Actor Martin Sheen pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal
trespassing charge for demonstrating at Vandenberg Air Force Base in October
against a space-based missile shield proposal.
Sheen, who entered his plea to the misdemeanor charge before U.S. District
Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Johnson, was sentenced to three years probation and
Under the terms of his probation, Sheen is banned from Vandenberg unless he
receives permission from officials there, said Thom Mrozek of the U.S.
The actor said he entered the plea because he does not want to jeopardize
his role as President Jeb Bartlet on NBC's The West Wing.'
"I have a prior engagement with The West Wing, another year on my
contract, and I can't risk losing (the case) and going to prison for six
months,'' he said outside court.
"Morally, I'm bound to fulfill my contract. That was the whole
motivation'' for pleading guilty, he said.
The actor said his federal court experience has left him "conquered, but
unafraid,'' and he will continue to oppose "Star Wars'' initiatives.
Earlier today, Sheen and some of the two dozen activists charged in the
Vandenberg protest demonstrated outside the Roybal Federal Building.
Most of the other activists later pleaded innocent to the trespass charge.
They face trial Dec. 6, Mrozek said.
Carrying hand-lettered signs that said "No Star Wars,'' "No National
Missile Defense'' and "Keep Space for Peace,'' they gathered on a street
corner to speak to reporters.
"I can't think of a worse thing to inflict on the universe than nuclear
weapons in outer space, and all of them pointed to the Earth,'' said Sheen,
who has demonstrated against nuclear power and other causes for decades.
Sheen and the others were arrested Oct. 7 at Vandenberg on suspicion of
trespassing on a federal military reservation. They were cited and released.
Bill Simpich was among the demonstrators.
"The whole thing was a travesty and driven by their fear of the American
people finding out about the dangers of the 'Star Wars' program'' proposed
years ago during the Reagan administration.
The program, which would be based primarily in Southern California, is
opposed by many European nations and Russia.
"When we went to Vandenberg, it was still under the Clinton
administration,'' said a woman who identified herself to Channel 4 as Star
Hawk. "It was a bad idea under Clinton, and it's a worse idea under Bush.''
Looks like life may be imitating art for the star of The Wedding Planner.
The New York Post and Britain's The Sun reported on Sunday that actress-singer Jennifer Lopez's may be engaged to her dancer boyfriend, Cris Judd.
But it gets better. Lopez is also rumored to be three months pregnant with Judd's baby, according to several sources. Reports have done everything from describing the proposal to detailing the ring, but no one, and we mean no one, has confirmed these rumors with Lopez's "people."
But Lopez's publicist, Alan Nierob, told us today that he could not comment on the star's private life. However, he could confirm that Lopez was not filming "any sequel to Anaconda." (Some reports had said she dropped out of an Anaconda 2 project because of the pregnancy).
"She has nothing to do with it at all," Nierob said. He did confirm that Lopez is currently filming Columbia Pictures' Enough, directed by Michael Apted, and said that she has several other projects coming up.
This isn't the first time J.Lo pregnancy/marriage rumors have swirled. In January, an E! Online user asked columnist Ted Casablanca about a possible Lopez/Combs wedding, and mentioned the pregnancy possibility as well.
Obviously, that didn't happen.
Puffy wraps up a supermodel
If you're feeling bad for Puffy, don't.
The music-mogul rapper has reportedly been dating supermodel Naomi Campbell. The pair met at the Cannes Film Festival, and Campbell recently visited Combs in New York.
The New York Post has spied the cozy couple in many Manhattan night spots, but at the first sign of a photographer, they apparently immediately separated. While both deny any romance, they admit to a friendship and appear to be very friendly.
Combs has made headlines with his recent trial for gun possession, a name change from "Puff Daddy" to "P. Diddy" and finally back to Sean Combs. An ex, Kim Porter, is suing for child support. Campbell has dated a variety of European playboys, but has spent most of the past month with Combs.
