Wednesday, July 10, 2002

Lots of good years left

Chicago � Women may have trouble finding good film roles after they turn 40, but Tom Hanks figures he's OK for a good long while.

Hanks, who turned 46 Tuesday, said he had not found decent parts harder to come by as he ages. He received two Academy Awards back to back in his late 30s, for "Philadelphia" and "Forrest Gump," and had two more nominations in his 40s for "Saving Private Ryan" and "Cast Away."

"I'm part of the largest generation in American history. People my age, they are still a bit of an economic motor that drives a lot of things," Hanks said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. "So our stories, the stories of people my age, are going to have kind of a built-in audience for a while."

Author makes King-sized splash

Bangor, Maine � Stephen and Tabitha King are donating $1.1 million to the city to help residents cool down � in a new pool that will be more than three times the size of the existing public pool.

The city's most famous literary couple on Monday announced they would donate the money for a 12,000-square-foot pool, a children's area, a general swim area and a four-lane lap and exercise pool, the Bangor Daily News reported.

A separate pool will be built with water slides. The existing 3,700-square-foot pool will be closed once the work is complete.

Stephen King, the best-selling author of dozens of books, said the public pool is sometimes so crowded on hot days that all he and his wife can see are "a lot of heads bobbing up and down."

Mike Myers shoots for Moon

London � "Austin Powers" star Mike Myers is discussing the possibility of starring in a new movie about The Who drummer Keith Moon.

Myers and The Who frontman Roger Daltrey have discussed plans for a forthcoming film, and the 39-year-old comic actor said Monday he hoped it would be made.

"I have talked to Roger Daltrey about the possibility of a film. I think Keith Moon was a fascinating character," said Myers, whose new movie, "Austin Powers in Goldmember," opens July 25.

Moon was 32 when he died of a drug overdose in 1978.

Ventura treated for blood clot

St. Paul, Minn. � Gov. Jesse Ventura was admitted Tuesday to a hospital for treatment of a blood clot in his lung and was in stable condition, his spokesman said.

Spokesman John Wodele said the 50-year-old governor was being treated with blood thinners and was in good spirits.

Wodele said Ventura woke up Tuesday with discomfort in his chest area. He went North Memorial Hospital in suburban Robbinsdale after seeing his primary physician.

Ventura canceled his public schedule for the next couple of days and was to spend the night in the hospital.

"We'll just evaluate as we go whether or not he can work beyond the ailment," Wodele said.