News Roundup: Dec. 9

Ashley Judd and auto racer Dario Franchitti have finally settled on a wedding date after 11 months of speculation, according to The Associated Press. Judd, 33, has decided to marry Franchitti on Dec. 12 in Dornoch, Scotland, near the castle where Madonna married director Guy Ritchie in 2000.


Tea Leoni, 35, and David Duchovny, 41, married since 1997, are expecting their second daughter in early 2001, according to the AP.


According to the Miami Herald, Miami law-enforcement officers are now combing O.J. Simpson‘s Kendall, Fla. home in search of evidence that the former football star/actor is involved in a free satellite-TV scam. Their findings are forthcoming, but Simpson is already in hot water after officers discovered he was involved in an ecstasy drug ring on Tuesday.

On Friday, Rapper Jay-Z was sentenced to three years of probation stemming from a stabbing incident that occured on Dec. 1, 1999. Jay-Z (real name Shawn Carter) pleaded guilty to stabbing record producer Lance Rivera at a New York night club.

Pamela Anderson further distanced herself from ex-husband Tommy Lee on Friday by asking a Los Angeles court to nullify a joint-custody agreement that had previously been issued. Anderson stated that she believes Lee is an “unstable, dangerous man” who should not share custody of her two children. The court has yet to reach a ruling.


Hundreds of Beatles fans showed up at the Strawberry Fields section of New York’s Central Park on Saturday, to honor the late George Harrison and commemorate the 21st anniversary of the death of John Lennon.

In General

Christopher Tolkien, son of author J.R.R. Tolkien, is publicly blasting the new film The Lord of the Rings, telling Reuters that he believes the movie does not do justice to his father’s tale. Literary critic Michael White, who wrote a biography about the elder Tolkien, agrees, saying that the author would have “hated” the adaptation.

Actor Ryan Phillippe (Cruel Intentions) is bragging about his new role in the Robert Altman film Gosford Park, but for unusual reasons. Phillippe raves that his character–a man with a missing eye–may destroy his image as a cutie-pie teen dream, which makes him very, very happy, reports.

After 698 performances on Broadway, the hit revival The Music Man is closing shop on Dec. 30. Producers of the show cite financial woes as the reason for the shutdown.