Robert Downey Jr. (in Iron Man suit) with Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts in "Iron Man 3."
By Rebecca Ford, The Hollywood Reporter
For the past several months, trailers for this summer's most anticipated films have been hitting the web on a nearly daily basis. But the trailers aimed at getting moviegoers excited for these big-budget releases may be showing off a bit too much.
According to a new study, half (49 percent) of Americans feel that movie trailers these days give away too many of a movie’s best scenes, with a full 16 percent agreeing strongly.
So should the scenes from "Iron Man 3" of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) saving a group of people falling from an airplane or flying through the air with an army of other Iron Mans be saved for when audiences actually hit the theater?
The findings from the YouGov Omnibus survey taken April 26 to 28 found that the reveal of plot in a trailer deterred only about 19 percent of respondents from wanting to see the movie. In contrast, 24 percent said that it made them want to see the film more.
Movie studios have tried a variety of techniques over the past few years when it comes to trailers. Some, such as recent release Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise, have gone out of their way to avoid showing major surprises in the plot. And Lionsgate's "Hunger Games" trailers didn't show any of the footage from the actual arena where the fighting took place.
What remains important to moviegoers when they actually sit down in the theater is that there's a good plot or storyline to the film (77 percent), followed by the cast (45 percent), the genre (22 percent), the director (20 percent) and the book or play it’s based on (15 percent).
The sports world was abuzz Monday after NBA center Jason Collins came out as the first openly gay professional athlete in a major sport. He may be alone in the NBA, but Collins has plenty of company in the celebrity world. Some stars have taken the route Collins did -- a major magazine cover -- but others have approached the announcement in different ways. Here's a look back.
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Jodie Foster, Jim Nabors and Ellen DeGeneres all found very different ways to announce the news of their sexuality.
Bisexuality hedge Collins may be the first member of a major pro team to come out, but he's not the first gay athlete to speak about his or her sexuality -- not by a long shot. One of the most famous is tennis star Martina Navratilova. The star told The Tennis Channel that her sport kept her in the closet in 1980, fearing scandal. "Here I leave Czechoslovakia so I can be free, and I can't come out because of sponsors, I can't come out because my girlfriend is in the closet ... it was a mess," Navratilova said. So instead Navratilova said she was bisexual, scandal enough in those days.
In 1997, Ellen DeGeneres was one of the first celebrities to come out on a major magazine cover.
Cover girl It was Ellen DeGeneres who started the whole magazine-cover coming out with her 1997 Time magazine cover and its famous headline, "Yep, I'm Gay." It was a brave move, and one that hurt DeGeneres' career for years after the announcement, the Human Rights Campaign reports. At the time, DeGeneres was also starring on her own sitcom, "Ellen," and the character she played also came out as gay that week. Oprah Winfrey played the therapist that the TV Ellen came out to, and later told The Hollywood Reporter that merely for playing that role, she received hate mail and threatening phone calls that included racial slurs.
Thoughtful and serious As the son of Gloria Vanderbilt, privacy was almost always impossible for Anderson Cooper. The journalist said he tried to keep his private life private, especially since he often traveled to war zones where he wanted to "blend in" for safety. But in July 2012, Cooper came out in an email he allowed The Daily Beast to publish. "The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be," Cooper wrote. "And I couldn't be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud."
The non-coming out coming out So what exactly did Jodie Foster say in her famed 2013 Golden Globes speech? "I hope you’re not disappointed that there won’t be a big coming-out speech tonight, because I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago," the actress and former child star told an audience of millions. She did? Most fans didn't recall a public coming out from Foster but she obviously wasn't ready to call this one either. She did, however, thank her former partner Cydney Bernard, calling her "one of the deepest loves of my life, my heroic co-parent, my ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life." So ... she's out then?
Bury it in the New York Times Jim Parsons is best known as nerdy Sheldon Cooper on "The Big Bang Theory," but it was a Broadway show that spurred his announcement. Parsons was profiled in the New York Times in May of 2012, and deep within the story was one line: "Mr. Parsons is gay and in a 10-year relationship." The line made sense in context -- Parsons was playing a gay character in the play "The Normal Heart" -- but the information about the play was all but lost in the media buzz over Parsons' personal revelation.
