Sunday, May 11, 2003

Nicholson stands up to ref

Los Angeles -- Actor Jack Nicholson apparently got swept up in the playoff drama between the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers, stepping onto the court and screaming at a referee during a Western Conference game.

Nicholson reacted Friday night shortly after Lakers star Shaquille O'Neal was called for his third foul in the second quarter, yelling at Mark Wunderlich during a break in the action.

"I pay a lot of money for this seat," Nicholson said at halftime. "This is the NBA, you can't tell me to sit down."

Nicholson said nobody from security spoke with him, and he was back at his courtside seat as the second half began.

The three-time defending champions defeated San Antonio 110-95 Friday night to cut the Spurs' lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven second-round series.

Cruise says goodbye to Kiwis

Wellington, New Zealand -- Tom Cruise says he'll miss the local beach and fish and chips now that he's finished filming his scenes for "The Last Samurai."

Cruise, accompanied by his two children, Conor and Isabella, flew Friday on his private jet from the North Island town of New Plymouth.

The 40-year-old actor spent nearly four months in the Taranaki province filming on the set of the movie about Japan's legendary warrior class adapting to Western influence in the mid-19th century.

"I'm going to miss the fish and chips, we're going to miss our Friday night McDonald's you know, we are going to miss the beach at night," he told a local radio station shortly before his departure.

McMahon wins mold lawsuit

Los Angeles -- Former "Tonight Show" sidekick Ed McMahon has agreed to a $7.2 million settlement of his lawsuit over toxic mold in his Beverly Hills mansion that allegedly sickened him and killed his dog.

In the past few months, McMahon has agreed to accept payments from American Equity Insurance Co. and other insurers and from various adjusters, consultants and cleanup contractors, according to court records cited Friday by the Los Angeles Times.

McMahon, 80, claimed that his 8,000-square-foot home was left unlivable after contractors improperly cleaned up water damage from a broken plumbing pipe in 2001.

Nelly begins bone marrow drive

Los Angeles -- Rap star Nelly will head a nationwide bone marrow drive and awareness campaign to find a donor for his sister who has leukemia, his publicist said.

Nelly and his 29-year-old sister, Jackie Donahue, will enlist other celebrities to educate the public about the safety of donating bone marrow and to find a donor for Donahue and others, publicist Juliette Harris said Thursday.

The 28-year old rapper, born Cornell Haynes, won a Grammy Award this year for best male rap solo performance for "Hot in Herre."