News Roundup: Aug. 2


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Angelina Jolie has not only split from her husband, Billy Bob Thornton, but she also has taken leave from her father, actor Jon Voight. In an interview with Access Hollywood that aired Thursday night, Voight tearfully admitted that the two are estranged. Voight said his daughter has “carried a lot of pain” for years, adding he was “brokenhearted…because I’ve been trying to reach my daughter and get her help, and I have failed, and I’m sorry.” Jolie released a terse statement acknowledging the estrangement, saying, “After all these years, I have determined that it is not healthy for me to be around my father, especially now that I am responsible for my own child,” referring to Maddox, a Cambodian boy she adopted this year.


In the ongoing murder investigation against actor Robert Blake, The Associated Press reports Blake‘s attorney Harland Braun released a recorded phone call between Blake‘s slain wife Bonny Lee Bakley and Marlon Brando’s son Christian Brando. On it, Brando warns Bakley, “You’re lucky somebody ain’t out there to put a bullet in your head.” Bakley initially claimed she didn’t know if Brando or Blake was the father of a child she was carrying, but tests proved it was Blake’s, and he married her soon after she gave birth to daughter Rose. Braun admitted the tape as evidence that Bakley had many enemies, citing the investigation as being flawed for not interrogating Brando more thoroughly.


Angelina Jolie may be having some personal problems, but perhaps filming the sequel to Lara Croft: Tomb Raider on a Greek isle will take her mind off things. AP reports part of the film will be shot on the sun-drenched Aegean Sea island of Santorini later this month. That should be nice.

Denzel Washington‘s directorial debut, The Antwone Fisher Story, will make play at the Toronto International Film Festival. Based on a true story, the film centers on a hot-tempered sailor (newcomer Derek Luke) who is sent to see a naval psychiatrist (Washington) and starts a journey toward emotional healing, eventually becoming a screenwriter. The festival runs Sept. 5-14.

Environmentalists are concerned after Florida authorities gave the go-ahead to filmmakers to shoot a boat chase for Bad Boys 2 in a protected manatee habitat. A waiver was granted to shoot in the Miami River and Biscayne Bay areas where slow-moving manatees could be hit by high-speed boats, but with some conditions attached–there will be manatee observers in the air and on boats, looking for the endangered species. If a manatee is spotted, filming is suppose to stop.

Tube News

Ellen DeGeneres and Alec Baldwin are slated to appear in the center square on the revamped syndicated game show Hollywood Squares this fall. At the end of last season, Whoopi Goldberg left the center spot, which she had occupied since the game show reincarnated from the classic in 1998. Producers are hoping this strategy of rotating celebrities in the center square will boost ratings when the fifth season starts.

Wayne Brady, the improvisational co-star of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, will host the Miss America Pageant this year, becoming the first black master of ceremonies in the pageant’s 81-year history.

Music News

Ozzy Osbourne can bite off the head of a live bat, but apparently watching his wife receive chemotherapy treatments is too much. Osbourne had announced a three-week hiatus from his Ozzfest concert tour to be with Sharon Osbourne as she underwent treatment for colon cancer, but he nearly fainted after watching the first treatment was administered, Reuters reports. Realizing he wouldn’t be doing anyone any good, Sharon sent him back on the road. He’ll rejoin the tour in Clarkston, Mich., Aug. 7.