Porky's director Robert Clark, 67, and his son, Ariel Hanrath-Clark, 22, were killed in a car crash in Pacific Palisades early Wednesday when their car collided head-on with an SUV driven by a motorist suspected of being intoxicated, police said. The occupants of the other vehicle hospitalized with "serious" injuries, a police spokeswoman said. Clark also directed 1983's
A Christmas Story
and 1990's Loose Cannons.
Investigators have determined that the driver at the wheel of the SUV which killed Clark and his son had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit at the time of the crash. Hector Velazquez-Nava, a native of Mexico, was also found to be in the United States illegally, making him ineligible for bond. At his arraignment Friday, Velazquez-Nava pled not guilty to two counts of
gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
Spider-Man 3 will swing into the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival for its U.S. premiere on Apr. 30. The film opens in theaters worldwide on May 4.
Warner Bros. is denying that Sarah Michelle Gellar has signed on for a part in the upcoming Batman sequel, The Dark Knight, effectively shutting down Internet buzz about the erstwhile Buffy potentially playing Harley Quinn in the flick.
The theatrical trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End has lured in more than 375 million viewers worldwide in its first week of release, setting a new record for Disney, per the Hollywood Reporter. The film due in theaters May 25.
Martin Sheen is among a group of peace activists cited during an anti-nuclear protest Sunday at the Nevada Test Site, authorities said. The erstwhile leader of television's free world has received similar citations at the same site in the past.
Anna Faris has filed for divorce from her husband of three years, actor Benjamin Indra, citing irreconcilable differences as the cause for the split. According to court documents filed Tuesday, the couple wed in 2004 and separated last month. Faris has requested that she not be required to pay spousal support.
Halle Berry received the 2,333rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Tuesday, 10 days before the release of her upcoming film, Perfect Stranger. Meanwhile, Berry told In Touch magazine that she will be going bald for her role in the upcoming Nappily Ever After. "In the course of this movie, something bad happens to my character's hair and she decides to shave it all off," Berry said.
Aardman Features, the U.K. creators of Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run, have hammered out a deal with Sony that will put the company back into the U.S. market, three months after its deal with DreamWorks came to an end, following the box-office failures Flushed Away and Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
A man who contended he was not required to pay income tax, and whose case led to an indictment against Wesley Snipes, was sentenced Tuesday to 27 months in prison. A 2002 raid of Arthur Farnsworth's home led to a nationwide probe of fraudulent trusts, leading to charges against Snipes and others. The Blade star, who is currently awaiting trial, has claimed he is a "scapegoat" in the case.
Adam Sandler is returning to comedy with a role in the upcoming Disney film Bedtime Stories, playing a real estate developer who finds the elaborate stories he tells his niece and nephew are coming true, per Variety.
"Heroes" star Milo Ventimiglia has landed a role in the upcoming horror flick Pathology, playing a young medical intern who encounters a twisted group of colleagues trying to devise the perfect murder, per the Hollywood Reporter. Alyssa Milano will play his fiancée.
A German production company is suing John Goodman for about $3 million, claiming he accepted an offer of $500,000 to appear in the film Pope Joan, which was due to start filming in May, but later backed out via email. Goodman's publicist called the lawsuit "frivolous" in a statement to TMZ.
Kevin Costner is suing a New York-based music promoter for breach of contract, alleging the company backed out of a multimillion-dollar deal to put the word out on the Oscar winner's Kevin Costner Band. Per the lawsuit, Mahee Worldwide Ventures was supposed to set up Websites touting the group and organize at least five concerts a year.
George Clooney made a bunch of kids very happy in North Carolina last week by paying $20 for a 25-cent cup of lemonade at a stand they set up near the set of his upcoming movie, Leatherheads. The actor also reportedly made the kids' mom very happy by agreeing to pose for pictures with her and her friends.
Will Smith has landed atop Newsweek's annual power list, eclipsing last year's winner, Tom Cruise, as the most powerful actor on the planet. Johnny Depp and Ben Stiller came in at second and third most powerful, respectively.
Martin Scorsese is staying busy at this year's Cannes Film Festival, where he will give a master class on moviemaking to students and film buffs, present an award to the best film by a first-time director, and announce the creation of a new foundation "devoted to the preservation and restoration of the masterpieces of world cinema," the festival said Wednesday. The 60th annual Cannes Film
Festival will run from May 16-27.
Lindsay Lohan is putting her best face forward as the celebrity model for Jill Stuart's fall ad campaign, being shot next week in Japan.