9 November 2005
'Desperate Houswives' Star Fired
star Page Kennedy
has been fired from the hit drama for "improper conduct". Kennedy, who plays fugitive Caleb in the second series of the ABC show, was dropped on Friday after the studio conducted an investigation into allegations against him. Publicist Janet Daily refused to divulge details of the allegations. Kennedy had hoped the show would give him the opportunity of "making a name" for himself and claimed he turned down roles on television programs Barbershop
, Pepper Dennis
and Love, Inc.
to star in the series. Television bosses are recasting the role. Kennedy's final scenes will be aired in the US on Sunday.
Thompson Memorial Service Film To Be Screened at Festival
An hour long film covering the memorial of cult author Hunter S. Thompson
is to be screened at the Starz Denver International Film Festival in Colorado on Saturday. When I Die
is directed by Wayne Ewing
and follows the planning and attempts to secure local government approval to blast Thompson's ashes into the sky from a 15-storey tower, as well as the memorial service itself. The Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas
writer shot himself in the kitchen of his Owl Farm home in Woody Creek, near Aspen, Colorado, on February 20. He was 67. In accordance with his wishes, his ashes were fired from a 150 foot tower, topped by the his 'gonzo' journalism symbol of a red fist with two thumbs. Celebrity friends, including Johnny Depp
, Bill Murray
, Sean Penn
, Lyle Lovett
and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band joined Thompson's widow Anita and 250 others at the private memorial in August, and watched his ashes join fireworks in the sky.
Aniston Thanks Hafstrom for Role
has thanked movie-maker Mikael Hafstrom
for taking a risk and casting her in new thriller Derailed
. The actress feared she would be typecast after 10 years in hit comedy series Friends
, and was thrilled when Hafstrom considered her for the raunchy role. Derailed
sees Aniston's character have a torrid affair with a married executive, played by British actor Clive Owen
. She says, "Thank God for directors like Mikael Hafstrom - it was interesting for him to take a certain persona and put it in this part. That doesn't always happen. So I really appreciated that."
Spacey Installs Autograph Flap at Theatre
Hollywood actor-turned-theatre director Kevin Spacey
has installed an 'autograph' flap at London's Old Vic theatre, so he can safely meet and greet fans following performances there. Since becoming artistic director at the historic venue, Spacey's celebrity has drawn huge crowds to watch his plays. He is currently performing in Shakespeare's Richard II
- bringing even more theatre fans keen to catch him in action. Many of whom pack the stage door desperate for a glimpse of the star or his autograph. The scale of his support has grown so much he has now fitted a clever contraption that allows him to reach out to the crowd and grab programs and scraps of paper to sign without greeting fans in person. A source tells London newspaper the Evening Standard, "The flap was Installed last week. Kevin loves it. He signs autographs between 10:30pm and 10:45pm. Not only does it make autograph-signing much less hassle but he also feels safer as he doesn't have to open the stage door." Last year Spacey was mugged for his mobile phone while walking his dog near the theatre in the early hours of the morning.
Pacino & Hoffman's Fight Plan
was once approached to don boxing gloves and take on Dustin Hoffman
in an all-star fight night. The Godfather
star reveals impresario Alexander Cohen offered him the chance to go three rounds with Oscar-winning Rain Man
star Hoffman, as part of an early reality TV boxing match at New York City's Madison Square Garden venue. Pacino recalls, "I wondered if he ever mentioned that to Dustin, because he mentioned it to me. All I said was, 'Can we do it without the gloves?' People have these ideas."
Banks Calls for Drug Policing After Moss Scandal
Supermodel Tyra Banks
is urging modeling agency bosses to police the industry's drug abuse problems in a bid to make sure Kate Moss
is the last victim. Banks, who is planning to retire from the business at the end of 2005, admits she was saddened to hear of Moss' recent cocaine scandal because she admires her as a fellow model and "a pioneer" but hopes her drug problems will prompt modeling bosses to stamp out drug use. The Victoria's Secret model-turned-talk show host says, "It kind of angers me and it saddens me that Kate Moss
is becoming this poster child for this, but, at the same time, when something negative happens, something good hopefully comes out of it. So, maybe this is sending a message that this is a problem in the modeling industry and something needs to be done about it. Hopefully, Kate, what you are going through... is helping so many young women." Moss was released from an Arizona rehabilitation clinic last month, where she was admitted following the publication of images showing her snorting cocaine in September.
Witherspoon: "I Hated Picky Phoenix for Three Months"
and Joaquin Phoenix
started out on a sour note as country couple June Carter
and Johnny Cash
- because the actor hated his screen lover's voice. The couple fell out when they started taking singing lessons together for Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line
and it took them three months to become friends. Witherspoon recalls, "It took us about three months to trust each other because we didn't know each other at all in the beginning and we couldn't even look at each other when we had to sing to each other because it was so embarrassing. I'd sing too loud and he'd say, 'It's driving me crazy, she's singing too loud. Does she have to sing so loud?' I said, 'I'm just trying here!' It took about three months before we responded to each other's work and saw improvement. It took a long time before we really felt comfortable with each other." But once that happened, they became the best of friends: "There were days we felt bad. He would say, 'You're doing really good today, ' or, on days he felt like crap, I said, 'Don't beat yourself up, you're doing a really good job.' We really leaned on each other and became close in that way."
Clooney and Depp Snubbed by British Comedy Duo
Hollywood stars George Clooney
and Johnny Depp
's requests to appear in the upcoming series of UK comedy show Little Britain
have been snubbed - because they are too famous. David Walliams
and Matt Lucas
, creators and stars of the highly acclaimed sketch show, have no intention of following Ricky Gervais
' example by writing celebrity cameos into their sketches. The Office
star Gervais has been grabbing headlines after announcing he has signed up Tom Cruise
for an appearance in his show Extras
- but Lucas and Walliams can't imagine their comic creations interacting with hunky superstars. Lucas says, "It could really unbalance the show. I mean, (our characters) Lou and Andy would never meet George Clooney
. There will be no cameos from the stratospherically famous. We try to save celebrity appearances for (British fundraising TV extravaganza) Comic Relief." Sir Elton John
and British singer Robbie Williams
made brief appearances in Little Britain's Comic Relief DVD which raised $3.6 million for the charity.
Alba Fears Whore Typecast
Movie beauty Jessica Alba
fears she is being typecast, because she only gets offered role as whores and sexy maids. The Sin City
actress is grateful for the opportunities she has been given in Hollywood - but would kill for the parts offered to rival actress Natalie Portman
. She tells gossip site PageSix.com, "The scripts I get are always for the whore, or the motorcycle chick in leather, or the horny maid. I get all those screenplays that start, 'Tawnya is in the shower. The water streams down her naked, perky breasts.' Somehow, I don't think this is happening to Natalie Portman."
Zeta-Jones and Douglas' Communication Breakdown
and Michael Douglas
struggle to communicate, because he can't understand her Welsh accent. The Fatal Attraction
star is so flummoxed by his wife's broad tones, he believes she is speaking Welsh when she is actually speaking English. She says, "I always go back to my strong Welsh accent. Michael thinks I'm speaking Welsh. He says, 'That's a beautiful language, you should speak Welsh more often.' I have to tell him I am speaking English!"