Better late than never

Charlize Theron's arrival at the Venice Film Festival was a bit late.

The South African actress, who joins Nicole Kidman and Helen Hunt as the event's major celebrity guests, missed her original flight. She finally made it late Thursday, the ANSA news agency said.

Hunt and Theron star in Woody Allen's new film, "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion," showing out of competition.

Kidman appears in Alejandro Amenabar's in-competition film, "The Others," and Jez Butterworth's out-of-competition "Birthday Girl."

The film festival runs through Wednesday.

Two karate kids for Norris

For karate champ-turned-star Chuck Norris, it's a boy � and a girl.

Norris, 61, became the father of twins Thursday when his 33-year-old wife, Gena, gave birth about one month ahead of schedule, Norris' publicist, Jeff Duclos, said.

"They were about a month premature," Duclos said, adding that both children and their mother were doing fine."

The twins, Dakota Alan and Danilee Kelley, are the couple's first children since they married in 1998. Both Norris and his wife have children from previous marriages.

In memory of Aaliyah

A scholarship fund to help fine arts students has been formed in memory of the late pop star Aaliyah.

The fund will help pay for the books and supplies of two students attending the Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts, from which Aaliyah graduated.

It also will help send two graduates of the high school to college. Officials expect to start awarding the scholarships in January 2002.

The 22-year-old singer and actress died Aug. 25 in a plane crash in the Bahamas, where she was filming a music video.

Aaliyah's uncle, Barry Hankerson, is setting up the fund. It will be managed by Operation Get Down, a Detroit-based social services organization.

Contract out of service area

MTV personality Carson Daly has sued Motorola, claiming the company backed out of $1 million deal to promote cell phones, pagers and other products.

The breach-of-contract lawsuit, filed Thursday in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, accuses Motorola of breaking a promise to renew a contract with the host of "Total Request Live" because of economic woes.

Daly claims that as part of a tentative agreement reached in January, he agreed to not make commercials for any of Motorola's competitors. As a result, he turned down a lucrative deal with another cell phone maker.

Julie Cordua, a spokeswoman for Motorola, said no contract with Daly ever existed.


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