Celebrity news

April 22, 2005

Seacrest gets star, Simon says no way

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The host of "American Idol" has become an idol himself.

Ryan Seacrest was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday in a ceremony attended by his Fox TV colleagues, "Idol" judges Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell.

"Listen, Simon," Jackson said to Cowell during their ceremonial speech. "What would we say about this day?"

"Ill-deserved," the famously grumpy Cowell replied, dryly. "I cannot believe that April the 20th is going to be Ryan Seacrest Day. I am officially taking this day off my diary."

Seacrest, 30, a 15-year radio veteran, confessed, "I remember getting up this morning at 3:30 a.m. on my way in to do the morning show, and I thought, 'One person is going to come today.' ... I thought this would be the most unpopular star dedication ever."


After the ceremony Seacrest told AP Television News, "I actually thought it was a joke when I heard that they were going to do this."

Sandler to be grand marshal at event

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - Bumping into the entertainment industry, the Aaron's 499 NASCAR Nextel Cup race May 1 at Talladega Superspeedway will have Adam Sandler serving as grand marshal.

No joking, the 38-year-old actor has been given the job of pronouncing, "Gentlemen, start your engines."

Sandler, whose screen credits include "The Wedding Singer" and "50 First Dates," will take part in pre-race activities, track officials announced Wednesday.

The announcement said the entertainment group in NASCAR's Los Angeles office is focused on "creating unique partnerships with the film, television and music industries," with celebrities such as Britney Spears and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger among those attending NASCAR events in official race roles.

Officer punished for not ticketing Lewis

WARWICK, Ga. (AP) - A police officer will be reprimanded for not giving a speeding ticket to former child television star Emmanuel Lewis after he was clocked driving 25 mph over the posted speed limit while towing a trailer loaded with a sport utility vehicle.

Lewis, the former star of the '80s television series "Webster," got off with only a verbal warning when he gave his autograph and posed for a photo with the police officer and the police chief in this southwest Georgia town. Lewis, who now lives in the Atlanta area, was clocked driving through town at 70 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Although police officers can use discretion in issuing tickets, the Warwick City Council concluded Tuesday that Officer Ron Kirk's actions were improper.

Michael Moore to fund scholarship

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) - Michael Moore has established a scholarship for students who defy the administration at California State University, San Marcos - the school that canceled a talk by the filmmaker last year.

The Michael Moore Freedom of Speech Scholarship will award $2,500 each to two Cal State San Marcos students "who have done the most to fight for issues of student rights by standing up to the administration," according to a news release issued Wednesday.

The first of the annual scholarships will be awarded in the 2005-2006 academic year. Winners will be announced in June.

Cal State San Marcos President Karen Hynes revoked Moore's invitation to speak last fall because she said the school was prohibited from spending state money on partisan political activity. Hynes said she didn't believe there would be enough time to find a speaker whose opinions could balance Moore's liberal views.

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