A morning mix of entertainment headlines...
A probation officer voiced concern four months ago that actor Johnny Lewis — who played Kip “Half-Sack” Epps on “Sons of Anarchy” and previously dated Katy Perry — might do something to harm himself or someone in his community after he was accused of breaking into a Santa Monica woman’s home.
His concerns, sadly, turned out to be valid when Lewis was found dead Thursday, after apparently killing his 81-year-old landlady and jumping or falling to his death in the driveway of the Hollywood home where they lived. “I give a lot of credit to his parents,” his attorney, Jonathan Mandel, told the Associated Press. “They were really strong in trying to help him out. They really went to bat for him, but I guess they just couldn’t do enough.”
Lewis, who suffered from severe mental health issues in recent months, was also the ex-boyfriend of Perry, whom he dated in 2006. Two Perry songs — “Circle the Drain” and “The One That Got Away” — were partially inspired by him. At one time, according to TMZ, Lewis was active in Scientology and took advantage of the church’s Narconon program to get off of drugs, but the sobriety apparently did not stick.(Associated Press; BBC Radio 1; Us; TMZ)
Julian Fellowes, creator of “Downton Abbey,” is planning to write a prequel to the series. Fellowes said at a British Academy screenwriters’ lecture that the prequel would focus on how the Earl and Countess of Grantham, played by Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern, first met. As long as the Dowager is in it, attempting to interfere at every turn, that’s fine. (The Hollywood Reporter)
In case this wasn’t already established, which it pretty much was, Beyonce is not pregnant. Jay-Z told a reporter from E! that his wife is not expecting a baby. To repeat: Beyonce is not pregnant. (E! Online)
Hey, here’s a picture of Rooney Mara and Ryan Gosling on the set of Terrence Malick’s upcoming musical drama. Just ’cause. (New York Daily News)
The Recording Academy has announced plans to air a special devoted to the career of the late Whitney Houston. “We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston,” will air during the November sweeps. (TV Column)
Erin Moran of “Happy Days” and her husband, Steve Fleischmann, are reportedly homeless after being kicked out of the trailer park where they had been living with Fleischman’s ailing mother. The couple is living off the settlement she received in the “Happy Days” merchandising lawsuit. Oh, Shortcake. This makes me so sad. (New York Post)