Celebrity news for the week of May 11, 2007
Evanescence singer Amy Lee, 25, wed therapist Josh Hartzler on May 6 in Little Rock, Ark.
Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos), 35, and her boyfriend, country musician Shooter Jennings, 28, are expecting their first child.
On May 11, singer Sheryl Crow, 45, announced that she has adopted a 2-week-old American boy, Wyatt Steven…. Jaime Pressly (My Name Is Earl), 29, and her DJ fiancé, Eric Cubiche, 32, welcomed their first kid, son Dezi James, on May 11.
XM satellite radio announced May 15 that it’s suspending Gregg ”Opie” Hughes and Anthony Cumia, hosts of The Opie & Anthony Show, for 30 days. This move comes a week after the duo aired graphic sexual remarks about Condoleezza Rice and Laura Bush. Hughes and Cumia did not return calls for comment.
Photographer Giovanni Arnold, 22, sued Lindsay Lohan, 20, for an undisclosed sum on May 10 in NYC. He claims that in March he was struck by a car she was driving. No court date has been set…. On May 15, an L.A. jury awarded Crusader Entertainment $5 million in its suit against author Clive Cussler, 76. In 2004, the production company sued Cussler — who penned the novel on which the 2005 movie Sahara was based — claiming he inflated the number of books he’d sold. Meanwhile, the jury also found that Crusader could potentially owe Cussler $8.5 million for book rights. That decision is still pending…. Sylvester Stallone, 60, pleaded guilty on May 14 to bringing 48 vials of restricted muscle-building hormones into Australia during a February visit. ”I was simply ignorant of official rules,” Stallone has said in a statement. He is expected to be sentenced on May 21…. Radio deejay Sandy Domingo (neé Yuleika De Castro) filed a misdemeanor battery complaint against 30 Rock‘s Tracy Morgan, 38, on May 11. Domingo claims the actor, who smelled of alcohol, touched her shoulders and arms and kissed her head following an appearance at the Miramar, Fla., station where she works. (Morgan, on probation for a 2005 DUI, is scheduled to be fitted with an alcohol-detecting ankle bracelet on May 25.) His lawyer did not return calls for comment.
Former televangelist Jerry Falwell, 73, who famously battled Hustler founder Larry Flynt in the ’80s, of apparent heart failure, May 15, in Lynchburg, Va…. Character actor Nicholas Worth (Swamp Thing), 69, reportedly of heart failure, May 7, in Van Nuys, Calif…. Screenwriter Bernard Gordon (Battle of the Bulge), 88, blacklisted in Hollywood during the McCarthy era, of bone cancer, May 11, in L.A…. Jimmy Hall, 41, a shark expert who’s appeared on the Today show, after a parachute accident, May 9, in Baffin Island, Canada. — Additonal reporting by Stewart Allen
Tony Award Nominations
Spring Awakening, a rock musical about teenage sexuality, nabbed a leading 11 Tony nominations on May 15, while Grey Gardens and Tom Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia earned 10 nods apiece. ” [Gardens] has been an unbelievable labor of love,” says nominee Christine Ebersole. ”To have your hard work be acknowledged is so thrilling.” The 61st Annual Tony Awards will be broadcast June 10 on CBS. — Lindsay Soll
No Butts About It
Rated R for violence, nudity, and…puffing? On May 10, the Motion Picture Association of America announced that lighting up on screen (like Scarlett Johansson in The Black Dahlia) will now play a major role in a film’s rating. (Before, the MPAA only considered underage smoking when setting ratings.) Movies will be docked for ”glamorized” or ”pervasive” smoking, though historical context will be taken into account. (This likely won’t appease antismoking groups, who want an automatic R rating for onscreen puffing.) MPAA spokesman Seth Oster says the new rules are designed simply to ”increase the amount of information parents have.” — Karen Leigh