Thursday, July 25, 2002
Maternity worked into 'Malcolm'
Milwaukee ï¿½ No more hiding behind giant frying pans, chairs and refrigerator doors.
Jane Kaczmarek's third real-life pregnancy will be written into her Emmy-nominated role as Lois on TV's "Malcolm in the Middle."
"I've been told they're going to work the pregnancy into the show," Kaczmarek told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this week. "The plan is to do some episodes (with Lois) not pregnant, and then some pregnant."
The last time the 46-year-old was pregnant, she spent a lot of time on the show hiding her expanding middle.
The actress and husband Bradley Whitford of "The West Wing," have a 4-year-old daughter, Frances, and a 2-year-old son, George. They married in 1992.
Angry song draws cheers
Camden, N.J. ï¿½ Country singer Toby Keith performed his song that warns terrorists, "You'll be sorry you messed with the U.S. of A.," which has drawn criticism for its angry lyrics.
About 500 concertgoers aboard the battleship USS New Jersey, now berthed on the Camden waterfront as a museum and tourist attraction, cheered wildly Tuesday as Keith played his guitar and sang the tune, titled "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)."
The song includes this warning to the Sept. 11 attackers: "We'll put a boot in your ass." ABC deemed it too angry to lead off a July 4 primetime family television special.
Home on the runway
Ocala, Fla. ï¿½ A 550-acre estate is drawing actor John Travolta and others who want to be able to park their large airplanes outside their front door.
Travolta's new $2.5 million getaway in central Florida's Marion County will be constructed in "Jumbolair," an aviation community of 125 homes, each with its own taxiway, owner and developer Terri Thayer said recently.
Unlike a few other aviation-oriented Florida communities, this one will allow large jets. Travolta paid $550,000 for 9 acres, Thayer said.
His 6,400-square-foot residence resembles a small airport with its long, rambling floor plan topped with what looks like a watchtower. It has eight bedrooms, including quarters for the flight crew, a swimming pool and two airplane hangars, Thayer said.
Sharpton sues HBO
New York ï¿½ The Rev. Al Sharpton sued HBO for $1 billion Wednesday, saying he was defamed by the cable network's airing of a 1983 FBI surveillance tape of him discussing a drug deal.
Sharpton said HBO showed a selectively damning portion of videotape in which he and a federal agent posing as a drug dealer discussed a cocaine shipment. The tape was aired Tuesday night on "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel."
Sharpton, who was not charged with any crime as a result of the tape, said agents recorded a second tape that removes any suspicions about his actions.
On that tape, Sharpton said, he and a record company executive tell the undercover agent, "Don't ever talk to us about a drug deal."
He said he asked HBO to show that tape also, but it did not.