Thursday, August 7, 2003

Divorce no longer wanted

Vero Beach, Fla. -- "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh and his wife have jointly dismissed their divorce lawsuit, an attorney for Reve Walsh said.

Attorney Odette Bendeck said Tuesday that the couple was "happily reconciled" and committed to their marriage. A dismissal of all divorce actions was filed in state court in Indian River County, where Reve Walsh filed for divorce in July 2002.

The Walshes' son, Adam, then 6, was abducted July 27, 1981, from a Broward County Sears store. His head was found 14 days later and 120 miles away in a canal on the west side of Vero Beach.

Adam's death led his parents to co-found the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, Va., in 1984.

Costner critical of critics

New York -- Kevin Costner doesn't care that "Waterworld," his futuristic blockbuster from 1995, was a major flop with critics.

"They don't have that 'Waterworld' ride in Universal Studios because it's not popular," the actor-director tells Diane Sawyer in an interview on ABC's "Primetime Thursday," airing at 9 p.m. today. "It's a great movie, it really is."

Costner, 48, also says that one of his biggest hits, 1992's "The Bodyguard," almost had a sequel -- and it would have starred Princess Diana. He said he'd been talking with her about succeeding Whitney Houston, and got the script for the film on Aug. 31, 1997 -- the day Diana died in a Paris car crash.

"There was a very real thing between us in terms of doing this movie, Costner said. "She hadn't said yes to it, but she had indicated to me that she knew her life was going to change."

Concert to kick off NFL season

Washington -- Mary J. Blige and Britney Spears will head the entertainment card, and Aretha Franklin will sing the national anthem at the NFL's kickoff concert Sept. 4 at the National Mall.

The event will precede the league's opening game between the New York Jets and Washington Redskins at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

More than 20,000 military personnel and their families are expected to attend the event in Washington, which will be televised by ABC from 7 p.m.-8 p.m., preceding the telecast of the game.

Kennedy Center honorees named

Washington -- Musician James Brown, comedian Carol Burnett, singer Loretta Lynn, director Mike Nichols and violinist Itzhak Perlman will be this year's honorees Dec. 7 when Washington's John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts bestows its recognition for the 26th year.

The annual awards gala has become the highlight of the Washington cultural year, with parties and events spanning a weekend. The honorees will be saluted by stars and pols at Kennedy Center's Opera House. The gala will be broadcast on CBS as a two-hour prime-time special in December.

Recipients are recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.