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Actor Robert Downey, Jr.'s son pleaded guilty to cocaine possession at a California court hearing on Friday (12Sep14).
Indio Downey, 21, was arrested after police spotted him smoking from a pipe while sitting in a car in West Hollywood in June (14), and he was later charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanour possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Friday, Indio, who attended the hearing with his father, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to complete a drug education program. He has been seeking treatment for the past 70 days at a facility and will remain there for another three months. If he stays sober and out of legal trouble, the case will be dismissed.
During the hearing, Indio told the judge, "I appreciate this opportunity, and I hope to make the most of it." The judge responded, "You've learned a lot of good coping skills from the program, I hope. This is a 24/7 disease... it can pop up at any time. You have to be vigilant and on top of it at all times. "I know in life people always look up to superheroes. You have contact with one superhero, and that's Iron Man."
Downey, Jr. has previously offered to support his son through his legal and drug woes, insisting addiction problems are a family issue.
Shortly after Indio's arrest, the actor released a statement, which read: "Unfortunately there's a genetic component to addiction and Indio has likely inherited it. Also, there is a lot of family support and understanding, and we're all determined to rally behind him and help him become the man he's capable of being. "We're grateful to the Sheriff's department for their intervention, and believe Indio can be another recovery success story instead of a cautionary tale."
The movie star spent years battling drug problems after finding fame in Hollywood in the 1980s.
Former The Wire co-stars Idris Elba and Dominic West are reuniting to voice characters in the upcoming sequel to Finding Nemo. Elba and West played a drug kingpin and a homicide detective in the acclaimed U.S. crime drama 10 years ago, and now the British actors are coming back together for the family-friendly animated film, Finding Dory.
In an interview with ShortList magazine, West says he keeps in contact with most of his friends from The Wire, and let it slip that they're both in Pixar's sequel to the 2003 blockbuster.
West reveals, "I saw Idris recently. We're both in the sequel to Finding Nemo, so we were recording that. I'm in pretty regular contact with a lot of guys from The Wire - a lot of them are godparents to my kids, so I love them dearly."
Finding Dory features comedienne Ellen DeGeneres reprising her role as titular fish Dory, along with returning actors Albert Brooks and Willem Dafoe. Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton join as newcomers to the franchise.
Finding Dory is slated to hit cinemas in June, 2016.
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Rapper Kanye West was hospitalised with a migraine hours before his concert in Melbourne, Australia on Wednesday (10Sep14).
The Gold Digger hitmaker was reportedly playing basketball with his pals when he suffered a painful migraine. He was rushed to a hospital in the city for an emergency scan. The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) results proved his condition was not serious and doctors released him later that afternoon.
A source tells E! Online, "(He is) fine and didn't have a major health scare or seizure... He just suffered a migraine and went to the hospital simply as a precaution."
West appeared to have recovered by that evening as his concert at the Rod Laver Arena went ahead as scheduled. The Yeezus Tour will continue Down Under in Sydney on Friday (12Sep14).
Actor Ryan Phillippe has paid tribute to his teenage daughter on her 15th birthday by recalling the day his "baby girl" was born in a series of tweets.
The Crash star hit social media on Tuesday (09Sep14) and poured out his heart over his daughter with ex-wife Reese Witherspoon.
He wrote, "15 yrs (years) ago today, was my last (day) on The Way of the Gun. A helicopter waited off set to transport me from the 'Mexican brothel' in Utah to Cedars Sinai in Beverly Hills. "With my stomach in knots, exhausted & dirty, covered in syrupy fake blood & shards of candy glass the heli(copter) found the pad and I was taken to an area to sterilize myself. I made it to my then wife's bedside w/ (with) two hours to spare before my baby girl first entered the world. 15 years ago I learned what love truly is."
Phillipe and Witherspoon, who wed in 1999, are also parents to 10-year-old son Deacon. They separated in 2006 and finalised their divorce in June, 2008.
