Eastwood clears name as wife abuser
Clint Eastwood settled a libel lawsuit against the writer and publisher of an unauthorized biography he said portrayed him as a wife abuser, The Associated Press. Eastwood filed the $10 million libel action in 2002 against Patrick McGilligan, who wrote Clint: The Life and Legend. The book claims a former associate of Eastwood witnessed the Oscar-winning director physically abusing his former wife, Maggie Eastwood. The associate later recanted his remarks in a sworn affidavit, AP reports. As part of the settlement, any reference to such abuse, as well as other statements that Eastwood claimed were false and defamatory, are to be removed from the book.
Kilborn bids late-night talk show adieu
CBS' Late Late Show host Craig Kilborn is walking away from the job, Variety reports. After five successful seasons, Kilborn informed CBS execs Thursday that wanted to quit, even after he and CBS and Kilborn spent the summer hashing out a new multiyear deal. Now, however, Kilborn says he's ready to shift into a career behind the camera--at least for now. "It was easily the greatest job I've had, and CBS was very generous in their offer to re-sign me," Kilborn told Variety. "But I simply want to try something new. I can now focus on writing and producing different television projects I haven't had time for…And this is cool: I will continue to wear makeup in my everyday life," he quipped. The comedian probably will sign off by the end of this month or early next month, insiders told Variety. The show, which is produced by David Letterman's company Worldwide Pants, is expected to launch a search for a new host immediately.
Savage weds childhood friend
Fred Savage, best known for portraying Kevin Arnold on the hit TV show The Wonder Years, married his childhood friend, Jennifer Stone, Aug. 7 in Los Angeles, AP reports. They were neighbors until 1988, when Savage, then 11, moved from a suburb of Chicago to Los Angeles for his TV stint on The Wonder Years. The couple reconnected 11 years later at a birthday party for Savage. "We started talking and smooching and we've been together ever since," the 28-year-old actor/director told People magazine. Quipped Savage: "I promised to always bring up a glass of water to her before we go to bed, and she promised to never let me dress myself."
Jackson may attend a pretrial hearing
Michael Jackson could make an appearance at a pretrial hearing in which Santa Barbara County District Attorney Tom Sneddon, who is currently prosecuting the singer on child molestation charges, will be testifying, AP reports. Sneddon was subpoenaed by Jackson's defense team to testify about surveillance he personally conducted at the office of a private investigator, Bradley Miller, who was working for Jackson's former attorney, Mark Geragos. Santa Barbara County sheriff's officials already have testified that they searched Miller's office, breaking in with a sledgehammer and seizing videotapes and files relating to the Jackson case, AP reports. Jackson's current lawyer, Thomas Mesereau Jr., maintains that the Sheriff's Department and Sneddon violated the attorney-client privilege of confidentiality by invading Miller's office. They contend that everything seized from the office should be suppressed and not allowed in evidence at Jackson's trial.
Roy Horn getting therapy at spinal hospital
Nearly a year after being mauled by a tiger, illusionist Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy was evaluated Thursday at a hospital that specializes in spinal cord and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, AP reports. Horn was able to walk again in March, five months after being attacked by a 300-pound white tiger in Las Vegas, during a sold-out performance at The Mirage hotel-casino. Horn's partner, Siegfried Fischbacher, has minimized Horn's injuries, describing the illusionist's wound as "a little punch hole" on the left side of his neck, and said the stroke Horn suffered after the attack resulted from the blood pressure medication Horn was taking. A spokesman for Horn declined to comment on how long he was expected to stay at the facility or what treatment he was receiving.
Dawson's Creek star sues realtor
James Van Der Beek, the actor best known as the lead on the now defunct WB show Dawson's Creek, testified in a case in which he claims a real estate agent neglected to tell him about extensive water damage to a house he bought in Wilmington, North Carolina, in 2000 for more than $800,000, AP reports. The repairs cost more than $80,000, according to his civil complaint. Van Der Beek, 27, isn't named a plaintiff in court papers and for privacy reasons, a trust was set up to purchase the property, he said.
Lohan's dad treated for chest pains
Teen actress Lindsay Lohan's father collapsed in a Long Island, New York, courtroom Thursday, AP reports. Michael Lohan was in court on assault charges when he began complaining of chest pains. He is currently in stable condition. Michael Lohan is accused of attacking his brother-in-law with his shoe in May and assaulting a garbage man in Manhattan, and is additionally facing charges in Suffolk Virginia for allegedly stiffing someone $4,000. His attorneys say they are working to get all three cases cleared up quickly for their client's health purposes and so that Lindsay's movie star life would not be upset, AP reports.