Jim Nabors, seen here in 1966 on "Gomer Pyle," announced his sexuality by marrying his male partner in Seattle in 2013.
Did I mention I'm married? Goll--ee! Jim Nabors, beloved as Gomer Pyle on the 1960s sitcom, let his wedding do the talking for him. In January 2013, Nabors married his longtime partner Stan Cadwallader at a fancy Seattle hotel. "We've been together for 38 years, and I'm not ashamed of people knowing, it's just that it was such a personal thing, I didn't tell anybody," Nabors told a Hawaii newspaper. The actor was 82 when he wed and has been with Cadwallader for 38 years.
Meet my baby Nabors' news was delivered due to a wedding, but "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken came out due to another happy life event -- he became a father. In 2008, Aiken had a son via in vitro fertilization, and the boy's birth inspired him. "It was the first decision I made as a father," Aiken told People magazine.
Officers were responding to a call about a single-vehicle collision when they found Adams' damaged Jeep Wrangler next to a downed electric pole. According to a report from the Myrtle Beach Police Department, when officers asked the 26-year-old how much she'd had to drink, she told them she'd consumed three beers and one shot, though later she added three more shots to that tally.
Her blood alcohol level was .20 -- .08 is the legal limit in South Carolina.
There was more trouble on Saturday night as Taylor Burt, known as "the king of Myrtle Beach nightlife" on the TLC series, was arrested for having sex with a minor under the age of 16.
According to the police report, a 15-year-old and her mother made the allegations against Burt, 28, on Friday. The girl went on to get physical exam at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.
No further details have been made available about Burt's arrest.
But the brushes with the law continued on Sunday, with the latest incident involving 21-year-old Lindsay Colbert.
A Myrtle Beach police report reveals that Colbert was arrested for driving under the influence -- with a blood alcohol level above .15 -- and speeding.
A separate incident report described Adams' behavior as "an emotional rollercoaster throughout the procedure" and said the reality star asked the arresting officer, "Are you giving me (expletive) 'cause I am on the show?"
She was also said to have made racial slurs toward the officer.
TODAY.com reached to TLC about the arrests, but the network had no comment.
A musical interpretation of the Oscar-nominated film from 1976 has been in the works for some time, and in just under a year it's set to premiere in New York City (it opened in Hamburg, Germany, last fall). And for those who've wondered just what it would be like to hear the Italian Stallion (alas, not played by Sylvester Stallone) emote alongside mousy Adrian, a first-look trailer offers a peep into the big pumping heart of the underdog boxer.
"The story of Rocky was very much like my life at the time -- starting out with nothing, having to fight for roles and recognition," says producer Stallone in the short preview. "So I put those feelings into the body of a boxer and I had no idea there were so many millions of people that felt the same way."
Hopefully, at least a fraction of those millions turn out for the show. "Rocky" opens in February, 2014. Check out the clip!
Politics and Hollywood mingle on a cordial basis most days of the year. But on the night of the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, the gloves come off. On Saturday night, both President Barack Obama and comedian Conan O'Brien took to the dais at the "nerd prom" -- and each took a very different approach to making the room laugh ... and blush.
Here are some of the most memorable moments:
Winning! President Obama kicked things off in high style by heading up to the microphone to the strains of DJ Khaled's rap song"All I Do Is Win." "How do you like my new entrance music?" he asked the crowd, putting on a little 'tude. "Rush Limbaugh warned you about this. Second term, baby."
