Celebrity News for the week of October 20, 2006 -- Brief updates on births, divorces, court dates, and more
Actors Bradley Cooper (Wedding Crashers), 31, and Jennifer Esposito (Crash), 34, are making it official. No date has been announced.
90210 alum and Lifetime movie staple Tori Spelling, 33, will give birth to her first child with actor husband Dean McDermott (Against the Ropes), 39, in early spring….Whale Rider‘s Keisha Castle-Hughes, 16, the youngest person to receive a Best Actress nomination, is expecting her first child with 19-year-old boyfriend Bradley Hull.
Many-voweled actors Peter Sarsgaard (Jarhead), 35, and Maggie Gyllenhaal (World Trade Center), 28, welcomed their first child, daughter Ramona, on Oct. 3.
On Oct. 6, Tower Records was sold in a bankruptcy auction for $134.3 million to a liquidation firm. In an e-mail to employees, founder Russ Solomon wrote: ”The fat lady has sung….She was off-key.”
Filmmaker David Lynch, 60, has acquired the domestic rights to his digital-video feature Inland Empire. He will likely self-distribute, with help from yet-to-be-determined partners.
Recent EW cover girl Eva Longoria, 31, was treated at an L.A. hospital for badly bruised ribs after falling down stairs on the Desperate Housewives set Oct. 4. The actress is back at work….Meanwhile, Sigourney Weaver (Infamous), 57, injured her knee while jumping on a trampoline on the set of her movie Snow Cake. She has been ordered not to exercise the joint for a year….American Idol star Bo Bice, 30, underwent emergency intestinal surgery on Oct. 5 in Nashville. Though he had to cancel several tour dates, he’s expected to make a full recovery….
Just weeks after taking part in a Charlie’s Angels reunion at the 2006 Emmys, Farrah Fawcett, 59, announced Oct. 6 that she has a tumor. Her rep says the cancer is aggressive but ”was caught early.”
Beleaguered R&B star R. Kelly, 39, is being sued by Henry ”Love” Vaughn, who claims that Kelly reneged on payment for a song idea. Vaughn goes on to allege that members of the singer’s entourage attacked him and locked him in a basement. Kelly’s publicist calls the suit ”ludicrous.”… Kim Basinger, 52, pleaded not guilty to 12 misdemeanor counts of criminal contempt in an L.A. court on Oct. 4. The actress allegedly violated the custody agreement with her ex, Alec Baldwin, 48, for their 10-year-old daughter.
Emmy-winning comedy writer George Balzer (The Jack Benny Show), 91, of natural causes, Sept. 28, in Van Nuys, Calif….Actress Isabel Bigley Barnett, 80, who won a Tony award in 1951 for Guys and Dolls, of pulmonary disease, Sept. 30, in L.A….Actress and writer Mary Orr, 94, who penned the 1946 short story that inspired the Oscar-winning movie All About Eve, of pneumonia, Sept. 22, in New York City.
TAMARA DOBSON 1947-2006
Known for her groundbreaking role as a superfly spy in 1973’s Cleopatra Jones, Dobson passed away on Oct. 2 of complications from pneumonia and multiple sclerosis. ”Before, we were portrayed as maids, mammies, or whores,” the 6’2” Vogue model and martial-arts enthusiast once said of black women in cinema. ”But we’re also teachers, doctors, lawyers, mothers, typists. We do everything.”
Big Spender of the Week
In a video posted on YouTube, site CEO Chad Hurley announced that ”two kings have gotten together.” Then he busted out laughing about the ”two kings” bit. He was referring to Google’s acquisition on Oct. 9 of the Tube for $1.65 billion — hours after the site made pacts with CBS, Universal Music, and Sony BMG. Both ”kings” stress that they’ll be independently staffed; still YouTubers worry that this deal will put a chokehold on their cyber-society. Writes one user: ”I hope that ‘new functionality’ [doesn’t mean] ‘new restrictions’ or ‘new ways of kicking videos out,’ but actually new stuff that’s…kick-ass.”