Originally created 03/02/05

People in the News



NEW YORK - Stella McCartney and her husband have named their infant son.

Miller Alasdhair James Willis was born Friday in London, weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces. McCartney, the daughter of Paul McCartney, and her husband, Alasdhair Willis, turned to her family name for their son's third name, People magazine said Tuesday.

The 33-year-old fashion designer has a grandfather named James Paul McCartney and a brother named James Louis McCartney. However, it wasn't clear where the name Miller originated. A representative for McCartney wouldn't comment.

Willis, a former magazine publisher, and McCartney were married in August 2003. It is the couple's first child.

McCartney is recovering at an undisclosed London hospital, but her new line of clothing will be unveiled as scheduled in Paris on Thursday, the magazine said.

"Even though Stella can't be physically present to take a bow," McCartney's representative said, "the Stella McCartney show will proceed as scheduled."

On the Net:

http://www.stellamccartney.com

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - The marriage between Rebecca Romijn and John Stamos is officially over.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Harvey A. Silberman signed off on the family law judgment Thursday, nearly a year after the couple announced they were separating after five years of marriage.

The marriage was officially terminated as of Tuesday, according to the document. The couple have no children.

Romijn, 32, is filming "Man About Town" with Ben Affleck. Her screen credits include "Rollerball" and "Femme Fatale."

Stamos, 41, starred on television's "Full House" from 1987 to 1995. He has a new ABC comedy, "Jake in Progress."

On the Net:

http://abc.go.com/primetime/jakeinprogress/index.html

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - A drifter accused of stalking Mel Gibson said he will serve as his own lawyer in a trial in which the actor-director is expected to appear as a witness.

Zack Sinclair, who was arrested for allegedly violating an order to stay away from Gibson, announced that he will be representing himself as jury selection began Monday in what is expected to be a six-day trial.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge John S. Fisher told prospective jurors that Sinclair, 34, is legally entitled to waive his right to a lawyer and that they should not let that decision affect their judgment of him.

Outside the presence of the jury, the judge said the defendant won't have to wear handcuffs during the trial but will have to limit his movement in the courtroom. "There's no walking around, there's no coming up to the bench," Fisher said.

Gibson is listed as one of 15 prosecution witnesses who could be called to testify.

Sinclair was arrested in September for investigation of stalking the actor-director. He allegedly went to the gate of Gibson's Malibu estate repeatedly that month after evading neighborhood security and asked to pray with the actor.

Sinclair was again arrested Oct. 7 after allegedly violating a court order to stay away from Gibson and his family.

In a court filing, Gibson said the man interrupted his worship on Sept. 19 at a chapel and "demanded that I pray with him" before the filmmaker's bodyguard escorted him out.

Sinclair also is suspected of sending letters to Gibson and his family in which he recounted his prayers for the actor, cited biblical verse and praised Gibson's movie "The Passion of the Christ."

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Peter Jackson's production company sued New Line Cinema on claims it has been shortchanged on profits from the first film in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

Wingnut Films alleges in a federal lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles that New Line and subsidiary Katja Motion Pictures failed to properly calculate revenue, including revenue from DVD sales, from 2001's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring."

The lawsuit doesn't specific an amount sought in damages but claims the movie grossed more than $314 million in box office receipts in the United States and more than $556 million overseas, plus revenue from video and merchandise sales.

A phone call to a New Line spokesman, Richard Socarides, wasn't immediately returned late Monday.

The lawsuit accuses the studio of giving affiliates favorable licensing deals. It seeks a court injunction against New Line from reaching deals related to the film with affiliates "without first seeking the most competitive and beneficial deals from unaffiliated third parties in a free and open market."

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - The son of R&B singer Chaka Khan surrendered to police after he learned that prosecutors had charged him with murder in the shooting death of a 17-year-old boy, police said.

Damien Patrick Holland, 25, surrendered Monday with his lawyers at his side, according to a printed LAPD statement. He is being held on $2 million bail.

Prosecutors allege that Holland shot Christopher Baily of Los Angeles at a September 2004 party as the two struggled for a gun during a fight. Holland was taken into custody, but was released several days later when prosecutors said they didn't have enough evidence to press charges.

Detectives have since located witnesses to the murder, which led to the present charge, the police statement said.

Khan, 51, is known for hits such as "Tell Me Something Good" and "I Feel for You."

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - A judge issued a three-year restraining order against a man who allegedly sent threatening letters to Halle Berry's home.

Superior Court Judge Linda K. Lefkowitz ruled that Robert Sawyer of San Pablo, about 15 miles northeast of San Francisco, was to stay 100 yards away from Berry and to keep the same distance from her home, work and vehicle.

The order, which expires in 2008, also prohibits him from contacting the actress by phone, mail or e-mail.

Berry wasn't in court Monday when the judge made her decision. Berry's lawyer, Blair Berk, refused to comment.

Court records filed on Berry's behalf earlier this month claim Sawyer's letters talk about "delusions he has about a purported romantic relationship (with the actress)."

Sawyer was contacted by Berry's personal security in November advising him not to reach the actress anymore. But Sawyer sent more letters to Berry, including one that said he would visit her on Valentine's Day "to fulfill his delusions of a romantic relationship."

In June, Greg Broussard of Baldwin, La., was ordered to stay away from the actress. Berry alleged that Broussard had imagined the two were engaged and that her manager and publicist were hindering their relationship.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Natalie Portman says filming a kissing scene beside Jerusalem's Western Wall for her upcoming movie "Free Zone" was a mistake.

"I really don't want to offend anyone's beliefs or impose anything on anyone and it was mistaken to do it," Portman told "Access Hollywood" in an interview broadcast Monday.

The 23-year-old Israeli-born actress and her crew were confronted by ultra-Orthodox Jewish worshippers last week while filming the scene with Israeli actor Aki Avni. The incident underlined the sensitivity of the site, a remnant of the biblical Jewish temples, the holiest place where Jews can pray.

The site is controlled by strictly observant Jews. Male and female worshippers are separated by a barrier perpendicular to the wall, following Orthodox Jewish rules forbidding casual contact between the sexes.

"As soon as it offended people, we moved," Portman said. "We had a very hectic work schedule, so we weren't thinking. We shouldn't have done it."

"Access Hollywood" also aired an interview with Antonio Banderas, who explained why his wife, Melanie Griffith, arrived at the Academy Awards show Sunday with a broken foot.

Banderas said Griffith "was a little upset with her performance and she kicked in the door" while playing Roxie Hart in the musical "Chicago."

Said Griffith: "I was singing and I am not a singer."

On the Net:

http://www.accesshollywood.com

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LONDON (AP) - Harold Pinter said he has given up writing plays and plans to focus his efforts on politics.

Pinter, 74, has written plays including "The Caretaker" and "The Homecoming." He has been an outspoken critic of British Prime Minister Tony Blair and opposed Britain's involvement in the Iraq war.

In an interview with British Broadcasting Corp. radio that aired Monday, Pinter said: "I think I've stopped writing plays now, but I haven't stopped writing poems."

"My energies are going in different directions, certainly into poetry. But also, as I think you know, over the last few years I've made a number of political speeches at various locations and ceremonies.

"I'm using a lot of energy more specifically about political states of affairs, which I think are very, very worrying as things stand."

In 2003, Pinter published a volume of anti-war poetry about the Iraq conflict and in 2004 he joined a group of celebrity campaigners calling for Blair to be impeached.

On the Net:

http://www.haroldpinter.org/home/index.shtml