'Obama,' the movie President Obama played up his Hollywood connections with the help of Steven Spielberg. The President told the crowd that the "Lincoln" director's next project would be another presidential biopic: "Obama." "Why wait?" said the director (who was also in the audience) in a taped video piece about his follow-up to the Oscar-winning "Lincoln." And since "Lincoln's" star Daniel Day-Lewis went over so well, he was going to cast Lewis in the key role. Cut to President Obama pretending to be Daniel Day-Lewis pretending to be President Obama. "The hardest part? Trying to understand his motivations," said Obama-as-Lewis-as-Obama. Another interesting "casting" choice: "30 Rock's" Tracy Morgan as Vice President Joe Biden. We'd watch that.
That's entertainment The president showed he clearly has his finger on the pulse of all kinds of entertainment, referring to Jimmy Fallon's upcoming "Tonight Show" ascension and the recent kerfuffle over Beyonce and Jay-Z's trip to Cuba ("I've got 99 problems and now Jay-Z's one"). He also noted that no one from The History Channel was in attendance: "I guess they were embarrassed by the whole 'Obama is a devil' thing," he said, referring to the appearance of Satan in History's "The Bible" miniseries, and how the actor who played him seemed to resemble the president.
Zing! Conan O'Brien used his 15 minutes to zap his way through as many topics as possible, with as many one- or two-line zingers as he could manage:
"Since (Obama's) being elected, the number of Popes has doubled, and the number of 'Tonight Show' hosts has tripled!"
After noting that members of the cast of "Duck Dynasty" were in the audience: "That means the guys from 'Storage Wars' said 'no.'"
And he wrapped up by proposing another made-for-TV movie -- this time a miniseries -- starring many um, familiar faces playing the president's team and colleagues. Suggestions? Vice President Joe Biden played by Bob Barker, Rep. Paul Ryan played by Mr. Bean (a character created by Rowan Atkinson) and Sen. Harry Reid "played by the old man from the 'American Gothic' painting.'" We still think Morgan's the better choice for Biden, though.
Kudos for Beantown Casting the inevitable Obama administration movie aside, the one area the two speakers did overlap on and grow serious about was the way in which the citizens of Boston have shown their strength in adversity following the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15. Boston native O'Brien noted he had relatives in nearby Watertown, and he thanked the president for his support of the city. "It's been said recently that you don't mess with Boston," said O'Brien. "As someone who grew up there, I'd like to echo that sentiment. It's really pretty simple: If you're going to pick on a city, don't choose one where nine out of every 10 people are related to a cop."
Michelle Lesniak Franklin, the winner of "Project Runway."
By Drusilla Moorhouse, TODAY contributor
Michelle Lesniak Franklin got her last kill on "Project Runway." The "lone wolf" was crowned the winner of the team-themed 11th season, besting fellow finalists Stanley Hudson and Patricia Michaels with a nearly flawless collection inspired by her experience struggling to survive on the competition.
"It was the strangest experience ever," the scrappy Portland-based designer told TODAY.com. "It really is a Petri dish, and you learn so much about yourself over the course of time."
Stanley, unfortunately, didn't learn from his "time management issues" and barely managed to dress his models minutes before the show. "He's so incredibly talented," said Michelle. "It kind of fell apart for him at the end."
While Stanley and Patricia were frantic in the workroom, Michelle had time to relax and enjoy her completed collection.
"I just really like to be prepared and always put my best foot forward," she said. "Not that the other designers didn't take this seriously, but perhaps I took the weight of the seriousness heavier than they did. I was just really smart about it. It's 'Project Runway' -- they can throw three more challenges (at contestants) in one day, so I wanted to be prepared for that."
She was also prepared to hear criticism from the judges for her graphic bleeding heart sweater, which Tim Gunn loathed and begged her to remove from her collection. Instead, the judges all loved it -- so did she make the mentor eat crow?
"When we were watching the runway backstage on the television, and it walked down the runway, he was like, 'I totally take back what I said,'" she recounted. "He's like, 'It's stunning!'"
She also got sweet revenge after the judges bashed her design for the Miranda Lambert challenge.
"The one judge comment you dread to hear is 'I question their taste,' -- and they 'questioned my taste' (when critiquing) my leather vest and this leather fringe necklace," Michelle shared, adding: "H&M just made that necklace! So yeah, that was funny to me."
