McCready Hospitalized After OD
Pregnant country singer Mindy McCready remained in St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville yesterday after taking an overdose of antidepressants on Friday, according to a police report, but there was no immediate word on the condition of her unborn child.
McCready, 29, and on-off boyfriend William McKnight were arguing on the phone about whether his parents would help pay for the pregnancy. According to the police report, McCready took about 30 antidepressant pills after he cursed at her. When McKnight called back later and McCready didn't answer, he called police and an ambulance.
The overdose appears to be McCready's second suicide attempt in two months. The singer claims to have tried to take her own life in Florida this summer after learning of her pregnancy. Her recent troubles also include an arrest in Arizona on charges stemming from her alleged involvement with a con artist.
And McKnight was charged earlier this year with trying to kill the singer, allegedly striking her in the face and choking her.
McCready had a No. 1 hit in 1996 with "Guys Do It All the Time."
Coppola's Youthful Return
And . . . action!
After eight years, Francis Ford Coppola is dusting off the director's chair.
He begins filming "Youth Without Youth" in Romania on Oct. 3. Adapted from a novella by Romanian philosopher-author Mircea Eliade about how a professor's life is dramatically altered on the eve of World War II; the movie stars Tim Roth.
"It's almost like an intellectual 'Twilight Zone,' " Coppola told the Associated Press, speaking from Romania. "In a way it's like a Hitchcock picture and Tim Roth is the Jimmy Stewart -- the guy who gets caught up in something fascinating and big."
The film, to be released late next year or in spring 2007, will be Coppola's first since 1997's "The Rainmaker."
Coppola sees "Youth Without Youth" as a return to his roots in personal filmmaking -- before "The Godfather" sent his directing career into the stratosphere.
"I just feel that at a certain point you have to go back to the beginning again," the 66-year-old director said. "The best thing for me at this point in my life is to become a student again and make movies with the eyes I had when I was enthusiastic about it in the first place.
Noted . . .
After blasting President Bush during a live charity telethon to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims, rapper Kanye West is scheduled to return to live television. He'll perform during this week's season premiere of NBC's "Saturday Night Live." . . .
Television actor Alan Rosenberg was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild, replacing former "Little House on the Prairie" star Melissa Gilbert, who decided not to run for a third two-year term.
. . . And Quoted
"I've got to go pretty soon . . . I've got 20 more calls to make tonight."
-- Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson, who is raising money for Hurricane Katrina victims through his official Web site by making personal phone calls to anyone who donates $100 or more.
-- Compiled by Chris Richards
from staff and wire reports