About Town: Hitched, Hatched, Hired
Inside the industry’s celebrations and news.
PETER YATES: 1929-2011: A two-time best director Oscar nominee for The Dresser and Breaking Away, Yates worked with Steve McQueen and Robert Duvall on Bullitt. “It was one of the first car chases,” Duvall tells THR regarding the 1968 film. His part, recalls the actor, was little more than that of a “hired hand.” Still, Yates, who died Jan. 9 in London after battling an unspecified illness, “was very generous and a good guy to work with,” Duvall says. The British filmmaker, whose last feature film was 1998’s Curtain Call, was 81.
Pirates of the Caribbean star Orlando Bloom and his wife, supermodel Miranda Kerr, are the parents of a boy, born Jan. 7 in Los Angeles and weighing in at nearly 10 pounds. He is their first child.
Cloverfield screenwriter Drew Goddard and wife Caroline welcomed a girl, Harlowe, their first.
Little Fockers star Owen Wilson’s girlfriend, Jade Duell, gave birth to the pair’s first child, a boy, Jan. 14 in Hawaii.
Alicia Silverstone and husband Christopher Jarecki announced Jan. 14 that they are expecting their first child. The pair married in 2005.
Marion Cotillard confirmed her pregnancy Jan. 10. This will be the first child for the Oscar-winning actress and her husband, actor-director Guillaume Canet.
Selma Blair and boyfriend Jason Bleick, founder and creative director of the EVER fashion line, are expecting their first child.
Kate Hudson and Muse frontman Matt Bellamy are expecting a baby. Hudson has a 7-year-old son, Ryder, with ex-husband Chris Robinson.
Oren Aviv was tapped for the newly created post of president of domestic theatrical marketing and chief marketing officer at Fox on Jan. 11.
Discovery Communications named Eileen O’Neill group president of the Discovery and TLC networks Jan. 12.
Syfy named Mark Stern president of original programming Jan. 13. He’ll also oversee Syfy Films, a joint venture with Universal.
Adam Wilkes joined AEG as senior vp music and touring, Asia, on Jan. 12.
Cohen Media Group hired Gary Rubin, former president of First Independent Pictures, as senior vp Jan. 13.
USA Network tapped both Andrea Epstein and Kristin Schulman as vp publicity and talent relations Jan. 12.
Entertainment law firm Nelson Davis Wetzstein hired Joel VanderKloot, previously of Media Rights Capital, as an associate attorney.
Marla Newman was tapped as senior vp sales at Fox Sports Interactive Media on Jan. 10.
Michael Marshall was promoted to executive vp business affairs at Columbia Pictures on Jan. 10.
Oscar-winning producer Cathy Schulman was elected president of Women in Film, outgoing president Jane Fleming said. Schulman’s three-year term began Jan. 1.
Sebastian Gibbs was promoted Jan. 5 to manager at Mandeville Television, overseeing Detroit 1-8-7 and new development.
HLN hired Burt Dubrow as executive producer of its new Dr. Drew show Jan. 11.
Edward Furlong was arrested Jan. 11 for allegedly violating a restraining order held against him by his estranged wife, actress Rachael Kneeland. The Green Hornet actor filed for divorce in 2009 and has a 4-year-old son with Kneeland.
Former 30 Rock production accountant Matthew Rudolph was charged Jan. 13 with embezzling more than $13,600 from NBC.
John Dye, who played the Angel of Death on the TV series Touched by an Angel, died Jan. 10 of a heart attack in San Francisco. He was 47.
David Nelson, who starred with his family on The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, died Jan. 11 of colon cancer complications at his home in Century City. The actor was 74.
Del Reisman, a veteran TV writer and past president of WGA West, died Jan. 8 of cardiac arrest in Toluca Lake, Calif. His credits include Peyton Place, Charlie’s Angels and Little House on the Prairie. He was 86.
Jan. 19: Comedian Paul Rodriguez, Antoine Fuqua
Jan. 20: David Lynch
Jan. 21: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Mike Medavoy
Jan. 22: Diane Lane
Jan. 23: Mariska Hargitay