Life in the fun house

Aspen, Colo. -- When comedian Mike Myers was growing up, anyone who wanted to be invited to his home more than once had to be funny.

"My dad was very like, if somebody came in the house that wasn't funny, it was like, 'Can't come anymore,"' said Myers, accepting the 2003 American Film Institute Star Award.

Myers, who grew up in Toronto, told the audience at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival that his characters -- on the big screen and on "Saturday Night Live" -- were all based on his family members.

"Wayne is me," Myers said Friday of the film "Wayne's World," while the 1960s swinger Austin Powers resembles his late father, a native of Liverpool, England.

Diddy plans Detroit diner

Detroit -- Sean "P. Diddy" Combs plans to open a restaurant in downtown Detroit, an associate of the hip-hop entrepreneur said.

The Justin's restaurant will open in four to eight months at a location yet to be determined, said Andre Suite, executive vice president of Justin's.

There already are two Justin's, the original in New York and another in Atlanta. The restaurants, which offer soul and Caribbean food, are named after Combs' oldest son.

Tanks for the memories

Columbus, Ohio -- Before he was the Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger was just another soldier in the Austrian army. He was reunited with a part of his military past -- the tank he used to drive -- at a museum.

Schwarzenegger, 55, in town for an annual fitness exposition that bears his name, on Friday visited the Motts Military Museum in nearby Groveport. He donated the tank to the museum in November 2000.

Standing beside the U.S.-built tank, Schwarzenegger told stories about his army days in 1965. One night, he left the tank's engine running to keep warm -- and fell asleep. He woke up at 5 a.m. and found the tank had rolled into a river. His punishment: three days in jail.


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