Thursday, September 18, 2003

It's a boy for Colin Farrell

Los Angeles -- "S.W.A.T." star Colin Farrell and model Kim Bordenave are the parents of a baby boy, his publicist said.

The infant was born Friday at a Los Angeles hospital and weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces, Susan Patricola said Tuesday.

Farrell, 27, wasn't there for his son's arrival because he was in Morocco shooting "Alexander," the Oliver Stone film in which he stars as Alexander the Great.

"Although Colin couldn't attend the birth, he had family members standing in and is longing to see his new son and couldn't be happier," Patricola said in a news release. "The three will be together very soon."

Their son won't be named until then, Patricola said.

Farrell's other films include "Minority Report," "The Recruit" and "Phone Booth."

Innocent prisoner is topic of potential Dreamworks film

Boston -- Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks movie studio has bought the rights to produce a film about Joseph Salvati, who spent 30 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted in a 1965 gangland slaying.

Salvati was convicted after an FBI informant told authorities he was involved in the murder of "Teddy" Deegan in 1965, even though the FBI had evidence of Salvati's innocence. His sentence was commuted in 1997, and he was exonerated in 2001.

Salvati filed a lawsuit in July seeking $300 million in damages; the lawsuit cites recent evidence that the FBI knew Deegan had been killed by the Winter Hill Gang, led by fugitive mobster James "Whitey" Bulger, but suppressed the evidence to protect the FBI's mob informants.

TV tunes composer releases first solo CD at 81

Los Angeles -- Vic Mizzy, best known for writing the melodies for television shows including "The Addams Family" and "Mister Ed" and hits for Dean Martin, Doris Day and Perry Como, has recorded his first solo CD, at 81.

Mizzy's "Songs for the Jogging Crowd" is set for release next month. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native learned to play the piano at age 4 by mimicking the songs he heard on the family's $200 player piano, he said Tuesday.

"Because you had some damned good pianists playing on those rolls, including George Gershwin, I fell into that and learned how to play," he said.

Mizzy, vice president of The Songwriters Guild of America, said 10 songs on the CD were new, along with "The Addams Family" and "Green Acres" themes.

Miami Dolphins to honor Cruz

Miami -- The Miami Dolphins have announced plans to pay tribute to "Queen of Salsa" Celia Cruz during halftime of Sunday night's game against Buffalo.

Cruz's husband, Pedro Knight, will receive a Dolphins jersey during the tribute, which will include a performance by Latin Grammy nominee Victor Manuelle.

Cruz died July 16 of a brain tumor at her Fort Lee, N.J., home. She was 77. The Cuban exile was immensely popular in Miami.

The game airs at 7:30 p.m. CDT on ESPN, Sunflower Broadband Channel 48.