Tatum O'Neal tells me that her Uncle Kevin, the younger brother of her dad, Ryan O'Neal, 60, had his bone marrow harvested earlier this month in case Ryan, who is battling leukemia, needs it. The younger O'Neal, 56, is in poor health, and doctors didn't want to wait before performing the painful extraction—although it's not yet clear whether Ryan will require it. Tatum reports that her dad has responded well to his treatment and is in good spirits. "He's my only parent," says O'Neal, whose mother, actress Joanna Moore, died of lung cancer at age 63 in 1997.
Step aside, Shrek. Here comes Sinbad. In this latest endeavor from the DreamWorks animation division, the legendary sailor is voiced by Brad Pitt, who has started recording his voice-overs. Russell Crowe was to have breathed life into the character and did a couple of recording sessions, but he bowed out earlier this year because of other work demands, like directing his first feature, The Long Green Shore, a war drama.
It wasn't a surprise that Nicole Kidman received the Distinguished Decade of Achievement in Film Award at the ShoWest convention in Las Vegas. What was surprising was a congratulatory ad signed "Love, Tom & Paula" in The Hollywood Reporter, an industry trade paper. Tom, of course, would be her ex-husband Tom Cruise, while Paula is his producing partner Paula Wagner. "No one is more deserving of this award and such career recognition than you," the copy read. Heartfelt attempt to smooth things over or a slick business move? Cruise did produce The Others, and he and Kidman have more projects in development. Whichever, it's my understanding that Kidman was delighted by the gesture.
One of the best things about The West Wing this season was the addition of Mary-Louise Parker, who played Bradley Whitford's love interest in four episodes. Unfortunately, the actress is so busy that getting her back on the show before the end of production in May will be tricky. She's currently shooting Red Dragon, the Silence of the Lambs prequel, and will soon start an HBO film, Angels in America, while trying to visit boyfriend Billy Crudup, who is in the Broadway revival of The Elephant Man. So West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin has her open dates tacked up in his office. "Whenever she's available, I'll use her," Sorkin says. Viewers can expect Parker back for at least one more episode.