Names in the News
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A freelance photographer has renewed his challenge to go three rounds in a boxing ring with actor Sean Penn, upping the ante to $6 million.
″I’m serious about this, I’m just trying to stand up for the press,″ said Mick Paladin, a photographer who says he’s tired of hearing about punches allegedly thrown at paparazzi who follow Penn.
Paladin, 40, said Tuesday that a group of Phoenix, Ariz., businessmen offered to put up a $6 million purse. That raises the stakes considerably from last year, when Paladin put ads in entertainment trade magazines offering $50,000 in prize money if Penn would take him on.
Paladin, in a telephone interview from Phoenix, said the purse would be split 50-50.
Penn, 26, ignored his last challenge, and on Tuesday his publicity agency, PMK, failed to return a call.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - ″Moonlighting″ star Bruce Willis will find out soon whether he’ll be prosecuted in connection with a Memorial Day party at his Hollywood Hills home, officials say.
Willis, accused of struggling with police and using ″abusive language,″ appeared Tuesday before a hearing officer.
Willis, 32, who plays a wisecracking detective on the ABC-TV show, was cooperative during the closed hearing, said Assistant City Attorney Timothy Hogan.
The hearing officer, Deputy City Attorney Robert Pingle, will recommend whether a misdemeanor charge will be filed, said Mike Qualls, spokesman for the city attorney’s office. Hogan said it will be decided by the end of the week.
Asked for comment afterward, Willis said, ″Lakers in five,″ referring to the National Basketball Association championship best-of-seven series between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics.
BULLS GAP, Tenn. (AP) - ″Hee Haw’s″ Archie Campbell is being honored by a tourist complex in his home town.
Mayor Ima Justis said Tuesday that the town received a $182,000 state grant to buy property and move a replica of Campbell’s boyhood home. The complex will include a museum, entertainment center and visitors’ center.
Campbell’s original boyhood home would have been used, but ″It was hanging off the side of the mountain up there right between two beer joints,″ Mrs. Justis said. ″We used most of the frame and the clapboard and anything else we could.″
Campbell, who performs on the Grand Ole Opry and lives outside Knoxville, was in town Friday. He joked that he knew he still had plenty of fans after a man picked up one of his half-smoked cigars and said he was ″going to take it home and shellac it.″
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Violinist Isaac Stern helped the Mann Music Center open its 57th season of free concerts in Fairmount Park.
Stern on Tuesday night played a tribute to the center’s late president. The season of 18 programs is dedicated to impresario Fredric Mann, who died earlier this year.
Stern, who has been appearing with the Philadelphia Orchestra during the summer programs since 1944, said Mann ″had a great affection and devotion for this orchestra. And this should not be a memorial to him; it should be a celebration for what he did for music.″
Following Stern will be cellist Yo-Yo Ma on Thursday and Soviet pianist Alesander Toradze on Friday. The orchestra, during the season’s first two weeks, will be conducted by Charles Dutoit of the Montreal Symphony.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Johnny Cash and other celebrities who allowed themselves to be jailed as part of an American Cancer Society drive raised $40,000 from behind bars, a publicist said.
Celebrities in the ″Jail-A-Thon″ were put in a mock cell and given a phone to solicit contributions that would be used as bail to be released, Mary Ann Murray, a publicist for country music star Ricky Skaggs, said Tuesday.
Skaggs, who contributed to the fund-raiser in nearby Hendersonville last week, joked with Cash during Monday night’s ″Music City News Award Show.″
″Glad to see you got out of jail, John,″ Skaggs said.