Celebrity news for the week of June 8, 2007
Borat’s Sacha Baron Cohen, 35, and his fiancé, Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers), 31, will greet their first child this winter.
Gridiron Gang‘s The Rock (né Dwayne Johnson), 35, and his wife, Dany Garcia, 38, the CEO of a wealth-management firm, announced June 1 that they will divorce after 10 years of marriage…. Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm), 59, and his wife of 14 years, activist/producer Laurie David (An Inconvenient Truth), 49, have separated.
NBC’s recently hired entertainment co-chair, Ben Silverman, 36, has promoted Katherine Pope, 34 — who helped develop Heroes — to president of NBC Universal Television Studio. Pope replaces Angela Bromstad, 45, who’s expected to become head of NBC U’s London unit…. Following the departure of exec Chris Albrecht after his May 6 domestic-assault arrest, HBO has named COO Bill Nelson as its new chairman and CEO.
On May 31, book publishers Simon & Schuster and former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson, 44, sued the CIA. They claim the government is trying to block the use of pertinent information in her memoir, Fair Game, which is due in October…. Hugh Grant, 46, will not be charged with assault for the April 24 incident in London in which he threw a container of beans at a photographer. ”The minimal nature of the alleged assault and the lack of premeditation” were key to the decision, says a police rep…. Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds), 37, was arrested on suspicion of DUI June 1 in L.A. The actor, who was stopped for speeding, is expected to appear in court June 26. Moore’s rep could not be reached for comment…. In an appeal spearheaded by Fox Television, a federal appeals court ruled against the FCC on June 4, stating that stations and networks cannot be fined for accidental use of obscene language. The panel, which noted that even President Bush has been heard using expletives on television, called the FCC’s crackdown ”arbitrary and capricious.” Said the FCC in a statement: ”If we can’t restrict the use of [expletives]…Hollywood will be able to say anything they want, whenever they want.” At press time, the FCC had yet to decide whether or not they will appeal.
Stephen Baldwin, 41, broke a shoulder and rib May 31 in Stephenville, Tex. The actor was thrown from a bull while taping the August CMT series Ty Murray’s Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge. He was released from a hospital later that day.
Author Mark Harris (Bang the Drum Slowly), 84, of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, May 30, in Santa Barbara. Says actor Michael Moriarty, who starred in Drum‘s 1973 film adaptation: ”He was an extraordinary American, [and] he was profoundly humble.”… Tony Thompson, 31, member of ’90s R&B group Hi-Five, of undetermined causes, June 1, in Waco, Tex…. Actor Harry Frazier (The Elf Who Saved Christmas), 77, of diabetes, May 26, in Woodland Hills, Calif. — Additional reporting by Beth Johnson and Karen Leigh
Locked Up: Paris Hilton Goes to Jail
Shortly after appearing at the MTV Movie Awards, Paris Hilton, 26, traded in her high-end labels for orange inmate garb and checked herself into an L.A. county jail on June 3. The hotel heiress will serve at least 23 days for violating probation after a 2006 drunk-driving charge. Said Hilton in a statement, ”I need to take responsibility for my actions.” Well, there’s a first time for everything. — Lindsay Soll
By George, He’s Back!
The Grey’s Anatomy finale may have left fans with lots of questions, but now at least George O’Malley champions can breathe easy: T.R. Knight is expected to return to the ABC series, silencing rumors that he wouldn’t come back for season 3. According to an insider close to the negotiations, Knight has agreed to a new contract that would boost his salary to roughly $125,000 per episode with a small piece of the show’s profits (pay hikes were also granted to most of his costars). At press time, there was no word on the fate of Isaiah Washington, whose character presumably fled in the finale. ”A cliff-hanger is meant to keep the audience in anticipation,” demurred an ABC Television Studio spokeswoman.