Character actor of the 1940s, 50s and 60s. O'Donnell began as a radio announcer working in Boston and New York before moving to LA where he signed a contract with Republic Studios. There he appeared i...
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Executors for Philip Seymour Hoffman's estate have been slapped with a $87,000 (GBP54,375) lawsuit for flood damage. Gene Hoffnagel and Anna Erdelyi claim water leaked from the Capote star's kitchen downstairs to their New York condominium and caused extensive damage to their walls and floors.
Their attorney Mark Seitelman says, "They came home from vacation and found the floor was squishy under their feet. "The water went straight down. It wasn't gushing - just a steady leak and it did a lot of structural damage." The couple's insurance agents covered the cost of replacing their items, but would not pay for the repairs that were needed, according to the New York Daily News.
Hoffnagel and Erdelyi claim the late actor assured them his insurance would cover the rest of the damage, which totals $87,329.60 (GB54,581). The couple is now seeking the money from Hoffman's executor and mother of his three children, Marianne O'Donnell.
Hoffman died in February (14) of a drug overdose.
Shooting on the romantic adventure film Beyond Borders starring Angelina Jolie will begin Thursday in northern Thailand. Co-producer Lloyd Phillips told The Associated Press on Wednesday that main filming on the movie will wrap up following about five weeks of shooting in the country. The Thai locations will stand in for Cambodia in the 1980s during the devastating rule of the Khmer Rouge. In the film, Jolie plays a married American socialite in London who falls in love with an idealistic doctor played by Clive Owen. Filming began in December, with previous shooting done in Namibia, standing in for Ethiopia, and Montreal, standing in for London and Chechnya. Beyond Borders, directed by GoldenEye's Martin Campbell, is expected to be released around Christmas.
It's absolute rubbish. That's what Madonna's spokeswoman told Reuters about media reports that the pop icon had made a series of unreasonable demands before taking to the stage for Up For Grabs debuting next month in London. Recent press reports claimed Madonna demanded a raised stage to stop fans from rushing her, theater staff were told not to have eye contact with her and cast members were told not to call her "Madge." Up For Grabs debuts in London May 23.
Noah Wyle, ER's handsome Dr. John Carter, and his wife, Tracy, are expecting their first child in November, the AP reports. Wyle, 30, met Tracy Wyle, a makeup artist, on the set of The Myth of Fingerprints in 1996. They became engaged on Valentine's Day in 1999 and have been married for about two years.
Supermodel Claudia Schiffer will marry her boyfriend, British producer Matthew Vaughn, before the end of the year, Ananova.com reports. Schiffer's mother reportedly told Germany's Bunte magazine that rumors of the couple's split were false and that her daughter will "marry within the next six months." Schiffer, the one-time companion of magician David Copperfield, and Vaughn, who produced Guy Ritchie's films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, live together in London's Notting Hill.
Former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Jason Priestley will drive for Kelley Racing in the Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series, the AP reports. The 32-year-old actor has competed in several racing series before and has worked as a TV commentator at Indy Racing League races.
Pippi, Ozzy Osbourne's little black Pomeranian, is missing. A regular fixture on the MTV series The Osbournes, Pippi has apparently been lost for two months. According to MTV.com, the family is offering a $500 reward for any information leading to the dog's retrieval.
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Billy Bob Thornton has been cast in the title role of Terry Zwigoff's Bad Santa, Variety reports. The Dimension Films comedy, which is set for a Christmas 2003 release, follows two con men who travel to malls dressed as Santa and his elf.
Darren Star, the creator of HBO's successful comedy Sex and the City, will direct a film adapted from the book Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl: A Nancy Chan Novel by Tracy Quan for Sony's Revolution Studios. The book, based on Quan's Salon.com column, centers on the diary of a call girl working on Manhattan's Upper East Side, Variety reports.
Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnettare in talks to star in another Revolution Studios project about a pair of cops who become involved in a crime that revolves around the music business, Variety reports. The untitled police drama will be helmed by Ron Shelton, who wrote and directed White Men Can't Jump and Tin Cup, and is set to begin production this fall.
CBS chief Leslie Moonves said Tuesday the network likely would not air the Robert Urich movie Not in Our House because of its rough subject matter. According to Reuters, Urich plays a pedophile in a story about a family a year after an incestuous relationship comes to light. The film co-stars Meredith Baxter.
Francophone Celine Dion will headline this year's Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami Beach, Fla., on May 12, the AP reports. The Canadian singer's song "My Heart Will Go On" became the first and only English-language single to top the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart. Dion will join previously announced performers Marc Anthony, Jaci Velasquez and Thalia.
