A defense attorney for Dr. Conrad Murray suggests that Michael Jackson took his own life due to mounting financial troubles. The claim came during a pre-trial hearing in the case against Murray, who has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter for his role in the pop icon’s death. (Associated Press)
A “Today” show spokesman denies reports that Matt Lauer will leave the morning program in December of 2012. (Boston Herald)
The second Lady Gaga-inspired episode of “Glee” will air on April 26. It will be a super-sized 90-minute installment, complete with a rousing performance of — did you not see this coming the second that song was release? — “Born This Way.” (The Wrap)
See cute baby pictures of the son of Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, then get a status update on whether Bardem will star in “the Dark Tower,” after the jump.
Speaking of Mr. Bardem, he’s reportedly close to sealing the deal to play Roland Deschain in Ron Howard’s adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower.” (Deadline)
J.J. Abrams is teaming up with author Doug Dorst to write an untitled novel that will be published in fall of 2012. Abrams is billed as “the creator” of the book, with Dorst doing the bulk of the writing. “Doug and J. J.’s story will explode the bonds of the novel in ways no book has ever done,” a spokesman for publisher Little, Brown says. So, like all Abrams projects, no one seems to have any idea what it’s actually about but we’re all certain it’s going to be awesome. (Entertainment Weekly)
Sofia Vergara may join the cast of “The Three Stooges,” which so far includes Will Sasso and Sean Hayes. No, she won’t be playing the role of Moe. (Movieline)