Actress Rebecca Gayheart (Beverly Hills 90210, Scream 2, Urban Legend) was charged with misdemeanor manslaughter for striking and killing a 9 year-old pedestrian boy, Jorge Cruz in June, The Associated Press reports. Conviction of the charge could result in jail time, heavy fines and loss of license. The actress paid for the boy's medical and funeral expenses.
Steven Soderbergh, Spike Jonze, David Fincher and Alexander Payne are forming a film company that will most likely be linked to USA films, Variety reports. The venture will allow them to direct film with complete creative control, giving them the opportunity to own the titles in five to seven years. USA Films would contribute financing and marketing, as well as obtaining domestic distribution rights. Sam Mendes (American Beauty) has also been asked to join the company.
Shannen Doherty has been sentenced to five days in a work-release program as a result of her drunken driving arrest in December, The Associated Press reports. Doherty pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge of .13 blood alcohol content, and the judge gave her the minimum sentence.
The 19th century period film Gangs of New York will be pushed back for wide release until 2002, Variety reports. The Scorsese film, starring Cameron Diaz and Daniel Day-Lewis, chronicles the Irish and Italian gangs of Manhattan.
Ice-T stars in the new straight-to-video release of Sonic Impact, which is already on new-release shelves around the country, according to Variety. Its release came only 11 days after the WTC attacks and deals with similar issues of plane hijacking and crashing.
American Pie 2 film editors are chopping away at too-sexy-for-TV scenes so that the film can be sold to the highest network bidder for TV viewing, Variety reports. The film could fetch up to $22 million if the editors can maintain the humorous portions of the film without taking out too much of its content.
Court TV is planning to launch its first made-for-TV movie in winter 2002, according to Variety. The flick "Guilt by Association" deals with mandatory minimum sentencing rules and will be the first of several legal films based on actual events.
La Femme Nikita star Anne Parillaud will take the lead role in upcoming film "Scenes Intimes," directed by Catherine Breillat, Variety reports. Parillaud plays a film director whose movie contains sensuous and erotic scenes. "Scenes Intimes" will begin production in November.
Broadway general managers and producers are telling union workers that the 25% pay cuts may be lessened sooner than later. As shows continue to bring in more revenues, the execs will move to a 12.5% pay cut. (Due to the recent September 11th attacks, public turnout has negatively affected theater income.)
It looks like Julia Roberts and Benjamin Bratt are back on the wagon when it comes to relationships.
Though Roberts once declared to Oprah Winfrey that she and Bratt were "drunk with joy twenty-four hours a day," the once-happy couple has called it quits.
Publicists for both the Oscar-winning actress and her companion of 3½ years have confirmed the news and insist that, despite rumors, there was no third party involved. The two agreed to go their separate ways about a month ago.
According to a story in the New York Post on Thursday, Bratt ended the relationship with Roberts because of the budding friendship the actress was developing with Ocean's Eleven co-star George Clooney. Shooting for the film took place in Las Vegas and Atlantic City throughout the winter.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported in April that Clooney and Roberts "put on a steamy show on the dance floor" at the film's wrap party in Sin City. Clooney was seeing British model Lisa Snowdon at the time, but the two have since broken up.
However, the Daily News puts a different spin in the break-up, citing Roberts' career as the obstacle to the couple's bliss. Sources reportedly told the paper that Bratt saw Roberts' career as a conflict to his plans and that the actress was hemming and hawing about committing to marriage.
Bratt, 37, became known to TV viewers in 1995 when he joined the hit NBC series Law and Order in its sixth season, creating the role of Reyaldo 'Rey' Curtis. His film credits include Traffic and Miss Congeniality. He is currently in Montreal filming Abandon with Katie Holmes.
Roberts has a history with her co-stars that goes back to 1988, when she moved in with Liam Neeson after the two met on the set of Satisfaction. Two years later, she was briefly engaged to her Steel Magnolias co-star Dylan McDermott.
In 1991, Roberts almost made it to the altar with Flatliners co-star Kiefer Sutherland, but the nuptial plans fell through just days before the wedding. She wed singer Lyle Lovett two years later, but they divorced in 1995.
Roberts and Bratt have been together since 1997. Bratt was at the actress' side when she picked up an Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Erin Brockovich in March. It almost looked as though the "Pretty Woman" had finally met her match with Bratt. Guess not.
Roberts will star in the upcoming comedy America's Sweethearts with John Cusack and Catherine Zeta-Jones.