Jada responds to Chris Rock’s Oscar jab, Katt Williams continues his incident streak, and other entertainment news
Eagles co-founder’s wife shot dead
Former Eagles member Randy Meisner’s wife, Lana Rae Meisner, was shot dead in their Studio City home Sunday. TMZ reports that Lana Rae called 911 to report domestic violence on Sunday and claims Meisner was waving a BB gun and “acting erratically.” Later, around 7 p.m., Randy called the police and told them that Lana Rae was accidentally shot in the head while looking for something in the hall closet. The previous domestic violence call makes that story seem fishy, but LAPD concluded that she did indeed accidentally shoot herself and cleared the musician. Meisner, who sang and co-wrote the hit “Take it to the Limit,” was diagnosed as bipolar and suicidal last year, and was appointed a temporary conservator to oversee his medical state. This came after Meisner threatened to turn an AK-47 on himself and others. TMZ reports that the police told them the gun discharged inside the soft gun case, and that, plus the trajectory of the bullet, was enough for them to clear Meisner. The bassist and singer left the Eagles after the band’s 1977 tour and was married to Lana Rae for nearly 20 years.
Katt Williams gets into a fight in Philly
Comedian Katt Williams is having an interesting week. On Feb. 28, he and his entourage have been accused of holding five women at gunpoint in Atlanta. The next day, Feb. 29, he was arrested and charged with battery for punching a clerk at a pool supply store in Gainesville, Ga. On Wednesday, reports surfaced that he got into a fight on the street in Los Angeles outside his hotel room. The latest report comes from Philadelphia, where the next night Williams attended a rap concert and punched someone and then he got beat down. TMZ has video of the comedian running at an unknown person at full speed and punching them in the face. No one was arrested.
Jada responds to Chris Rock’s comments, sort of
“We gotta keep it moving,” was Jada Pinkett Smith’s response when asked what she thought of what Chris Rock said about her during the Oscar telecast. “Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited,” he said during the Feb. 28 show. Celebrity photographers caught up with Pinkett Smith over the weekend at Los Angeles International Airport. “It comes with the territory, sweetheart,” she told them. “We gotta keep it moving. We gotta keep it moving. There’s a lot of stuff we gotta handle, a lot of stuff in our world right now. We gotta keep it moving.”
J.K. Simmons joins ‘Justice League’
Academy Award-winning actor and Detroit native J.K. Simmons has been cast as Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon in the upcoming “Justice League” film. Set to start shooting next month, “Justice League: Part One” also stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman and Gal Gadot as Wonderwoman.
AC/DC cancels concerts, including Palace date
Rock band AC/DC has canceled 10 of its upcoming concerts, including their March 20 date at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The band is pausing their “Rock or Bust” tour because doctors have advised lead singer Brian Johnson to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss, according to the band’s representative. The 10 dates will be rescheduled later this year, “likely with a guest vocalist,” the release stated. Tickets will be honored on the new dates or can be refunded at the point of purchase.
Jimmy Kimmel will host the Emmys
Late night television host Jimmy Kimmel will host the 2016 Emmy Awards on ABC later this year. “I have a feeling I’m going to be great,” he said. The show airs Sept. 18. Nominations will be announced July 14.
Compiled by Melody Baetens
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