Monday, September 9, 2002

Gordon Lightfoot hospitalized

Hamilton, Ontario � Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, known for hits such as "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," "If You Could Read My Mind" and "Carefree Highway," was being treated Sunday in a hospital for an undisclosed ailment.

Lightfoot, 63, was rushed to a hospital in Orillia, Ontario, shortly before he was scheduled to perform Saturday night, according to a hospital spokesman.

He was later flown in an air ambulance to the McMaster University Medical Center in Hamilton, Ontario, 30 miles west of Toronto, said Jeff Valentin, the hospital's director of public affairs.

"Mr. Lightfoot and his wife have asked that no more information be given at this time," Valentin said. "I think for right now, they just want to be together as a family."

Filming the real Titanic

Goleta, Calif. � Director James Cameron is going back to Titanic, this time with a 3-D camera.

Cameron debuted part of "Ghosts of the Abyss," his underwater documentary on the doomed oceanliner, on Friday at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, held in Goleta this year.

With help from his brother, Mike, and cinematographer Vince Pace, Cameron designed a lightweight camera able to film the sunken Titanic in 3-D. Two robots carried the camera and swam through the ship's grand interior.

Childhood memento for sale

Montesano, Wash. � An Oregon couple is hoping to cash in on Kurt Cobain's childhood.

Ed and Jennifer McKee of Oregon City, Ore., are auctioning off the former Nirvana frontman's childhood home on eBay.

The couple, who invest in houses to fix up and sell, bought the home last month for $42,500. At the time, they said they had no idea Cobain once lived there.

Cobain lived in the house from age 11 to 15 with his father, Don, and his stepmother, Jenny. Much of the house, including Cobain's bedroom, described as "nautical" on the eBay Web site, has not been changed since he lived there, McKee said.

The McKee's set an opening bid of $200,000, although the turn-of-the-century home was valued at only $52,660 in 2000.

Reliving the bad old days

New York � Edie Falco's latest role on Broadway is bringing back some old memories.

In the revival of "Frankie and Johnny" she plays a waitress � and an aspiring actress � having trouble catching a break. It's a bit like her own life, years ago, when her acting prospects were decidedly grim.

"You go to college and you go off and do plays and then when the dust clears, you are left alone in your crazy apartment at 4 in the afternoon with no job, no prospects and a waitressing shift to go to," she tells Newsweek magazine for its Sept. 8 issue. "And real, heavy-duty darkness can set in."