Thursday, June 26, 2003
Fashion guru to join 'ET'
New York -- Steven Cojocaru is joining the "Entertainment Tonight" family. Beginning in August, he'll do celebrity interviews, monitor pop-culture trends and provide fashion commentary for the syndicated TV show.
Basically, Cojocaru is the new man about town make that two towns for "ET."
"I'm in L.A. and New York on a weekly basis and I think that was attractive to 'ET' that I can be in two places at the same time," Cojocaru said in a phone interview with The Associated Press.
Cojocaru will maintain his position as People magazine's West Coast style editor and his weekly fashion segment on NBC's "Today" show.
Lou Reed gives RockWalk a hand
Los Angeles -- Lou Reed took a walk on the wild side down to Hollywood's RockWalk, where he placed his handprints and signature outside the Guitar Center music store on Sunset Boulevard.
"I think that's fantastic," he said of the honor Tuesday. "I'm very, very surprised and really get a kick out of this."
Best known for the 1972 hit "Walk on the Wild Side," Reed recently came out with a compilation spanning 35 years in music called "NYC Man The Ultimate Lou Reed Collection." Other albums from the founding member of the seminal avant-garde rock group the Velvet Underground include "Berlin," "Metal Machine Music" and "Transformer."
Comedian's trial delayed
New Orleans -- Comedian Jamie Foxx's trial on charges from a fight with guards at Harrah's casino was delayed Wednesday until Sept. 8.
Police have said Foxx, his sister, Diedra Dixon, and others in the entertainer's 10-person entourage refused a guard's order to show identification when they entered the casino near the French Quarter on April 26.
Police said Foxx splashed water from a fountain, cursed loudly, refused to leave when security guards asked and fought with officers. Dixon was accused of hitting a police officer while partially handcuffed, sending the officer to the hospital.
Foxx pleaded innocent to the misdemeanor charges. Dixon, of Tarzana, Calif., also pleaded innocent to misdemeanor battery on a police officer and resisting arrest charges.
Hong Kong gets Chan action
Hong Kong -- Hong Kong is turning to action star Jackie Chan to help draw visitors back to the territory after the SARS outbreak.
Hong Kong was removed Monday from the World Health Organization's list of SARS-infected territories, and officials immediately announced tourism incentives and events intended to restore glitz to Hong Kong.
Chan star of the "Shanghai Noon" and "Rush Hour" films will appear in a TV ad designed to refurbish Hong Kong's image, Tourism Board chairwoman Selina Chow told a news conference Monday.
"We're going to polish the Hong Kong brand until it's sparkling shiny," Chow said.