Plus: Ben Stiller set for slime, Posey flies with Superman, and more

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated March 21, 2005 08:00 AM

WON: Ray took four NAACP Image Awards on Saturday, including those for outstanding motion picture and best actor Jamie Foxx, who also won the Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles. “This has been an absolute wonderful ride,” said Foxx, presented his award by screen legends Sidney Poitier and Diahann Carroll. Hosted by Chris Tucker, this year’s ceremony will air Friday on FOX. Other winners: Morgan Freeman, who was not at the ceremony, as supporting actor in Million Dollar Baby; Ray costars Kerry Washington (actress) and Regina King (supporting actress); Fantasia, female music artist; Usher, male artist; Kanye West, best new artist; and Prince, for outstanding album for Musicology.

NAMED: Frankie Muniz, Lil Romeo and Hilary Duff have been named as presenters at this year’s April 2 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. Others expected include Chris Rock, Halle Berry, Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell and Amber Tamblyn. Will Smith and the punk-pop quintet Simple Plan are among the musicians scheduled to perform during the ceremony, to be broadcast live from UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion on Nickelodeon. And with green slime a standard prop on the show, “I think I’m going to be bringing a change of clothes,” host Ben Stiller tells Reuters.

JOINED: Parker Posey, currently costarring onstage in Hurlyburly in New York, has joined the cast of Bryan Singer’s untitled Superman movie for Warner Bros., says the Hollywood Reporter. She will play Kitty Koslowski, Lex Luthor’s villainous henchwoman. Already set for the picture are Brandon Routh as Superman, Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane, Hugh Laurie as Perry White, James Marsden as Richard White, Sam Huntington as Jimmy Olsen and Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor.

PLANNED: Filmmaker and sometime George Clooney collaborator Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Erin Brockovich), will direct a documentary about the life of monologist Spalding Gray, who committed suicide a year ago and whose body went missing for two months, reports Gray and Soderbergh had worked together. Gray starred in Soderbergh’s 1993 film King of the Hill, and Soderbergh directed the movie version of Gray’s monologue Gray’s Anatomy in 1996.

DIED: Flamboyant carmaker John Z. DeLorean, 80, who left his executive position at General Motors to launch his own flashy sports car line in the ’80s, died March 19 at a hospital in New Jersey, after a stroke. His stainless steel DeLoreans caught the attention of such celebrities as Johnny Carson, who drove one, and gained further fame when it served as the time machine in the Back to the Future movie series. In order to salvage his financially strapped DeLorean Motor Co., he allegedly got involved in a cocaine-dealing scheme – but was later acquitted on all charges. Still, the car company floundered, and he declared bankruptcy in 1999.

DIED: New York cabaret fixture Bobby Short, 80, who brought Cole Porter and Gershwin standards to the Caf Carlyle for more than 35 years, died Monday of leukemia at New York Presbyterian Hospital, said a spokeswoman. Short, who came to embody a Manhattan that seemed only to exist in 1930s Fred Astaire movies, once said, “My audience expects a certain amount of sophistication when they are coming to hear me.” And they got it.