Shues plan movie project
LOS ANGELES -- When we say "Gracie" is a family flick, we mean it. That would be the Shue family, equally known for its contribution to soccer as to acting. Elisabeth and Andrew Shue's new project is a story based on real life: It's a coming-of-age drama about a young North Jersey lass growing up in the '70s whose soccer skills are so phenomenal, she plays on an all-boys team. Her life is changed when her soccer-hero brother dies. The Shues' brother, William, died in '88 in a freak accident. He was 25. Directed by Elisabeth Shue's husband, Davis Guggenheim, the flick will feature the sibling actors in small roles. It also involves their brother John, who will contribute on the biz side. But the heroine's role won't be played by a Shue: The title character is up for grabs. The Shues are encouraging 14-to-17-year-old "and 6-to-9-year-old soccer-playing actresses (the film shows two periods in Gracie's life) to audition (info at www.findinggracie.com). The flick will start filming this summer in New Jersey.
Ashlee aims to give back
NEW YORK -- Ashlee Simpson is looking to give back to the community. MTV.com reports she will co-headline "The Event to Prevent," a May 3 concert at New York's Gotham Hall organized by the Candie's Foundation, which works to raise awareness about teen pregnancy.
Shields tells her story
NEW YORK -- When you think Brooke Shields, you generally think sunny things. Yet the image of the model-actress as an ever-youthful and mirthful naif is only half the story. Postpartum depression is the other half. That's the story in Shields' finally completed memoir, "Came The Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression." Out next month, the book explores Shields' suicidal state after her daughter, Rowan Francis, was born in May '03. "I didn't feel joy at all," World Entertainment News Network quotes her as writing. "I was in a bizarre state of mind. ... This was sadness of a shockingly different magnitude. It felt as if it would never go away." But it did. And Shields says, "I really want to have more children."
Osbournes pull out of play
LONDON -- Sharon Osbourne and her daughter Aimee have withdrawn from performing in "The Vagina Monologues" because Aimee is ill, a spokeswoman said Friday. Aimee, 21, had been set to begin her run with her mother in the West End production of the show Tuesday. The spokeswoman, in a statement, said the family was flying to Los Angeles over the weekend so that Aimee could have "further treatment and rest." There were no details about her illness. "They were both very much looking forward to appearing in the show, but Sharon's focus now has to be on the family and, more importantly, Aimee's health," the spokeswoman said. Aimee was the only family member not to appear in the MTV reality show, "The Osbournes."
Brain aneurysm landsNeil Young in the hospital
NEW YORK -- Neil Young was treated for a brain aneurysm last week and remains hospitalized, although doctors expect a full recovery, his publicist said Friday. The 59-year-old rocker underwent a procedure to treat it Tuesday night at a New York hospital, where he was expected to remain for a few more days, publicist Bob Merlis told The Associated Press. Dr. Pierre Gobin, who performed the procedure with another doctor, said: "Mr. Young had a dangerous brain aneurysm and was treated successfully by the minimally invasive neuroradiology team here. He is now resting comfortably ... but we strongly recommend that he not travel for several days."
Young had been expected to perform today at the Juno Awards -- the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys.
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