Murray released from jail after two years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson was released from jail Monday after serving nearly two years of a four-year sentence.
Conrad Murray was released from a downtown Los Angeles jail at 12:01 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office. A change in California law allowed his incarceration time to be significantly cut down.
The former cardiologist was convicted in 2011 of causing Jackson’s death in June 2009 by providing the superstar with an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid. Jackson was in the midst of preparations for a series of comeback concerts and Murray was serving as his personal physician.
Murray’s prospects are uncertain: At age 60 his license to practice medicine has been suspended or revoked in three states and his face and name are well known due to his association with Jackson and his highly publicized involuntary manslaughter trial.
The former doctor is appealing his conviction, although an appeals court has questioned whether it needs to hear the case. His attorney Valerie Wass has argued that the court shouldn’t dismiss the appeal because it could alter his overall sentence and reduce some of the stigma his conviction has caused.
Despite being jailed, Murray hasn’t been entirely silent. Audio recordings of his calls have been posted on celebrity website TMZ and the ex-doctor told the Today show that he cried tears of joy after a civil jury recently determined that the promoters of Jackson’s comeback shows did not negligently hire Murray.
He did not, however, testify in the civil case or take the stand during his criminal trial.
Ciara and Future announce engagement
NEW YORK (AP) — Ciara’s future is Future: The R&B singer and the rapper-producer are engaged.
Future surprised the Grammy-winner with a 15-carat diamond ring over the weekend, their publicist, Chris Chambers, told The Associated Press on Sunday night. She was already celebrating her 28th birthday in New York when he proposed.
Future and Ciara have been dating for a year. No wedding date has been set.
Future is also a producer who has collaborated with Rihanna and his future wife. He’s currently on tour with Drake.
Besides the recent hit “Body Party,” Ciara’s hits include “Goodies,” “Promise” and “Like a Boy.”
Wilde, Sudeikis are expecting first child
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis are expecting their first child.
Wilde’s publicist, Joy Fehily, confirmed the news on Sunday. This will be the first child for both actors.
The baby news was first reported by People.com.
The couple became engaged in January. This will be the second marriage for both actors. Wilde’s divorce from documentarian Tao Ruspoli was finalized in 2011. Sudeikis and “Pitch Perfect” screenwriter Kay Cannon divorced in 2010.
Wilde, 29, is known for her roles on TV’s “House M.D.” and in films like “Tron: Legacy” and “Cowboys & Aliens.” She recently appeared in Ron Howard’s “Rush.” Sudeikis, 38, rose to fame while starring on “Saturday Night Live.” His latest film was “We’re the Millers” with Jennifer Aniston.
Rogers, Bare inducted to Country Hall of Fame
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and the late “Cowboy” Jack Clement – three men whose influence still ripples across the surface of modern music – are now members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The three were saluted by stars including Garth Brooks, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris and Barry Gibb during a ceremony Sunday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Each of the three inductees had a profound effect on music in his own way, and one could argue each deserved a place among the genre’s greatest names long ago. Rogers helped push country music farther into pop music than it had ever been. And Bare and Clement, who passed away earlier this year just a few months after learning of his induction, were as influential behind the scenes as under the spotlight.
Brooks plans broadcast of his one-man show
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Garth Brooks is taking his intimate one-man Las Vegas show to live television.
A news release issued Monday says CBS will broadcast Brooks’ performance at the Wynn Las Vegas live on Nov. 29.
Brooks came out of retirement in 2009 for a series of occasional gigs at Steve Wynn’s invitation. Brooks formally ended that run after three years, but has played occasionally since then.
The broadcast will be his final performance of the show, which has mostly been Brooks with just his guitar exploring his musical influences with fans.
Brooks has mostly been out of music since 2001, when he became a stay-at-home dad. But fans remain fervent, helping to set a record viewership for the Academy of Country Music Awards earlier this year when Brooks performed with George Strait.
Nielsen to measure mobile viewing next fall
NEW YORK (AP) — Starting next fall, Nielsen will begin counting television programs watched on mobile phones and tablets within its traditional TV ratings.
The company responsible for measuring TV viewership said Monday it will use codes embedded by networks within the programs to collect this information.
Nielsen’s measurements are the lifeblood of television’s economic system, and this development is an important step in adjusting to changes in how content is consumed. It is not expected to have an immediate, dramatic impact in the ratings since Nielsen estimated that only 6 percent of current viewing is not measured now. But the impact could be bigger on programs that appeal to young people who are more apt to watch on mobile devices. Nielsen’s ratings are used to set advertising rates.