Walken makes his mark

Los Angeles -- Academy Award-winning actor Christopher Walken, above, has left his hand and foot prints at Hollywood's fabled Grauman's Chinese Theater.

"This is a thrill, a big day for me," Walken said at the ceremony Friday. "I'm not sure how I arrived at this place today, but one sure thing: I've been lucky. Thank you for this day."

Walken, 61, stamped prints of dancing shoes into the cement outside the theater, recalling his childhood training as a dancer.

"These are my favorite shoes," Walken said. Though the dancing shoes were crusted with cement, Walken joked that he might hang them off his car's rearview mirror.

The ceremony coincided with the opening of Walken's latest film, "Around the Bend," about four generations of men in a broken family who reunite.

Walken's role in 1978's "The Deer Hunter" earned him an Academy Award for best supporting actor. He also was nominated for a 2002 Oscar for his performance in Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can." Overall, Walken has starred in more than 50 films, including "Pulp Fiction," "Biloxi Blues," "Pennies from Heaven," "Man on Fire" and "Annie Hall."

Justice sought in cruelty case

Boston -- Comedian Richard Pryor and former "Friends" star Matthew Perry are adding to the reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who drowned a golden retriever in the surf on the Massachusetts coast.

The dog, which police said had been tied up, muzzled and stuffed inside a burlap bag, was found on Sept. 21 by a person walking on the beach in Nahant, Mass.

Pryor heard about the incident through a network of fellow animal lovers. He and his wife, Jennifer, have donated $1,000 to the reward fund. They have also paid for a banner to appear at a fund-raising walk for the MSPCA on Oct. 17. Perry has also contributed to the fund. The MSPCA has raised a total of $12,000 thus far.

Stewart gives nod to America

New York -- Singer Rod Stewart is heading to Harlem's Apollo Theater for a concert to kick off the release of his latest CD, "Stardust ... The Great American Songbook: Volume III."

The invitation-only concert on Oct. 18 will be broadcast live on the Internet and will feature songs from the new album.

His first and second volumes of "The Great American Songbook" -- released in 2002 and 2003 -- were both Grammy nominees, together selling more than 10 million copies.

The live Web broadcast will be carried on AOL.


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