- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 11, 2009

‘Dead’ man talking

He’s alive!

Private investigators claim the former lover of “Grease” star Olivia Newton-John, who has been presumed dead since 2005, is alive and well, says the New York Daily News, citing a report from London’s Daily Mail.

Patrick McDermott, a bankrupt cameraman, dated Miss Newton-John for nine years before disappearing on a fishing excursion off the coast of California, leaving behind his boat, wallet and keys. Police had suspected he fell overboard and drowned, despite evidence of mounting debts and back child support owed to a former wife.

According to Denverpost.com, a letter faxed on his behalf from Mexico to private detectives in the U.S. insisted that he was alive and well but begged to be left alone.

Miss Newton-John, 60, was reportedly heartbroken after Mr. McDermott’s supposed death and took years to recover before marrying herb tycoon John Easterling in 2008.

Short takes

• Cheech Marin and longtime girlfriend Natasha Rubin, a Russian-born pianist, were married at his Malibu, Calif., home over the weekend, People.com reports. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa officiated at the short civil ceremony.

• Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck. According to EWOnline.com, Peter Farrelly told the Boston Globe that Paul Giamatti will play Larry in the Farrelly brothers’ upcoming “Three Stooges” movie. Sean Penn was previously attached to the role but has since bowed out, and Benicio Del Toro will play Moe. Jim Carrey had been in negotiations to play Curly, but according to the Globe, “it’s not so.”

• Beginning Oct. 30, the world will have a front-row seat for Michael Jackson’s final concert with the release of the King of Pop’s “This Is It.” Produced with the full support of Mr. Jackson’s estate, the film’s contents will be drawn from hundreds of hours of rehearsal and behind-the-scenes footage.

• Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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