- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Incredible shrinking

Unlike her ex-husband Tom Cruise, who has ranted against psychiatry several times this year, Nicole Kidman thinks it’s a worthwhile profession that can help people.

“I have a father who is a psychologist, so my life has been research,” she told Associated Press in an interview about her forthcoming movie “The Visiting,” in which she plays a psychiatrist.

“I think people choose things that they need that are going to help them. And obviously, I’ve seen my father do some magnificent work,” she said.

New ‘Apprentice’

Donald Trump’s empire may be on the rocks financially, but it’s looking bullish on the home front.

The real estate magnate and “Apprentice” star and his wife, Melania, are expecting a baby.

“The baby is due in the spring,” according to Mr. Trump’s spokeswoman, Norma Foerderer, who added that the child’s gender is not yet known.

It will be the first child for the 35-year-old model and commercial actress, who lived with Mr. Trump for three years before they exchanged vows in January. Mr. Trump, 59, has four children from previous marriages to Ivana Trump and Marla Maples.

Born’ again

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of “Born to Run,” Bruce Springsteen’s 1975 breakthrough album, Columbia Records is preparing a box set that will include two DVDs along with a newly remastered version of the LP, says Billboard magazine.

One DVD will feature a performance at London’s Hammersmith Odeon during a tour in support of the album, while the other will house a 90-minute documentary, “Wings for Wheels: The Making of ‘Born to Run.’”

The package is due Nov. 15 and will be rounded out by a 48-page book with previously unpublished photographs and an introduction by Mr. Springsteen.

“I believe that the combination of the great 1975 concert footage, the brilliant documentary of the making of the album and the dazzling remastering of ‘Born to Run’ add up to a nearly perfect storm of Bruce’s music,” said Mr. Springsteen’s manager, Jon Landau.

Set in Stone

Oliver Stone’s feature film about the September 11 terror attacks will reportedly premiere in August next year, one month ahead of the fifth anniversary of the tragedy.

The movie will star Nicholas Cage, and will focus on the last two persons pulled from the remains of the World Trade Center.

Paramount Pictures picked the date to “avoid the appearance that it was commercially exploiting the disaster,” according to Daily Variety.

“You really didn’t want to be on that date because you don’t want it to appear that we were trying to exploit it,” said Paramount’s Wayne Lewellen.

Kermit on tour

Kermit the Frog will embark on a worldwide “tour” next month to celebrate his 50 years in show business and revive the Muppets franchise as part of Walt Disney Co., it was announced yesterday.

According to Reuters news agency, Kermit’s first stop will be, appropriately, the small, west Texas town of Kermit on Oct. 14, followed by visits to 50 destinations around the globe during the next 15 months, including the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China and a Frog Leg Festival in Fellsmere, Fla.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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