- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 27, 2008

Robin Williams, second wife split

Oscar winner Robin Williams and his wife, Marsha Garces Williams, are splitting, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Mrs. Williams filed a divorce petition in San Francisco on March 21, seeking to end her marriage to Mr. Williams on the grounds of irreconcilable differences. The couple wed in April 1989 after his divorce from Valerie Velardi, to whom he had been married for 10 years.

Mr. Williams and his second wife met while she worked as a nanny for Zachary, born in 1983 to Mr. Williams and his first wife, Miss Velardi.

Mrs. Williams’ lawyer, Robert Kaufman of Beverly Hills, would provide no information on the pending divorce, the newspaper said.

Kapur to finish Minghella project

Indian-born director Shekhar Kapur will take over an unfinished project written by British filmmaker Anthony Minghella shortly before his death last week, Agence France-Presse reports.

“I will direct the film now — with Anthony in my heart and in presence of his soul,” Mr. Kapur said on his Web site. Mr. Kapur’s previous works include “Elizabeth” and “Elizabeth: The Golden Age.”

Shooting for the Minghella project, “New York, I Love You,” a series of short love stories based in that city, was scheduled to start next month in Manhattan, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Mr. Minghella, best known for the Oscar-winning 1996 film “The English Patient,” died last week at age 54.

Richie Sambora popped for DUI

Richie Sambora was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence in Laguna Beach, Calif., People.com reported yesterday.

The Bon Jovi guitarist was pulled over about 11 p.m. Tuesday night after police said they saw him driving erratically. Three females, including two minors, were in the black Hummer with him, Associated Press reports.

In June 2007, Mr. Sambora, 47, entered a treatment facility. “I was just drinking too much, and I needed to get my life together,” he said during a “Today” show appearance.

Cooper ready for comic relief

Think of Hollywood’s best-known screen comics, and the usual suspects come to mind — Jim Carrey, Jack Black, Eddie Murphy and Steve Carell.

Chris Cooper wouldn’t mind joining their company, if only for a film or two.

The Oscar winner, starring in the new period drama “Married Life,” which opens tomorrow, wants to be funnier on-screen.

“I’ve done a string of pretty serious stuff,” says Mr. Cooper, whose recent films include “The Kingdom” and two “Bourne” thrillers. “It’s ironic that the one film I tried for more of a comedic performance, in ‘Adaptation,’ did very well for me, but that kind of film doesn’t seem to come my way.”

Mr. Cooper may be a victim of his own gravitas.

“I hope I bring a presence to the characters I play, but there’s a pigeonholing,” he says, adding that he recently turned down a project that had him portraying another stern figure.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse and Christian Toto from staff, Web and wire reports

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