CORONER: VERNE TROYER DEATH SUICIDE BY ALCOHOL INTOXICATION
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County coroner says actor Verne Troyer, who was best known for his “Austin Powers” role of Mini-Me, died last April of suicide by alcohol intoxication. The coroner’s office released its findings Wednesday following an autopsy and investigation into Troyer’s April 21 death. His representatives said at the time he was struggling with depression. The coroner’s office certified that the manner of death was a suicide. Troyer, 49, was best known as Mike Myers’ sidekick “Mini-Me” in 1999′s “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” and 2002′s “Austin Powers in Goldmember.” He also played banker-goblin Griphook in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and appeared in dozens of TV shows and videos. Troyer, who was 2-feet-8-inches tall, was born with achondroplasia (ay-kahn-droh-PLAY’-zhuh), a genetic condition that limited his height.
FORMER REALITY TV STAR GETS 16 YEARS AFTER FATAL DUI CRASH
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A former reality TV star will serve 16 years in prison for killing a U.S. Coast Guard technician in a drunken wrong-way collision on a Virginia highway. News outlets reported that Melissa Hancock was sentenced Wednesday after earlier pleading guilty to manslaughter, driving the wrong way and failing to obey a highway sign. Hancock appeared on Lifetime’s “Little Women: Atlanta,” a reality show that focuses on women of short stature. A court summons described Hancock as 4 feet (1.2 meters) tall and weighing 77 pounds (35 kilograms). The victim, Daniel Dill, was a Logan Township, New Jersey, native who was stationed in Portsmouth, Virginia, as an information systems technician. Virginia State Police said Hancock struck Dill head-on around 2 a.m. Nov. 4 on Interstate 264. He died of his injuries the next day.
CARELL AND CHALAMET ON BONDING IN THE FILM ‘BEAUTIFUL BOY’
TORONTO (AP) — Steve Carell says Timothee Chalamet’s audition for “Beautiful Boy” was the best he’s ever seen. The movie is based on the twin memoirs of David Sheff and his son, Nic, about each’s perspective on Nic’s decade-long, nearly fatal plunge into drug addiction. Toggling between those nightmarish lows and a more innocent past, “Beautiful Boy,” fluctuates between addiction and recovery. To play the father and son, Chalamet and Carrell first met at Chalamet’s audition. This was before the 22-year-old’s breakthrough Oscar-nominated role in “Call Me By Your Name.” Chalamet’s performance as a young drug addict has again put in him the Oscar mix, this time potentially as a supporting actor nominee. “Beautiful Boy” opens in select theaters Friday.
NO LIVE BARB, MANY DEMOGORGONS AT UNIVERSAL HAUNTED HOUSE
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — There may be no “Justice for Barb” at Universal Orlando’s haunted house based on the Netflix hit, “Stranger Things,” but the beloved, ill-fated character does appear in grand, gory style. The “Stranger Things” house is one of 10 haunted houses built for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. It is one of the most haunted houses ever in 28 years of celebrating all things horror at the Orlando, Florida, theme park resort. “Stranger Things” haunted houses also are at Halloween Horror Nights celebrations at Universal parks in California and Singapore, running from mid-September to the beginning of November. Patrons walking through the “Stranger Things” haunted house follow the plot contours of the show’s first season.