"Sleepy Hollow" director Tim Burton is suing a man whom he claims stole some of his artwork back in 1991, the Associated Press reports.
According to the lawsuit filed by Burton, the accused - one David Bontempo - had allegedly lifted the titular box, which contained sketches, drawings and paintings, from the apartment that Burton once owned.
Bontempo allegedly refused to return the art and "stated that he had made certain arrangements to auction the stolen artwork in his possession at Christie's in New York," court documents obtained by AP stated.
Burton has just finishing shooting the remake of "Planet of the Apes."
HONORS: President Clinton and Michael Jackson were among the folks honored Thursday for their work to fight cancer at a high-wattage dinner held in New York.
Hosted by talk-show guy Larry King, the elbow-rubbing bash aimed to raise $4 million for the cause and featured appearances by such actors as Jane Seymour, Gabriel Byrne and Joan Collins.
OK, let's get the burning question out of the way first: No, we still don't know who the last "Survivor" is. There were five of the blockbuster show's castoffs at CBS' fall press tour, interrogated under a hot spotlight by a roomful of overly air-conditioned journalists. But a happily reunited Sonja, B.B., Ramona, Joel and Gretchen (as well as the show's executive producer, Mark Burnett) didn't budge, although Gretchen did joke, "Everybody already knows who the winner is. It would be Mr. Burnett and CBS."
We reporters tried. We crept up from all sides, seeking clues and asking about those recent reports saying that a glitch in the CBS Web site had unwittingly revealed that the winner of "Survivor" is Gervase, the quarrelsome youth counselor.
In response, CBS Television President Les Moonves announced that the network will now post the show synopses only after each episode has aired, rather than prepare it ahead of time with system blockage (rather ineffective, since a computer hacker revealed the results prematurely).
Moonves also pledged that unused "Survivor" footage won't make its way into Blockbuster stores, a la "The Jerry Springer Show." In other words, "There will not be any more naked pictures of Richard than we already have out there," Moonves says.
By contrast, the press conference for CBS' other (and less successful) reality series, "Big Brother," was one of the most heated -- and torturous. William "Mega" Collins, the first houseguest to be voted off the show, was paraded before the press, and he was less-than-charming and confrontational as usual.
But that doesn't necessarily make him interesting. After the umpteenth roundabout spiritual oration in response to questions regarding his former association with the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense, a reporter scribbled his potential headline on a notepad and passed it to another to see: "Big Bore-ther."
The rest of the press tour (aka the unreality section) was mostly humdrum, as the Eye Network trotted out the stars and producers of three new sitcoms and four new dramas. Four, that is, if you count "The Fugitive," the remake of the popular 1960s David Janssen series that inspired the 1993 Harrison Ford film. This one stars Tim Daly in the title role and Mykelti Williamson ("Forrest Gump") as the chaser.
Most of the new shows read like a TV-vet reunion party: Craig T. Nelson ("Coach") as an underdog police chief in the crime drama "The District"; Christine Baranski ("Cybill") in the weatherman sitcom "Welcome to New York"; Marg Helgenberger ("China Beach") in "C.S.I.," a drama about forensic investigators.
The others are made up of short-lived sitcom refugees: The cast of "That's Life," a drama about a 30-something college student, stars Heather Paige Kent ("Jenny," "Stark Raving Mad"); and Anthony Clark, Mike O'Malley and Jean Louisa Kelly team up for the couple-y comedy "Yes, Dear." Anyone remember "Boston Common," "The Mike O'Malley Show" and "Cold Feet," respectively? We didn't think so.
The weary press were also treated to appearances by Tyne Daly and Blair Underwood for returning dramas "Judging Amy" and "City of Angels," respectively. Christopher Plummer, Ving Rhames and Bruno Kirby discussed their still-filming miniseries "An American Tragedy," about the O.J. Simpson defense trial team. And let's not forget Bette Midler, who appeared via satellite to promote "Bette," a sitcom about a diva/wife/mother.
In between, the good people at CBS scheduled screenings, served fruit smoothies and root beer floats, and threw a star-filled party, without, as they said, "the island cuisine afforded the 16 castaways."
Translation? Not a fried rat in sight.
Annette Bening, Warren Beatty SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 26, 2000 - Ella Corinne. According to the Washington Post, that's the moniker Warren Beatty and Annette Bening have settled on for their newborn daughter, born earlier this month. The couple was tight-lipped about the child -- their fourth -- declining to give details as to where, when or how.
They did not (natch) divulge their baby-name pick. And they have not (natch) confirmed that Ella is it.
It sounds nice, though. At least the Travoltas think so. John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston named their new babe, born April 4, Ella, too.
GOODBYE, "DOLLY": The Broadway producer who empirically "presented" such Great White Way musicals such as "Hello, Dolly!," "42nd Street," "Oliver!" and dozens of others died Tuesday in London. David Merrick was 88.
BUDDY, BUDDY: Actor Walter Matthau, 79, and his frequent director Billy Wilder, 93, are laid up in the same undisclosed hospital suffering from "quite different maladies," Daily Variety columnist Army Archerd reports today. The office of Wilder's agent said it had no information on the legend. No comment yet from the Matthau camp.
BAD DAY FOR TUBA PLAYERS: This just in from Orlando, Fla. - Walt Disney World has decided to disband its marching band after a nearly 30-year run. Eighteen brass enthusiasts were canned Tuesday.
HE WINS AGAIN: In London, a judge has ruled that Oscar-winning "Sussudio" artist Phil Collins is due more than $390,000 in overpaid royalties to two musicians from the R&B group Earth, Wind and Fire. The dispute dated back to a 1990 Collins tour that the two rockers played on.