Will Smith may have walked away from this year's Academy Awards empty-handed, but the rapper-turned-actor hasn't lost steam. According to MTV.com, Smith's next album will hit stores on June 25 and will feature two singles from Men in Black 2. Smith has not released new material since Willennium in 1999.
Rosie O'Donnell presented Gene Wilder with the first-ever Roche Beauty of Giving Award on Wednesday at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York. The award was handed out as part of the Cosmetic Executive Women's Beauty Awards. Wilder is the founder of Gilda's Club, a support network named after his wife, Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989. O'Donnell also praised the beauty industry's commitment to charities that support women with cancer.
Warren Beatty and Kevin Spacey will be honored at this year's San Francisco Film Festival. According to the BBC News, Beatty is being awarded the Akira Kurosawa Award for lifetime achievement in film directing, while Spacey is being honored with an acting award. The festival opens today and closes on May 2.
Science fiction writer Damon Knight died Monday at a hospital in Eugene, Ore., of age-related causes, the AP reports. He was 79. Knight, whose final novel Humpty Dumpty: An Oval was published in 1996, was also an influential teacher, critic and organizer, helping to found the Science Fiction Writers of America. He also served as editor for the science fiction anthology series Orbit. Knight is survived by his wife, two daughters, two sons, two stepsons and seven grandchildren.
Jimi Hendrix's father, James Al Hendrix, died in his sleep at home Wednesday after a long battle with congestive heart failure, the AP reports. He was 82. Hendrix, a former Golden Gloves boxer, worked as a plumber, electrician and gardener before retiring in 1979 due to poor health. Hendrix is survived by daughter Janie and son Leon.
Monsoon Wedding, a film about an Indian bride who has second thoughts about an arranged marriage, won the coveted Golden Lion award for Best Picture at the 58th Venice Film Festival on Saturday. Directed by Mira Nair (Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay! and Mississippi Masala), it represents the first time a woman has won the top prize at the world's oldest film festival.
Other winners included Iranian director Babak Payami win for best director for his film, Raye Makhfi (The Secret Ballot), a story about a voting box which suddenly falls out of the sky on election day. Best actress and actor went to the Italian actors Luigi lo Cascio and Sandra Ceccarelli for their work in the Italian film Luce dei miei Occhi (Light of my Eyes).
Even though his records are selling, rapper Juvenile will most likely lose his house in Mandeville, Louisiana. The Bank of New York foreclosed on its loan on the house when Juvenile, whose real name is Terius Grey, failed to make any of the monthly $2,329 mortgage payments due since April. The $315,000 property will be seized and put up for auction.
Three former bodyguards of talk show host Rosie O'Donnell have filed suit against her, saying she recorded their conversation in her Miami home without their knowledge. Steven Rubino, Chris Delia and Ted Van Rijn claim they were fired when they confronted O'Donnell about her monitoring their office in her home. O'Donnell insists she did not know about the monitoring device and claims no wrongdoing.
Just as the "King of Pop" Michael Jackson is staging a massive comeback, two former financial advisors are filing a $25 million lawsuit against the singer. Derek Rundell and Gary "Court" Coursey are demanding payment for services rendered as well as are asking for an "accounting of the Defendant's books and records relating to any and all new ventures, financings and investments," according to a report by the Associated Press. Jackson denies owing them any money and his reps believe the two are just trying to make money off the singer's fame.
Former Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson will once again don the tight-fitting red bathing suit, this time to host a Baywatch marathon on TNN, Monday, Sept. 24. The show will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. TNN will show repeats of the show starting Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 6-7 p.m.
Independent film producer Laura Ziskin will produce the 74th Academy Awards telecast next March, it was announced. Ziskin, whose producing credits include As Good As It Gets and Pretty Woman, will take over from Gil Cates, who has produced the show for the last decade.
The Wall Street Journal reported that actor Keanu Reeves has signed away a sizable back-end deal and valuable profit-sharing points for his two Matrix sequels to the franchise's special-effects and costume-design team. "He felt that they were the ones who made the movie and that they should participate," an unnamed movie executive told the Journal. Reeves has deferred payment before, sharing his salary to work with Al Pacino in The Devil's Advocate and Gene Hackman in The Replacements.
Comic actor Gene Wilder, who lost wife Gilda Radner to cancer in 1989, is now battling the disease himself.
Wilder, 64, is being treated at Manhattan Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. "He was diagnosed last year with lymphoma. He was successfully treated and is in remission. He is now being treated...to prevent recurrence,'' the clinic said, adding that it would be providing no further information at this time.
