News, Mar. 30: Actor Jason Patric Arrested, Janet Jackson Says Exposed Breast Was an “Accident,” Broadcaster Alistair Cooke Dies, More…

Top Story: Actor Patric Arrested on Intoxication Charge

Jason Patric, star of the upcoming The Alamo and films such as The Lost Boys and Speed 2: Cruise Control, was arrested in Austin, Texas, on misdemeanor public intoxication charges, The Associated Press reports. According to police, Patric, 37, was with a group of people standing in a downtown street about 3 a.m. when they were asked by officers to move. The actor moved slowly toward the sidewalk, but then took an aggressive stance, police told AP, and when they tried to arrest him, he resisted and shoved an officer. The arrest warrant says Patric insisted he was not drunk and that officers should test him, but no test was administered. Patric‘s publicist, Michelle Bega, said in a statement that the actor “believes he has done nothing wrong. He hopes for a rapid resolution to clear his name,” AP reports.

Jackson Says Breast Incident Was Unplanned

In her first television interview since her sensational Super Bowl stint, Janet Jackson appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman Monday and insisted the breast exposure “was an accident.” The singer, wearing a revealing red dress, was on the show to promote her new album Damita Jo, due in stores Tuesday. Censors bleeped the singer when she exclaimed “Jesus!” in response to Letterman’s bringing up the topic. She went on to say, “It truly was an accident. It was very embarrassing for me to have so many people see this little breast,” Jackson said. “It was supposed to kind of happen like that, but I wasn’t supposed to come out of it the way I did.” When asked if she and stint cohort Justin Timberlake were still friends, she responded, “at some point, he and I need to talk.”

Veteran Broadcaster Cooke Dies

Broadcasting icon Alistair Cooke, best known for his long-running BBC radio series Letter from America and for hosting the PBS series Masterpiece Theater, died in New York Tuesday from apparent natural causes. He was 95.

Studios, Independents Settle Screener Ban

Officially putting an end to a legal battle that sparked much controversy in the entertainment industry late last year, Hollywood’s major studios, led by the Motion Picture Association of America, and a coalition of independent filmmakers have settled a lawsuit over the use of videotape (“screener”) copies to promote films vying for awards, Reuters reports. The battle erupted last September when MPAA members issued a ban on all screeners, citing piracy issues. Indie filmmakers, who consider screeners a helpful tool to get lesser-known films noticed by Academy voters, then filed suit, claiming the ban would bias voters toward big-budget films. Last December a federal judge in New York sided with the indies and effectively stopped the ban. Details of the agreement were not disclosed, according to a statement issued by the groups suing the studios. In a statement made Monday, the Motion Picture Association of America chief executive Jack Valenti said he was “pleased that we have put this matter behind us.”

E.R. Actor Wounded by Father

Actor Keith Diamond, whose real name is Vincent Ford Jr. and who has made guest appearances on shows such as E.R. and The Drew Carey Show, was shot by his father Sunday while eating at his family kitchen table in Queens, New York, AP reports. He was visiting his parents from California when his father, Vincent Ford Sr., 81, allegedly walked in and shot him three times with a .32-caliber revolver, police told AP. The actor was taken to the hospital, where he was listed in stable condition with face, chest and arm injuries. The elder Ford, a retired postal worker, was arraigned on charges of attempted murder, assault and weapons possession and did not enter a plea, AP reports.

Leno Cops $100 Mil

Late-night talk show host Jay Leno has signed a $100 million deal with NBC that will keep him on The Tonight Show through 2009, Reuters reports. Leno has been the undisputed ratings champ in late-night talk since the mid-1990s after taking the reins from Johnny Carson in 1992. The Tonight Show generates about $100 million in annual profits for NBC, according to a report in the February edition of Fortune magazine.

Reality TV Tackles Serious Subject

Reality TV guru Mark Burnett, producer of hits such as Survivor and The Apprentice, has set his sights on the very serious subject of abducted children. According to Variety, CBS has ordered episodes of Recovery, which will track a special team of experts in covert missions as they set out to find and rescue kidnapped youngsters. “The show is like Without a Trace, but it’s with a kid who really has been taken,” Burnett told Variety, referring to the CBS drama series about the FBI’s missing persons unit. “There’s nothing bigger than this. It’s more than just television.”

Role Call: Black Stomps Into King Kong, Aniston Makes a Gambit

Jack Black has been cast opposite Naomi Watts in director Peter Jackson‘s remake of King Kong. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Black will play Carl Denham, an adventurer filmmaker who is trying to make a name for himself in 1930s New York. Robert Armstrong played the role in the 1933 original … Jennifer Aniston has signed on to star in Gambit, a remake of the 1966 British caper starring Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. The trade paper reports the film revolves around a British thief who comes up with a foolproof plan to steal an expensive statue from one of the richest men in the world. His strategy involves the participation of a beautiful woman (Aniston) who happens to be the spitting image of the rich man’s late wife. Igby Goes Down‘s Burr Steers is set to write and direct.