PASSAGES: Police Foil Posh Kidnap Plot
NABBED: London police arrested nine people this weekend in connection with a supposed plot to kidnap former Spice Girl Victoria "Posh" Beckham, 28, who is married to British soccer hero David Beckham, 27, making them the country's premiere celebrity couple, The New York Times reports. Scotland Yard made the arrests in raids Saturday night after gleaning information from early editions of the Sunday tabloid News of the World. The paper reported that would-be perpetrators planned to knock out Victoria Beckham with a spray chemical and capture the couple's children, Brooklyn, 3, and Romeo, 2 months, and hold them all for $7.8 million ransom. Authorities praised the paper for helping with the hunt, and Posh Spice later told the News of the World: "It's clear that these people were serious ... I'm in absolute and total shock."
REMEMBERED: Late actor Richard Harris, who plays Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies and who died of cancer 10 days ago, was remembered Sunday night in London at the premiere of his latest movie, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets." Daniel Radcliffe, 13, who plays the bespectacled boy wizard, tells Reuters, "I know he would love to have been here tonight. He liked to go partying." The eagerly awaited movie, based on the J.K. Rowling novel, opens stateside Nov. 15.
KILLED: Rap promoter Kenneth Walker, 31, was killed in the Bronx, N.Y., early Saturday morning as he sat in a parked Plymouth Voyager van emblazoned with the names of various rap artists, The New York Times reports. Police immediately looked into whether this new slaying was connected to the shotgun death last Wednesday of Jam Master Jay, 37, of Run-DMC. But as of Monday morning, authorities didn't believe there was a link.
SOLD: The blockbuster summer movie "Spider-Man" has delivered again. Released on home video Friday, the movie made more than $125 million on DVD and videocassette sales on the first day alone. By Sunday it had taken in $200 million, according to preliminary estimates, Variety reports. Sony Pictures Entertainment president John Calley tells the trade paper that a record 7 million copies were sold Friday, with an estimated 11 million copies expected to be sold through the weekend, generating about $190 million in retail revenue. Disney's "The Lion King" sold a record 20 million videocassettes in its first full week when it went on sale in 1995. That title, which has yet to be released on DVD (it's expected in 2003), still stands as the all-time best-selling video with 31 million units sold to date, Variety reports.