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December 24, 2004

Murray says he feels comfy in a Speedo


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bill Murray's choice of swimwear in his new movie leaves little to the imagination. But the star of "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou" says he wasn't embarrassed to be seen in a tiny bathing suit.

"Being in a Speedo with other men in Speedos is, you know, is like you're on a swimming team," he told reporters recently, according to AP Radio. "It's the other men that are not in Speedos that are the problem because they're kind of going like, 'Can you get a load of the guy in the Speedo?'"

Wes Anderson's gleeful takeoff on undersea adventure movies stars Murray as the Jacques-Yves Cousteau-like explorer of the film's title.

The 54-year-old actor said he didn't see his character as being physically vain.

Several Anderson regulars are back for the film, including Owen Wilson and Anjelica Huston.

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Lange cast to star in 'The Glass Menagerie'


NEW YORK (AP) - It will be Jessica Lange as the domineering mother, Amanda Wingfield, in a Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie," opening March 15 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

Lange has been working her way through some of the great roles in modern American theater, having played Blanche Du Bois in Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" in both New York and London and Mary Tyrone in an acclaimed London revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night."

Also signed for "Menagerie" is Dallas Roberts, who will portray her rebellious son, Tom, a role modeled after Williams himself. Roberts is now co-starring off-Broadway with Sam Shepard in "A Number," Caryl Churchill's play about cloning.

Sarah Paulson has been mentioned for the role of the daughter, Laura, although her casting could not be confirmed by Philip Rinaldi, a spokesman for the show. No casting has been announced for the role of the Gentleman Caller.




Film based on Tolkien book wins top honor


LONDON (AP) - It's a hat trick for Tolkien.

"The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" - the third movie based on the trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien - has been voted best film of the year in a poll for the British Broadcasting Corp. television program "Film 2004," hosted by Jonathan Ross.

The two previous "Lord of the Rings" films, "The Two Towers" and "The Fellowship of the Ring," took the title in 2002 and 2003 respectively.

"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," starring Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey, was at No. 2 this year, followed by another Winslet movie, "Finding Neverland," that starred Johnny Depp as Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie.

"Lost in Translation," a quirky film that starred Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, was fourth, with "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" coming in fifth.




Astin slated to serve as king of parade


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Sean Astin, who starred in "The Lord of the Rings" films, will play the role of a king in a Carnival parade on Feb. 6.

Astin, 33, will serve as king of Bacchus, one of the larger parades that roll during the city's six-week Carnival season.

He will ride in one of 38 floats along with his "Lord of the Rings" co-star Elijah Wood, who was king of Bacchus last year.

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