Heather and Heath split up--oh yeah, and Tara and Carson are, too
Their names may make them seem like a match made in Heaven, but May to September lovebirds Heath Ledger and Heather Graham have called it quits.
The Washington Post reported today that Graham's publicist confirmed last week's big rumor about the split up between the knight and his fair go-go dancing gal.
Oh yeah, if anyone cares, Tara Reid and Carson Daly have done the splitsville thing, too. At least, their once-impending nuptials have been, well, postponed.
Hollywood.com Staffer Leigh Johnson contributed to this story.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had a few surprises up its sleeve tonight, though for the most part experts predicted the winners accurately.
Gladiator, which many thought was a shoe-in for Best Picture, was. In a more surprising addition, the film's star, Russell Crowe, beat out Golden Globe winner Tom Hanks for the Best Actor award. Gladiator's chief rival for Best Picture, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, had to be content with the prize for Best Foreign Language Film as well as several technical awards.
Steven Soderbergh seemed surprised to find himself the proud owner of a new gold statue when he was awarded the Best Director Oscar for Traffic, one of two movies for which he was nominated. A win for Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich, the other Soderbergh directing venture, was no surprise in the Best Actress category.
In one of the evening's biggest shockers, Marcia Gay Harden walked away with the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Pollock, upsetting pundit predictions that newcomer Kate Hudson would take home the statuette. Holding back tears, Harden thanked her co-workers and her family for their support throughout her career.
As expected, Benicio Del Toro took home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Traffic. The actor thanked the members of the Academy, and dedicated his Oscar to the people of Nogales, AZ and Nogales, Mexico, two of the cities where the film Traffic was filmed.
Screenplay awards fell out much as anticipated, with Traffic's Stephen Gaghan winning for Best Adapted Screenplay and Cameron Crowe taking home the award for Best Original Screenplay for Almost Famous.
The Oscar for Best Achievement for Costume Design went to Janty Yates for Gladiator, and Goldie Hawn presented the award for the Best Score to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon composer Tan Dun. Crouching Tiger's Peter Pau also won for Best Cinematography. The first Oscar awarded this evening, Best Achievement for Art Direction, went to Tim Yip for his work on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. "I am really nervous...this is the first time I win an Oscar," Yip said.
Bob Dylan appeared live from Australia, and later accepted the award for Best Song from there as well. His tune "Things Have Changed" is from Wonder Boys.
Several technical awards went out early in the evening; Jon Johnson won for Sound Editing for U-571, and Best Achievement in Visual Effects went to Gladiator. Nominee Kate Hudson presented the award in the Best Makeup category to Rick Baker, a six-time Oscar winner, and Gail Ryan for Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Bob Beemer, Ken Weston and Scott Milan picked up the statue for Best Sound for Gladiator, and that film's John Nelson, Neil Corbould, Tim Burke and Rob Harvey won for Best Visual Effects. Stephen Mirrione won the Oscar for Best Editing for Traffic.
The Short Subject Documentary award went to Tracy Seretean for Big Mama, and the Documentary Feature award went to Mark Jonathan Harris and Deborah Oppenheimer for Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kinder Transport.
When Quiero Ser" (I Want To Be ...) won the award for Best Short Live Action Film, director Florian Gallenberger greeted his native Mexico and thanked his film school for making his dreams come true.
The Best Animated Short Film nominee category followed with Michael Dudok de Wit's Father and Daughter taking the prize.
The Academy honored director Jack Cardiff with an honorary Academy Award tonight. "For those of us who are 70 years or younger were born, Jack Cardiff was shooting film...and he's still shooting," Dustin Hoffman said. As he accepted his award, Cardiff hugged his statue and said, "This has to be a dream."
Ernest Lehman, screenwriter for such amazing movies as The Sound of Music and Hello, Dolly, was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, as was Gladiator producer Dino De Laurentiis.
In other news, Bob Raime, President of the Academy for five and a half years, told viewers and attendees that he was resigning from office.