MacLaine marks 50 years
Shirley MacLaine is marking a half century in Hollywood with appearances in three films: "Bewitched" with Nicole Kidman, "Rumor Has It" with Jennifer Anniston, and "In Her Shoes," playing Cameron Diaz's grandma. So at age 72, she's ripe for what has become one of the nation's more visible celeb journals, AARP's The Magazine. Some highlights from an interview in the upcoming September/October issue: On working with Nicole Kidman: "The older you get, the more invisible you become. When walk into parties, I would go first, and everyone would say, 'Great to see you.' ... Then Nicole would come in, and I might as well have been the woodwork." On garnering respect: "No matter what you do, unless maybe you're Madeleine Albright or one of the great authors or Mother Teresa, it's such a youth-revering culture. In the ancient cultures, elders were the ones who were revered because of their wisdom. Now I'm at the point where, in grocery stores, at gas stations, people think that because I'm a senior citizen they don't need to pay any respect. But in about 10 minutes they do because I demand it." On regrets: "I don't understand the concept of regret. Well, I do have one regret: I sold my big Malibu apartment house six ... years too soon. I should have waited until this year and I'd never have to work again!"
Widow summons strength
Dana Reeve, 44, widow of actor Christopher Reeve, announced Tuesday that she has lung cancer and is summoning the strength of her late husband -- "the ultimate example of defying the odds with strength, courage and hope." Dana Reeve, who gave unflagging support to her husband after an accident that left him a quadriplegic, said she hoped "before too long to be sharing news of my good health and recovery." "More than ever, I feel Chris with me as I face this challenge," she said in a written statement. Christopher Reeve, best known for his portrayal of "Superman," died last year. His actress wife, who lives with their son in Westchester County, N.Y., and is head of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, was a nonsmoker, the Associated Press reported. Her announcement came two days after the lung-cancer death of ABC News anchor Peter Jennings, a smoker, at age 67. The cancer was diagnosed recently, said Reeve, who is under treatment. She didn't comment on the extent of the cancer and said she was making the announcement because a tabloid was about to break the news. The Reeves' close friends, comedian Robin Williams and his wife, Marsha, issued a statement sending "all of our love and support to Dana and her family during this challenging time."
Something to yell about
NEW YORK -- Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott, who play Luke and Bo Duke in "The Dukes of Hazzard," didn't exactly perfect the art of "yee-haw" for the film. In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine, Knoxville says he felt like "half a man" when he heard John Schneider, who played Bo Duke on the '70s TV series, do the rebel yell. "John Schneider comes up to us last night at the premiere. He's giving us these big hugs, and he goes, 'Let's do a yee-haw!' And he belts out this Tarzan-like 'yee-haw,' and I was like, 'That's kinda how we were supposed to do it, Seann."' Knoxville plays Luke Duke, and Scott plays cousin Bo. Jessica Simpson is denim short shorts-wearing cousin Daisy Duke, Catherine Bach's role in the TV show, which ran from 1979-1985. Ben Jones, who played wisecracking mechanic Cooter on the popular series, has called the movie -- which took in an estimated $30.7 million on its opening weekend -- a "sleazy insult." "Every place we went to -- we did all this regional press, and city by city, they'd all talked to Ben Jones. He's got a hellava publicist," Knoxville says. As for the plot, Scott says: "Plot? What plot? Plot's just an excuse to blow [expletive] up and see Jessica in her shorts! You don't want a plot with 'Dukes of Hazzard.' [Pause.] It could've been nice to have one."
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