'The Incredibles' winstop animation awards
GLENDALE, Calif. -- It was an incredible night for "The Incredibles." The Pixar Animation Studios film about a family of superheros who save the day swept the 32nd annual Annie Awards on Sunday, winning top honors for best animated feature, best directing and best voice acting for Brad Bird, the film's director who voiced the diminutive seamstress Edna Mode. The film was distributed by The Walt Disney Co. The Annie Awards are presented by the International Animated Film Society to honor outstanding animation in television and film. Winners, including last year's "Finding Nemo," have typically gone on to win the Academy Award for best animated feature.
In the voice acting category, Bird beat Antonio Banderas, who provided the voice for Puss in Boots in the DreamWorks Animation film "Shrek 2." He also edged out Samuel L. Jackson, who was nominated for his voicing of the cool superhero Frozone in "The Incredibles." Among the other winners were Nickelodeon's "SpongeBob SquarePants" for best animated television production, and actress Brittany Murphy for giving voice to the character "Luane" in the Fox TV show "King of the Hill."
Osmond's show canceled
SALT LAKE CITY -- Marie Osmond's five-hour radio show has been canceled after less than a year on the air. "Marie & amp; Friends," which started in February 2004, featured adult contemporary music and conversation geared toward women. It was Osmond's first foray into radio. It was dropped by Jones Radio Network, but Salt Lake City-based KBEE, the show's flagship station, said it was negotiating to keep Osmond on the air in some capacity. Reruns of the show continue to air on KBEE each weekday from 2-7 p.m. Osmond's show was ranked first in the Salt Lake market last summer in the afternoon among female listeners ages 25-54, according to estimates from Arbitron, a media research company.
Rock hides from Bush
BURBANK, Calif. -- Comedian Chris Rock says he spent an impromptu tour of the White House hiding from the president. Rock was filming a movie in Washington a year ago when, during a break, he walked past the White House. "A black security guard spotted me and took me into the White House," Rock told The Associated Press recently. "I was walking around the whole White House. It was weird because [President] Bush was there and they were hiding me from Bush." The 39-year-old actor, who made his screen debut in "Beverly Hills Cop II" and became a comic to watch during his three years on "Saturday Night Live," will host the Oscars for the first time Feb. 27, giving him the biggest audience of his career to date. "Let's hope there's something bigger," he said. "I look at everything like 'Oh, this is big,' but let's hope this isn't it.'"
Naomi says no to Usher
LOS ANGELES -- Supermodel Naomi Campbell has refused to pose with ex-boyfriend Usher for Vogue For Men's magazine cover -- and demanded to be pictured with rapper Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs instead, reports IMDB.com. The "Confessions" star and the catwalk beauty ended their three-month romance last month, and Campbell was reportedly furious when the publication asked her to reunite with the R & amp;B hunk for their cover, insisting she will only attend next month's photo shoot if her pal Combs is with her, reports British newspaper The Times. Campbell's spokesman Jonathan Morrish explained: "It was one of those things. Naomi was offered the cover. Puffy had been offered another cover. They are great friends, were talking the other day and, hey presto, decided to have some fun and do it together."
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Donald Dempsey Sr., a recording industry executive who helped launch acts as diverse as Ozzy Osbourne, Dan Fogelberg and Merle Haggard, died Thursday. He was 73. Dempsey died at home of what was believed to be a stroke, said his son, Don Dempsey Jr. of New York.
JERUSALEM -- Best-selling humorist Ephraim Kishon, the Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor who captured Israel's foibles in biting satires but often felt underappreciated at home, died Saturday at his home in Switzerland of an apparent heart attack. He was 80.
HALLANDALE, Fla. -- David Lerchey, a founding member of one of the first integrated rock and roll acts, the Del Vikings, died Saturday, his family said. He was 67. Lerchey suffered from cancer and pulmonary problems and died at a veterans hospital, said his wife, Linda Lerchey.
Actor Stuart Whitman is 77. Former Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin is 74. Singer Don Everly is 68. Actor Garrett Morris is 68. Singer Ray Sawyer (Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show) is 68. Actor Sherman Helmsley is 67. Bluegrass singer Del McCoury is 66. Jazz musician Joe Sample is 66. Comedian Terry Jones is 63. Actor-writer-producer Bill Mumy is 51. Rock musician Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & amp; the Heartbreakers) is 51. Rock singer Exene Cervenka is 49. Princess Stephanie of Monaco is 40. Country musician Dwayne Dupuy (Ricochet) is 40. Actress Sherilyn Fenn is 40. Lisa Marie Presley is 37. Comedian and actor Pauly Shore is 37. Jazz musician Joshua Redman is 36. Rock musician Patrick Wilson (Weezer) is 36. Rock musician Ron Welty is 34. Rapper Big Boi (Outkast) is 30. Country singer Julie Roberts is 26. Actor Jarrett Lennon is 23.