- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 24, 2004

Party animal

Associated Press

Jack LaLanne keeps going and going — and so do the parties celebrating his 90th birthday.

On Saturday, nearly a month after the fitness guru turned 90, friends gathered to honor him near Muscle Beach in California, which Mr. LaLanne and his bodybuilding colleagues made famous in the 1940s.

The party was attended by such celebrities as David Carradine and Lou Ferrigno, and followed similar celebrations in recent weeks in New York and San Francisco, where Mr. LaLanne was born Sept. 26, 1914.

Mr. LaLanne, who was dressed in a tight, pinstriped suit that revealed his lean, lithe physique, said he celebrated by traveling to France to visit his parents’ birthplace and bought himself a Mercedes convertible.

“You’ve got to work at living because dying is easy,” he said.

Candid Colin slammed

New York Post

Colin Farrell has confessed to using heroin — and he says it was “pretty nice.”

“I’ve smoked it a couple times, but I knew where it was going,” the actor said in an interview with GQ.

“For some reason it seemed pretty nice at the time.”

Mr. Farrell also told the magazine that he smoked pot for the first time at age 15 and tried ecstasy a year later.

The actor’s next film, “Alexander,” opens nationwide Nov. 5.

Predictably, some pundits are already chiding Mr. Farrell for his candor. The London Sun quoted Peter Stoker of the National Drug Prevention Alliance as fuming, “Farrell is a role model for children. If he thinks it is so cool, he should go to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting and see the harsh reality.”

Renee scraps pic

Internet Movie Database

Renee Zellweger’s planned Janis Joplin biopic has been shelved because producers can’t decide on a script, the Internet Movie Database reports.

The Oscar-winning actress (“Cold Mountain”) is still desperate to star as the tragic rock singer, but she admits the project isn’t likely to roll in the near future.

“We talked about that a couple of years ago, developing a script and seeing if it is good enough,” Miss Zellweger said. “She is an exceptional woman and it needs to be an exceptional script to tell her story in a responsible way to have her story told the way it needs to be told. And that takes time. If I am ultimately the person to do it, then great. We are in the stage of developing it and pulling it together.

“For now, I’ve got no start date and I am not getting in a make-up chair any time soon,” she said.

A rival Joplin project, however, starring pop superstar Pink as the hard-living Texas-born rocker, is also in the works.

Miss Joplin died from a drug overdose in 1970.

Gal-pal wants payday

San Francisco Chronicle

Mary Ambrose, the impoverished lover of late rocker Robert Palmer, is fighting for his $54 million fortune.

Miss Ambrose had dated Mr. Palmer for 12 years until his fatal heart attack in Paris 14 months ago, left her in a financial and legal crisis.

Mr. Palmer allegedly removed his ex-wife Sue from his will and replaced her with Miss Ambrose, but Switzerland — where the rock star was a tax exile — does not recognize “common law wives” and is not expected to allow Miss Ambrose access to his estate or future earnings from his back catalogue.

Lenny’s loo nets suit

Reuters News Agency

Four-time Grammy-winner Lenny Kravitz is being sued for more than $300,000 by an insurance company that claims the rocker let his toilet overflow into a neighbor’s apartment, causing “catastrophic water damage.”

The lawsuit, filed in a New York City court and made public on Friday, claims a commode in Mr. Kravitz’s lavish Manhattan condominium “became blocked, clogged and congested with various materials” on Aug. 1 and that the musician’s “negligence and carelessness” were solely to blame.

Representatives for Mr. Kravitz could not immediately be reached for comment.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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