SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Randy Quaid and his wife remained in Canada on Tuesday and missed a mandatory arraignment, but their attorney says he may have proof they weren’t illegally squatting at a California home where they were recently arrested.

The Quaids are seeking asylum in Canada, saying they fear a group they call the “Hollywood star whackers.” Randy Quaid’s attorney said the actor was required to remain there until a Nov. 8 immigration hearing.

Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Donna Geck agreed not to issue a bench warrant for the Golden Globe-winning actor and not forfeit his $500,000 bond, but the judge did not grant leniency to his wife.

Geck issued a warrant for Evi Quaid, and prosecutors said they may eventually seek extradition to return her to the coastal town where the Quaids have faced two criminal court cases and have missed numerous court appearances.

Their most recent arrest came in September, when deputies arrested the Quaids while they were living in the guest house of a home they formerly owned. They were later charged with felony vandalism, accused of causing more than $5,000 in damage to the property.

The Quaids missed an arraignment in October and were arrested days later in a Vancouver shopping area.

They immediately sought refugee status and through an attorney said they were fearful of “star whackers,” who they say may have had a role in the deaths of stars such as David Carradine and Heath Ledger. Carradine was found hanging in a Bangkok hotel room, and Ledger died of accidental drug overdose in New York.

Attorney Robert Sanger told Geck on Tuesday that he suspected a deed transferring the home the couple formerly owned had been forged.

Teen star checks in to treatment center

 

NEW YORK — Demi Lovato, one of Disney’s biggest names, checked herself into a treatment center to deal with “emotional and physical issues,” her representatives said in a statement Monday night.

The statement did not specify the 18-year-old’s problems, but said Lovato checked herself into a facility to address the concerns.

A person familiar with the situation previously told The Associated Press that Lovato entered treatment for problems including an eating disorder and cutting herself.

“Demi has decided to take personal responsibility for her actions and seek help,” the statement said.

Snipes seeks new trial

 

OCALA, Fla. — Actor Wesley Snipes is heading back to court, hoping to convince a central Florida judge he deserves a new trial because he claims the jury was biased.

U.S. District Court Judge William Terrell Hodges will hear arguments Nov. 15.

Snipes argues some jurors decided he was guilty before hearing any evidence and prosecutors hid damaging information about a key witness.

Snipes faces a three-year prison sentence for tax-related crimes.

Pop, hip-hop and folk acts for Macy’s parade

NEW YORK — Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year will have some big names to go along with the big balloons.

Macy’s on Tuesday announced the list of celebrity performers for the event, covering the musical gamut from pop to hip-hop to folk. Among those scheduled to perform are Kanye West, Jessica Simpson, Colombian rock singer Juanes, Arlo Guthrie, Gladys Knight, boy band Big Time Rush and teen singer Victoria Justice.

All of the performances will be “family friendly,” a parade spokesman said.