Chan to help U.N. Children's Fund

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- Jackie Chan, who's best known for his daredevil stunts, was named a goodwill ambassador Monday for the United Nations' Children's Fund and U.N. AIDS agencies.

The Hong Kong action film star will help fight the spread of HIV/AIDS and discrimination against people affected by it, and advance the causes of children, said Rodney Hatfield, UNICEF's representative in Cambodia.

"Let me know whatever I can do, wherever I can go. I promise you I'll do it," Chan said at a news conference.

Chan will visit children suffering from AIDS and tour land mine rehabilitation centers during his three-day stay in Cambodia.

Gay-rights group honors Stone

San Francisco -- Sharon Stone has been recognized by the National Center for Lesbian Rights for her support of gay and lesbian civil rights.

The actress, who has helped raise millions of dollars for AIDS research and has portrayed lesbian characters in movies including "Basic Instinct," received the NCLR Spirit Award at the organization's 27th anniversary celebration Saturday night in San Francisco.

"Sharon Stone has a very long history of leadership and involvement with volunteer groups," said Ruth Harris, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco-based center.

Stone's contributions include raising money for the American Foundation for AIDS Research, founding the homeless youth camp Planet Hope, and working with Project Angel Food, a program that brings food to homebound AIDS patients.

Blanchett gives birth to son

Beverly Hills, Calif. -- It's a boy for actress Cate Blanchett.

The Oscar-nominated star of "Elizabeth" gave birth Friday to Roman Robert in London, publicist Lisa Kasteler said Monday. There were no further details.

The 34-year-old actress and her husband, screenwriter Andrew Upton, also have a 2-year-old son, Dashiell John.

Blanchett's movies include "The Talented Mr. Ripley," the "Lord of the Rings" films, "The Missing" and the upcoming "The Aviator."

'Yellow Submarine' as a book

London -- The Beatles' psychedelic cartoon "The Yellow Submarine" is being adapted for a children's book, the group's record label said Monday.

Apple Corps Ltd. said it had joined with Walker Books to create the book, which is expected to arrive in stores in September -- 36 years after the original animated feature film was released.

The book was inspired by the success of the release in 1999 of a digitally restored DVD version of the 1968 cult classic.

"'The Yellow Submarine' was made as a psychedelic film in the '60s, but it has had a timeless appeal, particularly for children, over the last four decades," Apple Corps. said.


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