Johnny Depp buys his first house

By EW Staff
Updated October 27, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

Real Estate: Hotel managers in Los Angeles can breathe a sigh of relief. Johnny Depp, 32, who redecorated a hotel room in New York last year, has become a homeowner. Depp has reportedly plunked down $2.3 million for a four-bedroom house above L.A.’s Sunset Strip. The property — Depp’s first, according to his spokesman — is said to have been owned until recently by palimony lawyer Marvin Mitchelson.

Lawsuits: Using the immortal words of Ren & Stimpy’s hyperactive Chihuahua, Ren, cartoon creator John Kricfalusi has something to say to MTV Networks: ”You stoopid idiots!” The cartoonist is suing the networks over merchandising rights to his animated show, which has aired variously on both MTV and Nickelodeon since 1991. Kricfalusi, who was fired from the show in 1992, claims his original contract stipulates that merchandising rights for gifts, toys, books, greeting cards, and other odds and ends revert back to him four years after the show’s original airdate. His breach-of-contract suit says time’s up. Kricfalusi also wants an injunction against MTV, compensation, and $100 million in punitive damages. A spokeswoman for MTV Networks says the suit is without merit….Crispin Glover (Back to the Future), who once demonstrated his kicking skills to David Letterman, is duking it out in court with Paramount Pictures over the animated USA Network show Duckman, which Paramount distributes. Glover provided a voice-over for the series, but his contract, according to the suit filed in Los Angeles Oct. 11, ”provided that the pseudonym ‘L’ would be used in place of Mr. Glover’s name in any credit in connection with Mr. Glover’s work.” Glover claims that Paramount used his name in the credits when the show aired. ”They made a mistake,” says Glover’s lawyer, Douglas Kari. ”It’s basic. You don’t use a celebrity’s name unless you have permission.” Paramount has no comment.

Separating: Oscar-nominated actor Ralph Fiennes, 32, and his wife, British actress Alex Kingston, 31, announced Oct. 13 that they are splitting up after 3 years of marriage and 10 years of coupledom. Kingston, who was by Fiennes’ side at the premiere of Hamlet on Broadway just six months ago, was not on hand when Strange Days bowed at the New York Film Festival earlier this month. The actor’s spokeswoman will say only that Fiennes and Kingston are ”leading separate lives.”

PREGNANT Is there child care at Baywatch? Three months after suffering a miscarriage, beach babe Pamela Lee, 27, checked into Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., with flulike symptoms, only to learn that she’s expecting. Dad, of course, is Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, 32. No word yet on how the show, which is currently shooting, will handle the pregnancy.

BIRTHS A 3-pound-1-ounce baby boy, Michael Garrett Boxleitner, was born in Los Angeles Oct. 6, more than two months premature, to actor parents Melissa Gilbert, 31, and Bruce Boxleitner, 44. The baby was named after the late Michael Landon, Gilbert’s mentor on Little House on the Prairie, in which she played his daughter Laura. ”Melissa and Bruce visit the baby every day for as much time as possible,” says Gilbert’s spokeswoman. ”He’s doing remarkably well and should be home before Christmas.”… A 7-pound-8-ounce baby boy, Nicolas, was born to muscleman actor Jean-Claude Van Damme, 35, and model Darcy LaPier, his fourth wife, Oct. 10 in Los Angeles. Nicolas is Van Damme’s third child. He has two from a previous marriage. ”Jean-Claude was in the room when the baby was born,” says his spokeswoman. ”And they are both absolutely thrilled.”