Top Story: Roy Horn May Be Out Within Weeks
Famed Las Vegas magician Roy Horn, half of Las Vegas’ legendary Siegfried and Roy, may be released from the Los Angeles hospital by the end of the month. The 59-year-old animal trainer and performer, who was savagely mauled by a 600-pound, 7-year-old, male white tiger during an Oct. 3 performance at The Mirage Hotel, has been recovering at UCLA Medical Center where he was transferred after initially being treated at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas. The duo’s publicist, Dave Kirvin, told CNN Monday that Horn is still undergoing treatment for his injuries, but his doctors are optimistic he will be well enough to continue recovering at home in Las Vegas within a couple of weeks. “He’s getting better every day,” Kirvin said.
Carmen Electra Weds Guitarist Dave Navarro
TV vixen Carmen Electra and Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro tied the knot on Nov. 22 in at the St. Regis Hotel in Los Angeles before 200 guests. People magazine’s Dec. 8 issue reports the platinum-and-red invitations called for “hot and sexy” attire and guests were greeted by men dressed in black and wearing red masks similar to those seen in one of the couple’s favorite films, Eyes Wide Shut. “What’s really going to touch my heart,” Electra said before the ceremony, “is when my dad takes a step back when walking down the aisle and my husband takes his place.” The 31-year-old actress was married briefly to Dennis Rodman in 1998.
Zellweger’s Weight Gain a Non-Issue
Renee Zellweger, who put on 20-some pounds for her role in Bridget Jones’s Diary two years ago, tells Vogue magazine in its December issue that she doesn’t see what the big deal is about doing the same for the sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. “The first time I did it, I learned a lot. I realized the influence of living in a society that focuses so much on physicality has affected me,” Zellweger, 34, said. “When the film was coming out, the question I was asked the most was regarding my weight. And again it’s happening. I was followed around Heathrow (airport) by a guy who wanted to take a picture of my backside. I don’t understand the obsession.”
RCA Drops Justin Guarini
There is a reason why American Idol season one number two Justin Guarini didn’t join Clay Aiken, Christina Christian, Kelly Clarkson, Tamyra Gray, Kimberley Locke and Ruben Studdard on Fox’s November 25th special An American Idol Christmas: he’s been dumped by RCA. Launch.com reports Guarini was dropped from the record label after his self-titled debut album landed at No.20 on the Billboard 200 album chart, selling only 54,000 copies. A third season of American Idol is set to debut on Fox in January, starting with a special two-hour episode Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, followed by a special one-hour episode Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Peter Jackson’s Rings Premieres in NZ
In Wellington, New Zealand, yesterday, some 100,000 euphoric fans welcomed native director Peter Jackson for the world premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King at the newly refurbished 852-seat art deco Embassy Theater, Reuters reports. Flanked by armored characters on black horses, Jackson led stars Liv Tyler, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen and Elijah Wood for three miles through the capital city. Filmed in New Zealand, The Return of the King opens worldwide Dec. 17 and in New Zealand Dec. 18 due to the time difference.
Missing Finalist in Berlin Film Fest
Director Ron Howard‘s Western thriller The Missing is among five films to compete in next year’s Berlin Film Festival, which runs Feb. 5-15, The Associated Press reports. German director Romuald Karmakar‘s Nightsongs, Spanish director Manuel Gutierrez Aragon‘s Your Next Life, Croatian director Vinko Breoan’s Witnesses and Danish director Annette K. Olesen‘s In Your Hands were also chosen. The films are the first of about 20 that will be chosen to compete in February for the festival’s top prize, the Golden Bear.
Luke Perry in West End Production of Sally
Former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Luke Perry is set to star as Harry in London’s West End stage show based on the 1989 hit film When Harry Met Sally…. According to the AP, the play is scheduled to open Feb. 20 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited run of 16 weeks. Sally has not yet been cast, but producer James Tod said Monday he expected an American actress to take the part. When Harry Met Sally… is the latest in a string of hit films to have spawned stage musicals and plays, including The Graduate. Billy Elliot is also being developed as a London stage musical to open late next year.
Stephen King Recovering From Pneumonia
A spokesman for Stephen King said Monday that although the author remains hospitalized, his condition was improving in his recovery from a bout with pneumonia, AP reports. King, 56, was diagnosed with pneumonia before a Nov. 19 trip to New York City to receive the National Book Foundation’s 2003 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He was hospitalized Nov. 23 and underwent surgery two days later to remove fluid and scar tissue from one of his lungs. But his condition worsened when he returned home to Bangor, Maine, and doctors at Eastern Maine Medical Center later diagnosed him with pleural effusion, an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the membrane surrounding the lung.
TV Director Earl Bellamy Dead at 86
Prolific TV director Earl