Thursday, October 7, 2004
A home away from home for Hef
Las Vegas -- Hugh Hefner is coming to Las Vegas, where he'll have a vertical version of his Playboy mansion: a nearly 12,000-square-foot love shack on top of the Palms hotel-casino's 40-story tower that's under construction.
The two-story suite will be named the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa. It will have its own glass elevator that overlooks the Strip, along with indoor and outdoor pools.
A licensing deal will allow the Palms to use the iconic brand in Nevada and in the tower's new nightclub, boutique casino and lounge, along with a retail Playboy store, said Bill Farley, Playboy's vice president of marketing events.
Rapper to face Canadian charge
Toronto -- Rapper Ja Rule will return to Toronto next spring to face a charge of assault causing bodily harm, a Canadian court ruled at a pretrial hearing.
A trial for the 28-year-old performer, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, has been tentatively set for March 7-11 in Ontario Court. The rapper didn't attend Wednesday's hearing.
Ja Rule, known for hits such as "Holla Holla," is accused of being part of a June 5 altercation at La Rouge Nightclub in the heart of Toronto's club district.
A publication ban has been placed on evidence and details surrounding the charge to prevent prejudicing the jury pool before the trial, a standard move in Canadian courts.
Wayne's birthplace to pay tribute
Winterset, Iowa -- John Wayne's contributions to film will be honored during the unveiling of a commemorative stamp at his Iowa birthplace.
Wayne's daughter, Melinda Wayne-Munoz, is scheduled to attend the U.S. Postal Service ceremony on Saturday. The 37-cent stamp is the latest in the Legends of Hollywood series.
Wayne, born in Winterset in 1907, won an Oscar in 1970 for "True Grit." He died in 1979.
The John Wayne stamp, painted by Drew Struzan, is based on a black-and-white publicity still taken for the 1962 film "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance." It was officially issued last month at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Calif.
Reba turns talents to fashion
Little Rock, Ark. -- Entertainer Reba McEntire will design a line of women's clothing for Little Rock-based Dillard's Inc.
The line will be launched in the spring in nearly half of Dillard's 347 stores, the department store chain announced Monday.
McEntire's line will include clothes for the office, sportswear and other items, Dillard's said in a statement. Prices will range from $48 to $289 in sizes 4-14. The company didn't disclose its terms with the singer-actress.
The initial choices will reach some Dillard's stores in March, with new items arriving every two weeks, the company said.
McEntire stars in the WB sitcom "Reba." Her new album, "Room to Breathe," was released last year. The fashion line is her first.