Briefly: Randy Travis, Jay-Z, Jesse Eisenberg

July 11, 2013
Randy Travis in Nashville last month. (Wade Payne / Invision/AP)
Randy Travis in Nashville last month. (Wade Payne / Invision/AP)

Brief news from elsewhere:

Aw, Randy Travis is in really bad shape now — having suffered a stroke on top of that heart virus — and is back in critical condition, sad to say, after undergoing brain surgery Wednesday night. And yes, there are already memorial photo galleries, sadder to say, as well as this nice Randy Travis career retrospective. (AP, Washington Post)

Continuing his massive “Magna Carta” publicity push, Jay-Z did a six-hour lip-sync performance art at a Manhattan gallery. Or was it basically just a music-video shoot? New York mag has a first-person description of what exactly this thing was. Also: Did you know he loathes Robert DeNiro? News to us. (Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, TMZ)

Indie film fans will cheer the new connection between these winsome young actors; while gossip writers will applaud their willingness to make out in public, eliminating the need to ask publicists if they’re dating. (People)

More Reliable Source: Justin Bieber; Ray Allen; Sam Kass; Lindsay Lohan; Teresa Heinz Kerry; Elton John; Kastles opening; 1600 Penn SE

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