Celebrity Jurors Honored In NYC
Juror Appreciation Day turned into a courthouse dance party when singer Neil Sedaka began swinging CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric to the rhythms of Johnny Colon's salsa combo.
They were among former jurors honored in a ceremony Thursday in Manhattan's state Supreme Court building along with actors Uma Thurman, Nathan Lane, Ed Burns and Kathleen Turner and fashion designer Vera Wang.
They were there to testify that jury duty is a privilege, an honor and usually surprisingly educational and interesting.
Lane told the audience he had learned, "The Revolutionary War was fought so you could serve jury duty. This I didn't know."
Couric said her favorite line about jury duty was by former juror and sex expert Dr. Ruth Westheimer: "It's a great way to pick up guys."
Sienna Miller Wins Damages From Photo Agency
British actress Sienna Miller has won 53,000 pounds ($79,000) from a photo agency she was suing on grounds of harassment.
Miller's lawyer David Sherborne says the out-of-court settlement covers her two complaints against Big Pictures U.K. Ltd.
The agency also has agreed not to follow her or photograph her at home or in her garden.
The agency's Allen Williams confirmed the settlement but had no further comment.
Miller and the agency informed a court of the settlement Friday.
The 26-year-old actress has appeared in the films "Casanova," "Factory Girl" and "Layer Cake."
Rapper T.I. Testifies In U.S. Murder Trial
Rapper T.I. testified Friday he believes the bullets fired at his entourage during a wild vehicle chase two years ago were meant for him.
He took the witness stand in the trial of Hosea Thomas, 34, who is accused of firing the shot that killed Philant Johnson during a gun battle on an interstate highway.
"All of those rounds were fired for me, in my opinion," he said.
Testifying for the prosecution, T.I. described seeing Johnson, lying lifeless, blood running down his face from a shot into his left temple.
Johnson was an assistant to T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris.
The shooting occurred after a post-concert party at a club. T.I. said after his van drove away, he spotted another vehicle moving up from behind in traffic. Then shots rang out and he took cover.
Three others were injured. T.I. wasn't hurt.
Man Charged For Hitting "Stargate" Actor
Authorities have charged a man suspected of hitting "Stargate Atlantis" actor Jason Momoa with a beer glass, causing wounds that required 140 stitches to repair.
Los Angeles County prosecutors on Friday announced a felony assault with a deadly weapon charge had been filed against 21-year-old Dominic Bando. Bando is accused of striking Momoa at a Hollywood restaurant on Nov. 15.
Jail records show Bando was arrested and released that day by Los Angeles police. Records do not indicate whether he had an attorney.
Prosecutors said in a news release that Momoa required reconstructive surgery to repair his injuries.
Momoa plays Ronon Dex on "Stargate Atlantis" and has a daughter with girlfriend Lisa Bonet.
Rosie Re-Fuels Feud With Barbara Walters
Now it's Rosie O'Donnell's turn to respond to Barbara Walters, who accused O'Donnell of criticizing "The View" to get more publicity.
O'Donnell told "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" host Conan O'Brien that she doesn't want to "dump on the show in order to benefit my own career." She sarcastically said she "never had a career before that show."
After giving fake praise to "The View," O'Donnell gave a phony smile that O'Brien said was the scariest he'd seen since Jack Nicholson in "The Shining."
It's A Boy For Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, Pete Wentz
Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Pete Wentz are the proud parents of a baby boy, and they're celebrating with some Bronx cheer.
Their representative says the pop and rock star couple have named their son Bronx Mowgli. The baby, born Thursday night, weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces.
Bronx is the first child for Simpson-Wentz, best known for the hit "Pieces of Me," and Wentz, bassist for the platinum rock band Fall Out Boy. They were married earlier this year.
Their representative said in a statement: "Ashlee, Pete and baby Bronx are all healthy and happy, and thank everyone for their well wishes!"
Teen On "Tyra Banks Show" Wins "Twilight" Car
Sometimes it pays to have your heart broken.
An 18-year-old who was among some 3,000 teens turned away from an autograph session with "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson when the crowd at a San Francisco mall grew unruly was surprised during a Thursday taping of "The Tyra Banks Show" - by Pattinson himself.
Oh yeah, and she won the young vampire's Volvo, too.
"This is the best thing that has ever happened to me in my entire life," Tiffany Kuhne said after the taping of the show, which airs Nov. 28.
Police canceled a Nov. 10 autograph session at the Stonestown Galleria when 3,000 people - mostly teenage girls, and hundreds more than expected - arrived early and began pushing their way inside. At least one girl was injured.
"The Tyra Banks Show" flew Kuhne and two other teenagers involved in the crush to New York for a "Twilight"-themed show - though they had no idea that Pattinson and co-star Taylor Lautner would be there.
The film stars then encouraged the girls as they participated in a pie-eating contest, with the prize being "Twilight memorabilia.
Two of the girls tied. Kuhne won a tiebreaker by precisely guessing the combined weight of the co-stars: 320 pounds.
Kuhne was blindfolded and led outside to discover that the "memorabilia" she'd won was the Volvo that Pattinson's character drives in the movie, which opened Friday.
Bruce Willis: Malaysia Company Needs To Pay Up
A Malaysian technology conglomerate pledged Friday to repay $900,000 to Hollywood star Bruce Willis, but denied any wrongdoing after he took legal action to demand a refund of his investment.
The Kuala Lumpur-based Petra Group environmental technology company said Willis invested $2 million in its subsidiary, Green Rubber, a developer of technology that can recycle rubber in old tires, in 2007.
Petra returned $1.1 million to Willis earlier this year when he decided to pull out his investment. U.S. news reports said the star of the "Die Hard" action films filed a court complaint in Los Angeles this week to recoup the remaining $900,000.
The company said in an e-mailed statement to The Associated Press that it intends to pay Willis the balance "within the next few weeks" and that the actor need not have filed the court complaint.
Famous NYC Food Critic's Job Had An Expiration Date
One of New York City's most famous food critics is out of a job.
New York magazine confirmed Thursday that Gael Greene - known for her flamboyant hats and influential opinions - is no longer working for the publication.
Magazine spokeswoman Lauren Starke says that in a "tightening economy, our company is simply no longer able to support four separate restaurant critics." Three other critics remain.
There was no immediate response to an e-mail sent to Greene.
Greene was the magazine's chief restaurant critic from 1968 to 2002. After that, she wrote a weekly column called "Insatiable Critic."
Starke says this is Greene's last week at the magazine, and her last review will appear in Monday's issue.