Michelle herself brought plenty of funny to the show, from her spot-on Nina Garcia impressions to her candid remarks about her fellow contestants.
"Sometimes it came across as mean," she said with some regret. "I know at one point I said that Tu couldn’t sew for s---. Well, that dress he did was terrible, but Tu is actually an incredible sewer. And an incredible technician. I ended up apologizing for that."
"I think a few people had hurt feelings, and for the most part I was really straightforward with them," she continued. "I'd tell them before (the 'confessional' interviews) even aired: 'Hey guys this is what I said. And this is what I meant by it.'"
Not everyone has been forgiving, though -- especially Daniel.
"When someone takes a ball from you in kindergarten, you go to first grade (and) you need to let go of it," she said, referring to the emotional mustachioed designer's overreaction to her comment about his pink jacket. "You need to not hold a grudge and get over it."
Michelle promised more fireworks when the gang reunites in next week's reunion special.
"There are some adults, designers on this show, who haven't quite figured out how to grow up," she said.
He may have had some wild times with Snooki and the rest of the "Jersey Shore" clan, but it looks like Vinny Guadagnino's newest co-stars may be bringing things to a whole other level of crazy.
Guadagnino has managed to pull in some A-list guest stars for his upcoming reality/talk show, "The Show with Vinny," but it's obvious from this "super trailer" released recently by MTV that the true stars will be Guadagnino's relatives. They include his meatball-making mother, Paola, and loudmouth Uncle Nino -- both of whom made frequent guest appearances on "Jersey Shore."
“This is my crazy house with my crazy family,” Guadagnino says.
The guest stars, who will include everyone from actor Mark Wahlberg to rapper Lil Wayne and singer Ke$ha, will sit down with Guadagnino to dish on their careers and lives in general. However, unlike on other talk shows, these conversations won't take place in a stuffy television studio. Instead, the celebrities will knock on the door of the Guadagnino house in Staten Island, sit down at the family table and give the scoop, all while Vinny’s mother serves up her savory Italian dishes.
"This is the show where celebrities come to keep it real," Guadagnino says.
Uncle Nino seems to be in charge of bringing some of the zany antics viewers saw on “Jersey Shore” back to Staten Island. The trailer shows him stripping down to his skivvies and letting Ke$ha pour bucketfuls of glitter over him.
“This is normal!” Guadagnino assures us in the clip.
In one scene, actress Jenny McCarthy chats with Guadagnino's mother to get the inside scoop on how she's dealing with the "S-E-X" situation, now that her son is living under her roof. Paola -- who obviously didn't catch her son's bedroom antics while he was on "Shore" -- looks embarrassed and starts fanning herself, telling her son, "I'm getting warm!"
Guadagnino is the latest "Jersey Shore" cast member to get a spin-off show. His co-stars Jenny "JWOWW" Farley and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi have had a success with their spin-off, "Snooki & JWOWW," which was just renewed for a third season by MTV. Paul "Pauly D" DelVecchio's spin-off, "The Pauly D Project," did not fare as well and was not been renewed for a second season.
"The Show with Vinnie” premieres May 2 at 10 p.m. on MTV.
Opinion: Johnny Cash had a stock answer to that oft-asked question, "Who is your favorite singer?" "You mean," he teased, "apart from George Jones?"
Yes, there's pretty much universal agreement among country singers that Jones, who died Friday at age 81, was the greatest of all time. From the oldies -- Cash, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard -- to the relative newbies -- Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Randy Travis -- all were of one mind.
And even non-country singers appreciated him -- none other than Frank Sinatra called him "the second best white singer in America." (No prizes for guessing first place)
What they loved was that rarest of combinations: a seamless voice -- no change of tone and timbre between low and high registers -- exquisite phrasing, and enough soul to rival Ray Charles and Otis Redding.
