Thursday, February 6, 2003

'Bachelor' gets cold feet

New York -- The second "Bachelor" is still a bachelor.

Aaron Buerge, a 28-year-old banker from Springfield, Mo., proposed to Helene Eksterowicz at the end of the second season of "The Bachelor," ABC's romance-reality series in which an eligible guy chooses a bride from among 25 hopefuls.

Now, he says in the Feb. 17 issue of People magazine that the engagement was over by New Year's.

"'There has not been any dagger throwing," Buerge said, adding that neither had been unfaithful. He said he and Eksterowicz, a 27-year-old school psychologist from Gloucester City, N.J., stay in touch by e-mail, and will explain why the romance died on a Feb. 20 ABC special.

He can dance if he wants to

Despite some doubts that the 53-year-old Richard Gere does all his own tapping in some of those darkly lit, heavily edited musical scenes in "Chicago," director Rob Marshall says that's no stunt tapper on the screen.

"Richard Gere does this big tap dance, and he had never tapped before," Marshall said. "Those are his feet. The close-ups on his feet are all him."

Joy-ride over for thief who dumped Cage's Porsche

Hillsboro, Mo. -- The man who helped steal a 1989 Porsche 911 belonging to actor Nicolas Cage won't be taking a joy ride real soon.

Michael Gramling, 20, of Arnold, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis, was sentenced to five years in prison for the December 2001 heist of the $100,000 car. Gramling, an airman stationed at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, was accused of taking the car from a parking lot in Arnold while it was being transported to Pennsylvania.

The Porsche was found a month later under 12 feet of water in Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri.

Ice-T is reluctant dad

New York -- Ice-T, a star of television's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," acknowledged he's the father of a Board of Education clerk's 15-month-old son and was ordered to pay $4,000 a month for temporary support for the child.

Ice-T waived his right to a paternity trial Tuesday after Manhattan Family Court Hearing Officer David Kirschblum said a DNA report proved the rapper-actor was the father of Kevin Ice Marrow.

Ice-T, whose real name is Tracy Marrow, initially denied he ever was intimate with Linda Marie Sanchez, 27, whom he met at Jimmy's Bronx Cafe in November 2000; she sued for support. By waiving his right to a paternity trial, Ice-T in effect acknowledged he's Kevin's father.

12th 'Frasier' run considered

Radnor, Pa. -- Kelsey Grammer, already signed for an 11th season of "Frasier," says he'll consider doing one more year.

That would make psychiatrist Frasier Crane the longest-running primetime character on television, at 21 years, including the time on "Cheers."

Grammer tells TV Guide in its Saturday issue that he's satisfied with his payday. At $1.6 million an episode, "I'm making enough," he said.