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Sheriff’s Official Defends Release of Information Regarding Robin Williams’ Death

ABC/Randy Holmes(MARIN COUNTY, Calif.) — Sheriff’s officials in Marin County, California, who on Tuesday detailed the manner in which Robin Williams apparently committed suicide, are defending their decision to release the information to the public.

Marin County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Keith Boyd says in a statement to E! News that the sheriff’s office understands that such information can be disturbing to some, but under California law it is not permitted to deny access to it.

He adds, “Frankly, it would have been our personal preference to withhold a lot of what we disclosed to the press [Tuesday], but the California Public Records Act does not give us that kind of latitude. For the same reasons, we will likely be required to release to the media the 911 phone call we received from Mr. Williams’ residence and the fire dispatch tapes that resulted as well.”

During a press conference on Tuesday, Boyd detailed how Williams hanged himself. The actor and comedian was 63 years old.

E! News is reporting that a private memorial is planned for Williams in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Robin Williams Tribute Planned for Emmy Awards

Art Streiber/CBS© 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc.(NEW YORK) — The producers of this year’s Emmy Awards broadcast are planning a tribute to the late Robin Williams, who died of an apparent suicide on Monday.

In a statement obtained by ABC News, Don Mischer, the executive producer of the Emmys broadcast, said, “Plans for the In Memoriam segment are in discussion. While we are all still coming to terms with this week’s tragic news, we are working to give Robin Williams the proper and meaningful remembrance he so well deserves.”

Some critics felt last year’s Emmy Awards ceremony was too depressing because it included special tributes to five deceased individuals — James Gandolfini, Cory Monteith, Jonathan Winters, All in the Family actress Jean Stapleton, and TV writer/producer Gary David Goldberg — throughout the broadcast, in addition to the traditional “In Memoriam” segment.

NBC will air the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards live on Monday, Aug. 25.

Williams has been celebrated throughout the entertainment world since his death. On Wednesday night, Broadway saluted Williams when its theaters dimmed their marquees at 7:45 p.m. Eastern time, for one minute. The actor and comedian starred with Steve Martin in an off-Broadway production of Waiting for Godot in 1988. He appeared on the Great White Way in 2002 in the special Robin Williams: Live on Broadway, and again in 2011 in the drama Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.

On Tuesday night, the current Broadway production of Aladdin honored Williams, who voiced the Genie in the Disney animated film on which the musical is based. James Monroe Iglehart, who plays the Genie on Broadway, shared his memories of Williams, then led the audience in a performance of the Aladdin song “Friend Like Me.”

Meanwhile, Robin Williams’ rep has released a statement denying speculation that the Good Will Hunting star may have been struggling financially at the time of his death. The rep said, “I understand people’s desire to try to understand the why, but we would encourage your focus be on working to help others and understand depression.”

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Judge Praises Chris Brown at Probation Hearing

Sara De Boer/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABC(LOS ANGELES) — Chris Brown made an appearance at a probation progress hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday and reportedly was praised by the judge for his good behavior.

After receiving a favorable report from the probation department, the judge praised Brown for being in full compliance with the terms of his probation, E! News reported.

At the request of his attorney, the judge agreed to reduce the frequency of random drug testing to two times a week instead of three.

Brown didn’t post any tweets himself, but did retweet one from Alan Duke of CNN that read: “Judge just praised @chrisbrown for a good probation report, noting he’s tested negative on all drug tests since release from jail.”

The probation is in connection with Brown’s 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna.

Brown’s next court hearing is set for Oct. 23. The probation period is scheduled to end in Jan. 2015.

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SWV Deals with All New Drama on New Season of “SWV Reunited”

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(NEW YORK) — Fans have been patiently waiting for new music from SWV. And with their hit WeTV reality show, SWV Reunited, music lovers thought they were closer than ever to hearing Cheryl “Coko” Clemons, Leanne “Lelee” Lyons and Tamara “Taj” George together again. But fans will quickly see in season two of their show, that a comeback album is proving difficult.

One reason it’s hard is because Taj recently suffered a seizure and battled pneumonia. She tells ABC News Radio that she’s “great” after that episode, but has another health issue affecting her singing voice.

