Sheen and Richards expecting second child
Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards are expecting their second child, due in June, The Associated Press reports. The couple's first daughter, Sam Sheen, was born in March of this year. "They are incredibly thrilled and I couldn't think of a better Christmas present for the both of them and for little Sam," Richards' agent, Chuck James, told People magazine. The announcement comes on the heels of Sheen's Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a TV musical or comedy for his hit CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, which also stars Jon Cryer. Richards, 33, and Sheen, 39, met while shooting the film Good Advice in 2000 and began dating after the sultry actress appeared on guest spots on Sheen's former TV series, Spin City. They were married in June 2002. Sheen, the third son of actor Martin Sheen, also has a 20-year-old daughter, Cassandra, from his first marriage.
Producer sues DiCaprio and Maguire
Producer-director John Schindler is suing Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, alleging the two A-list actors blocked distribution of a 1995 indie film they starred in. According to the AP, Schindler claims the stars warned potential distributors DiCaprio wouldn't work with them on other projects if they released Don's Plum, a low-budget, black-and-white film about a group of friends hanging out at a diner. In 1999, the two stars settled a $10 million lawsuit with another Don's Plum producer, David Stuntman, who accused them of using DiCaprio's superstar status to prevent the film's release. The actors have said they made the film as a "favor to a friend" under the agreement that it would never be promoted as a feature-length movie.
Children visit Jackson's Neverland
Dozens of children visited Michael Jackson's Neverland Valley Ranch Friday at the invitation of the pop star, who is currently awaiting trial on child molestation charges. Reuters reports children and parents drove through the gates of Jackson's extensive property in the foothills above Santa Barbara, Calif., but it was unclear where the children had come from. A Reuters photographer said the children appeared excited and happy and that one mother said she expected to spend the day at Neverland, which has theme-park style rides, a miniature train and a small zoo. It was not known whether Jackson, 46, was at Neverland at the time. The singer is free on bail awaiting trial set for late January on a 10-count indictment of child molestation. Jackson has pleaded innocent.
DMX charged with speeding
Rapper DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was arrested last Wednesday for allegedly driving more than 100 mph on a highway in the suburbs of New York City, a week after he pleaded guilty to driving through an airport parking gate while on drugs, the AP reports. Because his license had been suspended after the airport incident, Simmons was arrested on charges of third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, police said, as well as with speeding and driving an unregistered vehicle. Simmons also was fined and ordered to forfeit his sport utility vehicle, the AP reports.
Oscar contenders chosen for visual effects race
The Academy Award's shortlist for the best in visual effects in 2004 has Martin Scorsese's reality-based The Aviator up against six fantasy-related films, including Spider-Man 2, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Day After Tomorrow, I, Robot and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Reuters reports. The three finalists will be picked Jan. 25, when the 77th Annual Academy Award nominations will be announced.
Miramax gears up with Oscar slate
Even though rumors are swirling they may be leaving their partnership with Disney, Miramax's Harvey and Bob Weinstein are mounting their strongest slate of Oscar contenders in years, with heavy hitters such as The Aviator and Finding Neverland. The co-chief executives of Miramax have been locked in contentious talks with corporate parent Walt Disney Co over a renewal of their employment contract which ends next September. Bob Weinstein told Reuters whatever the outcome, he and his brother plan to continue to work together, and said he expected the issue to be solved amicably and quickly. "If things don't work out and we don't stay (at Disney), whatever we do, we will do it together and also create a company" to produce movies, Weinstein said.
Top Story: Teri Hatcher Splits From Hubby
Actress Teri Hatcher has filed for divorce from her husband of nearly nine years, actor Jon Tenney, Reuters reports. According to court papers, Hatcher, 38, cited irreconcilable differences for ending her marriage to Tenney, 41. The couple has agreed to share custody of their 5-year-old daughter, who will live with Hatcher. The actress is best known for her role as Lois Lane in the ABC series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, which ran from 1993 to 1997. Tenney's screen credits include You Can Count On Me, Fools Rush In, Beverly Hills Cop III and the short-lived CBS cop series Brooklyn South.
Aguilera Fit for Versace
Raunchy pop singer Christina Aguilera is set to become the new face of Italian label Versace. Donatella Versace told Reuters her new outfits were inspired by Aguilera's singing and dancing. (The Italian designer said exactly the same of Britney Spears, who was guest of honor at the spring/summer collection show) "I watch the videos of Christina and I always die," Versace said. Not only has Aguilera moved into Spears' front-row seat at Versace, she will also be co-headlining a summer concert tour, Justified and Stripped, with Spears' ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake.
Cher Victim of Wig Larceny
Cher's production company has reported that a wig valued at $8-10,000 was stolen from the singer's collection of faux tresses during a Feb. 25 concert stop in Richmond, Virginia. Cher took off the wig, described as a braided half-black and half-teal number, after singing "All Or Nothing" and put it in a room where her other wigs were stored, police spokeswoman Christie Collins told Reuters. Larry W. Wilson Jr., general manager of the Richmond Coliseum, said, "We're still not 100 percent sure the wig was stolen out of our facility."
Son of "The Pianist" Releases Father's Songs
Andrzej Szpilman, whose father Wladyslaw Szpilman is the focus of Roman Polanski's Oscar-nominated film The Pianist, has spearheaded an album of his father's love songs, pop classics in Poland from the 1940s and 1950s, titled Wendy Lands Sings the Music of the Pianist--Wladyslaw Szpilman, Reuters reports. Famous in prewar Poland for his film scores and popular songs, Wladyslaw Szpilman performed Polish radio's last live music broadcast on Sept. 23, 1939, as German shells knocked out the station's power. When Radio Warsaw resumed broadcasting in 1945, it picked up exactly where it left off--with Szpilman playing the same Chopin nocturne he performed in 1939. He wrote his story down following the war, and it was published in 1946. The memoir was then banned by communist authorities and forgotten until it was reissued, due to his son's insistence, shortly before Wladyslaw Szpilman's death in 2000.
Role Call: Julianne Moore; Ashley Judd; Scary Movie 3; Molly Shannon
Variety reports...Double Oscar nominee Julianne Moore has signed on to star in the supernatural thriller The Forgotten for Columbia Pictures, with Return to Paradise helmer Joseph Ruben set to direct. Moore will play a grieving mother coping with the loss of her 8-year-old son when she is told by her psychiatrist that she created eight years of memories of a son she never had. Ashley Judd is negotiating to join Kevin Kline in De-Lovely, the Cole Porter biopic that Irwin Winkler is directing for United Artists. The pic will shoot in London starting May 5, giving Judd time to make the film and be back to begin rehearsals to play Maggie the Cat in a Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Old School's Jeremy Piven will join Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards in the third installment of Dimension Films' horror-spoof franchise Scary Movie 3. The studio has set an Oct. 3 release date for the film, which begins shooting this month in Canada. Saturday Night Live alum Molly Shannon has inked a deal to star in Fox's primetime comedy pilot Cracking Up. She will star as the mother of a crazy Beverly Hills family that takes in a psychology grad student.