saffy’s father Justin in the beloved British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous. His other acting credits included 1980’s mercenary action movie The Dogs of War, Warren Beatty-directed Reds (1981), and Highlander and Labyrinth (both released in 1986).

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Lawsuit filed over Jenni Rivera plane crash death

The husband of Jenni Rivera is suing the owners of the plane that crashed in northern Mexico in December 2012, killing the Mexican-American pop star and six others.

City News Service says former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Esteban Loaiza filed the wrongful death case Friday in Los Angeles.

Among other things, the lawsuit claims that the pilots weren’t licensed to fly paying passengers.

Rivera sold more than 15 million records.

The 43-year-old superstar filed for divorce from Loaiza two months before the crash, but the lawsuit says he continued to receive financial benefits from her.

A call to Mark Velasquez, a San Diego attorney representing plane owner Starwood Management, wasn’t immediately returned.

Julia Roberts' half-sister dead of apparent overdose

Nancy Motes, Julia Roberts’ half-sister, has died of an apparent drug overdose, according to a statement released by her family. The 37-year-old was the youngest sister of Julia and actor Eric Roberts.

“It is with deep sadness that the family of Nancy Motes … confirms that she was found dead in Los Angeles yesterday of an apparent drug overdose,” the statement, obtained by People, says. “There is no official report from the Coroner’s office yet. The family is both shocked and devastated.”

Philip Seymour Hoffman mourned by Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, more at New York funeral

Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Ethan Hawke, Amy Adams, and Ellen Burstyn have paid their respects to Philip Seymour Hoffman, an actor widely considered among the best of his generation. Hoffman’s private funeral was held Friday in Manhattan. It ended with pallbearers bringing the coffin out of the church and putting it back in the hearse.

The list of mourners also included Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Joaquin Phoenix, Louis C.K., Mary Louise Parker, John Slattery, Jerry Stiller, Marisa Tomei, Spike Lee, and Diane Sawyer and her director husband, Mike Nichols.

Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose in his apartment. He leaves behind his partner of 15 years, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three children.

The actor’s body was carried into the church by pallbearers and O’Donnell — holding their youngest child — followed. Playwright David Bar Katz, who found Hoffman’s body, looked visibly upset as he arrived.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman: Amy Adams among mourners at New York wake

Actors and others close to Philip Seymour Hoffman are paying their respects at a wake in Manhattan.

The wake is being held at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home. It has orchestrated funerals for celebrities including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and James Cagney.

Among the mourners was Amy Adams, who co-starred with Hoffman in the film Doubt, as well as The Master and Charlie Wilson’s War.

Police are investigating Hoffman’s death as a suspected drug overdose. The 46-year-old actor was found dead Sunday in his Greenwich Village apartment.

A private funeral for relatives and close friends of Hoffman is set for Friday. A larger memorial service will be held later this month.

Cooking Channel star Darryl Robinson found dead in New York City apartment

Days after Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment, New York media outlets are reporting that another celebrity has met a similar fate: 50-year-old Cooking Channel mixologist Darryl Robinson. New York 1 says the TV personality was found dead early Wednesday morning in his Brooklyn apartment. Police saw no immediate signs of foul play or trauma; his cause of death will be determined after a medical examination. (No drugs or drug paraphernalia were found in the apartment, according to the New York Post.)

Robinson, 50, was the host of the Cooking Channel’s Drink Up with Darryl Robinson, a show focused on “cocktails and conversations.” He was also a frequent guest on shows including Extra!Access HollywoodWendy Williams, and Today.

Police: NY drug suspect had Philip Seymour Hoffman's cell number

At least one of four people taken into custody on drug charges during an investigation of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s suspected fatal heroin overdose had the actor’s cell phone number, two law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

Investigators zeroed in on the four after a tipster, responding to publicity about Hoffman’s death, told police he had seen Hoffman at the lower Manhattan apartment building where they were arrested on Tuesday and he believed that’s where Hoffman got the heroin, the officials said.

After obtaining search warrants for two apartments in the building, police found about 350 packets of heroin in one of them, the officials said. They also learned from phone records that one of the suspects had Hoffman’s number, strengthening the theory that they may have supplied him with drugs, the officials said.

Some of the packets found in Hoffman’s apartment were variously stamped with the ace of hearts and others with the ace of spades. Those found in the building where the arrests occurred had different brand names, including Black List and Panda, the officials said.

The officials weren’t authorized to speak about evidence in the ongoing investigation of the death and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.
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Cate Blanchett cancels morning show appearances after Philip Seymour Hoffman's death

Cate Blanchett, one of the stars of George Clooney’s Monuments Men, which opens this weekend, canceled her promotional morning show appearances. The Oscar-winner had been scheduled to appear on both Good Morning America and Live! With Kelly and Michael on Wednesday.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Blanchett’s rep said the interviews were canceled “to allow Cate the time and privacy to grieve for the loss of her friend Philip Seymour Hoffman.”

Blanchett starred with Hoffman in 1999’s The Talented Mr. Ripley. She and her husband Andrew Upton remained close to Hoffman throughout the years.

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