- The Washington Times - Monday, March 23, 2009

Walk of Fame

When Smokey Robinson walks in Hollywood, he’ll have two stars to dust off. He was on hand Friday as the Miracles received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The group’s frontman was honored previously with a star for his solo work, Associated Press reports.

“I’ve had a star for the last 20 years or so, and it is way, way, way, way overdue” for the Miracles, Mr. Robinson said.

Receiving the star Friday were Mr. Robinson, Warren “Pete” Moore, Claudette Robinson and Bobby Rogers. A number of their Motown contemporaries were present, including Stevie Wonder, Motown founder Berry Gordy and original Supremes member Mary Wilson.

So in love

• Actor Bruce Willis, 54, and model Emma Heming, 32, were married Saturday at his home in Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos, people.com reports. The guests included his former wife, Demi Moore, and her husband, actor Ashton Kutcher, and children by her marriage to Mr. Willis: Rumer, Scout and Tallullah Belle.

• Actor Harrison Ford, 66, surprised his girlfriend, Calista Flockhart, 44, with an engagement ring, people.com says, that was presented during a Valentine’s Day family vacation with son Liam. They have been together 7½ years.

• Singer Natasha Bedingfield and California businessman Matthew Robinson were married Saturday at the Church Estates Vineyard in Malibu, Calif. Guests numbered 150, people.com says.

Lesser charge

Jurors in the retrial of music producer Phil Spector can consider the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter instead of second-degree murder in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler ruled Friday.

The judge changed course from his earlier decision in Mr. Spector’s first trial, in which he refused to instruct the jury that it could consider voluntary or involuntary manslaughter against the defendant. That jury deadlocked 10-2, with the majority favoring conviction on second-degree murder, AP reports.

Mr. Spector, 68, is accused of fatally shooting Miss Clarkson at his home in 2003.

Billboard man

Comic actor Paul Rudd has worked at many dead-end jobs — including one glazing hams — but after years of toiling away in Hollywood’s background, several recent leading film roles have sent his star rising, AP says.

For his new comedy “I Love You, Man,” Mr. Rudd sees his name and likeness plastered across billboards and other ads promoting the film, and more than ever, his talent for making people laugh is expected to sell theater tickets.

Regular visits

The daughter of actor Peter Falk is asking a Los Angeles court to establish a conservatorship so she can continue to visit her ailing father, AP reports.

In court documents filed Friday, Catherine Falk argues that a conservatorship is the only way to prevent the actor’s wife, Shera, from blocking her regular visits. The filing states the “Columbo” actor is suffering from advanced dementia.

A hearing is scheduled for Monday.

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