Natalie Portman Teams with Matrix Creators

CAST: Closer Golden Globe nominee Natalie Portman is in final discussions to star in a new film by producer Joel Silver and Matrix filmmakers the Wachowski brothers, “V Is for Vendetta,” based on Alan Moore’s graphic WWII novel, says the Hollywood Reporter. The Wachowskis will produce and write the script, which will be directed by their longtime first assistant director James McTeigue.

Kennedy Cousin Quits Job to Fight Lawsuit

William Kennedy Smith has resigned as chairman and president of the humanitarian group he founded to fight a sexual assault lawsuit filed by his former personal assistant.

“I am simply doing everything I can to protect the organization I love,” Smith, a nephew of Sen. Edward Kennedy, said in his first public appearance since Audra Soulias filed a civil lawsuit last week alleging he raped her five years ago.

William Kennedy Smith Denies Rape Claim

William Kennedy Smith, who was acquitted of sexual assault more than a decade ago, is being sued in civil court by a former personal assistant who alleges the Kennedy cousin raped her in 1999, reports the Associated Press.

In a statement from the Center for International Rehabilitation, which Kennedy Smith leads, the nephew of Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts called the allegations false, labeling them “outrageous, untrue and without merit.” The statement also said that the woman had demanded $3 million.