Friday, March 12, 2004

Theron, Mandela trade praise

Johannesburg, South Africa -- Oscar winner Charlize Theron was reduced to tears Thursday when former President Nelson Mandela praised her for putting South Africa on the map.

"I love you so much," the actress said during an emotional meeting at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.

Theron, who won a best-actress Oscar for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in "Monster," grew up in the small South African town of Benoni.

Theron told Mandela he was an inspiration to her and many others.

Mandela returned the compliment.

"She has put South Africa on the map," he said.

General Lee No. 1 with fans

Los Angeles -- Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson's action comedy "Starsky & Hutch" has renewed interest in 1974 Ford Torinos, but Hollywood's top car star is still the orange 1969 Dodge Charger the General Lee from "The Dukes of Hazzard."

Hagerty Insurance surveyed car enthusiasts nationwide to determine the top 10 television and motion picture car stars.

The Top 10 Car Stars list: "The Dukes of Hazzard," 1969 Dodge Charger General Lee; "Bullitt," green 1968 Ford Mustang driven by Steve McQueen; "Gone in Sixty Seconds," 1967 Shelby GT500; "Back to the Future," 1983 DeLorean; "Batman" TV series, Batmobile; "Goldfinger," Aston Martin DB5; "Smokey and the Bandit," 1977 Pontiac Firebird T/A; "Herbie, the Love Bug," 1963 Volkswagen Beetle; "Starsky and Hutch" TV series and "Starsky & Hutch" movie, 1974 Ford Torino; and "The Green Hornet" TV series, Chrysler Imperial Black Beauty.

Judge: R. Kelly pics illegally seized

Bartow, Fla. -- Accused child pornographer R. Kelly got another break in his case Thursday as Circuit Court Judge Dennis Maloney ruled in Florida that police illegally seized photographs that allegedly show the R&B singer having sex with an underage girl when they searched his Davenport, Fla., home during a drug raid in June 2002.

The judge agreed with Kelly's lawyers that the Polk County sheriff's detectives did not have enough evidence to justify a search of the home.

Florida prosecutors still may appeal. If they don't, they'll have to drop 12 counts of child pornography against Kelly, 37.