- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Brit’s tot OK

Pop star Britney Spears‘ 2-year-old son was taken to the hospital over the weekend after he had a reaction to something he ate, Reuters news agency reports.

Jayden James was admitted to a Mississippi hospital during a visit by the singer and her two sons to her family home in Kentwood, La.

“Jayden James Federline was admitted to the Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center on Sunday, November 9th. Doctors concluded he had a reaction to something he ingested. He is expected to be discharged Tuesday,” says the statement from the Spears family posted on the official www.britney spears.com Web site.

People magazine, quoting a source close to the family, said Jayden had suffered “a terrible allergic reaction. He had hives, was itchy and irritable.”

Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper had reported earlier that the toddler suffered an apparent seizure.

The trip by Miss Spears, 26, to Louisiana, her childhood home, marked the first time she had been allowed to leave California with sons Sean Preston, and Jayden since their father, Kevin Federline was given full custody in July.

Slay suspect stays put

William Balfour, the “person of interest” in the slayings of Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew, will remain behind bars for breaking the terms of parole, the Illinois Prisoner Review Board ruled Monday.

Mr. Balfour, 27, who is the Oscar winner’s brother-in-law, has not been charged in the triple slayings, but he remains the only person police have named in the case, People.com reports.

Police have linked all three murders to a handgun found about a block from the sport utility vehicle where the body of Miss Hudson’s 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, was found. The parole board cited a report by Mr. Balfour’s current girlfriend that she has seen him with a weapon identical to the gun used in the slayings, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Meanwhile, Mr. Balfour’s estranged wife, paid tribute to her mother, Darnell Donerson who would have turned 58 on Friday with a MySpace message that reads, “Happy Birthday.”

Cromwell in bike accident

James Cromwell was injured in a fall from his bicycle over the weekend and was expected to be released from a hospital on Monday, Associated Press reports.

The former “Six Feet Under” star, 68, suffered a broken collarbone and a partially deflated lung, according to publicist Nancy Seltzer.

She said Mr. Cromwell is a serious cyclist who was training on a Los Angeles-area canyon road Sunday when he fell from the bike.

Mr. Cromwell starred in the films “Babe” and “L.A. Confidential” and recently portrayed the first President Bush in “W.”

Fasten your seat belts

Academy Award nominee Annette Bening is Margo Channing, and former “Felicity” star Keri Russell is Eve in the Actors Fund of America’s benefit reading of “All About Eve,” which was slated for Monday evening at Broadway’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre.

The reading of Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s 1950 backstage drama is directed by Emmy winner John Erman, Playbill.com notes.

Miss Bening and Miss Russell were to be joined onstage by Tony Award winner Brian Bedford as acerbic critic Addison DeWitt, Tony nominee Peter Gallagher, four-time Tony winner Angela Lansbury, Tony winner Cynthia Nixon, Emmy nominee John Slattery, four-time Tony winner Zoe Caldwell, and Oscar and Tony winner Joel Grey.

The 1950 film “All About Eve” was written and directed by Mr. Mankiewicz based on the short story “The Wisdom of Eve” by Mary Orr. The motion picture starred Bette Davis as Channing, the prominent but aging Broadway star, and Anne Baxter as Eve Harrington, a helpful young fan who insinuates herself into Channing’s life.

It was nominated for 14 Academy Awards and won six, including best picture.

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

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