04/26/2005 AT 8:00 AM ET
BEEFED: A commercial starring Paris Hilton for the Southern California-based Carl’s Jr. burger chain may be too hot for TV, according to trade reports about its creation. In the ad, the Simple Life star reportedly is shown washing a car as water hoses shoot suggestively. The spot concludes with Hilton biting into a burger and declaring, “That’s hot.” This isn’t the first time Carl’s Jr. has pushed the envelope in its ads, British publication Brand Republic reports. A previous commercial showed a woman shoving her fist into her mouth as a voiceover said: “How do you know if you can eat the largest double burger in the country? There’s one way to find out.”
DEPARTED: Michael Jackson attorney Brian Oxman is leaving the pop star’s defense team, effective Thursday, Jackson’s lawyers told Judge Rodney Melville. No reason has been given for the departure. After court Monday, several reporters watched as Oxman had an animated conversation with lead Jackson attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. The two then embraced in a hug. Oxman did not return a call to the Associated Press for comment on Monday. Oxman is the fourth attorney to part ways with Jackson since the singer was charged with child-molestation in 2003.
ANTICIPATED: Actress Tia Carrere, 37, is expecting her first child, due in September, PEOPLE has learned. She is married to British photojournalist Simon Wakelin. The two, who live in Los Angeles, wed on New Year’s Eve 2003. It was a second marriage for the Wayne’s World vixen, who’s divorced from film producer Elie Samaha.
FOUND: Mary Travers, 67, of Peter, Paul and Mary (“Blowin’ in the Wind”), who has been battling leukemia since last year, will undergo a bone marrow transplant soon after having found a donor. “We found a match – well, almost,” Travers, 67, writes on the folk trio’s Web site. “Nine points out of 10. I hate to say this but it’s close enough for folk music.” Travers, a Connecticut resident, had been waiting for a match after chemotherapy failed to stop the disease. Travers adds: “I want to share with all of you just how much your words of encouragement, your prayers and all of your good thoughts and wishes have meant to me. ”
ANNOUNCED: Among those slated to serve on the jury at the 11-day 58th Cannes Film Festival, kicking off in the South of France on May 11, are actors Javier Bardem and Salma Hayek, author Toni Morrison, and directors John Woo, Agnes Varda, Benoit Jacquot, Fatih Akin and Emir Kusturica, who will serve as president of the competition jury. Alexander Payne, the Oscar-winning writer-director of Sideways, will head the jury for the Un Certain Regard (“Of Special Consideration”) section.
CHARGED: Brawley Nolte, 18, the son of Nick Nolte, has been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court in West Virginia. A Malibu resident, Brawley was arrested early Sunday when the car in which he was a passenger was stopped for having a broken headlight, reports AP. A search of the vehicle uncovered a freezer bag containing 70 grams of marijuana, the complaint said. Nolte posted $2,500 bond Sunday night and was released from South Central Region Jail.
HOSPITALIZED: Comedienne Phyllis Diller, 87, has undergone surgery for fractures in her neck sustained when she fell out of bed at her Brentwood mansion last week. Her “prognosis is great” after surgeons inserted pins in her neck, manager Milt Suchin said Monday. She was recuperating at the hospital and hopes to return home by the end of the week, he said, adding. “Going into the operation, honest to God with the surgeon, she looked up at him and said, ‘You haven’t been drinking, have you?’”