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Saturday, January 31, 2004

Crowe role packs a punch

Sydney, Australia -- Russell Crowe is once again throwing himself into a movie role.

The Oscar-winning "Gladiator" dislocated his shoulder while training for his pugilistic part in the upcoming Universal Pictures boxing drama "Cinderella Man," the studio confirmed Friday.

Crowe will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair his shoulder, followed by physical therapy. He won't be able to resume training for the role of real-life boxer Jim Braddock for four to six weeks.

As a result of the injury, filming will be delayed a month, pushed back from March until early April.

Foxx gets probation for fight

New Orleans -- Jamie Foxx has been placed on two years' probation and fined $1,500 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge from a fight with security guards at a casino.

The comedian entered the plea Wednesday to disturbing the peace, Dist. Atty. Eddie Jordan announced Friday. Foxx received a six-month suspended jail sentence besides the probation and fine.

Foxx, 36, and his sister, Deidre Dixon, were arrested April 26 in a fracas captured on security cameras at Harrah's New Orleans Casino.

Rice seeks simple suburban life

New Orleans -- Novelist Anne Rice, whose life and stories of vampires have become synonymous with New Orleans, is taking off for the suburbs as part of her goal of "simplifying my life."

A posting on Rice's Web site doesn't disclose where she'll be living, but The Times-Picayune, quoting unnamed friends and associates, reported Friday that her destination is a gated community in Jefferson Parish, a major suburb of New Orleans.

Her Garden District mansion, the setting for her best seller "The Witching Hour," is up for sale, along with another New Orleans house where she lived as a child and which served as the setting for her novel "Violin."

'Real World' producer dies

Los Angeles -- Producer Mary-Ellis Bunim, who brought television into the age of reality with MTV's "The Real World" and whose latest hit series was "The Simple Life," has died at age 57.

Bunim died Thursday after a long battle with breast cancer, MTV announced Friday.

She and business partner Jonathan Murray, who kicked off the reality trend in 1992 with "The Real World," were among the genre's most prolific producers.

Their series included "Road Rules," "The Love Cruise," "Making the Band," "Starting Over" and, most recently, Fox's "The Simple Life" with party girl and headline-maker Paris Hilton.

Before she turned to real-life soap opera, Bunim had vast experience in the traditional kind. She had been executive producer of "Search for Tomorrow," "As the World Turns," "Santa Barbara" and "Loving."