Faces & Names: Local celebs model for adoptable petsLocal celebrities helped Maurices kick off its Rescues & Runways campaign Thursday at Miller Hill Mall.
By: Compiled from staff and wire reports, Duluth News Tribune
Local celebrities helped Maurices kick off its Rescues & Runways campaign Thursday at Miller Hill Mall.
Models wearing Maurices fall fashions were accompanied by adoptable pets from local shelters. The goal of the national campaign, Maurices said, is to raise support for the shelters while finding permanent homes for the four-legged models.
Maurices will be accepting pet supplies and monetary donations for Animal Allies throughout September, and will reward donors with a 20-percent-off coupon.
Gill to headline tourism concert
Country star Vince Gill will headline a free outdoor concert next month to promote tourism on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Dawn Moliterno, a Walton County tourism official, said Thursday in a statement released by Gill’s publicist that the concert will help communities in the area with much needed economic recovery.
Set to the backdrop of the Choctawhatchee Bay, the Sept. 25 concert will be held at The Links Golf Course driving range at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. It's been labeled “Back to the Beach.”
Calif. delays Derek confirmation
The California state Senate has delayed confirming actress Bo Derek to a commission that oversees horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering at racetracks in California.
A spokeswoman for Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said the delay comes because the Democrat from Sacramento wants more time to consider all four of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s appointees to the racing board.
The four can keep serving on the seven-member commission until October without Senate approval.
Derek is an animal rights activist and horse lover who owns a pet care products company.
‘Crocodile Dundee’ kept in Australia
Actor Paul Hogan, star of the “Crocodile Dundee” movie trilogy, has been barred from leaving Australia until he pays a disputed tax bill, his lawyer said on Thursday.
The 70-year-old actor, who currently lives in Los Angeles and first gained a public profile in the United States with his cheerful offer to “slip an extra shrimp on the barbie” in Australian tourism TV ads in the mid 1980s, arrived in Sydney last week to attend the funeral of his mother, Florence Hogan.
Hogan was served with an Australian Taxation Office order after landing last Friday that prevents him from leaving Australia until he settles a multimillion dollar tax bill, lawyer Andrew Robinson said.
“These may not be the appropriate circumstances to effectively make Paul a prisoner of Australia,” Robinson told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio.
Judge orders strict outpatient care for Lohan
A judge on Wednesday ordered Lindsay Lohan to undergo a rigorous outpatient rehab program that will require frequent counseling but will
permit the actress to continue working.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elden S. Fox ordered the “Mean Girls” star to undergo psychotherapy and addiction counseling sessions several times a week until November. He also ordered the 24-year-old to submit to random drug and alcohol testing at least twice a week and to continue living in the Los Angeles area.
He said Lohan could be sent back to jail for up to 30 days if she doesn’t comply or if she fails the drug and alcohol screenings.
Another judge had ordered Lohan to spend 90 days in rehab after a
14-day jail stay for violating probation in a 2007 drug and drunken-driving case. Lohan was at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center just 23 days, however.
Douglas, ex clash over ‘Wall Street’ cash
Michael Douglas’ return to his Academy Award-winning “Wall Street” role also spawned a legal sequel to his decade-old divorce.
Lawyers representing the actor and ex-wife Diandra Douglas tangled in a New York court Tuesday over her claim that she’s entitled to half his earnings from “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” set to open Sept. 24.
The couple’s 23-year marriage ended in 2000. He’s now married to Oscar-
winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Man with knives arrested at Hilton’s home
A man with two knives pounded on the door of Paris Hilton’s home Tuesday morning, according Los Angeles Police Department sources.
The incident occurred at 6 a.m. when the suspect approached the actress’ home in the gated Mulholland Estates community of Sherman Oaks. After banging on the door, the man was confronted by Hilton’s boyfriend, who was inside the house, the sources said.
Someone in the house called the LAPD, which arrived and took the man into custody. His name was not released, although police said he was from Redlands, Calif. Police said they were still investigating, trying to determine whether the man had intended to rob the house.
Hilton posted a message on Twitter alleging that a man with two large knives was trying to break in. She posted a photo showing the alleged suspect in handcuffs with his back to the camera.
“So Scary, just got woken up to a guy trying to break into my house holding 2 big knifes,” Hilton tweeted.
Prison will have to wait for Snipes, judge says
Movie star Wesley Snipes does not have to report to prison — yet.
Florida U.S. District Court Judge William Terrell Hodges, who sentenced the “Blade” star to 36 months in prison in 2008 for tax-related crimes, overruled a U.S. marshal who had sent the actor a letter directing him to report to the Bureau of Prisons no later than noon Sept. 2.
The judge’s order Monday reaffirmed a decision he made Aug. 5 that set up a schedule for arguing all outstanding motions in Snipes’ case, including a request from federal prosecutors to revoke the actor’s bail.
Hodges’ order says Snipes can remain at liberty indefinitely “pending further order of the court.”
Snipes’ defense team wants the judge to order a new trial, citing alleged irregularities with the jury panel and the indictment of Kenneth Starr. Snipes’ lawyers have portrayed Starr, an investment adviser, as a crucial witness against the actor — and a witness who may have perjured himself during the prosecution’s case.
