Plaque stolen outside Cleveland home where Superman was created
CLEVELAND — The Man of Steel may have fallen victim to scrap metal thieves in Cleveland.
A historical marker has been stolen near the house where two high school classmates created the Superman character in 1933. The neighbourhood’s development corporation tells police a hacksaw was used to remove the plaque from atop a pole two weeks ago.
The Plain Dealer newspaper reports the aluminum marker may have been swiped because its coloring led the culprits to think it was bronze, a popular target of scrap thieves.
The city installed the plaque eight years ago. Officials say it will be replaced.
SNL’s Sudeikis to host MTV Movie Awards
NEW YORK — Jason Sudeikis will host the 20th annual MTV Movie Awards.
The Saturday Night Live cast member will host the June 5 show. The awards will take place at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif., and air live on MTV.
MTV President Stephen Friedman says in a statement that “smart and funny is the new rock ’n’ roll” for the network’s audience, and that Sudeikis fits that combination.
The 35-year-old Sudeikis is in his sixth season on NBC’s SNL. He co-stars in the upcoming comedy Horrible Bosses.
Hudson engaged to Muse singer
NEW YORK — It took a week, but someone finally noticed actress Kate Hudson’s engagement ring.
It happened on NBC’s Today show Wednesday when Matt Lauer was starting to interview Hudson about her upcoming movie Something Borrowed. He noticed a huge diamond ring on her finger and she revealed she’d gotten engaged to Matt Bellamy, lead singer of the British rock band Muse, a week ago. She says she was waiting for someone to notice.
No wedding date has been set.
Hudson and Bellamy are expecting their first child. Thirty-two-year-old Hudson says she’s having a girl.
Hudson also has a 7-year-old son, Ryder, from her marriage to Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes.
Holmes settles out of court with magazine
LOS ANGELES — Katie Holmes has settled her lawsuit with the publishers of Star magazine over a cover story that insinuated she was a drug addict.
The magazine published an apology to the actress Wednesday on the cover and inside its May 9 issue, saying it “did not intend to suggest that Ms. Holmes was a drug addict or was undergoing treatment for drug addiction.”
“In a recent issue of Star, we published headlines about Katie Holmes that could be read to suggest that she was addicted to drugs,” the apology read. “Star apologizes to Ms. Holmes for any misperception and will be making a substantial donation to charity on Ms. Holmes’ behalf for any harm that we may have caused.”
Financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Holmes had been seeking more than $50 million in damages. The 32-year-old actress said she accepts the apology and was pleased the lawsuit has been resolved.
“With this dispute out of the way, I look forward to once again focusing my attention on my family and career,” she said.
Parker is gone, but Spenser lives on
NEW YORK — Crime novelist Robert B. Parker is gone, but his most popular series will continue.
Parker’s estate and publisher G.P. Putnam’s Sons announced Wednesday that new Spenser and Jesse Stone novels will be written. Michael Brandman, a longtime friend of Parker’s, will handle the Jesse Stone books. Ace Atkins will take on Spenser.
Parker’s widow, Joan Parker, says in a statement that she’s “delighted” the author’s characters will “live on.”
Parker died last year at age 77. Sixkill, a Spenser novel completed before his death, comes out next month.