Today's News: Our Take


NOT FREE YET

After much delay, Winona Ryder finally got her day in court yesterday. Unfortunately, she was ordered to stand trial on shoplifting charges, according to Reuters. The actress — accused of stealing from Saks Fifth Avenue — suffered a setback when a damaging preliminary hearing report was given by a store detective, who claims to have witnessed her removing tags from merchandise. Judge Elden Fox said: "There is sufficient cause to believe that Ms. Winona Ryder is guilty and that she be ordered held to answer." The judge also ordered the press to stay at least eight feet away from the petite star after her elbow was fractured during an incident with reporters on Monday. read more

MAN DRAMA FOR J.LO

Sadly, the rumors are true: Jennifer Lopez and her dancer husband, Cris Judd, have separated. However, tonight's Access Hollywood refutes the claim of New York Post gossip Cindy Adams that J.Lo and ex-lover Sean "P. Diddy" Combs have reunited. Their sources say no third party is involved in J.Lo's marital split and that she and Judd remain on amicable terms. read more

OUT ON BAIL

Grammy winner R. Kelly was freed on $750,000 bail Thursday after his arrest earlier this week on child pornography charges. A Florida judge ruled Kelly may have no contact with minors outside of his family. The 35-year-old singer has denied the charges and now plans to return to Chicago, his hometown. If convicted, he could be sentenced to 15 years in prison and fined $100,000. read more

SHORT CUTS

Don Johnson and wife Kelley welcomed their second child, a son named Jasper, on Thursday... Former New Kids on the Block singer Joey McIntyre will be joining the cast of Boston Public as a regular next fall, Playbill.com reports... Nickelodeon is offering a four-hour Father's Day marathon of Nicktoons, including Spongebob Squarepants and Rugrats, on June 16. read more

GO GET 'EM, ROSIE!

Nickelodeon tackles the hot-button issue of gay parenting when Linda Ellerbee hosts Nick News Special Edition: My Family Is Different (airing June 18 at 9 pm/ET). Viewers will hear from kids who have one or more gay parents — plus, various experts from Rosie O'Donnell to televangelist Jerry Falwell will have their say. Yikes! Is the kiddie channel ready for the inevitable fireworks? Notes Ellerbee: "If we're saying gay people deserve tolerance and respect, we're also saying that people are entitled to their own opinions." read more

TAXICAB CONFUSION

Former Cheers star Woody Harrelson was arrested after an odd taxi chase in London, according to Reuters. While riding in a cab, Harrelson allegedly broke a lock and an ashtray, then exited the vehicle and hopped into another taxi. The driver of the first cab followed Harrelson and the second cab through the streets of London, until British police stopped the vehicles and chased the actor, who had attempted to flee on foot. Harrelson was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and later freed on bail. It is undecided if he will face charges. read more

MUSIC TRAGEDY

Mop-haired punk rocker Dee Dee Ramone — a founding member of the Ramones — was found dead in his Hollywood home on Wednesday night. The 50-year-old bassist (né Douglas Glenn Colvin) may have succumbed to an accidental drug overdose. According to The Associated Press, cops found drug paraphernalia, including a syringe on his kitchen counter. Sadly, tragedy also struck the band last year when lead singer Joey Ramone died of lymphoma. read more

KING OF THE HILL

So much for star power on Capitol Hill. Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson — who testified before a Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee yesterday about mountaintop mining — is the target of Ohio Senator George Voinovich's campaign to limit the time celebrities have been getting in Washington lately. Richardson, who founded the environmental group Just Within Reach, joins other celebs, like Julia Roberts, Michael J. Fox and Christie Brinkley, who have recently taken their causes to Congress. read more

DID THEY OR DIDN'T THEY?

Despite rumors that Paul McCartney and fianc&#233e Heather Mills were to tie the knot yesterday in an Irish castle, Reuters reports that the nuptials have not yet taken place. "We are told vaguely it is next Tuesday, but it is all secret. I have to keep it dead secret," said the castle's owner, Sir John Leslie. He teased that ex-Beatle McCartney, 59, and Mills, 34, "might do something at the last minute or change it. You never know." read more

Hilary Swank's Oscar Double-Take


It's been more than two years since Hilary Swank took home an Oscar for her gender-bending performance as Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry, yet the actress only recently came to grips with her big win.

"I don't think it really hit me until I saw that trailer and the poster [for Insomnia]," she says. "It goes, 'Academy Award winner Al Pacino, Academy Award winner Robin Williams,' and I didn't expect it to say, 'Academy Award winner Hilary Swank.' I almost felt like asking, 'Can we rewind the film?'"

Despite the shared kudos, Swank humbly insists that she's hardly in the same league as her revered co-stars. In fact, the 27-year-o read more

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