Laverne and Shirley get stars
Flanked by friends and family, including Henry Winkler and Garry Marshall, Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams of the hit TV show Laverne & Shirley got their own stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday, AP reports. Marshall, 61, and Williams, who turns 57 this month, starred in the 1976 hit comedy about two single, working women in late 1950s Milwaukee. "We never got any Emmys, so this is great," Marshall said.
Clint Eastwood filed a $10 million libel suit in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday against the author and publisher of the unauthorized biography, Clint: The Life and Legend, which he says portrays him as an atheist and wife-abuser. The suit accuses St. Martin's Press and author Patrick McGilligan of lying about Eastwood and "setting out intentionally to destroy [his] reputation," The Associated Press reports. Eastwood's attorney Marshall Grossman said the book, released in the United States in August, is riddled with false statements and incorrectly claims the actor struck his first wife. McGilligan stands by the book and said that while he is upset about the suit, he is not surprised. "He has sued people religiously," he told the AP."He's made a career of suppressing dissidence."
In his new book, It's Good To Be the King ... Sometimes, pro wrestler Jerry "The King" Lawler confesses that his infamous feud with comedian Andy Kaufman was a set up, the AP reports. The supposed feud began in Memphis when Kaufman tried out pro wrestling. Later, in a 1982 appearance on the David Letterman show, Lawler slapped the comedian, who in return threw coffee at him--as Letterman watched aghast. Lawler writes that he and Kaufman orchestrated the confrontation on their own, unbeknownst to Letterman and his producer. Kaufman died in 1984.
Britney Spears filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Monday against Skechers USA, Inc., claiming the footwear company ran ads for her brand of skates when the skates she endorses--and receives royalties for--weren't even for sale, causing consumers to buy Skechers' skates instead. Skechers, meanwhile, said Wednesday it would file a countersuit against Spears' company, Britney's Brands, Inc. They claim the singer failed to approve designs and manufacturers for the line, causing them to miss the fall season for the apparel industry, resulting in millions of dollars in lost sales, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Michael Jackson's baby-dangling stunt last month has given rise to a new video game. Available at www.madblast.com, the game features a cartoon version of the pop star hurling babies from a rooftop. Players must catch babies in a basket, but watch out! The cartoon Jackson also throws spiders that cause the basket to spill. At the end of the game, players receive a score--and an evaluation of their parenting skills.
Osbourne clan matriarch Sharon Osbourne gave a rather untraditional Christmas Day speech in Great Britain, the BBC reports. In the address, shown at the same time as Queen Elizabeth's traditional address, Osbourne had kind words to say about the monarch, whom she met at her Golden Julbilee. "She was very warm and amazingly down-to-earth, and I just told her that she had great tits," Osbourne observed. "Because she does."
Zsa Zsa Gabor, who was seriously injured in a car accident Nov. 27, is recovering rapidly. "I must say she is recovering very quickly," her husband Frederic von Anhalt told the AP. "At the beginning she was very moody, she wanted to give up. Now she wants to go home fast. She wants to recover and to ride her horses." Gabor remains in fair condition at Cadars-Sinai Medical Center.
Ken Tobey, who starred in the 1951 horror pic The Thing From Another World, died Dec. 22 at the age of 85, the AP reports. Since launching his career in 1949, Tobey had appeared in nearly 100 films--mostly Westerns and B-movies--and made dozens of television appearances.
Late night talk show host David Letterman spent Christmas Day with troops at the U.S. base at Kandahar, Afghanistan. According to the AP, Letterman was also due to visit the U.S. military headquarters at Bagram Air Base, but the trip was canceled because of bad weather.
The Hard Rock Café International is showcasing rock 'n' roll memorabilia to the public in a 17,000-square-foot museum in Orlando, Fla. Called the Hard Rack Vault, the exhibit features a portion of the company's 65,000 music artifacts that rotate among its restaurants, hotels and casinos worldwide, the AP reports. Items include guitars from Pete Townshend, Steve Cropper and B. B. King, as well as costumes worn by Elton John, Madonna and Prince.