Busy doing nothing

The star of a show about nothing is doing just that these days.

"I do nothing," Jerry Seinfeld told an audience Saturday at Rascal's comedy club in West Orange, N.J. "A lot of people think doing nothing is really good. I tell you, you can get pretty crammed doing nothing."

Seinfeld, 46, has kept a relatively low profile since his immensely popular series "Seinfeld" ended its prime-time run in May 1998.

He turned up for four weekend shows at the club, where he appeared regularly before he became a star. The 1,500 tickets at $20 each sold out in less than a week in December, even though the shows were not advertised outside the club. The club owner said he turned away 10,000 other ticket-seekers.

Seinfeld had new jokes, but the same style of humor.

Some of the up-to-date jokes took on the Web � "Why do they call it eBay? They should call it Garbay" � and his 1999 wedding � "If you want to have a great party, why invite all the oldest people you know?"

Foster cans Cannes

Oscar-winner Jodie Foster has backed out of an agreement to head the jury at the 54th Cannes film festival in May because she was offered a leading movie role, festival officials said Sunday.

Foster was asked to replace Nicole Kidman in David Fincher's "The Panic Room," after Kidman dropped out with a knee injury. Foster said work on the movie would conflict with the May 9-20 festival.

Foster said she hoped she would be asked to preside over the jury again. "I've dreamed since my childhood of having the honor of being president of the Cannes jury," Foster was quoted as saying last month.

She has received two Oscars, for "The Accused" (1988) and "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991).

Nugent locked out

Ted Nugent won't be getting a key to Omaha, Neb. And the "Motor City Madman" isn't all that broken up about it.

Nugent was scheduled to get an honorary key on Saturday at an annual outdoor show, but Mayor Hal Daub changed his mind when harsh criticism of the outspoken rocker began to circulate.

"I have no negative feelings whatsoever. He's got to do what he's got to do and I've got to do what I've got to do," Nugent said from his Michigan ranch. He said they had a good, cordial talk and planned to go fishing together.

Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, had sent Daub a letter asking the mayor to reconsider his plans.

"With violence in our society more out of control than ever, what on earth are you doing giving a key to the city to Ted Nugent, one of today's most visible symbols of bigotry, hatred and destruction?" Newkirk wrote.

As an avid hunter and outdoorsman, Nugent said he is a constant target of PETA and adamantly denied Newkirk's accusations.

"To think that I'm hateful is preposterous. I'm the most compassionate, caring, activist, generous ... (person) that ever played a guitar," he said.


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