Celebrity news for the week of August 31, 2007
On Aug. 20, actress Laura Linney (The Nanny Diaries), 43, and boyfriend Marc Schauer announced that they plan to marry…. Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough and his girlfriend, real estate broker Leigh Boniello, both 33, will wed later this year…. Comedian Jimmy Fallon, 32, popped the question to producer Nancy Juvonen, 40, whom he met on the set of 2005’s Fever Pitch.
House costars Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer, both 28, called off their engagement on Aug. 15. Said the pair in a statement: ”We are still very close, and we look forward to continuing to work together on House.”
Nine extras on the set of Valkyrie — the Tom Cruise WWII drama currently shooting in Germany — were taken to a hospital after they fell off the back of a truck while filming a scene in Berlin on Aug. 19. Only one was admitted. Cruise, 45, was not involved.
American Idol emcee Ryan Seacrest, 32, has been tapped to host the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 16 in L.A. — a role he’ll also assume for the pregame entertainment portions of Fox’s Feb. 3 Super Bowl broadcast.
Former ICM co-president Ed Limato, 71, whose clients include Denzel Washington and Mel Gibson, joined the William Morris Agency on Aug. 16. Limato left ICM after 19 years following his demotion in July.
Foxy Brown (née Inga Marchand), 28, was arrested Aug. 14 for allegedly assaulting neighbor Arlene Raymond, 25, in Brooklyn. Police say Brown hit Raymond in the face with a BlackBerry because she complained about the rapper’s loud car stereo. Brown, who was released on $5,000 bail and is slated to appear in court on Sept. 26, could not be reached for comment…. Writer-director Fritz Jünker, 31, sued David Arquette, 35, and Arquette’s company Coquette Productions, Inc. for copyright infringement on Aug. 15 in L.A. Jünker, who seeks an unspecified amount, claims his 2002 film, The Truth About Beef Jerky, was the basis for Arquette’s 2006 horror film The Tripper. ”This is a frivolous lawsuit which has no merit,” says Arquette…. On Aug. 15, rapper-producer Dr. Dre (né Andre Young), 42, sued to prevent his former label, Death Row Records, from selling the rights to his 1992 album The Chronic in an L.A. bankruptcy court. He claims the record company forfeited its option on the best-selling album when it refused to pay him royalties. ”We intend to file a motion to dismiss,” says a lawyer for Death Row.
Emmy-winning broadcasting pioneer Chet Collier, 80, of complications from diabetes, Aug. 15, in Wellington, Fla…. Bebop trumpeter Herb Pomeroy, 77, who played backup for Frank Sinatra, of cancer, Aug. 11, in Gloucester, Mass…. TV writer Max Hodge, 91, creator of the TV version of Batman‘s Mr. Freeze character, of natural causes, Aug. 17, in Woodland Hills, Calif. — Additional reporting by Stewart Allen
Max Roach 1924-2007
One of the last remaining titans of modern jazz, drummer Max Roach died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease on Aug. 16 in Manhattan. During his six-decade career, Roach developed an inimitable percussion style, and collaborated with legends like Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis. Says Blue Note Records president Bruce Lundvall: ”He was a visionary who explored every frontier of contemporary music from free jazz to hip-hop.” — Leah Greenblatt
Time-Out of the Week
Amy Winehouse’s battle with the rumor mill got a little nastier last week when reports surfaced that she had entered rehab in England. Her rep will only say that the singer has been resting since her Aug. 8 hospitalization, but Winehouse stoked further speculation when she canceled her remaining August and September tour dates. ”Plans are being made to reschedule her U.S. tour for early 2008,” says her rep. ”Amy is working with medical professionals to address her health.” Still unclear: whether she’ll appear on Sept. 9’s MTV VMAs, where word has it she and Gnarls Barkley belter Cee-Lo were planning to sing the R&B classic ”Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” — Simon Vozick-Levinson