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  |   May 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM
Will Smith slapped reporter for kiss

MOSCOW, May 19 (UPI) -- American actor Will Smith slapped a reporter who kissed him on the mouth during the "Men in Black 3" premier in Moscow, WPIX-TV, New York, reported.

As Smith walked the red carpet for the sci-fi premier Friday, a Ukrainian reporter tried to hug the actor, then kissed him on the cheeks before going for the lips, the news station said Saturday.

Will responded with a backhand slap to the reporter's face, saying "Come on man, what the hell is your problem buddy?"

When the two women Will was walking with turned to view the incident, the actor apologized and explained.

"The joker is lucky I didn't sucker punch him," Smith said to a nearby cameraman.


Stahl's wife worried about overdose

LOS ANGELES, May 19 (UPI) -- Missing actor Nick Stahl's wife said she's worried the "Terminator 3" star may have died from an overdose of drugs.

"He could have overdosed, that's one thought. And I'm wondering if there will be a body recovered," Rose Murphy told People magazine.

Murphy reported Stahl missing May 14 after he disappeared May 9 when his roommate took a break during their morning meditation session, People reported Friday.

Stahl had been living separately from Murphy since February after a court filing prevented the actor from seeing the couple's 2-year-old daughter if he fails a drug test. Murphy said the separation did not indicate the marriage was over.

"That was an adult, loving decision that we made to try to inspire his recovery and maybe even scare him away from relapse," she said.

Murphy told People that as Stahl has worked through his recovery, he has disappeared a few times, but only for one to four days at a time.

Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Richard French told the Los Angeles Times officers working the city's downtown drug district are looking for Stahl and foul play is not suspected at this time. Officers in the city's downtown skid row neighborhood have been told to keep an eye out for the actor.


Shakeups at 'Idol' parent company

HOLLYWOOD, May 19 (UPI) -- "American Idol" parent group, CKx, has ousted chief operating officer Kraig Fox and brought in Miley Cyrus' former manager, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Fox, who was with the company as head of music since 2005, left the company earlier in May, an unidentified source told THR. The departure came after an announcement from new president Marc Graboff, who took the helm in January.

Fox played a key role in "American Idol" summer tour sponsorships and was active in the careers of some of the reality show's finalists, including Haley Reinhart, the entertainment industry publication said.

Cyrus' former manager, Jason Morey -- the two split in February -- has been brought in to CKx to handle some of Fox's former duties, THR reported.


Noah Wyle's son proud of arrest

WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) -- American actor Noah Wyle said his 9-year-old son was proud the former "ER" star was arrested for a protest against Medicaid cuts in Washington.

Police arrested Wyle April 23 as he protested with disability advocacy group ADEPT, People reported. When he was released from jail, he said he called his son Owen to explain the incident.

"I did talk to my son after I got released early the next morning," Wyle, 40, told People. "I called him before school, and I explained what happened and that I was OK."

Wyle said he "kind of explained it in as simple terms as possible, and I thought I was going on a little bit too long and I may have lost him, but as soon as I stopped talking, he just jumped in and said, 'I think you did the right thing, Dad.' "

Wyle said his son's reaction brought tears to his eyes.

The actor is scheduled to appear in a Washington court Tuesday for the incident.

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