Eads taking leave from ‘CSI,’ return uncertain

NEW YORK — The investigators on CBS’s “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” will be without forensic scientist Nick Stokes for a while.

CBS said this week that George Eads is taking a leave of absence after appearing in the show’s first three episodes of the upcoming season.

Eads has portrayed Stokes since the series premiere in 2000. It’s unclear when or if he’ll return.

CBS won’t comment on a Hollywood Reporter story that Eads got into an argument with a writer on the show about his character.

Sting’s wife, Styler, to star off-Broadway

NEW YORK — Actress and producer Trudie Styler, the wife of pop singer Sting, will star this fall in a new off-Broadway adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull.”

Producers said that Styler will portray the fading actress Irina Arkadina in the Culture Project’s version of the classic work adapted by Thomas Kilroy and directed by Max Stafford Clark. This version will be set in late 19th century Ireland.

The rest of the cast includes Rufus Collins, Alan Cox, Stella Feehily, Slate Holmgren, Rachel Spencer Hewitt, Ryan David O’Byrne, Amanda Quaid, Tim Ruddy and Kenneth Ryan.

Previews begin Oct. 3 and opening night is set for Oct. 13.

Styler’s acting career began with the Royal Shakespeare Company and she made regular appearances on British TV during the 1980s as well as in many film roles. Her acting credits include the BBC series “Love Soup” and the film “The Next Three Days” with Russell Crowe. She has helped produce “Girl Most Likely” with Kristen Wiig and “Black Nativity” with Forest Whitaker.

Elton John’s partner opening Vegas bar

LAS VEGAS — David Furnish is planning to open a swanky champagne lounge in the same Las Vegas Strip casino where his partner, Sir Elton John, holds a residency.

The nearly 3,000-square-foot FIZZ Las Vegas bar is set to debut this fall at Caesars Palace. Developers promise caviar, charcuterie and small plates to complement the champagne and other cocktails.

Furnish says he spends so much time in Las Vegas while Elton John performs his show, “The Million Dollar Piano,” that the couple wanted a space to reflect their personal style.

The $3.2 million venue will be modeled after their home in Los Angeles and will feature photography from the pair’s personal collection. Managers describe the aesthetic as a “glam-chic” throwback to 1970s designer David Hicks.

Associated Press