October 15, 2003 05:05 PM

HONORED: About 1,000 people gathered Tuesday night at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre to remember John Ritter, 54, who died Sept. 11 of an undetected heart problem. At the tribute, Ritter’s widow, actress Amy Yasbeck, stood with photos of Ritter and said, “Sorry, John, but tonight we are here to love you out loud,” the Associated Press reports. Tom Ritter described his brother as “a pied piper of fun, filled with joy and love.” Other speakers included actress Katey Sagal, who played Ritter’s wife on “8 Simple Rules,” and Michael Eisner, the head of Walt Disney Co., which owns ABC. Actor-director Peter Bogdanovich described Ritter as “loving, funny, warmhearted, kind, generous, mischievous as a young kid, unpretentious. … What John seemed to be,” Bogdanovich said, “he was.”

SPLIT: Citing irreconcilable differences, Scott Weiland, 35, lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots, filed for divorce Tuesday from his wife, Mary, the Associated Press reports. The couple married in May 2000 and separated in September 2002, according to court documents. They have two children. Weiland was sentenced to three years’ probation in August after pleading no contest to one count of possessing heroin. He is scheduled to return to court Oct. 20 for a progress report. … “Star Trek: The Next Generation” star Patrick Stewart, 63, and his wife, TV producer Wendy Neuss-Stewart, 45, have filed for legal separation after three years of marriage and 10 years together, reports USA Today. Stewart has two grown children, Sophie and Daniel Stewart, from his 1966-1990 marriage to his first wife, dancer-choreographer Sheila Falconer. He is currently in rehearsals on Broadway for next month’s opening of Harold Pinter’s “The Caretaker.”



QUOTED: “I thought, ‘I’m 24, I’ve never been out of the country before, and I’ve got nothing to lose.'” — David Smith, an $11,000-a-year rodeo rider, on why he accepted the offer to be the new “Joe Millionaire,” to New York’s Daily News


SCHEDULED: Oscar-winning actor Karl Malden, 91, will be given a lifetime achievement honor at next year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. Malden won a best supporting actor Academy Award in 1951 for “A Streetcar Named Desire,” and was nominated four years later for “On the Waterfront.” In the 1970s he costarred with Michael Douglas in the TV crime series “The Streets of San Francisco.” … On Nov. 17, Steven Spielberg, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis and John Travolta will receive the 2003 Stella Adler Studio of Acting Awards at a ceremony in New York. Co-chairmen of the event include Marlon Brando and Roy Scheider.

HIRED: California gubernatorial runner-up Gary Coleman, 35, is about to get a political platform after all, on the new Hollywood-based All Comedy Radio network, reports AP. “We’re delighted to have a commentator with such keen insight and experience as Mr. Coleman,” said All Comedy Radio co-founder and CEO Michael O’Shea. Coleman finished eighth out of 135 candidates vying to replace Gov. Gray Davis in last week’s election, losing to fellow actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Among the topics he’ll tackle on his new show, to begin Friday, will be the 2004 presidential election.

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