Thursday, August 14, 2003

An extraordinary act

Prague, Czech Republic -- Sean Connery returned to Prague for the European opening of his film "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" -- and to keep a promise.

Connery had been forced to leave his Prague hotel because of historic floods while shooting the movie last year.

At a brief ceremony Tuesday, Connery said he had met with then-President Vaclav Havel during the floods "and on a handshake I said that if the film was any good that I would bring it to Prague" and support Havel's foundation.

"This is a check ... for 845,000 Czech koruna ($59,500) that's going to the foundation," the 72-year-old actor said when handing the check to Havel.

The money will be used to help those affected by the floods. Prague Mayor Pavel Bem received a check for the same amount.

Gory details

Detroit -- Jack White of the White Stripes has posted on the band's Web site,, graphic photos of his recent finger injury, which he suffered in a car crash in his hometown of Detroit.

"A bone in the index finger of my fretting hand was shattered in an automobile accident, making it absolutely impossible to play guitar, especially since I've been instructed by doctors that there is no way I can move my wrist until it is completely healed," White wrote in a message that appeared on the Web site earlier this month.

Concert dates from July 9 through mid-September have been canceled. White and his partner, drummer Meg White, were touring in support of their album "Elephant."

White said the broken finger didn't heal properly, so surgery was needed. A short film on the Web site shows a smiling White on the operating table.

Unappetizing discovery

New York -- Rocco DiSpirito's trendy new Italian restaurant -- the subject of NBC's reality series "The Restaurant" -- has been cited by the health department for "evidence of live flies" and greasy spoons.

"The Restaurant" follows DiSpirito and his staff through the travails of opening a Manhattan restaurant. That hassle continued when Rocco's on 22nd was cited during an impromptu health department inspection on July 29.

The notice of violation was posted on Court TV's The Smoking Gun Web site Monday night. A hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 22.

Too empty without her

Hendersonville, Tenn. -- Johnny Cash is selling the log house that he and his wife, June Carter Cash, used as a weekend retreat.

June Carter Cash died in May after complications from heart surgery. She was 73.

"This is the hide-out he and June used for 14 years," said Johnny Cash's brother, Tommy Cash, an agent with Crye-Leike Realtors in Hendersonville, which is handling the sale.

The two-story house, on a hillside on five wooded acres, is listed for $325,000.