People

Monday, January 27, 2003

Academy Awards to honor O'Toole

Los Angeles -- Peter O'Toole, nominated seven times for an Oscar for films as diverse as the epic "Lawrence of Arabia" and the nostalgic comedy "My Favorite Year," will receive an honorary Academy Award this year.

It will be presented during the 75th annual Oscars ceremony March 23 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Its citation will read: "Peter O'Toole -- whose remarkable talents have provided cinema history with some of its most memorable characters."

The Irish-born actor shot to international fame, portraying legendary British adventurer T.E. Lawrence in David Lean's landmark film "Lawrence of Arabia." The performance brought him the first of his seven best actor Oscar nominations.

Supermodel fee to combat hunger

Sao Paulo, Brazil -- Model Gisele Bundchen is donating $150,000 to help fight hunger in her native Brazil.

Bundchen will hand over the money -- her fee for one show in Sao Paulo Fashion Week -- to Brazilian first lady Marisa Silva, O Globo newspaper reported Sunday.

The fashion week starts today, and Bundchen's appearance will be in a show by designer Ricardo Almeida, who also dresses President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Silva is initiating a "zero hunger" program that is expected to cost at least $700 million annually.

Reubens' confiscated porn called valuable historical collection

Los Angeles -- Paul Reubens, the actor best known for playing Pee-wee Herman, shouldn't face a child pornography charge because his collection of erotica is historical, his lawyer is arguing.

The state's child pornography law, enacted in 1989, does not apply to the images and film in the case because they were produced decades earlier, Blair Berk said in a motion filed Friday. Some of the images are from the turn of the 20th century, according to the document.

The document said officers seized "well over 30,000 images and more than 650 hours of film" from Reuben's home in November 2001.

The motion described the collection as "a vast and valuable historical collection of artwork, kitsch memorabilia and adult erotica."

Reubens, 50, has pleaded innocent to one misdemeanor count of possessing material depicting children under 18 engaging in sexual conduct.

DiCaprio says imposter role easy

Berlin -- Playing a con artist in "Catch Me If You Can" wasn't much of a stretch for Leonardo DiCaprio.

"Acting is all about being an impostor," the 28-year-old DiCaprio told reporters Sunday in Berlin. The movie opens in Germany on Thursday.

The movie chronicles the early years of real-life grifter Frank Abagnale, who pursued conventional success and respectability through the unconventional methods of counterfeiting checks and falsifying identities.