Originally created 12/15/04

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NEW YORK - "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria says she'll be at the Golden Globes next month to cheer for her fellow cast members.

Her ABC co-stars Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman were nominated Monday for best actress in a TV musical or comedy series, and Nicollette Sheridan was nominated for best supporting actress in a miniseries, movie or series.

"They have all paid their dues and are so awesome to work with. It couldn't have happened to better women," Longoria told syndicated entertainment TV show "Access Hollywood."

"Desperate Housewives" was nominated for best comedy or musical series.

"I am so happy that I get to go to the Golden Globes and just be a cheerleader," she said.

The Golden Globe Awards show will air live Jan. 16 on NBC.


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NEW YORK - George Clooney sure looks suave and mature... maybe too mature. A scene in "Ocean's Twelve" where Clooney's buddies wonder about his age has an element of truth to it.

Clooney said he told director Steven Soderbergh about a young Italian woman who asked how old he was.

"I am stupid enough to ask the question, 'How old do you think I am?'" Clooney told reporters, AP Radio reported. "She says, '50.'"

Clooney asked the woman to guess again.

Her reply: "51?"

Clooney is 43.

When Soderbergh heard the story, Clooney said, he decided to include it in the film, a sequel to 2001's "Ocean's Eleven," that also stars Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Catherine Zeta-Jones.


AUSTIN, Texas - Lance Armstrong is suing a former personal assistant who claims the six-time defending Tour de France champion owes him $500,000.

In a lawsuit filed Monday, Armstrong and his personal service company, Luke David LLC, are seeking to declare an alleged employment contract with Mike Anderson invalid.

Anderson claims that Armstrong sent him an e-mail in 2002 setting proposed terms of employment, according to papers filed in the lawsuit Monday.

Anderson, who helped Armstrong with training and landscaping, alleges that the e-mail served as a contract. But papers in the lawsuit stated that he could be terminated at will.

After being fired in November, Anderson demanded that Armstrong and his company pay $500,000 to him and his wife, the lawsuit states. Anderson also demanded a signed Tour de France jersey and future endorsements from the cycling champion.

Armstrong's agent, Bill Stapleton, didn't immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press. Anderson couldn't be reached for comment.


FERNDALE, Mich. - The studio where Eminem recorded his hit "My Name Is" for "The Slim Shady LP" album was set to go on sale Wednesday on the Internet auction site eBay.

The 700-square-foot Studio 8 in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale was used by Eminem in 1997 to record the 1999 CD that has sold about 5 million copies.

"The recording studio is still intact, but the equipment is not part of the sale," said David Giltner, senior vice president of the real estate company Grubb & Ellis, which is listing the property. "It's in great shape and was recently renovated."

The building, owned by producer A.J. Abdullah, will be auctioned in eBay's commercial real estate section for 30 days. The minimum bid is $215,000. Abdullah is spending more time in New York and decided to sell the studio, Giltner said.

Abdullah helped Eminem record "The Slim Shady LP." He lived in a second-floor apartment there during the recording sessions. The 1,500-square-foot building was dubbed "The Bassment" after Mark and Jeff Bass, who also helped produce the album.

The Bass brothers have worked on Eminem's other CDs, including last month's release, "Encore," which has sold about 2 million copies. The latest CD also was recorded in Ferndale at 54 Sound and FBT Studios.


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LONDON - Judi Dench, a darling of the British stage and screen for almost a half-century, received a standing ovation as she accepted a special honor to mark the 50th anniversary of the Evening Standard Theater Awards.

"I've only been given this award for 47 years of doing a job that I absolutely adore," Dench said Monday. "I didn't set out to be an actress but I changed my mind and I couldn't be more pleased that I did."

Dench, 70, won an Oscar in 1999 for her role in "Shakespeare in Love."

Playwright Harold Pinter, whose works include "Old Times" and "The Birthday Party," and Britain's National Theater also got special honors.

"The Producers" - which has been a blockbuster hit in New York and recently opened in London - took the prize for best musical of 2004.

Nathan Lane and Lee Evans, who star in the West End version of the Mel Brooks musical, accepted the award on behalf of the show.

Richard Griffiths, the actor who played Uncle Vernon in the "Harry Potter" movies, won the best actor award for his role as a teacher in the play "The History Boys."

Victoria Hamilton was named best actress for her role in "Suddenly Last Summer."

Best director honors went to Rufus Norris for "Festen."


OMAHA, Neb. - Alexander Payne, director of "Sideways," "About Schmidt" and "Election," will be honored this week by the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Payne will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters Friday at the university's winter commencement. He's scheduled to present a symposium on filmmaking the following day.

"Sideways," starring Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen, received a leading seven Golden Globe nominations Monday, including best comedy or musical film, best director for Payne and best screenplay for Payne and Jim Taylor.

Part comedy, part drama, "Sideways" tells the story of middle-aged best friends who go on a wine-tasting road trip outside Santa Barbara, Calif.

Payne, a native of Omaha, holds a bachelor's degree in history and Spanish literature from Stanford University and a master's in filmmaking from UCLA.

"It's often been said that a prophet is never honored in his own country," said Robert Welk, interim dean of the UNO College of Fine Arts. "Alexander Payne's celebration of the flawed yet remarkable human spirit, along with his love of his hometown, are due such recognition."


LOS ANGELES - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will return to the big screen next year to make a cameo in a comedy written and produced by friend Tom Arnold.

During an appearance Monday on Fox's "The Best Damn Sports Show Period," which is co-hosted by Arnold, Schwarzenegger said he's in the upcoming movie "The Kid and I."

Schwarzenegger didn't reveal what role he would play in the movie, slated to be released sometime next year.

The film, directed by Penelope Spheeris, centers on an actor played by Arnold and a teen stricken with cerebral palsy who dreams of starring in an action film. The movie also stars Joe Mantegna and Shannon Elizabeth.

Arnold said Jamie Lee Curtis, who starred alongside Schwarzenegger and Arnold in 1994's "True Lies," will also make a cameo in the film.


PHILADELPHIA - Bill Cosby has a new television audience - students who need help with their homework or a reason to study.

"Dr. Cosby - School of Life" began airing Monday on the Philadelphia School District's local-access cable television station.

The comedian appears on the series he volunteered to develop. The brief episodes will air daily, featuring inspirational messages about study skills, classroom participation and making education part of everyday life.

"Most people may think of him as an actor, a comedian or a television producer, but he is very much an educator," said school district Chief Executive Paul Vallas.

Cosby, 67, a Philadelphia native, attended the city's public schools and has a bachelor's degree from Temple University and a doctorate in education.

On Sunday night, Cosby was at Temple to attend the premiere of "Fat Albert," a live-action film based on the animated series he created about adolescents growing up in Philadelphia.

Stars of the movie, which opens in theaters on Christmas Day, include Kenan Thompson, Alphonso McAuley, Dania Ramirez and Shedrack Anderson. Cosby said he hopes the film industry rewards them with more good roles.

"I just pray for them, that Hollywood will have sense and give them (decent) parts to play instead of some horrible stereotypical mess," the comedian said.

He said he approved of changes director Joel Zwick made to update the story.

"Lines that I thought were hilarious... he changed them and my wife said they're funnier now," he said.


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