Monitor

Monitor

Celebrity news for the week of May 25, 2007

ENGAGED
Kate Walsh (Grey's Anatomy), 39, will tie the knot with Fox movie exec Alex Young, 35.

MARRIED
Singer Amy Winehouse, 23, wed video director Blake Fielder-Civil, 25, on May 18 in Miami.

BIRTH
Jon Heder (Blades of Glory), 29, and his wife, Kirsten, welcomed their first child, daughter Evan Jane, last month.

AILING
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bo Diddley, 78, is recovering in an Omaha hospital after suffering a stroke on May 13. Although the singer-guitarist's summer tour was canceled, his business manager says ''he's progressing very well.''... Jenna Fischer (The Office), 33, was hospitalized in NYC with four broken bones in her back after falling down some stairs at an NBC party on May 14. The actress has been discharged and is expected to make a full recovery in time to shoot new episodes of The Office this summer.... The cancer that plagued actress Farrah Fawcett, 60, has returned, just three months after doctors gave her a clean bill of health.

DEPARTURE
On May 22, NBC announced Dateline co-anchor Stone Phillips, 52, will be leaving the show at the end of June after the network opted not to renew his contract. He won't be replaced, and Ann Curry will remain as the sole anchor. ''It's been a wonderful 15 years,'' Phillips said in a statement.

COURTS
Ryan Phillippe (Crash), 32, has requested joint custody of his two children with Reese Witherspoon, 31 (Walk the Line). The actress asked for physical custody of the kids when she filed for divorce in November.... Cameraman Coley Laffoon, 33, who filed for divorce from actress Anne Heche (Men in Trees), 38, in February, is now seeking at least $33,000 a month in spousal support and primary custody of the couple's 5-year-old son. In court papers, he claims Heche is unfit to raise the child due to ''bizarre and delusional behavior.'' Said Heche's rep: ''Laffoon has resorted to filing lies with the court because Anne would not cave in to his astronomical monetary demands.''... Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp, 33, spent a night in a West Palm Beach, Fla., jail on May 20 after allegedly throwing a bottle at his wife, model Jaclyn Nesheiwat. The singer is expected to appear in court June 22. Says Stapp's lawyer, ''Scott is not guilty.''... On May 21, Lane Garrison (Prison Break), 27, pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter and DUI charges, stemming from a December 2006 crash that killed one of his teen passengers and injured two others. Garrison, whose sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 2, may face more than six years in an L.A. prison.

DEATHS
Actress/producer/activist Yolanda King, 51, the eldest child of Martin Luther King Jr., who portrayed Rosa Parks in the 1978 miniseries King, of unknown causes, May 15, in Santa Monica.... Terry Ryan, 60, who wrote The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, which was later turned into a 2005 movie, of cancer, May 16, in San Francisco. — Additonal reporting by Alice Lee Tebo


Legacy: Carl Wright (1932-2007)
A comedy-club veteran who appeared in Hollywood hits like Big Momma's House and Barbershop, Wright died of cancer at his Chicago home May 19. ''He had thousands of jokes that he could tell at any given time,'' recalls director George Tillman Jr., who gave Wright his first big-screen role in 1997's Soul Food. Barbershop costar Ice Cube agrees: ''Rappers call themselves MCs, but we all could learn from a true professional MC like Carl Wright.'' — Simon Vozick-Levinson


A Hollywood Cha Cha Cha
On May 17, Mexican directors and pals Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men), Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth), and Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel) announced a business venture called cha cha cha. This five-feature, reportedly $100 million deal with Universal Pictures and Focus Features International will produce a movie from each helmer, as well as one from both Rodrigo García (Nine Lives) and Alfonso's brother, Carlos Cuarón ''We wanted to be involved with these filmmakers,'' says Universal International president David Kosse. ''Spanish-language films in Mexico can do the kind of business a summer tentpole can.'' First up: Carlos Cuarón's soccer film Rudo y Cursi, with Gael García Bernal. — Nicole Sperling

Originally posted May 25, 2007 Published in issue #936 Jun 01, 2007 Order article reprints
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