Wesley Snipes leaves prison
LEWIS RUN — Wesley Snipes has been released from a federal prison in Pennsylvania.
Snipes was convicted in 2008 on tax charges. He was released Tuesday and placed under home confinement. A Bureau of Corrections spokeswoman said Friday he’ll be overseen by the New York Community Corrections Office until July 19.
Snipes has appeared in dozens of films, from “White Men Can’t Jump” and “Demolition Man” in the early 1990s to the “Blade” trilogy. He entered the McKean County prison in December 2010 to begin a three-year sentence for failure to file income tax returns.
Snipes belonged to a group that challenged the government’s right to collect taxes. Prosecutors said he failed to file returns for at least a decade and owed millions of dollars in back taxes.
Snipes had appealed in an Atlanta court, saying he didn’t get a fair trial.
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LOS ANGELES — A court has ended the first week of jury selection in a civil case over Michael Jackson’s death with 60 potential jurors selected.
Jury selection will resume Monday and is expected to stretch into the following week in an effort to find enough people to hear a case filed by Jackson’s mother against concert giant AEG Live.
Katherine Jackson claims the company failed to properly investigate and supervise the doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter for Jackson’s June 2009 death. Potential jurors have filled out a 24-page questionnaire that assesses their knowledge of the case, Jackson’s family and their views on celebrities and multimillion dollar verdicts. In-person questioning of potential jurors will begin on Wednesday. AEG has denied wrongdoing.
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LOS ANGELES — Halle Berry is pregnant.
A representative for the actress, 46, confirms that Berry and her fiance, Olivier Martinez, are expecting their first child together.
Publicist Meredith O’Sullivan Wasson offered no other details.
Berry and Martinez announced their engagement last year. Berry has a daughter with her ex-boyfriend, Gabriel Aubry. The two settled their custody battle over the 5-year-old in November.
This is the first child for Martinez.
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NEW YORK — Real-life husband and wife Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz are to play an adulterous stage couple in a Broadway production this fall of Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal,” the latest blast of high-beam celebrities to be lured to Times Square.
Weisz will make her Broadway debut in Pinter’s 1978 study in deception, which charts an extramarital affair in reverse.
Her character, Emma, is married to Craig’s Robert, but is having an affair with Jerry, played by rising star Rafe Spall.
James Bond star Craig last appeared on Broadway in 2009 in “A Steady Rain,” where he received positive notices opposite Hugh Jackman even though the play itself did not.
The married movie stars will join a long list of recent film celebrities to hit Broadway, including Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Matthew Broderick, Jessica Chastain, Robin Williams, Scarlett Johansson, Katie Holmes and Samuel L. Jackson. Other celebrities soon to make their debuts include Zooey Deschanel and Amber Tamblyn.
Casting movie stars hasn’t always turned into box office gold. Hoffman’s revival of Arthur Miller’s “Death of Salesman,” Jackson’s turn as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on “The Mountaintop” and the Pacino-led “Glengarry Glen Ross” revival all recouped their investments. But Chastain’s revival of “The Heiress,” Holmes’ “Dead Accounts” and Johansson’s version of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” did not.
Craig has reportedly signed on for at least two more Bond films following “Skyfall,” which was the first Bond film to rake in more than $1 billion in revenue. It also won two Oscars including one for Adele’s theme song.
Broadway veteran Mike Nichols will direct “Betrayal,” which previews from Oct. 1 and opens Nov. 3 at New York’s Barrymore Theatre. The announcement was made Friday.
Craig and Weisz, who is currently starring on screen in “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” worked together before in the horror film “Dream House,” which came out in 2011.
Couples have been sharing Broadway stages recently, including Michael Shannon and Kate Arrington, who starred in “Grace,” and Boyd Gaines and Kathleen McNenny, who starred in “An Enemy of the People.”