Tuesday, March 4, 2003

Hopkins' new role: husband

Malibu, Calif. -- Oscar winner Sir Anthony Hopkins married antiques dealer Stella Arroyave during a private ceremony Saturday, said publicist Paul Bloch.

It was the third marriage for the 65-year-old Hopkins, who won a best-actor Oscar for 1991's "The Silence of the Lambs," and the first for the 46-year-old bride.

Hopkins reprised the role of serial-killer Hannibal Lecter in 2001's "Hannibal" and last year's prequel "Red Dragon." His films also include 1992's "Howards End" and 1993's "The Remains of the Day."

Hopkins, who was born in Wales and knighted by the queen of England in 1993, became a U.S. citizen in 2000.

Seinfelds welcome a boy

New York -- Jerry Seinfeld and his wife, Jessica, are the parents of a son, Julian Kal Seinfield.

The baby, who weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces, was born Saturday, said Elizabeth Clark, a spokeswoman for the 48-year-old comedian and his wife.

The couple's daughter, Sascha, is 2 years old.

"Mom, dad, Sascha and baby are all happy and healthy," Clark said Monday.

Madonna becomes author

London -- "The English Roses" will be the first of five illustrated storybooks for young readers by singer-actress Madonna, each featuring a different celebrated illustrator, the Penguin Group said.

"The English Roses" will be published in hardcover in September and distributed simultaneously worldwide, the Penguin Group said Monday.

The characters will include a prince and a fox. The target readership will be ages 6 and older.

Sheen fears war risk -- to show

Los Angeles -- Martin Sheen said NBC executives fear his opposition to a United States-led war against Iraq will hurt his popular TV series "The West Wing."

Sheen, who plays President Josiah Bartlet on the NBC series, told the Los Angeles Times for a story Sunday that the show's staff has been "100 percent supportive" but top network executives have "let it be known they're very uncomfortable with where I'm at" on the war.

The 62-year-old actor helped lead a "Virtual March on Washington" last week that flooded the White House with thousands of anti-war e-mails and phone calls. He has spoken out against the potential war in public.

But NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks told The Associated Press on Sunday that she knows of "no concern among top management at NBC regarding Mr. Sheen's stand against the war or fear that it could impact the show."