Director of 'Mockingbird' dies at 83

Robert Mulligan, the Academy Award-nominated director of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' who later helped launch the career of Reese Witherspoon, has died at 83.

Mulligan died early Saturday at his home in Lyme, Conn., after a battle with heart disease, his wife, Sandy, said Monday.

Mulligan was nominated for an Oscar for 'Mockingbird,' the adaptation of Harper Lee's best-selling novel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning look at a child's world shaken by the racism of a Southern town.

Judge issues order for man to stay away from Dunst

LOS ANGELES - Kirsten Dunst has won a court's protection from a man who she says has recently trespassed at her home.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard E. Rico granted Dunst's request to order 25-year-old Christopher R. Smith to stay away from the actress, her personal assistant and any place they work.

Dunst did not appear during Monday's court hearing. The request was granted without her attorney or witnesses having to make arguments. Smith did not attend the hearing and never responded to a temporary restraining order Dunst received in November.

'Sopranos' actor cleared of murder in trial

NEW YORK - Lillo Brancato, who played a bumbling aspiring mobster on 'The Sopranos,' was cleared Monday of second-degree murder in the shooting death of an off-duty policeman during a drunken, late-night search for drugs.

The jury convicted Brancato of a lesser charge of attempted burglary. He faces a minimum of three years in prison on that count, but the former actor could get credit for time served because he has been behind bars about that long.

Brancato showed no reaction as the verdict was read - his face impassive, his fingers pressed together. His mother, seated a couple rows back in the gallery, began sobbing.