Celebrity news

April 15, 2005

Child star Lewis gets off with warning

WARWICK, Ga. (AP) - Emmanuel Lewis, the former child star of the '80s TV series "Webster," got off with a warning for speeding after giving his autograph and posing for a photo with police, officials said.

Officer Ron Kirk said he stopped a vehicle Tuesday afternoon in rural southwestern Georgia that had been traveling 70 mph in a 45 mph zone. Kirk immediately recognized Lewis.

"Well, I grew up watching him and he was very nice and professional, so I just gave him a courtesy warning," Kirk told Albany TV station WALB.

The officer asked for his autograph, and Lewis, 34, agreed to pose for a picture with Kirk and the town's police chief, Randy Howard Jr.

Caroline Kennedy gets service award

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Katie Couric praised Caroline Kennedy for handling the "privilege and pressure of her last name" while presenting her with an award during a forum named after Couric's late sister.

Kennedy received the Women's Leadership Award Wednesday during the Emily Couric Leadership Forum, held in honor of the late state senator from Charlottesville. The forum honors Emily Couric's commitment to lifelong learning and public service.

Kennedy, who received the award for her education advocacy work with the Fund for Public Schools in New York, called the nation's public schools a "national crisis in our urban areas."

"The kids are not getting the opportunities they deserve," Kennedy said.

After presenting the award, Couric engaged Kennedy in a discussion on poetry, public education and politics before the capacity crowd at the Omni Charlottesville Hotel.

"It's great to be back in Charlottesville," said Couric, a University of Virginia graduate. "But I was concerned that I was going to have to cancel given the news of Britney Spears' pregnancy."

UPN announces date for Spears premiere

NEW YORK (AP) - With Britney Spears and her husband, Kevin Federline, making headlines with the news that she's pregnant, UPN has announced a May 17 premiere for the couple's reality show.

The premiere will be a special one-hour episode at 9 p.m., UPN announced Wednesday. The series, not yet titled, will follow their courtship, engagement and wedding through private home videos, mostly shot by the couple with their own camera.

UPN said it is shooting new footage and commentary with Spears and Federline, who were married in September. Spears' pregnancy was announced on her Web site Tuesday.

"As we all know, Britney and Kevin's life together has been played out in front of the public through Internet speculation, the gossip columnists and entertainment magazines," Dawn Ostroff, president of UPN, said in a statement earlier this week. "But now, for the first time, their millions of fans will get to see and hear the couple's real story ... as told directly by them. "

The show will lead into Jenny McCarthy's comedy, "The Bad Girl's Guide," which premieres May 24 at 9:30 p.m.

France pays homage to Bruce Willis

PARIS (AP) - France has honored Bruce Willis, making him an officer in the Order of Arts and Letters, one of the country's top awards for cultural achievement.

"France pays homage to an actor who represents the force of American cinema and the power of emotions that he invites us to share on screens throughout the world," Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres said Wednesday as he presented the award to Willis.

Willis, 50, thanked both France and the minister for what he called a "great, great honor."

The actor, who does not speak French, read from a script during his brief speech but still managed to make some grammatical slip-ups.

"I'm nervous. Bonjour Paris," Willis said. "I am extremely touched by this medal. ... We all belong to the same artistic community."

He concluded by saying, "Vive la France!"

D'Angelo pleads, is sentenced for DUI

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Michael Eugene Archer, better known as D'Angelo, has pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and driving under the influence of alcohol.

The R&B singer was fined $250 Wednesday and given a 90-day suspended jail term on the DUI conviction. Archer's driver's license was suspended for one year.

On the marijuana charge, Archer was fined $50 and given a 10-day suspended jail term. His driver's license was suspended for an additional six months.

The Herald-Mail Articles