Plus: Hepburn Oscars donated, Passion breaks record, and more
RULED: Dawnette Knight, 33, accused of making death threats against Catherine Zeta-Jones, was declared mentally competent on Wednesday, AP reports. A hearing to determine whether enough evidence existed to send Knight to trial on stalking charges was postponed in July after the suspect took a barbiturate overdose in jail. Knight faces 24 counts of stalking the actress over an 18-month period. The preliminary hearing is expected to resume on Thursday.
DONATED: The four Best Actress Oscars that went to Katharine Hepburn, who died in June 2003 at 96, are being given to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences library in Los Angeles, per the wishes of the star’s estate. Also being given are numerous letters from her directors, including those from George Cukor, John Huston and David Lean. Once fully catalogued, the collection will be made available to qualified researchers.
RECORDED: Sony BMG Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group, after months of closely guarded discussions, on Oct. 5 will release two separate Fahrenheit 9/11-theme albums to add a musical dimension to Michael Moore’s political efforts, reports The New York Times. The Warner release will feature music from the documentary, while the Sony CD will contain tunes that inspired the movie, including songs from Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, the Clash, System of a Down and Jeff Buckley.
SOLD: Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ has broken the record for sales of a live-action movie on DVD and VHS in one week, says the Hollywood Reporter. With nearly nine million copies sold in its first week of release, it beat The Lord of the Rings titles. The best-selling home-video release is the animated Finding Nemo, whose DVD alone sold 8 million copies its first day of release last November. In its first week, the DVD had sold 13.5 million copies, and the VHS version 1.6 million.
REVEALED: Landon Lueck, 25, one of the seven people on the new season of MTV’s Real World (set in Philly), pleaded guilty last year to assaulting a police horse following a drunken outing at a college football game in Wisconsin, according to a police report obtained by the Smoking Gun Web site. The misdemeanor criminal complaint describes Lueck as being intoxicated and “extremely belligerent” when told by a mounted cop to leave a University of Wisconsin-Penn State game. When Lueck “continued to push back at the horse and refused to leave,” says the report, he was arrested and charged with “harassment of police animal” and eventually placed in a “deferred prosecution/first offender program.”
EXTENDED: I Love Paris, an Off Off Broadway one-man show in which actor Kevin Shinick plays the famous Hilton (in men’s white briefs and socks), has extended its New York engagement through Oct. 25. “We want to keep the party going, so we are offering 25 percent off the regular admission price of $20 (that’s a $15 ticket for those of you that paid about as much attention in high school as Paris did),” the show’s producers have announced. Reviews for the play have been positive.