- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Oprah’s jet lags

Talk show titan Oprah Winfrey was brought down to earth this week by a wayward bird.

Miss Winfrey’s private jet returned to the Santa Barbara, Calif., airport Monday after its windshield cracked from a collision with a bird, Associated Press reports.

Miss Winfrey and her boyfriend, Stedman Graham, were not hurt in the incident, which occurred around 12:30 p.m. just after the Gulfstream jet had taken off from Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, said Santa Barbara Fire Department spokesman John Ahlman.

“This is not a totally unusual thing,” Mr. Ahlman told AP of the cracked windshield. “We see these things pretty frequently.”

The plane will remain grounded until its windshield can be repaired.

Miss Winfrey bought a mansion on 42 acres of land in the hills of nearby Montecito five years ago.

Registry adds 25

Jeff Spicoli, Dr. Frank N. Furter and Buzz Lightyear have joined the ranks of film immortality, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

The National Film Preservation Board added 25 titles to its growing list yesterday — among them films which helped launch the morality-based Hays Code (“Baby Face”), brought audience participation to new heights (“The Rocky Horror Picture Show”) and introduced us to the latest in surfer speak (“Fast Times at Ridgemont High”), according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, who selected the 25 films for the National Film Registry, told the Hollywood Reporter his selections weren’t “necessarily the ‘best’ American films ever made or the most famous, but they are films that continue to have cultural, historical or aesthetic significance.”

The 25 films are: “Baby Face” (1933), “The Buffalo Creek Flood: An Act of Man” (1975), “The Cameraman” (1928), “Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort, S.C. May 1940” (1940), “Cool Hand Luke” (1967), “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” (1982), “The French Connection” (1971), “Giant” (1956), “H20” (1929), “Hands Up” (1926), “Hoop Dreams” (1994), “House of Usher” (1960), “Imitation of Life” (1934), “Jeffries-Johnson World Championship Fight” (1910), “Making of an American” (1920), “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947), “Mom and Dad” (1944), “The Music Man” (1962), “Power of the Press” (1928), “A Raisin in the Sun” (1961), “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975), “San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, April 18, 1906” (1906), “The Sting” (1973), “A Time for Burning” (1966) and “Toy Story” (1995).

For more information visit www.loc.gov/film.

Renfro’s bust

Actor Brad Renfro broke into movies at the age of 12, but lately he’s been breaking news for all the wrong reasons.

The actor, now 23, has been charged with a felony count of attempting to possess heroin after being arrested in a Skid Row police sting, AP reports.

Mr. Renfro was freed on $10,000 bail last week and is scheduled for arraignment Friday. If convicted, he could avoid prison because a 2000 law requires that first- and second-time nonviolent drug offenders be sent to treatment programs instead, said Jane Robison, a district attorney’s spokeswoman.

The actor’s first film role was a young crime witness marked for death in 1994’s “The Client,” which starred Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones. His other credits include “Tom and Huck,” “Ghost World” and “The Jacket.”

Mr. Renfro has had a series of run-ins with the law. His most recent previous encounter was on Nov. 24, when he was charged with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence and two counts of driving with a suspended license, said city attorney’s spokesman Frank Mateljan.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.



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