RECOVERING Legends of the Fall‘s Brad Pitt, 31, accidentally put his hand through a car windshield while filming his next movie, Seven, in Los Angeles on Jan. 3. Pitt received several stitches. ”It was just a freak accident,” says his spokeswoman, ”but he’s back in the saddle again.”
<p. DEALS Scandalous sitcom queen Roseanne has acquired U.S. TV rights to the scandalously popular British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, which has become a hit on cable’s Comedy Central. Roseanne will serve as executive producer of the Americanized pilot, called AbFab, with a new cast, while Absolutely Fabulous creator Jennifer Saunders will act as a consultant. The pilot is scheduled to be taped in April. ”(Roseanne’s) got a very good angle on this that’ll make it more palatable to the American public,” says William Morris agent and chief of worldwide TV Bob Crestani, who brokered the deal…Hollywood’s glitterati will have to settle for plain old first class now that Kirk Kerkorian has folded MGM Grand Air — which featured such posh amenities as queen-size beds and private rooms — reportedly selling its fleet to American International Airways for more than $10 million.
LAWSUITS Clint Eastwood, 64, and Warner Bros. are being sued by Los Angeles process server Mark Ryan, 32, who contends that Eastwood and Warner ”falsely imprisoned, handcuffed and threatened to have (him) arrested” when Ryan tried to deliver a subpoena. Eastwood was being served with papers requiring him to appear as a witness in a breach-of-contract suit brought against the studio by his former girlfriend, Sondra Locke…Fitness guru Susan Powter, 37, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Jan. 3 in L.A., claiming a legal battle with her corporate partners, Gerald and Richard Frankel, wiped her out.
DEATHS British writer and comedian Peter Cook, 57, of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage on Jan. 9 in London. Cook was best known for his work with Beyond the Fringe, the comedy troupe he founded in 1959 with Oxbridgian friends Jonathan Miller, Alan Bennett, and Dudley Moore. He appeared in the film Bedazzled(1967) with Moore and the CBS television series The Two of Us (’81-‘ 82). ”(His death) hasn’t really registered yet,” says Moore. ”I’ll very much miss Peter’s always inventive wit.”