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Roman Polanski Arrested

Sunday, September 27th, 2009


Director Polanski arrested in Switzerland


 Roman Polanski


Director fled U.S. in 1978 after pleading guilty to sex with 13-year-old girl


The Associated Press
Sun., Sept . 27, 2009

ZURICH – Director Roman Polanski was arrested by Swiss police as he flew in for the Zurich Film Festival and faces possible extradition to the United States for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977, authorities said Sunday.


Polanski was scheduled to receive an honorary award at the festival when he was apprehended Saturday at the airport, the Swiss Justice Ministry said in a statement. It said U.S. authorities have sought the arrest of the 76-year-old director around the world since 2005.


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Was David Carradine Murdered?

Saturday, June 6th, 2009


‘David Carradine was murdered’ claims agent, as the Kill Bill star’s family ask the FBI to probe his death


David Carradine


By David Gardner, Andrew Drummond, Debra Killalea and Mail Foreign Service
Daily Mail
June 6, 2009


David Carradine’s family have asked the FBI to investigate his death amid speculation the 72-year-old Kung Fu actor was murdered.


The star was found dead in his hotel room in Bangkok on Thursday and it was initially believed he died from accidental suffocation as part of a sex game gone wrong.


But Carradine’s agent Chuck Binder last night said he believed the Kill Bill star had been murdered.


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Natasha Richardson Dies…

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009


Actress Natasha Richardson dies at 45



From the Associated Press
March 18, 2009


NEW YORK — A spokesman for the family of Natasha Richardson says the actress has died.


Richardson, a gifted and precocious heiress to acting royalty whose career highlights included the film “Patty Hearst” and a Tony-winning performance in a stage revival of “Cabaret,” died after suffering an apparent head injury from a skiing accident. She was 45.


Alan Nierob of Rogers & Cowan said in a statement Wednesday night: “Liam Neeson, his sons, and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Natasha. They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time.”



Obama’s Grandmother Dies…

Monday, November 3rd, 2008


Barack Obama’s grandmother dies


Barack Obama with his maternal grandparents Stanley and Madelyn Dunham Photo: Reuters

Madelyn Dunham, 86, was ill with cancer


The Associated Press
Mon., Nov. 3, 2008

CHARLOTTE, N.C.Barack Obama’s ailing grandmother died Monday in Hawaii, a day before Obama was to stand election for the presidency, his campaign announced.


Madelyn Payne Dunham was 86.


The Democratic presidential candidate announced the news in a joint statement with his sister Maya Soetoro-Ng. The statement said Dunham died peacefully after a battle with cancer.


Obama last saw her on Oct. 23-24 when he took a break from campaigning and flew home to visit her.


“She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility. She was the person who encouraged and allowed us to take chances,” Obama said in a statement. “She was proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and left this world with the knowledge that her impact on all of us was meaningful and enduring. Our debt to her is beyond measure.


The candidate learned of her death Monday morning while he was campaigning in Jacksonville, Florida. He planned to go ahead with campaign appearances.



Ex-Wife of Actor Danny Huston Kills Herself…

Monday, October 27th, 2008


Danny Huston’s Wife Commits Suicide


Danny Huston and his wife, Katie Jane Evans


Atlanta, GA 10/27/2008


The ex-wife of actor Danny Huston reportedly committed suicide by jumping from a California rooftop earlier this month. The Daily Mail reports that 35-year-old model Katie Jane Evans was struggling with an addiction to drugs and alcohol and wasn’t coping well after her divorce from Huston.


Sources say Evans “couldn’t get over the fact the marriage had failed.” She was allegedly taking anti-depressants and had done several stints in rehab.


Huston and Evans were married in 2002 and had daughter Stella in 2003. They were divorced in 2007.


The insider says that Huston, the son of director John Huston and half-brother of actress Anjelica Huston, is “devastated” over Evans’ death. “Everyone is devastated. No one, including Danny, can come to terms with what has happened. When Anjelica was told she just collapsed in tears,” the source says.


The 46-year-old actor stars alongside Kirsten Dunst, Megan Fox, Simon Pegg and Jeff Bridges in the new comedy How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.


Huston stars in the TV mini-series John Adams and has had roles in many films including The Kingdom, 30 Days of Night, Children of Men and The Number 23.



Jennifer Hudson Tragedy…

Friday, October 24th, 2008


Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother found dead



WMAQ reportedly confirmed the victims’ identities through family member


Access Hollywood
Fri., Oct. 24, 2008

CHICAGO – Two people found murdered in a home owned by Jennifer Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donnerson, are believed to be the Oscar-winning actress’ mother and brother, according to WMAQ in Chicago.


Two adults were found reportedly shot to death inside the home on the south side of Chicago on Friday afternoon.


