Originally created 09/24/05

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LOS ANGELES - Taryn Manning says watching TV at her seat as a JetBlue airliner circled the region for three hours before making an emergency landing was the most "out-of-body experience I ever had."

The "Hustle & Flow" actress was among 140 passengers as the plane, which had a crippled nose wheel, touched down safely Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport. No one was injured.

"When we saw our plane on TV as 'breaking news'... it was the most surreal, out-of-body experience I ever had," Manning told talk-show host Craig Ferguson on Thursday during a taping of CBS' "The Late Late Show."

JetBlue airliners have satellite television monitors installed in the backs of seats. Passengers on the Burbank-to-New York flight watched their own drama unfolding on the news until just before landing.

While the plane circled Southern California to burn off excess fuel, Manning said that she, like other passengers, wrote a note to her family.

"I just composed a little something so that if anything happened they would know that our last goodbye wasn't on the phone," she said.

Passengers displayed a range of emotions during their ordeal, said Manning, whose screen credits also include "8 Mile" and "Crossroads."

"A lot of the women of course were crying," she said. "There was a gentleman across the way who was writing in his journal and crying, and seeing that isn't easy."

When the plane finally touched down safely amid a shower of sparks and smoke as its front tire disintegrated, Manning said passengers burst into a deafening round of cheers and applause.

"It sounded like Dodger Stadium in there," she said.


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TORONTO (AP) - Sarah Jessica Parker doesn't consider herself a fashion icon.

"It's not the way I perceive myself, I'm so low on my priority list," said Parker, pointing out that she is a working mother.

"I love beautiful clothes and am privileged enough to have access to a lot them... but they also are returned the next day. They are not mine," said the 40-year-old actress, who starred in HBO's hit "Sex and the City."

Parker was in Toronto Thursday for the Canadian launch of her new fragrance, Lovely.

Inspired by memories of watching her mother apply perfume as a ritual before she would go out, Parker had always dreamed of creating a fragrance - and she wanted the scent to be subtle.

"We've all been hugged by people who are wearing something really confident," she said. "I didn't want people to be apologizing, 'Sorry. It's not me, I hugged Sue earlier.'"

Parker chatted one-on-one with more than 500 of the 2,000-plus fans who lined up - some as early as 6 a.m. - for her noontime appearance in downtown Toronto.

She signed perfume bottles, "Sex and the City" DVD cases and photographs, and later mingled with the crowd.

Parker is married to actor Matthew Broderick. They have a 2-year-old son, James.


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NEW YORK (AP) - Foxy Brown, who is facing legal problems in an alleged fight with two Manhattan nail salon workers, says she'll take a break from performing to have surgery for a hearing defect.

Prosecutors allege that Brown, with a cell phone clutched in her closed fist, attacked and kicked one worker in an argument over payment for a manicure. She hit a second worker in the face, authorities said.

The 26-year-old rapper is charged with misdemeanor assault, attempted assault and harassment. She appeared Thursday in Manhattan Criminal Court, where Judge Martin Murphy set a Dec. 5 trial date.

She refused to discuss the cause of her hearing problem, but said an operation is planned soon. Brown said she will make her last public appearance Sunday before having the surgery.

The rapper, who talked about her hearing difficulty after her court appearance, obviously strained to hear questions.

Brown has rejected at least two misdemeanor plea deals that would have let her avoid jail time for the alleged Aug. 29, 2004, assault.

"I'm innocent," she said Thursday. "I feel like I'm being railroaded."

Her lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, said he's confident that Brown will be acquitted if the case goes to trial.

"I hope and pray that it isn't because of her celebrity that this case isn't being resolved," Tacopina said.

He said actors Christian Slater and Robert Iler "came out of here with breaks. I hope it's not because she's a rapper."


MADRID, Spain (AP) - Ben Gazzara and Willem Dafoe are this year's recipients of the Donostia Prize for lifetime achievement at the San Sebastian Film Festival, Spain's leading film festival.

"I love awards, especially if I get them," the 75-year-old Gazzara said Thursday.

Gazzara said working with directors such as John Cassavetes proved to him that the only virtue needed to shoot good movies is courage.

"It's up to the courage of the filmmakers to make art in cinema, not just business. John was rejected by studios, he borrowed money and did movies with his own money. You're either courageous or not. You have to find a way," he said.

Gazzara worked with Cassavetes on "Husbands," "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie" and "Opening Night."

Dafoe's screen credits include "Platoon" and "Shadow of the Vampire."


LONDON (AP) - Former reality-TV contestant Lemar won two prizes at the MOBOs, Britain's awards celebrating music of black origin.

The soul singer, who launched his career by appearing on the reality talent show "Fame Academy," was named act of the year and won the best-album prize for "Time to Grow."

Lauryn Hill opened the 10th annual show Thursday, a typically eclectic affair, at Royal Albert Hall.

John Legend was named best R&B act. Youssou N'Dour took the prize for best African act and reggaeton star Daddy Yankee won the world-music prize. Rhian Benson took the award for best jazz act, while Sway won the hip-hop prize.

"Drop It Like It's Hot" by Snoop Dogg and featuring Pharrell was named video of the year.

Rappers Public Enemy were honored for outstanding contribution to black music, while a posthumous achievement award went to reggae great Bob Marley. It was accepted by his son Damian, who was named best reggae act.

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