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News 10/14/2007

Former child star Anna Chlumsky, who starred alongside Macaulay Culkin in the 1991 heartwarmer My Girl, is engaged to Shaun So, an Army reserve officer who served in Afghanistan, per People. The onetime thespian will tie the knot in March a fused Chinese-Catholic ceremony.

Orlando Bloom was involved in a minor car crash that took place in Los Angeles around 2:15 a.m. Friday, LAPD Media Relations confirm to "E! News." The franchise-friendly actor was behind the wheel of a 2003 Toyota Matrix when he was cut off by another driver and, as a result, hit a parked car. Two female passengers in Bloom's car suffered injuries in the fender bender, with one woman fracturing her neck as a result of the crash. Bloom accompanied both to a nearby hospital, and the duo has since been treated and released.

Hector Manuel Velazquez-Nava, the 25-year-old whose blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit when his SUV fatally crashed into a car carrying A Christmas Story director Robert Clark and his son, killing both men, has been sentenced to six years in state prison.

Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead star Simon Pegg and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle namesake John Cho have signed on to the forthcoming Star Trek flick as Scotty and Sulu, respectively. The British Pegg previously worked with director JJ Abrams in Mission: Impossible 3. Earlier this week, Eric Bana signed on to play the 11th big-screen installment's villain Nero, while Chris Pine is still in talks to play a young Captain Kirk.

Sarah Jessica Parker has signed on to star in the big-screen adaptation of Amy Cohen's bestselling novel The Late Bloomer's Revolution, revolving around a single woman who reconnects with her father who's back on the dating scene following the death of her mother, per the Hollywood Reporter. "Gilmore Girls" creator Amy Sherman-Palladino will make her directing debut on the chick flick.

Julia Roberts is set to receive the 22nd American Cinemathèque Award this afternoon, honoring the Oscar winner's career contributions to the film industry. Her Pelican Brief costar Denzel Washington will be on hand at the Beverly Hilton hotel to present the award, with highlights of the ceremony airing on AMC in December. Past recipients of the accolade include George Clooney, whom Roberts presented to last year, Steven Spielberg, Nicole Kidman, and Sean Connery.

The former vice president and Hollywood BFF du jour Al Gore has won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to fight global warming, with the Nobel committee calling him "one of the world's leading environmental politicians." Gore received the global accolade along with the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

News 10/11/2007

Robert Rodriguez and Rose McGowan are engaged, barely a year after meeting each other on the Grindhouse set, where Rodriguez, 39, directed the 34-year-old actress in Planet Terror, a source tells People. McGowan, who once was betrothed to Marilyn Manson, had been seen around town sporting a large diamond ring. This will be her first trip down the aisle and Rodriguez's second. He has five kids with ex-wife and longtime production partner Elizabeth Avellan.

A man accused of stalking Uma Thurman for the past two years was arrested last week outside of her Manhattan home and has been charged with stalking, aggravated harassment and attempted coercion. Bail was set at $10,000 and a judge issued an order of protection in case Jack Jordan, 35, is released. The felony complaint against him says that he has sent her letters and drawings, emailed members of her family and, in August, he showed up at her house once or twice a day, multiple times a week, asking to see her.

Seven-time James Bond player Roger Moore received the 2,350th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday, three days shy of his 80th birthday. "I want to thank my wife Christina for getting me up this morning," the British actor joked at the unveiling. "I have had a love affair with Hollywood for many years. I have been lucky to have been able to kiss many women during my work—Elizabeth Taylor, Caroll Baker, and Angie Dickinson. I also worked with Clint Walker—and no, I did not kiss him."

A Florida judge has postponed Wesley Snipes' tax evasion trial until early next year after the actor fired the whole of his defense team, but not before putting the star on notice that he was wise to the housecleaning "ploy," which will allow Snipes more time before heading to court.

Jude Law has been cleared of assaulting a paparazzo following his Sept. 4 arrest outside his London home after a scuffle with a shutterbug. "The police have told me that they and the CPS have examined the photographer's allegation extremely carefully and made the decision that there is no further action to be taken," the actor told People. Police confirmed the case was closed.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced Thursday that eight documentaries have been shortlisted for the 2008 Academy Awards--Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy, Freeheld, If It Happens, La Corona (The Crown), Ochberg's Orphans, Portraits of a Lady, Salim Baba, and Sari’s Mother. Of the eight, three to five will receive nominations. The Oscars will be handed out on Feb. 28.

News 10/10/2007

Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Philippe are legally free to marry others, should they so desire. The former twosome's status as a married couple was officially terminated Oct. 5. To finalize their divorce, they still must settle their finances and custody arrangements for daughter Ava, 8, and son Deacon, 3. Both parents are seeking shared custody. Witherspoon filed for divorce from Philippe last November after seven years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.

As many as 40 hospital staffers have been suspended from the Palisades Medical Center in New Jersey for allegedly peeking at George Clooney's confidential medical information when he was treated there following a recent motorcycle crash. The disciplinary action was not prompted by a complaint from the actor, who said who only learned of the indiscretion Tuesday. "This is the first I've heard of it," Clooney said in a statement. "And while I very much believe in a patient's right to privacy, I would hope that this could be settled without suspending medical workers." The workers were reportedly suspended for four weeks without pay.

Eric Bana has signed on to star as Star Trek villain Nero in JJ Abrams' upcoming big-screen adaptation of the sci-fi series, Variety reports. Most details of the film, including plot and character descriptions, are being kept under wraps. Anton Yelchin, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, and Leonard Nimoy have already signed on, but several major characters still must be cast before the picture's November start date.

Universal has given the go-ahead for a $100 million big-screen adaptation of Land of the Lost, starring Will Ferrell, Variety reports. The project is expected to begin filming in March. The studio's decision to greenlight the film comes as something of a surprise after Universal suffered a recent big-budget comedy flop with Evan Almighty.

News 10/09/2007

Nick Nolte and his longtime partner, Clytie Lane, welcomed a baby girl Oct. 3 in Los Angeles, the actor's spokesman said Tuesday. The tot, who has not yet been named, weighed in at seven pounds, 13 ounces and was said to be doing well. It’s the second child for Nolte, 66, and the first for Lane.

News 10/08/2007

After winning a hard-fought battle to shoot scenes from the upcoming Valkyrie at a German war memorial, it turns out Tom Cruise & Co. are going to have to do the whole thing over. A "majority" of the footage already shot for the film is unusable, a spokeswoman for the production company told Bild newspaper, meaning the scenes will need to be filmed again. Problems apparently set in after the film's negative was treated with the wrong chemical, erasing the images.

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Laurence Fishburne's former personal assistant, who alleged she was fired by the actor because she decided to have a baby. Kristel Crews sued Fishburne in January 2006, seeking unspecified damages on several claims, including breach of contract, sex discrimination, and wrongful termination in violation of public policy. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary Thornton House dismissed the case Sept. 24 after finding Crews had intentionally failed to provide documents requested by Fishburne's attorneys.

Tom Sizemore claims his drug-using days are over. "God's trying to tell me he doesn't want me using drugs because every time I use them I get caught," the actor told the Bakersfield Californian. Sizemore is currently behind bars for violating his probation in a meth case. He's due for release next month, after being sentenced last Wednesday to treatment in a drug therapy program.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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