Christopher "Play" Martin, of the rap group Kid N' Play, has been accused of failing to pay child support, The Associated Press reports. Martin, 38, was arraigned Friday in federal court in Central Islip, N.Y., on charges that he failed to pay $32,277 in child support to his 7-year-old son Skyler with former wife, actress Shari Headley. She told New York's Newsday that the rapper hasn't seen his son or paid child support since the couple split in 1995.
Late actor Anthony Quinn was honored Saturday with the Gabriel Figueroa Lifetime Achievement Award at the fifth annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. "As far as people who have given their lives to Latin cinema, he was one of the giants of all times," said actor Edward James Olmos, the festival's artistic director, said during the ceremony. Present at the event were former costars Kirk Douglas and Mickey Rooney. Quinn's widow, Katherine Quinn, accepted the award. Cinematographer Gabriel Figeroa and actor Raul Julia have been previous recipients of this award. Quinn died earlier this year.
Producer Aaron Spelling and his wife, Candy, are selling the house where the 1976 pilot for the television series Charlie's Angels was shot, AP reports. The home, built in 1936, has six bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a tennis court, and a master suite with a fireplace. The Spellings lived there for 16 years before they moved to their six-acre home that once belonged to Bing Crosby.
Actress Angelina Jolie paid a visit to Cambodia as a guest of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, AP reports. Jolie, 26, toured former Khmer Rouge zones where the UNHCR worked with displaced people and returned refugees. She also spent the last two nights in Anlong Veng; the last hangout of the communist rebel groups before the guerrillas killed them in 1998. Jolie stars in the action flick Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, which includes scenes shot in Cambodia at Angkok Wat, the largest religious monument in the world, known for Buddhist and Hindu temples around Cambodia.
To mark Harry Potter's birthday on Tuesday, Warner Bros. has set up an electronic birthday card on its Web site for the upcoming movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, based on the first of the best-selling children's Potter's books by J.K. Rowling, The Associated Press reported. The CBS Early Show will televise a birthday party for the fictional character, including a Harry Potter lookalike contest, balloons, cake and a 6-foot birthday card.
Brad Pitt and wife Jennifer Aniston have bought a $13.5 million French Normandy-style house in Beverly Hills, AP reports. The 12,000-square-foot, six-bedroom house was built in the 1930s for actor Fredric March. The house has a rotunda foyer, a screening room, and a wine cellar.
Former 1980s heartthrob Luke Perry, from Beverly Hills 90210 will star in and executive produce Jeremiah, a sci-fi series for Showtime. Jeremiah is set in a future post-apocalyptic world, where a virus wiped all the adult population, leaving only those who hadn't reached puberty, Reuters reports. Perry will portray the title character. Malcolm-Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show) will costar. Perry is currently playing the role of Brad Majors in the Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show.
Lucy Lawless, the former Xena: Warrior Princess has signed on for a multi-episode gig on the upcoming season of The X-Files, Variety reports. The actress is set to appear on the show's first two episodes. Details about her character are being kept under wraps. The new season of The X-Files will premiere on Nov. 4.
Universal Pictures and Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment are moving forward in their efforts to turn the children's book series Curious George into a movie. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the project, originally planned as a live-action feature, will now be a fully CGI project a la Shrek. Grazer also said that the studio's parent company, Vivendi Universal, which acquired Curious George book publisher Houghton Mifflin in June, is planning on turning the character into its unofficial corporate mascot.
Around 140 films will be screened during the 58th Venice Film Festival, running from Aug. 29 to Sept. 8, although not all will be entered into the competition, the BBC News reported. Among the competitors are Alejandro Amenabar's The Others, starring Nicole Kidman and Christopher Eccleston, Woody Allen's The Curse of Jade Scorpion, Richard Linklater's Waking Life and Steven Spielberg's Artificial Intelligence. In addition, 20 films from the international competition will come from Spain, Italy, France, Hong Kong, Mexico, the Netherlands, India, Romania, and Brazil. French filmmaker Eric Rohmer will receive the Golden Lion lifetime achievement award.
The third time was apparently not charming enough for Oliver Stone.
The filmmaker -- heretofore best known for blowing up stuff and shooting things in high-octane flicks like "Platoon," "JFK" and "Natural Born Killers" –- is looking to direct yet another version of the classic rags-to-riches/riches-to-rag Hollywood tale, "A Star Is Born," today's Hollywood Reporter says. So, what will make the fourth take on this romantic Tinseltown fable unique?
Well, um, take a look at the would-be star: Jamie Foxx.
Yes, the "In Living Color" comic, a relative no-name in the movies, is being talked up as the successor to Fredric March, James Mason and Kris Kristofferson -- the previous "Star Is Born" leading men. (All right, maybe the Kristofferson shoes won't be so hard to fill.)
Foxx is living his own "Star Is Born" story these days. The actor is said to be Stone's first choice to replace (get this) Will Smith in the new "Star" project. (Smith opted out of the film to make "Ali," that planned Muhammad Ali biopic.)
"A Star Is Born" would be the second time Stone has helped make Jamie Foxx a movie star. Last year, the director called on Foxx to replace wannabe actor Puff Daddy as the arrogant QB in Stone's "Any Given Sunday."
In the all-new "Star Is Born," Foxx would play a falling-star guy who falls in love with a rising-star girl. So, the next question mark in this curious project is: Who'll play opposite Foxx? According to the Reporter, candidates for the leading-lady slot include singers Lauryn Hill and Mariah Carey.
This new, hip-hop duet would tread a few footsteps over their old-fashioned predecessors. The first "Star," released in 1937, starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. George Cukor helmed a second (musical) version for Warner Bros. in 1954, with Judy Garland and James Mason. The latest remake, in 1976, featured Barbara Streisand and the aforementioned Mr. Kristofferson.
A source tells the Reporter that the latest film hopes to capitalize on Warner Bros.' music catalog. A diva all-star affair with tunes by Garland, Streisand and Mariah Carey? For pop aficionados everywhere, it's reason enough for a remake. Even a weird one.
FOR RICHER OR ROBBERS: Martin Lawrence and Danny DeVito could be swapping goods in the MGM caper comedy "What's the Worst that Could Happen." The Hollywood Reporter says that Lawrence has climbed aboard, and DeVito's in negotiations to star in the film, about a billionaire (DeVito) who swipes a good-luck ring from a con (Lawrence). The production's set to roll 'em in June.
HURRYING TO 'RUSH': Chris Penn's stuck in traffic again with Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. Variety reports that the heavy from "Rush Hour" has signed up for another installment opposite the dynamic duo. "Rush Hour 2" starts production in the fall.
SEEING 'SPOT': After fending off masked serial killers, "Scream" vet David Arquette is ready for the dog pound. Variety reports that the actor's nabbed the lead role in the Warner comedy "See Spot Run," set to shoot this June. Arquette comes to the project after potential star Martin Lawrence decided not to go postal. Instead, Arquette will play a postman who takes in a stray dog -- make that a stray dog trained to fight crime. Ah, comedy.