Names in the News
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ And the No. 1 reason to watch the Oscars this year is ... David Letterman.
The wacky talk show host has agreed to host the 67th annual Academy Awards _ and they might not ever be the same again.
``The whole show will be 40 minutes long, and we’ll be giving away cars!″ Letterman quipped in a statement Wednesday.
ABC will broadcast the awards live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on March 27.
Last year the host was Whoopi Goldberg, who can’t do this year’s show because she will be working on a film. Billy Crystal was the host for the five years before Goldberg.
BOSTON (AP) _ Nobel prize winner Saul Bellow is recuperating at home after a bout with pneumonia.
The 79-year-old author was hospitalized at Boston University Medical Center from Nov. 25 to Jan. 5, a hospital spokeswoman said. He spent three weeks in the intensive care unit.
Bellow joined the Boston University faculty in 1993. He has taught courses in literature and modern intellectual and cultural history, and will continue to teach this semester, his secretary said.
Bellow’s novels include ``The Adventures of Augie March,″ ``Mr. Sammler’s Planet″ and ``Humboldt’s Gift.″ He received the Nobel prize for literature in 1976.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ Tim Allen may be rich, but he’s still humble.
``He’s the same guy he was the first season, only with a lot more money,″ said Jonathan Taylor Thomas, who plays one of Allen’s sons on the ABC sitcom ``Home Improvement.″
Allen, who scored a movie hit with ``The Santa Clause,″ told reporters at a Television Critics Association meeting that he’s ``pretty much in denial″ when it comes to his recent success.
``If I thought about it too much, I’d become big-headed,″ he said.
When asked about plans for future movies, Allen said ``Home Improvement″ remains his first love. But he is considering turning his best-selling book ``Don’t Stand Too Close to a Naked Man″ into a play and taking it on the road.
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Chuck Jones has a lot to be animated about.
The 82-year-old head of Warner Bros.′ animation unit saw his creation, Michigan J. Frog, leap onto television screens across the nation Wednesday night to introduce Warner Bros. new network, called WB.
Jones, who started as a cartoon director for Warner Bros. in 1937, debuted the song-and-dance frog in 1956 in the movie ``One Froggy Evening.″
``I only made one cartoon with him, and it was probably the best-known single cartoon I ever made,″ Jones said of the theatrical release ``One Froggy Evening.″
He’s working on a sequel, ``Another Froggy Evening,″ about the frog ``through history, his effect on history.″
Jones’ cartoon directing credits include ``The Grinch Who Stole Christmas″ and the Roadrunner cartoon ``Chariots of Fur.″
NEW YORK (AP) _ Paul Newman’s food products are leaving a good taste in the mouths of the Harlem Boys Choir.
The choir and numerous charities shared nearly $6 million last year from the proceeds of Newman’s food company, Newman’s Own, Inc.
The company donates 100 percent of its profits to charity. Since 1982, when Newman’s Own, Inc. began making salad dressing, spaghetti sauce, popcorn, lemonade and salsa, it has donated nearly $62 million.
MIAMI (AP) _ A judge threw out a theft charge against the nephew of Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, saying he was entrapped in an airport sting.
Potts Arthur Dawson, 23, of London, was arrested in November after he walked out of Miami International Airport with a small decoy bag police use to catch luggage thieves.
Circuit Judge Arthur Snyder said the sting created too much opportunity for an innocent person to be arrested.
Dawson’s father is Jagger’s stepbrother.
YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio (AP) _ The late wife of author James Michener has left $2 million to Antioch College.
Mari Yorika Sabusawa Michener, a philanthropist and collector of American art, attended Antioch after the school helped get her released from a Japanese internment camp in California after World War II. She graduated in 1945.
She was 74 when she died of pancreatic cancer Sept. 25 at her home in Austin, Texas.
Her gift ``is one of the largest bequests Antioch has received,″ said Lois Mann, vice president for development and alumni relations.
Her husband’s books include ``Hawaii,″ ``Centennial″ and ``Caribbean.″