HEALTH WATCH Maybe they should call the next 007 movie ”SwollenEye.” Halle Berry suffered an eye injury on Friday on the Cadiz, Spain, set of ”Die Another Day,” as a fragment of a smoke grenade lodged in her left eye after a series of stunt explosions. (James Bond portrayer Pierce Brosnan was shooting down a helicopter.) It took only 30 minutes for doctors at a local hospital to remove the piece of shrapnel, and while her cornea was inflamed and red, the 33-year-old suffered no permanent damage and was soon back on the set. It’s the second accident to sideline a star of the film; Brosnan suffered a knee injury during a stunt in February, and the 49-year-old had to sit out the shoot for two weeks. The movie is still expected to be ready for release on November 22.
LEGAL BRIEF Eminem has been the target of so many lawsuits, he should change his name to Legal Mathers. He settled one of them this week, a complaint filed by John Guerra, whom the rapper allegedly pistol-whipped when he caught him kissing Em’s then-wife Kim Mathers outside a Detroit-area bar in July 2000. (That same weekend, he also allegedly pulled the gun on associates of rival rap act Insane Clown Posse. He faced criminal charges for both incidents and received sentences of probation.) Guerra filed suit, citing emotional distress, and panel arbitration led to the settlement, in which neither side admitted wrongdoing, and Slim Shady paid Guerra $100,000. Guerra’s lawyer called the amount ”less than what we wanted” in local newspaper The Macomb Daily. Still, he added, ”I could say we did better than Mom. Much better.” Last year, Debbie Mathers sued son Marshall for $12 million for allegedly defaming her in songs and interviews but took home only $25,000.
REEL DEALS Eddie Murphy, who proved he could talk to animals in the ”Dr. Dolittle” movies, will see if he can talk to little kids, too, in ”Daddy Day Care.” He’ll play a father who loses his job and decides to start a day care center in his home. Producer John Davis, who helped transform Murphy from foul-mouthed action/comedy hero into a cuddly family entertainer in the ”Dolittle” movies, is behind this one, too. Shooting begins in August….
Fresh from ”I Am Sam,” Sean Penn will play another dubiously competent dad in ”The Secret Life of Daltry Calhoun.” Screenwriter Katrina Holden Bronson will make her feature directing debut with her comedy about a Southern girl whose ne’er-do-well dad (Penn’s role) tries to set his life aright. Katrina is the daughter of legendary screen tough guy Charles Bronson, a Penn pal since he appeared in Penn’s directorial debut, 1991’s ”The Indian Runner.”…
What do you get yourself for your 18th birthday? If you’re Mandy Moore, who turns 18 today, it’s a director for your next movie. The pop singer and star of ”A Walk to Remember” is to star in New Line’s ”How to Deal,” a romantic comedy about a girl who turns prematurely cynical about love, only to find it herself. The production has just signed a director, Brit Clare Kilner.