Monitor: Feb. 17, 2012
Randy Travis arrested for post-Super Bowl public intoxication, John Waters sues Marisa Tomeo -- for flooding, and more
Country singer Randy Travis, 52, was arrested in the early morning on Feb. 6 for public intoxication in Sanger, Tex. ”I apologize for what resulted following an evening of celebrating the Super Bowl,” he said in a statement. ”I’m committed to being…accountable.”
Roseanne Barr, 59, who had discussed her intention to run for president of the United States, filed documents on Feb. 1, officially making her a candidate for the Green Party nomination.
Author Bernhard Schlink, 67, who penned the novel The Reader — the basis for the movie adaptation starring Kate Winslet — sued the Weinstein Company on Jan. 31, claiming he deserves a share of the film’s profits…. Rapper Drake, 25, was sued Feb. 2 by ex-girlfriend Ericka Lee, who claims that she was promised royalties for the song ”Marvin’s Room,” which uses a recording of her voice. A rep for Drake says the suit is ”without merit.”… Marisa Tomei, 47, is being sued in NYC for allegedly flooding the apartments of two neighbors — including director John Waters. Their insurance companies are seeking more than $45,000 in damages. A rep says Tomei was not home at the time of the flood, and that it ”occurred through no fault of Marisa’s.”
Director Zalman King, best known for steamy movies like 9 1/2 Weeks and the Showtime series Red Shoe Diaries, passed away Feb. 3 after a long cancer battle. He was 70. ”People pigeonhole him in that soft-core area, but it’s not who he was,” Diaries star David Duchovny tells EW. ”Zalman really had the soul of an artist.”… Andrew Wight, 52, and Mike deGruy, 60, two veteran filmmakers who frequently worked with James Cameron on underwater documentaries, died in a helicopter crash in Australia on Feb. 4 while shooting a National Geographic documentary for the Avatar director…. Nobel Prize-winning poet Wislawa Szymborska died in her home in Kraków, Poland, on Feb. 1 at age 88…. Actor Bill Hinzman, who famously played the first zombie seen on screen in the 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead, succumbed to cancer Feb. 5 at the age of 75…. Leslie Carter, who starred on House of Carters alongside her pop-star brothers Nick and Aaron Carter, passed away on Jan. 31 of an apparent drug overdose. She was 25.
Feb. 11: Jennifer Aniston, 43; Burt Reynolds, 76
Feb. 14: Florence Henderson, 78
Feb. 16: Ice-T, 54
Feb. 17: Michael Bay, 47
(Additional reporting by Jason Clark and Sara Vilkomerson)