Celebrity news for the week of December 7, 2007
Superman Returns star Brandon Routh, 28, wed actress Courtney Ford, 29, on Nov. 24 in Santa Barbara…. Actress Jaime King (Sin City), 28, tied the knot with Kyle Newman, 31, on Nov. 23 in L.A. The couple met on the set of their upcoming movie, Fanboys, which Newman directed.
Hanson drummer Zac Hanson, 22, and wife Kate, 23, are having their first child in May.
After making hits with Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado, music producer Timbaland (né Timothy Mosley), 35, has collaborated with his fiancée and publicist, Monique Idlett, to produce a baby girl on Nov. 16 in Miami. The couple plan to wed next year…. There’s a new kid on the block for Dancing With the Stars season 1 contestant Joey McIntyre, 34, and wife Barrett: Son Griffin was born Nov. 20 in L.A…. Singer Usher, 29, and wife Tameka Foster, 36, said ”Yeah!” to a boy on Nov. 26 in Atlanta.
Juno, a sweetly subversive teen comedy, The Savages, a tragicomic tale of two siblings caring for their dying dad, and Todd Haynes’ Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There topped the list of nominees for the 2008 Spirit Awards, which honor independent filmmaking. Individual acting nods went to Angelina Jolie (A Mighty Heart), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Savages), and Cate Blanchett (I’m Not There), among others. The trophies will be presented Feb. 23 — one day before the Academy Awards — and televised on IFC.
On Nov. 26, two stuntmen suffered accidental burns while shooting a scene for the 2008 Adam Sandler comedy You Don’t Mess With the Zohan on the Universal Studios backlot. They were treated at a Sherman Oaks, Calif., hospital and are in stable condition.
Linda Marie Bollea, 48, filed for divorce from former pro wrestler/Hogan Knows Best star Hulk Hogan (né Terry Gene Bollea), 54, on Nov. 20 in Clearwater, Fla. The couple have been married for 24 years.
On Dec. 11, Emeril Lagasse, 48, will tape the final episode of Emeril Live, ending the show’s 10-year run on the Food Network. The Cajun chef will continue to host The Essence of Emeril for the channel…. Citing ”intense emotional strain,” singer Amy Winehouse, 24, has halted her European tour and canceled all appearances for the rest of the year. In the past few weeks alone, she’s been slammed by critics and arrested on marijuana charges — and she saw her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, 25, go to jail for alleged witness tampering. ”I’m so sorry but I don’t want to do the shows half-heartedly,” Winehouse wrote on her website. Her reps could not be reached for further comment.
A vacant house owned by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea (né Michael Balzary), 45, was one of 53 homes destroyed last week by wildfires in Malibu, Calif. The musician had put the property on the market before the blaze.
Bachelor season 6 winner Mary Delgado, 40, was arrested on Nov. 21 in Tampa for allegedly assaulting fiancé Byron Velvick (a.k.a. the Bachelor), 43. Delgado could not be reached for comment…. On Nov. 23 in Honolulu, Lost actor Daniel Dae Kim, 39, pleaded not guilty to a DUI charge stemming from his Oct. 25 arrest. He’ll return to court on Feb. 15…. A former New York City DEA agent accused Universal Studios of defamation in connection with the film American Gangster. In a letter to the company dated Nov. 23, Gregory Korniloff demands that Universal retract and correct the film’s claim that the collaboration between ’70s drug kingpin Frank Lucas (played in Gangster by Denzel Washington) and New Jersey detective Richie Roberts (played by Russell Crowe) ”led to the convictions of three-quarters of New York City’s Drug Enforcement Agency.”… Kanye West, 30, and daredevil Robert Craig ”Evel” Knievel, 69, agreed to settle a 2006 lawsuit. Knievel had accused West of copyright infringement; he claimed the rapper’s 2005 ”Touch the Sky” video was filled with Knievel-esque stunts.
Emmy-winning TV writer Mel Tolkin (Your Show of Shows), 94, of natural causes, Nov. 26, in L.A. — Additional reporting by Stewart Allen
LEGACY: Casey Calvert (1981-2007)
On Nov. 24, while his band’s bus was parked outside a Washington, D.C., club, Hawthorne Heights guitarist Calvert passed away in his sleep. (The cause of death is unknown.) Heights had just hit the road to support their 2006 hit If Only You Were Lonely. Fall Out Boy’s Joe Trohman, who toured with Calvert, recalled his ”great attitude…. I never saw him without a smile.” — Shirley Halperin
LEGACY: Kevin DuBrow (1955-2007)
With his leather lungs, spandex pants, and curly mop, Quiet Riot frontman DuBrow helped launch the great hair-metal trend of the ’80s. DuBrow, who was found dead of undetermined causes at his Las Vegas home on Nov. 25, sang on such hits as ”Cum On Feel the Noize” — an anthem that made QR’s 1983 release Metal Health the first modern metal album to top Billboard‘s chart. ”They carried the banner for rock & roll when no one else was doing it,” says Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider. ”They started the whole thing.” — Gary Susman