A federal appeals court issued an opinion earlier this year upholding Snipes’ conviction and sentence.
The actor, 48, who also starred in “White Men Can’t Jump,” “Jungle Fever,” and “U.S. Marshals,” a sequel to “The Fugitive,” was granted bail and permitted to leave the country for film work while his case was under review.
Lady Gaga is latest ‘Twitter queen’
Lady Gaga has surpassed Britney Spears as the most followed person on Twitter — for now.
She has more than 5.7 million followers. She overtook Spears over the weekend and posted a video late Saturday on YouTube.
Gaga called her fans her “little monsters” as she thanked them for beginning “my reign as Twitter queen.”
Spears, Ashton Kutcher, Ellen DeGeneres and an account run by President Obama’s political organization, Organizing for America, all have more than 5 million followers.
Aniston to appear on ‘Cougar Town’
Jennifer Aniston will pay a visit to old “friend” Courteney Cox on the season debut of ABC’s “Cougar Town” next month.
ABC said Monday that Aniston will portray a therapist who is being seen by Cox’s character. It’s a one-episode visit, scheduled for Sept. 22.
Betty White scores another Emmy win
The Betty White phenomenon keeps getting bigger.
White won an Emmy Award for best guest actress in a comedy series for her turn as “Saturday Night Live” host. The honor came Saturday at the creative arts ceremony that is precursor to the main Aug. 29 Emmy show.
The trophy is the fifth prime-time Emmy received by the 88-year-old White, according to the TV academy. Her previous honors came for classic sitcoms including “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Golden Girls.”
So far this year, besides the “SNL” gig, White made a splash with the new TV Land sitcom “Hot in Cleveland,” scored with a clever Super Bowl commercial and played a mad librarian on ABC’s sitcom “The Middle.”
Neil Patrick Harris was a presenter and winner, taking the trophy for best guest actor in a comedy series for his appearance on “Glee.” The guest acting trophies for drama series went to John Lithgow for “Dexter” and Ann-Margret for “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”
The top network winner was HBO with 17 trophies, followed by ABC with 15 and Fox with nine. CBS, NBC and PBS each claimed seven. “The Pacific,” HBO’s World War II miniseries, captured a leading seven creative arts awards.
‘Expendables’ retains box office crown
Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables” fought off an onslaught of newcomers to finish on top of the weekend box office again.
“The Expendables” remained No. 1 for a second straight weekend with
$16.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Directed by and starring Stallone, the action romp about mercenaries aiming to overthrow a dictator raised its total to $64.9 million.
Five new wide releases debuted to crowd the market, but none managed to pack in huge audiences and knock off “The Expendables.”
Leading the newcomers was the “Twilight” spoof “Vampires Suck” with $12.2 million, raising its total to $18.6 million since it opened Wednesday. It was in a photo finish for the No. 2 spot with another holdover, Julia Roberts’ drama “Eat Pray Love.” The film about a divorced woman traveling the world in search of fulfillment pulled in $12 million to lift its total to $47.1 million.
The comedy “Lottery Ticket,” featuring rapper Bow Wow as a young man besieged by neighbors after he wins a $370 million jackpot, opened in fourth place with $11.1 million.
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg’s cop comedy “The Other Guys” held up well in its third weekend, with the film taking in $10.1 million and boosting its total to $88.2 million.“The Other Guys” was in a tossup for
No. 5 with the horror remake “Piranha 3D,” which opened with $10 million.
Palin: Fan of North Dakota hockey?
After months of endorsing Republican candidates across the country, Sarah Palin has put her name behind a different group — the University of North Dakota’s hockey team.
Palin, the former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate, autographed a Fighting Sioux hockey jersey that is taking bids on popular auction website eBay. After being posted Thursday evening for $250, bidding on the jersey was already past $800 on Saturday evening.
But Adam Jones, the North Dakota Republican party executive director, told the Grand Forks Herald that UND fans shouldn’t read too much into Palin’s autograph.
“I don’t think this is an endorsement of any sort towards any university in general,” he said. “She is a fan of hockey; I can confirm that.”
Jones worked for Palin and running mate John McCain in 2008 during their campaign for president. He said that role had him working closely with the candidates and established a connection he recently used when he sent a UND jersey to Palin.
“Obviously she’s a very popular figure,” he said. “I thought we’d try to raise a little bit of money.”
The jersey will be on the auction block until August 29.
Jones said the money raised from the jersey will go toward the state party’s get-out-the-vote effort.
Your 'tweet' can be part of the Emmys
Jimmy Fallon wants your tweet to be part of the Emmy Awards.
Fallon, host of the ceremony on NBC, said Friday the public will get to submit an introduction through Twitter for up to 15 Emmy presenters. Fallon will read the best one as each presenter comes on stage.
Starting Wednesday, a list of the presenters involved will be posted at NBC’s website, along with a Twitter link to enter suggested introductions.
Previously announced presenters include nominees Matthew Morrison of “Glee” and Jon Hamm and January Jones of “Man Men.” The Emmys air Sunday, Aug. 29, live on NBC at 7 p.m. CDT.
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