Entertainment news in brief for Oct. 3
Barrymore gives birth to her first child
NEW YORK (AP) — Drew Barrymore is a mom.
The 37-year-old actress and her husband, Will Kopelman, welcomed a baby girl named Olive Barrymore Kopelman on Sept. 26.
A statement from Chris Miller at Barrymore’s production company, Flower Films, said the baby was born “happy, healthy and welcomed by the whole family.” The statement didn’t provide specifics on the birth.
Barrymore wed Kopelman, an art consultant, in June. He’s the son of former Chanel CEO Arie Kopelman.
Police cite Hilton’s boyfriend in scuffle
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police in Las Vegas said the 21-year-old model boyfriend of celebrity socialite Paris Hilton was cited after a scuffle with another man at a Las Vegas Strip nightclub.
Officer Laura Meltzer said River Viiperi was ticketed for misdemeanor battery and released after police were called about 3:30 a.m. Monday to the Wynn Las Vegas resort.
Meltzer said a man complained that Viiperi hit him during a verbal argument. No serious injuries resulted.
Meltzer didn’t identify the complainant, and she said police officers didn’t talk with the 31-year-old Hilton, who had been with Viiperi at the club.
Mass. deaf school gets Swift tickets after prank
BOSTON (AP) — Taylor Swift is giving $10,000 and concert tickets to a Boston school for the deaf after a prank involving an online contest promising an on-campus performance by the Grammy-winning singer.
Horace Mann School for the Deaf in Boston was disqualified from the contest because many of the votes were from Internet pranksters who thought it would be funny for a school for the deaf to win tickets to a live concert.
The Boston Globe reports that instead, Swift and contest sponsors will donate a combined $50,000 to the school, and VH1’s Save the Music program will donate $10,000 in musical instruments.
Swift said every student at the school will receive a ticket to her next local concert.
Bob Barker feted for helping animals
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob Barker has spent millions of dollars helping elephants, bears, chimps and other animals.
For decades when he was host of “The Price Is Right,” he ended every show with a plea to viewers to spay or neuter their pets.
Animal Defenders International will present him with the Lord Houghton Award on Oct. 13 at a West Hollywood ceremony.
ADI President Jan Creamer said Barker was chosen not only for a lifetime of service, but for his generosity and for repeatedly taking the animal message to Congress.
The award brings Barker international recognition, but he said it means so much because of the respect he has for ADI. He said the group is one of the finest animal protection organizations in Europe.