Plus: Brandy involved in fatal car accident, David Lee Roth reuniting with Van Halen, and more...
Kidman in film shoot car accident
Nicole Kidman was involved in a car accident while shooting the movie The Invasion early on Thursday in Los Angeles. The actress was driving a Jaguar being towed by a camera rig that skidded while taking a corner at 45 mph, causing Kidman’s car to hit a pole. She was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for examination and released two hours later without apparent injury. (CNN)
Brandy involved in fatal car accident
Actress/singer Brandy was involved in a four-car accident on a Los Angeles freeway on Dec. 30 that started when her Land Rover rear-ended another car, killing the driver, according to California Highway Patrol. Brandy was not injured. The victim was identified as Awatef Aboudihaj, 38, a married mother of one. No arrests have been made, and officials say no drugs or alcohol were involved. A formal determination of the cause of the crash has not yet been issued. (Reuters)
David Lee Roth reuniting with Van Halen
Original Van Halen singer David Lee Roth is set to reunite with the band for a 40-date summer tour. It would be Roth’s first trek with the band in more than 20 years. Roth left the band in 1985 — he claimed he quit, Eddie Van Halen claimed he was fired — and replaced by Sammy Hagar. Hagar has also had personal issues with Eddie Van Halen over the years. The entire bunch may meet in March when the band is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Billboard)
SVU stars ink huge deals
Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni have signed huge deals that will keep them for two more seasons of NBC’s Law & Order: SVU. If estimates of $330,000 per episode, per actor, are true, the deal would make Hargitay the highest-paid actress on television, surpassing Kyra Sedgwick, star of The Closer, and put Meloni nearer to top-paid male TV star Charlie Sheen of Two and a Half Men. Hargitay and Meloni both received Emmy nods last year for their SVU roles, and Hargitay took home Best Actress. (Hollywood Reporter)
Eddie Murphy in talks for new comedy
The actor is in talks to star in NowhereLand, a Paramount comedy written by Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson. The studio slated shooting for this summer and wants to choose a director in the next two weeks. Murphy will play a successful financial executive who sees his career spiral after he loses his confidence. He then finds answers to his problems in an imaginary world created by his daughter. (Variety)
Derek Luke joins cast on Redford movie
Luke will star alongside Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Michael Pena, and Robert Redford in Lions for Lambs, the Redford-directed movie for United Artists. Luke will play a soldier who finds himself cutoff from his platoon in Afghanistan. Luke’s big break came when he was cast in the lead of Antwone Fisher. (Variety)
Dakota Fanning lashes out at fervent Hounddog critics
The 12-year-old star of the controversial film, which has ruffled feathers at Sundance because of a rape scene involving the young actress, has publicly stated that people went too far when they criticized her parents for allowing her to shoot the film. Fanning went on to say that she would tell her friends to see the movie, with their parents’ approval, because it addresses serious issues facing young people today. (Hollywood Reporter)
Daughtry knocks Dreamgirls soundtrack out of top spot
Chris Daughtry’s self-titled album edged Dreamgirls for No. 1 by just 134 records sales, the smallest margin separating the top two spots in SoundScan’s 16-year history. Both albums were listed at 65,000 sales, and although Daughtry is the fastest-selling rock debut in SoundScan history, it also has the dubious distinction of being the lowest-selling album to hold the top spot by a single artist. Two weeks ago, Dreamgirls became the lowest selling No. 1 for any album. If sales from the Dreamgirls double-disc deluxe edition were combined with the single-disc sales, the combined sales would have made the soundtrack No. 1 for a fourth consecutive week. (Variety)
Fox subpoenas YouTube over 24, Simpsons vids
20th Century Fox served YouTube with a subpoena demanding it dislocse the identity of a user posting entire episodes of 24 and The Simpsons on the site. The 24 postings made news when they appeared on YouTube before their Jan. 14 premiere on Fox. No word yet on whether YouTube has complied. (Hollywood Reporter)
McG helming new NBC pilot
Charlie’s Angels director Joseph ”McG” McGinty Nichol will direct and executive produce Chuck, a new NBC pilot from Josh Schwartz, the creator of The O.C. The show is being described as a comedy-drama about spies and twenty-somethings. (Hollywood Reporter)
IN THE GOSSIPS
Page Six: Anne Heche has left husband Coley Lafoon for her Men in Trees costar James Tuppe .
Liz Smith: It’s Meryl Streep, not Nicole Kidman, who will star alongside Tom Cruise in Robert Redford’s Lions for Lambs.
Cindy Adams: Irish actors Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan are shooting a Western.
Rush & Molloy: Five weeks after HarperCollins fired her, Judith Regan still hasn’t gotten her personal effects back from the publisher, which is sorting through everything.