People & Entertainment


November 04, 2008

Photographer loses lawsuit against Reeves

A Los Angeles jury decided yesterday that Keanu Reeves doesn't owe a photographer one thin dime.

Alison Silva had sued Reeves, claiming the actor struck him with his Porsche in March 2007, causing him to fall and injure his left wrist.

But after five days of hearing - including watching a video that showed the photographer using both hands to scale down a chain-link fence after getting video of Britney Spears - the jurors deliberated for three hours and rejected Silva's claim of $711,974 for medical bills, lost wages and punitive damages.

An election night special

If you're going to be in Chicago tonight and can't think of any way to pass the time, theater producers have a deal for you, Variety reports.

Windy City productions of Jersey Boys, Wicked and the recently opened Dirty Dancing will be offering all seats tonight at $44 in honor of the 44th president, whoever he might be.

Announcements of the election returns will be made during intermission and after the curtain call.

'Peanuts' on the Web

In a batch of 20 new episodes for the Web, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang have been brought back to animated life in three-minute to four-minute videos taken directly from classic 1964 comic strips.

The videos are all new, made with Flash animation and new voices for the characters. But even though it's new technology, attention has been paid to maintaining the integrity of the strip and its beloved animation specials.

"You're not trying to change it," said Jeannie Schulz, widow of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz. "You're trying to keep it the same and freshen it."

The score, for example, is reminiscent of Vince Guaraldi's famous jazz that accompanied the Peanuts television specials.

For a limited time, fans will be able to download two episodes of the series for free on Apple's iTunes. Otherwise, two bundled episodes are available for 99 cents each, or the full season for $7.99.

Quick clicks

Fox has canceled the long-running animated comedy King of the Hill. Final episodes of the half-hour series, now in its 13th year, likely will air during the 2009-2010 season, Fox said Friday.


Former CBS news anchorman Walter Cronkite, 92.

Actress Doris Roberts, 78.

First lady Laura Bush, 62.

Comedian Kathy Griffin, 48.

Survivor host Jeff Probst, 47.

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