When contacted by Access Hollywood, a spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department confirmed “two people were found unresponsive in the home.”


“There was a male subject found in the bedroom with a fatal gunshot wound,” Chicago police said at a press conference late Friday. “The crime lab personnel are still on the scene gathering evidence. We have some promising leads right now, but it’s very preliminary.”


Although police would not confirm the identities of the victims, police said the shooting involved one male and one female victim “believed to be related to Hudson.”


In addition, as first reported by The Chicago Tribune, police confirmed to Access they have also issued an Amber Alert for a 7-year-old boy, named Julian King, who is believed to be Hudson’s nephew.


Police also confirmed to Access they have declared a man named William Balfour as “a suspect in the double homicide,” which The Chicago Tribune also first reported. Balfour is considered to be “armed and dangerous,” police told Access.


Police are looking for a 1994 white Suburban, which they believe may contain Balfour and the boy. According to the Chicago Tribune, the vehicle is registered to Jason Hudson, Jennifer’s brother.


Access has confirmed Balfour resided at Darnell Donnerson’s home in 2007.


During the press conference late Friday, police said neighbors reported “hearing gunshots” sometime around 8 a.m. Police told Access the victims were discovered around 3 p.m. local time and Access has verified the address of the home where the victims were found belongs to Hudson’s mother.


Hudson, the former American Idol alum and Academy Award winner for her role in Dreamgirls, was in Florida at the time of the incident, according to WABC-TV in New York. She is now reportedly en route to Chicago.


In her self-titled debut album, released in September, Hudson included a message of love to her family, including her mother.


“Next, of course, is u my mommy DARNELL AKA DOLL…,” Hudson wrote in the liner notes of the album after thanking God. “Thank u for instilling in me that I could do anything I put my mind to and teaching me to always put God first. Thank you for loving me no matter what.”


After sending the message of thanks to her mother, Jennifer also including loving words for her siblings and her nephew.


“To the original JHUD’s, my big bro and sis JASON and JULIA, I love you so much. Thank you both for rooting me on and supporting me like nobody else. Also for believing in me and never letting me settle for just ok but the best. Because of u, I don’t believe in limits. LIL’ JULIAN KING my lil’ nephew, I love u, baby.”


A call placed to Jennifer Hudson’s rep by Access Hollywood was not immediately returned.



Last Titanic Survivor…

Thursday, October 16th, 2008


Last Titanic survivor sells mementos to raise cash




In this1998 file photo of Millvina Dean looks up and smiles as she signs a Titanic movie poster. Dean, the last living survivor of the disaster, is selling some of her mementos to help pay her nursing home fees.


From the Associated Press
October 16, 2008


LONDONMillvina Dean was just two months old when she was wrapped in a sack and lowered into a lifeboat from the deck of the sinking RMS Titanic.


Now, more than 95 years later, Dean, the last living survivor of the disaster, is hoping to help pay her nursing home fees by selling artifacts of her rescue — a suitcase and other mementos expected to auction for about $5,200.


Rescued from the bitterly cold Atlantic night by the steamship Carpathia, Dean, her brother and her mother were taken to New York with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Before returning home to England, they were given a small wicker suitcase of clothing, a gift from New Yorkers, to help them rebuild their lives.


The suitcase and other mementos are to be sold Saturday at an auction organized by Henry Aldridge and Son, which specializes in Titanic memorabilia.


Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said the key item was the suitcase that was filled with clothes and donated to Dean’s surviving family members after the disaster.


“They would have carried their little world in this suitcase,” Aldridge said today.


Dean also is selling letters from the Titanic Relief Fund offering her mother one pound, seven shillings and sixpence a week in compensation.


Dean, 96, has lived in a nursing home in the southern English city of Southampton — Titanic’s home port — since she broke her hip two years ago.


“I am not able to live in my home anymore,” Dean was quoted as telling the Southern Daily Echo newspaper. “I am selling it all now because I have to pay these nursing home fees and am selling anything that I think might fetch some money.”


In 1912, baby Elizabeth Gladys “Millvina” Dean and her family were steerage passengers emigrating to Kansas City, Missouri, aboard the giant cruise liner.


Four days out of port, on the night of April 14, it hit an iceberg and sank. Billed as “practically unsinkable” by the publicity magazines of the period, the Titanic did not have enough lifeboats for all of 2,200 passengers and crew.


Dean, her mother and 2-year-old brother were among 706 people — mostly women and children — who survived. Her father was among more than 1,500 who died.


Aldridge said the “massive interest” in Titanic memorabilia shows no signs of abating. Last year, a collection of items belonging to Lillian Asplund, the last American survivor of the disaster, sold for more than $175,000. Asplund died in 2006 at the age of 99.


