Top Story: Horn Takes Some Steps
Illusionist Roy Horn, who was mauled last October by a 300-plus lb. white tiger while performing in his famed Las Vegas show with partner Siegfried Fischbacher, was able to walk again with the help of a wheeled walker, a spokeswoman for the duo told The Associated Press. Horn, 59, managed to walk 558 paces last week with the assistance of the device, his spokeswoman said, adding that he has “strong willpower” and is undergoing intensive physical therapy. But Horn isn’t rushing up onstage any time soon. Horn has a long recovery ahead of him after his left side was paralyzed by a stroke suffered after the attack, and the duo’s long-running show has been closed.
Jackson’s Phone Records, Video Seized
Over 100 pages of phone records, videos and a DVD of a party at Michael Jackson‘s Neverland Ranch near Santa Barbara, Calif., were seized by investigators in his child molestation case, according to court documents released Monday. AP reports Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville agreed last month to release the records, but ordered details to be omitted; the resulting documents do not include such information as where the warrants were served and descriptions of the items taken.
Neil Simon Gets Kidney Transplant
Playwright Neil Simon, 76, received a kidney transplant Tuesday after suffering from kidney problems for several years, AP reports. His friend and longtime press representative, Bill Evans, donated a kidney for the operation, Simon‘s wife Elaine told the New York Times. Simon told the Times shortly before the operation that he and Evans had been friends for 25 years. “It’s wonderful of him to do this,” Simon said.
Dr. Suess Gets Star
Theodor Geisel, the late beloved children’s author best known as “Dr. Seuss,” will be honored with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Mar. 11. The tribute is part of several celebrations being held this month in honor of the author’s 100th birthday, which was yesterday. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Geisel, a longtime San Diego County resident, wrote 44 books for children including such classics as How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Cat in the Hat.
Reynolds Opens Hollywood Museum
To display her extensive collection of movie memorabilia, Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds will open the Hollywood Motion Picture Museum in the resort community of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., in the Great Smoky Mountains, AP reports. Valued at more than $50 million, the collection contains about 3,500 costumes and tens of thousands of props, movie posters, still photos, lobby cards and other items, the 71-year-old actress told AP. Pigeon Forge attracts more than 11 million visitors a year as a gateway to the country’s most visited national park and is also home to singer Dolly Parton’s Dollywood amusement park, Tennessee’s top tourist attraction.
Role Call: Nikki Reed Goes to “Dogtown,” John Singleton Tackles Black Superhero
Nikki Reed, fresh off of winning the Independent Spirit Awards’ best debut performance prize for her performance in the taut Thirteen, is set to reteam with her Thirteen director, Catherine Hardwicke, on the skateboarding drama Lords of Dogtown. The movie will be a fictionalized version of Stacy Peralta‘s documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys…Boyz in the Hood director John Singleton is in negotiations to bring Marvel Comics’ black superhero comic Luke Cage to life. Comic is about a former gang member who is framed for a crime he didn’t commit. In prison, he volunteers for a medical experiment that goes awry, giving him super strength and bulletproof skin. Using his newfound powers, Luke Cage escapes and becomes a hero for hire.