Man charged in crash with J-Lo
A Las Vegas man has been charged with crashing into Jennifer Lopez’s Rolls-Royce on the California coast while drunk.
Los Angeles County prosecutors said in a statement Monday that 53-year-old Robert John Reitz was charged with misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and driving at nearly twice the legal blood-alcohol limit. He could get six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted.
The singer-actress’ vehicle was stopped at a traffic light in Malibu when a pickup truck hit it from behind.
Authorities say Lopez owned the Rolls-Royce carrying her and her two children, but her friend, actress Leah Remini, was driving. No one was injured in the September crash.
Reitz is scheduled to be arraigned later Monday. Authorities didn’t know if he had an attorney.
Kingston opens Canadian party
A year of events across Canada to celebrate the 200th birthday of the country’s first prime minister kicks off in January in Kingston, Ont., with SirJohn A2015 Macdonald Week.
It is presented by SALON Theatre Productions, an organization known for combining art and history.
James Garrard, executive producer of SALON Theatre Productions, said the week is designed to bring “the life and legacy of Sir John A. Macdonald to the forefront of modern society.”
“We are not just telling a story about what happened in Canada,” Garrard said. “We are telling the story about what is happening in Canada, now.”
Events range from actors performing speeches by Macdonald to a Montreal-based artist who will work on a series of paintings featuring Macdonald, who was born Jan. 11, 1815.
SirJohnA2015 Macdonald Week is co-funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage and the city of Kingston.
Macdonald, Canada’s founding prime minister, is also called the father of Confederation. He became prime minister of Canada in 1857.
‘Empire’ rocks on Fox
Uneasy lies a head that wears a crown, even if the crown is that of the ruler of a music-business “Empire.” But uneasier still lie the heads of those who would be emperor in Fox’s cliche-ridden but eminently watchable nighttime soap opera premiering Jan. 7.
Almost nothing about “Empire,” created by Lee Daniels (“The Butler”), feels original, but just a few minutes into the premiere episode, you’ll stop caring. The show even acknowledges one of its sources when one of the music mogul’s three sons asks, “We ‘King Lear’ now?” after Dad announces that Jamal, Andre and Hakeem will have to compete with each other to determine who will inherit the multimillion-dollar empire.
But the three sons of Lucius Lyon (Terrence Howard) aren’t the only ones bidding for control of the business: There’s also Lucius’ ex-wife, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), who’s just been released after a 17-year prison sentence for selling drugs. Mama’s back and mama wants what’s owed to her.
What no one knows, yet, is that Lucius is facing a major health issue, adding a certain degree of urgency to his decision about which of his sons should be his successor.