- The Washington Times - Monday, October 3, 2005


Rejoice, Superman buffs. Nicholas Cage and his bride have given their new baby the Krypton native’s birth name.

Alice Kim Cage, gave birth yesterday to a boy, Kal-el Coppola Cage, in New York City, said Mr. Cage’s Los Angeles-based publicist, Annett Wolf.

“They are healthy and happy, and it’s quite lovely,” Miss Wolf told Associated Press.

The couple married in July 2004. It was the third marriage for Mr. Cage and the first for his wife.

Hef’s roots

Playboy tycoon Hugh Hefner boasts he is a direct descendant of Mayflower-era Puritan William Bradford, a heritage he says he proudly buried through a bold act of self-invention.

“There was a great deal of repression in their lives and the way they were raised and, in turn, the way I was raised,” he told Time magazine.

In high school, after he was rebuffed by a girl, Mr. Hefner began calling himself “Hef” and wore yellow corduroy pants, saddle shoes and untucked flannel shirts.

In the Playboy era, he took up pipe smoking and indulged in all manner of material and carnal pursuits at his infamous Playboy mansion.

“Instead of the Puritan world that my folks accepted and, from my perspective, paid the price for, I created a world for myself,” Mr. Hefner said.

Market value

Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, whose marriage officially ended last weekend, put their $28 million mansion on the market.

A sale would mean a hefty profit for the ex-couple, who bought the Wallace Neff-designed estate for $13.5 million in 2001, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The newspaper reported that both Mr. Pitt and Miss Aniston have relocated to Malibu, where the former bought an $8 million midcentury mansion last spring and Miss Aniston rents a $15 million home.

Macon money

Concertgoers won’t have to pay for Little Richard’s homecoming concert this Saturday in Macon, Ga. Someone will have to, though — and local business leaders say they won’t be the ones.

Macon Mayor Jack Ellis announced the concert Friday and asked groups such as the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce to pick up the estimated $75,000 tab for the event, AP reports.

Business leaders balked, claiming insufficient notice.

Macon spokesman Ron Wildman said the mayor was disappointed that the business groups aren’t “stepping up to the plate since they’ve been using Little Richard now for several years to promote Macon, and he’s not charged them one dime.”

Hairy situation

Heather Mills McCartney, wife of Sir Paul,fired a shot across the bows of fur-wearing models Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista.

Sky News noticed on Miss McCartney’s Web site a statement that accuses the trio of being in bed with the animal-fur industry.

“Do they really need that cash? Are they broke? Do they live in a shed?” the statement asks.

It also cites in particular Miss Crawford’s past support of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

“Cindy Crawford famously supported PETA’s ‘I’d rather go naked than wear fur’ campaign, but has now sold her soul to the fur trade…,” Mrs. McCartney wrote.

Jennifer Lopez also comes in for a rhetorical drubbing for her fur-friendly business practices.

“J. Lo is one of the biggest celebrity buyers of fur for her own clothing line, Sweetface: Boycott her films, perfume and clothes as well as her music until she decides to give it up,” the statement says.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from staff and wire reports.

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