Friday, April 4, 2003

Cannes is the one for new 'Matrix'

Paris -- The futuristic sci-fi sequel "The Matrix: Reloaded" will premiere in May at the Cannes Film Festival, where its filmmakers and stars will walk down the red carpet.

The second film in the "Matrix" thriller trilogy, "Reloaded" will be shown out of competition on May 15, the second day of the festival, which runs until May 25. That's the same day the film will be released worldwide.

Actors Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss reprise their roles from "The Matrix," the 1999 powerhouse action film.

The final film in the trilogy, "The Matrix Revolutions," is scheduled for release in November.

Tyler keeps rock in the family

Los Angeles -- Liv Tyler has added a rock musician to her life.

The daughter of Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler married Royston Langdon, lead singer of the band Spacehog, March 25 in a private ceremony at a villa in the Caribbean, her publicist said Wednesday.

It's the first marriage for both the 25-year-old actress and 30-year-old musician. They plan a small reception for family and friends next month in New York, where the couple live, publicist Stephen Huvane said.

Schiffer harassment case dropped

London -- Prosecutors dropped charges Thursday against a kitchen worker accused of harassing model Claudia Schiffer, saying the man was undergoing psychiatric treatment.

Prosecutor Ian Devine told judges that Agostino Pomata, 34, was being held under mental health laws and would be detained at least until the beginning of August. He may be released then or indefinitely detained, Devine added, saying that trying him "would not be in the public interest."

The magistrates hearing the case agreed it could be discontinued.

Pomata, who had denied the charges against him, was accused of harassing the German model nine times last year at her home near Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk, eastern England.

Cash overcomes pneumonia

Nashville, Tenn. -- Johnny Cash was released from a Nashville hospital this week after being treated for pneumonia, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The 71-year-old singer was admitted March 10 to Baptist Hospital. He was released Tuesday night, said spokeswoman Jennifer Jackson.

"He's obviously doing much better," Jackson said Thursday. "We wanted to make sure he was completely better before we let him go."

Cash, whose hits include "I Walk the Line" and "A Boy Named Sue," suffers from autonomic neuropathy, a disease of the nervous system that makes him susceptible to pneumonia. He was diagnosed with the disease about 15 months ago.

Cash was hospitalized in August for an allergic reaction, and twice in fall 2001 for bronchitis.