- The Washington Times - Monday, November 10, 2008

Back with ‘Buffalo’

David Mamet’s “American Buffalo” debuted on Broadway in 1977, starring Robert Duvall, Kenneth McMillan and John Savage. In the 1983 revival, the big name was Al Pacino. Nov. 17 is the opening of another revival, starring John Leguizamo, Haley Joel Osment and Cedric the Entertainer, Associated Press reports.

It is the Broadway debut for Mr. Osment and Cedric, but Mr. Leguizamo is returning to Broadway five years after his one-man show “Sexaholix.” Mr. Leguizamo remembers being in the audience for the Pacino revival: “He spits a lot when he speaks,” says Mr. Leguizamo, now playing the character called Teacher. “He spit all over my face. I felt I was being baptized.”

For the first time the play features a multiracial cast, with a Latino, a Caucasian and an African-American. “We think this play becomes even more relevant. The play seems so current because of the casting. … it feels like America is today,” says Cedric.

Young fashionista

Teen actress Keke Palmer can add fashionista to her repertoire. She was a girl quarterback in “The Longshots,” a reluctant school spelling champ in “Akeelah and the Bee” and a rope-skipping double-Dutch competitor in “Jump In!”

As the star of “True Jackson, VP,” she plays a 15-year-old fashion maven who, to the chagrin of her older co-workers, lands a job as head of a major label’s youth division, according to AP.

Although still not a fashion expert, the 15-year-old says she otherwise isn’t that different from her character. “She’s a lot like me,” she says of True. “She’s persistent and hardworking and doing an adult job at a young age.”

Toll of the wild

Les Stroud, better known as TV adventurer “Survivorman,” has been chased by a jaguar, nearly dropped dead because of heatstroke and even spent a night - sleepless - among lions. Finally, he is tired of it all and is ending his popular series about living in the wild, Reuters news agency reports.

Mr. Stroud is the Canadian host of the Science Channel’s “Survivorman,” on which he spends a week alone in the wild with little or no food, water and equipment, filming himself as he battles to survive in harsh environments. Once he lunched with sharks, sitting on a chair by a table with a red-and-white tablecloth while sharks swam oh so close.

Greeley falls

The Rev. Andrew Greeley is in critical condition in a Park Ridge, Ill., hospital after falling and fracturing his skull. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday that the 80-year-old Catholic priest and best-selling novelist was in stable condition.

Father Greeley has written more than 50 novels, many of them international mystery thrillers. He also writes a column for the Sun-Times that explores the relationship between religion and politics.

Father Greeley’s family says he snagged his jacket in the door of a taxicab Friday afternoon and fell. Friends say he suffered bleeding on the brain, AP reports.

‘Idol’ album

David Archuleta, who broke millions of young hearts with his soulful piano ballads on “American Idol,” wants his first album, due in record stores next week, to prove he’s more than just another pretty face.

He’s still a giddy and excited 17-year-old who is not quite ready for serious dating, but six months after almost winning the top-rated television show, he is about to embark on the music career that has been his dream for 10 years.

Compiled from wire reports

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