Sandra Bullock Pulls Out of Latest Movie
WITHDREW: Two weeks before her next film, Prime, was set to begin production, Sandra Bullock, 40, has dropped out of the project – at least for now, says the Hollywood Reporter. The actress, who is currently involved in a lawsuit with the builder of her luxury Texas home, did not like the latest draft of script, says her rep. Yet the trade paper also says that her producers expect that she will continue to fulfill her contractual commitment to start shooting the movie on Sept. 7.
ANTICIPATED: Frasier star Kelsey Grammer, 49, and his wife, former Playboy model Camille Donatacci, 36, are expecting a baby through a surrogate mother later this month, reports PEOPLE. The couple's daughter Mason, 2, was also born to a surrogate. Grammer has two daughters from previous relationships.
RECOVERED: Rodney Dangerfield, 82, underwent a seven-hour operation Wednesday to replace a heart valve "and is currently resting comfortably in intensive care over at UCLA," spokesman Kevin Sasaki tells the Associated Press. The comic is expected to be hospitalized about a week and should be able to return to work in about two months, Sasaki said.
ARRESTED: Lethal Weapon star Danny Glover, 57, was arrested Wednesday on the steps of Sudan's embassy in Washington, D.C., during a protest against the humanitarian crisis in the country's Darfur region, reports Reuters. Before being led away in handcuffs by the uniformed division of the U.S. Secret Service, Glover told a small crowd of protesters: "We want an end to the hostility." He was charged with disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly.
DIED: Swiss-born psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, 78, whose provocative books revolutionized how the living talk about death and advocated a belief in the afterlife, died Tuesday in Scottsdale, Ariz., of natural causes. As she wrote in a 1997 autobiography: "I always say death can be one of the greatest experiences ever." ... D-Roc, (real name: Dennis Miles), 45, the hockey-masked rhythm guitarist with rapper Ice-T's hard-rock band Body Count, died Aug. 17 after a battle with lymphoma, Billboard reports. Two other members of Body Count have already died: drummer Beatmaster V succumbed to leukemia in 1996 and bassist Mooseman was killed in a drive-by shooting in 2000.
CAST: Anne Heche, 35, will join the cast of Everwood, the WB drama about a Manhattan brain surgeon who relocates to a Colorado mountain town, reports the Associated Press. She'll play Amanda Carver, the Patron Saint of the town of Everwood. The show's lead, played by Treat Williams, becomes involved with Heche's character while helping her cope with her husband's paralysis. Also joining the third season of the show, whose new season premieres Sept. 13, will be Scott Wolf, 36, best known for his role on Party of Five.
YANKED: The New York City tourist bureau has pulled the off-Broadway show Naked Boys Singing from a list of discounted offerings to visiting Republican delegates, after the Republican National Committee complained about the 6-year-old gay-themed revue's suitability. The show's producer, Carl White, tells AP: "It's very disappointing to us. (The RNC) say they picked (New York as its convention city) because of our equality, our diversity, our culture." Even so, a dozen delegates are still coming to see the show.
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