I believe, though, that there is also a case to be made that Jones was the greatest American popular singer ever recorded. The ones usually named are Charles, Billie Holliday, Sinatra, Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin. I would argue that he has them beaten on all counts. Sinatra's phrasing, without Sinatra's forcedness. Charles's soul, without Charles's hamminess. Franklin's power, but without Franklin's screeches. Holliday's ability to laugh at his troubles, but without her self-pity. (Redding, though brilliant, was not tested by a long career.)
So, why isn't he usually mentioned among this pantheon? Why, when I bring up my Jones obsession, do people say, "Isn't that the guy who was married to Tammy Wynette?"
Partly because, somehow, he didn't manage to die young.
Also because country music has hardly ever been cool. Mostly, it has operated in its own universe, rarely crossing over into the pop world. And the artists who have had mainstream hits, such as the brilliant Patsy Cline, are about as far removed on the country spectrum from Jones as you can get.
And partly because he was drunk and/or high most of the time, a fact that made his career trajectory one of a few highs and many lows. Jones loved the music fiercely, but the limelight frightened him, a fear that led him to inoculate himself with the bottle and harder drugs, which in turn resulted, famously, in missed concerts, exasperated record companies and fuming fans. And his lack of self-control led him to sign contracts he was too bombed to understand, leaving him to be dragged into session after session to mouth lyrics that he should have known were rubbish. He put out (literally) hundreds of albums, mostly filled with trash.
Among the dreck, though, were diamonds. Quite a few, in fact, including 15 No. 1 hits (and dozens of Top 10 ones), starting with "White Lightning" in 1959. If Jones honed in on a song he liked, he put his heart and soul into it.
His biggest success came in the '70s and early '80s with such hits as "The Door" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today," the latter often cited as the greatest recorded country performance of all time. I think, though, that his best recording came in the early '60s before his long association with producer Billy Sherrill, the Nashville schlockmeister he signed with in 1972, after he met Wynette and with whom he made "He Stopped Loving Her Today.” It's not that I don't like the later material; it's just that the earlier tracks, free of the dubious delights of massed violins and warbling choruses, highlight his incredible voice. At the same time, enhanced studio technology -- including the newly created stereo -- had improved on the sound quality that marked his rudimentary early discs.
Jones was best known for his ballads, especially in the later part of his career; however, he was actually a greater master of fast-paced material. His rhythmic genius was particularly effective when matched with a tight session band, such as with "Mr. Fool," a driving honky-tonker about lost love that is perhaps the supreme recorded example of Jones's exquisite phrasing. "No one can ever call me Mr. Fool no more," runs the last line of the chorus. Each of four renditions of the phrase takes you on a spellbinding journey of his vocal arsenal -- swooping, clipping, playing with the beat, riding herd on the back-up band. In those lines, as with the rest of the song, you never know where Jones is going to lead you; at the same time, none of it sounds forced or contrived. The whole happy confection is aided by the spare production of his first producer (and discoverer), Pappy Daily.
I also think that the early '60s, when "Mr. Fool" was recorded, was when he was at his vocal peak. Writers often rave about how Sherrill persuaded Jones to explore a greater range, but the high-lonesome sound on this cut has a rawness and emotion that travels even further into the heart than his later efforts. (If you agree, "Cup of Loneliness," a 1994 double-CD, is worth the investment. It has 51 songs -- with hardly a dud -- excellent liner notes, and has been carefully re-mastered from the original recordings.)
What these songs do is breathe emotion. In his never-equaled way, Jones drifts across the beat, never failing to surprise with a speeded-up phrase or a well-placed drawn-out note. At the same time, he never made a mush of the lyrics; one of his great assets was that the listener understands every word.
Jones just sounds so sad, it's painful. He's as sad-sounding as Hank Williams at his most abject. Of course, the difference is that Jones could sing, whereas Williams only wailed. Some words are clipped, some are stretched and played with, as only Jones did. Some lines are almost whispered; others cried out -- all beautifully set up by man who really understood -- whether by design or instinct -- what to do with a lyric.
