- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 29, 2005

There’s Johnny

The late Johnny Carson’s generosity toward a Nebraska medical center continues from the grave.

The estate of the beloved comedian-TV host has donated $5 million to Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, Neb., where he graduated high school, according to Associated Press.

The donation will be used to fund an endowment for the Carson Cancer Center to ensure that services remain available to people in northeastern Nebraska, said Faith Regional Chief Executive Officer Bob Driewer.

The center was named in memory of Mr. Carson’s parents, and according to the hospital Web site, Mr. Carson made the largest financial donation to the initial building fund.

Baby love

Scratch the theory that Jennifer Aniston’s refusal to have children broke up her marriage to Brad Pitt.

The actress told OK! magazine: “Having a family is something I have always wanted.

“It’s always been a constant natural desire for me. I love children,” she added.

Fat on the Bloom

Hunk actor Orlando Bloom told Teen Hollywood magazine that he once had a weight problem, brought on by an injury-induced depression.

“When I was 9, I broke my leg skiing and had to wear a cast for a year,” he said.

“I sat at home, really depressed, and ate biscuits and chocolate. I didn’t get back up to speed with sport until I was 16.

“I was fat.”

Franchise touch-up

Brian De Palma has signed on to make a prequel to his 1987 blockbuster Mafia-battling film, “The Untouchables,” according to Daily Variety.

The “Scarface” filmmaker has joined forces with “Untouchables” producer Art Linson to revive the movie franchise with “The Untouchables: Capone Rising,” detailing the rise to criminal power of mobster Al Capone in the 1920s.

Honor roll

The late Christopher Wallace (aka the Notorious B.I.G.) and Big Daddy Kane will get their props Sept. 22 at the second annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.

The show will air Sept. 26 on the cable music network.

Other honorees include LL Cool J, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Ice-T, Salt-N-Pepa and the 1991 film “Boyz N the Hood.”

“Our first Hip Hop Honors proved to be an incredible success not only for the channel, but also within the hip-hop community. It was a long-overdue celebration of the genesis and roots of a genre that has permeated world culture,” the show’s executive producer, Lee Rolontz, told AP.

Alien actor

Let’s play yet another round of “How Weird Is Tom Cruise?”


Aliens exist, he told a German newspaper yesterday, and if you disagree, you’re “arrogant.” (If you’re “Today Show” host Matt Lauer, it’s possible you’re merely “glib.”)

“Are you really so arrogant as to believe we are alone in this universe?” Mr. Cruise asked, according to Reuters News Agency.

“Millions of stars, and we’re supposed to be the only living creatures? No, there are many things out there; we just don’t know,” he said.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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