ARGUED: Jayson Williams’s attorneys filed a motion Tuesday saying that double-jeopardy laws prevent their client from being tried again in the shooting death of a limo driver and therefore reckless manslaughter charges against the hoops star should be dropped, reports the Associated Press. In April, Williams, 26, was acquitted of aggravated manslaughter in the Feb. 14, 2002, shooting of a limo driver – but the reckless manslaughter charge left the jury deadlocked. A Jan. 10 retrial is scheduled for the remaining charge. No word on when a New Jersey judge will reach his decision on the lawyers’ motion.
DIED: Oscar-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith, 75, whose memorable scores include those for the Star Trek and Planet of the Apes movies and for TV’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Perry Mason, died in his sleep Wednesday night at his Beverly Hills home after a long battle with cancer, said his personal assistant. Goldsmith’s most recent score was for last year’s Looney Tunes: Back in Action. His Oscar was for Best Original Score for 1976’s The Omen.
RATED: HBO’s hip Hollywood series Entourage got off to a lackluster start Sunday, a day before it was renewed for a second season, says the Hollywood Reporter. The half-hour comedy from executive producer Mark Wahlberg retained only about half of its Six Feet Under lead-in. A total of 1.9 million viewers tuned in at 10 p.m., while Six Feet Under scored 3.7 million, and the second-season premiere of Da Ali G Show found 1.1 million viewers at 10:30 p.m. Six Feet Under also is being blasted by critics and fans for its decidedly downbeat turn, with suggestions arising that the offbeat series has lost its way.
JOINED: Cartoon fans had Tom and Jerry, but now political buffs can have Tom Green and Jerry Springer, who are developing a “week in review”-style cable program about politics and pop culture tentatively titled Fairly Unbalanced. “We’ve conceived this as a weekly series that reviews current events and pop culture in a populist way from the off-center perspective of two larger-than-life, outrageous, irreverent and endearing personalities, who don’t always agree,” said Lions Gate Television president Kevin Beggs. “It will be informative yet entertaining. Just the thought of these two guys together makes you laugh.”
CAST: Veteran stars James Earl Jones and Diahann Carroll will star in a revival of the Ernest Thompson stage play On Golden Pond, which is best remembered for the 1981 movie version starring Oscar winners Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn. This new version will open in the fall at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center.
DROPPED: No charges will be filed in the case of a woman who claimed she was raped on the set of MTV’s The Real World, the San Diego County district attorney’s office tells AP. A 22-year-old woman, who was not a cast or crew member on the reality show, told police in November 2003 that she believed she was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance of a cast member. Paul Levikow, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, said Wednesday there was insufficient evidence to prosecute.