Originally created 02/28/05

People in the News



COLUMBUS, Mont. - Actor Mel Gibson has sold his 45,000-acre Beartooth Ranch in a multimillion-dollar handshake deal with a neighbor, the buyers said.

Kent and Pam Williams said they signed the deed in the last week, but said the agreement prevents either party from divulging the purchase price.

"Pam and I were worried that if it got in the wrong hands, the valley would be subdivided and split up," Kent Williams told The Billings Gazette, which reported the sale Sunday.

The actor and director bought the ranch in 1988, and the Williams own the adjoining 2,000-acre ranch.

"We shared an awful lot of fence," Williams said. "He's been a real good neighbor."

They made a verbal deal to purchase the ranch in January. "Everything was on a handshake," Williams said.

Ranch manager John Carrel said Gibson declined to comment.

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NEW YORK (AP) - The opening of the Broadway revival of "The Glass Menagerie" has been pushed back by a week to give its newest cast member - Christian Slater - more time in front of an audience.

Slater joins "Menagerie" March 8, replacing Dallas Roberts as Tom, the narrator of the Tennessee Williams drama.

It was to have opened March 15 at New York's Ethel Barrymore Theatre. It will now open March 22, Philip Rinaldi, a spokesman for the show, said Sunday.

Slater recently won rave reviews in London for his performance in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and has appeared in such films as "Heathers," "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," "Windtalkers" and "Tucker."

The revival, directed by David Leveaux, stars Jessica Lange as the domineering mother, Amanda Wingfield.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A man who thinks he has written a script perfect for Josh Hartnett has taken out a half-page newspaper ad in the actor's hometown to catch his attention.

Paul Martin Hennessey said he does not know anyone in Hollywood and failed to reach Hartnett's agent through traditional means. So, he took out an ad in City Pages, a free alternative newspaper in St. Paul.

"Dear Josh Hartnett," the ad reads. "In the land of the free and the home of the brave where equal opportunity is open to all, there seems to be a gap in the American Dream, actually, more of a catch 22."

Hennessey, of Alton, Mo., said his script about a 1942 fatal fire at a Boston night club could earn the star of "Pearl Harbor" and "Black Hawk Down" an Academy Award.

"A hero emerged from the fire," Hennessey, 59, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "He was in the Coast Guard and just happened to be there that night. It's more about the hero and his recovery."

Hartnett, 26, is a 1996 graduate of Minneapolis South High School. His family still lives in St. Paul.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton plans to address members of the City Year service organization at their national convention this spring, organizers said.

The Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock will host part of the convention. Clinton inaugurated City Year Little Rock during his library's opening week in November.

National City Year Chairman Eli Segal says about 1,500 people are expected to attend the convention, scheduled for May 31 through June 5.

"This is mostly a platform for young people to see how they can get involved in the community through City Year and beyond," Segal said.

City Year was founded in 1988 in Boston. Participants perform a year of community service in exchange for a college scholarship. It is partly funded by Americorps, the national service program created by Clinton and modeled on City Year.

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On the Net:

Clinton Library: http://www.clintonlibrary.gov

City Year: http://www.cityyear.org/