Sunday, June 13, 2004
Chan ready for dramatic change
Honolulu -- Jackie Chan is attempting his most daring stunt ever: becoming what he calls a "true actor."
Chan says he wants to shed his action star image in favor of meatier roles that require dialogue and emotion instead of punches and kicks.
"I want to change. I want to be like Robert DeNiro. I want to be Dustin Hoffman," said the big-screen star from Hong Kong. "I don't always want it to be like the old days. ... I want to change my image. I want to become an actor who can fight, not an action star."
Chan, 50, was in Hawaii promoting his latest film, "Around the World in 80 Days," which opens nationwide on Wednesday.
Spears lends image to perfume
New York -- Pop star Britney Spears is a new crossover artist in the beauty business.
The 22-year-old singer will launch a new fragrance, Curious, this fall. A blend of white flowers and vanilla-infused musk, the fragrance is part of a licensing agreement with Elizabeth Arden, the company announced Thursday.
Yellow sale to honor cyclist
New York -- An auction of 15 yellow designer items will take place next month as part of an effort to raise $6 million for the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
The auction will run July 6-16. Oscar de la Renta donated a yellow dress and clutch from the spring/summer 2004 collection worth $15,000; Manolo Blahnik donated a pair of suede banana boots; Louis Vuitton is giving a custom-made yellow Epi hatbox; and Robert Lee Morris has donated an 18-karat yellow gold bracelet worth $7,000.
The yellow items symbolize the color of the leader's jersey at the Tour de France, which Armstrong has won five straight times, and also Armstrong's cancer battle.
'Flipper' cast members reunite
Miami -- Forty years after the TV series "Flipper" hit the air waves, former cast members took a swim with the descendants of the famous dolphin.
The reunion was part of 40th anniversary celebrations that include the debut of a new Miami Seaquarium dolphin show set to music from the series.
Luke Halpin and Tom Norden who played Sandy and Bud on the series, which ran from 1964 to 1967, donned wet suits and posed for pictures with the dolphins.
Halpin, 57, now does behind-the-scenes work on movies and commercials. Norden, 52, works as a corporate headhunter and has acted in a few soap operas.
The five dolphins who were captured from Biscayne Bay to play Flipper have since died, but two of their descendants -- Sundance and Echo -- still live at the Seaquarium.