RENEGED: Paris Hilton, 22, canceled what was to have been her first interview since her unauthorized sex tape hit the Internet, reports the New York Post. Late Wednesday the socialite, hotel heiress and X-rated video star called off her plans to appear with David Letterman on the Nov. 26 edition of CBS’s “Late Show.” The appearance was to promote her upcoming FOX reality show, “The Simple Life.” No reason for the cancellation has been reported, and the Post says that “Late Show” producers (who had already promoted Hilton’s appearance) were surprised by her withdrawal.
ACHIEVED: Despite mixed reviews and some of its facts being questioned, Pfc. Jessica Lynch‘s “I Am a Soldier, Too,” will appear in the No. 1 spot Sunday on The New York Times’ list of nonfiction bestsellers. A spokesman for publisher Alfred A. Knopf tells the Associated Press that first-week sales were around 50,000 copies. However, Dr. Mahdi Khafazji, an orthopedic surgeon who treated Lynch at Nasiriya’s main hospital, is disputing one of the book’s claims, that Lynch was raped while in captivity by the Iraqis. He said he examined her extensively and would have detected signs of sexual assault.
QUOTED: “We’re really proud of our relationship. We live a great lifestyle, we’re in love — why not share that with the world?” — Carmen Electra, 31, to New York’s Daily News, on why she and Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro decided to transform their wedding plans and ceremony into a MTV reality series, to debut in January
DELAYED: Former Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland, 36, had his Nov. 17 arraignment postponed until Dec. 3, reports Launch.com. No reason was reported. The musician was scheduled to face charges of driving under the influence of drugs. He was arrested on his birthday, Oct. 27, after crashing his BMW into several parked cars and then attempting to flee the scene. He is currently in a court-ordered detox facility, where he is due to remain for six months. His lawyer will enter his plea Dec. 3.
CAST: David Spade, 39, is the latest addition to ABC’s “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter,” says the Hollywood Reporter. In a multi-episode arc, the former “Just Shoot Me” star will play a relative of the family at the center of the sitcom, which has undergone a transformation this season following the death of star John Ritter in September. No word on when the Spade episodes will air.
DIED: Grammy-winning composer Michael Kamen, 55, known for his movie soundtracks as well as his work with bands such as Aerosmith and Pink Floyd, died of a suspected heart attack at his home in London, say reports. His most recent award was in 2001 when he won a Grammy for his work on Metallica’s song “The Call of Ktulu.” … Gene Anthony Ray, 41, who starred as Leroy, a street-smart urban teenager, in the 1980 movie “Fame” and the 1983-87 TV series, died on Friday in Manhattan, reports AP. The cause was complications of a stroke he had in June, and he was also HIV positive, said Jean E. Ray, his mother. … Patricia Broderick, mother of Matthew Broderick, died Tuesday in New York, reports AP. A spokesman for the actor said he did not know the elder Broderick’s age or cause of death. Matthew’s father, actor James Broderick, died in 1981. … Country Music Hall of Fame songwriter Don Gibson (“I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Oh Lonesome Me”), 75, died Monday in Nashville of natural causes, reports Rolling Stone. After his string of hits in the 1960s, Gibson battled drugs and alcohol, including an addiction to pills prescribed to control his weight.