30 June 2006
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Rob Schneider Collapses
Comedian Rob Schneider
is recovering from heatstroke and food poisoning after reportedly fainting on the set of his new movie. The Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo
star, 42, was shooting his latest comedy, Big Stan
, in a derelict Stockton, California prison on Wednesday morning when he passed out and was taken to hospital. The actor, who has just recovered from a bout of flu, was shooting a scene at the Northern California Women's Facility in temperatures as high as 110 degrees Fahrenheit. His publicist Shara Koplowitz
says, "The combination of bad food and the heat just hit him. He's back on the set directing today (Thursday)."
Jolie and Pitt Baby Shower Pictures Returned
and Brad Pitt
's baby shower pictures have been returned after police in California arrested a suspected culprit. Photos of the party the couple held in Namibia ahead of the birth of their daughter Shiloh Nouvel last month were snatched. It is thought the thief tried to sell the digital memory card from the pair's camera in the US, before cops swooped on Tuesday. Their spokeswoman Cindy Guagenti confirmed the pictures had been returned and a suspect arrested, but refused to reveal any more information, reports the New York Daily News. Jolie and Pitt had threatened to sue and prosecute any publication that published the pictures, rendering them worthless to magazines and newspapers.
Spelling Rift "Caused by Beverly Hills Businessman"
insists that the feud with her mother Candy has nothing to do with her divorce and re-marriage, but with her mother's relationship with a Beverly Hills businessman. Rumors of a rift between the two first surfaced in September 2005 when Tori separated from her first husband, Charlie Shanian
, and took up with then-married actor Dean McDermott
. The buzz grew stronger when the actress launched her semi-autobiographical sitcom, So Notorious
, in which her mother is portrayed as a shallow shopaholic. Tori insists, "The feud with my mom has nothing to do with my show or my marriage." A source tells American publication Us Weekly, "Tori felt betrayed when she learned that while her father was ill, her mother had been spending a great deal of time with Beverly Hills businessman Mark Nathanson." Tori will only say, "My mom's behavior simply made me uncomfortable to be around my family." Candy's representative slams any claims of an inappropriate relationship saying, "(Nathanson) introduced Candy and Aaron Spelling
38 years ago. He is a very close friend of the family." Tension in the family has only increased after the death of Aaron last week, when Candy failed to call Tori to inform her of her father's death. A source tells Us Weekly that the actress has no idea how much she may inherit from her father's vast fortune estimated to be $500 million. The source adds, "She may not get a penny. She has been kept in the dark."
Actor David Hasselhoff
was rushed to a London hospital on Thursday after slicing his hand open during a bathroom accident. The 53-year-old Baywatch
star, who is currently in the British capital to shoot an advertising campaign, was taken from his hotel to St. Thomas' Hospital for emergency surgery. Hasselhoff severe a tendon on shards from a glass shelf, which he accidentally smashed on the restroom wall while shaving. A hospital aide tells British newspaper The Sun, "David was about to shave when he hit his head on a shelf, which shattered. His hand was cut quite badly."
Curtis and 'Crash' Filmmakers Honored by Humanitas
Screenwriters Richard Curtis
, Paul Haggis
and Bobby Moresco
took home the top prizes for their "liberating" work at the annual Humanitas Prize awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Haggis and Moresco were awarded $25,000 for their smash hit movie Crash
in the feature film category, while Curtis won the prize in the 90-minute category for his Bill Nighy
-starring TV film The Girl In The Cafe
, based on last year's G8 summit. Crash was hailed by judges "for its call to reach out with respect and compassion to all of our brothers and sisters." Former US vice president Al Gore
won a special award for his documentary by about global warming, An Inconvenient Truth
. The Humanitas Prize honors work which serves to "liberate, enrich and unify society".
