Goldberg to be in 'Kingdom Come'

She's not the star of "Kingdom Come," but Whoopi Goldberg says she's happy to be part of the comedy's large ensemble cast.

The new movie focuses on a group of antagonistic relatives at a funeral. Goldberg plays matriarch Raynelle Slocumb, who is widowed when her surly husband drops dead. The film features LL Cool J as Goldberg's eldest son, as well as Jada Pinkett Smith and Vivica A. Fox.

Sinatra beats Presley in poll

Frank Sinatra has beaten Elvis Presley in a poll of the 20th century's greatest voices, the British Broadcasting Corp. said Saturday.

Sinatra topped the list of the 100 voices of the century, compiled by BBC Radio 2 using a variety of data including votes by listeners and a panel of singers and music experts.

The earliest artist to make the top 100 is opera legend Enrico Caruso, at No. 74.

The full Top 10: 1. Frank Sinatra; 2. Elvis Presley; 3. Nat "King" Cole; 4. Ella Fitzgerald; 5. Bing Crosby; 6. John Lennon; 7. Aretha Franklin; 8. Billie Holiday; 9. Barbra Streisand, and 10. Freddie Mercury.

Bridges saves life

Todd Bridges, the once-troubled actor who played Willis on the TV sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes," was credited Friday with saving the life of a paraplegic woman whose wheelchair rolled into a lake.

Stella Kline said the electric wheelchair lurched Thursday into the Balboa Park Lake in the San Fernando Valley after her fishing line caught on the chair's controls.

Bridges, 35, whose run-ins with the law made him a tabloid favorite in the mid-'80s and '90s, was fishing with his brother James, 40. Both jumped in to help.

"We felt God put us there at the right time to save this lady's life, because there was no one else around," he said.

Coppola to help restore theater

Francis Ford Coppola is teaming up with others to restore the Uptown Theater in Napa, Calif., to a single-screen movie house for films and live entertainment.

The Uptown will be returned to its art deco glory, with a cafe and possibly a restaurant, said Coppola, who will be an investor and the artistic director.

Fight scene definitely not macho

There's nothing macho about the fight between Hugh Grant and Colin Firth in "Bridget Jones's Diary."

Grant insisted on filming the scene that way.

"I've been trying to do that for years," he told reporters.

"To fight like two middle-class educated Englishmen would fight, which I've always maintained would be girly. Cowardly. With squealing."


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