Morning Buzz: Ruffalo Shooting Suspect Released

Beverly Hills PD have cleared Shaha Mishaal Adham of any wrongdoing in the shooting death of Scott Ruffalo and released her. Ruffalo, brother of actor Mark, passed away on Monday. Adham turned herself into authorities on Monday after she was named as the prime suspect in the shooting. Adham (who was present last Monday at Ruffalo’s Beverly Hills apartment to retrieve a Land Rover she had loaned to him) says that Ruffalo accidentally shot himself while playing a game of Russian Roulette. Adham reported that she fled the scene after the gun went off. She was released around midnight last night, according to TMZ.

E! reports that Britney Spears is back in the Billboard Top 200 at #1. Her newest offering Circus has sold more than 500,000 copies since last week. Her album release is officially the second most successful debut of a solo female artist for 2008, topped only by Taylor Swift.

Coldplay has released a public statement responding to a recent plagarism lawsuit brought against them by guitarist Joe Satriani. The Times Online reports that Satriani’s suit claims that portions of their Grammy-nominated hit single “Viva La Vida” sound exactly like his 2004 song “If I Could Fly.” “With the greatest possible respect to Joe Satriani, we have now unfortunately found it necessary to respond publicly to his allegations,” read the statement. “If there are any similarities between our two pieces of music, they are entirely coincidental, and just as surprising to us as to him. Joe Satriani is a great musician, but he did not write the song ‘Viva La Vida.’ We respectfully ask him to accept our assurances of this and wish him well with all future endeavours.” 

Yahoo reports that Jennifer Hudson is getting back to work since the October shooting deaths of her mother, brother and nephew. She is filming a video for her single “If It Isn’t Love” off of her solo debut album. Hudson had been in seclusion since the tragedy, but recently released a statement after being nominated for four Grammys. “It’s been a childhood dream of mine to release an album, so to receive four Grammy nominations is truly a blessing,” she said. “I am extremely honored and humbled by the nominations.”

MSNBC reports that Keanu Reeves, currently starring in The Day The Earth Stood Still, has said “never say never” to possibly starring in another sequel to his 1994 hit Speed. Reeves opted out of the initial sequel to the movie and was replaced by Jason Patric. Keanu says it would be “groovy” to work with Speed co-star Sandra Bullock again. “Maybe (if) we were traveling through Europe… maybe on the Serengeti, and there was some kind of mishap,” the actor added. “It could be like a world tour. (Or) maybe we could go to Polynesia and then take us all across the world. Maybe if we shot for like four months and we have like a week off in every country, telling this kind of adventurous story for this couple.”