Movie director involved in fatal accident in L.A.

LOS ANGELES - Oscar-nominated director John Singleton was driving a Lexus SUV when it struck and killed a jaywalker who stepped in front of the car, police said Friday.

Singleton, 39, immediately stopped his car and waited for police to arrive after the accident Thursday night in the city's Jefferson Park neighborhood, said Officer Jason Lee, a police spokesman.

'Mr. Singleton stopped and identified himself as required by law and was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol,' Lee said. 'He was questioned and released.'

Ebert disputes claim that he banned thumbs

LOS ANGELES - Film critic Roger Ebert said he never gave a 'thumbs down' to the use of thumbs in reviews for 'At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper' during contract negotiations.

In a statement released Friday to The Associated Press, the TV show's distributor, Disney-ABC Domestic Television, said Ebert had 'exercised his right to withhold use of the 'thumbs' until a new contract is signed.' Ebert is a copyright holder on the signature 'thumbs up-thumbs down' judgment that's part of each film review.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning critic responded in a statement Saturday on his Web site, saying he 'had made it clear the Thumbs could remain during good-faith negotiations,' contrary to Disney's press release.

Police find drugs while searching rapper's home

PHOENIX - Deputies searching the home of rapper DMX during an investigation into claims of animal cruelty found about a half-pound of suspected illegal narcotics, the Maricopa County sheriff said Saturday.

No charges have been filed or arrests made. Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the investigation into alleged animal cruelty was ongoing, and the suspected drugs were being tested to confirm their content.

Friday's search was prompted by reports that pit bulls kept by the rapper at the home in rural north Phoenix were not being given enough food or water. A dozen pit bulls were seized, the bodies of three dogs were dug up in the yard and a variety of assault-style weapons were taken from the home, Sheriff Joe Arpaio said.

Arpaio said there was no indication the dogs were used in fights.