“It’s the people, the human angle,” Aldridge said. “You had over 2,200 men, women and children on that ship, from John Jacob Astor, the richest person in the world at the time, to a poor Scandinavian family emigrating to the States to start a new life. There were 2,200 stories.”



Ryan O’Neal and Son Booked…

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008


Ryan O’Neal, son Redmond booked on suspicion of drug possession


Actor Ryan O’Neal, left, and his son Redmond O’Neal are shown in a combination photograph of their booking mug shots released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department to Reuters Sept. 17, 2008, following their arrest Wednesday for possession of a controlled substance


The Sheriff’s Department says it was doing a probation search involving Redmond O’Neal at his father’s Malibu home when deputies found the two in possession of methamphetamine.


By Andrew Blankstein
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 17, 2008


Ryan O’Neal and his son were being booked on suspicion of narcotics possession this morning after a probation search at the actor’s Malibu home, authorities said.


Deputies found Redmond O’Neal, 24, in possession of methamphetamine while a vial of the drug was found in Ryan O’Neal’s bedroom, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore.


The father and son will be held in lieu of $10,000 bail, he said.


The O’Neals were detained shortly after 7:15 a.m. during a probation search related to a case involving Redmond O’Neal. The two were taken to the sheriff’s Malibu/Lost Hills station.


Redmond, whose mother is actress Farrah Fawcett, was arrested last year on charges related to carrying heroin and crystal meth while driving under the influence in Malibu.


He pleaded not guilty to drug possession and one misdemeanor DUI charge as part of a deal intended to help him avoid jail. He was sentenced to three years probation and $1,688 in fines for the DUI charge.


In another case from 2005, Redmond O’Neal was placed on probation stemming from an arrest on suspicion of methamphetamine and cocaine possession.


Ryan O’Neal, 67, was arrested last year on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and negligent discharge of a firearm after firing a gunshot during an argument with another son, Griffin O’Neal.


The actor told authorities that Griffin, 43, picked up a fireplace poker and started swinging it. Griffin grazed him four or five times and “aimed at my head, I ducked, he hit his own girlfriend in the head,” Ryan O’Neal said at the time.


The actor said he fired a warning shot intended to scare his son.


The elder O’Neal was nominated for an Oscar for the 1970 movie Love Story.


Fight Over Poe’s Body…

Monday, September 8th, 2008


Baltimore Has Poe; Philadelphia Wants Him




BALTIMOREEdgar Allan Poe never lived in one city for long, and ever since he died and was buried here in 1849 this city has claimed him as its own.


But last year Edward Pettit, a Poe scholar in Philadelphia, began arguing that Poe’s remains belong in Philadelphia. Poe wrote many of his most noteworthy works there and, according to Mr. Pettit, that city’s rampant crime and violence in the mid-19th century framed Poe’s sinister outlook and inspired his creation of the detective fiction genre.


“So, Philadelphians, let’s hop in our cars, drive down I-95 and appropriate a body from a certain Baltimore cemetery,” Mr. Pettit wrote in an article for the Philadelphia City Paper in October. “I’ll bring the shovel.”  (Click on “Continue Reading’ for more)


Mary Pickford’s Oscars…

Monday, September 8th, 2008


Judge: Jury should decide fate of Pickford Oscars



LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury should decide whether silent film star Mary Pickford signed away rights to sell two Oscars she was awarded, a judge ruled Monday.


Three women who inherited the statuettes and a third one awarded to Pickford’s former husband Charles “Buddy” Rogers had hoped to win a dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The academy, which each year awards film’s highest honor, is seeking to block the public sale of the statuettes.


Pickford won the best actress Oscar in 1930 for Coquette, and was given an honorary Oscar in 1976. Rogers won the academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1986.


The academy claims it has the right to buy back the Oscars for $10 each.


The women inherited the awards through Rogers’ second wife, Beverly. They claim Pickford won her first Oscar before the academy’s $10 buyback rule was enacted, but the academy counters that Pickford signed an agreement after she won her second Oscar that covers both awards.



Attorneys for both sides argued Monday over whether it is Pickford’s signature on the documents.


Judge Rex Heesemen declined to rule for either party on that issue.


“The more I hear this argument, the more I think these are issues the jury has to decide,” Heesemen said.


It was the second time a judge has rejected a motion that would allow the Oscars’ sale.


Attorneys for the Rogers heirs, Kim Boyer, Virginia Patricia Casey and Marian Stahl, wrote in court filings that the academy is dwindling their estate by fighting the sale.


The heir’s attorney, Mark Passin, said he was disappointed with the judge’s ruling.


The case is scheduled to go to trial later this year, although Heesemen said Monday it may be delayed.