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Taking Names: Coroner says Tony Scott’s notes give no reason for death

- - Sunday, August 26, 2012

Los Angeles County coroner's officials say notes left behind by "Top Gun" director Tony Scott did not give a motive why he would kill himself.

Coroner's office spokesman Ed Winter also said Friday the notes didn't mention any health issues.

The 68-year-old Scott died Sunday after leaping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge into Los Angeles Harbor. An autopsy was performed on the British-born director's body Monday, but it will be a month or more before an official cause of death is determined.

Coroner's officials are treating Scott's death as a probable suicide.

Mr. Winter said one of the notes left in his car was a list of emergency contact numbers and another included messages to friends and loved ones.

Greta Garbo's belongings to hit auction block

Hundreds of items belonging to Greta Garbo, including designer clothing, will be auctioned off in December, Julien's Auctions announced Wednesday.

The legendary actress's "personal collection ... has never been previously available and [is] rarely seen by others," the Beverly Hills-based auctioneers said in a statement.

The sale, set for Dec. 14 and 15, will include clothes and accessories from star designers such as Emilio Pucci, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy and Salvatore Ferragamo.

Furniture, art and decor from her New York apartment and her mansion in Sweden will include "colorful rugs, featuring modern, abstract motifs," the auctioneers said, adding Garbo was "known as a stylish and highly imitated trendsetter."

A selection of Garbo photographs taken at Hollywood studios also will be up for grabs, in addition to autographed documents.

Some of the items to hit the auction block first will be exhibited at the Silverware Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Ireland, from September to November, as well as aboard the ocean liner Queen Mary 2 at the end of November.

Garbo was born in Sweden in 1905 and died in New York in 1990.

Travis cited for simple assault for intervening in conflict

Police in suburban Dallas say they're citing country star Randy Travis for simple assault after he got involved in a couple's argument.

Plano police Officer David Tilley said Friday that a woman and her estranged husband were arguing Thursday night in a church parking lot. Officer Tilley said Mr. Travis apparently knows the woman and got involved.

Officer Tilley said nobody was hurt, but Mr. Travis and another woman were ticketed for simple assault, a Class C misdemeanor similar to a parking citation.

A representative for Mr. Travis didn't immediately comment.

Mr. Travis was arrested Aug. 7 in Grayson County on charges of driving while intoxicated and retaliation or obstruction, for allegedly threatening officers. He was arrested in February in Sanger, Texas, for public intoxication.

The police report does not indicate alcohol was involved in the latest incident.

Burton's 'Frankenweenie' to open London film fest

London Film Festival organizers say this year's event will open in October with Tim Burton's canine monster movie "Frankenweenie."

The animated black-and-white tale of a boy's attempts to bring his beloved dead dog back to life will have its European premiere at the festival on Oct. 10.

It will have a red-carpet gala premiere at London's Odeon Leicester Square and will be screened simultaneously at 30 theaters across Britain.

The film is a feature-length expansion of Mr. Burton's 1984 live-action short of the same name.

Festival chief Clare Stewart said Thursday that Mr. Burton's "funny, dark and whimsical" tale "playfully turns the Frankenstein story on its bolted-on head."

The 56th London Film Festival runs Oct. 10 through 21. The full lineup will be announced next month.

Rowling book tour plans one U.S. stop

This fall, British writer J.K. Rowling plans to make her one and only in-person appearance in the U.S. to promote her first novel for adults.

The "Harry Potter" author will discuss "The Casual Vacancy" at New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center on Oct. 16. The venue can seat about 1,100 people.

Little, Brown and Co. announced Wednesday that Miss Rowling will be interviewed on stage by fellow author Ann Patchett and will take "select" audience questions. Miss Rowling also will sign copies of her new book for each audience member. Booksellers will have access to a live webcast.

Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, starting Sept. 10. Prices range from $44 for phone purchases, $43 for online and $37 at the Jazz at Lincoln Center box office.

Hayek: Comments on Mexico 'lost in translation'

Salma Hayek said she is proud to be Mexican and that comments suggesting otherwise were "lost in translation."

The 45-year-old actress issued a statement Thursday after German Vogue magazine quoted her as saying she "hardly had any memories of what it is to be Mexican."

"I have never denied my background or my culture," Miss Hayek said in the statement released by publicist Cari Ross. "I have taught my child to embrace her Mexican heritage, to love my first language, Spanish, to learn about Mexican history, music, folk art, food and even the Mexican candy I grew up with. I have always been an active part of my community. I have tried my whole life to represent my Mexican roots with honor and pride. It saddens me when my words are lost in translation and taken out of context to hurt the people of Mexico, whom I love."

Miss Hayek graces the cover of German Vogue and gives an interview about her role as the leader of a Mexican drug cartel in the Oliver Stone drama "Savages." Telephone calls seeking comment placed to the magazine late Thursday night went unanswered.

This is not the first time Miss Hayek has made remarks about her Mexican background that have drawn attention. Last year, she quipped to a reporter in Spanish, "If it wasn't because of my high heels, I would still be in Coatzacoalcos with 10 children."

• Compiled from Web and wire reports.