Kournikova's parentsfile suit against her
MIAMI -- Tennis star Anna Kournikova has been served. According to the New York Post, Kournikova's parents, Alla and Sergei, are suing the leggy lobber in Miami-Dade Circuit Court for what they claim is their share of a $5 million waterfront home in Miami. While the names of all three family members are on the deed, Anna has taken over the house and wants her folks' names removed from the title. Alla already has a home -- a Palm Beach pad for which she recently paid $1.4 million.
France passes out honorsto Scorsese and DiCaprio
PARIS -- France honored film director Martin Scorsese by making him an officer of its Legion of Honor and gave actor Leonardo DiCaprio the slightly less prestigious Arts and Letters award. Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres hailed Scorsese's respect "for the rights of artists" at a ceremony Wednesday. He said the director gave life to "cinema that everyone -- French, Europeans and Americans -- likes." "I don't know what to say after such a presentation," said Scorsese, director of "The Aviator," the new movie that stars DiCaprio as Howard Hughes. "French cinema of the late fifties, and the sixties and seventies still, for me, is such an extraordinary inspiration," said the 62-year-old director. "Nothing has really come close to it in recent years," Scorsese added. "I owe a great debt to French cinema." Napoleon Bonaparte created the Legion d'Honneur in 1802. It recognizes military, cultural, scientific or social contributions to France, including those by people who aren't French citizens. The French minister hailed DiCaprio -- whose films also include "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," "Titanic" and Scorsese's "Gangs of New York" -- as a movie icon and as the "little prince of Hollywood and bad boy of Los Angeles." "Peter Pan of cinema, you are a global star," the minister said as the 30-year-old actor looked on with an embarrassed smile.
Hanks is U.S. favorite
LOS ANGELES -- If Tom Hanks broke down while driving across America, he'd apparently have no trouble cold-calling on someone's door to ask for help, as he's voted the nation's favorite movie star of 2004, reports Ananova.com. The 48-year-old actor has starred in more than 30 hit films, bagged two Oscars and now come out on top of this year's Harris Poll. Hanks managed to squeeze out Mel Gibson, who was last year's favorite. The highest climber was Johnny Depp, who leapfrogged from 10th to fourth, thanks to the success of "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Finding Neverland." The only female star to make it into the Top 10 is new mother Julia Roberts, who has managed to barge her way into the male-dominated chart for the past six years. Here's the Top 10, with 2003's position in parentheses: Hanks (4), Gibson (1), Roberts (2), Depp (10), Harrison Ford (5), Denzel Washington (9), John Wayne (7), Clint Eastwood (8), Sean Connery (3) and George Clooney (--).
Lucci guests on 'Raven'
BURBANK, Calif. -- Susan Lucci, Daytime Emmy-winning actress and star of "All My Children," guest stars as timid school counselor Ms. Romano, the resident self-esteem builder in a new episode of the series "That's So Raven." The show airs at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 on Disney Channel. The airing coincides with the 35th anniversary of "All My Children."
Changes at 'Crossfire'
WASHINGTON -- Big changes at CNN's "Crossfire": The format is toast, and Tucker Carlson is leaving the toaster. "Crossfire" will morph from a 30-minute verbal steel-cage match to a 10-minute civilized discussion folded into Judy Woodruff's hourlong "Inside Politics," says new CNN/U.S. boss Jonathan Klein. The changes will be made in the next few months. The co-hosts are conservatives Carlson (until today) and Robert Novak and libs James Carville and Paul Begala. Klein says he agrees with Jon Stewart of Comedy Central, who blasted "Crossfire" as high-decibel "partisan hackery" during a guest appearance in October. "We need to lower the temperature," says Klein, a CBS alum. "It's time for us to do a better job of informing our audience in an engaging way, as opposed to head-butting and screaming. "I doubt that when James Carville and Paul Begala briefed President Clinton [as advisers] they sat there screaming at him for half an hour." Klein will "look for fresh faces and voices" but has no plans to replace "Crossfire's" cohost stable. "This is not a housecleaning, by any means." The 22-year-old "Crossfire," once a signature show for the network, is shown live at 4:30 p.m. weekdays from George Washington University. "Politics" will remain at 3:30 p.m., Klein says.
Need to be good
SINGAPORE -- Critics have described his singing as less than heroic, but "American Idol" reject William Hung says he wants to play only good-guys in his fledgling acting career.
In Singapore to promote his first film, the action-comedy "Where is Mama's Boy?," the Hong Kong-born Hung ruled out any nasty roles.
"I would like to preserve a good image and not play the bad guy or do anything that's obscene," Hung was quoted by The Straits Times newspaper as telling a news conference.
Hung stars in the Cantonese-language film, opening Thursday in Singapore, playing a street vendor who befriends a music club owner played by Hong Kong starlet Nancy Sit.
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