Plus: Streisand health scare, Robert Blake trial to proceed, and more

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated December 15, 2004 08:00 AM

SURROUNDED: Desperate Housewives hunk James Denton, 41, sparked a small riot when he traipsed into Times Square for a photo shoot, reports USA Today. As soon as he hit the street, six Connecticut housewives were all over him – with their cameras and compliments. “You can’t get through dinner,” Denton, who plays mysterious plumber Mike Delfino, says of his newfound fame. “You can’t shop. It’s a great problem to have.”

DIAGNOSED: A polyp removed from Barbra Streisand, discovered earlier this year during a routine colonoscopy, has proven to be benign, the 60-year-old star’s rep tells New York’s Daily News. The medical procedure did not interrupt her promotional activities for her new comedy Meet the Fockers, which opens Dec. 22.

FOUND: The LAPD has recovered the laptop computer stolen from actor Robert Blake’s attorney Gerald Schwartzbach on the eve of his murder trial, officials tell Reuters. Two young men, their names not reported, have been arrested. The theft occurred Dec. 1 and forced a delay in the trial, which is now scheduled to begin next Monday and continue through Dec. 22 before being recessed for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

REQUESTED: Prosecutors in the Michael Jackson child molestation case want to introduce evidence that the singer has committed other sex crimes over the years that went uncharged, Reuters reports, based on a motion released Tuesday. They ask that the evidence be admitted under a 1995 California law that lets relevant previous acts, whether prosecuted or not, be considered in sex crime cases. The argument is expected to be presented in a hearing scheduled for Monday.

REMEMBRED: Thousands waited in line in near-freezing temperatures in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday night to pay tribute at a memorial service for slain rock star "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, the Associated Press reports. Abbott, 38, a former member of the band Pantera, was shot to death in Columbus, Ohio, while performing with his new band, Damageplan. Three others also were murdered before police killed 25-year-old gunman Nathan Gale, described as an obsessed fan.

JOINED: Retiring U.S. Sen. Zell Miller, the conservative Georgia Democrat who backed President Bush’s re-election, is joining FOX News Channel as a contributor starting Jan. 6, reports AP. Miller, a two-term governor of Georgia, was appointed to the Senate in 2000. He’s taught history and political science at schools including the University of Georgia.

CAST: Million Dollar Baby star Hilary Swank will join Scarlett Johansson and Josh Hartnett for The Black Dahlia, directed by Brian DePalma from the James Ellroy novel, reports Variety. Also, Sean Bean (National Treasure and The Lord of the Rings) will join Ewan McGregor and Johansson in The Island for director Michael Bay, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

SIGNED: Putting the brakes on touring, singer-songwriter Barry Manilow, 61, has announced that he has signed a long-term contract to perform exclusively at the Las Vegas Hilton, starting in February. Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but a source close to the deal told Reuters it was valued at “far less” than the $60 million reported in a New York newspaper.

HONORED: Freddie Prinze Jr., 28, shed tears and said he was “overwhelmed” on Tuesday as he unveiled a Hollywood Walk of Fame star for his late father, who committed suicide in 1977. The elder Prinze was a standup comic who had a successful run in the sitcom Chico and the Man before ending his life at age 22. The younger Prinze was only 10 months old when his father died.