Originally created 01/16/04

People in the News



LONDON -- Jude Law says he's emerged stronger and happier from his bruising breakup with Sadie Frost.

Law, who stars with Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger in the film "Cold Mountain," said Wednesday that events such as a divorce "take a lot longer to heal and repair and to put back into order.

"It changes your life, I think, when you enter into a marriage and it can change it just as much as when you're part of a breakup," Law, 31, told Britain's ITV television network.

"But I certainly feel stronger emotionally and happier in myself, if not a little battered and bruised."

Law and Frost, who were divorced in October, were married in 1997 and have three children.

Frost, 35, had sought the divorce on grounds of his unreasonable behavior. In court documents, she said Law's behavior after the birth of their third child, Rudy, "increased the effect of postnatal depression leading me to have to take treatment three times."

Law, who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in "The Talented Mr. Ripley," is reported to be dating 21-year-old actress Sienna Miller, his co-star in a forthcoming remake of '60s British movie "Alfie."

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LOS ANGELES -- Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. will join Los Angeles' black and Hispanic community leaders for a march on Martin Luther King Jr. Day that is geared toward fighting gangs.

The planned "100,000 Man March," which isn't connected with the "Million Man March" on Washington, serves as the official launch of the Passage to Peace Project, an education and outreach effort intended to stop gang violence in Los Angeles.

Gossett, 67, said he hopes the march and its subsequent education and outreach project will spur film studios to provide better depictions of blacks in American history.

"My pursuit is equality in the movies," said Gossett, who won a best supporting actor Oscar for 1982's "An Officer and a Gentleman." "The stories Hollywood tells are not (always) true, so I want truth in the movies."

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Toby Keith appreciated being able to dress casually for the news conference held to announce he had been named Oklahoman of the Year by Oklahoma Today magazine.

"Thank you for letting me be so comfortable here," the country music star said Tuesday, wearing jeans with holes in the knees. "I'm a comfortable kind of guy."

His patriotic song, "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue," became a rallying cry for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"I get accused of beating war drums or whatever," the 42-year-old singer said. "I'm against war like everybody else, but to me, when we're already over there, it looks real un-American to be against the war once it has already started."

Keith lives on a ranch near Norman and commonly attends Oklahoma Sooners football games.

On the Net:

http://www.oklahomatoday.com/default.html

http://www.tobykeith.com/

* * * *P> NEW YORK -- Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and The White Stripes are among the first performers to be announced for the 46th annual Grammy Awards telecast.

The Grammy Awards ceremony will air live Feb. 8 on CBS from the Staples Center arena in downtown Los Angeles.

The show also will include a tribute to soul and funk featuring OutKast, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, and Earth, Wind & Fire.

On the Net:

http://www.grammy.com

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NEW YORK -- Aerosmith will be making a return visit to the Super Bowl.

The headliners of the 2001 Super Bowl halftime show in Tampa, Fla., will perform in the finale of this year's pre-game show at Reliant Stadium in Houston, it was announced this week.

"The Super Bowl is rock and roll! It's slammin', it's precision, it's passion and pure energy," Aerosmith's Steven Tyler said in a statement.

The Super Bowl will air live on CBS on Feb. 1.

On the Net:

http://www.superbowl.com/

http://www.aerosmith.com/detect.html

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NEW YORK -- No more junk food for Bill Clinton - at least not for now.

The former president, whose White House tenure was accompanied by the staples of America's fast-food industry, showed up at his Harlem office Wednesday looking lean, but not mean.

With a wide grin on his face after a news conference to announce a new AIDS initiative, he deadpanned: "No beer." His dark business suit jacket swung open to reveal a flatter stomach, replacing the onetime presidential paunch.

Clinton said he's been following "The South Beach Diet," and "working out with a German man." But he didn't divulge how many pounds he's lost.

A Florida doctor, Arthur Agatston, created the best-selling weight-loss program by slashing carbohydrates and fats such as processed starches and sweets.

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LOS ANGELES -- Christopher Reeve is coming back to "Smallville," and Clark Kent really needs his help.

Reeve appeared on the WB series last season as Dr. Swann, a brilliant scientist who gave the show's teenage Clark (Tom Welling) insight into his future as Superman.

In the April 14 episode, Swann warns Clark that Lionel Luthor (John Glover) is closing in on the secret of Clark's origins, the planet Krypton.

The first episode featuring Reeve was one of the highest-rated for the series.

The actor, who played Clark Kent and his superhero alter ego in four Superman movies, was paralyzed from the neck down in a 1995 horseback-riding accident.

He has been prominent as an advocate for paralysis research and has voiced optimism he will walk again.