Sunday, April 6, 2003

Designer seeks drug treatment

New York -- Two weeks after acting erratically at a New York Knicks basketball game, fashion designer Calvin Klein has announced he is seeking treatment for a drug problem.

A spokeswoman for Klein, 60, would not specify the type of treatment he would receive. In 1988, Klein entered the Hazelden Institute in Minnesota for alcohol and prescription drug abuse.

At the basketball game, Klein left his seat and walked up to Knicks player Latrell Sprewell as he was about to throw an inbound pass. He was escorted back to his seat by guards. Sprewell later said Klein was mumbling but could not be understood.

AFI honors Eastwood, new locale

Silver Spring, Md. -- The American Film Institute invited an American film legend to help welcome the world to its new flagship location.

Clint Eastwood was the guest of honor Friday evening at the opening of the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, a refurbished 1938 Art Moderne movie palace that local officials hope will become the centerpiece of a re-energized business district in the Washington suburbs.

Among the opening's activities were a screening of "The Ox-Bow Incident" (1943), starring Henry Fonda; a conversation between Eastwood and his biographer, Time magazine film critic Richard Schickel; and the presentation of a new AFI honor, the Silver Legacy Award, to Eastwood.

Model Dahl makes like grandpa

London -- Sophie Dahl, a model and granddaughter of children's author Roald Dahl, has signed a deal for her second book, the publishing house Bloomsbury said.

Bloomsbury, which publishes the hugely successful Harry Potter series, said Friday it likely would release the book -- not yet titled -- next year.

Dahl, 23, has just started work on it, her publisher said.

Her first book, a novella titled "The Man With the Dancing Eyes," is a best seller.

Roald Dahl's children's classics include "James and the Giant Peach" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

Paxton takes to ocean bottom

Los Angeles -- His experiences on a make-believe space trip helped prepare Bill Paxton for a real voyage to the bottom of the sea.

Paxton accompanied longtime friend and collaborator James Cameron on dives to the wreck of the Titanic in summer 2001.

In his first theatrical release since 1997's "Titanic," Cameron chronicles their journey in the documentary "Ghosts of the Abyss," opening April 11 in huge-screen IMAX cinemas and some specially equipped regular theaters.

Paxton's work on Ron Howard's dramatization "Apollo 13," about the ill-fated moon expedition, proved good training for his 2 1/2-mile dives aboard Cameron's mini-subs.

"You deal with the same kind of mind-set. A very tight command module, a three-man team. Everybody has to be doing something," he said.