Penn lauds protesters

Actor/director Sean Penn dismissed President Bush as a "nowhere man" on Thursday and lauded protesters at a recent global meetings for caring about something beyond themselves.

"I don't know if people value the thought of revolution any more," Penn told reporters at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where he was promoting the "The Pledge," which he directed. "I think it would be an enormously patriotic movement to invest in the possibility of revolution."

"There's a lot of stuff going on around the world and in the U.S. as well, like the protests in Genoa and Seattle, and young people are putting themselves on the line," he said, referring to anti-globalization demonstrations.

"The Pledge" stars Jack Nicholson.

Bjork merits French award

Icelandic pop singer Bjork was decorated with France's National Order of Merit after kicking off her world tour in Paris.

French Education Minister Jack Lang, who pinned the medal on Bjork on Thursday, said the award was "a sign of friendship toward an artist."

Lang said he "discovered" Bjork while on an official visit to Iceland with the late President Francois Mitterrand in 1990.

"At that time, she was unknown," Lang said, adding that he's been a fan ever since.

The 35-year-old singer, who is hugely popular in France, won the best-actress award for her role in Lars von Trier's "Dancer in the Dark" at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.

Her latest album, "Vespertine," is to be released in France next week.

Temple of doom for Ford, wife

Harrison Ford's wife of 18 years has filed for legal separation, citing irreconcilable differences.

Ford and his wife, screenwriter Melissa Mathison Ford, have been living apart since October 2000. They declined to comment on the court filing.

"The only statement they have is that Melissa filed for separation from Harrison and the couple remain amicable," said Patricia McQueeney, Harrison Ford's agent.

Mathison is seeking joint custody of their son, Malcolm, 14, and daughter, Georgia, 11, according to the Los Angeles Superior Court petition.

A son for Hercules

It's a boy for former "Hercules" star Kevin Sorbo.

Sorbo and his wife, Sam, welcomed the 7-pound, 8-ounce boy on Wednesday at a hospital in Henderson, Nev. The couple, who live in the Las Vegas area, haven't picked a name, publicist Deborah Grimes said Thursday in Los Angeles.

It was the couple's first child.

The 42-year-old Sorbo, who starred in TV's "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," now stars in "Andromeda."


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