Celebrity news for the week of December 21, 2007
Happy Days are here for Scott Baio: The Scott Baio Is 45…and Single star, who’s actually 46, said ”I do” to Renée Sloan, 34, on Dec. 8 in L.A…. Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough, 34, wed Leigh Boniello, 33, on Dec. 8 in Orlando.
Alex Trebek, 67, suffered a minor heart attack on Dec. 10. The Jeopardy! host is expected to return to work as scheduled in January…. Rapper Bow Wow (né Shad Moss), 20, was hospitalized for exhaustion and an infection of the appendix after a Dec. 6 show in Cincinnati. He was released on Dec. 8.
On Dec. 10 in L.A., the Television Critics Association called off its annual January press tour, where programmers, including the five broadcast networks, present their lineups to journalists. The move comes as negotiations between studios and the Writers Guild have stalled. In a letter to its members, TCA president Dave Walker said that networks — citing budget cutbacks and talent unavailability — had not committed to the event. In fact, NBC had pulled out in November.
On Dec. 8, police discovered a break-in at the L.A. home of Charlize Theron (In the Valley of Elah), 32. The actress was out of town.
On Dec. 5, Kiefer Sutherland, 40, reported to an L.A. county jail, where he’ll serve 48 days for a DUI conviction, his second in three years. Once released, the 24 star must attend an 18-month alcohol-education class, followed by a five-year probationary period…. Ray Liotta (GoodFellas), 53, pleaded no contest to reckless driving on Dec. 6 in L.A. Liotta says he was suffering from a prescription-drug interaction when he hit two unoccupied parked cars in February. He received three years’ probation and 12 hours of alcohol education…. On Dec. 7 in L.A., Vivica A. Fox (Curb Your Enthusiasm), 43, pleaded no contest to DUI for a March arrest. She took a deal that includes alcohol education and three years of probation…. An L.A. judge issued an arrest warrant for Daniel Baldwin, 47, on Dec. 7. The actor, picked up in 2006 on cocaine charges, was to appear in court to discuss his drug rehabilitation. His lawyer blamed the incident on ”miscommunication.”… On Dec. 7 in L.A., Pierce Brosnan, 54, was sued for unspecified damages by a photographer who claims he was assaulted by the ex-Bond on Oct. 26 in Malibu, Calif. (No criminal charges were filed against Brosnan.) His reps did not return calls for comment.
CBS exec Roger King, 63, who took The Oprah Winfrey Show national with his TV syndicate King World, of a stroke, Dec. 8, in Boca Raton, Fla…. Actor Joe Brooks (F Troop), 83, of natural causes, Dec. 5, in Woodland Hills, Calif. — Additional reporting by Stewart Allen
Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007)
The avant-garde composer and electronic-music pioneer died on Dec. 5 in Kürten, Germany. Among those influenced by his droning synthesizers and random sounds: Miles Davis, Sonic Youth, Björk, and even the Beatles, who featured his image on the cover of 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. — Simon Vozick-Levinson