A video reportedly prepared for the defense team of South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius surfaced on Australia's Seven Network over the weekend, prompting speculation of a possible mistrial. Pistorius is charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
The video, which shows double amputee Pistorius re-enacting events from the night of her death, might have been illegally obtained. Footage had not been shown in court but did appear on the current affairs program "Sunday Night."
A producer for the TV show told The Hollywood Reporter it would not have aired the footage -- which was available on the Internet as of Monday morning -- if he believed it was illegally obtained.
Defense attorney Brian Webber said in a statement: "For the family, the airing of this footage constitutes a staggering breach of trust."
Sometimes, the silliest things garner the biggest attention. In December 2012, Green Tree Council voted to hire from among 41 applicants a man named Robert Downey Jr. as its next chief of police. The similarity of his name to that of the "Iron Man" star went largely unnoticed ... until Monday.
Linking to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story about the hiring, the actor's Facebook page featured the PG logo and written above it, "I'm the Chief of Police? Why didn't anyone tell me?!"
As of Monday afternoon, the page -- with comments along the lines of "Who wouldn't want Ironman as chief of police?" -- had more than 18,000 "likes." It was, for a time, the top hit on www.post-gazette.com.
The actual police chief -- who is 57 and goes by "Bob" -- said he's a fan of the actor's films but doesn't attend just because they share a name.
He's also used to some ribbing: "One time I went to my local bank and the teller said, 'Oh, Michael J. Fox was just here.' "
In the end, Alcide the werewolf (spoiler alert!) went out not with a whimper but a bang.
One of the stars of HBO's "True Blood," Mt. Lebanon native Joe Manganiello spent four seasons playing the hunky Shreveport contractor. But when it was time for Alcide to die -- this being the final run of "True Blood," that appears to be a common affliction for its regulars -- he was shot by an angry mob of vigilantes in Sunday's episode.
Manganiello told Buzzfeed.com the writing was on the wall, or at least, the page: "I called it! I called it last year. As soon as I read the season six finale and saw that Sookie [Anna Paquin] got with Alcide, I turned to my then-girlfriend right away and said, 'They're going to kill me -- if they don't, they're crazy.' "
His explanation makes sense: "Storytelling-wise, you have to get Sookie with Bill [Stephen Moyer]; that's the beginning of this whole story. That's the 'A' plot of the show.
"The 'B' plot is Eric [Alexander Skarsgard]. You also have to have her deal with Eric. I'm not even the 'C' plot. ... I'm like indigo on the rainbow if Bill is the red."
As for that death scene, Alcide's character has just morphed from werewolf to human, which left the actor rather exposed to the elements. He said he was shivering so much, it was hard for this dog to play dead.
He told New York Magazine's Vulture pages it was calming to visualize an end, and he reminded himself, " 'This is the last time I'm going to have to lie down on the ground, naked in Malibu, in the woods.' So that made me happy."
Not that he's planning to cover up any time soon. While promoting his directorial debut, "La Bare," a documentary about a Texas male strip club, he's also working on the sequel to "Magic Mike," titled "Magic Mike XXL."
Two more of the hosts of ABC's "The View" talked about their impending departures for the first time on Monday's show. Sherri Shepherd, who has been with "The View" for seven seasons, gave a tearful explanation (it's biblical she said, seven being a special number in the Good Book).
Jenny McCarthy, who has yet not been with the show for a full year, hinted she would be making an announcement in the near future about her new job. Host Whoopi Goldberg got the ball rolling by saying they were not going to ignore "the giant neon pink gorilla" in the room.
For now, the idea of Sarah Palin co-hosting "The View" is just a dream, according to TheWrap.com.
"Any specific names at this point are rumor and speculation," an ABC representative told TheWrap. "No decision has been made, and we are not to ready to make any announcements."
Palin's recent comments about how the show might benefit from a panelist like herself have fueled speculation that she is, in the words of the Huffington Post, "publicly auditioning" for the job.
The former Fox News contributor's show, "Amazing America With Sarah Palin," airs on the Sportsman Channel, and she previously starred in the TLC reality show "Sarah Palin's Alaska."
Kevin Smith has been to the set of J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII" at Pinewood Studios in England, and what he saw has blown him away, reports TheWrap.com.
The "Clerks" director, whose next film is a horror called "Tusk," opened up about a set visit -- that resulted in a teary-eyed Instagram picture last week -- while speaking at the Neuchatel International Film Festival in Switzerland.
Smith described the visit as an experience that delighted his inner child because the production wasn't reliant on CGI and had plenty of familiar faces roaming around.
"What I saw, I absolutely loved. It was tactile -- it was real. It wasn't a series of ... green screens and blue screens in which later a bunch of digital characters would be added. It was there, it was happening," Smith said.
"I saw old friends who I haven't seen since my childhood, who aren't really friends, but I love them more than some of my ... relatives. I saw uniforms, I saw artillery I haven't seen since I was a kid. I saw them shooting an actual sequence in a set that was real. I walked across the set, there were explosions. And it looked like a shot right out of a 'Star Wars' movie."
The real magic -- that Smith says was "missing" from George Lucas' prequels -- flowed through Smith's body when he stepped foot on the Millennium Falcon.
"As I walked up that ramp I realized that the something that was missing from those other movies, and it's now in these movies," Smith continued. "He's building a tactile world, a world you can touch. And he's replicating it with all the love of someone who has the world's greatest collection of 'Star Wars' figures.
"It's like the 'Field of Dreams,' the Kevin Costner movie," Smith added. "And if J.J. builds it, we're all going to come hard, because it's amazing. It looks fantastic. So anyone out there wondering if he's going to pull it off, he's pulling it off. He showed me cut scenes, he showed me sequences, images, pictures. I cried and I hugged that guy. And I'm sure as I was crying and hugging on him that he was thinking, 'Time is money' because they're making a movie. But he got it. He was very flattered. And I was like, 'Honestly, dude, you're doing it. You're making my childhood again. You're doing our 'Star Wars.' What I saw, blew me away."
Lea Michele is the latest victim of what appears to be a serial hack of "Glee" cast members' Twitter accounts, according to TheWrap.com.
The actress said she was hacked on Friday after a tweet was sent from her Twitter account erroneously announcing she was pregnant.
After the message sent shock waves among her fans, the actress quickly deleted the message and said her social media account was compromised.
"I was HACKED!" she tweeted. "Guess @chriscolfer and I should have known better then to make our passwords the names of our cats."
Michele was the second "Glee" cast member to be hacked on Twitter this week.
A hacker tweeted a phony announcement on Thursday that Chris Colfer was leaving the show.