Spears cruises past movie star to top Forbes Celebrity 100 list

New York � Britney Spears is knocking Tom Cruise off the No. 1 spot he held in 2001 in Forbes magazine's Celebrity 100 list. And knocking him for a loop: Cruise is nowhere to be found in the new Top 100 list, which hits newsstands Monday � though his ex-wife, Nicole Kidman, ranks No. 27.

The top 10 in order: Spears, Tiger Woods, Steven Spielberg, Madonna, U2, 'N Sync, Mariah Carey, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan and Tom Hanks.

Forbes' ranking uses a formula that combines money and fame.

First lady likes 'Little Women'

Concord, Mass. � First lady Laura Bush recalled a time when she was just like every other girl in America: a devoted reader of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women."

On Thursday, the first lady, a former librarian, came to Alcott's family home to support its preservation.

The home, known as Orchard House, has received $400,000 in federal grants from Save America's Treasures, a partnership co-chaired by Mrs. Bush. But the home has structural problems, and supporters are trying to raise another $800,000.

"Few books have remained in print for more than 130 years, but 'Little Women' continues to be passed from parent to child, hand to hand, because the story is timeless," she said.

Hollywood walk to add stars

Los Angeles � Martin Scorsese, Etta James, Kevin Bacon, Susan Sarandon and Kermit the Frog are among entertainers who will be enshrined in the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year.

"This year's honorees met all the criteria in longevity, professional achievement and contributions to the community," said Johnny Grant, chairman of the Walk of Fame Committee of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

The 2003 Walk of Fame recipients were chosen from hundreds of nominations and ratified by the chamber's board of directors.

Talk of sequel not too Shaggy

Burbank, Calif. � "Scooby-Doo" will do it again.

A sequel to the live-action movie based on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon is going into production, following a $54.2 million opening last weekend.

Warner Bros. announced this week that Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard and Linda Cardellini will come back as Fred, Daphne, Shaggy and Velma, who solve mysteries with the help of their Great Dane, Scooby-Doo.

Director Raja Gosnell and screenwriter James Gunn also will work on the sequel. Production is expected to begin early next year, with release in 2004.

"Our cast and filmmakers really brought this animated series to life on the big screen, and we feel certain that we've got another great Scooby-Doo story to tell," said Lorenzo di Bonaventura, the studio's president of worldwide production.


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