James Van der Beek and wife welcome son; another horse dies during production of HBO’s ‘Luck’


The Van Der Beeks. (David Livingston/Getty Images)

A third horse has died in connection with HBO’s “Luck,” prompting the network to pause any filming that involves horses until the latest incident is investigated. Previously two horses that appeared on the show had to be euthanized after suffering from fractures during racing scenes. The latest equine casualty suffered a head injury while walking to her stall and also had to be euthanized. (Vulture)

Lindsay Lohan allegedly struck the manager of an L.A. club with her car early Wednesday morning. According to TMZ, police investigated what happened and determined that no one was injured so there is no case. The incident reportedly occurred after Lohan left Hollywood’s Sayers Club and her Porsche was surrounded by paparazzi. (TMZ)

Final arguments begin today in Nicollette Sheridan’s wrongful termination suit against “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry and ABC. Sheridan, who played neighborhood temptress Edie Britt on the series, alleges she was fired after complaining to network executives that Cherry hit her on-set. Yesterday a judge dismissed a potential battery charge against Cherry, which means the jury must now focus solely on whether the actress was inappropriately booted from the drama. (Associated Press)

Government officials in Malawi are reportedly fed up with Madonna because she hasn’t consulted with them regarding her plans to build 10 schools there. “We now feel like this is all about propping up her global image and not in our interest,” Lindiwe Chide, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Education, said. (Reuters)

Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis, a couple in real life, will play lovers whose phobias get in the way of their relationship in the movie “Relanxious.” (Deadline)

An image from the upcoming film “The Happytime Murders” has been released. The movie, produced by Henson Studios, is a noir detective story that mixes real actors with puppets. Which sounds like a non-animated version of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” (The Hollywood Reporter)

Speaking of puppets that vaguely resemble Muppets, Jason Segel appeared on last night’s “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” where Ferguson asked him about his sexual fantasies. The star of “The Muppets” and “Jeff Who Lives at Home” confessed that he hasn’t had a proper girlfriend in eight years and could use a cuddle.

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.
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