Monitor

Monitor

Celebrity news for the week of June 22, 2007

MARRIED
CSI: NY's Claire Forlani, 34, and Dougray Scott (Desperate Housewives), 41, exchanged vows on June 8 in Italy.... Scott Foley (The Unit), 34, wed Brothers & Sisters' Marika Dominczyk, 26.... Ugly Betty's Ana Ortiz, 36, and guitarist Noah Lebenzon, 37, tied the knot on June 9 in Puerto Rico.

SPLIT
On June 8, Dermot Mulroney (Georgia Rule), 43, filed for divorce from his wife of nearly 17 years, Catherine Keener (The 40 Year-Old Virgin), 48, citing irreconcilable differences. He's seeking joint custody of their son Clyde, 7.

EXPECTING
Music exec Tommy Mottola, 57, will welcome his first child with his wife, Latin singer Thalia, 35, this fall.

AILING
Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, 47, entered an L.A. treatment facility on June 6 for undisclosed reasons. He is still expected to perform with his band June 19 on the Today show.

COURTS
Fifteen supporting actors in the Lord of the Rings trilogy sued New Line Cinema on May 30 in L.A., claiming they're owed 5 percent of the estimated $100 million made from merchandising based on their characters. Two years ago, director Peter Jackson filed his own suit against New Line, contending that he was cheated out of upwards of $100 million in revenue.... Manhattan businessman Jeffrey Lemerond sued Fox studios on June 1 for using his image in last year's Borat without his consent. He was seen in the movie being chased down an NYC street by leading man Sacha Baron Cohen, who was trying to hug random people. Lemerond seeks unspecified damages. ''The claim is completely without merit,'' Fox said in a statement.... On June 8 in London, George Michael, 43, pleaded guilty to a charge that he was driving while unfit. The singer was arrested in October after police found him slumped behind the wheel of his car, which was blocking an intersection. Michael's license was revoked for two years and he was sentenced to 100 hours of community service.... Superproducer Timbaland (né Timothy Mosley), 35, was briefly detained on June 10 after allegedly attacking a man in Cologne, Germany. The man reportedly became irate and used a racial slur after spotting Timbaland — in town for a Justin Timberlake gig — talking to his girlfriend. A fight broke out, and the man was hospitalized for injuries to his rib cage. Timbaland's rep had no comment.

DEATHS
Frankie Abernathy, 25, whose struggle with cystic fibrosis was chronicled on MTV's The Real World: San Diego, of the disease, June 9, in Milwaukee.... Filmmaker Ousmane Sembéne (Xala), 84, who's regarded as the father of African cinema, after a long illness, June 10, in Dakar, Senegal.... Don Herbert, 89, best known as Mr. Wizard, the host of popular children's science shows, of bone cancer, June 12, in Bell Canyon, Calif.... Actress Mala Powers, 75, who starred as Roxane in the 1950 film Cyrano de Bergerac, of leukemia, June 11, in Burbank.


'Spring' Fever at the Tony Awards

''Oh, God, what a bitch!'' sing the troubled teens in Spring Awakening. But now that Spring won eight statuettes including Best Musical at the June 10 Tonys in NYC, they might have to change their tune. ''It's been a really wild ride,'' says composer Duncan Sheik. Best Play went to Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia; its seven awards make Utopia the winningest drama in Tony history. — Melissa Rose Bernardo


Feud of the Week

Katie Couric's struggling CBS newscast is making headlines again: On June 11, former CBS anchorman Dan Rather told MSNBC that the network is hurting its evening news by ''dumbing it down and tarting it up.'' CBS chief Les Moonves retaliated on June 12, calling Rather's remarks ''sexist.'' Not to be outdone, Rather fired back in a statement that same day: ''This is not about gender. This is about leadership at the very top. They started weakening the role of hard news long before Katie arrived.'' CBS Evening News exec producer Rick Kaplan disagrees: ''People are very disappointed in Dan. They don't like hearing they aren't doing news because they damn well are,'' he tells EW. ''I wish Dan was watching us more closely. He's clearly not.'' — Lindsay Soll

Originally posted Jun 15, 2007 Published in issue #940 Jun 22, 2007 Order article reprints