Plus, singer George Jones' car accident leaves him in critical condition; and the Boss will tour Europe with the E Street band
OBITUARY Stanley Kubrick, the director of ”2001: A Space Odyssey,” ”The Shining,” and ”A Clockwork Orange,” was found dead in his home in Herfordshire, England, on Sunday. He was 70. According to police, ”there were no suspicious circumstances” surrounding his death. Kubrick was said to still be fine-tuning ”Eyes Wide Shut,” the hush-hush film project starring Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise as sexually adventurous psychoanalysts set for release this summer. How Kubrick’s death will affect the project is still unknown…. Baseball great Joe DiMaggio lost his battle with pneumonia and lung cancer Monday at his home in Florida. He was 84.
HUNG UP Country crooner George Jones is in critical condition in a Nashville hospital following a one-car accident that occurred on Saturday. Jones is believed to have been distracted by a cell-phone conversation with his stepdaughter Evelyn Shriver. Jones is said to have been trying to play some of his new songs for Shriver over the car stereo when he lost control of his sports-utility vehicle and slammed into a concrete bridge. Jones has a ruptured liver and a collapsed lung. While the singer has a long history of drug and alcohol abuse, state troopers do not believe either were involved in the accident.
WINNING Life really was beautiful for Roberto Benigni on Sunday night when he walked off with the Best Lead Actor prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, beating out front runners Tom Hanks and Nick Nolte. Other surprises included Kathy Bates trumping Dame Judi Dench in the Best Supporting Actress category and Sam Waterston as Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series for ”Law & Order”…. Steven Spielberg got a little closer to Oscar gold on Saturday night when he took home the Directors Guild of America award for ”Saving Private Ryan.” Spielberg, who dropped the award with a resounding clunk in the middle of his acceptance speech, thanked his father and the World War II generation. This is Spielberg’s third DGA award, following prizes for ”The Color Purple” and ”Schindler’s List.”
KILLING A woman who murdered three fellow members of a Helsinki gun club two weeks ago is believed to have been inspired by an episode of ”The X-Files” that aired the same weekend. The second-season episode entitled ”Blood?” follows a government conspiracy in which residents of a small town receive subliminal messages to ”Kill ‘Em All.” The 30-year-old woman, who was caught while trying to board a plane hours after the murders, faces life in prison if convicted.
RICH So what if he talks to Tweety Bird and stumps for a long-distance company? Retired basketball player Michael Jordan took the No. 1 spot on Forbes magazine’s Celebrity 100 list. While Jerry Seinfeld made more money and Leonardo DiCaprio’s mug ended up on more magazine covers, Jordan was determined to be the most media savvy for cashing in on his name to rake in $40 million in endorsement money. Oprah Winfrey took second place, DiCaprio third, Seinfeld fourth, and Steven Spielberg fifth.
TOURING Bruce Springsteen has announced the European dates of his worldwide tour, which will reunite him with his E Street Band for the first time since he fired the lot of them in 1988. Beginning on April 9, Springsteen will journey through Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France, England, and Ireland, wrapping it up in June before coming back to play in the USA in July. Springsteen is currently rehearsing in Asbury Park, N.J.