Here’s The Things You’ll Want To See Hear and Know Today.
The Big Picture
On Saturday night, George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. A jury of six women found the prosecution hadn’t presented a strong enough case for either murder or manslaughter. But Zimmerman could still be facing a federal civil rights investigation, or a civil suit for wrongful death.
Twinkies fans, your long ordeal is over. Twinkies are back on the shelves TODAY. Don’t overdose on the first day. (If you were paying attention over the weekend, you probably saw that Walmart had them as early as this past Friday.
The Giants beat the Padres 9-0 on Saturday night, behind a NO-HITTER from Tim Lincecum. That’s right, the Lincecum who was four-and-nine going into the game, and almost got taken out of the starting rotation. He threw 148 pitches before it was over.
Cory Monteith from “Glee” died suddenly in his hotel room on Saturday morning in Vancover, British Columbia. They don’t suspect any foul play, but that’s all we know so far. Here’s a spokesperson from the Vancouver Police Department at a press conference on Saturday. (He says Cory had been hanging out with friends on Friday evening, but he came back to the hotel alone, and they believe he died alone in his room.)
Not surprisingly, CORY MONTEITH’S “Glee” co-star and real-life girlfriend LEA MICHELE is devastated by his death. Her rep says, quote, “We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea’s privacy during this devastating time.”
As expected, HALLE BERRY and OLIVIER MARTINEZ got married over the weekend. The ceremony went down on Saturday at a chateau in France. About 60 people attended. There’s no word if any celebrities were there.
JIMMY KIMMEL and his girlfriend Molly McNearney got married Saturday at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa near Los Angeles. This is Jimmy’s second marriage.
OPRAH WINFREY has scored the FIRST post-rehab interview with LINDSAY LOHAN, who’s expected to be a free woman again on July 31st. The interview will tape sometime next month, and will air shortly afterward on Oprah’s OWN network.
So, how did Oprah land the interview? Well, for one, she’s Oprah. But more interestingly, she’s also giving Lindsay her own eight-episode show. It’s being called a “documentary series,” and it will premiere on OWN sometime next year.
There are no further details on the interview or the show at this time.
Q Country Closeup
MIRANDA LAMBERT mocked the tabloid stories about her and BLAKE SHELTON at a show last weekin Boston. She said, quote, “I’ve been pregnant, having twins, we’ve been separated, I’m drunk and alone, pregnant again, then we’re having twins again, and now we’re getting divorced. For the record, I’m not pregnant . . . I’m drinking . . . and I’m not getting divorced.”
Country singer Sunny Sweeney just set up a fundraising site for her next album. It’s on PledgeMusic.com. Everyone who pledges money gets something in return . . . and some of it goes to charity too. Here’s Sunny making her pitch. (She says you can give enough to become an executive producer if you want. And if you give $10,000, she’ll actually let you sing on the record.)
Friends, fans, and family members continue to pray for Randy Travis, who remains hospitalized in Texas. There have been no updates on the country star’s condition from either his management, his doctors, or reps from Baylor Health Care System since Friday, when he was said to be in critical condition but “resting comfortably” under “heavy sedation.”
The Backside of the News
On Friday, San Francisco’s Fox affiliate was the victim of an EPIC prank. An anchorwoman read the names of the Asiana Airlines pilots who crashed . . . but the names included Sum Ting Wong and Bang Ding Ow. The station apologized and blamed the bad info on the NTSB.
The Running of the Bulls ended yesterday in Pamplona, Spain . . . and a 23-year-old woman is in critical condition after being GORED. She’s only the THIRD woman EVER to be injured during the event . . . at least according to records dating back to 1910. Fifteen men have died running with the bulls. If she dies, she’d be the first woman.
Last Wednesday, a 45-year-old man was sleeping in Brazil when a COW crashed through his roof, landed on him . . . and KILLED him. The cow had escaped from a farm nearby, climbed a steep hill right next to the guy’s roof, and fell onto the house. And the owner of the cow could be charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Last week in England, a family got into a HUGE BRAWL during a wedding reception . . . over a piece of chicken. They started grabbing for chicken in the buffet line, and the bride’s 53-year-old uncle ended up PUNCHING her 29-year-old sister in the FACE. He was arrested for assault.
Brian Vickers won a Sprint Cup race for the first time in 75 tries yesterday. And he’s only driving part-time right now, for Michael Waltrip Racing. (He had serious trouble with blood clots in 2010, which caused him to miss half the season. He raced full-time for Red Bull in 2011, but they pulled their sponsorship. So far this year it’s been Mark Martin and Michael Waltrip driving the No. 55 which Vickers drove yesterday. After the race he thanked Waltrip for believing in him and giving him a second chance.)
JENNY MCCARTHY and NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK star DONNIE WAHLBERG are a couple. They hooked up recently, after flirting during Donnie’s appearance on Jenny’s VH1 series “The Jenny McCarthy Show”.
The not-always-reliable British tabloids say the title of the next James Bond movie will be “Devil May Care”.
Whatever it’s called, this will be the 24th Bond flick. DANIEL CRAIG will play the lead character again, and SAM MENDES will return to direct. He also did “Skyfall”.
BILL COSBY is doing a concert special on Comedy Central this fall. It’s called “Far From Finished”, and it will air on November 24th. It’s going to be his first special in 30 YEARS . . . since “Bill Cosby: Himself” aired in 1983.
Bill just turned 76 years old on Friday. He’s currently on tour, with dates scheduled through next spring.