Originally created 11/25/03

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BOSTON -- Cate Blanchett is getting reviews for "The Missing" that match the raves she received for "Veronica Guerin," though the back-to-back releases couldn't be more different.

"The Missing," opening Friday, stars Blanchett as Maggie, a frontierswoman who reunites with her long estranged father to rescue her kidnapped daughter. In "Veronica Guerin," the Australian actress played the real-life Irish journalist killed for her reporting about drug dealers.

"What I found remarkable about Veronica Guerin was her incredible positivity," Blanchett told the Boston Herald for a story published Sunday. "I think that she's much more open and fluid than Maggie is. Maggie is much more shut down and also, I think, much more damaged."

Blanchett's performances have started talk of Oscar. The betting for many Hollywood insiders is on which role will earn her a Best Actress nomination.

When asked which one she'd like to be honored for, Blanchett just laughed.

"That would be incredibly presumptuous of me. If you think that you have any control over any of that stuff, you must be completely insane!"

On the Net:

http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/themissing/index.html

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra and soccer star Mia Hamm were married in a private ceremony.

"It was a really nice wedding, on a hill with an ocean view," said Garciaparra's aunt, Lulu Garciaparra, of Fontana, Calif. "It was a very beautiful day."

She said a few hundred guests attended the wedding Saturday in this coastal California community.

The wedding came a year after Garciaparra, a two-time American League batting champion, proposed to Hamm, the top scorer in the history of the U.S. women's national team.

The two met at charity event in 1998 and started dating last Thanksgiving, shortly after Hamm divorced her husband of six years.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Opus is back waddling across the comics pages - not because funnies fans need him but because his creator, Berkeley Breathed, thinks the penguin needs "finishing."

"Unfinished characters make me as unsettled as a messy hallway will keep my wife from sleeping soundly," Breathed wrote in an e-mail interview with cartoonist Phil Frank published Sunday in The San Francisco Chronicle.

Breathed resurrected Opus from the daily strip "Bloom County," which he stopped drawing in 1989 when it was running in nearly 1,300 papers. He began a Sunday strip, "Outland," with many of the same characters - including the aquatic bird's hairball-hacking sidekick, Bill the cat - but quit that in 1995.

The new weekly strip, named for its character, debuted Sunday in large format. A Pulitzer Prize winner for editorial cartooning, Breathed insisted on the larger style.

"I'll get bored drawing talking heads, which is pretty much all that registers in today's nano-scale strips. Boring is bad. Small is bad. Big, good."

He also refused to let the newspapers see the strip weeks before it is to appear because of "the snarky little office imps - especially ones around newsrooms - who feel they need to upload everything they can get their sticky little digital digits on."

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NEW YORK -- Jeffrey Tambor, star of Fox's new breakout sitcom "Arrested Development," has a face that people recognize - if only they could remember from where.

"Hey Now! Hey There! Hey Who!" are among the greetings that Tambor, 59, told The New York Times are shouted his way by passers-by.

When admiring fans stop him, it's because they either think he's Dr. Phil (when he had a mustache) or remember him as Hank "Hey Now!" Kingsley, Garry Shandling's sidekick on "The Larry Sanders" show.

"The only thing I don't like - and this is going to sound disingenuous - is that sometimes people get stuck and do the Jeffrey Tambor rundown," he said.

When they ask him what he's been in, he runs down the list - "And Justice For All," "Meet Joe Black," "Tales from the Crypt," "Never Again" - and say "No, no...."

"That's when you walk away with your knuckles grazing the concrete."

"Arrested Development" is about an offbeat, rich family that hits the skids after its patriarch, played by Tambor, is arrested for corporate wrongdoing. It airs on Sundays.

On the Net:

"Arrested Development": http://www.fox.com/schedule/2003/ad.htm

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DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Actress Yancy Butler, arrested earlier this year in a fracas at her uncle's home, was charged with disorderly intoxication after cars had to swerve to avoid hitting her as she wandered in and out of traffic, police said.

Butler, who starred in the canceled TNT series "Witchblade," said she was an alcoholic who was on medication, according to a Delray Beach Police report. She first said she'd been kicked out of a halfway house, but later said she was still in one, the report said.

Officers took the 33-year-old actress to the Drug Abuse Foundation of Palm Beach County, a substance abuse center. When Butler became hostile and struggled with police, the foundation declined to admit her, the report said.

Butler was handcuffed and taken to Palm Beach County Jail late Saturday night and charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting an officer without violence, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Phone calls to the jail Monday to determine whether she'd posted $500 bail were not answered. It was unknown whether she had an attorney. A court hearing was scheduled for Dec. 18.

Butler was arrested Jan. 2 after a fight at her uncle's Hauppauge, N.Y., home. The fight allegedly involved Butler's father, Joe, the former drummer for the '60s folk-rock band, The Lovin' Spoonful. She was charged with criminal contempt for violating an order of protection, and two counts of harassment.

In 2002, filming on "Witchblade" took nearly three weeks off to await Butler's release from alcohol rehabilitation.

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A radio program that first went on the air before the start of the Great Depression is being inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters' Hall of Fame, a second national honor for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

The Choir's "Music and the Spoken Word" program will be inducted April 20. Earlier this month, President Bush awarded the Choir the National Medal of Arts in a White House ceremony.

The weekly program, which began three months before the October 1929 stock market crash, is broadcast from the Tabernacle on Temple Square. It features music by the choir and a spoken inspirational message.

"We are so pleased and grateful to be chosen by the NAB for this honor," said Craig Jessop, the choir's music director. "It becomes even more significant for us to receive it during our 75th anniversary year, and when we consider the long list of accomplished names that are part of the NAB Hall of Fame roster."

Other inductees include broadcasting legends Bob Hope, Edward R. Murrow, Jack Benny, George Burns, Paul Harvey, Bing Crosby and Benny Goodman.

The first broadcast involved a KSL radio employee climbing a tall ladder and suspending a microphone above the pulpit to capture the sound of both the choir and the announcer.

"We obviously have come a very long way since that day," said Gregg Garber, vice president of Bonneville Communications, which produces and distributes the show. "But it's the enduring values conveyed and expressed through the choir's music and the message in each broadcast that have made, and will continue to make, this program appreciated and loved by listening audiences around the world."