Zac Efron’s drug saga
And the stunning Zac Efron drug saga continues.
The “High School Musical” star reportedly did two – not just one – stints in rehab this year to deal with his addiction to cocaine, according to a report from TMZ.com Thursday.
Sources told TMZ the 25-year-old, who has allegedly been using cocaine for more than two years, attempted to get help in March, staying in a private residence “where he received intensive outpatient care for several weeks.” The residence reportedly was not located in California.
However, Efron soon returned to Los Angeles to start shooting Seth Rogen’s flick “Neighbors,” during which he relapsed and was forced to go to rehab again after filming wrapped. Efron reportedly also took Molly, a form of Ecstasy.
According to TMZ, Efron’s drug use stems from the following: dealing with his controlling parents, the fact that he hasn’t had recent movie successes, “girl issues” and hanging around with “a bad group of friends.”
Auction hits sour note
With the authenticity of a guitar supposedly signed by Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen called into question, authorities pulled the plug Friday on an online auction of personal belongings forfeited by Illinois’ prison-bound former congressman, Jesse Jackson Jr.
The U.S. Marshals Service began the auction earlier this week to recoup part of the $750,000 in campaign funds the former congressman and his wife illegally spent on memorabilia, furs, vacations and other personal items.
But the agency announced Friday that it was canceling the entire auction “out of an abundance of caution” because of questions about the guitar, which prosecutors say the former congressman bought with campaign money for $4,000.
“Because new information has come to light, we are taking additional steps to review all the items,” said Kim Beal, the acting assistant director for the forfeiture division of the Marshals Service.
Among the dozen other items up for auction were pictures purportedly signed by Bruce Lee and a red, fur-trimmed cape. Buyers were supposed to have been able to place bids on any of the Jacksons’ former possessions until next Thursday. But signs that something might be amiss came just hours after the auction started Tuesday when the signed guitar was suddenly struck from the auction list.
Filming Shakur’s life
A new biopic on slain rapper Tupac Shakur is coming.
Morgan Creek Productions and Emmett/Furla Films announced in a Thursday news release they are in final negotiations to partner on the production of “Tupac.” The picture will begin filming next year in Atlanta.
Gunned down in 1996 in Las Vegas, Shakur’s murder has not been solved. He remains a towering figure in rap music, the subject of Elvis-like conspiracy theories and one of two slain symbols with Biggie Smalls of the East Coast-West Coast beef that ruled rap for a time in the 1990s.
Shakur’s mother, Afeni Shakur, will be the film’s executive producer.
The news release says the film will center on Shakur’s life, but makes no mention of who will star as the rapper or who will direct.