- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Angry Glover explodes

A stock-fraud trial involving two brothers and their belly-up bottled-water firm turned into a nightmare Monday for Danny Glover, the New York Post reports.

The actor, 59, whose film career includes co-starring roles in “Dreamgirls,” “The Color Purple” and the “Lethal Weapon” franchise, popped up in a Brooklyn federal courtroom where the case of suspect siblings Lennox and Lester Parris was being heard — and seemed confused by what was going on. The star remained for about 30 minutes, appearing to doze off part of the time as a witness testified about the Parris brothers’ now-defunct company, Queench. Mr. Glover then left the hearing and told reporters outside that he had been lured there under false pretenses. He and his lawyer, Marty Singer, said the siblings told him to meet them there about a movie project. Things got worse when a photographer tried to block him from leaving the courthouse, Mr. Glover said.

A courthouse worker said she saw Mr. Glover take a swing at photographer Gary He. Mr. He said the star yelled at him, “What gives you the right to come out here and photograph me and have your camera up in my face?” Mr. Glover’s fist reportedly glanced off Mr. He’s jaw.

“There was a provocation,” Mr. Singer said. “He [Mr. Glover] had to shove him aside. I was told that he did not hit the guy.”

Mr. He said he didn’t plan to press charges, the New York Post reports.

‘King of Cool’ honored

Steve McQueen, aka the “King of Cool,” will be honored later this month in the central Missouri town of Slater, where he grew up.

Steve McQueen Days, scheduled for March 23-25, could help raise the tourism profile of the farming community of 2,100 residents, about 200 miles northwest of St. Louis, the city’s assistant administrator, Russell Griffith, said.

Mr. McQueen, whose famous movie moments include a mad motorcycle dash in “The Great Escape” and an Oscar nomination for “The Sand Pebbles” (1966), was born in Beech Grove, Ind., on March 24, 1930, and spent much of his childhood in Slater on his great-uncle’s farm. He died of cancer in 1980 at age 50.

The event will include screenings of his movies, a memorabilia display and tours to his boyhood home and school. Among those expected to attend: Mr. McQueen’s widow, Barbara McQueen; his stuntman, Loren Janes; and Pat Johnson, his martial-arts instructor and friend.

Kiss and tell

Australian actor Jason Donovan will spill the secrets of his relationship with singer Kylie Minogue after signing a deal to write his autobiography, reports Agence France-Presse, citing a story in Britain’s Sunday Mirror.

Mr. Donovan, who dated Miss Minogue in the late 1980s, has signed a $1.9 million deal with Harper-Collins, the newspaper said. In the book, due out later this year, Mr. Donovan reportedly says he was set to marry Miss Minogue before she left him for Michael Hutchence, the late frontman of rock band INXS.

Miss Minogue, a breast cancer survivor, recently ended a relationship with French actor Olivier Martinez, who played Diane Lane’s ill-fated lover in “Unfaithful.”

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

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