Michael Douglas: Optimistic about cancer treatment
Plus Anna Paquin, Paris Hilton, and more celebrities making news the week of August 27, 2010
Orlando Bloom, 33, and model Miranda Kerr, 27, will welcome their first child this winter. The couple married in July.
Tiger Woods, 34, and Elin Nordegren, 30, officially ended their five-year marriage Aug. 23 in Bay County, Fla., where both were present to finalize their divorce. In a joint statement, they said, ”While we are no longer married, we are the parents of two wonderful children and their happiness has been, and will always be, of paramount importance to both of us.”
An unidentified man was arrested on Aug. 24 after allegedly trying to break into Paris Hilton‘s home in Los Angeles. ”So Scary, just got woken up to a guy trying to break into my house holding 2 big knifes,” tweeted Hilton, 29. A rep for the LAPD confirms that police are investigating the incident…. Celebrity hairstylist Maria Gabriella Perez, 51, was arrested Aug. 18 for allegedly using credit-card information from clients like Jennifer Aniston to fraudulently charge approximately $280,000 worth of expenses in a one-year period. Perez was released the next day on $50,000 bail and is due in court Sept. 20. Her lawyer says, ”She’s innocent.”… Singer Faith Evans, 37, was arrested Aug. 21 in L.A. for an alleged DUI.
Apparel firm LA Triumph filed suit against Madonna, 52, Aug. 19 in L.A., claiming that she stole the name of her Material Girl juniors line, launched in August, from the company, which has been selling a line under the same name since 1997…. On Aug. 24 in London, pop star George Michael, 47, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and driving under the influence of drugs in connection with a July 4 car crash. A judge suspended his driver’s license for six months. Michael will return for sentencing on Sept. 14.
Following a suicide attempt on Aug. 9, American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino, 26, has fully recovered and is promoting her latest album, Back to Me. ”I knew exactly what I was doing,” she said about the attempt in a new episode of VH1’s Behind the Music. ”I just wanted out.”
After learning he did not satisfy residency requirements needed for a presidential run in Haiti, Wyclef Jean, 39, will contest the board of elections’ decision. Said Jean, ”I cannot surrender now, simply because an obstacle has been set before me.”
Jazz singer and civil rights advocate Abbey Lincoln, 80, died of unknown causes on Aug. 14 in New York City…. Five-time Emmy-award-winning CBS News correspondent Harold Dow, 62, died Aug. 21 in Ridgewood, N.J., apparently of an asthma attack…. A rep for Martin Short, 60, confirms that Short’s wife, Nancy Dolman, 58, passed away on Aug. 21 in L.A. of undisclosed causes…. George David Weiss, 89, writer of standards like ”Can’t Help Falling in Love” and ”What a Wonderful World,” died of natural causes on Aug. 23 in Oldwick, N.J. — With additional reporting by Stewart Allen
Jack Black, 41
David Fincher, 48 Aug. 28
Cameron Diaz, 38
Chris Tucker, 38
Richard Gere, 61
Salma Hayek, 44
Keanu Reeves, 46
Michael Douglas ”optimistic” about cancer treatment
It’s been a year of ups and downs for Michael Douglas. In April, his 31-year-old son, Cameron, was sentenced to five years in prison for heroin possession and conspiring to sell crystal meth. In May, he won raves for his performance in Solitary Man. In June, his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, 40, picked up a Tony award for her performance in A Little Night Music. And on Aug. 16, the 65-year-old Oscar winner — whose smooth baritone currently announces the NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams — revealed that a tumor has been discovered in his throat. Douglas, who will undergo eight weeks of chemotherapy and radiation to treat the tumor, said in a statement that he is ”very optimistic” about the outcome. Twentieth Century Fox says the actor will still be able to promote Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, which premiered at Cannes in May and is coming out on Sept. 24. Douglas’ diagnosis won’t affect any upcoming projects — he’s already wrapped Steven Soderbergh’s spy drama Haywire, which costars Ewan McGregor and Channing Tatum and is set for release next year, and he had nothing lined up before early next summer, when he plans to play Liberace in Soderbergh’s upcoming biopic. — Dave Karger
True Blood twosome tie the knot
Bill and Sookie’s relationship may be volatile on True Blood, but costars Anna Paquin, 28, and Stephen Moyer, 40, are committed for life: The duo made their offscreen relationship official on Aug. 21 in an intimate ceremony in Malibu. The couple, who began dating in July 2007 and got engaged last August, were joined by family and friends, including True Blood creator Alan Ball, costars Ryan Kwanten (Jason) and Carrie Preston (Arlene), and Elijah Wood, Paquin’s costar in the upcoming film The Romantics. — Archana Ram
This week’s Deal Report
· Chelsea Handler will host the MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 12.
· Sony Pictures has confirmed that The Tourist, an international thriller starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, will hit theaters on Dec. 10, 2010.
· A film about the founders of Google is in the works. Groundswell Productions (Milk) has acquired the rights to Ken Auletta’s book Googled: The End of the World as We Know It.
· Spencer Pratt is in talks with Vivid Entertainment to release a sex tape featuring himself and soon-to-be ex-wife Heidi Montag. ”It’s still early in negotiations, but we’re hopeful that everything can be worked out,” said Vivid founder/co-chairman Steven Hirsch.
· Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy will star in the indie romantic comedy Hysteria, about the invention of the vibrator in Victorian-era England.