Anything goes for Porter’s star

first_img Robert De Niro has asked a court to dismiss a lawsuit brought against him by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. The 63-year-old Oscar winner filed a motion Friday in U. S. District Court seeking the dismissal of the insurance company’s complaint, calling it “a case that should never have been filed.” According to court documents, De Niro was diagnosed with prostate cancer on October 15, 2003. Two days prior, on Oct. 13, 2003, he signed a medical certificate requested by Fireman’s Fund stating that he had never been “diagnosed with or treated for” any prostate disorder. The actor underwent a prostate-gland biopsy on Oct. 10. De Niro’s diagnosis and resulting treatment delayed production on the Fox film “Hide and Seek,” in which he was set to star. Fireman’s Fund, which insured the movie production, paid Fox more than $1.8 million to cover the cost of the delay. The film was released in January 2005. The insurance company filed a complaint against De Niro in October 2006, claiming the actor “failed to fully disclose information which was critical to our decision to offer insurance coverage,” according to a statement issued Monday. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Broadway veterans gathered Monday to dedicate a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to Cole Porter. Cabaret singer Mark Nadler played some of the late composer’s songs on a baby grand piano on Hollywood Boulevard. “Cole wrote endless, wonderful songs,” said actress Anne Jeffreys, who starred in “Kiss Me Kate,” a Broadway musical for which Porter wrote the music and lyrics. Porter wrote more than 1,500 songs for stage, movies and television, including such standards as “Night and Day,” “Anything Goes” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” He died in 1964. “He had such a talent that I don’t think that it can ever be duplicated,” said Jeffreys. Joey Cole Kubesch, a cousin of Porter’s, accepted the honor on his family’s behalf. – Associated Press De Niro wants suit dismissed last_img read more