27 January 2003
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Billy Joel in Car Accident
Singer-songwriter Billy Joel
was treated and released from Stony Brook University Hospital on Sunday after he lost control of his Mercedes Benz and crashed the car into a tree on Long Island Saturday night. Joel, 53, swerved into the tree as he was driving in Sag Harbor, NY, and was extricated from his car by local firefighters. He was taken to the hospital around midnight and released around 7:30 AM on Sunday, according to a hospital spokesperson, who would not comment on Joel's injuries. Sag Harbor police confirmed the accident on Sunday, stating that Joel was not given a Breathalyzer test and there were no plans to file charges. --Prepared by IMDb staff
Science Innovations Could Help Reeve
star Christopher Reeve
claims innovative trials are already underway into therapeutic cloning that could help repair spinal injuries. Speaking at a forum in Sydney, 50-year-old Reeve confirmed a number of scientists are now testing the process on humans - which involves taking stem cells from embryos to repair injury or cure illness. However, he was quick to distinguish this from reproductive cloning, which would use the cells to create a human being. Reeve says, "In some cases, human trials are even under way as we speak, so the idea that this is a pipe dream that may or may not come to fruition is just not the case. Cloning that would reproduce a person should be banned and criminalized. People don't understand the difference. There's a fear factor that gets in the way." Reeve was thrown from his horse seven years ago, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. He is set to guest star in an episode of Superman prequel series Smallville
Zsa Zsa Moved to Stars' Recovery Home
Injured Hollywood star Zsa Zsa Gabor
has been moved to a luxury suite at the Motion Picture And Television Hospital following her car smash last year. The 85-year-old actress was this week transferred from the Cedars-Sinai hospital where she had been recovering from the collision - which left her with broken bones and head wounds. Gabor was a passenger in the front seat of a car, driven by her hairdresser when that crashed into a light pole in Los Angeles.
Redford to Take Sundance on the Road
Following the ongoing success of the Sundance Film Festival, Robert Redford
plans to take it on the road around America. Redford, 65, whose Sundance Institute took over the festival in 1985, will launch the Sundance Film Series in August, which will last for four months a visit 10 cities. The initial series will showcase four films that were well received at festivals but were not acquired for theatrical distribution. One will play each month and each will then be released on DVD and shown on cable TV's Sundance Channel. Redford, whose festival is currently in progress in Utah, says, "I really believe the spirit of this thing can be spread. Our business now is providing more choices. We're doing it with the Sundance Channel on cable and now with our DVD line, where we give some of the films that for reason or another didn't get wide distribution after the festival another shot. And now we're taking that further with the Sundance Film Series."
Victoria Principal's Husband Arrested
star Victoria Principal
's husband has been arrested on domestic violence charges. Harry Glassman
, a surgeon, allegedly assaulted the actress following a drunken row at their home in Beverly Hills. Principal, an avid campaigner against domestic violence, called police to their $4 million mansion on December 21. A source tells gossip bible The Star
, "The two of them got into a fight that turned physical. There was alcohol involved. From what I understand, both of them had minor physical injuries." The 53-year-old actress was taken to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for treatment and her husband of 17 years was taken to the Beverly Hills Police Department. A spokesman for the Los Angeles District Attorney says, "Mr. Glassman was arrested on suspicion of spousal abuse on December 21. Our office declined to file any charges and as far as we are concerned that is the end of the matter." However, the couple have issued a statement vehemently denying any marriage troubles. It says, "We have had a loving relationship for over 20 years. We've been and remain happily married. It is outrageous to believe we would inflict injury on one another or harm each other in any way."
'Gremlins' Star Arrested for Shoplifting
star Zach Galligan
has been arrested in Los Angeles, on suspicion of shoplifting. The 38-year-old actor, who played lead Billy Peltzer in the 1984 movie classic, is accused of stealing a Deep Purple CD from a Tower Records store in the city on Wednesday. Galligan - whose recent career has failed to emulate his earlier success - was stopped by store guards after he left the store with the CD concealed "somewhere on his person," according to L.A. cop Sgt. Bruce Thomas. Sgt. Thomas says, "It was a routine shoplifting arrest. We do 'em all day, every day. We had no idea who he was until after the fact. We don't single anybody out." Thomas adds that Galligan made a point of telling arresting officers he had enough money on him to pay for the disc. He adds, "He made the comment to one of the deputies, 'This is the stupidest thing I've ever done.'"
Rape Charge Dropped for Dion's Husband
American police have dropped a rape charge against Celine Dion
's husband Rene Angelil
. Yun Kyeong Sung Kwon claimed the 61-year-old, who is also the singer's manager, raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room in March 2000 - a claim he has always vehemently denied. But police have rules there was a lack of evidence and Kwon has now been charged with trying to extort $13.5 million from the couple. Lieutenant Jeff Carlson, of the Las Vegas police department, says, "The case against Mr. Angelil is officially closed." Kwon, 47, had claimed Angelil followed her into the hotel lift against her will, sexually molested and then raped her in her room. But she and her husband Ae Hoe Kwon, 50, were arrested on Thursday on charges of extortion, conspiracy to commit extortion against the couple, and bribing a witness. Lieutenant Ted Snodgrass says, "The couple went into the offices of the criminal lawyer of Mr. Angelil in Las Vegas and made demands for a large sum money or they were going to reveal certain information regarding Mr. Angelil's rape case." Ms. Kwon is also accused of failing to pay casino bills of about $500,000 and faces four charges of passing bad checks.
Chan: I Only Use Stunt Doubles When Necessary
Martial arts hero Jackie Chan
has defended the revelation he uses stunt doubles - insisting he only uses them when absolutely necessary. The 48-year-old Rush Hour
star, who has often been left with broken bones after daredevil stunts, stunned many of his fans when he revealed he used seven stunt doubles in new movie The Tuxedo
. But Chan insists he doesn't use stuntmen for everything. He explains, "I will use stunt doubles if you ask me to ride an F-16 jet fighter, or to jump over a series of hurdles with a crazy horse, or to perform two 720-degree somersaults. But one somersault, I will do it myself. I will do what I could do and I won't do anything that it out of my capability."
Taye Diggs Weds in Jamaica
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actor Taye Diggs
has wed his longtime girlfriend - in the same location where he made his movie debut. The former Ally McBeal
star tied the knot with actress and singer Idina Menzel
on 11 January at Montego Bay, Jamaica's picturesque Round Hill resort, which is also where he shot 1998's How Stella Got Her Groove Back
alongside Angela Bassett
. A small group of family and friends attended the nuptials. The two met while performing in the original Broadway production of Rent