YOU ARE HERE: HeraldMail HomeCollectionsFilm

Celebrity news

June 21, 2004

Make mine Ford; no, Chrysler; no, Chevy

DETROIT (AP) - Ben Wallace appears in ads touting Ford trucks. Rasheed Wallace tools around the Motor City in a $300,000 car built by DaimlerChrysler AG.

But after the Pistons won the NBA championship, they piled into Chevrolets - "the official vehicle of the Detroit Pistons" - for the victory parade.

The 40-plus vehicles were provided by the Detroit Area Chevy Dealers Association, one of many businesses trying to cash in on the Pistons' first NBA title since 1990.

In the three days following Detroit's victory, Ben Wallace's agent, Brenda Lundberg, said she compiled two pages' worth of requests for endorsements, promotions, personal appearances and help for charities.


He already had deals with American Express, video game manufacturer Sega and shoe maker And 1, Lundberg said.

"His value has definitely increased with the championship, as with any athlete," she said.

Bill Strickland, Rasheed Wallace's agent, said his client has been under contract with Nike "for some time." He declined to discuss post-championship offers in detail.

Chance at film role attracts thousands

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The chance to appear for a fleeting moment in a Cameron Crowe film generated enough buzz to attract hundreds to a recent casting call in Kentucky.

As many as 1,300 people showed up at a Lexington hotel Saturday in hopes of landing roles as extras in Crowe's new movie, "Elizabethtown," starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst.

Filming begins next month, but unlike "Seabiscuit" - which was filmed in central Kentucky in 2002 - no scenes will require thousands of extras.

"I wouldn't take anything for the experience I had with 'Seabiscuit,'" said David Hereford, 70, who appeared as an extra.

Kentucky Film Office Director M. Todd Cassidy said Crowe's latest movie puts the state in a "very positive light."

"Though it's set in Kentucky, they could have filmed it anywhere," Cassidy said. "So we're very happy they chose to come here."

Crowe's movies include "Almost Famous" and "Jerry Maguire."

'Full House' star returns to television

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After a nearly 10-year hiatus, erstwhile "Full House" star Lori Loughlin is back on the small screen.

Loughlin, 39, stars in WB's "Summerland," playing the role of a fashion designer who must suddenly take over as mom for her sister's three children after her sibling dies in a car accident.

The show, created for Spelling Television, will be Loughlin's first regular gig since "Full House" ended its nine-year run in 1995. Loughlin played the role of John Stamos' wife, Rebecca Donaldson, on the popular sitcom.

The Herald-Mail Articles