News Roundup: Sept. 3


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Liza Minnelli and new husband David Gest are looking to adopt a baby girl by early January. The couple told that the little girl, whose name will be Serena, is “a little more than 3. Adoptions often take years, but ours was only a four-month process. The situation was somebody who couldn’t provide for her.” Even with their VH-1 musical comedy/reality series airing Nov. 3, David and Liza said they plan on focusing most of their attention on the newest addition to the family. Serena will not be appearing on the show.


Sean “P. Diddy” Combs told New Yorker magazine that, even though he is wealthy, he is still exposed to too much violence in his life. “Nearly every black man faces an unacceptable level of violence in this society,” he said. “I’m not different.” Combs was acquitted of weapons and bribery charges stemming from a New York nightclub shooting in 1999 in which three people were injured.

Harrison Ford wants to do a movie with his girlfriend, Calista Flockhart. Isn’t that sweet? reports Ford told the press at the premiere of his film K-19: The Widowmaker in Cologne, France, he could see the two of them working together, “but there are no set plans as yet.”

British director J. Lee Thompson, who directed over 50 films including the original Cape Fear, The Guns of Navarone and Planet of the Apes sequels, died Friday of congestive heart failure in British Columbia. He was 88.


The Montreal World Film Festival had a definite international flavor when it handed out its top honors Monday. Italian director Cristina Comencini’s Il piu bel giorno della mia vita (The Best Day of My Life) won the Grand Prix of the Americas, the festival’s main prize, while Turkish director Tayfun Pirselimoglu’s Hicbir yerde (In Nowhere Land) nabbed the Special Grand Prix of the Jury.

Columbia Pictures has picked up the comedy script Prizonaz of War from writers Robert LoCash and Nick Creature. The story centers on four clueless criminals who escape from a chain gang by hopping into an Army truck and wind up in Afghanistan. Good times.


The Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon, the annual drive to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, reached an all-time record Monday, receiving $58.3 million in pledges. “I asked for their talent and energy, and they brought it all out on that stage for me and my kids,” Lewis said of his various co-hosts. “This was the most successful show we’ve ever done, and I couldn’t have done any of this without them.”


The London Evening Standard reports the eccentric Icelandic singer Bjork, pregnant with her second child, was robbed in her London flat Monday while she and her American boyfriend, Matthew Barney, were sleeping. The thieves took off with valuable recording equipment, the paper reported.