Wednesday, January 9, 2002
Poitier a Living Legend
Atlanta ï¿½ Oscar-winning actor Sidney Poitier received the Living Legend Award at the annual Trumpet Awards, honoring black achievements in politics, science and the arts.
Others honored Monday night include former Atlanta Mayor and United Nations ambassador Andrew Young, actress Cicely Tyson and AOL Time Warner Vice Chairman Ted Turner, who received the Humanitarian Award.
Poitier, 74, won a best-actor Oscar for 1963's "Lillies of the Field."
Among those attending were the Rev. Jesse Jackson, attorney Johnnie Cochran, former Washington Mayor Marion Barry, TV judges Glenda Hatchett and Greg Mathis, and gospel singers BeBe Winans and Shirley Caesar.
Oscar making Whoopi again
Los Angeles ï¿½ Whoopi Goldberg will be host to this year's Oscar ceremony, her fourth time as master of ceremonies of Hollywood's biggest bash.
Goldberg, whose last turn as host was for the 1998 ceremony, will run the proceedings March 24 when the awards return to Hollywood for the first Oscar show from the new Kodak Theatre, the movie academy said Monday.
Steve Martin was host for last year's Academy Awards. Seven-time host Billy Crystal has been the most popular master of ceremonies in recent years.
Oscar nominations will be announced Feb. 12.
Comedian Avery Schreiber dies
Los Angeles ï¿½ Comedian Avery Schreiber, who with his partner, Jack Burns, was a fixture on television in the 1960s and '70s, died Monday of a heart attack. He was 66.
Burns and Schreiber appeared often on a number of TV shows, including "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "Hollywood Palace." They also had their own summer comedy-variety series, "The Burns and Schreiber Show," on ABC in 1973.
Among Burns and Schreiber's works was the album "The Watergate Comedy Hour."
After the duo went their separate ways, Schreiber became a popular fixture in Doritos commercials, appearing as a chef, sultan, judge, pilot or other character who would be distracted by people crunching on the chips.
Aguilera denies porn status
Just because Christina Aguilera dresses like a tart and tramps around that Lady Marmalade video doesn't mean she's one in real life ï¿½ no matter what X-rated Web sites claim.
The Grammy-winning popster has taken the unusual stance of actually denying she is the star of a porn video making the rounds on the Internet, reports E!Online.
The video shows the back of a blond woman that is supposedly Aguilera. But in a sharply worded statement just posted on Christina-A.com, Aguilera's camp says the video's bogus.