PICKETED: Dozens of protesters representing People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals greeted Jennifer Lopez at the Los Angeles premiere of her new movie Monster-in-Law with signs declaring her the “monster-in-fur” for her Sweetface fashion collection, the Associated Press reports. The protesters, who included some people dressed in animal suits, complained that they have asked several times that Lopez eliminate fur from her clothing line but have been ignored. “She could make a difference in a positive manner, and what she does is cause the death of a lot of animals,” said protester Linda Kraemer. Asked what she thought of the protesters, Lopez replied: “I don’t.”
EXPRESSED: Peter Jennings, in a statement read on ABC’s World News Tonight, talked of his current battle with lung cancer and thanked those who have expressed their support. “Thousands of you have spoiled me rotten with your attention in the last couple of weeks,” Jennings, 66, said Friday night in the statement read by anchorwoman Elizabeth Vargas. “So many experiences have meant something special. A woman in my building who is a cancer survivor showed up at my front door so that we could see that bald really is beautiful. She’s right.” Jennings went on to state: “Yesterday, I decided to go to the office. I live only a few blocks away. I got as far as the bedroom door. Chemo strikes. Do I detect a knowing but sympathetic smile on many of your faces? You knew this was coming.” On a more upbeat note, he said: “I assume there are a few others out there who, like me, are going with the flow until the day gets better.”
PLEADED: American Pie star Chris Klein, 26, pleaded guilty through his attorney Friday to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge and was fined $1,800 and ordered to perform 150 hours of community service, AP reports. San Diego County sheriff’s deputies arrested the actor Feb. 5 in Encinitas, Calif. Authorities said he had a blood-alcohol level above 0.20 percent, more than twice California’s legal limit of 0.08. “Chris dealt with this very seriously and responsibly and he’s pleased that it’s been resolved,” his attorney Blair Berk said. He and former Dawson’s Creek star Katie Holmes, 26, recently called off their engagement after dating for five years. Holmes is now dating Tom Cruise, 42.
DIED: Emmy winner William Joseph Bell, 78, a legendary daytime TV soap writer and producer whose career spanned four decades, died Friday from complications of Alzheimer’s disease at the UCLA Medical Center, AP reports. The Chicago native got his start in 1956 as a writer on the soap “Guiding Light.” A year later, he left to write for another soap, As the World Turns. In 1966, Bell become head writer on Days of Our Lives, helping to turn the flagging series into one of the top audience draws four years later. In 1973, Bell teamed up with his wife, Lee Phillip Bell, and created The Young and the Restless. He also co-created The Bold and the Beautiful. In addition to his wife of 50 years and his three children (who also work in soaps), eight grandchildren survive Bell.
HONORED: Former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff, 52, was named international star of the year at the Bollywood movie awards in Atlantic City this weekend. He received the award because his shows, including Knight Rider, are among the most popular on Indian TV. In Germany, where he tours extensively in concert, Hasselhoff is also a popular singer.