Monitor: July 18, 2014
Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson get married, ''Opie & Anthony'' cohost Anthony Cumia gets fired, and more
Jessica Simpson, 34, married former NFL player Eric Johnson, 34, at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara on July 5.
Midnight Rider director Randall Miller, his wife, producer Jody Savin, and exec producer Jay Sedrish were charged on July 3 with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass in a Georgia county court after the on-set death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones in a February train accident. The production, a biopic about rocker Gregg Allman, is in limbo.
Longtime Opie & Anthony cohost Anthony Cumia, 53, has been fired from SiriusXM following racist comments he made on Twitter on July 2.
Star Wars Update
The production of Star Wars: Episode VII will take a two-week hiatus in August to allow Harrison Ford, 71, to recover from the broken leg he suffered on set in June. The film is still slated for a Dec. 18, 2015, release.
Five-time Oscar nominee Paul Mazursky, who directed 1969’s Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and 1978’s An Unmarried Woman, died in L.A. on June 30 of pulmonary cardiac arrest. He was 84…. Grammy-winning New Age flutist and saxophonist Paul Horn, 84, died on June 29 at his home in Vancouver…. Lauded children’s-book author Walter Dean Myers — whose works, including Monster and Fallen Angels, often focused on the lives of young African-Americans — died on July 1 in NYC following a brief illness. He was 76…. McHale’s Navy star Bob Hastings died at the age of 89 at his home in Burbank on June 30 after a battle with prostate cancer…. World War II hero and American Olympian Louis Zamperini — the inspiration for the upcoming movie Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie — died of pneumonia in L.A. on July 2. He was 97.