Originally created 03/14/03

Entertainment briefs



Chris Rock gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES -- Chris Rock, whose edgy humor propelled him from standup comic to movie star, now has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

"I think I'm as qualified to walk over as anybody else," Rock joked Wednesday before a crowd of about 300 people that included actor David Spade, his former "Saturday Night Live" colleague.

The 37-year-old star of "The Chris Rock Show," which aired for four seasons on HBO, combined humble thanks with some of his trademark humor in remarks at the ceremony along Hollywood Boulevard.

Rock has been featured in several films, including "Dogma," "Down to Earth" and "Bad Company." He's directing for the first time with "Head of State," in which he also stars as a presidential candidate. The movie opens March 28.

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Eminem to host '8 Mile' DVD release party

DETROIT -- A party in honor of the DVD release of "8 Mile" wouldn't be complete without an appearance from Eminem - and rap battling.

On Thursday, Slim Shady himself is hosting the "8 Mile DVD Launch Party" at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit. Hip-hop artists D12 and Xzibit are slated to perform.

The DVD of the 2002 hip-hop drama starring Eminem, Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer and Brittany Murphy will be released Tuesday.

Leading up to the event, radio stations around the nation have been holding freestyle rap battle contests.

The winners from each market are being flown to Detroit to attend the party and will face off in a national rap battle hosted by Phifer and Proof from D12.

The winner will be awarded the opportunity to record a demo tape at the Record Plant Recording Studios in Hollywood, Calif.

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Purdue opens exhibit of Amelia Earhart's personal effects

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue University has opened to the public a collection of love letters, flight logs and other personal memorabilia of vanished aviator Amelia Earhart.

The items that went on display Monday are among about 500 donated by Earhart's family last spring, bringing the university's total collection to more than 5,000 items.

Sally Putnam Chapman, an Earhart biographer and granddaughter of Earhart's husband, George Palmer Putnam, kicked off the Flight Trails exhibit with a lecture that drew about 300 listeners.

Chapman used much of the collection during research for a 1997 biography of Earhart.

Earhart was a women's career counselor and visiting instructor at Purdue from 1935-37. The plane she flew on her doomed around-the-world flight in 1937 was funded, in part, by the Purdue Research Foundation.

Radio contact with that plane was lost over the South Pacific. Neither Earhart, her navigator nor their plane was ever found.

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