PASSAGES: 'Matrix' Sequel Goes Cannes
SET: “The Matrix: Reloaded,” starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss and Jada Pinkett Smith, will premiere on May 15 during the second day of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, reports Reuters. In other new movie news, Disney is previewing its “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” starring Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush, simultaneously this Sunday on all of its media properties, including ABC, the Disney Channel, ABC Family, SOAPnet, Lifetime, A&E, the History Channel and E!, as well as in Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort hotel rooms, on Disney Cruise Lines, on JumboTrons at Downtown Disney, at various ESPN Zone locations, and on the film’s Web site and on the front page of Yahoo! Yo ho ho.
BUSTED: Richard Maldone, 38, who has played mobster Albert Barese on “The Sopranos,” was arrested in connection with a drug-dealing sting, Reuters reports. Prosecutors allege that he offered the animal tranquilizer ketamine free to an undercover cop. “The charge against Mr. Maldone is about as fictitious as the character that he plays on ‘The Sopranos,'” said his attorney, Melvyn Roth. Maldone pleaded innocent Thursday to a charge of criminal sale of a controlled substance and was released on $5,000 bail.
SENTENCED: Agostino Pomata, 34, of Italy, who was accused of stalking German supermodel Claudia Schiffer, 32,will not go on trial and has been sent instead to a London hospital for psychiatric treatment, after court officials decided he was no longer fit to face trial, reports Reuters. “We decided to discontinue the case,” a CPS spokeswoman said. “It was on the grounds that he was sectioned under the Mental Health Act, but the trial can be restarted if his condition changes.”
DIED: Michael Wayne, 68, eldest son of actor John Wayne and producer of many of his father’s films (including “The Green Berets”), died of heart failure after complications from lupus, his publicist, Warren Cowan, announced. Michael Wayne became president of the family’s production company after his father’s death in 1979. He was also president of the John Wayne Foundation and chairman of the John Wayne Cancer Institute at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif.