30 January 2006
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ABC Anchor Woodruff & Cameraman Vogt Injured in Iraq
US news anchor Bob Woodruff
and cameraman Doug Vogt have been critically wounded in a central Iraq bombing, the US military said yesterday. The incident, which occurred just north of Iraqi capital Baghdad in the area of Taji, left the World News Tonight
star and his key crew member hospitalized and requiring surgery - but doctors are now describing their condition as "stable." Early reports suggest an improvised explosive device (Ied) went off, cutting through Woodruff and 46-year-old Vogt's standard issue body armor. An army spokesman says, "The incident occurred near Taji and the two are now in hospital." ABC News president David Westin says, "We have learned from the US military and from our producer on the scene that Bob and Doug are out of surgery and are both in stable condition. We take this as good news, but the next few days will be critical. The military plans to evacuate them to their medical facilities in Landstuhl (Germany), probably overnight tonight."
'Brokeback Mountain' Wins Lee DGA Honor
Jolie Warns Star-Struck Forum
Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie
addressed the World Economic Forum Today and warned those present not to be star-struck by her. Jolie is in Davos, Switzerland, in her position as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations refugee agency. She spoke at the forum to lobby for the increase in humanitarian efforts in war-torn areas such as Afghanistan, and urged business leaders and politicians at the meeting not to be dazzled by her celebrity presence. Jolie said, "I just think if I can ask anything it's for everybody in this room, including myself, to stay focused on the issues. To follow up on Darfur, to watch what is happening in the courts, to follow up on Nepal ... on Afghanistan."
Parker and Broderick Deny Broadway Stint
Sarah Jessica Parker
has laughed off rumors she is set to star alongside her actor husband Matthew Broderick
in a Broadway, New York play. Stage production Don't Follow Me, I'm Lost, Too
was reported to feature the pair as a husband-and-wife team who write gossip columns for a New York City tabloid. But the actress, who formerly played sex columnist Carrie Bradshaw in hit TV show Sex And The City
, is baffled by the claims. The puzzled 40-year-old tells the New York Daily News, "We are? It's always nice to find out what I'm doing next."
Craig Blames Nudity on Alcohol
New James Bond Daniel Craig
has vowed never to drink alcohol around film directors, because he often finds himself agreeing to outrageous scenes while under the influence. The 37-year-old actor, who stripped down in his 2000 movie Some Voices
, blames a heavy boozing session with director Simon Cellan Jones
for his gratuitous nudity. Craig says, "The scene was written as me running down the road stripped to the waist covered in tomato juice. But then I got drunk at Simon's and said, 'I'll do it naked!' The lesson is never get drunk with directors."
Clock Ticking on Bana's Return As The Hulk
remains keen to reprise his role as The Hulk
- so long as sequel plans tie into his schedule. The Australian actor played the angry green giant's alter-ego, David Banner, in Ang Lee
's 2003 action film and recently suggested he wouldn't be back for a planned sequel. But he tells Moviehole.net he's still contracted to play Banner in The Hulk 2
- as long as producers can get the project rolling quickly. He says he has always been committed to the role and will return as the troubled Dr. Banner as long as writers and directors can come up with a script and a cast "in a particular timeframe." Bana tells the website that if they can't meet a certain timeframe, he can contractually reject the offer. The news ends speculation that David Duchovny
has been signed to play Banner in a straight-to-DVD sequel.
Simpson Faces Lawsuit
Singer/actress Jessica Simpson
is facing a federal lawsuit, after a Los Angeles woman filed papers accusing the star of copying her trademarked cosmetics range. Mara Fox launched Love Potion beauty products back in 1989 and now believes Simpson and business partners Sephora and D'Lish Fragrance infringed her copyright when they launched Dessert Beauty Deliciously Kissable Love Potion in 2004, reports PageSix.com Simpson has used her image to market a range of cosmetic products. The "These Boots (Are Made For Walkin')" singer also endorses acne treatment Proactiv.
Bergman's 'Gaslight' To Be Updated
Classic Ingrid Bergman
is set to hit the big screen again, with British film-maker Joe Wright
at the helm. In the 1944 thriller Charles Boyer
played a husband trying to drive his wife (Bergman) to insanity. The new Gaslight
will be Pride & Prejudice
director Wright's first Hollywood venture. The original movie, set in Victorian England, co-starred Joseph Cotten
and a teenage Angela Lansbury
in her film debut. It garnered seven Oscar nominations and won two. Cast details for the updated remake, to be set in California, have not been announced.
Morgan Denies Drunk Driving
Former Saturday Night Live
star Tracy Morgan
has pleaded not guilty to two drunk driving charges. The 37-year-old, most famous for his roles Brian Fellow and Astronaut Jones, was arrested in Los Angeles on 2 December for driving under the influence of alcohol. Morgan's attorney Blair Berk says his client is now awaiting a pretrial hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court on February 23. Berk made no further comment.
Barton To Become American Citizen
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British-born actress Mischa Barton
is set to be sworn in as an American citizen next month. The OC
star had to pass a special test in order to be granted citizenship and was intimidated by the process. Barton recalls, "I was really nervous about it because they make it sound so difficult. It turns out they (the questions) are like, 'What colors are the American flag?'" The actress will be sworn in with 4,000 other new citizens at an upcoming ceremony.