High and lonesome, but not always alone. A measure of Jones' greatness was his generosity and skill as a duetist. Most often, he took the harmony part -- the most difficult -- and never sought to dominate. His most famous duets, of course, were with third wife Wynette ("Golden Ring," "We’re Going to Hold On"), but probably his best are with Melba Montgomery in the mid-'60s. In these collaborations, he was the much bigger star and could easily have hogged the sessions. But no -- these are real duets, not a lead singer with a backup.
As a live performer, Jones was even more mixed than his records. He could be very lazy and unfocused, leading to lackluster concerts that were intensely disappointing. But when he was on, it was electrifying. I feel bad saying this, but the drunker and higher he was, the better was his performance. It seemed that the more reason was stripped from his mind, the better he sang, as if his emotions were uncontrolled and he was operating on instinct alone.
I will never forget one concert I witnessed, in the early '80s, when he was at the depth of his drinking and drugging. As was his usual pattern, he had his band, the Jones Boys, warm up the audience with several songs. But the tunes just kept on coming, and there was no George. After about six songs, there he was, literally being dragged onto the stage. "Oh, no," I thought, "he’s going to be terrible." It was the best concert I ever saw. In contrast, the ones I witnessed when he was stone-cold sober (or a near facsimile) tended to be rote and unrewarding, with Jones making light of his material -- "slobbing tear-jerkers" was how he disparaged some of his greatest songs.
Quite simply, no one else -- before, then or now -- was capable of his vocal fireworks, or at least carrying it off without making it sound like he or she is showing off. That was one of the joys of Jones: Though he had every tool at his disposal, he never used them other than to enhance the song.
That’s why he was often called "the singers’ singer." Powerful, yet somehow understated. Apparently revealing raw personal emotion, but at the same time a mystery. If one were to compare him to a painter, I pick Velazquez.
Unlike Velazquez, though, who was loved and lauded by his patrons, Jones was too wild and uncompromising for the tastes of the Nashville establishment, a factor that kept him from its greatest prizes until relatively late in his career.
Country music legend George Jones has died in Nashville, Tenn., his representative confirmed in a statement on Friday. He was 81.
Jones had been in the midst of a year-long goodbye tour, deciding to withdraw from the road over health issues including an upper respiratory infection. He was hospitalized on April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure; he died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. A cause of death has not yet been reported.
Jones was a Country Music Hall of Famer, Grand Ole Opry member and Kennedy Center Honoree, and the singer of such hits as "The Grand Tour," "She Thinks I Still Care" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today."
Born in Saratoga, Tex., on Sept. 12, 1931, Jones grew up in nearby Beaumont and played on the streets for tips while still a teenager, then joined the U.S. Marine Corps. When he left service he began recording for the Starday label in Houston, and his first top 10 song "Why Baby Why" hit the charts in 1955. He hit No. 1 with "White Lightning" four years later. He continued to record and hit the charts throughout the next few decades, shifting from a classic honky-tonk style into a more mainstream sound called "countrypolitan."
Jones' public persona was shaped by his addiction to alcohol and cocaine; he became known for missing many concerts, notes the Houston Chronicle. In 1983 police chased after an intoxicated Jones through Nashville, and the event was captured on TV (documentary video clip here).
He was married four times; his third wife was country singer Tammy Wynette, with whom he recorded several songs. They hit No. 1 three times, with "We're Gonna Hold On," "Golden Ring," and "Near You." Their daughter Georgette Jones is a performer, and appeared onstage with her father.
Conan O'Brien won't be performing at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner until Saturday night, but he's already in the nation's capital, goofing around -- as shown in this photo he tweeted Friday.
In D.C. to perform at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Practicing my opening "Goofy Sunglasses" bit: bit.ly/15RpxA2
"Practicing my opening 'Goofy Sunglasses' bit," he noted in the pic's caption.
This will be Conan's second time on the Dinner dais, having performed there originally in 1995, when President Clinton was in office. He told Politico that having the leader of the free world at his elbow was actually helpful: "Clinton was really laughing and he gets really red in the face when he laughs, and at one point he was hitting the table and I thought, 'This is great!' ... I definitely wouldn’t want to do my show every night with the president of the United States sitting next to me, chewing Nicorette. But it certainly amps things up."