Richards To Shoot 'Pirates' Role in September
' Pirates Of The Caribbean 3
cameo will be filmed when The Rolling Stones
European tour wraps up in September, following months of speculation. Johnny Depp
famously based his character Captain Jack Sparrow on the guitarist, and Richards has long been touted for an appearance as Depp's father in one of the two forthcoming sequels. And, after masses of on/off speculation, director Gore Verbinski
has confirmed Richards will appear in the third Pirates movie, despite falling out of a palm tree in April and subsequently undergoing skull surgery. Verbinski tells MTV, "We've written a little cameo, and Keith has scheduled us into his tour, and it's going to be a lot of fun. Apparently he's doing really well, and we'll shoot him in September."
Hanks: The Army Ranger
Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks
was inducted into the United States Army's Ranger Hall Of Fame on Thursday for his portrayal of a Ranger in Saving Private Ryan
. The Da Vinci Code
actor was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of Army Ranger company commander John H. Miller in the 1999 World War II movie. The Fort Benning, Georgia group chose to honor Hanks for his services to World War II veterans, having served as the national spokesman for the World War II Memorial Campaign and as the honorary chairman of the D-Day Museum Capital Campaign.
Cross' Wedding Glitch
star Marcia Cross
had a dream wedding last Saturday with only one major hitch - the groom's cell phone rang in the middle of the vows. Cross married money manager Tom Mahoney at a black-tie wedding attended by 200 guests in San Gabriel, California. The 44-year-old bride took the interruption in her stride, according to Housewives co-star Brenda Strong
, "She couldn't contain her giggles." Mahoney opted not to take the unfortunately timed call and wisely turned his mobile phone off. The rest of the couple's vows were traditional, but Cross improvised on the script ever so slightly. She explains, "After I said 'I will' to everything, I whispered under my breath, 'As long as I don't have to cook!'" The bride was remarkably stress-free on her big day, saying, "My hair and makeup people were teasing me because I hadn't told them what I wanted. I figured it would all work out." Cross decided to get changed in a room at the church to avoid the paparazzi, but discovered that the room had no mirror. She adds, "I had no idea what I looked like. I got into my dress, put on my veil and was sent out the door." The low-key couple were spotted shopping for groceries the very next day. Cross adds, "I'm exhausted, but the most happy exhausted. (The wedding) was magical, filled with love and beyond my wildest imagination!"
Biel and Evans Break up
and Chris Evans
have called it quits after dating for more than two years, according to media reports in the US. Biel, who starred in Stealth
and the TV family drama 7th Heaven
, also played Evans' girlfriend in two films, Cellular
. Evans, who starred in Fantastic Four
, is currently filming The Nanny Diaries
with Scarlett Johansson
. A source tells the US edition of OK! magazine that Evans has recently been spotted out in New York City with brunette public relations executive Joyce Sevilla. Meanwhile 24-year-old Biel has been in Los Angeles filming Next
with Nicolas Cage
Bono and Geldof Criticise Blair Over G8 Pledges
Campaigners Sir Bob Geldof
have hit out at the G8 countries, because they are failing to keep promises they made over debt aid to Africa. Britain and other members of the G8 group of countries last year resolved to boost aid to poverty-stricken African nations. But a new report by campaign group Debt, Aid, Trade And Africa - of which Bono and Geldof are members - says all the G8 nations are making "painfully slow" progress. The lobby group also urged British Prime Minister Tony Blair
to increase the UK's budget to Africa by nearly $425 million if it is to meet commitments he made at the G8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland last July.
'Fahrenheit' Marine Killed in Iraq
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A US Marine who appeared in Michael Moore
's award-winning documentary Fahrenheit 9/11
has been killed in Iraq. Sergeant Raymond J. Plouhar, 30, died in a roadside bombing in Iraq's Anbar province on Monday. Plouhar appeared in the 2004 movie attempting to recruit young men in a Flint, Michigan, shopping mall parking lot. Plouhar's father Raymond said his son did not realize Moore's movie was critical of the war.