Actor Gene Hackman had given clothes, money and rides to a homeless man whom he slapped this week after the man became aggressive toward the Oscar-winning actor and his wife, according to a police report detailing the incident in Santa Fe, N.M.
Police say Hackman acted in self-defense and no charges have been filed.
Hackman told officers he had helped Bruce Becker, 63, for several years, and Becker told a similar story. The report released by Santa Fe police said both agreed the incident began when Becker approached Hackman and his wife, Betsy, on a street early Tuesday afternoon and asked for money.
The odds are ever in Francis Lawrences favor.
Lionsgate announced Thursday that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire filmmaker will also direct The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part One and Part Two. Lawrence previously directed the Will Smith post-apocalyptic thriller I Am Legend and stepped in to direct The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire after director Gary Ross departed the franchise.
Catching Fire is scheduled to debut Nov. 22, 2013.
Two of the most powerful women in media – Oprah Winfrey and Arianna Huffington – are joining forces.
The two on Thursday launched HuffPost OWN, a new section on the Huffington Post website that will feature material from the Oprah Winfrey Network and Oprah.com.
A Minnesota casino says legendary country singer George Jones is ill and has canceled a concert scheduled this week.
Jones was scheduled to perform today at the Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center in Mahnomen. That concert had been rescheduled from April, when Jones needed more time to recover from an upper respiratory infection.
Shooting Star released a statement from Jones management team, saying the 81-year-old singer has gotten a virus and is being treated by doctors.
Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer Jay Black is 74. Actress Stefanie Powers is 70. Singer J.D. Souther is 67. Drummer Carter Beauford is 55. Singer k.d. lang is 51. Bassist Bobby Dall is 49. Actress Lauren Velez is 48. Actor David Schwimmer is 46. Singer-guitarist John Hampson is 41. Rapper Nelly is 38. Rapper Prodigy is 38. Actor-singer Kendall Schmidt is 22.