“Now, the only thing I’m dealing with are vascular polyps. It’s just little bumps that are sitting on my vocal chords, and they have little blood vessels on top of them that keep bursting,” she explains. “So my voice goes in and out. It just feels like a little strained. It’s really not painful.”

Another reason is because their manager, Jeff Robinson — who was once rumored to have ripped off Alicia Keys in a management deal — dropped them. SWV claims they weren’t even aware Jeff didn’t want to manage them any longer, eventually finding out via email after hearing it around the industry.

“I noticed his intentions a year before they did,” Taj says, referring to the other ladies. “I noticed those and it just didn’t sit right with me. It did not sit right with me. And every day he just proved me more right. It appeared like he really didn’t want to work with us. He was really working with Coko and trying to get his Gospel label off the ground.”

But if the ladies can overcome finding a new manager and getting healthy, they know exactly who they want to work with and what sound they’re aiming for.

“I want us to challenge ourselves. I want us to work with somebody like will.i.am or Pharrell again. And do some music that we’re not used to doing. I just want to feel challenged,” LeLee says. “I want to show the world that we are versatile.”

Taj adds, “We can have our normal R&B songs on the album but we definitely need to sprinkle in some newer cocktails, just to have that in there because I do enjoy some of the music that’s out now.”

SWV says they’re inspired by Chris Brown, particularly his ad-libs, and Joe. In fact, the ladies have long worked with Joe as he previously dated LeLee. “He worked with us on our first album,” Taj reveals. “He did a lot of arrangements and helped Coko with her ad-libs and stuff like that. He’s incredible.”

The only single member of SWV says she split with Joe because, “You know, careers. It’s hard. And this was the very beginning before y’all even knew who he was.”

WeTV’s SWV Reunited premieres Thursday at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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Michael Cera Releases New, Surprise Album

VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Surprise, Michael Cera fans!

The actor has released a new album, True That, on his Bandcamp website.

Cera, 26, is charging $7 for the complete album, which comes with three bonus tracks. Among the 18 tracks listed on his website are “uhohtrouble,” “What Gives (… I Can’t Live Like This),” “Gershy’s Kiss,” “Humdrummin’,” “OhNadine (You Were In My Dream)” and “Sexy Nature.” He tagged the album with the following words: “alternative dirty hello home recording modest music New York.”

Diehard fans know that Cera has made music before. Entertainment Weekly pointed out that he not only sang and played the mandolin on Weezer’s song, “Hang On,” but he also performed “Anyone Else But You” with Ellen Page in their film, Juno.

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Michael Cera Releases New, Surprise Album

VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Surprise, Michael Cera fans!

The actor has released a new album, True That, on his Bandcamp website.

Cera, 26, is charging $7 for the complete album, which comes with three bonus tracks. Among the 18 tracks listed on his website are “uhohtrouble,” “What Gives (… I Can’t Live Like This),” “Gershy’s Kiss,” “Humdrummin’,” “OhNadine (You Were In My Dream)” and “Sexy Nature.” He tagged the album with the following words: “alternative dirty hello home recording modest music New York.”

Diehard fans know that Cera has made music before. Entertainment Weekly pointed out that he not only sang and played the mandolin on Weezer’s song, “Hang On,” but he also performed “Anyone Else But You” with Ellen Page in their film, Juno.

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Daniel Radcliffe Reveals One Thing About Harry Potter That No One Else Knows

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — J.K. Rowling may carefully protect the hidden secrets of her Harry Potter series, but it seems she has less control over the actor who played him.

In a recent webcast for Vogue in which the magazine gave Daniel Radcliffe a 73-question quiz, he revealed the one thing he has learned about the boy wizard “that no one else knows.”

According to Radcliffe, who stars this month in What If, Potter had perfect vision. Like so many bespectacled Brooklynites before him, Potter “didn’t really need glasses.”

“That was just a fashion statement,” whispered Radcliffe, 25.

During the sprawling interview, he divulged that he would title his autobiography “Bring on the Empty Broomsticks,” once waxed an unprintable part of his body for a role, and would have killed to star in Guys and Dolls.

