Owie, Jeez, Ali G
British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen of HBO's "Da Ali G Show" has been accused of grabbing a New York Daily News photographer by the throat and choking him.
Cohen allegedly went after Richard Corkery, the Daily News and the New York Times report, when he tried to snap a picture of the comedian with his fiancee, "Wedding Crashers" co-star Isla Fisher, Wednesday night after the film's Big Apple premiere.
Corkery says he is deciding whether to file a criminal complaint. He did not say if he is considering a civil action. Before letting go, the Daily News adds, Cohen warned the stunned shutterbug not to take a picture without first asking permission.
"It was scary to me," New York Times reporter Paula Schwartz told the tabloid. "All of a sudden, Ali came racing up, and his hand went up on Dick's throat, neck, his windpipe."
Cohen's publicist, Matt Labov, disagrees. "[Cohen] did not put a hand on Dick," Labov told the Daily News. "He put his hand in front of the camera but did not touch him."
Fez to the Rescue
Wilmer Valderrama, best known as Fez on Fox's "That '70s Show," is set to become Hollywood's first Latino superhero. The 25-year-old actor recently wrapped production on the independent film "El Muerto," based on a graphic novel by Javier Hernandez. He appeared in costume last week at the San Diego comic book convention Comic-con to promote the movie.
"They really wanted to up the hunk factor, so they came up with these amazing pants," Valderrama said, referring to the costume's tight-fitting black leather pants. "Wearing that suit really changed my walk."
In "El Muerto," Valderrama plays a young man in East Los Angeles who is abducted by Aztec gods after his car crashes on the Mexican holiday known as the Day of the Dead. Transformed into El Muerto, the Aztec Zombie, he uses his supernatural powers to protect his loved ones from evil.
"Our goal was to make a beautiful drama of this awesome world that Javier created," Valderrama said.
The film is expected in theaters later this year.
Sept. 11 Film Gets Celeb Support
Hilary Swank and Kevin Costner will narrate an upcoming documentary on the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
The feature-length doc, called "On Native Soil: The Documentary of the 9/11 Commission Report," interviews families of people killed in the attacks but also tells stories of survival.
"I was drawn to the project by the amazing stories of the 9/11 families and survivors featured in the film," Swank said Friday.
Costner emphasized that the film, directed by former NBC News producer Linda Ellman, is "honest, serious and not political." "I saw this film in a rough cut and wanted to become involved," he said.
No release date yet for the film.
-- Compiled by Michael Cotterman
from wire reports