Michael Moore Voted 'Coldest' Celeb
Plus: Bruce Willis sues, Stern pal Robin Quivers does TV, and more
AWARDED: It was a cold day for filmmaker Michael Moore – and some 50 other celebs – who topped the list of “Film Threat’s Frigid 50: The Coldest People in Hollywood 2004,” the online film magazine announced. Moore was singled out for his ego, according to the magazine’s editors, while other stars on the list included Halle Berry, Paris Hilton, Jimmy Fallon, Ben Affleck and Disney head Michael Eisner, Reuters reports.
SUED: Actor Bruce Willis, 49, has sued Revolution Studios and a special effects foreman over a pyrotechnic mishap that happened on the set of his 2003 film Tears of the Sun. According to the lawsuit, the action star was struck on the forehead by a “projectile” after the film’s special effects team exploded “squibs,” which are devices that “simulate the appearance of bullets striking the ground.” The injury, which occurred in October 2002, caused Willis “extreme mental, physical, and emotional pain and suffering,” the suit alleges. Willis says the movie studio and the special effects foreman, Joe Pancake, “were negligent and reckless.” The suit does not specify a dollar amount, but asks for exemplary and punitive damages. Revolution said Monday it could not address the lawsuit. Pancake could not be located for comment.
SPLIT: Jermaine Jackson, 49, older brother of embattled pop star Michael Jackson, has filed for divorce from his wife of nine years, AP reports. The papers, filed Nov. 19 in Los Angeles Superior Court, asks that the couple’s kids – Jaafar, 8, and Jermajesty, 4 – live with their mother, Alejandra Jackson. The pair married on March 18,1995, and separated Nov. 15, 2004. Jermaine Jackson has five other children with two different women.
BATTLED: The man who confronted the burglars breaking into Ozzy Osbourne’s English country home was Ozzy himself, Reuters reports. On Monday it was reported that two men who had used a ladder to gain entry into the Osbourne’s Buckinghamshire home had grappled with a man in the residence. It turns out that that man who attempted to fight off the intruders was Ozzy. The two burglars reportedly stole a large amount of jewelry before the aging heavy metal star grabbed one of them. The intruder managed to break free and jump from a window. Ozzy was home with his wife, Sharon, when the 4 a.m. break-in occurred. Neither one of them was injured. The assailants are still at large.
INKED: Howard Stern is moving to satellite radio and his sidekick Robin Quivers is moving to television? Quivers has inked a deal with Sony Pictures to develop her own syndicated talk show, the Associated Press reports. If the deal goes through, her show could debut by fall 2005. It was not immediately clear whether she would continue working with Stern if the show becomes reality.
OVERPRICED: A two-day sale of Elvis Presley artifacts and other rock ‘n’ roll souvenirs proved that not all memorabilia is priceless. Six reel-to-reel tapes of early Elvis material including versions of songs such as “All Shook Up” and “Jailhouse Rock” did not draw the minimum bids on Monday, Reuters reports. The tapes were reportedly valued at between $30,000 and $50,000. Elvis fans did snap up more moderately priced merchandise, however, including a signed photograph, record sleeve and movie banner.
AILING: Fashion commentator (and former PEOPLE staffer) Steven Cojocaru, 42, revealed Monday that due to a genetic condition, he’s going to require a kidney transplant operation. He suffers from polycystic kidney disease, which causes cysts to grow in the kidneys, diminishing functioning tissue. Cojocaru was diagnosed with the condition during a routine physical. The fashion guru is expected to continue his work as on Entertainment Tonight and The Insider. Cojocaru is expected to make a full recovery. “Steven will live a normal life after the transplant,” Cojocaru’s physician, Dr. Stanley Jordan of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, told ET. He is coming to us in a very good state because he has been on a very healthy diet already.”