But while the interview offers viewers a wealth of information about the young actor, we’ve gathered that the most important takeaway from the video is relevant not as much to fans at home or musical enthusiasts in Hollywood as it is to his girlfriend, Erin Darke.

Based on our careful analysis of his candid responses, we have concluded that Radcliffe’s ideal romantic evening involves sharing a plate of poutine over which he and his date wittily praise his bad poetry while they play ping-pong and watch Airplane.

We hope Darke, whom the star met in 2012 on the set of Kill Your Darlings, knows how to multitask.

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Robin Williams’ Daughter Quits Social Media After Bullying

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Robin Williams’ daughter is taking a break from social media in the wake of her father’s death. Actress Zelda Williams, 25, says she’s stepping away after being subjected to what she calls “cruel and unnecessary” comments.

The longest message is on Williams’ Instagram account. Accompanied by a photo of a black and yellow Butterfly, Zelda writes, “I will be leaving this account for a bit while I heal and decide if I’ll be deleting it or not.”

Zelda goes on to explain, “In this difficult time, please try to be respectful of the accounts of myself, my family and my friends. Mining our accounts for photos of dad, or judging me on the number of them is cruel and unnecessary. There are a couple throughout, but the real private moments I shared with him were precious, quiet, and believe it or not, not full of photos or ‘selfies’. I shared him with a world where everyone was taking their photo with him, but I was lucky enough to spend time with him without cameras too. That was more than enough, and I’m grateful for what little time I had.”

She concludes, “My favorite photos of family are framed in my house, not posted on social media, and they’ll remain there. They would’ve wound up on the news or blogs then, and they certainly would now. That’s not what I want for our memories together. Thank you for your respect and understanding in this difficult time. Goodbye. Xo.”

On Twitter, where of course individual messages are limited to 140 characters, Zelda wrote, “I’m sorry. I should’ve risen above. Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye.”

Zelda Williams is the daughter of Williams and his second wife, Marsha Garces. Robin Williams died Monday of apparent suicide at the age of 63.

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Jeff Bridges Reflects on Working with Robin Williams

Jemal Countess/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Jeff Bridges, who first expressed his grief over the death of Robin Williams on the red carpet of his new movie The Giver Monday night, remembered Williams again Tuesday morning at a news conference for the film in New York City.

Williams was found dead in his California home Monday at the age of 63.

“I just want to acknowledge the fullness of life — the joy and the sadness that is in store for us all,” Bridges said.

“He was an amazing man,” Bridges said of his former co-star.

The actor, who shared the screen with Williams in 1991′s The Fisher King, smiled as he shared a story of their time together on set.

“Just before I came down [here today], I’m looking out my window to Central Park, my favorite part about New York, and I remember the last scene of me and Robin out there at 4 o’clock in the morning nude — naked!” he said. “Robin is just wild and free…rubbing his butt on the grass, and he goes, ‘You know why dogs do this?! Because they can!’”

“I just had to share that with you,” Bridges added. “Because that’s what’s going on so strongly and how much I miss him…and what a gift he was to all of us.”

Bridges noted that at the after-party for The Giver, held at Central Park’s Boathouse, he saw Radio Man — the guy who inspired Williams’ character in The Fisher King. Bridges said, “It felt like it was, we kind of, I felt Robin’s spirit as I’m feeling him now with us.”

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“Star Wars: Episode VII” to Resume Filming This Month

Lucasfilm Ltd.(LONDON) — Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled to return to production later this month, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The J. J. Abrams film went on a two-week hiatus earlier this month after its star Harrison Ford sustained a serious injury. Ford was derailed from his acting duties after breaking his leg on the London set June 12 and later underwent surgery.

Star Wars observers began speculating about Ford’s return to the set when he showed up at Monday’s The Expendables 3 premiere in Hollywood. The 72-year-old actor appeared to be in good health and spirits. Sources couldn’t confirm, however, if Ford was flying back to London to join the production.

Episode VII
is filming at the U.K.’s Pinewood Studios and also stars familiar faces Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker. Also along for the galaxy ride are series newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.

Episode VII
is slated for a Dec. 18, 2015 release.

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