The White House Correspondents' Dinner will be shown on several networks on Saturday night and O'Brien is expected to appear at 10 p.m. ET. Check back on TODAY.com for a roundup of the funniest moments!
It's been four years since Michael Jackson died, but the legal wrangling following his death continues. A jury has now been empaneled in the lawsuit brought by Jackson's mother and children against AEG Live, the promoter of his final "This is It" tour, and one potential key figure at that trial will likely be Dr. Conrad Murray.
Murray, who served as Jackson's doctor, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the singer's death in 2011, and on Friday he phoned TODAY from his jail cell to talk with Savannah Guthrie, with his lawyer Valerie Wass in the studio.
All along, Murray has denied being responsible for Jackson's death, and maintains that assertion today: "(I take) not any responsibility as it relates to his death," said Murray. "I am sorry that I lost Michael as a friend and as a patient. ... I have lost a very dear friend and a dear person to me, and it's going to remain with me for the rest of my life, but I'm not going to accept responsibility for anything I did not do."
At this new trial, lawyers for the Jackson family are likely to argue that AEG Live is liable because they hired Murray. In theory, the company would have had a financial interest in ensuring the singer was healthy and able to perform as contractually obligated, which may have created a conflict in their oversight of Dr. Murray.
As Guthrie pointed out, there appeared to be clear negligence in that the drug that killed Jackson -- the singer died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication that brought on cardiac arrest -- was found in the room after Murray left Jackson unattended. "I met Michael Jackson with his own stash of medication," insisted Murray. "I tried to get rid of the propofol from Michael Jackson. He might not have liked the approach that I took, but nonetheless the circumstances were to actually get him away from that agent."
Wass spoke up to say that when Murray left Jackson alone in the room on the night he died, the singer was on a saline drip. "Jackson was not on a propofol drip," she said and added that however Jackson gained access to the propofol that killed him, it was never determined whether it came from "his own sources" or from Murray.
Murray says being in prison "has been one of my most horrendous experiences. ... I have only survived because of the loving hope and the support that I get from various individuals and I would especially like to say that my girlfriend Nicole Alvarez has been just tremendous."
Murray may be released in a few months due to prison overcrowding, and is appealing his conviction. Opening statements in the trial are set for Monday.
"Arrested Development" fans will have to wait another month to watch all of the latest Bluth family hijinks, but from the looks of the sneak peek clip posted Thursday by Entertainment Weekly, not much has changed with the crazy clan.
The series, which was cancelled in 2006, is being being resurrected on May 26, when Netflix will post a completely new 15-episode season. The clip, which provides the first look at the new episodes, was shown during the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in January and at South by Southwest in March, but this marks the first time it has made its way to a wider viewing audience.
Although the short clip doesn't give away any spoilers, it did give fans an idea of what we can expect.
Buster and Lucille's relationship is still creepy Lucille (played by Jessica Walter) has always had a "special" relationship with her youngest son, Buster (Tony Hale), but it appears that the co-dependent mother and son will take their closeness to a whole new level in the upcoming season. Buster is obviously still eager to please his mother, even if that means ingesting her exhaled cigarette smoke and puffing it outside for her so that she doesn't have to get up to go smoke. The close relationship between momma's boy Buster and over-bearing Lucille has always straddled the line between endearing and inappropriate, and it looks like this will remain the same.
The Bluth family still can't stay out of trouble Apparently, patriarch George Bluth (Jeffrey Tambor) isn't the only Bluth to run afoul of the law. In the new clip, Lucille is unable to go outside because she is sporting an ankle monitor. While it hasn't yet been revealed what Lucille did to acquire that new accessory, it appears that she's on house arrest.
Ron Howard will still be on hand to explain what's going on The show's executive producer, Ron Howard, will continue to lend his voice to the series. In addition to serving as the show's narrator, Howard, who only appeared on camera for the series' last episode in 2006, has said that he will be making an appearance on the show at some point during the new season.