Stephen J. Cannell (1941-2010)
Plus Greg Giraldo, Heidi Montag, and more celebrities making news the week of October 8, 2010
Former Dawson’s Creek star James Van Der Beek, 33, and his wife, Kimberly, welcomed their first child, daughter Olivia, on Sept. 25. The couple married in Israel this summer….Caprica‘s Esai Morales, 47, and girlfriend Elvimar Silva greeted their first child, daughter Mariana Oliveira Morales, on Sept. 24 in Los Angeles.
Boxer and Dancing With the Stars alum Laila Ali, 32 — the daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali — is expecting her second child with husband Curtis Conway, 39. The baby, due in April, will join big brother Curtis Jr., 2.
Knocked Up and Superbad star Seth Rogen, 28, is reportedly engaged to girlfriend Lauren Miller, 28….Daily Show correspondent John Oliver, 33, and his girlfriend of two years, Kate Norley, revealed their engagement Oct. 2.
Raising Sextuplets star Jenny Masche, 35, filed for separation from her husband and costar, Bryan Masche, 32, on Sept. 17. Earlier this month, Bryan was charged with threatening domestic violence, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct following a heated family argument in Arizona. (He has entered a not guilty plea.) The WE reality stars have been married for seven years and welcomed their six kids in 2007.
Sorry, folks: Speidi lives. Coming off a recent vacation in Costa Rica, Heidi Montag, 24, and husband Spencer Pratt, 27, have apparently decided to give their marriage another shot. (Montag filed for divorce in July.) ”We are back together trying to make things work,” the former Hills stars said in a statement Sept. 30. ”We do love each other.”
R&B singer and former Dancing With the Stars contestant Mario, 24, was arrested Oct. 1 and charged with second-degree assault for allegedly shoving his mother during an altercation inside the Baltimore apartment they share. Mario (full name Mario Barrett) was later released on a $50,000 bond.
Die Hard director John McTierman, 59, was sentenced Oct. 4 to 12 months in prison for his role in a wiretapping scandal. He pleaded guilty in July to giving false statements to investigators about his involvement with Anthony Pellicano, the now-infamous Hollywood private investigator currently serving 15 years for racketeering, conspiracy, and wiretapping. McTiernan, who was released on bond pending an appeal, was also slapped with a $100,000 fine.
Britney Spears, 28, is being sued by a former nanny who says the pop star never paid her. In papers filed Oct. 1 in Los Angeles, Ferial Zaltash claims she worked for Spears as an assistant and nanny for one month in 2007. She’s seeking $35,202 in back pay, plus $19,940 in overtime and penalties. — With additional reporting by Stewart Allen
Stephen J. Cannell (1941-2010)
Over the course of his 40-year career, Stephen J. Cannell — who died Sept. 30 in Pasadena after a struggle with melanoma — produced more than 40 TV series, including The Rockford Files, The A-Team, The Greatest American Hero, 21 Jump Street, Wiseguy, and The Commish. But we remember the 69-year-old as he would want to be remembered: as a writer. (The vanity credit that concluded many of his shows became iconic: Cannell triumphantly ripping a page out of his IBM Selectric typewriter.) ”He understood exactly how to entertain an audience,” says Lost exec producer Carlton Cuse, a longtime fan. ”I learned a tremendous amount about how to make TV [just] by watching Stephen Cannell’s shows.” — Jeff Jensen
Greg Giraldo (1965-2010)
To some, he was the guy who cooked up searing insults on Comedy Central roasts. To others, he was one of the smartest comedians around. However you knew him, the news was tragic: Greg Giraldo, 44, died Sept. 29 in New Brunswick, N.J., after reportedly suffering a prescription-drug overdose. While Giraldo had struggled with substance abuse, those who knew him were shocked. ”It seemed like he had turned the corner and was in a much better space,” says The Marriage Ref‘s Tom Papa, a close friend. The Queens-raised Harvard Law grad, who earned a rep as an intelligent yet accessible comedian, starred on the semiautobiographical 1996 ABC sitcom Common Law and later appeared regularly on The Late Show With David Letterman and Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn; he was also a judge on Last Comic Standing. ”He was talking about things that a physicist and a pipe fitter would both laugh at,” says another comedian pal, Jim Gaffigan. ”There was a true populism to him.” Adds Papa, ”I always thought he was going to be one of the [great] ones for our generation.” — Dan Snierson