New tapes reveal scary details about Scott Stapp's meltdowns

Owen Sweeney/Invision/APIn this Sunday

Scott Stapp's misadventures have gone from mildly amusing to genuinely disturbing.

TMZ released four audio clips Monday that shed new light on the former Creed frontman's recent outbursts and erratic behavior.

One clip documents his meltdown last month, in which he summoned medical help for chest pains after leaving his car on a Florida highway.

“Somebody's trying to kill me,” Stapp says in the 911 call. “It was reported that I was killed last week, but I've been on the run to keep them away from my family. … About $25 million of my money has been stolen.”

In another clip, Stapp leaves a message with an administrator at his son's school in which he desperately tries to get in contact with the boy.

“It's urgent, it's involving national security.” Stapp says. “I've uncovered that the core of ISIS is within my own family … this is not a joke.”

The singer lost custody of his kids last week. His estranged wife Jaclyn Stapp wants to have Stapp committed to a psychiatric facility, saying he's suffering delusions linked to drug use.

BAY AREA CRITICS NAME TOP FILMS

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards aren't exactly the Golden Globes, but the honors announced Sunday signal support for Oscars front-runners “Boyhood” and “Birdman.”

The critics declared “Boyhood,” a coming-of-age tale filmed over 12 years, the best picture of 2014. Richard Linklater also was named best director for the film, and supporting actress Patricia Arquette and Sandra Adair also received accolades.

As in the Golden Globes nominations, which were announced last week, Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's “Birdman” had a strong showing, including honors for actors Michael Keaton and Edward Norton. Julianne Moore recieved a best actress award for her role in “Still Alice,” in which she plays a college professor with Alzheimer's disease.

The awards are chosen by 35 Bay Area critics, including San Francisco Examiner critics Jeffrey M. Anderson and Anita Katz. A full list of winners is at sffcc.org.

QUICK TAKES

A new crop of hacked Sony Pictures emails show the studio considering a “Ghostbusters” film starring Channing Tatum and Christopher Pratt. … Randy Quaid and his wife are suing Secretary of State John Kerry so they can return to the U.S.; the pair fled to Canada after being charged with burglary and defrauding an innkeeper in 2010.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Actress Anna Popplewell (“The Chronicles of Narnia”) is 26. … Actress Amanda Setton (“The Mindy Project”) is 29. … Actress Zoe Jarman (“The Mindy Project”) is 32. … Singer Michael McCary of Boyz II Men is 43. … Actor Benjamin Bratt (“The Mission”) is 51. … Actor Jon Tenney (“The Closer”) is 53. … Actress Alison LaPlaca (“The John Larroquette Show”) is 55. … Singer-guitarist Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top is 65. … Actor Ben Cross (“Chariots of Fire”) is 67. … Singer Benny Anderson of ABBA is 68. … Guitarist Tony Hicks of The Hollies is 69. … Writer-producer Steven Bochco (“NYPD Blue”) is 71. … Actress Liv Ullman (“Scenes From a Marriage”) is 76.

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