The star of 1970s comedies "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein" opened Gilda's Club, a support center for cancer patients and their families, in 1993 in memory of third wife Radner, one of the original cast members of "Saturday Night Live." Wilder has since remarried.
'TODAY' ... OR NOT: Madonna's interview with NBC's "Today" host Matt Lauer was canceled Wednesday -- by Lauer, who waited two hours in a hotel suite while Madonna did other interviews, according to the New York Post.
The interview with the singer-actress, who was promoting her upcoming film "The Next Best Thing," was scheduled for 4 p.m., then pushed back to 5:30. Lauer showed up on time with an expensive production crew. But by 7:10 p.m., Lauer left, saying "I didn't think it was unreasonable to leave," he says. "I had other things to do."
Madonna's rep, Liz Rosenberg, explains: "Madonna did 65 interviews that day ... Unfortunately the 'Today' show was going to be the finale, because wanted to give them as much time as possible." She says the chat will be rescheduled when Madonna comes to town for the film's premiere Feb. 29. A "Today" rep says Madonna sent Lauer an "enormous and beautiful" bouquet of flowers as a conciliatory gesture."
QUICK TAKES: Rosie O'Donnell is the hostess with the mostest. On top of adopting her third child, Blake Christopher, last month, she agreed to return as host of the Grammy Awards Jan. 23 in Los Angeles. Now comes word that she'll return for a third go-around hosting the 54th Annual Tony Awards, which will take place June 4 at New York's Radio City Music Hall ...
... When Gary Coleman was bankrupt, he made a plea via the Internet for some cash. Now UGO Networks (www.ugo.com), which organized a Web-a-thon for the 31-year-old actor, has given him a job as a columnist. The weekly gig, entitled Coleman Confidential, will feature reviews and interviews ...
... Pamelyn Ferdin, who provided the voice of Lucy in the animated "Peanuts" specials of the 1970s, was sentenced Tuesday in Los Angeles to 30 days in jail. It was not for snatching the football away before Charlie Brown could kick it, but for carrying a "bull hook" during an elephant-rights protest at a circus. Ferdin, 39, was carrying the object -- a wooden rod with a hook at the end, used by elephant trainers -- as an educational tool, but a local ordinance bars protesters from carrying large wooden sticks ...
... It looks like a Baby Scotty for "Star Trek" actor James Doohan, 79, and wife Wende, 43, who are expecting a daughter in April, according to London's Daily Star.
RUMOR ROUNDUP: Britain's Empire Online reports that model Elizabeth Hurley will finally wed her boyfriend of 12 years, Hugh Grant, in the spring. A friend reportedly confides, "As their relationship has normally been splendid they didn't want to spoil it with something they regard as so trivial as a marriage ceremony ... but lately they've been talking about a lovely spring wedding." ...
... Actress Sadie Frost ("Bram Stoker's Dracula") was reportedly visiting husband Jude Law ("The Talented Mr. Ripley") in Berlin when she was stuck in the elevator of the apartment building they were staying in. Frost sounded an alarm, and when police and fire department showed up, they demanded to see her passport and ID papers. Not believing her explanation that they were in the apartment, she was taken to jail, where she was refused food and water, she told the British Star. "When they eventually let me make a call, only one, they deliberately cut me off just as I got connected to Jude. I was then left in the cells until 8:30 a.m. when I was released without charge, or a word of apology," she reportedly said. Cops in Berlin released a statement to Fashion Wire Daily saying she "was under the influence of alcohol." ...
... According to the Edmonton Sun, MTV's Tom Green, who hosts his own gross-out comedy show, is reportedly dating none other than Monica Lewinsky. Pause. We're just gonna stop there, because we're afraid to make any further remark on this matter.
Starred in the TV series, "Barney Blake, Police Reporter"
Feature film debut, "The Ape"
Final film, "The Lawyer"
Signed contract with Republic Studios
Moved to Hollywood
Co-starred in the TV series, "A Date With Judy"
Character actor of the 1940s, 50s and 60s. O'Donnell began as a radio announcer working in Boston and New York before moving to LA where he signed a contract with Republic Studios. There he appeared in "The Ape" (1940) with Boris Karloff, "I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now" (1940) and "The Devil Bat" (1941) with Bela Lugosi. After serving in the Army, O'Donnell moved back to LA, where he played the title character in "Barney Blake, Police Reporter" (1948) and Judy's (Patricia Crowley) brother in the comedy "A Date With Judy" (1951). O'Donnell's subsequent TV credits include guest stints on "Peyton Place", "The Big Valley" and "I Love Lucy". His later film work included "Pretty Boy Floyd" (1960), "Planet of the Apes" (1968) and "The Lawyer" (1970).