- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 7, 2004

Travers recovers

Singer Mary Travers, 68, of Peter, Paul & Mary fame is undergoing chemotherapy for a form of leukemia, but she’s expected to be in full remission within a few months, her publicist said yesterday.

“Mary looks forward to touring again with the trio soon and is grateful for the well wishes that have come to her from all over the world,” read the statement from her publicist, Reuters News Agency reported.

No other details werereleased.

The folk trio, which also includes Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey, is known for such hits as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Puff the Magic Dragon.” The three released their self-titled debut album in 1962 and have won five Grammys over the years.

Bravo, Billy

Billy Crystal has a good reason to smile.

On Monday, the day after its opening, “700 Sundays,” the comedian’s autobiographical one-man show, took in $600,000 at the box office — pushing its advance ticket sales past $8 million, according to Associated Press.

Tickets have been selling briskly, although some seats still are available for select dates in January and February, Michael Hartman, a spokesman for the show, said yesterday. No decision has been made on whether the production will extend past its scheduled March 6 closing date at the Broadhurst Theatre, Mr. Hartman added.

The show opened Sunday to largely favorable reviews.

Money honeys

Twins Hazel and Phinnaeus won’t have to worry about college tuition. Julia Roberts is a mommy with big money.

The actress topped the Hollywood Reporter’s annual list of the highest-paid actresses. Her asking price per film? $20 million.

“Charlie’s Angels” star Cameron Diaz is second (also sporting a $20 million price tag but with no 2004 credits), with Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Drew Barrymore (each commanding $15 million per film) rounding out the top five.

Home, sweet home

Milan’s renowned La Scala opera house reopened yesterday after a three-year renovation.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, designer Giorgio Armani and actress Sophia Loren were among the famous faces marveling at the restored 18th-century house, according to Reuters News Agency.

“I’ve been waiting for this moment for so long. The house really is magical,” said Prince Emanuele Filiberto.

Home, sweet home 2

Dr. Feelgood will see you again.

The original members of ‘80s glam-metal band Motley Crue (“Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Home Sweet Home”) announced a world reunion tour this week.

After a five-year hiatus, the big-haired, leather-clad Crue — singer Vince Neil, guitarist Mick Mars, bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee — arrived Monday at the Hollywood Palladium in a hearse.

About 1,000 fans cheered as the group opened with its hit “Dr. Feelgood” after a news conference, according to AP.

“We’re just ready to go out and rock,” Mr. Neil said. “We’re still Motley. We still rock.”

Pot-y humor

Spending nine months in jail for conspiring to sell bongs on the Internet hasn’t scared Tommy Chong straight.

One-half of the dope-smoking duo Cheech and Chong, the 66-year-old comedian joined the off-Broadway show “The Marijuana-Logues” this week with lots of new pot jokes.

“It’s a little more subtle, a little more cerebral and a lot less in your face,” he told Associated Press.

Mr. Chong gained notoriety for the characters he created with collaborator Cheech Marin in such titles as “Up in Spoke,” “Nice Dreams” and “Still Smokin’.”

In May 2003, the actor-writer-director pleaded guilty to conspiring to sell drug paraphernalia. Mr. Chong also pleaded guilty on behalf of his business, Nice Dreams Enterprises, which made a line of marijuana bongs and pipes.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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