Charlton Heston's recovery from alcoholism and the murder of a former 'Jerry Springer Show' guest made news the week of August 11, 2000
Pass the cigars — or shake up some martinis. James Bond player Pierce Brosnan, 47, and his fiancee, Keely Shaye Smith, 36, await their second child next spring. The couple, who have a son, Dylan, 3, postponed plans to wed last spring after a car accident injured Pierce’s son Sean Brosnan, 16 … Latin crooner Marc Anthony, 31, and Dayanara Torres, 25, newlyweds since May, expect their first child in early 2001.
CASTINGS Before Aaron Spelling’s new NBC drama Titans even airs, costar Perry King, 52, is being dumped for a younger man. EW has learned that King will depart the Dynasty-like show after four episodes to make room for Jack Wagner, 40, who’ll play the brother of King’s character and Yasmine Bleeth’s love interest … The ball cap and shades won’t cut it anymore. Heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio, 25, is in negotiations to play ’60s master of disguise Frank Abagnale Jr., a forger who by 18 became the youngest person ever on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. He aims to begin shooting Catch Me if You Can next spring.
HIRED On July 31, Fox named veteran execs James Gianopulos, 48, and Tom Rothman, 45, to serve jointly as chairmen of the studio. They replace Bill Mechanic, 50, who left in June after such box office letdowns as Anna and the King and Titan A.E.
SUSPENDED The Real World ain’t all cushy pads in New Orleans, babe. On July 28, Brigham Young University confirmed that recent Worlder Julie Stoffer, 20, was suspended for breaking the Mormon school’s Honor Code (which prohibits single students from cohabiting, as Stoffer did during the five-month shoot). The junior said she is looking for another college to attend.
RECOVERING Actor and NRA president Charlton Heston, 76, entered a Utah rehab center in May for three weeks, his publicist announced July 31. Heston felt his social drinking was getting excessive, she says, adding that the stint ”nipped the problem in the bud.” … Beastie Boy Michael Diamond, 33, had some ill communication with the pavement when his bicycle hit a Manhattan pothole July 23. He’s due to have surgery Aug. 2 for a dislocated right shoulder, delaying the Boys’ tour with Rage Against the Machine … Fear and loathing can be dangerous. Deborah Fuller, 58, was accidentally wounded when her boss, gonzo writer Hunter S. Thompson, 63, discharged a shotgun on his Aspen, Colo., property to chase off a bear. She was treated and released from a local hospital July 27. His agent was unavailable.
ARRESTS Former Jerry Springer Show guest Nancy Campbell-Panitz, 52, was found beaten to death in her Sarasota, Fla., home July 24 — hours after the episode featuring her twisted love story aired. On July 27, her ex-husband, Ralf Panitz, 41, was charged with murder and held without bail. On the show, Panitz claimed she had been harassing him, but admitted to sleeping with her the night before the May taping. Panitz couldn’t be reached for comment.
COURTS Trinket vendor New Tinkerbell Inc. has kicked up a lot of pixie dust, suing the Walt Disney Co. July 28 for trademark infringement. The company claims it has controlled rights to Peter Pan‘s beloved Tinkerbell since 1952, a year before Disney debuted its animated version of J.M. Barrie’s classic. The firm also argues its products were sold in Disney stores for 13 years until Disney launched a competing line in 1999. Lawyers for Disney declined to comment … Angel star David Boreanaz, 29, filed suit July 26 against Oren Kaniel, whose car hit the actor’s last August in L.A. The WB vampire seeks unspecified damages for car repair, medical expenses, and loss of earnings from alleged injuries to his nervous system. Kaniel could not be reached for comment … In a rare blow to a celeb fighting cybersquatting, Sting (a.k.a. Gordon Sumner), 48, lost the battle for Sting.com. On July 24, the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization ruled that Michael Urvan of Marietta, Ga., can keep Sting.com since there was no evidence Urvan registered the name in bad faith and sting is a common English word (unlike Julia Roberts and other celeb names). Sting’s manager said the star will still try to master his domain name.
X-Files grip Jim Engh, 38, of accidental electrocution on the set of Fox’s sci-fi drama, July 31. Crew members were building a scaffold that came into contact with live electrical wires. Five others were treated and released from an L.A. hospital; one was in critical condition at press time. ”Our hearts go out to [Engh’s] family and friends,” said show creator Chris Carter … New Yorker vet William Maxwell, 91, who edited J.D. Salinger and John Cheever and wrote the 1980 novel So Long, See You Tomorrow, July 31, in Manhattan … Actor Max Showalter, 83, who starred with Marilyn Monroe in 1953’s Niagara and played Grandpa Fred in Sixteen Candles, of cancer, July 30, in Middletown, Conn.
— with additional reporting by Kristen Baldwin and Angela Cason