New details have emerged about the tragic death of Cory Monteith.
Sources tell E! News that "numerous amounts of alcohol" and other as yet unidentified substances were allegedly found in the late "Glee" star's hotel room Saturday. (An official cause of death will not be revealed until an autopsy takes place and results are released later this week.)
Monteith, 31, had reportedly been "partying with his friends" at "at least one club" in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside neighborhood Friday night, according to a source. "Yes, he had recently been drinking alcohol, but not to the extent there was any alcohol poisoning kind of impact," says the source.
According to surveillance footage, the source said, he returned "alone" to the Fairmont Pacific Hotel "a little after 2 in the morning." The video showed that "no one but Cory entered that room" until Saturday afternoon, when a member of the housekeeping staff, believing the room to be vacant, walked in.
A source also confirms there was a bottle of wine in his room, however, it is customary at the hotel in which Monteith was staying to gift a bottle to each of its guests.
Meanwhile, as for the unidentified substances found, a source tells E! News that investigators are not assuming any connection between them and a possible cause of death "just in case he also had an underlying medical condition." (Monteith's family and personal doctors have reportedly been contacted "to determine if there were any contributing factors, such as a heart condition." All information provided was passed on to the coroner.)
There were no signs of foul play.
"When all the facts are made public, it will become obvious why police were able to conclude their part of the investigation in the first 24 hours," says a source.
As of Monday morning, the 21st floor of the Fairmont Pacific Hotel, where Monteith's room was located, remains blocked off. Sources say all other guests occupying the floor were asked to move to a new location within the hotel due to the death.
For his last known film role, the actor took a stark departure from his work on "Glee," playing a drug-addicted hustler sent to prison on a murder rap in the gritty indie movie "McCanick," People reports.
Three weeks ago, the film's writer-director, Josh Waller, attended a screening of the movie with Monteith, who had shot the film last September.
"He had expressed that he was kind of going through a rough time," Waller tells ET Canada, "but that he was feeling better about it, and then when I saw him at the screening he wrote me a really sweet email."
The actor had been about two months out of rehab for substance abuse and was reunited with girlfriend Lea Michele.
Waller found out about the tragedy from Monteith's "McCanick" co-star Tracy Toms.
"The bottom dropped out a little bit, and I kind of knew what [her text] was going to say, but I was just going to hope from the get-go that it was a hoax," says Waller. "It's horrible, but I haven't really processed it yet."
One bubbly, perky -- and outspoken -- blonde is about to be replaced by another, People reports.
Less than a week after the departure of Elisabeth Hasselbeck from the syndicated daytime talkfest "The View" comes confirmation that Jenny McCarthy will succeed her when the show returns for its 17th season Sept. 9.
"YUP, I'M DOING 'THE VIEW'!" McCarthy trumpeted on her blog Monday. "When word got out that Joy [Behar] was leaving 'The View,' I knew that the timing of my desire and her departure might be serendipitous for me."
"Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor," the show's original host and co-executive producer Barbara Walters said in a statement released by ABC Monday morning.
Added the veteran media personality, 86, who next summer plans to retire from appearing on the show: "She can be serious and outrageous. She has connected with our audience and offers a fresh point of view. Jenny will be a great addition to the show as we usher in an exciting new chapter for 'The View.'???"
McCarthy, 40, a former Playboy Playmate and talk host of her own show, where she ignited her latest romance, with Donnie Wahlberg -- said in her statement about joining Walters, Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd on the program: "I'm beyond thrilled. "I look forward to helping make hot topics a little bit hotter, and showing my mom that my interrupting skills have finally paid off."
McCarthy is no stranger to speaking out on controversial subjects and has been a vocal opponent of certain childhood vaccines that she suggests may contribute to autism. Her son, Evan, 11, has autism.
The conservative-leaning Hasselbeck departed for Fox News, while the liberal-leaning Joy Behar is scheduled to exit next month.
Los Angeles prosecutors have moved to revoke probation for singer Chris Brown, who was charged last month with misdemeanor hit-and-run and driving without a valid license, The Associated Press reports.
Brown has been on felony probation in the 2009 beating of former girlfriend Rihanna. He has been in and out of court since then making reports on fulfilling the requirements of his probation.
On May 12, Brown allegedly rear-ended a car in the San Fernando Valley and refused to give the other driver his insurance information. A woman in the car with Brown provided her driver's license, according to a police report, but Brown did not provide his until his lawyer had it delivered to the other driver two days later.
Brown won a Grammy in 2011 for Best R&B Album with "F.A.M.E."
He's got a hit album, a new baby -- and now Kanye West has one more thing to celebrate: A sellout clothing collaboration.
West's collection for French ready-to-wear line A.P.C. was shrouded in secrecy up until it launched Sunday at 10 a.m. Paris time.
At which point, the nine-piece capsule collection (which A.P.C. designer Jean Touitou said was two years in the making) crashed the site and sold out promptly, although A.P.C. is still taking pre-orders for the next shipment until Wednesday.
"Over the months, we kept hanging out and finally came up with the idea of doing a small capsule collection of clothes together," Touitou said in a statement before the line was unveiled. "???'Small' meaning that this capsule collection consists of a jean, a hoodie and a T-shirt. Those are precious to me and to Kanye, too, because it took time and thoughts to get there."
And he wasn't kidding: The highly edited collection consists of two pairs of jeans, several hoodies and a small handful of tees -- perfect for a busy new dad without much time to think about his wardrobe. (Although at the prices, starting at $120, he'd better keep a spit-up towel handy.)people