Pop star Simone Battle has died, aged 25. The G.R.L. bandmember and former The X Factor U.S. contestant was found dead at her home in West Hollywood, California on Friday (05Sep14). Her death is reportedly being investigated as a suspected suicide.
The singer made it to the live show rounds of the reality TV show in 2011 and the following year (12), she joined five-piece girl group G.R.L. Their debut single Ugly Heart was released in the U.S. in June (14).
The X Factor judge Simon Cowell paid tribute to her on Twitter.com, writing, "I am so sad to hear about the news Simone Battle has passed away. She was such a fun nice person. It's such a loss. Rest in peace Simone."
Her four bandmembers wrote in a message posted on their official website, "Words cannot express the depth of our loss... Simone's incredible talent was only surpassed by the size of her heart."
Former That '70s Show star Wilmer Valderrama writes, "A very sad day 4 (for) all of us who had the blessing of knowing u @GRLSimone (sic). My heart & prayers are with my dear friends @GRL & Simone's family (sic)."
According to TMZ.com, an autopsy is scheduled for Sunday (07Sep14).
Bill Nighy is taking his role as a widowed restaurateur in David Hare's play Skylight to New York - and his West End co-star Carey Mulligan will join him. The pair thrilled critics as former lovers in a sold out summer run of the revival in London, and now they're both Broadway bound.
The drama will open for previews at the John Golden Theatre in March (15).
Skylight debuted at London's National Theatre in 1995 and Nighy took over the lead role of Tom Sergeant from Michael Gambon in 1997. He reprised the character at London's Wyndham's Theatre in June (14).
Stephen Daldry, who directed the summer run in the West End, will also take charge of the Broadway transfer.
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Lindsay Lohan has settled a two-year legal wrangle with the driver of a truck she collided with on the Pacific Coast Highway in California.
The actress crashed her Porsche into a semi-truck in June, 2012 and then allegedly attempted to pass off her assistant as the driver. The motorist sued Lohan for mental and physical suffering, but the case won't be going to trial, according to TMZ.com, because his attorney has reached an out-of-court settlement with the actress' lawyers.
Terms of the deal are confidential. Lohan, who is preparing to make her stage debut in London's West End, was on her way to the set of her TV movie flop Liz & Dick when the accident occurred.
Robert Downey, Jr's son has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance following his arrest in June (14). Indio, 20, was caught smoking from a pipe while sitting in a car in West Hollywood and booked by police.
In addition to the felony count, Indio Downey has been charged with misdemeanour possession of drug paraphernalia.
His dad, who has battled his own drug demons in the past, publicly offered his son his support and thanked the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officers who arrested his boy for "their intervention".
Rapper Kanye West and his new wife Kim Kardashian are flipping their newly built Bel-Air mansion and have reportedly purchased a $20 million (£11.9 million) estate in Hidden Hills, California. The newlyweds are ready to put down their roots in a sprawling property that is not far from where Kardashian's manager mum Kris Jenner lives in Calabasas, where the couple has been living since the birth of daughter North last June (13).
The new estate, which previously belonged to Lisa Marie Presley, boasts two swimming pools, two spas, two barbecue centres as well as its own vineyard, according to E! News.
West and Kardashian originally intended to move into the $11 million (£6.5 million) Bel-Air house last year (13), but ongoing construction prevented them from doing so.
An insider reveals the couple wanted "more land than the Bel-Air home" and found the renovation process "exhausting", so they decided to purchase a new home instead.
Broadway producer Karen Walter Goodwin has died at the age of 66. She passed away on 30 June (14) after suffering complications from colon cancer surgery.
Goodwin was known for her financial savvy and began her career in the arts in the 1980s, helping to raise funds for a Royal Shakespeare Company production of All's Well That Ends Well in New York.
She went on to help cover costs for the original West End production of Les Miserables in 1985 and built up a close working relationship with theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh, collaborating with him on his subsequent successes Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon.
Her other credits include Stephen Sondheim's 1987 Broadway musical Into the Woods and Off Broadway shows Annie Warbucks, a 1993 sequel to Annie, and The Ark, a 2005 musical based on the biblical tale of Noah.